We are nine days removed from Night of Champions. Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship at the pay-per-view but was stripped of it the following night. Triple H is holding the title in abeyance (his word of the day).
This week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon acted as babyfaces, playing up to the Chicago crowd. They even served up their own henchmen in an 11-on-3 handicap match.
The build for the next pay-per-view, Battleground, is already underway. There are three matches that have already been announced, two of which are rematches from the last pay-per-view. With 12 days left until Battleground, let's see who left Raw as the biggest winners and losers.
Alberto Del Rio: Winner
Alberto Del Rio has expressed a bit of a mean streak since winning the world title. He refused to break the Cross Armbreaker on Rob Van Dam at Night of Champions. He then attacked RVD on last week's SmackDown in the trainer's room.
He followed that up by defeating Kofi Kingston this week, focusing on the arm and making Kofi tap out of the Armbreaker. Later in the night, RVD was beaten up pretty bad by Orton. During the commercial, Del Rio ran down and put more of a beating on Van Dam.
This ruthlessness is helping Del Rio transition from a cheap heel who's willing to lose by disqualification to one who can win clean.
The Miz: Loser
It's been a rough couple of weeks for The Most Must-See WWE Superstar. First, he took a serious beating from Orton right in front of his dad, who didn't seem to care. Next, he had a chair placed around his neck and Orton hit a knee drop on it.
This week, after being berated by Stephanie, Big Show knocks him out without any hesitation or sympathy. What is next for The Miz? Kaientai returning and chopping off a certain body part?
Despite not currently being involved in a feud, Fandango has himself a small hot streak, having won two Raw matches in a row. His feud with The Miz seems as though it ended at Night of Champions.
He's finally winning matches with his top-rope leg-drop finisher. He may not become a world champion anytime soon, but he's still over with the crowds, and "Fandangoing" still seems to be a trend. Maybe a face turn is in store for WWE's resident ballroom dancer.
The Shield: Losers
As I mentioned earlier, Triple H put The Shield in an unwinnable situation. The faction does his dirty work and take out Bryan week after week, so he books them in an 11-on-3 handicap match. That may be what's best for business, but it's not best for The Shield.
Granted, some of the group's opponents competed earlier in the night and were hurt, but the majority were healthy and ready to go. The Shield did put up a good fight. Roman Reigns is getting better in the ring. The crowd, surprisingly, popped big when Titus O'Neil and Reigns had their staredown.
Will The Shield get fed up with doing Orton and Triple H's fighting and turn on them? All three members already get cheered, so why not give the fans a reason to continue doing so.
CM Punk returned to his hometown and gave a nice promo. He then was attacked by Ryback and Curtis Axel, continuing his feud with Paul Heyman and setting up the Battleground match.
The Wyatt Family made an appearance and defeated the Prime Time Players.
The Divas division is in shambles. The WWE booked a 10-Diva tag match, which only lasted two minutes. The Bella Twins, who are supposedly heels, teamed up with the Funkadactyls and Natalya, who are faces. The Divas champ took the pin. Oh, where has Kaitlyn been?
Cody Rhodes and Goldust hopped the barricade and attacked The Shield before the match began. They got a loud pop, and the payoff to this feud should get an even bigger reaction.
What did you think of Raw? Who were your biggest winners and losers?
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