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Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole head to the ring. King gets a huge pop.
Cole comes out to Kerwin White’s music and gets nuclear heat. King comes out to classic King music and a big pop.
Lilian Garcia sang “God Save The Queen” and received some boos!
Loads of boos for the patronizing pandering, especially when she elongates the last line. “God Save The Queen” isn’t the Star Spangled Banner. It isn’t open to artistic interpretation. It is sung and written to the age old music.
We’re now ready for the RAW taping.
We’re kicking off RAW with the WWE title match! CM Punk gets a huge pop from the crowd. Lots of “Sexual Chocolate” chants for Mark Henry.
First out is Mark Henry. He walks to the ring in the dark and they play the opening video package for RAW. The pyro is awesome live. Then they announce the No DQ & No Count out match for the WWE Title.
CM Punk vs. Mark Henry kicks us off.
Punk comes out to a huge reaction. Henry is obviously already in the ring. “CM Punk” chants rock the arena. Henry gets lots of heat during the introductions. The match starts with “Daniel Bryan” and “Sexual Chocolate” chants.
Punk suicide dives Henry taking Henry down as the two brawl outside. Punk runs on the barrier and hits Henry and leaps on Henry hitting him with a clothesline from behind! Punk jumps off the apron but gets caught by Henry and dumped on the rail so begin the no chants. Punk’s got a chair and blasts Henry. Punk hits a suicide dive and a Jeff Hardy style barricade run. Yes chants for all of Punk’s kicks. Punk goes for a diving knee off the apron and Henry catches him and slams Punk into the barricade. Eventually Punk gets a chair and nails Henry twice for a 2 count. Henry fights back and smashes Punk in the back with the chair. Loads of “YES” chants every time Punk lands a strike. Punk hits a DDT on a kneeling Henry for a two count. Henry catches Punk coming off the top rope with a cross body but Punk gets out of the WSS and nails Henry with a kick. Punk wins with a Macho Man elbow off the top rope with a chair.
Next up is a Chris Jericho Promo. Jericho is on screen in a “pub” and says he has a WWE title match at Extreme Rule. The match will be a Chicago street fight! Crowd chants “YES”! Punk says he doesn’t know how Y2J will survive a Chicago street fight after what he did to Henry. He says it’s no longer about being best in the world …. it’s about kicking his ass and he gets to do it in front of his friends and family. Jericho then shows footage of Punk entering and leaving a pub earlier today. Jericho questions why and asks if he’s drunk. Punk tells him to come find out for himself. Punk says he was having fish and chips with his friends. A “fish and chips” chant starts! Jericho says Punk’s lifestyle is a farce and at Extreme Rules he’s gonna’ lose all he has left!
TitanTron shows that Brock Lesnar will be on the show later. Crowd pops massively for that news.
Santino Marella vs. David Otunga is up next. Otunga nearly just botched the pin for Santino to put his leg on the rope. Quick match which has Santino hitting the cobra for the win!
Lord Tensai is on screen and tells Josh Matthews he fears the unknown and then says something Japanese?
It comes up on the screen in the “did you know” graphic that WM28 did 1.3 million buys.
Brock Lesnar promo where he says he’s not a Superstar – he’s an ass kicker. He says no one has the accolades he has. He says coming back isn’t a feel good moment and says he doesn’t care what anyone says. He says WWE needs someone to legitimize it and that we’re tired of Cena’s BS. He says he’s real and not fake like Cena. Lesnar says there’s piss running down Cena’s leg and he’s sh*tting himself. He says it’s fitting that they’re going to have an Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules because beating people up makes him happy.
Zack Ryder vs. Kane is up next. This match apparently never happened as Ryder is KO’d after a chokeslam. Kane’s on the mic and talks about what happened on the live SmackDown last week. He says it’s true what they – “like father, like son” because the Orton’s both went down without a fight.
Kofi Kingston and AJ are backstage talking. Daniel Bryan comes over. It was tough to hear what he said due to all the YES chants. He apparently has renamed the Labelle lock to the “YES Lock”! He starts chanting “YES” and the crowd goes nuts screaming “YES!” with him.
We get some random “We Want JR” chants.
John Cena comes out for a promo. He says WrestleMania 28 could have been the end of an era – his era. Cena says John Laurinaitis is like the people and would say “Cena Sucks” and wants the replace him. Cena says Ace doesn’t have the courage to just straight out fire Cena. He says Laurinaitis went and got Lesnar to replace him and that Lesnar stands for destruction. Cena says at Extreme Rules, he steps in the ring with a man who’s soul purpose is to remove and replace him. Cena says Lesnar’s right and that he is afraid but come April 29th, he’ll show up for a fight.
John Laurinaitis makes his way out to the ring. Johnny says it’s the beginning of the “people power era” and Cena will be in an Extreme Rules match tonight. He also says there will be a contract signing on next week’s three hour RAW featuring Cena and Lesnar. Johnny isn’t telling Cena who his opponent is tonight but it will main event the show.
Hornswoggle is shown in a library and R-Truth walks by as Sherlock Holmes. Weird and said to be “awful”.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston is up next! Daniel Bryan comes out to a HUGE pop. There are “YES” chants to anything he does. Anything Kofi Kingston does gets a “NO” chant. Good back and forth match which Bryan wins with the “YES Lock”. The crowd goes freakin’ nuts for the win! After match, Bryan reapplies the “YES Lock” until Sheamus comes out to make the save. Bryan ducks the brogue kick and crowd chants YES again!
Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next. Massive heat for Vickie Guerrero and a mixed reaction for Dolph Ziggler. This was a quick match as Swagger pulled Ziggler out of the ring and then went after Brodus Clay. Ziggler sold the press slam big time. One of Clay’s dancers pushed Vickie Guerrero over after the match. Brodus and crew danced after the match.
They aired a video package for Chief Jay Strongbow. For those of you who don’t know, Strongbow died last week. Crowd was respectful with applause and cheers.
The Great Khali is out next for a tag-team match. It’s Khali and The Big Show vs. Epico and Primo. Abraham Washington was standing on top of the stage to watch Khali. Epico and Primo tried to leave during the match but The Big Show chased after them. The match ended with a double choke slam from both Big Show and Khali.
The main event is up next. It’s John Cena vs. …… surprise, surprise – Lord Tensai. Loud “Albert” chants for Tensai. John Laurinaitis is ringside for the match. Tensai dominates early on. Tensai throws Cena into the ring steps and then goes for a power bomb. Cena reverses the big man and smashes him with the steps. Satomako got involved and kicked Cena in the chest. Cena goes for his “five moves of doom” on Tensai. Tensai reverses it and hits Cena with a senton. Cena gets Tensai in a crossface so Otunga, who was at ringside with Johnny Ace, got involved. Cena hits Otunga with the Attitude Adjustment and then turns around and gets spit on with a green mist from Tensai. He then hits his finisher for the win. That’s it for RAW. No Brock Lesnar interference. It’s likely they taped the Brock Lesnar promo last week at RAW so he didn’t need to travel to the UK. The refs attend to Cena who’s got green crap all in his eyes.
The dark match main event had Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk for the WWE title. Huge pop for Chris Jericho. Punk interrupts his introduction and the match begins. Punk had Jericho up for a GTS until Daniel Bryan came out and interfered for the DQ. All hell breaks loose as Sheamus, Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show and Orton hit the ring. Punk and Y2J brawl to the back. The remaining babyfaces hit finishers on all the remaining heels to send the crowd home happy! This won’t air live as it was a dark match. A great show overall.
According to our fans in attendance, this crowd was INSANE with wild chants all night long. Should make for a great show later tonight when it airs.