Former world champions gathered as both the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE title were set to be ceremonially hung above the ring.
Kane, Christian, Mark Henry, Great Khali and the man the crowd loudly chanted for, Bryan, waited as Triple H talked about how prestigious the two titles were. He hyped the match, promising that one man will leave as "The Champion of Champions."
Orton and Cena both put their titles on a hook.
Orton gritted through an angry promo as fans chanted "Boring!" He claimed to have taken years off Foley's career and embarrassed Michaels. Cena playfully interviewed Bryan, using him as a contrast to Orton's silver-spoon upbringing.
He mocked Orton, rattling off threats and playing up how great Bryan, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler are.
Cena and Orton shook hands as the titles went up, "The Viper" throwing in a cheap shot. Orton shoved Punk, which led to Punk clocking him.
A violent chain reaction followed that resulted in Punk nailing Triple H, Michaels superkicking Punk, Bryan getting an RKO and Orton inadvertently bowling over Stephanie McMahon.
Triple H responded to seeing wife out cold by hitting Orton with the Pedigree.
The Authority and Orton's animosity skyrocketed after a brawl.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
The Seattle fans go nuts for Bryan.
"That's a lot of family for one building, Daniel," Triple H on the crowd chants.
"My dad's a log scaler, actually," Bryan when Cena asked him if his parents were Superstars.
"I can be just as brutal as you," Cena to Orton.
The purpose of this segment was to escalate the tension between Orton and Cena and to create uncertainty about who would win. High marks on both accounts, especially the latter.
The Authority is just as likely to help Cena now after Orton left McMahon flat on her back.
Cena's promo was excellent, setting the stakes for the match on both a historic and personal level. He set up the match as Orton needing to prove himself despite everything he's already accomplished.
As a bonus, WWE teased a future Punk and Triple H feud that would send WWE's biggest anti-authority figure against the head of The Authority.