Date: April 8th, 2013
We are LIVE in: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, JBL
WWE Champion John Cena comes out and makes his way to the ring to address the fans.
Rock mentions in a tweet that he had to get checked on by a doctor for a torn abdomen muscle he received during his match last night.
Cena soaks in the cheers and jeers.
Cena: It should be every WWE Superstar's dream to be in the main event at WrestleMania. Not only be in the main event but win at WrestleMania. Because when you win the main event you enjoy everything that goes along with it. The adulation. The respect. The cheers!
The fans boo.
Cena: The cheers!
Cena: The cheers? Okay i'll stop you right there. We've known each other for ten years now. I may be going out on a limb but you guys seem a little bit angry. Maybe a little more than angry. I'm upset too. WrestleMania is over, I get it. That's why you're upset. I know! But there's the thing. WWE isn't like the day after Christmas. This is the Raw after WrestleMania, and it don't matter how you feel about me. Everyone sitting here-
Cena: Amazingly enough every Raw after every WrestleMania is more than that. How about last year? Brock comes back and kicks my ass. And hell i'm feeling pretty good tonight. We got a VERY volatile crowd. I may do some sort of championship dance tonight. It may have a little...shake.
Cena dances a little
Cena: Don't like the shake? How about a kick? A little kick? So no kick either? I know, how about a little heel turn?
Cena turns his heel and the fans cheers!
Cena: That's what i'm talking about! Last night with the world watching two titans clashed! Hell even The Rock got hurt, but out of that...a champion rose! So I proudly say to you THE CHAMP. IS. HERE!
He pauses. The fans cheer and boo.
Cena: This is exactly what I wanted for a WrestleMania main event celebration. Because right now, right here, this is my post WrestleMania celebration. Because i'm gonna celebrate the only way I know how. I'm not gonna rest up and drop balloons in the ceiling. I'm going to fight with this. We're going to start post WrestleMania off right with a WWE Championship match! I don't care if it's Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, or CM Punk. Tonight we're going to have a fight-
Mark Henry comes out and makes his way down to the ring. He gets in and stares at Cena.
Henry: What's up, Champ? The problem with coming out here and asking for trouble is that trouble might just find you. Now see, you won your match last night at WrestleMania.
"Sexual Chocolate" chant
Cena: It's a raucous crowd, they wanna have sex with chocolate.
Henry: You listen to me! Don't pay attention to them! I destroyed Ryback last night. And with all this talk, I think me and you need to have some action.
"Feed Me More!"
Cena: First they wanna have sex with chocolate, then they wanna eat some more. Mr. World's Strongest Man allowed me to introduce myself. John Cena, WWE Champion. I can see that look in your eye and i'm afraid. I'm afraid to tell you you have the breath of a thousand asses. You want a fight you got it! Mark Henry takes on John Cena for the WWE Championship!
Smackdown General Manager Booker T comes out and heads to the ring.
Booker: Cena, I appreciate you being a fighting champion, but I can't have you come out here making championship matches. It ain't going down like that. Now the deal is, The Rock is entitled to a rematch.
Cena: "Once in a Lifetime" best out of three?
Booker: The Rock is the number one contender for the WWE Championship. Now, however, Rock suffered an injury last night and he will not be here tonight. But, Mark Henry. You want a shot at the WWE Championship? Well i'll give you a shot, but you'll have to earn it. If you can beat John Cena in the middle of this ring tonight you'll get your title shot. But ONLY if you beat John Cena.
Henry: Get your hands off me, Booker.
He turns to Cena.
Henry: See, you're full of jokes and got all of them laughing, but i'm not. All those jokes are gonna get you is entered into the Hall of Pain. Bring your A game!
Henry shoves the mic at Cena and walks away.
Tonight, The Undertaker returns to Raw after being 21-0 at WrestleMania.
Also tonight, Alberto Del Rio takes on Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in a two on one handicap match.
Up next, Big E. Langston makes his singles debut tonight!
Tag Team champion Daniel Bryan comes out and heads to the ring with his partner Kane for a match.
His opponent, Big E. Langston, comes out with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee.
