WWE Raw Results (4/11/16)
Monday, April 11th, 2016
From the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Good evening boys and girls! Welcome back to Wrestling News World for Monday Night Raw! We're coming off a very strange week in WWE, last week. It'll be interesting to see how things progress this week. Last week Shane McMahon's Raw felt ridiculously similar to a Vince McMahon/Authority Raw. Hopefully, we'll see some progress in that department. I'm also hoping we see more to the Zack Ryder/Miz storyline. I'm hoping Ryder doesn't get shoved right back into jobber status.
Question of Week: Will we see any of the promises Shane made actually start to take effect on Raw or will it be the same show as always?
The show kicks off with Here Comes the Money! Shane McMahon! Shane seems like he has recovered from his hellacious match from WrestleMania with the Undertaker.
Shane- What's up Los Angeles! Man, it feels good to be out here! You know my dad let me run Raw for his own personal amusement, well he must be very amused because I'm back tonight. Let's give credit where it's due, because of the incredible support from all fo you. So let's keep rolling what I started last week, new superstars, new opportunities, fresh match ups. Natalya has challenged Charlotte for the Women's Championship, that's going to happen TONIGHT. We're starting a tag team tournament to determine the team to challenge The New Day. That starts TONIGHT. AJ Styles is the new #1 contender to take on Roman Reigns. There was an opportunity that was squandered last week, so tonight we're going to give Sami Zayn another chance. Sami Zayn will take on AJ Styles and if he wins in 3 weeks it will be a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
~Kevin Owens' music hits~
KO- Shane with all due respect, I think it's a good thing tonight might be your last night in charge because if you think Sami Zayn deserves that kind of opportunity I think you may have knocked a few screws loose during that Hell in a Cell. Especially considering how I am quite frankly getting screwed over here.
Shane- You think you were screwed over. Last Monday you screwed over Sami Zayn. Also, you had opportunities and last Monday you lost. Just as you lost at WrestleMania.
KO- Let me stop you right there, I didn't lose anything. I was robbed at KO-Mania by Sami Zayn. Just like I was robbed last Monday because I didn't get pinned. That's just not fair. You know what else isn't fair? That I didn't receive my rematch for the IC title. In fact, I'm in my gear, I'm in the ring. I demand my rematch tonight.
Shane- You demand it? Well that's not how things work around here. You earn things. So tonight you can earn your shot at the IC championship, you just have to defeat one guy. That man I've been seeing run back and forth all day. He's been here since 2:30 this afternoon. If you beat him you go on to take on The Miz for the IC Championship and that man is the Swiss Superman Cesaro. Since he's ready, I'm ready, you said you're ready. That starts right now!
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens for the #1 Contendership for the Intercontinental Championship
Cesaro goes after Owens but KO goes to the ropes. Cesaro takes down KO, Owens rolls out of the ring. Cesaro invites Owens back in. Kevin rolls back in and gets a headlock locked on but Cesaro reverses it and locks in several headlocks. Uppercut by Cesaro, but Owens goes after the injured shoulder of Cesaro. The go to the outside and Owens sends Cesaro's shoulder into the steel post. They roll back and KO goes back to work on the shoulder. Owens locks in a submission onto the shoulder of Cesaro. Cesaro fights out and tosses Owens into the corner and hits a running uppercut. And another! And another! Cesaro hits 3 more and a dropkick! 2! Kevin sends Cesaro into the steel post shoulder first as we head to break.
We return and Owens is in control. Uppercuts from Cesaro to Owens. Cesaro goes for the swing but Owens breaks out, but Cesaro counters with double boots to the chest of Owens. Cesaro hits a crossbody from the top rope but Owens rolls through and turns it into a crossface! Cesaro tries to make it to the ropes but gets rolled back to the center of the ring. Cesaro turns it into a roll-up for 2. Cesaro puts Owens in the Sharpshooter! Owens makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Miz and Maryse are watching from backstage. Owens goes to the top rope and hits a Frog Splash! Cesaro kicks out at 2 1/2! Owens signals the end and tries the Pop Up Powerbomb but Cesaro leaps over Owens and hits a springboard Uppercut! Cesaro locks in the Cesaro swing but can only get 2 rotations because of his shoulder. Owens pulls Cesaro shoulder first into the turnbuckle! Owens hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb but it's countered into a roll into Neutralizer! Cesaro is the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship!
Charlotte and Ric are backstage and Charlotte is complaining about having to wrestle Natalya for the Women's Championship. Doctor Phil interrupts and tells Charlotte that Ric is dragging her down. He tells her that Ric is teaching her to cheat her way to the top instead of winning clean which she's capable of. She needs to stand on her own to feet.
