Live Fan Report From Tonight’s WWE Raw: What Happened After the Show?, NXT Star Works Dark Match, Crowd Reaction to the Slammys & More

Nick Paglino

wwe rawThanks to WZ reader Jim for sending in the following:

Live action opened with Alexander Rusev defeating Zack Ryder in a squash via submission, then we got a Slammy Pre-Show that took us to a few minutes before Raw.

During Raw, I'll skip describing the awkwardness of having wrestlers go through their entrances and then stand in the ring while a Slammy was presented, since presumably some of that carried over to the broadcast.  The ending is what everyone's talking about, though.  Since the event is still airing on USA here on the west coast, I'm not certain exactly how much of the ending was televised.

After HHH performed the Pedigree on Orton, the ring cleared leaving HHH, Steph, Kane, and Cena standing together looking at Orton.  The three Authority figures then left and Cena called for a mic, getting a pop for mentioning Seahawk football before challenging Orton to a dark match main event.  Both titles were hanging over the ring for the short match, which saw Orton get disqualified for using a chair.  Cena recovered and performed an AA on Orton, then called for the mic again.

Cena requested Daniel Bryan come out, and after a short exchange about being near Bryan's hometown called for a Daniel-roonie.  Booker T came out, and as he was walking to the ring the Wyatt family got out from where they were hiding under the ring and sprinted up the ramp to the back, getting a long laugh from the crowd.  Cena claimed he was seeing things and blamed it on our coffee.  Once Booker was in the ring, Bryan and Cena each did weak versions of the Spinaroonie, playing to the crowd.  Booker called out John Laurinaitis, Titus Young, Stephanie McMahon (!), and finally CM Punk in turn and each also did a Spinaroonie.  Punk came out barefoot in a hoodie and briefs, not even his ring trunks.  After Punk's spin, he went and hugged Steph.  Booker thanked the crowd for our attendance and the show ended at about 8:45pm local.

Pops:
1) Daniel Bryan, every time he appeared
2) CM Punk pinning Ambrose
3) Bret Hart
4) Rey Mysterio
5) Natalya (no, really) when she hugged Bret on stage

Whoops:

1) Sin Cara's top rope finisher didn't even touch Del Rio
2) Primetime Players had to run to the podium to present their Slammy
3) Goldust no-sells a vicious kick from Cesaro
4) Dean Ambrose left the US title by the ringpost when the Shield exited
5) Tons of Funk videos on two of the three screens when Miz came out to present a Slammy

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