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WWE Raw in a Nutshell: Bryan & Rollins Deliver, Triple H Puts Forth Masterful Performance

Tonight’s episode of Raw took place at the U.S Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and showcased a total of eight matches. The WWE Universe witnessed some impressive and entertaining bouts; including Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins, which was the main event. The show furthered the new “Corporation” storyline and it is now as obvious as ever that Daniel Bryan has replaced John Cena as the top babyface in WWE today. With that being said, here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: The WWE Universe witnessed two outstanding matches on tonight’s episode of Raw. Christian vs. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins were PPV quality bouts, but the one that stood out the most was Bryan vs. Rollins. Bryan and Rollins have unbelievable chemistry with one another and they have some history from their time in Ring of Honor together. Rollins hit an impressive move that I’ve never seen before and Daniel Bryan executed an out-of-this-world German Suplex from the top rope, which Rollins sold perfectly as he landed on his stomach/face. Mark my words; Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins will eventually happen at a WrestleMania and when it does, they will receive a five star match rating for their performance.

Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening segment, the Arizona crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan”, “Yes” and “No”. Get used to it people, Bryan-Mania is running wild and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. There were multiple “CM Punk” chants during his bout with Curtis Axel.  Also, after the Punk/Axel bout, they chanted “Walrus” at Paul Heyman. Like every week, there were “RVD” chants when Rob Van Dam competed.

Superstar of the Night: Without a doubt, Daniel Bryan was the superstar of the night after competing in three separate matches against each member of The Shield. Bryan had a Gauntlet match about a month ago and he and Antonio Cesaro tore the roof down. It’s rare to see a superstar wrestle three matches in one night and Bryan has done it twice. The dude is one of the best wrestlers in the world and he’s gotta be loving life right now. Things haven’t gotten off to a good start for Bryan, but he Is the new face of the WWE and his WWE Title chase will continue to be exciting.

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 crowd signs that you saw on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw?

Jobber of the Night: Unfortunately, Natalya was the jobber of the night after she lost her match against Brie Bella in about two-three minutes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Natalya is one of the most talented and gifted female performers and I give her an enormous amount of credit for jobbing to a female that can’t even wrestle just to help promote a WWE reality show. Basically, since Natalya isn’t a twin, she loses matches and it’s a shame because she is one of the only Divas on the WWE roster who can actually wrestle.

Upset of the Night: I know it’s happened before, but Rob Van Dam defeating Alberto Del Rio is definitely an upset in my eyes. Considering RVD’s age and the fact that he just returned to the WWE a month ago, another victory over the World Heavyweight champion is a monumental achievement. I didn’t think WWE would push RVD to feud with Del Rio, but it was announced that RVD’s win over the Mexican Aristocrat earned him a World Title match at Night of Champions. I can’t wait.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was the magnificent and edgy promo that AJ Lee delivered after the Divas match between Brie Bella and Natalya. This promo was very reminiscent of CM Punk’s “Pipe bomb” back in 2011 and judging by some of the tweets tweeted out by the Bella Twins, the promo may have not been rehearsed before the show. Maybe I’m just being a dumb wrestling fan and am thinking about this too much, but I feel that AJ’s promo was 100% truthful and she finally got the chance to speak her mind. What are your thoughts?

Worst Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Fandango and Brie Bella vs. Natalya were the worst matches of the night. It’s difficult to pick just one out of the two horrible bouts, but Rhodes vs. Fandango was more disappointing, considering they aren’t Divas. Talking about the Rhodes vs. Fandango opening match, it only lasted one or two minutes and Rhodes picked up the victory with a roll-up after Miz distracted the man with a doctorate in dance. If given enough time, Rhodes and Fandango could have made some magic in the ring, but due to the tag team match immediately afterwards, the match was a letdown. Brie Bella vs. Natalya was pretty good at SummerSlam, but still, I wasn’t expecting very much out of them tonight on Raw. Poor Nattie.

Logic Fail of the Night: I honestly did not notice anything illogical throughout tonight’s Raw. I’m getting pretty sick and tired of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns interfering in one another’s matches and just accepting defeat, but considering they are with the new Corporation, of course nothing is going to happen to them. Do you think anything illogical happened during Raw? Let me know in the comments section.

Tweets of the Night:


 

 

 

Commentary Lines of the Night: “I still have the Money in the Bank briefcase, therefore, I am the better man” – Damien Sandow. “If Rihanna and Chris Brown can keep getting back together, so can Paul Heyman and CM Punk” – JBL. “Guys…Randy Orton now drives a Cadillac YEScalade!” – Michael Cole.

