Airdate: Monday, April 2nd, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start the show in the locker room area, and all of the WWE Superstars from RAW and Smackdown are sitting in the back. Johnny Ace and David Otunga are standing in the front. Johnny says that last night, he earned the right to be the General Manager of Smackdown and RAW. This is a power he will not abuse. For example, Santino will face off with Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger for the United States Championship.
CM Punk speaks out from the crowd, but Ace says he's not going to take any questions till he's done. Punk says it was more of a statement, and he's going to interupt. He speaks for the fans and the vast majority of the wrestlers here. Despite the fact that he is General Manager, they all consider him to still be a giant toolbox. Ace grisn then says that Punk is always a prankster, always telling jokes. Punk says he's not joking. Ace says, Punk will defend his title tonight against Mark Henry, then. That's a good use of power, Ace claims. He welcomes us to a new era called "People Power." Don't you remember Taboo Tuesday, Johnny!?!?!
After Nickleback, we get the entrance music of The Great One! The Rock makes his way down the ramp to the ring. Rock soaks in the cheers for so long that I'm able to upload the banner and type the intro properly before all is said and done. A Boots to Asses chant ensues and Rock smiles, of course. Rock claims that 14 months ago, ah but he's cut off by "you still got it" chants. And he does, by the way. 14 months ago, The Rock came back to the WWE and did everything: birthday parties, Rock concerts, and sold out arenas all across the country. It wasn't until last night, however, when The Rock stood before a history making, 78,000 to defeat John Cena. And now, he can truly say...FINALLY. He shows his goosebumps for the crowd. The Rock wants to thank John Cena, much to the chagrin of the crowd. The Rock claims that Cena brough it to the Rock like never before. After a leg drop, two AA's, after the STF applied, The Rock damned near gave up. The Rock calls it an honor to compete with John Cena in the biggest match of all time, and win or lose, at the end of the day, the most important thing was making history at Wrestlemania and they did it for the fans. The Rock wants to thank John Cena, his family and his friends, but more importantly than all of that, he wants to thank The People. He brings up being cut from the Canadian Football League. He wants those who think that tonight is the end, he guaran-damned-tees that this is just the beginning.
The Rock says that while he was celebrating in Miami, gettin his salsa on. He had a vision. People told him that this vision was impossible. What these people failed to realize, however, is that The Rock wipes a monkey's ass with the word impossible. He asks if we'd like to hear his vision. According to Daniel Bryan and the crowd, YES! YES! YES! That vision is this, that The Rock - one day - will walk down that aisle as the WWE Champion. He claims that one day it will happen. If Ya SMELLLLL what The Rock....is cookin.
Cole stresses Cena's necessity to win, then we get a video package highlighting this aspect of the match, essentially saying that John Cena did not get the job done.
Match 1: United States Championship Match
Santino Marella (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger
Ziggler tries for the legs, but Santino evades. The crowd is hot, behind Santino. Swagger gets Santino in the corner then pushes him into Ziggler. Ziggler with a kick to Santino on the mat, then does some sit-ups. He points to Swagger who hits a spinning headlock takedown then does some pushups on the back of Santino, before kissing his biceps. Santino begins to fight back with some rights then sends Dolph over the top rope to the outside. Swagger with a hard right to knock Santino down as we go to break.
We are back, and the double team is still going on. Swagger has Santino from behind and Swwagger goes for a right. Santino hits a quick kick into a Saito suplex onto Ziggler! He splits, ducking a clothesline, hits a clothesline of his own, then a headbutt! He calls for the Cobra, but Ziggler...