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TONIGHT: What will the follow-up be to last week’s show-closing standoff between Undertaker and Triple H? And will John Laurinaitis keep his job? Will Chris Jericho reveal why he attacked CM Punk last week? We can also expect more from Sheamus, John Cena, Kane, and a cast of thousands!

-WWE Open.

-A video package aired on the Triple H-Undertaker situation from last week, complete with overdramatic voice-over guy.

-No theme music, but fireworks inside the arena…followed by the theme song. That was slightly different. The camera panned the crowd as Michael Cole opened the show by talking about Elimination Chamber being just two weeks away.

-Tonight, for only the second time on Raw, a six-pack challenge consisting of the Elimination Chamber participants, where the winner gets to enter the Chamber last. I’m surprised they acknowledged a previous six-pack challenge and didn’t just lie and say “first-ever” since that’s been known to happen.

-Plus, Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan in the first match of the show.

-Instead of that match though, Triple H’s music hit and he walked out. He came to the ring and milked the “Triple H” chant. Hasn’t he been watching Chris Jericho’s schtick? Hunter first confirmed he was out to fire Johnny Ace at the end of the show last week, but he never quite got to it. He said he sees calling Ace “a man” is probably a stretch, then continued to say some not-so-nice things about him. He said Ace made a last-ditch plea to the Board of Directors to keep his job, and they asked Hunter not to make a decision yet while the consider Ace’s comments. Man, Hunter looks bad for not firing him during the week then. He turned his attention to the Undertaker.

He said Taker was last seen being carried from the ring at ‘Mania because he couldn’t walk under his own power. Hunter complimented Taker by saying he’s still in awe of the Dead Man, as last week, their roles were reversed from how it happened last year. He said Taker pointed to the sign (HE POINTED TO THE SIGN!) and wanted the epic to continue. Hunter said he looked in the Dead Man’s eyes, and there was no rush up his spine, no butterflies in his stomach…and he wasn’t in awe or humbled to stand in front of him. Trips said he felt bad for the Undertaker. He said he wants to remember Undertaker in a certain light – that light was shown in a video package of Undertaker’s Wrestlemania conquests. Hunter was adamant that THAT is the way he wants to remember Taker. Not like “this” – and a video of the post-match from last year was shown, with Taker looking hobbled and broken down, carted away from ringside.

Hunter said Taker’s legacy will never be matched and that he’s the most dominant force in WWE. Trips said for that reason, out of respect, he’s saying no. He said the Dead Man would not die and he knows that if they do it again, he’d have to finish it – and Taker knows it too. He said maybe Taker wants him to put an end to it. Trips said everyone, including Taker, has limits, and they both saw them last year. He said he’s not going to be the guy to push him past them. Hunter said he respects Taker too much. He said “this” (points to sign) is over. Triple H’s music played, but it stopped before he left the ring. He looked around, and finally the lights went out. A video package was shown on the TitanTron, and in the video, Taker was watching the video. It was more streak videos, with Hunter’s own comments interspersed. Taker said the victory means nothing and demanded Hunter give him what is his: vengeance. And he will give Hunter one more chance at immortality. Taker said it was not over. The camera lingered on Hunter’s reaction with the lights still down as they went to break. WWE is really close to over-producing these things with the number of video packages used in an attempt to add extra drama to the situation.

[Commercial Break]

(1) The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan
Seems like an odd match to just give away with no hype, considering this has been a main event feud on Smackdown. As Bryan came to the ring, he waved for AJ to come down. She seemed hesitant, so he went to the top of the stage to get her. He said she’d be fine as long as she’s with him – that wasn’t the case last time she came to ringside for his match.

Show started with body shots to Bryan , who ended up slouched in the corner. Bryan tried to fight back, but Show headbutted him down. Bryan finally took Show down with a dropkick to the legs of Show. They cut to break at 1:14.

