[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 12/10/2012 (‘TLC 2012’ Go-Home Show)

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This week on Raw, WWE sets the TLC hype into overdrive so all the major matches and feuds will be on display over the course of three hours. All the major stars will be action, and the main event has been advertised as John Cena taking on World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show in a non-title match.

Quick Match Results:

  1. R-Truth pinned Wade Barrett (1:52).
  2. The Rhodes Scholars defeated The Usos, The Prime Time Players, and Epico/Primo in a Fatal Four Way Match (10:54).
  3. [WWE Divas Champion] Eve Torres pinned Alicia Fox (2:29).
  4. Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler by DQ when Ziggler hit Sheamus with a chair (15:13).
  5. Alberto Del Rio defeated Zack Ryder by submission (6:29).
  6. Vickie Guerrero pinned AJ Lee (2:13).
  7. [WWE U.S. Champion] Antonio Cesaro pinned [WWE I.C. Champion] Kofi Kingston (13:50).
  8. John Cena defeated [World Heavyweight Champion] The Big Show by DQ when The Shield interfered (13:52)

Click “read more” for a full recap of the show, which includes a horrible MizTV segment and a good ol’ fashioned AJ Lee freak out.

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This week’s “Tonight on RAW” segment focuses on The Shield and their newfound TLC main event against Ryback/Team Hell No as well as the John Cena/Dolph Ziggler feud.

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[[Opening Segment]]

The lights are out as Justin Roberts introduces Dolph Ziggler. The lights go on and Ziggler is standing on a ladder in the middle of the ring with the Money in the Bank briefcase above him. Ziggler says he’s here to talk about two numbers: 6 (days till TLC) and 15 (days till Christmas). Ziggler says John Cena has been given opportunity after opportunity and has failed to win the WWE Championship. Ziggler then reminds everyone he’s facing Cena this Sunday in a ladder match. Ziggler tells Cena this is not going to be a Merry Christmas and he’s going to be the coal in Cena’s stocking. Ziggler simply says he’s going to “BEAT. JOHN. CENA.” Ziggler says that after that he’s going to give himself the greatest Christmas present of all: cash in the briefcase, beat The Big Show, and become the greatest World Heavyweight Champion of all-time.

Out comes Sheamus, for some reason or another. The entrance aisle is littered with tables, ladders, and chairs for, erm, obvious reasons. We see clips from the Sheamus/Show “no-contact” contract signing on Smackdown. Sheamus congratulates Ziggler for finally being taller than everyone, then says Ziggler will have to cash the Money in the Bank on him, not Show because he’s gonna become the new champion on Sunday. Sheamus says he doesn’t think Ziggler is going to beat Cena on Sunday, and it’s going to be him and Cena somewhere down the road for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The Big Show then makes his way out, yelling “blah blah blah” in the mic repeatedly. He does a Sheamus impression and a Ziggler impression, then calls them both delusional. Show says he wants to smear Sheamus’ face on his fist but he can’t because he’d have to forfeit the Championship if he did so so he’ll wait till Sunday. Show then begs Ziggler to cash in the briefcase after his match with Cena tonight (WAIT, WHAT?) so he can also knock him out. Sheamus asks where Show’s Christmas spirit is, and Show says he doesn’t have any. Sheamus says Show is grumpy because he threw Robert Rodriguez into Show’s, erm, family jewels. Sheamus says he can’t wait to fight him but can’t until Sunday or he’d lose his championship opportunity. Sheamus says that just because he can’t have contact with Show doesn’t mean he can’t have contact with someone else, then turns to Ziggler who’s still on the ladder. Sheamus pushes the ladder over, and Ziggler crotches on the top rope before falling to the floor. Sheamus stands tall and plays to the crowd as Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hype tonight’s show.

  • [Segment Thoughts]: Fun way to start the show, even though Show mistakenly thought Ziggler was going to try to cash in on him tonight. Maybe that was a Freudian slip? Either way solid mic work from all three, even from Sheamus who overcame the cheesy jokes and did some good stuff. I guess we’re getting Sheamus/Ziggler tonight, judging by how the way this segment ended.

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Vince McMahon is walking around backstage. Lawler says he’s on his way out here next.

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[RAW Hype]: Cena/Show main event.

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-Commercial Break-

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We join Cole and Lawler at the announce table. I.C. Champion Kofi Kingston and U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro join them. Wade Barrett is finishing up his entrance, but out comes Vince McMahon to interrupt things. He hypes the Cena/Show main event and brings out Vickie Guerrero to give her her “props” for making that main event. Out Guerrero comes all phony smiles as the crowd boos. McMahon tells her to take a bow and she obliges. McMahon asks her what’s better than one main event and answers for her: two. McMahon goads Guerrero into making Sheamus Vs. Dolph Ziggler the second main event of the night. McMahon then suggests a third main event. Guerrero offers up AJ Lee in a match. McMahon thinks about it then suggests Guerrero as her opponent. She is shocked, and McMahon introduces Barrett’s opponent R-Truth.

  • [Thoughts]: Wait I thought AJ couldn’t touch Guerrero or else she’d be fired. I guess the whole “if McMahon doesn’t remember, nobody else will either” rule is still in effect. Also they really didn’t need to squeeze this in. The show is 3 hours you know; you can space things out.

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[Match #1]: R-Truth Vs. Wade Barrett

Barrett overpowers Truth at the outset and sends him through the ropes and onto the floor. Barrett follows him out and slams Truth back-first into the apron while eyeballing Kingston. Barrett rolls Truth back in and goes for the quick pin but is unsuccessful. Barrett connects with an elbow drop, followed by a running boot to a seated Truth. He goes for another pin, but only gets another 2. Barrett chokes Truth on the second rope then sends him back to the mat. Barrett locks Truth into a reverse chinlock as Kingston mocks Cesaro’s “purse”. Sigh. Truth breaks out of the chinlock, but Barrett ducks a clothesline and hits a back kick to the midsection. Barrett goes for the pumphandle slam, but Truth slips out and rolls Barett up for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: R-Truth (1:52)

  • [Match Thoughts]: Well that was a pointless match. It was supposed to highlight both matches heading into Sunday, but Kingston and Cesaro jawing at each other so much on commentary made it seem like they were the ones facing off. Also let’s cut it out with the “purse” jokes please. That’s…that’s just stupid.

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[Post-Match]: Truth and Cesaro eyeball each other, and Kingston drops Barrett with a flying crossbody in the ring. The former tag team partners celebrate in the entrance area, with Kingston raising Truth’s hand in victory.

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[Next on RAW]: Fatal Four Way Tag Team Elimination match. The Rhodes Scholars are one of the teams! Yes!

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-Commercial Break-

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AJ Lee is backstage with a stage hand, excited about her match with Vickie. She then finds Aksana and excitedly gloats to her about the Vickie match. She then finds Kaitlyn and does the same thing, saying she’s going to tear Vickie apart. Lee then heads to the WWE Locker Room and finds John Cena. She hugs him and announces her excitement about the Vickie match. Cena holds a shirt over her eyes and says they’re in the men’s locker room. He then casually shoos her away while mouthing “I’m sorry” at the other guys.

  • [Thoughts]: I was all aboard this segment, AJ deserves to be excited about this announcement, until they went to the men’s locker room and they had Cena play the “mature” one who had to apologize for his friend’s childish behavior. Come on. COME ON.

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The Usos are finishing their entrance as we come back live. The Prime Time Players and Epico/Primo are already in the ring. The Rhodes Scholars get the televised entrance, ushering in the return of the team and Cody Rhodes.

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[Match #2]: The Usos Vs. The Rhodes Scholars Vs. The Rhodes Scholars Vs. Epico/Primo 

Epico and one of the Usos start the match off. The Uso gets the early upper hand then tags in his twin brother. They do a double team elbow drop then the new Uso goes for the pin. 2-count. Epico flips out of a suplex, and tags in Primo. He drops the Uso and goes for the pin. 2-count. The Colons continue their dominance and Primo drops the Uso with a dropkick. He goes for another pin. 2-count. Primo locks the Uso in a reverse chinlock. The Uso fights out but Primo drops him with a basement dropkick. Primo chokes the Uso on the bottom rope, then headbutts him.

Primo goes for another pin on the Uso but only gets a 2-count. The Uso gets whipped into the ropes but drops Primo with a savate kick. The other Uso tags in and splashes Primo for the 1…2…3. Epico/Primo are eliminated. O’Neil runs in and drops the Uso with a clothesline as we go to break.

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One of the Usos has Rhodes in a side headlock when we come back from break. The Prime Time Players were eliminated during the break. Uso 2 tags in (I think it’s Jimmy), and so does Sandow. Lawler mocks Rhodes’ ridiculous mustache which I just noticed and OH MY GOD. Uso 2 reverses an Irish whip and drops Sandow with an uppercut followed by a splash for a 2-count. Uso 1 tags in and hit Sandow with a double team move. Uso 1 sends Sandow into the corner but runs into a pair of boots. Sandow stomps on the fallen Uso and chokes him with his boot.

