The first Monday Night Raw after Hell in a Cell took place in Orlando, Florida and featured a total of nine matches. The show started off hot with the new World Heavyweight champion John Cena, who addressed the WWE Universe by sharing his thoughts on his comeback and his victory over Alberto Del Rio at Hell in a Cell. It’s worth mentioning that Cena said absolutely nothing about Randy Orton or The Authority. Shortly after the promo, Damien Sandow cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Also on the show, Shawn Michaels explained his actions and had a confrontation with Daniel Bryan and the Apex Predator had ANOTHER WWE Championship celebration. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:
Best Match: The opening match between John Cena and Damien Sandow for the World Heavyweight Championship was by far the best match of the night. Before the match, Sandow viciously attacked Cena’s elbow and then cashed in his briefcase. After Cena was dominated by Sandow, WWE’s Superman literally defeated Sandow with one arm after he hit two Attitude Adjustments. I know the IWC can’t believe (or accept) the fact that Cena won, but there is no denying that Sandow and Cena’s battle was phenomenal. Sandow was exceptional from start to finish and both competitors seemed to have a lot of chemistry, despite only facing facing each other once in the ring before. In true Superman style, Cena kicked out of Sandow’s finishing maneuver twice, but hey, what do you expect?
The second best match of the night was the tag team bout between Cody Rhodes & Goldust and The Real Americans. Cody and Goldust came out to the ring and got a huge pop and they put on a wrestling clinic along with the Real Americans. Finally, Swagger and Cesaro are getting a push and I can see them have an intriguing feud with the Rhodes brothers. After a hard-hitting back and forth contest, Swagger injured Goldusts ankle and locked in the Patriot Lock to score the submission victory.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening World Heavyweight Title match between John Cena and Damien Sandow, the crowd chanted “this is awesome”. During Shawn Michaels’ explanation, the crowd chanted “you sold out”. Also, when Daniel Bryan came out to confront HBK, the crowd chanted “YES”.
Breakout Star of the Night: Despite losing, Damien Sandow was the breakout star of the night after cashing in his MITB briefcase and putting on one hell of a performance against John Cena. Sandow was extremely vicious and definitely deserves better than to become the second man in WWE history to unsuccessfully cash in the MITB briefcase. Better things are in Damien Sandow’s future. I guarantee that.
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: No surprise here, the jobber(s) of the night were 3MB, who jobbed to Los Matadores for the fourth or fifth time in a row. After an impressive performance against The Real Americans last night at Hell in a Cell, the WWE have resorted Los Matadores back to this nonsense. I’m finally fed up with this “feud” between Los Matadores and 3MB. It can’t really be called a rivalry considering the fact that 3MB have yet to win a match.
Upset of the Night: The only upset of the night was the Real Americans defeating Cody Rhodes and Goldust, and they did so in impressive fashion. Both teams battled for a good 10 minutes and performed some impressive spots. Anytime one team beats the WWE Tag Team champions, it’s an upset, even though both Cesaro and Swagger are very talented individuals.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: Without a doubt, the holy sh** moment of the night was Damien Sandow cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. It would have been a lot cooler to see Sandow defeat Cena, but I think Sandow should have waited a bit longer to cash in, considering nobody thought that Cena would drop the World Title the night after winning it. Also, Sandow viciously attacking Cena before the match was a smart and strategic move, but it wasn’t enough to put away the leader of the Cenation.
Another holy sh** moment was the Shawn Michaels/Daniel Bryan segment. The promo that HBK gave was ego-driven and top notch, and when Bryan put him in the Yes Lock and made him tap out, I admit I marked out a bit. What a great Raw moment.
Worst Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Big E. Langston was the worst match of the night. After about two minutes of action, The Shield interfered and beat down Langston. The bout seemed pointless, until Teddy Lon…I mean Brad Maddox came out and announced a Six Man Tag Team match between all the competitors in the ring.
Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night came during the World Heavyweight Title match between Damien Sandow and John Cena. After Cena hit his first Attitude Adjustment on Sandow, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses rolled out of the ring and didn’t it seem like he was going to make it back into the ring before the count of ten. So what did Cena do? WWE’s Superman jumped out of the ring, picked him up with one arm and decided that he wasn’t going to win via count-out. I understand that Cena wouldn’t want to win that way, but come on man, your arm is messed up and Sandow has been absolutely kicking your ass since the start of the match. Logic fail? Indeeeeeed! (Funaki)
WTF Moment of the Night: Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family attacking Daniel Bryan and CM Punk was the WTF moment of the night. It was a random attack on both superstars and the crowd was in shock after Bryan and Punk were beat down by all three members of the Family, each on separate occasions. In both cases, Bray Wyatt said “the Devil made me do it”. All signs point to Triple H, right?
Another WTF moment that happened on Raw was Kane bringing Stephanie McMahon out on the stage and then basically telling her that she is brilliant and that he will be her own personal monster. Just as Kane was about to leave, he took off his mask, gave it to Stephanie, and the Billion Dollar Princess held it up in the air with a smug look on her face.
Tweets of the Night:
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) October 29, 2013
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) October 29, 2013
When was the last time you heard a male “This Is Awesome” chant during a John Cena match, whether for him or not? #RAW
— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) October 29, 2013
— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) October 29, 2013
i have the same mask as el torrito but a zipper over the mouth instead of a nose ring (safety word is platano)???? #RAW
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) October 29, 2013
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) October 29, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “I don’t sound like that!” – JBL commenting on John Cena’s impersonation. “John Cena is Superman” – Jerry the King Lawler. “That’s the most absurd argument I’ve ever heard, John, Babe Ruth didn’t cost Derek Jeter a World Championship” – Michael Cole.
LOL Moment of the Night: The funniest moment of the night came during the beat-down Damien Sandow gave to John Cena before cashing in his MITB briefcase. During the vicious attack, Sandow threw Cena into the barricade and just as he let go, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses screamed out “RISE ABOVE THIS”! It’s one of those moments you have to see. It was great.
Overall Lowlights: Damien Sandow fails to cash in the MITB briefcase, Dean Ambrose vs. Big E. Langston, Los Matadores vs. 3MB, Kane vs. The Miz, CM Punk vs. Ryback (good match, wish it lasted longer, plus, Ryback tapped out which I wasn’t a fan of), Summer Rae vs. Natalya.
Overall Highlights: John Cena promo, Damien Sandow cashes in MITB, John Cena vs. Damien Sandow, Roman Reigns’ Double Spear, Shawn Michaels and Daniel Bryan segment, HBK taps out to the YES Lock, Kane sells his soul to Stephanie McMahon, Prime Time Players selling stuff on WWEShop.com, Wyatt Family attacks Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Real Americans, Randy Orton championship celebration, Big Show knocks out Orton.