Airdate: Monday, March 5th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The TD Garden Arena in Boston, MA
Results by Tony Acero of 411
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Straight out the gate, we get the music of one HBK playing, and out comes HBK! A nice HBK chant welcomes our lazy-eyed legend as he grabs a mic. He claims that nowadays, those chants give him a moment to catch his breath since he's no longer used to doing all the ramp theatrics anymore. A few weeks ago, he caused a little trouble a few weeks ago. It got pretty heated between he and The H's, but he desperately wanted Trips to take the match at Mania. He wanted Triple H to take down the streak, but he said no and now it's all water under the bridge. HHH has changed his mind, and it's going to happen. He not only accepted, but he upped the ante and now we're in for a treat. He's just here to find out what made HHH change his mind. He invites the horse down to hear from his mouth. HBK riffs the guitar to the tune of Triple H's music and ol Suit and Tie comes out.
HBK knows that a few weeks ago, he was pretty hard on Triple H and he was tough, but he really wanted the match. It's amazing, that's why Hunter is the responsible one. He said some mean things and put that friendship on the line. He pushed the limits with Triple H and he's gotta say, he's amazed at how Triple H didn't buckle at all. He calls him an Oak. haha. He thought of every dirty, underhanded and dispicable thing he could think of. He calls HHH a man of conviction, of honr and integrity. He didn't give in. HBK doesn't know anyone who can look at HHH and call him a coward only for Triple H to do nothing. That is why HBK calls him an oak. But...something made HHH change his mind. Someone said something that really pissed off HHH, so what was it? It was something so degrading and humiliating...what was it, HHH? What was it?
Hunter is about to talk, but Shawn says he wants to do what everyone else to do. He wants to see the footage. He wants to stand with HHH, his friend of 17 years, and all the fans to share this moment with him. The moment that made him break down and say he could do it. The recap shows Triple H's walk out until Taker says that he can't do what HBK couldn't do because Shawn was always better than HHH. If you recall, this causes Triple H to take off his jacket and tie, then offer the HIAC match.
We come back, and HBK is staring at HHH who is looking forward. HHH turns to HBK. So.....that's all it took. The worst thing that anybody could say to you is that I am better than you. Triple H says it's got nothing to do with HBK being better or HHH being better. He's tired of it. He's tired of listening to it. He is tired of listening to people like The Undertaker talk behind HBK's back saying he couldn't get the job done. He is tired of people calling him a failure.Tired of people saying that on the way out, he was never as good as he thought he was in the first place. That eats up HHH. He's his friend and also the guy who believes that HBK is the greatest in ring performer of all time. It kills me, it pains me beyond measure to look at you as a loser. That's why I'm going to do it, Shawn. That's why I'm going to finish it. I am going to end The Undertaker. I am going to end the streak. I'm going to end an era. I am going to do what everybody runs their mouth saying you couldn't do...
HBK says oh well thanks, because he thought there was a problem. Silly him, Triple H has everything under control. Last year, it hurt more than anyone could possibly imagine and look at HHH and say he couldn't get it done. Then he watched Mania and how he dominated The Undertaker. He watched Trips beat him within an inch of his life, then lose and he was right. This year, at Wrestlemania, he knows who is going to win, and he'll be right again. Shawn looks to leave, but before he does, he comes back. I'm sorry, the reason I know that, is because I've been made...the special referee.
I like how Cole claims that this is blatant favoritism from Teddy Long.
Match 1: United States Championship Match
Santino vs Jack Swagger (w/ Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero)
Swagger starts with a kick to the gut and some hard forearms to the back of Santino. Johnny Ace and David Otunga come out as the match goes on Santino hits an arm drag and calls for the Cobra but Otunga is distracting the ref and Dolph clocks Santino in the face. He turns right into a Gutwrench Powerbomb, but out comes Teddy Long with Kofi Kingston and Aksana. Teddy and Johnny get face to face as we go to break..
Back to the match, Swagger is hitting his Swagger bomb but Santino has his knees up. Laurinitis gets on the apron to distract, so Teddy pulls him down. They get into the face of each other again, as Santino builds himself some Momentum! Dolph hits him in the back, so Kofi goes on the attack. Dolph hits him, though, only for Santino to hit him with the Cobra! Vickie is on the apron. Aksana is there to pull her off! Santino looks to hit the Cobra on Swagger! But the ref is busy with Long and Ace. Teddy Long sends Ace to the ground and the ref turns around just in time to see Swagger hold in the ankle lock. Santino rolls forward and Swagger hits the turnbuckle. Cobra!!! Pin! 1...2....3!!!
Winner and NEW United States Champion: Santino Marella (*)
Well that was just a mess! I'm indifferent about this right now, as I see the humoristic qualities, and the fans are FIRMLY behind Santino, but the match itself was clusterfuck due to the outside mess...which isn't necessarily a complaint.
Johnny Ace demands for the music to stop and says that this cannot happen because this is his show. Teddy Long grabs the mic and says he's wrong, playa, and calls out security. Ace is demanded to leave! Security takes both Otunga and Ace out of the building while Ace screams that he'll get them. Teddy then gives the mic back to Justin... (Continues on next page)