WWE Over The Limit Results (5/20/12) - Christian Returns & Wins WWE Intercontinental Championship, Sheamus & Punk Retain, Big Show Helps Laurinaitis

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WWE Over The Limit Results
Sunday, May 20, 2012
PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
Report by Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com

"People Power" Battle Royal
Winner gets a shot at the WWE United States or WWE Intercontinental Championship later in the night.
Ezekiel Jackson, Tyson Kidd, The Great Khali, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Jinder Mahal, Tyler Reks, Michael McGillicutty, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Titus O'Neil, Yoshi Tatsu, Alex Riley, David Otunga, JTG, Curt Hawkins, The Miz, William Regal & Christian

The start:

We open the show with a Battle Royal in progress.

Mid-match notes:

Everyone is in the ring brawling and Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole point out that Christian is in the Battle Royal, making his return to PPV. Heath Slater is tossed over the top, but with so many bodies, it's hard to see who eliminated him. Michael McGuillicuty is eliminated by the Great Khali. JTG is taken out by a double superkick from the Uso's.

Yoshi Tatsu is suplexed to the floor, coming up grabbing his ankle. Ezekial Jackson almost eliminates Hawkins, but Tyler Reks stops it and the two eliminate Jackson. Darren Young and Titus O'Neil are able to eliminate one of the Uso's. This is just a mess.

Drew McIntyre is eliminated by Hawkins and Reks, who are eliminated in turn by Khali. Khali also turns around and eliminates Jinder Mahal. Cody Rhodes and Santino Marella are sitting ringside watching things unfold. William Regal almost eliminates Tyson Kidd, but Kidd is able to hang on. Superstars gang up on Khali and Titus, Young and Miz team up to eliminate the big man. Titus tries to eliminate one of the Uso's, but misses a kick and is hung up on the top rope, Uso eliminates him with a superkick to send him to the floor. We're down to the last eight men, and it turns to seven as Young clotheslines Uso over the top rope.

Christian eliminates William Regal, and the crowd's not happy about it. Young beats down Alex Riley, but he ends up dropkicked and sloppily falls to the outside. Riley plants Miz with a big spinebuster, but Miz is able to back drop Riley to the ring apron, and force him out to the floor. Kidd kicks away at Miz, blasting him with a dropkick. Kidd kicks Otunga, flipping out to the apron. He comes back in with a springboard dropkick to Miz and Otunga. Kidd is thrown over by Miz, but he skins the cat, only to be knocked back by Miz and Otunga. It's down to Otunga, Miz and Christian.

Otunga and Miz team up on Christian, beating him down to the mat. Otunga holds Christian up for Miz to blast him with a big forearm. He holds him up for another. Miz and Otunga try and eliminate Christian in the corner, but Christian is able to fight them off. Miz misses a corner clothesline, and Christian hits Otunga with a couple of big right hands. Otunga tries for a powerslam, but Christian drops down and shoves him out of the ring. Miz tries to eliminate Christian, but Christian fights him off.

The finish:

Miz tries for the SCF, but Christian fights it off. Christian tries for the Killswitch, but can't hit it. Miz is almost able to eliminate Christian, but he holds on, on the apron. Christian sends Miz out on the apron on another side of the ring, and goes through the ropes with a spear to knock Miz to the floor.

Winner: Christian

Christian signals that he wants to take on Santino in a U.S. Championship match, so we have that to look forward to later tonight.

Next we get the video package that normally would have opened the show, focusing on the main feud of the evening, John Laurinaitis and his beef with John Cena. The package focuses heavily on the 'People Power' initiative that Ace has been beating like a dead horse lately.

As if the opening video package wasn't enough of a throwback to the beginning of the show, we get the opening pyro, and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show, 16 minutes in. He's interrupted by Vickie Guerrero, asking the crowd to excuse her.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
- Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

The entrances:

Vickie says tonight will be a monumental night. First of all she says hello to the WWE Board of Directors. She believes she's on a short list of candidates to lead the shows if Johnny is terminated, but before she leads the shows, she's going to lead us into a new era of tag team excellence. She introduces her charges, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are out next, and they make their way out to a nice reaction from the crowd. It seems like the crowd is a little quiet tonight, but they don't look it. Maybe it's just an issue of how they're mic'ed.

