Following the promotional video that set us up for this match, we go to the ring where Justin Roberts is standing by.
Justin Roberts – “Ladies and gentlemen, the following match is the MAIN EVENT of the evening and it is the ALL-AMERICAN AMERICAN BATTLE ROYAL for the opportunity to fight Jack Swagger at Night of Champions for the United States Championship! Introducing the participants…”
“Some Bodies Gonna Get It” hits and an odds-on-favorite to win, due to his sheer size and mass enters in the form of Mark Henry. “The World’s Strongest Man” marches down the ramp to the ring and if the crowd wasn’t on deafening terms, most could swear his steps were echoing throughout the arena.
Justin Roberts – “From Silsbee, Texas… MARK HENRY!”
As Henry’s music dies down, we are treated with our first surprise entrant and a WWE Hall of Famer. “Two by Four” hits and the crowd erupts as we see a true American walk onto the stage. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan poses at the edge of the entrance stage with his 2X4 and American flag in hand. He has that silly look on his face with his eyes glazed over and tongue sticking out and he marches to the ring to the delight of the fans.
Justin Roberts - “From Glens Falls, New York… HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN!”
Duggan’s energetic entrance sends Henry to the outside to avoid getting his by a 2X4 and his music is quickly replaced with “I Come From Money” and the fans instantaneously recognize who it is and boo the son of the Million Dollar Man as he walks toward the ring with somewhat of a strut. Even though his last two appearances on Raw has left him beaten inside the crowd, Dibiase has confidence written all over his face.
Justin Roberts – “From West Palm Beach, Florida… TED DIBIASE!”
Dibiase and Henry join Jim Duggan in the ring, confident that they can subdue him if he goes bananas again. And then we are treated with our second surprise entrant as a mixed beat of a generic rock song with overtones of a classic bugle play we see The Patriot walking out with the second American flag of the evening. The fans barely recognize the Patriot at first but he still gets somewhat of a good reception for carrying an American flag with him on his way to the ring.
Justin Roberts – “From Washington, D.C… THE PATRIOT!”
And then the real treat is the inclusion of a now-manager in the WWE, when “Damage, inc.” hits we see the tag team of Smith and Wesson walk out, but we are shocked to also see that it is none other than Jim Neidhart who is dressed to compete. Behind him walks his two protégés and he directs them to stand at the edge of the ring and watch over him in the match.
Justin Roberts – “From Reno, Nevada… JIM THE ANVIL NEIDHART!”
Neidhart climbs up onto the ring apron and slips into the ring with the other four opponents and stands waiting until the “Marine’s Hymn” plays and nearly every fan in attendance leaps to their feet to see Sgt. Slaughter step out onto the entrance wearing his Marine Corps Drill Instructor hat and carrying the third American flag to the ring. He stops at the edge of the ring and salutes the fans and marches to the ring to one of the finest receptions of the night.
Justin Roberts – “From Parris Island, South Carolina… SGT SLAUGHTER!”
The fans give Slaughter a standing ovation and there is a long pause in the introductions until the “300 Violin Orchestra” hits and the fans see the Striker Brigade come out in numbers. Leading the pack is the unofficial wrestling leader of the group, Cody Rhodes.
Justin Roberts – “And now the representatives of the Striker Brigade, from Marietta, Georgia… CODY RHODES!”
Rhodes has his eyes dead set on his former partner who is still in the ring and unsure as to how Dibiase will react to when he climbs in. Rhodes stops at the edge of the ramp and combs his hair back and winks at a few of the female members of the audience before proceeding.
Justin Roberts – “And from Hollywood, California, the tag team of NICK NEMETH AND SHELTON BENJAMIN… THE HOLLYWOOD BLONDES!”
The Blondes strut a few steps behind Rhodes and there is a feeling in the air that the Striker Brigade will prevail in this match considering the numbers game is in their favor. Behind the Blondes, we see their manager, Matt Striker and with him is the Department of Labor representative, Stanley Williams. As the wrestling members of the Brigade climb into the ring, Striker and Williams approach the backside of the squared circle where they step around to the backside of the announcer’s table. Williams sits down next to John Layfield and Matt Striker next to Todd Grisham.
John Layfield – “Gentlemen, I’d just like to know what the hell you two are doing out here.”
Matt Striker – “John, it seems as though Mr. Williams felt that he would like to see up close and personal a wrestling match to get a better up-close evaluation of what the working conditions are like around here.”
John Layfield – “No, that’s unacceptable. You’re interference and meddling with my show has gone on long enough.”
Matt Striker – “Unfortunately, you just don’t have a say in the matter.”
Meanwhile, Williams continues writing diligent notes about the matters at hand, undeterred by Striker or Layfield.
Justin Roberts – “And the tenth and final participant, please welcome from Aiken, South Carolina… THE BIG SHOW!”
The air is sucked out of the arena in one large gasp as a huge pyro explodes from the center of the stage and the Big Show walks out. His right hand and a portion of his forearm is enclosed in a cast that is larger than a normal one. Big Show walks down to the ring to a huge reception from the fans. He stops at the edge of the ring and looks to his right and his left to see Mike Wesson and David Smith staring at him. He looks at his cast covered fist and opts to climb up onto the apron and step over the top rope into the ring, instead of confronting them.
All-American American Battle Royal
The Big Show | The Patriot | Sgt. Slaughter | Jim Duggan | Ted Dibiase
Jim Neidhart | Nick Nemeth | Cody Rhodes | Shelton Benjamin | Mark Henry
#1 Contendership of United States Title
The match starts as soon as Big Show is in the ring and right away he is defending himself from attackers from every direction. As usual, Big Show is the obvious target and all other nine competitors are going to try to do anything they can right from the start to get him over the top rope so they can breathe a sigh of relief. Their unplanned attack proves to be futile as Big Show’s expectations were correct and he is able to fend them off with a perfect gameplan. In the midst of the chaos, Show is in perfect position to nail a couple of knock-out jabs with his overly protected hand covered in a thick cast to a few of the competitors, leveling them on impact. Jim Neidhart is a smart man and stays as far away from Show as he can, but with each passing second, Big Show manages to either knock-out an opponent with a hook or chokeslam them out of commission. Just two minutes into the match and it’s Big Show staring across a ring polluted with downed bodies at Jim Neidhart. When push comes to shove, the Anvil is going to hold his ground, but that too proves to be useless as the much younger, much larger, Big Show just grabs Neidhart by the goatee and jerks him in close. With no surprise, Smith and Wesson jump onto the apron in order to distract Big Show. Show slings Neidhart into Wesson, knocking him off of the apron and delivers another knock-out hook to Smith, taking him off the ring as well. Show would then send Neidhart over the top rope with ease to his elimination. The Big Show then locks eyes with the General Manager sitting at the announcer’s table and smiles from ear to ear. He then shocks everyone within the ring when he steps over the top rope and hops onto the floor to his elimination.
Outside the ring, the Big Show grabs Jim Neidhart by the goatee and pulls him to his feet. He then military presses him high overhead and turns, and tosses Neidhart over the announcer’s table and the collision sends the Anvil right into John Layfield and the Department of Labor Representative, Stanley Williams. All three collapse to the floor in a heap and it can easily be distinguished that Mr. Williams may have been injured by the impact. The Big Show stands laughing at the three men, but is suddenly attacked from behind by Mike Wesson and David Smith. The guns for hire beat Big Show down with clubbing blows. They don’t give him a free opportunity to get up and continue to beat away on him and target his broken hand but it doesn’t last long. The fans all rise to their feet and watch as Smackdown roster members, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel rush down the entrance ramp and turn the corner. They rush around to the other side of the ring and within seconds there is a brawl on our hands. The Nexus duo clashes with Smith & Wesson and bodies begin flying around and equipment and construction begins getting destroyed. It takes a handful of security personnel to separate the two teams, and just snag Big Show in time to keep him from getting his hands on the General Manager. It takes nearly four minutes to get the ruckus under control but security is able to get the mess sorted. Once the dust settled, Big Show and the rest of the brawlers are escorted one by one to the back and we go back to the ring where action is still underway.
