Airdate: Monday, March 4th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are LIVE from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York...
He's baaaaack! The bad-ass spiked trench-coat, the ominous fog and flames...THE UNDERTAKER! He raises his arms...and the Wrestlemania logo appears! Foreshadowing, perhaps?
We're going back...in...time as Raw goes Old School!
Lawler and Cole introduce us, decked out in the classic outfits and the old school announce tables!
Punk's music hits and he and Heyman come out. Punk getting a strong mixed reaction, but doesn't look at all pleased given how last week went down.
Punk hasn't taken his eyes off the WM 29 sign. On the mic now, Punk says he should be main eventing this year, defending his championship, but he's nooootttt! It's not because of what he did or didn't do, but because of the fans. They stole from him, they screwed him out of what was precious to him. In screwing him, the fans only screwed themselves. There's no point now to Punk being at WrestleMania. What Punk and all of us just saw gives him a new purpose at WrestleMania. He points out how we fawn over Taker's 20-0 record, yet snark at his 434-day title reign. He's good, and he backs it up every night. He gives us a new number: 20-1. That "1" is drug-free, alcohol-free, straightedge, The Best In The World. He's going to beat Undertaker...Deal with it!
Randy Orton out now, and he says Punk shouldn't be challenging Taker when he couldn't even beat Orton a couple years back. Punk's never faced Taker on the biggest stage. Orton faced Taker 8 years ago as a rookie, and came within inches. 8 years later, he's no rookie, he's the most dangerous man in the locker room. He asks the fans who should face Taker, and it seems like a relative split...
Now Big Show is out! He says he's faced Taker and lost, but back then, he didn't have the KO Punch, and that's all it will take to punch the 20-0 record into oblivion...
And now Sheamus is out! He's says everyone in the ring has faced and lost to Taker, but Sheamus hasn't. That means he hasn't lost to the Phenom. It'll take more than a punch, a GTS, or a RKO. It'll take a big boot and a little luck of the Irish, which makes achieving the impossible possible!
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero out now, and says that whoever defeats the Undertaker at WM will cement their legacy as the greatest of all time. She makes a Fatal Four Way match and the winner...will face the Undertaker at WrestleMania! The four men and Heyman eye one another with the announcement made.
Ryback...is...WALKING! He faces Antonio Cesaro...NEXT!
Non-Title Match: US Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. Ryback
Cesaro, in a pre-match interview, tells us in five languages what a neanderthal Ryback is...yeah, that'll cheer up the "Human Wrecking Ball" for sure.
Cesaro assaults Ryback early, but Ryback knocks him down. Cesaro propped up in the corner, Ryback lifts him on his shoulder and spins him into a nice Bulldog powerslam for two. Ryback with a stalling vertical suplex for another near fall. Cesaro with a surprise headbutt and boots to Ryback. Ryback flips Cesaro, who lands on the apron and goes up top. Ryback catches him and military presses him for a two count. Cesaro rolls to the outside and Ryback follows. Cesaro tries to catch Ryback coming in, but misses and gets a kick to the head. Ryback looks to ram Cesaro into the turnbuckle, but Antonio reverses and bashes Ryback into the ring post. Boot by Cesaro sens Ryback into the railing, and Ryback looks a little woozy. Antonio peppers Ryback with some rights and roars to the crowd as we go to break...
Cesaro with Ryback in a neck wrench, but Ryback comes back with clotheslines and a big back body drop. He drills Cesaro with a spinebuster. FEED...HIM...MORE! Meathook...European uppercut by Cesaro! Neutralizer...Ryback stops it and picks him up for the Shell-Shock! It connects! Three count!
MUCH better than getting squashed by Orton last week, as Antonio looked to be on equal physical ground until Ryback countered the Neutralizer for the first time.
As Ryback heads to the back, Mark Henry's music hits, and the two beasts have a very interesting staredown as Henry heads to the ring to make some "old-school" squash next with Zack Ryder.
Mark Henry vs. Zack...