Josh Mathews asked Mark Henry about his chances tonight, saying he hasn’t gotten the job done. Henry shoved him away and says that he has a message for the doubters and said he would get the job done. He told Mathews to come down after the match and interview the new champion.
An elated Vickie Guerrrero was interviewed by Matt Striker. Guerrero said the U.S. champ works for her, Swagger wants to work for her and the entire locker room is buzzing because they are finally recognizing her talents. She said that after tonight, when HHH loses, she might end up the new COO and excitedly kissed a shocked Matt Striker. They plugged the Hell in A Cell PPV at ringside while Lawler was disgusted by the idea of Vickie being in charge.
WWE is apparently grabbing signs from fans left and right and also told several readers to mind their language or they will be tossed. One of the signs taken read “SUPER DOMINO” which is Cliff Compton’s ring name in Africa.
World champion Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
They locked up and Henry powered Orton into the corner. Orton met Henry with a series of right hands and kicks to bring Henry down to his knees, then began nailing the Garvin Stomp, followed by a kneedrop. Henry was tossed to the outside and an enraged Henry began beating the ringside table.
Back in the ring, Orton slipped out of a press slam and went for the RKO but Henry nailed him with a hard kick to the head. Henry began whipping him hard into the buckles and nailed a running Avalanche. Henry went for the World’s Strongest Slam but Orton slipped out as he was raised and jumped on Henry’s back with a sleeper.
Henry backed up into the corner, where Orton nailed him across the chest with shots. Henry drilled him with a right, sending Orton off the ropes and down to the floor. Henry followed and stalked Orton on the outside, ramming him back-first into the apron. Henry worked over Orton back in the ring, standing on his back. Orton sold that like he was shot with a Tazer.
Mark Henry nailed a splash but Orton got up at the last second. Orton tried to fire back but was dazed with a headbutt in the corner. Henry clubbed him back down. Henry dropped an elbow and covered Orton for a two count. Henry measured Orton’s arm and kicked him, taking him down. Henry began choking at Orton, yelling at him that he told Orton it was going to be like this. Henry was awesome.
Orton began to come back with offense, nailing several European uppercuts. He began beating Henry with a series of punches in the corner. The referee pulled Orton off. Orton nailed a running clothesline but Henry didn’t budge. A second doesn’t do the trick but a dropkick does. Henry rolled to the apron, where Orton tried to grab him for the hanging DDT. Henry nailed Orton and nailed the World’s Strongest Slam, but Orton kicked out.
Orton made a comeback with a hard knee and a DDT. He set up for the RKO but Henry simply rolled out of the ring again to the outside. Orton set him up for the hanging DDT and covered him but Henry grabbed the bottom rope to break the pinfall attempt. Henry mounted a comeback and took out Orton’s knee. Henry waited for Orton to get to his feet, favoring the leg badly, then kicked Orton back down.
Orton pulled himself up and went for the RKO but Henry shoved him off, nailed the World’s Strongest Slam and pinned Orton clean for the title.
Your winner and new World champion, Mark Henry!
Really well worked match. They told a good story with Orton trying to overcome the impossible and gave him some nice hope spots to make the crowd believe while still building and putting Henry over as the closest thing to a modern day Vader in terms of a badass monster heel. Orton fought all the way to the end, even on a bad wheel, showing his heart and fighting spirit. Real good on all fronts,
Josh Mathews came to the ring and congratulated Henry. Henry took the mic and told Mathews that he didn’t believe Henry would win the most coveted title in wrestling. He told the crowd not to cheer him because they are all liars, doubters and haters. He welcomed them all into his Hall of Pain. He told them they didn’t deserve to share this with him. He said he was going to be the most dominant champion of all time and would face all comers. He promised he would never, ever lose the title. AWESOME heel promo. You could hear Henry getting choked up as he gave it.
Backstage, WWE champion Alberto Del Rio was telling Johnny Ace that what was booked on Raw was a travesty. Ace threw HHH under the bus and said it was his call. Del Rio told him it wasn’t his fault but after he beats Cena tonight, the company better treat him with respect.
Del Rio walked off and CM Punk was there. Big pop from the crowd for Punk. Ace wished him good luck. Punk didn’t believe him and mocked him. Ace said when he says it he means it. Punk said, “Yeah, good luck…like Best of Luck in your future endeavors?” He walked off. Ace started to text someone. Hello Nash?
WWE Divas champion Kelly Kelly (with Eve Torres) vs. Beth Phoenix (with Natalya)
Nice pop for Phoenix in her hometown. They locked up and Beth shoved the champ to the ropes. She broke clean so Kelly grabbed a headlock. Phoenix powered her off but missed an elbowdrop. Big “Kelly sucks” chant.
Kelly went for a dive off the ropes and landed on Phoenix’s shoulders, then covered him for a two count. Kelly did a handstand like Tarantula move. She dove off the top but was caught and dropped into a gutbuster. Phoenix began spanking her. Phoenix measured her and nailed a running kneelift, then ground her boot into Kelly’s face.
Phoenix choked her against the ropes, then did the Tully Blanchard slingshot under the ropes. I want to marry this woman! She covered Beth again for a two count. Phoenix went for a sideslam but Kelly slipped over and nailed a bulldog. Natalya pulled Beth out. Eve jumped Natalya. Beth grabbed Eve and nailed her on the floor as well.
Kelly played opossum and tried to roll up Beth for a two count. She followed up with another rollup. Phoenix missed a charge in the corner. Kelly went for the K2 but Phoenix flipped her over and clotheslined her. Phoenix set up Kelly on the top turnbuckle. Beth set up for a superplex and nailed it. They are working their asses off.
Phoenix covered her after taking a long time to get the pin but Kelly kicked up. Phoenix was then shocked by a rollup and covered for the pin.
Your winner and still WWE Divas champion, Kelly Kelly!
Better than your usual Divas match.
Phoenix was despondent in the ring, shocked by her loss.
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