Raw Fusion: Apocalypse WrestleMania
The 20th February 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Kane, John Cena, Zack Ryder, and Eve Torres, followed by Eve Torres talking to The Bella Twins about the weather.
When The Bella Twins ask how Zack Ryder is, suggesting that Eve may be distraught even if she is only friends with Ryder as he is a great guy, Eve instead ends up laughing. She says that she and Ryder weren’t friends, and that Ryder only thought that they were friends, while she was only using him.
Eve says that people all over the world are talking about her right now, and that Ryder is an idiot, and compares him to a child, saying that he never even got to first base and probably wouldn’t even know what to do with a woman like her.
When the Bellas show surprise, Eve states that using people is what people in this world do to each other, and now she has the big fish hooked. She says that just like she used Zack Ryder, she is going to use John Cena.
Eve says to wait and see what she’s going to do on this episode of Raw, and she explains how she thinks things will go, and asks the Bellas to film her walking into Cena’s dressing room – they seem a little speechless however, and it is with good reason as Eve turns around to find that Cena has been standing behind her the whole time.
After some photos of John Cena’s match with Kane at the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, John Cena makes his way to the ring, but before he can say anything, he is interrupted by Eve Torres making her way down to the ring too with a microphone.
She wants to explain herself, as she claims that it was totally taken out of context. Cena interrupts for a moment first however, as he instructs her to speak up if she is going to talk, but also says that she has been talking quite enough.
To fill in the fans of what happened, he explains that Eve has apparently been “sipping the skank juice” and that her plan is to use her assets to further her career. Eve tries to say that they have been friends for a long time, but Cena interrupts and says that because of her, he lost a very good friend in Zack Ryder, and that he “lost a broski for a hoeski” (predictably resulting in a “hoeski” chant from the crowd).
When Eve claims that they were just joking around, Cena is hit with a realisation – he says that she shouldn’t be wasting her time with him, but should instead hold out for his WrestleMania opponent The Rock, as he says that she is completely disingenuous, totally egomaniacally self-centred, and will use anyone to get anything she wants.
He says that Eve Torres and The Rock are perfect for each other, as they are both “scandalous bitches”. This causes Eve to apparently break down and cry, but when John Cena approaches, perhaps realising that he may have gone too far, she grabs onto him and attempts to kiss him despite his protests, and has to be pulled away from him by referees.
Cena comments that he is disease-free and would like to keep it that way, as he then leaves as the referees continue to hold Eve back. After a while, Eve is lead to the back with the help of the referees, still crying as she does so.
After a video with The Undertaker stating that every story has an ending, and that he will write Triple H’s ending later on in this episode of Raw, and a video hyping the match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at the upcoming Super SmackDown! Live Special, Sheamus takes on Mark Henry in a match which sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Henry with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
An interaction backstage between John Laurinaitis, David Otunga, and Teddy Long in which Long says that he agrees that there should be one General Manager for both Raw and SmackDown!, but that he thinks it should be him, and suggests that the crowd in attendance voice their thoughts on who that person should be.
Laurinaitis says that he doesn’t care about what the fans think, only what the WWE Board Of Directors think, and he states that he himself is the man for the job, before asking if Long has noticed how much taller Laurinaitis is than him. Long’s response is to ask if he knows what a pile of compost is, stating that it is a stack of manure and saying that he didn’t know it could be stacked that high.
John Laurinaitis says that Teddy Long may have just presented the match of Mark Henry and Sheamus, but he is going to do one better as later on there will be a ten man Battle Royal to determine CM Punk’s opponent for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
Long says that he couldn’t do it without him, and that Laurinaitis has his five, and he himself has his own five. David Otunga decides to interject at this point, and asks Long if he is saying that SmackDown! is better than Raw.
Long’s response is that anyone on the SmackDown! roster is better than Otunga, and after Laurinaitis states that Otunga will face anyone on the SmackDown! roster on this episode of Raw, Long comments on Otunga’s bow-tie and says that he looks like Pee-wee Herman’s “Fairy God Momma”.
Back in the arena, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are pitted against Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes) in a tag team match which sees Kingston get the victory for his team, when he counters the backstabber attempt, and hits Primo with Trouble In Paradise for the 3-count.
After a video announcing Ron Simmons as the next inductee of the 2012 Hall Of Fame, and a video recapping the way Chris Jericho was taken out of the Elimination Chamber match at the Pay-Per-View of the same name (click here for our Elimination Chamber report), Josh Mathews interviews Chris Jericho for his thoughts on what happened.
