Raw Fusion: End Of The World
The 6th February 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Triple H, John Laurinaitis, and The Undertaker, followed by the announcers informing us of two of the matches set to take place on this episode of Raw, before Triple H makes his way to the ring to kick off the show.
Triple H talks about how last week he was intending to fire John Laurinaitis – despite Laurinaitis’ claims that it was to simply wish him well, he says that it was to “wish him well in all of his future endeavours”.
He says that he never quite got to it but he wanted to make the point clear, and he says that Laurinaitis has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and hopes that the WWE Board Of Directors see that.
Triple H says that Laurinaitis flew to see them and asked for a stay of execution, leading for them to ask Triple H to not make a decision until they have had time to consider the proposal and they may make a decision as early as tomorrow morning.
This week however, he says that he is out to discuss something else that is important that happened last week, which was the return of The Undertaker. Triple H talks about how after all this time The Undertaker still manages to leave him wish a rush up his spine and butterflies in his stomach, and stand in the ring in The Undertaker in awe and humbled.
Triple H says that last week The Undertaker did something that was reminiscent of last year but with the roles reserved, and that his silence spoke volumes – that he wanted the “rematch of rematches”, but when he looked into the eyes of The Undertaker, there was no rush, butterflies, awe, or humbling – only feeling bad for him.
He says that he knows what he did to him last year, and he chooses to remember The Undertaker in a certain way, with that way showcased in a video package that he then rolls. Triple H says that he doesn’t want to remember him like the next video package he shows, which is of The Undertaker being carried away from the ring at WrestleMania last year.
Triple H says that nobody will ever compared to The Undertaker and that his legacy will never be matched as the most dominant force ever in the WWE, but he says that it is with respect that he says no to The Undertaker’s challenge of a match at WrestleMania XXVIII (28).
He understands that many fans may not understand his decision, but he says that they only watched the match last year, he saw it first-hand and that The Undertaker would not let it lie, but instead kept going.
Triple H says that The Undertaker would not die, and that he knows that if they did it again, he would have to finish it – and that The Undertaker knows it too. He says that could be what The Undertaker wants him to do, but he says that everybody has limits including The Undertaker, and Triple H saw The Undertaker’s last year, he will not be the guy to push him past them and he says that this is over.
Triple H’s music hits as he starts to leave, but upon reaching the ropes to step out, his music abruptly cuts off. After a few moments, the lights go out, and a video then plays of The Undertaker apparently watching his past matches, and sees him informing Triple H that it is not over.
After a video recapping the events of last month when The Big Show ran into AJ and knocked her down while trying to chase Daniel Bryan, The Big Show takes on Daniel Bryan (accompanied by a very reluctant AJ, who is wearing a neck-brace) in a match which sees Show almost knock AJ over again, but stop himself before it is able to happen.
The match ends in a victory for Show as a result of a count-out, when Bryan and AJ make their way up the ramp instead of Bryan re-entering the ring. Afterwards, Bryan stands on the stage with AJ and asks what kind of giant freak Show is, or what kind of man he is, as he just proved upon a shadow of a doubt that the first time he knocked AJ over was on purpose.
Bryan says that The Big Show could have pulled up then, just like he pulled up this time, and he asks if the World Heavyweight Championship is worth that much to Show. Daniel Bryan says that protecting the woman who loves him is more important to him than winning or losing a match, but that despite this, at the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, things will still be the same – Bryan will still be Daniel Bryan, a vegan, and the World Heavyweight Champion.
After a video hyping the WrestleMania XXVIII is fifty-five days away, a video of an interaction between John Cena and Nascar driver Carl Edwards last week, and a video hyping the Elimination Chamber matches, David Otunga talks in the ring about how he prays that the WWE Board Of Directors will see the qualities in John Laurinaitis that he does and lets him keep his job.
He gets on his knees and asks the crowd to pray with him – though his prayer looks more like The Undertaker’s bow – but his prayer is cut short when Justin Roberts interrupts. Roberts says that he has been informed that as per the orders of COO Triple H, Otunga will compete in a match right now, with his opponent soon being revealed as Sheamus.
The match sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Otunga with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
After a video recapping Chris Jericho’s Codebreaker to CM Punk last week on Raw, Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring and talks about how the end of the world as we know it is here. He says that this is because he is now back, which makes every other performer in the company obsolete.
