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RAW NEWS: Bryan's first night as champ, Taker update, Cesaro joins Heyman, Warrior returns, RVD returns, Paige debuts & wins Divas Title, other NXT intros, more

Apr 7, 2014 - 10:33:00 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE Raw TV news & notes 4/7

- Daniel Bryan made it past the Raw-after-WrestleMania as WWE World Hvt. champion. Triple H booked himself against Bryan for the title in the main event, but the match turned into an angle when The Shield officially turned on The Authority to run off Hunter, Kane, Randy Orton, and Batista.

As part of the WWE Title happenings on Raw, WWE set up Orton and Batista for future title shots against Bryan based on Orton having a guaranteed re-match and Batista not getting a one-on-one shot after winning the Royal Rumble.

- The Undertaker did not appear on the Raw after WrestleMania. WWE stressed Brock Lesnar ending The Streak at WrestleMania throughout the show and Paul Heyman bragged about Lesnar's victory, but there was no response from Taker.

- After Hulk Hogan presented Cesaro with the Andre the Giant battle royal trophy, Cesaro dumped Real Americans manager Zeb Colter. Cesaro then stunned the crowd by joining Paul Heyman, who recruited Cesaro as his new full-time client while Lesnar is off TV.

- 2014 WWE Hall of Fame headliner Ultimate Warrior appeared on Raw for the first time in 18 years to cut a promo thanking the audience for supporting his character.

- Rob Van Dam returned to TV in a victory over Damien Sandow.

- The Usos retained the WWE Tag Titles with a count-out retention over Randy Orton & Batista.

- NXT Women's champion Paige made her main roster debut and defeated A.J. Lee to capture the Divas Title in an impromptu match.

- Other NXT items included Rusev making his singles match in-ring debut, squashing Zack Ryder, and introductory vignettes for former NXT champion Bo Dallas and Adam Rose.

- Bad News Barrett returned to in-ring action defeating Rey Mysterio.

- Advertised for Tuesday night on WWE Network is The Wyatts vs. The Shield in a six-man tag match on Main Event and a documentary on Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania journey.

- Advertised for Friday's Smackdown is Cesaro vs. Big Show in a re-match from the end of the Andre battle royal.


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