John Cena entered the ring first in his referee shirt and his trademark jean shorts. Barrett was next, followed by the champion.
Orton and Barrett locked up early, with Orton pushing Barrett back. Orton floored Barrett with a shoulder-tackle and locked in a side headlock on the mat. Barrett got back to his feet, only for Orton to floor Barrett with another shoulder-tackle.
Back on his feet, Barrett pressed Orton into a corner and nailed Orton with punches and kicks and threw him into a corner, only for Orton to explode out and hit Barrett with a clothesline. Orton then teed off on Barrett in the corner, forcing Cena to pull Orton off of him. Barrett hit Orton with a big kick and pointed and smiled at Cena.
Barrett stayed in control of the match, nailing the champion with kicks and punches. He started repeatedly punching Orton in the corner, and this time Cena pulled Barrett off. Barrett started yelling at Cena and Orton nailed Barrett from behind with a dropkick. Orton then followed up with a flurry of punches on the mat and a kick, and Barrett went outside of the ring to retreat.
Orton chased Barrett out of the ring, only to be met with a kick. Barrett then slammed Orton's head into the mat and drove him back first several times into the ring apron. Barrett followed up by throwing Orton into the steel steps and then put him back in the ring and got a two count.
Barrett nailed Orton with several punches, but only got a two count. Barrett continued to maintain control, scoring several two counts along the way. Barrett got Orton in a chinlock, but Orton was able to power up to his feet, only for Barrett to regain control with a knee to the gut and another two count.
Barrett re-applied the side headlock, and Orton was able to eventually side suplex Barrett to get out. The audience seems to be just waiting for the finish. Barrett and Orton traded blows and Orton was able to nail Barrett with a pair of clotheslines and a bodyslam. Orton clotheslined Barrett out of the ring, but Barrett drove Orton into the steel post. Barrett got Orton back in the ring, but was met by a kick when trying to get back in. Orton hit a backbreaker back in the ring, but only got two.
Orton threw Barrett into the corner and charged at him, but was met with a boot to the face. Barrett landed an elbow to the chest from the second rope for a two count. Barrett argued over the count and then hit a pumphandle slam for another two count. Barrett got in Cena's face, but Cena argued that Orton's shoulders were up. Barrett went for Wasteland, Orton powered out but was met with a blackhole slam (Striker actually referred to it as the blackhole slam) for another two. Barrett was frustrated with Cena's count, which allowed Orton to regain control and nail Barrett with a DDT. The crowd started a dueling "Let's Go Cena" / "Cena Sucks" chant as Barrett went out of the ring.
Orton got Barrett back in the ring but was met with a knee to the head as he tried to get back in. Barrett hit Orton with Wasteland, but Orton grabbed the bottom rope at two. Barrett got back in Cena's face and shoved Cena. Cena shoved Barrett back and Orton nailed him with an RKO. Cena counted one... two... pause and then three! Orton wins the match, but Cena is fired.
Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett via pinfall.
After the match Cena tore off the referee shirt and tore off the Nexus armband. The rest of Nexus hit the ring and Orton and Cena cleared the ring of them. Cena then grabbed the WWE Championship belt and presented it to Orton. Orton and Cena embraced. Orton tried to celebrate while Cena sulked in the corner. Orton left the ring, leaving Cena in the ring. After Orton went to the back, Cena took off his armbands and put them in the center of the ring while the crowd chanted "Cena." Cena saluted the crowd and then went over and hugged Michael Cole and a fan (the WWE sign guy) as he headed to the back. Cena then stood at the top of the stage and raised his hands. He then went through the crowd and slapped hands as the PPV went off the air.