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Vince McMahon's music hits and we're off! McMahon heads to the ring in a horrendous suit with John Laurinaitis. The locker room is shown backstage watching on a monitor. A "CM Punk" chant breaks out. McMahon says that he will never say Punk's name, and that fans are chanting for a man who walked out on them and is the biggest ingrate he's ever seen. Vince says there is no one man who is bigger than WWE, not Hogan, Bret, Rock or Austin, and WWE is a global promotional juggernaut that cannot be stopped, and tonight there will be an 8 man tournament to crown a new WWE Champion. Rey Mysterio will face Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger will face R-Truth, Kofi Kingston will face Alberto Del Rio and Alex Riley will face The Miz in tournament matches.
McMahon brings up John Cena not being in the tournament. McMahon said he warned Cena that there would be severe consequences, and there will be severe consequences and tonight will be a night that we will always remember. He then thanked everyone for coming.
Michael Cole brings up that John Cena already believes he's been fired, and quotes his Tweet from earlier.
The Miz's music hits and he heads to the ring.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
Good back-and-forth match. Riley got distracted for a second after Miz touched the referee, allowing Miz to hit the skull crushing finale to get the pin and advance in the tournament.
R-Truth is shown in the back walking to the ring.
A video package of John Morrison is shown, who is returning soon.
Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth
Some "Little Jimmy" chants from the crowd. R-Truth got the victory after Jack Swagger went for an ankle lock, and Truth rolled through and got the pin. Kingston vs. Del Rio is next.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio takes the mic and says that everything that is happening is because of John Cena, and he hopes that Cena gets fired. Del Rio says WWE needs a new top star, and it's him since it's his destiny. Del Rio's music hits and Ricardo Rodriguez comes out with mic in hand and introduces Del Rio.
Kingston won the match clean after Del Rio went for an arm bar, but Kingston wiggled out and rolled Del Rio up for the three count.
Rey Mysterio is shown walking to the ring, he faces Dolph Ziggler next.
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