Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, April 22nd, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The O2 Arena in London, England
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We preview both the epic 6-man tag match and the confrontation between Ryback and John Cena.
We are LIVE (sorta) from London, England with Paul Heyman in the ring. He talks about how Lesnar made headlines with his dismantling of the 3MB and even more so with his "extreme" challenge to HHH, which gets some "ECW" chants from the London crowd. We see the events from last Monday with Lesnar destroying 3MB and Heyman issuing the challenge for a "down-and-dirty, old school steel cage match."
Paul gets the crowd's hopes up with HHH's answer, but says he's not here and "claims" he has an e-mail from HHH, which states that he'll give his answer next week because of his injuries. He calls HHH a coward for not being here, unlike Heyman...
TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!!! Whoops, Heyman done fucked up. Triple H makes his way to the ring as he always done, while Heyman's expression ranks between bemused and scared shitless. He admits Triple H got him, he played the game and lost. Triple H points out further down in the e-mail: He lied. I'm SHOCKED. Even more SHOCKING? Pedigree to Heyman! Koo koo ka choo!
A renewal of a heated rivalry! Chris Jericho versus Dolph Ziggler TONIGHT!
R-Truth out, back to his usual pre-match "What's Up" rap. Cesaro comes out with his yodeling. I can't tell if he's just bad or intentionally so so that he'll get fired...
Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth
Antonio starts out strong, overpowering Truth with knees to the gut and a clothesline, followed by a mushroom stomp to the chest while the England crowd goes into their "Ole" chants. Truth counters a knee with a roll-up for a two count, then fires up with some clotheslines. He blocks a kick and hits a sit-out gourdbuster for a near fall. Cesaro counters Truth, but gets hit with the "What's Up?" coming off the ropes for the sudden three count!
The Shield make a rather impressive entrance into England by chopper, before entering a black Humvee to take them to the arena.
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls come out to shake it as Brodus goes one-on-one with Damien Sandow NEXT!
Damien Sandow w/Cody Rhodes vs. Brodus Clay w/Sweet T & Funkadactyls
Brodus dominates Sandow for the beginning of the match, including headbutts to the back, amid chants of "Cody's Mustache." Sandow trips up Brodus and goes to work with knees to Clay's head. He hits the Cubito Aequet to a mild pop for a near fall. Brodus fights out of a rear chin lock, fires up with more headbutts and the SHEE-plex. Cody distracts on the ring apron, allowing Sandow to hang up Brodus on the top rope and roll him up for the three.
Winner: Damien Sandow
Dolph Ziggler backstage, thinking he may be in love...with the World Championship. AJ stops by to talk to her "Zigglypuff" *snicker*. Dolph thinks she should have a belt of her own and she agrees that it doesn't belong to her former BFF Kaitlyn. They start to make out and shoo off Langston, who be creepin'. As he stalks off, "Team Brickie" interrupt and gladly inform Ziggler that if he loses to Jericho, Y2J will be inserted into the World Title match at Extreme Rules. Ziggles don't look too happy bout that.
Cole and company review Punk's unusual behavior from last week, walking out in the middle of his promo concerning his WWE Title reign and fights with the Rock and Undertaker. Calls to Punk, according to Cole, have gone unanswered.
The Shield have arrived, and go into length about how the Undertaker, for years, has served as judge, jury and executioner in the WWE for years. However, for the first time in his career, Undertaker will know what real justice tastes like. Believe in the Shield.
Jericho makes his rock star entrance, lite-bright jacket and all, as his chance to enter the World Title match at Extreme Rules is NEXT!
Non-Title Match: World Champion Dolph Ziggler w/AJ & Big E. Langston vs. Chris Jericho
The two men lock up. Dolph rolls up Jericho for 2. Jericho with a headlock takeover for 2. Dolph and Jericho fight with the overhand wristlock. Jericho bridges out. Ziggler tries to roll Jericho up, but he rolls through and hits a dropkick. Jericho hits a shoulder block, Ziggler ducks, floats over, and then ducks through to the floor for a kiss from AJ and preens to the crowd. Jericho don't like, so he baseball slides Ziggler into the barricade as we go to commercial.
Langston with a hard shot to Jericho behind the ref's back. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker for two. He chokes Jericho with a knee, then an elbow gets 2. Jericho comes back with a chop, but misses the charge and hits the ring post on his way to the outside floor. Ziggler throws him back in and hits a boot. He dances around, but Jericho counters with a backslide for 2. Ziggler with a rear chin lock. Jericho fights out, but Ziggler transitions right into the sleeper hold. Jericho counters out with the back suplex. Dolph misses off the turnbuckle, Jericho with a shoulder block, gets tossed to the apron, but heads up top and hits an axe handle. Dolph dodges the bulldog, but Jericho with the forearm. He goes for the Walls, but Dolph fights out. Jericho gets the enziguri, but AJ distracts and Big E. with a hard right to Jericho, which gets a near fall for Dolph. Ziggler feigns a clothesline and rolls Jericho up for another near fall. Dolph with the sleeper hold, but Jericho counters with a piggyback jawbreaker. Jericho misses a clothesline and Dolph hits a big DDT for a close near fall! Ziggler gets an elbow by Jericho, Lionsault gets knees by Ziggler, Fame-asser connects, one...two..thr-NO! VERY close. Walls countered, Ziggler goes up top,... (Continues on next page)