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WWE Raw results, live blog (April 11, 2022): Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 11, 2022) from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, featuring all the continued fallout from WrestleMania 38 as well as build to the upcoming WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) set for early next month.

Advertised for tonight: Cody Rhodes works his first match on the red brand in six years against The Miz, Sasha Banks & Naomi defend the women’s tag team titles against Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley, Veer has his first match on Raw against Rey Mysterio, Omos & MVP have some explaining to do about the attack on Bobby Lashley, The Usos are coming to town looking for RK-Bro and their Raw tag team titles and more, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here.


In the middle of a gunfight, in the center of a restaurant, they say, “Come with your arms raised high.” Well, they’re never gonna get me, because I’d rather liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a video package recapping Cody Rhodes’ debut promo and doing comparison shots of him and his father, the late great American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.

The Miz makes his entrance and gets on the mic to welcome us to MizTV.

He says his guest tonight is an extraordinary superstar, Cody Rhodes.

The American Nightmare then makes his entrance, with lots of pyro.

Miz complains that he’s trying to upstage him on his own show, and Cody tells him not to begrudge him his indulgence, because it’s been a long time since he was in front of a crowd like this. Miz says it’s nice that he’s trying to honor his father but without his family he wouldn’t be the grandson of a plumber, he’d just be a plumber.

Rhodes isn’t impressed and says being a plumber would be good right now because Miz is completely full of it. He tells the A-Lister he hasn’t changed a day, and he’s arrogant, obnoxious, a full-blown carny, but none of that matters because he’s here to win the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship title belt.

Miz corrects him on belt and says that’s a long way away because Seth Rollins wants a rematch first, with time to strategize and come up with a plan to fight Cody. So Miz doesn’t like Rhodes’ chances then, and he doesn’t like Cody’s chances tonight against him.

Rhodes says Miz must feel threatened and he has zero issue with Seth because he gave him a great fight and he’d be happy to oblige him a rematch, but Miz isn’t the competitor or the man that Rollins is. Cody’s looking forward to his first match back on Raw anyway, though, and may the best man win.

Miz tries to sneak attack Cody but the American Nightmare has him scouted and passes him to the floor, whereupon the A-Lister runs away.

Commentary hypes up the rest of the show.

Dominik Mysterio makes his entrance and we go to break.

Dominik Mysterio vs. Veer Mahaan

Circling, Mysterio lighting him up with strikes but Mahaan shrugs it off and levels him! Clubbing blows, a weird leaping body press that looked kinda like a dick strike, Dom throws him to the floor but Veer catches him on a dive and throws him into the barricade!

Huge lariat on the floor, throwing Mysterio back inside, dropping him with another lariat, a jumping seated senton and then...

Veer Mahaan wins by pinfall with a head-and-arm choke.

Post-match, he locks the choke on again, agents (including Petey Williams!) and referees rush down to pull him off but Veer keeps choking him!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get an instagram hype reel.

Damian Priest gets a promo and says he’s gonna beat AJ up real good.

AJ Styles vs. Damian Priest

Priest throws Styles in the corner but AJ slips out and lights him up! Big right hands and kicks from Damian, rolling elbow but Styles headbutts him and clotheslines him to the floor! Running knee off the apron, AJ throws him over the timekeeper’s barricade!

Taking Priest back to the announce table, to the apron, back inside to break the count, back outside and into the barricade and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Priest laying punches in, but Styles hits the moonsault inverted DDT and both men are down and out! Corner lariat, fireman’s carry, Damian fights out of the Ushigoroshi but AJ hits it on the second try... NOPE! Boot up, Priest ducks a dive and hits a big lifting reverse STO... STILL NO!

Stalking Styles, disdainful kicks, scoop lift into the inverted facelock but AJ counters with the Pele kick! Up on the apron for the Phenomenal Forearm but Priest recovers and boots him to the floor! Damian kneels in the middle of the ring and reaches up, making the lights go out and the blue light come on.

He kneels there and stares into the camera and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

AJ Styles is interviewed backstage so I guess...

The match went to a no-contest?

He says he doesn’t care what Edge or anyone else does, they’re not gonna stop him.

Cody Rhodes vs. the Miz

Seth Rollins makes his entrance and takes a seat near commentary as they get into it.

Rhodes with a snap scoop powerslam and the Beautiful Disaster to the floor, Miz runs away and rolls back in the ring and Cody has the elbow drop scouted before going for the Cody Cutter! Blocked, Skull-Crushing Finale reversed, delayed vertical gourdbuster... NOPE!

Cody does some push-ups, a boot, a cravate applied in the middle of the ring. Miz slips out, knees to the back, off the ropes with a basement boot! Stalking, seated senton, clawing Rhodes’ face, shifting to a reverse chinlock, grounding Cody. Rhodes punching away, putting Miz in the corner and laying in open-hand chops.

Whip reversed, Flair Flip but the A-Lister boots Cody to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Miz is in control with punches, Rhodes shoves him and asks for more before dropping the A-Lister with a lariat! Off the ropes, forearm, spinning powerslam... NOPE! To the floor, Cody’s fired up, throwing Miz back inside and heading up top, nobody home, Miz takes his leg out with a dropkick!

Spinning toehold, figure four leglock applied! Sitting up in the hold after some struggle, trading slaps and Cody manages to turn it over and reverse the pressure! The A-Lister crawls, desperate... AND GETS THE ROPES! Cody with an eye poke, Cody Cutter connects, inverted facelock...

Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.

Post-match, Seth Rollins gets in the ring and confronts Cody Rhodes.

He circles Rhodes in the ring and says he heard the kind words that he had to say and talks about all the advantages Cody had and says he wants his rematch. Rhodes agrees to it!

We get a recap of Kevin Owens’ business with Ezekiel from last week.

Tommaso Ciampa is interviewed as the newest member of Raw, but Ezekiel rolls up and interrupts.

KO is right behind to point out that Ezekiel is Elias and tells him to stop lying. Ciampa believes that he’s Ezekiel but Owens insists that he has to be Elias.

Liv Morgan makes her entrance.

Back from commercial we get a media hype reel for WrestleMania 38’s success.

Liv Morgan vs. Naomi

Collar and elbow, Naomi with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, off the ropes, drop down, staredown, leapfrog, hip toss, jockeying for position, Morgan ducks some kicks but Naomi blasts her in the face! Up and over, booty shake headscissors, Liv snaps off a Frankensteiner!

Back roll into a superkick, Naomi covers... NOPE! Inside cradle for two, duck the lariat, slide under, stereo enzuigiris! Oblivion denied, elbow, up top,diving but Naomi counters with a powerbomb! Folding press, nope, sunset flip, reversals...

Naomi wins by pinfall with a bridging folding press.

We get a recap of Montel Vontavious Porter turning on Bobby Lashley and joining forces with Omos.

Bobby Lashley makes his entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley is on the mic in the VIP Lounge set.

He says he wasn’t invited but after what MVP and Omos did to him last week, he decided to invite himself. He demands Porter come down and explain himself, and when he doesn’t, he threatens to destroy the set and the rich Corinthian leather of the couches.

Enter MVP and Omos.

MVP says that if Bob destroys any of his property he’s gonna call his lawyers. Montel demands he changes the tone of his voice and put some respect on his name, because he should be thanking him. If he wants an explanation, alright, he deserves it.

Porter says when he came back to WWE, Lashley was floundering, letting some sawed off runt lead his career astray, and he couldn’t even sniff a WWE Championship until MVP joined up with him. Now he thinks he doesn’t need him after everything, he doesn’t want to share his WrestleMania spotlight? HE WAS JUST BOBBY LASHLEY BUT MVP MADE HIM ALL MIGHTY.

Lashley counters, saying that Montel was ready to retire when he grabbed onto the next big thing. MVP says Bob barely survived the last match against Omos, but Lashley says he’s gonna take care of the big man and then he’s coming for MVP! Bob flips over the VIP Lounge set like a bored cat.

We get a recap of Reggie proposing to Dana Brooke from a few weeks ago.

R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, and Reggie are shown leaving a party. We find out that it’s Reggie’s bachelor party, and he notes that the girls are having their own party, to which R-Truth flips out and runs off to crash the bachelorette party.

Bianca Belair makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Austin Theory talks with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville.

He says he and Mr. McMahon have decided his first name doesn’t suit him, and Pearce says he’ll get the United States Championship match he asked for next week.

Kevin Owens rolls up to try and get to the bottom of this Ezekiel business, and demands a chance to give him a lie detector test next week.

Sonya says she’s lined up Bianca Belair’s first challenger.

Zelina Vega gets an inset promo where she says she feels liberated now that Carmella isn’t holding her down, and she plans to beat Bianca for the title.

