Raw Fusion: Will Of The People
The 1st April 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video hyping appearances and confrontations to take place in the episode, followed by John Cena’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
John Cena says that all eyes are focused on Sunday for WrestleMania, and that it is no locker room secret that he and Dwayne Johnson don’t like each other, but he and The Rock respect each other, and the fact that The Rock is the WWE Champion.
He talks about what would have happened last year between them, but that this year the childish games are over, as The Rock is reigning and defending WWE Champion, and has conquered everything he had left to in the WWE since he came back.
Cena says that he believes that The Rock is the greatest WWE Champion of all time, but when he steps in the ring with him on Sunday, “The Great One” will fall as his time is up and Cena’s time is now.
He says that the WWE Universe may get a moment that they never thought possible in their lifetime, as The Rock will have to deal with failure that follows him from the Met-Life stadium, just like Cena did for a year, as The Rock will lose the match and his WWE Championship.
After a video recapping the events involving The Shield and Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show on SmackDown, “3MB” Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre take on Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show in a Six-Man Tag Team match which sees Show get the victory for his team, when Show hits Mahal with a K.O Punch for the 3-count.
Afterwards, The Shield’s music hits and they make their way through the crowd, where they congratulate the men in the ring on their victory, but say that on Sunday at WrestleMania 29, The Shield will be leaving Show, Orton, and Sheamus looking up at the sky and wondering what went wrong and the whole world will “Believe in The Shield”.
After showing a video on the titantron involving Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger talking about Swagger’s match with Alberto Del Rio on Sunday, and Matt Striker’s interview with Del Rio in response, Daniel Bryan (accompanied by Kane) is pitted against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Big E Langston and AJ Lee) in a match which sees Ziggler get the victory, when he takes advantage of the distraction provided by Big E Langston, and rolls up Bryan for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Langston knocks Bryan down with a clothesline and follows it up with a Big Ending, but Kane then appears and takes the fight to Langston and Ziggler – until Langston counters and hits Kane with a Big Ending too, leaving both men lying on the floor as they stand tall with AJ Lee and the WWE Tag Team Championship belts.
Next, “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he talks about Triple H’s match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania – until he is interrupted by Triple H’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring too.
Triple H assures Michaels that he knows what he is doing, as it is the same situation that Michaels was in with The Undertaker, but Michaels disagrees as he says that he was standing across the ring from somebody he had and does have utmost respect for, respect which was returned by his opponent – unlike the situation between Triple H and Lesnar.
Triple H says that if Michaels is trying to talk him out of the match, then he should save his breath. Shawn Michaels’ response is to tell him that it couldn’t be further from the truth, as he wants Triple H to kick Brock Lesnar’s ass – and will be there in Triple H’s corner.
Michaels is about to finish with his DX catchphrase “If you’re not down with that…”, but is interrupted by Brock Lesnar’s music hitting, and him making his way out with Paul Heyman. Paul Heyman says that he has two words for them, but that they are not the ones that Michaels and Triple H are looking for.
Heyman says that Brock Lesnar is going to beat Triple H at WrestleMania, and that Triple H will have to live with all of the disappointment, some of which would come from Vince McMahon, the WWE Board of Directors, his best friend Shawn Michaels, and his wife Stephanie McMahon – though he suggests that Triple H is probably used to the last situation.
Both men in the ring look ready to fight, but Heyman and Lesnar make no move towards the ring, and Heyman says that Triple H will be unable to beat Lesnar at WrestleMania, thus committing professional suicide.
Now, The Miz joins commentary as Wade Barrett goes against “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Ryder with a Bull Hammer elbow for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Santino Marella, Vickie Guerrero, and Brad Maddox, and a video recapping the events involving Mark Henry and Ryback on SmackDown, Mark Henry takes on Santino Marella in a match which sees Henry get the victory, when he hits Marella with a World’s Strongest Slam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with a bee-line towards Henry. Henry reminds Ryback of the “No Contact” clause until WrestleMania, but the only thing that is going to happen on this episode is smile.
Apparently Ryback things differently, as he uses Marella as a weapon to knock Henry out of the ring, and then again to knock him down by throwing Marella over the top rope to land on Henry.
After Matt Striker interviews CM Punk about whether he is disrespecting the memory of Paul Bearer, and a video recapping the Jack Swagger’s attack on Ricardo Rodriguez two weeks ago, Zeb Colter (accompanied by Jack Swagger) is pitted against Alberto Del Rio in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Swagger attacks Ricardo Rodriguez and Colter grabs one of Rodriguez’s crutches that he then hits Del Rio with.
Afterwards, Swagger and Colter beat Del Rio down with both of Rodriguez’s crutches, before Swagger taunts the downed Del Rio.
Next up, The Rock’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he talks about his match with John Cena on Sunday at WrestleMania, and how it will not be about redemption but instead the will of the people.
He suggests that instead of visiting Washington, DC, perhaps he would instead live there – in a big white house, and thus go from President Barack to President The Rock. The Rock says that the only way that Cena will be getting the WWE Championship, will be if he turns it into a fireball and sticks it up Cena’s candy ass.
The Rock says that John Cena is not just facing The Rock, but a connection that he has no idea just how wide it is, as he will be facing The Rock and the millions – and millions!
He says that Cena cannot defy the will of the people, and that he cannot beat The Rock.
Now, Chris Jericho goes against Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Jericho get the victory, when he applies the Walls Of Jericho to Cesaro, forcing him to tap out. Afterwards, Fandango – who had come out to watch during the match – attacks Jericho and leaves him lying in the ring after two diving leg-drops, before pronouncing his name over the downed Jericho.
After the announcers inform us that Trish Stratus asked Stephanie McMahon on Twitter to induct her into the WWE Hall Of Fame and that Stephanie agreed, and some Touts are shown from fans, “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi (accompanied by Tensai and “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay) take on “The Bella Twins” Nikki and Brie (accompanied by “Team Rhodes Scholars” Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes) in a Tag Team match which sees The Bella Twins get the victory, when one of them reverses Naomi’s pin attempt into one of her own for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events involving The Undertaker and CM Punk last week, The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he talks about how CM Punk’s title reign lasted well over four-hundred days, but that his pain at WrestleMania will last an eternity.
He says that it was Punk who decided to make it personal, so for that he will suffer. The Undertaker says that defeating Punk at WrestleMania is no longer good enough, and thus Punk will instead have to pay the ultimate price.
The Undertaker says that CM Punk may be right about his state of mind and that the streak could end on Sunday, but that Punk would not live to talk about it. Music normally associated with The Undertaker’s druids starts playing, and druids make their way out with two fire-torches.
After waiting, Paul Bearer’s voice is heard to say “Oh, yes!”, and Paul Heyman is shown standing on the stage dressed as Bearer. The Undertaker is understandably angry and quickly exits the ring, where he makes his way up the stage and starts attacking one of the druids – until Punk who was dressed as one of the other druids attacks him from behind.
CM Punk attacks The Undertaker with the urn, after which he unscrews the lid and pours the contents out onto The Undertaker, as well as rubbing some of it on himself as if he is using it to bathe in.
Punk mocks The Undertaker by bowing as he would, as Raw goes off the air.