Rhodes tags back in to continue the assault. Rhodes stomps the fallen Uso as a “Cody’s mustache!” chant. Awesome. Sandow tags back in and drops Uso 1 with a Russian legsweep. Sandow follows it up with the Elbow of Disdain and goes for the pin. 2-count. Rhodes tags back in and whips Uso 1 into the corner. He tries a bulldog but Uso 1 sends him flying off. Uso 2 gets the hot tag and drops both Rhodes Scholars. Uso 2 connects with the Samoan Drop on Rhodes, then sends him into the corner. Uso 2 hits the running Back Thunder into the corner and goes for the pin. Sandow breaks up the count. Uso 1 throws him to the outside, then Sandow trips him and sends him crashing on the apron. Uso 2 goes to the top rope and drops Sandow during his attempted interference. Rhodes climbs to the top to fight Uso 2 but Uso 2 headbutts him off. Uso 2 goes for the splash, but Rhodes gets his knees up. He follows it up with a Cross Rhodes for the 1…2…3! The Usos have been eliminated.

Winners [via Pinfall]: Rhodes Scholars (10:54)

  • [Match Thoughts]: Great to see The Rhodes Scholars back…and also to see The Usos on the A-show. It’s a rare occurrence. The match itself was pretty good and I love it when the elimination rules are actually in effect. Sad to see Epico/Primo continue to flame out that badly though. Apparently The Scholars are going to TLC to face Mysterio/Cara to decide a #1 contender to the Tag Team Championship. Fair enough.

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[RAW Hype]: Lee/Guerrero, Sheamus/Ziggler.

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WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres and her opponent Alicia Fox are shown both headed towards the ring split-screen style. Their match is next.

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-Commercial Break-

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[Next Week on RAW]: The WWE Slammy Awards. Great.

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We join Cole and Lawler at the announce table hyping the Slammy Awards as Alicia Fox makes her entrance (which we don’t see). Apparently all the Slammy voting will happen exclusively through the WWE App. Her opponent, WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres, makes her way out next. We see a tweet from “Miss Piggy” who mocks Eve.

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[Match #3]: [WWE Divas Champion] Eve Torres Vs. Alicia Fox

Torres kicks Fox in the gut then locks on a side headlock. Torres takes her over, keeping the headlock applied. Fox shifts her weight and gets Torres down for a 2-count. Fox fights out of the headlock but Torres drops her with a shoulder tackle. Fox takes Torres down with a head scissors, then slams her face-first into the top turnbuckle. Torres drops Fox with a back kick and rolls to the floor. Fox follows her out and slams her face-first on the apron. Fox rolls back in and Torres starts crying. Fox doesn’t care and goes for a bridging suplex pin. 2-count. Fox whips Torres into the ropes but gets a kick to the face during an attempted backdrop. Fox responds with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 2-count. Torres begs off to the corner and forces the ref to get Fox off of her. Torres gets a cheap shot kick and rushes to the corner, but Fox jumps to the top rope. Torres rips off of the top turnbuckle then connects with a spinning neckbreaker of her own for the 3-count.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Eve Torres (2:29)

  • [Match Thoughts]: If Torres is just going to win all the time, why can’t the championship be on the line? That aside it was an okay, if way too quick Divas match. There has been much worse over the past few months pertaining to this division, so I’ll take what I can get. I need to hit mute during Divas matches though; Lawler’s pervy commentary is infuriating.

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[Post-Match]: Torres invites one of the ringside photographers into the ring and poses for a series of pictures over her fallen opponent.

  • [Thoughts]: Hey look at that, they added a new dimension to heel Eve. Awesome. I like that post-match photo op; reminds me of something Johnny Cage would do.

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WWE Champion CM Punk is backstage on crutches. We’ll be hearing from him next!

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-Commercial Break-

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[[CM Punk Addresses the WWE Universe]]

Justin Roberts introduces WWE Champion CM Punk to the ring. “Cult of Personality” hits and out he comes, on crutches, along with his adviser Paul Heyman. They stop on the entrance stage, and Heyman hands him a mic. Punk says there are people in the WWE Universe who think his injury is phony and the surgery never happened as a way to duck facing Ryback once again. Punk says the knee injury is 100% real-life and this is what happens when you’re champ for 388 days. Punk says injuries happen, then we go to footage from Ryback’s assault on Punk from the end of last week’s show.

