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By Richard Trionfo on 2013-03-04 23:01:49
This week’s show starts off with a GONG and it is time for the Undertaker to make his annual pre-Wrestlemania return to WWE. The Wrestlemania logo appears on the TitanTron.

We are in Buffalo, New York and your announcers are Michael ‘Will anyone mind this Brett Hull sweater’ Cole and Jerry ‘How about some Buffalo Wings to go with last week’s Sonic’ Lawler?

We have the old announce table and the WWF era jackets. Jerry and Michael wonder what Undertaker’s entrance at the start of the show meant.

CM Punk and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring.

Punk says that he should be main eventing this year’s Wrestlemania. He should be defending his championship in the main event of this year’s Wrestlemania, but he is not. Not because of anything he did or didn’t do. He is not in the main event of Wrestlemania or the champion because of the fans. They stole from him what he holds most precious.

Punk tells specific fans they screwed him. In screwing him, they only screwed themselves. If he is not going to be in the main event of Wrestlemania, there is no point for CM Punk to be at Wrestlemania.

What the world just saw gives him that purpose. They took from him and now he is going to take from them. He is going to beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. If the people like the 20-0 streak, but they roll their eyes at a 434 day title reign? Punk says that he backs it up when he says that he is the best. Nobody else has done anything great in their lives. If they steal from him, he steals from them.

Punk has a new number for the fans. That number is 20-1. That one is drug free, alcohol free, and straight edge. That one is CM Punk and he stands in front of you on Raw. He will beat the streak and he tells everyone to deal with it.

Randy Orton’s music plays and he has something to say. Randy tells Punk that he shouldn’t be so confident. Randy reminds Punk that he beat him at Wrestlemania. Randy reminds Punk that he faced the Undertaker eight years ago at Wrestlemania and he came close. Randy says that he is no longer a rookie. He is the most dangerous man in the locker room. He is the apex predator.

Randy asks the WWE Universe who they would rather see face the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

Not to be outdone, a third man has thrown his hat into the ring and that is the Big Show. Show tells them that they are running off at the lip about facing the Undertaker. What do they think they have to beat the Undertaker. Show says that he faced the Undertaker, but he didn’t have his fist back then.

If you are going to take on the phenom and beat the streak, you need to be more than a Viper or Straight Edge. You need to be a Giant. That giant is going to knock that streak into oblivion.

Sheamus makes his way onto the stage and he says that everyone has been talking about how they are going to beat the Undertaker. Sheamus says that he has never faced the Undertaker so he has never lost to him. With the streak on the line, it will take more than a big fist, a GTS, or an RKO to put the big man down. Maybe it will take his big boot, all the heart in the world, and a little luck to achieve the impossible. When you have the luck of the Irish on your side, anything is possible.

Vickie Guerrero comes out and says that the man who will beats the Undertaker and ends the streak at Wrestlemania will cement their legacy as the best of all time. In order to determine who gets to break the streak, there will be a fatal four way match. The winner will face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

Ryback is walking in the back and he will face Antonio Cesaro because it feels like the feud has been going for twenty years.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Antonio Cesaro is in the Goldman Box and he says that he speaks five languages. Like most people Ryback barely speaks one language and he calls Ryback a Neanderthal.

Match Number One: Ryback versus Antonio Cesaro in a Non Title Match

Cesaro with drop kicks to stagger Ryback but Ryback with a body block. Ryback with chops in the corner followed by a shoulder and then he hits a power slam but Cesaro rolls to the floor. Ryback punches Cesaro on the apron and then he hits a delayed vertical suplex on Cesaro.

Cesaro with a head butt followed by punches and kicks. Ryback sends Cesaro to the apron but Cesaro drops Ryback on the top rope. Cesaro goes up top and Ryback presses Cesaro over his head and he drops Cesaro on his chest. Ryback clotheslines Cesaro over the top rope to the floor.

Ryback chases Cesaro around the ring and Cesaro is kicked by Ryback. Cesaro sends Ryback into the turnbuckles and then he connects with a running boot that knocks Ryback off the apron and into the guardrails. Ryback returns to the ring and Cesaro gets a near fall. Cesaro punches Ryback.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cesaro with a sleeper on Ryback. Cesaro with knees and then he slaps Ryback and calls him stupid. Ryback with elbows and a back bodry drop. Ryback with a spinebuster and then he signals for the lariat but Cesaro with a European uppercut and he tries for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Ryback blocks it and hits the marching muscle buster for the three count.

Winner: Ryback

After the match, Mark Henry makes his way into the arena. We have a stare down between these two men but Mark Henry makes his way to the ring.

Match Number Two: Mark Henry versus Zack Ryder

Henry throws Ryder into the turnbuckles and Ryder with forearms. Henry with an Irish whip and clothesline. Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.

Winner: Mark Henry

Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, and AJ Lee walk in the back. We go to commercial.

We are back and Miz has something to say . . . as soon as the mic works. Since WWE is paying tribute to Old School, Miz introduces a man who personifies Old School and New School. He makes his corner look at lot better than Ziggler’s. He brings out his friend and mentor, Ric Flair.

Match Number Three: Dolph Ziggler (with Big E Langston and AJ Lee) versus Miz (with Ric Flair)

They lock up and they try to get an advantage but they go to a stalemate. They lock up again and Ziggler with a knee and forearm to the back. Ziggler with a punch and he tells Flair to pay attention. Miz with kicks and punches but Ziggler with a kick and punches of his own.

