WWE Old School Raw TV report

WWE Oldschool Raw

March 4, 2013
Buffalo, NY

Rob McCarron

Undertaker opens Raw
The Undertaker opened up tonight's Raw. He came out a few steps in the entrance way, raised the lights, and then the Raw open played. When 'Taker raised the lights, the WrestleMania 29 logo appeared on the Tron.

After the open, Cole presumed that Taker's appearance tonight signaled that he'd wrestle at WrestleMania. CM Punk came out, and said that he had been screwed by the WWE Universe out of main eventing Mania. He said there was no point of even being on Mania now, however, what just happened was now reason enough. Punk challenged Undertaker, and said he'd take away the streak from the fans. Randy Orton came out, saying he wanted another chance to beat the streak. Big Show followed, also challenging Undertaker. Finally, Sheamus came out to do the same. Vickie was the last to appear, making a Fatal Four Way as tonight's main event. The winner would challenge the Undertaker at WrestleMania. I have a feeling this match will set up another Mania main event, also...

The Ryback vs Antonio Cesaro
Ryback beat Cesaro via pinfall. Antonio wrestled in plain blue tights with no thigh pads, while Ryback was in his usual gear. This was another competitive match between the two, with a pretty awesome finishing sequence. Ryback went in for his meat hook clothesline, but he was caught with a European uppercut. Ryback sold that quite well, as Cesaro rushed in to try his neutralizer. Ryback countered that, however, and lifted Cesaro into Shellshock for the win.

After the match, Mark Henry came out and stared down Ryback before walking by Ryback for his match. Mark Henry then beat Zack Ryder in a squash with his World's Strongest Slam. After the match, Henry yelled out that nobody's going to stand in his way.

Backstage, Dolph Ziggler was walking to the ring with AJ and Big E.

FANDANGO is coming. Eventually. Oh, tonight, actually! Or so they claim.

The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
Miz used the Figure 4 to beat Ziggler in another lengthy match. Before the match, Miz introduced "his mentor" Ric Flair, who came out to corner Miz. Finish saw Miz go for the Finale, but AJ distracted the ref allowing Big E to punch Miz out. Flair then attacked Big E with chops, but Big E no sold them and backed Flair off. Miz hit a dropkick through the ropes to the distracted Langston, then locked in the Figure 4 on Ziggler for the submission win. Ziggler went crazy when the lock was applied before tapping out.

The Rock opens the second hour
The Rock appeared. He talked about the weather for a bit, literally, before being interrupted by John Cena. Cena said the Rock doesn't understand how John felt last year, having to tell everyone last year that he failed doing what he said he had to do. He failed at beating the Rock. This brought about a "Cena sucks!" chant. A shot at redemption is what the Mania main event is for John Cena, a chance to right the wrong of 2012. Rock countered by saying that there is only one man who wants this win more than Cena, and that's the Rock himself. Rock said Cena's redemption won't happen, but he'll get his ass kicked by the Rock. Cena came back saying that he's achieved every goal, accomplished every feat, except defeating the Rock. This year is his time. Rock finished up saying that while John thinks he can beat the Rock, Rocky knows he can beat John Cena.

A replay aired of Undertaker's entrance to open the show tonight.

The Real American vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Hacksaw was flanked by Dusty Rhodes and Sgt. Slaughter, while Swagger came out as usual with Zeb Colter. Swagger stole Duggan's 2x4 right away, and beat up all the American heroes with it. Swagger then screamed "We The People" before locking in the Patriot Act on Duggan.

The Marine 3 trailer aired, as the DVD comes out tomorrow.

Backstage, Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger got into a pull apart.

Prime Time Players vs Team Hell No
Team Hell No is victorious again~! Ted DiBiase was out at ringside, scouting the Prime Time Players. PTP'ers wanted Ted to be their manager so they could make millions a'dollars. During the match, a loud (albeit brief) "We Want Virgil" chant broke out. This popped DiBiase. Darren Young moved great for a guy with an apparent leg injury. In the end, Kane beat Young with the chokeslam. Afterwards, DiBiase stuffed a $100 bill in Young's mouth and walked off. Daniel Bryan then reached in Young's mouth and stole the money.

Sweet T & Brodus Clay vs 3MB
Brodus is apparently still looking for a name for their team. I guess The Dancing Bears wasn't good enough. Tensai now wrestles in a two strap singlet, but still hasn't ditched the Japanese lettering across his face. Honky was going to sing his song before the match started, but Heath Slater grabbed the mic and told him to get lost. Less than one minute later, Sweet T pinned Drew McIntyre with a rollup. The big guys danced to celebrate, then Honky came back in to join in as they all danced to his theme song. Heath tried to cut in, and received a guitar shot from Honky for his trouble.
FANDANGO vs Kofi Kingston...almost.
Justin Roberts introduced Fandango, but the man himself came out and said he would not wrestle until Roberts pronounced his name correctly. Fandango and Roberts went back and forth saying his name, until Fandango finally left saying that tonight would be remembered as the night everyone almost say the debut of FAAAAANDAAAANGO. Lawler was quite displeased.

Triple H Addresses Brock Lesnar
Triple H was training every day after his SummerSlam loss to Lesnar, just waiting for a reason to return to competition. Lesnar's attack on Vince McMahon gave him that reason, and now Triple H is calling Lesnar out. Triple H asked Lesnar if he was going to fight, or just sit at home and bleed. Triple H had about ten minutes of mic time, laying out his reasons for returning from his COO job to call out the former UFC Champion. Next week, we'll get Lesnar's response in Indianapolis.

A Bret Hart DVD comes out tomorrow.

Wade Barrett vs Alberto Del Rio
The IC champ lost to the World Champ. The entire segment/match between these two, after what has felt like a four hour show already, bored me. Del Rio countered the Winds of Change into his cross armbreaker to get the submission victory over the Intercontinental Champion. Sucks to be a secondary title holder in WWE tonight.

YouTube.com/WeThePeopleZeb - Zeb and Jack talked about political correctness. Real Americans call it the way they see it.

New Age Outlaws Return
Road Dogg & Billy Gunn beat the Colon's in their first tag match on Raw in over a decade. Cole tried to explain the origin of the NAO but the story literally bored Jerry Lawler to the point where he called Cole out for being a nerd, basically. Road Dogg worked most of the match, but Gunn got the hot tag and put Primo away with the Fameasser.

Mean Gene hosted a birthday party for Mae Young. Bo Dallas was there, so good for him getting on TV. Damien Sandow looked on from the back with such disgust for all of this. Mae came out, with Layla standing behind her with her hand on Mae's back pretty much making sure Mae didn't fall over. During the singing of 'Happy Birthday', CM Punk's music hit and the former champion came out for the main event. He walked out saying "What are you going to do about it, woman!?"

Fatal Four Way To Wrestle Undertaker
Punk beat Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus in a Fatal Four Way. The match itself was pretty dull, but didn't seem to drag at the same time. The finishing sequence began as Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Big Show, then got served with an RKO from Orton. When Orton turned around, he caught a headkick from Punk who followed up with a GTS to earn the right to try and end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania. After the match, Undertaker returned in front of the crowd to stare down CM Punk. Michael Cole did the hard sell on Taker vs Punk as the show came to a close. I thought for sure we'd get The Shield at some point during this one to lead to a Punk victory, but they decided to give Punk the clean win.

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