WWE Week in Review, Aug. 31: Randy Orton Dominates, AJ Lee Shocks the World

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WWE Week in Review, Aug. 31: Randy Orton Dominates, AJ Lee Shocks the World
Randy Orton aligns with The Shield on SmackDown. (Courtesy of WWE.com)

As the hot summer season comes to a close, we look back on the strong streak of terrific television WWE has provided us with in recent months. More specifically, we look back on the action-packed week we're just now coming off of, which was filled with excellent matches and unlikely alliances.

Randy Orton took full control of Raw and SmackDown this week, laying waste to archenemy Daniel Bryan on both programs. With The Shield by his side, is there anything that will stop the so-called face of the WWE from getting his way?

The raging rivalry between CM Punk and Paul Heyman somehow grew even more uncomfortable this past week, as Heyman delivered a brutal beating to his onetime best friend. At Night of Champions, the two will collide in a Handicap Elimination match, also involving Curtis Axel.

Rob Van Dam received a boost of momentum this week, scoring big wins over game opponents. As the new No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, will RVD be able to capture the gold at Night of Champions?

Here, I will break down the week in wrestling by analyzing the Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE Main Event broadcasts, including each show's highlights, low points and other noteworthy, monumental moments. Also, an award will be given to the show and Superstar that shined the brightest over the course of the week.

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