Cena goes right after Kane as soon as the bells rings, but Kane quickly turns the tide andbeats Cena down. Cena fights back with a series of right hands and clotheslines Kane to the floor, but Kane drags Cena under the bottom rope and lays him out with a chop to the throat. Cena reverses a whip and sends Kane crashing into the steps, then they head back into the ring where Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but collapses and Kane lands on top of him. Kane continues dishing out right hands in the corner and hits a running boot off the ropes for 2. Kane with a rear chinlock, but Cena fights his way out and they go toe to toe but Kane comes out on top and covers Cena for 2. Kane with a vertical suplex for 2 and then he goes back to the chinlock, but Cena fights out and gets laid out again with another right hand. Kane whips Cena into the corner and follows in with a runningclothesline, but another charge sees Kane take a drop toehold into the second turnbuckle. Cena goes for a bulldog but Kane shoves him off and Cena rolls out to the ring apron. Cena snaps Kane down on the top rope, but rolls into the ring and gets laid out with a clothesline. Kane goes for the smother hold, but Cena blocks it. Cena fights, but Kane finally gets it and Cena goes down to his knees. Cena suddenly slides out and catches Kane in the STF, but Kane simply powers out of the hold and hits a side suplex. Kane goes to the top rope and comes off with a flying clothesline, then sets up for the chokeslam. Cena ducks and hits Kane with a pair of shoulderblocks and a Blue Thunder Driver, then sets up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle as he gets booed out of the building. Kane catches him with a choke before he can hit the move and hits a big boot for 2, then continues unloading on him in the corner. Kane puts Cena on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Cena fights him off. The crowd boos him as he goes to the top rope and does you can't see me before coming off the top rope with a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Kane fights his way out, so Cena baseball slides his knees out from under him. Kane kicks Cena out to the floor and goes out after him, ramming him into the ring apron, then continues beating him up into the aisle until they both get counted out.
As soon as the bell rings, Cena suddenly gets his second wind and starts fighting back, and the two of them battle backstage where, conveniently, there happens to be a cameraman right where they wind up fighting. Cena fights back and rams Kane into a bunch of garbage pails, but Kane gets a chair and rams it into Cena's ribs, then smashes him over the back with it. Kane with another chairshot and a final one right over the head. Kane stands over the motionless Cena and realizes he's right outside Zack Ryder's dressing room and smashes the door in. Ryder tries to fight him off, but Kane smothers him unconscious, then wheels Ryder out of the dressing room, through the backstage area, and back into the arena where he dumps Ryder out of the wheelchair and then rolls him into the ring. Kane goes after him but Eve Torres runs in and begs for mercy. Kane considers it, then picks Ryder up and hits the Tombstone. Eve iscrying as Kane stands up and goes after her, but Cena runs in and goes after him, trying to hit the Attitude Adjustment but KAne blocks and lays him out with a chokeslam. Kane leaves the ring and heads to the back as Eve sits there crying because her boyfriend got beat up.
Ryder is put onto a stretcher and carried out as Eve and Torres look on sadly.
We go to a video package of the Rock that covers him talking about growing up in the business, being a superstar, and not leaving the business quietly but instead becoming this huge movie star. Basically, the whole thing turns into a big commercial for Journey 2 while hyping the Rock to build to Wrestlemania.
Drew McIntyre vs Brodus Clay
Brodusshakes his ass as the matche starts, but Drew in unperturbed and goes right after him, unloading with right hands and boots to the midsection, but Brodus no-sells everything and Clays up. Brodus with a headbutt to the chest that flattens Drew, then he hits a t-bone suplex and a splash in the corner, followed by a running crossbody off the ropes for 3.
Winner: Brodus Clay
John Laurinaitis comes out and says that he's not going to be inside the ring refereeing this, he'll be on the outside as an enforcer referee.
WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs Dolph Ziggler with special referee John Laurinaitis
Vickie Guerrero gets kicked out of ringside before the bell rings, and we're off. They both go for their finishers early, but Punk gets the advantage early with a series of kicks to the leg. Ziggler dodges a kick to the face and struts Ric Flair style. Ziggler goes for Punk's legs but Punk leaps over him into a sunset flip for 2 and goes for the Anaconda Vice but Ziggler quickly goes to the ropes. Punk catches Ziggler in an abdominal stretch and rams elbows into the ribs opver and over before letting him go and picking him up for a suplex before just dumping him on the top rope. Ziggler tumbles out to the floor, but Punk follows him out with a dive through the ropes. Punk dumps Ziggler back inside and goes up top, but Ziggler pulls his ankle and Punk lands back first on the top rope. Ziggler gets a 2 count off a cover and follows up with a neckbreaker and a series of elbowdrops for 2. Punk with a back suplex and then they go toe to toe in the middle of the ring but Ziggler ducks a clothesline and gets a sleeper. Punk slips out and goes for the Anaconda Vice, but Ziggler reverses back to the sleeper. Punk slips out again but gets caught square in the face with a dropkick from Ziggler for 2. Ziggler goes for a Frankensteiner but Punk counters to a sitout powerbomb for 2. Punk unloads on him with hard strikes and a leg lariat, followed by a neckbreaker. Punk with the running knee in the corner and the running bulldog, then signals for the Go To Sleep. Punk goes for it but Ziggler fights his way out and catapults Punk into the corner, but Punk catches himself and comes out of the corner with a crossbody, Ziggler rolls through and holds the tights but only gets 2. Punk with a high kick to the head and covers for 2. Crowd chants for Punk as he slams Ziggler and heads to the top, stopping long enough to stare down at Laurinaitis at ringside, and he hits the Macho Man elbow for 2. Crowd chants for Randy Savage as Punk picks Ziggler back up and goes for Go To Sleep again, but Ziggler slips out and shoves Punk into the referee, who bumps out to the floor. Ziggler goes for a whip, but Punk counters into a judo throw and goes right into the Anaconda Vice. Ziggler starts tapping, but Laurinaitis is checking on the referee so Punk drops the hold and goes to have a shouting match with Laurinaitis. Ziggler gets an O'Connor roll and Punk reverses for about a 45 count, but Laurinaitis is again checking on the referee and does nothing. Laurinaitis rolls the referee into the ring and again gets into a shouting match with the referee, but Ziggler charges and Punk picks him up in a fireman's carry. He swingsd around and accidentally knocks Ziggler's legs into Laurinaitis, knocking him to the floor, and hits Go To Sleep. He gets in another shouting match with Laurinaitis since the referee still hasn't recovered, then goes for another Go To Sleep and Ziggler counters to the Fameasser for a close 2. Ziggler pounds away with right hands and stomps to Punk and repeatednyl rams elbow into Punk's skull, then goes for another Fameasser, but Punk ducks, hits a catapult into the corner, and hits Go To Sleep. The referee starts to count, and Laurinaitis quickly slides in and counts 3 with the referee.
Winner: CM Punk
Laurinaitis takes the WWE Title belt and hands it to the referee so he can hand it to Punk, then heads up the ramp looking very satisfied with his performance tonight.
The Royal Rumble match is up next on Page 3!
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