So That Happened: 09/02/13

RAW kicks off with Triple H in the middle of the ring.

Triple H introduces to us (again) the face of the company and the WWE Champion, “The Viper” Randy Orton.

Randy Orton says that as the face of the WWE, protecting this company is his number one priority and he cannot, nor will he, let the image of this company be tarnished. Orton says if you disrespect him, you’re disrespecting the entire WWE and you need to be dealt with. Randy Orton brings up Daniel Bryan destroying his Escalade then shows the footage of what he and The Shield did to Daniel Bryan as an example.

Randy Orton says that he’d like to take a page out of Daniel Bryan’s book and play a game with us. A question and answer/audience participation game that the WWE Universe would love. Orton asks the WWE Universe if Daniel Bryan should face him for the WWE Title. After a “YES!” Chant, Randy Orton responds “NO.” Orton asks if Daniel Bryan has the slightest chance of beating him at Night Of Champions, after a “YES” Chant, Orton responds “NO.” Orton asks if Daniel Bryan will amount to anything in the WWE or will he always be a B+ Player. After the crowd chants “NO” for B+ Orton asks if Daniel Bryan should give up his opportunity to face him for the WWE Championship. Orton screams “YES!” as the crowd screams “NO!”

Triple H says as COO of the WWE he has a few responsibilities and one of his biggest responsibilities is making sure the WWE puts out the best product each and every week. Triple H says that the WWE Universe has the most passionate fans in the world and they deserve the best. His other job, is to ensure the health and wellbeing of the WWE Superstars and Divas and recently, he’s started to worry about Daniel Bryan’s health. Triple H thinks Daniel Bryan’s ego is getting in the way of his health.

Triple H says the WWE Universe isn’t helping Daniel Bryan’s situation. Triple H blames the WWE Universe for chanting “YES!” and causing Daniel Bryan to confuse popularity for what is best for business. Triple H thinks Popularity has nothing to do with what’s best for business.

Triple H gives an example of this theory by using Doink The Clown. Triple H says Doink The Clown was insanely, wildly popular, but there was a very big reason that Doink The Clown wasn’t WWE Champion: It would’ve been bad for business.

Triple H says that Daniel Bryan will never be WWE Champion, but that’s okay. Triple H says that he’ll bring back the Crusierweight or European Titles for Daniel Bryan to compete for. Triple H and Randy Orton are interrupted by Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan says that Triple H and Randy Orton made a lot of “good points” and that he’s thrilled to be compared to Doink The Clown, but he’s not sure there was never a loud Doink The Clown chant in 1992. Bryan thinks the only clowns he sees are the ones standing in the ring right now. Bryan understands that Triple H and Randy Orton want him to give up the WWE Championship Match because Triple H gave up his beliefs to become a Corporate Sellout, while Randy Orton gave up being in the WWE Title picture until someone decided to hand it to him.

Daniel Bryan asks the WWE Universe if he should give up his WWE Championship Match and the crowd chants “NO!” Bryan says he thinks the answer to that question is the same as the question, “Is Randy Orton more masculine than Stephanie McMahon.” Daniel Bryan leads a “NO” chant while Triple H and Randy Orton get upset.

Randy Orton thinks there’s no chance in hell that Daniel Bryan can win this fight, but Bryan thinks Orton doesn’t understand because Randy Orton has never been told that he can’t do something. Bryan says he’s been told his entire career the things he can’t do. Bryan says all the things people told him he couldn’t do made him the man he is today and made him know that he can do those things. Bryan says he loved the fight and scraping and crawling to get here while Randy Orton was given everything.

Daniel Bryan says he doesn’t think he can beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, he KNOWS he can beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. Bryan thinks Triple H knows this too otherwise they wouldn’t beat him down or put him in handicap matches. Bryan says they know what the WWE Universe knows. Randy Orton may have the genetics like a WWE Champion, but he’s doesn’t have the heart of a champion. Bryan is about to call Randy Orton Triple H’s little bitch, but Triple H cuts him off.

Triple H asks Daniel Bryan why he’s so angry and compares him to a “little grumpy old troll.” Triple H tells Bryan that his anger is misdirected and that he should be angry at Big Show, the man with an Iron Clad Contract, who stands by and cries as Daniel Bryan gets beaten on week after week.

