Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, April 29th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Results by Ken Hill
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are LIVE from Columbus, Ohio in front of a raucous crowd, as Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and out comes Del Rio and Ricardo…who’s got zubaz pants on! Apparently made by Teddy Long (No tag match, playa? Shocker!), Ricardo, Zeb Coulter and Big E. Langston will compete in a triple threat, representing the three men in the World Title match, and the winner will have their representative make the stip pick for Extreme Rules…methinks Uncle Zeb better make tracks.
Triple Threat Match: Big E. Langston vs. Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Zeb Coulter
Langston looks like he’s eying his next meal. Zeb goes to the apron, leaving Big E to face off with Ricardo. Big E catches Ricardo and runs over him with a big shoulder. Big E with a big forearm to the chest. Ricardo fights back with a kick and some punches. He tries to run away but Big E grabs him for big rib breakers over his knee. Big E with body shots in the corner now. Big E has words with Zeb. Big E runs and spears Ricardo in the corner. Big E tosses Ricardo across the ring. Ricardo jumps and Big E runs into the ring post! Ricardo with kicks and punches to Big E now. Zeb comes in and gets some shots in on Big E. Ricardo and Zeb double team him. Ricardo reminds him that they’re enemies. Big E runs over Ricardo again as Zeb watches.
Zeb pushes Big E away and beats up Ricardo. Big E backs Zeb up and he falls down, faking a knee injury. The man was in a war, dammit! Jack Swagger runs in and tends to Zeb. Ricardo with a kick to Big E. Ricardo tosses his towel can onto Big E and it does nothing. Ricardo, youz a dead man. Big E lays Ricard out with a big belly to belly suplex. Alberto Del Rio comes in and hits Big E with his enziguri. Dolph Ziggler takes out Del Rio. Swagger sends Ziggler to the floor. Big E sends Swagger to the floor but tumbles out with him. Zeb steals the pin and covers Ricardo but AJ Lee breaks the pin. These are triple threat rules, so no DQ. Ricardo rolls up Zeb for the win! Alberto gets the pick!
Winner: Ricardo Rodriguez
John Cena and Ryback are scheduled to team up against the Shield tonight. Despite an Achilles injury over the weekend, Cena has been cleared to compete tonight. Before that, Cena will make a special presentation for World Wish Day NEXT!
We get a quick recap of the end to the triple threat match.
Back from the break and we get a video of John Cena granting a wish on Today earlier this morning. We come back to the arena and out comes Cena with several kids and their parents from Make-A-Wish. Cena talks about World Wish Day and introduces Jacob, Nicholas and Logan. He says their wish was to come watch RAW. Cena encourages fans to visit Wish.org/WWE and help out. Cena says tonight, they’re making these three kids honorary WWE Superstars. Cena introduces the three newest WWE stars. Jacob’s name he chose is The Eliminator, Nick’s name he chose was Nick The Stitch and Logan’s name he chose was Lightning Logan. The crowd cheers and Cena gets them to cheer louder for the three kids. Cena thanks the fans and that’s it.
Coming up next, “The Viper” Randy Orton is in action NEXT!
As we come back from break, Orton’s breaking out his classic “Release the Doves” pose as Cody Rhodes anxiously awaits the bell.
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
Orton with a headlock takeover to start. He and Cody exchange some holds. Orton fights out but Cody drops him with a shoulder. Back and forth but Orton drops Cody with an elbow. They lock up again and trade holds. Cody works on the arm and takes Orton to the corner. Orton tosses Cody to the floor but he skins the cat ala HBK. Cody brags, but turns around to a dropkick. Orton taunts Cody and dropkicks him again. Orton with a 1 count. Orton keeps control and works Cody over.
Orton stomps away on Cody. Cody pulls Orton head-first into the turnbuckles and turns it around. Cody works Orton over in the corner now. Orton turns it around and hits a suplex for a 2 count. Orton keeps the attack on Cody and covers for another pin attempt. Cody turns it around and drops Orton with a dropkick for a 2 count. Cody with kicks. Orton comes back with a clothesline. Cody goes to the floor but Orton chases him and hits another. Orton brings it back in the ring but Cody blocks the second rope DDT. Cody comes in but blocks an surprise RKO attempt. Good chemistry as can be expected between these two. Orton stares a shocked Cody down as we go to commercial.
Orton assaults Cody on the outside and rolls him back in, but gets caught with a NICE Disaster Kick which knocks Orton off the apron and he looks to be out of it. Cody rolls him back in for a near fall. Cody jackknifes him for another 2 count. Cody keeps Orton down with more stomps and gets a 2 count. Orton tries to fight out of a rear chin lock, but Cody counters the suplex into a Goldust uppercut for another near fall. Orton shoves Cody into a corner, but Rhodes gets a boot up and hits an sledge to the back of Orton’s neck for a 2 count. Cody takes his time going back up top and Randy stops him. Orton up top and preens to the crowd before hitting a BIG vertical superplex for a close near fall. Orton starts to fire up with clotheslines and the powerslam. Snakebite DDT connects! RK..NO! Cross Rhodes! 1…2..Thr-KICKOUT! Rhodes is absolutely livid. He shouts down to Orton that it’s over. He goes for another Disaster Kick…RKO! OUT! OF! NOWHERE! Three count! Great match!
