March 18, 2013
results thanks to wrestleview.com
No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, it’s really “the TNA guy” handling
the recap duties for RAW this week. Dave Stephens is sick with the flu (get
well, man) so I’m going to take his spot this week. Let’s get to it.
Raw opens up with the opening narration followed by a shot of the crowd and then John Cena’s music hits. The #1 contender makes his way out to the ring to his typical mixed reaction of boos and cheers. Cena is no longer Barney, he’s Big Bird now I guess (wearing yellow gear instead of purple). As Cena picks up the mic the boos start to drown out the cheers. He says that he senses that there might be some Rock fans in the crowd tonight. He says there’s some folks riding with him and some riding with Rocky. Cena says the fans have 20 days left to pick a side and since he’s sitting in a house divided tonight he has a message for the Rock fans. He says it’s the same message he gave to the Rock a few weeks ago. He points to a sign that says “our time is now” and repeats the line, “your time is up, our time is now.” He says that he knows that’s a bitter pill for the Rock fans to swallow. He says 2013 has been a tidal wave of momentum for himself starting at Royal Rumble. He says for the fans that have stuck by him and not given up on him, he won’t make the same mistake that he did last year. He says that he is focused and ready for WrestleMania as he points to the big WrestleMania logo hanging.
The Primetime Players music hits and they come out with Titus wearing a big afro and coveralls. Titus says Cena isn’t the only one ready for WrestleMania because they’re also ready for it as well. Titus says that he isn’t Titus O’Neal, he’s Titus’ uncle Rufus “Pancake” Patterson. Darren Young tells Titus to “tell ‘em why they call you pancake” and Titus says he’s called pancake because he “flattens fools.” Cena makes some jokes about pancakes and then says that he’s in luck because they’re in the steel city tonight, known for their “storied” NFL franchise the Steelers and NHL franchise the Penguin (cheap pop), but they have some great doctors in Pittsburgh too that deal with split personality disorder so they can get them the medicine they need. Titus says the only medication the WWE universe needs is the Primetime Players and Young says that they put the “E in the WWE entertainment” and Cena makes fun of him saying that would mean it’s WWEE if they put the E in “WWE Entertainment.” Titus and Young start doing the millions of dollars dance and then Titus acts like he hurt his hip.
Cena laughs and the fans start booing and says they make him laugh but their timing is just off. Cena says maybe he’ll see them at WrestleMania but Titus says that is the problem because the fans don’t want to see Cena at Mania. He says they want to see PTP at Mania. He says they can sell t-shirts and wash rags at Mania and people say that Young looks like John Cena. Young mocks Cena by doing the “you can’t see me” pose and then fakes throwing up. Titus says that Cena is on the front of Fruity Pebbles boxes so Young should be on the front of Cocoa Pebbles called Primetime Pebbles. He says that he would have no problem coming down there and tearing Cena apart himself but his gout is flaring up on him. He says his nephew Darren has no problem taking the opportunity to tear him from limb to limb. Young says after he’s done with Cena tonight he’ll be sitting on the ramp crying and weeping just like last year’s WrestleMania. Cena isn’t joking anymore. He asks if this is what all this about and asks if they think they’re ready for WrestleMania. Cena tells Young to step into the ring with him and he’ll show him what it means to be ready for the Main Event at Mania.
John Cena vs. Darren Young w/Titus O’Neil
Young jumps in the ring followed by a referee and then Cena goes right after Young with a series of right hands. Cena whips Young into the corner and connects with a Bulldog! Cena immediately goes for the STFU but Young pulls him out to the floor. A big dueling “Let’s Go Cena-Cena Sucks” chant erupts as we go to a break.
Back from the break Cena has Young down on the mat and then he connects with a series of Shoulder Blocks as Young gets to his feet. Cena hits the Protoplex and then the 5-Knuckle Shuffle. Cena hits the AA as he points up to the Mania sign! 1…2…3!
Winner: Cena via pinfall (AA)
Cena points back at the WrestleMania sign after the match as he plays to the crowd. Lawler says this is Cena sending a message to The Rock.
