WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/30 (Hour 2): McMahons and Rhodes Summit, World Champ in action
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:05:31 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
September 30, 2013 - Episode #1,061
Live in Biloxi, Miss.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Second Hour Raw Results
Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour with Michael Cole talking seriously about WWE's Breast Cancer Awareness program. Lawler and JBL echoed Cole's thoughts before Justin Roberts introduced "an owner of WWE" and "COO of WWE" Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, respectively.
Hunter and Stephanie came out on-stage and did a twirl before holding hands on the way to the ring. Once in the ring, the crowd booed somewhat. Hunter then asked for the Rhodes Family to come down to the ring.
[Q5 -- second hour] After a pause, Dusty Rhodes's WWE music played to bring out Dusty, Cody, and Goldust all in suits. Goldust was sporting his Goldust "warpaint" for the occasion. Dusty led the trio to the ring as Steph kind of moved to the beat of Dusty's entrance music, making it seem like the McMahons are ready to play nice.
Stephanie opened the discussion acting nice and so glad to see them. Hunter asked why the Rhodes seem angry right now. He asked how many opportunities they're on. "Like, four now?" Hunter said. Hunter recapped the deal with Cody losing his job to Randy Orton, Dustin (Goldust) failing to win back Cody's job, and Dusty making it about himself. Hunter asked Dusty if he's still bitter about not being able to make it out of Florida or the NWA on a national stage.
Hunter said this is Opportunity #4, then Stephanie talked directly to Dusty. She noted Dusty trains and develops WWE stars at the Performance Center in Orlando and holds the future of WWE in the palm of his hand. Ironically, they hold the future of Dusty's sons in the palms of their hands.
Stephanie told Cody they would like to give him his job back and would like to give Goldust a job. Well, the opportunity to get jobs. Stephanie said they will face WWE tag champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Battleground. Hunter echoed Steph's comments, but said there's "always a but." Hunter said if they lose, then Cody and Dustin will never work in WWE again. And not only that, but Dusty will joint hem on the unemployment line.
Dusty got tired of standing off to the side giving Hunter and Stephanie the spotlight, so he grabbed the mic from Hunter and got in Hunter's face. Dusty said he'll be in his boys's corner on Sunday and be their Huckleberry all night long. Stephanie said he's on, but it sounds like he's itching for a fight tonight. Steph and Hunter exited the ring as Goldust and Cody protected their dad.
The Rhodes Trio remained in the ring as the announcers recapped the match made for Sunday. Suddenly, The Shield hit the ring out of nowhere. Goldust tried to block it, but he ate a big spear from Reigns. Cody tried to fight back, but got knocked down. Dusty tried to bring a chair into the ring, but Shield cut him off. Shield then set up Cody for a Triple Powerbomb and connected center-ring. Shield stood tall in the ring before Rollins delivered another boot to Dusty's gut for good measure. "You Suck" chant from the crowd as Shield surveyed the damage done in the ring. On commentary, Cole said this could be the same scene Sunday at Battleground, but much worse.
Still to come: Orton vs. Bryan face-to-face ahead of Sunday's PPV main event.
[Commercial Break at 9:10]
In-ring: R-Truth rapped his way to the ring for the next match. Curtis Axel's music then played to bring out the Intercontinental champion, flanked by Paul Heyman. Before the bell sounded, Cole said he hopes JBL floats away into outer-space so they never have to hear from him again.
4 -- IC champion CURTIS AXEL (w/Paul Heyman) vs. R-TRUTH -- non-title match
Truth, apparently mistaking Axel for Fandango, did some dance moves to try to intimidate Axel to gain an advantage early on. Axel got mad at this demonstration, confronted Truth, and took a slap to the face for good measure. Truth tried to follow up with Ten Punches in the corner, but Axel cut him off. Heyman grinned ringside before Axel punted Truth in the gut.
Truth, inspired by "C-M-Punk" chants, made a comeback before dropping Axel on his head for a nearfall. Lawler tried to quote John Lennon, but the line floated over Cole and JBL. Suddenly, Cult of Personality played. No sign of C.M. Punk, though, as Heyman paced nervously ringside. Suddenly, Truth spun Axel around and dropped him with his finisher for the win.
Post-match, Heyman squinted his eyes and made an "ah ha, I get it" facial reaction that he sees what Punk did here. Lawler said there's an old saying that you can't con a conman, but Heyman just got conned. Heyman continued to contemplate his next move as Truth celebrated and Axel tried to figure out what happened.
WINNER: Truth at 4:24.
Backstage: The Bella Twins were shown walking down the hallway. Brie Bella is in Divas action next.
[Commercial Break at 9:22]
Back on Raw, Michael Cole congratulated Trish Stratus on the birth of her son, Maximus. JBL said with a name like Maximus, he better learn how to fight. Cole then transitioned to a look at Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella getting engaged in California over the weekend. The video package included fun photos, videos, and music, which tried to "babyface" the heel Bella Twin. Did it also set up for a "mood change" involving Randy Orton later on the PPV lead-in show?
In-ring: Alicia Fox was standing by for singles action. Brie and Nikki Bella were then introduced to the ring. After a review of Randy Orton's message to Brie about Daniel Bryan earlier in the show, the bell sounded.
5 -- BRIE BELLA (w/Nikki Bella) vs. ALICIA FOX
Michael Cole said Sunday could be a big or sour night for Bryan and Brie since they're in title matches at the PPV. A. Fox quickly knocked Brie to the outside and controlled the action. Fox controlled in the ring until Brie made a comeback and won with the X Factor.
WINNER: Brie Bella at 3:19. Basic tune-up match for Sunday.
Still to come: The Shield in tag action.
[Commercial Break at 9:34]
Locker Room: Curtis Axel was shown pacing back and forth, upsetting Paul Heyman. Heyman snapped at Axel, telling him to calm down and see what games C.M. Punk is trying to play. Ryback then walked in and smiled. Pause for more smiling. Ryback spoke about a plan and Heyman hung on every word. Axel tried to figure out what's going on with Heyman, who said everything smells and tastes better since Ryback saved him at Night of Champions. Heyman vowed to come out to the ring and do what he should have done back then: propose to Ryback. Axel did a double-take in reaction to Heyman.
Announcers: Cole and Co. reacted to Heyman being smitten with Ryback, then transitioned to a look at Big Show knocking out The Miz last week on Raw. Cole suggested Stephanie is using Big Show to do her dirty work as of late.
Backstage: Renee Young welcomed in a suited Big Show. Show muttered that he's holding up as well as he can right now. Renee asked Show about being ready to explode, which led to a video replay from Smackdown when Triple H dressed down Big Show.
Back live, Show talked quietly about his financial situation. Show said people tell him to be the man and do the right thing, but that's real easy to say when it's not their neck on the line. Show said he's being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. Show said he's a good person trying to do what's right for his family. And he's forced to do every sick, horrible thing, like knocking out Dusty Rhodes. Show said Rhodes is here tonight, he watched Shield attack him, and he couldn't do anything about it. Show shouted that he can't even look Dusty in the eyes now. "There's only so much they think I can take!" Show shouted. Show blurted out that he can't take it anymore. "I'm not going to take it anymore!" he shouted. Show made a big fist with big eyes and said he's going to show Hunter exactly how he feels. "I'm going to knock Triple H the hell out." The camera followed Show as he turned and walked down the hallway. Raw cut to break with Show on the move.
[Q8] [Commercial Break at 9:45]
GM Office: R-Truth wanted an IC Title shot against Brad Maddox, who said he will take it under advisement. Big Show then stormed in, threw Maddox against the wall, and demanded to know where Triple H is. Show let Maddox down to go find Hunter as Show stood in the office, dress shirt untucked.
In-ring: Zack Ryder was standing by for singles action. World Hvt. champion Alberto Del Rio was then introduced as Ryder's opponent. Before the bell sounded, Cole plugged Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match at Battleground. Or, as the graphic simplified "Hardcore Match." Cole offered a generalized comment that it's just like ECW where there were hardcore matches "practically every other match."
6 -- World Hvt. champion ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. ZACK RYDER -- non-title match
Del Rio quickly turned Ryder into a punching bag to display his aggression and viciousness heading into the PPV. Ryder tried to fight back with a missile dropkick, followed by a corner forearm. Ryder followed with a Broski Boot, but Del Rio escaped a pin attempt.
Ryder wanted Rough Ryder, but Del Rio blocked and executed a German Suplex with a bridge for a nearfall. Del Rio followed with the cross arm-breaker for the win. Post-match: Del Rio kicked Ryder in the mid-section to add insult to injury.
WINNER: Del Rio via submission at 4:08. Another basic enhancement match before the PPV.
Up Next: Paul Heyman and Ryback. "PROPOSAL???" read the graphic.
[Commercial Break at 9:55]
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