[Commercial Break]

Back just before the 5:00 mark. Spear from Show got a near-fall. He signaled for the chokeslam, but Bryan locked in the front face-lock submission. Show broke out of it and Bryan caught a superkick attempt and brought down the leg over his shoulder. Bryan went to the top, but Show kicked him to ringside. Bryan held his knee as AJ checked on him. Show came out to go after him and AJ got between them. Show almost ran into AJ again near the steps. Bryan’s eyes got wide and he pulled AJ out of harm’s way. Show rolled into the ring as Bryan accompanied AJ up the ramp.

Winner: Show, via count-out, at 7:32. If you’ve seen one Show vs. Bryan match, I feel like you’ve seen them all. They did throw in the new thing with Bryan catching Show’s superkick though.

Bryan somehow got a mic at the top of the stage and asked Show what kind of man he is. He said Show just proved that when he ran through AJ the first time, it was on purpose. He said Show could’ve pulled up the first time like he did right there. He asked why Show would torture AJ. Bryan said protecting "the woman who loves me” (Read: Not “the woman I love”) is his priority and after Elimination Chamber, he’ll still be a Vegan and still be World Heavyweight Champion. The whole “vegan” stuff just seems so forced.

-Tonight, Chris Jericho vows to break his silence and address the WWE Universe.

-And later on, the Six-Pack Challenge.

[Commercial Break]

-The outside of the arena was shown as Cole threw it to a video package of a very special guest greeting John Cena last week. It was Carl Edwards, doing donuts in the parking lot, then racing into the building. Isn’t that how his guest-hosting gig began? Edwards met up with Cena and invited him to be the honorary starter for the Daytona 500. Cena mentioned the Rock and they both agreed that Cena will come out the winner of that battle.

-The announcers talked about Elimination Chamber PPV, and we got a video package on the Chamber match.

-More announcer talk about the Chamber, then a plug for the Six-Pack Challenge. They finally got around to announcing what the rules are for a Challenge match.

[Commercial Break]

-David Otunga entered the ring after a promo for the Rock’s new movie, a preview of which can be seen after Raw. Otunga said he had something to say, then took a sip from his mug. He heaped compliments upon Johnny Ace and prayed that the WWE Board of Directors keeps Ace as EVP of Talent Relations and Interim GM of Raw. He asked the fans to pray with him, and he got down in a Tebow pose to pray. Justin Roberts spoke up and said per Triple H, Otunga will compete in a match right now.

(2) David Otunga vs. Sheamus
Sheamus grabbed Otunga by the lapels and went to finish him off early, but Otunga slipped out of his sweater and ran out of the ring. Back in, Sheamus got him with the Irish Hammer, then opened up Otunga’s shirt and clubbed him with forearms. Otunga held on to the top rope on a powerslam attempt, then kicked Sheamus in the knee and DDT’d him for a one-count. Otunga got in quite a bit of offense here, more than I expected. Otunga took his shirt off and did a bit of posing, so Sheamus surprised him with a Brogue Kick for the win.

Winner: Sheamus, at 2:06. Just a way to get Sheamus on TV, biding time until he can choose an opponent for WM and start that story.

-Chris Jericho was walking backstage and made disgusted faces as stagehands passed him. He’s out next.

[Commercial Break]

-Lawler thanked Nickelback for “This Means War,” the official theme to Elimination Chamber.

-A graphic showed the Elimination Chamber participants on the Raw side.

-The lights went out to some boos, then Chris Jericho’s light-up jacket was shown atop the stage. He didn’t bother playing to the fans at this point. They showed a video of Jericho interfering in the Punk vs. Bryan match last week. He said the end of the world as we know it has arrived. The end of charlatans and thieves claiming to be something they’re not. He said every other performer in the company is now obsolete, a Chris Jericho wannabe. He said people are stealing his ideas and thoughts that he made popular. He said the fans are wannabes to, trolling the fans for the response he was looking for. He said he did the “wearing a suit, scowling and talking low” before Miz did. Before Kofi Kingston did all of his fancy moves, he did them first. When R-Truth said “what’s up,” it was just a take on him saying, “shut the hell up.” Dolph Ziggler may have Vickie Guerrero at his side, but he first had Stephanie McMahon in his corner in the main event at Wrestlemania. Some of those are dubious at best. And then, there’s CM Punk.

He said Punk lies when he says he’s the Best in the World, and is nothing more than a Chris Jericho wannabe. He said Punk knows deep down that Jericho is the best in the world at everything he does, and he doesn’t have to write it on the back of a t-shirt to prove it. He talked about being the first Undisputed Champion, holding all kinds of titles, eliminating 28 other men in the Rumble(!) including Randy Orton in his hometown. Jericho said it’s the end of the world as we know it because he’s coming back to reclaim what is his. CM Punk’s music interrupted and he walked out with a mic.

Light “CM Punk” chant as he went face-to-face with Jericho. Punk seemed speechless at first and then dropped the mic at Jericho’s feet and held the title over his head. He turned his back and waited for Jericho to attack him, but he didn’t and Punk just walked out of the ring. Jericho yelled at him about not talking to him and told Punk to look at him when he’s talking to him. Punk just kept walking.

-Randy Orton and Great Khali face Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes next.

[Commercial Break]

-A graphic aired previewing the World Title Chamber match.

(3) Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes vs. The Great Khali & Randy Orton
God that Barrett theme is awful. Rhodes and Orton began the match, with Orton putting Rhodes down with a high elbow, then a bodyslam. Rhodes ended up turning the tide and got a cover for two. Orton came back with right hands to the head and body. Orton did his vintage DDT but Khali tagged himself in. Rhodes tried the Beautiful Disaster kick, but Khali chopped Rhodes in the head for the win.

Winners: Orton and Khali, at 3:42. They gotta end this Supershow thing. Smackdown booking decisions on Raw seem to just be awful.

After the match, Orton RKO’d Khali.

-Cole read a Rock Tweet from earlier today, challenging Cena to bring it at Wrestlemania. Cole then sent it to the video Rock referred to in his promo, the Cena video that I feel like I’ve sat through a dozen times now.

-A graphic showed Cena vs. Rock at Wrestlemania.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole read Cena’s response to Rock’s Tweet. Thrilling television!

(4) Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly & Alicia Fox & Tamina vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya & The Bella Twins
They showed Kane advancing on Eve last week and John Cena making the save. During the heels’ entrance, Beth Phoenix was shown in a exclusive interview saying she’s beaten everyone in WWE and will be Diva’s Champ forever. Beth caught a kick by Eve and clotheslined her for two. Beth dropped Eve then slapped one of the Bellas in the chest to tag her in. There must’ve been blood somewhere, because Jack Doan started putting on gloves. I think Fox went down to check on Eve after she tagged out, so it could’ve been her. Or they’re giving Doan a germaphobe gimmick (someone Tweeted to me that Eve was bleeding from the nose and medics checked on her post-match). Beth getting too confident seems to signal Kharma getting involved. Tamina came in and took one of the Bellas down. She went to the top as the other Bella tried to distract, but Kelly and Fox pulled her off the apron. Superfly splash for the win. Great shot of the crowd not caring after the match, too.

Winners: Eve, Kelly, Tamina, and Fox, at 1:36. I guess before Kharma, Tamina will get her shot.

-They showed a clip of The Rock on the Tonight Show that will air tonight.

-Triple H talked to someone on the phone backstage, saying the Board will make a decision on Ace tomorrow, or so they say. Ace walked in and tried to make small talk, but Hunter wasn’t having it. Ace said the Board is a bunch of nice people and he’ll accept whatever decision they make. Ace said Shawn Michaels was going to be on Raw next week. Hunter said HBK is in the middle of nowhere hunting so he won’t be there. Ace said he’s just giving the fans what they want by bringing HBK back. He also had an idea for John Cena vs. Kane at Elimination Chamber: An Ambulance Match. Hunter asked Ace who came up with that idea, since he clearly didn’t. Hunter then asked if there’s an ambulance at Raw with the machine that tells if you’ve got a heartbeat or not. He said they should hook it up to Ace to see about his career. Ace acted like Hunter was joking so Hunter threatened to flatline him.

