RAW Results – 1/30/12 GONG!

This post Royal Rumble RAW starts with music and pyro.

Mr. John Laurinaitis to the ring, shaking hands with fans on his way there. King and Cole talk about Royal Rumble being historic and hopefully it will be for Laurinaitis tonight. Cole wants Laurinaitis to stay, King, not so much. Laurinaitis continued shaking hands around the ring as King and Cole talked on about Sheamus winning the Royal Rumble Match. Laurinaitis on mic and says he’s looking forward to his performance review, unlike them. Has be made mistakes, yes, but what man hasn’t. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you don’t make them twice. After tonight he’ll be the permanent GM. Besides the review is by a great man, Trip, and they’re good friends. Then there’s his performance last night at the Royal Rumble when he was Special Guest Ref, did what he said, called it right down the middle, and did his job backstage. Now we’re on on the road to WrestleMania, with a stop at Elimination Chamber. Punk will defend his Title against five others in an Elimination Chamber Match.

The people in the match will be CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Miz, R-Truth, and Jericho. We’ll all enjoy watching it, but let’s talk tonight. It’s special as Beth will defend her Divas Championship against Eve. Kofi will face Miz. Dolph will face Orton. A momentus match, first time ever, D-Bry will take on Punk. Think that’s all he has coming…

Punk’s music cuts Laurinaitis off, but Laurinaitis keeps that plastic smile on his face! On stage Punk starts stinging Laurinaitis out of the area – sorta. The fans grab right on and keep singing and Punk continues. Has King sing into the mic, then Justin does it, Punk keeps singing – badly. A sign could be seen that said, “Bring back the Anonymous RAW GM!” Punk into the ring and Laurinaitis still with the plastic smile. Again Punk starts the stinging. Right into Laurinaitis’ face and Punk says, “Goodbye clown shoes!” Laurinaitis laughs.

Laurinaitis tells Punk that Punk owes him an apology as Punk thought Laurinaitis was going to screw Punk out of his Title, but he didn’t. Laurinaitis says he’s a man of his word. Punk says he doesn’t owe Laurinaitis anything, least of all an apology. Laurinaitis is a liar, not a man of his word! Unless being a man of his word mean poorly dressed patsy? That’s a good word. Ham sandwich dork? Dork fits. He came out for one reason and one reason only, to see Laurinaitis’ dimwitted face one more time before he gets 86′d by Triple H.

Since this is the last time they’ll be seeing each other, he has given Punk entertainment over the past couple of weeks. The way Laurinaitis has no idea how to speak clearly into a mic has given Punk a whole lot of belly laughs. The way Laurinaitis trips and stammer over simple words as if he doesn’t have a simple grasp of the English language is just fantastic. Punk’s favorite thing over the past couple weeks is how Laurinaitis can both suck and blow at the same time. The fans love this! Punk says it’s very, very entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Don’t get Punk wrong, he’s not Trip’s biggest supporter in the world, but he can’t wait for him walk out there and kick Laurinaitis’ lanky, sorry, underachieving miserable carcass out the front door! The fans love this!

Laurinaitis says he’s not going to take Punk’s words personally, this is about business. The board of directors are all about business. Punk and the board knows that Laurinaitis’ honest, fair, creative and taken RAW and the WWE Championship to new heights. On a personal note, he wants to put their personal differences aside and start anew. Laurinaitis extends his hand as Cole says Laurinaitis is admirable.

Punk just looks at the hand. Then he asks if Laurinaitis is sleepy? The only reason to extend his hand to the best wrestler in the world is if he wants to go to sleep. Fans cheer this.

Daniel Bryan’s music and he comes out showing off his belt and acting the overzealous winner. D-Bry into the ring and says it’s him the World Heavyweight Champion! They do remember him, right? He wants to give them insight. Nobody cares about them. When they were carrying out their petty personal soap opera, he was busy winning a Steel Cage Match against the World’s Strongest Man and the World’s Largest Athlete. He doesn’t think everyone understands the magnitude of his accomplishments last night. Now, he knows Laurinaitis is trying to save his job by giving the ‘Universe’ a momentous first time match. No disrespect to Punk, but compared to what D-Bry went through last night, Punk isn’t much of a challenge.

Punk smiles, then says D-Bry is right, all Punk is is the best wrestler in the world, then shrugs.

D-Bry says that’s wonderful. That’s great. That’s fantastic. That’s truly excellent. But D-Bry is more than just a wrestler, he’s a role model! HUGE heat from the fans. He’s a vegan! He doesn’t even eat meat!

Punk says he knows all that, but since he brought it up, it begs the question – what exactly does he eat?

Joke? Punk makes more comments like that, D-Bry will take Punk’s pipe bomb and stick it where the sun don’t shine. D-Bry right up in Punk’s face.

Punk says they’ve known each other for a decade. They’re friends. Clown shoes is trying to cause problems. Why don’t they just give the fans a show. D-Bry’s the World Heavyweight Champion, Punk is the WWE Champion, let’s give them the best wrestling match in the world?

