Raw results: Texas toast
DALLAS - Steer horns, boot spurs and cactus needles. When it comes to sharp objects, the Lone Star State enjoys its fair share. When Raw mosied into town, though, the Superstars brought their own piercing particulars, including barbed words, pointed challenges and one sharp elbow.
WWE Champion The Miz attacked John Cena (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS)
In case anyone forgot who the WWE Champion is, The Miz was happy to refresh their memory. Though supposedly boycotting Raw (as cited on his Twitter account), The Cleveland Screamer surfaced from under the ring as John Cena addressed disparaging comments made by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson a week earlier. The WWE Champion then attacked the Cenation Commander-in-Chief. As Miz lectured the WWE Universe and The Rock, his WrestleMania opponent lie writhing on the canvas. Just as it appeared the WWE Champion had wrapped up his tirade, he turned back to a dazed Cena and crushed him with a People's Elbow before bidding a fed-up farewell.
Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison; Trish Stratus vs. Vickie Guerrero announced for next week (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After his termination from SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler appeared eager to prove himself to his new Raw roster mates. Consider it done. The showy Superstar tackled the hefty test of John Morrison and proved he belongs by beating The Shaman of Sexy.
After the bout, his special lady friend, Vickie Guerrero, received a rude awakening when it was revealed that only Ziggler was hired on by the Raw GM, not Vickie. She could join the red brand, however, under one condition: The shrill cougar must defeat former Women’s Champion Trish Stratus next week to secure a spot.
CM Punk def. R-Truth (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Ouch. As if being trounced by CM Punk wasn’t agonizing enough, the New Nexus leader’s disciple, Mason Ryan, muscled in on the action. The overwhelming underling proved his fealty by pummeling Truth with a painful powerhouse move.
U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus by Count-out (WATCH | PHOTOS)
What’s red and white and angry all over? You guessed it, Sheamus. The Irishman’s losing streak continued as he dropped a non-title match to U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan by count-out after seemingly injuring his ankle. In the wake of the bout, a frustrated Sheamus challenged Bryan to a U.S. Title Match next week, vowing that were he to lose, he will quit WWE!
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin signed contract to be special guest referee in Michael Cole vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler WrestleMania match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Last week, Michael Cole announced that his trainer for his WrestleMania match against Jerry “The King” Lawler will be Jack Swagger. This week, the other boot dropped. Cole revealed his choice as special guest referee: JBL! Only one problem.
Before The Lonestar Loudmouth could sign the contract, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin confronted the two. After stunning JBL, The Texas Rattlesnake signed on the dotted line to become the match’s special guest referee and chased off Cole.
“Snooki” from Jersey Shore will be guest star on Raw next week
Brace yourself, WWE Universe, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is coming to Raw! The star of cable’s highest rated show, Jersey Shore, will drop by Monday night when Raw rolls into St. Louis. What will the fun-loving, outspoken celebrity have to say? Tune in to find out!
Divas Champion Eve def. Nikki Bella (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Oh, those crafty Bellas. Last week, the ladies hoodwinked the referee with Twin Magic, allowing Nikki to become the No. 1 contender for the Divas Title. The deception allowed Nikki a title opportunity against Divas Champion Eve. Unfortunately for her, though, she and sister Brie went to the well once too often. As the deceitful duo attempted Twin Magic again during Nikki’s title bout, they were found out. The revelation cost them and also helped Eve to retain.
Sunny announced as the next inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011
With Women’s History Month upon us, it seemed only fitting that first-ever “Diva,” Sunny, was announced as the next inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The gorgeous groundbreaker will join Shawn Michaels, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and “Bullet” Bob Armstrong during the Hall of Fame ceremony in Atlanta on April 2.
Christian def. Brodus Clay (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Rather than compete against Christian, Alberto Del Rio instead recruited his WWE NXT Rookie, Brodus Clay, for the task. Although Clay proved he is indeed a behemoth, Captain Charisma’s experience appeared too much to tackle. After Christian won, however, The Mexican elitist waylaid him in typically underhanded fashion.
Randy Orton def. David Otunga (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS)
Another week, another casualty. Despite suffering an ambush from The New Nexus, Randy Orton competed in a match against New Nexus disciple David Otunga. As stipulated by the Raw GM a week ago, should Otunga win he could be in CM Punk’s corner during his bout with The Viper at WrestleMania. Were he to lose, however, he would be banned.
As the match wore on, Orton exhibited stamina and determination enough to eventually overcome his sizable foe. Afterward, WWE’s Apex Predator lined up to punt Otunga in the skull. Before he could, Mason Ryan burst onto the scene, only to find himself RKO’d. The chaos prompted Punk himself to join the fray and plead with Orton not to follow through with his patented punt. Rather than abide, however, Orton reared back and sentenced Otunga to the same fate as fellow Nexi Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris before him.
The Undertaker proposed his WrestleMania Match with Triple H be No Holds Barred (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The Deadman just raised the stakes. Emerging on Raw, The Undertaker informed Triple H that not only did he end the storied career of Shawn Michaels, he’s more than willing to log a repeat performance in order to maintain his undefeated streak at WrestleMania. In a bold move, even for him, The Phenom proposed that he and Triple H wage their war at WrestleMania in a No Holds Barred Match.