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4/8 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: WARRIOR PASSES AWAY, GUERRERO WINS ECW WORLD TV TITLE, HBK VS. LAWLER ON RAW AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2021-04-08 08:00:00

April 8th

On this day in history in ....

1908 - Americus (Gus Schoenlein) defeats Fred Beell for the American Middleweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland.

1946 - The Swedish Angel defeats Everett Marshall to win the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado.

1953 - Paul DeGalles and Tarzan Potvin defeat Bronko Lubich and Bud Rattal for the vacant Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1957 - Michiaki Yoshimura defeats Mitsuo Surugaumi for the Japanese Junior Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan.

1957 - Rito Romero defeats Danny McShain to win the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin his second reign.

1957 - Danny Plechas defeats Juan Garcia for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ending Garcia's fourth reign.

1960 - Torbellion Blanco defeats Pete Managoff in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.

1964 - Neff Maivia defeats Hard Boiled Haggerty to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, beginning his fourth reign.

1966 - Al Costello defeats Alex Perez to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending Perez's third reign.

1967 - Pepper Gomez and Pedro Morales defeat Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens for the American Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title in San Francisco, California, ending Patterson and Stevens' second reign.

1970 - Pantera Negra and Tony Rocco defeat Karl Heisinger and Kinji Shibuya for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.

1971 - Bobby Duncum and Woody Farmer defeat The Beast and Bulldog Brower to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.

1972 - Buddy Colt defeats El Mongol for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Griffin, Georgia. This began Colt's fourth reign and ended Mongol's eighth.

1972 - Kinji Shibuya wins his third NWA Beat the Champ Television Title, defeating Don Carson.

1976 - The Mighty Canadian (Gene Kiniski) defeats The Super Destroyer to win the Amarillo NWA International Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas, ending Destroyer's second reign.

1978 - Ox Baker defeats Carlos Colón to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Invader I wins his second WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title from Pierre Martel.

1979 - Greg Valentine defeats Dino Bravo for the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario.

1979 - Astro Rey defeats Dos Caras to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1981 - Dory Funk, Jr. wins his second NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, from Barry Windham.

1982 - Mark Romero (Youngblood) defeats Gene Lewis for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Lewis' second reign.

1984 - The WWF held an event at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The results were:
- Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria defeated Peggy Lee and Wendi Richter.
- Special Delivery Jones defeated Charlie Fulton.
- Brian Blair defeated José Luis Rivera.
- Tony Garea and René Goulet fought to a draw.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika).
- Bob Backlund and Greg Valentine fought to a double-disqualification.
- The Iron Sheik defeated Sgt. Slaughter by referee stoppage due to blood.

1986 - Jerry Lawler defeats Bill Dundee to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. This ended Dundee's ninth reign and began Lawler's 37th reign.

1988 - John Tatum and Jack Victory defeat Shaun and Steve Simpson for the World Class Texas Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning their third reign.

1989 - Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington defeat Makhan Singh (Mike Shaw) and Vokkan Singh (Gary Albright) in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title.

1990 - Larry Zbyszko defeats Mr. (Masa) Saito in St. Paul, Minnesota to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title for the second time.

1991 - The Lightning Kid wins his second Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Fridley, Minnesota, ending Jerry Lynn's second reign.

1995 - Eddie Guerrero defeats 2 Cold Scorpio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the ECW World Television Title, ending Scorpio's second reign.

1995 - Buddy Landel defeats Bobby Blaze to win the SMW Heavyweight Title in Johnson City, Tennessee.

1995 - Shannon Moore has his first match, against Jeff Hardy.

1996 - WWF Monday Night RAW aired unopposed on USA Network, as WCW Monday Nitro did not air on TNT this week. This showed in the ratings, as RAW got a 4.7, up from the previous week's 2.9 and the next week's 3.1, which were opposed weeks. RAW was taped on April 1 at the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino, California. This was also the first episode of RAW to go on the air at 8:57pm. The results were:
- Ahmed Johnson defeated The British Bulldog in an arm wrestling match.
- Vader defeated Yokozuna by referee stoppage, after Vader gave Yokozuna a Vader Bomb on one of his legs. After the match, Yoko was unable to make his way out of the arena under his own power, so he was taken from the ring and out of the arena on a forklift.
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley pinned Duke Droese.
- WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (with José Lothario) pinned Jerry Lawler after the Sweet Chin Music to retain the title.

1997 - Hikari Fukuoka defeats Dynamite Kansai to win the JWP Openweight Division Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Kansai's second reign.

1999 - Headbanger Mosh defeats Romeo Valentino for the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Dundalk, Maryland, ending Valentino's second reign.

2000 - Yoshihiro Tajiri defeats Little Guido and champion Super Crazy in a three-way dance in Buffalo, New York to win the ECW World Television Title.

2000 - Bouncer Bruno and Dutch Mantel defeat Black Boy and José Rivera, Jr. for the WWC World Tag Team Title in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

2000 - Kevin Northcutt wins the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title for the third time, defeating Cedric of Hollywood in Galveston, Texas.

2000 - Wolfie D defeats Ali for the Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

2000 - Moondog Manson defeats Ladies' Choice to win the ECCW Hardcore Title in Kelowna, British Columbia, beginning his second reign.

2000 - Michiko Omukai and Mima Shimoda defeat Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida to win the Twin Star of ARSION Title in Kawasaki, Japan.

2000 - Naughty By Nature (Rude and Tully) defeat The Rebellion (Kilo and Tommy Redneck) in Drestin, Tennessee for the NWA Mid-South Tag Team Title, beginning their fourth reign.

2002 - The WWF held a live RAW and taped the April 14 Sunday Night Heat at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. RAW got a 4.8 rating on TNN. The results:
Heat:
- The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt) defeated Justin Credible and Steven Richards after the Twist of Fate and Swanton.
- Goldust defeated Shawn Stasiak by submission with a cobra clutch.
- Crash Holly pinned Jacqueline with his feet on the ropes.
- Bradshaw pinned The Big Bossman after the Clothesline from Hell.
RAW:
- WWF Hardcore Champion Bubba Ray Dudley pinned Goldust after a powerbomb through a table to retain the title. Booker T was originally to face Bubba Ray, but Goldust interfered, which was allowed due to the title's 24/7 rule.
- X-Pac pinned Kane in a falls count anywhere match after Scott Hall and Kevin Nash interfered backstage.
- Spike Dudley pinned WWF European Champion William Regal to win the title after hitting Regal with brass knuckles that Regal had hidden in a turnbuckle pad. This ended Regal's third reign.
- The Undertaker pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam after the Last Ride after Eddie Guerrero ran in and hit RVD with his own title belt. With the win, Undertaker became one-half of a WWF Undisputed Title #1 contender's match at April 21's Backlash.
- Molly Holly pinned Trish Stratus with a leg roll-up after Jazz ran in and hit Trish with her title belt.
- Big Show pinned Mr. Perfect after the chokeslam.
- Steve Austin pinned Scott Hall (with X-Pac) after the Stone Cold Stunner, after Bradshaw, X-Pac, the Undertaker, and Ric Flair interfered. With the win, Austin also went into the #1 contender's match at Backlash.

2003 - WWE taped the April 10 SmackDown! and April 12 Velocity at Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. SmackDown! got a 3.2 rating on UPN and Velocity got a 1.1 on TNN. The results were:
Dark matches:
- Sean O'Haire defeated ???.
- Chris Kanyon defeated Tyson Dux.
Velocity:
- A-Train defeated Chad Collyer.
- Tajiri defeated Shannon Moore.
- The F.B.I. (Nunzio, Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli) defeated Funaki and Los Guerreros (Chavo and Eddie).
SmackDown!:
- WWE Champion Brock Lesnar pinned WWE Cruiserweight Champion Matt Hardy (with Shannon Moore) after the F5.
- Brian Kendrick and Torrie Wilson defeated Jamie Noble and Nidia, when Torrie pinned Nidia after a DDT.
- Chris Benoit pinned Rhyno with a backslide in a WWE Title #1 contender's tournament semifinal match.
- Rey Mysterio and Tajiri defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas), when Mysterio pinned Haas after a springboard legdrop.
- Nathan Jones, making his WWE in-ring debut, pinned Bill DeMott after a kick to the head.
- In the other WWE Title #1 contender's tournament semifinal match, John Cena pinned The Undertaker after the F.B.I. interfered and hitting Undertaker with a chair several times.
- The show also included the first Piper's Pit to be held since WrestleMania V, with the guest being Vince McMahon. The segment was interrupted by Rikishi, who came to the ring with a coconut and tried to hit Piper with it, as payback for Piper hitting Jimmy Snuka with a coconut on a 1984 edition of Piper's Pit. Before Rikishi could do so, he was attacked by Piper's "protégé" Sean O'Haire, with Piper hitting Rikishi with the coconut. This was Piper's first appearance in WWE since his WrestleMania XII match with Goldust in 1996.

2005 - Blaze defeats Void for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Humboldt, Tennessee, ending Void's third reign.

2006 - Brodie Lee defeats Glenn Spectre to win the NWA Upstate Heavyweight Title in Rochester, New York.

2006 - Scotty Beach wins the Great Championship Wrestling Television Title from Chris Stevens in Columbus, Georgia, ending Stevens' second reign.

2006 - Remix defeats Devious Danny in Ocoee, Florida to win the NWA South Atlantic X Division Title. At the same event, Roadblock Rex and Bobby Smith defeat Nooie Lee and Rouge for the vacant NWA South Atlantic Tag Team Title.

2006 - The ECWA Presented the 2006 ECWA Super 8 Tournament in Newark, Delaware with the following results:

*They did a big opening ceremony with introductions and video features on all the competitors. Christopher Daniels gave a very touching speech about the late Jeff Peterson.

Super 8 Tournament Round One:

*Davey Richards pinned Scott Lost in 16:33 with a Jay Driller.

*Josh Daniels pinned Andre Lyonz in 8:51 with a German Suplex.

*Charlie Haas defeated Xavier via submission with the Haas of Pain in 13:47. Xavier substituted for Danny Daniels, who was announced as missing the tournament due to a back injury.

*Milano Collection AT pinned Bryan Logan with a Pedigree in 11:58.

Super 8 Semi-Finals:

*Charlie Haas pinned Josh Daniels with a rollup in 8:43.

*Davey Richards pinned Milano Collection AT with a Jay Driller.

Super 8 Finals will be Charlie Haas vs. Davey Richards.

*Matt Logan won the ECWA Summit (Royal Rumble)

*Davey Richards won the tenth annual ECWA Super 8 tournament, reversing the Haas of Pain into a pinfall combination, defeating Charlie Haas in the process.

2007 - Jonny Storm defeats Robbie Brookside for the XWA British Heavyweight Title in Morecambe, England.

2008 - Dusty Rhodes arrived to help oversee WWE developmental FCW.

2009 - MSN ran a long interview with HHH.  When asked about working with Vince McMahon and marrying into the family he said, "Well, the good thing is I had a really good relationship with him before I even met Steph. We had a great relationship not only from a talent standpoint, but I used to work a lot with Vince hand-in-hand to create story lines behind the scenes, not just for myself but other guys. But if you have ever met Vince, he's a complex man and it can be trying. There are times he wants to choke me and there are times when I want to choke him."

2010 - WWE Raw ran Newcastle, England.  Ian Willis filed the following live report:

Raw WrestleMania Revenge Tour results from Newcastle, England.

1. Evan Bourne beat Chavo with Air Bourne.

2. Christian beat Dos Caras Jr. with the Killswitch.

3. After the match, Sheamus destroys Christian with the scissors kick and says he's taking on John Cena in the main event (a change to advertised Cena-HHH match, HHH missed 4/7 in Austria as well).

4. Maryse beat Eve and Kelly Kelly in a triple threat Divas title match.

5. Masterlock Open challenge (with Hornswoggle !!!!) Hornswoggle slips out of the Masterlock at the last second before it was locked in, hits a few kicks then a low blow to embarrass Masters.

6. Randy Orton beat Legacy in a 2 on 1 handicap match, via RKO of Cody. Randy got pops of the night (ahead of Cena, as everyone cheered for Orton, whereas only the very young cheered for Cena)

Intermission

7. William Regal beat MVP. The Newcastle crowd loved Regal, very few cheers for MVP, but Regal is English after all.

8. Miz cut a really funny promo about doing a signing in a supermarket, problems with immigration getting here and how he'd won more titles in 3 years than Newcastle United FC have in 30 years (major MAJOR heat for that) which led to -

Miz vs. Kofi for US Title, no-contest. Turned into tag title match (Big Show and Mark Henry came out). Showmiz win via Chokeslam from Show on Kofi. Ringside medical staff seemed legit concerned for Kofi (straight into the ring to check on him after the pinfall), trainer and WWE security guy (who looked a dead ringer for Fred Sanford) helped Kofi to the back.

9. Main Event - Cena vs Sheamus for WWE Title. All the kids loved Cena, everyone else booed him incessantly. Good match, usual 10 minute beatdown of Cena, then the usual recovery, 5 knuckle shuffle, shoulder block etc (which caused a few "same old s***" chants), Cena locks in the STF, but Sheamus makes the ropes. Sheamus gets the upper hand for a few more minutes, than Cena hits the attitude adjustment out of nowhere for the win.

Really good show, (where the hell were HHH and Batista though ???) good crowd and nice to hear that Smackdown is on here in November (as the last 4 WWE shows in Newcastle have all been RAW) - tickets on sale April 17th, 9am.

 

2011 - WWE broadcast Smackdown.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Charlotte, North Carolina and your announcers are Josh ‘Why did I get Stunnered at Wrestlemania, I didn’t say Melina versus Alicia Fox’ Mathews, Michael ‘In addition to being Mr. Wrestlemania, I am Mr. Squirting BBQ Sauce on a Shirt’ Cole and Booker ‘Tell Me You Didn’t Stun Me on Sunday’ T.

Things start off with Alberto Del Rio, the man who could not reach his destiny on Sunday night and he is accompanied on foot by his official ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay.

