Location: Boston, MA
Date: April 12, 2013
Commentators: Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and JBL
Sunday night saw The Miz and John Cena become new champions. Monday night saw Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler become new champions. What will we see tonight? Will the crowd act the way it did on Monday night or is this the second year that we have a Wrestlemania fan anomaly that we will not see in the United States until next April when Raw emanates from New Orleans after Wrestlemania 30? What will happen when Triple H addresses the WWE Universe after his victory at Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar.
We are in Boston, Massachusetts and your announcers are John Layfield, Josh Mathews, and Michael Cole.
Big E Langston comes out to the stage and he has something to say. Langston introduces the NEW World Champion in a manner similar to Ricardo Rodriguez.
Dolph is accompanied by AJ Lee and all three walk to the ring.
Dolph thanks AJ and he says ever since he debuted he has been the most physically gifted athlete that this business has seen and that is an understatement. People would walk past him in the back and they knew that he was the future of this company. This World Championship proves that the future is now.
Dolph says that everyone feels like they were a part of it. He heard 80,000 people chant his name in a match he wasn’t even involved in. The next night on Raw, that amazingly insane crowd watching him walk down that aisle and making history.
The WWE Universe would love to join in on this celebration, but the fact of the matter is that this title and the moment that made it his belongs to one person and one person only . . . Dolph Ziggler.
He did not win this title because of the fans, he won it in spite of the fans. All of his life, people have been riding his coat tails because his girlfriend is hotter or his teeth are whiter or he is just better than you. No matter what, you will never be . . .
Jack Swagger’s music plays and he comes to the stage with Zeb Colter.
Dolph says that this is his scheduled time and he wonders why Jack and Zeb are out here.
Zeb introduces himself to Dolph and he congratulates Dolph on his success on behalf of all Americans. He is proud that Dolph is from Cleveland, Ohio and lives in Hollywood, Florida. Zeb says that everyone knows who to thank for Dolph’s win on Monday and it is Jack Swagger.
Dolph says that this is his celebration. He tells Jack that he had his shot at the title at Wrestlemania and he blew it. Jack needs to go to the back of the line.
Jack goes to the ring steps and he backs down the steps. Zeb says that it is only appropriate for Dolph to give Jack what he wants and what he deserves. That is a title match.
Dolph tells them to stop the music. As he was saying, you can go back home tonight and load that DVR and play it back as many times as you want to try to be Dolph, but . . .
Alberto Del Rio’s music plays and he comes to the stage and he is limping.
Dolph says that is enough and he asks if Alberto is out here to steal his spotlight. Alberto looks bummed because he lost the World Title on Monday. Maybe Alberto is here to complain and he wants his rematch. Dolph says that he will give Alberto his rematch right now.
Alberto tells Dolph to calm down. He is not out here to complain. Alberto congratulates Dolph and he says that he knows what it feels like to cash in because he did it with the WWE Title. When his ankle heals and he gets his rematch, it will be Dolph who will be complaining and crying.
Until then, he tells Dolph ‘Hasta La Vista . . . baby’.
Dolph wants the music stopped. He says that we are losing track of what this is about. It is his night and he is sick of being interrupted.
The next person who feels like he wants to interrupt him will see why he is the World Champion.
It looks like that person will be Chris Jericho.
Chris tells Dolph to shut the hell up. He has been out here talking and Chris congratulates him. Dolph has been babbling about how it is his time, how good he looks, and about his crazy girlfriend.
Jericho gets everyone to start an ‘AJ’s crazy’ chant.
Dolph protects AJ’s ears from hearing the chants.
Chris says that Dolph talks about being a show off, but Y2J is the original show off. He tells Dolph that it is time to stop talking and start rocking. Chris says that he went to Booker’s office and he was given some interesting news for the Jericho-holics and the Dolph-ins. Dolph’s first match as the World Champion is going to be against Y2J and it will be tonight on Smackdown. Dolph tells Ziggy Stardust that after this match, he will never eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever be the same agayne.
We go to commercial.
Daniel Bryan and Kane walk through the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number One: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Daniel Bryan and Kane in a Non Title Match
Titus and Kane start things off and Titus with punches but Kane with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Kane with a second Irish whip and clothesline and he sends Titus to the mat. Kane goes up top and hits the clothesline. Kane signals for the choke slam but Darren tags in and Kane with an uppercut and Bryan is tagged in.
Bryan with a drop kick into the corner. Bryan with kicks of No to the chest. Young with a back heel kick and then he knocks Kane off the apron. Titus is tagged in. Kane choke slams Young and Bryan puts Titus in the No Lock and Titus taps out.
