WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 11/4 (Hour 1): Punk opens Raw in singles action, Bryan & Punk, Big Show suit
Nov 4, 2013 - 7:53:13 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
November 4, 2013 - Episode #1,066
Live in Greenville, S.C.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
WWE Raw opened with Michael Cole introducing the show before Cult of Personality played to bring out C.M. Punk for opening match action. As Punk made his way to the ring, WWE replayed the Wyatt Family taking out Punk last week on Raw "for some reason," according to Cole.
After Punk made his entrance, the Wyatts's music played to bring out Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan. Cole plugged Luke facing Punk tonight, then WWE replayed the Wyatts also taking out Daniel Bryan last week on Raw. Back live, Harper entered the ring to battle Punk.
1 -- C.M. PUNK vs. LUKE HARPER (w/Wyatt Family)
On commentary, JBL said Punk is no stranger to facing monsters, as he took The Undertaker to the limit at WrestleMania, continuing to reference Taker on the air while he's off TV. JBL then equated Harper to "Frank Brody," a/k/a Bruiser Brody as Harper dominated Punk in the early going. The crowd tried to rally with a "C-M-Punk" chant before Harper cut off Punk and did a bit of a yodeling noise to express his thoughts on the match.
Harper wanted a big corner boot, but Punk ducked and Harper crashed into the turnbuckle before spilling to the outside. Punk wanted to follow up on the outside, but Erick Rowan made his presence known ringside to intimidate Punk heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:08]
Back from break, Harper was back in control of the action after Punk lost control on the App. Bray Wyatt continued to rock back and forth in his chair on the entrance ramp as Harper went to work on Punk. Punk made his comeback with a corner Tornado DDT, making Bray a bit nervous in his chair.
At 10:00, Punk delivered a corner knee before climbing up top and delivering a Macho Man flying elbow...onto Rowan ringside. Harper did not take kindly to Punk taking out his partner, as he tried to drag Punk back into the ring, but Punk escaped, then tried a springboard re-entry, but Harper smashed him with a mid-air boot. Harper then tried to finish Punk with a spinning lariat, but Punk ducked and rolled him for a quick three count.
WINNER: Punk at 11:10. Fine work to make Harper seem like a threatening big man until the loss.
[Q2] Post-match: Bray Wyatt sold dejection over the outcome before Rowan blasted Punk from behind to begin an assault. Bray entered the ring to finish off Punk, but Daniel Bryan emerged on-stage to a reaction. Speaking of Bruiser Brody, Bryan was sporting his Brody ponytail and hair look along with a taped shoulder. Bryan helped Punk fend off the Wyatts before Punk blasted Harper with a chair shot to stand tall with Bryan. Punk and Bryan sold an uneasy alliance as the Wyatts retreated on the outside.
Video Clip: Triple H sat down with Michael Cole on Wednesday to discuss his issues with the Big Show. Hunter was shown saying that Big Show is banned from WWE for life. Despite Show being "fired" and "banned from WWE for life," they're still going to allow Show to tell his side of the story tonight.
Still to come: The audience votes on WWE champion Randy Orton's opponent tonight - Dolph Ziggler, Big E. Langston, or The Miz. And, the same six-man tag main event from Smackdown with Cena and Rhodes Bros. vs. Real Americans and Damien Sandow.
This Friday on Smackdown: Cena returns to fend off Damien Sandow, who has vowed to end the Cena Era.
[Commercial Break at 8:20]
Moments Ago: Punk had just defeated Luke Harper when the Wyatts went for a post-match attack, only to be thwarted by "Bruiser" Daniel Bryan. Cole said they still do not know why the Wyatts have targeted Punk and Bryan.
Backstage: Renee Young brought in C.M. Punk to discuss the opening segment. Punk said it's never a fair fight with the Wyatts, then switched the subject to Paul Heyman, saying he dealt with Heyman and his goons for months. Punk said he knew exactly what happened tonight, but he's not the only one who has an issue with the Wyatts. Punk stomped off. Was he talking about the obvious, Bryan, or someone else? Odd conclusion.
