LAST TIME ON RAW
Gone too soon, The Ultimate Warrior left a mark on the WWE locker room and Universe that will never be forgotten. So it was only fitting that, one week after his final, powerful address to the “legend-makers” who lifted him to the highest echelon of Superstardom, the Superstars and Divas of the WWE family gathered to pay final tribute to the WWE Hall of Famer. Ten bells were tolled, a moment of silence was observed, and with every Superstar donning Warrior’s colors and his theme music blaring throughout the arena, a final farewell was bid.
Given The Shield’s continuing defiance of the corporate power, it was no surprise that, after teasing a mystery opponent for the trio, The Authority assembled a host of Superstars to face The Hounds of Justice in an 11-on-3 Handicap Tag Team Match in Raw’s main event. What was surprising was who emerged to spell ultimate doom for the men in black.
Rollins found himself the victim of a plus-sized numbers game from the super team, battered by Slater, McIntyre, O’Neil, Rusev & Ryback in quick order. Reigns came to the rescue by Spearing “The Big Guy” outside the ring; the subsequent melee ended both the bout and, seemingly, The Shield’s chances of leaving Birmingham upright. But the exclamation point came in the form of Triple H, Batista & Randy Orton – reunited as Evolution – who administered RKOs, Batista Bombs and one final Pedigree to the overpowered Hounds of Justice. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising: After all, The Shield did cross the line in the sand. What did they expect?
What’s a WrestleMania loss to Bray Wyatt? Apparently not much; being pinned on The Grandest Stage of Them All by John Cena hasn’t done much to diminish The Eater of Worlds’ mission to expose what would be the most precious sheep in his flock. “He is no man,” said Wyatt, “he is beast!” Vowing to give his foe the last push into monstrousness, Bray beckoned Cena to “come out and play” and that’s exactly what happened. While Cena was all jokes at first, Wyatt's demand for him to get serious brought out a challenge for a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules. Needless to say, The Eater of Worlds ate it up.
In other action... Raw results: Evolution reforms to break The Shield and Cena issues an 'Extreme' challenge... Fandango & Layla def. Santino Marella & Emma... Big Show vs. Damien Sandow never happened... Sheamus def. Jack Swagger to advance in the Intercontinental Champion No. 1 Contender’s Tournament... Alexander Rusev def. Xavier Woods... Cesaro def. Mark Henry to advance in the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament... Batista & Randy Orton def. WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos via Disqualification... Divas Champion Paige def. Alicia Fox... Rybaxel def. Cody Rhodes & Goldust... and Rob Van Dam def. Alberto Del Rio to advance in the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament.