WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 22, 2013) from the O2 Arena in London, England, featuring the return of Undertaker. And he's even working a match!
Indeed, "The Deadman" is booked to align with Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) in a six-man tag team match against The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns). There's no telling if this is simply going to be the match/angle that writes 'Taker off television for the next year or so, but we'll see.
Also set for tonight's show is Triple H answering Brock Lesnar's challenge for a steel cage match at Extreme Rules.
NOTE: Spoilers for the show will be available online for anyone who wants to know what happens before the show airs but the comments section here should be kept SPOILER FREE.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR APRIL 22
Rex here. Let's mark out with our snark out.
Paul Heyman is kicking off events from London tonight.
He is here on behalf of Brock Lesnar.
Heyman introduces a replay of Lesnar's destruction of 3MB. Slater is one of the top sellers in this company.
He states that they should get to hear about the challenge from HHH but he isn't here tonight.
Heyman reads off an email saying that HHH's response would occur next week which means.....It's All About the Game.
HHH, without his leather jacket, makes his way to the ring.
HHH says that he accepts Lesnar's challenge and then gives the Pedigree to Heyman.
R-Truth vs Antonio Cesaro
R-Truth is doing his rap schtick and out comes Cesaro to interrupt him with some yodeling.
Bell rings and Cesaro comes out strong.
Uppercut to the back of Truth's head.
Running knee from Cesaro and an Ole chant gets started up.
They stop and he starts taunting them- "That's all you got?"
Chinlock from Cesaro that leads to a roll up attempt from Truth.
Clotheslines from Truth and a missed scissor kick.
Truth with a slam and a nearfall.
Truth with what appeared to be a DDT for the win.
R-Truth wins by pinfall.
The Shield arrive by helicopter to the area and get into a Range Rover.
Brodus Clay vs Damien Sandow
Sandow with a headlock and then some punches in the corner.
Clay with some headbutts to the back of Sandow and follows up with a slam.
Elbow drop from Clay and a nearfall.
Clay with some punches in the corner and hte crowd starts Fandangoing.
Sandow eats a big right but reverses a slam.
Knees from Sandow and he works in a reverse chinlock.
Clay powers out and whips Sandow into the corner and hits a splash.
T-bone suplex by Clay and Rhodes provides a distraction.
Sandow goes for the roll up and gets it.
Damien Sandow wins by pinfall.
Dolph Ziggler in the back and he is calling someone beautiful.
Camera pans out and it's the World Heavyweight Championship.
AJ comes in and Ziggler says she needs to get some gold.
They make fun of Kaitlyn.
They start to kiss and Big E is there.
"This is Dolph and AJ time. Stop creeping" -Ziggler
Big E leaves and Team Brickie enters.
Apparently if Ziggler loses to Jericho tonight the match at ER will become a Fatal Four Way.
Shield hand camera promo.
Ambrose says that Undertaker has been doling out his own justice. The Shield is going to put an end to that.
They are going to give Undertaker his first taste of justice.
Dolph Ziggler vs Chris Jericho
Jericho with a headlock hip toss to open things up.
Ziggler works his way out into a wrist lock.
Jericho with a dropkick and follows up with a shoulder block.
Ziggler slides out of the ring and gets a kiss from AJ.
Jericho takes advantage and hits him with a baseball slide as we head to break.
Back from break and the crowd is Fandangoing while Ziggler hits a neckbreaker.
Jericho with some chops but misses with a splash in the corner.
Ziggler with some stomps to a downed Jericho and a chinlock.
Jericho tries to fight out with elbows but Ziggler locks in the sleeper hold.
Jericho gets back control and lands with a kick to the head for a nearfall.
Jericho goes for the moonsault but Big E gets a cheap shot in.
Ziggler with the sleeper but Jericho counters.
Ziggler with a DDT and the Fameasser but Jericho kicks out at two.
Ziggler goes up top but Jericho meets him up there and hits the superplex.
Jericho hits the Codebreaker and goes for the cover but Ziggler gets his foot on the rope.
Big E tries for the interference but Jericho takes him out and the locks in the Walls.
Fandango's music hits and Ziggler takes advantage to get to the ropes.
Ziggler with the Zig Zag for the win.
Dolph Ziggler wins by pinfall.
Josh Matthews in the back with Mick Foley to pimp his new dvd and the Extreme Rules ppv.
Tensai vs Cody Rhodes
Rhodes with some early offense and he starts taunting Tensai.
Tensai with a double underhook suplex and he holds it there for a minute before finishing the slam.
Rhodes counters a back body drop attempt and then hits the disaster kick for a two count.
Rhodes with repeated stomps to Tensai.
Front head lock from Rhodes.
Tensai dodges a spear attempt in the corner that sends Rhodes into the post.
Tensai with some clotheslines and an elbow drop.
Rolling senton in the corner to Rhodes.
Sandow provides a distraction that allows Rhodes to recover. Clay runs over Sandow for the distraction.
Tensai with the bback body splash fo the win.
Tensai wins by pinfall.
Kane and Bryan in the back.
Bryan is worried about the Undertaker showing up tonight and wants Kane to call him.
"He doesn't exactly carry a cell phone."
Bryan wants to go over strategy with him and even has diagrams written up.
Kane says Undertaker doesn't take instructions and Bryan better not try to hug Taker.
Hell No is laid out by what appears to be the Shield. You only see their feet because the camera was dropped.
