With WrestleMania right around the corner, things are really heating up in the WWE. Last night's Raw saw the escalation of Daniel Bryan's feud with The Authority as HHH handcuffed Bryan in the middle of the ring and proceeded to deliver a vicious beatdown on the helpless leader of the Yes Movement. The Shield delivered a triple power bomb to Kane after he accused Jerry Lawler of helping to plot the "Occupy Raw" stunt last week, suggesting a possible face turn for the group and further involvement in Bryan's feud with The Authority. In addition to recaps of these events, expect to see an appearance by the Undertaker as he responds to Paul Heyman's claim that he is too old and fragile to defend "The Streak" against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Stay tuned and keep checking back for updates on what should be an exciting edition of Main Event!
Tonight's show starts with a tag team match between Cody Rhodes and Goldust taking on the Real Americans.
A recap plays of the match between the Real Americans and the Rhodes Brothers on Friday night. The commentators talk about the Real Americans victory over the Usos on Monday night.
MATCH: Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. The Real Americans
The match starts with Goldust and Swagger. Swagger gets Goldsust in a headlock and drives him to the mat with a shoulder block. The crowd starts the We the People Chants. GOldust returns with a headlock and and shoulder of his own followed by a spinebuster and uppercut. He tags in Cody. Cody works the right arm of Swagger. Swagger reverses and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro delivers a series of knees to Cody and sends him over the top rope. Rhodes holds on to the rope and hits a big forearm for a one count. He is sent to the outside and pulled off the apron by Swagger. Cesaro gets Rhodes back in the ring for a 2 count. Rhodes fights out of a headlock and Cesaro stops his momentum with a spinebuster. Swagger is tagged in. He drives Rhodes to the mat and gets a 2 count. Rhodes fights back with a disaster kick off the middle rope. The tag is made to Goldust and Cesaro. Goldust delivers an uppercut followed by a atomic drop. He delivers a sunset flip to Cesaro for the 2 count. Cesaro is sent outside followed by Swagger. The 2 rhodes brothers both perform an aerial attack to the Real Americans. Back in the ring, Cesaro reverses the momentum by catching Goldust mid-air and slams him to the mat
The action returns with the momentum in favor of Swagger. He sends Goldust to the outside and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro loads up the right arm and blasts Goldust with a big foearm. He sends Goldust back in the ring and gets a 2 count. Cesaro gets Goldust in a headlock and drives him to the corner. Goldust reverses with a hurricanrana. Cesaro manages to get the tag on Swagger. He delivers the Swagger bomb and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro leaps over Swagger and delivers a flying stomp followed by a gutwrench suplex for a 2 count. Swagger is tagged in. Goldust fights back with right hand and an uppercut. He hits an elbow off the middle rope and tries to gets the tag on Cody. Cesaro is tagged in and knocks Cody off the apron.
Cesaro knocks Goldust to the mat and delivers the Cesaro Swing. He tags in Swagger. Swagger slams Goldust and gets the 2 count. Goldust fights back, sending Swagger to the outside. Cody is tagged in and rolls up swagger for a 2 count. He Tosses Cesaro over the top rope and delivers a double dropkick to Cesaro and Swagger. He goes for the Crossroads but is disrupted by Cesaro. Cesaro meets a powerslam from Goldust. Cody goes to the top rope and delivers the moonsault on Swagger. He goes for another disaster kick and is caught in the Patriot Lock by Swagger. Cody tries to go for the bottom rope but it is pulled away by Cesaro. Goldust knocks Cesaro to the ground and Rhodes breaks free from the Patriot Lock. Rhodes hits the Crossroads for the 3 count.
WINNERS: Cody Rhodes and Goldust via Pinfall
The commentators plug the new WWE cartoon "Slam CIty" and a commercial plays for the webshow.
