Traditional Elimination match: The Big Show, Chris Masters, Kofi Kingston, MVP and Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Tyler Reks and Alberto Del Rio
Team Mysterio make their way out first, with MVP coming out to a great reaction (hometown crowd) before team Del Rio make their way out but something strikes me quite quickly…in 2015, only 50% of the competitors in this match are still with the company! The action is pretty fast paced (no, Big Show isn’t tagged in) with lots of tags within each team to keep the action fresh but the audience seem to really like this match, I would have like a bit of a backstory to allow me to care more but that is me nit picking. After Masters is eliminated to make it 5-on-3, the slow man – sorry Big Show is tagged in. After Del Rio is taken down with a knockout punch, McIntyre is tagged in – massively underrated in his WWE run and not used to his full potential. It eventually comes down to McIntyre versus Mysterio and Slow, we can see how this is going to go now…McIntyre is eventually eliminated following a chokeslam to allow Mysterio and Slow to become the survivors in an okay match, but did seem very cobbled together. I love how WWE have forgotten their history here…didn’t Show take out Mysterio in 2003?
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to Randy Orton, who is talking about his match with Wade Barrett (oh, how he’s fallen) but also how he feels for the predicament Cena is in. We then go back to the arena for our next match…
Diva’s Championship – Handicap match: Michelle McCool and Layla vs. Natalya
I really liked the heelish duo of McCool and Layla, they were the 2010 version of the Bella’s in some ways but they could actually hold their own in the ring more importantly, but I like that Natalya is getting an opportunity here because I genuinely think she is massively underrated as a wrestler and doesn’t receive enough credit. Natalya is pretty much dominated in the early minutes, before she mounts a brief comeback taking them out with a double suplex. Natalya eventually mounts a comeback to win the championship when McCool taps out to the sharpshooter to win the championship. They attack her after the match, but she is saved by Beth Phoenix who takes them out and celebrates with Natalya. The match was pretty average and short, needed a bit longer to be credible.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
World Heavyweight Championship: Kane vs. Edge
A nice promo is shown depicting the culmination of Kane’s feud with The Undertaker and his dominance on the SmackDown! brand, before heralding the return of Edge and becoming the number one contender for the title. This also shows Edge’s kidnap of Bearer and the intensity of the feud. I remember Kane’s title run, whilst his matches with Taker were pretty awful, his run was memorable and well deserved. Both men makes their entrances, with a frantic Kane worrying about the location of Bearer, more so after Edge brings out an empty wheelchair. This match should be quite good, both men have a great ring presence but can tell a great story with their attitude in their characters, the cockiness of Edge is something I miss. The match comes to an end after a double pinfall which results in a draw, but Kane ultimately remains World Heavyweight Champion. Good match, marred by a pathetic finish especially considering the brawl they had afterwards, certainly sets up the return contest between the two nevertheless.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars