WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 14

Jonathan Snowden@JESnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterOctober 14, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Twitter Reaction and Highlights from Oct. 14

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    Two weeks before WWE Hell in a Cell from Miami, a pay-per-view that promises violence if nothing else, the promotion has suddenly caught fire. The storylines that seemed to be on life support, most prominently Daniel Bryan's feud with The Authority, have been given new purpose and potential.

    The addition of Bryan's fiancee, Brie Bella, gives new oomph to a feud that had been firing on all cylinders but was slowly losing steam as weeks turned into months. It also removes some of the focus from the McMahons and makes Randy Orton the center of Bryan's world. That's a good thing as they get ready to main event another pay-per-view.

    The return of the Rhodes boys has added another compelling bout to the mix. They've had two classics with The Shield, one on pay-per-view and now one on Raw. It's a rivalry that's just getting started—one that adds a really good 20-minute match to any show that needs one.

    And, best of all, the meandering Big Show storyline is finally delivering in a major way. I wondered for weeks where it was going. Monday night, it finally paid off. 

    Overall, this was an excellent edition of Raw. But why stop the analysis there? Every week we look at each individual segment to see who delivered and who didn't quite measure up. Disagree with our letter grades? Let us know in the comments.

Shawn Michaels Interview

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    Result

    Shawn Michaels came out to assure WWE fans that he intends to do the right thing at Hell in a Cell in Miami as the guest referee for the main event. Despite his relationships with the principals, he will call it fair and square. 

    Randy Orton came down to say he is on to HBK's act. Michaels is jealous of Orton and the Apex Predator knows it. Things got physical, but before they escalated too far, Miz came down to blindside Orton and get their match started early.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Michaels coming down to the ring, a little older and less flexible, and struggling to get through his prematch routine.

    "It's nice that y'all didn't forget about old HB-Shizzle." Shawn Michaels.

    "Boo!" The crowd after Michaels admitted Triple H is still his best friend.

    "It was a crock and I'm here to tell you it won't happen again...one man will walk out the new WWE champion." Michaels. 

    "Shawn, take it from me when I say the people of St. Louis are not all that bright." Randy Orton.

    "Oh snap. Were you talking? I wasn't even listening." HBK. OK, I laughed.

     

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    The one man I've ALWAYS wanted to face 1-on-1 #HBK is back on #Raw

    — Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) October 15, 2013

    Only @ShawnMichaels can pull off camo clothes, with a Rolex! and attempt a super kick in hunting boots! #raw @WWE Orton dodged a muddy kick!

    — Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbin_WWE) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    The mic has always been HBK's weak point. When compared to the greats who followed him in the WWE Attitude Era, genius talkers like Steve Austin and The Rock, he seemed down right clumsy.

    Not this evening on Raw. He's a nice injection of star power into a match that may need a bit of a boost. Should be fun to see where it all goes. 

Randy Orton vs. the Miz

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    Result

    Randy Orton pinned Miz with the RKO after The Wyatt Family distracted him. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "He should have left his mom at home. Did Michael Spinks bring his mom when he got beat up by Mike Tyson?" JBL on Miz getting beat up in front of his family. 

    Wait, that's The Wyatt Family!

    "You are the epitome of everything I loathe about this world Miz." Bray Wyatt and I agree on at least one thing.

     

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    Oh poor Randy Orton! That was a MIZerable thing to do! #RAW

    — Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) October 15, 2013

    "Do not be afraid my child, I do not wish to see you suffer. I'm just going to put you down! #FollowTheBuzzards" - Bray Wyatt to Miz, #RAW

    — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    A good babyface, when angered, is a thing to behold. Think "Stone Cold" with his Thesz Press, Ricky Morton with that mighty mite right hand, and Tommy Rich's bloodied and fearsome visage on the attack. 

    The Miz? He's the polar opposite, with his lackluster offense, constipated look and worked punches that look like he's never seen a real one. So terrible on every level.

Santino vs. Fandango

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    Result

    Fandango rolled up Santino when Summer Rae distracted him.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Didn't he carry a blanket in Charlie Brown?" Michael Cole confusing Leonidas with Linus. 

     

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    NOW on @WWE #RAW: @WWEFandango looks to dance his way past @MilanMiracle and the #COBRA! Watch LIVE on @USA_Network!

    — WWE (@WWE) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    This was even more filler-y than usual. And it wasn't even good filler. This was like an egg roll stuffed with newspaper. Sub-WCW Saturday Night-level stuff here. Whatever happened to El Dandy?

Los Matadores vs. 3MB

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    Result

    Los Matadores pinned Heath Slater after a double suplex.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Fear the bull." JBL, the biggest Los Matadores fan on the planet. Perhaps the only Los Matadores fan on the planet?

    The duo holding the little bull back by the horns. Too funny.

    I'm not into body shaming, but Heath Slater has bigger boobs than I do. That's not a good thing.

    El Torito taking out Jinder Mahal after the bout.

