Tonight’s episode of Raw took place at the U.S Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona and showcased a total of eight matches. The WWE Universe witnessed some impressive and entertaining bouts; including Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins, which was the main event. The show furthered the new “Corporation” storyline and it is now as obvious as ever that Daniel Bryan has replaced John Cena as the top babyface in WWE today. With that being said, here are the overall highs and lows from Monday Night Raw:
Best Match: The WWE Universe witnessed two outstanding matches on tonight’s episode of Raw. Christian vs. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins were PPV quality bouts, but the one that stood out the most was Bryan vs. Rollins. Bryan and Rollins have unbelievable chemistry with one another and they have some history from their time in Ring of Honor together. Rollins hit an impressive move that I’ve never seen before and Daniel Bryan executed an out-of-this-world German Suplex from the top rope, which Rollins sold perfectly as he landed on his stomach/face. Mark my words; Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins will eventually happen at a WrestleMania and when it does, they will receive a five star match rating for their performance.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening segment, the Arizona crowd chanted “Daniel Bryan”, “Yes” and “No”. Get used to it people, Bryan-Mania is running wild and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. There were multiple “CM Punk” chants during his bout with Curtis Axel. Also, after the Punk/Axel bout, they chanted “Walrus” at Paul Heyman. Like every week, there were “RVD” chants when Rob Van Dam competed.
Superstar of the Night: Without a doubt, Daniel Bryan was the superstar of the night after competing in three separate matches against each member of The Shield. Bryan had a Gauntlet match about a month ago and he and Antonio Cesaro tore the roof down. It’s rare to see a superstar wrestle three matches in one night and Bryan has done it twice. The dude is one of the best wrestlers in the world and he’s gotta be loving life right now. Things haven’t gotten off to a good start for Bryan, but he Is the new face of the WWE and his WWE Title chase will continue to be exciting.
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 crowd signs that you saw on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw?
Jobber of the Night: Unfortunately, Natalya was the jobber of the night after she lost her match against Brie Bella in about two-three minutes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Natalya is one of the most talented and gifted female performers and I give her an enormous amount of credit for jobbing to a female that can’t even wrestle just to help promote a WWE reality show. Basically, since Natalya isn’t a twin, she loses matches and it’s a shame because she is one of the only Divas on the WWE roster who can actually wrestle.
Upset of the Night: I know it’s happened before, but Rob Van Dam defeating Alberto Del Rio is definitely an upset in my eyes. Considering RVD’s age and the fact that he just returned to the WWE a month ago, another victory over the World Heavyweight champion is a monumental achievement. I didn’t think WWE would push RVD to feud with Del Rio, but it was announced that RVD’s win over the Mexican Aristocrat earned him a World Title match at Night of Champions. I can’t wait.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: The holy sh** moment of the night was the magnificent and edgy promo that AJ Lee delivered after the Divas match between Brie Bella and Natalya. This promo was very reminiscent of CM Punk’s “Pipe bomb” back in 2011 and judging by some of the tweets tweeted out by the Bella Twins, the promo may have not been rehearsed before the show. Maybe I’m just being a dumb wrestling fan and am thinking about this too much, but I feel that AJ’s promo was 100% truthful and she finally got the chance to speak her mind. What are your thoughts?
Worst Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Fandango and Brie Bella vs. Natalya were the worst matches of the night. It’s difficult to pick just one out of the two horrible bouts, but Rhodes vs. Fandango was more disappointing, considering they aren’t Divas. Talking about the Rhodes vs. Fandango opening match, it only lasted one or two minutes and Rhodes picked up the victory with a roll-up after Miz distracted the man with a doctorate in dance. If given enough time, Rhodes and Fandango could have made some magic in the ring, but due to the tag team match immediately afterwards, the match was a letdown. Brie Bella vs. Natalya was pretty good at SummerSlam, but still, I wasn’t expecting very much out of them tonight on Raw. Poor Nattie.
Logic Fail of the Night: I honestly did not notice anything illogical throughout tonight’s Raw. I’m getting pretty sick and tired of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns interfering in one another’s matches and just accepting defeat, but considering they are with the new Corporation, of course nothing is going to happen to them. Do you think anything illogical happened during Raw? Let me know in the comments section.
Tweets of the Night:
Looking at my pastel colored suits and feeling like a billion bucks. #RAW
— Vince McMahon (@CEOVinceMcMahon) August 27, 2013
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) August 27, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “I still have the Money in the Bank briefcase, therefore, I am the better man” – Damien Sandow. “If Rihanna and Chris Brown can keep getting back together, so can Paul Heyman and CM Punk” – JBL. “Guys…Randy Orton now drives a Cadillac YEScalade!” – Michael Cole.
LOL Moment of the Night: Surprisingly, there wasn’t anything really funny that happened on tonight’s episode of Raw. The most humorous moment was probably Daniel Bryan vandalizing Randy Orton’s car, but in all seriousness, how many times have we seen Orton’s car get destroyed or vandalized? I did like how Bryan said “look, there’s more on the back” as he was showing the WWE Universe the amount of times he wrote the word “Yes” in orange paint.
Overall Lowlights: Cody Rhodes vs. Fandango; Brie Bella vs. Natalya; less quantity, more quality when it comes to matches.
Overall Highlights: Opening Triple H/Orton/Bryan segment; CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel; Paul Heyman beat down; AJ Lee promo; Christian vs. Randy Orton; Zeb Colter promo; Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins.