Rhodes heads back into the ring, but then right back out so he can send Booker in as well. In the ring Rhodes locks in a submission hold working over Booker's shoulders and back. Booker fights up to his feet and catches Rhodes with a couple of quick strikes, but Rhodes catches him with a kick to the chest and puts Booker down to the mat for another near fall. Rhodes locks in a seated full nelson, but it's not long before Booker fights back up to his feet. Booker fights out of the hold and hits a chop but Cody tosses him right into the corner. Booker hits Cody with an elbow and coming out of the corner, both men connect with clotheslines, and both go down.
Both men are slow to their feet, but when they get up they trade rights in the middle of the ring. Booker gets the upper hand, putting Cody down with a couple of clotheslines and a big side slam. Booker goes for the pin but he's only able to get a two count. Booker hits a huge delayed spinebuster, planting Rhodes on the mat. Booker looks out to the fans, and holds up his hand before dropping to his knee. Booker looks ready, and he delivers a classic spinaroonie.
Booker goes for the axe kick, but he misses. Cody is able to connect with the beautiful disaster kick, and he goes for the cover, but Booker is able to kick out at two. Cody is upset and he takes time to talk to the ref. Cody goes for the beautiful disaster kick again, and he connects again. Cody goes for the pin and gets a three count this time.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Cody Rhodes
- We get a recap of Zack Ryder winning the WWE United States Championship earlier this evening. I didn't report it the first time around, but Ryder's father was in attendance in to see his son win the title.
- The WWE Championship is shown hanging over the ring, and it looks like we're ready for the main event of the evening. Justin Roberts is in the ring and he runs down the rules of the match quickly before sending it over to Ricardo Rodriguez.
Ricardo is still covered in food from his run in with Miz and Del Rio earlier in the night. Del Rio makes his way out from the back, without a car, and he stares down Ricardo before taking a look at all of the tables, ladders, and chairs lining the way to the ring.
The Miz is the next man to make his way down to the ring, and he doesn't get much of a reaction out of the crowd. Miz looks at the weapons lining the entrance way briefly, but he's all business as he makes his way down to the ring fairly quickly.
The Champion himself, CM Punk, is the final man to make his way to the ring, after a little bit of a break following the Miz's music. Punk makes his way out to a nice pop from the crowd, without the title around his waist, as it's obviously hanging above the ring. Punk takes the time to duck under one of the ladders on his way to the ring.
The crowd is solidly behind CM Punk, overwhelmingly chanting for the defending champion. The bell rings and Punk attacks both men. The numbers get to Punk eventually as Del Rio and Miz team up to attack the champ. Del Rio and Miz try for a double clothesline, but Punk ducks it and hits both men with a dropkick before hitting Miz with a stiff kick to the spine. Del Rio and Punk team up again, pounding on Punk and dropping him neck first across the top rope.
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** SPOILER ** New GFW World Champion Crowned (Photo)
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