#1 Contender’s Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson
We go to the ring and out first comes Rob Van Dam. Mr. Anderson comes out to the stage next and cuts a promo before heading to the ring. They come face to face and talk trash. Anderson strikes first and they trade shots. Anderson drops RVD with a shoulder. Lots of back and forth action and counters to start the match. RVD takes Anderson with a scissors for a 2 count.
They lock up again for more back and forth counters and holds. More pin attempts by each man. Anderson with another shoulder block. RVD goes to leap frog but it’s botched. Anderson clotheslines RVD in the corner. RVD turns it around with shoulder thrusts in the corner. RVD with a springboard kick and Rolling Thunder.
They go to the floor. Anderson gets draped over the railing. RVD goes to the apron and runs at Kennedy for a leg drop on the rail. Anderson moves and RVD lands hard and awkwardly. Anderson uses the ring post on RVD’s leg now as we’re back in the ring. Anderson focuses his attention on RVD’s leg, hitting it with knee drops now. Anderson applies a single leg Boston crab now. Anderson takes it to the corner now and then clips RVD’s leg from behind. 2 count for Anderson. RVD fights out of the corner with clotheslines and a kick to the face. Anderson goes to plant RVD on his face but it’s countered. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder but Anderson moves and counters it. RVD with a headlock now. Anderson backdrops him. Anderson with elbow drops and a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Anderson hits the plunge for another 2 count.
RVD ends up hitting shoulder thrusts in the corner. They end up going to the floor as RVD splashing Anderson over. They fight up the ramp as the referee counts. Anderson drops RVD on the floor with a Mic Check and both go down. Neither can make it back in time and the referee calls for the bell.
Double Count Out