"Yes, sir, we promised you a great main eventů"
WWE Money In The Bank Opener:
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the PPV. There are ladders set up everywhere and it looks like we're going to kick things off with a Money in the Bank match. Cole is joined tonight by Lawler and Striker. Apparently the first MITB match will be Smackdown's.
The amount of ladders around ringside is pretty ridiculous, and we get a good look at them as Kofi Kingston's music hits, and the Intercontinental Champion makes his way down to the ring to a big pop.
The participants continue to come to the ring as 'Dashing' Cody Rhodes is the next man to the ring. I don't know if I need to say this, but you'll have to bear with me during results of the MITB matches, due to the number of participants, they'll be extremely difficult to write about. Matt Hardy is the fifth entrant to the ring, and he too gets a pretty decent reaction from the crowd. Hardy climbs some of the ladders on the stage before making his way down to the ring. Drew McIntyre is out next and he gets a little bit of heat from the crowd.
Kane's pyro hits, and the monster is out to the ring. The Big Show is the last man out to the ring, and we're finally ready to kick things off as every man is out to the ring.
The bell rings and it's just absolute chaos. Everyone teams up to take on Kane and the Big Show, and Cody Rhodes looks to take advantage early. Kane and Show fight off the other men, and take Cody down off the ladder. Show and Kane square off and Show gets the upper hand with a huge shoulder block. Show look at the ladder, and tries to climb, but the rung immediately breaks. Show breaks off another rung with his hand before fighting off Christian, Kofi, Drew, Hardy and Ziggler before just picking up a ladder and tossing it out of the ring on top of Kane.
Show goes to the outside and everyone except Kane dogpiles on top of him, taking him down to the ground. Everyone then turns on each other, and McIntyre is the last man standing. He sets a ladder up against the ring apron and slingshots Christian into the ladder face first before putting it into the ring. Drew sets up the ladder under the belt and begins the climb, but Hardy stops him by picking up a ladder and throwing it against McIntyre's back. Hardy goes for the briefcase, but he's stopped by Christian. Christian goes for it, but he's stopped by Hardy.
Christian and Hardy fight to the outside, and Rhodes tries to sneak in for a quick victory, but he's stopped by Kingston, who's in turn stopped by Ziggler. Ziggler climbs the ladder and gets his hands on the briefcase but Christian climbs the other side and stops him. Christian and Ziggler trade blows on top of the ladder and both have hands on the briefcase. Christian hip tosses Ziggler off the ladder, but the ladder is pushed over by Hardy. Rhodes comes in and eats a Killswitch from Christian. Kane is in and almost hits a double chokeslam on Hardy and Christian, but he eats a double DDT instead. Christian and Hardy pick up ladders and sandwich Kane in between them before clashing. Hardy tries for the twist of fate, but Christian flops him onto the ladder instead and stands on Hardy's back.
Christian tries to go up the ladder again, but Rhodes pushes it and Christian sails out of the ring on top of Big Show. Kofi and Hardy team up on Kane and Hardy nails a twist of fate to put him down. Kofi tries to climb a really short ladder, but Rhodes is there to take him off of it with a back body drop. Rhodes and Hardy fight at the top of the ladder, but McIntyre tips the ladder over the the two men sail into the ropes. McIntyre throws both Rhodes and Hardy into opposite ring posts before trying to go up the ladder himself. He's stopped by Ziggler, but Drew immediately tosses Dolph from the ring. Kane pulls McIntyre from the ring and begins dismantling the announce table.
Kane grabs McIntyre around the throat, but McIntyre fights it off. Kane puts him right back down, and then takes Christian down with a right hand. Kane grabs a ladder, but Kofi hits a sliding dropkick to send the ladder into Kane's face. Kofi goes to the outside where he begins wailing on McIntyre before hitting a huge kick to the back of the head. McIntyre is laid out on the Spanish announce table, and Kofi looks up at another ladder. Kofi begins to climb the ladder on the outside, standing for a bit at the top before hitting a giant boom drop through the table and McIntyre.
Ziggler is alone in the ring climbing a ladder and he gets his hands on the briefcase, but Show pushes over the ladder, grabs Ziggler in mid air, and takes him down with a chokeslam. Kane tries for a chokeslam, but Show fights it off. Show sandwiches Kane in the corner with a ladder, before splashing the ladder into Kane. Hardy and Christian and in and they try to use the ladder as a team to fight off Show, but Show pushes them down and splashes both men with the ladder on top of them.
