9/13 Powell's WWE Breaking Point pay-per-view report: C.M. Punk vs. Undertaker in a submissions match for the World Hvt. Championship, Randy Orton vs. John Cena in an "I Quit" match for the WWE Title
Sep 13, 2009 - 10:00 PM
By Jason Powell
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Aired live on pay-per-view
Montreal, Que. at Bell Centre
The show opened with a brief video.. The show is brought to us by a Batman video game... Pyro went off on the stage. Michael Cole introduced the show and hyped that every main event match must end in submission...
1. Big Show and Chris Jericho beat MVP and Mark Henry to retain the Unified Tag Titles in 12:10. Cole and Jerry Lawler debated whether JeriShow is the most dominant team in WWE history. The Bulldogs would kick their asses. MVP came out wearing his usual gear with the sleeves cut off and "MVP" on the back. He has some guns. Henry has "WSM" on the back of his outfit for World's Strongest Man.
The big men tagged into the match a few minutes in. The fans chanted, "Let's go Big Show." Henry scooped up Show for a slam, but Jericho clipped Henry's leg while the ref wasn't looking for a near fall. That could have been a bigger moment if fans hadn't just watched Henry slam Show on Monday.
Good back and forth action throughout the match. Jericho went for the Codebreaker on Henry, who caught him and then threw him high into the air. However, Show reached in and delivered a knockout punch to Henry. Jericho recovered just enough to pin Henry to win the match...
Powell's POV: A fun opening tag match with the crowd into the action. Obviously, there was better action when Jericho or MVP were in than when the big men were in. The WWE seamstresses got some extra work with the new MVP and Henry gear.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviewed Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, who debuted what appeared to be new t-shirts. Ted had some cauliflower ear or something going on his right ear...
Powell's POV: The promo was forgettable. Or maybe I was just distracted by whatever the hell that was in DiBiase's ear.
2. Kofi Kingston pinned The Miz to retain the U.S. Title in 12:00. Before the match, The Miz cut a promo in French. Good action to start the match, but the crowd wasn't as into this match as the opener. At 7:00, Miz hit a double axe handle off the top rope. Kofi sold the move in a big way and made it look impressive. The crowd got quiet again, though.
Kofi woke up the crowd by throwing a series of kicks at Miz and then scoring a nice nearfall with a flashy new move. Miz came with a knee to the back of the neck and a reverse DDT for a near fall of his own. The pace picked up and the live crowd responded accordingly. Kofi went for the Boom Drop, but Miz got the knees up.
Kofi and Miz continued to trade pin attempts and both wrestlers scored some near falls. Miz went for the Reality Check, but Kofi blocked and pushed him into the ropes. Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise and scored the pin...
Powell's POV: Can someone please inform Cole what the Reality Check is? I know it's been a few weeks since he used it as a finisher, but Cole botched it by calling it a neckbreaker. Anyway, a very entertaining match. The live crowd was quiet early on, but the wrestlers got them into the match by working hard and giving them some quality near falls.
Cole and Lawler hyped the DX vs. Rhodes and DiBiase match, and then a video recapped their feud...
Powell's POV: By the way, I forgot to mention earlier that DiBiase wrapped up his promo by pulling out one of the DX glow sticks by saying something about how they work for a while and then you throw them away. The line was directed at DX, but I can't imagine it sent too many people running to the merchandise table to buy glow sticks.
3. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase defeated Shawn Michaels and Triple H in a submissions count anywhere match in 21:45. Hunter and Shawn did their usual prematch routine and the Montreal crowd loved it. However, when it came time for Hunter to deliver the dedication, they chanted, "You screwed Bret."
Hunter dedicated it to Montreal. He said he knows there was an incident a few years ago that some people can't let go of. Shawn was making a funny, uncomfortable facial expression. Hunter said it was all Shawn's fault. Funny. There were more boos when Hunter passed the mic to Shawn for his "If you're not down with that..." line, but the masses delivered the "suck it" line.
