[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 2/4/2013

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The end of last week’s Raw saw not only proof that Paul Heyman has been working with The Shield this entire time, but also heralded the return of Brock Lesnar who ended last Monday taking WWE Chairman Vince McMahon out with the F-5. Heyman has a lot to answer for this week and he will start right at the beginning as a guest on The Miz’s talk show “MizTV”. What will Heyman have to say? Will Lesnar and/or The Shield appear? And, perhaps most importantly, what does now former WWE Champion CM Punk think about all of this? Those are the big stories going into this week’s show. Also on the docket Punk will continue to build his Elimination Chamber rematch against the man who usurped him The Rock and the personal feud between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show will continue to build. Smackdown GM Booker T also has a big decision to make in regards to who will be entered in the “Elimination Chamber” in two weeks. The winner will get a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship come Wrestlemania 29 so it is not a decision to take lightly.

Click “read more” for quick results from the show plus a fully-detailed recap of the events, matches, segments, etc. as they air or as one giant report after the show concludes.

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Quick Match Results:

  1. Ryback pinned *WWE U.S. Champion* Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match (9:49).
  2. Jack Swagger defeated Santino Marella via submission (1:26).
  3. *World Heavyweight Champion* Alberto Del Rio defeated Cody Rhodes via submission (2:45).
  4. Daniel Bryan defeated Rey Mysterio via submission (8:35).
  5. Sheamus pinned Kane (3:49).
  6. Randy Orton pinned *WWE I.C. Champion* Wade Barrett (4:56).
  7. CM Punk pinned Chris Jericho (14:58).

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Tonight on RAW: John Cena, Sheamus, & Randy Orton look for revenge against The Shield, fallout from Brock Lesnar‘s return/F-5 on Vince McMahon.

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We’re live from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. “Cult of Personality” plays bringing out CM Punk. His adviser, Paul Heyman, is not with him. Punk smashes a sign nearby, then grabs Justin Roberts by the tie and brings him in the ring. Punk forces Roberts to announce him as “The People’s Champion” before he makes a hasty exit. Punk says he didn’t overreact at the beginning of last week’s show, and says people who think he did have never held something as prestigious to them as the WWE Championship. Punk says every action has its reaction and acted like a normal person. He says the WWE Championship was stolen from him and is now held by someone who doesn’t deserve it and who doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a champion. Punk brings up Vince McMahon‘s video from the end of last week’s show saying people have been asking about it. Punk gets into the face of some ringside fans and asks them if they saw Punk in the video last week. He answers “NO!” for them. Punk turns his attention to Michael Cole and asks him if he saw The Shield acting in collusion with Punk on the TitanTron last week. Cole says that he wasn’t in the video and Punk reiterates that on the live mic.

Punk gets back in the ring and says he believes Heyman’s claims that it wasn’t him in the video from last week. Punk says that McMahon is vindictive enough to screw Heyman just as he screwed Punk. Punk says McMahon doctored the video and all the stupid lazy people are eating it up. Punk says that last week McMahon was hoisted in the air and dumped on his hip, getting what he deserved. Punk says Brock Lesnar broke McMahon’s hip and that’s exactly what he deserved. Punk calls Lesnar’s actions “karma”. Punk then challenges the crowd to attack him, saying he’d break their jaw because he’s the real champion. Punk says in a few short weeks he will get back what he deserves when he faces The Rock at Elimination Chamber. Punk says The Rock is going to get what he deserves…

Smackdown GM Booker T‘s music interrupts Punk mid-rant. Out he comes to the entrance stage, and Punk says this isn’t even his show. Booker T says Vickie Guerrero has let him come out here and decide Punk’s face. Booker T says he’s not going to do it; instead he’s going to let the WWE Universe do it. Booker T names three possible opponents, all former Wrestlemania opponents of Punk: Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho. Booker T says in order to choose, the WWE Universe needs to download the WWE App and vote. Booker T asks Punk if he can dig that sucka before his music plays him off.

  • THOUGHTS: Go home Booker, YOU’RE DRUNK. A decent opening promo from Punk but he just hit all the same points as last week with a little more cheap crowd heat thrown in. Booker coming out was surprising but not his line-flubbing (he has his issues here and there). If this RAWactive voting thing is on the up and up, Jericho has it in the bag. He’s already more popular than the rest of the roster two weeks into his return.

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After another one of those “here’s how to download the WWE App, IDIOTS” segments at the announce table plus a tease for the next inductee in the 2013 Hall of Fame (which everyone with an internet connection already knows about), Ryback makes his way out for the opening contest. Cole announces it’s “FEEDING TIME!”…after this commercial break.

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We go back to the announce table. We see a Randy Orton interview done on WWEActive alongside Matt Striker. Orton pleads his case for a match against CM Punk. We go back live and Ryback is still doing his intro. His opponent, WWE U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro, makes his way out second.

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Match #1: Ryback Vs. *WWE United States Champion* Antonio Cesaro

After being thrown into a corner, Cesaro fights back with a quick forearm to the back. Cesaro applies a waistlock but Ryback breaks out and slams Cesaro to the mat. Ryback works Cesaro over in the corner and hits a hip toss followed by a really weird looking legdrop for 2. Ryback puts Cesaro in a Tree of Woe in the corner, then hits kicks in a “Feed Me More!” pattern. Cesaro rolls to the outside, but Ryback throws him back in. Cesaro attacks Ryback as he makes his way back in with repeated rapid-fire stomps. Ryback easily regains the advantage with a Thesz press before slamming the back of his head on the mat repeatedly. Cesaro escapes a corner splash and hits a clothesline to the back of the neck. Cesaro looks to continue the offense as we go to commercial.

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Ryback is back in control and drops Cesaro, who then exits back to the outside. Cesaro starts making his escape but Ryback axehandles him from behind. Ryback chops Cesaro then throws him back into the ring. Cesaro drops Ryback throat-first on the top rope, dropping Ryback to the floor. Cesaro rolls out and sends Ryback into the post and then into the ring steps. Cesaro rolls back in and yells at the ref to count his opponent out. Ryback gets in at the count of 9 and Cesaro immediately goes on the offense in the corner. Cesaro climbs to the second rope and rides Ryback down to the mat with his knee. Cesaro goes for the cover but only gets 2.

Ryback fights back with a back elbow followed by a back bodydrop. Ryback sets up for the “Meat Hook Clothesline” and connects. Ryback says it’s time to “FINISH! IT!” and Cesaro rolls out of the ring. Cesaro tries to escape through the crowd but Ryback grabs him and throws him back into the ring. Cesaro catches Ryback with a running boot but runs into a power bomb in his second attempt. Ryback connects with a second Meat Hook Clothesline, stacks Cesaro, and connects with the Shell Shock for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Ryback (9:49)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: These two have been going at it a lot on Main Event but since I don’t watch that show this hasn’t lost its luster quite yet. A pretty good match, Cesaro got some good offense in the midst of getting beaten down, but like many I question having a secondary champion just get eaten alive like that (even having his attempts to run away fail). I thought he was getting a push? Does Ryback also eat pushes?

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After a video of The Shield‘s attack on John Cena last week, Cole hypes a special look at the group which airs next.

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The WWEActive interview with Rey Mysterio plays, his attempt to win the match with CM Punk.

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A video package plays hyping The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns) and their various attacks, intercut with previous promos they’ve caught via handheld camera. Cut to backstage where John Cena is finishing up watching that video. He’s in Vickie Guerrero‘s office. Guerrero says Cena’s plan to call out The Shield later on is a “death wish”. Cena says before he goes on to Wrestlemania, The Shield needs to be stopped and stopped they will be tonight.

  • THOUGHTS: The usual Shield footage, but cut differently this time around. They’re getting a lot of mileage out of that. Cena calling out The Shield could be interesting but I am terrified that SuperCena will emerge and eat them alive.

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Hall of Fame Hype: Last week’s induction announcement Trish Stratus gets some hype via video package. Cole and Lawler then hype the legendary induction announcement for later, which broke earlier on ESPN.com for some reason.

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WWEActive interview with Chris Jericho plays. Jericho pleads his case for the match against CM Punk.

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Santino Marella makes his way out for the second match of the night. Booker T is ringside to join in on commentary. His opponent, Jack Swagger, makes his way out second.

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Match #2: Santino Marella Vs. Jack Swagger

Swagger goes right at Marella and gets a running start before clipping the knee. Running knee in the corner with some follow-up knees for good measure. Marella sidesteps a corner splash and hits a series of lefts. Marella tries for an Irish whip but Swagger is too strong and knocks him down. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb then locks on the Ankle Lock for the easy tapout victory. Cole announces it’s now called “The Patriot Act”.