Triple H says he’s going to let Daniel Bryan take his anger out on the Big Show tonight because tonight’s Main Event will be Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show.

Backstage: Triple H and Randy Orton are talking and making fun of Big Show and Daniel Bryan. As they’re talking, they run into Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes shakes Triple H’s hand as Triple H asks about Cody’s father.

Cody tells Triple H and Randy Orton that he thinks tonight’s Main Event will be great as long as no one gets involved. Triple H asks Cody Rhodes why anyone would get involved and Cody turns his attention to Randy Orton. Cody asks Orton why he would avoid a title match against Daniel Bryan? Cody says with all due respect, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton is what’s Best For Business

Triple H takes offense to this and tells Cody Rhodes that he’s the one who decides what’s best for business and he thinks Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show is what’s best for business. Triple H claims Cody has a lot on his mind because he has a wedding coming up, then calls Cody out for not inviting him and Orton to the wedding. Triple H says that despite not being invited, he’s got Cody Rhodes a wedding present: A one-on-one match with Randy Orton. Cody thanks Triple H for the massive opportunity, but Triple H tells him that it’s a massive opportunity for Cody Rhodes to keep his employment. Triple H tells Cody Rhodes that if he doesn’t win, he knows Cody won’t be here for very long.

Match 01: Fandango vs. The Miz

Summer Rae tries to interfere, but The Miz takes her hand and spins her away.

The Miz starts stomping the mat, then he runs and boots Fandango in the nose.

Fandango’s nose is broken.

The Miz locks Fandango in the Figure-Four Leg Lock.

Winner: The Miz

Backstage: Booker T wants to talk with Daniel Bryan, but Bryan says he’s got a lot going on right now. Booker T says he needs to talk to Bryan. Booker T knows Daniel Bryan wants to rage against the machine, but thinks he shouldn’t do that. Booker T says Bryan is too good to go back to wrestling in gyms and thinks Daniel Bryan could have a great career and make a ton of money in the WWE. Booker T recommends that Bryan gives up his title shot.

Daniel Bryan tells Booker T, “Tell Me. You did NOT just say that.” Bryan says this isn’t about money or the title, it’s about his life. Booker T tells Daniel Bryan to wake up and that these people can hurt him real bad and ruin his life by ending his career. Booker T says that the Corporations powers travel way beyond this arena. Booker T says that he supports Daniel Bryan, but he needs to tread lightly.

Match 02: Dolph Ziggler vs. ???

Dean Ambrose attacks Dolph Ziggler from behind.

Afterwards, Ryback comes out.

Match 02: Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback

Winner: Ryback

Backstage: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are talking until Brad Maddox interrupts and tells them that the Big Show is refusing to wrestle tonight. Stephanie McMahon says she’ll handle this and starts to walk off, but Maddox points her in Big Show’s locker room direction. Stephanie McMahon says this won’t be a private conversation then walks off.

Stephanie McMahon Calls Out The Big Show:

Stephanie McMahon introduces someone who helped her out a lot when she was younger, someone who helped teach her life lessons along the way, her friend, her giant, the World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show.

Stephanie McMahon hugs Big Show then brings up that he doesn’t want to face Daniel Bryan tonight. Stephanie tells Big Show that he taught her a long time ago that it’s okay to do things you don’t want to do, as long as you’re willing to pay the price. Stephanie McMahon reveals that Big Show is flat broke and has nothing right now. Stephanie McMahon tells Big Show that his Iron Clad Contract is void if he doesn’t do what he’s told in the WWE.

Stephanie McMahon thinks Big Show’s time is running out in the WWE and he doesn’t have many alternatives left. Stephanie says there aren’t many 7ft. 500lb leading men in Hollywood and jokes about Big Show being the World’s Largest Gas Station Attendant. Stephanie tells Big Show to think about his family and that he’s giving all of this up just because he won’t compete in a match. Stephanie decides to take it further and tells Big Show that Giants, medically don’t live as long as regular people.

Stephanie McMahon tells Big Show that he will perform his duties and face Daniel Bryan tonight. Stephanie apologizes to Show because he’s hurt and claims that the only person that’s hurting more than him right now is her. Stephanie McMahon hugs Big Show then walks off.

