The 1038th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. For the first time since his battle with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” CM Punk would appear on RAW to address his loss to The Undertaker and what the future holds for the former WWE Champion. Also, after turning his back on John Cena last week and leaving the new WWE Champion laid out in the center of the ring with Shell Shocked, will Ryback have an explanation for his attack?
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Sheamus & Randy Orton def. Big Show by Randy Orton pinning Big Show following the RKO.
- United States Championship: Kofi KIngston def. Antonio Cesaro (c) by pin following Trouble in Paradise to win the United States Title.
- Non-Title: Team Hell No def. The Prime Time Players by Daniel Bryan pinning Darren Young following the flying headbutt.
- Non-Title: R-Truth def. Wade Barrett by pin following the What’s Up.
- Team Rhodes Scholars def. Santino Marella & The Great Khali (with Hornswoggle) by Damien Sandow rolling up Santino Marella.
- Non-Title: Jack Swagger def. Dolph Ziggler by roll-up.
- Non-Title: Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella) def. Kaitlyn by Brie Bella pinning Kaitlyn after hanging Kaitlyn up on the middle rope.
In a rematch from Friday’s SmackDown, RAW kicks off with a 2-on-1 Handicap Match as “The Viper” Randy Orton and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus faced the man who attacked both of them last week, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. In the end, it was Big Show going for a chokeslam on Randy Orton, but Sheamus would use the Brogue Kick to break the grip of Big Show. Orton then hits the RKO on Big Show en route to pinning “The World’s Largest Athlete” to pick up the win for himself and Sheamus.
After they were attacked by The Shield on SmackDown, the group known as 3MB made an appearance on RAW as Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre made their intentions known. Slater says that, on SmackDown, they were going to make an “example” out of Triple H, but the “three-man cover band” The Shield got involved. Jinder Mahal then declares that they are the only three-man band that “rocks faces” and Drew McIntyre actually demands a “hand-written apology” from The Shield! However, 3MB did not get The Shield. Instead, they got an enraged Superstar who lost a brutal war to Triple H at WrestleMania as “The Beast” Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring! Lesnar was in no mood for games as Brock tosses Heath Slater out of the ring, taking Drew McIntyre down with a clothesline, tossing Jinder Mahal across the ring with a belly-to-belly suplex, and then dropping McIntyre with the F-5! Lesnar then dared Heath Slater to get back into the ring, but Slater decided to make a run for it. However, the deceitful speed of Lesnar would come into play as “The Beast” cuts Slater off before hoisting Slater up and driving Slater onto the ringside barricade with the F-5 before drilling Slater into the barricade for the second time with a second F-5!
Paul Heyman finally rushes out, getting Brock Lesnar to back off of 3MB before Heyman and Lesnar get into the ring. Heyman then says that he told everyone last week that Brock is looking for a “fight” and he wants that fight to be against Triple H! Heyman continues, saying that, at WrestleMania, Triple H knocked Brock Lesnar out, admitting that knocking Brock out makes Triple H a “warrior worthy of admiration” and saying that, if Triple H were there, he would shake the hand of “The Game” and tell him that he respects what he was able to do at WrestleMania. Heyman then states that Lesnar does not share his opinion, saying that Triple H’s victory at WrestleMania simply means that both Triple H and Brock Lesnar have one win over the other. On behalf of Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman challenges Triple H to a match at Extreme Rules, saying that Brock wants to face Triple H in a match where there will be “no mercy” and the man who gets knocked out in the match will be “victimized”. Heyman continues, saying that the match Brock wants is “barbaric” and “primal”, saying it is time to get “ruthless” and it is time to get “extreme”. Heyman finally reveals the match type, saying that Lesnar wants to face Triple H in the old school problem-solver itself, a Steel Cage Match! Heyman then declares that they have got two words for Triple H, “challenge issued”. Will Triple H accept the challenge for a Steel Cage rematch against Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules?
After pinning the United States Champion on SmackDown, the high-flying Kofi Kingston would get his shot at the title as Kofi challenges Antonio Cesaro for the United States Championship. During the match, Kofi Kingston managed to hit Trouble in Paradise on Antonio Cesaro, but Cesaro rolls to the outside of the ring and, in the time it took to get Cesaro back into the ring, the champion was able to kick out of the pinfall attempt. The champion and challenger would battle back-and-forth for control, but, out of nowhere, Kofi catches Cesaro with Trouble in Paradise for a second time, pinning Cesaro to become the new United States Champion for the third time in his career! After the match, the Ghana-born champion proclaims that he has brought the title back “home”!
