WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/5 (Hour 3): The Shield vs. Cena & Bryan & Orton main event, Ziggler vs. Big E.
Aug 5, 2013 - 10:08:31 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
August 5, 2013 - Episode #1,053
Live in Green Basy, Wis.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Third Hour Raw Results
Moments Ago: C.M. Punk was resilient, Punk kept fighting Brock Lesnar, Punk kept refused to back down, and Punk was ultimately done in by his "blind rage" for Paul Heyman, which led to an F5 from Lesnar. Cole said if Punk does not get his mind off Heyman and on Lesnar, he's going to take a beating at Summerslam.
Backstage: Renee Young reluctantly brought in Heyman, Lesnar, and Axel for an interview about what just happened. Lesnar spoke that that was the best of the best of the best this world has to offer? He said he is The Beast and The Best. Lesnar told Heyman to "say something stupid." Heyman told Renee to take that mic and tell C.M. Punk that he may not make it to Summerslam because he is going to walk out to the ring next week on Raw, not as an advocate, but for a one-on-one, man vs. man fight. Heyman said if Punk is man-enough to accept, it will be C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman.
In-ring: Fandango's music played to bring out Summer Rae paving the way for Fandango. After the duo danced on-stage, they made their way to the ring as Cole said something smells fishy about Heyman's bravado challenging Punk next week. After FandangoRae completed their entrance, Kofi Kingston's music played to bring out a returning Kofi. The announcers noted Kofi was out for two months after Ryback put him through tables.
7 -- KOFI KINGSTON vs. FANDANGO (w/Summer Rae)
Of note, Kofi was sporting new full-length black wrestling pants with green trim. The "come-down match" after the Punk-Lesnar segment opened with Fandango controlling the match. A few light chants didn't catch on, then Kofi came off the top rope with a springboard forearm smash to Fandango. Kofi followed with a leaping fist smash, then a Boom Drop. Kofi tried to fire up the crowd for Trouble in Paradise, but Fandango easily rolled out of the way.
Fandango then tried a top-rope move, but Kofi avoided before coming off the top with a springboard cross-body splash for a nearfall. More counters and reversals, then Kofi snapped off Trouble in Paradise. It was good for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Kingston at 3:45.
Backstage: Triple H was on the phone. Stephanie McMahon then walked in laughing and covering her mouth. Check that, she was crying and covering her mouth. Stephanie said her dad bit her head off because D-Bryan's make-over segment was a disaster. Stephanie said she's just trying to focus on business, but he's so vindictive. Hunter responded that Vince has lost it and the "once great Creative genius" is gone. Hunter said he's had enough of this. He said McMahon wants to have a hissy-fit because Daniel Bryan wouldn't shave his beard, but he's not going to let McMahon ruin Summerslam.
Hunter shouted that he's tired of it and he won't let this ship go down. Hunter vowed to make sure McMahon doesn't do anything at Summerslam. "Watch me, Steph!" Hunter walked off, then the camera stayed on Steph catching her breath and selling either shock at Hunter's strong words or self-satisfaction that she got Hunter fired up at McMahon. Apparently that's the "mystery" aspect of the angle - interpret Stephanie's facial reactions and whether she is manipulating Hunter or not.
[Commercial Break at 10:21]
Exterior Shot: The Green Bay Packers's Hall of Fame area.
Earlier Tonight: Alberto Del Rio destroyed Ricardo Rodriguez after losing to Rob Van Dam. Cole said on commentary that Ricardo is still going through medical evaluations right now.
In-ring: Zeb Colter was in the ring with Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger. Colter ran down Green Bay for eating cheese, saying it has clogged their brains as well as their hearts. He told the crowd to make like the over-rated football team in this town and leave. Colter finished by telling the crowd to stand and shout in a loud, clear voice: "We The People." In response, The Usos were introduced as their opponents.
8 -- THE USOS vs. THE REAL AMERICANS (JACK SWAGGER & ANTONIO CESARO w/Zeb Colter)
In response to Zeb's promo, the crowd woke up with a "Go Pack, Go" chant as the match began. The heels took control as Cole used this time to plug WWE's international tours, noting the Real Americans took their message overseas last week.
[Q11] The Real Americans continued to isolate Uso as Colter leaned against the ring apron whispering instructions. The Usos eventually made a tag and the action broke down. One of the cameraman almost got taken out ringside, then Swagger blind-sided Uso while the new ref did his job distracting himself having a conversation with Colter. This allowed Cesaro to follow up with the Neutralizer for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Real Americans at 4:53.
Still to come: A "huge main event," according to Cole, with The Shield facing Cena, Orton, and Bryan in six-man tag action.
Up Next: Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E. Langston delivered in the quarter-hours last week; now, they get a third hour singles spotlight.
[Commercial Break at 10:35]
In-ring: Back from break, Dolph Ziggler's music played to bring out Ziggler for the semi-main event. WWE replayed A.J. Lee interfering in Ziggler vs. Big E. Langston last week before Langston was introduced. A.J. skipped down to the ring to wave at Ziggler, who was restrained by the referee before the bell sounded.
9 -- DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. BIG E. LANGSTON
Ziggler delivered an early dropkick as A.J. sold concern ringside. Langston tried to come back with a powerslam, but Ziggler slipped out, only to take a big knockdown clothesline on the ring apron. Ziggler rolled to the floor, so Langston chucked him back into the ring.