Jericho says that what we saw was a travesty of justice, and that the rules of the Chamber clearly state that you must be pinned or submit, but that he took a cheap shot to the head from CM Punk and woke up in the Trainer’s room deemed unfit to continue.
He says that is unfair as he was never eliminated, and he asks what kind of man Punk is to let such a victory stand. Jericho explains exactly what kind of man he thinks that Punk is – he says that he is a man who has no conviction or heart, and does not believe what he says.
Jericho says that he is the best at the world at everything he does, and that he believes it with every fibre of his being, and that he knows it and is it. He says that this episode of Raw is the end of the world as we know it, and that every Superstar in the Battle Royal is going to understand exactly what he is saying, and that CM Punk will know it to be true.
Now, David Otunga (accompanied by John Laurinaitis) is pitted against Ezekiel Jackson (accompanied by Teddy Long) in a match which sees Otunga get the victory, when he hits Jackson with a spinebuster for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Undertaker, and a video hyping that WrestleMania XXVIII (28) is forty-one days away, The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
He says that every passing moment of every passing day for nearly a year, he has lived the memory of the beating that he took at the hands of Triple H at last year’s WrestleMania (click here for our WrestleMania XXVII (27) report).
The Undertaker says that it has been a living hell, not a physical one because the wounds have all healed, but because it has been a hell of uncertainty, one which he says that he can no longer bear. He says that three weeks ago he came and challenged Triple H for one more match at WrestleMania to end the uncertainty forever, but never in his wildest nightmare did he expect the answer that he got – no.
He says that Triple H missed the point as the choice was not his to make, and that it has to come to an end. The Undertaker says that they are on the verge of an apocalypse, an apocalypse of an era of wrestling, as he says that whether they like it or not, they are the last of their kind.
The Undertaker says that the suit, tie, and corporate liabilities are just layers to cover up who Triple H really is, and that they have to end the uncertainty. He says that this is something that Triple H can not lie to himself about, that he can lie to Michaels about, but that he can not lie to The Undertaker about.
He says that Triple H will come out and look him in the eyes, as he says that the thing between them is far bigger than either of them, and that it is an apocalypse like he said.
Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he starts to talk about when The Undertaker challenged him three weeks ago. He is interrupted by The Undertaker telling him to shut up, as he says that he doesn’t want to hear his pity, and instead says what is pitiful is the excuses that Triple H keeps coming up with not to do this.
Triple H says that he understands how bad The Undertaker wants it, and he agrees that it is the end of an era and that they are the last of their kind, he says that their fate is not to end it but to instead make sure that it carries on.
He says that The Undertaker’s fate is to be what he has always been, to be the leader and carry the torch for the next generation, to carry the torch and lead the way. Triple H says that he will not be the one to extinguish that flame, as it is bad for business.
The Undertaker asks him if it is bad for business if he is gone, or whether it is bad for business that Triple H will be gone. Triple H’s response is to say that it is “just plain bad for business”, and he says that while The Undertaker has spent the last year in uncertainty, he himself has never been more certain of anything in his entire life.
Triple H says that if The Undertaker looks inside himself, he will find that he is certain of it to, and he says that The Undertaker isn’t asking him for redemption, a shot at salvation or vengeance, but that he is instead asking him for an end.
He says that he knows what he has to do to beat The Undertaker, which is to finish him, which he says is what The Undertaker really wants deep down inside. Triple H says that The Undertaker wants him to put an end to it, but that he won’t be the one to finish it, as he then heads to exit the ring.
The Undertaker says that Triple H can put whatever type of spin he wants on this, but that at the end of the day all he is going to see when he looks in the mirror is a coward. This brings Triple H back to the middle of the ring, as he says that he is sick to death of “this coward thing”.
He asks if The Undertaker wants a coward, before pausing, smiling, and saying that he sees what The Undertaker is trying to do, but that it is not going to work, and that the answer is no, as he then exits the ring and starts to make his way up the ramp.
Triple H pauses on the ramp as The Undertaker says that he thinks that he has figured it out – that Triple H knows that he can’t do what Shawn Michaels couldn’t do, because he knows that Michaels was always better than him.
The Undertaker’s words apparently have the intended effect, as Triple H removes his jacket and tie, then heads back to the ring and The Undertaker. Triple H asks if The Undertaker thinks that it has anything to do with Michaels and who is better, as he says it has nothing to do with it.
He says that Michaels could not get the job done, but he knows damn well that he can, that he can do what Michaels couldn’t do, and that he knows it and that The Undertaker does too. Triple H says that if The Undertaker thinks that the suit and tie cover up layers of who he is, then the layers are gone, as he is standing before him and looking him in the eye, more certain than he has ever been before.
