Eve Torres asked Vladimir Kozlov if Jeff Hardy not being in the match tonight changes his strategy. Kozlov said it made no difference, and he would be the champion.
Jim Ross and Tazz pointed out the video package for the WWE Title match was mostly centered on Jeff Hardy, but showed it anyway.
WWE Champion Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov.
They did the "big match introductions" for this bout.
There was a "USA" chant at the start. Kozlov grabbed a waistlock takedown, but Triple H worked out of it and took Kozlov down with a side mare. Triple H applied a side headlock, and Kozlov had difficulty pushing it off. There was a "boring" chant by some. Triple H took down Kozlov with a reverse armdrag. There was a loud "We want Hardy" chant. Kozlov grabbed an armdrag and applied a front facelock. Triple H turned it into a hammerlock, took Kozlov down and drove a knee into his arm. Triple H worked the hammerlock, until Kozlov used a fireman's carry takedown to escape, but Triple H reversed right back into the hammerlock. Kozlov broke out, but missed a weak charge into the corner. Triple H went back to work on the arm, applying an armbar. Koz hit some shoulderblocks in the corner to break out, then hit some forearms. Lots of "boring" chants now. Triple H hit a jumping knee after ducking a clothesline, then hot a clothesline in the corner, then a facebuster on a knee. Triple H hit a DDT, then delivered some punches, decking him. I think I heard a slight "TNA" chant from somewhere.
Triple H ran into a Kozlov boot, then Koz ran into a Triple H spinebuster, which woke up some of the crowd. Triple H set up for a Pedigree, but Kozlov shoved Triple H into the ropes and rammed his sternum with his head. Both men were down, then both men got up. Triple H hit some shots, then Kozlov reversed a whip and Triple H oversold it, bumping over the top rope and to the floor. Kozlov rammed Triple H into the security wall, then rammed him into the ring apron. Kozlov threw Triple H back into the ring, and hit a fallaway slam for a two count. Kozlov trapped Triple H's arms and hit some headbutts to the body. Kozlov then hit a powerslam for a two count.
Kozlov applied a reverse bear hug on the mat. The New York Giants went 10-1 today. I'm pretty happy about that. Speaking of the Sport Of Kings, I understand there's a pretty close football game going on right now. Unfortunately, I'm waiting for this match to end.
Kozlov with two backbreaker, then back to the reverse bear hug. More "boring" chants. Triple H punched out of the bear hug, but ran into a Kozlov powerslam for a two count. Kozlov complained to the referee, then went back to the reverse bearhug. Taz and Jim Ross deserve raises for trying to make this match entertaining.
Triple H got to his feet, still in the bearhug, and broke free from it. Kozlov headbutted him in the back, then hit a belly to belly suplex. Kozlov then stared at Triple H. Kozlov charged as Triple H got up, and Triple H moved and Kozlov went headfirst into the top turnbuckle. Kozlov went for a punch, Triple H ducked, and Triple H hit the Pedigree. Triple H collapsed to mat after hitting his move. Maybe out of boredom.
At the thirteen minute mark, Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero ran out and said "He's here! This is now a Triple Threat match!". Edge's music hit, and a bearded Edge came out to a combination of cheers and boos. Edge hit Triple H with a spear. Jeff Hardy, in street clothes and with a bandage on his head, hit the ring to a monster pop. Hardy tackled Edge and hit him with punches. Hardy went to the floor and got a chair. Hardy went to hit Edge with it, but he moved and Triple H ended up getting hit with the chair. Kozlov then went for Hardy, but Hardy ducked and hit Kozlov with the chair. Edge then speared Hardy, then covered Triple H for the three count at the fourteen minute mark.
Winner and new WWE Champion: Edge.
Edge and Vickie Guerrero embraced on the stage. Maybe Koz-HHH was boring on purpose to make the finish more exciting?
A video package on the World Title match was shown. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler will call the main event.
World Champion Chris Jericho vs. John Cena.