LOL Moment of the Night: Surprisingly, there wasn’t anything really funny that happened on tonight’s episode of Raw. The most humorous moment was probably Daniel Bryan vandalizing Randy Orton’s car, but in all seriousness, how many times have we seen Orton’s car get destroyed or vandalized? I did like how Bryan said “look, there’s more on the back” as he was showing the WWE Universe the amount of times he wrote the word “Yes” in orange paint.

Overall Lowlights: Cody Rhodes vs. Fandango; Brie Bella vs. Natalya; less quantity, more quality when it comes to matches.

Overall Highlights: Opening Triple H/Orton/Bryan segment; CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel; Paul Heyman beat down; AJ Lee promo; Christian vs. Randy Orton; Zeb Colter promo; Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins.

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  • RandyOrtonRKO

    Loved AJ’s version of The Pipebomb

    • Daniel_P1

      She did a good job and delivered it so well. It was kinda annoying hearing the Bellas yelling nonstop.

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

        Oh my God. They were so annoying. Judging by the Bellas Twitter account, that AJ promo may have not been planned. They seemed legit pissed and were taking personal shots…I included the link in the article. Maybe I’m just being gullible lol.

        • Daniel_P1

          It could’ve been like CM Punk’s promo; she was probably set to cut a promo on the divas but was given freedom as to what she was able to say.

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

            Exactly. She did an amazing job, even though the Bellas were annoying as hell.

          • KO Kid! Kassius OooohNooo!

            That was the “Paroxysm” By Rollins. He technically innovated the move by adding more leverage and swinging them in the air with more velocity too. He used that as his finisher once before in FCW and on the Indies part time before switching it to his main finisher which you haven’t seen in NXT or Raw and Smackdown yet besides in FCW. His current finisher “The Contra Code” is paying tribute to his former tag team partner Jimmy Jacobs.

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

            Thanks for the info. That move was great and I’m sure he’s hit that plenty of times on Bryan before.

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          I thought it was just for the show but then again it could have not been for the show

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

            I’m sure some reports will be coming out soon, which will give us some more info.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            Can’t wait to read

        • RandyOrtonRKO

          Those Bella Twins need to STFU lol

        • Aaron

          The Bellas should watch what they tweet! They both date two of the biggest faces in the business! If they weren’t twins they wouldn’t be in WWE!

        • Mr. Creative

          I Agree. AJ’s promo felt improv or they are back to doing the bullet points. If that’s true AJ had only one bullet point: Do an awesome job of dissing on all the divas. Anyhow it was a great promo & she showed one more reason why she is Diva champ. Totally feel for Nattie, she really needs a feud with AJ & go for the gold, but not before putting the Bellas in their place. I have no idea what the Bellas were shouting but it was annoying. I suppose that was the Bellas improv moment. It was annoying but it at least felt genuine that’s for sure. Heaven forbid if the Bellas don’t get all the attention.

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

      Brilliantly done.

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      The way the Bella’s was talking on twitter that might have been real

      • RandyOrtonRKO

        The Bellas jealous of AJ lol

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          I know because AJ is 100% better than them

  • Daniel_P1

    -Mike Tenay taking shots at TNA or would that be a compliment? Lol
    -Jerry lawler said (paraphrasing)- I don’t think the wwe universe likes having a superstar shoved down their throats. (He was referring to Orton)…Jerry come on, your one of Cena’s biggest supporters and yet he is always being shoved down our throats!
    – Overall not a bad show but nothing amazing either…oh and was it just me or did Colter’s pre-match promo have a hint of racism to it?

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

      It was a decent show with two great matches. Love how Triple H is the authority figure and it reminds me of the McMahon-Helmsley Era. WWE is as entertaining as ever. Also, aren’t all of Colters promos offensive and racist?

      • Daniel_P1

        Colter’s promos usually speak negatively of illegal immigrants not of race. Regardless, he is quite entertaining and I’m a fan of the Real Americans, especially Cesaro

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

          Cesaro is just too talented to be stuck with Real Americans though. I feel in 2-3 years he will be one of the top heels in the biz. It’s bound to happen.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I know what you mean because i do not feel like he should be in the group

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

            I’m fine with him in the group, but Swagger and Cesaro should be winning matches left and right. They are both super talented, but since Shield are heel and hold the Titles, they will be stuck jobbing.

          • Mrs. Ambrose

            I do not know if they ever going to win the tag team titles?

          • Daniel_P1

            100% agree with you.

  • JH

    Lol of the night to me was Cole saying ‘I guess now Randy Orton will be driving a Cadillac YEScalade!’ I laughed out loud at that pun.

