WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Drops, Loses 600,000 Viewers In Final Hour

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Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw featured some highlights and some lowlights. This week’s rating indicates that. The rating for last night’s Raw was a 3.0 with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is down from last week’s show, which did a 3.3 rating with an average of 4.77 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.22 million viewers, which featured the opening segment with Daniel Bryan, Kane and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour rose to an average of 4.40 million viewers, which saw the segment with The Shield and Evolution. The third and final hour had the huge drop, which featured the closing segment with The Wyatt Family facing John Cena.

The dip was to be expected as the last two Raw’s featured the show after Wrestlemania 30 and last week’s show featuring the tribute of The Ultimate Warrior, but not this big of a drop.

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Daniel Bryan To Miss Weekend House Shows Due To Passing Of His Father

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WWE.com reported last night that the father of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan passed away at the age of 57. Bryan insisted to be on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. The champion kicked off the show to build his program with Kane, as they will battle at Extreme Rules in 12 days for the title.

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Bryan will miss this weekend’s house shows due to his father’s passing. The house shows Bryan will be missing this weekend are in Toronto, Canada, Rockford and Peoria, IL. The Observer also states that Bryan’s status for next week’s Raw is unknown at this time. It would seem unlikely given the fact his father did pass away and the way the angle with Kane played out on last night’s show.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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The buildup to Extreme Rules continued last night on WWE Monday Night Raw from Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the highlights of the show included the return of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the latest in the ongoing saga’s of Evolution vs The Shield and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Their were good and bad points of the show, so here is the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) Sheamus vs Wade Barrett: A really good, physical match in the semifinals to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. It was really good to see WWE give Barrett a clean win over a top guy in Shemaus. It was weird to see the company not play up the Sheamus knee injury from last week and went this route instead. Now let’s see WWE give Barrett a sustained push as he does have the fan support behind him and the talent to back it up.

2) Evolution/The Shield segment: Was good to see WWE play old clips of Evolution for the newer fans of wrestling, even though it was weird to see Ric Flair in the clips and he isn’t involved with the group at this time. Some people were down on Seth Rollins with his talking points, but he is improving each time he is handed the microphone including last night. Liked how when The Shield were walking up the ramp to get to Evolution, the same eleven fighters came out to protect the group. Very smart to keep The Shield from getting their hands on the group until the event. A simple, yet effective build.

The Bad

1) Emma and Santino Marella: This is bad and needs to end immediately. It has been a waste of Emma’s time as she should have been put in the Divas division right when she debuted. With the skill set of Marella, it is a shame that he has never been given a serious role within the company. Simulated arm sleeve makeout session? Pass

The Dirty

1) Kane brutalizes Daniel Bryan: WWE had announced earlier in the day that Bryan’s dad had passed away at the age of 57. It was rough to see him come out when Raw opened up as you can tell he just wanted to cry. This was a smart move by the company they made Kane from someone no cares about to a serious threat to Bryan in one segment. Really liked the use of Brie Bella and the fact a tombstone piledriver was used three times in different areas outside the ring. The move isn’t used often and when it is, it should be used in spots like this. It definitely sold some pay-per-views and subscribers to the WWE Network.

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Kane Attacks Daniel Bryan, Bray Wyatt Sings on WWE Raw

Kane attacks Daniel Bryan on WWE RawBrian and Steve are back to talk WWE Raw from Monday night including Kane attacking Daniel Bryan and why Bryan will likely be out until Extreme Rules, John Cena against the Wyatt Family, Evolution and The Shield talking back and forth, the tournament for the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship and more.  Plus, talk about WWE Network and some new documentaries there, Ring of Honor and your questions.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2014
Baltimore Arena
Baltimore, Maryland

First Segment: We cut back to the ring and out comes Daniel Bryan.  Brie Bella is in the ring. Before he speaks, out comes Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie says she couldn’t resist coming out and congratulating both of them. She says that Bryan got to become champion and marry the love of his life in the same week. Stephanie says that she wanted to give him a special wedding present, and that’s a match at Extreme Rules against Kane. Stephanie says that Kane is uncontrollable and that he should watch his wife at all times. Kane’s music then hits.

Kane comes from the crowd and begins to beat on Daniel Bryan. Brie gets out while Stephanie tells Kane to stop. Kane ends up hitting a tombstone on Bryan on the outside and Stephanie says to stop. Kane then grabs Bryan and tombstones him on the steel steps. The doctors begin to check on Bryan as Stephanie and Kane look on. They put Bryan on a stretcher and Kane comes back and throws him off it. Kane then picks up Bryan and tombstones him on the announce table! Kane then walks away as we cut to commercial.

