17th Sep2013

‘WWE RAW’ Results & Review (16.09.13)

by Chris Cummings

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RAW begins with the new WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, making his way to the ring to a loud reaction from the Cleveland crowd. Bryan celebrates in the ring but is quickly interrupted by the COO of WWE, Triple H. Triple H tells Bryan that there was a fast count in his match at Night of Champions and brings out the official referee from that match, Scott Armstrong. Armstrong says that he and Bryan had worked together, and Triple H proceeds to strip Bryan of the title as Orton leaves him lying with an RKO.

Backstage, Stephanie tells Orton that he isn’t what he used to be and that they might have to find a different face of the company if he didn’t prove himself. Orton looks angry.

We go to the ring for a NOC rematch between US Champion Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler. The match is like the others they’ve had recently, with a couple of new spots added for good measure. They have a nice chemistry in the ring, as I’ve mentioned before. The crowd, who are louder and more energetic than the crowd from last night’s PPV, are on Ziggler’s side, chanting for him throughout the match. Ambrose hits a great double armed suplex from the top rope, a move he’s done a few times recently, and it looks really good. Ziggler nails Ambrose with a flying DDT and a dropkick to a loud pop from the fans. The match is better than the one at the pay per view, perhaps the loud fan reaction helps too. Ziggler hits Dean with the Zigzag for the three count in a non-title match. Great match.

Grumpy Big Show is backstage with Brad Maddox, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie talks to Big Show about how broke and poor he is, and how he has to stay in the office unless she needs him. Big Show complies.

Fandango and Summer Rae are out next. This gimmick has run its course, and it’s only a few months old. The reaction is poor and the comedy side of it doesn’t really work at this point. His opponent for the night is R-Truth, another bland and dated character who should either be repackaged or given an agent role now to make way for some younger talent. The match is the usual mixture of dancing silliness that is embarrassing rather than humorous and R-Truth shouting “what’s up?” every fourteen seconds. The fans chant “Summer Rae” who, once again, is the star of the match. Fandango wins the match after hitting his leg drop from the top rope. A nothing-match that was there to pass a few minutes and did nothing else.

Dusty Rhodes is shown backstage, talking with some WWE superstars as we go to a commercial break.

“The American Dream” comes to the ring as we return from break. Dusty says he isn’t there as “The American Dream” tonight and how he wants to talk to Stephanie about his son Cody. Stephanie McMahon comes out to speak with Dusty. Stephanie calls Dusty by his real name, “Virgil” and gives Dusty a gift card to give to Cody and his wife. Stephanie is a great heel. She proclaims herself “the daughter of a genius”. She then says she would like to offer Cody Rhodes his job back, or even give it to Dustin Rhodes instead, and that Dusty has to make the choice between which son gets a job with WWE. Stephanie talks about how Dusty neglected his older son for so many years. Dusty tells Stephanie to “go to Hell”. The Shield comes out and Stephanie calls for Big Show to come out too. He does, and Stephanie tells Show to knock Dusty out. Show cries, yet again. He’s been through a lot of Kleenex lately, poor giant bastard. The Shield surround Dusty with steel chairs as Big Show warns them not to hit him. Big Show hugs Dusty and cries more. He punches Dusty in the face and helps him to the mat, crying over “The Dream” as he lies unconscious on the floor. It’s like a Hallmark Channel drama. The segment ends with, yes, you guessed it, Big Show crying.

We now see Dusty Rhodes being rushed to an ambulance backstage. Yeah, “The American Dream”, a wrestler who has been in the bloodiest battles in wrestling history and fought some of the toughest guys the business have ever seen has been hospitalised by a weak punch from a sobbing giant.

We go to the ring for a divas tag match, as Cameron, Naomi and Brie Bella take on Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox. Natalya and AJ Lee are on commentary again. AJ talks about not needing friends in WWE. Nattie talks about making AJ tap out in the past. The match is the usual mixture of poor and decent, with nothing to write home about. Brie Bella scores a victory as AJ and Nattie argue at ringside.

Damien Sandow versus Rob Van Dam is up next. The two men go back and forth in a typical RAW match before RVD hits the five-star-frog splash for the three count. They accidentally play Sandow’s music when RVD wins. Silly WWE. Sandow proclaims he will be the next World Heavyweight Champion.

Scott Armstrong is talking backstage with Triple H. Hunter tells Armstrong that he is going to have to let him go, but that he will take care of him.

Randy Orton takes on hometown boy The Miz next. The Miz gets a decent pop from his home crowd. Orton attacks The Miz while he is holding his Mom’s hand at ringside. The Miz has the crowd behind him as he gets a decent amount of offence in early-on. The match ends on a double count out, and Orton beats on The Mix, throwing him into the announce tables and beating on Miz in front of The Miz’s parents, who look….erm…not really interested. Orton continues to beat up Miz while his Mom looks kinda concerned but his Dad looks bored and maybe a little bit sleepy. Randy knee drops a steel chair into the back of The Miz’s head as officials come to the ring to help the fallen local lad.

Paul Heyman, in a wheelchair, rolls out next alongside his business associates, Curtis Axel and Ryback. Axel goes backstage, leaving Heyman and Ryback on the stage. Heyman cuts a promo about being better than the fans and how he pinned CM Punk at Night of Champions. The fans loudly chant “Goldberg” as Heyman is talking. Paul says he managed to survive because of Ryback. Ryback smiles as Heyman calls him “beautiful”. Ryback talks about hating bullies while fans continue to chant “Goldberg” at him. Heyman kisses Ryback on the cheek. Nope, not kidding. The segment ends with Ryback proclaiming he rules as Heyman stares longingly into the big man’s bloodshot eyes.

We come back from commercial break for a number one contenders tag match between Tons of Funk, The Uso’s and The Real Americans. They need to repackage Tons of Funk into a monster team that doesn’t dance. Matt Bloom particularly deserves better than this. The match is decent, with Tensai getting to show his power and agility. Cesaro eliminates Tensai, leaving The Real Americans and The Uso’s. The interactions between the two teams are as excellent as always. Both teams are ultra-talented and their matches always get a good reaction from the fans. It’s a fast paced and exciting match. The Uso’s win the match to become number one contenders to the Tag Team Championships.

The main event is up now, with Roman Reigns taking on the former two-time WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan. Randy Orton comes out before the match begins, and stands at ringside alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The fans chant for Bryan. Bryan works on Reigns’ legs with kicks and submission holds. Reigns gains control and sells his leg as he beats on Bryan and hits a couple of nice vertical suplexes. Bryan fights back with a missile dropkick and a suicide dive, but Reigns catches Bryan and throws him into the ringside barrier. Reigns, as I’ve said before, looks like a star and he will definitely be in line for a top push eventually. Bryan misses a diving headbutt and Reigns hits a black hole slam. Reigns signals for the powebomb but Bryan reverses it into a roll up for a near fall. Randy Orton attacks Bryan and the match is thrown out. The Shield and Orton attack Daniel Bryan. Orton puts Bryans head inside a steel chair but The Uso’s Kofi Kingston and other locker room babyfaces run down to interfere and help Bryan. The locker room clear the ring of Orton and The Shield and they all chant “yes” with the crowd.

 RAW: Best of the Night (In-ring): Daniel Bryan

RAW: Best of the Night (On-mic): Stephanie McMahon

RAW: Dud of the Night: The Miz’s Dad

RAW: Weirdest Moment: Heyman kisses Ryback’s cheek

RAW: Honourable Mentions: Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose

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