Date: April 1st, 2013
We are LIVE in: Washington, D.C.
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, JBL
John Cena comes out to start the show. He heads to the ring to address the fans.
Cena: I stand in the middle of a house divided. Ironically enough here in Washington D.C. The home of the Democrats and Republicans, but tonight's arena is filled is Cenacrats, Rockpublicans, all eyes focused on this Sunday, all eyes focused on WrestleMania! It is no locker room secret, Dwayne Johnson and I don't like each other. But I respect The Rock for the global superstar that he is, and because he is worthy of being called WWE Champion. Last year I would have waltzed down here, made a rude reference about The Rock and questioned his allegiance to WWE. Then Rock would come down here, make fun of my t-shirt, and compare my shirt to a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Those childish days are over because this is much much bigger. Rock is the reigning and defending WWE Champion. The Rock has come back. He has done every single thing he said he'd do. You name it, he's conquered it. So tonight I am not gonna waste my breath talking about Dwayne Johnson. A portion of me feels what you feel. This Sunday I step in the ring with The Rock, a man whom I believe is the greatest WWE Champion of all time. That paints a victory for John Cena at WrestleMania impossible, right? Just like winning the Royal Rumble match was impossible. Just like beating CM Punk with WrestleMania on the line was impossible. Yes, Rock is the great one but the great one will fall. Rock's time is up. My time is now! This Sunday the WWE Universe-
"Cena Sucks" chants.
Cena: And this Sunday, at WrestleMania, the WWE Universe may get a moment they've never had in their lifetime. The Rock has accepted failure before. That's great, Rock. This failure isn't going to be like any one. When I lost last year I had to deal with that all year. I had to watch The Rock usher in a new era. The People's Era. I had to sit behind the curtain and watch The Rock debut a new WWE Championship; HIS WWE Championship. A championship designed for him that defines his legacy, and on that night making a statement to the WWE Universe that he'll be champion for as long as he pleases. Bold words even for The Rock. But on that night Rock took that size 13, shined it up night and stuck it up his own mouth. This Sunday we get absolute redemption. In The Rock's very first defense of his new precious championship he will LOSE IT! The People's Era will remain. The WWE Universe will remain. But the mighty Rock will experience failure. The mighty Rock himself will have to wake up every single day, talk to the millions AND millions, and every time WWE is even mentioned he'll have to deal with a failure by him to defend a championship against me! I have no intention of replacing the WWE Championship. I want to hold it as a symbol not only-
Cena: As a symbol not only that I am The Rock's equal, but that I am better than The Rock. This Sunday is WrestleMania. I will shock the world, Jack! And even the champ will have to admit that THE CHAMP IS HERE!
Cena leaves the ring.
Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus will be in six man tag action next.
3MB are already in the ring set for action.
Their opponents come out one at a time. First Orton, then Sheamus, and finally Big Show. They head down to the ring together.
Bell sounds. Orton and Slater start. Slater whips Orton, Orton counters and lands a clothesline. Orton with a suplex on Slater. Tag to Sheamus. Orton with an uppercut. He whips Slater into Sheamus with the battering ram. Sheamus punches Slater in the corner and whips him. Slater with a back elbow. Tag to Drew. Drew punches Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus with retaliating blows. Drew runs off the ropes and Sheamus with a powerslam. Sheamus gets distracted by Slater allowing Drew to hit a dropkick off the top. Tag to Mahal and Mahal with a neckbreaker for one. Mahal with knees to the gut. Tag to Slater. Slater kicks Sheamus down in the corner. He pulls him to his knees and delivers right hands. He runs at him and Sheamus with the Irish curse backbreaker. Sheamus tags in Show. Show clotheslines a tagged in Mahal twice, then butt bumps him in the corner. Off the ropes and Show with a running shoulder tackle. Show grabs Drew and Slater. He hands Slater to Orton who gets in the ring and hits Slater with the RKO. He then throws Drew over to Sheamus and Sheamus with the Brogue Kick! Show grabs Mahal and hits a chokeslam for the three count.
[Winners via Pinfall: Show, Orton, and Sheamus]
The Shield comes out through the crowd. Show, Orton and Sheamus stay in the ring and wait for them. They stop halfway down to the ring. Ambrose has a mic in his hand.
Ambrose: Congratulations on that big victory, boys. Keep on celebrating. Enjoy it now. Because come this Sunday at WrestleMania, The Shield isn't going to leave you with anything to celebrate. We're going to leave you flat on your backs wondering just what went wrong.
Rollins: Gentlemen, congratulations. You finally managed to convince yourselves and all of those ignorant foolhardy people that you're on the same page. But unfortunately for you, justice never lies. And we know the truth.
Reigns; And the truth is you're not a team. The three of you on the same page? Come on. These people wanna believe in you, but your team is phony. And that's why when we beat you the whole world will believe in The Shield.
The two teams stare each other down.
Tonight, Shawn Michaels is here and we get his opinion the Lesnar/Triple H match.
Up next, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter have a special "We the People" segment live from the nation's capital.
Fellows American we're right here at the nation's capital. And it was right here that Americans struggled hard to make us a prosperous nation. But like Ricardo's ankle our nation is broken.
Swagger: All great nations have crumbled because the people were weak. The people have become weak. And you know why. You know something is wrong and that this country is suffocating. No more. In six days, WrestleMania, real change is coming. I'm not only going to break the champ's ankle. Alberto Del Rio you will witness first hand as a real American stands over you World Heavyweight Champion. And if you don't like that you don't deserve to be real Americans. Welcome to Jack Swagger's America. We...the people.
The camera cuts to Striker backstage.
Striker: Ladies and gentlemen, World Champion Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio walks over to him.
Striker: Alberto, how do you respond to what was just said?
Alberto: America is the land of opportunity. One of the many wonderful rights it the freedom of speech. He can say whatever he wants, but if I don't like what he says I have the right to do something about it. I don't even know why his manager is challenging me tonight. He's nothing but a big fat pinata with a mustache that i'm about to break.
That's right. Zeb Colter will be facing Alberto Del Rio in the ring tonight!
Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring for a match. He is accompanied by his partner Kane. He'll be facing Dolph Ziggler next.
Ziggler is in the ring. AJ and Big E are at his corner.
Bell sounds. They grapple. Bryan with an arm lock. Ziggler stomps on Bryan's foot and gets an arm lock of his own. He drops an elbow on the arm a couple times. Bryan slips out of it and applies a side headlock. Shove into the ropes, Ziggler goes for a leap frog but Bryan counters with a slingshot into the turnbuckle. Bryan kicks Ziggler's sides numerous times in the corner. Bryan with a right hand. Whip, Bryan back flips off the top, runs the ropes and lands a running forearm. Bryan goes for the No Lock but Ziggler makes it to the ropes. Bryan with more kicks to the side. He goes for a surfboard submission, but he turns it into a double foot stomp to the quads. He picks Ziggler up, but Ziggler with a kick and a neckbreaker. Ziggler with a dropkick to the head. He covers and gets a one count. Ziggler punches Bryan in the corner some more, then rakes his face against the ropes. Bryan at the corner. Ziggler runs at him and Bryan catches him. He turns it into a tarantula submission for a four count. Bryan looks at Big E and mouths off to him. He heads back in the ring and Ziggler with a dropkick to the head for two.
Ziggler with a headstand headlock on Bryan. Bryan gets to his feet and slips out of his hold. Ziggler runs at him and Bryan with a kick to knock him down. Ziggler with more kicks to the sides. Ziggler runs at him and Bryan avoids it causing Ziggler to hit the turnbuckle. Ziggler goes for a roundhouse. Ziggler ducks and goes for a roll up. Bryan slips out and connects with the roundhouse kick. He climbs the top and goes for a flying headbutt, but Ziggler rolls out of the way in time. Ziggler applies a sleeper hold on Bryan. Bryan shoves Ziggler in the ropes and puts Ziggler in a sleeper of his own. Ziggler jumps back and squashes Bryan into the mat. Bryan goes for the No Lock, but Ziggler bridges into a pin for two. Bryan counters with a sliding pin attempt, but Ziggler gets out of it and the two clothesline each other down.
AJ goes over to Kane and skips around him. With Kane distracted it leaves Langston the chance to knocks Kane down with a running splash. Bryan sees this and baseball slides Langston back. Ziggler sees this and rolls Bryan up from behind for the three count.
[Winner via Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler]
Afterwards, Langston enters the ring and clotheslines Bryan down. He picks Bryan up and hits the Big Ending. Kane enters the ring and beats on both Ziggler and Langston. Kane grabs Langston by the neck and goes for the chokeslam, but Langston powers Kane's hand off his neck and drops Kane with the Big Ending as well. AJ hands Ziggler and Langston the Tag Titles. Team Ziggler holds the gold over the fallen champs.
Tonight, Undertaker "eviscerates" CM Punk.
Up next, Shawn Michaels gives his opinion on Lesnar/Triple H.
A video plays of last August on Raw when Brock Lesnar broke Shawn Michael's arm and Triple H came to rescue him.
Shawn Michaels comes out and makes his way to the ring.
Michaels: Now you didn't think we could have WrestleMania without MR. WrestleMania,did ya? I gotta tell ya I love this time of year. The road to WrestleMania's ramping up. We got Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio. We got CM Punk versus The Undertaker. And in the main event for the WWE Championship we got John Cena versus The Rock. But let's face it. You know that's not why i'm here. There is one match that I am particularly interested in and that is the match between Brock Lesnar and my best friend Triple H. Obviously it hit close to home. There's a ton of history between Brock and Hunter. Me and my arm are part of that history. When this became a situation where Triple H put his career on the line, that is when I got really concerned. I had a lot of doubts and some serious questions-
Triple H comes out. He makes his way down to the ring. He and Shawn hug it out.
Triple H: Before you go too far with this, I thought we talked about this already. I know what i'm doing.
Shawn: You know what you're doing? I don't think you do know. You're under the impression that our situations are similar. It's not. When I looked across the ring I saw a man that I had, and have, respect for. And I knew he had the same for me. In my career threatening match I was heartbroken. And I knew my opponent was equally heartbroken. You never heard my opponent come out and brag about the fact out of respect and that means a lot to me. But your opponent doesn't have respect for you, me, these people, WWE, or anyone. And I know you sure as hell don't respect him. Our situations aren't similar at all. He does this for money. To hurt people. He enjoys making havoc. I used to think this job was my life. Then I met you and I realized I didn't care about this job nearly as much as you do. You poured everything into this job. This job has become your life. You didn't put you career on the line. You put your life on the line.
Triple H: You know I love you like a brother, but you're not talking me out of this.
Shawn: You think I spent 364 days a year off and come back to tell you that you couldn't do it? I'm here to tell you that you better kick Brock Lesnar's ass! And unlike at Summerslam i'm going to be right at your corner to watch you do it. And if you're not down with that, i've got-
Brock Lesnar comes out with Paul Heyman.
Heyman: Well, for the record, my client has two words for YOU, but I don't think it's the two words either one of you are looking for. Let's lay this on the line. My client Brock Lesnar, whether you like it or not, is going to beat you into retirement this Sunday at WrestleMania. And I understand how much that disappoints all of you, and that's the point of us being here. You sir are going to have to learn to live with all that disappointment. Triple H you're going to disappoint your father-in-law Vince McMahon because you won't fight his battles anymore. You're going to disappoint the board of directors because you won't be able to fulfill your duties anymore. You're going to disappoint your wife Stephanie, but that's probably something she's used to. You're going to disappoint your best friend Shawn Michaels-i'm sorry, you want to fight? My client gets PAID to fight. Of all people, Shawn do you REALLY want to be this close to Triple H when Brock beats him down AGAIN? When Brock maybe possible breaks your arm again?
Shawn takes his jacket off.
Heyman: They fight from emotion which is why Shawn had to retire at WrestleMania which is why you'll be disappointed in your best friend too. My client picked this fight but you answered the call of duty. You should've walked away like Shawn Michaels walked away when he got beat at WrestleMania. Now I assure you that you won't be able to walk away. When Brock is done with you you'll be able to crawl away a beaten, battered retiree that has disappointed the entire WWE Universe because you were never man enough to beat Brock Lesnar. The same Brock Lesnar who after all this years made the cerebral assassin commit professional suicide.
Lesnar and Triple H stare each other down.
WWE Champion The Rock will be live on Raw tonight!
The Miz joins commentary for the next match.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett comes out for a match.
His opponent, Zack Ryder, comes out next.
Bell sounds. Barrett with kicks to the ribs. He picks Zack up and hits a suplex. Cover for two. Barrett whips Ryder and Ryder with a facebuster. Ryder with a clothesline. Wade rolls out of the ring and Ryder with a baseball slide. Ryder throws Wade back in the ring and climbs the turnbuckle. Wade gets up and punches Ryder down against the top rope. Wade with a running kick to the chest. Ryder is down on the mat and Wade covers for two. Wade with an elbow drop. He stomps on Ryder and hits another elbow drop for two. Wade presses his knee in the back of Ryder's neck. He then boots Ryder out of the ring. Wade throws Ryder back in the ring after mouthing off to Miz. Ryder counters with a pancake slam and a running clothesline. Wade at the corner and Ryder with a running forearm strike. He runs the ropes and hits Wade with a Broski Boot for two. Ryder gets Wade up and Wade with shoulder tackles into the corner. Ryder goes for knees to the face, but Wade pulls him off and slams him on the mat. Wade sets up for the bull hammer and he connects for the three count.
[Winner via Pinfall: Wade Barrett]
Wade taunts Miz from within the ring with his title.
Santino Marella is backstage with Managing Supervisors Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox.
Santino: You know what I just saw? Mr. McMahon! He was storming out and was very angry at you. I heard him talking. And he was SO mad that when he's that mad somebody gets fired.
Vickie: I have done nothing wrong. Everything is fine.
Santino: Good luck with that. One more thing...APRIL FOOLS!
Vickie: You know for a fact Mr. McMahon's not here tonight.
Santino: I know, you should've seen the look on your face. Looks like somebody made ca-ca in their pants.
Vickie: You think that's funny? Well head to the ring because we have a match for you tonight.
Maddox: And we'll see who the biggest fool is. Here's a hint: it's you!
Santino leaves while Vickie and and Brad laugh.
Santino is in the ring for his match.
His opponent, Mark Henry, comes out.
Bell sounds. Santino gets in a boxing pose. He lands a couple light jabs to no effect. He lands some kicks. Henry is pissed. He grabs Santino's singlet. Santino pulls out the Cobra and Henry clotheslines him down. He picks him up and hits World's Strongest Slam for the three count.
[Winner via Pinfall: Mark Henry]
Ryback comes out! Ryback makes his way to the ring.
Henry: Hold on. Hold on. I know you're mad that you didn't break my bench press record, but that don't give you the right to come down here and "threaten" me. You of all people know we have a no contact clause until WrestleMania. Besides, nobody wants to get their hands on you like I do. And I know you wanna put yours on me. But tonight is not the night. There's only one thing that's gonna happen tonight. And that's smile.
Henry smiles wide. He goes to leave. Ryback picks Santino up and smacks Henry in the back with hit knocking him out of the ring. He then puts Santino over his head and throws him out of the ring onto Henry.
Ryback: I didn't touch you, stupid! FEED ME MORE! FEED ME MORE!
Henry heads to the back looking annoyed.
Backstage, Swagger and Zeb are talking privately. Zeb is scheduled to face Del Rio tonight!
Striker: Ladies and gentlemen...CM Punk
Walk is standing by with the turn.
Striker: Do you feel you're disrespecting the memory of Paul Bearer.
Punk: I think the better question is do I give a damn if i'm disrespecting Paul Bearer? I'm trying to get in Undertaker's head, and the only career I care about is my own. I'm trying to beat The Undertaker's Streak. And the stark difference between myself and Undertaker's other opponents is that i'll do whatever it takes. If I can get him disqualified, make him tap, maybe he's outside the ring a second too long. I will do whatever it takes to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and I promise you at the end of this year's WrestleMania every time somebody thinks about WrestleMania they're going to think about CM Punk.
