They announce ‘Good Ole JR’ but it is Michael Cole in a fat suit with a neck brace on his ankle while he limps to the ring with a bottle of JR’s Barbecue Sauce. Josh cannot believe that Cole is doing this while Lawler is silent. Security keeps Lawler away from Cole until he enters the Cone of Silence, that is still on the blink from its days at Control.
The fans chant for Lawler while Cole sticks his tongue out at Lawler.
Now it is time for the people who wrestle for a living to come to the ring and Triple H walks to the ring to unleash the GameFountain before he addresses Undertaker.
Hunter says that he has been in the business almost twenty years and it is a long time to stand in the ring and walk out to look at the fans. He wonders if this is the last time that he will work in this building. In two weeks, it will be the defining moment of his career. It is the defining moment of the Undertaker’s career. He says that he hears everybody talking and he sees the signs. The whole world is talking about this match. Two icons clashing like never before. Undertaker/Triple H, no holds barred.
Hunter says that he has no idea what this match will take out of him or out of the Undertaker. Neither man will ever be the same and he can assure us of that. It is the biggest match that he has ever been in during his life. The streak of eighteen years is bigger than any championship or even all of the championships that he has held combined. Ending that streak will be a career defining moment.
Before they go to the ring and tear each other apart and put each other through hell. He tells the Dead Man to come to Raw next week and stand in the ring. He wants to look the Undertaker in the eye and stand face to face, man to man so he can tell Taker what is going to happen at Wrestlemania. He wants to tell Undertaker to his face that he is going to lose. Hunter says that he will end the streak.
When the streak dies, so does the Undertaker. Hunter says that if cannot do it, he will die trying. Hunter says that he wants that one last opportunity to stand face to face. Just like Taker’s music says: Ain’t no grave that can hold this body down. When he ends the streak, that’s it. It’s done.
He tells Undertaker that at Wrestlemania, he goes 18-1. At Wrestlemania, he will rest in peace.
Ted DiBiase comes out and he has something to say to Hunter. One year ago, he was one of the rising superstars of WWE. He competed in his first Wrestlemania match against Randy Orton. Now he is just an afterthought. Ted says that he won’t be an afterthought any more. Ted suggests that if he takes out the Cerebral Assassin two weeks before Wrestlemania, the people will have no choice but to take notice of Ted DiBiase.
Hunter hits Ted as he enters the ring and then Hunter goes to the floor and he punches Ted. Ted gets in a series of punches but Hunter with a knee and then he sends Ted into the ring steps. Hunter Irish whips Ted into the ring steps and then he slams Ted’s head into the ring steps. Hunter sends Ted into the ringside barrier. Hunter picks up a chair and he hits Ted in the midsection and back with it. Hunter continues to hit Ted with the chair. Hunter rearranges the announce table. Hunter picks Ted up and goes onto the table for a Pedigree through the table. Hunter looks at the Wrestlemania sign.
We will hear from John Cena via satellite later tonight.
Miz will be re-writing Miz-tory tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Sheamus versus Evan Bourne
They lock up and Sheamus sends Bourne to the mat. Bourne with kicks but Sheamus sends Bourne into the turnbuckles and hits a short arm clothesline. Sheamus with a kick and knees to the head as Bourne goes to the apron. Sheamus with forearms across the chest while he has Bourne in the ropes. Sheamus with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Bourne with a spinning heel kick and then he goes to the apron.
Bourne goes up top but Sheamus moves out of the way on the shooting star press. Sheamus with a boot to the head for the three count.
After the match, Sheamus gets on the mic and tells us that he is the new champion of the United States of America.
Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring. Bryan says that one of the great things about this country is that everyone gets an opportunity. As a former United States Champion, Bryan wants to invoke his rematch clause and get that match at Wrestlemania.
Sheamus tosses the belt to Bryan and breaking rule #420, he catches the belt. Bryan falls victim to a pump kick.
We will have a Wrestlemania Rewind Match tonight and the match tonight is from Wrestlemania 22 with Randy Orton facing Rey Mysterio (Kurt Angle will not be there).
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Randy Orton finishing off Nexus last week.
Randy Orton leaves his bus and Scott Stanford intercepts him. He wants to know what it is like to tour the country in his bus. Orton says that it gives him privacy and a place to think. He says that it is a home away from home. Orton says that he witnessed the birth of the New Nexus and he enjoys watching the footage when he systematically ended it, one punt at a time. Orton says that Punk says that he is sick and twisted, but Punk has no idea what sick and twisted really is.
Match Number Two: Maryse versus Eve Torres in a Non Title Match
The bell rings and Maryse throws the hand and does her pose because that is what wrestling is all about. Eve applauds the way she waves her hair. Maryse and Eve argue and Eve with a punch. Maryse has the referee check her eye but it is a trap and Maryse goes after Eve and slams her head into the mat. Maryse with an Irish whip and a slap to Eve. Maryse slams Eve’s head into the turnbuckle and then she chokes Eve in the ropes. Maryse misses a knee to the back.
Michael Cole interrupts the match while Eve gets a near fall. Eve slams Maryse’s head into the turnbuckles. Eve with an arm wringer followed by kicks and clothesline. Eve yells at Cole in his fortress of suckitude. Eve tries for standing moonsault but Maryse gets her knees up.
Maryse tries for a neck breaker but Eve blocks it and gets the three count with a neck breaker.
Winner: Eve Torres
Cole says that he is glad that the match is over. Eve goes to the Cole PopeMobile and Cole has to use his security. Eve slaps Cole and then as security escorts her out, Cole grows a set.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that John Cena does a lot for Make A Wish.
The Corre have made their way to Raw because the Tag Champs are in action. We go to footage from Smackdown when Big Show and Kane faced Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.
Match Number Three: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater with Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson versus Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov with Tamina
Santino and Gabriel start things off and Gabriel with a kick but Santino with a split and hip toss. Santino unfurls the cobra and goes after Slater. Gabriel with a kick and he gets a near fall. Slater tags in and he kicks Santino and then puts Santino in a rear chin lock. Santino with a snap mare but Slater grabs the leg to prevent Santino from making the tag.
Kozlov tags in and he gives Slater a head butt and then he sends Slater into the turnbuckles and then he kicks him in the chest. Barrett distracts Kozlov and that allows Slater to hit the inverted DDT and Gabriel hits the 450 Splash for the three count.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
After the match, The Corre attack Marella and Kozlov.
Big Show’s music plays and it is combined with Kane’s as they come to the ring.
Corre stops beating up Santino and Vladimir. Kane sends Gabriel into the ringside barrier and then Kane works over Barrett while Show punches Slater. Show kicks Jackson while Kane deals with Barrett. Santino checks on Kozlov while Kane and Show give Jackson a double choke slam.
We have an alliance of four people.
We see John Cena getting ready at home ‘via satellite’. We go to commercial.
We are back and if you can wait a week, The Rock will be on Raw.
We go to footage from last week when the MizRock appeared after John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio by disqualification and his systematic destruction of his challenger at Wrestlemania.
John Cena is home and Josh asks John what he is going to do next week. It will be epic. It won’t be time to tell jokes or eat cereal. He will be face to face with the Rock. If there is a problem, the problem gets settled. Jerry asks John if the attention that he has paid to the Rock has allowed him to underestimate the Miz. Cena says that is why Miz has been able to do what he has to do. Cena says that if anyone needs proof, they only have to see him at home. It is proof that Miz deserves to be champion and he might be able to change the face of WWE.
Cena says that last week was a good trick and he expects this week’s to be the same. He hopes that Miz rewrites history tonight because at Wrestlemania, he will make history.
Michael Cole says that Cena and Rock have a lot in common. They are via satellite, but Michael Cole says that he is live. Cole tells Lawler that he has another world exclusive when we come back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole and Jack Swagger are doing laps in the ring. Swagger goes to the apron and then he stands in front of Lawler.
Michael wants to introduce the man who will train him in the main event against Jerry Lawler. He is talking about Jack Swagger. Last week, we had a world wide exclusive when he brought out Jerry’s biological child to talk about what kind of a gutless fraud Jerry Lawler is. Cole says that he was so touched by the emotional and heartwarming reunion after all of those years. We go to the video tape.
Cole gets a good laugh out of what we just saw. Cole says that Brian Christopher was so appreciative to get a chance to come out to talk last week that he sent Cole a gift. Cole shows us the Lawler family photo album. In order to see what a person is all about, you need to see how they were raised.
It is time to take a look Jerry’s father. Cole adds his own captions for the photos.
Cole says that he went to Memphis to talk to some people. Cole says that Lawler and his dad were gutless cowards and bullies. The self aggrandizing braggart until someone steps up to them and puts them in their place. Cole says that he is going to do that to Lawler.
Cole says that Jerry, his mother, his father, and his son have one thing in common. The family is nothing but a bunch of losers.
