In-Ring Segment: Randy Orton, Batista, Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman
Randy Orton is shown backstage making his way to the ring as we head to another commercial. When we return from commercial, Justin Roberts introduces us to the General Manager of RAW, Brad Maddox, who is already standing in the ring. He says it’s his pleasure to introduce to us OUR WWE World Heavyweight Champion “The Viper” Randy Orton. Orton’s music hits and out comes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton gets on the mic and says “the champ is here.” The crowd is already lightly chanting “Daniel Bryan.” Orton talks about beating John Cena yet again at the Royal Rumble. Orton says the only thing that matters is that he won. He complains about finding out that in less than a month he’s got to defend his title against five other Superstars at the Elimination Chamber. As he continues to talk, he is cut off by Batista’s music.
Batista comes out to a mixed reaction as Michael Cole points out that he will be headlining WrestleMania. Batista congratulates Orton as a loud “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out. Batista tries talking over it but the chant continues. He says he’s back to win the Rumble, headline WrestleMania and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He says it’s two down and only one to go. Batista says he doesn’t care who likes it, he’s walking out of WrestleMania as the champion. Everyone boo’s. Brock Lesnar’s music hits.
Lesnar and Paul Heyman come out. They slowly make their way to the ring. Paul Heyman informs us once again that his name is Paul Heyman. He says he stands before us tonight as the advocate for Brock Lesnar. Heyman tells Brad Maddox, who is still in the ring, that his patience is running thin. He tells Maddox to inform The Authority that they have two choices. Option one is Orton vs. Brock Lesnar right here tonight. The second option is Lesnar against the “so-called” number one contender Batista. Heyman says he wants The Authority’s answer tonight, “or else.” Lesnar and Heyman leave.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Ziggler vs. Miz in what is being billed as “The Battle Of Cleveland” is up next. We head to commercial. When we return from commercial, Ziggler is in the middle of his entrance. He’s wearing a Cleveland Caveliers jersey. The Miz comes out next in a Cleveland Browns jersey. The bell sounds and our “Battle of Cleveland” begins.
Ziggler starts off with a side-headlock on Miz. Miz fights his way out but Ziggler shoulder-blocks him down. Miz catches Ziggler coming off the ropes with a knee to the mid-section. Miz hits Ziggler with a big clothesline in the corner and goes to the top. Miz is caught coming down by Ziggler. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag but Miz avoids it. Ziggler jumps on Miz’s back and locks him in a sleeper hold.
Miz fights his way back to his feet as the crowd starts up a “Cleveland Rocks” chant. As Miz gains the upper hand on Ziggler a “Cleveland Sucks” chant breaks out. Miz locks Ziggler in a figure-four leg lock. Ziggler screams out in pain as he tries to make his way to the ropes. He finally makes it and the ref forces a break to the hold. Miz goes to lock him in it again. Ziggler reverses into a roll up attempt but Miz kicks out. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag out of nowhere. 1-2-3. Ziggler wins.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Ryback & Curtis Axel vs. The Usos
When we return from commercial Ryback and Curtis Axel are already standing in the ring. The Usos then make their way to the ring and we’re about to have another tag-team match here on RAW. The bell rings and here we go.
Ryback and Uso start things off for their respective teams. Ryback backs Uso in a corner early but Uso punches his way out. Ryback catches Uso coming off the ropes and slams him back-first into the corner. Ryback thens runs him across the ring and smashes his back into the opposite corner. And again. The “Goldberg:” chants lightly start up and Ryback tags out to Axel.
Axel comes into the ring and picks up where Ryback left off with Uso. The announcers talk about how Axel and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger look alike. Meanwhile, Axel continues his punishment on Uso in the middle of the ring. Axel stomps Uso a bit more and then tags Ryback back into the match.
Ryback comes into the ring and stomps away at Uso before scooping him up for a suplex. Ryback keeps Uso held in the air for a while before suplexing him down. Uso tries punching his way back into the match but Ryback blasts him back to the mat and tags Axel back in.
Axel takes the tag and backs Uso into a corner. He chops Uso a few times and then tags Ryback back in. Ryback grounds Uso in the center of the ring and slaps on a rear chin-lock. Ryback misses a big spear on Uso in the corner and hits his shoulder on the ring post. Uso goes for the tag but Ryback tags in Axel and Axel stops him. Seconds later, Uso does make the tag and the other Uso brother comes in with tons of energy.
Uso backs Axel into a corner and fires away with punches. Ryback makes the blind tag on Axel, which Uso didn’t see, and capitalizes. Ryback scoops Uso up but Uso makes a blind tag as well. Uso super-kicks Ryback down. Uso goes to the top rope and splashes onto Ryback. 1-2-3. The Usos win.
Winners: The Usos
Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
When we return from commercial, Kofi Kingston is in the middle of his entrance. We see replays of Kingston’s incredible leap from the barricade to the ring at the Royal Rumble. Antonio Del Rio then makes his way to the ring. As Del Rio comes to the ring, we see a pre-recorded interview with him trashing Batista.
The bell rings and here we go. Del Rio backs Kingston into a corner and blasts him with a kick to the mid-section. Del Rio gets Kingston down and kicks him repeatedly. Del Rio chokes Kingston on the bottom rope. Kingston starts fighting back. He gets in a couple of moves but Del Rio cuts him off with a big boot to the face in the corner. Del Rio is now comfortably in control of the offense.
The match goes out to the floor with Del Rio delivering some more punishment. Del Rio rolls Kingston back in the ring and continues his assault. A random “Randy Savage” chant breaks out. Kingston tries fighting back as a random “JBL” chant breaks out. JBL stands up and raises his hands and the crowd EXPLODES. Del Rio and Kingston fight on the top rope as the entire crowd ignores them and chants for Jerry Lawler. They both fall to the floor as Lawler stands up to acknowledge the chant. The crowd explodes for that as well. We head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Del Rio is beating up Kingston in the middle of the ring. We get some replays of Del Rio beating up Kingston during the break via the WWE App. Del Rio looks up at the WrestleMania XXX sign hanging from the ceiling as he continues his attack on Kingston in the corner of the ring. Kingston nails Del Rio and both guys are down now.
Kingston is firing up on offense now. He hits Del Rio with the Boom Drop. He’s calling for the Trouble In Paradise now. He misses. Kingston ends up hitting Del Rio out of nowhere with the S.O.S. but Del Rio gets to the rope during the pin to keep his chances alive in this match. Del Rio cuts Kingston’s offensive momentum short with a back-breaker. Del Rio again stares at the WrestleMania XXX sign hanging from the ceiling. Del Rio calls for the Cross Armbreaker. He doesn’t get it but hits Kingston with the back-stabber for a near fall. Del Rio throws a fit for not getting three on that pin attempt.
Both guys go to the top rope. Del Rio knocks Kingston down but Kingston holds on. Del Rio jumps down with both feet on Kingston. Ouch. That looked rough. Del Rio blasts Kingston with a super-kick while he was still on his knees. 1-2-3. Del Rio wins.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio