[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 11/19/2012 (‘Survivor Series 2012’ Fallout)

Raw 11/19 Preview:

  • With his (somewhat tainted) victory last night at Survivor Series, CM Punk will officially celebrate his 365th consecutive day as WWE Champion. Given the man’s ego and the massive accomplishment, don’t be surprised if he celebrates as obnoxously and heel-ish as one would expect from the “Best in the World”.
  • The other big news item coming out of Survivor Series is the arrival of NXT standouts Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns who threw Ryback through the Spanish announce table, effectively costing him the WWE Championship. The question remains: was this an attack orchestrated by Paul Heyman to protect his client or was this another Brad Maddox-situation where three young guys decided to take matters in their own hands to finally get noticed? Here’s hoping we get some answers, as well as some mic time for Ambrose. And speaking of Ryback, something tells me he won’t take this screwjob lying down…
  • Now that Cena has once again been come up short in the WWE Championship hunt, it is time for him to refocus on the whole AJ Lee/Vickie Guerrero storyline, which now has an added wrinkle in the form of Tamina Snuka who attacked Lee during their segment at Survivor Series. With that and Dolph Ziggler‘s win for his team last night, the bad guy side of this feud seems to have the upper hand. Jury’s out on what the next chapter of this soap opera will be, but I bet people will be bitching about it either way (including this guy).
  • Sheamus may have defeated The Big Show last night but it was by DQ and therefore he is not the World Heavyweight Champion once again. He didn’t take so kindly to this result and proceeded to decimate Show with a series of chairshots followed by a Brogue Kick for good measure. With TLC coming up as their next PPV, it looks like we’re headed down the “C” part of that road. No, not c*nt.

Click “read more” for a full recap of this week’s “Survivor Series fall-out” edition of Raw, complete with my own thoughts/analysis/yadda yadda.

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Tonight on RAW (Newsroom Edition): It’s all about Survivor Series fall-out. Sheamus/The Big Show and the triple threat are both mentioned, plus the ambush of Ryback by Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.

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Ryback makes his way out to open the show. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler are on commentary, talking about the three guys who attacked him last night at Survivor Series. Ryback grabs a mic. He says he was about to feast on the WWE Championship last night but CM Punk hired three men to take food out of a hungry man’s mouth. He says Punk and his three men are now his prey. Ryback says the easy thing to do is for them to come face him right now. Ryback says that if they don’t he’s going to tear this place apart until he finds each and every one of them. He then leads a “Feed Me More” chant because he’s Ryback, bro.

  • Thoughts: Get it? Ryback is a hunter? GET IT?!?

Vickie Guerrero walks out to the main stage. Guerrero says Ryback had two chances to win the WWE Championship and blew it. Guerrero says she enjoys the way Ryback destroys people but if he causes chaos tonight he will be subjected to a fine or a suspension. Guerrero then says once again she enjoys destroying people and says “let’s see how happy your appetite really is”. Out comes Tensai to face “Big Hungry”.

  • Thoughts: Uh-oh. Let’s hope this isn’t a repeat of the last time they wrestled on Raw…

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Match #1: Ryback Vs. Tensai

After a quick back and forth, Tensai manages to get the offensive in the corner with a series of headbutts. His offense doesn’t last long as Ryback connects with a Thesz press. Ryback slams the back of Tensai’s head against the mat repeatedly, then sends him in the corner. Tensai grabs Ryback by the throat and connects with the Baldo Bomb out of nowhere. Tensai then connects with the back splash for the 1…kick out.

Tensai gingerly kicks the seated Ryback and hits the ropes. Ryback responds with a powerslam, and attempts to regain his composure. Tensai fights back with chops, but Ryback blocks the last one and connects with a spinebuster. He revs up the right arm and clotheslines Tensai over the top rope and onto the floor. Ryback follows him out and throws Tensai into the ring barrier. Ryback mumbles about wanting Punk.

Ryback tosses him back in the ring and revs up the right arm once again as the crowd chants “Feed me more!”. Ryback connects with the running lariat and signals for Shell Shock. Here we go. He lifts Tensai up, marches, then connects for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Ryback (3:27)

  • Last time Ryback and Tensai faced off, Ryback couldn’t lift him for Shell Shock. Luckily this wasn’t a repeat and I have to admit, it was pretty impressive. Good on him. This match was a lot more competitive match than I expected, and you know what? That’s a good thing. About time they let people actually get offense in against “Big Hungry”. Yes I’ve come around on that nickname. Sue me. (C)

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-Sheamus is backstage yelling at a referee about last night’s match.

  • Thoughts: He’s coming off like a whiny baby.

RAW Hype: Punk celebrates one year as champion.

Next on RAW: WWE IC Champion Kofi Kingston faces Wade Barrett in a non-title match. If Barrett wins, he gets a proper shot. We see a split-screen of both men walking backstage as we go to commercial.