The Striker Brigade are still well in-control of the match. With Big Show and Jim Neidhart out of commission, it has nearly turned into a four on four situation. The Brigade seems to have adopted Mark Henry into their ranks for the match to help even out the sides and Henry and Slaughter are going at it, but the World’s Strongest Man grossly controls the action with his brute strength and size. In other areas of the ring, the Hollywood Blondes are delivering a beating of their own to the older Patriot and Jim Duggan. But the spotlight of the extravaganza appears to be Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase really laying into one another. Some of the featured moments of the match sees Rhodes attempting to decapitate Dibiase when his neck got caught in the top rope, tying him up. “Dashing” Cody charges the ropes and tries to rock Ted’s head off with a kick but Dibiase drops all of his weight and pulls the top rope down and the momentum takes Rhodes over the top rope. Cody manages to hang on and Dibiase slips out of the ropes and sees the perfect opportunity. He reaches over the ropes and locks on the Million Dollar Dream to Rhodes and looks to put him to sleep right there and just release him to his elimination. Unfortunately for both men, Rhodes isn’t going to let this one get the best of him and pulls Dibiase up onto the edge of the ropes. Cody leans out away from the ring and hangs on to Dibiase, locking the move on tighter. He then pulls Dibiase over the top rope and the two men fall of the edge of the ring apron to their elimination.
With just six men left, most of the participants begin to turn their attention to Mark Henry considering his size advantage over the others. Shelton Benjamin and Nick Nemeth make a grave mistake by sliding underneath the ropes to check on Cody Rhodes. in the absence of the Hollywood Blondes, Mark Henry is left without any aid and the combined efforts of Sgt. Slaughter, The Patriot, and Jim Duggan are able to subdue him and with a little extra effort on their part are able to lift him up and hoist him over the top rope to his elimination. An official gives him Nemeth and Benjamin an ultimatum to return to the ring or face elimination. Rhodes tells them that they don’t stand to gain anything by not trying to win this for the Brigade. When the Blondes do reach the ring, they see the uneven numbers and the “Legends” are banding together against them. Sgt. Slaughter picks off Nemeth and the two go at it toe to toe. Meanwhile, Benjamin easily has his hands full with the Patriot and Duggan and the fans really get behind the trio of legends. The last shining moment for the Brigade sees Benjamin nail his Paydirt to the Patriot, knocking him unconscious. When Benjamin comes around, though, he is nailed with a charging shoulder tackle from Hacksaw that takes him over the top rope. Not realizing what he did right away, Nemeth sees an opening and dropkicks Duggan. Jim is flung into Benjamin, knocking Shelton off the apron to his elimination and Duggan flips behind him and now we’re down to three inside the ring. Nemeth took his concentration off of Slaughter just long enough to give Sgt. an opportunity to get an attack in. The fans go wild when Nemeth is locked into the Cobra Clutch and walks him closer to the ropes. Slaughter then flings Nemeth over the top rope so that he is standing on the apron. He releases the hold in order to let him fall to the floor but Nemeth manages to hang on tight. He too sees an opening and swings for the fences. At the last second Slaughter ducks away and pushes Nemeth off of the apron to his elimination. Inside the ring we see the Patriot staring at the back of Slaughter’s head and he charges across the ring and dumps him out with relative ease.
Winner – The Patriot.The fans can’t believe what’s happening. The Patriot has earned the right to fight the United States Champion at Night of Champions. The forty-nine year old legend celebrates in the ring until “On Your Knees” hits and the United States Champion enters the arena.
Jack Swagger – “Congratulations, Patriot. That was a hard-fought victory and you have certainly earned this title shot. And certainly, you meet the criteria and fortunately for you, there is no age requirement to be the United States Champion."
The Patriot picks up on the age jokes and he’s not too thrilled by them.
Jack Swagger – “I noticed you were carrying the American flag with you to the ring tonight; but I couldn’t help but notice that your flag has fifty stars; I was curious about that considering most of your life there were only forty-eight.”
The fans are nearly laughing at the jokes but still not supportive of Swagger himself.
Jack Swagger – “And don’t worry Patriot, if you should somehow come up empty at Night of Champions, you can always go back into retirement, again.”
Swagger seems to have had enough gloating and starts to walk away but is cut off.
The Patriot – “Hold it right there, Swagger.”
Jack stops in his tracks, turning to look at the Patriot with a smile from ear to ear.
The Patriot – “I may have not been so forthcoming with you all. Now tonight, I wrestled as the Patriot, but traditionally, I have not been known by that name…”
Jack Swagger – “Oh really, who are you? Tatanka?”
The Patriot – “…not exactly.”
The Patriot reaches up and takes off his mask and looks up, much to the surprise of the fans.
Christopher Daniels – “Where I’m from, they call me Christopher Daniels. Don’t get too used to all that gold on your shoulder. In three weeks, I look to relieve you of some of it.”
We go to the final commercial break with Jack Swagger screaming at Chris Daniels for the deliberate trickery. When we return, the final segment of the night.