WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/7 (Hour 1): Battleground PPV fall-out, WWE Title match to continue at next PPV, one "firing," Bruno Sammartino, more
Oct 7, 2013 - 10:00:55 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
October 7, 2013 - Episode #1,062
Live in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Raw following the Battleground PPV opened with a dramatic video package recap of the end of last night's WWE Title match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan that ended without a finish after Big Show destroyed everyone.
Live in the arena, Michael Cole welcomed everyone to the show before Justin Roberts welcomed out "one of the principal owners of WWE," Stephanie McMahon. Steph walked out as Cole noted Stephanie and Triple H were not at the PPV last night, so they "must not be pleased" with what happened in the PPV main event.
Once in the ring, Stephanie waited out boos before discussing the PPV main event last night. She said the match was compromised. "No, it was ruined," she said. Steph said she knows the fans are angry, she's mad, and Orton and Bryan are angry. There is only one man to blame. "Get out here, Big Show!" she said.
After a pause, Big Show walked out with a bit of a smirk on his face. Show puffed out his chest and entered the ring as Steph sold not being amused by Show acting proud of himself. Once in the ring, Show tried to speak, but Steph shouted, "Shut up!" Stephanie said Show is feeling pressure, but he made a bad mistake knocking out referees, Bryan, and Orton. Show sheepishly said, "Sorry," which Steph mocked. Steph called Show a "sorry, pathetic excuse of life." She noted they saved Show from bankruptcy and bought his mortgage. Steph noted to Show that he can't manage himself and he can't even do his job properly.
After Stephanie told Show to "man up" and take responsibility for his actions, Show backed away to cover his face. Show: "Man up? Okay. Can I go now?" Show asked, drawing some laughs. Stephanie told Show that he can't "go now" as she pounded his chest. Stephanie told Show that they own him and he has no free will. She then told Show to get down on his knees and beg. Show smirked and shook his head, "No." Steph called Show worthless and soulless. Show just laughed.
Show paced the ring and said he knocked out Randy Orton last night because he just couldn't take it anymore. He then told Stephanie that he knocked out Bryan because Stephanie told him to. Steph said Show is trying to twist it around, then said she and Hunter were not even in the building. Steph tried to blame Brad Maddox, which Show cut off.
Show called Steph's husband (Triple H) a "son-of-a-bitch," which prompted Steph to slap Show a few times. Show no-sold and laughed, then Stephanie shouted in Show's face: "You're fired!" Show laughed and celebrated the news before leaving the ring. Stephanie scowled as Show walked off to end the segment. No, there was nothing about the status of the WWE Title.
[ JC's Reax: Setting aside the lack of title situation follow-up and WWE trying to "shift the heat" away from the promotion for the PPV ending, it came across like they wanted to set up a situation where Hunter eventually "re-hires" Big Show in order to have a match with him or to give Show a match that would make life miserable for him. ]
Leading to break, a graphic came on the screen advertising a main event of The Shield vs. Daniel Bryan, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes in a six-man tag match. The announcers remained silent.
[Commercial Break at 8:09]
Moments Ago: Stephanie McMahon demanded answers from Big Show, who shouted in Stephanie's face that he knocked out Orton because he couldn't take it anymore and he knocked out Bryan because Stephanie told him to. Steph then "fired" Big Show.
In-ring: Dolph Ziggler was introduced for the opening match. As Ziggler walked to the ring, Cole repeated that Show has been "fired" from WWE. Damien Sandow was then introduced for a re-match against Ziggler after losing to him on the PPV pre-show last night. Sandow marched to the ring with his World Title MITB briefcase held high as Cole said Sandow blames Ziggler for his knee injury and inability to cash in MITB last night.
1 -- DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
As the match started, Cole and Lawler talked about Show implicating Stephanie in the "conspiracy" business. JBL avoided the topic by focusing on the match in the ring. This continued for a while with Cole & Lawler talking about the Show-Stephanie/Hunter business as JBL provided a separate audio track reacting to the in-ring action. JBL then jumped in, accusing Cole & Lawler of conspiracy theories and trying to be mind-readers. Is the big pay-off to this a reveal that JBL is the mastermind behind the McMahon Power Trip storyline?
Sandow was the aggressor early on. He continued to dominate Ziggler - the announcers argued over the level of domination - then Sandow knocked Ziggler to the floor. Sandow in control leading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:19]
Back from break, Lawler agreed with JBL that Sandow was "dominating" Ziggler at this point. Sandow with a legsweep, then the Elbow of Disdain for a nearfall. As Sandow retained control of the match, Cole relayed an update that Big Show was escorted out of the building. JBL then said there's no way Hunter and Stephanie could have told Show to take out Bryan when they weren't in the building after being called away to a meeting. This was heel announcer JBL ignoring a piece of business from Hunter's most-recent sit-down interview where he noted he has Internet access on his jet to make decisions while in the air.
Ziggler tried to make a comeback as Cole noted the Pittsburgh fans are looking for something to get behind after the Pirates lost their Playoffs game earlier in the day. Ziggler ran over Sandow with a clothesline, then knocked him to the outside and landed big elbow strikes to Sandow's head.
Back in the ring, Ziggler mounted Sandow for ten punches before landing a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler, with his wild Mr. Perfect hair, landed a dropkick for a two count. Ziggler then wanted a top-rope move, but Sandow crotched him. Ziggler came back with a Fameasser out of nowhere and it was good for a three count, with Sandow unable to escape the pin. Afterward, JBL said Ziggler got lucky after being dominated for most of the match.
WINNER: Ziggler at 12:18.
Power Trip Saga Continues
Raw GM Office: Brad Maddox was standing by waiting for a tongue-lashing from Stephanie McMahon. Steph walked in to list all of the failures for Brad last night: Rhodes Family won, there was a black-out, Scott Armstrong was reinstated, and Big Show ruined the main event. Steph said there is no WWE champion, and it's all on Brad. Brad tried to explain himself, starting with the words "Triple H." Steph cut off Brad right there and said Hunter has been trying to fix the mess all day today.
Stephanie asked Brad if he made the proper arrangements for tonight. Brad confirmed it. Then, Stephanie said he will go out to the ring tonight, apologize, and announce how he will make it up to the audience. Brad didn't move, so Steph told him to get out there. The emasculated authority figure then walked off, leaving Steph to seethe as Raw cut to break.
[Q3] [Commercial Break at 8:30]
Back from break, WWE ran a spot hyping Triple H's DVD.
Announcers: Cole and JBL were shown sitting ringside with big smiles on their faces. No sign of Jerry Lawler. Cole then noted Lawler brought out the "living legend" Bruno Sammartino to the live crowd during the break. Sammartino was shown walking out on-stage to receive a "Happy Birthday" greeting from his hometown crowd.
In-ring: Alicia Fox's music brought out Fox, a now-heel Rosa Mendes (for this week), and Aksana for six-Divas tag action. Natalya was then joined by Eva Marie and JoJo.
2 -- NATALYA & EVA MARIE & JOJO vs. ALICIA FOX & ROSA MENDES & AKSANA
As the match started, Lawler called this a bunch of "strange alliances," prompting Cole to try to explain the "Total Divas" tie-ins, etc. The match unfolded with Eva taking punishment for the default face trio. Natalya then tagged in and submitted Fox with the Sharpshooter to "show the newbies how it's done."
WINNERS: Team Natalya via submission at 3:18.
WWE Title Match Update
Post-match: Raw GM Brad Maddox walked out on-stage. Brad said he would like to publicly apologize for the events that transpired last night at Battleground. He said that in order to make sure there is a "definitive ending" to Orton vs. Bryan, there will be another match inside Hell in a Cell in three weeks. So, you have to pay $110 to see the ending of one PPV title match? Brad then noted there will be a special referee for the match and three Hall of Fame candidates will be presented to be voted on later in the show.
Out first was Booker T. Booker took the mic to campaign for the special referee position. He said he will do the right thing for the fans and the "right thing for business," which drew boos. Booker's music played after he signed off with his catchphrase.
[Q4] Announcers: Lawler said he likes Booker T, but he's leery of anyone who says he's going to do "what's best for business." Cole then implored - practically begged - viewers to download and install the WWE App to vote on the special ref. This led to the eight-year-old video package on how to download an App.
Up Next: WWE tried to "make things fun" by running a Los Matadores vignette to promote the next match.
[Commercial Break at 8:46]
In-ring: 3MB was in the ring ready for their third shot at Los Matadores. On-stage: Fernando and Diego came out on-stage to pave the way for El Torito to storm through their capes and hit the ring. The announcers went over-the-top trying to "have fun" with the Los Matadores act after the previous Brad Maddox segment.
3 -- LOS MATADORES (FERNANDO & DIEGO w/El Torito) vs. 3MB (JINDER MAHAL & DREW MCINTYRE w/Heath Slater)
The addition of McIntyre to the equation was not the right combination to solve Los Matadores, who finished off the heels in a few minutes. Post-match, Torito taunted Slater, drawing Slater into the ring to lose a game of cat and mouse. Torito then came off the corner ropes with a huracanrana that sent Slater flying to the outside. Matadores and Torito celebrated to close the segment.
WINNER: Los Matadores at 2:20.
Backstage: Ryback and IC champion Curtis Axel were shown walking down the hallway. Paul Heyman was close behind staring longingly at the back of Ryback's head. They're up next.
[Commercial Break at 8:55]
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