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CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 3/7: Complete "virtual time" coverage of live Raw - Taker-Hunter stipulation, Stone Cold's TV return, WrestleMania hype, Cena-Rock

Mar 7, 2011 - 10:12:58 PM

WWE Raw Results
March 7, 2011 - Episode #927
Live from Dallas, Tex.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

This week's Raw opened with a video package on the Triple H vs. Undertaker feud, focusing on Hunter's promo last week calling their WrestleMania match the battle of the outlaws. The video package closed with Hunter's ominous final words on trying to end The Streak: "I'll die trying."

Live in the arena, Undertaker's music played to start the show. Cue up Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave" as Taker ominously walked out on-stage while flames flashed. With Taker halfway down the ramp, Michael Cole spoke for the first time saying the fans came to see the "last of the outlaws," The Undertaker. Once Taker entered the ring, Cole and Josh Mathews recapped the origins of the feud two weeks ago. Cole was full of hyperbole on both men here.

Once the J. Cash theme ended, Taker took the mic and said two legends will collide at WrestleMania. Two icons will do battle. In the end, there can be only one...last outlaw. Taker said the word on the street is that many people feel this is the year The Streak is broken. Boos. Taker said perhaps Father Time and all the battles, wars, and injuries are going to catch up to him. Then, there are those who believe it's The Game who is the one guy who has what it takes to bring him down and end The Streak.

Taker reminded Hunter what's happened at the last two WrestleManias. What happened to someone else who thought he had what it took? Perhaps the greatest of all-time, Shawn Michaels...cue up a video package on their epic battles at WrestleMania 25 & 26 concluding with Taker victorious, the second time ending Michaels's career.

Back live, Taker said at WrestleMania, there will be no excuses, no disqualifications, no count-outs, no rules. "Our match at WrestleMania will be No Holds Barred," Taker said, which gives them some freedom to have a walking brawl. Taker said a match like this makes the possibilities endless, but one thing is iron-clad is the end result. Taker said if Hunter ends the streak...he dies. "Or, you die trying," Taker said. He said at WrestleMania, Hunter will Rest...In...Peace. Cue up "Ain't No Grave" as Cole said it's chilling words from Taker. Cole repeated it's No Holds Barred at WrestleMania. PYB (3) talk time: 6:30.

Raw tonight: John Cena responds to The Rock. Mathews said Cena promised the Final Knockout. Cole said "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is live on Raw tonight for the first time in one year.

Backstage: Suddenly, Randy Orton was going at it with Nexus members David Otunga and Mason Ryan. Ryan lifted up Orton to smash him into a traveling trunk, then C.M. Punk slowly walked in. Punk, with his right elbow taped, grabbed Orton by the head and noted Orton put McGillicutty on the shelf, but what they plan to do to him is much, much worse. Punk bashed Orton against the side trunk again before lifting him up for the G2S onto the floor. It doesn't exactly look emphatic in a backstage setting rather than in the ring. Punk demanded Otunga and Ryan drag this "piece of garbage" to the ring.

[Commercial Break]

In-ring: Back live, Orton was in the ring as Punk, Ryan, and Otunga stood over him. Referees eventually emerged trying to restore some order and give Orton some help. Otunga removed his t-shirt as Punk and Ryan left the ring. Apparently it's Otunga's turn this week vs. Orton tonight. Ref Chioda asked a hurt Orton if he's ready. Orton slowly pulled himself up and demanded, "Ring the bell." Chioda obliged.


1 -- RANDY ORTON vs. DAVID OTUNGA -- Otunga's WrestleMania slot on the line

Otunga quickly blasted Orton to continue the assault. The announcers recapped the match stipulation that Otunga could be ringside for Orton vs. Punk at WrestleMania if he wins the match. Otunga scored with a scoop slam for a nearfall, then pointed to the WM27 banner hanging in the arena. Otunga nailed a dominator, then made a cover, but Orton kicked out. Otunga then slowly pulled Orton to his feet and Orton sprung out of nowhere with the RKO. Orton slowly made the cover for the win.

Post-match: Mason Ryan charged the ring and blasted Orton. Big Mase slowly picked up Orton for a power move, but Orton sprung out of nowhere with the RKO again. Orton came to his feet with his t-shirt ripped as Punk charged the ring, but stopped short when Orton threatened to give him some too. Punk, on the floor, and Orton, leaning against the top rope, stared at each other while time stood still. Orton then slowly turned his head as the camera focused on Otunga.

