It’s Christmas week on WWE Raw, live from Minneapolis, MN. We’re not going to see our WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar this week (according to reports) but we will get a full dose of Ho-Ho-Hogan! WWE is advertising whether or not Seth Rollins has something in mind for John Cena, and asks whether Ryback will feast on Rusev or not. But, we should also expect full on holiday insanity with lots of silly skits.
Because of the holidays, Smackdown is taping their December 26 show tonight in Sioux City, IA. Courtesy ProWrestling.net, the following are the spoiler results for the show. Refresh the page for updates.
In an opening segment, Hulk Hogan came to the ring only to be cut off by Seth Rollins. Rollins told Hogan it’s not the 80’s anymore and Hogan needs to leave. Dolph Ziggler came out and taunted Rollins over his win last week and said he will beat him again. Big Show came out and said he will knock out both Ziggler and Hogan, which brought Roman Reigns out. A tag match between Show and Rollins vs. Ziggler and Reigns gets set up.
1. Ryback defeated Kane. Rusev came out to watch. Ryback hit Shellshocked on Kane to get the win, then Rusev attacked Ryback with help from Kane afterward.
2. Naomi defeated Alicia Fox. Naomi hit a split leg moonsault to win. No one cared.
3. Adam Rose defeated R-Truth. No bunny tonight. No one cared again. Filler match, according to the reports.
4. Dean Ambrose defeated Rusev (w/Lana) by disqualifcation, US Championship Match. This got set up in a backstage segment with Hulk. Match was said to be good, with both men getting chances to shine. Bray Wyatt caused the DQ, and he and Ambrose scrapped until Wyatt escaped and left.
5. Jimmy Uso defeated The Miz. Miz pleaded with Jimmy throughout, but eventually ate a superkick and a splash.
There was a backstage promo segment from Goldust and Stardust.
Hulk Hogan talked to Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler prior to the main event.
6. Dolph Ziggler and Roman Reigns defeated Big Show and Seth Rollins. It’s said to be a a back and forth match, with Rollins controlling Reigns for a bit. Reigns put Rollins away with a spear, then the faces celebrated with the fans to close the show.
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Tonight, it’s WWE’s final pay per view offering of 2014 as they get out “the toys” at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (TLC) live from Cleveland, OH. This year, they’ve even added stairs to the mix! The main roster has a big set of shoes to fill following last week’s NXT Takeover (R)Evolution show tonight. The card is as follows:
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. Goldust and Stardust
Nikki Bella (c) vs. AJ; WWE Divas Championship
Rusev (c, w/Lana) vs. Jack Swagger; WWE United States Championship
The Miz and Mizdow (c) vs. The Uso Brothers; WWE Tag Team Championship
Luke Harper (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler; WWE Intercontinental Championship under Ladder Match Rules
Big Show vs. Erick Rowan; Stairs Match Rules (the stairs are a legal weapon)
Ryback vs. Kane; Chairs Match Rules (steel chairs are a legal weapon)
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt; TLC Match
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins; Tables Match (tables are a legal weapon), and if Cena loses, he loses his #1 Contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WWE Smackdown is being taped this evening in Columbus, Georgia, for airing on Friday, December 12th, 2014. The results are delayed due to WWE filming the Tribute to the Troops this evening as well. Refresh for the most current info.
– The show opens with a segment hyping TLC.
– The Usos def. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro. A vignette for The Ascension aired after Kidd and Cesaro made their entrance.
– Nikki Bella def. Alicia Fox
– Jack Swagger def. Titus O’Neil.
– Big E def. Goldust.
– John Cena comes out to cheers. He talks about his match at TLC with Seth Rollins until Rollins interrupts. Both men talk about the Tables match.
– Ryback & Dolph Ziggler & Erick Rowan def. Luke Harper & Big Show & Kane. All hell broke loose and ended up with a huge ladder spot from Ziggler to end the show.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Raw Afterthoughts, where we run down the hits and misses of last night’s show. We’ll discuss all of this and more about all things pro wrestling tomorrow night on RingRap Audio and would love to have your feedback too. Be sure to hit us on Twitter (@RingRap) or on Facebook (facebook.com/RingRap) and add your input to the conversation!
This is a short list tonight. We’ll be talking in more details about the show on RingRap Audio tomorrow night!
1. So THAT is how to debut someone?
Charlotte will be defending her NXT Women’s Championship on Thursday night at the (R)Evolution live special. So, they bring her out on Raw last night to have a match with Natalya that helped add a little hype to the NXT live special. Unfortunately, she lost to Natalya in under three minutes. So many problems here.
First, Natalya loses so much on television despite how good she is. The message that WWE conveyed here was that the NXT Women’s Champion is jobber fodder to a main roster Diva who is essentially jobber fodder. Add in that Charlotte is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, and she’s debuting in “Flair Country” as the show is in the Carolinas. This won’t be insurmountable for Charlotte, but this was poor.
2. Making his hate known…
I was glad to see Wyatt actually go full-fledged heel last night. He told the fans that he despises them all and they reacted accordingly. I believe this is the kind of character that can really draw money. He cut a sound promo, and he and Dean Ambrose was also well done. They did a nice job of hyping their match at the pay per view with their brawl. The only minor complaint was Wyatt doing a sing-song bit with the crowd to get them to say “oh my” after chanting tables, ladders, and chairs.
3. Roman Reigns is Superstar of the Year in an LOL Moment of the Year…
You guys all know I felt that Seth Rollins should have won Superstar of the Year and felt he had the credentials. The Slammys in and of themselves are gimmicked and can be a bit laughable, but this one was REALLY laughable.
It’s clear that WWE is going with an aggressive push for Reigns, to the point of jamming him down fans’ throats. Think about this – Reigns ruptured his hernia back in September, and he hasn’t been on TV since then aside from the “via satellite” interviews. His singles run hasn’t been newsworthy and his feud with Orton wasn’t white hot. It begs the question – are they turning him? If not, then this is probably the WORST thing they could have done.
It’s the Slammys, so one can’t get too awful worked up over it. But at the end of it all, WWE wants to make Reigns a star and he has the tools to be one. Right now, WWE is turning fans against him by forcing his rise.
4. CIosing it out…
I yawned when they said John Cena would face Big Show in the main event. We’ve seen it far too much, so it’s not all that big of a deal.
That said, the closing run-ins by Rollins, Ryback, Rowan, Ziggler, Kane, and others played into all of the different TLC matches. On top of that, they did a nice job of putting heat on all the heel players in those programs. So the way they booked this finish was logical and helped mask the other bizarre creative we got throughout an otherwise silly Slammy Award show.
5. Stunt Double Silliness…
I need Miz to come up with better punchlines than just “the moneymaker” these days. There is more material there to work with for him so he should take advantage. But, Miz continuing to steal Mizdow’s thunder and the set-ups he does for “the person I need to thank” are working to build tension toward an eventual split between the two men. WWE needs to be careful of the shelf life of it, but it can work.
6. The Overall Show and the Slammys:
People do enjoy award shows, even though I don’t personally. But early on in this one, Cole joked about it being the 77th edition of the Slammys, then couldn’t tell Seth Green what Slammys he has won when Cole bragged about having won three of them. That really took the edge off of it and sent a message that the awards were pretty meaningless. WWE needs to think about how they present this show overall. They could really change the numbers for this show if they presented the awards in a much more realistic and meaningful way.
Awards like LOL Moment of the Year and the OMG Moment of the Year are dated terminology. If they want to present them on the website, that’s fine as most casual viewers don’t go that far to chase the full list of winners.
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WWE filmed their yearly Tribute to the Troops earlier this evening in Columbus, Georgia, for airing… soon? Below are the spoilers for the yearly event.
– The Usos def. Stardust & Goldust
– Hulk Hogan and John Cena appear together to honor the troops. The Miz and Damien Mizdow interrupt them.
– Naomi & Emma & Natalya def. The Bella Twins & Paige
– Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt in a No DQ Bootcamp match.
– John Cena & Erick Rowan & Ryback & Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins & Big Show & Luke Harper & Kane in an 8-man tag match.
