Remember, last time Jericho left, it was an Orton punt kick that wrote him out of the company storylines.
WWE World champion Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton
We started with all four in the ring. Del Rio and Sheamus slugged it out while Orton and Jericho went at it on the opposite side of the ring. The heels powdered out, leaving Orton and Sheamus to face off. Before they could touch, they were jumped from behind.
All four brawled on the floor. Orton and Sheamus sent their opponents into the guard rails and returned to the ring to face off. They slugged it out. Orton overpowered Orton with a kick to the mid-section and dropped down with a big kneedrop. He went to rebound off the ropes but Jericho pulled down the ropes and Sheamus crashed to the floor.
Orton was double teamed by Jericho and Del Rio. The crowd chanted "Si!" when Alberto kicked at Orton. They nailed a double suplex on Orton. Jericho nailed the old Tully Blanchard catapult under the ropes. Sheamus recovered but was attacked by Del Rio and Jericho and sent hard into the announcer's table, head first.
Orton made a comeback, taking out Alberto and working over Jericho. They overcame him and when Jericho covered him, Del Rio broke it up, so there went their alliance. They went back and forth with Del Rio nailing him with a backbreaker for a two count. Orton returned, clotheslining Alberto over the top to the floor. Jericho nailed Orton and covered him for a two count. He saw Sheamus coming and nailed a sliding dropkick to the outside, taking out the champ again.
Jericho locked a side chinlock on Orton, who fought his way out with shots to the mid-section. Jericho cut him off and ascended to the top but was cut off. He went for a superplex but Alberto cut him off. He tried to slide underneath for a powerbomb, teasing a Tower of Doom but Sheamus returned and broke it up. He came off the top with the battering ram shoulderblock and beat Alberto down in the corner with punches and kicks.
The champ whipped Alberto into the corner but was kicked off. Sheamus caught him coming with a rolling senton. He went to the corner to set up for a charge but Ricardo distracted him, setting up a leaping enziguiri for a two count. Del Rio locked in a keylock. Sheamus fought his way out and shoulderblocks him into the corner. He slammed Del Rio for a two count.
Del Rio and Sheamus went back and forth. Del Rio was caught in the ropes and beaten over the chest. Jericho nailed Sheamus but Orton made the save. He clotheslined Jericho, then powerslammed Sheamus. Orton draped Sheamus on the ropes and drilled him with the hanging DDT. He set up for the RKO but was captured in the rolling armbreaker for a submission. Orton teased tapping but Jericho broke it up with an elbowdrop.
Jericho chopped Del Rio, then sent him into the ropes for a running forearm. Jericho nailed the Lionsault but Del Rio pulled his knees up. Orton nailed a kick and covered him. Sheamus broke it up and nailed the Irish Curse backbreaker on Alberto. Orton went for and missed the RKO and Sheamus missed the Brogue Kick. Orton went for the RKO but Sheamus ducked and rolled him up for a two count.
Orton sent Sheamus' bad shoulder into the ringpost. He caught Alberto returning and went for the hanging DDT. Ricardo tried to make the save but was kicked and nailed at the same time. He covered Del Rio for a two count. Jericho attacked and hit the Codebreaker after sliding out of an RKO.
Alberto locked in the rolling cross armbreaker but Jericho slipped out and locked in the Walls of Jericho in the middle. Jericho saw a Brogue Kick coming and ducked it while holding the move, then nailed a Codebreaker for a two count. Jericho began kicking away at Sheamus, yelling at him to stay down. Jericho went for a move but Jericho turned it into the Walls of Jericho, locking on a submission.
Sheamus tried to make it to the ropes but was pulled to the center of the ring. Orton hit the ring and caught Jericho in an RKO. Del Rio tried to interfere but Orton moved and nailed him with one as well. Sheamus nailed Orton with The Brouge Kick but was rolled up by Jericho for a two count. Sheamus cut him off and nailed White Noise for the win.
Your winner and still World champion, Sheamus!
Real good match. Lots of really good near falls and dramatic moments. The way this was laid out, it could have fallen apart really badly if the timing wasn't right but this was on the mark.
Backstage, WWE Intercontinental champ Cody Rhodes was telling Eve that it was smart of Christian to pick Santino Marella because Rhodes would have embarrassed him coming back from his injuries. Christian overhears him and Rhodes kisses his ass. Christian says that's full of crap, so he's changed his mind and wants to face Cody tonight. Well, Christian is officially a babyface folks!
Miz comes out and cuts a promo. His usual stuff. I bet he can't wait to go make Marine 3 at this point.
Miz vs. Brodus Clay.
Oh man, I don't want to hate this before they lock up, but why is this on the show? This is totally not needed, especially this late into the PPV and after a good World title match. It's doomed for failure; what a waste of time that can go to Punk vs. Bryan or even Cody vs. Christian.
Clay shoulderblocks Miz to the floor. Miz stalks around mad. He nails Clay. Only pisses him off. Miz gets battered headfirst into the turnbuckles a bunch. Clay whips him into the ropes but was kicked when he put his foot down. Clay immediately nails Miz.
Clay nails some headbutts to the back. They go to the floor where Clay tries to run Miz into the ringpost but he slips off and sends Clay into it. Michael Cole said, "Folks, we have a wounded dinosaur." What we have are falling buyrates.
Miz works over Miz on the floor and back in the ring, including a boot to the head. He locks on a side chinlock. Clay made a monster comeback with a series of clotheslines. He was kicked off a charge in the corner but crotched Miz on the top. Clay nailed a Fall Away Slam style toss off the ropes and squashed Miz with a splash.
Your winner, Brodus Clay!
They do the old JYD dance with the kids stuff.
Nothing we haven't seen before. Next.
Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins rip up signs that knock John Laurinaitis. It came off really lame.
WWE Intercontinenta champ Cody Rhodes vs. Christian
Rhodes came out with a mic asking the fans if they were happy he has to defend his championship. The crowd popped. He said that the Rhodes family goes back years in the Carolinas. Cody said that his father never let him come to shows here and Dusty used to tell him that one day he will understand. Cody said that now he does because the fans here are short-sighted and stupid. He told them to watch what he does to Christian.
They locked up and Rhodes gained control early with a series of right hands. He peppered Christian with punches in the corner. Christian leapfrogged Rhodes and nailed him with a forearm. Christian sent Rhodes to the floor and nailed a dropkick through the ropes for a two count.
Rhodes came back to whip Christian into the ring steps. Rhodes rolled him back in for a two count. Rhodes drilled him with a knee to the gut and a Russian Legsweep for a two count. Rhodes locked in a shoulderbar. Christian made it to the ropes. He and Rhodes battled in the corner.
Rhodes nailed a superplex and it took them a long time to recover. They went back and forth. Christian clotheslined Rhodes over the top to the floor, with both tumbling over. Rhodes nailed a leaping kick off the ringsteps on the floor. He tossed Christian in for a two count.
Rhodes worked over Christian but was caught with a missile dropkick for a two count. Christian went for the Killswitch but turned it into a drop toehold. He came off the top with bodypress but there was no water in the pool. Something missing from this one so far.
Rhodes covered him for a two count. Christian came back and tried for a tornado DDT but was shoved off. Rhodes nailed a moonsault off the top for a two count. Rhodes began screaming that he was better than Christian and everyone. He dared him to stand up to him. This fired up Christian who sent him into the corner and caught him with the Killswitch for the quick win.
Your winner and new WWE Intercontinental champion, Christian!
Just OK. Nothing really memorable here. The loss buried Rhodes once again.
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