With twenty-seven days left until WrestleMania, the 1,033rd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. One week after Triple H laid it out plan and simple for Brock Lesnar by challenging Lesnar to a one-on-one match at WrestleMania 29, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar would appear on RAW with Paul Heyman in tow as Lesnar responds to Triple H’s huge challenge for “The Show of Shows”! Also, after an impressive return to action on last week’s Old School RAW, the five-time former tag team champions, The New Age Outlaws, would be in action on RAW as Road Dogg & Billy Gunn face the reuniting Team Rhodes Scholars, Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow, on RAW!
- Big Show def. Seth Rollins by DQ after Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns interfere.
- Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee & Big E. Langston) def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Zig Zag.
- The New Age Outlaws def. Team Rhodes Scholars by DQ after Brock Lesnar interferes.
- Mark Henry def. Kofi Kingston by pin following the World’s Strongest Slam.
- Ryback def. Heath Slater by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Champion vs. Champion: Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio def. Antonio Cesaro by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- Sheamus & Randy Orton def. Team Rhodes Scholars by Sheamus pinning Damien Sandow following the Brogue Kick.
- #1 Contender’s Match for the Intercontinental Title: The Miz and Chris Jericho fight to a No Contest after Wade Barrett interferes.
- Jack Swagger def. Sin Cara by submission to the Patriot Lock.
- No DQ: Kane (with The Undertaker) def. CM Punk by pin following the chokeslam.
After a touching tribute video dedicated to the memory of the late, great Paul Bearer, RAW kicks off with the man that Paul Bearer helped bring to prominence, the one and only “Phenom” of the WWE, The Undertaker, as “The Deadman” makes a rare RAW appearance twenty-seven nights before he squares off with CM Punk with his 20-0 undefeated WrestleMania streak on the line at WrestleMania 29! The Undertaker makes his way to the ring where Paul Bearer’s signature urn sits in the center as Undertaker gets down on one knee, doing his signature pose in a payment of respect to his former manager and on-air father, Paul Bearer. No stranger to completely ruining a moment, CM Punk interrupts the proceedings. Punk says that he is out there to extend his “heartfelt condolences” for The Undertaker’s “loss” that is coming at WrestleMania. Punk continues, saying that, to Paul Bearer, The Undertaker will always be “perfect” at WrestleMania, but at WrestleMania 29, Undertaker will be “20-1”! Punk then says that, on the night after WrestleMania, they will be showing a video package of CM Punk and fans around the world will be asking each other where they were when Punk broke the undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker. Punk then makes his exit as The Undertaker disgustingly stares at the disrespectful Punk.
In an exclusive piece of footage that aired exclusively on the WWE App, flames erupt from the stage where CM Punk stands as a furious Kane emerges as the son of the late Paul Bearer tries to drive CM Punk to hell with a chokeslam off of the stage, but Punk counters, making a hasty retreat. This leads Kane to rip through the backstage area in search of Punk, even tossing Alex Riley around in the locker room area before storming off! CM Punk already has The Undertaker at WrestleMania, but Punk has also raised the ire of Undertaker’s brother, Kane. What will Kane do if and when he gets his hands on CM Punk?
After he was laid out with a three-man powerbomb at the hands of The Shield after RAW went off the air last week, Big Show would be looking for revenge as “The World’s Largest Athlete” would go one-on-one with Shield member, Seth Rollins, with Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns in his corner, in the opening match of the night. However, in a pre-emptive strike against The Shield, Big Show would toss Seth Rollins into Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns on the outside. This would lead to a three-on-one attack by The Shield and, despite Big Show taking it to Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins, a Spear by Roman Reigns would stop Big Show’s momentum. The Shield would then work together to hoist “The World’s Largest Athlete” up, once again drilling Big Show with their three-man powerbomb!
Backstage, CM Punk confronts the Managing Supervisor of RAW, Vickie Guerrero, telling Vickie that she needs to “put a lid” on Kane, saying that Kane is trying to fight his big brother’s battles for him. Vickie shows no sympathy for Punk, informing the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” that he will be going one-on-one with Kane in a No Disqualification Match later tonight!
“Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” was in action on RAW as Dolph Ziggler, with AJ Lee & Big E. Langston in his corner, would go one-on-one with one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan. During the match, Daniel Bryan would try and lock in the No Lock on Dolph Ziggler, but AJ Lee would distract the referee, allowing Big E. Langston to pull Dolph’s foot to the bottom rope, forcing the hold to be broken. Shortly after this, Ziggler would fight out of a second attempt at the No Lock, hitting the Zig Zag on Daniel Bryan en route to picking up the win. After the match, AJ Lee would desire more destruction as AJ would give Langston the “go ahead” to pick Daniel Bryan up and drop him with the Big Ending.
