[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 12/3/2012

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Raw 12/3 Preview:

  • The Shield (Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns) made yet another statement at the end of last week’s show, taking out not only Ryback once again but also the WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No. While they claim not to work for WWE Champion CM Punk, evidence continues to mount towards the contrary, and there’s a good chance these three former NXT stars will once again make their presence felt.
  • Vince McMahon will be on the show tonight, for reasons yet unclear but given how crazy things have been getting over the past few weeks, he’ll undoubtedly have plenty to say.
  • Speaking of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Kane seemed to have finally buried the hatchet over the past week and are finally getting on the same page. But given their antagonistic personalities, it’ll be interesting to see if they can make it last.
  • Last week John Cena appeared to silence his harshest critic, Dolph Ziggler, by pinning him clean in the center of the ring. However Ziggler has not let the feud go, continuing to antagonize Cena on Smackdown. With tempers flaring and tensions mounting we may be in for another Cena/Ziggler match…perhaps at a certain PPV coming up soon.
  • And as for Cena and AJ Lee…it looks like they seem to be getting much more friendly in recent weeks due to the accusations and attacks brought on them by Vickie Guerrero and her associates. But it seems Lee might be just a little more into Cena than vice versa. Given how the past month has gone show-wise, we’ll be sure to be treated to another chapter of WWE’s ongoing soap opera story.
  • World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show made a statement last week by taking a chair and dismantling it right in front of his TLC opponent Sheamus. With their “Chairs Match” only two weeks away, it’ll be interesting to see how the feud continues to progress.

Click “read more” for a full recap of all these events, plus much more.

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Tonight…on RAW: The Sheamus/Big Show feud is highlighted, plus the John Cena/Dolph Ziggler feud. These two feuds will cross tonight as Cena/Sheamus takes on Show/Ziggler. The Shield‘s attack on Ryback and Team Hell No at the end of last week’s show closes out this video package.

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The fiery pyro of Kane opens up the show as we’re live from Greensboro, NC. Out he comes, alongside his tag team partner Daniel Bryan for the first match of the evening. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler talks about Team Hell No’s new unification as a team due to the attack from The Shield last week. We pan over to the crowd and The Shield are there, standing tall, silently watching. Kane grabs a mic. He says they claim to fight against injustice and challenges them to come down and face he and Bryan. The Shield continues to stand there, silently, as a “You suck!” chant breaks out. Team Hell No’s opponents, The Prime Time Players, make their way out next.

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Match #1: [WWE Tag Team Champions] Team Hell No Vs. The Prime Time Players

Kane and O’Neil start the match off. O’Neil instantly powers Kane into his team’s corner, but Kane fights out and catches both men with a series of rights. Kane clotheslines O’Neil over the top rope and onto the floor. Bryan looks over to The Shield…but only Ambrose is there. Bryan and Young tag in, and Bryan gets the advantage with a whole lot of No Kicks in the corner. Bryan tags in Kane and snapmares Young. Kane follows up with a running basement dropkick and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Kane sends Young shoulder-first into the corner then stomps him down to the mat before choking him with his boot. Young rolls to the apron but gets dropped with a right. Kane wrenches the arm and sends Young to the mat. He works on Young’s left shoulder, then tags Bryan in. Bryan scales to the top turnbuckle and drops an axehandle on Young’s shoulder. Snapmare from Bryan followed by a kick to the back and a pinning attempt. Roman Reigns has worked his way from The Shield’s post and is now in the crowd, distracting Team Hell No a little bit.

Kane bodyslams Young but misses an attempted elbowdrop. Young takes advantage and works Kane over in the corner before being separated by the ref. O’Neil tags in and buries his forearm into Kane’s forehead. Young tags back in and Kane sends him over the top and onto the floor. Bryan tags in and hits a running knee off of the apron. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose start slowly descending down as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

O’Neil and Kane are battling as we come back from break. O’Neil drops Kane with a clothesline and goes for the pin. 2-count. Ambrose and Reigns continue to stalk. O’Neil traps Kane in a reverse chinlock as Bryan tries to rev up the crowd. Kane starts fighting out but O’Neil buries his knee into Kane’s face. O’Neil goes for a suplex but Kane blocks it and gives him one of his own. Bryan gets the hot tag and takes it right to O’Neil. He does his whole “No!” thing then hits a running dropkick in the corner. He goes for the win, but only gets a 2-count.

Bryan buries No Kicks into O’Neil but O’Neil pushes him down. O’Neil blocks a roll-up and elbows Bryan. Young tags in and hits a running forearm smash on Bryan. Young drops a couple of elbows followed by a legdrop and goes for the pin but is unsuccessful. Bryan flips out of a suplex and applies the No Lock. O’Neil breaks it up, but Kane catches him with a right hook and sends him to the floor. Ambrose and Reigns are now right at the barricade. Bryan and Kane stare them down, distracted by thet wo men. Young catches Bryan  with a roll-up, but Bryan reverses it for a 3-count!

Winners [via Pinfall]: Team Hell No (11:26)

  • Match Thoughts: An okay tag team match but let’s be for real: the focus wasn’t on the action at all so it’s not surprising that all four men didn’t exactly try to light the world on fire.

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Post-Match: Ambrose and Reigns ambuse Kane, while Rollins re-appears and attacks Bryan in the ring. Ambrose and Reigns trap Kane between the steps and ring, and they repeatedly kick the steps to injure “The Big Red Machine”. Ambrose and Reigns then make their way into the ring and commence a 3 on 1 attack on Bryan. Ambrose and Rollins lift Bryan onto Reigns’ shoulders and Reigns drops him with an emphatic power bomb. The Shield exit through the crowd, as Kane rolls back in to check on his partner.

  • Thoughts: Awesome. I’m glad The Shield is branching out to non-Ryback targets. And considering Team Hell No squeaked out the win, I could see why The Shield would consider that “injustice”. Hell, even I’m mad about it.

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John Cena and Sheamus talk about giraffes or something backstage. Sheamus thanks Cena for helping him on Smackdown. Cena said it was a win-win; he got to be on the show for once and he got to beat up Dolph Ziggler. Sheamus then gets carried away about Dublin football teams and the show Father Ted. Cena brings him back to reality and their tag team match tonight. Cena says they have to be focused, and Sheamus says what he’ll do to The Big Show tonight will translate in any language.

  • Thoughts: “No I’m the funny one”, “No I’m the funny one”!

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AJ Lee is backstage, making her way to the ring. She is in action next!

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-Commercial Break-

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Tamina Snuka is already in the ring for the next match. Her opponent, AJ Lee, makes her way out second. I guess this wasn’t PPV worthy.

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Match #2: AJ Lee Vs. Tamina Snuka

Lee tries to use her speed to get an early advantage but Snuka easily flings her off. Lee immediately goes back on the attack, but once again Snuka throws her off. Snuka catches Lee in mid-air and sends her into the corner. Lee gets her feet up during a splash attempt and goes to the top, but Snuka pulls her off and sends her to the mat. Snuka stomps Lee’s head, then kicks her in the ribs. Snuka drives her knee into the back of Lee two times then goes for the pin. 2-count.

Snuka sends Lee face-first into the top turnbuckle, then seats her on said turnbuckle. Snuka drives her forearms into Lee’s back then applies an old school Sammartino backbreaker, almost folding Lee in half. Lee starts fighting back but runs right into a Snuka elbow. Cole talks about Lee’s hard life growing up, because she’s a face and we need to sympathize with her. Snuka covers Lee but gets another 2-count. Snuka whips Lee into the corner, and the force sends Lee immediately crashing to the mat. Snuka repeats this move to the same result. Snuka picks her up and drops her once again with a Snuka headbutt. Snuka gets Lee into position and turns to head to the top for the Superfly Splash, but Lee rolls her up out of nowhere for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: AJ Lee (3:21)

  • Match Thoughts: Well that was a disappointing match. Granted they kept Snuka strong by Lee sneaking out a win but they’ve been building this for weeks. That’s all we get? Here’s hoping there’s a longer rematch in their future. Also yay for a Divas match that had no connection to the Divas Championship!

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In-Ring Promo: CM Punk and Paul Heyman

After a brief Cole/Lawler discussion, “Cult of Personality” hits out and comes the WWE Champion alongside Paul Heyman. Cole announces that Punk’s current reign is the 7th longest in WWE history, then they go into TLC hype for his defense against Ryback in a full on “Tables, Ladders, Chairs” match. Punk looks ready to talk, but we’ll have to wait until after this commercial break.

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Paul Heyman introduces himself and naturally the crowd boos. Heyman says that before he left for Greensboro, he saw that his children were reading the WWE Encyclopedia. Heyman says he’s not here shill because he doesn’t like the book. Why? There isn’t nearly enough written about CM Punk. Heyman says there’s something in this Encyclopedia that they had been too busy to notice; he announces that tomorrow night at midnight Punk will surpass John Cena as the longest reigning WWE Champion of the entire modern era. Heyman says that it means Punk is the longest reigning WWE Champion of the past 25 years. Heyman says the crowd will have to agree with him in saying that Punk is not only the champion, not only the “Best in the World”, but should be front and center on WWE’s version of Mount Rushmore.

