Raw Fusion: For All Mankind

by Firefly on 23rd April 2013

The 22nd April 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw starts with a video recapping the events of two weeks ago involving The Undertaker, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and The Shield, as well as the events involving John Cena and Ryback, followed by Paul Heyman standing in the ring to kick off the show.

Paul Heyman talks about how he is there as the advocate for Brock Lesnar, and that he is sure that it has been the buzz of the global community about what Lesnar did to the 3MB last week – as he then shows footage of just that – and of the challenge that followed, which was directed at Triple H for a match at the upcoming Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View.

He says that he has received an email from Triple H that due to his injuries, he will be giving his answer to the challenge next week. Heyman suggests that this is evidence that Triple H is instead a gutless coward, but he is interrupted by Triple H’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.

Triple H tells Heyman that he lied in the email, and after grabbing Heyman by his tie, tells him that he wants him to go back to Brock Lesnar and inform him that he accepts. He then punctuates this acceptance by hitting Paul Heyman with the Pedigree.

Next, R-Truth takes on Antonio Cesaro in a match which sees Truth get the victory, when he hits Cesaro with a jumping-reverse STO for the 3-count.

After a video showing a helicopter landing and The Shield climbing out of it and then into a car, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by his “Tons Of Funk” partner Tensai and “Funkadactyls” Naomi and Cameron) is pitted against Damien Sandow (accompanied by his “Team Rhodes Scholars” partner Cody Rhodes) in a match which sees Sandow get the victory, when he rolls up Clay with the aid of the trunks for the 3-count.

After a video recapping Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money In The Bank contract against Alberto Del Rio two weeks ago to become the World Heavyweight Champion, and the announcers informing us that Booker T has made a Triple Threat between Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules, an interaction backstage involving Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee, Big E Langston, Vickie Guerrero, and Brad Maddox sees Ziggler informed that if Chris Jericho beats him in their match which will take place later on in this episode, the aforementioned Triple Threat match will become a Fatal Four-Way that includes Jericho.

After a video recapping the events of last week involving CM Punk, a video from The Shield, and a video recapping Chris Jericho’s match with Dolph Ziggler last month, Chris Jericho goes against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Big E Langston and AJ Lee) in a match which sees Ziggler take advantage of the distraction provided by Fandango’s music playing, when he hits Jericho with a Zig-Zag for the 3-count.

After a video recapping The Shield’s attack on John Cena as Ryback watched on last week, the announcers informing us that John Cena will face Ryback for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules, and Josh Mathews’ interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley, Tensai (accompanied by Brodus Clay and the Funkadactyls) takes on Cody Rhodes (accompanied by Damien Sandow) in a match which sees Tensai get the victory, when he hits Rhodes with a running back-splash for the 3-count.

After an interaction backstage involving Kane and Daniel Bryan, which ends in both apparently being attacked by The Shield, a SmackDown Rebound video recapping the Tag Team match involving the team of Sheamus and Randy Orton and the team of Mark Henry and The Big Show, and Josh Mathews’ interview with Ryback about his inaction last week, Big E Langston is pitted against “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder in a match which sees Langston get the victory, when he hits Ryder with a Big Ending for the 3-count.

After a video promoting the release of “For All Mankind: The Life & Career Of Mick Foley” on DVD and Blu-Ray, and a video recapping the events involving The Undertaker, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and The Shield two weeks ago, The Undertaker goes against “The Shield” Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins in what appears will be a Handicap match.

As The Shield approach the ring to surround The Undertaker however, Kane’s pyro goes off and “Team Hell No” Kane and Daniel Bryan hit the ring to even up the odds and make the match a Six-Man Tag Team match as it was scheduled to be.

The match sees Ambrose get the victory for The Shield, when he avoids Bryan’s diving headbutt attempt and pins him for the 3-count.

After showing tweets from The Rock saying that he requires surgery, an interaction backstage involving Mick Foley and John Cena, and a video recapping Fandango’s attack on Chris Jericho two weeks ago on SmackDown, Fandango (accompanied by NXT Diva Summer Rae, who is not his usual dance partner) takes on William Regal in a match which sees Fandango get the victory, when he hits Regal with a swinging reverse STO for the 3-count.

