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WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Big Show Gets Fired, Comes Back and Knocks Out Triple H

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The Monday Night Raw directly after WWE Battleground took place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and featured a total of nine matches, including the main event Six Man Tag match that showcased Daniel Bryan & the Rhodes Brothers taking on The Shield. The show got off to a hot start as the WWE Universe witnessed Stephanie McMahon slap the Big Show multiple times and then proceeded to fire him. Some new updates and matches were scheduled for the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV, including Shawn Michaels being announced as the special guest referee for the WWE Title match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Also, in a shocking turn of events, Alberto Del Rio will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: There were two standout matches on tonight’s show, Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton and the main event. Usually I don’t go against Daniel Bryan, but to me, Kingston and Orton was the best match. Those two guys have outstanding chemistry with one another and I think Kofi has learned his lesson after Orton memorably called him stupid (stupid) a few years ago. There were some cool near-falls and a few outstanding spots, including the Power Slam Orton gave Kofi while he was high up in the air. In the end, Orton hit Kingston with a devastating RKO and picked up the victory, but the man from Ghana put forth a tremendous performance and is one of the more consistent wrestlers on the WWE roster.

Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening segment between Big Show and Stephanie McMahon, the crowd chanted “knock her out” and “you suck”. Stephanie is such a bit**, it’s great! During the promo he cut, the crowd chanted “CM Punk” multiple times.

Breakout Star of the Night: I may sound like a broken record, but I have been so damn impressed with Goldust and the way he’s been performing since returning to the WWE about a month or so ago. His comeback match against Randy Orton was outstanding and he was extremely solid in the tag team match he competed in last night. Once again, Goldust was crisp with his maneuvers and is getting better every night.

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/or clever signs that you saw during Raw?

Jobber of the Night: What a surprise, 3MB extend their own record for being the jobbers of the night. For the third time in a row, 3MB took on Los Matadores and lost via their double team finishing move. I don’t know why the WWE continues to have 3MB compete on Raw every single week.  Individually, they are talented superstars, but as a group, they are slowly becoming a pathetic three man group.

Upset of the Night: Ricardo Rodriguez defeating Alberto Del Rio was the clear upset of the night. As soon as the bell rang, Vickie Guerrero hit Del Rio with some news that he will be defending the World Heavyweight Title against John Cena at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Del Rio was shocked, and within a matter of seconds, Ricardo rolled him up like a tortilla and embarrassed the Mexican Aristocrat. However, Del Rio got the last laugh and attacked Ricardo, “breaking his arm” in the process.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments of the night. The first was Vickie Guerrero announcing that Alberto Del Rio will be defending the World Heavyweight Title against John Cena at Hell in a Cell.  Cena coming back from a serious injury (torn tricep) so soon is a bold and risky move by the WWE. Are the ratings plummeting or something? This is huge news, especially if Del Rio ends up defeating Cena. I know there are a lot of Cena haters out there, but personally, I am very excited to see Cena back in the ring considering he is going to stay away from the WWE Title. If Cena defeats Del Rio, he will immediately bring back the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship and be a regular on SmackDown.

The second was Big Show being fired by Stephanie McMahon at the start of the show, only to return in the main event match and knock Triple H out. The crowd was pretty bad all night, but when Big Show knocked out The Game they erupted. I smell a Big Show vs. Triple H match at Hell in a Cell.

WTF Moment of the Night: Bob Backlund’s insane promo was the WTF moment of the night. He came out to cut a promo and unfortunately, he heard crickets from the crowd which to me is a complete sign of disrespect. Maybe the fans legitimately had no idea who he was? Bob definitely thought that he was going to get a decent pop. Anyways, he went off on the fans in a crazy promo telling them that he should be the special guest referee for the main event WWE Title match at Hell in a Cell between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. At the end of his speech, he told the crowd to sit up straight when while he’s talking to them and the Pittsburgh crowd proceeded to boo. Man, that was rough.

