Monday Night Raw - 10th December 2012
Raw begins with a recap video on the events of the last few weeks:
- John Cena wins a #1 contendership match to earn a shot at CM Punk's WWE Championship
- Cena wants a second chance against The Rock, winning the WWE Championship is the only way he can do it.
- CM Punk demands more respect from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
- Punk kicks Vince in the head.
- Rather than firing Punk, Vince wants to "beat some respect into him" and books Punk vs McMahon in a TLC match... tonight!
Live in the arena, the ringside area is strewn with tables, ladders and chairs as JR and Michael Cole welcome viewers to the final Monday Night Raw before TLC. John Cena's music then hits to a mainly positive reaction from the fans. Cena has his serious face on, and he makes his trademark enterance. JR notes Cena is scheduled to face Intercontinental Champion The Miz in the opening bout of the night as Cena takes a mic from ringside.
Cena: "Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. For over a year now CM Punk has been counting upwards the number of days he has been the WWE Champion. Tonight is the night that CM Punk and the rest of the WWE Universe begin counting down. We're counting down from 6 ladies and gentlemen, because in 6 nights at TLC I will finally defeat CM Punk and put an end to his championship reign. Now I know what some of you are thinking, you're thinking 'hey John, you've lost to CM Punk countless times, what's so different on Sunday?'. And you'd be right to point that out, but this Sunday there is something other than the WWE Championship on the line, something that means just as much to me as that title, and that is The Rock. Back at Raw 1000 Rock announced that he had been granted a shot at the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Me and Rocky have some unfinished business after WrestleMania 28. I know I can beat The Rock. I need to beat The Rock. The only way to get at Rock is to go through Punk and get my hands on the WWE Championship, and I promise that is what I'm going to do!"
Cena is interrupted by Miz's music, and the Intercontinental Champion appears on the stage to boos. Miz speaks as he approaches the ring.
Miz: "Really? WrestleMania 28? How about we rewind things another year John. You weren't getting pinned by The Rock that night, you were getting pinned by The Miz! Nobody is buying TLC on Sunday to see you lose to CM Punk again, the star attraction of that show is The Miz. People are on the egde of their seats as they watch me edge closer to Honky Tonks Intercontinental Championship record, and you can believe me when I say that long after CM Punk's reign has ended mine will still be going. Because I'm The Miz... and I'm... awesome!"
The crowd boo and Miz enters the ring for the opening bout of the night.
As the match continues, Christian is shown backstage watching the match on a monitor as he scouts his TLC opponent. It's a typical Cena match, Miz has the advantage in the early-going before Cena makes his trademark comeback. He nails the Attitude Adjustment for the clean win.
John Cena def. The Miz
Michael Cole says Cena is on a roll, and questions if beating the Intercontinental Champion is a sign of things to come this Sunday as he looks to become WWE Champion again. Cena celebrates in the ring as the action transitions backstage, where Christian is shown laughing at Miz's loss. Scott Stanford interrupts for an interview, and asks Christian on his thoughts going into TLC.
Christian: "I'm thinking that what you just saw there – Miz getting pinned – is a sneak preview of what you'll see at TLC this Sunday. See, back at Raw 1000 Miz defeated me and ended my Intercontinental Championship reign. I haven't forgotten about that, and I intend to put it right."
Stanford then asks Christian for an update on the ankle injury he picked up last Friday on SmackDown. The camera shows Christian's ankle is bandaged.
Christian: "It's not ideal Scotty, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to go on it."
Laughter is heard down the hall before Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes interrupt the interview.
Sandow: "Is that so young miscreant? Well we shall see tonight shan't we, as unfortunately for you your ankle is to be squashed by I, Damien Sandow."
Christian: "Hmm, if I remember rightly the last time we were in the same ring I speared you out of your little pink panties."
Sandow is lost for words, Rhodes tells him to walk away and the Tag Champs exit. Raw goes to commercial.
Raw returns with a video package on previous high spots from TLC matches, before transitioning into a package on the history of CM Punk and John Cena. Back live in the arena, the camera is on JR and Michael Cole. They feed to footage "received moments ago"
from a camera phone, which shows Wade Barrett attacking Sheamus in a nearby bar. Barrett gets the upper-hand and smashes a pool que over Sheamus's back.
