Show picks up the mic and he wants to say something but he cannot summon the proper words to express his feelings.
Show drops the mic and he leaves the ring. Matt Striker has not moved the entire time.
Michael and Jerry wonder whether Alberto Del Rio’s actions are best for his future as World Champion.
In case you missed it last Monday or Friday, we have the Bruno Sammartino Hall of Fame video package.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Jack Swagger (with Zebekiah versus Zack Ryder
Swagger with a slam to Ryder and then he puts Ryder on the turnbuckles and pie faces him. Ryder kicks Swagger away and hits a missile drop kick. Ryder with a running forearm in the corner and Booker and Teddy watch as Ryder hits the Broski Boot and Ryder gets a near fall.
Ryder tries for a pescado but Swagger catches him and he hits a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. Swagger with a near fall and then he connects with an Irish whip followed by a dive into the knee. Swagger with a running knee into the corner. Swagger runs into knees from Ryder but Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder but Swagger blocks it and he hits a Buckle Bomb and follows with the Doctor Bomb and he applies the ankle lock and Ryder taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match, Jack Swagger says that he wants to introduce a friend of his. He is a native and great American. Zeb Coulter.
Zeb tells everyone that he has a question for everyone. What is wrong with America. He knows what is wrong and Jack Swagger doesn’t know what is wrong. Most forget what is wrong with America. He is a real patriot who had bullets buzzing around his head. He sees a country he does not recognize. He wants to know where did all of these people come from and how do we get rid of them.
Real Americans know the truth. He knows the truth. This is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, not the Land of the Free and the Home of whoever comes across the border.
Booker tells Teddy that Jack has been unstoppable. Teddy says that Jack should be in the Elimination Chamber. Booker says that Jack is in.
Dolph Ziggler stops by with AJ and Big E Langston. Dolph cannot believe that Jericho and Swagger are in the match. AJ reminds Booker that Dolph has his title match. Ziggler reminds Booker that he got Jericho’s contract terminated and he steals the show every night. Jericho does not belong in the match and he does not deserve a title match. Dolph says that he is in the Elimination Chamber.
Big E Langston says that for two World Title Matches and a chance to stop Chris Jericho, Dolph wants in.
Booker says that there is a man looking for a shot in the match and whoever wins is in.
Booker says that Ziggler will have to face Big Show.
It is time to take a look at the situation surrounding Brock Lesnar. Let’s go to last week’s Raw.
Antonio Cesaro is at the announce table with Cole and Lawler.
Match Number Five: Cody Rhodes versus Miz
They lock up and Rhodes with a hammer lock and side head lock. Rhodes with a shoulder tackle. Cody misses a clothesline and he tries for a sunset flip but Miz rolls through and kicks Rhodes in the head and gets a near fall. Miz with a front face lock but Cody with a kick and drop down uppercut. Cody with the kick to the solar plexus followed by a punch and a near fall.
Cody with kicks to Miz followed by a knee to the midsection and a snap mare followed by a running knee to the head. Rhodes with an arm bar. Miz with a head butt but Cody with an elbow. Miz with punches followed by a flapjack. Miz tries for the Reality Check but Miz cannot hit the second neck breaker. Cody is sent into the apron. Cesaro goes after Miz and Miz kicks Cesaro.
Miz sends Rhodes into the announce table and back into the ring. Cesaro sends Miz into the ring post. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Miz (by disqualification)
After the match, Cesaro sends Miz into the ringside barrier with a series of Giant Swings.
We go to a WWE Reading Superstars video package.
Match Number Six: Epico and Primo (with Rosa Mendes) versus Tensai and Brodus Clay (with The Funkettes)
Tensai and Primo start things off and Primo with kicks and he thinks about slamming Tensai but it fails. Tensai with a head butt. Clay tags in and Primo tries for the double noggin knocker but it does not work. They hit a double head butt. Clay with a Sheeeplex despite Epico making the blind tag. Clay with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Clay with a shoulder tackle followed by a back senton splash from Tensai for the three count.
Winners: Tensai and Brodus Clay
After the match, it is time for some dancing. Rosa gets in Tensai’s face and Rosa is sent to the floor. Naomi teases a dive to the floor and then Cameron with a baseball slide to Rosa.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for The Shield to make their way to the ring.