Last week, we got “the interview” from CM Punk on the Art of Wrestling podcast that discussed a wide range of topics relating to his time in WWE and his subsequent departure. Last night, part two dropped, which is the follow-up to that interview. The following are highlights, and I recommend listening to the entire cast via Colt Cabana’s site or via iTunes to gain context and formulate your own opinion.
WWE Smackdown is filming this evening in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for airing on Friday, December 5th, 2014. Below are the spoilers from the show. Refresh the page for the most up-to-date info.
WWE Smackdown Tapings
– Santino Marella shows up to plug his new movie, Jingle All The Way 2. He announces that he is the special guest GM for Smackdown tonight.
– Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper (c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship ends in a DQ when Luke Harper nails Ziggler with a low blow. They start grabbing ladders and tossing them at each other. Marella shows up and books them in a Ladder Match at TLC. Unconfirmed, but I assume the IC Title is on the line.
– We get a video package looking back at The Authority.
– Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show, Joey Mercury, and Jamie Noble come out. Rollins cuts a promo on John Cena and talks about putting him through a table. Each member takes the mic and talks about their match at TLC as well. Santino comes out to book a match – Ryback & Erick Rowan vs. Big Show & Kane, later tonight.
– A New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston def. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro. After the match, Goldust and Stardust cut a promo on New Day.
– Backstage segment with Naomi and Jimmy Uso. Naomi received flowers from The Miz apologizing. Uso gets pissed and throws the vase.
– Recap of Swagger’s Main Event promo on Rusev. Rusev vs. Dean Ambrose is up next.
– Ambrose cuts a promo about having fun destroying Bray Wyatt’s rocking chair on Raw, and says Bray’s plan isn’t working out so well. Ambrose says the mind games are over. Lana and Rusev come out and say Rusev won’t compete due to America’s intimidation. She recaps Swagger’s attack on Rusev, and Rusev cuts a promo on Jack Swagger. Dean Ambrose says he came to fight and chases them up the ramp. Wyatt cuts him off and attacks Ambrose with a steel chair. Ambrose is put in a neck brace before wheeling him off on a stretcher.
– The Miz def. Jey Uso. Jimmy Uso gets sent to the back by the referee.
– Naomi def. Brie Bella, with AJ Lee on commentary. AJ kept Nikki from interfering.
– Santino Marella talks with The Bunny backstage.
– Seth Rollins and Big Show get ready for their match.
– Ryback & Erick Rowan def. Seth Rollins & Big Show. Kane tries to interfere but gets thrown out of ringside. The referee misses a tag between Show and Rollins Ryback hits Shellshocked on Rollins for the win.
The build to TLC continues tonight on Raw, with the return of the Anonymous General Manager. Last week saw Daniel Bryan run the show, doling out a little bit of punishment to various members of the Authority after running Hunter and Stephanie out of power. Tonight, A New Day joins the tag team fray, competing in a number one contender’s match for the tag team championship.
Show Open, Live From Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center
Then, Now, Forever. It’s the aftermath of the CM Punk podcast with Colt Cabana, and CyberMonday.
We get a recap of last week, where The Authority got dumped on their heads by Daniel Bryan and the Anonymous General Manager returned at the end of the night. Bryan ran the show last week and doled out some punishment to the members of Team Authority. They focus on Seth Rollins facing Cena and Ziggler with J&J Security in the main event.
Live in the arena, we already get the email alert. It’s Hornswoggle, I swear! Cole reads the email, saying “I am back and I am not happy. With the Authority out of power, this company needs strong leadership.” He says he can’t leave the fortune in the hands of washed up superstars. He gets no further when John Cena’s music hits. He comes out to a decent reaction. JBL says he’s never been so happy to see Cena.
Cena grabs a mic and calls it a paramount night. He says the Board of Directors has their stuff together with the Anonymous GM running the show. He says he loves nothing about the GM. He says Brock and the GM both have the same thing in common – they show up once a year. Ouch. He says he’s there and the fans are there and the Authority isn’t and they’re never coming back. Cena recounts the events of Survivor Series, including Big Show’s turn and the team surviving. He says they showed what being a WWE superstar is all about.
