April 4, 2011
RAW: Rock-Cena talk Wrestlemania 28
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
WWE has changed venues, but not cities, as Monday Night RAW comes to us from Phillips Arena in Atlanta. No titles changed hands last night, a first for Wrestlemania, but could we see one tonight? Sheamus and Daniel Bryan got bumped off the card, but tonight they will compete for the United States title. And The Rock is going to make a big announcement.
Good Olí Jim Ross is behind the desk with Jerry "The King" Lawler and I couldnít be happier. If I had to listen to Michael Cole gloat how he "beat" Lawler last night I would have broken something.
Despite tapping out to the Undertaker last night Triple H walks out to the ring. Hunter says he has never been more tired after a match, and admits to being nervous as the Dead Man walked down the ramp. Trips says the Streak has became bigger than anything, and Undertaker is willing to do anything to preserve it. Hunter says he wasnít good enough, even though he hit Taker harder than he has hit anyone else. Triple H does want to say one thing -- he thanks the Undertaker for giving him the fight of his life. Hunter says he will be waiting, though, when Undertaker does return.
Ross reports the rumor is that Michael Cole is going to challenge Lawler to a match.
After the break, Michael Cole walks out on stage in his wrestling gear. (I wonder if SLAM! Wrestling will reimburse me for a new laptop, because Iím about throw this one through the TV.) As expected Cole brags about his undefeated record at Wrestlemania, and how he is the new Mr. Wrestlemania. Lawler tells Cole to shut up, pointing out he only won because of a ruling from the GM. Lawler calls him a worthless jack-ass. Cole harps on the fact that he won, and is a better athlete and better man. Cole challenges Lawler to a rematch. The King wants to do it right now. Cole stops on the ramp, and says he is talking about a rematch from last week, not last night. Cole brings out Jack Swagger.
Match #1 Ė Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger drives Lawler into the corner, hitting him in the mid-section. Swagger follows with a slam, but Lawler rolls away from a leg drop. Swagger recovers with a clothesline. Swagger canít connect on a splash in the corner, and Lawler takes him down with a drop kick. The King climbs the middle rope, but instead chases down Cole. Swagger catches Lawler beating Cole up, and is able to apply the ankle lock. Lawler taps, but Swagger doesnít break the hold. The ref reverses his decision, and disqualifies Swagger.
Winner via DQ: Jerry "The King" Lawler
After the match, Cole returns to his cubicle, albeit a broken one. He isnít happy to find a bottle of JRís BBQ sauce in there. He squirts it all over JR. Ross has had enough, and chases Cole to the back.
In case you havenít heard, Wrestlemania 28 will be in Miami. Iím already looking for a hotel.
Michael Cole is back on the headset, and just verbally destroys Jim Ross. Josh Matthews and Booker T take Lawlerís place.
Match #2 Ė Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk and Cody Rhodes
Orton takes down Rhodes with a Thesz press and then hammers him with punches. Mysterio tags in, and tries to rip the mask off of Rhodes. And we go to commercial.
After the break, Mysterio tags in, hitting a springboard leg drop. Rhodes hits a chin breaker, and Punk tags in. He tags Rhodes back, and they hit Mysterio with dual elbows. Orton gets the tag, taking down Rhodes with a clothesline. Punk tries to interfere, but Orton fights him off. Rhodes takes Orton down with a chop block, and Punk tags in. Orton slips out of the GTS, but Punk kicks him in the bad knee. We go to another commercial.
After the break, Punk is working the injured knee of Orton. The Viper breaks the hold with a back suplex, and gets the hot tag to Rey. Mysterio snaps Punk over, but misses a kick, and is slammed into the turnbuckle. Orton takes out Rhodes on the outside, but Cody is still able to break up the 619. Mysterio kicks out of the pin from Punk. Mysterio counters a powerbomb with a head scissors, and Orton gets the hot tag. The Viper slams Rhodes to the mat, and follows with the elevated DDT. Orton stalks Cody, but catches Punk trying to sneak up on him. Orton covers, Punk breaks up the pin. Mysterio knocks Punk out of the ring, as Orton knocks Rhodes into the ropes. Mysterio connects with the 619, and Orton follows with an RKO to Rhodes. Orton covers for the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H meet in the back. Austin tells Hunter that if thereís another match he will be there.
Stone Cold heads to the ring to promote the return of Tough Enough. He has the aspiring wrestlers come out to the ring. (Iíve said this before, and Iíll say it again. STOP CHANTING, "WHAT?" I will personally smack anyone who chants if Iím in attendance. At thatís a guarantee, because I said so!)