Back live in the arena, Vickie Guerrero is heard yelling "excuse me"
and the crowd erupt with boos. Guerrero tells the crowd to stand and welcome the future of WWE, Michael McGillicutty! McGillicutty and Ted DiBiase make appear, and DiBiase takes a mic. The three make their way to the ring as DiBiase speaks.
DiBiase: "How dare you ugly people boo our manager! We have been thinking about what Vickie says, that we are the future of this company, and we agree. But our main focus right now is to prove that we are superior to our fathers. I myself am taking the name Ted DiBiase to new heights. But Mike... well, he isn't to be called Mike anymore. See, he gave himself a new name because he didn't want to be associated with his father. But I've spoken to him, and we have concluded that the best way to prove he is better than Curt Hennig to go by the same name as his father. So please show some respect not for Michael McGillicutty, but for Joe Hennig, the Perfect Son!"
Vickie is applauding in an over-exaggerated manor until Ryback's music hits, which draws panicked looks from the trio and huge cheers from the crowd. Cole and Ross note Ryback is in a foul mood after Kane cost him the WWE Championship on Friday, before reminding viewers Ryback faces Kane at TLC on Sunday.
In a short match, Ryback gets the win with ShellShock.
Ryback def. Joe Hennig
JR makes a sarcastic remark that it's a "less than perfect start for Joe Hennig" before feeding to a replay from Friday Night SmackDown where Alberto Del Rio delivered an RKO through the announce table to Randy Orton. Ross tells viewers that Orton is unable to compete tonight, but that Del Rio will return to the ring tonight when he faces Rey Mysterio.
Backstage, Vince McMahon is in the locker room taping up his wrists. In walks Jerry Lawler, who speaks to Vince in hushed tones.
Lawler: "Vince, I know what's going through your mind right now. You're angry, and you should be, you want to hurt CM Punk the way that he hurt you last week. But Vince, I gotta say, I don't think this is a great idea. I mean, we're not getting any younger, and when I thought I could step into the ring and beat some manors into CM Punk is was nearly the death of me. I'd hate to see the same thing happen to you sir, I think you should reconsider the TLC match tonight."
King: "Jerry, I know what I have to do. I've never walked away from a fight in my life. CM Punk brought the fight to me last week, and I'm going to take it to him like a man tonight... even if it kills me."
Jerry wishes Vince look and exits the locker room.
Daniel Bryan is making his way to the gorilla position for his match against Kane when he is attacked from behind by Big Show. Show delivers a Cholkeslam on the concrete floor before telling Bryan "I'll see you Sunday, bitch"
. Raw goes to commercial with Cole wondering if Bryan will be able to compete tonight.
Raw returns with an advert for SmackDown, highlighting the end of the brand split and saying every superstar will be in attendance for the final show before TLC. Live in the arena, Kane's pyro hits and the Big Red Machine makes his way to the ring with AJ. The announcers note that Kane and Daniel Bryan had a less than amicable split after losing the Tag Team Championships, but Cole says he doubts the match will even go ahead after Bryan was Cholkeslammed backstage just moments ago.
There is a long pause as Kane waits in the ring before Bryan's music hits, drawing a pop from the crowd. Bryan appears on stage, clutching his ribs and clearly in pain. JR questions the wisdom of stepping into the ring while injured just days before competing for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan puts up a valiant effort in the match, but Kane targets the injured ribs of Bryan and hits his own Cholkeslam to get the win.
Kane def. Daniel Bryan
Kane throws Bryan out of the ring as AJ enters the ring with a mic.
AJ: "Now that my monster has exercised the demons of Team Hell No once and for all, he can and will turn his attentions to Ryback. Ryback who thinks it is acceptable to put his sweaty hands on an angel like myself. Ha! Ryback is always telling us to feed him more, this Sunday he will find out that he has bitten off more than he can chew."
AJ laughs as Kane shoots his pyro. The pair exit the ring as the announcers feed to Scott Stanford backstage, who has WWE Champion CM Punk for an interview.
Stanford: "CM Punk, you are 6 nights away from defending your WWE Championship against John Cena in a Tables Ladder and Chairs match, but before then you face our Chairman Vince McMahon in another TLC match. Your thoughts..."
Punk: "I'll give you my thoughts. I think this whole week is about me finally commanding some respect around here. For the last 18 months I have proved time and time against that I am better than John Cena, that John Cena cannot beat me, yet who has featured in the majority of the main event matches this year? John Cena, that's who. And why is that? Vince McMahon is why. Last week when I kicked the old man in the side of his head he should have gotten the message that I am not afraid of authority, I am the best in the world and I will do whatever I like. Vince wants to try and relive his glory days and step into the ring with a guy like me? Then he deserves everything he's got coming to him. So after I've finished beating some respect out of Vinnie Mac, I will walk into TLC on Sunday and once again defeat John Cena. And then on to the Royal Rumble and Rocky. Rocky who thinks he can show up at a minutes notice and get a shot at the title that I have single-highhandedly made prestigious again. I am the best in the world, and I don't care who I have to go through to prove it to you. Now if you'll excuse me, I've a match... no, a massacre to prepare for."
Back live in the arena, JR calls Punk sick and expresses concern for Vince as Rhodes Scholars music hits. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes make their way to the ring with a smile on their face, holding the Tag Team Championships aloft. Sandow takes a mic from ringside.
Sandow: "Allow me to beg your indulgence for just one moment. My name is Damien Sandow, this here is my best friend Cody Rhodes, and we are your WWE Tag Team Champions. Before I proceed with the formality of a victory over that ignoramus Christian – who I am led to believe is not actually a Catholic despite his misleading name – I would like to direct your attention to the following replay from last Friday night..."
A replay of Rhodes Scholars attacking Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara backstage airs, which concluded with Rhodes Scholars using ladders to leave The Luchadors fallen.
Sandow: "... myself and Cody feel Booker T's decision to allow Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara a second opportunity at our hard-earned Championships is unjust, so we took matters into our own hands and showed Mr Mysterio and his masked companion that we are the better men. Just like my victory over Christian tonight, Rhodes Scholars walking out of TLC with these Championship belts is a mere formality."
The crowd boo as Rhodes Scholars pose, before Booker T appears on the Titantron.
Booker: "Hey there boy! Now look, you and Cody wanna run around attacking people with ladders to try and get out of defending your titles? That's not how it rolls when Booker T is in charge. Now I been talking wit' Jerry Lawler and we have come to a decision – we think that as you like to use ladders so much, you will have no issue defending your Tag Team Championships against Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in 6 nights... in a ladder match! Now can you dig that, suckaaa?"
Booker disappears from the screen as Sandow rants.
Sandow: "Dig what? Explain your self ignoramus! What kind of language is that?"
Before he can continue, Christian's music hits to a big reaction from the crowd. Christian makes his way to the ring as Raw heads to a break.
In a 7 minute match the action is even, before Christian gains the upper-hand. He crouches in the corner and signals for the Spear, but unbeknownst to the referee Cody has hold of Christian's injured ankle. Christian kicks him away and attempts a Spear, but Sandow avoids the contact and rams Christian's shoulder into the ring post. It's followed by a roll-up with a hand full of tights for the 3.
Damien Sandow def. Christian
Sandow and Rhodes celebrate as if they had won a WrestleMania match, with Sandow composing himself before performing a cartwheel as the crowd boo. Christian is seen clutching his ankle before Raw transitions backstage.
Vince McMahon is on the phone.
Vince: "No Hunter you will stay away, this is my fight."
In walks John Cena, and Vince hangs up the phone.
Cena: "Vince, man. Me and you are in the same boat right now. I know how it feels to be preparing for a TLC match with CM Punk. I mean, he may be a disrespectful SOB but he is a violent man, giving CM Punk access to weapons like chairs, ladders and tables is daunting for any man. Hell, I'm a little worried that I might not walk out of TLC in one piece, and I'm not a 67 year old man. Now look, I know you're not gonna change your mind and that's cool. But Vince, there's no disqualifications in a TLC match, I could be right out there with you tonight..."
Vince cuts Cena off before he can continue.
Vince: "I know where you're going with this John and the answer is no. I want nobody getting involved in the match tonight. I know what you're like, you're going to want to make the superhero rescue and get your hands on Punk. But I'm fighting this fight by myself. John, if you interere in the match tonight then your Championship match on Sunday is off. Do I make myself clear?"
