WWE Raw: Live Results, Reaction and Analysis for October 7
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live WWE Monday Night Raw coverage for October 7. Battleground is over, but WWE doesn't have any time to rest as Hell in a Cell is just three weeks away.
The conclusion to the main event at Battleground is one of the more controversial match endings in recent years, and WWE is going to have to work hard to sell Hell in a Cell after disappointing a lot of fans on Sunday.
Alberto Del Rio, AJ Lee and Curtis Axel all retained their titles, Antonio Cesaro hit the Big Swing on The Great Khali and CM Punk defeated Ryback, albeit in a less-than-clean fashion.
The big triumph from the pay-per-view was Cody Rhodes' and Goldust's victory over The Shield to win new WWE contracts. Many WWE Superstars and legends came out to congratulate the Rhodes family, but Triple H letting them sit back and enjoy the win seems unlikely.
What will Triple H and Stephanie McMahon do about Big Show's actions at Battleground?
What happens with Orton, Bryan and the WWE title now?
Will CM Punk have to answer to Paul Heyman for his low blow against Ryback?
Who will step up to challenge Alberto Del Rio next?
What matches will take place inside a cell at Hell in a Cell?
And lastly, will Vince McMahon have anything to say to his daughter and son-in-law?
Make sure to bookmark this page and come back on Monday at the start of WWE Raw for answers to all of these questions. Bleacher Report will have live coverage of all the action!
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The show ends with Daniel Bryan celebrating in the ring. The WWE app shows officials tending to Triple H.
We know one match for Hell in a Cell will be John Cena vs. ADR for the World title.
Raw had some great moments, but the fallout from Battleground may be too big to make Hell in a Cell a successful PPV.
The Shield attack Bryan and the Rhodes brothers after the match while Triple H watches. Big Show's music hits and he comes out.
Triple H looks stunned to see the man who security escorted out earlier. Triple H gets in the ring with The Shield for protection.
Big Show comes to the ring and takes out The Shield for a moment, but they all end up attacking him and taking him down.
Triple H screams at Show, and Show pushes off everyone before hitting Triple H with a huge KO Punch. That was pretty cool.
Daniel Bryan stands over Triple H and screams Yes with the crowd. Big Show leaves and we get a replay of him knocking Triple H out cold.
The Shield vs. Cody, Goldust and Bryan
We return to see Ambrose still in control of the match. Cody is being grounded and kept away from his partners.
Cody pushes Ambrose off the top rope and then hits a moonsault to put both men on the mat. Bryan and Rollins both get tags.
Bryan comes in and starts hitting all his big moves on Rollins. A nasty German suplex puts Rollins down, and Bryan follows up with a top rope huricanrana.
Reigns breaks up the pin, and all hell breaks loose. Goldust takes out Ambrose, Reigns takes out Goldut, Cody takes out Reigns and its back down to Bryan and Rollins.
Bryan kicks Rollins' head off and then locks in the Yes Lock. Ambrose brings in a chair and the ref calls for the bell.
Winners by DQ: Goldust, Bryan and Cody Rhodes
Triple H says the show won't end with another bad decision. He restarts the match with no DQs. The bell rings and everyone starts fighting again.
Orton comes out of the crowd and hits the RKO on Bryan, allowing Rollins to pin him.
Winners: The Shield
The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Daniel Bryan Part 1
Goldust is out first for his team after the break, followed by Cody and then Bryan. I like how Cody and Goldust sort of match with their attires.
Triple H comes out before the match starts. Goldust and Rollins starts things off. Goldust takes it to Rollins before tagging in Cody, who springboards in to take down Rollins for a near fall.
Ambrose tags in, but Rhodes still manages to keep control. He drops Ambrose on his face for another two count. Goldust is back in off the tag with a near fall on Ambrose.
Cody tries for a moonsault, but Ambrose shoves him off the ropes to the floor as we head to a break.
Goldust is errrrthing. #raw— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) October 8, 2013
After the break we get MizTV, but The Wyatt Family immediately interrupt the segment with their epic entrance.
Miz rushes Wyatt and then gets past him to escape being attacked by all three men.
We go backstage to see Maddox asking Steph if he is forgiven. Steph says he has a long way to go and then Triple H walks in and calls Maddox stupid.