Punk tried to run around the ring to save Otunga, but Orton creamed him in the head with The Punt. Punk ranted and raved while Cole demanded something be done about Orton using The Punt. Punk then slowly backed away from ringside before Orton's music hit. Cole recapped neither McGillicutty nor Otunga going to WrestleMania as a replay aired of Orton smashing Otunga in the head with the Punt.

WINNER: Orton at 1:59. Basic booking with Orton going through the lesser "bosses" on the way to the "big boss" of C.M. Punk at WrestleMania. Right now, it looks like they're building to Nexus being written off at the hands of Orton.

Still to come tonight: Michael Cole transitioned into a promo on Jerry Lawler and noted he will reveal his choice for special guest referee for their match at WrestleMania tonight. Cole did a canned heel laugh as they went to break.

[Commercial Break]

Video package: Before returning from break, they recapped John Cena beating Alex Riley in a steel cage match last week, with the stipulation that Miz will have to fire Riley on this week's Raw.

Dallas: Back live, they went to a shot of the Dallas skyline as Cole noted Miz's Tweet earlier today that he's boycotting Raw tonight. Cole said Miz is tired of being considered an afterthought in the Cena-Rock issue.

In-ring: Christian's music randomly hit to bring out Smackdown's Christian for a singles match. Cole heeled on Christian that he can't keep his nose out of other people's business and defended Alberto Del Rio. Justin Roberts then handed it over to Ricardo Rodriguez to personally introduce Del Rio for the match against Christian. Del Rio, sans vehicle introduction, was seconded by big Brodus Clay from NXT. Del Rio and Brodus remained on the entrance ramp before Del Rio introduced himself. Del Rio said it's his destiny to become new World champion at WrestleMania. Him and Christian, they're going to fight. "But not tonight, Christian," he said. Del Rio smiled at Christian and told him if he wants to get a match, he has to defeat...Brodus Clay.



The two men locked up and Clay shoved Christian down to the mat as Mathews built up Clay. Christian teased the Killswitch early on, but Clay smashed him in the chest. Mathews plugged the new Kmart Live Event tour sponsorship as Christian made a comeback, only to have Clay run him down with a chest bump. Clay followed with consecutive elbow drops before applying a nerve hold. The crowd tried to rally behind Christian, who accepted a t-bone suplex. Clay wanted a splash, but Christian moved and went to the second rope for a missile dropkick that only rocked Clay. Christian went for a second one, this time from the top rope, and it floored Clay for a two count.

Christian called for the Killswitch, but Clay smashed him in the face. Clay then went for a running powerslam, but Christian slipped out, avoided a corner splash, and nailed a Tornado DDT for the three count.

Immediately after the match, Del Rio stormed the ring to whip Christian with his scarf. Del Rio pointed to the WM27 sign, then dropped Christian with the rolling cross arm-breaker. Christian tapped furiously as Del Rio kept the hold locked in. Del Rio eventually released the hold before Del Rio's music hit. Del Rio pointed to the WM27 sign as Cole noted Del Rio just sent a message to the World champion, Edge.

WINNER: Christian at 2:41. Fine spotlight for Clay in a good post-NXT role as Del Rio's bodyguard, a needed win for Christian, and acceptable advancement of the Del Rio-Edge feud leading to WrestleMania.

Rock-Cena plug: Cole fed to a video package from last Monday on Raw when Rock "mocked and humiliated Cena," according to Cole. They only played Rock's mock rap to begin the promo. Mathews then noted Cena's vow for the "Final Knockout" tonight and Steve Austin's imminent Raw TV return.

[Commercial Break]

Sin Cara video: Dramatic music played as they focused on Mistico's lower body and his mask. They went to a video package of Mistico in the ring delivering his trademark high-flying offense on an enhancement talent. Mistico slowly lifted the mask to his face and placed it over his head. More action clips. More dramatic music. Sin Cara.

Announcers: Mathews said he cannot wait to see Sin Cara in WWE. Mathews then plugged the Hall of Fame and Cole noted HBK, Duggan, and Bullet Bob are the first three in the Hall of Fame. And tonight's inductee is...Sunny. They played her classic 1990s theme song and showed various clips of Sunny in action from 15 years ago. Most of those clips wouldn't have made air in today's PG WWE. Cole heelishly said if Sunny were around today, she wouldn't be able to keep her hands off him.

In-ring: Divas champion Eve came to the ring for the next match. She's defending the Divas Title against Nikki Bella after last week's #1 contender battle royal.

