Monday Night Raw - 17th December 2012
Raw begins with stills from the previous night at TLC and the commentators reacting to Brock Lesnar's shock return to cost John Cena his WWE Championship match against CM Punk.
Live in the arena, the camera pans the audience – JR and Michael Cole are on commentary as Justin Roberts stands in the ring.
Cole: "Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Monday Night Raw just 24 hours after the shocking events of TLC."
Roberts: "Please welcome... the WWE Champion, CM Punk."
The crowd boo and Cult Of Personality hits.
JR: "We're not going to waste any time tonight Michael, our WWE Champion has questions to answer and it looks like he's going to get straight to it here."
Punk appears on the stage dressed in jeans, t-shirt and hoodie, with the WWE Championship draped across his shoulder. Punk gingerly makes his way to the ring, limping to sell the effects of the TLC match.
Cole: "Interesting that Paul Heyman is not accompanying Punk to the ring here. Punk looked as confused as anyone when Lesnar showed up last night, you gotta wonder if he was in on it or not."
Punk enters the ring and takes a mic as the crowd continue to boo.
Punk: "Disrespectful... Entirely and completely disrespectful, that's what you people are. I am just weeks away from the biggest match of my life when I defend my WWE Championship against The Rock at the Royal Rumble. And what do people want to talk about? They're not congratulating me on retaining my title in a brutal TLC match, they're not congratulating me on the longest WWE Championship reign of the modern area. No, all people want to talk about... is Brock Lesnar."
The crowd boo at the mention of Lesnar's name.
Punk: "People have been saying that I need to explain myself after Brock Lesnar attacked John Cena last night. Why the hell do I need to explain anything? I have proven time and time again that I can defeat John Cena, I sure as hell don't need help from Brock Lesnar or anyone else! I knew absolutely nothing about Brock Lesnar showing up last night, hell as far as I knew the guy had quit for good. All I know is this... I promised the world that I would retain my WWE Championship last night and that's exactly what I did. And I will not defend this title again until the Royal Rumble, where I will put my knee to the face of the Tooth Fairy and prove... once and for all... that I am the best... in... the world!"
Punk holds his title aloft as the crowd boo. Punk goes to leave the ring before Booker T's music hits to a good reaction from the crowd.
Cole: "SmackDown General Manager Booker T? What's he doing here on Raw?"
Booker: "Hold on there son. See, here's the thing. I aint happy with how things went down at TLC last night. I think John Cena deserves better than to be cheated out of his shot at redemption against The Rock. In my opinion, if it wasn't for Brock, John Cena would now be the WWE Champion..."
Punk: "Nobody gives a crap about your stupid opinion Book. What the hell are you even doing here? This is Raw, you're the GM of SmackDown! Stop wasting everybody's time and go play tic-tac-toe with Teddy Long back there sucka."
Booker: "Oh you got jokes? That's great. See, you're right about one thing Punk, I am the General Manager of SmackDown. And see, tomorrow night we have a very special edition of SmackDown... Super SmackDown Live! A commercial-free episode of SmackDown live tomorrow night. And while you're right that I am the GM of SmackDown, you are wrong about one thing... Last night was NOT the last time you will defend the WWE Championship before the Royal Rumble."
The crowd cheer and Booker continues.
Booker: "So here's how it's gonna go down. Tomorrow night on Super SmackDown Live, you are going to defend your WWE Championship... against John Cena! And to make sure that there is a definiteive and conclusive winner, to make sure that Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman don't get involved in the match... You will defend the WWE Championship... in a steel cage match! Now can you dig that... suckaaaa!"
Booker's music hits to cheers and the SmackDown GM exits as Punk sells anger and frustration in the ring. Punk then composes himself.
Punk: "To take a quote from my Royal Rumble opponent... IT DOESN'T MATTER! See I saw the way John Cena's head bounced when Brock threw him through that table last night, I know John Cena is nowhere near 100%. If the world wants to see me defeat John Cena AGAIN, well... Just Bring It."
