WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 4, 2013) from Atlanta, Georgia, featuring the ongoing saga of Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon, The Shield, Brad Maddox and CM Punk.
After Paul Heyman got called out for lying about being behind The Shield last week, and Brock Lesnar F-5'd the Chairman of the Board, subsequently breaking his hip what will happen next? Will Heyman be fired? Will The Shield be targeted by Mr. McMahon? What will become of beautiful Brad Maddox?
More importantly, what will CM Punk have to say about all of this? The Second City Saint needs to plan his next move very carefully. Tonight we may see how he intends to play it.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 4
Rex here. Let's mark out with our snark out.
CM Punk is going to kick things off for us today. He takes some kid's sign and destroys it.
He grabs Josh Roberts and has him introduce Punk as "The People's Champion".
Punk says he reacted like a normal person to the way things went down with the WWE Championship.
Punk takes to the barrier to get in fans faces and ask them if he was in the video shown by McMahon last week.
"How about you Michael Cole? Did you see CM Punk act in collusion?"
"If Paul Heyman says that wasn't him, then it wasn't him."
Punk says it may sound ridiculous, but the fans believing anything Vince McMahon shows on his titantron as truth is even more ridiculous.
"Brock Lesnar broke Vince's hip and it's exactly what he deserved"
Punk says that Rock only has the physical belt to hold up his fancy pants. The real championship lies with Punk,
Booker T hits the stage now.
"This isn't even your show, hit the bricks"-Punk
Apparently Vickie has allowed Booker T to decide Punk's fate but he is going to the fans.
Apparently Punk will face off against a former WM opponent.
It will either be Orton, Mysterio, or Y2J by vote through the WWE app.
After some more plugging for the App and the tease of the HoF announcement Ryback hits the ring and he will be in action when we get back from break.
Ryback vs Antonio Cesaro
Ryback takes early control of the match with some forearms in the corner.
Cesaro is able to fight his way back after taking a slam.
Cesaro stomps Ryback repeatedly and goes for the whip but Ryback hits a Thesz Press.
Ryback is slamming Cesaro's head into the mat and tosses him into the corner as we head to break.
Back from break and Ryback hits a huge slam and Cesaro tries to bail on the match.
Ryback gives chase up the ramp and is able to bring Cesaro back to the ring.
As Ryback tries to get back in the ring Cesaro counters and goes to the outside and tosses Ryback into the post and then the steps.
Ref starts the count and Ryback barely makes it back in time.
Cesaro landing strikes in the corner and then hits a big DDT from the second rope.
Ryback hits a big back body drop and ends up following with a clothesline.
Cesaro rolls out and tries to make his way through the crowd.
Ryback brings him back in but Cesaro hits a big boot.
Ryback fights back and hits a clothesline and Shellshock for the pin.
Ryback wins by pinfall.
Back from break and they show us a video from the WWE app of Mysterio discussing his history with CM Punk. I guess there is no need to download the app then.
Video package of the Shield and when it's finished Cena is watching in the back.
Vickie advises him it's not smart that Cena wants to call out the Shield.
Video package of Trish Stratus to remind us that she is a Hall of Fame induction.
Cole then teases the Sammartino induction announcement.
Santino vs Jack Swagger
Lock up in the center and Swagger throws Santino's head into the mat.
In the corner and Swagger is land some big knees. He tries to splash but Santino dodges.
Santino getting some offense in but it doesn't last long.
Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb and then locks in the ankle lock which is now named the Patriot Act. Great name for a heel's finisher.
Swagger wins by submission.
Alberto Del Rio vs Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes with a Groomed for Greatness shirt that has a picture of a mustache. I want that shirt.
Cody slapped Del Rio across the face and he didn't take to kindly to it.
Del Rio goes after Rhodes in the corner with some big kicks.
Rhodes takes out Del Rio's knee and begins to stomp on Del Rio.
Rhodes goes for the splash in the corner but misses. Del Rio follows up with clotheslines and a backbreaker.
Del Rio with the super kick and a near fall.
He gets the crowd chanting Si and goes for the arm bar but Cody reverses and hits the Disaster Kick for the two count.
Rhodes goes for a clothesline but gets reversed by Del Rio into the arm bar. Rhodes taps.
