WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 6/10 (Hour 1): Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - Triple H starts the show, three new title matches for Payback, Fandango update
Jun 10, 2013 - 8:00:01 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
June 10, 2013 - Episode #1,045
Live in Richmond, Va.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Raw opened with a recap of last week's McMahon Family Drama. Tonight, Triple H says he's going to wrestle Curtis Axel.
Live in the arena, Michael Cole introduced the show before Triple H's music played. Hunter emerged on-stage dressed to wrestle as an odd-sounding ring bell sounded to signal a match to start the show. Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler talked about Hunter wanting to wrestle tonight, even if he's going against the wishes of the McMahons, then Curtis Axel's music played. Out came Axel, flanked by Paul Heyman. Axel took his time making his way to the ring, agitating Hunter, who had to be told by ref Charles Robinson to back up. Axel continued to stall, then finally entered the ring and the match started.
1 -- TRIPLE H vs. CURTIS AXEL (w/Paul Heyman)
Hunter quickly attacked Axel as Cole noted Hunter is the COO of this company. Hunter was reprimanded repeatedly by Axel, then Vince McMahon's music suddenly played 35 seconds into the match. McMahon strutted down to the ring as Hunter grabbed a hold in the ring. Hunter continued to keep Axel on the mat as McMahon strutted down to the ring while his music continued to play.
The music stopped, then McMahon grabbed the mic and called for the bell, ending the match. McMahon then told Justin Roberts to announce Axel as the winner via DQ. McMahon, in a power blue suit, then strutted around ringside and walked up the entranceramp as Hunter yelled at him from inside the ring.
WINNER: Axel via DQ 1:18. McMahon just screwed the gimmick - Axel is supposed to win every match by count-out, not DQ.
Post-match, Hunter yelled at Justin Roberts to re-start the match. So, that happened. Cole said Hunter is allowed to do these things.
1b -- TRIPLE H vs. CURTIS AXEL (w/Paul Heyman)
Less than a minute later, McMahon strutted down to the ringside again. No music this time. "You Suck" chants greeted McMahon, who called for the bell again. Roberts again announced Axel as the winner, this time by forfeit.
WINNER: Axel via forfeit at 0:54.
After the match, McMahon strutted down the rampway again, then yelled at Justin Roberts to re-start this match as a 60-minute Iron Man match.
1c -- TRIPLE H vs. CURTIS AXEL (w/Paul Heyman) -- 60-minute Iron Man match
Once Hunter rang the bell himself, McMahon walked back to the timekeeper's area and told Axel and Heyman to leave the ring because Axel has already won the match twice. McMahon then told Roberts and Mark Yeaton to get a new mic and ring bell, respectively. He took both and walked off as his music played. Cole called it surreal and embarrassing for the McMahon Family. The announcers went heavy on the family being dysfunctional, nutty, and crazy.
WINNER: No Decision in 1:00. Is WWE setting up a McMahons vs. Kardashaians angle to determine the most dysfunctional family on TV prior to the "Total Divas" premiere on E! in July?
Up Next: Dean Ambrose vs. Kane. Plus, Cena vs. Ryback in a face-off later tonight.
[Commercial Break at 8:12]
[Q2] Backstage: Triple H yelled at Stephanie McMahon for Vince crossing the line and going crazy. In the middle of trying to be on Hunter's side, Steph slipped in a line that Hunter must have threatened him, as if Hunter's fault. Steph then went for the Emotional Card telling him to think about Vince not getting any younger. "Please, don't hurt him!" Stephanie begged in-between crocodile tears. Hunter calmed down and told Steph to go talk to him. Hunter then threw down his towel in disgust.
[ JC REAX: Either Steph was being way over-the-top and intentionally terrible because it's part of the angle to reveal she's siding with Vince or her acting was the worst it's been since the '90s in that segment. Jarring if it was the latter. ]
In-ring: Kane was introduced to the ring before WWE recapped recent problems between Kane and Daniel Bryan. The Shield's music then played to bring out Dean Ambrose flanked by tag champs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the crowd. The crowd went wild for the trio, who are the most stable individuals on the show thus far. And they're the heels. Ambrose then parted ways with the tag champs and marched to the ring by himself.
2 -- U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE vs. KANE -- non-title match
There was no bell, so the referee "officially started the match" with hand signals. Kane took control early on, then another ref jogged down to ringside with the ring bell, drawing a mock applause from the audience. JBL noted "ring bell" will soon be trending on Twitter. Kane then clotheslined Ambrose over the top rope to the floor and continued assaulting Shield's leader. Kane in control heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:23]
Back from break at 8:27, Ambrose was in control during the break. To drive people away from the App, Cole noted he was telling a story during the App. Cole said the story was Ambrose driving people away in the backstage area because he's "off." This segued to a look at Randy Orton, then Daniel Bryan watching the match backstage on the App. No hint of a Heel Orton there. Cole then noted the audience will be able to pick Orton's and Bryan's opponent tonight.
[Q3] Ambrose walked into a sidewalk slam at 9:30, but Ambrose escaped a pin attempt. Kane then climbed up-top, where Ambrose cut him off. But, Kane headbutted Ambrose to the mat and delivered a flying clothesline. Kane wanted to end it with a Chokeslam, but Ambrose rolled out of the ring. Shield then jumped Kane, causing a DQ.
Post-match: The crowd exploded as Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton hit the ring to knock around The Shield. Chaos in the ring, then Orton, Bryan, and Kane knocked Shield out of the ring to stand tall together as a unit. JBL said this issue is far from over. Kane's music then played and Shield bailed through the crowd into the stands. Back in the ring, Orton, Kane, and Bryan looked at each other with uneasy looks. No mention of Orton dropping Bryan with an RKO at the end of Smackdown three nights ago.
WINNER: Kane via DQ at 10:25.
Payback pre-show: Cole plugged a "Payback Kickoff" match of Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow on Sunday.
Announcers: Bryan will face either Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns, as voted on in an App poll. ... It's worth introducing a quote from D-Bryan to RVAMag.com last week about potentially facing Rollins a/k/a Tyler Black: "I think we've both evolved as wrestlers, in some ways good and in some ways bad, but a big difference is the crowd. It's way different wrestling in front of 500-700 people than it is wrestling in front of thousands of people, you know? Unfortunately we haven't had a singles match yet, but I would love to be able to wrestle Seth Rollins in a singles match and really show people what we can do."
[Commercial Break at 8:34]
Back live, Jerry Lawler was in the ring to reveal the App vote. Daniel Bryan will face ... Rollins, who scored 66 percent of the vote. It will be Bryan vs. Rollins one-on-one tonight. And, Orton will face Roman Reigns later in the show. Cole said Bryan-Rollins will be first-time-ever on Raw. Cole then transitioned to the Bryan-Orton issue at the end of Smackdown last Friday. They showed footage of Bryan accidentally hitting Orton during their tag match against The Shield, then Orton dropping Bryan with an RKO to close the show. Cole said perhaps Orton thought what happened to him was not an accident; JBL said he thinks Orton is just tired of Bryan's crazy antics.
Backstage: Bryan and Orton argued about what happened on Smackdown, then Kane shoved Bryan and said this is not a fight he wants to pick. Bryan took that as Kane saying he thinks he can't beat Orton, which made Kane even angrier because that's not what he meant. Kane yelled at Bryan to get his head straight because he has to face Rollins tonight. Orton and Bryan then started insulting each other out of anger with the other.
Vickie Guerrero interrupted and told "the two of them" that they have a Tag Title shot on Sunday. Bryan thought it was him and Kane, but Vickie clarified that it's Orton and Bryan because they got a DQ victory over The Shield on Smackdown. Orton and Bryan stared each other down, then Vickie booked Kane in a U.S. Title match against Ambrose because he beat Ambrose via DQ earlier tonight. Kane, now happy, said he always liked Vickie and gave her a big hug before laughing to himself.
NEWS FOR PAYBACK: Orton & Bryan challenging Shield for the Tag Titles and Kane challenging Ambrose for the U.S. Title.
In-ring: The Miz walked to the ring as Cole hyped a change to the IC Title match on Sunday. Cole did not mention it being related to Fandango's reported concussion.
[Commercial Break at 8:42]
[Q4] Back live, IC champion Wade Barrett was ringside for commentary on Miz vs. Cody Rhodes. Cole then introduced news that WWE has disallowed Fandango from competing in the IC Title match on Sunday. It will now be Miz challenging Barrett one-on-one. On commentary, Barrett laughed, called Fandango soft, and was quizzed by Cole about tapping out to the figure-four from Miz last week. Barrett heelishly said he was distracted by Fandango, causing him to lose last week.
3 -- THE MIZ vs. CODY RHODES
Rhodes attacked Miz's left knee, to the delight of Barrett, who encouraged Rhodes to keep working on the knee. Miz then reversed momentum on Cody and Flair slapped on the figure-four on Dusty. It was good for the tap-out, giving Miz the win.
WINNER: Miz via submission at 2:36.
Post-match: Paul Heyman walked out on-stage and relayed news from Vickie Guerrero that there will be a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Title at Payback. And that man is his newest client - a man with victories over Chris Jericho, John Cena, and Triple H - Curtis Axel. Axel walked out on-stage looking smug, then took the mic. Axel said the "perfect" ending to the match this Sunday will be him - Curtis Axel, the new "Inter-cont-in-ent-al champion." Axel's music played as Barrett flipped out ringside.
NEWS FOR PAYBACK: Barrett vs. Miz vs. Axel for the IC Title.
Announcers: JBL noted Curtis's father was one of the greatest IC champions of all-time, and Axel has a chance to add to his legacy. Cole then transitioned to a plug for the Hall of Pain returning next week. This led to a video package hyping Mark Henry. "This is what I do!"
Backstage: Chris Jericho was shown walking down the hallway dressed to wrestle. Lawler said they will hear from Jericho ahead of his match against C.M. Punk at Payback.
[Commercial Break at 8:53]
Back from break, Cole plugged Carl's Jr. as a sponsor tonight before going back to footage from earlier tonight when Triple H tried to face Curtis Axel, but Mr. McMahon interrupted and fought Hunter for control of the match proceedings. Cole noted the problem is both men are bosses and Lawler called it a classic case of "one-upsmanship." Next was a look at Steph pleading with Hunter not to hurt Vince.
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