WWE RAW Results From Newark, NJ (December 10, 2012)
WWE RAW Results: Monday, December 10th, 2012
RAW opens up with a video package looking back at the destruction that The Shield has been delivering over the past few weeks – and whether their actions led to Punk getting injured last week and the new 6-man TLC main event. Plus – a recap of the John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler’s feud and AJ Lee & Vickie Guerrero’s involvement.
Inside the arena, Dolph Ziggler is introduced and he’s already in the middle of the ring at the top of a ladder. Ziggler says he’s right where he belongs – on top. He’s here to talk about two numbers 6 and 15. 6 days until TLC, 15 days until Christmas. For John Cena, TLC and Christmas are the same, because after Cena cashed in his MITB contract and lost. Santa Clause, aka Mr. McMahon, has forced him to put his MITB briefcase on the line. Ziggler tells Cena this won’t be a Merry Christmas and he’s going to be the coal in Cena’s stocking. This Sunday, he’s going to beat Cena once and for all. Then, he’s going to cash in contract, defeat the Big Show for the World Heavyweight title and go on to become the greatest World Heavyweight champion of all time.
Sheamus’ music hits and we see that the walkway from the ramp to ringside is full of tables, ladders & chairs. Video clip from SmackDown of Big Show & Sheamus’ contract signing. Sheamus tells Ziggler, congratulations, yu’re finally taller than everybody. He tells Ziggler he won’t be cashing in his MITB briefcase to face Big Show, he’ll be facing him, because he’s going to beat Big Show this Sunday at TLC. However, he doesn’t think Ziggler can beat Cena this Sunday – and he thinks down the line, it’s going to be Sheamus vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight title. Out comes Big Show, who says “Blah blah blah blah blah Boring” and impersonates Sheamus & Ziggler. Big Sow says he wants to punch Sheamus in his ugly, immigrant Irish face. Show talks more trash to Sheamus about their match at TLC. Sheamus pushes Ziggler off the ladder, Ziggler briefly gets crotched on the ropes and then falls to the floor outside. Mr. McMahon is shown walking backstage.
Tonight’s Main Event: John Cena vs. World Heavyweight Champion Big Show.
Rollins Stones PPV promo for Saturday night.
Back at ringside, US Champion Antonio Cesaro is on commentary with Michael Cole as Wade Barrett stands in the ring with his music playing … NO CHANCE … Mr. McMahon’s music hits. He comes out and struts his stuff. Vince hypes tonight’s main event and calls out the person responsible for making the match, Vickie Guerrero. Out comes Vickie and McMahon tells her to make a bow. Vince says the only thing bigger than one main event is two. Vickie is clueless and Vince says, how about Sheamus in the match. Vickie is still stumped. Vince whispers in her ear and she screams, “Dolph Ziggler?!” The match is made. Vince says – we need another main event. Vickie says how about AJ Lee in a handicap match. Vince takes it under consideration and says her opponent will be .. the crowd chants “Vickie! Vickie!” Vince looks at her and says let’s make this truly monumental – Vickie vs. AJ is booked. Vince calls out R-Truth.
Wade Barrett vs. R-Truth: Wade Barrett in control for most of the match. R-Truth makes a comeback, but Barrett hits him with a nasty mule kick to the stomach that the crowd popped big for. R-Truth gets the surprise roll-up win. After the match, R-Truth argues his opponent at TLC, Antonio Cesaro. Kofi Kingston jumps onto the apron, climbs the top rope and hits Wade Barrett.
Next up, a 4-team Fatal 4 Way match to determine the #1 contenders to WWE’s Tag Team titles. The teams are The Usos vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (even though Cody is injured) vs. Primo & Epico vs. The Prime Time Players.
Did You Know – WWE’s Attitude Era DVD is the top selling Sports DVD.
Backstage, AJ Lee bumps into Aksana and is excited for her match. They walk together and asks her if Cena knows yet. She bumps into Kaitlyn and rants more about how excited she is for the match & to tell Cena about it. She goes into Cena’s locker room and several wrestlers are hanging out in there and they all freak out. Cena covers AJ’s view because apparently there were naked wrestlers in there. While AJ is talking, Cena keeps mouthing to the other wrestlers, “Sorry!!” In the ring are the first 3 teams. Damien Sandow’s music hits and out come the Rhodes Scholars. Michael Cole is impressed how Cody returned from his torn trap injury after only 4 weeks.
#1 Contender’s Match: The Usos vs. Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Primo & Epico vs. The Prime Time Players.
Epico & one of the Uso’s start off. Back and forth action, Uso tags in his brother. Two double team elbow strikes on Epico. WWE.com now up asking fans who should be the #1 contenders – and the Uso’s are currently winning. Tag move by Primo & Epico on Uso’s and now Primo is in control. Some more action and one of the Uso’s hits a top rope splash on Epico and eliminates their team. Back from the break, the Uso’s eliminated the Prie Tie Players with some impressive offense, including a superkick and a another top rope splash. Two teams remain. Damien Sandow in the ring with Jay Uso. Back and forth action. Sandow tags inCody, who unloads on Uso. The crowd is chanting “Cody’s Mustache” and Cole says he’s sure it will be trending worldwide soon. Sandow tagged back in and hits several moves (including the Elbow of Disdain) on Uso and gets a 2 count. Cody tagged back in and he is looking good. Uso throws Cody off him and tags in his brother. Uso cleans house and the pace is picking up. Uso goes off the top rope but Sandow knocks him off. He goes for it again, but Cody gets his knees up. Cody hits uso with Cross Roads and gets the pinfall. Great match with the Uso’s and Sandow/Rhodes looking like championship caliber teams.
Winners & #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Titles: Team Rhodes Scholars
The #1 contender’s celebrate after the match.
Next Monday night – the WWE Slammy Awards – and they’ll be RAWActive.
WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox
Solid action, as Michael Cole talks about tonight’s main event and anything else besides the match in the ring. Lawler tells him to shut up, he wants to watch the Divas. Cole talks about how the WWE Divas website has been redesigned, where you can see classic divas while ignoring the ones on the screen right now. Alicia Fox looked good with her offense but Eve got the win by pinfall. After the match, Eve gets the ringside photographer to come into the ring and photograph her as she poses over the fallen Alicia Fox.
Backstage, WWE Champion CM Punk is shown on crutches with Paul Heyman carrying the WWE title behind him.
Justin Roberts introduces the WWE Champion, CM Punk. Out come Punk on crutches and Heyman, with a microphone. Punk says there are people who think his injury is fake and that he never had surgery. Paul Heyman is holding the WWE title above his head and gazing into space. Punk says this is real and this is what happens when you’re WWE Champion for 388 grueling days. Punk shows video footage of how he was injured last week, when Ryback destroyed him at the end of RAW. Crowd chants Feed Me More. Paul Heyman tells the crowd they are ticking him off. Heyman says “How Dare You?” chant “Feed Me More” at the WWE Champion. Punk is a rtrue champion and got injured last week. He didn’t have a stunt double like The Rock. He’s not sitting in a movie trailer somewhere that calls in a stunt double when it’s time to do business. Punk is standing before the crowd – The Rock was too busy to be there and only shows up when he wants. Punk remains the reigning, defending WWE Champion and is the Best in the World. Punk addresses the ‘vocal minority’ that are calling for the title to be vacated. Ryback wasn’t even smart enough to keep the champion healthy until their match so he could win the belt. The Rock will fail like all of his challengers have. He’ll be at TLC this Sunday to watch The Shield – “Who I am NOT affiliated with” – do to Ryback what Ryback did to him last week.
Cole and Lawler go over the new 6-man tag match main event.
Up next: Sheamus vs. Ziggler.
Tribute To The Troops promo.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
Sheamus out first, then Zigglerl. Sheamus in control for the opening minutes. Ziggler tries fighting back but Sheamus hits him with several offensive moves. The crowd is chanting “Let’s Go Ziggler!” Every time Ziggler gets in a strike or two, Sheamus levels him with punches, kicks and power moves. Sheamus gets Ziggler in the corner and twists his knee around the rope. Sheamus working on Ziggler’s knee and Ziggler finally gets the upper hand. Big dropkick by Ziggler that hits the mark. Ziggler unloads on Sheamus and stomps him to the mat. Ziggler tries whipping Sheamus into the rope but Sheamus throws him out of the ring and Ziggler takes a nasty bump. Sheamus hits a running axe handle to Ziggler on the outside. Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler is in control, with Sheamus looking dazed and beaten down. Ziggler locks in a sleeper hold and takes it to the canvas. Sheamus fights back and beats Ziggler all around the ring. Sheamus goes to drive his shoulder into Ziggler in the corner, but Ziggler moves and Sheamus looks hurt. Ziggler goes for a pin with his feet on the ropes but the referee sees it. Both men are worn down, with Ziggler looking like he’s more in control.
