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RAW: Who’ll Go On To Face The Rock?
Written by Scott Anderson   
Mar 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM

After months of struggles, striving and strident words it all comes down to one match: CM Punk and John Cena, one-on-one in the main event of RAW, the winner going on to face The Rock for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XIX.  Will CM Punk prove he is the best in the world by taking the spot Cena earned by winning the Royal Rumble, or will Cena continue on down his road towards redemption?  And everything’s also come to a head for Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon, with the WWE Chairman calling Heyman out for a fight.  But which of these two professional wrestling masterminds has outthought the other?

Midway through RAW CM Punk came down to the ring to lay out to the WWE Universe what he saw as being the point of the main event match between himself and John Cena, with the number one contendership for The Rock's WWE Championship on the line.  "It's not just about an epic match.  It's not about John Cena, or The Rock, it's not even about going on to the main event of WrestleMania" Punk explained.  "It's certainly not about ‘the people,' and, shockingly, it's not even about the WWE Championship. It's all about me!"

"It's all about CM Punk going on to win the WWE Championship back at the Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania.  I've beaten Cena, I've pinned The Rock twice within four weeks, and I am the best in the world!  And the best in the world deserves to be in the main event of WrestleMania!"

And as the crowd's boos began to reach a crescendo, Punk reached his conclusion, with yet another pipe bomb that may go down in history.  "I'm an icon, I'm a legend, I am the greatest of all time.  I am CM Punk, and in the world in which we all inhabit I am your god!"

The other half of the main event appeared just as determined when Josh Matthews caught up with John Cena backstage as he prepared for his match. Cena acknowledged that he hadn't been very successful since losing to The Rock at last year's WrestleMania, and that he was again risking everything by putting his title shot on the line.

"But it's time to put up or shut up," Cena explained, "and there's no second place.  John Cena is back, and everyone knows what that means. I don't care about The Rock is the WWE Champion, or that Punk is the best in the world. I'm ready to serve up a slice of humble pie to all my critics, and if you believe in ‘Hustle, Loyalty and Respect' you'll know that the critics' time is over, and our time is now!"

After old school in-ring introductions Cena and Punk locked up, testing each other's strength , before each in turn threw the other down with headlock takeovers. Cena was strongest in getting back to his feet, however, and with a stiff dropkick sent Punk retreating outside of the ring to rethink his strategy.

On returning to the ring Punk decided to use his grappling knowledge to outwrestle Cena, and soon the Straightedge Superstar had Cena down on the mat, wearing him down with a series of stretches and holds.  Soon Punk had wrenched Cena into position for the Anaconda Vice, but Cena's strength proved his saviour as he leveraged Punk over to pin Punk's shoulders to the canvas, forcing Punk to release the hold before the referee's hand could hit the canvas for a third time.

Cena responded quickly with an attempt at an STF, but Punk scrambled to grab the ropes forcing Cena to release his grip.  But as Punk returned with a clothesline Cena sidestepped, taking Punk down by the ankle and locking in the STF.  Punk was quick to counter, however, grabbing Cena's arm and turning the hold into the Anaconda Vice, causing Cena to yelp with pain.  But with a great show of determined strength Cena was able to work loose Punk's arms, turning the hold into a crossface.  But this time it was Punk who was able to leverage Cena over, his shoulders pinned to the mat forcing Cena to break the hold to avoid the pinfall.

Showing the pains of exertion, the pair pulled themselves back up to their feet to being exchanging right hands.  Cena's strikes dominated, and he laid a few hard punches into Punk's midsection before Punk was able to step back and unleash a hard kick to Cena's gut.  Punk then attempted a roundhouse kick, but Cena ducked, grabbing Punk by the leg and lifting him for a spin out slam.  Punk was quick to get back to his feet, however, and nailed Cena on the side of the head with a kick before picking him up for the Go to Sleep. Cena was able to struggle free of the hold, taking Punk down with a roll up, gaining a near fall before Punk rolled over to roll Cena up in turn, again the referee reaching the count of two before Cena was able to kick out.

Cena then delivered a side slam and prepared to strike Punk with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, only for Punk to stop Cena dead in his tracks by kicking him between the eyes as he bent over to taunt his opponent.  Punk made another attempt at the GTS, only for Cena to counter, hoisting Punk high before slamming him down with a power slam, with Punk barely being able to kick out before the count of three.

The match continued to pick up pace, both men going all out but neither seemingly able to put the other away.  Cena was the first to strike home with his finishing move, but Punk was able to kick out after the Attitude Adjustment, and Cena was able to do the same shortly afterwards after being struck with the Go to Sleep.

Both men began searching for something that's put their opponent away, and it was Punk who decided to throw the backstage rulebook out the window when he picked Cena up and turn him upside down, crashing Cena down with a banned Pile Driver.  But even this devastating move couldn't keep Cena down, and worry began to show on Punk's face.  Punk dragged Cena back to his feet and whipped him into the corner, running in with the knee lift to Cena's face.  But Cena, in a show of desperate strength, pushed Punk off, sending him crashing into the middle of the ring.