He says one reason why they did it is….an email alert. This night’s gonna suck people. Cena gets out of the ring and approaches to Cole who begs off. Cena says he won’t let the biggest win in WWE history be handed over to a nameless and faceless computer and closes the laptop. Seth Rollins’ music hits, and here he comes with the crack J&J Security Team.
Rollins gets in the ring and asks for the fans to give Cena a hand. He puts Cena over, saying he’s got bad jokes for days and waving his hand in front of his face. He says he’s good at making half the crowd tell him he sucks every night. Facts. The other half tells Rollins he sold out. Rollins tells Cena he’s great at taking credit that he isn’t due. He says Cena won nothing at Survivor Series. He asks Security if he eliminated Cena (which is true) and says he pinned Cena while the referee counted to three. He says he would have been the sole survivor and kept the Authority in power had it not been for Sting.
Cena recounts that Rollins and Team Authority had a 3-1 advantage and he lost to Dolph Ziggler. Cena says that he doesn’t take credit for that and says that he will give credit to Ziggler for hanging in there to get the win.
Rollins asks if WWE is better off without the Authority. Fans chant “yes!” Rollins asks if JBL will be in charge next week, and Cena goes over to him and puts his hat on his head. Rollins runs down some possible GM candidates, mentioning Batista, and Eric Bischoff. Fans boo Batista, with Rollins saying “he’s terrible at wrestling and at acting, so he might be a good GM.” Rollins says Cena tells the fans its their show, but the thing that is best for the fans is what’s best for business.
Rollins says Cena has the ability to bring back the Authority and he has to. Cena tells him he’s in no place to demand, and the Authority is gone and not coming back. Cena gets in the ring and tells Rollins he wears too much latex but he has to earn everything he gets. “So you won’t order me to do anything.” Cena says he has the power to bring back the Authority and Rollins asks him to do the right thing. Cena tells him to ask nicely. Rollins begrudgingly asks “will you please bring back the Authority?” Cena tells him he wasn’t nice enough and he should get down on his knees. Obvious joke is obvious.
Email alert. Cena tries to shed it but Cole intervenes anyhow. He says that Rollins will face Cena at TLC in a Tables match, and if Cena loses, he will lose his #1 Contendership to Brock Lesnar. Cena protests, but Rollins jumps him from behind. Cena disposes of Rollins outside the ring then takes on the mall cops. He just about gets rid of them when Kane hits the ring. He hits Cena with a chokeslam. Rollins rants about a tables match and brings a table into the ring.
Out comes Ryback to even the score a bit. He takes out Kane with a spinebuster, then disposes of the mall cops, then drives Rollins to the corner and hits him with a press slam. Kane attacks him with a chair, and here comes Erick Rowan. He runs funny. He attacks Kane with a big boot out on the floor and climbs in the ring, but Big Show comes out and attacks him. Ziggler runs out next for the save and runs Show into the post. He drags out a ladder, but Luke Harper runs out and attacks him. Cena fights back in the ring and loads Rollins in the AA, but Harper saves him. Show hits the WMD punch, then Rollins and J&J play Shield 2.0 and put Cena through the table.
Lopsided heel stuff from the AGM already – makes you wonder if the next face GM makes Rollins put up his MITB briefcase. Anyhow, that was a long talking segment, yet again. Almost 22 minutes. It really kills the opening of Raw when it overstays its welcome like this. All in all, it wasn’t the worst segment in the world but it just went on too long. Rollins did well here.
Back live, they show the various members of Team Cena being helped to the back. JBL thinks the Anonymous Raw GM started the show off great. I thought that clown wanted “control and discipline?” Anyhow, Erick Rowan will take on Big Show and there’s gonna be a six-man tag later with Cena, Ziggler, and Ryback facing Kane, Rollins, and Harper. So the Anonymous GM is Teddy Long?
First match is a Tag Turmoil Match. Lillian Garcia runs down the rules for us. Goldust and Stardust come to the ring first while King and Cole talk about The New Day making their debut on Smackdown on Friday. They are coming to Raw, next!
