Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho.
Rey called for a 619 chant at the start of the match, playing off Jericho's promo. Mysterio hit a drop toe hold right away, and set up Jericho for the move, but Jericho slid to the floor. Jericho got back in and hit some right hands and kicks. Jericho rammed Rey into the turnbuckles, delivered a snap mare and kicked Rey in the back. Rey hit a series of forearms, then Jericho caught him with a back elbow and threw Rey to the floor. Jericho slid out of the ring, but Rey slid in, and then hit a baseball slide kick. Rey then hit a senton off the apron onto Jericho, and kicked him in the chest. Rey went for a whip on the floor, but Jericho reversed it and sent Rey into the security wall.
Back in the ring, Rey kicked Jericho so he was hanging off the ropes, then hit a guillotine legdrop off the top rope for a two count. Rey went for a headscissors, but Jericho shoved Rey off and onto the apron. Rey hit a shoulderblock between the ropes, then went to the top, but Jericho shoved him and Rey got crotched, catching his leg on the turnbuckle connector. Rey got up on the apron, but Jericho hit a springboard dropkick and sent him to the floor. Jericho went outside and dropped Mysterio across the security wall, then sent him back into the ring and hit a slingshot splash for a two count.
Jericho applied a crossface chickenwing, but Rey got out of it. Rey tried to boot a charging Jericho, but Jericho caught it. Rey hit an enzugiri, and Jericho fell into 619 position. Rey ran the ropes, but Jericho sprung up and backdropped Rey. Rey landed on his leg, and went to the floor to try and shake it off. Jericho pulled Rey onto the apron and went to suplex him back in the ring. Rey floated over and ran the ropes, but Jericho picked him up in a spinning torture rack, then dropped to his knees with it and covered Rey for a two count. Jericho then catapulted Rey into the middle rope for another two count. Rey tried to kick up from the mat, but Jericho sidestepped it and stomped him.
Jericho put Rey on the top rope and tried to pull off his mask. Rey elbowed Jericho to the mat, then hit a top rope senton. Rey is favoring his leg. Rey followed with a springboard bodypress for a two count. Jericho kicked Rey in the gut and went for a sunset flip, but Rey rolled through and kicked Jericho in the head for a two count. Mysterio went for a leapfrog, Jericho grabbed him and went for an electric chair, but Rey turned it into a sunset flip, but Jericho turned it into a Walls Of Jericho attempt. Rey wrangled out of that and ran the ropes, but Jericho caught him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.
Jericho kicked Rey in the gut, then headbutted him in a corner. Jericho went for a bulldog, but Rey shoved him off into a corner, then gave him a headscissors into 619 position. Jericho dodged the 619 attempt, and Rey went for a rana, but Jericho caught it and went for the Walls Of Jericho. Rey kicked it away, and Jericho fell back into 619 position. Rey went for the move again, but Jericho caught it and applied the Walls Of Jericho. Rey crawled for the ropes, but Jericho pulled Rey back into the center of the ring. He pulled too hard, and Rey rolled under the move and cradled Jericho into a small package for a two count. Rey went for a rana, but Jericho countered with a powerbomb for a two count.
Jericho pounded Rey and slapped him across the head. Jericho threw Rey in a corner, but then as he charged in, Rey gave him a drop toe hold, sending Jericho face first into the middle turnbuckle. Rey then hit a 619 in the corner, just avoiding catching his own legs on the ringpost, and immediately delivered a springboard splash for the pin at the 14 minute mark.
Winner: Rey Mysterio.
The events leading to Randy Orton vs. Batista was shown. Yep, the first Raw match of the night is going to be the WWE Title match.
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Batista.
Batista has a nasty scab above his left eye. Mixed reactions for both men during the introductions. Orton slid out of the ring at the bell. Jerry Lawler said the scar on Batista's forehead was actually eight stitches from a "confrontation" this weekend, and the announcers speculated that Orton had something to do with it. Orton got in the ring and Batista grabbed a headlock. Orton shoved him into the ropes and Batista knocked him down with a shoulderblock. Orton went to the floor to regroup. Orton kicked Batista in the gut, and Batista hit a clothesline. There was a faint "RKO" chant. Batista hit a suplex for a two count, then hit Orton with a forearm to the back. Batista dropped his weight on Orton's back twice, then hit some shoulderblocks to the back in a corner.
Batista whipped Orton hard into a corner, and stalked him around the ring. Orton grabbed his trunks and pulled Batista through the ropes and to the floor. Batista got on the apron, but Orton dropkicked him back to the floor. Orton went outside and dropped Batista back first across the security wall. Orton rolled Batista back in for a two count, then raked Batista's face across the laces of his boot. Orton hit a series of kneedrops to the chest, then got a two count. Orton applied a chinlock, but Batista powered out. Orton grabbed Batista with his side backbreaker and then stomped Batista. Orton applied a chinlock, and the "RKO" chants were there again.
Batista broke out of the chinlock with a back suplex, then hit some punches. Orton grabbed a sleeper, which Batista shoved off, and Orton hit a dropkick. It definitely seems Orton has more crowd support than Batista does. Batista hit some shoulderblocks from the apron, then Orton caught him with a knee. Orton stretched Batista on the ropes, then hit a DDT for a two count. Orton began measuring Batista for the RKO. Orton changed his mind, and instead lined up for the punt. Randy charged, but Batista nailed him with a spear. Positive reaction from the crowd for the spear. They exchanged punches, and the crowd definitely was more pro-Orton on the exchange. Batista hit some shoulderblocks in a corner, a clothesline, and then a powerslam for a two count. Orton hit a back elbow and rolled to the floor. Orton yelled at the referee to count him out.
Batista came out after Orton and pounded him around ringside. Orton ran around the ring, with Batista chasing him. Orton then hugged onto the ringpost to avoid Batista pulling him back into the ring. They got back in, and Orton hit a clothesline, but Batista responded with a more powerful one. Batista hit a kick to Orton's face, and Orton rolled out of the ring again. Batista reached out to grab him, and Orton pulled Batista throat first across the top rope. Orton went for a chair, but Batista hit him as he got on the apron and the chair was dropped. Batista threw Orton back in the ring, then hit a top rope shoulderblock for a two count. Batista has more crowd support now. Batista went for a Batista Bomb, but Orton pulled out and rolled out of the ring again. Orton grabbed the title belt and headed up the aisle.
Batista grabbed Orton and threw him into the ring. Orton went to hit Batista with the belt, but Batista ducked it and hit a spinebuster. Batista went for a powerbomb, but Orton shoved out if it. Orton went for an RKO, but Batista shoved it off. Batista went for a spear, but Orton dodged it and Batista went into ringpost. Orton lined up Batista for the RKO. Batista shoved off the attempt, and Orton almost ran into the referee. Batista put his hands on Orton, and Orton slapped the referee, getting disqualified at the sixteen minute mark.
Winner via disqualification: Batista.
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes hit the ring and attacked Batista. There was a "Whoo!" and Ric Flair ran out. Flair started chopping and punching Legacy, helping Batista clean house. Batista gave Orton a Batista Bomb. DiBiase ate a Batista spinebuster. Flair stomped Rhodes out of the ring. Flair and Batista hugged, and the crowd popped for Flair. Legacy regrouped on the stage and stared at Flair and Batista.
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