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WWE No Way Out Results (6/17/12) - Sheamus & CM Punk Retain, John Laurinaitis "Fired" After Big Show Loses To Cena

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WWE No Way Out Results
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Report by Sean Hopkins of

The show opens with a video package that highlights the Big Show/John Cena feud, which hints that Cena/Show will probably be the main event, and prevent a World Title from main eventing a show yet again in 2012.

The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. He wishes everyone a Happy Father's day as he immediately begins to hype the Cena/Show match, and its consequences.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Sheamus © vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero

The entrances:

They throw things to Lillian Garcia, and the World Heavyweight Championship will open the show, as Sheamus makes his way out to defend his title.

Dolph Ziggler is the next man to make his way out, and though she doesn't do his introduction, Vickie Guerrero comes out with him.

After formal ring introductions, we're ready to begin.

The start:

The bell rings, and Ziggler calls Vickie up to the apron for a quick pep talk and a kiss on the cheek. Ziggler turns around and Sheamus tries for the bicycle kick, but Ziggler rolls to the outside. Ziggler heads back into the ring and backs off of Sheamus, heading back out to the floor.

Mid-match notes:

Ziggler is quick to head back into the ring and goes behind Sheamus. The two trade positions and Sheamus elbows Ziggler in the face before taking him down to the mat in a headlock. Ziggler fights out of the hold but eats a shoulder block. Sheamus locks in another headlock and takes Dolph to the mat. Ziggler fights back up and eats another big shoulder block. Ziggler responds with a nice dropkick.

Sheamus fights out of a front face lock, but Ziggler locks on the sleeper. Sheamus fights out of the sleeper by seating Ziggler on the top rope. Ziggler slaps Sheamus across the face, and Sheamus responds, shoving Ziggler and sending him falling to the floor. Sheamus slams Ziggler's head into the apron before sending him back into the ring and launching himself after Ziggler for a near fall. Sheamus goes to work on the arm, but Ziggler fights back, beating and kicking at Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus backdrops Ziggler to the apron. Ziggler goes to the top, but he's caught by Sheamus. Ziggler fights out, but he's caught with an elbow and a quick neckbreaker for another near fall.

Ziggler heads out to the apron and Sheamus follows. Ziggler grabs Sheamus' arm and uses it to yank the champion into the turnbuckle supports and ring post. Ziggler moves things back into the ring and hits a big DDT, but it's not enough to keep Sheamus down for three. Ziggler chokes Sheamus in the ropes for a bit until it's broken up by the ref. Ziggler stomps at Sheamus in the corner, grinding his boot in Sheamus' face. Sheamus catches Ziggler with a couple of strikes and knees, but Ziggler responds with a big knee of his own before locking in a submission.

Ziggler transitions into a rear chin lock and does a head stand for a bit of added flash and pressure. Sheamus tries to fight Ziggler off, fighting up to his feet after a bit of work. Sheamus beats on Dolph with blows to the midsection. Sheamus shoulders Ziggler, but Ziggler counters with another DDT for two. Ziggler looks frustrated as he stalks Sheamus. Ziggler nails Sheamus with a big kick to the face, and Sheamus hits back with clubbing blows. Ziggler hits a beautiful dropkick for a one count. Ziggler clamps on a weak rear chin lock, scissoring the champ's body.

Sheamus fights to his feet, but Ziggler rolls up Sheamus. Ziggler uses the ropes, but the ref catches him. Sheamus rolls Ziggler up for two, but Ziggler pops up and hits a neckbreaker, but Sheamus down for two. Ziggler tries for another submission, but Sheamus fights it off. Sheamus fights to his feet and out of the hold, but he eats a kick to the chest. Sheamus comes back with a couple of big forearms before missing a high knee and falling into a sleeper from Ziggler. Sheamus dumps Ziggler over the ropes to the apron to break the hold. Ziggler heads to the top and goes for a cross body. Sheamus almost catches him. After a bit of reversing from both men, Ziggler sends Sheamus into the corner hard, and hits a rocker dropper for a close two count.

The crowd is way behind Ziggler. Ziggler chokes Sheamus in the corner with his boot, but Sheamus fights back with a couple of kicks. Sheamus pulls himself up to the top turnbuckle, but Ziggler runs up the turnbuckles and hits a top rope facebuster. Ziggler rolls over Sheamus, but it's still not enough for a three count.

The finish:

Both men are slow to get to their feet, and Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Sheamus ducks, then hits the Irish curse backbreaker. Ziggler rolls to the apron. Sheamus picks up Ziggler and hits him with a series of clubbing blows to the chest while he's strung across the top rope. Ziggler comes back into the ring and kicks Sheamus before locking in the sleeper. Sheamus counters into white noise before getting up and heading to the corner. Sheamus hypes himself up and hits the bicycle kick. Sheamus pins Ziggler for three.

Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

Following the match, Sheamus celebrates on his way to the back while Ziggler pouts with Vickie.

Vince McMahon is shown walking backstage. Ace runs up to him and apologizes for what happened on Raw. He advises McMahon not to go out tonight due to the bright lights, loud sounds, and his concussion. Laurinaitis also wants to make sure he and Vince will stay close. Vince heads into his dressing room and holds up his hand before slamming the door in Johnny's face. Josh Matthews comes in and Ace says Matthews knows nothing about pressure, he steers the ship, he's not an announcer that doesn't know how to ask a question, he's got a show to run, now and into the future.

Tuxedo Match
- Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez

The entrances:

Santino is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he's got on a horrible powder blue tuxedo. He gets a big pop as Cole and Lawler recap the feud between Santino and an announcer that's taking up PPV time.

Ricardo Rodriguez is out next, and he's got some horribly stereotypical mariachi music, not even getting to come out to Alberto Del Rio's music like he did at the Royal Rumble.

The start:

The bell rings and Santino and Ricardo have a pose off, showing off their tuxes to the crowd. Santino gets cheers and Ricardo gets boos, obviously. Ricardo shoves Santino. Santino shoves him back. Ricardo rips Santino's pocket, so Santino returns the favor and rips off Ricardo's jacket arm.

Mid-match notes:

Ricardo messes with Santino's jacket, so Santino comes back and does the same, hitting an atomic drop, and reverse atomic drop before ripping off Ricardo's jacket. He uses the jacket to taunt Ricardo like a bullfighter, causing Ricardo to tumble to the outside. Richardo heads back in and Santino catches him with a drop toe hold, taking off one shoe, then the other.

Santino slams Ricardo's head into the corner before ripping off his shirt. Santino hits a hip toss, then pulls out the cobra. Ricardo rips at Santino's face before taking the cobra away and throwing it to the crowd. Ricardo rips off Santino's shoes and pants. Santino turns out to be wearing another cobra on his foot.

The finish:

He kicks Ricardo in the chest, then rips off his pants.

Winner: Santino Marella

Ricardo is shown to be wearing underwear with Alberto Del Rio's face on the bottom.

CM Punk is backstage with Matt Striker. Punk says AJ is crazy and he digs crazy chicks, but this match isn't about her. It's about his WWE Title. Punk is more focused than he's ever been. He's competing against a technician and a monster. He says the odds are stacked against him, but he's been beating the odds his whole life. AJ comes in and wishes Punk luck, kissing him on the cheek. Punk says luck is for losers, then walks out. Striker puts the mic in AJ's face, and she gives him a dirty look.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
- Christian (c) vs. Cody Rhodes

The entrances:

Cody Rhodes is the first man to make his way out for the next man, and the former champion doesn't get much of a reaction out of the crowd. Christian is out next, and he gets a warmer reaction from the crowd, who were likely slowed down a bit by the last match.

The start:

The bell rings and both men begin circling. They lock up and begins fighting around the ring. Christian sends Rhodes into the ropes and runs into a shoulder block. Rhodes lays in with a couple of kicks to the gut before running into a trio of shoulder blocks from Christian.

