RAW Results: Rock Returns, CM Punk vs. Ryback TLC

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The first RAW of 2013 kicks off with an electrifying video package for The Rock’s return. Rock is here to evaluate which ever Superstar may be his Royal Rumble opponent – WWE Champion CM Punk or his opponent tonight, Ryback.

– We’re live from Tampa, Florida as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW. We go right to the ring and out comes John Cena to a mixed reaction.

Cena hits the ring and we get a look back at the New Years Eve RAW where he slopped AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler to end the show. Cena hypes the crowd and says tonight is special. He talks about Punk vs. Ryback in the TLC Match. He then brings up The Rock’s return and says you can almost feel the electricity, almost feel the boots wanting to be put to asses. Cena hypes Rock’s return and the crowd pops. Cena brings up the Road to WrestleMania and Royal Rumble. Cena is interrupted by Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E Langston on the stage.

Ziggler says fans may have came for Cena or Rock tonight but they will remember him. AJ speaks and she’s upset about Cena slopping her last week. She’s also upset about Cena toying with her heart. AJ can’t believe she chose to lose her job over someone like Cena. She calls him a petty, pathetic, small man. A very small man, she adds. Cena says AJ just made her first wiener joke. Cena gets the crowd to do the wave and AJ is getting upset. Cena goes on and Ziggler interrupts him. Ziggler has had enough. Ziggler says he isn’t going anywhere so Cena can just cut the crap. Cena says he cut the crap last week and it fell all over Ziggler. Ziggler announces he will be in the Rumble also.

Ziggler says his primary goal in the Rumble is to make sure Cena doesn’t win. Cena scares them and makes them think he’s about to slop them again. Cena makes a joke about AJ messing with both Ziggler and Big E. Cena says he’s done talking and wants to fight. He calls Ziggler down to the ring for a fight. Big E takes the mic and says Dolph isn’t Cena’s only problem. The crowd boos. Big E says it’s on. Cena ignores Big E and tells Ziggler to come take a whooping. Ziggler says he’s not going to the ring. He has words with Big E. Ziggler’s music hits and it looks like he’s going to the ring for a match. We go to commercial.

Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena

Back from the break and Big is at ringside with AJ. Ziggler and Cena go at it to start the match. Ziggler takes Cena down with a headlock. Cena comes back with a hip toss and arm drag. Ziggler takes Cena to the corner and beats him down now. Ziggler with body shots in the corner. Ziggler whips Cena hard into the corner and he goes down.

They trade pin attempts. Cena comes back with right hands and the bulldog. Cena with a 2 count. Ziggler tries to fight out but Cena hits a standing suplex for another pin attempt. Ziggler comes back and splashes Cena for another 2 count. Ziggler drops an elbow for another try. Ziggler drops Cena and shows off, dancing around the ring. Cena blocks a dropkick and catapults Ziggler into the corner. Cena unloads but runs into an elbow. Ziggler distracts the referee while Big E gets on the apron and lays Cena out. Ziggler with a 2 count. We go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Ziggler has Cena in a headlock as AJ looks on. Ziggler does the headstand and turns it into a bridge, still holding the submission. Ziggler does it again but Cena stands up with him on his back. Cena slams Ziggler and again. AJ gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Ziggler dropkicks Cena for a close 2 count. Ziggler drops a bunch of elbow drops for another pin attempt. Ziggler chokes Cena on the ropes now. AJ gets up and slaps Cena. The referee sends AJ and Big E to the back.

Dolph throws a fit but here comes Cena with the shoulder tackles and slam. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Ziggler blocks it and hits Zig Zag for a close 2 count. Ziggler misses a splash and Cena slams him. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment. Ziggler blocks it and lays Cena out for 2. Ziggler misses a superkick and Cena trips him. Ziggler counters the STF and plants Cena with a big DDT for 2. Ziggler goes to the top and waits for Cena to get up. Cena catches the crossbody, rolls through and stands up with Ziggler in his arms. Ziggler counters the AA with a superkick but Cena barely kicks out. Ziggler mounts Cena with right hands now. They trade shots in the middle of the ring. Ziggler goes for the sleeper and Cena starts to go down but fights back. Cena shoves Ziggler off of his back but the referee gets hit and falls to the floor. Cena blocks Ziggler and applies the STF but there is no referee. Big E runs down and breaks the STF. Big E scoops Cena up and lays him out with his finisher. Big E puts Ziggler’s arm on top of Cena and runs off. Another referee runs down but it’s been a while and Cena kicks out at 2. Cena nails the AA for the win.

