WWE Raw: Results, Reaction and Analysis for September 23
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live WWE Monday Night Raw coverage for Sept. 23. Battleground is only two weeks away and WWE has a lot of work ahead of them to set up all the matches that will take place.
We already know that Randy Orton will face Daniel Bryan for the vacant WWE title, while RVD will get another shot at Alberto Del Rio's World title.
Ryback and CM Punk are likely heading towards a showdown, while The Shield and The Usos seem to be the likely WWE Tag title match. Natalya and AJ are the obvious choice for the Divas title match, and Dolph Ziggler is the prime candidate to challenge Dean Ambrose for the US title again after winning a future title shot recently.
Kofi could challenge Curtis Axel for the IC title, and Kane might end up returning to face Bray Wyatt for a second time.
Battleground seems like a PPV that will be mostly rematches, but that isn't always a bad thing if the matches were good to begin with.
If the pay-per-view is anything close to what is listed above then it could end up being a very entertaining show.
What will Triple H do to punish the WWE Superstars this week?
Who, if anyone, will return to set up a new feud before Battleground?
When will Big Show finally snap?
And lastly, will CM Punk get the upper-hand over Paul Heyman and Ryback in his hometown of Chicago?
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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The show ends with Bryan celebrating in the ring. I get that it was a cool moment, but 11 men beating three is not impressive.
Overall I would say this was a good show. A lot of matches were pretty good, and we had a lot of storyline development.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust returned to take revenge on The Shield, and we found out that Ziggler would be getting his US title shot this Friday on SmackDown.
The main event was a lot of fun, and did not end up turning into one huge brawl like I thought it would. The end was a brawl of sorts, but the match still had a definitive ending.
Why Triple H put The Shield in that match is still a mystery, so hopefully we get some answers about that next week,
What did you think of Raw this week?
The Shield vs. Everyone Part 4
Young is shown being beaten down by Ambrose when we return from another break. Rollins tags in and continues to keep Young away from his corner.
Young reverses the momentum and he hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Rollins tags in and hits Young with a flying knee to the head to get the pin and eliminate him.
Darren Young Eliminated
Ziggler comes in and he starts beating down Rollins, but Rollins grabs him an drops his face into the middle turnbuckle.
Ziggler hits The Zig Zag out of nowhere to get the pin and eliminate Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose Eliminated
Rollins comes in and he starts beating on Ziggler to keep him from tagging anyone. Ziggler hits the jumping DDT and both men are down in the middle of the ring.
Truth tags in and he goes right for Rollins. He hits a bunch of his signatures, but Rollins avoids the Axe Kick and then he stomps Truth's head into the mat to get the pin.
The Usos, Bryan and Ziggler surround the ring and then all attack Rollins at once. Ambrose comes in, but Ziggler takes him out. Reigns gets kicked by The Usos and then they fly over the top rope to take him out.
Bryan ends up hitting a diving headbutt to Rollins before he goes to the corner and hits the running knee for the pin and the win.
Winners: The Usos, Ziggler and Daniel Bryan
The Shield vs. Everyone Part 3
Titus and Reigns come in and square off. Titus gets backed into the Shield's corner and they team up on him. Reigns takes out Titus with a Spear to get the pin and eliminate him.
Titus O'Neil Eliminated
Justin Gabriel comes in and gets eliminated in about 10 seconds with another Spear.
Justin Gabriel Eliminated
Zack Ryder comes in with a head of steam and he takes Reigns down, but he also gets hit with a Spear to get eliminated.
Zack Ryder Eliminated
Daniel Bryan tags in and he takes it to Reigns and both men in the corner. Jey Uso tags in and hits Reigns with a huge kick before hitting a Superfly splash to eliminate Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns Eliminated
That is the first time Roman Reigns has been pinned in WWE.
The Shield vs. Everyone Part 2
We return to see Kofi in control of Rollins, but Rollins escapes and tags in Ambrose to take back control. Ambrose focuses on the taped up arm of Kofi as he keeps him grounded.
kofi breaks away and hits a cross body for a near fall. He flips out of a side suplex, but Ambrose pulls on his bad arm to keep him away from his team.
He plants Kofi with his finisher to eliminate Kofi.
The Shield vs. Everyone Part 1
Jimmy Uso starts off against Seth Rollins, but he tags in Ziggler right away. Ziggler takes Rollins from corner to corner before he gets pushed into The Shield's corner.
Ambrose tags in and he beats on Ziggler for a bit before tagging in Roman Reigns. Rollins is back in off the tag, but he tags in Ambrose again very quickly.
A taped up RVD comes in off the tag and he hits Ambrose with all his signatures before Amborse grabs him and plants him with his finisher to eliminate RVD.
Daniel Bryan is out after the break, and he talks about the fast count. He says he is going to beat Orton at Battleground. The Shield come out, but Cody Rhodes and Goldust jump them out of nowhere.
Security take Cody and Goldust away as we head to a break.
Shattered Dreams production y'all. #raw— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) September 24, 2013
So, was anyone else upset about the way Dexter ended?
Funkdactyls, Bellas and Natalya vs. AJ, Aksana, Layla, Alicia Fox
Brie picks up the win for her team before everyone has a chance to be legal once in the match. Typical Divas stuff.
Winners: Bellas, Nattie and The Funkadactyls
Ryback gets Punk up and Gorilla Press slams him through a table from on top of a storage box. Heyman gets off the scooter and walks over to Punk with no problem.
