Date: December 10, 2012
Location: Newark, NJ
Commentators: Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler
– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look at The Shield. We see clips from last week of Ryback powerbombing CM Punk and they discuss his injury plus the changes to TLC. The video switches focus to the storyline with AJ Lee, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.
– We’re live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey as Justin Roberts introduces Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler is in the ring at the top of a ladder. His Money in the Bank briefcase is hanging high. Ziggler says he’s right where he belongs – at the top. Ziggler is here to talk about two numbers – 6 and 15. 6 is the number of days until TLC and 15 is the number of days until Christmas. Ziggler says for John Cena, Christmas and TLC are one in the same. Ziggler talks about how Cena has been handed opportunities but failed.
Ziggler talks about having to defend his briefcase at TLC. Ziggler says he will be the coal in Cena’s stocking. Ziggler declares that he will beat Cena at TLC. Ziggler says then he will cash in his contract, beat Big Show and go on to be the greatest World Champion of all time. Out comes Sheamus to interrupt. We see ladders set up all on the stage and the ramp as Sheamus makes his way down.
Sheamus mocks Ziggler and says Ziggler is going to have to cash in on him because he will beat Big Show at TLC to win the World Title. Sheamus says for that to happen, Ziggler would have to beat Cena and he doesn’t think that will happen. Sheamus thinks it will be Cena vs. Sheamus down the line, for the World Title. Big Show’s music hits and out he comes now. Show says both of them are delusional. Show says he would like to come down and beat Sheamus up now but he can’t because of the no-contact clause they signed on SmackDown. Show says he will knock out Ziggler too. They keep arguing and Ziggler ends up getting shoved off the ladder by Sheamus.
– Vince McMahon is shown walking backstage as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston joins commentary as Wade Barrett waits in the ring. Vince McMahon’s music hits and out he comes. He hypes tonight’s main event – John Cena vs. Big Show and brings out the person who made that match, Vickie Guerrero. Vince wants another main event and says Sheamus should be in it. Vince whispers to her that Dolph Ziggler should be in the match. Vince says what about a third main event… something really big, monumental. Vickie proposes AJ Lee wrestle a handicap match and the crowd boos. Vince comes up with Vickie vs. AJ. Vince calls out R-Truth for the next match.
R-Truth vs. Wade Barrett
Kofi is on commentary as is WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro.
They go at it and Barrett sends Truth to the floor early on. Barrett comes out and has words with Kofi. Barrett throws Truth into the apron and then in the ring for a 2 count. Barrett drops a knee and kicks Truth in the face for another pin attempt. Truth tries to make a comeback but Barrett kicks him in the gut. Truth counters and rolls Barrett up for the win out of nowhere.
– Truth goes to the floor and taunts Cesaro. Barrett gets up in the ring as Kofi leaps from the top and hits a crossbody. Kofi and Truth leave together as Kofi’s music plays.
– There will be a Fatal 4 Way tag team match to determine new #1 contenders up next. Back to commercial.
– Backstage AJ Lee is excited about her match against Vickie Guerrero tonight. She runs into Aksana and then Kaitlyn. AJ talks about how she’s going to tear Vickie apart. AJ goes looking for Cena. She walks in the locker room and hugs him while other Superstars are standing there getting ready. Cena gets her to leave the locker room and says he’s sorry to the other guys. Cena walks off after her it looks like.
Fatal 4 Way Match: The Usos vs. Darren Young & Titus O’Neil vs. Epico & Primo vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes
We go to the ring and out comes the returning Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow while the other three teams wait in the ring. The winners of this match will face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a Tables Match to determine new #1 contenders at TLC.
Lots of back and forth to start. The Usos double team Epico some. Primo tags in for a 2 count as Rosa Mendes cheers them on from ringside. Primo works Uso over and takes him to the corner. Another tag to Epico and another pin attempt. Usos eliminate Primo and Epico. Titus comes in and levels Uso as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and one of the Usos is working on Cody Rhodes. During the break, Darren Young got pinned and his team was eliminated. Cody counters and tags in Sandow as the other Uso brother comes in. The crowd pops as Sandow and Uso get ready to go at it. Sandow strikes first and takes control. Uso drops him with a shot to the throat and hits a splash for a 2 count. The Usos tag out and do some double teaming.
