WWE Monday Night RAW Results
September 23, 2013
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, JBL & Michael Cole
Report by: David Stephens of Wrestleview.com
Vince McMahon provides the voice over for the opening video, which is dedicated to the late Angelo Savoldi (1914-2013).
RAW comes on the air with a video highlighting the locker room brawl that saved Daniel Bryan from destruction at the end of last week’s RAW.
The talent involved in the daring rescue from last week are standing on the entrance ramp. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are introduced as the Owner and COO of the WWE respectively. There is a red carpet covering the ring canvas. The Shield stands guard at ringside. A microphone is set up on the entrance ramp in the middle of the Superstars.
Stephanie and Triple H make their way to the ring and welcome the crowd to RAW. Hunter and Stephanie mock the ‘Yes’ chants from Daniel Bryan. Triple H says that rumors have been circulating about what punishment the ten Superstars that saved Bryan last week. Stephanie takes over to address the stars. She thanks them. She thanks them for finally standing up and proving that they are men. Triple H says that their involvement had nothing to do with Daniel Bryan.
Rob Van Dam is the first to speak. He counters Triple H and says that they were fighting for Daniel Bryan. Bryan was screwed over and Triple H would do the same to any of them. Triple H retorts that is seems unusual that a star would fight for a WWE Champion. Most Superstars fight to be the WWE Champion. Triple H addresses Dolph Ziggler and asks if he was really fighting for Bryan. Triple H doesn’t understand why they think Bryan should deserve a Title opportunity over their own selves. Stephanie asks why R-Truth or Zack Ryder wouldn’t want to fight to become the face of the company. Triple H believes that it is The Shield who is causing their real frustration. After all The Shield has beaten up each and every Superstar on the stage. They will all compete in an Elimination Handicap Match against The Shield. Daniel Bryan will join them as their partner. Hopefully he will fight for them with the same passion that they fought for him. It will be the first ever 11 on 3 Elimination Handicap Match. Also, The WWE Universe will vote for one of the men to fight Randy Orton later tonight. Voting will take place on the WWE App. Triple H says that what is best for all the fans is what is best for business.
Kofi Kingston v. Alberto Del Rio
Kofi Kingston is looking to topple the World Champion and put himself in line for a Title shot. After the initial back and forth Kofi hits a Hurricarana that knocks Rio onto the apron. Rio rolls to the outside. Kofi flies over the top rope with a somersault plancha. Both men are back inside the ring as Kofi sets up a ten count punch in the corner. A cover by Kofi is unsuccessful. It is Del Rio’s turn to dictate the pace and stomps on Kofi’s head. Cover, but Kofi kicks out. Del Rio continues to work the head of his opponent by raking it against the bottom rope. Rio slides to the outside and hits a running knee to the skull of Kofi, which is hanging over the apron. Kofi catches his breath and goes on the assault when Rio gets back into the ring. Rio tries a bit of skullduggery by pulling at Kofi’s hair. Kingston is not amused and knocks his foe out of the ring. Rio scurries to the timekeeper’s area in order to avoid another aerial potion.
Alberto is in control as he works Kofi’s head. Kingston tries to escape only to find himself locked in an arm bar. Kofi punches free and backs his opponent into the corner. Del Rio is seated on the turnbuckle as he absorbs blows. Rio slides backward to apply the Cross-Arm Breaker as he uses the top rope for leverage. The referee backs Rio away from Kofi in the corner, which seems to open the door for Kofi. However Rio counters an initial kick. Unfazed, Kofi hits a high standing dropkick. Rio misses a clothesline and is dropped with a few hard chops. Kofi has the wind knocked out of him as Rio kicks him in the gut. Kofi responds with SOS, but Rio kicks out of the cover.
Kofi keeps control as he hits a Boom Drop. Kofi heads to the corner and pumps up the crowd as he looks for Trouble in Paradise. Rio dodges and counters into a bridging German Suplex. Kofi kicks out of the cover. With a menacing look on his face Rio looks for the finish. Kofi counters a tilt-a-whirl into a cover. Alberto kicks out. Rio tosses his opponent shoulder first into the steel post. Rio cinches on the Cross-Arm Breaker. Kofi has no choice but to tap as the dual effect of the steel post followed by the submission provides his downfall.