The start:

The bell rings and it looks like Swagger and Kingston will kick things off. Swagger goes behind Kofi and takes him down to the mat. Kofi gets to his feet and clamps on a head lock. Swagger fights right out, and the two trade off for a bit working on each other's arms. Swagger is able to put on a headlock, but Kingston sends him into the ropes, only to eat a big shoulderblock. Kingston comes right back with a big back elbow. Kofi tags out to Truth and we get a double hip toss.

Mid-match notes:

Truth hits a crazy leg drop that's good for two. Truth lock on an arm bar and wont let go. Swagger is able to back him into the corner to tag Ziggler. Ziggler comes in and works over Truth's arm, wrenching it. Truth comes back with a couple of rights to the face, before tagging out to Kofi. Kofi comes in with a huge dropkick that's good for a two count. Ziggler comes right back with a huge suplex, planting Kofi for a two count. Swagger comes in and beats on Kofi before choking him in the ropes and allowing Ziggler to get a cheap shot.

Swagger beats on Kofi in the corner. Kofi tries to fight back, but Swagger takes him to the mat with an arm bar. Kofi is able to fight up to his feet and break the hold, but Swagger takes him right to the mat with a big belly to belly suplex. Swagger tries for a leg drop, but Kofi moves and Swagger misses. Truth tags in and hits Swagger with a series of forearms and a big flying forearm. Truth sends Ziggler from the apron, but he's thrown into the turnbuckles and hit with a Vader bomb for another two count. Ziggler tags in and hits a high angle elbow drop for two.

Frequent tags as Swagger comes in to pound on Truth's back, and Ziggler tags right back in to hit a big neckbreaker for another near fall. Ziggler locks on a crossface and transitions into a front face lock. Truth fights up to his feet and tries to make it to his own corner, but Ziggler kicks him in the gut. Truth reverses a neckbreaker with a backslide, but Ziggler hits a huge dropkick for a two count. Swagger tags in and grabs Truth's arms, burying his knee in his back and pulling back.

Once out of the hold, Truth tries to fight back against both challengers. A blind tag leads to a double team face buster from ZigSwag for another two count. Ziggler locks on a side head lock and shows off, doing a headstand to apply more pressure. Truth is able to get to his feet and fight out of the hold. Truth reverses a suplex with a small package, but Ziggler kicks out and goes right back to the attack before tagging out to Swagger. Swagger comes in and takes Truth into the corner, hitting him with a right before seating him on the top. Truth fights Swagger off and hits a big tornado DDT.

Both men make the tag and Kingston comes in with a crazy series of forearms and dropkicks. Kofi hits the boom drop and the crowd is pumped. Kofi tries for the TIP, but Ziggler avoids it. Kofi tries for the SOS, but can't hit that either. Kofi hits a beautiful top rope cross budy, but a pin is broken up by Swagger.

The finish:

Kofi sends Swagger from the ring, and when he comes back in he's met with a rocker dropper from Ziggler. Truth breaks up the pin, then leaps over the top on to Swagger. Ziggler turns around into Trouble in Paradise in the ring, and he takes the pin and the three count.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston

Hawkins and Reks are backstage with Eve. Apparently they're heading into the crowd to confiscate signs that make fun of John Laurinaitis. Otunga is there to let us know that it's all legal. Hawkins and Ryder head off, but Eve and Otunga look pretty ominous.

WWE Divas Championship Match
- Layla (c) vs. Beth Phoenix

The entrances:

Beth Phoenix is out first, and the former champion makes her way to the ring quickly, looking to get right down to business, as we get a recap of Layla returning and winning the Diva's Championship last month at Extreme Rules.

Layla is out next, and the champion gets a decent reaction from the crowd on her way out.

The start:

The bell rings and we get a lock up. Layla locks on a side headlock. Beth is quick to fight it off and take Layla to the mat with a big chest chop. Beth takes Layla into the corner and beats on her.

Mid-match notes:

The crowd starts a 'We Want Karma' chant. Layla comes back with a big cross body, and a low dropkick, but she can't keep Beth down. Beth whips Layla into the corner, but Layla continues to fight. Beth catches a kick and drops down with Layla's leg over her shoulder. Beth wraps Layla's knee around the ring post and ties her up, wrenching and pulling at her knee.

Beth sends things back into the ring and continues to focus on the injured knee, snapping it back and driving it into the mat. Beth lifts up Layla's entire body by her foot before jamming her knee into the canvas. Beth clamps on a half crab in the middle of the ring and yanks back. Beth punches at Layla's knee while she's got the hold locked in. Layla is able to fight Beth off, and roll up Beth for two, but Beth gets right back up and threads Layla's leg through the middle rope, and pulls. Layla fights back, dropkicking Beth from the apron out to the floor.

Back in the ring, Layla fights back with a couple of kicks, but Beth hoists Layla up in a gorilla press. Layla counters coming down though, and turns it into a DDT. Layla covers Beth, but Beth kicks out at two. Layla rolls Beth up for another two count. Beth picks up Layla and rams her into the corner before seating her on the top turnbuckle.

The finish:

Layla fights Beth off and tries for something, but Beth turns it around into the Glam slam. Layla reverses into a roll up, and Beth turns it around, but neither gets three. Beth turns back to Layla, and is hit with a neckbreaker out of nowhere. Layla pins Beth, and this one is over.

Winner and STILL WWE Diva's Champion: Layla

Randy Orton is backstage with Matt Striker. They review footage of this past Friday on Smackdown where Sheamus pinned Orton, then Orton hit the RKO after the match. Orton says that Sheamus is a big boy and he knew what Orton was doing. He says that beating Orton tonight for the World Title will be a different story from Smackdown. He says tonight there are four of us out there, and no one likes each other. Jericho interrupts and says he likes Orton. And he liked his match with Sheamus. He liked watching the two beat each other up while he sat in the back doing nothing. He says that he's on a roll, beating Orton and Sheamus, and tonight he's going to become the World Champion for the seventh time to prove he's the best in the world at everything he does. Orton says if he gets in the way tonight, he'll be the best at getting RKO'd and losing to Orton.

Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
- Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

The entrances:

Alberto Del Rio is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and there's a little, very vocal, contingent of pro-heel fans in the crowd. They're chanting 'Si! Si! Si!' as he makes his way down. Chris Jericho is out next, and Y2J gets a mixed reaction on his way to the ring.

Randy Orton is the third man to make his way out for the match, and the Viper gets a nice pop from the crowd. The champion, Sheamus, is the last man to make his way out to the ring, and the Irishman gets a pretty nice reaction from the crowd.

Lillian Garcia does formal ring introductions for the match, and we're finally ready to begin.

The start:

The bell rings and everyone is slow to start, but Del Rio and Sheamus pair off in one corner with Jericho and Orton in another. The heels are sent from the ring, and Orton and Sheamus stare each other down.

Mid-match notes:

Del Rio and Jericho come back in and attack from behind, sending Del Rio and Orton from the ring. The both follow, but Sheamus and Orton are quick to fight back, sending the bad guys into the ring barricades. Orton and Sheamus head back into the ring and trade right hands. Sheamus gets the advantage, hitting a knee to the gut, and following up with a knee drop for two.

Jericho low bridges Sheamus, and launches him into the ringside barricade. Del Rio attacks Orton in the ring, and Jericho makes his way in to join in on the attack. The two stomp away at Orton before hitting a double suplex and stomping away at him some more. Jericho slingshots Orton into the bottom rope throat first. Del Rio heads to the outside and blasts Sheamus in the shoulder with a huge kick. Jericho joins in and the two double team Sheamus, sending him flying into the announcer's table. Jericho and Del Rio head right back into the ring, but Orton is fired up and he hits Del Rio with a dropkick and Jericho with a suplex. Orton continues, hitting a knee drop on Jericho for a pin, but it's broken up by Del Rio. Del Rio slams Orton for a cover, but Jericho breaks up the pin.

Jericho and Del Rio get into a shoving match, leading to them squaring off. Del Rio plants Jericho with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Orton comes in, clotheslining Del Rio over the top to the outside. Jericho hits Orton with an enzugiri for two. Jericho hits Sheamus with a baseball slide as the champ tries to return to the match. Jericho turns back to Orton and locks in a rear chin lock. Orton fights up to his feet and out of the hold, sending Jericho into the corner, but he runs into a big boot. Jericho heads to the top rope, but Orton catches Jericho and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Orton tries for a superplex, but Del Rio breaks it up. Orton fights Del Rio off and tries for a superplex again, but Sheamus pushes both men aside. Sheamus heads to the top and hits Del Rio with a battering ram for two before sending Del Rio into the corner and just beating him down.

