From a wrestling fan standpoint Paul Heyman deserves a standing ovation for his performance during the final segment of RAW. Call it “marking out” if you want but Heyman truly understands the psychological science behind everything. Easy move was for him to go from begging Vince to smiling from ear to ear because we all know what was going to happen. However, to add to the dramatics Heyman goes from pleading for his job to pleading with Brock not to destroy Vince. It was truly the most well executed final segment of RAW I’ve seen in quite sometime.

The only place to see a majority of the segment is here on since most videos on YouTube get removed rather quickly. Even if you saw the segment last night, watch it again and analyze it, you’ll enjoy it even more. While you’re at it make sure to check out CM Punk’s 2 promos at the beginning of the show and when confronting The Rock setting up the main Event for Elimination Chamber, really really good stuff.

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What Happened After RAW Went Off The Air

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Thanks to Noah Mark for texting in this recap of what happened after Monday’s WWE RAW from Las Vegas:
After Monday’s WWE RAW went off the air, WWE officials and medical personnel came down to the ring to tend to Vince McMahon. He was stretchered out of the ring while JBL and Michael Cole tended to him, looking very concerned.
John Cena’s music hits and he tells the audience that Vince McMahon is being checked out by WWE doctors and “appears conscious.” Cena says he knows Vince would not want the crowd going home on a down note – and announces that today is Sheamus’ birthday and they’re going to celebrate.
Cena calls out Sheamus and has the crowd sing Happy Birthday to him. There is a birthday cake in the ring for Shemus.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he confronts Cena and Sheamus. John Cena gives Ziggler an Attitude Adjustment and Sheamus gives him a Brogue Kick. John Cena grabs a bottle of water and throws it in Ziggler’s face to revive him. Sheamus throws birthday cake in Ziggler’s face to end the show and send the crowd home happy.

More On Brock Lesnar’s Contract, WHC Plans, Will The Rock Be at House Shows?

As reported, Brock Lesnar did in fact sign a 2 year extension that should keep him with WWE until Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. It most likely will be the same type contract he was originally given after Wrestlemania last year. Some people indicated, though we do not know how true this is, that Brock signed the contract backstage.

Current plans for the World Heavyweight Title is to begin a program between Randy Orton and Sheamus most likely leading to a match at Wrestlemania. If this holds up it will most likely mean Alberto Del Rio will lose his title at the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV.

CM Punk vs. Ryback will be featured as the main event for many upcoming house shows. WWE Champion The Rock will only be used for RAW, Smackdown, and PPV and as many guessed NOT for house show events.

1/28/13 RAW RECAP

One of the great things about this time of the wrestling calendar is after the Royal Rumble while we’re on the road to Wrestlemania, is the overall quality of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown begin to become better because it’s time to build up story lines for Wrestlemania.

John Cena made the choice to take on the WWE champion at Wrestlemania whoever that should be after the Elimination Chamber. It was a weird promo which jumped around a lot from Cena wanting to take on CM Punk again, to reliving his battles with The Rock and naming a whole slew of Superstars almost as if dropping story line before it ever intended to be dropped. It was just odd.
Suddenly The Shield comes out of nowhere and begin to lay a beating on Cena. Sheamus comes to make the assist but the numbers game is too much. Then Ryback comes out. He gains the upper hand for bit but again The Shield prove too much sending him crashing into the ring side stairs. Sheamus begins to brawl with Roman Reigns but is sent shoulder first into the ring post. The Shield return to the ring and deliver a triple powerbomb to Cena.
Tonight also marked the return of Chris Jericho to the squared circle. He cut a pretty awesome promo even dropping a few old catchphrases much to the delight of the crowd. Dolph Ziggler, AJ, and Big E Langston made their way to the ring and Ziggler question why Jericho was even there in the first place. Come to find out General Manager Vickie Guerrero signed Jericho to a new contract because she saw it was good for business. She spun the RAW Roulette wheel and it landed on strange bedfellows. That meant instead of Ziggler going up against Jericho, they would have to team together against Team hell No. Jericho looked really good in the ring, nor rust whatsoever.
The third inductee (which was revealed earlier today) into the 2013 Hall of Fame is Trish Stratus.
Tonight we saw a new side of CM Punk. A more intense, angry, and even more focused almost lost without the title on his shoulder. He says he couldn’t believe that the title was just taken from him even after he defeated The Rock. This may lead into seeing more of a new side of Punk, a side that could take him to the next level. Later on that night we saw The Rock make his first appearance as WWE Champion. Despite it not being a popular decision to give The Rock the title, in a nostalgic sense you begin to feel like what you felt as a kid when The Rock was a top guy in WWE. For the wrestling purists who prospered in having a voice with Punk as a champion it was just really weird seeing Rock carrying the title. During the Rock’s mic time Punk interrupts and further accused Rock of not earning the title. He even goes as far to say that he is the reason that title is now legit and having the Rock hold that title throws away all of his hard work. The two trade further insults and the Rock even calls Punk a “Punk Ass Bitch” and says if he has any ounce of manhood he would step in the ring and try and take the title from him. Punk thinks about but declines the offer and says he has a better idea, 3 weeks from yesterday at Elimination Chamber.
Also the final segment of RAW saw Vince McMahon deliver a performance evaluation of Paul Heyman. During the evaluation it was discovered that Heyman and Punk were indeed behind the attacks on Ryback by the Shield and Brad Maddox. Paul Heyman, almost beside himself believed that someone impersonating him. The entire segment could easily be one of the best segments we’ve seen on RAW in recent memory. We hope to have video of the whole segment tomorrow becomes recapping it would not do it justice. The highlight was the return of Brock Lesnar and him delivering the F-5 to Vince McMahon. This most likely sets up Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.
Here’s a quick recap of the matches that took place:

