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    WWE April 6: WrestleMania XXX


    Sunday April 6, 2014
    Merecedes-Benz Superdome
    New Orleans, Louisiana










    As the crowd made their way into the Merecedes-Benz Superdome during the two-hour WWE Network Kickoff Show, the WWE Tag Team Championships would be defended by The Usos in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match. For the Samoan twins, their road to becoming the WWE Tag Team Champions had been a long, arduous one since their arrival in the WWE during the summer of 2010. Although their talent had never been disputed, they had never been able to secure the top prize in the Tag Team division with many speculating that they never would. However, their opportunity came knocking as 2014 rolled around as they took the fight to Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, the recently returned New Age Outlaws, as the fans rebelled against the Authority. After failing to secure the titles at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Jey and Jimmy would finally defeat the Outlaws on RAW on March 5th and secure their first WWE gold. A successful first defence came days later against Los Matadores but their feud continued and the bullfighting team would secure a spot as one of the three challenging teams for WrestleMania. The others would include Zeb Colter’s Real American team, Cesaro and Jack Swagger, who have been steadily building momentum for the past year as a team. Unfortunately for Zeb, just as their big opportunity on the biggest stage is rolling around, there appears to be some friction between the Swiss Superman and the All American American. It remained to be seen whether or not the two of them could hold it together at WrestleMania and secure the titles to mend the problems that they were having. The final challengers would be RybAxel – or Ryback and Curtis Axel as they are better known – who have built up an impressive partnership in recent months. The power of Ryback and the technical skills of Axel appear to compliment each other well and, like Los Matadores and the Real Americans, they have been building momentum as WrestleMania approaches – but would any of the three teams be able to walk out with the Usos’ Tag Team Championship belts?

    Despite being the Tag Team Champions, Jey and Jimmy would have to take a backseat for the majority of the contest as the Real Americans would prove to be the big danger to their titles. The first team eliminated would be the Mexicans: Jack Swagger would lock the Patriot Lock on Fernando and force the submission to eliminate Los Matadores. Not to be outdone, Cesaro would then prove that he was just as important a part of the Real Americans team by eliminating RybAxel next. After throwing Ryback up in the air and hitting his European Uppercut, Cesaro would then hit the Neutralizer on a helpless Ryback to get the 3 count and eliminate a second challenger. Despite their success though, all was not well between Swagger and Cesaro and things would take an unfortunate turn for the pair later in the match. Thanks to Jey Uso, Cesaro would collide with Swagger and the Tag Team Champions would take advantage with a double superkick to the Swiss. This was followed up with a Samoan Diving Splash by Jimmy on Cesaro and the 3-count to see the Samoans defend their title on the big stage. Afterwards, as the Usos celebrated, Swagger and Colter would blame Cesaro for the defeat and the friction was clear once more. Angry at Cesaro for the loss, Swagger would attack his partner and lock him in the Patriot Lock which had to be broken by Zeb who was looking smooth things over. However, to the delight of the fans in the Superdome, Cesaro would refuse and ended his participation in the Real Americans with an attack on Swagger, the Giant Swing used again. Cesaro would then walk away leaving Zeb and Swagger looking on angrily from the ring: is this the end of the Real Americans?



    WINNERS: The Usos [16:13]
    [ The Usos retain the WWE Tag Team Championships ]



    After the opening video and pyro to kick off the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania Host, the legendary Hulk Hogan, makes his way out into the arena to welcome the world to the show. With Hulkamania once again “runnin’ wild” at WrestleMania, 12-time World Champion Hogan talks about his great history at WrestleManias past and hypes up how important WrestleMania is. However, he mistakenly refers to the Superdome here in New Orleans as the Silverdome – the site of his epic battle with Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III – several times before recognising the error of his ways and apologising to the crowd in attendance. He talks about how WrestleMania moments can occur at any moment and …

    In a huge surprise, the glass shatters and Hogan is interrupted by the arrival of another WWE legend in Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin’s haul of six WWE Championships means that we now have eighteen combined World Championship reigns in the ring and the Rattlesnake salutes the WWE Universe who are delighted to see him. Hogan and Austin come face to face, teasing an altercation between these two legends, before Stone Cold jokes about being back at the Silverdome. Identifying that he usually whips the ass of whoever stands in the ring at WrestleMania, Austin seems to be preparing himself to hit a Stunner on Hogan here tonight – but he then declares how much respect he has for Hogan and the legacy he created for each and every WWE superstar that followed him. True respect between the Immortal Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin: the fans are so happy to see these two men interacting to kick off tonight’s show. Austin demands that the current superstars come out to the ring tonight and give it everything they have for the WWE Universe.

    Suddenly, “If ya’ smell … what The Rock … is cookin’” blasts out all around the arena and we add another ten World Championships – 28 now, in total – to the proceedings. As the People’s Champion, the Great One himself, makes his way down towards the ring, he signals that he has goosebumps like many of the crowd here in attendance: the three most iconic superstars in WWE history, the Mount Rushmore of wrestling, are now in the ring together. After embracing Hogan and Austin, Rock salutes the fans as well before declaring that he is finally come back to New Orleans … and at WrestleMania … in the SOOOOOPERdome. “This is awesome!” chant the crowd – and it truly is. Rock puts over both men standing across the ring from him as the TWO biggest names in the history of the WWE; he declares that facing the two of them at WrestleMania was a true honour before hyping up some of tonight’s matches. He says that John Cena fights tonight because of Hulk Hogan; he says that Daniel Bryan fights back against the Authority tonight because Austin not only crossed the boss but whipped his candy ass back in the day. Rocky declares that he is the reason why so many members of the WWE Universe have birth dates in January – “Rock Babies!” After celebrating the history of WrestleMania, Rock, Austin and Hogan each hit their signature catchphrases before saluting the fans and sharing ice-cold beers for good measure. What an amazing WrestleMania moment to kick off tonight’s show!






    Following the excitement of Hogan, Austin and The Rock to kick off the celebrations here tonight, we head into potentially the most emotional bout of the night to start the action – Daniel Bryan looks to continue his fight against the Authority and secure his spot in tonight’s main event and earn a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Over the past three years, Bryan has fought his way up from his humble beginnings on the inaugural NXT show to become a fan favourite despite not having the traditional looks, size and charisma of a WWE Champion. At Summerslam 2013, it appeared that Bryan had finally ascended the ladder and made it to the top of the heap when he defeated John Cena – clean in the centre of the ring – to become the new WWE Champion. However, within minutes, the dream turned to a nightmare for Bryan as Triple H, the man who had counted the fall as the special referee, dropped him with a Pedigree to set up a Money in the Bank cash-in for Randy Orton; the Viper would go on to become the new WWE Champion instead to crush Bryan’s dreams. For months, Bryan has fought against the Authority as they declared him a “B+ player” and “not Face of the WWE material” – despicable words and actions from Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, week on week, trying to hold Bryan down despite the obvious desire of the WWE Universe to see their hero succeed. For Triple H, the “most powerful man in the WWE” according to his wife, the idea of destroying Bryan’s dream once and for all became more and more appealing. From despicable words to devastating beatdowns, HHH would hold down the WWE Universe’s hero over and over, refusing him an opportunity, consistently putting him down and pushing Bryan to the edge of insanity. Finally, when Bryan’s WrestleMania challenges appeared to be falling on deaf ears, the “Yes Movement” took over the ring on RAW and the Game finally snapped. Accepting the challenge of Bryan, the 13-time World Champion made the declaration that the winner would also be entered into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match – the WrestleMania main event – against champion, Randy Orton, and the Royal Rumble winner, Batista. Although this did not go down well with his former Evolution team-mates, HHH would head into WrestleMania confident that he would emerge victorious and “end the Yes Movement for good” – as well as ending the night as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for good measure. For Bryan, his road to immortality was now clear: shock the world by defeating Triple H and earning the right to face Orton and Batista, and then become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion to achieve his dreams.

    After an elaborate entrance for the “King of Kings”, Bryan would head out into the Superdome looking nothing like the archetypal “Face of the WWE” – his shoulder heavily strapped, his beard and hair out of control, his physique nothing compared to that of Triple H. After an even start to the contest that saw neither man show the other an ounce of respect, the Cerebral Assassin would begin to target the clearly injured shoulder of Bryan and it began to look as if the dream was about to turn into a nightmare on the biggest stage of them all. Despite HHH being in control for the vast majority of the contest, Bryan would continually show that he was in the fight with attempted counters and using his mat wrestling skills to take the bigger, stronger opponent down from time to time. However, as JBL identied late in the contest, Bryan’s health would become a concern: his shoulder was clearly bothering him. Amazingly, Bryan would turn the contest around though and locked on the Yes Lock – which HHH somehow broke by getting to the ropes – before connecting with two suicide dives and a series of right boots to the face. As it appeared that the tide had turned, Bryan looked for the Busaiku Running Knee – but HHH countered into a Spinebuster before hitting the Pedigree … and got a 2 count! How was Daniel Bryan able to kick out and keep his dreams alive? With the opening bout now becoming a WrestleMania classic, the commentary team identified that both men were giving everything and would likely have nothing left to face Orton and Batista later in the night. Countering another attempted Pedigree on three occasions, Bryan would continue to fight and frustrate the Game until he would find the determination to counter one more time – and would smash HHH in the head with the Running Knee! To the delight of the crowd, Bryan would get the 3 count and secure his spot in the main event: “The biggest upset in WrestleMania history!” according to Michael Cole. Could Daniel Bryan do the unthinkable?

    Despite the victory for Bryan, all was not over. Whilst he celebrated the victory, Bryan would be confronted by Stephanie who would unload a series of slaps to his face before HHH would attack from behind. Frustrated and embarrassed, the Game would smash a steel chair into Bryan’s injured shoulder as it was draped against the ring post and put his main event status in jeopardy.



    WINNER: Daniel Bryan [25:58]
    [ Daniel Bryan will challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in tonight’s main event ]



    Since the Royal Rumble, where Roman Reigns eliminated a record-equalling twelve men – including team-mates Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, the popularity of The Shield has increased week by week with the WWE Universe. When Kane, the Authority’s hand-picked Director of Operations, made a #1 contendership match on SMACKDOWN in March simply to isolate The Shield and allow three other teams to attack them and beat them down, the fans really rallied behind the trio and they would become a pain in the proverbial for Kane and the Authority. Determined to ensure The Shield did not distract Randy Orton or Triple H on the Road to WrestleMania, Kane enlisted the support of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, the New Age Outlaws, to make a 6-Man Tag Team match for WrestleMania with Kane looking to put an end to the rise of the Hounds of Justice. Would the Director of Operations and his Authority comrades be able to take out the Shield at WrestleMania? Or would Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins prove – yet again – that they were unbeatable in a 6-Man Tag Team contest? Many teams have tried to defeat The Shield in this kind of match and nobody has proven to be good enough to take stop them so far.

    At WrestleMania, Road Dogg and his partner, Billy Gunn, would head out into the Superdome first with the Dogg claiming that it was time for the Hounds of Justice to learn a lesson in humility but this would simply bring their opponents out into the arena through the crowd. Unhappy at being interrupted, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn would be joined on the ramp by Kane who would lead them to the ring for action. After a fast start, it would be Shield who would quickly gain the upper hand and Ambrose and Rollins would take out the Outlaws with a couple of Suicide Dives before Reigns would hit the Spear on Kane. The Shield would follow this up by loading Dogg and Gunn up for their patented powerbomb which would lead to a dominant victory for the Hounds of Justice. Once again, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins would prove to be the most dominant team in the WWE and continue their journey towards the top of the business. Can anybody stop these three men from dominating the WWE for years to come?



    WINNERS: The Shield [2:56]



    For the first time ever, WrestleMania would host the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal – as introduced by the Host of WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan, on RAW – to celebrate the life of the late, great Andre the Giant. Within thirty seconds, Yoshi Tatsu would become the first man eliminated and a steady stream of WWE superstars would be taken out over the next five minutes or so. Initially billed as a 30-man Battle Royal, the extra man would be Cesaro who, after his issues with Real Americans partner, Jack Swagger, on the Kickoff Show, would enter the Battle Royal in search of glory. The first noteworthy moment would come when the gargantuan Mark Henry, one of the favourites to win, eliminated all three members of 3MB – Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal and then Heath Slater – moments after another favourite, Great Khali, was eliminated by the combined actions of about ten men. However, Henry would then be eliminated by the biggest of them all, Big Show, confirming that he was the favourite to emulate Andre here tonight. Santino Marella and his Cobra would then take out The Miz and the field would continue to thin out as Damien Sandow, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga and Santino himself would be the next eliminations.

    After Fandango eliminated the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E, the crowd – as they did during WrestleMania season last year – would begin dancing to the beat of Fandango’s music; this would distract the dancer and leave him easy pickings for the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, who would hit numerous beats of the Bodhran before shoving him out. R-Truth would be the next man eliminated by Big Show who continued to dominate before Del Rio would eliminate Goldust. Enraged by the elimination of his brother, Cody Rhodes would attack the Mexican but would end up eliminated himself before Rey Mysterio would hit a 619 to Del Rio. Mysterio would then look to hit the 619 on Cesaro but the Swiss would eliminate him with an Uppercut. Amazingly, Kofi Kingston would land on the ring steps to avoid a backdrop elimination by Cesaro and would return to the ring on fire; his series of Trouble in Paradise kicks would be halted by Cesaro’s Giant Swing though – an amazing 30 seconds at least – before Sheamus would eliminate Kingston with a Brogue Kick. With five remaining, Del Rio would prove to be a thorn in the side of Dolph Ziggler once again as he eliminated the Show Off and this would leave Del Rio, Sheamus, Big Show and Cesaro contesting the match. In an awkward moment, Del Rio and Sheamus would eliminate each other and leave Show and Cesaro to fight it out to the end. Despite several clotheslines, Cesaro would not be able to force Show over the ropes and it looked as if the Giant’s destiny would be fulfilled. However, in a huge show of strength, Cesaro would scoop up Big Show and somehow dump the 400-pound plus superstar over the top rope. An impressive feat of strength from Cesaro and even Big Show would be impressed; he would shake hands with the Swiss Superman despite the disappointment of defeat. What a night for Cesaro here at WrestleMania!



