WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners and Losers After 7/15/13
Monday's Raw tied off all the storylines from Money in the Bank, as well as set in motion some angles that will culminate at SummerSlam.
Let's take a look back at Raw and see who came away from the show looking like the biggest winners and the biggest losers.
Daniel Bryan is officially the No. 1 contender for the WWE title. Brad Maddox gave John Cena the choice to pick his own SummerSlam opponent, and Cena chose the man who was clearly the crowd's favorite choice.
Bryan has been red-hot lately, and the fact that he is now main eventing the second biggest pay-per-view of the year against John Cena for the WWE title is validation for all his hard work.
Whenever Bryan comes out for a match, the roof pops off. Everyone loves Bryan, from the smarks to the casual fans, from kids to adults. There are few Superstars in WWE who are as popular as Bryan is right now.
He has the look of an underdog, but nobody ever treats him as such because he can beat just about anyone in a variety of different ways. He has some of the best matches week-in and week-out, and SummerSlam could be his big chance to steal the show and come away as WWE champion.
R-Truth has barely been seen recently, so when he came out on Monday there were probably a lot of people who thought he was back on the scene for a push.
Unfortunately for Truth, he wasn't even able to compete in a match because of the Wyatt Family.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harder and Erick Rowan came out and gave Truth a beating like they had given Kane the week before, but it won't even lead to a storyline for Truth.
After beating Truth down, Wyatt took a mic and made it clear his focus was still firmly on Kane. Kane may end up taking on Wyatt at the PPV, or he could possibly team up with someone to take on the whole Wyatt Family trio.
Either way, this segment was meant to push the Wyatts, and Truth ended up buried because of it.
The match of the night was easily Chris Jericho taking on a man who he has known for the better part of two decades, Rob Van Dam.
RVD and Y2J gave us a PPV-quality match on Monday Night Raw, and RVD came away with the clean victory. He may not have won MITB, but RVD was one of the big winners from Raw.
RVD is in great shape, and he seemed to put more effort into his two appearances than he did during his entire combined TNA run, which really goes to show you how big of a motivator money and crowd response can be.
RVD will likely have some kind of feud that leads to a match at SummerSlam. The question now becomes which superstar is the best choice to face RVD?
Fandango is a confusing character. Not because of the way he acts, but because of the way he has been booked. First he was booked to look strong by winning a match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, but ever since returning from a concussion he seems to be going nowhere.
Fandango ended up in a match with Randy Orton after the two got into a physical confrontation in the opening moments of the show, and even though he looked alright during the match, he ended up taking a clean loss from The Viper.
Fandango may still be on management's radar as a potential future star, but it looks like his big push has been halted for the time being.
Some might argue that just being in matches with top stars like Orton is a good sign of Fandango's future, but I will believe when he starts picking up more wins.
Now, you might be asking yourself, "why is Ziggler a winner if he lost his match and got beat up by Big E. Langston?"
The reason Ziggler is a winner is because he is finally a full babyface. He broke up with AJ earlier in the night, and she got her revenge by having Big E. Langston come in and beat up Ziggler following his match.
Now that he is completely on his own, it's up to Ziggler to get himself to the top all on his own, and he can do it. The reactions Ziggler has received as a babyface have been great, and there is no telling just how far he can go as a good guy.
For now, it looks like he may be entering into a feud with AJ and Big E. heading into SummerSlam, but for now it is just nice to know that Ziggler is where he needs to be.
The Real Americans-Losers
Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger are not exactly reaping the rewards of Zeb Colter's tutelage, and it doesn't look like either man is in line for a monster push anytime soon.
Cesaro and Swagger lost a tag match to The Usos on Monday. If Cesaro and Swagger are kept in the tag team division then they may end up hold the title at some point, but right now it seems like they are going nowhere.
WWE has tried and failed to get Swagger over on multiple occasions. Putting him with Colter was a good idea at first, but that angle has lost all of its momentum.
If Cesaro is someone WWE sees a future in, then they need to get him away from Swagger. Put him back with Kassius Ohno and just call it a day.
Raw had a lot of storylines set in motion. The Shield and Mark Henry are most likely going to be in some kind of match at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar and CM Punk are heading towards a collision, and Cody Rhodes made it clear that Damien Sandow is no longer his best friend by attacking him.
MITB had a lot of high points, and Raw continued to develop current storylines and plant the seeds for new ones. SummerSlam is already shaping up to have a great card if all of the obvious matches end up happening.
What did you think of Raw, and who do you feel came away looking like the biggest winners and losers?
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