Lawler & Cole talk about Undertaker/Punk at ringside and Punk stealing the urn. Undertaker will be on Raw live tonight. Cole then says there is a “who is the king of the jungle” brewing in WWE right now between Ryback & Mark Henry. Footage of the Henry-Ryback match from Smackdown is shown which ended in The Shield jumping Ryback. Cole mentions that Ryback will team with Sheamus & Orton at Mania to face The Shield. After The Shield left the match Henry returned to the ring and laid Ryback out with several Worlds’ Strongest Slams. That’s what he does!
Ryback is walking backstage and he will be in action next.
Ryback vs. David Otunga
Otunga doesn’t get a TV entrance, that’s not a good sign for his immediate future. Ryback lifts Otunga up in the air and slams him into the corner and lights him up with chops. Ryback clubs the back of Otunga after every chop and then sets up for a splash, but Otunga gets his foot up. Otunga hits another kick to the head followed by a kick to the gut. Otunga bounces off the ropes but eats the Meat Hook Clothesline followed by a Spinning Sidewalk Slam! Ryback follows up with a Spinebuster! The crowd is completely dead until he sets up for the Meat Hook again and they start chanting “Feed me more!” Ryback hits the Meat Hook followed by the Shell Shock for the pin!
Winner: Ryback via pinfall (Shell Shock)
After the match Ryback grabs a microphone and says that at Mania he, Sheamus, & Orton are going to tear The Shield apart. He says that on his way to WrestleMania he and Mark Henry will cross again and when that time comes everyone knows it will be feeding time. Ryback then starts a “feed me more” chant but Mark Henry’s music hits and the World’s Strongest Man starts to walk out. Vickie Guerrero interrupts them along with Teddy Long. Long tells Henry to not even think about taking another step towards the ring, at least not now. Vickie says that she is taking Ryback out of WrestleMania’s 6-Man Tag Team Match. At WrestleMania he will face Henry one-on-one! Ryback gets fired up and then Henry points up to the WrestleMania sign as a “feed me more” chant starts.
Ryback then grabs Otunga and then he yells “this is you” and hit’s another Shell Shock.
Cole and Lawler plug Tout, wanting fans to send in Tout’s about what they want the stipulation for Lesnar/HHH to be.
A vignette for Fandango airs and it says that he debuts next.
Fandango makes his way out. They have a big setup for him with tassels hanging down from a set or something. Apparently Fandango didn’t have a problem with the way Josh Matthews said his name this week.
Some type of neon light appears above the ring or something that is Fandango’s logo. He had a pretty elaborate entrance. Footage of what happened between Khali & Fandango on Smackdown is shown with Fandango trying to get Khali to correctly pronounce his name. Fandango grabs a microphone and says it’s obvious that Great Khali is far too stupid to pronounce his name correctly so he was thinking they could let the beautiful Natalya give it a try. He tells her not to be afraid of all of his masculinity and then she says, “fan…DANG…go get him Khali!” Khali chases (well kind of) after Fandango and he bails out of the ring. Fandango decides he doesn’t feel like wrestling tonight either so he leaves and says tonight was the night where Khali almost got to see the debut of Fandango. A “you can’t wrestle” chant starts LOUDLY.
R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow quotes poet Henry David Thoreau saying, “rather than love, money, or fame give me truth.” He tells the fans to silence and then says that Thoreau is rolling over in his grave right now with the man in the ring right now calling himself R-Truth. He says with the way he’s dressed right now, the R obviously stands for repugnant. R-Truth says Thoreau was quite a poet but he has a little poetry of his own. Truth says, “yo’ beard is weird and you talk a lot/I got 4 sweet words for you, you gone get got!” Sandow kicks Truth and then whips him into the ropes and connects with a knee to the gut followed by a 2nd one. Sandow then hit’s a Snapmare Takeover followed by a Knee Drop for a nearfall. Sandow then slams his knee into Truth’s back and locks in a Rear Chinlock. Truth fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with body shots. Truth then bounces off the ropes and hits a Sunset Flip for a one count before Sandow kicked him in the head. Sandow gets back to his feet and clotheslines Truth and then lays into him with punches and kicks. Truth then hit’s a Snap Suplex for another nearfall and then goes back to the chinlock. Truth fights back up and breaks the hold with body shots. Truth tries to whip Sandow into the ropes but Sandow counters with a knee to the gut and then hits a series of Knee Strikes. Sandow follows up with a Russian Legsweep and then the Elbow of Disdain. 1…2…NO Truth kicks out! Sandow whips Truth into the ropes again but this time Truth holds onto them so Sandow charges at him only to eat a back elbow from R-Truth. Truth then hits a clothesline followed by another one and then a series of big right hands. Truth attempts to whip Sandow into the ropes but he reverses it only for Truth to catch him with a Spinning Headscissors Takeover! Truth follows up with a Back Heel Kick and then a kick to the gut. Truth hit’s the Lie Detector but before Truth can pin him Sandow rolls out of the ring. Sandow walks up the ramp and bails on the match. The referee counts Sandow out as R-Truth looks on.