Dean says that they are The Shield. They stand united in this ring with a sole purpose. Shielding the WWE from atrocities. Atrocities like John Cena perpetrates every day. John threatened the Shield.
Seth says that Sheamus, Ryback, and John Cena think they can accomplish something by threatening the Shield. They do things through actions.
Roman says threatening the Shield does not work. If you want them, come and get them.
Dean says that they are typical empty threats from three morally empty individuals.
Reigns says they couldn’t get the job done with the whole roster last week. The whole world cannot stop them
Seth says that John failed last week. John fails every day. This Sunday at Elimination Chamber, it will be no different. At the hands of the Shield, John Cena will fail again.
Dean says that John will fail because he is a failure. Cena is a philosophy. He fails to set an example every day. He lives in a bubble every day. He can do what he wants without consequences. That is the John Cena Problem.
Roman says that Cena has been the problem for the last decade. They are the solution.
Seth says that Cena’s standard set the stage for the Sheamuses and Rybacks of the world. He set the standard to believe in the system. On Sunday they have the opportunity to rectify a decade of injustice in one fell swoop.
Dean says they walk in together and walk out together. Ryback, Sheamus, and Cena might not walk out. He tells them to bring as much fresh air as they can because they will drown them on Sunday.
The lights go out and when the lights go back on, Sheamus, Cena and Ryback appear. All six men battle in the ring. Cena sends Reigns over the top rope to the floor. Sheamus clotheslines Reigns over the top rope. Ryback clotheslines Ambrose and the Shield leave the ring. Ryback, Sheamus, and Cena attack The Shield and the battle goes into the crowd.
In case you missed the start of the show, we go to highlights from Paul Heyman’s comments.
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez walk in the back. Ricardo has his bucket and Alberto has his scarf.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Damien Sandow demands that the music be silenced. The WWE finds itself in the Mecca of country music, Nashville and that is not a good thing. This city prides itself in glorifying itself with songs about dead dogs, broken down pick up trucks, and ignoramuses getting their hearts broken. They listen to this music instead of Mozart and Beethoven. He is doing this not to agitate them, but to save them from the doldrums of their self imposed inadequacies.
Match Number Seven: Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) versus Damien Sandow in a Non Title Match
Sandow with a kick and knees to Del Rio. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow misses a charge into the corner and Del Rio with two clotheslines and then he avoids a clothesline from Sandow and hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Del Rio with a super kick for a near fall.
Del Rio floats over into the cross arm breaker and Sandow taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Alberto says that Big Show gave us the best promo of his life earlier tonight. For the first time in his life, he agrees with Big Show. The time for talking is over. The time for parking lots, hotel rooms, and tour buses is over. After Sunday, Show can go anywhere in his tour bus because Alberto says that there is only one place he is going.
Alberto points to the Wrestlemania sign and then he says that he is going to Wrestlemania.
Wade Barrett walks in the back for his match with Kofi Kingston but Bo Dallas attacks him. Officials separate Dallas and Barrett. We go to commercial.
Match Number Eight: Kofi Kingston versus Wade Barrett in a Non Title Match
Kofi with kicks and forearms as he focuses on Barrett’s jaw. Barrett with a kick and back elbow. Barrett with kicks to Kofi and the referee warns Barrett. Barrett with knees to Kofi’s head followed by a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall. Barrett with a rear chin lock. Kofi with a jawbreaker to Barrett followed by chops and a drop kick. Kofi misses the leaping clothesline. Barrett avoids the SOS. Kofi with a kick and Shadows over Hell for a near fall.
Kofi with a kick to Barrett. Barrett with an Irish whip but Kofi with a pendulum kick and a cross body for a near fall. Kofi misses a springboard move and Barrett hits the Blackpool Slam for a near fall.
Barrett sets up for the Bull Hammer but Kofi moves. Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise and he puts Kofi in the ring skirt and hits the Bull Hammer for the three count.
Winner: Wade Barrett
After the match, Barrett wants Bo Dallas to come out.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Nine: Kane versus Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) in a Winner gets into the Elimination Chamber Match Match
Ziggler punches Kane and kicks him. Kane with an elbow and he sends Ziggler into the corner and punches Ziggler. Kane gets a near fall. We see Booker and Teddy standing in the back. Kane with a slam for a near fall.