Match #1 – Tag Team Turmoil for the #1 Contendership to the Tag Team Championship:
Goldust and Stardust start with The New Day. Rock, Paper, Scissors determines which two of the three New Day members work. Xavier is out. Big E hits a big clothesline. Kofi teams with Big E to hit a spectacular move to send Goldust and Stardust to the showers. Kidd and Cesaro are the next team up and they’ll face New Day right after the break!
Goldust and Stardust Eliminated
Back live, Cesaro and Kidd are controlling the action. Big E gets the hot tag, and he goes off. He sets up the Big Ending, but instead dumps Cesaro and Kidd to the floor. He helps Kingston with a springboard move to the outside. Goldust and Stardust attack Xavier Woods, which draws Kofi’s attention. Kidd rolls Kingston up with a handful of tights to send them to the showers.
The New Day is Eliminated
Next up is The Usos to work with Cesaro and Kidd. There’s a near fall by Cesaro going to the break. After, Kidd avoids a suicide dive by pulling Natalya in front of him. Jimmy tags and gets a run on Kidd. In the ropes, Kidd gets Natalya by the hand and pulls her over, which causes enough distraction to allow him to hit a kick. Usos come back with a top rope splash to send Kidd and Cesaro to the showers. JBL screwed up and called The Usos #1 Contenders too early.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are Eliminated
Adam Rose and the Bunny are next. I am totally serious here. Naomi is watching on as Cole reminds us that Jimmy is married to her. Rose hits a spinebuster then tags in the bunny. Bunny goes up top and Rose scolds him. Uso attacks from behind then tries for a superplex. Bunny blocks it and hits a sunset flip bomb for a near fall. Rose tags in and the bunny and Rose argue. Yes, I’m serious.
Uso hits a superkick on Rose, and a splash. Usos move on to be the #1 Contenders. The announcers recap it as the Usos celebrate in the ring. Naomi even nods her approval backstage.
They obviously are going to Rose vs. The Bunny, which does not make me all that happy. I guess if it leads to an unmasking, I’d be good with that.
Miz approaches Naomi, with Mizdow doing his mocking routine. Miz congratulates her and says he voted for her to team with AJ later tonight via the App. He compliments her video and calls the twerking impressive. He says he doesn’t often do this and offers her a producer’s card for someone in Hollywood. Mizdow does the whole routine along with it.
Interesting. Will they make Naomi a part of the mix going forward? Will this be a one-off while The Usos feud with Miz and Mizdow?
Out in the garage, a limo pulls up. Vince McMahon exits, talking on the phone. He’s up next?
Backstage, Erick Rowan is with Tom Philips. He’s solving a Rubik’s Cube. He says that Rowan has a high IQ and is an accomplished wine maker. Rowan says that he wants to take on Big Show because he’s a bully.
Big Show’s music hits and he comes to the ring. He says that he is a bully. “Why? Because I can be!” The fans tell him he sold out but Show tells him they sold out on him. He says he just cares about hurting people now. He tells Rowan to come out and see what kind of a big, mean nasty giant he is.
Match #2 – Big Show vs. Erick Rowan
Rowan makes his way to the ring. He left his Rubik’s backstage though. He limps to the ring, selling from earlier. The announcers are shocked about the genius news from earlier. Lawler calls him “Big Red Rowan” JBL and Cole jump in on it too.
Rowan sells for Show, then clears him to ringside. He gives chase, but Show throws him into the steps. Show slams the steps on Rowan’s back and that throws the match out. Show exits, looking smug. Rowan has some blood on his head – probably got bonked by the steps on the bounce. Get that man a Z-pack!
Smart to not give the real finish of this away on free TV. Assuming Rowan will eventually go over Show, they don’t want to do that for free. So, it made sense to go with a DQ finish. Match was clunky though.
Backstage, Vince is heading toward the ring. He sees two people in costume, but doesn’t talk to them. Renee Young stops him and asks about the state of WWE. He says he’s excited to appear on the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast after Raw on the Network. She asks him about bringing back the Authority, and Vince reminds her that John Cena is the only one who can do that. He sells the Austin podcast a second time and says that he has Austin in his hands and it’ll be fun.
Don’t sell this as fun. Maybe this is being done to keep the expectations low in light of the CM Punk situation. You want people to feel both entertained and informed by this interview, and selling it as hard-hitting makes a lot more sense.
