RAW Results 2/25/13 - Cena Takes Punk's Precious, But Gives The Fans So Much More!

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Pre-RAW Commercial

Cole talks about the big match between Cena and Punk, but also the big fight between Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman.
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January 28, 2013, McMahon was about to fire Heyman, but Brock came out and hit McMahon with an F5. That leads to McMahon's surgery and the fight with Heyman tonight. Punk pushed Cena into a match tonight to decide who will face The Rock at WrestleMania. Who will claim victory tonight and go on to face The Rock at WrestleMania.

In Ring Segment

McMahon walks out on crutches, moving really well for having his hip replaced only a couple weeks ago! Up the stairs and into the ring, more gracefully than many wrestlers in great health! He is in an eggplant colored suit. He likes to do things in a big way, and they're heading to WrestleMania. What better way to start RAW with a fight. He should do this on one crutch, no crutches, whatever. Give it up for the ultimate fighter, Heyman.

Always the showman, the great entertainer. For those who have children, here's a story you will be able to tell them time and again. A one legged man in an ass kicking contest. He's been waiting almost his whole life for this. McMahon has made him out to be a wimp on TV, a wuss, biggest wuss in the universe, and he assures McMahon that he's all man! McMahon has as much chance against him as Tony Romo leading the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. If McMahon thinks he'll take it easy on McMahon, he's out of his mind. McMahon drove every promoter out of business, including Heyman. McMahon bested the US Government, but assures McMahon, if they fight, Heyman is coming for everything McMahon has got. So, I just want to make sure, since you're dressed in your executive suit, does he want to make an executive decision? Before they fight, before Heyman does this to McMahon, he wants to say to McMahon's face...

Heyman makes an ungainly dive at McMahon's left leg, barely touching McMahon, but sending him sprawling on the mat, crutches flying. Heyman with a crutch in hand, held like a bat, and as soon as McMahon to his feet, Heyman slaps McMahon across the bum with the crutch. McMahon hits the mat again. McMahon uses the ropes to get to his feet for a second time. Heyman swings, but this time McMahon catches the crutch.

Heyman yells, but McMahon low blows Heyman with the crutch, then over Heyman's back. Of course Brock's music hits and McMahon looks really nervous. Brock heads to the ring, his eyes boring through McMahon. McMahon stands in the ring, but Heyman rolled out. It's just Brock and McMahon in the ring. Brock looks ready for a fight, steps toward McMahon. Triple H's music hits. McMahon carefully rolls from the ring as Brock makes a lame motion in his direction.

Trip out in jeans, his leather jacket and what looks like a new Trip t-shirt. After spitting his water, off comes the leather jacket and Trip heads for the ring. Trip dives on Brock and they brawl on the floor. Trip backed into the barrier and they throw punches back and forth. Brock head first into the post and he immediately grabs the top of his head. Brock has been busted open the hard way and is gushing fast!

Brock has a handful of blood, so Trip sends him into the post again. Brock to his feet, so Trip clotheslines him into the timekeeping area! Trip grabs a crutch and heads for Brock, but Brock back on Trip wityh a knee and some blows. Brock gets Trip up and hits an AA onto the table – but Brock hadn't moved the monitors or the shroud. The table didn't break, so Trip lays there for a moment in shock. Brock grabs Trip and rolls him into the ring. There's a huge smear of blood on the post where Brock hit it the second time.

Brock paces with the crutch in hand, blood gushing down his face and chest in rivulets. Brock turns and tosses the crutch back at McMahon. Both Cole and King get very silent at this. Brock reaches under the ring. Brock comes up with a chair and heads into the ring, but Trip grabs him and nails a sick spinebuster. Trip yells, and it looks as though he yells something including 'Mother Bleeper'! Trip nails Brock across the back with the chair, and blood splats out all over. Brock leaves the ring and backs up the ramp, but ends up with a smile on his face. The camera stays on the less-bloody side of Brock, but there's a lot of blood visible.

Backstage Segment

Ryback is heading for the ring.

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Recap of Trip coming out and getting into it with Brock. Cole talks about how Brock broke Trip's arm twice previously. They show Brock getting busted open, but they show more Trip than Brock and the blood all over the place.

Announce Segment

Cole wants us to Tout about Trip and Brock and use #WWEFightRightNow.

Ziggler vs Ryback

Ziggler, AJ and Big E are already at the ring. Ryback out to face them.

They circle. Ziggler ducks Ryback, then shows off. Ziggler behind Ryback, he reverses and takes Ziggler down fast. Ryback behind Ziggler and takes him down hard again. Ryback grabs Ziggler and carelessly slams him to the mat. Ziggler with a big drop kick on Ryback, but Ryback throws Ziggler while kicking out. Big E is watching outside while Ziggler has a front facelock on Ryback. Ryback throws him off, then clotheslines Ziggler. Ziggler flies at Ryback, but is caught in the air and slammed hard. A big chop to Ziggler in a corner. Ziggler into another corner and another chop.

Ziggler comes back with kicks. "Goldberg!" chants from many fans. Ryback gets Ziggler upside-down and slams him back into a corner.

>Commercial

Ryback with Ziggler up in a lovely delayed vertical, and Cole says he's been up for most of the commercial (about 3 minutes). Ryback holds him up for another 30 seconds or so before hitting the move. Ziggler rolls out, Ryback out after him. Ziggler tries to kick out at Ryback, but his foot is caught and he's tossed back. Ryback turns and eats a big clothesline from Big E!

Ziggler sends Ryback in and pins for two. Ziggler with a low drop kick on the back of a sitting Ryback's head, but Ryback kicks out almost sending Ziggler from the ring! Ziggler thrown off from Ryback, then again. Ryback into the post as Ziggler side steps, then Ziggler with a huge DDT for two!

Ryback ducks Ziggler, then Ziggler ducks Ryback, then Ziggler on Ryback's back with his sleeper! Ryback grabs Ziggler's head over his shoulder and sits down hard. Ziggler rushes Ryback in a corner, but is plowed through by Ryback! Ryback raises Ziggler high, then lets him fall.

AJ on the apron to distract, Big E up, but Ryback clotheslines him from the apron. Ziggler jumps on Ryback, but is thrown off. Ryback gets Ziggler up, marches, shellshocked for three.

Winner – Ryback (11:15)

Video recap of the high points – Ziggler running into the Ryback brick wall, Ziggler elevated high and dropped, then Big E knocked off the apron before Ryback finishes Ziggler. Ryback gets the fans chanting with him while Big E basically drags Ziggler up the ramp.

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Trailer for the Otunga and Halle Berry movie, The Call. I didn't see Otunga in that video.

In Ring Segment

Punk's music and he comes out in a black hoodie, kneels, then heads for the ring. After the commercial Punk is going to talk about his match with Cena tonight.

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Sweet & Spicy Slam

Cena and Punk in the ring talking smack and setting up for their match to see who will face The Rock at WrestleMania.

In Ring Segment

Punk has a small red circle drawn in the center of his taped hand that he holds up. He says tonight, on live TV, the world witnesses history. If you're lucky enough to be there live, tonight is a night you will tell your grandchildren about. A story that's been told for years leading up to this moment. It's the end as well as the beginning. People might think tonight is about an epic match between Cena and Punk. Tonight is epic, but it's not about Cena. As much as you want it to be, it's not about The Rock. He can stand out here and point at that sign because the winner goes to WrestleMania. But tonight isn't about WrestleMania. Tonight isn't even about the people. (heat for this.) As near and dear, it's not even about the WWE Championship. Tonight's about the one thing more important than the Championship, more important than WrestleMania, it's about the future. What's more important than The Rock, than WrestleMania! Tonight is about ME!

Tonight is about the single most important Superstar of this era and those past. It's about me ascending to the level I was born to be at, to take my place at the showcase of the immortals in the main event. I've held my precious WWE Championship longer than anyone has in decades. I and I alone, with these two hand have beaten Cena when it's most important more times than I care to remember! I have pinned the almighty Rock, not once, but twice, in four weeks! I am the best in the world! I am the best in the world, and the best in the world has earned his place to go to WrestleMania in the main event. I am not just a Superstar, no, I am an icon that walks among Superstars. I am the one they look up to. You're in the presence of greatness on two feet!

I am not just a human being, I am a mortal, I am immortal. I'm the greatest, best in the world, greatest of all time. A legend, an icon, the best, the greatest, and in this world you all inhabit, I, I am god! Punk drops his mic, throws his hands out and sneers at the fans. As he leaves the ring he again yells, "I am god!" off mic.

