Raw Fusion: Devil In The DNA
The 19th March 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving CM Punk and Chris Jericho, followed by CM Punk making his way to the ring and talking about it.
He says that Jericho is not at this episode of Raw, which goes to show just what kind of man he is, but Punk says that it is a good thing, because of how much Jericho pissed Punk off. Punk says that he doesn’t think the information about his father was supposed to be a secret, but it was still not Jericho’s story to tell, and is none of Jericho’s business.
Punk says that it is not so much that he said it or how he said it, but that he said it in front of the entire world. He says that he is basically on front street under a microscope, naked for the world to see, and looking around he sees parents, children, grown-ups, brothers, sisters, and not a person sitting in the building or at home who has not been negatively effected by the disease of alcoholism.
He says that he is not going to let Chris Jericho’s words swindle some kid into thinking that just because life dealt him a crap hand, that he can’t shake it off and still be destined for greatness. Punk says that Jericho wants to make light of a serious subject, just because he wants to get into Punk’s head and under his skin, for some sort of advantage for WrestleMania.
As for Jericho saying that Punks is pre-disposed to drink and that it is in his genes that he craves alcohol, it just shows that Jericho just doesn’t know Punk at all. Punk says that it has backfired as if there is a devil in Punk’s DNA, it is now Jericho’s problem, and that at WrestleMania if there is a monster inside Punk, he is going to let it out, and he refuses to let his past dictate his future.
CM Punk says that there is not a person on the planet who should allow a past nightmare to cloud or dictate their future dreams, and that Jericho forgot to tell the finish of the story about his father, which is that his father has worked extremely hard, just like millions around the world, and has overcome his addictions, and has beaten his demons.
He says that he is proud of his father, and of the fact that he himself is Straight-Edge, as it is real and comes from the heart, and is true and tattooed on his skin for a reason, as it is what he believes. Punk says that he is proud of his father and the obstacles that he has overcome, and Jericho to him is an obstacle.
Punk says that you can go around an obstacle or jump over it, or like Jericho he can dig a hole and go under it, but he says that at WrestleMania, Chris Jericho is his obstacle, and he is going straight through him to prove that he is the “Best In The World”.
Chris Jericho appears on the titantron and talks about how Punk is right and that he was out of line with what he said last week, and that this is “Chris” talking, not “Jericho”, and no fancy jackets or bravado or anything.
He says that he was out of line and none of his business, and he never should have brought it up, and he apologises fir it. Jericho promises that he will never say anything about Punk’s father on the show, but continues to say that his sister is another matter entirely.
Jericho says that he found out about Punk’s sister’s substance abuse problems, and that it is well documented, and that drug addicts will do anything that they can to score their fix. He says that he is sure that Punk still loves her and is proud of her, just like he claims to be proud of his father, but he says that there is a pattern starting.
He says that Punk’s father is an alcoholic, his sister is a drug addict, and that it is inevitable that Punk is going to end up just like them. Jericho says that Punk is going to drink, and that it is his destiny, and that it is a good news/bad news situation.
He says that the good news is that substance abuse and alcohol can be overcome, but that the bad news is that when Jericho beats Punk at WrestleMania, it is something that Punk will never overcome.
An angry CM Punk says something in response, but it is censored, though it can be guessed at as Punk continues by saying that it is exactly what he is going to beat out of Jericho at WrestleMania.
After a video recapping The Big Show’s embarrassing WrestleMania moments, Cody Rhodes joins commentary as The Big Show takes on Kane in a match which sees Kane get the victory, when he takes advantage of the momentary distraction by Rhodes, and hits Show with a chokeslam from the turnbuckle for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Rhodes enters the ring and hits Show with a Disaster Kick, followed by grabbing some handcuffs and handcuffing Show’s arms behind his back and in the rope, then attacking Show to do as much damage as he possibly can.
Referees manage to get Cody Rhodes to back off and leave, and some bolt-cutters take care of the handcuffs, but the damage has clearly been done, as The Big Show stumbles about once he manages to get to his feet again.
