The events leading to the World Title match were shown.
WWE champion Sheamus vs. John Cena - Steel Cage match.
They locked up in the center of the ring, and Sheamus went to ram Cena into the cage, but Cena blocked it and broke away. Sheamus kicked Cena in the gut and hit a kneedrop. Sheamus hit Cena with shoulder blocks in the corner, then stomped him. Cena reversed a whip and hit a clothesline. Cena went to ram Sheamus in the cage, but Sheamus blocked it and tossed Cena into the cage for a two count. Sheamus slugged Cena to the mat, but Cena came back with a tackle and a series of punches. Cena whipped Sheamus into a corner, but ran into a back elbow. Sheamus worked over Cena, but Cena came back with a fisherman's suplex for a two count. They were both getting up slowly after every move, as if the match had gone 40 minutes, not four.
They slugged it out in the center of the ring, and Cena got some momentum. Cena went for a shoulderblock, but Sheamus moved and Cena crashed into the cage. Sheamus pounded Cena with right hands, then stomped him. Sheamus hit a backbreaker for a two count, then went to climb out of the cage. Cena stopped him and got onto the top rope with him. They slugged it out on the ropes, and Cena hit a superplex off the top rope for a two count. Cena went for an Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus blocked it and hit a DDT for a two count. Sheamus hit a Celtic Hammer for a two count. Sheamus hit a second and got a two count. Sheamus went for a third, but Cena ducked it and Sheamus put Cena in a sleeper instead.
Cena battled up in the sleeper, but Sheamus added a bodyscissors to take Cena to the mat and applied a rear naked choke. Cena got to his feet, then began climbing the ropes with Sheamus on his back. Sheamus got off and crotched Cena on the top rope. Sheamus covered and got two. Sheamus stomped Cena and choked him with his boot. Sheamus climbed up to the top rope to exit the cage, but Cena pulled him down, sending Sheamus throat first across the top rope. Cena hit some shoulderblocks and hit back suplex into a powerbomb. Cena did the "You Can't See Me" and hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle fistdrop. Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus pulled himself onto the cage and started to climb. Cena stopped him and punched Sheamus on the ropes. Cena rammed Sheamus head first into the cage support, sending Sheamus to the mat. Cena did the You Can't See Me on the top rope and went for a top rope fistdrop, but Sheamus moved out of the way.
Sheamus tied Cena in the top and middle rope. Sheamus punched and kicked Cena, then climbed right over him to go up the cage. Cena broke out of the ropes and stopped Sheamus as he had one leg over the top. Cena gave Sheamus a bulldog off the top rope and covered for two. Sheamus went for an Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus blocked it and hit the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus hit the pump kick for a two count. Sheamus picked up Cena from the mat, but Cena grabbed an Attitude Adjustment out of nowhere and hit it. Sheamus kicked out at two. Both men were laid out on the mat.
The Nexus came out, with Michael Tarver carrying bolt cutters. A referee crabbed the cutters and left with them. Nexus then approached the referee with the key, but the referee tossed the key into the crowd instead. In the ring, Cena went for another Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus floated out. Cena accidentally shoved Sheamus into the referee, knocking him out. Cena put Sheamus in an STF, and Sheamus tapped, but there was no referee. Cena released the hold and saw Nexus at ringside.
Cena climbed up the cage, and Justin Gabriel climbed up as well. Cena brawled with Gabriel on top of the cage and flipped him into the ring, which didn't look good as they took a while to set it up. Cena began climbing out of the cage, but was fighting with Nexus members on the way down. Sheamus climbed out the other side, with only Heath Slater in his way. Sheamus knocked Slater away, hit the ground first (the referee woke up to see it) and ran into the crowd at the 23-minute mark.
Cena got to the floor after fighting away Tarver and Young and realized what had happened. He threw Darren Young into the cage wall clipped Michael Tarver with a chop block. Cena picked up the ring steps and hit Tarver with them. The other Nexus members had chased Sheamus into the crowd. Cena screamed "I told you I would take every one of you out" and ripped off Tarver's Nexus wristband before leaving. Young and Tarver were laid out on the floor, and Gabriel was laid out in the ring, while Michael Cole tried to make Nexus sound devastating, and that ended the show.
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