WWE Raw Results (4/18/16)
Monday, April 18th, 2016
From The O2 Arena London, England
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome back! My name is Zack, I'll be your host for the evening! This is Wrestling News World's live coverage of Monday Night Raw! We're on the way to Payback and it seems we might be (another) man down with Bray Wyatt getting injured. No word on what his plans were, but his face is all over the Payback posters. How will this effect the booking from here forward? I guess we'll find out together! We also saw the debut of Gallows and Anderson last week, will we see a full blow Bullet Club this week?
Question of the Week: Do you think a Brand Split is on the way?
Raw is kicking off with the Lunatic, Dean Ambrose!
Dean- Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Ambrose Asylum! Let's see what's in the news. Did you hear about this, apparently there were reported sightings of monsters in the river behind the O2. I didn't even know Strowman could swim. I can't believe that joke worked, I don't know how James Corden does this every night. Let's welcome my first guest, the man who gave me my first big break in the talk show business and he's in charge of Raw again tonight, Shane McMahon!
Thanks for coming, Shane! Have a seat (looks around and there are no chairs) actually we can stand. WWE Universe says you still got it, before we show the crowd some footage, I wanna say that I've done some crazy stuff in my career but THIS takes the cake. I mean WOW! Shane you're the first guy in the WWE who made ME stop and think "what's that guy thinking!"
Shane- Weirdly that's one of the biggest compliments I've ever gotten, thank you.
Dean- I treat my guests well! It's time to get down to brass tax. I brought you here to pick your brain. Any show could be your last, so what's on your priority list.
Shane- It's all about you guys! It's about the fans because you deserve better. There's a new era here in the WWE where wrestlers who would never have gotten a shot before are getting their turn. Guys like AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks! It's because of all of you.
Kevin Owens' music hits and he comes out to the stage with a mic.
Owens- You know what Shane, you can talk about the evolution of WWE and this new era, but this is the same old crap I've seen for years. A McMahon mad with power who has a personal vendetta against this generation's #1 superstar and that's me!
Shane- I don't have any vendetta against you.
KO- Then why did you have me kicked out of the building last week?
Shane- Because you were going to cost Sami Zayn another chance at the World Heavyweight Championship.
KO- I got punished for being honest. And I am an honest man, what I said is true. Sami Zayn doesn't belong anywhere near the WWE Championship. I know it better than anyone else! He's been riding my coattails for years! Sami Zayn is--*Zayn's music hits and he makes his way out*
Sami- It's funny Kev you talk about me riding your coattails because I got signed by WWE before you! I know that drives you crazy, I know that's why you threw our friendship away. We both know deep down that you'd never be in WWE without me. You made a career of stabbing your friends in the back.
~Chris Jericho's music hits~
Chris- Shut your mouths I got something to say! Zayn there is a lot bigger issues here than your stupid idiot emotions. There is only one man in this ring with a brain and it's Kevin Owens, he was right about Shane being drunk with power. Maybe you forgot being gone so long, but you need to remember I am the best in the world at what I do, do you understand what I am saying to you right now? That means hosting the greatest WWE talkshow, the Highlight reel.
Shane- Chris with all due respect, this is about new opportunities, that's why we're here on the Ambrose Asylum. You can go watch all the episodes of the Highlight Reel on the WWE network.
They all start bickering.
Dean- HEY! Be careful around the plant.
Shane- Tensions are getting a little high. So here's what's gonna happen. Chris if you're truly the best in the world you're going to prove it by taking on Dean Ambrose at Payback. And Kevin, since you have such personal beef with Sami you're going to be facing him at Payback! Since tensions are getting high I'm going to step out of the ring.
Dean- Hey Shane could you hold my plant? Thanks.
Dean immediately attacks Kevin Owens and Sami attacks Jericho. The heels retreat as the faces stand tall.
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho starts with some chops and then locks in a headlock. Sami throws Jericho with three arm drags! Jericho fights out of a submission on his arm but Sami hits a kick right to the jaw of Chris. Jericho hits an elbow to a running Sami Zayn, but misses the springboard dropkick. Sami hits a springboard backflip onto Jericho on the outside. They roll back in and Jericho hits a chop and goes to the top for an axehandle but Sami counters. Sami goes for a move up the ropes but Jericho pushes Sami causing him to land on the family jewels. Jericho puts Sami in the corner but Sami shows signs of life, before eating a dropkick from Y2J.