The Shield make their way to the ring for the main event.
Santino and Khali vs. The Real Americans
Santino and Swagger start things off. Swagger bullies Santino a little, but Santino is taking it in stride by speed-walking. See what I did there?
Cesaro and Swagger have a couple of quick tags to keep Santino in their corner. Swagger hits the Swaggerbomb and then Cesaro leap frogs him and lands right on Santino.
Khali gets the tag and he comes in with hard chops to Cesaro. He leaves a hand-print on Cesaro's chest a couple times.
Cesaro goes for the knee of Khali and then he grabs him for the Big Swing. He hits 10 revolutions and then pins Khali to pick up the win.
Winners: The Real Americans
Swagger grabs Hornswoggle and puts him in the ring. Cesaro grabs him and hits the Cesaro Swing on Hornswoggle until Santino hits him with the Cobra.
The segment ends with Hornswoggle, Santino and Khali celebrating, even though they lost the match.
The winner of the WWE app vote to see who is the special guest referee for the HIAC match between Bryan and Orton is Shawn Michaels by a landslide with 61% of the votes.
Fandango vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder is in the ring when we return, and Fandango makes his way out to face him...wearing a belly shirt.
Fandango and Ryder duke it out a bit in the beginning, but Fandango takes him down with a heel kick for a near fall.
Ryder takes control, but Fandango avoids the Broski Boot. Ryder takes a kick to the face and then Fandango pulls his back over the top rope to send him to the mat.
Fandango goes to the top rope and hits the diving leg drop for the pin and the win.
After the match we find out who wins the vote for the HIAC match.
Ricardo vs. Del Rio
Vickie brings out Ricardo to face Del Rio. She also announces Del Rio will face John Cena at Hell in a Cell. He gets distracted and Ricky pins him for the win.
Del Rio attacks Ricky after the match and knocks him off the announce table. He wraps Ricky's arm in a chair and tries to break it.
We see a replay of Big Show being fired earlier in the evening. Michael Cole plugs the WWE app vote between Bob Backlund, Booker T and HBK.
Alberto Del Rio is shown talking to Vickie backstage about an announcement she has to make later in the evening. He says he trusts Vickie to find the right opponent for him.
He sucks up to her before leaving. Vickie looks like she understands what just happened after he leaves.
We go back to the ring and the final candidate for the special guest referee at HIAC is Shawn Michaels. Of course it is. I think he might hold the record for being a special guest ref the most times in WWE history.
HBK comes out and talks about being best friends with Triple H, but that is personal and being a referee is business. He says he also trained Daniel Bryan early in his career.
HBK gets an H-B-Shizzle chant going. He says he will make sure there is a new WWE champion at HIAC because it's what is best for the fans.
Daniel Bryan comes out after the match and attacks Orton. He nails Orton with a suicide dive that sends him over the announce table.
Bryan jumps on top of him and keeps pounding on Orton. A bunch of officials try to break it up, but they have a hard time keeping Bryan away from Orton.
Jamie Noble sighting!
Bryan chases Orton up the stage and to the back to send us to a break. I hope we get to see more action backstage after the commercial.
Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston Part 2
We return to see Orton stomping on all of Kofi's limbs. He hits his signature backbreaker on Kofi for a near fall. Kofi comes back for a second, but Orton takes him out with a beautiful dropkick for another two count.
Kofi hits a tornado DDT out of the corner to get a little breathing room. He starts to build a head of steam as he runs though his signatures.
Kofi hits the SOS for a close two count. Kofi springboards in and Orton catches him for an amazing powerslam for a close two count. That looked really cool.
Kofi gets set up for the rope hung DDT, but Kofi back drops him over the top rope. Kofi misses a baseball slide and Orton takes him out with a clothesline before throwing him into the barricade.
He sets Kofi up on the wall and DDTs him into the floor. Orton brings Kofi back in for an RKO to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
Sitting in a hotel room in Seattle working my buttski off to finish the first draft of this new book.… http://t.co/nuGE3GZS9v— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) October 8, 2013
Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston Part 1
The bell rings and Orton takes control with a kick to the mid-section. He takes Kofi outside the ring and beats on him a little before rolling him back in for a near fall.
