Welcome to the first Raw since the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
At the event, CM Punk defeated The Rock, meaning he will enter his 435th day as WWE Champion tonight.
He won the match due to interference from a returning Brock Lesnar. Why did Lesnar choose The Rock to attack on his return?
Also at the event, Ryback won the 30-man Royal Rumble match. Will he challenge for the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania? Will he give his answer tonight?
Let's roll on to what promises to be an exciting Raw.
- In Ring Segment: CM Punk and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Punk brags about beating The Rock and holding the WWE Championship for 435 days. Mr McMahon interrupts. He says Punk wouldn't even be champion if it wasn't for Brock Lesnar. McMahon goes on to say it won't be long until Punk loses the title before making Punk vs. Miz right now in a champion vs. champion match.
- WWE Champion CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) defeated Intercontinental Champion The Miz (Time of contest - 08:15) Punk pins Miz after hitting the GTS.
- Backstage Segment: Mr McMahon asks Vickie Guerrero what she's got planned for tonight's main event. She announces Ryback vs. Sheamus. McMahon likes the match.
- Wade Barrett defeated R-Truth (Time of contest - 05:08) Barrett pins R-Truth after connecting with the Bull Hammer elbow.
- Backstage Segment: CM Punk tells Sheamus he will get revenge on him for helping The Rock a few weeks ago but may have to wait a long time after Ryback destroys him tonight.
- Backstage Interview: Divas Champion Eve insults Tamina Snuka for the attack at Royal Rumble. Tamina interrupts and goes face to face with Eve. Mr. McMahon makes Eve vs. Tamina for the Divas Championship next week.
- World Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players in a non-title match (Time of contest - 06:32) Daniel Bryan makes Titus O'Neil submit to the No Lock.
- In Ring Segment: Damien Sandow insults the WWE Universe's intelligence before going on to say it's his time to make it to the top.
- Rey Mysterio defeated Damien Sandow (Time of contest - 06:58) Mysterio wins with the 619 and seated senton.
- Backstage Segment: Mr. McMahon tells The Rock he wants to make sure he knows he had nothing to do with Brock Lesnar attacking The Rock. Vickie Guerrero admits it was her idea to re-sign Lesnar as it was good for business.
- Mark Henry defeated Tensai and The Great Khali in a triple threat match (Time of contest - 05:24) Mark Henry pins The Great Khali after hitting the World's Strongest Slam.
- Backstage Interview: Wade Barrett tells Scott Stanford it's time for him to get back in the main-event picture.
- Zack Ryder (with Santino Marella) defeated Drew McIntyre (Time of contest - 05:37) Ryder pins McIntyre after connecting with the Rough Ryder.
- Backstage Interview: Sheamus says he's not afraid of CM Punk's threat and he's not afraid of Ryback. If he wins tonight, he will put himself in the title picture.
- Ryback vs Sheamus never got started (Time of contest - 0:00) WWE Champion CM Punk attacks Sheamus while the Celtic Warrior is making his way to the ring. Punk hits the GTS on Sheamus on the ramp. Ryback comes out. He and Punk start brawling to the ring. When in the ring, Ryback hits Punk with the Meat Hook clothesline and Shell Shocked. Ryback holds the WWE title over Punk. He grabs a microphone and says, "At WrestleMania, feed me Punk." Ryback will challenge CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.
- In Ring Segment: The Rock demands to know why Brock Lesnar attacked him; Lesnar comes out; He says he does what he wants, when he wants; The Rock challenges Lesnar to a match at WrestleMania; Lesnar accepts; The two then stop talking and start brawling. As The Rock sets up for the Rock Bottom, Lesnar exits the ring; They stare down to end the show.
Here are the match results:
- WWE Champion CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) defeated Intercontinental Champion The Miz
- Wade Barrett defeated R-Truth
- World Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players
- Rey Mysterio defeated Damien Sandow
- Mark Henry defeated Tensai and The Great Khali in a triple threat match
- Zack Ryder (with Santino Marella) defeated Drew McIntyre
- Ryback vs Sheamus never started