Announce Segment

King is disgusted by Punk's last statement. They go on to talk about those being inducted into the WWE HOF this year. They go on to talk about who will be inducted in The Celebrity Wing – Donald Trump. They show video of Trump and his involvement with the WWE. Cole, McMahon, and others talked up Trump. WrestleMania IV and WrestleMania V were both hosted by Trump. Battle of The Billionaires. Many people weighed in on who would lose their hair. Trump and McMahon scuffled outside the ring as Lashley and Umaga (RIP) wrestled in the ring. Lashley won, McMahon's head was shaved.

Backstage Segment

Khali and Henry, split screen, heading for the ring.

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Henry vs Khali

Henry and Khali are already in the ring and the bell sounds.

Khali into a corner, but gets a foot up. Khali with chops on Henry, then Henry pushes him off. More chops on Khali, then head butts. A big chop to the top of Henry's head. Henry rolls out. Khali goes out and sends Khali into the post. Khali rolled in, Henry in after him. Henry splashes Khali in a corner, then picks him up easily. WSS on Khali for three.

Winner – Henry (1:23)

Video recap of the end of the match. Henry on the ramp yelling that he didn't go nowhere!

Announce Segment

Cole sets up for Marine 3: Homefront, and they show a sneak peak of Miz in his new movie. They show an action scene with King and Cole talking about how excited they are.

In Ring Segment

Miz is heading for the ring.

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Fandango.

Miz TV

Miz is in the ring in a purple plaid suit, ADR, Ricardo, Zeb and Swagger are all around him on his set in the ring. Miz's first mic doesn't work. He then gets one and says they normally start with hype, but they're jumping right in. Miz announces his guests who get the appropriate heat and pop. Miz starts with Zeb and Swagger. There's been controversy and a lot of videos, but now they can say these things to ADR's face.

Zeb says he was looking forward to talking to Glenn Beck, but since he chickened out, he will talk to Mr. Del Rio. Let's get to the chase, and since we've not been formally introduced, my name is Zeb Colter, this is Jack Swagger, we are real American. Fellow citizens, fellow patriots, fellow Americans, we have a problem in this country. We have 11 million undocumented workers in this country. I call them undocumented because the politically correct crowd refuses to call them what they really are, illegals. They want to reform the system. They want to grant amnesty to those 11 million and put them on the path of citizenship. I don't know if you've looked around, but real Americans have a tough enough job finding work. Those people sneak across our borders and take our jobs, medical services, our resources and stifle our productivity. What they do is, you and you people drain us.

ADR tries to say something, but Zeb cuts him off, tells him that he was talking, but Miz jumps in and says to wait a minute, he's the host and would like to hear what ADR has to say. Let's reverse the roles, how hard is it to achieve citizenship in Mexico?

ADR says... Zeb gets all mouthy, but Miz cuts him off and says he was talking to Alberto, Zeb! ADR says it's okay, let the man talk.

Zeb says he doesn't understand why anyone would want to become a citizen of Mexico, but it takes ten years, correct? Ten years to become a citizen because it's paperwork, pay this guy off, bribe him. Let me tell you, what nobody in this building knows, a foreigner cannot own land in your country, correct?

ADR simply says, yes.

Zeb asks what ADR is afraid of. What's wrong with you and your people?

Don't disrespect my people!

No, when I talk, you listen! Let me tell you something, I want you to calm down, I want little sling blade (Ricardo) to calm down, but I don't want you to think this is personal, because it's not. It's what ADR represents. You know what you represent? Success! The American dream. Any you encourage millions of illegals to sneak over to that dream. For all those millions, there's one ADR success story. For all the millions that fail, they forget to leave this country. That's exactly what they do! If you think we're going to let this happen, we're not. You know what we call people illegally in this country, forget all the politically correct crap and call them what they are, criminals.

ADR won't take any more of this and is pissed! You're through talking! You're time to talk is over! Now it's time for you to shut up! (Zeb looks absolutely shocked that ADR would say this to him.) like we say in Mexico... (Sorry!) America doesn't belong to you or me, it belongs to everyone. He's no different from him, her or you, or you, big mouth. You two descend from immigrants. They want to provide their families with a better life. It's the land of opportunity. You work hard and anything is possible. ADR is living proof of that. You think that you two can come out here and bully everyone and hide behind the Constitution. Two weeks ago he didn't know about them. He heard about people like them, but had never met one. Unfortunately now I have. I've been saying this for weeks, I don't like bullies. If you have a problem with ADR and have the cajones, why not make us leave, right now. Off comes ADR's jacket and the fans are chanting for him.

