2/11/13 Monday Night Raw Coverage
Raw opens tonight with a video package of The Shield’s destruction in recent weeks, and the altercation with John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus last week. We see that The Shield is planning on addressing the entire WWE Universe tonight. The Rock makes his return to Raw tonight, as well.
We go live into the arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and Paul Heyman is in the ring with a mic in hand. Heyman says tonight is the last night we will ever see him. Heyman says that may make some people happy, but he will never play the victim. He says he has always made sacrifices for his passions, even if they betray him. He said he did everything in his power to bring us ECW for seven-and-a-half years. He says he turned a rookie into The Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar. He says he then met a man who he thought the WWE Universe would support and a man he knew in his heart and soul would pass Bruno Sammartino’s reign and would headline WrestleManias and carry the WWE into the future, CM Punk. Heyman says he can see into the future. He says something really bad is going to happen. He says it is going to come down on him and every single person around him, including CM Punk. Heyman says he cannot let anything bad happen to Punk, and that is why he is resigning. Heyman says he won’t miss the WWE Universe. Heyman says Punk needs to focus on becoming the WWE Champion again, and he will not stand in his way. Heyman says goodbye and the crowd cheers. CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
CM Punk asks Heyman what he is doing. Heyman tells Punk he is in his way. Punk tells Heyman he won’t allow him to do this. Heyman tells Punk to wait and see what Vince McMahon has in store for them next. Heyman tells Punk to think of him as his friend and tells Punk to let him go. Punk says no. Punk says everything goes back to normal at Elimination Chamber. Punk says he will beat The Rock, and Heyman will be in his corner. Heyman smirks and says Punk is right. Heyman says he will be there and will witness greatness. Punk and Heyman embrace in the ring to end the segment.
We are reminded that The Rock returns to Raw later tonight and we see Mark Henry walking backstage as we go to a commercial.
Match #1: Mark Henry vs. The Great Khali (w/Hornswoggle and Natalya)
Khali backs Henry into the corner and chops him a couple of times. Khali delivers a headbutt, but Henry counters and tosses Khali into the corner. Khali catches Henry with an elbow and a big boot. Khali chops Henry again, but Henry comes back and pummels and smashes Khali in the corner. Henry takes Khali down with a clothesline, and then delivers a World’s Strongest Slam for the pin fall.
Winner: Mark Henry.
After the match, Henry delivers a World’s Strongest Slam to Hornswoggle and leaves him and Khali lying.
We see that the team of John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus will take on 3MB in a Six-Man Tag Team Match later tonight as we go to a commercial break.
We go backstage and see Teddy Long and Booker T talking about Mark Henry being in the Elimination Chamber. Chris Jericho walks up and says he is a former World Champion and has been in more Chamber Matches than anyone in the history of the company, so it’s only right that he is in it. Teddy agrees, but Booker says he needs to impress him first. Teddy whispers an idea, and Booker says it sucks. Booker says if Jericho can beat Daniel Bryan, he is in. Jericho says he will beat Bryan and will be on his way to being a seven-time World Champion.
We see Vickie Guerrero on the phone, when Paul Heyman interrupts. Vickie says she doesn’t have time for his B.S. Heyman says he wants Vickie to add a stipulation to the WWE Championship Match. She says no, but Heyman says she is the boss since Vince is not around. She turns the phone on speaker and Heyman apologizes for what happened to Vince. Vince tells Heyman to tell him what he had in mind for a stipulation. Heyman says The Rock will do anything to keep the title, so he asks Vince to agree that if The Rock loses by disqualification or count-out that the title will go back to CM Punk. Vince says he wants it in writing. Heyman thanks him, but Vince hangs up on him.
Back from a commercial, we see another vignette for Fandango.