A graphic plays for a match between Luke Harper and John Cena on SmackDown
MATCH: The Funkadactyls vs. Layla and Alicia Fox
Naomi and Alicia Fox square up. Naomi gets her in a headlock but is drivern to the corner. She fights back and tags in Cameron. They deliver a double suplex followed by a double legdrop. Fox fights back but is stopped by Cameron with a toss. Layla is tagged in. Cameron delivers a boot to her midsection. Layla fights back and gets a 2 count. Cameron delivers a dropkick to the head of Layla and gets a 2 count of her own. LAyla fights back with a sidekick to the head of Cameron. She gets Cameron in a headlock and drives her to the mat. Alicia Fox is tagged in and kicks Cameron in the midsection. She delivers several elbows followed by a northern lights suplex. Alicia keeps up the offense with a tag to Layla. Layla chokes Cameron with her boot. She goes for the legdrop but comes up short. Naomi is tagged in and hits a dropkick. She hits a hurricanrana for a 2 count broken up by LAylaa. She hits the "Rearview" on Alicia followed by a split-leg moonsault for the win.
WINNERS: Funkadactyls via Pinfall
The show returns with a recap of HHH's actions on Monday night. It shows their "man to man" talk followed by the fake arrest of Daniel Bryan. It then shows HHH's brutal beatdown to a handcuffed Bryan.
Big Show makes his way to the ring for a match.
MATCH: Big Show vs. Titus O'neil
The two face off. O'neil shoves Big Show. Big Show retaliates by sending O'Neil over the top rope and giving him a big chop againt the barricade. Back in the ring Big Show delivers another chop followed by a series of boots to the midsection. He follows up with a monstrous chop. O'neil fights back and takes out Big Shows knee. He delivers a leg drop to a grounded Big Show for a 2 count and follows with a headlock. Big Show fights out with a side slam. O'neil goes to the corner and fights back with a big boot. He then delivers a "Clash of the Titus" to Big Show. He follows with an elbow drop for a 2 count. Big Show goes to the corner and O'neil delivers a big splash. He goes for another one but is caught arond the neck by Big Show. Show shoves O'neil away and delivers his KO punch. Show gets the 3 count.
WINNER: Big Show via Pinfall
A graphic plays of the Undertaker's upcoming appearance.
The video from last night's raw plays that talks about how the Undertaker is old and broken and how Brock Lesnar has easily destroyed opponents that the Undertaker struggled with.
Paul Heyman comes out and gets on the mic. He says that he means "no disrespect tonight by taking his time, because he is going to get all the disrespect he needs at WrestleMania. Heyman gets some cheap heat by making fun of Texas. He says he has a message from Lesnar to deliver. His message is that the Streak is an equal or greater commodity than the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Despite this, he says that the Streak will come to an end at WrestleMania. Undertaker's music hits before Heyman can get out of the ring.
The Undertaker is standing behind Heyman as the lights come on. He grabs Heyman by the neck and says the only reason he will walk out of here tonight is because he has a message of his own. He tells Heyman that he is going to "Slay the Beast" and throw his rotting corpse into the eternal pits of hell. Undertaker goes on to say that if LEsnar has any problem understanding the message, he will be in Brooklyn on Monday to hand deliver it to him personally.
Overall, this was a very entertaining installment of Main Event. I did have one gripe, however, and that was the Real Americans losing their match. After defeating the Usos on Monday, they had great momentum coming into this match and should be the number one contenders for the tag-team championship. However, that is somehow in dispute and the number one contenders will now be determined in a fatal fourway match. WWE needs to stop picking and choosing when they will enforce the "pin the champion, become number one contender" rule for no other reason than its confusing to the fans.
The Undertaker's short promo tonight was awesome. Undertaker is my all time favorite wrestler and just keeps getting better with age. His mic skills are top notch and no matter what, he ends up sending a chill down my spine. It seems that he always says exactly what you want him to say, exactly how you want him to say it. When he said "I am going to SLAY THE BEAST", I felt like a little kid again and really believed that he was "The Dead Man". Personally, I can't wait for WrestleMania this year
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