|Date: September 13, 2009
|Venue: Bell Centre |City: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Attendance: 12,000 |Buys: 169,000
|Brands: Raw, Smackdown & ECW
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Breaking Point is a brand new concept in which all main events will be contested under submission rules. The WWE Championship will be on the line as Randy Orton will be defending his title against John Cena. This was the first match announced for the pay per view and it was announced by none other than Vince McMahon after Randy cheated to beat John Cena at Summerslam. McMahon would go on to make this match an I Quit match as the long-time rivalry between these men continues. Also at Summerslam, CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship in a TLC match. At the end of the match The Undertaker showed up and chokeslammed CM Punk. Teddy Long made a match between Punk and Undertaker for Breaking Point in a submission match. Since then CM Punk has shown no fear towards The Undertaker who left Smackdown last week holding up the World Heavyweight Championship.
Chris Jericho and The Big Show will be defending their Unified Tag Team Championships against Mark Henry and MVP. On Raw a few weeks ago the guest host was Floyd Mayweather and he decreed that if MVP and Henry could beat the tag team champions then they would get a shot for the titles at Breaking Point. Mayweather would help out MVP by handing him some brass knucks which he used to beat Big Show and Jericho and earn the title match. Since then MVP has beaten Chris Jericho in a singles match and Mark Henry beat The Big Show in a bodyslam challenge. The other big tag team match scheduled for tonight is a Summerslam rematch between the team of Triple H and Shawn Michaels and Legacy. The two teams have continued to target each other since Summerslam and so a rematch between the two teams has been announced at Breaking Point in a submissions match.
Also tonight Kane and The Great Khali continue their rivalry as they go head to head in a Singapore Cane match, Christian will once again defend his ECW Championship against William Regal and Kofi Kingston will defend his United States Championship against the man that pinned him in a tag team match on Superstars, The Miz.
In a dark match prior to the event Evan Bourne defeated Chavo Guerrero.
A video package kicks us off hyping matches like Randy Orton vs. John Cena and CM Punk vs. The Undertaker. Michael Cole then welcomes us to Breaking Point, a revolutionary pay per view where every main event match must end in submission. I think they’ve previously said that every match has to end in submission but main events work for me.
Chris Jericho & The Big Show (c) vs. M.V.P. & Mark Henry – Unified Tag Team Championship match
This is a first tag team match between these two teams. This team of Jericho and Big Show are growing on me. MVP and Mark Henry are very much a new team and I think this may be their first match as a tag team. This is Chris Jericho’s 15th consecutive PPV, he’s ahead of anyone else with that current run. MVP kicks off the match against Chris Jericho and Jerry Lawler incorrectly tells us that this match can only be won by submission. Michael Cole corrects him. Jericho and MVP lock up and MVP hits a hiptoss and then takes Jericho down. Jericho comes back with a cheap shot and then a couple of slaps but MVP hits a drop toe hold to a few boo’s. MVP hits a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. MVP tags in Mark Henry and Jericho couldn’t tag in Big Show quick enough. The two big men circle each other and the crowd are behind Big Show. We are in Canada tonight so I think the crowd are pledging their allegiance to Chris Jericho.
Big Show hits some right hands on Mark Henry and then looks for a splash in the corner but Henry catches him and dumps him into the corner. Henry hits an Irish whip and a splash before looking for the world’s strongest slam but Jericho attacks him from behind which leads to the first near fall of the night. Big Show chokes Mark Henry with his boot and then tags in Chris Jericho who hits some kicks and right hands. Henry shoves Jericho away and Jericho tags in Big Show. Big Show and Mark Henry clothesline each other down to the mat and both men look to make a tag. Big Show tags in Chris Jericho and Mark Henry makes the hot tag to MVP. MVP lays into Jericho with right hands and a big clothesline. MVP hits a jawbreaker and the ballin’ elbow drop for a near fall. Jericho takes MVP down and looks to apply the walls of Jericho but MVP counters and hits a big boot but Big Show made a blind tag and he spears MVP down to the mat.
