We are live at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and shows off his Slammy Awards.
Kofi Kingston is out first to kick off the show.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat Ladder Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Lots of brawling early on between all three. Swagger is sent to the outside by Kingston. Ziggler grabs a ladder and sets it up in the middle of the ring. Kingston and Swagger knock Ziggler off the ladder into the ropes. Kingston drops Swagger face first off the ladder and follows it up with a big standing dropkick. Kingston bounces the ladder off the hand of Swagger. Ziggler is in with a small ladder, kicks Kingston with it and then sets it up under the top and above the middle turnbuckle. Kingston charges, Ziggler moves and Kingston crashes and burns. On the outside, a WWE official tends to the hand of Swagger wrapping it up. Swagger is back in and catapults Ziggler face first into the small ladder. Kingston with a springboard dropkick under the ladder on Swagger. Kingston drops the small ladder over Swagger. Ziggler with a fameasser on Kingston over the ladder. Vickie Guerrero is in the ring. Jerry Lawler adds, “Who does she think she is – Michael Cole?” Vickie starts climbing up the ladder. Kingston climbs up the opposite side. Vickie smiles. Kingston picks up the ladder and starts tilting it backwards. Ziggler falls to his knees begging Kofi to stop. Swagger breaks it up knocking Kofi down to put the ladder back down. Vickie screams and leaves the ring as Swagger tosses the small ladder at Ziggler in the corner. Kingston uses the small ladder with a shot to Swagger’s hand and then sends him to the outside. Kingston clotheslines Ziggler out sending both over the top rope. Swagger with an ankle lock on Kingston in the ring. Kingston scales the ladder while trying to kick Swagger away in the ankle lock. Ziggler climbs up both and reaches for the title. Ziggler falls, but catches himself staying on the ladder on the other side. Swagger is down. Kingston and Ziggler exchange shots up top. Ziggler with a sleeper on Kingston. Kingston breaks the grip of Ziggler. Kingston with a big elbow. Kingston knocks Ziggler off. Swagger is back in and up top as Kingston reaches. The belt comes down as both reach for it. Ziggler grabs the title on the mat.
Winner & still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, we see a replay of the finish as Ziggler and Vickie celebrate.
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker discuss the controversial finish to that match.
Divas Tag Team – Tables Match
WWE Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Laycool
Laycool have tables with cartoon versions of themselves on it. Beth Phoenix took a nasty spill early on landing on her head on the outside. Laycool with lots of double teaming on Natalya sending her to the corner as they setup tables. Phoenix comes back in and lifts Michelle McCool over her head until Layla broke it up. McCool broke up an attempt by Natalya and Phoenix to put Layla through a table. Natalya teased giving Laycool a catapult through their table, but Natalya turned them over into a double Sharpshooter. Phoenix sets up the “pink” table near Laycool as Natalya keeps the Sharpshooter locked in. The commentators remind us you can’t win by submission. Lots more brawling as Laycool prevent being put through a table. Phoenix is sent into the steel ring post. Laycool have Natalya up on the top turnbuckle. Natalya pushes them both away. Laycool falls on the table, but it doesn’t break. Natalya then stands up and crashes through the table over Laycool to get the win.
Winner: WWE Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix
After the match, we see a replay of the finish. Back live, Natalya and Phoenix celebrate their win.
WWE Week on USA is plugged with Raw on Monday, a live Smackdown on Tuesday and a replay of Tribute to the Troops on Wednesday.
Back live, Lawler corrects “Mr. Teacher” Matt Striker that Smackdown will be live this Tuesday, not Friday as he stated earlier.
Backstage, Kane is by a Christmas tree holding a present about how when as a kid, he stayed alone in the darkness as others celebrated. He said his Christmas present tonight is tables…ladders…and chairs. Kane said he will play with his new toys tonight and wishes Edge, Del Rio and Mysterio a “Merry Christmas” as he tears apart the Christmas set behind him.
WWE Tag Team Champions Santino and Vladimir Kozlov walk out to the ring. Big reaction for Santino. Santino thanks them and says they always embarrass him with a big reception. He said they are the best in the galaxy when it comes to one-on-one grappling. Santino promises to retain their titles against “Lexus.”