With Brodus Clay & The Funkadactyls in his corner, “Sweet T” Tensai was set for action on RAW against “The Dancing Sensation” Fandango. After Fandango no-shows Justin Roberts’ introduction, Tensai orders Fandango to get out there. Fandango does come out, saying that that Tensai mispronounced his name and Tensai is also disrespectful of the “art of dance”. Fandango then calls Brodus Clay & Tensai an “abomination”, again saying that he will only compete when they get his name right. Justin Roberts starts to try and announce Fandango’s name, but Fandango says that he only wants to hear from one of the Funkadactyls, Naomi, claiming that Naomi is the only one of them with any “rhythm”. However, Tensai snatches the microphone away and, as a result, Fandango refuses to compete, dancing to the back.
After making an impactful return to action on last week’s Old School RAW, the band would get together once again as Attitude Era legends Road Dogg & Billy Gunn, The New Age Outlaws would face the reunited Team Rhodes Scholars. However, an unexpected arrival would bring the match to a cold halt as, with Paul Heyman in tow, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar sets his sights on two of Triple H’s longtime friends, The New Age Outlaws. Billy Gunn would try and get the jump on Brock, but the superhuman Lesnar would dominate The New Age Outlaws, laying both Gunn and Road Dogg out with the F-5!
Standing over the motionless New Age Outlaws, Paul Heyman speaks on behalf of Brock Lesnar as Heyman says that Brock does not “play games”, he “hurts people”. Heyman then reminds Triple H and everyone watching that, in addition to Triple H, Lesnar has broken the arm of Triple H’s best friend, Shawn Michaels and was the man responsible for destroying Mr. McMahon a few weeks ago. Heyman then says that, now, The New Age Outlaws have been left in “oblivion”. Heyman then gets to the point, proclaiming that “yes”, Brock accepts Triple H’s challenge for a match at WrestleMania 29! However, Heyman adds the caveat that they get to choose the stipulation for the match and they will not tell Triple H what the match type will be until after Triple H signs the contract to make the match official! Heyman continues, saying that, if Triple H does not blindly sign on to compete in the match, Triple H will disappoint the fans, as well as his wife, his children, and his father-in-law. Heyman then says that, if Triple is not down with that, he has got two words for Triple H, “Brock Lesnar”!
In his continuing path of destruction, “The World’s Strongest Man” was in action on RAW as Mark Henry went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston. During the match, Kofi Kingston was able to use his speed and unpredictability to actually knock Mark Henry off of his feet, but when Kofi launches himself off of the top rope, Mark Henry catches Kofi in mid-air, dropping Kingston with the World’s Strongest Slam en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes confronts Kaitlyn, but Damien Sandow interrupts the moment between the two, saying that he has made plans for the two of them with two more “suitable” dates, none other than The Bella Twins, Brie & Nikki! The Bellas explain to a confused Kaitlyn that they were fired, but they are back and the Divas division has never needed them more and neither has the men. RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero then puts Team Rhodes Scholars’ plans on hold as Vickie puts Rhodes & Sandow in a match against Sheamus & Randy Orton later tonight!
“The Sin City Cyborg” was in action on RAW as Ryback went one-on-one with Heath Slater, with Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre in his corner. Before the match begins, Mark Henry comes out to the staging area to get a closer look at Ryback. As Mark Henry looks on, Ryback makes quick work of Heath Slater, hitting Shell Shocked on Slater en route to picking up the win. After the match, Drew McIntyre would try and get the jump on Ryback, but Ryback would overwhelm McIntyre, planting McIntyre with Shell Shocked. Mark Henry then makes his way to the ring, using Drew McIntyre to make a statement as Henry squashes McIntyre with the World’s Strongest Slam! Ryback then responds with a second Shell Shocked and Mark Henry responds to that with a second World’s Strongest Slam! The two dominant powerhouses then stare each other down as referees and EMT’s tend to Drew McIntyre.
In a special Champion vs. Champion match, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, would go one-on-one with United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match. In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the cross armbreaker on Antonio Cesaro, forcing the United States Champion to tap out to pick up the win.
As they continue to wage war with not only The Shield, but Big Show as well, “The Viper” Randy Orton and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would team up to take on Team Rhodes Scholars, Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow. In the end, it was Randy Orton hitting Cody Rhodes with the RKO while Sheamus blasts Damien Sandow with the Brogue Kick en route to Sheamus pinning Damien Sandow for the win. Following their victory, Sheamus and Randy Orton would be greeting the fans on their way to the back when The Shield strikes as Seth Rollins dives off of the staging area with a knee to the face of Randy Orton, followed shortly by Roman Reigns drilling Sheamus with the Spear on the stage!
After a few week hiatus to tour with his band, Fozzy, “Y2J” Chris Jericho would return to RAW as the six-time World Champion would present a special edition of The Highlight Reel, featuring the star of the WWE Films’ production, The Marine 3: Homefront, The Miz and one of the stars of the film, Dead Man Down, Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. Jericho wastes no time introducing his first guest as, after showing a clip from The Marine 3: Homefront, Y2J brings out the star of the film, “The Awesome One” The Miz. The Miz makes his way to the ring, saying that it is nice to be a guest instead of a host, commenting that The Highlight Reel has a “nice set”, alluding to the fact that there is no furniture in the ring and the “JeriTron” was taken out of the ring. Jericho responds by saying that he used to have a lot more furniture and a JeriTron, but there was some “budget issues”. Jericho moves on, congratulating The Miz on The Marine 3 before Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett interrupts. Barrett comments that his movie, Dead Man Down, opened in the top five this past weekend. Barrett then shows a clip from the movie where Barrett has an intense, albeit brief, gunfight with the film’s star, Colin Farrell. Barrett then claims that he has been “too busy” to accept any of Hollywood’s countless movie offers for him. The Miz argues that the only reason that Barrett brings up his role in Dead Man Down is because Barrett has not won a match in weeks. Jericho starts to mock Barrett, but Barrett gets in Jericho’s face and Jericho’s demeanor changes. Jericho tells Barrett that he helped Barrett win the first season of NXT and he is doing a good job as a two-time Intercontinental Champion, but reminds Barrett that he is a nine-time Intercontinental Champion, suggesting that he might make it an even ten. The Assistant to the Managing Supervisor of RAW, Brad Maddox, then interrupts, saying that he has an announcement from “Brickie”. Maddox then announces that, next week, Wade Barrett will defend the Intercontinental Championship against either The Miz or Chris Jericho, depending on who wins the match between the two this week. Despite the JeriTron already being gone, Maddox instructs the equipment be removed so that they can have the match.
With Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett a guest on commentary, nine-time former Intercontinental Champion “Y2J” Chris Jericho would go one-on-one with “The Awesome One” The Miz with the winner earning an Intercontinental Title shot on next week’s RAW. During the match, Chris Jericho and The Miz would brawl on the outside of the ring where Jericho would toss Miz right into Wade Barrett. This would lead to Barrett attacking both men, but Jericho would fire back with a baseball slide. Miz and Jericho would then work together, sending Barrett back into the ring where Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Barrett and Y2J follows it up with the Codebreaker, leaving the Intercontinental Champion laid out!
With a victor undetermined, it was later revealed that next week’s RAW will see Wade Barrett defend the Intercontinental Championship against both The Miz and Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match!
Twenty-seven nights before he challenges Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 29, “A Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, went one-on-one with the high-flying Sin Cara on RAW. In the end, it was Jack Swagger locking in the Patriot Lock on Sin Cara, forcing the high-flyer to tap out. However, Swagger would refuse to break the hold and Alberto Del Rio would rush out, managing to get the cross armbreaker locked in on Swagger, but Zeb Colter is able to pull Swagger out of the ring, allowing Swagger to avoid serious damage.
It was announced during RAW that, after their game of “one-upsmanship” earlier in the night, a titanic clash will take place on this Friday’s SmackDown as “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback will collide with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry!
After CM Punk disrespected his late father, Paul Bearer, the livid “Big Red Monster” Kane, who carries the symbolic urn with him, would go one-on-one with the man who will try and break The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” CM Punk and, in the match, there would be no disqualifications! The match would immediately get taken to the outside and Kane would toss CM Punk over the ringside barricade before Kane takes apart the announce tables. However, this gives Punk the opportunity to grab the ring bell, driving it into the mid-section of Kane. Later on in the match, CM Punk would set up a steel chair in the corner of the ring, but Kane would manage to send Kane spine-first into the steel before the fight resumes on the outside of the ring. Kane then tosses three chairs into the ring before turning his attention back to CM Punk. Back in the ring, Kane goes for the chokeslam on Punk, but Punk counters, drilling Kane’s skull into a steel chair with a DDT! Just when it looks like CM Punk is going to finish Kane with the GTS, The Undertaker’s signature gong sounds in the arena, which distracts Punk long enough for Kane to catch Punk with a chokeslam en route to picking up the win! After the match, The Undertaker appears on the staging area and both of the Brothers of Destruction get down on one knee, paying homage to their late father. Punk then again steals the spotlight for himself as Punk grabs the legendary urn and cracks Kane over the head with it, twice! As The Undertaker makes his way to the ring, CM Punk makes a hasty retreat with the urn, mocking The Undertaker with the symbolic urn on the stage, doing Undertaker’s signature pose!
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