Airdate: Monday, March 11th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
A moment of silence as the WWE takes the chance to reflect on the life and times of one of the most unique, legendary managers in the business, William "Paul Bearer" Moody.
Very apropos way to start Raw, with the man who Paul Bearer had perhaps the greatest impact on in their career, The Undertaker. He seems to take a moment to reflect, likely for his longtime manager and friend, before proceeding to the ring as only the Phenom can. An urn is centered in the ring, an iconic item of both the Dead Man and Bearer, and Taker kneels in tribute...Punk's music hits, and Taker and the crowd both seem shocked and appalled.
Punk attempts to quell the crowd, and wishes to extend his heartfelt condolences and apologies to Taker...at WrestleMania. To Paul Bearer, Undertaker will always be perfect. To everyone else, in 4 weeks, Taker will be 20-1. After Mania, there will only be tributes to Taker's broken streak, and years from now, people will remember where they were when Punk broke the Streak.
The crowd lets Punk have it as Undertaker just stares a hole through the Chicago native.
A member of the Shield is in singles action for the first time as Seth Rollins takes on the Big Show...oh, there's NO possible way The Shield will interfere in this one...
We see on WWEActive that a PISSED-OFF Kane came out after Punk's disrespect of Kane's late father, goozled Punk, and nearly chokeslammed him off the stage. Punk escaped and made tracks, but Kane's in hot pursuit. He storms through the locker room, demanding to know where Punk is, and just biels Alex Riley over a table. Damn.
The Big Show vs. Seth Rollins w/Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns
The Shield, to no surprise, comes out with Rollins. He seems hesitant to enter as Reigns and Ambrose each take a side of the ring. Rollins tries to take the fight to Show early, but the giant shrugs him off and throws him to the outside onto Ambrose. Show decides, "Aw, screw it", and takes the fight to the Shield, tossing Reigns into the barricade before Ambrose and Rollins jump him from behind.
Show struggles into the ring, with Ambrose putting the boots to him, but Show fights him off and catches Rollins off the ropes with a goozle! Reigns with a HUGE spear to Show, and the pack of justice rains blows down on the giant, lifting up the dead weight of Show and lifting him up for a BIG triple powerbomb. Wow! The Shield stands tall over the fallen giant.
Winner: No Contest
Punk storms into Vickie and Brad's office, demanding that a lid be put on Kane and his actions. Vickie is ticked at Punk's inherent disrespect of Paul Bearer and puts him in a No-DQ match against the Big Red Monster; Punk will have to beg mercy from Kane, and I think the man's fresh out.
Kane's erstwhile partner Daniel Bryan is in action against Dolph Ziggler, whose nutsy girlfriend AJ ended up on the wrong end of a zinger from her ex Bryan. Not to mention she ended up wet...not that kinda wet
Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler w/AJ Lee & Big E. Langston
Dolph and Bryan exchange some "pleasantries" before locking up. Dolph off the ropes, but Bryan catches him with a flapjack and locks in a nice surfboard, pinning him down for a 1 count. Dolph fires back with a dropkick. He backs Bryan to the corner with a few rights and boots. Bryan reverses a hard whip and drills Ziggler with a corner dropkick. Dolph is sent to the outside. Bryan readies a dive, but Langston cuts him off as Dolph recovers on the outside and we go to break...
Dolph with the headstand headlock, but Bryan fights out. He catches a dropkick and launches Dolph into the turnbuckle. Bryan fires up. Dolph reverses a whip, Bryan floats out of the corner and hits some nice lariats. Bryan with kicks to Dolph, he ducks a third, but Bryan with a STIFF Buzzsaw kick with the other foot for a near fall! Dolph goes for the sleeper, Bryan snapmares out. The two men exchange roll-ups for two counts. Dolph blocks Bryan in the corner with an elbow and goes up top. Bryan stops him, goes for a back superplex, but Dolph counters into a cross body in mid-air! 1...2...kickout! Bryan catches Ziggler with the No! Lock, but AJ distracts the ref as Langston drags Dolph's foot to the ropes, and the ref breaks the hold. Dolph catches Bryan with the Famouser and gets a CLOSE near fall. Bryan tries the No! Lock again, Dolph rolls out of it. Bryan charges, but gets flapjacked into the ropes, and Dolph hits the Zig Zag for the three! Awesome match!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
AJ Lee nods to Langston post-match, and he picks up Bryan, only to put him right back down with the Big Ending! AJ and Dolph share a little make-out session as they look on and laugh.
We get a behind-the-scenes look at Triple H's journey back to the ring to challenge Lesnar, chronicling his time in the gym and watching on as Vince recovered from hip surgery.
The WWE Slam of the Night is a good old-fashioned guitar slam from Honky Tonk Man to the "One-Man Bland" Heath Slater, and dancing old-school with the unofficially-named "Tippen-Scales." Gotta admit, it's pretty catchy.
"Sweet T" Tensai is in action against Fandango, and he demands that the man come out here. Fandango's lady friend dances saucily out first, before Mr. Dango himself comes out. He says he will not come down until his name is pronounced right, and considers Clay and Tensai an insult to dance, even to the midwest, who don't know a thing about the arts. He asks that Naomi announces him, but Tensai interrupts her. Fandango tsk-tsks him and says he will not wrestle until his name is announced correctly. And once again, Lawler is denied his... (Continues on next page)