WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 11/11 (Hour 3): Bryan & Punk vs. The Shield main event, Paul Heyman returns, more
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:08:53 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
November 11, 2013 - Episode #1,067
Taped earlier in Manchester, U.K.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Third Hour Raw Results
Main Event plug: It's A.J. Lee vs. Natalya for the Divas Title on Wednesday's show.
Moments Ago: John Cena beat The Real Americans in a handicap match, was attacked by Alberto Del Rio after the match, and was saved by Big E. Langston.
GM Office: Kane said Cena had it coming to him, then Alberto Del Rio barged in and gloated about his work. Del Rio told Vickie Guerrero to tell Big E. Langston to get his nose out of his business, but Vickie said the opposite should happen, suggesting a match is to follow.
In-ring: Ryback was introduced for singles action. R-Truth was introduced as the opposition and JBL sang along to Truth's pre-match rap while Ryback stood by annoyed by the tune, which was customized to tear down Ryback. Cole said Ryback was not amused by the rap.
8 -- RYBACK vs. R-TRUTH
Ryback dominated early on as the crowd made some light chanting noises. Ryback taunted Truth to hit him, but Ryback yanked him down by the hair. "Stuuuupid!" Ryback shouted down at Truth, who fought back with strikes and blows. But, Ryback shoved Truth into the corner before clotheslining him to the mat. A "Goldberg" chant picked up some steam before dying out.
Ryback pressed Truth into the air to deliver a big powerslam. Meanwhile, JBL said the only way Truth can win this match is if he gets lucky and the giant slips up. Lawler said it doesn't look like Ryback is going to slip, prompting JBL to reply that that's the whole point of slipping - it just happens and you don't see it coming.
[Q10] Ryback applied a bear hug to keep Truth grounded before slamming him to the mat. Ryback then paced the ring and called for a Meathook clothesline, but Truth ducked, Ryback crashed into the corner, and Truth rolled him up from behind for a three count that surprised the crowd. "He got lucky!" JBL declared. "Did Ryback slip?" Lawler asked.
WINNER: Truth at 4:03.
Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL were shown on commentary bringing the show back to the Orton-Big Show issues that played out earlier tonight. This led to a basic plug for Orton vs. Big Show for the WWE Title at Survivor Series.
In-ring: Big E. Langston was introduced for the next match. He faces Alberto Del Rio next.
[Commercial Break at 10:20]
Back from break, WWE revisited events in the last hour when Big E. Langston saved John Cena from further damage at the hands of Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio was then introduced to face Langston in the semi-main event as the announcers plugged Cena vs. Del Rio for the World Title at Survivor Series.
9 -- ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. BIG E. LANGSTON
Lawler accused Del Rio and The Authority of insider trading at the start of the match. Moving on, Del Rio overpowered Big E. at the start, easily taking the big powerhouse off his feet and grounding Langston. As Del Rio continued to work on Big E., the crowd decided to do the wave instead of sitting quietly through another match. Langston then belly-to-belly suplexed Del Rio before delivering a big splash to Del Rio's back.
Langston made a comeback and dropped the straps to signal he wanted to end Del Rio, but Del Rio blocked and rolled through into a cross arm-breaker. Big E. was forced to tap out, giving Del Rio the win.
WINNER: Del Rio via submission at 4:05. Basic booking trying to make it seem like Del Rio is on a roll heading into challenging Cena for the World Title at Survivor Series, but it's not convincing to make it seem like Del Rio is actually a threat to Cena. So, the next question is whether it was worth sacrificing Big E. in a four-minute clean loss to Del Rio when Big E.'s new face run is at a delicate introductory stage where he needs to be protected.
[Q11] Announcers: Cole delivered a "thank you" message to American troops watching Raw on Veteran's Day. Cole then fed to the opening video package narrated by John Cena recognizing military veterans.
[Commercial Break at 10:32]
Back from break, Cole plugged an Arm Wrestling Contest between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio this Friday on Smackdown.
Suddenly, Paul Heyman was in the ring, returning to TV for the first time since Hell in a Cell. That was anti-climatic. In any event, Heyman was in a wheelchair covered in a body cast with IC champion Curtis Axel standing behind him. Heyman said his current condition is the result of C.M. Punk's attack at HIAC. Heyman said Punk could not have done this without help from the likes of "that big, ugly, dummy Ryback," who Heyman said he took under his wing, nourished him, offered him the chance to be a Paul Heyman Guy, and did not accept, thank God. Heyman said Ryback guaranteed him victory over Punk at HIAC, but they found out that Ryback bit off more than he could chew.
But, Heyman also blames - and most importantly - each and every fan in the crowd. Heyman's volume increased as he blamed the audience for cheering on Punk as he climbed to the top of the Cell and giving him this beating. "This...is...all...your...fault!" he shouted as the crowd popped. Which is why he has left his first-class accommodations seeking alternative medical treatments in Europe to slum it up with the working class citizens known as Manchester.