Tough Enough clip: They showed the first clips of the "Tough Enough" season starting the night after WrestleMania. Bill DeMott was shown, with focus on Steve Austin as the host. Quotable Austin soundbyte: "Your hairdo is pissing me off."

[Commercial Break]


3 -- Divas champion EVE (w/Gail Kim) vs. NIKKI BELLA (w/Brie Bella) -- Divas Title match

Back live: Gail Kim had joined Eve ringside for the Divas Title defense. The Bellas then came out together for the title challenge. Cole suddenly stood up on the announce desk and said he has a major announcement to make and he cannot wait. He will announce the special referee up next. He told them to end this match whenever they want. Eve and Nikki continued to wrestle while Cole ranted & raved that he's the "main event." The Bellas tried to pull the switcheroo, but the ref saw it, restored order, and Eve hit her neckbreaker finisher for the win. Post-match: Cole told them good riddance before announcing he will reveal his special referee at WrestleMania.

WINNER: Eve at 3:06 to retain the Divas Title. It was what it was with Cole playing up his heel character.

DVD plug: History of WrestleMania DVD. Edge, Rey, and Vince McMahon had voice-overs as they showed various behind-the-scenes clips of WrestleManias through the years. Austin, Jericho, McMahon (crying), and Triple H were shown in sit-down soundbyte interviews.

[Commercial Break]

Smackdown plug: Undertaker's on the show. ... Back live, Mathews plugged that Snooki will be on Raw next week as the guest star of the show.

In-ring: The ring was carpeted red as Cole stood center-ring. Mathews fed to a video package on Cole announcing Jack Swagger as his personal trainer last week before Swagger slapped an anklelock on Lawler. Live in the ring, Cole bent over laughing at the sight of Lawler in the anklelock. Cole asked for the audience's attention. He said he will be competing in his first-ever match at the main event. Cole chuckled and noted he holds a contract in his hand. Cole said the man who signs these documents will be the special guest referee and will have the honor of holding his hand high when he defeats Lawler at WrestleMania.

[Q5 -- second hour] Cole said that because he respects Lawler, he chose a man who will be impartial. Cole said this man will call the match right down the middle, so at least Lawler has a fighting chance in his first-ever match at WrestleMania. Cole said this man is a former WWE champion, a true Legend, one of the most iconic figures in WWE history, and, much like him, he's a legendary Texan. Cole told the crowd they can feel it. "You know he's here! You know this man is here! You have been waiting for an hour to get out of your seats!" Cole led an Aus-tin, Aus-tin, Aus-tin chant. "You people are fools!" Cole shouted directly into the camera. He said he suckered them in. "Ladies and gentlemen, my referee is WrestleMania is none other than...J-B-L."

And here's why Del Rio didn't have the vehicular entrance, as JBL's limo rolled up ringside. JBL emerged from his limo and waved to the crowd as Cole extended his arms in celebration. JBL made his way into the ring and embraced Cole before they held each other's arms straight into the air. JBL took the mic and cut a promo on the Rangers, Cowboys, and Stars not winning championships. He said he went to New York City and felt sorry for people in Texas. He said he figured the audience would welcome him with open hearts when he returned. "I want to tell you thank you," he said, which drew boos.

JBL said everything else is "whatever" compared to Michael Cole's in-ring debut in the main event of WrestleMania. He said he's so proud this "grizzled vet" has paid his dues to become a star. JBL said he saw Lawler for who he is: a simple bully. "I hate bullies," JBL said. He said it's wrong the strong pick on the weak just because they can. JBL said the fact that Jack Swagger is training Cole puts Cole in such a strong position, and all they need is an impartial referee. JBL said he can buy everyone and their momma in the building, but no one can buy JBL. He said he's a man of integrity, and that's why he's here. JBL pulled out a pen to sign Cole's referee contract. JBL said, tonight, he begins his journey back to the main event of WrestleMania.

Suddenly, Stone Cold's music hit for the first strong crowd reaction of the night. Austin smiled and marched to the ring as the crowd woke up a bit from their slumber. Austin saluted all four corners of the ring as JBL tried yelling at him for the interruption. Cole joined JBL in screaming at Austin, who had one of those classic looks on his face trying to understand what they're saying. Cole hid behind JBL, who demanded Austin get out of the ring.

Austin then kicked JBL in the gut and dropped him with a Stunner. Austin put on JBL's Cowboy hat and asked for beers. Cole then got on the headset and demanded to know what Austin is doing. "You ruined my night!" Cole shouted. Austin chugged beers as Cole continued to rant & rave. Austin then poured a beer over JBL's head before surveying the contract still on the mat. "N---n---noooo," Cole said in-between faux tears. Austin surveyed the crowd before picking up the clipboard. Austin took a swig, surveyed the contract, Cole cried ringside, and Austin took the mic.

