Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up from a sold out IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by Jerry Lawler and JBL. We see some stills from last night’s WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view.

– We go right to the ring and out comes WWE Champion John Cena wearing his new t-shirt. Cena is met with a very mixed reaction.

Cena cuts one of his usual promos about WrestleMania and stops. He says he’s known the crowd for 10 years now. Some “Cena sucks” chants start up. Cena goes on about the reactions and says he’s feeling good tonight. Cena say she may do some kind of championship dance tonight. Cena teases some lame dance moves. He says how about a little “heel turn” and rotates his heel. The crowd pops and Cena says that’s what he’s talking about. Cena says a champion rose at WrestleMania. He proudly says The Champ Is Here and yells it. The crowd chants “same ol shit.” Cena says this is exactly what he wanted for his WrestleMania main event celebration. Cena says this is his celebration right now. Cena says he’s celebrating the only way he knows how – he’s fighting. Cena says let’s start the Road to WrestleMania off with a match for the WWE Title. Out comes Mark Henry.

Henry asks Cena what’s up. Henry says when you ask for trouble, it finds you. The crowd chants “sexual chocolate” and Cena says they want to have sex with chocolate. Henry says he destroyed Ryback last night at WrestleMania 29. Henry says he and Cena need to have some action. The crowd chants “feed me more” for Ryback. Cena jokes again but introduces himself to Henry. Cena cracks on Henry’s breath and says tonight, he can have a title shot. Booker T’s music hits and out comes the 2013 Hall of Fame General Manager. Booker says he can’t have Cena come out here making title matches. Booker says The Rock is entitled to a rematch. Booker announces Rock is the #1 contender to the WWE Title. Booker says Rock won’t be here tonight because he’s injured. A “bullshit” chant breaks out. Booker says he will give Henry a shot but he has to earn it. If Henry can beat Cena tonight, he will get a shot at a future date. Henry says Cena’s jokes won’t get him anything but entered into the Hall of Pain. Henry tells Cena to bring his A game and walks off.

– Still to come, The Undertaker will be here. Also, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter will face Alberto Del Rio in a handicap match. We see AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston backstage talking. Back to commercial.

Daniel Bryan vs. Big E Langston

Back from the break and out first comes Daniel Bryan. Big E Langston is out next with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Bryan strikes first and unloads on the corner. Big E powers him off and knocks him out of the air. Big E with a huge spear in the corner. Big E works Bryan over and hits another big spear in the corner. Big E dumps Bryan over his head and to the mat.

Big E goes for more offense but Bryan slides out of a hold and kicks Big E repeatedly. Bryan goes to the top but AJ distracts the referee and Dolph knocks him off the top. Kane comes over and grabs Dolph. Big E tosses Bryan out of the ring onto Kane and they both go down. Big E nails Bryan with The Big Ending for the win.

Winner: Big E Langston

– Josh Mathews is in the crowd with NFL legend Kurt Warner. They talk about his new reality TV show on the USA Network, The Moment. It starts Thursday night at 10pm.

– Still to come, Wade Barrett will get his rematch against The Miz. Back to commercial.

WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

Back from the break and Wade Barrett waits in the ring. Out comes new WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz.

Barrett strikes first and sends Miz to the corner. Barrett works him over but misses in the corner and gets clotheslined. Miz with a big kick to the face and a 1 count. Miz with a suplex and another 1 count. Barrett looks to make a comeback but Miz takes him back to the corner with right hands. Miz with another 2 count. More back and forth action. Miz throws Barrett out to the floor and dropkicks him back. Miz leaps off the apron with a double ax handle shot. Miz tosses Barrett into the fan barrier and brings it back in the ring. Miz goes to the top but Barrett moves when he comes down. Miz dumps Barrett to the apron but gets kicked in the face. Barrett hits a big neckbreaker on the apron. The crowd pops as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and Barrett hits Winds of Change for a 2 count. Barrett sends Miz to the floor then drops a big elbow. Barrett brings it back in for a 2 count. Miz finally makes a comeback and hits a high knee. He drops Barrett with a boot. Mi charges and counters. Miz hits the backbreaker but botches the neckbreaker and they bump heads. The crowd chants “you fucked up.” Miz hits the clothesline in the corner and goes up top for another double ax handle shot. Miz with a 2 count. Miz works on the leg but Barrett blocks the Figure Four. Miz goes back to the knee and nails a DDT for 2. Miz slides out of Wasteland. More back and forth. Miz catches Barrett’s leg and locks in the Figure Four. Barrett makes it to the ropes and the crowd pops.

More back and forth. Barrett goes to the corner. Miz stops him and climbs up for a superplex. Barrett struggles with him and sends Miz back to the mat. Barrett nails the Bullhammer Elbow for the win and the title.

Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett

– Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox are backstage. Sheamus comes in and he’s upset about Big Show. Vickie gives him a match against Show tonight.

– Still to come, Del Rio vs. Zeb and Swagger. Back to commercial.

– We see Booker T walking backstage. Randy Orton approaches him and congratulates him on the Hall of Fame induction. Orton takes a look at Booker’s ring. Orton wants a favor – a match against Big Show. Orton says he talked Sheamus into trusting Show and he was dead wrong. Orton wants to fix that wrong. Orton says if anyone can overrule Vickie’s match, it’s Booker. Booker makes Orton vs. Show for tonight.

Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter vs. Alberto Del Rio

We go to the ring and out comes Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Zeb says the country is in worse shape after last night. Zeb asks the fans for their support as he fights for his country tonight. Zeb asks the fans to chant “USA” when Del Rio comes out. They start chanting USA as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and we see what happened with Mark Henry and John Cena earlier tonight. Ricardo Rodriguez comes out and begins the introduction for the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Swagger and Del Rio lock up and go to the corner. Back and forth to start. Del Rio whips Swagger into the corner and kicks him in the back. Swagger ends up outside and Del Rio dives through the ropes and sends him into the announce table. Del Rio with a big stomp on the corner. Fans chant for Del Rio. They want Zeb to come in. Del Rio goes to the top and hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Zeb hits a cheap shot from behind on Del Rio. Swagger takes advantage and takes out Del Rio’s leg. Swagger works on the leg now. Fans chant USA now. Swagger with knees to the head. Zeb with a rake to the face. Del Rio misses the enziguri in the corner. Swagger goes for a slam but it’s countered. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock but it’s countered. Swagger locks it in. They tangle and Del Rio ends up back onthe floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Swagger is still in control of Del Rio. Swagger charges in the corner and hits the ring post. Del Rio with a pair of clotheslines and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio goes down on his injured knee. Del Rio with a superkick to the jaw and a 2 count. Swagger counters the armbreaker and slams Del Rio. Swagger with the Patriot Lock. Del Rio breaks it but Swagger re-applies it. Del Rio kicks out and turns it into the cross armbreaker. Swagger taps out to end it.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

– After the match, Del Rio sells the leg injury. Ricardo and a WWE trainer come in to check on him. Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and out he comes to cash in. Ziggler orders the trainer to move and the referee to start the match.

World Heavyweight Title Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

The match is announced by Justin Roberts. The bell rings and Ziggler goes right to work beating up on Del Rio’s injured leg. Ziggler hits the big leg drop but Del Rio kicks out right before 3 and the crowd goes nuts. More offense from Ziggler. He misses a splash in the corner as Del Rio moves. Del Rio nails a massive kick to the jaw and they both go down. Del Rio with a 2 count.

Del Rio locks in the cross armbreaker but Ziggler grabs hs hurt leg and breaks the hold. Ziggler nails Zig Zag for the win and the World Title. The crowd goes nuts.

Winner and New World Heavyweight Champion: Dolph Ziggler

– After the match, Ziggler celebrates with AJ and Big E to a huge pop from the crowd.

– Back from the break and the lights go out, the gongs start up. The Undertaker makes his way out to the ring.

Taker hits the ring and the crowd starts chanting his name. Taker says he dedicated his win at WrestleMania 29 to the memory of Paul Bearer. Taker is interrupted by Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Their music hits and they appear in the crowd.

The Shield surround the ring and get on the apron. All of a sudden Kane’s pyro rocks the ring and knocks the Shield off the apron. Out comes Kane and Daniel Bryan to stand alongside Taker. The Shield backs off and exit through the crowd as Taker, Kane and Bryan stare them down from the ring.

– Still to come, Cena vs. Henry. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see how Dolph Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Title earlier.

– Josh Mathews is backstage with Ziggler and friends. Ziggler says he’s been too good for too damn long and the crowd pops. Ziggler says it’s the day after but this is his WrestleMania moment. Ziggler says he’s going to shine his title up and show it off because it’s been too long.

Santino Marella, R-Truth and Zack Ryder vs. 3MB

We go to the ring and all six men are in the ring. Truth and Slater start things off. Truth gets the upperhand and tags in Santino. Santino dances some and Slater rocks him. Ryder tags in and goes at it with Jinder Mahal. Ryder with a faceplant but Jinder tosses him to the apron. Ryder gets knocked to the floor. Drew slams him into the apron and throws him back in the ring. Drew with a big kick and a tag to Slater for some double teaming in the corner.

Drew comes back in but Ryder hits a neckbreaker. Santino comes in and goes for the Cobra but Drew grabs his arm. Santino breaks free and hits Slater with the Cobra for the win.

Winners: Santino Marella, R-Truth and Zack Ryder

– We get a video package with highlights from WrestleMania 29 Week in New York and New Jersey.

– Sheamus and Randy Orton are backstage arguing. Sheamus says he’s got this and walks off. Back to commercial.

– We see footage from the WrestleMania post-show where Big Show talked about how he’s all for himself now.

Sheamus vs. Big Show

We go to the ring and out comes Sheamus. Sheamus takes the mic and asks the fans who wants to see him kick Big Show’s arse tonight. Sheamus tells Vickie to come out and sort things. Randy Orton comes out instead. Orton says while Sheamus is practically begging for support… they have words away from the microphone. Orton says Big Show is his tonight. Orton tells Sheamus to listen and asks the fans who wants to see him kick Big Show’s ass. The crowd pops. Cole tells fans to tweet #WWEOrton or #WWESheamus to determine Show’s opponent for tonight. We go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Orton gets the win with 77% of the vote. Vickie comes out with Booker T. They announce Sheamus vs. Orton for tonight. The winner will face Big Show.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

They lock up and go to the corner. Sheamus finally drops Orton with a shoulder. Back and forth action now. Orton drops Sheamus with a back elbow. Orton misses a knee drop and Sheamus drops a knee on him. Sheamus with a 2 count. Sheamus works on the arm now. The match is pretty slow paced. A “boring” chant breaks out. More back and forth action. A huge “RVD” chant breaks out. Orton starts to stomp on Sheamus.

Fans chant for JBL next and get him to crack a smile. They seem to not be paying attention to the match. They chant for Lawler next and Cole, believe it or not. Orton dropkicks Sheamus as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re finally going at it. Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. The crowd is doing a wave now. Sheamus with a pair of double ax handle shots and a shoulder thrust in the corner. Sheamus hits the high knee and sends Orton to the apron. Orton fights him off but Sheamus hits the series of forearm shots to the chest. Sheamus suplexes Orton in. Orton blocks White Noise and hits a backbreaker. The crowd chants for Randy Savage now. Orton with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton with an overhead throw. Orton takes Sheamus to the apron and hits the second rope draping DDT. Orton drops down for the RKO but Sheamus blocks it. Sheamus goes for White Noise and nails it. Sheamus readies for the Brogue Kick but Orton moves. Sheamus gets hung up and falls out of the ring. Big Show’s music hits and out he comes to the ring. Show grabs Sheamus outside of the ring and throws him into the ring post. Show comes in the ring to face Orton. A “thank you Big Show” chant breaks out. Show lays Orton out with a big knockout punch and the crowd pops. Show drags Orton to the floor and sends him flying into the fan barrier. Orton gets up but Show nails a big spear in front of the announcers table. A “we are awesome” chant breaks out. Show sends Orton flying over the announcers table. Show tries to toss two announcer chairs into the ring but neither make it. Show stomps on Orton.

The crowd chants for Show to try one more chair but he ignores them. We go to replays as Show makes his way up the ramp and to the back. An official checks on Orton who is down behind the announcers table.

– Still to come, Cena vs. Henry. Back to commercial.

– We see what happened earlier between The Shield, The Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan.

Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston

We go to the ring and out comes Fandango with one of his dancers. Out next comes Kofi Kingston.

The crowd is actually humming Fandango’s theme. Just a few minutes into the match, Chris Jericho runs out and attacks Fandango from behind. Jericho unloads on Fandango and hits him with chops. Jericho sends Fandango flying out of the ring. Jericho tosses him into the fan barrier and over into the timekeeper’s area. Jericho throws a chair and hits Fandango with more chops. Fandango goes face first into the announce table and then the steel steps. Jericho knocks JBL’s hat off his head. Jericho brings Fandango back in the ring and keeps up the attack. Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho and Fandango starts tapping but Jericho won’t break the hold. A referee comes in and tries to break the hold. Out comes another referee but they can’t break it. Jericho finally breaks it and plays to the crowd. Fandango gets up but Jericho hits a Codebreaker. Jericho exits the ring and we go to replays. Fandango’s dancer comes in to check on him and he’s announced the winner.

Winner by DQ: Fandango

– His dancer hands him a mic after the match and he’s barely able to say his name but does. The crowd gives him a pop and his music plays. The crowd hums his theme again.

– We see a recap of some of John Cena’s media appearances during WrestleMania Week. Still to come, Cena vs. Henry.

– Josh Mathews is backstage with Paul Heyman. The crowd pops for Heyman. Mathews says last night was a bad night for Heyman guys. Heyman says Brock Lesnar was knocked out cold 90 seconds into the match last night but it still took Triple H 30 minutes to survive. Heyman points out Shawn Michaels getting his face smashed in by Lesnar and Triple H’s arm being hurt. Heyman says Lesnar is ready for a fight tonight. Heyman says he doesn’t let his client fight for free. Heyman brings up Undertaker vs. CM Punk. Heyman says Punk will tell everyone how he feels on next week’s RAW.

