Tonight’s WWE Raw’s Pre-show kicks off with Josh Mathews welcoming us as fans file into the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. Mathews is joined by Booker T, Alex Riley and Jimmy Hart. Jimmy says it’s good to be in his hometown and good to be with WWE. Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and Batista is announced for tonight.
The panel hypes Hulk Hogan’s announcement. We go outside to Renee Young. She’s waiting on Hogan to arrive to the building. We go back to the panel to talk about The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. We get a video package. The panel talks more about Lesnar and The Streak as Sin Cara makes his way out for a Superstars match. Alberto Del Rio is out next. The panel talks about the Sheamus vs. Christian rivalry next.
It’s revealed that Christian vs. Sheamus will take place with fans picking the stipulation tonight. We go to Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips on commentary for the Cara vs. Del Rio Superstars match. We go back to the panel for hype on the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud. We come back from a WrestleMania Rewind promo. We also get a promo for the Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan feud and what happened at RAW last week.
More hype from the panel for tonight’s show and WrestleMania. We go back to Renee. She already spoke to Hogan, she says, but he didn’t have much to say about the announcement. Renee stops Sheamus and asks him about the stipulation for his match against Christian. Sheamus says it doesn’t matter because the match will end the same. We go back to more promos. The panel hypes tonight’s main event as Superstars finishes up in the ring. Michael Cole makes his way out to mostly boos. JBL comes out to a big pop and of course, Jerry Lawler comes out to a big hometown pop as the panel wraps up the pre-show. Lawler is wearing a tuxedo t-shirt tonight. The panel gives him a standing ovation. We see Hulk Hogan watching backstage as the pre-show ends.
-Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.
First Segment: Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Michael Cole welcoming us. We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan and out he comes to a big pop.
Hogan talks about some of his WrestleMania matches against Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and The Ultimate Warrior. Hogan says every time he watches the match with Andre, he gets amped up and when he slams Andre, it gets crazier and the goosebumps go up and down the pythons. Hogan says he has a historic idea. An idea that was so intense, he couldn’t wait to come to RAW to tell all the Hulkamaniacs. Hogan announces an “Over The Top 30-Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.” The winner will receive an Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy and Hogan shows us a video on the big screen of the trophy. Hogan has one question… whatcha gonna do at WrestleMania XXX when Hulkamania and the memory of Andre the Giant runs wild on you? John Cena’s music hits and out he comes to a very mixed reaction.
Cena says it’s damn good to have Hogan back in WWE. He talks about WrestleMania 3 and how he knew Hulkamania would live forever. Cena does a “whatcha gonna do…” and the fans boo. Cena says he’s going to be the first one to enter his name in the battle royal. The lights go out, the lantern lights up and out comes The Wyatt Family.
Bray Wyatt takes a seat in his rocking chair at ringside. He says pride has always been his favorite sin – it has the power to blind even the strongest men, those who claim to be immortal. Bray mocks Cena and Hogan’s catchphrases. Bray says they are both liars and their foolish pride allows them to prey upon the weak and fill them with hope. Bray says hope is dead, as will be Cena’s legacy. Bray says if Cena looks down at him, he will see an enemy, if he looks up at him, he will see a friend. If he looks straight at him, he will see a God. Bray holds his arms out. Cena says Bray talks some weird stuff. Cena says he sees a homeless man when he looks at Bray, not a God. Cena says he has 2 other bums with him and a rocking chair from Cracker Barrell. Cena tells Bray to prove that he is somebody. Cena tells Hogan he might not be able to make that battle royal. Cena challenges Bray for WrestleMania XXX and says he will get the ass whooping of a lifetime. Bray says it’s all fun and games with Cena until it’s Cena caught in the spider web. Bray drops the mic and The Wyatt Family approaches the ring. Cena and Hogan get ready for a fight with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. We go to commercial.
First Match: John Cena w/Hulk Hogan vs. Erick Rowan w/Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
Back from the break and Rowan is in control of Cena. Hogan watches from ringside as Harper and Bray watch from the ramp. Rowan keeps Cena on the mat.Rowan with a big pumphandle backbreaker for a two count.
Cena fights back and leaps but Rowan catches him in mid-air. Rowan with a big fallaway slam as Hogan looks on. Rowan with a splash in the corner. Rowan with another two count. Rowan catches Cena again and ragdolls him in a big bear hug. Cena fights out but Rowan clubs him to the mat. Rowan with a big slam. Cena counters a move and rolls Rowan up for the quick win out of nowhere.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Bray gets up from his chair and is very upset. Hogan celebrates with Cena and raises his arm in the ring. Bray sends Harper and Rowan to the ring. Hogan and Cena get ready for a fight. Bray calls Rowan and Harper back off the apron. Hogan talks junk to Bray about Cena’s WrestleMania challenge. The Wyatts leave as Hogan and Cena celebrate to Hogan’s music.
