WWE CHAMPION RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT (with John Cena)
Barrett took the mic and told Cena that if he didn’t “win the match”, he would be firing Cena tonight.
Orton took control early, nailing Barrett with punches, elbows and whipping him into the corner. Fans were chanting “Fire Cena.” Barrett tossed Orton to the floor, in front of Cena. Cena and Orton just stared at each other. Barrett was mad Cena didn’t take advantage.
Back in the ring, Barrett caught Orton with a kick to the gut and beat him down in the corner. Orton fought his way out and caught Barrett with a clothesline. Orton nailed a high kneedrop for a two count. Barrett came back with a number of strikes and kicks.
Barrett and Cena again had words outside when Cena didn’t nail Orton, allowing Orton to nail Barrett from behind. Orton tossed him back in the ring and scored a two count. Orton cinched in a tight side chinlock. Orton nailed a belly to back suplex. Barrett went to the floor. Orton followed and they battled, leading to Orton being whipped into the ring steps.
Back in the ring, Barrett covered Orton for a two count. He worked over Orton and nailed a flying elbow off the middle ropes for another two count. Very slow, methodical bout so far. Barrett nailed Orton in the head for a two count.
Barrett continued to work over Orton, including beating him on the outside, before tossing him back in for several near falls. Barrett wore down Orton on the mat with a rear chinlock. Cena walked around outside, looking sad and downtrodden. Orton made his way to his feet but Barrett cut him off. He went for a pump handle slam but Orton slipped out and nailed several right hands and a dropkick. A dazed Barrett rolled to the outside.
Orton pulled him into the ring for the hanging DDT but Orton was shoved backwards into the referee, who was bumped down. Barrett clotheslined Orton and demanded Cena get up on the apron. Orton nailed Barrett, who knocked Cena off into the apron. Orton went after Barrett but the other members of Nexus hit the ring and began beating Orton, taking him apart.
The fans began chanting for Cena, who went after the other members of Nexus as Barrett drilled Cena with a big boot. Barrett began screaming at Cena, who told him that if he gets disqualified, you will lose. Barrett ordered him out of the ring as the referee returned . Orton slipped out of Barrett’s finisher and began working over Barrett. Orton drilled him with the hanging DDT off the ropes and set up for the RKO.
Cena hit the ring and attacked Wade Barrett, hitting him with the Attitude Adjustment.
Your winner by DQ, Wade Barrett!
So, Orton retains the belt and Barrett “wins the match” so Cena can’t be fired.
Orton looked at Cena in shock, then nailed him with the RKO to get the big pop, then nailed another on Barrett.
The main event was decent, but nothing blowaway. Again, the storyline of the Nexus-Cena storyline was played as more important than what was going on in the ring, since that’s the long term focus.
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