Randy Orton def Antonio Cesaro via pinfall. The Miz was a special guest ref who called the match pretty fair but distracted Cesaro enough to cost him the match. He then hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro.
Ryback vs. the Prime Time Players where PTP and Ryback would have to jokes and the winner would be decided by funniest joke. The outcome doesn’t really matter as we saw Ryback hit ShellShock on Titus O’Neill then on Matt Striker for good measure.
Player’s Choice Match where Wade Barrett chose to face Bo Dallas, the NXT star who eliminated him from the Royal Rumble last night. Bo Dallas held his own against Barrett and surprisingly (really surprisingly) he picked up a clean win against Barrett. Hopefully this leads to some momentum for the young star.
John Cena def Cody Rhodes
Tensai vs, Brodus Clay in which originally was supposed to be a lingerie pillow fight that was later changed to a dance off. Only one problem, no one told Tensai. It was truly one of the weirdest things I have ever seen on RAW.
Body Slam Challenge which never really happened between Big Show and Alberto Del Rio. Big Show absolutely decimated ADR and when he was dazed Show duct taped ADR’s hand to the middle rope. When Ricardo Rodriguez tried coming to the aide of his friend Big Show absolutely decimated Rodriguez in front of a helpless ADR. To add insult to injury Big Show decked ADR with a KO Punch.
Kaitlyn vs Tamina Snuka in a Las Vegas Showgirls match. I honestly don’t know happened. One moment they were wrestling than the Lumberjills that surrounded the ring flood it and started fighting with each other.
Sheamus def. Damien Sandow in a very good tables match.
There was  karaoke battle between Zack Ryder and The Great Kahli that was interrupted by 3MB and the rest of it was a nauseating mess.
Team Hell No def. Dolph Ziggler & Chris Jericho
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Trish Stratus to be the Next Inductee Into the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame

WWE has reached out to Trish Stratus and asked her to be inducted into the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame. Word is she has accepted. She joins Mick Foley and Bob Backlund plus more TBA for this year’s Hall of Fame class.

Quick Recap of the 2013 Royal Rumble

Sorry for the late post, a lot of news worthy stuff came out directly after the Rumble and most people who pay attention to this stuff probably brought Royal Rumble on PPV last night. Including the Pre-show there were a total of 5 matches, a lower amount but considering the hype behind Rock/CM Punk and the Rumble match itself, it make sense.
The Pre-Show saw Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz. I wasn’t able to catch the show but I gathered it was a decent match but The Miz make have slightly injured his ankle during the match. Cesaro retained using The Neutralizer.
The show kicked off oddly enough with the World Heavyweight Championship match between the Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing match. It was a solid match itself that kicked off pretty cool moment with Bret Hart, ADR, and Ricardo Rodriguez. I’ve been really enjoying Big Show’s work being that Superstars his size are limited to what they can do in the ring. Best moment of the match was Big Show and Del Rio climbing the stage lighting prop and Show choke slamming Del Rio from the prop to a table. Del Rio was able to make it to his feet before the count of ten and the action went back into the ring after Del Rio used the ring steps to apply the cross arm bar. After some brief action Del Rio slaps on the cross arm bar near the ropes and at the same time Ricardo Rodriguez begins to duct tape Big Show’s feet to the bottom rope subsequently leaving in trapped and costing him the match. Again, solid match on both fronts.
Next up we had Team Hell No (c) vs. Rhodes Scholars in another solid tag team contest. THN’s work in and out has been very solid since jump and they seem to have great chemistry as a tag team unit. Rhodes Scholars also have been putting in solid work as well and should be considered top in the new overhaul of the tag team division. The match its was pretty cut and dry put it was nice seeing Bryan use his missile drop kick and suicide dive to the outside. Team Hell No picked up the win with Bryan getting Sandow to tap to The No Lock.
Backstage Kane and Bryan had a little back and forth regarding the entries into Royal Rumble.
Next up was the 30-man Royal Rumble. Check out the recap here.
Final match of the night was CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock. Check out the recap here.

Photographic Proof of the Shield Attacking The Rock

Thanks for for putting this up. During the time the arena lights went off it was suspected that The Shield was attacking The Rock. A still shot was taken while flashbulbs were going off and a photo was taken providing the proof.

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