On this day in history in ....
1973 - Kim Sung Ho defeats Alfonso Dantes for the EMLL NWA Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1986 - The AWA announces that since World Champion Stan Hansen refused to wrestle Nick Bockwinkel in Denver, Colorado, Hansen was being stripped of the title and Bockwinkel was named the new champion. In truth, Hansen had already been booked to defend the AWA World Title on All Japan Pro-Wrestling shows in July. When Hansen was told to drop the title beforehand, he refused, since his loyalty was to All Japan and Giant Baba, and he knew that Baba was advertising a AWA title defense on the July tour. Hansen went to Japan, still in possession of the AWA Title belt (a new belt was made for Bockwinkel) and "defended" it, dropping the belt after he won the NWA International Title (an All Japan belt) from Jumbo Tsuruta. Hansen would run over the AWA Title belt with his truck and mail the bent remains to Verne Gagne. Bockwinkel would take the mangled belt and had it restored.
1992 - Tom Prichard defeats Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee to win the title that had been vacated a week earlier when a match between the two ended in a no-contest. This began Pritchard's fifth title reign. On the same show, Jerry Lawler & Jeff Jarrett defeated The Moondogs (Spot & Spike) to win the USWA Tag Team Title.
1998 - Steve Austin defeats Kane for the WWF World Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio, ending Kane's reign after less than 24 hours. This begins Austin's second WWF World title reign.
1999 - The Hardy Boyz defeat Faarooq & Bradshaw for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This was the first of an eventual five runs with the belts for Matt & Jeff Hardy.
2008 - WWE held their Night Of Champions PPV. Here is Richard Trionfo's original report on the show:
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
COVERAGE: MAJOR TITLES DO NOT CHANGE HANDS; NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS (KIND OF);
NEW IC CHAMPION; NEW ECW CHAMPION
Welcome to tonight’s live coverage of the WWE’s Night of Champions pay per view from Dallas, Texas. All of the WWE titles are on the line. Make sure to check out all of the coverage on the site, including the Night of Champions Post Pay Per View Hotline.
On the Free for All, Jack Korpela reminds us that every title will be on the line as he welcomes us to the show. The first match that Jack previews is the World Title Match between Edge and Batista. Jack mentions that Chris Jericho was supposed to defend the Intercontinental Title against Shawn Michaels but due to Michaels’ injuries, they will not meet at Night of Champions. We see the video package for the feud. Jack mentions that someone might be facing Chris Jericho, but nothing has been announced yet. Jack next discusses the WWE Championship Match between John Cena and Triple H and we see a video package that we will see many more times tonight. We are shown highlights from the main event from this week’s Smackdown between Umaga and Batista.
We start off tonight’s pay per view with a video package where all of the wrestlers talk about why they want to be a champion. The focus turns to Edge and Batista. Next, we see the Cena/Triple H match highlighted.
After the pyro at the start of the show with banners of all of the titles hanging from the TitanTron, we go to the announcers for tonight’s show. Jim Ross and Mick Foley represent Smackdown; Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler represent Raw; and The Tazz and Mike Adamle represent ECW.
Match Number One: WWE Tag Team Title Match:
John Morrison and The Miz versus Hornswoggle and Finlay
Finlay and Morrison start things off and Finlay with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Finlay with a European uppercut and arm bar followed by a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Finlay with a slam and elbow drop followed by a nerve hold. Finlay tries to use the turnbuckle but Morrison blocks it and he sends Finlay into the turnbuckles. Finlay blocks a pescado and uses the ring skirt. Miz grabs Hornswoggle. Morrison with a clothesline to Finlay on the floor. Hornswoggle runs away but Morrison and Miz grab him and bring him into the ring. Hornswoggle throws his jacket at Morrison. Finlay comes back in and he hits clotheslines and then he sends Hornswoggle into Miz and Morrison. Each hit a seated senton splash onto Miz and Morrison as the champions go to the floor to regroup.
