Michael Cole makes his way to the ring for "The Michael Cole Challenge." Cole noted that Ross finally came here to take his challenge. Cole made some fat jokes at JR's expense and introduces him. Ross comes out and Cole explains that there are three challenges, and if JR passes all three, he gets his job back and Cole will quit. The first competition is arm wrestling, and Cole brings in a referee. Cole takes his jacket on, while JR keeps his on. Cole does the usual heel stalling before Ross quickly beat him. Cole was upset at first, then claimed that he gave up because Ross' breath was so bad.
We now move on to the second challenge, where the fans will vote for the winner. Cole reveals that it's a dance competition and does a cheesy dance with a scarf. Ross is game, asks for the fans to help and then has them play the music. Ross does this dance, which was kinda repulsive, but the fans cheered anyway. So JR is now 2-0.
Cole seems fine with the second loss and introduces the third challenge. He reveals a weighing scale, and says the third competition is for who weighs the least. Cole has some problems calibrating the scale, and then weighs in at 200 lbs. JR hits the scales and weighs in at 239 lbs. Cole claims victory, and CM Punk's music hits.
Punk comes out with microphone in tow. Punk gets a huge pop as he enters the ring. Punk tells Cole that his time was up. Punk said that once it became obvious that Cole was going to cheat, this whole thing became a colossal waste of time -- except for JR dancing. Punk continues about how this was a colossal waste of time, and asks Cole to leave. Punk said that between Cole and John Laurinaitis, this show was becoming unbearable. Punk wants the show to be interesting, etc.
Laurinaitis came out, and said that according to his Twitter page, fans wanted to see the competition. Laurinaitis said that Punk will team up with Big Show tonight to face Mark Henry and Alberto Del Rio and leaves. Cole laughs, and said that the pipe bomb blew up in his face and asked for an apology. Punk headbutted Cole and applied the Anaconda Vice.
Matt Striker is backstage and a limo pulls up. Mick Foley gets out of the limo and tells Striker that he couldn't miss The Rock's return, and that tonight is a night that The Rock and John Cena will not forget.
A recap of Randy Orton defeating Cody Rhodes a couple of weeks ago is shown.
Jim Ross fills in for Michael Cole on commentary.
Sin Cara and Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes (now without the mask) and Hunico
Good match, Rhodes got the win for his team after hitting Kingston with Cross Rhodes and getting the pin.
The Rock is shown arriving backstage.
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