Cody tags back in and stomps away. A big “Cody’s mustache” chant breaks out in the crowd. Sandow with another tag and a bit of double teaming. Sandow hits the Elbow of Disdain for a close 2 count. Cody comes back in to keep the assault up. Uso counters a bulldog and sends Cody flying. Usos tag in and drops Cody and Sandow. Uso unloads on Cody and hits a Samoan Drop. The crowd is into this match. Uso drops Cody in the corner and back splashes him. 2 count for Uso as Sandow breaks the pin. The other Uso dumps Sandow to the floor but Sandow pulls him out. Uso goes to the top for a big splash on Cody but Sandow tries to stop him. Cody runs up on the corner but Uso headbutts him to the floor. Uso climbs up for a splash but Cody gets his knees up. Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win and the match at TLC.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox
<Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hype next week’s Slammy Awards. We go to the ring as Alicia Fox waits in the ring for this non-title match. WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres is out next. Cole and Lawler talk about The Muppets, tonight’s RAW Social Media Ambassadors.
Back and forth to start. Eve drops Alicia a few times. They end up on the outside and Alicia takes control. Alicia brings Eve back in the ring. Eve pleads from her knees. Eve acts like she’s hurt to the referee. Alicia grabs her and hits a bridge suplex for a close 2 count. Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and another pin attempt. More back and forth. Eve drops Alicia on her head from the corner and hits the neckbreaker for the win.
Winner: Eve Torres
– After the match, Eve calls the ringside photographer into the ring to take photos of her while she poses over Alicia.
– WWE Champion CM Punk is backstage walking on crutches. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk on crutches. He has Paul Heyman with him. Punk speaks from the stage and says fans think that his surgery and injury are fake so he can duck another title match against Ryback. Punk assures us that this is 100% real life. Punk says this is what happens when you work more days than anyone else and when you’re WWE Champion for this long. We see footage from last week where Ryback attacked Punk.
The fans start chanting “feed me more” and it pisses Heyman off. Heyman yells at the fans. He says Punk is a legitimate champion and rips the New Jersey Devils hockey team. Heyman puts Punk over as WWE Champion. Heyman says Punk doesn’t have a stunt double like The Rock. Heyman says The Rock was too busy to come here tonight. Heyman says Rock just shows up when he gets a title opportunity. Heyman says Ryback is no longer in front of Punk. Heyman says Punk will defend against The Rock and he’s not going anywhere. Punk takes the mic back and wants to address the people who think he should be stripped of the WWE Title.
Punk says if anyone wants to come strip him of the title, then come do it. Punk names a bunch of guys who couldn’t take the title from him in the past year. Punk says Ryback has had two chances to become champion and failed both times. Punk says The Rock gets just one shot at the Royal Rumble. Punk promises The Rock will fail also. Punk says he will be present at TLC so he can watch like all of us. Punk says he’s not affiliated with The Shield but he will be there to watch them do to Ryback what he did to Punk last week. Punk’s music hits and that’s it.
– Cole and Lawler hype the TLC main event. Still to come tonight, AJ Lee vs. Vickie Guerrero. Also, John Cena vs. Big Show. Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next after the commercial break.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
Back from the break and out comes Sheamus to a nice pop from the crowd. Dolph Ziggler is out next. They lock up and go to the corner. Ziggler beats Sheamus around. Sheamus comes back with kicks and starts working on Ziggler’s leg. Sheamus drops elbows on the knee and slams him on it for a quick pin attempt. Ziggler looks to make a comeback but Sheamus runs over him with a shoulder. Sheamus takes Ziggler back to the corner and works on the leg some more. Ziggler fights out with right hands and hits a standing dropkick. Ziggler with right hands but Sheamus tosses him out of the ring. Sheamus comes out and runs over Ziggler with a forearm shot as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler is in control after dropping Sheamus on the floor. Sheamus fights out of a hold on the mat but gets sent right back out to the floor. Ziggler comes back out and brings Sheamus in the ring. Ziggler with more right hands in the corner. Ziggler with a neckbreaker and a 2 count. Sheamus fights back and sends Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler goes down as Sheamus gets hyped up. Sheamus fights back with right hands and hits forearm shots. Sheamus with a big clothesline in the corner. Sheamus charges but Ziggler moves and Sheamus hits his shoulder on the post. Ziggler uses the ropes to get a 2 count. Ziggler drops Sheamus on his arm and covers for a 2 count.