Sheamus’ music cuts them off and he comes out with a huge smile on his face! The fans goe wild for him as he comes to the ring. Sheamus asks them, what’s the story fellas? He doesn’t want to break up the love fest, but wants to remind people he won the 2012 Royal Rumble Match! He wants to remind them that at Elimination Chamber, they’ll both be defending their Titles. Just so Laurinaitis doesn’t feel left out, he could be fired! Loosen that tie up, yeah. He’s earned the right to be in the main event of WrestleMania. With a bit of luck of the Irish, he’ll be the next WWE, or World Heavyweight Champion. She in D-Bry’s face. He wishes them both luck. For Laurinaitis, he wants to leave him with a good old Irish saying. Goes like this – May Triple H kick you in the arse so hard, you’ll be throwing up your lace colored undies! Laurinaitis blushes. Erin go Bragh! Sheamus leaves the ring. Laurinaitis leaves the ring. D-Bry and Punk face to face. Punk extends his hand. D-Bry shakes it.

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WWE Rewind – Last month on Smackdown Wade and Orton fought, then up the elevator, then Orton was pushed down a flight of stairs.

Orton vs Dolph w/ Vickie

Josh is up in a box with Wade who has a vested interest in this match. Orton out and looks up at Wade. Orton into the ring, and Wade says last time they were one on one he put Orton out for a month, this week on Smackdown he’s going to do something much worse. Dolph out with his hood pulled over his eyes as Vickie follows.

Orton and Dolph lock up. Cole talks about Orton eliminating Wade in the Royal Rumble Match. Wade says it’s typical Orton to attack from behind when he’s dealing with seven other guys. One on one he has Orton beat. Dolph runs the ropes back and forth, over and under Orton until he stop just before eating a punch. Dolph shows off, poses. Side headlock on Dolph, takes him down and keeps the hold on tight. Shoulder block to Dolph. They talk on announce, then back up to Wade – split screen – asking if Wade has any regret for throwing Orton down the stairs? The only regret he has is leaving the building. He should have pushed him down more sets. Orton whipped and out with a clothesline. Dolph’s face bounced in a corner, then an upper cut. Dolph whipped, Orton eats an upper cut, then a drop kick that barely touched Orton’s back.

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Headlock on Orton on the mat. Orton to his feet, then slams Dolph back in a corner to get free. Dolph whipped, then feet in Orton’s face for two. Wade proved he’s better than Orton throwing him down the stairs, but Orton came back. He didn’t do enough the first time, so he will next on Smackdown. This whole time is split screen and I can barely see the match, and it’s a darn good match! Dolph tries to splash Orton, but eats corner. Clotheslines, but Dolph misses the scoop slam and hits a drop kick to Orton for two. Dolph pulls Orton up and hits a neck breaker, then Dolph with sit ups! Dolph stalks Orton.

Dolph up on the corner, but Orton knocks him down. Vickie upset, then screeching. Another blow to Dolph up there, then more! Orton up and easily hits his father’s signature superplex. Orton holds his head as soon as he lands as if he plowed his head into the mat. Orton pins for two. Orton on Dolph with blows that look stiff, then clotheslines and that slam of his! Dolph through the ropes, but Dolph in and locks on his sleeper! Vickie cheers Dolph on. Orton throws Dolph off! Orton up on the corner, but lounging the way Eddie and HBK were known to do. Dolph in at him and Orton rolls down Dolph and rolls him up for a long two. Dolph kicks Orton’s knee and takes Orton down hard, but only for two. King makes Freddy Kreuger comments about Vickie.

Dolph tries for his sleeper, but Orton free and clotheslines Dolph from the ring. Dolph sent into the barrier, then onto the apron. Orton in and hits his sick DDT on Dolph! Orton hears voices and pounds the mat. RKO and the three.

Winner – Orton

They keep referring to Orton as ‘The Apex Predator’, more than usual tonight. King and Cole talk about the matches and who is the next inductee into the Hall of Fame?

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Video

Promo for WrestleMania. 62 days away!

Video

Stills from Kane versus Cena last night at the Royal Rumble. Through fighting with Cena, then taking Ryder to the ring as Kane tombstoned Ryder. Eve was freaked out, Cena took a chokeslam.

Backstage Segment

Laurinaitis shaking hands with everyone he could find backstage, then runs into Regal and asks about his son. Regal says he has daughters, conjoined twins actually. Laurinaitis says 5th grade is such a hard year. Regal says he keeps them locked in the attic, actually. (Regal was hysterical in how he put all this across and Laurinaitis heard nothing of it.) A back slap and Laurinaitis is off. More handshakes to everyone and anyone.

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Funkasaurus vs Tyler Reks

Funkasaurus ‘Clayboys’ out in blue leopard outfits dancing, then Funkasaurus out in white. Reks already ringside for his squash match.

Reks into the ring. Lock up, then Reks thrown off. Elbow to the top of his head. Drop kick to Funkasaurus, then blows. Double axe handles to Funkasaurus, then Reks slammed to the mat. A forearm to his back, then Funkasaurus with his crossbody on Reks for three.