    WINNER: Cesaro [13:25]



    At the Royal Rumble, John Cena, the now 14-time World Champion, faced up to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton, looking to regain the gold ahead of WrestleMania. However, this was the night that Bray Wyatt – along with his Wyatt Family cult – opted to target Cena for the first time as they cost him the title and left many people scratching their heads in confusion. Why was Wyatt targeting Cena? Things would become clear following the Elimination Chamber where Cena, once again looking to regain the title, would again be denied as a result of the actions of the Wyatts. With just Cena, Daniel Bryan and Orton remaining in the match, the lights would go out in the arena and, when they returned, Rowan, Harper and Bray would be in the ring to strike. After Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Cena, Orton would pin him and eliminate him from the match. In the aftermath, Wyatt would claim that Cena was a liar and a fake and suggested that he would be the man to release the monster within Cena. Claiming that Cena’s good deeds were now hypocritical, Wyatt suggested that the former World Champion was on the verge of a new demeanour and he would be the one to help him to find it. For weeks, Cena would deny this and state that he would protect his legacy at WrestleMania whilst Wyatt would laugh his words off: he suggested Cena’s actions with all the little children were now fuelled by selfishness and greed and a desire to stay on top. Wyatt would clearly be in the head of Cena heading into their match at WrestleMania and would state that Cena was now broken, scared … and ready to embrace the monster within. Would Wyatt be proved correct at WrestleMania? Or would Cena prove, once again, that his time was still very much now and that Wyatt’s words were false?

    After an elaborate live entrance into the Superdome, Bray Wyatt would head out with his family beside him and ready to bring Cena to his knees. However, Cena would enter the stadium full of his usual determination to prove himself to the CeNation and be their hero: would he be standing tall come the end of the match though? Throughout the match, Wyatt would do everything in his power to get into the head of Cena and destroy him mentally as well as physically. In addition, Rowan and Harper would prove distraction for Cena and Wyatt would have his number at every turn: “I know what he’s about to do!” Wyatt would claim over and over. However, Cena would fight with his own demons as he looked to put Wyatt away without stooping down to his level – he would have a merciless Wyatt down at his feet and the steel steps in his hands before throwing them aside, determined to do things the right way. An Attitude Adjustment would look to have Wyatt defeated but the leader of the Wyatt Family would kick out and further distractions from Rowan and Harper would swing the tide back to the bearded leader. Angered by their actions, Cena would take Harper out by charging him through the barricades at ringside but this aggression from Cena would only inspire Wyatt further; he seemed to think that this was evidence that he was breaking Cena. After an attempted Sister Abigail was countered by an STF by Cena, Wyatt would finally hit his big finish – only for Cena to stun him by kicking out at 2! Despite this, Wyatt would resume his calculated, twisted attack on Cena’s mind as he would bring a steel chair into the ring. However, he would not opt to use it himself – instead, he would hand it over to Cena and offer him a free shot at him. Urging Cena to smash the chair over his head, Wyatt looked to have things his own way but Cena would use it instead to take out Rowan and then, within moments, would hit the Attitude Adjustment on Wyatt and overcome his demons with a 3 count. As Michael Cole would claim Cena stayed true to his actions, the former World Champion would celebrate with the children in the crowd, the proud members of the CeNation, his legacy in tact.



    WINNER: John Cena [22:25]



    Following highlights of the Hall of Fame ceremony from the previous night where Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer, Mr. T, Carlos Colon, Razor Ramon and the Ultimate Warrior were inducted as the Class of 2014, it would be time for the annual WrestleMania “Streak” match – for the twenty-second time, The Undertaker would be challenged at WrestleMania but would it be the twenty-second victory for the Phenom? Since his return to the WWE in 2012, the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar has been causing devastation but, this time out, he would set his sights on becoming the first man to defeat the Deadman at WrestleMania – Lesnar would actually claim the right to face Undertaker in New Orleans to set the wheels in motion for an epic WrestleMania encounter and possibly the most memorable WrestleMania moment of all time. Lasting over two decades, the Undertaker’s WrestleMania record would be the one thing that Lesnar believed would cement his own status – but it would be ‘Taker who would get the upper hand in the build as Lesnar’s claims that he would “Conquer the Streak” seemed to be far-fetched. It was only on the final RAW before WrestleMania that Lesnar would damage the Deadman and his brutal attack would leave many questioning whether the Streak may actully be in danger: could the Beast do what no mere man had ever managed in the WWE?

    Yes. Yes, he could. Heading out into the Superdome, most people believed that they were about to witness an absolute war but that, as usual at WrestleMania, The Undertaker would find a way in the end and extend his record to 22-0. Looking menacing, Lesnar made his way out into the stadium with Paul Heyman looking confident but his entrance would be over-shadowed by that of the Phenom. Making his way through the darkness and the caskets displaying the names of his previous WrestleMania victims, Undertaker would command the attention of every single member of the WWE Universe in attendance – but he would not intimidate Lesnar who simply paced the ring waiting. Once the two superstars were in the ring, a brutal, heavy-hitting battle would break out and both men would give everything they had to secure the Once the two superstars were in the ring, a brutal, heavy-hitting battle would break out and both men would give everything they had to secure the victory. During the contest, Undertaker would be knocked for a loop but somehow managed to kick out of the F5 on two separate occasions to the dismay of Lesnar and the disbelief of Heyman. For many, the pattern was clear: Lesnar was giving it everything and coming so close but, in the end, Undertaker would prove once again that WrestleMania was his yard and he would be unbeatable in this environment. However, one man who believed the night belonged to Lesnar would be Paul Heyman and he continued to fire up the Beast and demand that he do whatever it took to become the ONE in 21-1. Raining heavy right hands down on the skull of Undertaker, Lesnar would be caught with the Last Ride and it looked as if the tide was turned. Stalking the Beast, Undertaker scooped up Lesnar and hit the Tombstone and the match was now surely over …

    … But to the disbelief of over 75,000 in attendance and millions watching all over the world, Brock would kick out of the Tombstone and keep himself in the match. Once more, the Phenom would look for the Tombstone but Lesnar countered it and pulled his opponent onto his shoulders for another F5! Surely not? Lesnar made the cover and hooked the legs of the Deadman … 1 … 2 … 21 and 1! The crowd were in absolute disbelief and the shock on the faces of the fans said it all: 21-1 flashed over the screens in the arena and it was confirmed – THE STREAK IS OVER! Brock Lesnar, the Beast Incarnate, had conquered the greatest Streak in Sports Entertainment, the greatest Streak in sport according to many. For the first time ever, Undertaker had been defeated at WrestleMania and the legacy of Brock Lesnar was secured forever. Heyman and Lesnar made their way out of the arena delighted with their accomplishment but the fans would save their cheers for the Phenom as he got up from the mat following the match. For many, it appeared that not just the WrestleMania streak of the Undertaker was over but his career in general. Will we ever see the Deadman compete at WrestleMania again? Is this the end of the career of one of the greatest of all time? As “Thank You, Taker!” echoed around the Superdome, the Phenom made his way back to his feet to be greeted by cheers all around and it seemed like this was the end.



    WINNER: Brock Lesnar [25:12]



    In an impossible act to follow, the WWE Divas Championship would next be on the line as A.J. Lee would defend her title against the entire WWE women’s locker room. For months and months, A.J. has got under the skin of SMACKDOWN General Manager Vickie Guerrero and, after over-hearing several insulting comments made by the Divas Champion about her, she would force A.J. to defend the title against thirteen other women in the Vickie Guerrero Invitational. With just Tamina on her side, A.J’s chances of retaining her title looked slim and the rest of the WWE Divas battled against each other looking to take the title away. With Vickie looking on, one by one the women would fall by the wayside and Tamina Snuka would look as if she could turn her back on A.J. and take the gold. However, out of nothing, A.J. would find herself in the ring alone with Naomi and would lock on the Black Widow. A brave battle would ensue from Naomi but, in a sneaky move, A.J. would tap Naomi’s hand on the mat and the referee would signal for the bell. Once again, A.J. Lee had outsmarted Vickie Guerrero and retained her WWE Divas Championship.


    WINNER: A.J. Lee [6:48]
    [ A.J. Lee retains the WWE Divas Championship ]



    The culmination of WrestleMania would see the WWE World Heavyweight Championship defended by Randy Orton as he faced up to the challenge of not only the 2014 Royal Rumble winner, Batista, but the dogged determination of Daniel Bryan. After defeating Triple H in the opening bout of the night, there was no denying that Bryan would not be in the best of condition – emphasised further by the heinous chair shot to his injured shoulder by HHH following their match – and doctors had been working on him since that contest. However, the Viper’s confidence could not be too high – he also had the problem of a fresh Royal Rumble winner in Batista to concern him. The history between Orton and Batista is well known after their days together – along with Triple H – in the Evolution stable that many consider the greatest ever. Since returning to the WWE in January at the Rumble, Batista’s attitude towards the fans may have changed but his ability to win the title hasn’t. Despite several years away, Batista’s pedigree is clear and his six reigns as World Champion prove that – there was no way that Orton could underestimate his challenge. However, since defeating Bryan for the WWE Championship at Summerslam when he cashed in Money in the Bank (thanks to HHH), Orton has defeated an impressive list of WWE superstars that proves he could walk out of WrestleMania victorious: Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Cesaro, Sheamus and Christian to name but a few. Could Orton retain his title and prove to the WWE Universe that he truly is the Face of the WWE? Could Batista complete a fairytale return to the WWE by winning the Rumble and then regaining the title at WrestleMania? Or will Bryan’s fight against the Authority and adversity result in a dream coming true here in New Orleans?

    Despite his injuries, Bryan would compete against both the Viper and the Animal with his usual determination and, to the delight of the fans, would lock the Yes Lock on the WWE Champion following a diving headbutt. With the Viper close to tapping out, HHH and Stephanie would head out into the stadium once again and cause issues for the brave challenger. Their involvement would stretch to introducing crooked official Scott Armstrong into proceedings and the Animal would hit Bryan with a Batista Bomb that seemed to have secured him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Somehow, Bryan kicked out before taking Armstrong, Stephanie and Hunter out with a Suicide Dive. HHH would then try to strike with a sledgehammer but Bryan overcame him, stole the hammer and then crashed it into the side of the Game’s face. No more would Hunter and Stephanie interfere in proceedings and it looked as if Bryan had taken a huge step towards winning the title.

    However, realising that there was little chance of him going away, Orton and Batista opted to take out Bryan once and for all and teamed up to do just that. Lifting Bryan high, Batista would hit the Batista Bomb through the announce table whilst, at the same time, Orton hit an RKO for good measure. Motionless, Bryan appeared to be finished and medics rushed out to check on his well-being whilst Orton and Batista struggled back to the ring to resume the fight without Bryan. Stretchers were called for and Bryan’s involvement was confirmed to be over – it seemed – with Batista going to work on Orton. Despite this, Bryan simply refused to lay down and would somehow lock the Yes Lock on both Orton and then Batista in quick succession; the other breaking the hold each time. Looking for an RKO on Batista, Orton would be countered before Batista’s Spear took out Bryan – and then Orton hit the RKO on the Animal. To his credit though, Batista kicked out at 2 to continue his challenge for the gold. However, it appeared that Orton had control and he set up to punt Batista in the skull – but Bryan hit the Running Knee to deny it. The Animal threw Bryan out but only got a 2 count on the Viper before hitting the Batista Bomb and looked as if he had done it. However, to the delight of the fans, Bryan returned and took Batista down with the Running Knee as well before locking in the Yes Lock … Would Batista tap out? Would the Animal give up at WrestleMania? With no other choice, the Animal tapped his hand on the mat and the crowd exploded – DANIEL BRYAN WAS THE NEW WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! As the crowd chanted “YES!” over and over and over and over, Bryan celebrated with both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship – the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion – and the night would end with the ultimate feelgood moment! Fireworks exploded, confetti rained down and the new champion, his dream coming true, threw his hands up yet again – he had finally overcome the Authority and captured the title once again.



    WINNER: Daniel Bryan [23:20]
    [ Daniel Bryan is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion ]


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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    A new GCB BTB

    Good luck with this, interested to see what you do compared to your last one. Will it be more streamlined so you can move through the months faster or are you still going to do all the shows?
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    Definitely have high hopes of this man! You always produce quality work
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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Oh man I'm curious to see how this one goes. So many moving parts (Does a certain straightedge superstar get weaved back in the mix?) and such an intriguing time in the 'E. Looking forward to reading.


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    Really excited for this, GCB. I loved your past BTB, and I have a feeling you'll have some great ideas for 2014. Best of luck!



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    WWE April 7: Personnel, Rosters & Champions

    To see the up-to-date rosters, champions and archive, please click on the spoiler below:

    Spoiler:


    Wednesday April 9, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana



    CURRENT WWE PERSONNEL, ROSTERS & CHAMPIONS

    CHAIRMAN: Vince McMahon

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: Triple H

    PRINCIPAL OWNER: Stephanie McMahon


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    Daniel Bryan

    def. Randy Orton & Batista at WrestleMania XXX (April 6, 2014)


    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
    The Miz

    def. Big E on RAW (April 7, 2014)


    WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION
    Dean Ambrose

    def. Kofi Kingston at Extreme Rules (May 13, 2013)

    Alberto Del Rio
    Alexander Rusev
    Bad News Barrett
    Batista
    Big E
    Big Show
    Billy Gunn
    Bray Wyatt
    Brock Lesnar
    Cesaro
    Christian
    CM Punk
    Cody Rhodes
    Curtis Axel
    Damien Sandow
    Daniel Bryan
    Darren Young
    David Otunga*
    Dean Ambrose
    Dolph Ziggler
    Drew McIntyre
    Erick Rowan
    Evan Bourne*
    Fandango*
    Goldust
    Heath Slater*
    Jack Swagger
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso
    Jinder Mahal*
    John Cena
    Justin Gabriel*
    Kane
    Kofi Kingston*
    Luke Harper
    Mark Henry
    The Miz
    R-Truth
    Randy Orton
    Rey Mysterio
    Road Dogg
    Rob Van Dam
    Roman Reigns
    Ryback
    Santino Marella*
    Seth Rollins
    Sheamus
    Sin Cara*
    Titus O’Neil
    The Undertaker
    William Regal


    WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
    The Usos

    def. New Age Outlaws on RAW (March 3, 2014)

    3MB*
    The Authority
    Big Show & Mark Henry
    Evan Bourne & Justin Gabriel*
    Evolution
    Golden Truth
    New Age Outlaws
    Prime Time Players
    Real American Dream
    RybAxel
    The Shield
    The Usos
    Wyatt Family


    WWE DIVA’S CHAMPION
    AJ Lee

    def. Kaitlyn at on RAW (June 16, 2013)

    AJ Lee
    Aksana
    Alicia Fox
    Brie Bella
    Cameron
    Layla
    Naomi
    Natalya*
    Nikki Bella
    Paige*
    Rosa Mendes
    Tamina Snuka*

    OTHER PERSONNEL

    Hulk Hogan
    Paul Heyman
    The Rock
    Stephanie McMahon
    Triple H
    Zeb Colter

