over us. He decides to act as a "translator", saying it's a forgone conclusion that Punk will win because Vince is desperate to have anyone else as champion, and his "flavor of the month" happens to be the Rock. The Rock, like us, is stupid to think...IF YOU SMELLLLLL!!! The Rock is out, and he's got a ticket!
-Rock salutes the San Jose Police Department for the ticket, and plans to smack Heyman's lips off his face if he doesn't leave. Heyman obliges, and Rock looks up at Punk in the suite. Rock says the 428 days Punk has held the title makes him great, and he's been focused on the Rock's relation with the people, and obsessed with respect. Rock guarantees that if they stepped outside, he'd rip Punk's face off. Rock, like Martin Luther King, has a dream to climb the mountaintop, and when he wins the WWE Title, the people will be free at last, god almighty, they'll be free at last...
-THE LIGHTS GO OUT! IT'S THE SHIELD! Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose beat down Rock, who tries to fight back, but gets taken down by the ankles and roughhoused some more before they lay out the Great One with the triple powerbomb. As the Shield bails, Punk calls down to the Rock, saying there is only room at the mountaintop for one, that freedom has a price, and the thing about dreams is that eventually you wake up from them, and when Rock wakes up, he'll realize the Great One just wasn't great enough. Rock can only barely look on from the mat, spitting up blood as he struggles to the ropes...
-A video tribute to MLK.
-We recap the Shield bringing "justice" to The Rock, including the triple powerbomb. Rock did walk back on his own, but the "internal injuries" are apparent.
Beat the Clock Match: IC Champion Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus
The time to beat is Dolph Ziggler's 10:56.
Barrett and Sheamus exchange shoulder blocks. Barrett wrestles Sheamus to the ground for a one count. Barrett with shoulders to Sheamus, then some rights. Sheamus comes right back with shoulders of his own, then a clothesline followed by a Finlay Roll for a two count. Barrett rolls to the apron, and hangs Sheamus up by the arm. Barrett goes for a clothesline, misses, but catches Sheamus on the ropes and clotheslines him to the floor as we go to break with roughly eight minutes on the clock left...
Barrett with a sharp kick to Sheamus's midsection for a two count. He wrenches in an armbar on the Irishman, who fights out. Barrett with hard rights, misses a clothesline, and Sheamus brings the Irish Hammers, FELLA! Sheamus misses a clothesline out of the corner, but Barrett misses a charge over the ropes, and Sheamus with the Ten Shots and a suplex back into the ring for a near fall. Sheamus sets for White Noise, but Barrett counters into a pumphandle, but Sheamus floats out. Brogue Kick misses, SHARP kick by Barrett, then an even stiffer one to the face of Sheamus for a near fall. Elbow from the second rope gets another near fall. Wasteland attempt, Sheamus slips out, White Noise connects! Sheamus readies the Brogue Kick, but AJ out now and distracts Sheamus. Winds of Change by Barrett! Near fall! Ziggler watches the clock anxiously. Barrett readies the Bullhammer, but Sheamus pulls the trigger with Brogue Kick first! Time runs out before Sheamus can cover!
Winner: No Contest
Winner of Beat the Clock: Dolph Ziggler
-Dolph taunts Sheamus from the ramp on being just a little too slow as he celebrates with AJ and Langston.
-Cena's "WWE Universe" Address...STILL to come later tonight!
-Vickie backstage, and Dolph comes in, trolling all over Ms. Guerrero and making out with AJ, bragging how he gets to pick any number he wants in the Rumble. Vickie ruins the party for Dolph, saying he couldn't pick ANY number, but that he has a choice of numbers...1 or 2. Show...WAY Off.
-We recap the Shield's beat-down of Rock and an update on his physical condition. We then go backstage to Punk and Heyman, whom are leaving the building as they run into Mr. McMahon, who asks if they think they're real clever with what they just pulled. Punk and Heyman deny any involvement in the Shield attack, except for the part about being clever. Heyman argues that everyone has been attacked by the Shield, not just involving themselves in Punk's matches. Regardless of the lack of obvious evidence, Vince promises "severe consequences" if the Shield gets involved at the Royal Rumble, he will personally strip Punk of the WWE Championship. Ouch.
Non-Title Match: World Champion Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Tensai
Tensai splashes Del Rio in the corner, lays him out early with a clothesline, then a pair of Vader Bombs gets a near fall. Del Rio gets the boot up on another charge, hits a nice head scissors, then a German Suplex on the 350-plus pounder! Nice! Del Rio fires up with a "SI! SI! SI!" chant, nails the step-up enziguri, then a second-rope moonsault gets three!
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
-Alberto agrees with Big Show that there will be a ten count, but he will be the one to count it, and it will be done in Spanish! He gives us a little Spanish counting lesson to ten, and Ricardo fires up the crowd with another "SI! SI! SI!" chant. OLE!
-The next 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee...BOB BACKLUND! That's Mr. Backlund to the voters and the "plebians"! Nice little video.
-John Cena...IS WALKING!
-John Cena out to the ring with his usual 50-50 split crowd reaction. Cena's surprised how lively we are, given Sunday's a night of rest and relaxation. For the sake of everyone, I'll summarize Cena's "lively" speech. He points out a kid in the crowd, mentions how they usually have a day off, playing video games. He "realizes" the kid's keeping him at noob level and tells him to leave "Skidmark187" alone. He then points out a lady who would usually spend a night out on Saturday and relive it on Sunday,... (Continues on next page)