While Josh and Booker talk about the value of the car that Edge and Christian destroyed at Wrestlemania, Michael Cole chimes in with the sob story about the destruction of his habitrail. Cole vows that his home away from humanity will be better than ever.

Alberto is not as gregarious as he usually is but he reminds us who he is, but we already knew that. Alberto says that we may not know that destiny can be delayed. He says that destiny can be stopped. Last Sunday at Wrestlemania, his destiny was delayed by that opportunist Edge and the coward Christian. Together they destroyed his Wrestlemania moment and together they destroyed his car. Alberto talks about his beautiful Rolls Royce and he says that he spent $120,000 on that car. Alberto says that it is not about the money. Those cars are like his children. They think they may have broken him, but Alberto will make them pay.

When he fulfills his destiny and becomes the World Champion, everything that Edge did to his car . . .

is interrupted by Edge’s music and he comes into the building on a Brisco’s Brothers tow truck with Alberto’s destroyed Rolls Royce.

Edge tells Alberto that when he saw him crying and hugging his car on Sunday, he thought that Alberto was a greedy, arrogant, narcissistic moron who puts materialistic things over everything else in his life. Then when he heard Alberto say that his cars are like his children, then it got him thinking. He almost reassessed things and he figures that if he is like a child, he needs to love it unconditionally. It might be a little damaged but nothing a little tender loving care can’t fix.

Edge gets some spray paint and he decides to do a little touch up on the hood.

Alberto asks Edge if everything is a joke to him and then he reminds Edge that he had him close to tapping out on Sunday. Edge tells Alberto that he didn’t get the job done and that is why Alberto is in the ring whining and crying. That is also why he is the World Champion.

Alberto demands a rematch so Edge can redeem himself for his behavior at Wrestlemania.

Edge thinks about the rematch and he tells Alberto as much as he would love to give it to him, but Alberto lost. Edge tells him to buy a new car and drive to the back of the line. Edge says that there are so many worthy contenders who deserve a title match.

Edge thinks about some contenders and there is some honking from the truck and we see that Christian is driving the truck.

Edge says that Christian deserves a title match. Edge points out that Christian has beaten Del Rio twice. Edge tells Del Rio if he wants a fight, Edge has his destiny.

Edge walks to the ring but he is stopped by the sound of Teddy Long’s music.

Teddy tells them to wait a minute. They can talk about their destiny all they want, but it is still his show. Teddy says that if things are going to be settled, it will take place in a match. Alberto Del Rio will face Christian tonight to determine who faces Edge at Extreme Rules.

Teddy reminds us that Extreme Rules is the night that WWE gets extreme. That is why Edge will be defending the title in his specialty match, a ladder match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see footage of the knock out punch by Big Show to Heath Slater from Wrestlemania.

Match Number One: Corre versus Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Big Show, and Kane in a Wrestlemania Rematch with a Twist because it is two out of three falls Match

Fall Number One

Santino and Gabriel start things off and they each dance around and miss kicks before Gabriel connects with a kick and he gets a near fall. Slater is tagged in and he kicks Santino followed by a punch and then he stomps on Santino’s leg. Santino with a hip toss and then he runs Slater into the corner and Kane is tagged in. Kane with a vintage uppercut followed by a snap mare and drop kick. Show is tagged in and he chops Slater across the chest while Kane holds him. Show with a slam and then he walks across Slater’s chest. Show with a head butt and then Kofi is tagged in and he goes onto Show’s shoulders and Kofi with a splash. Kofi sets up for Trouble in Paradise but Gabriel pulls Slater out of the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kane sends Barrett into the turnbuckles and then he punches Barrett. Kane with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow. Jackson tags in and Kane with a side head lock but Jackson with a forearm. Kane with a shoulder tackle but Jackson stays on his feet. Kane goes off the ropes but Barrett trips Kane and Jackson with a body block and he takes Kane down. Jackson punches Kane and Slater is tagged in. Slater kicks Kane in the corner and then he tags in Gabriel who gets in a few shots before tagging Barrett into the match. Jackson tags in and he kicks Kane and he tags Gabriel in and Justin with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Gabriel with a front face lock to Kane as he tries to keep Kane from making the tag. Kane tosses Gabriel into the air and Kofi tags in.

Kofi with a springboard clothesline and then he knocks Slater off the apron. Kofi with a drop kick to Gabriel followed by a splash in the corner but Gabriel moves out of the way. Gabriel runs into a pendulum kick and then Kofi goes up top for a cross body and he gets the three count to win the first fall.

Team Trombone 1 Fall; Corre 0 Falls

Fall Number Two

The men who finished fall one start off fall two. We go to commercial.

We are back and Slater punches Santino and he slams Marella. Slater gets a near fall. Slater with a rear chin lock and arm bar on Santino. Santino with a snap mare but Slater with a forearm to the head and he gets a near fall. Santino with a split followed by a hip toss and a diving head butt that hits the target. Santino calls for the Cobra but he does not see Wade Barrett has tagged into the match and Santino turns around into a big boot. Barrett gets Santino up for Wasteland for the three count.

Team Trombone 1 Fall; Corre 1 Fall

Fall Number Three

Barrett waits for Santino to get up and the ref starts the third fall. Santino tries to make the tag but Barrett stops him. Barrett sends Santino into the turnbuckle and then Slater tags in and he drills Santino in the head. Slater with a modified curb stomp before tagging Ezekiel Jackson back in. Jackson with an Irish whip and a running clothesline in the corner and he gets a near fall.

Jackson slams Santino and Gabriel tags in and hits a slingshot senton and gets a near fall. Gabriel with a reverse chin lock on Marella. Santino gets to his feet but Gabriel holds on to the chin lock and near fall after an STO. Gabriel misses a splash when Santino rolls out of the way.

Kane and Barrett tag in and Kane with punches followed by an Irish whip and clothesline followed by a side slam for a near fall. Kane goes up top for the flying clothesline and he hits it. Kane gets another near fall because Jackson breaks up the cover. Jackson goes after Show and they fight to the floor. Jackson takes Show down with a clothesline. Gabriel and Kingston fight on the floor and Slater attack him too.

Back in the ring, Kane has Barrett ready for a choke slam but Gabriel, Slater, and Jackson attack Kane and the referee calls for the bell.

Winners: Kane, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Santino Marella

After the match, Corre continues to attack Kane in the ring while the rest of Kane’s team are down on the floor. Big Show and Kofi get back into the ring along with Santino a few seconds later. Show with head butts to Gabriel and Jackson. Then Show with a head butt to Slater. Kofi kicks Slater. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Barrett and Show with a punch to Jackson. Kane choke slams Slater. Kane with the knockout punch to Gabriel. Kane and Show grab Jackson and Santino grabs Jackson as well with the cobra. They give Jackson a three man choke slam.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Sin Cara video package.

Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes versus Trent Barreta

Cody takes his time taking off his jacket and then he locks up with Trent and Cody with a take down and then he kicks Trent in the midsection followed by a punch. Cody with a punch to the head. Trent with a kick to the chest and then he hits a springboard drop kick and gets a near fall. Cody with a kick to the midsection followed by a side Russian leg sweep. Cody sends Trent into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Trent and sends him shoulder first into the ring post followed by Cross Rhodes for the three count.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

After the match, Cody attacks Trent and kicks him. Cody punches and head butts Trent with his face mask. The referee warns Cody and Rey Mysterio’s music plays. Rey comes to the ring and he goes after Cody and focuses on the mask. Rey sends Cody over the top rope but Cody lands on the apron. Cody escapes and goes up the ramp while Rey wants Cody to return to the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that Wrestlemania was trending on Twitter on Sunday?

We are back with the confrontation between John Cena and the Rock and their plans for next April in South Florida. It is time to go back to Monday night.

We go to the locker room where Christian is getting ready for his match with Alberto Del Rio later tonight. Edge tells Christian that he hopes he wins the match and Christian appreciates the endorsement, but wonders if Edge would want to defend the title against him. Edge says that it is a match they revolutionized and helped make famous. Edge says that Christian deserves a title match and he wouldn’t mind seeing Christian get it.

Christian wonders if Edge will be saying the same thing after Extreme Rules. Edge tells Christian to cool his jets. Christian says that Edge can cheer for Alberto and he doesn’t mind. Edge says that won’t happen in this lifetime.

Edge wishes Christian luck again before he leaves. Christian paces around the locker room and then he sees the title belt on the chair but Edge comes back to get it. Christian tells Edge to keep an eye on that.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cole tries to suggest that his one win was as important as Undertaker going 19-0.

We see slow motion footage of Snooki’s handspring splash at Wrestlemania.

Match Number Three: Michelle McCool and Layla versus Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix

Layla and Michelle try to figure out who starts off with Beth and Layla runs to the apron first so Michelle starts. They lock up and Beth sends Michelle to the mat. Beth with punches to Michelle and then Layla yells at the referee but she doesn’t see Michelle being Irish whipped and Michelle knocks Layla off the apron. Beth with a shoulder tackle and Michelle wants to make the tag but Layla is still on the floor. Michelle yells at Layla and Beth with a rollup for a near fall. Beth with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.

Layla makes the tag and Michelle wants to know why Layla was on the floor a minute ago and Layla tells Michelle that Michelle pushed her out. They continue to argue and Beth presses Layla above her head and puts her on top of the turnbuckles. Beth with a kick and then Kelly tags in. Kelly with a head scissors while hanging over the ropes and then Kelly goes to the floor. Kelly trips Layla and then she goes up top for a cross body and she gets a near fall.

Kelly a slap to Layla’s rear end and then Kelly hits the X Factor for a near fall. Layla pushes Kelly away and then she connects with a few kicks. Michelle appears to have hurt her back reaching for the tag and she falls to the floor. Layla wonders what Michelle is doing and Kelly gets the three count with a rollup.

Winners: Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix

After the match, Beth and Kelly celebrate in the ring while Layla wonders what is wrong with Michelle as she walks away. Layla follows after her. Michelle tells Layla that she is the one doing all of the work and she walks away.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look back at what Michael Cole did to Jim Ross on Raw with JR’s Barbecue Sauce.

Michael Cole is in the ring and he rhetorically asks ‘Who Shot JR’ and he says that he did. Cole wants everyone’s attention please. He wants to take the opportunity to introduce everyone to a man whose instructions he followed implicitly. He wants to introduce us to a man who taught him everything that he knows. He wants to introduce us to a man who was oh so supportive of him and who cares about his well being. He introduces us to the All American American Jack Swagger.

Jack comes to the ring and then they hug while Josh and Booker talk about Cole’s match at Wrestlemania.

Jack says that everyone needs to settle down because there is plenty of Team Cole to go around. Everyone told him that it would be impossible for him to get Michael Cole ready for the main event of Wrestlemania, but it was easy. You start with superior intelligence and mix it with an insatiable desire and a man with gifted athletic ability from head to toe. Only Michael Cole can have his first match at Wrestlemania and earn a dominating victory and in one night become the new Mr. Wrestlemania.

Swagger wants everyone to applaud Cole and Cole says that Swagger is making him blush. Cole says that if it is a fair fight, there is no one who can beat Jack. Cole suggests that they do a victory lap and it is time to run with our hands outstretched.

The lap is interrupted by the Smackdown debut of Sin Cara.

He points at Swagger and runs down the ramp and flips into the ring. Sin Cara gets in Swagger’s face and then Swagger pushes Sin Cara. Sin Cara with a handspring back elbow followed by a rana that sends Swagger to the floor. Sin Cara with a corkscrew pescado onto Swagger and then he goes up the ramp.

Cole and Swagger cannot believe what just happened.

Booker and Josh talk about Sin Cara and Booker says that Sin Cara is making an impression by picking on the biggest cat.

It is time to take a look back at the Tough Enough contestants being interrupted on Monday during Raw by The Miz. We then see the Most Electrifying Valet in Sports Entertainment received a Stone Cold Stunner.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Michelle is walking around in the back and Layla wants to talk to her but Michelle is not in a mood to talk. Layla asks Michelle about her back and she says that she meant to give something to Michelle last week. Michelle sees that Layla has signed them up for couple’s therapy and Michelle points out that they are not a couple. Layla tells Michelle that they need the help, but Michelle says that she does not need help. Layla just wants Michelle to show up and Michelle says that she always shows up and it is Layla who doesn’t show up.

Booker talks about how LayCool are a good Divas tag team.

It is time for a look back at highlights from what, Josh reminded us, was the highest rated Hall of Fame broadcast.

It is time for the main event and we get Ricardo Rodriguez to introduce Alberto Del Rio.

Before the match starts, Edge makes his way to ringside to watch the match.

Match Number Four: Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay versus Christian in a Number One Contender’s Match

They lock up and Del Rio with a waist lock. Del Rio with a forearm to the back followed by kicks. Del Rio with a side head lock and he holds on to the side head lock when Christian tries for an Irish whip. Del Rio with a shoulder tackle and a near fall.

They have a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock but Del Rio with kicks to Christian. Del Rio with a front face lock and Christian with a shoulder tackle and a near fall. Christian with a side head lock take down. Del Rio gets back to his feet and Del Rio punches Christian. Christian with punches to Del Rio and then he puts Del Rio in the ropes and he slingshots over the ropes for the uppercut but Del Rio knows it is coming and he gets out of the way. Christian returns to the ring and he throws Del Rio over the top rope on the other side of the ring and Del Rio lands in front of the announce table, where Edge is sitting with Booker and Josh.

Christian with a baseball slide that sends Del Rio off the apron. Del Rio looks at Edge and Edge tells Del Rio it isn’t about this as he holds up the hood ornament from Del Rio’s Rolls Royce and says that it is about this as he holds up the title belt.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Del Rio pulls Christian out of the ring and Del Rio sends Christian shoulder first into the ring steps. Del Rio sends Christian into the ringside barrier and then he chokes Christian with his boot. They return to the ring and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a chin lock on Christian and he gets to his feet. Del Rio with a head butt followed by a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Christian struggles to get back to his feet and Del Rio kicks Christian. Del Rio with a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Christian retreats to the corner and he connects with a kick in the corner.

Del Rio slaps Christian in the corner but when he goes back for more, Christian punches him. Christian goes up top but Del Rio stops him and Del Rio tries for a superplex and he hits it but Del Rio appears to have landed on his shoulder. Both men are down and the referee starts his count. Del Rio gets to his feet first but Christian gets a near fall with an inside cradle.

Del Rio punches Christian and then he tries for a clothesline but Christian moves. Christian with a punch followed by a clothesline that sends both men over the top rope to the floor. The referee starts his count and Del Rio sends Christian into the ring post and they return to the ring.

Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a back senton when Christian moves out of the way. Christian gets his second wind and he punches Del Rio. Christian with a running forearm and then he goes to the second turnbuckle for a missile drop kick and he gets a near fall. Christian with a slingshot to the floor followed by the uppercut. Christian goes up top for a cross body and he gets a near fall.

Christian gets ready for the Killswitch but Del Rio with a kick and he tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker. Christian avoids the move and he pushes Del Rio into the turnbuckles. Christian misses a charge into the corner. Christian with a kick followed by an attempt for a sunset flip from the turnbuckles but Del Rio rolls through. Del Rio slingshots Christian into the turnbuckles and Del Rio floats over into the cross arm breaker, but Christian gets to the ropes.

Del Rio eventually releases the hold and Christian goes to the apron. Christian drops Del Rio across the top rope as he goes to the floor. Clay gets close to Christian so Edge gets up from the announce table and he spears Clay. Christian goes up top and Del Rio hits the step up enzuigiri and then Del Rio gets the three count.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the match, Alberto celebrates his victory from the ramp while Edge stares at him with Christian next to him.

We go to credits.

2013 - WWE broadcast Raw.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are in East Rutherford, New Jersey and your announcers are Michael ‘March Madness in April’ Cole, Jerry ‘I wish I were an Indian’ Lawler, and John ‘Why is John Cena on Fox Business more than I am’ Layfield.

We take a look back at some photos from the main event of Wrestlemania 29.

The man who walked out of MetLife Stadium as the WWE Champion makes his way to the ring.

Michael Cole mentions that Rock tweeted that he suffered an injury last night and his doctor said the same thing.

The people of the Izod Center are not Cena fans. John says that it should be ever superstar’s dream to be in the main event of Wrestlemania and to win that match. When you win the main event at Wrestlemania, you get to enjoy the adulation, the respect, the cheers . . . the cheers . . . the cheers.

John says that we have known each other for ten years and he might be going out on a limb tonight but he thinks people might be angry . . . maybe a little more than angry. John says that he is upset too. Wrestlemania is over and that is why everyone is upset.

John says that the WWE isn’t like the day after Christmas, it is the Raw after Wrestlemania. It doesn’t matter how you feel about him. John says that every Raw after Wrestlemania is more than that. Last year, Brock Lesnar returned to whip his ass.

John says that he is feeling good tonight. We have a very volatile crowd and John says that he might do a championship dance. It might have a little shake . . . a little kick. John suggests a heel turn. Now we are ready for Monday Night Raw.

A Hall of Famer told him in order to be the man, you have to beat the man. Even the Rock got hurt and in the end, a champion rose. John proudly says that tonight . . . the Champ is HERE.

John says that this is exactly what he wanted for a Wrestlemania Main Event celebration. Right now and right here it is his post-Wrestlemania Celebration. John says that he is going to celebrate the only way he knows. Balloons will not fall from the ceiling, he is going to defend his title.

John says that he doesn’t care who the Number One Contender is. He doesn’t care if it is Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, or CM Punk . . .

Mark Henry’s music plays and Cena is frozen in the ring.

Mark enters the ring and he looks at Cena. Mark wants to know what is up with the champ. He says the problem with coming out here and asking for trouble is that trouble might just find you. Mark says that Cena won his match at Wrestlemania, but . . . he tells John to look at him while John wonders why the crowd wants to have sex with chocolate.

Mark tells John not to pay attention to them. He says that he destroyed Ryback last night. With all of this talk, they need to have some action.

John says that the crowd wants to have sex with chocolate and then they want to eat some more.

John introduces himself to Mark Henry. He sees the look in Mark’s eye and he is afraid. He is afraid to tell Mark that he has the breath of 1,000 asses. Tonight, Mark faces him for the WWE Championship.

Booker T comes out and he says that he cannot and will not have John make WWE Championship matches. It will not go down like that. The deal is that the Rock is entitled to a rematch.

John wants to know if Once in a Lifetime is now Best of Three.

Booker says that Rock is the Number One Contender but Rock suffered an injury and he cannot be here tonight. Booker tells Mark that if he wants a shot at the WWE Championship, he will have to earn it. If he can beat John Cena in the middle of the ring tonight, he will get his shot.

Mark tells Booker to get his hands off of him. Mark says that he is not laughing. All that those jokes will get Cena is admission into the Hall of Pain.

We go to commercial.

We are back with more photos from Wrestlemania.

 

Match Number One: Daniel Bryan (with Kane) versus Big E Langston (with AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler)

 

Bryan with a knee and kicks to Langston but Langston pushes Bryan away. Langston with a uranage in the corner. Langston with a shoulder to the midsection. Langston with another shoulder into the corner and then he picks up Bryan and back drops him. Langston with punches but Bryan with a sunset flip for a near fall.

Bryan with kicks of No to the chest followed by a round kick to the head. Bryan goes up top but AJ gets on the apron and Ziggler crotches Bryan. Kane grabs Ziggler but Langston tosses Bryan onto Kane on the floor. Langston hits the Big Ending and gets the three count.

 

Winner: Big E Langston

 

Josh Mathews is with Kurt Warner to talk about The Moment, a new show on USA about people getting second chances. He is looking forward to giving ordinary individuals a chance to get a second chance to be at the top of their field.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Slo-Mo Slam: Miz putting Wade Barrett in the figure four leg lock on the Wrestlemania Pre Show.

 

Match Number Two: Wade Barrett versus The Miz for the Intercontinental Title

 

Barrett with a punch and kicks but the referee warns Barrett. Barrett with a head butt and Irish whip but Miz floats over and he connects with a shoulder tackle followed by a kick to the head for a near fall. Miz with a suplex and he gets a near fall.

Barrett sends Miz into the corner and he punches Miz followed by kicks. Miz with an Irish whip but Barrett sends Miz to the apron. Miz rolls under and gets a near fall. Miz sends Barrett into the turnbuckles and then he punches Barrett. Miz with a knee and he gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock but Barrett with a punch and kick.

Barrett with an elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Miz lands on his feet and he sends Barrett to the floor and he hits a drop kick and then he hits a double sledge from the apron. Miz sends Barrett into the ringside barrier and he goes up top. Miz leaps over Barrett and he sends Barrett to the apron. Barrett with a kick to the chest and a neck breaker in the ropes.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Miz runs into the Blackpool Slam for a near fall. Barrett sends Miz to the floor and he mocks Mick Foley with the bang bang before the elbow drop off the apron and he brings Miz back in for a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock but Miz with a belly-to-back suplex to escape.

