|By Kian Terani | January 05, 2013 | Comments|
- We go to the arena, Randy Orton's music hits and he comes down to the ring with a beard and a new t-shirt.
He says since this is the 1st show of the new year he has a resolution that he will be the World Champion. He says SmackDown used to be his shown but lately that hasn't been the case. He announces his entry to the Royal Rumble. Sheamus' music hits and he comes to the ring.
Sheamus apologizes for interrupting him but he says that he also wants to be champion and announces himself as an entrant in the Rumble also. He also thanks Orton for helping him with The Shield on Monday. Orton says they put him out and he did that for himself. Sheamus says he was the one who won the Rumble last year and Orton says it will make it that much more sweet to win. Sheamus threatens him as Orton glares at him with a smirk and The Big Show's music hits and he comes to the stage with his title on his shoulder.
He says that if either of them wins the Rumble they will get a shot at his fist not the title. Show says he a giant and the most dominant champion the world has ever seen. Antonio Cesaro's music comes out and says that it's like typical Americans to just talk. Sheamus reminds him that he is not American. Cesaro continues to rundown Americans and Orton threatens to RKO the both of them. Booker T's music hits and he comes out to make a match. He makes Big Show & Cesaro vs. Sheamus & Orton.
- We see a graphic for Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston for later tonight.
- A promo runs for the Rock's return on RAW this Monday.
- Back from a break as The Miz makes his entrance. 3MB come to the ring and Heath Slater is announced. We see footage of their encounter with Miz on RAW from last month.
The Miz vs. Heath Slater
Miz hits an early dropkick then takes Slater down with a headlock. Slater tries to comeback but Miz goes back to the headlock. Slater reverses it and Miz slams him down on the back of his head. Jinder Mahal gets on the apron and Miz struts and plays air-guitar and pokes Slater in the eyes behind the ref's back. Miz resumes control and hits a shoulderblock and a big knee. Drew McIntyre trips Miz from the floor but Miz takes him out with a dropkick to the back from inside the ring. He also takes out Mahal when he gets on the apron. Slater hits Miz from behind with a shot to the face. The ref ejects Drew and Jinder from ringside and Miz rolls up Slater from behind for 2. Slater goes outside for a breather as we go to commercial.
- Slater unloads on Miz with punches as we return. Miz hits a takedown and mounts him with punches. Slater ducks out of the ring and Miz goes and hits him with a running clothesline. Miz gets cheers and Miz plays to them. Miz drops Slater across the security wall and sends him back in. Slater comes back with a kick to the knee and sends Miz shoulder-first into the post. The crowd chants, "Awesome." Miz works his way up but Slater slams him back down for 2. The crowd chants "Let's go Miz" and he rolls Slater up for 2.
Slater hits a big knee to the face and gets another near-fall. Slater continues to keep the pressure on. Slater plays his air-guitar and works Miz' left arm. Miz comes back and lands a big kick to the head for 2. Slater again turns the tables in the corner and works the left arm. Miz fights up and gets out with a side suplex. The ref counts both men and they trade shots on their knees as they get up. Miz hits a flurry and does more call-and-response with the crowd. Slater counters Miz and hits a big neckbreaker for 2. Miz lands his patented clothesline in the corner and goes up top for a chop. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin.
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