A video package of how these three men came to be is shown, highlighting Alberto’s sneakiness, Santino’s toughness and Cody Rhodes’ brutality. First out is Cody Rhodes who gets the loudest boo of the night from the live crowd.
Striker: “Here is a former champ ready to put his first foot forward and begin again. Hopefully, he’ll be fired up and ready to prove himself after last week’s Smackdown, where the COO Triple H gave him a pedigree for his troubles.”
Santino Marella’s music hits and the crowd goes nuts for the “Italian Stallion”.
Matthews: “Santino really looks focused here tonight. He’s been concentrating about nothing else except getting his title back since Wrestlemania and here tonight at No Mercy, he gets that opportunity!”
Ricardo Rodriguez now comes out to some heat.
Ricardo: “Now it’s my honour to introduce to you the greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history - ALBERRRRRRRTO DEEEEEEEEEEL RRRRRRRRRRRRRIOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!”
Alberto now struts out with the title wrapped around his waist and the crowd are all over the champion.
Striker: “Ah, this man is my favourite to win here tonight. The champ, the Mexican aristocrat Alberto Del Rio. He has such class, such style and can get it done in the ring as we’ve seen against Cody Rhodes and Big Show these past couple weeks.”
All three men now facing off in the middle of the ring as the referee now shows each competitor the championship belt, Del Rio stops the referee and gives it a kiss goodbye. The referee now signals for the bell.
Rhodes and Del Rio are looking at each other and smiling then looking at Santino, Del Rio points at Santino as they move closer to him. Del Rio tells Cody to go and he charges at Santino, but Santino hits him with a clothesline stopping him dead in his tracks. Del Rio however seizes the opportunity and dropkicks Santino out of the ring. Del Rio goes for the quick cover on Cody…1...KICKOUT!! They both quickly roll up to stand and Cody shakes his head at Del Rio, realising he was just using him.
Matthews: “Well that partnership didn’t last long!”
Del Rio and Rhodes now lock up. Rhodes delivers a quick kick to the mid-section and bounces off the ropes, connecting with a big boot, which stuns Del Rio. From the outside, Santino grabs Del Rio’s legs and trips him, pulling the champ outside. Santino hits the champ with left and rights, before backing him on to the apron. Cody hits both of them with a sliding baseball drop kick, knocking them both to the floor. Cody gets out of the ring to join them and looks under the apron, before pulling out a lead pipe. Santino goes to clothesline Cody, but Cody nails him with the lead pipe! Cody charges at Del Rio, but Alberto kicks him in the stomach, dropping him to his knees. Del Rio sets him up and connects with an enziguiri on the outside!
Striker: “See, that’s the skill I'm talking about. It takes knowledge of all aspects of the ring to be able to do that on the outside.”
Del Rio rolls Santino into the ring and goes for a cover…1…KICK OUT!! Ricardo’s yelling at the referee for not counting fast enough. Del Rio picks up Santino and whips him in the corner. He charges after him and connects with a big clothesline. Del Rio sets Santino up on the top rope and positions him for a superplex. Del Rio tries to hit it but Santino blocks it with a carefully placed foot, Del Rio attempts to hit Santino with a left, but Santino blocks it and throws Del Rio off the top rope to the outside.
Matthews: “Oh no, what an impact Del Rio made when his body bounced against the security barrier! I don’t know if he can recover from that.”
Santino stands up on the tope rope, signalling an elbow drop! Suddenly, Cody rushes into the ring and sets Santino up for an electric chair. He positions Santino in the middle of the ring and slams him hard to the mat. Cody gets the cover…1…2…KICK OUT!!! Cody starts smacking himself in the head now as he grows increasingly frustrated with Santino. He picks him up by the hair and whips him into the corner. As Santino bounces back out, Cody hits a DDT and covers him…1…2...KICK OUT!!!
Cody’s arguing with the referee and backs him into a corner, screaming at him. Santino kips up as Cody turns around and Santino knocks him down with a nice clothesline. As Cody gets up again, Santino knocks him down. He drags Cody up and hits a swinging neck-breaker and covers him...1...2…KICK OUT!!!
Santino signals that it’s time for the Milan Miracle and the crowd goes nuts for the Italian. Cody stumbles to his feet, as Santino gets him in position, but Cody counters with an elbow to the head. Cody jumps onto the ropes and lands a Beautiful Disaster kick! Cody covers Santino. 1…2... but Santino has his fooon the rope!
Striker: “Santino showing great ring smarts there!”
Cody starts smacking the ring with his fists. He gets up and shakes his head, looking dead at Santino. He screams at him to get up. Santino tries to get to his feet, using the ropes and as Cody grabs him for the Cross Rhodes, Santino trips him! Marella swoops in and hits a Milan Miracle! The crowd goes nuts! Santino covers Rhodes, but the ref doesn’t see it! Ricardo is on the ropes, distracting the referee! Santino goes over to Ricardo and grabs him, when suddenly Alberto slides into the ring and dropkicks Santino into Ricardo, and out of the ring!
Alberto covers Cody as Santino tries to get back in, but Ricardo holds on to Santino’s leg below the apron so the referee can’t see! The referee counts 1…2...3!!!!!
Winner (and still Intercontinental Champion!): Alberto del Rio (Match Time: 13:17)
The crowd’s all over Alberto and Ricardo as they celebrate their victory! Del Rio snatches his title and slithers up the ramp, clutching it to his chest! Santino chases after Ricardo and connects with a Milan Miracle on the outside! Santino looks confused and angry as Cody lays unconscious in the ring.
Matthews: “God-damn it, Santino got screwed out of the title again! Things are going to heat up big time on Smackdown!”
Striker: “The champ retained his title here. It doesn’t matter how, but he did it again!”