    * also appear on NXT


    CURRENT NXT PERSONNEL, ROSTERS & CHAMPIONS

    GENERAL MANAGER: n/a


    NXT CHAMPION
    Adrian Neville

    def. Bo Dallas at NXT Arrival (February 27, 2014)

    Adam Rose
    Adrian Neville
    Aiden English
    Baron Corbin
    Bo Dallas
    Brodus Clay
    David Otunga*
    Diego
    Evan Bourne*
    Fandango*
    Fernando
    Grand Master Sexay
    Heath Slater*
    Jinder Mahal*
    Justin Gabriel*
    Kalisto
    Kevin Owens (yet to debut)
    Kofi Kingston*
    Konnor
    Mason Ryan
    Mojo Rawley
    Sami Zayn
    Santino Marella*
    Scotty 2 Hotty
    Simon Gotch
    Sin Cara
    Tyler Breeze
    Tyson Kidd
    Viktor
    Xavier Woods
    Zack Ryder


    NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
    The Ascension

    def. Adrian Neville & Corey Graves on NXT (October 2, 2013)

    3MB*
    The Ascension
    Brodus Clay & Mason Ryan
    Evan Bourne & Justin Gabriel*
    Los Matadores
    Lucha Dragons
    Too Cool
    The Vaudevillains


    NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION
    Paige

    def. Emma to become the inaugural champion on NXT (July 24, 2013)

    Alexa Bliss
    Bayley
    Becky Lynch
    Charlotte Flair
    Emma
    Eva Marie
    Natalya*
    Paige*
    Sasha Banks
    Summer Rae
    Tamina Snuka*

    OTHER PERSONNEL

    El Torito

    * also appear on the main roster


    To see the starting rosters and champions from April 2014, please click on the spoiler below:

    Spoiler:


    Monday April 7, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana



    CURRENT WWE PERSONNEL, ROSTERS & CHAMPIONS

    CHAIRMAN: Vince McMahon

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: Triple H

    PRINCIPAL OWNER: Stephanie McMahon


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    Daniel Bryan



    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
    Big E



    WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION
    Dean Ambrose


    Alberto Del Rio
    Bad News Barrett
    Batista
    Big E
    Big Show
    Billy Gunn
    Bray Wyatt
    Brock Lesnar
    Cesaro
    Christian
    CM Punk
    Cody Rhodes
    Curtis Axel
    Damien Sandow
    Daniel Bryan
    Darren Young
    David Otunga*
    Dean Ambrose
    Dolph Ziggler
    Drew McIntyre
    Erick Rowan
    Evan Bourne*
    Fandango*
    Goldust
    Heath Slater*
    Jack Swagger
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Uso
    Jinder Mahal*
    John Cena
    Justin Gabriel*
    Kane
    Kofi Kingston*
    Luke Harper
    Mark Henry
    The Miz
    R-Truth
    Randy Orton
    Rey Mysterio
    Road Dogg
    Rob Van Dam
    Roman Reigns
    Ryback
    Santino Marella*
    Seth Rollins
    Sheamus
    Sin Cara*
    Titus O’Neil
    The Undertaker
    William Regal


    WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
    The Usos


    3MB*
    The Authority
    Big Show & Mark Henry
    Evan Bourne & Justin Gabriel*
    Evolution
    Golden Truth
    New Age Outlaws
    Prime Time Players
    RybAxel
    The Shield
    The Usos
    Wyatt Family


    WWE DIVA’S CHAMPION
    AJ Lee


    AJ Lee
    Aksana
    Alicia Fox
    Brie Bella
    Cameron
    Layla
    Naomi
    Natalya*
    Nikki Bella
    Paige
    Rosa Mendes
    Tamina Snuka*

    OTHER PERSONNEL

    Hulk Hogan
    Paul Heyman
    The Rock
    Stephanie McMahon
    Triple H
    Zeb Colter

    * also appear on NXT


    CURRENT NXT PERSONNEL, ROSTERS & CHAMPIONS

    GENERAL MANAGER: n/a


    NXT CHAMPION
    Adrian Neville


    Adam Rose
    Adrian Neville
    Aiden English
    Alexander Rusev
    Baron Corbin
    Bo Dallas
    Brodus Clay
    David Otunga*
    Diego
    Evan Bourne*
    Fandango*
    Fernando
    Grand Master Sexay
    Heath Slater*
    Jinder Mahal*
    Justin Gabriel*
    Kalisto
    Kevin Owens (yet to debut)
    Kofi Kingston*
    Konnor
    Mason Ryan
    Mojo Rawley
    Sami Zayn
    Santino Marella*
    Scotty 2 Hotty
    Simon Gotch
    Sin Cara
    Tyler Breeze
    Tyson Kidd
    Viktor
    Xavier Woods
    Zack Ryder


    NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
    The Ascension


    3MB*
    The Ascension
    Brodus Clay & Mason Ryan
    Evan Bourne & Justin Gabriel*
    Los Matadores
    Lucha Dragons
    Too Cool
    The Vaudevillains


    NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION
    Paige


    Alexa Bliss
    Bayley
    Becky Lynch
    Charlotte Flair
    Emma
    Eva Marie
    Natalya*
    Paige
    Sasha Banks
    Summer Rae
    Tamina Snuka*

    OTHER PERSONNEL

    El Torito

    * also appear on the main roster

    NEXT UP: News Updates
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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Best of luck with this thread mate. I think that booking Bryan as the champion is a task you're looking forward to and way more than capable of pulling off. WWE took a real wrong turn I think with the whole Evolution stuff after Mania 30. Excited to see what you've got in store for us all.

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    WWE April 7: News & Updates


    Monday April 7, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana



    NEWS & UPDATES

    WWE RELEASE A NUMBER OF TALENTS FOLLOWING WRESTLEMANIA:
    With the rosters set to be developed following WrestleMania, a number of WWE talents have been released from the company: Brad Maddox, Curt Hawkins, Great Khali, Hornswoggle, JTG, Vickie Guerrero and Yoshi Tatsu have all been wished well with their future endeavours.

    WWE & NXT TALENT EXCHANGE:
    Moving forwards, there will be a number of WWE superstars who will compete on both WWE and NXT over the coming months. David Otunga, Fandango, Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella will be active on both rosters whilst Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder will be heading over to NXT on a full-time basis. They will be joined by Eva Marie and Natalya who will join the NXT women’s division as well as Emma and Summer Rae who will now be exclusive to NXT moving forwards.

    RENEWED FOCUS ON THE TAG TEAM DIVISIONS:
    As well as the WWE/NXT talent exchange, the WWE are making plans to revamp the Tag Team divisions on both shows; this will mean a number of WWE superstars teaming together on NXT as well as WWE. This includes the likes of Evan Bourne and Justin Gabriel, Los Matadores and 3MB whilst Sin Cara and Brodus Clay will also be teaming with NXT superstars Kalisto and Mason Ryan respectively on Thursday nights.

    WWE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH CM PUNK OVER RETURN:
    For the last couple of months, the absence of CM Punk has been a major talking point with his future in the company in jeopardy. Reports over WrestleMania suggest that negotiations between Punk and the WWE have been positive and that the former WWE Champion could return to the WWE soon; some are speculating that Punk could have returned this weekend but wanted to allow Daniel Bryan to be the main focus of attention instead. If, as looks likely, Punk makes his return to the WWE, it remains to be seen when that happens but many are expecting the Straight Edge Superstar to return in time for the Payback PPV which is being held in Punk’s home town of Chicago, Illinois.

    WRESTLEMANIA FALLOUT:
    Reaction to last night’s WrestleMania has been positive with the main focus being the feel-good finish of Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Randy Orton despite the best efforts of The Authority. The iconic image of Bryan raising the two title belts high amongst the confetti made the front cover of many media outlets whilst the end of The Undertaker’s fabled WrestleMania Streak was major news around the world. Reaction to the end of the Streak was mixed with the shock in the Superdome palpable; for many, the idea that Brock Lesnar would be the one to end the Streak was met with confusion. Other than Bryan’s victory, no other WWE titles changed hands at the event with AJ Lee retaining the WWE Divas Championship and The Usos retaining the WWE Tag Team Championships. Other notable news included Cesaro turning against Jack Swagger after the Real Americans failed to win the Tag Team Championships before heading back out later in the PPV to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Shield dominating against Kane and the New Age Outlaws and John Cena overcoming his demons to defeat Bray Wyatt. Tonight’s RAW will see all the fallout from WrestleMania as Bryan’s reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion begins in the Smoothie King Center in the shadow of the Superdome - it remains to be seen how successful Bryan’s reign will be after the thrill of the chase in recent months.

    UPDATED PPV SCHEDULE:


    Sunday May 4, 2014
    East Rutherford, New Jersey


    Thursday May 29, 2014
    Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida


    Sunday June 1, 2014
    Chicago, Illinois


    Sunday June 29, 2014
    Boston, Massachusetts


    Sunday July 20, 2014
    Tampa, Florida


    Sunday August 17, 2014
    Los Angeles, California


    NEXT UP: MONDAY NIGHT RAW
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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Surprised you got the chance to rewrite history and still went with the Streak ending :0

    Good luck with this!


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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    WrestleMania 30 was such an elite PPV, and I was enjoying WWE so much around that time. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this booker!

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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Glad you’re going ahead with this mate, looking forward to Raw.




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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Quote Originally Posted by Deco90 View Post
    Surprised you got the chance to rewrite history and still went with the Streak ending :0

    Good luck with this!
    I don't think I've ever changed PPV results with a BTB so that wasn't going to happen. Brings a unique challenge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skengman95 View Post
    WrestleMania 30 was such an elite PPV, and I was enjoying WWE so much around that time. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this booker!
    In all honesty, this was probably the last time I was enjoying WWE; then Bryan got injured and I never really got into it again properly. I watch around RR-WM time - though that's getting more and more sporadic - but there was so much promise in the WWE here: Bryan's time, monster Brock, how to deal with Taker, Cesaro, Shield, Evolution or not.

    p.s. There's only ONE United, y'know that right?

    Quote Originally Posted by TWG View Post
    Glad you’re going ahead with this mate, looking forward to Raw.
    All in all, I had some good ideas part planned and I think this is my best option now. RAW is done, just need to proof-read and then I'll post.

    p.s. There's only ONE United, y'know that right? Seriously, we might have beef with you guys this season - I have you down as a team we can finish above!
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    Raw April 7: Monday Night RAW


    Monday April 7, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana



    ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO ** PYRO **

    Less than twenty-four hours on from the conclusion of the most shocking, exciting WrestleMania of all time, a new year in the WWE begins with Monday Night RAW live in the Smoothie King Center in the shadows of the Superdome. With many members of the WWE Universe who attended WrestleMania still in attendance for tonight’s show, the crowd are excited as RAW hits the air and loud “Yes!” chants are already breaking out around the arena as Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome us to the show before throwing out to one of the most emotional moments in WrestleMania and, indeed, WWE history.


    Ending with still images of Bryan’s victory celebration at WrestleMania last night - “He did it! He did it!” we hear Michael Cole scream, “The impossible dream has become reality!” - we head back into the arena where Justin Roberts announces the new champion to kick off the show …

    “FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES”
    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    DANIEL BRYAN

    As Bryan makes his way out into the arena with both belt in his hand and a beaming smile on his face, the crowd erupt; what an emotional, deserved moment this is. Leading the “Yes!” chants, Bryan heads for the ring as more still images are shown: we see Bryan clutching his shoulder in pain before hitting the Running Knee to Orton, locking in the Yes Lock to Batista and the subsequent celebrations as Michael Cole declares his win as being, “The Miracle on Bourbon Street!” The new champion savours the moment as he enters the ring and continues to lead the chants as we kick off the show with Yes Movement cheering their hero. “DAN-IEL-BRY-AN!” the crowd begin to chant and it is thunderous in the arena as Bryan stands centre of the ring with a microphone in his hand, huge smile on his face, taking it all in. After a quip about the weight of the title belts and the crowd refusing to quieten down, Bryan leads another “Yes!” chant before finally getting his chance to speak to the world. After a “You deserve this!” chant, Bryan thanks the entire WWE Universe for their positivity and their support in helping him overcome The Authority and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion!

    “KING OF KINGS”
    PRINCIPAL OWNER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE WWE
    STEPHANIE McMAHON & TRIPLE H
    The Authority

    “The Hairy Cinderella sees midnight,” declares JBL as the music of the C.O.O. hits to spoil the moment. Boos and jeers ring out around the arena as HHH and Stephanie make their way out into the arena, angry looks on their faces, and it is clear that they are out for revenge here as they approach the ring. Stepping up onto the ring apron, HHH glares into the eyes of the new champion, a menacing look that says he has a plan tonight to make things right. However, it is Stephanie McMahon who enters the ring and she stands facing Bryan whilst HHH looks on. Lifting her microphone, Stephanie reveals that her husband is not prepared to enter the ring in order to protect Bryan from what he might do to him if he does. Suggesting that lightning struck - “Twice!” adds Bryan with a grin - at WrestleMania, Stephanie stands by her claim that Daniel Bryan as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is not “best for business” and that The Authority are going to do something about it tonight. “So, Daniel, enjoy your little moment because it won’t last,” Stephanie continues, “Because tonight you will be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against … my husband, Triple H!” As the jeers ring out, Bryan does not appear perturbed; in fact, he smiles at Stephanie before telling her that there is nothing that she, HHH or anybody else can do about the fact that he is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “And I am sure that you have some kind of plan to screw me out of the title,” Bryan adds, “But I don’t give a damn because, with all of these people behind me, I will find a way to walk out of here with these titles around my waist, I will not let them down!” An intense glare from Stephanie as Bryan gets right in her face to rebuke her and she then rears back to slap the champion … but HHH catches her hand and restrains her, pulling her back to the ropes. Ushering his wife out of the ring, HHH takes the microphone as they head up the ramp and looks at Bryan: “Tick tock, Daniel,” he utters, “Tick tock.” As HHH turns his back and marches away, Bryan shakes his head in defiance and throws his hands up once more to lead another almighty “Yes!” chant before his music hits and we head into a commercial break.

    NOTE: Very similar start to the show as in real life but, to be fair to the WWE, they got this one spot on. Added a couple of subtle changes and Bryan vs. HHH won’t be the same as in real life when it was used to set up Evolution vs. Shield so rest assured about that.

    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    As RAW returns, replays of the confrontation between Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon are aired before the news is confirmed that we will see the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line later tonight when Daniel Bryan defends against the COO of the WWE, the 13-time WWE Champion, Triple H. With that main event now set - and JBL declaring Bryan to be set for “one of the shortest title reigns in WWE history” - attention turns towards another title as the challengers for the WWE Tag Team Championships make their way to the ring ...

