WWE Monday Night Raw Results From February 10, 2014

RAW_1081_Photo_019WWE RAW
February 10, 2014
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California

First In Ring Segment: RAW starts off with Betty White and Big Show coming out to a big pop. Betty White says she can’t express how excited she is to be a guest star on Monday Night RAW. Big Show ask her what is going to happen tonight and she said she is going to kick some ass. The Authority come out and interrupt Betty White and The Big Show.

Triple H says he would like to clarify a few things that happen on Raw last week. Triple H says that they would have to reconsider if Daniel Bryan, Christian, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro or even John Cena will be the face of the WWE.Randy Orton comes to out interrupt the Authority. Stephanie McMahon says Randy Orton should go back and prepare for his main event match tonight on Raw. Randy Orton says he needs to bring back The Viper for the remainder of his title regin. Stephanie McMahon ask Randy if the Authority can trust him anymore? A massive Daniel Bryan and CM Punk chant starts from the Los Angeles crowd.

Randy Orton says he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Daniel Bryan comes out to interrupt Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan ask Orton if he is the heart and soul of the WWE. Stephanie McMahon says she doesn’t appreciate Orton or Bryan coming out and interrupting her and HHH especially on live TV. Stephanie says for the ongoing future all superstars will have to make an appointment with the Director of Operations. Daniel Bryan says thats the reason why he is out there and he wants to fight Kane tonight on Raw. Daniel Bryan says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the combination of ignorance and stupidity. Randy Orton tells Bryan to give them respect that they deserved. Orton ask permission to punt Bryan all the way to Seattle.

Triple H says that tonight Daniel Bryan will get a well deserved night off. Daniel Bryan says no to the Authority. Triple H says it doesn’t matter what the fans want.

It was shown that Mark Henry will return tonight. Coming up next The Rhodes Brothers and Rey Mysterio will take on The Wyatt Family.

1.) Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family

Erick Rowan and Cody Rhodes will start this match. Rowan starts clubbing Rhodes. Rhodes dragged Rowan to the corner and tag in his brother Goldust. Erick Rowan starts throwing Goldust around the ring and tags in Luke Harper. Harper starts charging towards Goldust, but Goldust ducks out of the way and tags in Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes hits a missle drop kick to Luke Harper. Cody sends Harper to the floor. Cody sends Rey flying out onto Harper. The Wyatt Family gets frustrated and we go to commercial break.

Back from commercial break Erick Rowan apply a chinlock on Goldust. Rowan continues to club Goldust and tags in Harper. Harper and Rowan double team Goldust. Luke Harper tags in Bray Wyatt he slaps Goldust and starts taunting him. Bray Wyatt and Goldust start exchanging blows and Wyatt tags in Erick Rowan who throws Goldust to the turnbuckle and falls down. Rowan steps on Goldust face and then gives him a headbutt. Goldust tries to make some seperation from Rowan he runs towards Cody and Rowan catches Goldust. Rowan starts charging to Goldust, but Goldust pulls down the rope and Rowan falls down. Rowan tags in Harper and Goldust make the sepeartion and tags in Rey Mysterio.

Rey Mysterio comes off the hot tag and puts Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in position for the 619. Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on Harper, but Bray knocks down Mysterio. Cody Rhodes comes in and hits a suicide dive on Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt gets back up and tags into the match himself as Rey Mysterio was attempting the 619 he catches him and hits the Sister Abigail on Mysterio to pick up the victory for The Wyatt Family.

After the match Bray Wyatt says that The Shield are like little toy solidiers fighing in the war they want no part in. Wyatt says that the Shield will fall and then concludes by saying “Follow the Buzzards.”

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Back from commercial break Michael Cole shows us a highlight package of Roman Regins record breaking performance from this years Royal Rumble Match where he eliminated 12 men from the match a new Royal Rumble Match record.

Renee Young is backstage with The Shield and ask them if The Wyatt Family words are getting in the head of The Shield. The Shield says action speaks louder than words. Renee mentions that its been awhile since Dean Ambrose has defended his United States Championship and ask if he had any thoughts about that. Dean says he will put out a open challenge to anybody in the locker room that will step up and face him for the United States Championship.

Betty White is shown backstage with the stars of “Total Divas”, Vickie Guerrero tells Betty White from one cougar to another she welcomes her to Monday Night RAW. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws interrupted the girls and tells Betty White they will like to have a cup of tea with her.

2.) Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae

Santino and Fandango lock up and go at it. Fandango drops Santino from behind and goes to work on him. Fandango ends up going to the top but Santino climbs up. Fandango knocks him to the mat and nails the big leg drop for the easy win.

Winner: Fandango

Sheamus was shown backstage being interview by Byron Saxton. Sheamus says he doesn’t care who gets in his way, he will Brouge kick them and go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

3.) Christian and Sheamus vs. The Real Amercians

Zeb cuts a promo on Sheamus, Christian and the fans. Cesaro speaks and says he will be the first Real American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Christian and Antonio Cesaro start off the match.Cesaro takes control of Christian. Swagger tags in. Christian blocks a double team and rolls Swagger up for 2. Christian nails a big missile dropkick for another 2 count. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Swagger. Sheamus with a nice suplex for a 2 count. Swagger turns it around with a big knee to the gut and tags in Cesaro. Sheamus counters a move from Cesaro and nails a big clothesline for 2.

Cesaro comes back and unloads on Sheamus with several uppercuts. Sheamus fights back with right hands. Sheamus ends up going to the top for a big battering ram and a 2 count. Swagger grabs Sheamus, allowing Cesaro to hit a big boot to the face that sends Sheamus off the apron. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re going at it. Christian with the back elbow on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks Killswitch but Christian blocks that. Cesaro with a huge uppercut for a close 2 count. Cesaro with another pin attempt. Swagger tags in and stomps away on Christian. Swagger works him over and goes for another pin attempt. More back and forth. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another 2 count on Christian. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on Christian.Christian comes back in but Cesaro covers for 2. Swagger comes back in for another nice double team move and pin attempt. Cesaro comes in and misses a double team move.

Swagger gets sent to the floor. Sheamus and Swagger tag in. Sheamus unloads and hits a high knee. Sheamus with a close 2 count. Sheamus with the forearm shots to the chest on the apron. Sheamus with a running powerslam on Swagger. Sheamus readies for the Brogue but Cesaro decks him. Cesaro takes forearm shots now until Swagger makes the save. Swagger with the Patriot Lock on Sheamus. Christian leaps off the top with a crossbody. Christian drops Cesaro on the floor now. Sheamus nails a Brogue on Swagger for the win.

Winner: Sheamus & Christian

Renee Young interviews John Cena. John Cena says change is coming soon with the WWE Network launching in two weeks. Also tonight he will close his rivalry with Randy Orton tonight.

4.) Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio kicks the leg of Dolph Ziggler and throws a couple punches to Ziggler face. Dolph Ziggler gains momentum of the match. He lands 10 elbows to the chest of Alberto Del Rio. Dolph Ziggler attempts to hit the Zig Zag, but Del Rio counters. Alberto Del Rio lands a vicious kick to the head of Dolph Ziggler to pick up the victory. After the match Del Rio goes back in the ring and puts Ziggler in the cross arm breaker.

Batista comes out and starts brawling with Alberto Del Rio. Batista throws Del Rio to the barricade. Batista gives Del Rio the Batista Bomb through the announce table.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

The Bella Twins show us how to use the WWE Network. Announcement for the third member joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts in this year WWE Hall of Fame will come next.

Back from commercial break it was announced that Lita will be inducted in this year WWE Hall of Fame.

Betty White is having tea with The Outlaws. She seems suspicious of them. Road Dogg has his own recipe of tea. Betty admires the tag titles. The Outlaws go to get some lemons and she switches their tea. They come back and everyone drinks up.

5.) Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Usos

Jey Uso and Curtis Axel lock up to start the match. Jey Uso throws a couple blows to Axel. The Usos double teams Axel. Curtis Axel regains momentum and tags in Ryback. Ryback sends Jey Uso to the corner and tags in Curtis Axel. Curtis Axel starts grounding Jey Uso and tags in Ryback.

Axel comes back in and nails a big running knee to the head. Axel with a knee drop and tag to Ryback. Fans chant “Goldberg” as Ryback takes control. Ryback takes Uso to the top and climbs up. Uso fights him off and sends Ryback to the mat. Uso with a big corkscrew move. Jey Uso tags in and unloads on Axel. Uso with a big clothesline and a Samoan Drop for a 2 count as Ryback breaks it up. He sends Ryback into the ring post and they double team Axel. Jey tags in Jimmy and dives out onto Ryback. Jimmy nails a Superfly Splash for the win.

Winner: The Usos

6.) WWE United States Championship Match

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Mark Henry

Mark Henry starts throwing Ambrose around the ring to start the match. Dean Ambrose gets back in the ring and charges toward Mark Henry, but he countered and give him the big boot. Mark Henry throws Dean Ambrose arm first to the ring post. Dean Ambrose tries to attack the injured arm of Mark Henry. Mark Henry launches Dean Ambrose outside of the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back from break Ambrose continue to work on Henry injured arm. Mark Henry makes a comeback and catches Dean Ambrose and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry goes for the pin but Seth Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose would be disqualified, but still retains his championship. After the match there was a staredown with The Shield and The Wyatts.

Winner: Mark Henry

7.) 6 Diva Tag Team Match

The Bella Twins and Cameron w/Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Aksana, and Alicia Fox

Typical Divas match a bunch of quick tags with both teams. Cameron came in off the hot tag and hit the girl bye DDT on Aksana to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Bella Twins and Cameron

In Ring Segment: Kane comes out and says he fully accepts the punishment The Authority gave to him. Kane says it was ill advised when he came out during Bryan’s match last week. Bryan comes out and starts brawling with Kane. Bryan hits the suicide dive on Kane and sends him over the barricade. Kane starts running away and Daniel Bryan leads the Los Angeles crowd in a YES! Chant.

It was announced on SmackDown there will be a big eight man tag team match pinning Rybaxel vs. The Usos vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws. WWE World Heavyweight Champion will take on Antonio Cesaro.

8.) Randy Orton vs. John Cena

Orton starts off with a headlock. They run the ropes and Cena hits a hip toss for a 2 count. Orton goes to the floor for a breather. Cena with a headlock now. They trade holds and Orton goes back to the floor. Orton walks half-way up the ramp before heading back to the ring. Orton comes back in and beats Cena down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog for a 2 count. Cena runs the ropes but Orton drops him with an elbow. Orton shows off.

Orton stomps on Cena. Cena with a suplex. Cena charges in the corner but Orton moves and Cena goes down. A CM Punk chant starts up but doesn’t get far. Orton beats Cena to the floor and slams his face into the announcers table, which they finally got fixed. Orton backdrops Cena onto the barrier. Orton brings Cena back in for a 2 count. Orton with right hands and a knee drop. Orton poses again as we go back to commercial.

Back from commercial break, Cena gives Randy Orton a body slam. Orton and Cena exchange blows. Orton puts Cena on the apron and gives him a suplex. Orton gives Cena the chin lock. Orton plants a vicious DDT on Cena. Orton gives the stomps to Cena. Cena comes from behind and school boy him for a 2 count. Cena goes for the 5 moves of doom and lands the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters. Cena launches Orton over the top rope.

Cena powers Orton for the Attitude Adjustment and once again Orton countered it. Orton puts Cena on the top rope and attempt the top rope suplex, Cena knocks Orton then Orton knocks Cena down and gives the vicious DDT from the top turnbuckle. Orton sets up the RKO and Cena counters and puts Orton in the STF and Orton gets back to the ropes to break up the submission. Orton gets back up and sets up the punt and Cena countered and try to give Orton the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered and gives Cena the RKO and Cena kicks out at 2.

Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton, but Orton kicks out at 2. Cena puts Orton on the top rope and attempts a top rope Attitude Adjustment. Cena hits a top rope leg drop and hits the Attitude Adjustment on Orton to pickup the victory.

Winner: John Cena

JPOV: A very good edition of Monday Night RAW. Alot of progression in storylines heading into the Elimination Chamber PPV. I enjoyed the six man tag team match with The Wyatt Family taking on Rey Mysterio and The Rhodes Brothers. Two other great tag team matches tonight with Sheamus and Christian beating Real Americans and The Usos beating Rybaxel.

Betty White as a guest star was really funny tonight one of the better celebrities that’s been on RAW in the last couple of years. Good to see Daniel Bryan getting more promo time tonight with The Authority. I’m excited to see the Daniel Bryan and Kane match. Good outing for Batista who shine tonight with his attack on Alberto Del Rio. Like seeing Batista being the big destructive monster instead the casual jacked up guy thats talk each time he comes out.

The John Cena and Randy Orton match wasn’t that bad either even though the fans in Los Angeles were trying to get their selves over. Overall a fun night on RAW which was needed on this road to the Elimination Chamber. Also congratulations to Lita who will be in the WWE Hall of Fame this year joining the Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Josh’s Grade for RAW: 9/10

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Des Moines, Iowa. Here is what took place at the tapings.

-CM Punk’s merchandise is still being sold and security was checking signs at the door.

-Tom Phillips and Alex Riley are out for commentary.

-The Miz beat Fandango with Summer Rae. Santino Marella and Emma were on commentary.

-Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder with a superkick.

-They air another Triple H and Michael Cole interview.

-Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel. Langston was sporting a Hawkeyes colored singlet and got a “let’s go Hawks” chant going.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Spoilers For Monday December 23, 2013

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The WWE held the Monday Night Raw tapings in Austin, Texas. The show will air on Monday night on USA starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- JBL and Michael Cole come out for commentary. No Jerry Lawler.
- The Authority kicks off RAW and hands out Santa Claus hats to the crowd. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way out and is given the night off.
- The first match is a 12 Divas Jingle Bells match with Eva Marie, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Cameron and Naomi vs. Aksana, AJ Lee, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka and one other Diva. Natalya gets the win for her team with a Sharpshooter on Aksana.
- Sin Cara defeated Curtis Axel.
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family is up next. Bryan is crazy over tonight. The Wyatts dominated most of the match until Cody got a hot tag. Goldust comes back in and The Wyatts take turn beating him up. Bryan gets a hot tag and clears the ring. “This is awesome” chants start as Bryan kicks Rowan. They go on and all hell breaks loose. Bray hit Sister Abigail on Cody for the win. After the match, The Wyatts beat up Bryan some more and the lights go out.
- Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are out with no Heath Slater. Santino Marella and The Great Khali are out next followed by Xavier Woods and R-Truth. Renee Young is in the ring to host a Christmas Carol contest. Cameron and Naomi are with Truth and Woods. This segment was described as crap. Crowd noise picks the winners. Khali and Santino get the win.
- Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next in a “Present on a Pole” match. The winner will get an Intercontinental Title shot on the New Year’s Eve RAW. Fandango gets the win and is the new #1 contender.
- Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. The Usos is up next. Darren Young botched his pre-match promo and said we were in Houston. Fans ate him up. A “this is Austin” and “Houston sucks” chant starts up. The Usos end up getting the win.
- “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow vs. “Good Santa” Mark Henry in a Battle for Christmas is up next. Christmas trees and presents are put around the ring before the match. Sandow comes out with some Sinister Santa music. They actually wrestle as Santa. They open a present in the ring and it’s a toilet, before fighting up the ramp. Sandow tears up some of the set and takes out a Christmas tree. Henry gets the win and saves Christmas.
- Los Matadores defeat Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
- Ryback beat Kofi Kingston.
- Backstage segment with CM Punk and Big E Langston.
- Bad News Barrett comes to ringside for a promo.
- The Shield vs. CM Punk, Big E Langston and John Cena is next. Into the match, Big E gets a hot tag from Punk and destroys The Shield. Langston hits the Big Ending on Dean Ambrose but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns break the pin up. The referee calls for the bell. The babyfaces clean house and celebrate to end RAW.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- The Big E. Langston – Curtis Axel match that was announced for WWE Main Event never took place.

- The Usos defeated Camacho and Hunico.

- Nikki Bella defeated Alicia Fox.

- The Wyatt’s defeated The Prime Time Players.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.

- Triple H Interview
- The Usos vs Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
- AJ Lee vs Nikki Bella
- Los Matadores vs Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre
- Ryback and Paul Heyman vs CM Skunk
- Alberto Del Rio Interview
- The Great Khali vs Fandango
- Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Randy Orton and The Shield

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday October 25, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Birmingham, Alabama. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at last night’s tapings.

- The show opened with Michael Cole interviewing Triple H in the ring. They were seated in chairs for the sit-down interview. Triple H said six people were fired for setting up the production for Big Show. He noted that Show filed a lawsuit. He said Show is irrelevant and he remains fired and he can’t comment further.

- They spoke briefly of the Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena match and moved onto Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels. Hunter said Michaels will do the right thing. Daniel Bryan’s music hit. Hunter stayed in his seat. Bryan cut a promo saying he will prove Hunter wrong at Hell in a Cell. Bryan had a staredown and Triple H left to yes chants

- The Uso Brothers defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt). Miz was at ringside and kicked Wyatt. Rowan chased Miz, and the Uso’s double teamed Harper and got the three count.

- A.J. Lee (w/Tamina Snuka) beat Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella). A.J. picked up the win with the Black Widow in three minutes.

- Los Matadores defeated Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. Zeb Colter and The Real Americans watched the match from the stage. A quick win for Los Matadores. They are kinda over with the crowd. Zeb cut promo saying the Americans will prevail at Hell in a Cell.

- Backstage, The Wyatt Family had Miz chained up in a dark cage with “liar” painted on his stomach.

- Ryback and Paul Heyman defeated C.M. Skunk in a No DQ handicap match. Yeah, that’s right C.M. Skunk, a local jobber with skunk hair. The crowd really popped when Punk’s music hit, but it was merely a squash match for Heyman and Ryback. Afterward, Heyman cut promo on Punk, saying he is Best in the World. He absolutely had the most heat of the night thus far.

- Big E Langston told Vickie Guerrero that he wants in the main event match now that Miz is out. She agreed after he told her that she is nothing like Brad Maddox.

- Alberto Del Rio delivered a promo on the stage. Pretty standard mic work from Del Rio.

- The Great Khali (w/Natalya) fought Fandango (w/Summer Rae) to an apparent no-contest. Summer Rae slapped Natalya and they fought inside the ring, which led to the apparent no-contest. Khali chopped Fandango to end the segment.

- Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust defeated Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose in an eight-man tag. Bryan pinned Orton to win the match. A standard eight-man tag with near falls. Overall, a good match live.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday October 9, 2013

Before the Smackdown tapings take, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- 3MB defeated Tensai and Brodus Clay in a handicap match

- Tamina Snuka defeated Aksana

- Big E Langston defeated Zack Ryder

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Wednesday September 11, 2013

The WWE taped Main Event last night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada prior to the Smackdown tapings. The show will air tonight on ION Television starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the results from last night’s tapings of the show.

Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro is up first. Cesaro did a 36 second giant swing. Kofi wins with the SOS.

Darren Young and Titus O’Neil defeated Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal when Titus pinned Jinder. The crowd was really into the Prime Time Players. Tensai and Brodus Clay were out on commentary.

Big E Langston defeated R-Truth with the Big Ending.

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Between The Ropes | Dolph Ziggler – August 9, 2013

WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler talks about SummerSlam taking place August 18 on pay-per-view, how big the moment was for him cashing in the Money in the Bank suitcase the day after WrestleMania 29 and winning the World Heavyweight Champion, suffering a concussion and how big of a setback it was for him, the fan going after Randy Orton during the recent tour in South Africa, splitting up with Big E Langston and AJ Lee so quickly and more.

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Fan Attacks Randy Orton In Ring in South Africa

Randy Orton was attacked in the ring during a show in Cape Town, South Africa.

After winning his match against Big E. Langston, Orton was posing on the turnbuckles when a fan snuck into the ring and gave him a low blow.

Orton fell off the turnbuckle but quickly got up as security jumped into the ring to grab the fan.  Luckily, it looks like Orton was not seriously injured and it could have been much worse.

WWE.com posted the following on their website regarding the incident:

WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton was violently attacked by an audience member during a SmackDown World Tour Live Event in Cape Town, South Africa, this evening. Footage of the attack was captured by a WWE fan and posted to YouTube, and shows the perpetrator striking Orton from behind. The matter is currently under investigation by the local authorities, and the South African fan is being held in jail pending criminal charges. The extent of Orton’s injuries are unknown at this time.

A WWE representative gave this statement to TMZ.com: “Randy was violently attacked from behind” by the fan — who was not part of the show … and is now in police custody.”

Big E. Langston shared his thoughts on his Twitter account:

WWE Smackdown Rundown – July 5th, 2013

smackdown outlineA lot of stuff happened last night on Smackdown.  That’s not to say a lot of important stuff happened – outside of a great Randy Orton v Christian match, and an interesting main event angle, most of the stuff was pretty standard fare. Still, it wasn’t a bad way to spend two hours. Let’s take a look:

The Good:

Opening w/ CM Punk: “If I was John Cena…” was a great opening line. While I thought his attempt at relating Independence Day to his own individual independence was a bit out-of-character, his focus on winning Money in the Bank was strong. Alberto Del Rio interrupted him about halfway through, looking slick in an all-black suit. He claimed that it was “his show,” and proceeded to insulted America, Independence Day, and Dolph Ziggler. This gave CM Punk the chance to look intelligent here, by calling Del Rio out for his phony patriotism earlier in 2013.

