The Labor Day edition of Monday Night Raw took place in Des Moines, Iowa and featured a total of seven matches. The WWE Universe witnessed the continuation of the Paul Heyman/Curtis Axel/CM Punk storyline, the Daniel Bryan vs. “Corporation” angle and some high-profile matches, including Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes (Rhodes’ career on the line) and the main event bout between Daniel Bryan and Big Show. Here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s Raw:
Best Match: I was expecting a lot more out of the main event match between Daniel Bryan and the Big Show, but from start to finish, Big Show was just talking to Bryan and was being a big baby about the entire situation he was forced into by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Also, the bout was cut short thanks to the Game and his henchman, the Shield. This is the first time in a long time that Daniel Bryan wasn’t involved in the best match of Monday Night Raw, and the best match award goes to Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton. Both Rhodes and Orton have tremendous chemistry with one another and despite losing, Rhodes gave it his all and had the crowd behind him from start to finish. At one point, Rhodes hit the Disaster Kick and Cross Rhodes, but Orton kicked out of both of his signature moves. In the end, Rhodes tweaked his leg as he missed a Disaster Kick and Orton nailed an RKO to pick up the victory.
Crowd Chants of the Night: Like every week, the crowd chanted “Yes”, “No” and “Daniel Bryan” every chance they got. During the Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback match, the smarky Iowa crowd chanted “Gollddbeerrgg”. How original. During the Orton vs. Rhodes match, the crowd was in full support of the underdog and chanted “Cody Rhodes” throughout the match. The Des Moines audience chanted the names of “CM Punk” and “RVD” during their respective segments.
Breakout Star of the Night: Cody Rhodes was the breakout star of the night after having one hell of a match with Randy Orton. Rhodes has been consistent in the ring for years and has won the Intercontinental Championship multiple times, but he’s never really reached main status as a singles competitor. Because of the loss, Rhodes was “fired” from the WWE, but it was great to see the crowd fully appreciative of the performance he gave and they even chanted his name during and after the match. When Cody Rhodes returns to the WWE, expect big things for the talented superstar.
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 tonight’s episode of Raw?
Jobber of the Night: It isn’t the first time and it sure as hell won’t be the last time; 3MB, Heath Slater in particular, was the jobber of the night. I’m not sure why WWE continues to showcase 3MB week after week. I’m actually a fan of Heath Slater, the dude can actually wrestle, but I’m sick of the entire group. The only good thing about 3MB is that they are almost guaranteed to win the jobber of the night award in my Raw in a Nutshell articles.
Upset of the Night: Out of the seven matches that took place, there were no shocking upsets or anything out of the ordinary, but something that was very upsetting to me was how Big Show was being treated by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. I’m not a huge Big Show fan, but even I can admit that it’s a bit ridiculous and annoying watching Big Show “cry” and hit Daniel Bryan with the WMD/KO Punch, whatever it’s called. I was thinking Big Show was going to turn heel (again) and align himself with the new “Corporation”, but thankfully that didn’t happen. It doesn’t make sense for Big Show to be overreacting and acting the way he is, so hopefully there will be some sort of payoff in the near future.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was Cody Rhodes losing his match against Randy Orton, which resulted in the former Intercontinental champion being fired. Rhodes shined against Orton and put forth a really good performance and was inches away from a victory after he hit the Cross Rhodes, only for the Viper to kick out at the last second. I’d like to think that Rhodes’ firing was due to the fact that he is getting married and wants to take some time off. Without a doubt, I expect Rhodes to come back within a couple of months and receive a nice little World Heavyweight Title push. #ThankYouCody.
Worst Match: Surprisingly, the number one contender Triple Threat Divas match started off hot and was pretty entertaining for the first few minutes, but unfortunately, AJ Lee interfered and said that none of them deserved to face her for the Title at Night of Champions. Aside from that, there weren’t any real squash matches, but the Prime Time Players vs. Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal was pretty damn close. Therefore, that Tag Team bout was the worst match of the night. Slater got a little bit of offense in, but this match was all about the Prime Time players getting the quick win and riding the momentum of their overnight face turn. I’m a fan of the PTP, but they weren’t that impressive tonight.
Logic Fail of the Night: I think most of you will agree with me that the logic fail of the night was Stephanie McMahon talking to Big Show and announcing to the WWE Universe that he was broke. A good thing about this episode of Raw was that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made a reference to Big Show’s iron clad contract, and said if Big Show didn’t fulfill the duties of that contract, he would be breaching it. But, as stated before, Stephanie announcing that Big Show was broke was one of the most illogical things I’ve ever seen/heard. He’s been a WWE superstar for nearly two decades and there is no chance in hell that the giant is broke. Ridiculous.
Tweets of the Night:
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) September 3, 2013
The Miz wins with the Figure Four. And you wonder why Ric Flair drinks. #RAWTonight
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) September 3, 2013
Big Show more broke than the Virgil? — The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 3, 2013
They obviously have big things planned for Cody. They wouldn’t waste this much time on a kayfabe firing for nothing. #Raw
— Bill Pivetz (@Mr_Piv1127) September 3, 2013
I think the Diva’s should do a “Brawl For All” No Butterbean though.
— Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) September 3, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Cody could face two bad things this week, he could lose his job…and get married” – JBL. “Why should he be upset, he gets a big paycheck every week, a BIG ONE, good grief” – JBL talking about Big Show. JBL was on fire tonight with his witty one-liners, but Lawler and Cole were thoroughly disappointing.
LOL Moment of the Night: Raw wasn’t really packed with humorous moments, but every time I see that James Harden/Stephen Curry Footlocker commercial, I can’t help but break out into laughter. That commercial is hilarious and isn’t technically a part of the show, but unfortunately, that was the funniest moment of the night. Am I wrong? If so, let me know your funniest moment on Raw.
Overall Lowlights: Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ziggler deserves better); Stephanie McMahon announcing that Big Show is broke; Prime Time Players vs. 3MB; AJ Lee interfering in a match again; Big Show crying, knocking out Daniel Bryan.
Overall Highlights: Triple H/Orton/Bryan opening segment; Booker T/ Bryan backstage segment; JBL with a Gareth Bale reference; Orton vs. Rhodes; CM Punk Night of Champions promo; Rhodes “goodbye” promo.