Raw Fusion: Fandangoing
The 8th April 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with photos recapping the events of WrestleMania (click here for our WrestleMania XXIX report), followed by John Cena’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
As the majority of the crowd boo him, John Cena talks about his match with The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX (29), demonstrates a “heel turn” dance step, and after the crowd chant “same old shit”, talks about he intends to celebrate by defending his WWE Championship.
Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where after a “sexual chocolate” chant from the crowd, he talks about how John Cena won his match at WrestleMania, and he himself destroyed Ryback – so they should have a match.
Cena agrees to the match for the WWE Championship, but he is interrupted by Booker T’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring. Booker T says that The Rock is the Number One Contender due to being entitled to a rematch, and although The Rock suffered an injury and thus isn’t at this episode (prompting a “bullshit” chant from the crowd), if Henry wants a shot at the title, he has to earn it by beating Cena in a non-title match later on in this episode.
After more photos are shown of WrestleMania, as well as a tweet from The Shield promising to make an impact on this episode of Raw, Daniel Bryan (accompanied by Kane) takes on Big E Langston (accompanied by Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee) in a match which sees Langston get the victory, when he hits Bryan with a Big Ending for the 3-count.
After Josh Mathews interviews Kurt Warner in the crowd about his new show, The Miz is pitted against Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship in a match which sees Wade Barrett get the victory to become the new Intercontinental Champion once again, when he hits The Miz with a Bull Hammer elbow for the 3-count, much to the approval of the crowd who were behind him for the whole match.
After an interaction backstage involving Sheamus, Vickie Guerrero, and Brad Maddox, more photos from WrestleMania, and an interaction backstage involving Booker T and Randy Orton, Jack Swagger (accompanied by Zeb Colter) goes against Alberto Del Rio in a match which sees the crowd chanting “We Want Ziggler” at one point, and Del Rio get the victory when he applies the cross-armbreaker to Swagger, forcing him to tap out.
Afterwards, Del Rio shows the effects of the damage he has sustained throughout the match on his ankle by Swagger, which is then chosen to be capitalised on as Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring (accompanied by Big E Langston and AJ Lee) to cash in his Money In The Bank contract for the World Heavyweight Championship, making the crowd instantly erupt.
The match sees Ziggler get the victory to become the new World Heavyweight Champion, much to the approval of the crowd, when he hits Del Rio with a Zig-Zag for the 3-count. Afterwards, Ziggler celebrates in the ring with Langston and AJ, as the crowd continue to cheer him.
Next, The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he dedicates his match at WrestleMania to the memory of the late Paul Bearer – he is interrupted from saying how much respect he had for Bearer, by The Shield’s music hitting and them making their way through the crowd and to the ring.
Their entry into the ring is halted by Kane’s ring and stage pyro being set off however, as Kane and Daniel Bryan hit the ring to even up the odds. Seeing that the numbers are no longer in their favour, The Shield then decide to back off instead, and climb back over the barricade and start retreating through the crowd once again.
After Josh Mathews interviews Dolph Ziggler about being the new World Heavyweight Champion, R-Truth, Santino Marella, and Zack Ryder take on “3MB” Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre in a Six-Man Tag Team match which sees Marella get the victory for his team, when he hits Slater with the Cobra for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events of WrestleMania week in New Jersey, an interaction backstage involving Randy Orton and Sheamus, a video recapping The Big Show’s comments on the WrestleMania Post-Show, and an in-ring confrontation between Randy Orton and Sheamus over who should face The Big Show on this episode of Raw, a Twitter fan poll results in Orton being picked as the one to do so.
The fan poll results are ignored however, with Booker T and Vickie Guerrero making a match between Randy Orton and Sheamus, with the winner facing The Big Show. The match sees many chants from the crowd, including “Olé”, “Mike Chioda” (the referee of the match), “RVD”, “JBL”, “Jerry”, “Michael Cole”, “Randy Savage”. The final chant of the match is “Thank You Big Show” when The Big Show’s music hits to interrupt the match, and he makes his way to the ring, where he hits Sheamus and then Orton with a K.O Punch, followed by a spear to Orton outside the ring and then sending him over the announcers’ table.
After showing photos of Fandango’s WrestleMania entrance, Fandango is pitted against Kofi Kingston in a match which sees the crowd chanting Fandango’s theme until Chris Jericho hits the ring to interrupt the match, attacking Fandango and applying the Walls Of Jericho to him, followed by hitting him with a Codebreaker.
Jericho unfortunately doesn’t heed the subsequent chants of “Lionsault”, but Justin Roberts announcement that Fandango won the match as a result of a disqualification, and Fandango’s correction on the way to say his name, sees the crowd once again chanting Fandango’s theme as it plays.
After Josh Mathews interviews Paul Heyman about Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, “Team Rhodes Scholars” Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes, and “Bella Twins” Nikki and Brie go against “Tons Of Funk” Tensai and “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay, and “Funkadactyls” Cameron and Naomi in an Eight-Person Tag Team match, which sees the crowd once again chanting Fandango’s theme, and Clay get the victory for his team when he and Tensai hit Sandow with a double jumping body-splash for the 3-count.
After photos recapping the match between John Cena and The Rock at WrestleMania, Mark Henry (whose entrance has the crowd singing along with it) takes on John Cena in a match which sees another rendition of Fandango’s theme by the crowd, a “same old shit” chant when Henry slams Cena’s head into the announcers’ table, and Cena get the victory as a result of a count-out, when Henry is unable to re-enter the ring in time after having been pushed into the steel ring steps at ringside.
Afterwards, Henry takes his frustration of losing out on Cena by hitting him with a World’s Strongest Slam, but when he lifts the WWE Championship aloft, Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with a bee-line towards Henry.
Mark Henry exits the ring after being hit with a spinebuster from Ryback, which is when Ryback’s attention turns to John Cena, prompting the crowd to cheer. The cheers turn to boos however, as Ryback offers Cena a hand to pull him to his feet, and Cena then celebrates on the turnbuckle.
When John Cena’s attention is turned back to Ryback, Ryback starts chanting “Feed Me More” along with the crowd, with Ryback then hitting Cena with a meat-hook clothesline that he follows up with a Shell-Shock as the crowd cheer.
Ryback raises the title aloft over a downed Cena and chants “Feed Me More” along with the crowd once again, as Raw goes off the air.