Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, April 23rd, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start the show with Teddy Long in the center of the ring, being announced as the FORMER General Manager of Smackdown. He welcomes us to the contract signing of the main event at Extreme Rules. He introduces first, John Cena! Lots o' Boos. Announced next is, obviously, Brock Lesnar but instead of Brock, we get Johnny Ace coming out. He complains that Brock is not here yet and he told Teddy that. Teddy says that Ace sent him out here. Johnny claims to have not said any such thing. He wants Teddy to tell Mr. Cena that Brock will come out on Brock's terms and he shouldn't be in such a hurry to sign the contract. This can possibly be his last night on RAW so he should enjoy it. Ace tells Teddy to tell Cena to leave his ring...you know, in case Cena can't hear him. Teddy tells Mr. Cena to leave the ring, now.
Ace introduces himself, but before he can, he gets interrupted by...
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!!!
Edge with haircut rushes out and totally bypasses Ace, and enters the ring. Cena applauds Edge....right.
Edge claims that he's not supposed to be here tonight. In a few days, his contract is up, actually. But he came to talk to Cena. He could have done it privately, sure, but it'll have much more effect right here. He didn't come to talk to this John Cena, he doesn't even know who the hell this Cena is. He came to talk to the John Cena who was his greatest rival ever in this industry. He wants to talk to the John Cena who tossed him through two tables off a ladder. Or the John Cena who beaat the hell out of him and tossed him in the Long Island sound. This is not that John Cena and he doesn't know where he went. He doesn't know if it's The Rock. He gets how it feels to lose a big match, even The Rock losing to Brock took 8 years to "find his mojo." Edge tells Cena that he's got to find that John Cena. With all the differences, there's one similarity; how much they love THIS. This was all they ever wanted. Does Cena think that Brock gives a damn about any of this? Any of them? He only is interested in money. He left for 8 years while Cena and Edge carried the load. He tells Cena to wake up because if he doesn't, it's a slap in the face to guys that love this industry. he's slapping the faces of Edge, HBK and Taker. He screams at Cena to wake up. He's not asking Cena to beat Brock, he's telling him to.
Edge takes his leave. That was powerful, and damn...if that were done during Rock and Cena, it would have added soooo much. But alas...
Jericho fires with the rights, then hits a knee in the corner and goes on the attack of the back of the neck. Jericho tosses Kofi but Kofi reverse the whips and sends Jericho to the corner, hits him to the center. Reverese whip and Jericho misses the right allowing Kofi to hit a monkey flip. Arm drag from Kofi. Dropkick, then he clotheslines Jericho over the ropes. Kofi flies, but stops himself as Jericho makes his way up the ramp. KOfi ggoads him back in and Jericho falls for it, heads in, and meets a drop toe hold into an arm lock. Jericho tries to roll out of it then gets the ref in between Kofi and Jericho before hitting a thumb to the eye. A chop from Jericho followed by a right then he sends Kofi to the corner and clotheslines him. Jericho gloats then gets a side headlock on Kofi. sends Jericho to the ropes, hops over Jericho and hits a spinning heel kick then pins for 1....2..NO! Kofi hits the ropes, goes up top, Jericho presses him over the head then slams him down abs first! Jericho sends Kofi to the corner and hits a chop, then a kick and a whip to the corner. Jericho flies, but hits face first into the turnbuckle, rolling over the ropes to the outside. Kofi goes for another flip over the ropes, and this time he lands right on Jericho as we go to break.
We're back and Jericho is behind Kofi, with a cravat. Kofi tries turning into it and does, then hits some rights and throughs an elbow like Jones. Kofi with anice rollup into a pin for 1...2...NOPE! Jericho with an enziguri and a pin for 1...2....NO! Jericho grabs the arms of Kofi and pulls them back, adding the knee to the back. ASK HIM! Kofi is able to stand, but Jericho hits a kick then a bulldog. He goes for the lionsault, but Kofi moves and goes for another pin for 1...2...NO! Kofi with a chop, hits the ropes, heel kick! He calls for the BOOM Drop. He hits it, and a pin for 1....2...NO! Jericho is up with a HARD chop. Jericho sends Kofi to the corner and Kofi hits the kick around the ropes, goes up top, and hits a high cross body into a pin, but Jericho rolls it over for a pin himself for 1....2..NO! Kofi is up and hits the SOS and a pin! 1....2..NO! Kofi is up in the corner and Jericho stands. Cross body to the BACK of Jericho! Kofi with the BOOM Drop! He hits it! He calls for Trouble in Paradise, but Jericho is up and goes for the Walls!! Kofi turns around though, and runs to the corner. He kicks Jericho down and goes up top! He flies! Right into the Codebreaker!!! Jericho, instead of pinning, locks in the Walls of Jericho, adding the knee to the head and Kofi taps!!
Winner: Chris Jericho (***1/2)
Holy shit that was a great match.
Jericho has the mic, he wants to know if we saw that. This is the proof that this Sunday at Extreme Rules, he will become the NEW WWE Champion! He brings about Punk's mom, sister and dad in comparison to how much CM Punk knows about "extreme." In front of his hometown and family, Punk is going to receive an extreme beating from him. Jericho, however, bought Punk a gift that he'll present to Punk tonight. A gift that will help him cope with the failure he's going to feel and the embarrassment of losing the title to Jericho.
We get a video package of Brock Lesnar's first televised match, and it just... (Continues on next page)