Detailed 2/27/12 WWE Raw Recap (The Rock returns)
by Hans Keller
Good evening everyone! Welcome to tonight’s coverage of WWE RAW Supershow! Hope all of you have a good time tonight, whatever it is you’re doing.
We’re treated to a montage of John Cena’s run down of The Rock. The Rock will speak on John Cena TONIGHT LIVE in Portland, Oregon!
Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler welcome us to RAW 38 days away from Wrestlemania. They plug The Rock’s promo later tonight. And we kick off tonight’s card, not with a promo, but with the Champion vs. Champion match that EVP of Talent Relations and Interim RAW GM John Lauranitis promised on twitter…except the match gets cut off by Chris Jericho in his trademark shiny jacket. Chris Jericho as you all will remember will face CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Jericho asks Punk if he was expecting someone else. The crowd gets behind Punk as Jericho says he knows he has a match but what he says is more important. He said Punk is one of his favorites, but he isn’t the best in the world at what he does. He says he didn’t have to call himself Best in the World, other people did it for him. He calls himself a part of a special breed of performers, a dying breed that toured the world and becoming stars. A breed that cared more about matches than politics, a breed that got nothing and took everything. Yeah he has a bad attitude but he doesn’t give a damn because he was the best.
Jericho says Punk is like him: a maverick, someone that became something more than anyone thought. But in translation, according to Jericho, Punk wants to be like him. Punk cuts him off, says he knows how good Jericho is, but his problem with Jericho is his claim that Punk stole anything, He EARNED it. And he ridicules Jericho for saying that he made “The best” when that belongs to Bret Hart. Jericho says to laugh it up, so typical, smarmy, sarcastic, never taking anything seriously. But Jericho says Punk needs to take him seriously. He says he’s proven that he’s the best in his 22 year career, he’s faced every legend, had many Wrestlemania moments. Punk says he watches Jericho and asks what he’s trying to prove. Is he trying to prove it to Punk, to the crowd, or to himself? He said he never lacked confidence, and that Jericho’s confidence is replaced with jealousy. Sure he beat legends, but he was never really the man like how Punk is the man and it bothers him. So he tries to place the blame, but the blame is all on Jericho. Punk said he was born to be the Best Wrestler in the world, while Jericho goes off to write books, appear on shows, have radio shows, even running down his performance on Dancing with the Stars.
Jericho says when he was doing all those things, all he could think of was Punk ripping him off. All of the vignettes, and everything he does is window dressing, because all he came for was to embarrass Punk on the biggest stage and get what is his.
Punk said Jericho didn’t have to jump him and that he could have talked to him. He said he doesn’t need Chris Brown, Jericho doesn’t need Mickey Rourke and screw his light bright jacket. All they need is him and Jericho. And at Wrestlemania, they will truly find out who truly is the best wrestler in the world. He says he has what Jericho wants, and he says to him come get it, because when it comes to the end, it won’t be the end of the world, it’s going to be the end of Jericho’s.
Cue the music for Daniel Bryan, his match with Punk is next.
Champion vs. Champion
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Bryan gets a cheap shot thanks to a distraction by Lauranitis, which is short lived after Punk gets the advantage, throwing Bryan over the rope.
We come back from the commercial break and Punk has Daniel Bryan on the ropes and then Bryan counters Punk into the corner, short lived as Punk counters with some chops. Irish whip countered and then double countered for two. Punk starts working on Bryan’s arm. Bryan works Punk into the corner and doesn’t give the referee a clean break. Then Bryan works on Punk’s arm. Punk works back up, they exchange kicks. Snapmare by Punk and knees to the back, cover for two. Punk takes Bryan to the ropes. Irish whip, counter, Bryan is lifted over the ropes and Bryan calls his girlfriend over to prevent the suicide dive by Punk. Punk goes out and gets thrown into the steps as we take another commercial break.
Back from commercial and Daniel Bryan has Punk in an abdominal stretch. We are shown a superplex attempt during the break. Bryan charges Punk but misses as Punk gets out of the corner. More kicks by Punk. Irish whip and a lariat by Punk, followed by a swinging neckbreaker. High running knee, missed the bulldog, Bryan misses a roundhouse and Punk with a body slam. Elbow drop by Punk but Punk can’t cover. Punk says the end is near and someone is about to go to sleep, Otunga interferes, Bryan can’t get the Labell Lock, both men knock each other down and Otunga tries getting involved again, Santino gives him the Cobra and Laurainitis makes a scene. Bryan tries to sneak out, but Sheamus keeps him from getting out. But Lauranitis sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong, drawing a DQ.
WINNER VIA DQ: Daniel Bryan
Teddy Long gets behind him, turns him around and shoves him to the mat. The two start a scene while Otunga and Santino try to keep both at bay.
