March 10, 2014
Justin Roberts gives it his all as he introduces the legend that is Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster announces that he has added an Andre The Giant Memorial 30 man Battle Royal to the Wrestle Mania card. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy.
Cena comes out to lay praise on Hogan and says he would like to be in the Battle Royal... The Wyatt’s are here and they aim to speak....Pride is Bray Wyatt’s favorite sin. He tells Cena and Hogan that their own foolish pride fills the people with hope, but hope is dead. Bray tells Cena he can be a friend or an enemy, but he's always a god. Cena challenges Bray to a match at Mania, but Bray merely sends the lamb to slaughter as Rowan takes to the ring to face Cena in the opening match.
Cena has Hulk Hogan in his corner while Bray and Harper keep company in Rowan’s. Bray screams encouragement (or threats) at Rowan as he beats down Cena. John tries to overcome Rowan’s size and strength but is turned back, over and again. Bray can smell victory, he smiles. The victory is Cena’s? A quick roll up pins Rowan to the mat! Cena and Hogan stand in the ring and the Buzzards retreat. Real American blasts and the faces pose for the fans.
Stephanie apologizes to Bryan for the actions of her family on Raw the week before. The Princess demands that Bryan, in turn, apologize to the Authority for requesting a match with HHH. Steph tells Bryan he is beneath HHH in every way. If he does not apologize tonight, there will be dire consequences.
The New Age Outlaws are on commentary for the Uso’s verses RybAxel match. They claim they only lost the Tag Championships because they were not at 100% as Road Dogg felt ill and Billy suffered from an injury. The Uso’s are still the new champions though and they dominate Axel and Ryback. The momentum of the Uso’s title win allows for a Superkick to hit Axel. The Uso Splash seals the easy win for the new champs.
Kane wants the Shield to prove they are an asset to have around. Kane makes a tag match for Rollins and Reigns to redeem their title loss to the Rhodes Brothers.
Swagger has another shot at Big E and his team seems to be in order. Jack attacks Big E with stiff shots and has the match well in hand. An opportunity arises and Cesaro refuses to help Swagger win by cheating. Jack is distracted by his partner’s refusal and Big E rolls him up quickly. Swagger has lost again. Zeb has to cool both teammates down, he makes them shake hands. Cesaro squeezes Jack’s hand until Swagger begs him off. The team is not well.
UNDERTAKER! But before the Phenom can even speak, Paul Heyman is on the ramp. Paul Heyman reexamines the Streak and what it means to be 21-0. He builds the impossible importance of it all and begs Taker to not fight his client at Wrestle Mania. Heyman says that if Taker does fight Brock Lesnar, the streak will be broken. Taker is resolve in his purpose, he will fight Lesnar in New Orleans and Brock will “Rest in Piece.”!
The Rhodes Brothers use quick tags to keep the upper hand. A beautiful spot sees Cody run up the ropes and leap to the outside over Goldust as he pushed off the apron to the floor, both men hitting a Shield member as a landing pad. The Shield regroup and isolate Goldust. Cody manages to get a tag and hits a Moonsault for two. Hits a Muscle Buster for two. The Cross Rhodes is reversed so Cody tries for a Disaster Kick but Seth hits Cody with a Powerbomb and then Cody gets his head stomped to the mat. Rollins makes the pin, the Shield win!
Tamina’s job description says that she is to wear down the Bella’s for the Champ and she does this well. AJ is tagged as Nikki has been sufficiently worn down. The Diva’s Champion attempts her patented Black Widow submission, Nikki summons the “powers of Gray Skull” (like her boyfriend John) and reverses the submission into Nikki’s Backbreaker finish. Nikki has pinned the Champion, she holds the belt over AJ’s prone body. Where’s Tamina?
“Tamina just Young Buck’d the crap out of Brie Bella.” -@KeepItFiveStar
Daniel Bryan has organized a Occupy movement. He fills the ring and ringside area with people wearing his shirt and chanting his slogans. Bryan says he will not give back Raw until he has his match with HHH at Wrestle Mania. The Occupation chants “YES! YES! YES!” and the Authority has seen enough. Steph throws a hissy fit at Bryan and HHH demands the Occupation move along quickly before security is called. Two men from security show up, they can do nothing, the movement is too big. HHH is beside himself, he demands the night go on, regardless. Sandow’s music plays and he prances onto the stage. The ring is filled, there is no way he can even get to it. HHH yells at Sandow for not going to the ring. HHH’s temper is steaming, he gives Bryan his match at Wrestle Mania and demands he exits the ring immediately. Bryan tells HHH he wants more. If Bryan beats HHH at Mania, he will be inserted into the Championship match with Orton and Batista. HHH gives it to him gives he everything. Yes! Yes! Yes!
“Occupy Raw?! And I thought the Twerking references were outdated!” - @BotchedSpot
The WWE App took a poll on how Christian should lose tonight and they decided a Memphis Street Fight was just the ticket. Christian performs a scary Tornado DDT off the ramp to the floor and both men are hurting. Christian beats on Sheamus with the Singapore Cane and Sheamus returns the favor. White Noise and Christian kicks out at the last second. Christian introduces some steel chairs and Sheamus is soon buried. Christian hits the Frog Splash onto the chairs and gets a long two count. Christian grabs a base drum to attack Sheamus with but a Brogue Kick rips through the skins and knocks Christian’s head. Sheamus wins again.
“I voted for the 2 out of 3 falls match. How much you wanna bet it’s going to be a Memphis Street Fight?” -@WrestleFan82
Rusev likes to stand on podiums and speak Russian. He can also say his name and raise his arm.
Bray Wyatt accepts Cena’s match proposal for Wrestle Mania. Rowan warns: “Run!”.
The Yes Movement is loud when the match begins but are stifled as Orton and Batista control Bryan by overpowering him. Show makes his appearance by slowing the former Evolution members down with his size but the two heels adapt and begin a double team attack on Show. Bryan has to tag back in. The Yes Lock is on Orton but Batista breaks it up. Show takes out Batista but Orton hits the giant with the RKO. Batista then spears Orton by mistake as Bryan sidesteps. Dave gets ejected by Bryan’s Running Knee. Orton's RKO is reversed into a Backslide for a two count. Bryan hits Orton with the Running Knee and it is all over! One, Two, Three! Bryan has pinned the Champion! Yes! Yes! Yes!