The April 12, 2021 Edition of RAW was a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's RAW brand which took place on April 12, 2021 at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. This was the Raw after WrestleMania 37.
After a backstage run-in, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley was out to teach The Original Bro following very different WrestleMania outcomes for the two Superstars. Riddle knew he’d have to go big to defeat The All Mighty, but a missed Floating Bro opened the door for a Hurt Lock finale.
The shocking return of The Viking Raiders shook Raw to its core and bulldozed Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin in the process. Erik & Ivar showed no signs of ring rust, as the gargantuan duo fought off an early assault to team up for a Viking Experience to clinch a statement win.
In the wake of a landscape-shifting WrestleMania, Charlotte Flair made her triumphant return and put Rhea Ripley and Asuka on notice. The Nightmare walked in ready to back up her Raw Women’s Championship win the night before, but The Empress of Tomorrow seemed to assert herself at the right time. It turns out it was exactly the right time for The Queen to lay waste to both competitors.
After an A-List “Miz TV” with special guest Maryse, The Miz & John Morrison once again found themselves in the crosshairs of The Archer of Infamy. With Bad Bunny back on the road, Damian Priest went it alone against Miz & Morrison and controlled portions of the match. As Priest ripped Miz’s pants right off him, a distraction from Maryse allowed her husband to slide in for a sneaky roll-up win.
Despite Mandy Rose’s slide at WrestleMania, The Goddess & Dana Brooke were looking to get off and running against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. At the WWE ThunderDome on the campus of the University of South Florida, it was The Irresistible Force who couldn’t find her footing. Following a pair of embarrassing falls, an enraged Jax set her sights on Rose, but Rose and Brooke thought better of tempting fate and walked safely up the ramp, taking a count-out loss.
The New Day focused their post-WrestleMania frustrations on the musical troupe of Elias & Jaxson Ryker. Xavier Woods was quickly met with a run of aggression, but a tag to Kofi Kingston turned up The Power of Positivity. Woods jumped in with a double stomp to the heart of Elias, and The New Day put themselves back on track.
With MVP giving an All Mighty Championship Address, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and Braun Strowman all tried to state their case for a WWE Title opportunity. WWE Official Adam Pearce preferred they do it in the ring. The Strowman Express was stopped in its tracks with steel steps, but The Viper smashed McIntyre through the announce table to up the carnage. Orton appeared ready to seize the moment after an RKO to Strowman, but McIntyre came sliding in with a Claymore to pin The Legend Killer and book another meeting with WWE Champion Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash. As McIntyre celebrated, MVP entered, and a double Chokeslam from T-BAR & MACE to McIntyre left the WWE Universe with plenty of questions.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP) defeated Riddle (9:57)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) defeated Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander (5:35)
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Asuka in a WWE Raw Women's Championship Match ended in a No Contest (11:55)
- John Morrison & The Miz (w/ Maryse) defeated Damian Priest in a Two On One Handicap Match (5:30)
- Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defeated Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose by Count Out (4:30)
- The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) defeated Elias & Jaxson Ryker (6:34)
- Drew McIntyre defeated Braun Strowman and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship (11:15)
Other on-screen talent