Heyman said he came here tonight to see a room full of witnesses to hear his intentions. Which is as follows: "I, Paul Heyman, shall return with a vengeance." Heyman vowed to drive the blade of his sword through Punk's heart.
Suddenly, Cult of Personality interrupted to bring out Punk on-stage. Punk smirked and marched down to the ring. But, Curtis Axel met him ringside. Punk answered with knee strikes before an evenly-matched brawl broke out. But, Punk landed a wind-up kick to the head before putitng out Axel with a GTS on the floor. As Heyman sold concern in the ring, Punk turned his attention toward entering the ring.
Punk reached under the ring and retrieved a Kendo Stick, which Punk brought with him into the ring. Punk toyed with Heyman in his wheelchair before knocking him over. Punk then caned Heyman over and over again across his back as the crowd cheered along with "Yes!" chants. Punk delivered a decisive blow before declaring himself Best in the World.
WWE then cut to Daniel Bryan's music playing to a loud reaction. "Bruiser" Daniel Bryan entered the ring to stand tall with Punk. Cole declared this a first-time-ever pairing as Heyman was tended to by referees on the outside leading to commercial.
Next week: From Nashville, it's "Raw Country," set to music provided by Florida Georgia Line.
[Commercial Break at 10:43]
[Q12] Back from break, Bryan finished leading the crowd in "Yes!" chants as Punk rolled his wrists in the ring. The Shield's music then played to bring out U.S. champion Dean Ambrose and former tag champs Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns through the crowd. As they made their entrance, Cole recapped Shield making their debut one year ago at Survivor Series 2012. JBL referenced Shield taking out Undertaker, Cena, Rock, and others during their first year.
10 -- C.M. PUNK & DANIEL BRYAN vs. THE SHIELD (U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS) -- non-title handicap match
The bell sounded and neither team made a move, feeling each other before locking up. It was Punk and Ambrose to start. Bryan and Rollins entered next, prompting Bryan to put Rollins in the surfboard stretch to work on the former Tyler Black. Punk then tagged in and catapulted Rollins into the corner turnbuckle as the announcers talked about JBL's long-time tag partner, Ron Simmons.
Reigns dramatically entered the match next and stared down Punk before pounding on him in the corner. Bryan then tagged in and tried to help Punk double-team Reigns, but Reigns ran over both men with a double clothesline. Reigns then chucked Punk out of the ring to help Shield begin to wear down Bryan. But, Bryan ducked a Rollins clothesline, suplexed Rollins, corner-smashed him, and finished it off with a top-rope huracanrana for a nearfall. But, Ambrose provided a distraction that allowed Rollins to pop Bryan in the head leading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:55]
Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour with Shield working on Bryan as Cole noted this main event was made by their director. Director of Operations Kane, that is. The crowd tried to rally with a pro-Punk chant as they hit the top of the hour.
[Over-run] Reigns stomped away on Bryan, who tried to fight back from his knees. Now on his feet, Bryan ran into a knock-down clothesline from Reigns for a two count. Meanwhile, JBL sold excitement for The Authority returning to Raw next week after their "vacation." Lawler said The Authority should take an extended vacation so they go away for a while.
Bryan knocked Reigns out of the ring, allowing him to crawl to his corner to tag in Punk as Ambrose also tagged in. Punk and Ambrose legal. Punk went for a top-rope Macho Man elbow drop and he connected for a two count when Rollins broke up the pin. Bryan then cleared Rollins to the outside before delivering a flying suicide dive. Chaos on the outside with Punk joining the party.
Back in the ring, Punk kicked Ambrose in the head before calling for the GTS. But, Ambrose interjected himself into the match and took a GTS. Ambrose tried to roll up Punk, but Punk escaped just before three. Punk then slapped on the Vice. But, before Ambrose could tap, The Wyatts's video interruption played.
WINNERS: No Decision around 15:30.
Suddenly, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were in the ring and Bray Wyatt was on the outside. Everyone sold uneasiness before the Wyatts came face-to-face with The Shield, who were upset at them for interrupting their match.
After Shield and the Wyatts jawed at each other a bit, with the crowd encouraging them to keep losing their cool, a fight broke out between the two groups. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns got into it ringside, then a six-man brawl broke out in and out of the ring as the crowd cheered wildly.
Suddenly, Bray calmed everything down and pointed to Punk and Bryan ringside. All six men turned their attention toward their common enemy, but The Usos and Goldust & Cody Rhodes hit the ring to make it a six-on-six battle. The faces cleared the heels from the ring, then Bryan and Punk stood tall in the ring along with their back-up. Signing off, Cole asked what The Authority is going to think about this next week when they return. They have 12 wrestlers that need to get shined at the end of the show and WWE focused on the non-wrestling authority figures. That about sums up the angle. Raw signed off at 11:08 with Bryan and Punk and Co. standing tall in the ring.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The ending of Raw could give the Survivor Series undercard a boost if WWE puts together a four-on-four, five-on-five, or six-on-six situation for the PPV. Otherwise, the undercard doesn't have much going for it. The two main event title matches seem a bit lukewarm, too, after this show.
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