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CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/7 (Hour 3): Cena's return announced, Triple H finally gets KO'ed, Shield vs. Team Bryan & Rhodes main event, Miz TV, more

Oct 7, 2013 - 10:04:09 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


Third Hour Raw Results

Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour for another replay of Stephanie McMahon "firing" Big Show at the start of the PPV.

[Q9 -- third hour] Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown on-camera to hype the WWE App vote for who the special referee is for Bryan vs. Orton at Hell in a Cell. Lawler encouraged the audience to cast their vote for Booker T, Bob Backlund, or Shawn Michaels.

In-ring: World Hvt. champion Alberto Del Rio was introduced to the ring for the next match. On commentary, Cole said that Del Rio's opponent at Battleground, Rob Van Dam, thinks he can compete physically, but he's not ready spiritually and mentally. RVD said he needs some time off, which was the storyline write-off.

On-stage, Vickie Guerrero walked out and dramatically introduced Del Rio's opponent, Ricardo Rodriguez, which drew no reaction. Ricardo then came out and reluctantly walked to the ring to face Del Rio.

6 -- World Hvt. champion ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ -- non-title match

The bell sounded, but Vickie interrupted from the stage. Vickie said that she has one more announcement to make. She said that Del Rio's opponent at Hell in a Cell will be...John Cena. Del Rio freaked out, allowing Ricardo to roll up Del Rio from behind for essentially a five-count from the ref.

Post-match: Ricardo stood on-stage to celebrate, but Del Rio leg-swept Ricardo from behind, sending Ricardo reeling onto the announce table. The crowd, having not heard the RVD news from the announcers, chanted for RVD, but he lost his spirituality. Del Rio then smashed Ricardo's arm inside a chair and applied the Cross Arm-breaker, trying to injure Ricardo again.

WINNER: Del Rio at 0:37. It sure seems like WWE's mentality is that not a lot of people bought Battleground on Sunday, so WWE can grab the fans who are not experiencing Battleground Buyer's Remorse by loading up at Hell in a Cell with (likely) HBK as special ref for the main event and John Cena returning to the ring for a World Title shot.

[Commercial Break at 10:08]

Moments Ago: Vickie Guerrero told Alberto Del Rio that his World Title opponent at Hell in a Cell will be John Cena. On commentary, Cole narrated a tweet from Cena confirming his return at Hell in a Cell. He added that Cena will be on "Good Morning America" tomorrow morning. Cole also played up the idea of Cena coming back early from injury, which is exactly what I wrote about a in August when WWE floated an over-exaggerated timetable for Cena's return when his elbow injury was not nearly as serious as they played up.

In-ring: Zack Ryder was standing by for match action. Fandango's music then played to bring out Fandango joined by Summer Rae.

[Q10]

6 -- ZACK RYDER vs. FANDANGO (w/Summer Rae)

The announcers used this match as their "Third Hour Comedown Segment" to crack jokes, plug social media stats, and throw in a snort serving as laughter. Ryder teased a Broski Boot early on, but Fandango bailed to the floor. Fandango suckered in Ryder for a move on the outside, then Fandango nailed his top-rope leg drop back in the ring. It was good for the pin and the win.

Post-match: Lawler said Fandango should name his finisher using "twerking." JBL then mentioned riding on a wrecking ball, prompting Cole to say "a lot of people" have been trying that lately, referencing Hulk Hogan's Miley Cyrus spoof.

WINNER: Fandango at 2:45.

Announcers: Lawler got serious and stood up at the announce table to reveal the WWE App vote result. Standing by backstage were Booker T, Bob Backlund, and Shawn Michaels for the results. After a drumroll, the vote revealed 61 percent for Michaels, 32 percent for Bob, and 7 percent for Booker. How did Booker win the "Best World champion Vote Of All-Time" last month? Booker and Bob walked off, leaving Michaels to applaud himself as the special ref for the HIAC main event.

Still to come: Bryan & the Rhodes Bros. vs. The Shield in the main event.

[Commercial Break at 10:20]

DVD Plug: Goldberg's Ultimate Collection is out tomorrow. It's been a long time since Tony Schiavone's voice was heard on a Monday night.

Back live, Cole plugged the HIAC main event of Shawn Michaels special-refereeing a title match involving supporting players Daniel Bryan and Orton. The graphic even spotlighted HBK center while Bryan and Orton were shaded to the left and right.

In-ring: The Real Americans were standing by in the ring. Santino's music then brought out Santino and Great Khali for a re-match from Battleground. On commentary, Lawler noted Santino thinks he made 3-7 mistakes last night during their tag match loss.