"If you want me to sign this contract, give me a hell ya," Austin shouted into the mic. Austin then signed the contract and flipped the clipboard into the air. Cole cried and cried ringside. "Why in the world did you come back and do this? Why now?" Austin then took the mic again and officially announced himself as the special referee for Cole vs. Lawler at WrestleMania. "Oh my God, I'm going to faint. Oh my God, I'm going to be sick. Steve, please. Steve, I am begging you, please, don't. Anything," Cole pleaded. Austin then dropped to the floor and approached Cole. Austin shook Cole's hand and wished him good luck before spilling two beers over Cole's head. Austin wished him good luck, then shoved him down into his announcer seat. Cole had a faraway look in his eyes, then slowly started walking away from ringside. From in the ring, Austin doused him with another beer. Cole paused, then slowly kept walking with his bottom lip quivering.

Austin's music stopped and JBL came to life to accept a beer from Austin. JBL started drinking, then Austin dropped him with another Stunner. They went back to a slow-motion replay of Austin shaking Cole's hand, then dousing him with two beers. On the stage, Jack Swagger tried consoling Cole, who threw his jacket down on the entrance stage and complained some more. Cole and Swagger disappeared, then Austin celebrated on the stage with more beers. Mathews said that was fantastic. "There's only one 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin," he said. Austin then chased the cameraman down the entrance ramp to have some fun while drinking more beers. PYB (3) talk time: 15:50.

Video package: They went back to The Rock addressing John Cena on last week's Raw. Mathews noted WWE fans are choosing sides between Cena and Rock. Will Cena deliver the "final knockout" on Raw?


[Commercial Break. Smackdown TV plug for the taping in Houston tomorrow night: Triple H is returning. It's Hunter & Cena & Edge & Big Show & Rey vs. Del Rio & The Corre in a ten-man tag match. Plus, The Undertaker returns.]

Backstage: Cole told Swagger he hates "Stone Cold" as much as he hates Jerry Lawler. Swagger told Cole to shut up and listen to him. He told Cole to focus on Lawler and he'll take care of Austin.

Arena: Jerry Lawler's music hit and The King jogged to ringside showing no ill-effects of the anklelock from Swagger last week. They replayed from "Moments Ago" Austin signing the contract to be special referee for Lawler-Cole at Mania. Lawler joined Mathews on commentary as he said they may have witnessed the greatest moment in television history.

In-ring: Daniel Bryan's music hit to bring out the U.S. champion for singles action. Sheamus's music hit to bring out Sheamus, who was showing no ill-effects of the Pedigree through the table and Air Bourne on last week's Raw. They replayed Hunter putting Sheamus through the announce table last week; Mathews said Sheamus will not be targeting Hunter in the near future. The video replay finished with a clip of Bourne delivering Air Bourne on Sheamus.

4 -- U.S. champion DANIEL BRYAN vs. SHEAMUS -- non-title match

The bell sounded and Sheamus tried to take out his frustration on Bryan with an aggressive attack. Bryan then knocked Sheamus to the floor and Sheamus clutched his left ankle. The ref began a ten count as Sheamus came to his feet and started hobbling. It was a fast ten count as Sheamus continued to hobble around the ring selling the ankle. Mathews noted it was a quick count as Bryan celebrated with the U.S. Title in the ring.

Post-match: Bryan peered down at Sheamus, then started to leave the ring. Sheamus took the mic and acknowledged he's been on a losing streak for the past couple of months. He vowed to become new U.S. champion next week, though, and change his luck. Sheamus paused and said if he doesn't beat Bryan for the title next week...he'll quit. Sheamus hobbled around ringside as Bryan non-verbally accepted the challenge. Lawler said perhaps Sheamus isn't thinking clearly.

WINNER: Bryan via count-out at 1:09. Interesting development to put Bryan and Sheamus in a relevant position going into next week.

Up Next: Shawn Michaels speaks out on Hunter-Taker Part 2.

Tough Enough plug: They replayed the intro video on the new "Tough Enough" season starting next month.

[Commercial Break]

In-ring: C.M. Punk was randomly in the ring for the next match. That's not Shawn Michaels. R-Truth's music hit to bring out Truth to face Punk. Based on the crowd reactions WWE selected during Truth's rap entrance, you would think Truth was one of the top stars in WWE. After a replay of Orton picking apart Nexus earlier tonight, Truth was shown in the ring. Truth got the city right and asked Dallas what's up.