Swagger says, we will see you at WrestleMania. We, the people. Zeb behind the sofa and out. Swagger also leaves the ring, backing out and keeping eye contact. Zeb, Swagger and Glenn Beck are all trending on Twitter right now.

Backstage Segment

Orton heading for the ring.

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During the break Zeb cut off Miz about the bias and prejudice on Miz's show. Swagger then attacked Miz from behind.

Orton vs Cesaro

Cesaro in the ring waving the American flag. Orton out to face him.

They lock up. Cole wants to wear the puke yellow blazers for Old School RAW next week. Side headlock on Orton. Orton with blows and pushes out. Orton under and over Cesaro, then puts out an elbow. Orton with a throw on Cesaro for two. Upper cuts on Cesaro. Trip Tweets for the first time and isn't in the mood to play games. Cesaro picks up Orton and tosses him for two. Orton grabs the shoulder after landing on it again. Cesaro rakes his laces over Orton's face. "Randy!" chants as Cesaro with upper cuts after upper cuts. Orton whipped, but comes out with a clothesline, then another. Orton's power slam and Orton sucks up the love. Cesaro on the apron, but hangs Orton up top! Orton comes back with a back breaker, but rushes into Cesaro's high knee. Cesaro off the corner, but right into an RKO for three.

Winner – Orton (3:02)

Recap of Orton's RKO from all angles.

Backstage Segment

Bryan says Orton's impressive. Bryan wants to let it all go. Bryan says he can beat these guys by himself, blindfolded, Kane can stay in the corner. Kane says he can do it with one hand tied behind his back.

Vickie in with Maddox talking over her. Team Brickie wants to see Team Hell No versus Prime Time Players, Kane with a hand tied behind his back, Bryan blindfolded. Maddox and Vickie talking all over each other, seeming to annoy each other, but really loving it all.

Announce Segment

Cole talks about Michelle Obama and Jack Nickolson. Cole talks about A Few Good Men, WWE style. It's Cena grilling JBL from that series of commercials they did for WrestleMania 21. Cena was grilling JBL about Orlando Jordan and Basham Brothers. They show the whole commercial, WOW! At WrestleMania 21 Cena beat JBL for his first WWE Championship reign.

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Announce Segment

Cole and King talk about Touting again.

In Ring Segment

Sheamus out in a beautifully cut black three piece suit, white shirt, black tie. Out to the ring and not moving like he's in a suit. He asks the fans how they're doing. Everybody knows him as a friendly arse kicking WWE Superstar, but he's an avid movie fan. He missed the Oscars due to traveling, but when he got to the hotel, he popped open a cold one and watched the reports and he was very unhappy with what he saw. It's wasn't Afflecks' speech, Laurence's dive, or if MacFarlane was funny or not. I have a problem with the academy overlooking one of the greatest actors of the 21st century, Wade Barrett. It's true, he really is that talented. Sheamus shows the trailer for Dead Man Down again.

Looks like a great movie, right? He cannot wait to see it. He wants to show another trailer that shows Barrett's acting skills. Video and Barrett is standing there behind Farrell looking mad. Look how Wade captivates the silver screen. He didn't even realize Farrell was in the match until someone told him! Honestly, look at Wade there, so inspiring, so, so, out of focus. Look at his face. They say it's all in the face. Tom Hanks wishes he could have got Forrest Gump that good. Look at it! Honestly, he sat through the movie on the end of his seat, waiting for Barrett to say something, but he didn't, he just stood there doing absolutely nothing! Look at him.

Barrett's music hits and he comes out laughing. Barrett says we all know the Irish love to call it green, don't we? It's never been more appropriate than right now as we see the envy coming from Sheamus' pores. He can come out here and the fans all eat it up, but Sheamus can't hide the fact that he's jealous of me! You're jealous of the fact that I'm about to become a huge global movie star. Starring in a huge blockbuster. Tomorrow night I won't need a fake red carpet when I attend the premier tomorrow, but Sheamus will have to return that cheap tux and drown his sorrows in a cheesy Irish pub.

