Monday, February 4, 2013

Bruno Sammartino inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame

As seen earlier on tonight's Raw and as reported on many websites, including WWE's own site (including it's corporate site) and ESPN, Bruno Sammartino has been announced as the fourth inductee for the 2013 Class of the WWE Hall Of Fame. Widely expected never to happen due to various reasons, including Bruno's opinion of WWE's product over the last decade or so, Sammartino is the longest reigning WWE champion in the company's history, for 2803 days from May 17, 1963 until January 18, 1971, losing to Ivan Koloff. He won a second title on December 10, 1973, which he held for 1237 days until dropping the belt to Superstar Billy Graham on April 30, 1977.
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WWE talent makes his return to Raw tonight

As seen on tonight's Raw, Mark Henry made his return to WWE TV tonight, when he appeared after a match between Rey Mysterio & Daniel Bryan. Henry proceeded to attack Bryan and then attacked both Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.
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Live Results for WWE Raw 2/4/13

So it's time for another Monday Night Raw, this week from Altanta GA. Tonight, expect to see the fallout from Brock Lesnar's F5 on Vince McMahon, Punk 'granting Rock a rematch' for the WWE Title in less than 2 weeks, Cena's pursuit of whoever the champion is, Ryback showcasing his power, and even Bruno Sammartino getting finally inducted into the Hall Of Fame (one thing I thought I would never see). Keep it here for all the latest news from the event.

As ever, we begin with a recap of last week trailing into tonight's actions.

CM Punk is making his way out, grabbing Justin Roberts, and gets him to announce him as 'the People's Champion'. He then says that he's had a week to look back on everything. He thinks that he didn't over react  last week as he was screwed by WWE and the belt is now on someone who doesn't know what it means to be a champion. People are asking him where did the hidden footage appear from, but he asks to those people whether he was actually present in that video, which he wasn't. He adds that if Heyman says that it wasn't him in the video last week, then he believes what Heyman has said. He says that Vince could have easily set things up last week to screw Punk out of the title. He then says that Vince deserved to have his hip broken, adding that Vince had hip surgery this week. He closes that he will get back what he deserves, the WWE Title, at Elimination Chamber.

Booker T makes his way out and says that he has been asked by Vickie Guerrero to decide CM Punk's fate tonight, but instead wants the WWE universe to decide. Given that it's the Road to Wrestlemania, he gives the choices of Punk's previous opponents, Rey Mysterio from Mania 26, Randy Orton from Mania 27 and Chris Jericho from Mania 28.

They now show people how to download the app... little baby steps... The voting will take place later tonight.

They then trail an Epic Announcement to be made later tonight. Bruno Sammartino is most likely it.

Ryback is now making his way out for match which will be coming up after the break.

During the break on the WWE app, Orton made his case to take on Punk tonight.

Ryback's opponent is... Antonio Cesaro... again...ugh. It'll probably be a good match, don't get me wrong, but do we need to have this match multiple times in only a few weeks?

Match 1 - Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
Good match here to start tonight's action. Ryback gets the win with Shellshock.
WINNER - Ryback

They now do a reminder of the choices for Punk's opponent later.

Next, a recap of Cena's annoucement of his pursuit of the WWE Title and The Shield's dominance of him and the aiding Ryback & Sheamus. Next up, an 'in depth' look at The Shield.

During the break on the WWE app, Rey Mysterio made his case for taking on Punk later on tonight.

They now recap all the major actions to date of The Shield.

Cut to Cena backstage. Vickie appears saying that she's heard that Cena's going to call out The Shield tonight, adiing that she thinks that's suicide. Cena says that he may have won the Rumble, but before he gets to Wrestlemania, he wants to eliminate the Shield.

Another recap of Trish Stratus being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame from last week. They then remind us that later on, the Epic Announcement will be made, mentioning that you may have heard it on
ESPN... yep, it's Sammartino.

They then do another reminder for people to download the WWE app to vote on Punk's opponent later.

As with the other two guys, during the past commercial break, Jericho puts his case forward.

Santino is now making his way out for a match now. His opponent is going to be Jack Swagger. First time we've seen him on Raw in many, many months. Booker T has joined Cole & Lawler on commentary for this match.

Match 2 - Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger
Quick little match, Swagger getting the victory by making Santino submit to the Ankle Lock.
WINNER - Jack Swagger

Voting is now open for choosing Punk's opponent later.

62 days to Wreslemania 29 promo.

Back from break, and they're apparently still taking votes, the winner will be announced after the next match.

Alberto Del Rio is making his way out to the ring, obviously minus Ricardo Rodriguez after what Big Show did to him last week. They show a recap of this as well as last week's Raw. His opponent for tonight is going to be Cody Rhodes. Rhodes has a new t-shirt saying he's 'groomed for greatness'. Very nice... i'm ordering 4 immediately. During the match, they say to vote on wwe.com... did the app crash super bowl style?

Match 3 - Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes
Good little match here, Del Rio getting the submission victory with the Cross Arm Breaker.