LIVE WWE ROYAL RUMBLE PPV COVERAGE: WWE TITLE MATCH
– We see a Raw promo hyping Triple H’s decision regarding John Laurinaitis’ future
(5) WWE title match: CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) with Johnny Laurinaitis serving as the special guest referee.
Before the match, Laurinaitis said he will be officiating from outside of the ring, and appoints a WWE referee to officiate inside the ring. Before the match starts, Laurinaitis ejects Vickie from ringside. Cole actually went off on Booker, saying that Laurinaitis was a better WORKER than him in WCW. With Ziggler on the outside, Punk ran through the rope and dove into his challenger. Booker said that Laurinaitis remained in power, he could kill the business. Ziggler hits a drop kick on Punk, but could only get a two count. Huge powerbomb by Punk, but Punk got a 2 1/2 count. Punk called for the GTS, but Ziggler countered. From the top rope, Punk dropped the Randy Savage elbow, but Ziggler was able to kick out. Fans chanted “Randy Savage.” They bumped the in ring referee. Punk had Ziggler tapping to the Anaconda Vise, but Laurinaitis was attending to the referee on the outside. Punk rolled Ziggler, but again no referee. Laurinaitis helped the referee back in to the ring. GTS connects, but Punk hit Laurinaitis with Ziggler when he had put up Ziggler for the GTS. Ziggler countered another GTS attempted, and nearly scored the pin fall. Another GTS, and both referees made the count. Punk wins and retained the title at 14:31.