Best Match: Even though Ryback and the Big Show had a phenomenal battle, the best match of the night was the main event Twelve-Man Tag Team match between the teams of The Usos/Cody Rhodes & Goldust/CM Punk & Daniel Bryan and The Shield/Wyatt Family. The match lasted about 35 minutes long, but featured all twelve wrestlers and showcased some solid wrestling action, which told a superb story in the ring. Slowly but surely, the Shield and the Wyatt Family eventually worked together and were dominant when they were on the same page, at least at the start. There were countless highlights and incredible spots, including Luke Harper hitting a humongous sit-out Power Bomb to Daniel Bryan. Believe me when I say that this tag team bout is what tag team wrestling is all about. There was nonstop action, near-falls, drama and crazy spots. In the end, CM Punk nailed Dean Ambrose with a GTS and gave his team a victory. After the match, the Real Americans came in to beat down the good guys, when all of a sudden Rey Mysterio’s music hit and he cleared house with Bryan and Punk. Another great moment, after the match, was Luke Harper getting destroyed by the 619, GTS, and Flying Knee(?) all in quick succession. Damn, this was a great main event.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During Divas musical chairs, after all hell broke loose, the crowd chanted “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry”. During Big Show vs. Ryback, the smarky Tennessee crowd chanted “Goldberg”. How original. During Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow, the crowd chanted “let’s go Ziggler”. During the main event, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”, “YES” and “Daniel Bryan”.
Breakout Star of the Night: Without a doubt, tonight’s breakout star of the night was Big E. Langston after defeating Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship. Langston has been featured heavily on both Raw and SmackDown and it was only a matter of time before he won his first championship in WWE. Langston has a lot of upside and word on the street is that John Cena is a huge fan of his, so maybe his big push came a bit sooner than later. I’m glad that Langston won the IC Title, but I wish that the match lasted longer than five minutes because these two could have done a little more. Nonetheless, Langston winning the Intercontinental Title was a feel-good moment and a nice change of scenery.
Fan Sign of the Night: I noticed two great signs. The first read “I saved my lunch money to see Punk & Bryan”, which was some great advice from a faithful member of the WWE Universe. The second sign(s) of the night read “Cesaro Section”.
Jobber of the Night: No surprise here, the jobber(s) of the night were 3MB, or today they were known as the Rhinestone Cowboys. 3MB actually had a somewhat lengthy match, but they lost to R-Truth and a NXT rookie named Xavier Woods. To make matters worse, Xavier Woods, an NXT rookie, pinned Drew McIntyre fair and square in the middle of the ring.
Upset of the Night: There were two upsets tonight on Raw. The first was Big E. Langston defeating Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Title and the second was Xavier Woods, who teamed with R-Truth, pinning Drew McIntyre during a tag team match. Langston looked impressive and defeated Axel in shockingly easy fashion. Xavier Woods got his first taste of being on the main roster and showed off his unique move-set to the WWE Universe.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were a lot of shocking/holy sh** moments tonight, so bear with me. 1. Randy Orton destroying Brad Maddox with a microphone was pretty rad. At the beginning of the match, Maddox hit Orton in the head with a microphone and then threw him into the steel ring post. Shortly after, the GM of Raw hit a nasty DDT on Orton and almost won the match. Unfortunately for Maddox, his actions just pissed Orton off even more and the Viper proceeded to throw him around outside of the ring. Once Maddox was in the ring and Orton grabbed a microphone, it was all over as Orton nailed Maddox in the head about twenty times with the microphone. Orton looked scary, vicious and desperate as he now goes into Survivor Series with a new sense of purpose; to destroy the Big Show and impress Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Maddox was stretchered from the ring into an ambulance backstage.
2. Ryback hitting Shell Shock on the Big Show during their match. Word on the street is that Ryback is going to turn face soon, and executing that move to Big Show was an astonishing accomplishment and a great way to get fans interested in him again. Despite playing the heel, the crowd popped after Ryback hit that Shell Shock on the 500 lbs. Big Show.