The bell rang and the two teams quickly brawled to ringside. They split up and there were two referees to follow both sets of wrestlers. They fought into the crowd and eventually into the concourse of the arena. Hunter and Shawn applied the figure four simultaneously as the fans around them cheered and delivered the "you screwed Bret" chant.
They fought back into the arena and brawled on the steps. Hunter applied some type of submission move on Cody briefly. They eventually fought their way down the steps and back to ringside. Hunter put Cody's legs through a chair and applied a Boston Crab, which looked good enough for the fans to cheer even though it didn't look the least bit painful. Shawn helped out by applying the Camel Clutch on Cody while he was still locked in the hold. Ted broke it up.
Both teams continued to brawl with DX dominating the bulk of the action. At one point, Cody and Shawn were brawling in the stands and Cody knocked him over the railing and he fell a few feet onto an obviously padded area. Shawn sold the next few minutes while Cody, Ted, and The Growth triple teamed Hunter. Hunter still managed to hit the spinebuster through a table that had a bunch of food and water on it.
Ted picked up a cooler and hit Hunter over the head with it in an unintentionally funny moment. Suddenly, Cody and Ted both split and the camera stuck with Hunter lying on the ground for several awkward seconds. Finally, the camera cut to Cody and Ted beating up Shawn on top of the stage. Cody and Ted took Shawn to the ring and double teamed him.
Shawn eventually dumped Ted over the top rope and hit a sloppy version of Sweet Chin Music. They showed a shot of Hunter slowly getting up while a couple trainers stood over him. Shawn locked Cody in the figure four, but The Growth (or maybe it was Ted) broke it up. The heels came back. Cody put Shawn in the figure four around the ring post and then Ted simultaneously locked Shawn in the Million Dollar Dream. Triple H crawled out, but Shawn tapped on the ring post to end the match...
Powell's POV: Wow, nice surprise. I'll point out that Twilling actually picked this so we don't have to hear him brag about it. Okay, we'll still have to suffer through it. It was the right finish because it puts Ted and Cody over in a big way, but it's pretty rare that we get the right finishes in matches involving older guys working with younger guys.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviewed Randy Orton, who didn't look pleased despite the fact that his boys just beat DX. He said that while Cena says one thing, he's going to make him say something else. "I'm going to force him to say the words, 'I quit'"...
Powell's POV: Good intensity from Orton, but the dialogue was pretty much what you'd expect.
A Hell in a Cell pay-per-view commercial aired...
4. Kane pinned Great Khali (Runjin Singh) in a Singapore cane match in 5:45. The silver lining is that Jim Ross and Todd Grisham took over on commentary for the first time. There were four canes set up on top of the each ring post. They fought to ringside and Kane got in a few cane shots. Khali came up with a few noticeable welts on his back.
Khali came back briefly, but Kane cut him off and regained control of the match. Runjin ran in and hit Kane from behind with a cane. Kane no-sold the cane (all we're missing now is actor Michael Caine). Khali came back again briefly, but Kane caught him with a chokeslam and scored the clean pin...
Powell's POV: Good effort from both men. Hey, they tried. The fans cheered the finish. Kane did really laid in those early cane shots.
Backstage, Eve interviewed C.M. Punk, who said no one is giving him a chance against Undertaker. He said no one gave him a shot in the TLC match, but he won that to. Punk said fans could turn on the television and see that Hardy did exactly what he said he would. Punk said you'd never see his name in those headlines.
Punk turned his attention to the French Canadian fans. He said he's not afraid of Taker. Suddenly, the lights went out and a petrified Punk grabbed Eve. The lights came on and Jimmy Wang Yang was laughing. He wished Punk luck. Punk head butted Yang and left him lying...