Match #2: Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan
Jericho rolls up Bryan and gets a quick two count. Jericho takes Bryan down with a couple of deep arm drags. Bryan comes back and wrenches Jericho’s arm, but Jericho comes back with a couple elbows. Bryan takes Jericho down with a knee lift and then works over Jericho’s arm. Jericho comes back and kicks Bryan in the ribs and goes to clothesline him over the top rope, but Bryan dumps him to the floor. Bryan goes out after him and tosses him back into the ring, but Jericho reverses. Jericho goes to kick Bryan off of the apron, but Bryan moves and Jericho crashes to the floor. Bryan suicide dives through the ropes and knocks Jericho into the barricade. Both men are down on the outside as we go to a commercial break.
We’re back and Bryan rolls Jericho up for a two count. Jericho comes back and takes Bryan down to the mat. Jericho chokes Bryan in the corner and tosses him into the opposite corner, but Bryan gets his boot up and takes control. Jericho comes back and drops Bryan with a shoulder block. Bryan tosses Jericho to the apron, but Jericho lands on his feet and goes up top. Jericho dives off, but Bryan moves and takes Jericho down with a clubbing shot. Bryan charges, but Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Bryan goes out. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Bryan gets his knees up. Bryan goes up top, but Jericho knocks him down onto the turnbuckle. Jericho goes for a superplex, but Bryan holds on and shoves Jericho down to the mat. Bryan dives off the top rope and delivers a headbutt. Bryan goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Jericho takes Bryan down and tries to lock in the Walls of Jericho, and he does! Jericho sits down on the hold, but Bryan pushes himself up and rolls out and into the No Lock. Jericho fights out and rolls back into the Walls, but Bryan counters again. Bryan kicks Jericho in the head and goes for a cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Bryan kicks Jericho in the chest and goes to kick him in the head, but Jericho ducks and rolls Bryan up for two. Jericho nails the Code Breaker out of nowhere for the pin fall.
Winner: Chris Jericho.
We are reminded that The Shield will address everyone from inside the ring later tonight. We also see that John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus will take on 3MB after the commercial break.
Match #3: Six-Man Tag Team Match: 3MB (Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal) vs. John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus
Ryback and Slater start the match, and Ryback quickly overpowers him. McIntyre and Sheamus get tagged in, and Sheamus dominates him. Sheamus delivers his vintage ten clubbing shots to McIntyre and tags in Cena. Mahal gets tagged in, and Cena delivers the Five Moves of Doom. Slater gets into the ring, followed by McIntyre, and then all six men brawl. Cena delivers an AA to Mahal, Sheamus with White Noise to McIntyre, and Ryback with Shell Shocked to Slater in unison, and Cena pins Mahal for the win.
Winners: John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus.
After the match, Ryback says he will finally feed on The Shield this Sunday. Sheamus says why wait until Sunday, and that the three of them should get some of their own justice tonight. Cena asks why The Shield would leave themselves vulnerable tonight. He says justice meets the law and tells The Shield to come get some.
We take a look back at Smackdown this past Friday, when Alberto Del Rio rook the tires off of The Big Show’s tour bus and then dropped paint on top of him. We see Alex Riley and Yoshi Tatsu laughing about it earlier today, when Show comes in and lays them out. We head to a commercial break.
We’re back and The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Matt Striker starts an interview, but Show lays him out with a right hand. Show is speechless for a while, acts like he is going to talk, but then drops the mic in the ring and walks away.
We take another look at Bruno Sammartino’s Hall of Fame induction video.
We are reminded that The Rock will return later tonight to address the WWE Universe as we go to a commercial break.
Match #4: Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Zack Ryder
Swagger takes Ryder down and then sets him up on the top rope. Ryder kicks Swagger in the face and connects with a missile dropkick. Ryder pummels Swagger in the corner and delivers the Broski Boot. Swagger rolls to the outside. Ryder dives over the top rope, but Swagger catches him and slams him on the floor with a belly-to-belly slam. Swagger tosses Ryder back into the ring and splashes him in the corner. Swagger slams Ryder into the turnbuckle and slams him down with the Gut-wrench power bomb. Swagger applies the Patriot Act and Ryder taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match, Swagger introduces his new manager, Zeb Colter. Colter gets on the mic and asks the crowd a question: “What is wrong with America?” He says he knows and Swagger knows, but most Americans don’t. He says he looks around and sees a country he doesn’t recognize. He says he sees people who don’t look like him and who he can’t understand. Colter wants to get rid of them. He says this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the free and the home of whoever wants to cross the borders. He says he and Swagger are real Americans.