Punk interrupts and says he still stands there in front of the people, still persecuted. Punk says he’s proven he’s the “Best in the World” and if there was a WWE Mount Rushmore, his face would be ahead of many of the other legends. Punk calls Greensboro classless and unintelligent for not giving him the respect he deserves. Punk lays down some facts about beating Ryback at Hell in a Cell and Cena/Ryback at Survivor Series. Punk blames the WWE Universe for forcing him into yet another defense against Ryback at TLC. Punk says the crowd first blamed Heyman for him being WWE Champion, then Brad Maddox, and now the crowd is saying The Shield helped save his reign. Punk calls that a lie and says that if he wasn’t for him no one would be here today and he’s the reason people bought a ticket to see Raw live and why they tune in on TV every Monday night. Punk says he’s tired of repeating himself and for the last time he had nothing to do with Maddox or The Shield. Punk says if the WWE Universe can’t accept him as the hottest thing going, and dares the audience to leave the arena and the home audience to change the channel.

“AWWWWEEEESOME!”

Out comes The Miz, wearing a suit and tie. He starts in with his whole “Really?” thing on the entrance stage then tells the crowd to sit down and enjoy themselves. Miz says that no one believes Punk’s self-proclaimed innocence about Maddox/The Shield. Punk asks who he is to cast judgment on him. Miz says he’s the guy who cheated and scammed as WWE Champion but has the guts to admit it. Miz says everyone knows that Maddox was in Punk’s back pocket and The Shield bailed him out at both Survivor Series and the end of last Monday’s show. Punk says if Miz wants to question his credibility, he can come down to the ring so he can be “put to sleep”. Miz says he doesn’t need to fight or wrestle and instead challenges him to appear on “MizTV” and take a lie detector test, proving he had nothing to do with Maddox or The Shield.

Heyman recaps Miz’s offer and calls it a “three-ring circus”. Miz calls Heyman a “human walrus”. A “walrus” chant breaks out because Greensboro is an easy crowd to leave. Punk asks the crowd to apologize for the chant. Miz jokingly apologizes and says Heyman is a really, really big walrus. Miz says he wants Punk on MizTV and asks him to bring his best “pipe bomb”. Miz says he’s giving Punk what he wants: the chance to clear his name and show that he’s really the “Best in the World”…unless he’s, of course, afraid of the truth. Punk angrily agrees, and says that he will prove he’s the “Best in the World”. He drops the mic and “Cult of Personality” starts playing. Miz smirks and points his mic at Punk, who’s standing in the ring furious.

  • Thoughts: Wow that segment went on for a long time, but you know what? I was entertained. Punk made some good points as usual and was on fire, and The Miz…he was serviceable. His whole tweener thing is a bit awkward but the crowd seemed to dig it and I’m sure kids probably liked it so I won’t roll my eyes too harshly. The “lie detector” thing is a hokey as sh*t though and I’m not really looking forward to that MizTV which I assume is later tonight.

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Up Next on RAW: Sheamus/Cena Vs. Show/Ziggler

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“My Time is Now” starts out and out comes John Cena. He converses with Stu the Cameraman about still having a mustache post-Movember then runs to the ring. His partner Sheamus makes his way out second and the crowd is not nearly as excited for him as they are for Cena but are still pretty loud. The music of Dolph Ziggler brings out the first member of the heel team. World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show makes his way out last. He’s not wearing his skullcap, which is sad because that usually signals that he means business.

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Match #3: John Cena/Sheamus Vs. Dolph Ziggler/[World Heavyweight Champion] The Big Show

Sheamus and Ziggler start the match off. Ziggler grabs an early waistlock, but Sheamus elbows out and takes him down with a one-armed headlock. They get back to their feet and Ziggler sends him into the ropes. Sheamus responds with a powerful shoulder tackle. Ziggler connects with a low dropkick on the running Sheamus and slaps on a side headlock. Sheamus throws him off and hits a back elbow at the charging Ziggler. Cena tags in and they whip Ziggler into the ropes. They connect with a double back elbow and Cena goes for the pin. 2-count.

Cena locks Ziggler in a reverse chinlock but Ziggler powers out and slaps on a side headlock. The dueling Cena chants start in the Greensboro crowd. Cena whips Ziggler into the ropes, leapfrogs him, then takes Ziggler down with a hiptoss. Cena then connects with an armdrag takedown and applies an armbar. Ziggler connects with a right out of nowhere and tags Show in. They lock up and Show easily sends him to the mat. Show talks trash, but Cena catches him with a series of rights. Cena attempts a running shoulder tackle, but Show shrugs it off and it’s Cena who crashes to the mat. Show stands on Cena for a prolonged period of time, then open hand slaps him in the chest. Cena crashes to the mat and Show commences with the trash talk towards Sheamus.

Show connects with a headbutt on Cena in the corner then follows it up with yet another open hand slap across the chest. Show is all smiles. Show goes for another open hand slap in a different corner, but Cena ducks out and goes for a slam. He is unsuccessful, however, and Show lands right on top of him for a 2-count. Ziggler tags in and connects with his multiple elbow combo. He goes for a pin of his own but is unsuccessful. Ziggler goes for a corner splash, but Cena side steps it and both men crash to the mat.

Show tags in but so does Sheamus, and he unloads on the World Heavyweight Champion. Sheamus hits a running knee lift, followed by a flying Polish Hammer. Sheamus heads to the top turnbuckle and goes for a flying shoulder tackle but Show catches him mid-air with a spear. Both men attempt to recover as we go to commercial.

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Show drops Sheamus with a headbutt as we come back from break. Sheamus goes into fight mode, but gets dropped with a running big boot. Show steps on Sheamus  and tags in Ziggler. He waits for Sheamus to get up then connects with a dropkick. He is unsuccessful with a pin, so he goes for reverse chinlock instead as Show shouts helpful advice (“KEEP IT TIGHT!”). They get to their feet and Sheamus throws him off. Ziggler charges Sheamus, but Sheamus drops him with the Irish Curse. Ziggler attempts to keep Sheamus from making the tag but in comes Cena. Cena knocks Show off the apron, then does his whole shoulder tackle combo. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Show kicks him in his “injured” knee. A whole lot of chaos happens, ending with Cena hitting the A.A. on Ziggler and Sheamus hitting the White Noise on Show for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: John Cena/Sheamus (11:55)

  • Match Thoughts: I was entertained, but mostly by Show’s trash talking and Ziggler’s offense. The match itself was just par for the course. The duo finisher ending was pretty cool though, even though that now means Cena has pinned Ziggler twice in two weeks. Here’s hoping that means Ziggler beats Cena at TLC…if that match actually happens.

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RAW Recap: CM Punk accepts The Miz‘s offer to go on MizTV and take a lie detector test.

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-Commercial Break-

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Miss Piggy is searching for Kermit the Frog but runs into Flo Rida. They talk about how excited they are for Tribute for the Troops. The show airs this month on USA.

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Damien Sandow makes his way out to the ring, mic in hand. Sandow introduces himself, and says that he has attempted to help the WWE Universe for what seems like an eternity with little result. Sandow says he’s not giving up and says he’s going to give one member of the crowd an opportunity to become his apprentice. He mocks a few people before deciding on one. Sandow says that although he’s directing these questions at one individual, he asks everyone at home to quiz themselves because next time it might be them who is picked. The man gets into the ring, and Sandow admonishes him for slouching. He asks him what H2O is, and the man correctly answers “water”. Sandow then asks him who the first President of the U.S. was and the man answers “George Washington”. Sandow then recites a line from a poem and asks the man which English poet wrote it. The man doesn’t know and Sandow mocks him before answering it. Sandow then shoos the man away and says he should be exiled from the United States of America. Sandow finishes with a “You’re welcome”. 

  • Thoughts: Awesome. Just pure awesome. I love this new added part of Sandow’s character; ramps up the snootiness factor as well as gives him the chance to do more comedy stuff but in a constructive way.

Sandow’s opponent, Santino Marella, finally heads to the ring sans power walking. He has a mic of his own and tries to ask Sandow “how many seashells does she sell by the sea shore” but stumbles a couple of times before finally getting it out. Sandow answers snootily, and Marella says it’s actually the “conch” shell. He tries to hit Sandow with a mic, but Sandow blocks it and hits him. Sandow exits to the apron as Marella, riled up, challenges him to get back in. We’re getting at least part of this match after the break.

  • Thoughts: Okay that was actually kind of funny. Dammit Santino Marella re-grew on me.

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-Commercial Break-

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Match #4: Santino Marella Vs. Damien Sandow

We join the match in progress. Sandow boots Marella in the gut and whips him into the ropes, but Marella power walks around. Sandow confronts him, and Marella sweeps the legs for a roll-up. Sandow regains the advantage and repeatedly buries his knee into Marella’s midsection before choking him. Sandow continues with a series of knees followed by a forearm. Sandow then rubs Marella’s face in the mat before taking a bow. Sandow drops Marella with the Russian legsweep then follows up with the Elbow of Disdain for a 2-count. Sandow attempts a suplex, but Marella rolls him up for a 2-count.

Marella continues to fight back, does the splits, then drops him with a hip-toss. Marella pulls out The Cobra and readies for the strike but Sandow rolls out of the ring. Marella gives chase and Sandow attacks Marella on the apron after rolling in. Sandow takes the Cobra and throws it out of the ring. Marella drops Sandow throat-first on the top rope, then heads to the top turnbuckle. Marella misses the diving headbutt, and Sandow connects with the Terminus for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Damien Sandow (2:42 of the match shown)

  • Match Thoughts: A simple squash match, nothing more. Sucks too because Marella has been bringing out actual wrestling moves in his other (read: Superstars) matches and I was hoping for something more competitive. Oh well. That would be a ridiculous thing to be mad about.

