Airdate: Monday, March 26th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start off with Randy Orton's music hitting, and it looks like we're getting tag team action! As a special treat, we're joined by Booker T on commentary.
Match 1: Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan (w/ AJ)
Daniel Bryan gets a kiss from AJ just before the start, and we're beginning wit Orton and Bryan. Orton with a side headlock, into a shoulderblock off the ropes. Bryan is up with some kicks to the thighs, he hits the ropes and Orton with a toss over his head! He stomps the appendages here. Bryan stands and fights out of it with an uppercut. Orton tosses him to the corner, but he back flips over Orton, hits the ropes and runs right into a clothesline. Pin from Orton but only gets a one. Orton tags in Sheamus and Bryan runs quickly to tag in Kane. Lockup to start. A struggle of power ensues and Sheamus has Kane in the corner. Kane fights back with a right but Sheamus floats over and clips the knee. Kane hits the ropes and hits a low dropkick. Sheamus comes off the ropes with battering ram and a pin for two. Bryan distracts and Kane hits a quick clip to Sheamus, sending him to the outside. Bryan floats off the apron with a high knee as we go to break.
We are back and Bryan is fighting with Sheamus in the corner. He misses a dropkick and both men are down. Sheamus gets a tag into Orton! Orton is in and scoop slam! DDT off the ropes. Kane pulls Bryan out of the ring, though! Orton runs out of the ring and grabs Kian, slapping his face into the barricade. Oh, but Bryan with a baseball slide into Orton's arm. Bryan goes to the outside and sends Orton in then tags Kane in. Bryan holds onto Orton's arm as Kane gets in and stomps Orton. A uppercut then a right then a back elbow in tothe corner and finally, Kane sends Orton to the opposite corner and hits a clothesline and a pin for 1..2..NO! Kane from behind with a cravat. Orton stands up out of it and hits a right to Kane then one to the face, but Kane gets the upperhand again with a punch. Orton in the corner, and fires out with a high kick but Kane counters with a side slam and a pin for 1..2..NO! Kane is going up top. Lookin for the flying clothesline! He hits it! Kane calls for the chokeslam! orton takes his time getting up, turns and hits a quick dropkick! Both men are down, looking for a tag. Tag to Bryan. Tag to Shemaus! Sheamus with some axe handles then starts beating on the back of Bryan. The Irish Curse backbreaker! Oh, but Kane is in! Orton is in! They double team Kane then send him flying over the ropes. Orton is outside. He goes for an RKO on Kane, but Kane sends him right into the poist! Bryan is on the ropes and Sheamus is calling for the Brogue Kick! Ah, AJ runs in the ring and stops Sheamus! The ref gets AJ out of the ring as Sheamus goes for the kick and misses! There's Kane on the apron and he chokeslams Sheamus! Pin from Bryan. 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Daniel Bryan and Kane (**1/2)
Well, you don't want to blow two of the Mania matches by giving too much away on RAW, but it was still a nice looking match for what was given.
Similar to what one commenter said, RAW starting with a match was pretty cool.
Back to the show, and Michael Cole is in the middle of the ring. He wants our attention. He puts on a red shirt that has Johnnny Ace's face and says Team Johnny. Cole says that he was made the official commentator for the Team Johnny vs Team Teddy match, (As if he wasn't going to be anyways?). He introduces Ace himself, and the man makes his way to the stage. He wants to introduce the official flag bearer of his team. Out comes Vickie Guerrero with a flag that has Johnny's face. haha. Ace then introduces David Otunga who has decided to take the jacket of Wade Barrett and the shirt size of AJ.
Before anything can get started, Booker T stands atop the announce table and wants to introduce to us the man that will send Johnny Ace back to his cubicle. He introduces Teddy Long Out comes Teddy with a mic of his own and a jig to boot! He then introduces HIS Team Captian, Santino Marella. Out comes Santino in a blue shirt with Teddy's head, and it appears that Hornswoggle is the official flag bearer, as he carries a flag bigger than him.
Match 2: David Otunga vs. Santino Marella
Santino starts with a side headlock but otunga osses him to the ropes then hits a shoulder block. Santino feeds off of the cheers then hits the ropes and runs into another shoulder block. Santino hitrs the ropes one more time but quickly goes for a drop toe hold. He grabs a front face then hits some rights and whips. Otunga sends him to the corner and Santino tries to hop over, but Otunga doesn't move. He hits Santino hard in the back and Otunga grabs the flag from Vickie and starts waving it. In comes Hornswoggle who waves the Blue flag into the face of Otunga. Otunga steals the flag from Horny and tries to hit him. He hits the ropes instead and the pole comes back to hit the face of Otunga. Then, he turns inot a Cobra and the pin for 1..2...3!!
Winner: Santino (1/2*)
Hardly a match, and even worse of a mess afterwards.
Ace comes in the ring and gets in the face of Teddy, who also entered. Santino gets on all fours and Teddy pushes Ace over him. Ace is embarrassed and pissed. He gets back up and gets in the face of Teddy. Santino is getting into Cobra Ready stance, though! Ace is going to meet Santino's Snake! (Probably could have worded that better). But here's The Miz!!! He runs in and hits the Skull Crushing Finale onto Santino before he can hit the Cobra! Ace turns around and realizes what happens then congratulates Miz for being the newest member of Team Teddy! Oops, Johnny. Yeah. He said Teddy, first.
Throughout the show, they are playing small clips from the past that have lead to Rock vs. Cena. I... (Continues on next page)