WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/16 (Hour 3): Bryan vs. Reigns main event, the locker room responds, "medical updates," Ryback explains why he saved Heyman, more
Sep 16, 2013 - 10:05:11 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
Third Hour Raw Results
Raw returned one minute before the top of the hour with Ryback's music playing. On commentary, Cole said they hope to get medical updates on Dusty Rhodes and The Miz by the end of the night. On-stage, Ryback and Curtis Axel wheeled out Paul Heyman in a wheelchair. On-stage, Heyman - now clean-shaven and (presumably) showered - introduced himself and claimed to be the Best in the World.
[Q9 -- third hour] Heyman said he gets why they would boo him because envy is one of the seven deadly sins. And they know how many heathens there are here in Cleveland. Heyman said it most be so difficult for them to compare their insignificant accomplishments to the things he has achieved in his lifetime. Like, for example, there is not one of them that can make this statement: "I pinned C-M-Punk." Heyman said he can say it over and over again, and it will be the truth.
Heyman waited out boos before noting that the first time he locked up with C.M. Punk, he got the victory. And even more significantly, the loser of the match was the crowd's hero, C.M. Punk. Heyman said he would like to take credit for a master plan. Pause for a "Goldberg" chant. Heyman quickly talked over the chant that there was no master plan because Punk delivered a vicious beating that relegated him to a wheelchair, and it is a miracle that he is not some vegetable rotting away in a nursing home right now. Of note, Curtis Axel disappeared in the background at some point.
Heyman continued that he is here tonight because of one man. This man took the initiative to change history. And he will continue to torment C.M. Punk and each and every fan because of the actions of this "big, beautiful man right here," Ryback. Heyman said he owes his life to Ryback.
Ryback took the mic and smiled before noting he cannot stand a bully. He said Punk bullied Heyman last night and Heyman did not deserve to be beaten up like that. "Punk, I don't like you," Ryback said, speaking into a camera. Ryback said he is here to stop Punk. Ryback then knelt down next to Heyman to note that Heyman never has to worry again.
Heyman mouthed, "Thank you," before leaning over and kissing Ryback on the cheek. Heyman continued to smile toward the man who saved him before Ryback wheeled Heyman away from the stage. "This is one of the strangest nights that I can ever remember," Cole said on commentary. JBL added, "Yes it is." Lawler asked if Heyman just kissed Ryback as Heyman continued to smile like a schoolboy.
Vignette: Los Matadores are coming.
[Commercial Break at 10:07]
Moments Ago: Heyman planted a kiss on Ryback's cheek after Heyman convinced himself that Ryback saved his life.
6 -- REAL AMERICANS (ANTONIO CESARO & JACK SWAGGER w/Zeb Colter) vs. THE USOS vs. TONS OF FUNK (BRODUS CLAY & TENSAI) -- three-team elimination match -- #1 contender match to Tag Titles
Back in the arena, this tag division match started up. As the match started, Lawler ran down the line-up of Cleveland Browns players in attendance behind the announce both. Lawler noted they are guests of The Usos, then Cole provided an update on Dusty Rhodes that he is now "conscious" after being KO'ed by Big Show. After both teams got some in-ring time, Cesaro rolled up an unsuspecting Tensai from behind for the first elimination.
[Q10] The Real Americans vs. The Usos portion of the match started with Cesaro dropkicking Uso out of the ring. Cesaro led the crowd in a "We The People" chant before Raw cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:17]
Back from break, Jack Swagger was working on the Ultimate Uso via close-up camera shot. The crowd was making noise, which Lawler explained was because Cesaro just did the Big Swing during the break. It was on the App, only. The crowd then picked up a "JBL" chant, which JBL sheepishly acknowledged. Next was a "Jerry, Jerry" chant as the Real Americans continued to work on Uso. Next was a "Randy Savage" chant.
At 11:00, a hot tag was made to Uso, who cleaned house. Uso knocked Cesaro out of the ring before delivering a flying butt bump corner splash to Swagger. Real Americans found themselves on the outside, then The Usos went flying over the top rope with a double splash, angering Zeb on the other side of the ring.
Back in the ring, Swagger ducked a sidekick shot and slapped on the Patriot Lock, which was effective last night on the PPV pre-show. Uso fought and fought, then kicked free. Swagger then ran right into a sidekick to the jaw. Chaos broke out on the top turnbuckle, then Uso came flying off the top with a Superfly Splash to Swagger for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Usos at 13:13. Hot finish, thanks in-part to random chants and a good finishing sequence. The crowd seems to be delirious at this point after so many weird segments tonight, which added to the energy of the match.
Announcers: Michael Cole relayed an update on The Miz that he did not suffer a broken neck. Instead, he has a "damaged thorax" following Orton's attack. Lawler's medical update was on Dusty Rhodes, who is conscious and recovering in a medical facility.
Still to come: Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns in the main event.
Earlier Today: WWE had a reading program in Detroit as part of a partnership with Walmart. Babyfaces Brodus Clay and Hornswoggle represented WWE at the event.
[Commercial Break at 10:27]
[Q11] Vignette: Coming back from Raw, Bray Wyatt spoke in a pre-taped video about patience being a virtue. Bray said that in his estimation, it's a lost art. He said everyone wants everything now. Beyond their precious city walls, there is another world. And it's full of animals. "My world," Bray said. "And in my world, when one of my animals is sick or hurt, we don't let them fumble around in agony. We put 'em down." Bray called out to the memory of Sister Abigail not to worry about a thing because he's going to put them all down.
Announcers: Cole and Co. reacted to another strange moment on the show tonight. Cole then fed to a video package from earlier tonight when Stephanie McMahon set up Dusty Rhodes for a KO Punch from Big Show. Cole then relayed a tweet from Cody Rhodes, who Cole said simply tweeted: "Cowards," referring to the McMahons.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan was shown walking down the hallway. Babyfaces patted Bryan on the back to encourage him before the main event, then WWE pulled a Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky by having Bryan acknowledge his off-TV girlfriend, Brie Bella, as Nikki stood in the background. Bryan hugged Brie, then kept walking before Raw cut to break.
[ JC's Reax: Is Bryan preparing to run a 20-man gauntlet? The bit was designed to set the stage for the main event, but came across a bit over-the-top. ]
[Commercial Break at 10:35]
DVD plug: Triple H. He has a DVD. And Bobby Heenan hyping him. Adjectives used to describe Hunter included Superstar, Champion, Leader, and Father.
In-ring: Roman Reigns was standing by in the ring back from break. Lawler described this as a "punishment match" for Daniel Bryan, whose music played next. Out came Bryan sans WWE Title belt. Bryan angrily marched into the ring, then prepared to face Reigns. Suddenly, Randy Orton's music played. Orton, still in his wrestling gear, strutted out to ringside for a closer look at the main event as Cole noted Bryan is facing four men in this situation. Well, they're one-fifth of a way to a 20-man gauntlet here.
7 -- DANIEL BRYAN vs. ROMAN REIGNS (w/The Shield and Randy Orton)
The bell sounded and Shield talked strategy with Randy Orton ringside. Meanwhile, Reigns and Bryan locked up in the ring. Bryan quickly took out his anger on Reigns with rapid-fire kicks targeting the leg. Back to ringside, Orton was shown sitting down in an office chair casually watching the match.
[Q12] Reigns reared back and smashed Bryan in the back of the head, giving Reigns control of the match. Ringside, Orton continued to sit casually in the chair enjoying watching Bryan take a beating. Reigns slowed down the pace, which allowed WWE to cut to a split-screen replay from last night's PPV where Armstrong fast-counted in Bryan's favor. They basically replayed Triple H's video review from the opening segment. Cole and JBL continued to argue about whether or not Bryan was involved in Armstrong's fast-count, then Bryan put the focus on the match by delivering a big dropkick to Reigns.
On the outside, Bryan went for a trademark flying splash and appeared to connect, but Reigns caught Bryan in mid-air and smashed Bryan into the side of the ring apron, changing the tone of the sequence. Reigns pounded Bryan to the mat, then Raw cut to break with Bryan in trouble.
[Commercial Break at 10:50]
Back from break 7 minutes before the top of the hour, Bryan was in trouble in the ring. Bryan suddenly rolled up Reigns for a nearfall, causing Orton to sell concern ringside. Reigns came right back with power offense, then slowed down the pace to wear down Bryan. The crowd rallied behind Bryan with a "Daniel Bryan" chant, then Bryan flipped over Reigns and entered Daniel Bryan Comeback Mode. Bryan started to feel it as the crowd did "Yes!" chants. Bryan then punted Reigns in the chest three, four, five, six, seven times. He wanted the big roundhouse kick to complete the sequence, but Reigns ducked and Samoan-Dropped Bryan for a nearfall.
Reigns followed with big right hand strikes to Bryan's face before declaring himself an A-Plus player. Reigns called for a single powerbomb, but Bryan flipped over Reigns into a pinfall for a close two count. Bryan then popped Reigns in the head with a standing kick for another nearfall. Reigns rolled to the corner to get help from Seth Rollins, so Bryan came flying through the ropes with an emphatic dropkick to Rollins that sent Rollins crashing into the announce table.
[Q13 -- over-run] Back in the ring, Bryan fought off Dean Ambrose, then slapped on the Yes! Lock to Reigns. But, Orton hit the ring to attack Bryan, causing a DQ.
WINNER: Bryan via DQ at 18:18.
Post-match, Bryan teased the Yes! Lock on Orton, but The Shield jumped Bryan and took him out. The four heels put a beating on Bryan before Orton brought a chair into the ring. When Orton put Bryan's head inside the chair, that's when the locker room decided it was time to make the save. The Usos, Players, Justin Gabriel, Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, RVD, and Truth were part of the crew that hit the ring, which seemed like a who's who of WWE Superstars. Cole said the locker room has said enough is enough.
As a brawl broke out, Reigns destroyed Kofi with a spear. But, the numbers eventually caught up to Shield, who took finishers from the babyfaces. Bryan finished off Reigns with a big knee, then Shield regrouped on the outside. The Players then put Bryan on their shoulders and led the crowd in a loud "Yes!" chant. Cole said the locker room has had enough, deciding to rally around Daniel Bryan.
WWE went to a replay of the babyfaces in the locker room making the save before going back to a live shot of Bryan continuing to celebrate with the faces and the crowd going wild with "Yes!" chants. Cole said the locker room finally got some payback and they're finally standing tall. Raw signed off five minutes past the top of the hour.
FINAL THOUGHTS: A lot to process from this show. In the end, WWE needed to show members of the emasculated roster showing some gumption and not caring about the consequences of doing what's right, especially in response to Dusty Rhodes and The Miz being taken out. As for the status of WWE Title, it was curious that WWE did not do more to address what's next to determine a champion, but, as Night of Champions reinforced last night, titles are secondary to the McMahon Family Power Trip angle right now.
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