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Post-Match: Sandow celebrates via cartwheel as Lawler remarks about it in disgust. Cole/Lawler ask the WWE Universe to stump Sandow via TOUT.

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Dolph Ziggler is talking with Vickie Guerrero backstage. Ziggler calls The Big Show an idiot and that he shouldn’t be in tag team matches. Guerrero says she’s losing faith, but Ziggler says he can beat John Cena. He asks Guerrero to give him a rematch against Cena at TLC and he’ll prove it. Guerrero says “go get him, baby” and they almost embrace before Guerrero stops it. Ziggler says someone’s in her office and walks off. Guerrero walks in to see who it is, and it’s Brad Maddox complete with his camera man. Maddox says he’s here to make sure no one forgets his name as we go to commercial.

  • Thoughts: Well Maddox healed nicely from being eaten alive by Ryback. Good for him. Yes this is a kayfabe comment, suck it. As for Cena/Ziggler II at TLCI’m all for it as long as Ziggler finally wins. He can’t take a third Cena loss.

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-Commercial Break-

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Vickie Guerrero is still talking with Brad Maddox in her office. Guerrero asks why she should give him a WWE contract and says he’s caused her nothing but headaches since Hell in a Cell. Maddox goes the brown nosing route, buttering her up. He says that he’s entertainment, and if you put him on Raw it goes from “good TV” to “great TV”. Guerrero says she’ll give him a match to earn a contract and Maddox agrees. He asks who his opponent will be, but she says he won’t find out until it’s bell time.

  • Thoughts: Ugh of course it’s going to be Ryback. But now that The Shield exists it might end up being a more interesting match than last time…

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We cut to Sin Cara making his entrance in the ring. His opponent, Alberto Del Rio, makes his way out next in his fancy shmancy car as Ricardo Rodriguez introduces him.

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Match #5: Sin Cara Vs. Alberto Del Rio

The Sin Cara mood lighting is not turned on for this match. Del Rio backs Cara into the corner and makes a clean break. Del Rio kicks Cara’s legs out from under him and repeatedly stomps on him. Del Rio slams Cara to the mat and goes for the pin. 2-count. Cara ducks a clothesline and drops Del Rio with back to back armdrag takedowns, the latter resulting in an armbar. Del Rio backs Cara into the corner and delivers a series of shoulder strikes to the midsection. Del Rio follows up with a face kick for a 2-count.

Cara connects with an armdrag takedown out of nowhere, then does his corkscrew armdrag from the top rope. Cara goes for the pin but can barely manage a 2-count (might have even been a 1-count). Cara repeatedly kicks the kneeling Del Rio, followed by a running kick and a pin attempt. Del Rio drops Cara throat-first on the second rope and kicks him in the back. Del Rio follows up with a snap suplex and a 2-count. Del Rio settles into a reverse chinlock. They get to their feet and Cara tries to fight out, but Del Rio sends him to the mat. Del Rio stretches Cara’s right arm over the second rope until the ref forces the break.

Del Rio attempts a back bodydrop but eats a dropkick instead. Del Rio backdrops Cara to the apron and tries to follow up but falls to the apron himself. Cara kicks him to the floor then connects with a hurricanrana from the apron, sending Del Rio into the barricade almost folding him in half. Holy sh*t that looked ugly. Cara continues the assault as we go to commercial.

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Cara has Del Rio in an armbar as we come back from break. Del Rio kicks out of it but Cara ducks a clothesline and hits a standing hurricanrana for a 2-count. Del Rio rolls back out to the floor and Rodriguez goes to check on him. Cara follows Del Rio out and kicks him in the small of the back. Cara rolls Del Rio back in and goes for a springboard move, but Del Rio pushes him off and sends him to the floor. Del Rio quickly runs out and sends Cara flipping into the barricade. Del Rio rolls him back in and goes for the pin but only musters up a 2-count. Del Rio drives the knee in Cara’s back and wrenches back on the neck to wear him down.

They get to their feet and Cara fights out. Del Rio ducks a clothesline and connects with a German suplex/pinning attempt. 2-count. Cara gets up in the corner and sidesteps an attempted Del Rio splash. Cara connects with an insane Tornado DDT from the second rope, Del Rio taking the full force on the top of his head. Goddamn. Some ugly sh*t going on here.

Cara and Del Rio slug it out. Del Rio gains the upper hand and sends him into the ropes. Cara catches him with a backspring elbow and follows up with another hurricanrana. Del Rio backdrops Cara to the apron again, and Cara catches him with a kick to the face. Cara heads to the top turnbuckle and hits a flying crossbody for the 1…2…KICK OUT. So close. Cara drops Del Rio with a sort of Sliced Bread #2 (without the turnbuckle assist) and heads to the top. Cara misses Del Rio with a senton, then tries for his spinning cross arm bar. Del Rio blocks it and locks on the Cross Arm Breaker for the quick tap out victory.

Winner [via Submission]: Alberto Del Rio (12:39)

  • Thoughts: Goddamn Del Rio and Cara really brought the thunder this week. A really good, if meaningless, match between the two. Cara especially seemed to be on point for once, which should shut up the haters for at least, erm, ten minutes or so. Really enjoyed this.

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Vince McMahon is walking around backstage. He tells a stage hand to tell Vickie Guerrero that he wants a conversation with her in the ring…NOW. He begins the power strut as we go to commercial.

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RAW Recap: The Miz challenges CM Punk to a lie detector test later tonight on “MizTV”.

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Vince McMahon and Vickie Guerrero Have an In-Ring Discussion

Justin Roberts introduces Vickie Guerrero to the ring. Cole/Lawler question why McMahon wants to talk to her tonight. Guerrero gets on the mic and introduces Vince McMahon to the ring. “No Chance in Hell” plays, and out he comes in full power walk-mode. It’s amazing as usual. Guerrero asks the crowd to clap. Guerrero tells McMahon he looks quite handsome tonight, and he responds with “you look…rather…almost…semi-comely”. McMahon changes subjects to TLC and Guerrero announces what she thinks is a great match for the show: John Cena against Dolph Ziggler. She says it’s going to be “epic”, and McMahon says if it really was epic she’d add a stipulation. Guerrero comes up with a “No-Disqualification Match”. McMahon tells her to try a lot harder. McMahon whispers in her ear, and Guerrero exclaims “A LADDER MATCH?!?”. McMahon congratulates Guerrero on her good idea. Guerrero says that it’s not possible since they have nothing to reach for if they are to climb a ladder. McMahon comes up with a fix: Ziggler’s Money in the Bank briefcase.

Guerrero says it’s not fair since Ziggler has nothing to gain from the match. McMahon says she owes Cena more than an apology for putting him and AJ Lee through so much torment. Guerrero officially announces the Ladder match while choking on her words. Guerrero tries to shoo McMahon away, but McMahon interrupts and asks about the “Lie Detector test” tonight. He asks Guerrero what will happen if CM Punk is proven to be a liar later tonight and says that he should be punished if that ends up happening. Guerrero offers up a suggestion: if Punk is proven to be a liar, then Paul Heyman will face Ryback next week on Raw. McMahon shakes her hand and says “let’s hear it for Vickie!” but the crowd just boos. “No Chance in Hell” starts up again and McMahon exits, while Guerrero has an “oh f*ck” look on her face.

  • Thoughts: WWE Creative has to be lampooning their jobs every time McMahon shows up to goad Guerrero into making decisions she doesn’t agree with. But I find the duo entertaining; Guerrero is pretty funny as the scared subordinate. However these announcements didn’t really need McMahon’s involvement so his appearance was kind of unnecessary…outside of being able to see the power walk of doom. The Ladder Match stipulation for Cena/Ziggler is interesting and it provides an easy way for Ziggler to get the win without “sacrificing” Cena (which they wouldn’t but whatever). But if Ziggler cashes it in tonight hypothetically wouldn’t the match get called off..? Whatever, too much thinking.

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After a brief sell of the WWE App, we go backstage where Brad Maddox and his cameraman Carson head towards the ringside area. His WWE Contract match is next!

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-Commercial Break-

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Brad Maddox makes his way out for his contract match, sans music. His opponent tonight is…Randy Orton!

  • Thoughts: Okay I guess it’s not Ryback after all. I guess they’re just going to pretend that Maddox never wrestled that match and got tossed into an ambulance. WE REMEMBER THAT, GUYS.

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Match #6: Randy Orton Vs. Brad Maddox

Maddox tries to escape early and Orton rushes him. Maddox elbows him, and Orton gets mad and knocks him to the floor. Orton rolls to the outside and clotheslines him to the floor. Orton rolls Maddox back in then connects with the Hanging DDT. Orton revs the crowd up and coils up. Orton connects with the RKO for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Randy Orton (1:15)

  • Match Thoughts: That happened. I guess Maddox’s gimmick is “loser who can’t wrestle” which totally makes me want to see him every week on TV.

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Post-Match: The Shield appear out of nowhere and assault Orton, finishing with a Roman Reigns power bomb.

  • Thoughts: Good. Good. Lawler and Cole questioned what “injustice” Orton committed, but I think it’s simple: the “old guard” prevented the “new guard” from making its mark and that wasn’t fair. Hence, a Shield power bomb was delivered. Makes sense.

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RAW Hype: MizTV.