Afterwards, he celebrates in the ring and then on stage with Summer Rae, but after spinning her in one direction, he is attacked from behind by Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho throws Fandango off the stage and then looks towards Summer, extending his hand to suggest that they dance instead.

Summer is initially unsure as to what to do, but she puts her hand in Jericho’s and as Fandango’s theme plays, she is spun and Jericho then dips her back with her leg extended.

After the announcers inform us that the Bella Twins are disqualified from the upcoming match due to Nikki and Brie switching via “Twin Magic” in Nikki’s match with Kaitlyn last week, Kaitlyn joins commentary as AJ Lee, Aksana, Naomi, Tamina Snuka, and Layla face each other in a Divas Battle Royal to determine the number one contender to face Kaitlyn for the Divas Championship.

The match sees AJ get the victory, when she plays possum to catch Layla off guard with a kick to knock her out of the ring to the floor.

After a trailer hyping next month’s movie release of “No One Lives” starring Brodus Clay, and a video recapping Mick Foley’s induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame two weeks ago, Mick Foley’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with a steel chair.

Mick Foley says that he didn’t come with the intention of getting into a confrontation, but he is there and about to enter one. He says that Ryback said that if Foley had something to say, he should say it face to face, and the way that Foley sees it is that he is standing there and has something to say, so the only thing missing from the equation is Ryback.

Ryback’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he asks Foley how John Cena giving him a chair helps him out. Foley says that he felt offended when Cena gave him the chair, but that it has never been more obvious as he stands in the ring with Ryback, that his own time was in the past.

After rolling footage of The Shield’s attack on John Cena as Ryback watched on last week, Ryback says that he knows what he did and loved it, but in response to Foley’s question about what happened to the man who entered the WWE last year and commanded respect because he demanded respect, he says that Foley better be careful what he wishes for, as he may just get it.

Mick Foley says that in the past, he himself was left laying with nobody to help him a number of times, but that he didn’t count those occasions and instead did the best he could and got back up afterwards.

He says that on three separate occasions, the best he had was enough to become the WWE Champion. Foley says that we haven’t seen the best that Ryback has to offer, and that there are slight differences between them.

Foley says that Ryback has the physical tools to dominate for as long as he chooses, but he asks if Ryback wants to become the WWE Champion by watching John Cena get destroyed by The Shield. He points out that Extreme Rules is coming very soon, so he needs to wake up.

Ryback yells at Foley to shut up, and says that he wanted to send a message to “Super Cena” which he did, and that he wanted a WWE Championship match that he also got. He says that he wants to be the WWE Champion at Extreme Rules, so if Mick Foley or the “stupid” fans have a problem with that, he does not care any more.

He calls Mick Foley a “fat, pathetic, lazy bastard”, and reiterates his question about how John Cena giving him a chair helps him standing in the ring with Ryback. Foley suggests that Ryback tells him, but after Ryback grabs the chair and throws it out of the ring, Cena’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.

Foley exits the ring as Cena enters it, but before anything can happen between Cena and Ryback, The Shield’s music hits and they make their way towards the ring. John Cena slowly exits the ring, apparently looking for some sort of indication to do otherwise, but no such sign appears to be given.

When The Shield enter the ring and start to attack Ryback however, John Cena hits the ring once again and starts attacking The Shield with a steel chair, following them out to ringside to hit them with it a few more times until they retreat through the crowd.

Entering the ring once again to face Ryback, Cena throws the chair down, but he takes advantage of Ryback’s momentary glance towards the chair, as he grabs Ryback and hits him with an Attitude Adjustment, perhaps in retaliation for Ryback not doing last week what Cena did do this week.

John Cena and Ryback stare each other down from their respective positions of the stage and ring, as Raw goes off the air.

About the Author: Firefly

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Discovering WCW Monday Nitro in the 1990s, he has been hooked on wrestling ever since, later going on to also discover WWF (now WWE), and even later numerous independent promotions, TNA and now the very captivating challenger known as AEW.

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