JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 4.7.14
Hopefully The WWE Doesn’t Do Something Stupid Later
After playing the same Daniel Bryan video package from Wrestlemania, Daniel Bryan came out to an entire arena chanting YES. The crowd chanted DANIEL BRYAN for a solid minute straight. Daniel Bryan said its hard to do the YES chant when you’re holding two titles. He said he will do it one more time but then he’d have to give his shoulders a break. He said the entire crowd was united with one word and that was YES. The crowd chanted “YOU DESERVE IT” and Bryan said the fans are the ones who deserve it. Bryan said because of their power he beat the Authority last night and he now stands their WWE Champion.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out. HHH said he wasn’t going to get in the ring because he didn’t want to do something he’d regret. So Bryan took the opportunity to taunt him with the Titles and a YES Chant. HHH said this was just a moment, and this wouldn’t even last the night. HHH said that Bryan was going to defend the WWE Title tonight against him. HHH said he was ending all of this tonight and that this was his show and there isn’t a damn thing anyone could do about it.
Backstage Batista complained to HHH when Randy Orton walked in and said he wanted his rematch tonight. HHH said he takes care of this problem tonight. Steph said tonight they will face The Usos for the Tag Titles tonight. HHH said historically, when they are on the same page, no one can stop them.
The Faces Are The Heels And The Heels Are The Faces
It’s the Wyatts vs John Cena, Sheamus and Big E. The match started with everyone brawling. Bray took out Cena with a right hand and followed it up with a headbutt. Cena fought back with some punches and tagged in Sheamus. Cena hit a running bulldog and Sheamus followed with a shoulder tackle over the top. Sheamus landed some kicks in the corner. Bray fought back with some punches and tagged in Rowan. Sheamus landed some punches then some more in the corner before Rowan shoved him away. Sheamus came back with a chop block and then a kick to the head. Big E hit one spear in the corner, Rowan caught him with an elbow but Big E hit his backbreakers. Harper tagged in but Big E tagged Cena. Cena hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Harper countered the AA with a faceplant. Harper tagged in Bray into commercial.
Harper had a headlock applied on Cena back from break. Harper hit a DDT and tagged in Rowan. Rowan hit a bodyslam followed by a leg drop. Bray came in and hit some kicks. Cena popped up and hit a clothesline. Bray came back with a side slam. Harper came in but Cena caught him with a backdrop. Cena made the hot tag to Sheamus and Rowan came in as well. Sheamus hit some axe handles then picked up Harper and did a rolling senton onto Rowan followed by a double shoulder tackle off the top. Bray distracted Sheamus and Rowan clotheslined him. Big E and Bray tagged in Big E hit a belly-to-belly followed by a big splash. Harper stopped the Big Ending and hit a kick to the face on Big E. Rowan took out Cena and Harper hit a dive to the outside on Sheamus. Bray did his crawl and hit Sister Abigail on Big E to pick up the win.
WINNERS: The Wyatt Family
A Bo Dallas promo aired.
Santino and Emma vs Fandango and Summer Rae. Santino hit a quick hip toss and went for the Cobra but he tagged in Summer. Emma hit the Dilemma, followed by her corner splash and the Emma Lock for the win.
Paul Heyman: Master Of The Mic
Brock Lesnar came out with Paul Heyman. Heyman said it was the greatest privilege of his career to serve as the advocate for Brock Lesnar, the conqueror of The Streak. Heyman said he hated to say we told you so but they did tell you so. Heyman said they should have never doubted the physical credentials of Brock Lesnar. Heyman said Lesnar is here to dominate and put tears in the eyes of children. Heyman said he wanted to shoot from the hip. He said Undertaker collapsed backstage after walking through the curtain. He said Vince left Mania and went to the hospital with him and is being treated for a severe concussion. Heyman said had Undertaker kicked out he would have suffered a broken neck and the complexion of this TV show would have changed tonight because Brock wasn’t done until The Streak was dead.
Heyman said after the match JBL and those two other things they call announcers gave Taker a standing ovation along with the WWE Universe. Taker was the loser, and the winner was Brock Lesnar. Heyman said the WWE Universe was just like everyone in the WWE locker room. A bunch of wannabes. Heyman said they don’t respect Brock Lesnar and Lesnar doesn’t respect them. Heyman said a lot of people in the back think they could go from the octagon to the WWE. Heyman called everyone wannabes because they wanted to be the one to end The Streak. Heyman said Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1. Heyman called out the crowd for “whating” him so he said the same thing slowly. Heyman said there is only one beast incarnate, conqueror of The Streak, and Brock Lesnar.
An Adam Rose promo aired.
Time For The Unlikely Tag Team Duo!
It’s The Usos vs Batista and Randy Orton for the Tag Titles. Both teams exchanged offense early on until Orton got the upper hand and the heels beat down one of the Usos in the corner. They ended up tossing both Usos to the outside. One Uso was dropped on the barricade while the other was tossed into the stairs. Orton hit the DDT off the barricade. Both teams were counted out. Batista hit a Batista Bomb on the steps. Both Orton and Batista stood with their hands up in the ring.
The Return Of Mr. Monday Night
Rob Van Dam came back. He’s fighting Damien Sandow. Sandow got some early offense in and hit a side Russian leg sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain. RVD came back with a kick to the head followed by a spinning wheel kick. On the outside, RVD hit a leg drop off the apron onto the barricade. RVD hit another kick in the ring followed by Rolling Thunder and the Five Star Frog Splash for the win.
WINNER: Rob Van Dam
HE DOES WRESTLE!
