Winner: CM Punk
The next inductee of 2013...a man who more than deserves this overdue achievment...the longest-running WWE Champion in its storied history, the man who built Madison Square Garden and is truly the best in WWE's entire history...BRUNO SAMMARTINO! The crowd is standing in ovation at the news!
Matt Striker backstage with CM Punk to ask where his head is. Punk explains he is not angry that the Rock is off shooting films, he is angry because while Rock walks around with a belt, Punk is the true champion. Every second, minute, and hour of the day, he proves why he is the Best in the World, and in two weeks, he'll do it again.
Josh Matthews with John Cena backstage. Josh asks Cena why despite their attacks in recent weeks, Cena would call them out alone. Cena says pretty much what he said before: He won the Rumble, he's facing the WWE Champion, and the Shield is something that has to be taken care of right here and now.
Show on the phone with Booker, wondering where the guy is with the papers. Knock on the door, and the man has arrived with the papers. He seems to be trying to tell Show something, probably that he left the door unlocked. Yep, there's Alberto, who assaults Show, but the big man with kicks to Del Rio's gut and tosses him around the hotel hallway. He goes to grab a table leg, but Alberto with a fire extinguisher, sprays Show, and cracks him in the head, knocking him out. He laughs, says he'll get Show some pepto for the "bad hotel food" and leaves with a wink.
Brad Maddox in the ring now. He talks about how Heyman manipulated and took advantage of a kid who tried to make it big in the business, how he did what he thought was right for himself. When Heyman had him disposed of at the hands of the Shield, he had no trouble admitting to his involvement in keeping the championship on CM Punk and it turns out HE was the one who gave Mr. McMahon the footage incriminating Punk and Heyman. Now, HE will be the hero of this story, and it will be HIM, not Cena, who teaches The Shield about the true meaning of justice. He calls them out.
The Shield's music hits, and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come down the arena steps. Ambrose on the mic, saying Maddox is no hero, but a rat foraging for scraps, and while the Shield took a payoff like he did, "justice ain't free." Rollins questions if Maddox even knows the concept of justice, as a whiny, 15-minutes-of-fame wannabe. Roman Reigns jumps the barricade now, saying the last time was all business, but they are going to take their time savoring this one. They surround Maddox, he stares them down, goes after Ambrose, and is promptly beat down and triple powerbombed in a heartbeat.
Cena's music hits, and here he comes through the audience, Shield-style. Then Ryback's music hits, and here he comes, as well as Sheamus! They surround the ring, much in the way of the Shield, who retreat, only to run into a barricade of superstars led by Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston. They're forced back into the ring, and Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback lay into the three mercenaries with hard rights and boots. This goes for about a minute until the Shield retreats into the crowd, with Cena and company standing tall as we fade to black.
Credit: Ken Hill