WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/9 (Hour 2): Heyman Wellness Exam, C.M. Punk, Santino returns, more
Sep 9, 2013 - 10:05:15 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
September 9, 2013 - Episode #1,058
Live in Toronto, Ont., Canada
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Second Hour Raw Results
Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour with the announcers hyping Randy Orton vs. Goldust later in the show. The commentator's big sales pitch for why Goldust is a threat to Orton is he is "one of the most entertaining and humorous" stars in WWE history. This led to a video package on goofy Goldust segments through the years.
[Q5 -- second hour] Back in the arena, Paul Heyman was shown hobbling down to the ring on crutches. Curtis Axel and a third individual accompanied Heyman down to ringside. In the ring, Heyman spoke that he is not an advocate for socialized medicine. "In other words, I do not believe in the Canadian health care system," Heyman said. He said he is fortunate that when he travels to Canada, he brings along with him his personal physician from New York City.
Heyman paused before "cutting to the point." Heyman said his doctor has confirmed his fear - he tore his knee. Heyman said a proper MRI in the U.S. will tell him the results. So, regretfully, he is withdrawing himself from competition this Sunday at Night of Champions. "Believe me, believe this, no one is as upset as Paul Heyman. I looked forward to teaming with my client, Curtis Axel, and finally putting out of my misery, my prodigal son, C.M. Punk," Heyman said.
Heyman said he is an injured man, therefore he will leave and return home to New York, where he will receive the proper medical care. Heyman said he will do like Edge and promise to return when he can.
Suddenly, a voice was heard. It was Raw GM Brad Maddox, flanked by WWE's Dr. Sampson. Maddox walked out and noted they have a fully-licensed medical team to evaluate Heyman. JBL noted he's a good doctor because he saved Lawler's life (one year ago in Montreal). Maddox said the only way he will allow Heyman to be removed from the match at Night of Champions is if Dr. Sampson does not clear him.
A chair was produced in the ring. Heyman was asked to take a seat for the examination. Dr. Sampson rolled up Heyman's pants leg, exposing Heyman's leg, as JBL noted this is a family show. Heyman muttered to himself about slipping on the floor as Dr. Sampson examined the leg. Heyman got in Sampson's face that he will sue him if he causes further injury. Heyman randomly shouted out as the crowd cat-called before finally chanting for C.M. Punk.
Brad Maddox then asked Dr. Sampson for his evaluation. Dr. Sampson offered a bunch of medical terms before saying his evaluation is that Heyman is fine. Heyman stood up on one good leg and pretended to sell the injury while screaming at Dr. Sampson. Suddenly, Cult of Personality played and the crowd popped big. C.M. Punk ran to the ring with a kendo stick and smashed Heyman's doctor. Punk then cleared Axel from the ring before Heyman took off running through the crowd, indicating he's perfectly fine.
Back in the ring, Punk was left alone with Heyman's doctor. Punk surveyed the crowd on whether he should inflict damage to the surrogate, but opted to let the doctor go. Check that, Punk bashed the man on the way out of the ring. Punk then pounded away on the surrogate with kendo stick shots before popping him over the head with a final blow. Cult of Personality played as the announcers played up the idea of Punk inflicting that damage to Heyman on Sunday if Punk can beat Curtis Axel first, which Cole said Punk has guaranteed to do. "Paul Heyman is screwed," JBL declared as Punk stood tall in the ring.
Still to come: Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose.
[Commercial Break at 9:11]
[Q6] Back live, Divas champion A.J. Lee was skipping down to the ring. Cole announced a six-Divas tag match up next as A.J. joined commentary to promote the four-way Divas Title match at Night of Champions.
3 -- NAOMI & NATALYA & BRIE BELLA vs. AKSANA & ALICIA FOX & LAYLA -- six-Divas tag match
So, the messy line-up here is apparently Divas who don't get along on "Total Divas" versus Divas who don't get along on Smackdown. And the audience has no one to root for. Well, except for Natalya, who eventually hot-tagged into the match. Natalya elbowed A. Fox to the mat before applying a Sharpshooter for the win, which went over well in Canada.
Post-match: The Total Divas stood against the ropes to glare down at their common enemy, A.J., who taunted them with the Divas Title before the four-way match on Sunday.
WINNERS: Team Natalya via submission at 2:52.
Still to come: Orton vs. Goldust with Cody Rhodes's re-employment on the line. Lawler said Goldust has been humorous in the past, but he is also a great athlete. This led to a video package on Goldust's in-ring abilities and title victories.
[Commercial Break at 9:20]
Back live, R-Truth was mid-song in the ring. After Truth finished his intro song, Alberto Del Rio's music played to bring out the WWE World Hvt. champion. As Del Rio made his way to the ring, WWE cut to an inset promo of Rob Van Dam staring into the camera with an odd look on his face. Like he was trying to find the red light in the camera to know when they were recording. RVD offered a canned promo about wanting to beat Del Rio for the World Title at Night of Champions. Not the best way to feature RVD, as WWE accentuated his weaknesses in that spot.