We return and Jericho is in control and locks in a headlock. Kick to the side of the head of Zayn then a running bulldog. Sami counters the lion sault! Blue Thunderbomb from Zayn! Sami to the top rope and comes off but Jericho hits a dropkick midair! Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho! Sami struggles towards the bottom rope and makes it! Sami flips Jericho over the top rope. Sami lines up Jericho but Jericho moves before Sami can go over the top rope. Sami runs out and hits the diving DDT through the turnbuckles. Sami goes for the Helluva Kick but Jericho cowers down in the corner. As the ref pulls Sami away Jericho hits a thumb to the eye and then the Code Breaker for the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Backstage AJ is being interviewed but almost immediately Gallows and Anderson walk in. They thank him for putting a good word in with WWE brass to get them hired. They joke around and say they should go catch up off camera.
Enzo and Cass vs. The Dudley Boyz
Enzo- My name is Enzo Amore! I'm a certified G and a bonified stud and you can't teach that! Badaboom realest guys in the room!
Big Cass- England!!! We have arrived. Hey diddle diddle Enzo's got a riddle.
Enzo- Hey diddle, diddle I said I got a riddle, there is a world hell in hello, there's good in goodbye, there is end in friend, there is lie believe, and there is dud in Dudley Boyz. That's cause they're a couple haters and that's cause their duds and not studs. Me and big Cass no fogazzi. We're A's, like a couple of A cups, we're real whether you like us or not.
Big Cass- Dudley Boyz there's only one word to describe you and I'm gonna SPELL IT OUT! S-A-W-F-T SAAWWWWFT!!!
Enzo and D-Von start things off and D-Von puts Enzo in the corner and starts hammering away at him. Enzo fights back but gets hit hard. Bubba tags in and chops the chest of Enzo. Bubba tries to slap Cass and the ref jumps in the middle. We head to commercial.
We return and Enzo runs hard into a shoulder tackle. Tag to D-Von who stomps Enzo in the corner. Bubba tags back in and beats Enzo in the corner and then hits a big splash. Tag to D-Von who hits Enzo in the head with a right hand. Tag to Bubba Ray. Bubba to the middle rope. Enzo runs up to fight back, but Bubba sends him back down. Bubba goes for the Senton but Enzo moves and makes the tag to Cass! Cass runs in and takes down Bubba and D-Von. Emperor elbow from Cass and a splash in the corner! Tag to Bubba. Dudleyz hit the reverse 3D. Enzo runs in but gets sent out by Bubba. Bubba turns around into a Big Boot from Cass! Tag and a Rocket Launcher for the win!
Winners: Enzo and Cass
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring and the heat is intense.
Roman- If you haven't heard it before I'll say it again, I'm not a good guy, I'm not a bad guy, I'm just THE guy. And AJ Styles, he's a tough guy. He's a world traveled champion, won titles all over the world and is a great technical wrestler, I guess that makes him phenomenal. AJ Styles is going to try to out wrestle me at Payback but that's not going to work because I'm bringing the big fight. Anyone who thinks they are part of the new WWE era, they can get punched in the mouth, too. Because I'm going to defend this. This is the new era of the Roman Empire.
~AJ Styles music hits and he makes his way down to the ring~
AJ- I gotta give it to you, I think you're one heck of a champion. Despite what they might think, you got it all. You've got power, you're aggressive, you're explosive. To beat you, I'm going to have to have the match of my life. But then again, that's what I do! It made me a champion everywhere I've been. It's why WWE came calling. At Payback having the match of my life is going to make me champion.
Roman- I feel everything you just said. I had the match of my life at WrestleMania, that's where I became champion. So yeah, I agree with you. That's why they like you. London do you like AJ? The whole world likes you. Hell I dig what you're doing here. What they're not going to like is when I beat you at Payback. They will respect me! That's all that matters. I'd rather be respected with the title than liked.
AJ- I'd rather be like and respected, that's what'll make me a phenomenal WWE Champion.
Gallows and Anderson attacked Reigns from behind! They beat down Roman and then clear out of the ring.
Roman has an interviewer ask him about the attack. AJ runs up and says he had nothing to do with that, but Roman doesn't buy it. Roman says he knows those are AJ's boys, that it's no coincidence that they attacked his cousins last week and him this week. AJ tells him he doesn't need them to beat Roman for the WWE Championship. Roman says to bring them, because he knows all about 1 vs All.
Fandango vs. Baron Corbin w/Dolph Ziggler on commentary
Corbin takes quick control beating down Fandango then throws him out of the ring. Outside Baron sends Fandango into Dolph on commentary. Back in the ring, Corbin hit End of Days for the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Ziggler runs in the ring and attacks Corbin but it doesn't last long. Baron fights him off and hits End of Days AGAIN on the outside.
Maryse and Miz are backstage and there is coffee on the ground. Maryse makes a worker take his jacket off and put it over the coffee so they can walk over it.
