Tonight’s episode of Raw took place in front of a hot crowd in Manchester, England and featured a total of ten matches (three handicap matches). Every time Raw is in England, you can expect at least one phenomenal match that will have the crowd standing on their feet from start to finish and that was the case with the main event, which featured the team of Daniel Bryan/CM Punk taking on The Shield. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s episode of Raw:
Best Match: Despite a promising main event, the best match of the night was John Cena vs. The Real Americans in a handicap match. Cena and Cesaro worked really well with one another and Swagger was kind of just…there. Prior to Raw, at a live event, Cena put over Cesaro and said that he is undoubtedly a World Heavyweight champion in the making. Some of the highlights of the match were two outstanding uppercuts that Cesaro executed on Cena and a Float Over Power Bomb that Cena gave to Cesaro. Cena overcame the odds of the 2-on-1 handicap match and put forth another incredible performance. I know I’m going to get some heat about not choosing the main event as the best match of the night, but I was really disappointed with what I saw. Plus, the match ended early due to an interference from The Wyatt Family. The greatest highlight of the night was the showdown between The Shield/Wyatt Family/Daniel Bryan & CM Punk, but the best match of the night belongs to John Cena and co.
Crowd Chants of the Night: The English crowd was on fire with their chants throughout most of the night. Of course, they chanted “who are ya” when Vickie Guerrero came out to announce the opening match. During the opening match, the crowd chanted “let’s go Goldust”, “Randy’s boring”, “JBL”, “Michael Cole”, “Jerry” and “YES” after Big Show Choke Slammed Randy Orton through the announce table. During the Intercontinental Title match, the crowd chanted “Dolph Ziggler”. During the Divas match, the snarky Manchester crowd chanted “ECW” and “we want tables”. Unfortunately, there were no tables involved in the Divas match. After he saved John Cena from an Alberto Del Rio beat down, the crowd chanted Big E. Langston’s name. After doing the wave, the crowd chanted “we are awesome”.
Breakout Star of the Night: Although it may not be a popular decision, tonight’s breakout star of the night was Curtis Axel after retaining the Intercontinental Title and putting on a solid match against Dolph Ziggler. I would have loved to see Ziggler win the IC Title, but Axel needed to show the WWE Universe that he could win a match without Paul Heyman by his side. Axel is a great in-ring performer, but he has the charisma of cow.
Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during tonight’s episode of Raw?
Jobber of the Night: No surprise here, the jobber(s) of the night was 3MB after being embarrassed once again by Los Matadores, who had some help from Santino Marella as their tag team partner. Los Matadores and 3MB have been featured on Raw for about seven weeks in a row and each and every time, the men formerly known as Epico and Primo have defeated them with ease. When is this going to stop, WWE?
Upset of the Night: Without a doubt, R-Truth pinning Ryback fair and square in the middle of the ring was the upset of the night. Ryback dominated the entire match until the very end, where Truth dodged a charging Ryback and proceeded to roll him up for the win. R-Truth has always been a consistent competitor and it’s nice to see him get a big win over Ryback.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments of the night. The first was Big Show attacking Randy Orton and Choke Slamming him through the announce table was the holy sh** moment of the night. To make the maneuver even more devastating, Show set up some steel ring steps and proceeded to climb them with Orton. Show lifted Orton above his head and executed a humongous Choke Slam that sent the English crowd into a frenzy of “YES” chants. The second was The Shield and The Wyatt Family brawling with each other in the middle of the ring. Both heel factions wanted to get their hands on Punk/Bryan and all hell broke loose. The crowd event chanted this is awesome until both stables worked together to attack the good guys.
Worst Match: The worst match of the night was Nikki Bella vs. Tamina Snuka, and man, was it bad. I’ve been very impressed with Brie in the ring, but Nikki, not so much. To make this short, AJ Lee got a cheap shot in on Nikki, which resulted in Tamina kicking her in the face and then hitting the most absurd and awful Super Fly Splash I have ever seen. When you do a splash, you’re supposed to land on your opponent’s stomach, not land on your feet and then fall on your opponent. This was a brutal match and not in a good way.
Logic Fail of the Night: Tonight’s logic fail of the night was the match between John Cena and the Real Americans. Now listen up, I’m a fan of John Cena and I don’t mind that he is portrayed as a super human wrestler. I’ve accepted that fact. But, tonight, he went a bit too far after making Jack Swagger tap out to the STF during his handicap match against The Real Americans. Cena and Cesaro worked tremendously well together and Cena put on a great performance, but he was dominated by Cesaro throughout most of the match and overcame A LOT of obstacles in order to pick up the win, including two huge uppercuts from Cesaro. I understand that Cena needs to look strong going into Survivor Series and he needs to be booked strongly at all times, but even I can admit that tonight was a bit ridiculous.
Tweets of the Night:
Tonight. We salute Americas heroes. By performing in front of England, their original rival. #Merica
— Seany M. Bella (@Seany_WE) November 12, 2013
Alberto Del Rio must have fallen on hard times. He parked his taxi cab on the entrance ramp. #Raw
— Kayfabe News (@KayfabeNews) November 12, 2013
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) November 12, 2013
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) November 12, 2013
— The Fans Podcast (@TheFansPodcast) November 12, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Didn’t Vickie look nice? She looked like a Spice Girl” – JBL. “I heard Wayne Rooney was a matador” – JBL.
LOL Moment of the Night: The funniest moment of the night was the rap that R-Truth spit on Ryback. In the rap, Truth said that he was the suntanned Superman and that Ryback’s breath smells so bad, when he talks his teeth duck. Classic Truth.
Overall Lowlights: Los Matadores/Santino vs. 3MB, Nikki Bella vs. Tamina Snuka, Fandango vs. Tyson Kidd, Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E. Langston.
Overall Highlights: Kane and Brad Maddox argue, Big Show Choke Slams Randy Orton through the announce table, Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel, Kane booking matches fans want to see, The Shield putting Randy Orton in his place, Zeb Colter anti-England promo, John Cena vs. Real Americans, Big E. Langston saves Cena, CM Punk beats down Paul Heyman, CM Punk/Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield, The Shield and the Wyatt Family brawl.