Not only was Sunday’s WrestleMania 29 a wild show with plenty of excitement, but Monday’s follow-up episode of Raw was one of the greatest in the history of the weekly program.
Between the most electric crowd in Raw history, a Dolph Ziggler cash-in and a Ryback heel turn, the WWE Universe was treated to a unique show that encompassed all of the elements that make wrestling so great.
While there were some fans who felt let down by how WrestleMania played out this year, the excitement associated with Monday’s Raw satisfied the hardcore and casual wrestling fans alike.
It’s an exciting time in the WWE Universe.
Raw Results from April 8 (via WWE.com)
Mark Henry interrupted John Cena's championship speech.
Big E Langston defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan.
Wade Barrett defeated Intercontinental Champion The Miz.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter; Dolph Ziggler cashed in Money in the Bank on Del Rio to win World Heavyweight Championship.
The Shield interrupted The Undertaker's tribute to Paul Bearer.
Zack Ryder, R-Truth and Santino Marella defeated 3MB.
Big Show disrupted the match between Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Fandango defeated Kofi Kingston via Disqualification when Chris Jericho attacked Fandango.
Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls defeated Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins.
WWE Champion John Cena def. Mark Henry via Count-out; Ryback attacked both men.
Ryback Turns on John Cena
After what was called a predictable WrestleMania, the WWE threw the fans the ultimate swerve on Monday's Raw and had Ryback attack John Cena to close the show. Ryback picked up Cena’s WWE Championship and stood over his motionless body. It was the perfect visual.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is This a Full-Blown Heel Turn?
While there are many members of the WWE Universe who have claimed that this is a full-blown heel turn, there is still a chance that Ryback is just out for the WWE Championship and doesn’t care who is in his way.
There will also be a contingent of fans who believe that turning Ryback’s character into a lone wolf will hurt his momentum with the crowd, but the fact that he will be taking on the polarizing John Cena will make this one of the most interesting feuds coming out of Raw.
WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts was like the rest of the WWE Universe when they saw Ryback attack John Cena and grab his championship belt:
Justin Roberts @JustinRoberts
I can't believe this #RAW http://t.co/O9LgWK7x0A2013-4-9 03:22:18
WWE author Kevin Sullivan was confused by the reaction of the fans on Monday night, just as the rest of the world was:
Kevin Sullivan @SullivanBooks
Is that a heel or babyface turn? #Ryback2013-4-9 03:06:15
The WWE’s official Twitter account offered a great image of Ryback with the title after laying out the company’s top star:
#WWE PHOTO GALLERY: John Cena vs. Mark Henry: photos http://t.co/mVTF4qsGHd2013-4-9 05:23:26
Dolph Ziggler is the New World Heavyweight Champion
In one of the greatest cash-in moments in the history of the Money in the Bank briefcase, Dolph Ziggler stole the show on Monday night by beating Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. The building in East Rutherford exploded with excitement, and that resonated throughout the wrestling world.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Ziggler Be Booked Properly Moving Forward?
As great as this title victory was for Ziggler, it is imperative that the WWE books him properly moving forward to keep his momentum high. The fans are in love with the new champion right now, but without the proper booking and storylines to make Ziggler look strong, he will not be taken seriously as a main event star.
Ziggler’s girlfriend and WWE diva A.J. Lee expressed her happiness for the new champ and how much he deserves the honor:
AJ Mendez Brooks @AJBrooks
Congratulations to my baby Ziggy @HEELZiggler . No one works harder or deserves it more. No one. I'm so happy right now.2013-4-9 02:41:01
Former WWE superstar Matt Hardy talked about how the crowd played into the cash-in and made the moment feel even more special:
Matt Hardy #Version1 @MATTHARDYBRAND
The NY/NJ crowd made the Dolph Ziggler MITB cash-in so much more awesome than it even was. Great stuff! It was pro wrestling at its best.2013-4-9 01:19:29
Another former WWE star, Lance Storm, talked about Ziggler’s impressive work ethic and how his perception of the new champion hasn’t changed a bit:
Lance Storm @LanceStorm
I'm happy 4 @HEELZiggler tonight, but no prouder now than I was yesterday or last year. I'm Proud of his work ethic thats always been there2013-4-9 02:10:07
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