WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/28 (Hour 1): Cena opens Raw, Sandow attempts MITB cash-in, Shield
Oct 28, 2013 - 10:00:46 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
October 28, 2013 - Episode #1,065
Live in Orlando, Fla.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
The post-Hell in a Cell episode of Raw opened with a still-shot video blog of top events from last night. Included was an embellished look at C.M. Punk's top-of-the-Cell attack on Paul Heyman and Shawn Michaels's role in making Randy Orton WWE champion over Daniel Bryan.
Live in the arena, Michael Cole introduced the show and plugged Shawn Michaels's explanation for superkicking Bryan at HIAC last night. Plus, "The Randy Orton Celebration." Complete with a viper snake logo. And, Raw also has a poll for ... C.M. Punk vs. Ryback. Again. Apparently Punk beating Ryback clean in a HELL IN A CELL match last night was not enough. The App voting options are Street Fight, Falls Count Anywhere, or Tables match.
Justin Roberts then offered a heavy endorsement for John Cena, who came out on-stage noting he gained a little weight - the World Hvt. Title belt. As Cena made his entrance, the announcers discussed Cena overcoming the stacked deck at HIAC last night and proving his doubters wrong.
Once in the ring, Cena waited out a mixed reaction of cheers and boos before noting he's used to that sound. "I'm baaaaack," Cena said. "Y'all miss me?" he said before chuckling. Cena said some people are happy, maybe some people upset. Maybe some skeptics who thought he came back too early. Cena then thanked one skeptic at ringside - JBL. "You're welcome," JBL said under his breath. "I don't know for what."
Cena said he had to sit at home listen to JBL for weeks. Cena did a JBL imitation, which JBL disagreed with, before Cena thanked him for motivating him. Cena held up the World Title belt in the air before declaring that he is officially back on Raw. He said he knows what the World Title means - it means he is back as the Friday Night Delight on Smackdown. Cena said their U.K. fans thought he was coming in November for a "special appearance," but he's going to Europe to fight.
Cena continued to act fired up about being back and ready to go, no matter what the doctors say. Cena paused for a "You Suck" chant from a few vocal males. Cena nodded and said he's excited, but they have another celebration tonight. The WWE champion, Randy Orton. Cena said tonight they get to celebrate Randy Orton. And there will be more talking, so he will stop talking. Cena summed up that Alberto Del Rio gave him a great fight last night, and tried to put him on the shelf, but he'll take on his re-match. Cena declared, "This is the CeNation and we run the show."
Cena's music played, but Damien Sandow's music interrupted. Sandow marched down to the ring with the World Title MITB briefcase in his right hand and a mic in his left hand. Sandow paced the ring as Cena stood his distance ready to fight. Sandow declared: "The uncrowned champ is here," mocking Cena. Sandow said Cena is not fooling the unwashed masses - well, maybe he is - but he is not fooling him. Sandow said it is humanly impossible for a triceps to heal in the amount of time Cena was gone. As Cena held out the title belt, Sandow said he thinks Cena is more hurt than he's letting on. And the reason why Cena is out here talking big is because Cena is afraid of him cashing in on Cena.
Sandow continued that he can cash in any time, anyplace. Like right now. Sandow teased handing in the briefcase, but took it back. Sandow said he can cash in any night but tonight. Sandow started to leave, but then smashed Cena's elbow with the briefcase. Sandow beat down Cena with the briefcase, sending Cena rolling to the corner. Sandow wrapped Cena's arm around the ringpost over and over, then told Cena to "rise above this" before running Cena shoulder-first into the guardrail. JBL said maybe he was right that Cena came back too soon.
Sandow measured Cena for his decisive blow, delivering a chair shot across the left elbow as Cena was draped across the ring steps. "My time is now," Sandow declared. Sandow then grabbed the briefcase and waved in a referee as a fan in the crowd held her face in shock. Sandow handed the briefcase to ref John Cone, then Raw cut to break while Cena writhed in pain on the floor. Odd that they cut to break in the middle of the cash-in.
[Q2] [Commercial Break at 8:15]
Back from break, Cena was in the ring after spending the commercial struggling to re-enter the ring. Cena stood sideways in one corner - trying to protect his injured arm - then ref Cone called for the bell, starting the match.
1 -- World Hvt. champion JOHN CENA vs. DAMIEN SANDOW -- World Title match
Sandow quickly targeted the injury, but only scored a nearfall in the first 30 seconds. Sandow re-targeted the injury, but Cena continued to escape pin attempts. Cena then escaped Sandow's grip with a suplex to get a breather. Sandow recovered, then went back to work on the arm. The announcers talked about the history of MITB cash-ins, with Cena being the only failure. JBL mistakingly said Cena vs. RVD was the only historical cash-in failure match because Cena gave one week notice, but the failed cash-in match was Cena vs. C.M. Punk on Raw 1,000 last year after Cena gave Punk one week notice. Cena continued to stay in the game by avoiding pinfalls as Raw cut to a mid-match break.
