|Monday Night RAW|
|Date||April 29, 2013|
|Previous episode||April 22, 2013|
|Next episode||May 6, 2013|
Episode summary Edit
Ricardo Rodriguez vs Zeb Colter vs Big E. Langston Edit
Well, that was certainly unexpected: Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena got itself a good old-fashioned upset right off the bat when Raw kicked off with a Triple Threat Match between Ricardo Rodriguez, Zeb Colter and Big E Langston … and it was the Zubaz-clad perennial underdog Rodriguez who shocked both the “Founding Father” and Dolph Ziggler’s personal man-mountain to claim the victory.
Granted, the bout was as one-sided as it gets at the start. Colter’s got a hard-boiled history and the WWE Universe knows Ricardo’s got some moves, but the mighty Langston ran roughshod over them both, bringing victory within a hair’s breadth of his pumped-up clutches. Thanks to some quick thinking, though, Ricardo took advantage of a melee between Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Langston and Jack Swagger to roll up Colter for la victoria, giving The Essence of Excellence the privilege to pick the stipulation for the World Title Match at Extreme Rules.
Naomi vs Brie Bella Edit
Hold off on that hocus-pocus: The Bella Twins resurrected Twin Magic two weeks ago for a wily win over Kaitlyn, but their signature sorcery fell short in a bout against Naomi in Nationwide Arena. Naomi had Brie on the ropes (literally) when Nikki pulled the switch and notched the ill-gotten pin, but the referee seemed to realize the mistake moments later and reversed his decision. The swap awarded Naomi the victory in the process, but didn't save The Funkadactyls from a decidedly un-bellissima beatdown at the hands of the jilted twins.
Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler Edit
Dolph Ziggler’s lieutenant Big E Langston may have fallen short in a Triple Threat Match earlier in the evening, but The Showoff rallied to give his camp a big win when he squared off against longtime rival and current United States Champion (and new father) Kofi Kingston.
The two champions picked right up where they left off, hitting each other with acrobatic knees and dropkicks to the face (Kingston nearly KO’d The Showoff with one particular shot) at top speed. He took control of the bout early on, but — thanks to some help from AJ Lee and Big E — Ziggler stayed alive throughout the contest. Ultimately, The Showoff didn’t need an interference to put Kingston away, instead taking advantage of a missed crossbody off the top rope to hit the Zig Zag on a confounded Kingston before feeding him to a pair of Big Endings from an irate Langston.
- Triple Threat Match: Ricardo Rodriguez (w/ Alberto Del Rio) defeated Big E. Langston (w/ Dolph Ziggler & AJ Lee) & Zeb Colter (w/ Jack Swagger) in a Triple Threat Match; as a result of this match Alberto gets to pick the match stipulation for the title at Extreme Rules.
- Singles Match: Naomi (w/ Cameron) defeated Brie Bella (w/ Nikki Bella) by DQ; Brie originally won the match after she switched with Nikki but Cameron explained what happened to the ref and as a result Brie was disqualified. The Bella Twins then beat down Cameron and Naomi.
- Singles Match: Dolph Ziggler (w/ AJ Lee & Big E. Langston) defeated Kofi Kingston