While that is all going on, Punk on the top of the stage, and then he gets ambushed by Jericho, followed by a body slam and a Liontamer version of the Walls of Jericho. He lifts Punk’s WWE Championship above his head as we get a replay of what happened.
We come back from commercial and are shown another replay of Chris Jericho’s ambush. Josh Mathews says Punk was helped into the trainer’s room, but seemed more angry than hurt. Cole then plugs Triple H vs. Undertaker for Wrestlemania and takes us back to where it all began. Various WWE Legends and superstars hype up the rivalry.
Later tonight: John Cena is in action taking on The Miz
We come back and Nikki Bella is gonna be facing Kelly Kelly in ladies’s action.
Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie
Kelly starts off with a Lou Thesz Press. But Nikki gets her by the hair and throws her backwords. Cover for two. Another slam, cover for two. Nikki kicks her in the corner and the referee forces the break, Drop Toe old by Kelly, followed by her Hurricanrana. Faceplant. Briw on the apron, Kelly dropkicks. Nikki tries to roll, but Kelly got momentum and rolled Nikki up for three!
WINNER: Kelly Kelly
Tonight: Big Show and Sheamus in Tag team action vs Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes, The Rock to speak.
NEXT: John Cena vs. The Miz
Cena’s music hits and he comes out to a chorus of uncharacteristically loud boos. The Miz follows soon after, mic in hand. Miz says he has to get something off his chest. He said he worked too hard to be treated like this. In the past year, he says no one worked harder than him. He says he is the representative of WWE for multimedia. But yet, his name isn’t even called yet for Wrestlemania. He says its a crime, one he will rectify. He will prove to everyone he is Wrestlemania worthy. He will do it, by beating Cena. This match is ready to happen!
John Cena vs. The Miz
Lock up, headlock by Cena. Counter by Miz, Cena throws him off and gives him a hip toss. Irish whip from corner to corner and a fisherman’s suplex. Quick knee, Irish whip, elbow to the face by Cena, who circles around Miz. Cena looks for an AA early, but Miz gets his combo-breaker for two. He puts his boots to Cena’s head and a violent running knee for two. He chokes Cena out on the ropes using the full five count. Irish whip, countered by Cena and a back body drop. Splash in the corner by Cena followed by a clothesline.
Suplex countered by Miz, who hits a low-elevation DDT for two. Miz stalks Cena, looking for his clothesline attack and hits it. Miz gets up on the top rope. Double Axe Handle misses, and two shoulder tackles followed by the side powerbomb and a five-knuckle shuffle. And an Attitude Adjustment and the STF. Miz has to give!
WINNER: John Cena
After the match, Cena grins, jumping up on the turnbuckle. We’re taken backstage to a shot of The Rock watching the action. He then looks at the camera and waves his hand in front of his face and pulls some camera magic. Camera back on Cena as he leaves the ring and heads out to the back.
Now we get a Tag Team Championship Triple Threat match! First out is R-Truth whose partner will be Kofi Kingston from last week. Next out is Vickie Guerrero to introduce her clients Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler who will team together. Primo and Epico come out and now we got ourselves a match.
WWE Tag Team Championships
Triple Threat match
Primo and Epico w/ Rosa Mendes (ch) vs. R-Truth & Kofi Kongston vs. Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
All three teams start with a man in. But Dolph rolls out early leaving Primo to sneak Kofi, but Kofi doesn’t stay down as he gets a Lariat. Dolph tries a cheapshot and gets a flapjack for his troubles. Both heels then are subject to monkey flips as Kofi tags in Truth. Primo is thrown into Dolph and then Dolph gets thrown out and eventually all three are outside of the ring. Swagger looks like he might have landed awkwardly.
Back from Commercial and Jack and Primo are working on Truth, Truth gets a rollup for two when Jack breaks it up. Jack pummels on Truth and distracts the ref while Dolph chokes him out. Jack with a cover and Primo breaks it up. Jack tags Dolph, who gets a dropkick on Truth. Primo covers and Dolph breaks up. Truth gets a head of heat going and gets a unique doubleteam move on Primo and Dolph! All three are down. Dolph gets a tag as does Epico, but then the two go after each other and Kofi gets the tag. Dropkicks for both heels. Kofi up high with a cross body and Epico breaks a cover. Kofi bodyslams Epico on Jack and Boom Drops on both of them! Kofi signalling for the end but the Zig-Zag hits! Truth sends Dolph out and Jack covers for two. Epico tries to attack from behind. Ankle lock by Jack. Trouble in paradise by Kofi, Backstabber by Epico! Cover by Primo for three.
WINNERS AND STILL WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Primo and Epico
But right after the bell, Kane’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ring and lays Primo out and double Chokeslams Primo and Epico. Truth tries to get the upper hand but gets chokeslammed as well. Kane sets off his pyro, looking down at the carnage that he caused.
Cut to the back with Lauranitis and Otunga talking about the Oscars. Teddy comes in and says he has something to say. He says he hears Lauranitis won’t be running RAW next week. Lauranitis fires Teddy Long, Long calls him a horses ass!
