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WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Goldust Shines, Bryan Finally Gets the Upper Hand

Tonight’s episode of Raw took place in Toronto, Canada and started off with a bang as the WWE Universe welcomed back the Rated R Superstar, Edge, who hosted the Cutting Edge and had a very entertaining war of words with Triple H. The crowd was hot for most of the night as they witnessed nine matches, including Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose and Goldust (yes Goldust) vs. Randy Orton. Here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: There is going to be a trend in this week’s “Nutshell” article. I enjoyed tonight’s Raw and there was a lot going on so it was difficult to choose just one person or one event to win each award. So if you feel cheated that there were two winners for multiple awards, sue me. Anyways, there were two good matches tonight; Randy Orton vs. Goldust and Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose. I would rate Orton vs. Goldust a little bit higher than the main event, but that’s mainly because I expected a lot more out of Bryan and Ambrose…and the fact that Goldust was outstanding. In my opinion, Goldust and Orton stole the show and the Viper made the Bizarre One look like a million bucks. Bryan vs. Ambrose was in between good and great, but as stated before, I expected more out of these two. Considering Night of Champions is less than a week away, I’ll give these two former Indy wrestlers a break.

Crowd Chants of the Night: During Raw’s first segment, the crowd went wild with chants of “Edge”, “Yes”, “Daniel Bryan”, “Randy sucks” and “Asshole”, which was directed towards Triple H.  During the Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt match, the crowd chanted “Let’s go Ziggler’ for a good 10-15 seconds. During the Paul Heyman “examination” segment, the Canadian crowd chanted “This is awkward” and “CM Punk” when the Second City Saint showed up to clean house. During the Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth match, the crowd chanted “RVD” as well as the names of all three announcers. I guess this is a regular thing now, huh?  During the Randy Orton vs. Goldust match, the crowd chanted “Goldust” and “You still got it”. During the main event bout between Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose the crowd chanted “This is Awesome” as they were clearly enjoying what they were seeing in the ring.

Breakout Star of the Night: There were two breakout stars of the night. I was thoroughly disappointed with Bray Wyatt’s first WWE match against Kane at SummerSlam, but tonight, he did a superb job of destroying Dolph Ziggler. Bray is extremely agile in the ring for a big man and he worked tremendously well with Ziggler. Hopefully, Bray Wyatt will continue this momentum and start having good matches on the reg. He is indeed a talented superstar.

I’d like to just give Bray the breakout star of the night award, but my God, didn’t Goldust look absolutely fantastic in his match against Orton? Orton sold Goldust’s punches really well and the Bizarre One looks like he’s in great shape. There were plenty of near-falls and the two worked together crisply as they reversed a lot of moves. The match was smooth and the crowd went nuts when Goldust hit Cross Roads. In the end, Orton hit the RKO and picked up the win.

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: Unfortunately, Dolph Ziggler was the jobber of the night. Hell, even Goldust had a better outing than the Showoff.  This guy is so incredibly talented and he was our World Heavyweight champion about a month ago and it’s a shame that he is now jobbing to guys like Bray Wyatt. Ziggler did his “job” well, though, as he made Bray look top-notch in the ring. Without a doubt, Ziggler deserves better.

Upset of the Night: One of the greatest moments on Raw was Santino getting a huge pop from the Canadian crowd and proceeding to defeat Antonio Cesaro with a roll-up. Santino has been out of action for about a year or so and even though he’s generally used as a jobber, it was shocking and heart-warming to see the Milan Miracle beat Cesaro, who dominated the match.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments of the night and they both came during the Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella match. First, the reaction that Santino got from the crowd was amazing, especially since he’s a jobber.

Second, Cesaro pulled off a Giant Swing and swung Santino about 25 times around. It was an impressive feat of strength and the crowd chanted “holy sh**” after the maneuver was finally complete.

Worst Match: The worst match of the night was Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel because it only lasted a couple of minutes and was basically a warm up to get the crowd thinking about the Axel/Heyman vs. CM Punk match at Night of Champions. A minute or two into the match, Axel was kneeing Kingston in the back and didn’t stop the attack after the referee counted to five. There were some other poor contests tonight, but this was by far the worst since nothing really happened.

Logic Fail of the Night: The most illogical thing on tonight’s episode of Raw was the Toronto crowd. They started off the show great, but when things got “boring” or when they were unsatisfied, they chanted a lot of stupid things and tried their best to mimic the now-infamous “night after WrestleMania crowd”. Chanting JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler was cool a few months ago; now, it’s starting to get really annoying. I know that’s a pretty disappointing logic fail of the night, but if there was anything else that didn’t make a whole lot of sense, please leave your comments below.

Tweets of the Night:








Commentary Lines of the Night: “Paul Heyman is so ugly; his razor backs away from his face” – Michael Cole. “Paul Heyman is screwed” – JBL after Kofi Kingston hit Curtis Axel with a Trouble in Paradise.

