WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Aug. 19

Jonathan SnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterAugust 20, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Aug. 19

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    Wrestling fans are always excited for a WWE Raw after a major pay-per-view like SummerSlam. The shows are generally exciting, and the storylines are put in place for the next month's big event. The show, as always, must go on.

    With that standard, and not with a typical Raw, in mind, I declare this show a complete bust. CM Punk and Paul Heyman stole what show there was. Daniel Bryan proved he belonged in the ring with the best talkers in the business.

    But besides that?

    Nothing.

    No great matches, no great promos and nothing that really has me intrigued for the weeks to come. Within, I rank each and every segment and match on this edition of Raw. Disagree? Let me know in the comments.

John Cena/Daniel Bryan/Stephanie McMahon Promo

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    John Cena comes down in a yellow "Never Give Up" t-shirt to tell the fans that, yes indeed, he too is disgusted by what happened at SummerSlam. After showing the cameras the disgusting tennis ball-sized growth on his left elbow, he announced he was leaving for four to six months for surgery.

    Cena introduced Daniel Bryan before exiting stage left, but before he could say a word, Stephanie McMahon hit the ring. She tells Bryan Triple H was just doing what's best for business, but the crowd chanted "No, no, no" with considerable enthusiasm.

    Bryan calls Triple H a sellout and Stephanie trash. You see, he's not afraid of being fired. He'd rather be wrestling in Armories anyway.

    Stephanie is willing to let it all slide. She just wants to manage his expectations. In a nutshell: He's short, ugly and small. He's not an A, but he is a B+.

    "You're starting to remind me of a word that starts with the letter B right now," Bryan explained. He won't, however, accept that. He knows in his heart he can be the champion. As tensions escalate, Bryan is eventually escorted from the building.

     

    Result

    Stephanie McMahon has Daniel Bryan escorted from the building by security after he refuses to settle for being a B+.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I want to take a second to publicly thank Daniel Bryan for bringing out the best in me," John Cena. The two had a match for the ages on pay-per-view.

    "Tonight I leave the WWE," John Cena. Fans erupt in cheers before realizing that's awful and their mommas didn't raise them like that.

    "He's wearing a suit, he's got a corporate haircut and I guess what they say is true. When you lie down with trash sooner or later you start to stink," Daniel Bryan to Stephanie.

    "A solid B+," McMahon said. Bryan did not consider that a compliment.

     

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    I, for one, would buy @WWEDanielBryan's t shirt out of a car. I'd even buy it out of a sketchy van. #RAW

    — Kaitlyn (@KaitlynWWE) August 20, 2013 

    It seems like @WWEDanielBryan may be more popular now than he's ever been. "THE CHASE!" #WWERaw

    — Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 20, 2013

    Grade

    A solid B+

     

    Analysis

    I appreciate that the crowd doesn't all care for Cena. That he's been pushed down their throats for years. But he gave everything he had at SummerSlam, wrestling a classic match despite a serious injury. I think he deserves a modicum of respect.

    Bryan is getting better on the stick every week. He doesn't look out of place in the slightest, and the crowd was behind him as they attempted to reinvent "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The Texas Rattlesnake would have Stunnered all five of those lame security son of a guns and Stephanie too. Then he would have drank a case, shot the bird and given everyone a "Hell yeah." Daniel just walked to the back like a mopey Charlie Brown. So Bryan is not there yet.

    But he's getting close.

Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes

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    Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow obviously didn't get a sense of closure at SummerSlam. The two former friends are still fighting like cats and dogs. Or cats and rats.

    Cats are the worst.

    This was another fast-paced match between two guys who obviously have great chemistry together. Sometimes guys wrestle against each other for months. If that's the case here, I'm all for it.

     

    Result

    Cody Rhodes pinned Sandow with a rollup in the corner. That's two in a row for Rhodes.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Springboard dropkick by Cody Rhodes.

    Sandow armwhips Rhodes off the top rope.

    "Okay, we're in a break," the referee said. Caught you. Kayfabe son, kayfabe.

    "Cody didn't learn that from daddy," JBL said after a moonsault. The joke? Dusty Rhodes, you see, was fat. Real fat.

     

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    I miss Cody's mustache. Does anyone know if he's selling it on eBay? #AskingForAFriend #RAW

    — Kaitlyn (@KaitlynWWE) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    I love the new mustache-less Cody Rhodes. Not that I had any beef with the the stache—it's just that he's suddenly been reinvigorated, working a junior heavyweight style and making sure he stands out on every card he's on.