Winner [via Submission]: Jack Swagger (1:26)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: Yay Jack Swagger is back! I missed Smackdown so I’m counting this as his return match. A dominant performance and I like how intense he looks coming back (beard and all, because he means business). The little add-on from Cole about how Marella caused Swagger’s downward spiral last year gave the match an actual story and the renaming of the Ankle Lock to “The Patriot Act” is hilariously stupid so I love it.

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Post-Match: Swagger stops by the announce table and yells at Booker to let him in the Elimination Chamber match.

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Cole and Lawler apologize for the WWEApp failure due to too much traffic and say voting will stay open during the next match. World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio makes his way out, sans Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio gives his towel to a kid at ringside then we see clips from The Big Show‘s attack on Rodriguez last week on RAW and Smackdown. His opponent, Cody Rhodes, makes his way out wearing a mustache comb t-shirt. Cole reminds everyone of The Rhodes Scholars breaking up on Friday. Boo.

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Match #3: *World Heavyweight Champion* Alberto Del Rio Vs. Cody Rhodes

Rhodes goes right on the offensive, but Del Rio catches him with a second-rope rana followed by a kick to the back of the head. Rhodes slaps Del Rio, and Del Rio fights back with a series of kicks in the corner. Corner shoulder kick from Del Rio. Rhodes kicks Del Rio’s knee to gain the advantage. Rhodes works Del Rio over in the corner. Del Rio sidesteps a corner splash and takes Rhodes down with a couple of clotheslines and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio hits a running superkick to a kneeling Rhodes for a 2-count. Del Rio signals for the Cross Armbreaker and leads a “Si!” chant. Rhodes blocks it and hits the Disaster Kick for the 1…2…kick out. Rhodes argues with the ref briefly. Del Rio rebounds quickly, however, and locks on the Cross Armbreaker for real resulting in a quick tapout.

Winner [via Submission]: Alberto Del Rio (2:45)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: I was actually getting pretty into this match until it got cut short. Too bad. Also Cody Rhodes has now done two quick jobs in two weeks. Is Sandow the one getting the push post-Rhodes Scholars or something?

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Post-Match: Del Rio grabs a mic for a post-match promo. Del Rio says he has changed as a person and appreciates the support of the WWE Universe. Del Rio essentially says he’s fighting for the “common man”. He calls The Big Show  a “monster” and says he’ll pay for what he’s done to Rodriguez. Show interrupts via TitanTron. Show says he’s not even in the arena, he’s at the hotel. Del Rio says Show lacks “cajones”. Show says it would easy to snap Del Rio in half and he’s got Show completely wrong. Show says he isn’t there to keep himself from tearing Del Rio limb from limb. Show says the issue is the fact that Del Rio stole his championship and beating him up doesn’t get back what he wants. Show challenges Del Rio to a match at Elimination Chamber. Show tells Del Rio not to even think about trying to find him in the hotel. Show tells Del Rio to sign the contract then signs off. Show’s music plays as Del Rio makes a bunch of angry faces.

  • THOUGHTS: If Show has Rodriguez trapped in his hotel room with him, my eyes are going to hurt from them rolling so hard.

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Jerry Lawler gets on the live mic and announces the RAWactive results. CM Punk‘s opponent for tonight will be…drumroll…Chris Jericho!

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Team Hell No are backstage arguing about their non-title loss to Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara on Smackdown. Daniel Bryan says Kane is not doing his part as his partner. Kane says he thought Bryan could take care of himself. Bryan says he can and tells Kane to stay backstage no matter what happens in his match tonight. Kane agrees.

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Rey Mysterio makes his way out for the next match. Cole says Mysterio and Randy Orton are already in the Elimination Chamber match in the next few weeks apparently. Mysterio’s opponent, Daniel Bryan, makes his way out second.

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Match #4: Rey Mysterio Vs. Daniel Bryan

Bryan with a snapmare followed by a kick to the back and front. Bryan goes for a quick pin with a knucklelock. Mysterio kicks out and knocks Bryan to the mat. Mysterio with a loud kick and goes for a hurricanrana but Bryan drops to his back and sends Mysterio into his knees instead. Booker T and Teddy Long are shown backstage scouting. Mysterio heads to the top but Bryan crotches him and Mysterio ends up in a tree of woe. Bryan goes running in but Mysterio moves and Bryan hits the ringpost shoulder-first. Bryan falls to the outside as we go to commercial.

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Mysterio breaks out of a wristlock but Bryan reapplies it and suplexes him to the mat. Bryan stomps on Mysterio’s elbow. Bryan slams Mysterio’s left arm over his shoulder repeatedly then hits a couple of No! Kicks. Bryan sends Mysterio sliding out to the floor. He gets back to his feet but runs into a baseball slide. Bryan goes for a suicide dive but Mysterio catches him with a forearm before he fully launches. Mysterio heads to the top and hits a seated senton followed by a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Mysterio with a hurricanrana, and then rolls through for a kick to the head for 2. Mysterio goes for the 619, but Bryan catches him and locks in the No! Lock. Mysterio counters into a pinning attempt for 2. Bryan attempts a powerbomb but Mysterio ranas him into the middle rope. Mysterio is successful with the 619 this time but misses the top rope splash. Bryan reapplies the No! Lock for the submission victory!

Winner [via Submission]: Daniel Bryan (8:35)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: A really good match outside of some weird snags here and there. I really dug the finishing sequence, made it look like either guy could’ve won. Glad Bryan got the nod. Here’s hoping for that singles push to return.

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Post-Match: Before Bryan can celebrate, out comes Mark Henry out of nowhere to make his return. Bryan goes to attack and Henry sends him into the barricade. Henry gets into the ring and hits a spinebuster on Mysterio. Sin Cara comes for the rescue but is caught mid-springboard crossbody. Henry drops Cara with the World’s Strongest Slam. Mysterio gets back to his feet but Henry gives him a World’s Strongest Slam as well. Henry yells “THAT AIN’T ENOUGH!” then hits a Swagger Bomb onto Mysterio. Henry takes off his shirt then throws Cara to the outside.

  • THOUGHTS: Oh hey there Mark Henry. I wasn’t watching wrestling as much when he was World Champion, so I missed out on all of his “Hall of Pain” stuff and still have that “oh him again” reaction I used to have back in the day. I did like watching him smush Mysterio and Cara though. Perfect guys to make him look good.

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Daniel Bryan catches up with Kane backstage and demands an apology for not helping him. Kane says nothing means more to him than their friendship. Bryan asks if Kane means that…Kane responds with “HELL NO!” before walking off.

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A video package of the angle that closed last week’s RAW plays, ending with Brock Lesnar dropping Vinnie Mac with the F-5.

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The Big Show is at his hotel, talking to Booker T on his smartphone. A knock is at the door, and Show says it must be the contract. Show walks over and looks through the peephole. A waiter delivers his room service and Show signs the bill. Show denies the waiter a tip, saying “GET A BETTER JOB!”.

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Sheamus makes his way out for the next contest. He faces Kane after this commercial break.

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Kane makes his entrance after the commercial break, fire from the ringposts and all. Cole announces that Daniel Bryan is now in the Elimination Chamber match.

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Match #5: Sheamus Vs. Kane

Sheamus works Kane over in the corner until Kane grabs him by the throat and throws him off. Sheamus quickly rebounds and continues the assault. Kane reverses an Irish whip and takes Sheamus down with an uppercut. Kane stomps Sheamus to the mat in the corner. Sheamus stops a back bodydrop but runs into a sidewalk slam for 2. After a minute or so of Kane offense, Sheamus comes out of nowhere with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Running kneelift by Sheamus, who then sends Kane over the top rope. Kane lands on his feet and gets on the apron. He misses the right and Sheamus goes for the 10 Forearms of Doom. Halfway through Kane grabs Sheamus’ head and drops him throat-first on the top rope. Kane tries for the top rope clothesline but Sheamus ducks through. Kane catches Sheamus’ Brogue Kick, and goes for a Chokeslam. Sheamus blocks it and goes for White Noise. Kane fights out and goes for the Tombstone. Sheamus fights out of that and the standoff continues. Kane manages a DDT, but out comes Daniel Bryan to distract his partner and yell at him. This allows Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Sheamus (3:49)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: Probably the worst Sheamus match I’ve seen in a very long time. He and Kane do not have great chemistry together. Bryan “accidentally” causing Kane to lose was cool though. Let’s get this Team Hell No breakup over with already.

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MizTV w/ Paul Heyman

The Miz is in the ring, where the MizTV set-up is in full-force. Miz goes into his introduction spiel of his guest, but Paul Heyman rushes out and tells him to stop talking. Heyman says he’ll introduce himself face to face as he’s here to clear his name and won’t let Miz soil his reputation. Heyman offers his best wishes to Vince McMahon on a speedy recovery, but Miz interrupts saying no one believes he actually cares about McMahon. Heyman says he didn’t know that Brock Lesnar was in Vegas last week nor did he order Lesnar to attack McMahon. Heyman says he tried to stop Lesnar from his attack. Miz then brings up the tape where Heyman paid off The Shield and Brad Maddox. Miz then says everyone saw that McMahon was going to fire him for it. Miz says Heyman might be the most committed liar he’s ever met.

Heyman says he has questions as well. He asks Miz if he agrees that CM Punk was screwed out of the WWE Championship and in 13 days he will win it back in two weeks at Elimination Chamber. Miz tells Heyman he’s changing the subject and Heyman says he’ll answer every single of Miz’s question as soon as he answers his. Miz tells Heyman he’s crowding him and tells him to take a step back.

“EXCUSE ME!” brings out Vickie Guerrero. She gets in the ring and tells Miz that Heyman had nothing to do with Lesnar’s return last week. Guerrero says she brought Lesnar back, saying she secretly negotiated with him for awhile but kept it quiet due to his controversial stint in the WWE last year. Guerrero says resigning Lesnar was a way to impress McMahon and get a promotion to permanent Raw General Manager. Guerrero says neither she nor Heyman knew Lesnar was going to attack McMahon. Guerrero starts crying and Heyman consoles her as the boos reign from the crowd.

Heyman suggests a moment of silence for McMahon’s recovery. Guerrero says she has one better and asks everyone to pray for McMahon’s well-being. Guerrero and Heyman put their heads down and Miz starts in with the “REALLY?” schtick. Miz says both of them are lying; Heyman has hated McMahon since he killed ECW and Guerrero hates McMahon for his constant ripping away of the General Manager job. Heyman says he’s had it with Miz. Miz calls them both bottomfeeders who live off the success of others. Guerrero reminds Miz she’s his boss. Miz says that after McMahon recuperates, he’ll fire both Guerrero and Heyman.

The music of Brock Lesnar hits and out he comes to interject. Lesnar stares Miz down on the apron then heads into the ring. Miz refuses to back down. Heyman begs Miz to back down. Miz pushes Lesnar, and Lesnar drops Miz easily. He tosses Miz to the outside then starts throwing furniture. Miz jumps back in and goes back after Lesnar, but Lesnar connects with the F-5. Heyman gets in the ring and tells Lesnar “no more”. Lesnar says “this is my house”.

  • SEGMENT THOUGHTS: Leave it to Paul Heyman to get a good “MizTV” segment out of The Miz. Really good stuff from everyone involved. The curveball of Guerrero being the one that signed Lesnar was a nice twist and she and Heyman make a tremendously evil duo. Brock Lesnar also continued to look like a scary badass and I loved Heyman pleading with Miz to leave the ring. Miz himself was even toned down from his usual annoying self and he got some badass points for trying to attack Lesnar before getting flattened. Heyman wins Raw once again.

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“Voices” kicks up, bringing out Randy Orton for the next match. His opponent, I.C. Champ Wade Barrett, makes his way out second. Bo Dallas cuts a picture in picture promo, saying that this underdog has a bite. Clips of Barrett’s loss to Dallas last Monday and his attack on Dallas on Smackdown.

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Match #6: Randy Orton Vs. *WWE Intercontinental Champion* Wade Barrett

Barrett stomps Orton down in the corner to start the match. Orton reverses an Irish whip and hits the Thesz press/right hand combo. Orton with a couple of European uppercuts, before hitting a clothesline. Barrett rolls to the outside and Orton slams him face-first into the apron. Back suplex on the barricade from Orton. Orton rolls Barrett back in and goes for the cover. 2-count. Orton connects with a few Garvin Stomps, but Barrett hits a clothesline against the ropes that doesn’t quite send Orton over. To cover Barrett hits a suplex before hitting a clothesline that actually sends his opponent to the floor. It’s Orton’s turn to go face-first in the apron and Barrett rolls him back in for a 2-count. Barrett with the reverse chinlock of doom.

