WWE Raw: Full Results, Reaction and Analysis for Sept. 16
Welcome to the Bleacher Report live WWE Monday Night Raw coverage for Sept. 16. Night of Champions is over, and now we have to start looking ahead to Battleground.
Only one title changed hands on Sunday during NOC, but with the controversial ending to the match, we could see Triple H reverse the referee's decision from last night's WWE title match.
CM Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman—Ryback became the newest Heyman guy—The Shield kept all their titles and so did Alberto Del Rio and AJ Lee.
With only three weeks between NOC and Battleground, you can expect WWE to hit the ground running in order to set up the major feuds that will sell the event.
How will CM Punk react to Ryback driving him through a table?
Who will step up to challenge The Shield for their titles now?
What does Triple H have in store for Big Show next?
When will Kane make his return?
And lastly, will Daniel Bryan be screwed out of the WWE title for the second time?
Make sure to bookmark this page and come back on Monday at the start of WWE Raw for answers to all of these questions and live coverage of all the action!
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I really enjoyed this show. There were a lot of different storylines that were advanced, and we got to see a couple of really good matches.
Orton is back to being his old, vicious self. This is the best possible thing for him right now as WWE has been lacking a really strong heel at the top of the division since CM Punk turned babyface.
We still do not have any official matches for Battleground, but The Usos did earn a future title shot against The Shield, so it is likely going to happen at the PPV.
Ryback being managed by Heyman will help him in so many ways, but he still needs to expand his arsenal in the ring.
Main Event and SmackDown could see development on more fronts, but the big question is all about what will happen to the WWE title.
Will Bryan and Orton face off for the title once again? Will Triple H even let Bryan have a rematch after the allegations that he worked with the ref to fix the outcome? Will someone else make a play for the vacant title and turn this into a three-way feud?
There are a lot of ways WWE could go with this. The obvious route is a rematch between Orton and Bryan, but WWE could always throw us a curve-ball and make this into a different situation altogether.
What did you think of Raw, and what do you think will happen with the vacant WWE title?
Bryan vs. Reigns Part 2
We return to see Bryan rolling over to get a near fall on Reigns. Reigns continues to dominate the match for a few minutes.
Bryan starts to Hulk up and he goes after Reigns with kicks to the chest, but Reigns grabs him and hits a Samoan drop for a close two count.
This is a great match so far. Reigns is really looking impressive as a monster heel. Reigns calls for the Powerbomb, but Bryan turns it into a sunset flip for a two count. Bryan gets up and kicks Reigns in the head.
Bryan kicks Rollins right into the announce table as he helps Reigns. Bryan takes out Ambrose, but then Reigns takes out Bryan with a huge clothesline in the ring.
Bryan grabs Reigns in the Yes Lock, but Orton comes in and causes a DQ by attacking Bryan. Bryan grabs Orton in the Yes Lock, but everyone in The Shield attacks Bryan.
Winner by DQ: Daniel Bryan
All four men beat down Bryan as Charles Robinson tries to get some kind of control back. Orton grabs a chair and puts it on Bryan's head like he did to Miz earlier.
Just about every babyface in the locker room come out and save Bryan by attacking The Shield. Orton gets away while The Shield take a beating from around a dozen people.
Bryan finishes off Rollins with the running knee and everyone celebrates in the ring as the crowd chants YES. PTP lift Bryan up on their shoulders as his music plays.
The show ends with Bryan celebrating with everyone.
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan Part 1
The Shield are in the ring when we return from commercial, and Bryan makes his way out looking fired up. The crowd is behind Bryan, chanting Yes over and over.
Randy Orton's music hits and he makes his way out before the match begins. Rollins, Ambrose and Orton gather at ringside after the bell rings.
Reigns backs Bryan into the corner, but Bryan breaks away and starts hitting kicks to the thigh and mid-section of Reigns.
Bryan works over the left leg of Reigns a bit while Orton watches from a chair at ringside. Bryan keeps up the pressure on Reigns, working over his leg more than anything else.
