Josh Matthews interviews Alberto Del Rio backstage. Del Rio says John Cena and CM Punk will see a different side of him tonight. Del Rio says he will come back from hell with the WWE Title.
– We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes in a suit and his baggers at his side.
Cody rips on the New Orleans fans. Cody says the cursed Intercontinental Title should be put rest and places it inside of one of the brown bags. Cody has one of his lackies hand him a velvet bag to reveal the classic white Intercontinental Title. Cody talks about greats held the title such as Bret Hart, Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage and Steve Austin. The crowd pops at the title returning. Cody says he will wear the title in honor of those men but will wear it with more pride and dignity than any of them. Cody puts the title on and says he will defend the title to any man, any time and any place. John Laurinaitis comes out and introduces himself to everyone.
Laurinaitis apologizes but says Triple H ordered him to come out and make this match. Out comes John Morrison.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: John Morrison vs. Cody Rhodes
Morrison makes his entrance as Cody is going to be wrestling in slacks and button-up. Morrison attacks after the bell but Cody goes to the corner. Morrison with a roll up for a 2 count. Morrison takes Cody back down for another pin attempt. Headlock takedown by Morrison now.
They run the ropes and Cody misses a dropkick. Morrison takes him back to the mat and keeps control of the match. Morrison with a shoulder block and Cody rolls out of the ring. Cody takes his button-up shirt off and turns around to a baseball slide kick from Morrison. Morrison throws Cody’s shirt to the crowd and uppercuts him. Morrison brings it back in the ring but Cody rolls right back out and walks off. Morrison attacks him from behind and brings it back to the ringside area. Cody uppercuts Morrison down. Cody grabs onto the ringpost and is going to let the referee count him out. Morrison comes back over and kicks him in the head, throwing him back in at the 8 count. Cody attacks Morrison as he enters the ring and drops him on his front side. Cody stomps away on Morrison’s head now.
Morrison fights out of a headlock but Cody takes him back down. Cody continues the attack but Morrison rolls him up for a 2 count. Cody comes right back with a clothesline. Cody slaps Morrison around now and taunts the crowd. Cody locks on a Figure Four as Morrison tries to break it. Morrison makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold but is holding his knee. Cody with right hands and a knee drop to the face. Morrison turns it around and unloads with elbows and right hands in the corner. Morrison with a pair of clotheslines and a heel kick to the face. Morrison with a close 2 count. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Cody stops him. Morrison kicks Cody in the gut but misses the running kick. They go back and forth until Morrison kicks Cody in the head and he goes down. Morrison misses a springboard kick and Cody rolls him up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
– Triple H is backstage on the phone when John Laurinaitis runs up. Triple H is pissed at him for making matches without his permission. Laurinaitis says Air Boom are being attacked. The Miz and R-Truth are in their locker room beating them up before running off. Alex Riley and Ezekiel Jackson tend to the champs, who are down, as Triple H yells at Laurinaitis some more for not having proper security.