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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Aug. 26

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterAugust 27, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Aug. 26

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    Monday's WWE Raw showed us why it's a thrilling time to be a fan.

    The Daniel Bryan and Triple H angle has made Monday nights special as the company seems to be on the verge of something great with this storyline. Triple H has thrived as the fearsome despot ruling WWE; Bryan is emerging as the people's hero.

    Beyond that, Monday night cemented The Shield's status as the WWE equivalent to Jabba the Hut's pit monster. They are the creatures one sics on the defiant and disobedient in order to destroy them.

    The Night of Champions card filled out some with Alberto Del Rio getting an official challenger and CM Punk getting a shot at both Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman at the event.

    A night of successes earned several high grades and praise from both myself and folks on Twitter.

Triple H and Randy Orton Segment

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    With The Shield standing guard outside the ring, the show opened with Triple H sauntering to the ring to "King of Kings." After recapping his involvement at SummerSlam and last Monday's Raw, he explained that was all "just business."

    Triple H was fantastic here—arrogant and irksome.

    He said that he had Bryan beat down because of his own actions, namely talking trash to Stephanie last week. According to Triple H, ratings and social media buzz is up thanks to his decision to put the WWE title on Randy Orton, the champions fans deserve.

    In appreciation of his greatness, Triple H gave Orton a Cadillac Escalade as a gift.

    Daniel Bryan's music hit, and he was soon calling the WWE champ "Twinkle Toes Orton" and thanking the fans for believing in him and supporting him.

    Bryan talked about winning back the title, and Triple H played the dream killer, mocking him in spectacularly entertaining fashion. He sang the most disturbing version of "When You Wish Upon a Star" ever.

     

    Result

    Bryan promised to become WWE champ at Night of Champions. Triple H booked him in a gauntlet match against The Shield.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "A paradigm shift, the dawning of a new era, the beginning of the future."Triple H.

    "Congratulations on breathing new life into the WWE."Triple H to Orton.

    "That's way better than my Honda Fit."Bryan on Orton's new ride.

    "The rebel in the leather jacket that who used to thumb his nose at authority is now just a sellout in a suit."Bryan to Triple H.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Bryan definitely won't smash that car at some point, I'm sure... #Raw

    — Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) August 27, 2013

    Triple H singing while Orton laughed was awesome. Such amazing heels. #RAW

    — Ryan Frye (@WiFrye) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    The Shield look to be Triple H's official guard dogs. He may have gone on a touch too long, but Triple H's performance was stellar. He made fans want to punch him in the mouth, a huge compliment for a WWE villain.

    Bryan's work repeated a few items from his promo on Friday's SmackDown, but it was still solid.

    Having Bryan face all members of The Shield is akin to putting Bryan through several circles of hell. It appears WWE is going to make his journey back to the WWE title a tortuous one.

Cody Rhodes and Miz vs. Fandango and Damien Sandow

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    Damien Sandow began what was at first a singles match between Fandango and Cody Rhodes on commentary. That action didn't last long before Fandango's music came on and The Miz danced on the entrance ramp in Fandango-style pants.

    The four men soon fought in the ring.

    Brad Maddox, who referred to himself as "DJ Maestro Maddox," channeled his inner Teddy Long and turned it into a tag team bout.

    Rosa Mendes accompanied Miz as Primo and Epico are set to become Los Matadores. In his colorful pants, Miz kicked Sandow in the head. Sandow soon found himself alone as Fandango abandoned him.

    Sandow didn't last long after that.

     

    Result

    Rhodes and Miz win after a Skull-Crushing Finale.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Somebody fire the sound guy"Sandow.

    "Is Miz having a seizure?"JBL.

    "We're going to see Mr. Skittles put it on."JBL.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Glad they're at least doing something with Rosa, and the extra pair of pants Fandango left backstage #WWE #Raw

    — The History of WWE (@TheHistoryofWWE) August 27, 2013

    The Miz looks like he's wearing his custom made Marty Jannetty Halloween costume.

