WWE Raw Results (4/4/22): Cody Rhodes Breaks His Silence

April 4, 2022
American Airlines Center
Dallas, Texas

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Cody Rhodes Promo 

Cody Rhodes: So, what do you guys want to talk about? It has been 47 days since the abrupt news that I was a free agent. Amongst that, I chose to remain silent, and I heard stories, defamatory whispers, theories that surmised to be nonsense. Everyone thinks the decision to return to WWE was difficult. It was not. It was simple, really. The star that left them in the dust. The man standing here now, having signed a multiyear agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment. And if there was a glimmer of doubt, a shred of trepidation, the moment I rose up in front of 70 something thousand fans, the moment I made the walk at a WrestleMania and defeated one of the best superstar wrestlers in any era, that being Seth Rollins, that doubt was eradicated. I’m an avid reader, and I stumbled across this quote. It said, a man often finds his destiny on the path he takes to avoid it. So, if you’ll humor me, let’s all take a look at the tron, if you will.

Right there is my father, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. It’s so simple to say, that’s my father, but in reality, yeah, he’s a legend. Yeah, he’s the son of a plumber, he’s a common man. He’s all those things. To me, he was my hero. This photo was taken in 1977, at Madison Square Garden. That very photo right there, he is holding the championship belt that eventually Hulk Hogan would get his hands on. The Undertaker would get his hands on. The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. Oh, and Triple H, too. And many other greats. I’m going to tell you a quick story, which made this all very simple to me. This photo, this very photo, was on the mantle in my parents bedroom until my dad’s last day. And as I got hip to the industry, I worked up a little courage, and I remember I asked him, and I worded it very poorly. I said, I didn’t know that you were a champion like Hulk Hogan. And he looked at me with the same eyes that Liberty has, and he said, very stern and very patiently, he explained to me the champion’s advantage. He said that he won the match, but because it was by countout, he did not take home the championship belt.

So, I’m 8 years old. What’s a boy to do? Right then and there, at 8 years old, I knew not what I wanted to do, what I needed to do. I was going to win this championship belt right here. I was going to place it, I was going to bestow it into the hands of The American Dream and tell him, nobody can take it away from you now. And there are many here tonight who have followed my journey, but for those who are new to it, unfortunately, that dream died. It died right in front of me. That opportunity passed. That opportunity passed, or did it? Yes, I cannot physically put that title belt into my father’s hands. I cannot bestow it upon The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, but I certainly can put it around the waist of The American Nightmare. With that in my mind, the silence is broken, my intentions are clear. I’ve made them clear to all of you here. I stand before you, ready, finally ready. And I’m going to do it. I’m going to give the distinction that my family has long since been denied, and I’m going to do it for you, I’m going to do it for me, I’m going to do it for my family, and I am going to do it for The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.

Seth Rollins: Welcome home.

First Match: Sasha Banks & Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan In A Championship Contenders Match

Naomi and Rhea Ripley will start things off. Naomi with a waist lock go-behind. Ripley HeadButts Naomi. Ripley with The Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Ripley whips Naomi across the ring. Naomi dodges The Big Boot. Naomi decks Ripley with a back elbow smash. Naomi thrust kicks the midsection of Ripley. Naomi tags in Sasha. Double Bulldog into the middle turnbuckle pad. Sasha tags in Naomi. Sasha with The Vader Bomb. Naomi with The Split Legged MoonSault for a two count. Sasha dumps Morgan out of the ring. Sasha with The Flying Meteora off the ring apron. Ripley with The Flying Cannonball Senton off the apron. Naomi follows that with The Slingshot Pescado. Naomi is fired up. Naomi checks up on Sasha.

Naomi rolls Ripley back into the ring. Naomi with The Leg Drop for a two count. Ripley and Morgan regains control of the match during the commercial break. Ripley applies a bodyscissors hold. Ripley thrust kicks the midsection of Naomi. Ripley whips Naomi across the ring. Naomi with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Sasha and Morgan are tagged in. Sasha with a Rising Knee Strike. Sasha with a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takeover. Sasha follows that with Four Meteora’s for a two count. Rollup Exchange. Morgan with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Morgan tags in Ripley. Ripley ducks a clothesline from Sasha. Assisted PowerBomb for a two count. Ripley tags in Morgan. Sasha avoids The Assisted Senton Splash. Naomi with The Roundhouse Kick. Naomi dumps Ripley out of the ring. Sasha tags in Naomi. Boss and Glow connects with their CodeBreaker/SitOut FaceBuster Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sasha Banks & Naomi via Pinfall 

Second Match: The Miz vs. Dominik Mysterio w/Rey Mysterio 

Dominik ducks a clothesline from Miz. Dominik kicks Miz in the gut. Dominik with forearm shivers. Dominik with The Lucha Libre Arm-Drag. Dominik follows that with a Hurricanrana. Miz dumps Dominik face first on the top rope. Miz connects with The Skull Crushing Finale to pickup the victory. After the match, Veer Mahaan makes his way down to the ring. Veer lays out The Mysterio Family.