Mid-match notes:

Rhodes shoves Christian so Christian responds with a slap. Christian runs into a shoulder to the gut. Rhodes tries to suplex Christian to the outside, but Christian ducks through Rhodes legs and pulls him to the outside. Christian heads back into the ring and hits a dropkick through the bottom and middle ropes, but Cody pulls Christian's feet out from under him and the champ crashes to the apron. Rhodes brings things back into the ring and wears Christian down with a series of knees and stomps.

Christian avoids a big boot in the corner by going to the outside. Christian tries to wrap Rhodes' leg around the ring post, but Rhodes pulls Christian back into the ring post head first. Rhodes begins things back into the ring and hits a big front suplex for a two count. Rhodes blasts Christian with a big blow to the back before choking and punching him in the corner. Rhodes takes Christian down to the mat and goes to work on the shoulder and arm.

Rhodes breaks the hold and seats Christian on the top rope. Christian fights Rhoes off, but Rhodes shoves Christian and the champion crashes to the apron and out to the floor. Cody heads to the outside and tries to throw Christian into the ring steps, but Christian turns it around. Christian comes up with a huge tornado DDT on the floor. Both men are able to make it back into the ring, and Christian hits a big right hand, then a clothesline. Christian heads to the middle rope and hits a big dropkick that's good for a two count.

Christian sends Rhodes into the ropes. Rhodes avoids the right hand, but Christian comes back by snapping Rhodes' neck against the top rope. Rhodes is almost able to roll up Christian for a pinfall, but Christian kicks out. Rhodes takes Christian down to the mat, then heads up to the middle rope. Christian is up and he takes Rhodes out with a big hurricanrana for another near fall.

Rhodes and Christian trade rights and Rhodes goes after the bad shoulder of Christian, sending him to the mat for another two count. Christian tries for the killswitch, but Cody turns it around and hits a big Alabama slam. Cody pins Christian, but Christian kicks out. Rhodes fights back up to his feet and he teases the killswitch, but Christian counters with a reverse DDT. Christian waits for Rhodes to get to his feet and tries for a spear, but Rhodes ducks to the outside. Christian hits a sunset flip when Rhodes gets back into the ring, but it's reversed for a near fall for Cody. Christian hits the killswitch, but Cody kicks out at two!

The finish:

Christian heads to the top, but Cody is up. Christian fights him off and sends him to the mat. Christian tries for the frog splash but Cody gets his knees up. Cody misses the disaster kick, Christian can't hit the killswitch, Cody misses the disaster kick again, and Christian hits the spear to put away the challenger with a three count.

Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental champion: Christian

Tag Team Fatal 4-Way Match to Determine No. One Contender for WWE Tag Team Championship
- Primo & Epico w/Abraham Washington & Rosa Mendes vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso

The entrances:

Primo and Epico are the first team out to the ring with AW and Rose Mendes in tow. They don't get much of a reaction at all. We get a backstage YouTube pre-show moment, where AW promised Primo and Epico the biggest spotlight of their lives.

Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel are the second team out to the ring, followed quickly by Darren Young and Titus O'Neil.

The last team out to the ring is the Uso's who like everyone else, don't get much of a reaction.

The start:

The bell rings and one of the Uso's and Titus kick things off. Titus slams Jey to the mat before tagging in Young. Titus tries to suplex Young onto Jey, but Jey moves and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy hits a quick blow to the chest before tagging back out to Jey. Epico tags himself into the match and takes Jey to the mat.

Mid-match notes:

Jey is able to tag back out to Jimmy and Jimmy comes in and takes Epico to the mat with a bubba bomb. Gabriel tags himself in, and he and Uso show off a bit of their fancy footwork before locking up. Gabriel takes Uso to the mat with a headlock.

