WWE Main Event is coming to you live from Nashville, Tennessee!
The main event of the evening is Real American Jack Swagger vs. the Big Show. Both of these superstars were involved in some curious scenarios last night on Raw. It seems most of the WWE universe expected the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender Tournament to end with Swagger facing former tag team partner Cesaro. However, Swagger lost his first-round match against Sheamus, despite dominating Sheamus for most of the match.
Big Show didn’t have much to do on Raw, however he did interrupt Damien Sandow’s self-important promo with a KO punch to Sandow’s face. Personally, I was expecting a Big Show heel turn and the segment ending with Show offering a sympathetic ear to Sandow, but alas, that wasn’t in the cards.
Regardless, these two powerhouses square off tonight in what should be an entertaining fight!
Big Show vs. Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, TN
LIVE on WWE Network tonight at 6pm (7 central, baby!)
Re-run on ION Television tomorrow night, same time
Believe in Evolution
One of the bright spots of RAW in the brand split/brand extension era of WWE, heel faction Evolution, reunited last night to assault the Shield in retaliation for their interference last week on Raw. Spoiler Alert: it was awesome. While they don’t have the same past, present, and future vibe they formed with in the 2000s, the return of the super group provides another great foil to the rising Shield at Extreme Rules.
After being booking the Shield in a 11 on 3 handicap match, “Line in the Sand” hit, and Triple H, Batista, & Orton emerged to finish the Authority’s punishment. Much like his Daniel Bryan assault about a month ago, Triple H & the reunited Evolution, put their target at a disadvantage and then used the opportunity to deliver a one-sided asskicking. I loved it then and I loved it now. Setting aside the mark out moment of the return of Evolution, it also was great professional wrestling.
For a good chunk of their WWE Tenure, The Shield was largely invincible. However, now that they’re on the fan favorite, having them show vulnerability is good and will endear them to the marks who weren’t already on board as they face three of the most “hated” men in WWE. This is how you put asses in the seats and eyes on the product. Our reactions this morning would be different had this been a strictly 3-on-3 Evolution beats down the Shield. Instead, Evolution waited until 11 other men had the Hounds of Justice down and THEN they attacked. Now the thought is planted, “Unfair! I can’t wait to see the Shield wreck these dudes at Extreme Rules at even strength!” (P.S. please make it a WAR GAMES.)
Final aside, if you’re tweeting things like “burial” and “squash” you need to reexamine what those terms mean. This closing angle sets up an opportunity for the Shield to either go over big or implode big in a high-profile contest. You could argue, a big push or angle like this involving the Shield would have been lost in the shuffle of Wrestlemania, but now it’s likely to be the Extreme Rules Main Event.
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What did you think of Raw last night? It was a mixed bag of emotions for me. Lets get to it.
Raw after Mania - Top 10
That’s right, last week’s Raw was so good, the WWE counted down the top 10 moments from it. I liked all 10 moments and still argue it was top to bottom the best Raw in quite some time. My favorite moment is still Bad News Barrett actually wrestling. BOOM!
Death of the Warrior – LOP
This will probably be the last post I do about the death of the Warrior, I’m just too sad about the whole thing. An MI took down the Warrior, not drugs or steroids. Take that haters.
Early Cesaro – Chikara
That’s right, your beloved Cesaro use to be a part of the true Indy Circuit. Only Sam E take the time to find gems like this. I do greatly enjoy the catch power-bomb over the top rope back into the ring!
Fresh off an absolutely stellar week of programming, WWE returns with another episode of Monday Night Raw! Birmingham, Alabama is the site, as the WWE universe closes the chapter on another Wrestlemania season and starts to look ahead to the summer months. Some pre-show notes:
- Warrior Tribute: Announced a few days ago, tonight’s episode will be a tribute show to Warrior aka Ultimate Warrior fka Jim Hellwig. Expect WWE Superstars past and present to pay homage to one of the best to ever do it. RIP Warrior.
- Repercussions for the Shield: The Shield’s anxiety with serving as lapdogs for the Authority finally bubbled over last week, as Raw ended with the Hounds of Justice coming to the aid of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns spearing the COO himself, Triple H. The newly-reunited Evolution (plus Stephanie and Kane) will no doubt have a rebuttal for Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns.
- Divas Title Picture: After last week’s shocking loss at the hands of Paige, AJ Lee is surely plotting her revenge. Will she exercise her rematch clause tonight or will she drag it out to Extreme Rules? Is it asking too much for Paige to bring in the NXT Women’s title to WWE? Having both her and Daniel Bryan carry around two belts might be overkill, but it might also be really cool.
- Paul E’s New Prize: It looks like Brock Lesnar is returning to his lair for the time being, but in his stead as top Paul Heyman Guy is Cesaro! Cesaro shocked the world last week, not by splitting off from the Real Americans, but by joining forces with Paul Heyman. Cesaro’s been spectacular lately, winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania XXX, getting the rub from Hulk Hogan, and obliterating Big Show at every turn. Expect his feud with Jack Swagger to heat up tonight.
- WWEWHC No. 1 Contender: Daniel Bryan will defend his newly-won WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules, but the question is against whom. Randy Orton, Batista, and even Triple H all have claims to a one-on-one shot at the straps. With Extreme Rules less than three weeks away, the top of the card should get sorted out sooner rather than later.
- The Whole Dam Show: RVD picked an interesting time to return to WWE, as it’s in a full-on youth movement and returning stars haven’t always been given their respect due (see: Big Dave Batista). Tonight should provide answers on just what direction RVD will take during his current stint.
- Post-Wrestlemania Holdovers: Two years ago it was YES-ing; last year it was Fandango-ing. What will be the legacy of this year’s Raw After Wrestlemania crowd? There are a number of worthy contenders including singing/swaying to the Wyatt Family’s entrance, face pops for Bad News Barrett and the Wyatt Family, “John Cena Suuuuuucks” (to the tune of Cena’s entrance theme), and not caring about Rey Mysterio.
That’s it, marks! Enjoy the show tonight and be sure to check back here at CDW for the “Day After” report and all your news and analysis needs!
Jack Swagger Wins IC Title, Briefly- Lords of Pain
At a live event this weekend in Hidalgo, TX, Jack Swagger won the IC Title with help from Zeb Colter. However, it was short lived as GM Brad Maddox restarted the match due to Zeb’s chicanery and Big E ended up retaining in the restarted contest.
Storm Stays, Sabin Departs- PW Torch/411Mania
TNA announced that James Storm has resigned to a multi-year deal, while at the same time another TNA “original” looks like he’s left the company. Chris Sabin has been unable to come to an agreement on a new contract and finished up with the company at their One Night Only tapings this weekend.
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella Tie the Knot- WWE.com
The WWE World Heavyweight Champion continued his big week by wedding his fiance Brie Bella this past Friday in Arizona.