WWE Tag Team Championships
Santino & Vladimir Kozlov (c’s) vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel w/ Nexus
We start with Santino and Gabriel. Gabriel takes down Santino quickly. Santino with a big hip toss. Santino dodges a trip and takes down Gabriel with a big right hand. Tag to Slater. Santino with a headlock takedown on Slater. Slater with some big right hands. Santino sends Slater into the corner and tags in Kozlov. Kozlov tosses Slater across the ring and levels with with a big boot. Kozlov with a headbutt and fallaway slam on Santino. Kozlov sends Slater into the side of the ring on the outside and tosses him back in. When Kozlov gets in, Husky Harris gets in a chop block as the referee is distracted. Tag to Gabriel who lights up Kozlov with a big kick to the back. Santino is firing up the crowd. Gabriel cuts off a hot tag. Tag to Slater who dropkicks Kozlov in the face. Slater with a cheap shot to Santino. Kozlov with a big headbutt sending Slater flying back. Hot tag to Santino as Slater tags in Gabriel. Santino with a big hip toss on Gabriel and a stunner. Santino has the cobra ready. McGillicutty interferes taking out Santino and the referee sees it calling for the bell.
Winners via DQ & still WWE Tag Team Champions: Santino & Vladimir Kozlov
After the match, Nexus start beating up Santino and Kozlov. Wade Barrett walks down with a steel chair in hand and gets in the ring. Kozlov is held up and Barrett hits him with a chair shot to the gut and back. Barrett does the same when Santino is held up.
A revamped “Please don’t try this at home” promo airs.
A promo for WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 airs.
Back live, we see highlights of the last match. Striker talks about how this was a clear message to John Cena later tonight.
#1 Contendership for the WWE Championship – Ladder Match
Sheamus vs. John Morrison
Lock up and Sheamus with a headlock takedown. Sheamus with a big shoulder block. Sheamus sets up a ladder over the ring and announce table. Morrison dodges being tossed into it. Sheamus goes under it and Morrison gives him a knee to the face. Morrison then sends Sheamus into the padded ring barricade. Sheamus catches Morrison with a big kick. Morrison fights away from Sheamus and brings a ladder in the ring. Morrison starts climbing up when Sheamus starts pushing it over, Morrison jumps off and Sheamus sandwiches him in the corner with the ladder. Morrison with a springboard corkscrew dive over the top of the ladder crashing over Sheamus. Morrison is back up on the ladder, but Sheamus pulls him back with Morrison’s leg caught inside as Sheamus hits shots to the chest of Morrison. Sheamus pulls Morrison off, knocks the ladder over and Sheamus drops Morrison’s knee off the ladder. Sheamus mounts Morrison landing big rights. Sheamus then locks up Morrison’s leg in the ladder and Sheamus drops it down over the mat a few times. Sheamus grabs another ladder into play. Sheamus pushes Morrison over using the ladder when Morrison tried hitting a few comeback right hands. Sheamus then slams Morrison’s knee over the ladder in the corner. Sheamus starts climbing up the ladder and Morrison grabs another ladder tossing it up connecting on the back of Sheamus.
Sheamus fights back flipping Morrison over his shoulder using his busted up knee. Morrison with a drop toe hold sending Sheamus into a ladder. Morrison with a big kick to the head dropping Sheamus. Sheamus fights back hitting his backbreaker over a knee on Morrison. Both have ladders and connect with a charge. Morrison gets the better of it launching it face first at Sheamus. Morrison crotches Sheamus over a ladder on its side and clotheslines him over the top rope. Morrison picks up a ladder and tosses it over Sheamus on the outside. Morrison favors his leg as he sets up another ladder climbing up. Sheamus is in and hits a kick to the bad knee of Morrison pushing the ladder over. Sheamus dumps Morrison to the outside. Sheamus climbs up, but the contract is moving around. Morrison is back up with Sheamus. Sheamus is down, grabs Morrison, attempts a powerbomb, but Morrison sends Sheamus over the top rope to the outside. Morrison climbs up, but Sheamus pushes the ladder over again. Sheamus tosses Morrison over the top rope. Morrison grabs Sheamus from the ring apron. Sheamus with elbows. Morrison uses the ropes to push himself on the ladder with Sheamus. Morrison pushes Sheamus who falls back bending the ladder in half that was put across the ring and announce table. Morrison is back in the ring. Morrison is climbing. Sheamus is somehow rolling back in the ring.
Sheamus starts pushing the ladder back, Morrison hangs on, puts a foot on the ropes, pushes himself back forward and catches Sheamus with a huge kick to the face. Morrison climbs up and gets the contract.
Winner & new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship: John Morrison
After the match, we see a replay leading to the finish. Back live, Morrison is sitting on top of the ladder with the contract in hand celebrating.
