WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 7

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterOctober 8, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 7

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    The critics grumbled after Battleground, but the Oct. 7 edition of WWE Raw showed once again that the company knows how to nail the Monday after a pay-per-view.

    Big Show was at the heart of an emotional climax while Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio continued to display a mastery of villainy. The night saw some highly entertaining matches and one rancid dud that will be hard to unsee.

    Two matches are already announced for Hell in a Cell, including one featuring a man many thought would be gone until January.

    The following is all the highs and lows from Monday's Raw complete with grades, Twitter reaction and memorable quotes.

Stephanie McMahon and Big Show Segment

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    WWE took little time do address the storyline fans were most curious about after Battleground.

    Stephanie McMahon blamed Big Show for the pay-per-view going wrong, for his punch frenzy ruining the main event. She demanded an apology and for him to beg for forgiveness.

    He refused.

    His breaking point came long before McMahon called him worthless and said he had no heart on Monday's Raw. Her mocking him, telling him to shut up or slapping him across the face had no effect on him.

    When she fired him, he looked relieved and refreshed, a beast unleashed.

     

    Result

    McMahon fires Big Show.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "We don't just own your home; we own you," McMahon to Big Show.

    "Get down on your knees and beg," McMahon to Big Show.

    "We all know Brad Maddox is your puppet," Big Show to McMahon.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    This is good

    — Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) October 8, 2013

     

    Stephanie McMahon. Don't. Mess. With. Her. Ever. #raw

    — Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    McMahon, as she has been for the past few weeks, was enthralling. She held nothing back in this intense segment. 

    The tension between these two was an excellent way to open the show and move firmly toward Hell in a Cell. Every fan watching Big Show leave the arena knew he had to have some revenge coming to him; finding out when and how it happened would be the fun part.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow

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    In a Battleground rematch, Damien Sandow looked to avenge his loss to Dolph Ziggler. He attacked Ziggler, propelled by fury. The Money in the Bank holder pounded Ziggler in the corner and grunted as he put his foe in a chinlock.

    Sandow was nasty throughout as he dominated "The Show Off."

    Ziggler, punch-drunk and hurting, eventually made a comeback. He eventually out maneuvered his opponent, but it was Sandow who felt like the predator even afterward.

     

    Result

    Ziggler wins via the Fameasser.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Damien Sandow right now is destroying Dolph Ziggler," JBL.

    "Brad Maddox is a lap dog for the company," Michael Cole.

    Sandow cracked Ziggler's head on the ring post.

    "Dolph got lucky and hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth," JBL.

     

    Twitter Reaction

     

    Is this where they start turning up the juice on Sandow? Hope so, time to make his briefcase a threat. pic.twitter.com/zI2WV1pxyV

    — Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) October 8, 2013

     

    Dolph Ziggler just beat Sandow with the fame-ass-er. Maybe this puts a chip on the shoulder for Sandow. An aggressive streak coming?

    — WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) October 8, 2013

      

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    It was a wise move to make Sandow more aggressive, stinging from his loss at Battleground. It was a flash of what WWE could have him be when he gets on a roll or becomes world champ.

    Ziggler played the traditional resilient hero in a match that was more engaging than their pre-show bout from Sunday. Booking Sandow as the frustrated Superstar who is driven increasingly crazy from losing could be an interesting option.

The Brad Maddox Experience

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    Stephanie McMahon blamed everything bad about Battleground, blackout included, on Brad Maddox. She jabbed into him with insults and he looked equal parts uncomfortable and afraid.

    He took the abuse the best he could and then addressed the fans.

    He apologize and said he would make it up to them. Maddox booked a Hell in a Cell match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan and announced that a poll on the WWE App would decide who the special guest referee would be for that bout.

    Our three Hall of Famer choices included Booker T, Bob Backlund in full insane mode and Shawn Michaels. Michaels made his case by saying he wouldn't let the fact Triple H was his close friend or that he trained Bryan sway him.

    The fans bought in.

     

    Result

    The fans appointed Michaels referee.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "You're going to put this on my husband?" McMahon to Maddox.

    "You're lucky you're not suffering the same fate as the Big Show," McMahon to Maddox.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Last year Brad Maddox did a bang up job at Hell in a Cell, why doesn't referee again?

    — Michael Cupach (@MJCupach) October 8, 2013

     

    Shawn Michaels is perfect. Best friends with HHH and the mentor to Daniel bryan #RAW

    — WrestleEnigma.com (@WrestleEnigma) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    Michaels is the clear best choice here. He has ties to both Triple H and Bryan and is the biggest star of the three options. Plus the possibility of a superkick to either man makes things more exciting.

    Maddox was great as the bumbling pawn, serving as the perfect vehicle for McMahon's maltreatment.

Six-Divas Tag Match

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    The adjective may vary from fan to fan, but everyone can agree that Alicia Fox, Aksana and Rosa Mendes vs. Natalya, Eva Marie, Jo-Jo Offerman was bad.

    Marie and Offerman made their in-ring debuts, though Offerman only stood on the apron. Marie showed her inexperience as she sold every move terribly, flopped around the ring and looked awkward and unsure of herself.

    She has a compelling look and good stage presence, but her wrestling skills are far from ready for prime time. Nothing that Fox, Natalya or Aksana could do could shift the focus of the match afterward to anything other than Marie's failings.

     

    Result

    Natalya's team wins via submission thanks to the Sharpshooter.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Unfortunately, you do that well in your first night, there's only way to go from there," Jerry Lawler.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Eva's a bit......stiff .-.

    — #TeamK8LYN (@iRepresentRyder) October 8, 2013

     

    That might have been the worst Divas match in quite some time #RawWithSubtitles

    — WWSubtitles (@WrestleSubtitle) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    F

     

    Analysis

    Marie was far from ready to be in the ring. As much as Natalya and Fox tried to, this match was beyond salvaging.

    It was surreal watching this bout. It was as if someone was doing a post-modern deconstructed version of pro wrestling.

    When you make Aksana look like a seasoned vet, you know you're doing something wrong.

Los Matadores vs. 3MB

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    El Torito and Los Matadores took on 3MB once again.

    Of their matches together, this was by far the best. The action flowed better than in previous attempts with Ferndando and Diego implementing more high-flying moves and delivering a more entertaining pace than last Monday.

    The bullfighters made quick work of the rockers and El Torito got the fans and the announcers most excited with his acrobatic skills.

     

    Result

    Los Matadores win by pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "He's like a WWE Brawling Buddy come to life," JBL on El Torito.

    "He looks like a mini Giant Gonzalez," Michael Cole on El Torito.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Is it just me or is the little bull the most over guy in the ring? Just wondering out loud.

    — Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) October 8, 2013

     

    El Torito doing Venezia-esque spots is going to rule.

    — Gran Akuma (@__AKUMA) October 8, 2013

      

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    Los Matadores' second time on Raw was a vast improvement over their debut.

    They appear to have embraced the gimmick more in terms of their in-ring work, managing to fuse their high-flying style with their new bullfighting-inspired moves.

    The gimmick feels as if it has a short shelf life, though. El Torito is the most exciting part of the team which isn't a great sign.

    Still, for a glorified squash match, Fernando and Diego did a solid job.

CM Punk and R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

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    Paul Heyman accompanied Ryback and Curtis Axel to the ring and began to whine about CM Punk defeating his client. He called Punk a cheat and before his diatribe could truly get going, Punk interrupted.

    Punk said he'd gladly have a rematch with Ryback, teasing a Hell in a Cell match between them.

    Before the moment could erupt into an uneven brawl, R-Truth came out and partnered up with Punk for a tag match that turned out to be a fun one.

    Axel was stunned by R-Truth's punches early on, but Heyman's men took control. They smashed R-Truth into the corner and double-teamed him until he looked winded and wounded.

    Eventually, Punk came in for the tag and went to work kneeing and kicking his foes with a look of glee on his face. R-Truth cleaned up, hitting a scissors kick on Axel for the win.

     

    Result

    R-Truth pins Axel for the win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "CM Punk is not only a bully, but a cheater as well," Heyman.

    "I'm assuming you three goofs are here to issue a to what, issue a challenge for a rematch?" Punk to Heyman's crew.

    "Paul, what do we do?" Ryback to Heyman during match.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    We can call this tag team Straight Truth, right

    — Yeah Yeah (@NinjaBritches) October 8, 2013

     

    From Ryback's promo to the tag match to Punk getting the crowd hype to Heyman's facial expressions, that was great! #RAW

    — John Stevens (@AskStevensWWE) October 8, 2013

      

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    Ryback was impressive as a dominating powerhouse and the entire match had far more fire than one would have expected. Punk elicited a huge reaction from the fans in Pittsburgh after charging near the end of the match.

    The Heyman and Ryback alliance continues to intrigue.

