There were some newsworthy things that happened on Raw Monday night. Add to that some fun matches and quite the ending, I’d say that the show was definitely better than last night’s PPV (based on feedback I’ve heard since I didn’t watch).
John Cena is back already?
Last night, Vickie Guerrero announced that Alberto Del Rio would have to defend his World Heavyweight Championship at Hell In A Cell against none other than John Cena. Cena announced on the Raw after SummerSlam that he was going to be out after a triceps injury. The thought was that he could be back by Royal Rumble, but maybe even after that.
Now, Cena may be a fantastic healer. But returning just two months from that injury seems ridiculous.
Babyfaces can’t lie right? Maybe he does a quick something only to pop a buyrate? Who knows. But it got people talking.
Shawn Michaels is the guest referee for the main event of Hell In A Cell.
There was a show-long storyline as Brad Maddox took the heat from Stephanie McMahon (read below) and Triple H for how the PPV ended, with once again, no champion. Maddox nervously came up with a plan for Hell In A Cell which would be yet another match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
Maddox said there would be a special guest referee and the options were Booker T, Bob Backlund, and Shawn Michaels. Talking about getting the outcome you want.
Each guy came out and cut a promo as to why they should be the guest referee. Booker T may have been in a Hell In A Cell before if I’m not remembering correctly, but the only guy with any history in a cell match was HBK. In case you were wondering why Mick Foley wasn’t one of the options, he answered that question on his Twitter.
Of course, HBK easily won the vote and called himself HB-Shizzle, proving how out of touch he is, how funny he is, and how beloved by the crowd he is because they ate it up.
Now, the question is, did Triple H purposely stack the deck so that HBK would be the referee since they are best friends and he knows he’d side with his best friend? Or, since he trained Daniel Bryan, would he side with Bryan? I really wish he was on the show at least once in the last couple months to tease this.
The Big Show knocks out Triple H.
During the first segment, Stephanie came out and called out the Big Show. She slapped him several times, blaming him for Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan being upset. Instead of cowering to her, he was smiling defiantly. He mentioned that she is the reason he punched Bryan at the PPV. She said Maddox was to blame. She then fired him. He was fine with this.
For the main event, Triple H went down to ringside and watched the match avidly. The match was a six-man tag with the Shield facing Goldust, Cody Rhodes, and Bryan. It was a fun match that ended with a DQ, but Triple H restarted it. Orton hit Bryan with the RKO outside the ring and put him back in the ring and he was pinned.
The Shield went to attack Bryan, Goldust, and Cody and Big Show came out. The Shield pounced on Show, he tossed them off and went after Triple H. The Shield went back on offense and they set him up so that Triple H could beat on him. Before he could, Show broke free again and punched Triple H out. Bryan then stood over Triple H and Yes! thrusted over him to end the show.
And the rest…
- Dolph Ziggler beat Damien Sandow again.
- Bruno Sammartino was at the show and was introduced before the live crowd. Of course, this was on the WWE app and not the show itself.
- Natalya, Jo Jo, and Eva Marie from Total Divas faced Aksana, Alicia Fox, and Rosa Mendez in the dirt worst match ever. Jo Jo didn’t even tag in. Natalya got the duke.
- Los Matadores beat 3MB.
- Paul Heyman came out with Ryback and said CM Punk was a cheater and a bully. Punk came out and refuted the claims. R-Truth came out and they had a tag match with Punk and Truth vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel which led to Truth pinning Axel.
- Randy Orton beat Kofi Kingston in a fun match. Kingston jumped off the top rope, but from the middle of it, and flew high in the air before Orton turned it into a powerslam and he nearly clipped Kingston’s head. It was so majestic and then quickly powerful. Cool, but dangerous spot. After the match, Bryan jumped Orton and it was an excellent brawl.
- After Vickie announced Cena as Del Rio’s opponent, Ricardo snuck behind him and rolled him up for a win in their match. No RVD, though Ricardo was wearing a pink RVD shirt.
- Fandango beat Zack Ryder.
- The Real Americans beat the Great Khali and Santino after yet another giant swing on Khali.
- Miz was going to interview the Wyatt’s, but instead, he had to run away and Bray did some freaky post like he was on a cross.
Like I said, it was a fun show, but the Cena announcement was definitely a bit of hot-shotting that may not work out well in the long run.