Tonight's WWE Championship match is plugged. Highlights of Kane'e promo from last week is shown and then the opening montage airs.
John Cena comes out he enters the ring for a promo. Cena wishes everyone a Happy New Year and says he's going to make some changes to himself in 2012. First, he'll wear less underwear. Second, his father is banned from WWE after the terrible "This Is Your Life" segment. Third, after beats The Rock at WrestleMania he vows to prove to Rock that he lost his lady parts. But one thing that won't change is that he will remain who he is and his conviction will stay true. Cena said he got emotional last week, but it wasn't because of the fans since they have paid their hard earned money to earn the right to cheer or boo him. He said his disappointment was with Kane because he didn't settle his differences with him in the ring. He said that Kane wants him to turn his back on the fans, and Cena said he never will and that there is nothing better than being in the ring in front of the fans, and he will continue to enjoy the responses he gets. Kane's music hits.
Kane doesn't appear, but his voice is on the PA. He tells Cena that he will witness the power of hate tonight. Kane's in-ring pyro goes off to end the segment.
A brief "1/2/12" promo airs featuring the girl and ending with the text, "The End Begins Tonight."
World heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan's heads to the ring for the next match. They plug Bryan defending the title against the Big Show on SmackDown this Friday.
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes
Bryan pinned Rhodes clean and celebrated on the announce table after the win. He then celebrated at ringside with the audience.
A recap of R-Truth beating down The Miz last week is shown.
The Miz approaches John Laurinaitis backstage. Laurinaitis said that what Truth did was unprofessional, but reminded Miz why Truth attacked him. Laurinaitis said that he will have some people keep an eye out to make sure Miz doesn't get attacked, especially during his match. Laurinaitis said that Miz would face Sheamus later tonight. Miz stormed off backstage and Truth emerged to a big pop. He started doing a chicken dance but was yelling "Quack! Quack," which lost his pop. He then walked off with an awkward smile on his face.
Highlights from the first televised Royal Rumble in 1988 are shown, won by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
Wade Barrett is out next. They show the end of his match with Randy Orton on SmackDown where Orton was thrown down the stairs. Barrett is shown smiling in the ring and cuts a promo and said that he's not going to wish everyone a Happy New Year because he doesn't care. He said the new year is already fantastic because it's one without Orton, and that it was either him or Orton to take the fall down the stairs. Barrett said that Orton is his past, and he's looking to the future winning The Royal Rumble and main eventing WrestleMania. Santino Marella's music hits, and there was some "1/2/12" static during his intro. Santino pranced around the ring doing laps before taking the mic in the ring. Marella noted that he lasted until the end of last year's Rumble, not Barrett. He said he will run over the Barrett Barage with the Santino train.
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