Raw Fusion: WrestleMania 28 Gets Rocked
The 4th April 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with Triple H making his way to the ring and talking about how he’s never in his life been as nervous as he was at WrestleMania XXVII for his match with The Undertaker (click here for our WrestleMania XXVII report).
He talks about how The Undertaker is willing to take things further than any other man in that he could take punishment like Triple H had never given anyone else before, and still kept getting back up.
Triple H says that they both left everything in the ring, but that for him it apparently wasn’t good enough as he didn’t win The Undertaker. He says that no matter what anybody calls it (supernatural etc.), he guesses it’s just willpower as what he saw getting carried out of the arena was a man – a man who is willing to destroy himself to keep the Streak intact.
He talks about how people are suggesting that The Undertaker won’t be back, but says that if that is indeed the case, he says Thank You to The Undertaker, but he doesn’t believe that is the case anyway, and he thinks that The Undertaker will be back – and when he is, he’ll be waiting.
Next, Michael Cole walks down the ramp talking about how history was made at WrestleMania and despite biased refereeing by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Team Cole” was victorious and he overcame every obstacle to defeat Jerry “The King” Lawler.
He talks about how great he is, until Lawler stands up and asks him to “please” shut up his pie-hole, and says that it wasn’t Cole who beat him, it was a computer, as he made Cole tap out and cry like a little girl (garnering a “you tapped out” chant from the crowd).
Lawler says that it might go down as a win in Cole’s book, but he will forever be known as a worthless jackass, to which Cole talks about how he himself is the better man and offers a rematch to Lawler to prove it.
Lawler accepts this and enters the ring, but it is at this point that Cole points out that he wasn’t referring to a WrestleMania rematch, but a rematch of last week’s Raw against Jack Swagger. The match ends with Lawler being forced to tap out to the ankle-lock, but Swagger refuses to break the hold, so the referee reverses his decision and disqualifies Swagger, thus making Lawler the winner. Afterwards, Cole throws barbecue sauce at Jim Ross, prompting him to get up and chase him out of the arena (at a walking pace).
Now, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio are pitted against Cody Rhodes and CM Punk in a match which sees Orton get the victory for his team after Mysterio hits Rhodes with a 619 and Orton follows it up with an RKO.
After promotion for Sin Cara, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin makes his way to the ring and then brings out the 14 contestants of the new Season of WWE Tough Enough, who he says are going to be put through their paces by Bill DeMott, Booker T and Trish Stratus and be left with one contestant of his choosing at the end.
After each of the contestants introduce themselves, the crowd starts up a chant of “stun them all” – until The Miz’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. The Miz talks about how he was on Tough Enough in 2004 and people were telling him to go back to The Real World, but after WrestleMania, nobody will ever tell him to go anywhere again.
He shows a clip from WrestleMania where his head bounced off the concrete and says that he had a concussion that would end the careers of most men, but he not only continued, but retained the WWE Championship.
The Miz says that although the contestants will never have the success that he had, they can always dream, as he beat Cena and he is the new face of the WWE. He tells them to have a good hard look as that is the closest that they will get to a WWE Champion.
He turns his attention to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, then asks if he’s thinking what he’s thinking – whether he has one more run. The crowd like the idea of that and soon after start up a “one more match” chant, to which The Miz suggests to Austin that they clear the ring and find out if he can indeed have one more match.
Austin’s response – much to the delight of the crowd – is to tell everyone to clear the ring, but it doesn’t take long for The Miz to cheap-shot Austin and bail out of the ring and let Alex Riley do the rest. Austin takes the advantage back at one point however and ends up hitting the Lou Thesz press, elbow drop, and Stone Cold Stunner on Riley.
After calling for beers, he passes them round to the contestants and they all celebrate together with beer, before Austin exits the ring and throws beer at Michael Cole before leaving with the Tough Enough contestants.
Next up, Alberto Del Rio goes against Evan Bourne in a match which sees Del Rio get the win when Bourne is forced to tap out to the cross-armbreaker.
After a video recapping WrestleMania week in Atlanta, Vickie makes her presence known along with Dolph Ziggler as they both blame LayCool for their loss, but suggests that they see if John Morrison and Trish Stratus can do it again (without Snooki) this time. The match ends with Morrison hitting Starship Pain for the 3-count.
Now, Sheamus takes on Daniel Bryan for the United States Championship in a match which was originally supposed to take place at WrestleMania, but was apparently moved to the pre-show, made into a lumberjack match that broke down and turned into a battle royal, which according to the announcers makes this a rematch. The match ends with Sheamus retaining the title after he hits Bryan with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Sheamus attacks Bryan but his attention is soon diverted by the arrival of Sin Cara who enters the ring by diving over the top rope from the ground and quickly taking him out.
Next, John Cena makes his way to the ring and talks about how he was expecting something to happen at WrestleMania, but not that it would be to the winner of his match at WrestleMania. He says that if The Rock hadn’t had done what he did however, the match would have ended in a draw.
Regardless of how it happened, Cena congratulates The Miz on walking into WrestleMania as the WWE Champion and still leaving as Champion, but that leads him to a certain someone who he says obviously doesn’t like or respect him.
He says that that certain person was supposed to be the Host of WrestleMania but got into business – his business, which means that they have things to settle right now. It’s not immediate, but The Rock’s music eventually hits and he makes his way to the ring.
The crowd chants “fruity pebbles” before The Rock talks about how Cena knew something was going to happen as it’s bound to happen when he pokes a shark in the eye, but he is wrong about respect as The Rock does respect him – he just doesn’t like him.
Cena tells The Rock that there are people “standing in the ceiling” not because they want to see them both talk, but them to have a match, John Cena vs. The Rock. The Rock tells Cena that he has no idea what he just asked for, as The Rock will bring it, but they will make history by doing something that has never been done before and make the biggest match-up of all time on the grandest stage in the world – WrestleMania XXVIII (28).
Cena and The Rock shake hands on it, but The Corre run down and surround the ring, before entering it and attacking The Rock and Cena. Cena and The Rock manage to beat them back and end up turning it into a game of one-upmanship, with Cena hitting Slater with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, The Rock hitting Wade Barrett with The People’s Elbow, Cena hitting Slater with the Attitude Adjustment, and The Rock hitting Wade Barrett with the Rock Bottom.
It looks like they both agree that it was a draw between them both, and The Rock celebrates in the ring while Cena celebrates on the ramp, as Raw goes off the air.