Winner: Truth via COUNTOUT
Cody Rhodes looks on in the back with the Bella Twins. Kaitlyn walks up and says she doesn’t know what all this is but she tells Cody that she has something going on later so they can’t hang out. The Bellas tell her that no one cares but Kaitlyn says as far as she’s concerned they can have that mustache and Cody can have the Bellas mustaches.
A replay of Kane beating Punk last week and Punk attacking Kane with the urn is shown.
The gong hits and The Undertaker slowly makes his way down to the ring. Undertaker says that last week Punk sealed his own fate when he decided to make this thing personal. He says there is no escaping what will happen to him at WrestleMania. Taker says he is going to hurt Punk bad and he has one chance to save his own soul. He says he wants the urn back and then drops the microphone, but before he can leave the ring someone doing a Paul Bearer impression can be heard over the speakers. As the video on the Titantron shows the urn, CM Punk is behind it doing the Bearer impression.
Punk says there is no disrespect intended and that he never could hit the high notes. Punk says “Paul” wants Taker to know something, that his death wasn’t just a personal loss. He says it was a professional loss as well and then Punk acts like something inside the urn is talking to him. Punk says Paul also wants him to know that if Undertaker gets DQ’d or counted out at Mania it’s still a loss. Punk says there is no doubt that Taker is better than all the other superstars at Mania and you can also say that at Mania Taker is the best in the world, but he’s never faced anyone like Punk at Mania either because he’s the best in the world 365 days a year. Punk nonchalantly tosses the urn back and forth between his hands as he talks. He says that Undertaker has powers unmatched by anyone in the WWE and he answers to a higher calling. Punk says he doesn’t have powers and doesn’t answer to a higher power. Punk says he IS a higher power and he won’t tell Taker that he was born to beat the streak or it was his destiny. He says that he is the one man in the world that can shoulder the burden it takes to snap the streak because he is willing to walk through hell and endure whatever pain Taker sees fit to inflict on him. Punk says he will beat the streak and he is the one that is going to end the Undertaker’s undefeated streak and he is the one in 20-1. Punk then drops the urn and screams “oh sh*t!” (censors caught it) as Undertaker looks like his head is about to explode. Punk says “again… no disrespect intended” and continues to toss the urn up in the air. Undertaker looks on and just stares up at the Titantron.
Footage of what Punk said moments ago is shown.
Primo & Epic are in the ring with Rosa.
Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) vs. Epico & Primo w/Rosa Mendes
Kane starts things off with Primo and starts beating on him right away. Primo rolls out of the ring and DB tags himself in and tells Kane to calm down. Primo attacks DB from behind and hits him with a series of knees and locks in a side headlock. DB shoves Primo into the ropes but eats a shoulder block from the son of the legendary Carlos Colon. Primo then hits the ropes but eats a Running Knee Lift from DB. DB tosses Primo into the corner and lays into him with a series of roundhouse kicks to the ribs. Bryan whips Primo into the opposite corner but Primo springs to the top and dives off with a flawless Diving Sunset Flip! DB rolls through and destroys Primo with a head kick! 1…2…NO Primo kicks out! DB whips Primo into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Primo kicks him and then tags Epico in. Epico charges at DB but gets caught with an armdrag. Bryan transitions into a wristlock and then a hammerlock, but Epico breaks it with a back elbow to the head. Epico bounces off the ropes only to get backdropped by Bryan. Primo thought about coming in but as DB set up for a kick he quickly decides otherwise. The distraction did allow Epico time to recover, however, and he dropkicks DB out of the ring! Primo kicks DB in the head and then he tosses DB back in the ring. Epico covers him for a nearfall and then slams DB into the corner and beats him down with a series of stomps. Primo tags back in and slingshots himself into the ring and into a kick to DB. After stomping DB a few more times he tags Epico back in and Epico does the same with the Slingshot Kick followed by stomps. Epico chokes DB and tags Primo back in. Epico whips DB into a dropkick from Primo for another nearfall. Epico tags right back in and then Primo hit’s a Russian Leg Sweep followed by a Slingshot Somersault Senton from Epico! 