Alberto Del Rio wins by submission.
Del Rio gets on the mic and gives the crowd credit for helping to open his eyes so he could see the light. Del Rio says he is going to to stop Big Show's bullying and get justice for Ricardo.
Big Show interrupts on the titantron. He is at a secure location broadcasting to the arena. Del Rio says he is doing so because he is a coward, but Show claims it's because he can't control the rage he feels for Del Rio. He needs to hold off until he can fight for the WHC.
Lawler on the mic and he announces that Chris Jericho won the poll and will face off against CM Punk tonight.
Back from break.
Daniel Bryan and Kane are arguing over a recent loss on Smackdown.
Rey Mysterio vs Daniel Bryan
Bryan open up with a knee and some kicks to the mid section of Mysterio.
Mysterio with an arm drag, dropkick, and some knees.
Daniel Bryan has Rey like he is going to hit a Tombestone but ends up nailing Rey with his knees.
Rey tied up in the corner and Bryan goes for a big spear. Mysterio avoids the spear and Bryan hits the post as we head to break.
Back from break and Bryan is in control, working over the arm of Mysterio.
Bryan tosses Mysterio out of the ring and follows up with a baseball slide.
He goes for the suicide dive but Mysterio hits him with an elbow before he can clear the ropes.
Mysterio with a hurricarana and a nearfall.
Mysterio hits the 619 and goes to the top rope. Bryan counters and locks in the No Lock.
Daniel Bryan wins by submission.
MARK HENRY IS BACK!
Henry makes his way back to the ring and Bryan tries to meet him on the ramp but he tosses Bryan aside.
Henry enters the ring and hits Mysterio with a running power slam.
Sin Cara hits the ring to stop the assault but eats a World Strongest slam for his trouble.
He hits a big splash on Mysterio.
"THAT'S WHAT I DO! THAT'S WHAT I DO!"
That is how you make an impact in a return.
Back from break and Bryan confronts Kane about not coming to his aid.
"You told me not to come out no matter what" -Kane
Big Show is in his secure hotel room and is on the phone with Booker T asking where the contract is for his rematch with Del Rio. It's room service and the guy is asking for a tip.
"Next time get a better job" -Big Show
Sheamus vs Kane
Kane and Sheamus exchanging strikes in the middle of the ring.
Kane hits the sidewalk slam.
Sheamus knocks Kane to the outside and follows him to hit him with some forearms.
They quickly get back to the ring and are trading punches in the center of the ring.
Sheamus with a back breaker and follows it up with a spear, knee, and axe handle combination.
Kane takes control with a few slams and is setting up for a choke slam.
Daniel Bryan runs to the ring and is on the apron. Kane turns to confront Kane and push him off the apron.
Kane turns around right into a Brogue Kick and pin.
Sheamus wins by pinfall.
Miz TV and he is trying to introduce Heyman but the man himself comes out and interrupts him.
Heyman keeps calling Miz by his actual name.
Heyman wishes Vince McMahon well on his recovery and he wants us all to keep him in his prayers.
Miz interrupts Heyman and he isn't pleased by that.
Heyman states that he didn't know that Lesnar was even in Las Vegas, that he didn't order him to attack McMahon, and that he is sorry it happened.
Miz says Heyman is a good liar but not good enough and tries to press him on the issue of Brad Maddox and the Shield.
Heyman counters that he has questions of his own about how Punk got screwed.
"Paul you are changing the subject" -Miz
Heyman says he will answer Miz's questions when his own are answered.
Heyman gets in Miz's face and he begins to threaten him but Vickie hits the ring.
Vickie says that Heyman had nothing to do with Lesnar being there. It was Vickie who had him there to resign him to WWE. She wanted to impress McMahon and they finalized the deal last week, but she had no idea what Brock was going to do.
Vickie breaks down in tears and Heyman comforts her.
Vickie and Heyman try to lead the crowd in prayer.
Miz interrupts and states that they both have reason to hate McMahon and calls them both bottom feeders.
Brock hits the ring.
Lesnar gets in Miz's face and Miz decides to push him.
Lesnar responds with a clothesline and tosses Miz out of the ring.
Brock throws some chairs and him and tosses a couch out of the ring.