Sheamus shoulders Del Rio and hits the rolling senton before getting himself psyched up. Ricardo distracts Sheamus and Del Rio hits a huge enzugiri, but Sheamus kicks out of a pin attempt. Del Rio focuses on Sheamus' shoulder, wrenching back. Sheamus backs Del Rio into the corner and fights him off with elbows. Sheamus hits a couple of big forearm smashes and a high knee before slamming Del Rio to the mat for a two count. Sheamus tries for the high cross, but Del Rio avoids it and drops Sheamus with a low dropkick to the side of the head for a near fall.

Del Rio charges Sheamus and tries for a dropkick, but misses and ends up out on the apron where he's caught with a bunch of clubbing blows to the chest. Jericho breaks it up with a dropkick out of nowhere and Orton is in. He hits Jericho with a powerslam, then Sheamus with the same. Orton hits the suspension DDT on Sheamus, but when he sets up for the RKO, Del Rio locks on the cross arm breaker.

Jericho breaks it up and tries for the lionsault on Del Rio, but Del Rio gets his knees up and Orton hits his signature backbreaker. Sheamus hits Del Rio with the Irish curse backbreaker, and rolls up Orton for two. Orton launches Sheamus into the ring post shoulder first. Orton catches Del Rio coming back into the ring and Ricardo trying to interfere and plants them both with suspension DDTs. He pins Del Rio for two. Jericho hits Orton with the codebreaker, but Orton falls to the outside. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker on Jericho, but Jericho counters into the walls of Jericho.

The finish:

Sheamus goes to break it up, but Jericho hits the codebreaker and pins the champ for two. Jericho kicks at Sheamus and tells him to stay down. Sheamus shoulders Jericho, but Jericho rolls through and locks in the walls of Jericho. Sheamus hand walks toward the ropes, but Jericho pulls him to the center of the ring and sits down. Orton pops into the ring and hits the RKO on Jericho. Del Rio tries to break it up, but Orton sees and hits him with the RKO. Sheamus hits Orton with the bicycle kick, but Jericho rolls up Sheamus for two. Sheamus hits Jericho with white noise, and pins Jericho for three.

Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

Cody Rhodes is shown backstage talking to Eve. Rhodes says Christian could legitimize the US Championship, and had he been in the ring with Rhodes, he probably would have been embarrassed by Rhodes. Christian walks in and asks what's going on. Rhodes says Christian will make a great US Champion. Christian says Rhodes is full of crap, and he's changed his mind, saying he wants to take on Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship instead.

Singles Match
The Miz vs. Brodus Clay

Miz makes his way out to the ring, saying that the fact that the WWE Universe is enamored with Clay is pathetic. They have no idea what a dancer is supposed to look like. Miz is the most must-see WWE superstar of all time, and he's the best dancer in the WWE, and he's going to prove it here tonight. Miz's music hits, and he does some Thriller type moves, before he's interrupted by Brodus Clay's music.

Clay makes his way out to the ring with Naomi and Cameron in tow, dancing the whole way down.

The start:

The bell rings and we get a lock up, only for Clay to shove Miz away. Brodus takes Miz out with a shoulder block and Miz bails to the outside.

Mid-match notes:

Miz heads back in and slaps Brodus, and Clay freaks out. Clay slams Miz's face into the corner turnbuckle repeatedly. Miz is able to catch Brodus with a kick to the face and snaps his throat across the top rope. Brodus comes back, pulling back on Miz's arms and head butting him in the back.

Brodus sends Miz to the outside and follows. He tries to slam Miz into the ring post, but Miz drops down and pushes Clay into the post instead. Miz sends Clay back into the ring and heads up to the top, delivering a double axe handle smash. Miz hits another, then boots Brodus in the face, getting a one count before being pushed off. Miz lock in a rear chin lock, but Brodus is quick to power out of it. Clay hits Miz with a couple of dropkicks and a big head butt. Clay runs into a big boot and heads to the top, but he's stopped by Brodus. Clay heads to the top and hits a super fall away slam.

The finish:

Clay hits the big splash and pins Miz for three.

Winner: Brodus Clay

Following the match, Clay and his dancers have a bunch of kids in the ring to do the funkasaurus dance and hop around the ring.

Following the match, Hawkins and Ryder are shown taking signs from plans, quite a few of which are obviously planted.