Worst Match: Hmph, the worst match of the night was the Six Diva Tag Team bout between Natalya, Eva Marie and JoJo and the team of Alicia Fox, Aksana and Rosa Mendes. Basically, all the members on the “bad” girls’ team got to beat up Eva Marie, who looked extremely sloppy in the ring. I know this was her first main roster match, but my God, even her facial expressions were noticeably bad. She had no idea what she was doing! A close second place for worst match of the night was Zack Ryder vs. Fandango.

Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night was the fact that Big Show had been fired in the opening segment of Raw, but was somehow able to come out with his entrance music and knock out Triple H. Don’t get me wrong, it was really cool and one of the best moments of Raw, but shouldn’t security have come to the ring to protect Triple H? Shouldn’t security have made sure that Big Show was out of the arena and wasn’t able to come back in? Logic Fail.

Tweets of the Night:





Commentary Lines of the Night: “There aren’t a lot of jobs for a giant out there. What’s he gonna do? Impersonate Bigfoot?” – JBL. “…And El Dorito” – Jerry the King Lawler screwing up Torito’s name. “A lot of people have been doing that apparently” – Michael Cole referencing Hulk Hogan riding a wrecking ball.

LOL Moment of the Night: The funniest moment of the night was the promo CM Punk cut on Paul Heyman, Ryback and Curtis Axel. Punk said that last night at Battleground, he kicked Ryback in the balls to see if he had any. Paul Heyman was offended and told Ryback that Punk was being a bully and to put him in his place. There were a few “swear words” spoken and overall, it was a short segment that was effective and funny.

Overall Lowlights: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow (decent match, we just didn’t need to see it again), Six Diva Tag match, 3MB vs. Los Matadores (again), Fandango vs. Zack Ryder, Real Americans vs. Santino Marella and The Great Khali (again), Miz TV, the Pittsburgh crowd.

Overall Highlights: Stephanie McMahon fires Big Show, CM Punk promo on Heyman and his clients, CM Punk & R-Truth vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel, Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston, Orton countering Kofi and hitting a Power Slam, Shawn Michaels (HBShizzle) on Raw, Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena scheduled for Hell in a Cell, Big Show knocks out Triple H.

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  • Lucas Amato

    Its pretty sure that HHH and Big Show will happen at Hell In a Cell. but for me, they need to do it at Survivor Series… They can say that HHH will suit Big Show for attack him, and Big Show out of Raw for until Hell In a Cell.. where he should attack HHH, The Shield or maybe intimidate Stephanie.. somethink like that….

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

      Triple H will sue Big Show for attacking him?

      • Lucas Amato

        yes.. something like that.. only to delay the fight until SvS… Because for me, one HHH vs Big Show its great… two is really unnecessary (and boring) like HHH vs Brock 2 and 3..

  • Tyler Drummond

    If Cena wins the World Title dont be surprised if we dont see it on Smackdown. Especially with Bryan or Orton being the next WWE Champion and both of them being on SD. We could be in for another “switch”. Like from 2008.

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

      What do you mean “switch”? Cena as the World Champ on Raw and Bryan/Orton as the WWE Champ on SmackDown? I wouldn’t mind if both champions showed up on both shows.

      • Tyler Drummond

        Yeah, but of course the WWE Champion would still be on RAW. I just dont see Cena working Smackdown every week. Since the brand split is over there of course be no official switch or anything, but if Cena won the title we would probably see it only on RAW (maybe a rare SD appearence) and the WWE Title on both like weve been seeing it since SummerSlam (even though ofc the titles been vacant).

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

          How do you feel about that? I just think Cena as the WHC will bring prestige back to that title

          • Tyler Drummond

            I agree Cena being WHC would definately bring prestige back to it. I definately think Del Rio needs to stay as far from the title as possible for a little while because he’s been in the title hunt (or champ) since pretty much right after WM28 and has had a lotof very similar matches/feuds. Even though we have had Cena in the WWE Title scene so much, him being in the World title scene would freshen things up a bit. I have grown to be a Cena fan over the years now, so I love the idea of him winning the title.