5 -- C.M. PUNK (w/Mason Ryan) vs. R-TRUTH

Lawler, recapping the Orton-Punk business tonight, slipped and called Orton the "Rattlesnake" rather than the "Viper." Punk dominated early on as Truth tried to rally the crowd. Truth wanted a top rope move, but he sold an injured hand. Punk tried the G2S, but Truth slipped out and nailed a leg whip for a nearfall. Punk came back with a side effect-like maneuver before applying a neck vice for a submission victory. Post-match: Punk directed Mason Ryan to deliver a running shoulderbreaker. Truth continued to sell an injured shoulder. "WrestleMania! WrestleMania!" Ryan shouted down at Truth. Punk then stood up and smirked toward the hard camera.

WINNER: Punk via submission at 2:33. The match was randomly thrown out there, but served its purpose re-establishing Punk as a threat to Orton at WrestleMania.

Announcers: Lawler and Cole discussed Taker's Undefeated Streak "never, never being in more jeopardy" than it is right now. They fed to Part 2 of Shawn Michaels's comments on the match.

From a sit-down interview setting, Michaels talked about their relationship changing through the years. Cue up the old-school DX clips leading to Michaels's farewell on March 29, 2010 following WrestleMania. Michaels said he knows greatness is never satisfied, which is why he takes on a challenge like Undertaker at WrestleMania. HBK said Hunter's evolution over the years goes deeper than veteran or workhorse. He said there's a darkness inside Hunter and he can be mean, vicious, and brutal. Michaels said if there's anyone who can defeat Taker at Mania, it's Triple H. He said Hunter can do what he couldn't do at WrestleMania: take emotion out of the equation. He said having no remorse is what it might take to defeat The Undertaker.

On-stage: Vickie Guerrero slowly walked out sans music. Mathews noted Vickie was fired from Smackdown two weeks ago. The crowd booed as they cut to break.

[Commercial Break]

Next week: Snooki from "Jersey Shore" live on Raw.

In-ring: Vickie Guerrero excused herself onto the show three times, drawing louder boos each time. Vickie said that due to her (something she mumbled), she would like to introduce the former World Hvt. champion and newest member of the Raw roster...Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler, dressed to wrestle, walked out on-stage as Mathews said this is a huge acquisition for the Raw brand. John Morrison's music then hit to bring out Morrison to face Ziggler. Vickie joined Lawler and Mathews on commentary for the match.

6 -- DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. JOHN MORRISON

Lawler asked Vickie to explain her relationship with Ziggler after she threw Ziggler under the bus on Smackdown to get him fired. Vickie said it's strictly business at this point. "Just business, eh?" Lawler asked. Ziggler knocked Morrison to the floor and they cut to break 27 seconds into the match.

[Commercial Break]

[Q8] Back from break three minutes later, the match was over and Khali was doing the Kiss Cam. Okay, not so much. In actuality, Morrison had his eyes closed while flat on the mat as Ziggler worked him over with a side headlock. Vickie noted her "business associate" looks great tonight. She then cut a promo on Snooki and said she better keep her eyes off her man...that she's been involved in. Morrison made a comeback as Vickie pleaded with her business associate. Morrison executed a spinning neckbreaker, then made a cover for a two count when Ziggler put his foot on the bottom rope. Vickie continued to comment on Ziggler's looks before Ziggler caught Morrison with the Zig-Zag for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Ziggler at 5:28. Another short match with only a few minutes airing live. Odd to see Morrison lose clean here, but it's clear WWE is looking to emphasize Ziggler over Morrison heading to WrestleMania.

Post-match: Vickie entered the ring to celebrate with her reluctant business partner. Ziggler tried to ignore Vickie, then the Raw GM buzzed. Lawler stepped to the podium. He said normally Michael Cole would be doing this, but he's probably wringing beer out of his diaper right now. Lawler read from the laptop that the GM did hire Dolph Ziggler, but not Vickie. Lawler said the GM looks at Vickie as a "very polarizing figure." But, there's some good news. Vickie can have a job on Raw. If...she wins her match next week. Vickie ranted & raved about having to wrestle. And it's against...Trish Stratus. Vickie screamed at Ziggler, then threw a fit. Security emerged from the back and entered the ring to escort Vickie out of the ring, but Vickie clutched Ziggler's legs. Ziggler told her to calm down. Vickie eventually left and sarcastically thanked Dolph for his help. She sneered on the way up the stage and continued to yell at anyone who would listen.