A promo for “Legendary” and “Knucklehead” airs.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with WWE Champion The Miz. Mathews brings up John Morrison become the #1 contender and wondering who will be the champion after tonight – Miz or Randy Orton. Miz said he doesn’t care what Mathews thinks. Alex Riley comes up with a briefcase with the WWE Championship inside. Miz promises to kill the legend of Randy Orton tonight. He asks for a close up because he will be the new face of WWE.
Backstage, Todd Grisham is trying to catch up with The Nexus. Wade Barrett brushes him off along with Husky Harris. Barrett and Harris enter the Nexus locker room to find the remaining members beat up. Barrett tells Harris to lock the door.
WWE Championship – Tables Match
The Miz (c) w/ Alex Riley vs. Randy Orton
We got ring introductions from Justin Roberts for the challenger Randy Orton and champion The Miz.
Orton goes on the attack right away as the bell rings. Orton with a huge scoop slam and knee to the head. Orton sends Miz into the corner with force. Miz dodges an attack from Orton and works on him in the corner. Orton fires back with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton sends Miz into the steel ring post. Orton with big right hands as Alex Riley looks to get involved, but stops himself. Orton with a suplex on Miz. Riley put the table back under the ring that Orton took out. Orton grabs the table again and as he lifts it up Miz dropkicks it in his face. Miz sets up the table near the ring. Orton fights back with a big uppercut and puts Miz on his shoulders, climbs up the steel steps, but Miz jumps off and drops Orton face first off the steel steps. Miz grabs the top part of the steel steps and knocks out Orton with it. Miz sets up another table and has Orton over it. Miz goes up to the top turnbuckle, but Orton rolls off. Orton with a kick to Miz and sends him into the barricade. Miz throws Orton face first into the other steel steps twice. Miz grabs another table and slides it in the ring. Back in the ring, Miz connects with his corner clothesline. Miz sets the table up in the corner. Orton counters an irish whip into an Angle Slam. Orton tosses the table over Miz. Orton sets the table back up, puts Miz up on the top turnbuckle and attempts a superplex into the table when Riley runs in the ring and moves the table out of the way. Orton and Miz exchange punches. Orton with a series of clotheslines into his powerslam. Miz rolls to the ring apron. Orton with his DDT through the ropes on Miz. Riley goes on the charge at Orton on the outside and Orton levels him with a quick clothesline. Orton puts a table in the ring and sets it up. Orton with a backbreaker. Riley with a distraction to prevent an RKO. Referee bump as Miz attempts his Skull Crushing Finale. Orton with an RKO on Riley. Miz is down on the outside. Orton then grabs Riley and powerbombs him through the table. Miz then pops back up and hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Orton. Miz then moves Riley away from the area where he crashed through the table and puts Orton there. Miz jumps out of the ring, revives the referee and points his direction at Orton sitting in the debris of the broken table. The referee calls for the bell.
*** Match restarted ***
When the referee is revived, he sees the replay and what Miz did. The referee calls for the match to be restarted. Orton goes on the attack after Miz in the entrance area. Miz is sent into the steel ring post and then tossed back in the ring by Orton. Miz then sends Riley into Orton as he gets up on the ring apron to get back in. Orton flies back and crashes through a table. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner & still WWE Champion: The Miz
After the match, Michael Cole complains about how the match originally ended saying there is no instant replay in wrestling.
Backstage, Alberto Del Rio is hitting on Rosa Mendes. Edge shows up bouncing up and down in the back of Del Rio’s car. Del Rio said if he plans to kidnap his official ring announcer, he doesn’t care and could get another one like that snapping his finger. Edge suggests they team up tonight against Kane and Rey Mysterio. Del Rio says really? Edge says no and thinks he will be okay tonight. Del Rio says he might have to injure him the way he injured Edge’s buddy Christian. Edge promises to walk out of Houston tonight as a 10-time World Heavyweight Champion and gives a wink to Del Rio.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Four Way TLC Match
Kane (c) vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio
Early on, Mysterio with a head scissors takedown on Del Rio in the corner. Mysterio follows it up with a dropkick to the face. Edge and Kane with a double big boot on the outside leveling both. Mysterio with a ladder in the ring. Mysterio reaches for the belt, Del Rio pushes the ladder over and Mysterio goes diving into Kane and Edge on the outside. Del Rio catches Mysterio with a big kick to the face when Mysterio enters with another ladder. Mysterio drop toe holds Del Rio into that ladder. Mysterio is sent into the ladder by Del Rio, Mysterio hangs on, turns himself around and hits a seated senton into Del Rio. Kane is in and tosses Mysterio into the ladder. Edge with a splash on Kane against the ropes. Kane with big boot to Edge into a ladder. Kane takes out Del Rio and Mysterio tossing a ladder at them on the outside. Edge counters a chokeslam into a DDT. Edge hits Kane with a ladder sending him to the outside. Edge dropkicks a ladder into Kane. Kane fights back sending Edge to the timekeepers area and big boots Del Rio in the face. Kane grabs a table and as he sets it up, he breaks part of it and throws the piece away. Kane sets that table up against the announce table. Kane chokes both Del Rio and Mysterio. Edge breaks it up. Del Rio, Edge and Mysterio all triple team Kane. Edge and Mysterio then double team Del Rio sending him into the timekeepers wall.
Edge sends Kane into the steel ring post. Edge sets a table up and puts Kane on it as Edge and Mysterio get in some big right hands. Edge gets back in the ring, climbs up a ladder and jumps off crashing through the table with Kane. Del Rio with a big kick to the head of Mysterio in the ring. Del Rio grabs a chair, Mysterio drop toe holds him into the ropes, misses a 619, Edge with a Spear on Mysterio and a Spear on Del Rio. Edge starts climbing up the ladder, but Kane is in and pushes it over crotching Edge on the top rope. Kane is tossed out by Del Rio and Mysterio. Kane fires back with right hands on both. Kane throws Mysterio like a lawn dart into the ring barricade. Kane has a chair and hits Del Rio and Mysterio with it. Kane misses a shot on Edge hitting a table instead. Edge with a Spear on Kane with an assist from Mysterio. Mysterio jumps on a table hanging that is part of the TLC set and takes out Kane. Mysterio bolts back to the ring. Del Rio is in with a kick to the back. Mysterio sends Del Rio into the ropes. Kicks Edge into them as well who returns. 619 on Del Rio. Attempts a 619 on Edge, but Edge blocks it with a chair. Edge and Del Rio are climbing up the tall ladder. Mysterio sets up a smaller ladder and knocks Del Rio off. Mysterio jumps to the tall ladder. Mysterio with a headbutt to Edge. Edge and Mysterio go down and hit the mat with force.
Hell of a bump there for both coming off the ladder. Ricardo Rodriguez, Del Rio’s announcer, is climbing up the ladder. Kane is in and Ricardo sees him. Kane with a chokeslam on Ricardo off the ladder. Kane with a chokeslam to Del Rio. Kane with a chokeslam to Edge off the ring apron and through a table. Mysterio knocks the ladders over and hits a 619 on Kane. Mysterio grabs a chair and clocks Kane with it sending him through the ropes to the outside. Mysterio sets up the tall ladder, climbs up, Del Rio is up behind him and pulls Mysterio down. Del Rio with his flying armbar. Del Rio breaks it when Mysterio taps. Del Rio smiles and applies the armbar again. Mysterio screams out in pain. Del Rio climbs up the taller ladder, gets his hands on the title, Mysterio is pushing the ladder over and Del Rio crashes and burns through a table at ringside! Another violent bump through a table. Mysterio climbs up the ladder again favoring his arm. Mysterio kicks him away, springboards off the ropes, but Kane catches him and executes a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane starts laughing and is busted open slightly over the top of his head. Kane starts climbing when Edge cracks him on the back with a steel chair. Another shot to Kane to the hip using the chair. Another shot from Edge. Kane rolls to the ring apron, stands up and Edge gives him a Spear sending him off the ring apron crashing through a table. Edge climbs up the ladder and pulls the belt down. Edge is a 10-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Winner & new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
After the match, Michael Cole says Edge has joined an elite group by becoming a 10-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes is on his way out to the arena. Rhodes said Christmas has come early and he is planning to share some of his “dashing” tips with Houston. He said Houston is plagued with IJS…Irritable Jowell Syndrome. Rhodes said his neck and jaw connect, unlike all the neck fat he sees tonight in Houston. He points out that Houston is one of the fattest cities in America. Santa (Big Show) comes out with The Bella Twins tossing out presents. Rhodes said he doesn’t appreciate Big Show interrupting his “dashing” tips. Big Show said he is Santa. Rhodes said he is the poster child for NOT how to be dashing. He said the sight of Big Show in his underwear in “Knucklehead” was the single most repulsive image of 2010. Big Show tells Rhodes to lighten up and try running around in his underwear. Rhodes said whats more pathetic is the fact that Big Show is starring in movies, while he actually looks like a movie star. He calls Big Show a vanilla Shrek. Big Show laughs and says he could maybe get him a part in “Knucklehead 2.” When Big Show grabs Rhodes’ suit, Rhodes freaks out and says to never touch him again. Big Show pushes Rhodes into the ropes and then gives him a big spinebuster. Big Show strips Rhodes down to his underwear, which reveals the word “Sunday” on it. Big Show starts laughing as Rhodes bails out of the ring with The Bella Twins looking on.
