They showed Chris Jericho preparing backstage and then went to a video recap on John Cena's return and subsequent feud with Jericho over the World championship.
WWE World champ John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho went right after Cena's neck early, playing off his injuries. Cena fired back and they brawled around ringside. When they returned to the ring, Jericho caught Cena with a kick. He began nailing headbutts and forearms in the corner. Jericho whipped Cena out of the corner but Cena came back with a running clothesline. He began beating Jericho in the corner. Cena missed a second charge.
Jericho locked on a sleeper in the middle of the ring but Cena dropped backwards. Jericho held on. Cena got back to his feet and rammed Jericho backwards in the corner. Again, Jericho held on. Cena dropped to his knees, and then down to the mat. Cena powered to his feet and went for the F-U but Jericho countered it into a DDT. Cena rolled to the apron. Jericho was caught in an F-U while they were standing outside on the apron but escaped, then nailed a bulldog off the apron to the ring steps. I was shocked they didn't have Cena bleeding after that.
Jericho rolled Cena into the ring but Cena kicked up. Jericho continued the assault, beating and choking Cena against the ropes. Jericho trapped Cena in a full nelson. Cena fought his way out, then avoided a charge in the corner. Cena nailed a shoulderblock then hit a back suplex. He nailed the five knuckle shuffle.
Cena went for the F-U but Jericho fought out and went for the Walls of Jericho. Cena kicked him off but was caught with a missile dropkick out of the corner for a two count. Jericho continued beating on Cena's neck but Cena came back with a clothesline. Jericho caught Cena with a clothesline and hit the Lionsault for a two count.
Jericho continued working over Cena and placed him on the top rope. He went for a superplex but was shoved off. Cena nailed the Alabama Jam to the back of Jericho's neck and called for Jericho to get back up and fight. He caught Jericho with the F-U but Jericho landed on his feet. Jericho nailed the Codebreaker but only received a two count. Cena caught Jericho and nailed the F-U. He covered Jericho for a two count. Cena went to grab Jericho, who caught him with an inside cradle for a near fall.
Cena went for the STFU but Jericho broke free and locked in the Walls of Jericho. Cena nearly made it to the ropes but Jericho dragged him back to the center of the ring. Cena began digging down deep and powered him way out. He reversed it and cinched in a STFU. Jericho tapped.
Your winner and still World champion, John Cena!
Another really good match. Way better than their match last month at Survivor Series. I liked the the work here a lot.
65% of text voters claimed Edge attacked Hardy last month. 23% said "Other". That's my guess.
WWE champ Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H
Hardy went right after Edge in the corner at the bell but HHH nailed him. Hardy gained control, whipped HHH into Edge, then splashed both in the corner. HHH landed on his knees and Hardy used him as a springboard for Air Sabu in the corner on Edge. Hardy went after HHH, leaving him open to be nailed from behind by Edge. Edge and HHH battled on the floor. Hardy hit a plancha to the floor, nailing Edge as HHH got out of the way.
As Hardy recovered, HHH nailed him with a clothesline on the floor. As HHH returned to the ring, Edge kicked him in the face. He began peppering HHH with rights in the corner. HHH began returning fire, but was cut off with a kick. They went back and forth until HHH caught him with the high knee as Edge rebounded off the ropes. HHH clotheslined Edge in the corner. HHH set up Edge for the Pedigree as Hardy returned to the ring and broke it up.
Hardy whipped HHH into the ropes but put his head down and HHH nailed him with a knee strike. He went back to the Pedigree but Hardy hit Whisper in the Wind off the ropes. All three men were down. Hardy went to the top but Edge caught him. HHH came underneath and it turned into a stacked Tower of Doom spot. The first time I saw that during a CZW 6 man tag in 2001 in Delaware featuring the Briscoes, the SAT and the Amazing Red, I never thought I'd see it on a WWE PPV.
Hardy caught HHH with a dropkick in the corner. Hardy struggled to get to his feet as Edge set up for the spear. Hardy got out of the way and Edge speared HHH. Hardy caught HHH with the Twist of Fate and went to the top for the swanton. He nailed HHH with it. The referee counted two but Edge pulled Hardy out of the ring to the floor. He whipped Hardy into the security railing outside the ring.
Edge went to drill Hardy into a ringside table but Hardy blocked. Edge was smacked into the table, then whipped into the railing. Hardy cleared off the Raw table, then smacked Edge into the Smackdown table. HHH attacked both of them from behind on the floor. He tossed Edge over the Smackdown table, then slammed Hardy's face into the steel stairs. HHH began clearing off the Smackdown table, then grabbed Hardy. HHH set up Hardy for a Pedigree through the table. Hardy countered it into a Twist of Fate attempt but HHH kicked him off. HHH saw Edge coming and moved. Edge then speared Hardy off the Smackdown table through the Raw table.
Back in the ring, Edge nailed the Impaler DDT on HHH. HHH recovered and nailed the spinebuster. He hit the Pedigree on Edge but Vladimir Kozlov pulled him out of the ring and through HHH into the stairs. Matt Hardy nailed Kozlov from behind. Thy brawled on the floor but Matt was slammed into the railing. Jeff Hardy went to the top for the swanton but Vladimir shoved him off. Matt jumped Kozlov and they brawled to the back.
HHH pulled himself into the ring, where Edge was just pulling himself to his feet. Edge speared HHH and covered him for a two count. Edge looked frustrated by his inability to get a win. Edge grabbed a pair of chairs and set up for a Conchaito on HHH. As he went for it, Hardy grabbed the chair and nailed Edge with it. Hardy went to the top for the swanton but HHH shook the ropes and crotched him.
HHH kicked Edge and nailed the Pedigree. He covered Edge but Hardy hit the swanton on both and covered Edge for the WWE championship.
Your winner and new WWE champ, Jeff Hardy!
A great, great match. They teased the hell out of the Hardy swanton win before he finally nailed it. The crowd looked absolutely thrilled when he won the title. The cameras stayed with Jeff for a long time in the ring followed by Hardy doing a lap around the ringside fans. No commentary, just letting the moment speak for itself.
They went to replays and the PPV ended with Jeff, title in hand, standing above the castle that was the entrance set for the PPV. Other than not doing the obvious celebration with Matt in the ring, this was as perfect a moment as WWE could have asked for.