Maryse- Madams and Monsieurs, show some respect for my husband your Intercontinental Champion The Miz!
Miz- Welcome to the most must-see WWE talk show, Miz TV. When it comes to royalty William and Katherine have nothing on The Miz and Maryse. The difference between the United Kingdom and Hollywood has never been so obvious until now. Can I get a kiss babe? How about a little more?
~Cesaro's music hits and he comes out in a nice suit~
Cesaro- Miz you come out here and talk about royality, we all know the only royal you'd be in any era is a royal pain in the ass.
Miz- That's cute but I'm a leading man and you're a supporting actor. You might see yourself as the Swiss Superman but you- Boring Chants- When my hand goes up your mouth goes shut! I have prepared a monologue. The fact is it's taken from the movie Taken. I jazzed it up a bit, but now it will be immortalized by the Miz.
Miz- I know who you are, I don't know who you are. I do have a particular set of skills, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you don't give up your Intercontinental Championship I will find you, and I will beat you at WWE Payback! I think I rushed it.
Maryse- Take 2!
Miz- I will BEAT YOU at WWE Payback. I punched it a little bit.
Mayse- Take 3!
Miz- I will-- *Cesaro sticks hits hand in Miz's face*
Cesaro- When MY hand goes up YOUR mouth goes shut. The only thing that will happen is WWE Payback, is that Cesaro is going to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Since you like movie quotes so much, let me quote the late great Rowdy Piper. I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass *spits out his gum* and I'm all out of bubble gum.
Miz- Woah you want to fight right now? Well I'd love nothing more than to fight you, but we both know you have a match against this man right now.
Rusev's music hits and the League of Nations come out.
Cesaro- Woah woah woah, before I came out here I talked to Shane McMahon and we decided instead of me against Rusev 1 on 1. It's going to be the League of Nations and the Miz vs. Me and....
AWWWWWW LONDON!! DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR!!!
New Day and Cesaro vs. The League of Nations and Miz w/Maryse
Miz and Woods start the match as we're at commercial break. We return and Miz is attacking Xavier in the corner. Woods dodges Miz a few times and hits a big right hand! Tag to Kofi who hits a running knee. Tag to Big E who hits a big splash! Tag to Kofi who drops an axehandle. Miz makes a tag to Del Rio who hits a clothesline and a kick to the back of the neck. Cheap shot by ADR to Woods, but he turns into a jumping stomp. Unicorn stampede including Cesaro! Kofi tags Woods who chops Del Rio. ADR hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker and tags Sheamus. Sheamus stomps away at Woods and hits a running knee. Forearm to the face from Sheamus. Rusev tags in and kicks the body of Woods. Kick to the head from Rusev and a tag to Sheamus. Sheamus throws Woods to the outside and New Day and Cesaro come to his protection. Woods fights out of the 10 beats but Rusev runs over and kicks Woods in the guts, allowing Sheamus to do the 10 beats. Tag to Del Rio who quickly runs up and hits an enziguri to the head of Woods. Woods falls off the side of the ring after the kick to the head. We go to commercial.
We return and Del Rio has Woods in an armbreaker hanging from the ropes. Miz tags in for his team and locks in a headlock. Woods fights out but Miz slams Xavier down by his hair. Woods hits a backdrop and reaches for the tag but Sheamus and Del Rio pull New Day off the side. Rusev who tagged in runs over and splashes Woods. Woods hits a DDT on Rusev! Cesaro gets back onto the appron and makes the tag! Sheamus tags in and eats an uppercut. Miz runs in and eats one, too! Uppercut train! Cesaro runs out of the ring and keeps the train going on ADR and Rusev. Cesaro to the top rope and hits a crossbody on Sheamus! Cesaro signals the swing but Miz hits a kick from behind. Sheamus hits a modified spinebuster. Everybody runs in and hits their finisher in a row. Kofi on Sheamus, then ADR on Kofi, then Big E on ADR and Miz, then Sheamus on Big E, and finally Cesaro hits the Neutralizer on Sheamus for the win!
Winners: New Day and Cesaro
Charlotte and Ric are interviewed about the ending to the match last week against Natalya. Charlotte says as Women's Champion she doesn't have to beat anyone, they have to beat her. Natalya comes up and says just because Ric saved her doesn't change the fact that Charlotte tapped out. That's why Shane granted her a rematch at WWE Payback, and this time, Bret Hart will be in her corner!