With the crowd being dead as hell, Orton forces himself to break out of the chinlock. Orton hits two clotheslines followed by the powerslam. Barrett rolls to the apron and Orton obviously connects with the Hanging DDT next. Orton coils up but Barrett rolls out to the floor. Orton rolls Barrett back in but runs into a Black Hole Slam for 2. Orton attempts the RKO but Barrett counters. Barrett attempts a running boot but Orton sidesteps and connects with the RKO for reals for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Randy Orton (4:56)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: Just look the 50000 other times these two have faced one another on Raw and imagine I wrote those “Match Thoughts” here instead. I’ve got nothing left when it comes to this.

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A promo airs for Fandango. It’s just simply him saying his own name before his logo shows up.

  • THOUGHTS: Yay! I thought they dropped the gimmick. Phew.

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Chris Jericho makes his way out for the in-ring main event. “Cult of Personality” plays, bringing out his opponent CM Punk. Once again there’s no Paul Heyman. He’s wearing his “Knees 2 Faces” shirt.

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Main Event: Chris Jericho Vs. CM Punk

A knee to the gut and a chop from Punk to start. Jericho fights back with chops of his own followed by a back elbow. Jericho kicks Punk in the corner then hits another chop followed by a suplex. Dueling chants for both wrestlers start. Looks like the crowd finally woke up. Punk fights back and kicks Jericho repeatedly in the back. Punk hits a running knee into the midsection of Jericho and goes for the pin. 2-count. Over the head hammerlock on Jericho to wear him down. Jericho gets to his feet and backs Punk in the corner. Jericho breaks out with a chop. Punk reverses an Irish whip into the corner but goes face-first into the boot of Jericho. Punk kicks Jericho in the gut and goes for a second-rope tornado DDT, but Jericho pushes him off. Jericho clotheslines Punk to the floor, and Punk bounces off the side of the announce table. Jericho follows up with a baseball slide, sending Punk back into the announce table. Punk climbs the apron and Jericho attempts the second-rope dropkick but Punk snaps him over the top-rope throat-first to prevent it. It’s Punk’s turn as we go to commercial.

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Punk with a back suplex as we return from commercial break. Punk follows up with a series of legdrops to the back of Jericho’s head as Lawler recaps the night so far. Punk goes for the pin, getting a 2. Punk applies a cravate to wear Jericho down. Jericho backdrops Punk to the apron and ducks Punk’s attempted springboard clothesline. Jericho takes Punk down with a series of running shoulderblocks. Jericho with a top-rope fist followed by a bulldog. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Punk gets his knees up. Jericho grabs the legs and goes for the Walls of Jericho but Punk pushes him off. Jericho side steps Punk’s corner knee attempt and places him on the top turnbuckle. Jericho with a top-rope hurricanrana and both men are down. Jericho crawls over for the cover but only gets 2.

Jericho goes for another Lionsault but Punk catches him from behind. Punk attempts the GTS but Jericho counters with a Walls of Jericho attempt. Punk rolls him up for 2, and Jericho reverses with a rollup of his own for 2. Punk with a neckbreaker for 2. Punk with the running knee in the corner and drops him with a clothesline. Punk climbs to the top but misses the flying elbowdrop. Jericho with the Lionsault and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Punk with a kick to the face out of nowhere and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Punk immediately transitions into the Anaconda Vice. Jericho makes it to the ropes to force the break.

Jericho rolls to the apron and goes to the top but Punk crotches him. Punk grabs him and goes for the GTS but Jericho counters again with the Walls of Jericho, this time getting a full application of the hold (the more Crab-like version). Punk makes it to the ropes to force the break. Jericho goes for the Walls again but Punk sends him into the second turnbuckle. Punk sends Jericho shoulder-first into the steel then connects with the GTS for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: CM Punk (14:58)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: A tremendous match to cap off the wrestling portion of the show. Loved every minute of it, from Punk’s  whole attitude, to the reversals of the finishers, to the crowd finally giving a damn. All the kind compliments are in order.

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And the 4th Inductee in the 2013 Hall of Fame is…

A video plays hyping the next inductee in the 2013 Hall of Fame: Bruno Sammartino. No joke, no lie. A video plays to showcase his career which pretty much every current fan wasn’t around for.

