Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, April 1st, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Verizon Center in Washington, DC
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
The preview doesn't cut any corners, as every big-time superstar from HBK to Taker to Cena is in the house tonight, and emotions, attitudes, and everything else is coming to a boil.
JBL, Cole and Lawler announcing the last Raw before Mania tonight.
Cena's music hits and he gets his usual mixed reaction. He stands in a house divided in the middle of our Nation's Capital, full of "Cena-crats" and "Rock-publicans." Cena says it's no secret he and The Rock don't like each other. Cena says he respects The Rock for the global star he is and says he's worthy of being called WWE Champion. Cena says the childish games are over this year because it's much bigger - Rock is the defending WWE Champion. Cena says you name it, Rock has conquered it. Cena says tonight, he won't waste his breath talking about Dwayne's Johnson. The crowd boos. Cena says he believes Rock is the greatest WWE Champion of all time. Cena says The Great One will fall and the crowd boos even more.
Cena says Rock's time is up and his time is now. More boos. Cena says at WrestleMania, the WWE Universe will... the crowd interrupts with "Cena sucks" chants. Cena goes on and says the WWE Universe may see a moment they didn't think was possible. Cena goes on about dealing with the loss from last year and having to watch Rock debut his own title belt. Cena says the mighty Rock will experience failure at WrestleMania. Cena says he has no intentions of replacing the new title belt. He wants to hold it as a symbol... a big "boring" chant breaks out and Cena stops, almost bemused by the chants. As a symbol that he's not only Rock's equal, but he's better. Cena yells that the champ is here, drops the mic with a seemingly knowing smile and the crowd boos some more.
Cole and Lawler shill the Tout app for the Rock/Cena match and film Lawler's prediction, where he says history will repeat with the Rock winning once again.
Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus are WALKING as they are in 6-man tag action, NEXT!
Sheamus, Randy Orton & The Big Show vs. 3MB
Orton starts out with Heath Slater. Orton reverses a whip. Slater floats over, but gets an Orotn clothesline for his effort. Sheamus with the tag and a vaulting shoulder block. Whip by Slater reversed, but Heath kicks Sheamus and tags out to McIntyre, who doesn't fare much better agaisnt Sheamus. He's backed into a corner. Slater distracts, and McIntyre gets a running dropkick on the Irishman. He puts the boots to Sheamus. Mahal tags in and tries to contain Sheamus, but he fights out with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Show gets the hot tag and lays waste to 3MB. McIntyre and Slater get caught in a double goozle. Show throws Slater to be eaten up by a RKO and McIntyre gets the Brogue Kick. Mahal? BOOM! KO Punch! Three count!
Winners: Show, Orton & Sheamus
As the unlikely trio celebrates, the SHIELD's music hits, and they square up and get ready to face the "Hounds of Justice," who make their way through the crowd before stopping halfway on the stairs. Ambrose on the mic, and he gives Orton and company a sarcastic congratulations on their match, telling them to do their little song and dance now, because the SHIELD will leave them on their backs at Mania, wondering where everything went wrong. Rollins mentions how funny it is that they believe, as they've gotten all of the foolhardy people to believe, that they can function as a group. Reigns says everyone in the world will believe in the SHIELD come WrestleMania, and the group take their leave.
Coming up later, Shawn Michales speaks on Triple H's career being on the line in 6 days, and Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter have words for us from the streets of our Nation's Capital.
Back from the break and we see footage of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter out in Washington, DC earlier today. Colter mentions how, like Ricardo's ankle, the people of our nation are broken, but there is one man who can fix it, Jack Swagger. Swagger talks about winning the World Heavyweight Title from Alberto Del Rio. Swagger welcomes us to his America.
"El Beardo Magnifico" Daniel Bryan comes out with his tag team champion partner Kane, as Bryan's in singles action NEXT!
Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan w/Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler w/AJ Lee & Big E. Langston
Ziggler and Bryan lock up to start the match. Ziggler works on Bryan's arm and they trade holds. Bryan catapults Ziggler into the corner and hits him with kicks to the chest. Bryan backs Ziggler into the corner with kicks. Ziggler looks to make a comeback but Bryan clotheslines him. Bryan goes for the No Lock but Ziggler breaks it. Bryan with more kicks. Bryan goes for a submission and works on the leg. Big time "AJ'S CRAZY!" chants by the D.C. crowd, methinks she don't like that too much. Ziggler turns it around with a neckbreaker. Ziggler dropkicks Bryan in the back and covers for 2.
Bryan counters in the corner and ties Ziggler up in the ropes. Bryan breaks it and comes face to face with Big E on the floor. Bryan comes back in and Ziggler hits the Fame-Asser for a 2 count.
We go to commercial...
Ziggler with the signature headstand headlock as we are back from break. Bryan fights out of a sleeper hold, snapmares Ziggler out and gets a boot up. Ziggler runs headlong into the turnbuckle. Ziggler gets drilled with kicks, but dodges the Buzzaw. He goes for the Zig Zag, but Bryan hangs on the ropes and NAILS the Buzzsaw kick! He goes up top, but the "Flying Goat" headbutt goes baaad for Bryan. Ziggler locks in the sleeper hold, but Bryan counters into one of his own! Ziggler fights out, tries to roll Bryan up, but he bridges out rather nicely! They stalemate on the backslide, and... (Continues on next page)