Winner: Chris Jericho (**)
I liked the aggression from Kofi that basically points out the worry we've had all along and the one that Dolph said earlier...he's essentially an afterthought. Kofi addressed this in the match, but didn't pull out the win (not that we didn't expect him to lose). There was some spottiness in the match, but for the most part, it was alright.
They show HBK, all smiles, walking through the backstage area. He stops and smiles, ah that's why... Triple H walks up and they hug it out.
In the back, John Cena is speaking with Zack Ryder who is in a neckbrace, a back brace and has crutches. He says he knows he's beat up, but he's just got to be here. He loves Eve. He brought her flowers. Cena points out that every time Ryder is here, Kane has vowed to hurt him. He gets it, he knows it's close to V-Day, but do him a favor and stay here in Cena's locker room. He'll go get Eve. Please do not leave this locker room. I got your back, broskii.
In the back, again, David Otunga and Johnny are choppin it up. Otunga points out that although they allowed him back on RAW, they never said he was the permanent GM. He's got an idea, though. Not only would you be the permanent manager of RAW, but you'd also be the permanent General Manager of Smackdown as well.
There is a recap of Smackdown as to why we are getting a Big Show vs. Orton match. They show an exclusive that shows Show chokeslamming Orton.
Daniel Bryan's music hits and it appears he will be joining us ringside during the Big Show and Orton match. Note: Bryan is NOT at the commentary booth, rather he is beside it without a headset.
Match 2: Randy Orton vs. The Big Show
Orton tries to start rough with some kidney shots, but Show pushes him away. Orton goes for the head, but Show pushes him again. Show sends Orton to the corner then chops him hard in the chest. Orton flies to the outside. Show tries picking him up by his head, But Orton hangs up his arm. Orton flies in and Show hits a side slam. Pin for 1...2..NO! Show calls for the WMD but Orton rolls out of the ring as we take a break...
We...are...BACK! And Show is fading slowly due to a sleeper hold from Orton. Show backs up into the corner, but he does so sluggishly. He takes a few steps forward then begins to go down. he's down to one knee. Show with a snapmare to break the hold. Clothesline form Show. Another! He sends Orton to the corner then back splashes! Show hits the ropes but Orton hits a nice dropkick! Show tries to roll Show over. He does then pins for 1..2..Show Powers Out!! Orton is sent to the outside. Show follows then kicks Orton. He takes him over to the announce table and smacks his head in it. Show rolls Orton in the ring then mad dogs Bryan. Show onto the apron, and Orton hits a dropkick. Show hangs over the rope so Orton kicks him. Show slouches and we're looking at a DDT from the top rope! Cole calls it EXTRA VINTAGE...Orton hears voices. He calls for the RKO. Show gets up and turns into an RKO, but Orton doesn't go down and the crowd chants "You Fucked up!" Orton lifts Show, hits the ropes, Show goozles, Orton chops and hits a much better looking RKO! He is about to pin and Bryan runs in and clocks Orton over the head with the belt!
Winner: Randy Orton via DQ (**)
The match seemed just a tad bit sloppy for my liking, and I thought that before the bad looking RKO. Speaking of which, whose fault was that?
Bryan waits for Show to get up then hits him with the belt as well!
Justin Roberts is in the middle of the ring and he welcomes the man of the hour, The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels!! Michaels has the mic and a whole lot of gray in that beard of his. He starts by saying that he is nervous. Earlier today, he looked on his twitter and someone asked him why he always comes around this time of year, and you cannot have Wrestlemania without MR. WRESTLEMANIA! He's still the headliner, the showstopper, the Main--- ok, he's no longer in the main events but he will add Mr. Hall of Fame to his moniker list! Much like all of us, he was sitting home last week, riveted to his TV. Yes, he does have a TV. He was waiting for his best friend, Triple H, to utter those words that we all wanted to hear. "I accept the challenge to The Undertaker." Of course, he was shocked when Trips didn't give it. This is why he called Johnny Ace and asked to come to RAW. Then a few days went by and he realized that Triple H had played us all. He's just baiting Taker, he's just playing us all. So he wants to bring Triple H out here to announce that he will face Taker at Mania.
Triple H's music hits and he comes out in a suit and tie, so there will apparently be 95% less ass and cock jokes. Triple H and HBK soak in the DX chants. Triple H claims he speaks for the world that it is great to see Michaels. While he understands that it's hard to tear himself away from Texas and hunting wabbits, he says it would be nice if we didn't see him once a year. We'd love to see him a bit more. HBK says he wanted to be here, live with everyone else to hear HHH say he would face Taker. As... (Continues on next page)