Punk kisses the urn.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter come out together for Zeb's match.
Ricardo Rodriguez comes out and announces Alberto Del Rio to the ring.
The bell sounds. Del Rio eggs Zeb on, and Zeb backs off. He sticks to the ropes and swings a right, but Del Rio avoids it. Meanwhile, Swagger makes his way over to Ricardo. Zeb grabs Ricardo's crutch and waves it around. Swagger takes this opportunity to tackles Ricardo down and attack the ankle. Del Rio goes after Swagger and knocks him back. He heads back in the ring and Zeb with a crutch shot for the disqualification.
[Winner via Disqualification: Alberto Del Rio]
Del Rio snatches the crutch and threatens Zeb with it, but Swagger attacks Del Rio from behind. He and Zeb beat Del Rio down with the crutches before leaving.
The Rock is up next.
The Rock comes out and makes his way to the ring to address the fans.
Rock: Connection. That, this...connection. Between the People's Champ and The People is the only reason why i'm standing in the middle of this ring right here right now. Because you see John Cena, this Sunday isn't about redemption. This Sunday is and always will be about the will of The People. And this Sunday the will of The People isn't about Cena finding his redemption. The People's will is to walk down that aisle, take his size 15 boot and shove it straight up Cena's monkey ass! John Cena, the will of The People is bigger than you could ever imagine. Hell, if The People will it, we can change the world. Because maybe, just maybe, instead of The Rock visiting this town. The Rock will have to LIVE in this town. And if The People will it, then The Rock would live in a big house right up the road. A big...WHITE house. And maybe, just maybe, we go from President Barack to President THE ROCK! So what you're saying is that I can count on your vote? I can count on your vote!?
The people cheer.
Rock: That is going to be one historic inauguration day. That will be the day The Rock takes the oath, unties the country as one, and starts the oath with the immortal words FINALLY, THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Rock: John Cena, you come out here earlier. You're angry and mad saying a lot of things you said last year. What happened? You got beat. Last week you got in the mouth's face. What happened? You got Rock Bottomed. At WrestleMania your time is never going to be now. Your time is never. It's not about redemption and it damn sure ain't about "passing the torch". Make no mistake about it, the only way you're going to get this torch is if Rock douses it in gasoline, sets it on fire, and shoves it straight up your candy ass. John, this Sunday, this Sunday at WrestleMania make no mistake bout it. You're not just facing The Rock, or 80,000 strong. You're facing a connection. You're facing the millions AND THE MILLIONS! John Cena, you're looking for redemption, but Rock found what he's looking for. Rock lives for that connection, and this Sunday you cannot deny the will of The People, and you cannot beat The Rock. IF YA SMEEEEEEELL...WHAT THE ROCK...IS COOKING!
Chris Jericho is in action next.
United States champion Antonio Cesaro is in the ring.
His opponent, Chris Jericho, comes out next.
Bell sounds. They grapple. Cesaro backs Jericho into the corner and breaks. Jericho shoves him. They grapple. Jericho with a side headlock into a snapmare. Cesaro gets out of it. Another grapple. Cesaro with a side headlock. Jericho shoves Cesaro into the ropes and Cesaro with a shoulder tackle for one. Cesaro gets Jericho up. Jericho with a chop. Cesaro whips and tackles Jericho into the corner. Whip, Jericho counters and dropkicks Cesaro down. Jericho with right hands into the corner followed by a suplex and a dropkick to the back for two. He picks Cesaro up and Cesaro with an uppercut. Cesaro applies a triangle chin lock. Jerihco gets back up and whips Cesaro. Cesaro counters and throws Jericho in the corner. Jericho back drops him to the apron. Cesaro with a headbutt. Cesaro climbs to the top, but Jericho drapes Cesaro over the top rope. Jericho climbs up, delivers a ten count and hits a hurricarana.
Fandango and his dance partner come out on stage and dance. This distracts Jericho.
