- Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the usual RAW video before Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW from Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It’s announced that Edge vs. The Miz will take place again tonight and there must be a winner.
– We go to the ring where Justin Roberts introduces Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez introduces a mariachi band with a dancer leading them to the ring. A horn starts honking as the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio comes in driving a brand new Mercedes Benz. Rodriguez introduces Del Rio as he makes his way to the ring for a celebration. There are balloons in the ring and the mariachi band is playing.
Del Rio reminds us what his name is. He reminds he us told everyone that his destiny was to win the Royal Rumble. Del Rio says the fans never listen but tonight, we’re celebrating him. Del Rio says he has hired the best mariachi in Mexico and they play a little tune. Del Rio says this isn’t Justin Beiber music, this is real music. Del Rio has something important to tell us. He talks about facing either the WWE Champion or the World Champion and says he has made his decision. Del Rio announces he will be going after the… he’s teasing us. The Miz’s music hits and out comes the WWE Champion with Alex Riley.
Miz congratulates Del Rio on winning the biggest Rumble in history and says it’s impressive. But not as impressive as winning Money in the Bank, cashing it in and becoming WWE Champion. Miz hopes Del Rio chooses to face him at WrestleMania. Miz talks about Edge now. Miz says Edge was bragging last night that he would embarrass Del Rio at WrestleMania. Miz says Edge was talking all kinds of trash about Del Rio last night. Riley backs Miz up on this. Riley says Edge called him a second rate JBL. Del Rio says he knows this is some ploy to make him pick Edge and not Miz. Edge’s music hits and out comes the World Heavyweight Champion.
Edge comes out to a nice pop from the crowd. Edge says Miz is right… he doesn’t like him and doesn’t respect him. But he’s wrong about one thing. Edge says he wouldn’t say those things behind his back, he would say them to Del Rio’s face. Edge says he will be champ at WrestleMania and will beat Del Rio, if he chooses him. Edge mocks Del Rio and his mannerisms. Del Rio says it’s his destiny to become the greatest of the great and at WrestleMania, he will become the new… World Heavyweight Champion. Edge congratulates Del Rio and knocks him down with a right hand. Miz and Riley retreat. Del Rio grabs a guitar and cracks it over Edge. Del Rio attacks Edge before officials run down to check on him. Del Rio leaves for the back with a big smile on his face.
– Coming up is Nexus vs. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov with the Tag Team titles on the line. We go to commercial.
– Back from commercial and we get replays of what just happened. As Lawler and Cole are talking, we get an e-mail from the RAW General Manager. A RAW Rumble match is announced for tonight with 7 Superstars. The winner will face the WWE Champion at Elimination Chamber. The other 6 stars will battle it out in the Chamber match itself. The participants will be Randy Orton, CM Punk, John Morrison, R-Truth, Sheamus, John Cena and Jerry Lawler. The crowd starts chanting for Lawler.
WWE Tag Team Title Match
Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella
We go to the ring and Tamina leads the WWE Tag Team Champions Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella out to the ring for this title match. Out next comes Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty, representing Nexus.
Santino and McGillicutty start things off. Santino takes him down to the mat first. McGillicutty turns it around and takes Santino to the corner, beating him down. The official separates things. McGillicutty goes for a big splash in the corner but Santino moves and tags in Kozlov. Kozlov goes to work and rams McGillicutty into the corner. Kozlov gets hits a big boot and goes down. Husky is tagged in and he continues the attack on Kozlov. Kozlov turns it around and slams Husky to the mat. Santino is tagged in and he goes to work on Husky. Husky overpowers Santino but gets hit by rights and lefts. Santino runs the ropes and Husky knocks him out of mid-air.
McGillicutty comes in and gets a 2 count on Santino. McGillicutty with a neckbreaker and another 2 count. Santino gets dumped out to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and McGillicutty has Santino down on the mat, stopping him from making a tag. Kozlov and Husky come in at the same time. Kozlov unloads on Husky and drops him with a kick. Kozlov with headbutts now and a big shove out of mid-air. 2 count for Kozlov. McGillicutty comes in and dropkicks Kozlov. Santino tags himself in and dumps McGillicutty to the floor. Santino hits the Cobra on Husky for the pin and the win.
