A hellish Undertaking.
One night after WWE Elimination Chamber, the 979th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW SuperShow came to you, live, from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. As Triple H continues to refuse to face him in a rematch at WrestleMania, RAW would be graced by a rare live appearance by “The Deadman” himself, The Undertaker. Also, after surviving Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth, and Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE Championship and secure his spot as the defending champion at WrestleMania, who will CM Punk be defending the WWE Title against at “The Show of Shows”? After getting knocked unconscious with a kick to the head by WWE Champion CM Punk during the RAW Elimination Chamber Match, Chris Jericho will be cleared to compete on RAW and is expected to address what happened at WWE Elimination Chamber.
- Sheamus def. Mark Henry by pin following the Brogue Kick.
- Non-Title: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston def. Primo & Epico (with Rosa Mendes) by Kofi Kingston pinning Primo following Trouble in Paradise.
- David Otunga def. Ezekiel Jackson by pin following the Harvard Slam.
- Non-Title: Daniel Bryan def. Santino Marella by submission to the LeBell Lock.
- The Bella Twins def. Kelly Kelly & Aksana by Bella pinning Aksana following the Bella Buster.
- 10-Man #1 Contender’s Battle Royal for the WWE Title: Chris Jericho def. Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Wade Barrett, The Miz, & The Great Khali to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Title at WrestleMania.
Backstage, Eve is talking with The Bella Twins as Eve reveals that she “used” Zack Ryder and everyone is talking about her now. Eve continues that Ryder is an “idiot” and would not even know what to do with a woman with her. Eve then says that she has got the “bigger fish” in John Cena and she plans to “use” him too. Eve then tells The Bella Twins to take video of her going into Cena’s locker room, but Eve turns around and comes face-to-face with Cena himself as Cena tips his hat to Eve.
One night after delivering an Attitude Adjustment off of the top of an ambulance to Kane moments before winning the Ambulance Match at WWE Elimination Chamber, the show kicks off with John Cena. Before Cena can speak, Eve comes out, pleading with Cena to let her explain as Eve gets in the ring, telling Cena that what she said was taken “out of context”. Cena says that Eve has been sipping the “skank juice” and Eve plans to use her “assets” to further her career and because of Eve, he lost a good friend in Zack Ryder. Eve claims that she was “joking around” and Cena tells Eve that Eve should hold out for The Rock because they are perfect for each other since they are both “scandalous bitches”. An emotional Eve then appears to break down in the middle of the ring, but when Cena gets close enough, Eve tries to force herself onto Cena and Cena resists until referees come out to pull Eve away from him! What has caused this drastic emotional and mental change in Eve?
One night after making it known that he will challenge Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble Match, Sheamus, was in action as “The Great White” went one-on-one with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry in the opening match of the night. In the end, it was Sheamus blasting Mark Henry with the Brogue Kick en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long confronts Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis as Laurinaitis claims that Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, and Christian voluntarily endorsed him to be the GM of both shows. Long suggests that the fans decide which one of them should be the sole GM of both shows, but Laurinaitis says that he only cares what the Board of Directors has to say. Laurinaitis then announces that there will be a 10-Man Battle Royal on RAW to determine who will challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Long says that he has his five before saying that anyone on SmackDown is better than David Otunga, which prompts Laurinaitis to put Otunga in a match against a SmackDown Superstar of Long’s choosing.
It was announced during RAW that, on next week’s show, the one and only “The Great One” The Rock will return to RAW just five weeks before he faces John Cena at WrestleMania! What will happen between WrestleMania opponents The Rock and John Cena?
One night after competing in the RAW Elimination Chamber Match, R-Truth teamed with Kofi Kingston to face the WWE Tag Team Champions, Primo & Epico, with Rosa Mendes in their corner, in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kofi Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise on Primo en route to picking up the win over the WWE Tag Team Champions. How will R-Truth and Kofi Kingston fare when they are part of the 10-Man Battle Royal, along with the other Superstars who lost inside the Elimination Chamber, with the winner facing CM Punk for the WWE Title at WrestleMania?
The latest inductee into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame was announced on RAW as the first African-American World Champion in history and former tag team specialist Ron Simmons will be inducted on March 31 in Miami.
Backstage, Chris Jericho claims that he was “never eliminated” in the Elimination Chamber since he was not pinned or made to submit. Jericho continues that CM Punk has “no conviction” before proclaiming that tonight is the “end of the world as you know it”.
With Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis in his corner, Laurinaitis’ legal counsel, David Otunga, went one-on-one with Ezekiel Jackson, with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long in his corner. In the end, it was David Otunga hitting the Harvard Slam on Ezekiel Jackson en route to picking up a surprising win.
After weeks of being denied his WrestleMania rematch with Triple H, “The Deadman” arrived on RAW as The Undertaker appeared live on RAW. Undertaker says that, every day for the past year, he has “relived” the beating that he received from Triple H at last year’s WrestleMania. Undertaker continues that it has been a “hell of uncertainty”, one which he cannot stand. Undertaker then says that he never expected the answer he got from Triple H, but says that it was not Triple H’s choice to make. Undertaker continues that they are on the verge of an “apocalypse of wrestling” as they are the last of their kind. Undertaker then says that the suit and the responsibilities are just “layers” that keep Triple H from showing his true self. Undertaker continues that Triple H will not “lie” to him before telling Triple H to come out there and look him in the eyes, adding that it is much bigger than both of them because it is the “apocalypse”. Triple H then comes out as “The Game” enters the ring to face The Undertaker. Triple H begins to speak, but The Undertaker tells Triple H to keep his pity, saying that it is “pitiful” that Triple H keeps making excuses. Triple H tells Undertaker that their “fate” is not to end it, it is to keep things alive for the WWE, saying that Undertaker needs to “carry the torch” and he will not extinguish the torch because it is “bad for business”. Undertaker then asks Triple H is it is “bad for business” for him to be gone or for Triple H to be gone. Triple H says that, for the past year, he has been “certain” before saying that Undertaker is asking him for an “end”. Triple H continues that, deep down, Undertaker really wants Triple H to “finish” him, but he will not be the one who finishes it. Undertaker tells Triple H that he can spin it any way he wants, but at the end of the day, Triple H will look in the mirror and see a “coward”. Triple H says that he is sick of the coward talk, but before being baited into a match, Triple H realizes Undertaker’s ploy before telling The Undertaker “no”. Triple H then leaves the ring as Undertaker says that Triple H knows that he cannot do what Shawn Michaels could not do and that Triple H knows that Michaels was “better” than Triple H! Triple H then takes off his jacket and tie before walking back to the ring and telling Undertaker that it has “nothing to do” with Shawn Michaels because he knows that he can do what Michaels cannot do and that is finish The Undertaker. Triple H then says that the layers are off before saying that, if The Undertaker wants an “end” at WrestleMania, then he’s got it! Triple H then tells The Undertaker that, if they are going to do this, they are going “all the way” and he will only face The Undertaker under one condition and that is that their match takes place inside Hell in a Cell! The Undertaker then pats Triple H on the shoulder before leaving the ring, stopping on the stage to look at Triple H and give a smirk. For only the second time in WrestleMania history, the epic rematch between Triple H and The Undertaker will take place inside the unforgiving structure that both men have established as their own, Hell in a Cell. Can Triple H finally be the one to end the legendary streak of The Undertaker?
After learning that he will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Sheamus at WrestleMania, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan went one-on-one with the man who came within moments of taking the World Heavyweight Title from Bryan in Santino Marella. In the end, it was Daniel Bryan locking in the LeBell Lock on Santino Marella, forcing Santino to tap out to pick up the win.
The Divas were in action on RAW as Kelly Kelly teams with Aksana to face The Bella Twins. In the end, it was The Bella Twins using their Twin Magic, allowing one of the Bellas to hit the Bella Buster on Aksana en route to picking up the win.
After an awkward confrontation with Eve earlier in the show, John Cena re-appeared on RAW to address his WrestleMania opponent, The Rock. Cena says that he used to love The Rock like they do, but then he morphed into Dwayne and became a “disciple of Team Film It”. Cena continues that Rock is a “champion of people” as Rock has an entourage of people who protect him. Cena then says that he does not respect The Rock and he has had the same problem with The Rock for seven years before saying that, through it all, he has always shown up and he “never left”. Cena says that, as soon as The Rock got his first movie, he was gone. Then, last year, The Rock came back and proclaimed that he was “never leaving” before he left again. Cena then says that the only reason that Rock came back the first time was to promote his movie and launch his Twitter account. Cena continues that, at WrestleMania, he is fighting for all the Superstars who remained a Superstar and he is fighting for the small group of people who can say that they are proud to be a professional wrestler. Cena then says that it will be great a week after WrestleMania when he is on RAW while The Rock is on a movie set laughing at a stunt double. Cena then proclaims that The Rock will have to “kill” him to beat him at WrestleMania and the headline will read that Cena beat The Rock at WrestleMania! When The Rock makes a rare live appearance on next week’s RAW, how will The Rock respond to the comments made by John Cena?
Then it was time for the main event as the ten Superstars who were unsuccessful in the Elimination Chamber Matches would face off as Chris Jericho, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, Wade Barrett, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, and “The Punjabi Giant” The Great Khali in a 10-Man Battle Royal with the winner earning the right to challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, with WWE Champion CM Punk a guest on commentary. It would not take long for the Superstars to eliminate one of the biggest threats in the match as every participant in the match teams up to eliminate The Great Khali first. The next elimination saw R-Truth and Kofi Kingston working together to eliminate The Miz before Big Show delivers a double chokeslam to R-Truth & Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Big Show, Dolph Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Jericho, Cody Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes on Dolph, and Wade Barrett hits the Winds of Change on Rhodes. Barrett then dodges the Cobra and is set to deliver Wasteland to Santino Marella, but Santino manages to eliminate Wade Barrett before eliminating R-Truth! Big Show then hurls Dolph Ziggler over the top on top of Barrett and Truth, taking Dolph out of the match. Chris Jericho then shoves Kofi Kingston off of the top rope, eliminating Kofi while EMT’s tend to Wade Barrett. After an impressive showing in the Battle Royal, Santino Marella was eliminated by Cody Rhodes moments before Big Show sends Rhodes over the top. With it down to just Big Show and Jericho, Rhodes would assist Jericho in eliminating Big Show for Jericho to win the match, earning the right to challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania! Can Chris Jericho prove that he is the best in the world by defeating CM Punk for the WWE Title at WrestleMania?
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