Next up, David Otunga (accompanied by John Laurinaitis) is pitted against Santino Marella (accompanied by Teddy Long) in a match which sees Otunga take advantage of the distraction provided by Laurinaitis, and hit Marella with a spinebuster for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Laurinaitis and Otunga celebrate in the ring, as Long checks on Marella. When Laurinaitis taunts Long however, Long slaps him in return, and then runs away up the ramp, before dancing on the stage in celebration.
After a video recapping Triple H accepting The Undertaker’s challenge last month, and hyping that Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and The Undertaker will be standing in the same ring later on in this episode of Raw, a video hypes Lord Tensai.
The Rock is shown in front of the Rocky Balboa statue in Philadelphia, PA, USA, in which he talks about having a photo taken in front of it, watching Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania I, Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, and headlining WrestleMania years later himself, when he faced Stone Cold Steve Austin in Philadelphia.
He says that he vowed after that defeat to never again face a man wearing Jean-shorts, and to continue his 12-Year Old dream of becoming the greatest of all time. The Rock talks about going on to defeat Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin, but that there is only one left to defeat in his quest – John Cena.
The Rock says that he is going to get into his car and come to the arena, his music is going to hit and the roof of the arena is going to blow up with electricity, and he is going to send John Cena a message loud and clear – and that if he doesn’t get that message, he is going to get the biggest cheese-steak he can, roll it up into a ball, turn that sumbitch sideways, and stick is straight up Cena’s candy ass.
He says that when Cena is running around with a cheese-steak up his ass, the greats are going to be thanking The Rock, saying “Bang Bang!” (referring to Mick Foley), “Woooooooooo!” (referring to Ric Flair), and “Ooh Yeah, Dig It!” (referring to the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage), and he says that it is going to be just the beginning, as he is going to “Layeth The Smacketh-down” and at WrestleMania when he beats Cena for the 1-2-3, the dreams of his 12-Year Old self are going to come true.
After a video recapping Zack Ryder’s “Ryder Rally” earlier in the day to attempt to get him put on “Team Teddy”, Zack Ryder goes against Daniel Bryan (accompanied by AJ) in a match which sees Bryan get the victory, when he counters Ryder’s Rough Ryder attempt into the LeBell Lock and forces him to tap out.
Next, John Cena takes on Mark Henry in a match which sees Cena get the victory, when he hits Henry with an Attitude Adjustment for the 3-count. Afterwards, Cena doesn’t have much time to celebrate, as The Rock’s music hits.
The Rock walks around on the stage before then making his way to the ring, entering it, and sending his message by hitting Mark Henry with a Rock Bottom, and then leaving once again.
After a video recapping the events of two weeks ago involving Shawn Michaels and Triple H, and a video recapping the confrontation on “Extra” involving Maria Menounos, Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix, and Eve Torres leading to a tag team match between them at WrestleMania XXVIII (28), The Miz is in the ring.
The Miz talks about how King Kong Bundy was in the main event of WrestleMania II (2), and then had a match with Hillbilly Jim and “two little people” at WrestleMania III (3), which he says is known as the biggest drop-off in WrestleMania history – until now, as at least Bundy had a match, whereas The Miz still is not scheduled to compete at WrestleMania XXVIII (28).
He says that he will not go from main-eventing last year’s WrestleMania (click here for our WrestleMania XXVIII report) to doing absolutely nothing at this year’s, so that is why he issued an open challenge and invited John Laurinaitis to watch, and see why The Miz should be on “Team Johnny” at WrestleMania.
The Miz’s open challenge is answered by Sheamus, but the match obviously doesn’t go the way that The Miz would have liked as Sheamus gets the victory, when he hits The Miz with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Josh Mathews interviews Randy Orton on the stage, talking about how the match between Kane and Orton at WrestleMania has been made official, and asking how Orton plans on beating the monster. Orton says that he thinks that the question is how the monster plans on beating him.
Orton says that they are only talking about a WrestleMania match between the two, because he defeated Kane last Summer, beating him so badly that Kane shook his hand and became human, only that was then and this is now.
He says that now, he looks into Kane’s eyes and he sees no humanity, but he doesn’t care about Kane’s recent identity crisis, as he knows who he himself is, and exactly what he is capable of, and that he is not the “Big Red Monster/Machine”, or “Devil’s Favourite Demon”, his name is Randy Orton.
After Vickie Guerrero introduces the two newest members of “Team Johnny”, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, Swagger and Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) are pitted against “Team Teddy” members R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (accompanied by Aksana) in a tag team match which sees Ziggler get the victory for his team, when he hits R-Truth with a fame-asser for the 3-count, with Vickie assisting by pushing Truth’s foot off the ropes before the referee can notice it and halt the count.
Afterwards, Aksana confronts Vickie and pushes her over, leading to the confrontation continuing in the ring, with both women having to be separated by all four men.
After a video recapping the end of Triple H’s match on a house show the night before, in which Triple H hit The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver and imitated his pin for the 3-count, it’s time for the in-ring appearance of all three men involved in the Hell In A Cell match at WrestleMania.
“Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels is the first to make his way out, and he talks about how the Hell In A Cell match at WrestleMania match between The Undertaker and Triple H has everyone talking about the Special Guest Referee, himself, which he says should not be surprising as he did make a career of stealing the show at WrestleMania, and that this year will be no different.
He says that he has to admit, that it is pretty cool knowing that he holds the end of an era in the palm of his hand. Michaels says that everyone wants to know his prediction of the match, but he says that we will have to wait until WrestleMania and find out what happens.
Michaels says that he will give his opinion on what he thinks is going to happen however, and he says that everyone wants to know if he can be an impartial referee, given his long friendship with Triple H.
Addressing The Undertaker, he says that “end of an era” is code for “end of the streak”, as he has been where The Undertaker has been and stood in his shoes, and that two short years ago, he stood there and saw the end and knew that it was inevitable.
He says that The Undertaker is in the same place, but he is interrupted from saying anything more as The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
The Undertaker says that Michaels did enough talking last week, and that right now it would be in his best interest to shut up and listen. He says that he already told him that this match has to remain “pure”, so before Michaels and his buddy start making plans – he is interrupted by Triple H’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring too.
Triple H says that The Undertaker needs to stop worrying about Michaels, because as much as Michaels’ ego wants it to be about him, it is not, but instead is about Triple H and The Undertaker, as it always has been.
He says that like The Undertaker said, it is their destiny to do this, two parallel careers running side-by-side, connected by one thing – the most demonic structure in WWE history, Hell In A Cell. Triple H says that there have been twenty-four Hell In A Cell matches since the beginning, and that he and The Undertaker have been in nineteen of them, which he says is not a coincidence.
Triple H says that it is not a coincidence that the match which started out as “The Devil’s Playground” became Triple H’s proving ground, as it was where he learned that if it didn’t kill him, it made him stronger, and it is where he learned how to push the limits of endurance and end another man’s career.
He says that it is where he thrives and excels, and that all of those matches and all that he has been through has been for one moment – 1st April at WrestleMania, Hell In A Cell. Triple H says that the whole world is going to see the end of an era – The Undertaker’s.
Triple H says not to worry, as he knows exactly what it is going to take inside the Cell to finish the job. The Undertaker asks if he really is sure, as he then lists Triple H’s mind, body, soul, career, wife, kids, and life, and asks if he is willing to put it all on the line.
Triple H says that if it means giving The Undertaker the end that he so richly deserves, then he is – and he will. The Undertaker starts to leave, but pauses before climbing through the ropes and walks back up to Triple H.
The Undertaker asks if Triple H remembers when he said that Shawn Michaels is better than him, as he continues by saying that he is. The Undertaker leaves, but Michaels has a smile on his face from what The Undertaker said – until Triple H’s attention turns to him that is.
Both men look at each other, with Micheals’ smile appearing again each time that Triple H looks away, as Raw goes off the air.