Cena: "Crystal sir... good luck out there."
Cena exits Vince's office and Raw goes to commercials.
Raw returns with a vignette. In a dark room, lights are switched on to reveal an empty gym. The camera focuses on a pair of large black hands chalking his hands up. The mystery man then lays on a bench press table and begins to lift weights. The words "COMING SOON" appear as the vignette ends.
Live in the arena, Antonio Cesaro in in the ring with a mic.
Cesaro: "As the Champion of this nation, it has saddened me to hear some Americans claim that I am afraid of Zack Ryder. I am afraid of no man. Zack Ryder is not worthy of my time, but I am a fighting Champion and I will put a swift and painful end to Mr Ryder this Sunday. But before then, I have to remind the people of this nation just how dangerous it's Champion is. I am the single greatest United States Champion of all time, and tonight I will prove it. I am hereby issuing an open challenge, I will defend this Championship right now against ANY former United States Champion... except Zack Ryder!"
Cesaro laughs to himself and removes his jacket as he awaits his opponent. Hacksaw Jim Duggan's music hits to a pop from the crowd and Duggan appears, waving his 2x4 and chanting USA! Michael Cole tells viewers that Duggan was United States Champion in 1994 and that he defeated Steve Austin for the title. Zack Ryder is shown watching the action on a screen backstage as the match begins.
Cesaro squashes Dugan in 3 minutes, hitting a forceful European Uppercut before delivering the Neutraliser to pick up the win.
Antonio Cesaro def. Jim Duggan to retain the United States Championship
JR calls it a dominant title defense, while Michael Cole argues that defeating a 59 year old man only proves so much.
They then switch gears to focus on the TLC card for Sunday. They run down the list of confirmed matches:
- CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against John Cena in a TLC match.
- World Heavyweight Champion Big Show defends against Daniel Bryan
- Ryback goes one-on-one with Kane
- Wade Barrett challenges Sheamus to a Chairs match.
- The Tag Team Championships will be literally up for grabs as Rhodes Scholars defend against Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a ladder match.
- Zack Ryder looks to capture the United States Championship when he faces Antonio Cesaro
The announcers then narrate over a replay from Friday Night SmackDown, where Alberto Del Rio returned to resume his feud with Randy Orton by RKOing The Viper through the announce table. Del Rio returns to action after the break when he faces his long-time nemesis Rey Mysterio.
Raw returns with an advert for SmackDown with two confirmed matches – John Cena vs Dolph Ziggler, and Antonio Cesaro issuing another open challenge.
Back live in the arena, Ricardo Rodrigues introduces a returning Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio gets big heat as he makes his way to the ring. He snatches the mic from Ricardo when he gets to the ring.
Del Rio: "How dare you people boo me, I am a victim! At Survivor Series, Randy Orton RKO'd me through the announce table AFTER our match. While I took some time to recover from my injuries, I tune in to Raw to find Randy Orton in #1 contender matches? This is an outrage, an outrage I will correct starting with tonight when I snap the arm off that little pest Rey Mysterio. Randy Orton is not here tonight, and after I gave him an RKO of my own last Friday you can expect he will be gone for quite some time."
Rey Mysterio's music then hits and he makes his entrance with a bandaged arm, the announcers saying Rey picked up the injury as a result of the beat-down from Rhodes Scholars on SmackDown.
Rey puts up a good fight for the first 4 minutes of the match, but Del Rio targets the injured arm of Rey and makes him tap with a Cross Arm Breaker.
Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio
Del Rio refuses to release the hold initially as the crowd boo. Del Rio then pops to his feet with a smile on his face. He throws Mysterio to the floor and follows him to the outside. He throws Mysterio on the announce table, then climbs the table before delivering an RKO to Mysterio, smashing the table.
The crowd boo and Del Rio yells "DESTINY"
when he is interrupted by Jerry Lawler's music, and the Raw GM stands at the top of the stage area with a mic.
Lawler: "It looks like you have some tables issues you need to work through Alberto, and I know a guy who would love to help you work through them. This Sunday you're going one-on-one with Randy Orton in a Tables match. Between now and then, I am imposing a no-contact rule. I just got off the phone with Randy Orton and he will return on Friday, and I'm going to tell you what I told him. If you lay a finger on Orton before the bell rings on Sunday, you will be fired on the spot."
