RAW opens with a vignette celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Mick Foley is introduced to the crowd to open the show. "Mrs. Foley's baby boy" enters the ring and grabs a mic. Foley talked about headlining WrestleMania in the building, and said that he has another dream, and that is to have his little kids see their dad in the ring again. Foley then announced that he wants in The Royal Rumble match. "Excuse Meeee!!"
Vickie Guerrero comes out with Dolph Ziggler, and introduces Ziggler as the next WWE Champion. Vickie and Ziggler enter the ring. Ziggler is upset that Foley just wants to take a "precious spot" from a Superstar who has worked all year long to get that spot. Ziggler says this is funny if it's one of Foley's stand up bits, otherwise it's not. Ziggler said that Foley would likely be quickly eliminated, and Foley admitted that it is a possibility, but it's also possible that he'd win, and he's in the Royal Rumble to win it. Ziggler says that after he beats Punk for the title, that he can't think of a bigger letdown than having to face Foley at WrestleMania if he managed to get lucky and win the Rumble. Ziggler told Foley that "it's over" and to "go home" and "go away." Cue CM Punk's music.
Punk says it's good to see Mick. Ziggler remarked that Punk and Foley both get their clothes from the same homeless person on the street. Punk noted that both he and Foley break the mold and don't hide behind a woman, and that they have earned everything they achieved, unlike John Laurinaitis. Punk declared that he will be WWE Champion after their match because he's the "best wrestler in the world." Punk said he'll face the winner of the Rumble at 'Mania and it would be "damn cool" if it was Mick Foley. Laurinaitis interrupted and came out to make an announcement. Laurinaitis said he would be unbiased as ref at the Rumble, and turned down Foley's request to be in the Rumble. Vickie laughed in Foley's face to end the segment.
Air Boom are shown heading to the ring. They note that they lost the titles to Epico and Primo last night.
Footage is shown of Epico and Primo winning the WWE Tag Team Championship in Oakland.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Epico & Primo (c) vs. Air Boom
Epico pinned Evan Bourne with the backbreaker to get the clean pin and retain the tag titles in a short match.
Laurinaitis is shown backstage and is approached by David Otunga, who hands him an envelope. Otunga tells Laurinaitis that "you know who is here." Someone enters off-camera and Laurinaitis tells him that it will be Otunga, Henry and Ziggler vs. Punk, Bryan and him. The person is revealed to be Chris Jericho, who smiles and turns off the lights and turns on his jacket.
Zack Ryder is shown backstage with Eve. Josh Matthews asked Ryder if he has heard if he's cleared to wrestle tonight, and Ryder said that he hadn't. Ryder said that he's going to the ring and refuses to forfeit his title, and Eve said that she's coming with him.
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