Winner via Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Renee Young interviews the Miz in the back about his suffering at the hands of Randy Orton on last week’s broadcast. Triple H appears in the shot. He mocks the pain of Miz and knows that he wants to fight Orton. He tells Miz that in the interest of his safety he cannot face Randy tonight. Triple makes fun of Miz being a must-see star. Triple H declares that tonight there will be an episode of Miz TV with Big Show as the guest.
Bray Wyatt appears in a short vignette and makes his way down to the ring. As he blows out his electric lantern the show abruptly cuts to commercial.
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan w/ Bray Wyatt v. The Prime Time Players
Harper starts the match against Young. Luke delivers a big boot and then slaps his partner to bring him into the ring. Rowan strikes Darren before removing his sheep mask. Young is placed in the corner on top of the ropes. Harper gets the tag and delivers a shot to the gut of Young. Cover, but Young kicks out. As his family exchanges tags back and forth and isolates Young, Wyatt rocks in a chair from ringside.
Harper has Young in a headlock as the lights flicker off for a moment. Young kicks free of an ankle lock and brings in Titus. Harper is pushed back and Rowan is knocked off the apron. Titus barks like a dog before lifting up Harper for a slam. Titus drops him as Rowan comes into the ring. Young flies in to send Rowan and himself out of the ring. Lee plants Titus and with a vicious arm lariat and picks up the cover.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
After the match Bray enters the ring. He tenderly kisses Young and then hits him with Sister Abigail. The bodies of the fallen Prime Time Players are placed next to each other. Wyatt wickedly laughs as he tells the crowd to follow the buzzards.
The Miz brings Big Show down to the ring for the latest edition of Miz TV. The Miz addresses the encounter between Big Show and Dusty Rhodes last week on RAW. Miz asks why Show would follow the commands of Stephanie and Triple H. Miz says that WWE Superstars are starting to step up so now it is time for Big Show to step up as well. Miz slanders Stephanie, which of course brings out Vince’s dear daughter.
Stephanie struts her way down and into the ring. Big Show shakes his head, as he knows that trouble is in store. Stephanie says that she will allow most of what Miz said to slide because she knows that he likes to stir the pot. Stephanie turns the spotlight on Miz. She points out that Orton slaughtered him last week. She also mocks him for being a utility player. Whenever there is a low exposure media opportunity it is The Miz that is chosen. Stephanie points out that he peaked too soon. He has received plenty of chances but just can’t seem to measure up. Stephanie seems amused that Miz’s mom witnessed his beating last week at the hand of Orton. Stephanie commands Big Show to knock Miz out. Miz is confused – until he is spun directly into a giant fist.
Randy Orton makes his entrance for his WWE App voted match. Rob Van Dam wins the poll.
Rob Van Dam v. Randy Orton
RVD is stomped into the corner. He recovers and sends Orton out of the ring. RVD looks for a springboard maneuver but Orton sees it coming and delivers an uppercut.
Back from the break Orton is in control. He has Rob in a headlock. RVD fights free and delivers a spin kick. RVD continues with the kicks and sets up for Rolling Thunder. Cover, but Orton kicks free. RVD delivers a few shoulder thrusts before being whipped across the ring. He blocks an Orton splash and attempts a Split-Legged Moonsault. Orton is able to counter the high flyer. Randy connects with a suspended DDT and then sticks his tongue out a la Miley Cyrus. Orton drops down to the mat and begins to pound. Rob blocks an impending RKO with a kick to the skull. Cover, but Orton kicks out. Rob looks for the finish as he leaps to the top rope. Rob leaps and delivers a kick as Orton has gotten to his feet. Rob goes up top again but this time is knocked down to a seated position. Orton takes control as RVD falls to the outside.
Orton tosses Rob into the barricade. The high flyer goes spinning head over heels. Orton continues the onslaught as he uses the ringside weaponry to his advantage. Rob is tosses into the barricade a few more times before colliding head first with the steel steps.
Winner via DQ: Rob Van Dam
Orton continues his attack on the outside. Rob is tossed over the commentators’ booth. Orton takes the cover off and lifts Rob onto the booth. Instead of using it, Orton rolls Rob back into the ring. Orton laughs as he stands over his fallen foe. He lifts Rob up and sits him on the top turnbuckle. He then pulls him forward and delivers a suspended DDT from the lofty roost. A trainer gets into the ring to try and stop the attack.
Randy Orton is in the back and approaches Brie Bella. He tells her that he has the face of a Champion, unlike her goat faced boyfriend, Daniel Bryan.
AJ Lee walks into Stephanie McMahon’s office. Stephanie hands her a DVD containing her wedding to Triple H. AJ wants to address her tag team match tonight. She wants the Total Divas talent to go on hiatus along with their show. Stephanie is not amused. She tells AJ that she will compete and be happy about it or else she may not be the Champion much longer.
Fandango w/ Summer Rae v. Santino
Santino and Fandango exchange a few dance moves as the match gets started. Santino whiffs on a crossbody. Fandango stomps his opponent. Santino tries to sneak in a quick rollup, but Fandango kicks out. Summer Rae plays with her hair on the outside as her man applies an abdominal stretch on the inside. Santino escapes with a side slam. Santino hits a big hip toss. He follows with a headbutt. Santino grabs the cobra from his tights. Summer provides a bit of distraction, which is all that Fandango needs to slam Santino. Fandango climbs up to the top rope. Santino is able to get to his feet but is knocked back down to the mat. Fandango leaps and connects with a leg drop.
CM Punk’s music hits. The hometown crowd explodes for the Straight Edge Superstar. Punk is wearing a Blackhawks jersey. Punk takes his time and soaks up the monstrous ovation. Punk says that they ruined a perfectly bad mood. He claims to have not smiled in over a week. Punk is also upset that he wasn’t able to get the Stanley Cup on the show tonight. It is in Montreal being engraved. Punk wants to apologize for letting everybody down. Not just about the Cup, but more importantly because of his showing at Night of Champions. Punk is bummed out that Paul Heyman pinned him. The history books will always show that. Punk feels like he has let everyone down so much that he might not be able to go on. He doesn’t deserve to claim to be from Chicago. Punk caters his monologue to the hometown crowd. He describes the impassioned fan base. He compares himself to the Blackhawks. Even if he loses a match he will pick himself up by his bootstraps. If he has let anyone down he pleads with them not to give up. The crowd erupts.
Paul Heyman rolls out onto the entrance ramp on a mobility scooter. He is singing ‘New York, New York’. Punk tells him that this is not a good time. Heyman says that Punk doesn’t need to remind him of the beating he suffered in Detroit. Despite his win, Heyman suffered physical trauma.
Heyman tells Punk not to feel sorry for losing. Heyman blames Punk’s loss on the fact that he is from Chicago. Punk is from the Second City and thus he is the second best in the world. Heyman displays a graphic of Ryback sending Punk through a table and then laughs. Punk says that he knows how this is going to end. He knows that when he comes after Heyman help will be on hand. Punk asks if Ryback and Axel will be able to make it out before Punk can deliver his first shot. Heyman responds that if Punk does make a move then not only will he beat him, but Heyman will beat him with both hands tied behind his back. Heyman declares his goodbye. He tries to scoot away, but the battery has died on his scooter.
Punk flies out at Heyman. Ryback and Axel were apparently kneeling next to the crowd for the segment. They reach Punk at the same time as he reaches Heyman. At first Punk is able to get in a few blows but the numbers game quickly catches up to the former WWE Champion. Punk counters an Irish Whip and sends Axel into the Titantron. Ryback had been tossed off the entrance ramp. Punk leaps up with a crossbody. Axel comes over to assist but is met with a boot to the face. Ryback grabs Punk and tosses him into a lighting fixture. Punk’s reprieve has ended. Ryback places Punk on a light crate and then lifts him up high overhead. Ryback tosses him off and through a table.
Heyman struts over to join his clients. A trainer comes over to check on the fallen Punk.
Natalya, The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls v. Alicia Fox, Aksana, Layla, Tamina & AJ Lee
After a few quick tags AJ and Brie are the legal Divas. A split-fueled face plant sends the Divas Champion into the mat. Brie covers and this match is over. The commercial break preceding this match was longer than the match itself.
Winners: Natalya, The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls
A vignette airs for The Shield. They are the Hounds of Justice and vow to win in their handicap match tonight. They claim to be both winners and studs.
Daniel Bryan comes out and is fired up. He says that there will be no trickery at the Battleground PPV. No fast counts, no special guest referees and no nonsense. Bryan will vanquish the Viper. At the end of the match the only thing that Orton will hear is the crowd chanting – YES!