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-Commercial Break-

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Vickie Guerrero is yelling at referee Charles Robinson in her office. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and admonishes her for adding the Ladder Match stipulation. Guerrero says she had no choice because of McMahon, but Ziggler interjects and says she’s becoming just like AJ Lee when she was GM. Ziggler stalks off, and Paul Heyman walks in. He goes nose to nose with Guerrero, staring daggers into her soul. Guerrero refuses to back down and after a long silence, she says that he better hope Punk is telling the truth for his sake. Heyman smiles and walks away as Guerrero gives him the evil stare of doom.

A knock at the door heralds the arrival of John Cena. Cena says he’s feeling pretty good because Guerrero actually made a great match for TLC. Cena thanks her as Guerrero gives her the snotface look. Cena says he’s the only person to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and fail so when he wins the briefcase at TLC he will become WWE Champion again. Cena goes to leave but Guerrero stops him and shows him the two bows the P.A.’s found in Lee’s locker. Guerrero warns Cena about Lee’s insanity. Cena says Guerrero can’t leave well enough alone, while Guerrero says if he can’t learn from the past, history will just repeat itself.

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WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston makes his way out for the next match. His partner R-Truth and their opponents, Wade Barrett and WWE U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro are already in the ring. All of a sudden Teddy Long makes his way out to meddle in the proceedings. Long turns the tag team match into a fatal four way championship match. As to which title will be defended, it’s up to the WWE Universe to decide in this week’s #RAWactive poll. Cole/Lawler hype up the poll as all four men stare one another down.

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-Commercial Break-

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We return live and it’s time to announce the #RAWactive results. The title on the line in this fatal four way is…the U.S. Title. Bullsh*t.

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Match #7: Antonio Cesaro (c) Vs. [WWE IC Champion] Kofi Kingston Vs. Wade Barrett Vs. R-Truth for the WWE United States Championship

Truth and Barrett fight to the outside, leaving Cesaro and Kingston inside of it. Cesaro overpowers Kingston, and hits a running European uppercut in the corner. Barrett drops Truth outside with a clothesline. Kingston kicks Cesaro, and Barrett clotheslines the U.S. Champion out to the floor. Kingston and Barrett do battle in the ring. Barrett connects with a pumphandle slam and goes for the pin but only gets a 2-count.

Kingston ducks a clothesline and hits Cesaro with a baseball slide, sliding out to the floor himself. Truth runs in and beats up Barrett sending him to the floor. Kingston and Truth then face off in the center of the ring. They shake hands then get to the action. Truth gets a wristlock but Kingston sweeps the legs and gets a 2-count. Truth gets a 2-count of his own, then they both trade armdrags and dropkick at the same time, resulting in a stalemate.

The heels get back into the ring. Kingston sends Cesaro and Barrett back to the floor. Kingston connects with a suicide dive on Barrett. Truth attempts a splash of his own but Cesaro moves, then runs Truth back-first into the barricade. Kingston runs over and jumps off the ring steps but gets caught with an European uppercut. Cesaro rolls Kingston back in as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

Cesaro and Kingston are still going at it when we come back from break. Cesaro traps Kingston in a half-Boston crab, but Kingston gets out of it. Truth rolls in and hits a front-face suplex. Truth does the splits and hits the ropes but Barrett grabs the top rope sending Truth toppling to the floor. Barrett and Cesaro start hammering each other. HOSS FIGHT. Cesaro knocks Barrett down and Kingston hits a flying crossbody out of nowhere for the 1…2…Barrett breaks the count. Barrett connects with a spinning sideslam on Kingston for the 1…2…Truth makes the save. Truth connects with the Ax Kick on Barrett for the 1…2…KICK OUT.

Barrett catches Truth with a back kick and crotches Truth on the top turnbuckle. He goes to the second rope and gets into position for a superplex but Truth headbutts him off. Cesaro comes out of nowhere and attacks Truth on the top. Kingston runs over and arm drags Cesaro off the top. Barrett goes back for the superplex, but Kingston creates a “Tower of Doom” sending both of them to the mat. Kingston goes for the pin on Barrett, but Cesaro breaks it up. Cesaro plants Kingston and goes for the pin but only gets a 2-count.

Truth catches Cesaro and catapults him into the ropes. Truth clotheslines both him and Cesaro over the top rope and onto the floor. Kingston flips out of a suplex, and does his pre-Boom Drop combo before hitting the move itself. Kingston gets ready for the Trouble in Paradise but Cesaro grabs him by the legs and flings him out. Cesaro rolls in and goes for a Neutralizer but Truth catches him with a spinning heel kick. Barrett grabs Truth and connects with the Bull Hammer. Kingston catches Barrett with the Trouble in Paradise. He goes for the pin but Cesaro dead-lifts him off and connects with the Neutralizer for the 1…2…3!

Winner and STILL U.S. Champion [via Pinfall]: Antonio Cesaro (12:24)

  • Thoughts: Really good main event match. Frenetic and a little too chaotic at times, but fun nonetheless. Cesaro deadlifting Kingston for the pin was an impressive way to score the victory. Really good stuff. This and Cara/Del Rio are the matches of the night, hands down.