We go back live and a “Feed Me More!” chant has started. Heyman now has the mic. Heyman says the crowd is ticking him off and he admonishes them for chanting “Feed Me More” at Punk, 6 days after emergency surgery. Heyman says Punk is a legitimate champion, unlike the New Jersey Devils who haven’t won a championship in years. Heyman then says Punk didn’t have a stunt double last week like The Rock. Heyman says their champion is not complaining, he’s standing here (again, unlike The Rock) being a man. Heyman says Punk will defend the WWE Championship against The Rock because he isn’t going anywhere and he remains the reigning and defending WWE Champion. Heyman concludes by calling Punk the “Best in the World”.

Punk grabs the mic back to address those who think he should be stripped of the WWE Championship. Punk calls that notion ridiculous then asks the audience to try to “strip him” right now. Watch out Punk, there might be some oversexed ladies in attendance. Punk lists everyone he’s defeated as WWE Champion, then says Ryback has had two chances at it but has failed both times. Punk says that The Rock only gets ONE shot at Royal Rumble and Punk guarantees he will fail. Punk concludes by saying he will be present at TLC to watch The Shield, who he’s not affiliated with mind you, decimate Ryback.

  • [Segment Thoughts]: Even when injured Punk is the most entertaining thing on this show. A good promo that got the ball rolling on his upcoming match against The Rock at Royal Rumble. Never too early to start the build towards that. I’m also interested to see if Punk somehow gets involved in the six-man this Sunday; he obviously can’t do much but I’m sure he and The Shield will interact in some form to keep that intrigue going.

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We cut back to the announce table as Cole clarifies the new main event: a TLC match between Ryback/Team Hell No and The Shield. This will be the first TLC match to be decided by pinfall or submission.

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[Earlier on RAW]: Vinnie Mac announces AJ/Vickie Guerrero for tonight.

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[RAW Hype]: AJ/Guerrero, Cena/Show.

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We see a split-screen of Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler heading to the ring. Their match is next.

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-Commercial Break-

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Sheamus makes his way out for the next match, stopping to slap a chair nearby because, you know, Chairs match coming up and all. And right on cue we get the TLC graphic to hype said Chairs match. Dolph Ziggler makes his way out next. His left thigh is taped up from his fall earlier. Cole hypes up Ziggler’s YouTube show and we then see Sheamus dumping Ziggler off the ladder and to the floor from earlier.

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[Match #4]: Sheamus Vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler backs Sheamus into the corner, and cheap shots him during an attempted ref break. Sheamus kicks at Ziggler’s now injured thigh and starts working the leg over. Ziggler kicks Sheamus in the gut and drops an elbow over the back of his neck. Sheamus blocks a right and kicks Ziggler’s legs out from under him. Sheamus hits an atomic drop on the leg and goes for the pin. 1-count. Ziggler kicks Sheamus during a backdrop attempt but Sheamus drops him with a running forearm immediately after. Sheamus drapes the injured leg over the second rope and wrenches on it. Ziggler fights out of the corner and connects with a dropkick. Ziggler attempts an Irish whip but Sheamus holds the rope and tosses Ziggler out to the floor. Sheamus heads outside and hits another running forearm on Ziggler, knocking him back to the ground. Sheamus celebrates as we go to commercial.

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Ziggler has Sheamus in a reverse chinlock as we come back from commercial. Ziggler brings him to the mat and wraps his legs around Sheamus for added pressure. They get to their feet and Sheamus fights out with a couple of rights. Ziggler responds with a knee to the gut as Sheamus runs the ropes. Sheamus rolls to the floor to regroup. After a moment, Ziggler rolls out to roll Sheamus back in, then hammers him to the mat in the corner. Ziggler drops Sheamus with a neckbreaker and goes for the pin. 2-count. Ziggler reapplies the reverse chinlock to wear him down. They get to their feet again and Sheamus sends Ziggler hard into the turnbuckle. Both men are down.

Sheamus starts “Hulking up” and connects with a series of rights followed by a couple of Polish hammers. Sheamus clotheslines Ziggler in the corner, but Ziggler side steps a splash and Sheamus goes shoulder-first into the steel post. Ziggler goes for the pin but the ref catches him with his feet on the ropes and refuses to count. Ziggler drops Sheamus with a double knee to the arm and goes for another pin. 2-count. Ziggler heads to the second rope and yells at Sheamus to get up. Sheamus catches Ziggler in mid-air and drops him with a fallaway slam. Ziggler finds himself on the apron, allowing for Sheamus to hit his 10 furious forearms. Sheamus suplexes Ziggler back into the ring then rolls to the apron himself.