Ziggler shows off and goes to the second rope. He comes down but Sheamus catches him in mid-air and hits the backbreaker, then tosses him. Sheamus with forearm shots to the chest on the apron now. Sheamus suplexes Ziggler in and goes to the apron. Sheamus climbs to the top but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler climbs up and they trade shots on the top. Sheamus shoves Ziggler to the mat. Ziggler runs right back up and slams Sheamus face first onto the mat. Ziggler covers for a close 2 count. Sheamus blocks a sleeper but can’t hit White Noise. Sheamus counters and goes for the Cloverleaf but Ziggler gets the ropes. More back and forth. Sheamus nails the Irish Curse backbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick but Ziggler escapes and rolls out of the ring. Sheamus comes out but Ziggler hits him with a chair for the DQ.
Winner by DQ: Sheamus
– After the match, Ziggler hits the ring with the chair and smacks Sheamus in the back with it. Ziggler goes for another shot but Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick, almost sending the chair into Ziggler’s face. Ziggler flies out of the ring and up the ramp as Sheamus’ music plays.
– Still to come – Cena vs. Show and AJ vs. Vickie. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Vickie Guerrero is warming up when Hornswoggle comes in with The Great Khali. Vickie is having some muscle problems and they assist her in stretching it out. Vince McMahon comes in and catches them in a compromising position. Vince says he thought this was supposed to be a family show and walks out. Vickie screams and tells Hornswoggle and Khali to get out.
Alberto Del Rio vs.
We go to the ring and out comes Alberto Del Rio as Ricardo Rodriguez begins the introduction. We go to commercial before his opponent comes out.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Zack Ryder
We go to the ring and out comes Alberto Del Rio as Ricardo Rodriguez begins the introduction. We go to commercial before his opponent comes out.
Back from the break and out comes Zack Ryder. Ryder’s dad and friends are sitting at ringside cheering him on. The match starts and Ryder hits a dropkick. Ryder takes it to the corner and the referee backs him off. Ryder goes right back at it for a 2 count.
Ryder with more offense and a headlock takedown. Del Rio goes to the floor and comes back in, only to get dropped on his face. Del Rio finally turns it around and kicks Ryder in the back for a 2 count. Del Rio with a big kick to the shoulder. Del Rio keeps working on the shoulder now. Del Rio with a snap suplex and another 2 count. Ryder fights back but Del Rio catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Del Rio with the big kick to the arm in the corner and another pin attempt. Del Rio goes on and hits a German suplex for a 2 count. Ryder finally gets a shot in and dumps Del Rio out to the floor. Del Rio comes in and Ryder unloads. Del Rio turns it around but runs into knees. Ryder misses the Broski Boot and Del Rio applies the cross armbreaker for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
– AJ Lee is backstage skipping as we go to commercial.
Vickie Guerrero vs. AJ Lee
Back from the break and out comes AJ Lee to a big pop from her home state. Cole says she has family and friends here in the crowd tonight. Out next comes Vickie Guerrero.
Vickie screams for a referee to come down. Vickie screams it over and over. Finally out comes Brad Maddox and AJ looks confused and then upset. Maddox takes his time entering the ring as the crowd boo’s.
The bell finally rings and Vickie takes advantage, sending AJ down and rubbing her face into the mat. Vickie chokes AJ on the ropes next. AJ comes back, tackles Vickie and unloads on her. Vickie escapes and runs up the ramp. AJ runs after her and knocks her to the floor. AJ brings Vickie back in the ring and jumps on top of her again. AJ goes for the pin but Maddox won’t count it. Vickie takes advantage and rolls Vickie up for the win as Maddox counts this time. Vickie has her hand raised by Maddox on the stage as AJ looks on upset.
Winner: Vickie Guerrero
– After Vickie and Maddox leave, AJ goes insane in the ring. She goes to ringside and throws chairs. She rips the announce table top off and tips a ladder over. AJ smacks Justin Roberts in the face and continues going crazy. AJ storms off up the ramp as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and AJ is still throwing a fit backstage. She’s crying when John Cena walks up. Cena hugs her and calms her down.
Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston. His opponent is United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro cuts a promo on the way to the ring and says America has gone rotten. Cesaro rips New Jersey. Cesaro hits the ring and here we go.
