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1993 - WCW held their Superbrawl III Pay-per-view in Asheville, North Carolina at the Civic Center. Here are the results of the show, the first show run by Eric Bischoff and Ole Anderson after the departure of Bill Watts, which is considered to be one of the best top to bottom WCW show ever:
- Brian Pillman & Steve Austin defeated Erik Watts & Marcus Alexander Bagwell.
- 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Chris Benoit with one second left in their 20 minute time limit..
- Davey Boy Smith defeated Bill Irwin in his WCW debut.
- Cactus Jack defeated Paul Orndorff in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
- The Rock N' Roll Express defeated SMW Tag Team Champions The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Pritchard & Stan Lane) via disqualification. The match was a special attraction put together by WCW while Watts was in charge and would prove to be the final appearace by either team and Jim Cornette in WCW.
- United States Champion Dustin Rhodes defeated Maxx Payne via disqualification.
- Barry Windham defeated The Great Muta to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
- WCW World Champion Big Van Vader defeated Sting in a "White Castle Of Fear" Leather Strap match. The match was hyped with vignettes of Sting going into the mountains to find Vader and challenge him to the match, which turned out to just be a regular strap match. It also had nothing to do with square hamburgers.
1999 - WCW held their Superbrawl IX Pay-per-view in Oakland, California at the Oakland Arena. The show saw Rey Mysterio lose his mask in a tag match with Kevin Nash. Several days later, Mysterio was scheduled to have a mask vs. mask match with Psicosis in Mexico. When Mysterio unmasked in WCW, then showed up for his match with Psicosis wearing his mask, there was a huge outcry from fans who felt Mysterio was disgracing his career and reputation by wearing the mask again after losing it. Here are the results of the show:
- Booker T defeated Disco Inferno.
- Chris Jericho defeated Perry Saturn via countout.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
- Chris Benoit & Dean Maklenko defeated Barry Windham & Curt Hennig in a double-elimination WCW World Tag Team Title Tournament match.
- Barry Windham & Curt Hennig defeated Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko to win the WCW World Tag Team Title in the last match of a double-elimination tournament.
- Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (subbing for Lex Luger) defeated Konnan & Rey Mysterio Jr. when Nash pinned Mysterio. As a result, Mysterio was forced to unmask, and would wrestle without his mask in the U.S. until the end of WCW. If Nash and Hall had lose, Miss Elizabeth would have had her head shaved bald.
- WCW World Television Champion Scott Steiner defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
- Scott Hall defeated Roddy Piper to win the United States Title.
- Bill Goldberg defeated Bam Bam Bigelow.
- WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair.
2000 - Another chapter in the Monday Night Wars was written, as Nitro, headlined by Hulk Hogan defeating Lex Luger in a steel cage match, earned a 2.8 cable rating, while on Raw, a show main evented by Triple H, The Big Show & X-Pac vs. The Rock, Cactus Jack & Kane did a 5.9.
2005 - Chris Masters makes his WWE television debut during an edition of Raw from State College, Pennsylvania, defeating Steven Richards with the Masterlock. During the match, Masters attempts a Polish Hammer and breaks an orbital bone in Richards' face.
2006 - During the Smackdown taping in Richmond, Virginia, Smackdown General Manager Theodore R. Long announced that despite losing his Wrestlemania title opportunity to Randy Orton on No Way Out, Rey Mysterio would still get a chance to become World Champion, making World Champion Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania.
2010 - WWE held their Elimination Chamber PPV, which featured a bizarre pyrotechnic mishap, as Undertaker's trench coat caught on fire as a flame effect used during his entrance went off near him. Undertaker quickly removed the coat and got into his pod for the Elimination Chamber match. He (unseen by most fans) doused himself with water from bottles handed to him through the cage, as he suffered several skin burns from the incident, yet still worked the match. Here is the original report from the show.
The broadcast began with a great video package bout how the Elimination Chamber was the opportunity for 12 men to try and earn a main event spot at Wrestlemania.
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker welcomed us to the show, and we're starting with an Elimination Chamber match. We will try to do updates during the course of the match, as a new pod is opened very five minutes.
WWE Champion Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase.
John Cena entered first, to a mixed reaction, and they noted he was one of only two men to retain a Championship in a Chamber match, Triple H being the other one. Ted DiBiase, entering his first Chamber match, came out second. Randy Orton was out next, also getting a mixed reaction. Actually, he might have gotten less boos than Cena. Orton stared at DiBiase, who was already in his pod, during his entrance. Triple H was the fourth man out, to a big pop, and they noted he has won four out of five Chamber matches he has been in. This means Kofi Kingston who came out fifth, and Sheamus, who came out sixth, will start the match. Sheamus held the WWE Title bout in front of each man who was encased in a pod after entering the ring.
Sheamus immediately tried a pump kick at the bell, but Kofi ducked it and hit his own kicks, then a cross brodyblock. Kofi hit a dropkick and went for an early cover. Kofi applied an armbar and kicked Sheamus to the mat for another cover and a one count. Sheamus came back with a kick to the gut and a knee to Kofi's head. There was an "RKO" chant. Kingston hit some forearms to Sheamus, kicked away a backdrop attempt, but ran into a Sheamus elbow. Sheamus hit a shoulderblock. They traded reversals on a hiptoss, and Sheamus sent Kingston over the top rope. Kingston landed on the platform, hit an enzugiri, then a springboard bodypress for a two count. Kofi kicked a charging Sheamus then went for a sunset flip, but Sheamus blocked it and pounded Kofi with right hands. There was a small "Cena sucks" chant, then a "Cena" chant in response from others. Sheamus and Kofi moved out of the ring onto the metal platform. Kofi hit some kicks, but Sheamus shoved Kofi back first into the connectors to the turnbuckle. Kofi fell back into the ring, where Sheamus hit a backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus hit a kneedrop, and stomped Kofi as the first pod countdown began.