Sheamus heads to the top rope but Ziggler crotches him. Ziggler climbs to the second rope and a slugfest commences. Sheamus wins it and pushes Ziggler off. Ziggler quickly gets up, scales the ropes, and connects with a top rope facebuster for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Damn. Sheamus gets to his feet and goes for the White Noise, but Ziggler slides out. Sheamus goes for the Texas Cloverleaf instead but Ziggler gets to the ropes. Ziggler catches Sheamus with a knee but Sheamus responds with the Irish Curse backbreaker for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Sheamus stands tall and signals for the Brogue Kick. Ziggler ducks the kick and rolls to the outside. Sheamus follows and Ziggler hits him with a chair to cause a DQ.

Winner [via DQ]: Sheamus (15:13)

  • [Match Thoughts]: An enjoyable match that went on far longer than I expected to…not that I’m complaining because I enjoy both of these guys’ in-ring work. Having Sheamus win by DQ was a nice touch, if only to keep Ziggler from taking another pinfall loss heading into the PPV. I think this is as good as it’ll get tonight.

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[Post-Match]: Ziggler continues attacking Sheamus with a chair in the ring. He goes to hit Sheamus once more, but Sheamus Brogue Kicks it out of his hand and Ziggler hightails it. Sheamus and Ziggler commence with the staredown.

  • [Thoughts]: Seeds planted for a WHC feud? I hope so.

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[RAW Hype]: AJ Vs. Guerrero, Cena Vs. Show.

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-Commercial Break-

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Vickie Guerrero is getting ready in her office, when Hornswoggle and The Great Khali interrupt her. Guerrero says she’s feeling tight, so Hornswoggle and Khali stretch her in an awkward sexual position. Vince McMahon walks in and says “I thought this was gonna be a family show” before walking out. Guerrero shoos Hornswoggle and Khali away out of embarrassment.

  • [Thoughts]: Cue the sad trombone.

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We see clips from Smackdown on Friday where The Shield attacked Daniel Bryan and put Kane through the announce table via triple power bomb followed by their eerie nWo-like manifesto shot on a handheld cam. They talk about shielding the WWE from injustice and talk about Ryback and Team Hell No and such.

  • [Thoughts]: God I love hearing Dean Ambrose talk.

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Justin Roberts introduces Ricardo Rodriguez who handles the introduction of Alberto Del Rio. Rodriguez drags out the “Albertoooooo” part longer than usual and yes it was awesome. Del Rio is in action, maybe even in a fully televised match, next!

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Del Rio is still in the ring, waiting for his opponent. It looks like it’s gonna be Zack Ryder.

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[Match #5]: Zack Ryder Vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez)

Ryder ducks a clothesline and connects with a dropkick, followed by a flying forearm in the corner. Ryder hits another then goes for the pin. 2-count. Short-arm clothesline from Ryder followed by another 2-count, and Ryder applies a reverse chinlock. They get to their feet and Del Rio breaks out, but Ryder quickly regains the advantage and takes him down with a side headlock. Del Rio slithers his way to the rope, forcing a break. Del Rio goes to the outside to regroup. Ryder grabs him, but Del Rio drops him throat-first. Del Rio runs in to continue the assault but Ryder drops him face-first onto the mat. Del Rio sends Ryder into the corner and connects with a kick to the kidneys. Del Rio goes for the pin but only gets a 2.

Del Rio gets a running start and connects with a kick to Ryder’s shoulder. Del Rio chokes Ryder on the second rope until the ref forces him off. Ryder starts fighting back but Del Rio fights him off and connects with a snap suplex for a 2-count. Del Rio focuses his forearms into Ryder’s lower back and applies a chinlock. They get to their feet and Ryder fights his way out. Unfortunately he runs into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio goes for the pin but is unsuccessful. Ryder gets up in the corner and Del Rio hits a running kick Ryder’s arm. Del Rio goes for the pin but is unsuccessful. After a jumping boot he tries again and once again it’s a 2-count.

Del Rio reapplies the chinlock, burying the knee into Ryder’s back. Ryder gets to his feet and connects with a sunset flip for a 2-count. Del Rio ducks a clothesline and connects with a German suplex/pinning attempt for a 2-count. Del Rio and Rodriguez both question the ref about the count. Del Rio heads to the second rope and connects with a double fist to Ryder’s shoulder blades. Del Rio goes for the pin, but again it’s a 2-count. Del Rio targets the lower back and once again we get the chinlock/knee to the back combo. Ryder fights out as the NJ crowd chants for him. Ryder backdrops Del Rio to the floor, and Rodriguez runs over to his friend to check on him. Del Rio rolls in and runs into a couple of clotheslines. Del Rio reverses an Irish whip but runs into the double knees. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot, but Del Rio sees it coming and drops him with a drop toehold. Del Rio then locks on the Cross Arm Breaker for the quick tap.

Winner [via Submission]: Alberto Del Rio (6:29)

  • [Match Thoughts]: A surprisingly competitive match; I guess they wanted to give NJ their fair share of Ryder and they seemed excited to see him. Because of how competitive it was, I got into the match and even briefly thought Ryder had the match in the bag. But Del Rio has a big match this Wednesday and Ryder doesn’t so there you go.

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[Post-Match]: Cole and Lawler hype Del Rio’s match against Ryback this Wednesday on Main Event as Del Rio/Rodriguez celebrate the victory.

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Cole and Lawler hype up the fact that The Slammys are going “#RAWactive” for the first time ever. Cole mentions the WWE App is the only place you can vote.

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AJ Lee is happily skipping around. She’s up next!

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“Light It Up” starts playing and out comes AJ Lee for the next match. Her home state crowd gives her a very welcome reception. Vickie Guerrero makes her way out next, sans music. Guerrero repeatedly screams about needing a referee. They look to the entrance stage and out comes Brad Maddox, once again wearing the referee stripes. He gets into the ring and Lee gets in Maddox’s face and Maddox calls for the bell to be rung.

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[Match #6] AJ Lee Vs. Vickie Guerrero [[Brad Maddox as the Referee]]

Guerrero attacks Lee from behind, then chokes her on the middle rope. Maddox half-assedly tries to break it up but not really. Guerrero sends Lee face-first into the canvas, then drops her once again and then again, laughing all the while. Lee gets to her knees and Guerrero slaps her down before playing to the crowd. Lee gets the crazy look and takes Guerrero down, laying into her. Guerrero leaves the ring and Lee runs after her, knocking her to the floor. Lee drags her back into the ring and slams her face-first into the mat repeatedly. Lee follows up with a hell of a slap and goes for the pin. Maddox just stands there. Lee gets in his face while he just brushes her off. Guerrero sneaks up from behind and rolls Lee up. Maddox decides to now make the count and 3 seconds later Guerrero has a victory.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Vickie Guerrero (2:13)

  • [Match Thoughts]: Let’s forget about quality because, c’mon, you knew it was going to be terrible. Having Maddox show up, however, was great and his refusal to count the pinfall victory for Lee was great. Brad Maddox is awesome.

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[Post-Match]: Maddox raises Guerrero’s arm in victory on the entrance stage. Lee melts down in the ring, screaming and punching the mat. She leaves the ring and starts chucking chairs at the apron before ripping the top part of the announce table off. Lee dumps the ladder, then screams and smashes the barricade. Lee then slaps Justin Roberts for no good reason, and she angrily walks to the back.

  • [Thoughts]: Oh snap that was quite a meltdown. Ridiculous? Kind-of. But it also sort of terrified me. The slap to Roberts was just unnecessary; why do people from NXT always want to hurt him? What did he do?

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AJ Lee is still having her meltdown, this time pushing and throwing backstage equipment. John Cena comes in to save the day, telling her to calm down. Cena hugs her and tells her it’s not the end of the world.

  • [Thoughts]: Apparently Cena didn’t get the memo that crazy women are the most fun in bed. STOP RUINING THINGS FOR YOURSELF.

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I.C. Champion Kofi Kingston makes his way out again, this time for an actual match. His opponent is U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro, who makes his way out next. Cesaro mocks New Jersey for being rotten and such as he makes his way to the ring. Cesaro says the NJ people need him as their U.S. Champion and then says R-Truth is gonna find out that the truth hurts. Cue the German language outro.

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[Match #7]: [WWE I.C. Champion] Kofi Kingston Vs. [WWE U.S. Champion] Antonio Cesaro

Cesaro traps Kingston in a waistlock and takes him down to the mat. Cesaro transitions into a front chancery, but Kingston slips out and applies an armbar. Cesaro reverses into a wristlock. Kingston flips his way out and tries to sweep Cesaro’s legs, but Cesaro kicks him in the face instead. Headbutt from Cesaro followed by a side headlock. Kingston sends him into the ropes but Cesaro drops him with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro hits the ropes but Kingston leapfrogs him twice and connects with a back elbow. Kingston does the 10 punches in the corner after leaping all the way to the top. Kingston connects with an axhandle from the top rope and Cesaro bails to the apron. Kingston goes to suplex him back in but Cesaro drops him throat-first on the top rope instead.