Big Show hits a headbutt and then applies a front face lock before clubbing MVP to the mat and tagging in Chris Jericho. Jericho kicks away at MVP and then applies a chinlock shouting at the referee to ask him. MVP gets out of it and rolls Jericho up for a two count before hitting a clothesline and then a DDT. MVP tags in Mark Henry who catches a cross body attempt from Jericho and then gorilla press slams him before hitting a splash for a two count. Big Show broke up that pinfall and he disposes of MVP before Mark Henry knocks him out of the ring. Henry takes down Jericho for a near fall and Jericho then tries for a codebreaker but Henry counters it. Big Show then hits Henry with a knockout right hand and Jericho slowly crawls over and covers him for the three! Jericho and Big Show retain their titles tonight! Not an amazing match but steady enough.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Legacy who say DX are old and tired.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. The Miz – United States Championship match
Well I didn’t realise this match was happening, apparently it was announced on the mobile app earlier today. It’s a first PPV match between these two men. The Miz does his usual schtick on the mic before the match and even does a bit in French. The Miz pinned Kingston in a tag team match on Superstars last week. The Miz hits a kick in the early going and then a headlock takeover. Kofi fights out of it but Miz knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Miz then looks for a skull crushing finale but Kofi counters it and rolls him up for a one count. Kofi hits some right hands in the corner and then a kick and an uppercut. Miz hits a jawbreaker and a suplex but Kofi comes back with a couple of cross bodies and a dropkick for a two count. Kingston heads to the top but Miz kicks him down and then chokes him with his boot. Miz is much improved from his work a year ago. He slingshots Kofi into the bottom rope and pins him for a one count.
The Miz applies a chinlock which Kofi gets out of but Miz takes him back down with a big boot for a two count. Miz hits some lefts and rights and a running kick to the face for another two count before re-applying a chinlock. Kofi gets out of it but Miz hits a flapjack for a two count. Kofi sends Miz to the outside and looks to dive out at him but Miz blocks it, pulling Kofi to the outside. This is Kingstons third PPV defence of his United States Championship. Miz gets a two count and then lays in some knees and left hands before hitting his trademark clothesline in the corner. Miz then heads to the top and hits a double axe handle for a two count. Kofi sends Miz into the middle turnbuckle but Miz keeps the advantage with kicks. Kofi hits some kicks of his own and looks for trouble in paradise but Miz ducks and sets up for skull crushing finale but Kofi counters that and hits the SOS for a near fall.
Miz ducks a clothesline and hits a backbreaker and inverted DDT for a two count. Miz runs into a big boot from Kofi who follows it up with a clothesline. Miz counters the boom drop for a two count and the two men then exchange near falls. Kofi hits a side Russian leg sweep and this time hits the boom drop for a near fall. Kofi heads to the top and hits a high cross body but Miz rolls through for a near fall. Miz drops Kofi on the top turnbuckle and then rolls Kofi up for a two count. Miz hits a running knee and looks for a neckbreaker but Kofi counters it and hits trouble in paradise for the three! Kofi wins the match and retains the United States Championship!
There’s a VT next showing the recent history between DX and Legacy.
De-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase Jr) – Falls Count Anywhere Submission match
This is a second PPV tag team match between these two teams. DX beat Legacy at Summerslam. DX get on the mic before the match and a “you screwed Bret” chant breaks out. We are in Montreal. Triple H handles it well though. The bell rings and DX don’t waste any time going right for Legacy. Michaels pairs off with Cody Rhodes whilst Triple H lays into Ted DiBiase. Michaels disposes of Rhodes and DX double team DiBiase. DiBiase then leaves the ring and Rhodes re-enters only for Shawn Michaels to wipe him out. The four men then go at it on the outside with Triple H throwing DiBiase into the announce desk whilst Michaels hits Rhodes with right hands. This one will be a struggle to keep up with. Michaels and Rhodes take their fight into the crowd whilst DiBiase gets the upper hand on Triple H. DiBiase and Triple H join Rhodes and Michaels in the crowd and it’s advantage DX.
Triple H and Cody Rhodes climb the stairs with Michaels and DiBiase in tow. Triple H and Cody Rhodes go at it in the concessions now and Triple H throws Rhodes into a pillar before hitting him with right hands. DiBiase saves his partner but ends up getting taken out too. Michaels then locks a figure four on Rhodes and Triple H locks a figure four on DiBiase! DiBiase manages to rake the eyes of Michaels allowing Rhodes to break up Triple H’s figure four. The four men then fight back into the arena where Rhodes drags Michaels down the stairs. The fight goes back out to the ringside area where Rhodes lays into Michaels with lefts and rights until Triple H makes the save. Triple H then hits Rhodes with a chair before tying Rhodes up in a chair and applying a Boston crab as Michaels joins in and locks on a camel clutch! DiBiase makes the save for his partner and then throws Triple H into the barricade. Ted then Irish whips Triple H into the ring steps before rolling him into the ring.