Cole plugs the WWE App and tells us to apply the new update so we can vote for the Sheamus vs. Christian stipulation – 2 of 3 Falls, Falls Count Anywhere or a Memphis Street Fight. Also still to come, Batista and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Daniel Bryan plus an appearance by The Undertaker. We see The Authority heading to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Authority to the stage. Stephanie says Daniel Bryan attacked her husband last week and then suffered the consequences – a Pedigree. She says his actions are grounds for immediate termination but they’ve decided to lead by example. Stephanie apologizes, because that’s what is best for business. She says they recognize there is value in Bryan’s brand, not like Randy Orton or Batista or Triple H’s brand but value nonetheless. Stephanie says Bryan has a niche following. She says Bryan must return the favor and apologize to them. She says it’s time Bryan admitted that he’s wrong and not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H… not now and certainly not at WrestleMania XXX. She says Triple H is above Bryan – professionally, figuratively and literally. Stephanie says as long as Bryan can apologize tonight, they can move forward. If not, there will be severe consequences. She hopes we enjoy the rest of the show. The New Age Outlaws come out and hug The Authority on their way to the ring, in street clothes. They jump on commentary as we go back to commercial.
Second Match: The Usos vs. Rybaxel
Jey fights out of a headlock by Axel and tags Jimmy, who snaps Axel’s head on the ropes before sweeping his legs. He kicks Ryback off the apron before hitting Axel with a Samoan drop, then Jimmy splashes Axel and connects with a superkick. Jey superkicks Axel before splashing Ryback on the floor, then Jimmy heads up top and splashes Axel for the win.
Winner: The Usos
Kane is backstage with The Shield. He brings up their second loss to The Wyatt Family from last week. He says they aired their dirty laundry unprofessionally on SmackDown. Dean Ambrose asks if there’s a point. Kane says they have proven to be a valuable asset in the past but he’s taken it upon himself to light a fire under them to see if they are still an asset. He says their first cracks appeared when they lost the tag titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust. It will be The Shield vs. Rhodes and Goldust tonight. Rollins brings up Kane getting pinned by Bryan and knocked out by Big Show. Kane says he’s giving them the chance to step up and tells them to go do it. Reigns makes a reference to taking out any demons that get in their way. We go to commercial.
Third Match: Jack Swagger vs. Big E
Back from the break and Jack Swagger waits in the ring as WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E makes his way out. We see Cesaro and Zeb Colter at ringside. Swagger tells them, “I got this.” Swagger takes Big E to the corner with knees. Big E with a big shoulder thrust, and another. Big E mounts Swagger with right hands in the corner.
Swagger lands a big slam out of the corner and a clothesline for a two count. Big E is revealed for the Andre battle royal at WrestleMania. Swagger keeps up the attack and goes for another pin attempt. Big E comes back with a clothesline and a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E runs the ropes but Swagger takes out his knee. Zeb calls for the Patriot Lock but Swagger chokes Big E on the ropes. Zeb wants Cesaro to hit a cheap shot on Big E but Cesaro won’t. Swagger is distracted, allowing Big E to roll him up for the win.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Cesaro laughs at Swagger as he gets to his feet. Swagger goes to the floor and gets in Cesaro’s face. They have words and Zeb gets in between them. They put blame on each other. Zeb gets upset and says it’s both of their faults. Zeb says this has gone far enough, he’s sick and tired. Zeb takes off his vest and slams it. He tells them to shake hands but they won’t. They finally shake and Cesaro squeezes Swagger’s hand. Swagger tells him to let go and finally yanks his hand away.
Up next, The Undertaker. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Undertaker.
Taker makes his grand entrance and the fans cheer as he takes the mic. There’s a purple light over the ring. Fans chant for Taker but before he can speak, Paul Heyman appears on the stage. Heyman apologizes if his presence has updated Taker’s train of thought. Heyman introduces himself to Taker but at least calls him sir. Heyman praises The Streak. Heyman points out that Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels himself could never win 2 WrestleMania victories in a row. Heyman say similar facts about Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and John Cena. Austin’s name got a big pop. Heyman praises The Streak some more. Heyman asks Taker not to step in the ring with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX because the WWE fans need to worship The Streak. Heyman says even he worships Taker and The Streak after last year. Heyman says Lesnar will end The Streak, even though he’s stepping into the unknown at WrestleMania. Heyman says it’s an unknown that Taker needs to fear, not Lesnar. Heyman says if Taker steps in the ring with Lesnar, The Streak will be conquered.
Fourth Match: The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust