Title This: WWE Raw Reaction September 2, 2013

Josh Isenberg

Randy OrtonThe Storylines

Randy Orton defeated Cody Rhodes. This was a fantastic match between two of the better competitors in the WWE. Thankfully, we have not seen this match time and time again in the past so it was somewhat fresh. Cody had the upper hand heading into the latter parts of the match. When he went for a disaster kick, Orton ducked and reversed it. Rhodes finally connected with it and got a two count. After a reversal of an RKO, Rhodes hit his finisher. As the crowd erupted, Orton kicked out at the very last second. Rhodes went for another big move but his knee buckled. Orton was able to hit an RKO and pick up the win.

Before the match, Triple H said Rhodes needed to win or he basically would be fired. Rhodes ended up being fired by Triple H. This tells me that Rhodes will be back and get a HUGE push as a face. I have been waiting for his opportunity and I feel like WWE has seen such drastic improvement in his overall game the past few months to add him into this storyline. I loved the match, think the direction with Rhodes is heading the right way and he will be able to get an even bigger reaction upon his return.

Grade: A-

CM Punk cuts a great promo hyping his match with Paul Heyman. There is not much more you can do to add to this feud. He talks about guarantees and he guarantees to get his hands on Paul Heyman. He says he broke Heyman's heart, but he will break Heyman's face. This is exactly what it needed to be. Let Punk come out and tell the story through his voice. With his match against Axel previously, there does not need to be any physical altercation. Keep treading the path and they only have one week to fill. I can easily see Punk getting beaten up again next week and give all of the fans that much needed doubt.

Grade: B

Total Divas cast gets some exposure as we try and find out who will face AJ Lee at Night of Champions. Natalya, Brie Bella, and Naomi competed for that chance until AJ Lee came into the ring and tried to fight them all. They all ganged up on her and left, so we get a Fatal Four Way. I hate the fact that the only reason they are giving us this match is because of Total Divas. That is the only reason. Is it "good for business?" Yes, but being a fan of previous Divas Championships feuds make me long for that day again where it is about actual wrestling and not a fake reality show. AJ lee is so much better than all of these Divas and continues to prove it. It is hard to book her a heel because the crowd knows her passion for the wrestling world.

Grade: C

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