Winner: Randy Orton
Matt Striker in the ring with Orton post-match. Striker questions if Show’s betrayal following their match at Mania still haunts Orton. Randy says it actually fuels him, because he’s never felt more focused or extreme…before dropping Cody with another RKO!
We get a replay of the Disaster Kick countered into the RKO.
Nikki Bella stretching out…mmmmm…ahem, anyway, Brie approaches her and they talk about how “cute” the battle royal last week was, while they were on the red carpet promoting “Total Divas” on E! Nikki takes on Naoi…NEXT!
As Nikki and Brie pander to the crowd, we get a preview of “Total Divas”, followed by The Funkadactyls dancing and bouncing their way to the ring.
Nikki Bella vs. Naomi
Naomi takes the fight to Nikki, laying her out with clothesline and a Thesz Press. Nikki counters out, but gets hung up on the top rope. She and Brie do “Twin Magic” and “Nikki” gets the inside cradle on a surprised Naomi for three.
Waitaminute…Cameron in to complain…the ref takes a second…he reverses the decision!
Winner by DQ: Naomi
The Bellas ain’t happy bout that and take out Naomi before slamming Cameron head-first into the turnbuckle and they leave all smiles.
Up next…we hear from the Shield after their destruction of the Undertaker last Friday.
Back from the break, The Shield make their way to ringside, and JBL foreshadows really the only way they can be stopped is if they start in on each other. Ambrose on the mic says they have done just what they said they would do: Bring justice to an unjust world. Rollins on the mic now, and brick by brick they have torn down the wall of injustice that has surrounded the WWE. They show the various victims of the Shield, from Ryback to The Rock to The Big Show to John Cena. Reigns says no one can stop the “Hounds of Justice.” Those men were merely mortals. The Shield looked immortality in the eye and spat in it. We see the highlight of the Shield dominating the Undertaker and driving him through a table. Ambrose says it doesn’t matter about the Streak, the WWE Title or who you are, when your number is called, Justice will answer. Rollins says they haven’t forgotten about Cena and Ryback…
3MB’s music hits! Slater tells the Shield to shut up and says before Ryback and Cena, they have unfinished business with 3MB, who had their “party” with Triple H crashed by the Shield. Mahal says they will rock all over their face. Uh huh. 3MB seem eager to go, but Ambrose and company quickly dominate…before Team Hell No’s music hits! The Shield clear the ring as Kane and Bryan pick the remains of 3MB. Goozle to Slater! Chokeslam! YES! YES! YES! BOOM! PYRO!
Cena getting taped up in the back. Ryback looks on and says Cena’s hurt. Cena agrees, but says he’s probably more effective on one leg than Ryback is on two. OOOOOH! He’s ready to go. Ryback says he can’t take that chance and stalks off.
Dolph Ziggler versus Kofi Kingston, part 1000…now with championships!
Champion versus Champion: World Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. US Champion Kofi Kingston
New US Title and now he’s a new daddy! Congrats to Kofi! He takes on Antonio Cesaro in a rematch this Wednesday on Main Event! Hopefully it’ll be yodel-free.
Wristlock by Ziggler and Kingston turns it around into an armlock. Ziggler with a waistlock. Kingston with a side Russian legsweep. Kick to the face by Kingston. Side headlock by Ziggler. Shoulderblock by Ziggler. Kingston with a back elbow and dropkick Kingston going for SOS but Ziggler counters. Kingston catches Ziggler in the jaw with a kick.
Kofi fights out of a hold. Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler taunts Kofi now. Ziggler with a neckbreaker. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner as Kofi moves out of the way. Ziggler goes back to the attack and beats Kofi down in the corner. Kofi fights him off with kicks and punches. Kofi makes a comeback and nails a big dropkick. Kofi hits the Boom Drop. Ziggler blocks Trouble in Paradise but Kofi catches him. Ziggler counters that with a big DDT. Ziggler with a 2 count. More back and forth. Kofi with SOS for a 2 count. Ziggler misses the Fame-Asser and Kofi nails Trouble in Paradise but AJ puts Ziggler’s leg on the bottom rope before the 3 is counted.