The Bella Twins, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Naomi

We go to the ring and out comes The Bella Twins, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow for the nixed WrestleMania 29 match. Out next comes Tensai, Brodus Clay, Cameron and Naomi.

Back from the break and the match is already in progress. Naomi hits the Rear View on one of The Bellas. Cody tags in but before someone else can come in, she takes him down with a hurricanrana. Tensai comes in and unloads on Cody. Tensai with a big splash but Cody nails him with a Disaster Kick. Sandow comes in to take control. The Bellas hit a double butt bump to the head on Tensai. Sandow hits the Elbow of Disdain for a 2 count.

Tensai turns it around and tags in Clay. Clay runs over Sandow and splashes him in the corner. clay with a t-bone suplex for a 2 count as Bellas break the pin. Cameron and Naomi come in to take them out. Tensai comes in and goes at it with Sandow. They splash each other with Sandow in the middle. They hit a double splash on the mat and Clay covers for the win.

Winners: Tensai, Brodus Clay, Cameron and Naomi

Mark Henry vs. John Cena

Back from a break and out comes Mark Henry for tonight’s main event. If he wins this match, he earns a future WWE Title shot. Out next comes WWE Champion John Cena.

They go at it to start the match. Henry knocks Cena off his feet and stomps him. Henry steps on Cena’s head as the referee warns him. Henry taunts Cena and works him over. Henry whips Cena hard into the opposite corner and he goes down. Henry misses a splash as Cena rolls out of the way. Cena comes back and knocks Henry off his feet with a shoulder. Henry goes to the floor and Cena follows. Henry slams Cena’s head into the announce table. Henry takes the table apart and continues the attack, sending Cena into the ring post. Cena comes back and sends Henry into the ring post. Cena makes it in before the 10 count but Henry doesn’t. Unexpected finish.

Winner by Count Out: John Cena

– After the match, Henry comes in the ring and runs over Cena. Henry drops him with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry holds up the WWE Title and gets some cheers. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes to a pop. Ryback hits the ring and they trade shots. Ryback with the big clothesline. Ryback with a spinebuster that sends him out of the ring. Ryback gets the fans to chant “feed me more.” Ryback turns his attention to Cena and the crowd pops. Ryback extends his hand to help Cena up and the fans boo. Ryback stares at Cena and shakes his head. Cena hits the corner to pose as the fans boo. Ryback gets the fans to chant again. Ryback drops Cena with a Meathook clothesline and the crowd pops. Ryback nails Shellshocked as the crowd cheers. Ryback tells Cena “up yours” and poses with the WWE Title. The crowd chants “feed me more” as RAW goes off the air.



A video describing the damage of Super Storm Sandy is shown, narrarated by NJ Governor Chris Christie. The video begins with a somber tone but quickly picks up with how New York and New Jersey fought back against the devastation. Christie welcomes us to Wrestlemania.

Michael Cole opens up the show with the New Jersey National Guard waving American Flags at the entrance way.

The opening video for Wrestlemania is shown with recaps of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history shown.

Sheamus makes his way down to the ring and it looks like the 6-Man Tag Team Match will start the show.

Randy Orton and The Big Show come out and the three of them walk down the ramp as a team.

Michael Cole, JBL, and The King are the commentary team for the night and their are dressed in tuxedos. The Spanish Announce Team is introduced as well.

The Shield’s music hits and they make their way to the ring through the crowd.

Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show vs The Shield

Roman and Sheamus start things off for their groups. Roman and Sheamus begin to punch each other into the various corners. Randy Orton is tagged in and they double team Roman. Orton begins to stomp on Roman. Roman knees Orton in the gut and tags in Rollins who is taken down. Orton goes for the 10 Corner punch and hits them all. Orton hits Rollins with a rope assisted suplex. Sheamus is tagged back in. Rollins tags in Dean and they stomp Sheamus into the corner.

Sheamus hits Dean with a powerslam and tags in The Big Show. The Big Show rips off Dean’s vest and hits his corner chopped. Dean taunts Show who hits rapid chops onto him. Dean tags Rollins back in who stomps on Show and he then tags in Roman. Dean is now in, shirtless, and he chokes The Big Show on the ropes. Rollins is in and he hits a Shining Wizard onto The Big Show for 2.

Roman is back in and headbutts Show before locking in a necklock. Sheamus comes into the ring and hits Rollins with a high knee before hitting Rollins with his 10 clubbing blows on the outside. Sheamus is not done as he does the same thing to Dean. Sheamus hits Rollins and Dean with Rolling Sentons. The Shield is now in control and goes for their triple powerbomb but Show breaks it up by hitting a Spear onto Roman to break everything up.

Sheamus is down in the ring and he was going for the tag to Show but Orton tags himself in. Orton hits his signature moves onto Dean, hits an RKO on Rollins, but Roman comes in and Spears Orton for the win. The Big Show could have broken up the pin but did nothing since Orton tagged himself in eariler.

WINNER: The Shield

After the match is over, The Big Show hits a KO Punch onto both Sheamus and Randy Orton. The question is, why didn’t The Big Show stop the pin?

A hype video for The Rock vs John Cena is shown.

Snooki from Jersey Show is shown and she is booed.

Mark Henry comes down the aisle with an angry look on his face. His match with Ryback is coming up next.

Ryback comes down to the rampway to a decent pop but nothing spectacular.

Ryback vs Mark Henry

The bell rings and both of these two monsters stare at each other in the middle of the ring. They both go for an attack but it is a stalemate between the two. Ryback and Mark Henry begin to punch it out. Ryback goes for a clothesline but Mark Henry clotheslines him down to the mat and follows it up with a running powerslam after one. Ryback goes for a Suplex on Mark Henry but he cannot do it.

Mark Henry lifts Ryback onto the apron and smashes Ryback’s head into the turnbuckle before clotheslining Ryback to the floor while he was out of the apron. Ryback gets into the ring again but Mark Henry is in total control and locks in the Bearhug into Ryback. This match has a very slow place to it. Mark Henry clotheslines Ryback to the outside once again and he is getting the crowd behind him as he dominates this match.

Ryback makes it into the ring at the count of nine and he met with a boot to the face and locked into the Big Bearhug once again. Ryback fights out of the Bearhug but Henry immediately scoop slams The Big Hungry to the mat as the crowd begins to chant Goldberg. Mark Henry comes out of the corner and Ryback hits The Meathook Clothesline. Ryback is able to get Mark Henry up for Shellshocked but Mark Henry is to much and the fall of the mat. Mark Henry goes for the cover, shocks the world, and gets the win.

WINNER: Mark Henry

The doctors come into the ring to check on Ryback. Mark Henry sends the away but Ryback pops up to his feet and hits him with a Spinebuster. Ryback is able to lift Mark Henry up for Shellshocked and gets the crowd to chant “Feed Me More”

A video hyping WWE’s partnership with the special Olympics is shown and some of the athletes are shown onstage with Stephanie McMahon and Governor Chris Christie.

Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler comes out to the ring to a big pop with his tag team partner Big E. Langston and his girlfriend A.J. Lee in tow.

The fires of Hell explode and Team Hell No makes their way down to the ring holding their tag team championships.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Team Hell No (c) vs Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan start things off. Ziggler kisses AJ to mock him for his loss last year but Daniel kicks him in the skull for a two count. Ziggler goes outside but is meet with a suicide dive by Daniel Bryan who rolls him back into the ring and slaps him with various kicks. Ziggler tags Langston in and Daniel tags in Kane. Big E. show off his impressive strength and hits multiple backbreakers on Kane.

Big E. hits a clothesline that sends Kane down to the mat and he tags in Dolph Ziggler who hits several kicks before tagging in Langston again. The commentary team talk up Langston’s strength while Ziggler comes back into the match. Kane hits his sideslam for 2. Kane goes for his clothlesline but misses and Ziggler botches his Fameasser for 2. Langston comes into the ring and hits a big splash. Ziggler hits the Zig Zig for 2 on Kane.

Daniel Bryan hits Big E. with a running knee from the apron to tag him out. Ziggler calls for the MITB briefcase but misses Kane who follows up with a chokeslam. Daniel Bryan tags in and nails a flying headbutt for the win.

WINNERS and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Team Hell No

Team Hell No leads the arena is a MASSIVE Yes Chant as they head to the back.

John Cena’s Make-A-Wish Video is shown.

The entrance arena is filled with beautiful women who are dancing to Fandango’s music. The man himself makes his way down to the ring for his match with Chris Jericho.

A recap of Chris Jericho and Fandango’s brief feud is shown.

Chris Jericho comes out in his Bright-Lite jacket to the first truly massive pop of the night. As Chris Jericho is halfway down to the ring, he does his pose again, and fireworks light up the sky.

Chris Jericho vs Fandango

The bell rings and Fandango dances on the edge of the ring. Jericho does have time for that and he spears Fandango, hitting him with a variety of bunch. Jericho pushes Fandango into the corner and stomps him. Chris Jericho hits The Codebreaker but Fandango rolls out of the ring. Y2J hits a flying cross body onto Fandango on the side and briefly poses with the crowd.

Jericho puts Fandango into the ring and slaps him before sending him to the outside once again. Jericho goes for the triangle dropkick but Fandango kicks him in the head as he comes down, Fandango gets a 2 count for that move. Fandango poses for a minute before putting the boots to Jericho. Jericho is put into a necklock but is able to break out. Jericho goes up top and hits a double axe handle followed up by a Theisz Press.

Jericho goes up top again and hits another flying crossbody for 2. Fandango is able to send Jericho into the post and follows up with a Mic Check. Fandango goes for the Leg Drop from the Top and hits it but he is only able to get 2. Jericho goes for the Walls but Fandango breaks out of it. He goes up top again for the leg drop but Jericho is able to stop him. One more time off the top rope but misses again. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but overshoots it, he follows it up with another Walls attempt but Fandango rolls him up for win.

WINNER: Fandango

A recap of The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship victory is shown before the second hype video for the WWE Championship Match is shown.

If you need to a bathroom break, now is your time, Diddy’s concert is on. Skyler Grey makes her way out to sing her song, “Coming Home” which is the Wrestlemania Theme.

A hype video for Alberto del Rio vs Jack Swagger is shown.

Jack Swagger doesn’t even get a damn entrance. We come back from the video, Zeb Colter is in the ring, and he cuts one of his racist promos.

Ricardo Rodriquez comes out and introduces the World Champion, Alberto del Rio. Del Rio comes out in a white robe with the title around his waist.

Lillian Garcia is in the ring and gives the champion and challenger their introductions.

World Championship Match
Alberto del Rio (c) vs Jack Swagger

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Del Rio sends Jack Swagger into the corner and kicks him in the gut. Swagger goes to the outside and Del Rio hits a dropkick through the ropes. Swagger sends Del Rio’s shoulder into the turnbuckle and hits several knees to Del Rio’s gut. Del Rio locks in a Crucifix Pin for two and after Swagger gets out of it and follows up with a kick to the head, Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb for two.

Jack Swagger is on the outside and tries to crotch Del Rio on the post but fails. Back in the Swagger is hit with a boot to the head and then gets hit with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before hitting a Superkick on Swagger as he was on his knees for two. Del Rio goes for the Armbreaker but Swagger counters with a twisting slam. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock but Del Rio counters. Del Rio hits Swagger in the back with several elbows before going for the backstabber which gets a 2.

Del Rio hits a German Suplex and goes for the Armbreaker again but Swagger counters with the Gutwrench Powerbomb for 2. Jack Swagger is able to lock in the Patriot Lock but Del Rio tries to get to the ropes only to fail. Somehow, Alberto is able to counter and locks Swagger into the Armbreaker. We have another counter and Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock again. Swagger goes for the Gutwrench powerbomb again but Del Rio counters with a running enziguri.

Del Rio hits his corner enziguri but Colter puts Swaggers foot on the ropes as Del Rio was going for the pin. On the outside of the ring, Swagger tosses Del Rio into the guard rail and rolls him back into the ring. As he was going into the ring, Del Rio locks in the Armbreaker again and Swagger taps out!

WINNER and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto del Rio

No Dolph Ziggler cash in tonight as Del Rio stands victorious in the ring with his title.

The New Jersey Nation Guard get a shout out as we head into Taker vs Punk, their hype video is shown.

Living Colour is on the stage and they begin to play CM Punk’s entrance theme, Cult of Personality.

CM Punk makes his way down to the ring to a decent pops as Paul Heyman walks behind him with the Urn.

You hear the Gong and it is ON! The Undertaker makes his way down the ramp to the roar of the audience. When The Underaker is on the stage, zombies reach out of the ground and tries to grab a hold of The Deadman. (I did not make that up!)

The Undertaker vs CM Punk w/ Paul Heyman

The match starts off with CM Punk bitchslapping The Undertaker and running for his way. The announcers bring up the fact that CM Punk can win via countout of DQ. CM Punk runs into a big boot and Taker tosses him to the outside. On the outside, CM Punk is launched into the timekeepers area on the outside by The Undertaker before getting his head smashed into the Spanish announce table. The Undertaker takes everyone off the Spanish announce table before slamming Punk’s spine into the ring post.

The Undertaker hits the apron leg drop and both men are back in the ring once again. The Undertaker has CM Punk in the corner and hits him with several punches before going up for Old School but CM Punk takes him off the ropes with a deep arm drag. The Undertaker is finally down on the mat but CM Punk pull him up and mocks The Undertaker by hitting Old School himself before hitting a Side Russian Legsweep.

CM Punk puts The Undertaker in a brief armlock but The Deadman pushes CM Punk into the corner again and hits several powerful blows. The Undertaker goes for a running knee but CM Punk moves out of the way and Taker may have tweaked his knee. Taker is on the outside and CM Punk hits a flying crossbody on the outside before rolling The Undertaker into the ring and hitting a neckbreaker.

