297. Intercontinental Championship: John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Rey Mysterio

Timeline:
WrestleMania 25
April 5, 2009
Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX

JBL comes out talking a big game about defending his Intercontinental Title and cementing his legacy as the best ever, after being an announcer at WrestleMania. Rey comes out dressed as the Heath Ledger version of the Joker.

Before the match even begins, JBL kicks Mysterio in the face and then hammers him a couple of times, really exhibiting his huge size advantage. As soon as the bell rings, Rey fires back.

In under a minute and without any official offense from the champion, Rey hits the 619 and nails a splash to become the new Intercontinental Champion.

After the match, JBL gets a mic and quits, this time more or less permanently. The match is garbage. It isn’t even for a lack of time, or being cut short because they spend so much time on the introductions and set up. The story that they chose to tell for JBL’s last match is a stupid squash devoid of drama.

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