Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett w/ John Cena
Before the match, we got ring introductions for the challenger Wade Barrett and champion Randy Orton. Barrett took the mic and told Cena that if he loses tonight then he would be firing Cena.
Lock up and Barrett pushes Orton to the corner. Orton fires back with a few uppercuts and launches Barrett with force into the turnbuckle. It’s all Barrett early on working over Orton in the corner and then on the mat. Barrett yelled at Cena to go after Orton when he wants him to. Cena just looks on. Barrett again gets in Cena’s face to help him when Orton attacks Barrett from behind. Back in the ring, Orton applies a headlock on Orton keeping the action grounded. Barrett rolls out and Orton gives him a big uppercut. They brawl closer to where Cena is and Barrett sends Orton shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Back in the ring, Barrett hits Orton with a few jabs and then a big right hand. Barrett drops an elbow over the chest of Orton after coming off the second rope. Barrett drops Orton with a big headbutt and then goes back to a headlock. Barrett brawls with Orton on the outside and continues to look over at Cena who has yet to get involved in the match. Another headlock by Barrett trying to wear Orton down. Orton with a big dropkick on Barrett who rolls out of the ring. As Barrett gets back in through the ropes, Orton attempts his DDT, Barrett breaks free and we get a referee bump.
Barrett yells at Cena to get up on the ring apron with referee down. Barrett is sent into the ropes and takes out Cena. The remaining members of The Nexus hit the ring and start attacking Orton. Cena starts tackling members of Nexus and throwing them out of the ring. Orton gives Slater an RKO. Barrett grabs Cena and asks him what he is doing. Cena yells that if he didn’t clear house the referee would have disqualified Barrett. The referee comes to and is getting in the ring when Barrett puts Orton on his shoulders. Orton jumps off, hits a series of clotheslines and a big snap powerslam. Barrett rolls to the ring apron, Orton brings him back in and connects with his DDT through the second rope. Orton is firing himself up for an RKO. Cena is getting in the ring. Cena charges, grabs Barrett and gives him an Attitude Adjustment. The referee calls for the bell. Cena stares down Orton as we get the ruling.
Winner via DQ: Wade Barrett
Winner & STILL WWE Champion: Randy Orton
After the match, Randy Orton gives John Cena an RKO when Cena goes to hand him the title belt. Orton grabs the WWE Championship and celebrates on the corner. Cole, Lawler and Striker talk about how technically Barrett won the match even though the title didn’t change hands. Orton with an RKO on Wade Barrett. We see a replay of the finish. Back live, Orton continues to celebrate as the PPV goes off the air.
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