April 14, 2014
The bell tolls ten times in memory of Jim Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior. The locker room stands on the ramp in silence to pay tribute. RIP Warrior.
Michael Cole announces a tournament for the Intercontinental Championship. The first round match ups include, Henry verses Cesaro, Sheamus verses Swagger, Barrett verses Ziggler and RVD verses Alberto Del Rio.
Rob Van Dam verses Del Rio is the first round one match up in the tournament. Alberto is moving on all cylinders, staying one step ahead of Van Dam at all times. Del Rio collects a long two count, then again off the Back Stabber and another two for a kick in the head. RVD will not stay down. Del Rio is frustrated, RVD makes his move. A Five Star Frog Splash gives Del Rio the loss. RVD advances to the next round.
Warrior Moment: Warrior wins Intercontinental Championship from HonkyTonk Man after a two year run.
HHH is back stage trying to reform Evolution to go after The Shield. Orton and Batista only want the WWE World Championship, they decline to rejoin.
RybAxel has been on a winning streak while the Rhodes Brothers seem to be struggling. The brothers work well together but perhaps a little predictable. Cody’s hot tag from Goldust leads Cody into some high spots heading towards his finisher, The Disaster Kick. Ryback sees it coming. Cody is met with a Meat hook Clothesline. RybAxel continues to win, The Rhodes Boys are no better off.
“See those knee pads Curtis is wearing? Yeah I made those.” - @calebkonley
The NEW Diva’s Champion, Paige, is welcomed to the big league by Alicia Fox. Paige finds herself tossed around and stretched by a cocky opponent. Paige will not falter, she straps on a variation of the Scorpion Lock to make Fox tap out. Alicia’s dominance is overshadowed by her arrogance, Paige is the winner.
The last time the Uso’s met the Viper and Batista, they were beaten down until their opponents were disqualified. The Uso’s would allow them no advantage tonight as they dive over the rope to the outside, landing on Batista and Orton. This does nothing but anger the opponents and the Uso’s soon find they have no control. Batista’s gets a pin attempt but it is broken up and Orton comes in to knock the other Uso to the outside. Orton is attacked by The Shield outside the ring, the bell sounds, the match is over but the Shield have just begun. With Orton out of the way, Batista is surrounded. The Hounds attack with Roman delivering the Superman Punch. Batista rolls out and he retreats with Orton.
“I think I’m ready for a Rhodes Bros. feud.” - @LuchaLucy
Warrior Moment: Warrior wins WWF Title in SkyDome at WrestleMania in a title verses title match against Hogan.
Heyman delivers the message that Brock Lesnar has beat The Streak. Lesnar beat the Streak. He repeats this fact so that it might become history.
In round one action, Cesaro tries to lock up with Henry but the only place it gets him to is his butt. He steps outside to consult with Heyman, who tells him “Plan 2”! Plan two seems to be Uppercuts. Hundreds of them. Henry stumbles into the Neutralizer. The King Of Swing, Cesaro will advance to round two.
Rusev makes easy work of Xavier Woods and applies his Camel Clutch with ease. R Truth breaks the hold post match when Rusev refuses to let go. Lana restrains her man from attacking Truth. Rusev wants to attack but he will obey. R Truth attends to Woods, Lana tells Rusev to “CRUSH!”. Rusev destroys!
Warrior Moment: Warrior verses Rick Rude in a steel cage at SummerSlam.
Jack Swagger is being aggressive in this round one match up. With Zeb making himself a distraction Sheamus is at a disadvantage. Jack’s aggression leads to mistakes but he seems to recover nicely. A Patriot Lock twists Sheamus’ knee. Swagger losses his grip but takes Sheamus outside the ring to punish the knee some more. Jack tosses him back into the ring and as he reenters himself he’s met with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus advances, bad knee and all.
Damien Sandow is disgruntal. Big Show comes to the ring and Sandow tells him to keep quiet while he vents some grievances. Sandow demands respect, says he’s earned it. He asks Big Show what he thinks and gets knocked out in one punch.
Bray is in the ring for a “live” promo. He is known by many names, Seducer, Accuser, Destroyer, but Bray has never lied, the Monster Cena has. Cena comes out to say he just wants to have fun. He pokes the Wyatt’s with some Photo Shop pictures. Cena asserts that there is no monster. Cena proposes a Steel Cage at Extreme Rules. Bray accepts, tells Cena that this is his backyard. Bray sings “He’s got the whole World in his hands....” song with the crowd backing him up.
Announcement: The Shield will be in the main event against Mystery Opponents.
Fandango is without Summer Rae. She has been replaced by Layla. Santino is quick to reach for the Cobra and Fandango tags in Layla. Emma is in control of Layla but gets easily distracted. Layla drops her off the ropes and collects the pin. Layla and Fandango are now 2-0.
Stephanie is chewing out Kane, in the back. She scolds him for having not stopped Daniel Bryan on multiple occasions. She demands to know what happened to the monster he use to be. Kane is worked up, grabs his mask from the table and stares into the evil. He promises Stephanie that Bryan will be dragged to the depths of Hell!
Barrett deliver the Bad News to Ziggler in the final round one match up, domination. Ziggler does manage to get a couple of long two counts on his comeback but Barrett has had false finishes too and it only counts on that third strike of the mat. Bull Hammer closes things for Ziggler as Barrett gets the three to advance with Cesaro, RVD and Sheamus.
The Shield have no clue as to their opponents. Out comes Del Rio, Swagger and Fandango. The parade does not end there, 3MB, RybAxel, Titus, Rusev and Bad News Barrett round out the eleven on three affair. The Shield try to isolate Slater but Rollins ends up caught away from his corner.. Seth find himself the victim of quick tags. Rollins gets thrown to the outside. Roman rounds the corner and Spears Ryback out of his boots. The bell rings to indicate No Contest. Eleven on three breaks out, the Shield are crushed by numbers alone. Evolution returns! The ring is cleared as they approach to pick the bones. Roman gets the RKO and Batista bomb as do Ambrose and Rollins. HHH ends the show shouting “Believe in Evolution” as he hits the pedigree on Reigns. The Yes! chants are useless, Bryan is on his honeymoon. Evolution stands tall.
“”Believe in Evolution” is my favorite Raw-ending line in years.” - @itswilltime