WWE Monday Night RAW
April 4, 2011 – Atlanta, Georgia
Original Announcers: Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler
Replacement Announcers: Michael Cole & Josh Mathews & Booker T
[ REVIEWED BY BRAD DYKENS ]
IN THE RING
Triple H: The crowd welcomed The Game with a faint chant of Triple H! HHH said he’s never been more tired and beat up after facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania.. HHH said he’s never been emotional, but he stood in the ring last night and almost hyperventalated when that gong hit. HHH said the Undertaker’s streak means everything to Taker and he will do anything to preserve it. HHH said he beat on Taker like crazy but he just kept coming back. HHH said they left everything in the ring last night, but apparently for him it wasn’t good enough. HHH said he’s heard a lot of people talking about the match today. HHH said Undertaker will destroy himself to keep the streak in tact, but he showed that he is a man when he was carted out after the match. HHH said he wanted to say one thing, “thank you Dead Man, thank you. You gave me the fight of my life… thank you.” HHH said he knows Undertaker will be back, and when he does, he’ll be waiting.
RINGSIDE: Jim Ross told Jerry Lawler than he heard Michael Cole would challenge the King to a match tonight. King said he heard that too and that’s why he’s wearing his gear!
Michael Cole + Jerry “The King” Lawler: Michael Cole said history was made at WrestleMania; despite biased refereeing by Stone Cold Steve Austin, Team Cole came out victious against Jerry Lawler! Cole said the world has been talking about Michael Cole and how he stole the show. Cole said he was undefeated at WrestleMania. Cole said now that Shawn Michaels is in the Hall of Fame, the WWE Universe will refer to him as Mr. WrestleMania! Jerry Lawler stood up and told Cole to shut his pie hole. King said Cole didn’t beat anybody.. a stupid computer beat him. King said he beat the crap out of Cole and he was crying like a little girl. King said in Cole’s record book, he may be the winner, but he will forever be known as a worthless jackass! Cole said even with Stone Cold Steve Austin, King couldn’t beat him. Cole wanted King to admit to the world that he’s a better athlete and a better man. Cole challenged King to a rematch tonight. King smiles and said “you’re on!” King jumped in the ring, but Cole said he meant a rematch from last week’s RAW – King vs. Jack Swagger!
Jerry “The King” Lawler defeated Jack Swagger w/Michael Cole by reverse decision: After a while, King went running after Cole at ringside. King chased Cole around but ended up in the Anklelock by Jack Swagger for the win! Swagger refused to break the hold so the referee reversed the decision. Cole yelled at Jim Ross and squirted him with BBQ sauce! Cole said JR was in his seat and claimed he was mocking him. JR got up and chased Cole up the ramp backstage..
RINGSIDE: Michael Cole was back at ringside doing commentary with Booker T & Josh Mathews. Cole went on a rant about being pissed about people talking behind his back. Josh Mathews & Booker T acknowledged getting Stunners from Stone Cold Steve Austin last night.
TAG TEAM MATCH
Randy Orton & Rey Mysterio defeated C.M. Punk & Cody Rhodes: This match lasted three segments on the show. The finish saw Rey hit Cody Rhodes with a 619 and he stumbled into an RKO for the win!
BACKSTAGE: Stone Cole Steve Austin bumped into Triple H and they shook hands..
IN THE RING
Stone Cold Steve Austin + The Tough Enough cast + WWE champion The Miz & Alex Riley: Michael Cole was not thrilled with the appearance of Steve Austin, and tried to bury him on commentary. Stone Cold plugged Tough Enough debuting tonight after RAW. Stone Cold called out the Tough Enough kids, and out came a bunch of fresh faces. Stone Cold said he and the Tough Enough trainers – Bill Demott, Booker T, and Trish Stratus, will whip them into shape. Each contestant got to introduce themselves to the fans short and sweet. The Miz & Alex Riley came out to the stage and the fans started chanting “Miz is Awesome!” The Miz said after last night, no one will ever tell him where to go again. Miz showed a clip of him bumping his head on the floor last night, and still coming back to defeat John Cena with a concussion. The Miz said he just headlined WrestleMania and BEAT John Cena! The Miz said he was the new face of the WWE as he walked to the ring. The Miz told the Tough Enough kids to soak it in because that was the closest they would ever get to a WWE championship… The Miz asked if Stone Cold wanted to hold his belt, and asked if Austin had one more run left in him. The Miz wondered if Stone Cold was tough enough. The fans began chanting ONE MORE MATCH! The Miz challenged Stone Cold to clear the ring and have ONE MORE MATCH. Stone Cold ordered the ring to be cleared. Miz cheap-shotted Austin and Alex Riley beat on him until Austin turned the tables and stomped the crap out of him. Riley came back but was taken down by a Thesz press, followed by a Stone Cold Stunner!! Someone started throwing beers in the ring to Austin, and he tossed them to the Tough Enough contestants at ringside one by one. Austin then had a brief beer bash! During the commercial, Stone Cold poured beer over Michael Cole’s head..
Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez & Brodus Clay) defeated Evan Bourne by submission: Alberto blocked the Air Bourne attemped and used the dreaded Arm-bar to force Evan to submit.
PLUG: There’s a new DX DVD coming out!
ON STAGE: Vickie Guerrero said that it was LayCool who lost at WrestleMania and Dolph Ziggler had nothing to do with it. Dolph congratulated John Morrison, but added that he should be congratulating Snooki. Dolph & Vickie challenged John Morrison & Trish Stratus to a match right now!
MIXED TAG TEAM MATCH
John Morrison & Trish Stratus defeated Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero:
WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH
Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE United States title: After the match, Sheamus continued to beat up on Daniel Bryan until Sin Cara made his debut for the save!
IN THE RING
John Cena + The Rock: John Cena came out wearing his new colors – red and white – to a mixed reaction. Cena said there was a lot of people upset at a certain someone’s actions last night. Cena said he shouldn’t have been surprise because that someone (Rock) put on his Twitter that he was going to WrestleMania to whoop some ass. Cena said if he (Rock) didn’t do what he did, the final moment of WrestleMania would have been a draw – and that would have sucked donkeys. Cena said he wasn’t going to complain, but instead congratulated the Miz for walking into WrestleMania as WWE champion and walk out still WWE champion. Cena said Miz is still the most annoying person on earth, but he has earned all of their respect. Cena returned to that certain ‘someone’…. saying he hasn’t earned their respect. Cena said that certain someone snuck his nose in his business, so that have something to settle right now. Cena waited. The crowd chanted “Rocky!” and one kid chanted “Let’s go Cena!” Finally the Rock showed up and walked to the ring to confront John Cena. Rock looks like he never left wrestling. They stood in the ring for a bit letting the fans express themselves. They chanted “fruity pebbles!” and Cena smirked. Rock asked Cena what he thought was gonna happen, because he knew payback was coming. Rock admitted that he talked trash about Cena, because he does it better than anybody. Rock said Cena was wrong about respect… adding that he respects Cena. Rock says he knows Cena lives and breathes the WWE. Rock said it was because of that drive that Cena is one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all-time. Rock said that the Rock just doesn’t like Cena. Rock said they look different, talk different, fight different, but they both want to be the BEST. Rock said he shops at department stores and Cena shops at Baby Gap. Cena said he was gett?ing fashion advice from the Tooth Fairy. Cena said the time for talk is over, and if Rock is the people’s champ then listen to the people. Cena said the people were standing, not because they want them to talk, but because they want a match. Cena said the people want a match where generations collide – John Cena vs. The Rock! Cena said it was obvious this is what they should do, and asked if Rock wanted to talk about it or BRING IT? Cena took his shirt off and the Rock said Cena has no idea what he just asked for. The Rock he will BRING IT, but suggested that they do it at WrestleMania 28! (Which is in Miami, Rock’s hometown). The Rock said it will be the Rock with his millions (and millions) of fans at the People’s WrestleMania – if ya smell what the Rock is cooking! Rock extended his hand and Cena shook it. Has a match ever been booked so far in advance? Suddenly the Corre showed up at ringside and Cena/Rock defended the ring. The Corre assaulted Cena/Rock unt?il both men fought back. Cena hit the Five-Knuckle-Shuffle on Heath Slater, and the Rock did the People’s Elbow on Wade Barrett. Cena gave Slater an Attitude Adjustment, and the Rock gave Barrett a Rock Bottom. The two mega stars looked at each other and shook hands once again to seal the deal on their match at WrestleMania 28!