Tonight’s episode of WWE Raw took place in Greenville, South Carolina and featured a total of ten matches, including a featured six man tag team match between the teams of John Cena/Cody Rhodes/Goldust and Damien Sandow/Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro. The WWE Universe witnessed a couple of first time contests in CM Punk vs. Luke Harper and Randy Orton vs. Big E. Langston. Also, Big Show got his job back and was awarded a WWE Title match against Randy Orton at Survivor Series. Lastly, Kane shocked the world when he came down to the ring in a suit and tie and assisted The Shield in a Big Show beat down. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:
Best Match: The six man tag match between John Cena/Cody Rhodes/Goldust and Damien Sandow/Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro was the best match of the night and one of the best tag team matches of the year. Surprisingly, both teams appeared to be evenly matched and all six superstars excelled. There were a number of great spots, especially at the end, including Cody Rhodes executing a huge Moonsault on Damien Sandow and John Cena leaping off the top rope and hitting a Cross Body onto Antonio Cesaro, which resulted in Goldust lifting Cesaro up in the air and nailing his Final Cut finisher. The crowd made the match even more exciting as they were standing on their feet throughout its entirety. If you didn’t happen to catch this tag team bout, I highly suggest that you do.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening match, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”. After the Punk/Harper match, Daniel Bryan came out to save Punk from a beat down and the crowd went absolutely nuts. They also chanted “YES” multiple times. During the six man tag match, portions of the South Carolina crowd went back and forth with “let’s go Cena” “Cena sucks” chants.
Breakout Star of the Night: To me, there were two breakout stars of the night. The first was Luke Harper after looking mightily impressive in his match with CM Punk. The sole purpose of the upcoming Punk/Bryan/Wyatt Family angle is to put the Wyatt Family over and to make them a legitimate threat within the WWE. Harper, who is a rookie, worked very well with CM Punk and both superstars put on an exciting opening match. If you want to get the Wyatt Family over, putting them with two of WWE’s biggest stars is the way to go. It will be interesting to see where Harper and the rest of the Family go from here.
The second breakout star of the night was Big E. Langston, who nearly dominated Randy Orton in a non-title bout. Langston overpowered Orton right when the opening bell started and was inches away from hitting the Big Ending. However, Orton slithered out of Langston’s finishing maneuver and struck him with a RKO. The announcers did a great job putting Langston over the entire match and without a doubt, the WWE rookie made a name for himself tonight against the WWE champion.
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: Tonight’s jobber of the night award goes to The Great Khali after he lost to Ryback in about two or three minutes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Khali should not be wrestling in the WWE. He cannot perform at a high level, put on a decent match nor is he over with the fans. I’ve had enough of Khali and every time he takes a step, it looks like he’s going to collapse. Am I being too harsh? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Upset of the Night: There were two upsets on Raw. The first was Eva Marie pinning Tamina Snuka and getting her first WWE win. Eva didn’t do anything in the match besides take a clothesline and pin Tamina. The Bella Twins did all the work and at the end, Eva tagged herself in and rolled up Snuka. The second may not seem like a huge upset, but Dolph Ziggler picking up a victory over the Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel has to be seen as one. Ziggler has been a victim of terrible booking lately and the win over Axel will probably propel him into an Intercontinental Title feud, a title that Ziggler has only won once in his career. Looks like Axel can’t win a match without Heyman by his side.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: Who knew something so little could be the holy sh** moment of the night. During the main event match between The Big Show and The Shield/Randy Orton, Kane’s music played and the Big Red Machine came out in a suit and tie. For some reason, the scene of Kane without his ring gear/mask on was haunting as he provided The Shield with chairs, which they used to beat down Big Show. This looks like the start of corporate Kane, who in real life is brilliant, well-spoken and passionate about politics. Corporate Kane officially joining The Authority was the holy sh** moment of the night.
Worst Match: The two minute instant classic between The Great Khali and Ryback was the worst match of the night. Khali dominated the match from start to finish, hitting about three slaps to the chest and a total of four clotheslines. In the end, Ryback executed his patented meat hook clothesline and picked up the victory. After tapping out to CM Punk last week on Raw, Ryback needs to try his best to gain momentum. The WWE has pretty much ruined his character with poor booking decisions and an unimpressive win over Khali isn’t helping anybody out. When you see Khali in the ring, you know it’s going to be a disappointing match.
Feel Good Moment of the Night: Each week, I will include one new category in my Nutshell articles that applies to the particular episode of Raw and tonight, Tyson Kidd returning to the WWE and scoring a submission victory over Fandango was definitely a feel good moment. Kidd has been out of action for over a year with a serious injury and he looked phenomenal in his in-ring return. I know that Kidd returned a few weeks ago as a member of Los Locales, but this was the first time the character “Tyson Kidd” returned and all that rehab and hard work will hopefully pay off with a push in the near future.
Tweets of the Night:
The dream team has assembled. Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. The pop for that was INSANE. #RAW
— 21BlackJack (@its21blackjack) November 5, 2013
— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) November 5, 2013
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) November 5, 2013
You would think Big Shows name would be bleeped out since he’s banned. Kinda like how they bleep mine on old footage. #RAW
— Krispin Wah (@Krispin_Wah) November 5, 2013
— Fandango (@WWEFandango) November 5, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “This is good for business!” – JBL talking about the Wyatt Family. “He might have a Khali-flowered ear” – JBL talking about the match between Ryback and The Great Khali. “Shut up, Michael Cole” – Alberto Del Rio on commentary. “Get off me Cole!” – Zeb Colter. “You have to have a spine to have spine trauma” – Jerry Lawler talking about Paul Heyman.
LOL Moment of the Night: There wasn’t one specific LOL moment of the night, but the entire commentary team during the six man tag team match was hilarious. Cole, Lawler and JBL were joined by Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter, who took multiple shots at one another. Del Rio, Cole, JBL and Colter were exceptionally humorous. Jerry Lawler seemed nonexistent, but that’s okay.
Overall Lowlights: The Great Khali vs. Ryback, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler explaining the WWE App, six diva tag match, Eva Marie pinning Tamina Snuka.
Overall Highlights: CM Punk vs. Luke Harper, Daniel Bryan saves CM Punk, Paul Heyman phone call, Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio, Big Show vs. WWE lawsuit video package, Randy Orton promo, Randy Orton vs. Big E. Langston, Tyson Kidd returns, six man tag team match, Alberto Del Rio/Zeb Colter on commentary, Big Show gets his job back, Corporate Kane.