WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Rhodes Gets Fired, Big Show Cries, Bryan Gets Beat Down (Again) - Wrestle Newz twitter google

WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Rhodes Gets Fired, Big Show Cries, Bryan Gets Beat Down (Again)

The Labor Day edition of Monday Night Raw took place in Des Moines, Iowa and featured a total of seven matches. The WWE Universe witnessed the continuation of the Paul Heyman/Curtis Axel/CM Punk storyline, the Daniel Bryan vs. “Corporation” angle and some high-profile matches, including Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes (Rhodes’ career on the line) and the main event bout between Daniel Bryan and Big Show. Here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s Raw:

Best Match: I was expecting a lot more out of the main event match between Daniel Bryan and the Big Show, but from start to finish, Big Show was just talking to Bryan and was being a big baby about the entire situation he was forced into by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Also, the bout was cut short thanks to the Game and his henchman, the Shield. This is the first time in a long time that Daniel Bryan wasn’t involved in the best match of Monday Night Raw, and the best match award goes to Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton. Both Rhodes and Orton have tremendous chemistry with one another and despite losing, Rhodes gave it his all and had the crowd behind him from start to finish.  At one point, Rhodes hit the Disaster Kick and Cross Rhodes, but Orton kicked out of both of his signature moves. In the end, Rhodes tweaked his leg as he missed a Disaster Kick and Orton nailed an RKO to pick up the victory.

Crowd Chants of the Night: Like every week, the crowd chanted “Yes”, “No” and “Daniel Bryan” every chance they got. During the Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback match, the smarky Iowa crowd chanted “Gollddbeerrgg”. How original. During the Orton vs. Rhodes match, the crowd was in full support of the underdog and chanted “Cody Rhodes” throughout the match. The Des Moines audience chanted the names of “CM Punk” and “RVD” during their respective segments.

Breakout Star of the Night: Cody Rhodes was the breakout star of the night after having one hell of a match with Randy Orton. Rhodes has been consistent in the ring for years and has won the Intercontinental Championship multiple times, but he’s never really reached main status as a singles competitor. Because of the loss, Rhodes was “fired” from the WWE, but it was great to see the crowd fully appreciative of the performance he gave and they even chanted his name during and after the match. When Cody Rhodes returns to the WWE, expect big things for the talented superstar.

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: It isn’t the first time and it sure as hell won’t be the last time; 3MB, Heath Slater in particular, was the jobber of the night. I’m not sure why WWE continues to showcase 3MB week after week. I’m actually a fan of Heath Slater, the dude can actually wrestle, but I’m sick of the entire group. The only good thing about 3MB is that they are almost guaranteed to win the jobber of the night award in my Raw in a Nutshell articles.

Upset of the Night: Out of the seven matches that took place, there were no shocking upsets or anything out of the ordinary, but something that was very upsetting to me was how Big Show was being treated by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. I’m not a huge Big Show fan, but even I can admit that it’s a bit ridiculous and annoying watching Big Show “cry” and hit Daniel Bryan with the WMD/KO Punch, whatever it’s called. I was thinking Big Show was going to turn heel (again) and align himself with the new “Corporation”, but thankfully that didn’t happen. It doesn’t make sense for Big Show to be overreacting and acting the way he is, so hopefully there will be some sort of payoff in the near future.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was Cody Rhodes losing his match against Randy Orton, which resulted in the former Intercontinental champion being fired. Rhodes shined against Orton and put forth a really good performance and was inches away from a victory after he hit the Cross Rhodes, only for the Viper to kick out at the last second. I’d like to think that Rhodes’ firing was due to the fact that he is getting married and wants to take some time off. Without a doubt, I expect Rhodes to come back within a couple of months and receive a nice little World Heavyweight Title push. #ThankYouCody.

Worst Match: Surprisingly, the number one contender Triple Threat Divas match started off hot and was pretty entertaining for the first few minutes, but unfortunately, AJ Lee interfered and said that none of them deserved to face her for the Title at Night of Champions. Aside from that, there weren’t any real squash matches, but the Prime Time Players vs. Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal was pretty damn close. Therefore, that Tag Team bout was the worst match of the night. Slater got a little bit of offense in, but this match was all about the Prime Time players getting the quick win and riding the momentum of their overnight face turn. I’m a fan of the PTP, but they weren’t that impressive tonight.

Logic Fail of the Night: I think most of you will agree with me that the logic fail of the night was Stephanie McMahon talking to Big Show and announcing to the WWE Universe that he was broke. A good thing about this episode of Raw was that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made a reference to Big Show’s iron clad contract, and said if Big Show didn’t fulfill the duties of that contract, he would be breaching it. But, as stated before, Stephanie announcing that Big Show was broke was one of the most illogical things I’ve ever seen/heard. He’s been a WWE superstar for nearly two decades and there is no chance in hell that the giant is broke. Ridiculous.

