WWE Raw Results: Winners, Report Card and Highlights from Oct. 28

Jonathan SnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterOctober 28, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Report Card and Highlights from Oct. 28

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    What is it about the Monday night after a pay-per-view that seems to energize the entire WWE roster? 

    Maybe it's an opportunity to start fresh, to show, once again, why their angle deserves attention and respect, both from the crowd and the creative team in the back?

    Maybe it's the proximity to the big show, the previous night's adrenaline and energy bleeding over into the television grind?

    Maybe it's just coincidence?

    Whatever the reason, Raw, once again, shined brightest the day after Hell in a Cell.  New champion John Cena celebrated with an impromptu title match, while new WWE champion Randy Orton celebrated with a punch to the jaw courtesy of the Big Show.

    Both segments delivered—as did plenty of the action throughout the three-hour show. As always, I rated each and every match and major skit from A-F. How did your favorite stack up? The answer is just a few clicks away.

    Disagree with any of my grades? Pull out the red pen and discuss in the comments.

John Cena Interview/ John Cena vs. Damien Sandow

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    Result

    John Cena comes out to a mixed, albeit loud, reaction. Sandow challenged Cena to a match, cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. 

    Cena pinned Sandow after a one-armed AA.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I gained a little weight. I gained a few pounds."—John Cena, referring to his new World Heavyweight Championship.

    "I'm baaaaack. Y'all miss me?"—Cena.

    Cena's JBL impression. Terrible, yet memorable.

    "You're not fooling the unwashed masses...you may even be able to fool the WWE medical staff. But you aren't fooling me." —Damien Sandow explaining why he's cashing in.

    Sandow teeing off on Cena's injured arm.  

    "Does he have what it takes to beat this one-armed champion?"—Jerry Lawler with the obvious question. The obvious answer? No.

    Sandow puts Cena in the Crippler Crossface. 

    "This is awesome! This is awesome!"—Orlando crowd.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Here's the problem with what I suspect will be months of every Cena opponent working the arm in every single match—very few modern wrestlers can do it worth a darn. If this was 1974 and he was wrestling the Ole Andersons of the world every night? I'd be all for it.

    But in today's WWE, very few wrestlers are capable of deviating from their normal script and work a different match. Sandow, to give credit where due, actually did a good job of working the arm here. I'm just afraid of months of guys working outside their strengths.

Big E Langston vs. Dean Ambrose/The Shield vs. the Usos and Langston

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    Result

    Langston beat Ambrose by disqualification after Roman Reigns attacked "Big E." The Usos ran in to defend Langston. Brad Maddox turned the match into a six-man tag.

    Reigns pinned one of the Usos after a double Spear.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "If Big E is a stock, I'm buying it. He's a human bulldozer."—Dean Ambrose. 

    "Tonight boys, we get back to basics."—Seth Rollins. Anyone else sense the tension between The Shield members? Uh oh.

    "Michael Cole is a war correspondent. He's not a tabloid reporter."—Lawler, defending Cole for pointing out The Shield's impending breakup.

    Uso countered a Reigns flying punch with a DDT. Cool spot.

    Jey Uso plants Rollins from the top rope with a Gourdbuster. Arn Anderson must have been so proud.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Really, really good match. Even better than the World Championship match earlier in the evening. But I typed that through tears, as WWE hinted, for the first time, The Shield might be breaking up. That's soul-crushing for fans who've loved the way they've made the midcard so entertaining this year.

     

Shawn Michaels and Daniel Bryan Interview

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    Result

    Shawn Michaels asked Daniel Bryan to shake his hand and accept his apology. Michaels got angry when Bryan refused to do so and insulted him. Bryan finally shook his hand—then trapped Michaels in the Yes Lock.

    When Bryan arrived backstage for an interview with Renee Young, he was viciously attacked by the Wyatt Family.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "You have to understand, I didn't intend that to happen. The proof is in the pudding. I called that match right down the middle."—Shawn Michaels, attempting to explain himself before being drowned out by the crowd.

