World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring and he proudly shows off the World Title belt. Bryan says that he wanted to come out to set the record straight. Winning the World Championship has been a dream come true for him and defending the title is what he lives for. Daniel says that he successfully defended the title against the man he won it from, the Big Show.
Bryan tells everyone not to get mad at the Big Show because he deserved that title after the length of time that he held the title. Bryan says that other champions would have moved on, but Daniel says that he is a fighting champion.
Now Bryan has to tell his future grandchildren that he did not have an epic match where he made Big Show tap out, he will have to tell them that he won by disqualification. Bryan says that he doesn't want to hear that the people in the crowd are buying what is being told about him on the message boards. Bryan did not intentionally goad Mark Henry into getting Show disqualified.
Bryan calls out a few people online for their behavior. He calls those charges dung. On Monday, he told Big Show that he could have a challenge any time and any place. Bryan says that he was thrilled that Show set up the match for tonight.
Bryan says that to make sure that nothing screwy happens, it will be no disqualification and no count out.
Bryan says that is excessive and he says that all of the problems came from one man . . . Mark Henry.
Bryan says that if it was up to him, Mark Henry should have been suspended. Not only because he ruined a great World Championship match, but . . .
We will never know because Mark Henry makes his way to the ring.
Mark wants to make sure that he heard Daniel right that he should be suspended. Henry asks if he should be suspended for what he did last week. Henry says that if he had gotten suspended, he would have gotten his money's worth. Show came out on Monday and he talked about a meeting with Teddy Long. Henry says that he had a meeting with Teddy Long. Henry says that after what happened last week and because Bryan goaded him last week, Henry says that he will be banned from ringside.
Bryan says that is the right decision because this match has nothing to do with Henry.
Henry tells 'Tiny Tim' that this has everything to do with him. Teddy promised Mark that if he kept his nose clean and did not interfere, next week he will get his rematch.
Bryan wants to make sure that he heard Henry right. If he beats Show for a third time, he has to face Mark Henry next week for the championship.
Henry confirms what Bryan said.
Bryan says that is alright with him.
All three announcers think that Mark Henry will be facing Big Show next week.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Slater losing an over the top rope challenge to Hornswoggle. Then we see Justin Gabriel coming to Hornswoggle's aid.
Match Number One: Justin Gabriel versus Heath Slater
They lock up and Gabriel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Gabriel with an arm drag into an arm bar. Slater with a punch and kick to Gabriel followed by a clothesline. Gabriel with a head scissors take down and arm drag.
Gabriel comes off the turnbuckles but Slater with a reverse atomic drop followed by punches. Slater punches Gabriel but Gabriel with an elbow and punch. Slater with an Irish whip and a neck breaker as Gabriel comes out of the corner for a near fall. Slater with a knee to the back and a reverse chin lock.
Gabriel with an elbow and kicks followed by a jumping back heel kick. Slater with a spinebuster and he gets a near fall. Slater argues with the referee about the count and Slater shows his frustration before going up top.
Hornswoggle's music plays and he appears in the corner. Gabriel with a boot to the head that knocks Slater to the mat. Gabriel with a 450 Splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
After the match, Hornswoggle walks across Slater's chest before celebrating with Gabriel.
Daniel Bryan is doing some stretching in the hallway and AJ stops by to talk to him. She tells Daniel that she is so proud of Daniel and regardless of the result of the match, she loves Daniel. AJ leaves and Daniel appreciates AJ's comments.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring, but he has something to say on the way. He tells everyone 'hola' and he says that he realizes that most only habla espanol, but he is quite certain that most of them are familiar with the initials INS. He addresses the legal citizens of his country and he says that he needs to tell everyone that he has been the Intercontinental Champion for five month. He tells them cinco cinco cinco cinco cinco.
Cody says that is more time than any champion in the WWE right now. Cody mentions that he has outshined the likes of Pedro Morales, Tito Santana, Booker T, and even his brother Goldust. In 2012, his goal supersedes being the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. Cody says that he is going to pull an 'Ultimate Warrior'. To Cody that means that he will be both the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and World Heavyweight Champion. Cody says that he is in the Royal Rumble match and that is where it all starts.
Cody throws out a few arribas for the fans.
Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes versus Ezekiel Jackson in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Cody with a side head lock but Jackson throws Cody to the mat and Cody goes to the apron. Cody lands on his feet when Zeke tries to suplex him back into the ring. Cody with a kick and DDT for a near fall. Cody with kicks and punches to Jackson. Cody with a knee to the midsection followed by punches.
Cody with more kicks to Jackson and the referee warns him. Cody with a rear chin lock on Jackson but Jackson powers out of the hold and then he connects with a shoulder tackle. Jackson with a series of Irish whips into the corner and Jackson with a running clothesline and punches. Jackson slams Rhodes and Jackson screams. Jackson tries for the Torture Rack but Cody escapes.
Cody misses Beautiful Disaster but Rhodes with a drop toe hold and then he hits Beautiful Disaster followed by Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We go to commercial.
We are back and remember that WWE does not like bullies unless they are named Kane.