Miz with punches and kicks and a running forearm followed by a running knee lift and a boot to the head. Miz tries for the Awesome Clothesline but Barrett comes out of the corner. Miz stops Barrett and hits the Reality Check. Barrett misses a charge into the corner and Miz with the Awesome Clothesline followed by a double sledge from the top. Miz sets for the Figure Four Leg Lock but Barrett kicks Miz into the turnbuckles. Miz with a kick and DDT for a near fall.

Barrett with a punch and he gets Miz on his shoulders for Wasteland but Miz with elbows. Miz tries to float over but Barrett catches him and Barrett tries for a kick but Miz blocks it and he applies the Figure Four leg lock. Barrett tries to get to the ropes and he succeeds.

Barrett with a boot to a charging Miz and then Barrett goes to the turnbuckles but Miz with a punch to the midsection. Miz with punches and then he climbs the turnbuckles for a superplex. Barrett stops Miz and Barrett sends Miz into the top of the ring post. Barrett sets for the Bull Hammer and Barrett connects and he gets the three count.

 

Winner: Wade Barrett

 

Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox are in the office talking about the job they did. Sheamus enters and Vickie asks him how he is. Sheamus reminds Vickie that Big Show knocked him out last night. He said that nobody should trust Big Show. Sheamus demands a match with Big Show. Brad reminds Sheamus that he owes them one. Sheamus doesn’t care because he wants to kick the head off that giant piece of crap.

Vickie says that she will give Sheamus a match.

We are back with more photos of Wrestlemania.

Booker T is walking in the back and Randy Orton stops him and he congratulates Booker on his induction into the Hall of Fame. Randy wants a favor from Booker. He wants Big Show tonight in the ring. Orton says that he talked Sheamus into believing in Big Show and he wants to prove it.

Booker says that there is nothing he can do because Vickie has a match for Big Show with Sheamus.

Orton tells Booker that he can do what he wants because he is a Hall of Famer and a real GM.

Booker tells Randy he has his match.

Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter make their way to the stage. Zeb says that their country is in bad shape and after last night it got worse. He says that he told everyone. Zeb says that he is asking for something now that he never asked for before. He wants everyone’s support. He volunteered for the war in Vietnam because he loves his country. He is going to do that tonight in the ring with Jack Swagger. This country is on the edge of anarchy.

Zeb wants everyone to start a USA chant when Alberto makes his way to the ring.

We go to commercial.

 

Match Number Three: Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) versus Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger

 

Swagger starts off and they lock up. Swagger with a clean break. They lock up again and Swagger with punches. Del Rio with punches and an Irish whip to the sternum. Del Rio with a kick to the back and then he clotheslines Swagger over the top rope to the floor. This is not lucha rules so Colter stays on the apron.

Del Rio with a suicide dive that sends Swagger into the announce table and then Del Rio with a boot to the head and he sends Swagger back into the ring. Del Rio with a cross body for a near fall. Colter hits Swagger from behind and that allows Swagger to take advantage and he dives for the knee. Swagger with elbow drops to the knee.

Swagger sends Del Rio into the corner and he connects with knees. Swagger takes his time with the referee and Colter rakes the eyes. Swagger with a snap mare and then he applies a step over toe hold. Del Rio with a kick to the head. Del Rio goes for the step up enzuigiri but Del Rio is unable to hit it due to the work that was done on the knee.

Swagger applies the ankle lock. Del Rio escapes the hold and he goes to the apron. Del Rio applies the cross arm breaker in the ropes and he lets go before the referee gets to five. Swagger with a running elbow that knocks Del Rio off the apron and we go to commercial.

We are back and Swagger with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Swagger continued to work on the lower leg. Swagger with a step over toe hold and Colter twirls his mustache for support. Swagger charges into the corner and Del Rio moves so Swagger goes shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Del Rio with two clotheslines and then he avoids one from Swagger. Del Rio has to hit the tilt-a-whirl back breaker and he hurts his knee more.

Del Rio with a super kick and he gets a near fall. Del Rio tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Swagger counters and applies the ankle lock. Del Rio makes it to the ropes and Swagger almost forgets to release the hold in time. Swagger returns to the ankle lock. Del Rio with the cross arm breaker and Del Rio pulls the hair and he locks it in fully and Swagger taps out.

 

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

 

After the match, the medical staff checks on Del Rio and . . .

Dolph Ziggler’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring with AJ Lee, Big E Langston, and the briefcase.

 

Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler versus Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title

 

Del Rio struggles to get back to his feet and Ziggler with punches and kicks to the leg. Ziggler with the Fameasser for a two count. Ziggler kicks Del Rio in the injured leg. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and Del Rio gets to his feet and this time he hits the step up enzuigiri. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with the cross arm breaker and Ziggler grabs the ankle to get out of the hold.

Ziggler with the Zig Zag and he gets the three count.

 

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

 

After the match, Ziggler celebrates with AJ and Langston.

We are back and it is time for the Gong, the blue lights, and the smoke as we see the man who went 21-0 at Wrestlemania after defeating CM Punk.

Last night at Wrestlemania, he dedicated his victory to the memory of Paul Bearer, a man who he has the . . .

From out of nowhere, The Shield’s music plays and they make their way to the ring. Taker is ready for a three-on-one fight and he positions himself for the Shield’s entry into the ring.

Kane’s pyro hits and he is joined by his tag team partner, Daniel Bryan.

The Shield discuss the current situation and they realize that it is better to retreat into the crowd.

We go to commercial.

We are back with more photos from Wrestlemania.

Michael Cole takes us back to what happened after Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Dolph Ziggler cashed in the briefcase and became the World Champion.

Dolph is in the interview area and Josh asks him about becoming the new World Champion. He says that he needed the right time and the right place. It is the day after but this is his Wrestlemania Moment. He is going to take his new World Title, shine it up and show it off.

 

Match Number Five: Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre versus Santino Marella, Zack Ryder, and R Truth

 

Slater and Truth start off and Truth with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Truth with a pelvic thrust and punch and he tags in Santino. Santino does some dance moves and Slater with a punch so he tags in Ryder. Mahal tags in and Ryder with punches and an X Factor. Mahal sends Ryder over the top rope and Ryder lands on teha pron. Mahal knocks Ryder off the apron and McIntyre with a spinebuster into the apron.

Drew with a flying boot to Ryder and then he stomps on the hand. Slater tags in and he kicks Ryder. Drew tags back in and he applies an arm bar. Ryder avoids a suplex and hits a neck breaker and both men are down.

Santino and Slater tag in and Santino with jabs and a forearm. Santino with a split and hip toss followed by a diving head butt but Mahal breaks up the cover.

Truth clotheslines Mahal over the top rope and both go to the floor. Santino gets the cobra out but Drew grabs the hand. Santino still hits Slater and gets the three count.

 

Winners: Santino Marella, Heath Slater, and R Truth

 

We take a look at all of the Wrestlemania week events.

Sheamus and Randy Orton are arguing about getting matches with Big Show. Orton says that he is man enough to admit that he made a mistake. He wants to handle it but Sheamus says that he will fix it.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jerry, Michael, and John talk about Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show versus The Shield. We go to comments from Big Show after the pay per view when Show says that Orton and Sheamus turned on him and not the other way around. Show explained his actions.