Show goes back to the outside, and he grabs a gigantic reinforced ladder. Show struggles, and it doesn't look like he's going to be able to get it into the ring. He eventually figures it out, but he looks beat as he stands it up and tries to position it. He's finally able to after much huffing and puffing, and me openly laughing. Show steps on the first rung and Rhodes is in hitting Show in the ankle with another ladder. Rhodes begins the climb up the ginormous ladder, but he's taken down by Ziggler in an electric chair drop.
Ziggler tries to pull himself up the huge ladder, which doesn't seem to be moving any time soon. Ziggler gets up a couple of rungs, but Show gets up and hits him with a big chop that takes him down. Show grabs his ankle, fights off Hardy, and looks at the ladder. Kofi's in out of nowhere and he springboards onto the ladder. Show tries to stop him, but Kofi counters with a tornado DDT. Kingston begins the climb again, but Cody Rhodes is there to stop him with a missile dropkick that knocks Kofi from the ladder.
Rhodes hits a cross Rhodes to Kingston on the ladder and knocks his own head. Rhodes begins the climb up the ladder and Ziggler stops him, giving him a Zig Zag that sends him right into the reinforced ladder, which doesn't even move. Show is back up to his feet and he fights off Rhodes and Ziggler before hobbling around for a little bit. Show looks up at the briefcase, and he tries to climb. Show gets up a couple of rungs, and Kane is in there. Kane tips over the ladder and Show ends up in the ropes and falling out to the outside. Christian, Kofi and Rhodes pile a ton of ladders on top of Show and they completely bury him under ladders. Kane sets up the ladder and everyone tries to climb at once, it's complete chaos. Kane starts chokeslamming everyone and Rhodes has his hands on the briefcase. Kane pulls Rhodes off and climbs the ladder himself. Ziggler stops Kane, climbing right over him. Kane tries to fight off Dolph, but Ziggler locks in the sleeper. Kane fights it off by ramming Ziggler's head into the ladder.
Kane sends Ziggler to the outside, hanging his knee up dangerously in the ropes first, and on top of Show's heap of chairs. Kane makes his way to the outside where he chokeslams Kofi on top of the ladder pile, and then he chases Rhodes up the entrance ramp. Kane picks up Rhodes and slams him face first into one of the armored trucks at near the ramp. Hardy is climbing up the ladder when Kane returns, and Kane simply swats he and Christian away. They come back with a double powerbomb, taking Kane right off the ladder. Christian and Hardy climb up either side of the ladder, and they trade blows. Both men get hands on the briefcase. Hardy fights off Christian, but Christian comes right back. Both men are holding the briefcase and hitting each other, standing at the top of the ladder. Both men push and fall from the top of the ladder, hitting the ropes.
Drew McIntyre is up and stirring, and he begins the climb up the ladder to a ton of heat. Kane is in to a lot of cheers, and McIntyre gets his hands on the briefcase, but Kane tosses him off of the ladder with a chokeslam. Kane grabs the briefcase, and takes it off the hook, winning the match.
Winner of the MITB contract: Kane
Sheamus is backstage with Josh Matthews. Sheamus says he's a man of pride, but he's not stupid. He says he watched the NXT 7 and smiled at their random attacks on the locker room, but because of his pride, he believed he was untouchable, until last Monday night. He said staring into the eyes of the Nexus, he saw they were soulless. He says he had to choose a side, so on Monday he did. He says he doesn't have any respect for Cena, he wanted to send a message to the Nexus, and make sure that Cena won't be able to say anything after tonight. Sheamus says he's never gotten the accolades he deserves, he hates Cena. He says all Cena wants to do is make fun of Sheamus' skin and accent, but he doesn't care. Sheamus says in the cage tonight, he'll give him a beating worse than the one he suffered at the hands of the Nexus. He says they're a threat, but tonight Cena will find out he's an even bigger one.