Winner – Funkasaurus

Funkasaurus dances with his Claymates (no clue who called them that in the Live Blog, but it works for me.)

Backstage Segment

Punk says to D-Bry that he is like Punk, underdogs who made it to the top. A word to the wise, Punk doesn’t think a lot of people know what a vegan is. D-Bry says a vegan is someone who doesn’t condone the slaughter of innocent animals. Eating meat is like putting poison in your mouth. Clogs your arteries. Every bite of meat, you should hear the screaming of innocent animals in agony and he doesn’t think a whole lot of peopleknows what straight edge is out there either. Punk knows what vegan is, D-Bry knows what straight edge is. He doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs, but unlike D-Bry, he doesn’t claim to be a role model. Punk puts his strap over his shoulder and says, “I’m just the best wrestler in the world.” D-Bry quietly says, “That’s how it is.”

Video

Promo for WWE’s nine new YouTube shows.

>Commercial

Champion vs Champion Match – Punk vs D-Bry

Punk to the ring to huge pop and all smiles. D-Bry out to less than loving fans, but still so full of himself and celebrating it the whole way to the ring.

They lock up. Side headlock on D-Bry. Pushes out and a sick shoulder block to D-Bry. D-Bry back with a drop kick. D-Bry rolls Punk over and locks Punk’s feet, then jumps slamming Punk’s knees to the mat. Blows back and forth, snap mare to D-Bry, then a kick to his back for two. Chinlock on D-Bry, knee to his back. D-Bry slammed to the mat. Punk misses a leg drop and eats a kick. Knee drop to Punk’s face. Another knee to Punk’s forehead. Fingers bent back, muscling Punk’s fingers around, then stomps on them. An arm hold on Punk. Punk lifts D-Bry up and over the top. D-Bry outside, then Punk lands on him. Upper cut to D-Bry, then to Punk, then D-Bry, then Punk, then D-Bry and Punk sent flying over the barrier! Punk crawls out of the bell area.

Both into the ring, kicks to Punk’s chest. Side headlock on Punk. Punk suplexes out. Punk to the apron and climbs with a flying clothesline for two. Backbreaker on D-Bry for two. Chop to D-Bry, then another. D-Bry reverses a whip, but Punk moves and D-Bry’s drop kick falls painfully flat. Punk pins for two.

Chinlock on D-Bry on the mat as Cole rips D-Bry apart verbally. D-Bry free, runs up the corner and flips over Punk. They both run the ropes and hit the nastiest double crossbody I’ve ever seen! They made my few guts I have left scream in agony! WOW!

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Punk on the mat, his face down, and arm wrenched back in an abdominal stretch. Punk free, but then into a fast snap suplex. D-Bry poses, then climbs. Punk hits the ropes and drops D-Bry painfully to his boy parts. Punk up and in D-Bry’s face with chops. Punk wrenches D-Bry’s head back, yells, Best in the world! in D-Bry’s face, then hits a hurricanranna! Both down and sore. “CM Punk!” chants. Blows then a kick to D-Bry’s gut. D-Bry runs the ropes and into a sloppy Punk kick to the chest. Clotheslines to D-Bry, the a swinging neck breaker. Punk is acting like his arm hurts, the one D-Bry had been working on. Cole then said Punk’s neck was hurt last night in his match with Dolph – something we were discussing in the Live Blog.

Running high knee, in what Cole calls ‘vintage’ Punk. Then the running bulldog, with the good arm, as Cole points out. Punk motions for GTS, but D-Bry reverses out and leaves the ring quickly shaking his head. Baseball slide to D-Bry. Punk’s head through the ropes, but a forearm to his face by D-Bry. D-Bry up on the corner and nails a missile drop kick for two. Both on the mat again. D-Bry is seething and kicks Punk in the chest a couple times, but gets rolled up quickly. Punk flips over D-Bry, then D-Bry rolls through. On the mat Punk pins D-Bry, but D-Bry kicks out. Sick kick to the back of Punk’s head, but Punk kicks out!

D-Bry pulls Punk up, then kicks to his chest in a corner, then sets Punk up top. D-Bry up, but then blows from Punk and D-Bry pushed back on the mat. Punk hits his Savage elbow and pins for a very long two. D-Bry up, but pulled back into a pin for two. D-Bry trying to lock on his la bell lock, but Punk counters and sends D-Bry into a corner for snake eyes! Kick to the back of D-Bry’s head and he falls to the mat in a heap. D-Bry on the apron and is pulled off by Jericho!

Winner – D-Bry via DQ

Jericho into the ring behind Punk. Punk turns into a code breaker! Jericho stares at Punk, real closely. Jericho to his feet still watching Punk. Then back to his knees watching Punk close. D-Bry on the floor is all excited and yelling about his win. With his strap D-Bry is crowing about his win, only because Jericho touched D-Bry first. Punk left in the ring holding his face. Jericho on the stage. Cole says they’re in Elimination Chamber together, but what else?

