Raw Fusion: Tributes & Twins
The 11th March 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video paying tribute to the late William Moody, known to WWE fans as Paul Bearer, followed by The Undertaker’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where he bows towards an urn in the ring and an image of the late Moody.
After around fifteen seconds of bowing however, CM Punk’s music hits to interrupt things and he makes his way out onto the stage. CM Punk says that he came out to extend his personal condolences for The Undertaker’s loss – at WrestleMania.
CM Punk says that the silver lining in this tragedy is that The Undertaker will always be perfect and have a 20-0 WrestleMania streak to Paul Bearer, but that for everybody else, in four weeks at WrestleMania it will be 20-1.
He says that the night after WrestleMania won’t be showing any heartfelt tributes to Bearer, but instead showing a new video about Punk, and that in fifty years people will be asking where they were when CM Punk beat the streak.
A video is shown of events during the break, which sees Kane making his way out onto the stage and attempting to chokeslam Punk off it, only for Punk to wriggle out of his grip and escape, prompting Kane to angrily storm backstage in search of him.
After a video recapping the events involving The Big Show and The Shield after Monday Night Raw went off the air last week, The Big Show takes on Seth Rollins (accompanied by fellow members of The Shield, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose) in a match which sees Show get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Reigns and Ambrose attack in full view of the referee.
Afterwards, The Shield continue their attack and finish it by hitting Show with a Triple Powerbomb in the middle of the ring.
After an interaction backstage involving Vickie Guerrero, Brad Maddox, and CM Punk, in which a No Disqualification match is made between Kane and CM Punk for later on in the episode, and a video recapping an interaction involving Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee from Friday Night SmackDown, Daniel Bryan is pitted against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by AJ Lee and Big E Langston).
After a video recapping Paul Bearer’s début as The Undertaker’s manager on the 16th February 1991 episode of WWE Superstars, the match takes place and sees Ziggler get the victory, when he takes advantage of Bryan being momentarily distracted by Langston, and hits Bryan with a Zig-Zag for the 3-count.
Afterwards, a look from AJ sees Langston pick up Bryan and hit him with The Big Ending.
After a video recapping Triple H’s challenge to Brock Lesnar last week and a video recapping the events involving Tensai, Brodus Clay, 3MB, and Honky Tonk Man last week, Tensai (accompanied by “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay and the “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi) is set to face Fandango.
Fandango does not appear after being introduced by Justin Roberts, however he does do so after a demand by Tensai for him to come out. Unfortunately however, Fandango says that Tensai mispronounced his name, and thus he won’t fight him.
He expresses interest in hearing Naomi trying to say his name, as he says that she is the only one in the ring who has any dance skills, but Tensai once again demanding that Fandango come to the ring seals the deal for Fandango, as he refuses to face him on this episode.
After a video hyping the upcoming release of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” movie starring The Rock, “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow go against “New Age Outlaws” Road Dogg and Billy Gunn in a Tag Team match.
Before the match takes place however, Sandow and Rhodes do their own introduction in the style of the New Age Outlaws, but with corrected grammar and dictation, before the New Age Outlaws show them how to really do it.
The match is interrupted a short time after starting however, as Brock Lesnar’s music hits after Rhodes hits Road Dogg with a Disaster Kick, and Lesnar makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman.
Sandow and Rhodes exit the ring, but Lesnar enters it and overcomes Gunn’s attempt to strike first by hitting him with an F-5, and he follows it up with an F-5 to Road Dogg too. Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar doesn’t play games, but instead hurts people, listing “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, and now the New Age Outlaws as examples.
Heyman says that Lesnar will fight Triple H at WrestleMania – but it depends upon naming stipulations of Lesnar and Heyman’s choosing, which they will not reveal until after Triple H has already signed the contract.
After a video recapping a stare-down involving Mark Henry and Ryback on SmackDown, Kofi Kingston takes on Mark Henry in a match which sees Henry get the victory, when he counters Kingston’s diving crossbody attempt into a World’s Strongest Slam for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Kaitlyn, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, the returning Bella Twins, and Vickie Guerrero, Mark Henry watches on from the stage as Ryback is pitted against Heath Slater (accompanied by fellow members of 3MB, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Slater with a Shell-Shock for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Drew McIntyre attempts to attack Ryback but is instead hit with a Shell-Shock by Ryback. Henry makes his way to the ring and McIntyre is subjected to a World’s Strongest Slam by Henry, a second Shell-Shock, and a second World’s Strongest Slam, as Henry and Ryback attempt to one-up each other.
After a video hyping the movie “The Call” starring Halle Berry and David Otunga, Alberto Del Rio goes against Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when he applies the cross-armbreaker to Cesaro and forces him to tap out.
After Josh Mathews attempts to interview Kane backstage, only for Kane to say nothing and instead just focus on the urn in his hands, and a video hyping the match between The Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania 29, Randy Orton and Sheamus take on “Team Rhodes Scholars” Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow in a Tag Team match.
The match sees Sheamus get the victory for his team, when Orton hits Rhodes with an RKO, and Sheamus hits Sandow with a Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events involving Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Shield during the break, and showing some Touts from fans in memory of Paul Bearer, Chris Jericho returns and presents the Highlight Reel with his guest The Miz.
Jericho and The Miz talk about “The Marine 3: Homefront” which stars The Miz, until they are interrupted by Wade Barrett’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where he shows a trailer of the movie that he himself appears in, “Dead Man Down”.
The Miz brings attention to the fact that Barrett keeps talking about his appearance but hasn’t won any matches recently, and Jericho reminds Barrett that he helped bring him into the WWE and win the first Season of WWE NXT.
Brad Maddox makes his way out onto the stage to interrupt things, and after awkwardly stumbling through his words, announces that Wade Barrett will defend his Intercontinental Championship next week against the winner of a match between Chris Jericho and The Miz, which is to take place next.
The match sees neither man get the victory however, as a result of Barrett attacking both men in retaliation for The Miz being sent into him at ringside. The Miz and Jericho regain the upper-hand over him however, as they leave him in the ring after hitting him with a Skull-Crushing Finale and Codebreaker respectively.
After a video of Ricardo Rodriguez and Alberto Del Rio imitating and mocking Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, and their YouTube videos, and a video of Paul Bearer from WrestleMania XI in 1995, Sin Cara is pitted against Jack Swagger (accompanied by Zeb Colter).
Before the match takes place, Zeb Colter calls Cara a thief and says that every night there is a Sin Cara sneaking across the borders with friends. The match sees Swagger get the victory, when he applies the Patriot Lock to Cara, forcing him to quickly tap out.
Afterwards, Swagger continues to punish Cara by not releasing the hold until Alberto Del Rio hits the ring for the save. Del Rio manages to put Swagger in the cross-armbreaker for a few moments, but only until Colter is able to grab Swagger’s other arm and pull him out of the ring to safety.
After a video interviewing Halle Berry about the movie “The Call” starring herself and David Otunga, with the so-called interview being interrupted by David Otunga and Kane calling her, CM Punk goes against Kane in a No Disqualification match.
The match sees Kane get the victory, when he takes advantage of Punk being distracted by The Undertaker’s gong sounding throughout the arena, and hits Punk with a chokeslam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, The Undertaker makes his way out onto the stage and he bows while an image of Paul Bearer shows on the titantron once again, with Kane mirroring his actions in the ring. The show of respect is once again interrupted however, by Punk attacking Kane with the urn, and Punk bailing out of the ring with it when The Undertaker heads to the ring for the save.
CM Punk mocks The Undertaker by imitating his bow with the urn still in his hands, while The Undertaker drags his thumb across his throat in response, as Raw goes off the air.