Cole talks about RAW being sold out and the biggest RAW of the year. The Rock, Brock, Cena, Trip, HBK, Punk and Taker all live on RAW tonight!
At WrestleMania Trip will face Brock. Before Trip puts his career on the line, his best friend HBK returns the first time since Brock broke his arm. Punk brought the wrath of Taker (clips from last week). The Rock is being tested by Cena (clips from the end of raw). As WWE rolls through DC, how will they all respond going forward, live, tonight?
In Ring Segment
Cena's music and he gets a lot more heat that pop, can easily be heard over the music. Cena looks shocked as he says 6 days away before heading to the ring. King says this is more than usual (the heat), as he laughs nervously. JBL is on announce with King and Cole.
Cena's music ends to serious heat as he looks around. "Cena sucks!" chants can be barely heard. Cena says he stands in the middle of a house divided. Ironically enough in DC. The home of the Democrats and Republicans. Tonight's arena filled with Cenacrats and Rockpublicans. All eyes focused on WrestleMania! It's no locker room secret that they don't like each other. But I respect The Rock for the global Superstar he is, and the WWE Champ. Last year at this time I'd have made a rude question about The Rock about his passions and commitment to the WWE. The Rock would come down and throw my shirt in a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Those childish games are over because we all know this is much bigger. The Rock is the holding, defending WWE Champ. The Rock has come back and done what he said he'd do. The Rock has conquered it. Tonight I'm not going to waste my time talking about Dwayne's Johnson. This Sunday at WrestleMania I step in the ring with The Rock, a man I believe is the greatest WWE Champ of all time. That paints impossible for Cena at WrestleMania. Like winning the Royal Rumble 2013 was impossible The Rock is The Great One, but The Great One will fall! The Rock's time is up, my time is now! At WrestleMania, the WWE 'Universe'...
"Cena sucks!" chants fill the arena.
The WWE 'Universe' will get a moment they never thought possible. The Rock has accepted failure before, but this won't be like his previous failures. This won't stay in the locker room. I had to deal with it for a year and watch The Rock usher in The People's Era! I had to sit behind the curtain and watch The Rock debut a new WWE Championship, his WWE Championship. A Championship that defines his WWE legacy. He said he'd been WWE Champ as long as he pleases. But on that night The Rock shined up that size 13, turned it sideways and stuck it straight up and in his own mouth. At WrestleMania, I, we get absolute redemption and dominate 2013, and The Rock's first defense, The Rock will lose it! The People's Era will remain, the 'Universe' will remain, but The Rock will experience failure (fans are getting quiet and bored). The Rock will wake up every single day and talk to the millions, and millions and every single time the WWE is even mentioned he will deal with the failure that the Championship intended for him, is defended by me (the fans are getting quieter and quieter – less heat, less reaction, more boredom). I have no intention of replacing the new WWE Championship and want to hold it as a symbol, not only...
Cena takes in the fans. As a symbol that I'm not only The Rock's equal, but that I'm better than The Rock. (heat) This Sunday I will shock the world Jack, and this Sunday The Rock will know that it may have been made for him, but the Champ is here! Cena drops the mic to heat, but nothing like what he came to the ring to. Cena salutes the mic and leaves the ring.
Cole asks us to Tout who will win the main event at WrestleMania – meaning The Rock vs Cena. King Touts as Cole holds his phone. King goes with The Rock to win.
Orton, Sheamus and Big Show heading for the ring.
Orton & Sheamus & Big Show vs 3MB
3MB in the ring playing air instruments. Orton, then Sheamus out. Big Show comes out and joins them on the stage before they head to the ring together. Video recap from Smackdown where Orton, Sheamus and Big Show won, but then The Shield tried to attack, but the team left the ring and went into the stands after The Shield.
Slater kicks Orton, is whipped, floats over and eats a clothesline. Suplex on Slater, then Sheamus tags in with a battering ram. Slater whipped but gets an elbow up. Sheamus telegraphs and is kicked for it. McIntyre tags in, on Sheamus, but takes a power slam to the mat. Slater and Mahal distract and McIntyre with a sick missile drop kick on Sheamus. Mahal tags in with a swinging neck breaker for two.
