Triple HPaul Michael Levesque
- Birthdate: 07/27/1969 (age 45)
- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 255lb
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We recap Trish Stratus's 2013 Hall of Fame induction, and it really couldn't have gone to any other diva of her era. We also hear about the "EPIC announcement" that has been a long time coming, in Michael Cole's words, about the latest Hall of Fame induction.
Back with Cole and King. We hear from Jericho, who says you don't call yourself "Best in the World", you ARE it, and insists that we vote to see Jericho vs. Punk.
"The Real American" Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella
Cole brings up some good continuity with Swagger's US Title loss to Santino last year beginning his downward spiral. Santino goes into his usual antics, but Swagger stops that with a knee to the gut, then takes Santino to the corner for some shots. Santino dodges a charge, and goes for some jabs. Santino goes for a hip toss, Swagger stops it, misses the clothesline, Santino with body shots, but Swagger knocks him down and goes up top for a Swagger Bomb. He psyches up and locks in the Ankle Lock he now calls the "Patriot Act" for the quick tap out by Santino.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Swagger gets in Booker's face after the match and asks "Are you impressed now?" before sauntering off.
The voting is up now for CM Punk's opponent tonight, and the results will be posted...NEXT!
Turns out everyone voting at once caused some backlash on the system, so the results will be shown following the next match.
Non-Title Match: World Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes
We recap Del Rio's up and down week, with his victory over Show at the Royal Rumble, Show's revenge on him and Ricardo on Raw, then Show beating down
Cody with boots to Del Rio. Del Rio gets an elbow out of the corner, then a monkey flip. Cody slaps him, and Del Rio is ticked, laying into Cody with kicks, then a nasty shot to the arm for a two count. Cody counters Del Rio, then puts the boots to Del Rio into the corner. Alberto fights back with some clotheslines, then a sharp thrust kick for a near fall. Cross Armbreaker countered, Disaster Kick by Rhodes, which gets a near fall. Cross Rhodes countered, Cross Arm Breaker is in and Cody taps!
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio on the mic. He realizes that he used to look down on the fans, and says that being bullied by the Big Show has opened his eyes. He thanks us for allowing him to win the World Title not just for himself, but for everyone who's worked hard to put food on their plate and has had endured bullying at the hands of monsters like the Big Show. He promises that what happened last Friday is nothing compared to what he will do this week.
Show on the Titantron, trying to calm Alberto down, who says Show has no cajones, and Show laughs it off. He's in a hotel off-site. Alberto calls him a coward, but Show says he's here because he could easily annihilate Del Rio if he were there. Heck, he could've done it last Friday, but he decided to let it go. He tells Del Rio all he wants is a rematch for the World Title at Elimination Chamber. He tells Del Rio to fax some papers through his "flunkies" and Show will sign them, and Alberto will get Show in a match. IF Del Rio tries to find Show in the hotel, the beating he gave Ricardo is nothing compared to what Show will do to Del Rio tonight.
Lawler announces the results of the WWEActive vote tonight for CM Punk's opponent...and Jericho wins by a landslide. Jericho vs. CM Punk tonight!
We recap Rey and Sin Car's non-title victory over Team Hell No last Friday night. Then we see Bryan and Kane arguing over how Kane "cost" Bryan the match and how he hasn't been doing his "part" as his partner. Kane says it's a "shocker" how Daniel can't seem to take care of himself now. Bryan promises to prove that he doesn't need Kane's help, and orders him to stay back for the next match. Kane only looks on with disdain.
The two lightweight wrestlers exchange grapples, holds, and kicks to start the match. Rey with a kick to the head, then goes for