Cena then stepped forward, flipping himself onto his hands and, amazingly, hooking his legs around Punk's neck for a sloppy but effective hurricanrana.  Punk was more shocked than stunned by the move, but this moment's pause was all Cena needed to lift Punk up once more to deliver a second Attitude Adjustment.  And this time it stuck, Punk down and out and unable to kick out of the pinfall.  And as Punk rolled out of the ring in exhausted disappointment, Cena had his hand raised in victory, with no more roadblocks between himself and the match for The Rock's WWE Championship at WrestleMania.

RAW had kicked off with the much-hyped Street Fight between Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman, a match brought about when McMahon called in the ‘favour' he'd extended Heyman by allowing a stipulation for Punk's challenge at Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship. But right from the outset it seemed there was no way this could be a fair fight, with McMahon, dressed in a suit, hobbling into the ring on crutches just three weeks out from hip surgery due to an injury caused by Brock Lesnar. 

Heyman, on the other hand, looked raring to go, dressed in a tracksuit and talking all the while as he made his way down to the ring.  As he stepped between the ropes Heyman called on McMahon to make an "executive decision" and call the match off.  But before McMahon could react Heyman dived in with a sudden spear tackle, taking McMahon down.  Heyman then picked up one of McMahon's crutches and smashed it down on McMahon's back.

Heyman stepped back for another swing, but this time McMahon caught the crutch mid-swing, wrenching it from Heyman's hands and swinging it into Heyman's ample midsection.  Heyman went down, and now McMahon began to rain down blows with the crutch on Heyman's back, until McMahon was stopped dead in his tracks as Brock Lesnar's entrance music burst out from the speakers.

McMahon seemed aghast, backing to one corner of the ring, holding up his hand to plead for mercy as Lesnar stalked towards him.  But then the instantly recognisable growl of "Time to play the game" burst out from the sound system, and a smile crossed McMahon's face as Lesnar turned to face the new threat.  While McMahon scuttled out of the ring Triple H, The Game, roared down to the ring only to be cut off by Lesnar, who'd charged up the ramp to meet him halfway.

The pair brawled in and out of the ring, hurling each other into the ring posts and barriers, one collision with a ring post splitting Lesnar's scalp and causing a torrent of blood to run down his head and body.  Still the pair fought unabated until Lesnar was able to pick Triple H up to smash him down on the announcer's table.  Lesnar then rolled Triple H into the ring before picking up a chair from under the ring apron, but as Lesnar entered the ring Triple H was waiting with a spinebuster.

Triple H then gathered the steel chair and, as Lesnar pulled himself back to his feet The Game let loose, slamming the chair across Lesnar's back and causing The Pain to retreat, a bloodied mess, as Triple H stood proud in the ring.

In other RAW action WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No were forced to rediscover some of their prior unity when Vickie Guerrero booked them into a non-title match against the Prime Time Players with the added stipulations that Kane would have one hand tied behind his back while Daniel Bryan was to wrestler under a blindfold hood.  Nonetheless, Team Hell No proved that when it matters they've still got each other's back, with Kane guiding Bryan with his voice to survive and make the tag, bringing Kane in to Choke Slam Darren Young for the victory.

"The Real American" Jack Swagger and his manager, Zeb Colter, were called out to be interview on Miz TV, but Miz decided to up the ante by also inviting World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and his valet, Ricardo Rodriguez, to the show as well.  Colter's race-baiting anti-immigration went down about as well as you'd expect, and the segment ended with Del Rio daring Swagger to put his words on the line right there with a fight.  Swagger and Colter swore off, however, taunting Del Rio that their time would come at WrestleMania

Afterwards, however, Colter rounded on Miz, accusing him of "media bias" with his line of questioning, and this lead to Swagger attacking Miz from behind, setting up a match.  In the bout both men showed an aggression not seen from either before, but it was the bigger, strong Swagger who came out on top, forcing Miz to scream and tap out with the ankle lock Swagger's now calling the "Patriot Lock."

The Shield were also in attendance on RAW, boasting to the booing fans that they'd solved the "Cena problem" at Elimination Chamber, and shown that even a legend such as Chris Jericho didn't have what it took to defeat them.  Sheamus had other ideas, however, coming down to the ring calling on the trio for a fight, a challenge that Ambrose and Reigns left the ring to meet. But this proved to be Sheamus' intention as Randy Orton slid into the ring from the crowd to strike Seth Rollins with a swift RKO.  Orton and Sheamus then retreated into the crowd, taunting The Shield, leaving Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose fuming in the ring from having received a taste of their own medicine.

RAW results:

  • Ryback def. Dolph Ziggler
  • Mark Henry def. Great Khali
  • Randy Orton def. United States Champion Antonio Cesaro (non-title)
  • R-Truth def. Cody Rhodes
  • WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No def. The Prime Time Players (non-title)
  • Jack Swagger def. The Miz
  • John Cena def. CM Punk

 

 

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