Slater in with blows. JBL says 3MB can't even play a jukebox. Slater on Sheamus, but then runs into an Irish curse backbreaker. Big Show tags in with clotheslines. A splash in the corner, then shoulder tackle to Mahal. Slater and McIntyre in for clotheslines, but Big Show throws Slater into an RKO, McIntyre into a brogue kick and gives Mahal a chokeslam for three.
Winners – Orton & Sheamus & Big Show (3:05)
The Shield's music and they come part way down. Ambrose congratulates them on that victory and celebrate now, because at WrestleMania The Shield won't leave them with anything to celebrate. They'll be flat on their backs wondering where it went wrong. Rollins says they can convince themselves and these ignorant foolhardy people that they're all on the same page, but unfortunately for them justice never lies, and we know the truth. Reigns says the truth is, the three of you on the same page? Come on. These people didn't want to believe in you, but your team is phony. At WrestleMania the whole world will believe in The Shield.
Earlier Zeb and Swagger in DC. Zeb talks about us trying to form a prosperous nation. Like Ricardo's ankle, it's broken. Swagger says the people have become weak. Our borders are broken and violence is up. It's time to stand up and say no more. In six days, WrestleMania world change is coming. I'm not only breaking the champ's ankle, but also those who have destroyed the American dream. ADR will witness change as I stand over you as the new WHC. If you don't like that, then you don't deserve to be real Americans. Welcome to Jack Swagger's America. "We, the people!"
Striker asks ADR about that. ADR talks about the freedom of speech. Swagger can say what he wants, but if I don't like it, I can do something at WrestleMania. I don't know why Zeb is challenging me. He's nothing but a big fat pinata with a mustache.
In Ring Segment
Bryan and Kane to the ring.
Bryan w/ Kane vs Ziggler w/ Big E & AJ
Ziggler, Big E and AJ are already in the ring. McMahon is on Twitter!
Arm bar on Ziggler. Ziggler stomps on Bryan's foot, then arm bar on Bryan. Ziggler lands on the mat. Bryan run the ropes and catches Ziggler's flying attempt. Ziggler ends up eating the top buckle hard! Bryan on Ziggler's face with forearms. Bryan whipped, runs over the top and then takes Ziggler down. Bryan tries for his "NO!" lock, but Ziggler to the ropes. Bryan with some kicks, then ties Ziggler up on the mat, then slams Ziggler's knees to the mat as AJ looks on pissed. Ziggler fights back with a neck breaker. Drop kick to the shoulder of a sitting Bryan for two.
Ziggler on Bryan with blows in a corner. Ziggler runs Bryan's face on the top rope as they show Big E watching. Bryan hangs over the top rope locking Ziggler into a tarantula type move. Bryan lands outside after the break, and face to face with Big E. they stare. It's distraction enough outside that Bryan goes in and eats a famouser.
Ziggler is standing on his head while having Bryan in a hold on the mat. Ziggler slams his body back on the mat yelling at Bryan. Bryan whipped, gets his feet up and comes out with kicks at Ziggler. Ziggler tries to fly at Bryan but eats corner. More kicks to a sitting Ziggler. Ziggler ducks the last one, but Bryan manages to hit it. Bryan climbs, but Ziggler avoids the flying head butt. Both men are down.
Ziggler on Bryan with a sleeper. Bryan free and locks on his own sleeper, right up on Ziggler's back. Ziggler slams back on the mat and both men are down. Bryan locks his legs around Ziggler's head. Ziggler flips around and they bridge up. They break free, both run the ropes and go for cross body blocks, but slam hard into each other.
AJ skips around to Kane, skips around him, but then Kane turns and eats a sick clothesline from Big E! Bgy with a drop kick through the ropes. Bryan turns back and is rolled up for three.
Winner – Ziggler (11:07)
Big E behind Bryan, then hits his 5 count. Kane in and grabs Big E for a chokeslam, but Big E forces Kane's hand off his throat and slams Kane to the mat. AJ skips into the ring with the Tag Title belts in hand and gives them to Ziggler and Big E. Big E and Ziggler hold them while they stand over Team Hell No.
Slam of the Week
Brock broke HBK's arm last August.
In Ring Segment
HBK comes bouncing out in camo boots, jeans, black shirt, camo vest and cowboy hat. He poses for the fans who love him. Video of Brock breaking Trip's arm last April, then to Brock breaking Trip's arm at SummerSlam. Back to HBK watching the tron. HBK waves to the fans in the nosebleed section. "HBK!" chants.