Kevin Owens is backstage yelling at Shane saying he's screwed. Shane tells him to calm down and Owens tells Shane what happens to Zayn tonight is on his head. Shane tells Owens he isn't going to screw Sami again, so he's having him escorted out of the building.
AWWWWW LOS ANGELES! DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR!
Woods- Just like a game of NBA Jam, as of last week this tag team division IT'S ON FIRE. There are so many teams that want the same thing, that's to get a piece of the WWE WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!
Kofi- But who deserves it?!
All- WHO? WHO? WHO? WHO!?
E- We shall see, tonight starts the tournament to see who our next challenger is. Say goodbye to March madness and say hello to your #1 Contender Tag Team Tournament baby! Sponsored by Booty-os! Booty-Os they make sure you ain't booty!
Kof1- 8 aspiring teams will fight for the chance to fight for the chance to dethrone the New Day. Will they suceed?
Woods- Ehhhhhhh NAHHH. But sure is gonna be fun to see em try! So without further ado, the first match begins right now!
Big E- BECAUSE!!! New Day rocks!
Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz
We return from break and doctors are checking on Kalisto. For some reason even though it's acknowledged that Kalisto is the legal man, Sin Cara is allowed to wrestle in the ring against D-Von, who has a headlock in. Bubba tags in and hammers away at Sin Cara and then tags back out. Sin Cara fights back with a springboard crossbody. Sin Cara with a flying elbow, then takes Bubba off the side. Springboard Moonsault. 2! Blind tag made to Bubba and they hit the 3D for the win!
Winners: The Dudley Boyz
Enzo and Cass' music hits and they come out with mics!
Enzo- My name is Enzo amora and I'm a certified G and a bonafide stud and you can't teach that! This here is Big Cass and 7 foot tall and you can't teach that! Badaboom realest guys in the room! How you doin'?!
Bubba- We're doing just fine, you need to shut their mouths and they do too! You got a lot of nerve you young punks! Do you know who we are!? We're the Dudley Boyz! We paved the way for guys like you!
D-Von- Gentlemen let's get this straight, you're not the best tag team here. You only exist because of us!
Enzo- Ehhh no no no Devon, the reason exist is because my parents got it on. How you doin'?
Cass- If you two paved the way, you need to step to the side of the road because we're coming through like jackhammers. So put on your reflective vest and get back to worK. There's only one word to describe you and I'M GONNA SPELL IT OUT FOR YA! S-A-W-F-T! SAAAAWFFFTTT!!!
We see Kevin Owens being walked out of the building.
Roman Reigns comes out holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to a lot of heat.
Roman- Let me start of by saying this L.A. It's all good because I'm not a good guy, I'm not a bad guy, I'm THE guy. At Payback I'm defending this title against AJ Styles, that's if he can beat Sami Zayn, if he can't it's a triple threat. I've got a lot of respect for those guys, but neither of them have ever worn THE championship. My plan is to stay THE champ for a really long time---*League of Nations interrupt*
Sheamus- Roman you seem pretty confident right now, that can be a good thing. How confident would you be if you had to face one of the lads at WWE Payback?
Roman- Were you trying to make me nervous or something Sheamus?
Sheamus- Whether you're nervous or not, you should be. Last week we eliminated the weak link and we are stronger than ever! We're not happy about being left out of the WWE Championship #1 contender match last week.
Rusev- You think you're the guy? Well good for you, because I'm a man. I'm bigger than you, I'm stronger than you. I'm better looking than you. I, me, Rusev should be the face of the WWE!
Roman- I think you just proved you're the ass of the WWE.
ADR- Anyone of us could kick your butt for the WWE title.
Roman- I agree, you should all come down here and all three will get your asses whooped.
All three men run down into the ring.
The Wyatt Family appear and help Roman in the ring clear out the League of Nations. Roman stands staring at the Wyatts when they turn around at him.
Shane- Woah hold up, hold up! I never thought I'd see Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns standing side by side fighting a common enemy, but I dig it. I want to see more of it. So tonight 2 members of the League of Nations will take on Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt in the main event.
We get another vignette for Primo and Epico.
