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Raw After WrestleMania: The People's Champion Returns, Champions Reigned Supreme, and Tensions Rise

The echoes of WrestleMania XL faded into the rafters of Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center as WWE Raw kicked off on April 8th. A capacity crowd buzzed with anticipation, eager to witness the fallout from the grandest stage of them all. The night unfolded with a captivating blend of championship contests, surprise returns, and brewing rivalries, setting the stage for a thrilling new chapter in WWE.


A Collision of Legends: The Rock Ignites a War of Words with Cody Rhodes


The WWE Universe erupted in a frenzy as the opening bars of The Rock's iconic theme song reverberated through the arena. The Great One himself strode out, carrying the symbolic People's Championship, a sight that sent chills down the spines of many. But the surprise quickly turned into intrigue as The Rock fixated his gaze on the newly crowned Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Cody Rhodes.

The tension was palpable as The Rock acknowledged Rhodes' hard-fought victory over Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. However, his following words cast a shadow of doubt. With a signature eyebrow raise, he declared, "I would've whooped his dog at WrestleMania." This audacious statement ignited a firestorm of emotions. A chorus of boos intermingled with cheers, reflecting the complex relationship fans have with The Rock – a legend respected by many, yet a potential threat to their new champion.


The Rock Ignites a War of Words with Cody Rhodes

Undeterred, Cody Rhodes ascended the turnbuckles, his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship held high. The roar of the crowd intensified as he addressed The Rock directly. "Respect is due to those who earn it," he declared, his voice brimming with confidence. He countered The Rock's claim, stating that while he might have secured the victory, it was Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream, who would be truly proud. This powerful statement resonated with a section of the audience, a reminder of the legacy Cody carries.

The Rock, never one to back down from a challenge, offered a backhanded compliment. He acknowledged Rhodes' accomplishment but subtly implied that it was his association with Dusty that garnered him respect. This electrifying exchange served as a potent reminder that The Rock's return might not be a one-off appearance. The potential for a future clash between these two titans of professional wrestling hung heavy in the air, leaving the WWE Universe abuzz with speculation.


Champions Retain Their Glory, John Cena Delivers a Dose of Nostalgia


The night wasn't solely focused on verbal jabs. Championship gold was on the line in several captivating matches. NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov made a resounding Raw debut, defeating the veteran Shinsuke Nakamura in a hard-fought contest. Dragunov's aggressive style and relentless pursuit of victory captivated the audience, establishing him as a force to be reckoned with on the Raw brand.

The newly minted Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, showcased his strategic brilliance once again. Partnering with his WrestleMania coach, Chad Gable, they successfully defended their titles against the hard-hitting duo of Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci from Imperium. The fast-paced, action-packed match kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, further solidifying Zayn and Gable's reign as a formidable tag team.

The Raw Women's division also witnessed a dominant performance. Roxanne Perez, the rising star, continued her winning streak by defeating a seasoned competitor. Her agility and technical prowess were on full display, leaving no doubt about her potential to become a major player in the women's championship picture.

But the loudest ovation of the night was reserved for a returning legend. John Cena's iconic entrance music sent a wave of nostalgia through the arena. His surprise appearance injected a dose of excitement into a six-man tag team match. Joining forces with The Miz and a surprisingly returning R-Truth, who sported a Raw Tag Team Championship belt (adding a layer of intrigue), they faced the menacing Judgment Day – Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, and Rhea Ripley.

The match was a spectacle of experience versus youthful exuberance. Seeing Cena unleash his signature moves alongside The Miz and R-Truth brought back memories of their past rivalries and eventual camaraderie. Ultimately, the veteran trio emerged victorious, much to the delight of the crowd. Cena's return, even if temporary, served as a reminder of his enduring legacy and his ability to electrify a live audience.


The Judgment Day: Cracks Begin to Show?


Speaking of The Judgment Day, the closing moments of Raw hinted at a potential power struggle within the group. Following their defeat, frustration simmered within Damian Priest's eyes. He openly questioned Rhea Ripley's decision to bring back R-Truth, a move that ultimately cost them the match. A tense exchange ensued, with Dominik Mysterio caught in the middle. The once seemingly united faction now displayed visible cracks in their foundation. Will this be the beginning of a fracturing within The Judgment Day

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