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WWE Raw Results: Ric Flair Returns, Kane strikes again, The Usos retain

20140428_Thumb_RAW_1BWWE Raw
April 28, 2014
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, Missouri

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First In-Ring Segment: We cut to the ring and a steel cage is set up around the ring. Out comes John Cena. John Cena asks why to start off his promo. The fans are heavily against Cena. He then says why did the fans vote him to face the entire Wyatt family. He says that they were given a choice to give him a fair chance or no chance and they gave him no chance. Cena continues to ask why. He says that someone told him you either die a hero or you live long enough to be a villain. He says that’s true because 10 years ago in St Louis he got drafted to Raw in St Louis that was the biggest ovation in his life. He says why Bray Wyatt. He knows the future is bright and he can’t stay around forever. He says guys like Reigns, Rollins, Cesaro, Bryan and even Sami Zayn have the drive that he does. He says that Bray is different and that his passion is not the WWE. Cena says that Bray’s message will not leave the cage on Sunday.

The camera cuts and the lights go out. A bunch of children are singing The Whole World in His Hands on the stage. Then Bray comes on the stage with the lights out and sings as well.Bray walks down the ramp with the children singing with them. Bray then has the ring surrounded with the kids singing as Cena looks on. Bray then cuts the lights and when the lights come back on all the children are wearing the sheep masks.

First Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos (c) vs. Rybaxel

Axel and Jimmy Usos start the match off. They lock up with Axel pushing Jimmy in the corner. Axel hits a chop but then Jimmy hits one of his own. Jimmy hits a flying shoulder block for a two count. Axel tags in Ryback and Ryback pushes him around. Jey is tagged in and Ryback takes him down. Ryback goes for a splash and misses. Jimmy is tagged in and both Usos fly over the rope and take out both men. One of the Usos appeared to have hurt his foot on the fall as we go to commercial break.

We return with Ryback hitting a big splash from the second rope on Jimmy Uso. Jey Uso is being attended too so Jimmy is on his own for now. Axel is tagged in and continues to keep Jimmy grounded. Jimmy fights back but is taken down. Jey goes back to the corner even though he is injured. Ryback is tagged in and hits a clothesline on Jimmy. Ryback goes for three covers but Jimmy kicks out at two. Axel is tagged in and both men go for a double superplex. Jimmy fights back and knocks both men off. Jimmy goes to the corner and tags in Jey. Jey hits a cross body and begins his comeback. Jey goes for a cover but only gets a two count. Ryback gets a blind tag and hits a spinebuster for a two count.

Ryback goes for the Meat Hook but is hit with a super kick! He goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Both men trade blows and Ryback then hits the Meat Hook. Ryback goes for the Shell Shock but Jey rolls him up for a two count. Axel is then tagged in and Jimmy hits a blind tag on Jey. Axel hits a PerfectPlex on Jey but Jimmy hits Axel with a big splash for the three count.

Winner: Still WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos

The announcers hype Hugh Jackman appearance on Raw tonight, and Extreme Rules will not be avaliable on Dish or Direct TV service, but you can check out Extreme Rules buy subscribing to the WWE Network. The announcers also hype up tonights main event of Roman Regins taking on Randy Orton.

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose. Rose announces that he will be debuting on Monday Night Raw next week.

Paul Heyman and Cesaro were show backstage. Paul Heyman said Rob Van Dam disappointed him. Paul Heyman says he takes his clients to the top. Cesaro says thats all he needs to hear from Paul Heyman.

We get a recap video of the beatdown Kane gave Daniel Bryan on last weeks Monday Night Raw

Second Match: Sheamus vs. Titus O’Neil

Sheamus comes out for a match but Titus comes from behind and takes out. Titus begins to lay into Sheamus, throwing him into the barricade and ring post. Titus throws him into the ring and begins to assault him. Sheamus says he wants to go and we get a match. Titus continues to attack Sheamus the referee seperates both of the competitors. Sheamus gets back up and lands a vicious Brouge Kick to Titus O’Neil for the victory. 

Winner: Sheamus

We get a WWE Network commercial featuring Kofi Kingston

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Second In-Ring Segment: We come back to the ring and Dolph Ziggler is waiting in the ring. Dolph talks about how this is his favorite time of the year because the girls get hotter, the bikinis get tighter and the superheroes return to the big screen. Ziggler leads us to a trailer for the new X-Men movie.

Ziggler introduces Wolverine himself and out comes Jackman to a big pop. We see the incident between Jackman and Ziggler from a while back. They make up and out comes Damien Sandow dressed as Magneto. He comes to the ring and they rag on him. Sandow is the ultimate geek here. Jackman asks to touch the cape and says it’s awesome. Sandow tries to use his magnetic powers. A goofy sound plays and it appears Sandow is using his powers to pull the microphone from Jackman’s hand. Jackman struggles and jabs the mic at Sandow. Jackman nails a hip toss and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag. Cole says Jackman and Ziggler just saved the WWE Universe from a villain.

We get a video for Evolution vs. The Shield.

Third Match: Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs. Cesaro w/Paul Heyman

Cesaro reverses Swagger’s waistlock with a gutwrench slam, then he hits another before sending Swagger outside and hitting an axe handle smash on the floor. Swagger reverses a whip and sends him into the barricade, then he whips Cesaro into the ropes and Zeb grabs his legs. Heyman goes after Zeb and pulls his moustache, then Swagger tries to help but Cesaro hits a German suplex with a bridge pin for the win.

Winner: Cesaro

Renee Young interviews John Cena in the backstage area. Young ask Cena what was his thoughts on the opening segment on Raw. Cena says nothing and walks away.

Fourth Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes w/Goldust

Del Rio attacks Rhodes from behind. Rhodes fights back and begins to beat down Del Rio in the corner.Del Rio hits a kick to the head and a suplex for a two count. Cody fights back and takes him down, and then follows it with a scoop slam for a two count. Cody then takes Del Rio down by the arm. Del Rio gets the upper hand and hits a back drop for a two count. Cody is put in a headlock and fights out. Cody then hits a dropkick but is caught with a tilt a whirl backbreaker for a two count. Cody outs Del Rio in a headlock but Cody gets out and begins his comeback. Del Rio dodges the springboard dropkick and is kicked in the head. Del Rio then locks in the cross arm breaker and Cody tries to get out but has no choice but to tap.

After the match Cody Rhodes and Goldust begin to argue

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Paul Heyman was shown was once again talking to Cesaro.

Fifth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Xavier Woods w/R-Truth

The match began with Rusev dominating Woods and was setting up the Accolade, but R-Truth comes in the ring and attacks Rusev to cause the disqualification. After the match Woods and R-Truth sends Rusev over the top rope.

Winner: Alexander Rusev by DQ

Renee Young interviews Rob Van Dam. Young ask RVD what’s his mindset heading into his match with Bad News Barrett. RVD says that he will be delivering bad news to Barrett. Zeb Colter comes out and ask RVD if he wanted to join forces with Colter and take out their common enemy Paul Heyman. Rob Van Dam declines the offer.

Jack Swagger was shown backstage with Zeb Colter

Sixth Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater w/Jinder Mahal and Hornswoggle

It was announced that on the Extreme Rules Pre-Show El Torito will take on Hornswoggle in a WeeLCMatch.Drew and Diego start the match off. Drew gets advantage first and in comes Heath. Diego then takes down Slater and Fernando comes in and hits a flip over the rope. Fernando then hits a hurricanrana and is then taken down with an arm drag. Fernando takes out Mahal on the outside and Slater hits the Impaler DDT in the ring for the three count.

Winner: 3MB

Sheamus will take on Bray Wyatt on WWE Main Event

Third In-Ring Segment: Out comes Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says that what happened last week was a senseless apology. She wants to make it up to Bryan and asks if Bryan can come out. Out comes Daniel Bryan in a neck brace with Brie Bella. Bryan says that he almost believed her that he wanted him to stop. He then says that everyone knows that she is full of crap. Stephanie says that shes earned that but he needs to understand that she never wanted him to become champion. She says they got a little bit out of control. Bryan says that they didn’t care how his wife felt every time he came out and was beaten down. He says that they didn’t care how she felt when Triple H dumped his head in a bucket of water while she screams to drown him. Stephanie gets it and says that she just wanted to give him a credible opponent at Extreme Rules and that she is truly sorry.

Stephanie says that she will make it up to them by giving Brie a title match right now! Bryan said he is not leaving Brie alone and Stephanie says that match is going to happen right now! We go to commercial break.

Seventh Match: WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige (c) vs. Brie Bella w/Daniel Bryan

Paige and Brie lock up with Paige taking her down. Brie hits a dropkick on Paige and goes for a cover for a one count. Paige then hits a kick to the gut and then begins to beat Brie down in the corner. Paige hits a fisherman suplex for a two count. Paige then hits a couple knees to the gut but Brie fights back. Brie goes up top and Paige follows and hits a superplex! Both girls are down and Kanes music hits!

