WWE Raw: The Shield attack Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista and Kane in New Orleans
Cesaro becomes 'Paul Heyman Guy' as new Divas Champion crowned
Last Updated: 09/04/14 4:02pm
Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, and Kane learnt that in the wake of WrestleMania XXX after the black-clad renegades battered the foursome as Raw's main event turned into carnage.
Daniel Bryan was scheduled to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Title, which he won at the Showcase of the Immortals on Sunday, against Triple H, but the bout never got going.
The Game, irate that the submission specialist had not only grabbed gold in New Orleans but beaten him along the way, had Bryan softened up before their contest by The Viper and The Animal - who had earlier decimated The Usos - as well as The Big Red Monster.
But just as The Cerebral Assassin looked primed to collect the 14th world title of his career, the Shield's music boomed out and Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns strode to the ring.
The Hounds of Justice - who had discovered moments beforehand that Triple H had orchestrated an attack on them in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania - rejected the Game's pleas to stand down, with Reigns cracking his boss with a spear.
All hell then broke loose, with The Shield forcing Orton, Batista and Kane to flee and Bryan, having recovered from his earlier beat-down, crunching Triple H with the running knee, sending him into retreat.
Elsewhere on a pulsating night in the Big Easy, Cesaro lifted the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy, revealed his new manager - and then had a match with his old partner.
The Swiss Superman lastly vanquished Big Show on Sunday to win the night's big multi-man melee and was presented with his prize by Hulk Hogan on Raw - before Zeb Colter tried to steal the spotlight.
However, as The Real Americans' mouthpiece began to spurt how he had been the reason for Cesaro's ascent, the European announced he was ditching The Founding Father - in favour of Paul Heyman.
Cesaro's former comrade, Jack Swagger, took umbrage to that and not only attacked the King of Swing from behind, but also smashed his trophy to smithereens - though he opted to skedaddle from his match with his ex-pal, giving the Lucerne-born fighter a count-out triumph.
Heyman, meanwhile, also revelled in Brock Lesnar's streak-ending victory over The Undertaker at WrestleMania, proudly announcing that The Beast Incarnate was now "The One in 21-1" and calling every other WWE Superstar a wannabe.
But a number of wrestlers did make their mark on Monday night, including Alexander Rusev, Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Dam and The Wyatt Family and, most of all, NXT's British Diva, Paige.
The 21-year-old from Norwich congratulated Divas Champion AJ Lee for successfully holding onto her garland at WrestleMania, but then plucked the belt from her after an impromptu title tussle, leaving the Black Widow stunned.
Rusev made light work of Zack Ryder, forcing the New Yorker to tap out to the Accolade; while Barrett dispatched Rey Mysterio with the Bull Hammer; a retuning Van Dam overcame Damien Sandow; and The Wyatt Family humbled John Cena, Big E and Sheamus.
Plus, the odd couple of Emma and Santino Marella vanquished the dance-loving tandem of Summer Rae and Fandango, with the Australian's eponymous Emma Lock downing Summer Rae.
WrestleMania XXX booking details
WrestleMania XXX will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) BUT NOT Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) between 10am on Monday, April 7 and 10pm on Saturday, April 12.
Repeat showings will last for four hours.
The event is priced at £17.95 for UK customers, €24.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.
You can order WrestleMania XXX by pressing the Box Office button on your remote. Select 'sports & events' and follow the on-screen instructions.
Viewers can call 08442 410 888 to book WrestleMania XXX. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).
You can also book WrestleMania XXX online by visiting this link: https://my.sky.com/orderboxoffice/
Cable customers should contact their local cable operator.