DGENERATION-NEXUS presents WWE: The Road To WM30
The 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw was one of the most memorable nights in WWE history. The show kicked off with the return of the Undertaker in a move that signalled his intentions to defend his 20-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania 29. Soon after saw The Rock take to the ring to discuss his upcoming WWE Championship match, only to be interupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin. After the pair teased a match, they were rudely interupted by Wade Barrett. The Englishman was not happy after Rock hit him with a Rock Bottom last week on SmackDown, and was left further outraged after taking a Stunner from Austin. Barrett's fury culminating in him challenging The Rock to a match tonight on SmackDown. The Great One is scheduled to open the show, will he accepted the challenge of Barrett and wrestle on TV for the first time in over ten years?
Rock's opponent at the Royal Rumble is current WWE Champion CM Punk, who finds himself involved in the World Heavyweight Championship mix this week. World Champion Big Show is scheduled to defend against both Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan at the Rumble – tonight sees the WWE and World Champions team up to face Orton and Bryan in tag team action. Things have been getting heated between Orton and Bryan, who both know they don't need to slay the Giant to take his title at the Rumble. Can Orton and Bryan stay on the same page, or will Show's dominance continue?
Mr Money In The Bank Dolph Ziggler took exception to the spotlight given to the returning legends on Raw's 20th Anniversary Show, and decided to take matters into his own hands by delivering a savage beating to Nature Boy Rick Flair. Ziggler went so far as to put Flair in the Figure Four Leglock, and with Ziggler stating he is tired of been over-looked he has promised to steal the show from this point forward. Ziggler is in singles action on SmackDown against the high-flying Justin Gabriel.
One week ago on SmackDown Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara dropped the Tag Team Championships to the Prime Time Players, who capitalised on miscommunication between the Luchadors. Rey and Sin Cara had cashed in their rightful rematch clause last Monday night, but after Brock Lesnar interfered to once again display his appetite for distruction the match was thrown out. What is next for the Tag Team Championship picture, will a rematch be ordered or will Sin Cara and Mysterio be forced to earn another shot at the belts?
After several weeks off with injury, Alberto Del Rio returned on Raw to declare his entry in the Royal Rumble match. Del Rio exchanged words with Ryback, insulting his intelligence for hand-picking the #1 entry spot in the Rumble match. Ryback challenged Del Rio to a match, but the Mexican decided against confronting him. Instead he set his attentions on his former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, now under the employ of Santino, insisting that he return to work for him. Things turned ugly between Santino and Del Rio, and the pair will square off tonight on SmackDown in what is Del Rio's first match since returning. As for Ryback, he warms up for what will be a marathon Rumble by taking on David Otunga.
Kane is one of the most dominant Royal Rumble match participants in history, and demonstrated his strength by running an over-the-top-rope gauntlet on Raw. Things turned sour for Kane however; having eliminated Sgt Slaughter, Bob Backlund and Jim Duggan from the match, Kane was eliminated by Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior won 2012's Rumble match and has vowed to do the double this year, but must first see off an angry Big Red Machine in singles action tonight.
Also confirmed is a Champion vs Champion match that will see United States Champion Zack Ryder face Intercontinental Champion The Miz. Ryder and the number one contender to his title Damien Sandow were guests on MizTV on Raw, but Miz and Ryder ended up in a heated argument that resulted in Sandow and Miz double-teaming Ryder. Ryder looks for revenge tonight ahead of defending against Sandow at the Rumble.
There will also be build to the Royal Rumble match, as well as the revelation of the first inductee into the 2013 Hall Of Fame. Be sure to check out Friday Night SmackDown, just 9 nights away from the Royal Rumble.
The Rock responds to Wade Barrett's challenge for a match on SmackDown
Dolph Ziggler vs Justin Gabriel
Zack Ryder vs The Miz in a Champion vs Champion match
Ryback vs David Otunga
CM Punk & Big Show vs Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton
Kane vs Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio vs Santino