Cesaro with a neck crank submission on Jericho. He whips Jericho and Jericho with a sunset flip pin for two. Cesaro to his feet and he double stomps on Jericho's chest for two. Cesaro with an underhook suplex for two. Jericho gets up and chops Cesaro back. He whips Cesaro and runs, but Cesaro avoids it and Jericho hits the turnbuckle before falling out of the ring. Cesaro goes after him. He throws Jericho into the barricade, then tosses him back in the ring for two. Another quarter neck crank on Jericho. Jericho gets back up and Cesaro with a knee strike. Jericho off the ropes with a running forearm. Cesaro catches Jericho and hits a powerslam for two. He puts Jericho at the corner and runs at him, but Jericho with a boot to the face followed by shoulder tackles. Cesaro throws Jericho to the apron, but Jericho gets to the turnbuckle before hitting a double axe handle. Jericho with a running bulldog and the lionsault. He goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Cesaro counters into a gutwrench suplex for two. Jericho at the corner again. He knocks Cesaro down with a right hand, climbs up and lands a cross body for two. Jericho sees Fandango close to the ring and baseball slides him down. Jericho turns back to Cesaro and Cesaro with an inside cradle for two. Jericho grabs Cesaro and applies the Walls of Jericho! Cesaro taps!
[Winner via Submission: Chris Jericho]
Fandango runs into the ring and tackles Jericho down. He beats on Jericho and then delivers a running kick to the head. He then climbs the turnbuckle and hits a leg drop off the top. He yells at Jericho to say his name before grabbing a microphone.
Still to come, Undertaker verbally "eviscerates" CM Punk.
Some Tout videos play promoting the Rock/Cena match.
Brodus Clay and Tensai come out with the Funkadactyls. The Funkadactyls will be in tag team action.
Their opponents, The Bella Twins, come out with Rhodes Scholars.
Bell sounds. Nicki and Cameron start off. Naomi whips Nicki and hits the "Rear View" followed by a reverse hurricarana. Nicki gets back up and knocks Naomi down. She applies an arm lock and Naomi reaches the ropes. Nicki throws Naomi into her corner and tags Brie in. Brie sits on Naomi's arm and applies an arm lock followed by an elbow drop for one. Brie kicks Naomi back down and covers for two. Brie works the arm some more before tagging Nicki. Nicki with an arm lock of her own this time. Naomi gets to her feet, runs the ropes and sunset flips, but Nicki slips out of the pin and goes back to the arm lock. Naomi back up again, and Nicki with a knee to the gut. She whips Naomi and Naomi with a flying kick to the back of the head. Tag to Cameron. Cameron with two clotheslines. She springs off the turnbuckle and hits a head scissors followed by a leg drop and a DDT. She goes for a cover, but Brie breaks the counter. Naomi pulls Brie out of the ring. Nicki whip Cameron. Cameron with a cross body, but Nicki reverses it into a roll up for three.
[Winners via Pinfall: The Bella Twins]
Up next, Undertaker comes out.
The light go out. The Undertaker comes out and makes his way down to the ring.
Undertaker: CM Punk...your historic title reign lasted well over 400 days, but the pain waiting on you at WrestleMania is going to last an eternity. Remember Punk, it was you who decided to make this personal. And for that...you will suffer. Defeating you at WrestleMania is no longer good enough. The disrespect that you've shown Paul Bearer will cause you to pay the ultimate price. And you just may be right. In my current state of mind, "The Steak"...it may come to an end Sunday. But you will never live to talk about it!
The lights go out again. Monks come out and walk down the ramp forming a line. Undertaker looks confused.
A Paul Bearer impersonator comes out. He's holding the urn. Undertaker throws his jacket and hat off. He exits the ring and marches over to the imposter. Taker starts beating up the monks. One of the monks reveals himself to be CM Punk! He tackles Taker down and beats on him. He grabs the urn from the impersonator and smacks Taker in the face with it. Punk smacks Taker in the back and yells "IT'S OVER, DEAD MAN!"
Punk keeps hitting Taker with the turn until he's laid out. Punk then opens up the urn and pours the ashes inside over Undertaker. He then gets down on one knee and raises the urn over his head as the show comes to an end.