     

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    Shhhhhhhhh @WWEElTorito is on. #raw #ole 😍

    — Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) October 15, 2013 

    Dolph taught El Torito how to move like that. It's all in the hips. #RAW

    — K8LYN (@KaitlynWWE) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    I'm not giving up on Los Matadores yet, mostly because I'm into the bull. But if this was 1998 WCW, they would be behind Los Villanos and Hector Garza in the pecking order. That has to tell you something.

Stephanie McMahon and Triple H Interview

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    Result

    Stephanie McMahon told the world that Big Show was not just fired, but that she and Triple H were going to sell his house, press charges and perhaps even take his dog away, too. It's a labradoodle and totally adorable.

    I made that last part up. But they were serious. Triple H said the big man would have to grovel at his feet to get his job back. They were, in a word, unhappy.

    And then Daniel Bryan made his way out to ramp. But before he could say a word, Bryan was blindsided by his opponent for later Monday night—Alberto Del Rio.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I learned to never again allow my kindness to be mistaken for weakness." Stephanie McMahon.

    "You got knocked out." The crowd. Clap. Clap. Clap, clap, clap.

    "Insolence will not be tolerated." Steph, laying down the law for the locker room.

    "Triple H is the WWE." Stephanie McMahon.

    "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." Triple H, showing the world Big Show couldn't keep a good man down.

    "You want me to be the bad guy...I'll give you something you've never seen before." Triple H.

    "Anyone who even thought the word yes had better start to pray as of right now." Triple H.

     

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    Did you know that I was the first guy in @WWE to be slapped by @StephMcMahon? I feel pretty good about having that on my resume. #RAW

    — Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) October 15, 2013

    The crowd is so disrespectful to my employers @StephMcMahon & @TripleH ......@BradMaddoxIsWWE control your audience. #WWE #cougarincharge

    — Vickie Guerrero (@ExcuseMeWWE) October 15, 2013 

    Ew, HHH makes the #YesYesYes sound like an inappropriate Herbal Essences commercial. #RAW

    — K8LYN (@KaitlynWWE) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    I've run out of superlatives for Triple H and Stephanie. Simply put, they are amazing right now, pretty much carrying the entire company on their backs. I'm not sure Bryan is quite ready to be a babyface worthy of them. But man, is this ever good!

R-Truth vs. Ryback (Beat the Clock)

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    Result

    Paul Heyman gets Brad Maddox to put a stipulation in place to play beat the clock. If Ryback beats his opponent, R-Truth, faster than CM Punk can beat Curtis Axel, Heyman gets to choose the stipulation at Hell in a Cell. But if Punk wins? It's up to him.

    Ryback pinned Truth with the Shell Shock in five minutes, 44 seconds.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "That's cheating. It's clear Punk cheated...and now it's incumbent on you to do something about it." Paul Heyman to Brad Maddox.

    "I never thought I'd hear a walrus refer to a punk as a weasel." Maddox.

    R-Truth doing his Larry Zbyszko impression to cost Ryback precious time.

    "Goldberg! Goldberg!" The crowd, calling out Ryback's, um, influences.

     

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    5:44. #BeattheClock @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/4ipOs89lUH

    — Brooklyn Brawler (@brawlerreal) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    Here's why I have hope for Ryback: Instead of doing his normal routine and stomping around the ring when he had R-Truth up for the Shell Shock, he got right down to business. After all, he was racing the clock. That's solid attention to detail.

    That said, this wasn't good. At all.

Tons of Funk vs. Real Americans

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    Result

    Antonio Cesaro pinned Brodus Clay with the Neutralizer.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "They don't wear Levi 501s. They wear 747s." Jerry Lawler. That, folks, is a fat joke. See? Because they are fat!

    The Real Americans charging the ring and throwing their flags in with gusto.

    "The government may be shut down, but Real Americans are still on the job." Zeb Colter, priming the audience for an eventual Los Matadores feud.

    "I got lost one time driving to Odessa. They didn't name a holiday after me." JBL on Columbus Day.

    Cesaro's gut-wrench suplex on Tensai.

    After the match, Cesaro with the giant swing on Tensai.

     

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    I have to admit, pretty much everything @AntonioCesaro does is impressive!! How strong is this guy!? #RAW #WWE

    — EMMA (@EmmaWWE) October 15, 2013 

    Unfortunately for him, @WWETensai got into the swing of things tonight #CesaroSwing #RAW #WeThePeople

    — Antonio Cesaro (@AntonioCesaro) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Sometimes you have to wonder about WWE matchmaking. Antonio Cesaro is undoubtedly getting over with his giant swing and general competence in the ring. So, that in mind, why in the world would you send him back down the card to feud with Los Matadores? 

    I don't have any problem with a comedy gimmick. But Cesaro is potentially building to something bigger and better. This feels like a step backward.

Brie Bella vs. Tamina Snuka (w/ AJ Lee)

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    Result

    Tamina Snuka pinned Brie Bella with a big boot.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I never got to congratulate you, Brie...on your engagement." Stephanie McMahon with an insincere congratulations to the fiancee of her nemesis, Daniel Bryan.