Sheamus says that everyone knows what happened between him, Randy Orton, and Big Show. Sheamus wants to know if people want to see him kick Big Show’s arse tonight.

Randy Orton’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. He tells Sheamus that while he is out here begging for support, Big Show is his tonight. He tells Sheamus to have a listen. Randy wants to know who wants to see him kick the Big Show’s ass.

Since we have a General Manager and an Executive Assistant deal that Vickie does, we are going to let the fans choose who Big Show faces.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Randy Orton won the fan vote with 77% of the votes.

Vickie Guerrero and Booker T make their way to the stage. Booker says that Randy and Sheamus have legitimate reasons to face Big Show. Booker says that he has talked to Vickie and they have a fair way to determine this, Sheamus will face Randy Orton and the winner will face The Big Show.

 

Match Number Six: Randy Orton versus Sheamus

 

They lock up and Sheamus backs Orton into the corner but Orton turns the tables. Orton with a clean break. They lock up again and Sheamus with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. The crowd chants confuse Orton and Sheamus for a moment. Sheamus with a side head lock and Orton with a back elbow. Orton with a snap mare and a leaping knee drop that misses when Sheamus moves. Sheamus with knee drops for a near fall.

Sheamus with an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with European uppercuts. Sheamus blocks a hip toss and hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Sheamus works on the shoulder and applies an arm bar. Orton with a punch and he hits a leaping knee drop and gets a near fall.

Orton with a reverse chin lock. Sheamus with a knee to the head and he gets a near fall. Sheamus with a reverse chin lock and Orton with a belly-to-back suplex. Orton with the Garvin Stomp. Sheamus goes up top and waits for Orton to get up and he goes for a shoulder tackle but Orton with a drop kick.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Sheamus and Orton exchange punches. Orton with a knee and then he runs the boot laces across the face. Sheamus with punches and then they exchange punches again. Orton with a kick and Sheamus with a uranage back breaker for a near fall.

Sheamus with two running double sledges followed by a shoulder into the corner and a running knee lift. Sheamus sends Orton to the apron and then he tries for the ‘I wish Sheamus would do this to one of the guys sitting next to me’ forearms but Orton fights Sheamus off for a moment. Sheamus hits the forearms and then he suplexes Orton into the ring.

Orton with two clotheslines and he avoids a clothesline. Orton with a power slam and an exploder suplex. Orton looks around and then he twists to the mat. Orton punches the mat and he tries for an RKO but Sheamus avoids it. Sheamus gets Orton up for White Noise and he hits it.

Sheamus poses and looks around before pounding his chest for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick when Orton moves and then Big Show’s music plays.

Show sends Sheamus into the ring post and the referee thinks about stopping the match.

Show enters the ring and he punches Orton once Randy gets to his feet.

 

No Contest

 

Show sends Orton into the ringside barrier. Show with a spear to Orton. Show tosses Orton over the announce table. Show stomps on Orton.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Triple H will be on Smackdown.

We take a look at the mention of Paul Bearer getting more people to disrespect the Undertaker. The Shield came to the ring but Daniel Bryan and Kane evened the numbers.

 

Match Number Seven: Fandango (with Kim) versus Kofi Kingston

 

Fandango dances around the ring before locking up and Fandango avoids Kofi when Kofi wants to lock up. They lock up and Kofi backs Fandango into the corner and Fandango goes to the apron. Fandango has a kick blocked and Kofi with a punch but Fandango sends Kofi to the mat. Fandango kicks Kofi but Jericho comes to the ring and he attacks Fandango and the referee calls for the bell.

 

Winner: Fandango by disqualification

 

Jericho with chops and then he sends Fandango over the top rope to the floor.

Jericho sends Fandango into the ringside barrier. Jericho sends Fandango into the Justin Roberts cubicle and then to the announce table before Fandango gets sent into the ring steps. Jericho punches Fandango and he does the Khali pose. Jericho chops Fandango in the corner followed by an Irish whip and he puts Fandango into the Walls of Jericho.

The referee tries to pulls Jericho off Fandango.

Jericho with a Codebreaker to Fandango.

Fandango is announced as the winner and then he gets the mic and tells everyone his name.

We take a look at some of John Cena’s appearances on television today.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look back at photos of Triple H versus Brock Lesnar.

We see footage of Triple H being X-Rayed after the match.

Josh Mathews is with Paul Heyman in the interview area. Josh asks Paul about the results for Paul Heyman guys. Paul says that he looks at it from an intelligent perspective. Paul says that his client was knocked out 90 seconds into the match and it took 23 more minutes for Triple H to beat Brock. Why aren’t Shawn Michaels or Triple H being asked about this. It is because of Brock Lesnar. Brock is looking for a fight tonight. Paul says that his client doesn’t fight for free.

Paul wants Josh to ask him about CM Punk and Undertaker. CM Punk will tell everyone how he feels . . . next week on Raw.

 

Match Number Eight: Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Nikki Bell and Brie Bella versus Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron, and Naomi in a Who needs to pay $59.99 for this Match Match

 

The match is joined in progress and Naomi with a butt bump to Nikki and Cody is tagged in. Naomi with a head scissors to Cody and then Tensai with a splash into the corner. Tensai with a cannonball and then he misses a back senton. Cody with Beautiful Disaster and Damien is tagged in and he kicks Tensai. Nikki and Brie give Tensai a double butt splash and then Damien hits the Elbow of Disdain and gets a near fall.

Tensai with punches and Sandow with punches. Tensai with a belly-to-back suplex and Clay tags in and hits a few clotheslines and a running head butt. Clay with a splash into the corner and then he hits the Sheeeplex. Clay gets a near fall and The Bellas pull Clay off Sandow.

Tensai clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope and then Clay and Tensai crush Sandow and it is time for the Conference Call Your Mama and the three count.

 

Winners: Tensai, Brodus Clay, Cameron, and Naomi

 

We go to commercial.

We are back with more photos from Wrestlemania 29.

 

Match Number Nine: Mark Henry versus Big Show in a Mark Henry Gets a Title Match if he wins this Non-Title Match Match

 

Cena avoids Henry and then Cena dances like Fandango. Cena punches Henry but Henry with a body block and Cena goes down. He tells Cena to dance now. Henry kicks Cena in the corner. Henry with a head butt and forearm to the chest and he tells Cena to dance more.

Henry with a hard Irish whip. Henry misses a splash. Cena with kicks and he bounces off Henry with a flying shoulder tackle. Cena with a flying shoulder tackle and Henry goes to the floor. Henry with a kick to Cena. Henry slams Cena’s head into the announce table and Henry rearranges the table.

Henry picks up Cena for a World’s Strongest Slam but Cena escapes. Cena tries to get Henry on his shoulders but Cena can’t get him up. Henry sends Cena into the ring post but Cena sends Henry into the ring steps and the referee gets to ten and Henry is counted out.

 

Winner: John Cena (by count out)

 

After the match, Henry with a body block to Cena and the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry takes the title belt and he holds it up.

Ryback’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Ryback and Henry exchange punches and then Ryback with a clothesline and spinebuster. Henry rolls out of the ring.

We go to credits wanting to be fed more.