Suddenly, Kaitlyn emerged from the back and charged A.J., who decided to meet her on the entrance ramp. The Divas fought and scrapped ringside, then A.J. rolled into the ring, where the fight continued. Ziggler tried to create separation, but Big E. destroyed him with a clothesline. Apparently the match was not thrown out during the skirmish. Langston then scooped up Ziggler and dropped him with the Big Ending for a three count as Kaitlyn sold concern ringside.
After the finish, the announcers acknowledged the issue of the referee allowing this match to continue despite the commotion in the ring. Big E. and A.J. then stood over a fallen Ziggler as Kaitlyn sold disdain over inadvertently costing Ziggler the match.
WINNER: Langston at 4:16.
Up Next: Six-man tag main event.
[Q12] [Commercial Break at 10:45]
This Friday on Smackdown: Miz TV with guests Big E. Langston and A.J. Lee.
Ringside: Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown on-camera to set up the six-man tag main event. Cole then plugged USA Network's "Summer Camp" competition show before throwing to a preview clip.
Back in the arena, Josh Mathews was ringside to interview two "Summer Camp" contestants as the crowd sat quietly.
In-ring: Daniel Bryan was introduced first for the main event. Bryan was still sporting the Bruiser Brody ponytail and neat beard. Randy Orton was out next for the face trio, prompting the announcers to discuss the various scenarios that could unfold at Summerslam with Cena-Bryan and Orton's briefcase in-play. John Cena's music then played to bring out the WWE champion as the third babyface in the six-man tag match. Cena stormed the ring and stared down the other faces before hoisting his title belt in the air. Cole wondered aloud if Cena can hold his own tonight.
[Commercial Break at 10:54]
Earlier Tonight: WWE recapped the Punk-Lesnar battle earlier in the show. Punk fought toe-to-toe with Lesnar, but Lesnar got the best of Punk on this night. Then, Heyman challenged Punk to a match next week on Raw. Cole said Punk has accepted, "taking the bait." Cole said they think Heyman has a plan.
In-ring: The Shield made their way through the crowd to the ringside area. Shield then entered the ring and the match started just before the top of the hour.
10 -- WWE champion JOHN CENA & #1 contender DANIEL BRYAN & MITB briefcase holder RANDY ORTON vs. THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & WWE tag champions SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) -- six-man tag main event
Orton started things off controlling Rollins in the ring. Orton delivered a snap suplex for a nearfall, then tagged in D-Bryan as Cena gave Bryan the floor. Bryan delivered a big missile dropkick to Rollins, then Ambrose tagged in.
[Q13 -- over-run] Bryan and Ambrose exchanged offense, then Bryan flew through the ropes with a suicide dive to Rollins. Bryan tried to follow up, but Ambrose blind-sided Bryan to give Shield control of the match. As Shield worked on Bryan, the announcers discussed Bryan not being able to take Cena lightly at Summerslam just because he thinks he's the better wrestler. JBL labeled it all gamesmanship to try to find the upper-hand at Summerslam. A solid, sports-like discussion from the announcers removing most of the fluff from Bryan & Cena's earlier promos.
Shield continued to work on Bryan until Bryan finally broke free and tried to reach the face corner, but Rollins pulled him away. Bryan eventually kicked off Rollins to tag in Cena, but the ref didn't see the tag and disallowed it.
The action broke down with Orton deciding to take matters into his own hands. Bryan suddenly chucked Rollins into the ropes, where Orton was standing with his back to the action. This caused Orton to fall to the floor. In the ring, Bryan tried to slap on the STF to Rollins, but the other Shield members jumped Bryan, so the match was thrown out.
WINNER: Team Cena via DQ at 5:24. Shield was positioned as a mechanism to advance the story of Cena, Bryan, and Orton's tension. Not a bad place to be, in general, but they've settled at a level below where they were when they were undefeated.
Post-match, Cena helped Bryan eliminate Shield from the ring, but Orton snuck back into the ring and dropped Bryan with an RKO. Orton and Cena then cleared Shield from the ring before Orton snapped on Cena with a surprise RKO. The crowd helped Orton think about cashing in his MITB briefcase, but Orton took too long to make a decision. Orton measured Cena for a potential cash-in, but Shield hit the ring, so Orton backed away to ringside.
Suddenly, Reigns dropped Cena with a big spear, which ended Cena's night. Shield then put the boots to Bryan as Orton slowly paced the ringside area watching the events unfold. Orton turned and left as JBL noted Orton wants both Cena and Bryan weakened for a potential MITB cash-in at Summerslam.
Back in the ring, Shield assaulted Bryan before setting him up for a triple powerbomb, which they connected with. On-stage, Orton simply watched as Shield stood tall over Bryan. JBL said this is Shield's yard and they own it. Shield's music played as the announcers recapped Orton not caring who the WWE champion is at the end of Summerslam. WWE went to final back-and-forth shots of Shield standing tall in the ring and Orton standing his ground on the entrance stage as Raw ended at 11:08.
FINAL THOUGHTS: When WWE cuts out the fluff and "hidden messages" in the Cena-Bryan build-up, the Cena-Bryan issue is intriguing. But, WWE still doesn't seem to have confidence in Bryan in a PPV main event slot with Cena, as they went heavy on Orton The Third Wheel and McMahon Family Involvement to continue building up the Summerslam main event in two weeks. The most consistent build-up has been for Punk-Lesnar, which is clicking with a simple, yet strong story building to their PPV match.
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