Charlotte w/ Ric Flair vs. Natalya for the WWE Women's Championship
Dr. Phil is at ringside for this match. He says he's there to see if she takes his advice from earlier. Charlotte Woos in the face of Natalya. Charlotte puts Natalya in the corner. Natty takes down Charlotte but Charlotte kicks her away. Natalya hits a sick spinebuster and hits forearms to the face of Natty. Natty locks in an armbar and Ric helps Charlotte get her feet to the ropes. Natty hypes the crowd as Charlotte catches her breath on the side. Natty catches a boot from Charlotte and slams her head first into the mat. Charlotte rolls out again. Chop from Charlotte and neckbreaker. Charlotte drops a knee after taking down the knee pad. 2 count. We head to break.
We return and Charlotte has Natty in the Figure 4, but Natalya reverses the pressure! Charlotte gets to the ropes. Charlotte puts Natalya in the Sharpshooter. Natty rolls under it to break the hold. Chops from Charlotte. Natty counters with right hands and a german suplex! She goes for another but Charlotte counters it. Spinning clothesline from Natty. Natty goes for the sharpshooter but Charlotte counters and hits a big boot! 2! Charlotte goes for a moonsault and misses! Natty locks in the sharpshooter! Ric is halfway in the ring but the ref pushes him out. Charlotte taps but Ric pulled the ref out! The ref disqualifies Charlotte so she retains.
Winner by DQ: Natalya
Renee interviews Sami and asks if he's ready for tonight. Sami says he's ready to show the world his heart and soul, something Kevin Owens can't take away from him. He's ready. AJ Styles walks up and says he agrees with Sami. They're both here in the WWE and AJ is the only #1 contender and plans to keep it that way.
The Usos vs. Curtis Axel and Heath Slater of #SocialOutcasts in a Tag Team Tournament match
Axel and Jimmy start this one off. Jey makes a quick tag in and Axel hits a running knee to the head of Jey. Axel stomps away at Jey and Heath tags in. Suplex from Slater who taunts Jimmy. Tag to Axel who attacks Jey in the corner. Slater hits a cheap shot. Axel puts a headlock in on Jey. Dropkick from Axel and tag to Slater. Slater hits a dropkick in the corner and gets a 2 count. Tag to Axel who kicks the gut of Jey and then tags Slater back in. Axel hits a running elbow and throws Jey into Slater. Social Outcasts do a celebration train, the Usos make a tag and roll up Slater for the win.
Winners: The Usos
After the match, Anderson and Gallows come out of nowhere and attack the Usos! Bullet Club chants reign through the arena.
Backstage Maryse is yelling at a WWE hand for having blue M&Ms in his bowl of candy and having regular water, not imported. JoJo walks up and asks Miz about beating Zack Ryder and his match against Cesaro. Miz says it's a travesty that she mentioned Ryder and Cesaro in the same breath as the Miz. Cesaro walks in and makes a bunch of red carpet puns while saying he's going to take the title off Miz.
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn if Sami wins he'll be inserted into the WWE Championship match at Payback
Sami and AJ feel each other out and do a few test of strengths and test each other. Both men stand tall. They do this a few times until Sami puts AJ in the corner and chops him. Snap suplex by AJ and then he locks in a submission on Sami's neck. AJ hits a knee to Sami who fought out, sending him out of the ring. AJ hits a running knee to the face of Zayn and rolls him back in. 2 count. Styles leaps at Sami who pulls down the ropes. Sami leaps over the top rope and takes out AJ Styles as we head to break.
We return and AJ is in control with a running knee in the corner and a pump handle slam! Styles does a fireman's carry into the knee. Sami counters a suplex into a roll-up for 2! Sami with a crossbody off the top rope! He gets a 2 count! Sami grabs AJ from behind but Styles hits a Pele kick! Styles misses a springboard forearm and Zayn connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb! 1-2-NO! AJ kicks out. AJ locks in the Calf Crusher! Sami is redfaced in pain! He reaches for the ropes and gets it with fingertips! AJ goes to the top rope but Sami gets up and knocks AJ into a seated position. AJ turns it into a sunset flip but Sami landed really weird on the top of his head and got back up immediately to hit a dropkick. Sami goes for the Helluva kick but misses! AJ hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the win!
Winner: AJ Styles
Backstage AJ and Sami are talking and AJ is telling Sami that he'll get another chance. Shane walked up and thanked them both for such an amazing match! He tells them they're both awesome. AJ and Sami have a man-hug.