WWE Divas Championship
Alicia Fox (c) vs. Eve
Both women lock up and Fox pushes Eve back into the corner before taking her down to the mat. Fox keeps control of the collar and elbow tie up, bringing Eve back up to her feet, but Fox is taken off her feet by Eve, who quickly goes for a side head lock. Eve goes for a series of covers, that are good for two counts, before hitting a single leg dropkick that staggers Fox. Eve tries for a tornado DDT, but Fox fights out of it and sweeps her legs off the turnbuckles, sending Eve to the mat. Both women go to the outside where For slams Eve back first into the apron. Fox pulls Eve back into the ring by her hair and tries for a quick cover but she only gets two.
Fox continues to pound on Eve before just bending her across her knee, hitting a backbreaker and continuing to try and bend Eve in half. Eve is eventually able to fight out of it with a couple of high kicks, but after a quick flurry, she eats another backbreaker from Fox that's good for another near fall. Fox continues to work over Eve's back with another submission, but Eve is able to fight out of it with a monkey flip. Eve fights off Fox, and hits a cross body block and two dropkicks, but a suplex is too much for her. Eve decides instead to kick Fox across the chest and hit a standing moonsault that's good for two. Eve continues to use her feet with a big kick, but an attempted front flip senton does not go well as Fox gets her knees up. Fox hits the axe kick and pins Eve, retaining her title.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Alicia Fox
- We get a recap of Smackdown, and Swagger's 'father' being chokeslammed and tombstoned.
Jack Swagger is talking on his phone to his mother backstage. He asks how his dad is doing. He tells his mom to shut up. He says none of this is his fault, and his Dad's always living vicariously through him. Swagger says his father got what he deserved. He says his Dad would have done the same thing to him, so if he wants to bask in his glory, he can because he's going to snap Mysterio's ankle tonight.
Unified Tag Team Championship
The Hart Dynasty w/Natalya (c) vs. The Usos w/Tamina
Smith and Jay start things off for their respective things and Smith takes Jay right down. Jay tries to catch Smith, but Smith counters with a powerslam that's good for a two count. Kidd makes the blind tag, and Smith hip tosses Kidd into Jay, where he hits a nice hurricarana that's good for a near fall. The hard't make quick tags as Smith is back in, but he's taken off of his feet by Jay. Jay tags in Jimmy, who comes in and pounds on Smith in the corner with rapid fire right hands. Jimmy tries for the pin, gets two, and stomps away at Smith, trying again and getting another near fall. Jay tags in, and the Uso's hit a nasty double team move, snapping Smith's neck back. Smith is able to fight Jay off, but he's not able to get to his corner before Jimmy comes back in and prevents it.
Jimmy is a house of fire, but Smith comes back with a back body drop, and he's able to tag in Kidd. Kidd comes in and goes right to work on Jay, hitting him with a dropkick to the head and a series of kicks to the chest in the corner. Kidd hits a surprise roll up, but Jimmy makes a blind tag and a double team from Jimmy and Jay leads to a near fall for the Uso's. Jimmy climbs the turnbuckle, and tries for the Snuka splash, but Kidd gets his knees up to prevent it. Kidd is able to make the tag to Smith, who comes in with a giant shoulder block to take Jay off his feet. Smith goes for the sharpshooter, but he's distracted by Tamina. Nataly comes over and body slams Tamina. Smith locks in the sharpshooter, and Kidd dives to the outside taking out the other Uso. Whichever Uso is in the sharpshooter taps.
Winners and STILL WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: The Hart Dynasty
- We get a video package that highlights the events leading up to the World Heavyweight Championship match, namely Mysterio winning the title last month at Fatal Four Way from Swagger, and Swagger not being too happy about it.
World Heavyweight Championship
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is the first man out to the ring, and he makes his way out to a bit of heat, not looking too happy. It seems like the crowd is a little dead from the last two matches. Rey Mysterio's music hits along with some pyro, and he comes out to a huge pop, thankfully bringing this crowd somewhat back to life. Striker plays up Mysterio's ankle injury, and they've been playing up Swagger's 'devastating' ankle lock submission. After formal ring introductions we're ready to start this one.
Swagger tries to go right for Mysterio's legs but Mysterio is able to stay away. They lockup, and Swagger picks Mysterio up and slams him back into the corner. Swagger breaks and Mysterio shoves him. Mysterio is able to kick away at Swagger, but Swagger comes up with Mysterio's leg out of nowhere and he tries for the ankle lock. Mysterio is able to fight it off and we get a 619 tease. Mysterio tries for an asai moonsault, but Swagger catches him and hangs him up in the tree of woe. Swagger tries to spear Mysterio, but Myserio sits up and Swagger connects with the turnbuckle. Swagger rolls to the outside and Mysterio jumps out on top of Swagger.