Winner: John Cena

– Cole hypes the TLC Match for the WWE Title as Cena celebrates. Also still to come tonight – The Rock.

WWE Divas Title Match: Kaitlyn vs. Eve Torres

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Kaitlyn is now in the ring. The bell rings and here we go with the title on the line. They lock up and go at it. Eve takes Kaitlyn down first for a 1 count. Kaitlyn turns it into a head scissors. Eve takes Kaitlyn back down and works on her leg. Kaitlyn turns it around again and takes Eve to the corner. Eve points out Kaitlyn’s untied boots and the referee makes her tie them. Eve takes advantage and kicks Kaitlyn in the head. Eve unloads and works Kaitlyn over.

Eve chokes Kaitlyn from the top turnbuckle and drops her before waving to the crowd. Eve with another neck hold on the mat now. Kaitlyn catches her in a big sideslam for a 2 count. Kaitlyn with a big shoulder block and an inverted DDT for a close 2 count. Kaitlyn with an uppercut and kick to the face. Kaitlyn gets blocked and Eve runs out of the ring. Kaitlyn brings her back in but Eve runs out the other side. Eve grabs her title and runs off but Kaitlyn chases her. Eve runs through the crowd but Kaitlyn just watches from the barrier. Eve is counted out as Kaitlyn watches from the turnbuckles now.

Winner by Count Out: Kaitlyn

– Up next is Team Hell No vs. Rhodes Scholars. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and Santino Marella is backstage talking to Ricky Steamboat about his WrestleMania match against Randy Savage. Wade Barrett walks in, interrupts and insults them both. Barrett says the Intercontinental Title now means something again. Barrett says Steamboat is just an old man blowing smoke and walks off. Steamboat asks Santino if he can be in his corner tonight. Steamboat says Barrett is going to find out how much smoke he can blow.

– Matt Striker is backstage with Randy Orton talking about the Royal Rumble. Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre interrupt. They say one of them will win the Rumble and main event WrestleMania. Orton asks which of them will face him tonight. Slater tells him to pick his poison. Orton picks Slater.

Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan

We go to the ring and out come WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan for a non-title match. The team of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are out next after commercial.

Kane and Rhodes are going at it as we come back from commercial. Kane works Rhodes over and in comes Sandow. Bryan tags in for a bit of double teaming and a 2 count. Bryan works on the arm and takes Sandow to the mat. Cody tags in but Bryan drops him. Bryan with several kicks to the chest. Bryan misses a big kick but suplexes Cody for a 2 count. Bryan with a big uppercut. Bryan runs into an elbow and Cody turns it around. Sandow comes back in and stomps away on Bryan.

More tags between Sandow and Rhodes as they keep Bryan in their corner. Sandow with the leg sweep and Elbow of Disdain. Sandow with a headlock now. Bryan tries to fight out but can’t. Bryan leapfrogs and tags in Kane. Kane drops Sandow and goes to the top. Kane slips on the top rope but fights Sandow off and hits the big right hand. Kane with a right for Cody also. Kane drops Sandow with a big boot for a 2 count. Kane with a clothesline in the corner. And another. Kane with the big sideslam and a 2 count. Sandow rolls to the floor to regroup but Bryan charges off the apron and decks him with a knee to the head. Bryan rolls Sandow back in and kicks him several times in the corner. Bryan comes off the top rope but lands bad on his knee and hold sit. Cody comes in and goes right to work on Bryan’s knee. They double team Bryan and work on his leg. Kane comes over and takes down Sandow. Cody dropkicks Kane back into the barrier. Bryan rolls Cody up out of nowhere for 2. Cody goes back to working on Bryan’s knee and hits Cross Rhodes for the non-title win.

Winners: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes

– Still to come tonight, The Rock’s return. We see footage from earlier of Cena vs. Ziggler. Cole and Jerry Lawler plug the TLC Match for the WWE Title.