    Heyman's relationship with Ryback continues to be Pavlovian, as he uses the word "bully" to set the big guy off.  Ryback is overtly looking to Heyman for guidance during the action, which is a nice touch.

Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

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    Randy Orton dominated Kofi Kingston, but this was far more engaging than a squash match.

    Kingston had his bursts of offense, getting amped up after knocking Orton out of the ring and using his speed and agility to topple "The Apex Predator" a few times.

    Orton showed off quickness as well. He ducked as Kingston flew at him and shot up in the air for a perfect dropkick. He continued his vicious streak, hitting a DDT to Kingston on the outside of the ring.

    It's clear that these two know each other well and they reminded us how good their chemistry was during their feud in 2009.

    After Orton outlasted Kingston, Bryan rushed at him, his rival punching wildly at him.

     

    Result

    Orton wins via RKO.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Orton viciously hurls Kingston into the barricade.

    Orton catches Kingston in mid-air and whips him to the mat for a thunderous powerslam.

    "With destruction in his eyes…" Michael Cole on Orton.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    WHAT a POWERSLAM BY RANDY ORTON! I Think Kofi's Back Tattoos Got Transferred to the Mat!

    — ThreeManBooth (@3ManBooth) October 8, 2013

     

    Good to see a segment that finally showed realistic emotion. Love seeing Bryan go after Orton like that. Wouldnt we all flip out?! #raw

    — Wrestle Reaction (@Wrestle_React) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Orton is hitting the peak of his powers right now. Kingston is at his best in the ring with Orton. The combination of those two elements made for a great match that left Kingston looking strong and Orton like a beast.

    A brawl with Bryan was added entertainment and stoked the crowd into a hot chant of "Yes!"

Alberto Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez

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    Backstage, Alberto Del Rio tried to woo Vickie Guerrero. A bit of flirting could get him the right opponent at Hell in a Cell.

    She figured out his game.

    Guerrero then came out to announce the Del Rio must defend his title against John Cena at Hell in a Cell. While fans tried to absorb that surprise and decipher whether it was a ruse, Rodriguez stole a win on the distracted champ.

    Del Rio then delivered a beatdown to his former ring announcer, leaving him clutching his arm and groaning in pain.

     

    Result

    Rodriguez wins with a school boy pin.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "There's no need for this," Jerry Lawler as Del Rio attacked Rodriguez.

    Del Rio sweeping Rodriguez's legs under him as he stood on the announce table.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    I think Del Rio just killed Ricardo #RAW

    — WrestleEnigma.com (@WrestleEnigma) October 8, 2013

     

    Wait! What if Cena beats Del rio only for Sandow to cash in & beat Cena! #RAW

    — TWEET PROWRESTLING (@TweetPW) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Del Rio played the classic heel, combining cowardice, viciousness and trickery for a memorable moment.

    The upset win was a shock; the post-match attacked created pathos for Rodriguez. The surprise announcement for the Hell in a Cell world title match will certainly be a hot topic during the rest of the week.

    If Cena does make his return three months ahead of schedule then the man is inhuman. He's the Adrian Peterson of WWE. 

Zack Ryder vs. Fandango

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    Fandango's entrance may have lasted longer than the match itself.

    Zack Ryder got a handful of offense moves in. He kicked Fandango in the mouth and seemed to have control at one point, but it didn't last. Fandango put him down with ease.

    Fandango hit his flying leg drop for a quick win.

     

    Result

    Fandango pins Ryder for the win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    None

     

    Twitter Reaction

    And Fandango wins in the battle of guys who used to be mildly over #RAWTonight

    — WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    Fandango didn't look particularly dominant, Ryder didn't benefit and the match had too few memorable moments to be more than filler. Not much to comment on and not much for the audience to take away.

Great Khali and Santino Marella vs. The Real Americans

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    Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro faced their Battleground foes again.

     Swagger clocked an unfocused Santino before he and Cesaro traded using him as a punching bag.

    Cesaro delivered the Cesaro Swing to Khali like he did at Battleground and used it to gain the win. Swagger then tossed him Hornswoggle and Cesaro did a much easier version of the move before Santino fought them off with the Cobra.

     

    Result

    The Real Americans win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Santino's a little bit quicker on his feet than The Great Khali," Jerry Lawler.

    "Santino said that he and Khali made three to seven mistakes last night," Michael Cole.