4 -- World Hvt. champion ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. R-TRUTH -- non-title match
The crowd picked up a JBL chant one minute in. Next were "Jerry, Jerry" chants and a "Michael Cole" chant as Del Rio worked on Truth on the outside. The crowd continued to entertain itself as the announcers tried to find a way to endorse RVD as a threat to Del Rio's World Title on Sunday. The crowd then played along with the storylines by chanting for RVD, angering Del Rio. Truth took advantage with a flapjack suplex for a two count. The crowd then went back to their own chants, going for "Under-Taker" this time.
[Q7] Del Rio regained control before stalking R-Truth in the corner. Del Rio smashed Truth in the face with a standing sidekick, aided by Del Rio's sound effects. Del Rio then slapped on the cross arm-breaker and Truth was forced to tap out. On commentary, JBL wondered if that will be RVD's fate on Sunday.
WINNER: Del Rio via submission at 4:50.
Still to come: Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose.
[Commercial Break at 9:32]
NOC PPV plug: The PPV pre-show will feature a five-team Tag Team Turmoil match with the winners getting a Tag Title shot on the PPV. The teams shown were Prime Time Players, who were spotlighted in the graphic, Tons of Funk, Real Americans, Usos, and 3MB.
In-ring: Zeb Colter was in the ring with Antonio Cesaro. Colter continued the anti-Canada streak of promos tonight before asking the crowd to stand to their feet, put their hand on their heart, and say in a loud, clear voice: "We The People." Suddenly, Santino's music interrupted to bring out Santino making his TV return after several months away. Santino, who is billed from Italy but is from Canada, came out on-stage very fired up as the Canadian crowd cheered him on.
5 -- SANTINO vs. ANTONIO CESARO (w/Zeb Colter)
Cesaro quickly decked Santino once the bell sounded as Cole hyped Santino opening a new training academy in the Toronto area. Santino tried to mount a comeback, but Cesaro took down Santino and went for the Big Swing. The crowd went from chanting random things to standing up and applauding Cesaro's effort as he continued to swing Santino. Over and over. "Holy s---" chant after Cesaro released the hold.
Santino, dizzy, managed to avoid taking a finisher from Cesaro before delivering a hip-toss and sailor's salute drop. Santino then reached into his pants and took out The Cobra to a pop, but Cesaro ducked and delivered a European Uppercut for a nearfall. Cesaro then chucked the Cobra sock puppet aside before body-slamming Santino for a nearfall. Cesaro tried to follow up, but Santino surprised Cesaro with a quick roll-up for the win.
Post-match: Zeb freaked out as Santino ran out of the ring and jogged to the stage to do the trumpet-salute celebration while the crowd cheered.
WINNER: Santino at 3:43.
Still to come: Orton vs. Goldust.
[Commercial Break at 9:42]
[Q8] Back live, Michael Cole dejectedly announced the presence of Damien Sandow, who was in the ring. Sandow looked for his cue to speak, but Lawler kept plugging O'Reilly Auto Parts on commentary. Sandow eventually just started talking and declared himself the uncrowned World Hvt. champion. Sandow displayed the World Title MITB briefcase to the crowd before The Miz interrupted, upsetting Sandow.
6 -- THE MIZ vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
As the bell sounded, JBL plugged John Cena appearing on the latest "JBL & Cole Show" to update his injury status. As the match unfolded, the announcers discussed Sandow formerly having "Ignatius" sent out tweets for him, but Sandow fired him. Will WWE now introduce an "Ignatius" character on TV after mentioning the fictional person on the air? As Miz and Sandow traded control, Cole monologued about his "interview" with Triple H on WWE's website last week.
Miz made a comeback to boos, which Miz played into. Suddenly, Fandango's music played to a pop. Fandango and Summer Rae came out on-stage and danced for Miz, which allowed Sandow to roll up Miz from behind for the pin and the win. The crowd didn't even notice, as they were too busy dancing and uninterested in the match.
After the bell sounded, Fandango introduced himself as the crowd cheered along. Fandango's music played as Miz seethed in the ring. FandangoRae then danced to the back.
WINNER: Sandow at 3:43.
Backstage: Renee Young brought in Goldust to a strong reaction. Renee asked Goldust if he is mentally prepared to face Randy Orton tonight. Goldust calmly said he feels good. He said he's been the screw-up of the family, while Cody Rhodes has been the model citizen. Goldust said he knows he's messed up chance after chance, but Hunter throwing his weight around affecting his brother's career isn't cool with him. Goldust passionately vowed to beat Orton before Triple H interrupted.
Hunter sarcastically said it's great to see him. Hunter then painted a picture of Goldust having the weight of the world on his shoulders with his brother's job on the line. Hunter said if Goldust doesn't win, then "God knows what happens." Hunter laid the pressure on Goldust even more, then told him that he hopes he doesn't let them down. Goldust took a deep breath and tried to hold back tears behind his Goldust make-up as Raw cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:55]
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