Backstage, John Cena took out Husky Harris with a steel chair with Wade Barrett looking on.
CM Punk is out to replace Matt Striker on commentary to join Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett walked out to the ring without Nexus. Huge reaction for John Cena. Lock up and Cena pushes Barrett to the corner. Cena with a big takedown into a headlock. Cena with a shoulder block and Barrett bails. Cena goes after him and they grapple around the ringside area. Barrett drops Cena with a big right hand. Barrett has a steel chair. Barrett misses a shot on Cena hitting the announce table. Another miss by Barrett hitting the steel ring post. A third miss with Barrett hitting the steel ring steps. Cena bails, grabs a chair and is back in the ring with Barrett. Both connect and the chairs are gone. Cena charges in with big shots. Cena sets up a chair and executes a running bulldog over it on Barrett. Cena grabs the chair, but Barrett uses the referee as a shield to dodge a shot. Barrett with big right hands to Cena. Barrett with stiff jabs to Cena dropping him to the mat. Cena bails to the outside and Barrett chases him down with a steel chair cracking it over his back on the entrance ramp. Barrett grabs both parts of the steel ring steps and heads up the ramp. Barrett drops them, grabs a chair and cracks it over the back of Cena who screams out in pain. Cena fights back with a back body drop on Barrett over the top of the ramp. Cena grabs a leather chair on wheels from backstage, puts Barrett on it, pours water on his head and then rolls him down the ramp right into the steel ring steps that Barrett brought over earlier.
Barrett recovers dropping Cena and kicking him in the head. Barrett locks a steel chair around the head of Cena and sends him face first into the steel steps. Cena grabs his throat as Barrett tosses him back in the ring. Barrett puts a chair over Cena’s throat choking him sitting on it. Cena fights out of it, Cena with right hands and a flying shoulder block. Cena attempts a second flying shoulder block, but Barrett catches him with a steel chair. CM Punk adds, “We should dock Cena some pay for sleeping on the job right now.” Sounds like someone is a fan of “Blazzing Saddles.” Cena is back in the ring and Barrett gets his arms tied up in the ropes. Barrett grabs a steel chair as Cena is helpless. Barrett with a shot to the gut of Cena. Barrett leaves the ring and cracks the chair across the back of Cena who lets out a loud scream. Cena catches Barrett with a kick and fights out of the ropes. Cena plants Barrett with his twisting powerbomb and connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for an AA, but Barrett counters into a swinging side slam. Barrett hooks the leg and Cena kicks out after two. Cena gets Barrett down attempting an STF, but Barrett kicks him away into the corner where a chair was setup. Barrett hooks the leg again and Cena kicks out barely after two. Barrett grabs a chair, goes up top, jumps and Cena moves. Barrett makes contact with his ribs on the chair as he came flying off the second rope/turnbuckle area.
Cena grabs the chair, hits Barrett in the gut with it and then cracks him over the back with force! Cena smiles. Cena is up top with a steel chair and connects with a leg drop using the chair. Cena sets up the chair and grabs two more at ringside. Cena isn’t done and is throwing even more chairs in the ring. Cena sets up six chairs facing each other down a line. Cena has Barrett up for the AA. Cena tosses Barrett towards the chairs and connects with the AA. Cena covers Barrett and gets the pinfall.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, John Cena celebrates his win yelling, “It is over!” Wade Barrett rolls out of the ring and starts crawling away when Cena walks out stalking him. Cena cracks a steel chair across the back of Barrett. Cena follows Barrett and hits him over the back one more time. Cena then drags a platform over near Barrett and places it on top of him. A string of chairs are hanging above Cena and he pulls one down with force. The rest come tumbling down over the platform on top of Barrett. Cena grabs a water bottle, takes a drink and heads to the back as the PPV goes off the air.