Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, September 9th, 2013 (USA Network)
Location: The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Results by H. Winston
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We are live in Toronto, Canada! The show kicks off with hometown hero Edge making his way to the ring. He welcomes us to the cutting edge. He says he was requested by Triple H because it would be good for business. He thought it would be good to have a reunion with, not Christian, but his former partner Randy Orton, from Rated RKO. Edge says that Orton is merely Triple H’s lackey. Edge has decided that Randy will not be the guest on his show, but instead it will be Daniel Bryan.
Enter Daniel Bryan. Bryan says that even though he has been attacked, there is satisfaction with the struggle. Bryan says that he knows he will beat the Shield, along with Orton and become the WWE champion. Edge says that the people love Bryan because he didn’t come into the business the easy way. Edge sees a bit of himself in Bryan. Edge doesn’t know if Bryan can beat Orton but he deserves a fair shot. He asks Bryan if he thinks he can beat Orton. Bryan says yes. Edge asks if Bryan can show that he is the face of the WWE.
Enter Randy Orton. Orton says that it’s a shame that when he comes around from time to time, the only place that cares for him is a place like Canada. He says it’s also a shame that his body failed him at such a young age. Edge says that it’s a shame that Orton is supposed to be the face of the WWE but acts like a completely different body part. Edge says that he had problems with his spine but at least he has one. He reiterates that Orton has become Triple H’s lackey, and says that Triple H has poor judgment in talent.
Enter Triple H. Edge says that unlike the rest of the locker room, he doesn’t have to bite his tongue because he’s not employed here. Edge says that Triple H sucks at picking talent. He thought that Jericho couldn’t make it, and didn’t think Cena could make it either. Triple H says that he had to spend quite a sum to promote Edge’s show, and plugs it mid sentence. Triple H admits that he didn’t expect much from Jericho and he was proven wrong, along with Cena. Time will tell on Daniel Bryan, but there was one person that Triple H was right about being a failure, and that’s Edge. Triple H says that Edge never drew a dime in his Rated R super star time. Triple H will give Bryan a chance to prove him wrong tonight when he goes one on one with Dean Ambrose. Since Ambrose will have someone in his corner, so will Bryan: The Big Show. Triple H says things would be much easier if people would try to get along with him. Edge says that he didn’t have to marry into the business like he did. Edge says that Triple H may not be a dictator, but he is a dic – and is cut off by Triple H. Triple H says that although he cannot hurt Edge, he can hurt the ones that he loves. The Shield carry out Christian and lay him on the stage.
Edge busts into Triple H’s room and says that he wishes he were cleared by doctors so he could get his hands on Triple H. Triple H asks Edge who he thinks he is coming into his town, his city and running his mouth. Triple H tells Edge to get out of his city.
Kofi Kingston vs Curtis Axel
Axel gains control early on and chokes Kofi against the bottom rope. Kofi manages a counter with an elbow, follows up with a dropkick, but Axel kicks him to the midsection. Kofi hit the S.O.S. but Axel managed to grab the rope to break the count. Axel smashes Kofi into the corner with knees until the ref is forced to call the match.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Heyman warns Axel that if he does this on Sunday then he will have to go into the ring with Punk. Axel goes toward Kofi but is caught off guard with trouble in paradise.
Booker T is backstage with Big Show. Booker T was there when Show first came into the business. The people called him a sellout, but it’s easy from the outside looking in. Booker T says he would have done the same thing. Booker says the people will want him to be a hero, but he needs to keep his family in mind. Booker warns not to let his pride make a mistake that he cannot take back.
Dolph Ziggler vs Bray Wyatt
Wyatt slams Ziggler to the mat. Wyatt does his creepy upside down thing in the corner, but gets caught with a dropkick as he turns around. Wyatt manages to get Ziggler back on the ground before commercials roll in. Back from commercial, Wyatt is still in control. Ziggler splashes on Wyatt in the corner and hits a series of fists, followed by a neckbreaker, then an elbow drop only to get a 1-count. Ziggler hits the famouser but gets a 2-count. Ziggler is distracted by the other Wyatts and gets smashed by Bray Wyatt in the corner. Bray hits his finished, now named sister abigail, to get the 3-count.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Heyman is out in the ring on crutches. He says that he does not have faith in the Canadian healthcare system. That’s why, when he travels to Canada, he brings his personal doctor from New York City. Heyman’s doctors have confirmed with proper MRIs in the U.S. that he has torn his meniscus and will have to withdraw from his match at Night of Champions. Heyman is returning to New York to receive proper care and will be back when he can.
Maddox comes out and says that the only way Heyman is being pulled from the match is if he is evaluated by the WWE medical staff. Maddox goes to the ring with a chair and a WWE doctor. Heyman sits in the chair and the doctor pulls Heyman’s pant leg up to examine the knee. Heyman acts like his knee is in lots of pain as the doctor goes over the knee. The doctor says that he thinks the knee is fine. Heyman argues until CM Punk’s music hits. Punk runs out with a kendo stick, Heyman undergoes a miraculous recovery and sprints out of the arena. Punk settles for Heyman’s doctor, pummeling him with the kendo stick in the ring.
Natayla, Naomi and Bri Bella vs Layla, Alicia Fox and Oxana
AJ Lee is on commentary. Naomi hits the rear view on Oxana but gets a 2-count. Oxana throws Naomi into the corner and tags in Layla. Layla has Naomi in a leg-lock but Naomi kicks her way out. Natalya and Alicia Fox are tagged in, Foxx gets slammed in the middle of the ring. Natalya locks in the sharpshooter and Alicia Fox taps right away.
