February 18, 2013
Raw: Rock debuts new WWE Championship
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Monday Night Raw: Elimination Chamber is in the books and the road to WrestleMania is clear. Or is it? It won't be if CM Punk has anything to say about it. Punk confronts No. 1 contender John Cena, setting up a match between the two next week to see who faces The Rock at WrestleMania, who debuted a new WWE Championship on the show. Should be a good one!
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John Cena is out to start the show, but he barely gets more than a few dozen words out before he is interrupted by CM Punk. Punk admits Rock beat him fair and square, well, if you ignore Punk had him pinned for an 18 count and that he knocked over a referee.
Punk notes Cena has never beat him and earned his shot in a circus-like fashion, throwing some ham-and-eggers over the top rope. Punk twists the knife and says he's seen Cena-Rock and Cena can't get it done, can't beat The Rock. He suggests Cena just walk away. Cena considers it, but, of course, says no.
Cena has a solution for Punk's issue. He offers Punk a match versus himself. If Cena wins, Punk shuts up, crawls into the hole he came from and goes away. If Punk wins, he gets Cena's spot against The Rock at WrestleMania. And he suggests they do it right here, right now.
Punk casually says since he shouldn't even have been in this position, he'll do it next week.
Ryback and Sheamus almost get into it backstage before being broken up by Chris Jericho. He says no one can deny the appeal of The Shield versus those three and he's going to talk to Vickie Guerrero about making it for tonight. They like it.
Match #1 - Sin Cara (Mexico City) vs. Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas)
Sin Cara tries to kick at Henry's legs off the bat, but this does not go well. Henry drops Sin Cara and stands on his back. Henry catches Sin Cara and drives him into the canvas with a running power slam. He follows with the World's Strongest Slam and just like that, it's over.
Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry
Henry goes after Sin Cara after the match and has him up for another WSS but Great Khali lumbers to the ring and Henry just exits.
Match #2 - No Disqualification Match - Antonio Cesaro (Lucerne, Switzerland) vs. The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio)
This one doesn't last long until Miz counters Cesaro, smashes him into a chair and locks in the Figure Four. Cesaro taps.
Winner via submission: Antonio Cesaro
Match #3 - Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Calif.) vs. Alberto Del Rio (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
Del Rio gets going with an inverted suplex and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. He lines Ziggler up and hits a superkick for two. Del Rio again but Ziggler gets his hand on the bottom rope. It's all Del Rio now. Big E Langston hops on the apron but Del RIo kicks him off. Ziggler charges, but Del Rio catches him, sets him down and comes over with the cross-armbreaker. Ziggler taps.
Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Langston destroys Del Rio. Ziggler thinks about something. That's right, he wants to cash in Money in the Bank. But right as Ziggler gets the briefcase and declares his intention, Ricardo Rodriguez steals the briefcase and runs away. Langston gives chases. AJ grabs the dropped briefcase on the ramp, but when she gets it back to Ziggler, Del Rio is back and hits a big kick to lay him out.
Match #4 - Brodus Clay (Planet Funk), Tensai (Tokyo, Japan) & Naomi (Orlando, Fla.) vs. Primo & Epico (San Juan, Puerto Rico) & Rosa Mendes (San Juan, Costa Rica)
This one does not last long, as Clay and Tensai finish off Primo with the double splash.
Winners via pinfall: Brodus Clay, Tensai & Naomi
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are out for their state of the union. Colter decries immigration in the U.S., a big problem that they have to fix. He notes Alberto Del Rio only came into the country to reap the rewards of the motherland. He says Swagger is going to capture the World Heavyweight Championship and reclaim America at WrestleMania.
Swagger starts chanting "we the people" when Daniel Bryan comes out.
Match #5 - Jack Swagger (Perry, Okla.) vs. Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.)
Action is underway and Swagger has a headlock. The action spills to the outside and Bryan hits a dropkick. He loads up for the running knee off the apron, but Swagger moves and runs Bryan into the barricade, injured ribs-first.