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

            Me too man. Give Bryan his big break and have him gun for the WWE Title. Cena and the WHC sounds perfect right now. Keeps him away from WWE Title and he will still be a main eventer.

    • Sean Patrick

      Feels like this whole thing is a way to put the WHC on Cena and have him oull the SD ratings out of the crapper. It then leads to a nice Champion vs. Champion angle between him and Bryan as enemies AND partners, simialr to Cena and HBK. Maybe Team ADRKO for the heels??

  • Poppy’s Hammer

    I read about how bad the Diva’s match was and before it even started I begun to cringe from the sight of the Diva’s preparing before the Bell Rung. Thank you for the heads up on avoiding such a terrible match.

    • Jay Ess

      It was horriful (horrible and awful). Nah, it was hard to watch, but
      let’s remember that they are VERY green in the ring. Eva seems like in
      time, with a good deal of practice, she’ll be better. She’ll definitely have some growing pains though.

      needs to learn how to sell moves, develop some psychology, and learn
      how to tell a story through physical action instead of just reaching for
      her teammates after every move. If they could turn Eve into a decent
      wrestler, I think Eva Marie will be alright in years to come.

      • Sean Patrick

        I don;t understand why they don’t just put her on screen on RAW, and get her ring time in NXT. The way they are doing it now is killing her image on RAW/SmackDown. Plus, did Jojo ever get in the ring?

        • Edynol

          Nah she didn’t. Apparently, though I love Jojo as a person/character, she is even worse in the ring than Eva and needs a lot of work seeing as she is a lot smaller than everyone else and not as strong. So coming into this match I knew we wouldn’t see much of her, if any, and wasn’t surprised she never got in the ring.

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

            Hahaha yeah I was going to say she never even got tagged in!

          • Wolfe41

            But she made the top 25 on the Power List this week. How is that even possible?

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

          Have her be a valet. She’d be perfect.

          • Sean Patrick

            Sure… is Esse Rios making a comeback?

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

      Haha no problem. Eva Marie just looked so out of place.

  • Abudadein

    The word is “bolly,” according to Ryback. “Bolly.”

  • Rahul

    Another logic fail was how the Shield never got up again after Show pushed them out of the ring and proceeded to KO Triple H. I mean a shove from a giant can cause 3 men to not get up for 10 mins? Lol.

    But still loved seeing HHH get KO’ed, you know! 😉

    • TheJRock890

      Show KO’ed Triple H about a minute after he shoved all three of them away. The pop for that KO was incredible!

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

      That KO was awesome. That’s a good logic fail. Good thinking.

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

    Bring back the prestige? Didn’t do much the first two times.

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

      I think it would work. Cena as WHC. Better than ADR as champ and whoever beats Cena for the WHC will get instant credibility.

  • Sean Patrick

    How about the sweet backflip reversal Bryan pulled off when he got suplexed by Rollins? I’ve seen the spot before, but never that well-executed.

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

      That was incredible. Rollins and Bryan always put on a good show. I predict the next 5 Star match in WWE will be Bryan vs. Rollins at some point.

  • CatchWrestler

    That John Cena announcement was a real shocker. I wonder if he is 100% healthy…

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

      There’s now way. It’s only been 3-4 months and he was supposed to return in 6-7 months.

  • PlanoStu

    Calling it here and now;

    HBK screws over Bryan or HBK gets knocked out and Orton will be champ. Not how I want it, but HIAC is not a major PPV. Perhaps it will happen at Survivor Series or the Rumble.

    As for Cena, either Sandow cashes in and beats Cena or Cena defends against WWE winner and they unify the titles.

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

      I can see HBK screw Bryan as well. Sandow and Cena feud sounds very intriguing. They are both great on the mic and Sandow can outsmart Cena.

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