    To his credit, Sandow is able to keep up with him—but it's Rhodes who is showing the real main event potential in the ring.

    Wrestling is amazing. Only in the WWE could you lose every match in recent memory like these two have and then, in the blink of an eye, suddenly be in the world title picture. These guys are living up to that high standard, though.

Paul Heyman Interview

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    Paul Heyman came out with his left arm in a sling. He admitted CM Punk gave Brock Lesnar all he could handle. Heyman admitted things had gone too far. He forgave Punk and said when Punk apologized to him he would bring him back into the fold.

    Heyman promised to guide Punk back to the WWE title, telling him "together we will be the best in the world."

     

    Result

    Paul Heyman forgives Punk and offers to bring him back into the family. The catch? Punk has to apologize first.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Like all rebellious children CM Punk had to fly away from the nest," Paul Heyman said.

    "CM Punk, I forgive you."

    "CM Punk, I still love you," Heyman getting personal.

     

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    Like him or hate him, @HeymanHustle always grabs my attention. #Raw

    — Natalya (@NatbyNature) August 20, 2013 

    @HeymanHustle asking @CMPunk to make a choice. #WWE pic.twitter.com/9wJZbGqiN9

    — Brooklyn Brawler (@brawlerreal) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Paul Heyman almost always hits the mark, but here he may have actually been too subtle for his audience. On the surface, he seemed to be rebuilding bridges with Punk. But he was actually trying to talk his way into an apology from his former pupil.

    Of course, Punk was in the right. He will never apologize, and Heyman knows it. It was a nice little dig—but may have gone over the head of some in the WWE Universe.

AJ Lee/Layla vs. the Funkadactyls

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    Before the match, the Bellas started trouble with the Funkadactyls, who are suddenly much bigger stars than the wrestlers they valet for.

    AJ and Layla come out before the bell even rings, taking it to the Funkadactyls. AJ dominates a short match, but Layla blows it for her team after just seconds in the ring. Somehow I think there will be a price paid for that negligence.

     

    Result

    Naomi rolled up Layla for the win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'd like to promise a reality show. Total Announcers," JBL. Everyone wants some of that Total Divas! action.

    AJ Lee teases the tag, taunting the Funkadactyles the whole time.

     

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    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    It's fun to see the Divas have actual storylines and personalities. Next step? Time to show off what they can do in the ring. This was a bad match, but it never really got the chance to be anything other than bad. 

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield

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    Dolph Ziggler let his opinions about Triple H turning on Daniel Bryan be known. General manager Brad Maddox made him pay the piper with a handicap match against The Shield.

     

    Result

    Roman Reigns pinned Ziggler with the Spear.

     

    Memorable Moments

    Ziggler shows his fighting spirit against impossible odds.

    Rollins takes a nasty bump to the floor off of a suplex from Ziggler.

    The Shield powerbomb Ziggler after the match.

     

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    Whoa. That spear just made an angel lose it's wings. #RAW

    — Kaitlyn (@KaitlynWWE) August 20, 2013

     

    We at #WWE strongly encourage all forms of freedom of speech. We welcome all the opinions of our superstars on #Raw

    — Brad Maddox (@BradMaddoxIsWWE) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    So, as a heel Ziggler wore pink. As a babyface his ring gear is black. That's a pretty clear message there, WWE. Maybe things haven't come as far as we thought?

    Whatever color he wears, Ziggler is incredible. Everything he does has that extra little snap to it. He's special—but the kind of special that might not lead to a long career. He'd be well served to make his bumps count. Your body only has so many in it.

Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Alberto Del Rio, sporting a shiner after his great match with Christian at SummerSlam, made short work of Sin Cara. Or, if you prefer, Sin Cara made short work of himself, injuring his hand with a dive out of the ring.

    The real story of this segment was the return of Rodriguez with a surprise new client—Rob Van Dam.

     

    Result

    Del Rio won when Sin Cara couldn't continue. Rodriguez announced Rob Van Dam as his new client.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Sin Cara hurting his hand on a dive out of the ring.

    Rob Van Dam hitting Del Rio with a superkick but the world champion escaping the Five-Star Frog Splash.

     

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    Hahahahahahahaha wow @RRWWE repping @TherealRVD did not see that coming #raw does Ricardo get the bucket in the divorce?

    — Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    The WWE is so funny. Now that Del Rio is a heel, he asks for the Mexican flag and to be introduced in Spanish. The match never got a chance to develop. But I'm all about hearing Rodriguez say Rooooooooooob Van Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam.

Real Americans vs. Prime Time Players

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    Zeb Colter came out and ran down immigrants and the local city of Anaheim. Who's shocked? He's angry after a day at Disney Land. What kind of monster could be angry after riding It's a Small World? Poor Zeb.

    Cesaro and Swagger looked great again in the ring, but after recent events were used here as enhancement talent for Darren Young.

     

    Results

    Young pinned Cesaro after a gutbuster.

     

    Memorable Moments

    Cesaro leapfrogs Swagger to land on Titus O'Neil.

    Young hits Cesaro with a huge overhead belly-to-belly suplex

     

    Tweet Tweet

    I wonder if Zeb had a Turkey Leg at Disney! #Raw

    — Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    I really like the Real Americans, but it looks like this isn't their time. Young will get a bit of a push after announcing his homosexuality. He's a good talent who deserves a shot. But he's no Cesaro, one of the best in the world reduced to being a glorified jobber.

The Shield vs. Big Show

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    Before the match begins, there is a hilarious product placement for Foot Locker with Fandango appearing completely unfamiliar with the store that is in every mall in America. Ryback, once again, is shown bullying hapless backstage workers. Not cool The Ryback. Not cool. Don't you know WWE has an anti-bullying campaign on? We do—the announcers are sure to mention it!

    Then it was time for yet another handicap match. It's The Shield, serving as Brad Maddox's henchmen, once again in three-on-one action to defend the McMahon's honor. This time, it doesn't seem quite so one-sided, though. Big Show is the size of at least two men, so the odds aren't that uneven.

     

    Results

    All three members of the Shield pinned the Big Show after a Triple Powerbomb

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Show giving Roman Reigns a taste of his own medicine with a Spear.

    "Good grief what a collision," JBL after Big Show wiped out all three men.

    Show moving like it was 1999. Looking good big man

    Double suplex with Show tossing Ambrose and Rollins over his head.

     

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    Very subtle product placement for @footlocker on #RAW. You won't see me shilling like that http://t.co/HcY56cU5Bp"

    — Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) https://twitter.com/JoeyStyles/statuses/369635206686195712">August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Show has lost considerable weight, and it seemed to give him new life and a spring in his step. A motivated Big Show is one of the most interesting workers in the WWE. His matches aren't always great in the conventional sense of the word, but they allow for some fun storytelling.

CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel

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    CM Punk came down to the ring, and he was angry. I mean capital "A" angry, yelling at the crowd, ranting and just plain furious. He refused to apologize to Heyman who waddled to the ramp and threatened to send Curtis Axel down to the ring for a fight.

    That's exactly what happened, and a street fight commenced. Punk, fresh off a brutal match with Brock Lesnar was still more than enough for Axel. But Heyman watched from a distance, avoiding Punk's wrath.

     

    Result

    CM Punk beat up Curtis Axel in an unsanctioned street fight.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Be a man. I'll reduce you to tears," CM Punk challenging a booing fan ringside.

    "Have the guts that this fat guy doesn't have and step into the ring and fight me like a man," Punk demanding Heyman come down to the ring.

    "CM Punk, I'm sorry. I'm sorry for what is about to happen to you," Paul Heyman with Curtis Axel at his side.

    "I am not the fat guy sitting in the front row. I can be your worst nightmare," Heyman, matching Punk's intensity.

    Punk destroys Axel with a briefcase.

    Curtis Axel brings a steel chair to a fist fight.

     

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    That was a wild old school brawl. I loved it. @CMPunk @RealCurtisAxel @HeymanHustle #Raw

    — Curt Hawkins (@TheCurtHawkins) August 20, 2013 

    @CMPunk is having a very physical couple of days....he might wanna sit in those cold tubs at the @WWEPerformCtr for a while!! @WWENXT @wwe

    — Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) August 20, 2013

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    There was nothing wrong with the match, though I'm still not convinced Axel has "it." It was a fun brawl in the ECW style. But it paled in comparison to the amazing promo. That was a work of art, deranged and intelligent all at once, unique in tone, content and cadence in WWE history.

Bray Wyatt vs. R. Truth

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    The push continued as Bray Wyatt wrestled for the first time on Raw, squashing R. Truth like the proverbial bug in almost no time at all.

     

    Result

    Wyatt pinned R. Truth with his finisher, which looks more awkward than painful.