    “MEAT ON THE PERFECT TABLE”
    RYBAXEL
    Curtis Axel & Ryback

    After their failure last night on the WrestleMania Kickoff Show on the WWE Network, Ryback and Curtis Axel head out tonight for a single fall match with The Usos determined to be successful this time. As they head for the ring, Cole reminds us that RybAxel were eliminated by the Real Americans last night who, it appears, are now split up after Cesaro walked away from Swagger. Cole announces that we will hear from Cesaro later when he is presented with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy by Hulk Hogan but suggests that RybAxel believe that they would have beat The Usos were it not for the Real Americans: can they prove it tonight?

    “SO CLOSE NOW”
    WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
    THE USOS

    The Samoan twins, face paint on half of their faces, head out to perform their version of the Siva Tau before heading for the ring with the crowd behind them; the popularity of these two men continues to grow with the WWE Universe. As they head into the ring, JBL suggests that their titles are in severe jeopardy tonight but there appears to be little concern for Jimmy and Jey as they step through the ropes and salute the fans. Will The Usos, twenty-four hours after success at WrestleMania, be able to retain their championships once again against RybAxel?


    WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    SINGLE FALL TAG TEAM MATCH
    THE USOS (c) vs. RYBAXEL

    A fast-paced start to the in-ring action tonight as Curtis Axel and Jimmy Uso kick off; it is the challenger who gets the upper hand in the early stages and this allows RybAxel to dominate as they look to win the titles here tonight. Quick tags between Axel and Ryback allow them to isolate Jimmy and frustrate Jey who can only watch on. However, it is a matter of time before Jimmy stuns Axel with a superkick to the jaw and this allows him to make the hot tag to Jey who takes the fight to Ryback. In a flurry of action, all four men fight outside the ring and Ryback manages to send Jey shoulder first into the steel ring steps whilst Axel and Jimmy’s fight leads to the two of them fighting up the ramp. As Jimmy gets the upper hand and slams Axel on the steel, he realises that the referee is making a count and has made it to 7. With Ryback already back in the ring, Jimmy looks to get back in time to avoid the loss but he doesn’t get there. As he reaches the ring, the referee counts 10 and the Tag Team Champions have been defeated ...


    WINNERS: RYBAXEL (countout | 5:22)
    The Usos retain the WWE Tag Team Championships


    Frustration for the challengers as they pick up the win but, as Cole reminds us, the titles can not switch hands on a countout. The Usos, looking equally annoyed with the loss, take their title belts and walk - or stagger in the case of Jey - up the ramp. With Ryback and Axel both looking after the champions, it looks as if their intent to become the WWE Tag Team Champions remains strong - but will they get another opportunity to become champions?

    Backstage, we see Byron Saxton in the interview pit and he introduces his guest, the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E. Adjusting his title over his shoulder, Big E talks about how amazing it was to participate in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last night in one of the most historic WrestleManias of all time. Extending his congratulations to Daniel Bryan for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship win last night, Big E suggests that Bryan overcoming The Authority gives the rest of the WWE superstars hope for the future … but then he is interrupted by The Miz. Looking at Big E with disdain, Miz refuses to agree with him: “Really? Are you actually serious?” he asks before describing the fact that Bryan is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion as an “embarrassment to the WWE.” Adding that Big E being the Intercontinental Champion is just as much of an embarrassment, Miz declares that it is his intention to put an end to it. This also brings in the Principal Owner of the WWE, Stephanie McMahon, who agrees with Miz that Bryan’s title win does not reflect well on the company. Also looking at Big E with a withering look, Stephanie suggests that Big E should defend the Intercontinental Championship tonight - “Against … The Miz, maybe?” she adds, looking from one to the other. As Miz looks pleased with the outcome, Stephanie looks Big E in the eye and says that, by the end of the night, both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be back in the hands of those that are “truly deserving of it.” Turning and walking away, Big E looks anxious as he realises that his congratulating of Daniel Bryan may just have put his Intercontinental Championship reign in jeopardy here tonight.

    We switch to another backstage area where the Immortal Hulk Hogan, the host of WrestleMania last night, is talking to WWE officials whilst standing at the side of the Andre the Giant Memorial trophy: next, we will see him present it to the winner of last night’s inaugural Battle Royal … Cesaro.


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    When RAW returns, we see more still images from last night’s WrestleMania - the last one being that of Cesaro lifting Big Show up over the top rope to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in an incredible feat of strength. Back in the arena, the host of last night’s WrestleMania heads to the ring and the crowd are delighted to see him here tonight …

    “REAL AMERICAN”
    WWE HALL OF FAMER
    HULK HOGAN

    As the 12-time World Champion makes his way out into the arena, red and yellow lights flash all around: Hulkamania is about to run wild here tonight on RAW! Slapping hands with the fans and giving them the thumbs up, Hogan makes his way down the ramp towards the ring where the Andre the Giant Memorial trophy is standing on a small table covered in a purple cloth. Taking a microphone after he has saluted the fans here in New Orleans, Hogan surveys the scene before reminding the world that last night was one of the greatest WrestleManias in history. “Right here in New Orleans, Louisiana, right here in the SUPERDOME brothers,” begins Hogan, a huge cheer for his use of the word “Superdome” tonight, “we saw historic moment after historic moment throughout the night.” Identifying that one of his favourite moments of the night was the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal where thirty-one men battled in memory of the great Andre the Giant, Hogan says he is here to present the trophy to the winner …

    “SWISS MADE”
    ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL WINNER
    CESARO

    Big reaction from the WWE Universe for the “Real American” from Switzerland here tonight, Cesaro. As he makes his way towards the ring looking proud of his accomplishments at WrestleMania, Michael Cole reminds us that whilst Cesaro did win the Battle Royal, he also failed in his bid to regain the WWE Tag Team Championships with Jack Swagger - and then performed the Giant Swing on Swagger following the match. With his theme music changing tonight, JBL points out that it looks as if Cesaro has made the decision to walk out on Swagger and Zeb Colter for good and Jerry Lawler suggests that this is a good thing. As Cesaro enters the ring, a loud chant of his name goes up from the fans and he embraces Hogan who raises his hand in the air. Cesaro’s music fades and then Hogan describes his win last night, when he slammed Big Show over the top rope, as being one of the great WrestleMania moments. “Congratulations, brother,” Hogan says, “I know Andre is looking down real proud of what you accomplished last night.” Cesaro steps back and poses next to the trophy before lifting it high in the air, no mean feat considering its size, before shaking hands with Hogan and looking pleased. However, as he prepares to speak up, the interruption comes from his former partner and manager …

    “PATRIOT”
    JACK SWAGGER
    (w/Zeb Colter)

    As an angry-looking Swagger heads down the ramp, the WWE Universe sing along with his theme in a bizarre moment that you only get here on the RAW after WrestleMania. Entering the ring with Zeb, Swagger glares into the eyes of the Swiss Superstar and has to be held back, it appears, by Colter who has a microphone and plenty to say. Declaring that in the past year, Cesaro has achieved more success than he has ever achieved before, Colter declares that he deserves a little more respect. “When I made you a part of the Real Americans, even though you’re not from these parts,” explains Colter, a jeer from the crowd for the last comment, “I rescued you from the scrapheap and made you what you are today. If it wasn’t for me, Cesaro, there’s no way you would have won that trophy last night.” This does not go down well with the WWE Universe, nor with Hogan who speaks up and says that Colter should have a little more respect. “Respect?” splutters Colter, turning his eyes on Hogan, “You’re trying to lecture me about respect?” Stating that Hogan called himself a “Real American” for years until he saw the chance to make a few dollars extra calling himself “Hollywood” instead, Colter says that Cesaro should be on his knees showing respect to him. “But I’m a fair man,” says Colter, “I know that, in the heat of the moment at WrestleMania, it’s easy to make decisions we regret.” Offering Cesaro the chance to apologise to him and Jack Swagger, Colter suggests that he can make things right and they can go back to dominating the Tag Team division here in the WWE.

    For a moment or two, it appears that Cesaro is considering it - he listens to Hogan who objects to the idea but then listens to Colter and Swagger who are urging him to do the right thing and make the right call. With a look of acceptance in his eyes, Cesaro lifts the microphone and offers a response: “Zeb, Jack … I’m sorry,” he answers, pausing a moment, “Sorry I ever got mixed up in your Real American crap in the first place!” As the crowd chant “Yes!” for Cesaro’s rejection of Colter and Swagger, the tension in the ring rises and it looks as if Cesaro and Swagger might come to blows here. As Hogan and Colter back off out of the confrontation, the two of them circle each other, ready to fight … until Swagger backs off under orders from Colter. The two of them step through the ropes and drop down beside the announce tables, Swagger declaring that he will make Cesaro pay when the time is right …

    … BAM! STEEL CHAIR ACROSS THE BACK OF CESARO! What the hell is happening here? It’s Cody Rhodes who has rushed the ring and attacked the Swiss Superstar while his back was turned! As Hogan threatens to get involved, Swagger slides back under the ropes and across his path whilst Rhodes lifts the chair again … BAM! STEEL CHAIR TO THE BACK AGAIN! As the crowd look on in shock, we see Zeb giving Cody orders - is Cody Rhodes working with Swagger and Colter now? Unable to stand back and watch any more, Hogan throws a right hand at Swagger to knock him back before lunging after the steel chair in Rhodes’ hand. However, he misses and this gives Swagger the chance to take him out at the knee. As Hogan falls to the mat, Colter orders his two recruits to make the WWE Hall of Famer pay and they lay the boots to him before Swagger grabs his foot and prepares to put on the Patriot Lock! However, before he is able, Cesaro manages to get to his feet and he barrages into Swagger before chasing Cody out of the ring as well. As Rhodes, Swagger and Colter back off up the ramp, Cesaro stands tall in the ring, holding his back, daring the three of them to try and attack again. When it is clear that they are leaving, Cesaro checks on Hogan who is looking angry at what just happened to him but accepts Cesaro’s hand. What the hell is Cody Rhodes doing here tonight? Has he joined forces with Swagger and Colter?

    Switching backstage to Byron Saxton, we are introduced to Naomi who is not pleased after the way the Vickie Guerrero Invitational, for the WWE Divas Championship, ended last night. Although she “tapped” out to lose the match, it was due to skullduggery from AJ Lee who, as the cameras showed afterwards, tapped Naomi’s hand when she was locked in the Black Widow. When Renee asks Naomi for her thoughts on this, Naomi says that she will take her revenge later tonight when she faces AJ for the Divas Championship tonight on RAW. “And you see, Renee, AJ had to tap my hand for a reason,” Naomi explains, “Because she knew that there was NO way I was gonna’ tap out otherwise.” Vowing to defeat AJ tonight, Naomi says that the Divas Champion made a big mistake when she chose her to “screw over” at WrestleMania and she will make her pay when she takes her title later tonight.


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    When RAW returns, Darren Young is in the ring preparing himself for action. For the past few months, Young has been floundering a little since his split from Titus O’Neil and looks to get back on track here tonight ...

    “MORE THAN ONE MAN”
    JINDER MAHAL
    (w/Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater)

    The collective unit known as 3MB, the rock star wannabes, head out as Jinder Mahal prepares to go one-on-one with Young tonight. After all three men appeared in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal last night and, working as a team, eliminated Great Khali but were then each taken down by the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. How will they get on tonight as Jinder faces Young?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    DARREN YOUNG vs. JINDER MAHAL

    Quick match here tonight as time is limited on this action-packed RAW; neither man is able to get control until the distraction of Slater at ringside allows Jinder to crash into the back of Young and take him down. However, despite getting the upper hand, Mahal showboats a little too much and is unable to put his opponent away. As Young launches a comeback, Slater attempts to interfere but is knocked off the apron by Jinder and he collides with the announce desk. Momentarily stunned, Jinder is rolled up from behind by Young and this proves enough for the 3 count! A rather embarrassing sequence of mistakes for 3MB there!


    WINNER: DARREN YOUNG (pinfall | 2:42)


    As Young celebrates the win, a shocked Jinder Mahal slides out of the ring to check on Slater who took a bit of a blow when he landed on the edge of the announce desk. As the two of them look sheepish, Drew McIntyre looks over at them and it is clear that he is less than pleased with how things just went down. “What the hell was that?” Drew clearly asks his partners, “Don’t you realise how this makes us look?” Disgusted in the way things went down tonight, McIntyre shakes his head and walks away from his two partners who look on shocked at what they just heard. As Drew heads up the ramp, Jinder and Heath decide that they need to make a statement though and they chase after Darren Young, the victor of the match, as he attempts to leave the ring. Dragging him back, the two of them attack with a number of punches and chops before tossing him back into the ring and continuing the beatdown. Two-on-one, Young doesn’t stand a chance here and is at the mercy of two-thirds of 3MB as they look to punish him for the way he won …

    “MAKING MOVES”
    TITUS O’NEIL

    Hang on a second, what is this? It looks as if Young’s former partner is not impressed with what he is seeing here and he rushes down the ramp to even the sides. Realising that they want none of O’Neil, Slater and Jinder opt to bolt from the ring as he slides under the bottom rope and they head up the ramp looking annoyed. Having successfully chased the two members of 3MB away, Titus turns his attention to his former buddy and helps him to his feet: it looks as if the problems between them have been forgotten and they are back on the same page. Is this going to be a reunion for the Prime Time Players?

    As Young and O’Neil embrace in the ring, Michael Cole turns attention towards this week’s SMACKDOWN where it is now confirmed: after the issues earlier in the night, RybAxel will get another shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships on SMACKDOWN as they face off against The Usos once again. As the graphic for SMACKDOWN shows this, JBL suggests that the Samoans got lucky tonight but won’t be so lucky next time. Will RybAxel finally be able to get their hands on the WWE Tag Team Championships this week on SMACKDOWN?

    “I WALK ALONE”
    BATISTA

    Suddenly, attention turns back to the stage as “The Animal” heads out looking majorly pi$$ed off after the way WrestleMania ended last night; the crowd are unforgiving though and they taunt Batista with a “You Tapped Out!” chant as he approaches the ring. Dressed in jeans and a tight-fitting t-shirt, Batista ignores the jeers and immediately signals that he wants a microphone before snarling that he wants some answers and he wants them now. “When I came back here to the WWE, at the request of Triple H,” he begins, “I won the Royal Rumble and should have received my reward, a ONE-ON-ONE match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, last night at WrestleMania.” Indicating that that didn’t materialise, Batista reminds the world that, later tonight, Daniel Bryan will defend the title against Triple H himself when, in his opinion, that shot should be heading his way. Fury in his eyes, Batista growls, “Now, I don’t know why that title shot hasn’t been given to me but I am out here right now to demand ...”

