The Monday Night Raw directly after WWE Battleground took place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and featured a total of nine matches, including the main event Six Man Tag match that showcased Daniel Bryan & the Rhodes Brothers taking on The Shield. The show got off to a hot start as the WWE Universe witnessed Stephanie McMahon slap the Big Show multiple times and then proceeded to fire him. Some new updates and matches were scheduled for the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV, including Shawn Michaels being announced as the special guest referee for the WWE Title match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Also, in a shocking turn of events, Alberto Del Rio will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw:

Best Match: There were two standout matches on tonight’s show, Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton and the main event. Usually I don’t go against Daniel Bryan, but to me, Kingston and Orton was the best match. Those two guys have outstanding chemistry with one another and I think Kofi has learned his lesson after Orton memorably called him stupid (stupid) a few years ago. There were some cool near-falls and a few outstanding spots, including the Power Slam Orton gave Kofi while he was high up in the air. In the end, Orton hit Kingston with a devastating RKO and picked up the victory, but the man from Ghana put forth a tremendous performance and is one of the more consistent wrestlers on the WWE roster.

Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening segment between Big Show and Stephanie McMahon, the crowd chanted “knock her out” and “you suck”. Stephanie is such a bit**, it’s great! During the promo he cut, the crowd chanted “CM Punk” multiple times.

Breakout Star of the Night: I may sound like a broken record, but I have been so damn impressed with Goldust and the way he’s been performing since returning to the WWE about a month or so ago. His comeback match against Randy Orton was outstanding and he was extremely solid in the tag team match he competed in last night. Once again, Goldust was crisp with his maneuvers and is getting better every night.

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?

Jobber of the Night: What a surprise, 3MB extend their own record for being the jobbers of the night. For the third time in a row, 3MB took on Los Matadores and lost via their double team finishing move. I don’t know why the WWE continues to have 3MB compete on Raw every single week.  Individually, they are talented superstars, but as a group, they are slowly becoming a pathetic three man group.

Upset of the Night: Ricardo Rodriguez defeating Alberto Del Rio was the clear upset of the night. As soon as the bell rang, Vickie Guerrero hit Del Rio with some news that he will be defending the World Heavyweight Title against John Cena at the Hell in a Cell PPV. Del Rio was shocked, and within a matter of seconds, Ricardo rolled him up like a tortilla and embarrassed the Mexican Aristocrat. However, Del Rio got the last laugh and attacked Ricardo, “breaking his arm” in the process.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments of the night. The first was Vickie Guerrero announcing that Alberto Del Rio will be defending the World Heavyweight Title against John Cena at Hell in a Cell.  Cena coming back from a serious injury (torn tricep) so soon is a bold and risky move by the WWE. Are the ratings plummeting or something? This is huge news, especially if Del Rio ends up defeating Cena. I know there are a lot of Cena haters out there, but personally, I am very excited to see Cena back in the ring considering he is going to stay away from the WWE Title. If Cena defeats Del Rio, he will immediately bring back the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship and be a regular on SmackDown.

The second was Big Show being fired by Stephanie McMahon at the start of the show, only to return in the main event match and knock Triple H out. The crowd was pretty bad all night, but when Big Show knocked out The Game they erupted. I smell a Big Show vs. Triple H match at Hell in a Cell.

WTF Moment of the Night: Bob Backlund’s insane promo was the WTF moment of the night. He came out to cut a promo and unfortunately, he heard crickets from the crowd which to me is a complete sign of disrespect. Maybe the fans legitimately had no idea who he was? Bob definitely thought that he was going to get a decent pop. Anyways, he went off on the fans in a crazy promo telling them that he should be the special guest referee for the main event WWE Title match at Hell in a Cell between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. At the end of his speech, he told the crowd to sit up straight when while he’s talking to them and the Pittsburgh crowd proceeded to boo. Man, that was rough.

Worst Match: Hmph, the worst match of the night was the Six Diva Tag Team bout between Natalya, Eva Marie and JoJo and the team of Alicia Fox, Aksana and Rosa Mendes. Basically, all the members on the “bad” girls’ team got to beat up Eva Marie, who looked extremely sloppy in the ring. I know this was her first main roster match, but my God, even her facial expressions were noticeably bad. She had no idea what she was doing! A close second place for worst match of the night was Zack Ryder vs. Fandango.

Logic Fail of the Night: The logic fail of the night was the fact that Big Show had been fired in the opening segment of Raw, but was somehow able to come out with his entrance music and knock out Triple H. Don’t get me wrong, it was really cool and one of the best moments of Raw, but shouldn’t security have come to the ring to protect Triple H? Shouldn’t security have made sure that Big Show was out of the arena and wasn’t able to come back in? Logic Fail.

Tweets of the Night:





Commentary Lines of the Night: “There aren’t a lot of jobs for a giant out there. What’s he gonna do? Impersonate Bigfoot?” – JBL. “…And El Dorito” – Jerry the King Lawler screwing up Torito’s name. “A lot of people have been doing that apparently” – Michael Cole referencing Hulk Hogan riding a wrecking ball.

LOL Moment of the Night: The funniest moment of the night was the promo CM Punk cut on Paul Heyman, Ryback and Curtis Axel. Punk said that last night at Battleground, he kicked Ryback in the balls to see if he had any. Paul Heyman was offended and told Ryback that Punk was being a bully and to put him in his place. There were a few “swear words” spoken and overall, it was a short segment that was effective and funny.

Overall Lowlights: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow (decent match, we just didn’t need to see it again), Six Diva Tag match, 3MB vs. Los Matadores (again), Fandango vs. Zack Ryder, Real Americans vs. Santino Marella and The Great Khali (again), Miz TV, the Pittsburgh crowd.

Overall Highlights: Stephanie McMahon fires Big Show, CM Punk promo on Heyman and his clients, CM Punk & R-Truth vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel, Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston, Orton countering Kofi and hitting a Power Slam, Shawn Michaels (HBShizzle) on Raw, Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena scheduled for Hell in a Cell, Big Show knocks out Triple H.

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