Jey tags back in and hits a huge Samoan drop. Titus tags himself in and tries to steal a pin on Gabriel but only gets two. Gabriel tries to fight back against Titus, but Titus takes him down to the mat. Young tags in and Titus suplexes him onto Gabriel. Young tosses Gabriel hard into the ropes before ripping at his face and locking in a rear chin lock. Gabriel fights up to his feet, and counters a back drop, landing on his feet and hitting a heel kick. Epico tags in and goes to work on Gabriel, using quick tags to take him to task. Gabriel fights his way out of a submission, but it back dropped to the mat three times in a row by Epico.

Primo tags in and kicks at Gabriel before dropping a big leg. Primo hits a couple of nasty elbows before blasting Gabriel with a kick to the mat. He picks him up to slam him back down again, but he misses a springboard senton. Kidd tags in and hits a big springboard dropkick. A series of kicks takes Primo down for a two count. Tyson drops a big leg over the ropes to the outside while Primo is draped across the bottom rope. Kidd hits a beautiful top rope move, but things are broken up by Epico. Things begin to break down. Primo hits Kidd with a backstabber, but it's broken up by Titus. The Uso's come in and take out everyone. Primo almost scores a pin, but Kidd kicks out.

The finish:

Young makes a blind tag, but falls to the outside. Kidd puts Primo on the top rope and hits a crazy hurricanrana, sending Primo crashing into everyone on the floor on the outside. AW rolls Young and Primo back into the ring. Young hits a gutbuster and pins Primo for the three while Epico is held back by AW.

Winners: Darren Young and Titus O'Neil

Following the match, Primo and Epico seem upset with AW when he starts to celebrate with Titus and Young. They attack, but Young and Titus jump them, and they send Primo and Epico to the outside. AW holds Young and Titus' hands high, as they stand over the competition.

In-ring Segment
- Triple H discusses Brock Lesnar's lawsuit

We get a video package that details the recent events between Hunter and Brock Lesnar, including Lesnar's people 'suing' Triple H and quitting the company.

Hunter makes his way out to the arena, not wearing the brace on his arm that he'd been sporting recently. HHH makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation from the crowd. Michael Cole runs down a bit of Hunter's history at No Way Out events in the past.

Hunter grabs a mic. He says he's spent over half of his life in the ring. He did it because for the most part it's the only thing he ever wanted to do. Also because he never wanted to get a real job. Ironically, here he is all these years later with a real job. A corporate job on top of it. In that job for the last five weeks since Paul Heymen brought two lawsuits against the company, he's had to deal with a lot of crap because he's not a corporate kind of guy. He says he's an a**kicker, it's what he does. So he came up with an idea. Paul Heymen said Brock wants to fight. And Brock says he's not an entertainer, and he's not a lawyer, but he's a fighter, and he's an a**kicker.

Hunter says the last time he saw Lesner in the ring, he jumped him from behind and broke him arm, but his arm is feeling a lot better, and in a couple more weeks, it'll be 100%, and then he'll be back in fighting shape. Hunter says that'll bring them to right in the middle of Summer. He's proposing they get rid of the lawyers, lawsuits, and legal junk. They get rid of the fat, balding manager. This is about Hunter and Brock doing what they do. They're fighters, and Hunter wants to fight him. He wants to fight Brock bad. He lays out the challenge for Lesnar vs. HHH at SummerSlam. He says let's do this.

Hunter says let's fight, or he can be happy with being a quitter. Whatever works for Brock, but he'll be waiting. Hunter drops the mic and heads to the back.

Daniel Bryan is shown warming up backstage. AJ walks in. Bryan says now is not the time. AJ says she's not trying to distract him, she just needs to tell him that after everything they've been through, there's still a part of her that hasn't gotten over him, and she wanted to wish him good luck. She kisses Bryan on the cheek and walks away. Bryan smiles and goes back to warming up.

WWE Divas Championship Match
- Layla © vs. Beth Phoenix

The entrances:

Beth makes her way out to the ring first to a bit of a non-reaction from the crowd.