3. Rey Mysterio came to the ring during the main event twelve man tag team match and cleared house with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. It’s really nice to see Mysterio back in the WWE and I hope that he has a few more great matches left in him before his knees eventually just give out. There has been a lot of pain and suffering for Mysterio the past few years and this was a great moment.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Miz turned heel during his tag team match with Kofi Kingston against the Real Americans. Kofi was looking to make a tag to Miz, but the Awesome One cowardly left his partner, which resulted in Jack Swagger locking in the Patriot Lock and defeating Kingston. This isn’t as shocking of a moment, considering there have been rumors of a Miz heel turn.
Worst Match: AJ Lee vs. Vickie Guerrero was the worst match of the night, if you can even call it a match. When the bell rang, Vickie pretended to faint/pass out multiple times, which made this match three minutes longer than it should have been. In the end, AJ locked the Black Widow onto Vickie and she tapped. The only highlight of this match was Vickie spanking AJ’s butt….I mean tapping out…on AJ’s butt…
Logic Fail of the Night: Tonight’s logic fail of the night goes to WWE’s booking team for creating a main event match that would have been perfect for Survivor Series. I understand that the current card is scheduled to feature Daniel Bryan and CM Punk vs. the Wyatt Family, but a match like this would have been an intriguing bout at Survivor Series, especially if there was some sort of stipulation added. Don’t get me wrong, the match was great, but it would have been something special if it took place at the classic November PPV.
Side note: For months, I’ve been writing these Nutshell articles and a lot of commenters have stated their own logic fails of the night in the comments section and they’ve all been pretty funny/entertaining. So, I want to start hearing your own personal logic fails from Monday Night Raw. Let me know in the comments section below.
WTF Moment of the Night: Tonight’s WTF moment of the night was the WWE Divas playing musical chairs. This was a pointless segment that didn’t make a whole lot of sense and the crowd wasn’t into it until it was over. Hell, even JBL was saying that it was the dumbest thing that he had ever seen. After two eliminations, all the Divas attacked each other and began to brawl. Thank God that the game ended early, considering there were 10 Divas left once the brawl ensued. WTF indeed.
Tweets of the Night:
There is nothing the fans want to see more than GMs wrestling. Right? #RAWTonight
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) November 19, 2013
— The Fans Podcast (@TheFansPodcast) November 19, 2013
— The Grinch (@babyd011_) November 19, 2013
Nothing says "country" like a reggae-themed African in a match with a Swiss yodeller. #RawCountry
— Kayfabe News (@KayfabeNews) November 19, 2013
— Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) November 19, 2013
Lips on your shorts now @HEELZiggler you’ve gone to far
— Kip sopp (@RealBillyGunn) November 19, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen” – JBL talking about the Divas music chairs match. “You guys, that’s a giant, beating up a real big man in Ryback!” – JBL talking about Big Show. “Can Randy beat Big Show this Sunday”!? – Michael Cole. Please Cole, don’t make the Survivor Series outcome too obvious. “Vickie isn’t tapping, she’s spanking AJ” – JBL. If you couldn’t already tell, JBL was on fire tonight.
LOL Moment of the Night: Jack Swagger rewarded WWE viewers with a hilarious moment shortly after he hit the Miz with a clothesline. After the impactful move was complete, Swagger looked at the crowd and screamed out “WELCOME TO AMERICA”! It was great.
Overall Lowlights: Divas musical chairs, 3MB and Florida Georgia Line (country band) segment, AJ Lee vs. Vickie Guerrero.
Overall Highlights: Brad Maddox vs. Randy Orton, Big E. Langston wins the Intercontinental Title, Big Show vs. Ryback, Miz turns heel, Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow (Broadway Brawl), John Cena/Alberto Del Rio segment, Xavier Woods makes WWE debut, main event twelve man tag team match, Rey Mysterio returns.