Triple H asks The Undertaker if he wants this, if he wants WrestleMania and for it all to come to an end, then he has got his wish. He says that it is on one condition – that they go all the way, no return, uncertainty, or excuses, inside Hell In A Cell.
Though no verbal response is given, The Undertaker pats Triple H on the shoulder and then leaves, apparently accepting the terms.
After photos of the events in the Elimination Chamber match involving The Big Show and Daniel Bryan and the announcers also confirm that the Hell In A Cell match between Triple H and The Undertaker will indeed take place at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.
He says that based on his accomplishments, the crowd and people around the world consider him a role model. He says that he defeated five men inside the Elimination Chamber, and is still the World Heavyweight Champion.
Daniel Bryan goes against Santino Marella in a match which sees Bryan get the victory, when Bryan forces Marella to tap out to the LeBell Lock.
Next, The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie) take on Kelly Kelly and Aksana in a tag team match which sees The Bella Twins get the victory, when they employ “Twin Magic” and hit Aksana with a jumping facebuster for the 3-count.
Now, John Cena is in the ring once again and says that before he was interrupted by “the skankapotamous”, he was out there to talk about WrestleMania and The Rock. He talks about how The Rock isn’t there this week, but that he will be at Raw next week to address Cena, which should be fun.
He talks about how he used to be a fan, but that The Rock morphed into Dwayne and became a disciple of “Team Film It”, and that instead of being the “People’s Champ”, he is a “Champion with people”, such as Brian who writes is jokes, Hirem who he has to talk to to get to another guy to even get close to Dwayne, and a crack pot staff of rent-a-cops to make sure that nobody messes up the million-dollar smile.
Cena says that this is the part where he is supposed to say that he looks for ward to WrestleMania because he respects The Rock, but he says that he doesn’t. He says that he respects and congratulates him for what he has done in Box Office hits, convincing the WWE Universe that Cena has a “mangina”, and can make his boobs bounce.
He says that through all that comedy however, he has a legitimate beef with Dwayne Johnson, which is the same one that he has had with him for seven years. Cena says that next week he will show up, raise an eyebrow and his hand in the only way he can, and then go back to Hollywood.
Addressing The Rock, he says that this is not about a movie promotion for him, commenting that for those who saw “The Reunion”, there will not be a “Reunion 2”, and for those who watched “12 Rounds”, it probably should have gone “three rounds, tops”.
John Cena says that the thing that he is most proud of and makes him sleep at night, is that he always showed up and never left, but that when it came to The Rock, he was out of there faster than he could say “Rocky, don’t go”.
He talks about how The Rock came back last year and said that he was never leaving again – and then left again. Cena says that Vince McMahon is probably going to fine him for this one, but says that the reason The Rock came back was probably to promote Fast Five and launch his Twitter account.
He says that the 1st April means everything to him, because he is not just fighting for him, but also everyone behind the curtain whose dream it was to be in the ring. Cena says that he is fighting for everyone behind the curtain who became a WWE Superstar and stay a WWE Superstar.
Cena says that he will fight at WrestleMania for the small percentage of people who are proud to say that they are a professional wrestler. He says that the greatest thing about the 1st April will be the 9h April, the Monday after (though surely he means the 2nd April, the night after WrestleMania), where Cena himself will be on Raw, and The Rock will be back on a set, laughing at his stunt double.
He promises The Rock that as much as he might try to bring it, Cena is there, he’s been there, and he’ll always be there, and that The Rock will have to kill him to beat him. Cena says that the headline will say that John Cena defeats Dwayne Johnson in the biggest match in history, in The Rock’s home town of Miami, Florida at WrestleMania XXVIII (28).
Next up, CM Punk (wearing his commentator jacket) joins commentary as the 10-Man Battle Royal to determine Punk’s WrestleMania opponent takes place. The match sees Chris Jericho get the victory and become the number one contender, when an already-eliminated Cody Rhodes helps eliminate The Big Show by pulling him to the floor.
Afterwards, CM Punk enters the ring and stands in front of Chris Jericho as they stare each other down. When Punk holds out his hand for Jericho to shake, Jericho backs up instead, refusing to do so.
CM Punk celebrates in the ring while Chris Jericho watches on from outside the ring, as Raw goes off the air.
During the Battle Royal, it became apparent that Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler may have suffered injuries. WWE have since announced on WWE.com that Barrett has indeed suffered a partial dislocation of his left elbow, and that he will be out for at least six to eight weeks.