Monday, April 1, 2013

WWE Monday Night Raw 4/1/2013 Results and Review

WWE Monday Night Raw 4/1/2013 Results and Review

Last week's show is here:

More pics and gifs to come after the show. Hang tight!

Welcome to my WWE Monday Night Raw Results for April 1, 2013. It is Wrestlemania Week and it's 6 days to go until the big one. I imagine A LOT of highlight packages with recaps for each match heading into Wrestlemania. I'm thinking nothing really big happens tonight. I'm sure The Rock and John Cena will do some promos as will some of the other big names, but no real angles or anything.  We will probably get some filler matches and Fandango will surely not wrestle. Maybe we will even get a Wrestlemania Rewind match.

Cena said the arena was filled with Cenacrats and Rockpublicans.
Cena cut a dumb and semi-heel promo saying that The Rock owned this year and claimed his legacy by getting his own WWE title. Cena said that his time is now and promised victory.
Lawler did a tout and Cole forced him to pick someone on the spot to win. Lawler said The Rock would win at Wrestlemania.

The Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus vs 3MB
The faces won easy in a squash with a knockout punch. The Shield got on the mic from the crowd.
The Shield said that the faces weren't a team and when they beat them at Wrestlemania, the world will believe in The Shield.

Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter were at the White House and doing their usual speel.

 Swagger said the people have caused great countries to have problems. He said he would fight for people who believe in the American Drea mand he said ADR would witness change live.

Alberto said he doesn't agree with what Zeb says but its USA and he can. He called Zeb that Jumanji guy and said he would beat him like a pinata tonight. DUTCH MANTEL IS WRESTLING ON RAW IN 2013. AWESOME.

If you want to see some of Zeb Coulter/Dutch Mantel at his best, check out my review of his Loser Leaves Town match with Jerry Lawler here:

Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler
This match just happened on 3/11, which I reviewed here:
Dolph Ziggler reversed a roll-up to win in a good match. It wasn't as good as their previous ones but it had some heat and some great kicks by DB. After the match, Big E beat up DB and Kane tried to go toe to toe with him. E overpowered Kane and hit a Big Ending on him.
Shawn Michaels returned to Raw.
Shawn Michaels came out and said he doubted HHH, which brought HHH.
HBK said his match was different when he lost his retirement match as Taker respected him and felt sorry for beating him. He said Brock wouldn't feel that.
HBK says Brock does it for money and to bring havoc. HBK said HHH's life is on the line, not just his career.
Shawn Michaels said he would be in Triple H's corner to watch him kick Brock Lesnar's ass. Brock then came out.

Heyman said HHH would disappoint Vince because he can't fight his battles along with HBK and Stephanie.
Heyman said Brock might break HBK's arm again.
He said HHH would crawl away as a emasculated retiree.
He said Triple H is about to commit professional suicide to close the segment. It was a pretty good segment overall and pretty much guaranteed shenanigans with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 29.
Wade Barrett vs Zack Ryder
Wade Barrett won with a Bull Hammer. This was all squash and focued on the Wade/Miz interactions.
Santino Marella played an April Fool's joke saying Vince was mad at Vickie and Brad. Vickie then said we will see who the biggest fool is and told Santino to head to the ring for a match. This is Santino Marella's return.

They said Diddy would perform at Wrestlemania 29.

Santino Marella vs Mark Henry
Mark Henry won quick in a comedy squash with a WSS. Ryback came down and Henry told him all he had to do was smile. Ryback threw Santino into him then gorilla pressed him onto Henry.
Jack Swagger was giving advice to Zeb Coulter.
Punk said he doesn't care about Paul Bearer's legacy and said he is trying to get into Undertaker's head. He said he is only worried of beating Taker.
Punk hinted at cheating if he had to in order to win.

Alberto Del Rio vs Zeb Coulter
Zeb lost by DQ quick. Swag went after Ricardo, Zeb got Ricardo's crutch and used it on ADR and ADR got hit with crutches for a few minutes. I'm disappointed. I at least wanted a few Dutch Mantel punches.
This is a real picture of Alberto Del Rio's back after getting caned.

The Rock said the will of people was for The Rock to "curbstomp John Cena's monkey ass all over Wrestlemania".
The Rock said if the people will it, The Rock could live in The White House and could go from "President Barack to President The Rock". Will The Rock run for President? Unlikely.
The Rock said Cena wasn't just facing The Rock and the fans, but a bond and a worldwide connection with The Rock's fans.
The Rock said, "You cannot deny the will of the people and you cannot beat The Rock".

Chris Jericho vs Antonio Cesaro
Fandango came down during the match. Fandango scored the match and Fandano had cue cards.
Antonio Cesaro was yodeling again.
Aside from being awesome at lucha, puroresu, indy style, European style and WWE style, Antonio Cesaro can do shoot style as well.
Chris Jericho won with the Walls of Jericho in a good match but the focus was on Fandango scoring Jericho with Scorecards. He gave him 3's and 4's with everything. After the match, he jumped Jericho and hit two legdrops from the top and said his name. Cesaro was really beastly here and just showed why he is probably the best wrestler in the WWE right now, if not the world. Rating:***1/2

They said that Trish Stratus asked Stephanie McMahon to induct her into the Hall of Fame and Stephanie McMahon accepted.

The Funkadactyls vs The Bella Twins
Naomi has named her buttbump "The Rearview".
The Bella Twins got the win with a reversal on a cradle. The match was okay but had some rough points and had a little too much armwork. Cameron debuted a new Split Kick and Naomi did a nice enzugiri.

The Undertaker said CM Punk's title reign lasted over 400 days but his pain from their match would last an eternity. The Undertaker said  beating CM Punk is no longer good enough and CM Punk will pay the ultimate price.

"Come on, Hocus Pocus." - CM Punk
There was a fake Paul Bearer who I think was  Paul Heyman and CM Punk dressed up as a druid. CM Punk hit taker with the urn and spilled the urn on Undertaker. CM Punk laid out Undertaker to end the show and left him covered in dust.

Overall thoughts:
Good show overall with the closing angle being the highlight of it and some decent wrestling.

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