Bell sounds. Bryan shoves Langston into the corner and kicks him, but Langston simply lifts him up and uranage slams him. Bryan in the corner and Langston with a running tackle into the corner. Langston drives a knee into Bryan. He sets Bryan on his shoulder and drops him with a back body drop. Langston with shots to the gut. He lifts Bryan up again and Bryan counters with a sunset flip for one. Bryan with numerous kicks to the chest followed by a roundhouse kick to the head. He climbs to the top turnbuckle and Ziggler drops Bryan while AJ is distracted. Kane grabs Ziggler by the neck and Langston throws Bryan over the top and onto Kane. A dazed Bryan gets back into the ring. Langston grabs Bryan and drops him with The Big Ending for the three count.
[Winner via Pinfall: Big E. Langston]
Josh Matthews is at ringside. He talks with Kurt Warner about his upcoming reality show The Moment on USA.
Up next, The Miz defends the Intercontinental Championship against Wade Barrett.
Challenger Wade Barrett is already in the ring.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz comes out and heads to the ring.
Bell sounds. Barrett with a kick to Miz. He stomps him into the corner. Whip to Miz, Miz counters with a clothesline. Off the ropes and Miz with a boot to the head for a one count. Miz picks Barrett up and delivers a suplex for a two count. Headlock applied. Barrett gets back up and puts Miz in the corner. Barrett with a strong set of right hands to the head. Another whip. Miz counters and goes for a clothesline, but Wade tosses him onto the apron. Miz counters with a sunset flip for two. Miz puts Barrett in the corner and lands a ten count of punches. He covers and gets two. Headlock applies. Barrett gets back up and delivers a right hand to Miz that knocks him down. He follows it up with an elbow drop for two. Barrett now with a headlock of his own. Miz gets to his feet and shoves Barrett off of him. Barrett runs at him and Miz body drops him out of the ring. He follows it up with a baseball slide followed by a double axe handle to the outside.
Miz throws Barrett into the barricade and tosses him back in the ring. Barrett counters with a kick to the head followed by a neckbreaker off the apron.
Miz runs at Wade and Wade with the Winds of Change for two. Wade grabs Miz and throws him out of the ring. Wade gets on the apron and delivers an elbow drop to the outside onto Miz. He throws his opponent into the ring and covers for two. Wade with a headlock applied. Miz counters with a back suplex. Miz and Wade gets to their feet. Miz with right hands keeping Wade in the corner. Wade whips and Miz with a high knee followed by a boot to the face. Miz runs at Wade and Miz with the neckbreaker/backbreaker combination for two. He picks Wade up and Wade on full assault. Miz avoids the attack, climbs the turnbuckle and hits a double axe handle for two. Miz grabs Wade's leg and kicks the knee. He goes for the figure four but Wade kicks him off. Wade goes to grab Miz, but Miz with a DDT for two.
Miz and Wade get up. Wade grabs Miz and goes for Wasteland, but Miz gets out of it. Wade shoves him into the turnbuckle and goes for a boot, but Miz grabs the leg and twists Wade to the mat. He applies the figure four leg lock and after a brief struggle Wade manages to grab the bottom rope. Wade to his feet. Miz gets up and runs at Wade, but Wade with a boot to the face. Wade climbs the turnbuckle, and Miz interrupts the attack with right hands. Miz climbs up and goes for a superplex, but Wade manages to slip down on the apron and smack Miz's head on the turnbuckle post. Wade lowers his elbow pad and goes for the bullhammer. It connects! Wade covers Miz and gets the three count. New champion!
[Winner via Pinfall: Wade Barrett]
Wade stands over Miz and holds up the title.
Backstage, Managing Supervisors Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox are talking about WrestleMania. Sheamus walks in.
Brad: Come in!
Vickie: Sheamus how are you tonight?
Sheamus: How am I? Did you watch WM last night? Did you see Show knocked me out? After I told people Show could be trusted, even Orton. Tonight I want a match with Big Show.
Brad: If we give you this match you owe us one.
Sheamus: I don't care what you want. All I want to kick the head off that giant piece of crap.
Vickie: You got it. I will give you a match.
Sheamus: Thank you.
Still to come, Swagger and Zeb take on World Champion Alberto Del Rio.
Booker is backstage.
Orton: Book, what's up? Just wanna say congrats to a Hall of Famer.