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

The entrances:

Rhodes says his family and the Carolinas go way back, but when he was a kid, his dad would never let him come to shows in North Carolina, and he understands why now. He says he's a better man for not having grown up around them, and he's a better man than Christian, saying to watch him prove it.

Christian is out to the ring next, and Captain Charisma gets a pretty good reaction from the crowd.

The start:

The bell rings and Rhodes kicks Christian in the gut and goes right to work with a series of right hands. Rhodes beats on Christian in the corner before dropping him with a front suplex. Christian comes back, knocking Cody to the mat before sending him from the ring. Christian launching himself through the ropes with a big dropkick that takes Rhodes into the barricade.

Mid-match notes:

Rhodes comes back, sending Christian into the ring steps hard. Rhodes sends things back into the ring where he hits a big Russian leg sweep that's good for a two count. Rhodes locks in a shoulder submission.

Cody takes Christian out and goes for the pin, but is only able to get a two count. Cody stomps at Christian wearing him out before hitting him with forearms and stomps in the corner. Christian fights back and heads out to the apron. Rhodes is quick to stop him and the two men head up to the top rope where Rhodes hits a superplex. Rhodes doesn't land nicely and he grabs his head. Christian rolls up Rhodes for a near fall, but Rhodes comes right back with a couple of kicks. Christian sends himself and Rhodes to the outside with a big clothesline over the top rope.

Rhodes sends things back into the ring for another near fall. Rhodes heads up to the middle rope, but leaps off into a fist to the gut. Christian catches Rhodes with a couple of boots to the face and a missile dropkick for a two count. Christian tries for a killswitch, but Rhodes fights it off. Christian hits a drop toe hold to send Rhodes into the ropes. Christian tries for a cross body, but misses and is rolled up for a two count. Rhodes pushes Christian into the corner. Christian tries for the tornado DDT, but Rhodes pushes him away. Rhodes heads to the top for a moonsault press, but still only gets two.

The finish:

Christian pushes Rhodes into the corner and hits the killswitch. He pins the champ for three and this one is over.

Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Christian

Josh Matthews is backstage with CM Punk. They look at what happened on Smackdown in Punk's match with Kane where Bryan got Punk DQ'ed and attacked by Kane. Punk says he feels like crap, and the only reason he's still standing here is because at the end of the night John Laurinaitis will be out of a job. He says he's known Daniel Bryan for ten years, and if you had told Vince McMahon that they'd be main eventing a PPV for the WWE Championship, he'd have asked who they were. He says the fact that they wrestle at such a high level should be a triumph for both of them. He starts to say what tonight will be, but he's interrupted by AJ, who says it'll be a lot of fun to watch. She wishes Punk good luck.

WWE Championship Match
- CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

The entrances:

Daniel Bryan is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a pretty darn good reaction from this crowd,

Punk is out next, and unsurprisingly the champ gets a lot of love on his way into the arena.

After formal ring introductions from Justin Roberts, we're ready to kick things off.

The start:

The bell rings, and they test each other out. Bryan blocks a couple of kicks from Punk, and they tie up in the ropes. Bryan locks on a headlock, and Punch pushes him off. Bryan hits a shoulderblock, but it then taken over with a hip toss. Punk takes Bryan into the corner and ties up his leg in the ropes, kicking at his knee. Punk takes Bryan over with a head lock takeover. Bryan fights up, and Punk takes him over again. Bryan fights out of the hold, but Punk kicks at his knee. Punk continues the assault, kicking at his knee and hitting a kneeDT.

Mid match notes:

Bryan backs Punk up, kicking him into the corner and backflipping over him, but another kick to the back of the leg takes Bryan to the mat. Punk locks in a submission hold focusing on the knee, kicking at Bryan's knee. Bryan mounts Punk and blasts him with some nasty elbows, then kicks at him, hits a big upper cuts and sends him into the ropes. Bryan misses a dropkick, and Punk hits a curb stomp! Punk pins Bryan for a two count.