First Match: Second Round Match in the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Tournament
Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett

Barrett starts with fists in the corner on Sheamus, but Sheamus comes right back and does the same. The crowd is fully behind Barrett. Sheamus whips Barrett in the corner, and then lifts him up and hits a rolling senton. Sheamus goes up top but Barrett comes up and tries for a superplex. Barrett is pushed off and falls to the outside. Sheamus then hits a cross body to the outside on Barrett! Barrett is thrown in the ring and Sheamus go onto the apron. Barrett then Irish Whips Sheamus into the ring post, and then hits a big boot that has Sheamus fall to the outside. Barrett is standing tall in the ring as we cut to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control over Sheamus. Sheamus gets out of a headlock and hits a backbreaker. Sheamus then gets up and hits his comeback. Sheamus follows it with the 10 blows to the chest, and then goes up top and hits the battering ram for a two count. Barrett is then caught with an Irish Curse for a two count. Sheamus goes for White Noise but it is reversed by Barrett. Barrett goes for the WasteLand but Sheamus gets out and goes for the Brogue Kick. Barrett ducks and hits the Winds of Change for a two count. Barrett sets up the Bullhammer, but misses. Barrett goes up but is caught and Sheamus hits White Noise! Sheamus goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Both men begin to trades blows, with Sheamus hitting a clothesline which gets both men over the rope. Sheamus then goes in the ring, and Barrett shoves him off. Sheamus then goes to grab Barrett on the outside but Barrett hits the Bullhammer through the ropes! Barrett gets in the ring and covers Sheamus for the victory. 

Winner: Bad News Barrett

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Next week Hugh Jackman will be on Monday Night Raw and Dolph Ziggler will take on Damien Sandow.

John Cena has an app vote tonight. It is John Cena vs Harper, Harper, and Rowan, or Harper, Rowan, and Wyatt. The Wyatts then come out on the stage. Bray says that free will is an illusion. He says all that we have become is a nation of mindless sheep and that we are owned by pigs. He says that tonight would be a wonderful night for changeHe says that tonight the people make a choice and that free will exists tonight. He says what will they choose; a choice that leads to less pain, or will you show Cena that everyone stands against him. Bray Wyatt says that in the steel cage two monsters will enter a cage, but tonight is different. He says tonight John Cena will realize that the people no longer love him

Second Match: Los Matadores and El Torito vs. 3MB and Hornswoggle w/Heath Slater

Torito and Hornswoggle start the match off. Both men begin to trade blows, with Torito hitting a springboard back elbow on Hornswoggle. Torito hits a Bronco Buster and a Moonsault, but Mahal breaks it up. Mahal is then taken out, and Drew and Torito have a standoff. Torito goes low on Drew and then hits a Senton for the victory. 

Winner: Los Matadores and El Torito

Secoind In-Ring Segment: We cut to the back with Evolution arriving to the arena. They will be coming to the ring up next. Second In-Ring Segment: We return and out comes Evolution. Triple H says that it is funny when you call yourself the baddest people on the planet, and then you get beat down and you are humiliated. Orton says that it just takes one moment to realize who is the most dominant group of all time. We then get a video package of the history of Evolution. Batista then asks if the people get it now. He says their is 31 titles between the 3 of them. He says the Shield have no idea what they have gotten in too, and out comes the Shield. The Shield enter the ring and Evolution immediately retreats.

Ambrose says that last week wasn’t the first time they have been beaten up, and it won’t be the last. He asks if they look humbled. Ambrose says that their is a reason they hired them to protect HHH and Orton. He says that they are the meanest, most feared group. He says their is no doubt they are angry. Rollins then grabs the mic from Ambrose. Rollins says that they have every right to be angry. He says that come Extreme Rules, they will only be looking out for themselves instead of a united team. Rollins says reforming Evolution was putting a nail in their own coffin, and they are the hammer to nail it in. Reigns then says that they will come down to that ramp when he drops the mic and beat their asses. He then says they can either fight, or be cowards. The Shield come down and out come 10 or so heels. Triple H says they can fight all they have to do is come to them. The Shield say they aren’t stupid and both groups have a stare down.

We get a replay of what Kane did to Daniel Bryan earlier in the night. Michael Cole says that Bryan has been brought to the hospital and is being checked on for his neck.

Third Match: The Usos vs. The Rhodes Brothers

Goldust and Jey start the match off. Both men get in a shoving match, and then they begin trading blows. Goldust hits a clothesline and tags in Cody. Cody hits a dropkick, but, Jimmy is tagged in and hits a headbutt. Jimmy begins to work Cody but Cody hits an uppercut and tags in Goldust. Jey is tagged in and tries to work the arm. Goldust gets out and hits an uppercut of his own, and tags in Cody. Cody goes for a rollup but Jimmy is tagged in. Jimmy then hits a super kick on Cody and get the three count.