Layla is out next, and the whole crowd seems to be sitting on their hands, not looking forward to this one at all.

The start:

The bell rings and Layla goes behind Beth. They trade positions a couple of times before Beth goes into the ropes to force a break. Beth comes up with a huge kick, before chopping Layla hard in the chest. Beth says Layla couldn't lace her boots, and that's why she'll take the championship tonight. Layla catches Beth with a boot, but she ends up caught on Beth's shoulder. She fights out, then hits a low dropkick to Beth's knee. Layla grabs Beth's tiara and puts it on, taunting Beth.

Mid-match notes:

Beth looks furious. Layla runs around the ring and teases throwing it. She heads back into the ring and hits Beth with a facebuster. She taunts Beth a bit more before psyching her out a couple of times and then hitting a big dropkick.

Layla ends up back dropped to the apron, but she slaps Beth hard. Beth sends her out to the floor hard in return. Beth follows to the outside and slams Layla into the guardrail. Beth brings things back in the ring and goes for the pin, but she only gets two. Beth locks in a submission, focusing on the arms, but also getting Layla in position for the glam slam. Layla fights to her feet, but she's sent back to the mat by Beth. Beth sends Layla into the ropes, and tries to launch herself in afterwards, but Layla moves, and Beth crashes into the ropes. Beth recovers quickly and stretches Layla across her knee after a backbreaker.

Layla gets out of the hold with a series of knees. Beth tries for the glam slam, but Layla counters into a roll up for two. Layla goes for another roll up for two before blasting Beth with a kick to the side of the face and launching herself out of the corner. Beth comes right back, planting Layla on the mat with a huge powerslam. Beth pulls Layla up and shoulders her, pressing her above her head. Layla counters with a DDT, but a pin only gets her two.

The finish:

Beth takes Layla into the corner and buries her shoulder in Layla's midsection. Layla is able to come up with a neckbreaker out of nowhere, and a pin for three.

Winner and STILL WWE Diva's Champion: Layla

AJ is shown wandering backstage and she walks up to Kane. She says she can't really explain, then trails off. She says she just wanted to wish Kane good luck tonight. She kisses him on the cheek. He grabs her, and pulls her back in to make out. She obliges. Kane walks off, and AJ looks a bit shocked.

Singles Match
- Hunico w/Camacho vs. Sin Cara

The entrances:

Hunico makes his way out to the ring, of course being ferried to the ring by his buddy Camacho on the low-rider bike. Sin Cara is out to the ring next, and he gets an OK reaction on his return to PPV.

The start:

The bell rings and the lights dim. Hunico attacks, laying in with clubbing blows and a big dropkick. Hunico goes to work on the arm, but Cara gets out with an arm drag. Hunico heads to the outside and catches Cara with a high knee. Hunico brings himself back into the ring with a slingshot senton. Hunico takes Cara into the corner and slams him in repeatedly. Hunico chops Cara hard before heading to the apron and bringing him back into the ring with a slingshot dropkick. Hunico locks in a rear chin lock.

Mid-match notes:

Cara fights up, but Hunico slams him back down to the mat. Hunico tries for the Gory special, but Cara fights out, only to run into a big tilt a whirl backbreaker, and another rear chin lock. Cara is able to fight up to his feet, but Hunico takes him down to the mat with a crazy slam, that's good for a near fall. Hunico goes right back to the rear chin lock.

Cara fights out and tries for a roll up, but Hunico comes right back with a low dropkick to the face. Hunico goes back to the well, going right back into the rear chin lock. Cara fights out and tries for a hurricanrana, but it's countered with a quick powerbomb. Hunico blasts Cara with kicks to the chest. Cara is able to connect with a headscissors to take Hunico off of his feet. Cara avoids a splash and blasts Hunico with an enzugiri. Cara hits a springboard hurricanrana, a couple of dropkicks, a series of kicks, but then he runs into boots from Hunico.

The finish:

Cara is quick to recover with a huge headscissors, spinning Hunico around before driving his head into the mat. Cara pins Hunico for three.

Winner: Sin Cara

We get a video package that highlights the rivalry between Punk and Bryan, and the insertion of Kane into the feud that led up to this triple threat match.

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
- CM Punk (c) vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

The entrances:

Kane is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and the crowd doesn't seem to give him much of a reaction at all.

Daniel Bryan makes his way out to the ring next, and he gets a pretty thunderous reaction from the crowd, and there are a ton of 'Yes!' signs in the audience.

The champion, CM Punk, is the last man to make his way out for the match, he too gets a great reception from the crowd.

After formal ring introductions, we're finally ready to begin this match.

The start:

The bell rings and Kane attacks Punk. Bryan attacks Kane, but he's thrown off. Bryan comes back and lays into Kane with kicks. Kane grabs Bryan by the throat, then grabs Punk. Punk and Bryan fight Kane off, then trade turns kicking the giant in the chest and back before hitting a double dropkick. Both men go for the cover, but they're pulled off by one another. Bryan blasts Punk with a chop, Punk responds. They trade forearms and Punk gets the upper hand. Punk back drops Bryan to the floor. Punk hits the ropes, but runs into a clothesline from Kane.

Mid-match notes:

Kane stomps at Punk, but Bryan comes in and launches Kane from the ring with a big knee to the back. Bryan launches himself from the ring to take out Kane. Punk heads to the top rope and leap to the outside to take out both of his opponents. Punk takes Bryan back into the ring for a near fall. Punk slams Bryan across his knee with a backbreaker before locking in a rear chin lock. Bryan is able to fight up to his feet, and Punk is pulled to the outside by Kane and shoved into the barricade.

Bryan catches Kane with a baseball slide, but when he leaps from the apron, it's right into a chop to the throat. Kane turns back to Punk and slams him into the ring post back first before sending him back into the ring, grabbing an arm and a leg, and stretching him against the ring post before simply kicking him in the face.

Kane goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out at two. Kane sends Punk into the corner hard, then pulls him to his feet and beats on him with repeated rights. Kane hits a snap mare and a low dropkick, pinning Punk for another two count. Kane locks in a body scissors, trying to wear the champion down. Punk elbows his way out of the hold, but Kane is there with a shot to the gut. Kane sends Punk into the corner, but runs into a big boot. Bryan hits Punk with a running dropkick in the corner, but he runs into a big sideslam from Kane for two. Bryan backflips over Kane in the corner and hits a huge running clothesline, the drop toe holds Kane into the corner before kicking Kane square in the face.

Punk and Bryan square off, and Bryan is able to take Punk to the mat, hitting him with knees to the face before picking him up and whipping him over with a big suplex. Bryan heads to the top rope, but he's stopped by Punk. Punk lays in with big forearms before going up after Bryan. Kane pulls Punk off and goes up after Bryan, slapping him hard. Punk pulls Kane off, then Kane pulls Punk off. Kane tries for a superplex, but then Punk pulls him down and the two fight between themselves. Bryan hits a double shotgun missile dropkick, taking out both men.

Bryan trades off between kicking Punk and Kane in the chest. Bryan hits a huge kick to the side of Kane's head, but misses with Punk and ends up rolled up for two. Punk and Bryan wrestle for an advantage, and Punk hits a high knee in the corner to both Bryan and Kane. He clotheslines Bryan. Punk hits Bryan with a quick powerslam, then drags Bryan to the corner. Punk goes up, but Bryan stops him. Kane comes in from behind and gets Bryan on his shoulders. Punk hits Bryan with a big shoulderblock in a doomsday device like move. Punk sends Kane over the top and pins Bryan, but he only gets two.

