WWE: Harrison's Top 10 Matches of 2010: No. 4, John Cena vs. Batista
Hello everyone...I'm sure you get the idea, by now, welcome back to Harrison's Top 10 WWE Matches of 2010, as we head into Day 7 of this escapade.
Right then, after Wrestlemania 26, Extreme Rules came along, and we got this as the Headlining Main Event. Again, I have a feeling not everyone's going to like this, but we'll see how we go. Anyway, how did this match happen? Let's find out!
Sheamus had to defend his WWE Championship back in February 2010 at the WWE's Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, against John Cena, Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase.
John Cena won the Elimination Chamber match, but Vince McMahon forced him into defending his Championship right away against Batista, who he paid off in order to win his title shot. he cashed in successfully and Batista was going to Wrestlemania 26 as WWE Champion.
At Wrestlemania, John Cena overcame Batista and won his seventh WWE Championship by making Batista tap.
Batista then attacked John Cena on RAW and declared that he was cashing in his rematch clause at the Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View, in a Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship. Let's see what happened, shall we?
Was this a match worthy to be in the Top 5 of 2010?
John Cena vs. Batista (Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship), Extreme Rules, April 2010
Justin Roberts handled the in-ring introductions for the title match. They locked up to start the match and went into the ropes. Batista took a swing, but Cena avoided it and hit a shoulder block, so Batista bailed. Rinse and repeat.
Batista grabbed a chair from ringside and brought it inside the ring with him. He swung at Cena and missed. Cena bulldogged Batista.
As Cena was whipping Batista, he audibly called for Batista to raise the elbow, which he did to take control of the offense. Batista controlled the next few minutes of offense.
Batista applied a figure four. Cena reversed it at 8:40 to put the pressure on Batista, who escaped it. The referee counted while both men were lying on the mat. Cole pondered what would happen if both men were counted down.
Both wrestlers got to their feet and did a double clothesline, which led to both men being counted again. They got back to their feet and Cena went on offense.
Cena did the "You Can't See Me" bit at 10:05. He got some boos to go along with the cheers for that one. Batista rolled to ringside. He reached underneath the ring and hit Cena in the gut with the turnbuckle tool.
Were YOU a fan of the "Duct Tape" finish?
He brought a chair inside the ring with him, only to have Cena hoist him up and hit an Attitude Adjustment onto the chair. Batista came back with a spear at 12:00.
Cena got up at eight and was immediately hit with another spear. Batista went to ringside and dumped out a tool tray that was underneath the ring. He grabbed a chair and ended up setting it in one of the corners of the ring.
At 14:00, Batista kicked Cena off of him and through the table in the corner. Cena rolled to ringside and onto his feet as the ref counted eight.
Batista followed Cena, picked him up, and rammed his back into the ring post. The referee followed and counted Cena down on the floor.
Batista broke it up by grabbing Cena and throwing him through the barricade that looked like it fell apart way too easily. One fan tried to start a "Holy Shit" chant, but no one joined him. Maybe he can try the "slow clap" later.
Batista pulled the monitors off the announcers' table. He grabbed the ring steps and set them against the side of the announcers' table. Batista brought Cena to the top of the stairs and set up for the Batista Bomb, but Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment through the table instead.
Cool visual with Batista getting some major air before crashing through the table. Batista got to his feet at 9.5.
Cole pointed out that Cena was asking the official how Batista got to his feet in time to beat the count. Cena grabbed a table from underneath the ring and slid it inside. Striker accused Cole of wearing armbands in support of Cena because his call was so biased.
Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment through a table, but Batista shoved him off and hit a spinebuster through the table instead.
Cena got back to his feet at nine and the crowd popped. Cole questioned how either man could be standing. Batista hit the Batista Bomb at 21:00 and ordered the referee to count. Cena sprung to his feet at nine.
Batista slid the bottom part of the ring steps inside the ring and went for his finisher again at 21:55. However, Cena countered with an STF. Batista tapped out repeatedly, but the referee didn't acknowledge it because of the match stipulations. Cena released the hold. Batista got to his feet at the last second.
Cena slid to ringside and pulled Batista down and then crotched him on the ring post. Cena used duct tape to tape Batista's legs together with the ring post in between them.
He struggled to get free, but the referee counted to 10 to end the match as Cena did the "You Can't See Me" hand gesture. Striker said it may have been the most clever finish to a Last Man Standing match...
Winner and still WWE Champion: John Cena (26:02)
Harrison's Analysis: This is going to be another polarizing kind of match for people, I think mainly due to the finish. Picture this for storytelling. Cena and Batista have spent 25 Minutes beating the living heck out of each other, why not use your brains to win the match?
I thought it was great storytelling in addition to what was a crazy and brutal match. It felt like an absolute war zone by the end of it. The spots were very good and as I said, the storytelling made better than the sum of its parts.
One of Batista's best matches ever and a fantastic Main Event. (Extreme Rules 2010 in general was one of the best shows of the year, very good in general)
Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars
And there we have it for another day. The Top 3 begins tomorrow with yet more ladders! See you tomorrow for that. I've been Andre Harrison, thanks for reading. Sayonara!
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