We open Raw with a narrative replay of the closing moments of last show, showing Triple H about to fire Laurinaitis, and Undertaker returning. We then go to the arena with the usual pyro show. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the show. They plug a Six-Pack Challenge tonight between the Raw Chamber entrants where the winner enters last. In our first match tonight, The World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will take on The Big Show. Before that, Triple H makes his way to the ring, wearing a suit. The crowd chants for The Game before he speaks, but when he finally does, he says there's rumors floating around, mainly spread by John Laurinaitis about what he was doing last week. He was here to fire John Laurinaitis. With that being said, he never got to it, but he does see Laurinaitis as a lying, manipulative weasel, and those are his good qualities. He really doesn't have anything redeeming about him in anyway. He says Laurinaitis flew up to Stanford to plea with the board to keep his job, and they will be reviewing his proposal, and a decision may be made tomorrow morning.
He's here to talk about Undertaker's return, however. He makes it clear that Undertaker could not even walk on his own power after their match last week. He says after 20 years in this business that he still gets "that feeling" for. He feels chills every time that gong hits, and he's still in awe after 20 years. He says he stands before the Undertaker humbled, and last week, the scene was reminiscent of last year, only the roles were reversed. Triple H points at the entirely too large WrestleMania XXVIII, and says that Undertaker wanted a rematch, but he looked into his eyes, and says for the first time ever, he wasn't in awe, and he wasn't humbled, and that he was sorry, and felt bad for the Undertaker. He says he chooses to remember Undertaker in a certain way, whether we do or not. He says he chooses to remember the Undertaker like this, and we go to a video package of some of Undertaker's greatest WrestleMania moments. He says that is Undertaker, and that's how he chooses to remember the Undertaker, and he doesn't want to remember this: It's a video package of last year's 'Mania, where Undertaker couldn't get up on his own power and had to be carried to the back.
He says no one will ever compare to Undertaker, the most dominant force in WWE history. After a long pause, he says for that reason, he says no to Undertaker's challenge at WrestleMania. He says he knows that's not the most popular decision he's made, but the fans weren't in the ring with 'Taker, he was. He says he knows if they wrestle again, he'll have to finish it, and maybe that's what Undertaker wants. Maybe he wants to be put down. Triple H says everyone, including Undertaker, have limits, and we all saw them last year, and he's not going to be the guy to push him past them. Triple H's music plays for just a bit, then stops right before he gets out of the ring. Triple H looks on wondering what's going on, and the lights go out. A video starts playing on the titantron of Undertaker watching clip of last year's match in a weird room. He says it's not over. This is a really nice video package. Undertaker says the victory means nothing, and he wants vengeance, and he'll give him one more chance at the streak. We come back and go to commercial with Triple H standing in the ring, staring intently at the titantron.
Big Show is out next for the first match of the night, and he is fired up, running to the ring. They replay the accident where Big Show injured A.J. last month. The World Heavyweight Champion is out next, and he signals for A.j. to come out from the back. She's wearing a neckbrace, and stops at the stage, but Bryan convinces her to come down to ringside, telling her there's nothing to worry about.
Big Show vs Daniel Bryan (with A.J.)
We starts with Bryan trying to run from Show, but he catches him and hits some body shots in the corner, followed by a thunderous chop. Big Show with some more body shots in the corner. Bryan starts to fight back with leg kicks, but Show hits him with a couple of headbutts. Big Show hits a Scoop Slam on Bryan, then sends him to the corner, and hits a splash. Bryan is able to hit a Dropkick to the legs of Show as we go to commercial break with both men down.
We are back and Bryan has a half Boston Crab on Big Show, but Show fights out of it with strength. Show takes down Bryan a couple of times, and hits a Spear for a two count. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Bryan reverses into a Guillotine, only to be slammed in the corner by Big Show. Bryan catches a Superkick by Show, and slams his leg down on his shoulder. Bryan goes up top, but Show catches him, and Bryan jumps down to the apron. Show then hits a Superkick, knocking him down by A.J. Bryan seemed to has hurt his knee, and A.J. checks on him. Show goes after him, but A.J. stops him. Bryan takes a cheap shot, but Show pushes him down. Show goes to run at Bryan, but almost crushes A.J. again. All three people look scared, and Bryan takes A.J. to the back, and loses the match by count out.