Triple H entered the match.
Triple H smiled as his pod opened. He got in the ring and went nose to nose with Sheamus. Kofi was lying on a platform outside the ring. They shoved, and Triple H unloaded with punches. Sheamus battled back with shots, but Triple H hit a jumping knee and followed with a kneedrop for two. Triple H hit a clothesline in a corner, then pounded Sheamus down. Triple H stomped him, then hit a short arm clothesline for a two count. Triple H took Sheamus onto the platform, then went to throw him into the chain wall, but Sheamus blocked it. Sheamus tried, and Triple H blocked it. Triple H clotheslined Sheamus back into the ring. Sheamus booted Triple H and went for a powerbomb, but Triple H floated out and hit a DDT for a two count. Kofi got on the top rope and went for a bodypress on HHH. Triple H ducked, and Kofi hit Sheamus instead for a two count. Kofi chopped and kicked HHH and Sheamus, then whipped them together. Kofi punched Sheamus in a corner, then hit a flying clothesline. Triple H rolled to a platform, and Kofi hit a slingshot double legdrop on Triple H on the steel platform. As Kofi got up, Sheamus clotheslined him, and pulled him into the ring for a two count. Sheamus kicked Kofi and HHH as the next countdown took place.
Randy Orton entered the match.
Orton attacked Sheamus and pounded him down in a corner, then stomped Triple H repeatedly. Orton forearmed Kofi to the mat, then stomped Sheamus, while an "RKO" chant started up. Orton kneedropped Triple H, then gave one to Sheamus for a two count. Orton threw Sheamus to the platform, then kicked HHH in the gut. Orton went to the platform and threw Sheamus into the chain wall over and over. Orton then did the same to Triple H, using the ring ropes to bounce him into the metal. Orton stomped Sheamus, then punched Triple H. Kofi Kingston, from the top rope, dove onto Orton, HHH and Sheamus on the platform. Orton rolled into the ring, and Kofi went for a springboard, but Orton hit him with a dropkick for a two count. Orton raked his boot laces across Kingston's face, then stomped him. Triple H got in and hit Orton with some punches. Triple H gave Orton a facebuster on a knee, but Orton came right back with a scoop powerslam. Everyone was down but Orton. Orton measured Triple H for an RKO. Triple H shoved it off, and we went into a sequence where Triple H, Orton and Kofi were going for their finishers. None were successful, and Orton threw HHH and Kofi over the top rope onto the platform. Orton went for Sheamus, who threw Orton into the corner as the next countdown took place.
Ted DiBiase entered the match.
DiBiase tossed Kofi over the top rope onto the platform. DiBiase gave HHH some fistdrops, then approached Orton, who was sitting in a corner. DiBiase offered Orton his hand and helped him up. DiBiase and Orton double teamed HHH in a corner, stomping him down. Then they moved to Sheamus and beat him down. Orton tossed Sheamus shoulder first into the ringpost. Orton and DiBiase took Kofi Kingston and put his head through the spaces in the chain wall, and twisted his neck against the chains. DiBiase put Kofi in a Boston Crab, choking him on the chains, while Orton stomped him. Triple H fired some punches at Orton, but DiBiase soon cut him off and they double teamed him again. DiBiase and Orton took HHH to a platform and threw him back first into the chain wall twice. Orton set up for the elevated DDT on HHH, but DiBiase stopped him and told him to do it on the steel platform instead. Orton planted Triple H with the elevated DDT on the platform. Orton and DiBiase stood by the door to John Cena's pod as the countdown started.
John Cena entered the match.
Cena exploded out of the pod with punches, knocking DiBiase down on the platform. Cena took Orton into the ring and hit a shoulderblock, back suplex and a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena gave DiBiase a Throwback and a top rope Rocker Dropper. Cena picked up DiBiase for an Attitude Adjustment, swung his legs into Orton, then threw DiBiase over the top rope and onto the platform with the move. Orton grabbed Cena and sent him over the opposite set of ropes. Orton then went to throw Cena into the cage, but Cena reversed it and threw Orton in. Cena got in the ring and put DiBiase in an STF, but Orton broke it up and gave Cena a side backbreaker. Orton measured Cena for an RKO. Cody Rhodes threw a steel pipe in the ring, but Orton waved him off. DiBiase picked up the pipe. Orton went for the RKO on Cena, but Cena blocked it and went for an Attitude Adjustment. DiBiase charged with the pipe and hit Orton in the head with it then hit Cena in the gut with it. The announcers wondered if DiBiase had hit Orton by accident or not. DiBiase looked at both men, then covered Orton and pinned him.
Randy Orton is eliminated.
Cody Rhodes left, annoyed at what he had done. DiBiase stared at Orton as Orton was forced to leave, and he smiled a bit. Kofi Kingston reentered the ring, fighting with Sheamus. Kofi then nailed DiBiase with the Trouble In Paradise kick for the pin.
Ted DiBiase is eliminated.
Sheamus hit Kofi Kingston with a pump kick and a crucifix bomb for the pin.
Kofi Kingston is eliminated.
Sheamus went to work on John Cena with kicks and punches. Cena grabbed Sheamus for an Attitude Adjustment, but Sheamus battled out and hit a backbreaker, then a powerslam. Sheamus then hung Cena to the Tree Of Woe and drove some knees into his body. Sheamus went for a crucifix bomb on Cena, but Triple H got in and hit Sheamus with a low blow. Triple H then hit Sheamus with a Pedigree for the pin.
Sheamus is eliminated.
John Cena and Triple H were both slow to get to their feet, and before Triple H could get up, Cena jumped onto him and applied an STF. Triple H crawled for the ropes, but couldn't make it, and Triple H tapped slowly over and over at the 31 minute mark.
Triple H is eliminated.
Winner and new WWE Champion: John Cena.
Vince McMahon's music hit. McMahon walked out and said John Cena would be going to Wrestlemania, as soon as he defends his title against... this man. Batista's music hit.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Batista.
Cena could barely get to his feet as Batista got in the ring. Batista smiled, and Cena threw a punch to his head. Batista stepped back, then charged Cena and hit a spear. He delivered a Batista Bomb for the pin in under a minute.
Winner and new WWE Champion: Batista.
After some replays were aired, they showed John Cena walking away from the ring, stopping to stare at the Wrestlemania sign.
They discussed the Bret Hart accident from last Monday on Raw.
Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Kane.
McIntyre entered first, and unlike a lot of Kane opponents, didn't leave the ring or cower from the pyro entrance. He just casually leaned on the ropes when they went off. They went right at it with punches a the bell, with Kane decking McIntyre and pounding him in the corner. Kane snapmared McIntyre and hit a dropkick, then sidemared him to the mat and applied a headlock. McIntyre shoved it off and Kane hit a shoulderblock and reapplied the headlock. Kane hit a neckbreaker for a two count. Kane missed a charge in the corner, and McIntyre hit a series of clotheslines in a corner. Kane came back with a right hand, decking McIntyre. Kane beat down McIntyre, but missed a back elbow. McIntyre kicked at Kane's left knee. Kane backdropped McIntyre to the apron, and McIntyre grabbed Kane's arm and yanked it across the top rope. McIntyre kicked the knee and hit an armbreaker, then applied an armbar.
Kane got to his feet as McIntyre moved into a top wristlock. Kane shoved McIntyre to the ropes and sent him over them to the floor. McIntyre got back in, and Kane went for a backdrop. McIntyre kicked it away and hit an armbreaker for a two count, then went back to the armbar. Kane punched out of it, and went for a backdrop. McIntyre blocked it and went for the DDT, but Kane escaped and hit a boot to the face. Kane hit a clothesline in a corner, then ran into a back elbow. McIntyre went to the middle rope, but jumped into a Kane punch for a two count. Kane hit McIntyre with a side slam for a two count. Kane hit a top rope clothesline, then called for the chokeslam. McIntyre floated out of it and went to the ring apron, but Kane shoved McIntyre into the ringpost and kicked him to the floor.
Kane tossed McIntyre into the ring and stomped him. McIntyre rolled out and acted like he was leaving. Kane gave chase, but McIntyre turned and punched him. McIntyre went to throw Kane into the guard rail, but Kane blocked it and tossed McIntyre into the rail. Kane hit some punches and threw McIntyre back into the ring. Kane went for the chokeslam, but McIntyre was in the ropes. The referee went to separate them, and McIntyre stuck a thumb in Kane's eye. McIntyre hit Kane with the Future Shock DDT for the pin at the ten minute mark.
Winner: Drew McIntyre.
Maryse approached Gail Kim and said something in French, then talked in English about how she and Gail had more class than the Smackdown Divas. Gail responded in French, and revealed that she knew Maryse was trashing her in French all along. Gail Kim said she was taking the title tonight, and bid Maryse goodbye in French.
Maryse vs. Gail Kim in the finals of the Diva Championship tournament.
Before they could lock up, Vickie Guerrero came out, to monster heat. Vickie complained about the way the Raw Divas have been disparaging the Smackdown Divas. Vickie said she was postponing the Diva Championship match, and instead was making a tag match with Kim & Maryse vs. Michelle McCool & Layla. Well, I guess we'll be waiting longer for that match now!
Maryse & Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool & Layla.
Kim put Layla in an armbar at the start, but Layla pulled free. Layla went for a quick cradle for a two count, then fired off some kicks. Gail dodged a charging Layla, and Gail hit a sunset flip for a two count. Gail hit a bodyblock on Layla in a corner. Gail went to the top rope, but McCool kicked her off the ropes and to the floor. Maryse told Gail to get in the ring, while McCool & Layla hit her with a double baseball slide kick. McCool rammed Kim headfirst into the mat, then put her in a chinlock. McCool went for a backdrop, but Gail kicked it away and hit a clothesline. Kim crawled to Maryse for a tag, but Maryse shoved her back into the ring. McCool kicked Kim and then hit the Faith Breaker for the pin at the four minute mark.
Winners: Michelle McCool & Layla.
McCool & Layla left, and Maryse got in the ring and pulled Kim up off the mat, then gave her a DDT. It was rather quiet for all of this.
Josh Mathews interviewed The Miz about being one of the "Pros" on WWE NXT. The Miz was asked about his "rookie" Daniel Bryan, and Miz said he could teach Bryan how to be successful. Miz said he was an "internet sensation" and "King Of The Indies" but he had no personality. Miz said he would give Bryan the look and charisma to be a star in WWE. Miz was about to give his catchphrase, when MVP entered. MVP pointed out how he and Mark Henry beat Big Show & The Miz last week when MVP pinned Miz. MVP said that got him another U.S. Title match with the Miz, and the match would take place tonight.
William Regal, in street clothes, came to the ring. Regal talked about the NXT program, and how he would be one of the "Pros" on the show. The fans gave him the "What" treatment, and Regal said they were "such wonderful people." Edge entered, and essentially said William Regal was boring everyone. Edge said tomorrow on Raw, he would reveal which Championship he would wrestle for at Wrestlemania. He then said he was here tonight to do something else, and speared Regal. Edge left to an ovation.
U.S. Champion The Miz vs. MVP.
They recapped the tag match from Raw as Miz entered the ring. Big Show accompanied Miz, and Mark Henry accompanied MVP. They went face to face at the bell, with Miz trash talking him. MVP responded with a slap, then punched and kicked Miz down in a corner. MVP rammed Miz into an adjacent corner, then slammed him and hit a kneedrop for a quick cover. Miz hit a back elbow, but MVP responded with a belly to belly suplex. Miz rolled to the floor, then rammed him into the security wall. Miz got thrown back in and he tried to give MVP a baseball slide kick as he was distracted by Big Show, but missed. MVP tossed Miz back into the ring, but Miz came back with a running knee to the head. Miz choked MVP against the ropes, then they ran the ropes and MVP leapfrogged Miz and hit a flying forearm for a two count.
MVP put Miz in a headlock, but Miz broke out of it and whipped MVP into a corner. MVP went to leapfrog Miz in the corner, but Miz caught him and dropped MVP gut first across his knees for a two count. Miz choked MVP against the middle rope and straddled him. Miz kicked MVP in the gut and scored a two count, then applied a chinlock. MVP elbowed out of it, but Miz threw him to the mat and kicked him in the gut. MVP grabbed a small package quickly for a two count, but Miz came right back with a running knee to the head. Miz took his time going for the cover, which MVP reversed into a crucifix for a two count. Miz got angry and pounded MVP with punches. Miz came back with a powerful right hand and a forearm. MVP hit some shoulderblocks in the corner. Miz reversed a whip in the corner, then hit a clothesline for a two count. Miz rubbed MVP's face in the mat, then applied a chinlock.
MVP battled to his feet in the hold and hit the Electric Chair for a two count. MVP hit some punches, but Miz kicked him and hit a DDT for a two count. Miz started to look frustrated, and he hit MVP with some elbows. Miz ripped at MVP's face, then put him in a chinlock. MVP backed Miz into the corner, but then ran into a kick. Miz kicked MVP in the gut, then choked MVP against the bottom rope. Miz hit a running kick on MVP in a corner, then the jumping between the ropes clothesline. Miz went to the top rope, but MVP hit the ropes and Miz got crotched on the top. MVP hit some right hands, then went for a superplex. Miz battled it off and headbutted MVP to the mat. Miz, who was busted open from his own headbutt, got back on the top rope, but MVP jumped onto the middle rope and hit a belly to belly superplex for a two count.
Miz and MVP exchanged punches on their knees, and continued as they got up. MVP unleashed some kicks and punches, then hit a flapjack and a facebuster on a knee. MVP called for the Ballin' elbowdrop and hit it for a two count, as Miz got his foot on the ropes. Big Show pulled Miz to the floor. MVP slid into Show with a baseball slide kick, then Mark Henry charged Big Show and rammed him into the ringpost. Show was up against the security wall, and Henry charged him. Show moved and Henry crashed through the security wall, breaking it apart. Back in the ring, MVP went for the running kick on Miz, but Miz moved. Miz pounded MVP's back, but MVP elbowed him away. The referee was looking at Miz, and Big Show reached in and hit MVP with the knockout punch. Miz got the pin at the 12-minute mark.
Winner: The Miz.
They replayed out Henry busted through the security wall several times. Post match, Miz and Big Show celebrated up the rampway.
They reviewed the first Chamber match from earlier.
World Champion The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth vs. John Morrison in the Elimination Chamber.
Mysterio, then Morrison, then Jericho, then Undertaker entered, and got into pods. CM Punk entered, cutting a promo about how the people in the pods were prisoners of their addictions, and he would free them. R-Truth then entered, doing his usual intro, then saying the Elimination Chamber was "What's up" tonight.
Truth put Punk in a headlock at the bell, then hit a shoulderblock. Punk came back with a leg lariat, then hit a back suplex for a one count. Punk hit some punches, but Truth ducked under a clothesline and hit a side kick for two. Truth clotheslined Punk over the top rope to the platform. They fought on the outside, and Truth gave Punk a catapult into the chain wall. Truth tossed Punk into the wall of a pod, then dove off the top rope into a senton on a standing Punk on the platform. Truth whipped Punk into the cage wall twice, then bounced him off the ropes and into the chains a third time. Back in the ring, Truth hit a faceplant, but missed an axkick. Punk went for GTS, but Truth got out of it. Truth missed a spinning forearm, and Punk hit him with a hard kick to the head. Punk hit Truth with the GTS for the pin.
R-Truth is eliminated.
Punk had two minutes to rest. Punk told Undertaker he better hope his pod opens last, because he was going to make him tap out again. Punk said he was going to prove Morrison's decadent rock lifestyle will get him nowhere.
Rey Mysterio entered the match.
Mysterio hit Punk with a springboard immediately for a two count, but Punk came back with a sunset flip attempt. Mysterio rolled through it and hit a kick for another two count. Mysterio slid under Punk and set him up for a 619, but as he charged, Punk got up and hit a powerslam for two. Punk went for a GTS, but Rey turned it into a rana for a two count. Mysterio kicked Punk in the leg, then punched him through the ropes. On the platform, Rey went for a rana, but Punk blocked it and swung Rey headfirst into the chain wall, twice. Punk covered Rey for a two count in the ring. Punk hit Mysterio with a jumping knee, then threw him between the ropes and headfirst into the empty pod wall. Punk covered Rey for a two count. Punk put Rey on the top rope and went for a superplex. Rey headbutted and kicked Punk to the mat, then climbed on top of the pod. Punk got on the top rope and stopped him, and teased a top rope GTS. They battled on the top rope and Mysterio crotched Punk on the top. Rey then did a top rope rana, from the inside out, sending Punk down onto the steel platform. Punk rolled into the ring, and Rey gave Punk a springboard splash for the pin.
CM Punk is eliminated.
Chris Jericho entered the match.
Jericho charged and Mysterio hit a monkeyflip. Jericho came back with a clothesline for two. Jericho hit a flapjack, then went for a Lionsault, but Rey moved. Jericho landed on his feet, but Rey tripped him and hit a 619. Jericho rolled to the platform. Rey went for a springboard, Jericho moved and Rey landed on the chain wall, ala Spider-man. Jericho grabbed his legs and pulled Rey down hard onto the steel platform. Jericho whipped Rey hard into the chain wall. Jericho hit a slingshort splash on Rey in the ring for a two count. Jericho choked Rey, and stopped to taunt the Undertaker. Rey kicked at Jericho from his back, but Jericho snapmared him and applied a sleeper variation. Rey broke out and hit a springboard moonsault off the middle rope, then went into a guillotine choke after a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Jericho broke out of it and reversed into a Walls Of Jericho, but there were only ten seconds left until the next pod to opens.
John Morrison entered the match.
Morrison entered the ring, and Jericho broke his hold to attack him. Morrison dropkicked Jericho, kicked Rey, then tossed Jericho over the top rope. Rey kicked away a Morrison backdrop attempt, but as Rey went for a springboard, Morrison kicked him in the head. Morrison then went after Jericho, but Jericho rolled him up for a two count. Morrison kicked Jericho down, then went to the top rope. Mysterio kicked him backwards, and Morrison crashed through the plexiglass of a pod. Rey went after Jericho, and Jericho backdropped Rey onto the steel platform. Jericho rammed Rey into the cage wall. Morrison, from the other section of the ring, vaulted over the corner and hit Jericho and Rey. In the ring, Morrison gave Rey a standing shooting star press for a two count. Rey came back with a rana and set up Morrison for a 619. Jericho intercepted Rey and hit a drop-down over the shoulder backbreaker for a two count on Rey. Morrison hit Jericho with a Flying Chuck Kick as he was dealing with Mysterio. Mysterio used a headscissors to send Morrison into the corner. Rey set up Morrison for a top rope rana, but Morrison held on and Rey crashed to the mat. Morrison hit Rey with Starship Pain and got the pin.
Rey Mysterio is eliminated.
Morrison kicked Jericho to the mat, then lifted him up and kicked him in the chest. Morrison stopped to watch Mysterio leave, and when he went to kick Jericho, Jericho grabbed his legs and put him in the Walls Of Jericho. The clock was running down again.
Undertaker entered the match.
Jericho released the Walls to go after Taker, but Undertaker hit a barrage of punches, a Snake Eyes and a boot to the face. Undertaker knocked Morrison over the top rope, then legdropped Jericho for a two count. Undertaker went for a double chokeslam, but Morrison and Jericho blocked it and gave Undertaker a double suplex. Morrison and Jericho knocked Undertaker over the ropes and onto the platform. Jericho then went to kick Morrison, missed and Morrison grabbed La Magistral for a two count. Jericho backdropped Morrison onto the steel platform. Jericho went after Undertaker, and punches him. Undertaker stood up and stared at him. Jericho ran and tried to hide in a pod and close the door. Undertaker ripped the door open and pounded the trapped Jericho.
Undertaker then got back in the ring and hit Morrison with a pair of avalanches in a corner. Undertaker gave Morrison Snake Eyes, then went for the running boot. Morrison countered with a Flying Chuck Kick, but then grabbed his injured ankle. Morrison limped up and went for Starship Pain, but Undertaker got his knees up. Undertaker then sat up and stared at Jericho, who was finally getting up. Jericho opted to close the pod door again. Undertaker turned his attention to Morrison, throwing him onto a platform. Undertaker punches Morrison and stomped him against the chain wall. Undertaker tossed Morrison into the pod wall where Jericho was, breaking it a bit. Undertaker yelled something at Jericho through the pod wall. Undertaker went to powerbomb Morrison on the steel platform, but Jericho attacked Undertaker and Morrison pulled himself onto the cage wall. Jericho rammed Undertaker into a pod, breaking the plexiglass. Morrison then jumped off the cage wall onto Jericho.
Morrison and Jericho rolled into the ring and Morrison gave him a running knee to the head for a two count. Morrison went for a springboard, but Undertaker, from the outside, grabbed Morrison by the throat and chokeslammed him into the steel platform. Undertaker rolled Morrison into the ring, and keeping his eyes on Jericho, got the pin.
John Morrison is eliminated.
Undertaker took down his straps and stared at Jericho, who was standing on the apron. Jericho entered the ring, and charged. Undertaker decked him twice with right hands and pounded him in a corner. Undertaker hit a running knee, but missed a second and got hung up on the top rope. Jericho pounded The Undertaker, setting up for a superplex. Jericho hit the move, but grabbed his own neck after delivering it. Undertaker kicked out at two. Jericho hit a kneedrop and pounded Undertaker with punches. Jericho hit a kick, then backed up for a second. Undertaker grabbed Jericho by the throat. Undertaker went for the chokeslam, but Jericho turned it into a victory roll. Jericho then went for the Walls of Jericho out of the roll, but Undertaker grabbed Jericho's arm for the Hell's Gate, only for Jericho to break free and apply the Walls of Jericho. Undertaker managed to turn the hold and pulled Jericho into the Hell's Gate, but Jericho managed to pull himself through the ropes to break out of the hold. Undertaker sat, and pulled Jericho back into the ring into Tombstone position. Jericho floated over and hit the Codebreaker. Undertaker kicked out at two. Jericho screamed "Stay down" and rammed Taker in a corner. Jericho got up in the corner and punched Undertaker over and over. Undertaker grabbed Jericho, hoisted him up and hit the Last Ride. Undertaker then collapsed to the mat.
Undertaker got to his feet and made his throat slashing gesture. One of the panels that make up the Chamber platform suddenly popped open, and Shawn Michaels, in cowboy boots and street clothes, climbed out. He got in behind Undertaker, and when Undertaker turned, Michaels blasted him with a superkick. Chris Jericho was stunned, but then covered Undertaker, with Michaels standing over them. Jericho got the pin at the 35-minute mark.
Winner and new World Champion: Chris Jericho.
Jericho got his belt and exited the Chamber, and the show ended with Undertaker laying on the mat with Shawn Michaels standing over him, having not moved since delivering the superkick.
Next stop, Wrestlemania!
2011 - WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We have a countdown to the reveal of 2/21/11 and we are under an hour, so come back at 10:00 PM Eastern.
We are live from Fresno, California and your announcers are Michael ‘Call me Sharpie because I am marking stuff up’ Cole and Josh ‘On the Road to Wrestlemania, but does it go through Masarkytown, population Michael Cole’ Mathews.
The show starts off with the man who likes to eat cereal before his pay per view matches, and the current number one contender for the WWE Title, John Cena.
Cena points to the Wrestlemania sign, but it does not point back. John says what a day a few times and then he comments on the crowd. John points out that he won the Elimination Chamber last night and he is going to Wrestlemania to face the Miz for the WWE Title. He says that it should be a wonderful accomplishment filled with wine, women, and song. John says that he is going to Wrestlemania one more time.
He says that this isn’t a normal situation. He hasn’t been hearing about the Miz or the Elimination Chamber. The fans start chanting for the Rock. Cena says that he has been hearing about some alleged comments from the Rock. Cena says that people have been telling him that they are looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Cena says that he was going to let it slide because he is the Rock.
Cena says that we should look at the footage one more time and then decide what to do. We go to the video tape.
John says that maybe he was excited to see Rock last week, but after looking at it again, he was making fun of him. Cena suggests that he should respond to The Rock. Cena says that if he goes there and calls him out, there is only one way to do it.
Cena says that he hasn’t done it in a long time, but he says that he still has a degree in Thugamonics. Cena says that they have to do it tonight. He says that he has to send a message to the Rock or he won’t be able to focus on Miz and Wrestlemania.
Cena says that he is going to do this once.
Cena clears his throat to get into the right Thugamonic tone.
Finally the Rock came back and everyone was getting with it.
Till he said I was talking trash, but he was never specific.
It was because I wasn’t talking trash Rock, I was talking truth.
You left us hanging high and dry to play a fairy with a tooth.
And then you walk into this ring and say that I’m lame man?
He wore lipstick in Get Shorty and rocked a skirt for the Game Plan.
This Fruity Pebble that you are dealing with . . .
I’m not the average jabroni.
I’m like a big purple pinwheel so go ahead and blow me.
And you’re electrifying, yes.
But hang with me, that’s just absurd.
Now you gotta tell your family
That you got schooled by Barney’s turd.
Cena says that’s Rock material, you can have the joke back.
Just don’t go racing to Witch Mountain because your mountain is Brokeback.
The Rock’s new movie well, it’s nothing like Walking Tall.
He spends all movie in a bowling alley polishing my balls.
The People’s Champ, he’s never with the people.
Rock, you’re words are see through.
You imitate me every time you leave.
For seven years we couldn’t see you.
Is it Rock or is it Dwayne.
Pick a side come on son.
If I was you I would stick with Rock
Because Dwayne ain’t got a John. . . son.
You’ll see me at Wrestlemania.
Well then I’ll make sure not to miss it.
You ain’t gonna whip my candy ass.
I’ll make sure you kiss it.
You’re the Wrestlemania Host Rock.
That’s your role, so know it.
You tell these people you love em
I’m here every week to show em
That’s called a first round knockout and now you know I’m not playing.
Run your mouth all you want dude, it doesn’t matter what you’re saying.
Cena leaves the ring and walks to the back.
Cole and Josh talk about the interview that Cole is going to have with Jerry Lawler. Cole says that he is going to let bygones be bygones and assume his role as a broadcast journalist.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: CM Punk attacking John Morrison a few weeks ago on Raw.
Morrison walks gingerly to the ring for his match but he can still pose in slow motion.
Punk takes his time walking to the ring, but is he simply mocking Morrison or is he showing the effects of last night’s match.
We see photos from last night’s Chamber Match and Punk’s leg.
Match Number One: CM Punk versus John Morrison
Morrison with a front face lock and punches to Punk and the referee warns Morrison. Morrison with a European uppercut but Punk pulls Morrison to the apron and then slams the knee into the apron. Punk with a shoulder into the knee and then he stretches the leg. The referee pulls Punk off Morrison. Punk with a drop kick to the thigh and then he punches Morrison in the head. Punk gets a near fall and then he goes for the ankle and puts him in the Haas of Pain. Morrison gets to the ropes and the referee forces Punk to release the hold.
Morrison with a knee and punches. Morrison mounts Punk and continues with a flurry of punches. Morrison tries for the Shining Wizard but Punk with a kick to the knee. Punk hits the Go To Sleep and gets the three count.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, CM Punk demands a microphone to address the crowd.
Punk calls out Randall Keith Orton and wants to know where he is. Punk says that he is standing in the middle of his ring and he has decided to give his Nexus the night off. Punk promises Orton that this is not a set up. Punk says that people make decisions that affect other people’s lives day in and day out. These people decided to buy a ticket to see him.
On September 7, 2008, Randall decided to punt him in the skull. It rendered him unable to defend his World Title. A few twists and turns aside and it leads them to today. Now Randall has the most important decision of his life to make. The bright lights of Wrestlemania are not in his future. Just walk away. Punk says that Orton does not deserve to be at Wrestlemania. It is either because he is too crippled to compete because he finished what Orton started. Or he is not going because he cares about his physical well being. That will be the case if he shows up next week. He tells Randall to walk away. If he shows up next week, he will turn him upside down and pour his heart out on the mat.
Randy Orton comes through the crowd and he attacks CM Punk. Orton tries for the RKO but Punk gets out of the ring and crawls to safety on the ramp.
Nexus comes out to be the Berlin Wall for CM Punk.
We have a stare down as we go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that a lot of autographs will be signed during Wrestlemania Axxess?
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring so that means that Alberto Del Rio is about to drive into the building, but you already knew that.
Kofi Kingston attacks Alberto from behind and he punches him on the ramp. Ricardo tries to get involved but the referee takes care of him.