Announcers: Cole said they have secured an interview with Paul Heyman. WWE cut to a pre-recorded interview with Heyman, who claimed to be in Europe seeking alternative treatment for the injuries he suffered at Hell in a Cell. (Subtle plug for the European Tour starting this week.) Heyman comically listed all of the back/neck injuries he suffered before adding kidney and facial injuries. Heyman said after everything that he has been through with Punk, it's inexcusable. He demanded an apology for the beating he suffered before Cole asked Heyman if he's crying. Heyman breathed heavily, then hung up.
In-ring: Heyman's protege, Ryback, was introduced for singles action. WWE then cut to footage from Earlier Tonight when Ryback tried to bully Santino, who offered Great Khali instead. Ryback confidently called them freaks. It's Ryback vs. Khali on the other side of the break.
[Commercial Break at 8:28]
[Q3] Back from break, Khali's music was playing after Khali made his entrance during the break.
2 -- RYBACK vs. GREAT KHALI (w/Santino and Hornswoggle)
Lock-up, stalemate, lock-up, and Khali shoved Ryback across the ring. Swoggle laughed it up ringside, then Ryback walked into a couple of elbow strikes from Khali. Khali followed with a frying pan-like chop to the chest. Meanwhile, Cole said Big Show has been banned for life, but they'll still hear from him later tonight. They really make Cole sound like a dolt having to relay that illogical pitch. In the ring, Khali continued to dominate before Ryback busted out a Meathook clothesline out of nowhere. Ryback made the pin for the win.
Post-match: Ryback started to leave the ring, but opted to return to the ring. Santino fed Ryback to yank him out of the ring, where Ryback blasted Santino back-first into the barricade. Swoggle then bailed under the ring to his former residence. The announcers quipped that Swoggle was evicted from under the ring. Ryback, satisfied, took off.
WINNER: Ryback at 2:26.
Announcers: Cole and Co. re-visited Big Show being "banned for life from WWE." WWE went through a series of events showing Show assaulting "employees" of WWE, as described by JBL. Yet, the video showed independent contractors The Shield being attacked by Show. Apparently heel commentators have expanded their lies to workplace classification.
In-ring: Kofi Kingston, wearing blue pants, a pink t-shirt, and blue headband was introduced for the next match. Cole plugged Kofi vs. former World champion Alberto Del Rio up next.
[Commercial Break at 8:37]
In-ring: Back from break, Del Rio was in the ring waving a Mexican flag to celebrate his arrival for match action.
3 -- ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. KOFI KINGSTON
Del Rio opened with a standing kick, but Kofi responded by knocking Del Rio to the outside. Kofi then flew over the top rope with a big splash as the announcers wondered if Del Rio is off after losing his World Title. Back in the ring, Del Rio recovered and stomped Kofi in the corner. Del Rio continued the assault as JBL attempted to educate Jerry Lawler on Texas History. Del Rio snapped off a German Suplex for a nearfall, then he slowly stood up and mocked Kofi's warm-up clap to get some easy boos. Del Rio followed with a corner kick before snapping off a suplex for a two count.
[Q4] Del Rio grounded Kofi to retain control of the match. Kofi tried to fight back, but Del Rio dropped him with a backbreaker to ground Kofi again. Del Rio wanted to end it with a corner enziguiri, but Kofi moved and followed with a second-rope splash to Del Rio's back for a two count. Another nearfall for Kofi.
Kofi wanted an STO, but Del Rio countered and rolled into the cross arm-breaker. Kofi tried to fight the hold by doing John Cena's move of grabbing Del Rio's hands to release his clasp, but Del Rio overpowered Kofi, who was then forced to tap out.
WINNER: Del Rio via submission at 6:54. Fine match. Kofi is enough of a star for Del Rio to re-gain momentum heading into a title re-match against John Cena, but WWE has not shown enough interest in spotlighting Kofi for this to be a big loss for Kofi.
Announcers: Cole and Co. transitioned to Big Show vs. Triple H business. Cole fed to a video package claimed to be prepared by Big Show's attorney, which The Authority allowed on the air despite Show being "banned from life." The video explained how Triple H and Stephanie McMahon tormented Show over the past three months, focusing on the areas of discrimination, slander & defamation, Breach of Contract, Intimidation & Extortion & Exploitation, and Wrongful Termination.
Back live, Cole transitioned to App plugs. This led to a plug for Orton facing either Ziggler, Langston, or Miz tonight. Cole said the result is next.
[Commercial Break at 8:53]
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