Winner: Big Show by Count Out
At the top of the stage, Bryan asks what kind of a man Big Show is, and he just proved that Show ran over A.J. on purpose. He asks why he would torture the poor girl. He asks if being the World Heavyweight Champion is worth that much to him. Bryan says protecting A.J. is more important that anything in wrestling, but at the Elimination Chamber, he will still be the World Heavyweight Champion.
The announcers plug the Six-Pack Challenge once again as we go to commercial.
WrestleMania is 55 days away as we come back to Raw. We go back to last week on Raw where a special guest greeted John Cena, which apparently wasn't shown then. The 99 car of Carl Edwards came to Raw to greet John Cena. Edwards says he's honored to come here and invite Cena to be the honorary starter for the Daytona 500. Cena says he'll definitely be there.
We then get a very well-made video package for WWE Elimination Chamber. It also shows a clip of Shawn Michaels bleeding from the first Chamber match, not in black and white or anything, which is odd. This is a pretty long package actually, longer than I thought it would be, but I still like it. Cole says that the odds aren't in the champions favor at the Chamber, and they put over the Six-Pack Challenge tonight. All 6 men will be in the ring at the same time, one fall to a finish, and the winner enters last in the Chamber. We go to commercial.
We come back to David Otunga in the ring with his sweater vest and coffee. He says he can honestly say, he's never had a boss as amazing as John Laurinaitis, and he can only hope the the Board of Directors does the right thing and keeps Laurinaitis. He asks us to pray with him, and he does what is now known as Tebowing in the middle of the ring. After a moment, Justin Roberts informs us that, per orders of Triple H, Otunga will compete in a match right now. Sheamus's music hits, and the 2012 Royal Rumble winner comes out for the second match of the night.
David Otunga vs Sheamus
Otunga tries to talk his way out of this one, but Sheamus catches a kick from the Harvard Lawler, and tries to go for the Celtic Cross early, but Otunga rolls out of the ring. Back in the ring, Sheamus hits him with a Polish Hammer, then traps him in the ropes to hit his patented Forearm shots, after ripping Otunga's shirt to harm his chest more. Sheamus goes for a Powerslam, but Otunga holds onto the ropes, and then he hits a DDT, but only gets a one count. Otunga then stomps Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick out of nowhere for the win.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho walking to the ring, and he has something to say after this commercial break.
Back to Raw, the lights go out, and Jericho makes what has now become his normal entrance. We replay what happened last week with him attacking CM Punk. Jericho says the end of the world as we know it has arrived. He says the end of plagiarism, and liars appearing to be something they not has came, and everyone that steps in this ring is a Chris Jericho wannabe. He says he made these thoughts popular or invented them, and everyone in the back is stealing them. He points out to a few specific fans and calls them wannabes. He says he manipulated all of us without saying a single word, and he trolled all of us. He says everyone is a wannabe, including The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Dolph Zigglers, and CM Punk, and he lists valid reasons for all of them of how he did their stuff first. He says Punk is the worst because he says he's the best in the world when he's not, and he's nothing more than a Chris Jericho wannabe, and he knows that Chris Jericho is the best in the world at what he does. He says Jericho has done everything you could possibly do in the WWE. He says it's the end of the world as we know it because he's coming back to claim what is his. He's interrupted by CM Punk, and to quote the best announcer in history, business just picked up. Punk is wearing his new "In Punk We Trust" shirt, and he has a microphone in hand.
Once in the ring, Punk acts as if he's going to say something, but instead drops the microphone, and instead holds up his WWE Championship. Punk then turns his back on Jericho, and Jericho looks to strike, but doesn't. Punk smiles and leaves the ring as his music hits. Jericho starts yelling at him, calling him a wannabe, and yelling at him for not saying anything.
Wade Barrett is out first for this tag team match, followed by the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes. The Great Khali is out next, and it's so hard to do partial results with this embarrassment to the wrestling world around. Randy Orton is out last to a pretty big reaction.
Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes vs The Great Khali and Randy Orton
Thankfully, Orton starts out first with Cody Rhodes. Jericho quickly takes control with a Scoop Slam, then stomps on Rhodes. Orton slaps Khali on the chest pretty hard to tag him in, and Cody gets the tag to Barrett, who Khali sends to the ground before hitting a huge chop across Barrett's chest. Khali taunts and chops Orton pretty hard across the chest to tag him back in. Orton gets met with a mule kick to the gut by Barrett, followed by a Spinning Neckbreaker for a two count. Rhodes gets the tag and he works over Barrett in the corner. Orton starts fighting back, but is met with a Dropkick from Rhodes for a two count. Cole goes over the rules of the Chamber match for like the fourth time tonight. The over/under is 7. Rhodes goes for a Bulldog, but Orton reverses with a Back Suplex. Orton looks to tag Khali, but changes his mind, and hits Barrett with a Powerslam, then does his rope-hung DDT on Rhodes. Orton then looks to hit the RKO, but Khali tags himself in by slapping Orton's back. Rhodes goes for the Disaster Kick, but Khali hits the Brain Chop for the win.
Winners: The Great Khali and Randy Orton
Orton and Khali stand face to face in the ring, and Khali grabs him by his throat and goes for a Brain Chop on him, but Orton ducks and hits the RKO on the Punjabi Giant. The announcers plug the Six-Pack Challenge once again, and then plugs the Twitter war that's currently ongoing between John Cena and The Rock. If you read this site, you've probably seen these tweets already. We then see the video package that they've been playing since the Royal Rumble on John Cena. It's nice, but too long, and I've already seen it 3 or 4 times. It's also like the 4th video package tonight.
Back from the break, Cole reads a tweet Cena just said. Stop it. Eve, Kelly Kelly, Tamina, and Alicia Fox come out to Eve's song for an 8-diva Tag Team Match. We see a replay of last week where Cena saved Eve from Kane, and how Cena embraced the hate afterwards. Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and the Bellas Twins are out next. Isn't this the same match from the Royal Rumble?
Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina vs The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella), Beth Phoenix, and Natalya
Eve and Beth starts off, and Beth quickly takes her down with a Clothesline for a two count. Beth then hits a Scoop Slam, before slapping one of the Bella's hard across the breast to tag her in. She hits a neckbreaker on Eve, who tags in Tamina as Bella was talking to Beth. Tamina comes in and hits a Samoan Drop. The other Bella tries to stop her, but Kelly and Alicia stop her, and Tamina hits the Superfly Splash for the win.
Winners: Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina
The announcers plug The Rock appearing on The Tonight Show, and we see a clip of the show. Backstage, Triple H is on the phone with someone, and John Laurinaitis interrupts him. Laurinaitis says when he met with the board earlier today, he'll accept whatever decision they make. He also says Shawn Michaels will be here next week. Triple H says Shawn is in the middle of nowhere hunting, and he won't be there. Laurinaitis says it was his idea, and he also suggested that Cena face Kane in an Ambulance Match at Elimination Chamber. Triple H actually likes that idea, but quickly makes a joke about Laurinaitis's in-ring career, and tells him to get out of his office. We should find out if he keeps his job tomorrow morning. We go to commercial.
Back from the break, Cole says that the decision on Laurinaitis's job will be announced tomorrow morning at 10 a.m EST on WWE.com. Lawler then leads us in to the replay of the 'Taker video package that played during the opening segment.
After that, Laurinaitis is backstage, and Josh Matthews asks him what he thinks the decision will be tomorrow. He says even though he's made a lot of mistakes, the board is looking for someone like him, not someone like Triple H to run Monday Night Raw. It's time for the main event now as we go to Justin Roberts, who goes over the rules for this match, stumbling just a tad, but that's the first time I can remember him even remotely messing up. R-Truth is out first. We go to commercial as he gets in the ring. Back from the break, R-Truth is the only one in the ring, so it looks like everyone will get entrances. Ziggler is out next, with Vickie, followed by Kofi Kingston. Chris Jericho comes out next, with a serious look as always. The Miz and the WWE Champion, CM Punk each come out next. This is going to be a very hectic match to write, bear with me. Keep in mind that the winner becomes the last entrant in the Elimination Chamber match at the PPV.