Booker: Thanks, dawg. Check that ring, very nice
Orton: My dad's got one of those. Check it Book, I need a favor. I need Big Show in that ring tonight. I talked Sheamus into believing we could trust Show and I was dead wrong.
Booker: Vickie already made a match. Sheamus versus Big Show tonight
Orton: Look at you. It's you. You're a Hall of Famer. An actual GM. If anyone can overrule Vickie it's you.
Booker: You're right. Tell you what. You got your match.
They shake hands.
At ringside, Swagger and Zeb come out for their match. Zeb had a mic.
Zeb: Fellow Americans, our country is in bad shape and following what happened last night it just gets worse. I wanna ask you for something i've never asked you for before. I wanna ask you for your support. Years ago I supported Vietnam because I love my country. I'm going to stand in the ring with Swagger for the same reason. Our country is on the verge of anarchy and when that filthy Alberto Del Rio comes out, I want us all to stand as one and shout "USA! USA! USA!"
He and Swagger head into the ring.
Zeb and Swagger wait for their opponent.
Ricardo Rodriguez comes out and announces World Champion Alberto Del Rio to the ring.
Bell sounds. Del Rio and Swagger grapple while Zeb is in the corner. Swagger and Del Rio break and goes into another grapple. Swagger puts Del Rio in the corner and delivers right hands. Del Rio with rights of his own. He whips Swagger chest first into the turnbuckle and delivers a kick to the back followed by a clotheslines off the top. He waits for Swagger to get up and suicide dives into Swagger. Swagger crashes into the announce table. Del Rio grabs Swagger and throws him back into the ring. Del Rio off the top and he hits a cross body for two. Del Rio steps back and Zeb with a cheap shot to the back. Del Rio turns around and is distracted long enough for Swagger to chop Del Rio's leg. Swagger with elbows to the leg followed by a two count. Swagger puts Del Rio in the corner and drives knees into the chest. While the ref is distracted Zeb grabs Del Rio and chokes him at the turnbuckle. Swagger with a snapmare followed by a leg lock. Del Rio kicks swagger off him. He runs and goes for an inzigiri, but Swagger ducks it. He goes for the German suplex, but Del Rio slips behind Swagger. Swagger counters it and rolls Del Rio into the Patriot Act. Del Rio rolls out of the anklelock and gets on the apron. Swagger grabs him and Del Rio with a cross arm bar against the ropes. He's forced to break the count and Swagger shoulder checks Del Rio off the apron and into the barricade.
Swagger covers and gets a two count. Swagger goes back to the leg and applies another leg lock. Del Rio kicks Swagger off him. Swagger runs and goes for a tackle, but Del Rio avoids the move and Swagger hits the turnbuckle post. Del Rio with a clothesline, another clothesline, and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio waits for Swagger to get to his knees before hitting a crescent kick to the jaw for two. Del Rio grabs Swagger and goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Swagger with a belly to belly suplex. He then applies the Patriot Act. Del Rio manages to grab the ropes. Swagger applies the Patriot Act again, and this time Del Rio kicks Swagger down and applies the Cross Arm Breaker! Swagger taps out!
[Winner via Submission: Alberto Del Rio]
Del Rio looks like he hurt his leg. The EMTs enter the ring and check on the leg.
Ziggler comes out! Ziggler, AJ and Langston head down to the ring and Ziggler has the briefcase! He enters the ring and calls for the title match to start! Del Rio can barely stand.
Bell sounds. Ziggler tackles Del Rio and pounds on him. He kicks the injured leg, then picks Del Rio up and hits the legdrop bulldog for two. Ziggler kicks Del Rio's leg some more and starts pounding on Del Rio's head. He waits for Del Rio to get up and goes for a splash, but Del Rio avoids it and Ziggler hits the turnbuckle. Del Rio runs at Ziggler and hits the inzigiri kick to the head. Del Rio covers and gets a two count.
Both men get up. Del Rio grabs Ziggler and applies the Cross Arm Breaker! Ziggler grabs Del Rio's foot and twists it! Ziggler gets out of the hold, gets behind Del Rio and hits the Zig Zag! He covers and gets the three count! Ziggler wins! New Champion!