Finlay rolls Morrison back into the ring but Morrison with a drop kick to Finlay. Miz is tagged in and they hit a double gutbuster on Finlay. Miz with a rear chin lock on Finlay and then he catapults Finlay into Morrison who hits a forearm followed by a slingshot elbow onto Finlay for a near fall. Morrison tags in Miz and Miz with a punch but Finlay with a kick and a reverse atomic drop. Hornswoggle is tagged in and he hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors followed by a Stunner and bulldog for a near fall. Morrison hits Hornswoggle from behind as he goes off the ropes to stop his momentum. Miz slaps Hornswoggle and then Finlay tries to save his son. Miz and Morrison continue to bully Hornswoggle and Morrison tags in. Morrison sends Hornswoggle into the turnbuckles and the referee checks on Hornswoggle. Miz tags in and then they get on their knees to mock Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle with forearms to Miz and Morrison but Miz and Morrison with a double clothesline to prevent Hornswoggle from making the tag.
Miz misses the clothesline into the corner and he crotches himself. Morrison tags in and he prevents Hornswoggle from making the tag. Morrison slaps Hornswoggle as he holds him up. Finlay comes in and the referee stops him. Hornswoggle with elbows and he makes the tag. Finlay with clotheslines to Morrison and a forearm to Miz. Finlay with a power slam to Morrison for a near fall. Morrison with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Finlay with a drop kick from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Finlay with a fireman’s carry slam and then he hits Miz. Finlay with the Celtic Cross to Morrison and Miz knocks Finlay off the apron. Hornswoggle is on the top turnbuckle and Morrison grabs him and slams him to the mat. Morrison gets the three count.
Winners: Miz and John Morrison
We go to Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Cole wonders if the other champions will retain their titles. Cole mentions the match between Cena and Triple H. Lawler says that there are times when historic is overused, but that is not the case tonight. We see footage from their previous one-on-one title match at Wrestlemania 22. This is the poll question for tonight.
Match Number Two: United States Title:
Chavo Guerrero with Bam Neely versus Matt Hardy
They lock up and Chavo with a side head lock and rollup but Hardy escapes. Hardy with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Chavo applauds Hardy as he backs up. Chavo goes for a leg but Hardy moves out of the way. Chavo with a side head lock take down. Hardy with a wrist lock and Irish whip followed by a clothesline. Hardy with a slam and fist drop for a near fall. Chavo with punches to Hardy but Hardy with a back body drop. Hardy with an Irish whip and running clothesline but he misses the bulldog. Chavo clips Hardy and he works on the leg and knee. Chavo uses the ropes to add pressure to the leg. Chavo slingshots to the floor and he wrenches Hardy’s knee on the rope and apron. Chavo also wrings Hardy’s leg into the ring post. While Chavo talks to the referee, Bam goes over and wrings Hardy’s leg into the post.
Chavo gets a near fall and then he returns to the knee. Chavo with forearms to keep Hardy from escaping the hold. Hardy with kicks to the back and he gets out of the hold. Chavo with another kick to the back of the leg but Hardy with a punch. Hardy and Chavo exchange punches with Hardy getting the advantage and he hits a bulldog for a near fall. Chavo continues to work on Hardy’s leg. The referee wants to know if Hardy wants to give up but he refuses. Hardy sends Chavo to the floor but Chavo drops Matt on the top rope when he returns. Chavo tries for a frog splash but Hardy moves and Chavo sees him moving as he rolls through. Hardy with a clothesline to Chavo followed by more clotheslines. Hardy with an elbow drop for a near fall. Hardy tries for a Side Effect but Chavo blocks it with an elbow. Chavo tries for a back slide but Hardy blocks it and Hardy hits the Side Effect for a two count. Hardy limps to the turnbuckles and he goes up and hits the screaming elbow to the head but Hardy shows the effect of what Chavo did to the knee. Hardy goes up again but Chavo pulls Hardy off the turnbuckles. Chavo puts Matt in a single leg crab but Hardy gets to the ropes. Hardy tries for the Twist of Fate, but Chavo blocks it. Hardy is able to convert it into a DDT but he only gets a two count. Matt sets for the Twist of Fate but Chavo escapes and he rolls through into another single leg crab. Hardy gets to the ropes one more time, but more damage has been done to the knee. Hardy with an enzuigiri but Chavo with a kick and he hits two thirds of the Three Amigos but when Chavo goes for the third, Matt hits the Twist of Fate for the three count.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler point out that Tony Dorsett is in the crowd.
Time for a video package about the McMahon Millions Stage Collapse.
We start off our night of Adamle with Mike announcing that the McMahons will make a formal statement on Monday night. Tazz says that the McMahons always do things big, so it is time to see big and that is the ECW Title Match.
As Mark Henry walks to the ring, we see footage from Tuesday night when Mark Henry pinned Kane.