Back in the ring, Swagger throws Bryan around a little bit. He hits the Vader Bomb for two. Swagger charges Bryan but eats an elbow and a boot. Bryan tries to rally. He hits a big running forearm and then low-bridges a charging Swagger and hits a suicide dive. They head back in the ring and Bryan hits a missile dropkick for two.
Bryan feeling it. He lands kick to the body and loads up for the kick to the head, but Swagger grabs him and hits a spinebuster. Swagger lays there for a bit to recover and gets caught in the No Lock, but Swagger is close to the ropes and makes it. Bryan goes for the corner dropkick but crashes and burns when Swagger moves.
Now Swagger goes to work on the ankle. He locks in the Patriot Lock and Bryan has no choice but to tap.
Winner via submission: Jack Swagger
Vickie Guerrero is in the ring with Paul Heyman. Guerrero announces she is going to have a new assistant to the managing partner and that is none other than Brad Maddox. Maddox has a mic and says both Vince McMahon and Vickie Guerrero are thanking him for exposing Heyman and The Shield.
Heyman says this is going to make him puke, and he doesn't care what either of them says, so so long and good night. At this point, McMahon pops up on the screen via satellite. McMahon reminds Heyman he granted his request for a stipulation last week. McMahon reminds Heyman he said he'd do anything for the stipulation. McMahon says firing is too good for him. McMahon says next week, he'll walk to the ring with his crutches, Heyman will be there too, and they're going to have a fight.
Match #6 - Chris Jericho (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) & Ryback (Sin City) vs. Dean Ambrose (Cincinnati, Ohio), Seth Rollins (Davenport, Iowa) & Roman Reigns (Pensacola, Fla.)
Jericho immediately has to pull Ryback off of Rollins in the corner so he doesn't get them disqualified.
Sheamus and Reigns go at it and Sheamus connects with White Noise. He wants the Brogue Kick but Rollins makes sure Reigns gets out, so Sheamus blind sides Ambrose with the Brogue.
The Shield is going work on Sheamus. Rollins handling the workload right now, but Sheamus fires up out of the corner and hits a clothesline, bringing in Ryback, who goes to work on Rollins. Big back drop and a violent spinebuster connect. He lines Rollins up for the big lariat and hits it. Ryback loads Rollins up for the Shellshock but the referee gets distracted and Reigns spears Ryback, but he is able to kick out at two after a delay.
The Shield has taken over now on Ryback, utilizing some great teamwork in the process. Reigns, though, misses a corner charge and Ryback brings in Jericho on Ambrose. Running bulldog connects and he follows with the Lionsault for two. He wants the Walls but Ambrose rolls him up for two.
On the outside, Reigns senates Ryback in the post. In the ring, Jericho locks in the Walls on Ambrose. Reigns tries to make the save but Sheamus cuts him off. The referee is distracted with them and Rollins comes flying in with a huge springboard knee that levels Jericho. Ambrose covers and that does it.
Winners via pinfall: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Well, this one never gets off the ground. Sandow attacks Kingston before the bell, and Kingston is saved by the returning R-Truth. And dozens rejoice.
Match #7 - Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone)
Kane in control, but Orton is able to rally briefly. He goes for the Garvin Stomp but can't complete it, as Kane cuts him off. They start trading blows and Orton hits the scoop slam. But Orton runs right into a sidewalk slam for two. Kane goes to the top but can't hit the clothesline. Orton grabs him and wants the draping DDT, but Kane lifts him and crotches him on the rope.
Now Daniel Bryan is limping down to the ring and Orton hits the RKO as Kane is distracted.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
The Rock is here. Played out partially by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette marching band. He says he's going to WrestleMania in 48 days, but he isn't going with this title belt. He debuts a new title belt. He rambles about nothing of significance for a bit until John Cena's music hits. He slowly comes down the ramp only to be hit from behind with the old title by CM Punk, who points at The Rock and walks away.