'WWE Raw' April 14 recap: Ultimate Warrior honored, Evolution reunites

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Previously on: Daniel Bryan celebrated his "Wrestlemania" victory and The Shield cemented their place as babyfaces, attacking Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista and Kane.

The big news: "WWE Raw" opened with every superstar on the stage, including Vince McMahon himself in a rare appearance. Jerry Lawler introduced a video package honoring the late Ultimate Warrior, before giving the final sendoff of a 10-bell salute. It was the right thing for WWE to do, and was handled perfectly. Throughout the night, highlights from throughout Warrior's career were also shown. All in all, a wonderful goodbye to the Hall of Famer.

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella weren't the the show, as they got married and are on a honeymoon. That left Triple H to focus his rage on The Shield. After the Hounds of Justice interfered in Randy Orton and Batista's match against the Usos, Triple H booked them in one of the biggest handicapped matches imaginable.

It was 11-on-3 against The Shield, as just about every heel stepped up against the trio. It didn't take long for things to get out of control, leading the referee to call for a no-contest though. In the end, the bad guys got the upper hand and a somewhat familiar Motorhead song poured into the arena as Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista made their way onto the stage. It's an Evolution reunion.

Granted, that's pretty much what's been going on for weeks, but putting a song to it makes it official. No Ric Flair though, to the dismay of just about everyone on the planet. Evolution continued to beat down The Shield. The crowd chanted "Yes," hoping Daniel Bryan will make the save, but that's just not going to happen. RKOs and Batista Bombs were thrown out left and right before Triple H pedigreed Roman Reigns and started screaming "Believe in Evolution," which is a whole other message entirely.

Bray Wyatt and John Cena will meet again at "Extreme Rules," this time in a steel cage match. It came to a head after Cena made silly jokes and Wyatt called him out on it. That's when John got serious and made the challenge. As usual, Wyatt was a shining star on the microphone.

Lastly, WWE is running a tournament to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship at "Extreme Rules." Tonight was the first round of matches.

Odds and Ends:
  • WWE is getting in on the Karen Gillan love, touting "Oculus" at the box office. It's a WWE Studios film.
  • The Usos wore Warrior-inspired face paint and it was awesome.
  • Paul Heyman talking up Brock Lesnar breaking the streak means less when Lesnar isn't there.
  • It's terrifying how strong Cesaro actually it.
  • Fandango dumped Summer Rae via Twitter, replacing her with Layla.
  • Kane is masked again.
  • Ten minutes after Kane took the mast back, they had a video package for him.

Matches:
  • Rob Van Dam beat Alberto Del Rio*
  • Rybaxel beat Cody Rhodes and Goldust
  • Paige beat Alicia Fox
  • Randy Orton and Batista vs. The Usos ended in a no contest
  • Cesaro beat Mark Henry*
  • Alexander Rusev beat Xavier Woods
  • Sheamus beat Jack Swagger*
  • Bad News Barrett beat Dolph Ziggler*
  • The Shield vs. the midcard roster of heels ended in a no contest
* Intercontinental Championship #1 contender tournament match
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