Lawler's music plays as the announcers sell excitement at the Tables match been added to the card for Sunday.
A split-screen shows CM Punk and Vince McMahon walking down the hall, they face off in a Tables Ladders and Chairs match after the break.
Raw returns live in the arena where the ringside area is surrounded by Tables Ladders and Chairs. The biggest pop of the night then happens...
Edge's music hits!
The crowd go nuts and the announcers sell major excitement as Edge makes a surprise appearance! He milks the moment, posing for the fans before making his way to the ring. He picks up a chair from ringside, takes it into the ring and sits down with a mic as the crowd chant Edge's name.
Edge: "Man it's great to hear that! Usually when I'm gonna show up I like to give you guys a little heads up, but this time I didn't know I was coming. I was in the area, I happened to catch CM Punk's interview earlier when he called his TLC match with John Cena a formality. I am a pioneer of the TLC match, I was in the very first one and many since. As you all know, last year I had to call an early end to my career. And let me tell you this – one major reason my career came to an end is the injuries and knocks I picked up in TLC matches. The TLC match is the most dangerous match in WWE history, it ends careers, if CM Punk thinks anything about Sunday or tonight is a formality he is gravely mistaken."
Cult Of Personality then hits to big boos, and a furious CM Punk marches to the ring flanked by Paul Heyman. Punk snatches a mic from ringside.
Punk: "You have got to be kidding me! This guy? What the hell is this, steal the spotlight from CM Punk month? I don't need washed up retired guys telling me anything, there isn't a match in the world too dangerous for CM Punk! I suggest you get the hell out of my ring before I snap that surgically repaired neck in half."
The crowd boo and Edge waits a moment before standing up from his chair.
Edge: "I'm not a stupid man Punk, I know that in my condition I can't fight you. But you aren't fighting me this Sunday, you're fighting John Cena. And personally, I think he's going to win."
A furious Punk spits in Edge faces, drawing a massive amount of heat from the crowd. Edge then delivers a stiff kick to the head of Edge, causing the Rated R Superstar to collapse. The crowd is going nuts and the announcers sell outrage that Punk is attacking a retired Hall Of Famer. Punk folds up the chair that Edge was sitting on and lines up a shot before Christian's music hits.
Christian storms the ring, ducking a swing from Punk and trading blows with Punk. The crowd is going wild, but Punk gets the upper-hand by stomping at the injured ankle of Christian. Punk turns around into a Spear from Edge which sends the crowd wild! Edge picks Christian up and the pair exit the ring as the crowd cheer. Paul Heyman has a mic and enters the ring.
Heyman: "Get back here you cowards! You get back here and fight CM Punk like a man Mr Rated R!"
Vince McMahon's music hits and he appears on the stage dressed to wrestle. He passes Edge and Christian on the ramp and enters the ring, ordering the timekeeper to ring the bell! Vince goes for the cover, but Heyman pulls Vince off Punk.
Vince pops to his feet and stares down Heyman, who begs off and backs into the corner. Vince picks up the chair that's still in the ring and walks up to Heyman as the crowd yells to swing for Heyman. Vince swings the chair back, but Punk has got to his feet and grabs the chair from Vince and smashes him around the back. Punk continues to beat Vince down with the chair as the crowd boo.
Punk orders Heyman to grab a table, and Heyman obliges by throwing a table into the ring. Punk sets the table up in the middle of the ring and lays a prone Vince on top. He climbs the top rope as the crowd boo and yells "RESPECT"
before delivering an elbow drop, driving Vince through the table. Punk pins Vince for the win.
CM Punk def. Vince McMahon
The hot crowd continues to boo Punk as he stands over Vince. Punk then picks the chair up and again begins to beat down McMahon. John Cena's music then hits and Cena sprints to the ring, ducking a chair shot and connecting with a shoulder charge. Cena begins his trademark shoulder charge comeback, dropping Punk with the backdrop and landed a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Punk gets to his feet as Cena signals for an AA, but Punk bails the ring.
Punk and Heyman retreat from the ringside area, scurrying up the ramp. Cena examines a fallen Vince, throwing the X sign and yelling for help. Raw goes off the air with CM Punk with a sick smile on his face as doctors and Cena examine Vince.