One week after cashing in his Money-in-the-Bank contract and ultimately becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler appears on RAW with AJ Lee & Big E. Langston in tow. Dolph states that, when he cashed in and won the title last week, it was the single “greatest moment” in the history of RAW, saying that there has never been a champion more “charismatic” than him, declaring that he is “just too good”. Ziggler continues, saying that showing off is what you do when you are better than everyone else and being the World Heavyweight Champion comes with certain “perks”, such as fame and fortune, not to mention a girlfriend like AJ Lee. However, Dolph is then interrupted by the former champion, Alberto Del Rio, who makes his way to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez accompanying him, still on crutches. Del Rio tells the new champion that he told him last week that he would get his rematch for the title when he saw fit, revealing that he wants his rematch for the title right here, right now! Despite the protests of the champion, RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero comes out, saying that, regardless of the condition of Del Rio’s leg, he has the right to get his rematch whenever he wants it, calling a referee out for the impromptu title match!
Before the match can get underway, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter come out as Colter says that Ziggler does not “deserve” to be the champion and neither does Del Rio. However, once Swagger gets in the ring, Del Rio clotheslines Swagger right back out, but when Del Rio’s attention is on Big E. Langston, Swagger attacks Del Rio from behind, ramming the already injured leg of Del Rio into the steel ring post. “The Real American” then locks in the Patriot Lock on Del Rio, torturing Del Rio until referees are able to break it up before tending to Del Rio.
A blockbuster announcement was made during RAW as it was revealed that, on next week’s RAW, the Brothers of Destruction will reunite as “The Phenom” The Undertaker teams with the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan to face The Shield in a 6-Man Tag Match!
The WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on RAW as Kane & Daniel Bryan faced The Prime Time Players in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kane planting Darren Young with a chokeslam, followed up with the flying headbutt by Daniel Bryan, who pins Young to pick up the win for Team Hell No.
One week after his surprising attack on WWE Champion John Cena, “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback explains his actions on RAW. Ryback says that WrestleMania was the “best night” of John Cena’s career and the “worst night” of his. Ryback continues, saying that he had no choice but to attack Cena last week because he refused to be at the “bottom of the ladder” again after WrestleMania. Ryback then says that Cena reached out to Ryback when he first arrived in the WWE and Cena even gave him his title shot at Hell in a Cell last year when Cena was injured and unable to take the title shot himself. Ryback continues, saying that a “friendship” with John Cena is nothing more than a “promise” to live in the “shadow of John Cena”. Ryback then says that there is no light that can outshine him, saying that Cena left him to fend for himself on more than one occasion when he was repeatedly attacked by The Shield. Ryback then says that he was attacked by The Shield a total of six times, asking where Cena was at then, saying that every time Cena was attacked, he made the save. Ryback continues, saying that Cena got “lucky” at the Royal Rumble when he last eliminated Ryback and, at Elimination Chamber, he left him alone again to fend for himself against The Shield. Ryback then says that Cena is the “big winner”, but argues that the title belongs to him and he was waiting for Cena to admit that. Ryback then says that, last week, he showed that he will not remain in the shadow of John Cena and that he is the biggest “threat” to Cena’s reign as champion. Ryback then concludes by saying, “Ryback rules”.
The new Intercontinental Champion was in action on RAW as Wade Barrett went one-on-one with R-Truth in a non-title match. In the end, it was R-Truth hitting the What’s Up on Wade Barrett en route to pinning the Intercontinental Champion for the win.
Backstage, Booker T’s Senior Advisor Theodore Long confronts RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero and the Assistant to the Managing Supervisor Brad Maddox as Long says that he has taken it upon himself to book a non-title match between Jack Swagger and World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler for later tonight, adding that he does not know if Booker T knows about the match or not.
Team Rhodes Scholars was in action on RAW as Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow faced the comedy pairing of Santino Marella & The Great Khali, with Natalya & Hornswoggle in their corner. In the end, it was Damien Sandow rolling Santino Marella up to pick up the win for Team Rhodes Scholars.
