Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, April 15th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are LIVE from Greenville, South Carolina and we're starting off in a big way with a rematch from Smackdown!
Handicap Match: Randy Orton & Sheamus vs. Big Show
Show powers Sheamus back into the corner. Sheamus fighting back and applies a side headlock. Show counters into a side slam. Shot by Big Show to Sheamus' chest. Sheamus with the Fiery Red Hand. Show tries to counter but Sheamus counters right back, hanging Show on the ropes. Battering ram from the top rope onto Show for two. Show sends Sheamus crashing to the outside. Series of chops to the chest by Show. Big Show with The Final Cut on Sheamus. Sheamus trying to fight back but Show in control working over the arm. Forearm to the back. Sheamus off the ropes walks into another side slam. Big Show up to the top. Sheamus picks Show up on his shoulders and delivers the Electric Chair Drop. Orton with a series of clotheslines and a dropkick. The big boot to Show. Orton drops Show with the DDT. The Viper coils up and looks for an RKO. Show counters and grabs Orton by the throat. Sheamus with the Brogue Kick sending Show into an RKO by Orton for the three count
Winners: Randy Orton & Sheamus
Cole and company highlight 3MB's Shield-esque interruption of Triple H this past Friday, and how the tried and true Shield took offense, physically denying 3MB's help in taking down "The Game." Josh Matthews is in the back with Slater and his troupe. Slater cuts to the point, and says they plan on calling out the Shield next, plain and simple. Mmmhmm, good luck with that, J.O.B. Squad 2013.
3MB with the jobber entrance, even when just calling out the Shield...oy vey. Slater and company badmouth the Shield for stealing their spotlight and await them...uh oh, HERE COMES THE PAIN! They would have been better off with the Shield. Brock disposes of Slater and Mahal, and F-5's McIntyre hard. Slater thinks better of entering the ring, but Brock cuts him off lightning quick and delivers not one, but TWO F-5's to Slater into the barricade! Heyman calms Lesnar down and they head into the ring.
Paul gives credit to HHH, being the only man he has even known to knock out Lesnar (via sledgehammer and steel steps). He respects him and would shake his hand if HHH were here tonight. However, with that being said, Lesnar and HHH are tied up 1-1, and there needs to be a tiebreaker to determine the true alpha-male of the WWE. With the upcoming "Extreme Rules" PPV, Lesnar, via Heyman. proposes a match that tears flesh, a down-and-dirty, old-school Steel Cage match. Two words for Triple H: Challenge issued.
A burgeoning feud comes to a head; Antonio Cesaro and Kofi Kingston fight it out for the US Championship NEXT!
United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Out comes Kofi Kingston. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is out next and yodels the whole way to the ring...are they really having him delve into Swedish stereotypes to "flesh out" his character?
Kofi goes for a quick roll up but Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro with a shoulder blockand a 2 count. More back and forth. Cesaro with a big clothesline in the corner. Cesaro keeps control and keeps Kofi on the mat. Kofi comes back with chops and a dropkick. Kofi with a big right hand and the Boom Drop. Cesaro ducks Trouble in Paradise and hits a BIG upppercut in mid-air. Cesaro with a 2 count as we go to commercial.
Cesaro presses his boot into Kofi's neck. Clothesline by Cesaro. Kingston looks for the SOS but Cesaro counters with a headbutt. Short jabs by Cesaro to Kingston. Kingston with the SOS out of nowhere, but Cesaro grabs the ropes to break the pinfall. Back elbow by Cesaro. Kingston hits Trouble In Paradise knocking Cesaro out of the ring. Kingston rolls Cesaro back in, but only gets 2. Kingston heads to the top rope with a crossbody, Cesaro catches him in MID-AIR and hits a nice backbreaker for a near fall. Kingston with a boot right between the eyes. Kingston counters the Neutralizer into a sunset flip and a sequence of roll ups by Kingston. Kingston rolls Cesaro up to his feet and hits Trouble In Paradise! Three count! New champion!
Winner and NEW US Champion: Kofi Kingston
Post-match, Kofi on the mic, saying he has brought the US Championship "back home."
Cole, King and JBL bring up Money In The Bank and flash us back to last week, where we see Dolph's historic cash-in on an injured Alberto Del Rio and his World Title victory in front of the raucous, overwhelmingly pro-Ziggler crowd in the IZOD Center. He, CR-A.J. and Big E. Langston are WALKING to the ring as we hear from the NEW World Champion NEXT!
Justin Roberts introduces the NEW World Champion Dolph Ziggler as he, AJ, and Big E. make their way to the ring. Dolph on the mic and he gets straight to the point, saying how it's the greatest single moment in RAW history, and questions how he can top himself. He is the most charismatic, the most flamboyant, and he simply does it better than anyone else. He doesn't care that some people boo; they should remember when someone scores during a NFL game or what Louisville did during the NCAA Finals, they showed off. That's what you do when you are simply better than anyone else.
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo, both hobbling, make their way out to the ring. Del Rio did pride ZIggler on his cash-in and victory, but he wants his rematch right here, right now. Ziggler tries to beg off, but Vickie Guerrero is out and asks for a ref because the match is on! Here comes a ref...
Before anything can happen though, Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger interrupt. Colter says if not for Swagger... (Continues on next page)