Monday Night Raw – October 7, 2013: Bryan Over HHH
Date: October 7, 2013
Location: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield
It’s the night after Battleground and we’re in the same place we were before with the title picture. Orton vs. Bryan went to a no contest due to interference from Big Show, who finally snapped and went against the regime. This likely sets up Bryan vs. Orton III inside the Cell in just three weeks. Other than that the Rhodes Family got a huge win over the Shield, meaning they very well may get a tag title shot. Let’s get to it.
We open with the recap from last night’s main event.
Here’s a ticked off Stephanie to open the show. She talks about how things went bad last night and how she’s livid as a result. Stephanie demands Big Show get out here right now and immediately starts yelling, saying that Big Show can’t do anything right and last night was the result of way to much stress. He can’t manage his finances, his life, his marriage or anything else.
Show says sorry in less than a half hearted way, sending Stephanie even further over the edge. She goes off about saving his mortgage and owning him and his home so Show asks if he can leave now. Stephanie demands that he beg for forgiveness but Show says no. He knocked Bryan out because she told him to. Stephanie says Show is lying because Brad Maddox gave the other. Show says that Brad is their puppet and calls HHH an SOB. Stephanie slaps him about five times and fires him.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow takes him into the corner tos tart before taking Dolph down into a chinlock. The announcers talk about the opening segment while JBL tries to keep them on topic. Back up and Ziggler is sent throat first into the ropes before Sandow puts on a headscissors. Ziggler is sent to the floor and we take a break. Back with Damien getting two off something we didn’t see and whipping Dolph into the corner a few times. A Russian legsweep sets up the Wind-Up Elbow followed by another chinlock.
Back up and Ziggler is thrown over the top as this is completely one sided so far. Ziggler is sent into the post for two and it’s back to the chinlock. Dolph fights up and sends Damien shoulder first into the post before firing off some awkward looking punches. They head to the floor for even more punches before going inside for right hands to Sandow in the corner. A dropkick gets two for Ziggler but he gets crotched on top for two. Not that it matters as Ziggler hits a quick Fameasser for the pin at 12:18.
Rating: C-. Not a great match at all but it was acceptable and very different from last night’s match. This was more of a squash for the start until we got to the interesting part. Sandow was looking very frustrated after the match which means changes might be in store for him. Also wasn’t he supposed to have a knee injury?
Stephanie yells at Brad Maddox and demands that he go out and apologize for what happened last night.
Bruno Sammartino came out to see the crowd. DURING THE BREAK??? One of the biggest stars of all time is not brought out DURING A BREAK! Lawler led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to him.
Alicia Fox/Aksana/Rosa Mendes vs. Natalya/Eva Marie/JoJo
This would be Eva and JoJo’s in ring debuts. Natalya runs over Aksana (who seems to have gotten a haircut) to start before it’s off to Eva. It’s clear that neither girl is very comfortable in the ring as the two of them look like they’re trying to remember every scripted spot. Off to the very blonde Rosa who doesn’t do much better, so here’s Alicia to be the ring general. Eva is sent badly into the corner but avoids a knee, allowing for the tag off to Natalya. House is cleaned and a quick Sharpshooter gets the submission from Fox at 3:27.
Rating: D-. When the best thing you can say is neither rookie horribly botched anything, it’s not a good sign. JoJo and Eva are glorified models and everyone knows it, but they’re on a very scripted reality show so they get to be on Monday Night Raw. Nothing to see here and Rosa doesn’t look nearly as good as a blonde.
Before the girls are out of the ring, Maddox comes out to announce Orton vs. Bryan inside the Cell. There’s going to be a guest referee and the fans can vote on which of three Hall of Famers they want for the job. The first option is Booker T, who says vote for him.
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Los Matadores vs. 3MB
This would be Mahal/McIntyre this week. Diego throws Mahal around to start but gets kicked in the head and it’s off to McIntyre. Drew puts on an armbar but Diego pops up and makes the tag off to Fernando to clean house. Apparently the Real Americans are tweeting about Los Matadores. Thankfully this doesn’t last long with the double Angle Slam pinning McIntyre at 2:20.
Post match Slater chases after Torito and gets beaten up, allowing Torito to hurricanrana him down.
We recap the opening segment again.
Here are Heyman and his guys with something to say. Heyman says he’s the only man that can say he beat Punk on his own with his arms behind his back. Punk may have pinning Ryback last night but he had to cheat to do so. Before Heyman can say anything else, here’s Punk with a rebuttal. Punk doesn’t like being accused of being a cheater but says he’ll beat Ryback at any time he wants. He accepts the rematch offer before it’s even offered and says he’ll do it anytime anywhere. Ryback says that Punk is a bully and offeres him a fight right now, but here’s R-Truth to join Punk with an offer of a tag match.
Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth/CM Punk
Ryback bails from Punk to start so it’s Axel in first. Curtis is immediately taken down by Punk and it’s off to Truth for some shots of his own. The Heyman guys head to the floor as we take an early break. Back with Axel in trouble from Truth so he brings in Ryback for a bearhug to slow Truth down. Back to Axel for a middle rope ax handle for two followed by some stomping. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Truth is whipped into the corner.
Back to Ryback who rams him into the corner harder than Axel ever could. A slam gets two on Truth and it’s off to an abdominal stretch to stay on the ribs. Truth comes back with a side kick to the face and it’s hot tag Punk to clean house on Axel. There’s the GTS for Curtis and a high kick to Ryback, but it’s back to Truth for the ax kick and the pin on Axel at 12:42.
Rating: C. Basic tag match here which extends one feud which should be extended and keeps another feud going for the sake of keeping it going. Truth vs. Axel has been done already and there’s not need to see them fight again, which is probably why we have to sit through it even more. At least Axel is defending the belt though.
The second candidate for guest referee is Bob Backlund. In his crazy man voice, he says he loves us and we should vote for us because he doesn’t swear. He’s been a good guy in the business but he’s been bad as well, so he doesn’t care who wins the title. If either guy gets out of line, he’ll put them in the crossface chicken wing.
Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
Orton pounds away to start and sends Kofi into the corner for a quick one count. Randy sends him into the steps and back inside, only to have Kofi send him to the floor in turn. Randy throws him right back outside as we take a break. Back with Orton stomping away and getting two off the backbreaker. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Kofi comes back with a middle rope chop to the head.
Randy punches him into the corner but gets caught in a tornado DDT to put both guys down. Kofi gets two off a high cross body and the SOS gets the same. A springboard cross body is countered into the powerslam from Orton but the Elevated DDT is countered as well. They head to the floor with Kofi being sent into the barricade and the Elevated DDT on the floor knocks Kofi out cold. Back in and the RKO gets the pin at 13:43.
Rating: C. This was fine for the most part with some nice sequences throughout. Kofi is the perfect choice for a match like this as he doesn’t lose anything by getting pinned here. He could lose every match he ever has but will still be a credible guy in the ring. Orton gets a win over a name and looks good in the process so points all around.
Post match here’s Bryan to go after Orton despite having no reason to be furious. Agents and referees break it up.
Vickie yells at someone when Del Rio comes up. He thinks he should be named face of the WWE since he’s the only world champion and all. Del Rio sucks up to her a bit and gives her his scarf before kissing her on the cheek. He leaves and Vickie drops the scarf.
The final candidate is Shawn Michaels. He says that he and HHH are indeed personal friends, but this is about business. Shawn trained Daniel Bryan to wrestle but he wouldn’t let that nor his friendship with HHH sway him. He and Orton don’t like each other so that’s not a factor either. Shawn calls himself H-B-Shizzle, drawing a chant from the fans. He guarantees a new WWE Champion because he wants what’s best for the fans.
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We recap the opening segment. Again.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
RVD is confirmed to be taking time off during the entrances. Non-title of course. Before the match, Vickie says that Alberto’s opponent at HIAC will be……..JOHN CENA? The distraction lets Ricardo get a quick rollup pin at 10 seconds.
Post match Alberto sends Ricardo into the announce table and Pillmanizes his arm.
John Cena tweets about the match which makes it sound official.
Fandango vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder pounds away to start but gets caught in a quick suplex for two. Ryder fights up and hits his usual though before Fandango bails to the floor. Back in and Fandango snaps his neck across the top and hits the guillotine legdrop for the pin at 2:45. Nothing to see here.
Shawn wins the poll by a landslide. Backlund actually got 1/3 of the vote.
Real Americans vs. Santino Marella/Great Khali
Swagger starts with Santino and it’s time to be goofy early on. Santino gets caught in the Real American corner as the fans chant for the bad guys. Cesaro comes in after the Vader Bomb for the double stomp for two. The ice cold tag brings in Khli as the crowd just does not care here. Some chops have Cesaro in trouble but he takes out Khali’s leg and puts on the swing, waking up the crowd immediately. The swing is good for the pin on Khali at 3:52.
Rating: D. Match sucked, swing was awesome, those are my entire thoughts on this stupid match.
Post match Horny gets put in the Swing but Santino makes the save with the Cobra.
Breast cancer sucks.
Here’s Miz for MizTV but before he can get the name out it’s Wyatt time. The lights come out and the Family is in the ring but Miz runs after Bray. He gets in a few shots and gets behind Bray who grabs the Family around their necks and leans over to look at Miz.
Brad begs for mercy from Stephanie when HHH comes in. He’ll be at ringside for the main event tonight.
Shield vs. Cody Rhodes/Goldust/Daniel Bryan
HHH comes out to watch the match. Goldust starts with Rollins and spits in his face before firing off right hands. An atomic drop has Rollins in trouble and it’s off to Cody with a springboard missile dropkick for two. Ambrose comes in for some right hands but gets caught by a knee to the face for two. Back to Goldust to stomp away in the corner and get two off something resembling a bulldog.
Cody comes in again with right hands but Dean takes over in the corner. The moonsault press is countered by Dean shoving Cody off the top and out to the floor as we take a break. Back with Ambrose talking trash to Cody and choking away a bit. Cody breaks up a belly to back superplex attempt and hits the moonsault press to put both guys down. There’s the hot tag to Bryan to speed things up with Rollins.