Punk slams Bryan to the mat and heads to the top, hitting a beautiful flying elbow drop. Punk goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Punk calls for the G2S. Punk shoulders Bryan, but Kane is in with a big boot. Kane pins Punk for two. Kane pulls Punk to his feet and runs him into the corner, hitting him with big forearms. Kane whips Punk across the ring and hits a big clothesline. Kane misses another clothesline, a backdrops Punk to the apron, only to eat a big kick. Punk goes for another flying elbow drop, but Kane moves. Bryan goes to the top and leaps off with a flying head butt to Punk, but he's only able to get two. Bryan low bridges Kane, sending him to the apron. Bryan charges Kane and launches himself into the monster, sending him crashing out to the barricade and floor.

Punk rolls up Bryan for two. Bryan comes right back with a big kick to the side of the head and locks in the yes lock. Punk reverses with a roll up. Punk hits the G2S. Kane pulls Bryan to the floor. Kane heads up to the top rope and launches off with a clothesline to take out Punk. Kane grabs Punk around the throat, but Punk counters with a DDT. Kane kicks out of a pin attempt. Punk heads up to the top and hits a flying elbow drop to Kane, but the big red monster kicks out at two.

The finish:

Punk tries to shoulder Kane, but can't. Punk runs right into a big boot, then eats a choke slam. Kane pins Punk, but Punk kicks out at two. Kane freaks out, chasing the ref around and screaming that it was two. Kane goes for the tombstone. Punk fights out. AJ is on the apron out of nowhere and Punk shoves Kane into her, knocking her to the floor. Punk shoulders Kane and hits the G2S, putting the monster down for the three count.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

Following the match, Kane stands over AJ checking on her. He picks her up and carries her to the back. AJ looks over Kane's shoulder, smiling and staring at Punk celebrating in the ring.

Handicap Match
- Ryback vs. Dan Delany & Rob Grymes

The entrances:

Two jobbers are standing in the ring. They say they're going to win tonight and walk across the parking lot to Met Life Stadium to be at WrestleMania. They sing some horrible song about WrestleMania, but they're interrupted by Ryback, who makes his way out to a small pop.

The start:

The bell rings and Ryback back drops one jobber before clotheslining the other.

Mid-match notes:

He picks up the one he backdropped, and press slams him, driving him to the mat. He turns to the other one and picks him up, slamming him to the mat. The crowd is chanting 'Goldberg'. Ryback goes to the middle rope and jumps off with a big splash.

The finish:

He picks up one jobber, then the other, shouldering them and marching around the ring before putting them down with a big Samoan drop.

Winner: Ryback

The cage begins to lower down to the ring, and Cole hypes the match before sending it over to a video package that shows what led into this match, specifically what happened this past Monday when Vince McMahon tried to give Johnny Ace a job review, and he was punched out by the Big Show.

Steel Cage Match
If Big Show loses, John Laurinaitis is "fired." If Cena loses, he is "fired."
- John Cena vs. Big Show

The entrances:

The first man to make his way out is John Laurinaitis, who makes his way out on the single crutch, wearing a hideous red suit. It's more of an eyesore than Santino's prom-ready tux from earlier.

The Big Show is the first actual competitor to make his way out to the ring. Ace looks happy to see his guy make his way down into the cage.

Vince McMahon is the third man to make his way out to the ringside area. McMahon swagger's down, and Ace doesn't look quite as happy to see Vince. Vince walks down to the ring and blows off a handshake from Johnny before the two men sit down in front of the announcer's table for the match. Finally, John Cena makes his way out to the ring, and it looks like we're ready to kick off out main event.

The start:

The door is locked and the bell rings. Cena ducks a charging Show, but ends up grabbed by the throat. Cena fights off a chokeslam, but Show takes him right down to the mat. Show picks up Cena and throws him into the cage wall. Cena struggles to get to his feet, and Show throws him into the cage wall again. Show walks over top of Cena, putting all of his weight on Cena's midsection.

Mid-match notes:

Show goes for the WMD, but Cena ducks and Show hits the cage wall. Cena tries to climb to the top of the cage, but Show is quick to pull him down. Show takes Cena to the corner and chops him across the chest hard. Show takes Cena into another corner and uses his boot to choke Cena while still standing. Cena is able to come up with a big dropkick, and he tries to go out the door, but Show pulls him back into the ring. Show pulls Cena up and slams him back down to the mat.