1…2…NO DB kicks out again! Epico puts DB in a modified Surfboard but DB fights back up to his feet and tosses Epico to the side only to eat a clothesline from Epico for another nearfall. Epico tags Primo back in and then holds DB across the middle rope as Primo hits a Running Body Guillotine! 1…2…NO DB kicks out! Primo puts DB in a headlock but DB again fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with elbows. Primo elbows DB in the back and sends him into the heel corner. DB tries fighting out of the corner with elbows and right hands to both Epico & Primo. DB then slides through the legs of Primo but Primo catches his foot and holds on. DB rolls forward sending Primo towards Team Hell No’s corner and then he ducks a clothesline from Primo and tags Kane in! Kane is a house afire as he comes in the ring and lays into Primo with right hands and clotheslines. Kane whips Primo into the ropes and lifts him high into the lights with a backdrop. Primo retreats to the corner and Kane comes crashing in with a Running Clothesline. Kane then whips Primo into the opposite corner and charges again but this time Primo gets his boot up. Primo charges at Kane but gets caught with a Sidewalk Slam! Kane then knocks Epico off the apron and climbs up top! Kane dives off with the Flying Clothesline! Kane sets up for the Chokeslam but then AJ’s music hits and she comes bouncing down to the ring for some reason. She skips around the ring and the distraction allowed Primo to roll Kane up! 1…2…NO Kane kicks out and Primo tags Epico in! Kane grabs Primo, not realizing that he was tagged out, and Epico dives off the top trying to take advantage of that! Kane catches Epico as well and then shoves Primo to the side and DB comes flying in with a dropkick that sends Primo to the floor! Kane Chokeslams Epico for the pin!
Winners: Team Hell No via pinfall (Chokeslam)
AJ stares at Team Hell No and then when DB starts bitching at her she smiles and skips away.
In the back Y2J says that he has held the IC Title more than any other superstar, ever and tonight he has a chance to make it 10 times. He says that WrestleMania is the night that everyone wants to make an impact and then Fandango walks up and interrupts him. Y2J asks him if he has something to say and then says he didn’t catch his name. Fandango repeats his name twice but Y2J says “Fandumbo…Fandunghole…Fandjango” and several other variations that pisses Fandango off. Fandango says that was very funny but he WILL learn to pronounce his name properly and then walks away. Y2J tells him not to leave yet because he hasn’t gotten his movie tickets yet.
A video package of WWE superstars visiting Rwanda and the charities they are doing there.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez
ADR has his knee in a brace due to an attack that Swagger put on ADR on Main Event last week. Cody immediately goes after ADR’s knee with a kick to the knee. He then hits a series of right hands and whips ADR into the ropes. Cody attempts a clothesline but ADR ducks and hit’s a hurricanrana followed by a big leg kick. ADR works over the arm of Cody with a wristlock and clubbing blows to the elbow. Cody reverses the hold but then ADR rolls through it and sweeps the leg of Cody. ADR then rolls him up with a La Magistral Cradle! 1…2…NO Cody kicks out! Cody kicks ADR and then drops down and connects with an uppercut. Cody beats on ADR in the corner and then whips him into the opposite corner hard. Cody hits stomps on ADR and then attempts to whip him into the corner again but ADR reverses it. ADR charges at Cody but Cody nails him with a back elbow and then charges back at ADR. ADR lifts him high into the air with a Press Slam and then hits a big head kick! 1…2…NO Cody kicks out! ADR goes for a suplex but Cody reverses it into a Vertical Suplex of his own for a nearfall. Cody chokes ADR in the ropes and then connects with a snapmare takeover and locks ADR in a headscissors. ADR fights back up to his feet and backdrops the youngest Rhodes! ADR charges at Cody but he sidesteps him and ADR goes crashing through the corner into the ring post! Cody puts the boots to ADR and then continues to beat on him in the corner. ADR fights back with a back kick and then a Snapmare Takeover. ADR kicks the back of Rhodes and then he rolls out to the apron. ADR dropkicks the legs of Cody causing him to crash on the apron headfirst.