We get a recap of the angle last week between the Bellas and AJ. Still that sensless heel turn for Brie? Anyhow, you can vote for AJ’s partner on the App.
Shots outside the arena as Cole hypes up the main event and various advertisers.
Match #3 – Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter)
Rosa dances in the ring and Fandango runs out to greet her. Tulsa doesn’t care, and I don’t either. Fandango’s Van Heusen is a bit tight. Swagger being an Oklahoma boy gets a bit of a pop. Swagger doesn’t appear though. So, cue the music a second time. Well, backstage, Colter got beaten down and is holding his leg. Swagger wants to know who did it, and in the ring Fandango smiles. Did he do it? Anyhow, Fandango wins by forfeit. Rosa has to interrupt Lilian’s announcement with a sexy-voice version.
Doesn’t take too long to see Rusev make an appearance. Lana holds his belt up and smiles and the announcers play dumb. King asks if he had something to do with the attack on Colter. Commercial. After the break, they recap what happened between Swagger, Rusev, and Sgt. Slaughter last week.
Lana starts to cut a promo but has to tell Tulsa to “chut-up.” She says that Rusev was ordered to recite the “pathetic Pledge of Allegiance.” She says not only did he bravely refuse but was then punished by having to defend the title in a battle royale on Smackdown. They all failed. She says “when will you learn that Rusev is the greatest US Champion this pathetic excuse of a superpower has seen.” Rusev says that all his challengers have been crushed, and implicates himself in crushing Zeb Colter too.
Lana demands the fans rise and recite the Russian pledge of Allegiance. It’s a mock of the US one with some Russian landmarks inserted. Jack Swagger’s music hits and he charges the ring. He and Rusev scrap, with Swagger getting the better of it. He roughs Rusev up into the barriers and up the ramp. Officials run out to break it up, and that lets Rusev and Lana escape. Swagger yells.
We’re going to talk about shaking up the Rusev character on RingRap Audio this week. I’m not sure how I feel about going back to Swagger and Rusev at this point. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Rusev and all things Raw so be sure to chime in.
Cole runs a hype for WWE 2K15. Miz and Mizdow’s entrance is next. Mizdow’s going to work a match.
Match #4 – Mizdow (w/Miz) vs. Fernando (w/El Torito)
Miz is going to be on commentary. Dear God this just got worse. They show El Torito getting the better of Mizdow, taking one of his stunt championships in an earlier segment. Fans are chanting for Mizdow as he starts off. The announcers and Miz are busy talking about how Miz is a celebrity and he’s giving Mizdow a chance to shine. They talk about the earlier exchange with Naomi as well. Mizdow hits a nice neckbreaker/backbreaker combo and kips up to a nice reaction. Mizdow tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Fernando gets out of it. Mizdow wraps him up in the Figure Four to get the submission win.
Miz praises Mizdow, but here comes Jimmy Uso who is all business. He slaps the taste out of Miz’s mouth and tells him to stay away from his wife. Miz and Mizdow sell at the barrier as JBL asks if Miz is married – and not to his stunt double. King hypes the main event.
Wyatt cut-in. He simply says “he’s here” but there’s a commercial first.
They hype the Slammys for next week (Sorry Drew), featuring various wrestlers and Seth Green.
Hey, isn’t the WWE World Heavyweight Champion supposed to appear next week? Shouldn’t he be the hype?
Match #5 – Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth
Little Jimmy sighting. Wyatt gets a nice reaction for his entrance despite being the heel. And does Wyatt need a squash win here? He controls Truth early, calling for Dean Ambrose and calling himself a god. Truth gets a hope spot with a splash and a spinning shot. He tries for a scissors kick but Wyatt comes back with a one-armed slam. He rolls Truth to the apron. He drills him out there, does the crab walk in the ring then hits Sister Abigail. No run in for Dean Ambrose like I called on Twitter. Shucks.
Wyatt starts throwing stuff in the ring after the match. It looks like Truth escaped. Fans chant for tables and Wyatt says he wants them too.
There was nothing compelling about the match, at all. Maybe the post-match angle will mean something when they come back live.
This show has been loaded with commercials and interruptions tonight. It’s dragging and killing the flow.
Back live, Wyatt is talking about Jacob, who had visions of a great ladder. The angels adorned it because it led to heaven as it was a ladder to Jacob’s maker. The maker stood at the top and told him where to lead his people to safety. “How glorious!” Wyatt says he dreams of a great ladder as well, but he ascends it to praise no one. He says he looks down and laughs at the simple minded insects, like Dean Ambrose. In his dreams he sees tables, ladders and chairs. He says it didn’t have to be this way.
Here comes Ambrose, with purpose. Ambrose drags him out and they brawl. Wyatt gets the better of him momentarily, but Ambrose hits him with a clothesline then bounces him off the announce position. Ambrose drags out a ladder and climbs. Officials run out, and Wyatt escapes. Ambrose keeps up the assault, charging across the announce position and clubbing Wyatt and keeping up the beating until officials separate them. Wyatt escapes up the ramp.
Ambrose yells that he will take everything from him, then destroys the Wyatt rocking chair. Ambrose poses under the ladder as Wyatt sells. Cole says someone has gotten to Wyatt’s brain.
We get a recap of John Cena being shocked to learn he might lose his #1 Contendership at TLC if he loses to Rollins. They recap the brawl from the show open. The announcerrs shill the final voting for AJ’s partner for this next tag match. The Bellas come to the ring and parade around. I’m still trying to figure out the heel turn of Brie Bella. Maybe I need to stop. We’ll find out AJ’s partner after the break.
After the break, we get a recap of last week’s Raw where AJ told the Bellas that talent isn’t sexually transmitted, then some the Bellas response on Smackdown. Here’s the announcement, after AJ’s entrance…
Match #6 – The Bella Twins vs. AJ and Naomi
Funk is on a roll. Is Jimmy Uso gonna slap the internet? AJ doesn’t care. Doesn’t take long to hear some CM Punk chants. Tulsa doesn’t care, and I can hear the women audibly calling spots or something. Maybe they’re just trash talking. Cole nearly addressed the CM Punk chants. Naomi sells for the Bellas in the early going. AJ gets the hot tag and hits a Thesz press and starts throwing hands.
Action breaks down. AJ hits a tornado DDT off the ropes and gets two but Brie breaks it up. Naomi gets in the match and attacks Brie but Brie dumps her to ringside. AJ dumps Brie to ringside and hits Nikki with a shining wizard. She locks on the Black Widow and gets Nikki to tap. The announcers sell that this might give AJ a chance to get her title back again. The Bellas sell and exit.
Tulsa cared more about chanting for Punk and for AJ than they did about the match. It wasn’t all that special, and just simply continues the AJ/Bellas story.
They recap the beginning of the show again for us. They bring Paul Heyman in “via satellite.” Heyman addresses the early comments from Cena. He says that Cena talked about Lesnar showing up once a year. He talks about how Christmas is special and unique, and compares Lesnar’s appearance to that. He says “why not have Wrestlemania every week.” He says it’s special.
Heyman says that if Cena does get through Rollins, “a battle weary” Cena will face a “well rested, properly trained Brock Lesnar” and will take a beating that will make SummerSlam pale by comparison. He asks who the new #1 Contender will be if Cena loses. He poses Undertaker and Sting as possibilities. He says you could make the entire locker room contenders and Lesnar will eat through them one by one like throwing humans to the lions. Heyman says he said it years ago to Austin that he who has the gold has the power. Heyman hypes Lesnar as the “cant miss” reigning champion.
A decent enough segment. Notable is that in a ProWrestling.net report that Lesnar was pulled from local advertising for next week’s Slammys show. Heyman didn’t tip the hand here either. Maybe they’re really trying to go shock value, or plans have changed and we’ll not see Lesnar next week. Fail.
John Cena makes his entrance for the main event.
Match #6 – John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback vs. Seth Rollins (w/J&J Security), Kane, and Luke Harper
Ziggler and Ryback come out after the break, then the heels. No one seemed to care much about the heels, and they’re not too reactive to the early going of the match. Cena gets the better of the heels early on, taking out Harper and locking Rollins in the STF. Ziggler tags in for a spell, working with Kane by hitting a drop kick early. Ryback gets the tag and sells briefly for Kane.
