Title This: WWE Raw Reaction for 4/8/13

Nick Paglino

Dolph ZigglerThe Main Events

Dolph Ziggler becomes the new World Heavyweight

Dolph Ziggler finally became the world champion after Jack Swagger lost and focused on the ankle and leg of Alberto Del Rio. As Del Rio was crippled, Dolph Ziggler answered the toll of the crowd. In about 4 minutes, Dolph became the World Heavyweight Champion.

This was not the perfect time in my eyes, but it was an unbelievable and bone-chilling moment. Everyone knows that Ziggler puts so much work and time into his craft to be what he always wants to be; perfection. Dolph Ziggler should have cashed in with 80,000 live fans, but this was special in any way you book it. He targeted the face's weakness, struggled for a few seconds, and then finished him off. There is nothing more to say than "WOW." This was a moment that makes WWE Raw after Wrestlemania 29 memorable. They do it every single year, and this was right up with Lesnar returning last year.

Grade: A

John Cena defeated Mark Henry in the main event of the night. Cena and Henry had a slugfest, a battle, and was properly booked. We knew a clean victory would not be the event that sends the show off the air. There HAS to be a reason to tune in next week. They did not need a return or debut, but an impactful move from someone on the roster. Enter Ryback, who continues to lose in big matches. He clears the ring of Henry and attacks the champion. Ryback clotheslines Cena and sets up Shell Shocked. He stands tall and holds the gold in his hands as Raw goes off the air.

Ryback is 0-6 in Pay Per Views. I loved how he acted like a heel to Cena, disrespecting him after the Shell Shocked by basically saying "Up Yours!" Ryback needs to flip the switch and that was a great piece to end Raw. My only concern with Ryback is he is NOT going to win the title in the next few months. He will continue to pile up losses to Cena and ultimately not be able to get the job done again. That is the difference between him and Goldberg. They gave the gold to Goldberg. Cena is not dropping the title soon.

Grade: B+

*What an impact a crowd makes. This was absolutely incredible to watch and it made the night special. People can underestimate the actual booking and storylines, but the talent answers the bell when the crowd gives it to them. This was the most memorable Raw in a VERY long time. I loved watching every second of it, even if I did not agree with some parts. The crowd gives this Raw an A+.

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