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WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Big Show Snaps, Orton Gets the Upper Hand Heading Into Battleground

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Tonight’s episode of Raw took place in Biloxi, Mississippi and featured a total of eight matches and numerous backstage segments. In addition to some quality bouts, including CM Punk vs. Big E. Langston and The Usos & Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield, the WWE Universe witnessed the in-ring debut of Los Matadores and welcomed the entire Rhodes Family back to Raw. Also, the Big Show cried some more, but what’s new? Hare the overall highs and lows from tonight’s show:

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:




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”.

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  • Nick Turner

    Commentary line of the night “I thought 8 was watching Ryback Mountain there for a second.” The king when Paul and the ryback were getting all lovey.

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

      Oh I understand. Brokeback Mountain – Ryback Mountain. That;s a good one.

  • Dirty J. Sanchez The 3rd

    You gotta admit this, JBL should be THE NEW VOICE OF THE WWE. Lawler hasn’t been funny in…..god knows how long and Cole (a.k.a. “The Voice of The WWE App Instructions”)??!!……..well, listening to Cole is like the equivalent of listening to The Great Khail perform a 2 Chainz song.

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

      I love JBL, he always brings up other sports and pop culture references when he’s commentating and he’s great with his one-liners. Lawler has his moments and Cole has been consistent for years, but he isn’t spectacular. Really makes you think about how amazing Jim Ross was/is.

      • Dirty J. Sanchez The 3rd

        I miss J.R.

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

          We all do. Once in a generation announcer.

          • Poppy’s Hammer

            I don’t know why ppl think Jerry is any good… The guy is a god damn creep/pedo. AJ brought that to light too everyone and hopefully people will always remember that.

          • Edynol

            Wow you’re an idiot. 1. You don’t even know what a pedo is. 2. Almost everyone finds younger men/women attractive, just Jerry is secure enough to admit it and not hide it. Trust me, at least 90% of older people would have a much younger mate if they could. And that includes myself and most likely you as well. So shut up you hypocrite. And 3. It’s an act, his character. He doesn’t objectify women like that in real life.

          • Poppy’s Hammer

            I do know what a Pedo is, but I will explain that a bit later on when I justify your “points”.

            Your point number 2, Jerry secure enough to admit and not hide it? Seriously that is your defense for someone who was accused of raping a 15 year old girl (even though the case was thrown out which we know WWE is known for trying to make history in WWE “Disappear”)?

            Trust me, “if” I was as dirty as him I would probably have preferred to have died in that heart attack and have the majority of the WWE feel sorry for me instead of several months later people start to realise how much of a dirty old man I was.

            Also me a Hypocrite? Seriously? You don’t even know my sexual preferences, so you trying to call me out here is stupid.

            Point number 3 it’s an act? That is your defense for him? God if I was like that and suddenly people start turning on me, I am just going to say “O hey it was an act, it’s all good”. Trust me, it’s not an act, the guy is a dirty old creep who shouldn’t even be a commentator for the WWE, he is a serious waste of space and future commentator talent. Quite honestly he is probably the main reason along with JBL and Cole why we don’t have Matt Striker in WWE.

          • Edynol

            I like how you try so hard. But you know what I say is true. If not, you are the minority and thus you do not matter. So go away kid.

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      • Mike Smith

        Jerry was a good heel announcer, just boring as hell as a face. I prefer a two man booth and as much as I love JBL, he’s not the voice of WWE. Every team needs the straight guy, and ironically in this situation it’s Cole

      • Jbreed

        The announce team is definately a problem. JBL is a really good commentator but needs a great play by play guy beside him. Michael Cole isn’t bad but he will never replace JR. And Jerry Lawler is basically the worst guy ever at the announce table.

        • TheJRock890

          lol at “worst guy ever at the announcer table.”

    • jcice13

      no I don’t have to admit it as a matter of fact I find him to be just as bad as the other two guys and when it’s him and cole on smackdown it just gets downright pathetic, and he repeats himself week to week, which in my view means he doesn’t do much prep time to try and call the matches a little bit differently

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I like the CM Punk, Ryback and Paul Heyman segment that was the best of the night. I like the way CM Punk faked his knee injury. And beat up Ryback, Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.

  • Bite Me You Loser

    LOL moment of Twitter

    • Edynol

      I have to say, The Ryback looks good in a cowboy hat.

      • KingBack

        He did play some kind of cowboy – redneck gimmick before turning into Ryback..

        • Edynol

          Oh yeah. I remember that. lol.

    • B-Ped

      I definitely enjoyed Lawler’s comment of “Ryback Mountain”

  • KevOmac23

    Anyone else catch cole saying, ‘dusty had to make the choice of which one of his jobs kept there son’ haha cole what a clown BRING BACK JR

    • Edynol

      Yeah I caught that. lol. Was surprised JBL said nothing about it. I was waiting for him to make some kind of remark, but he didn’t. :( lol.

  • Thorbeard

    Zack Ryder the WWE’s biggest jobber? I have a feeling someone forgot about Curt Hawkins!