Ryback sells for Harper. Harper lands a series of strikes in the corner. He sets up a suplex, but Ryback counters and loads one of his own. He doesn’t get it all the first time, but does the second. He holds the delayed suplex going into break. Back live, Ryback hits another vertical suplex on Harper and tags out to Ziggler. Harper is able to tag out to Kane, who gets the momentary upper hand but Ziggler locks on a sleeper.
Ziggler hits a drop kick to the knee then a splash. Kane tries to set a chokeslam up but can’t get it. Ziggler goes on the ropes for a move but takes a hard right hand for a near fall. I don’t see the lump on Kane’s back that got made Twitter-Famous this week. Harper tags in and uses a gator roll as Ziggler sells for the heels. The announcers debate about being a “never say quit” guy. Ziggler sells for Rollins, and the fans start rallying him.
Ziggler hits a jawjacker then ducks a Rollins charge to get the hot tag to Cena. Super Cena Bros time. Shoulder blocks, side slam, and you can’t see the Five Knuckle. Harper gets involved and takes an AA. Kane gets involved and gets a suplex with help from Ryback. Official is distracted so the mall cops get a cheap shot on Cena. That lets Rollins get two. Commercial.
Back live, Cena sells for Kane. JBL says J&J Security was trained by Seal Team Six. Get the fuck outta here with that. Cena hits a drop kick but Harper tags in and hits a neckbreaker for two. Harper gets another two, then tags in Rollins. Rollins mocks the “you can’t see me” thing and hits a hand off the ropes. Cena fires up and lands a shot of his own after Rollinst taunts. Cena tries to get a tag but takes a clothesline. Cena continues to sell.
Rollins tries another charge but Cena ducks. Crash and burn. Cena and Rollins both sell, looking for tags. Ziggler and Harper. Ziggler goes off on the heels, hitting Harper with a neckbreaker then the Fameasser. Rollins breaks things up so things break down. Cena dives off the ropes, taking everyone out. Cena tries the AA but can’t get it. He takes a boot.
Ryback hits a press slam, then Rollins hits him with a knee off the ropes. Ziggler hits a DDT but takes a spinning slam from Harper. Harper tries to load a powerbomb, but Ziggler counters out and rolls Harper up for the win.
Chaos ensues, with Harper and Cena pairing off, Kane and Ryback, and Ziggler and Rollins. Big Show makes his way out and taking shots at everyone. He knocks out Cena and he and Kane team up on Ryback. Here comes Big Red Rowan, steel stairs in hand. He takes out Harper and Kane on his way, then Ziggler feeds him Rollins. Three down, one to go. Rowan throws the steps in the ring but Show goozles him and Ryback both.
Ziggler out of nowhere hits a superkick, Ryback follows with a Meathook, and Cena hits the AA on Show. Cena nods to Rowan to get the steps. The other three stand Show up and feed him to Rowan to deliver a stair shot to the shoulder. Yes, it looked obvious – try harder guys. Show is left laying as Cole says Rowan has arrived. The faces celebrate and Cole hypes the Stone Cold Podcast happening “NOW” to close the show.
The live crowd didn’t react until the end of the match through the closing sequence. They also seemed to enjoy the post-match angle more so than the match itself. The match was good, but there wasn’t much reaction for it.
Overall, I will admit that this show was better than last week, but it still wasn’t all that great. I got very worried that we’d have a lot of Anonymous GM antics, but that was kept pretty well to a minimum. That gimmick was pretty bad and I groaned last week when it was announced, but they kept it to the open and that was it. Cyber Monday, which got hyped quite a bit, only led to one fan vote throughout the night so it was kept to a minimum too.
We’ll have a lot more to say about this show in Raw Afterthoughts tomorrow and in RingRap Audio on Wednesday. Be sure to check out Drew’s coverage of the Stone Cold Podcast with Vince McMahon going on as we speak, and be sure to communicate with us about this show and all things pro wrestling for Ring Rap Audio this week either on Twitter (@RingRap), or on Facebook as well (facebook.com/RingRap). Thanks for following along.