CM Punk is working over the shoulder of The Undertaker who comes back with several right hands but CM Punk counters one of the punches with a swinging neckbreaker. Punk locks The Undertaker into a necklock in the middle of the ring. The Undertaker hits Punk with a suplex and CM Punk once again goes for Old School but The Undertaker crotches him and sends him to the outside. CM Punk, off the distraction by Paul Heyman, is able to hit his springboard clothesline for two. Punk nails his running knee clothesline combo and goes up top for the Macho Drop but he only gets two.

CM Punk calls for the GTS but The Underaker counters with a chokeslam for two. The Undertaker lifts CM Punk up and goes for Snake Eyes but as he was going for the Boot, CM Punk counters with a spinning calf kick and clotheslines The Undertaker to the outside. The Underaker goes for The Last Ride through the announce table but CM Punk counters and kicks The Undertaker in the skull, laying on across the table. Punk goes up to the top rope and hits the Macho Drop on Taker but the announce table doesn’t break.

CM Punk is inside the ring and The Undertaker is trying to get back into the ring to beat the count, he does, and CM Punk cannot believe it. CM Punk crawls over to Taker who locks him into the Hell’s Gate, Punk counters with a small package for two, and Punk follows that up with the Anaconda Vice. The Undertaker power out of it and hits the Tombstone after he counters the GTS. The Undertaker goes for the Last Ride after the referee gets bumped and CM Punk hits Taker with the Urn for two. After multiple counters, The Undertaker comes out and top and hits Punk with another Tombstone for the win. 21-0!

WINNER: The Undertaker

The Undertaker is once again in possession of his scared urn, he poses with it in the middle of the ring, and the pyro explodes around the arena!

The third WWE Championship hype video is shown, followed by a video for HHH vs Brock Lesnar, which is next.

Thank the lord, HBK comes out to his own music and he does his prayer pose on the entrance ramp. He will be in the corner for his best friend for what could be his final match.

Brock Lesnar comes out to pretty much the same reaction he did in his last match at Wrestlemania with Goldberg, which is not a good one.

HHH makes his way down to the ring through a special skull shaped entrance way.

No Holds Barred
Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels vs Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman

Brock Lesnar goes for a takedown but HHH counters with several punches before they are both on the outside where HHH sends Lesnar into the barricade and smashes his hand on the apron and announce table. Lesnar tosses HHH into the audience and grabs a chair. HHH comes clotheslines Lesnar and he tries to meet him in the crowd. Lesnar sends HHH back into the ring and grabs the chair. HHH with a high knee and Heyman yanks the chair out of the ring before HHH could use it.

HHH dumps Lesnar to the outside and smashes his head into the steel ring steps. Lesnar hits a belly to belly throw on HHH on the outside. Lesnar dumps HHH onto the announce table and follows that up by suplexing him through the other one. Lesnar hits another belly to belly throw on a lifeless HHH on the outside however the match must be one inside of the ring. The crowd doesnt seem to give a damn for Lesnar’s offense as he stomps on HHH in the corner.

HHH hits his facebuster but Lesnar hits him with a clothesline and goes back to stomping HHH in the corner. HHH is able to hit Lesnar with a boot but Lesnar hits yet another belly to belly throw. Lesnar goes for a German Suplex and slams HHH does and goes for the pin but only gets 2. Lesnar tosses HHH to the outside and HBK tries to comes to his friends aide. Lesnar goes after HBK but HHH comes in from behind and clotheslines him into the time keepers area.

HHH wacks Lesnar on the back with a chair and rolls him back into the ring but Lesnar hits another German for a two count. HBK is clotheslined by Lesnar and HHH hits the spinebuster. Lesnar powers out and HBK comes in to try to help but gets an F-5 for his troubles. HHH uses the distraction and pedigrees Lesnar but only gets two. HHH grabs his Sledgehammer but misses Lesnar’s head who counters with an F-5 for two.

On the outside again, Lesnar has a chair and begins to hit HHH with it before sending him into the steps. Lesnar grabs the steel steps and smashes HHH in the skull with them. Lesnar throws the steel steps into the ring and pushes HHH back into the ring before calling for another shot with the steps and hit it, only getting two. HHH gets to his feet and bitchslaps Lesnar who goes for the Kimura Lock and locks it in.

Lesnar sits up on the top rope and tweaks HHH’s arm on the Kimara Lock but HHH is able to use his strength and sends Lesnar crashing to the mat. Lesnar gets hit in the balls by HHH, who goes to the outside and begin to smash Lesnar’s arm on the post with a chair. HHH has the Kimura Lock on Lesnar and Paul Heyman comes into the ring to help, only to be hit with Sweet Chin Music by HBK. Lesnar gets to his feet and smashes HHH’s back on the steel steps. HHH once again locks in the Kimura but Lesnar powers out again.

HHH DDT’s Lesnar on the Steel Steps and grabs his sledgehammer, smashing Lesnar in the head with it. HHH hits the Pedigree on Lesnar ontop of the Steel Steps for the win.


HHH poses on the steel steps with his sledgehammer and hugs HBK.

A promo for WWE Extreme Rules is shown, followed by a trailer for The Rock’s next movie.

A recap of the Hall of Fame Ceremony from Last Night is Shown.

Howard Finkel is in the ring and brings out the Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

A promo video for Wrestlemania 20 in New Orleans is shown.

Justin Roberts announced that 80, 676 people are in attendance for Wrestlemania!

The Gods have smiled on us! Team Ton of Funk vs Team Rhodes Scholars has been cancelled!

John Cena makes his way down to the ring to a chorus of boos, nothing special about his entrance this year.

The Rock makes his way down to the ring holding the most precious prize in ALL of entertainment, the WWE Championship.

Justin Roberts is in the ring and gives the champion and challenger their introductions.

WWE Championship Match
The Rock (c) vs John Cena

Here we go! Rock vs Cena 2! Cena puts The Rock in a headlock and hits a shoulder tackle. They lock up again in the middle of the ring but this time it is The Rock with a shoulder tackle as both men are feeling each other out. The Rock hits Cena with a hip toss and he rolls out of the ring to get his barrings. Cena is back in the ring and they match pauses as champion and challenger look out into the crowd.

John Cena is being extra careful but he is met with a clothesline by The Rock who sends Cena into the corner with a hard Irish whip. The Rock goes to the outside and elbows Cena’s throat on the apron. Back in the ring, Cena locks Rock into a necklock who powers out of it only to be met with another necklock. Cena knees The Rock in the gut and slams him into the mat for two then locks in another necklock.

The Rock puts John Cena into the Sleeperhold but John Cena gets out of it and walks into a Samoan Drop. The pace of this match is very slow. John Cena hits The Rock with a Fisherman’s suplex for two. The Rock comes out of the corner, but Cena goes for a shoulder tackler, only to miss. Cena goes for the Spin Out Powerbomb but The Rock counters into the Sharpshooter only for Cena to power out and hit his Spin Out Powerbomb. Cena goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle but The Rock breaks out and hits a DDT. Cena hits the Spinner Bomb again and nails the 5 Knuckle Shuffle.

The Rock hits a Spinbuster and goes for the People’s Elbow but Cena counters into the STF and The Rock powers out of it. The Rock hits The Rock Bottom for 2 and Cena hits the AA for 2. Cena comes off the top rope for his leg drop but he misses and The Rock hits another spinebuster followed by The People’s Elbow for 2 and then John Cena rolls out of the ring. The Rock rolls John Cena back into the ring and we begin a Yay/No punch duel. The Rock goes for a flying crossbody into an AA but The Rock counters with the Rock Bottom for 2.

The Rock goes for the 5 Knuckles Shuffle but John Cena pops out and hits the AA, shades of last year only reversed, but The Rock kicks out at 2. We have another Yay/No deul in the middle of the ring which ends with a roll up by Cena for two. John Cena hits The Rock with The Rock Bottom but he is only able to get two. John Cena goes for the People’s Elbow like he did last year but John Cena catches The Rock as he pops up and goes for the AA, only for The Rock to hit the Rock Bottom again, again getting only two.

John Cena and The Rock counter each other’s finishers at least 4 times before The Rock hits a DDT. The Rock lies in wait but John Cena once again counters with the AA, this time popping ontop of The Rock as he bounces off the mat, scoring the win. John Cena has found redemption!

WINNER and NEW WWE Champion: John Cena

John Cena and The Rock stand in the middle of the ring with each other and shake hands. John Cena leaves the ring and allows The Rock to have a moment in the sun and leaves the ring. The Rock goes around the ring and hugs his family. The show comes to a close with John Cena and The Rock raising each other’s arms at the entrance way as fireworks explode in the background. 



– We’re live from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana for the WWE Elimination Chamber pre-show. Matt Striker and Tony Dawson are at ringside on commentary. They talk about tonight’s card.

– We get a look back at Randy Orton and Mark Henry from SmackDown before more Chamber hype. Josh Mathews is backstage with Randy Orton. Orton talks about tonight’s Chamber match and says he plans on using every ounce of steel to put his opponents down. Orton says there’s something more dangerous than the Chamber – a man hell-bent on headlining WrestleMania 29 and a man with ice cold blood coursing through his veins. Orton says he will show everyone just how dangerous he can be.

– They air a hype video for The Shield.

Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes vs. Tensai and Brodus Clay

We go to the ring and out first comes Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Sandow talks about how fans have been demanding a Rhodes Scholars reunion. Cody demands the fans stand and give them an applause. Out next comes Brodus Clay, Cameron and Naomi. Clay goes to the back and brings out Tensai, who’s wearing a cap. They head to the ring.

Sandow and Clay start things off. Sandow goes to the floor to regroup early after being overpowered. Sandow comes back in and tags in Cody. Cody says he wants Tensai so in he comes. Cody with a cheap shot. Tensai backs him into the corner and unloads. Tensai with a dance move on the second rope. Tensai misses a move but splashes Cody in the corner. Cody drops down and connects with a right. Sandow comes in and brawls with Tensai. Tensai drops him with a right but Cody tags back in and jumps on Tensai’s back. Cody connects with a Disaster Kick. Sandow comes back in and stomps away on Tensai. Tensai double teamed on the ropes now. Tensai fights out of a hold and drops Cody with a right. Tensai misses a back splash and Cody tags Sandow back in. Sandow with a knee drop and Elbow of Disdain.

Clay finally comes in and unloads. Big splash for Cody in the corner. Clay goes to suplex Cody but Sandow dropkicks him from behind. Tensai comes in and takes out Sandow. Tensai and Clay sandwich Sandow with a splash. They double headbutt Cody and then double splash him for the win.

Winners: Tensai and Brodus Clay

– We get a hype video for WrestleMania 29.

– We see the Chamber hanging high in the arena. More hype for tonight’s match.

– The 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view kicks off with a video looking at some of tonight’s matches.

– We’re live from the New Orleans Arena as Michael Cole welcome us.

World Heavyweight Title Match: Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio

We go to the ring and out first comes the challenger Big Show. Ricardo Rodriguez is out next to begin the introduction for World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Cole is joined by JBL and Jerry Lawler on commentary.

The bell rings and Show goes right to work on Del Rio. Del Rio turns it around in the corner but Show turns it right back around with a huge chop to the chest. Show with another big chop. Show beats Del Rio to the mat and scoop slams him. Show with more offense and chops. Del Rio makes a big comeback and gets a 2 count after a knee to the head. Del Rio gets the crowd to chant “si” and goes for the cross armbreaker but it’s blocked. Show nails a spear.

Show with a 2 count. Show taunts Ricardo before beating up Del Rio some more. Del Rio tries for a comeback but Show kicks him in the throat. Show nails the splash from the second rope but Del Rio kicks out at 2. Show goes for another but Del Rio counters and locks in the cross armbreaker. Show finally makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Show runs into boots but catches Del Rio in a bearhug. Del Rio finally breaks out but Show takes back control and goes for a powerbomb. Del Rio counters in the middle and manages a hurricanrana. Del Rio leaps through the ropes and takes Show down on the floor.

Show makes it back in before the 10 count. Del Rio nails a seated senton from the top for another 2 count. Show counters and nails a chokeslam out of nowhere. Del Rio kicks out at 2. Show calls for the knockout punch but Del Rio rolls out of the ring. Show pulls Del Rio into the ring by his head and slams him. Show goes for another chokeslam but it’s countered. Del Rio tries for a roll up but Show pulls him up. Del Rio counters with a DDT. Del Rio with an enziguri for another 2 count. Del Rio with the cross armbreaker again. Show pulls Del Rio through again and slams him. Ricardo gets on the apron but Show knocks him off. Del Rio misses an enziguri from behind and nails another, sending Ricardo’s bucket into Show’s head. Del Rio finally knocks Show down with an enziguri and locks in the armbreaker again. Show reaches for the ropes but can’t make it and taps out for the win.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

– We get a trailer for GI Joe with The Rock.

WWE United States Title Match: The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro

We go to the ring and out first comes WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Josh Mathews is at ringside with an actor and actress from GI Joe. They talk about being here to support The Rock. Out next comes The Miz.

Back and forth to start. Cesaro takes control and works on the taped up shoulder of The Miz. Miz comes back with a knee to the gut and a kick to the face for a 2 count. Cesaro takes Miz back down and hits a series of right hands. Cesaro continues working on the shoulder. More back and forth. Miz catches Cesaro with a big boot to the face. Miz with a bunch of kicks in the corner now. Miz hits a flying clothesline and goes to the top. They end up on the floor. Miz sends Cesaro knee first into the ring steps.

They come back in the ring with Miz in control. Miz works on the injured leg of Cesaro. Miz with a 2 count. Miz drops knees on the leg now. Miz goes for the Figure Four leglock but Cesaro fights it off. Cesaro blocks a kick and looks as if he trips Miz into him, causing Miz to drop a knee below the belt. Cesaro points this out to the referee and gets the DQ.