Back in the ring, Mysterio goes up again but Swagger is able to hit a huge belly to belly suplex from the top. Swagger stomps away at Mysterio's ankle. Mysterio rolls to the outside and Swagger is quick to follow. Swagger slams Mysterio's head into the announce table before simply standing on top of Mysterio's ankle. Swagger rolls Mysterio back into the ring and tries for the cover but he only gets two. Swagger locks in a modified knee bar, pretty much just picking Mysterio up by the knee and wrenching, but Mysterio fights out of it with a couple of well places kicks. Mysterio tries something, it's hard to tell because Swagger bothces what looks to be a powerslam and gets a near fall. Swagger retaliates by tossing Mysterio across the ring. An attempted Vadeo bomb, and Mysterio moves, and connects with a kick to Swagger's head.
Mysterio goes to the top and hits a big seated senton before fighting Swagger off in the corner. Mysterio sends Swagger head first into the corner turnbuckle, and connects with a split legged moonsault. Swagger is able to retaliate with a big wheelbarrow suplex. Swagger charges Mysterio but eats a boot, he's quick to respond with a gut wrench powerbomb, but he's too close to the ropes and Mysterio is able to stop a pinfall attempt. Swagger continues to try and get to Mysterio's ankle, and Mysterio continues to fall it off, hitting a hurricarana that sends Swagger head first into the ring post. Mysterio climbs the turnbuckle, but Swagger is quick to stop him. Swagger sits on the top turnbuckle and shoulders Mysterio, but when he tries to toss him off, Mysterio counters with a huge DDT, he follows up with a pin, but he only gets two.
Mysterio gets Swagger in position and hits the 619, but when he goes for the seated senton, Swagger is able to lock in the ankle lock. Mysterio gets to the ropes, but Swagger takes full advantage of the 5 count. Swagger hits a pair of Vader bombs, and looks down at Mysterio for a while before stomping and standing on Mysterio's ankle. Mysterio loosens his boot,and in a nod to Eddie, his boot comes off in the ankle lock. Mysterio rolls up Swagger and gets the quick three count.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Rey Mysterio
After the match, Swagger attacks Mysterio and locks in the ankle lock until Kane runs down to the ring to break it up. Kane beats on Swagger and chases him all the way to the back. Kane's music hits, and it looks like he's using his MITB opportunity already.
World Heavyweight Championship
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Kane
The bell rings, and we get our second World Heavyweight Championship match. Mysterio tries to avoid Kane, but Kane grabs him by the leg and slams him to the mat. Kane grabs Mysterio around the throat, and picks him up and chokeslams him down to the mat. Kane picks Mysterio up again and puts him down with a big tombstone. Kane covers Mysterio, and this one is over. YES!!!
Winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Kane
Edge is watching a monitor backstage. Jericho comes up behind him and Edge turns around. Jericho calls Edge a desperate man. Edge says he is, because he's won the MITB match twice, and he says that Kane won't be the only man cashing in his briefcase tonight. Jericho says he's the man who created this match, and tonight he'll be the one to cash in his briefcase after Cena/Sheamus. Edge says that's big talk for someone who's never won a MITB match. Jericho says that makes him more desperate, and that tonight, the worst is yet to come.
WWE Women's Championship
Layla (c) vs. Kelly Kelly
As Kelly makes her way down to the ring, we get a recap of the events that led up to this match, including Kelly being attacked by Michelle McCool and Layla backstage on Smackdown 2 weeks ago. Layla is out next with McCool in tow.
Layla and Kelly lock up and Layla pushes her back into the corner. She breaks clean, but shoves Kelly, so Kelly comes back with a Thesz press. Kelly kicks Layla in the chest before just slapping her repeatedly and slamming her head into the tunbuckle. She tries for a back handspring splash, but Layla fights it off. Kelly is able to kicks Layla to the outside. She goes to the apron, but Layla pulls the apron out from under Kelly and kicks away at her knee. Back in the ring Layla kicks at Kelly's leg and Kelly screams and groans.