Natalya, Becky Lynch, Paige, and Sasha Banks vs. Tamina, Naomi, Summer Rae, and Charlotte w/Ric Flair
Charlotte and Natty start things off. Charlotte won't lock up and then tags Summer Rae. Natty takes down Summer and tags Sasha. Summer tries to run away but gets caught by the hair. Tag to Naomi and Sasha sends Naomi in the corner and tags Paige. Paige hits a running knee and sends Naomi in the corner where Paige hits another high knee. Naomi hit with a fallaway slam. Paige takes out Naomi and Tamina on the outside. Becky takes out Charlotte on the outside as we head to break.
We return and Becky is taking out the heels, but gets dragged out of the ring by Tamina who hits a Superkick. Becky rolled back in and Tamina goes for the pin but only gets 2. Naomi hits a cheap shot from the side and Tamina locks in a headlock. Tag to Summer who hits a clothesline and sends Becky into the corner. Summer uses her long legs to put pressure on the head of Becky. Tag to Naomi who stomps away at Becky. Dropkick in the corner. Naomi throws on a headlock on Becky. Naomi goes for a knee to the face but misses and goes through the ropes. Becky goes for a tag and tags Natty. Summer tags in, too. Clotheslines from Natty and a side Russian Leg sweep. Running dropkick from Natalya. Spinning heel kick from Summer. Tag to Charlotte. Everything breaks down and Natty locks in the Sharpshooter and Charlotte taps!
Winners: Natalya, Paige, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks
The Vaudevillains vs. The Usos
Jey and Simon start things off. The pace starts quick and it favors Simon who takes control quick. Tag to Aiden is made who locks in a headlock. Uso makes a kick to the head and tags his brother. Samoan drop by Jimmy who hits a running butt slam. Aiden attacks but eats a Superkick. Jey runs over or a save but gets thrown into the barricade. Jimmy takes out Simon on the outside but then gets attacked when he gets back in the ring. Jimmy is sent into the steel post and then The Vaudevillains hit their team attack the Whirling Dervish for the win.
Winners: The Vaudevillians
Social Outcasts try to recruit Apollo Crews, he says if one of them can beat him he'll join if not they have to leave him alone forever.
Heath Slater vs. Apollo Crews
Slater throws on a headlock but then eats a dropkick from Crews. Slater rolls out and talks to Bo and Axel. Heath back in the ring kicks Crews in the gut but Crews hits a delayed suplex that lasts for a LONG time. Slater hits a cheap shot and sends Crews into the steel post. Slater rolls him back in the ring and stomps Crews for a while before locking in a headlock. Big right hand from Crews and he drives Slater into the corner. Leaping elbow into a kick up from Crews! Slater sends Crews to the apron, but Apollo hits a moonsault to take out Axel and Bo. Big jumping kick and then the Sitdown Powerbomb by Crews for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose quickly puts Owens in the corner and hammers away at him. Ambrose uses the ropes and drags Owens face along them. Ambrose throws Owens against the ropes and hits a running knee to the gut. Ambrose puts KO in the corner and elbows away at his face. Owens hits a high elbow to a running Ambrose and then shoves a knee in his back and uses the ropes to choke Dean. Ambrose fights back with punches but gets caught in a DDT from Owens. Owens locks in a chinlock on Ambrose. Ambrose hits a running forearm, Owens rolls out but Ambrose isn't done and capitalizes with a suicide dive! Ambrose rolls Owens back in but KO goes right back out. Ambrose on the chase but Owens sends Dean over the announce table. Ambrose gets up and fights back and sends KO over the announce table! We head to commercial break.
We return and Ambrose hits a running bulldog but Kevin fights him off. Owens hangs up Ambrose and hits a cannonball! Owens locks in a chinlock on Ambrose. Dean fights out of it but Owens sends Ambrose over the top rope. Owens goes to the apron and hits a quick Frog Splash! Ambrose makes it in as the ref counts to 9. Owens locks in another chinlock. Ambrose fights out and slams Owens. Ambrose goes to the top rope but Owens goes to stop him. Owens gets knocked down and rolls outside the ring. Ambrose goes off the top turnbuckle and hits an elbow! Back in the ring Owens and Ambrose exchange right hands until Ambrose goes crazy with punches and jabs and the lunatic clothesline! They both get to the top rope and Ambrose hits a Superplex on Owens! 2 count only! Owens goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Ambrose counters into a hurricarana but Owens is up immediately and hits a Superkick! Owens can only gets 2. Both men back to the top rope. Kevin hits the hooked suplex from the top rope! Owens gets a LONG 2 count! Owens goes for another Frog Splash but Ambrose gets his knees up! Owens goes for the cannonball but Ambrose moved! Ambrose connects with Dirty Deeds for the win!
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Jericho runs in and hits a Code Breaker out of nowhere! Jericho stands over Ambrose to close the show.