We go backstage and see Booker T and Teddy Long talking. Booker says Jack Swagger is in the Elimination Chamber Match. Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee, and Big E Langston walk up. Ziggler says he already has a guaranteed future World Championship shot, but since Jericho is in the Chamber he wants in. Booker says there’s another guy that wants in, but Ziggler can face him and whoever wins is in. Ziggler asks who it is, and Booker tells him that it’s Kane.
We take a look back at MizTV from last week, when The Miz was running down Paul Heyman before Brock Lesnar came out and destroyed The Miz.
We see that Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel will be on Main Event this Wednesday, and The Miz will be the special guest. Antonio Cesaro has joined Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler on commentary.
Match #5: Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz
Miz takes Rhodes down to the mat and kicks him in the head. Rhodes comes back and kicks Miz in the midsection and takes him down to the mat. Rhodes stomps away on Miz and drives his knee into his midsection. Rhodes knees Miz in the head, and gets a two count. Rhodes works over Miz’s arm, but he fights out. Miz takes Rhodes down with a clothesline and a face-buster. Miz goes for a neck-breaker, but Rhodes fights out. Miz slides to the outside and drags Rhodes down off the apron. Cesaro goes after Miz, but Miz kicks him in the face. Miz tosses Rhodes into the announce table and then back into the ring, and Cesaro attacks Miz from behind, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner via disqualification: The Miz.
After the match, Cesaro grabs Miz by the legs and slams him into the barricade repeatedly until referees pull him off.
We take a look at the WWE’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
We are reminded that The Rock will be on Raw later tonight, and The Shield will address the WWE Universe as well as we go to a commercial.
Match #6: Epico and Primo (w/Rosa Mendes) vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai (w/Cameron and Naomi)
Tensai and Primo start the match. Tensai drops Primo with an uppercut and tags in Clay. Clay and Tensai double-headbutt Primo. Clay tosses Primo down and smashes Epico in the corner. Clay tags in Tensai, who splashes Epico and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Tensai and Brodus Clay.
After the match, Clay, Tensai, Naomi, and Cameron dance before Rosa Mendes interrupts. She gets taken out by Naomi and Cameron, and then they dance more.
We see that The Shield will address the WWE Universe next, as we go to a commercial break.
The Shield’s music hits and they descend from the crowd and head toward the ring. Ambrose says they are here to correct the injustices. Reigns says if they want them, come get them. Ambrose says it was an empty threat from three morally-empty individuals. Reigns says they couldn’t get the job done last week with the whole roster. Rollins says Cena failed last week, and fails every day when he gets up and exists. Rollins says Cena will fail again this Sunday. Ambrose says that’s right, because Cena is a failure. Reigns says Cena has been the problem for the last decade, and The Shield is the solution. Rollins says Cena got the system to believe in him. Rollins says they have the opportunity to rectify a decade of injustice in one fell swoop. Ambrose says Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus won’t walk out of the Chamber. The Shield looks around for Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus to appear. The lights go out in the arena, and they come back on and Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus are in the ring. They clear the ring of The Shield. All six men brawl into the crowd.
We take a look back at Paul Heyman and CM Punk’s promo from the beginning of the show.
We see Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez walking backstage as we go to a commercial break.
Match #7: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Damien Sandow
Del Rio takes Sandow down a few times and then slams him hard to the mat before connecting with a kick to Sandow’s jaw. Del Rio keeps control and locks in the cross arm-breaker and Sandow taps.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
After the match, Del Rio says The Big Show cut the best promo of his career earlier. Del Rio says the time for talk is over this Sunday. Del Rio says Show can take his tour bus anywhere he wants to, because there’s only one place Alberto Del Rio is going. Del Rio points at the WrestleMania sign as he answer.
We see Wade Barrett walking backstage, but Bo Dallas attacks him and beats him down before referees pull him off of Barrett as we go to a commercial.