Winner by DQ: Antonio Cesaro

– After the match, Miz gets pissed off and kicks Cesaro below the belt.

– Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage. Kane says he’s never main evented WrestleMania so tonight’s Chamber match is a big deal to him.

Elimination Chamber Match: Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger

We go to the arena and the Chamber begins to lower around the ring. They cut to a video package for the Chamber.

Out first comes Jack Swagger with his new theme song. Swagger is accompanied by Zeb Colter. Swagger cuts a promo and introduces Zeb. Zeb talks about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. Zeb says Jefferson would be ashamed at what has become of Louisiana and out nation. Zeb goes on and says tonight, a real Patriot, a real American will set things straight inside the Chamber and win one for the good guys. Zeb says tonight marks the beginning of a Jack Swagger America…. We The People. Out next comes one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane. Kane and Swagger enter their pods. Out next comes Mark Henry for his first-ever Chamber match. Randy Orton is out next to a big pop. The other half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan is out next to start the match with Chris Jericho. Jericho is out last to a big pop.

The Chamber is locked up and the bell rings. Fans chant for Jericho as he squares off with Bryan. They lock up and go at it. Bryan drops Jericho with a shoulder. Jericho with arm drags. Back and forth now. Jericho goes for a Walls of Jericho early but Bryan rolls it into a No Lock attempt. Jericho counters and goes for Walls again. Bryan tosses him across the ring. Bryan with kicks in the corner now. Bryan runs into a big boot. Jericho with chops now. Bryan gets tossed out onto the steel but fights Jericho over the rope. Bryan tries to suplex Jericho onto the steel but he lands on his feet. Back and forth on the steel. Bryan goes for a No Lock on the steel but it’s blocked again. They come back in the ring and Jericho drops Bryan for a 2 count. The timer counts down and in comes Jack Swagger.

Swagger comes right in and slams Jericho. Swagger with a Swagger Bomb in the corner for a 2 count. Swagger rams Bryan into the steel as Zeb looks on. Swagger rams Bryan into the steel again. Bryan moves this time and Swagger hits the steel, barely clipping Bryan. Swagger drives Bryan’s face into the steel with a knee. Swagger comes back in but Jericho dropkicks him in the face. Jericho with kicks. Jericho works Swagger over in the corner as the fans chant his name. Jericho misses a splash in the corner and lands out on the steel. Swagger follows and throws Jericho shoulder first into the chains. Swagger with knees up against the chains now. Bryan comes over and takes out Swagger on the steel. Bryan brings Jericho into the ring and takes control. Bryan goes to the top but misses the flying headbutt. Jericho covers for a 2 count. Jericho with a low dropkick. The timer counts down and the next man in is Kane.

Kane goes after Swagger and Jericho. He piles them up int he corner and lets Bryan dropkick them. Kane dropkicks Swagger in the face while Bryan works over Jericho in the corner. Kane tosses Swagger out onto the steel. Bryan rolls Kane up for a 2 count. Bryan apologizes as Kane stares him down. Bryan wants to hug but Kane shakes his head no. Kane points to the WrestleMania sign as they chant yes and no. They start fighting. Bryan with a dropkick in the corner. Bryan with kicks to the chest on Kane. Kane ducks a kick and grabs Bryan for a chokeslam. Bryan tries to lock the No Lock in but Kane catches him with a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. Kane goes to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan climbs up for a superplex. Jericho comes over and puts Bryan on his shoulders. Kane clotheslines Bryan off his shoulders. Swagger comes over to break up a pin attempt. Swagger goes at it with Kane. Swagger tries for a suplex but Kane counters and nails one of his own. Kane with a 2 count. Jericho kicks Kane in the head and goes at it with Swagger. The timer counts down and the next man in is Randy Orton.

Orton comes in on fire. He clotheslines Swagger out to the steel. Orton drops Jericho but gets clocked by Kane. Orton sends Kane out to the steel and grabs Bryan. Orton slingshot suplexes Bryan in the ring. Orton goes after Kane but Kane goes for a chokeslam on the steel. Orton counters and rams Kane into the chains. Orton goes for a draping DDT from the second rope and drops Kane’s face on the steel. Bryan and Jericho go at it now. Orton comes back in and grabs Swagger by his face. Orton takes Swagger to the top for a superplex. Jericho has Bryan on the opposite side for a superplex. Orton nails his superplex first. Jericho hits his next. Everyone is down as Mark Henry looks on from his pod.

Henry comes in and drops Jericho, Orton, Swagger, Bryan and Jericho again. A headbutt for Orton and another clothesline for Swagger. Bryan goes back down. Henry with a World’s Strongest Slam on Bryan. Daniel Bryan is eliminated by pinfall.

Henry grabs Orton and throws him through a pod as the crowd pops. Henry and Kane go at it now. Kane side steps and clotheslines Henry in the corner. Another big splash by Kane. Kane goes to the top but Henry catches him in mid-air. Henry with a World’s Strongest Slam on Kane. Kane is eliminated by pinfall.

Henry comes back in and tosses Jericho out onto the steel. Henry goes to torpedo Jericho into the steel bit it’s countered. Henry gets throws into the chains now. Swagger and Jericho team up to work over Henry. They double suplex him onto the steel but it hurts all three. Jericho clotheslines Swagger into the ring. Jericho with a crossbody from the top for a 2 count. Swagger goes for the gutwrench but Jericho counters and goes for the Walls of Jericho. Swagger counters. Jericho with a bulldog. Jericho goes for a Lionsault but Henry catches him in mid-air. Henry throws Jericho into the chains. Henry takes both Swagger and Jericho down in the ring now. Henry with a headbutt on Swagger. Henry stacks them on top of each other and goes to the second rope for a big splash. They move and Henry hits the mat. Swagger with a big boot. Jericho with a Codebreaker. Henry staggers around but turns around to a big RKO from Orton. Orton pins Henry and he is eliminated.

Henry leaves the Chamber but comes right back in. He nails three World’s Strongest Slams on Swagger, Orton and Jericho. Officials try to get him out but here comes Booker T and Teddy Long. Henry finally leaves as Booker has words with him. Swagger covers Orton for a close 2 count. All three brawl now. Orton and Jericho toss Swagger head first into the corner but his head crashes into the pod. Orton and Jericho brawl now. Orton clotheslines Jericho twice. Jericho ducks and drops Orton with a shoulder block. Jericho goes to the top but Orton dropkicks him in mid-air. Orton covers for a 2 count. Swagger gets powerslammed by Orton. As does Jericho. Orton brings Swagger into the ring with a draping DDT but Jericho breaks it up with a springboard dropkick. Jericho with a close 2 count on Orton. Swagger blocks a Codebreaker and slams Jericho into the corner. Swagger with a belly-to-belly for 2. Swagger catches Orton in the Patriot Act submission. Jericho breaks it with an enziguri on Swagger. Swagger comes right back with the Patriot Act on Jericho. Jericho rolls through and goes for the Walls of Jericho. Orton comes over and hits his backbreaker on Jericho for a 2 count. Orton dumps Swagger onto the steel and grabs Jericho. Orton goes for the draping DDT but here comes Swagger. Orton grabs them both and hits a double draping DDT into the ring. The crowd goes nuts as Orton readies for the RKO.

Jericho blocks the RKO but Orton blocks the Lionsault. Orton nails a RKO and Jericho is eliminated. Swagger comes from behind and rolls Orton up for the win. Jack Swagger is going to WrestleMania 29.

Winner and New #1 Contender: Jack Swagger

– After the match, Swagger and Zeb Colter celebrate on the ramp as Orton looks on pissed off from the Chamber. Orton looks up at the WrestleMania sign in disappointment. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are going to WrestleMania 29.

– We get a vignette for The Shield and tonight’s big six-man match.

The Shield vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus

We go to the ring and out first comes John Cena. Sheamus is out next followed by Ryback. The Shield’s music hits and out comes Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and roman Reigns. Ryback and Reigns start brawling at ringside. Everyone meets in the ring and there’s a big brawl to start things. Sheamus, Ryback and Cena hit suplexes at the same time and things look to settle down. The bell rings and it’s Sheamus and Ambrose. Sheamus runs over him and takes it to the corner. Ambrose turns it around but Sheamus hits him with knees. Sheamus tosses Ambrose to the apron and hits forearm shots to the chest.

On the floor and Sheamus takes a shot at Rollins. Sheamus comes back in but Ambrose sends him right back out. Reigns runs over Sheamus on the floor now. Reigns brings Sheamus back in the ring and works him over now. Ambrose tags in as does Rollins and we get a nice triple team move. Rollins covers for a 2 count. Rollins with a submission on Sheamus now. Ambrose comes back in and takes Sheamus to the corner. Sheamus hits a big kick on Ambrose out of nowhere from the corner. Cena tags in as does Reigns. Cena unloads with his usual moves and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Rollins runs in. He gets sent out and Cena locks in the STF on Reigns. Ambrose runs in and breaks it up. Rollins comes in off the top rope and takes out Cena. Reigns with a 2 count on Cena.

Ambrose comes back in to keep Cena down. Rollins comes back in for some double teaming. Rollins taunts Cena and keeps control of him. Cena fights back and takes out Ambrose and Reigns. Cena turns around to a kick from Rollins for another 2 count. Rollins with a big splash in the corner on Cena. Dueling chants for Cena now. Ambrose comes in and we get another triple team move from The Shield. Reigns with a 2 count on Cena as Sheamus breaks things up. The fans chant for Ryback to come in now. Cena fights back but Reigns nails a Samoan Drop for another 2 count. Reigns keeps Cena grounded. Cena tries to fight up but Reigns takes him back down. Cena finally fights up and slams Reigns. Reigns with a clothesline on Cena and back down he goes for a 2 count. Ambrose comes back in to continue the assault on Cena. 2 count by Ambrose. Ambrose with a headscissors now.

Cena tries to fight back but Ambrose drops him with a nasty DDT. Ambrose unloads on Cena but charges and gets dumped over the top rope and out to the floor. Ryback gets the fans pumped. Ryback finally gets the tag and unloads on Rollins and Ambrose. Ryback with a huge back drop for both men. Rollins gets a powerbomb. Ambrose gets a big slam. Ryback throws Ambrose into Rollins in the corner. Reigns comes in and attacks Ryback from the side. Sheamus takes out Reigns. Sheamus tumbles to the floor with Ambrose. Reigns runs and spears Sheamus through the barrier. More chaos. Ryback ends up in the ring getting beat down by all three men. They go for the triple powerbomb but Cena makes the save. Ryback goes for Shellshocked on Rollins while Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose. Reigns interrupts Shellshocked and spears Ryback. Rollins falls on top and covers Ryback for the win.

Winners: The Shield

– After the match, Cena is confused about the finish. The Shield retreats through the crowd. Ryback is upset and he leaves Cena and Sheamus in the ring. Ryback heads to the back as Cena looks on confused still.

– We go back out and here comes Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E Langston. Ziggler talks about how he’s not booked tonight. He brings up Jack Swagger and says nothing guarantees a World Heavyweight Title shot but his briefcase. Ziggler goes on and here comes Booker T to the entrance. Booker introduces Ziggler’s opponent and out comes Kofi Kingston.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

They lock up and Ziggler takes Kofi down first. Kofi connects with a nice dropkick. Kofi catapults Ziggler out of the corner and he goes flying. Dolph comes back with a dropkick and takes Kofi to the mat. Kofi runs the ropes and Ziggler blocks a kick and goes for the sleeper hold. Kofi fights out but Ziggler goes to the floor. Kofi runs the ropes and takes out Ziggler. Big E gets on the apron to distract the referee. AJ slaps Kofi. Ziggler gets caught by Trouble in Paradise. Kofi covers for 2 but Big E pulls Ziggler to safety. Kofi leaps from the top rope and lands on Big E on the floor. Kofi rolls Dolph in and springboards in with a crossbody for 2.

Ziggler takes Kofi down hard from the top. Ziggler connects with a Zig Zag for the win.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

– Big E Langston heads up the entrance with Dolph and AJ but comes back to the ring. He hits some big body shots on Kofi and runs over him with a huge clothesline. Langston with a big knee to the gut and two more. Big E lays Kofi out with his finisher and stands over him. Big E yells and holds his fist up as we go to replays.

– Michael Cole plugs the WWE App.

– Brodus clay is backstage with Cameron and Naomi, playing with WWE action figures. Tensai walks up and Clay calls him Sweet T. Tensai doesn’t want to be called that again. They joke about the Japanese writing on Tensai’s face. Tensai gets sad but cheers up after some dancing.

WWE Divas Title Match: Tamina Snuka vs. Kaitlyn

We go to the ring and out first comes the #1 contender Tamina Snuka. WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn is out next.

They show a video from earlier where Kaitlyn talks about how she might walk out or crawl out tonight but will still be champion. They lock up and go to the ropes. Tamina shoves Kaitlyn back and knees her. Back and forth now. Kaitlyn tries to get some offense going but Tamina breaks to the ropes. Tamina goes to the floor and we see the rest of the Divas watching backstage. Kaitlyn dropkicks Tamina back onto the floor and brings her back in the ring. Kaitlyn comes in but Tamina catches her with a right hand. Tamina rams her into the ring post and Kaitlyn hits the floor.

Tamina brings it back in the ring but Kaitlyn kicks her. Tamina drops Kaitlyn with a boot. Tamina with a 2 count. Tamina with a Samoan Drop now. Tamina goes to the top for a Superfly Splash but Kaitlyn moves out of the way. Kaitlyn spears Tamina and covers for the win.

Winner: Kaitlyn

– We get promos for tonight’s WWE Title match.

WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. The Rock

Out first comes CM Punk with Paul Heyman. Punk has the WWE Title belt with him and has himself introduces as The People’s Champion. Out next comes The Rock to a big pop.

