Intermittent reign

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February 21, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. - One night after the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, aftershocks continued to reverberate throughout northern California. This time, the WWE Universe was shaken by the return of two legendary Superstars and the betrayal of a third. 

Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Cena (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In the quickest WWE Tag Team Championship reign in history, the odd pairing of The Miz & John Cena dropped their short-lived titles when the WWE Champion stabbed his partner squarely in the back.

The end of Miz & Cena's brief reign began when, immediately following their title win, Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater invoked their rematch clause. With their colleagues in The Corre looking on, Gabriel & Slater put forth a respectable effort in order to win back the titles. Just when it appeared the result would be the same, however, The Cleveland Screamer betrayed The Cenation Commander-in-Chief. He leveled his partner and WrestleMania opponent with a Skull Crushing Finale as the referee was distracted, costing the pair the WWE Tag Team Titles.

WWE Champion The Miz & John Cena def. WWE Tag Team Champions Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Monday Night Raw has witnessed its share of odd couples. Not least of which, the Superstars who will battle at WrestleMania for the WWE Title: The Miz & John Cena.

The duo was paired by the anonymous Raw GM to face WWE Tag Team Champions The Corre, specifically Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater. Despite their animosity for each other, the WWE Champion & The Cenation Commander-in-Chief actually proved victorious and captured the championships - however briefly. 

Jerry "The King" Lawler confronted Michael Cole (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After his loss the night before to WWE Champion The Miz, Jerry "The King" Lawler was in no mood for Michael Cole's condescending remarks. During an interview, the Miz sycophant insulted Lawler, prompting the WWE Hall of Famer to challenge Cole to a match at WrestleMania. Rather than accept, the weasely wisecracker darted into the crowd to get away.

Mark Henry def. King Sheamus (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS)
After his match with Mark Henry, King Sheamus' pale complexion quickly burned to a shade of dark red. The Celtic Warrior's losing streak continued when The World's Strongest Man punished him with a series of heavy blows before pinning him to the canvas. Has the Irishman's luck finally run out?

Later, in the locker room, the irate Irishman took his anger out on U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan, who had the misfortune to be in Sheamus' path after his loss.

Triple H confronted The Undertaker (WATCH | PHOTOS
After several long weeks, the WWE Universe finally discovered the meaning behind the cryptic "2.21.11" signs. Both The Undertaker and Triple H emerged from months of recuperation to stun everyone. The two goliath Superstars said not a word when they stood toe-to-toe in the center of the ring. Instead, they each acknowledged the WrestleMania sign hanging in the arena and strongly indicated a tacit agreement to face off on The Grandest Stage of Them All on April 3 in Atlanta. Let the battle begin!

The Bella Twins def. Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After initiating a hair-pulling, nail-gouging, locker room brawl last week, Brie & Nikki Bella drew their targets into more familiar territory. The twins met Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim inside the squared circle. Unfortunately for Eve and Gail, the Bellas employed underhanded tactics once again when they utilized Twin Magic to notch a victory.

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS)
Twenty-four hours after Alberto Del Rio defeated him in a non-title match at WWE Elimination Chamber, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston couldn't wait for retaliation. Before the bell even rang, The Dreadlocked Dynamo pummeled the Mexican elitist. As Kofi rained down blows, Del Rio's personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, punched him from behind. The distraction allowed Del Rio the upper hand until referees could step in and halt the ruthless assault.

CM Punk def. John Morrison (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With both Superstars battered by their experience inside Satan's Structure the night before, CM Punk faced off against John Morrison. Although The Shaman of Sexy appeared determined to carry on, an injury to his knee suffered the night before prevented him. The shrewd Second City Savior capitalized and pinned his opponent after hitting him with a GTS.

Punk then took the mic and warned rival Randy Orton to keep his distance. Rather than follow Punk's advice, The Viper instead attacked the holier-than-thou Superstar.

John Cena addressed the WWE Universe (WATCH | PHOTOS)
John Cena was riding high. The Cenation Commander-in-Chief had prevailed in the Elimination Chamber the night before to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He shared the news, and his excitement, with the WWE Universe before addressing disparaging comments made about him by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson one week earlier. Cena went old school, dusting off his doctorate in Thuganomics to diss The Great One in no uncertain terms.

 

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