Triple H hits DiBiase with a big spinebuster in the middle of the ring and follows it up by locking on a crossface. Rhodes breaks the hold before throwing Michaels out of the ring but Michaels skins the cat and pulls Rhodes out of the ring. Rhodes locks on an interesting submission on the outside but Triple H breaks it up. Triple H then throws Rhodes into the ring steps before getting back into the ring and laying into DiBiase. Michaels and Cody Rhodes go at it up at the top of the entrance ramp and Rhodes exits into the crowd with Michaels in pursuit. Rhodes then knocks Michaels out of the stand into a crash mat below. Triple H is then left on his own to go after both members of Legacy and sets up for as pedigree on Rhodes on the entrance ramp but DiBiase makes the save. Triple H back drops Dibiase on the ramp and then takes the fight with Rhodes into the backstage area. DiBiase helps out Cody and the two Legacy members double team Triple H.
Ted DiBiase applies the million dollar dream to Triple H who manages to get out of the hold by ramming DiBiase into a pillar. Triple H then spinebusters DiBiase through a table and locks a crossface on Cody. DiBiase breaks that up by nailing Triple H with a cool-box as Shawn Michaels stirs on the entrance ramp. Rhodes then nails Triple H with a chair just to make sure he’s out. Rhodes and DiBiase then turn their attention to Shawn Michaels and Rhodes powerslams Michaels at the top of the entrance ramp. Legacy then take Shawn ringside and throw him into the ring. They take it in turns to take shots at Michaels who tries to fight back. DiBiase slams him and then misses with an elbow drop so Michaels disposes of him. Cody then locks on an ankle lock but Shawn manages to get out of that. Michaels hits Rhodes with sweet chin music and both men collapse to the mat. Michaels then locks a figure four onto Rhodes but Dibiase breaks it up. Michaels looks to hit sweet chin music on DiBiase but Rhodes pulls him around the ringpost and hits him with right hands.
Cody Rhodes locks a figure four on around the ringpost and Triple H is nowhere to be seen. DiBiase then locks on the million dollar dream at the same time! Triple H emerges from the back but Shawn Michaels taps out! Rhodes and DiBiase score a huge victory tonight! A clean one too.
Randy Orton is backstage and Josh Mathews asks Orton for a reaction to Legacy beating DX. Orton has no reaction as he knew Legacy would win. Orton is also confident of beating John Cena tonight.
The Great Khali vs. Kane – Singapore Cane match
This is the third PPV match between these two men, they are currently tied at one win a piece. Kane lays in some right hands early and tries to grab a cane but Khali doesn’t let him. Both men then grab a cane and swing them at each other but both men manage to block. Khali gets the first blow in on Kane who retreats to the outside. Khali follows but Kane hits him with a low dropkick but leather Khali with a Singapore cane a few times. Back in the ring and Kane continues to hit Khali with the cane on his back. Khali grabs Kane by the throat but Kane fights him off with the Singapore cane. Kane hits a low dropkick to the face for a two count. Kane then grabs another Singapore cane and uses it to assist a wristlock. Khali manages to grab the cane away from Kane before hitting him with it. Khali is so slow. Khali knocks Kane down, waits for him to get up and hits him with an overhead chop for a near fall.
The Great Khali locks on the vice grip but Kane gets out of it by whacking him with a Singapore cane. A “boring” chant has been running for a while now. Kane heads to the top and hits Khali with a flying cane shot for a near fall. Kane then motions for a chokeslam but Ranjin Singh gets in the ring and hits Kane with a Singapore cane! Kane focuses his attention to Singh which allows Khali to hit Kane with another overhead chop. Khali checks on Ranjin which allows Kane to hit Khali with a Singapore cane before dropping him on the top rope. Kane motions for a chokeslam and this time he hits it! That’s enough for the three. Kane beats The Great Khali tonight. It was better than their Summerslam match.
Eve is backstage with CM Punk who said he’s looking forward to proving everybody wrong tonight. The lights then go out but it’s only Jimmy Wang Yang messing about. Punk cheap shots Yang and leaves him laying.
Christian (c) vs. William Regal – ECW Championship match
Christian defeated Regal at Summerslam last month in 8 seconds, their only previous PPV match. Regal is joined by Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson. Tony Chimmel then announces that by order of ECW General Manager Tiffany, both Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov are banned from ringside! The bell rings and the two men tie up. This match has already gone longer than their matych at Summerslam. Christian goes for the killswitch but Regal shoves him away. Christian hits a dropkick for a two count and then hits a headlock takeover. Christian smashes Regals head into the top turnbuckle then hits a cross body off the top for a two count. No title changes so far tonight. Christian looks for a tornado DDT but Regal pushes christian all the way to the outside. Regal applies a chinlock using Christians own arms. Christian powers out and then hits a monkey flip. Regal then hits a big exploder suplex for a near fall. Regal hits some forearms to the face of Christian and then applies a surfboard submission. Christian gets out of it but Regal takes him back down and applies another submission.
Regal breaks the hold and hits some right hands and uppercuts before popping Christian on the middle turnbuckle but christian hits him with some right hands and then a tornado DDT for a near fall. Regal hits a big forearm to re-take the advantage and then hits the Regal-plex which is an exploder with a bridge for a near fall. The two men then exchange blows until Christian downs Regal with a flying forearm and then a flying uppercut and elbow drop. The ECW Champion hits a powerslam for a two count and then goes up to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick. Christian goes up to the top rope and looks for another missile dropkick but Regal sidesteps it and hits a rolling senton for a two count. Regal hits some knee strikes but then runs into the knees of Christian. Regal counters a killswitch and looks for a running knee but Christian sidesteps it and hits the killswitch for the three! Christian retains the ECW Championship in a really entertaining match between these two men.
Pat Patterson is introduced and he comes out and talks in French for a bit before saying how proud he is to be the first ever Intercontinental Champion. Patterson looks as though he is about to introduce Intercontinental Champion John Morrison but instead Dolph Ziggler interrupts him. Patterson says nobody is talking about Dolph Ziggler but one day he could be Intercontinental Champion. Ziggler makes a few terrible age jokes and shoves Patterson a few times before kicking him in the gut. John Morrison comes out to make the save and Dolph retreats.
There’s a video package up next for John Cena and Randy Orton, showing their recent history.
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena – I Quit match for the WWE Championship
This is the 5th PPV match between these two men and so far they have both won two a piece. These two men have forged quite the rivalry over the last few years. They are both five time world champions. Cena forces Orton into the corner in the early going and then hits him with a belly to belly suplex and then a fishermans suplex. Orton ducks a shoulder tackle sending Cena out to the apron. Orton then shoves Cena out to the announce table before nailing him with a monitor. Randy hits the hangmans DDT on Cena and then leaves the ring and grabs a chair. Randy sets up the chair in the middle of the ring and looks to RKO Cena onto it like he did on Raw last week but Cena counters it and then takes Orton down with a couple of shoulder tackles and then a side suplex. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle and then sets up for the attitude adjustment but Orton manages to hop down outside the ring and drop Cena on the top rope. Orton then goes for the punt to the head but Cena avoids it and looks to lock on the STF but Orton escapes the ring.
Orton throws Cena into the ring steps before picking up the steps and jabbing them into Cena’s face. Orton then stomps on the back on Cena’s head and the referee asks Cena if he quits, Cena says no. Orton throws Cena back into the ring and then pulls a bag out from under the ring and throws that into the ring too. Orton reveals handcuffs and a key on a necklace, putting that around his neck. He then puts a handcuff around Cena’s wrist and cuffs Cena to the top rope. Orton stomps away at Cena who still won’t quit so Orton bashes him with the microphone. Orton unlocks the handcuff on the top rope and instead cuffs Cena’s wrists together before hanging Cena on the outside of one of the ringposts. Orton hits Cena with lefts and rights as he hangs unable to defend himself. Randy sprays water in Cena’s face so he doesn’t pass out but Cena spits the water back at Orton. Randy then grabs a kendo stick and repeatedly hits Cena with it. John fires back with a low blow and then manages to roll out to the floor below. Cena has some big old wounds from the kendo stick on his stomach.
Orton grabs a chair and swings it into Cena’s head and then handcuffs Cena around the ringpost and swings the chair at Cena again but Cena ducks it. Cena then manages to hit a back body drops and takes the key from around Ortons neck. Cena unlocks himself and then handcuffs himself to Orton! Cena lays into Orton with right hands, taking him back into the ring and hitting him with a side suplex. Cena then sets up for the attitude adjustment but Orton counters it with an RKO! Orton looks around for the key and sees it across the ring but Cena manages to lock on an STF using the handcuffs! The referee puts the microphone in Orton’s face and Orton quits! Cena wins the match and the WWE Championship! A really good match between these two. Psychology was spot on.
There’s a video package next for CM Punk and The Undertaker.