He goes to toss the second one out but Miz begins to attack him. Lesnar responds with some knees and a F5.
Heyman pleads with Lesnar to stop and Brock leaves the ring.
Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett
Barrett starts off the match by whipping Orton into the corner and kicking him until the ref pulls him off.
Orton comes back with a Thesz Press and sends Barrett to the outside.
Orton picks Barrett up and drops him onto the barrier before tossing him back in the ring.
Barrett counters a clothesline attempt from Orton and then sends Orton to the outside with a clothesline of his own.
Orton makes his back to the ring and Barrett drops him and follows up with some elbow drops.
Orton retakes control and hits him with a scoop slam and draping DDT.
Barrett rolls to the outside and Orton follows him outside. Orton tosses him back in but gets hit with a sideslam for the two count.
Orton recovers and takes control. He goes for the RKO but gets pushed off. Barrett goes for the Bull Hammer but Orton counters with an RKO for the pin.
Randy Orton wins by pinfall.
We come back from break to a Fandango teaser.
Chris Jericho vs CM Punk
Punk and Jericho trading chops.
Jericho takes control and hits a vertical suplex on Punk.
Dueling Punk and Y2J chants from the crowd.
Punk takes control and is working a submission on Jericho's elbow.
Jericho fights his way out and sends Punk to the outside and follows up with a baseball slide as he head to break.
Back from break and Punk is in control of the match.
Punk with repeated leg drops to the back of Jericho's head and he gets a nearfall.
Punk works a headlock in on Jericho. Jericho works out of the lock and sends Punk to the apron.
Punk springboards himself into Jericho but misses.
Jericho with a double axe handle, bulldog, and Lionsault combo.
Jericho gets Punk into the corner and launches Punk to the center of the ring.
Jericho goes for a second Lionsault but Punk catches him and tries to hit the GTS.
Jericho counters and they trade of roll up attempts.
Punk with a swinging neck breaker and hits the running knee in the corner.
Punk to the turnbuckle and goes for the flying elbow but Jericho rolled out of the way.
Jericho lands the Lionsault and gets a nearfall.
Punk hits a big roundhouse and gets a nearfall.
Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice. Jericho struggles and makes his way to the rope. Punk breaks the hold just before the dq.
He calls the crowd a bunch of marks for chanting.
Punk goes for the GTS but he is countered and Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho.
Punk fights his way to the ropes for the break.
Punk takes control and hits the GTS for the pinfall.
CM Punk wins by pinfall.
Hall of Fame video package to announce the induction of Bruno Sammartino.
The package has Tyson talking about how much he wanted to be Sammartino.
Really good package. WWE always has top notch production on these.
Striker in the back and he asks Punk where his head is at.
Punk says he is mad because Rock has the title of champion. He doesn't care about the physical belt.
Josh Matthews in the back with Cena. Cena does some rambling and says he is going to head down to the ring and challenge the Shield as we head to break.
Big Show is at his hotel eating when the courier with his contract arrives. He signs the contract and tries to get the courier to leave. Del Rio is outside the room waiting. Big Show destroys him in the hallway of the hotel.
Del Rio is able to counter with a spray from the fire extinguisher. Some people come on to the scene from the elevator.
"Everything is ok. My friend had some bad Mexican food. Just keep walking" -Del Rio
We cut back to the arena and Maddox has the mic in the middle of the ring. He says the he was manipulated by Paul Heyman.
Maddox says that he is the hero of the story because he was the wronged man. Since he is the hero it will be him, and not Cena that teaches the Shield about justice.
Maddox calls them out and they hit the arena.
Ambrose has a live mic! YES! YES! YES!
As Shield makes his way to the ring, Ambrose , Rollins, and Reigns lay into him on the mic.
They hit the ring and Maddox makes the first move. His attack doesn't last long and he gets powerbombed.
Cena's music hits but he isn't at the stage. Cena coming through the crowd with Ryback and Sheamus.
Shield tries to bail but the lockeroom has emptied to cut off their escape.
The Shield collects themselves in the middle of the ring as Sheamus, Cena, and Ryback hit the ring and a brawl erupts.
The faces get the better of the exchange but Shield is able to escape through the crowd to end the show.