WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: The Shocking SummerSlam Aftermath, Triple H Speaks

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WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: The Shocking SummerSlam Aftermath, Triple H Speaks
Stephanie McMahon and Daniel Bryan stand in the ring. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

WWE Monday Night Raw, which aired live from Anaheim, CA, began with a very well-put video package recapping the shocking events that took place at the SummerSlam pay-per-view Sunday.

John Cena shows his injury on Raw. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

John Cena got things started by heading out to the ring. The former WWE champion expressed his frustration on the end result of SummerSlam. Cena praised Daniel Bryan and revealed that he will miss four to six months of WWE action due to a torn triceps muscle, which was met by loud cheers.

Bryan, who was introduced to the ring by Cena, came out to a standing ovation. Cena handed over the microphone to Bryan before exiting the ring. Before Bryan could speak, WWE executive Stephanie McMahon interrupted by walking toward the ring.

McMahon defended her husband, Triple H, and told Bryan that what happened was strictly business. Bryan responded back, telling McMahon that he will go out on a loud note before being fired. McMahon sarcastically graded Bryan as a "B-plus" talent in the WWE. After Bryan slapped McMahon's microphone out of her hand, security arrived and escorted Bryan toward the backstage area. 

 

Match No.1: Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes.

Your winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes.

Pretty decent opening match to Raw. Although there was nothing that stood out during the match, the victory by Rhodes provides added momentum toward his quest to a potential title down the road. Unfortunately for Sandow, he took the hit with another loss to Rhodes. It appears WWE is ready to move forward with Rhodes.

Match Rating: 3/5.

Paul Heyman entering the ring. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

 

Paul Heyman, who was standing in the center of the ring, admitted that despite Brock Lesnar's victory at SummerSlam, CM Punk gave him a very competitive match. Heyman told Punk that he forgives him and attempted to recruit the former WWE champion back to his corner.

 

Match No. 2: Cameron and Naomi vs. Layla and AJ Lee.

 

Your winners via pinfall: Cameron and Naomi.

Another botched match? Although the victory by Cameron and Naomi was meant to be shocking, it seemed the referee counted too slowly as Layla appeared to kick out before the three count. On a side note, it was the same referee who botched last week's Monday Night Raw match when he never saw Lee tap out to Natalya the first time around.

Match Rating: 2/5.

 

Match No. 3: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield.

Your winner via pinfall: The Shield.

Roman Reigns put a punctuation mark on Ziggler with a very hard-hitting spear that landed The Shield a close call victory. Despite the loss, Ziggler performed extremely well and nearly defeated three wrestlers at once. An entertaining handicap match with tons of action toward the tail end of it.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

 

Match No. 4: Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara.

Your winner: Alberto Del Rio.

Well, that turned out to be a bust, as Cara ended up injuring himself just seconds into the match. After Cara waved the referee over, the match was immediately stopped. Ricardo Rodriguez made an appearance and announced that he will now be representing Rob Van Dam. Van Dam walked toward the ring and quickly forced Del Rio to retreat.

Match Rating: 0/5.

 

Match No. 5: Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger vs. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young.

Your winners via pinfall: Titus O'Neil and Darren Young.

Good win for O'Neil and Young, as the WWE needs to get this tag team to excel in the division. Meanwhile, Cesaro and Swagger, along with Zed Colter, are continuing to draw great heat with crowds across the country.     

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 6: The Big Show vs. The Shield.

Your winners via pinfall: The Shield.

The Big Show dominated a majority of this match as The Shield looked extremely weak. However, the numbers game caught up to the Big Show, who suffered a triple power bomb by The Shield. 

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Punk came out to the ring next and challenged Heyman to a match. However, Heyman sent Axel to the ring to fight Punk. After fighting back and forth, Punk got the last laugh by sending Axel into the steel steps before a commercial break.

 

Match No. 7: R-Truth vs. Bray Wyatt.

Your winner via pinfall: Bray Wyatt.

This ended up being a somewhat strange match, as R-Truth was quickly put away by Wyatt. Wyatt fits his character extremely well and it should remain interesting to see what WWE will do with Kane after his SummerSlam defeat and disappearance against the group. 

Match Rating: 2.5/5.

 

Match No. 8: 3 MB vs. The Usos.

Your winners via pinfall: The Usos.

The Usos are another tag team group that WWE must continue to put more momentum on. However, it seemed the match was being performed in front of an empty arena until The Usos began to turn up the heat on 3 MB. In the end, this was a decent tag team match to help The Usos continue their roll.

Match Rating: 3/5.

 

Match No. 9: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett.

No disqualification match.

As The Miz was about to secure a victory, Fandango climbed the top rope and hit the leg drop to cause the disqualification. A surprisingly better-than-expected match to lead into the main event segment.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.

 

In the ring, Vince McMahon, who was joined by his daughter and Triple H, praised "The Game" for his decision at SummerSlam to take the WWE title away from Bryan. With the WWE roster standing on the entrance way, Triple H said he took away Bryan's opportunity to enjoy a title run for the future of the company. 

Triple H continued to speak, saying that the WWE fans deserved much better than Bryan as their champion. "The Game" admitted that he did not want to hand over the WWE title to Orton but elected to bury his feelings for the good of the company. Triple H went ahead and welcomed Orton to the ring.

Orton thanked Triple H for his actions and encouraged the crowd to cheer. Triple H invited Bryan to the ring. However, as Bryan walked toward the ring, The Shield quickly attacked him at ringside. 

As Bryan got into the ring, Orton delivered an RKO. After a celebration in the ring, WWE Raw faded to black. 

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