5 Takeaways From WWE RAW (12/11)

The December 11th episode of WWE RAW aired live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:

5Samoa Joe Continued His Dominance Over The Shield

Samoa Joe came down to the ring to kick off this week’s episode of RAW. Joe boasted about costing Rollins and Ambrose their shot at the RAW Tag Team Championships last week and called Roman Reigns out. Joe said that he wanted Roman to come down to the ring alone. Joe claimed that Roman Reigns would be nothing without The Shield and dared Reigns to come down to the ring and prove him wrong.

Reigns was shown backstage with Ambrose and Rollins watching Joe on a monitor. Reigns said “I got this boys” and made the Big Dog made his way to the ring. Roman and Joe traded punches in the ring. Reigns got the upper-hand and beatdown Joe in the corner. Cesaro and Sheamus jumped into the ring and Joe locked Reigns in the Coquina Clutch. Rollins and Ambrose came down to the entrance ramp and started brawling with Sheamus and Cesaro while Joe still had Reigns in the Coquina Clutch. The Bar and Samoa Joe then systematically beatdown every member of The Shield one at a time.

Seth Rollins faced Sheamus later on RAW. Rollins got in some offense early and was in control of the match as RAW went to a commercial break. Sheamus took control during the break and focused his attack on Rollins knee. Sheamus locked in the Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring. Rollins reversed it into a roll-up but Sheamus kicked out at two. Rollins connected with a Falcon Arrow but clutched his leg in pain after hitting the move. Sheamus missed with the Brogue Kick and Rollins connected with the knee to the face for the victory.

Dean Ambrose was interviewed backstage after Rollins’ victory and Renee Young asked if the attack earlier tonight changed his strategy for his match tonight against Samoa Joe.

Roman Reigns defended his Intercontinental Championship against Cesaro later in the night. Cesaro controlled the majority of the match and focused most of his attack on Reigns’ arm. Roman battled back but Cesaro halted his momentum by launching him into the ring post. Roman hit a Superman Punch off the steel steps outside the ring and then went for the cover in the ring but Cesaro kicked out at two.

Cesaro connected with a gigantic uppercut and then locked Reigns in a Crossface in the middle of the ring. Reigns broke free and planted Cesaro with a Powerbomb. Cesaro connected with a flurry of uppercuts and went for his finisher but Reigns countered it with a Back Body Drop. Reigns followed it up with a Spear for the pinfall victory in an excellent match.

Jason Jordan approached RAW GM Kurt Angle and asked why he wasn’t given a match against Samoa Joe. Jordan said that he was the only one who could defeat Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle disagreed. Angle stated that he will determine when Jordan gets his match against Samoa Joe. Jordan then came down to the entrance ramp and set up a chair to watch the match between Ambrose and Samoa Joe.

Ambrose controlled the match early as Jordan watched on with a smile on his face. Joe battled back and connected with a kick that knocked Ambrose out of the ring as RAW went to a commercial break. When RAW returned, Ambrose connected with a series of chops and then slapped Joe in the face. Ambrose hit a couple of Clotheslines in a row and then knocked him to the canvas with the Lunatic Lariat. Joe connected with a Suplex and challenged Jordan to come down to the ring.

Ambrose went for a roll-up from behind and Joe kicked out. Both Superstars then spilled out of the ring and Jordan threw Ambrose back into the ring. Joe then locked Jordan in the Coquina Clutch and Ambrose hit them both with a Suicide Dive. Back in the ring, Ambrose connected with an elbow and went for the cover but Jordan was arguing with the ref on the ring apron. Ambrose exited the ring and started shouting at Jordan. Samoa Joe flew threw the ropes and took them both out. Joe then hit Jordan with a Senton and locked Ambrose in the Coquina Clutch in the ring for the victory.

It was looking like Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns were all going to overcome the odds and win their matches after the attack from Samoa Joe and The Bar to kick off RAW. Samoa Joe defeated Ambrose and beatdown Jason Jordan in the process. It looks like we are heading towards a clash between Reigns and Joe for the Intercontinental Championship and I can’t wait to see it.