Tonight’s episode of Raw took place in Memphis, Tennessee and was highlighted with a contract signing between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for their WWE Championship match at the Hell in a Cell PPV this Sunday. Raw featured a total of eight matches, including an impressive opening bout between Daniel Bryan and The Shield’s Dean Ambrose. Also, multiple Hell in a Cell matches were confirmed by Stephanie McMahon at the start of the show. With that being said, here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:
Best Match: The opening contest between Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose was the best match of the night and was worthy of a main event slot if the Hell in a Cell contract signing wasn’t taking place. The match itself wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was a solid showing from both competitors and Dean Ambrose looked like a star in the ring with the Dragon. One of the highlights of the match was the top rope Double Underhook Suplex that Ambrose delivered to Bryan. There were plenty of near-falls and reversals that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Bryan can have a good match with just about anyone, and tonight was no different.
A close second for match of the night was the tag team match between The Usos and The Shield. This was a tremendous tag team match that was evenly contested from start to finish and the winners would go on to face Cody Rhodes and Goldust for the Tag Team Titles at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Both teams gave it their all and looked impressive, especially The Usos. In the end, the match ended in a no contest draw.
Crowd Chants of the Night: The Memphis crowd was disappointing tonight, but, like every week, the crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan” and “YES!” when the most over wrestler in the world came out to the ring. During his promo from the stage, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”.
Breakout Star of the Night: The breakout star of the night was Dean Ambrose, who had an evenly contested battle with Daniel Bryan. We’ve seen Bryan and Ambrose square off numerous times already this year, but this time, they were given a good amount of time and Bryan let Ambrose show off his talent. Ambrose and Bryan worked very well together and they had a good televised match.
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/or clever signs that you saw during Raw? For me, the CM Punk Batman sign was pretty rad.
Jobber of the Night: Without a doubt, Heath Slater was the jobber of the night after losing to Santino Marella, who was dressed up in an Elvis costumer. The match lasted three or four minutes and Slater had about fifteen seconds of offense throughout the entire contest. Slater and 3MB have been a household name under the jobber of the night category for about two months now. Keep it up!
Upset of the Night: Surprisingly, there were no upsets on tonight’s episode of Raw. All of the better or “favorite” superstars picked up victories and nothing out of the ordinary occurred. There are usually one or two upsets during Raw, aren’t there?
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: Luke Harper’s clothesline on Kofi Kingston was the holy sh** moment of the night. The maneuver was so powerful and looked so devastating, that JBL, the master of the Clothesline from Hell, pretty much lost his hat as he screamed at the top of his lungs “WHAT A FREAKING CLOTHESLINE”! If you can impress JBL with a clothesline, you deserve the holy sh** moment of the night award.
Worst Match: I don’t mind Santino, I really don’t. In fact, I think he can be extremely funny at times, but tonight wasn’t one of those times. Santino and Heath Slater of 3MB had one of the least entertaining and stupidest matches I have ever seen in my entire life. This whole Santino/Khali/Hornswoggle partnership is really starting to get on my nerves.
Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night was having Brie Bella face AJ Lee again on Raw. Of course, it was a tag match, but where is the logic in having the challenger face the Divas champion two times before a PPV? You don’t see Daniel Bryan wrestling Randy Orton every week on Raw and SmackDown.
Tweets of the Night:
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) October 22, 2013
— Ring-Rap.com (@RingRap) October 22, 2013
Kofi and Miz are now friends? If my friend did this to me we wouldn't be friends anymore. pic.twitter.com/moUrdeg0GO
— Marks On Commentary (@MOCommentary) October 22, 2013
Tons of no one gives a Funk #RAW
— Mr Wrestling (@TNAWWEGuy) October 22, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Well I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong” – Classic Jerry the King Lawler. “I think there is something wrong with Brie” – JBL talking about Brie Bella being Daniel Bryan’s fiancé. “GOODNIGHT, WHAT A FREAKING CLOTHESLINE!” – JBL on the Luke Harper clothesline.
LOL Moment of the Night: The funniest moment on Raw was the promo that Paul Heyman cut during his interview with Renee Young. Heyman was going absolutely nuts and was screaming at the top of his lungs bout how he was the lava when a volcano occurs and that he is going to destroy all the cars and cities and a lot of other things I honestly can’t remember. It was a classic Heyman promo as he hyped the Hell in a Cell PPV.
Overall Lowlights: Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater, Great Khali Elvis, Divas Tag Match (wasn’t HORRIBLE), Real Americans vs. Tons of Funk, too many squash matches.
Overall Highlights: Big Show promo, Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose, Paul Heyman promo, CM Punk helping out and working with Big E. Langston, Zeb Colter on commentary, John Cena “Career” video package, Rhodes Brothers on commentary, The Usos vs. The Shield, Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton contract signing.