Re: WWE: Reality Era (The Night After WrestleMania XXIX, 4/8/2013)
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - 8TH APRIL 2013
A new era within WWE?
Pyro explodes on the stage and the familiar voice of Michael Cole welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, emanating live tonight from New Jersey. Stills from last night's pay per view extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIV, are shown on the titantron, recapping iconic moments such as The Undertaker making CM Punk the latest victim of the infamous Streak, Triple H defeating Brock Lesnar with HBK in his corner, and of course, John Cena avenging his defeat to The Rock at last year's WrestleMania.
- We go live to the ring and Vince McMahon's music hits to a big pop from the NJ crowd, clearly still hyped from the happenings of the night before. The Chairman struts his way down to the ring, soaking in the adulation.
Vince grabs a mic from ringside and waits for the cheers to die down before speaking. He reminds the crowd that the night after WrestleMania is commonly viewed by many WWE fans as the beginning of a new 'season' within the organisation. Last year, for instance, a certain Brock Lesnar made his return to the company after eight years away from the business and laid out the poster boy of the company, John Cena, with a vicious F5. Vince then adds that, one year later, the very same Brock Lesnar fell victim to his own son-in-law Triple H on the grandest stage of them all, which garners a fair bit of heat from the crowd. Vince says that he wants to get straight to the point of him being out here and reminds the fans that approximately 15 years ago, he appeared on WWE TV and ushered in a new era, denouncing almost everything that the organisation had stood for prior to those years. He said that this era went on to become one of the most profitable and exciting eras in the entire history of sports entertainment. Vince says that he wants to do the same again. As a businessman, he says, you can never have enough money or exposure. He then orders the production crew to roll some footage.
*video footage airs of Vince McMahon on WWE TV in December 1997 introducing the Attitude Era*
- The video rolls to an end and 'We Want Attitude' chants blare throughout the arena. Vince smiles a knowing smile and says that although that footage was from 1997, some of it still stands relevant today. This is the night after WrestleMania and what better way to mark it than with the beginning of an entirely new era within the company? Vince acknowledges that maybe the WWE audience is tired of having their intelligence insulted. Maybe they do need to change with the times. Maybe, just maybe, the crowds are tired of the simplistic 'good guy vs bad guy' theory and that a little more 'reality' needs to be introduced to the product.
John Cena's music hits and out he comes to a very mixed, but loud, reaction. There is no goofy smile or salute to the crowd tonight. Cena approaches the ring and takes a mic from ringside. Cena says that if the crowd wants more 'reality', he's here to give them some right now. Cena says that for the past eight years, ever since he was drafted to Raw, he has had to endure the same condescending chants from fans every single week, and then wonders aloud what they have been hoping to achieve with these chants. Cena says, that in spite of the hate he gets from certain crowds around the world, he has still become arguably the most successful WWE superstar of all time and reels off his accomplishments since debuting in 2002. Cena adds that, in 2013 alone, he has already won the Royal Rumble and emerged victorious from the WrestleMania main event, defeating arguably the biggest star of the Attitude Era in the process. The crowd audibly chants 'Fuck You Cena' and the camera pans to Vince looking worried. Cena smiles and says that since last night, he has surpassed The Rock and become the biggest star of the modern era. He says that he has won more WWE Championships than Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock. What does he have left to prove? Cena says that he has beaten everybody that there is to beat and states that there are no fresh challenges.
CM Punk's music hits and out comes the former WWE Champion to a huge pop, mic in hand. Punk addresses Cena and says that it was he himself who first started bringing some reality back to the product, back in the summer of 2011. Punk reminds everyone that it was his promo in Las Vegas that night that made WWE socially relevant again, for the first time since about 2001, and got people talking about the product. Punk has a cheap dig at Cena and says the only thing that he's done to get people talking in the last ten years is have his face plastered on the front of cereal boxes. 'Fruity Pebbles' is the chant from the crowd. Punk says that he is the best in the world and although Cena may think he is dishing out reality here in New Jersey, reality is going to kick Cena repeatedly in the head tonight in the Raw main event. Punk says that he was WWE Champion for 434 days and only lost the title in January because the other man in the ring right now, Vince McMahon, restarted his match with The Rock at the Royal Rumble and cost him the title. The crowd chants 'bullshit' at this. Punk says that Vince should do the right thing; make up for his mistake at the Rumble and grant CM Punk a title match with John Cena in the main event of Raw tonight. Vince ponders this for a moment and finally agrees to Punk's demand. The crowd pops big time and Vince reiterates that it will be John Cena defending his WWE Championship against CM Punk in the main event of Raw tonight. We go to commercial.
Match 1: Sheamus vs Wade Barrett.
Back from the break and Sheamus comes out to a nice pop. Barrett is out next and both men have a good back and forth match, going roughly 11 minutes. Sheamus hit Barrett with the Brogue Kick, only for Wade to kick out. Barrett mounted a comeback, however, Sheamus delivered White Noise and got the pinfall victory.
- We go backstage and Cena is in Vince's office. Cena questions Vince's motives for making him defend his newly won title tonight in the main event. Vince says that Punk had some valid points a little earlier on tonight. Vince did indeed restart Punk's match with Rock back at the Rumble in January, after Punk had pinned Rock, so he was making it up to Punk by offering him the opportunity to get the title back tonight. Vince wishes Cena good luck and leaves. The camera pans to Cena looking less than amused.
- Another backstage segment with Daniel Bryan and Kane talking about their victory over the Primetime Players last night at WrestleMania. Bryan boasts about how he was the one who got the winning pinfall in the title match, but Kane cuts him off, looking less than impressed. Kane tells Bryan to accept that it was a team effort and not to let his ego overshadow a great victory for Team Hell No last night. Kane walks off and we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Raw GM Vickie Guerrero appears on the stage to massive heat from the hot NJ crowd, accompanied by Brad Maddox. Barely audible over the booing of the crowd, she announces that the Primetime Players had their golden chance last night at WrestleMania to win the tag team titles, but ultimately failed in their quest. Thus, it is only fair that they crown new no.1 contenders for the titles by doing it the right way and having a triple threat tag team match right here, tonight.
Match 2: The Usos vs Team Rhodes Scholars vs Tons of Funk (no.1 contenders match for the WWE Tag Team Championships).
- Rhodes Scholars are out first, followed by Tons of Funk and then The Usos. Damien Sandow, Brodus Clay and Jimmy Uso start off and the bigger man, Clay, gains an advantage over his opponents. Multiple tags are made in and out after a few near falls, but eventually, Jimmy Uso hits a Samoan Drop on Cody Rhodes and gains the pinfall victory.
Winners and new no.1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos.
- Pyro explodes on the stage after the Uso's are announced as the winners and Kane and Bryan appear on the stage. Both tag teams have a brief staredown and we go to commercial.
- Chris Jericho is backstage being interviewed by Renee Young. He says that although Fandango got the upset victory on his WrestleMania debut last night, Jericho says that he is by no means done with the young upstart. Jericho puts over Fandango's in-ring skills, noting however that his dancing sucks, but says that it is time the veterans started getting the respect that they deserve from the up and coming talents. Jericho boasts that whilst Fandango was just a little kid dancing like a fairy in middle school, he was making a name for himself and wrestling all over the world in places like Japan.
Before Y2J can continue, he is attacked from behind by Fandango and his head is put through one of the monitors backstage by his nemesis. Fandango stomps on Jericho some more before retreating. Jericho has a deep gash on his forehead from the glass and is tended to by the WWE medical staff.
- As we return live to the arena, Antonio Cesaro's music hits and out he comes, accompanied by Zeb Colter. Zeb takes a microphone and says that unfortunately, Alberto Del Rio inflicted some pretty bad damage to his friend Jack Swagger's arm at WrestleMania last night and that Swagger is unable to compete on Raw tonight. However, he says, he has found someone else that would be more than happy to avenge Swagger's defeat and that man is the incredibly strong, incredibly athletic Antonio Cesaro. Antonio flexes and the international crowd in attendance pops. Zeb explains that although Cesaro is technically foreign, he gained entry to the US in the correct manner and didn't resort to 'sneaking over the border' like Del Rio and his 'fat announcer friend', Ricardo Rodriguez.
- Del Rio's music interrupts them and out comes the World Heavyweight Champion to surprisingly little reaction. Alberto tells Cesaro that he does not back down from a challenge and if he thinks he can handle the Heavyweight Champion of the World in a match, he is ready and waiting.
Match 3: Alberto Del Rio vs Antonio Cesaro
- Solid technical wrestling match, which goes roughly about 14-15 minutes and ends in disqualification when Cesaro brings a chair into the ring and begins to beat down on Del Rio. The referee stops the match and awards it to Del Rio.
Winner by disqualification: Alberto Del Rio
- After the match has ended, the beatdown continues. Cesaro yells that he promised he would avenge Swagger's defeat. Swagger himself comes down to the ring, arm in a sling, and starts delivering vicious kicks to Del Rio, who remains prone on the canvas. Security guards come running down the ramp and through the crowd now, attempting to stop Cesaro and Swagger before they do serious damage. Security eventually gain control of the situation. Cameras pan to Del Rio still lying almost unconscious in the ring. 'We Want Ziggler' chants echo almost deafeningly throughout the arena.