Winner: The Usos

Goldust tries to help Cody but Cody walks off in frustration. Rybaxel then beat down The Usos after the match.

Fourth Match: Layla w/Fandango vs. Emma w/Santino Marella

Emma is distracted and Layla begins to attack Emma. Layla goes for a cover but only gets a two count. Layla begins to work the back, but Emma fights back. Emma goes for a dropkick but Layla grabs the ropes and dodges it. Emma then gets up and hits a big clothesline. Emma then puts on a pink cobra and hits the Cobra on Layla for the three count.

Winner: Emma

We return with Renee Young interviewing John Cena. Renee asks how he feels about the situation that was put on him tonight. He says that we will find out if the fans listen to Bray or not. He says that he knows whats happening with the fans, and that Bray may really have the whole world in his hands. He says that tonight his objective is to simply survive. He tells Bray he should never count him out.

Fifth Match: Second Round Match in the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Rob Van Dam Cesaro and Van Dam lock up, with both men reversing each others moves. Cesaro eats a kick to the head, but then hits a backbreaker for a two count. RVD gets up and hits a springboard kick to the head. Cesaro reverses a kick and goes for a suplex. Cesaro hits it but only gets a two count. Van Dam gets up and hits two shoulder blocks in the corner, but misses the third one, in which Cesaro follows with a shove to the outside. Cesaro is in control as we head to commercial break.

We return to Raw with Cesaro still in control. RVD gets out of a headlock and goes for a sunset flip, but Cesaro reverses it. Cesaro then lifts RVD from the ground and hits a gut wrench slam for a two count. Cesaro begins to stomp on RVD’s face, and then lays in an uppercut in the corner. Cesaro then hits a second rope elbow and follows it with a pinfall. RVD kicks out at 2 and is immediately put in a headlock. RVD fights out and hits a kick to the head on Cesaro. RVD then begins his comeback on Cesaro, which is followed by Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. RVD goes up top for the 5 star but Cesaro hits a big uppercut! RVD then kicks Cesaro and hits a split legged moonsault but only gets two count. 

RVD goes for a kick but misses, and Cesaro hits a spinning uppercut but only gets a two count. Both men trade blows and RVD goes for a roll up but only gets a two count. Cesaro then hits a Tiger Bomb but RVD kicks out. Cesaro goes for the Swing but out comes Colter and Swagger. RVD then goes up top and jumps to the outside on Cesaro but is hit with a massive upper cut! The ref checks on RVD and Cesaro is taken out by Swagger. Cesaro doesn’t make the count and RVD advances. After the match Cesaro and Jack Swagger get into a brawl.

Winner: Rob Van Dam by Countout

Cesaro and Heyman come up to RVD in the back and say Colter and Swagger won that match for Van Dam. Rob suggests Cesaro stay as far away from Heyman as possible.

Sixth Match: Paige vs. Aksana

The announcers immediately start hyping up Tamina as a tough Diva as Paige throws Aksana across the ring by the hair a few times. Aksana comes back with some choking and throws Paige down as the announcers make fun of Aksana’s very notable tan. She crawls around on the mat but Paige slams her into the mat over and over again to take over. A series of clotheslines has Aksana in trouble but she comes back with a throw, apparently supposed to be a spinebuster. Paige comes back with a guillotine choke and some knees to the head, setting up the Scorpion Cross Lock for the submission.

Winner: Paige

Seventh Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. Sin Cara

Cara fires off his chops but gets caught in mid air, setting up the knees against the ropes and fall away slam to the masked man. Some jumping knees in the corner drop Sin Cara as Lana is very pleased. Sin Cara actually gets two off a sunset flip and staggers the Bulgarian with a Tajiri elbow. A kick to the head and missile dropkick put Rusev in the corner but Alexander just runs him over. An overhead suplex drops Sin Cara and the Accolade gets the submission.

Winner: Alexander Rusev

Eight Match: John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family

The Wyatts surround the ring to start before all three charge the ring at the same time. Cena is down so Bray calls them off as the bell rings. Harper gets us going and drives elbows into the back of Cena’s head to keep control. Off to Rowan who whips Cena into the corner but gets caught in a fallaway slam and it’s off to Bray. The leader of the Family dances with Cena for a bit before screaming loudly.

Back to Harper who gets caught by a Stinger Splash but runs John over with a hard elbow to the jaw. Cena muscles Harper over with a German suplex but Luke tags Rowan back in for more stomping. Harper quickly gets another tag but is almost caught in an STF. Rowan makes a fast save and Harper stays in to send Cena hard into the steps. Bray looks down and we take a break.

