Twenty-four hours removed from the largest WrestleMania in history — a record-shattering event that drew a 101,763 passionate WWE fans to AT&T Stadium — Mr. McMahon opened Raw by acknowledging Triple H’s WWE World Heavyweight Title loss. Softening the blow, somewhat, was the envelope that The Chairman then flashed, which contained the mysterious contents of the lockbox that Shane McMahon held over his father’s head leading into WrestleMania.
Bruised and battered following his Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker, Shane-O-Mac entered the arena, to the delight of the WWE Universe, and respectfully shook his father’s hand, displaying grace despite the pivotal loss. Shane then bid the WWE Universe farewell and thanked them for their support.
Upset at being “upstaged,” Mr. McMahon then did the unthinkable. Looking to prove his point that Shane is not fit to run Raw, the WWE Chairman agreed to let his son steer WWE’s flagship program for the night! As Mr. McMahon exited, Shane looked stunned, if thrilled, while the raucous post-’Mania crowd let their approval be heard.
The Roman Empire has begun, and the newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion wasted no time showing exactly what type of champion he plans to be. After declaring that he is “not a bad guy” or “a good guy,” but, rather, “the guy,” Roman Reigns fearlessly welcomed all challengers.
That was all the opening that Chris Jericho needed. The outspoken Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla denounced the WWE Universe as a bunch of “idiots” and demanded to be granted first crack at the WWE World Heavyweight Title because he defeated "internet darling" AJ Styles the night before. Yet, Jericho was not alone in wanting a piece of Reigns; Styles, perhaps taking exception to Jericho's words, made a roaring entrance, followed by Kevin Owens and, lastly, Sami Zayn.
Without so much as a word uttered between them, longtime rivals Zayn and Owens burst into a brawl, and Jericho and Styles followed suit, while Reigns cooly observed. Zayn repelled Owens from the ring and nailed him with a dive over the ropes. After a flurry from Styles, Jericho similarly ejected The Phenomenal One to the floor, but as soon as he turned around, Reigns cut the Jericho in half with a brutal Spear.
With sharks closing in from all sides, the question remains: Who will be Roman Reigns’ first challenger?
The new era of women’s wrestling took center stage as all the Superstars in WWE’s acclaimed division gathered in the ring, along with WWE Hall of Famer Lita, to take part in the formal presentation of the new WWE Women’s Championship to Charlotte.
Though Charlotte began her acceptance speech with uncharacteristic humility — thanking her predecessors, fellow competitors and the WWE Universe for making the new WWE Women’s Title a reality — the “genetically superior athlete’s” true colors soon shone through. Charlotte credited her father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, first and foremost, and then offered one backhanded compliment after another. Before long the other women — realizing that Charlotte was as self-serving as ever — emptied out of the ring.
Natalya, the lone athlete to stick around, then took the microphone and chastised Charlotte for her egocentric behavior. The Queen of Harts reminded Charlotte of their hard-fought Divas Title Match at WWE Roadblock, and when Charlotte rudely shoved the microphone into the third-generation Superstar, Natalya took the champion down and applied the Sharpshooter, only breaking the hold because The Nature Boy pulled Charlotte to safety.
If nothing else, Shane McMahon proved he knows how to solve problems.
To help determine the top contender to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, Shane-O-Mac first proposed a simple solution, scheduling a No. 1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way main event between AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. After Zayn was ruthlessly ambushed backstage by Owens, however, it was revealed that the leader of the Zayniacs would not be medically cleared to compete.
Never one to disappoint, Shane-O-Mac found a worthy replacement on short notice: Cesaro!
The Swiss Superman, returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him since November, showed no signs of ring rust, catching Styles in mid-air and turning him inside out with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker in the opening minutes. From there, the action came fast and furious, with each Superstar displaying incredible athleticism during the match, which would end the moment a pinfall or submission as declared.
In one particularly quick-hitting exchange, Owens cannonballed Jericho, only to eat an enzuigiri from Styles, who then felt the wrath of a Very European Uppercut. Styles bounced back with a high-elevation springboard 450 splash on Jericho, but Cesaro pulled the Fozzy frontman out of the ring, saving his chances of becoming the top contender.
Cesaro soon after launched into an epic “uppercut train,” bouncing like a pinball from one corner to the next, nailing each of his three opponents with fiery uppercuts.
Later on, Jericho hit the Codebreaker on Styles, prompting the sold-out American Airlines Center to erupt into a massive chant of “This is awesome!” The subsequent fall was broken up, and The Phenomenal One rebounded yet again, stepping through a backslide attempt and slamming Jericho face-first to the mat with the Styles Clash. With Owens and Cesaro laid out outside the ring, Styles secured the pinfall, earning the right to challenge WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns!
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