With Reks already in the ring as we return, Zack Ryder comes out to a good pop from the crowd. He makes his usual entrance, as an angry Hawkins can be seen at ringside glaring at Ryder.
Ryder bounces on his feet until the bell rings then locks up with Reks. Reks gets a hold of Ryder's right arm and pulls it up, wrenching at the limb. He gets it over his shoulder and pulls at the arm, slamming it against his shoulder.
Reks throws Ryder over his shoulders onto the ground, still holding the arm. He pulls at the arm in a modified armbar while throwing out a serious elbows to the arm. He lets up some so that he can rise and stomp on the arm several times.
Ryder has to roll to a corner to regain his composure, holding his arm. Reks comes in with a boot to the skull of the sitting Ryder, but Ryder ducks it as Reks goes through a rope with his leg slamming against the steel post.
With him down, Ryder takes control grabbing Reks' back and throwing him up by both shoulders, causing Reks' trapped leg to twist around the middle rope. Reks rolls himself around and rises in the corner, with Ryder grabbing him and throwing him into the other corner with an Irish whip.
Reks gets up and limps a little bit on the leg, but he catches Ryder who runs at him hitting a quick reverse STO right into the turnbuckle. He covers for two.
Reks then goes right back after the arm, pulling Ryder to his feet and wrenches at the arm. He uses his leverage to hit a big shoulder block to the arm, then a leg drop still holding the arm. He applies an interesting submission hold where Reks wrenches the arm around his own leg.
In this position, he thrusts Ryder onto his back and pulls the arm up with it around the leg. Serious pressure is on Ryder's right shoulder at this point as he crawls with the full weight of the monster on his back toward the ropes. Ryder makes it breaking up the hold.
Ryder rises, only to take a huge big boot by Reks causing him to stumble to the outside. We go to commercial break as Hawkins smiles on the outside and Ryder looks fazed, with Reks in the ring taunting Ryder.
As we return, Reks is standing above Ryder, stomping on him. He hits a series of forearm clubs then lifts him up for an elevated gutbuster, but Ryder wriggles out and hits a big lariat. He then hits a leg drop and covers for two.
Matthews: "This has been a strong match back and forth since the outset. Are one or both of these men impressing you in this match, Punk?"
Punk: "You know, I've always supported Ryder, but Reks has been impressive in this match. Being such a big guy, I figured he just got into the company because he had 'the look.' He has been incredibly solid in this match though, going all out showing wrestling skills."
Striker: "Reks has always been an impressive specimen and able to really go with anyone, though I feel with Hawkins in his corner Reks has really elevated his whole game. These two have evolved together into a force to be reckoned with."
Punk: "True, I don't underestimate either star, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little apprehensive about having to deal with both men in the Elimination Chamber match."
In the ring, Ryder hits the Broski Boot, and he is getting ready for the Rough Ryder. However, Reks notices it and stays in the corner. Ryder backs into the other corner. They stare down, and Ryder taunts him to come at him.
Reks runs at Ryder, who hits him with a double high knee. Ryder goes to the top rope and hits a big dropkick, covering for two. He pulls Reks to his feet, and he tries to hit a Hangman's neckbreaker; however, the twist of the move agitates the right arm of Ryder that had been pressured all match.
Reks using the opportunity to hit a flapjack sending Ryder to the corner. Ryder rises to be met by a stinger slash. Reks pulls Ryder to his feet and gets him up for the Burning Hammer. Ryder reverses it into a quick roll up for a long two count.
Ryder then kicks Reks in the face as he tries to pick up Ryder again, then hits a swinging neckbreaker for a long two count. Ryder once again goes for the Rough Ryder, but this time Reks catches him and reverses it into the Burning Hammer for three.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match qualifying for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, Tyler Reks." (Time of contest: 13:12)
Ryder is down on the mat holding his arm which got twisted on the fall from the Burning Hammer. Hawkins gets in the ring and celebrates with Reks as the two gloat over Ryder.
Punk: "Impressive. Tyler could be a...dangerous opponent to face in the Cell."
Striker: "Are you going to come back out to watch the other qualifiers, Punk?"
Punk: "No, I'm not leaving. I'm gracing you guys with my commentating all night."
Matthews: "Are you sure?"
Punk: "I don't have a match tonight, and I have scouting to do. I figured, well, why not?"
Striker: "I have just been told that three more qualifiers are scheduled for tonight. Curt Hawkins will face John Morrison. The Miz will face one half of the WWE tag team champions Kofi Kingston. And Cole has decided to sign Jeff Hardy to a full contract, and he will face the cruiserweight champion Christian for the final spot."
Punk: "Wow, I've got high fliers, champions and losers all to face tonight. Exciting."
We cut to commercial break.