Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, March 12th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Live Commercial Break Look In!
We get a live look in from the Land of the Cleve! John Cena rap and The Rock has a concert...tonight!
Jerry Lawler Center Ring
Michael Cole hypes up WrestleMania 28, and the 18,000+ fans in attendance. Lawler hypes tonight's Rock & Rap Concert for later tonight, in the shadows of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. King decides to kick things off old school…
John Cena Brings It Old School
John Cena enters the arena to a chorus of boos in full Doctor of Thuganomics gear, with "Word Life" echoing throughout the arena. Throwback jersey, hat backwards, chain around his neck—the whole thing. He claims Rock wanted him to write his song, and is like Lebron James—took his talents to South Beach. Didn't take long for the penis joke. He says both Rock & Dwayne are jack-offs, and that finally gets a reaction. Cena references the "bitch titties" surgery—he went there. He even talks about plastic surgery to the Divas, and mentions the Cleveland Steamer! PG, much? MIAMI FRIED CHICKEN SHIT! He said it. he says he's going to beat Rock's ass at WrestleMania, and put his nuts dead in his face. Wow.
Personal Entertianment Factor: 5/6
By the way, I don't do star ratings. I rate the match or in-ring promo on a scale of 1-6. It's my PEF: Personal Entertainment Factor. And that one damn near killed it.
Vickie screams, and unfortunately I missed what she said should be illegal. She wants everyone to see this man: Dolph Ziggler! Ziggler and Vickie make their way to the ring as Michael Cole hypes WWE InterAction, found at www.com/social. Ziggler's opponent makes his way to the ring, and it doesn't look good for Ziggler.
Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Sheamus
The Great White gets a white hot reaction, and we get no commercial before the match. Cole mentions that Ziggler's a former World Champion! Posturing to start, and Ziggler goes behind and attacks. Sheamus with a kick to the get, and a headlock. Sheamus gets two. Lawler gets a dig in on Vickie as Sheamus continues to work the headlock. Ziggler breaks free, punches and charges, but Sheamus sends him down hard! Sheamus drapes Ziggler over the ropes for the chest clubs, but Ziggler escapes to the floor.
We return at the 5:00 mark and Sheamus is in full control. He locks in a modified arm bar as Ziggler works his way back-up. Irish (literally) whip by ziggler, but Sheamus sends him down. Sheamus reverses a hip toss and sends Dolph to the floor! Ziggler goes under the ring as Sheamus heads outside, and Dolph cuts Sheamus off! #SheamusToAnnounceTable! Charles "Lil' Naitch" Robinson starts the count as Ziggler makes into the ring. Sheamus has a huge welt on his back. Ziggler lays the boots to Sheamus, and is making a match of this. Neck breaker by Ziggler gets one. Ziggler locks in a laying sleeper as we throw it to Josh Matthews in a luxury box with Daniel Bryan and AJ. AJ FEARS BUGGY!
Matthews asks Daniel Bryan about his treatment of AJ, and AJ says it's all good. Bryan cuts the interview off short, and says they love each other. Back in the ring, Sheamus breaks out of the modified sleeper, and clubs Ziggler down time after time. Twisting powerslam from the big man gets a near fall. Vickie yells on the outside as Sheamus calls for the finish. Ziggler escapes the Celtic Cross, but ends up on his back anyway. Another near fall for Sheamus and we're putting Ziggler over on commentary. Ziggler with a crucifix for two! Nicely done. Sheamus pulls Ziggler up and nails a few rights. Fame Asser gets two for Ziggler! The crowd is alive with that near fall. Vickie thought it was a slow count, and I have to agree.
The crowd gets behind Sheamus as he lands a Broque Kick out of nowhere for three!
Winner: Sheamus in 11:56 via pinfall with the Broque Kick, 4/6
We get replays of the finish, and this was a good match, if a little bit slow. Despite Sheamus's role at WrestleMania, Ziggler still looked strong.
Cole confirms the GM vs. GM match at WrestleMania 28 while hyping the new WWE.com. Team Long vs. Team Laurinaitis is now "officially official."
Last Friday on Smackdown
Johnny Ace wanted Teddy Long to lay down as Aksana looked on in fear. Enter Kane and Randy Orton, and Long pins Ace. We now know where this is headed at ‘Mania.
John Laurinaitis joins the commentary team for our next match...
Mixed Tag Team Match
Aksana & United States champion Santino Marella vs. David Otunga & ???
Santino is confirmed as Teddy Long's team captain at WrestleMania. If Santino is the captain, what is Long? The manager? The coach? We get highlights from last week's Santino vs. Jack Swagger matches on RAW & Smackdown, including Friday's cage match. Otunga is confirmed as Laurinaitis's team captain. Otunga takes his sweet time as Cole wonders about Otunga's partner. John Laurinaitis makes it a handicap match, and welcomes Otunga's partner Mark Henry
Mixed Tag Team Match
Aksana & United States champion Santino Marella vs. David Otunga & Mark Henry
Teddy Long is out after the bell rings. It appears that Aksana is still in the match. Otunga attacks Santino as we focus on Long & Laurinaitis arguing at ringside. Long pushes Ace over the chair as cole calls for a doctor. In the ring, Santino is hitting the trademark on Otunga, and goes for the Cobra as Mark Henry tags in. World's Strongest Slam ends it.
Winners: David Otunga & Mark Henry in 1:31 via pinfall with the World's Strongest Slam, no rating yet
Kofi Kingston runs out for thes ave , and he eats a World's Strongest Slam. R-Truth in, and R-Truth is fed to Otunga for a Spine Buster, followed by a Mark Henry Splash. John Laurinaitis is in to introduce... (Continues on next page)