It is time to remind everyone about the Royal Rumble and how it is the unofficial start of the Road to Wrestlemania. Before Wrestlemania, there is the Hall of Fame ceremony and it is time to see a video package for the first person officially announced for 2012, Edge.
Santino is doing his job and meeting with Teddy Long. Santino has some match ideas. First, a cage match with two smaller cages inside. He suggests that they overturn the original decision by Jack Tunney and allow reptiles to come to the ring.
David Otunga enters the office looking for a refill as he slurps from his Travel Mug. He tells Teddy that as legal counsel to Johnny Buzzkill, he is here to discuss the Royal Rumble. Otunga wants to know which Smackdown Superstars will be in the match. Otunga has a list with the pros and cons of the members of the Smackdown roster.
Santino says that he should face Otunga tonight. Despite David's objections, Teddy tells him that he should get ready for his match.
There is a knock at the door and Teddy thinks that it is Aksana so he gets ready for some amazingly awkward double entendres, but Teddy probably forgot that Aksana never knocks. Instead it is Drew McIntyre.
Teddy says that he doesn't want to hear what Drew has to say. He has been paying Drew a lot and he is not getting the results that match the amount of money that Drew is receiving. Teddy tells Drew that he better win his match tonight and the match is next.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Drew McIntyre versus Ted DiBiase in a Drew needs to win or maybe he might lose his job but it would make more sense to milk the crap out of this storyline Match
Before the match starts, Hunico's music and he is driven to the ring on his BICYCLE thanks to his personal driver Camacho.
McIntyre with a boot to DiBiase because of the distraction and he gets a near fall. Drew punches and kicks Ted in the corner. Ted with a kick to Drew and then he sends Drew over the top rope to the floor. Ted with a suicide dive that sends Drew into the announce table.
Drew sends Ted into the apron a few times before they return to the ring. Drew gets a near fall. Drew chokes Ted in the ropes and then he kicks the ropes while Ted still hangs on the ropes. Drew gets a near fall.
Drew with an arm bar on Ted. Ted punches Drew and Drew tries for a slam but Drew runs into a boot from Ted. Ted avoids a charge into the corner and hits a reverse atomic drop before hitting a flying knee. Ted with a rebound clothesline for a near fall.
Ted goes to the turnbuckles and Drew with a clothesline and Drew gets a near fall. Drew puts Ted on the turnbuckles. Drew with a forearm to the back and he sets for a super belly-to-back suplex but Ted knocks Drew off the ropes and Drew crotches himself. Ted hits Dream Street for the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
After the match, Hunico and Camacho give Ted a golf clap for his efforts.
Drew pleads his case with the referee since he lost one more time.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jinder comes to the ring and he says that he likes that nobody expects him to win the Royal Rumble because that is when he is most dangerous.
Match Number Four: Sheamus versus Jinder Mahal
Sheamus with a kick and forearms and punches to Mahal as he is not going ot make this a scientific battle. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Mahal with an elbow. Sheamus with a clothesline and a short arm clothesline after blocking a hip toss.
Mahal goes to the floor and Sheamus follows and hits a running shoulder on the floor. Sheamus rolls Mahal back into the ring and he hits the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Mahal goes to the apron and Sheamus sets for the crossfaces but Mahal with an elbow.
Mahal with a running high knee and then he hits a second one and gets a near fall. Mahal with a knee to Sheamus on the apron. Mahal with a series of knee lifts and then Mahal with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall.
Mahal with a reverse chin lock. Mahal with a knee when Sheamus tries to fight back. Mahal with a forearm across the chest. Mahal with a reverse chin lock into a front face lock. Sheamus with a back body drop to escape the hold.
Sheamus with the forearms across the chest with Mahal on the apron. Sheamus with a suplex to bring Mahal back into the ring. Sheamus goes up top for the flying shoulder tackle and he hits it. Sheamus signals that it is over and he hits the Brogue Kick and he gets the three count.
Big Show is in the back and the referee stops by to remind Big Show of the rules even though he has been in No Disqualification and No Count Out matches before. Show tells the referee to make sure he makes the three count.
AJ stops by and he wants to talk to Big Show. AJ tells Show that she wants to talk to Show about Daniel. She tells Show that she doesn't want to see Show get hurt. AJ tells Show that Daniel is a decent guy with a good heart.
Show says that he is not going to try to hurt Daniel, but he wants to win his title back.
Daniel Bryan stops by and he accuses Show of trying to steal his girl as well as trying to take his title. Bryan tells Show that he isn't taking the title or the girl. Bryan tells Show that it is best that he leaves.
Show cannot believe what Bryan is saying. Show says that the title has changed Bryan. Show tells Bryan that maybe he won't have that problem after tonight.
Daniel wants to know if Show is trying to intimidate AJ. He tells her that nothing will happen to her because he is her knight in shining armor. Daniel wants to know how much AJ loves Daniel.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the 2002 Royal Rumble when Triple H won after eliminating Kurt Angle.
