WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 6

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterOctober 7, 2014

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 6

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    Associated Press

    The Oct. 6 edition of WWE Raw welcomed The Rock back, announced the first Hell in a Cell match and featured a little person in an alligator costume.

    Brooklyn, New York, witnessed an eclectic show. It was a night that had fans roaring with The Rock's surprising return and growing restless in other spots.

    Fans saw glimpses of Tyson Kidd's excellence and learned what food Dean Ambrose seeks out when he's in The Big Apple.

    How well did WWE entertain? How well did the wrestlers maximize their minutes?

    The following is a recap of the night's action, including the best moments and letter grades for it all.

Opening Segment

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    A furious Seth Rollins charged into the ring and began to shout about what happened on last week's Raw. He showed a clip of him smashing Dean Ambrose and John Cena's heads into the Money in the Bank briefcase.

    Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury interrupted his rant, asking him to leave for his own safety.

    Cena sprinted out, sending Rollins scurrying into the crowd. Ambrose stood in the stands, waiting for him. A brawl broke out, but Mr. Money in the Bank escaped.

    The Authority announced that Cena and Ambrose would face Randy Orton, Kane and Rollins in the night's main event.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Everybody wants a piece of Seth Rollins."—Rollins.

    Rollins doesn't see Ambrose standing right next to him in the crowd.

    Ambrose flies out of the crowd onto Rollins and Cena.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    WWE teased more tension between Cena and Ambrose when the latter bowled into the former without hesitation. 

    This was a solid segment, but it was nothing special. It set up the main event, continued the overlapping feuds, but it didn't offer anything new or surprising. 

    Using Noble and Mercury more varies up who does Triple H's bidding, giving WWE more options. They are quickly becoming the new Pat Patterson and Jerry Brisco.

The Usos and Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro, Goldust and Stardust

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    The bout opened with fists flying and the referee struggling to keep things under control. Goldust drove Jey Uso's shoulder into the ring steps, leaving him weakened to begin the match.

    The tag champs and Cesaro dominated the action. Even when Jey tagged out, the heels all took turns pounding on his brother.

    Once Dolph Ziggler tagged in, he went on a flurry. A Fameasser nearly got him the win, but Goldust broke up the pin. 

    The match unraveled again, The Usos flying over the ropes and fighting happening outside of the ring.

    Jimmy, Jey and Ziggler all nailed Stardust with superkicks in unison. A splash acted as the punctuation for the win.

    Result

    The Usos and Ziggler win via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The Usos mock Goldust and Stardust, cosmic key reference and all.

    The crowd chants, "We want Ziggler!"

    Cesaro hits a dropkick to Jimmy while he leaned against the bottom rope.

    Ziggler spins around Cesaro before locking in the sleeper hold.

    All three babyfaces hit superkicks at the same time.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    Both teams put on a fun match with a number of near-falls at the end.

    The biggest takeaway from this clash is that it likely points to who the intercontinental champ and tag team titleholders will face at Hell in a Cell. Cesaro continues to tangle with Ziggler, signaling that he'll likely get another crack at the gold. The same is true for The Usos.

    It doesn't look as if the bizarre brothers are ready to move on to new challengers just yet. Their options aren't great anyway, so this is their best bet for now.

Hoda and Kathie Lee Party with Adam Rose

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    Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford from Today bounced down to the ring in Ric Flair-like robes with Adam Rose. They toasted to Monday Night Raw as Rose's music played in the background.

    Hoda danced in the ring as Rose watched on, lollipop in hand. The two women then began to smack each other's butts with wine bottles.

    Following Rose's lead, they dove onto the Rosebuds. The party-goers carried the women off stage.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "What'd we do?"—Kathie Lee to fans booing her.

    Grade

    D

    Analysis

    The segment was short and better than expected, but what was the point of it? Who was this meant for?

    The fans in Brooklyn alternated between booing and having no reaction at all. If WWE was expecting anything else, it was fooling itself. 

    Hoda and Kathie Lee are an odd fit for a show that so strongly depends on a young, male demographic. Sometimes WWE simply tries too hard to add mainstream appeal with celebrities.

Bo Dallas vs. Mark Henry

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    Bo Dallas was hesitant to get in the ring with an enraged Mark Henry and with good reason. The World's Strongest Man hammered his foe with forearms, leaving him wobbly.

    Henry assaulted Dallas outside. He set up for the World's Strongest Slam onto the announce table, but Dallas slipped away and rolled back into the ring just as the referee counted to 10.

    The powerhouse didn't make it back inside in time. That marked Dallas' third upset win in a row over him.

    Result

    Dallas wins via count-out.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Henry hurls Dallas into the security barricade.

    Grade

    C+

    Analysis

    The match won't be on anyone's "best of 2014" list, but this is more about the long-term story. Henry is headed for a heel turn, and Dallas' fluky wins are going to be the catalyst for that change.

    It's hard to imagine WWE being able to drag this out for much longer, so count on Henry going ballistic in the near future. That will have him play the monster role he has thrived in.

    Hopefully WWE has a plan to have this all pay off for Dallas as well. These cheap wins are good for him, but he needs something more to make an impression.

John Cena Confronts Dean Ambrose

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    Ambrose talked about Cena being in his personal space and abandoning him on Friday's SmackDown. He called Cena out to the ring.

    Cena obliged him, and the two men stared each other down for a long while.

    The former world champ was curt with Ambrose. He looked to leave the ring after a short speech, but Ambrose egged him on enough to stick around.

    They got into each other's faces, Cena praising Ambrose's courage but warning him not to test him. Ambrose said he was leaving the arena to go get a hot dog.

    The cameras showed The Lunatic Fringe getting on the subway.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Please, John, indulge me with your presence."—Ambrose to Cena.

    "I don't give a crap about you."—Ambrose to Cena.

    Grade

    A-

    Analysis

    There is a spark between Ambrose and Cena that WWE needs to exploit several times over in the next few years. They have a similar dynamic to what CM Punk had with Cena, the edgy rebel opposite the straight-laced hero.

    The segment was logical and moved the story along well. Ambrose's exit made him look even more unpredictable and set up something surprising to happen during the main event.

    The Brooklyn fans were vocal about their support for Ambrose. Winning that hip crowd over is certainly a nice notch in one's belt.

Summer Rae vs. Brie Bella

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    Brie Bella had to have one hand tied behind her back in a match against NXT's BFFs. Nikki Bella stood on the entrance ramp clapping, and Layla stood in Summer Rae's corner, mocking Brie.

    Summer toyed with her foe at first, but Brie soon charged in with a knee to the head. That was enough to get the win.

    Result

    Brie wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Brie leads the Barclays Center in a "Yes!" chant.

    Grade

    D+

    Analysis

    Paralleling what Nikki went through over the summer makes great sense. The matches have been subpar, though.

    One can't blame Summer or Brie for the bout's quality. They were clearly told to go out and put on a two-move match.

    There isn't a wrestler alive who could generate substantial drama from a blink-of-an-eye match like that.

    It also damages Summer to have her lose like that. Not only did she fall to a one-armed opponent but also after only taking a single blow.

Tyson Kidd vs. Jack Swagger

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    Sporting a black eye, Jack Swagger went after Tyson Kidd early. He bowled over the high-flyer and sent him retreating outside of the ring.

    Kidd tried to use Natalya as a shield. That allowed him to get the advantage on Swagger, but it left his wife seething.

    Swagger overpowered his quicker opponent. Kidd failed to dodge a clothesline or to escape the ankle lock.

    Result

    Swagger wins via submission.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "We got 'We the People' defending our country against northern invaders."—JBL.

    Kidd hits an echoing kick to the side of Swagger's head.

    Swagger flings Kidd of the top rope and slips on the ankle lock.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    For how short it was, this was an entertaining match that highlighted both men's abilities. It's great to see Kidd on Raw again, even if it's only for a few moments. 

    WWE is transferring Kidd's NXT storyline to the main roster, which is a smart move. His sliminess and do-anything-to-win attitude has been fun to watch at Full Sail University.

    It's an act that can work on a bigger stage, especially if it involves Kidd doing the kind of in-ring magic he's capable of.

Roman Reigns Interview

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    Roman Reigns spoke with Michael Cole about his recovery from injury. He said he's able to move around more now.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'm just counting the days down until I'm strapping that vest back on and I'm right there in the middle of that ring vibing off the energy of the crowd and kicking everybody's ass."—Reigns.

    Grade

    D+

    Analysis

    WWE hyped this interview all week, but it was designed to be over faster than a Divas match.

    Reigns showing some personality, rather than trying to exude toughness, was a welcome sight. It's just odd that the company didn't milk this moment more. 

    He hasn't appeared on Raw in weeks. To then hurry along his spot on the show is a mistake. Reigns is not a great talker, but there was a missed opportunity to have him connect with the crowd more here.

El Torito vs. Mini-Gator

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    Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil bickered before their mascot began the contest.

    Mini-Gator crawled toward El Torito who straddled him and wrapped a cloth around his head. The move confused him; Mini-Gator accidentally grabbed Slater in the Gator Roll.

    El Torito hit a moonsault for the win.

    Result

    El Torito wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    None

    Grade

    D-

    Analysis

    El Torito's beauty of a moonsault saves this from getting a failing grade. 

    Throwing in a bit of mascot-based humor into a match is smart—not building the whole thing around it.

    Fans have already seen this matchup enough times when Mini-Gator was still Hornswoggle. Putting him in a goofy costume doesn't up the entertainment value.

    Letting Slater Gator wrestle with Mini-Gator's antics as an add-on would have been the wiser move.