  • THOUGHTS: Triple H is a goddamn miracle worker. Seriously. I never thought Sammartino would agree to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame, but I’m happy to see it. He deserves it more than anyone; in the WWE all-time hierarchy he’s number three behind Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin.

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Matt Striker stops CM Punk backstage for an interview. Striker asks Punk where his head is at. Punk says everyone assumes he’s mad The Rock shoots commercials and movies, but he’s mad that The Rock walks around with something like belongs to him. Punk says he’s the “Best in the World” and at Elimination Chamber he will prove it again.

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After a video of The Rock winning the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble, we go backstage where Josh Matthews is with John Cena. Cena says The Shield pushed last week and tonight he’s going to push back.

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The Big Show is in his hotel. He has finished his food and is on his phone. Another knock at the door. Show hangs up and goes to answer. Show opens the door and the courier comes in. Show opens the envelope and pulls out the contract, interrupting the courier every time he tries to talk. Show pulls out a pen and signs the contract. He puts it back in the manila envelope. Show opens the door to usher the courier out, and Alberto Del Rio is standing there. They brawl in the hotel hallway. Show slams Del Rio into the wall and kicks at him while saying “I’m not afraid of you”. Show rips off a leg from a table, but Del Rio sprays him with a fire extinguisher. Del Rio hits him with said extinguisher and down Show falls. Del Rio yells “you’re not so tough are you!”. An elevator opens and two perplexed guests pop out. Del Rio assures them he’ll be fine then exits in the elevator.

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John Cena Calls Out The Shield…Or Does He?

We go back live and Brad Maddox is standing in the center of the ring. Maddox says everyone saw last week that Paul Heyman manipulated him to help CM Punk at Hell in a Cell. Maddox says he’s glad that whole thing has been exposed and he calls himself an innocent victim and a wronged man. Maddox says he was the one who gave McMahon the footage from last week. Maddox says he’s the hero of this story and it’s going to be him and not John Cena who’s going to teach The Shield about justice. Maddox calls The Shield out. Their music hits and out come Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. Ambrose has a mic already and says Maddox isn’t a hero, he’s a rat looking for scraps. Ambrose says no one ever said justice was free. Rollins asks Maddox if he even understands the concept of justice. Rollins says justice is putting a fame-hungry weasel like Maddox in his place and giving him the beating he deserves. Maddox tells them to come get it. Reigns says last time it was business but this time they’re going to take their time and enjoy it. Ambrose says Maddox doesn’t believe in The Shield.

The Shield enter the ring and begin laying waste to Maddox in the ring. Lariat from Reigns followed by the triple powerbomb. The Shield pose over their prey. “My Time is Now” finally hits and out comes John Cena through the crowd. Ryback and Sheamus both make their way out through the crowd a la Shield. The Shield go to bail, and the WWE locker room empties out to block them from leaving. Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback enter the ring and go at The Shield as the (face) WWE locker room watches. The Shield manage to retreat after getting pounded for a few seconds, this time back through the crowd. Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback stare them down as we fade to…a Georgia logo? Hmph.

  • SEGMENT THOUGHTS: Will someone give Brad Maddox something tangible to do? He was so good on the mic to start the segment off, coming off both sympathetic and obnoxious at the same time. It was almost sad to watch The Shield beat him down. Having the superheroes of the WWE come out to attack was a cool visual, but the brawl itself was pretty lame and The Shield escaped no problem despite the WWE locker room emptying out to stop them from exiting up the ramp. I like that there’s movement going with The Shield now, here’s hoping for some eventual matches, but compared to last week…this wasn’t a great way to end the show.

*****

Overall Show Thoughts:

  • A good chunk of RAW felt bland to me, but I acknowledge that it was definitely heavy in the story department as well as returns. The segments were really good. The matches…well two of them were good at least. I don’t know. It was leagues ahead of last week’s show but this one was more “meh” than exciting outside of some isolated moments/matches.
  • FAVORITE MATCH: Chris Jericho Vs. CM Punk
  • LEAST FAVORITE MATCH: Sheamus Vs. Kane
  • FAVORITE MOMENTS: Brock Lesnar eating The Miz alive, Brad Maddox’s promo, Mark Henry’s return (still not totally sold but everyone’s excitement got me excited), Daniel Bryan costing Kane his match, the return of the Fandango hype video.
  • LEAST FAVORITE MOMENTS: Hotel brawl, the WWE App plugs.

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