WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 4, 2022) from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, featuring all the fallout from the WrestleMania 38 two-night extravaganza that went down over the weekend down the road in Arlington.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns is the new unified WWE Universal champion and we may learn what that means for the red brand, Cody Rhodes has said he’ll be coming on to explain what his future holds here, it’s the “Raw After Mania” so we may be in for surprise returns, debuts, or NXT call ups, Bianca Belair is back atop the women’s division, 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.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR APRIL 4
And when the story takes a twist, it folds like a contortionist. Slight of hand and quick exchange, the old tricks have been rearranged, but liveblogging a wrestling show? That never changes, folks.
The show opens with a recap of the Raw half of WrestleMania.
“American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes makes his entrance.
He soaks in the adoration of the crowd for a long beat before asking us what we want to talk about. He says it’s been 47 days since the abrupt news that he was a free agent and he chose to remain silent. He heard stories and theories that were nonsense, and everyone thinks the decision to return to WWE was difficult.
It was not.
He’s signed a multi-year agreement, and if there was any glimmer of doubt, it went away the moment he rose up and made the walk at WrestleMania to defeat one of the greatest superstar wrestlers of any era, Seth Rollins, that doubt was eradicated. He’s an avid reader and he found this quote— “a man often finds his destiny on the path he takes to avoid it.”
If you’ll humor him, he wants to show us something on the tron. It’s the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, holding up the WWWF Championship, and it’s simple to say that’s his father, and yeah he’s a legend, the son of a plumber, the common man, but to him he was his hero.
Cody points out that he’s holding the title that Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and this photo was on the mantle in his parents’ bedroom until his father’s final day. As he got hip to the industry he worked up a little courage and asked Dusty, saying “I didn’t know you were a champion like Hulk Hogan.”
Dusty looked at him and explained very patiently and sternly that because of the champion’s advantage, he won the match by countout but didn’t win the title. Right then and there at eight years old, he knew he needed to win this title right here and place it in his father’s hands and tell him nobody can take it away from him now.
Many here have followed his journey, but if you’re new to it, unfortunately that dream died right in front of him and that opportunity passed. ...or did it? Yes he can’t physically put that title into his father’s hands, but he can certainly put it around the waist of the American Nightmare.
With that in mind, his silence is broken, his intentions are clear, and he stands before us finally ready, and he’s going to do it. He’s going to give the distinction that his family has long since been denied and he’s going to do it for you and me, for himself, for his family, and for the American Dream Dusty Rhodes.
Enter Seth Rollins.
Cody offers a handshake and Seth accepts.
Boss and Glow make their entrance.
Boss and Glow (Naomi & Sasha Banks) vs. Live 4 Brutality (Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley)
Naomi and Rhea to start, go-behind, Ripley cracks one across her face and follows it with a delayed vertical suplex! Back elbow and a kick, tag to Banks, double bulldog into the corner, action to the floor and Rhea hits a cannonball to take Sasha out only for Naomi to dive on her with a plancha!
Back inside, Naomi with a leg drop and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Naomi getting worked over but she lays Rhea out and the path is clear... tags made! Banks with a knee to Morgan, following it up with a tijeras, corner knee, Sasha goes up top and hits a Meteora... NOPE! Roll-up for two, schoolboy for two, Liv hits an enzuigiri and takes her down!
Tag to Ripley, assisted powerbomb, cover for two! Assisted senton, nobody home, Naomi knocks Rhea to the floor, they got Liv up...
Boss and Glow win by pinfall with the assisted Codebreaker.
After the match, a disappointed Rhea Ripley walks off alone.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens gets on the mic.
He admits he may have made a mistake tricking “Stone Cold” Steve Austin into a match and he underestimated him, because the Texas Rattlesnake is still great. And you have to be great to beat Kevin Owens, because he’s one of the greatest to ever step foot in this ring. (Correct!)