– We see Randy Orton walking backstage as we go back to commercial.

Heath Slater vs. Randy Orton

Back from the break and 3MB are in the ring. Out next comes Randy Orton to a big pop. They lock up and Orton drops Slater with a shoulder. Orton blocks a hip toss and clotheslines Slater for 2. Orton with shots in the corner now.

Orton ends up getting thrown to the floor. He fights back at Slater and drops Mahal and McIntyre. They eventually get the best of him as the referee is distracted by Slater. Slater brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. More back and forth action. Slater takes control now. Slater with a reverse neckbreaker for a close 2 count. Slater goes to the top but Orton knocks him off. Orton climbs up and nails a superplex on Slater. Orton with a pair of clotheslines now. Orton hits the powerslam and kicks Mahal off the apron. McIntyre goes down also. Orton turns around and blocks Slater. Orton takes Slater to the apron and hits the second rope DDT. Orton readies for the RKO and nails it for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton

– After the match, Mahal and McIntyre attack Orton but they also catch RKO’s.

Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella

Back from the break and WWE Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett waits in the ring as Santino Marella comes out with Ricky Steamboat in his corner. Barrett drops Santino early and unloads on him. Barrett with a suplex and a 2 count, then a headlock. Santino makes an effort but Barrett gets the win with his elbow.

Winner: Wade Barrett

– After the match, Barrett goes to attack Santino again but Steamboat comes in. Barrett exits without attacking him and laughs.

– Striker is backstage with Sheamus talking about the Rumble. 3MB walk up and have words with him. They say Randy Orton got lucky tonight. Sheamus proposes they go sing a song together and whoever is left standing after a Brogue gets to sing Danny Boy.

– We see the tables, ladders and chairs around the arena as the announcers hype Punk vs. Ryback. Back to commercial.

The Great Khali vs. Antonio Cesaro

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Foley/1326585777 Josh Foley

    i knew punk was going to win, however the outcome of ryback not grabbing the belt was just garbage imo

  • pwnez

    Raw was horrible except for the Punk/Rock promo. If you enjoy pointless matches then you’ll love raw.

    The promo Punk cut before the Rock came out was really good. It wasn’t his best but it was cool. Rock brought the entertainment while Punk was acting serious which was a great combo. I can’t wait to hear more promos from these two.

    • OhNo!

      Raw was Entertaining. Idk about pointless matches. Cena vs Ziggler proved Cena is still the SuperCena. Team Hell No and Rhodes Scholars are keeping that fued alive. Antonio proved he can dominate giants. Punk vs Ryback TLC was a good match. They still kept The Shield relevant. Ryback didn’t job to Punk. And Punk is still the Best in the World.

      But yea I agree, can’t wait to see how Rock is going to say for next few weeks since he knows now he can’t dance with the Punk like does with others. Punk owned him in that Promo and only thing Rock came up with is CookiePuss. Really? Really?? Really???

      Road to RR is going to AWESOME!

      • OhNo!

        Sorry about the spelling, grammar and other mistakes. I blame Safari on IOS.

      • BestInTheWorld

        Rock pissed Cm Punk off more than you think. When he talked about Cm Punk failing to create a revolution, and getting those ice cream bars, you can literally see him standing with an embarrassed and hatred look. Although he did fire back with a vengeance..

        • iCode

          Rock never pissed CM Punk off, Punk’s just a good at acting.

          BITW

      • LueHaakon

        No one got owned in that promo segment. It was two characters acting and talking from his own point of view running each other down – just like it should be. Rock uses comedy, water is also wet, but he tied it together with the serious message, which is to become champ at RR, in a way that only he can.

        Rock is the only guy who’s able to implement more or less childish jokes in promos that in delivery and meaning are anything but childish.

        Rock has more ethos (look it up) than anyone, and that’s why he gets away with it. Or rather, he doesn’t need to get away with it.

    • Rumble2013

      They had chemistry, i literally got goosebumps. I can’t wait to see more physical contact and promos leading to Rumble. Forget Cena and Ziggler feud.

  • Backstreet Bungalow

    Rock calling Punk Punkeye the Crackhead had me laughing. An alright show but nothing really to get excited about. A bunch of squash matches besides Cena/Ziggler, Ryback/Punk and Hell No/RS. I’m ready for them to lose the tag titles already, I’ve had enough of the same stuff from them every week. Haven’t watched SD lately but I’ll probably tune in to see who Rock makes fun of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.stamand Aaron St Amand

    Loved the UNLIKE YOU ALMOND JOYS ACTUALLY HAVE NUTS!

    • Curryman

      snickers have nuts too lol he knew he messed up there

  • HellNoNO

    I am extremely excited for CM Punk Vs Rock at the Rumble. I mean that promo between the two was amazing, well pretty much the ending. The best part is that there are more to come!

  • TheGr8One

    Wouldn’t it be better if the Rock came out during the TLC match and would climb the ladder and would grab the title straight away? Just asking..

    • Indie wrestling sucks

      Your retarded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

    Notice how Punkeye The Crackhead has to break the fourth wall in order for him to cut a good promo. Granted, the stuff he says is usually true, like the shit he said about Tyson Kidd, but at the end of the day, that breaking the fourth wall shit is kind of getting old. Who he thinks he is? Deadpool! The Rock on the other hand stayed in character and cut an electrifying promo. Raw sucked by the way, there was only two good matches and Punk won one of them which ruined it for me. LOL! Even The Rock think punk looks like a dirty crackhead. His time is up, The Rock will be our new WWE champion in 20 days.

    • pwnez

      The punkeye the crackhead joke wasn’t funny to me but the ice cream truck one was. Breaking the fourth wall and speaking the truth is Punk’s style, always has been. The crowd popped when he mentioned Tyson Kidd which I thought was cool. The Rock brought the entertainment, the jokes and catchphrases while Punk stayed serious which made this segment great. Both held their own for the most part.

      The majority of matches sucked which didn’t surprise me. Their was no way Ryberg was going to win the WWE title; he doesn’t deserve it yet anyways. The fan who screamed Goldberg in his face made me laugh though.

      • DigitalWWE

        The comparsions to Goldberg just make me laugh. A strong guy is suddenly named Goldberg. It’s not like when people were calling Mason Ryan Batista because he looked exactly like him. Calling Ryback Goldberg is just the hipster thing to do now.

      • BestInTheWorld

        Breaking the forth wall is in desperate need to get over. Rock kind of broke it too when he talked about Cm Punk not revolutionising anything, and failing. Both men were serious, but Rock threw in some his Rocky jokes about Cm Punk complaining about respect.. Cm Punk also broke it but it wasn’t a biggie compared to what Cena did. He literally told all about backstage writers and writing, the stuff with Cm Punk, and the stuff with Ziggler, thats why i hate him. Cm Punk doesn’t do things to ruin the buisness, he does it to ruin someone’s character. Back to Rock and Punk. Punk seemed legitimately pissed which was good but when Rock started to put him over some on the mic about being dangerous and accomplishing 414 his look kind of changed a little. I feel The Rock likes Cm Punk and Cm Punk doesn’t hate The Rock now as much as he use to. It’s all buissness. Oh and i like how Cm Punk acually sells and doesn’t get up hoping around like some goof while holding his back.

    • cappa37

      i do agree. Breaking the 4th wall is always going to get a pop from the smarks. Punk can’t stay in kayfabe, He’s horrible when he does… he almost broke kayfabe with Flair too.

    • JonzoNYC

      Sorry guys but the Crackhead joke has no meaning when the guy your saying it to is a known Straight Edger. It totally took me out for a second. I was like “Wow Rock, resorting to his looks cuz you got nothing else”. Calling someone whose Straight Edge a crackhead is like telling a gay man that he eats too much vagina. Sorry but that was dumb. CM Punk is the Best in the World and if Rock really loves this business than Punk will be champ going in to Wrestlemania

  • showtime

    I was there live tonight. pretty disappointing show as many matches were pointless (3mb wrestling twice… ugh) pro cena/good guy crowd tonight so you didnt feel the wrestling crowd similar to how I felt being in attendance at wrestlemania in miami last year. wwe still appears to be on a kick of letting most of the good guys win these last couple of weeks i guess its the holidays and they want the kids to be happy. Pretty predictable outcomes to matches. rock can still electrify the crowd however the promo between him and punk didnt come off as good live as it probably did on tv as you hear a bunch of annoying “what” chants in the audience. not worst show I have been to but certainly lukewarm going through the motions type of night. TLC match was okay for Raw standards as I wasnt expecting PPV quality but was placed poorly on the card. I guess I was spoiled to WM last year so its hard to feel impressed with this show.

  • tgabriel0891

    Well that was a raw that went…nowhere. The only things to come out o this are rhodes scholars most likely getting a match for the tag titles which im all for. And pushing the Rock/Punk feud a little farther, other than that this was 3 hours of filler.

  • DigitalWWE

    Rock said his storyline with his mania opponent will kick off tonight. Possibly Rock vs Punk at Rumble then rematch at mania?

  • BrickHouse

    There was alot of corny shit on RAW, Kane and Bryan talking about monsters and nerds, John Cena saying weiner and just overrall saying some really weak shit to Ziggler, and then the Rock calling Punk Cookie puss?? I always thought the Rock to be a bit corny and I always preferred watching my boy Stone Cold over him, but cookie puss has to be the corniest shit that dude ever said man for real! Next time, I hope Rock hits the mic harder… And why didn’t Rock cuss like he always does? Is Vince limiting his shit now or what?

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      He did somewhat. Dunno if you caught it or not but Punk did say bitch at the beginning of it and it wasnt censored.

    • LueHaakon

      Rock is just proving a point. He can make the crowd chant literally anything.

      Also, he has this strange gift of having anything he says sound awesome.

  • whos john cena

    If 3MB can put themselves in the RR them im putiing myself in the RR.

  • Bushwald Sexyface

    Terrible show with a good ending. I like how Rock stuck with his jokes but said them in a serious tone instead of being overly-goofy like he was with Cena – something that was helped by Punk’s lack of having stupid expressions on his face like Cena does. I feel like something was missing from Punk, whether he was a little caught up in the moment or just taken aback a little bit. I’m sure for him, it was a dream come true. I look forward to their exchanges over the next couple of weeks and I really hope they go with those 2 at Wrestlemania, if they dont do Rock and Taker. Kicking off the show with Cena felt like it sucked everything out of the show from the very start. It was hard for me to stay in it after that. And please, for the love of everything, do something with Orton soon. I am one of the few that thinks he is a great talent and I feel like they are wasting his prime years right now.

  • Finchinho

    WOW, best promo ive seen in years, Punk was intense!!! Cant wait to see more from these two, really stoked for the rumble now…hope they build it to mania by having punk retain at the rumble but its looking like rock v cena II for the big show which does not interest me in the slightest…

  • ItsProgressNow

    HA go find my post from last month predicting the Punk vs Ryback match result, it’s spot on, word for word

  • http://twitter.com/Jonesy27 Peter Jones™

    It doesn’t matter that you matter! Priceless.

  • morrisonfanone

    I swear I have never liked the Rock before last night. That promo was priceless. The whole “It doesn’t matter if you matter” thing was hilarious.

  • http://twitter.com/JordanZelisko Jordan Zelisko

    “When you step into that ring Rock, know that your arms are just too short to box with god” – CM Punk

  • Darth

    I absolutely loved Punk’s promo. I was glued to the TV when he started talking. I wasn’t a fan of Rock’s promo at all. It seemed like everything Punk was saying, The Rock did it. i.e. catering to the fans, saying the city name. His promo just didn’t really stick out. It felt the like the same theme as the one from Rock vs. Cena. Arrive, say your millions and millions, your finally, make up a name you want to trend on twitter, talk a little trash, end.

  • conky

    loved the Daniel Bryan reference in Punks promo

  • Mike C

    This time Cm Punk’s shoot promo was weak and he had no good. no one remember his title match against jericho, del rio and all his other weak oppenents. hes livin off that Summer of Punk when he did good at Money in the bank and summerslam with Cena. he disses the other wrestler for catch phrases and t shirts and hes wearin a knees to faces t shirt that wwe made 4 him. hypocritical 2 the fullest. CM Punk is not having classic title matches, hes not pushin other talent, he holds the belt, says he the best but his hype always falls flat with the in ring matches, cena worked really hard 2 push punk during their matches