    "Does the title belt have a tattoo of AJ on it?" JBL. 

    Tamina's Superfly Splash after the match.

     

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    It's not right that @stephmcmahon has banned Nikki @nicoleandbri from ringside, yet AJ can be out there?! #injustice #Raw

    — Natalya (@NatbyNature) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    The crowd doesn't always give them a chance. But I'll say this for Brie Bella—she's working hard and stiff. Compare her matches six months ago to the ones she's participating in today, and it's like night and day. 

CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel (Beat the Clock)

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    Result

    With 11 seconds left, Punk pinned Curtis Axel with the Go To Sleep. He stipulated that at Hell in a Cell, Heyman would join Ryback inside the cell. There will be no escape.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Woo!" Fans after the chops from CM Punk. Love that the Universe still pays respect to Ric Flair.

    "Heyman's wanting to buy time. Curtis Axel is looking for the victory." Jerry Lawler, showing the Heyman Guys at cross purposes.

    "3:15! 3:15!" Heyman letting Axel know how much time was left to win.

    "Where are you going Paul? The party's just started in St. Louis." CM "Foley" Punk.

    "I learned from watching you. You're the mad-scientist genius of professional wrestling." Punk to Heyman. 

     

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    With 11 seconds on the clock, @CMPunk WINS #BeatTheClock, def. @RealCurtisAxel, and Punk picks the stip at #HellInACell vs. @Ryback22!

    — WWE (@WWE) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Punk got just what he wanted. Maybe. But why did he put Ryback in the match at all? If he could choose the stipulation, couldn't he have just booked himself versus Heyman in a singles match? If that didn't work, why not have Ryback blindfolded? With a hand tied behind his back? Locked outside the cage?

    Punk, I guess, isn't any smarter than your average babyface. This is how evil wins. Good is, without exception, stupid.

Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Result

    Del Rio won by countout when Bryan left the ring to rescue Brie Bella. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "It's not good enough you're making my life a living hell? Now you have to go after Brie too?" Daniel Bryan to Stephanie McMahon, taking this feud to a new level.

    "Triple H is a businessman. Triple H is giving an opportunity to Daniel Bryan." JBL with a Jesse "The Body" Ventura-heel-announcer act. Yes, I checked and it's still 2013.

    Great top-rope dropkick from Del Rio.

    Bryan counters with a missile dropkick of his own.

    Randy Orton threatens Brie Bella in the trainer's room.

     

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    Love how @WWEDanielBryan is sticking up for his fiancé @nicoleandbri (Brie) #YesYesYes

    — Eva Marie (@natalieevamarie) October 15, 2013 

    There is something I love about people getting kicked in the face.... Del Rio Vs. Bryan has met that quota #RAW

    — Solomon Crowe (@WWECrowe) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Listen—there's a work-rate obsessive inside me who hates that WWE interrupted a great match to further its cheese-ball storyline. But, then again, there's a piece of me that loves the damsel-in-distress story as much as any wrestling match.

    It was inevitable that WWE pull Brie Bella into the Bryan vs. McMahons storyline. It just makes sense. And, if you're going to do it, why not go all out? 

The Shields vs. the Rhodes (WWE Tag Title)

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    Result

    Cody Rhodes pinned Roman Reigns after Big Show knocked out all three members of The Shield. The Rhodes boys are now the WWE Tag Team champs.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "It's a good thing he was already in the trainer's room right?" Dean Ambrose, having a bit of fun at Daniel Bryan's expense.

    "The gloves are off boys. Finish it." Triple H, making the match no disqualification.

    Stephanie and Triple H making out. Ew!

    "So, are they punishing Goldust now? Or the Shield?" JBL. What a good company man.

    Goldust's uppercut is so amazing.

    "You didn't do that good. That's why I'm here." JBL debating Michael Cole about whether or not he needed to be in the booth. Cole claimed he and King didn't need JBL at all. 

    Cody Rhodes with the hot tag!

    Cody's moonsault body block.

    "You idiot. You never put the chair down." Roman Reigns to Goldust. That's good advice.

    Rollins powerbombing Cody Rhodes into the barrier.

    Roman Reigns spears Goldust into the timekeeper's area.

    Big Show returns to KO all three members of The Shield!

     

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    Trending Worldwide for @WWE #RAW: #RAW, Goldust (@Dustin_Rhodes1), Rhodes

    — WWE (@WWE) October 15, 2013 

    Nice main event on #wweraw w/ @CodyRhodesWWE @DUSTIN_RHODES1 @WWERomanReigns @WWERollins @WWEDeanAmbrose. #Selling

    — Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 15, 2013

    Wow! HELL of a match! New champs! #RAW

    — Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) October 15, 2013

     

    Grade

    A+

     

    Analysis

    Wow. I used to think my friend Phil Schneider was crazy when he'd go on and on about Dustin Rhodes, calling him one of the best wrestlers of his generation. But I'll be darned if he isn't proving it in his WWE return. This was another incredible match.

    And you know that Big Show angle we were all so skeptical of a month ago? It's paying off in a major way. This is wrestling television at its best.