LOL Moment of the Night: Not only was Edge’s promo cool as hell, but it was also the LOL moment of the night. Edge was taking shots at both Randy Orton and Triple H and even crossed the line when he called Hunter a dick. The passion in Edge’s promo towards Triple H seemed real, and both guys took personal shots at one another, but in the end, Edge won the battle with some great zingers that got the crowd really amped up for Raw. Damn, it was great to see Edge again.

Overall Lowlights: Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel; Dolph Ziggler jobbing; Tag Team Divas match; too many squash matches; The Big Show acting like a child rooting for Daniel Bryan.

Overall Highlights: The Cutting Edge; Edge rocking it on the microphone; Paul Heyman “slipping” on water/Night of Champions promo; Bray Wyatt looked great in the ring; CM Punk taking out the doctor; Zeb Colter anti-Canada promo; Antonio Cesaro Giant Swing; Randy Orton vs. Goldust; Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose.

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  • Trey Doss

    the sign of the night was the full fledge daniel bryan look alike doing the yes chant

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

      I saw a sign that said the Beard is Here and the arrow was pointing down. Not sure if it was meant to be pointing down at the fan or pointing down…down…

      • cubfan4life

        my personal fave was the “zeb snuck across our border” sign. that one made me laugh. Loved the Maple Syrup chant during that match also

  • Josh Morrison

    As a Canadian and someone who was at Raw, the main reason people were going nuts for Santino is because he’s from Mississauga, a city just outside of Toronto. Always great to see the local guys come home.

    And the best sign of the night I saw was the “Oui, Oui, Oui” sign, a shout-out to our French neighbors in Quebec

    • Tyler Drummond

      Exactly. I actually met him a week or so ago when he gave me a tour of his new facility. Very nice place, Im actually signing up on Wednesday. Hes a very cool guy, interesting to talk to him out of character.

      I saw a CM Spunk sign. complete with cum stain and all. Died of laughter, couldnt believe it got in.

      • Abudadein

        I miss the good ol’ days of signs that read Paula (Paul Orndorff), Little John Dud (Big John Studd), and King Kong Sundae (Bundy). :(

    • JH

      Also because Santino is just awesome, when they give him good things to do besides just filler and random jobbing matches, he gets super over with the crowd, I think he gets a bit wasted at times because he really knows how to work a crowd.

    • Carlton_B

      Also Toronto has a huge Italian population, so that adds to him being local.

  • Tyler Drummond

    Show was meh, but loved being in that crowd, especially since I didnt have to go far from home. You missed some of the great chants like ‘Maple Syrup’!

    • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

      I don’t know if you meant the show or Big Show. lol But the show to me was great, 2 great matches and both delivered very well too. Dragon is the best as usual, Goldust was GOLD literally lol And I enjoyed the show very well throughly and abolutely loved EDGE going Out Of Character and saying all of those stuff about Triple H and how he doesn’t belived in him or any of these talented wrestlers. Also enjoyed Edge teasing an in ring return. But likely will never happpen and loved the intensity and the look on his face seems absolutely real.

      • Tyler Drummond

        I meant the actual show lol. Orton vs Goldust was great and Dust looked awesome (Orton great as usual). I was a little disappointed in Ambrose vs Bryan, it was a really good match I was just expecting a little more. I thought they could have done a bit more with Edge, but enjoyed what he did do. Overall, I just expected more from this show. But, I am glad you enjoyed it.

        • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

          Yeah, I thought Bryan vs Ambrose could’ve been better but I still thought they put on an awesome match, as usual Dragon using his trademark old finisher The super back drop that got the crowd to pop out loud and chant this is awesome is surreal and the way Ambrose sold it was amazing to look at! I would say give them at least 25 minutes and thematch could’ve been more awesome. I can’t blame them since they’ll never allow Edge to do anything physical but he is in better shape now and healthier than ever and could compete again in another promotion but he just doesn’t want to and WWE won’t clear him for one more match like he said to Triple
          H and his OOC promo was awesome to hear and see. I can’t wait to see Smackdown now since the story-line between the corporation and the new union is slowly building up.

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I am so happy that Daniel Bryan got his revenge. Against Randy Orton and Big Show finally stood up to The Corporation and said NO!. And Thr divas match AJ stoled the moment with Jerry Lawler *I am 26 .years old and I am way too young for you. I like em young Jerry, LOL moment. And the match with and Randy Orton good match, but came up short against Randy Orton. And the last match with Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose.Very good and solid match I give it five stars. I like how daniel bryan took all of the shield out, and won you got to give were credit is do and Daniel Bryan had earned my respect

    • Poppy’s Hammer

      The 26 yr old Comment from AJ deserves to be in the Commentary of the night as well, since she was in Commentary. AJ’s zinger on Jerry Lawlers fantasy on younger women was amazing.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I know she stole the moment, the divas match was ok. but AJ was hilarious last night.

        • Poppy’s Hammer

          I didn’t even notice there was a match going on, I was too busy listening to AJ ripping apart the whole commentary team. They got wrecked so badly that they resorted to pathetic comebacks and petty insults. It really made them look stupid.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            Yeah. But I guess that they were embarrassed and they could not think of nothing to say.