Powell's POV: Wow, I can't believe they went there. The company has yet to comment publicly on the issue, but Punk alluded to Jeff Hardy's arrest in his pay-per-view promo. It's a logical progression for the character, but I am surprised WWE even acknowledged it on the air. It will be interesting to see whether Punk gets to mention it again on Smackdown this week.
5. Christian defeated William Regal to retain the ECW Championship in 10:15. Josh Matthews and Matt "Beer Can" Striker on commentary. Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov came to ringside with Regal. Ring announcer Tony Chimmel announced that interim general manager Tiffany had banned Zeke and Vlad from ringside. They headed backstage.
Regal controlled the offense and hit an awesome running knee. Love that move. He also hit a big suplex during his run on offense. Christian made his comeback and hit a missile dropkick off the second rope. He went up top a couple more times, only to have Regal move the second time and send him crashing to the mat.
Regal avoided or countered the Killswitch a few times throughout the match, but Christian hit his finisher and scored the clean pin...
Powell's POV: I'm just happy they didn't followup last month's quick loss for Regal by having him lose in new and flukier ways every month. Good match. Not much heat because it's obvious at the pay-per-views that the majority of fans aren't watching ECW, but the fans were behind the Canadian.
An ad aired for WWE Raw... Justin Roberts introduced Pat Patterson as the first Intercontinental Champion. He came out and delivered a short promo in the ring. He said he's known as the first IC Champ, and was about to introduce the current champ when Dolph Ziggler's music interrupted him.
Ziggler came to the ring wearing a tacky new jacket. He went to shake Patterson's hand, but Pat said they didn't need to shake hands because he already knew him. Patterson said he walked all around Montreal last night and Ziggler wouldn't believe who asked about him. "Nobody," Patterson said.
Patterson said he was just having fun. He tried to wrap up the promo, but Ziggler took the mic. "First Bob Barker and now Pat Patterson," he said. He questioned when the company was taken over by senior citizens. Ziggler said he was just having fun. "Until you came down to the ring tonight, I thought you were dead," Dolph said.
A loud "Shut the f--- up" chant started and grew. The fans weren't enjoying the promo. Ziggler didn't have the comeback he needed to get the heat back on himself and kept delivering his promo. He eventually kicked Patterson in the gut. The fans booed, but there wasn't great heat. John Morrison ran out in street clothes and ran off Dolph...
Powell's POV: Horrible segment. Patterson didn't get the hometown legend reaction they were hoping for, and Dolph's promo went on and on and on. Morrison got a nice reaction, though.
A video recapped the Randy Orton vs. John Cena feud...
Powell's POV: I'm have less confidence in my picks of Cena and Punk winning their matches based on the match order they're going with. Maybe I'm reading too much into the match order.
During the ring entrances, Cole said Vince McMahon previously stated that Orton would be stripped of the title if anyone interfered. They really should have made a big deal out of that heading into the match. Heck, I barely remember Vince saying that...
6. John Cena beat Randy Orton in an "I Quit" match to win the WWE Championship in 19:45. Lilian Garcia handled the in-ring introductions for the championship match. Cena got a split reaction. Orton received more boos than cheers. They fought to ringside early and Orton grabbed the advantage by slamming a monitor into Cena's head.
Orton brought Cena back to the ring and draped his legs over the second rope. "No," Cena yelled into the ref's mic, which was followed by a DDT from Orton. Cena came back briefly, but Orton cut him off by throwing him into the ring steps. Randy beat down Cena with the ring steps and then threw him back inside the ring.
Orton grabbed a pair of handcuffs from underneath the ring. Things are about to get really kinky! Orton locked Cena's hand on the top rope, but kept the key on a chair around his neck because he's apparently an idiot. He even unlocked Cena and handcuffed his hands together. Orton placed the chain from the cuffs over the top of the ring post, which left him hanging by his arms with his feet on the ring steps.
In a scene that would make Mel Gibson hard, Orton splashed water in Cena's face and said, "You're not passing out on me, boy." Cena spat the water back in Randy's face. Orton grabbed a kendo stick from under the ring and took repeated shots at Cena's abdomen, which left some nasty welts.