     

    Memorable Moments

    Wyatt with an unusual takedown of Truth, a strange "low" body block.

    Wyatt does some sort of yoga in the corner waiting for Truth to get up.

     

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    Love @WWEBrayWyatt aggression..physicality..2nd gear. #WWERaw

    — Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    The crowd was mostly dead for this. I hope the abysmal match at SummerSlam hasn't soured people on this gimmick. It has a ton of potential, but this level of work isn't going to cut it in the big time.

The Usos vs. 3MB

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    The Usos have the best entrance in the game, complete with dancing, chanting and pure Samoan fun. That spirit is starting to translate to the ring, too.

    Here they drew 3MB, low men on the totem pole, making the result a bit predictable and rendering the match mostly moot.

     

    Results

    One of the Usos pins Slater with a Superfly Splash

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    JBL namedrops the Gentrys, Jimmy Hart's old band. Maybe he read Jim Cornette's new book, too.

    "That might knock some sense into Heath Slater," Lawler.

    "It'll take more than that," JBL. Announcers, they got jokes.

    An Uso did a suicide dive out of the ring and tagged his brother on the way out—while still in midair. That's a fantastic spot.

     

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    The @WWEUsos stock is rising in my book.The dive-tag was awesome! They ain't The Outlaws but they're good! #DOGGLB #OUDK

    — Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    It's kind of weird to see 3MB on offense. They almost never get anything in at all. This was an evenly worked match rather than a squash. I'd like to see more of that, but if it never happens, it only serves to make the pushed team look weak. Here, that was the Usos, in the midst of their Total Divas! push.

    Of course, the match was completely redeemed by an innovative spot that saw the Usos make a hot tag in the midst of a a suicide dive. Wild stuff.

The Miz vs. Wade Barrett

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    The Miz and Wade Barrett had a match. Because, I guess, why not?

     

    Result

    Wade Barrett loses the match when Fandango attacked Miz with a top-rope leg drop

     

    Memorable Moments

    Miz kind of figuring out how to do the figure-four leglock. Kind of.

    Fandango hitting Miz with a top rope legdrop!

     

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    Time to Dance.

    — Fandango (@WWEFandango) August 20, 2013


    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    Moving on. Not a bad match, but this one needs to be retired. Luckily, it looks like WWE is moving on with Miz vs. Fandango. I don't have a good feeling about it.

Randy Orton Coronation

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    The entire locker room came out to the ramp, but they are just window dressing for the real stars—the McMahon family. They came down to the ring looking very corporate. Vince said he had doubts about Triple H, but then the Game went and totally redeemed himself at SummerSlam.

    Triple H did it for the crowd, their children and even for the wrestlers assembled around the ring. They deserve better than a man who is, gasp, small. Triple H said it hurt him personally to take away Daniel Bryan's dream. But he buried his personal feelings deep to do the right thing.

    Orton came out looking smug to literally say "I told you so." He's apparently not a "thank you" kind of guy, but he admitted he owed the belt to Triple H. They then invite Daniel Bryan so he can get some closure and continue his "little career."

    He has to fight his way through The Shield to get into the ring where he is immediately hit with an RKO. The show goes off the air with the McMahon family raising the arms of their corporate champion.

     

    Results

    The WWE brass officially proclaims Randy Orton the face of the company.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Give it up for the Game," Vince.

    "I suppose this is where I'm supposed to explain myself to all you people," Triple H. Yes. Yes it is.

    "Daniel Bryan is a good little technician...he deserved to win...but let's be honest. WWE champion? Face of the WWE?" Triple H is incredulous. The crowd chants "Yes." He says no.

    "This is not all about you...you put your personal feelings aside and you do what's best for business," Triple H to Daniel Bryan.

    "Everyone in this arena should stand up on their feet and show this man the respect he deserves," Randy Orton. The crowd didn't seem to agree.

    Daniel Bryan fights off all three members of The Shield to get at the McMahon regime before he gets waylaid by a Reigns Spear.

     

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    Mr @VinceMcMahon @StephMcMahon & The Game @TripleH have taken over the ring #RAW pic.twitter.com/kQJJnyHuOW

    — Justin Roberts (@JustinRoberts) August 20, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    This skit might have been interesting, but everything lasted about twice as long as it should have. It felt like Triple H was never going to stop talking so Bryan could come out and we could get to the point already.

    I love that Bryan is going to be a central character in the WWE's big storyline of the fall, but right now he's very much a poor man's Stone Cold.