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RAW: Stone Cold stuns Cole's Wrestlemania plans
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


WWE continues its Attitude Era greatest hits tour in Dallas, Texas. First the Rock came back to Monday Night RAW, followed by The Undertaker and Triple H. Tonight, Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his return, and they may even let him drink tonight.

A familiar bell tolls and the lights go out to start the show. The Undertaker lumbers to the ring to address Triple H. The Dead Man says two legends will collide at Wrestlemania to do battle, and at the end there can only be one last outlaw. The word on the street is that this is the year the streak gets broken, and Triple H will be the one guy who can do it. Taker points out that last year Shawn Michaels couldn’t do it, and he may be the greatest of all time. Undertaker spells out his terms. He wants a No Hold Barred match, where anything goes. Undertaker tells Hunter he will rest in peace at Wrestlemania.

After some promos, we cut to the back where Randy Orton is trying to fight off Nexus. CM Punk says they are going to send him somewhere much worse from where Michael McGillicutty ended up. Punk hits Orton with the GTS, and order Nexus to drag Orton to the ring.

After the commercial break, the beating continues for Orton, but now it is in the ring. Multiple refs try to break them up, and Nexus finally retreats. David Otunga climbs back in the ring, and he is ready for his match. Orton pulls himself up in the corner, and the ref calls for the bell.

Match #1 – David Otunga vs. Randy Orton

Otunga stomps and pummels Orton in the corner. He follows with an elbow drop off the middle rope. Orton kicks out of the pin. Otunga picks Orton up and slams him to the mat, Orton kicks out once again. Otunga drags Orton to his feet, but the Viper strikes with an RKO. Orton covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

After the match, Mason Ryan runs in and decks Orton. Ryan picks Orton up, only to get an RKO just like Otunga. CM Punk stays outside the ring, and Orton wants a piece of him. Instead, Orton punts Otunga in the skull.

Michael Cole and Josh Matthews tells us that the WWE Champion, The Miz, is boycotting RAW tonight. He feels he is not getting the attention he deserves.

Match #2 – Christian vs. Brodus Clay

Alberto Del Rio tells Christian he has to beat Clay just to get a shot at him. Clay was the runner up on NXT season four.

Christian floats over Clay, but cannot get the Killswitch to go. Clay forces Christian into the ropes, and then takes him down with a shoulder block. Clay tosses Christian across the ring, but misses a splash. Christian connects with a missile drop kick, and follows with one off the turnbuckle. Christian cannot get the pin. Clay misses a splash in the corner, and Christian counters with a spinning DDT off the turnbuckle. Christian covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Christian

After the bell, Del Rio jumps Christian, locking in the cross arm breaker. Del Rio breaks the hold and gloats.

The latest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame is Sunny.

Match #3 – Eve w/ Gail Kim vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella – Divas Title Match

Michael Cole stands atop the announce table to tell the crowd that he is the main event tonight, and he wants the Divas to wrap this match up. Back in the ring, the ref catches Brie trying to switch place with her sister. He order Nikki back in the ring, and Eve hits a float over DDT to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Eve

Michael Cole gets back on the microphone to tell the crowd that he will be naming the special guest referee for his Wrestlemania, next.

Snooki, from Jersey Shore, is guest hosting RAW next week. It’s times like this that I hate my job.

Michael Cole is in the ring to announce his handpicked referee. He has the contract in his hand for that person to sign. Cole says he respects Lawler, so he has picked an impartial ref. Cole says this man in an iconic figure in WWE and a legendary Texan. Cole whips the crowd into a frenzy for Stone Cold, but instead he brings out JBL, John Bradshaw Layfield. (Every time I hear his music, I can’t help think of the “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner!” commercials.)

JBL hugs Cole, and then raises his arm in the ring. JBL turns on the heat in Dallas. JBL is proud that Cole will be debuting in the Main Event at Wrestlemania. JBL also says today he starts his journey back to the Main Event at Wrestlemania.

The man everyone wanted to see finally makes his entrance. Stone Cold Steve Austin has heard enough from JBL and crashes the party. Cole cowers behind JBL, who gets a Stunner. Cole clears out of the ring, yelling at Austin. Stone Cold gets his beer to celebrate. He pours one over JBL, and then picks up the unsigned contract. Stone Cold signs his John Hancock, officially making him the guest referee in Cole’s match. Cole is almost in tears. Austin walks over to Cole and gives him a beer shower. JBL gets back to his feet, and Austin hands him a beer. They toast, until Austin gives him another stunner.

Backstage, Jack Swagger tells Cole to calm down and let him worry about Austin. Jerry Lawler takes Cole’s place at the announce position.

Match #4 – Daniel Bryan vs. King Sheamus

Sheamus tries for an early cover, but Bryan kicks out. He then dropkicks Sheamus through the ropes and then off the apron. Sheamus grabs his ankle in pain, and cannot get back in the ring. Sheamus gets counted out, as Sheamus pounds on the announce table.

Winner via countout: Daniel Bryan

Sheamus gets on the microphone and issues Bryan a challenge for his U.S. title. If Sheamus loses, he says he will quit.

Match #5 – R-Truth vs. CM Punk w/ Mason Ryan

R-Truth is just a glorified jobber at this point. Punk locks in the anaconda vice and Truth taps.

Winner via submission: CM Punk

After the bell, Mason Ryan delivers a shoulder breaker to Truth.

Vicki Guerrero is in the ring to introduce the newest member of Monday Night RAW, Dolph Ziggler.

Match #6 – Dolph Ziggler w/ Vicki Guerrero vs. John Morrison

Vicki joins the guys on commentary. Shea says her relationship with Ziggler is all business now. Morrison gets tossed from the ring, and we go to break.

After the break, Ziggler has Morrison in a headlock. Morrison breaks free, and Ziggler comes up empty with a splash in the corner. Morrison knees Ziggler in the head, and hits a neck breaker. Ziggler breaks a pin by getting his foot on the ropes. Ziggler thumbs Morrison in the eye, and hits the Zig Zag. Dolph covers and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

The RAW GM finally chimes in, and Lawler goes to the podium. The GM tells Vicki that Ziggler was hired to RAW, not her. The GM offers Vicki a job on RAW, if she wins her match next week, against Trish Stratus. Security walks down to escort Vicki out of the arena.

John Cena hits the ring to respond to the Rock’s comments from last week. Cena knows the Rock is angry at him, and he struck a nerve. Cena likes getting made fun of. Rock didn’t like getting addressed via rap, so tonight Cena is going hip hop. He slams Rocky for staying home and using a teleprompter. He tells him to be the people’s champ he has to show up. To make amends, Cena bough the Rock’s new t-shirt, “I bring it ... via satellite”.

Cena wraps it up, only to get clocked in the head with the WWE Title from The Miz. The champ clocks him again; he was under the ring the entire time. Miz kneels over Cena, saying this is the last time he will be disrespected. Miz says he would do the same thing to the Rock if he were here. Miz calls out Rock, introducing himself as the WWE Champion and star of Wrestlemania. He tells Rock to be the best Ryan Seacrest he can be as the host. He then delivers a Skull Crushing Finale to Cena. Miz follows with a People’s Elbow to dis Rocky.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @DPlummer627.