  • JH

    AJ telling King that she’s too old for him when he asked if she had any other tattoos was by far the line of the night. When she said that I laughed out loud, And couldn’t believe she went there but it was great.

    Also, totally agree that Goldust looked amazing tonight, but I expected him to put on a hell of a match. I wanna see what Bryan and Ambrose could do with a full 20-25 minutes, they’re capable of doing way better than what they did tonight.

    Pretty pumped to see NOC live this Sunday, looks like it’s gonna be a pretty awesome pay per view.

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

      The PPV is taking place in Detroit, which is literally 10 minutes away from me. Tickets are just way too expensive…I don’t want to go unless I have decent-good seats.

      • JH

        I think I paid something like $180 for 3 seats after the last Smackdown taping in the first couple rows above the floor of behind the commentary table, but honestly in my experience at events is that even the nose bleeds are better than expected, and pay per views are always the best to see.

        However the seats obstructed by the stage are kinda lame at TV tapings and junk.

  • Sean Patrick

    So Bryan getting the upper hand on the go-home pretty much guarantees he leaves NoC without the title, huh?

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

      I think he will win, but not win the title. Big Show attacks Bryan and joins Corporation at NOC.

      • Sean Patrick

        I’m still holding out for Shane to come back the night after on RAW, and set up a rival faction. Been too long since there were two large factions going against each other, and Shane is the only one that makes sense to have any power.

  • Joseph Douglas

    I would have been the one booing Santino.

  • porkbomb

    I’m wondering where Booker T will end up in the end, it seems as if he’s in the middle of a heel turn.

    • Chelsii?

      Everyone in ‘authority’ positions will be part of HHH’s group sooner or later.

      • porkbomb

        That’s true, I didn’t think of that

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

      I’m just waiting for Big Show to turn and join Corporation. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. He’ll pull a John Cena MITB cash-in and attack Bryan during his match with Orton at NOC or something like that. Which would be horrible, but it’s obvious Orton is winning clean.

  • jcice13

    the sign of the night would have been if the guy changed his chong 3.16 to 4.20 or did it say cheech? I forget now LOL but the best line came from AJ when she told lawler she’s 26 and wayyy to old for him and I had no problem with ziggy jobbing last night because the way it ended where he had to get away from the henchmen made him vulnerable to the finisher and you got to put wyatt over there, I mean who didn’t know wyatt was getting the W?

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

      It was obvious Wyatt was going over, but I think Ziggler deserves better considering he was our World champion about a month ago and Del Rio is still champion. I would have absolutely loved to see Ziggler vs. RVD for the WHC, hell, even ADR vs. RVD vs. Ziggler.

  • Mr. Creative

    I like to see Santino get more serious. With him doing his MMA school/classes I like to see more of his natural/MMA serious side. He can still be fun to watch but I like to see his character switch it up a bit now that he’s back.

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

      He is a really legit wrestler. I’d like to see him more serious as well.

  • Juanita N Jerome Cregg

    Damn football I missed Raw lastnite sounds like I miss a good one. thank god 4 internet & YouTube.

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

      Yeah I was switching back and forth too, to check up on my fantasy team and such. It was a pretty good show. Goldust rocked.

  • Missy

    I disagree about the whole logic fail of the night. That is what makes
    Toronto different from the others. They chant and cheer for who they want.
    In my opinion the whole R-truth vs Del Rio match was a waste of time.
    What was the point of that match up? I much rather would have seen a Del
    Rio and RVD segment. I thought it was pretty funny that the crowd was
    cheering what they wanted, in the end it’s what makes us unique from the

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

      But this is like the 5th different crowd (this year) that has done something like chanting random names. It’s disrespectful to the wrestlers…but granted it came during the ADR match and he is indeed boring.

  • [B]ANExx

    Generally agree – however the ‘annoying’ chanting for announcers, retired veterans, and deseased superstars is the crowds way of keeping themselves entertained during what are usually really bland, meaningless, actionless matches. ADR versus R-Truth was easily the worst match of the night (excluding the Curtis Axel match as that was only done for story – i.e. if Axel gets DQd on Sunday then it’s Heyman / Punk one-on-one…) and IF WWE continue to deliver matches like that with little action and no build, then damn-straight the crowd aren’t going to be invested in that particular ‘story’. I see these chants as the fans way of showing WWE officials that what is going on RIGHT NOW in the ring, isn’t entertaining them!

    Fan sign of the night – during Bray Wyatt’s match someone had a brightly coloured sign with cartoonish writing saying “Follow the BUDGIES” that made me smile.

    Interestingly I have started watching RAW thinking of you, Adrian, and this article – during the Ziggler match I was thinking to myself ‘well, no way they’re going to let Bray lose so soon into his initial push – that makes Ziggler “Jobber of the Night” definitely’ 😀

    Thanks for the Nutshell, always a good read.

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

      Haha that’s awesome. I hated having Ziggler as the Jobber of the Night, but it was an obvious choice.

  • YES! o/

    I can’t stop replaying Cesaro’s giant swing, but dammit, he deserves FAR better than jobbing to the father of all jobbers.

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