Backstage, Rey Mysterio was praying. Big Show said that while Rey is a "man of faith" some things are "too big" to overcome. Rey said he is a former World Champion with 20 years experience, and he is always the underdog, but he will be champion again. Show said they are friends, but he will knock him out of he has to, holding up his fist. Rey said his heart is bigger than Show's fist. Rey walked off, and Show wished him luck.
Chris Jericho came out and cut a promo about how he is the reason fans watch WWE, which got an ovation from the New York crowd. Jericho said he is not getting the attention he used to, noting that even his rookie Wade Barrett gets more attention than him. Jericho said that the reason is because his whole career he has been trying to knock someone else off the mountain, and now he was on the top of the mountain with others trying to knock him off. Jericho said he has a target on his back. Jericho noted that last week on Raw, Evan Bourne gave him a shooting star press after their match was over, and he didn't deserve it. Jericho said he wants restitution, and has challenged Bourne a match tonight. Jericho ripped on Bourne, saying his career would "fade away" like a shooting star tonight. The fans seemed mostly pro-Jericho, even when he called them parasites.
Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne.
There was a loud "Y2J" chant at the start. They locked up, and Bourne shoved Jericho. Jericho whipped Bourne into a corner and clotheslined him. Jericho punched Bourne, calling him "Shooting Star" while hitting him. Bourne ducked a clothesline and hit a rana, then a dropkick to the face for a two count. Bourne ran the ropes, but Jericho hit a clothesline for a two count. Jericho pounded Bourne in a corner. Jericho missed a charge and fell to the floor. Bourne went to the top rope and hit a bodypress on Jericho on the floor. As they got back in the ring, Jericho kicked Bourne on the apron, then hit the springboard dropkick, knocking Bourne to the floor.
Back in the ring, Jericho kicked Bourne in the gut. Bourne fought back with some kicks, but Jericho floored him with a dropkick for a two count. Jericho snapmared Bourne and kicked him in the back. Jericho put Bourne in a chinlock, but Bourne fought up in it. Jericho went for a back suplex, but Bourne floated over it and hit some kicks to the body, then a spinkick. Bourne hit a running elbow, then a dropkick in the corner for a two count. Bourne hit some kicks to the leg, but missed a roundhouse and Jericho hit a German suplex for a two count. Jericho put Bourne in a corner and went for a whip. Bourne reversed it, but Jericho hit a back elbow. Jericho got on the second rope, but Bourne leaped up and pulled him down with a rana for a two count.
Bourne went for his double kneedriver, but Jericho caught it and slowly dropped to the mat, rolling Bourne into the Walls Of Jericho, to a pop. Bourne struggled in the hold, and made the ropes for a break. Bourne got up on the apron, and Jericho shoved him off the apron and into the announce table. Jericho went outside and rammed Bourne into the table. Jericho went for a clothesline on the floor, but Bourne dodged it and tripped Jericho into the ringsteps. Back in the ring, Bourne hit a top rope kneedriver for a two count. Bourne hit a kick, but Jericho blocked one and hit a double underhook backbreaker. Jericho went for a Lionsault, but Bourne moved. Jericho landed on his feet, and Bourne kicked him. Bourne went for a Shooting Star Press, but Jericho moved out of the way. Bourne landed on his feet, but Jericho hit a Codebreaker. Jericho covered, but Bourne got his foot on the ropes. Jericho yelled "Stay down you idiot!" and pounded him in the corner.
Jericho missed a charge in the corner, and Bourne rolled up Jericho for a two count. Jericho grabbed the legs and went for the Walls Of Jericho, but Bourne hooked his head. Jericho stood up with Bourne holding onto his head, and Bourne swung around into a DDT. Bourne went to the top rope, but Jericho met him there. They fought on the ropes, and Bourne punched Jericho to the mat. Bourne got ready to jump, but Jericho got back up and crotched Bourne on the top rope. Jericho went for a superplex, but Bourne tossed Jericho back to the mat, gourdbuster-style. Bourne hit the Shooting Star Press to Jericho's back and got the pin at the 12-minute mark.
Winner: Evan Bourne.
A video package on the Undertaker situation and the World Title Fatal Four Way match was shown.
World Champion Jack Swagger vs. Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk.
Big Show came out first, then CM Punk, who sent Luke Gallows & Serena to the back after hugging them on the stage. Rey Mysterio then entered, then Jack Swagger, and they did the big match introductions.
At the bell, no one went for the immediate lockup. Swagger and Punk then went after Rey, but Big Show grabbed them and tossed them away. Show chopped Swagger, and Punk jumped on Show's back for a sleeper, but he flipped him off. Rey dropkicked Punk and went for his mask. Rey used a headscissors to send Punk out of the ring. Show tossed Swagger out of the ring, leaving Rey and Show to face off. Rey went on the attack, but Show shoved him away. Show got ready for a punch, and Rey slid to the floor. Show reached out of the ring and pulled Rey back in, then threw him into Swagger, who was on the apron. Show covered Rey, but Punk broke it up. Show chopped Punk down and covered him, but Swagger broke it up. Show dominated, just knocking people around.
Show held Rey for a slam with one arm, and pushed around Punk and Swagger with the other, until Rey hit Big Show with a DDT out of the slam. There was a sequence where everyone tried to cover Show and pulled each other off. Swagger gave Show a splash out of the corner, but Punk and Rey pulled him off and kicked him. Rey and Punk kicked Show out of the ring, then began going at it with each other. Swagger knocked Punk out of the ring and focused his attack on Rey, hitting a belly to belly suplex for a two count. Swagger put Mysterio in a double chicken wing, but Rey fought out of it. Rey set up Swagger for a 619, but Punk hit Rey with a springboard bodypress for a two count, then covered Swagger for a two count.
Punk shoved Swagger out of the ring and worked over Mysterio in a corner. Punk hit a backbreaker on Rey for a two count, then pulled Swagger into the ring and blasted him with a spinning backfist. Punk kicked Rey in a corner, then gave Swagger a jumping knee in the opposite corner. Punk went for a German suplex on Rey, but Swagger grabbed Punk and we had a double German suplex. Swagger covered both men, but couldn't get a pinfall. Swagger went for a powerbomb on Punk, but Punk blocked it. Punk kicked Swagger in the head, but Rey hit a headscissors on Punk and went for a 619. Big Show, from the floor, grabbed the attempt and dropped Rey face first on the announce table.
Big Show got in the ring and pounded Swagger and Punk, including an avalanche on both men and a double clothesline. Swagger and Punk bailed out to the floor. BIg Show went out after Punk, but Rey kicked the ring steps into Show's legs. Mysterio gave Show a 619 around the ringpost. Punk hit a springboard dive on Show on the floor. In the ring, Rey went for a bodypress on Swagger, but Swagger kicked Rey down. Punk ran in and gave Swagger a GTS, but apparently hurt his knee on the move.
The lights turned red, and Kane came out, wheeling a casket. Kane went after CM Punk and threw him out of the ring. Kane chokeslammed Punk into the casket and went to close it, but Punk used his leg to keep it open. Luke Gallows ran out and kicked Kane, then helped Punk to the back, with Kane in pursuit.
In the ring, Rey gave Swagger a 619 and a springboard splash for the pin at the ten minute mark.
Winner and new World Champion: Rey Mysterio.
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