    — Langdon Alger (@KeepItFiveStar) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    A short match with little action kept two separate feuds going and reintroduced Rosa. There wasn't much to savor beyond that.

    When the commentary focuses on the ring attire, you know it's not fantastic entertainment in the ring.

CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel

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    A WWE app poll forced Paul Heyman into the ring with CM Punk.

    The stipulation was that if Punk could beat Curtis Axel, he would get his hands on Heyman. Axel seemed confident before the match; Heyman seemed to be praying under his breath.

    Heyman stood scared on the outside, glaring in at the action.

    Punk's hunger for revenge distracted him, and as he went after Heyman, Axel clobbered him from behind. Punk briefly regained control, kneeing Axel in the face and then landing a suicide dive outside the ring.

    Axel showed off his impressive dropkick and clothesline to the back of the head before taunting Punk and looking for approval from Heyman.

    It was Heyman's client who dominated much of the action. He punished Punk, but ended up tasting knee and defeat.

    That meant a timid Heyman had to face an angry Punk. He tried to dart out of the building, but security dragged him into the ring. A low blow from Axel, a pair of handcuffs and a kendo stick led to Punk taking a major beating.

     

    Result

    Punk beats Axel with the Go To Sleep, but Axel and Heyman teamed up to abuse Punk.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I don't think we need a recount on that."JBL on the WWE app poll.

    "You believe in me, right Paul?"Axel.

    "Walruses can't run."Jerry Lawler on Heyman.

    "Make it count," Punk said to Heyman before he whacked him with the kendo stick.

    "I gave you my heart, I loved you"Heyman to Punk.

    Heyman's beating of Punk and the former WWE champ slumping over.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    "I LOVED YOU!!" Thanks to Paul Heyman I'll now have to watch my back for ex girlfriends chasing after me with kendo sticks #RAW @wweuniverse

    — Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) August 27, 2013

    Better yet I'm confident that @CMPunk's response to what @HeymanHustle just did won't contain any comedy #Money #ProWrestling

    — Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    In an angle much like Tommy Dreamer taking a beating from Sandman in ECW, Punk stirred up plenty of pity as the victim. Few things WWE has offered have been as unsettling as Heyman screaming "I loved you" to Punk as he broke a stick across his chest.

Brie Bella vs. Natalya

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    Brie Bella and Natalya battled in a SummerSlam rematch that was over quicker than a Sonic commercial. The Total Divas cast encircled the ring.

    Natalya had the Sharpshooter on, but distractions and brawling ensued outside. In the chaos, Brie rolled Natalya up for the win.

    AJ Lee came out and made fun of the Divas for being in Total Divas and proceeded to give a seething promo, a performance filled with barbs that outshined the match. She talked about how untalented they all were and how they'd never be able to lace up AJ's Chuck Taylors.

     

    Result

    Brie pinned Natalya and then got crushed by AJ's performance.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "They're now my favorite color, polka dots."JBL.

    "Natalya's fiancee isn't much of a man."AJ.

    "A bunch of cheap, interchangeable, useless women."AJ about the Divas.

    "I have saved your Divas division."AJ.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    lmao! did AJ just trun face, cut a great heel promo, make the Diva's title look important and bury all the other Divas all at once? #RAW

    — HouWrestlingRadio (@hwrestlingradio) August 27, 2013

    AJ has clearly possessed Paul Heyman. You should have accepted that proposal Punk. #RAW

    — April-Jeanette.Org (@ajeanetteorg) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    The grade is for AJ's promo, not the match.

    While fans don't expect the Divas to do 60-Minute Iron Man matches, a match with less than five moves is just disappointing. Luckily, AJ gave us something to buzz about after that lackluster in-ring action.

    She was magnificent, cutting into her opponents with a truth-laced tirade that was among the show's best moments.

Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Rob Van Dam took on Alberto Del Rio with a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship on the line.

    The announcers played up how Van Dam's unorthodox style was causing Del Rio fits. That narrative played out as Van Dam countered every flurry from Del Rio with a kick or high-flying move.

    Del Rio hit a nasty enzuigiri and seemed to be on the way to victory when his old ring announcer got involved.

    Rodriguez stood on the announcer's table and did the trademark Van Dam chant. It distracted the world champ enough for Van Dam to roll him up for the pin.

     

    Result

    Van Dam pinned Del Rio for a shot at the world title at Night of Champions.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "He's a good stooge."JBL on Rodriguez.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Rvd projects extreme likability .

    — Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 27, 2013

    The Bond Between RicRod and RVD is Set! Van Dam Introduced Him to His Air-brusher. That's Next Level Friendship.

    — ThreeManBooth (@3ManBooth) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Van Dam gets the title shot many were expecting. Van Dam and Rodriguez still feels like a strange pairing, but having Rodriguez don spray-painted gear was a nice touch.

    The two Superstars showed excellent chemistry and preview what should be an entertaining world title bout at Night of Champions.

Ryback Interview

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    Josh Mathews interviewed Ryback about his recent bullying. Ryback appeared to take pride in those actions, smiling at the question. He soon shifted into a darker mode.

    Ryback grabbed Mathews by the face and shoved him down. He barked at him and looked ready to hit him with a meat hook clothesline.

     

    Result

    Ryback forces Mathews to the ground and laughs about it.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    “The big guy!”Ryback referring to himself.

    “I finally found a way to shut you up.”Ryback to Mathews.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Use your words, Ryback. Use your words. #RAW

    — Kaitlyn (@KaitlynWWE) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Ryback continued his bullying, but this time attacks someone WWE fans recognize. It looks like he'll slowly climb the company hierarchy with his victims. The angle gives Ryback a distinct direction, and he appears to be having a blast doing it.

Christian vs. Randy Orton

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    This match was born from a showdown backstage where Christian called Randy Orton a tool.

    The two former rivals traded blows early, until Orton took control. He knocked Christian to the outside of the ring and took a moment to pose. Orton was aggressive, pulling Christian's hair and clamping on his holds with a devilish grin.

    Christian took a nasty bump to the outside, and the announcers seemed genuinely concerned for him.

    Both men gave excellent performances, giving of their body as if this was a pay-per-view match. A beaten, reddened Christian fought valiantly to stay in the match, but Orton used a thumb to the eye to gain the final advantage.

    With everyone expecting Daniel Bryan to pull a Steve Austin and destroy Orton's car, the goat-faced one spray-painted "yes" all over his new ride.

     

    Result

    Orton hit a blinded Christian with the RKO for the win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Triple H found himself a new tool."Christian to Orton.

    Orton pushed Christian off the turnbuckle to the outside of the ring.

    "A pretty car for a pretty man"Bryan to Orton.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Christian and Randy Orton are making sure that Daniel Bryan has to work for the match of the night label. #Raw

    — Kevin Berge (@TheBerge_) August 27, 2013

    Orton & Christian always work great together!! Christian is THE go-to guy in WWE.

    — Gregory Shane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    A+

     

    Analysis

    Orton and Christian reminded us of their classic battles in 2011 with a great match that was among the best we've seen on Raw this year.

    Bryan's act of vandalism was a fun addition, staying true to his character rather than try to recreate an Austin-like moment.

Titus O’Neil vs. Jack Swagger

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    The Prime Time Players and The Real Americans continued their string of matches, singles or otherwise, against each other when Titus O'Neil took on Jack Swagger.

    After Zeb Colter insulted people on welfare and O'Neil and Darren Young's mothers, Swagger opened the match by kneeing O'Neil in the gut. His power had him in control for the most part. He tried to use the ropes to gain leverage for a pin, and Young knocked his feet off the rope.

