The WWE Raw results for the Oct. 7, 2013 episode of the weekly pro wrestling show brought several big surprises to the WWE Universe. Early in the show, a rematch between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan for the vacated WWE Championship was announced. However, a special stipulation was also noted, namely the fact that the fans would be able to vote for their choice for special guest referee.
According to Wrestling Inc, Bryan and Orton will go at it again at the upcoming WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. The two will fight inside the steel structure to finally try to decide who is the WWE champ. They'll also have a special referee on hand to officiate, and the fans got to vote between three hall of famers: Booker T, Bob Backlund, and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels. It's no surprise that HBK got the popular vote, and will now make sure he officiates the match so there will be a champion that is best for the fans, rather than "best for business."
Another big announcement came with regards to Alberto Del Rio and the World Heavyweight Championship. Vickie Guerrero introduced his opponent for the night, former ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, before letting Del Rio know of his opponent for Hell in a Cell. It will be none other than John Cena, who was last seen losing the WWE Championship at SummerSlam to Daniel Bryan. Cena promptly left the WWE for some much-needed time off to get surgery and rehab for his elbow. By the way, Ricardo won the match due to Del Rio being so shocked at the news of his next challenger. However, Del Rio took out his frustrations on Rodriguez post-match, leaving him badly injured.
In other Raw results, Stephanie McMahon brought Big Show out to the ring to publicly humiliate him before eventually firing him. Show had it coming after last night's interference in the Battleground PPV's main event, and then with insults towards Triple H in the ring in front of Stephanie tonight. The angry giant roared before leaving the ring, and it's likely he'll be back in some capacity again. After all, the Rhodes brothers are back with WWE after being "let go" several weeks ago.
Match winners on the night included Fandango over Zack Ryder by pinfall, Los Matadores over Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal, and Dolph Ziggler with a repeat victory over Damien Sandow by pinfall. Three of the "Total Divas" members (Natalya, Jo Jo and Eva Marie) also defeated Aksana, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes, with Nat getting the win via Sharpshooter. Also during Raw, Randy Orton defeated Kofi Kingston in a bout which saw Daniel Bryan rush to the ring to attack Orton post-match.
Bryan teamed up with Cody Rhodes and Goldust against all three members of The Shield for the main event tag match. The close saw Triple H restart the match as a no disqualification match, allowing The Shield to win when Randy Orton rushed in to RKO Daniel Bryan. Big Show came down to get involved, with Triple H trying to hide behind Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose. However, Show fought them off, before connecting on a KO punch to leave Triple H down for the count with Daniel Bryan celebrating as Raw went off the air.
WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on the USA channel via Cox Cable and DISH Network in Roanoke.