He wraps up Reigns by the legs and then starts dropping elbows on his Reigns' face. I love when he does that. It looks so brutal.
Reigns takes control after one hard hit to the back of Bryan's head. Reigns is bleeding from his nose a little bit as he locks in a headlock on Bryan.
Reigns keeps the pace slow as he punishes Bryan. Reigns catches Bryan during a suicide dive and Bryan gets thrown into the barricade as we head to a break.
Bryan is shown getting encouragement as he heads to the ring for his match with Roman Reigns. He is even shown hugging Brie Bella.
The Stephanie-Dusty dialogue heavily entertained me. So did conflicted Big Show catching Dusty after he knocked him out.— Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 17, 2013
Another classic Bray Wyatt video plays after the break. Whoever is in charge of this storyline is doing really really great things.
Cole throws to a clip of earlier where Dusty was knocked out by Big Show.
Usos vs. Real Americans Part 2
We return to see a clip of Cesaro hitting a Big Swing on Uso. The Real Americans keep one of the Usos away from his partner as they ta in and out while beating the tar out of him.
Uso fights back and ends up making the tag to his brother. Jimmy tags in and takes it to Swagger, hitting all his signature offense.
Both of the Usos end up diving over the top rope onto The Real Americans as the crowd chants their name over and over. Swgger ends up getting the Patriot Lock on Jimmy, but Jimmy manages to break away and hit a superkick.
A nice exchange results in Jey Uso hitting Swagger with the Superfly Splash to get the pin and the win.
Winners and new No. 1 Contenders for the Tag Team Titles: The Usos
That was a fun tag match. I liked the elimination aspect of it, and The Usos really had the crowd behind them during the whole match.
Tons of Funk vs. The Usos vs. The Real Americans Elimination Tag Match Part 1
All three teams are in the ring for this triple threat tag team match. Clay and Swagger start things off, but Swagger quickly tags in Jimmy Uso.
Clay uses his power to shove Uso to the ground. He continues to domiate Jimmy until Cesaro tags himself in. Uso starts to build some momentum, and he tags in Jey for a double team.
Tensai tags himself in off of Uso and he gets Cesaro up for a delayed double underhook suplex. Tensai clotheslines Cesaro over the top after an Uso tags himself in,
Cesaro ends up tagging himself in and rolling up Tensai for a pin to eliminate Tons of Funk. Cesaro and Uso square off as we head to a break.
Tons of Funk Eliminated
Ryback is out after the break and he is followed by Curtis Axel, who is rolling Paul Heyman out in a wheelchair.
Axel leaves and Heyman takes out a mic. Heyman calls himself the best in the world to mock CM Punk. Heyman says he had no master plan to escape Punk's wrath.
He says Ryback took the initiative to save him. Ryback says he hates bullying, and Punk was bullying Heyman and Night of Champions.
Ryback vows to protect Heyman from Punk. Heyman kisses Ryback on the cheek for some reason.
Randy Orton vs. Miz
We return to see Miz refusing to go see the doctor and insisting on having the match. The bell rings and Miz goes right after Orton with hard rights and lefts.
Orton eventually gets control, but Miz counters the rope-hung DDT and he sends Orton to the outside. Both men get counted out as they fight outside the ring.
Orton throws Miz over the announce table and then he brings him over to the timekeeper's area. He brings Miz to his parents, but Miz fights back and he clotheslines Orton over the barricade.
Orton ends up slamming Miz down against the barricade and then he pummels Miz right next to his parents before hitting a DDT with Miz suspended on the barricade.
Orton pulls Miz up to his feet and into the ring. He grabs a chair and brings it back in with him. Orton sets up the chair on top of Miz's head and then he takes a running leap and lands on the chair with his knee.
Miz writhes in pain as the crowd boos Orton. I guess this is his way of showing Trips and Stephanie that he is still the same old Orton.
Great segment. Orton got some great heat.
Talked to pop. He's gonna be ok. Sick to my stomach @wwe— GOLDUST (@DUSTIN_RHODES1) September 17, 2013
Orton attacks Miz as he is talking with his parents at ringside. He throws Miz into the steel steps and then assaults him with hard rights to the head.
We head to a break with Miz's parents looking on in horror.
Triple H is shown talking to Scott Armstrong about the problem of holding the WWE title. He has to fire Armstrong, but he says he is going to take care of him.
Armstrong looked like he wanted to say that it was Triple H's idea to say he was in cahoots with Bryan, but Trips kept cutting him off.
We go back to the ring where Orton comes out for the next match.
RVD vs. Damien Sandow
Ricardo Rodriguez brings out RVD to face Sandow. Sandow takes it to RVD with kicks to the gut right after the bell. He stays aggressive with hard rights to the head and shoulder blocks to the mid-section.
RVD tries to reverse the momentum, but Sandow hits him with the Russian legsweep and the Elbow is Disdain for a two count.
RVD finally starts to build a head of steam, and he hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to win this match in under five minutes.
Somebody screwed up and played Sandow's music for a moment before they played RVD's music to signal his victory.
DUSTY RHODES HAS BEEN TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL...HOPE HE'S OK. THANKS SHOW. @WWE— Zeb Colter (@WWEZeb) September 17, 2013
Brie and The Funkadactyls vs. Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox.
Layla and Cameron trade shots until Alicia Fox provides a distraction allowing Layla to take control. Cameron gets beaten down as the other team makes quick tags to keep punishing her.
AJ and Natalya argue on commentary as Cameron finally tags in Brie. Brie takes out all three of the other women and then all hell breaks loose. Brie pins Aksana after hitting a facebuster.
Winners: Brie and The Funkadctyls
Dusty is shown being taken into an ambulance, with Big Show getting in to go with him to the hospital. We go back to the ring where Brie and The Funkadactyls are set to face Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox.
HA! Steph calls Dusty, Virgil. Calling a wrestler by his real name is a big slap in the face when he is known by a stage name.
They go back and forth until Steph gets to the point. She says Dusty can choose who gets the job with WWE, Goldust or Cody. She plays on his guilt as a father who wasn't there to raise Goldust.
Dusty tells her to go to hell and walks off. She signals The Shield to come down and Dusty stays in the ring. The shield surround the ring as JBL objects to what is about to happen on commentary.
Steph tells The Shield to hold on and then she calls Big Show out. Steph tells Dusty he can choose between a KO Punch from Big Show or an attack from The Shield.
Dusty won't decide, so she tells Big Show to knock him out. Big Show doesn't want to do it, so she tells The Shield to get Dusty.
Big Show steps in and tells The Shield to back off. Roman Reigns grabs some steel chairs for his crew and they surround Show and Dusty.
Big Show hugs Dusty, apolgizes to a confused looking Dusty and then knocks him out. He catches Durty's body and slowly lowers him to the mat as he cries for what he is done.
This storyline with Big Show is like WWE's version of a Greek tragedy. Show watches the officials get Dusty on a stretcher as we head to a break.
I've met Dean Ambrose. I understand him in one!— Rowdy Roddy Piper (@R_Roddy_Piper) September 17, 2013
We watch a clip of Cody Rhodes being fired two weeks ago and a clip of Goldust wrestling Orton last week before Dusty Rhodes comes out to a nice reaction.
I wonder if Orton will RKO Dusty again?
Dusty talks about his sons and what it was like raising them. I have never realized how scarred up Dusty's head was until tonight. That is a career of blading right there.
Dusty talks about Cody losing his job, and he gets fired up like Dusty always does. He calls out Stephanie, who comes out clapping like she is happy to see him.
Fandango vs. R-Truth
Truth is out after the break, without Little Jimmy by his side. I miss that little guy. I also miss the insane heel Truth used to be.
Truth and Fandango dance a little to start the match, but Truth eventually knocks Fandango down with a hard right hand.
Fandango takes control and slows the pace down for a bit, but Truth comes back with a spinning heel kick to the jaw of Fandango.
Fandango ends up on the top rope and he nails Truth with his leg drop for the pin and the win.
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