Clips were shown from 9/11 of President George Bush addressing the country, and Vince McMahon attending fans in Houston, TX at a SmackDown! taping days later.
RAW opened with Lilian Garcia singing the national anthem. Garcia, as always, nailed it out of the park, it gave me goosebumps. Huge pop for Lilian and loud "USA" chant as we head to the intro.
The Rock's music hits and he comes out looking emotional on the stage. Rock headed to the ring teary eyed and posed for a bit before taking the mic. Insanely loud "Rocky" chants. "Finally... the Rock has come back... HOME!!" He opened up by saying, "We got him!" Rock thanked the armed services, and noted that his family was a part of the military and said he was damn proud to be an American. He led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance and another loud "USA" chant broke out.
Rock started talking up growing up and showed a funny old high school pic of himself, but said that you can laugh, but he got more pie in one night than King Kong Bundy at a polish bakery. Rock said he had enough of the yapping and it was time to start partying, and the RAW GM chimed in.
Before Michael Cole could read the email, Rock cut him off and asked Cole to read the message in the ring. Cole declined, and tried to read the email again. Rock cut him off again, saying Cole won at 'Mania and last night, and asked Cole to read the message to the Rock's face. Cole said that he is now a man, and is a winner. He took off his jacket and watch, and then proceeded to take off his shirt to reveal a Celtics jersey for some cheap heat.
Cole finally relented to deliver the message face to face and went into the ring. Cole said the RAW GM demands an apology for embarrassing him at 'Mania. If Rock doesn't apologize, then the party will be shut down. Cole wants an apology as well, for all the embarrassment he's been put through over the years. Rock says he did disrespect the GM at WM, and Cole over the years. Rock has one thing to say to Cole: "I'm sorry." Rock extends his hand, says that they're live and says that he'll either accept his apology, or he won't. You know what's coming. Cole shakes Rock's hand and thanks him for apologizing. Rock keeps holding Cole's hand, says "Thank you... and Go Heat b---h!" and delivers a rock bottom and the people's elbow.
The Rock's music hits, and Rock asks him to cut it off. Rock then welcomes Pitbull. Pitbull wished Rock a "happy birthday," and sang for a bit on the stage. The Miami Heat cheerleaders come on stage and dance while Pitbull performed. Pitbull left, and John Morrison vs. R-Truth is up next.
Lebron James had a taped message for the Rock, wishing him a happy birthday. We're 30 minutes in and heading to our first commercial.
JR is introduced at ringside, replacing Michael Cole.
R-Truth vs. John Morrison
John Morrison's music hits and he heads to the ring. Before he can get far, R-Truth ambushes him and delivers a beating on the ring floor before the match could ever start. Truth heads to the back with a crazy look in his eye. Officials help Morrison to the back, who is selling his right shoulder. Before he could get to the back, he is attacked by Truth again and driven onto the steel stage by Truth's finisher. Short segment, but effective and we are off to another commercial.
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