CM Punk (c) vs. The Undertaker – Submission match for the World Heavyweight Championship
This is a first time meeting between these two men. The bell rings and CM Punk makes a bee-line out of the ring. He slowly gets back into the ring and does his best to get away from Undertaker before ducking a right hand and then laying in a load of right hands and elbow strikes. He takes a second to celebrate and Undertaker tosses him out of the ring. Punk gets back into the ring and Undertaker hits him with a clothesline and some right hands. Undertaker tosses CM Punk back out of the ring but Punk sees him coming on the outside and hits him with some right hands. Undertaker fires back with a big right hand of his own and then both men try to hit the other into the ringpost but both men block. Undertaker throws Punk into the barricade and then runs at him but Punk gets out of the way. Punk hits a running knee and lays in some stomps. Punk then grabs a chair and nails Undertaker with it twice.
Back in the ring and Punk hits a running knee in the corner and then tries for a bulldog but Undertaker counters it and then works the left shoulder of CM Punk. Undertaker looks to hit old school but Punk crotches him on the top rope and then lays into him with right hands. Punk then looks to hit a superplex but Undertaker hammers him off the top. Punk fires back with a dropkick and then hits the superplex. The two men exchange right hands and Undertaker takes the advantage. He hits an Irish whip and a clothesline in the corner before hitting snake eyes and a running boot and legdrop. Undertaker then motions for a chokeslam but Punk kicks him in the head. Punk crawls over to Undertaker who locks on hells gate! CM Punk taps out and Undertaker wins the match! That was over a lot quicker than I thought it would be. Undertaker wins the match and the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! A really good match but could have done with being longer.
Teddy Long then comes out and informs everyone that the hells gate finisher was banned by Vickie Guerrero. Therefore the match must continue! Undertaker can’t believe it! Punk attacks Undertaker from behind but ends up running into a big boot. Undertaker sets up for the last ride but Punk counters it and chopblocks Undertaker to the mat. Punk locks on the anaconda vice and the bell rings straight away! Referee Scott Armstrong runs to the back with Punk in tow and it looks like they’ve tried to recreate the Montreal screwjob tonight! Absolute madness. Teddy Long just stands there staring into space! Punk retains!
And that was Breaking Point 2009. For the most part it felt like a pretty average pay per view but it did get better as it went on. The show started with the Unified Tag Team Championship match and it was ok, very average. The finish was fine but I don’t know why the commentators were unhappy, it was a punch from one of the people in the match. Big Show and Jericho are definitely making the titles more relevant but they need some more legitimate opponents. Only a matter of time until we see them against DX I reckon! Kofi Kingston then defeated The Miz in a match I didn’t realise was happening. Again, this was pretty average and it gave Kofi a title defence. In all honesty I would have preferred to see John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler as that had more of a build and would have been a better match. This was ok though and gave Kingston another clean title defence. Plenty of title contenders for Kingston going forward with the likes of Jack Swagger, Carlito, Chavo Guerrero and even The Miz again.
In what was probably the biggest surprise of the night, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase beat Shawn Michaels and Triple H in a submissions match. And they did it cleanly. This was a good match and the falls count anywhere stipulation took them all over the building. This should lead to a rubber match between the two team next month and you know DX are winning that one but this was a great rub and a great result for Legacy. Kane beat The Great Khali in a match with the quality you would expect. It was a clean match and one you’d expect to end the feud. Not much to say about this, I half expected a Ranjin Singh heel turn. Kane wins with a chokeslam and I honestly think I preferred Khali as a heel. Christian then beat William Regal in the really good match that they should have had at Summerslam. I really enjoyed this and I wouldn’t mind seeing Regal have a run with the ECW Championship. I actually think it’s inevitable. I like his ruthless roundtable and would like to see Jackson and Kozlov involved in the tag team division.
John Cena and Randy Orton put on what was probably the best match in their series so far. I loved the spot with John Cena tied around the ringpost and Orton punishing him with the kendo stick. I’m not sure there was a massive need for a new WWE Champion but that’s the direction they chose to go in. I actually prefer Orton as champion. This was a really good match though and will probably lead to many more rematches down the line. Hell In A Cell PPV next month? Yup, sounds like a good gimmick for the rematch. CM Punk and The Undertaker then main evented in a very over-booked match. They were in Montreal so wanted to stage another Montreal screw-job and that’s exactly what they did. CM Punk won due to a Teddy Long heel turn. That was pretty random. I have no doubt that it’ll lead to a rematch between Punk and Undertaker at Hell In A Cell. A good match between the two tonight though.
Overall Rating: 62.5/100 (ranked joint 58th out of 243)
Match Of The Night: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Worst Match Of The Night: Kane vs. The Great Khali
Surprise Of The Night: Legacy beat DX
Worst Booking Of The Night: The Undertaker screwjob
Superstar Of The Night: John Cena
Breaking Point 2009 Will Be Remembered For: Being the only ever Breaking Point event