Bad News Barrett vs Rey Mysterio. Before the match started he was going to say he had some Bad News. Rey attacked him and hit a hurricarrana sending Barrett to the outside. Rey then hit a sliding dive to the outside. Barrett caught Rey in the ring with a kick to the gut then some more punches. Barrett continued to dominate Rey and hit a knee to the gut. Rey blocked a superplex and hit a seated senton followed by a DDT. Rey hit the 619 but Barrett crotched Rey on the ropes and hit the Bullhammer Elbow on Rey for the win.
WINNER: Bad News Barrett
Another Adam Rose promo aired.
Alexander Rusev debuted against Zack Ryder. Rusev landed some early kicks to Ryder. Ryder fought back but Rusev caught him with a kick to the face. Rusev hit some knees in the ropes followed by a fallaway slam. Rusev hit a modified black hole slam followed by the Accolade submission for the win.
A Flashback To 1990
The Ultimate Warrior came out. He put on a long coat and shook the ropes in the ring. He then put on a Warrior mask/face paint. Warrior started coming a typical Ultimate Warrior promo back from the 1990s. He said the WWE Universe was the legend makers of The Ultimate Warrior. He said that the WWE Universe will decide who the next legends will be.
Now THAT’S A Debut
AJ came out. She said for 295 days she has been Divas Champion. The longest reigning Champion of all time. She said she tore all the Divas a new one on stage awhile back and a chance to prove them wrong, but they couldn’t. She said she overcame the odds and went from being a poor girl in New Jersey to the best Diva in the world. She said she is the Savior of the Divas Division.
Suddenly, Paige’s music hit and she came out. AJ asked what she was doing here. Paige said she came to do what no one else would, congratulate AJ. AJ said as much as she appreciates it, she doesn’t need her congratulations. AJ said she should go back to NXT and said she was the sweetest litte crumpet. AJ said she should just beat her now. Paige said she wasn’t ready and slapped her. AJ said she better be ready and said they should have a match right now.
A ref came out and AJ jumped Paige right after the bell. AJ hit an elbow and went for the Black Widow. Paige blocked the Black Widow and hit the Paige Turner to win the Divas Title.
WINNER AND NEW DIVAS CHAMPION: Paige
Another Bo Dallas promo aired.
The King Of Swing
Hulk Hogan came out. He said last night was the biggest and baddest Wrestlemania of all, in the Superdome. He said the best moment was the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He said he knew the big man was smiling and looking down. Cesaro came out. Zeb took the mic. He said he made Cesaro a Real American and made him a Zeb Colter guy. Cesaro took the mic. He said he isn’t a Zeb Colter guy, he’s a Paul Heyman guy. Heyman came out and said he is the advocate of the king of swing, Cesaro. While Heyman went to talk to the announcers about Cesaro, Swagger came out and attacked Cesaro. Swagger then broke the trophy before Cesaro took him out.
Back from break, a match had started between Swagger and Cesaro. Cesaro hit a backbreaker followed by a backdrop. They went to the outside and Cesaro hit some knees. Back in the ring Cesaro went to the top but Swagger through him off. Swagger hit some knees in the corner. Cesaro tried fighting back but Swagger hit a backdrop. Swagger went for the Swagger Bomb but Cesaro got his feet up. Cesaro then hit a suplex with Swagger on the apron over the ropes for two. Cesaro threw Swagger back and forth in the corners and hit uppercuts. Cesaro readied for the Swing but Swagger ran off and got counted out.
WINNER via Countout: Cesaro
The Shield taunted Kane backstage. They asked where his buddies were. Kane got really angry and let it slip that the beatdown from Smackdown was ordered by HHH. Steph said they all needed to be on the same page and make sure HHH wins tonight.
Four vs Four. I Know A Double Ring Cage Match That Used To Have That Many People Involved
Daniel Bryan came out for the main event. Randy Orton and Batista came out and started to attack Bryan. Orton hit an RKO with Batista following it with a Batista Bomb. Kane came out and hit a chokeslam.
Triple H then came out. He made Mike Chioda ring the bell. Before Triple H could do anything, The Shield came out. The Shield and Batista, Orton and Kane stood on opposite sides of the ring as HHH tried to calm things and said this wasn’t happening. HHH turned around and went right into a Spear from Roman Reigns. Everyone started brawling. Ambrose and Rollins hit dives to the outside on Orton and Batista. Reigns hit the Superman Punch on Kane. The Shield surrounded HHH who then walked right into a running knee from Bryan. The heels bailed as HHH yelled that they just started a war.
There was A LOT to like about this show. There really wasn’t a bad thing about it. So here are some quick thoughts as I have a column planned for later in the week to expand on everything.
-The last segment was well done. They teased a big match so they got people to stay tuned for the rest of the night. Then they delivered with an even bigger moment and now make it seem like they have a big tag match at Extreme Rules. I would have never thought War Games would happen here, but with the way Triple H shouted that The Shield “started a war,” War Games is on the mind of everyone. It would be a great place to have it at Extreme Rules and hold off on any possible rematches.
-Cesaro with Paul Heyman is perfect for both men involved. And it could lead to big things for him down the line.
-Paul Heyman’s promo was great. Wish it could have lead to a future feud for Lesnar. But that will come in time.
-The six man tag was good action and a nice rebound for the Wyatts.
-Paige’s debut was well done. It was a good place to debut her because a lot of that crowd knew who she was.
This was a great episode of RAW. The future looks bright for the WWE and I think we are starting a new era with a handful of different guys at the top. And that could mean good things if the WWE doesn’t screw it up. I’m giving tonight’s show a solid 9.
Until Next Time,
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