Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, September 2nd, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Results by H. Winston
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
The show begins with Triple H already in the ring with the Shield standing guard outside of the ring. He wants to introduce the face of the company. So, out comes Randy Orton. As the face of the company, Orton says it is his responsibility to keep the company from being tarnished. The crowd lets loose with "NO!" chants. Orton says that last week, Bryan defaced property of Orton, so he had no choice but to deface Bryan on SmackDown, with the help of your friendly neighborhood Shield. Orton wants to play a Q&A game. Should Daniel Bryan face Orton at Night of Champions for the title? Orton says no, but the crowd disagrees. Does Daniel Bryan have a chance of beating Orton at Night of Champions? No, says Orton. Will Daniel Bryan ever amount to anything in the WWE, or will he always be a B+ player? Should Daniel Bryan give up his opportunity to face Orton at Night of Champions? Orton enthusiastically says yes. Triple H says it is his responsibility to put out the best available product for the WWE fans, who deserve the best. It is also his responsibility to ensure the safety of all superstars. He is beginning to worry about the health of Daniel Bryan. Triple H says that the crowd is not helping by cheering for Bryan. Triple H says that there once was a superstar known as Doink the Clown, who was very popular. He was never the champion, however, because it would have been bad for business. He says Daniel Bryan will never be WWE champion for the same reason. Triple H says he could bring back the cruiserweight title or European title and Bryan could compete for these.
Enter Daniel Bryan. He says he is thrilled to being compared to Doink the Clown. Bryan says that there was never a Doink chant in 1992. The only clowns that Bryan sees are the two standing in the ring. Bryan criticizes Triple H for selling out to become the corporate man, and Orton for being handed the WWE title. Bryan asks if he should end his quest for the WWE title. He says it's the same answer to the question of whether Orton is more masculine than Stephanie McMahon. No! Bryan says he has always been told he would never be successful and that he would never be successful. Bryan loved the challenge of getting to where he is today and Orton will never understand it because he was given everything. Bryan says that Triple H knows Bryan can beat Orton, or else he would let Bryan wrestle Orton 1 on 1 instead of being placed in gauntlet matches.
Triple H cuts Bryan off and calls him a grumpy troll. Triple H says that Bryan should be angry with the Big Show as he continually stands by as Bryan is beaten. Triple H says the main event for tonight will be Daniel Bryan vs Big Show.
Triple H and Orton are walking backstange and pass Rhodes. He says that tonight's main event will be great as long as no one gets involved. He asks why Orton would be afraid of facing of facing Bryan. Rhodes says that Orton vs Bryan is what is best for business. Triple H understands that Rhodes's judgement could be clouded what with his recent wedding plans, to which himself nor Orton received invitations. Triple H says that for his wedding gift, Rhodes can wrestle Orton tonight. However, if Rhodes loses, it's likely that he will no longer have a job.
Fandango vs The Miz
Miz hits an arm toss on Fandango and looks to go for the figure 4 but Fandango rolls out of the ring. Miz pursues and assaults him along the barricade, high-fiving a fan in the process. Back in the ring, Fandango beats Miz into the corner. He throws Miz to the oposite corner but he counters, bounces off the rope and hits a clothesline. Miz hits a running kick on Fandango as he attempts to get up, knocking him down and getting a 2-count.
Back from commercial, Fandango is in control. Apparently Fandango has suffered a broken nose from the kick mentioned earlier, but the match continues nonetheless. Summer Ray slaps Miz as he hangs on the rope. This appears to have angered Miz as he lands several punches on Fandango. Miz manages to throw Fandango off of the top rope. Miz attempts to hit his running kick in the corner but Fandango sidesteps. Miz manages to lock in the figure 4, forcing Fandango to tap.
Winner: The Miz
Bryan is prepping for his match as Booker T asks to talk to him. Booker says he knows that Bryan wants to rage against the machine (pop, yeahh!) but maybe he should consider dropping the title match, as he has a good thing going with the WWE and is making good money. Bryan seems insulted and say "tell me you didn't just say that!" and says that it's not about money, it is about his life. Booker says that Bryan's pursuit for the gold could but Bryan's health in danger, as well as his career.
Back from commercial, Ziggler is waiting in the ring for his opponent. He is attacked from behind by Dean Ambrose. He throws Ziggler, shoulder-first into the corner and tells him he needs to learn some respect. Cue Ryback's music.
Dolph Ziggler vs Ryback
As he gets in the ring, the crowds lets loose with "Goldberg" chants. Once the match finally starts, Ryback hits Ziggler with a belly-to-belly suplex and punishes him on the ground. Ryback goes for a spear but Ziggler counters with a dropkick. Ziggler gets in a flurry of offense but it is put to and end by a hard clothesline. Ryback hits shell-shock for the 3-count.
Maddox approaches Triple H and Stephanie backstage. He informs the two the Big Show is refusing to face Bryan in their match tonight. Stephanie wants to handle this matter, and not privately. It looks like she is headed to the ring.
Back from commercial, Stephanie is headed to the ring. She wants to introduce someone who helped her when she was... (Continues on next page)