The pyros explode and we are LIVE on pay-per-view. Devour by Shinedown plays as WWE Night of Champions is available in High Definition. SmackDown announcer (it still feels weird typing that) Jim Ross welcomes us. 16,151 is the announced attendance for the sold out American Airlines Center.
They’re opening with WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison defending against Finlay and Hornswoggle.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
John Morrison & The Miz (c) vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle
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 firemans 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: John Morrison & The Miz
We go to Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler as they talk about the 7 other title matches tonight. Eventually they are including the IC Title match even though it was not advertised. Still no word on Chris Jericho’s opponent. We go to clips of Cena vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 22 back in 2006.
United States Championship Match
Matt Hardy (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero
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 Hardys 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
We go back to Lawler and Cole as they show Dallas Cowboy great Tony Dorsett in the crowd. They air a clip of the McMahon giveaways from Raw followed by the ‘accident’.
Back live on pay-per-view we’re with Mike Adamle and ‘The’ Tazz. The ECW Championship match is next.
Triple Threat Match
Kane (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
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 and new ECW Champion: Mark Henry
We’re backstage with Batista. He saws that there is no way that he’ll return back to Raw without the World Heavyweight Championship. John Cena comes into the scene. Batista asks him whats up as Cena tells him ‘welcome back to Raw’ before shaking his hand. Cena says if he wins tonight that he may not be the only champion. CM Punk comes into the scene – he tells them that the briefcase is getting awfully heavy.
WWE World Tag Team Championship Match
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly (c) vs. Ted DiBiase & Mystery Partner
The WWE World Tag Team Champions Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes come out first. Ted DiBiase is out next. DiBiase picks up the mic and says that his partner just text messaged him and he says that he is 10 minutes away. DiBiase asks if they can just wait. Marty Elias says they can’t wait or he can just forfeit. DiBiase asks if they can start with him going solo.
DiBiase doesn’t want to start against Cody but he wants Hardcore Holly. Cody hits a DDT on Hardcore Holly as soon as he tags him in. DiBiase announces Cody Rhodes as his partner. Cody tags in DiBiase. DiBiase applies the Million Dollar Dream on Holly and then gets the three count!
Winners and NEW World Tag Team Champions: Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes
After the match, Cody announces – your winners and NEW World Tag Team Champions, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. Oh…
Todd Grisham has JBL in a luxury suite. JBL interrupts Grisham as he says that it is his luxury sweet. Bradshaw cuts a heel promo on the state of Texas. He asks Grisham why he would not have a match on this pay-per-view. Grisham tells him that it is because he is not a champion. Bradshaw says, ‘you’re saying I’m not a champion?’ Bradshaw says in a failing economy, where people are too stupid to realize they can’t buy things they can’t afford. He puts over his company and talks about his wealth. JBL says with Vince McMahon being incapacitated that he is the richest person in World Wrestling Entertainment and that to him is a champion – a champion in life. He says who else can say that – maybe Mark Cuban. He stops and says because when he looks around he doesn’t see any championship banners. He says the city of Dallas has produced nothing but massive failures. He brings up the Dallas Cowboys losing to the Giants in the NFC Playoffs. JBL says they lost to the city of champions and his New York Giants. JBL says everyone loves a champion and that’s why he is Texas’ favorite New Yorker.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. ???
Looks like we’re about to solve another mystery as Chris Jericho comes out first with his IC Title.
Chris Jericho says as the reigning IC Title he was told to come out here and that he would be defending his title against a surprise opponent. He says that he knows it’s not going to be HBK Shawn Michaels. Jericho tells the fans to chant it all they want but Shawn can’t be bothered with a 30 min-45 min flight from San Antonio because of a supposed eye injury. Jericho puts over how he has always worked hurt and he tells the fans that they don’t appreciate him. We’re shown a shot of Lance Cade at ringside. Kofi Kingston’s music cuts Chris Jericho off. He’s the challenger for the strap!
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 and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston
Shawn Michaels is helped to the back by medical staff as they continue to sell his eye ‘injury’. Jericho looks on, extremely pissed off. Jericho gets out of the ring and goes after Michaels. Tons of referees come out to stop retaliation. Jericho lands one cheap shot and HBK completely over sells it.
We’re backstage with Vickie Guerrero, Edge, and the wedding planner. Enter Ryder and Hawkins. Edge asks them if they saw the fear in Batista’s eye. They say two bad about Triple H. Edge says what do you mean. Hawkins (thank goodness for his hoody with his name on it) suggests maybe he should have utilized Hunter for help. Edge said he doesn’t need help and puts over the fact that he banished Undertaker form WWE. Edge turns his attention to Vickie and says that he leaves Batista tonight – beaten and empty handed.
They show the new John Cena/Vince McMahon Gillette commercial. Cole nearly gets cut off explaining that it was filmed before McMahon’s injury.
WWE Women’s Championship Match
Mickie James (c) vs. Katie Lea
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
Mobile Poll Results
AT&T Mobile Vote Poll results: Who will bring a title to Raw?
John Cena – 30%
Batista – 32%
Both – 31%
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge (c) vs Batista
They lock up and Batista sends Edge to the mat and Edge gets to the ropes. They lock up again and Edge with a side head lock and Batista with a shoulder tackle. Edge backs into the corner and the referee stops Batista. They lock up one more time and Edge is sent outside to the floor by Batista. Batista chases after Edge and then he tries to pull Edge out but Edge kicks Batista. Edge misses a drop kick and Batista sends Edge into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Batista with a back elbow for a near fall. Batista works on Edge’s back. Batista with a hard Irish whip and he gets a near fall. Batista with a snap mare and boot to the head. Batista with a jackhammer to Edge for a near fall. Batista clotheslines Edge over the top rope to the floor.
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, La Familia quickly skipped out from ringside and high-tailed to the back. Batista slowly recovered in the ring, half-way selling a head injury/concussion. He eventually left the ring while Foley asked why Vickie Guerrero still has a job.
We cut backstage where Grisham asks Hunter for his final thoughts before he goes out for tonight’s match. He says he’s going to go out and do what he should have done two years ago.
The event leading to the HHH vs. Cena feud are shown.
WWE Championship Match
Triple H (c) vs. John Cena
Cena comes out first. Here comes Hunter with the WWE Championship belt around his wait, water in hand. Lilian Garcia gives the formal introductions – seems like a pretty anti-Cena crowd.
The bell rings and tonight’s main event is officially underway. They lockup as Hunter gets Cena in a headlock. Triple H goes off the ropes and mows down Cena. Hunter applies another headlock on Cena but Cena whips him off the ropes. Hunter counters but going over him. Hip toss from Hunter onto Cena. He gives him a DX crotch chop. The match comes to a sudden pause as they are starting out slow. They lockup again as Hunter applies another headlock on Cena. He counters out with his strength. Cena locks Hunter in a headlock of his own. He brings Triple H to his knees.
Triple H sends Cena off the ropes but he counters with a big clothesline. Hunter is on the mat as Cena waits for him to get back to his feet. Cena taunts Hunter. John Cena hammers away on the WWE Champion. He whips Hunter into the corner and delivers a fisherman’s suplex. He gets a two cout.
Triple H sends Cena off the ropes again but Cena knocks him down. Cena miss-connects on another maneuver and goes to the outside. The Cerebral Assassin goes to the outside and connects a maneuver on Cena before getting back in the ring. Hunter stomps his knee to the spine of Cena. Triple H connects on a suplex on Cena clearly in control. Cena drops an elbow to the kidneys of Cena. He hits another. Cena sells a hard turnbuckle as he falls face first on the mat. Hunter stands over him, looking down.
Triple H whips Cena coast-to-coast and gets a two count. Triple H gets Cena to his feet and bangs his head off the turnbuckle. Triple H hits with right hands, Cena battles back in retaliation. Cena throws Hunter into the turnbuckles but The Game gets his feet up. Triple H goes off the ropes but Cena counters and takes him to the mat. Cena looks to build momentum. Big suplex from Cena onto Hunter. He teases 5 Knuckle Shuffle but he takes too long. Cena hits a right hand but ends up eating a knee to the face off after going off the ropes. Cena whips Triple H off the ropes but Hunter counters with a face crusher.
Pedigree attempt but Cena had a very good sequence to counter. Cena goes to the top rope with Hunter in the middle of the ring. He goes for a leg drop but it looked like he botched it. Suplex from Cena onto Hunter. The crowd reaction is mixed for the challenger. He teases 5 Knuckle Shuffle but takes forever. Hunter gets up and kicks him in the face with a knee lift. Spinebuster from Hunter onto Cena. Hunter waits for Cena to get to his feet, kick, and here comes the Pedigree. Cena counters and sends Triple H all the way to the outside. Hunter sells the knee as the referee goes to check on him.
Mike Chioda starts the count out but Cena breaks it by going to the outside with a chop block. Cena drops Hunter outside on the ring stairs. Cena works on the leg of Triple H from the outside. Cena gets back in, preparing his next spot. Cena goes back to the outside to work on Triple H’s leg. He gets back in and goes for the STFU but Triple H goes to the ropes. Cena hits another chop block on the ‘injured’ knee of Hunter.
Cena goes for the STFU, Hunter fights it off. Cena gets it half way locked in but Triple H battles to the ropes. The hold is broke. Cena gets Hunter up for the FU, Triple H counters and hits the Pedigree but Triple H sells his knee. 1, 2, Cena kicks out. Triple H goes back to selling the knee. The double count out is on as Chioda is up to 8 before any movement. Finally both men get back to their feet. FU from Cena onto Hunter. 1, 2, Hunter kicks out!!! Both men are down again, Chioda starts another double count out.
At eight Cena is back to his feet, so is Hunter but he’s selling the knee. They exchange right hands. Hunter backs Cena down with rights but they continue to exchange them. The crowd is eating out of the palm of their hands. Cena out of nowhere hits a tremendous suplex type slam. Cena goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, he connects. Cena goes for the FU but Triple H hangs on . Triple H kicks Cena, goes for the FU but Cena counters and gets the STFU locked in. Chioda checks for submission. They’re in the middle of the ring…
Hunter nearly makes it to the ropes but Cena pulls him away and goes for it again. Hunter counters and applies the cross-face. The crowd is unglued and this is one for the books. Hunter wrenches back on the cross-face. Cena appears to be fading but somehow he makes it to his feet, Cena’s got him up for the FU. Hunter battles out with elbows, he hits the Pedigree. Three count and Hunter retains!!!
Winner: Triple H
After the match, Cena walks to the back as Hunter celebrates in the ring and the pay per view ends.