Ziggler with a chop that is not quite up to Flair’s level of intensity. Miz with a punch and kick that sends Ziggler to the floor. Flair gets on the apron and then he struts. Miz with a strut of his own.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Ziggler with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Miz tried for Reality Check but only hit the first neck breaker and Ziggler with a drop kick. Back to the action in the ring and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and bridge to add more pressure. Miz with elbows but Ziggler with a punch. Miz with a kick and punch.

They exchange kicks and Miz with punches. The referee pulls Miz out of the corner. Miz is sent to the apron and Miz slides under and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Miz with Reality Check for a near fall. Ziggler with an inside cradle for a near fall. Miz with kicks and then he goes for Ziggler’s knee and he clips him.

Ziggler with a leaping DDT and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler goes for a sleeper but Miz pushes him away. Miz misses a running boot and Ziggler is able to apply the sleeper and he gets Miz down to his knee.

Miz escapes and then he sends Ziggler into the air and Dolph lands on his chest. Miz hits the Awesome Clothesline and then he goes up top and hits the double sledge. AJ gets on the apron and the referee is distracted. Langston hits Miz and Flair throws his jacket over Langston’s head and he chops Langston but Langston is not amused.

Miz with a baseball slide to Langston and Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Miz applies the figure four and Ziggler taps out.

Winner: Miz

After the match we get Classic Flair in the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the Rock to make his way to the ring.

Rock says that he needs everyone to understand something. He just came in from Panama where it 95 degrees every single day. The Rock knew that he was coming to Raw and he was excited. He packed his clothes, his boots, and his boots to asses boots. Rock was asked at the airport if he needed a jacket and he said that he don’t need a jacket.

He has electricity coming out of his body. Enough to melt an igloo. Rock arrived in Buffalo and it is cold. It is so cold that he had icicles forming on the People’s nipples. Rock says that he landed with a smile. It meant that after ten long years . . .

FINALLY . . . the Rock has come back to Buffalo.

Rock says that he has circled this date on his calendar for a long time because we are a little more than a month away from Wrestlemania. We see the sign and then . . .

We hear John Cena’s music and he makes his way to the ring.

John says that Rock is right about it being 34 days away. John says that he has been waiting for this moment for a year. Rock cannot know why because he is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The man who conquered the WWE in the Attitude Era. He conquered Hollywood and then he conquered the WWE again and is the WWE Champion. John says that Rock doesn’t know what it feels like to tell the people who care about that you had to do something and fail.

Last year at Wrestlemania, John said that he needed to win that match, but he failed. It makes you feel worthless. It makes you feel like a crowd of hate is falling upon you. That match at Wrestlemania was not just a loss to the Rock, it sent his life into a tailspin. Right after Wrestlemania his life fell apart professionally and personally. He could not get the win that he claimed that he demanded.

The loss caused his failure, but it also caused his rejuvenation. The night that Rock won the WWE Title, he won the Royal Rumble. The following week, he finally beat CM Punk. This is more than a match for him, it is a shot at redemption. John says that he has been given a second chance to right the biggest failure of his life. He is not throwing this chance away.

Rock says that fire and desire makes him happy. That was the man who said he would beat CM Punk last week and he did. There was only one man who the Rock wanted to face at Wrestlemania and it was John Cena. He knows what this means to John Cena. He knows that when John runs to the ring and does everything, it matters. There is no one in the locker room who has that passion and fire to be the best. No one has that . . .

Except the Rock.

As much as it matter to John, it matter so much more to him. When his music hits and he walks down that ramp and enters the ring and connects with every single person in this arena it matters to him.

In 34 days, John Cena is not getting redemption, he is getting his ass kicked.

John says that those were strong words. Cena says that he wants to quote one of the great philosophers of his time and he quotes Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson is responsible for one of the most powerful quotes and it reminds him of Rock. In order to be the greatest who ever lived, you have to beat everyone living. Cena says that he has accomplished every single goal in his career except for beating The Rock.

At Wrestlemania 29, Rock’s time is up . . . his time is now.

Rock tells John that he is sorely mistaken. Rock’s time has just started. Rock has a quote for John. Winning is about heart, you just gotta have it in the right place. That man was Lance Armstrong. That man was full of crap and so is Cena.

Cena appreciates Rock’s confidence. In thirty-four days, history will not repeat itself. He will make history. He will become the WWE Champion.

Rock says that Cena just crystallized everything that is Rock and John Cena. John thinks he can beat Rock, but Rock says that he knows that he will beat John Cena. Rock says that he will beat John Cena . . . again. Rock tells John to smell what he is cooking.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to remember what happened at the start of the show when a gong went off and the building was bathed in a sea of blue.

Match Number Four: Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) versus Jim Duggan (with Dusty Rhodes and Sergeant Slaughter)

Duggan gets a USA chant started and Swagger goes to the floor and he takes the 2x4. Duggan wants Swagger to put the board down. Swagger hits Duggan in the midsection and then he hits Slaughter and Dusty with it.

Swagger points at the Wrestlemania sign and yells ‘We the People’ before applying the ankle lock. The referee tries to get Swagger to release the hold.

No Contest

We take a look at Marine 3.

Daniel Bryan and Kane are walking in the back as we go to commercial.

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