Episode Review: WWE Raw – April 7th 2014

Monday Night RAW- April 7th 2014
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

The post WrestleMania XXX opened up with a video chronicling the career so far of Daniel Bryan. The new World Heavyweight Champion kicked off the show and the crowd erupted with chants of “YES!”
Bryan, Joked that it’s harder to do the “YES” chant now he carries to belts, the crowd in response shouted “You deserve it”. He agreed that maybe he deserved it a little bit, but he credited the fans with their support as to why he is champion.

The Authority walked out, of course with a look of disgust. Triple H told Bryan to make the most of it because it wouldn’t last. He told Daniel that he would defend the title against him and that he would become fourteen time world Heavyweight Champion.
Backstage Triple H and Stephanie were talking about the upcoming title match. Batista and Randy Orton approached and complained about their rematch. Stephanie agreed that they’d get their rematches but not on this night. They were told that they would team up to face the Usos for the Tag Team Championships. Triple H told them that when the three of them are on the same page, nobody can stop them (The return of Evolution?).

The Wyatt Family vs John Cena, Big E & Sheamus
As the crowd sang ‘Whole World in His Hands’ in support of the Wyatts, Bray bent over into a bridge. He came at the Intercontinental Champion, Big E and decimated him with Sister Abigail.Santino Marella & Emma vs Fandango & Summer Rae
After Santino and Fandango participated in some back and forth action, the Divas tagged in. Emma low cross bodied Summer before trapping her in the ‘Emma Lock’ for the win.

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came to the ring to address the WWE Univese; one night after ‘The Beast’ ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Brock was sporting a black eye. Heyman announced that five seconds after the Undertaker walked back through the curtain, he collapsed. He told everyone, that Vince McMahon himself went to the hospital with him. Paul said that leaving his shoulders on the mat was the smartest thing he could do. Michael Cole on Commentary confirmed that the Undertaker was released from hospital earlier in the day after being diagnosed with a concussion.
On Raw it had been announced that Bo Dallas was coming to the WWE and now Adam Rose was also coming up from NXT.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs Randy Orton & Batista

Orton and Batista unleased their fury and aggression on the Tag Team Champions from the outset. Randy Orton used the barricade to dive one Uso into the mat with ‘Hangman’ which caused the former members of Evolution to be disqualified. After the match, Batista executed the ‘Batista Bomb’ on the other Uso. Orton and Batista raised each other’s hands.
It was announced that the Hulk Hogan would be presenting the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy to Cesaro.
When RAW returned from the commercial Break, Rob Van Dam made his return.
Rob Van Dam vs Damien Sandow
RVD sent Sandow to the outside and leg dropped him over the barricade. In the ring, Van Dam winded Damien with ‘Rolling Thunder’ and finished him off with the ‘Five Star Frog Splash’. What a return!
Rey Mysterio vs Bad News Barrett
Barrett was unable to put Mysterio away with the ‘Winds of Change’. Rey used his speed to keep ‘Bad News’ at bay and walloped him with ‘619’. As the former three time world champion leapt off the top rope, Barrett caught him with the ‘Bull Hammer’ and covered Mysterio for the three count.
Alexander Rusev vs Zack Ryder
Rusev laid in some knees to the gut and threw Ryder over his head with the fallaway slam. He put Zack in the ‘Accolade’ and made the Long Island native submit.

The Ultimate Warrior made his return to RAW for the first time in eighteen years.Here is what he said.”No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath and if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and is something larger than life. Then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend markers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends, some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans, and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will live forever!”

The Warrior was wearing a mask, which was in the shape of the Warrior paint he once donned. He wore a coat reminiscent of ring attire he once wore. In what is now considered a haunting speech. It would be the last time the Ultimate Warrior would appear in the public eye. In less than twenty four hours, he tragically passed away. R.I.P Ultimate Warrior (WWE Hall of Famer).
After the Warrior’s last huh rah, RAW returned from commercials. AJ Lee came to the ring. She announced that after two hundred and ninety five days, she was the longest reigning Divas Champion. She said that she had given every Diva a fair shake. AJ said that she has gone from a poor girl from New Jersey to the best Diva in the World.

Paige, the NXT women’s Champion interrupted the party. AJ wanted to know what she was doing there. Paige said that she just wanted to congratulate her on her victory at WrestleMania. AJ said that she should just go back to NXT and slapped her. She said that she’d put her Divas title on the line now.

WWE Divas Championship Match: AJ Lee vs Paige

AJ attacked Paige and immediately applied the ‘Black Widow’. However, unlike most Divas, she fought out of it. Paige hit the ‘Paige Turner’ and covered AJ for the win. AJ Lee had a meltdown in the ring while the new Divas Champion celebrated.
Hulk Hogan came to the ring as the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy stood with him. He said that WrestleMania XXX was one of the greatest in history and there were plenty of great moment but the Battle Royal was his favorite. He said that when Big Show was slammed, he knew that Andre would have smiled.

He called Cesaro to the ring and congratulated him. Zeb Colter took the microphone and gave himself the credit for putting him in that situation. He said that Cesaro is a Zeb Colter guy. Cesaro corrected him by saying that he is a Paul Heyman guy. Heyman appeared and said that not only did he beat the streak, but he is an advocate of the “King of Swing”. Jack Swagger attacked Cesaro and destroyed the trophy. Cesaro flipped out and began beating the hell out of Swagger.
Cesaro vs Jack Swagger

After getting the knees up to avoid being hit with the ‘Swagger Bomb’, Cesaro hit five uppercuts to his former partner. He called for the ‘Cesaro Swing’ but Jack escaped and was counted out. Cesaro and Heyman celebrated in the ring as Zeb and Swagger stared.

Backstage Stephanie McMahon was with Kane and the Shield. She said that it was important that they all stayed on the same page to ensure Triple H’s victory. Kane told the Shield that it was Triple H who had all of the tag teams attack them on SmackDown a month ago. Steph told him to shut up. She asked the ‘Hounds of Justice’ if everything was clear. With a look of distain they said that everything was crystal clear.

Before the main event, Randy Orton and Batista attacked Daniel Bryan. Orton hit the ‘RKO’ and Batista with the ‘Batista Bomb’. Kane entered and chokeslammed Bryan.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match: Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

Triple H arrived and mocked the ‘Yes Chant’. As he was about to take the title from Daniel, the Shield arrived. They stood across the ring from Orton, Batista and Kane. The Shield entered the ring as did the other three. Triple H shouted at the six of them that this wasn’t going to happen. He told them all to step back. When Triple H turned towards the Shield Roman Reigns speared ‘the Game’.
The Shield rid Orton, Batista and Kane from the ring and then surrounded Triple H. Out of nowhere, Daniel Bryan sent ‘The Game’ flying with the running knee. The Shield and Daniel Bryan stood tall as RAW went off the air.


 

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