When he tricked Steve into having his first match in 19 years, he tricked himself too. He went into that match with a pretty bad back injury and he probably should have just gone home. But he knew the WWE Universe needed him to deliver a great WrestleMania main event, so he put himself at risk for all of us. (Thanks, Kev!)
So that win should come with a clarifaction that it was over someone who was nowhere near 100% and it should be stricken from the record.
A man named Ezekiel makes his entrance, and as he gets closer to the camera it’s clear it’s Elias.
Kev asks who he thinks he is interrupting him, and he says he’s not Elias, he’s Elias’ younger brother, Ezekiel. Owens doesn’t believe it, but he restates himself. KO yells at him to stop lying, and Ezekiel says he must hate himself, then, because on Saturday night he lied to Stone Cold and got stunned.
Owens says the only thing that matters is that he has about ten seconds to get the hell out of his ring or else. Ezekiel doesn’t budge and KO storms out.
Dominik Mysterio makes his entrance to send us to break.
Dominik Mysterio vs. the Miz
Mysterio in with kicks, step-up lucha arm drag, a tijeras puts Miz on the second but he has the 619 scouted and puts Dominik into the ropes, full nelson...
Miz wins by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale.
Veer Mahaan makes his entrance, he’s finally here!
He hits the ring and attacks Dominik and lays Rey out with a lariat! He grabs an arm-trap neck crank on Mysterio the younger and wrenches it in until Danilo Anfibio breaks them up!
We get a media reel for WrestleMania 38 to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Bianca Belair is in the ring and gets on the mic.
She thanks us for believing in her and takes off her glasses to reveal the wicked shiner on her left eye. She thanks Becky Lynch for that humiliating moment where she took the title in thirty seconds, because without it she would never realized how much better she can be.
She’ll never take it for granted again, because it hurts to have it taken away. She didn’t cheat and she didn’t injure her opponent to get back to the top, and Becky said she tried to take everything from her but WrestleMania proved that the opposite was true.
Lynch came for her throat, her hair, and even her eye, but she caught everything Becky threw at her, and even with one eye she’s standing right here in front of us tonight. She overcame all that because we deserve a better champion, so she became better.
She’s ready to fight every woman in the back, because nobody’s taking the title away from her, and after Saturday, she’s different, she’s better, and maybe Becky can take this downtime to figure out who she is without the title, because Bianca knows exactly who she is— the EST and your Raw Women’s Champion.
We get a hype reel for Bron Breakker.
Dirty Dawgz make their entrance to send us to break.
Bron Breakker vs. Dolph Ziggler (c) (NXT Championship)
Ziggler slaps Breakker before the bell, referee Aja Perera warns him and we get a bell!
Bron presses the attack, beating him down in the corner and belly-to-belly suplexing him across the ring! Dolph comes back in but in short order Breakker drops him with a spinning spinebuster!
Catching a dropkick, catapult into the turnbuckles, up there jockeying for position and Ziggler crotches him before firing a dropkick off that sends Bron crashing to the floor and us to break.
Back from commercial, Ziggler with a dropkick on the button for a nearfall! Fameasser countered with a powerbomb, Dolph with right hands, trading punches, and headbutts, Breakker shrugs off the sleeper hold and hits a few lariats, front kick into a belly-to-belly suplex!
Robert Roode runs interference, Ziggler with a schoolboy for two! Bron off the ropes, tope con giro takes Roode out! Into the turnbuckle, Dolph with a superkick... NOT ENOUGH! Tuning up the band, but Breakker spears him in half! Military press...
Bron Breakker wins by pinfall with the military press powerslam to become the new NXT Champion.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Montel Vontavious Porter is in the ring and gets on the mic.
He talks up Bobby Lashley’s reign of terror and introduces him.
Bobby Lashley gets on the mic and says he couldn’t resist when Omos made his challenge, he had to see how powerful he was. And indeed, Omos was the most powerful and mean man he’d ever been in the ring with, and he knew the only way he could win is if he made a mistake, and that’s exactly what happened.
