Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 4-22-13

Josh Isenberg

The ShieldThe Storylines

The Shield defeated Team Hell No and The Undertaker

This was a brilliant way for three young guys to get a huge spotlight shined on them outside of a PPV match. The Shield held their own against some of the best we have seen in the WWE. I really enjoyed this match for a few reasons. I was surprised to see how much work Taker did in the ring. He was able to keep up with Ambrose while Reigns showcased his strength on the Deadman. They gave this match over 15 minutes of ring time. I was almost certain The Shield would win. What would be the point of them losing to this team? Taker does not need ANYTHING in terms of a big match victory. He has 21 of them. Hell No are the champions and will continue to hold them until The Shield takes the straps. Great all around here.

Grade: B+

Dolph Ziggler defeated Chris Jericho in a very solid bout. This was not the best I have seen from them, but it was damn near close. Jericho and Ziggler's match tonight impressed me. This was the first time in quite a while that we saw Ziggler in control for most of the match. I cannot remember a match where it relied on his pacing, his skills, and his offense to carry the night. Ziggler controlled until Jericho was able to hit some great counters, one which was a Lionsault. He hit a Codebreaker, but could not pin the champion. We continued with the action until Wall of Jericho was locked in. Instead of Ziggler tapping out, Fandango's music hit. Jericho looks for him, but get hit with a Zig Zag. Dolph picks up the win. Even though it was not a complete clean victory, Ziggler did pick up a much needed win on Raw. It was a great match, focused on more than two storylines, and made us forget about Del Rio and Swagger not being there.

Grade: B+

-Triple H accepts Brock Lesnar's challenge. He Pedigree's Paul Heyman. That is all you really need to know about what happened. I just am waiting until the time comes when Brock not being on television hurts him. What else can you do with this feud? Paul Heyman is a genius at keeping my interest. He is certainly the most critical piece in this feud.

Grade: B

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