Backstage: An angry Big Show attacks inanimate objects.

Edge Returns For One Night Only:

Match 03: The Prime Time Players vs. 3MB

Titus O’Neil kicks Heath Slater in the corner while blowing a whistle.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

Backstage: Brad Maddox is on the phone until Paul Heyman demands Maddox call the person back. Maddox hangs up and Heyman asks how he’s doing. Heyman says that he’s not doing so well today because of Maddox trying to put his fate in the hands of the WWE Universe with the voting last week. Paul Heyman tells Brad Maddox that is CM Punk actually got his hands on him, you would never see Paul Heyman again.

Paul Heyman tells Brad Maddox that at Night Of Champions, it’s a guarantee that CM Punk will get his hands on him and that he’s going to get a beating from the hands of CM Punk. Heyman asks Maddox if the match is what’s Best For Business. Right on cue, Triple H walks up.

Triple H tells Paul Heyman that he approved the match. Heyman asks Triple H why he would do such a thing. Triple H tells him that it’s not a personal thing and that he is a huge fan of how Paul Heyman can weasel his way out of situations. Triple H says this match guarantees that Heyman can’t weasel his way out. Triple H thinks Paul Heyman might pull off the impossible and weasel his way out of it. Or it guarantees that CM Punk will give him the beating of his life. Triple H says either way, he wins and that’s what’s Best For Business.

Wyatt Family Promo:

 Bray Wyatt tells about Icarus (Not the CHIKARA wrestler) flying too close to the sun then talks about the whereabouts of Kane. Wyatt claims the fire Kane claimed was his friend would ultimately be his downfall. Wyatt talks about how he defeated Kane and how we won’t see him again.

Match 04: Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton (Cody’s Career Is On The Line)

The Locker Room is shown watching backstage.

Cody Rhodes hits the Disaster Kick on Randy Orton.

Cody Rhodes goes for the Moonsault.

Cody Rhodes misses!

Randy Orton goes for the RKO, but Cody Rhodes hits the Cross Rhodes! Unfortunately for Cody, he only gets a two count.

Cody Rhodes goes for a second Diaster Kick, but Randy Orton dodges and Cody tweaks his knee.

Randy Orton hits the RKO on Cody Rhodes.

Winner: Randy Orton

Post-Match, Triple H tells Cody Rhodes that he went all in and fought like his life was on the line and that he fought with heart. Triple H says form the bottom of his heart, Cody has no idea how much he respects him. Triple H flips the script and says this is a business, and in a business he needs winners. Triple H claims he can’t let personal feelings cloud his judgment and he tells Cody, “with deep regret” that he’s fired.

A Loud “Thank You Cody” chant breaks out.

CM Punk Speaks: 

 CM Punk walks out with a Kendo Stick.

CM Punk says “I Promise” are two words that don’t mean a lot, but they still mean a lot to him. Punk says he’s never promised anything to anyone in this company or to the WWE Universe, but he promises no more empty threats, posturing or talking, because he’s having a hard time coming up with what he’s supposed to say next. CM Punk talks about what was done to him last week by the hands of the Kendo Stick.

CM Punk says that what’s left to say, and he’s dressed to compete, but wrestling is the furthest thing from his mind right now. After what was done to him last week, he wants to fight and he wants to fight Paul Heyman. CM Punk says that if he has to go through Curtis Axel to get to Paul Heyman, he’ll do it and he’ll do it now, but he knows they won’t come out. Punk claims he’s in such a dark place that he wouldn’t want to fight himself right now, but knows he gets the chance to face Heyman and Axel in 13 Days at Night Of Champions.

CM Punk says he’s not out here to convince anyone of the “Biblical Ass Beating” that’s going to go on at Night Of Champions, he’s here to say something to the WWE Universe, everyone in the front row, cheap seats, to his friends and family in Chicago, all the men and women wearing his t-shirt and every little kid who made a sign to support him. Punk says in 13 days, he’s guarantees he’s going to get past Curtis Axel and get his hands on Paul Heyman.

CM Punk says if you order Night Of Champions, you’re gonna see a side of CM Punk you’ve never seen before and he’s not sure if it’s a side of CM Punk you’re going to like. Punk says he can live with it, but there are going to be a lot of people uncomfortable with what happens to Heyman at Night Of Champions.