Punk laughs to himself, the crowd boo and Cult Of Personality plays. Punk exits the ring and the camera shifts to Cole and Ross.
Cole: "Massive announcement to kick things off tonight – CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship inside a steel cage against John Cena!"
JR: "Certainly one you won't wanna miss, and speaking of John Cena. We have been informed that Cena will be here later on tonight to react to the events of TLC. You've gotta assume he wants a piece of Brock Lesnar."
Cole: "It's hard to say Jim, I mean the last time we saw Brock Lesnar he snapped the arm of Triple H at SummerSlam! The guy is a machine, I don't think calling out The Beast is a smart move."
JR: "You may well be right Michael but I know John Cena – he's a man full of pride. He's gonna be hurting that he didn't win the gold last night, he's gunna be hurting that his shot at The Rock was taken from him by Lesnar. The question is, can he make all that right tomorrow night on SmackDown?"
Cole: "Before we get to Super SmackDown Live we still have an amazing night ahead here on Monday Night Raw. And Jim get this... Paul Heyman has just Tweeted a photograph of Brock Lesnar outside the arena here tonight!"
The picture is shown on the screen for viewers.
JR: "Heyman has a lot of explaining to do! Folks also tonight Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defend their newly-won Tag Team Championships against former champs Rhodes Scholars, and we can now take you backstage where Josh Matthews is standing by."
Backstage, Matthews is stood by Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.
Matthews: "Damien, Cody, thank you for your time. You have elected to immediatley cash-in your rematch clause and will challenge Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara for the Tag Team Championships tonight..."
Sandow interrupts Matthews.
Sandow: "Sorry, which Championships would they be?"
Matthews: "Urrm, the Tag Team Championships."
Sandow: "Exactly. Not the Ladder Match Championships. Not the jump as high as you can with a pathetic mask on your head Championships. No, the Tag Team Championships. Cody and I won the championships in Tag Team action, defended them in tag team action, yet were forced into a barbaric ladder match by that buffoon Booker T! Gentlemen of our ilk do not pride ourselves on such savagery! Not to worry though, our rematch tonight will be a tag team match, and Rhodes Scholars will regain the Tag Team Championships for the benefit of the unwashed masses... You're welcome."
Sandow and Cody walk away from the interview.
Matthews: "The Tag Team Championships will be defended... next!"
Raw goes to commercials.
Back live, Justin Roberts is in the ring.
Roberts: "The following contest, scheduled for one fall... is for the WWE Tag Team Championships!"
Rey Mysterio's music hits to a good reaction from the crowd, Mysterio and Sin Cara appear on the stage in matching colours and make their way to the ring as the announcers speak.
Roberts: "Introducing first... your NEW WWE Tag Team Champions... Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara!"
Cole: "You gotta admit it was smart on the part of Rhodes Scholars to take the rematch tonight. You saw the way Rey Mysterio sacrificed himself to get the win last night, you know he's gotta be beat up and you would expect the strategy tonight will be isolate Rey."
JR: "You might be right Michael, but you gotta catch these guys first. This pair of high-flyers will look to get things done quickly – the momentum is with Sin Cara and he's gotta be happy to get his first gold here in WWE."
Damien Sandow's music then hits to bring out Rhodes Scholars.
Roberts: "And their opponents... the team of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, the Rhodes Scholars!"
Sandow and Rhodes make their way to the ring and the bell rings to start the match.
- Sin Cara has the upper-hand in the early going of the match, connecting with several impressive high-flying moves.
- After 4 minutes, Rey is tagged in. It doesn't take long for Rhodes Scholars to capitalise on Rey's injuries and they have the upper-hand.
- At 8 minutes, Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes on Rey but Sin Cara breaks up the pin attempt.
- Sin Cara gets the hot tag at 10 minutes, sending Sandow out of the ring. Cara connects with a springboard moonsault on Sandow and picks up the win.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. Rhodes Scholars to retain the Tag Team Championships
Sandow looks as if he is about to cry at ringside as Rey and Sin Cara celebrate with the titles in the ring. The announcers talk over replays of the match.