HBK says you didn't think you could have WrestleMania without Mr. WrestleMania, did ya? I love this time of year. Road to WrestleMania is ramping up. Swagger vs ADR. Punk vs Taker. In the main event for the WWE Championship, Cena vs The Rock. But let's face it, you know that's not why I'm here. There's one match I'm particularly interested - Brock vs Trip. It hits close to home. There's a ton of history between Brock and Hunter, me and my arm are part of that. When this became a situation where Trip put his career on the line. I have some serious doubts and a lot of questions.
Trip's music and out he comes to the ring the way he's been dressed lately. A big hug between the besties. Trip says before you go too far, I thought we talked about this. I know what you're doing. Same situation you were in, but I know what I'm doing.
HBK says he doesn't think Trip does. He says it's the same situation. You're under the impression the situations are similar. I'm here to say they're more different. I looked across the ring at someone I had, and have the utmost respect for. More importantly, I knew he had the same for me. In my career threatening match, when I lost, I was heartbroken. I knew my opponent was heart broken. You never heart him brag about ending his career because he respects me that much. But your opponent doesn't have an ounce of respect for you, me, them, for no one. I know you sure as heck don't respect him. Our situations aren't similar at all. He does it for money, because he enjoys hurting people, creating havoc. I used to think this job was my life, and in some ways it was. I didn't care about this job the way you do. You poured everything of you into this job. At WrestleMania you didn't put your career on the line, you put your life on the line.
Trip says he gets it. You know I love you like a brother, but if you're trying to talk me out of it, save your breath, your not going to talk me out of it.
You think that's why I'm here? I spend 364 days a year off and you think I'm here to tell you that you can't do it? I'm here to tell you that you'd better kick Brock Lesnar's ass!
Unlike at SummerSlam, I'm going to be right there in your corner to watch you do it. They shake and half hug. HBK says, and if you're not down with that, I've got two words for you...
Brock's music and out comes Brock and Trip to the stage. Heyman tries to stop Brock from heading to the ring, but Trip and HBK are ready.
Heyman says he has two words for you, but he doesn't think it's the two words you're looking for. Let's lay this on the line. Brock, whether you like it or not, is going to beat you into retirement at WrestleMania. And I understand how much it disappoints all of you. You, sir, are going to have to live with all that disappointment. Trip will disappoint McMahon because he can't fight his battles anymore. You will disappoint the Board of Directors, because you won't be able to fulfill your duties as COO. You're going to disappoint your wife, but you're probably used to that anyway. (heat) You're going to disappoint your best friend HBK.
Trip motions them to the ring.
Heyman asks if Brock sees what Trip is doing, playing the tough guy six days before WrestleMania. Sorry, I'm a good negotiator, my client gets paid to fight. HBK, you want to be this close to Trip when he beats Trip again, possibly breaks your arm again.
HBK waves his arm at them.
Heyman says HBK had to retire at WrestleMania, so he will be disappointed in Trip. Brock picked this fight, Trip should have walked away. He should have walked away the way HBK walked away when he was beaten. But he won't be able to walk away, he will crawl away with his tail between his legs, a beaten,battered, emasculated retiree who disappointed the 'Universe'. Brock, the man forcing Trip to commit professional suicide. Brock's music plays and they back away up the ramp as Trip looks annoyed.
Recap of Cena spouting off in the ring earlier in the show.
Cole talks about Orton, Sheamus and Big Show facing The Shield earlier. Video of The Shield talking down their WrestleMania opponents.
Barrett vs Ryder
Miz is now at announce. The IC Title Match will be the Pre-PPV match. Barrett out to the ring. Ryder out to face him.
Barrett kicks Ryder to the mat, and then in the ribs. Snap suplex on Ryder for two. Barrett telegraphs and eats mat. Ryder slams Barrett down, then outside. Barrett sent back in. Ryder climbs, but Barrett up with blows to Ryder. Ryder laying across the corner and takes the knee to the ribs, but you can see Barrett slapping his own leg for the slapping sound. Elbow drop to Ryder. Bryan looks at Miz and pulls Ryder up and hits a move. Barrett yells smack at Miz. Elbow drop for two.