Lawler has had enough but when he gets up from the announce table. Swagger punches Lawler. Lawler punches back and then he drops Swagger on the announce table. Lawler chases Cole out of the ring and then Swagger hits Lawler with a clothesline. Swagger puts Lawler’s face against the glass while Cole insults Lawler. Swagger puts Lawler in the ankle lock. Cole leaves the peep show booth and Cole applies the ankle lock while Swagger has his knee on Lawler’s head.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole apologizes for letting his emotions get the best of him. Cole says that Lawler has been pushing his buttons and he says that he snapped. Cole sincerely apologizes for what happened.
It is time to look at the publicity that Snooki got for WWE and let’s go to the video tape.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler with Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, and Layla versus John Morrison with Trish Stratus in a Taste of what you are going to get at Wrestlemania Match
They lock up and Morrison works on the arm but Ziggler with a knee and forearms and punches to Morrison until the referee pulls Ziggler off Morrison. Morrison runs Ziggler into the turnbuckles and he punches Ziggler until the referee stops him. Ziggler with a kick to Morrison followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a forearm across the chest followed by an elbow drop for a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Morrison. Morrison with punches but Ziggler with a kick. Morrison with a drop kick and clothesline that sends Ziggler over the top rope. Michelle gets in the way of Morrison but Trish goes after Layla and Michelle. Trish gets into the ring and . . .
We have an e-mail. Cole goes to his laptop and he quotes. This is now going to be a handicap intergender tag match. Morrison and Trish will face Dolph, LayCool, and Vickie Guerrero.
Trish grabs Vickie by the hair and LayCool pull Vickie out of Trish’s clutches.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Trish Stratus and John Morrison versus Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, and Layla
The match is joined in progress with Ziggler having Morrison in a side head lock. Morrison gets to his feet but Ziggler pulls Morrison by the hair but Morrison with a kick. Ziggler avoids the Shining Wizard and Layla tags in.
Trish with forearms to Layla followed by a kick. Trish with an Irish whip but she runs into a boot. Trish with a handstandcanrana on Layla followed by a chop or two. Trish goes for a third with a little extra added while Layla screams. Michelle kicks Trish in the back when the referee was unable to see what was going on. Trish is sent into the mat and Michelle tags in.
Michelle with a running knee to the head and then she punches Trish. Michelle with knees to the midsection and then Michelle gets a near fall. Michelle tries to send Trish’s knee into the mat but Trish with a head scissors to escape. Layla is tagged back in and she kicks Trish and gets a near fall.
Layla kicks Trish and then sends the back of the head into the mat. Vickie tags in but she misses a leg drop. Morrison tags in and that means that Ziggler has to come in. Morrison with clotheslines and a leg lariat. Morrison sends Ziggler into the mat and then he hits the springboard round kick. Layla pulls Trish off the apron while Morrison sets for the corkscrew split legged moonsault and he misses. Ziggler sends Morrison into the turnbuckles and then he hits the Zig Zag. Ziggler tags in Vickie and he gets the three count.
Winners: Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Layla, and Dolph Ziggler
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that WWE’s Facebook is growing.
We have another Sin Cara video package.
Cole talks about what happened at the start of the show. Then we leave the glass curtain of Cole’s booth for Josh Mathews.
John Cena says that when Taker came back, it was like there will be a Wrestlemania. Show says that when Hunter interrupted Taker, he said this is getting good. There is confidence and there is cocky. There is also insanity. Arn Anderson says that all of those barriers were crossed when Hunter came out. Orton says that there were no words. Show and Steamboat also talk about how nothing was said during their first stare down.
Jerry Lawler says that he never saw anything like that in his forty years in wrestling. Hunter had to make a statement and that is what happened. John Morrison says that Triple H is trying to solidify himself as the icon and the legend. Jim Ross says that Hunter has done everything in WWE except one thing. Steve Austin points out that Triple H is putting everything on the line for this match and he has to win this match. Lawler says that Hunter has to accomplish this. Booker says that Hunter is challenging Taker because of one word . . . the streak. Booker points out that for eighteen years, it has been his burial ground. Lawler says that this is what Taker is. Arn says that it is like winning eighteen Super Bowls in a row. Harley Race says that luck played a role in the beginning, but luck runs out after eighteen years.
Big Show says that there is no one better than the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Jim Ross says that he doesn’t know if Taker’s career revolves around anything more than that one day. Arn Anderson says that Taker owns Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels says that nothing lasts forever. The last two years, he was close to ending it. The Undertaker is hanging on by a thread. In a match where anything goes, Cena thinks that Hunter has a good chance to end the streak. Jim Ross says that Hunter’s mindset is what sets him apart from the other people who have challenged Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Cena says that he is calculating and focused. Ross also points out Hunter’s record in No Holds Barred matches. Arn Anderson sa