TONIGHT: Sheamus/Big Show vs. Mark Henry/Cody Rhodes and The Rock speaks!
Cole and King talk about the happenings from last week with Eve, Cena and Ryder.
Eve Torres is then introduced and she makes her way out to the ring. She shakes her head at the audience, she tells everyone to go ahead and judge her. She is a woman living in a man’s world. She tells men what they want and they love it. She uses them, but there isn’t a man who wouldn’t want to be used by her. It isn’t her fault men fall in love with her, that they can’t resist her. She says don’t blame her for her natural strengths. All men should blame themselves for their weaknesses. She blows the crowd a kiss and struts out.
Camera cuts with her to the back. Kelly stopped her and asked what’s gotten into her. Eve laughs at her.
Camera cuts to Sheamus and Big Show. Their match with Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes is NEXT!
Cole promotes Edge’s new movie: Bending the Rules.
This Friday, Randy Orton returns to fight Daniel Bryan.
Cole and King play up Teddy and Lauranitis not running their respective shows next time around. Big Show and Sheamus make their way out to their respective music, followed by Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes.
Sheamus and Big Show vs. Mark Henry and Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes
Cody shows the time when Show was embarrassed by Floyd Mayweather. Rhodes teases starting the match but then tags Mark Henry. Show doesn’t care and he unloads on him. Then Show chases Cody Rhodes, who beats it up the ramp. Sheamus tags himself in. BROGUE KICK! This match was over way too soon…
WINNERS: Sheamus and Big Show
They show Cena’s verbal attack on The Rock last week again. The Rock speaks…NEXT!!!
Cole announces HBK is coming back next week on RAW.
And here comes the electricity…IF YA SMELLLLL WHAT THE ROCK…IS COOKIN! The Rock powerwalks it down to the ring and does his signature appeal to the fans. He takes in the massive ovation before taking the mic and he shows everyone his arm which is in nice form and covered in goosebumps because he’s feeling good. He takes a drink of water as the crowd chants “Boots 2 Asses”. He says that this may come as a shock to people, but he isn’t here every single week. He was for years, it was his job. The Rock was born in the WWE. He knows that if it wasn’t for WWE and the fans, The Rock wouldn’t exist. When he came back and said he was never going away, he meant it. Did it mean he’d be back every night? No, and it was never expected. But if someone (Cena) wants to take it literally, go ahead. Unlike him, he respects the audience’s intelligence because they know Rock was born in the business, that his heart and soul remains, and that he stands there because he loves the WWE. He will always be a part of it and vice versa.
He mentions Cena’s name to a chorus of boos. He said for years he thought Cena was a phoney, that there was no way he could achieve what he did. But he realized he’s not a phoney, he’s that guy who ran Rock down last week, had that passion and anger. He said he doesn’t wanna talk to Cena, he’d rather slap his lying face with a kung pow chicken for saying he couldnt get a hold of The Rock while he had his number. He doesn’t think Cena is a bad guy, but rather a kung pow bitch.
He said Cena said something that resonated with him; that come April 1st, that he would fight for all the people in the back. Rock was always taught that no one would ever fight for him but himself. That’s how you got better. He asked Cena if he thought anyone ever fought for him or any one else? No, but if he wants to fight for them, fine. While Cena fights for the guys in the back, he fights for the fans. He fights for the people who are sick and tired of having Cena shoved down their throat every night.
He says the fans aren’t tired of being entertained, that’s what The Rock does. Every time he and the fans get together they hit it off, like the first time Rock mentioned Cena looked like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles or the time when Rock said he would shove his size 15 up Cena’s lady parts. Then Rock leads the crowd in a lady parts chant and a Rocky chant. He says he and the crowd has fun. He says the most innovative thing Cena’s done is change his shorts to camo, which doesn’t help anyway because no one can find his balls anywhere.
Out comes Cena to a loud chorus of boos. He said he wasn’t about to miss The Rock. He called The Rock brilliant. But he wasn’t there to massage Rock’s ego. He says Rock is right, he’s the guy that runs Rock down when he isn’t here, but he does it when Rock IS here too. He used to idolize Rock until he met Dwayne, who is an egotistical see through son of a bitch that wouldn’t give a rat’s ass if the WWE closed its doors. He said he doesn’t need anything to trend or any notes on his sleeve. He says he’ll see Dwayne at Wrestlemania, and he’ll beat his ass. He tells Rock to carry on and continue trending.
Rock said its like Cena to run his mouth and run away before he gets slapped. He tells Cena that Dwayne Johnson and The Rock are one in the same. The difference between Rock and Cena is Cena isn’t tough. The only thing that matters is what he’ll do on the biggest stage: beat John Cena’s candy ass IF YOU SMELLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN!! The Rock stands tall on the turnbuckle as the show comes to a close.