Winners: Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov
– After the match, Randy Orton comes running down to the ring and lays out Husky and McGillicutty with RKO’s. Husky is left in the ring. Orton stands over him and just stares, then looks out at the crowd. Orton backs up to deliver a punt kick to Husky. CM Punk comes out with David Otunga and Mason Ryan to the ramp. Punk tells Orton don’t do it. Punk tells him he doesn’t want to do this. Punk tries talking Orton out of the punt kick. Punk says there will be serious consequences and repercussions if he does it. Orton gives it some thought for a few minutes and starts smiling. Orton hits Husky with a big punt kick and Nexus charges the ring. Orton takes off through the crowd. The crowd goes nuts as Orton stands up on the second level of the arena. Orton’s music hits as Nexus tends to Husky in the ring. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get replays of what just happened with Orton and Nexus.
– We go to the ring and out comes Ted DiBiase with Maryse. Ted has a mic on his way down and starts talking about Jerry Lawler, saying his career is over. Ted says his career is just getting started. Ted says it’s time for guys like Lawler to step aside. Ted says Lawler should give him his spot in tonight’s RAW Rumble. Cole stands up and says he wants to handle this. Cole asks how disrespectful one man can be. Cole puts Lawler over as a Legend and a Hall of Famer. Cole says Lawler’s huge ego would never allow him to hand his spot over. Lawler snatches the mic from Cole and says he’s not giving up his spot to anyone. Lawler says his Road to WrestleMania has always been under construction as he’s never had a match at WrestleMania before. Lawler says his road to the big show starts tonight. Lawler says he’s going to win the RAW Rumble tonight. Ted smacks Lawler in the back of the head and runs off. Lawler runs over and goes to punch Ted but he puts Maryse in between them. Maryse turns around and slaps Ted. Maryse walks off as Lawler drops Ted with a big right hand. The crowd chants for Lawler.
– Cole and Lawler argue as we get hype for Miz vs. Edge later tonight and the RAW Rumble. Back to commercial.
– Back from commercial and we see a person walking around a rainy set. It seems like a vignette for a new WWE Superstar. It flashes “2-21-11.”
Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd
We go to the ring where United States Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd is happening. The Bella Twins are on commentary while Gail Kim is at ringside for Bryan. Lots of back and forth action from Kidd and Bryan. The match ends when Bryan makes Kidd tap out with the LaBell Lock.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
– After the match, Gail Kim comes in the ring to celebrate with Bryan. The Bellas come in and the Divas brawl over Bryan again. Officials come down and try to help Bryan break it up but they’re going at it.
– We see Edge heading to the ring as well as The Miz with Alex Riley as we go to commercial.
Edge vs. The Miz
Back from commercial and the WWE Champion is in the ring with the World Heavyweight Champion. The bell rings and they go at it. Edge hits a swinging neckbreaker for a 1 count. Edge continues to keep control of the match. Riley pulls Miz out of the ring to safety. Edge pulls him back in but Miz counters and slams Edge’s injured arm over the ropes. Miz then throws Edge into the steel steps.
Miz brings it back and the ring and covers Edge for a 2 count. Miz with a submission on Edge now. Edge tries to fight out but can’t. Miz with a 2 count. Miz distracts the referee while Riley hits a right hand on Edge. Another 2 count for Miz. Miz goes back to working on Edge’s arm now. Miz runs the ropes but Edge takes him out with a heel kick. Edge goes for a DDT but Miz counters and takes him down, going back to the arm.
Edge makes it to the ropes and Miz has to break the submission. Edge rolls Miz up now for a 2 count. Miz drops Edge on his face with an armbar for another 2 count. Miz continues to work on Edge’s arm. Edge starts to come back. Both men kick each other in the middle of the ring and they go down. They get up and Edge plants Miz on his face. Edge takes Miz down again for another 2 count. Edge works over Miz to the corner now. Miz charges but Edge rolls him up for 2. Miz comes right back with a kick to the face for a 2 count of his own.
Miz goes to the top but Edge catches him as he jumps down. Edge plants Miz on his face again. Edge prepares for a spear but Miz sidesteps it and pushes him into the corner. John Cena appears in the crowd and distracts Miz. Cena gets the crowd to chant “Miz is awful.” Miz turns around to a spear from Edge for the pin and the win.
– We see Cena talking to some fans as Edge’s music hits. Edge waves up to Cena before heading to the back. Cena just looks on and smiles, still talking to fans. Cole and Riley go over to tend to Miz.
– We get more hype for the RAW Rumble match tonight as we go back to commercial.
