Welcome to WWE Raw and this week we are live from Minneapolis, Minnesota inside the Target Centre. We kick things off with footage from last week focusing on the Kane-John Cena feud.
And we are backstage with Eve and The Bella Twins and it seems that both Bellas are bullying Eve. Eve says she and Zack are not friends. She was just using him and called him an idiot saying he couldn’t even get to first base. She asked why the Bellas are acting surprised. People in this world use each other every day and just like she used Zack Ryder, she’s going to use John Cena and tells the Bellas to film her walking into Cena’s locker room
John Cena makes his way out to the ring as they show footage from last night’s Ambulance Match which took place at Elimination Chamber. Eve comes out to the ring with mic in hand and wants to explain herself but Cena knows everything and says he was backstage and heard what Eve said. Cena says because of Eve he lost a damn good friend in Zack Ryder. He lost a broski for a hoski and the crowd starts chanting “Hoski” at Eve. Eve says she was just joking around and having fun. Cena says she shouldn’t be wasting time with him she should hold out for a bigger fish in his Wrestlemania opponent. She’ll use anyone to get what she wants and calls both her and Rock scandalous bitches. Eve breaks down in tears and starts hugging Cena and he just drops her arms off him and walks out of the ring. Eve starts having a nervous breakdown in the middle of the ring. The crowd continues chanting “Hoski” as Eve is helped out of the ring.
We see Undertaker’s latest video message to Triple H
Sheamus vs Mark Henry
Lock up and Henry powers Sheamus into the corner. Punches by Henry, irish whip and a clothesline. Sheamus back up and punches and kicks Henry. Henry overpowers Sheamus, Sheamus pushes Henry off. Sheamus off the top with the battering ram and a 2 count. Sheamus with the Fiery Red Hand on Henry. Henry clubs away at Sheamus. Sheamus in the corner and he clotheslines Sheamus. A final one but Sheamus moves out of the way and stomps away at him. Sheamus goes for Brogue Kick, Henry moves out of the way and bulldozes Sheamus. World’s Strongest Slam by Henry, countered by Sheamus and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick. The pin and the 3 count.
The winner of the match: Sheamus!!!!
Backstage: John Laurinaitis is talking to David Otunga and can’t believe how many people are talking about Elimination Chamber. Teddy Long comes in and says if he was the GM he certainly wouldn’t be doing business with John Laurinaitis and Laurinaitis says it wasn’t his idea to become GM of both shows. Long says he thinks that’s a good idea and tonight we should let the fans find out who would do a better job of running both shows. Laurinaitis says Long may have booked a Smackdown match but he’s got one better tonight there will be a battle royal and the winner will face CM Punk for the WWE Title at Wrestlemania. David Otunga asked if he was saying Smackdown was better than Raw and Teddy said No he was saying anyone on Smackdown was better than David Otunga and a match is booked with David Otunga facing anyone on the Smackdown roster.
R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs Primo & Epico
Headlock by Primo, irish whip by Truth and a shoulderblock. 2 count only. Primo all over Truth. Primo with the cover and 2 count. Cheap shot to Kingston and a backdrop by Truth. Kingston elevates himself onto Primo and he’s all over Primo. Boom drop on Primo. Rosa on the apron, Epico with the cheapshot. Trouble In Paradise by Kingston. The cover on Primo. 3 count
The winners of the match: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston
We see the latest inductee into the Hall Of Fame Class of 2012 and it is Ron Simmons.
Cole and Lawler talk about last night’s WWE Title match inside the Chamber and Chris Jericho getting taken out of the match after being kicked in the head and out of the Chamber by WWE Champion CM Punk
Backstage: Jericho said last night was a travesty of justice. He pinned Ziggler, took out Kingston and he was cheap shotted by CM Punk and found himself in the trainer’s room deemed unfit to continue. But tonight will be the end of the world as we know it.