He says that his appearance spells the end of thievery, plagiarism, and charlatans claiming to be something that they are not. Jericho says that the others are cheap copies of him, stealing his ideas and thoughts that he made popular and invented.
Jericho says that there is a whole roster in the back of Chris Jericho wannabes, just like the crowd is full of Chris Jericho wannabes too, as he then points to various members of the crowd and proceeds to call them a wannabe.
He says that the pathetic thing is that he manipulated the fans without saying a single word, that he trolled all of them and that they did everything he said just because they are wannabes. Jericho cites The Miz as an example, stating that he himself did that first and Miz followed.
Jericho cites Kofi Kingston as another example, stating that long before he appeared, Chris Jericho was doing things that people had never seen before, and citing R-Truth, he says that before Truth was saying “What’s Up?”, he himself was saying “Shut the hell up”.
Citing Dolph Ziggler walking to the ring with Vickie Guerrero, he says that he did that first when he walked to the ring at WrestleMania X8 with Stephanie McMahon. He finally turns his focus to CM Punk, who he says is the worst of them all as he will look people in the eye and bold-faced lie that he that is is the “Best in the World”, as he certainly isn’t.
Chris Jericho says that Punk is not original or unique, but instead is nothing more than a Chris Jericho wannabe, and that Punk knows deep down that Jericho, and Jericho alone, is the best in the world at everything he does.
He says that he is the best in the world at everything he does and that he doesn’t have to write it on the back of a t-shirt to prove it, as he is it, lives and breathes it, and became it when he became the first Undisputed Champion in the business, dominated and won every WWE Championship you could possibly win, and when he eliminated twenty-eight other men in the Royal Rumble.
Jericho states all that as proof that he earned the right to say that he is the best in the world at everything he does, and he says that the world as we know it is coming to an end as he is coming back to reclaim what is his.
CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his presence known by making his way to the ring, where he appears to be ready to say something to Jericho. Instead, he apparently decides to let his actions do the talking, as he drops the microphone, and raises the WWE Championship aloft. He then turns around to show Jericho the back of his shirt (which of course states “Best In The World”), as if daring him to do something while his back is turned.
Jericho looks like he may be considering it, but refrains from doing so, while Punk nods to himself in possible confirmation that he knew that nothing would happen. Punk then leaves, not looking back even once despite Jericho’s demands to look at him as he calls him a wannabe.
Next, Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes are pitted against The Great Khali and Randy Orton in a tag team match which sees Khali get the victory for his team, when he tags himself in and counters Rhodes’ springboard kick attempt with a brain chop for the 3-count.
Afterwards, an apparent confrontation between Orton and Khali sees Khali grab Orton by the throat, but when he pushes him into the ropes and attempts to follow it up with a brain chop, Orton instead ducks under his arm and hits Khali with an RKO.
After a video hyping John Cena and an image hyping the match between The Rock and John Cena to take place at WrestleMania XXVIII, and a video recapping the events of last week involving Kane, Eve Torres, and John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, and Tamina go against The Bella Twins, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix in a six-diva tag team match which sees Tamina get the victory for her team, when she hits Brie Bella with the Superfly Splash for the 3-count.
After a video hyping The Rock’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, an interaction between Triple H and John Laurinaitis backstage sees the announcement of an Ambulance match between Kane and John Cena at Elimination Chamber, and an announcement that Shawn Michaels will be appearing on Raw next week.
After The Undertaker’s video from earlier is repeated, and Josh Mathews interviews John Laurinaitis about what he thinks the WWE Board Of Directors will decide, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho, The Miz, and CM Punk face each other in a Six-Pack Challenge match to determine who will be the last entrant in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship.
The match sees Jericho get the victory, when Punk hits Ziggler with the GTS, and Jericho pulls Punk out of the ring and sends him over the announce table, before taking advantage and pinning Ziggler for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Chris Jericho sits in the ring with the WWE Championship as Punk is usually seen to do, until terrified screams are heard and we see Kane approaching a scared Eve Torres backstage.
Kane says that he can’t stand the hate that is pouring out of his soul, and he says that he has to do something. He says that John Cena has started to embrace the hate, but he is not all of the way there yet, but that he will be.
He says that once Cena fully embraces the hate, he will be in a better place, but that if he doesn’t get there soon, Kane is afraid for Eve, afraid for Cena, and afraid for anyone who gets in his path. More than this however, Kane says that is afraid of himself.
The camera starts to zoom in on Kane while Eve whimpers in fear, as Raw goes off the air.