[Commercial Break]

-The Undertaker video from earlier aired, his response to Triple H’s videos. Hunter’s reaction was shown too as Jerry Lawler talked over it.

-Ace was walking backstage when Josh Mathews walked up to him and asked him what he thinks the Board’s decision will be. Ace said he owned up to his mistakes and thinks the Board is looking for someone with integrity, not someone who’s hot-headed. Ace said he doesn’t think the Board will want someone who seems “cowardly” to run things (talking of Hunter declining Taker’s offer for a WM rematch).

-Justin Roberts flubbed the explanation for the Six-Pack Challenge, but recovered nicely. R-Truth made his entrance; match is next.

[Commercial Break]

-HBK returns next week!

(5) R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. CM Punk – Six-Pack Challenge, Winner Enters Chamber Match Last
Always interesting to try to read into the order of entrance for multi-man matches. For this one…I got nothin’. Everyone but Punk ganged up on Jericho first. Punk just rolled up Miz for two. It’s one fall to a finish here. Jericho quickly slid out of the ring and hung out at ringside. Jericho slowly made his way back in after everyone else paired off, but Miz and Truth knocked him back under the bottom rope. Kofi dove onto Miz and Jericho at ringside, leaving Dolph Ziggler as the only man in the ring. He did some showing off until Punk came right back in and covered him before they went to break at 2:42.

[Commercial Break]

At 5:34 they returned with doctors taking Truth out of the match after he crashed and burned just before the break, his head bouncing hard off the ringside mats. Punk did a neckbreaker on Ziggler and a DDT on Miz at the same time. Ziggler broke up an Anaconda Vice on Miz, but Ziggler broke it up. Kingston broke up the same move on Ziggler. Finally, at 7:25, Jericho and Punk squared off as the only two men in the ring. Crowd chanted Punk’s name, but before they could come to blows, Ziggler and Miz attacked. Miz missed a clothesline and took a phantom bump, then Jericho hit the opposite rope and they did a double clothesline spot. Guess he was expecting that spot a tad earlier. Punk tried to suplex Ziggler off the top, but Miz and Jericho got involved and brought Punk off the ropes too. Miz and Jericho both made a cover at the same time so the ref hesitated and counted with both hands. That would’ve been an interesting finish. Kofi with a Trouble in Paradise on Miz, knocking him out of the ring. Jericho got his boot up on a Kofi charge, then dropkicked Kingston off the second rope. Kofi kicked out at two. Cross-body off the second rope for a near-fall by Kingston. He got to shine with some of his trademark offense, and a roll-up got two again. Lionsault no good so Kofi set up for the finish. Jericho blocked the move and locked in the Walls of Jericho. CM Punk made the save and tossed Jericho out of the ring. Ziggler rolled up Punk for two. GTS on Ziggler for two as Jericho pulled Punk out of the ring and tossed him over the announce table. Jericho ran in and pinned Ziggler for the win.

Winner: Jericho, at 12:23.

Jericho posed with the title as Punk tried to recover behind the announce table. Jericho was sitting cross-legged in the ring with the title, a la Punk. The camera picked up girls at ringside screaming…whoops, I guess that was Eve backstage, because they went to her.

-Kane was backing down a screaming Eve. He said Cena has almost embraced the hate but isn’t there all the way. Kane said if Cena doesn’t get there soon, he’s afraid for Eve (no sign of injury to Eve’s face here). Kane said for the first time in his life, he’s afraid of himself. Close-up on Kane’s eyes as he looked like he was smelling Eve’s hair and liking it. Not sure what kind of reaction they were going for there.

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#2 Posted on 6.2.12 2218.18
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Not Miz's best night. Better leave this one out of his next Nas video tribute to his career. Wonder if Truth can pass his concussion test by the PPV, otherwise Khali works twice.

Dolph and Punk pulled off that rana into GTS they messed up last month. A lesson to all of us to stick with it and believe in our dreams.

Love the Undertaker and Jericho angles. It was polite of Jericho to come up with some flimsy reasons to include three of the Chamber guys in his list of grievances when he really just wanted to call out Punk (for the feud) and Miz (for being the real ripoff, along with McIntyre, Rhodes, Barrett, etc).

AJ is great at looking super-scared. It helps/doesn't help that when she's frightened she looks like she's about 14.

Was Raw's first six-pack challenge Edge vs. vs. D'Lo vs. Jarrett vs. Droz vs. Mero vs. Mr. David Heath or should I say Gangrel?
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#3 Posted on 6.2.12 2223.14
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Now playing the part of Sim Snuka, The Miz! Poor, poor Cody Rhodes getting squashed like a bug by The Great Khali. Eve is a terrible actress even for a wrestler. She is so bad at acting that she makes HHH shake his head. Who knows maybe they can team up to make the chaperon 2.
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#4 Posted on 6.2.12 2231.33
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Not Miz's best night. Better leave this one out of his next Nas video tribute to his career. Wonder if Truth can pass his concussion test by the PPV, otherwise Khali works twice.

    Love the Undertaker and Jericho angles. It was polite of Jericho to come up with some flimsy reasons to include three of the Chamber guys in his list of grievances when he really just wanted to call out Punk (for the feud) and Miz (for being the real ripoff, along with McIntyre, Rhodes, Barrett, etc).

Best part of the main event was Miz walking to the ring and immediately looking at Jericho to incredulously tell him "I'm a wannabe?" It was only made better by everyone ganging up on Jericho to start the match. This Punk/Jericho feud is going to be incredible!

As for who replaces R-Truth in the Chamber if he can't go? Well...Zack Ryder's sitting at home with a worked injury. If they're interested at all in winning back over the goodwill of his fans, that's a good place to start.

That segues nicely into the Cena/Kane feud, which needs to die. Now! The acting is off-the-charts bad and I don't even know what the hell the endgame is anymore. The idea is to make Cena "embrace the hate"? At this point, what does that even MEAN anymore?

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#5 Posted on 6.2.12 2233.11
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I got my hopes up when shoemaker described the opening segment as "lovecraftian," but neither recap i read comes close to describing it that.

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#6 Posted on 6.2.12 2234.15
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Jericho standing tough in his blinking jacket was the best part of the show.
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#7 Posted on 6.2.12 2335.15
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If Jericho needed to accuse Truth of stealing something from him, claiming to be 'a conspiracy victim' was RIGHT THERE!
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#8 Posted on 6.2.12 2358.38
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Definitely thought Jericho was going to mention walking to the ring with Ralphus, not Stephanie McMahon.
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#9 Posted on 7.2.12 0020.20
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Time to get Miz off TV. He looks bored, stale, and needs a complete make over. Make him a face after wrestlemania.

With R-Truth perhaps being out of the chamber, time to bring Christian back in his place.

Jericho looked a bit rusty out there tonight, but I think him and Punk are going to have a good angle.

And how can they keep all those diva's employed, yet do so little in the ring?
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#10 Posted on 7.2.12 0027.10
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    Originally posted by shawnpatrick
    Time to get Miz off TV. He looks bored, stale, and needs a complete make over. Make him a face after wrestlemania.
    Originally posted by shawnpatrick, yesterday
    They just have nothing for the Miz right now on Raw. I'd take him off TV until WM, then I say put Miz on smackdown, make him the #2 face behind Orton.
Your fantasy booking doesn't get any better the more you repeat it.

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#11 Posted on 7.2.12 0103.03
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I don't know if Miz was bored, but he totally was supposed to catch Truth. Hope Truth is alright.
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#12 Posted on 7.2.12 0107.50
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    Originally posted by CHAPLOW
    I don't know if Miz was bored, but he totally was supposed to catch Truth. Hope Truth is alright.

Yeah, that was bad on Miz. In his defense, it looks like he legitimately fell. Watch his footing and his placement, it looks like a pure accident vs avoiding the bump on that one. He got off lucky, that could have been much more serious then what it turned out to be.

