Raw took place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois and featured the return of CM Punk after he missed last week’s episode due to an injury he suffered at Night of Champions. There were a total of six matches, including Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston, an 11-on-3 Handicap Elimination match, and an entertaining bout between Randy Orton and Rob Van Dam. Also, WWE 2K14’s official roster was revealed. Here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: There were a number of high quality matches, including Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam, but the show stealer was the main event 11-on-3 Handicap Elimination match between The Shield and a number of babyface superstars, with Daniel Bryan leading the pact. There were a few memorable moments throughout the match, including Roman Reigns eliminating three superstars with a Spear in a matter of 30 seconds and Dean Ambrose eliminating two superstars in a row with his face buster finisher. However, the best part of the bout came towards the end when Daniel Bryan, the Usos and Dolph Ziggler surrounded the ring once Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were eliminated. It was the four face wrestlers against Seth Rollins, who held his own from start to finish. Despite losing, all three members of The Shield shined and were impressive. What made this match even better is that the audience was really enjoying what was going on in the ring and were on their feet cheering on the good guys, like they were supposed to.

Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening match, the hot Chicago crowd chanted “Colt Cabana”…of course they did.  There were “RVD” chants from start to finish during his match against the former WWE champion, Randy Orton. During the Fandango vs. Santino match, the crowd chanted “Summer Rae”. CM Punk received a huge pop when he came out to the ring and his hometown crowd chanted his name throughout the entire segment. Before the handicap match, Daniel Bryan gave a promo and the crowd chanted his name. Also, Daniel Bryan led the crowd in a huge “YES!” chant.

Breakout Star of the Night: The breakout star of the night was Kofi Kingston, who looked outstanding in his match against Alberto Del Rio. Kofi worked very well with ADR and showcased a great amount of offense from start to finish, had the crowd on their feet and came very close to pinning the World Heavyweight champion. Kofi is one of the most consistent superstars in the WWE today and he had a top-notch performance against Del Rio.

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: Santino Marella was the jobber of the night after he lost to Fandango after five minutes of less than stellar action. Santino was red hot after returning to the WWE two weeks ago by defeating Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro, but all good things come to an end and he lost to Fandango, who was the jobber of the night last week. If one jobber beats another jobber, is the winner of the match still a jobber?

Upset of the Night: There were no real upsets on tonight’s episode of Raw. Everyone who was supposed to win did so in impressive fashion. Am I wrong? Let me know.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments of the night and boy, they were incredible. 1: The CM Punk promo was awesome, but what was even more awesome was Ryback raising Punk above his head and dropping him on a table when they were brawling outside the entrance ramp. This was such a perfect segment to get fans interested in the CM Punk vs. Ryback match at Battleground and I give props to Punk for taking such a brutal bump through a table. That table wasn’t in the ring, it was on concrete (I think it’s concrete), just outside of the ramp. This just goes to show you that if you’re a WWE superstar, be careful when you go back to your hometown. By the way, Punk put forth one hell of a fight before the numbers game caught up to him. 2. While The Shield were coming out for their main event handicap elimination match, Cody Rhodes and Goldust attacked the Hounds of Justice and the crowd went absolutely nuts and chanted Cody’s name. It was great to see the Rhodes’ brothers get some revenge and I can’t wait to see what happens from here on out.  WWE hires Goldust and he and Cody become a tag team to take out The Shield? I’m down!

Worst Match: The worst match of the night was the five-on-five Divas tag team match. Honestly, I don’t mind if there is a one-on-one Divas match, but when you have more than three Divas in the ring together, it’s bound to be upsetting and embarrassing. Fortunately, this didn’t last longer than two minutes and it wasn’t that embarrassing, unless you’re AJ Lee, who got pinned by Brie Bella. So much for Natalya vs. AJ, huh?

Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night was Cody Rhodes and Goldust getting past security, especially Goldust. The dude is wearing his gold makeup and nobody seemed to notice that he was in the crowd? I know they may have been wearing hoody’s as a disguise, but his face is painted gold! Regardless, that Rhodes brothers attack on The Shield was awesome.

Tweets of the Night:




Commentary Lines of the Night: “He gave Del Rio and Van-Terminator last week…funny how payback works around here” – JBL talking about Del Rio attacking RVD last week. “…And it looks like Miz TV just got cancelled” JBL after Miz got knocked out by Big Show.

LOL Moment of the Night: One of the coolest moments from Raw was the CM Punk promo. He was speaking the truth and got the fans pumped up by saying that he isn’t going to give up and that he’s going to get his hands on Paul Heyman once again. All of a sudden, the funniest moment of the night came when Paul Heyman made his way to the ramp on a scooter (that he must have borrowed from John Laurinaitis) and started singing loudly. Reading it here, it may not sound that funny, but it’s one of those things that you had to see. Paul Heyman on a scooter is absolutely hilarious.

Overall Lowlights: Randy Orton beating down RVD, Fandango vs. Santino Marella, Divas tag team match.

Overall Highlights: Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston, Miz TV, Big Show knocking out Miz without crying, CM Punk/Paul Heyman promo, Ryback/CM Punk table spot, Rhodes brothers surprise attack The Shield, 11-on-3 Handicap Elimination match, lots of solid matches.

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