Kane comes from under the ring and throws Bryan to the outside. He grabs Brie and tries to bring her with him but Bryan hits him with a wrench. Kane then sits up and hits a chokeslam on Bryan. Kane then tries to drag Brie into the hole into the ring again but Brie kicks him off and gets out. Kane stands tall in the ring laughing as Bryan is being looked on.

Winner: No Contest

We go backstage with Bryan being checked on and Brie shaking. Stephanie comes in apologizing. She asks if he will be able to compete at Extreme Rules. Bryan says he will be there, and she will regret dragging his wife into this. Brie then tells Stephanie to get out and calls her a bitch.

John Cena was interviewed by Renee Young. He said that Bray Wyatt will not be singing his favorite song. Cena says that this sunday he will have his fist in Wyatt face and his foot up Wyatt ass.

Bad News Barrett comes out and says that the WWE slogan is Then, Now, Forever. Barrett says Rob Van Dam is irrelevant, and he was still in England when RVD won his last Intercontinental Championship. Barrett says after he beats RVD he said the people will be cheering BNB!

Eight Match: Final Match in the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Tournament
Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam

Barrett and RVD start off locking up, with both men not gaining an advantage. They lock up again with RVD hitting an arm drag with both men standing again. They lock up for a third time with Barrett being taken down into a headlock. Barrett is then flipped over the top rope and is hit with an apron moonsault. Barrett is then thrown in the ring and is covered for a two count. RVD then puts Barrett in a headlock. Barrett gets out and throws RVD to the outside. Barrett throws Van Dam into the barricade, and throws him back in the ring for a two count. RVD then catches Barrett with a roll up for a two count. Barrett hits a nasty kick to the gut on RVD as we go to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control with a headlock. RVD fights back but is taken down with a Winds of Change! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett goes up top for an elbow and he hits it for a two count. Barrett begins to choke RVD, and, then hits a neckbreaker for a two count.Barrett then begins to work the back. RVD gets out and begins his comeback. RVD is about to hit Rolling Thunder but Cesaro comes out. Then comes Swagger and takes out Cesaro. Barrett then goes for the Bullhammer but RVD reverses it. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and goes for the 5 Star Frog Splash. Cesaro distracts RVD but RVD fights him off. Barrett then gets the knees up on RVD and follows it with a Bullhammer for the win!

Cesaro, RVD, and Swagger all brawl with RVD hitting a Frog Splash on Cesaro to end the segment. RVD is the only one standing tall.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

We go backstage with The Shield. Dean says that evolution has passed Evolution by. Rollins say they wear suits because they think its power, but the real power is with them when they get in the ring. Reigns says that Orton calls himself the future, but to him he is the past. He says the The Shield is the today and the tomorrow. Our Main Event is up next.

On SmackDown Dean Ambrose will defend his United States Championship in a Three on One Handicap Match against Rybaxel and Alberto Del Rio

Ninth Match: Roman Regins vs. Randy Orton

Triple H grabs a mic and says that the Shield took out 11 guys on Smackdown. He says he reminds them of them. Orton says there is a problem. Batista says that they are  still there. Triple H says that on Sunday they will either adapt or they will perish.Evolution and the Shield stand off and out comes Ric Flair.Flair grabs the mic and says that he is so happy to be in the ring with men who have dominance. He says he dominated with the Four Horsemen. That can be said the same for Evolution. He said he has seen everything come full circle. He said he is surrounded by men who are great. And those men are now the Shield. Flair shakes their hands and leaves. 

Reigns and Orton begin to go at it with Orton throwing Reigns to the outside. Reigns then hits a suplex on Orton from the outside. Reigns continues the beat down on Orton until Orton throws Reigns into the steps on the outside. Orton puts Reigns in the ring and puts him in a headlock. Orton then clotheslines Reigns to the outside on the apron. Orton goes for the hangman DDT but Reigns gets out. Orton stays on the offensive until Reigns hits a clothesline. Reigns then begins his comebackReigns foes for the Superman Punch and Triple H distracts Reigns. The rest of the Shield begin the attack on Evolution! Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Orton and then goes outside to help his teammates!

Ambrose stumbles to his feet, charges and Triple H clotheslines him. Triple H goes for a Pedigree on Ambrose but Rollins springboards in with a dropkick. The Shield fights back. Orton gets tossed to the floor. Batista gets kicked to the floor. Reigns spears Triple H and he sells it big time. They go for the triple powerbomb on Triple H but in comes Batista and Orton with chairs but they get knocked right back to the floor. Triple H escapes the ring and Orton and Batista join him on the ramp. The Shield stands tall in the ring with chairs. RAW goes off the air with both teams staring each other down and talking trash.

Winner: Randy Orton by DQ

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 8/10

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