Match Number Three: ECW Title Match:
Mark Henry versus Big Show versus Kane
Kane with punches to Henry and Show. Kane punches Show in the corner and Henry charges but Kane moves so he only hits Show. Kane with a drop kick to Henry’s knees and then he punches Show in the corner. Kane kicks Henry out of the ring. Show clotheslines Kane followed by a head butt. Show with punches to Kane but Kane with the patented uppercuts. Kane with a DDT to Show for a near fall. Show refuses to be Irish whipped and he throws Kane over the top rope to the floor. Henry sees Kane on the floor in front of him but Henry returns to the ring without attacking Kane.
Show and Henry lock up and neither man budges. They lock up again and Henry with a side head lock. Henry with a shoulder tackle but Show stays on his feet. They lock up one more time and Show with a side head lock. Show with a shoulder tackle that takes Henry down. Show slams Henry like he was a cruiserweight. Show with a head butt to Henry while the medical staff checks on Kane at ringside. Henry with punches to Show followed by a head butt. Show with a kick to Henry followed by a head butt. Show with a shoulder to the midsection. Show sets for a choke slam on Henry but Henry gets free and he punches Show. Henry and Show with clotheslines at the same time and they both go down. Kane returns to the ring and he goes up top for a jumping clothesline to Henry and an uppercut to Show.
Kane with a running clothesline to Show followed by one to Henry. He gives one more to Show. Henry with a bear hug to Kane when Kane charges at him. Kane sends Henry into Show and Show with a big boot to Henry. Kane and Show with a double choke slam to Henry. Show tries to cover Henry but Kane stops him. Kane tries to cover Henry and Show stops him. Kane and Show exchange punches. Show with kicks to Kane in the corner. Show charges into a boot from Kane. Kane with an enzuigiri to Show. Kane goes up top for a jumping clothesline but Show catches him and hits a choke slam but Kane kicks out at two.
Kane sits up and he grabs Show by the throat but Show sends Kane into the corner. Show with a belly-to-back suplex for a two count. Show goes up top and Kane with an uppercut to Show. Kane with a superplex to Show but Henry with a splash to Kane for the three count.
Winner: Mark HenryWe return to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler as they talk about the World Heavyweight Title Match. The poll question is which title will go to Raw.
Batista is in the interview area with Eve Torres. She asks Batista if he will bring the World Title back to Raw. Batista says that he will not return to Raw empty handed. He will be the man on Monday night. John Cena enters the interview area. Cena welcomes Batista back to Raw and says that it is a bold statement to say that you are going to be the man on Raw. Cena says that Batista might not be the only champion on Raw. CM Punk enters the area and he says that he hopes both of them bring gold and he shows them his briefcase.
Ted says that his tag team partner is on the way and he asks for ten more minutes. He wants the match rescheduled for later. Now he wonders what he is supposed to do. He does not want to forfeit the match. Ted says that his partner will be here in time.
Match Number Four: World Tag Team Title
Match: Cody Rhodes and Bob Holly versus Ted DiBiase and Mystery Partner who
is still late and turns out to be Cody Rhodes
Ted says that he wants to face Holly, not Rhodes. Holly obliges and Cody kicks Holly and hits a DDT. Cody stands over Holly and Ted introduces his partner, Cody Rhodes. Cody tags in DiBiase and DiBiase with the Million Dollar Dream Junior and hits a side Russian leg sweep for the three count.
Winners: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes
Cody makes sure to announce that they are the new tag team champions.
Todd Grisham is in a sky box with John Bradshaw Layfield who is in a suit and not his wrestling gear. He says that it is audacious for this pay per view to be called Night of Champions without him in a match. Todd points out that Bradshaw is not a champion. Bradshaw says that in a failing economy where people are losing their homes, Bradshaw points out that he owns his own company. He mentions that he has a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. Now he is the richest person in the company. He says that makes him a champion, a champion in life. Bradshaw mentions Mark Cuban but he says that he does not see any championship banners. When he left, the city of Dallas has not produced a champion. He mentions the Dallas Cowboys and how they choked to the City of Champions, New York, home of the Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants. Bradshaw says that he is Texas’s favorite New Yorker, and as far as having a championship around his waist, it is not a matter of if, but when.
