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We return with Ziggler taking down Cena with a double-knee gutbuster. He goes for the pin and gets two. As he continues, a replay is shown of how Miz was taken out during the commercial break. He was thrown to the outside by Ziggler, but landed on his feet only to take a running clothesline from Cena.
Punk on commentary is still talking with the two commentators about his possible opponents.
Punk: "Well, they are all good performers that will be a challenge to face one on one for this title. Cena and I have each other scouted to a tee at this point, but I always pull the win at the end against him. Miz almost had me at Night of Champions, and I got lucky that he loves to use his mouth more than his fists. Ziggler, I don't know much about."
Matthews: "So would you say you are most worried about Ziggler because you don't know him and his weaknesses yet?"
Punk: "You know, there is always a first time. Anyway, I can't avoid that match. We face next week, and I will have to be as ready as I can be."
Striker: "What do you make of Ziggler's obsession with facing Cena? He may have saved you title once in that pursuit, and now he might lose a rematch possibly just to wrestle Cena if he wins this match."
Punk: "It's admirable. He is a competitor, looking to prove himself. It might seem crazy to most people even other wrestlers, but I see the appeal of wanting to prove your words."
Ziggler is on the top rope, but Cena catches him. He goes for a superplex only for Miz to come in from behind. He runs across the apron and undercuts Cena leg that is up on the top rope. Cena is still holding Ziggler who lands awkwardly on top of Cena. Miz breaks up the pinfall.
He throws Ziggler out of the ring and stomps on Cena. He pulls Cena up and tries to hit the Skull Crushing Finale. Cena uses his arm strength to break out of the full nelson and grab Miz. He hits Miz with a spin-out powerbomb for two.
He then goes for the five knuckle shuffle and hits it. He gets Miz up for the AA, but Miz elbows out and hits a snapmare driver for another two count. Miz then goes for a swinging inverted DDT, but Cena pushes him off into the corner.
Cena starts hammering on Miz in the corner, and the referee pulls him off. Cena backs up then runs toward a cornered Miz as the ref backs away. Miz, sensing his surroundings, grabs the referee, who takes the full force of Cena's splash in the corner as Miz ducks out of the way.
With the referee down, Miz sees his opportunity and goes to get a steel chair. He gets in the ring, and Punk runs in to stop him. The referee is getting to his feet as Miz tries to hit Punk with the chair. The referee sees Punk with the chair and pulls it out of his hands.
Then, much to the chagrin of Punk and the fans, the referee forces Punk to go to the back. As he makes his way to the back, Miz and Cena are staring down. Ziggler comes in with all three ready for anything.
Ziggler and Miz go after Cena beating him into the corner. As Ziggler looks satisfied, Miz comes from behind for the Skull Crushing Finale. An annoyed Ziggler fights out and hits Miz with a superkick. As he goes to cover, Cena breaks up the count.
Ziggler and Cena fight back and forth, with Ziggler hitting a bridging German suplex for a long two count. As Cena stands up, Ziggler hits a neck snap for another long two. Ziggler seems poised for a finisher when Miz comes in for a quick roll up. He only gets two.
All three men are up again. Ziggler and Cena hit a double snap suplex on Miz, then Cena picks Ziggler up for an AA. Ziggler fights out and hits the Zig Zag. He goes to cover. Miz pulls Ziggler off and hits the Skull Crushing Finale. He pins Cena instead of Ziggler and gets the three.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match and now entitled to a match of his choosing, The Miz." (Time of contest: 20:05)
After the action, Miz slips out of the ring, holding his arm up in victory. As the show is about to end, Striker has an urgent message.
Striker: "I am getting this latest information in. Something has just happened backstage that has caused quite the commotion. I cannot get specifics, so we are going to cut to backstage."