Rusev Meets The Rock

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    Lana giddily announced that it was Vladimir Putin's birthday. She demanded the crowd stand and pay respect to Rusev.

    Due to Big Show tearing down the Russian flag last week, he was suspended, and there would be no match between him and Rusev.

    Rusev challenged Big Show and called the Brooklyn fans cowards.

    The Rock came out instead. He took off his jacket, and after soaking up the crowd response, The Great One told Rusev to know his role. He mocked Rusev's attire and detailed his journey to New York.

    Lana and The Rock yelled at him, warning him to leave. 

    The Rock popped Rusev with right hands, sending him flying out of the ring. The heels retreated.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Come on down Big Show, so I can crush you."—Rusev.

    "This is what Raw is all about, moments like this."—Michael Cole on The Rock's appearance.

    "The Rock doesn't pull up his shorts to his nipples."—The Rock to Rusev.

    The Rock leads a "Derek Jeter!" chant.

    "Too bad you're walking around here like someone shoved a Smirnoff bottle up your Putin."—The Rock to Lana.

    Grade

    A+

    Analysis

    What a career-changer for Rusev. Even though he ended up being the victim, sharing the stage with The Brahma Bull is huge for him.

    The company could have had him interact with anyone on the roster, but it singled out Rusev.

    WWE normally waits until WrestleMania season for a surprise like this, and that made this cameo even more surprising. Being able to call on a Hall of Famer pinch hitter like this is part of what makes WWE so special.

    It almost didn't matter what The Rock did or said, just having him back was enough to have the crowd revved up.

AJ Lee and Emma vs. Alicia Fox and Paige

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    AJ Lee looked annoyed to be having to team with Emma. The Divas champ dominated early. 

    Once Emma tagged in, she went on a roll herself. AJ begged Emma to cover Fox, but the Australian showboated instead. AJ left her partner alone.

    Paige soon pounced on Emma, hitting a DDT for the three-count.

    Result

    Paige and Fox win via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    AJ smashes Paige's face into the announce table.

    Grade

    C

    Analysis

    WWE needs to be clearer about AJ's intentions. If she rejected her tag team partner because she's a lone wolf, then that part of the story needs to be emphasized more.

    As it stands, it felt random for her to turn away from Emma so quickly.

    This feud is struggling to entertain for a number of reasons, one being the lack of traditional face and heel roles. Modern wrestling doesn't always have a clear bad guy and good guy, but in a situation like this, there's little reason to root for anybody.

The Miz vs. Sheamus

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    The Miz slapped Sheamus and pounded on him in the corner. The Celtic Warrior responded with a number of power moves.

    The two foes traded control of the match, The Miz slowing Sheamus with a sleeper and the U.S champ cracking his opponent in the gut. 

    Damien Sandow took a cheap shot when the referee looked away.

    Sandow then tried to hide The Miz behind a jacket. He earned a Brogue Kick for his troubles. That blow, though, allowed The Miz to roll Sheamus up for the win.

    Result

    The Miz wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Fans chant "Sandow's better!"

    Sandow mirrors The Miz's movements outside the ring.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    The match was uninspiring and will be remembered more for the crowd reaction to Sandow.

    He was the biggest star of the bout for that reason. He continues to make the most of his stunt-double role.

    The Miz picking up the win here points to him getting a title shot. It looks as if Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler are in fact trading opponents between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell. 

Seth Rollins, Kane and Randy Orton vs. John Cena

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    Triple H ordered Seth Rollins to start this match, which he did, but it was only for a matter of seconds. He tagged out and let Kane and Randy Orton be the ones to attack Cena first.

    Once The Viper and Kane had Cena beaten down, Rollins tagged in.

    He cackled as he pushed his enemy around. Cena struggled to stand, but he found enough energy to go on a flurry. The Authority snuffed that out.

    Kane and Orton pummeled Cena, forcing the referee to call for the bell.

    Ambrose rolled in a hot-dog cart, distracting the villains. When Kane and Orton approached him, he nailed them with condiments and the cart. Rollins soon received the same treatment.

    Triple H announced that Cena and Ambrose would fight at Hell in a Cell for the right to face Rollins. Ambrose started the battle early, driving Cena's head to the mat.

    Result

    Cena wins via disqualification.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Ambrose sprays ketchup and mustard onto Orton and Kane.

    Ambrose grabs Rollins testicles with a pair of tongs.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    The hot-dog brawl was both silly and fun, an odd way to punctuate Ambrose's return. It seems more like the kind of goofy move that Cena would pull. On the plus side, it's certainly memorable.

    Orton's mustard-covered face is not something one can easily forget.

    The Hell in a Cell arrangement only works if Ambrose wins. Cena vs. Rollins doesn't have the emotional power that Rollins vs. Ambrose. The latter feud has been going on for so much longer.

    If Ambrose both defeats Cena and main-events a pay-per-view, he'll have reached the peak of his young career.