    "You sold out! You sold out!"—the crowd.

    "He is my best friend. I know you don't like him and they don't like him. I don't care. Triple H is my best friend. And that's never going to change. Our friendship will always supersede what happens in this business"—HBK.

    "I'm asking you to accept my apology. To shake my hand."—HBK to Daniel Bryan.

    "Last night I took you to finishing school...here, in this snakepit. You don't trust anybody. Not me. Not that soon-to-be wife of yours. Not anybody."—HBK. How did Stone Cold put it? DTA—Don't Trust Anybody.

    "I am an A+ player and always have been...for the love of God I'm Shawn Michaels."—HBK.

    "The devil made me do it."—Bray Wyatt after destroying Bryan.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Shawn Michaels has never been stronger in the microphone. If all of this somehow ends in a Michaels return, and a match with Bryan, it will have all been worth it. If he disappears back to his hunting and fishing and what not? Well, it's still been a fun addition to Bryan's story.

    Now—about the Wyatts. I'm not sure yet how they fit into this storyline. Considering Randy Orton, Triple H and HBK are already involved, it seems a little crowded already. We'll see.

Los Matadores vs. 3MB

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    Result

    Los Matadores pinned Drew McIntyre with a double back suplex.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "That's a mean little bull."—JBL, comparing El Torito to King Kong.

    3MB brought out a fishing net to catch a bull. Not sure how that will work.

    El Torito avoided Heath Slater's attempt to net him—then sprayed Slater with a fire extinguisher and gored him.

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    This was a match designed for a little person dressed like a bull to deliver some high spots. You hear what I hear? That's their 15 minutes ticking away.

Tamina Snuka/AJ Lee vs. the Bella Twins

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    Result

    AJ Lee made Nikki Bella tap out to the Black Widow. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "She's been forced into action by the Authority."—Lawler, explaining why Brie Bella wasn't with the injured Daniel Bryan.

    AJ skipped around the ring. That's never not good. 

    Tamina Snuka has a mean-looking chinlock. 

    Nikki Bella with a Thesz Press? Nikki Bella with a Thesz Press!

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Are we supposed to believe that Brie Bella could hang with Snuka in a fight? My powers of imagination can only be stretched so far. 

The Miz vs. Kane

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    Result

    Kane beat The Miz with a chokeslam. After the match, Kane called Stephanie McMahon out and pledged his services.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "This is not a normal person. This is Kane."—JBL on Undertaker's brother.

    "In this day and age, it is what's best for business. Therefore, the monster is yours to unleash."—Kane, turning to the dark side.

    Stephanie McMahon holding up Kane's mask in triumph was a lasting image.

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    I wanted to see Kane as the mixed-up monster in the midst of the Wyatt Family. Instead, the Wyatts were barely mentioned at all. Does The Authority really need a new player? Really? Really?

CM Punk vs. Ryback (Street Fight)

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    Result

    Punk makes Ryback tap out with the Anaconda Vise. After the match, the Wyatt Family laid out Punk.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "For the first time in almost three months, I slept like a baby."—CM Punk on putting Paul Heyman to sleep at Hell in a Cell.

    Without Paul Heyman you're nothing but a knuckle dragging neanderthal who doesn't stand a chance against the best in the world."—Punk to Ryback.

    Fans using the WWE App decided the match would be a street fight. Cool use of the App, which is legitimately great. If you haven't downloaded it yet, you should.

    Ryback caught Punk in midair and rammed him into the ring post. 

    Punk with the Baba chops. Now that's old school.

    Punk landed a Macho Man elbow drop through a table. That was cool.

    "The devil made me do it."—Bray Wyatt. So, who is the devil? Triple H? Vince? 

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    There wasn't anything wrong with this. But for a match the WWE made such a big deal out of, including having fans vote on the stipulation, it felt awfully rushed. That deserved at least a solid 15 minutes, even if the feud between Heyman and Punk is all but dead.

    At this point, the Wyatts are the new stable The Shield. They're apparently going to feud with every single person on the roster at the same time. We'll see, and soon, if even their creepy entrance gets old.

The Real Americans vs. the Rhodes Brothers

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    Result

    Swagger made Goldust tap out to the Patriot Lock.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The time-lapse transformation from Dustin Rhodes to Goldust was pretty cool. 

    "One of the architects of the Attitude Era."—Michael Cole on Goldust. That's nice and all, but stretching things a bit far.

    "You've still got it!"—crowd to Goldust.

    Cesaro's Karelin lift is so cool, especially for amateur wrestling fans. Assuming there are any in the audience.

    Goldust after the hot tag? A thing of beauty.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Antonio Cesaro. Dustin Rhodes. In the same ring. At the same time.

    More please.

    I look forward to seeing this match over and over again in the next few weeks. But they do have some kinks to work out. The timing was just a little off in several places, forcing the heels to wait forever for the Rhodes boys to execute their moves. It's that kind of thing that turns a match that should be an "A" into a "B."

Alberto De Rio Interview/Summer Rae vs. Natalya

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    Result

    Del Rio confirmed he wanted a rematch with John Cena. And, believe it or not, he thinks he's going to win.

    Natalya makes Summer Rae tap to the Sharpshooter. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I don't care what that stupid gringo Damien Sandow did or did not do tonight. My one and only concern is that thief...John Cena. Last night last Hell in a Cell he stole my World Heavyweight title."—Del Rio.

    "I asked her if she wanted to add some magic to her life. She said yes, then told me to disappear." —Lawler on his attempt to hit on Summer Rae. 

    Summer Rae with a Stump Puller and an Indian Deathlock? Maybe she'll be WWE's Volk Han.

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    I'd like to see women wrestlers who look like athletes, not like Olive Oyl. Summer Rae isn't a bad heel. But there's only so far you can go if you don't look and move like you can fight. I won't say she doesn't have what it takes to make it. But she will have to work harder—because she simply doesn't look the part.

Randy Orton Title Celebration

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    Result

    The McMahons celebrated Randy Orton's title. Everything goes according to plan until Big Show interfered. Big Show pontificated until Orton nailed him from behind. Show recovered and knocked Orton out.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I let him sit under the learning tree. I mentored him. And I watched him become a star."—Triple H on Randy Orton.

    "I watched with great pride as that A+ player, inside the Hell in a Cell, became the face of the WWE."—Triple H.

    "What a great moment."—Lawler as Orton hugged the McMahons. He didn't sound like he meant it.

    "He is what you aspire to be. So I'm asking you to show the WWE champion the respect he so richly deserves."—Stephanie McMahon, wrestling's best heel.

    "Being WWE champion, simply put, makes me better than you. As a matter of fact, it makes me better than all of you."—Randy Orton to the crowd and to his fellow superstars.

    "Either you're born a success, or you're not."—hey, the new American dream!

    "What's the worst that's going to happen? You're going to have me arrested? You think I don't have friends who can get me bail?"—Big Show

    "My lawsuit is going to cost you millions of dollars...I'll take every damn dime."—Big Show.

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Big Show as the world's biggest Stone Cold? Anything beats him crying in the year or endless discussion of his finances. It looks like life is imitating art here. The promotion, it seems, is intent on replacing Daniel Bryan in the main-event angle with Big Show. Perhaps, after all is said and done, they see him as a "B+" player for real.

After the Show

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    There was no dark match after the show, but according to Wrestling Inc Triple H told the crowd that Big Show had gotten lucky and that he had come close to "whipping his a$@."

    Stephanie McMahon and Triple H then kicked everyone out of the building. He said he was hiring the whole crowd so that he could then proceed to let them go. "You're all fired," he said. "Get the hell out."