[Winner via Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler]
Ziggler, Langston, and AJ celebrate in the ring with the World Title and hug it out.
Up next, The Undertaker returns to Raw!
The Undertaker comes out and makes his way to the ring to address the fans.
Undertaker: Last night, at WrestleMania, I dedicated that match to the memory of Paul Bearer. A man who I have the utmost-
The Shield comes out. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns make their way to the ring from within the crowd. Taker takes off his jacket as The Shield surrounds him outside. They climbs up on the apron. Taker scans the group.
Kane comes out along with Daniel Bryan! They rush into the ring and stand with Undertaker. The Shield get off the apron and back off. They head back into the crowd and walk off.
Tonight, John Cena takes on Mark Henry.
A recap of Ziggler's World Title win over Del Rio is shown.
Backstage, Matthews goes over to team Ziggler who are still celebrating.
Matthews: Dolph, congrats are in order how does it feel to be World Champion?
Ziggler: I've been too damn good for too damn long. I knew I would find the right time. I know it's the day after but THIS is my WrestleMania moment. I'm going to take MY championship, shine it up, and show it off. It's about damn time!
Back in the ring, a six man tag match is about to start. Everyone is already in the ring.
Bell sounds. Truth and Slater grapple. Side headlock to Slater. Off the ropes and Truth with a shoulder bump. He runs the ropes. Slater goes for a leap frog, but Truth stops and knocks him with a right hand. Tag to Santino. Santino dances and Slater punches him. Tag to Ryder. Tag to Mahal. Ryder with a face plant to Mahal. Mahal tosses Ryder onto the apron and knocks him out of the ring. Drew grabs Ryder and throws him against the apron. He puts him back in the ring, waits for him to get up and hits a running dropkick. McIntyre grabs Zack and throws him in the corner. Tag to Slater. Slater stomps Ryder down in the corner. Slater with a right hand. Tag to Drew. Drew grabs Ryder and applies an arm bar. Ryder gets up and Drew goes for a suplex. Ryder counters with a neckbreaker and both men are down. They crawl to their corners. Tag to Santino! Tag to Slater! Santino with right hands. He ducks a clothesline and hits a hip toss followed by a diving headbutt. The pin is broken by Mahal. Truth clotheslines Mahal and himself out of the ring. Santino grabs the cobra puppet and puts it on. He goes for Cobra, but Drew grabs Santino's arm. Santino yanks his arm out of Drew's grasp accidentally hitting Slater. Santino covers Slater and gets the three count.
[Winners via Pinfall: R-Truth, Santino Marella, and Zack Ryder]
A video package plays promoting WrestleMania week.
Backstage, Sheamus and Orton are arguing.
Sheamus: You went to Booker T to overrule Vickie's decision behind my back!
Orton: I made a mistake. I can admit when I was wrong. Let me fix this!
Sheamus: You know what? I got this!
Backstage, a reporter goes over to Big Show.
Show, I need to know what happened in the ring with Orton adn Sheamus. Why did you turn on them?
Show: I didn't turn on them. They turned on me. Everybody was saying "you shouldn't trust the Big Show", but they didn't trust me. Yes, I tagged myself in. Yes, I did get aggressive in a full collision crash. All I wanted was to get in the ring and prove myself for my teammates and the WWE Universe. But Randy Orton just had to try and take my thunder. Nobody's taking my thunder anymore. Nobody's helping me anymore. There's only one thing important to Big Show, and that's Big Show.
At ring side, Sheamus comes out and heads to the ring.
Sheamus: I'm out here to ask you, the WWE Universe, who do you want to see kick Big Show's ass tonight? Let's ask Vickie-
Randy Orton comes out and heads into the ring.
Orton: Sheamus, while you're out here pleading your case and begging for support...Big Show's mine tonight! And Sheamus, why don't you have a listen. Who here, right here tonight, wants to see me kick the Big Show's ass?
Michael Cole says the fans can pick who you think Big Show will face tonight. Tweet your pick tonight. #WWEOrton or #WWESheamus. The match is up next!
Orton and Sheamus are still arguing in the ring.
Vickie Guerrero and Booker T come out.
Vickie: EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME!
