WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Bryan Gets Stripped, Armstrong Gets Fired, Locker Room Comes Together - Wrestle Newz twitter google

WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Bryan Gets Stripped, Armstrong Gets Fired, Locker Room Comes Together

The first Raw after Night of Champions took place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and featured a total of seven matches. The Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan angle took a twist as the WWE Universe witnessed Triple H strip Daniel Bryan of the WWE Title after referee Scott Armstrong gave a quick count during the main event match last night in Detroit. As of right now, there is no WWE champion. With that being said, here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: I was very impressed with the Triple Threat Tag Team match between The Usos, Real Americans and Tons of Funk. The Usos and the Real Americans worked very well together in that match and the Usos became the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles. However, the best match of the night was the main event bout between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. Reigns looked like a million bucks and dominated Bryan throughout most of the match, using his overwhelming strength as an advantage.  Nothing really spectacular happened in the match and Reigns didn’t use a lot of wrestling moves, but Bryan did, and it was a good clash of styles. There were plenty of near-falls that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Also, the crowd was in full support of Bryan from start to finish and went crazy when Bryan took out all the members of the the Shield.

In the end, Bryan had Reigns in the Yes Lock until Randy Orton came into the ring and to break it up. After Bryan won the match via DQ, it was a 4-on-1 beat down. Virtually the entire locker room came to Bryan’s defense and Raw went off the air with the Prime Time Players holding Bryan in the air as everyone in the arena, including the superstars, were putting their hands in the air doing the “YES” chant. Sorry to ruin the ending of Raw so early in the review, but the actions that took place directly after the match helped the main event.

Crowd Chants of the Night: After Randy Orton hit Daniel Bryan with an RKO during the opening segment of Raw, the crowd chanted “Randy Sucks”. When the American Dream walked into the ring, the crowd chanted “Dusty” “Dusty” “Dusty”. The Cleveland crowd chanted “RVD” during his match against Damien Sandow. The crowd chanted “JBL”, “Jerry” and “Michael Cole” during a tag team match. How original, huh? After the main event match between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, everyone at Quicken Loans Arena screamed “YES”.

Breakout Star of the Night: The breakout star of the night was Dusty Rhodes, who hasn’t been on Raw in a very long time. I know Rhodes shouldn’t be considered as a “breakout star”, but he had a breakthrough performance when he had the microphone in his hand. The American Dream gave a passionate promo about his family and couldn’t decide whether Stephanie should hire back Cody or Dustin. He also took a KO Punch from Big Show, mind you that Dusty Rhodes is 68 years old. I was going to give the award to Roman Reigns, but everyone already knows that he’s a beast.

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 Raw?

Jobber of the Night: I was going to give the jobber of the night award to The Miz, but he sold Orton’s vicious attack perfectly and therefore, the award goes to R-Truth after he lost to Fandango, who lost to Miz yesterday at Night of Champions. R-Truth was absent from WWE TV for almost a year (or 6 months) before coming back. Once Truth was back, he instantly jobbed to the Wyatt Family and hasn’t won a match since, I don’t think. Poor R-Truth.

Upset of the Night: There were no real upsets tonight on Raw, but something that was very upsetting to me was Triple H firing referee Scott Armstrong. Something is definitely fishy and I bet Triple H told Armstrong to act like he and Bryan were in on the whole “fast count” thing all along. However, things backfired and Armstrong was fired. After Triple H said “don’t worry I’ll take care of you” (financially) it’s obvious that Hunter told Armstrong to fast count during the Night of Champions match incase Bryan defeated Orton and that’s the reason why Armstrong is keeping his mouth shut. I never liked the way Armstrong counted to three, but he was a good personality when called upon. I’m going to miss him.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was Randy Orton basically killing the Miz in front of his parents who were at ringside. After beating Miz up, Orton put his neck in a chair and then proceeded to hit him with a knee-drop. Mrs. Mizanin looked like she was in shock and legitimately crying and the entire segment was phenomenal. We saw the “old” Randy Orton. Some people may think that the Viper went too far, but this was classic heel Randy Orton baby! Second place for holy sh** moment of the night goes to all the face superstars for running into the ring and saving Daniel Bryan from getting his neck broken.

Worst Match: As usual, the Divas bout on Raw was the worst match of the night. It featured the team of Brie Bella and the Funkadactyls vs. Layla, Alicia Fox and Aksana. After five minutes of messy action, Brie Bella hit the X-Factor and picked up the victory. That’s about all she wrote, folks.

Logic Fail of the Night: When Randy Orton was beating up Miz in front of his family at ringside, his father looked like the biggest coward in the world considering he just stood there and did nothing. Hell, he didn’t even say a word as his own son was getting pummeled right in front of him. If I was Miz’ father, I would have at least asked Orton for his autograph….SOMETHING!

Tweets of the Night:



Commentary Lines of the Night: “Guys, get your head out of the sand. I’m carrying you guys” – JBL. “You expect a thief to admit to a crime?” – JBL talking about Daniel Bryan.

LOL Moment of the Night: By far the funniest moment of the night was Paul Heyman kissing Ryback on the cheek and Ryback’s reaction afterwards was marvelous. He sold that kiss to perfection as he was literally blushing. Now come on guys, get your heads out of the gutter. Don’t say “that was weird” or “ew, that was akward”.  The entire thing was definitely funny and I can’t wait to see more out of these two in the near future.

Overall Lowlights: Big Show crying; Big Show knocking out Dusty; Damien Sandow jobbing; Divas match; Randy Orton interferes in main event.

Overall Highlights: Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler; Dusty Rhodes on Raw; Randy Orton is back to his heelish ways; Paul Heyman promo; Paul Heyman kissing Ryback on the cheek; Bray Wyatt vignette; Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns; Face wrestlers rejoice!

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  • porkbomb

    absolutely no surprise on Daniels being stripped

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

      Nope. Totally expected. However, I did think that HHH was going to give the title back to Orton right away.

  • DJRedders

    Kudos to the guy in sound who played Sandow’s theme when RVD won…

    • Bite Me You Loser

      The crowd looked confused about that. ho ho ho

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I wasn’t shocked when Triple H stripped Daniel Bryan of the WWE title. Roman Reigns surprised me the most in his match against Daniel Bryan. I am happy to see that the wrestlers in the back, came down there to help out Daniel Bryan. And finally stood up to The Corporation.

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

      That was a great moment. Triple H is going to be furious next week on Raw!

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        It will be interesting to see what happens next.

      • cubfan4life

        Overall a pretty good Raw IMO. The opening segment was good and finally got a good amount of heat on Orton from the Cleveland crowd (who was good all night). Orton has been a face for so long that its taken a while to get crowds to boo him like a heel as opposed to the antihero type he was before. Seeing him get back to this more aggressive persona should help there. Love the segment with Miz. Only thing missing at the end was a punt kick.
        Wondering what direction they are taking the Rhodes feud. IMO I would love to see Cody come back as part of the Corporation as opposed to just another face to go up against em. I think there are a LOT more ways to book things bringing him back as a heel but the conventional wisdom (and predictable wisdom) states he will come back as a face to help take out the Corporation.

        Not sure I agree with the fact that the PTPers werent even involved in the #1 contenders match. Not that the Usos dont deserve the shot just thought they shouldve been included.

        Ryback aligning with Heyman is quite possibly the best thing he has ever done.
        I still love the Wyatt Fam videos. Each one gets more and more strange.
        End segment was well done finally seeing guys get behind Bryan. Will be interesting to see what the repercussions are.

        Fan sign was easily the Paul Heyman yearbook picture.

  • Jonny

    I have to say as much as I love a technical wrestler, I love a power based wrestler who knows HOW to be a power styled wrestler. There were many power based wrestlers in the past, but very few knew exactly how to perform the style to make it enjoyable, carry a match and so on. Roman Reigns, everytime I see him gets better and better. He should be the breakout star of the night. I don’t think, unless I’m mistaken , has he been in the main event of Raw solo, against the best wrestler in the business right now none the less. The man is a machine. That clothesline from the corner to the end of the match was epic. If its anyone I would love to see shine solo in the future from this group would be this guy. Great find.

  • KingBack

    I would say that The Miz was the breakout star of the night.
    He looked very good against Orton.

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

      You mean he looked really good getting beat up by Orton?

  • CallingItDownTheLine

    I actually interested to find out if that was actually Miz’ dad, f it was I feel for him, probably didn’t know what to do* or if he was hired from the same “should be bankrupt by now” agency that supplied us with the chicks who “acted” as Orton’s (ex)Wife.

    *(Cena’s dad had the advantage of being in the business for years)

    • Ryan

      That guy is his real step-father.

  • PlanoStu

    This story line is getting a bit ridiculous. Couple of years ago, HHH was confronted and walked out on by the entire locker room for “an unsafe work environment”. Then you have the issue where in the “real world”, people could just walk out when forced into situations. Lastly, while Stephanie likes to tell off the IWC about people knowing the difference between real life and make believe when it comes to bullying, please keep in mind that with this being a PG show, sometimes kids cant see the difference especially with Stephanie being so over the top with her bullying Big Show, and Dusty Rhodes. Younger kids will definitely be conflicted. Just sayin’

    • Trey Doss

      everything from 2011 til wrestlemania 30 is coming to life

  • Rotnerd

    where was punk? did they say he was injured?

    • Ha! CM Punk lost

      I’m just glad I didn’t see him this one night.

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

      No mention of Punk, but I’m assuming he is legit injured.

  • Dirty J. Sanchez The 3rd

    When Heyman kissed Ryback on the cheek, he acted like he was getting kissed on the cheek by Beyonce or Olivia Wilde. And who wants to take bets that Curtis Axel probably got jealous over that??

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

      Hahahaha. Heyman said that no body stood up to help him except for Ryback, so who knows how his relationship with Axel is going to be like from here on out.

  • Devon

    My favorite crowd sign was when Steph & Dusty were talking some guy had a show me your puppies sign. Lol. Who wouldn’t wanna see Steph puppies

  • JH

    I don’t get why they put Daniel on their shoulders at the end, that seemed kinda weird considering all he did was beat Reigns by DQ. They should save a moment like that for later down the line when D-Bry gets his real title run, or if Daniel Bryan wins a stipulation to oust HHH after a few more months of tyranny.

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

      I thought it was fine considering Shield has been running around beating up everyone and the face superstars finally stood up to the Corporation. It was cool, but it would have been better if Triple H or Orton were in the ring.

  • fj2305

    Fan sign of the night goes to the one “Paul Heyman’s Yearbook photo” with a drawing Walrus beneath it!!! Hilarious…

  • Edynol

    Paulrus the Walrus.

  • Mudlick

    Vacated title/rumours of a War Games type match at Battleground

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

      Oh my goodness. They may actually bring the War Games match to the WWE?

  • B-Ped

    I’m really hoping the destruction of the Miz leads to a little time off, and a return to heel form for him. This nice guy routine is old. I was a big fan of the Miz as a heel (let’s face it, the guy’s schtick was he was someone that was just an obnoxious, mean-spirited jerk, now he’s an obnoxious, light-hearted non-jerk, and it’s not working).

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

      He has been on a downward spiral…same with Fandango.

  • YES! o/

    I have never been overly fond of random bodybuilders who portray the typical powerhouse, but Roman Reigns clearly has “future World Champion” written all over him. The guy has loads of potential and actually knows how to work a main event-match. It seems that I was being unfair with my original assessment about him; mainly because of how Rollins has been carrying him with his amazing work, but, damn… this guy is great.

    • YM5

      never heard charisma and Roman Reigns in the same sentence, he has a ton of potential though

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

      I agree, but I would like to see him use more wrestling moves, more suplexes, more slams, etc. His Spear is great, but during his match with Bryan, it seems like all he was doing is punching him and clotheslining him, know what I mean?

      • YES! o/

        Yeah, I see what you’re saying; I agree.

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