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In the dark match, Epico and Primo defeated Percy Watson and Titus O'Neil (Thanks to John for sending this in)
CM Punk is introduced and he makes his way to the ring. Punk takes the mic and there are loud "CM Punk" chants. Punk talks about how he wanted to be a "professional wrestler" as a kid and how big it was winning the WWE title at MSG last night. Punk said he won the title on his own terms, and the game of hot potato with the WWE title is over. Loud "CM Punk" chants again. Punk then says that he's the new face of WWE and then sits down. Punk says that he wants to be an agent of change, and asks where the hell the WWE ice cream bars are. Punk said that he also wants to change the term interim RAW GM John Laurinaitis to former RAW GM John Laurinaitis. John Laurinaitis immediately comes out.
Laurinaitis said that they both want what's best for the WWE Universe and congratulates Punk and wonders why Punk has an issue with him. Punk said that he didn't hear a word since the crowd was chanting "You suck." Punk said that Laurinaitis is a stereotypical stooge, and that he calls the fans the "WWE Universe" when they are fans. Punk calls him a poor excuse for middle management and calls him a stooge. Laurinaitis said that Punk has him wrong, and that he has a wild side and can be just as creative as Punk, and he's going to prove it now. He says that Del Rio will get his return match against Punk next week on RAW.
Punk mocks Laurinaitis and asks why they don't have it now. Laurinaitis said that he has other plans for tonight, and Punk will face Dolph Ziggler in a champion vs. champion match tonight. Punk said that it's stupid, and that Laurinaitis doesn't listen to the fans. Punk says that they don't want to see Ziggler vs. Punk, and they fans start chanting "We want Ryder." Punk says that the fans want Ziggler vs. Ryder, and Laurinaitis responds by saying that Ryder is facing Del Rio tonight. Punk starts walking up the ramp and says that he'll beat Ziggler tonight, Del Rio next week, and some day someone will beat some sense into Laurinaitis. Punk heads to the back and Laurinaitis starts texting.
Zack Ryder vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ryder cut off Roberto Rodriguez's introduction of Del Rio. Del Rio defeated Ryder clean with the arm bar. Del Rio kept the hold on for several moments after the match was over.
The Rock giving the Rock Bottom at Survivor Series is mentioned, and John Cena will respond tonight.
Sheamus is shown walking to the ring, smiling.
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger
Good, competitive match with Sheamus winning clean with the Brogue kick.
CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler is hyped for later tonight. Kevin Nash is shown heading to the ring, he'll be on next.
A recap of Kevin Nash's attack on Triple H from last month is shown.
Kevin Nash's music hits and he comes out to the top of the stage. Nash said he watch Survivor Series at MSG and thought about what could have been. He talked about how he beat Bob Backlund for the World title at MSG. He talked about the Kliq incident and how they put friendship over the business. He said that he thought that he had a friend in HHH, but he had a boss. He said that it should have been Nash and HHH vs. Rock and Cena last night, but HHH screwed it up. He talked about HHH being gone because of him, and that the real survivor of the kliq stands before them now.
Cody Rhodes is in the ring and cuts a promo. He said that he was unmasked, uninhibited, unbeatable and unrepentant. Santino Marella's music hits.
Cody Rhodes vs. Santino Marella
Rhodes beat Marella fairly quickly with Cross Rhodes. After the match, Rhodes walked over to Booker and asked Booker to say whatever he's been saying to his face. He then threw a cup of water in Booker T's face. Booker T got up, and Rhodes smiled and left. Now we know why Booker T was on commentary tonight.
A twitter update appeared on the screen with static showing a youtube link (Youtube.com/itbegins2012). This takes you to the video below, that says someone will return to take back what is theirs. I haven't heard anything officially yet, but my guess is that it's leading to an Undertaker return.
During Raw tonight, a twitter update appeared on the screen with static showing a youtube link (Youtube.com/itbegins2012). This takes you to the video below, that says someone will return to take back what is theirs. I haven't heard anything officially yet, but my guess is that it's leading to an Undertaker return.
Backstage Josh Matthews interviewed Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Ziggler said he was the only superstar to win two matches last night, since he was on the winning team. Ziggler then said that he's the new face of the WWE.
CM Punk vs. Dolph ZigglerIn progress.
Excellent match, Punk pinned Ziggler after hitting the GTS.
A weird promo of Kane aired, seemingly hyping his return. His mask was shown in the promo, so he may be returning with the mask.
WWE '12 is hyped.
The Big Show comes to the top of the stage and says that he proved that he was stronger, better and tougher than Mark Henry and that giants could fly. Show says that Henry may have left with the title, but he was carted out. Show said that he's got something waiting for Henry when he comes back, and clenches his fist.
Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox are playing WWE '12 when they are approached by Natalya and Beth Phoenix. They hype the game and say that the characters in the game don't cry like Kelly and Fox in real life.
An inset is shown with Barrett saying that he plans on winning the World title.
Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston
Barrett got Kingston up for Wasteland when Randy Orton's music hit. Orton came down to ringside and distracted Barrett, and then took a seat. Barrett spent the majority of the rest of the match putting a beatdown on Kingston. Kingston managed to get some offense in before Barrett got him up in the Wasteland. Barrett looked directly at Orton and delivered the move to get the three count. After the match, Barrett took the mic and reminded Orton that he won the match. Orton twitched and faked getting in the ring, and Barrett flinched. Orton then went to the back.
A still of Rock hitting the Rock Bottom on John Cena is shown for the 38th time. Cena is shown backstage heading to the ring.
A promo for Smackdown aired focusing on the Big Show - Mark Henry feud.
John Cena's music hit and he went to the ring. Cena is roundly booed as he starts to speak. Cena says that finally everyone knows who Zack Ryder is and CM Punk is the new WWE Champion. Cena noted that he and Rock beat Awesome Truth. Cena talks about how Rock invited him in the ring after they won and he was headed to the back. Cena says that Rock proved that he never lost it by Rock Bottoming him, so WrestleMania is what it needs to be.... Awesome Truth's music hits.
Miz and Truth head to the ring and talk about how badly Rock showed him up last night. Miz noted that the crowd was chanting "Don't tag Cena" last night, and that no one wanted to see him last night. Truth said that Rock is going to beat Cena's fruity booty all over Miami and says that Cenation is about to turn into "See you later nation." This upset Cena, who said that they better shut up or he'll beat them both up. Cena said two things happened last night, one was that the Rock still has it and two, nobody cares about Miz and Truth. Cena then rips into them, saying that neither Truth or Miz respect the other, and says that they shouldn't boo him, they should boo themselves.
Cena takes off, and Truth and Miz start arguing in the ring. Miz then shoved Truth, and Truth clocked him in the mouth. Miz retreated and asked Truth to calm down. Miz started saying that Cena was playin them and they need to get John Cena. Truth agreed, and they started to head to the back. When they reached the top of the ramp, Miz grabbed Truth and nailed the SCF on the stage. Miz then walked to the back while Truth was left laying. Officials checked on Truth as the show went off the air.
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