We get formal ring introductions before the bell. They get a feel for each other before locking up. Punk drops Rock with a shoulder. They stall some before locking up again. Punk with a headlock. Punk drops Rock again. Rock catches him with big arm drags. Rock throws Punk into the ropes but he retreats to Heyman on the floor. Punk comes back in and the have words in each others face. Punk smacks Rock. Rock unloads with right hands into the corner. Rock ignores the referee and goes back to unloading in the corner. The referee finally backs Rock off with the threat of a DQ. Punk gets up and spits in Rock’s face. Rock runs over him with a clothesline and unloads. Rock tosses Punk out to the floor. Rock goes out and whips Punk into the barrier. Rock with a clothesline on the floor as the referee counts. Rock slams Punk’s face into the announce table. Rock gets raked in the eyes by Punk. Punk comes back in the ring and Rock follows. Punk with a clothesline.

Punk with another takedown and a 1 count. Dueling chants from the crowd now. Punk keeps control and keeps Rock on the mat now. Punk with a 2 count. Punk with a chinlock. Punk catches Rock with a kick to the jaw for another 2 count. Punk with a suplex and another pin attempt. Rock fights out and decks Punk with a right hand. Rock runs into boots in the corner. Punk springboards in with a clothesline for 2. Punk with another chinlock on the mat now. Rock fights up and out with right hands. Rock blocks a boot in the corner unloads with punches. Punk hits the high knee. Punk runs for another high knee and nails it. Punk lays Rock down and climbs to the top. Punk nails the big elbow drop but Rock kicks out at 2.

Rock gets knocked back out to the floor. Punk follows and takes apart the announce table. Rock gets up and brings Punk back in the ring. Rock goes for a Rock Bottom but Punk goes for a neckbreaker. Rock counters and Punk nails a kick to the head for a 2 count. Punk tosses Rock back out to the floor and puts him on the announce table. Punk hits a Rock Bottom on top of the announce table but it doesn’t break. Punk rolls back in the ring as the referee starts counting Rock out. Rock makes it back in the ring before the count out but Punk mounts him with right hands. Rock catches Punk with a Samoan Drop. They both get up and Rock nails a huge right hand. Rock with another right. Punk fights back and they trade lots of big shots now. Rock with a flying clothesline and a DDT as the crowd pops.

Rock goes for a Rock Bottom but Punk counters with elbows to the back of the head. Punk beats Rock down to the mat with elbows. Rock finally nails the Rock Bottom but Punk kicks out. Punk goes to the floor but Rock brings him back in. Heyman argues with a referee. Punk whips Rock into the referee and he lands out on the floor. Punk nails GTS on Rock and covers for the pin but the referee is down. Punk has Rock pinned but there is no referee. Another referee comes down and checks on his colleague, as does a trainer. The second referee comes in the ring as Punk goes for another GTS. Rock counters and nails a spinebuster. The Rock hits The People’s Elbow as the crowd cheers. Rock covers but Punk kicks out at 2. Punk lands on the second referee’s ankle and he’s injured now. Punk drops Rock with a kick to the head as the second referee is out on the floor holding his ankle. A trainer checks on him now.

Punk has Heyman slide him the WWE Title belt. Heyman holds Rock on the apron. Punk charges with the belt but Rock ducks and Punk knocks Heyman to the floor. Rock drops Punk and covers for the win as the first referee wakes up and counts the pin. The Rock is going to WrestleMania 29.

Winner: The Rock

– After the match, The Rock hits the turnbuckles to pose with the WWE Title. Cole announces John Cena vs. The Rock for WrestleMania 29. Elimination Chamber goes off the air with The Rock celebrating.



WWE Title Match
CM Punk vs. The Rock
If The Rock gets himself disqualified or counted out, CM Punk wins the title

World Heavyweight Title Match
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio

Elimination Chamber Match
Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Jack Swagger
Winner gets a World Heavyweight Title shot at WrestleMania 29

WWE Divas Title Match
Tamina Snuka vs. Kaitlyn

WWE United States Title Match
The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro

Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus

Pre-show Match
Tensai and Brodus Clay vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow


Smackdown Spoilers 8-2-13

 Big Show is shown arriving on his bus. He comes to the ring and cuts a promo, announcing that Alberto Del Rio is suspended. Show blames Booker T for what happened and out he comes. Show vs. Kane is announced.

* Cody Rhodes beat Kofi Kingston.

* The Great Khali defeated Titus O’Neil.

* Mark Henry comes out and destroys Khali to a big pop. Henry announces the Hall of Pain is back open. Henry wants a spot in the Chamber match. Booker comes out and announces Henry vs. Randy Orton.

* Big Show quickly beat Kane.

* Alberto Del Rio is outside in the parking lot and he’s taken the wheels off Show’s tour bus. Show comes to the parking lot but gets a bunch of paint dropped on top of him from the roof. Del Rio laughs and drives off.

* Jack Swagger squashed Justin Gabriel.

* Tensai beat Drew McIntyre by DQ when 3MB attacked him. Brodus Clay made the save.

* Antonio Cesaro beat Sin Cara.

* Mark Henry defeated Randy Orton to earn a spot in the Elimination Chamber.



Vickie Guerrero was standing in front of the Raw Roulette wheels. There was a wheel of superstars, a wheel of stipulations and a Vickie Guerrero challenge wheel. First match is Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy with a “special guest referee” stipulation based on her wheel spin.

The music of the former WWE Champion CM Punk played as he quickly walked down to the ring along with Paul Heyman. He complained about losing the WWE Title by saying it should be day 435 of his WWE Title reign. Punk said that he didn’t need help to win matches. Punk said he got screwed more than Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart in Montreal and that last night will be known as the Phoenix Screwjob. He yelled: “I got screwed! I got screwed!” Punk asked Las Vegas if they wanted to party. He said he was the People’s Champion and he was there to crash their party.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon showed up at the top of the ramp. He said that later in the show he had proof that Paul Heyman and CM Punk were involved with The Shield. Vince said that would be later in the ring calling it a personal performance review. Vince said it could result in Heyman’s termination. He said “have a nice party” and Vince left.

Analysis: That sets up things nicely for the show later on. It will be interesting to see what McMahon has on Heyman and if it will make sense on all of the attacks of The Shield in the last couple of months.

The announcers for the show are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John Bradshaw Layfield. JBL complained about how Cole was the one that ratted out The Shield at the Royal Rumble.

Later in the show we’ll see the WWE Champion known as The Rock.

Randy Orton and Antonio Cesaro entered for a match. The special ref is The Miz. They went to break.


Randy Orton vs. Antonio Cesaro w/The Miz as Special Referee

Orton was in control early on getting a couple of nearfalls. They went outside the ring where Orton gave Cesaro a move so that his back went into the security wall. Orton gave Cesaro a slingshot so that Cesaro’s neck went into the bottom rope. In the ring, Cesaro charged in at Orton and Randy gave him a back drop over the top rope to the floor. Orton hit a clothesline outside the ring. Four minutes into the match they went to break with Cesaro out on the floor for the vintage floor to commercial spot.

Analysis: Two commercials in the first twenty minutes. Remember the days of the twenty minute promo to open the show? Not this week.


Back from break, Cesaro hit a headbutt on Orton and then he drove Orton’s throat into the top turnbuckle and that got him a two count. Miz has called the match down the middle, which is noteworthy because Miz has a rivalry with Cesaro. Nice sit out slam from Cesaro. Gutwrench suplex by Cesaro for two. Orton fought out of a chinlock and made a comeback with some clotheslines followed by his snap powerslam as the crowd came alive. Orton’s comeback stopped when Cesaro got a knee up and then a back elbow off the middle rope. That got Cesaro a two count, so he argued with Miz. Orton hit his backbreaker variation, Cesaro got a thumb to the eye and argued with Miz. That allowed Orton to recover. Guess what? RKO. Orton covered for the win after 12 minutes.

Winner: Randy Orton

Post match, Miz gave Cesaro a Skull Crushing Finale just for fun.

Analysis: **1/2 It was an entertaining match from two guys I like, but the commercial break mid-match hurt it a bit. The finish was so obvious unless you haven’t watched wrestling before. Orton had no problem capitalizing on the distraction. Obviously the involvement of Miz furthers the feud with Cesaro, so it’s likely we’ll see another match from them.

Back at the wheel, Vickie spun the entertainment wheel and we found out it was Ryback. It landed on “make me laugh.” She told Ryback to make her laugh. Ryback entered the arena as they went to break.


At ringside we saw legendary tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who live in Las Vegas I’m pretty sure. They’re married if you don’t know.

There was a “Laugh Off” in the ring with Ryback against the Primetime Players with Matt Striker moderating it. Titus O’Neil told a bad joke about Striker. Crowd booed. Ryback asked “what has four eyes, twenty fingers and is about to be unconscious?” Then he looked at Primetime Players. He kicked Young, who then ran away. Ryback gave O’Neil a spinebuster. Meat Hook Clothesline to O’Neil. Shellshocked to O’Neil. Young was looking on at ringside during all of this. Striker said it made him laugh. He said Ryback was the winner of the challenge. Ryback picked up Striker and JBL marked out for Striker getting attacked. Ryback gave Striker the Shellshocked to a good ovation. He led the crowd in “feed me more” chants.

Analysis: I guess that’s a way to keep Ryback strong after finishing second in the Royal Rumble last week. Not a great segment. It was filler more than anything.

They aired the video of Bob Backlund in the Hall of Fame. Same video we got last week. They said they would announce the third inductee for the WWE HOF later in the show.

We’ll hear from Rock later in the show.

Analysis: This feels like last week when they told us for three hours we’ll hear from John Cena later in the show. I guess it happens nearly every week.


Backstage at the wheel, Vickie’s spin landed on Player’s Choice. She said Wade Barrett gets to pick his opponent. He picked NXT “rookie” Bo Dallas. Dallas eliminated Barrett from the Rumble match. It was a good way to debut somebody new.

Wade Barrett vs. Bo Dallas

This is not for Barrett’s IC Title. Dallas hit some arm drags and a dropkick. His offense didn’t last too long as Barrett took over with power moves by throwing Dallas’ head into a turnbuckle. Barrett gave Dallas a hard kick to the face. Cole put over Dallas as somebody with a lot of fire and desire. So basically he’s like 95% of the babyfaces in the history of wrestling. Dallas countered the Bull Hammer with a belly to belly suplex and he pinned Barrett for the win after three minutes. The reaction of the crowd was pretty quiet.

Winner: Bo Dallas

They only showed Dallas celebrating briefly. Maybe five seconds. Then it ended. It would have been nice if they made that a bigger moment.

Analysis: * I expected a short match, but the win by Dallas surprised me a bit. It’s not a bad idea to give the newcomer a win over an established guy. That’s not a new concept by any means. It just felt like Barrett would win here. The crowd reacted to Dallas favorably, but it wasn’t that great. They need to know more about Dallas, I guess.

Cody Rhodes spun the wheel. It landed on John Cena. That’s next apparently.


After Cody Rhodes made his way down to ringside, they mentioned John Cena was on the cover of Fruity Pebbles cereal. They actually had a Cena/Flintstone tale of the tape. I’m not going to recap that. Try to find a picture. The best part of that was when JBL said that Tony Chimel was the original Fred Flintstone. John Cena made his entrance to a good ovation as we near the top of the second hour.

John Cena vs. Cody Rhodes

Cena hit a suplex on Rhodes. Cody was angry, so he went to the floor where he grabbed a microphone. Rhodes said this was a waste of Cody Rhodes, so he’s leaving. Cena hit his shoulderblock followed by his spinning suplex. Five Knuckle Shuffle by Cena. Attitude Adjustment by Cena. That’s the end of the match after two minutes.

Winner: John Cena

Analysis: 1/2* Squash match. Story is that Royal Rumble winner John Cena is on fire. Sorry Rhodes.

Post match, Cena grabbed the microphone. He said others can say that they should have won the Rumble, but only one of them can say that “I won the Royal Rumble” and that’s him. Cena said that throwing Ryback out at the end was only the first step. He said the winner of the Royal Rumble gets to issue a challenge for the champion of their choosing at the main event of WrestleMania (he pointed at the sign).

Cena said the WWE Champion will be either CM Punk or The Rock. Cena talked about how for nearly two years he has not been able to beat Punk. He pointed out that six times he has failed to defeat Punk for the WWE Title. Then there is The Rock. Cena said he talked about Rock before he came back because he wanted Rock to challenge him. For one year Cena talked about how much he had to win that match. Cena said he proved to the world that he was in Rock’s league and had moments where he proved Rock couldn’t handle his jockstrap. He said all of that was great until he lost on April 1 at WrestleMania. “I lost that match. The Rock won.” Correct. Cena said he had a difficult choice and sucked up to Las Vegas. He said should he choose the World Title against somebody he thinks he can beat or the WWE Champion, who he may lose to.

“I, John Cena, challenge on April 7 at Met Life Stadium at WrestleMania 29…” (long stare at WrestleMania sign as the crowd chants “Rocky”) “I challenge the WWE Champion! This goes as a message to The Rock and CM Punk.” He tried to say more, but then the music of The Shield started up.

Analysis: At least they didn’t waste time having Cena announce his choice. We all knew it was coming.

The Shield walked down to the ring. It’s nice of them to have friends in the production truck that play their theme music huh? Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns attacked Cena all at once. They beat down Cena with a series of kicks and punches. Sheamus ran down to the ring (with music). He went after the three members of The Shield, but they all took him down in another corner of the ring. There’s Ryback (with music). He threw Ambrose over the top to the floor. He threw Rollins over the top to the floor. Then they pulled Ryback outside the ring and threw him into the steps. Sheamus fought back, but they threw him into the ring post. Cena came back in the ring. The Shield dominated him and gave Cena a three man Powerbomb in the center of the ring. The Shield left.

Analysis: That was an awesome beatdown by The Shield. I enjoyed the segment quite a bit. They are booking The Shield so strong, which is better than how they usually book heels. The likely result of all of this is a six man match in the Elimination Chamber with Cena, Ryback & Sheamus taking on The Shield. It would give the Elimination Chamber a Wargames type of feel in that it would be a tag match rather than a singles match. Nothing is official yet, but that seems to be where this is headed.