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WWE IC Champion Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring for the second match of the night. His opponent Wade Barrett makes his way out next. Cole brings up how Barrett was on the winning team on Survivor Series last night and how he was the man who eliminated Kingston from the match. We then see a WWE.com exclusive interview where Barrett gloats about eliminating him and how Kingston being IC Champion is an “embarrassment”.

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Match #2: [WWE IC Champion] Kofi Kingston Vs. Wade Barrett

Kingston gets some early offense, but gets sent down with a shoulder block. Kingston responds with a spinning heel kick and goes for the pin. 2-count. Barrett fights back with a series of right hands and a headbutt. Barrett drives the elbow into Kingston’s neck then puts him in the corner. Barrett strikes Kingston in the mid-section, but Kingston side-steps an attempted splash. Kingston hits a series of corner punches followed by an uppercut and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Kingston whips Barrett into the corner but gets caught with an elbow. Another elbow for Kingston’s neck, followed by a kick to the ribs. The ref forces Barrett to back away, allowing Kingston to regain composure. But he’s no match for Barrett’s right hands. Kingston starts fighting back but gets a knee to the gut. Snapmare from Barrett followed by a pinning attempt. 2-count. Barrett connects with a neckbreaker and goes for another pin. 2-count. Kingston fights back with strikes of his own. He tries to gain momentum via the ropes, but Barrett clotheslines him over the top and onto the floor as we go to commercial.

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Barrett has Kingston in the dreaded rear chinlock as we come back from break. They get to their feet and Kingston elbows his way out. He goes to the ropes but gets caught with a knee to the gut. Barrett seats Kingston on the second rope and buries the knees into his head. The ref pulls him away, then Barrett returns and kicks Kingston in the face, sending him to the floor. Barrett plays to the crowd, and the crowd finally shows some signs of life by booing. Glad they’re awake.

Barrett continues the offense on the outside, sending Kingston head-first into the ring steps. Cole and Lawler are worried about Kingston’s vision. Barrett rolls him back in and kicks him in the ribs once again. Barrett goes for the pin. 2-count. Barrett buries the point of the elbow into Kingston’s injured eye, then kicks Kingston in the ribs once again. Barrett sends Kingston back down with a headbutt and goes for another pin. 2-count. Barrett locks on a modified Camel Clutch to wear Kingston down.

Kingston gets back to his feet and starts fighting back with a series of strikes and kicks. Kingston hits the ropes and reverses a Black Hole Slam into a sunset flip for a 2-count. Kingston connects with a heel kick, and Barrett rolls out of the ring. Barrett rolls back in, and Kingston sweeps the legs. He hits a series of chops, followed by a dropkick and other such things. Kingston connects with the Boom Drop, then plays off his injured eye. Barrett grabs Kingston’s leg but Kingston kicks him away. Barrett catches Kingston mid-run and connects with the Black Hole Slam for the 1…2…KICK OUT.

Kingston kicks Barrett and goes to the top rope. He connects with a flying crossbody for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Kingston follows up with the S.O.S. for another near-fall. Barrett connects with a back kick and rakes Kingston’s injured eye on the top rope. He then connects with the Bull Hammer elbow (Souvenir?) for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Wade Barrett (12:39)

  • Interesting psychology during this match involving Kingston’s “eye injury”. You don’t see that a lot. This was a good match in the end but felt like it went on just a little bit too long. Sucks Barrett will probably lose the actual title match at TLC next month, assuming that’s when it takes place. (B-)

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Survivor Series Recap: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns put Ryback through a table.

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Video Package (Brad Maddox): Brad Maddox‘s U.K. promo is played back, with added footage of him screwing Ryback at Hell in a Cell. Vince McMahon gives him the match against Ryback for the contract. We then cut to footage of the Ryback/Maddox match, where Ryback just destroyed the former referee for five minutes before finally tossing him in a nearby ambulance.

-Cole and Lawler pimps “The Brad Maddox Experience” YouTube show that Maddox shot the day of that match.

  • Thoughts: I hope this means that Maddox will eventually return to WWE television. I really dig his in-ring work (I used to watch FCW a lot) and he was doing pretty damn well mic-wise before getting eaten alive.

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Paul Heyman is carrying a giant picture of CM Punk holding the WWE Championship and talking about how big of a celebration it’s going to be. He knocks on the door of Punk’s dressing room. Punk pops out with a coffee and shows off his “I’m a Paul Heyman Guy” shirt. Heyman says he’s going to throw Punk a celebration for the ages. They are interrupted by Matt Striker, who asks them about Ambrose/Reigns/Rollins and Ryback. Punk reacts poorly as you would expect. Heyman says tonight is a celebration and asks Striker where his festive mood is. Heyman says tonight is a celebration and everyone is invited…even Ryback. Punk bristles at that and asks to talk to Heyman privately as we head to commercial.

  • Thoughts: This celebration is going to be awesome. 

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Kaitlyn and Aksana are in the ring for the next match already. Jerry Lawler loses his sh*t because he’s gross. This is a response to the “revelation” that Aksana was the one who attacked Kaitlyn at Night of Champions. Remember that story? You do now.

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Match #3: Kaitlyn Vs. Aksana

Aksana pretends to walk out of the match and clotheslines Kaitlyn when she follows. Aksana rolls her back into the ring and goes for the pin. 2-count. Aksana repeatedly smashes Kaitlyn’s face into the mat. Aksana sends Kaitlyn into the corner and locks on an illegal cross armbreaker over the top rope until the ref forces her off. Aksana wears Kaitlyn down with an overhead hammerlock then clubs Kaitlyn down when she tries a comeback. Aksana sends Kaitlyn into the corner, then suggestively crawls over to her prey. She sucker punches Kaitlyn.

They get to their feet and Kaitlyn starts fighting back. She tosses Aksana hair-first around the ring, then connects with a shoulder block. Kaitlyn drops Aksana face-first onto the mat then picks her up and connects with a GTS, except dropping the knee into Aksana’s gut, for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Kaitlyn (3:02)

  • So I guess that’s the end of this storyline? Or just another added wrinkle? Whatever, I’m already checked out on this. As for the match itself…it wasn’t all that great. Aksana doesn’t have much in the way of a moveset outside of the seductive crawl (which is sexy and a good heel tactic) and Kaitlyn isn’t experienced enough to carry anyone. It was what it was, and in the end it did make Kaitlyn look strong after taking a loss last night so…there’s that. (C)

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RAW Hype: Randy Orton faces Alberto Del Rio in a 2 out of 3 Falls match tonight.

  • Thoughts: There might be a big chunk of the show missing in this recap. I’m just warning you ahead of time.

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-Commercial Break-

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R-Truth has joined Cole and Lawler at ringside for commentary. Little Jimmy is not with him because Truth is out here to scout. Brodus Clay does a condensed version of his entrance as Lawler briefly drools over the Funkadactyls. Truth says they’re “funky”. His opponent tonight is U.S. Champ Antonio Cesaro, who makes his way out to the ring as Cole/Truth talk about Truth’s loss against him last night. Truth says he’s on the hunt.

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Match #4: Brodus Clay Vs. [WWE U.S. Champion] Antonio Cesaro

Cesaro runs his mouth off at Truth before the bell rings. Once the match starts Clay immediately backs him in the corner. Cesaro tries for a cheap shot but Clay blocks it and strikes him repeatedly. Clay chops him and sends him into the opposite corner. Cesaro sidesteps a splash and hits a series of strikes of his own. Cesaro kicks Clay to his knees, and follows it up with a running clothesline. Cesaro follows up with a double stomp. Cesaro locks Clay in a cravace.

Clay gets to his feet and fights out. Cesaro ducks a clothesline but runs into a headbutt to the mid-section. Clay follows up with a running splash in the corner. He steps on Cesaro then goes to the second rope. Cesaro moves out of the way of a Vader bomb splash. Cesaro goes to the second rope and hits a flying European uppercut. Cesaro then connects with the Neutralizer for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Antonio Cesaro (2:33)

  • Not as impressive as the previous Cesaro/Clay match but still a strong outing for the U.S. Champ. The second rope uppercut is a beautiful thing to watch. Unfortunately Truth’s terrible commentary (and Cole/Lawler’s bad jokes) distracted from the match. I could have done without all of that. (C)

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Video Package (Make a Wish): John Cena accepts an award from the Make-a-Wish Foundation for making 300 wishes come true.

  • Thoughts: Congrats to Cena for being an awesome person. No cynicism here; he gives a lot to people and deserves an infinite amount of respect for it.

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Backstage Vickie Guerrero is with a man and a woman. Apparently she’s presenting even more John Cena/AJ Lee affair evidence right after this commercial break. Not a great way to follow up the Make-a-Wish stuff.

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Survivor Series Recap: AJ Lee shows Vickie Guerrero a bunch of photoshopped pictures and makes fun of her for being fat (which she’s not). Tamina Snuka attacks Lee from behind and connects with a Superfly Splash.

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Vickie Guerrero Continues Her John Cena/AJ Lee Crusade

Vickie Guerrero comes out with a man and a woman. As soon as she talks, the boos get ridiculously loud. Guerrero chides Cena and Lee for having the audacity of accusing her of making up evidence of their affair. Guerrero says all the doubts will be laid to rest. She introduces her first witness, Whitney Smith. Smith was a waitress at the place Cena/Lee had their “business dinner”. Smith says they requested a private table in the back and it seemed they were about more than business. Mr. Brady is up next. He’s a parking attendant. Mr. Brady says Cena and Lee were in a car for over an hour and he only came over to see what’s up because the father of a family of four asked him too because they were doing gross things. Or something.

AJ Lee immediately runs out to interrupt. Lee says if Guerrero wants to fire her so bad, then fire her. But if Guerrero doesn’t want to fire her, shut the hell up (that gets a loud crowd pop). Guerrero says Lee can’t tell lies from truth because she lies every week. Guerrero says while Lee was busy liplocking Cena in the car, Mr. Brady was taking cell phone pics of the action. Guerrero warns of potential nudity.

Instead of some sexy pics we get “My Time is Now” and out comes John Cena. The two “witnesses” immediately bail. Cena calls all of this garbage and a load of crap. Cena says Guerrero is doing this by giving people something to talk about. Cena says he’ll show Guerrero how to give people something to talk about. Cena says he hopes Lee doesn’t mind, then kisses her. Cena goes to tell Guerrero something, but Lee grabs him and jumps back into the kiss. They continue making out (PG-style) until Dolph Ziggler comes out and attacks him from behind. He goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler slips out and bails to the back. Cena gives chase, leaving Lee to stand around the ringside area shocked at her actions.

  • Thoughts: I want to preface this right away: Cena/Lee hooking up for real after being accused of it makes perfect sense from a logical standpoint. In times of stress, it’s not surprising for two people to shack up. However that doesn’t mean I have to like it. And I don’t. This is stupid. Those two “witnesses” were especially terrible but that was probably the point to put over how fake the accusations are. Still…sigh. This is happening. Also didn’t Cena lose last night? Shouldn’t he be mad? No? Okay.

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RAW Hype: Sheamus takes on Damien Sandow later tonight!

Randy Orton is stalking around backstage. I guess his match is next? I wasn’t paying attention. His face bores me.

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Ricardo Rodriguez is mid-introduction for Alberto Del Rio as we come back from break. Cole lists the type of car he’s driving, Mercedes yadda yadda, and Cole also mentions Del Rio’s new Twitter. The music of Randy Orton hits and out comes “The Apex Predator” to the delight of the female fans. Lots of shrieking. Chicks dig cold unfeeling dudes apparently.

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Match #5: Randy Orton Vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) in a 2 out of 3 Falls match.

Orton gets an early right hand. Del Rio reverses an Irish whip, but Orton responds with a clothesline and a near-fall. Del Rio backs Orton in the corner and repeatedly kicks him. Snapmare by Del Rio followed by a kick to the back. Del Rio goes for the pin. 2-count. Orton hits a dropkick out of nowhere and gets a near-fall. Del Rio blocks Orton and sends him face-first into the turnbuckle. Snap suplex by Del Rio into a pinfall attempt. 2-count.

Orton ducks a clothesline and connects with a suplex of his own. Orton goes for some Garvin Stomp action, but Del Rio kicks him and hits the double knee armbreaker. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker, but Orton pushes him through the ropes and onto the floor. Orton goes to continue the attack but Del Rio gets the advantage. He repeatedly smashes Orton’s left arm into the ring post then continues beating on him until the ref calls for a DQ. Randy Orton wins the first fall by Disqualification. Orton up 1 fall to 0. Orton tries to recover from the arm attacks as we go to commercial.

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Orton is trying to break out of an overhead hammerlock as we come back from break. Orton is successful but Del Rio hits a savate kick into Orton’s guts to drop him. Del Rio goes for the pin. 2-count. Del Rio goes back to the left arm, applying an armbar (ARMBAR!). Orton gets to his feet and after a headbutt breaks out with a back suplex. Orton drops Del Rio with a couple of clotheslines, followed by his usual powerslam. Orton gets the crowd revved up, but Del Rio applies the Cross Armbreaker out of nowhere. Orton taps out quickly. Alberto Del Rio wins the second fall by submission. Match tied 1-1.

Del Rio plays to the crowd as the ref checks on Orton. Del Rio whispers something in Rodriguez’s ear before the third fall officially begins. Orton is fighting with just his right arm. Del Rio traps Orton in the corner until the ref breaks it up. Del Rio sends him into the corner, but Orton slides out of a splash attempt before rolling him up for a 2-count. Del Rio attacks Orton’s bad arm to quickly stop the momentum. Del Rio hits the running kick in the corner on Orton’s left arm then goes for the pin. 2-count.

Orton ducks a clothesline and hits a backbreaker (Zig Zag-style). Orton goes to the ropes, and Rodriguez grabs his foot. The ref catches this and ejects him from ringside. Orton watches him leave, allowing Del Rio to hit a backstabber for the 1…2…kick out. Del Rio can’t believe it. Del Rio does the whole “coiling up” routine Orton does to mock him. Del Rio goes for the RKO but Orton pushes him against the ropes. He connects with the Hanging DDT then coils up himself, although not as well due to his injured arm. Del Rio blocks the RKO and goes for the Cross Armbreaker. Orton grasps his hand to keep the pressure off. Del Rio breaks them and locks on the hold on in full. Orton rolls him up for the 2-count. Del Rio breaks the hold out of necessity, then misses a running kick in the corner. Orton responds with the RKO for the 1…2…3!

Winner [2 Falls to 1]: Randy Orton (13:34)

  • I have seen Orton/Del Rio so much in the past couple of months that I’m all but numb to their matches. That’s not to say they’re bad; they’re just…par for the course. And obviously Orton won since Del Rio is contractually obligated to always coming up short in his feuds. (C+)

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RAW Recap: John Cena and AJ Lee make out in the ring until Dolph Ziggler interrupts. Cena apparently tweaked his left ankle as he chased Ziggler up the ramp.

  • Thoughts: Oof that looked ugly. Hope he’s going to be okay. WWE can’t survive on Ryback alone.

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A trainer is taping up John Cena‘s knee as a concerned AJ Lee looks on.

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The Great Khali is in the ring for the next match, a handicap match against Primo/Epico. They’re interrupted by the music of Hornswoggle who has a bouquet of flowers.

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Match #6: The Great Khali Vs. Epico/Primo (w/ Rosa Mendes)

Primo starts things off against Khali. They lock up and Khali easily sends him to the mat. Hornswoggle waves at Mendes, trying to get her attention. Epico tags in and tries his luck but gets sent right back down to the mat. Khali raises his arms in triumph. Hornswoggle asks for a kiss, then sprays water in Mendes’ face before walking away. Meanwhile back in the ring, Primo eats a Brain Chop and Epico takes a Punjabi Plunge for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: The Great Khali (1:09)

  • …Yeah just f*ck all of this. (F)

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Post-Match: Khali and Hornswoggle dance in celebration of Khali’s victory.

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Paul Heyman is talking with a stage hand about CM Punk‘s celebration. The guy says they don’t have balloons so Heyman yells at him to get some. He repeatedly screams “BALLOONS!” until the stage hand runs off.

  • Thoughts: That was pretty awesome.

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The Miz is walking the halls. He’s in action next.

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David Otunga is making his way to the ring as we come back from break. His opponent, The Miz, makes his way out next. I don’t think the crowd realizes he’s supposed to be cheered yet.

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Match #7: The Miz Vs. David Otunga

Otunga takes Miz down with a couple of forearms to the back, then repeatedly kicks him in the corner. Miz charges out of the corner with a kick. Miz goes for a backdrop but Otunga kicks him and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Otunga follows it up with a Russian legsweep for a near-fall. Otunga connects with a bodyslam then hits an elbow drop. He then connects with a second, then goes for the pin. 2-count. Otunga follows up with the dreaded rear chinlock.

Miz tries to get to his feet, but Otunga steps on his legs then cracks him in the back of his head. Otunga then applies a sort of Camel Clutch but not really before switching to another reverse chinlock. Miz breaks out but gets whipped into the corner. Otunga clotheslines him in the corner, then follows up with a shoulder tackle. Otunga goes for the pin. 2-count. Otunga holds Miz’s arm behind him and clubs him in the chest with a couple of forearms. Otunga takes Miz down with a clothesline and goes for another pin. 2-count.

Otunga makes it a reverse chinlock hat trick. Miz elbows his way out but gets a knee to the gut. Otunga whips him into the ropes, but Miz ducks a clothesline and sort of rolls him up for a 2-count. Otunga responds with a clothesline of his own and goes for the pin. 2-count. And it’s now chinlock #4 for Otunga. After what seems like forever, Miz clubs his way out. Miz goes for a sunset flip and goes for the pin but only gets a 2-count.

Miz sidesteps a splash in the corner and rolls Otunga up for another 2-count. Miz levels Otunga repeatedly with a couple of left hooks. Miz unleashes a flurry of lefts in the corner, then hits his seated corner clothesline. Miz heads to the top turnbuckle and connects with a double axhandle. Miz measures Otunga and connects with an awkward Skull Crushing Finale for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: The Miz (6:09)

  • This feels like a match that lasted longer that it should have. Otunga was looking pretty good…until the chinlocks. The pace was pretty nice…until the chinlocks. It’s the chinlocks, sir. They ruin everything. Good Miz win though and seriously that was a good Otunga showing. Both men did shine…despite the match itself. Does that make sense? I’m losing my mind. (C+)

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Survivor Series Recap: Sheamus beats the hell out of The Big Show with a chair because he’s 5 years old and can’t accept he didn’t win the championship.

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Next on RAW: Sheamus takes on Damien Sandow…after this break!

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RAW Recap: The Ryback segment that opened the show.

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Sheamus comes out first for the next match, chair in hand. Sheamus grabs a mic to cut a pre-match promo. He says that his rivalry with The Big Show started off so well, but he made it personal by attacking William Regal and getting himself DQ’ed last night. Sheamus says that Show has shown what type of person he truly is: a man that runs away. Sheamus says that the night after Hell in a Cell he still had a smile on his face but now…he’s not smiling anymore. He then calls out Show to settle this once and for all…even though he has a match coming up.