Booker: Now the both of you have legitimate reasons to want to get Big Show in the middle of the ring. I have talked with my colleague Vickie Guerrero and we have some up with a fair and impartial way to handle this.
Vickie: Tonight, it's Sheamus versus Randy Orton, and the winner of that match will face Big Show.
Booker: Referee, start this match now!
Orton and Sheamus prepare.
Bell sounds. They grapple. Sheamus and Orton shove each other into the ropes. Orton puts Sheamus in the corner. They separate after a rope break and grapple again. Sheamus with a side headlock. Off the ropes and Sheamus with a shoulder bump. They circle each other and grapple. Orton shoves Sheamus into the ropes, leapfrogs and Orton with a back elbow. Orton with a snapmare. He goes for a knee drop, but Sheamus avoids it and Sheamus with a knee drop of his own for one. Sheamus whips Orton into the turnbuckle. Orton comes off the turnbuckle with a clothesline. Orton with right hands. He whips Sheamus and Sheamus counters with a short arm clothesline for two. Sheamus drops a leg over Orton's arm a couple times before applying an arm bar. Orton grabs Sheamus by the hair and yanks him down on the mat. Orton with a knee drop for two. Orton applies a headlock. Sheamus fights back up and back suplexes Orton. Sheamus runs the ropes and drives a knee into Orton's face for a two count. Sheamus with a chin lock.
Orton gets to his feet and hits a back suplex. Orton stomps on Sheamus' legs and arms. Sheamus gets up, grabs Orton and hits a rolling fireman's carry. Sheamus climbs to the top and waits for Orton. Orton gets up. Sheamus leaps off and Orton with a dropkick.
Sheamus with right hands to Orton. Off the ropes and Orton with a knee to the gut. Orton stomps on Sheamus' head. Orton chokes Sheamus at the ropes. Sheamus kicks Orton's knee as he gets back up and the two trade punches. Orton whips, Sheamus counters and Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker for two.
(The fans are doing the wave. This crowd is nuts tonight!)
Sheamus with running clotheslines. Off the ropes and Sheamus with a running knee to the face. He tosses Orton onto the apron and lands ten clubbing blows to the chest. Sheamus suplexes Orton back into the ring. Sheamus lifts Orton up and Orton with the reverse neckbreaker. Orton with two clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton with a t-bone suplex to Sheamus. Orton puts Sheamus on the apron and delivers a DDT off the ropes. He sets up for the RKO. He goes for it, Sheamus shoves Orton into the ropes, lifts him up and hits White Noise. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick. Orton gets to his feet. Sheamus runs, Orton ducks and Sheamus falls out of the ring.
Big Show comes out! Show makes his way to the ring. He grabs Sheamus and throws him into the turnbuckle post. Show enters the ring as Orton gets to his feet. Show waits for Orton to turn around before landing a knock out punch.
Show pulls Orton out of the ring before throwing him into the barricade. He waits for Orton to get up before delivering a spear. He then grabs Orton and throws him over the announce table. Show tosses chairs out of the way. Show walks over to Orton and stomps on his head. Satisfied, Show heads back up the ramp.
A recap of Undertaker's appearance from earlier plays.
Fandango comes out and dances on stage before heading to the ring for his debut Raw match.
His opponent, Kofi Kingston, comes out and heads to the ring.
Bell sounds. Fandango does a little ballet strutting against the ropes. Kingston tries to grapple, but Fandango slips away and poses.
They grapple. Fandango slips away again and gets to the ropes.
(Fan update: The crowd is humming Fandango's entrance. Love it.)
As Fandango goes after Kingston, Jericho runs into the ring and tackles Fandango for the disqualification.
[Winner via DQ: Fandango]
Jericho beats on Fandango and throws him out of the ring. He tosses him into the barricade, then brings him towards the announce table area. He smacks Fandango on the table and throws him into the ring steps. Jericho tosses Fandango back into the ring and pounds on him with right hands to the head. Jericho whips Fandango into the turnbuckle. Fandango stumbles out and Jericho grabs him. He puts him in the Walls of Jericho and Fandango is tapping. Jericho keeps the hold on while officials try to pull him off. Jericho lets go and shoves the refs aside. Fandango slowly gets up only to be hit with The Codebreaker. Jericho does a little Fandango pose before leaving the ring.
Justin Roberts: The winner of this match as a result of a disqualification...Fandango!
Fandango crawls out of the ring.
Tonight, John Cena takes on Mark Henry.
A WWE.com exclusive shows Triple H getting his arm checked by doctors after WrestleMania.
Backstage, Matthews is standing with Paul Heyman.
Matthews: Sir obviously last night was a disappointing night for Paul Heyman guys.
Heyman: It's nice to see that ignorance is still bliss in New Jersey. Last night my client got knocked out cold 90 seconds into his match, but it still took Triple H 23 minutes to survive against Brock Lesnar. HBK got his face smashed in by Brock Lesnar. Triple H is still getting X-Rays and MRIs on his arm thanks to Brock Lesnar. My client Brock Lesnar is ready for a fight tonight. But I don't let my client fight for free. So why don't you ask me about Undertaker versus CM Punk. I shouldn't be the one to offer you how CM Punk feels. CM Punk should tell you how CM Punk feels. And CM Punk is going to tell you how he feels...next week on Raw.
The eight man tag match that was supposed to take place at WrestleMania is next!
Rhodes Scholars come out along with the Bella Twins.
Their opponents Tensai, Brodus Clay and the Funkadactyls head to the ring.
Match is already in progress. Naomi and Brie Bella are in the ring. Tag to Cody. Cody tells Naomi to leave and Naomi with a hurricarana to Cody. Tensai is tagged in and he hits a running splash on Cody. Tag to Sandow. Sandow stomps on Tensai at the ropes then hits the Elbow of Disdain for two. Sandow with a guillotine choke. Tensai gets to his feet, grabs Sandow from behind and hits a back suplex. Tag to Brodus. Brodus with a running headbutt and running splash to Sandow followed by a t-bone suplex. The Bellas enter the ring and pull Brodus off. Tensai runs in and knocks Cody out of the ring. He and Brodus get between Sandow and hit a double splash. The Bellas are pulled out of the ring by the Funkadactyls. Clay and Tensai hit another double splash on Sandow for the three count.
[Winners via Pinfall: Brodus Clay, Tensai, and The Funkadactyls]
A commercial plays for The Moment with Kurt Warner.
John Cena versus Mark Henry is coming up next.
Mark Henry comes out and heads to the ring.
His opponent, John Cena, comes out next.
Bell sounds. Henry goes after him and Cena ducks. Cena does a little Fandango dance and hits Henry with right hands. Off the ropes and Henry clubs him down. He stomps on Cena in the corner and chokes him with his boot. He picks Cena up and lands a headbutt. Henry with a chop to the chest. He whips Cena into the opposite turnbuckle and Cena slams into the post. Henry goes for a running splash, but Cena rolls out of the way. He goes for a shoulder tackle but Henry blocks it. He runs the ropes again and knocks him down with a second one. He signals for Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Henry rolls out of the ring. Cena goes after him and Henry smacks Cena against the announce table. Henry pulls the monitors off the table. He grabs Cena and goes for the World's Strongest Slam through the table, but Cena slips out of it. Cena tries to pick Henry up, but Henry shoves Cena back first into the post. Henry tries to pull Cena into the ring, but Cena throws Henry into the steps and rolls into the ring. The referee counts out Henry.
[Winner via Count Out: John Cena]
Henry heads back into the ring and rams into Cena. Henry picks Cena up and hits World's Strongest Slam. Henry picks up the WWE title and holds it over his head.
"FEED. ME. MORE!"
Ryback comes out. Ryback slides into the ring and Ryback and Henry trade punches. Ryback off the ropes with a meathook clothesline. Ryback grabs Henry and hits a spinebuster. Henry rolls out of the ring. Ryback then looks at Cena. Cena sits up and stares at Ryback. Ryback offers a hand to Cena. He helps Cena to his feet. Ryback stares at him, nods his head and lets Cena celebrate at the turnbuckle. Ryback gets the crowd to taunt "Feed Me More" while Cena watches. Suddenly, Ryback clotheslines Cena down! Ryback grabs Cena, lifts him up and hits shellshock! Ryback holds the WWE Title up over his head as the show comes to an end.