Previously . . . on Raw, the Shield finally got a taste of their own medicine from their opponents at the Elimination Chamber. Oh yeah, The Rock is defending the WWE Title against the man who claims that he never lost it.
This week, Raw is in Nashville, Tennessee and your announcers are Jerry ‘Home of the Predators’ Lawler and Michael ‘Our Tame Wrestling Announcer’ Cole.
Paul Heyman is standing in the ring and he does not look happy. Paul introduces himself to the people of Nashville. He says that this is not how he envisioned things, but he is compelled to do this. Tonight is the last time you will ever see Paul Heyman. He says that some people might be happy, but Paul says that he will never play the victim.
Everything that he has ever done has been done with great passion. He has made great sacrifices for those passions. Those passions end up betraying him. For seven and a half years of his life, he sacrificed everything. He gave up his personal life and his parent’s fortune to bring everyone the single most hard hitting and entertaining product in professional wrestling and sports entertainment. That was called ECW.
Paul came to WWE and he saw the most physically gifted rookie and he sacrificed for that vision and passion. Paul says that he turned that rookie into the Next Big Thing. That person is Brock Lesnar. Then he met a man he felt was the epitome of everything that the WWE audience would support. He saw a man he knew could eclipse even Bruno Sammartino’s reign as WWE Champion. He saw a man who would headline Wrestlemanias and carry WWE into the future. Not just the short term future, but the long term champion.
That man should still be your reigning and defending WWE Champion. That man is CM Punk. Paul says that you don’t have to be Nostradamus to see into the future. Paul says that he can see into the future and something really bad is going to happen here. That Sword of Damocles is hanging over our heads. It will not just come down on him, but it will come down onto everyone. Punk needs to be focused and he needs to understand that he will once again become the WWE Champion. Paul says that he has become a distraction. The sins of the mentor will fall upon his protégé and he will not let that happen.
Paul says that is why he is tendering his resignation. Paul says that it is funny that as someone would come out here and pour his heart out to you, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the building. He sees a lot of cold hearted people. Paul says that he cares as little about their lives as they do for him. Paul says that he won’t miss the WWE Universe on Monday nights.
Paul says this is what they have driven him to. CM Punk needs to be focused on becoming the WWE Champion and he will not stand in Punk’s way. Punk is his best friend and he loves him too much not to stand in his way.
Paul says that he cannot stand out here tonight with CM Punk and let him know that he will celebrate Punk’s 455th day as champion when he defeats the Rock.
Paul says that he is sorry and he says good-bye.
CM Punk’s music plays and he comes out to the ring. He wants to know what is going on.
Punk tries to talk some sense into Paul and then he gets a mic so we can hear him. He wants to know what Paul is doing.
Paul says that he is in Punk’s way. Vince McMahon thinks that he arranged for the Shield to be paid off. That did not happen and Punk knows it did not happen. Vince thinks that he paid off Brad Maddox but Punk knows it did not happen. Paul says that Vince thinks that he had something to do with Brock Lesnar.
Punk says that Paul is too important to him and the company. The people admire Paul, just like him. They look up to him, just like they do. There are a lot of Paul Heyman guys out there.
Paul says that he told him. In the Land of the McMahons, perception is reality. If Punk thought Vince was screwing him at the Royal Rumble, wait to see what is next. He does not want Punk to think of him as a martyr, but as his friend.
Punk tells Paul on Sunday that this ‘bad dream’ that they are living in, goes back to normal. Punk tells Paul that this goes back to normal on Sunday on Day 455 of his historic title reign. He will beat the Rock and Paul Heyman will be in the corner of the WWE Champ.
Paul says that Punk is right and he will beat the Rock. Paul will be there and he will witness greatness. Punk is not only a gift from the heavens, but he will become the WWE Champion. Paul hugs Punk.
Paul raises Punk’s arm.
Mark Henry is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number One: Great Khali (with Hornswoggle and Natalya) versus Mark Henry
Khali with punches and he pushes Henry into the corner and he chops Henry. Khali with kicks and a head butt. Khali with another chop and head butt. Henry sends Khali into the corner and Henry with punches. Khali with an elbow and boot to Henry. Mark misses a charge into the corner and he chops Henry in the chest.
Khali has a chop blocked and Henry with forearms to Khali. Henry with a splash to the back and then he hits a clothesline and Khali goes down like a redwood. Mark picks up Khali and walks around the ring before hitting the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
Mark looks at Hornswoggle and Natalya checking on Khali and Hornswoggle does not realize that he has the 7:30 ticket for the Hall of Pain and Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam to Hornswoggle.
We are back and Booker T and Teddy Long are talking about Mark Henry and how he made it into the Elimination Chamber. Chris Jericho stops by and he says that they are looking for World Champions and he is a six time World Champion and he has been in the most Elimination Chambers in history.
It is only right for business and prestige to put him into the match.
Teddy likes the idea and says that he is in. Booker says that everyone has to impress him and the WWE Universe to get into the match.
Teddy has an idea and Booker says the idea sucks. If Chris wants an opportunity. If he can beat someone already in the Elimination Chamber, he is in. He has to beat Daniel Bryan.
Chris likes the idea. He will beat Daniel Bearden and he will move one step closer to being the seven time World Champion. Chris wants to know if Booker can dig that.
Vickie Guerrero is on the phone talking about the pay per view and there is a knock on the door.
Paul Heyman enters and Vickie says that she doesn’t have time for his BS. Paul demands a stipulation for the WWE Title Match. Vickie refuses to do it. Paul says that in Vince’s absence, it is Vickie’s show.
Vickie takes a call and it is from Vince. Paul wants to talk to Vince and Vickie puts him on speaker.
Paul says that he is sorry about what happened to Vince and that Brock was way out of line. He knows that will be back on Raw in no time.
Vince tells him to shut up and he wants to know what the stipulation is.
Paul says that the WWE Title match is a huge match. Paul says that Rock will do whatever it takes to keep the title. Paul says that he wants a stipulation that if Rock is counted out or disqualified, the title goes to Punk.
Vince asks Paul if he feels strongly about that. Paul says that he will do anything if he gets the stipulation. Vince agrees to the stipulation and Paul thanks Vince and then Vince hangs up on Paul.
Match Number Two: Daniel Bryan versus Chris Jericho in an Impress Booker T to get into the Elimination Chamber Match Match
They lock up and Jericho with a rollup for a near fall. Jericho with another near fall with a rollup. Jericho with arm drags into an arm bar.
We see the ‘brain trust’ watching in the back while Bryan has Jericho in a hammer lock. Jericho with elbows. Bryan with a running knee to the midsection. Bryan with kicks of No to the chest. Bryan with a snap mare and knee to the chest for a near fall. Bryan works on the shoulder and applies a wrist lock. Jericho with a reversal and chop.
Jericho with a kick to the midsection followed by a forearm to the head and back. Jericho with a kick to the chest but Jericho is sent over the top rope to the floor. Bryan goes to the floor and he sends Jericho back in. Jericho with a shoulder to Bryan on the apron and then Jericho goes for the springboard drop kick but Bryan knows what is coming so he moves and Jericho goes to the floor. Bryan with a suicide dive and both men are down.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a rollup for a near fall. Jericho with a clothesline and then he chokes Bryan in the corner. Bryan with an elbow to Jericho and a running drop kick into the corner. Bryan flips over Jericho but Jericho with shoulder tackles. Bryan sends Jericho over the top rope but Jericho lands on the apron. Jericho goes up top but Bryan moves. Bryan with a flying clothesline and both men are down.
Jericho blocks the drop kick into the corner but Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Bryan escapes. Jericho goes for a Lionsault but Bryan gets his knees up. Jericho crotches Bryan on the top turnbuckle. Jericho tries for a superplex but Bryan blocks it. Bryan pushes Jericho to the mat. Bryan sets for the diving head butt and he connects but Jericho is able to kick out.
Bryan with knees to the head but Jericho grabs the legs and tries for the Walls of Jericho. Bryan is unable to keep Jericho from turning over. Bryan counters into the No Lock but Jericho counters again and Jericho cannot get the hold applied.
Bryan with a round kick to the head and Bryan can only get a two count. Bryan with Kicks of No to the chest but Jericho ducks the round kick and Jericho with a rollup for a near fall. Jericho with a Codebreaker for the three count.
Winner: Chris Jericho
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: The Shield destroying Brad Maddox before being destroyed by Ryback, Sheamus, and John Cena.
Match Number Three: Sheamus, Ryback, and John Cena versus Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre
Slater and Ryback start things off and Slater dances and plays some air guitar before pushing Ryback. Ryback with a kick and then he presses Slater over his head and drops him behind him. Sheamus and Drew tag in and Drew with a pelvic thrust and Sheamus with a kick and punches.
Sheamus with an Irish whip but Drew with a kick and forearms. Drew with punches. Drew with a kick but Sheamus sends Drew to the apron. Drew with a punch but Sheamus with a knee to the chest and it is time for some forearms to the chest. Sheamus with a hip toss to bring Drew back in.
Cena and Jinder tag in. Cena with a punch and a Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and then all six men get in the ring. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment to Mahal while Ryback hits the muscle buster on Slater and Sheamus hits White Noise on McIntyre for a three part harmony three count.
Winners: Ryback, John Cena, and Sheamus
Ryback says that he has been waiting for Sunday for a long time because he will get to feast on the Shield. Sheamus says that for the past couple of months, we have heard ‘Believe in the Shield’. Sheamus says that he believes that there is no way that they shouldn’t get some of their own justice tonight. John Cena says that Sheamus is right. The Shield will be here. Why would they come into the middle of the ring and leave them vulnerable. Cena says that it is a bold choice, but it is also a bad one. The Shield meets the Sword. Justice meets The Law.
It is time to take a look back at what happened on Smackdown to Big Show’s bus.
Jerry Lawler tells us about Alex Riley and Yoshi Tatsu and we see what happened earlier today. Alex calls Show the biggest and fattest traffic cone. Big Show comes by and he knocks out Riley and Yoshi.
We go to commercial.
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