Tweets of the Night:




Commentary Lines of the Night: “Cody could face two bad things this week, he could lose his job…and get married” – JBL. “Why should he be upset, he gets a big paycheck every week, a BIG ONE, good grief” – JBL talking about Big Show. JBL was on fire tonight with his witty one-liners, but Lawler and Cole were thoroughly disappointing.

LOL Moment of the Night: Raw wasn’t really packed with humorous moments, but every time I see that James Harden/Stephen Curry Footlocker commercial, I can’t help but break out into laughter. That commercial is hilarious and isn’t technically a part of the show, but unfortunately, that was the funniest moment of the night. Am I wrong? If so, let me know your funniest moment on Raw.

Overall Lowlights: Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ziggler deserves better); Stephanie McMahon announcing that Big Show is broke; Prime Time Players vs. 3MB; AJ Lee interfering in a match again; Big Show crying, knocking out Daniel Bryan.

Overall Highlights: Triple H/Orton/Bryan opening segment; Booker T/ Bryan backstage segment; JBL with a Gareth Bale reference; Orton vs. Rhodes; CM Punk Night of Champions promo; Rhodes “goodbye” promo.

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  • Mrs. Ambrose

    What makes me mad is that Daniel Bryan gets beat up every single night Enough Already! Let the man get his revenge, and i also like the #1 contenders Diva Title match i hope either Natalya or Naomi wins, and back to the Daniel Bryan segment The Big Show looked like a big dummy standing their crying.And i say it once i say it again all of the guys are standing their like scared little girls like they are so afraid.

    • JH

      Just wait, they’re gonna be going all fall and probably through wrestlemania season, though Bryan being laid out at the end of raw every night is getting pretty old, I’d like to see the show close a little differently going in to NOC

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I agree because having Big Show crying and Daniel Bryan getting beat up is getting pretty old.

        • Poppy’s Hammer

          Because it’s old after only 5 episodes, 3 Raw and 2 SD’s, seriously some of the audience needs some patience. For once we are getting a possibly nicely developed storyline that could last for easily a year or two and yet people like yourself ruin it because they want instead a crappy underdeveloped storyline.

          So many of these storylines that get put together 2-4 weeks before a PPV annoy me as there is no real logic behind it.

          Daniel Bryan will easily go through this for I hope another month or two, because if they can do similar segments like with the car that would help keep the story going until we start seeing other superstars unite and begin to retaliate.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I am not ruining anything and it is getting old seeing the same thing everynight, so all i am saying is that they need to change it up a little bit.

          • Poppy’s Hammer

            I didn’t say just you. I said “people like yourself”, in other words I am talking about the impatient ones which you are showing you are one of those people.

            Also do you get sick of seeing the same thing every night Literally or Figuratively? Choose carefully, because you make yourself look even more silly. I can give you a hint, 5 nights isn’t the same as 21 nights.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            First of all i can say what i want and i thin k the storyline is getting old and i did not mean 21 nights and you know that i meant 5 nights, and i am not making myself look silly.

    • Shell

      To be honest, I was expecting Paige or Kaitlyn to some out when AJ was getting the beat down. Perhaps a feud between women who can wrestle and those who are on total divas.

      As for Bryan, I’m getting sick of it to. But hey, it’ll be worth to see Bryan Yes-lock Stephanie, and beat the crap out of Orton.

      Although, I hope I’m not the only one who thinks this, but can the Wyatts have some sort of role in this feud? Like against the SHIELD? Just a short one, since Bray said he was going to take down the machine. The machine maybe being the Corporation.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        You never know they might just do a match like that perhaps Survivor Series and it would be funny if he did the Yes-lock on Stephanie beat down Orton.You are on to something with this one because i read that or they was thinking about having the
        Wyatt family feud with the shield.

      • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

        Ministry of Darkness role. Before uniting with The Corporation as “The New Corporate Ministry” Which will lead into Kane turning face once the story develops.

  • Matthew Payne

    I believe this is going to be huge for Cody, he’s going to crash te party soon and make a huge push which he has deserved for quite some time.But Bryan is still hotter than ever, NOC should be a solid card, I’m just super curious to see how they play off Cody for the next weeks, and see when he come back if the crowd will love him as much as they should!

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      I totally agree i was thinking that Cody Rhodes could come back in a heel role and join the corporation, and have that CAN’T BEAT THEM JOIN THEM type of situation

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aMVlNPjpbI The Devourer of Dimensions

        They just turned him face..

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          Yeah but you now how the like to turn the wrestlers heel or face very quickly just like ADR.

          • xXwindsofchangeXx

            But they only keep turning ADR because he can’t get over. Cody’s currently very over as a face, despite the awkward way he was turned initially. Don’t forget, WWE’s in a season where they can’t lean on most of their usual crutches (No Cena, No Sheamus, and no old stars, being that it’s not the first quarter of the year). Mark my words – you’ll see Sandow cash in, probably within the next month or two, and after the former champion (probably RVD) has his return match and loses, Cody will return and become #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I agree and you are right about ADR Heel and Face turns.

  • Alejandro

    “Big Show more broke than the Virgil?” Lol they should have shown that tweet on TV tonight lol. JBL kissing up to Triple H and Randy Orton reminds me of how King use to kiss up to Vince McMahon and the Corporation. Good stuff by JBL.

  • OsamaBenAfflak

    crowd chant for me was when big show was looking like he was gonna cry and the crowd chanted “youll be ok”

  • Mike

    Sandow v. Rhodes was fantastic. 1ox better than RVD v. ADR. Sandow is on the rise. He can work with anyone, five or fifteen minutes.

  • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

    Big Show will probably be with “The Corporation” but than turn on them like the attitude era and align himself with “The Union” Since Big Show is an original member of the union too and was a ex member of “The Corporation” Before he got fed up and join “The Union” It’ll probably be Show, (Original) Ziggler, Mark Henry, and Rhodes and quite possibly Punk later on (Partially) Since they need someone to play the Mankind role. Before either turning heel to join “The Corporation” to face Dragon once “The Crown Jewel” Orton get’s dealt with. So yeah, i think this is where the storyline is headed and Show will be force to WMD Henry at Night Of Champions since he’s injured and Bossman (Reigns) And Rollins (Shamrock) will easily get a win plus it’ll further the storyline of him joining “The Corporation” Before uniting “The Union” yet again to face off against The Corporation. If anyone actually pays attention instead of whining about Big Show crying (I already could see some reviewer on youtube complaining without history lesson that this has happened before and how those people will think it’s hurting Bryan when it isn’t at all) than you don’t know that this is a storyline to implement into him joining them and eventually turning on them later on as a plot by “The Union” And Kane if it ever happens will be the replacement for Big Show cause The Wyatt Family will eventually be involve in this storyline later on and will probably play the role of The Ministry Of Darkness, since everything is practically the same and Lawler did say something about Bray possibly hinting at it.

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      That could be a possibility because everybody is saying the same about the Big Show joining the corporation, but all i am saying is change it up a little bit and stop Daniel Bryan getting beat up every night and Big Show crying i say it once i say it again it gets old quick.

      • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

        Yeah i’m not a fan of Big Show crying but Big Show crying is furthering the storyline of him being forced into this and it’ll be the plot twist for him joining “The Corporation” At Night Of Champions to allow Henry to heal up and to allow Bossman (Reigns) And Shamrock (Rollins) To get the same reaction when they kept getting help when they were tag team champions before Big Show plan all of this with the rest of The Union members as a plot by him and joining The Union yet again to humiliate The Corporation cause they never saw it coming that they were fooled by Big Show, Ziggler and the rest. Plus the show is PG too and they love Drama so it adds more to the show than anything else. And Bryan getting beat up isn’t old, it’ll add more to him once he actually finally get’s his hands on Triple H and beat him down like Austin did to Mcmahon and then he’ll eventually get more momentum there-after by winning the WWE championship eventually and will overcome the odds every single time afterwards and will eventually wrestle Triple H in a match quite possibly for the WWE championship (IF he didn’t win it, cause he’ll probably will get screwed by Triple H at Night Of Champions leading into a Hell In A Cell match against Triple H where he can’t run or hide behind his henchmens.) Leading to a possibility of Kane returning (Maybe) I’ll just add this here for good measure but i think it’ll go the other way around with him beating Triple H inside the cell if he’s wrestling him instead of Orton at the PPV And then later on move back into the title picture and will win it now that Triple H is out of the way if he didn’t already win it.

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          I hope it works out that way and change up the storyline

          • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

            I could see that’s where they’re going in this storyline. Since they did the exact same thing with Show during the attitude era. So everything seems like it’s going to be like that. And Bray will get involved later on once the storyline develops more.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            This could and will be interesting

          • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

            Yeah it’ll be interesting to see this all go through. The WWE is actually interesting and fun to watch. too bad i fell asleep half way through the show cause i was tired. But i really wanna see all of these plot twist happen in the storylines cause it has happen in the attitude era. :) I can’t wait to see next week’s Raw and what they’ll do with Edge. Maybe Christian will come out to help Edge cause Edge will probably talk about the Attitude era, what he has seen from Triple H and The Corporation firsthand and what he’s been through in it from experiences. And Triple H will interupt him and call The Shield into the ring leading into some sort of match or Bryan helping them fend them off. Edge sadly won’t be wrestling though which is a bummer but i’m glad he’s healthier now.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            There will be a plot twist down the line and i wonder what Edge part be in all of this or maybe he is there for other business

          • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

            He’ll probably be there to address what’s been happening in WWE lately and how it’s reminding him of what he’s been through in the attitude era and what he has seen from both Triple H and McMahon. Than he’ll say something about how they don’t know what’s best for business cause Bryan is best for business just as Austin was or something like that. Leading into Triple H and Orton and or just Triple H calling out The Shield and cutting a promo on Edge which will probably lead into Christian getting involved in all of this and probably wouldn’t care if he get’s fired in the process. Which will lead into something with Ziggler and the rest along with Bryan since Christian will probably be the first to man up to Triple H without being scared of getting fired from it and then the rest would man up too.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            This would be interesting i hope they could go with this storyline

          • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

            They probably will. No other reasons for Edge to be there just to promote a tv show. So he’ll likely be the caused for Christian to man up to Triple H without being scared of being fired which will lead into the rest of The Union to join in with Christian against them without being scared too. Theres no other reasons for Edge to be there, so it’ll likely be just like this. But it’ll be interesting to watch and tune into more now. :)

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            You are right and i hope they change it up and make the storyline more cool

  • Chelsii?

    When you put Naomi and Brie Bella in a match, it’s going to be awful. Everything about it just stunk, Brie not being able to wrestle as usual, Naomi.. doing nothing (did I mention that awful.. booty bump?). Then the beat down on AJ, what was that? Brie just can’t do anything right can she? Or that idiot sister of hers.

  • fj2305

    As good as the Corporation 2.0 storyline is, I see Cena coming back some day around January and save the wwe universe from HHH’s terror regime and it might lead to a match with him and HHH at WMXXX. I am afraid it could lead to that, now that isn’t the best for business, right?

  • Robert Medina

    I agree. The direction that Raw is going is all wrong. I quit watching. I’ll get updates here on WNZ. The big show crying like a baby on TV is so stupid. I remember last 2 months HHH was saying the Shield needs to be stopped, but now they are allies. Dumb story lines. The fact that nobody can come to ringside to help or they get fired is also stupid. I remember a few years back, every member threatned to walk if Mick Foley was not re-instated or given a title shot. The locker room needs stand behind Daniel Bryan.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      The only problem is, there’s nobody in enough of a position of power to make Triple H cave to those sort of demands. Both in and out of Kayfabe, the absence of Cena (who obviously has the pull to make anybody listen to him) and Sheamus created this storyline. Who’s left? Other than Orton, it’s mainly either heels that wouldn’t stand up for Bryan anyway, young guys that haven’t gotten their shot at the big time and are worried about messing up their chances, or older veterans like Show who know their time is coming to an end and are trying to hang onto their roster spots for as long as possible. I actually think it’s been decent. A bit less repetition would do the angle some good. Essentially the last several episodes have ended the same way – with Bryan getting his ass kicked in the ring and the rest of the WWE locker room forced to watch.

      They could mix it up a bit – something like Bryan or another face that sympathizes (perhaps Ziggler) picking off a member of the Shield backstage so Bryan can at least get some licks in before taking an RKO.

      • Robert Medina

        I totally agree with you.

  • mrlaw

    Ric Flair has been wrestling for years and has been broke plenty of times.. I believe he’s broke now lol… Stephanie even hinted at Big Show making bad investments. It’s possible for anyone to be broke if they don’t spend their money wisely…

    • http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/author/adrian-fylonenko/ Adrian Fylonenko

      With all the movies he’s done too, I say there is no way Big Show is broke.

  • Trinot Grigio

    To me RAW showed that this is CM Punks house… At least until Cena returns

  • Dirty J. Sanchez The 3rd

    If TNA ever goes belly up then i’m just gonna say this – Mike Tenay to replace Cole FTW!!!!!!!!

  • YES! o/

    I thought the logic fail of the night was when the Triple Threat Divas match ended in a no contest when AJ interfered(?) I mean, since when do Triple Threat matches end as a result of a disqualification when someone interferes?

    Oh, and I, too, abhor what they have done to Big Show’s character; it is both nonsensical and ludicrous. Turning him into a giant cry-baby is quite possibly the second worst move they have done after turning Ryboring into a bitter bully.

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