CM Punk says last week, Paul Heyman claimed CM Punk broke his heart, but at Night Of Champions, CM Punk will break his face. CM Punk ends the promo with “I Promise,” then holds the Kendo Stick in his hand.

Backstage: Daniel Bryan is getting ready until Big Show walks up. Big Show tells Daniel Bryan that he didn’t want any part of this fight, but he’s under a lot of pressure. Bryan tells Big Show with all due respect, what Big Show wants doesn’t matter to him at all. Bryan says he always does what he has to do, no matter the obstacles Triple H puts in his way.

Big Show reminds Daniel Bryan about what happened to Cody Rhodes tonight and says he can’t let their friendship or what happens to him dictate his family. Big Show says he’s in a no-win situation. Bryan agrees that Big Show is in a no-win situation because he’s going to beat the Big Show, just like he did for Bryan’s first World Heavyweight Championship.

Match 05: Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Brie (Number One Contender’s Match w/ AJ on commentary)

AJ Lee gets off commentary and attacks Naomi.

Winner: Naomi (Via DQ…?)

Post-Match, The Total Divas jump AJ Lee!

The Total Divas leave AJ Lee laid out in the ring.

Match 06: Damien Sandow vs. Rob Van Dam

Alberto Del Rio comes out to distract Rob Van Dam, but it doesn’t work.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

Post-Match, Alberto Del Rio has a staredown with RicRod and Rob Van Dam

Backstage: Stephanie McMahon makes a Fatal Four Way Match for the Divas Championship at Night Of Champions. It will be: AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya.

Backstage: Cody Rhodes, accompanied by security, is leaving the arena when Josh Mathews walks up to him. Mathews asks if Cody has any parting words for the WWE Universe. An angry Cody says Randy Orton beat him fair and square and said he was the better man tonight. Cody brings up the stipulation and says he shouldn’t be surprised because over two decades, the McMahons have hated the Rhodes.

Cody Rhodes brings his father, Dusty Rhodes, set Florida on fire (Not literally) and when he showed up in the WWE, they put polkadots on him and made him dance. Cody Rhodes brings up his brother, Dustin Rhodes, who was The Natural, who he loved, but then WWE put him in Gold Paint and he’s never been the same. Cody brings up the fact that he has a wife to provide for now. Josh Mathews asks Cody if he has anything to say to his wife right now as she’s watching RAW. Cody Rhodes just leaves the arena.

Match 07: Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show

The entire roster is forced to come out and watch this match:

Big Show tells Daniel Bryan that he doesn’t want to do this, but Daniel Bryan wants to fight.

Daniel Bryan keeps trying to wrestle Big Show, but Big Show keeps pushing him aside.

Big Show eventually gives in and starts to fight back against Daniel Bryan.

Big Show gets ready to knock out Daniel Bryan, but leaves the ring instead. As he leaves the ring, The Shield walks down to the ring.

Triple H demands Big Show get back in the ring and finish the match. The Shield attacks Daniel Bryan.

Winner: Daniel Brayn (via DQ)

Big Show runs in for the save, but Triple H demands that Big Show do what’s right for family and do what’s right for him. The Shield hits the Triple Powerbomb on Big Show and Big Show starts crying again.

Triple H tells Big Show that he’s going to ball up his fist real tight and knock Daniel Bryan out because it’s what’s best for his family. Big Show decides not to do it then walks outs out crying.

Stephanie McMahon’s music plays and Stephanie walks up to Big Show. Stephanie tells Big Show to think about his family and that this is his last chance. Big Show walks back to the ring.

Triple H demands Big Show ball up his fist and knock out Daniel Bryan.

Big Show turns his attention to Triple H, but Stephanie McMahon gets in the way and warns him.

Big Show knocks out Daniel Bryan then starts crying again.

Big Show walks out with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as Stephanie McMahon tells Big Show that he did the right thing as Big Show continues to cry.

Randy Orton’s theme plays and he walks down to the ring. Randy Orton kneels over a knocked out Daniel Bryan.

Randy Orton puts his foot on Daniel Bryan’s chest then raises the WWE Championship.

So That Happened:

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