Jeff Jarrett welcomes the viewers back and replays the footage of what just happened between Angle and Cena. Lawler calls his actions sick and reprehensible. Cole cuts him off and says that it was a smart move by Angle. He says that as great as Angle is, he’s never won a Royal Rumble and Laurinaitis gave him the opportunity to get a major advantage in the Rumble match if he can pin or make Cena submit. Justin Roberts is in the ring ready to make the announcement for the main event.
“The following tag team contest is set for one fall!”
“Just Don’t Care Anymore” plays on the PA system and in no time at all, Wade Barrett comes out from behind the curtain wearing a large coat. It flings off when he points in the air with both arms and heads down the ring.
“Introducing first, from Manchester, England, weighing 260 pounds, Wade Barrett!”
Barrett looks around at the crowd as they jeer and boo him but he doesn’t pay them much mind as he scales the apron and enters the ring. He turns around and waits for his tag team partner. Soon enough, “Gold Metal” starts to play and the crowd immediately begins to boo. The Olympic Gold Meadalist finally appears as an elevator raises him to the top of the ramp. With a raise of both arms, red and blue fireworks shoot up in the air behind him. He then make his way down the ramp.
“And his tag team partner, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 240 pounds, he is the only Olympic gold medalist in WWE history, Kurt Angle!”
Angle briskly enters the ring and meets up with Barrett. Both shake hands and prepare for their opponents to arrive. “Slay Me” plays on the PA system and the crowd goes into a cheering frenzy. Eventually, Sting comes out and howls to the audience with cupped hands to project his voice farther into the stands.
“And their opponents, first, from Venice Beach, California, weighing 25o pounds, “The Icon” Stiiiiiiiing!”
Sting walks about half way down the ramp but stops and looks back as he waits for John Cena to come out. “My Time is Now” starts to play. About thirty seconds into the song, Cena finally comes out. He’s limping on his bad ankle but still manages to do his salute.
“And his tag team partner, from West Newbury Massachusetts, weighing 251 pounds…he is the WWE Champion, John Ceeeeeeeeennnnaaaaaaa!”
Instead of charging to the ring, he limps over to Sting. The two stare each other down for a few seconds. Cole’s wondering if Cena thinks that Sting attacked him since Cena never got a good look at the person who attacked him. The team then looks on to their opponents. Angle, in particular, wants Cena as he points and taunts at the wounded champion. Sting gets to the apron first and enters the ring. Cena struggles to get on the apron but he eventually does. Sting stops him and tells him that he’ll start the match. Cena, reluctantly agrees. Disappointed he doesn’t get to wrestle Cena first, Angle goes to the apron and Barrett starts things off for his team.
When the bell rings, both men dance around the ring for a bit and shyly extend their arms forward. In a quick burst of speed displayed from both men, they lock into a collar-and-elbow clinch. After a few seconds of struggling, Barrett overpowers Sting into the corner and quickly releases the hold only to slap Sting across the face. Sting rubs his stinging face but goes on the offense again and gets into another collar-and-elbow tie up with Barrett. Barrett forces him into the corner again. He goes for another slap but Sting ducks and pushes Barrett into the corner and hits him with a few knife edge chops while the crowd yells “Woo!” with each chop. As Barrett clutches his chest in pain, Sting irish whips him into the opposite corner. He goes for a body splash but a big boot from Barrett stops him dead in his tracks. Barrett goes over to Angle and tags him in. Angle waits for Sting to get to his feet and grabs him around the waist and hits a belly to belly suplex. He lifts Sting up again and delivers another belly to belly. With Sting now stunned, Kurt walks over to Cena and taunts him to get in the ring. Cena smirks and points behind Angle. Angle turns around and Sting catches him with a right hand punch. Sting looks over to Cena and decides to tag him in. Cena slowly enters the ring and goes after Angle. Cena lifts Angle up and plants him into the ground with a fisherman suplex. He goes for the pin but Angle kicks out before a count of 1.
As RAW returns live, Cena can be seen beating the hell out of Wade Barrett in the corner with a few punches. Cena stops and backs up. Barrett takes the opportunity to charge at Cena but Cena trips him with a droptoe hold and goes for the STF. Barrett battles out before Cena can fully lock it in. Barrett crawls over to Angle and tags him in. Angle and Cena stare each other down for a bit. Angle intentionally locks at Cena’s ankle. When Cena looks down, Angles charges at him but Cena grabs Angle head first using the momentum to hurl Angle over the top rope. Cena gingerly climbs between the ropes to follow Angle but Barrett kicks Cena in the head with a running boot from the apron. Sting tries to alert the referee’s, Charles Robinson’s, attention to Barrett but Robinson tries to calm Sting down. Then, Angle takes a steel chair near the announce table and whacks Cena over the bad ankle with it. The smacking sound alerts the referee’s attention but Kurt throws the chair away when he looks at him. Kurt throws Cena back in the ring and goes after him. Angle knees Cena in his bad ankle a few times before pinning him. Cena kicks out at one and a half. A frustrated angle gives a DDT to Cena’s ankle and another one for good measure. He goes for another pin but Cena kicks out at two. Barrett demands Angle tag him in but Angle ignores him and goes for the Ankle Lock. John Cena uses his strength to push himself off the ground with his arms and roll forward sending Angle flying over him. Barrett tags himself in while Cena doesn’t notice and runs at the ropes behind Cena. He does a chop block and Cena goes down. Barrett goes for the cover but Cena kicks out at two. As John struggles to get to his feet, Kurt tags himself back in and hits a running clothesline on John. Cena tries to get back on his feet but his ankle gives out on him. Kurt stomps away at Cena’s ankle again until the referee pushes him away. Kurt goes back on the offense and stomps at Cena’s ankle more. Lawler thinks he might have broken it. Cole tells him to quit exaggerating. Kurt drags Cena by the ankle over to the middle of the ring. Angle climbs the top turnbuckle and positions himself for a moonsault. Digging down deep, Cena wills himself to stand to his feet and he quickly climbs to the top turnbuckle as well. John grabs Angle from behind and plants him in the mat with a super back suplex. Both men hit the mat hard and lie on their back motionless. The ref begins counting to ten. At five, Angle is already starting to get up but Cena crawls over to Sting’s corner. As Cena stretches out his hand to tag in Sting, Sting backs away and climbs down the steel steps and leaves the ring and walks up the ramp to the backstage area. Cena looks on shocked and Angles ceases the opportunity to lock the Ankle Lock in. Cena tries to crawl over to the ropes but Angle pulls him back in the middle of the ring. Cena looks like he’s going to tap but he passes out from the pain. Angle goes for the pin and gets the three count.
Winners: Kurt Angle & Wade Barrett via pinfall @ 10:21
Kurt Angle and Wade Barrett celebrate their victory and notice that Bobby Roode is running out to the ring. Roode goes over to ringside and grabs Cena’s title. He slides under the ring and asks for Barrett and Angle to get Cena on his feet. When they do, Roode clocks Cena over the head with the belt and lays Cena out. A small trickle of blood pours out from Cena’s head as Roode leaves the ring with Cena’s championship belt. Roode pauses when he gets up the ramp, facing away from the camera. The last image of RAW is Roode holding the belt high above his head.
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