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler then makes an in-ring appearance as “The King” would conduct an interview with the overnight, global sensation responsible for the “Fandangoing” craze, “The Dancing Enigma” Fandango. Before Lawler can ask his first question, Fandango shushes the Hall of Famer, asking Lawler how his “hips” are feeling. After being asked to move his hips, Lawler decides to return to the announce position as Fandango asks the crowd if they want to go “Fandangoing”, but says that he needs all of them to first pronounce his name correctly, leading the crowd in pronouncing his name. As the crowd sings his theme song, Fandango says that, since they cannot pronounce his name correctly, they can all go “Fandango themselves”!
After bringing a halt to an impromptu World Heavyweight Title match earlier in the night, “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner, would go one-on-one with the new World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, with AJ Lee & Big E. Langston in his corner, in a non-title match. In the end, it was Jack Swagger catching Dolph Ziggler with a roll-up to pick up a win over the World Heavyweight Champion. After the match, Alberto Del Rio would strike, pummeling Jack Swagger on the staging area before draping the arm of Swagger over the edge of stage, wrenching on it with a modified version of the cross armbreaker before referees rush out, getting Del Rio to break the hold!
Backstage, Matt Striker was ready to conduct an interview with Sheamus, but, much like on SmackDown, the interview would be brought to a violent end by Mark Henry, who again attacks Sheamus, sending “The Celtic Warrior” into the interview set!
For the first time since becoming The Undertaker’s 21st victim at WrestleMania 29, the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” CM Punk, with Paul Heyman in tow, made an appearance on RAW. Punk says that being the WWE Champion was his life, but he looked forward to his next challenge, which was The Rock. Punk says that he always “wants more”, but says that, after having a 434-day reign as WWE Champion and facing The Rock, the only thing that was bigger than that was challenging the undefeated streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Punk continues, saying that he pushed The Undertaker “to the limit”, but Punk then whispers something to Paul Heyman before hugging Heyman, handing him the microphone, and walking out of the ring, heading all the way backstage!
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Booker T scolds Theodore Long for Long going over Booker’s head with the match between Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. The GM then announces that Dolph Ziggler will defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match against both Alberto Del Rio & Jack Swagger.
The Divas were in action on RAW as Divas Champion Kaitlyn went one-on-one with Nikki Bella, with Brie Bella in her corner, in a non-title match. During the match, Nikki Bella would conference with her sister, Brie, on the outside of the ring, but Kaitlyn would break it up with a dropkick to both of the Bellas. This would lead to a distraction from Brie Bella that would allow her sister to gain the advantage in the match. In the end, it was Kaitlyn hitting the Go To Knee on Nikki Bella, but, behind the referee’s back, Brie would switch spots with her twin sister as Brie hangs Kaitlyn up on the middle rope before pinning the Divas Champion to pick up the win for her sister.
After being attacked by Ryback on last week’s RAW, WWE Champion John Cena would make an appearance on RAW to call out “The Sin City Cyborg”. The champion wastes no time in calling Ryback out to the ring and “The Sin City Cyborg” wastes even less time in making his way to the ring to confront the WWE Champion. Cena says that he should be afraid of Ryback, but he’s not. Cena then says that he laid out on open challenge last week for any Superstar to come out and challenge him for the WWE Title, but Ryback decided to wait until his back was turned to attack. Cena continues, saying that he has been to war with the likes of Triple H and Shawn Michaels over the WWE Championship and telling Ryback that he understands why Ryback did what he did last week, but he does not like the way he did it. Cena then tells Ryback that he is missing the two most important things that it takes to be a champion, “the space between your ears and the piece between your legs”! Cena then gets in the face of Ryback, telling Ryback to “make a move” and see if he deserves a shot at the championship. However, Ryback walks out of the ring, backing out of a fight with Cena, but that’s when The Shield make their way through the crowd, slowly surrounding the ring. Keeping a wary eye on Ryback, The Shield decides to target the WWE Champion as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns pick apart John Cena while Ryback watches the proceedings, not making a move to either fight The Shield or help Cena! After effectively dismantling the WWE Champion, The Shield turn their gaze to Ryback, but Ryback walks up the staging area, creating more distance between him and the ring. With Ryback clearly not willing to help Cena out, The Shield picks up John Cena, driving the WWE Champion down with the three-man powerbomb in the center of the ring before Ryback heads to the back!
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