The first match of the event was between Matt Hardy and Vladimir Kozlov. The match lasted for a few minutes before Kozlov delivered a chokeslam to gain the pinfall victory.
The second match was the finals of the Intercontinental Championship contender tournament between Rey Mysterio and CM Punk. Near the end of the match, Mysterio tried to perform his signature 619 maneuver, however, Punk countered by performing a Go To Sleep. Punk then pinned Mysterio to gain the victory and a match against William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship.
Finlay was pitted against Mark Henry, who was accompanied by Tony Atlas, in a match with no disqualifications billed as a Belfast Brawl. In the final moments of the match, Finlay left the ring and grabbed the steel steps at one of the four corners. He then re-entered the ring to only have Henry kick him in the face and grab the makeshift weapon. Finlay followed by retrieving a shillelagh he had brought with him to the ring and used it to bash Henry over the head before Henry could use the steel steps. Finlay then pinned Henry to become the winner.
Batista versus Randy Orton was next, with Orton being accompanied to the ring by Cody Rhodes and Manu. The match started with Orton taking control and knocking Batista to the outside. The end came when Batista executed the Batista Bomb. Batista then pinned Orton to win the encounter.
The fifth match was an Eight Woman Santa's Little Helper Tag Team match where all eight competitors were dressed in Christmas outfits. It pitted two teams of four against each other: Michelle McCool, Maria, Kelly Kelly, and Mickie James versus Maryse, Jillian Hall, Victoria, and Natayla. The match ended quickly with McCool getting a pinfall victory over Hall after the Faithbreaker.
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