Video

Mike Tyson’s video for him being inducted into the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame – if there was a physical Hall of Fame. A nice video of Tyson and the issues with SCSA. VKM didn’t handle it well and it made news all over the mainstream media. At WrestleMania, Tyson turned on DX and joined Austin. Much later Tyson came back and joined DX against Jericho (I think).

In Ring Segment

R-Truth to the ring in shirt, tie, vest, looking fine!

>Commercial

Kofi vs Miz

R-Truth is at announce. Kofi out to the ring. Miz out with a mic. He says at the Royal Rumble Match, Kofi got a huge ovation and got social media buzz by doing a handstand! A handstand? Really? Really? Really? Really? Miz was the #1 entrant in the Royal Rumble and lasted over 45 minutes. Lasted longer than any other Superstar. Longer than five, four, five former Champions and two HOFers combined. His Road to WM has made a couple detours, but make no mistake about it, he will beat Kofi and every single other Superstar in the Elimination Chamber Match and will go on to headline WM. Because he’s the Miz, and he’s awesome.

Cole says R-Truth got got by Miz in the Royal Rumble Match. R-Truth says that Miz got got in the end. They lock up in the ring. Side headlock on Miz. Blows to Miz, then runs the ropes, but ends up with blows, then a kick to the face for two. Miz with blows on Kofi in a corner. Kofi comes out and whips Miz, but Miz moves and Kofi eats corner. High knee to Kofi, then Miz glares at R-Truth. Kofi rolls Miz up for two. Kofi slammed to the corner.

Miz’s clothesline in the corner as Cole gets up in Little Jimmy’s business, R-Truth isn’t happy. Cole says R-Truth talks about Little Jimmy all the time. R-Truth says he talks to Little Jimmy, not about him. Miz up and off the corner with a double axe handle. Chinlock on Kofi on the mat. Kofi to his feet and free, taking Miz down for two. Miz hits his sick kneeling DDT on Kofi, but only gets two.

Miz rushes Kofi in a corner, but then eats feet. Kofi climbs and off the top with cross body on Miz for two. More about Little Jimmy, but Cole can’t see him and R-Truth is confused as Little Jimmy is looking right at Cole. Kofi and Miz back and forth with reversals until Miz eats a corner, then trouble in paradise for three.

Winner – Kofi

Stills of Kofi’s handstand to save himself in the Royal Rumble Match.

Backstage Segment

Laurinaitis in his office, texting away. Otunga in, coffee in hand. Laurinaitis wants to know if Otunga has seen Trip. Otunga says no. Laurinaitis says he’s anxious. Laurinaitis gets worried that Otunga is after his job. Otunga likes his job as legal council to Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim RAW General Manager.

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Video

About Rocky and how his life has changed from that first night in the WWF. All over the world, but this is coming back home. It’s where he grew up, it’s in his DNA. He’s on Facebook and Twitter to touch people. Pictures of many magazine covers. He loves action, he says as he’s in an 18 wheeler in a movie stunt. Then talking about his movie and the pec pop of love. Him dancing as his mother talks about his heritage. Rocky at the graves of his grands. He talks up Grand Chief Peter Maivai.

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Video

More about the YouTube shows. WWE Inbox – asking questions of Superstars.

Divas Championship Match – Eve vs Beth (C)

Eve out to the ring in her orange/pink outfit, but selling her worry about Ryder. Beth out in black and pink.

Eve on Beth with forearms fast and hard. Eve pulled off Beth in the corner. Clothesline on Eve. Double chicken wing, glam slam and it’s over.

Winner – Beth

Eve left on the mat in tears, but then the lights turn red. On tron Kane asks Eve how it feels? How does it feel to know everything that happened to Ryder could have been avoided if he embraced the hate? Cena’s looking past Kane to the Rock, but he can’t beat Kane and he can’t beat the Rock. So Kane will continue to inflict as much pain upon Ryder as humanly possible until Cena embraces the hate. Tonight he’s going to use Eve as a conduit to do just that. Fire erupts from the corners, his music plays as she watches and shakes. She backs up, and up, then Kane is behind her on the apron. She screams and falls. Cena’s music and he’s there attacking Kane. Cena rolls out. Cena on Kane hard. Kane rolls from the ring, Cena after him. Kane in control up the ramp. Back down and Cena into a barrier. Kane into the stairs. Kane’s face into the stairs over and over. Off comes Cena’s shirt. He moves the top layer of stairs, then into Kane with them. Kane to the mat, women and children cheering him, Cena smiles. Kane up and Cena runs the stairs into Kane again. Cena yells that every time Kane gets up, Cena will knock him down. Another time with the stairs to Kane, then over to announce. He rips off the top, the monitors, then asks for a mic. The mic off Kane’s head, then Cena says, “We gonna party up in here!” (More like He-Auh with the Boston accent – not being mean, I have the same accent). Cena drags Kane to announce, then Kane elbows Cena and Kane gets free. Kane flees through the crowd as Cena yells at him. Cena into the ring all pumped up, then salutes. Cena’s waves his hand in front of his face.

Backstage Segment

Laurinaitis, plastic faced, is heading for the ring. He passes Kelly and Fox who laugh at him.

