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By Richard Trionfo on 2013-01-28 23:06:48
Last night, an era ended with CM Punk failing to leave a building with the WWE Championship for the first time since the day before the Survivor Series in 2011. Now that The Rock has won the WWE Title, what is next for him? All signs (especially the Wrestlemania sign hanging above the ring) point to the Rock facing John Cena at the biggest show of the year in the once in a lifetime (if your lifetime started on April 2, 2012) match for the WWE Title. What will happen with the World Title? What other fun toys does Ricardo have in his bucket? What will happen when Paul Heyman is given a performance review by Vince McMahon? What is the fallout from the Royal Rumble match for the twenty nine people who do not have a date with destiny with The Rock?

We are in Las Vegas, Nevada and your announcers are Jerry ‘Is there a show tonight’ Lawler, Michael ‘Hey Dave Scherer, good luck in year ten’ Cole, and John ‘We repeat ourselves on Friday Night’ Layfield.

The wheel is spinning and Vickie welcomes everyone to Las Vegas and the Raw Roulette. It will be in the hands of lady luck. There are three wheels. The wheel of superstars, the wheel of stipulations, and wheel of Vickie

The first match will be Antonio Cesaro versus Randy Orton and the stipulation is Guest Referee.

Before we have any wrestling, CM Punk is on his way to the ring and he has Paul Heyman following behind him as fast as he can.

Punk is not in a good mood and he wants his music turned off. He says that this is Day 435 of his title reign. He beat the Rock last night and he retained his title. He became the new People’s Champion last night. He says that he did not lose while kicking the ropes.

Punk asks everyone if they want to put a cheater on the pedestal. They want a person who cannot win without help from someone else. Punk calls everyone no good thieves, just like Vince McMahon and the Rock.

Punk says that he never needed anyone to restart a match illegally. He got screwed over worse than Bret Hart in Montreal. Last night will be known as the Phoenix Screwjob. Punk says that he got screwed.

Punk asks everyone if they want to party and celebrate with the Rock? In his world, you don’t get restarts or water breaks. Punk says that he got screwed. He is the champion and the people’s champion. He is here to crash the party.

Vince McMahon’s music plays and he makes his way into the arena and Punk calls Vince a thief and a swindler.

Vince says that he can crash Punk’s party. There will be a video tape showing that Punk was complicit along with Paul Heyman as it relates to the Shield.

Vince tells Paul to shut up because he has had enough of his crap. There will be a personal performance review later tonight. Things could lead to Paul’s termination later tonight.

Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Antonio Cesaro with Guest Referee The Miz

The match is joined in progress and Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Cesaro sends Orton into the turnbuckles and then connects with a European uppercut and punches. Orton with a punch but Cesaro with an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with a snap mare and a near fall.

Orton with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Orton rolls to the floor and he punches Cesaro but Cesaro with a kick and European uppercut. Cesaro tries to send Orton into the ringside barrier but Orton blocks it and he sends Cesaro onto the barrier with a belly-to-back suplex. Orton puts Cesaro on the apron and hits a few European uppercuts.

Orton stomps on Cesaro’s chest and then he slingshots him into the bottom rope. Orton gets a near fall. Cesaro with a European uppercut but Orton fires back. They go back and forth with uppercuts but Orton gets control for a moment but Cesaro shows Orton how to do it.

Orton sends Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Orton goes to the floor and he hits a clothesline. We go to commercial.

We are back and Cesaro escapes a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex. Cesaro picks up Orton and they fight on the apron around the ring post. Cesaro drops Orton on the top buckle and to the floor. Cesaro gets a near fall. Cesaro with a cravate but Orton with punches. Orton with head butts and punches. Cesaro with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall.

Cesaro leaps onto Orton’s chest and then hits a dead lift side salto for a near fall. Cesaro insults Orton while slapping him in the head. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches and then he escapes a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids a clothesline from Cesaro. Orton with a power slam followed by an Irish whip. Cesaro with a knee in the corner and a European uppercut from the turnbuckles for a near fall.

Cesaro argues with Miz over the count and that allows Orton to recover and hit a back breaker. Cesaro rolls to the apron and Orton tries for the IEDDT but Cesaro with a thumb to the eyes. Cesaro pushes Miz out of the way and he punches Orton. Miz tells Cesaro to respect him. Orton recovers and hits the RKO for the three count.

Winner: Randy Orton

After the match, Miz helps up Cesaro and gives him the Skull Crushing Finale.

It is time for a Vickie Wheel spin and it is on “Make Me Laugh”. It is time for Ryback to make Vickie laugh. Ryback snorts and leaves the office.

We go to commercial.

Darren Young and Titus O’Neil join Ryback in the ring for the ‘Make Me Laugh’ Challenge. Your host is Matt Striker. The person who makes you laugh the most wins.

