We begin with a clip from Martin Luther King Junior’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
We are in San Jose, California and your announcers are Jerry ‘Any chance for one of the spots in the Rumble Match’Lawler and Michael ‘Somehow, I got in the Gutcheck’ Cole.
Vickie Guerrero makes her way to the ring accompanied by Paul Heyman. Vickie introduces herself and she tells us her role on Raw. She tells everyone that it is her job that everyone is entertained by this show. She says that you may not like her personally, but she is a professional and she will always do the right thing.
Doing the right thing is not necessarily the popular thing, especially when it comes to the Rock.
Paul introduces himself and he says that whether you like it or not, he is here in a show of unity and solidarity with Ms. Guerrero. Last week on Raw, one man took it upon himself to defame not only his character, but the character of the best general manager and the sexiest general manager in the history of this or any other television show. That person is The Rock.
Vickie wants to show everyone how atrocious the Rock’s behavior was towards Paul Heyman.
Paul says that it is one thing to pick a fight with him because in six days, The Rock has to answer to the current WWE Champion, CM Punk. To pick a fight with Vickie, a poor defenseless widow. It is vile and contemptible. Rock said things that even he would not repeat in San Jose. He says that the footage speaks for itself.
We go to the Rock’s song for Vickie.
Vickie says that she is so glad that everyone enjoyed how the Rock embarrassed them last week. That will not happen tonight. Even though the Rock is in San Jose tonight, he has officially banned him from entering the arena. If Rock enters the arena, he will be arrested by the police.
Vickie is told that the Rock is here and we go to a camera outside the building.
Rock is on the TitanTron and he is being stopped by the police. Rock thinks about what to do and he says that Vickie bars him from being in the People’s Ring. She is screwing the people. She is probably in the ring looking like she swallowed stink pickles.
Rock tells the security that there is not an entity or force on this planet that will keep him from getting in the ring tonight.
The police tells Rock that they will have to arrest him if he tries to get into the ring.
Rock says that there are a lot of people they should arrest first. They should arrest CM Punk for impersonating a champion. He is like Manti T’eo for having an imaginary sack. He says that Heyman should be arrested for not wearing a bra. Vickie Guerrero should be . . . she shouldn’t be arrested. She should be asked what her intestines look like. Rock says that Vickie has her head shoved up her ass if she thinks that Rock will not get in the ring tonight.
Rock says that they know him. He is relentless. There ain’t no way that he won’t get in the ring. It not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.
Vickie asks everyone if that was funny. She says that Rock may talk a tough game. The only song that Rock will sing if he gets in the arena is Jailhouse Rock. Vickie wants you to smell what she is cooking.
There will be a beat the clock challenge. The wrestler who wins the fastest will get to pick their spot in the Royal Rumble.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Antonio Cesaro versus Randy Orton in a Beat the Clock Challenge Match
They lock up and Cesaro with a rollup for a near fall. Orton with a side head lock but Cesaro with an Irish whip and Orton with a rollup. Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Orton with a side head lock but Cesaro with a reversal. Cesaro with a side head lock take down but Orton gets a near fall. Orton with punches.
Cesaro with a shoulder tackle and a near fall. Cesaro returns to the side head lock. Orton with a reversal. Cesaro with a punch and European uppercut. Orton with a Thesz Press for a near fall. Orton with punches and then he runs his knee across the face. Cesaro blocks a suplex attempt and he gets a near fall with an inside cradle.
Orton with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Cesaro goes to the floor and Orton with a clothesline. Cesaro is returned to the ring and Orton gets a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro puts Orton on the turnbuckles and he sets for a superplex. Orton blocks the superplex attempt and he sends Cesaro to the mat with a head butt. Orton with punches but Cesaro knocks Orton to the floor.
Cesaro with a front face lock and he rolls Orton back into the ring and gets a near fall. Cesaro with a dead lift side salto and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock but Orton with a European uppercut. Cesaro with a power slam for a near fall. Cesaro leaps on Orton’s chest and gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock.
Orton with punches and an Irish whip but Orton runs into a boot. Orton with two clotheslines. Cesaro misses a clothesline and Orton with a power slam. Orton sends Cesaro to the apron for the IEDDT but Cesaro gets to the ring and he gets a near fall with a jackknife cover.
Cesaro with Swiss Death for a near fall. Cesaro gets another near fall and then he picks up a lifeless Orton and sends him shoulder first into the ring post and Orton goes to the floor. Cesaro goes to the floor to bring Orton back. Cesaro sends Orton back into the ring and Orton with an RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton (Time to Beat: 11:36)
Michael Cole reminds us that the Hall of Fame will take place at Madison Square Garden. In case you were wondering where the Mick Foley video was on last week’s Raw, here is what aired on Smackdown.
We go to the Shield Cam on the floor. Dean Ambrose says that it is time for the WWE Universe to open their eyes. Seth Rollins says that they will open them for them. We see footage of the Shield’s carnage. They introduce themselves. They say that everyone is accountable. They are about principles and honor. Sheamus fights for fun, but they fight for justice. We see what they have done to Orton, Miz, and Ryback.
They don’t work for anybody. They are the Shield. They didn’t just talk about injustice. They rectified it. You will believe in the Shield.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see how Alberto Del Rio won the World Title from Big Show two weeks ago on Smackdown.
Michael Cole tells us that Big Show will face Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing Match.
Brad Maddox leaps over the ringside barrier to join Jerry and Michael.
Match Number Two: Big Show versus Zack Ryder
Show with punches and a slam. Show sets for the knockout punch and he connects. Show gets the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Big Show gets on the mic and he says that he wants to give everyone a preview of the Last Man Standing Match with Alberto Del Rio. Show starts to count to ten but he gets pissed off at the whats from the crowd.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman is on the phone and he says that there is no way the Rock will get into the building tonight.
Brad Maddox enters the locker room and he says that he wants to be famous. There is nothing he wouldn’t do to keep his dreams alive.
Paul says that he admires Brad’s ambition. He says that he was wrong about Brad. He tells Brad that if he sticks with him, he will make Brad famous.
Match Number Three: Ryback versus Heath Slater (with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
They lock up and Ryback sends Slater into the turnbuckles. Slater with a kick to Ryback and punches but Ryback blocks a punch and then he hits a body block on Slater. Ryback with a spinebuster and then he sets for the lariat and he hits it. Ryback stops Drew from interfering and he brings Mahal into the ring and then sends him into McIntyre on the apron.
Ryback picks up Slater and hits the marching muscle buster for the three count.
After the match, Ryback says damn his job is fun. On Sunday, it is his first Royal Rumble match and it is a match that he was made for. It is a match that he will thrive on. It is the match that will lead him to the main event of Wrestlemania. He demands to be fed more.
Rock is in the back and he says that he needs to get in the ring after being out there for an hour. Rock tells them to Protect and Serve. They are not here to protect and serve Vickie Guerrero. They are here to protect and serve the people. Rock says that it is about the people. They work hard for what they earn. Rock says that the people will blow the roof off the building.
One of the cops says that he had tickets for tonight and his wife and kid is out there. Rock is about to ask for the officer’s ticket.
Vickie demands that they arrest the Rock, but they don’t want to do it because he is not doing anything wrong.
Vickie tells Rock that while he is outside, CM Punk will be inside the ring. Vickie tells Rock that he can get in the building if he apologizes to her.
Rock says that he will get in the middle of the People’s Ring on his terms. He tells Vickie that she still looks horrible tonight.
Vickie storms away.
Rock asks the cops who they serve and we go to commercial.
We are back and Raw Roulette is back next week.
CM Punk makes his way to the ring and he is joined by Paul Heyman but Punk has the title belt as he goes to the ring.
Punk says that what he has here, he holds more dear to his heart than most men hold their families. Punk says that this is his life’s work and for 428 days, he has proven that he is the man. That is just a fraction of the time it took to get to this point. He has taken half his life to reach this point and get the biggest title in the WWE. He will not let the Rock or any man take it from him.
Rock is here to entertain. He is here to electrify. Rock is here to sing songs and tell jokes. Punk says that he is here to hurt people and be the champion. He will not allow the Rock to leave the Royal Rumble the WWE Champion because this is why he is here. He has made it important and prestigious because he has made it that way.
What is prestigious to the Rock is the most insignificant thing, the people. The people, the cheers, the chants, the signs, and the adulation. Rock is proud to be the People’s Champion. He is almost as proud as Punk is proud to be a real champion. He will not allow The Rock to become WWE Champion because he has been in the ring with him and looked into his eye and his soul. He saw why Rock is so proud of being the People’s champion. It is because he cannot be this.
Punk says a long time ago, he was forced to make a choice between hypocritical humility or honest arrogance. He chose Honest Arrogance while the Rock foolishly chose the people. You can call Rock electrifying. You can call him the Brahma Bull. You cannot call him the champion. The title is something you earn with blood, sweat, and tears. He has done that for 428 days. He has earned the right to call himself champion and be the man.
In six days, Rock is on a collision course for this. He tells the Rock to enjoy being the People’s Champion. He tells him to enjoy the chants and the signs. He wants Rock to look at all of the fans. Punk says the people do not matter. The title is all that matters. In six days at the Royal Rumble, it does not matter if he smells what the Rock is cooking. What the people cannot give Rock will remain around the waist of the Undisputed WWE Champion.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) versus Miz in a Beat the Clock Challenge Match
Miz with a drop kick and he gets a near fall in an attempt to get a quick win. Miz with a rollup for a near fall. Miz with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Miz with a rollup for another near fall. Ziggler with a kick and rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a side head lock.
Miz with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Ziggler with a near fall of his own. Miz and Ziggler go back and forth with near falls. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler gets on Miz’s back to add extra pressure to Miz. Miz escapes a sleeper and Miz with a double leg take down and punches.
Miz with a kick to Ziggler and he goes for the knee to get ready for the figure four leg lock. Miz with an elbow drop to the leg but Miz is thrown to the floor by Ziggler. Ziggler distracts the referee and Langston sends Miz into the apron. Ziggler sends Miz back into the ring and Ziggler gets a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and we are down to four minutes left in the match. Ziggler tries for another neck breaker but Miz with a near fall with a back slide. Miz with a sunset flip followed by a kick and he gets another near fall. Ziggler and Miz go back and forth with kicks and then Miz with punches in the corner and the referee pulls Miz out of the corner.
Miz with the Awesome Clothesline and then he goes up top for the double sledge to the head and he gets a near fall. Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a DDT for a near fall. Miz tries for Reality Check but Ziggler avoids the second neck breaker. Miz applies the figure four leg lock and AJ gets on the apron to distract the referee to allow Langston to pull Ziggler to the ropes.
Ziggler rolls to the floor and we are under a minute to go. Miz returns Ziggler to the ring and he gets a near fall. Ziggler uses Langston’s distraction to hit the Zig Zag and get the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (Time to beat 10:56)
Michael Cole talks about the Royal Rumble Fan Fest this weekend. There will be a panel talking about the Montreal Screwjob and there will be one about DX.
We go to commercial.
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