Matthews with Ryback in the back.
He decided to let Cena know what's it like to be attacked by the Shield without help from your friends.
He calls out Foley for his words about him earlier.
Big E Langston vs Zack Ryder
This should be quick.
Back body drop from Langston and then goes to town on Ryder in the corner.
Ryder with a kick and goes for a crossbody but gets caught by Langston.
Langston with repeated back breakers.
Goes for the splash in the corner but Ryder counters and hits a drop kick.
Langston responds by just running over Ryder and then hits the Big Ending.
Langston wins by pinfall.
The Shield vs Hell No and the Undertaker
Going to be a bit light on the play by play with this one so I can take in the sheer awesomeness.
Taker makes his way to the ring.
When he is done the Shield surrounds the ring. They make their move and Hell No comes to make the save.
The faces clear the ring as we head to break.
Back from break and the match is about to start.
Bryan and Ambrose starting things off.
Bryan with the majority of control and then tags in Kane.
Kane works over Ambrose's arm and then tags in Taker.
Taker continues to work the arm and hits the Old School.
Tags back in Kane and Ambrose gets the tag into Reigns.
Kane with most of the offense but Reigns fights back and gets the tag into Rollins.
Rollins getting all of the offense in on Kane and then he tags in Ambrose.
Ambrose works over Kane and then tags in Reigns.
Reigns with spears in the corner and then tags in Rollins.
Rollins goes up tops but eats a right hand from Kane who then tags in Bryan.
Bryan takes full control in an absolutely great series and gets a nearfall.
Bryan with a missle dropkick that sends Rollins out.
He tries to follows up in the corner but Rollins dodges as we head to break.
They are tearing it up in there.
Back from break and Reigns is in with Bryan.
Reigns tags in Rollins.
Rollins is taunting Taker as he beats down Bryan.
He tags back in Ambrose.
Ambrose with some headbutts and strikes in the corner.
Ambrose with the surfboard stretch and Rollings comes off the top rope for the two count.
Reigns gets the tag in.
Bryan dodges Ambrose and gets the tag in to Taker.
Taker is destroying Ambrose in there. Ambrose, Rollins, and Bryan have been selling like champs.
Taker with a nearfall on Ambrose.
Taker goes for chokeslam on Ambrose and Rollins but Reigns hits the spear for a two count.
Rollins tags in and Taker gets the tag into Kane.
Kane off the top rope and goes for chokeslam follow up but Rollins counters with a bicycle kick.
Ambrose tags in and goes off the rope into a Chokeslam.
Bryan gets the tag and goes up top but Reigns interferes.
Brothers of Destruction and the rest of the Shield brawl on the outside.
Ambrose tries for a superplex but Bryan fights him off.
Bryan goes for flying headbutt but Ambrose rolls away and covers him up for the pin.
The Shield wins by pinfall.
After the match the Shield gets out of there as the faces lament in the ring.
Cena and Foley in the back.
Cena doesn't want Foley to go out there.
He only lets Foley had out there if he takes a chair with him.
Fandango vs William Regal
Fandango dancing around Regal and taunting him.
Regal makes fun of him and then starts with some clotheslines and a back body drop.
Regal with some offense in corner and continues to work over Fandango.
Fandango counters and then hits a new finisher for the win.
Fandango wins by pinfall.
Fandango's dancer appears to be Summer Rae this time out.
He taunts Regal by standing over him and saying his name.
Fandango makes his way to the stage and gets attacked by Jericho.
Jericho than proceeds to dance with Fandango's partner
Diva's Battle Royal
AJ, Naomi, Aksana, Tamina, and Layla.
They just brawl for a bit and then AJ hops into Tamina's and wraps her legs around her.
Taminia tosses her off and then hits her with a superkick,
Aksana and Naomi get eliminated.
Layle and Tamina battling it out as AJ lays out cold.
Taminia gets eliminated by Layla.
Layla tries to drag AJ out.
AJ springs to life and kicks Layla out of the ring for the win.
AJ wins and is now the number one contender.
That was boring and terrible.
I am so looking forward to that title match......
Ryback and Foley both out to the ring for their little pow wow.
Foley says he was offended when Cena gave him the chair because he took on the biggest and the baddest.
He wants to make sure that his words stick in Ryback's head.
He plays a clip of the Shield beatdown on Cena last week.
Ryback knows what he did by standing by and he loved it.
Foley wants to know what happened to the Ryback of old.
Ryback says he is upset about how much he was left without help.
Foley goes after him for not handling his business on his own.
Foley says that Ryback shouldn't want to win by walking away fro ma challenge and letting Cena get beatdown by others.
Ryback says shut up alot and that Foley shouldn't be out here trying to relive his glory days to try and sell some dvds.
Ryback is going after results no matter what happens.
He wanted a WWE Title match and he got it.
Ryback says its ridiculous that Foley is going to lecture him on how to be a man as he stands there with a weapon.
He calls him a "fat, pathetic, lazy bastard"
Foley readies the chair.
Ryback takes the chair and tosses it out.
They square up and get ready to fight but Cena hits the scene and he is ready to go.
Shield decides to make their presence known.
Cena heads to the ramp and the Shield surround the ring and go after Ryback.
Cena makes his way back into the ring with the chair and goes after the Shield with it.
He is able to send the Shield backing and gets back into the ring with Ryback.
Cena drops the chair and hits the AA on Ryback as we fade to black.