We come back to see Cena missing a cross body and falling out to the floor. John comes back in and runs over Harper but Bray easily counters a tornado DDT by PLANTING him with a release Rock Bottom. He hammers away and sends Cena shoulder first into the post. A headbutt rams Cena’s head into the steel again before Rowan comes back in to crush Cena’s skull a bit more.

John fights back but it’s back to Bray who loads up the spider walk. Thankfully Cena realizes how easy this is and runs him over with a clothesline to start his comeback. Cena starts his finishing sequence and hits the AA on Bray, only to have the Family come in and attack Cena to which causes a DQ

Winner: John Cena

Post match the Wyatts beat Cena down and Bray hits Sister Abigail. He says in time, all things come to light before singing a bit more with his hand on Cena’s face to end the show.

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 8/10

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes back tonight as it takes place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The end of last week’s show featured Evolution reforming and took out The Shield. The show also featured the beginning of the Intercontinental Tournament to determine a number one contender and the Kane going back to his old devil ways wanting to take out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

Bryan does return to the show tonight after his wedding ten days ago to Brie Bella and their subsequent honeymoon. It does look like that we are towards a Bryan vs Kane title program for Extreme Rules in two weeks. Will be interesting to see how they get there, but would assume that Kane takes out Bryan on the show to lead to the title match or possibly do something to Bella to get the match.

Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista reformed Evolution last week and gave The Shield a beatdown with all three guys hitting their finishers on the young trio. It was announced on Smackdown by the COO that a six man tag would be taking place at Extreme Rules. The Shield does need to come back strong tonight against the reformed group.

Two matches have been announced as the semifinal matches take place to determine the number one contender for IC title as Rob Van Dam takes on Cesaro and Sheamus battles Bad News Barrett. One would assume that Cesaro beats Van Dam and Barrett gets by Sheamus as the WWE is building up both guys.

WWE Monday Raw airs on the USA Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Daniel Bryan Returning to Raw Tonight

That last time Daniel Bryan was on WWE  television he was still getting ready for WrestleMania 30.  A lot has happened since then with Bryan winning two match on that show to become the WWE World Heavyweight Championship along with getting married to Brie Bella. [Read more...]

WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Slips Slightly, Up From A Year Ago

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place this week in Birmingham, Alabama. The rating for the show is in and the show scored a 3.3 with an average of 4.77 million viewers, which is slightly down from last week’s post-WrestleMania rating of 3.7 with an average of 5.15 million viewers.

The first hour of the show averaged 4.81 million viewers, which featured the opening tribute video and ten bell salute of The Ultimate Warrior. The second hour of the show averaged 4.83 million viewers, which featured The Usos vs Randy Orton and Batista. The final hour of the show averaged 4.67 million viewers, which featured the John Cena/Bray Wyatt segment and the show closing angle involving the return of Evolution beating down The Shield.

Good news for the WWE is the rating is up from last year’s Raw rating following the post-Mania show, which scored a 3.08 rating with an average of 4.15 million viewers.

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Report: Script For This Past Monday’s WWE Raw Leaked

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A script from this past Monday’s WWE Raw has apparently leaked online. No one knows where or how the third draft script made its way onto the internet. Here are some of the key notes that were on the script.

-Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are listed as being off until April 20.

-The talent roster page lists The Miz and Summer Rae being off through May 16, as they are shooting the Marine 4 film.

-C.M. Punk, A.J. Lee, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and Alberto Del Rio are listed as “injured/TBD.” Del Rio ended up working a match on Raw.

-Cesaro is listed on the heel roster.

-Brock Lesnar and The New Age Outlaws were moved to the miscellaneous portion of the roster.

-Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Eve Torres, Mick Foley, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bob Backlund are listed as ambassadors.

You can view the script here.

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WWE Tribute Video Of The Ultimate Warrior

It has now been seven days since the passing of WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. He passed away at the age of 54 and was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, the show opened with a tribute video to Warrior with all of the superstars on the ramp. Watch the video at the top of the page.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Birmingham, Alabama. The show followed last week’s show, which featured the coronation of Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and an epic Paul Heyman promo regarding Brock Lesnar’s win against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. How would WWE follow up after quite arguably the best Raw of 2014?

The Good

1) Bray Wyatt Promo: Thank god Wyatt was out there with John Cena because if it was anybody else, this segment would have been in the gutter. Cena was being Cena and goofing off about how each member of the family would look if they were somebody else and then made of fun of Bray referring to him in a Cinnabon type of manner. Loved how Bray was able to turn it around and say when Cena feels threatened he makes corny jokes, which in turn made Cena get serious and that’s when he is at his best.