Punk picks Bryan up and sends him over the top rope to the outside. Bryan ducks a baseball slide and backs Punk into the barricade hard. Bryan suplexes Punk on top of the barricade and hits him with a dropkick to the face to send him into the timekeeper's area. Bryan sends Punk into the ring and heads to the top to hit a giant missile dropkick. Bryan pins Punk for a two count. Bryan hits Punk with a couple of nasty kicks to the side before hitting a snap mare and trapping Punk's arms in a seated abdominal stretch. Punk kicks at Bryan to rattle Bryan, but Bryan hits a knee drop, breaking the hold. Punk comes back, taking Bryan to the mat, but he's caught with a small package for two. Bryan blasts Punk with a knee to the gut, then a kick to the back for another near fall.

Bryan gets Punk in position for the Mexican surfboard, ripping at Punk's face before grabbing the arms and rocking Punk back into position, stretching Punk, and pulling him down into a dragon sleeper. Bryan yells for Punk to tap, but Punk fights out of the hold. Punk blasts Bryan with a series of forearms and goes for the pin, but Bryan kicks out quickly. Bryan charges in with a flying knee to Punk's back, then another.

Bryan misses a third flying knee, and Punk hits a perfect plex for a two count. Punk and Bryan trade chops and kicks. Bryan snaps Punk over with a quick suplex. Bryan heads up to the top rope, and hits a flying headbutt from the top for a two count. Bryan buries his knee in Punk's back and stretches him back hard. Punk is able to fight out of the hold, and both men go for cross body blocks, colliding in the center of the ring.

Punk blocks a right hand, and comes back with a series of rights of his own. Punk hits a heel kick, clothesline and a rolling neckbreaker. Punk charges into the corner into a big boot, but Bryan runs into a powerslam for a two count. Both men are slow to get to their feet. Punk tries for a suplex but Bryan lands on his feet. Bryan charges Punk, but he's back dropped to the outside. Punk hits the ropes and launches himself through the ropes to take out Bryan on the outside.

Punk springboards back into the ring, but he's caught with a dropkick to the gut from Bryan for another two count. Bryan hits Punk with a series of kicks to the chest, but Punk counters the last one with a dragon screw. Punk locks in a figure four, and the crowd is going nuts. Punk and Bryan are slapping away at each other. Bryan gets to the ropes and Punk is forced to break the hold. Punk tries for something, but Bryan reverses with a roll up for two. Punk rolls Bryan up for two. Punk tries for a roll up, but Bryan fights it off and blasts the champ with a kick to the side of the head for a really close near fall.

Bryan drops his knee pad and takes Punk into the corner, burying his knee in Punk's midsection. Bryan seats Punk on the top, but Punk pushes him off, crotching him on the top rope. Punk hits Bryan with a springboard clothesline, but it's still not enough for a three count.

Bryan and Punk trade head butts and forearms. Both miss kicks. Punk tries for the Go To Sleep, but Bryan counters with a roll up. Punk rolls up Bryan. Bryan tries to counter with the Yes lock. Punk slingshots Bryan over the top rope, but Bryan skins the cat back into the ring. Punk catches Bryan with a kick to the side of the head and pins him, but Bryan gets his foot on the ropes. Punk goes for another pin but Bryan kicks out. Punk picks Bryan up and slams him to the mat before heading up to the top. Punk points to the sky before launching himself with a flying elbow drop.

Punk is slow to make the cover and Bryan kicks out. Bryan catches Punk with a knee to the stomach and follows it up with a series of knees. Bryan is relentless, dropping repeated knees and needing to be pulled away. Bryan misses a corner dropkick and eats a high knee.

The finish:

Bryan counters the bulldog, locking in the Yes lock! Punk rolls over into a roll up, and he taps out at the same time as the ref count three. Punk is ruled the winner.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

Replay footage is shown, and it's clear that Punk didn't tap out until after the three count. Bryan argues with the ref as Punk celebrates with his title.

Eve and Otunga are shown walking backstage. They see Teddy Long who looks very happy. Long says he's just excited for the main event. Long says he doesn't expect to get his job back, he could see Eve and Otunga running Raw and Smackdown, then again, he could also see them both being terminated.

Singles Match
Camacho w/Hunico vs. Ryback

The entrances:

Camacho makes his way out to the ring with Hunico talking smack on the way down.

His opponent is revealed to be Ryback, who makes his way out to the ring quickly, looking for a fight.

The start:

The bell rings, and Ryback shoves Camcaho away. Camacho charges back in and tries for a suplex, but Ryback counters with a front suplex.