Stone Cold has everyone introduce themselves, as the show premieres after RAW, tonight. After the intros, Austin is interrupted by WWE champion, and former Tough Enough contestant, The Miz. The champ reveals that last night he suffered a concussion, but he continued the match, and retained the title. (But you knew that.) Miz gets in the ring, and tells everyone that this is as close as they will ever get to a WWE Championship. Miz asks Austin if he wants to hold the belt. Miz asks Austin if he has one more run in him, and if he thinks he is tough enough. Miz wants to find out if Austin has one more match in him. He tells the kids to clear the ring.
Alex Riley jumps Austin, as Miz slides out of the ring. Austin turns the tables, stomping Riley into the corner. Austin shoots off the ropes, catching Riley with a Thesz press. Riley gets to his feet, only to get the Stone Cold Stunner. Austin calls for the beer, and passes them out to the Tough Enough cast. They toast Stone Cold outside the ring. Austin gives Cole a beer shower before heading to the back.
Alberto Del Rio walks to the ring, thatís right, no car tonight, after Edge and Christian destroyed his ride last night.
Match #3 Ė Alberto Del Rio w/ Brodus Clay vs. Evan Bourne
Del Rio whips Bourne off the ropes, but Evan catches him with a spinning heel kick. Del Rio recovers, knocking Bourne from the ring. He tosses Evan into the security barrier, before rolling him back in the ring. Bourne knees Del Rio in the face, and then fights him out of the corner. Bourne goes up top, but Del Rio cuts him down out of mid air. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker, and Bourne taps.
Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio
Wrestlemania week is recapped.
Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler blame LayCool for their loss last night. Ziggler calls out John Morrison, saying Snooki was the reason he won last night. They challenge Morrison and Trish Stratus to a match.
Match #4 Ė Dolph Ziggler and Vicki Guerrero vs. John Morrison and Trish Stratus Ė Mixed Tag Team Match
Ziggler pounds on Morrison in the middle of the ring. Morrison picks Ziggler up and slams him into the corner. Vickie tags in, and so does Trish. Vickie tries to do a cartwheel and fails. She charges Trish, who avoids the clothesline with the matrix. Dolph distracts the ref, allowing Vickie to pull Trish down by her hair. Ziggler and Morrison tag in. Ziggler is smashed into the turnbuckle, but Morrison misses a move off the top rope. Ziggler looks for the pin, but Trish breaks the pin. She slaps Dolph, and Morrison slams him to the mat. Ziggler is dragged into the corner, and Morrison goes up top. He hits Starship Pain, and covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: John Morrison and Trish Stratus
Match #5 Ė Daniel Bryan vs. King Sheamus Ė Unites States Title Match
Sheamus is decked out in red, white and blue ring gear to represent the fact he is the United States Champion. Sheamus hits Bryan with a running knee on the apron. Sheamus follows with a back breaker, and then drives a knee into Bryanís back. Bryan fights back with kicks and a clothesline. He fights Sheamus off in the corner and covers. Sheamus kicks out. Bryan goes for the LeBell lock, but Sheamus fight him off with a back breaker. He shoots Bryan off the ropes and connects with the pump kick. Sheamus covers for the win.
Winner via pinfall: King Sheamus
After the match, Sheamus beats on Bryan, but is interrupted by Sin Cara, who makes his debut. Cara kicks Sheamus out of the ring, and then flies off the top turnbuckle crashing into Sheamus with a cross body block on the floor.
John Cena hits the ring, and he is not getting a warm reception in Atlanta. Thereís only one thing I want to hear from Cena, but I donít think he is going to say it.
Cena says he knows why people are upset, because a certain someone got involved in last nightís title match. Cena isnít here to complain; he is here to congratulate The Miz. He also tells The Miz that after tonight, he has earned everyone respect.
And that brings us back to that certain someone, who is here tonight. And Cena has business to settle with that person. Cena stands in the ring, just waiting for The Rock.
The Rock makes his grand entrance. Rock tells Cena that he had to know payback was coming. Rock says he respects Cena, and The Rock knows all about him. That he lives and breathes WWE. And itís because of that drive that makes him one of the greatest WWE Champions, but The Rock just doesnít like him, although, they both strive to be the best. Cena wants the Peopleís Champ to listen to people. The people want a match. Cena tells Rock to bring it. Rock says he will bring it, but he wants to make history, at Wrestlemania 28. (The crowd doesnít like that. They want to see a fight now.)
Rock extends his hand and Cena shakes it, when the Corre runs down to the ring. Rock and Cena fight off the intrusion, as they trade signature moves. The Rock hits the Peopleís Elbow and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment. Rock upstages Cena with a Rock Bottom to Wade Barrett. Rock points a finger in Cenaís chest, and Cena walks off to end the show.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale will like to thank all the great fans he met in Atlanta. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627