It was an obvious a way to set up CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio for the main event, but it worked. Both guys looked game, and it allowed Smackdown to capitalize on the (rare) advertised apperance of CM Punk. By the numbers, but effective.

Punk – Heyman Backstage Segment: Heyman argued that Punk had nothing to gain from this match, being only 9 days from MITB. Punk ended up telling Heyman to just stay out of it. This segment served its purpose of furthering the divide between the two men.

The Usos def. Team Rhodes Scholars: Damien Sandow put over MITB before the match, and argued that Rhodes Scholars is not falling apart, contrary to what some people think. The Usos showed a lot of unity throughout the 25 second match. They hit a double-splash from opposite corners to finally put Damien Sandow away.

The Shield cut a solid promo after the match, putting over their unity, and planting the idea of Dean Ambrose “lurking” around with the Money in the Bank contract.

AJ Lee/Big E Langston Backstage Segment: After running away from Kaitlyn, AJ told Big E to get the car ready. He asked about Dolph Ziggler, to which AJ said she’d text him from the car. The beginning of the end for this power couple? Intriguing.

Randy Orton def. Christian: I really liked the backstage interview beforehand with both men, as it put this match in perspective (from their rivalry back in 2011), while also giving Orton and Christian the chance to state their case for Money in the Bank.

In-ring, these two got off to a slow start. After the commercial break, they amped things up quite a bit. A lot of great reversals by both men, and a good way to play off the fact that they’ve fought each other a number of times. Christian hit a sphere late in the match, and Randy Orton sold it like a champ.”Vintage” Orton psyched up the crowd, and after one reversed RKO, he finally nailed the second one.

If you missed Smackdown, this is THE match to check out. Orton and Christian have incredible in-ring chemistry, and while this didn’t live up to the hype of their great 2011 summer feud, it was the most entertaining match of the evening.

Dolph Ziggler def. Drew McIntyre: Ziggler cut an excellent promo before the match, commenting on how winning the World Heavyweight Championship was the biggest night of his career, and mocking Del Rio for his phony patriotism. Once the match started, McIntyre got a surprising amount of offense. He missed a running knee into the ring pole, which gave Dolph a chance to fight back into the match. Dolph hit the Zig-Zag and scored the win. Match was nothing special, but the overall segment clicked.

CM Punk vs. Alberto Del RIo (with Paul Heyman on commentary) ends in a no-contest:
Heyman, who had been ordered earlier in the night by Teddy Long to provide commentary during the match, added a lot to this segment. Both Punk and Del Rio matched up well inside the ring, and I appreciated all the subtle things both of these veterans added (like Del Rio’s focus on Punks arm, and the way Punk sold the injury).

After things sprawled outside the ring, Heyman getting involved was obvious. However, I did not expect Del Rio to punch Heyman, or Punk to look so incensed. I liked the ending here – Punk helping Heyman makes sense since they’re still friends, and it sets up a great next chapter between the two men. And while Del Rio ended up getting the short end of the stick, I don’t think he loses much for it. Entertaining segment.

The Bad:

Kaitlyn vs Alicia Fox: Solid in-ring work by both of these ladies. Alicia Fox showed a few good holds, and Kaitlyn stepped up the intensity. AJ Interrupted and distracted Kaitlyn, giving Alicia Fox the chance to steal a pin. I guess it works to further the feud, but the segment just felt missable by all accounts. If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a dozen times.

Fandango def. Justin Gabriel: Gabriel was just getting started before Fandango caught him with a kick and scored his patented leg drop from the top rope. It was good to see Fandango in action again, but this match did very little to convince me that Fandango is going to win Money in the Bank. These two could put together an interesting match. As it was, this segment was a complete throwaway.

Zeb Coulter/Jack Swagger/ Antonio Cesaro Video: Another one of the “We The People” videos, with the added bonus of Cesaro in a KGB hat. Coulter said a lot of hogwash about Americans not taking July 4th seriously, blah blah blah. Next, please.

The Ugly:

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