They replayed the attack by The Shield.

Vickie spun the wheel and it landed on Lingerie Pillow Fight. Tensai & Brodus Clay were there. Tensai said no to that and left. Vickie told Brodus to spin the Vickie Challenge Wheel. It landed on “Dance Off.” That means we’ll see the two big guys dancing. Brodus said he’d inform Tensai of the change. Cole thought it was hilarious of course. Bad comedy.

They aired clips from the fan fest during Royal Rumble weekend. Same video that aired during the PPV.

Brodus Clay made his entrance. Another commercial.

Analysis: So much filler on this show. Really makes me wish it was two hours long.


In the ring Jerry Lawler was hosting the dance off. Both guys were in the ring along with the Funkadactyls with Clay.

Dance Off: Brodus Clay vs. Tensai

Tensai was in a robe for some reason. Tensai had on women’s lingerie. He didn’t know it was a dance off. Clay didn’t tell him. I’m guessing he’s missing New Japan right about now. Brodus ended up dancing with the Funkadactyls. Lawler told Tensai to dance and said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I feel so bad for the fans that have to witness this. Tensai started doing some tap dancing. Then the lawnmower dance. Of course some of us remember that he used to be a Hip Hop Hippo. JBL said it was the worst thing he has ever seen in his life. Suddenly Ron Simmons was watching backstage. He said: “Damn.” That ended the segment.

Analysis: So bad. Painful to watch. Minus five stars. Best way I can summarize that Tensai/Clay dance is: “My eyes! The goggles did nothing!” That’s a Simpsons reference, folks. I don’t even care if it leads to a tag team forming between them. That was brutal.

Del Rio spun the wheel and it landed on “Body Slam Challenge.” Vickie said that he would have to try to body slam the Big Show. Del Rio said they are in Vegas and that in Vegas anything can happen. Body slam challenge is next.

Analysis: I’m still dealing with the pain from that last segment.


Ricardo Rodriguez introduced the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto “no car to the ring” Del Rio for the bodyslam challenge. It’s pretty cool to hear the crowd chanting along with the “Albertoooooooooooo Del Rio” part. Big Show made his entrance.

Body Slam Challenge: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

They started brawling right from the beginning. That wasn’t the challenge. Show knocked down Rodriguez and then he gave Del Rio the KO Punch to knock him out. I guess that’s the end of the challenge.

After the end of the “challenge” Big Show took out some duct tape. He taped the right wrist of Del Rio to the middle rope. Show attacked Ricardo with hard punches to the chest. He took his shirt off and chopped him hard in the chest repeatedly. Del Rio was taped to the ropes, so he could save Ricardo. Show whipped Ricardo hard into the security wall. Back in the ring, Show stepped on the head of Ricardo as he stood right in front of Del Rio. Show attacked Del Rio with kicks as Cole started to use SERIOUS VOICES~! to describe what was happening. JBL said Show was getting revenge from what happened at the Royal Rumble and Del Rio deserved this because of what he did. Another hard chop to Ricardo’s chest. Then Show gave the KO Punch to Ricardo. Show kicked Del Rio in the knee. Show gave Del Rio another KO Punch to knock him out again.

Analysis: That was a five minute beating. It was an easy story to tell since Show was angry about losing the World Title match at the Rumble and he didn’t care to compete in the actual Body Slam challenge. That would suggest that the feud isn’t over here although with the Elimination Chamber PPV coming up I would assume we’ll see four others competing for the World Title as well. Show looked very strong here after getting beat the Rumble. That’s typical booking after a PPV. It was an effective segment in terms of having an angry heel get his revenge.


Las Vegas Showgirls Lumberjills Match: Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka

The WWE Divas outside the ring were wearing showgirls outfits. Basically every diva was out there except AJ and Natalya. The competitors were already in the ring. Kaitlyn’s Divas Title is not on the line. The crowd was dead silent. When Kaitlyn got knocked outside the ring, Aksana went after Kaitlyn, so Kaitlyn knocked her down. Kaitlyn went back into the ring with a shoulderblock. Did I mention the crowd was dead? I don’t blame them after the dance off. Even Cole sarcastically called it great like the dance off. Kaitlyn hit a dropkick on Tamina. All the showgirls went into the ring to start a brawl. It went about two minutes. They were all fighting with eachother. Cole: “Thank goodness for whoever cued the music. I promise folks things are getting better.”

No Match Result

Analysis: That was painful. This show has been a mess. Even Cole was ripping it on commentary and he’s the babyface announcer. That’s not a good sign. I’m not sure if this furthered the Kaitlyn/Tamina story or not. It was brutal.

The Rock is up next.


We got a replay of The Shield’s attack earlier in the show.

The new WWE Champion The Rock entered the arena. He got a really nice ovation from the crowd who was probably glad to see him after some brutal segments earlier in the show.

The Rock said there was one word to symbolize this entire journey: finally. “Finally The Rock has come back to Las Vegas. And finally The Rock is WWE Champion.” He said from 1998 to 2003 he had the honor of winning 7 WWE Championships. After ten long years he can honestly say that this is the proudest moment of his career. He said he’s already thanked his friends and family, but he wanted to thank the fans. He said for 434 days CM Punk said that the fans didn’t count and didn’t matter. Well he didn’t say that during his entire reign because he was a babyface for eight months of it, but I guess I get Rock’s point. He said those days are over. He called Punk a homeless tattooed freak and that every time Paul Heyman walked out there he was going to wonder if he had a bra big enough to hold his deep fried Twinkie Tits. And there’s a “Twinkie Tits” chant. Rock said they were going to usher in the “People’s Era” because they’re going to celebrate. He said the word sky and rhymed it by saying they were all getting pie.

There’s CM Punk’s theme song. The former WWE Champ was on the ramp talking about how for 434 days he made the WWE Title special. Punk said Rock didn’t earn that – it was handed to him like everything in his life. Punk said that the WWE Title is prestigious because Rock made it that way. Punk said if Rock had respect for his father and grandfather and he would walk up the ramp to give it to Punk. He wanted Rock to apologize to him for tarnishing what Punk made so great.

Rock said if Punk had an ounce of manhood then Punk would walk down the ramp to come take the WWE Title. Rock said Punk could come into the ring to face Rock like a man or stand up on the stage like a “punk ass bitch.” Punk said he’s going to stand on the stage like a “punk ass bitch” and he acted as if it was cool to swear. Punk said he does things on his terms. He mentioned doing house shows this weekend (even naming all the cities) wondering if Rock would be there in a sarcastic tone, but that in three weeks at Elimination Chamber he’s granting The Rock a rematch. Rock said Punk has got his Elimination Chamber rematch. He said he’d receive the ass kicking of a lifetime.

Analysis: It leaked earlier today that they would do a singles rematch between The Rock and CM Punk at Elimination Chamber. That means Rock isn’t in a Chamber match, so it will be interesting to see what they do in terms of the EC matches at that show. I liked the promos from both guys. Saying “bitch” isn’t a PG word, but I thought it added to the intensity of the promo from Rock. I enjoyed Punk’s speech. I’m sure the people that don’t like Rock enjoyed when Punk mentioned the house shows, but we know Rock isn’t doing house shows. Of course we also know that even when they do title matches at house shows there are rarely title changes anyway, so it’s not that valid of a point. I’m sure it will make some people happy, though. Anyway, that promo woke up the crowd a bit. This show really needed that. Hopefully the last hour is as good as that.

Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow in a Tables Match is next.


Back from break, they showed an earlier segment where Sandow spun the wheel and he got a Tables match.

Tables Match: Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow

Sheamus was favoring his left arm from the attack earlier in the show. They brawled outside the ring a bit with Sheamus throwing Sandow into the ring steps. Sheamus grabbed a table from under the ring and he set it up on the floor outside the ring. They went to the other side of the arena where Sandow hit a dropkick on the floor. He pulled out a table, but Sheamus threw the table into Sandow’s face. They brought the table into the ring where Sandow hit a single arm DDT onto the injured left arm of Sheamus, which landed right on the table. Cole noted it was the birthday of Sheamus – he’s 35 years old (he didn’t say the age). Sandow threw another table at Sheamus and then he used the table to continue the attack on the left arm of Sheamus. Sheamus missed a Brogue Kick near the ropes. Then he gave a shoulder block over the top rope to knock down a charging Sandow. Sheamus was near a table when he did that, so that was a nice move to avoid elimination. Sandow was able to hit his Elbow of Disdain. He threw Sheamus into the side of a table. Sheamus came back with the ten clubbing blows to the chest of Sandow. Sheamus picked up Sandow for the White Noise and he drove Sandow through a table that was propped up in the corner. That was enough for the victory after eight minutes.

Winner: Sheamus

Analysis: ** That was a good television match. I wasn’t a fan of using Sheamus in a match after that attack from The Shield. The attack would have meant more if we didn’t see the guys that were attacked having matches later in the show. Beating Sandow doesn’t do much other than give a guy a win that wins the majority of his television matches anyway. Sandow and Rhodes both lost to top guys on this show. Hopefully they can win the tag titles soon so they have a bigger role.

Later in the show is Vince McMahon’s “Personal Performance Review” of Paul Heyman.


In the ring there was Great Khali, Hornswoggle & Natalya (too good for this segment) and Zack Ryder. They were there to do a karaoke contest with Jerry Lawler hosting. Khali had to sing Shawn Michaels’ theme song. He was terrible of course. He just sang the “sexy boy” part. It was awful as JBL said Shawn Michaels was rolling in his grave and he’s not even dead yet. 3MB came out to say they are the biggest rock stars in WWE. Khali chopped McIntyre. Ryder hit the Rough Ryder on Mahal. Khali chopped Slater. Then Hornswoggle hit the Tadpole Splash off the top rope onto Slater in the ring.

Analysis: On behalf of Natalya I’d like to point out that she’s way too good for that awful segment. I don’t know if this was worse than the divas match or the dance off from earlier, but all three of them were brutal. I’m a positive WWE fan, but even the announcers are ripping on the show. So if you know it’s a bad segment why put it out there?

There’s Chris Jericho walking backstage. Save us!


Break down the walls! It’s Chris Jericho time. “Welcome to Raw is Jericho.” Where were you over two hours ago? He said it was great to be back in the WWE. He said he was gone for six months. August to January is not six months. It’s five, but that’s okay. Jericho said his return at the Royal Rumble was one of the greatest nights of his career. He said he’ll never…ever…forget it. There’s the music of Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler entered the ring along with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. He said he wondered what Jericho was doing there because he didn’t work there anymore. AJ said she was GM, so she made Jericho put his career on the line against the briefcase. She bragged about how she was the one that got Y2J terminated. Jericho told Ziggler to put a leash on his doggy before she goes “pee pee” in the ring. That’s how you insult somebody in a PG way. Big E spoke up saying he would hurt Jericho. Jericho asked Big E what does the E stand for: “Your bra size?” That was great. Ziggler said Jericho didn’t work there. Vickie Guerrero appeared on the screen and said she was the one that hired Jericho. I guess the heels weren’t smart enough to realize that somebody could re-hire Jericho that easily. She put them in a match. It landed on “Strange Bedfellows” which meant that they had to team together in a match against Team Hell No.

Analysis: Holy shit I missed Jericho. He was on fire in that promo. This show needed his energy.

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler showed off in front of Jericho. Ten seconds into the match they went to break.


I forgot to mention this, but the tag titles are not on the line. Back from break, Ziggler was working on Bryan. Jericho tagged in without Ziggler approving. Jericho hit a nice dropkick on Kane and he went to give Bryan the Walls of Jericho. That didn’t work. Jericho shoved Bryan into Kane, who tagged into the match. The tag champs started arguing. Ziggler tagged in. Jericho hit Kane in the back to make it seem like Ziggler did it. Kane hit a Chokeslam on Ziggler and he covered for a pinfall after about 6 minutes. We saw about three minutes of action.

Winners: Team Hell No

Analysis: *1/2 It was an angle more than a match. The Jericho/Ziggler story was fun in the summer and it’s good to see it revived once again. As for the tag champs, we’ve seen that act many times before.

They aired a video for the next Hall of Fame inductee: Trish Stratus. I’m so proud of my fellow Greek-Canadian who had a wonderful WWE career in the early 2000s and really set the standard for WWE divas. She wasn’t just a model, but she was an accomplished wrestler as well. I’m a huge fan of hers in terms of how hot she was and also of how good of a wrestler she became. Did I mention how hot she was? That cannot be understated. I liked the video package as well.

The main event segment with Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman is next.


This Friday on Smackdown, Booker T will have an announcement on the future of the World Heavyweight Championship. It will likely be a way to set up an Elimination Chamber match.

The WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was in the ring. He said he wanted to have some fun and Las Vegas is the best place to do that, so he called Paul Heyman down to the ring. Vince said CM Punk was escorted out of the arena ten minutes ago. Paul walked down to the ring. Vince shook his hand and then Vince cleaned his hands after it was over. Good comedy. Vince asked Paul if he had The Shield or Brad Maddox under contract.

Paul thanked Vince for the opportunity and he said the answer to the question is “no I have never had anything to do with Brad Maddox or The Shield.” Vince asked Paul if he has ever lied. Paul said that he has lied every day of his life because he’s a promoter and that’s what promoters do. He went on a big speech saying that he lies because that’s what his life is, but that he is not lying now. Paul said he’s trying to be an honorable man and that maybe he could learn from Vince on how to do that. Paul said he wants to be there, so if it takes being an honorable man then that’s what he wants to be. Vince asked for a close-up of that honorable man and he asked if he was honorable (crowd “no”) and honest (crowd: “no”).

Vince asked for some footage. It was Paul talking to Brad Maddox. Then magically the camera was still on, which likely meant that Brad’s camera guy was the one that tipped off Vince about what happened. Paul said that they plucked Brad from obscurity and Paul paid him to help Punk beat Ryback. He said Brad kept coming back for more. Paul said they also paid The Shield, but that they are more effective than Brad is. Then The Shield showed up. Brad told Paul to tell Punk that he was sorry and that he would leave them alone. Then the camera showed footage of The Shield attacking Maddox.

Analysis: In other words, Heyman admitted to paying Maddox and The Shield and that they worked for him.

Back to the ring, the crowd chanted “you are busted” as Paul looked very uncomfortable. They chanted “na na na na hey hey goodbye” at him. Heyman said that wasn’t him. He said that he had a thick New York Jewish accent that was easy to impersonate. He said it was an impersonator portraying Paul Heyman because they were jealous of his success with ECW and CM Punk. Paul admitted to Vince that it was Brad Maddox and The Shield in that video. Vince asked the crowd if Paul was lying about if he involved and if he should be fired. The crowd was waiting for it and then…Brock Lesnar music.

The beast known as Brock Lesnar entered the arena before Vince McMahon could fire Paul Heyman. The crowd gave a huge reaction to Lesnar, who we haven’t seen since the night after Summerslam. He told Heyman to stand in the corner. Lesnar stood right in Vince’s face. Vince told Lesnar not to do something he would regret later on. Heyman was trying to tell Lesnar not to do anything. Instead Lesnar put McMahon on his shoulders and gave him a F5 right in the middle of the ring. Cole: “For God’s sake the man’s a grandfather.” Heyman pleaded with Lesnar to stop. The show ended there.





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The 2013 WWE Royal Rumble pre-show opens with Matt Striker and Tony Dawson at ringside as fans pile into the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. They hype tonight’s pay-per-view card.

– Josh Mathews is backstage with Big Show. We see footage of Alberto Del Rio winning the World Heavyweight Title three weeks ago. Show is upset the footage was shown again. He goes on about Del Rio and says he hit the lottery when he won the title. Show says Del Rio doesn’t have what it takes to beat him twice. Show says it’s not happening. WWE’s pre-show feed keeps stalling. The feed comes back on and we’re in the middle of a “Rumble by the Numbers” video.

WWE United States Title Match: The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro

We go to the ring and out first comes WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. The Miz is out next to a decent reaction.

They lock up and Miz goes for a quick roll up. They lock up again and Miz applies a headlock. Cesaro fights out and they trade holds. Cesaro drops Miz but misses a clothesline. Miz drops Cesaro for 2. Miz with another roll up for 2. Miz with a headlock takedown now. More back and forth action. Cesaro catches Miz in mid-air with a backbreaker for 2. Miz comes back but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a slam this time for another pin attempt. Cesaro with another 2 count. Cesaro uses the ropes now.

Cesaro with an uppercut and a gutwrench suplex for a 2 count. Cesaro with lefts and rights in the corner now. Miz fights back and charges but once again gets caught in mid-air with a big slam for another pin attempt. Cesaro with a chest stomp and kick to the back. Miz fights out of a hold and hits the backbreaker neckbreaker combo. Miz unloads in the corner and hits a big clothesline. Miz goes to the top but lands bad on his leg after Cesaro counters. Miz still manages to hit a DDT for 2. Cesaro gets caught with his feet on the ropes. More back and forth. Miz with a big kick to the face. More back and forth. Cesaro gets the win with The Neutralizer.

Winner: Antonio Cesaro

– We get a hype video for CM Punk vs. The Rock.

– The 2013 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view kicks off with a hype video for tonight’s 30-man main event. The focus shifts to CM Punk’s WWE Title reign and The Rock challenging him tonight.

– We’re live from a sold out US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona as the pyro goes off. Michael Cole welcomes us to the Royal Rumble and the Road to WrestleMania. He’s joined by JBL andJerry Lawler.

Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio

Lilian Garcia is in the ring for tonight’s opener. She introduces Big Show and out he comes first. We see Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez walking backstage. Ricardo seems concerned for Del Rio. Bret Hart appears and shakes Del Rio’s hand, wishing him good luck. Hart says Big Show is about as big and bad as they come. Hart says Del Rio reminds him of a Mexican Bret Hart. Del Rio leaves and Ricardo tells Bret how big of a fan he is. Del Rio comes back to get Ricardo. Bret gives his shades to Ricardo and finally they head to the ring. We meet the announcers and it feels like they are stalling. Ricardo comes out wearing Bret’s glasses and begins the introduction for Del Rio. Finally out comes the World Heavyweight Champion.

The bell rings and Show takes Del Rio to the corner with body shots and a headbutt. Show with a massive chop to the chest. Del Rio with a kick and punches. Show runs over Del Rio and knocks him down. Show with a scoop slam and some trash talking to the fans. Del Rio fights back and goes to the second rope. Show knocks him out in mid-air with a big chop to the chest. Show with another headbutt and a big back splash int he corner. Del Rio dropkicks Show’s leg out and he goes down. Del Rio with a big kick to the head. Del Rio with another kick. Show comes back and goes for a powerbomb. Del Rio turns it into a hurricanrana and goes back up top. Del Rio comes down with a seated senton.

Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but Show turns it into a big slam. The referee counts but Del Rio makes it up. Show with another big chop to the chest. Show brings a steel chair in the ring but Del Rio kicks it into him. Show grabs the chair and unloads on Show with it. Fans chant “si” as Del Rio beats on Show with the chair. Del Rio comes off the top but Show grabs him and chokeslams him. Show takes it to the floor and slams Del Rio. The referee continues to count but Del Rio makes it up and stumbles around towards the ramp. Del Rio hits Show with a knee below the belt. Del Rio with a kick to the head and Show goes down.

The referee counts but Show makes it up at 9. Show fights back and they’re at the entrance area now. Del Rio gets dropped into the floor. Show whips Del Rio into part of the set. Show beats Del Rio over the back with a large plastic bulb from the set and then breaks it. Show sets up a table and smacks Del Rio in the chest again. Show climbs up on part of the set and brings Del Rio up by his hair. Show fights Del Rio up higher on the set piece. Show tosses Del Rio by his throat off the set and through a table. Del Rio smacks his head on the floor it looks like. Del Rio barely gets up at 9 and falls right back down. Show grabs Del Rio and brings him back towards the ring.

Show brings it back in the ring and calls for the knockout punch. Del Rio avoids it and stumbles out to the floor. Show grabs a piece of the steel steps but Del Rio moves out of the way. Ricardo attacks Show from behind but Show tosses him into the fan barrier. Show goes for a spear but Del Rio moves and Show crashes through the fan barrier. As the referee counts, Del Rio waits. Del Rio grabs a chair and wails away on Show’s back with it. Del Rio puts Show’s arm over the steel steps piece and whacks it with the chair. Del Rio grabs a fire extinguisher and sprays Show with it. Show rolls in the ring and Del Rio follows with a chair. Fans chant “this is awesome” as Del Rio applies the cross armbreaker while Ricardo duct tapes Show’s feet to the bottom rope. Del Rio breaks the hold and the ref counts. Show is stuck to the bottom rope and can’t get up. Del Rio wins the match.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

– Striker is backstage with AJ Lee, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler says Vickie Guerrero is bitter for making him pick 1 or 2 in the Royal Rumble. Ziggler picks 1 because that’s what he is. AJ interrupts Striker and makes him run off or face Langston. Langston takes the mic and talks like a crazy sportscaster, asking Ziggler about the Rumble. Ziggler says he’s going to win tonight, cash in later and unify the WWE Title and the World Title at WrestleMania.

– We see a video from Antonio Cesaro taped earlier. Cesaro talks about how he will win the Royal Rumble tonight. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil also talk about winning the match. Randy Orton is up next. He says tonight is his kind of night. Orton says he needs the win and he’s going to take it. John Cena is up next. Cena says at the end of the night, everyone will realize the champ is here. Wade Barrett speaks next. He says he will restore credibility to the Rumble tonight. Sheamus says it’s time to fight. Ryback is up last. Every 90 seconds a Superstar enters the match and he will just say feed me more.

– We get a look back at the pre-show where Antonio Cesaro retained over The Miz.

WWE Tag Team Title Match: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan

We go to the ring and out first comes Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. The WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan are out next. It will be Rhodes and Bryan starting things out.

Back and forth to start the match. Bryan ends up applying a surfboard submission. Bryan tags Kane in and he dropkicks Rhodes. Kane with a 2 count. Kane takes Rhodes to the corner and works him over. Cody fights back and dropkicks Kane into the corner. Sandow tags in for some double teaming but Kane fights them off. Kane scoop slams Sandow and drops an elbow for a 2 count. Bryan comes back in and hits Sandow with a bunch of kicks as the crowd chants “yes.” Kane tags back in and boots Sandow in the head. Sandow blocks a shot but Kane kicks him out of the ring. Cody comes in but Kane sends him to the floor also. Bryan runs the ropes and dives out on both men.

They come back in and Cody helps Sandow send Cody to the floor. Sandow rams Bryan into the apron twice and brings it back in. Sandow stomps away and tags in Rhodes. Cody goes at it with Bryan now. Sandow comes back in and drops an elbow for 2. Sandow with the side Russian leg sweep and then the Elbow of Disdain on Bryan for another 2 count. Sandow with another quick pin attempt. Sandow drops knees and covers again. Cody comes back in and takes Bryan to the corner. Bryan turns it around with a kick to the jaw. Cody tags in Sandow and stops Bryan from tagging. Cody comes right back in for some double teaming. Cody with a submission but Bryan fights out. Kane finally comes in for a chokeslam but Sandow counters. Kane drops Sandow with a big right hand and a clothesline in the corner. Another splash in the corner by Kane. Kane with the sideslam on Sandow for 2.

Kane goes to the top but Sandow cuts him off and they trade shots. Kane sends Sandow to the mat. Kane comes crashing down but Sandow moves and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Rhodes comes in and they block a double chokeslam. They hit a double chokeslam on Kane but didn’t see that Bryan tagged himself in. Sandow turns around to a missile dropkick from Bryan. Kane chokeslams Cody. Bryan with the Yes Lock on Sandow now. Sandow taps out to end the match.

Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan

– We see the “Rumble by the Numbers” video again.

– Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage when Vickie Guerrero walks up. She hands them their entry numbers for the Rumble match. Kane says Bryan’s number is interesting. Bryan wants Kane to show him his number now. Kane says no. Kane says it’s a bad strategy to reveal your number. Kane says he will see Bryan out there.

– We get a RAW Roulette promo for tomorrow night.

– We see highlights from the Royal Rumble Fan Fest on Saturday, including Bo Dallas winning the NXT tournament to earn a spot in the 30-man Royal Rumble.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

We go to the ring and Justin Roberts is in the ring explaining the rules of the Royal Rumble. Out first comes Dolph Ziggler with AJ Lee and Big E Langston. AJ kisses Ziggler and he heads to the ring by himself. Ziggler takes the mic and says he’s right where he belongs – in the spotlight. Ziggler says when the match is over, it will still be just him in the ring alone. Out comes the number 2 entrant – Chris Jericho, to a huge pop.

Jericho gets a big entrance and the crowd goes nuts. The bell rings and here we go. Back and forth to start the match. Jericho avoids elimination and clotheslines Ziggler to the apron. The crowd chants “you still got it” at Jericho. Jericho superplexes Ziggler as Cody Rhodes makes his way out next.

Jericho with clothesliens on Cody. Cody and Ziggler team up and take Jericho down in the corner. Jericho applies Walls of Jericho on Cody but Ziggler breaks it. The next man out is Kofi Kingston. He leaps off th top and takes out Cody. Kofi unloads on Cody but gets cut off. Jericho works over Cody now as Kofi tries to dump Ziggler. Cody tries to eliminate both of them. The next man out is Santino Marella, returning from injury.

Santino tries to eliminate Cody and Jericho but they hang on and come back in. Santino stops everything in the middle of the ring and pulls out the Cobra. He hits Kofi with it. Jericho and Cody take out Santino and he’s eliminated. Jericho tries to take Cody out now. Cody and Ziggler try to eliminate Kofi now. Kofi fights them off and the next man out is Drew McIntyre. Drew goes at it with everyone but Kofi fires back. Drew with a big boot and Kofi goes down. Cody stomps on Jericho now. Drew tries to eliminate Kofi and Jericho tries to get them both out.

Drew works over Kofi in the corner now. Jericho almost gets eliminated but he hangs on without touching the floor. The next man out is Titus O’Neil at #7. Titus runs over Cody and Kofi. Titus double clotheslines them when they try to double team him. Titus manhandles Kofi and tosses him across the ring. Jericho eliminates McIntyre. Ziggler tries to eliminate Jericho. Titus tries to eliminate them both but they hang on. The next man out is Goldust. He rushes the ring as Cody waits for him. The two brothers start brawling in the middle of the ring. Ziggler comes in but Goldust drops him. Cody assists Goldust but they go back to it. Goldust with a right hand on Cody. Goldust dumps Cody over the top but he hangs on. Goldust stomps away on Cody and works him over in the corner. The crowd chants for Goldust.

Jericho fights off Titus. The next man out is David Otunga to boos from the crowd. Otunga hits the ring and goes after Goldust and then Jericho. Cody and Goldust try to eliminate Titus now. Cody tries to dump his brother but everyone hangs on. The next man out is Heath Slater. Slater goes after Otunga and then Goldust. Jericho works on Ziggler in the corner. The next man out is Sheamus to a big pop. Sheamus runs over Goldust, Otunga, Titus and then Ziggler. Cody catches a backbreaker. Slater catches the plunge, as does Jericho. Sheamus with forearms on Titus to the chest. Sheamus tosses Otunga into Titus and Titus is eliminated. Otunga gets forearms on the apron now. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick and Otunga is eliminated.