Winner: The Miz via Pinfall 

Bianca BelAir Promo 

Third Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) w/Robert Roode vs. Bron Breakker For The WWE NXT Championship 

Ziggler slaps Breakker in the face before the bell rings. Breakker drives Ziggler back first into the turnbuckles. Breakker with a shoulder block. Breakker with a straight right hand. Breakker whips Ziggler into the turnbuckles. Breakker with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. Ziggler regroups on the outside. Ziggler with a running sledge. Ziggler is raining down haymakers. Ziggler hammers down on the back of Breakker’s neck. Ziggler drops Breakker with a NeckBreaker. Ziggler with a Leaping Elbow Drop for a two count. Ziggler with a knee smash. Ziggler pie faces Breakker. Ziggler starts biting Breakker’s forehead. Breakker reverses out of the irish whip from Ziggler. Ziggler kicks Breakker in the chest. Ziggler drops down on the canvas. Breakker Powerslams Ziggler. Ziggler decks Breakker with a back elbow smash. Breakker with a double leg takedown. Breakker catapults Ziggler face first into the top rope. Breakker with a shoulder block. Breakker puts Ziggler on the top turnbuckle. Breakker gets crotched on the top turnbuckle.

Ziggler dropkicks Breakker to the floor. Ziggler has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Ziggler applies a side headlock. Breakker whips Ziggler across the ring. Ziggler ducks a clothesline from Breakker. Ziggler dropkicks Breakker for a two count. Ziggler goes for The Famouser, but Breakker counters with The SitOut PowerBomb. Haymaker Exchange. Breakker denies The Zig Zag. Breakker with two shoulder tackles. Breakker teep kicks Ziggler into the ropes. Breakker with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. Breakker whips Ziggler across the ring. Breakker clotheslines Ziggler. Breakker gets distracted by Roode. Ziggler rolls Breakker over for a two count. Breakker clotheslines Ziggler. Breakker lands The SomerSault Plancha. Ziggler with a Flying Knee Strike. Ziggler hits The Famouser for a two count. Breakker blocks The SuperKick. Ziggler rakes the eyes of Breakker. Breakker avoids the exposed steel in the corner. Ziggler SuperKicks Breakker for a two count. Ziggler is displaying his frustration. Breakker Spears Ziggler. Breakker connects with The Press Powerslam to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WWE NXT Champion, Bron Breakker via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Randy Orton, Matt Riddle and Finn Balor vs. The Usos and Austin Theory In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Finn Balor and Jimmy Uso will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Jimmy applies a side headlock. Balor whips Jimmy across the ring. Balor drops Jimmy with a shoulder tackle. Balor knocks Theory off the ring apron. Balor grabs a side headlock. Jimmy sends Balor into the ropes. Balor with another shoulder tackle. Balor repeatedly stomps on Jimmy’s chest. Balor gets distracted by Theory. Jimmy uppercuts Balor. Balor reverses out of the irish whip from Jimmy. Jimmy goes for a sunset flip, but Balor counters with a basement dropkick for a one count. Balor applies a wrist lock. Balor tags in Riddle. Riddle kicks the left shoulder of Jimmy. Riddle with a waist lock takedown. Riddle applies a front face lock. Jimmy backs Riddle into the turnbuckles. Jimmy tags in Jey. Jey with a flying forearm smash. Jey is throwing haymakers at Riddle. Jey tags in Theory. Theory repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s chest. Following a snap mare takeover, Theory with a leaping foot stomp for a one count. Riddle with forearm shivers. Theory drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Theory punches Riddle in the back. Riddle knocks The Usos off the apron. Riddle sends Theory crashing to the outside.