Raw last Monday: Part three of The Rock's promo on John Cena aired.

Mathews plugged Cena's response to The Rock, and it's next. But, first, a sneak peek of "The Chaperone," which is out on DVD tomorrow. Hunter talked in a sit-down interview setting about the movie plot. "The kids empowered," he said. Ariel Winter also talked before they ran a blooper reel.

[Commercial Break]

Last Monday: Part four of The Rock's promo on Cena, with Rock doing his own rap on Cena. Yabba.

[Q9 -- over-run] In-ring: One minute before the top of the hour, John Cena's music hit to bring out Cena on stage. Cena surveyed a ton of "Yabba" signs in the arena before entering the ring. Mathews said Cena now gets his turn in the "war of words" with The Rock. The camera picked up on various adult females in the crowd admiring Cena, who then took the mic and waited out obvious boos from the Dallas crowd. Cena said they're right that everything is bigger in Texas. He said once you're here, you can see there are people as far as the eye can see. Cena broke down the crowd: very excited, very angry, and there's The Rock. "Rocky, Rocky" chant from the vocal males.

Cena said he thinks it's kind of funny Rock equates him to various cereals. Cena mocked Rock's mock of You Can't See Me. Cena said, "Shut the front door," Rock got mad at him. Cena said Rock was upset he addressed him in rap. He found a solution. Tonight, he will address Rock in hip-hop. The vocal males booed. And they grew louder. Some of the kids tried to drown them out.

Cena said Rock showed the whole world last week that his ass is soft. He asked if Rock couldn't afford a plane ticket to appear on Raw last week, but he opted to read off a teleprompter. "Only time you see me, homies, is when I'm whipping that Rock Bottom." Cena said after last week, the only thing Rock's beating is himself. Boos. He said he's standing here tonight, but he doesn't see Rock. Cena called him a "Yabba Dabba disgrace." He gave Rock a tip: "Just show up." Cena said he's glad this is over so he can check this off his list. He then pulled out a pearl necklace.

Cena made a joke about a Shih Tzu dog and they cut to a Photoshop pic of Rock holding said dog. For his next trick, Cena pulled out Rock's t-shirt to show his support. It read: "I Bring It Via Satellite." Cena chuckled to himself, then told Rock he shouldn't bring a knife to a gun fight. Crickets in the crowd as Cena's music hit to wrap the rap. That bombed hard. Awful promo.

Suddenly, Miz stormed the ring and blasted Cena in the face with the WWE Title belt. Miz stared down at Cena, then slowly raised the title belt in the air as Cena crawled around on the mat. Miz cocked his neck as Cena slowly made his way to his feet. He then dropped Cena with a second belt shot to the face. The camera stayed on Miz as some activity happened off-camera. Apparently a fan entered the ring. Once that was cleared, Miz leaned down next to Cena and whispered a promo to Cena that everyone has disrespected him for the last time.

Miz asked Cena if he sees a pattern. He said every time Rock and Cena get their panties in a wad, this is what happens. He said the same thing would have happened to Rock. Miz had his own rap: "Rock, Cena, Macho Man, Liz, Stone Cold, Bret Hart - they're nothing compared to The Miz." Miz looked into the camera and introduced himself, the WWE champion, to The Rock. He said he is the Star of WrestleMania. "You, on the other hand, are only the host." He told Rock to know his role and be the best Ryan Seacrest he can be.

Miz told Rock that he will take Rock's little eyebrow, his 45 catchphrases, his sunglasses, his father, his grandfather, roll them up into a ball, flip it sideways, and stick it straight up Rock's candyass. "Because I'm The Miz...and I'm..." Miz approached a recovering Cena to drop him with the Skullcrushing Finale. Miz stood over Cena as the crowd murmured a bit.

Miz then did Rock's pre-Elbow kick, he removed his elbow pad, tossed it into the crowd, ran the ropes, and dropped a People's Elbow on Cena to no heat. Miz then re-addressed the camera: "Awesome!" Miz's music hit and he grabbed the WWE Title belt to proudly show off to the crowd. Miz leaned down next to Cena and stared him down as the show ended 12 minutes past the top of the hour.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Not a good show, highlighted by the memorably awful Cena promo. It was obvious the crowd came for one reason: to see Stone Cold and they didn't care much for anything else on the show. Overall, this week's Raw came across like a maintenance show building to a mini-PPV next week and the larger issues at WrestleMania in four weeks.

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