Ryder choked in the ropes in front of Miz. Ryder in the ropes, then eats a big boot sending him out in front of announce. Barrett out yelling smack at Miz. Miz to his feet at tells Barrett to keep talking. Barrett in and eats a flapjack. Ryder with a flying forearm. Another flying forearm in the corner, then blows. Broski boot to Barrett, but Ryder gets two for it.
Ryder pulls Barrett up, but Ryder is backed into the corner and takes shoulder blocks. Barrett pulls Ryder off the top, slamming him hard to the mat. Barrett hits his elbow for three.
Winner Barrett (3:51)
Miz to his feet and Barrett yells smack at him. Video of the high points of the match.
Maddox says Barrett is sort of like an oxen mixed with a rattlesnake. Santino in and says, McMahon came flying out of his limo yelling about both of them, yelling like when someone gets fires. Vickie says no, no McMahon likes her. Santino leaves, then returns to yell April Fools! You should have seen your face Vickie! And I think someone made a little caca in his pants. Santino points to Maddox. Vickie says Santino is the biggest fool, because he has a match next, with someone.
Santino vs Henry
Santino power walking in the ring. Henry comes out to face him. Santino looks shocked and worried. Video of the bench pressing on Smackdown. Henry never actually touched Henry, so didn't violate the No Contact rule.
Santino loosens up, kicks at Henry. Henry grabs Santino's singlet. Santino yells about what it's in there – cobra. Henry doesn't care, takes Santino down, then hits his WSS.
Winner – Henry (0:53)
"Feed me more!" Out comes Ryback! Ryback into the ring, but Henry tells him to hold on. I know you're mad you didn't beat my bench press record, but that don't give you the right to come down here and so-called threaten me. We have a No Contact clause for WrestleMania. Besides, nobody wants to put their hands on you like I do. There's only one thing that's going to happen tonight, and that's smile. Henry smiles big Ryback. Ryback picks up Santino and slams his back into Henry as he was getting out of the ring. Henry went flying. Ryback brushes off a stunned Santino, then raises him high over his head and tosses him out at Henry, both bodies going flying. Ryback says, I didn't touch you! "Feed me more!"
Swagger is talking up Zeb backstage as King says that Zeb is going into his first match ever. (I couldn't write that with a straight face!)
JBL is laughing and shocked that McMahon is on Twitter. He has 53,000 followers in 90 minutes.
Striker with Punk. Striker asks if he feels he's disrespecting the memory of Paul Bearer. Punk says a better question is does he give a damn if he's disrespecting the memory of Paul Bearer. See, what I'm trying to do is get in Taker's head. The only legacy or career I care about is my own. I'm going to do what no one else could, break The Streak, which Taker's more worried about Bearer breaking the streak of waking up every morning and that's now over. That's a bad omen for Taker's Streak. I will do what it takes to win. Taker's coming for my soul, break my bones, scar my face, all I care about is beating him. If he loses his temper and gets a DQ, I win. He takes his eyes off the prize and taps out. Ends up outside the ring for too long and loses. I will walk on graves, spit in faces, whatever I have to do to beat Taker at WrestleMania. I promise you, at the end of this WrestleMania, every time someone thinks about WrestleMania, they will think of Punk! Punk holds up the urn and kisses it.
In Ring Segment
Zeb and Swagger to the stage, hands over their hearts, then head to the ring. Video of Ricardo getting his ankle broken.
ADR vs Zeb w/ Swagger
Zeb still pacing the ring. Ricardo out on crutches with a huge smile to announce ADR. ADR and Ricardo head down, but stop and ADR sends Ricardo back to the locker room. ADR appears to have a new t-shirt. Cole mentions a developing situation... Ricardo is back to ringside arguing with ADR.
ADR taunts Zeb and reaches at him ADR puts his hands behind his back, but Swagger is stalking Ricardo. Ricardo raises his crutch and Zeb takes it. Drop kick through the ropes on Swagger. Zeb swings the crutch and hits ADR. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner – ADR via DQ (0:48)
ADR grabs the crutch and is taunting Zeb with it. Swagger behind ADR with a chop block. The two of them beat ADR down with the crutches. Swagger gets down in ADR's face and yells, "We, the people!" Cole and JBL get into a big political argument on announce. Video recap of ADR getting beaten down. ADR is trying to pull himself to his feet in the ring, but hurts too much.