Sheamus says Wade is right, he will return the tux and hit the local bar. And Barrett will be on the ref carpet, but there will be a lot of paparazzi there, make sure they get your good side. But looking at that nose, you haven't got a good side. Sheamus ducks Barrett's flying fist, then Barrett ducks the brogue kick. Barrett says he has a premier tomorrow, so not tonight. Sheamus' music plays and the fans love him.

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Rhodes vs R-Truth

Rhodes and his love-stache are in the ring. Sandow is on announce in a lovely suit talking about his best friend. R-Truth out to face him. Video of Sandow attacking Kofi last week, then R-Truth came running out and got into it.

They lock up. Side headlock on Rhodes who pushes out and eats a shoulder block. R-Truth dances, then slaps Rhodes. Rhodes cowers in the corner, then is whipped. A poke to R-Truth eyes, then Rhodes on R-Truth. Rhodes kicks R-Truth's leg, then forearms on R-Truth. Cole and King talk about Sandow's bromance with Rhodes. Rhodes chokes R-Truth in the ropes. Snap mare on R-Truth into a full nelson on the mat. Sandow says, "Cody is a grown man and can name his mustache what he'd like." R-Truth with one of his flying scissor kicks for three.

Winner – R-Truth (2:22)

Sandow in, but R-Truth saw him coming and took care of him easily. Sandow's jacket and tie come flying off on the ramp as he's furious.

Announce Segment

Cole talks about Zeb and Swagger on YouTube. They show their 'Jobs' video. Miz will face Swagger later tonight.

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Bryan (blindfolded) & Kane (one hand tied behind his back) vs Prime Time Players

The ref is readying Team Hell No for this match.

Bryan yells at Kane to get out. Bryan finally find someone and grabs him, but it's the ref. O'Neil wants Bryan to get a DQ for it. Young blows his whistle, as does O'Neil, to distract Bryan. O'Neil takes Bryan down. Young in with a lovely suplex on Bryan. O'Neil tags in. Bryan slammed into the corner, then suplexed on the mat. Kane yells at Bryan to move, so Bryan avoids the elbow drop. Outside Bryan attacks Kane. Bryan back in, but drops and Young shoulder first into corner. Kane yells at Bryan to get over there. Kane close enough and tagged in. Kane is all over that ring, takes Young down over and over with clotheslines and elbows. O'Neil rushes in, but is taken down with a foot. Chokeslam on Young for three.

Winners – Team Hell No (3:31)

The shroud is removed and they celebrate, then argue.

>Commercial

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Recap of the fight between Heyman and McMahon, then into Brock and Trip fighting, and bleeding.

Announce Segment

Cole is still calling for Touts.

In Ring Segment

The Shield heading for the ring. Rollins grabs mics. Ambrose says it gets worse before it gets better. It will get worse, a lot worse. There will be no peace in WWE until there's justice and honor. Their The Shield, the most dangerous until in this industry and that makes many back there uncomfortable. They're there to shatter their comfort zones. They can keep trying to take The Shield out, assemble any super team you want, create an army, but they can't stop them from doing what they came to do.

Reigns says to bring that army, stack every odd in the world against us. We're going to fight, and we're going to win. We're going to win every time. If you don't believe in The Shield, justice will hunt you down and grind your bones to dust!

Rollins says, at TLC, in one of the most brutal matches in the history of this company, we defeated Team Hell No and the neanderthal Ryback. At Elimination Chamber we did something no one on planet earth thought we could. We solved the Cena problem. We defeated the super hero squad of Cena, Ryback and Sheamus and if that isn't warning enough, that washed up, has been, wannabe rockstar Jericho still wanted to stick his neck out for Sheamus and Ryback. He stuck it out an inch too far, and I put my knee there and I dropped him. Just like we dropped every single person who have come before us. We dropped Sheamus and Cena. Anyone else who wants to step up and...

Sheamus' music and out to the stage he comes. You want a fight tonight? Why don't you come up here and fight me? You don't have the stones? I'm up here and not going nowhere!

Ambrose and Reigns leave the ring and head up toward Sheamus, but then suddenly Orton is in the ring with an RKO on Rollins! The other two flee back as Orton goes up through the stands and Sheamus heads backstage. "Randy!" chants as he stands up in with the fans. Sheamus comes back out as Orton's music hits and The Shield seethes in the ring.

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Promo for Old School RAW next week.

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Recap of Sheamus and Orton getting the upper hand over The Shield.