7 -- REAL AMERICANS (ANTONIO CESARO & JACK SWAGGER w/Zeb Colter) vs. SANTINO & GREAT KHALI (w/Hornswoggle)

As the match started, a light "We The People" chant started up. Real Americans dominated early on, then Khali tagged in and landed forearm strikes to Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro again chopblocked the knee, though, allowing Cesaro to measure Khali for the Big Swing. The vocal males popped, then Cesaro lifted Khali in the air for another Big Swing. Cesaro again pinned a dizzy Khali for the pin and the win.

WINNERS: Real Americans at 3:56. A replay for the benefit of those who did not order Battleground last night.

Post-match: Swagger grabbed Hornswoggle and fed him to Cesaro, who teased a back injury because of Swoggle's weight. Cesaro then put Swoggle in the Big Swing, but Santino put a stop to it. Khali cleared Real Americans from the ring to light boos, then Santino helped Swoggle to his feet. Swoggle sold having trouble regaining his balance before Cole plugged WWE's partnership with Susan G. Komen.

[Q11] Video: Titus O'Neil talked on-camera about losing his grandmother to breast cancer several years ago. Titus said he wishes his grandmother could have experienced his accomplishments in football and WWE.

Backstage: The Miz was shown walking down the hallway with a stern look on his face. Lawler said Miz has a "very special edition" of MizTV with...himself as the guest. It's next.

[Commercial Break at 10:32]

MizTV Segment

Back on Raw, The Miz was standing by in the ring. Miz, who was dressed to wrestle for a talking segment, began to speak, but the Wyatt Family vignette suddenly "cut into the feed." Bray Wyatt noted they're here, then Bray led them down to the ringside area. The lights came on and Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were in the ring.

Miz ran away, but found himself in-between Bray Wyatt and his henchmen. Miz managed to escape Bray to the stage. But, Bray taunted Miz by bending over backwards and chuckling toward Miz. Miz left, then Bray returned to normal and "exited character" to talk to Rowan as the director lingered one second too long on the shot.

GM Office: Brad Maddox tried to get approval from Stephanie McMahon on his Special Referee idea, but Steph wasn't so happy about it. Steph then perked up when Triple H walked into the office, making his first appearance of the night. Hunter said he's been busy all day cleaning up fall-guy Brad Maddox's mess from last night, then asked if Brad has screwed anything up today. Steph said not yet, then Brad said he wanted to go to ringside for the main event, but Hunter told him to stay put. Hunter said he will be at ringside to make sure what happens is "best for business."

In-ring: The Shield's music played to bring out the U.S. champion and WWE Tag champions. Cole excitedly plugged Daniel Bryan, Goldust & Cody Rhodes, and Triple H all appearing on the other side of the break.

[Commercial Break at 10:41]

Back from break, Michael Cole plugged an IC Title match for Friday's Smackdown: Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth.

Back in the arena, Goldust's music played to bring out Goldust dressed in his traditional robe complete with "warpaint" from Battleground last night. Cody Rhodes's music then brought out Cody to join his brother for the main event. The Rhodes Bros. waited ringside for Daniel Bryan, who was introduced to "Yes!" chants.

[Q12] Before the bell sounded, Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter dressed in his COO suit. Hunter surveyed the six men (and the ref) in the ring before walking around to the ringside area.

8 -- THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & WWE tag champions SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) vs. DANIEL BRYAN & GOLDUST & CODY RHODES -- six-man tag match

On commentary, Cole said he finds it convenient that Hunter did not show up to the building until the end of the show, well after Big Show was escorted away from the building, which continued to plant seeds for a Big Show vs. Hunter (or surrogate) match down the road. WWE cut to a shot of Hunter sitting next to JBL at the commentary position as Cole said he can't wait to interview Hunter on WWE's website this week.

As for the match, the two teams traded control early on. Lots of in and out tags for both teams, but no Daniel Bryan yet. Reigns then ran a distraction on Cody, allowing Ambrose to shove Cody off the top turnbuckle to the floor. Cody sold a shoulder injury, prompting Hunter to stand up and initially sell concern. After Goldust checked on Cody, WWE cut back to Hunter, who was now smirking as Raw cut to break.

[Commercial Break at 10:51]

Back live, Shield was working on Cody, who continued to sell a shoulder injury. Cody fought back with a moonsault to Ambrose, drawing concern from Hunter ringside. Cody then reached the face corner to bring in Bryan. The crowd was hot for Bryan, who cleared the ring before teeing off on Rollins, who also tagged in. Bryan delivered a corner dropkick to Rollins, then took Rollins to the top rope for a huracanrana. Reigns broke up a pin, which drew in more competitors. Chaos. Bodies going everywhere.

Back in the ring, Bryan kicked Rollins in the head. Bryan slapped on the Yes! Lock center-ring, but Ambrose brought a chair into the ring, causing a DQ. Goldust quickly cleared Shield from the ring and the faces were announced as the winners, but Triple H cut off Justin Roberts and said they're not having another night without a clear ending. So, Hunter restarted the match as No DQ.

WINNER: Team Bryan via DQ at 10:59.

8b -- THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & WWE tag champions SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) vs. DANIEL BRYAN & GOLDUST & CODY RHODES -- six-man tag match -- No DQ match

Ringside, Bryan smashed Shield around ringside, then started doing "Yes!" chants ringside. Suddenly, Orton came out of the crowd to drop Bryan with an RKO on the floor. Orton then rolled Bryan back inside the ring, where Shield pinned him for the win.

WINNERS: Shield at 11:52 total time. An indirect result of this booking was making Cody Rhodes blend right back into the roster after the Rhodes Family's "feel-good conquest" last night at the PPV. Cody didn't feel special coming out of this match, which seemed like the point of the McMahon-Rhodes Family Feud.

Post-match: Triple H smiled as he walked away from ringside. Cole said this is very convenient as JBL tried to cut off "conspiracy" talk. Back in the ring, Shield put the boots to Goldust, Cody, and Bryan. Shield then isolated Goldust until Big Show's music played.

[Q13 -- over-run] Big Show marched out to the ring as Cole said Big Show is somehow back on Raw after being "fired." Hunter sold concern, then entered the ring to stand next to Shield. No security to restrain Big Show, of note. Show smiled and walked toward the ring as Cole said he would like to see someone try to handcuff and haul away Show. "Where's security?" JBL asked.

Show entered the ring as Hunter hid behind Shield in the ring. Hunter pointed to the back for Show to leave, but Show smiled and hopped the top rope. Shield tried to jump Show, but he fought them off. Show eyed Hunter, but Rollins chopblocked Show from behind. Shield pounded on Show as Hunter removed his suit jacket and fired off instructions to finish off Show.

Shield teased a triple powerbomb, but Show broke free and dramatically stood opposite Hunter. Hunter held his position, then Show reached back and smashed Hunter with a KO Punch, popping the crowd. Hunter sold for the first time in the two-month storyline, then Bryan re-entered the ring and stood over a KO'ed Triple H. Bryan led the crowd in "Yes!" chants as Cole said there is nothing more dangerous than a desperate man with nothing to lose.

WWE replayed the KO Punch before showing Show leaving the ringside area. In the ring, Bryan continued to lead the crowd in "Yes!" chants before Bryan fixed Hunter's tie and resumed the "Yes!" chants. Cole thanked the crowd for joining them on an "incredible, historic night," trying to make this seem like the greatest Raw ever. Raw signed off four minutes past the hour with Bryan still standing tall in the ring.

[ FINAL THOUGHTS: The psychology of the last two nights has been fascinating. Last night came across like a big FU to WWE's audience for not being interested in Battleground and WWE trying to re-establish control of the promotion, so WWE ended the PPV without a finish to the main event of a $55 show, then WWE turned around on Raw to tell the audience they have to spend another $55 to see the finish of the same match at the next PPV. Then, it was "but we're not so bad, please don't leave," we're going to give you cool stuff like John Cena's return, Shawn Michaels's return, Triple H finally getting KO'ed (prematurely on free TV), and Daniel Bryan finally standing tall over Triple H (on free TV). After Battleground and Raw, the best way for the audience to tell WWE they won't play WWE's games is not to order Hell in a Cell.

Those issues aside, this Raw made a few things clear: Big Show is now the top babyface until Cena returns, the big Power Trip Storyline feud that WWE now wants to promote is Big Show vs. Triple H over Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan is confirmed as a secondary feud that needs Shawn Michaels as special ref to help sell the next PPV, and the WWE Title lost even more value tonight. WWE tried to dump a whole lot of sugar on the bad taste in fans's mouths after Battleground last night, but the overall booking problems with the McMahon Family Power Trip remain in-play. It came across like WWE trying to distract the audience from the existing problems by offering some "feel-good" moments on Raw that gave the audience hope after WWE lost a good chunk of viewers following Night of Champions. ]

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