The next man out is Tensai. Tensai goes right after Sheamus and hits him with headbutts. An “Albert” chant breaks out. The next man out is Brodus Clay with Cameron and Naomi dancing. Clay runs to the ring and takes out Jericho, working him over in the corner. Tensai and Clay go at it now. Cody and Goldust tangle some more. Cody mocks his brother and gets sent to the apron. Goldust charges but Cody hits him in the gut. They fight on the apron now. Goldust clotheslines Cody into the ring. Cody sends Goldust into the ring post and Goldust is eliminated. Rey Mysterio is out next. He hits 619 on Ziggler and then 619 on Jericho. Rey with a big splash on Jericho. Cody grabs Rey and tries to dump him but Rey slides out. Sheamus tries to eliminate Tensai. Rey dropkicks Ziggler and the next man out is Darren Young at 15.

Several stars eliminate Clay with the help of Young. Kofi leaps in over Tensai and takes him over the top rope. Tensai is eliminated. Rey almost eliminates Young. Ziggler tries to eliminate Kofi but Kofi leaps out onto Tensai’s back. Kofi gets slammed on the announcers table and his feet still haven’t touched the floor. Kofi grabs JBL’s announcers chair as the next man out is Bo Dallas from NXT. Dallas goes at it with Cody. Kofi puts JBL’s chair on the floor and makes it hop like a pogo stick to the apron. The crowd pops as Kofi keeps himself in the match. Cody eliminates Young and then Kofi with Disaster kicks. Cody celebrates and here comes Sheamus but he hangs on. The next man out is The Godfather.

Godfather comes out with a couple of his ho’s. He hits the ring but gets dropkicked right back out by Dolph Ziggler. Godfather is eliminated as everyone else looks on. Godfather puts his pimp gear back on and struts up the aisle with his girls. Jericho works over Dallas. The next man out is Wade Barrett. Barrett lays out Slater and goes after Mysterio, then Jericho. Barrett goes back to Slater and then hits a big sideslam on Sheamus. Barrett and Jericho work on eliminating Sheamus but he hangs on.

The next man out is John Cena at 19. Everyone looks on as Cena comes out. Cody, Barrett, Ziggler and Slater form a wall and attack Cena as he rushes the ring. Everyone goes after Cena but he fights them off. Cena eliminates Heath Slater and Cody Rhodes. Jericho and Cena go at it now. Jericho hangs on and Ziggler saves him. Cena goes after Dallas now. Dallas tries to eliminate Cena. The next man out is Damien Sandow. Sandow goes right to work on Dallas. Barrett catches Rey on the top and they both tangle on the apron. Barrett kicks Rey off the apron and Rey is eliminated. Barrett poses and turns around to shots from Sheamus. Jericho counters an Attitude Adjustment and goes for Walls of Jericho on Cena but can’t get it. The next man out is Daniel Bryan. Bryan goes at it with Sandow and kicks away.

Bryan unloads with more kicks on Barrett. Bryan tries to eliminate Jericho and Sheamus tries to help him. Jericho hangs on as Sheamus takes Bryan to the corner. Dueling chants for Cena from the crowd as he fights off Barrett. Antonio Cesaro is the next man out. Cesaro and Sheamus go at it. Dallas and Ziggler fight in the corner. Cesaro drops Dallas with an uppercut and works over Jericho in the corner. The next man out is The Great Khali. Khali chops Barrett and Sandow. Dallas catches one too. Khali drops Jericho and puts a boot to his throat. Cesaro works on eliminating Sheamus still. The next man out is Kane.

Kane hits Jericho and goes to eliminate Ziggler but he hangs on. Kane with shots for Jericho and Khali. Sheams works on Sandow in the corner. Khali fights Kane and Bryan off. Sandow pushes Sheamus over the ropes but he hangs on. Kane with a headbutt for Cesaro. The next man out is Zack Ryder. Ryder leaps and takes down Ziggler. Bryan eliminates Kane. Kane looks shocked. Cesaro knocks Bryan off the apron into Kane’s arms. Bryan wants Kane to take him back to the apron but Kane says no. Kane drops Bryan and Bryan is eliminated. The next man out is Randy Orton to a big pop. Orton takes down Barrett, Sheamus and Ziggler. Then Ryder and Dallas. Orton tosses Dallas but he hangs on. Orton with a double draping DDT for Ziggler and Dallas. Ryder catches a RKO. Ryder is eliminated. Cesaro and Barrett beat Orton down in the corner now. The next man out is Jinder Mahal at 27.

Cesaro works on Cena but he hangs on. Cena turns it around and eliminates Cesaro. Jericho works on Ziggler. Cena catapults Ziggler to the apron but he hangs on. Sheamus with a clothesline for Barrett. The next man out is The Miz. Miz meets Cesaro on the aisle and they brawl. Miz drops Cesaro and heads to the ring. Cole says Miz injured his ankle in the pre-show earlier tonight. Jinder is eliminated. Sin Cara is out at 29. Cara kicks Ziggler in the head and then goes after Jericho and Sandow. Sheamus works on eliminating Cena but he hangs on. Dallas works on eliminating Barrett and gets him. Barrett is eliminated. Ziggler works on Cena. Jericho hangs on. Barrett comes back and pulls Dallas out, eliminating him. Barrett waits for Dallas to get up and hits the Bullhammer elbow on the floor. The last man out at 30 is Ryback.

Ryback comes in and unloads, shoving everyone down. Ryback scoops Sandow and eliminates him. Cara comes with kicks but Ryback just takes them. Cara comes from the top but Ryback shoves him out of the air. Ryback lifts Cara high and throws him out on Sandow. Cara is eliminated. Miz comes from behind on Ryback but Ryback tosses him. Miz is eliminated. Jericho with a Codebreaker on Ryback. Jericho drops Cena and hits the Lionsault. Jericho tosses Sheamus to the apron and dropkicks him. Sheamus hangs on. Jericho with clotheslines for Orton and a Codebreaker to Ziggler. Ziggler superkicks Jericho and he is eliminated. It’s down to Ziggler, Sheamus, Orton, Ryback and Cena.

Orton with clotheslines and RKO’s for Cena and Ziggler. RKO for Sheamus now. Orton with the second rope DDT to Ryback. Orton goes for RKO on Ryback but Ryback clotheslines him out. Orton is eliminated. Bodies flying everywhere now. Ziggler hangs on but Sheamus hits a big Brogue Kick on the apron and he goes down. Ziggler is eliminated. It’s down to Cena, Sheamus and Ryback now. Cena and Sheamus attack Ryback and hit a double suplex. Cena and Sheamus look up at the WrestleMania 29 sign before they start brawling. Cena hits his usual moves and calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Ryback stops it with a massive clothesline on Cena. Ryback goes for Shellshocked on Sheamus but it’s blocked. Sheamus with White Noise on Ryback. Sheamus readies for a Brogue on Ryback but it’s blocked. Ryback scoops Sheamus up and over the top rope. It’s down to Cena and Ryback.

Ryback gets a chant going. Cena starts brawling. Ryback hits a spinebuster and the chant starts up. Ryback readies for a big clothesline but Cena drops him and locks in the STF. Cena keeps the hold locked as the crowd does dueling chants. Ryback looks to have passed out in the hold. Cena rolls him over and tries to pick him up. Cena picks Ryback and sits him on the top rope. Ryback wakes up and fights back with a Thesz Press. Ryback slams Cena’s head into the mat. Ryback scoops Cena but Cena slides out. Cena shoves Ryback over the top for the win.

Winner: John Cena

– After the match, Cena’s music hits and he celebrates as the pyro goes off. Cena meets with a fan at ringside and then an anti-Cena fan before going back in the ring for one last pose.

– We get a promo for tonight’s main event.

– Josh Mathews is backstage with The Rock. Rock cuts Mathews off and the crowd chants for Rocky. Rock says finally he has come back to Phoenix. Rock addresses The Shield attacking him and talks about always facing tough situations. Rock brings up his mother beating cancer and being here to watch him tonight. We see Rock’s mom in the crowd. Rock says he will never quit. Rock says Punk thinks the fans don’t count. Rock says the fans count to him for all the love, all the support. Rock says it inspires him. Rock goes on and says tonight, they will end 434 days of misery. Rock says tonight is the night we beat CM Punk, win the WWE title and become one.

WWE Title Match: The Rock vs. CM Punk

We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman. Out next comes The Rock to a big pop from the crowd.

The bell rings and they start brawling. Punk comes back with kicks and beats Rock down in the corner. Rock with a big clothesline out of the corner. Punk blocks a Rock Bottom. Rock sends Punk to the floor in front of Heyman. Rock follows and slams Punk’s face into the announcers table. Rock hits a big right hand and starts taking the Spanish announce table apart but Punk rolls him into the ring. Dueling chants from the crowd now. Punk comes back in but Rock meets him with a right hand. Rock works Punk over and whips him into the fan barrier on the floor. Heyman runs over and attacks Rock from behind while the referee isn’t looking. Rock backs Heyman up but Punk attacks from behind and lays Rock out on the floor.

Punk drops Rock’s ribs over the top of the barrier and brings it back in the ring. Punk with knees to the gut and a kick to the back. Rock fights out of a body scissors but Punk drops him again and applies another submission. Punk breaks the hold and Rock meets him with big right hands. Rock with an inverted atomic drop but Punk stops him with a heel kick to the face. Punk keeps control and wails away with forearms to the chest. Punk with more offense on the midsection. Heyman with another cheap shot as the referee is distracted. Punk kicks Rock out of the ring but lands odd on his recently injured knee. Punk goes to the top and leaps out onto Rock with a forearm.

They come back in and Rock starts working on Punk’s injured knee. Punk sends Rock right back out to the floor. Punk leaps out to the floor again and takes Rock out with a suicide dive. Punk brings it back in the ring. Punk springboards in but misses. Rock starts stomping and working on Punk’s knee. Rock with a leg sweep and a 2 count. Rock goes for a Rock Bottom but Punk fights him off with elbows. Punk goes for a GTS but Rock catches the leg and applies a Sharpshooter but Punk rolls through that. Punk applies the Anaconda Vice.

Rock rolls through for a 2 count. Rock with right hands now. Rock nails a DDT as Heyman looks on. Rock readies for another Rock Bottom attempt but Punk catches it and rolls Rock up. Rock rolls through and goes for another Sharpshooter. This time he gets it locked in. Punk makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. Punk rolls out to the floor and Rock follows. Rock with a clothesline on the floor. Rock takes apart the Spanish announce table again. Punk crawls in the ring but Rock pulls him back out. Rock slams Punk into the announce table and lays him on top of it. More right hands from Rock. Punk kicks him in the head. Punk takes Rock up on the table and calls for GTS. Rock blocks it. Rock goes for a Rock Bottom but the table collapses and they just fall. Rock clutches his leg as he tries to get up.

Rock rolls in the ring to break the count. Rock goes back out and hits a Rock Bottom on the floor. The referee starts counting again but Rock brings Punk back in the ring. Rock with a 2 count. They get up and Punk lands a huge roundhouse kick and Rock goes down. They make it up at the 9 count. Punk with a big kick to the leg. Rock with a right. Punk with a right. They trade shots some more. Rock fires away with punches. Punk with forearms. Rock runs the ropes and hits a flying shot. Rock with a spinebuster. Rock calls for The People’s Elbow but when he goes to hit it, the lights go out. We hear a fight going down it sounds like. The lights are still out but Cole is yelling about The Shield. They put Rock through an announce table with a triple powerbomb. The lights come on and Rock is laid outside the ring. No sign of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns. Punk starts smiling and laughing in the ring.

Cole is yelling about The Shield and Punk says he has nothing to do with them. Punk goes outside and brings Rock back in the ring while Heyman looks on. Punk rolls in and covers Rock for the win.

Winner: CM Punk

– After the bell, we see Rock’s mother in the crowd looking worried. Punk takes his title and celebrates as his music plays. Punk stomps on Rock a few times in the corner and kicks him out of the ring before posing on the turnbuckles.

– Vince McMahon’s music hits and out he comes. Vince says Punk’s celebration is over. Vince says if The Shield got involved, he said he would strip Punk. Vince says yes, technically we couldn’t see that The Shield got involved. Vince goes to strip Punk of the title as Heyman pleads from his knees. Rock takes the mic from the ground and says we ain’t ending this night like that. Rock says Vince don’t take the title from Punk, he will. Rock tells Vince to re-start the match now.

Vince restarts the match and here we go. Punk attacks Rock coming in the ring and unloads on him. The crowd is all into it. Punk nails a knee to the head int he corner. Punk goes to the top for the big elbow drop and nails it. Punk covers for a 2 count. Fans chant for Rocky as Punk calls for GTS. Rock slides out of GTS and hits a spinebuster off the ropes. Rock nails The People’s Elbow this time and covers Punk for the win and the WWE Title.

Winner and New WWE Champion: The Rock

– After the bell, Rock takes the WWE Title and celebrates as his mother looks on and cheers. Rock holds the title up and says it’s for the people. We go to replays of Rock winning. Rock celebrates some more before Royal Rumble goes off the air.

MVP and Hurricane Helms were two names rumored for WWE Royal Rumble returns that did not appear. Helms flew out of Phoenix on Sunday afternoon and returned home to North Carolina. They tweeted about the rumors:

MVP: “It’s humbling & flattering that so many people have expressed a desire to see me back in a WWE ring. Not yet. But thank you. Sincerely!”

Helms: “Loved all the support from my “Twitizens” today. I’ll step in a @WWE ring again one day. Timing is everything.”


 Darren Young may have been injured at last night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view after he was eliminated. Referees threw up the “X” signal and Young was helped to the back
The latest word on Chris Jericho’s WWE return is that he has been signed to a short-term deal and will engage in a short feud with Dolph Zigger.

Jericho will be working full-time through WrestleMania 29, according to multiple sources and the plan is to have him turn heel and face Ryback although at this stage that is not confirmed just rumored.

WWE officials are considering a CM Punk vs. The Rock rematch for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view according to F4Wonline.com. 

The original plan was for The Rock to compete in the Chamber match but they may end up changing that.