Again recapping Cena ranting in the ring.
In Ring Segment
The Rock out to the stage, goes to both sides. Down to the ring, slapping hands on his way down. The Rock poses for the fans on two corners. The fans are HOT for The Rock! The Rock is about to speak, smiles and stops again. "Rocky!" chants. The Rock says, connection. That, this, connection, between The People's Champion and the people is the only reason why I'm in this ring right here, right now. (you can hear the emotion, almost tears, in his voice) You see, Cena, this Sunday isn't about redemption, it's about the will of the people. Sunday,t he will of the people isn't for Cena to find his redemption, n-n-n-nuh-no! It's for The Rock to walk down that ramp, take his size 15 boot and curb stomp Cena's monkey ass all over WrestleMania!
Cena, the will of the people is bigger than you would ever imagine. If you will it, we can change the world. Maybe, instead of visiting this town, The Rock would have to live in this town. If the people will it, The Rock would live in a big white house. Maybe, just maybe we go from President Barack to President The Rock! So, what you said is I can count on your vote? That would be a historic inauguration day. President Elect The Rock would walk down Constitution Ave, proudly stand on the steps and takes the oath, but the Immortal One would start with Finally, The Rock has come back to Washington DC!
Cena, you came out here earlier, angry and mad, the same things you said last year, you got beat. You said them last week and got a rock bottom. Your time won't be now, your time is never. It's not about redemption, it damn sure about passing the torch. The only way you're going to get this torch is if he douses it in gasoline, he lights it on fire, he rolls it up into the biggest fireball you ever seen and duraflames it right up your candy ass!
John, this Sunday at WrestleMania, make no mistake about it, you're not just facing The Rock, you're not just facing 80,000 strong sold out. You're facing a connection you don't know how big it is because you're facing the millions, AND MILLIONS, and the millions, AND MILLIONS. Cena, you're looking for redemption, but The Rock has found what he's looking for. You've seen it and heard it, The Rock loves that connection. You cannot deny the will of the people, and you cannot beat The Rock.
If you smelllll... What The Rock... (pops the eyebrow) is Cookin'!
Jericho heading for the ring.
Ziggler and Big E beat down Jericho, then Fandango came out and attacked.
Jericho vs Cesaro
Jericho to the ring. Cesaro already out there.
"Y2J" chants as they lock up. Jericho backed into a corner. Clean break. Side headlock takeover. Cesaro free and locks on a side headlock of his own. Cesaro takes Jericho down for one. Jericho runs the ropes and into Cesaro. Cesaro runs the ropes into a drop kick. Another kick at Cesaro. Chops on Cesaro in a corner. Suplex on Cesaro for two.
Upper cut to Jericho. Cesaro locks an arm hold on Jericho on the mat. JBL – Jericho is the only Superstar who was on DWTS who has never dated George Clooney. Jericho whipped, but elevates Cesaro over. Cesaro on the apron rakes Jericho's eyes. Cesaro climbed, but Jericho hits the top rope sending Cesaro to a sitting position. Blows on Cesaro up top, then sick head scissors sends Cesaro flying across the ring to the mat.
Fandango's music. The female dancer out, Fandango out to join her. The camera watches them, as does Jericho. Jericho talks to the ref.
Headlock on Jericho on the mat. During the commercial Jericho hit a drop kick, but Fandango put up a card with a #2 grading the move. Jericho takes Cesaro down for two. Cesaro comes back with two. King makes a joke that he can barely get through, and then snorts. Cesaro slams Jericho to the mat for two. Jericho with forearms on Cesaro. Cesaro whipped, but moves and Jericho eats corner. Jericho ends up outside and struggling. Cesaro out and sends Jericho into the barrier. Cesaro rolls Jericho in for two.
Another headlock on Jericho on the mat. Fandango is still up there with his score cards. Jericho gets the fans behind him a bit and comes back with a forearm, but then into a slam from Cesaro for two. Cesaro yodels, rushes Jericho with an upper cut in a corner for two. Blows to Jericho body in a corner, but Jericho starts to fight back with shoulder tackles. Jericho sent over the top, but lands on the apron and flies with a double ax handle. Running bulldog followed by lionsault for 3 from Fandango who walks to the ring.