The moonsault in the corner has Seth confused and a German suplex sets up the top rope hurricanrana for two. Everything breaks down and reigns takes the Disaster Kick. A Cactus Clothesline puts cody and Roman on the floor, leaving Daniel and Seth in the ring. The kick the head sets up the YES Lock but Ambrose hits Cody with a chair for the DQ at 11:00.
Scratch that as HHH says it doesn’t end with a DQ, so restart the match as a No DQ match. The brawling continues and it’s a FLYING GOAT to take out Ambrose and Reigns. Orton comes in from the crowd with an RKO on the floor, giving Rollins the pin on Bryan at 12:22 total.
Rating: C. This didn’t have time to go anywhere and the ending was kind of confusing. I guess it’s to seem like HHH will rig the booking to his benefit but they could have done the same finish without the switch at the end. The match wasn’t all that great due to a lack of time, but it still worked well enough for a screwy finish.
Post match the beating is on but here’s Big Show (to music) to stalk HHH. Shield guards the boss but Show gets in the ring anyway. They swarm him but are easily tossed away, leaving just HHH vs. Show. Shield pops back up though and beats down Show as HHH takes his jacket off. He throws them off again and KO’s HHH, leaving Bryan to stand over the boss to end the show.
Overall Rating: C-. This wasn’t bad but you could see A LOT of filler in this. It’s very clear that HIAC is just Battleground part 2 which is understandable but doesn’t make it interesting. Shawn Michaels as guest referee should help a bit but there’s only so much he can do. Cena returning will help a lot but it’s really early given how bad his arm was. This was a more coherent show, but it still fees like everyone but Bryan is the focus and that’s not good.
Dolph Ziggler b. Damien Sandow – Fameasser
Natalya/JoJo/Eva Marie b. Alicia Fox/Rosa Mendes/Aksana – Sharpshooter to Fox
Los Matadores b. 3MB – Double Angle Slam to McIntyre
CM Punk/R-Truth b. Ryback/Curtis Axel – Ax kick to Axel
Randy Orton b. Kofi Kingston – RKO
Fandango b. Zack Ryder – Guillotine legdrop
Real Americans b. Santino Marella/Great Khali – Cesaro Swing to Khali
Shield b. Daniel Bryan/Cody Rhodes/Goldust – Rollins pinned Bryan after an RKO from Randy Orton
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Dark match main event was Bryan vs Orton. Match goes 2 minutes before Shield comes out to hit Bryan with a chair for DQ (the ref did call for the bell). Cody and Goldust come down and chase off the Shield. Bryan and Orton continue match that apparently didn’t end with the DQ for another 3 minutes. Bryan hits running knee on Orton and pins Orton. Ref is standing by announcers doing nothing until JBL yells at ref to make the count. Ref finally runs back into the ring and makes the 3 count to give Bryan the win. Definitely the weirdest dark match main event I have ever seen.
Not Jay…KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! LOL! You are doing a great job because you are totally pissing so many people off! Lighten up people, KB has said many times he finds it humorous. Other than the real Jay, I don’t know why so many of you get so butthurt over something so harmless. “Sometimes I look for actual intelligent discussion” Did I really just read that in a WRESTLING comments review? ROTFLMAO!!!!
Anyway, was so pissed at the fans for not voting Backlund. That could have totally screwed up the booking cause they clearly have the Shawn thing planned out(assuming the app vote isn’t rigged which it probably is). Did we really need 2 PPV’s this month?
So a wrestling comment section is incapable of intelligent discussion?
What a shock. M.R…the most butthurt, humorless wrestling fan has a problem with what I wrote
100% agree with Graceland
there was a time there would be intelligent comments after the reads, now its just a teenager having some juvenile humour
Something’s fishy about Cena returning this quick. Anabolically fishy.
KB, great website. Keep it up, it’s very appreciated.
The being said, the guys who does all of the “jay” shit puts a damper on everything. Sometimes I look for actual intelligent discussion, he ruins that and makes me cringe. Hopefully we can have some more people discuss the nights action who aren’t moronic.
Wow finally someone with a brain who doesn’t need to mock people or hide behind some gimmick to get noticed.
Pretty good RAW and a nice ending with Big Show getting the payoff. Cena coming back is a surprise.
You know what! It’s a free country and I’ll comment whenever I want! I though tonight’s show rocked and was a great followup to one of WWE’s better PPV’s last night. I like where they are going with…OH COME ON! JUST LET ME FINISH MY COMMENT AT LEAST!
*security tackles Not Jay this time. Not Jay puts up a fight and security is forced to hogtie him and throw him out of the comments section in humiliating fashion*
WOW! WHAT A RAW. 10/10 Amazing stuff by WWE. I think they are nearing a boom period.
Gotta say I was impressed…WHAT THE HELL?
*security not fooled by the M.R. mask chases Not Jay out of the comments sections*
*Not Jay takes off the mask and flees*
*holds up a piece of paper*
I, KB, have now purchasd the mask shop and the makeup store. if Not Jay wants to appear on my show, he will do so without a hidden face.