The Shield’s music hits.
Before they make it to the ring two men in jeans attack them during their entrance. It is Goldust and Cody Rhodes. They deliver a few punches to the startled team. Security quickly leaps on the interfering men and escorts them out of the building.
For some bizarre reason, despite trying to hide in the crowd, Goldust has his full face paint applied. Whatever security guard didn’t notice him at ringside should be fired.
The Shield v. The Usos, The Prime Time Players, Rob Van Dam, Justin Gabriel, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan
Rollins starts the match against Jimmy. Usos delivers a decent punch then brings in Ziggler. Ambrose gets the tag. Ziggler is backed into the corner and is met with a few chops. Roman gets the tag and works on Dolph in the corner. Rollins comes back in and stomps on the hand of Dolph. Ambrose comes in as The Shield continues to isolate their opponents. Dolph hits a dropkick that lets him tag in RVD. Rob misses a Rolling Thunder. Ambrose is hit with a kick. RVD connects with a few shoulder thrusts but misses after the cartwheel. Ambrose hits his DDT finish and pins RVD.
Rob Van Dam has been eliminated.
Kofi Kingston is in the ring with Dean Ambrose. Kofi’s arm is heavily bandaged after his encounter with Alberto Del Rio earlier in the evening. Kofi hits a crossbody and tries to make a tag. Ambrose holds him back and then drops him to the mat. Ambrose delivers a DDT and pins Kofi.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.
Titus comes in from behind and tries to take advantage. Despite being caught off guard Ambrose gains his bearing and tags in Roman Reigns. Roman dodges a boot and hits a huge spear.
Titus O’Neill has been eliminated.
Justin Gabriel comes in and delivers one kick before being Speared.
Justin Gabriel has been eliminated.
Zack Ryder flies in and actually knocks Roman down in the corner. Roman counters a Broski Boot into a Spear.
Zack Ryder is eliminated.
Daniel Bryan comes in and turns the tide. He knocks Ambrose and Rollins off the apron and then pummels towards Roman. He delivers a running kick. Jimmy tags himself in and knocks Roman down to the mat. Jey gets the tag and climbs to the top rope. He leaps and delivers a splash on his relative. Roman Reigns has been pinned for the first time in his WWE career.
Roman Reigns has been eliminated.
Ambrose gets the tag as the show returns and works on Darren Young. Rollins comes in to give Ambrose a brief rest. Ambrose catches a moment to gather his thoughts and comes back into the match. Darren Young tries to take him out with a Northern Lights Suplex and bridging pin. Ambrose kicks out. Young tries to roll up Ambrose but Rollins tags himself in. Rollins breaks up the pin by leaping into the ring and covers Young.
Darren Young has been eliminated.
Dolph Ziggler comes in for his team and tries to work the action in the corner. Rollins trips into the bottom turnbuckle. Ambrose gets the tag and stomps at the hashtag heel. Ambrose sends Dolph into the corner and then delivers a punch, a couple head-butts and a few kicks. Dean Ambrose lifts Ziggler up on his shoulder. Ziggler scoots free and hits the Zig Zag.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
Rollins flies into the ring and is outnumbered five to one. Rollins tries to keep Ziggler away from his corner. He attempts a few chokes and covers but nothing has proven successful. Dolph hits a DDT and Rollins falls limp. R-Truth gets the tag and he charges into the ring. He spins around for an elbow and slams Seth to the mat. Cover, but Seth kicks out. Rollins dodges a Leg Scissor and curb stomps Truth into the mat.
R-Truth has been eliminated.
The remaining opponents surround the ring, imitating the familiar tactic of The Shield. They all charge in at once and unload on Rollins. Ambrose and Reigns run in to make the save but are knocked to the outside by The Usos and Ziggler. The Usos fly out of the ring in sync over the top rope to further decimate the eliminated Shield members. Bryan and Rollins are the legal men and the only men left inside the ring. Bryan heads to the top rope. He leaps for a big headbutt. Bryan pumps his arms up into the air to taunt the crowd. He flies across the ring and uses his knee to knock the face clear off of Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins has been eliminated.
Winners: The Usos, The Prime Time Players, Rob Van Dam, Justin Gabriel, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan
After the match Daniel Bryan celebrates and pumps his arms up into the air. The Chicago explodes and chants with the stripped WWE Champion.
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