Match Number Five: David Otunga versus Santino Marella in a Battle of the Mascots
Santino with a double leg take down into a front face lock. Otunga backs Santino into the corner and he connects with shoulders in the corner. Otunga with a short arm clothesline followed by a slam attempt. Santino with a rollup for a near fall. Otunga with a clothesline and then he kicks Santino. Otunga with an elbow drop or two using the ropes for leverage.
Otunga gets a near fall. Otunga with a rear chin lock but Santino with a forearm. Otunga with an Irish whip but Otunga misses a charge into the corner. Santino with a series of punches and then he hits a hip toss after the split. Santino with a diving head butt.
Santino reaches into his gear and he tries for the Cobra but Otunga blocks it and Otunga with a Kryptonite Krunch on Santino for the three count.
Winner: David Otunga
It is time to talk about the second inductee into the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2012 and we see the Four Horsemen video package.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Match Number Six: Brodus Clay with Naomi and Cameron Lynn versus Tyson Kidd
Clay with a running head butt followed by a cross body for the three count.
Winner: Brodus Clay
We go to the back where Teddy Long is dancing with himself and then he sees the lights go blue and the saxophones start playing and Aksana enters. Teddy apologizes for having too much fun by himself. Aksana and Teddy talk about Brodus Clay and then Aksana talks about how they are in Las Vegas next week. Teddy points out that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Aksana says that she wants to play roulette because she loves to hit on black and Teddy does a spit take.
Teddy says that he is glad to know that and then he starts to have sweat for no reason.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Natalya versus Tamina
Natalya slaps Tamina and she hits a suplex and gets a near fall. Tamina catches Natalya and hits a Samoan Drop and then Tamina goes up top for the Superfly Splash and she hits it and gets the three count.
Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring and he wants everyone to be quiet. Barrett says that you might have been impressed by the performance of the so called Great White, but he saw nothing to be impressed about. He is not impressed with a surly Irish man who has a problem with his temper.
Barrett says that he is a man of class, dignity, and civility. A man who is in control of his faculties at all times. He is the man who will win the 2012 Royal Rumble match. He reminds us that he is Wade Barrett. That is why he is challenging the Great White to a one-on-one match next week on the Sin City Smackdown. Wade says that some might think of what he will do to Sheamus next week a sin.
Wade thanks everyone for their time and he says 'God Save the Queen'.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Eight: Daniel Bryan with AJ Lee versus Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship in a No Disqualification and No Count Out Match
Bryan offers his hand but Show does not look like he is going to shake hands. Show does have some honor and he shakes Bryan's hand but he does not let go and he presses Bryan over his head. Show drops Bryan behind him and then he chops Bryan in the chest. Show with a punch and chop as they go into another corner for more of the same. Show with a biel and then he head butts Bryan. Show with a chop across the chest.
Show with another head butt to Bryan. Show with an Irish whip but Bryan gets his boots up on two occasions. Bryan comes off the turnbuckles but Show with a spear. Bryan's body is under the ropes and the referee does not make the count. The referee checks on Bryan as we go to commercial.
We are back and Show puts Bryan on the announce table and Show chops Bryan's chest. Show gets a chair and he hits Show with it a few times. Bryan hits Show in the back and arm as he tries to fight back and take advantage of the stipulation. Show knocks the chair away from Bryan and Bryan retreats into the ring.
Bryan begs for mercy while Show looks happy to have the chair in his hands. Bryan with a drop kick when Show tries to get back into the ring. Bryan gets the chair and hits Show in the back and arm with the chair again. Show knocks Bryan down and then Show sends Bryan back into the ring.
Bryan with kicks to Show when he returns to the ring. Show grabs Bryan's leg and he chops him. Bryan with a drop kick to the knee and he kicks Show in the head. Bryan gets a near fall but Show kicks out emphatically. Bryan hits Show in the chest with the chair and then Bryan with a DDT onto the chair. Bryan gets a near fall but Show still throws Bryan off like a rag doll.
Show blocks a kick and he chops Bryan. Show with clotheslines followed by an Irish whip, splash, and running shoulder tackle. Show grabs Bryan by the throat but Bryan escapes the hold and Bryan clips Show. Bryan picks up the chair again and Show punches the chair.
Bryan goes to the floor and Show follows after him. Show with a forearm to the back and then Show rearranges the announce table. Show wants to choke slam Bryan through the table but Bryan avoids it. Bryan hits Show in the back with the chair. Bryan tries for the running knee off the apron but Show chops Bryan.
Bryan with a kick and forearm. Bryan realizes that they are having no effect so Bryan runs away. Bryan runs past AJ but Show is not as agile and he runs over AJ and she goes down.
It appears that the match has been stopped due to the situation.
Show checks on AJ while the medical staff makes their way to the ring. Bryan surveys the situation while Show is saddened by what happened. Bryan goes over to check on AJ and she is not moving. Show starts to cry about the situation as a stretcher makes its way to the ring.
While AJ is being placed on the stretcher, the people of Laredo are now all doctors because they start to chant 'She's okay'.
While AJ is being taken to the back, Show and Bryan follow and Bryan yells at Show about being reckless. He tells Show that she is 95 pounds while Show is 500 pounds. Bryan calls Show a bastard and walks to the back.