Chris Jericho gets on the mic and points out that he is an eight time Intercontinental Champion. Jericho mentions that he was told that he will face a surprise champion. Chris says that it will not be Shawn Michaels. We see Lance Cade at ringside. Chris says that Michaels could not be bothered to take a forty minute flight from his home because of his eye injury. As a hero and role model to millions, he shows up every night. Jericho runs through the injuries that he wrestled through and then he mentions the events in his family’s life that he has missed. Jericho points out that the fans do not appreciate this. He says that he is an honest man. Jericho says that he will have his vindication. He is not here to save everyone, he is here to save himself. Chris Jericho is interrupted by the music of his opponent.
Match Number Five: Intercontinental Title
Match: Chris Jericho versus Kofi Kingston
Jericho walks around Kingston as he is ready for the match. They lock up and Jericho backs Kofi into the corner and he slaps the challenger. Kofi goes after Jericho, but Chris gets into the ropes and the referee gets Kofi away. Jericho with a waist lock but Kofi with a standing switch. Jericho with a reversal into a side head lock and take down. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and running forearm to the head. Jericho with kicks to Kingston. Jericho slaps Kingston again as he shows his opponent no respect. Jericho sends Kingston to the ropes but Kingston hits the ropes and bounces back. After a few high leap frogs, Jericho gets out of the ring. Kingston with a baseball slide to Jericho followed by a pescado. Kingston rolls Jericho back in and then he goes up top. Kingston with a cross body for a two fall. Kingston with forearms to Jericho followed by an Irish whip. Kingston leaps into the corner for punches, but Jericho sends Kingston to the floor. Jericho goes out after Kingston and sends Kingston back-first into the apron. Jericho with kicks to the back as he works on Kofi. Jericho with shoulders in the corner followed by a hard Irish whip. Jericho tries to suplex Kingston back into the ring, but Kofi blocks it. Kofi tries to suplex Jericho to the floor but Jericho is finally able to suplex Kofi and gets a near fall.
Jericho with a back breaker to Kofi and then he keeps Kofi on his knee. Kofi with kicks to Jericho and he gets out of the hold. Jericho with a drop kick to Kingston and then he chokes Kofi in the ropes. Jericho with a splash into the back as Kofi goes down. Kofi fights back with punches to Jericho but Jericho puts Kingston in an abdominal stretch. Kofi gets out of the hold and he hip tosses Jericho. Jericho with a drop toe hold and he chokes Kofi by standing on his back. Jericho puts Kofi on the top turnbuckle and Jericho tries for a belly-to-back superplex but Kofi is able to hit a cross body for a near fall. Kofi punches Jericho and follows with a clothesline and drop kick. Kofi with a flying forearm and it is time for the leg drop but Jericho blocks it and he tries to get Kofi into the Walls of Jericho. Kofi with a rollup for a two count. Kofi with a clothesline and leaping leg drop for another two count.
Kofi with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot from Jericho. Kofi with a rana for a two count. Jericho with a kick to the midsection of Kingston. Jericho with a slam and it is time for the Lionsault and it connects. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho and he puts Kofi in it and from out of nowhere, Shawn Michaels comes through the crowd and he hits Sweet Chin Music on Cade. Jericho knocks Michaels off the apron and then Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Shawn Michaels is checked out at ringside by the medical staff. Michaels is helped to his feet and we see Jericho glare at Michaels. Jericho leaves the ring and he walks to Michaels, but the referees and Tony Garea come out to stop him. That is not enough protection for Michaels as Jericho connects with a forearm to the injured eye and Shawn Michaels looks like he is the fish at the end of the Faith No More video Epic. Jericho is sent to the back.
Vickie is in her office thinking about flowers and Edge really isn’t focused. Hawkins and Ryder enter and ask Edge if he is ready. Hawkins and Ryder suggest that Edge could use Hunter’s help tonight against Batista. Edge says that he does not need Hunter’s help. He runs through his accomplishments and points out that he banished the Undertaker. Edge says that he does not need any help, just the love of his fiancée. He will leave Batista battered and empty handed tonight.
We see the Gillette Fusion commercial with Vince McMahon and John Cena. Cole points out that it was filmed before Vince’s injury.