Six-Pack Challenge: R-Truth vs Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) vs Kofi Kingston vs Chris Jericho vs The Miz vs CM Punk
We starts with everyone besides Punk attacking Jericho, and Punk quickly rolls up Miz for a two count. Ziggler and Kofi attack each other and Punk and Miz are going at it. Jericho must have rolled out of the ring, and Truth starts double teaming Ziggler before him and Kofi start attacking each other. Jericho is lying on the arena floor, biding his time to get in as Punk hits some kicks to Miz's chest. Truth and Ziggler hammer on each other, and Jericho tries to get in, but he gets sent right back out. Miz gets a two count on R-Truth, but Punk breaks it up and hits Miz with some chops. Punk goes for his Corner knee, but misses and falls out of the ring. Truth Clotheslines Miz out of the ring, and then barely hits him with a Somersault, and hits the floor kinda' hard on his own. I think that was more Miz's fault that the move didn't work right though. Kofi gets slingshoted onto the turnbuckle by Ziggler, and he then jumps out on Jericho and Miz outside the ring. Ziggler teases a Suicide Dive but pulls up short, really playing the crowd. We go to commercial after Punk took down Ziggler off camera and got a two count.
Coming back to Raw, Truth is being helped out of the arena, and this confirms my theory that he hurt himself on that dive. I think this is legit folks. Ziggler hits a Stinger Splash on Punk, and Miz misses one on his own. Punk takes out both men, then hits a Scoop Slam on Ziggler, followed by a Hangman's Neckbreaker on Ziggler, and a DDT on Miz at the exact same time. Punk locks on the Anaconda Vice on Miz, but Ziggler saves the matchup. Punk then locks it in on Ziggler, but Kingston breaks it up this time. Punk goes for the GTS on Kingston, but instead dumps him over the top rope when he couldn't hit it. Punk and Jericho are now the only ones in the ring, and the crowd goes nuts, cheering for Punk. Right before they can do anything, Ziggler and Miz attack them both. Miz botches for what I believe is the second time in the match, but nonetheless, Jericho and Miz clothesline each other. Ziggler goes up high, but Punk catches him with some chops and elbows, then goes up top himself. He goes for a Superplex, but Miz and Jericho catch him, and they both slam Punk down, who also Superplexes Ziggler. Miz pins Punk, and Jericho pins Ziggler. The referee counts them both, but they both kick out. Kofi comes in for half a second before Miz boots him back out. Jericho and Miz goe at it, and Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Jericho ducks down as Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise, sending Miz outside the ring.
Kofi then goes after Jericho, but Jericho is able to hit a Missile Dropkick for a two count on Kofi. Kofi fights back from Jericho's grip, and hits a Springboard Crossbody for a very close two count. Kofi stays in control with a Dropkick, and rolls up Jericho for a two count. Kofi gets caught with an elbow, but is able to dodge a Lionsault, and he goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Jericho blocks it and locks in the Walls of Jericho. Punk saved the match up and throws Jericho out of the ring. Ziggler comes in and gets a two count. After some counters, Punk hits the GTS on Ziggler, but Jericho pulls Punk out of the ring to break up the pinfall, and sends Punk flying over the announce table. Jericho runs in and steals the pin on Ziggler to win the match.
Winner: Chris Jericho
The crowd was really into the finishing moments of that match, I gotta' praise Ziggler's and Punk's work towards then really hard, that was great. Jericho celebrates in the ring with Punk's WWE Championship, and Punk is still down on the announce table. Jericho is siting in the ring with the belt, just like Punk does.
Backstage, Eve is confronted by Kane, and Kane say she can't stand it, the hate is pouring out of his soul, and Cena is starting to embrace the hate, but if he doesn't get there soon, he's afraid for Eve, Cena and anyone who gets in his fast, but more than all of that, for the first time in his life, he's afraid of himself. Eve is practically crying as Raw goes off air.
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