Back from the break Cody has taken control of the match again as he stomps ADR in the corner. During the break ADR went for a move to the outside but Cody moved causing ADR to land awkwardly on his injured knee. Cody then hit the Beautiful Disaster off the guardrail. Cody charges at ADR in the corner but ADR sidesteps him and then hits a Scoop Slam. ADR climbs up top and dives off with a Moonsault but Cody moves and ADR lands on his feet. ADR sells the knee as he lands and Cody clotheslines him! Cody stomps on the knee and then stomps on the back of ADR before hitting a Front Suplex for another nearfall. ADR reaches for the knee and then Cody slams his knee into the leg of ADR and slams it into the mat, except for one problem…that was the wrong knee. How in the world can he work over the wrong knee when the “injured” one has the big ass black brace on it?! Cody continues to work on the good knee and ADR kicks him with the other leg. Cody lifts ADR up onto the top rope and climbs up with him. Cody goes for a Superplex but ADR blocks it and hits a Front Superplex off the middle rope! Both men are down now. Cody & ADR get up to their feet and exchange right hands. ADR hits a leg kick and then a series of clotheslines. ADR hit’s a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker (using his bad knee to do the backbreaker by the way). ADR hit’s a Superkick! 1…2…NO Cody kicks out! ADR gets a mild “si” chant started and then he goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Cody blocks it and then hits a back elbow. Cody springs to the top and dives off with a Moonsault! 1…2…NO ADR kicks out! A big “USA” chant has started as Cody charges at ADR. ADR backdrops him over the top and then he ties Cody up in the ropes and lays into him with a series of forearms into the ribs followed by a Backstabber! 1…2…NO Cody kicks out! ADR charges at Cody in the corner but he moves and then goes for a clothesline but ADR counters into the Cross Armbreaker! Cody taps!
Winner: ADR via submission (Cross Armbreaker)
Jack Swagger hits the ring and starts to beat on ADR! He even attacks Rodriguez and tosses him out to the floor. ADR fights back and the two fall through the ropes and crash to the floor. ADR hits a Roundhouse Kick and then slams Swagger into the guardrail! Zeb Colter screams for Swagger to get up and ADR turns to look at him. Colter looks like he just saw a ghost as ADR backs him down. ADR grabs Colter but Swagger hits him from behind! Swagger slams ADR into the steps and then tells him to never lay a hand on Colter again. Swagger tosses del Rio over the announce table and welcomes ADR to his America. A HUGE “USA” chant starts. Swagger starts to leave but notices Rodriguez starting to get up and nails him with a Running Clothesline and then locks him in the Patriot Lock as Colter screams at him to “break it!” Rodriguez screams in pain as he grabs at his ankle!
A replay of Swagger’s attack on ADR & RR a few moments ago is shown.
During the break ADR checked on RR as EMT’s worked on him.
The newest inductee into the Hall of Fame is revealed: BOOKER T! They even showed a clip of him as G.I. Bro. That was an excellent video package, congrats Booker T!
“The Viper” Randy Orton & “The Great White” Sheamus vs. 3MB (Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater) w/Jinder Mahal
Cole claims that X-Rays have already been taken of RR’s ankle and it’s broken as another replay of the ankle lock is shown. Sheamus and Drew will start this one off. Drew shoves Sheamus into the corner but Sheamus fights back and whips Drew into the ropes. He goes for a backdrop but Drew kicks him and charges. Sheamus catches Drew and hit’s a Rolling Fireman’s Carry and tags Orton in. Orton hit’s a Knee Drop and then whips Drew into the corner. Orton charges at him but Drew catches him with a back elbow only to eat a dropkick from Orton. Sheamus tags back in and then Orton hit’s a European Uppercut sending Drew into Sheamus who hits several clubbing blows to the chest of Drew. Sheamus then hit’s the Battering Ram for a nearfall. Drew tries to tag out but Sheamus stops him and hits a Shortarm Clothesline. Jinder gets up on the apron but Sheamus chases him away. As Sheamus turns around he walks right into a clothesline from Drew. Heath Slater tags in and 3MB put the boots to Sheamus in the corner. Slater tags Drew back in and then hits a Big Boot for a nearfall. Heath tags back in and Drew tosses him into a Leaping Back Kick from Slater for another nearfall. Slater tags Drew right back in and then holds Sheamus as Drew dives off the middle rope! Sheamus tosses Heath aside and nails Drew in midair with an Axe Handle! Orton tags in and nails Slater with a series of clotheslines and then a Snap Powerslam! Orton tosses Heath out to the apron and then hangs him up in the ropes and hit’s the Hanging DDT! Orton sets up for the RKO and Drew comes into the ring but eats the Brogue Kick from Sheamus! Jinder gets up on the apron and eats one as well! Orton hit’s the RKO on Heath! 1…2…3!
