Airdate: Monday, April 8th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are LIVE from the IZOD Center in New Jersey, with Michael Cole, JBL and "The King" on commentary.
The crowd is ALL OVER Cena as he makes his entrance, with a new "RTime = Now" t-shirt. We find out Rock tore his abdomen muscles mid-match, but kept it going for 15 more minutes. Damn it if that's not dedication.
Cena says it should be every superstar's dream to main event at WrestleMania, even more so to win it. There's the adjulation, the respect, the cheers (BOO!), the cheers (BOOOOO!) and Cena's actually a bit bemused by the boobirds. He wonders why they're so angry. Cena's upset himself. Mania's over, but this is the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania. "BORING" chants ring loudly. Cena reminds us how the Raw last year had Brock coming back and whipping his ass, which gets some cheers. Cena's thinking a Championship dance, no kick, no step, but the heel twist gets a nice pop. He quotes Flair that he beat the man, he beat the Rock, and arose a new WWE Champion. The crowd is just all over Cena tonight. Cena thinks we should start it off big for the next "Road to WrestleMania", wanting to defend the WWE Title tonight. He name drops Ziggler, Orton and Punk, before Mark Henry makes his large presence known.
"What's up, Champ?" Henry tells him that the problem with looking for trouble is that will often find you. The crowd is having some fun with a "Sexual Chocolate" chant. Cena cracks wise about it, but Henry tells Cena to look at him when he's talking. He dominated Ryback, and he's been hearing all this talk. "FEED! ME! MORE!" chants. He wants some action against Cena. Cena cracks a breath joke and accepts Henry's challenge for the WWE Title...but Booker T's music hits.
The Hall-of-Fame GM says Cena won't be making the match tonight, as Henry will face Cena one-on-one, but will get the title shot ONLY if he beats Cena tonight. Henry tells Cena to bring his A-Game and exits in a huff.
Del Rio faces off against the "Real Americans" Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger in a 2-on-1 handicap match, and Big E. Langston's RAW debut match is up next!
Bryan tries to take the fight to Langston early, but Big E. drops him with a STO ala Samoa Joe out of the corner. Shoulders by Langston to Bryan, then a big back body drop. Bryan tries to fight back with some blistering kick, including a buzzsaw kick. Bryan goes up top, but AJ distracts the ref, and Ziggler trips up Bryan off the top rope. Kane goozles Dolph, but Langston biels Bryan over the ropes onto Kane, seemingly waylaying both men. Dolph rolls Bryan into the ring, and Langston hits the Big Ending for the definitive three count.
Winner: Big E. Langston
Josh Matthews interviews Kurt Warner at ringside for the new USA show "The Moment."
The Miz defends his newly-won Intercontinental Championship against former champ Wade Barrett NEXT!
The "Slo-Mo Slam" is of Miz tapping Wade Barrett out last night at Mania to win the IC Championship.
Barrett has the jobber entrance as Miz makes his way down with his new championship.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett starts out strong with right hands, but Miz floats out of the corner on a whip, hits a clothesline and a kick to the head for two. Barrett takes down Miz, reversed on a whip, sends Miz to the apron, who sunset flips Barrett for a near fall. Miz with the 10 punches and a rear chinlock, but Barrett comes back with a sharp elbow to the chest. Miz floats out of a back suplex and sends Barrett to the outside. He nails a baseball slide drop kick and a sledge to Barrett. Back in the ring, Miz back drops Barrett to the apron, and Barrett catches the ropes. Barrett grabs Miz and delivers a NASTY neckbreaker on the ring apron. Ooofah, that had to smart.
We go to a mid-match break...
Miz goes for the corner clothesline, but Barrett fires off the Winds of Change for a close near fall. Barrett drives his elbow off...