Jericho-Shut you're damn mouths and listen to me. Yeah, shut up because tonight is a monumental night, the biggest highlight reel of all time, I've got the biggest star in WWE history. He's a multiple time World Champion, he's main evented multiple WrestleMania's, he's a sure-fire Hall of Famer. My guest...is me. Tonight you'll learn more about me than ever so shut up. So Chris to what do you owe your massive success in the WWE. Well, Chris, I owe my success to myself because my name is associated with greatness because I'm the best in the world at what I do. I came out here tonight to stand in front of all of you and let you bask in the glory of the best of all time. I give you the gift of Jericho. Now, Chris, we thank you for that. You're also the first Undisputed Champion of all time by beating The Rock and Stone Cold in the same night. Who else could beat AJ Styles in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania? There is no one on this roster who can touch me right now. You're right Chris, no one can touch you. I know---
~Dean Ambrose's music goes off and he comes down with a plant and a poster with him~
Jericho- Hey idiot, what are you doing? This is my show!
Dean- Oh, yeah, this is my show now.
Jericho- No, this is my show, the highlight reel.
Dean- You didn't get the memo, I've got it right here. It's straight from Shane himself.
Jericho- This is a speeding ticket.
Dean- Woops, I need that. Here you go.
Jericho- To whom it may consider, the Highlight Reel has been canceled and will be replaced by the Ambrose Asylum with Dean Ambrose.
Dean- Is my tie on straight? I've never hosted a show before I'm kinda nervous. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Ambrose Asylum! Welcome my first guest, Chris Jericho. Hey don't boo my guests, they're my guests. Now, Chris the whole world wants to know...what's up with that scarf dude.
Jericho- First of all, this scarf cost $750 dollars. Second of all, I know what you're trying to do, you're trying to interrupt me because I did the same to you on Smackdown. I don't have to play by the same rules though because I've reached legendary status here in the WWE. I can do what I want with no repercussions. I go where I want and do what I want. If you were smart you'll stay out of my way or I'll bury you. Look at me when I talk to you boy! Make a smart decision for the first time and get out of my ring.
Dean- So you're not gonna tell us about the scarf or....
Chris knocks the mic out of Dean's hands and Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds!
Apollo Crews vs. Adam Rose
Crews clotheslines Rose out of the ring. Rose gets back in and hits a cheap shot, then puts Apollo in the corner and stomps away. Adam moves Apollo to the other corner and repeats the stomps. Adam with a headlock in the middle of the ring. Crews fights out but Rose hits a flying kick to take down Crews. Big right hand from Apollo and a suplex that's all power. Another big right hand and a splash in the corner. High flying elbow from Crews. Bo up on the side for the distraction, but it does no good as Crews still managed to get the spin out powerbomb for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
We get a promo for Baron Corbin.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo about teaming up with Roman. He tells Roman he can trust him, but laughs after. Los Angeles...we're here.
Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio
Roman and Bray don't seem to trust each other at all. Bray and Sheamus start the match and Bray hits a quick elbow to knock down Sheamus and then drops down and does his creepy reverse spider walk. Bray hammers away at Sheamus in the corner and tags Roman who gets in Bray's face for a second before double teaming Sheamus. Roman clotheslines Sheamus repeatedly in the corner and Wyatt tags himself in. Big right hand from Bray. Sheamus tags Del Rio who hits a stomp from the top rope. Big kick to the gut from Del Rio in the corner. Tag to Sheamus. Bray sends Sheamus over the top rope and Roman tags in. Roman with a leaping clothesline. Roman knocks ADR off the side and signals the Superman Punch. Sheamus rolls out instead, but Roman goes after him. ADR attacks Roman from behind, and Sheamus shoves Roman into the steel post, twice! Sheamus throws Roman out of the ring. Sheamus hits the 10 Beats to the chest of Roman and then tags Del Rio who hits a standing enziguri. Del Rio hangs Reigns in the corner. Del Rio gets on the top but Roman sits up and pulls Alberto off the top. Tag to Sheamus who blocks the tag to Bray Wyatt. Roman hits a Samoan drop out of nowhere! Bray makes the tag and hits a splash in the corner! He plants Del Rio with that dropping Rock Bottom. Bray hangs upside down. Goes for Sister Abigail but it's reversed, only to have Wyatt connect with the running elbow. Sheamus runs in but Roman comes in and sends him over the top rope. Roman goes for the Superman Punch but Sheamus hits a shot to the gut of Roman before it connects. Sheamus sends Roman into the stairs. Del Rio hits the backstabber but Wyatt kicks out at 2! DEH!! The Wyatt Family comes out and takes out Rusev on the side. Wyatt grabs Alberto Del Rio and hits Sister Abigail! Bray gets the pinfall and Roman spears Sheamus to stop him from breaking up the pinfall!
Winner: Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt
After the match Bray and his family corner Roman and stare him down.
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