Show picks Cena up and Cena fights back, but Show hits Cena with a big clothesline that lays Cena on the mat. Cena struggles to get up and Show helps him, throwing him hard into the cage wall. Show takes another step across Cena's chest, then smiles down at Ace and Mr. McMahon. Show blasts Cena with a right hand to the ribs. Show yells at Cena that the fans don't care so he should quit. Show hits Cena with a huge running back splash in the corner.

Cena crawls toward the door, but Show stops him by stomping on his head and pressing down. Show whips Cena across the ring, and he charges in again, but runs into Cena's feet. Cena hits a bulldog from the middle rope and goes for a pin, but Show kicks out. Cena jumps up to the top rope, then the rope of the cage, but Show heads up to the top rope quickly and pulls Cena back into the ring. Cena pulls Show down and crotches him, then hits a big shoulder block, pushing Show up against the cage wall. Cena begins the climb to the top, but Show stops him and powerbombs him into the cage wall before tossing him over his head to the mat.

Show covers Cena for two. Show drags Cena over to the corner. He begins the slow climb to the second rope. Show hits a giant Vader bomb out of the corner, but still only gets a two count. Show stares down at Cena before picking him up. He takes Cena into the corner and Show climbs up to the top. Show pulls Cena up to the top with him by the throat. Cena tries to fight back, but Show sends him to the mat. Show, standing on the top, looks down at Cena. Show walks across the top rope, and tries for an elbow drop, but Cena moves and Show crashes and burns on the mat.

Show crawls to the door while Cena pulls himself up to his feet. Show tries to pull himself out of the cage while Cena tries to pull Show back into the ring. Show uses the steps for leverage, but Cena pushes against the ropes to pull Show back in. Cena gets to his feet and forces Show back into the ring, pulling him in and leaping over him, trying to escape. Show pulls him into the ring and grabs him by the throat. Cena fights him off and hits a big running shoulderblock. Cena covers Show, but Show kicks out at two. Cena struggles to the door, but Laurinaitis closes the door and locks it. Vince opens the door, but Johnny pushes McMahon and sends him into the door, sending the door crashing into Cena's head. Cena's chokeslammed by Show and pinned, but he wont stay down.

Show goes for the WMD, but he KO's the ref. Cena tries for the AA, but Show fights out and hits Cena with a KO punch. Show looks around, then heads for the door. Brodus Clay comes down with a chair in hand and he opens the door for Show, telling him to come right out. Show goes to climb over the top, but Brodus waits for him wherever he goes. Clay motions to the back. Santino and Alex Riley run to the ring and climb up the cage wall, but Show runs into the wall and knocks him back. Zack Ryder comes down and Show blasts him with a punch through the cage wall. Kofi Kingston heads down, and Show catches him at the top of the cage. Kofi catches Show with repeated boots that send him crashing down to the mat.

Cena pulls himself to the door by the ropes. Show pulls himself toward Cena. Show pulls Cena into the middle of the ring. Cena shoulders Show and hits the AA. Both men are down.

The finish:

Cena covers Show but there's no referee. Cena begins the climb to the top. Cena makes it to the top of the cage. Laurinaitis uses the crutch to hold Cena back. Brodus catches Ace. Show crawls out the door, but Cena drops to the floor before Show makes it out of the cage.

Winner: John Cena

Cena sees Laurinaitis, who is still being held by Clay. Clay lets him go and Ace swings for Cena with his crutch. Cena ducks it and shoulders Ace. McMahon has the mic, and he lets Johnny know that he's fired. Cena hits the AA, sending Johnny through the announcer's table. Cena celebrates, hugging Clay, and tossing out his wrist bands to his fans.

The show ends with Cena celebrating in the middle of the ring, and the announcers wondering about who will be running Raw tomorrow night.

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