Match #8: Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett takes Kingston down with a big elbow and stomps away on him in the corner. Barrett drives his knees into Kingston’s head and then takes him down again. Kingston connects with a jaw-breaker, and then takes Barrett down with a dropkick and then comes off the top rope with a cross-body for a two count. Kingston comes off the top rope and dives, but Barrett moves and slams Kingston to the mat with the Winds of Change. Barrett sets up for the Bull Hammer Elbow, but Kingston ducks and goes for Trouble in Paradise. Barrett moves and trips Kingston in the apron and delivers the Bull Hammer Elbow for the pin fall.
Winner: Wade Barrett.
We see that Dolph Ziggler and Kane will go one-on-one after the commercial break.
Match #9: Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) vs. Kane
Kane takes Ziggler down with an elbow shot and then delivers an uppercut in the corner. Kane slams Ziggler to the mat and gets a two count. Ziggler takes Kane down with a dropkick and stomps away on Kane. Ziggler delivers some rights and lefts to Kane in the corner. Kane comes back an uppercuts Ziggler and sends him to the mat. Kane lifts Ziggler up and drops him down on the mat. Kane sets up for a Chokeslam, but Ziggler slides out of the ring as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Ziggler had Kane in a Sleeper Hold. Kane flips Ziggler over and delivers a right hand. Kane tosses Ziggler into the corner and clotheslines him. Kane goes for a clothesline, but Ziggler gets his boot up and goes to the top rope. Kane catches Ziggler with a right hand and sends him to the floor. Langston gets in Kane’s face, which allows Ziggler to send Kane into the barricade. Ziggler gets back into the ring and grabs Kane, and delivers a reverse neck-breaker. Ziggler drops nine elbows on Kane, but only gets a two count. Ziggler grabs Kane and applies a headlock, but Kane fights out. Ziggler goes for a cross-body, but Kane catches him. Ziggler plants Kane with a DDT. Kane comes back and goes for the sidewalk slam, but Ziggler escapes and applies the Sleeper Hold. Kane slings Ziggler down to the mat, but Ziggler comes back with the face-buster for a two count. Kane catches Ziggler and delivers the sidewalk slam, but only gets a two count. Kane goes up top, but AJ gets on the apron. Kane dives off, but Ziggler bumps into AJ and checks on her. Ziggler turns around and Kane plants him with a choke slam for the pin fall.
We see that The Rock will join us after the commercial break.
We take a look at a special Elimination Chamber hype video.
We go live into the arena, and the WWE Champion’s music hits and The Rock makes his way to the ring. Rock says tonight is a special night and does the “Finally, The Rock has come back…” bit. Rock says Nashville is a very special city because he moved to Nashville when he was 15 and ended up hanging out in a bar listening to country music. He continues the story about how he bought a car from a crack-head. Rock said he had his very first match in Nashville, and then says he will still be the WWE Champion after Elimination Chamber. CM Punk’ music hits and he comes to the stage with Paul Heyman. The Rock says he doesn’t care if the deck is stacked against him at Elimination Chamber, because he is going to beat Punk’s punk ass on Sunday. Punk and Heyman walk towards the ring, but they stop at the bottom of the ramp. Punk charges the ring and he and The Rock brawl all over the ring. Punk has control, but Rock lays him out with a Spine Buster and goes for the People’s Elbow, but Heyman trips him. Punk lays The Rock out with the Go To Sleep. Punk picks up the WWE Championship and leaves with Heyman with the title belt slung over his shoulder. Punk says story time is over. Punk says every time The Rock wants to bring it, he will take it. Punk holds the WWE Championship high over his head as Raw comes to a close.
1. Mark Henry def. The Great Khali
2. Chris Jericho def. Daniel Bryan
3. John Cena, Ryback, & Sheamus def. 3MB
4. Jack Swagger def. Zack Ryder
5. The Miz def. Cody Rhodes via disqualification
6. Tensai & Brodus Clay def. Epico & Primo
7. Alberto Del Rio def. Damien Sandow
8. Wade Barrett def. Kofi Kingston
9. Kane def. Dolph Ziggler