Punk took that fall hard. Kudos to him for having the balls to take the bump. He didn't hit the table flush, so he ended up hitting the ground harder than he should have.
CM Punk's music hits after the break to a huge pop, and he makes his way out wearing a Blackhawks jersey. Punk is smiling as he makes his way out in front of his hometown crowd.
Punk soaks in the response before speaking. Punk says this crowd ruined a perfectly good bad mood, but he is smiling because of the crowd.
Punk talks about losing to Paul Heyman and how he feels like he let the crowd down. He teases a possible retirement and gets a small boo.
Punk talks about the Stanley Cup and the Blackhawks going into overtime in Game 7. He talks about being proud of being from Chicago.
Paul Heyman comes out on a rascal singing to interrupt Punk. They go back and forth for a bit, with Heyman mocking Chicago and our teams.
Punk goes after Heyman, but Curtis Axel and Ryback cut him off and attack him.
Yo. Anyone have the number for Scooter AAA?? Lil help here.... #raw— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) September 24, 2013
Fandango vs. Santino
The bell rings, but Fandango wants to dance. Santino is more than happy to dance, but he is also aware Fandango will try to take advantage of that.
Santino ducks his first clothesline, but Fandango eventually gets the advantage. Fandango gets a near fall after a hard Irish whip into the corner to Santino.
The crowd starts chanting anything they can think of while Fandango methodically takes Santino apart. Santino finally starts to build some offense, and he gets the Cobra out, but Fandango stops him and throws the sleeve away.
Fandango gets on the top rope and hits the leg drop for the pin and the win.
Summer Rae and Fandango celebrate before we go to some promos for other things still to come.
The Bellas are backstage and Orton walks up and asks if they saw what he did. Orton threatens Brie's boyfriend, Daniel Bryan.
After Orton walks away we get some exclusive clips from Triple H's upcoming DVD.
Stephanie is in her office when AJ walks in. Steph gives AJ the DVD so she can see what a real wedding looks like.
AJ says she shouldn't be in the tag match she is scheduled for tonight. Stephanie gets in her face and tells her she will compete or lose the title.
AJ leaves and we head back to the ring where Fandango is making his entrance. The Chicago crowd is really into Fandangoing.
Orton vs. RVD Part 2
We return to see Orton still in control. He is keeping Orton grounded, but fights up and stats to build a head of steam. He hits Rolling Thunder for a two count.
RVD misses the split-leg moonsault and Orton sets him up for the rope-hung DDT and drives him into the mat. Orton takes his time before he sets up for the RKO.
RVD blocks the RKO with a kick to the face. He hits Orton with a thrust kick and then he goes up for the 5-star Frog Splash.
Orton gets up, so RVD settles for a flip that takes Orton down. He goes back up again, but Orton gets up and kicks his legs out from under him.
Orton hits a running kick to the head that takes RVD from the top rope to the floor. Orton goes out and slams RVD into the table and the barricade. Orton and RVD get counted out as Orton drops RVD on an exposed part of the barricade
Orton runs RVD into the steel steps on both sides of the ring. Orton gets thrown over the announce table before Orton throws him back in the ring.
Orton sets RVD on the top rope and drops him with a DDT. Officials tend to RVD as Orton stares at the man he just destroyed.
That was a good segment. It made Orton look really brutal.
RVD vs. Randy Orton Part 1
Ricardo is out with RVD, but he doesn't do the introduction for RVD. The bell rings and they circle each other before locking up.
Orton gets the upper-hand for a moment, but RVD sends him running after an attempted spin kick. RVD catches Orton's foot and spins him around for a kick to the face.
Orton goes to the outside again, but this time RVD hits a baseball slide dropkick to take Orton down. Orton ends up tripping RVD on the apron and RVD takes a bad fall as we head to a break.
Randy Orton is out after the break for the next match.
Stephanie says Miz is being disrespectful. She says he is a utility player because he will do all the media appearances, but he hit his peak too early.
Stephanie orders Big Show to knock Miz out, and he does it without hesitation, then he leaves the ring and walks up the ramp.
It looks like they are having Big Show accept his role as the puppet of the McMahon family.
Miz comes out for MizTV after the break. Miz talks about Randy Orton before he brings out Big Show. Show comes out as a clip is shown of him knocking out Dusty Rhodes.
Miz asks how Show could do that to Dusty and Show doesn't seem to have anything to say, so Miz keeps talking. Miz talks about how Big Show is being broken down by Triple H and Stephanie and it's time for him to step up.
Stephanie's music hits and she makes her way out.
This is the video that opened the show.
The Wyatt Family vs. Prime Time Players
The bell rings after the break and Young starts off against Luke Harper. Harper uses his size and power to take control right away.
Erick Rowan tags in and keeps the mask on while he wrestles for a little bit. Harper tags back in and they continue to beat on Young, keeping him isolated from Titus.
Harper and Rowan trade tags as they continue to beat Young into a pulp. The lights go down for a second, but they come back up and nobody seems to think anything is wrong.
Titus finally gets the tag and he comes in hot with offense to both Harper and Rowan. Titus ends up running into a clothesline from Harper to give The Wyatt Family the pin and the win.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
Bray Wyatt comes in after the match and he hits Sister Abigail's Kiss on Darren Young. He poses over Young and Titus as his music plays to end the segment.
Bought a lantern at Dick's Sporting Goods - love to walk around the house like Bray Wyatt! #RAW— Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1) September 24, 2013
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