    That proved enough distraction for O'Neil to land his spinebuster finisher.

     

    Result

    O'Neil pinned Swagger for the victory.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "If you can't feed them, don't breed them."Colter.

    "Michael got athlete's tongue."JBL about Michael Cole.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Titus with a powering victory over Jack Swagger. Michael Cole just made "Millions of Dollers" uncool. #Wrestlezone

    — WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Swagger and O'Neil delivered a solid match for the time they were given. The Prime Time Players continue to gain momentum at The Real Americans' expense.

    This is a feud that has big potential if the teams are given more time and begin to have more of a story.

Bray Wyatt Segment

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    We didn't get any answers about what Bray Wyatt and his posse did to Kane, only more questions.

    Wyatt gave one of his best performances as he recalled Sister Abigail, who he talked about in cryptic fashion. It was a powerful, disturbing lyrical speech that gives fans a touch of Wyatt's backstory.

    Banjo played in the background as he sang and grinned and gave us the creeps.

     

    Result

    Wyatt reveals some of his past as his "brothers" look on.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "A rattlesnake's skin is the same color as the leaves."Wyatt.

    "Her touch could save the world, but her kiss burns it to the ground."Wyatt.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Fine with them introducing Sister Abigail into the Wyatt's story.....as long as she isn't related to Katie Vick. #wwe #raw

    — WrestlingNewsSource (@WNSource) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Another good promo from Wyatt added depth to his story. The difficulty seems to be in transferring Wyatt's eerie powers into storylines on screen. It feels only certain characters will work opposite Wyatt, and WWE needs to find them quick.

The Gauntlet Match

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    Triple H forced the WWE roster to watch what would happen to those who defied him. The Superstars saw Daniel Bryan take on Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and then Roman Reigns.

    Dolph Ziggler, Big Show and The Miz refused to speak out against Triple H's evil empire, fearful of getting fired or being put in Bryan's position.

    Bryan battled Rollins first, stretching him with the surfboard hold and pulling back on his neck. Bryan then charged around the ring, putting his foot down on the gas.

    Once Rollins got the advantage, he began to slap Bryan in the face, telling him to "stay down." The Phoenix crowd rallied behind Bryan, and he responded with a stunning dropkick in the corner.

    Each man countered the other, rattling the ring with big-time moves.

    Bryan earned a hard-fought victory on Rollins only to look up to see Dean Ambrose stomping on him. He clamped on the Yes! lock and chaos soon erupted. The Shield traded getting disqualified for a chance to pound on Bryan.

    All three of them mauled Bryan.

    Triple H came out, seemingly daring Big Show or anyone else to defy him. Randy Orton followed him, vengeance on his mind. He took a few shots at Bryan and exited.

    The show ended with The Shield hovering over a fallen Bryan, wearing the smiles of jackals.

     

    Result

    Bryan wins by disqualification but ends the night flat on his back.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "We are about to witness the annihilation of Daniel Bryan."Renee Young.

    "Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan, Patriots have Brady, we have Randy Orton."JBL.

    Bryan hits Rollins with a suicide dive that sends him tumbling over the announcer's table.

    Bryan hurls Rollins from the top turnbuckle with a German release suplex.

    Big Show struggles to resist coming into the ring, equally embarrassed and angry about the situation.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Bryan and Rollins rip it up every time they wrestle each other #RAW

    — WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 27, 2013

    #Raw: Not quite the gauntlet match most had hoped for, but many possibilities remain as Bryan stands alone against the #WWE... #PWI #mb

    — PWI (@OfficialPWI) August 27, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Starting with Rollins was a wise move as he and Bryan have such engrossing chemistry. Their portion of the match was great. What followed seemed to be hurried, but it was still effective.

    The emotion WWE was trying to get across buzzed on the screen.

    Triple H was magnificent as the power-hungry executive, guilting Bryan's peers into inaction. The sense of injustice was powerful and raised the excitement level for what happens next.

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