Cody Rhodes makes his way out to the ring now to some heat; he doesn’t look happy about having to perform tonight. Alberto Del Rio now quickly walks out to some big heat as he runs and slides into the ring.
Striker: “I don’t agree with Cole. He shouldn’t be able to force two friends to face each other like this. It’s unjust.”
Matthews: “I think Cole is just sick of superstars thinking they run the show. At least we know Santino is okay and will be here next week.”
Alberto hands the title to the referee as the match gets underway, and the bell rings. Both men go to lock up, but Alberto ducks and grabs Cody from behind. Cody breaks the hold, but Del Rio hits a forearm to the back and rolls him up. One, kick out! Both men are on their feet, trying to lock up again.
They lock their right hands together and very carefully try to lock up their left hands. Just as they do, Alberto kicks Cody’s midsection to break it up. That’s quickly followed by a devastating quick kick to take out Rhodes’ leg and a forearm to the back of the head to knock him down.
A boot to the face and Alberto picks him up and Irish whips him into the ropes, but Rhodes reverses it, sending Alberto instead. Cody ducks as Alberto runs over him, then leap frogs him on the way back and turns around to knock down Alberto with a shoulder block. Cody covers him. One, kick out!
Cody now picks up Alberto by the head and hits a swinging neck-breaker that allows Cody to get him into a sleeper hold now. Alberto is able to push Cody off enough to get space to work himself under Cody as he lifts them both up. He breaks the hold Cody has on him and throws him into the ropes, and as he rebounds, Cody is able to slide through Alberto’s legs and stand up to deliver a massive right that makes Alberto stumble backwards.
Alberto focuses now and comes back, but he gets hit with another massive right and stumbles backwards again. Cody now grabs Alberto and puts him on the second rope with his knee forcing down on the back of his neck, choking him. The referee counts: one, two, three, four. Cody breaks the hold and jumps over the ropes to the floor, planning to hit another right, but Alberto sees it coming and moves and walks over to the other side of the ring.
Cody quickly gets back in the ring and comes up behind Alberto, throwing him over the ropes onto the floor below.
The referee begins the count: one, two, three.
Alberto is trying to get back into the ring, but Cody takes a run up and lands a massive sliding drop kick, knocking Alberto back out onto the floor.
Cody takes another run up and goes for another drop kick, but Alberto sees it coming and is able to grab Cody’s leg and drag him out.
Matthews: Oh, what a massive dropkick. I can’t wait to see what happens when Santino is in the mix.
Striker: One of them should end the match soon if they don’t want to be too sore going into No Mercy.
The referee's count restarts. One, two.
Alberto now throws Cody into the steel steps and he just bounces off them with a big thud.
Alberto picks up Cody and slams him into the guard rail
Cody is laying on his back trying to get up, but Alberto puts his boot onto Cody’s face.
Cody breaks the hold now as Alberto picks him up and throws him back into the ring. Alberto quickly covers Cody. One, two, kick out!
Alberto picks up Cody now and goes for a devastating back-breaker and connects on to his knee. Cody gets covered again. One, two, kick out!
Cody now pushes Alberto off of him and stands up with his back to Alberto, but Alberto lands a big drop kick to the back of Cody which sends him into the corner, hitting his head on the turnbuckle as he falls down. Alberto quickly turns Cody around and goes to the opposite corner.
Alberto charges on Cody and lands a massive boot to the face of Cody, and his neck snaps back. Alberto now taunting Cody telling him to get up, but the referee is holding off Alberto. Cody pulls himself up, and Alberto goes to strike, but the referee blocks the way. Alberto pushes the referee out of the way but gets nailed by a big right from Cody.
Alberto—now stumbling—falls to the ground trying to shake off that last hit. Cody goes up to the top turnbuckle, ready to jump, but Alberto is able to quickly rise and jump to catch Cody on the top rope. Alberto hits Cody with a punch to the gut and sets him up for a superplex and delivers.
Both men crash to the floor. Both men are down as the referee begins a count. One, two, three. Alberto rises up and makes his way over to Cody. He grabs Cody by the neck, but Cody reverses it into a roll up. One, two, kick out!
Both men reach their feet quickly. Cody hits another right to Alberto as he falls backwards again. Cody grabs Alberto, but he is able to push Cody onto the ropes as he comes back. Alberto goes for a clothesline, but so does Cody. Both men hit the floor.
Cody is able to use the ropes as leverage to get to his feet as he goes to the top rope again. Cody is waiting for Alberto to rise to attempt a cross body. Alberto somehow realizes what Cody is planning and jumps up off the ropes and hits a massive, huge enziguri . Cody falls motionless to the mat as Alberto places his arm over him for the cover. One, two, three.
Winner: Alberto del Rio (Match Time—11:24)
Matthews: “What a massive enziguri from del Rio. Just like Cody, I didn’t see that coming!”
Striker: “The champ rightfully takes out the victory here tonight. I can’t wait for No Mercy!”
Alberto now slinks out of the ring, crawling up the ramp with his championship, as Cody still lays motionless.