Jericho tries for the walls, but Cesaro counters and hits his gut wrench for two. Jericho to a corner, gets an elbow up, but Cesaro pushes it away, so Jericho with a kick. Jericho up with a big crossbody for two.
Jericho with a drop kick through the ropes on Fandango. Jericho turns around and rolled up for two with tights. Jericho manages to lock on the walls. Cesaro taps out.
Winner – Jericho (12:35)
Fandango on Jericho as soon as the bell rang, before Jericho even let go. They tussle around on the mat. Fandango tries to go and kick Jericho in the head, but is WAY off, but Jericho sold it. Fandango hits the kick again, this time it looks good. Fandango climbs and hits his unique leg drop, then gets down in Jericho's face demanding Jericho say his name – off mic. "You can't wrestle!" chants. Fandango up and hits his leg drop a second time, this time to the back of Jericho's head. On mic, posing over Jericho, Fandango says, it's Fahn-dahn-goo! Video recap of Fandango's attack.
Cole says Trish asked Steph on Twitter to induct her. Steph agreed through Twitter. On to the Touts. The first guy thinks The Rock will win. A very pretty woman picks Cena. A couple other young women pick The Rock. A group of guys argue about who will win, they're divided.
In Ring Segment
Funkasaurus, Sweet T and the Dactyls to the ring for a Divas match.
Dactyls vs Bellas
The Dactyls, Funkasaurus and Sweet T dancing in the ring. Bellas out with Rhodes Scholars. Video recap of the Bellas and Dactyls getting into it last week, and Rhodes Scholars won their match because of it.
Nikki and Naomi lock up. Drop kick, then a 'rear view' on Nikki. Head scissors on Nikki, but then Nikki hangs her up on the top rope. Naomi's arm wrenched in a bottom rope. Nikki continues to work the arm as Funkasaurus and Sweet T pound the mat with their pom-poms. Nikki still on Naomi, gets two for it. Arm bar on the mat on Naomi. Naomi up, but taken back down. Naomi pinned for two. Again the arm wrenched in the bottom rope. Nikki badly takes Naomi down – no idea what the move was supposed to be! Finally Naomi with a sick sunset, but doesn't get far with it as Nikki back on her arm. Naomi up, takes a knee to the gut, but then comes back with a lovely enziguri!
Cameron in with clotheslines. Cameron hits a back elbow, then head scissors. A split pin for two, then a SICK DDT. Brie breaks the count and there's bodies flying. A Dactyls and a Bella outside and the guys get involved. Cameron goes for a crossbody and hits it well, but when she pins Brie(?) rolls it through and gets the three.
Winners – Bellas (4:45)
Taker slowly to the ring. Video of Taker attacking Punk in the ring last week on RAW. Taker raises the lights and into the ring. Taker says to Punk that his historic Title reign lasted over 400 days, but the pain waiting on him at WrestleMania will last an eternity. Punk was the one who decided to make it personal, and for that, you will suffer. Defeating you at WrestleMania is no longer good enough. The disrespect you showed Bearer will cause you to pay the ultimate price, and you just may be right. In my current state of mind, The Streak may come to an end Sunday, but you will never live to talk about it.
Druids singing, then two come out with torches. More druids out and line the ramp, I think 8 in all. Taker watches, and waits. And waits. And waits. 'Ohhhhhh yessss!' It looks like Bearer on the stage, right down to the makeup, urn in hand. Taker removes his robe and heads up the ramp. He stops and looks at the druid. He attacks one, then another, but it's not Punk. Another druid attacks Taker and it's Punk! He beats Taker down, grabs the urn and hits Taker in the gut with it. The urn rolls and Taker reaches for it, but Punk grabs it and hits Taker a couple more times with it. Punk yells smack at Taker. '20-1' and 'I did this to you!' Dueling chants for both men! Punk removes his hoodie and hits Taker more with the urn. Punk unscrews the top of the urn, dust us puffing out of it. Punk pours it into his hand and onto Taker lolling on the ramp. Fans yell horrible things at Punk for what he's doing, and begging Taker to get up. Taker looks at the dust on his hand. Punk picks up handfuls of the dust and rubs it on each side of his face as RAW fades to black.
HBK & Triple H