Neville def. Curtis Axel
Don’t change the channel, indeed, because NXT Superstars are dropping in left and right these days. Following Kalisto’s debut on Raw, former NXT Champion Neville descended upon Curtis Axel, fuming over his elimination from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal yet already plotting the road to “Ax-treme Rules.” Cutting the former Intercontinental Champion off mid-posedown, AxelMania gave way to NevilleMania in short order. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” peppered Axel with kicks to every inch of his body and finished him off with a dazzling corkscrew shooting star press that he calls the Red Arrow. It’s time for liftoff.
U.S. Champion John Cena def. Dean Ambrose
The new WWE United States Champion John Cena came out to the arena. He was booed by the fans thoroughly. He said that they were going to hear about WrestleMania moments all night long. He praised the home crowd as he said that they were by far their best WWE crowd of the year, they were always loud and he was surrounded by a group of budding musicians.
The audience sang ‘John Cena sucks.’ Cena raised his United States championship and shouted ‘The Champ is Here’. He said that he might be dressed like Johnny Cash today but the name was still John Cena. He was not out in the arena to change anyone’s mind. But he was also not here to run away from a fight. He said the WWE Universe deserved a championship match right her, right now. Earlier on the night, he issued an open challenge, from Rusev to the Brooklyn Brawler, so if anyone behind that giant LED wanted some, it was a hell of a time for him to get some.
‘The Lunatic Fringe’ Dean Ambrose responded to John Cena’s open challenge as he came out to the arena. So Dean Ambrose challenged John Cena for the WWE United States championship.
It was never a question that John Cena, he of Hustle-Loyalty-Respect, wouldn’t defend his newly won U.S. Title against anyone who wanted a crack at it on both Raw and SmackDown, where he’ll be returning to on Thursday. What was surprising was that The Champ’s open challenge was answered by Dean Ambrose instead of Rusev, who suffered his first true defeat at WrestleMania and lost the star-spangled title in the process.
The Lunatic Fringe, himself a record-setting U.S. Champion and still hungry for a spot on WWE’s Wall of Champions, shook off that gruesome fall through a ladder to bring his own particular brand of insanity to Raw’s second title bout of the night. A big elbow was on the docket, as was locking Cena in an STF of his own to bring “The Face That Runs the Place” within an inch of defeat. Unfortunately for Ambrose, reprising his earlier triumphs over Cena was out of the cards. A running crossbody was reversed into an Attitude Adjustment and Cena stayed champion, though he offered respect to the frustrated Ambrose all the same. The rowdy crowd may have sang “John Cena sucks” to the tune of The Champ’s theme song, but the victory meant the overture of another tune: “The Champ is here.”
Paige, AJ Lee & Naomi def. The Bella Twins & Natalya
The Divas division got their moments in the sun on The Grandest Stage of Them All, from the tag team match that saw The Bellas fall to “The Frenemies” to Natalya and Naomi involving themselves in the Fatal 4-Way WWE Tag Team Title Match on the WrestleMania Kickoff. And each Diva who stepped onto The Show of Shows got a chance to show why they received that honor with a Six-Diva Tag Match on Raw. And show they did.
The Divas dished out some significant punishment to each other, with AJ Lee (showing NXT’s Bayley some love) taking the brunt of it when Natalya & The Bellas isolated her from her group. The peak came when Nikki contorted AJ into a bow and arrow, but the former Divas Champion rallied to tag in a fresh Naomi to take over against Nikki Bella. Naomi’s best offense turned out to be a good defense when she ducked Nikki’s forearm, leaving it to smash sister Brie in the face instead. With Nikki shocked at her mistake, Naomi attacked with the Rear View and brought it home for her team.
Rusev def. Goldust
The dominance begins anew. Rusev’s pinless streak may have screeched to a halt at WrestleMania, but The Super Athlete’s mean streak didn’t get wiped out along with it as he prepares, surely and inevitably, to challenge John Cena for the U.S. Title. The first Superstar to fall victim to the raging Russian – once again without Lana, who inadvertently cost him the match last night – was Goldust, who, despite old-school grit, didn’t stand a chance. The Bizarre One found himself locked in the Accolade after only a matter of minutes, tapping out almost instantly to escape the hold. No Lana? No problem.
Roman Reigns, Randy Orton & Ryback def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Big Show & Kane
An ultimatum to Randy Orton by The Authority forced The Viper to find his own partners in a locker room full of enemies for Raw’s main event, a Six-Man tussle with Rollins, Big Show & Kane. While Ryback volunteered for some more anti-Authority action, the deficit opened the door for the man who had been conspicuous all night by his absence: Roman Reigns. The 2014 Superstar of the Year rounded out Orton’s ranks and had quite enough of both Seth Rollins and the snarkiness of the WWE Universe, leaping over the rope and onto The Authority in the match’s opening moments and taking the bout into his hands at the end: With Orton tenderized by The Authority for minutes on end, Reigns took over against Kane and never let up, capitalizing on some timely help from Ryback (who Shell Shocked Big Show) and Orton (who RKOed Kane) to finish the night with a Spear to The Devil’s Favorite Director of Operations, though Rollins eluded him. For now, anyway.
Bo Dallas confronted Sting on WWE Network
The Sting’s appearance took place after the end of Monday Night Raw. He actually never appeared on TV, this special appearance of Sting and his discussion over his future was only shown in the WWE Universe. Here is a small highlight of what he said on his future;
The Vigilante met justice or at least destiny, at WrestleMania when Sting fell to Triple H in an epic yet respectful bout. For all the disappointment of Sting’s first WrestleMania match ending in defeat, though, The Icon had nothing but positive vibes to offer about his maiden voyage to The Showcase of the Immortals in an exclusive interview on WWE Network. As for his future, he was mum on any specific match in particular – yes, even against you-know-who – but he was more than willing to seize any opportunities that came his way. Equally opportunistic was Bo Dallas, who made his Raw return after months of injury to offer a bit of self-help advice to the 0-1 Vigilante. Of course, if you don’t Bo-lieve that Dallas’ tongue-in-cheek positivity was met with a Scorpion Death Drop, then, well, you don’t know Sting.