Winners: Sheamus & Orton via pinfall (RKO)
After the match The Shield’s music hits and they come out through the crowd but before they get in the ring The Big Show’s music hits! Big Show jogs out to the ring and stands alongside Sheamus & Orton forcing The Shield to back down.
Behind the scenes of the Rock’s new G.I. Joe movie is shown focusing mainly on his action scenes.
Kofi Kingston vs. “Show Off” Dolph Ziggler w/Big E. Langston & AJ Lee
Kofi and Dolph lockup and Dolph gets Kofi in a wristlock, but Kofi reverses it and forces Dolph down to the mat. Dolph fights back up and counters with an armdrag but Kofi answers with a series of armdrags of his own. Kofi holds onto an armlock on the mat but Dolph fights back up and breaks it with a kick to the knee. Dolph hits a Side Headlock Takeover and keeps the headlock on Kofi on the mat. Kofi fights back to his feet and shoves Dolph into the ropes but eats a shoulder block from Dolph. Dolph bounces off the ropes and Kofi leapfrogs him and then leapfrogs him a second time before connecting with a Leaping Back Elbow! Kofi dives at Dolph in the corner but Dolph moves and crashes into the turnbuckles. Dolph covers Kofi for a nearfall and then hits a dropkick for another nearfall. Dolph puts Kofi in a side headlock again and holds onto the headlock as he does a headstand. Kofi fights the hold off but hen Dolph kicks him and goes for a Corner Splash, but Kofi moves out of the way and hits a Running Clothesline followed by a back elbow and then a dropkick. Kofi goes for a Superman Punch but Dolph ducks and goes for the Sleeper! Kofi blocks it and hit’s a Jamaican Leg Sweep! Kofi follows up with a Springboard Splash! 1…2…NO Dolph kicks out! Kofi hits the Leaping Clothesline and then follows up with the Boom Drop! Kofi goes for the Trouble In Paradise but Ziggler catches him in midair and attempts a T-Bone Suplex! Kofi lands on his feet and then Dolph charges at him but Kofi avoids him and slides through the ropes into the Pendulum Kick! Kofi climbs up top but AJ Lee gets on the apron to distract him and Dolph rolls out to the floor. As the referee deals with her Kofi drops down to the apron and dives off aiming for Dolph, but he ducks and Kofi flies right into a clothesline from Big E! Kofi hits hard on the floor. Dolph tosses Kofi back into the ring and then hit’s the Zig Zag! 1…2…3!
Winner: Ziggler via pinfall (Zig Zag)
Kane’s pyro hits and Team Hell No comes onto the ramp applauding Ziggler’s match. Bryan congratulates Dolph, not on his victory, but for being the only to finally get he and Kane on the same page. Kane says in case you’re not paying attention, he’s not in a good place right now. He says that we’ve all seen what Big E can do outside of the ring so it’s time to see what he can do IN it. Kane suggests Team Hell No vs. Dolph & Big E! AJ says “Ziggy” and Big E accept the challenge but only if the tag titles are on the line at WrestleMania! DB says they need to think about it and then the fans start chanting “YES” and Team Hell No start screaming “YES” as well!
Yet another replay of what went down between Taker/Punk from earlier is shown.
A video package hyping up Rock-Cena (I think the same one they’ve shown before) is shown, you know because The Rock isn’t at Raw…again.
