WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners and Losers After Aug. 19
The Raw after SummerSlam was a very eventful episode. The Shield were all over the show, Daniel Bryan was escorted out of the building, John Cena announced he was leaving and much more.
There were nine matches, an unsanctioned fight between CM Punk and Curtis Axel and the coronation of Randy Orton.
It's time to rewind the clock and take a look at the biggest winners and losers after Monday night.
The Shield: Winners
Brad Maddox used The Shield as his muscle throughout the show.
He confronted Dolph Ziggler about not trusting Triple H and booked a match between Ziggler and The Shield. Ziggler put up a fight. However, the numbers were too much for The Showoff, as Reigns speared Ziggler in mid-air to win. They then hit the triple powerbomb.
The Shield weren't done for the night, though. Maddox interrupted Big Show's interview and set up another 3-on-1 handicap match, this time it was a tornado handicap match. Big Show took down each member of The Shield, but not for long. Reigns connected with another spear before hitting the triple powerbomb to win.
The Shield's final appearance came at the end of the show, as they served as Triple H's security during the coronation. They attacked Bryan as he made his way to the ring, and Reigns hit a third spear.
This was a night revolving around Bryan and Triple H, but The Shield stood out on Raw. They were floundering for a couple of months, but they could fit perfectly as Triple H's muscle/bodyguards to deal with any uncooperative Superstars.
John Cena: Loser
John Cena kicked off Raw, talking about his match with Bryan. He said Bryan deserved the WWE Championship.
He then turned the attention to his football-sized elbow. He said the doctors advised him to sit out SummerSlam, but he couldn't do that. He said he can't put off his surgery any longer and will be taking time off. Cena will be gone for four to six months.
It doesn't matter if you like or hate Cena. An injury is not something to wish on any Superstar.
This does leave room for someone, like Bryan, to fill in for Cena as the No. 1 guy. Cena could be back in time for the Royal Rumble, but until then, we won't see Cena for a while.
Rob Van Dam: Winner and Loser
Rob Van Dam had an excellent match against Dean Ambrose on the SummerSlam kickoff show. Despite not winning the title, it looks like RVD is next in line for Alberto Del Rio's world title.
Del Rio, after his match with Sin Cara, cut a promo about being a Hispanic hero. Ricardo Rodriguez came out and said, "In fact, I am beyond proud that I represent somebody new." The crowd was thinking Rey Mysterio, but RVD's music hit.
I have no idea what the connection is between Rodriguez and RVD. RVD isn't the best talker and could benefit from having Rodriguez, but I would like to see RVD and Paul Heyman. I am, however, in favor of RVD getting a world title shot.
WWE needs to keep him relevant, and a one-month feud with Del Rio will do just fine.
Cody Rhodes: Winner
A full day after defeating his former partner at SummerSlam, Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow on Raw.
This match was a few minutes longer than their pay-per-view match, but definitely made for television.
With Rhodes now picking up two straight victories over the Money in the Bank holder, could he be a future world title contender? Or could he goad Sandow into putting his briefcase on the line at Night of Champions?
Regardless, WWE is investing a lot of time into Rhodes' push, and it's been fun to watch.
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Sin Cara dislocated a finger on his left hand during his match with Del Rio. Just another injury to add to a long list of injuries in his short WWE career.
Primo & Epico will be back on television as Los Matadores. The tag division is filled with a lot of teams, but not many contenders for the titles.
Wade Barrett and The Miz fought for what feels like the 1,000th time. This time, however, Fandango hit The Miz with a diving leg drop.
Let me know what you thought of Raw and who were your biggest winners and losers.
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