    “VOICES”
    RANDY ORTON

    Looking strange without the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belts over his shoulders, Randy Orton cuts off his former Evolution team-mate and heads out looking equally annoyed with things here tonight. The tension is high as both of these men are not happy with things and - despite neither being popular with the WWE Universe - the fans are on their feet interested to see what is going to happen. Stepping through the ropes, Orton immediately gets into the face of Batista as boos ring out - the Viper then steps away and grabs a microphone of his own before turning to address Batista. “You know something, Dave,” Orton sneers, “I actually sympathise with you just a little bit about the way you were twisted out of your one-on-one match at WrestleMania but that doesn’t change the fact that, last night, it was YOU who tapped out and lost MY title.” Angrily explaining that even though he wasn’t pinned or submitted, Orton lost the title to “that little troll”, Daniel Bryan, the Viper suggests that it is just too bad for Batista that he misses out on a title match tonight. Suggesting that, as the former champion who was never defeated, it should be him who is facing Daniel Bryan tonight in the main event, Orton demands that he is given the opportunity to right the wrongs and regain his title right here tonight. “Now I don’t know what Hunter is playing at,” Orton continues, “But I do know that if my demands aren’t met, then I may just have to do something that you and I regret.” Threatening words from Orton as he glares into the eyes of Batista, this cranks up the tension between these two even further; The Animal tears off his shirt and throws aside his microphone ready for a fight …

    “WELCOME TO THE QUEENDOM”
    PRINCIPAL OWNER OF THE WWE
    STEPHANIE McMAHON

    Just as it looks as if a brawl is inevitable, Stephanie McMahon appears - there is a groan of disappointment from the WWE Universe who were ready to see Batista and Orton rip each other to shreds - and she is looking angry at what she has heard. Immediately barking out orders into her microphone, she demands that the two men in the ring back off each other now before she steps into the ring and glares at the pair of them. Suggesting that emotions are running high for all three of them and Triple H as well, Stephanie tells the two of them that they must calm down and do the right thing. “Batista, I understand that you’re angry that you didn’t get the title shot that you deserved,” she explains, “Randy, I get it, you want your title back, the title you feel you should never have lost.” Imploring the two of them to see that this is something that Triple H needs to take care of “once and for all” here tonight, Stephanie tells the pair that they will get their opportunities and they will get them soon. “But right now, tonight, we all need to stick together and do the right thing,” she continues, “We need to do what is best for business and ensure that Daniel Bryan does not leave New Orleans as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Do I make myself clear?” First to nod is Orton who, as a loyal Authority member for months, decides that Stephanie is right. “Dave?” Stephanie questions, turning her attention to Batista; he hesitates and appears conflicted as the crowd chant “No!” and try to get him to turn his back on Stephanie. However, he nods his head and it looks as if he has decided to fall into line as the tension dissipates. The three of them leave the ring to further jeers as Stephanie, off microphone, continues to explain that Daniel Bryan has to be stopped here tonight.

    As they head backstage, the camera switches - huge boos in the arena at the sight - to Paul Heyman and the Beast Incarnate, the man who ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak last night, Brock Lesnar. What will Heyman and Lesnar have to say to the world when RAW returns?


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    RAW returns with Hulk Hogan backstage and he is seeking out somebody; as he enters the locker room, he spots Cesaro and heads immediately over to him before thanking him for saving him from Swagger and Rhodes earlier tonight. Suggesting that, though he still believes that he could take care of both of them in the ring, a two-on-one attack might have been stretching it a little bit. When Cesaro says that it was an honour to share the ring with him, Hogan shakes his hand and states, “You know somethin, dude, tonight you’re proving to me and the WWE Universe just what a true ‘Real American’ you really are!” Declaring that Andre the Giant would be proud to see him as the first winner of his memorial trophy, Hogan implores Cesaro to ignore the requests of Zeb Colter and focus on the WWE Universe instead. Smiling, Cesaro tells Hogan that he has “no intention” of getting mixed up with Colter ever again and says that he will make both Swagger and Rhodes pay for their threatening actions earlier tonight.

    “NEXT BIG THING”
    BROCK LESNAR
    (w/Paul Heyman)

    Intense heat in the arena as Brock Lesnar, the man who ended the Streak last night, heads out looking mightily pleased with himself. As he mocks the crowd for their jeers, Lesnar walks down towards the ring with his advocate, Paul Heyman, by his side and it looks as if they are about to drop some truths here tonight as they ignore the fans and step into the ring. As always, it is Heyman who has the microphone and the two of them stand in the ring looking amused by the reception that they are receiving here tonight ...


    NOTE: In my opinion, Heyman’s promo was perfection that night and I can’t improve on it; there’s no way I’m trying. Different ending though ...
    “And there’s only one … Brrrrrock … Lesssnar!” As the two of them make to leave though, somebody appears to have taken issue with what they just heard here tonight.

    “Sierra
    Hotel
    Indigo
    Echo
    Lima
    Delta ...

    SHIELD”


    “SPECIAL OPS”
    THE SHIELD
    Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins

    The crowd come alive as the “Hounds of Justice” make their entrance into the arena: it appears that they are not impressed with what they just heard from Heyman and Lesnar and they are heading out to make their presence felt. After defeating Kane and the New Age Outlaws last night at WrestleMania, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins make their way through the fans and down the steps towards the ring as Heyman and Lesnar look up at them a little confused. What are The Shield doing out here at this moment? Making their way over the barricades surrounding the ring, the three Shield members then clamber up onto the ring apron, three sides of the ring covered. However, Lesnar and Heyman, perhaps a little fearful, opt to exit the ring on the fourth side and make their retreat. As Heyman and Lesnar head up the ramp and out of the arena, there is no word from The Shield about what their issue with Lesnar is but it is clear that, as they come together in the centre of the ring, they do have an issue with something that has been said or done. However, it appears we are not going to find out what as RAW heads for a commercial with the three of them staring at the retreating Lesnar ...


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    Backstage, as RAW resumes, we see a very frustrated Drew McIntyre pacing in the locker room area whilst his 3MB team-mates, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal look on warily. Through gritted teeth, the Scot tells his two partners that “once again” they have been made to look like laughing stock in front of the entire world - “and, gentlemen, I am sick and tired of it.” As Slater and Mahal look a little lost for words, McIntyre says that they need to put things right this Friday night on SMACKDOWN and outlines the plan: they will challenge the Prime Time Players to find a partner and face them in a 6-Man Tag Match. As Jinder and Slater nod their heads at the plan, Drew suggests that the three of them need to make an impact and show the world that they are not a joke.

    “SOMEBODY CALL MY MOMMA”
    NAOMI
    (w/Cameron)

    With her fellow Funkadactyl by her side, Naomi heads out into the arena ready for a big opportunity tonight as she looks to defeat AJ Lee and become the WWE Divas Champion. As she approaches the ring, dancing as usual, Michael Cole reminds us that Naomi did not tap out to AJ’s Black Widow last night at WrestleMania; AJ tricked the referee into thinking that she did. Suggesting that Naomi demanded the chance to face AJ tonight as she looks to take revenge, Cole says that this is Naomi’s chance to win her first title in the WWE and it is one that she is determined to take.

    “LIGHT IT UP”
    WWE DIVAS CHAMPION
    A.J. LEE
    (w/Tamina)

    Skipping out into the arena, AJ looks amused by Naomi in the ring and it is clear that she feels that this will be a straightforward title defence here on RAW. However, Tamina, as usual, looks as if she is ready to chew someone’s head off and is backing up AJ as she enters the ring. As AJ steps through the ropes, Naomi - maybe embarrassed by AJ at WrestleMania - refuses to wait for the pre-match ring announcements and immediately rushes AJ and the bell rings for the match to start …


    WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    A.J. LEE (c) vs. NAOMI

    The fast start by Naomi means that she takes the fight to the Divas Champion - this leads to a very anxious Tamina Snuka on the outside of the ring looking to intimidate Naomi and reverse things but to no avail. Fired up by the actions of AJ last night, Naomi pummels her opponent before hitting her with the Rear View in the corner and firing up the WWE Universe who begin to believe that maybe, just maybe, Naomi could emerge victorious here. Seeking refuge, AJ rolls out of the ring where she is confronted by Cameron who tells her to get back in the ring. This proves a mistakes as AJ refuses - and the Tamina waffles Cameron with a vicious clothesline to the back of her head that sends her down to the floor. As AJ smirks, Naomi heads out to check on her friend but the referee is right there and backs Tamina off before she can do any more. With Naomi concerned for her friend, AJ takes advantage and hits a Shining Wizard; an unsuspecting Naomi never saw it coming and is hurt bad. Dragging Naomi away from her friend, AJ rolls her back into the ring and begins to give that innocent yet arrogant look as she stands over her challenger. WWE officials carry an injured Cameron out of the ringside area whilst Naomi is struggling to her feet … BLACK WIDOW! AJ LOCKS IN THE BLACK WIDOW! “The move that defeated Naomi last night!” mocks JBL - ignoring the fact that Naomi never tapped - and it looks as if Naomi is determined to fight against it. To her credit, she refuses to tap out and tries everything to escape but AJ has it locked in good. As it looks as though the Funkadactyl might pass out, AJ wrenches it in further and Naomi, on the edge of consciousness, taps out legitimately. AJ Lee retains the Divas Championship once again!


    WINNER: A.J. LEE (pinfall | 3:49)
    to retain the WWE Divas Championship


    A valiant effort from Naomi but in the end, thanks to some help from Tamina, AJ Lee retains her title once again here tonight on RAW. Mocking the crowd - who begin a “CM Punk!” chant - AJ rolls her eyes at them and raises her title high: can anybody defeat AJ and take the Divas Championship from around her waist?

    Cole segues into a replay from earlier tonight where Big E, after congratulating Daniel Bryan publically in an interview, ends up being locked in to defending his WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz as per the orders of Stephanie McMahon. Footage of Big E and Miz - using the split screen - is shown as Cole says that the match will be coming up next!


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    “I CAME TO PLAY”
    THE MIZ

    After somehow finding himself gifted this opportunity tonight to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship for the third time in his career, The Miz heads out to the ring looking confident of victory. After describing the fact that both Daniel Bryan and Big E are champions here in the WWE as “embarrassing” earlier, Jerry Lawler claims that Miz better “get the job done tonight or else he will look rather silly for those words!” Stepping into the ring and spouting off at the official, Miz awaits his opponent here tonight ...

    “THREE AIN’T ENOUGH”
    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
    BIG E

    After winning the title back in November, Big E has been Intercontinental Champion for almost six months but heads into this match with JBL describing it as a “huge challenge” and suggesting that he made a “terrible mistake” when he upset Stephanie McMahon earlier tonight. Despite that though, Big E looks confident that he can retain his title tonight and Lawler says that he has a chance to prove that Miz’ words are the “terrible mistake.” As Big E enters the ring, he hands the title over to the referee before glaring at Miz, a former WWE Champion of course, as the pre-match announcements begin.


    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    BIG E (c) vs. THE MIZ

    Once the announcements are complete, the bell rings and the two men circle each other as the match begins, the stakes high for both. The match swings back and forth in the early going as Big E shows his ability to counter any offence that The Miz attempts. Miz, who it appears expected things to be easier than this, becomes a little frustrated but manages to rake the eyes of the champion to gain the upper hand before hitting his jumping corner clothesline. Taking control, Miz looks to set up his Skull Crushing Finale but Big E, recognising the danger, manages to shove Miz away; this causes the challenger to accidentally collide with the official who is knocked through the ropes. With the referee down, Miz immediately looks to take advantage and, after taking Big E down with a chop block to the knee, heads out of the ring and grabs a Kendo Stick from below the ring. Back in the ring, Miz cracks the stick over the back of Big E and then targets the knee he just took out. Cracking the kendo stick into Big E’s knee, he then tosses it away and looks to lock on the Figure Four but the bell sounds … and it looks as if the referee saw Miz using the weapon and has disqualified him here tonight!


    WINNER: BIG E (disqualification | 3:08)
    to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship


    The Miz holds his head and looks perplexed; the referee though is adamant and clearly signals that it was the illegal use of the kendo stick that caused him to disqualify the challenger here tonight. As Big E, clutching his title, rolls out of the ring, Miz is angry and kicks the ropes in frustration … but then we see Kane, the Director of Operations, heading out to the ring. Telling Big E to hold it, he walks round to the ring announcer and passes on a message that is then relayed to the WWE Universe. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” announces Justin Roberts, “As per the orders of the Principal Owner of the WWE, Stephanie McMahon, and the Director of Operations, Kane, this match must continue. Furthermore, it will now be contested as a No Disqualification Match!” As Miz looks delighted and applauds Kane who stands at ringside, Big E looks quizzical: it appears, as JBL reminds us, that his mouth has gotten him into trouble tonight!


    WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH
    BIG E (c) vs. THE MIZ

    Big E rolls back into the ring as the bell sounds and argues with Kane who stands outside the ring and refuses to budge. This gives Miz the opportunity to grab the kendo stick once more and - legally this time - smack Big E over the shoulders with it as the match restarts. With no disqualification, the referee is powerless to stop Miz and he targets the knee of Big E once more with the kendo stick before throwing it aside. With Big E down on the canvas, Miz lays the boots to the champion before grabbing his injured leg … can he lock in the Figure Four this time? No, Big E powers out with his legs and then hits a vicious clothesline to Miz before squashing him in the corner. As the WWE Universe get behind Big E, he looks to be gathering momentum and hits a belly-to-belly suplex, his power coming to the fore now. Setting himself for the Big Ending, it looks as if it is going to be a successful retention of the gold but then, for unknown reasons, Kane slides into the ring and blindsides Big E with a kick to the side of the head! The crowd are enraged, so is the referee - but there is nothing that can be done here! Quick as a flash, Miz recognises the situation and rolls away … CHOKE SLAM! KANE HITS THE CHOKE SLAM TO BIG E! As the jeers reverberate around the arena, Kane steps out of the ring and begins to leave whilst Miz, the champion down and out, smirks as he surveys the situation. FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! THE MIZ LOCKS BIG E IN THE FIGURE FOUR! There are some “Wooooo!” in the arena but the WWE Universe are not happy: Miz is using the move passed down to him by the legendary Ric Flair and it appears that it will secure him the Intercontinental Championship. As Big E writhes in pain, he tries to escape but there is no way he can turn it over or get to the ropes; the Choke Slam has severely impacted him! Eventually, with no means of escape, Big E has no choice and taps out … we have a new Intercontinental Champion!