2) Number One Contender Tournament For The Intercontinental Title: Smart move by WWE as they have to start making these mid-card titles feel important. The IC title used to be held in high prestige, but in the last 15 years it hasn’t felt important at all. We seen some good first round matches on the show and this is a good way to give more guys something meaningful.

The Bad

3) Daniel Bryan and Kane program: If this was the title program one year ago, this would have been a better idea. Why would you go with this program? Kane regaining his mask and becoming a monster would have worked ten years ago, but now, not so much. The matches between these two in the past have been average at best. Common thought would have been Triple H vs Bryan for the title as that is still a hot program based off what those two did at Wrestlemania and last week’s Raw. Let’s just hope this lasts until Extreme Rules and we get to more serious challengers.

4) The Return of Evolution: You could tell what the world was thinking as soon as their music hit and the crowd was flatter than a pancake. When I think of top factions, Evolution doesn’t even register in my mind. I respect all three guys, but they are more known for their individual feats than for being together. Obviously the premise here is to get The Shield over, so hopefully this is another program that lasts one month and it is done.

The Dirty

5) The Ultimate Warrior Tribute: Even seven days later, it is still weird to think Warrior isn’t alive. The tribute video was well done as no one does a video package like the WWE. Also liked the fact that you had all the superstars on the ramp and even Vince McMahon up there. Then you had a few superstars who had Warrior shirts and facepaint on. Very classy tribute by a company who had their trials and tribulations with Warrior throughout the years.

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Intercontinental Championship Tournament To Start Tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw

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The WWE announced a short time ago that starting on tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw that a tournament will be held to determine a number one contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The championship is currently held by Big E.

The company hasn’t announced which wrestlers will be competing in the tournament at this time. WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Results From April 14, 2014

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April 14,
2014
BJCC Arena
Birmingham, Alabama

RAW Pre-Show:Tonight’s WWE RAW Pre-show kicks off with a graphic in memory of The Ultimate Warrior We go to the panel – Josh Mathews, Booker T, Sgt. Slaughter and Alex Riley. They talk about Warrior. Slaughter talks about meeting with Warrior at WrestleMania XXX. Mathews says we will be celebrating Warrior’s life tonight. We go to the pre-show opening video and come back to the panel. Mathews introduces everyone.

We get a look at Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX and then last week’s RAW. The panel talks about Triple H and The Shield now. We see Big E defeat Titus O’Neil in the ring for a Superstars match. The panel talks about the Intercontinental Title tournament that kicks off tonight. First round matches will be tonight. The tournament is being held because Christian, the #1 contender, is out with an injury still. Paige will be on RAW tonight.

John Cena  will address The Wyatt Family on RAW tonight. We go to Network commercials. We get a look at Cena vs. Wyatt from WrestleMania XXX. They also show Bray Wyatt’s promo from SmackDown. We see Los Matadores making their entrance for Superstars. Renee Young interviews Divas Champion Paige backstage about making history. We come back from more promos and the panel talks about the IC Title tournament. Renee interviews Big E backstage and he’s not worried. More hype from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw:

Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with the entire roster on the stage in Ultimate Warrior gear. Jerry Lawler leads us to a video package on The Ultimate Warrior’s career. Michael Cole tolds us tonight The Usos will take on Randy Orton and Batista.

First Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio starts with a kick to the leg, and then begins to throw punches and beat RVD down. RVD however hits a monkey flip, and then a cross body. Del Rio then is thrown out of the ring while RVD poses in the ring. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries to fight back, but RVD stays in control. Del Rio then reverses an Irish whip into the corner into a kick to the arm of Van Dam. Del Rio then hits a suplex and is now in complete control. Del Rio then is launched over the top rope. RVD goes for a moonsault on the apron, but Del Rio moves out of the way. RVD lands on his feet but Del Rio hits him with a clothesline. Del Rio then launches RVD into the barricade, and is in complete control as we head to commercial.

We return with RVD hitting Rolling Thunder. RVD goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio gets up and hits a kick to the gut. Del Rio then hits a DDT for a two count. Del Rio tries to catapults RVD into the corner but RVD lands on his feet and hits a kick to the head. RVD goes for the split legged moonsault but Del Rio hits his knees up. Del Rio then hits a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio then goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head. RVD goes up top and is caught with a kick to the head by Del Rio. Del Rio goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Del Rio calls for the Cross Arm Breaker but RVD reverses it into a roll up for a two count. RVD then knocks Del Rio down and goes up top and hits the 5 Star Frog Splash. RVD covers Del Rio for the three count.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We are told Daniel Bryan isn’t here tonight as he is on his honeymoon with Brie Bella. We are then given a video package of last weeks main event between Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.

We were shown a Ultimate Warrior video of when he defeated The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1988.