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

      I think a jobber has to be showcased at least once a month on TV lol.

  • JH

    I too cringed at punk’s knee injury, given how well documented his real knee injuries have been and how well he sold it, I was convinced he really messed it up. It feels like the writers are paying attention to things the Internet talks about and plays off them perfectly, it’s been very entertaining lately.

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

      It was such an awkward moment and it seemed like Heyman and Ryback had no idea what was going on. Also, the crowd was silent and the look on Punk’s face had me sold.

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

    I feel that they’ve squandered the Corporate Champion story already, because we’ve stopped seeing HHH/Steph with Orton on TV with the Shield and the whole ‘It’s best for business’ schtick. However, I think it might pick up again after Orton wins the title and they’ll all be on Team Orton afterwards. I mean, it’s hard to the whole Corporate Champion story without a title holder.

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

      Yeah things have definitely been interesting. I was actually thinking that when Sheamus comes back, he will be the new “Corporate Champion” and they will kick Randy to the curb. I think Sheamus is in store for a huge push…for some reason .

  • jcice13

    you’re kidding me with the matadors right? and that little bull??? what the hell is going on with that crap? are they gearing it to 7 year olds? cause anyone older than that will be flipping the station. I sure would;t want to be in their masks when the chants start out with their real names or the boo’ing begins, got zero time for this act. and since when are police called into the fray on RAW, the same show that had people getting blown up guys stalking and attacking a house armed and ready to kill pillman or how many kidnappings have there been over the years??? and no police??? but a guy says he’s going to knock someone out and there they are?? the same guy who if this scenario is supposed to make sense,is being unfairly treated in the work place in front of the entire world yet not one lawyer from the ACLU steps in to file a class action lawsuit?? damn I hate it when logic goes out the window

    • Jbreed

      And just because The Bg Show wants to knock Triple H out a detective intervenes? What a joke.

    • DolphZigglerFan

      Weren’t police used during the Austin/McMahon feud?

      • jcice13

        I believe they were and they’ve also used “police” and security at times but this was a detective and my point was that of all the things that have happened in the WWE all of a sudden a detective has to be called in

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

      Good points. I try to not think so hard about WWE logic because in the end, everything is just so illogical lol.

      • jcice13

        now that’s just a load of crap, you think about the logistics all the time and you know it, you write about it and comment on it. I’m not being confrontational with you but just the mere fact that you post here says the exact opposite of what you claim in your comment to me. we all think about the logic and if the angles make sense, how many times have you said something didn’t make sense here? isn’t that thinking hard about their logic? of course it is, you can’t tell me you didn’t think how illogical it was when they did 18 months of raw computer GM only to just drop it with no one ever explaining what happened or when vince got blown up? or the dozen or so other angles that were just ridiculous and the same can be said for all the good angles you liked and that was because there was logic to them that made sense and were written and acted well. LOL you may be able to sell that to someone else but I ain’t buying LOL

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

          My goodness. This is a friendly forum! No need to be upset!

          • jcice13

            dude I was no where near upset with you,as a matter of fact I even went so far as to say in my second sentence that I was NOT being confrontational with you, I would think that that would have given you the first clue that I was speaking in a normal voice and not shouting by adding exclamations points anywhere in my comment, unlike yourself who had to do it twice in a 12 word response. and I was in no way upset, I was even laughing as the two LOLs showed at the end of my comment to you. next time I will try a simpler reply to any of your posts, I certainly don’t want to hurt your tender feelings, cause MY goodness. This is a friendly forum! No need to be upset! oh the hell with it, friendly forum????? what planet are you on?? how many times have you seen people tearing into each other, name calling each other and being just downright impolite and rude here in your friendly forum?let me know where you learned how to be friendly because if this is a friendly forum to you I don’t want to be anywhere near where you think it’s a friendly atmosphere

  • Jbreed

    There was so much crap on this show. Most of the matches sucked. The whole Los Matadores thing with the little bull is a joke. Antonio Cesaro deserves better than to lose to an idiot like Santino Marella and the last thing we needed is the freak show alliance with Marella, Hornswoggle and The Great Kahli. The whole Paul Heyman/Ryback segment was embarrassing and disturbing to watch. And R-Truth, who might hold the record for jobber of the night on this blog beats the IC champion and will probably be the number 1 contender.

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

      I believe 3MB are the record holders. Truth is at a close second.

  • DolphZigglerFan

    I wonder what Vince McMahon’s role will be within the storylines. He hasn’t been on TV for a while

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

      That’s true. Maybe they will go with Vince not being on TV because he doesn’t fully agree with what’s going on or something along those lines.

  • TheHotDogKing1

    Orton’s being booked to look really strong. In these last three beatdowns, he’s beaten up each guy and made them look weak and helpless. Wonder if that’ll continue Sunday.

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

      Orton has had the upper hand for a while and got the better of Bryan last night. That means Bryan wins the title, right?

  • Moh.T

    No mention of the gay implications between Paul & Ryback …
    And, 3MB is WWE’s No.1 jobber!!

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