Ezekiel Jackson (w/ Teddy Long) vs David Otunga (w/ John Laurinaitis)
Jackson with a shoulderblock on Otunga and he overpowers Otunga with forearms to the back. Otunga comes back with a clothesline. 2 count on Jackson. Otunga with a reverse chinlock and Jackson fights him off and delivers a series of clotheslines. Big splash but Otunga sidesteps. Otunga slams Jackson, the cover and 3 count
The winner of the match: David Otunga
We re-cap the on-going story in the Triple H-Undertaker saga as the commentators throw to footage from last week and HBK’s return to Raw.
Backstage: Undertaker is walking down a dark corridor
Undertaker makes his way out to the ring and grabs the mic. He looks up at the Wrestlemania sign and says for nearly a year, every passing moment of every passing day he’s lived the memory of his match against Triple H at last year’s Wrestlemania. It is a living hell, not a physical one but a hell of uncertainty that he can no longer bear. Three weeks ago he returned and challenged Triple H to a rematch at Wrestlemania to end that uncertainty. Never in his wildest nightmare would he expect the answer he received. He said no. He missed the point however. The choice was not Triple H’s to make. This has to come to an end, they are on the verge of an apocalypse of an era of wrestling. Whether he likes it or not they are the last of their kind. The suit, the tie, all the corporate liabilities are just layers to cover up who Triple H really is. They have to end the uncertainty. This is something he cannot lie to himself about, he can lie to Shawn Michaels but will not lie to Undertaker. He will come out and look Undertaker in the eyes. This is far bigger than the both of them, it is the apocalypse. Triple H’s music hits and out comes “The Game”. Triple H says three weeks ago Undertaker challenged him to a rematch and Undertaker cuts him off and tells him to shut up. He says what’s pitiful is the excuses Triple H keeps coming up with. Hunter says Taker is right, they are the last two of their era but their fate is not to end it, it is to carry on. His fate is to make sure WWE carries on in the future and Undertaker’s is to be the leader to carry the torch for the next generation to carry the torch and lead the way and he will not be the one to end the flame it’s bad for business. Undertaker asks if it’s bad for business if he’s gone or is it bad for business if Triple H is gone. Triple H says it’s just plain bad for business. While he’s spent the last year living in uncertainty, Triple H has never been more certain of anything in his life. Undertaker’s not asking for redemption, salvation or a shot at vengeance. He’s asking Hunter for an end. He knows what he has to do, he has to finish Taker and deep down he thinks it’s what Undertaker really wants and says he’s not going to do it. He’s not going to be the one to finish it. Undertaker says Triple H can put any spin on it but at the end of the day all he’s going to see is a coward. Triple H gets in Taker’s face and says he’s sick of this coward thing but stops himself because he sees what Undertaker’s trying to do and still says no. Hunter walks out. Undertaker then says, Triple H knows he can’t do what Shawn Michaels couldn’t do because he knows Shawn was always better than him. Triple H stops and takes his jacket and tie off. Triple H is walking back to the ring. Triple H says this has nothing to do with Shawn. Shawn couldn’t get the job done. He can, he can finish it. He knows he can and Undertaker knows it as well. The layers are gone and he’s standing before him, looking him in his eyes and says he’s never been more certain of anything before. He tells Undertaker if he wants an end, if he wants Wrestlemania, he’s got it. One more thing, they do this they go all the way. No return, no uncertainty, no excuses. The streak ends. The era ends. Undertaker gets his end. He will face Undertaker at Wrestlemania under one condition. Hell In A Cell. Taker pats him on the shoulder and leaves the ring.
They show stills from last night’s World Heavyweight Championship match in which Big Show broke into Daniel Bryan’s pod
Daniel Bryan vs Santino Marella
Daniel Bryan comes out and asks for the mic. He says based on his accomplishments the people in Minneapolis and worldwide consider him a role model. He defeated 5 men inside the Elimination Chamber and is still the World Heavyweight Champion
Clothesline by Bryan ducked by Santino. Santino punches him but Bryan on the attack. Bryan picks him up, back suplex countered by Marella. Marella with a roll up and a 2 count. Bryan slaps the LeBell Lock on. Marella tries to break out of it but is unable to reach for the ropes and taps out
The winner of the match: Daniel Bryan!!!!
Kelly Kelly & Aksana vs Bella Twins
Kelly with a face plant on Nikki and tag to Aksana. Nikki in the corner, counters and Aksana in the corner as Nikki chokes her out with her boot. Hair toss by Nikki to Aksana. Legtrip to Nikki. Slam by Aksana. Elbow and cover and a 2 count. Brie comes in face plant on Aksana, cover and 3 count
Backstage: John Cena is making his way out to the ring
Cena is back out and is on the mic talking about his Wrestlemania opponent The Rock. The guy who’s not here this week but wait he’s going to be here next week to address Cena. Cena says he used to love The Rock but he can’t call him The Rock anymore because now Rock has morphed into Dwayne and joined Team filming and talks about Rock’s entourage he has surrounding him. This is the part where he’s supposed to look forward to Mania because he respects the Rock but he doesn’t. He respects Dwayne for all his box office success. He says has a beef with Rock, same beef he’s had with him for seven years and he can come back next week hold the crowd in the palm of his hands then kick it back to Hollywood. The thing he’s most proud of, Cena goes to bed knowing he always shows up whereas Rock got a taste of the bright lights and left and then he comes back and says he’s finally come home then he leaves again. Cena says, the only reason Rock came back is to promote Fast Five and his twitter account. April 1 is important because Cena is fighting for every person behind the curtain who’s dream it is to be here and is proud to be a professional wrestler. April 9 is going to be even better when Cena is on Raw and Rock is back in Hollywood. He says Rock is going to have to kill Cena to beat him. The headline is going to read John Cena defeats The Rock in his hometown of Miami Florida at Wrestlemania 28.
CM Punk comes out for commentary. The participants come out and first up is Big Show, followed by Cody Rhodes, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Great Khali, Miz, Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella and Chris Jericho. Everyone pairs off and Barrett trying to eliminate Kingston Big Show and Khali in the corner and Kingston is looking around the ring and he squares off with Dolph Ziggler. And now all the superstars join forces to eliminate Khali and Khali is the first one out and will not be going to Wrestlemania
Rhodes stomping on Marella. Miz running Kingston along the apron, Kingston to the otherside and pulling Miz over the top rope. Truth going after Miz. Barrett with a kick to Big Show. Barrett clips Show’s knee. Miz on the ropes, holding. Big Show stepping on Ziggler. Backdrop by Truth and Kingston and Miz still holds on but not for long as he gets eliminated. Chokeslam on Truth, Jericho with a Codebreaker on Show. Rhodes with Cross Rhodes, Barrett with Winds Of Change on Rhodes and Santino eliminates Barrett. Marella eliminates Truth. Show picks Ziggler up and throws him to the outside onto Vickie Guerrero. Jericho and Rhodes double teaming Show. Kingston going after Rhodes. Jericho and Marella double teaming Show. Kofi is eliminated and now we’re down to the final four. And the EMTs are checking on Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler. Lionsault on Big Show. Jericho tosses Santino over, Santino skins the cat. Marella hits Jericho with the Cobra and Cody eliminates Santino. It’s down to Rhodes, Show and Jericho. Double suplex on Show but Show counters with his own suplex and Show clotheslines Rhodes over the top. Show looking for a chokeslam on Jericho, Jericho holding on, Show places him on the apron and Cody Rhodes helps Jericho to eliminate Big Show as Jericho rolls back in under the bottom rope.
The winner of the battle royal: Chris Jericho
CM Punk leaves the commentary table and climbs up on the apron and into the ring standing face to face with Jericho. Punk offers his hand, Jericho refuses and leaves