WWE Raw Results: Winners, Live Grades, Reaction and Highlights After WrestleMania 40 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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The Triple H Era of WWE kicked off Monday, appropriately enough, with the COO making his way to the ring. After calling this weekend’s WrestleMania 40 the greatest ever, he introduced the man who will lead the company into the next era, the new undisputed WWE universal champion, Cody Rhodes.

After congratulating The American Nightmare on his big win, he threw to a special video package put together by some of Rhodes’ longtime friends in the production team.


The American Nightmare was just surprised by <a href=”https://twitter.com/TripleH?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TripleH</a> with an incredibly emotional tribute video thanks to the very best behind the scenes in the studio. ❤️<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RawAfterMania?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#RawAfterMania</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Q3ZXy4YZCN”>pic.twitter.com/Q3ZXy4YZCN</a>

Rhodes talked about being at the front of the line before The Rock hit the ring and was instantly greeted by chants ranging from “Rocky sucks” to ones best not repeated in this space.

Rock and Rhodes exchanged titles before The Final Boss warned the new champion that he is coming back after his upcoming hiatus and targeting him. Rock placed something in Rhodes’ hand and told him not to break his heart again, leaving the babyface seething but without any explanation as to what he was given.

This was a long promo segment to kick off the show at 45 minutes and with three lesser talented orators, this would have been a torturous way to kick off the first Raw after WrestleMania.

As it was, it was a strong segment that set in motion the road to Rhodes vs. Rock, perhaps at SummerSlam in Cleveland this August. That is a monumental main event and one fans should be excited for.

A, but even better with 10 or 15 minutes shaved off.

Top Moments and Takeaways

  • The chants of “you deserve it” from 20,000 strong were as strong a nod of approval from an audience as you can get in an industry where contrarianism is often the name of the game.
  • It appears as though WWE has dropped the “universal” part of the championship name. It can feel free to do the same with the “undisputed” part considering there is very much a second world title in play.
  • “We don’t have to like him but I certainly acknowledge what he’s done. Perhaps, he’s the most important Superstar of our generation,” Rhodes said, leading to a huge ovation of “thank you, Roman” chants. 
  • Rock’s entire shtick at this point is angry Board of Directors member who likes to drop F-bombs and we should all be here for it
  • “This is awkward” chants during the exchange of belts as the fans in Philly stayed red-hot.
  • “Your story with Roman Reigns is over. You did it. But our story…has just begun,” The Rock warned the new champion.

First appeared on bleacherreport.com

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