Del Rio hits Kofi and sends Kofi’s arm into the ring steps and apron. Del Rio kicks Kofi against the ring post. Alberto sends Kofi’s arm into the ringside barrier. Del Rio takes off the bandage on Kofi’s arm and Del Rio puts Kofi in the cross arm breaker.
The medical staff checks on Kofi but Del Rio sends Kofi into the ring post one more time.
Miz and Alex Riley are walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and the Miz comes out. He says that last week everyone embarrassed themselves. He saw grown men leaping up and down like little girls over a man. That man was the Rock. Miz says that back in 1999, he remembered sitting in his dad’s living room electrify. He watched him rip his opponents verbally. Miz says that he enjoyed hearing Rock mention his name. Then he heard Rock say that he sucks. Really? Is that the best that the Rock can do? The best talker in sports entertainment says that he sucked. He says that he heard kindergartners come back with better insults. Miz says that he is hurt to hear that the fans think he sucks. He will look at his tears in his title belt. While Rock hosts Wrestlemania, he will be beating John Cena.
Miz says that John Cena and Rock have one thing in common. They are cultural icons and everyone love them for that. Miz says that he does not care what people have to say about him. He wants to take this one step further. . .
IT DOESN’T MATTER what you people think because he is the most must see champion and he asks if everyone sees him. Miz says that he is AWESOME.
Something that isn’t awesome makes its presence known and the General Manager summons Cole to Mount Markov.
Enough about the Rock. He will deal with him when he is ready. Since the Rock and Sock connection was a formidable tag team, the World Tag Titles will be defended against Miz and his partner, John Cena.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the WWE All Stars Game and we see George Washington versus Abraham Washington in a match with a run in by John Cena.
We see what happened last week between Eve Torres and the Bellas only to be interrupted by Gail Kim.
Match Number Two: Bella Twins versus Eve Torres and Gail Kim
Gail and Brie start things off and Gail sends her to the floor. Gail goes after Brie but Nikki knocks Gail down. Eve takes care of Nikki and then Gail returns Brie to the ring. Gail with a punch and kick followed by an Irish whip and punch into the corner. Gail with a cross body out of the corner for a near fall. Gail punches Brie and then hits a cross body into the corner. Nikki pulls Gail to the floor when she tries for a springboard move. Brie sends Gail into the apron and then she kicks Gail. Brie misses a leg drop and Eve tags in and hits a drop kick.
Eve with a cross body to Nikki and she gets a near fall. Eve with a few kicks followed by a clothesline and then she hits a standing moonsault but Eve gets up when she sees Brie come into the ring. Nikki gets rolled up but Brie with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winners: The Bella Twins
We are less than three minutes until everything is revealed.
We are back and we are less than 30 seconds to finding out who is in the rainy cabin.
It is time to find out who or what it is and . . .
It’s the Undertaker.
If you didn’t realize it, we hear the gong. The SYMBOL is in the ring as Taker makes his way down the ramp.
Taker removes his hat and it is still him.
Not to be outdone, it is Game Time as Triple H makes his way into the arena and he has his bottle of water for the almost year long GameFountain drought. Hunter does not disappoint with a GameFountain for the ages.
Triple H stares at a motionless Undertaker and then he poses on the turnbuckles.
The music stops and the fans appear to be happier that Triple H is there than Undertaker.
We have a stare down for the ages and not a word is uttered between the two men.
We see a camera angle of the Wrestlemania sign in the background and they both stare at the sign. Is this foreshadowing something? Do they like big shiny signs with lots of colors?
Taker puts his hat back on and walks away. He stops halfway across the ring and then he returns to Hunter and does the throat slash.
Triple H decides to return volley with a crotch chop and it is on.
Taker’s lip starts to quiver while Hunter stares a hole through the man who retired his DX partner.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a moments ago moment of the most verbose promo in the history of Raw.
We take a look at the brutal attack by Sheamus on Mark Henry.
Match Number Three: Sheamus versus Mark Henry
Henry misses a punch and Sheamus punches Henry. Henry with a bear hug and then he throws Sheamus over the top rope to the floor. Henry goes after Sheamus and he head butts Sheamus and then returns Sheamus to the ring. Sheamus begs for mercy fella and then he kicks Henry in the leg. Sheamus escapes a slam attempt and he clips Henry and follows it with a forearm for a near fall. Sheamus with knees to Henry followed by forearms. Sheamus chokes Henry in the ropes.
Sheamus with forearms across the chest and then he kicks Henry in the chest. Sheamus with a slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Sheamus with a knee drop to Henry’s head and then he puts Henry in a rear chin lock. Henry backs Sheamus into the turnbuckles after he gets Sheamus on his back. Henry with clotheslines and a head butt. Sheamus with a kick but Henry with another clothesline. Henry misses the splash and Sheamus with a boot to the chest and then he signals for the High Cross or something else. Sheamus exposes the turnbuckle while the referee checks on Henry. Henry splashes Sheamus into the turnbuckle and Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
We are back and we are reminded that Rima Fakih (Miss USA) is going to be on Tough Enough, debuting after Mania
Daniel Bryan is with Gail Kim and he says that it is okay that she lost.
Sheamus comes by and asks what is so funny. He threatens to rip off Bryan’s head and then Bryan and Sheamus stare each other down until Sheamus leaves.
It is now time to talk about the Hall of Fame. Who will join Shawn Michaels in the Hall of Fame this year?
Hacksaw Jim Duggan is your next Hall of Famer.
Jim Duggan will be inducted by his fellow UWF alumnus Ted DiBiase.
Michael Cole enters the ring and he says that in a few moments he will be interviewing Jerry Lawler. Cole says that some might think that they will fight, but it won’t happen because if they touch, they will be fired. Cole says that he will handle this interview as the broadcast journalist he is. He says that he is better than Gordon Solie ever was. He is better than Gorilla Monsoon, and better than Jim Ross. Cole says that he is better than Jerry Lawler. Cole says that he is a war correspondent and he will put those skills on display when he interviews Jerry Lawler.
We go to commercial while Cole genuflects in front of his accomplishments.
We are back and the crowd tells Cole that he sucks before Cole introduces Jerry Lawler.
Cole says that it has been a rough 24 hours for Jerry so he wants to ask Jerry what it was like to get ready for his WWE title match on Sunday knowing that he had a chance to go to Wrestlemania. Did he have butterflies or was he nervous.
Jerry takes a page out of the Triple H and Undertaker playbook and he says nothing.
Cole asks Lawler how it felt to realize that his dreams were going to be shattered when he was going to lose to the most must see Champion the Miz. Did Jerry finally think that it was time to retire and that Cole was right and that he would hang up his boots for good.
Lawler says even less this time.
Cole asks Jerry what it felt like when the referee made the three count when he was staring at the lights and into the heavens when he realized that his deceased mother . . . no disrespect. . . and when his Wrestlemania dreams were ended and he let his mother down.
Lawler thinks about it and he grabs Cole by the throat and Cole has a very scared look on his face.
Lawler tells Cole that if he mentions his mother again, he will never speak again. Lawler says that he has been sitting there listening to Cole and his thumbsuckers. Lawler says that he has forgotten more than they will ever know. Lawler says that he will be at Wrestlemania and he doesn’t care if it gets him fired. He is going to make a Wrestlemania challenge. He wants to face Michael Cole. Lawler wants to know if Cole will accept the challenge. Cole is at a loss for words before he calls Lawler senile and he says that he will never get him in the ring again. Lawler tells Cole to be a man and accept the challenge. He wants to know if Cole is a man or a gutless, yellow coward.
Cole takes off his jacket and he throws a drink in Lawler’s face. Cole runs away from Lawler and then he goes to the back.
The Corre is walking in the back because they are Smackdown Superstars (even though two are the Tag Champs) and we go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Michael Cole emptying his beverage in Jerry Lawler’s face only to run like a girl (Josh’s words).
Jerry says that he is waiting for Cole to come back to ringside so he will join Josh to do commentary for this match.
Match Number Four: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel with Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett versus John Cena and Miz with Alex Riley and the Mongo McMichael Memorial briefcase for the WWE Tag Titles
Miz and Slater start things off and Miz with a waist lock take down but Slater escapes and works on the arm. Miz with an arm drag to Slater followed by an arm drag into an arm bar. Miz works on the arm and puts Slater in a hammer lock but Slater with an elbow. Miz with an elbow of his own followed by a kick to the head and Cena applauds his partner’s work after a near fall.
Slater with punches and then he tags in Gabriel who gets a drop toe hold from Miz. Miz punches Gabriel. Miz with a front face lock and Cena tags in. Cena sends Gabriel into the turnbuckles followed by an Irish whip and bulldog for a near fall. Gabriel with a kick but Cena with a punch. Cena with a suplex to Gabriel.
Miz punches Gabriel after tagging back in. Miz with an Irish whip and then he hits the Awesome Clothesline. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Winners: Miz and John Cena
After the match, Awesome Fruity Pebbles with a side of DUI celebrate in the ring.
Meanwhile on the floor, Corre have a discussion about what just happened. Wade Barrett stops the celebration and they are going to invoke their rematch clause and it is going to happen right now.
Before the match, the General Messenger makes its presence known and Josh Mathews assumes the position. It says to ring the bell.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel versus John Cena and The Miz with Alex Riley for the WWE Tag Titles
The match is joined in progress and Miz works on Gabriel’s arm and wrist. Cena tags in and Gabriel makes the tag to Slater. Slater with a kick to Cena followed by a forearm and punch. Slater with an elbow to the head. Cena with a cross body for a near fall. Miz tags in and he kicks Slater and Cena with a chop. Miz with a chop. Miz with a kick to Slater but Jackson trips Miz and Slater with forearms while Riley goes to the apron to argue. Slater with a baseball slide that sends Miz to the floor. Gabriel with a kick to Miz on the floor while Jackson and Barrett form a wall to prevent Riley from getting to Michael Cole’s meal ticket. Gabriel tags in and returns Miz to the ring and gets a near fall. Gabriel punches Miz but Miz with a punch. Gabriel with an STO for a near fall. Gabriel with an Irish whip and Slater is tagged in.
They send Miz into the corner and Slater gets a near fall. Slater chokes Miz in the ropes and then Barrett punches Miz in the head and Slater gets a near fall. Slater with a punch and a knee to the back. Slater with a rear chin lock on Miz but Miz gets to his feet. Miz with elbows but Slater with a neck breaker for a near fall.
Slater pulls Miz back into his corner and he tags in Gabriel and he kicks Miz in the chest. Gabriel chokes Miz in the ropes. Gabriel with a kick to the head followed by punches. Miz with a kick but Gabriel with a kick of his own. Miz hits the Reality Check and then Slater keeps Miz from making the tag. Slater with a slam to Miz followed by a knee drop to the chest and he gets a near fall.
Slater with a reverse chin lock on Miz. Miz with an arm drag but he cannot make the tag and Slater sends Miz back into his corner. Gabriel is tagged in and he chokes Miz. Slater punches Miz while Gabriel and Cena spend time with the referee. Gabriel with a reverse chin lock and Miz tries to get the tag made but Gabriel with a side head lock take down to keep Miz from tagging in Cena.
Miz punches Gabriel but Gabriel runs Miz into the corner and connects with shoulders. Gabriel gets sent to the apron but Gabriel with a forearm. Gabriel with a springboard move but he is hit with a kick from Miz and both men are down.
Cena and Slater tag in and Cena with the two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time to finish off the Legendary Sequence with a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena gets Slater up for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Cena and Slater gets the three count.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
Cena looks at Miz on the stage and wonders what just happened.
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