Mid-match notes:

Ryback plants Camacho with a big boot. Camacho chokes Ryback in the ropes, and Hunico catches him with a boot to the back of the head. Ryback is quick to recover and he takes Camacho into the corner, then plants him with a big spinebuster, then a couple of powerbombs.

The finish:

Ryback plants Camacho with his torture rack sit-out thing, then pins him for a three count.

Winner: Ryback

Ryback psyches himself up, then kicks Hunico and Camacho’s bike on the way to the back.

Singles Match
If Laurinaitis loses, he will be "fired." No WWE Superstar or Diva allowed at ringside, if a Superstar or Diva interferes, he/she will be "fired."
- John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

A video package is shown hyping John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis. It shows the recent history between these two men, and the events that led up to this match.

The entrances:

John Laurinaitis is the first man to make his way out to the ring. He gets a good bit of heat on his way out, but the crowd really just seems like they don’t care about seeing him.

John Cena is out to the ring next, and he still gets a pretty big mixed reaction, mostly positive though, surprising since he’s going up against the biggest heel in the company right now.

The start:

Laurinaitis is wearing a pretty ridiculous bodysuit. Ace tries to run out of the ring and into the crowd immediately.

Mid-match notes:

Cena brings him back into the ring and take Johnny to the mat. Cena takes Ace into the corner and pulls up his shirt, chopping him to the chest and back. Cena shoulders Ace and goes for an airplane spin, putting Ace down on the mat. Ace gets up to his feet, and immediately falls out of the ring.

Cena grabs the ring bell and rings it repeatedly next to Ace's head before taking the GM and slamming him head first into the announce table a couple of times. Cena borrows one of the Spanish announcer's chairs and places him in the seat, putting the headphones on Ace. Cena puts on the headphones and it's pretty corny as Cena pokes fun at Booker and Cole. Cena slams Ace into the announce table and then brings things back into the ring. Johnny holds out his hand, offering to shake with Cena.

Cena slams Johnny to the mat and hits a big elbow drop. Cena heads to the outside and grabs a mic. He grabs Johnny's leg and says that he's got an idea. He says he's about to put Johnny in the STF. If he taps out, he's fired. Cena says he'll let go of the hold if Ace can last ten seconds and the crowd can help count along. Ace is able to last, and Cena breaks the hold. Cena says this is a good new bad new scenario, the good news is Johnny made it, but Cena is going to do it again. Cena locks it in again, and Ace makes it ten more seconds. Cena grabs the mic and says he's exhausted and could use a drink. He goes over to grab a water, taking a swig before saying Ace looks parched too. He grabs a couple more bottles of water and brings them into the ring. Cena pours a bottle of water over Ace's head, then another.

Cena pours a fourth bottle of water down Ace's pant. Cena heads to the outside and goes under the ring to grab a fire extinguisher. Cena heads back into the ring and Ace sees it, begging off. Cena uses the fire extinguisher, blasting Johnny with it. Johnny rolls to the outside and Cena follows, slamming him into the barricade. He goes back to the timekeeper's area and grabs a trashcan, dumping its contents on Johnny's head.

Ace tries to leave through the crowd again, but Cena catches him. Ace catches Cena's injured arm, and heads back into the ringside area. Ace slams Cena's arm on the announcer's table, then sends him into the ring steps. Johnny sends things back into the ring and he grabs a chair, hitting Cena repeatedly before going for a quick pin. Cena kicks out at two. Ace grabs the chair again, standing over Cena. Cena blocks a chair shot and hits Johnny with the chair instead. Cena uses the chair to drive down into Johnny's face.

Ace hits Cena with a low blow then bails to the outside. Johnny crawls over the barricade to head out into the crowd again. Ace is crawling and limping away from the action, making his way away from the ring as quickly as possible. Cena is in the ring and doesn't look to be following him. Ace heads out of the arena.

Ace is brought back into the arena by Big Show, who marches Laurinaitis back down to the ring with his hand around his throat. Show brings Ace back into the ring the hard way. Ace sits in the middle of the ring between Cena and Show. Ace tries to crawl out of the ring, but Show stands on Ace's hand to stop him. Ace stands and Cena scares him right into Show's grasp.

The finish:

Show pushes Ace into Cena, and Cena shoulders Ace. Show blasts Cena with a knockout punch and Cena goes down. Laurinaitis pins Cena, and this one is over.

Winner: John Laurinaitis

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