Winner: Big Show via DQ
After a commercial, Ricardo Rodriguez wheels Alberto Del Rio out in a LEOPARD PRINT WHEELCHAIR. Ricardo is wearing a neck brace with his bow tie over it, and he has a pained expression on his face and a bit of scratchiness in his voice as he does ADR's intro. Lawler starts reeling off stats about the model number and value of Del Rio's chair as though it were one of his cars. So far, this segment has been FULL OF WIN. Alberto informs us that, in last week's main event, he tore his groin. The fans boo him, and here come the Bella twins. They fight over who gets to help ADR celebrate his recovery, so he gets annoyed and sends them away. Alberto makes a New Year's resolution to return more aggressive than ever before and to regain the WWE Championship. They really need to find a way to write him into the show despite his injuries, because gimpy Del Rio and Ricardo was absolute gold. Great subtle comedy.
Match Numero Cinco: CM Punk vs. Jack Swagger w/ Vickie Guerrero in part one of a gauntlet match
Punk's got his Chicago flag tights on this evening to really drive home the "hometown boy" factor. Punk gets Swagger in an armbar early, after which they switch to a test of strength. Swagger wins that in the early going, but Punk makes a comeback. That's cut off by a knee to the gut from Swagger, who grabs a headlock. Punk shoves him off and catches him with a leg lariat for an early two count. Knee strikes and leg kicks are next for Punk, but Swagger catches him with a gutbuster off of the ropes. The All American drops a series of elbows and legs for two. Swagger applies a waistlock, but Punk powers out and looks for a high cross off of the second rope. Swagger was supposed to catch him and hit another gutbuster, but they blew the spot and just wound up cuddling in mid-ring for a few seconds. Swagger eventually did herc him up for the gutbuster, which was followed by a series of knees to the stomach. Jack attemptst his Vader Bomb, but Punk catches him in GTS position in midair. Swagger slips out of it, but Punk catches him with a high kick seconds later and gets the duke.
Winner: CM Punk
CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler
After wrestling for several minutes, Punk had Ziggler in trouble. John Laurinaitis came to ringside and sent Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger to the back. He then started to tell Punk that the match between the two of them was not going to happen when Dolph Ziggler hit Punk with the Zig Zag and got the pin. Ziggler celebrated with the WWE Championship after the match, and will get a title shot against Punk next week.
Kane's pyro hits and he entered the ring. Kane says that what people are seeing is the real him. Before he gets to say much, John Cena's music hit and he stood at the top of the stage. Cena starts to head down, but Kane's pyro hit on top of the sage, causing Cena to retreat. Kane said that he made Cena his victim because he has led the people astray by asking them to rise above hate, and that the world is a dark, dark place and it's OK to hate. Kane said humans are hateful by nature and that deep down everybody hates. He said that people hate their miserable lives, and that hate motivates us. He said that once you embrace the hate, you become honest with yourself. Dueling "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" chants. Kane then said that he's going to help Cena because the last image that he'll see and hear this year is all the people chanting those words that tear Cena's soul apart: "Cena Sucks." Kane starts chanting "Cena Sucks" and the crowd starts the dueling chants again with the "Cena Sucks" chants being louder. Cena is looking distraught as the chants continue to end the show.