The King of the Ring PPV kicks off LIVE from Sacramento, California!
Unified Tag Team Championship (No DQ Match):
G.L.O.W. (C) vs. American Cool
Divas Championship (Triple Threat Match):
Beth Phoenix (C) vs. Brittany Black vs. Maryse
United States Championship:
Big Mutha Trucker (C) vs. David Degenerate
King of the Ring Tournament - Bracket Update
Here is the final look at this year's King of the Ring bracket.
King of the Ring Tournament Final:
Renegade vs. Eric Executioner (w/ Mr. Black)
The Raw representative and the Smackdown representative of the King of the Ring Tournament will face off to determine who will be named the official "King of the Ring"! Renegade defeated Alpha, Big Juan Santos and Mack Wheeler en route to earning a spot in the PPV final, while the suddenly-scary Eric Executioner beat Paulie Dominos, Guy Justice and H.E.R.O. to qualify for the final match. Renegade has been known to never give up and resort to extra means in order to win, while Eric's change in demeanor after his association with this mysterious Mr. Black character has led many to believe he is under some kind of hypnotic spell. Either way, one of these men will earn a title shot at the Night of Champions PPV against either the current WWE champ (if Renegade wins) or World Heavyweight champ (if Eric wins). Who will claim the crown???
Renegade enters first and draws a mixed reaction from the crowd. Lately, he has been rubbing fans the wrong way despite his popularity but he seems to be focused and loose. Eric then walks through the curtains and approaches the ring slowly, with Mr. Black trailing close behind. Eric climbs into the ring and stares down Renegade, but Mr. Black has no self-control and is taunting the party animal. Renegade looks at Eric's manager with a scowl before locking angry eyes with his opponent. The bell rings and the King of the Ring final match is under way!
Eric gains control early, which draws more taunting from Mr. Black. Eric tosses his foe against the ropes and starts to choke him, but breaks the hold after the ref threatens DQ and glares at the official. With the ref distracted, Mr. Black approaches the woozy Renegade... and smacks him across the face! The move surprises Renegade and seems to push him over the limit! The party animal then rallies back against Eric, using his speed and execution to damage the narcissist! Mr. Black watches on in horror as Renegade is starting to actually hurt his client!
But Renegade's fury leads him to his downfall thanks to a heated moment. The action spills ringside for a bit, and Renegade tosses Eric hard into the barricade. With his foe reeling, Renegade turns his attention to... Mr. Black! Renegade shows no fear as he approaches the creepy manager, and Mr. Black starts to back away slowly. Then Renegade tries to chase him and Mr. Black takes off around the ring! Renegade tries to reach for him but forgets about Eric... and the narcissist catches him with a vicious clothesline! Renegade seems really hurt by the move as Eric stands over him in anger! Mr. Black catches his breath and barks orders to his client, and an angry narcissist tosses Renegade back into the ring and begins a furious attack!
Eric now seems unstoppable and continues to inflict serious damage on Renegade. After delivering his D.C. Drop signature, Eric stalks his prey... and grabs Renegade by the throat! The dazed party animal can't wriggle free, and Eric rattles the ring with a Final Verdict chokeslam! Eric covers and gets the pinfall to win the match!
Eric has won the King of the Ring Tournament... and has earned a World Heavyweight Title shot for next month's PPV! As Eric and Mr. Black exit the ring, some officials are setting up a mock king's throne and crowning ceremony on the stage. The officials greet Eric and Mr. Black and offer a seat on the throne and a chance to wear the crown. But Eric is not interested in the ceremony... and punches a hole right through the throne! He snatches the crown... and breaks it in half! The officials are shocked as Eric refuses to participate in the ceremony! The creepy duo walk off together as the crowd boos heavily!
WINNER: Eric Executioner
World Heavyweight & Women's Championship
("Winner Take All" Mixed Tag Match):
Rebel Ford (C) & Eve (C) vs. Ace & Melina
Jealousy can describe pretty much the entire background of this match. After Rebel Ford was drafted to Smackdown and quickly won the World Heavyweight Title, he left former ally Melina behind. The Hollywood starlet went into a bout of depression, losing numerous matches while Rebel's popularity soared on the blue brand. His rise caught the attention of Women's champ Eve, and the two formed a very friendly bond. Melina began to stalk Rebel and Eve but revealed herself on a recent episode of Smackdown... with Ace by her side! The shocking partnership led to a matchup between Melina and Eve, which saw the Hollywood starlet pull off an impressive upset! Smackdown GM Teddy Long listened to both sides of this issue and made a bold decision... put both the World and Women's titles on the line and pit both couples against each other! The winning pair gets both belts!
Melina and Ace made their entrances first, and each seemed to be super confident for this match knowing they both could leave with new titles in hand with a victory. The crowd didn't give them a warm welcome, but they cheered loudly for Rebel and Eve! The two champs each played into the crowd's cheers as they made their way to ringside. Both groups talked strategy briefly, and the men were going to start it off. The bell rang, and the "Winner Take All" battle was on!
Ace gained the advantage early, but Rebel wouldn't back down. After each man tagging out to the women, the same back-and-forth trend continued. Melina hit Eve with a nice hurricanrana, while a hurtful suplex had Melina reeling. The men came back in and the punches flew, and the nice display of technical wrestling had the fans on their feet.
In the end, it was the champions that had the better game plan. Rebel had Ace dazed, and caught him with his Guard Breaker signature! Ace crawled to the corner and tagged in Melina, while Rebel sent in a hot Eve! The Women's champ kept the momentum for her team, knocking Melina around and following up with her Heart Breaker finisher! Rebel dashed across the ring and sent Ace to the floor, while Eve went for the pin in the ring. The ref counted 1... 2... 3!!! Eve got the win and allowed herself and Rebel to keep their titles!
The champion couple celebrated as the crowd roared wildly, while a very frustrated Ace walked off and left Melina behind! Rebel and Eve raised their titles high and shared a happy embrace!
WINNERS (and still World Heavyweight and Women's Champions):
Rebel Ford & Eve
No DQ Match:
Gravedigger vs. DMK
Fans had been buzzing for weeks about a potential match between the returning "Graveyard Monster" and DMK, which finally came to fruition on the final Raw of the month. 'Digger had been assaulting WWE champ Carson Pain for weeks, and seemed poised to challenge for the WWE Title. But DMK interrupted and challenged 'Digger to a match, which turned out to be the plan the "Monster" wanted all along. 'Digger claims that he will take everything away from DMK and take his spot as the "darkest" man on Raw. Will Gravedigger follow through on his promises and destroy DMK... or can the "King" pull off an incredible victory?
A blue lightning bolt hits the stage and a buzz rolls over the crowd as Gravedigger makes his entrance. The "Monster" stalks to the ring slowly, his eyes glancing around the arena from behind his mask. He climbs into the ring and stares at the stage, awaiting his opponent. Fire pyro blasts from the stage, and the crowd gives a mixed reaction to DMK as he walks down the ramp. The fans can't figure out if he is still focused on himself or if he's really willing to protect the Raw brand from 'Digger's wrath. DMK climbs into the ring, sets off his signature corner pyro and meets Gravedigger's deathly gaze. This one... is going to be intense!
The bell rings and the two heavyweights just glare at each other for several anxious moments. Then they lock up and begin a brutal battle! 'Digger gains the edge first and delivers some very hard shots, but DMK counters and shocks the "Monster" with some power moves of his own. The action in the ring is fierce but 'Digger doesn't seem satisfied with just handling it physically... he brings out the weapons!
Gravedigger starts with some vicious chair shots, but they don't seem to make the effect he's hoping for as DMK rallies back. DMK tosses 'Digger into the steel steps and lets out a loud roar... which brings the crowd to life! DMK pounds on 'Digger, trying to beat him down... but the "Monster" fights back and slams DMK down to the floor with a hellacious chokeslam!
The men return to the ring but a new object has made its presence... a table! 'Digger sets one up in a corner and continues to batter his rival. After dazing DMK, Gravedigger lifts him up... and powerbombs him through the wooden platform! DMK lies in a pile of busted wood for several moments as 'Digger stares out and tries to intimidate the crowd.
Suddenly the crowd goes wild because... Carson Pain had just entered the ring behind an unsuspecting Gravedigger! 'Digger seems confused by the crowd's reaction and turns... right into Carson's Original Sin signature!!! The WWE champ talks trash and roars to the crowd, as it seems he has finally gotten payback for all of 'Digger's attacks! Carson leaves the ring and starts to walk up the ramp, satisfied with his actions. In the ring, a woozy DMK looks up to see 'Digger down... and crawls over to cover him! The referee counts 1... 2... KICKOUT!!! The crowd gives a shocked shout and Carson turns back to the ring with his jaw dropped! How in the world did 'Digger kick out???
Carson walks backstage, shaking his head in disbelief. The match picks back up as both weary grapplers continue to brawl, and the crowd is now watching and cheering every big move. The weapons return as Gravedigger grabs hold of a kendo stick... and busts DMK open with a huge headshot! DMK staggers and falls, the blood dripping down his face as he groans in pain! 'Digger doesn't stop the attack, smacking his opponent's back and head with vicious shots as the crowd boos him heavily.
Gravedigger takes advantage of the moment, snatching a staggering DMK with a full nelson and slamming him down with a finishing Cemetery Slam! 'Digger makes the cover and the referee counts the pinfall to give him the big victory!
After the match, 'Digger barely celebrates as he takes time to glare at the crowd. The "Monster" begins to walk up the ramp and seems to be satisfied with the brutal victory. But suddenly... the fans start to cheer very loudly! 'Digger turns to look at the ring and he sees... an angry DMK on his feet! Despite blood dripping down his face and a defeat already done, he is motioning to 'Digger that he's not done with the fight! He motions to the crowd and the fans whoop it up! The good DMK is back, and the fans love it! 'Digger clenches his fists and glares at his rival in extreme anger, and the camera catches the intense staredown as the PPV comes to a close!