WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/16 (Hour 2): Dusty-Stephanie confrontation, Dusty KO'ed, Miz KO'ed, more
Sep 16, 2013 - 10:03:57 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
September 16, 2013 - Episode #1,059
Live in Cleveland, Ohio
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Second Hour Raw Results
Raw returned three minutes before the top of the hour with Dusty Rhodes's music playing to bring out the WWE Hall of Famer to a solid reaction. Justin Roberts gave Dusty the formal ring intro as Dusty walked to the ring with a concerned and determined look on his face. As Dusty entered the ring, the announcers discussed the long history between the McMahon and Rhodes Families.
Once in the ring, a slimmed-down Dusty Rhodes stood in the ring and acknowledged cheers before thanking the crowd. Dusty said he's not here as the American Dream tonight, but as Virgil Runnels. Dusty - or Virgil - said he wants the McMahons to understand that he's been down that road before not knowing where the money is going to come from to pay the bills, but you reach down and find a way to do it for the love of your sons.
[Q5 -- second hour] Dusty continued in preacher mode that this is not about him, but about his son, Cody Rhodes. Dusty said it wasn't as part of the Fight, but on a whim because Triple H thinks he knows what's good for business. Dusty paused and continued the sermon that Goldust came to the plate and swung a mighty swing at Randy Orton. He said that God's greatest gift to each person in the audience is a child and the Rhodes Family exists to be the best.
Dusty then got down to the business of a business proposition from Stephanie McMahon - or Stephanie Levesque. Dusty told Stephanie to drag her long legs down to the ring and get with it. Steph's music played to bring out Stephanie with a big smile and over-the-top applause for Dusty.
Stephanie entered the ring and shook Dusty's hand, noting that was so beautiful. Stephanie told "Virgil" that that was remarkable. Stephanie said her husband's decision to fire Cody has been weighing on them. She then handed over a piece of paper to Dusty for Cody and his new bride. It was a gift card for Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Dusty flipped it away, then told Stephanie to get to it.
Stephanie said she is the daughter of a genius - the genius behind this "sports entertainment phenomenon." Steph said what her family has decided is to give Cody his job back. Dusty thought this was done, but Steph said they could give the job to Goldust. Stephanie told Dusty that he can make the decision since there's only one spot on the roster. Dusty snapped at Stephanie not to take him down this path, then Steph "killed Dusty with kindness" that he can make it right for his do-good son, Cody, or make it right for his bad son, Goldust.
Dusty replied by asking Stephanie if she does this favoritism routine for her children. Stephanie replied that it's typical Dusty thinking it's all about himself and it's all about his decision-making. Dusty then got in Steph's face and emphatically told her that she can go straight to hell. Dusty started to leave, but Shield's music played. Shield surrounded the ring as Stephanie stood in the ring opposite Dusty.
With Shield on the ring apron, Stephanie said this hardly seems fair. She then called out for Big Show to come down to the ring. After a pause, Show's music played. Out came the big guy pointing to himself trying to figure out why he was summoned to the ring. As Dusty covered his mouth in the ring, Show entered the ring and waited for further instructions. Stephanie told "Dream" that since Dusty cannot make the decision on Cody or Goldust getting a job, he gets to decide whether to be dismantled by Shield or knocked out by Big Show.
Dusty had no answer, so Stephanie made the decision for Big Show to knock out Dusty. Stephanie reasoned that Dusty brought this upon himself because he she was offering Dusty's sons a job. Show refused to follow through, so Stephanie told Shield to get Dusty, but Show stepped in the way. Show yelled at The Shield not to do anything to Dusty, but Roman Reigns brought chairs into the ring to add fuel to the fire.
Show calmed everyone down, then hugged Dusty as Stephanie encouraged Show to do it. As Shield threatened to strike with chairs, Show cried and made a fist before punching Dusty in the face. As Steph smiled in the background, Dusty fell into Show's arms and Show helped him to the mat while crying. Steph and Shield left the ring before a medic entered the ring to check on Dusty, who was unresponsive. Dusty was eventually fit for a neckbrace as Show leaned against the ring apron selling frustration and sadness. Raw quietly cut to break.
[ JC's Reax: Any advancement in the story was washed away by the use of real names to make it seem like they're "shooting." Everything that happens on the TV show is supposed to be presented as real from 8:00 to 11:05 p.m. EST, so trying to make this seem "more real" by using real names just confuses the audience and is more trouble than its worth. Plus, there was another round of Big Show crying instead of being presented like a big star who the audience should want to pay to see in action. ]
[Q6] [Commercial Break at 9:15]
Back on Raw, Cole recapped a "disturbing scene" of Big Show being forced to KO Punch Dusty Rhodes.
WWE cut to a backstage shot of medics frantically wheeling Dusty down the hallway to a waiting ambulance as Big Show followed. Prime Time Players, Zack Ryder, Booker T, and RVD were close behind calling for someone to call Cody and Goldust. Show then hopped in the ambulance with Dusty and the vehicle sped off for the nearest medical facility.
3 -- LAYLA & AKSANA & ALICIA FOX vs. BRIE BELLA & CAMERON & NAOMI -- six-Divas tag match
After Dusty was taken away in the ambulance, WWE cut to the ring for the Divas tag match. Everyone was already in the ring with one side apparently being "Total Divas" heels & faces while the other side was non-Total Divas heels & faces. Confused? Divas champion A.J. Lee and Natalya were on commentary representing the teams. Eventually, Brie pinned Aksana to give "Total Divas" a victory. Ringside, Natalya stood up and walked over to A.J. for a staredown over the Divas Title.
WINNERS: Team Total Divas at 2:58. The Total Divas vs. non-Total Divas non-sense continues to be window dressing for the real feud of A.J. vs. Natalya. Natalya doesn't have much ground to stand on after tapping to A.J. last night at the PPV, but WWE has clearly made this the top Divas singles feud.
Backstage: Hometown star The Miz was shown talking to Raw GM Brad Maddox in the hallway. Maddox indicated with his hand that he'll think about what Miz proposed to him.
[Commercial Break at 9:24]
Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown on-camera. Cole solemnly talked about Dusty Rhodes being knocked out by Big Show and said they hope to have an update on Dusty's medical condition before they go off the air.
In-ring: Damien Sandow was in the ring. WWE went back to two months ago when Sandow won the World Title MITB briefcase by shoving Cody Rhodes off the ladder at the MITB PPV. Back in the ring, Ricardo Rodriguez walked out on-stage to introduce Rob Van Dam. As RVD made his entrance, Cole noted RVD nearly won the World Title from Alberto Del Rio last night, but Del Rio got himself DQ'ed.
4 -- ROB VAN DAM (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
As the match started, Cole tried to direct viewers to WWE's financial investment, Tout, to see footage of Big Show reacting to Dusty Rhodes being loaded in an ambulance. RVD went for Rolling Thunder early on, but Sandow got his knees up to block. RVD came back with a thrust kick, then climbed to the top rope and nailed a Five-Star Frogsplash. RVD covered and it was good for the win.
WINNER: RVD at 2:40. Basic deal getting RVD back on-track ahead of a likely World Title re-match with Del Rio.
Post-match, Sandow's music randomly played after the finish, then WWE stopped Sandow's music and played RVD's music. RVD then celebrated on the way out with Ricardo. On commentary, Cole relayed news that Miz has a "huge opportunity" later tonight. Damien Sandow interrupted by proclaiming himself still the MITB briefcase holder and future World champion. Sandow's music then played. Cole continued that Miz has a match against the former WWE champion Randy Orton tonight.
Still to come: Bryan vs. Reigns and Orton vs. Miz.
[Commercial Break at 9:35]
Exterior Shot: Raw is in Cleveland at the Q. Cole ribbed Lawler about the Cleveland Browns, who Lawler said are represented on the front row tonight.
WWE cut backstage to Triple H standing by in his office showing deep thoughts. Referee Scott Armstrong walked in to talk to Hunter, who did all the talking. Hunter said he had to hold up the WWE Title tonight, which is a problem. "Scott, WWE officials have to have integrity," he said. Hunter said Scott has been a loyal employee for 20 years (is Hunter talking to Scott or Jim Ross?), so he's going to offer him a good severance package. "Scott, I gotta let you go," Hunter said. Scott tried to reason with Hunter, who told him that he will take care of him. "I'm going to take care of you," he said. Scott walked off and Hunter sold concern over his decision.
[ Overall, more evidence pointing to the storyline direction of Hunter telling Scott to fast-count for Bryan if the opportunity presented itself so that they could pin a conspiracy on Bryan, light a fire under Orton, and then pretend to "fire" Scott to "restore order." ]
In-ring: Randy Orton was introduced for the next match. Orton stormed down to the ring with the fasted pace for his ring entrance in years. The Miz was then introduced in his hometown. Miz came down to ringside to acknowledge his parents on the front row. Big sympathy for Miz, which turned into big heat on Orton, who jumped Miz from behind in front of his parents. Orton bashed Miz around ringside before Raw cut to break prior to the match starting.
[Q8] [Commercial Break at 9:45]
Back from break, Miz was selling a shoulder injury as the ref checked him to see if he wanted to wrestle this match. Miz showed fire in his eyes that he wanted to fight tonight in his hometown, so the ref called for the bell.
5 -- RANDY ORTON vs. THE MIZ
Miz used one good arm to charge at Orton, getting a reaction, but Orton quickly tackled him and drove him to the corner. The back-and-forth fight spilled out to the floor, where a fired-up Miz threw Orton into the guardrail over and over. Miz stood in front of his parents still selling the effects of the shoulder attack, then Orton rammed him into the guardrail. The bell sounded, either for a double count-out or Double DQ.
Post-match, Orton and Miz continued to trade control of the fight as Miz's parents stood right in the middle of the action. Orton then draped Miz across the guardrail as Miz's dad refused to back down from Orton trying to intimidate him. Miz's mom started crying as Orton draped Miz across the guardrail before implant DDT'ing Miz into the padding. Miz sold being unconscious as Orton lifted Miz up and dragged him back into the ring.
Orton wasn't done, as he grabbed a chair from ringside and walked toward Miz's parents. Orton eyeballed Miz's dad, then slowly walked back into the ring as Cole blamed Stephanie McMahon for creating this. Orton then slid into the ring and whispered something down to Miz while covering his mouth. Orton proceeded to place Miz's head inside the chair before looking toward Miz's parents.
Orton teased stepping on Miz's head inside the chair, but then backed up to the corner. Orton measured Miz for a running knee drop and connected. Miz's mom sold tears as Orton surveyed the crowd with sinister eyes. Medics and refs then entered the ring to check on Miz and keep Orton away from Miz. After a replay of Orton's attack, Cole screamed about Hunter and Stephanie apparently wanting a crazed lunatic to be the face of WWE.
WINNER: No Contest at 1:36. Probably the best thing Miz has been involved in this year with strong emotions in the arena. Orton is back on-track as a killer heel as opposed to the evil principal's favorite student and they actually got sympathy on Miz. Whether they can get sympathy on Miz in a city other this hometown is a different story, but this made Miz relevant for the first time in a while.
[Commercial Break at 9:56]
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