Ryback offers his hand to Cena and he helps Cena up. Ryback holds on and he nods to Cena. Cena poses on the turnbuckles and Ryback wants to be fed more. Ryback with a clothesline and then he picks up Cena for the marching muscle buster.

Ryback stands over Cena holding the title belt.

2014 - Just a day after appearing on Raw and three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, The Ultimate Warrior passed away.  Warrior passed away earlier outside of a hotel in Arizona.  He was walking to his car with his wife when he collapsed.  He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

WWE issued the following statement:

WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

Mike Johnson epnned the following:

W

Wow. What can one say?

The passing of the Ultimate Warrior, literally hours after he returned home to Arizona following his first appearance for WWE since 1996 on Raw, is going to either be remembered as one of those tragic coincidences or a truly amazing final chapter in his life.

In a way, that's sort of fitting for the life and the career that Warrior led. There was no middle ground for him, no grey area. You were either on his side or you were against him - and it didn't matter if you were Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan or an independent promoter....if Warrior didn't feel he was being treated fairly or was being represented fairly, you were going to suffer his wrath, publicly and privately.

That led to a lot of people seeing Warrior in one of two ways - the man who stood up for himself and would walk away from anything...or the man who was impossible to deal with.  The reality is that he was both, sometimes at the same time, but he was also someone who was that way because he had a strong belief in himself, his family and his legacy - and that is something that has to be admired, especially today.

I spent about six hours with Warrior in a hotel room once in October 2004, filming a shoot interview that was later released by Ringside Collectibles. Off camera, he was warm and funny and friendly, even though he was very tired from his flight to NYC. His primary concerns were to call his family during every break. 

Once the camera turned on, there was an intensity to him and on many points during the filming (and on a lot that was never seen - Warrior had final approval over the final cut, of course: he was Warrior) we argued about different points. He even at one point mocked me for asking him about different memories, which made his WWE Hall of Fame speech pretty amusing to me as he went on and on and on with what else? Memories.

At times, on camera, it felt like I was going to war with the man, but anytime the cameras were off, he was nothing but friendly and happy, especially when his long-time friend Jim Powers showed up. That visit was especially awesome, since the segment we had just filmed featured Warrior's statement that he didn't keep in contact with anyone from the business. Five minutes later, he's hugging Powers. Why? Warrior knew how he wanted to be presented on the DVD.

When the interview was over, Warrior asked for my information. When I left the hotel room, I could hear him very unhappy complaining about the line of questioning I used at times. I knew right then I'd never hear from him. I never did, but at a signing the next day, he greeted me warmly. That was just how he was.  The experience led to one of the most unique interviews ever released on DVD: a dare anyone to find another where the interviewer and the subject are almost at odds the entire time.  It remains in my personal "top ten" things I've done around wrestling just because of the surreal nature of the discussion.

I was often asked a lot over the years about what Warrior was really like and the filming of that DVD and it was certainly an interesting day. There were times when I would ask a question (he had demanded them in advance) and he had a great answer, but when I asked a follow-up, he would stare at me as if I had broken the rules before finally giving one. If you watched his WWE Hall of Fame speech, there were times when he seemed to lose his train of thought before coming back to his point - that was the same Warrior I met in 2004.

At the Hall, just like that day with me, he was focused and intense, and if you knocked him off that focus, he wasn't happy about it and needed a minute to refocus himself and his thoughts. The guy envisioned what he wanted in his head for himself and how he was to be portrayed and if he was off even a small point from what he wanted, there was going to be hell to pay.  I can and do respect that.

For all the talk of the guy not being a great in-ring worker or hard to deal with, he was in the top echelon of all time great professional wrestling personalities. He went from being just another muscle-bound rookie in wrestling scene full of them to the man that handed the Hulkamania-era Hulk Hogan his first-ever clean pinfall loss in the WWF. He was undoubtedly part of the trilogy of the WWF's great three babyfaces of their first decade - Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior - that trio shaped the enjoyment, dreams and happiness of a lot of wrestling fans....and Warrior was the only guy to pin them both at Wrestlemania.

Anyone who denies that he was an icon or a legend or anything else in pro wrestling is completely insane - Warrior hit a level that very few ever have...and very few ever will...especially in the short amount of time Warrior accomplished the feat.

It absolutely sucks that he died when he did. The idea that this man left his home to come back and finally embrace his past - bringing his children to see what Daddy used to do - and never returned to his home again is pretty damn jarring and if anything, should be a reminder to us all that nothing is ever, ever promised to us.

It's also absolutely insane to think of the timing of his passing. If it had been 96 hours earlier, there would have been no WWE Hall of Fame speech that brought some around me to tears in New Orleans. Had it happened on Sunday, it would happened the same day as Wrestlemania. 48 hours sooner, it could have happened before, at or after Monday Night Raw. 

In some ways, we were watching Warrior give his own eulogy.  Again, you never know.  Nothing is a given for any of us.

Wrestling fans who love Warrior owe a great deal of thanks to Triple H, who spearheaded the drive to bring Warrior back into the WWE family, much as he did Bruno Sammartino a year before. Had it not been HHH trying to put out old fires and give wrestling fans what they wanted, had it not been HHH wanting important figures in the history of the business back in the WWE fold, there never would have been that final moment of farewell, that moment for Warrior fans to enjoy and that crazy picture of Vince McMahon and Warrior smiling together.

Don't believe me? As any die-hard Randy Savage fan what they would have given for that sort of closure and happiness.

It would have been very interesting to see what could have come for Warrior and WWE in the years to come.  His appearance on Raw was as much about closing the door on his career as the Hall was.  He was never going to let himself be one of the older guys appearing in a silly Wrestlemania vignette.  He was more likely going to be presented like Bruno Sammartino was - this legend that WWE is lucky to have had blazing the trail and lucky to have around today.

Well, for two days, WWE and its fans were extremely lucky to have Warrior back.

The story of Warrior is going to be one that is told for many, many decades to come. There were the early days in Memphis and Mid-South with Sting. There were the Dingo Warrior days with the Von Erichs, who Warrior loved deeply. There was the first WWF run that saw him go from an unknown working B-shows to winning the Intercontinental title in 30 seconds to main eventing Wrestlemania VI before 60,000 fans to "retiring" Randy Savage. There was the first break-up with WWF over money, which as court documents would later show, WWF was willing to give him before things went sour. There was a return a year later before the inevitable change in the landscape in the business as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels began to be pushed while larger characters were let go for different reasons that all began with the Dr. Zahorian trial in the early 1990s. There was the 1996 return, during a time period where WWF really needed as many strong characters as possible as WCW breathed down their neck, but heads began knocking and Warrior quit and went home. There was the WCW run that was as awful as anything and really just an excuse for Hulk Hogan to get his old loss back - one that was so bad that Warrior admitted on the WWE DVD release that just came out that if he had known what the deal was, no amount of money would have brought him back.

There were lawsuits. There were rumors of multiple Warriors (false). There were rumors he died and was replaced (again, false, although eerily sad given the news of today).

In the end though, Warrior best summed up his career with his appearances this past weekend. His character was one that inspired and one that gave fans something to believe in. I don't think anyone could ask for a better legacy than that.

Always Believe.

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