We return to the back with Triple, Batista, and Orton. Triple H says that they all want to be champion, but they have a bigger problem on there hands. Triple H says that no one can stop the Shield except for the 3 of them. Batista says that’s great but he just wants to be champion. Orton agrees and says he is on his own.

Second Match: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

Goldust and Axel start, with Goldust taking control. Cody is tagged in and goes for a roll up, which gets him a two count. Goldust is tagged in and hits an axe handle for a two count. Axel then fights back with a headbutt, but then is caught with an uppercut. Axel then takes control with a shot to the head, and in comes Ryback. Ryback hits a clothesline in the corner and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ryback then works Goldust in his corner, and then hits a splash from the second rope. Axel is then tagged in and hits an axe handle from the second rope.

Ryback is tagged back in and begins to keep Goldust grounded. Goldust fights out and tags in Cody. Cody begins to clean house, beginning his comeback. Cody hits a moonsault, and then hits a cross body on the outside  to Ryback. Ryback is thrown back in the ring and Cody hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Axel then takes out Goldust but is hit with a Disaster Kick. Cody then goes for a Disaster Kick on Ryback but is hit with a Meat Hook for a three count.

Winner: Ryback and Curtis Axel

Michael Cole plugs alot of original content that will be airing on the WWE Network, the replay of WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania Fallout and WWE Legend’s House.

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Third Match: Paige vs. Alicia Fox

Paige and Alicia Fox lock up, with Fox hitting a backbreaker to gain control. Fox then hits another backbreaker, and mocks the crowd. Alicia then hits a third backbreaker, with Paige struggling to gain any advantage. Alicia hits a suplex but only gets a two count. Paige then fights back with a wicket slap, and then hits three straight clothesline. Paige then hits a dropkick on Alicia.Paige then locks in a Scorpion Cross Lock, with Alicia tapping out.

Winner: Paige

Fourth Match: The Usos vs. Batista and Randy Orton

The match start with the Usos attacking Orton and Batista immediately. The Usos but fly over the top rope and nail Batista and Orton. Orton and Batista regroup, with Jimmy and Orton starting this match off. Orton starts with blows to the head, but Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey. Jey hits a forearm to the head and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Jey is then caught with a backbreaker, and Batista is tagged in. Batista throws Jey into the turnbuckle, and then hits a suplex for a two count. Batista then tags in Orton and Orton begins to stomp away on Jey. Jey tries to fight back but Orton keeps him grounded. Batista is then tagged in.

Jey is caught with a spinebuster but Jey kicks out at two. Jey then gets momentum with a samoan drop, but Orton goes to the outside and begins to attack Jimmy. The Shield then come out of nowhere and take out Orton! atista is left alone in the ring and The Shield use the numbers game to take out Batista. Orton grabs Batista and the two flee from ringside, with The Shield standing tall.

Winner: Randy Orton and Batista by DQ 

We got another Ultimate Moment showing Warrior beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI

Fifth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Mark Henry

Cesaro and Henry lock up, with Henry tossing Cesaro across the ring. Cesaro takes a clothesline, and then is thrown over the top rope. Heyman helps Cesaro regroup on the outside, as Henry waits. Cesaro gets in the ring and begins to hit a flurry of forearms and uppercuts. Henry tries to push Cesaro off but Cesaro keeping coming with uppercuts. Henry finally hits a clothesline but Henry is still hurting from Cesaro’s flurry. Henry goes for the Worlds Strongest Slam but Cesaro gets out and hits a second rope leaping uppercut. Cesaro then hits the Neutralizer on Henry for the three count.

Winner: Cesaro

We go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie telling Brad Maddox that he needs to tell the Shield they have a match in the main event tonight.

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

Rusev starts with knees to the gut, and kicks to the leg. Rusev knocks Woods down, and then hits a modified sidewalk slam. Rusev then hits the Accolade and Woods submits.Truth comes in but gets destroyed by Rusev. Lana raises Rusevs hand in victory

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We get another Ultimate Moment showing Ultimate Warrior Steel Cage Match with Rick Rude at SummerSlam 1990 for the WWF Championship.

Seventh Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Sheamus and Swagger start off with Swagger hitting knees to gut of Sheamus in the corner. Swagger then hits a splash, but then takes a beating in the corner from Sheamus. Sheamus hits a clothesline and then a forearm to the face. Swagger retreats and Sheamus is distracted by Colter. Swagger then catches Sheamus with a slam on the outside. Swagger brings Sheamus in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Swagger then hits a belly to belly for a two count. Swagger hits a clothesline but again only gets a two count. Swagger tries to keep Sheamus grounded by Sheamus begins to fight back. Sheamus hits a big clothesline and begins his comeback.

Sheamus then hits a knee to the head, and then sets up Swagger for the ten blows to chest in the ropes. Sheamus then goes up top and hits a shoulder block for a two count.Sheamus then goes for the Battering Ram but Swagger catches him into the Patriot Lock. Sheamus gets out and falls to the outside. Swagger then goes to the outside and begins to work the knee, and throws Sheamus in the ring. Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick out of no where for the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

We get a vignette for NXT Superstar Adam Rose

First In-Ring Segment: We return to the ring with Damien Sandow. Sandow says he is the most deserving person in the WWE. Big Show comes out and Sandow says he will not be silenced. Sandow says that he is a former Money In the Bank winner, and that he was seconds away from being champion. He says that every time he walks down the ramp, they should be begging to touch him. He says he deserves that and that he has earned it. Sandow asks Big Show and he says nothing. He says that he says nothing because he knows he deserves it. Show then knocks out Sandow and leaves the ring.

The Big Show will be taking on Jack Swagger on WWE Main Event.

Second In-Ring Segment: Out comes the Wyatt Family. Bray grabs a microphone and says that society has become putrid. He says that everyone just does what they are told. Bray says that he is different. He says that he sees what people don’t see. He says that he has a million names, and they can call him whatever they want, but he has never lied to them. He says one man has lied, and that is John Cena. He says he earned your trust with his smile but he isn’t just a man. He says for kids not to worry because he won’t let him lie to them anymore. He says he has him against the ropes and he just needs one more push. He says he will complete his crusade but he just wants to play. He calls Cena out.

Cena comes out and says he just wants to have some fun. He says that they tried to take the monster out of him but he doesn’t exist. Cena then makes jokes about all the Wyatt Family, saying they can be the life of the party. John then shows a picture of “Sister Abagail”, which is a picture of Bray. He then shows Bray’s mom, who is a picture of Luke Harper. He then says the Family have a new member, who is a baby Erik Rowan.

Bray says that he loves that every time there is a serious threat, all he can do is make jokes. Cena then says that he can get serious, because when he got serious, Bray got beat. Cena then says that if Bray loses again, its him against the wall. He says that without the Family, he is nothing. He says that he wants Bray Wyatt in a steel cage. Bray says that he wants to have fun then they will, and that this is his world. He then says he won’t let Cena take it from him. Bray accepts and we cut to commercial.

Eight Match: Fandango and Layla vs. Santino Marella and Emma

Fandango and Santino start off the match, with Santino hitting an arm drag. Santino hits a hip toss and goes for the cobra, but Fandango tags in Layla. Emma then locks in the DilEmma on Layla, and then goes up top. Santino takes out Fandango but Layla knocks Emma off the top and covers her for the victory

Winner: Fandango and Layla

Stephanie is talking to Kane, saying that he has not been doing a great job as well. He says that he has been failing ever since he put on the suit and she asks him where the big red machine has been. Kane then stands up in anger and looks at the mask. He takes the mask out of the box and picks it up. Kane looks at the mask, and says that he is going to eviscerate Daniel Bryan, and send him to the depths of hell.

We are shown a replay of Warriors promo on Raw last week.

Ninth Match: First Round Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Tournament Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler and Barrett lock up, with Ziggler putting Barrett in a headlock. Barrett fights out and Ziggler goes to the outside to get a breather. Ziggler is then taken down with a right hand, and is then thrown into the turnbuckle. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Barrett then goes for a jumping knee but misses. Ziggler then puts Barrett in a headlock again, but Barrett gets out. Barrett then whips Ziggler in the corner and goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Barrett begins to choke Ziggler in the ropes, but Ziggler gets out and hits a dropkick. Ziggler then tosses Barrett over the ropes and they then fight on the outside. Barrett then tosses Ziggler into the steel post and Barrett mocks Ziggler as we head to commercial.

We return with Barrett in control over Ziggler. Ziggler is put in a headlock, but Ziggler gets out and side steps Barrett into the turnbuckle. Ziggler then begins his comeback. Ziggler then follows it with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fame-Asser but is caught in a Wasteland! Barrett goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for a pump handle slam but Ziggler gets out and hits the Fame-Asser. Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Barrett knocks Ziggler down and then goes up top. Ziggler catches him and goes for a superplex. Barrett blocks it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler jumps back up and hits a facebuster from the top rope! Ziggler goes for the cover but only gets a two count!

Ziggler then goes for the Zig Zag but Barrett holds onto the ropes and is caught with the Winds of Change. Barrett then goes for the cover but only gets a two count! Barrett goes for the Bullhammer but Ziggler ducks it into a roll up! Barrett kicks out at two and launches Ziggler in the air. Ziggler then is hit the Bullhammer for the three count!