    "I thought you had to be a certain height to get on the Cesaro Swing," JBL on Hornswoggle.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    The next step for Cesaro: a Mark Henry giant swing. #Raw

    — Kevin Berge (@TheBerge_) October 8, 2013

     

    So we're going to get one of the only worthwhile items from last nights' PPV, the Cesaro Giant Swing of Khali, for free tonight. #RAW

    — Greg Parks (@gregmparks) October 8, 2013

      

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    This was simply an excuse to showcase Cesaro doing the Cesaro Swing on Khali.

    Two of the best technical wrestlers in the company got paired with an immobile giant and a comedy wrestler once again. This time around, they threw in swinging Hornswoggle which was a surprisingly entertaining moment.

Miz TV

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    An angry Miz stomped down to the ring. He was going to be the host on his own segment.

    He didn't get to even to finish a single sentence before Bray Wyatt's music hit. The Wyatt Family surrounded him, but Miz managed to slip by the madman and his followers.

    Wyatt grinned as he bent backward, looking pleased with the challenge. The segment ended there.

     

    Result

    Wyatt and Miz tease a future collision.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Maybe they're fans of Miz TV," JBL on the Wyatt Family.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    Well, how about that? An interruption by The Wyatt Family. MizTV will be shutting down early, folks. #RAW @WWE

    — November 5th :D (@KiannaFury) October 8, 2013

     

    Bray Wyatt is even more creepy upside down. #RAW

    — taylor (@sostratusfying) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    Incomplete

     

    Analysis

    Wyatt needs some prey in order for WWE to build him up. A strong, brief feud with Miz is a good choice for the moment.

    He can move on to bigger things later, but Wyatt defeating a former WWE champ would be a good resume builder for now.

The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Daniel Bryan

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    Triple H sat down at ringside, watching intently to make sure nothing went wrong.

    Even if the fans in Pittsburgh weren't very loud, there was a palpable energy before the match began. The momentum from the Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield match at Battleground match carried over to this one.

    Goldust and Rhodes tagged in and out and showed the kind of chemistry that has been The Shield's trademark.

    Rhodes suffered as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns kept him in their corner. The Shield twisted, scraped and kneed him in the gut.

    He finally tagged in Daniel Bryan who barreled around the ring kicking any chin within reach. After his exciting flurry, the match became chaotic with every wrestler getting involved.

    Bryan locked Seth Rollins in the Yes! Lock and Ambrose prevented the loss by using a steel chair to get purposely disqualified. Triple H wouldn't have it. He restarted the match as a No Disqualification match.

    That left the door open for Randy Orton to attack Bryan, leaving the goat-faced one ripe to be pinned by Rollins.

    Big Show charged down to stop The Shield's routine onslaught, but at Triple H's orders the trio attacked him. The giant fought out of the pile to knock Triple H out.

     

    Result

    Rollins gets the win for The Shield by getting the three-count on Bryan.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Ambrose pushes Rhodes off the top turnbuckle.

    "I'm begging you to listen to me for once in your life," Michael Cole to JBL.

    "Daniel Bryan is on fire!" Cole.

    "Big Show obviously thinks that's what's best for business," Jerry Lawler on Big Show punching Triple H.

     

    Twitter Reaction

    BAH GAWD! BAH GAWD! KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO TRIPLE H. DOWN GOES HUNTER, DOWN GOES HUNTER! WHAT A SLOBBERKNOCKER! YES YES YES YES! *JR voice* #Raw

    — Bobby The Brain (@BobbyTheBrain_) October 8, 2013

     

    Hell yeah!!!! That was satisfying!!! #wwe #raw

    — Because Wrestling (@BecuzWrestling) October 8, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Fans got to see the long-awaited image of Triple H lying flat on his back. Big Show's redemption was a feel-good moment that followed an entertaining match.

    This is why WWE trudged through the repeated scene of Big Show being bullied and Bryan getting whipped. The payoff was even more electric this way.

    The Orton and Bryan feud got a boost and Triple H vs. Big Show appears to be a lock for Hell in a Cell.

After Raw Went off the Air

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    Raw ended with Daniel Bryan relishing the sight of Triple H knocked out. Once the cameras went off, he and Randy Orton's battle continued.

    Per WrestlingInc.com, Bryan and Orton worked a short match that ended in disqualification thanks to The Shield. R-Truth, Goldust, Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston ran down to chase "The Hounds of Justice" away.

    Orton and Bryan's match continued unofficially with Bryan getting a pin despite the match being over.

    As for Triple H, he needed to be carried out of the ring and received medical attention which WWE.com captured on video. Triple H showed signs of a concussion, not remembering who hit him or where his shoes were.

    WWE medical staff ran tests on him as he vowed to get Big Show back.