Both men try to one-up each other before Randy Orton gains complete control. Orton focuses on the back of John Cena before beginning his stalking phase. Orton starts to pick apart Cena, finishing it off with a flying knee drop. Cena tries to get an advantage, but Orton delivers the Gateway Backbreaker.
The crowd in LA is divided between the champion and challenger, but Cena manages to break the Sleeper and start to fight back. Cena drops the pair of Shoulder Tackles, before nailing the Beantown Bomb and the 5-Knuckle Shuffle.
As he goes for The Attitude Adjustment, Orton counters into a scoop slam. Orton then does the Mental Dissection before missing the flying knee drop. But Cena misses the shoulder tackle.
Following a DDT, Orton looks to uncoil with an RKO, but he instead decides to go punting. Orton ducks the punt and delivers the Throwback followed by the Red Sox Leg Drop. Orton manages to kick out before the third slap. Cena prepares to go for another Attitude Adjustment, but Orton hangs on to the ropes. Both men drop each other with a clothesline as the ref begins his count.
Both men get to their feet and begin to slug it out until Cena gains control. Orton drops the ref to cause the DQ, but thanks to Mr. McMahon, Orton is unable to leave LA with the gold. The match is ordered to be continued. If Orton gets disqualified again, he will lose the WWE Championship.
As the match resumes, Orton takes the fight until he decides that he will still leave here with the gold one way or the other. Orton gets counted out. Cena again gets another chance as McMahon makes it clear that if Orton is counted out, he will lose the title once again.
Orton jumps back in the ring, but almost gets caught in the STF. But Orton uses a small package...and the ropes to get the pinfall victory over Cena.
But another ref jumps in and informs the other ref that Orton used the ropes to get the victory. The match is again restarted. Cena has the STF locked in, but a fan jumps in to break the hold. Everyone is wondering what just happened as Orton begins get back in the ring.
Orton delivers two pairs of RKOs as he drops one on the ropes and delivers another one in the ring to officially get the victory over Cena to retain the WWE Championship.