Titus and Darren go first. Titus says that they have a joke on Matt Striker. What did the woman say to Matt Striker when he asked her on a date. Anybody got time for that. The crowd does not appreciate it and Titus blows his whistle.

It is time for Ryback to bring the funny.

Ryback asks what has four eyes, twenty fingers, and is about to be unconscious. . . Ryback looks at Titus and Darren and Ryback attacks Darren. Titus with punches and kicks. Ryback with a spinebuster and then he sets for the lariat and he connects. Ryback with the marching muscle buster on Titus while Darren watches from ringside.

Ryback wants to be fed more.

Matt declares Ryback the winner.

Ryback with the marching muscle buster to Striker and John Layfield acts like he just made a million on Wall Street.

It is time to look at Bob Backlund, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Cole tells us that the third inductee will be announced later tonight.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to spin the wheel of stipulations. It is Player’s Choice.

Wade Barrett chooses his opponent tonight.

Wade is in the ring and he says he knows exactly who he wants to fight tonight. He wants to fight that long haired, flash in the pan, Bo Dallas. Last night was the greatest night in Bo’s career when he eliminated Barrett. Tonight, his career ends with the Barrett Barrage.

Match Number Two: Wade Barrett versus Bo Dallas

Barrett tells Bo something and pushes him. Barrett sends Bo into the corner and kicks him. Bo avoids a forearm and Bo with punches. Bo with an arm drag or two followed by a drop kick. Bo avoids a clothesline but he does not avoid the back heel kick. Bo is sent into the turnbuckles and he goes down to the mat. Barrett with boots to Dallas.

Barrett with knees to Bo while in the ropes. Barrett with kicks to Bo’s head and then to the back. Barrett with a kick to the head. Barrett gets ready for the Bull Hammer but Bo with belly-to-belly suplex for the three count.

Winner: Bo Dallas

We go to the back where Cody Rhodes spins the wheel of wrestlers and it comes up on John Cena and Cody is happy.

Match Number Three: Cody Rhodes versus John Cena

They lock up and Cody with a side head lock but Cena with a hip toss and drop kick. Cody with a kick but Cena with punches and an Irish whip. Cena with a kick and suplex. Cody rolls to the floor and he says that this is a waste of Cody Rhodes and he is leaving.

Cena won’t let Cody get counted out and he brings him back into the ring. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. It is time for the five knuckle shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.

Winner: John Cena

After the match, Cena looks to the Wrestlemania sign for some guidance. He says that it sounds like some of the people did not pick him to win the Royal Rumble. Any of the other 29 superstars could come here and tell you how they should have won the Royal Rumble. There is one man . . . this man, that can stand in this ring that last night they won the Royal Rumble.

No doubt throwing Ryback over the top rope was an unpredictable and enormous step. It is only the first step. The next step is to issue the challenge to the champion of their choosing for the main event at Wrestlemania. Cena points to the Wrestlemania sign.

John says that this is one of his toughest decisions. The person who holds the WWE title at Wrestlemania will be CM Punk or the Rock. CM Punk is a man who for the last two years has been impossible for him to beat. Say what you want about CM Punk, a true champion finds a way to win. The past six times he has faced Punk, he has won or Cena has not gotten the job done. Then there is the Rock. A man he openly spoke about before his return to the WWE. When he did return, he wanted to make sure that Rock challenged him. Rock came back and made that challenge. Cena says that he opened up about how he had to win that match for a year.

He jousted with the Rock and proved that he was in Rock’s league and there were times that Rock could not hold his jockstrap. Things were perfect until April 1st when his Once in a Lifetime moment was stolen. Everything in that year meant nothing because people only remember who won and lost that match.

Cena says that he has a big choice and this is a city built on making odds. Does he choose the World Title, a title he has a better chance of winning or does he face one of the WWE Champions against whom he has no chance to win.

John says that he is going to choose right here and right now.

John says that he challenges . . . the WWE Champion.

He tells Rock and CM Punk that they are now marked men by him. We are all on the Road to Wrestlemania . . .

The Shield interrupt and they make their way to the ring.

Cena waits for them to get to the ring. Cena fights off all three men for a moment but eventually Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins are too much for Cena.

Sheamus’ music plays and he goes after the Shield but the Shield take control of the situation.

Who will help a downed Sheamus and Cena? Ryback takes his time to get to the ring and Ryback sends Ambrose over the top rope. Rollins is next to go to the floor. Ambrose sends Ryback into the ring steps. Reigns sends Sheamus into the ring post.

Cena recovers but The Shield are able to work over Cena and they hit the Cerberus Power Bomb. The Shield leave the ringside area and we see the carnage.

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