Big E helps Ziggler up on the floor but Kofi dives out onto both of them. Kofi brings Ziggler back in and goes to the top. Kofi with a BIG cross body for a close 2 count. AJ distracts the referee. Big E gets on the apron but Kofi sends him to the floor. Ziggler rolls Kofi up for 2. Kofi counters with a 2 count. Kofi catches Ziggler again and catapults him into the corner. Kofi misses a big shot from the top rope. Ziggler hits Zig Zag for the three count and the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Last week, Triple H accepted Brock Lesnar’s challenge for a Steel Cage at Extreme Rules. We hear more on it coming up next.
AJ an her *snicker* “ZigglyPuff” talk about his victory before running into Kaitlyn, who says she isn’t scared just because AJ won a battle royal. She held back before because they were friends, but not now. A gift arrives. AJ snatches it, but it’s actually for Kaitlyn. Turns out to be a spiked hat which matches her bracelets, complete with cheesy “secret admirer” note. 10 bucks it’s Goldust horning in on his brother’s territory.
Highlights of Lesnar and Heyman last week, along with Triple H accepting the Steel Cage challenge by pedigree-ing Heyman.
“Team Brickie” backstage, discussing the Steel Cage match as Ryback enters. He says Cena has abandoned him to the Shield for the last time. An intimidated Vickie admits she feels the same way and decides to make a 6-man tag match with him and Team Hell No against the Shield. Ryback says “Been there, done that” and doesn’t trust them…NO. “Team Brickie” is at a loss at what to do.
Another shill for Domino’s, but it looks like the soldiers beat the announce team to the Deep Dish.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter out now. Zack Ryder follows, and mocks Zeb for his earlier loss to Ricardo. Sorry, when was the last time Ryder won a match on Raw in 2013?
Jack Swagger vs. Zack Ryder
Swagger locks up and takes Ryder to the corner to start the match. Swagger with more big knees in the corner. Swagger nails a big clothesline and keeps control. Ryder makes a comeback but Swagger dumps him on his back for a 2 count. Swagger starts working on Ryder’s leg now. Swagger tosses Ryder across the ring and nails two Swagger Bombs. Swagger taunts Ryder. Swagger goes for another Swagger Bomb but Ryder puts his boots up to the surprise of many. Ryder dumps Swagger to the floor and nails a dropkick through the ropes. Ryder brings it back in the ring but Swagger catches him floats over nicely into a gutwrench powerbomb. Swagger applies the Patriot Lock for the tap out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Following the match, Swagger holds Ryder in the ropes while Zeb mouths off to the Broski and pops him in the mouth for talking smack to him earlier.
Mark Henry is WALKING to the ring, and he’s got a rope. THAT’S WHAT HE DO!
According to WWEActive, Ryback has no words for Striker and he’s apparently making for the exit. The announce team is stumped as to what this means for the main event tonight.
Mark Henry in the ring, and while he doesn’t need our approval, he plans on proving why he’s the World’s Strongest Man, and has been given two opponents (for a Tug O’ War, apparently). Out first is “Sweet T” Tensai. The two big men assume their positions and start. Tensai holds out for about 15-20 seconds, but Henry pulls him over with relative ease. Out next is Sweet T’s partner Brodus Clay. He fairs little better against Henry, who pulls him over in roughly 20 seconds.
Sheamus out now. He knows Henry only asked for two, but he wants to take on the World’s Storngest Man too. Henry obliges and they set up for a good ol’ tug of war. Sheamus powers up at first, but Henry slowly gains ground. Sheamus…lets go of the rope! Henry falls on his ass, gets back up all ticked off, but right into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus! Whatcha gonna do, fella?
Highlights from Cena’s make-a-wish segment.
Team Hell No with “Team Brickie” backstage. Kane has no problem taking on the Shield for what they did to his brother The Undertaker. Bryan calms him down and says they’ll take on The Shield despite the handicap situation. Vickie asks Maddox for a favor as we go to commercial.
We are updated about the progress following The Rock’s surgery and “Pain & Gain” topping the Box Office for the second straight month.
Brad Maddox backstage with John Cena. Maddox tries to tell Cena he’s hurt and not in the match, but Cena ensures that Maddox will be hurt worse if he’s not in the match with Team Hell No. Maddox slinks off, knowing better.
Ricardo out to introduce Del Rio, with the additional announcement “and the man who beat Zeb Coulter.” Ha ha, continuity!