Layla hits a baseball slide that sends Kelly to the outside. Kelly is able to knock McCool off of the barricade after she antagonizes her. Back in the ring and Kelly's got some of her fire back. Kelly connects with the K2, and it looks like McCool tries to put Layla's foot on the ropes but Layla does it herself. Kelly tries for a roll up, but Layla sits down and pins Kelly instead. She gets the three, and this terrible match is over.
Winner and STILL WWE Women's Champion: Layla
- We get a recap of Smackdown's MITB ladder match earlier in the night, as well as the resulting match between Kane and Mysterio that led to Kane cashing in the briefcase and winning the title.
Randy Orton's music hits, and 'The Viper' makes his way out to the ring to a big pop from the crowd. The Miz is the next man out to the ring, and he gets a bit of heat, but it tapers off pretty quickly. Mark Henry is the third man, and honestly I'm a bit surprised at the nice pop that he gets when his music hits. Entrant number five is Ted Dibiase, who comes to the ring with Maryse and gets a bit of heat. These entrances seem to be going by quicker than Smackdown's. John Morrison is out next and he gets a very nice pop from the crowd. I haven't mentioned yet, but once again there's a ridiculous amount of ladders around the ring and entrance ramp. Chris Jericho is out next and he actually gets a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd. Evan Bourne is out next to a nice pop from the crowd. It's great to see this young guy in a main event match and getting a nice reaction from the crowd. Edge is the final man out to the ring, and it looks like we're ready to kick things off.
Edge slides a ladder into the ring, but as soon as the bell rings he bails. A couple of people go for the ladder, but everyone turns to Mark Henry instead. Henry fights them off, and things pretty much just break down into a brawl. Miz hits his clothesline in the corner on Henry and Bourne follows it up with a dropkick in the corner. Edge is the first man to go for the briefcase, but Orton is there to stop him, pulling him from the ladder and sending him to the outside where he follows and pounds on him. Back in the ring, Morrison ducks a ladder shot from Dibiase and hits a kick to the back, but Dibiase responds with a clothesline that puts Morrison down on the ladder. Dibiase hits Orton with a ladder, but eats a dropkick that sends a ladder into his chest, from Bourne. Miz sends Bourne from the ring, and he and Jericho square off, with Jericho getting the better of Miz.
Jericho and Miz continues to fight, right up until Mark Henry throws a ladder into both mens faces. Miz ends up in 619 position, and Henry jumps on Miz's head and out to the floor, hanging Miz on the rope. Jericho smashes Henry with the ladder, then goes into the ring where Bourne is trying to climb up a ladder. Bourne senses Jericho and dropkicks him. Bourne climbs the ladder and Edge tries to stop him, so Bourne responds with a hurricarana that sends Edge to the outside. Orton comes into the ring where he pulls Bourne through the rungs of the ladder and hits his signature DDT. Morrison is in out of nowhere and hits a huge kick to Orton's head. Morrison tries to suplex Dibiase onto a ladder, but Miz comes in to break it up and both men pound on Morrison for a bit.
A ladder is set up in the corner, and Miz charges Morrison, finding himself flapjacked face first into the ladder. Dibiase charges, and eats a drop toe hold, also into the ladder. Morrison sets up the ladder and climbs, getting to the top. Edge is quick to climb the other side and he and Morrison slug it out. Jericho sets up another ladder, and Orton climbs up on the other side. All four men reach for the briefcase, and Mark Henry comes out of nowhere, in between both ladders, and pushes them both over, sending them to the outside. Bourne is there and he springboards into Mark Henry, hitting a double knees to the chest. Maryse is shown checking on Dibiase, and she looks to the ladders. She climbs into the ring and takes off her heels.
Maryse sets up the ladder and she begins the climb. She gets all the way to the top, but Morrison is there. He tries to help her down, but she doesn't want to come down. Morrison pulls her down and sets her on her feet and Dibiase tries to sneak up the ladder. Morrison stops him, but Dibiase slams him headfirst into another ladder. Dibiase grabs a ladder and tries to splash Morrison in the corner, but Morrison moves and Dibiase slams into the corner. On the outside Miz concentracts on Morrison, setting a ladder up against the ring pose, and body slamming Morrison into the barricade before slingshotting Morrison onto the ladder. Morrison climbs the ladder into the ring and uses another ladder to get to yet another ladder, which Edge is on, and Morrison comes close to grabbing the briefcase. Edge grabs Morrison's legs and pulls him through the ladder, where he and Miz put another ladder, and slam it up and down into Morrison's midsection before Edge simply pushes the ladder over. Morrison falls to the outside.
Dibiase is in the ring and he uses a ladder to smash Edge's midsection. Dibiase goes for another ladder, and he and Jericho tangle over it. Dibiase fights off Jericho, and also hits Orton with the ladder. Dibiase is able to fight off Edge, and he goes up the ladder, but Henry is able to stop him. Dibiase tries to hit a cross body from the ladder, but Henry catches him and hits a world's strongest slam. Jericho charges Henry and eats a ladder to the face. The ladder lands on Jericho and Henry slams Miz on top of both. Henry tries to climb the ladder and Bourne climbs on his back. Orton and Edge pull Henry off, but Bourne is still there with his hands on his briefcase. Orton and Edge pull Bourne off and throw him to the outside where Henry catches him and delivers another World's strongest slam. Henry eats a code breaker and a spear on the outside.
Miz, Morrison, Jericho and Orton try to climb some weird amalgamation of ladders that looks really unsafe. Dibiase puts another ladder in there somewhere and pulls off Miz, who slams face first into the ladder. Everyone's had their hands on the briefcase. Dibiase is pulled down on top of the 'scaffolded' ladder, and he's pushed to the outside by Orton and Edge. Orton strikes with the RKO on Edge out of nowhere. Morrison and Jericho are fighting on top of the ladder and Jericho is very close. Morrison is able to take Jericho down by punching Jericho's hand. Orton pulls Morrison down and hits an RKO then immediately eats a shooting star press from Bourne. Bourne begins the climb up the ladder and Jericho is still hung up in the ladder. Bourne is so close, but Jericho is able to get upright. Bourne fights him off for a bit, but Jericho comes right back and uses the briefcase to smash Bourne in the head and send him off the ladder.
Jericho is up on the ladder but the briefcase is swinging wildly. Edge is up on the other side and both men slug it out. Jericho reaches and gets his hands on the briefcase but Edge is still there. Jericho falls from the ladder and Orton connects with the RKO while he's on the way down. Orton pushes Edge off the ladder and he falls into an open, upside down ladder in what looks to be an incredibly painful fall. Orton climbs the ladder, and grabs the briefcase, but Miz is there out of nowhere and he pushes Orton off and into the ropes. Miz climbs and gets his hands on the briefcase, pulling it down.
Winner of the MITB contract: The Miz
After the match, Miz embraces the briefcase and holds it up. Miz looks genuinely emotional. Miz goes over and asks for a microphone. Miz says that everyone is living in his moment. He says however you call it, him winning the MITB contract means he made it. He says he made believers out of all the cynics and critics and skeptics. He says take a good hard look at the man with the briefcase. He says he is Mr. Money in the Bank. He is a future WWE Champion. Because he's the Miz, and he's awesome.
Steel Cage Match
Sheamus (c) vs. John Cena
We get a video package that details the history over the past month between these two men, including both of their clashes with the Nexus.
The steel cage is already down when we come back from the promo, and we get a quick run down of the rules from Justin Roberts before Cena's music hits, and WWE's Superman runs down to the ring to a big pop. Sheamus is out next to a pretty decent amount of heat, and Cole hypes the fact that Sheamus is the 100th WWE Champion.
After formal ring introductions, the title does indeed go out of the ring before the door is truly 'locked'. The bell rings, and we're ready to kick this one off. Cena and Sheamus circle each other before locking up. Sheamus kicks Cena in the gut and tries to send him head first into the cage, but Cena fights it off. Another lock up, and Sheamus puts Cena right down to the mat with a couple of big clubbing blows. Sheamus puts Cena into the corner and buries his shoulder into Cena's midsection. Sheamus picks Cena back up and punches him, but Cena is quick to respond with a big clothesline. Sheamus fights back, and he's able to toss Cena head first into the cage the second time he tries, scoring a near fall because of it.