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Sheamus will take on Batista on Friday Night SmackDown

Tenth Match: The Shield vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Fandango, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Rybaxel, Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett

The Shield are ready to take on the gauntlet. Rollins and Slater start off the match. Ambrose is tagged in and take out Slater. Reigns is tagged in and begins to beat down Slater. Reigns knocks down Slater in the corner and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits a kick to the head and goes for the cover but Barrett breaks it up. Rollins is now in the opposing corner. Drew is tagged in and begins to beat down Rollins. Titus is then tagged in and hits a backbreaker. Rusev is tagged in and hits 3 elbows and a headbutt. Swagger is tagged in and continues the beat down.

Ryback is tagged in and throws Rollins to the outside. Reigns spears Ryback on the outside and chaos begins. Rollins then takes out everyone

Winner: No Contest

The heels then begin to decimate the Shield in the ring, with all the heels standing tall. Out comes Evolution! Triple H calls everyone to leave and Evolution begin to decimate Rollins. Reigns tries to help but is taken out with an RKO. Reigns then is taken out with a Batista Bomb. Evolution continues the beat down on Rollins. Rollins then eats an RKO and a Batista Bomb. Ambrose then eats a Batista Bomb into an RKO. Triple H grabs the mic and begins to yell at Reigns to show him if he has more fight in him. Triple H then says to Believe in Evolution and then pedigrees Roman Reigns! Evolution stands tall to close the show!

Josh’s Grade for WWE RAW: 10/10

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. We are one week removed from a historic show as we saw Daniel Bryan appear as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Shield aligning with the champion, an epic promo by Paul Heyman on Brock Lesnar ending “The Streak” and Cesaro being the new Paul Heyman guy. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

The show tonight will feature a tribute to The Ultimate Warrior, who passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 54. I wouldn’t expect it to be just a whole show showing his best matches and things like that. Expect to see various WWE personal and talent to have video interviews with their thoughts on Warrior and clips of some of his greatest WWE moments.

Would also expect to see the top matches made for Extreme Rules, which takes in three weeks from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. From the way Raw ended last week, I would go with Bryan vs Triple H in the main event and the top underneath match by The Shield vs Kane, Randy Orton and Batista. Their was an ad that came out from the Izod Center over the weekend saying John Cena will be facing Bray Wyatt in an “extreme match”, so we will see if that gets made tonight as well.

Think we will see Cesaro and Paul Heyman continue to feud with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter to lead to a match at an Extreme Rules. The Cesaro/Heyman pairing is the best thing to happen to Cesaro as now he doesn’t have to talk and let Heyman do that aspect for him.

WWE Monday Night Raw starts at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.

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Autopsy Reveals The Ultimate Warrior Died Of A Heart Attack

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It has been six days since WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. The big question has been what caused the sudden passing.

An autopsy was done on Thursday and the results came out earlier today. TMZ is reporting that Warrior passed away from “Atherosclerotic/Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease”, which is a hardening of the arteries that causes a heart attack.

The report also states that drugs or alcohol weren’t a factor and it was a natural passing. The former WWE champion passed away while at an Arizona hotel walking to his car and then clutched his chest and collapsed. He passed away a short time after that.

Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw will a tribute show to Warrior.

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This Monday’s WWE Raw Will Be A Tribute Show To The Ultimate Warrior

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The wrestling world lost a legend as former WWE Champion, The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. In the last few days, the WWE has released various footage and photos on their website and the WWE Network.

It has been announced in a report by The Wrestling Observer that now this coming Monday’s WWE Raw will be a tribute show to the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class. The show will take place in Birmingham, Alabama. Nothing has been announced as to what will be airing on the show.

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The Ultimate Warrior Looked “Very Sick And In Pain” During WWE Wrestlemania 30 Weekend

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WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away last night at the age of 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters. More details have come surface regarding his death.

TMZ is reporting that witnesses in New Orleans for WWE Wrestlemania 30 this past weekend, that Warrior was looked very sick and in pain. The report also states that Warrior looked like he was on the verge of a medical catastrophe all weekend looking sweaty and stressed, like he was about to “burst at the seams”.

The last time we saw Warrior was this past Monday on Raw and after he cut a promo, one person who saw him stated, “we all felt like he looked like he was going to blow a gasket. It was pretty easy to see.”

We will have more updates as more information comes to us.

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WWE Raw Recap, WrestleMania 30 Thoughts from New Orleans

heymanendstreakBrian and Steve discuss both WWE Raw from Monday night and WrestleMania XXX with Brian being in New Orleans to cover the entire week of festivities as the talk about Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker to end The Streak, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the follow up on Raw including the new talent influx, Paul Heyman’s glorious promo, Cesaro becoming a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ and much more including your questions.

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