Chris Jericho entered the ring first. John Cena then entered, wearing his new AWA-like merchandise. Big reaction for Cena, although you can tell there were some boos mixed in with the cheers. Definitely a loud reaction though, and mostly positive. They did the "big match introductions" again. Comparatively, Jericho is getting almost all boos. The focused on the scar on Cena's neck a lot.
Cena circled Jericho at the start, then went right in for an FU. Jericho jumped off and went to the apron for a breather. There was a "Cena" chant. Jericho grabbed a side headlock, then took Cena down to the mat. Cena got to his feet, tossed Jericho into the ropes, but Jericho hit a shoulderblock. Cena went to the floor to regroup, holding the back of his neck. Cena got back in, then tackled Jericho and hit some right hands. Cena hit a vertical suplex for a one count, then a drop toe hold. Cena went for the STFU, but Jericho kicked it away. Cena smiled at Jericho. Jericho kicked Cena in the gut, then delivered a right hand. Jericho rammed Cena into the top turnbuckle, then kicked him in the back of the neck. Jericho went for a whip, but Cena reversed it and hit a clothesline of his own. Cena slammed Jericho, then hit an elbowdrop for a two count. Cena missed a charge in the corner, then Jericho stomped Cena's head. Jericho went for a whip, Cena kicked Jericho in the gut, then hit the Throwback.
Cena went to climb the ropes, but then stopped, and got back in the ring. Jericho kicked Cena as he stepped through the ropes, and hit a double arm DDT for a two count. Cena was on the mat with his head hanging off the apron. Jericho got on the floor and kicked Cena's head into the ringpost. Cena slumped to the floor. Cena got back into the ring right before the ten count. Jericho went for a punch, but Cena hit two of his own. Jericho then sidestepped a charging Cena and threw him over the top rope and to the floor. Jericho got outside and gave Cena a baseball slide kick to the head. Jericho then threw Cena head first into the ring steps. Jericho tossed Cena back into the ring, then hit a slingshot splash for a two count. Jericho applied a head vice in the ring.
Cena powered up and broke out of the hold, but missed a flying shoulderblock as Jericho ducked. Jericho scored a two count, then choked Cena against the middle rope. Jericho applied a full nelson, but Cena broke out of it by ramming Jericho backwards into a corner. Jericho immediately reapplied the hold though, and Cena sagged to the mat before powering up again. Cena broke free, then shoved Jericho into a corner as he went for a bulldog. Cena hit a shoulderblock, then a second, then went for a back suplex, but Jericho flipped over him and hit a bulldog. Jericho went for the Lionsault, but Cena rolled away, so Jericho landed on his feet, only to be given a back suplex. Cena did the "You Can't See Me", but Jericho tripped Cena and put him in the Walls of Jericho, driving his knee into Cena's neck, similar to the old "Liontamer" version. Cena powered out of it, but got up grabbing his neck. Jericho decked him with a clothesline.
Jericho took Cena down and applied the traditional Walls Of Jericho. Cena struggled to get to the ropes, and finally made it to force the break. Cena got to his feet, and Jericho charged him. Cena scooped up Jericho and hit the FU, then slumped to the mat. Cena crawled onto Jericho for a two count. The got to their feet, and Cena charged Jericho, only to be caught with a back elbow. Jericho and Cena fought onto the middle rope, exchanging right hands. Cena flipped Jericho into the ring, went to the top rope and hit the top rope Rocker Dropper. Cena went for the FU, but Jericho hit a back elbow and delivered the Codebreaker. Jericho crawled onto Cena for a two count. Huge pop for the kickout.
Jericho had a trickle of blood coming from his forehead. Jericho hit a clothesline, and screamed at Cena to get up again. Cena slowly got up, and Jericho blasted him with another clothesline. Jericho then went for a third clothesline, but Cena hit a drop toe hold and applied the STFU. Jericho inched towards the ropes, but Cena rolled off and pulled Jericho back towards the middle of the ring. Jericho kicked Cena in the head and grabbed a small package. Cena rolled through it, got to his feet scooping Jericho up off the mat, put him in FU position and hit the FU for the pin at the 22 minute mark.
Winner and new World Champion: John Cena.
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