Sheamus continues to work over Cena, but Cena catches a second wind out of nowhere and beats on Sheamus with lefts and rights. Sheamus is able to fight Cena off and get back to his feet where he hits a running knee to the side of Cena's head. Cena rolls in between the ropes and the cage, and when he gets up, Sheamus punches him and grates his forehead against the cage wall just a bit. Sheamus hits a bottom rope knee drop, but when he picks Cena up, Cena connects with a quick suplex out of nowhere that's good for a near fall. Sheamus and Cena are both up and trading blows in the middle of the ring and Cena gets the advantage with a big shoulder block, but a second attempt, and Sheamus ducks and Cena sails into the cage wall.
Sheamus picks Cena up and hits a reverse DDT, planting Cena on his knee. Cena tries for a cover, but when he only gets two, he tries to climb the cage wall. Cena stops him, and climbs up himself and soon both men are standing on the top rope. Cena and Sheamus slug it out and Sheamus makes his way to the corner. Cena tries for, and connects with a big superplex, and he tries for another cover but it's only good for two.
Cena tries for the AA, but Sheamus fights it off with a DDT counter that's good for a near fall. Both men get back to their feet where Sheamus hits a big Polish hammer to Cena's face, good for another two count. A second yields another two count. A third attempt and Cena ducks it, but Sheamus is able to lock in a sleeper hold out of nowhere. Sheamus takes Cena down to the mat, but Cena is able to fight up to his feet in no time. Sheamus jumps up piggy back style and brings Cena down to the mat where he keeps the sleeper locked in. Cena is able to roll over to his knees and make it up to his feet to the disbelief of Sheamus. Cena gets to the ropes, but it doesn't force a break. Cena begins to climb the turnbuckles with Sheamus on his back. Cena gets to the top, where Sheamus drops down to the canvas and hits Cena's ankle, crotching him on the top rope and allowing him another near fall.
Sheamus continues to work over Cena, choking him with his boot. Sheamus climbs the ropes and the side of the cage, but Cena grabs his foot and pulls him down to prevent it, Sheamus smashing his face into the top rope. Cena ducks a clothesline from Sheamus and hits a couple of shoulder blocks before following up with a belly to back suplex, and the five knuckle shuffle. Sheamus pops up and Cena tries for the AA, but Sheamus grabs the side of the cage and is actually able to climb up almost to the top of the cage before Cena stops him. Cena and Sheamus fight on the top rope again and Cena slams him face first into the top of the cage. Cena pauses and stands on the top turnbuckle. Cena tries for a top rope five knuckle shuffle, but Sheamus rolls out of the way.
Sheamuse pounds on Cena before attempting to tie him up in the ropes. Cena tries to fight it off, but Sheamus is able to tie Cena up. Sheamus taunts Cena and uses the opportunity to pound on him a little bit, punching and kicking at Cena before using him as a stepping stool to help him climb the side of the cage. Cena powers out as soon as Sheamus is up over top of him, and he stops Sheamus with the two battling on the top rope again. This time Cena takes Sheamus off with a top rope bulldog that's good for a two count.
Cena gets back up to his feet where he tries for the AA but Sheamus is able to battle out again. Sheamus connects with the urunage backbreaker that he stole from Roderick Strong and calls the Irish Curse. Sheamus is slow to get back to his feet, and so is Cena. Sheamus hits his big bicycle kick and he goes for the cover, but Cena is able to kick out at two.
Sheamus looks to escapse for a minute, but then thinks better of it. Sheamus picks Cena up, but Cena hits the AA out of nowhere. Cena pins Sheamus, but Sheamus kicks out at two!
The Nexus make their way out to the ring, and Tarver has bolt cutters, which are quickly taken by the outside official who quickly runs to the back. The Nexus corner the other outside official and demand the key. The official gets it out, but he throws it into the crowd. In the ring, Cena tries for another AA, but Sheamus fights it off. Sheamus is pushed into the official who's sandwiched into the cage, and Cena locks in the STF. Sheamus taps but no one sees it, how ironic for Cena. Cena begins to climb to the outside, and the Nexus heads for him. Justin Gabriel climbs to the top of the cage and fights with Cena, but he's pushed off. Cena is held up by the Nexus, and Sheamus is able to make it out and to the floor first, hitting the arena floor and bailing out through the crowd. The ending of that match was really, really confusing.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Sheamus
After the match, John Cena attacks the NXT guys that are down. Cna uses the ring steps and screams "I TOLD YA I'D TAKE EVERYONE ONE OF YA OUT". Cena walks off as several of the Nexus members lay.
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