Airdate: Monday, February 11th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We recap last week's Raw, where the Shield got a taste of their own medicine and promise to address Cena and the rest of the WWE Superstars. Also, The Rock is here to face off with CM Punk 6 days before their vaunted WWE Title rematch...what will come of it?
We start with Paul Heyman in the ring. He introduces himself, and informs us this is the last time we will see him, to much raucous cheers. He laments how we cheer for something like that, how they can cheer for him, who created the phenomenon of ECW and saw the potential of vision and passion in the rookie known as BROCK...LESNAR, to leave. Heyman then met a man who was the epitome of what the WWE should be about, who he believed would carry WWE into the long-term future and should still be WWE Champion, CM Punk. We don't have to be Nostradamus to sense that something bad is going to happen. The Sword of Damocles will fall, and it will not only fall on him, but those around him, including CM Punk. The sins of the mentor will fall unto the protege, and Heyman won't allow that, which is why tonight he is tendering his resignation. Heyman won't miss the WWE Universe, as he's not surprised that they wouldn't shed a tear for someone who's willing to make a sacrifice like he's about to make. He loves Punk, and won't stand in his way. He says, "Good-bye."
Punk's music hits, and he's out with an unreadable expression, as if he's unsure what to make of Heyman's resignation. He seems to be trying to convince Paul to stay. He asks Heyman what he's doing. Heyman says he is in Punk's way. Mr. McMahon believes he paid off the Shield and Brad Maddox, and brought Lesnar to take out Vince himself, but that's mere perception. Punk doesn't accept that, and says there are a lot of Paul Heyman guys out there who need him. Heyman says in the world of the McMahons, perception is reality, and he won't be a martyr, only for Punk to suffer at Vince's hand. Punk says the bad dream will end at the Elimination Chamber, and Heyman will be in the corner of the man who will beat the Rock and "continue" his reign undaunted. Heyman looks inspired and agrees to be in his corner. They embrace like brothers and Heyman almost red-eyed and in tears. The two raise each other's hands in celebration of Heyman's "un-resignation."
Mark Henry's in action next! SOMEBODY'S WIG GONNA GET SPLIT!
Mark Henry vs. The Great Khali w/Hornswoggle & Natalya
We recap Henry's swath of destruction in his return last Monday and his qualifying for the Elimination Chamber. We also learn that thanks to Henry, Mysterio is injured and out of the Chamber.
Khali takes it to Henry early, but Henry backs him into the corner with shots to the chest. Khali blocks a charge with an elbow and takes over with some chops, but Henry blocks one and headbutts Khali hard. Big clothesline to Khali, and a World's Strongest Slam finishes off the Punjabi Playboy.
Winner: Mark Henry
Swoggle and Natalya in to check on Khali. Henry's still hungry, storms into the ring, and eyes Swoggle like lunch. He grabs the leprechaun and DRILLS him with the World's Strongest Slam! "THAT"S WHAT I DO!" To the satisfaction of purists everywhere, the action gets a big pop from the crowd, even a "One more time!" chant. Next up for Henry: A return match with the Viper this Friday.
Teddy and Booker T talking about Henry's credentials, when Jericho approaches them and wants in on the Elimination Chamber as a former 6-time World Champion and Elimination Chamber veteran. Teddy agrees, but Booker says he needs to approve first. Teddy makes a suggestion, but Booker turns it down and says Jericho must prove himself against Daniel Bryan. Jericho says he's tough, but will take down Daniel "Beard", go on to Wrestlemania, and become a 7-time, 7-time, 7-time World Champion, mocking Booker before waltzing off.
Vickie Guerrero in her office on the phone, before a loud knock and Heyman comes in. Vickie doesn't have time for his BS, but Heyman tells her to make time. He has an idea for a stipulation to the WWE Title match this Sunday, but Vickie would have to run it by Mr. McMahon. Heyman scoffs, saying she runs the show in his absence. The...