Liked the show overall.

The Punk Jericho segment was great. Best way to answer Jericho, silence. Loved it.

Good build for Takermania!

The Kane segment at the end was just odd. Really it was.

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#13 Posted on 7.2.12 0111.33
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    Originally posted by The Guinness.

    The Punk Jericho segment was great. Best way to answer Jericho, silence. Loved it.

Yeah, that definitely made the show for me because I was really hoping the Punk-Jericho feud would be a psychological battle... glad to see it's heading in that direction.
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#14 Posted on 7.2.12 0116.02
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Apparently funk is no longer on a roll. I think this ends the streak of Brodus not being on every Raw & SD since his debut. Are they gonna be meta and have him not appear again for weeks?
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#15 Posted on 7.2.12 0147.26
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Your fantasy booking doesn't get any better the more you repeat it.

Yea, but not everyone reads all the threads here... so that's why I repeated it on the Raw thread..... If hey are smart, they will follow my booking after the Elimination Chamber and bring him back a month to go before Summerslam. He'll be tanned, ready, and rested.
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#16 Posted on 7.2.12 0334.08
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    I got my hopes up when shoemaker described the opening segment as "lovecraftian," but neither recap i read comes close to describing it that.

I gotta be honest. When I flipped wrestling on tonight, the last thing I expected was Triple H of all wrestlers to start quoting H.P. Lovecraft ("That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die"). If Taker had said it, no problem... but Hunter? Really? Probably the first and last time my wrestling fandom has crossed over with my pulp fiction fandom (although it's entirely possible Kevin Sullivan could have slipped some At the Mountains of Madness quotes into his old promos and I just missed it).

Also - epic fail on the part of the camera crew and/or production truck. They really needed someone to swing the camera around when Punk turned his back on Jericho so they could emphasis that his latest t-shirt did indeed have 'best in the world' emblazoned on it and that Punk was trying to rub it in. Jericho was staring directly at the words too.
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#17 Posted on 7.2.12 0737.36
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With the way this is being booked, I almost wonder if Jericho takes the title in the Chamber, since him entering last would make him look like a joke if he lost, and I don't think he came back to lose in his first two PPV apperarances. That way Punk has the "excuse" of losing in a match with 5 other guys and he has the contractually obligated rematch he could cash in at WrestleMania. I think if Punk wins the chamber it kinda kills the feud dead in its tracks since Jericho already had his shot and lost.
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#18 Posted on 7.2.12 0748.08
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Well, the answer to "Why Was Beth Phoenix Gone From TV For So Long?" is now clear: So they can retcon her run as Divas Champion into being the most Dominant Champion Ever Who Is So Bored With Beating All The Other Divas Every Week. Which wipes away clean those months at the end of the year when she was being embarrassed by Kelly Kelly and her last appearance on TV prior to the retcon being pinned cleanly by Alicia Fox on RAW.

Beth apparently didn't see or never heard about Kharma at the Royal Rumble. She'll be so SHOCKED in a couple of weeks when Kharma calls her out. Tamina is the gateway to Kharma.

AJ has also been slightly retconned into a "young girl" who's "95 pounds". Everyone treats her like she actually is 14 having her first crush. Where's her FUCK YEAH DANIEL BRYAN Tumblr?


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#19 Posted on 7.2.12 0748.45
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Yeah, Jericho goes over at EC I think. Which, while I see how it works as a set-up, is a little irritating. Changing both world titles a month before WrestleMania just rubs me the wrong way.
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#20 Posted on 7.2.12 0804.10
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Welcome to Raw is video packages. Holy God, they are just limping into Elimination Chamber. Also no Cena tonight. An Ambulance match, really? I missed the six pack challenge after the twitter war of words. I understand you have a lot of time to kill with your six big stars in the main event and no Cena for some reason, but Swagger could have fought Sheamus. If anything you saw last night that they have enough time to do a show with both rosters and still have time left over for something more than video packages.
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