He demands his rematch and says Bobby’s victory was a fluke.
MVP BLASTS LASHLEY FROM BEHIND AND BEATS HIM DOWN, BERATING HIM FOR SAYING HE DOESN’T NEED HIM BEFORE TELLING OMOS TO CRUSH HIM! Omos beats him down and then finishes him with the chokebomb!
Liv Morgan runs up to Rhea Ripley backstage.
Rhea says she got them a tag title match for next week and they embrace.
Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Zelina Vega gets on the mic and she wants to get one thing straight— Carmella was the one who cost them the tag titles at WrestleMania.
She says she’s so preoccupied with being the most beautiful woman in WWE and with a man who is an absolute fool for marrying her. However, he IS very handsome— Carmella yanks the mic away and said she thought for sure Zelina would be one of her bridesmaids but not anymore, and if she wants to come to the wedding, she can be flower girl.
This gets Vega to attack and beat her down, sending Carmella running into the safety of Corey Graves’ arms! They smooch at some length, with lots of tongue.
The Usos accost Austin Theory backstage and make fun of him for losing his WrestleMania match.
RK-BRO make their entrance and we go to break.
Austin Theory & the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. Finn Balor & RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton)
Balor and Jimmy to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Finn putting boots to him. Whip reversed, sunset flip, roll through into a dropkick, cover for one. Tag to Riddle, front kick, waistlock takedown, action to the floor, a Penalty Kick rocks Theory but he trips Matt up and sends him crashing to the floor as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Riddle trying to get away but Jey hits a back suplex neckbreaker! Orton with the hot tag, cleaning house, Theory with the blind tag as he hits the hanging DDT on Jimmy! Austin in with a dropkick, the match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory and Jey cuts Riddle out of midair with a superkick!
Sling Blade, Theory is right there.
Austin Theory & the Usos win by pinfall with ATL from Theory on Finn Balor.
Edge makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Edge gets on the mic and says that thinking is hard for us.
He introduces his new pal, the man who will be the punishment for the guilty, Damian Priest. Priest thanks him for giving him new direction and says it was easy to make the decision to pledge loyalty to him. Edge says they judged AJ Styles at WrestleMania and they’ll judge anyone who goes astray from their message.
He says he knows AJ will keep coming but he should think of his family and retreat.
Enter AJ Styles. He brings the brawl to Priest and then gets some chairs to punish Edge as he was punished but of course Damian returns to the ring and beats him up before doing a spear / roundhouse Total Elimination with Edge!
Street Profits make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Alpha Academy attack before the bell and put boots to the Street Pforits.
Adam Pearce comes down and makes this a tornado tag team match!
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (Tornado Tag Team Match)
All-out brawling, the action goes to the floor and Montez hits the ringpost tope con giro to wipe everybody out! Back in the ring, the Alphas are in control, big splash, cover for two and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Alphas with more double-teams but the Street Profits won’t stay down! Setting Gable up on a table, Ford up top...
Street Profits win by pinfall with a diving splash through a table from Montez Ford on Chad Gable.
Commentary hypes up Roman Reigns’ appearance, after the break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show up.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, flanked by the Bloodline.
He gets on the mic and says he knows what we want and why we’re here, but we’re gonna switch things up just a bit. He asks Paul Heyman to explain the Bloodline’s success, and Paul gets on the mic and talks up their titles reigns and drawing power before handing the mic back.
Roman says what’s good for him is good for WWE, and it’s no secret, with him at the head of the table the billion dollar deals are coming easy. He’s the last needle mover and he’s constantly operating at god mode. But he’s so much more than all of that, and he’s a man of his word.
He called his shot and he delivered! He said he was gonna smash Brock Lesnar, and what did he do? Smashed him! But that’s the past now. Other men would hang their hat on this weekend but that’s not him. He’ll let you know what the next step is later, but until then, acknowledge him.
That’s the show, folks.