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In Ring Segment

Laurinaitis gets heat before Justin even announces his name. Laurinaitis then comes out to even more heat. Cole talks up Laurinaitis as he comes to the ring. The fans are singing Laurinaitis out even as he hits the ring. Laurinaitis says he’s been looking forward to this moment all week. Before Triple H comes out, he’d like to take this opportunity to say a few things. While most people may dread this situation because he knows what he’s done on RAW and knows that each and every one of us appreciated it. The facts are in the numbers. RAW ratings have been up versus a year ago. That’s the facts. In the WWE, during the review process, each employee has to do a self assessment. That means every employee will grade themselves from 0-5. Zero being the lowest, five being the highest, in certain areas. He gave himself a lot of fives. Here’s some examples – delivers quality results, he gave himself a five. Creative, artistic impressions (which he could barely get the three words out, as if they were so hard), he gave himself a five. Communicates effectively, a five! Teamwork, five! There’s many things he’s done very well, that’s why he thinks…

Triple H’s music and he comes out in a sexy suit, holds up a hand on stage, says five? off mic. Trip into the ring. Laurinaitis puts his hand out, Trip shakes his hand with a smile that barely held back a belly laugh, mocking Laurinaitis. The fans are wild for Trip. Trip says he gave himself a lot of fives, huh? Laurinaitis knows that’s a bigger number than four, or three, right? Laurinaitis, off mic, says he does. Trip says okay to that. Here’s the thing, forget his performance assessment, forget all that other stuff, this is really pretty simple. Trip’s been watching him for a while, because since he took this role… remember when Laurinaitis back-stabbed Trip and grabbed it? He thought Laurinaitis might do a good job, unlike anyone before him in this role, Laurinaitis is pretty much spineless and gutless. And Laurinaitis isn’t very swift. He didn’t think Laurinaitis would see the obvious grab for power in front of him, but Trip was wrong. See Laurinaitis isn’t much different from anybody else, well, he was quite worse than everybody else. So Laurinaitis didn’t just grab the power, he did the one thing he couldn’t quite do when he was in this ring as a competitor, he tried to use the role to make himself a star.

Laurinaitis stops Trip and says he really respects his opinion, respects Trip, but he’s got it all wrong. That’s not what he was doing.

Trip tried to stop Laurinaitis, but Laurinaitis says he did a lot of good things for RAW, Trip could ask the fans, he’s done all kinds of good things. Trip kept trying to cut in through all this, talking down to Laurinaitis like he’s a child who wouldn’t listen. Trip says to not lie and make it worse now. Don’t lie. Laurinaitis personally involved himself in a lot of things. Was Laurinaitis not just involved in the WWE Championship Match in the Royal Rumble?

Laurinaitis says he was, but… he was there to do the right thing!

Trip says he was involved. He put himself in the show week after week to the detriment of others, all to serve his personal agenda, to make himself a star.

Laurinaitis says to make RAW better.

Trip keeps calling Laurinaitis, Johnny. He says when VKM ran RAW, he let personal decisions cloud his judgment and had to be replaced. When Trip ran RAW, he let personal decisions cloud his judgment and he had to be replaced. Laurinaitis has let personal decisions cloud his already questionable judgment numerous times.

Hunter, please. Please, don’t do this. Please. Laurinaitis will do anything, anything to save his job.

Trip wanted to hear that again. Laurinaitis said he’d do anything to keep his job. Well, that’s a broad statement. That’s one of Johnny’s problem as an executive, he’s vague in his direction. Leaves a lot to interpretation. Anything! Anything! Wow, that’s really broad. He could make Laurinaitis do anything to keep his job. He could make Laurinaitis take a mic and apologize to every single person in the WWE ‘Universe’! Laurinaitis says he’s winning to do that. Trip says if the fans are willing to accept it, they believe it, he’ll reconsider his stance.

Laurinaitis says Triple H has just shown him some errors of his ways, letting personal situations cloud his judgment. This is the loudest heat I have heard in a very long time. Laurinaitis says there’s an old saying, to err is human, to forgive is divine. So he wants to take this opportunity right now, to apologize to each of the fans there and each and everyone of the ‘Universe’, if he’s offended anybody. Please take his heartfelt apology into consideration, I’m sorry. Wow, the heat!

Trip asks the fans what they think. Was that good enough for them? NO! Trip said he couldn’t hear Laurinaitis over the fans, but his lips were moving, so he was sure Laurinaitis was lying. So, he doesn’t think that would work. Anything, well, Laurinaitis wants to be a WWE Superstar pretty badly, what if Trip gave him that opportunity? What if Trip does what Laurinaitis did to Punk a few weeks ago and make a Gauntlet Match. Trip goes back there and asks for every WWE Superstar who wants to take a whack at Laurinaitis to come out and take a whack at him.

Of course Laurinaitis doesn’t like this idea. No, he’s not ready for that.

Trip says he’s right, it’s probably not fair. If only he had a good thing. Anything is so vague. This is a good one. This is one of those things where Trip thinks his father-in-law Vince McMahon is a certifiable genius! See, when Vince was in charge and he had an employee and he needed to see where his loyalty lies.

Laurinaitis says Trip knows where his loyalty lies.

Trip says when Vince need to find out for sure, he’d have that person become a member of a certain club. “Kiss my ass!” chants. Trip looks closely at Laurinaitis.

Laurinaitis says Trip knows he doesn’t have to prove his loyalty.

Trip disagrees with that.

Laurinaitis loosens his tie. “On your knees!” chants. Laurinaitis pulls out his Chapstick, puts it on, and gets on his knees! Laurinaitis closes his eyes and puckers in the center of the ring.

“You were really going to do it! You freak!” Trip’s smile was great, Laurinaitis wasn’t so happy. “What’s the matter with you? You even put Chapstick on for it? Good lord man! Seriously, you think I’d let those lips anywhere near me? I don’t know where those lips have been!” Trip tells him to get some personal help for that. He came out for one reason, to do what needs to be done. Personal issues in the past has clouded everyone’s decision making on the way up to this role. But the board, they see now that Trip’s put his personal issues behind him, and have made it clear that when Trip wants to come back, he can do it whenever he feels like it. So Johnny, at this time, it truly warms his heart to let Laurinaitis know, that he wishes Laurinaitis well in all…

GONG!

The lights go out. GONG! Lightening on the tron. Fire balls erupting on the stage. Taker’s music, smoke on stage and out comes Taker! Taker’s head is down. He stops. Taker raises his head, then starts for the ring slowly. Taker steps on the stairs. Waits. Trip is alone in the ring. Taker up on the apron and in. Taker swishes his coat behind him. He circles Trip who turns, not giving Taker his back. They stare. “Taker!” chants fill the arena. They continue to stare. Taker looks up at the WrestleMania sign, over Trip’s shoulder. Taker flamboyantly slides his thumb over his throat. Then more staring. Taker looks back at the WrestleMania sign. Then glares at Trip. Trip looks thoughtfully at Taker, then slaps him on the shoulder. Trip walks away. He leaves the ring. Up the ramp and Trip gets some heat. Taker looks at the sign. Trip stops on the stage for a moment, then holds the bridge of his nose, then leaves. Taker turns and looks up the ramp at where Trip had been.

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Daniel Bryan
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  • Dustyn

    Hmmmm. Did anybody else notice the disco ball hanging above the ring (thats what it looks like) I wonder who that could be used for?! lol

    • Dustyn

      Mind you I posted this before it happened, I should have said that in the first post. If has something at WM, I can only imagine what they will do for his entrance!

  • Chris Copeland

    Punk vs. Bryan vs. Jericho at Wrestlemania! Best in the world triple threat. Someone book it bc Bryan and Punk's match is amazing but if you add in Jericho, you have a match of the year main event!

    • H.M.

      Don't know why you got thumbs downed for that. While logically that match makes no sense, it'd be one helluva ride to watch.

      • Tomas

        While we're in Fantasyland, this is how you logically book it:
        Punk comes out and Calls Out Jericho.
        Jericho Comes out and runs down Punk for deriding Johnny Ace's creativity when he's been copying Jericho.
        Cue montage of Jericho referring to himself as BITWAWHD
        Punk and Jericho verbally spar only to be interrupted by D-Bry who points out that he is WHC and spent 10 years being called the BITW before either of them.
        Have 3 feud until EC where Punk and Bryan drop titles, probably to Miz and Big Show
        (I know, I know! I don't want to see Bryan drop it yet either, but as long as we're in masturbatory la-la-land territory we can pretend that WWE would know how to effectively book Bryan and keep him in the Main Event scene)
        Feud explodes after this as now there is nothing holding the 3 of them back.
        Culminates in a 3-Way dance (NOT A TRIPLE THREAT because sudden death doesn't prove who's best just who's luckiest) at Wrestlemania which makes Rock Vs Cena's match, and possibly even Undertaker vs HHH's as well, look like a blindfold match.

        Mind you, this will never happen.

  • Zach

    I knew Jericho would attack Punk the second Punk kept dropping the, “Greatest in the world” line.

    • Patrick_Peralta

      Bryan has been know as and called "The Best in the World" longer then Punk and Jericho ever mentioned it in WWE.

  • christopher525

    Best match since HBK vs. Taker at Wrestlemania, the first time. Awesome work. I don't even mind the broken up finish.

  • kyle

    So by the looks of it this wrestlemania could be one of the best in awhile.
    Rock vs. Cena
    Y2J vs. CM Punk
    Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
    Money in the Bank
    Kharma vs. Beth Phoenix
    Undertakers Streak Defended

    and then maybe some others but if they made ^^^ that apart of the card it would be a stacked card.

    • Mr. Love

      They won’t have $ in the bank at wrestlemania again just like last year most likely

    • Big Jim

      I'm assuming Punk is going to drop the title at the Chamber, because they're doing Punk vs Y2J and Sheamus will challenge for the WWE Title cuz he's on RAW

      • T-Boy

        Sheamus is a smackdown superstar

        • Wade

          The stip for winning rumble is choosing which title you want to go for

  • Me.