The WWE Rewind features highlights from the Y2J-Miz match from last week.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Triple Threat Match
Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz vs. “Y2J” Chris Jericho
Miz is introduced first and then oddly followed by the champion Barrett with Jericho coming out last. Barrett goes after Jericho and then kicks Miz. Jericho comes back and whips Barrett into the ropes and connects with a back elbow for a quick nearfall early. Jericho hits the ropes and ducks a clothesline and then hits one of his own sending Barrett over the top rope! Miz quickly rolls Jericho up, 1…2…NO Jericho kicks out! Miz knees Jericho and then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Jericho reverses it and attempts a clothesline, but Miz ducks and goes flying through the ropes with a dropkick to Barrett on the floor! Jericho then dives over the top with a Slingshot Plancha onto both Miz & Barrett on the floor! Jericho tosses Barrett back into the ring but walks into a series of strikes from Barrett. Barrett hits the ropes but runs right into a dropkick from Jericho. 1…2…NO Barrett kicks out and Jericho bounces off the ropes but Miz trips him from the outside. Miz pulls Jericho out and slams him into the ring apron. Barrett comes over and then Miz slides through his legs and rolls him up! 1…2…NO Barrett kicks out and then Miz quickly rolls him up for another nearfall! Miz whips Barrett into the corner and hits a Flying Clothesline and then kicks Jericho from the apron. Miz climbs up top but Barrett lays him out across the top rope and then kicks him in the gut! Barrett climbs up with Miz and sets up for a Superplex but Jericho runs in and Powerbombs both Barrett & Miz off the top with the Tower of Doom!
Back from the break Barrett slams Jericho to the mat and covers him for a nearfall. Barrett hit’s an Elbow Drop and then kicks Miz back to the floor as he tried to reenter the match. Jericho fights back with chops on Barrett and then attempts to whip him into the ropes but Barrett reverses it and hits a big Running Knee. Barrett covers Jericho for another nearfall and then he puts Jericho in a headlock. Jericho fights off with back elbows but then Barrett knees him in the gut and tosses him into the corner. Barrett charges at Jericho but Jericho gets his foot up and Barrett again charges, but this time Jericho sidesteps him and hits a Running Shoulder Block followed by a 2nd one. Jericho goes for a third one but Barrett sides steps him sending Jericho over the top. Jericho lands on the apron and quickly climbs up top and dives off with a Flying Cross Body! 1…2…NO Barrett kicks out! Jericho hits a Bulldog and then goes for the Lionsault but Miz pulls him out to the floor! Miz climbs up top and dives off with a Flying Axe Handle Drop and then a clothesline followed by a Backbreaker, but when he goes for a Neckbreaker to complete the combo Barrett blocks it sending Miz into the ropes. Barrett hits the Winds of Change! 1…2…NO Miz kicks out! Barrett lifts Miz up onto his shoulders but Miz fights off and then dropkicks Barrett in the knees and locks in the Figure Four! Jericho comes flying in with a Lionsault to break it up! Jericho covers Miz, 1…2…NO he kicks out! Jericho kicks Miz out of the ring and then kicks Barrett and goes for an Irish Whip into the ropes, but Barrett reverses it and goes for the Winds of Change again. Jericho counters into a rollup and then he locks in the Walls of Jericho! Barrett almost reaches the ropes but Jericho pulls him to the center! Miz comes charging in and attempts the Skull Crashing Finale on Jericho! Jericho blocks it and nails Miz with a back elbow! Jericho swings at Miz but he ducks and goes for the Skull Crashing Finale again! Barrett comes charging at both men and they both backdrop Barrett over the top rope! Miz goes for it again but this time Jericho reverses it into a rollup! 1…2…NO Miz still kicks out! Jericho quickly gets to his feet and hit’s the Codebreaker! Barrett comes back in and tosses Jericho to the floor! 1…2…NO Jericho pulls Barrett out to the floor and slams him into the guardrail! Jericho slides back in and covers Miz, 1…2….NO Miz kicks out yet again! Jericho kicks Miz as a “Y2J” chant starts. Jericho bounces off the ropes but Miz kicks him and hit’s a Spike DDT! 1…2..NO Jericho kicks out now! Jericho gets back to his feet and Miz goes charging at him, but Jericho sidesteps him and then as Barrett climbs up on the apron Jericho hits a Springboard Dropkick knocking him back down to the floor! Jericho turns around and walks into a Mafia Kick from Miz! 1…2…NO Jericho kicks out once again! Jericho and Miz get back to their feet and exchange chops. Miz ducks a chop and then Jericho attempts an Enziguri, but Miz ducks it as well and goes for the Figure Four again! Jericho kicks him off and rolls Miz up! 1..2….NO Miz kicks out! Miz gets back to his feet and charges at Jericho but he eats an elbow. Jericho climbs up top and dives off but Miz catches him with the Skull Crashing Finale! Barrett slides in and rolls Miz up! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL IC Champ: Barrett via pinfall (rollup)
That was a really fun match right there.
Footage of David Otunga’s movie “The Call” and him and Halle Berry on the red carpet.
Tout videos from the fans are shown.
A table is set up in the ring. After Triple-H comes out to the ring Paul Heyman walks out with a bunch of security guards with him. HHH says that he thought Lesnar would be the type of guy that would want to come out himself and look him in the eye after he split Lesnar up. Heyman asks HHH if he’s really questioning if Lesnar is afraid of him because Lesnar is fearless. Heyman says that he is the one is afraid because he’s afraid that HHH doesn’t realize the predicament that he is in. He says that Choice A is that he disappoint all the fans by taking the HHH/Lesnar match or Choice B he has to sign the contract without knowing what the stipulation will be. Heyman says that he thinks HHH doesn’t know what to do and that he is very frustrated so he doesn’t want HHH to take his frustration out on him so that’s why he brought security with him. Heyman shows HHH the contract that Lesnar has already signed and he says that the only way he will tell HHH what the stipulation is if HHH signs it first. HHH says that he forgot one part, that part is HHH signs the agreement, Heyman tells him the stipulation, and he still kicks the crap out of Lesnar at Mania.
Heyman says that he wants to take a moment to really enjoy this and that he and Lesnar have taken the time to watch a piece of footage over and over lately. Heyman shows a video of what happened 3 weeks ago when HHH and Lesnar brawled. They show the footage after Lesnar is busted open in black and white for some stupid reason. I guess they think blood isn’t visible if its black instead of red. Heyman laughs and asks HHH how you top that, and being the visionary he is he KNOWS how to top that. Heyman mockingly suggests a Blindfold Match but then says that’s not it because Lesnar wants HHH to see the man that beats the hell out of him. Heyman then suggests HHH’s arms and legs be shackled for the match but he says that HHH would have all the excuses for why he gets beats and Lesnar doesn’t want that. Heyman says that Lesnar told Heyman he could pick the stipulations and he wants it to be VERY personal. Heyman says that the winner of the match at Mania gets Stephanie! He says he knows that wouldn’t work because the only fair way would be if the LOSER got Stephanie in that situation. HHH losses it and decks Heyman!
HHH then beats the hell out of the security guards until there is one left and he bails on Heyman leaving Heyman all alone. HHH grabs Heyman by his ponytail and slams him into the table. HHH then rips open Heyman’s shirt and slaps his chest as Heyman screams for Lesnar. HHH says since he knows Brock won’t come out until he signs the contract and he has a captive audience right now he’s going to take his time and enjoy this beating. Heyman has a small cut on his forehead. HHH slaps Heyman repeatedly and slams him into the table as Heyman screams for Brock. HHH rips off Heyman’s shirt and slaps him repeatedly and then starts choking him. HHH then grabs the contract and signs it on top of Heyman. He then slams the pin into the clipboard on top of Heyman and tells him to call his monster. HHH kicks Heyman out of the ring and then actually throws one of the chairs on top of him. Lesnar’s music hits!
Brock comes charging out slamming a chair into the floor. Brock starts walking to the ring but then HHH shoves the table over and reveals that there was a sledgehammer under it! Heyman begs Lensar not to get in the ring and then Lesnar smiles and backs away. Lesnar decides to go after HHH anyway but Heyman stops him again and says that they won this round. Brock points up at the WrestleMania logo and backs away again. Heyman stops at the top of the entrance and gets another microphone. He says that he isn’t a tough guy but that beating was worth it to get HHH to sign the contract. Heyman announces at Mania that it will be Brock Lesnar vs. Brock Lesnar…NO COUNTOUT…NO DQ…NO REFEREE STOPPAGE…NO HOLDS BARRED! Heyman then says that there is another added stipulation…and that is that HHH’s career is on the line! If he loses he must retire! Lesnar holds up the contract and smiles at HHH as Heyman says that it’s “game over.”