    WINNER: THE MIZ (submission | 4:54)
    to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion


    For the third time, The Miz has won the WWE Intercontinental Championship but the crowd are not pleased; it took a huge assist from Kane to do it! “He got what was coming to him!” claims JBL, “He disrespected Stephanie McMahon and The Authority and now he has paid for it!” Whilst Jerry Lawler bemoans this fact and says that all Big E did was to congratulate Daniel Bryan on his incredible achievements last night, Miz heads up the ramp with the title raised high but the WWE Universe are not buying into the fact that he is a deserved champion. What a screwjob here tonight!

    Backstage, we see AJ Lee, the Divas Championship still over her shoulder, skipping with Tamina following along; Byron Saxton interjects and asks AJ for her thoughts on the Divas Championship now that she has defeated Naomi here on RAW. Sarcastically thanking Saxton for interrupting her with such a pointless question, AJ answers by saying that she was successful against thirteen inferior women at WrestleMania - this gets an eye roll from Tamina, one of those women - and then defeated Naomi tonight to prove it once and for all: “There truly is NOBODY left for me to beat!” she claims. Suggesting that the whole Divas division revolves around her, AJ tells Saxton that she could defeat every Diva in the WWE one more time but what will that accomplish? However, before AJ can put down the Divas any further, the NXT Women’s Champion, Paige walks into shot and adjusts her title over her shoulder. Smiling wide at the sound of the cheers from within the arena, Paige fixes AJ with a smirk and introduces herself. Declaring that she is the NXT Women’s Champion, Paige suggests to AJ that if she is looking for competition, there might be some heading her way shortly. “You see, AJ,” Paige explains, “I’ve been looking for a reason to head to the WWE and kick your ass for a long time ...” Paige pauses whilst Tamina flexes her muscles but then continues: “So don’t get too used to having that title for much longer,” Paige concludes before winking at the Divas Champion. As AJ looks flustered by the arrival - as well as the reaction from the WWE Universe - of Paige, Michael Cole explains that next up we will be crowning the next #1 contender for the WWE United States Championship of Dean Ambrose ...


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    When RAW returns, we see Alberto Del Rio already in the ring and looking arrogant as always as he looks down at the fans here in New Orleans. With a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to come to determine the next man to challenge for the US Championship, Del Rio is the first man out looking to earn that chance here tonight.

    “WRITTEN IN MY FACE”
    SHEAMUS

    Next out is the “Celtic Warrior” who we saw last night in the Andre the Giant Memorial closing stages; there are issues between him and Del Rio after the two of them eliminated each other last night. Pacing to the ring, Sheamus steps through the ropes and the referee holds him back as he makes to start the fight with Alberto early.

    “BOOYAKA BOOYAKA”
    REY MYSTERIO

    Good reception for Rey Mysterio as he makes his way out into the arena for his first match back in a while - he comes out fired up as usual and ready to compete here tonight. With the US Championship shot up for grabs, Mysterio slaps hands with the fans lining the ramp before heading into the ring and saluting the WWE Universe.

    “REBEL SON”
    BAD NEWS BARRETT

    Big cheers for the return to the ring of this man: it’s Bad News Barrett! “How great is it to see this man back here tonight?” crows JBL who, as the chatter on the announce table reveals, takes some kind of responsibility for the creation of the Bad News gimmick. With a sizeable contingent of British fans remaining in New Orleans following WrestleMania, Barrett is not short of supporters and they join in with his “Boom!” shouts as he heads into the ring looking confident. “A man who should not be underestimated,” suggests Cole, “Barrett has come close to capturing the WWE Championship on several occasions and will no doubt have his sights set on becoming the US Champion very soon.” With all four men now in the ring, the elimination match is set to begin as we look to crown the new #1 contender …

    US CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDERSHIP
    FATAL 4-WAY ELIMINATION MATCH
    ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. BAD NEWS BARRETT vs. REY MYSTERIO vs. SHEAMUS

    As often happens in these types of matches, we get the four men paired off in the early going as Del Rio and Sheamus continue their fight from WrestleMania whilst Barrett and Mysterio get to grips across the ring. Showing an aggressive side, Barrett pummels Mysterio from the outset and looks to dominate but, as we have seen many times before, the Mexican Underdog has a way of suddenly turning the tables and he does so with a beautifully executed Tornado DDT after springboarding off the ropes. This only proves good enough for a 2 count though and Mysterio’s attention to Barrett costs him when Del Rio hits a step up enzuguri to knock him down to the mat as well. As the match continues, we see more mixing between the four men but it looks to be Mysterio who is impressing most as he flies through the air and takes down each of the three men in turn. However, after missing with a springboard splash, Mysterio is caught by Del Rio who looks to lock in the Cross Arm Breaker on his fellow Mexican … BROGUE KICK! SHEAMUS STUNS DEL RIO WITH A BROGUE KICK! Caught completely off guard, Del Rio is blindsided by the kick and Sheamus hooks the leg to get the 3 count and eliminate Del Rio.

    ALBERTO DEL RIO HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY SHEAMUS! (pinfall | 5:09)
    There is no time for Sheamus to celebrate though as Barrett barrages into him from behind and beats him down with heavy right hands in the corner. The Englishman, with a large number of fans behind him tonight, lays the boots to the Irishman and then shoves him under the bottom rope to the outside of the ring. Whilst he is out there struggling up, Sheamus is then attacked by an angry Del Rio who is still recovering from the Brogue Kick; dragging Sheamus round the ring, Del Rio throws him into the announce table before repeating the trick with the ring steps. As WWE officials order Del Rio to leave, he smirks as he looks down on Sheamus writhing in pain - it looks as if Del Rio has severely dented the Celtic Warrior’s chances here tonight. Back in the ring, Mysterio and Barrett are going at it again and it looks as if the Mexican has gained the upper hand. Despite turning his elbow pad out to show red for danger, Barrett has been unable to hit the Bullhammer Elbow and Mysterio manages to use a drop toe hold to send him face first into the middle turnbuckle. As Barrett struggles up, Mysterio drop kicks him in the back and Barrett is sprawled over the middle rope … 619! MYSTERIO CONNECTS WITH THE 619! As Barrett falls to his back, clutching his face, Mysterio leaps to the top rope and springboards off, sailing through the air looking for a splash … but Barrett gets his knees up and Rey lands painfully on them! Despite being a little dazed, Barrett manages to stagger up and set himself … BULLHAMMER ELBOW! BARRETT CONNECTS WITH HIS VICIOUS BULLHAMMER TO REY’S SKULL! That proves enough for the 3 count and a second former World Champion has been eliminated here ...

    REY MYSTERIO HAS BEEN ELIMINATED BY BAD NEWS BARRETT! (pinfall | 7:19)
    … But can Barrett, the only man in the match yet to taste a World Championship, eliminate a third one to seal the shot at Dean Ambrose and the US Championship? Sheamus remains on the outside of the ring and, with the match now down to two men, the referee begins the count. Will Sheamus be able to get back into the ring in time? Struggling to recover from the attack from Del Rio minutes ago, the Celtic Warrior just about manages to get back in the ring at 9 but Barrett, having had chance to rest and recover himself, senses blood and goes on the attack. Popping Sheamus off into the ropes, he hits his Winds of Change side slam - picking up a 2 count - before dropping Sheamus with a spinebuster and setting himself again for the Bullhammer. However, the Celtic Warrior is nothing if not resilient; he ducks under the elbow of Barrett before lifting him up and connecting with White Noise for the 2 count. With the momentum suddenly swinging back in favour of Sheamus, he catches Barrett as he looks to roll out of the ring to safety and hits clubbing blows across Barrett’s chest. As Barrett slumps down on the edge of the ring apron, Sheamus exits the ring and shoves Barrett back against the ring post before retreating … Sheamus looks for a Brogue Kick into the ring post but Barrett ducks at the last second and Sheamus’ knee collides hard with the post instead. Big mistake from the Celtic Warrior! Sensing his chance, Barrett drags Sheamus from the ring post and knocks him down to the floor with a clothesline before rolling him back into the ring and waiting …

    BULLHAMMER ELBOW! RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES OF SHEAMUS! A clean shot from Barrett, he knocks Sheamus clean to the mat and then falls on top of him, hooking the leg … and picking up the 3 count! Bad News Barrett, on his return to the ring, earns himself a shot at the WWE United States Championship!


    WINNER: BAD NEWS BARRETT (pinfall | 9:38)
    to become the #1 contender for the WWE United States Championship


    There are plenty of happy British fans in the arena; they are cheering and chanting Barrett’s name as he celebrates his win in his usual arrogant style. Clapping his hands together to suggest it was an easy win over the three former World Champions, Barrett then motions to his waist and it is clear that he intends to become the US Champion when his chance arrives. An impressive comeback here tonight by Barrett on Monday Night RAW!

    Backstage we go and Byron Saxton introduces his next guests - Zeb Colter with Jack Swagger and, interestingly, Cody Rhodes either side of him. Saxton asks Colter about the situation involving Cesaro and the attack by Cody Rhodes earlier tonight; this brings a smirk from Colter who is clearly happy with something. “You didn’t think I wouldn’t have a plan to replace that no-good immigrant, Cesaro, did you, Byron?” asks Colter before going on to explain that he knew that Cesaro was planning to quit his team weeks ago. Declaring that he should have trusted his instincts all along and never allowed “that type of person” to join his team, Colter claims that any success that Cesaro has had has all been down to him and his guidance. “Does Cesaro really expect to just walk out on Jack Swagger and myself and there not to be repercussions?” Colter asks rhetorically. Officially declaring Cody Rhodes to be a “true Real American”, Colter reveals that he will be joining the team which will now be rebranded as the Real American Dream moving forwards. Suggesting that Swagger and Rhodes are the type of men that Americans can be proud of, Colter then takes a swipe at Hulk Hogan and the way he associates with immigrants like Cesaro. “For years, we saw Hogan walking to the ring with the Stars and Stripes, battling all the foreign villains,” Colter mocks, “But now he is an embarrassment to himself and to the United States of America.” Suggesting that Hogan is lucky that Cesaro was around to save his behind tonight, Colter states that the Hall of Famer best stay out of the Real American Dream’s way or else the consequences will be severe. “As for you, Cesaro,” Colter says, turning his head to the camera, “You better believe that there is payback comin’ your way, son. Because when Jack Swagger and Cody Rhodes are finished with you, you’ll be wishing you were back in Switzerland - and that’s a promise!”

    As the interview with Colter and the Real American Dream comes to an end, the camera switches to a graphic highlighting the newest arrival in the WWE: the Bulgarian Brute, Alexander Rusev. Cole reveals that he is excited to see Rusev in action here tonight on RAW as he makes his debut next!


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    RAW returns with a seriously unhappy Big E - now the former Intercontinental Champion - in the locker room slamming his things around. Having been screwed out of the title thanks to Stephanie McMahon and Kane earlier tonight, Big E lets out a roar of frustration which gets the attention of Big Show and Mark Henry who sympathise with him and look to calm him down. “I understand it,” Big Show says, “You were screwed tonight, there’s no two ways about it and - like always - The Miz was there to weasel his way into winning a title.” As Big E complains that he could kick Miz’ ass in a fair contest, Henry agrees and says that it is time that something was done about The Authority. “That’s why, t’night, when Big Show and I face the New Age Outlaws,” Henry continues, “We plan on putting them right into the Hall of Pain.” As Big E nods his head and wishes the two of them luck, we then switch elsewhere where we see Stephanie McMahon and Kane watching the conversation between Big E, Big Show and Mark Henry on a monitor. The Principal Owner looks thoughtful as she looks up at Kane and smirks; have Big Show and Mark Henry just talked themselves into problems as well?

    “LA VITTORIA E MIA”
    SANTINO MARELLA

    Back in the arena, we see Santino Marella making his way towards the ring tonight without Emma who, as Cole explains, has returned to NXT as part of the WWE and NXT roster shake-up that is coming into effect now WrestleMania has concluded. Plugging this Wednesday’s episode of NXT, live on the WWE Network, Cole then explains that Santino volunteered to face the man debuting in the WWE tonight in Alexander Rusev. “Time will tell whether that was a good move,” mocks JBL, “But let’s just say that I expect Santino to regret that offer real quick here tonight!” Saluting the fans, Santino turns and waits for his opponent but first out is Lana, Rusev’s manager, who attracts a few admiring cheers as she walks out onto the stage area. After speaking in Russian initially to get the attention of the WWE Universe, Lana introduces her man: “People of America! Rise … for the Bulgarian Brute! The Super Athlete … Alexander … Rusev!”

    “ROAR OF THE LION”
    ALEXANDER RUSEV
    (w/Lana)

    As the barefooted Bulgarian heads out onto the stage, Lana smiles and points down to the ring at Santino with evil intentions clearly on her mind. Rusev, with a nod to Lana, heads down the ramp and looks determined to inflict pain tonight on his official WWE debut. “When we saw this man at the Royal Rumble,” Lawler declares, “He was very impressive but it remains to be seen if that translates to singles competition here ...” JBL takes exception to this and interrupts by declaring Rusev to be an “absolute behemoth” and suggests that he will wipe the floor with Santino here tonight. Lawler chuckles; he says that Santino has shown time and time again that, despite the tomfoolery, he is a fantastic competitor and is more than capable of holding his own here tonight. As Santino looks on - a flicker of concern in his eyes maybe - Rusev enters the ring and Lana applauds from the outside as he prepares to do battle here tonight.

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    ALEXANDER RUSEV vs. SANTINO MARELLA

    As the bell rings, Santino - in true goofball style - steps up to Rusev and offers his hand with an elaborate welcome to the WWE; this is, predictably, a mistake as Rusev stares through him and rejects it before absolutely flattening him with a stiff jumping side kick to the chest. Caught off guard, Santino is absolutely pummelled from the outset and there is very little in terms of a comeback or counter from him. This match is all about introducing Rusev to the world and he ploughs through Santino with a vicious array of moves without ever going for a pinfall. After dropping Santino with a Samoan Drop following a squash in the corner, Rusev looks down at Lana who clenches her fist at him - a signal to finish the job. The Bulgarian stomps in the lower back of Santino before straddling him … THE ACCOLADE! RUSEV LOCKS SANTINO IN THE ACCOLADE! As Santino strains and tries to get out of Rusev’s version of the Camel Clutch, it quickly becomes clear that there will be no escape tonight; the Italian quickly taps out and the bell rings for an impressive debut win for Rusev.


    WINNER: ALEXANDER RUSEV (submission | 3:22)


    As Santino slumps off the edge of the ring apron to the floor, absolutely destroyed, Lana enters the ring and raises Rusev’s hand for the world to see - what a performance here tonight from the Bulgarian Brute! “Lana calls him the Super Athlete,” JBL hypes, “And that was exactly what we saw here tonight!” An extremely impressive debut for Alexander Rusev and it remains to be seen how successful he will be moving forwards. A SMACKDOWN graphic flashes up now as Cole informs us that the Prime Time Players - reunited earlier tonight - have accepted the challenge made by Drew McIntyre previously: Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil, and a partner of their choosing will face Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal, 3MB, this Friday in a 6-Man Tag Team Match. Will 3MB be able to prove that they are not a laughing stock with a big win? Or will the Players and their partner inflict yet another defeat on the band?