Winner: Natalya, Naomi and Bri
The camera was centered on AJ Lee for the majority of the match as she was talking a lot of noise at the commentator’s table.
R Truth vs Alberto Del Rio
R Truth gets beat into the corner. Del Rio attempts to clothesline Truth over the ropes but misses, Truth knocks Del Rio out and launches himself over the rope into Del Rio. As Truth was getting into the ring, Del Rio lands a kick to the head. Truth goes for a roll up but gets a 2-count. Del Rio double stomps on Truth’s back, pumps his pecs and gets a 2-count. Truth hits a frontward suplex but gets a 2-count. As Truth got up to his knees, Truth hit a kick to Truth’s face, then locks in an armbar. Truth taps.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Antonio Cesaro vs Santino Marella
Cesaro starts the match by hitting a dropkick. Santino Marella got some jabs in but is slammed down by Cesaro. Cesaro holds a tilt a whirl for at least one minute straight, getting “holy shit” chants from the crowd. I was writing when Santino hit something to finish the match. Happened quick with no replay. The crowd was really into the match.
Winner: Santino Marella
Damien Sandow vs The Miz
Miz hits a running elbow to knock Sandow to the mat. Sandow powers Miz into the corner and hits a series of shoulders to the midsection. Sandow trips Miz onto the middle rope and smashes him with a running start. Sandow hits the elbow of disdain and gets Miz in a neckhold. Fandango’s music hit and he danced out on stage. Miz was distracted, Sandow capitalized and got the roll-up victory.
Winner: The Miz
Randy Orton vs Goldust
Goldust comes out looking great, throwing Orton from corner to corner and making Orton retreat to the outside of the ring. The crowd chimes in with “you’ve still got it” chants. Orton enters the ring, baits Goldust into grabbing his hand and kicks him in the midsection. Goldust gets a roll-up, 2-count. Goldust hits a series of chest slaps in the corner. Goldust sets Orton up for shattered dreams but Orton rolls out of the ring.
Back from commercial, Goldust is pursuing Orton outside of the ring. Goldust bounces Orton’s head off of the steps. Orton catches Goldust on the apron and slams his head into the ringpost. Orton lifts Goldust up and drops his back onto the barricade. Back in the ring, Orton gets a 2-count. Orton has Goldust in a headlock for some time, Goldust fights out of it and hits a running bulldog. Goldust throws Orton into the corner, almost hitting the ref. Orton stops himself before hitting the ref but gets caught in a roll-up, 2-count. Orton hits the DDT through the middle rope. Orton goes for the RKO, Goldust counters it into crossrhodes, 2-count. Goldust argues with the ref, gets caught in a roll-up, 2-count. As Goldust gets to his feet, Orton hits the RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton
Orton grabs the mic and stands over Goldust. He says that it looks like his dream of saving his baby brother have been shattered, just like Daniel Bryan’s dreams will be shattered at Night of Champions.
Backstage, Stephanie rubs the loss in Goldust’s face, asking him how it feels to be a loser like his brother. She says to join his brother in the unemployment line and tell his father that she says hi.
Rob Van Dam vs Ryback
Ryback controls early on, hitting a belly to belly suplex. Ryback locks in an abdominal stretch on Van Dam, but he fights out, kicking Ryback in the head. Rolling thunder, 2-count. Van Dam goes high and flips into Ryback, 2-count. Van Dam preps for the frogsplash, Ryback rolls out to avoid it. Van Dam jumps out but Ryback steps aside as Van Dam hits the barricade. Ryback grabs Van Dam and slams him into the ringpost, groin-first, getting the DQ.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
After the match, Ryback hit shellshock on Van Dam.
Daniel Bryan vs Dean Ambrose
The two start off with back and forth action. Bryan hits a series of heavy kicks to Ambrose’s back. Bryan puts Ambrose in a few submissions, Ambrose breaks out but gets hit hard by a clothesline. Bryan gets knocked off of the ring apron by a running Ambrose, sending him into the barricade. Back from commercial, Bryan is hitting a series of running dropkicks to Ambrose in the corner. Bryan goes up top and hits a hurricanrana. Bryan locks in the yes-lock but Ambrose gets to the rope to break the hold. Ambrose regains control, sets Bryan up on the top rope, buy Bryan manages to climb out and knock Ambrose off the top rope. Bryan sets Ambrose back up and hits a german suplex from the top rope. Outside of the ring, Reigns goes for a spear, Bryan sidesteps and Reigns hits the steps. Rollins jumps from the top rope, Bryan sidesteps and Rollins hits the commentator’s table. Ambrose comes around the corner and clotheslines Bryan from behind. Ambrose keeps yelling for Bryan to stay down, Bryan catches Ambrose in a roll-up for the 3-count.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Randy Orton comes out. Bryan jumps through the ropes and attacks Orton, but is overwhelmed by the Shield and Orton. Orton hits the RKO on Bryan. Big Show tries to leave but Triple H orders him back to the ring to knock out Bryan. He goes back to the ring but refuses to do the deed. Orton gets furious and starts yelling at Big Show. Orton turns around and is hit by the running knee of Daniel Bryan. Bryan grabs the belt and celebrates as the show ends.
Credit: H. Winston