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

      So cheesy, but I was watching with my girlfriend and we both laughed. I guess it was pretty funny lol.

    • Daniel_P1

      I rolled my eyes and chuckled lol

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I would have to say that Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins had a really good match and A.J. was on point with her speech that she did

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

      Those were the two biggest highlights from Raw. Also, Christian vs. Orton was great, even though we’ve seen it dozens of times.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        I agree

  • Bilal

    only illogical thing was big show having an iron clad contract and he can’t speak against the authority…

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

      Couldn’t Triple H shred that contract and give him a new one that isn’t iron clad?

      • Poppy’s Hammer

        Actually another Illogical thing that happened was the ref clearly saw the thumb to Christians eye during the Orton & Christian match and he was confused whether to call the match or continue.

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

          I have never seen a match called due to a thumb to the eye. It is possible though, I’m assuming.

      • John McKellar

        I think the point of it being Iron Clad is that the higher-ups specifically can’t do anything like that. Show should have been able to stand up to them without repercussion. It was definitely a logic fail.

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

          Hmm, interesting. I guess I deserve the logic fail of the night for missing that.

      • jcice13

        no, not until the current contract expires, that’s the law in the contractual world, now it is the WWE but if you’re talking about reality? then the answer is an emphatic no

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

          I see. It is the WWE world though, so I can see something crazy happen…like Big Show finally doing something and then in very small print on the contract it says something where he can still be fired. Something weird like that lol.

          • Edynol

            Yeah. In the WWE world they can just make something up on the spot. Like maybe while he cannot be fired, he can be suspended with out pay indefinitely, which is the same as being fired pretty much. lol.

      • Edynol

        You can’t just shred a contract unless the other party violates the terms that would render it null and void. To just rip up a legally documented contract because someone pissed you off is a huge no-no and in some cases, and if extreme enough, can be a felony and land you in prison after having all your assets stripped in a worse case scenario.

        But this is WWE, they probably forgot about that or maybe were hoping we did. lol.

        • JH

          They couldn’t straight up shred it, but there’s always a clause to buy it out, so if they couldn’t fire him they’d just buy out his contract, and since big show is face now he’s in it for more than just money!

          • Edynol

            Oh I know that. I was just saying HHH couldn’t just tear up his contract on a whim.

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

          Haha thanks for the explanation. But since Vince/Triple H are the boss. Wouldn’t they be allowed to do whatever?

    • Mr. Creative

      I so much wanted to see Big Show with his WMD KO HHH so badly. Perhaps we will… soon.

    • fireworks Ts

      Bingo

  • Jonny

    I liked this show, especially to what it might be building to in the near future. I am anticipating some kind of breakdown with the superstars, and a few will cross those lines, and lead to some throwback Attitude era brawl in the ring. All that will lead to some kind of Survivor Series match as well, so we’ll see.

    Also I have never been so amped for Big Show. I was just waiting for him to do something, anything. You could see how coiled that right fist was, just waiting to KO someone. Nice program tonite. Two good Raws in a row, is this reality?? Keep it up WWE!

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

      I’m a Cena fan, but it is refreshing to see someone else as the face of the WWE and switching things up. Seems like this entire storyline is geared for Bryan and it is going to be awesome to watch unfold.

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I can’t wait for Night of Champions

  • Bite Me You Loser

    Logic fail of the night: What happened to Show s Ironclad contract? People were cheering him and nothing.

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      I know because he was always bragging about the contract but since he is face it is up in the air

      • Bite Me You Loser

        Would have set up the Shield vs Henry Show tag match nicely.

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          I do not know why they did not go in that direction

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I know AJ is going to have a lot of enemies in the locker room

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I do not but into Ricardo Rodriguez and RVD partnership because i think that Ricardo Rodriguez is going to turn on RVD probably at Night of Champions

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

    great Raw….the crowd was dead for a bit but came alive in certain points…..AJ cutting that promo , I only have one problem with it….I’m a Brie Bella fan, she’s Daniel Bryan’s future wife so I have to have her back. So Brie didn’t deserve that shot at her..She was with Bryan way before he was at the top….Nikki on the other hand…..lol

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      Well i thought she did good on that promo

  • sonik

    I think that there was one or two logic fails. The first one was when CM Punk was about to face Paul Heyman. Security brought Heyman in but didn’t escorted Axel out? Stipulation was that Punk will get Heyman in the ring and no one can interfere.
    Second was when Big Show refused to comment. I thought that he has iron-clad contract so he can do anything. Maybe it doesn’t work when he’s face…

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

      A lot of people are saying that about Big Show. My thinking is, if Big Show does do something, couldn’t Triple H just shred up his current contract and give him a new one or something? Or no contract at all?

