Best Match: There were a total of eight matches tonight on Raw and unfortunately, they were all pretty bland and unspectacular, but that’s expected considering WWE’s Battleground PPV is taking place in only six days. Anyways, CM Punk vs. Big E. Langston, which started the show, was the longest and best match of the night. Punk used his technical wrestling ability while Langston relied on his strength and the clash in styles worked really well. Punk and Langston worked really well with one another and I expect big things to come from Langston in the near future.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening segment, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”. When Fandango and Kofi Kingston were going one-in-one in the ring, the crowd chanted “Summer Rae”. After The Shield attacked all three members of the Rhodes Family, the Mississippi crowd chanted “You Suck!” During the final segment between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, the crowd chanted “YES!” multiple times.
Breakout Star of the Night: There were two, well, three breakout stars of the night. First, Los Matadores had an impressive and victorious in-ring debut against 3MB. Second, R-Truth defeating Curtis Axel was a huge moment in his career and it looks like he is going to get an Intercontinental Title shot against Axel at Battleground. More on R-Truth in the “Upset of the Night” category.
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? For me, there were multiple “Best for Business” signs because, well, best for business signs are best for business.
Jobber of the Night: Zack Ryder had some offense and put forth a decent performance in his match against the World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio, but in the end, he did what he always does, and that’s losing. Ryder is a decent wrestler who just can’t catch a break and at the end of the day, Zack Ryder is still WWE’s number one jobber.
Upset of the Night: R-Truth defeating Curtis Axel was the upset of the night. Granted, Truth hit his Little Jimmy finisher after CM Punk’s music hit and provided a distraction, but Truth has had little to no direction for the past two years or so and a victory over the Intercontinental champion is a massive upset and opportunity going forward. R-Truth is a very talented wrestler and performer that has been severely held back by his gimmick, so it’s nice to see him get a chance to shine at Battleground this Sunday. Santino defeating Antonio Cesaro would have been the upset of the night, but the Milan Miracle defeated the Swiss Sensation a couple of weeks ago.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was CM Punk “injuring” himself and then attacking Paul Heyman, Ryback and Curtis Axel. As I was watching, I saw Punk jump the barricade and buckle his knee, which looked like a legit injury. I kept shaking my head saying “oh no, this is bad” to myself. The look on his red face and the way he looked at Paul Heyman and Ryback who were inside the ring was all perfect. He sold the injury to perfection and the crowd was in disbelief and silent, until he hit Heyman with a Kendo Stick and jumped onto his feet to show that he wasn’t injured at all. Nowadays, there isn’t a lot of things that happen in wrestling that truly surprise me anymore, but this was a classic fake-out that had me fooled.
Worst Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Zack Ryder was the worst match of the night. Don’t get me wrong, Ryder had a good showing and the match itself was decent, but the rest of the bouts that took place on Raw were just a step better. The fact that Ryder had no chance of winning made this match worse than it actually was.
Logic Fail of the Night: The Wyatt Family coming out to attack Kofi Kingston was the logic fail of the night. Bray Wyatt gave a promo saying that he knows what his purpose in life is and then all of a sudden, Raw went to commercial. When Raw came back from commercial, we saw the Bella Twins and Randy Orton in the back cutting a promo. This didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering we never found out what happened to Kofi Kingston. Did he get beat down? Did he and Bray Wyatt play chess? I guess we’ll never know.
Tweets of the Night:
Great to see Jamie Knoble back on the main roster. Yeah, he’s dressed as a little bull & is a sidekick to Los Matadores but he’s working it!
— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) October 1, 2013
What’s worse? Cody & Goldust are fighting The Shield, or the fact that it’s the most interesting matchup on Sunday’s pay-per-view? #Raw
— Pat McNeill (@RealPatMcNeill) October 1, 2013
Seeing a painted up Goldust in a suit makes my heart smile. #RAW
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) October 1, 2013
— Doug Lackey (@dougwrestleview) October 1, 2013
Damn Big Show may have surpassed Ric Flair for sweatiest dress shirt. #RAW
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) October 1, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Everything you want in a WWE superstar, Big E. Langston has” – JBL. “Fandango is like a male Shakira, he’s got moves” – JBL. “Titus rarely makes sense when you talk to him” – JBL. As you can see, JBL was on fire tonight. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, not so much.
LOL Moment of the Night: Without a doubt, the LOL moment of the night was the debut of Los Matadores and their mascot, a midget bull that just happens to be an impressive Luchador whose in-ring prowess reminds me of a botch-free Sin Cara. This gimmick is clearly one of those comedy acts like Tons of Funk, but these guys (Primo and Epico) are high-flyers and were entertaining in the ring. That midget bull/mascot is so over the top that it works.
Overall Lowlights: Wyatt Family/Kofi Kingston going to commercial and not following up, Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio vs. Zach Ryder, Santino vs. Antonio Cesaro.
Overall Highlights: CM Punk vs. Big E. Langston, Paul Heyman promo, Los Matadores debut, Cody & Goldust vs. Rollins & Reigns at Battleground, Brie Bella vs. Alicia Fox, Big Show promo, Paul Heyman proposing to Ryback, CM Punk’s fake-out, The Usos and Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield, Bryan and Orton “Face to Face”.