Before the match starts, we get a video recapping how these four men came together, reviewing the Cena/Jericho and Punk/Danielson feuds.
Making his way to the ring first is John Cena, who gets a more positive reaction than usual. He makes his way to the ring looking intense and focused. Next out comes the former WWE Champion CM Punk. He gets a thunderous reaction from the crowd.
He’s followed to the ring by the most dangerous man in the match, Chris Jericho. The last man to enter is the current WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson, who takes great delight in reminding the crowd that he’s the WWE Champion!
Tony Chimel does the formal ring introductions and this match is underway! Punk and Danielson start trading blows as Cena makes a bee-line for Jericho, sending him flying to the outside with a spear through the ropes. Cena and Jericho continue fighting outside the ring as Cena repeatedly smashes Jericho’s head off the announce table!
Cena turns and screams “Come on!!” to the crowd as he continues his assault on Jericho. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Punk whips Danielson off the ropes and catches him with a short power-slam and covers him:1…2…KICK OUT!!
Back out on the floor, Cena tries to smash Jericho’s head off the ring-steps, but Jericho blocks it and smashes Cena’s head off the steps instead, busting him wide open.
Matthews: “Matt, Cena’s injuries have come to light once again. It took just ONE shot from Jericho off the steps to bust him open!”
Striker: “Without question Josh, it may have been a bad idea for Cena to even have attempted to compete in this match!”
The camera zooms in on Cena’s face as we see the blood flowing down, covering his eyes. Cena’s swinging lefts and rights, but he isn’t connecting. Jericho just stands back and laughs at Cena.
Back in the ring, Punk and Danielson exchange kicks with neither man getting the advantage until Punk runs off the ropes, Danielson ducks the clothesline and nails Punk between the eyes with a dropkick. The champ goes for a cover: 1…2…KICK OUT!!
On the outside, Jericho puts Cena over his shoulders and launches him head-first into the ringpost! Cena’s laid out on the outside with Jericho just smirking at him. He picks Cena up and rolls him back in the ring. He goes for the cover: 1…2…KICK OUT!!
Jericho looks pissed as the referee’s hand doesn’t hit the canvas a third time. He runs off the ropes and goes for a lionsault, but Cena’s back to his feet and catches him! As Cena goes for the AA, Jericho manages to counter it and slides off his shoulders.
As Cena turns around, he lunges at Jericho, but Jericho connects with a Code-Breaker! Cena’s out cold. Jericho puts his foot on Cena’s chest for the cover – 1…2…3!!!
First elimination – John Cena (5:23)
As Punk gets to his feet, Jericho and Danielson look at each other and they start double-teaming Punk. Jericho drags Punk up and whips him off the ropes. Danielson & Jericho go for a double clothesline, but Punk ducks it, bounces back off the ropes and connects with a double drop-kick!
The crowd is SOLIDLY behind Punk here, as he whips the crowd into a frenzy! Danielson rolls to the outside, leaving Punk and Jericho to battle it out in the ring. They exchange a series of lefts and rights before Punk connects with a huge kick to the side of Jericho’s head! Punk rolls into a cover: 1…2…KICK OUT!!
Punk climbs to the top rope and connects with a flying elbow. He covers Jericho again: 1…2…KICK OUT!!
Jericho gets to his feet slowly and charges at Punk, but he ducks and trips Jericho with a drop toe-hold which sends Jericho head-first into the turnbuckle! As he stumbles out of the corner, he turns around into a GTS from Punk! Punk floats over for a cover: 1…2…3!!!
Second elimination – Chris Jericho (9:07)
Matthews: “It’s no surprise that this match has come down to the two men who have been battling over the championship since before WrestleMania!”
Striker: “These two men are now just one pinfall away from victory. Danielson has had the upper-hand in their title matches so far, but will it stay that way tonight? We’re about to find out!”
Danielson rolls back in the ring and stands in the opposite corner from Punk. Both men stare a hole through each other and charge towards each other. Danielson tries to connect with a right hand, but Punk ducks it and whips him off the ropes, connecting with a short-arm clothesline.
Danielson gets straight back up and swings another right hand at Punk, but again he ducks it, goes behind the champ and connects with a German suplex. Punk keeps hold of Danielson’s waist and connects with another German suplex.
Again, Punk doesn’t let go and connects with a third German suplex! He rolls into a cover: 1…2…KICK OUT!!
Danielson is out of it in the middle of the ring, he hasn’t moved. Punk drags him to his feet and whips him into the turnbuckle. He charges after him and nails him with a high knee before connecting with a running knee! He goes into a cover: 1…2…KICK OUT!! Danielson looks like he’s still feeling the effects of the match and is still down on the mat.
Matthews: “Punk looks like he’s ready to capitalise and perhaps win the title!”
Punk tells us that it’s time for the champ to go to sleep. Danielson stumbles to his feet and turns around into a huge GTS from Punk! The champ looks like he’s knocked out from that huge knee from Punk!
Instead of going for the cover, Punk climbs to the top-rope and steadies himself. He points to the skies and flies off the top-rope, looking for an elbow drop, but Danielson catches him in mid-air and locks in the LaBell Lock!
Striker: “Danielson was playing possum! He tricked Punk into taking one chance too many and now the challenger’s paying for it!”
Danielson wrenches back on Punk’s neck and shoulder, really putting pressure on him! He’s got the hold really tight and it’s right in the middle of the ring.
Punk tries to get some elevation to roll through it, but Danielson keeps his grip, yelling at Punk to tap! Punk attempts to reach the ropes, but Danielson pulls him back to the middle of the ring, and Punk has no choice but to tap out!!
Winner (and STILL WWE Champion): Bryan Danielson (Match Time – 17:41)
As the referee rings the bell, Danielson jumps to his feet in celebration. He orders the referee to raise his hand and the ref obliges. With Punk still down, Danielson picks him up to his feet and throws him shoulder first into the steel ring-post!
The referee tries to stop him, but Danielson punches the ref straight in the face, knocking him out! Danielson continues his assault on Punk and throws him to the outside.
Danielson then sling-shots Punk into the ring-steps and Punk screams out in agony. The champ tells Tony Chimel to get out of his way as he picks up a steel chair. He walks over to Punk and smashes him between the eyes with the chair!
Punk’s down selling the chair shot, but Danielson doesn’t look like he’s done. He looks at Punk and looks at the steel chair as a sick smile comes across his face! Danielson turns Punk on to his back and puts his arm through the steel chair!
Matthews: “Don’t tell me he’s going to do this. He can’t. What the hell is Danielson thinking?”
Striker: “He wants to make a statement and take Punk out. This might be the best way to do it!”
Danielson wrenches Punk’s arm through the chair in a modified LaBell Lock. He’s ripping and tearing at Punk’s shoulder, using the chair to do some extra damage!
The crowd is ALL over Danielson, booing him and cheering for Punk to get out of it! Punk is screaming in agony and can’t get out of the hold!
The champ continues wrenching on the hold until referees and officials come down to the ring to break them up. It takes three men to get Danielson off Punk and eventually, he breaks the hold.
Danielson looks incensed and almost rabid. Before officials can get Punk to his feet, Danielson breaks free and punts him in the head!
Officials grab Danielson and force him back up the ramp as he screams “Best in the World!” to the crowd, as they boo him out of the building. Referees and medics check on Punk’s condition, before asking EMT’s to come down as Punk leaves the ring on a stretcher.