Bianca Belair vs. Queen Zelina Vega

Vega with a Muta Lock early, shifting to a reverse chinlock but Belair hosses her out of it and hits a fallaway slam. Military press, doing squats before dropping Zelina, drawing her up, backbreaker rack...

Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD.

Sonya Deville makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sonya Deville puts Bianca Belair over before getting to announcing her opponent.

She says it wasn’t the easiest task because there’s lots of viable opponents in the women’s division like Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Doudrop, Dana Brooke... Bianca says she’d be happy to wrestle any of those women but at the end of the day no matter who her opponent is, she’s keeping the title.

Sonya says if she’s serious about that she should sign the open contract she has right here so she can prove that she is the EST of WWE. Bianca says she said what she said and she signs the open contract! Deville introduces her opponent to sign the contract and make it official.

She’s a generational superstar who defies gender barriers and breaks down gender norms... SONYA CHOP BLOCKS BIANCA HERSELF BEFORE LAYING HER OUT WITH A KNEE! Inverted facelock into a lariat, Deville picks the mic back up and says she’s challenging for the title!

Sonya signs the contract and holds the title high!

Adam Pearce comes down to talk to her and check on Bianca.

We cut to the Tamina/Dana Brooke bachelorette party.

They’re drinking and in good spirits until Los Lotharios roll up to be gross. Nikki ASH rushes in to try and win the title off of Dana but Tamina makes the save and puts her on the bar and slides her down!

R-Truth comes up to yell at them all and say nobody loves the 24/7 title like he does, and that love holds them all together. And in the spirit of love, and as an ordained minister, he orders all attacks on Brooke to stop until he can matrimonialize these two beautiful couples next week!

RK-BRO make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw.

Adam Pearce confronts Sonya Deville backstage over her lack of professionalism and she says there’s nothing he can do about it.

Alpha Academy make their entrance and Chad Gable cuts a promo about how dumb the crowd is and how smart and good he is.

Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton)

Gable and Riddle to start, Matt with a kick and a Karelin lift, tag to Orton, assisted corkscrew moonsault and into the Garvin Stomp! Tag to riddle, another chest kick, Chad in a bad way as they go to town on him. Trading forearms, fireman’s carry, Gable slips out, blind tag and a German suplex Hart Attack lays Riddle out and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Gable in control, the heat segment rolls on but Riddle gets the tag eventually! Orton in hot, hanging DDT, Chad gets a little hope spot but Randy comes outta nowhere...

RK-BRO win by pinfall with an RKO from Randy Orton on Chad Gable.

Post-match, we see the Usos roll up to the arena, saying they’re here to complete the mission as we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Usos come down and confront RK-BRO.

They say they know exactly why they’re here, and they’re looking to add the Raw Tag Team Championships to their collection in a title unification match.

Enter the Street Profits.

They say last time they checked, they challenged RK-BRO to a title match but Alpha Academy got involved and made it a three-way, and the way they see it, they’re next in line. They bicker with the Usos and Randy Orton gets involved and books a match between the two teams!

...after the break, of course.

Back from commercial, we get a long recap of Veer Mahaan dominating Dominik Mysterio.

Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

Jimmy and Montez to start, off the ropes, shoulder block, Uso gets distracted jawing at RK-BRO and Ford takes him into the corner for a beatdown and a quick tag. Tag to Dawkins, working Jimmy over, but the Usos turn the tide on him after a tag.

Working Angelo over, Usos throw him at RK-BRO on commentary, Ford dives on them with the ringpost tope con giro and gets in RK-BRO’s face as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Jimmy has Angelo in a reverse chinlock to grind him down. Tags made, Ford with a huge diving crossbody, whip across, lariat, Jimmy goes for a back suplex, Montez lands on his feet and sends him packing with a kick combination! Up and over, cartwheel away, Ford showing off before he hits a blockbuster for two!

Jey hits a Final Cut... NOPE! Match breaks down, Dawkins with a tag, electric chair, blockbuster Doomsday Device... USO KICKS OUT! Profits a flurry of violence, Montez with the frog splash... JIMMY BREAKS IT UP! Back and forth, tag to Jimmy, Ford in their sights...

The Usos win by pinfall with the 1D on Montez Ford.

The Usos and RK-BRO square up and hold their respective titles high.

Street Profits rush in, Dawkins with a Cactus Clothesline on Riddle, Orton RKOs Ford, and the Usos lay Randy out with superkicks before holding both sets of titles over their heads!

That’s the show, folks.

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