Backstage, Ted DiBiase approached Randy Orton and said he was there for him tonight. Orton asked where Cody was, and DiBiase said he didn't know, and that all Cody has been talking about is winning the Rumble. Orton said he was about to go beat Sheamus, and he doesn't need Cody or Ted to do it.
WWE Champion Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.
They reviewed the events leading to this match as Sheamus came to the ring. Orton came out second, to a more positive reaction, while they showed how he laid out Sheamus on Raw last week. Then they did the "big match" introductions for both men. Jerry Lawler pointed out the differences in skin color between the two Caucasians. Seriously.
The two men had a staredown at the bell, with chants starting up for Orton. They locked up and Orton grabbed a side headlock. They collided on a shoulderblock as Sheamus shoved him off, then Orton blasted him with a standing dropkick. They locked up again, and Orton backed Sheamus into the ropes. Orton hit a forearm, but Sheamus came back with a double axhandle, then hit an armbreaker. Orton rolled to the floor, and Sheamus followed, laying him out on the floor with a forearm uppercut. Sheamus slammed Orton's arm into the steel ringsteps. Back in the ring, Sheamus applied an armbar on the injured arm. Sheamus picked up Orton for a slam, but Orton floated out of it and hit a chopblock to the leg.
Orton went to work on Sheamus' leg, stomping it and dropping a knee on it. Orton hit a kneedrop for a one count. Orton stomped Sheamus in the side of the head, then applied a spinning toe hold. Sheamus kicked off the move, and got to his feet limping. Sheamus tossed Orton shoulder first into the ringpost, then did it a second time. Sheamus rammed Orton into the corner with a shoulderblock, then hit a second. Sheamus went for a third, but Orton kicked him in the head, then stomped his leg. Orton went to the floor and slammed Sheamus' leg across the ring apron. Orton then whipped his leg against the ring post. Sheamus fell to the floor, as Orton got back in.
Orton tossed Sheamus back into the ring, and kicked him in the ribs. Sheamus fought back with a punch to the gut and a cross armbreaker for a two count. Sheamus applied an armbar, and Orton tried to get out of it with body blows. Sheamus switched to an overhead wristlock, and Orton punched out of it. They traded punches, with the crowd cheering each shot. Sheamus got the better of it, so Orton kicked him in the gut and hit a forearm uppercut. Orton went for a whip, but Sheamus reversed it and hit a backbreaker for a two count.
Sheamus went for a Crucifix Bomb, but Orton slid out of it, kicked Sheamus in the knee, and then kicked him in the head, sending him to the floor. Sheamus got on the apron, and Orton grabbed him for the elevated DDT. Orton hit the move, but Sheamus grabbed the ropes at the two count. Orton measured Sheamus for a punt, but Sheamus rolled out of the ring and to the floor. Orton went after Sheamus and hit an uppercut, but Sheamus ran Orton into the ringpost twice and tossed him back in the ring. Cody Rhodes came out and hit Sheamus on the floor. The referee started arguing with Rhodes, while Sheamus got back in the ring. Orton hit Sheamus with an RKO and covered him, but the referee disqualified Orton for Rhodes hitting Sheamus at the 14-minute mark.
Winner via disqualification: Sheamus.
Cody Rhodes got in the ring and was apologetic for costing Randy the match. The fans were chanting for an RKO. Rhodes kept apologizing. Orton slugged Rhodes, and then started ramming his head into the mat, saying "You screwed everything up!" over and over. Ted DiBiase came out to try and calm things down, and Orton slugged him as well. Orton stomped both men, saying "You're both done". DiBiase and Rhodes were still trying to apologize. Sheamus was getting back up. Orton stopped his attack, and turned as Sheamus blasted him with a pump kick. Sheamus walked off, then Rhodes & DiBiase left together. Orton was left laying in the ring.
A video on the events leading to Women's Title match was shown.
Women's Champion Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James.
No Layla with McCool as she made her entrance. McCool got on the mic and said James was nowhere to be seen. Layla made some fat jokes, then out came "Piggy James", aka Layla in the fat suit from Smackdown. As Layla was coming out, the real Mickie James ran out. She gave Layla a Thesz Press on the floor and threw her into the security wall. The bell then rang for the match. Layla got on the apron and distracted Mickie. Michelle charged for a kick, but Mickie moved and McCool kicked Layla off the apron. Mickie hit Michelle with a DDT and pinned her.
Winner and new Women's Champion: Mickie James.
Mickie knocked Layla on top of Michelle. The babyface Divas came out with a big sheet cake, and the rubbed it in the faces of Michelle and Layla, and then walked off.
The showed a video of the events leading to the World Title match.
World Champion The Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio.
They said Mysterio was weighing in at 175, while Undertaker is close to 300 pounds. Rey threw some kicks at Undertaker's legs at the bell, then hit some punches in a corner. Undertaker grabbed Rey and just flung him over the top rope and to the floor. Rey got on the apron and Undertaker approached him. Rey hit a shoulderblock from the apron and some punches. Rey went for a springboard, but Undertaker punched him in mid-jump and sent him to the floor. Undertaker went outside and pounded Rey, then put him in the ring apron. Undertaker went for the ring apron legdrop, but Rey rolled out of the way. Taker landed on his feet, hit Rey, pulled him back across the apron and hit the legdrop.
Undertaker got back in the ring and went for a chokeslam, but Rey turned it into a rana and sent Undertaker into the ropes. Rey went for a 619, but Taker caught it. Undertaker went for a tombstone, but Rey kicked Undertaker repeatedly to escape it. Undertaker hit Rey and went for a legdrop, but Rey moved. Rey went for a springboard bodypress, but Taker kicked him with a big boot. Rey rolled to the floor. Undertaker went outside and hit him with a big boot and a few more kicks. Undertaker missed one running kick and got his leg wrapped around the ringpost. Rey slid into the ring then hit a baseball slide kick into the hung up leg, crushing it against the ringpost.
Rey went for a jump off the apron into a rana on the floor, but Undertaker caught it. Undertaker went for a powerbomb, but Rey grabbed the ropes and pulled himself free and onto the apron. Rey then hit Undertaker with an Asai moonsault. Rey got back in the ring, then went for a baseball slide kick on Undertaker on the floor. Undertaker, who had a bloody nose, side stepped it, grabbed Rey by the throat, and tossed him into the security wall. Undertaker rolled Rey into the ring and got a two count, then a series of short-arm shoulderblocks. Undertaker lifted Rey by his arm in a wrist lock and threw him across the top rope. Undertaker rubbed his forearm in Rey's face.
Undertaker pounded Mysterio in a corner, then hit a side slam for a two count. Undertaker picked up Rey from the mat, and Mysterio threw a punched of leg kicks, but Taker decked him with one punch. Undertaker, who had a lot of blood on his nose and mouth, went after Rey again, and Rey hit a jawbreaker. Rey kicked a charging Taker, then a spinning DDT. Undertaker sat up, but Rey dropkicked him back down, then hit a springboard legdrop for a two count. Rey hit some shots, then bounced off the ropes and was decked by Undertaker with a clothesline. Undertaker went for a Last Ride, but Rey floated over it and tripped Undertaker into the ropes. Rey hit a 619, but Taker stood up as it hit him, stumbling. Rey hit a springboard dropkick to Undertaker's back, sending him into the opposite set of ropes. Mysterio hit a second 619, then went for a springboard, but Undertaker caught him and hit a Last Ride powerbomb for the pin at the 12-minute mark.
Winner: The Undertaker.
Coverage continued on next page.
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