LAST TIME ON RAW
Who wins when a goat battles an Animal? No one for now, thanks to a small army of intruders that turned Daniel Bryan’s match against Batista into an all-out brawl that ended in indecisive fashion. Despite Batista’s assertion that Bryan’s “YES!” Movement was the most ridiculous thing he’d ever seen, the submission expert served notice to a No. 1 contender that seemed more concerned with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton at ringside than defeating his opponent.
Bryan went immediately after the knee of the much larger Batista to soften him up for a half-crab, though The Animal countered with a clothesline that nearly knocked the beard off Bryan’s face. Bryan reciprocated with a missile dropkick, but The Authority’s arrival threw the “Yes!” man off his game and allowed Batista to hurl Bryan into an unsuspecting Orton. The Viper replied by attacking Bryan (which disqualified The Animal) and instigating a scrum between Batista, Bryan, Orton and The Authority that culminated in a defiant Bryan receiving a Batista Bomb and, finally, a Pedigree from Triple H, who proclaimed he was tired of Bryan’s “fantasy.”
Given his reaction, it seems that Bryan’s WrestleMania dream will remain just that … at least for the moment.
Despite not being cleared to compete in Chicago, John Cena still gutted his way to the ring to lob some verbal volleys towards The Wyatt Family, who sent him to the injured reserve last year but, as Cena reminded them, have to go through him to claim the future of WWE for their own. Bray Wyatt wasn’t about to let the moment pass without responding, and The Eater of Worlds materialized on the TitanTron to issue a haunting warning to Cena, who he likened to a prized, but aging, stallion. “How long do you think you can fend us off?” Wyatt asked, vowing to “put [Cena] down” when all was said and done.
After his second Raw match in a row against Big E, it looks like Cesaro’s greatest obstacle in defeating the Intercontinental Champion has become – of all people- Jack Swagger. Internal miscommunication between The Real Americans once again doomed Cesaro to defeat against the powerful titleholder, despite an effort from the Über-American that seemed all but certain to end in victory thanks to an immediate tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to the humongous champion. Swagger briefly occupied E after Cesaro hauled him to the outside and his partner capitalized with a 10-rotation Cesaro Swing … at which point Swagger stormed the ring and flattened the champion with a Swagger Bomb that brought both a disqualification loss and a post-match Big Ending down on Cesaro.
In other action... Intercontinental Champion Big E def. Jack Swagger via Disqualification... The Wyatt Family def. The Shield... Sheamus def. Christian... Dolph Ziggler def. Alberto Del Rio... Daniel Bryan called out Triple H... The Usos def. The New Age Outlaws to become new WWE Tag Team Champions... The Bella Twins def. Alicia Fox & Aksana... and Santino Marella & Emma def. Fandango & Summer Rae.