Ziggler goes to the second rope and dives onto Ziggler, but Sheamus catches him, gives him a backbreaker and a fallaway slam. Ziggler out on the apron. Sheamus gets him tied up on the ropes and delivers 10 punches to his chest as the crowd chants along. Sheamus suplexes Ziggler back into the ring. Sheamus goes to the top rope but Ziggler punches him int he stomach. Ziggler punches him in the face, climbs the top rope and they exchange punches. Sheamus wins and throws Ziggler down. Ziggler jumps back to the top rope and delivers a top rope X-factor. Great spot that showed off Ziggler’s athleticism. Fast paced action with both men hitting big moves – this is another great, PPV-caliber match. Sheamus calling for the Brogue Kick. Ziggler ducks it and the crowd is really into the match. Sheamus runs at Ziggler on the outside but Ziggler hits him with a chair to get disqualified. Ziggler uses the chair on Sheamus until Sheamus gives a Brogue Kick to the chair and it almost hits Ziggler in the face. Ziggler bails from the ring and runs away with Vickie. They showed the replay and that was a crazy spot, Ziggler almost got laid out.
Winnter by Disqualification: Sheamus:
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Video recap from SmackDown of The Shield beating down Daniel Bryan and Kane and the awesome Shield promo that aired on the show.
Back in the ring, Justin Roberts introduces Ricardo Rodriguez, who comes out in a $125,000 Le Mans Blue BMW M6. Out next is Zack Ryder.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Zack Ryder
Del Rio gets the first offense then Ryder hits him with a dropkick and and 2 running elbows into the corner. 2 count for Ryder. Short clothesline by Zack Ryder, who then locks in the chin lock. Crowd chanting for Ryder, who is totally dominating Del Rio so far. Spot in the corner and Del Rio gets the upper hand. Del Rio runs off the ropes and kicks Ryder in the head. Del Rio chokes Ryder on the ropes and Ricardo Rodriguez applauds him at ringside. Snap suplex by Del Rio and he gets a 2 count. Del Rio lands strikes to Ryder’s back and head and locks in a crossface. Ryder fights back but Del Rio hits him with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Del Rio in control. Zack Ryder goes for the Broski Boot but misses and Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Ryback vs. Alberto Del Rio on WWE Main Event this Wednesday, with a special start time 6:30/5:30c. Cole hypes the Slammies next week with RAWActive, where the WWE Universe gets to decide the Slammy winners on their mobile devices.
Backstage, AJ Lee is skipping around. Her match with Vickie is next.
AJ Lee vs. Vickie Guerrero
There is no referee, so Vickie calls at ringside for one. Out walks Brad Maddox in a referee uniform. The crowd chants “You Can’t Wrestle” at Maddox. He orders for the match to start and the bell is rung. Vickie attacks AJ from behind and attacks her while screaming. Vickie laughs as she stomps AJ around and slaps her. Vickie gloats for the crowd, who boos her. AJ gives Vickie a very weak looking tackle. Vickie runs outside the ring trying to escape but AJ knocks her down and throws her back into the ring. AJ jumps on Vickie again and slams her hand into the mat several times. AJ slaps Vickie in the face and knocks her out. Referee Maddox refuses to count. AJ gets in his face and Vickie comes up from behind with a roll-up. Maddox counts the 3 and Vickie wins the match, skipping away as AJ Lee looks beside herself inside the ring. Maddox raises Vickie’s hand as Michael Cole says, “This is the most obscene thing I’ve ever seen” – Really? At ringside, AJ Lee flips out and throws around tables, ladders and chairs while screaming like a crazy woman. She then slaps Justin Roberts in the face and totally loses her crap.
Backstage, AJ Lee continues to freak out, screaming and throwing things around. John Cena consoles her but she’s still flipping out.
Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro has a mic with him as he comes out and says as US Champion, he can see how things in America have gone rotten. Especially New Jersey. Everybody here needs him as their champion. Solid back and forth match. Cesaro hits a nasty spinebuster Kingston and gets a 2 count as Cesaro yells at the ref. Cesaro has Kofi controlled on the floor. Kingston hits a big splash from the second rope and flattens Cesaro. Kofi goes for the SOS but Cesaro nails him with an uppercut in the back of the head. Cesaro can’t believe he only gets a 2 count. Cesaro throws Kofi into the corner and hits him with a number of body shot punches. Kingston goes to the top rope cross body, but Cesaro catches him in mid air and turns it into a back breaker. Sick spot. Cesaro adjusts his neck, hits the Neutralizer and gets the 3 count pinfall.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Miz TV with special guests Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes is up next. The show is hosted on the stage. The crowd is chanting “Cody’s Mustache.” Sandow re-introduces his tag team partner and insults the audience. Cody says The Miz is washed up – while Team Rhodes Scholars are a beacon of light, a revelation. The Miz says, “I Mustache You A Question.” He asks Cody if he grew that hair on his upper lip or if it rubbed off from Damien Sandow’s beard. Miz asks Cody what it was like when Sandow didn’t visit him while he was rehabbing his injury. How does it feel knowing Sandow tells everybody that he carries the team, and Cody Rhode is the Marty Jannetty to Sandow’s Shawn Michaels. That got a big reaction from the crowd. Sandow tells everybody to be silent because he didn’t say those things. Cody tells Miz he looks like Col. Sanders from KFC and Cody Rhodes says he and Sandow are out of there. Miz says after looking at Sandow’s trunks and smelling Cody’s rancid new mustache, he has a new name for their team – The Pink & The Stink.
Backstage, AJ runs into John Cena. AJ says she wants to go out with John Cena, but he tells her to stay in the back and not be there while he wrestles. AJ says no problem, she’ll stay back there and watch.
Dolph Ziggler is at ringside as John Cena’s music hits and he comes down to the ring. Out next is World Heavyweight champion Big show.
Big Show vs. John Cena
John Cena goes on the attack early but Big Show drops him with a series of punches. Big headbutt and Cena goes down again. Loud Let’s Go Cena, Cena Sucks chant. Big Show runs into Cena in the corner. Another headbut by Big Show and Show tells the crowd Cena sucks. Show runs at Cena but misses and Cena jumps on his back and locks in a chin lock. Back from commercial, Big Show hits a big speer on Cena and get a 2 count. Big Show locks in a bear hug and the life is getting drained out of Cena.
Big Show kicks Cena to the outside and follows him. Big Show throws Cena in the barrier at ringside. From inside the ring, Big Show lifts Cena by his head from ringside onto the apron. Michael Cole says to Dolph Ziggler, “Do you think ..” and Ziggler cut him off by saying, “I think a lot.” Cole laughed and got flustered with his lines afterwards. Big Show hits a Vader bomb on Cena and gets a 2 count. Big Show goes for another Vader bomb but Cena moves out of the way. John Cena hits a flying shoulder tackle and then a suplex on Big Show. Cena signals for the 5 knuckle shuffle and hits it. Out of nowhere, Big Show grabs Cena by the throat and delivers a chokeslam. 2 count and the crowd screams. Big Show signaling for the WMD punch as Cena is staggering to his feet. The punch misses and John Cena gets him up for the AA! Tremendous show of strength by Cena.
Seth Rollins then runs in from the crowd and attacks John Cena. In come Reigns and Ambrose and all 3 are pummeling the hell out of John Cena. 3 on 1 beatdown and The Shield is punishing Cena. Ambrose and Rollins get a chair from ringside. Reigns calls for a ladder, gets one from the outside and brings it into the ring. Fireworks go off and Kane’s music hits. Down comes Team Hell No. The Tag Champs brawl with The Shield. Dolph Ziggler gets involved and so does Big Show. Sheamus’ music hits and he runs down to the ring and clears out Dolph Ziggler. Big Show tries to chokeslam Big Show through a table but Cena reverses it and gives Big Show a spear through the table! Rollins and Reigns come back in and beat down Kane as the crowd is chanting FEED ME MORE … Ryback’s music hits and the place explodes. Ryback throws a ladder at all 3 shield members. Ryback is a one man wrecking crew on The Shield as John Cena and Kane get back into it .. The show goes off the air with all of them brawling in the ring, a hot ending to a show that had several above average matches.