Randy Orton has to be very careful on how he acts out this reign as WWE Champion. Last night he showed very Cena-esque qualities that could make him a love/hate figure in the ICW.
The shock of the match had to be the speed at which Chris Jericho was eliminated. After having a small attack on Cena, Jericho eats an RKO and is pinned. The whole match stops dead for a moment while they milk Jericho's reaction to the situation.
It was almost as if WWE were expecting the fans to sing Goodbye to the man but instead Y2J chants were heard. After he disappeared backstage the match continued. Since this was not a great end to Jericho's career I would say he is not really gone. Give it a few months after Fozzy have toured and he will be back.
Edge was the next one eliminated and throughout his part he was pretty subdued. I mentioned in my prediction that WWE just do not know what to do with Edge so it seems highly likely that he will be back on Smackdown in the next few weeks. He doesn't scream championship material at the moment so it will hopefully give him back the momentum he lost from getting drafted to Raw.
My pick of the match, John Cena, was the third elimination. After looking as if he was going to eliminate Barrett the rest of Nexus poured out of the locker room and attacked. Giving Barrett the opportunity to hit the Wasteland and pin him. I have to say this, why wasn't Barrett disqualified? In an elimination match you can be disqualified and Nexus was blatantly helping Barrett so he should have been out of there.
The illogical choice is probably explained by letting Cena have his moment of revenge where he attacks the Nexus with a chair allowing Orton to nail Barrett with an RKO later on in the match. Barrett's status is not any better since he barely made a move during his involvement usually settling for being laid out on the outside.
As soon as Orton is back to his feet Sheamus hits the Bicycle Kick only for Orton to no sell it and kick out at two. There was not a delay in the pin either, Orton just kicked out of Sheamus' finisher. Orton is then set up for the High Cross but fights out and hits another RKO. Orton is the new champion.
Apart from some inexplicable moments the match was pretty good with Jericho's early elimination being quite a shock. It will be quite interesting to see what develops out of this match in the future.