[Commercial Break at 8:22]
Back from break, Cena was trying to fight back. Cena then "instinctively" used his injured arm to bodyslam Sandow and set up for Five Knuckle Shuffle, but the self-inflicted pain allowed Sandow to cut him off and wear down Cena again. WWE cut to a shot of Dr. Samson watching at ringside, suggesting the match could be called if Cena shows too many injury symptoms. Cena then came up with an AA out of nowhere. Sandow rolled to the outside to avoid a three count, then Dr. Samson checked on Cena, who waved him off.
Cena rolled to the outside, picked up Sandow, and rolled him back into the ring. Cena used one arm to roll himself back into the ring, then he applied the STF near the ropes. Cena released the hold when he was experiencing too much pain, then Sandow dropped him with a necktie drop for a two count. Sandow then tried a full-nelson, but Cena tensed up, escaped the grip, and dropped Sandow with a sit-out slam for a nearfall.
[Q3] Cena and Sandow reset before reaching their feet. Sandow quickly dropped Cena to the mat, then slapped on a STF, but Cena fought the hold and broke free. Sandow then grappled Cena for his You're Welcome finisher, but Cena kicked out before three. Lawler called Cena Superman. Sandow then took Cena to the top turnbuckle and measured him for a superplex, but Cena headbutted Sandow to the mat.
From the top, Cena tried a leaping dive, but Sandow moved and Cena crashed to the mat knee-first. Sandow tried to finish Cena with a piledriver, but Cena slipped out and went right into the AA. Cena pinned Sandow for the win. Post-match, the announcers went heavy on Cena overcoming the odds with a gutsy performance. Cena then posed with the title belt as Sandow recovered in the corner.
WINNER: Cena at 13:14 to retain the World Title. WWE got 30 minutes out of an opening segment on a three-hour Raw, so that counts for something, but the execution of the MITB cash-in was not believable considering the history of rapid-fire cash-ins. Overall, it reinforced the re-introduction of Cena as super-human.
Backstage: The Shield was standing by. U.S. champion Dean Ambrose said he is being forced to defend the U.S. Title against Big E. Langston tonight. (Another PPV match on free TV the next night.) Seth Rollins said they made a mistake underestimating Big E. last night, but they will not tonight. Ambrose said he's the only member of The Shield still holding gold, then he called himself the baddest man alive. That drew a look from Roman Reigns, who then shouted, "Believe in The Shield."
[Commercial Break at 8:35]
Still to come: Punk vs. Ryback in a Street Fight, FCA match, or Tables match.
In-ring: The Shield was standing by after making their ring introduction during the break. Ambrose stood confidently in the ring before Big E. Langston was introduced as the title challenger. Before the match started, WWE focused on Langston's stitched-up right eye following his mid-ring collision with Ambrose last night.
2 -- U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE (w/The Shield) vs. BIG E. LANGSTON -- U.S. Title match
On commentary, Cole drew attention to Ambrose's comments in the pre-match segment, trying to plant seeds of possible conflict int he group. After a brief back-and-forth, Reigns attacked Langston from the outside, causing a DQ.
WINNER: Langston via DQ at 1:40; Ambrose retained the U.S. Title.
Post-match: Shield beat down Langston, then The Usos hit the ring to even the odds. As The Shield recovered on the outside, an unidentified man came out on-stage. Of course, it was Raw GM Brad Maddox (who has healed from Big Show's KO Punch), but if someone does not watch Raw regularly, it was presented as a random man coming out on-stage with a mic to book a six-man tag match. Rollins shouted from ringside that he doesn't have to listen to Maddox as Raw cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:43]
3 -- THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS) vs. BIG E. LANGSTON & THE USOS -- six-man tag match
The match was joined in-progress with Shield controlling the action on The Usos. Cole identified Maddox as the booker on the other side of the break, then noted Brad is healthy after being KO'ed by Big Show. Cole said Show was barred from the building last night at Hell in a Cell after The Authority obtained a restraining order. As Shield continued to slow the pace, Cole said that Shawn Michaels will be up next after this match is over.
Jimmy Uso broke free of Ambrose with a standing kick, then Reigns entered and took a spike DDT. This allowed Jimmy to tag in Jey, who rocked Rollins before calling an audible "reverse" spot. Rollins reversed, but Uso dropped him following the reverse. Uso then climbed to the top rope for a flying splash, but Rollins got his knees up to block.
Reigns tagged in at 5:00, then Reigns and Rollins tried a double superkick on Uso, but Uso made the save. Usos seemed to have it won with a superkick to Rollins, but Reigns smashed both Usos with a double spear. Reigns with the pin for the win.
Post-match: Ambrose entered the ring to take the spotlight in victory. Reigns took it all in stride as he calmly stood tall in the ring, satisfied with his victory.
WINNERS: The Shield at 5:28. WWE seems to be planting seeds for Ambrose getting too big of a head before Reigns tries to put him in his place as one person in an equal three-man unit, cuing up conflict.
Up Next: Shawn Michaels explains himself.
[Commercial Break at 8:54]
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