Alberto Del Rio vs. Antonio Cesaro
Thankfully, the yodeling was only done during the break. Such a shame WWEActive missed that bit. They lock up and break. Another lock up and they go to the mat trading holds. Del Rio with a pin attempt. Cesaro shoves him. Del Rio comes back firing away into the corner. Cesaro suplexes Del Rio. Del Rio comes back with a big kick to the arm. Del Rio focuses on Cesaro’s arm now. Cesaro turns it around and focuses on Del Rio’s arm now. Cesaro with uppercuts now. Del Rio comes back with a hurricanrana. Del Rio with shots to the kidneys now. Del Rio with a backstabber. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker but Cesaro blocks it and goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
Del Rio with a sunset flip for two, but Cesaro rolls through and hits a mushroom stomp to the chest. Deadlift gutwrench suplex gets another 2 count. Cesaro keeps the pressure on Del Rio with a European uppercut for two and locks in a rear chin lock, dropping himself on Del Rio’s back before cinching it back in. Del Rio fights out, but Cesaro shoves him into the turnbuckle. Back suplex somewhat countered by Del Rio with right hands. Del Rio fires up with clotheslines, but Cesaro counters with a roll-up for two. German suplex with a bridge by Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio goes up top, but Cesaro BLASTS him with a Very European uppercut for a CLOSE near fall. Man, you could hear that all around the arena. Cesaro misses a charge right into the ring post and Del Rio gets him right back with a superkick for a REALLY CLOSE near fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, Cesaro counters into a roll-up for 2, but Del Rio kicks out right back into the Arm Breaker and Cesaro has to tap. Awesome match! OLE! OLE OLE OLE!
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio soaks in the “Ole!” chants and announces that, thanks to Ricardo, he can choose the stipulation, and he decided the triple threat for the World Title will be…a LAAAAAAADER MATCH! I like, I like.
Fandango versus The Great Khali…in a dance-off. No, just no. In fact, just Khali alone…no, just no.
Let’s go Fandango-ing, ladies and germs! Lawler tries to “interview” Khali on his dancing experience, watching “Dancing With The Stars”, and how he felt Jericho was on the show. “I better than him.” Ha ha! He and Natalya do a few twirls and Natalya just sort of dances around Khali. Lukewarm reaction. Fandango, who says Jericho was “clumsy” on DWTS, and Summer Rae up next, and the crowd joins in with the music as he and Summer kill it and end the dance with a nice dip. Lawler asks the crowd and it seems like a bit of a split between the two pairs, but Lawler gives it to Khali. Fandango’s not pleased, and lays out Khali with a Roll of the Dice before going up for a big time leg drop.
We go back to The Shield laying out the Undertaker on Smackdown last Friday, putting the Dead Man through a table to cap it off.
John Cena makes his way down, no-selling the hurt Achilles tendon (shocker). His partners, Team Hell No, follow right after, and the main event is coming up NEXT!
It’s MAIN EVENT time! Here we go ….
WWE Champion John Cena & WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. The Shield
Cena and Team Hell No clear The Shield from the ring at first. Ambrose and Kane to start. Kane with a stalling vertical suplex to Ambrose. Tag to Reigns, who gets an uppercut from Kane. Reigns fights back and drives Kane into the Shield’s corner. Rollins tags in for a few shots, but Kane fires up and backs Rollins into his corner. Cena tags in before Kane nearly DQ’s himself. He arm drags Ambrose but the bad ankle flares up and Bryan tags himself in. Kicks to Ambrose, and Bryan tags in Kane, who grounds Ambrose. Bryan tags in, and Kane whips him into a dropkick to Ambrose. Bryan laces some kicks into Ambrose, then decides to “hang ten” and surfboards Ambrose. Kane tags in, goes up for the clothesline, but Ambrose ducks and tags in Rollins, who gets the calf kick on Kane. He puts the boots to Kane as we take our last commercial break.
Ambrose has Bryan grounded with a foot in his back. Bryan tries to fight out, but Ambrose takes him back down for a 2 count. Rollins tags in and comes off the ropes on Bryan for another 2 count. He locks in a half-nelson on Bryan. Dnaiel fights out and goes for a German, but Rollins reverses and hits a nice enziguri for a near fall. Reigns in now and keeps Bryan down with a rear chinlock. Bryan fights out, but gets dropped by Reigns for another 2 count. Regins charges, but Bryan ducks him and Reigns falls to the outside. Ambrose and Kane get the tags, and Cena’s a sad panda that he didn’t get tagged. Kane is EN FUEGO! Clothesline and side slam to Ambrose. Top rope clothesline connects! Reigns gets taken out by Bryan! Ambrose sent over the the top rope, and Kane takes apart the table. Revenge time! Rollins gets knocked down by Kane…DDT by Ambrose. He rolls back in and Kane struggles…he makes it in at 9! Ambrose wails away on Kane, but gets caught and Kane hits the chokeslam! Tag to the injured Cena, who hits the Five Moves on Reigns! Rollins cross body, but Cena rolls through and hoists him for the AA…his ankle gives out! Spear by Reigns! Three count! The Shield just pinned the WWE Champion!
Winners: The Shield
A smug-looking Ryback comes out onto the stage and stares a hole through the injured Cena, who has a doctor checking on him as he finally sells the hurt ankle good. John sees an injury, but Ryback looks like he sees his next big meal and the WWE Championship.
Credit: Ken Hill