A video package on the Edge-Batista feud was shown, and it was emphasized that this was Batista's last opportunity for the World Title against Edge.
A video package on former World Champion Harley Race was shown, and Race was introduced at ringside.
World Champion Edge vs. Batista.
Batista shook hands and embraced Race at ringside, and Race raised Batista's arm.
Batista went for a leg dive at the start, but Edge jumped away from him. They locked up, and Batista shoved Edge into a corner. Batista rammed Edge into the top turnbuckle, then hit some shoulderblocks in the corner. Batista hit a shoulderblock off the ropes for a one count, then applied an overhead wristlock. Batista hit a short arm shoulderblock, then went back to the overhead wristlock, turning it into a hammerlock, then an armbar. Batista armdragged Edge and applied an armbar. Batista rammed Edge shoulder first into the corner, but Edge fought back with punches and forearms. Edge was favoring his arm. Batista reversed a whip and hit a side slam for a two count. Edge stopped himself on a whip attempt by Batista, and when Batista charged, Edge dropped down and pulled down the top rope, sending Batista to the floor.
Edge jumped off the ring apron, but Batista caught him and rammed Edge back first into the apron. Batista went for a slam on the floor, but Edge floated over it and rammed Batista head first into the ringpost. Batista slowly got on the apron, and Edge hit some shots, then threw Batista shoulder first into the ringpost, with Batista falling to the floor. Edge hit a baseball slide, sending Batists back to the floor. Batista slowly crawled into the ring, and Edge hit him with a knee, then applied a Fujiwara armbar. Batista armdragged out of it, but Edge sidestepped a charge and Batista went shoulder first into the ringpost. Edge went to the outside and whipped Batista's arm into the ringpost. Back in the ring, Batista threw a few shots, but Edge kicked him in the arm. Batista fired off a few more punches, but Edge hit a drop toe hold and then grabbed a hammerlock on the bad arm.
Batista stood up and lifted Edge in a fireman's carry, then went for a Samoan Drop. Edge held onto his armlock, and grapevined Batista's other arm when they hit the mat. Edge went into an overhead wristlock. Batista powered up, then punched free. Batista ran into an Edge boot to the face. Edge went to the apron and yanked Batista arm first across the top rope. Edge got back into the ring and Batista exploded with a clothesline, and both men were laid out on the mat. Batista backdropped Edge, then hit a clothesline in the corner. Batista ran into an elbow by Edge, but Edge ran into a spinning sidewalk slam by Batista for a two count.
Batista went to pick Edge off the mat, but Edge nailed him with a DDT for a two count. Edge went for the title belt at ringside, but the referee stopped him. Edge got in the ring, and Batista rolled up Edge for a two count. Edge then rolled up Batista for a two count. The crowd popped for the near falls. Batista lifted Edge for a powerslam, but Edge floated over it and hit a head driver for a two count. Edge measured Batista for a spear, but as he charged, Batista hit Edge with his own spear. Crowd popped huge. Batista went for a Batista Bomb, but Edge hit him with a low blow and was disqualified at the fourteen minute mark.
Winner via disqualification: Batista.
Smackdown General Manager Theodore R. Long came out and restarted the match, saying if Edge gets himself disqualified again, he will lose the World Title.
World Champion Edge vs. Batista, Part Two.
Edge went to work on Batista immediately with forearms to the back. Edge measured for a spear, as fans chanted for Batista. Edge hit the spear, but Batista got his shoulder up at two. Edge went to ringside and grabbed a chair, but then realized he couldn't use it. Edge got back in the ring and Batista grabbed a small package for a two count. Batista hit a kick to the gut and went for a Batista Bomb, but Edge floated over it. Batista clotheslined Edge over the top rope and to the floor. Batista went after Edge, but Edge grabbed him by the trunks and pulled him face first into the ring steps. Edge went for a spear on the floor, but Batista caught him with a kick to the head. Batista gave Edge a Batista Bomb on the floor. Refertee is counting. Batista got up and pulled Edge up. Referee is up to seven. Batista rolled Edge into the ring at nine, but didn't make it back in time as the referee hit ten. Batista is counted out three minutes into the restart.
Winner via countout: Edge.
Batista, enraged, grabbed Edge and power bombed him in the ring, then yelled at the referee. Batista looked disgusted, and started to leave the ring. Batista stared at the belt and the unconscious Edge in the ring, and pounded the ring apron in frustration.
Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross talked about the legendary Fabulous Moolah, and they showed the famous clip of Moolah, as the Spider Lady, beating Wendi Richter for the Women's Title.
Women's Champion Melina vs. Candice Michelle.
They teased a test of strength, but Melina kicked Candice. Candice hit a drop toe hold and some shots, then applied her headscissors on the ropes, only to have Melina knock her to the floor. Melina used a headscissors on the apron, then took her back into the ring. Melina hit a running knee to the gut in the corner, then applied a headscissors in the corner and flipped Candice to the mat. Melina yanked Candice headfirst to the mat, but Candice grabbed a rollup for a two count. Melina threw Candice to the mat and applied a bow and arrow. Candice rolled out of it into a cover for a two count. Melina went for a charge and Candice pulled down the top rope and Melina fell to the floor. Melina got back in the ring and Candice hit a powerslam. Candice did her Go Daddy sping and dropped an elbow for a two count. Candice hit a bulldog variation for a two count. The strap on Candice's top broke, but unfortunately for the fans, she has a bra on. Melina hit a neckbreaker for a two count. Melina hit some punches, but missed an elbow and Candice hit what I guess was supposed to be a spinning elbow or spinning kick, but was more like a spinning backwards shoulderblock. Either way, it got Candice the pin at the five minute mark.
Winner and new Women's Champion: Candice Michelle.
JBL was then introduced to the crowd, at JBL's request, and a written introduction was given to the ring announcer to recite, putting over JBL as a man who rose up from "humble beginnings" in Texas to become WWE Champion.
A video package on the main event was shown, including new interview clips with all of the participants explaining why they belong in this match.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. King Booker vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton.
All five men are in the ring at once. King Booker went to ringside at the bell and had Sharmell rub his back. Orton realized he was in the ring with three babyfaces. Cena punched him, Lashley backdropped him and Foley gave Orton a Cactus Clothesline to the floor. Lashley and Cena were about to face off, but Booker knocked Cena to the floor. Lashley went to work on Booker, slamming him, then threw Booker to the floor. Lashley dove from the ring, over the top rope, onto the pile on the floor. Lashley threw Booker into the ring and put him in a Torture Rack, then dropped to his knees. Lashley covered Booker, but Cena made the save, to boos. Cena and Lashley faced off, exchanging right hands. Lashley gave Cena a spinebuster and Cena rolled to the floor. Lashley went after Cena, ramming him into the ringsteps.
Lashley cleared off the ECW announce table, but Orton clipped him. Foley gave Orton a clothesline on the floor. Booker gave Foley a forearm on the floor. Booker and Foley slugged it out on the floor. Foley rammed Booker into the security wall, then Booker whipped Foley into the ringsteps. Orton gave Lashley a side backbreaker on the floor. Orton went for an RKO, but Lashley threw Orton off on the floor. Cena grabbed Lashley and gave him an FU through the ECW announce table. Cena got back in the ring, and Booker kicked him. Booker hit a back kick for a two count. Booker gave Cena some knees to the head, then whipped him hard into the corner. Cena and Booker traded punches, but Booker hit him with an ax kick. Orton broke up the cover.
Orton and Booker started going at it, and Cena shoulderblocked Orton from the ring. Cena gave Booker a shoulderblock and a back suplex. Cena did the "You Can't See Me" bit, but Orton grabbed Cena with an RKO, to a pop. Orton covered Cena, but Foley broke it up. Foley punched Orton in the corner, and did a "Bang! Bang!" Foley hit a running knee to Orton's head, then kicked Booker on the mat. Foley hit a double arm DDT on Orton, and pulled out Mr. Socko. Booker nailed Foley with a superkick and Foley rolled to the floor. Booker then knocked Orton from the ring. Foley grabbed a chair on the outside.
Foley went for a chairshot on Booker, but Booker ducked and Foley hit Lashley, who had just gotten on the ring apron. Foley then hit Booker and Cena with the chair as well. Orton hit Foley from behind, sending Foley face first into the chair as he fell to the mat. Orton kicked Foley in the head. Lashley speared Orton, who rolled to the floor. Booker kicked Lashley out of the ring. Cena went for an FU on Booker, but Booker pulled himself to the ring apron by the ropes. Cena knocked Booker off the ring apron. Cena gave Foley the FU for the pin at the eleven minute mark.
Winner: John Cena.
Cena celebrated with the title belt to end the show.
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