While WrestleMania is always the most anticipated show every year, the episode of Monday Night Raw that follows is becoming an attraction all on its own.
The Raw the night after WrestleMania has garnered a tradition for having raucous crowds that consist of people from all over the world, shocking returns and memorable debuts.
This past Monday at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., it was more the same from the post-WrestleMania Raw and some.
Before we delve any deeper into what happened on the program, here's a look at the full match results:
- WWE Intercontinental Championship – Daniel Bryan def. Dolph Ziggler
- Lucha Dragons & The New Day def. The Ascension & Tyson Kidd & Cesaro
- Damien Mizdow def. Stardust
- Neville def. Curtis Axel
- WWE United States Championship – John Cena def. Dean Ambrose
- AJ Lee, Paige & Naomi def. The Bella Twins & Natalya
- Rusev def. Goldust
- Roman Reigns, Ryback & Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins, Kane & Big Show
Stephanie McMahon suspends Brock Lesnar
After losing his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar didn't waste any time invoking his rematch clause, as he did so Monday night.
Although a match was scheduled between Lesnar and Seth Rollins, Rollins claimed that he wasn't going to participate in the contest because he was jet-lagged.
Rollins thought he was in the clear until Lesnar chased after him. Lesnar nearly got a chance to deliver an F5, but J&J Security thwarted the attempt and allowed Rollins to scurry away.
With Rollins now out of reach, Lesnar decided to take out his frustrations on anyone and everyone at ringside.
First, he flipped the announce table onto Booker T and John Bradshaw Layfield. He then got a hold of Michael Cole and despite the many pleas from Paul Heyman telling him he's going too far, Lesnar delivered an F5 to Cole in what I consider one of the greatest moments in Raw history.
Lesnar then took a cameraman and was ready to give him an F5 when Stephanie McMahon came out to try to talk him out of it. Lesnar didn't listen and gave the poor guy an F5 anyway.
This blatant show of defiance prompted McMahon to hand Lesnar an indefinite suspension. While no one wanted to see Lesnar go, this is how he does business. He's always going to be on a limited schedule and this was a nice and entertaining way to get to that.
But boy, did Lesnar go out with a bang or what? I literally jumped out of my seat when he gave Cole the F5. And Cole's shoe looked like it flew across the ring.
At the end of the day, however, this segment was a prime example of why the fans love Lesnar. He's legitimately tough, he doesn't take any crap from anyone and he shows no remorse. It was awesome.
John Cena, Daniel Bryan restoring luster to titles
At least for one night, John Cena and Daniel Bryan put on two very entertaining matches for the United States and Intercontinental Championships respectively, and look set to return the prestige to each title.
Bryan opened the show with Dolph Ziggler and to the surprise of no one the two tore the house down in a very physical battle. The only thing I didn't understand was why was Ziggler Bryan's first title defense? It should have been Bad News Barrett. He was the official Intercontinental Champion heading into WrestleMania. I guess he doesn't get a rematch clause, but Brock Lesnar does.
Cena, on the other hand, issued an open challenge to anyone in the WWE locker room that wanted to challenge him for the United States title. Dean Ambrose quickly answered the challenge and he and Cena proceeded to also tear the house down.
Having the United States and Intercontinental titles on Cena and Bryan, two former WWE World Heavyweight Champions, should only raise the profile of both titles. Can the WWE find a way to mess that up? Sure they can, but let's hope for the sake of both titles that they don't.
Sheamus returns, beats up Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler
The long-awaited return of Sheamus was met by his long-awaited return to the heel side of ledger Monday night after he attacked both Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler after he the pair competed in a hard-fought match.
But this wasn't just your ordinary Sheamus that screams "Fella!" before every match. This was an extreme makeover edition of Sheamus that ended up being very reminiscent of a Viking.
His new look was quite jarring. Actually, it was a little bit too jarring — at least for the fans at the SAP Center. Chants of "You look stupid!" rained down on Sheamus when the people in attendance got a good look at his new Mohawk and raggedy-looking beard.
Neville, Kalisto debut on main roster
Although he lost his first name, Neville did not lose his debut match as a member of the main roster. Neville looked very impressive during his win over Curtis Axel. However, I was not a fan of his cape. That idea could have stayed in NXT.
Kalisto wasn't given quite the spotlight that was given to Neville, but he made the absolute most of his opportunity.
Despite being in an eight-man tag, Kalisto, alongside his Lucha Dragons partner Sin Cara, stole the show with some exciting offense.
Naomi pins Nikki Bella
An interesting note from the divas tag team match was that Naomi pinned the current NXT Women's Champion to win the match for her team. Whether this means she's the next No. 1 contender for the WWE Divas Championship remains to be seen, but she's very talented and deserving of the spot.
No Lana with Rusev this week