Michelle McCool and Layla vs. Eve Torres and Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes the new Divas Champion Eve with her partner Natalya. Out next comes LayCool. We see a backstage video earlier of LayCool talking and some tension in the air. They end up being cool with each other and blaming the Royal Rumble loss on the referee. McCool and Natalya start the match off. Natalya takes her down early for a 2 count. Another near fall for Natalya. Natalya takes McCool back down and they go back and forth on the mat. Layla is tagged in.
Layla comes in and drops the the mat, scared of Natalya. They go back and forth here with Layla screaming. Layla jumps into McCool’s arms. Layla comes back into the mix and Natalya suplexes her for a 2 count. Eve comes in and dropkicks Layla. More kicks from Eve and a clothesline. Eve hits a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Layla kicks Eve in the gut but Eve puts her on the top rope. Natalya comes in and it distracts the referee. McCool runs over and decks Eve, allowing Layla to hit her Facelift stunner off the top. Layla pins Eve for the win.
Winners: Layla and Michelle McCool
The Great Khali and Mark Henry vs. The Usos
Back from commercial and out comes the team of Mark Henry and The Great Khali with Ranjin Singh. Josh Matthews is on commentary as Lawler went to the back to get ready for tonight’s main event. We see the Usos already waiting in the ring. The e-mail alert goes off and we have another message from the anonymous GM. The GM says the Usos don’t have a chance in this match so he’s making it a dance-off. The fans will be the judges.
Dance music hits and The Usos dance first as Cole dances at ringside. Up next is Khali and Henry dancing. The fans start cheering and the Usos attack Henry and Khali. Khali and Henry take out the Usos. Khali actually went for a pin on one of the Usos, thinking it was a match. Thankfully we go to break again.
RAW Rumble Match
John Morrison, John Cena, Jerry Lawler, Randy Orton, R-Truth, Sheamus and CM Punk
We go to the ring and out first comes John Morrison for the main event. Out next comes Sheamus. As Sheaus makes his entrance, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Sheamus and Morrison go at it. Sheamus drops Morrison and the next man out is John Cena. Cena comes in and unloads on Sheamus, hitting his signature moves. Cena goes at it with Morrison now but Morrison with a great counter and Cena goes down. Morrison goes back and forth between Sheamus and Cena now. Morrison tries to eliminate Sheamus. Cena comes over and gets in the mix. The next man out is CM Punk.
Punk comes out and focuses on Cena. Punk then goes and tries to eliminate Morrison. R-Truth is the next man out. He goes at it with John Cena. Truth tries to eliminate Morrison but he can’t. Morrison tosses them both over but they both hang on. Truth gets tied up on the ropes but makes himself back in. Cena goes for AA on Punk but Punk counters with a DDT. Jerry Lawler is the next man out. Lawler comes in throwing right hands as the crowd chants for him. Lawler almost eliminates Punk but Sheamus makes the save. The final man out is Randy Orton. Punk sees this and slides under the bottom rope, under the ring. Orton comes out looking for Punk.
Orton finds Punk under the ring and drags him out. Orton unloads with right hands. They go in the ring. Orton clotheslines Sheamus, Morrison and goes back to Punk. Orton clotheslines Punk and eliminates him. Truth comes from behind and eliminates Orton. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Cena goes at it with Sheamus while Lawler and Morrison go at it with Truth. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Sheamus as everyone looks on. Cena throws Morrison and Truth in one corner and splashes them. Cena goes for a double AA on them both. Truth is eliminated. Morrison comes close to eliminating Cena as they fight on the apron. Sheamus runs over and all three of them are on the apron. They all go at it and come back in the ring. Morrison and Sheamus go at it on the apron now. Morrison almost gets kicked out but hangs on. Morrison comes from behind and tosses Sheamus but he hangs on. Cena locks on the STF as Sheamus taps but it doesn’t matter. Morrison comes over and hits Starship Pain on them both.
Lawler tosses Morrison over but his hands touch the floor, not his feet. Morrison comes back in and kicks Cena in the skull. Morrison springboards onto Sheamus. Sheamus tries to eliminate him and finally does with the Brogue kick. Cena hits the AA on Sheamus. Lawler goes for Cena now and dumps him to the apron. Sheamus runs over and hits Lawler. Sheamus decks Cena on the apron now. Lawler comes over and Sheamus throws him into Cena, eliminating Cena. Sheamus charges Lawler but he moves. Sheamus flies over the top rope and Lawler wins.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
– Jerry Lawler celebrates as he will be going to Elimination Chamber for a WWE Title shot against The Miz. Cena comes in to celebrate with him. We see The Miz and Alex Riley watching backstage. RAW goes off the air with the new #1 contender celebrating.