Legend Killer finishes Flair
Ric Flair returned to action, just six days ahead of Exteme Rules, in a Fight to the Finish with WWE champion Randy Orton.
Last Updated: 03/06/09 11:57am
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair returned to action, just six days ahead of Exteme Rules, in a Fight to the Finish with WWE champion Randy Orton.
'Naitch was forced to take on The Legend Killer outside the squared circle so as not to dishonour his official retirement from the ring.
As has so often been the case, The Dirtiest Player in the Game started well enough before Orton's Legacy cohorts Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes intervened, locking Flair in a steel cage with the champion.
As Flair's ally Batista struggled to get inside the cage, his Extreme Rules opponent, Orton, hit a thunderous RKO and then finished off the old-timer with one of his trademark punts to the skull.
Batista had earlier brutalised Cody Rhodes in a Steel Cage Match of his own, while John Cena and Chavo Guerrero were pitted against Big Show and The Miz.
Exteme Rules opponents Cena and Show's rivalry simmered throughout, with the former World Heavyweight champion disconcertingly unable to apply the STF ahead of their Submission Match.
Instead it was Show that handed Guerrero the one-two-three by laying out his partner, before The World's Largest Athlete then hit a devastating Cobra Clutch Backbreaker on Cena to lay down a marker ahead of their meeting in six days.
Gold also changed hands in Birmingham, Alabama, as Kofi Kingston scored the biggest win of his career in overcoming MVP to become the new United States champion.
Unified WWE Tag Team champions Carlito and Primo beat Matt Hardy and William Regal, meanwhile, after Hardy inadvertently clobbered his team-mate with his cast.
And in a rare intergender singles match, Santino Marella faced off against his twin sister 'Santina's' Extreme Rules opponent, RAW general manager Vickie Guerrero.
The bout finished in a no contest, though, following interference from Hardy and Regal with the latter meeting with a bucket of slop (a reference to Guerrero and Santina's impending Hog Pen Match) before the new Miss WrestleMania was able to dish out the same treatment to Marella.
Finally, Divas champion Maryse and Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly and Mickie James.
With some assistance from The Glamazon and Rosa Mendes, Maryse pinned her rival, Kelly Kelly, to pick up the win.