Swagger w/ Zeb vs Miz

Swagger and Zeb in the ring waiting. Miz out to face him. Video recap of Zeb and Swagger attacking Miz after Miz TV.

Miz right at Swagger with blows. Miz elevates Swagger up and out. Swagger on the apron and eats a drop kick. Miz off the apron, but eats a belly-to-belly. ADR and Ricardo watching backstage. "We, the people!" yells Swagger. Back in the ring a blow to Miz's back. Miz whipped and Swagger splashes him. Swagger with another splashing knee on Miz in the corner. "Let's go Miz!" chants. Swagger on Miz on the mat, but Miz up. Forearm blows to Miz. Miz kicks at Swagger, but is taken down with a drop kick. Swagger stomps Miz and grinds his foot into Miz's sternum. Miz slammed to the mat. Swagger bomb on Miz for two.

Cole talks about how JBL thinks Swagger is brainwashed by Zeb. Arm bar on Miz as the fans start to chant for him again. Miz up and throws some blows. Back and neck breaker on Swagger and both are down. King says Zeb looks like JR, but Cole defends JR, says he doesn't believe what Zeb does. Swagger slams Miz to the mat for two. Miz fights back from a corner, blows on Swagger, but telegraphs and ends up kicked and clotheslined. Miz with a big boot on Swagger, then big running clothesline in a corner. Miz climbs and off the top, but only gets two for it.

Swagger blocks a big boot, Miz comes back with a sunset on Swagger for two. Miz ends up hung up in the ropes by one foot. Miz screams and Swagger attacks, but finally the ref frees Miz. Swagger back on that leg. Both are down, but Swagger is stalking Miz, taunting him. Patriot lock and Miz taps.

Winner – Swagger ( 7:11)

Swagger finally lets go, then celebrates with Zeb in the ring, pointing to the WrestleMania sign. Video recap of the high points of the match. We, the people! Swagger keeps yelling over and over.

Announce Segment

There's Sonic food delivered to announce. King doesn't want to share, though I'm not sure he should be eating fried foods.

Video

Recap of The Rock unveiling the new WWE Championship Match. Cena came out, but then Punk came out and attacked from behind.

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Video

Trip Touts that he's sure. The ass kicker is back. Will Brock just stand around and bleed, or will he do something about it?

Video

Recap of Brock coming to the ring, then Trip coming out and busting him wide open. Cole actually admits that McMahon and Trip set Brock up for this. King says 18 stitches, or staples, to close Brock up. You can see it on the WWE App. They go to Touts from the fans. Some fans love that Trip is back, others say Brock will retire Trip.

Backstage Segment

Josh is with Cena. Cena says there's a buzz in the air tonight. They're moments from thunder dome in Dallas. Two men will enter and one man will leave with a chance at immortality. WrestleMania hanging in the balance. Cena faces Punk. Punk says Cena can't win the big one. Punk who says asking for this match is the stupidest move Cena made in his career. The man who says he deserves WrestleMania, not Cena. He asked for this match to prove Punk wrong. Punk talks about the 434 days, Cena had it for 380 days, been to the mountain top ten times. None of that matters. No excuses, no second place. Tonight you win or step aside. Cena asked for this match to prove Cena's back. He doesn't know what The Rock is cooking, but Cena's serving humble pie for all his critics and he hopes they're hungry. If hustle, loyalty and respect means something, the world will know their time is up, and our time is now!

Video

Cole sets up for Jericho's Robot Combat League, and they show a video about the show.

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Announce Segment

Cole and King talk about Taker returning in Waco this past weekend.

Cena vs Punk – winner face The Rock for WWE Championship at WrestleMania

Punk out to the ring in his normal way, then on his knees on the mat waiting for Cena. Cena out to face him. Justin into the ring to announce each of them. Punk shows off his tape and X's. Cena actually gets some decent pop.

Dueling chants for Cena as Punk and Cena lock up. They muscle back and forth. Side headlock on Cena, takes Cena down, keeps the hold. Cena finally free, flips Punk to the mat. They scrabble around, but and forth on the man. Punk to the ropes, so Cena has to let Punk free. They lock up. Side headlock takeover on Cena. Punk keeps the hold on. Punk runs the ropes over and under Cena, then into a hip toss. Punk rolls out to regroup.

