The first Raw after Night of Champions took place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and featured a total of seven matches. The Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan angle took a twist as the WWE Universe witnessed Triple H strip Daniel Bryan of the WWE Title after referee Scott Armstrong gave a quick count during the main event match last night in Detroit. As of right now, there is no WWE champion. With that being said, here are the overall highs and lows from tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw:
Best Match: I was very impressed with the Triple Threat Tag Team match between The Usos, Real Americans and Tons of Funk. The Usos and the Real Americans worked very well together in that match and the Usos became the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles. However, the best match of the night was the main event bout between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. Reigns looked like a million bucks and dominated Bryan throughout most of the match, using his overwhelming strength as an advantage. Nothing really spectacular happened in the match and Reigns didn’t use a lot of wrestling moves, but Bryan did, and it was a good clash of styles. There were plenty of near-falls that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Also, the crowd was in full support of Bryan from start to finish and went crazy when Bryan took out all the members of the the Shield.
In the end, Bryan had Reigns in the Yes Lock until Randy Orton came into the ring and to break it up. After Bryan won the match via DQ, it was a 4-on-1 beat down. Virtually the entire locker room came to Bryan’s defense and Raw went off the air with the Prime Time Players holding Bryan in the air as everyone in the arena, including the superstars, were putting their hands in the air doing the “YES” chant. Sorry to ruin the ending of Raw so early in the review, but the actions that took place directly after the match helped the main event.
Crowd Chants of the Night: After Randy Orton hit Daniel Bryan with an RKO during the opening segment of Raw, the crowd chanted “Randy Sucks”. When the American Dream walked into the ring, the crowd chanted “Dusty” “Dusty” “Dusty”. The Cleveland crowd chanted “RVD” during his match against Damien Sandow. The crowd chanted “JBL”, “Jerry” and “Michael Cole” during a tag team match. How original, huh? After the main event match between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, everyone at Quicken Loans Arena screamed “YES”.
Breakout Star of the Night: The breakout star of the night was Dusty Rhodes, who hasn’t been on Raw in a very long time. I know Rhodes shouldn’t be considered as a “breakout star”, but he had a breakthrough performance when he had the microphone in his hand. The American Dream gave a passionate promo about his family and couldn’t decide whether Stephanie should hire back Cody or Dustin. He also took a KO Punch from Big Show, mind you that Dusty Rhodes is 68 years old. I was going to give the award to Roman Reigns, but everyone already knows that he’s a beast.
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: I was going to give the jobber of the night award to The Miz, but he sold Orton’s vicious attack perfectly and therefore, the award goes to R-Truth after he lost to Fandango, who lost to Miz yesterday at Night of Champions. R-Truth was absent from WWE TV for almost a year (or 6 months) before coming back. Once Truth was back, he instantly jobbed to the Wyatt Family and hasn’t won a match since, I don’t think. Poor R-Truth.
Upset of the Night: There were no real upsets tonight on Raw, but something that was very upsetting to me was Triple H firing referee Scott Armstrong. Something is definitely fishy and I bet Triple H told Armstrong to act like he and Bryan were in on the whole “fast count” thing all along. However, things backfired and Armstrong was fired. After Triple H said “don’t worry I’ll take care of you” (financially) it’s obvious that Hunter told Armstrong to fast count during the Night of Champions match incase Bryan defeated Orton and that’s the reason why Armstrong is keeping his mouth shut. I never liked the way Armstrong counted to three, but he was a good personality when called upon. I’m going to miss him.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was Randy Orton basically killing the Miz in front of his parents who were at ringside. After beating Miz up, Orton put his neck in a chair and then proceeded to hit him with a knee-drop. Mrs. Mizanin looked like she was in shock and legitimately crying and the entire segment was phenomenal. We saw the “old” Randy Orton. Some people may think that the Viper went too far, but this was classic heel Randy Orton baby! Second place for holy sh** moment of the night goes to all the face superstars for running into the ring and saving Daniel Bryan from getting his neck broken.
Worst Match: As usual, the Divas bout on Raw was the worst match of the night. It featured the team of Brie Bella and the Funkadactyls vs. Layla, Alicia Fox and Aksana. After five minutes of messy action, Brie Bella hit the X-Factor and picked up the victory. That’s about all she wrote, folks.
Logic Fail of the Night: When Randy Orton was beating up Miz in front of his family at ringside, his father looked like the biggest coward in the world considering he just stood there and did nothing. Hell, he didn’t even say a word as his own son was getting pummeled right in front of him. If I was Miz’ father, I would have at least asked Orton for his autograph….SOMETHING!
Tweets of the Night:
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) September 17, 2013
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) September 17, 2013
“I’m gonna take care of you” = keep your mouth shut and don’t squeal that I told you to fast count last night. #Raw
— Jason Solomon (@solomonster) September 17, 2013
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) September 17, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Guys, get your head out of the sand. I’m carrying you guys” – JBL. “You expect a thief to admit to a crime?” – JBL talking about Daniel Bryan.
LOL Moment of the Night: By far the funniest moment of the night was Paul Heyman kissing Ryback on the cheek and Ryback’s reaction afterwards was marvelous. He sold that kiss to perfection as he was literally blushing. Now come on guys, get your heads out of the gutter. Don’t say “that was weird” or “ew, that was akward”. The entire thing was definitely funny and I can’t wait to see more out of these two in the near future.
Overall Lowlights: Big Show crying; Big Show knocking out Dusty; Damien Sandow jobbing; Divas match; Randy Orton interferes in main event.
Overall Highlights: Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler; Dusty Rhodes on Raw; Randy Orton is back to his heelish ways; Paul Heyman promo; Paul Heyman kissing Ryback on the cheek; Bray Wyatt vignette; Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns; Face wrestlers rejoice!