    Yep, HHH/Taker, take 3.

    • Mr. Love

      Boo that seriously, they didn’t acknowledge the first matchup until after wrestlemania and there match, give me Jericho or Seamus honestly I think those would be great matchups and could really elevate Seamus more if he puts on a hell of a match. But won’t happen because of the rr last night

  • khalkaroth

    *gong*

    Uh oh…

    • Patrick V

      * Lights go out*
      HHH is thinking O S***

  • LeftyTosser

    Was it my imagination or did the Undertaker have a pretty serious limp coming down the ramp? Has he had knee replacement recently? It appeared that he was favoring his left leg pretty seriously.

    • gibbons08

      I noticed that to! He was walking really weird especially when he was in the ring walking around Triple H

  • Shea

    Wrestlemania is going to be awesome this year. Possibly could be the best to date(:

  • Monty

    When undertakers music hit I had a huge smile. This could be one of the better wrestlemania 5 AAA matches. Y2j vs punk. Cena vs rock. Sheamus vs Bryan. Taker vs rock. And a money in the bank and few more

    • H.M.

      Taker vs Rock? Lol.

      • Patrick V

        What a fail

    • havoc525

      No MitB, seriously people, it has it’s own show, it will NOT be at Wrestlemania anymore.

  • havoc525

    Alright, I see how this goes. Triple H is going to be Undertaker from a few years back, Undertaker is HBK. Undertaker wants one more match, Triple H doesn’t, because he “knows it’s over” for Undertaker.

  • havoc525

    First off, MitB will NOT be on the card, has it’s own (pretty successful) PPV. Kong/Phoenix is likely. Undertaker/Trips is pretty much set. Bryan will likely drop the title in the chamber, Sheamus will challenge whoever takes it, Bryan will invoke his rematch clause for a triple threat at Wrestlemania (they ALWAYS seem to slip one of those in there). We all know Rock/Cena. Punk/Jericho looks very likely. Kane/Ryder might make it. Shaq/Show is most likely on. Still hoping for Dustin/Cody though. This leaves out Orton, Christian, Rey, Ziggles, Swagger, Barrett, and Kofi, although they’ll make it, somehow.

    • Joe

      They’ll all make it in the MITB match. It’s going to happen. They nixed this year’s PPV to add it to Wrestlemania. Check out the archives on here, check other sites, Google it of you want but it’s planned for Wrestlemania. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that PPV last, I was there. Lol

      • Mr. Love

        According to what wwe put out to its affiliates and what was posted here on the website
        WWE Money In The Bank – July 15
        The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
        Looks like they are having money in the bank huh

        • dawson

          no there not its tlc now for were the money in the bank ppv use to be and money in the bank is bk at wrestlemania and bragging rights in december u must not be looking properly

  • Jason

    Loved Bryan's speech about being a vegan as I am eating my fried chicken!

    • Kleck

      Good man!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405742243 Yurfelis

      Lets take a further look at this . Now I haven’t been nhicatwg WWE too much but, everytime I do I see Vince McMahon. I don’t buy this angle at all and here’s why. As much time and effort that Vince put in making the WWE the juggernaut compant that it is today, will never be fired from any position he has unless he wants to step down. I agree that Paul is the heir of the company after Shane decided to venture out on his own. Vince is torn between his on camera and backstage character. He’s been considering writing off his on-camera character since right before NOC ’07 but cancelled that angle the incident with Benoit. I think now he’s finally ready to pass his television persona to HHH, but he don’t want to be forgotten as the greatest wrestling promoter in the world. I’m pretty sure Vince loves to reminisce about the days when he was on commentary to his role today. Here’s my advice to Mr. McMahon, you WILL never be forgotten for making WWE a multi-million dollar company. Legends live forever!!!

  • DragonSupernova

    I just saw Raw and I have a feeling it won’t be Taker vs Hunter at mania the way Hunter told John boy that he can run raw no he has put all of his personal problems behind him and the way he patted Taker on the shoulder looked to me like his answer was not this time champ well that’s my opinion and what’s with the wig Taker was wearing I would like to see how he is going to wrestle with a wig lol

  • Brad

    I was not believing the rumors of undertaker being bald but after tonight, I am convinced that he is. He was so wearing a wig tonight.

    • Laterial

      Lol, so my eyes were not deceiving me!

    • @RatedMKD

      It definitely looked like he had more hair towards the front of his head than he's had in the last, oh, ten years or so, but I don't see how they can pull off a wig. It's not like he can wear anything to keep it in place while he's wrestling. He's been out long enough, maybe he got hair transplants/implants?