Back and forth to start the match. Cesaro takes Kofi down and stomps away. Cesaro with a headbutt. Kofi makes a comeback and hits an elbow to the jaw. Kofi mounts Cesaro in the corner with right hands. Kofi off the top with a big right hand now. Cesaro turns it back around and stomps on Kofi’s mid section for a 2 count. Cesaro keeps control and drops an elbow drop for another pin attempt.
Kofi makes a comeback and goes for the Boom Drop but Cesaro rolls out of the ring. Cesaro comes back in but Kofi meets him with a kick. More back and forth until Kofi monkey flips Cesaro. Kofi runs into a big boot and goes down in the corner. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro has Kofi down on the mat. Kofi tries for a roll up but Cesaro lifts him up on his shoulders. Kofi counters with a 2 count. Cesaro drops Kofi hard for another 2 count. Cesaro keeps control. Kofi looks to make a comeback but Cesaro hits a spinebuster for another pin attempt. Kofi turns it around and goes for a pin. Cesaro blocks SOS and hits a big uppercut to the back of the head. 2 count by Cesaro. Cesaro takes Kofi to the corner with body shots. Kofi hits SOS for a very close 2 count. Kofi misses a splash in the corner but connects with a kick to the head. Kofi climbs up but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a big backbreaker. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
– Up next is MizTV with Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and The Miz is on the stage for another episode of MizTV. He brings out Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Sandow comes out and rips Miz and the fans. Another “Cody’s mustache” chant breaks out. Sandow says it’s his privilege to re-introduce his partner and best friend – Cody Rhodes. Sandow says he’s new and improved.
Miz picks on Cody’s mustache and Sandow knocks Miz as a show host. Sandow says they are the future WWE Tag Team Champions. Miz tries to start problems between Sandow and Rhodes. Cody doesn’t believe it and storms off with Sandow. Another chant for Cody’s mustache breaks out.
– John Cena is backstage walking when AJ comes up. She wants to join Cena during his match tonight for support. AJ tries talking him into it. Cena says it would be best if he went out there and she stayed back here. Cena says he would feel responsible if anything happened to her. AJ agrees and says she will be watching from back here. Cena walks off for tonight’s main event and we go to commercial.
John Cena vs. Big Show
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show is out first followed by john Cena. Show controls most of the match to start things off and we take an early commercial break.
Back from the break and Show goes for a chokeslam but Cena turns it into a DDT. Dolph Ziggler is on commentary as Cena tries to make a comeback. Show grabs Cena for a big sideslam and a 2 count. Cena fights back and dropkicks Show into the ropes. Show comes right back with a big spear for a 2 count. Show keeps control of Cena now. Cena gets the boots up in the corner and starts fighting back. Show grabs him with a big bearhug.
Cena tries to go for the STF but Show stops him. Cena ends up down on the floor and Show comes out after him. Show brings Cena back to the apron but Cena fights his way in. Show just drops him with a clothesline. Show steps on Cena and takes his time now. Show nails a big splash from the second rope but Cena kicks out at 2. Show climbs back up and takes his time again. Cena moves out of the way and makes a comeback. Cena with a big side suplex. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Show grabs him out of nowhere with a chokeslam. Cena kicks out at 2. Show calls for the knockout punch but Cena ducks and hits the Attitude Adjustment. Seth Rollins runs in and attacks Cena for the DQ.
Winner by DQ: John Cena
– Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose make their way through the crowd to join Rollins in the ring. The Shield beat John Cena down as Show recovers from the match. They bring a table in the ring as Ziggler looks on from commentary. They set the table up in the corner but Kane’s pyro goes off and out he comes with Daniel Bryan. Team Hell No fight The Shield off. Cena comes back up but Ziggler attacks him from behind. Cena and Ziggler brawl. Show joins in and drops Cena with a headbutt. Sheamus comes out and tackles Ziggler. Show goes for a chokeslam on Cena but Cena spears him through the table. The Shield bring Kane back in the ring and beat him down while Sheamus and Ziggler brawl on the floor. The fans chant for Ryback and here he comes. The Shield wait for him. Ryback throws a ladder at them and enters the ring. He fights all three off. Kane and Bryan join in the fight. Cena fights Show off. RAW goes off the air with everyone brawling in the ring.