Winners: Daniel Bryan and Kane
After the match, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns appear on the TitanTron and they applaud the performance by the tag team champions. Dean says standing next to his brother on Monday must have been good for Kane. Dean says that they hope that they did not consider what the Shield did as a sign of weakness. They were waiting for the right moment to strike. They did not back down.
Roman says that The Shield does not back down and they do not run from a fight.
They tell Bryan and Kane to believe in the Shield.
Kane might not believe in the Shield, but he believes in forcing fire from the ring posts.
We go to commercial.
We are back with photos from Wrestlemania.
We see footage from Monday night when Wade Barrett stopped the 26 hour title reign by Miz and regained the Intercontinental Title.
Match Number Two: Santino Marella versus Wade Barrett in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Barrett with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Barrett tells Santino to get up and he fails at a kip up. Santino pushes Barrett but Barrett with a back heel kick to the midsection and he gets a near fall. Barrett waits for Santino to get up and he fails at a kip up. Barrett with punches and he gets a near fall.
Barrett with a reverse chin lock on Santino. Santino with punches but Barrett with a knee. Santino floats over on an Irish whip but Barrett with a Blackpool Slam for a near fall. Barrett unveils the Bull Hammer and Santino kips up and Santino avoids the Bull Hammer. Santino with jabs followed by a split and hip toss. Santino with a diving head butt for a near fall. Santino pulls out his arm adornment and Barrett kicks the arm and then he hits the Bull Hammer for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Booker and Teddy are in the locker room and he talks about the experience at the Hall of Fame.
Sheamus enters the room and Booker asks him how he is doing. Sheamus wants to know why Booker overruled his match against the Big Show on Monday night.
Booker says that he was trying . . .
Sheamus wants to know why he was forced to be in a match against Randy Orton to see who faces Big Show. We know that Show would have taken advantage of the situation.
Randy Orton enters and he wants to know why Booker put both of them in the same room.
Teddy interrupts and he says that it was Booker’s idea and we all make mistakes. Teddy tells Randy not to blame him.
Orton says that there is a way to make it right.
Booker says that he will make it right. Both of them want Big Show and Booker gives it to both of them. They will be in a handicap match against Big Show. Orton and Sheamus like the idea.
Booker looks at Teddy and you know he wants to utter those three words, but . . .
We go to the ring for the next match.
Match Number Three: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Tamina Snuka versus Kaitlyn, Cameron and Naomi
Kaitlyn and Tamina start things off and Tamina with a kick and she sends Kaitlyn to the mat. Tamina goes after Cameron and Naomi on the apron. Kaitlyn with a spear for a near fall but Brie breaks it up. Kaitlyn with a spear to Brie and then Nikki tags in and Kaitlyn sends Nikki into her corner.
Kaitlyn with shoulders and an Irish whip. Naomi tags in and hits a springboard cross body and follows with a head scissors and a leaping butt bump. Nikki with an Irish whip but she runs into a boot. Naomi kicks Tamina down but Brie pulls Naomi off the turnbuckles and then Nikki knocks Kaitlyn off the apron.
Cameron with a Thesz Press onto Brie on the floor. Nikki pulls Naomi to the mat and gets the three count.
Winners: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Tamina Snuka
We go to commercial.
We are back and are you ready to play the Game? Triple H makes his way to the ring and we get the Smackdown return of The Game Fountain.
Hunter says that he told us. He told everyone that the ass kicker is back. He told Brock that they weren’t going to wrestle or fight, they were going to war. They went to war and Paul Heyman can make any excuse he . . .
3MB make their way onto the stage. Slater tells Hunter to wait a minute, shut up, and listen up. Heath says apparently around here, you have to drop one of the big dogs to get noticed. What bigger dog is there than Triple H. If Hunter thought that battle with Brock was bad, he hasn’t seen anything yet.
They circle the ring and Hunter is ready for the fight. They get on the apron and then The Shield’s music plays and it is time for 3MB to see how it is done.
3MB think that The Shield is out to help them, but Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns attack 3MB and they fight on the floor. Rollins sends Mahal into the ringside barrier. Slater is sent into the ring steps by Ambrose and Reigns with a back drop to McIntyre.
The Shield get on the apron and Rollins teases entering the ring but Kane and Daniel Bryan come to the ring and the Shield decide to wait to fight another day.
Teddy and Booker are in the office and Booker is browbeating Teddy but Big Show enters. Teddy finds a way to escape. Big Show wants to know why he is in a handicap match and Booker tells him it is because Big Show stuck his nose in business that did not pertain to him on Monday night.
Show says this is typical of Booker’s bias towards him. Show says that maybe he walks out of the arena since he has an iron clad contract.
Booker says that he is tired of hearing about Show’s iron clad contract and threats. He tells Show to try to walk out because they can deal with it in court.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Randy Orton and Sheamus versus Big Show in a Handicap Match
Orton starts off with Show and he punches and kicks Show. Orton with more punches but Show sends Orton into the corner. Orton with punches and he continues to outquick Show. Show with a side slam and Orton favors his taped midsection. Show stands on Orton’s abdomen. Show with a punch to the taped abdomen. Show with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles for an elbow drop but Orton moves.
Sheamus tags in and he takes Show down and he punches Show. Sheamus with running double sledges and then he backs Show into the corner and he punches him. Sheamus with a shoulder to Show in the corner followed by a knee lift but Show with a spear and Sheamus is down. Show punches Orton on the apron.
Show with a head butt to Sheamus but Orton with an RKO to Show. Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick and he connects and Show falls to the floor.
The referee makes his count and Show gets to his feet at seven but figures it is not worth it to return to the ring and the referee gets to the ten count.
Winners: Randy Orton and Sheamus (by count out)
We go to commercial.
We are back and Randy and Sheamus talk about getting revenge on Show. Renee Young asks for comments, but Orton leaves. Renee points out that it took two people to put down the giant. Sheamus says that revenge felt sweet. He says that he has been in WWE for a few years and it doesn’t matter how big or strong you are, all that matter is your heart.
Mark Henry attacks Sheamus and he asks if that is all that matters and then he tells everyone that is what he do.
Match Number Five: Antonio Cesaro versus Kofi Kingston in a Non-Title Match
They lock up and Cesaro works on the wrist. Kofi rolls through and tries for a reversal but Cesaro with a head butt and forearms to Kofi. Cesaro waits for Kofi to get up and he punches Kofi but Kofi punches back. Kofi with a sunset flip for a near fall but Cesaro with a seated splash for a near fall.
Cesaro with a deadlift side salto and then he yodels before hitting a running European uppercut and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock but Kofi gets to his feet. Cesaro sends Kofi to the mat and misses a double stomp. Kofi with an elbow, chops and a drop kick. Kofi goes for the leaping clothesline but Cesaro counters with a European uppercut and Cesaro gets a near fall.
Cesaro waits to finish off Kofi but he runs into a pendulum kick. Kofi goes up top for a cross body but Cesaro catches him. Kofi gets to his feet and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and gets the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
The golden shower curtain is up on the stage and that means it is time for Fandango . . . and Sue. They dance to the ring and they will join the announce team for the main event.
Match Number Six: Chris Jericho versus Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee and Big E Langston) in a Non-Title Match
They lock up and Jericho with an arm drag. They lock up again and Jericho with a side head lock. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and chop. Jericho with a suplex and he kicks Ziggler. Ziggler with punches and kicks to Jericho and it goes into the corner. Ziggler with a splash into the corner.
Ziggler with kicks to the chest followed by punches. Ziggler with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Jericho goes to the turnbuckles and he hits a missile drop kick and he gets a near fall. Jericho slaps Ziggler in the head and then he chokes Ziggler in the ropes. Jericho stands on Ziggler’s back to choke him and Fandango gets on the apron.
Jericho has his leg grabbed by AJ as he comes off the ropes. That distraction allows Ziggler to hit a Fameasser and get a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with an elbow to the head and then he works on the back. We see footage from the commercial when Fandango kicked Jericho on the floor. Jericho with a punch but Ziggler with a kick and neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and he adds pressure with a headstand and then he bridges.
Jericho gets back to his feet and Ziggler with a kick and punch. Jericho with a running forearm and shoulder tackle. Jericho with another shoulder tackle but Ziggler tries to throw Jericho over the top rope to the floor but Jericho lands on the apron and he goes up top for a double sledge. Ziggler avoids a bulldog and Ziggler with a modified DDT for a near fall.
Jericho with a kick and then he hits a baseball slide on Langston on the floor. Jericho goes up top and he hits a cross body for a near fall. Jericho with boots to the back and the head, but Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler prepares for a sleeper or Zig Zag but Jericho pushes him off. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Ziggler escapes. Jericho with an elbow and Lionsault for a near fall.
Fandango gets to the apron and Jericho with a springboard drop kick for a near fall. Langston hits Jericho from behind and that allows Ziggler to get the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Jericho with a clothesline to Ziggler. Jericho with an enzuigiri to Langston. Fandango distracts Jericho and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag. Langston hits the Big Ending on Jericho.
Ziggler and his entourage leave the ring.
Fandango enters the ring and he dances before kicking Jericho and punching him. Fandango wags his finger at Jericho and then he dances some more and leaps to the turnbuckles for the FandangoBama Jam.