The show started off with a video package showing Big Show's path of destruction, and was immediately followed by a Michael Cole interview with John Cena in the ring. Cole accused Cena of being an egomaniac who was only interested in making jokes without a care for anyone else, especially the Big Show. Cena retaliated with a My Little Pony joke and called John Lauranitis a power-hungry bully. The two then had a war of words with Cena alleging that Show took the easy way out whereas Cole maintained that Show made the obvious choice and Cena was the only one to blame for the giant's path of destruction. Suddenly John Lauranitis came out and decided to remind everyone that he was a fair man by allowing Cena to choose his own opponent for the night. Cena wanted to face Big Show, but he had been given the day off. Cena then named John Lauranitis but he said he had retired from in-ring action. Finally Cena had to settle for Michael Cole, who was visibly frustrated.
The first match of the night was a rematch from SmackDown as World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus faced Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. Sheamus dominated the match early on until he charged on Ziggler, who pulled down the top rope causing Sheamus to fall on the floor. Sheamus yanked Ziggler out to the floor but got distracted by Vickie Guerrero, allowing Ziggler to gain the upper hand with a dropkick. Ziggler continued to wear down the champion, targeting the left arm and shoulder. Sheamus came back with a Polish hammer and a powerslam, but Ziggler turned the tables once again with a Fame-Asser. Ziggler went up top but Sheamus cut him off and the two traded punches until Ziggler got a near-fall off a second rope Fame-Asser. Sheamus fought back and blocked a sleeper hold and nailed the White Noise and followed up with the Brogue Kick for the victory.