  • Ben

    Wm prediction
    Greatest at what he does(y2j) vs greatest in the world(cm punk) vs greatest show off dz but idk about the dz part yet but her will def be in wm this year
    Next I say randy vs Baret
    Db vs Shanous with big show involved in some way
    HHH VS the taker
    Obviously cena vs the rock I say cena as a power house half heel half baby face ad true heel turn at wm by screwing over the Rick
    I also say miz vs r-truth
    Kane vs ????
    Now we have to have Cody rhoads vs maybe his brother for the ic title
    And swagger vs Kingston
    Or maybe Cody vs swagger vs Christian
    And hopefully a money in the bank match
    What u all think

    • ricardovgv

      I really think you need to learn how to write in english, no offense.

    • Aly

      I think you have horrible grammar and your spelling is horrendous.

      • Mr. Love

        Did my 4 year nephew attempt to write that for you?

        • Patrick V

          I could write that better if I was sleeping.

  • Dave Barton

    If Cena is the new Hulk Hogan, does that make Ryder the new Brutus Beefcake?

    • Nick

      Reddit's great, isn't it?

    • Bigbdawg

      Sure does I bet they are having an affair like hogan and beefcake to

    • http://d Miles

      Haha like

      • brada 619

        dont even talk beefcake about ryder heʻs injered becouse of cena so he should be acting like hulk hogan to bad holgans on TNA

  • g123

    MITB ppv is no longer on the schedule, so it will be on the wrestlemania card.

    • gpturbo81

      July 15th. Las Vegas.

      • Zach

        No, mitb will be at wrestlemania this year. They will still be holding a July 15 ppv in Vegas, but the name for that show is changed, although it has yet to be announced what the name will be. Mitb will no longer be it’s own yearly ppv, and is going to it’s rightful place in WM.

        • Mr. Love

          Yes according to the wwe press release
          WWE Money In The Bank – July 15
          The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

          • havoc525

            No, no, we’re wrong, obviously. These people read about 15 different “newz” sites saying it was cancelled. WWE saying it is on the schedule doesn’t matter, they obviously don’t know that all those other sites have decided to cancel the pay-per-view and move it back to Wrestlemania.

  • http://thebadgersden.co.uk sdunne87

    I'm hoping that Triple H's No to taker stands and that Taker goes around the next few weeks challenging different wrestlers all of whom do the same as Trip and refuse knowing they don't have a chance. This would then leave The Undertaker with no more choices but to take on the only one crazy enough to step into the ring with him at Mania and thats Kane.

    Speaking of Kane, Creative dropped the ball big time tonight. I was hoping Cena would go a bit more crazy without the smirking and after putting Kane through announce; Kane would just lay there laughing at yet again making Cena go darkside again… Cena could have then looked at his hands and walked out upset… but no, we get the same old Cena and Kane running like a scared girl…. way to go.

    • brada 619

      kane was so scared and i know i hope taker and kane fight at wrestle mania i said dag da other day

    • http://d Miles

      Crazy enough? That would be Foley

  • Ben

    Why u all got to hate on my spelling I miss typed my bad this is my opinion not an English essay
    And I think Kane faced undertaker like twice if they do it again it will suck
    Like Richard says we need and up and coming wwe star

  • dave c

    Is it me or did trips seem to just shrug off takers challenge by patting him on the shoulder and walking away. I see the story line being that trips says wont do it and he put his personal feelings about taker behind him, leading to some disturbing taker promos goading trips into the match at wrestlemania

  • Mike

    Just had a thought re: something on Raw, and there's nowhere else to put it, so, here goes…

    The WWE has distanced itself from Chris Benoit for obvious reasons, yet they induct a convicted rapist with a penchant for biting human ears off into their Hall of Fame. I know Tyson has been integral in some storylines, but does it not seem a little incongruent?

  • @jblack424

    I hope hhh and taker don’t stand. Do a 8 man tournament with winner earning match. Wade miz kofi jericho truth ziggler kane and brodus clay. Have wade barrett kofi or miz face taker. I might honestly wait next day to youtube. And skip taker vs hhh I won’t watch again. A third match is if both men won one match. Hhh wins he is 1-2 and if taker has a wm match. I like to think taker has a chance to lose and it will elevate them. Younger guy or a established legend with miles still left. If hhh vs taker 3 happens I won’t watch wm and if hhh wins I’m done for good guareenteed.

  • Mr. Love

    Richard will you help with this? Are they having mitb @ wrestlemania?

  • Bertie

    Was I the only one who thought taker was wearing a wig? His head looked shaved!!!

  • Bertie

    How r they gonna go with taker n the wig????

  • Majd B.

    I hate Chris Jericho! Stabbed CM Punk in the back!!!!!! LOL

    • Kelly

      I like both! Y2J vs Punk @ WM! (hopefully)

  • Majd B.

    WTF D-Bryan!!! Meat is good for you!!! Think about it,it are the old animals used for meat not the babies!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you think D-Bry didnt have to say it please reply! LOL

  • Brandon Harris

    Who is Trip?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405728956 Kelly

    Vince will always be in power, but this is a snaoyara to his tv character.. Vince has been wanting to get off of tv for quite some time, and with Triple H taking the reins, he can maintain the duties on air, as well as go toe to toe with the wrestlers since he is in great physical shape. I think Vince’s tears were legit in a sense of things not ever being the same as they were before.