Kane with a snap mare but Ziggler gets up and hits the drop kick before Kane can do it. Ziggler with kicks to Kane followed by punches. Kane with an uppercut or two. Kane with kicks to Ziggler followed by another uppercut. Ziggler with a hurdle leap frog but Kane sends Ziggler into the air. Ziggler goes to the floor when Kane sets for the choke slam and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock but Kane with a snap mare followed by a punch. Kane with an Irish whip into the corner followed by a clothesline. Kane charges into a boot and Ziggler goes to the turnbuckles but Kane with an uppercut and Ziggler goes to the floor.
Kane and Langston stare each other down. Ziggler sends Kane into the ringside barrier thanks to Langston’s distraction. Ziggler returns to the ring and the referee continues his count. Ziggler with a neck breaker to bring Kane back into the ring. Ziggler with rapid fire elbow drops followed by a delay into a leaping elbow drop and a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Kane with punches and then he catches Ziggler on a cross body attempt. Ziggler with a DDT and both men are down. Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and Kane with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Kane with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Kane with a second Irish whip and clothesline. Ziggler avoids the side slam and he applies the sleeper.
Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag but Kane holds on to the ropes. Kane with a side slam and Kane goes up top. AJ distracts Kane and Ziggler bounces off the ropes and he knocks AJ off the apron but she is caught by Langston. Kane with a choke slam for the three count.
We go to commercial and Rock is next because there probably aren’t any more commercial breaks to hype his appearance.
We are back and it is almost time for the Rock. First we have an Elimination Chamber video.
FINALLY . . . it is time to smell the Rock as he makes his way to the ring.
He says that this is a very special night. Not only are they sold out, he has waited a long time to say . . . FINALLY . . . the Rock has come back to Nash . . . Ville.
Rock says that Nashville is a special city to the Rock. He asks if they want to know why. Rock says that it is ‘Story Time with the Rock’. This is a true story and some might even know. In 1987, a fifteen year old Rock and his family moved to Nashville. He signed up for high school, McGavick High School.
He was no ordinary 15 year old. He kicked puberty’s candy ass. He got no play even at 6’4” 240 pounds because the girls thought he was an undercover cop. He ended up hanging out in a bar listening to country music on Broadway. He hung out with his buddy Downtown Bruno when somebody magical walked in, not Jeff Jarrett or Willie Nelson. In walked a crackhead. He asks if anyone wanted to buy a car. He pointed to a blue 1979 Thunderbird. Everyone ignored him, except for one person . . . a 15 year old Rock.
He thought bar . . . car . . . crackhead, what could go wrong. Rock offered $40 and he would pay him the rest later when offered $75. Rock started driving down the road and he heard something in the back. Rock says that he did not realize there was another crackhead sitting in the back seat. Rock told the crackhead to get out of the car.
Rock kept driving and he had another thought in his head. Maybe the car is stolen. He says that he did the most mature thing he could do at 15 years old. He ditched the car in a Burger King parking lot at 2:00 am and went back into the lounge.
There are two takeaways from this story. If you are going to buy a car, don’t ever buy a car from a crackhead. The other story is not to be like the Rock when he was 15 years old. Be like the Rock at 25 when he had his life under control. He had his first match at the Nashville Fairgrounds with the dream of being the WWE Champion.
CM Punk’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage with Paul Heyman.
Rock mentions the last time we saw Punk and Paul in the ring. You had the homeless vampire hugging on the hairy werewolf.
Does Paul want to stack the deck at Elimination Chamber? He tells Paul to bring it. He tells Punk if he wants to smile on the stage. He will beat Punk’s punk ass on Sunday and if he walks down the ramp right now, he will beat Punk’s punk ass all over Nashville.
Punk thinks about it and he makes his way to the ring while Rock takes off his shirt. Rock does the Rock Bounce and then Punk and Paul stop before getting to the ring. Punk goes into the ring after teasing that he was going to the back. Punk with a few shots but Rock with a series of punches and then Punk with knees to Rock. Rock with a spinebuster and it is time for the People’s Elbow but Paul trips Rock and Punk gets Rock on his shoulders and hits the Go To Sleep.
Punk picks up his title belt and he leaves the ring with it.
Rock struggles to get up and Punk tells Rock that story time is over. He wants Rock to understand one thing. Everything Rock wants to bring it, he is just going to take it.