WWE Raw: The Shield attack Evolution after receiving backing from 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair
Bad News Barrett wins Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Last Updated: 30/04/14 2:36pm
The Nature Boy returned to the red brand just six days before The Shield and Evolution lock horns at Extreme Rules, but instead of praising his former stablemates Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista, the veteran opted to big up their Sunday-night rivals.
And Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns gave a perfect example of why Flair rates them so highly by administering a beating to Evolution - and nearly squashing The Game with their patented Triple Powerbomb.
Orton had been scheduled to face Reigns in a one-on-one dust-up in his home city of St Louis but that match was rendered a no contest when The Viper thumbed the Shield's muscle in the eye and sent him careering into the steps, causing the two factions to come to blows.
And while Triple H et al scampered clear of the black-clad renegades before lasting damage could be done, they were told in no uncertain terms that the Hounds of Justice will be very difficult to quell inside New Jersey's Izod Center.
Kane, meanwhile, will fight Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday and he continued to terrorise the submission specialist and his wife, Brie Bella, when Raw hit Missouri.
The Big Red Monster emerged from beneath the ring during Bella's Divas Championship tussle with Paige, which brought a premature end to the bout and frightened the life out of Bryan's other half.
The WWE World Heavyweight Champion responded by whacking the Devil's Favourite Demon with a wrench and while that assault earned him a Chokeslam, it did help Bella edge out of harm's way.
Kane is a sinister individual but Bray Wyatt takes the biscuit, as he demonstrated when he enlisted the help of a children's choir to sing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" to his Extreme Rules opponent John Cena and then instructed the kids in question to don sheep masks.
Sheamus, though, doesn't play mind games.
The Celtic Warrior just focusses on battering his rivals, as he did to Titus O'Neil in St Louis by clobbering 'The Big Deal' with a Brogue Kick, on an evening in which The Usos also beat Rybaxel to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles and 3MB vanquished Los Matadores.
Cesaro got the better of Jack Swagger with a German Suplex, but the former partners' beef did not end there and spilled into the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Final between Bad News Barrett and Rob Van Dam.
Paul Heyman's client and Zeb Colter's charge distracted Van Dam enough for the ECW original to sink to defeat to Barrett courtesy of the Bull Hammer, dashing the high-flyer's hopes of battling Big E for gold.
However, while Barrett will aim to prise the Intercontinental Title on Sunday, Van Dam will get the chance to down Cesaro and Jack Swagger when he fights them in a Triple Threat in the Garden State.
Elsewhere on Raw, Alexander Rusev conquered Xavier Woods by disqualification after the psychology and philosophy graduate's partner, R-Truth, attacked the Bulgarian Brute, while Alberto Del Rio made Cody Rhodes tap out to the Cross Ambreaker.
Plus, in comic-book scenes - quite literally - Damien Sandow strode to the ring dressed as X-Man Magneto and tried to 'magnetise' the microphone out of the hands of Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman.
However, that only yielded the Duke of Decency a hip-toss from the Raw guest and a Zig Zag from Dolph Ziggler, who had earlier forgiven Jackman for clocking him in the chops in 2011.
Extreme Rules booking details
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