Out comes the World Heavyweight Champion to the entrance stage. He’s limping like a motherf*cker, selling the chair shots he took last night. Sheamus holds up his chair and asks Show if he remembers that. Show says he does, but then he says that their business is done. Sheamus tries to interrupt him but Show freaks out and tells him to shut up so he can finish talking. Show says that last night Sheamus beat him within an inch of his life with that chair. Sheamus says each dent represents one of Show’s body parts. Show says that he’s the champion and last night he retained it, and Sheamus doesn’t deserve another shot. Show says Sheamus is as barbaric as his Irish ancestors.

Thankfully Sheamus’ response is interrupted by the music of Damien Sandow. Sandow stops to look at Show awkwardly, then heads to the ring. Sandow tells Sheamus to get rid of the chair or he wasn’t getting in the ring. Sheamus reluctantly obliges, and has an angry look on his face.

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Match #8: Sheamus Vs. Damien Sandow

They lock up and twirl around into the corner. Sheamus goes to punch him, but Sandow drops down and hides between the ropes to get the ref to break it up. Sandow applies a waistlock but gets an elbow to the face. Sandow begs off to the apron for a second. Sandow kicks Sheamus in the gut and applies a headlock. Sheamus sends him into the ropes and Sheamus knocks him down with a shoulder block, sending him to the floor.

Sandow gets back in the ring and tries for a kick but Sheamus catches it and sends him to the mat. Sheamus connects with a side headlock takedown. They get back to their feet and Sandow backs him up into the corner. Sandow gets a cheap shot in and stomps Sheamus down. Sandow chokes him with his boot until the ref breaks it up. Sheamus smiles and gets a whole bunch of shots of his own, ending with a knee to the jaw. Sandow reverses an Irish whip, but Sheamus runs out of the corner and takes him down with a forearm. Sheamus drives knees into Sandow on the apron. Sandow hits a series of rights to stop Sheamus’ offense.

Sandow gets back into the ring and goes for a suplex, but Sheamus blocks it and hits one of his own. Sheamus goes for the cover, only gets a 2-count. Sheamus takes Sandow down and drives the knee into his left shoulder. Sandow reverses another Irish whip but once again gets taken down with a shoulder block. Sandow tries for a hip toss but Sheamus grabs Sandow by the beard and tosses him out to the floor. Sandow recovers by the announce table as we go to break.

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Sandow is now on offense as we come back from break. Sandow sends him into the corner, then hits a running baseball slide to send Sheamus to the floor. Sandow rolls out and hits a swinging neckbreaker on the floor. Sandow rolls him back in and goes for the pin. 1-count. Sandow continues the ground and pound, then goes for another pin. 2-count. Reverse chinlock from Sandow as he yells at Sheamus to just quit. Sheamus tries to grab the hair but the ref refuses it. What a babyface he is!

Sheamus gets to his feet and breaks out but Sandow uses his knees to quell the rebellion (always wanted to say that). Sandow goes for another cover, gets another 2-count. Sandow sets Sheamus on the second rope and hammers him with forearms before hitting a running legdrop. Sandow pulls Sheamus half-way out of the ring and hammers him as he hangs over the apron. Sandow rolls back in and rolls the kneepad down before dropping it on Sheamus’ face.

Sandow returns to the reverse chinlock as the crowd tries to rev the Celtic Warrior up. They get to their feet but Sandow sends him back to the mat. An audible “Boring” chant breaks out, but Sandow does a heel bow just to get the crowd to boo instead. Sandow locks on reverse chinlock #3. Maybe he and Otunga have a competition going tonight. Sheamus fights out but Sandow once again gets a knee to the midsection to stop the momentum. Reverse chinlock #4 from Sandow and once again Sheamus breaks out.

Sandow knees Sheamus then hits a side Russian legsweep. He does his Elbow of Disdain routine, but Sheamus gets up and connects with a backbreaker to buy him some time. Sandow rolls to the apron and gets a whole lot of knees to the face. Sheamus drapes Sandow over the top rope and does his 10 hard-hitting forearms before suplexing him back into the ring. Sheamus rolls to the apron and heads to the top turnbuckle. He connects with the flying shoulderblock, followed by White Noise. Sheamus revs the crowd and starts his Brogue Kick routine. He connects with the boot and pins Sandow for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Sheamus (14:49)

  • A decent match but once again the plague of too many chinlocks ended up distracting from the action. Sandow was great in the chickensh*t heel role though and Sheamus’ offense was just as brutal as ever. Solid stuff but nothing too inspiring. The match they had awhile back was way better. (B-)

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Vickie Guerrero is backstage talking to Tamina SnukaAJ Lee interrupts and Guerrero sarcastically introduces them. Lee says she’s planning to get to know Snuka in the future, then switches gears to Guerrero having Dolph Ziggler attack John Cena earlier tonight. Guerrero then asks Lee if she’s going to deny making out with Cena in the ring then cackles. Lee goes to attack but Snuka sticks her arm out as Guerrero continues to cackle. Lee says Cena is hurt and asks Guerrero what she’s going to do about it; Guerrero says nothing. Lee says “then I will” and storms out.

  • Thoughts: Guerrero was great here. Her cackling while pointing at Snuka’s arm separating them was pretty awesome. I’m pumped to see a Lee/Snuka match…or a Cena/Lee Vs. Ziggler/Snuka match since that probably makes more sense in theory.

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-Commercial Break-

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RAW Hype: CM Punk’s 365 Celebration. Cole mentions that Heyman invited Ryback to the party.

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AJ Lee is walking backstage as Layla tries to talk her out of whatever she’s thinking about. They stop in front of the WWE Locker Room door, and Lee tells Layla to leave her the hell alone. Layla walks off, while Lee takes a breath. She steps into the locker room and the guys just sort of stare at her. She walks right up to Dolph Ziggler, who’s sitting down. Lee asks who the hell he thinks he is, and Ziggler quickly interrupts her and stands up. Ziggler says she came from nothing and is nothing. Ziggler calls her desperate and pathetic, and calls her a shell of a woman. Ziggler says he’s seen girls like her his entire life and they’re all the same: sad, weak, pitiful. Ziggler says “face it AJ, you’re just trash” then sits back down and goes back to tweeting or whatever. Lee angrily starts attacking him until John Cena appears out of nowhere to break it up. He and Ziggler get into it, and Ziggler spears Cena through the bathroom stall doors. He is finally separated by the heels in the locker room as a ref comes in and yells for a doctor.

  • Thoughts: …That was some good intense stuff right there. Ziggler tearing Lee down was amazing and some really good bad guy stuff. Lee responding by attacking him was great, as was the Cena/Ziggler brawl. Can we just get more of this and less of the Vickie Guerrero “evidence” moments? I guess they’re writing in Cena tripping earlier into the storyline on the fly. Poor WWE Creative.

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-Commercial Break-

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RAW Recap: The locker room brawl you just saw 5 seconds ago.

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Josh Matthews is standing outside of the athletic training room. Matthews speculates that Cena’s possible torn meniscus has been made worse by Ziggler’s attack. It’s all speculation and such.

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Sin Cara makes his way out for the next match, a tag team contest. The Prime Time Players are at ringside on commentary. Titus O’Neil says they saved Cena’s life during the Ziggler attack. Cara’s partner Rey Mysterio makes his way out next. Their opponents are Team Hell No, the WWE Tag Team Champions. Daniel Bryan makes his way out first to do his “No!” schtick and rip a poster at ringside. Kane is out second. I assume this is a non-title affair.

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Match #9: [WWE Tag Team Champions] Team Hell No Vs. Rey Mysterio/Sin Cara

Kane and Cara start the match off. Kane whips Cara into the ropes, but Cara ducks a clothesline and starts kicking at the Big Red Machine. Kane backdrops Cara to the apron and Cara kicks him. Kane ducks a springboard move and knocks Cara down with a shoulderblock. Bryan tags himself in and sends Cara into the corner. He hits a series of No-kicks. Snapmare followed by a kneedrop from Bryan. Bryan heads to the second turnbuckle but misses a flying kneedrop. Cara steps on Bryan’s hands then does his springboard arm drag.

Mysterio gets the tag and they do their double kick combo. Mysterio goes for the pin. 2-count. Bryan fights back with a series of kicks, but Mysterio kicks him during an attempted backdrop. Bryan regains the advantage, but Kane tags himself in. The champs bicker, allowing Mysterio take advantage. Mysterio dropkicks Kane onto the second rope and goes for the 619 but Kane rolls out. Mysterio splashes Kane from the apron but gets caught with a flying knee from Bryan. Cara then hits a suicide dive onto Bryan. All four men are down as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

Kane has Cara in a headlock as we come back from break. Cara tries to fight out but Kane clubs him down. Kane connects with a sideslam and goes for the pin. 2-count. Kane tags Bryan in (!!!) and Bryan locks Cara in a surfboard. Bryan repeatedly stomps down Cara and tags Kane back in. Kane kicks Cara in the face, then goes for the pin. 2-count. Bryan tags in and kicks Cara in the ribs. He locks on a modified Camel Clutch. Bryan whips Cara into the corner and runs right into a Cara kick. Cara then connects with a second rope Tornado DDT.

Kane tags in but so does Mysterio. Mysterio drops Kane with two dropkicks and goes for the pin. Kane emphatically kicks out. Mysterio reverses a bodyslam and goes for a pin but Bryan breaks the count. Cara knocks Bryan to the outside then splashes him. Kane catches Mysterio with something (I was too busy laughing at the commentary) and gets a shocking 2-count. Mysterio wiggles out of a slam and dropkicks Kane onto the second rope. Mysterio hits the 619 and goes for a splash but Kane gets his hand up. He goes for a chokeslam, but The Prime Time Players interrupt the match to cause the DQ.

Winners [via DQ]: Team Hell No (10:55)

  • Okay match and all, but it was the commentary that shined through. All four men seemed to have an insanely fun time riffing and joking with each other, to the point where it went completely off the rails. Did it ruin the match? Totally. But dear goddamn was I entertained. The match was also good. (B)

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Post-Match: The Prime Time Players beat Kane down, but Cara/Bryan attack them and Mysterio hits a double 619. Kane then grabs O’Neil and delivers a chokeslam. The face teams celebrate.

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Paul Heyman is kissing WWE Champ CM Punk‘s ass in the dressing room. Heyman says he wants this night to be special and personally guarantees no one will ruin it for him. The celebration is next!

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-Commercial Break-

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RAW Recap: Cena/AJ make out, AJ confronts Ziggler in locker room, Cena/Ziggler brawl in locker room. Partially torn meniscus, yadda yadda.

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CM Punk Celebrates One Year as WWE Champion

Paul Heyman is in the ring. The mat is covered with a giant “X” and there are posters all behind him. Heyman introduces himself and the crowd boos, so Heyman chides the audience for it. Heyman asks if they’re mad that Punk retained the belt, or if they’re mad they made fun of Jerry Lawler last week. Heyman says the audience wanted “Attitude Era” but when they gave them a little taste, they didn’t like it.

  • Thoughts: Damn good point, Mr. Heyman. Spot f*cking on.

Heyman then gets into the hard sell of the WWE Champion, kissing a whole lot of ass. After a lengthy introduction, Heyman finally brings out CM Punk. “Cult of Personality” plays as Punk  makes his way out. Heyman applauds in approval as Punk takes a bow on the entrance stage. Cole goes through all the people Punk has beaten as champion as well as all the different gimmick matches he’s had to win in. Punk and Heyman embrace in the ring, then Punk feigns climbing the turnbuckles as a “screw you” to the fans. Heyman, now in tears, hands Punk the mic.

  • Thoughts: Someone please give Heyman all the money in the world to never leave the WWE again.

Punk name drops other champions that couldn’t make it to one consecutive year as champion (HBK, Bret Hart, The Undertaker). He makes sure to save The Rock for last. Punk points to the TitanTron, where a CM Punk video package plays to celebrate the occasion. As usual it’s spot on and awesome; WWE is awesome at video packages. A “CM Punk” chant breaks out. Punk says it’s not just about honoring the past, it’s about looking forward to the future and recognizing his place in history. Punk says he won’t stop until he’s on top of the list, and sets a date for July 2018 for when he’ll surpass Bruno Sammartino as the longest reigning WWE Champion in history. Right.

Heyman says he grew up around Sammartino, liked Sammartino, and thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame. However Heyman thinks Sammartino could never beat Punk. Heyman says Hulk Hogan could never beat CM Punk, nor could Steve Austin. Heyman says that at Royal Rumble Punk will prove that even The Rock can’t beat him. Punk thanks Heyman for setting this all up. Punk says only two people believed he could be champ for one full year: himself and Heyman.

Punk tries to talk some more, but Ryback interrupts him. Ryback heads to the ring, but is attacked by Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. Ryback throws Rollins and Reigns away, but they regroup and continue to beat on him, this time in the ring. Reigns drags Ryback out of the ring, and the attack continues on the ground. Reigns removes the top of the announce table. Ambrose and Rollins pick Ryback up and put him on Reigns’ arms. Reigns powerbombs Ryback through the announce table once again.

Punk looks at Heyman, then leaves the ring as the three men in black enter it. Punk puts his foot on Ryback and raises the WWE Championship. He screams “Best in the World!” as we fade to logo.

  • Thoughts: I bet most of the internet fans are super pissed they waited three hours just to see a retread of what happened last night at Survivor Series but I loved it. Ambrose/Reigns/Rollins completely mauled Ryback and it looked gritty and awesome. The power bomb is a nice visual that was worth repeating. Cool way to end the show. Can’t wait to see more from this new wrinkle in the Punk/Heyman group. Just…someone please give Ambrose some mic time in the future.

*****

Overall Show Grade: C+

  • What I Liked: Ambrose/Reigns/Rollins ferociously beating up Ryback, the commentary during the Team Hell No/Mysterio and Cara match (Titus O’Neil is awesome), Cena/Ziggler bathroom brawl, Lee/Guerrero/Snuka confrontation, David Otunga being competent in the ring for once.
  • What I Didn’t Like: Great Khali squashing the Colons, Vickie and her “witnesses”, Orton/Del Rio, most of the matches to be honest with you.

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