WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners and Losers After 8/26/13

Bill Pivetz@@BPiv_SportsCorrespondent IIIAugust 27, 2013

Will Daniel Bryan be able to overcome Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield? Photo by: WWE
Will Daniel Bryan be able to overcome Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield? Photo by: WWE

The August 26 edition of Monday Night Raw was the first full episode without John Cena, who is recovering from triceps surgery.

The show began and ended with Triple H, Randy Orton, The Shield and Daniel Bryan.

It wasn't the best episode, but there was more good than bad. Let's look back at Monday's Raw and find out who were the biggest winners and losers.


Daniel Bryan: Winner

The former WWE champion was featured all over the show, like a No. 1 babyface should. He was determined to win back the title, vandalized Randy Orton's car and stepped up to face the gauntlet.

He defeated Seth Rollins in a great match. He was about to make Dean Ambrose tap, but Roman Reigns interfered and caused a disqualification. The Shield stomped all over Bryan and the attack ended with the triple powerbomb.

Despite being left lying on the mat for two weeks in a row, Bryan will do just fine as the No. 1 guy while Cena is gone.


Randy Orton: Loser

Speaking of Randy Orton, he had an up-and-down night.

On a positive note, Triple H gave him a new Cadillac Escalade. On the downside, it was destroyed later in the night. He defeated Christian in a very good match. Orton hit Bryan with an RKO after he was already weakened by The Shield.

You would think that after what happened at SummerSlam, Orton would get a heel reaction. That wasn't the case. In fact, when Triple H introduced him, he received one of the biggest reactions of the night.

Maybe the attack at the end of the night let fans know that he's supposed to be the No. 1 heel. Until then, most of the WWE Universe treated him like a babyface.


AJ Lee: Winner

After a throwaway match between Natalya and Brie Bella, AJ Lee came out and cut one of the best promos of the year.

She cut down every single member of the Total Divas cast. She boldly said that none of them could lace up her Chuck Taylors and that none of them will ever be champion and that was the reality.

Is this the beginning of a face turn for AJ? I don't think so. I think she was just reminding the fans that she was the No. 1 Diva in the locker room, not because she is on a TV show, but because she's the Divas champion.

This could lead to a variety of matches for the champ, which is good because I've seen enough AJ vs. Kaitlyn matches in my lifetime.


CM Punk: Loser

Because of his loss at SummerSlam to Brock Lesnar, CM Punk's feud with Paul Heyman is far from over. However, Lesnar may not appear for the rest of 2013, which leaves Curtis Axel as Punk's only obstacle.

Punk and Axel fought in a good match on Raw, but it was the post-match attack that made this segment. Heyman showed why he is the best at telling an emotional, personal story.

It was announced later that Punk will challenge both Heyman and Axel in an elimination handicap match at Night of Champions. This won't be the best match of the night, but it will tell an excellent story.

In truth, this may be better than the rumored singles match between Punk and Axel for the intercontinental title.


Everyone else

Titus O'Neil picked up a win over Jack Swagger, keeping the momentum going for the Prime Time Players. They could be the next flavor of the month in the tag team division.

Rob Van Dam defeated Alberto Del Rio in what was a mediocre match. During the match, it was announced that if RVD beat Del Rio, he would get a title shot.

The Miz and Fandango are in a feud that won't seem to end while the Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow feud has lost a little steam.

What did you think of Raw? Who were your biggest winners and losers?