Orton unlocked one of Cena's hands and attached the other cuff to the lower turnbuckle, which left Cena on the floor. The beating continued, but Cena wouldn't say die. Orton swung a chair at Cena, but Cena moved and the chair hit the ring post. Orton shook his hands in pain and then ran at Cena, who backdropped him.
Randy is the biggest idiot on the planet because Cena got the key to the handcuffs and freed himself from the turnbuckle. Cena locked the other cuff on Orton, so they were cuffed together. Back in side the ring, they had a tug-o-war with the handcuffs. Cena pulled when the crowd chanted his name, but Orton didn't play along by timing his tugs when the rest of the crowd chanted his name.
Orton was reaching for the key in the corner, but Cena pulled him back a couple times and applied the STF with the cuffed arm and Orton immediately called out, "I quit," to end the match. Afterward, Cena took the mic and yelled, "I did not quit"...
Powell's POV: Very violent early while Cena was handcuffed. No complaints here. Hell, I thought it needed some blood and it would have been even better, but it wasn't exactly PG programming. Orton gave up almost immediately. It will be interesting to see whether it was by design in that it plays into whatever the storyline is tomorrow night.
An ad aired for the new Batman game... As C.M. Punk came to the ring, a graphic appeared for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Grisham said all main events will be fought inside the Hell in a Cell structure...
Powell's POV: I hate the idea of having multiple Hell in a Cell matches on the same show. I never thought they'd go in that direction. I figured they'd have one match inside Hell in a Cell, which would have been enough. They might be able to sell more pay-per-views for this show, but my concern is that it will cheapen the gimmick long-term.
7. C.M. Punk defeated The Undertaker in a submission match to retain the World Hvt. Championship in 11:15. Grisham said many people believe Taker will take Punk's title and his soul. Justin Roberts handled the in-ring introductions for the championship match. Both wrestlers struck fighter poses. The bell rang and Punk immediately darted to the ringside floor. He got back inside the ring quickly, but backed away from Taker.
Punk dodged Taker's punch attempt in the corner and then followed up with a few strikes. Taker grabbed him and went on the offensive. Punk came back a couple minutes later and hit Taker with a couple chairshots at ringside. However, Taker regained control quickly. Grisham said Punk claims to be the choice of a new generation. Ross fired back that Taker is the choice of every generation.
Taker tried to go Old School, but Punk cut him off and eventually hit a superplex. Taker came back quickly and applied the Hell's Gate in the middle of the ring. Punk tapped out quickly to lose the match. Ross said every human being has a breaking point, but we wouldn't be seeing Taker's on this night.
The referee handed the title belt to Taker, who walked around with the belt until Teddy Long's music interrupted him. Long walked onto the stage and announced that the Hell's Gate finisher had been banned by Vickie Guerrero months ago. Therefore, the match would be restarted.
Within a minute of the match starting, Punk applied the Anaconda Vice on Taker. The referee immediately called for the bell even though Taker didn't submit. Punk grabbed the belt and ran to the top of the stage with referee Scott Armstrong right behind him. Long was still on the stage standing stone faced and staring straight ahead. Ross said this one didn't pass the smell test. They aired a replay to show that Taker never tapped out. The show went off the air with Punk celebrating and telling the fans, "I told you so," on the stage...
Powell's POV: They just can't move on from Montreal. They're going to kill that town once and for all with these silly plays on a finish of a match that occurred nearly 12 years ago. I guess my predictions were right, but I still hate the finish of the main event. I'm guessing it has something to do with Teddy being on probation. They never mentioned the name of referee Scott Armstrong, so it doesn't look like they'll put the heat on him. A lousy end to an otherwise entertaining pay-per-view. Feel free to send a paragraph or two of comments to firstname.lastname@example.org for a possible Mailbag feature.
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