Cesaro rolls back in and slams Kingston to the mat followed by the running double stomp. Cesaro goes for the pin but only gets a 2-count. Cesaro chokes Kingston in the corner with his boot. Kingston starts fighting back but Cesaro drops him with another bodyslam, followed by an elbow. Cesaro goes for the pin but can’t keep Kingston down. Cesaro applies a Million Dollar Dream on Kingston and then goes for another bodyslam but Kingston slips out. Kingston does his four move pre-Boom Drop combo. Kingston goes for the final part, but Cesaro rolls out of the way. Kingston chases him around and Cesaro tries to get him upon entering the ring but Kingston regains the advantage. Kingston sends Cesaro into the corner but gets caught with a boot to the face as we go to commercial.

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Cesaro has Kingston trapped in a waistlock on the mat as we come back from break. Kingston gets to his feet and starts striking his way out. He finally breaks free with a headbutt and tries for a sunset flip. Cesaro lifts him up with ease but Kingston gets the full sunset flip for a 2-count. Cesaro clocks Kingston and goes for the pin. 2-count. Dead-lift gutwrench suplex by Cesaro leads to another 2-count. Kingston starts hitting a series of kicks but Cesaro hits a spinebuster for another 2-count. Cesaro reapplies the waistlock and sends Kingston into the corner when he tries to break out. Kingston fights back and hits a top rope splash on Cesaro’s back, flattening him for a 2-count.

Kingston goes for the S.O.S. but Cesaro responds with an Uppercut to the back of the head for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Cesaro gets right back into it, hitting a series of body shots in the corner. Kingston hits the S.O.S. out of nowhere for the 1…2…Cesaro grabs the bottom rope. Cesaro side steps a corner splash but gets caught with a Kingston through the ropes kick. Kingston goes to the top rope, and Cesaro catches him mid-air, transitioning quickly into a backbreaker. Cesaro follows up with the Neutralizer for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Antonio Cesaro (13:50)

  • [Match Thoughts]: Strike what I said earlier during the Sheamus/Ziggler match, it did get better. Excellent stuff and Cesaro continues to shine. Loved it. He’s a future WWE Champion…or at least World Heavyweight Champion.

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[Next on RAW]: MizTV with The Rhodes Scholars.

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-Commercial Break-

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[[MizTV w/ The Rhodes Scholars]]

The Miz comes out wearing a white suit. The MizTV set-up is now on the entrance stage. He introduces The Rhodes Scholars to his show, calling them “The Beardo and the Weirdo”. Out they come, Rhodes in a suit. Damien Sandow insults people who look forward to MizTV, so he insulted absolutely no one. Sandow reintroduces Cody Rhodes. Rhodes mocks Miz for not being somebody anymore, then says The Rhodes Scholars are a revelation in a sea of neanderthals. Rhodes compares the team to Princeton University, an intellectual island surrounded by idiots from New Jersey.

The Miz retorts by mocking Rhodes’ mustache, then insinuates that they’re gay together because, you know, heels are totes gay. Sandow tells Miz he has lost reality, and Miz does the whole “Really?” thing. Miz says they’re gonna lose to Mysterio/Cara and then makes a comparison to Manny Pacquiao’s knockout. Miz tries to cause tension by saying Sandow calls Rhodes the “Marty Jannetty” of their team. Miz then gets into Rhodes’ face and says he’ll always be overshadowed either by his partner or by his father. Rhodes says Miz looks like Col. Sanders and says this interview is over, comparing MizTV to trash talk reality TV. Miz asks “was it something I said?” as they left. Miz announces a new name for The Rhodes Scholars: “The Pink and the Stink”.

  • [Segment Thoughts]: An absolutely putrid segment that didn’t need to happen. Miz as a face has become the worst f*cking thing ever. Seriously. F*ck this whole segment right in its homophobic and childish face.

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John Cena is headed towards the arena for his match when he’s stopped by AJ Lee. Lee says she wants to be in Cena’s corner for the match and Cena tries to talk her out of it. He’s finally successful in doing so and leaves her backstage to make his way out. The main event is next.

