|By Marc Middleton | March 05, 2013 | Comments|
Taker comes out to the old-school stage on the set and makes flames rise. There's a WrestleMania 29 logo up on the big screen after his video plays.
Taker makes the flames rise as we cut to an opening video for tonight's old-school themed RAW. The video is narrated by Mean Gene Okerlund.
- Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler welcome us to RAW as the old school pyro goes off above the ring. Even Cole and Lawler are all old school looking at ringside tonight. They talk about The Undertaker and out comes CM Punk with Paul Heyman to the ring.
Punk says he should be main eventing WrestleMania 29. Punk says he should be defending the WWE Title but he's not because of the fans. Punk says the fans screwed him. Punk says what the world just saw gives him a purpose. Punk says he's going to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Punk says fans like The Streak so much but roll their eyes when he mentions his lengthy title reign. Punk says he has a new number - 20 and 1. Punk says he will beat The Streak, deal with it. Randy Orton's music hits and out he comes.
Orton says he's already beat Punk at WrestleMania. Orton says 8 years ago, he came close to beating Taker at WrestleMania but he was a rookie then. Orton says now he's the most dangerous man in the locker room. Orton asks the fans who should face Taker at WrestleMania - Orton or Punk. The fans pop for Orton. Out comes Big Show next. Big Show says he also faced Taker at WrestleMania but back then he didn't' have the knockout punch he has now. Show says if you're going to beat The Streak, you need to be more than a Viper and more than Straight-Edge. You need to be a giant. Big Show says he's going to knock Taker's streak right into oblivion. Sheamus comes out next to the biggest pop yet.
Sheamus says he's the only one who has never faced Taker. He says it's going to take a Brogue Kick to defeat Taker. Sheamus says with the luck of the Irish on your side, it's possible. Vickie Guerrero comes out next to boos from the crowd. Vickie says the one to end The Streak will be the greatest of all-time. Vickie announces a Fatal 4 Way for tonight. The winner will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is in the ring. Out next comes Ryback.
Cesaro strikes first with kicks and punches. Ryback knocks him down with a shoulder. Ryback with chops in the corner now. Ryback takes Cesaro up and catches him in a big powerslam. Cesaro rolls to the floor to regroup. Ryback suplexes Cesaro back into the ring and holds him high in the air before dropping him. Ryback with a 2 count. Cesaro unloads in the corner again. Ryback dumps him to the apron but Cesaro drops Ryback over the top rope. Cesaro goes to the top but Ryback presses him high in the air and slams him on his face. Ryback sends Cesaro over the top rope and back to the floor.
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