- Dolph Ziggler's music hits and the crowd goes insane. Ziggler runs down to the ring, MITB briefcase in hand and wearing street clothes, and demands that the referee start the match immediately. Del Rio has barely moved since the vicious attack by Colter's men. The crowd is still popping huge for Ziggler's potential cash in.
Match 4: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship).
- The bell rings and immediately Ziggler lifts Del Rio's almost lifeless body up and delivers the Zig Zag. Before Dolph can cover him however, Ricardo pulls Del Rio out of the ring and on to the floor, attempting to save his friend's championship. Ziggler is furious and chases Ricardo into the backstage area, whilst Del Rio still lies on the floor outside the ring. The referee counts to 10 and since neither man has made it back into the ring before the count, the match has ended in a draw.
- Ziggler reappears from the backstage area and looks almost heartbroken. The announcers question what will happen now that Dolph has cashed in Money in the Bank and been counted out. Vickie Guerrero comes out and says that technically, since Del Rio never made it back into the ring either, Dolph never lost; he just never won. Guerrero announces that Ziggler has one more chance and it will be Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Result: Double countout.
- CM Punk is backstage preparing for his match for the WWE Championship, in the main event tonight. The camera pans out and The Rock walks in to a massive pop. Punk and Rock stare each other out briefly for a moment. Rock informs Punk that he spoke to Vince McMahon earlier tonight and he's just been informed now that he will be the special guest referee in the main event tonight. The crowd pops once again and Rock walks away, with Punk staring after him. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and The Shield's music hits to a good reaction from the crowd. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns make their familiar route to the ring through the crowd. Ambrose begins by reminding the crowd that last night, they made WrestleMania history on their debut at the event, by defeating three of the most established and decorated stars in the recent history of WWE; Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus. Rollins speaks next and says that whilst 'rookie' stables have tried in the past to infiltrate the organisation and make a huge impact in the WWE, namely the Nexus, they have not been anywhere near as successful as The Shield have since their debut back at Survivor Series in November. Reigns takes over and says that the Shield have now set the precedent for any up and coming superstars to take over and terrorize the WWE roster. Reigns continues, saying that any future groups can only hope and pray to have such an effective debut as the Shield's and he reminds us that back in November, it was the three of them who ultimately decided the outcome of the WWE Championship main event between CM Punk, Ryback and John Cena. Ambrose rounds things off, saying that justice was served at Survivor Series, justice was served at WrestleMania, and justice will continue to be served to anybody who dares step in their way. 'BELIEVE IN THE SHIELD' is the battle cry from all three men, as their music hits once more.
- Before they can leave the ring, the lights go out and the arena is plunged into darkness. The crowd chants for The Undertaker. Creepy laughter begins to fill up the arena and the crowd are now almost silent in anticipation. After a few moments, a light appears at the top of the ramp and it is the illuminated head of a lamb, seemingly floating in mid air. The whiteness of the mask stands out like a sore thumb in the darkness. The 'lamb' starts walking down the ramp, steadily approaching the ring. The figure climbs on the apron and stands there, and still it just looks like the head of a lamb floating in the darkness. The lights come back on and Erick Rowan is staring down the Shield from the apron, wearing black overalls and a mask. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper are behind the Shield, who are standing very closely together, with obvious fear in their eyes. Rowan steps over the top rope with ease and the Shield charge him, but Wyatt and Harper attack from behind and the Wyatt Family gain the upper hand through the element of surprise. Wyatt, Harper and Rowan continue to beat down Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins. Wyatt hits a big splash on Ambrose for emphasis. The three men then simultaneously produce lamb masks from their overalls and place them over the head of the Shield. The Family make their exit and leave the Shield lying prone in the middle of the ring, wearing animal masks. We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Cole plugs the main event of tonight's show. John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship, with The Rock as the special guest referee.
Match 5: Mark Henry vs Chris Jericho
- Chris Jericho's music hits and out he comes to a big ovation, but with stitches in his head due to the earlier attack from Fandango. Jericho takes a mic and says that although he was offered the night off by Vickie Guerrero, he is a bigger man than Fandango will ever be and a simple head injury will not stop him from competing here tonight, especially in front of this rabid crowd, which earns another cheap pop.
- Henry is out next to a decent reaction and both men lock up. Decent match between these two, lasting about 10 minutes. Henry focuses on Jericho's head a lot through the contest, unsurprisingly, and he opens up Jericho's wound again. He is about to hit the WSS on Y2J, but Ryback comes charging down the ramp and delivers a spear to Henry. The referee calls for the disqualification, as Ryback beats on Henry after his loss at WrestleMania last night. Jericho pulls Ryback off Henry and seems annoyed that the match was stopped because of him. Before anything can happen between Jericho and Ryback, Fandango's music hits and he comes out to the stage, microphone in hand. Before he can speak, Jericho taunts him and tells him to come down and face him in the ring like a man. Fandango responds by saying that 'acting like a tough guy' has gotten Jericho nowhere and it's the reason that he's currently bleeding from the head. Fandango says that he does things the correct way and he does them on his terms. His music hits again and he dances backstage, whilst Jericho looks on annoyed.
Winner via disqualification: Mark Henry
- The main event is up next. We get some hype for the big match and then go to commercial.
Match 6: John Cena (c) vs CM Punk (WWE Championship)
- We return from the break and the 'CM Punk' and 'Rocky' chants fill the air. The Rock is out first, in full referee gear, to arguably the biggest pop of the night so far. He gets on the turnbuckle and does his usual pose, before entering the ring and awaiting the competitors.
- CM Punk is out next, accompanied by Paul Heyman. Punk gets in the ring and exchanges some words with Rock. His music stops and 'Cena sucks' and 'CM Punk' chants are very audible now. John Cena's music hits and this time, the Champ comes out to a chorus of volatile boos. Cena comes face to face with Rock and they stare each other down. Again, words are exchanged. Cena holds the title up in front of his face and Rock snatches it from his grasp. Rock orders Cena and Punk to their corners and holds the title up for the crowd to see. We get formal ring introductions and we're underway.
- Both wrestlers play to the crowd and predictably, Punk is the one being cheered. They lock up and Cena takes Punk down with a headlock, gaining a chorus of boos from the rabid fans in attendance. Cena smirks and 'same old shit' chants fill the air. Punk gains the upper hand with a series of kicks to the shoulders and legs of Cena, before Cena reverses and hits a bulldog for the 2 count. Some mat wrestling now as Punk attempts to lock in the Anaconda Vice. Cena fights his way out of it and attempts to apply his own submission move, the STF. Punk gets to the ropes and Rock forces Cena to break the hold. Cena stops before the 5 count and again comes face to face with Rock. Tension is seemingly building now between the two WrestleMania main eventers. Punk takes Cena by surprise from behind and rolls Cena up for the near fall. A hint of a fast count there from The Rock, but Cena still kicks out in time.
- Cena and Punk go back and forth some more, even taking it to the outside at one point, and get into the highly popular 'boo-yeah' exchange of punches and kicks, Punk continually being cheered over the WWE Champion. Cena ducks one of Punk's attempted kicks and lifts him up for the AA, much to the disapproval of the crowd. Punk manages to grab on to the ropes in mid air and wriggles free of Cena's grasp. Punk runs the ropes and before he can hit a flying clothesline on Cena, the WWE Champion pulls The Rock in front of him to take the hit instead. The crowd boos and Punk looks on shocked at what's happened. He gets to his feet and Cena hits the AA on Punk. The crowd are really getting stuck into Cena now. Cena covers Punk but there's no referee. Rock gets up and confronts Cena about what happened a few minutes before. The Rock calls for the disqualification and the match is awarded to Punk, but as per the rules of a disqualification, the title does not change hands.
Winner via disqualification: CM Punk
- Punk is still down as things get heated between Rock and Cena. Brock Lesnar's music hits and out comes the former NCAA Champion to a massive reaction. Both Rock and Cena turn their attention to the stage, as Lesnar flexes and his pyro goes off. Lesnar circles the ring and jumps up on the apron. He gets in the ring and suddenly, Cena shoves Rock towards Lesnar and Brock takes Rock down with a huge clothesline. Cena escapes the ring and heads up the ramp to cries of hatred, smiling from ear to ear. Lesnar hits Rock with the F5. The crowd are throwing plastic cups and other things at Cena as he heads backstage, some of them full of liquid. Brock Lesnar stands tall over The Rock in the ring, as Raw goes off the air.
Sheamus def. Wade Barrett.
The Usos def. Rhodes Scholars and Tons of Funk.
Alberto Del Rio def. Antonio Cesaro.
Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio ended in a No Contest.
Mark Henry def. Chris Jericho.
CM Punk def. John Cena.
Vince McMahon ushers in new, so-called 'Reality Era'.
The Wyatt Family attack The Shield.
The Usos are the new number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Brock Lesnar attacked The Rock.
Dolph Ziggler cashed in MITB, but the match ended in a draw.
Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler for the title made for Extreme Rules.
Last edited by WrestlingSaviour; 07-07-2013 at 03:03 PM.