WWE Raw Results - April 12, 2021: Raw After WrestleMania 37
Raw brought us a ridiculous count-out, a hypocritical statement and some wrestling in-between
WWE presented a largely entertaining two nights of action over the weekend with WrestleMania 37, but the company was unable to continue that momentum into Monday Night Raw.
It was all change presentation-wise for the red brand as the show opened up inside the new ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center with Adnan Virk, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton on commentary.
WWE immediately turned its attention to the WWE Champion and a clip played showing Bobby Lashley arriving at the arena earlier in the day. The All Mighty was quickly halted by Riddle, though, and The Original Bro managed to annoy Lashley to the point where the WWE Champion accepted his challenge for a singles match.
That match opened the in-ring portion of the show, and The All Mighty punished Riddle during the nine-minute match before he locked in the Hurt Lock to pick up the win.
Raw then had its first return of the night as The Viking Raiders faced off against Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander. Returning Superstars often pick up a dominant win in their first match back, but this wasn't the case here as Cedric and Shelton worked over Erik during the middle portion of the bout. The hot tag to Ivar was eventually made, though, and The Viking Raiders scored the pin one minute later with the Viking Experience.
Fans didn't have to wait too long for the next return as Charlotte Flair headed to the ring and addressed her WrestleMania absence. Once again an arrogant heel, Flair said she wasn't welcomed at WrestleMania and didn't wrestle at the show because of things she couldn't control. She then ran down the women's roster and proclaimed that she doesn't steal opportunities from fan favourites, she is the opportunity. She doesn't snatch away opportunities, she creates them, Flair continued and she ended the promo by saying she won't apologise for being that damn good and demanded the fans show her some respect.
The promo was followed up by a Raw Women's Championship rematch between Rhea Ripley and Asuka. Both women battled back and forth for 11 minutes, but fans weren't given a winner as Flair ran down to the ring and pushed Ripley and Asuka into the steel steps to draw the disqualification. The Queen then beat down both women and left them lying to end the segment. A Triple Threat match at WrestleMania Backlash will surely follow.
After another commercial break, the broadcast cut to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler repeatedly watching Mandy Rose's slip from WrestleMania. Rose then appeared and she and Dana Brooke pushed Jax into a nearby wall. This led to a match later in the show.
Next up, though, was Alexa's Playground. Following the events of WrestleMania, Bliss explained she turned on The Fiend because she realised she didn't need him anymore and Wyatt had actually become more of a hindrance than a help. She then said she had unlocked something truly evil during her time with Wyatt and introduced the audience to her new "friend" Lily, which was actually a creepy Alexa Bliss doll.
Raw then departed the supernatural and brought fans the latest edition of Miz TV with special guest Maryse. The husband and wife briefly plugged Miz & Mrs before The A-Lister claimed Bad Bunny would have flopped at WrestleMania 37 without him.
This ultimately drew the ire of Damian Priest, who headed to the stage and put over Bad Bunny. Miz then challenged Priest to a singles match, but Morrison interjected and said he was actually going to challenge Priest to a match. The two friends then bickered until Maryse said they could both fight him in a Handicap match. Priest accepted and the match took place after the break.
Neither Miz nor Morrison were in their ring gear and Johnny Drip Drip wrestled in his jeans while Miz competed in a suit. They wrestled back and forth with Damian Priest and The Archer Of Infamy was made to look like a moron in his first loss on the red brand. Priest seemingly had the match won after he ripped off The Miz's pants, leaving him in just his boxer shorts, but Maryse suddenly hopped on the apron and Priest begged her to get down, instead of just ignoring her. This ultimately allowed Miz to roll up the former NXT North American Champion and The A-Lister used the ropes to score the pinfall.
Next up was a seething Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke. Instead of a normal contest, though, the action was dominated by Jax falling over. The Irresistible Force tripped getting into the ring before the match began and she then slipped off the apron during the finish. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose suddenly burst into hysterical laughter at Jax's misfortune, but when Nia chased them, they bailed on the match and willingly accepted a count-out loss. Byron Saxton then tried to cover for the bizarre decision and claimed a count-out loss was better than actually beating Jax and Baszler because Nia slipped and "humiliated herself."
After that segment, WWE turned its attention to the WWE Title picture and MVP cut a promo in the ring without Bobby Lashley. Porter explained The All Mighty felt disrespected and didn't want to experience any more foolishness. He then reflected on Lashley's WrestleMania 37 match with Drew McIntyre and interruptions from The Scottish Warrior, Braun Strowman and Randy Orton followed, who all staked their claim to a WWE Title match. Adam Pearce then arrived and booked a Triple Threat match to determine the number one contender for the main event.
Fans determined to watch that match had to sit through a segment involving Elias and Jaxson Ryker and The New Day first, however. The Drifter and Ryker opened the segment inside the squared circle and were about to sing a song dedicated to Shane McMahon before they were interrupted by the former Raw Tag Team Champions. Kofi Kingston stated that Elias and Ryker were an embarrassment because they had their asses whooped by one man at WrestleMania. Woods then followed up with, 'If that was to ever happen to us, I know that we would never show our faces again.'
Elias quickly pointed out the obvious hypocrisy of Woods' statement, considering The New Day were annihilated by Omos in the Raw Tag Team Title match at WrestleMania, yet here they were on the show. Kingston and Woods ignored Elias' excellent argument, though, and challenged The Drifter and Ryker to a match so they could restore the honour of the tag team division. A quick match between the two teams then followed and The New Day picked up the win with UpUpDownDown.
Finally, in the last segment before the main event, Bray Wyatt returned to the Firefly Funhouse, said he felt reborn and stated everything will be fine because "he" will return.
Then, it was at last time for the main event. Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and Braun Strowman all had time on top during the contest and The Viper thought he had the match won in the closing stages after he caught Strowman with an RKO. As Orton made the cover, though, McIntyre hit him with a Claymore from out of nowhere and covered him for the 1-2-3.
McIntyre then briefly celebrated until MVP headed to the stage and T-Bar and Mace attacked The Scottish Warrior to leave him lying as Raw mercifully went off the air.