2.) CM Punk defeated Seth Rollins
Punk played fast and loose with Rollins while Ambrose and Reigns prowled the outside, improvising submission holds with the ropes as leverage and attempting a Go to Sleep only seconds into the contest. Rollins took control by throwing Punk into the turnbuckle, but his arms – to borrow a phrase – proved too short to box with God. Capitalizing on Ambrose’s distraction of the referee, Punk kicked out of Rollins’ strongest moves, sent the strategist flying into his fellow Shield-mates and finally reversed a springboard strike into a match-ending Go to Sleep.
3.) Dolph Ziggler defeated Curtis Axel
Hungry for a win of his own, Axel was determined to rain on The Showoff’s parade and used Dolph’s momentum to send him tumbling over the ropes. The former Intercontinental Champion chipped away the stupefied Ziggler until Dolph struck back by bouncing Axel’s head off the turnbuckle. Clawing his way back into the advantage, The Showoff kicked into high gear and dropped his foe like the New Year’s ball, leaping into action with an out-of-nowhere Zig Zag. And there wasn’t a bit of slop in sight.
4.) Intercontinental Championship Match
Big E Langston (c) defeated Fandango w/Summer Rae
Between the beloved big man and the dancing sensation who swept the nation, it wasn’t clear who would come away with the prestigious title. Fandango used his agility to counter Langston’s might as long as he could, eventually hobbling the powerhouse by targeting his knees with an Indian Deathlock. Sadly for the dancer, he couldn’t keep it up long enough. Slowly building momentum, Langston huffed, puffed, and toppled Fandango with a Big Ending to cap off one of the grittiest challenges yet to his title.
5.) Damien Sandow defeated The Great Khali
That, at least, was the story of the night when The Intellectual Savior of the Masses dropped an old-school beatdown on The Great Khali, who was selected as his foe for the evening through a WWE App vote. Sandow, who promised to quit if he didn’t win the match, seemed headed straight for the unemployment line already after The Punjabi Playboy manhandled him in the opening minutes. Ever the tactical genius, Sandow found his opening by bouncing Khali’s head off the ropes and going straight for the big man’s legs, staggering the former World Champion and leaving him open roll-up after Sandow slammed his head into the turnbuckle. That the win was somewhat ill-gotten (Khali's shoulder was off the mat, unbeknownst to the ref) didn't matter: Damien Sandow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You’re welcome.
6.) R-Truth defeated Brodus Clay
It took an act from the funk gods to rescue Truth from defeat when Woods and The Funkadactyls took Brodus’ eye off the ball just long enough for Truth to strike with the Lie Detector. Adding insult to injury for the formerly beloved brute, Woods, Truth and The Funkadactyls danced at the expense of his misfortune, boogieing their way into 2014 while Brodus fumed atop the ramp.
7.) Triple H re-introduced Brock Lesnar
8.) Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes & Aksana defeated The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls & Eva Marie
9.) Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper
With Bryan firing on all cylinders, Harper merely had to pick his moments and wait for the submission master to tire himself out. With Bray himself barking orders from ringside, Harper did just that, employing his freakish strength at opportune moments and leaving Bryan plastered across the mat. Bryan found daylight with two suicide dives to Harper and things fell into place from there; even though Harper bit Bryan’s wrist to break the “Yes!” Lock, the former WWE Champion smashed his foe’s face in with a running knee to bring Rowan in for match No. 2.
10.) Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan
11.) Daniel Bryan defeated Bray Wyatt by DQ
The surrender of Bryan – a culmination of Wyatt’s work the past few months – left The Eater of Worlds as elated as could be. One ceremonial Sister Abigail to his newest son later, Bray’s brood grew by one and Bryan left the arena under his own power in their midst. With a last, apologetic glance at the WWE Universe, Bryan bid a sorrowful farewell to 2013. As for those same fans who voted Bryan Superstar of the Year? Their confidence, it turns out, was not entirely misplaced. After a year of topping himself, Bryan once again showed his faithful something they never could have imagined: An act of submission.