Match Number Six: Women’s Title Match:
Mickie James versus Katie Lea Burchill with Paul Burchill
Katie with a waist lock and rollup followed by a backslide for a near fall. Katie with another rollup for a near fall as Mickie retreats into the corner. Mickie with a waist lock take down and she keeps Katie in the waist lock. Mickie with a rollup and bridge but Katie kicks out. Paul gives Katie some advice. Mickie with a kick and forearm to Katie. Mickie counters a hip toss with a monkey flip followed by a forearm. Mickie with a cross arm clothesline and then she goes up top. Katie rolls outside to stop Mickie’s momentum. Katie knocks Mickie down and covers Mickie. Mickie with a snap mare and drop kick to Katie for a near fall. Katie rolls to the apron one more time and goes to the floor.
Katie with a forearm and hammer lock into a belly-to-back suplex while Mickie was still in the hammer lock. Katie works on the arm and kicks Mickie in the shoulder. The referee checks on Mickie but Mickie with a forearm. Katie sends Mickie shoulder first into the ring post. The referee stops Katie as he checks on Mickie. Katie with kicks to the shoulder and she gets a near fall. Katie with an arm bar as Paul shouts words of encouragement to his sister. Mickie with forearms to Katie followed by a Thesz Press and punches. Katie hits Mickie in her injured arm and she hits a DDT for a near fall. Katie kicks Mickie in the corner and the referee continues to check on Mickie. Katie with an Irish whip but she charges into a boot. Mickie with a head scissors in the corner followed by clotheslines. Katie misses a spin kick and Mickie with a snap mare and double sledge for a two count. Mickie tries for the DDT but Katie with an arm bar submission. Mickie escapes the hold with an arm drag. Katie with a hammer lock and she sends Mickie into the turnbuckles. Katie tries for another hammer lock belly-to-back suplex but Mickie counters with an Implant DDT for the three count.
Winner: Mickie James
It is time to see the poll results and the fans think that Batista will be the one to bring a title to Raw with Both and Cena close behind.
It is time for the Edge/Batista video package.Match Number Seven: World Title Match: Edge versus Batista
Batista goes out after Edge and rolls him back in but Edge kicks Batista as he returns to the ring. Edge sends Batista into the ring post and Batista goes to the floor. Edge with a baseball slide that sends Batista over the ECW announce table. Batista rolls back in and Edge kicks Batista in the shoulder. Edge chokes Batista in the ropes and then he hits the cross body into Batista’s back. Edge with a forearm to Batista chest followed by an elbow drop. Batista falls to the floor one more time. Batista gets to the apron again and he connects with shoulders to Edge’s midsection. Batista with punches to Edge but Edge with a drop toe hold and elbow drop to the back. Edge with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall.
Edge with a reverse chin lock. Edge gets on Batista’s back as Batista returns to his feet. Edge is run into the turnbuckles and Batista charges at him but Edge with a drop toe hold that sends Batista into the barbecue sauce free turnbuckles. Edge grabs Batista and connects with a forearm and then he slams Batista’s head into the turnbuckles. Edge with punches but Batista responds with punches of his own. Edge with a neck breaker and a near fall. Edge with a reverse chin lock as he continues to wear down Batista. Batista gets out of the hold and he avoids a breakdown with a snap mare. Edge with a rollup for a near fall and then Edge takes Batista down one more time. Edge goes up top but Batista knocks Edge to the apron. Edge drops Batista on the top rope. Batista with a clothesline and both men are down.
Batista runs Edge into the turnbuckle and he connects with shoulders followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline. Edge avoids a second and Edge tries for a clothesline but Batista with a Black Hole Slam like maneuver for a two count. Batista with a spear but Edge is able to kick out. Batista sets for the Batista Bomb but Edge gets out of the hold. Batista with a power slam and then he shakes the ropes before trying the Batista Bomb. Edge gets out of the hold and Edge hits the Impaler DDT but Batista kicks out at two. Batista crawls into the corner as Edge sets for the spear but Batista with a boot to Edge’s head. Batista goes to the apron and then he goes up top. Batista is stopped with a drop kick from Edge as he comes off the turnbuckles.
Vickie Guerrero is wheeled to the ring by Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder. Edge sets for the spear but Batista with a leap frog. Batista with a spinebuster for the three . . . Vickie Guerrero pulls the referee away. Batista wants to know what just happened. Edge misses another spear attempt as he is sent into the ring post. Edge pulls out the referee and punches him. Vickie demands another referee and this referee is Chavo Guerrero.
Batista grabs Vickie Guerrero and brings her into the ring. The members of La Familia beg for Batista to put her down. Vickie is press slammed onto La Familia. Edge hits Batista with the title belt and Chavo makes the three count.