    Backstage, Renee Young is waiting in the interview pit and she introduces her guest: the Animal, Batista. Indicating that it must have been a difficult last twenty-four hours for him, Renee asks Batista for his thoughts on what he will do later tonight when Daniel Bryan defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the C.O.O. of the company, Triple H. Declaring that he believes that he should be the one facing Daniel Bryan tonight in his rightful one-on-one title shot that he earned at the Royal Rumble, Batista suggests that he is angry by the fact that he isn’t in tonight’s main event. “Do I understand why Randy thinks he should be challenging Bryan tonight?” Batista adds, “Yes, I do. But Triple H? I’m struggling with that one.” As Renee pushes Batista further by asking him whether he will be supporting HHH and The Authority tonight, the Animal looks a little conflicted. In the end, he admits that he doesn’t know what he will do tonight but says that he will get his rightful shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. “And whether the champion is Randy, Hunter or that little troll, Daniel Bryan,” Batista snarls, “You can guarantee that I will walk out as the new champion.” Walking away, Batista has made a bold claim there - he is intent on becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion regardless of who is the champion come the end of the night!


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **


    RAW returns with Lana standing with Renee Young with a broad smile on her face after what she saw moments ago from her monster, Alexander Rusev. When Renee asks what is next for Rusev, Lana declares that her monster will cause destruction across the entire WWE. “He will stop at nothing, everybody should take notice of the Bulgarian Brute,” she insists, “Because he is going to crush every single man in the WWE, he is going to crush America.” Strong words from Lana as she walks away looking smug; Rusev’s impressive debut looks as if it is just the beginning here tonight.

    “OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW?”
    NEW AGE OUTLAWS
    Billy Gunn & Road Dogg

    The veteran team - and good friends of Triple H - make their way into the arena to a mixed reception; the WWE Universe respect their past work in the WWE but are not fans of their recent actions supporting The Authority. As Road Dogg and Billy Gunn enter the ring, Jerry Lawler thinks that they will have their work cut out for them tonight as they face two of the biggest men the WWE has ever seen - but JBL accuses him of disrespect and says that the Outlaws are one of the greatest ever teams and will find a way. As Dogg goes through his usual schtick on the microphone, the two of them prepare themselves for what is sure to be a tough match here on RAW.

    “SOMEBODY'S GONNA’ GET THEIR ASS KICKED”
    MARK HENRY

    First up, the “small” man of the opposition tonight, the founder member of the Hall of Pain, Mark Henry, makes his way towards the ring looking confident of a victory. Having competed unsuccessfully in the Battle Royal last night, Henry is determined to pick up a victory here tonight as he teams with his fellow 400 pounder in Big Show ...

    “CRANK IT UP”
    BIG SHOW

    “If this newly-formed team get on a roll here in the WWE,” Cole suggests, “Then who would be able to stop them?” as Big Show, 7 foot tall of course, heads out with a grin on his face. Slapping hands with some of the fans on his way to the ring, Show meets up with Henry in the ring and the two of them glare down at Road Dogg and Gunn as they stand outside the ring pondering the size of the task tonight. The referee is trying to coax them into the ring so that the match can begin but it appears that the Outlaws have a few concerns about stepping back through the ropes ...

    “VEIL OF FIRE”
    WWE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
    KANE

    Wait a minute - what is Corporate Kane heading out here for? Having shed the suit he usually wears, Kane heads for the ring in black trousers and without a shirt as if he is dressed to compete. Ignoring the protests of Big Show and Mark Henry, Kane walks straight round the ring to the timekeeper’s desk and grabs a microphone before explaining why he is out here. Indicating that Stephanie McMahon listened carefully to the words of Show and Henry earlier tonight, Kane states that Stephanie was not pleased with the accusation that she had screwed Big E out of the Intercontinental Championship. “You see, gentlemen, Stephanie McMahon owns this company, she owns that ring,” Kane continues, “And she can make any match that she sees fit - and she can change any match that she wants to.” With that in mind, Kane goes on to declare that Stephanie has opted to change this match and it will now be a 3 vs. 2 Handicap match where he will team with the New Age Outlaws …

    2-ON-3 HANDICAP MATCH
    BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY vs. KANE & NEW AGE OUTLAWS

    With Kane joining them, the Outlaws manage to make it into the ring to start the match now and, quickly, the numbers game works to their advantage and they control the match. Isolating Mark Henry, the Outlaws and Kane manage to keep him away from his partner and work on targeting his lower back through any means needed. With Big Show growing increasingly frustrated, the Authority’s representatives manage to taunt him into the ring; as the referee moves him back out, Billy chokes Henry over the rope and things are not looking great for the World’s Strongest Man. However, his strength cannot be deterred for long and Henry manages to throw Road Dogg off into the turnbuckles to break the pattern of the match; he looks for - and gets - the tag from Big Show but a clever distraction of the referee means that it is not seen. Once again, the referee orders Big Show out of the ring as Kane works over Henry once more. On the outside of the ring, Billy Gunn heads round to the opposite corner and begins taunting Big Show; when the World’s Largest Athlete cracks and goes after Gunn, Road Dogg sneaks up from the other side and attack him from behind. A two-on-one assault ensues but the Outlaws cannot contain the power of Big Show … and then Big E comes flying down the ramp as well looking to even things up. Before Big E can put his hands on anybody though, the referee intervenes and tries to move him back up the ramp. With the referee unaware, Road Dogg smashes a steel chair into the knee of Big Show several times and leaves him clutching it on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Kane lifts Henry high … CHOKE SLAM! KANE HITS THE CHOKE SLAM ON MARK HENRY! And the referee re-enters the ring just in time to make the count! The numbers game pays off here tonight for Kane and the Outlaws who pick up a big win over Big Show and Mark Henry here on RAW!


    WINNERS: KANE & NEW AGE OUTLAWS (pinfall | 5:11)


    Yet again, the meddling of Stephanie McMahon causes issues - this time, it is Big Show and Mark Henry who, like Big E earlier tonight, suffer the consequences. As they look on angry at the way things turned out tonight, Kane and the Outlaws celebrate up the ramp and it looks as if things are going the way of the Authority here tonight: “Is that a bad sign for Daniel Bryan here tonight?” asks Michael Cole, JBL suggesting that the answer is affirmative. Speaking of Daniel Bryan, we head backstage now where Byron Saxton is standing with the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion ready to interview.

    Saxton suggests to Bryan that The Authority just have far too much power tonight and that many people backstage cannot see a way how the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will not be won by Triple H here tonight. This causes Bryan to smirk and he reminds Saxton that many people probably said the same thing just twenty-four hours ago. Declaring that the power of the Authority means nothing when compared with the power of the Yes Movement, Bryan rejects the idea that HHH walks out as the champion later tonight.
    “I have worked too hard to win these titles, Byron, to give them up after just one night,” Bryan claims, “Last night was the greatest moment in my career and I am not going to let it end tonight.” Simply put, Bryan vows to retain his title here tonight and says that, “just like the opening match last night”, that Triple H will lose. With a smile, Bryan heads off to prepare for the match: Michael Cole informs us that the main event is next!


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **



    ROB VAN DAM
    - - RETURNS NEXT WEEK - -
    Next Monday on RAW

    There is a buzz of excitement in the arena as the news that RVD is heading back to the WWE becomes public - can the former ECW and WWE Champion taste success once again back in the WWE? We’ll find out next Monday on RAW as Mr. Monday Nights makes his return to the ring …

    “KING OF KINGS”
    C.O.O. OF THE WWE
    TRIPLE H
    (w/Stephanie McMahon)

    For the vast majority of the WWE Universe here in New Orleans here tonight, there is intense dislike for the man who tonight challenges for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - the Cerebral Assassin, the King of Kings, Triple H. As The Game makes his way down to the ring, looking intense and determined to put an end to Daniel Bryan’s fairytale here tonight, he is followed by Stephanie McMahon looking sultry in her black dress and ready to support her husband. “For months, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have tried to put an end to the Yes Movement,” Michael Cole explains, “Tonight, can they take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship away from Daniel Bryan and turn his WrestleMania dream into a nightmare?” As Hunter steps up onto the ring apron and sprays water everywhere, JBL says that whilst he is pleased that Bryan got his chance to live his dream at WrestleMania, the fact remains that he is not the “Face of the WWE” that the company needs and it is time to put an end to it here tonight. Backing The Game to “get the job done”, JBL once again refers to Bryan as the “Hairy Cinderella” and says that “the clock is about to strike midnight.”

    “FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES”
    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
    DANIEL BRYAN

    The crowd roar as the new champion makes his way out into the arena - it is clear who they are backing tonight as the title is defended here on RAW. Throwing his hands in the air and leading the “YES!” chants once again, as he did at the start of the night, Bryan looks confident that he will walk away tonight still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and Jerry Lawler backs him to find a way. “Last night, this man defeated Triple H despite his injured shoulder, he defeated both Batista and Randy Orton later that night as well,” Lawler explains, “This man IS the “Face of the WWE” and it’s about time he was given a little more respect!” As Bryan salutes the fans though, HHH is sick of waiting and he goes on the attack from behind, desperate to get started as he looks to put an end to Bryan’s fantasy.


    WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    DANIEL BRYAN (c) vs. TRIPLE H

    As the referee signals for the bell, HHH pounds away at the back of Bryan and rips off his t-shirt to reveal that Bryan’s shoulder remains heavily taped and bandaged; there are definitely question marks over whether Daniel Bryan is even fit enough to compete here tonight never mind defend his championship. However, that is not the concern of HHH and he sees the bandages as a target; he works the shoulder of Bryan expertly and immediately quietens the fans who were solid in their support of Bryan moments ago. Although the chants of “Dan-iel Bry-an!” continue sporadically, there is a concern amongst the WWE Universe that Bryan could well be in serious trouble here tonight and the anxious looks on the fans’ faces tells it all.

    For the first few minutes of the match, there is little offence for Bryan; he simply is forced to try and hang in the match and survive as Hunter tries to put him away. With Stephanie applauding every move, HHH is growing in confidence the more the match goes and he hits a devastating spinebuster that seems to be a sign that things could be over quickly. However, when he sets for the Pedigree, Bryan uses all his strength to counter with a back body drop and turn things his way for a few seconds. Desperately kicking any part of HHH that he can, Bryan has a crazed look in his eyes that shows how much the title means to him. However, as looks to hit a German suplex, The Game hooks his foot round Bryan’s before delivering a vicious back elbow to regain control. Dropping Bryan with a DDT for a 2 count, HHH then resumes his shoulder work as he stomps the hell out of it before wrapping it round the bottom rope. When the referee looks for a rope break, Stephanie McMahon gets in his face and orders him to back away - it appears that she is threatening the referee with losing his job if he even considers disqualifying Triple H! “This isn’t a No DQ match!” complains Cole, “How is this fair on Daniel Bryan?” That’s the point, Cole, it isn’t and that is why things are not looking good for the gutsy champion here tonight in his first title defence.

    When HHH relents with the work on Bryan’s right arm, he mocks Bryan with a “Yes!” chant of his own - this prompts a loud “No!” from the fans to HHH’s amusement. However, his time wasting proves to be problematic as Bryan kicks out at his knee and manages to drop Hunter to his knees. A series of seated right hands from Bryan find their target before he looks to set up the Yes Lock … HHH squirms away to the safety of the bottom rope and then rolls out of the ring to breathe … just as Batista, Kane and Randy Orton make their way out into the arena! How much more can The Authority stack the deck against Daniel Bryan? Boos echo around the Smoothie King Center but this does not look good; the Authority trio make their way down to the ramp as HHH composes himself and Stephanie continues to threaten the referee …


    ** COMMERCIAL BREAK **

    When RAW resumes, Bryan is in big trouble outside the ring with HHH throwing him around like a rag doll now. With the referee powerless to disqualify HHH for fear of losing his own job, Bryan is thrown into the ring steps - his injured shoulder connecting hard - whilst Kane, Orton and Batista look on. As the crowd continue to do everything they can to inspire Bryan though, HHH has control and it seems to be only a matter of time - something that JBL takes great pleasure in mentioning. Rolling Bryan back into the ring, Triple H seems to have things in hand but once again Bryan fires back with a number of kicks … until Kane grabs his foot and causes a distraction. As Bryan glares down at his former Tag Team partner, HHH sets himself and then delivers a vicious clothesline to Bryan to stun the momentum. Once again, HHH methodically picks Bryan apart but he cannot get more than a 2 count - it seems like it will have to be the Pedigree here to finish things off. Once again though, as HHH looks to hit it, Bryan manages to escape it by sweeping Hunter’s legs out and going for a Jacknife Pin … Randy Orton this time scoops out Bryan’s feet and breaks the pinfall.

    The referee protests and looks as if he might DQ Hunter … but another look from Stephanie proves to be the answer to that. As the referee argues with the Principal Owner, HHH throws Bryan to the outside and he lands at the feet of Batista. All eyes are on the Animal now, will he do his part here tonight. Looking a little conflicted, Batista drags Bryan up and rears back to take him down … but there is a pause from him. This gives Bryan chance to strike and he manages to fight off the three of them enough to rush back into the ring, each one of the three taking at least one shot to the face by a desperate champion. Back in the ring, Bryan ducks under a HHH clothesline twice and then sails through the ropes … Suicide Dive! Bryan takes out Kane, Batista and Orton with a Suicide Dive!

    Suddenly, there is a loud cheer now as Big E, Big Show and Mark Henry - three men screwed earlier tonight by The Authority, in particular Stephanie McMahon - rush down the ramp and they engage with the Authority trio as well. As fight break out all over the place, Bryan climbs back into the ring with a smile … but is quickly kicked in the gut … PEDIGREE! TRIPLE H HITS THE PEDIGREE! Is this going to be a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion? 1 … 2 … THR-NOOOOOOOO! DANIEL BRYAN GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE IN THE NICK OF TIME! As the crowd celebrate the escape, HHH looks enraged and shoves the referee into the corner as if he might attack him! Stephanie climbs onto the ring apron and gets into the face of the referee as well but he has done his job correctly … and when HHH turns around … RUNNING KNEE! BRYAN HITS THE RUNNING KNEE TO THE GAME! As HHH falls, he knocks Stephanie off the apron for good measure - and Bryan makes the cover … 1 … 2 … Triple H has the bottom rope … 3! Daniel Bryan retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship!


    WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN (pinfall | 16:57)
    to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship


    A highly controversial ending but Daniel Bryan, to the delight of the fans here tonight, has retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the arena goes wild with delight. As Triple H complains bitterly to Stephanie that he had the ropes, the referee raises Bryan’s hand before getting out of the ring as quick as he can - he does not want to face Stephanie right now it seems! Big E, Big Show and Mark Henry, having got the better of Kane, Batista and Orton, roll into the ring and celebrate with Bryan, applauding him and leading the chanting of “Yes!” as Bryan lifts the titles high in the air. What a couple of days this has been for the Yes Movement and for their leader, Daniel Bryan! Big Show and Mark Henry lift the champion onto their shoulders now and he salutes the fans as RAW heads for a conclusion here tonight. Daniel Bryan remains the WWE World Heavyweight Champion despite the best efforts of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon here tonight!


    NEXT UP: MAIN EVENT

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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Raw Review

    There was really no other way to begin this show than with Daniel Bryan obviously, so fair play to you for doing it. Standard run of the mill stuff here. Nothing world-beating, everything that you had to do to check off all the boxes going into the rest of the night. Like that you're doing Bryan-Triple H as well, as it's a good high-profile post-Mania matchup to undertake.

    Interesting decision here with the Tag Titles match. Obviously you're trying to generate some intrigue here. The problem, I suppose for you in this era, is that the Tag Team Championships were absolutely cold as ice at this time. So you will have a lot of work to do to change that. Best of luck. The Usos are obviously a great centerpiece to work with.

    Hand to God, if you told me that Big E was Intercontinental Champion at this time, I would've called you a liar. I do not have any recollection about this at all. Nevertheless, I like the fact that you're running with Big E-Miz, if this segment is to be believed. You have a real shot to turn these two into bigger stars if this program is just beginning, I feel.

    Rhodes joining up with Swagger and Colter is a decent maneuver. Cesaro as a babyface is a smart play after what happened the night before, what with him winning The Andre. Code Man doesn't really pique my interest too much, but anything with Cesaro does. So, looking forward to seeing this flesh out.

    Naomi-AJ, even if it's for a night, definitely has my interest.

    Is Drew Mac leaving 3MB? Okay. This'll be intriguing considering he was released around this time. That is, unless this doesn't go about that way. Heath and Jinder's beat down of Darren was standard enough. Boy, you've really got your work cut out here with the mid-card. PTPers reforming is a nice move if it turns out that way.

    RybAxel-Usos again should be fin.

    Standard enough segment with Orton and Batista, and Batista's initial indifference to joining up has me intrigued. We'll see how that plays out later tonight.

    Oh I VERY much dig the fact that you had The Shield turn up around Brock. Goodness, that would sound fun as hell IRL. No idea what this means, although I will say... you could've definitely gotten your point across without using the words "fearful." After the biggest win anybody's ever had like, ever, I feel like saying that he was even a little fearful was a bit of an overstep IMO.

    While I think that it was obviously the standard fare at the time, I think you may have missed the mark in not recreating a moment here for the Divas Championship. Paige's debut at the time was a pretty big one and just having the match go < 4 minutes without anything eventful happening afterwards was a mistake, I felt, and I think you may have left something on the table here. Again, I get it from the perspective of it wasn't what everyone was conditioned to like they are now. But I think that there was something lacking about this. Maybe it should've been more, maybe there should've been a promo from AJ afterwards. Something, anything, really.

    Okay, I do not know about this one here. I get wanting to create sympathy here but this all seems a little bit random. Kane immediately siding with The Miz who didn't appear to have any alliance with The Authority before tonight and helping him WIN the match was a little much. I know that Big E said what he said about The Authority. And additionally that they're all on egg shells. But something like this, I think, could be benefited by playing the long play. Because what happens later on if Triple H doesn't succeed in getting the championship like I think that he won't? They'll get angrier. It feels like you could've stretched this out more. Like perhaps Big E beats The Miz this week, and then that agitates them and he becomes their target the following week. A shock title change makes a level of sense on a show like this. However... and this plays into what I said above, maybe you should've went for the shock title change in the Divas Championship Match to give added breath to that division instead of having AJ tap Naomi out like that. Again, totally my thoughts, totally just my opinion here, but I think this wasn't too fair a play.

    Okay... yeah, having Paige show up in a backstage segment really does nothing for me. You could've EASILY had AJ cut this promo after her victory over Naomi. Paige at the time is your 'Next Big Thing' in your women's division and had a litany of hype and recognizability at the time amongst the Internet crowd, and the international crowd ESPECIALLY, which is always a key part of the post-Mania crowd. Having this happen backstage in the interview pit really misses the mark for me. You can fix it by adding emphasis, but this was poorly executed IMO.

    Good match here and a good way to pop the Brits by having Barrett win. Barrett and Ambrose squabbling should be fun.

    Real American Dream is a fine name. Again, not too much interest myself in Code (or Swagger to be fair) but perhaps this will all work itself out.

    Rusev squashes Santino. Sure. Let's move forward again.

    Nothing really on this 2-on-3 Handicap Match here but the meddling with this match combined with the IC Championship Match and eventually, the WWE Championship Match, is super duper heavy. Felt like this wasn't needed, and Show and Henry could've easily gotten the win to fuel the fire in The Authority. You should want, IMO, them to have their cracks form and grow larger, not for them to be instantly rebuilt the night after they were dealt the big blow.

    Woo buddy this match was long but it all made sense. The mid-match angles were nice but this again felt like something you could've had play out. Not all done in the span of a couple of hours. I know that there's camaraderie and there'd be anger. But that built up and then bellowed out weeks later would create a bigger moment, even if this is the post-Mania Raw.

    In all this was a very solid show but I think there were a couple of big mistakes here. None bigger, IMO, than the handling of the women. I'm obviously very fixated on that stuff so I'm going to always want more from what I see and read. You have the ability to correct things but I definitely think you missed the mark here. And I think the handling of The Authority storylines could've definitely been played out instead of having the load being blown within the span of a 3-hour+ telecast. Look forward to the next shows though.


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    Main Event April 8: Main Event


    Tuesday April 8, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana


    With WrestleMania now in the record books, the first WWE Main Event of the new wrestling year emanates from New Orleans where the crowd are still buzzing after Daniel Bryan’s incredible title victory. “Yes!” chants echo around the arena as Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduce us to the show where we will see the 14-time World Champion, John Cena, face off against the Ballroom Dancer, Fandango, in the main event. “With Cena overcoming the Wyatt Family and the monster within at WrestleMania, he looks to move on tonight and pick up another big win as he faces Fandango,” Tom Phillips hypes, “But can the Ballroom Dancer cause an upset as he looks to get back on track?”

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    DAMIEN SANDOW vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER

    The night kicks off with the “Show Off” facing the “Intellectual Saviour” with both men looking for a victory following their failure to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Since his failed Money in the Bank cash-in last year, Sandow has since experienced what can only be described as a slump whilst Ziggler, a former World Champion of course, is looking to get himself back into the upper echelons of the WWE and a chance to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With the fans right behind Ziggler, things start off slowly and Sandow, condescending towards the fans as usual, takes control. However, in the end, Ziggler drops Sandow with the ZIG ZAG and picks up the 3 count. An impressive win for Ziggler who celebrates the win with the fans but another loss for Sandow who desperately needs to get back on track here in the WWE.


    WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER (pinfall | 4:29)


    Backstage, we are introduced to a new tag team by Renee Young - Goldust and R-Truth will team together tonight for the first time against Los Matadores. Declaring that he hopes his new partner will prove to be an upgrade on the last one - a sly dig on Cody Rhodes - Goldust says that the Tag Team Championships are the aim down the line but tonight is about getting their first victory. Obviously, Truth is confused and says that he thought they were going for the titles tonight and has to be corrected.

    Highlights of 3MB being destroyed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by Mark Henry are shown; Byron Saxton suggests that Drew McIntyre showed on RAW that he was sick of 3MB being a “laughing stock” and it remains to be seen whether Jinder Mahal can improve things here tonight.


    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    JINDER MAHAL vs. KOFI KINGSTON

    Accompanied by Heath Slater and, reluctantly it seems, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal heads out determined to get 3MB over as a threat here tonight: can he defeat Kofi Kingston here on Main Event? For Kofi, this is the first appearance since his amazing antics in the Battle Royal where he avoided elimination by landing his feet on the ring steps. As you would expect, Heath Slater attempts to involve himself and get Jinder the upper hand whilst Drew looks on. In the end, Slater climbs up onto the ring apron to try and distract Kingston but he is knocked down with a TROUBLE IN PARADISE kick before Kofi hits Mahal with the SOS for the 3. At the bottom of the ramp, McIntyre looks perplexed as yet again 3MB come up short.


    WINNER: KOFI KINGSTON (pinfall | 3:44)


    Backstage, there is a confrontation within 3MB in the locker room when Drew McIntyre once again demands an improvement from Slater and Mahal; as on RAW, he is sick of being the laughing stock and wants people to take 3MB seriously. Can they improve moving forwards?

    SINGLE FALL TAG TEAM MATCH
    GOLDUST & R-TRUTH vs. LOS MATADORES

    After highlights of WrestleMania are shown, we head into the tag match where Goldust and R-Truth - christened Golden Truth by Saxton - look to get their new team off to a competitive start. However, they are up against Los Matadores, Diego and Fernando, who failed to win the WWE Tag Team Championships in the Kickoff Show at WrestleMania when they were eliminated by Cesaro and Jack Swagger before their split. Both teams put up a great effort and we see a competitive match where both teams come close to victory on several occasions. In the end though, R-Truth hits his CORKSCREW SCISSORS KICK and picks up the 3 count on Diego to get “Golden Truth” off to a great start.


    WINNERS: GOLDUST & R-TRUTH (pinfall | 6:09)


    In a pre-match interview, John Cena declares that he is now done with the Wyatt Family after his win at WrestleMania. “Bray Wyatt thought that he could bring out the monster in me but he found that my legacy is everything I have,” Cena claims before identifying that he is setting his sights on regaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Can he overcome Fandango in tonight’s main event and begin his journey to his fifteenth reign as champion?

    SINGLE FALL MATCH
    FANDANGO vs. JOHN CENA

    A year on from his WrestleMania 29 shock victory over Chris Jericho, Fandango hits the ring without Summer Rae - she has been assigned back to the NXT women’s division - looking to cause another shock here tonight. However, Cena - to a mixed reaction - has other ideas and heads out looking confident. Whilst Fandango has periods in control of the match, it always seems to be Cena who is on the verge of victory - and when he hits the ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, it looks as if he has the win. This is when Erick Rowan and Luke Harper storm the ring and attack Cena and cause the disqualification; Cena wins but he may be about to regret it.


    WINNER: JOHN CENA (disqualification | 5:27)


    Rowan and Harper continue the beatdown as Bray Wyatt heads out and sits in the ramp in his rocking chair; he is enjoying watching his minions punish Cena. However, Cena, as always, refuses to quit and manages to take down both attackers and send them out of the ring. Beckoning for Wyatt to come and fight him, Cena is oblivious to a commotion behind him … a monstrous man has stepped into the ring! Who is he? When Cena turns, the man lifts him up … DOUBLE CHOKE BOMB to Cena! As Main Event ends, Bray slides into the ring and kneels down over Cena as the monster stands beside him! What a statement this is from the Wyatt Family here tonight!


    NEXT UP: Friday Night SMACKDOWN

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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Raw Review: I love the opening here adding the video gets me really behind Daniel Bryan while I may not agree with Triple H getting the title shot in the end it makes sense for the story.

    I love this angle coming for what I am guessing is a push coming for Drew McIntyre. 3MB I like them but the three men deserve to be more then comic relief

    One of my fav moments of the night is the shield coming down to face off with Lesnar it be intresting to see where you go with this.

    AJ Lee looks good out there but I prefered the upset victory of Paige irl but this is your btb and it could be better story with you in charge.

    Rybaxel get another shot and it be great to see you build up the tag team divsion again.

    Cesaro getting the push please do him right

    Orton/Batista looks to be building in future im ok with this.

    Overall I like how you write your shows they are broken up nicely and the videos in between are really nice.

    I look forward to your future shows you got a fan in me.


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    Re: GCB's WWE [2014] | The Dawning of the Yes Movement

    Hi mate, just wanted to let you know I just read up on the first show and really enjoyed what I saw. This is a great era to book in as it was the last time I think the WWE felt like something exciting could happen, and you definitely got that across.

    I liked the way you kept certain things, like the start of the show or Heyman's promo the same. Totally makes sense to not change things that I don't think could have been bettered.

    I also appreciate you going a different route with Cesaro. I remember being so excited about Heyman/Cesaro, but as long as Brock is on the scene Cesaro's always going to seem secondary. Rhodes and Swagger is an interesting team (with a great name), but I hope you give Cesaro something of a rocket. He's one of those guys who has every tool you could want except seeming like a big deal. However, after the win at Mania 30 and the Hogan rub after, it was now or never for him in my eyes. If he gets stuck with the ice cold Swagger for long, Cesaro is destined to be a micarder for life imo. I'd say the same thing about Big E. We're so used to him as a third of the New Day it's easy to forget, but he seemed like a can't miss prospect once upon a time.

    I really liked that you went with something different with the Shield, but I'm very much on the fence right now with the direction you're going. Brock and the Shield seems slightly odd at this time, and the 3-on-1 dynamic is a little quirky given Brock basically just had the biggest win anyone's ever had and really should be a shoo-in for champion soon. But like I say, I like the idea of doing something different, so I'll wait to see what direction you go with it.

    You also have my interest with the ending to the Bryan/HHH match. The ending of that show was absolutely off the charts (I just watched it again and it still gives me a buzz) but we all know it led to Bryan being very much an afterthought behind the Shield and Evolution. So here's to hoping by writing that wrong (even if we do lose the awesome babyface turn for the Shield along the way) that you came keep Bryan as the main guy.

    One thing I wasn't a huge fan of I'm afraid was the diva stuff. I know we're pre-Women's Revolution, but it was such an afterthought here it feels like a missed opportunity. I get why you wouldn't just rip off the Paige angle here, but to have nothing of note to replace it is a shame.

    One final note - I hope you don't bring CM Punk back. You've chosen to do a BTB at the point Punk was gone and never coming back. You didn't change the results of Mania, so change Punk's career trajectory. Continuing without him is part of the challenge.

    All in all, a sound start. You kinda gave yourself a bit of a handicap by starting rebooking what is arguably one of the best episodes of Raw in the last decade, but I appreciate what you set up and why. Good luck going forward and I will certainly be reading.

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