- Randy Orton def. Alberto Del Rio:
While Orton set up for a top rope suplex, The Mexican Aristocrat tripped Orton and trapped his legs in the ropes, stomping on the chest of the inverted third-generation Superstar and covering him for a two-count. With his sternum and his arm compromised, Orton seemed down for the count when The Essence of Excellence applied the Cross Armbreaker yet again. But The Viper, showing his heart, writhed his way out of the hold and slithered back to the turnbuckle, where Del Rio went for his patented enzuigiri … and then, finally, The Viper struck, dodging the kick and catching Del Rio in a midair RKO, felling Del Rio and leaving him no delusions as to who exactly he’d been mocking, belittling and baiting all along.
- Team Rhodes Scholars def. Team Hell No (c) via disqualification:
A heated argument between Kane and Bryan seemed to signal a Team Rhodes Scholars championship victory, especially when Rhodes nailed Bryan with a vicious Cross Rhodes and went for the cover. No doubt sensing the WWE Tag Team Titles slipping away, Kane saved his partner from defeat and brutalized both Sandow and Rhodes in the corner of the ring. Since The Big Red Monster was not the legal man and completely ignored the referee’s five-count to leave the ring, the official called for the bell and disqualified WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No.
- Intercontinental Championship Match. Kofi Kingston (c) def. The Miz:
Miz made the most of his newly acquired momentum, which grew as he used his shoulder to hinder the high-flying champion’s left knee. After removing the titleholder’s knee pads to expose the injured joint, The Awesome One increased the pressure by applying a single-leg Boston Crab, which nearly made Kingston submit. Still, a fast-paced exchange sent Miz out of the squared circle once again and ultimately led to his demise. As The Awesome One reentered the ring, Kingston unleashed his inner wildcat at just the right time as he found enough strength to deliver Trouble in Paradise for a hard-earned victory.
- United States Championship Match. Antonio Cesaro (c) def. Justin Gabriel:
Perhaps the most critical development came when Gabriel — a self-professed levitator — had seemingly turned the tables and had the champion reeling on the floor. Sensing opportunity, the former WWE Tag Team Champion sprung to the top rope and launched himself at Cesaro. The powerhouse, however, was lying in wait, and he blasted Gabriel off-course with a ferocious European uppercut, before deadlifting his opponent into the ring with a gut wrench. From there, it was academic, as Cesaro locked in The Neutralizer for the pinfall win. The victory marks the United States Champion’s second title defense on consecutive pay-per-views. Perhaps moreover, it quiets any speculation that the loss Monday, a rarity for the Swiss Superstar, was possibly the sign of an oncoming slump.
- Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. The Prime Time Players:
Looking for retribution against Darren Young & Titus O’Neil after suffering multiple attacks from the duo, the masked marvels aimed to get the match going at a fast pace, using their speed to keep Young one step behind. But The Prime Time Players were eventually able to muscle their way back into control of the bout. “Mr. No Days Off” and “The Real Deal” Titus O’Neil overpowered their masked opponents, trapping Sin Cara in their corner and battering him with constant blows. After O’Neil took a few seconds too long to gloat, however, Sin Cara was able to evade an attack and tag his partner into action. Mysterio sped around the ring like a blue blur, sending Young into a dizzy spell that ended with him trapped in the ropes and on the receiving end of the 619, which claimed the victory for the masked duo. After the bout, officials tended to Sin Cara, who appeared to be shaken up after getting his bell rung by the mighty O’Neil. He was on his feet shortly after, though, celebrating the triumph with his tag team partner.
- World Heavyweight Championship Match. Big Show def. Sheamus:
Iin the height of the incredible back-and-forth battle, Big Show suddenly caught Sheamus’ Brogue Kick attempt and proceeded to bring the WWE Universe to the edge of their seat. Cocking his explosive fist into the air, Big Show smashed the World Heavyweight Champion with the full force of the KO Punch. Though that certainly should have quelled the final stand for the titleholder, Sheamus once again showed the heart of a true champion by kicking out of the finisher in a moment that defied disbelief itself! As monumental as Sheamus’ resilience was, however, it was not a feat that was destined to be repeated. While Sheamus indeed recovered and shocked all yet again by hitting the Brogue Kick on Big Show, the giant also kicked out! And when Sheamus went for a second Brogue Kick, Big Show hit a second earth-shattering KO Punch, finally finishing off Sheamus, capturing the World Heavyweight Title and forever erasing the disgrace of losing his last World Championship in 45 seconds last at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs last December!
- Triple Threat Divas Championship Match. Eve (c) def. Kaitlyn and Layla:
Eve focused her attack on the previously injured leg of Kaitlyn, locking her in a torturous submission hold. Eve ironically exploited that injury, which cost Kaitlyn a title match at Night of Champions and lead to Eve’s victory against Layla for the championship. Kaitlyn fought through the pain of the hold and used her unmatched power to escape. She then looked to regain control of the match with a flurry of crushing clotheslines to both Eve and Layla. The winner of NXT season three showed off her power, rolling through a crossbody attempt by Layla, and then deadlifting her friend up for a big powerslam. Kaitlyn had the Divas Championship within reach until Eve came out of nowhere to dispatch Kaitlyn and cover Layla to retain the title.
- WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match. CM Punk (c) def. Ryback:
Just as Ryback prepared to finish the WWE Champion off with Shell Shocked, referee Brad Maddox stood in the machine’s path. It only took a moment, but with the mighty Superstar halted, Maddox dropped to his knees and delivered a vicious low blow to the big man. When Ryback fell over, Punk rolled him up and the crooked official threw himself on top of the cover while performing the fastest three-count the WWE Universe had ever witnessed. There was no celebration on the WWE Champion’s behalf — just a hopeless struggle to get out of Hell in a Cell before Ryback came to. Punk wouldn’t be so lucky this time. After dispatching of Maddox by throwing him out of the ring and directly into the unforgiving steel of the Cell, Ryback chased his rival to the very top of the towering structure. With nowhere left to run, Punk was snatched by the wrecking ball who Shell Shocked his prey in front of a wild WWE crowd in Atlanta’s Philips Arena. Ryback lost the bout, but as he put a foot onto the chest of his fallen opponent, he looked every bit the victor. Tomorrow night on Raw, Punk may wear the scars of the wounded, but he will still have the WWE Title. The underhanded Superstar will continue to count his days as champion, but with Cena at 100 percent and Ryback hungrier than ever, those days may finally be counting down.