Kofi fights back and he takes Orton out of the ring with a clothesline over the top rope. Orton gets back in the ring and takes control again with hard right hands and headbutts.
Kofi fights out of the corner with kicks and punches, backing Orton to the other corner. Orton avoids a cross body and Kofi sends himself right out of the ring as we head to a break.
Justin Roberts brings out the second candidate to be special guest referee at HIAC, Bob Backlund. Backlund comes out and says he loves the people and they should vote for him because he doesn't care who wins or loses, he will just do the job and call it down the middle.
The crowd seems really confused as to how to respond to what they are seeing, but he gets a little pop when he mentions the Crossface Chicken Wing.
Kofi Kingston makes his way out next for a match with Randy Orton.
Punk and Truth vs. Axel and Ryback Part 2
We return to see Ryback and Axel in control of the match. Truth tries to fight back, but he gets taken down with one kick to the knee from Ryback.
Truth continues to take punishment after Axel tags in while Punk tries to get the crowd fired up to help Truth. Ryback comes in and keeps Truth away from Punk.
An impressive show of strength sees Ryback take Truth from corner to corner a few times for shoulder thrusts to the gut.
Truth takes out Ryback with a kick to the face and both men make the tag. Punk comes in hot with plenty of offense on Axel. He runs through all his signatures at lightning-fast speed.
He hits the GTS on Axel and then kicks Ryback in the head. Truth tags in and takes out Axel with the axe kick to get the pin and the win.
Winners: CM Punk vs. R-Truth
Punk and Truth vs. Axel and Ryback Part 1
Axel and Truth start things off after Ryback tags out before anything happens. Punk controls the match until tagging in Truth, who keeps up the offense against Axel.
We head to a break with Heyman consulting with his clients.
The ghost of Teddy Long has made a tag match. #hesnotevendead— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) October 8, 2013
Ryback, Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman are in the ring when we return. Heyman talks about being the best in the world because he beat Punk while handcuffed.
Heyman talks about Punk winning the match with Ryback using a low blow. Punk's music hits and he makes his way out
Punk says he only kicked Ryback below the belt to make sure he had something there. Punk says he will beat Ryback again. He says he will do it tonight, tomorrow or at HIAC.
Ryback tells Punk to come to the ring. The censors are working hard tonight. All of a sudden R-Truth's music hits and he makes his way out to help.
They head to the ring and it looks like this is now a match since there is a ref in the ring.
3MB vs. Los Matadores
Los Matadores control the opening moments, but Drew McIntyre aggressively takes control of the match after a short time.
The hot tag is made to the other Matadore, and he takes it to D-Mac and Jinder Mahal. The Matadores hit their finisher on D-Mac to get the pin and the win.
Winners: Los Matadores
JBL seems excited about these guys, but I'm still not sold.
Heath Slater tries to grab El Torito after the match, but he gets tripped up and then El Torito hits a flying huricanrana from the top rope to take Slater out.
Brad Maddox comes out and apologizes. He then announces a rematch between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan inside Hell in a Cell, with a special guest ref who will be chosen from a list of three legends.
Maddox says fans will be voting on who gets to be the special guest referee for the match at HIAC. He introduces the first candidate, Booker T.
Booker takes the mic and says it should be obvious why the fans should vote for him. I miss Booker being on the show every week.
He says he would do what is right for business, which gets a little boo. He gets them right back with a "Can you dig that, Sucka!"
WWE shows us a demo of how to download the WWE app, as if anyone who would download it doesn't know how to do it anyway. I am glad King at least acknowledged that most people should know how to do it by now.
Rosa, Alicia Fox and Aksana vs. Natalya, Jojo and Eva Marie
Eva Marie looks like something out of a sic-fi movie with her outfit and bright red hair.
Nattie and Aksana start things off, with Natalya taking her down and wrestling with her a bit. Eva Marie and Foxy end up in the ring together, and Alicia puts her through her paces.
Nattie comes back in off the tag and she takes it to Foxy. She locks in the Sharpshooter to get the submission win for her team.
Winners: Natalya, Eva Marie and Jojo
Was Jojo even legal during that match?
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