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-Commercial Break-

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Dolph Ziggler makes his way out to, uh, do commentary I guess? Probably. That makes sense.

“My Time is Now” starts up, bringing out John Cena for the main event. He runs to the ring and starts throwing out his merch to the crowd as Cole brings up Cena’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday. Ziggler brings up Cena’s constant failure at winning the WWE Championship, which is a good point. Cena’s opponent, World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show, makes his way out next.

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[Main Event]: John Cena Vs. [World Heavyweight Champion] The Big Show

Show backs Cena in the corner, but Cena fights his way out. Show drops Cena with a headbutt and follows it up with a midsection right hand. Show connects with another headbutt as the dueling Cena chants drown the commentary team out. Show splashes Cena in the corner. Show tries again but Cena side steps and tries to apply a sleeperhold. Cena gets him to the mat and goes for a pin but Show emphatically kicks out. Cena goes for the AA but can’t lift Show and falls over. Both men struggle to recover as we go to break.

-Commercial Break-

Show goes for a Chokeslam as we come back from break, but Cena counters with a DDT. Show, however, comes back with a sidewalk slam and a 2-count. Another headbutt from Show, but Cena fights back with a series of rights and a dropkick. Cena gets a running start but Show drops him with a spear for the 1…2…kickout. Show bodyslams Cena and drops a running elbow drop. Show goes for another pin. 2-count. Show argues with the ref. Cena fights back but runs into a bearhug. After what seems like forever, Cena fights out and goes for the STF but Show kicks him off and to the floor.

Show rolls out of the ring and sends Cena into the barricade. Show stares at the ref as he counts before finally getting back in. Show picks Cena up to the apron, but Cena fights back with some shoulder blocks. Cena rolls into the ring and gets dropped with a clothesline. Show goes for the Vader Bomb in the corner and connects with it for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Show continues beating on Cena in the corner and drops him with another headbutt. Show goes for another Vader Bomb in the opposite corner but this time he misses. Cena launches into his shoulder tackle/side suplex combo, followed by the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena stares Ziggler down for a second, allowing Show to grab him and connect with the Chokeslam for the 1…2…KICKOUT. Come on.

Show measures Cena for the KO Punch, but Cena ducks and connects with the AA. Both men are down. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose run in to attack Cena, as the bell rings.

Winner [via DQ]: John Cena (13:52)

  • [Match Thoughts]: Oh my god was this a boring main event. I’m glad The Shield showed up to inject at least a little life into this. Not a great way to end the show wrestling-wise.

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[Post-Match]: The Shield continue their 3 on 1 assault. Rollins and Ambrose bring a table into the ring and set it up in the corner. Roman Reigns rolls out and grabs a ladder. The pyro explodes, bringing out Team Hell No. The brawl commences. Ziggler runs in and attacks Cena. The Big Show comes back in and drops Cena. Sheamus runs out and attacks Ziggler, and they spill to the outside. Show tries a Chokeslam on Cena, but Cena slips out and spears Show through the table. The Shield continue beating on Bryan/Kane until…

“FEED! ME! MORE!”

Ryback makes his way to the ring and takes it right to The Shield. He and Team Hell No brawl with The Shield while Cena brawls with Show as we fade to logo.

  • [Thoughts]: I think I speak for everyone when I say “ABOUT DAMN TIME THE SHIELD SHOWED UP!”. There was very little build for that new “main event” outside of some brief mentions and it’s insane that it took until the end of the show for anything like this to happen. The chaotic brawl was fun to watch, I like watching chaotic brawls and such, and it did sort of highlight the main matches going into TLC. But this was too little too late and the way it cut out reminded me of how TNA ends their shows. All I know is that I am not sold on this PPV and will be skipping it.

*****

Overall Show Thoughts:

  • This episode of Raw dragged and dragged and dragged and…you get my point. It started off strong but after about an hour in the show began to lose a lot of steam. On top of that WWE did a pretty terrible job of hyping TLC and the fact that the men involved in the six-man tag didn’t show up until the final five minutes was ridiculous. There was a decent amount of good (Kingston/Cesaro, Sheamus/Ziggler, Brad Maddox) but overall this was a boring show and a terrible way to sell a PPV. Any desire I had for TLC has now completely disappeared.
  • Best Match: Kofi Kingston Vs. Antonio Cesaro
  • Worst Match: R-Truth Vs. Wade Barrett
  • Best Segment: CM Punk’s brief promo.
  • Worst Segment: MizTV. Hell this MizTV might be the worst segment of the year.

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