  • Chelsii?

    What AJ said about the divas was personally my favourite moment of the episode. This wannabe celebrity crap has got to end.

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

      The crowd was chanting AJ’s name and she seemed like a huge face. Figured WWE would have known that before having her come out and say those things. However, I agree. Her promo was top notch.

  • Damian Starr

    That is surprising from tennay, but good on him haha

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

      I’m pretty sure that is a fake Mike Tenay, not positive though. Haha.

  • fj2305

    Despite Aj’s great promo, let’s face it, The Divas Division is dead. There are no talented female wrestlers out there. There are just four til six divas who can wrestle like Kaitlyn, Aj, Natalya, Tamina, Naomi and Layla and that’s it. In the past there were more than a dozen of them. It is time for the WWE to take care of the division, cause in my opinion we are back in the late 80′ and early 90’s where the Women’s Title didn’t exist. I wouldn’t have a problem if we don’t have a title for the Divas right now, there is just no competition. Therefore WWE runs a reality show with the Divas.

    • DolphZigglerFan

      I’m just waiting for the wrestilng debut of some NXT divas like Emma, Paige, Summer Rae and Bailey. When they are called up, I can see the division improving a lot

      • fj2305

        exactly…

      • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

        wait, Summer Rae is a wrestler?

        • DolphZigglerFan

          Yes! Her feud with Paige should be on WWE television.

      • Mrs. Ambrose

        All summer is doing is being Fandango’s valet

  • jcice13

    my god I get it, daniel bryan is an underdog, we all get it, but this is just over kill already, enough is enough, keep the story line going but taper it back a few notches

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

      Yeah, these beat downs are getting a bit annoying…but that’s what WWE wants us to feel. Bryan gets his ass kicked over and over and when he finally wins the WWE Title, it will be nuts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Danny.Rocks.Mountain.Tops Daniel Vollmer

        did you see that reception he got on Smackdown? holy crap!

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

          He is ridiculously over. Not Rock or Stone Cold level just yet, but maybe soon.

  • Edynol

    Missed one funny comment from JBL to Cole. “You’re as graceful as a drunk elephant”, or something along those lines. lol.

  • fireworks Ts

    Intrigued by the new corporation, but how many times can we watch the numbers game catch up to Bryan? At some point he’s going to have to get an upper hand, right now he looks like the nerd who confronts the jocks and gets sent the nurse’s office. I also think its a little too soon to be calling Bryan the new ” FACE ” of the WWE.

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

      I think Bryan is the new face of WWE because Cena is going to be gone for 6 months. When Cena comes back, who knows how things will play out? I think Bryan is going to get some allies eventually. Maybe Big Show and/or Punk. Bryan and Punk vs. New Corporation would be outstanding.

  • Lilreuche ?

    Aj was fantastic! I agreed with almost everything she said. The part about none of them being champion was wrong. The Bellas and Nattie were Divas’ Champions too.

    • Mrs. Ambrose

      The Bella’s did not deserve the Divas Title Nattie deserved the Divas Title and should have been Divas Champion right now

      • Lilreuche ?

        They really didn’t. The Bellas didn’t do anything spectacular and memorable. Nattie was a good champion, and I hope her and Aj feud next.

        • Mrs. Ambrose

          I agree because Nattie should be the one feuding with AJ not The Bella’s

  • [B]ANExx

    Thanks Adrian, good read!!

    For once I didn’t notice anything funny with signs either, there was one guy who had a cut-out picture of ‘patrick’ from Spongebob, but that was about it.

    I didn’t especially like the crowd on Monday tbh – when Orton came out and at the conclusion to his match with Christian he was getting cheers from teenage girls, he is definitely the ‘Justin Bieber’ of the WWE right now in terms of the teenage chants!! Probably doesn’t help that D-Bry keeps telling us how ‘pretty’ he is though, eh?? 😛

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

      Glad you enjoyed the piece. I know what you mean. My girlfriend doesn’t watch wrestling, but when Orton is on, she will watch. He’s a good lookin’ cat. No doubt.

      • [B]ANExx

        Also Adrian, did I miss this weeks WWE vs TNA dream-match? Or did you take a week off from the feature? One of the ‘regular’ articles I look forward to most!!

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

          Yeah I skipped a week or so. I just recently started working full-time and sometimes it’s a struggle, but I should have the next one up starting sometime after Monday.

          • [B]ANExx

            No worries, Grats on your new job – hope you are enjoying it!! :)

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