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Storyline Recap: CM Punk retains his WWE Champion at two consecutive PPV’s thanks to interference (Brad Maddox in October, The Shield in November).

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Next on RAW: MizTV.

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-Commercial Break-

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RAW Recap: McMahon bullies Guerrero into making a Cena/Ziggler Ladder match for the Money in the Bank briefcase at TLC.

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[MizTV]: CM Punk Takes a Lie Detector Test

The Miz welcomes everyone to MizTV. He introduces Frederick Abramson, who will be doing the lie detector test tonight. Miz says his guest tonight claims innocence in the actions of both Brad Maddox and The Shield. He then introduces CM Punk to the ring. Out comes the WWE Champion, arms folded, along with Paul Heyman who’s holding the championship for his charge. Punk gets in the ring and Abramson straps him into the lie detector machine. Miz tries to explain the test, but Punk interrupts him and insults him. He calls Miz’s upside down microphone stupid, then goads the WWE Universe into cheering Miz.

Miz and Punk continue jawing back and forth. Miz says Punk’s mom “sucks” then goes “oooooooh” like it was super clever. Miz reminds Punk that if he’s caught lying, Heyman has to face Ryback next Monday. Heyman looks nervous at the idea of that match happening. Miz lays into the questions. First he asks his name, then his amount of time as WWE Champion, then bringing up when Rey Mysterio shaved him bald back in 2010. Miz then asks if Punk lost to Randy Orton the year that he, The Miz, main evented Wrestlemania. Punk reluctantly says yes, then says the only reason Miz won was because of The Rock. Punk says everyone remembers him and Orton and says everyone wishes they didn’t remember Miz main eventing Wrestlemania. Miz then asks Punk if he thinks he can beat Ryback by himself. The line goes up and Abramson tells Miz that he could be lying. Miz then gets to the meat and asks Punk if he worked with Brad Maddox or The Shield to win his last two WWE Championship matches.

Before he can answer, out comes The Shield. They assault Miz then Reigns/Ambrose throw the table to the floor. The 3 on 1 assault on The Miz commences in the center of the ring. They lift Miz onto Reigns’ arms and connect with the power bomb of doom. Team Hell No make their way out and attacks The Shield. The numbers game is too much though and they get overpowered.

“FEED…ME…MORE!”

Ryback runs out to the ring and takes it to The Shield. Ryback backdrops Dean Ambrose to the floor and follows suit. Ryback throws him over the barricade and into the audience. The two brawl into the crowd, while Team Hell No takes care of Roman Reigns and Seth RollinsDaniel Bryan and Rollins spill out into the crowd as well, then Kane/Reigns follow a minute later. The brawl continues as Punk taunts the fallen Miz in the ring. Punk pushes Miz out of “his” ring with his foot. “Cult of Personality” plays and Punk celebrates. Ryback reappears out of nowhere and drops Punk with the Shell Shock. Ryback goes out and grabs a chair from under the ring. He then goes to a different area and grabs a ladder, sliding that into the ring. Ryback picks up the ladder and smashes it right into Punk’s midsection. Ryback drops the ladder and picks up the chair. Ryback slams the chair over Punk’s back, then exits back out. Ryback grabs a table from under the ring and slides that in. Ryback sets up the table and puts Punk through with a power bomb. Ryback leads a “Feed Me More” chant, chair in hand, as we fade to logo.

  • Thoughts: Thank god for the second half of this segment, because the “MizTV” stuff was losing me fast. The Miz’s approach to being a babyface is acting like a 12 year old, similar to Sheamus, and it is not working. Punk did his part in trying to make it work, and made a lot of funny and true comments, but this was spiraling down. And then The Shield showed up and saved this thing. The arena-wide brawl between The Shield and Team Hell No was awesome, and Ryback tearing Punk apart at the very end was a damn good way to end the show. As damn good as this was, it seemed a little weird to do this two weeks out from TLC rather than the go-home show itself. This would’ve been an emphatic way to lead into the PPV and make people think Ryback had a shot at winning the championship. Makes me wonder what they’ll do next week.

*****

Overall Show Thoughts:

  • A really good episode of Raw this week. The matches were all purposeful with very little to no filler and the segments all mattered and had some intrigue to them. The show stumbled a bit, especially with AJ/Tamina and Brad Maddox, but overall the three hours went by like nothing and I was entertained through out. It also had a killer ending and a good hook to tune in next week. WWE is starting to improve and I’m loving that.
  • Best Match: Cesaro/Kingston/Barrett/Truth and Cara/Del Rio (TIE)
  • Worst Match: Orton/Maddox
  • Best Segment: The second half of MizTV.
  • Worst Segment: The first half of MizTV.

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