After the match, we see Batista still in the ring as the crowd applauds Batista’s performance in the match. Jim Ross and Mick Foley also put over Batista’s performance as he has his final match for the Smackdown brand.
Triple H is walking in the back and Todd Grisham wants his thoughts on the match. Hunter says that he is going to do what he should have done two years ago.
Time for the video package for the main event.
Match Number Eight: WWE Title Match:
Triple H versus John Cena
They lock up and Hunter with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. They lock up again and Hunter with a side head lock into a hammer lock and then back into the side head lock. Hunter with another shoulder tackle. Hunter blocks a hip toss and he hits a hip toss of his own. Hunter follows that with a crotch chop. They lock up again and Hunter with another side head lock. Cena powers out of the hold and Cena applies a side head lock. Cena locks in the hold as Hunter tries for an Irish whip to get out of the side head lock. Hunter with forearms but Cena with a shoulder tackle. Hunter tries a hip toss but Cena blocks it and hits a short arm clothesline.
Cena salutes at Hunter and Hunter pushes Cena as a reply. Cena takes Hunter down and he punches him. Cena with punches to Hunter as he backs him into the corner. Cena with an Irish whip followed by a kick and fisherman’s suplex for a two count. Hunter with a kick and punches. Cena avoids a clothesline and hits a flying shoulder. Hunter ducks out of the way of a second one and Cena goes to the floor. Hunter runs Cena’s back into the apron and then they return to the ring. Hunter with knees to Cena’s back. Hunter with a back breaker as he continues to work on the back. Hunter with a suplex to Cena and then he connects with an elbow drop to the back. Hunter with another elbow to the back. Hunter with a hard Irish whip and then he stands over Cena as Cena struggles to get up.
Hunter with another hard Irish whip and Hunter gets a near fall. Hunter slams Cena’s head into the turnbuckles and then they exchange punches. Cena with punches followed by an Irish whip and Cena charges into a boot. Hunter goes to the turnbuckles and he lands into a Cena boot. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for the five knuckle shuffle set up, but Hunter kicks Cena off. Cena with a punch. Hunter with the running high knee and a punch. Hunter with a facebuster and Cena goes into the ropes. Hunter with a kick to the midsection and he sets for the Pedigree but Cena escapes the hold and Cena with a blockbuster. Cena goes to the apron and then he goes up top. Cena with a leg drop to the back of Hunter’s neck. Cena tries for the STFU but Hunter kicks him off.
Hunter misses a clothesline and Cena with the Blue Thunder Bomb. Now it is time for Cena to try the Five Knuckle Shuffle again and this time it is countered with a high knee. Hunter with a spinebuster. Hunter waits for Cena to get back to his feet and Hunter with a kick and he sets for the Pedigree. Cena Irish whips Hunter over the top rope to the floor. The referee checks on Hunter’s knee.
The referee starts his count while Hunter struggles to get back into the ring. Cena clips Hunter’s knee and then he drops Hunter’s knee on the ring steps. Cena wrings Hunter’s leg into the ring post. Cena wrings Hunter’s leg into the ring post one more time. Cena tries for the STFU but Hunter makes it to the ropes before Cena can apply the hold. Cena clips Hunter’s knee again. Hunter kicks Cena off one more time. Cena finally gets the leg but he does not have the hold locked in as Hunter gets to the ropes one more time. Cena waits for Hunter and he gets Hunter in the FU but Hunter with a Pedigree but Hunter is unable to make the cover quick enough and Cena kicks out. Both men get to their feet and Cena hits the FU but Cena has taken so much punishment that he delays his cover and Hunter kicks out at two.
Both men get to their feet again and Cena punches Hunter but Hunter responds with a punch of his own. Cena punches Hunter to boos from the crowd while Hunter punches and the crowd cheers. Hunter misses a punch and Cena hits a third Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena looks around as he gets ready for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena waits for Hunter to get to his feet for the FU but Hunter gets to the ropes. Hunter tries for the Pedigree, but Cena counters with the STFU. Hunter tries to get to the ropes. Hunter gets to the ropes and Cena releases the hold, but Cena tries to reapply it and Hunter counters with the Crippler Crossface. Cena appears to be passing out but Cena recovers and he gets Hunter up for an FU but Hunter with elbows to the head. Hunter with the Pedigree for the three count.
Winner: Triple H
After the match, Cena walks to the back as Hunter celebrates in the ring and the pay per view ends.