>Commercial

Body drop on Punk, then a fisherman's suplex. Punk sidesteps Cena and Cena eats corner. Elbows to the back of Cena's neck. Neck breaker on Cena for two. Punk with head scissors on Cena on the mat. The fans get clapping a bit, but not much more until Cena gets to his feet with Punk still wrapped around his neck. Electric chair. Punk rushes Cena in a corner and eats feet. Running bulldog on Punk for two.

Front facelock on Punk on the mat. They say Cena is 245lbs, but when announcing him he was 251lbs! 6Lbs in 8 minutes, not bad! Cena runs into a heel kick for a long two. Chinlock on Cena on the mat. Chants for Cena, mostly women and children as Cena to his feet and punches free. Cena telegraphs and is kicked. Shoulder tackle from Cena, but Punk ducks the second one and Cena ends up flying from the ring. Punk with a suicide dive through the ropes on Cena. Cena rolled back into the ring.

>Commercial

Abdominal stretch on Cena. Cena free, but both moving slow. During the commercial was a sick DDT from Cena. Cena with a couple shoulder blocks, but then Punk reverses into an anaconda hold, but then Punk's shoulders down, so he let go. Swinging neck breaker on Cena for a long two. Punk calls for the GTS, but then Cena grabs Punk's leg. Punk to the ropes, then off the top rope with a big clothesline for a long two.

Punk on the apron, launches off the top rope, but runs into Cena's reversal and Cena locks on the STF. Punk, somehow reverses into the anaconda! Cena counters and reverses into the STF. Punk rolls over and pins Cena for two. Cena has to let go. Both men are left gasping on the mat.

They exchange blows, really selling each blow. Upper cuts, forearms, then a head butt from Punk. Blows from Cena, then a kick from Punk. Back slam on Punk, but then Punk gets Cena up, Cena counters. Punk then counters and pins Cena for two. High knee is 'vintage' Punk. Cena ducks the running bulldog, but Cena slams Punk and hits the 5 knuckle shuffle. Punk up for the AA, but Punk free. Cena hits a POWERBOMB on Punk for a long two.

Both men are down, the ref checks on Cena as they replay the bomb. Cena climbs, struggles to get up there, takes way too long, waiting for Punk to get up there with him. Forearms to Cena's head. Punk up there, grabs Cena. Cena powers Punk and head butts knocking Punk to the mat. Cena's huge leg drop on Punk for two!?

Again both men are on the mat struggling to gain their breaths and control. Punk kicks Cena in the back of the head, but Punk is struggling to stand straight. Again that high knee on Cena, but Cena comes out with an AA! Cena pins, but Punk kicks out! Punk rolls out, Cena out after him. Punk sends Cena face first into the same post Brock hit. The ref has been counting the whole time they were out. Punk back in, but Super Cena makes it back at 9!

Punk gets Cena up, GTS, but Cena kicks out. The fans are wild, and even Cole and King are in shock! Cena counters Punk and locks on the STF. Punk is screaming, about to tap, but then Punk starts to crawl, struggles and makes it to the ropes. Cena has to break the hold.

Cena heads for Punk, Punk kicks Cena's knee out, then hits a sit down PILEDRIVER on Cena, but only for two! Punk keeps trying, but only gets two each time. Clear and loud dueling chants for Cena. Punk climbs, points, but Cena moves and avoids the Savage elbow, then Cena hits a hurricanranna on Punk! An AA and Cena gets the three.

Winner – Cena (26:50)

Cena stands up looking a bit shocked by the whole thing. The ref raises his arm, but then Cena to his knees, the WrestleMania sign over his shoulder. Video recap of so many high points in this jaw dropping match, including the hurricanranna! Cena looks like he's about to cry seeing his face on the tron with The Rock going to WrestleMania. Cena up the ramp, still looking really shell shocked from that awe inspiring match.

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Normally I don't say anything here, just wait for the RAW Is Blogged, but I cannot hold my tongue after what we just witnessed. That was one of the best matches the WWE has put on in... possibly since WrestleMania. That was more than a PPV level match, that's a match that would have me cheering during WrestleMania. I'm going to watch it again tomorrow for the sheer pleasure of watching it. That was so good, so exciting, so well executed, and so much fun that my hands are shaking. Normally I'd be bouncing around in my seat, but trying to get every word down for you kept me in my seat and focused. Hopefully you enjoyed it as much as I did, and have some restored faith in Cena's ring work, as I also do. Tomorrow's RAW Is Blogged is going to be so much fun after such a great match.

KB

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