Riddle blasts Theory with The PK. Theory denies The SpringBoard Floating BRO. Team Usos and Theory has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Jey applies a rear chin lock. Riddle with forearm shivers. Jey ducks a clothesline from Riddle. Jey with an Elevated NeckBreaker for a two count. Jey knocks Balor off the apron. Jey taunts Orton. Riddle drops Jey with a Pump Knee Strike. Orton and Jimmy are tagged in. Orton with two clotheslines. Orton knocks Theory off the apron. Orton ducks a clothesline from Jimmy. Orton Powerslams Jimmy. Orton decks Jey with a back elbow smash. Orton gets Jimmy in position for The Draping DDT. Theory tags himself in. Orton hits The Draping DDT. Orton prepares for The RKO. Theory with The Roll Through Dropkick. Balor tags himself in. Balor with an Apron Enzuigiri. Theory avoids The Coupe De Grace. Theory goes for The ATL, but Balor counters with The Spin Out Elbow Drop for a two count. Orton connects with The RKO. Jey with Two SuperKicks. Balor responds with The SlingBlade. Theory plants Balor with The ATL to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Usos & Austin Theory via Pinfall 

Edge, Damian Priest and AJ Styles Segment 

Fifth Match: The Street Profits vs. The Alpha Academy In A Texas Tornado Match 

Alpha Academy attacks Street Profits before the bell rings. Gable with a German Suplex. Dozovic slams Dawkins head on the ring apron. Dozovic throws Dawkins into the ringside barricade. Adam Pearce appears on the stage and informs us that this match will now be contested under Texas Tornado Rules. All hell starts breaking loose in Dallas. Gable sends Ford back first into the turnbuckles. Ford launches Gable over the top rope. Ford lands The SomerSault Plancha over the steel ring post. Double Vertical Suplex for a one count. Haymaker Exchange. Dawkins repeatedly stomps on Dozovic’s chest. Gable goes for a German Suplex, but Ford lands back on his feet. Gable with The Bridging Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Gable delivers the chop block. Alpha Academy has complete control of the match.

Dozovic puts his elbow on the back of Ford’s neck. Dozovic stands on Ford’s chest. Dawkins whips Gable across the ring. Dawkins with The SpineBuster. Dawkins transitions into a ground and pound attack. Dozovic with a Running Splash. Gable hooks the outside leg for a two count. Double Irish Whip. Dozovic drops Dawkins with a shoulder tackle. Gable with a flying clothesline. Stereo Exploder Suplex’s. MoonSault/Vader Bomb Combination for a two count. Gable is raining down haymakers. Dozovic pulls out a table from under the ring. Gable is putting the boots to the Street Profits. Dozovic prepares for another Vader Bomb. Gable clotheslines Ford to the floor. Dawkins sends Dozovic crashing to the outside. Dawkins delivers The Pounce into the steel ring steps. Gable takes out the legs of Ford. Ford denies The SuperPlex. Ford with a back fist. Dawkins scores a right jab. Ford connects with The Frog Splash through the table to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Street Profits via Pinfall 

Roman Reigns Promo 

Roman Reigns: I know what you want. We all know why you’re here. But we’re going to switch things up just a bit, all right? Wise Man, why don’t you go ahead and explain The Bloodline’s success?

Paul Heyman: The single longest reigning tag team champions in the history of SmackDown, The Usos. The largest box office receipt in the history of SummerSlam, who was in the main event? Roman Reigns. The largest box office receipts in the history of Survivor Series, who was in the main event? Roman Reigns. The first billion-dollar grossing year in the history of sports entertainment, who was on top and the main star all 365 days of that year? Roman Reigns. The single largest grossing box office in the history of the Royal Rumble, who was on top? Roman Reigns. The largest crowds in the history of WrestleMania weekend, 58% increase on Peacock from last year, and the largest grossing common facilitator in the history of WrestleMania, who was on top? Roman Reigns. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you, your Tribal Chief, The Head Of The Table, the single biggest star in sports entertainment, Undisputed Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns: Wise Man always has this saying. What’s good for Roman Reigns is good for WWE. Yes, it is. And it’s no secret, with me at the head of the table, the billion-dollar deals are coming easy. And that’s because I am the last needle mover. And I’m the last needle mover because I am constantly operating at god mode. You see, your Tribal Chief is so much more than all that. I’m a man of my word. I called my shot and I delivered. I said I was gonna smash Brock Lesnar, and what did I do? Smashed him. But you see, that’s the past now. The other men, they’d hang their hat on this weekend, but that’s not who I am, because we’re never content. I’m a progressive Tribal Chief. And I’m constantly moving forward. So, this Friday on SmackDown, we’re going to let y’all know what the next step is, but until then, Dallas, Acknowledge Me.

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Author: Josh Lopez