JR: "Incredible athleticism from Sin Cara tonight. There can't be any questions now – Rey and Sin Cara have overcome Rhodes Scholars twice in two night."
Cole: "Sandow looks like he's going to burst into tears here, you gotta wonder what is next for Rhodes Scholars and the Tag Team Championships."
The camera then shifts back to the announcers.
Cole: "Ladies and gentlemen last night, by far the biggest upset of the night was Zack Ryder defeating Antonio Cesaro to become the United States Champion..."
Stills of Ryder's win are shown as the announcers continue.
Cole: "...Nobody backed Ryder going into TLC, I mean Cesaro had knocked off the likes of Vader and Jim Duggan just a few days ago!"
JR: "Well we know Cesaro is making his way to the ring, we'll find out what he has to say when Raw comes back."
Raw returns with a vignette. In a darkened gym, a muscular black man is adding more weights to bench-press apparatus. He then lays in position and easily lifts the weights. The screen goes black and the words COMING SOON appear on the screen.
Back live in the arena, Antonio Cesaro's music hits to boos. He appears wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase.
Cole: "Well I had wondered if Cesaro was going to follow Rhodes Scholars and cash in his US Title rematch here tonight... he's not exactly dressed for it."
JR: "No he certainly is not... and I wonder what's in that briefcase."
Cesaro enters the ring, where a table is set up. He places the briefcase on the table and takes a mic from ringside.
Cesaro: "You people disgust me, you make me feel physically sick whenever I look at you. Ever since SummerSlam when I became the United States Champion, I was representing this nation and it's inhabitants as it's Champion. Frankly it did not deserve me... you people do not deserve me!"
The crowd boo and Cesaro continues.
Cesaro: "So I made a decision. I will no longer lower myself to your level, I hereby waive my right to a rematch for the United States Championship. Not because I cannot beat Zack Ryder, but because I am above him and the country he represents. No, instead I am here to declare myself..."
Cesaro begins to open the briefcase and reaches inside.
Cesaro: "The Champion... of Europe!"
Cesaro pulls out the European Championship belt from the briefcase and places it around his waist. Suddenly, Jerry Lawler's music hits and the Raw GM makes his way onto the stage. He waits out a "Jerry" chant before addressing Cesaro.
Lawler: "Antonio, I know we're just a few weeks away from Christmas, but you can't just give yourself a championship as a present. The European Championship is no longer sanctioned by WWE, you are the champion of nothing! But if you do want to get all European, well I think I have an opponent for you tonight who, if given the chance, would like to think he would represent the people of Europe better than you..."
Sheamus's music then hits to a big reaction from the crowd. Sheamus appears, shakes King's hand and makes his way to the ring.
Cole: "You gotta be kidding me? Cesaro clearly isn't dressed for a match!"
Lawler: "Ring the bell!"
Cesaro tries to smash Sheamus with the European Title belt, but he is met with a Brogue Kick! Sheamus gets the win in a matter of seconds, which draws a big reaction from the hot crowd.
Sheamus def. Antonio Cesaro
The announcers talk over a replay.
JR: "Not what Antonio Cesaro had in mind... He came out here, waived a shot at the United States Champion to declare himself the Champion Of Europe... and then he's kicked in the face by an Irishman!"
Back live, Cesaro has rolled out of the ring with his belt and is scurrying up the ramp. Sheamus is still in the ring, when behind his back Wade Barrett appears with a chair. The crowd boo as Barrett swings at Sheamus, smashing the chair across his back.
Cole: "Oh my God! Barrett with a vicious attack with the chair, Barrett who lost to Sheamus in a chairs match last night."
Barrett strikes Sheamus again as the crowd boo. Barrett then lifts Sheamus up and delivers Wasteland through the table.
JR: "We said last night that things looked far from over between these two... looks like Barrett agrees."
Backstage, Ricardo Rodrigues is walking down the corridor with a cardboard sign that reads "RING ANNOUNCER FOR HIRE". Santino excitedly runs up to Ricardo.
Santino: "Do it! Do it! Say my name like Alberto! SANTINOOOOOOO."
Ricardo: "I don't work for free."
Santino: "Oh.. How much?"
Ricardo: "$500 a night."
Santino looks shocked. He pauses for a moment.
Santino: "I give you $5 a night and you get to live with me and my cobra at my house, no?"
Ricardo thinks about the offer, then shakes Santino's hand with a smile on his face.
Back live in the arena, the camera is on the announcers.
Cole: "You gotta be kidding me? Ricardo goes from earning $500 a night as Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer to earning five bucks a night for Santino? Talk about desperate."
JR: "Well the guy's out of work right now after Alberto was ruled out for a number of months at the hands of Randy Orton last night."
Cole: "Yeah that's true... well speaking of The Viper, some breaking news, later tonight he will be the special guest on MizTV!"
Kane's pyro then hits to boos and the Big Red Machine appears on stage with AJ.
JR: "Interesting night for these two at TLC Michael."
Cole: "You call it interesting, I call it strange. Kane losing the match via DQ when he Tombstoned Ryback on a steel chair, yet AJ and Kane seemed happy."
JR: "Well AJ said going into TLC that they would prove that Kane is still a monster and I think he actions proved that."
Kane makes his usual entrance with pyro in the ring. Raw goes to commercials.
Raw returns with an advert for Super SmackDown Live where CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena in a cage match, plus Booker T will make a special announcement on the future of the World Heavyweight Championship.
Back live in the arena, R-Truth is finishing his entrance as Kane's opponent. Kane gets a dominant win inside 3 minutes, finishing Truth off the a Chokeslam.
Kane def. R-Truth
After the match, Kane picks up Truth and drops him with a Tombstone as the crowd boo and the announcers sell disgust.
Backstage, CM Punk is in the changing room when Paul Heyman walks in. Punk stands up and squares up to Heyman.
Punk: "Where the hell have you been, I've been trying to call you."
Heyman: "I was with Brock, why?"
Punk: "Screw Brock, since when was he back on the scene? What the hell Paul? At what point did you plan on telling me he was going to get involved last night?"
Heyman: "Calm down. Look, Brock has his reasons for coming back, you are still the WWE Champion... what's to be angry about?"
Punk: "Well, let me see, oh yeah, I'm defending my title against Cena in a cage tomorrow night!"
Heyman: "Don't worry about it, I have a plan. Walk with me."
Punk and Heyman walk down the hall and Raw returns to the arena, where The Miz's music is playing and the ring is set up for MizTV. Miz stands in the ring with a mic.
Miz: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most must-see talk show in WWE history, welcome to MizTV! MizTV of course named after an hosted by your Intercontinental Champion... The Miz."
The crowd boo, Miz continues.
Miz: "Last night I retained my Intercontinental Championship against Christian, and I continue onward in my quest to become the longest regning Intercontinental Champion of all time. Now, tonight my guest is a man who says he is back to his best. A man who last night dropped Alberto Del Rio through a pile of tables so high that we don't know when we'll be seeing him again. My guest tonight is the man I cashed my Money In The Bank briefcase on to win the WWE Championship in 2010 and the man I retained against on numerous occasions... Randy Orton."
The crowd erupt as Orton's music hits, and The Viper appears on stage in his wrestling attire plus an Orton t-shirt. Orton makes his way to the ring and stands in front of Miz.
Miz: "Randy, people have been talking. They've been talking about how you haven't held the WWE Championship since I took it from you. They've been talking about how long it has been since you held the World Heavyweight Championship. My question to you is very simple, what's going on?"
The crowd boo but Orton just flashes a small smile.
Orton: "I'm not really the talking kind Miz so I'll keep this short. 2013 is fast-approaching and I've made a couple of resolutions... To win championships... and to drop RKOs."
Orton surprises Miz with an RKO and sends the crowd into a frenzy. Orton's music hits and The Viper exits as Miz stays down in the ring. The announcers feed to Josh Matthews backstage.
Matthews: "Thank you guys, joining me at this time... Mr Money In The Bank... Dolph Ziggler. Dolph, you had everyone suspecting that you would cash-in your Money In The Bank contract last night at TLC, yet when the time came you were nowhere to be seen. Care to explain?"
Ziggler: "Doesn't take much explanation Josh. Last night wasn't the right time. This contract gives me a unique advantage, it lets me do things on my terms. Cashing in this baby will be the ultimate show-stealing moment of my career. It has to be right, it has to be impactful. But don't worry, it'll happen. And it'll happen sooner than you think. But before then I have a singles match tonight against Daniel Bryan, a man who was knocked clean out by Big Show last night. I'll prove I'm in the same league as the World Champ tonight when I do the same."
Big Show is shown walking down the hallway, the World Heavyweight Champion is in action after the break.
Live in the arena, Ricardo Rodriguez is stood in the ring.
Ricardo: "Urm, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... introducing... The Milan Miracle... Santinoooooo Marella!"
The crowd cheer and Santino's music hits, he power-walks his way to the ring as the announcers laugh at Ricardo's delivery. Big Show's music then plays and the crowd boo.
Cole: "You see there folks, Show still the World Champion. Daniel Bryan ran him close last night, but the brute strength of the Giant was enough to get him through."
The bell rings, Santino immediately goes for the Cobra. Show grabs his hands, picks Santino up above his head and Gorilla Press Slams Santino over the top rope and onto Ricardo. Santino courageously re-enters the ring only to be knocked out by a WMD.
Big Show def. Santino
The announcers put over Show before feeding to an exclusive Tout video: new US Champion Zack Ryder is having a party in Long Island to celebrate his win at TLC.
In the parking lot, a car pulls up. Out steps John Cena with a serious look on his face. He makes his way to the arena.
Live in the arena, Daniel Bryan's music hits to a face reaction. Bryan is focused and doesn't do his yes or no chants as he makes his way to the ring.
JR: "Here's a guy with a point to prove – he made Big Show tap on two separate occasions but when the title was on the line last night he couldn't get the job done. A win tonight might put him back in the title frame."
Dolph Ziggler's music then hits and Mr Money In The Bank makes his usual entrance.
Cole: "Not as simple as that JR – Dolph is fresh after not having a match at TLC last night while Bryan must still be hurting physically and mentally from his defeat to Big Show."
After a fifteen minute back-and-forth match, Bryan applies the No Lock. Ziggler has his foot on the bottom rope and taps out. Bryan releases the hold thinking he's won the match, by the time the official has pointed our Ziggler's feet were on the ropes Dolph has got back to his feet. Bryan walks into a Superkick from Dolph, who gets the cover and the win.
Dolph Ziggler def. Daniel Bryan
Raw goes to it's final commercial break with JR telling fans "John Cena is up next".
Raw returns live in the arena, the camera pans the crowd before John Cena's music hits to a largely positive reaction – though some vocal males are booing. Cena makes his way straight to the ring, not stopping to milk the reaction as usual. He has a mic.
Cena: "For weeks I have been preparing myself. Preparing for Tables Ladder and Chairs. Preparing for CM Punk. Preparing to once again become WWE Champion. And preparing to get another shot at The Rock. What happened to me last night, I couldn't prepare for that. We all thought Brock Lesnar had left, the last we heard from him was that he had "achieved everything" and that he was never going to return. I aint the kind of guy to moan about things, I'm the kind of guy that gets up, dusts himself down and calls out the punk who attacked me last night. Brock Lesnar, you wanna fight? I'm calling you out man."
The crowd cheer and Cena removes his shirt in preparation for a fight. Lesnar's music hits and the crowd goes wild, but they soon boo when Paul Heyman is the man who walks through the curtain.
Heyman: "First of all Mr Cena, it wouldn't have mattered if you'd had a hundred days to prepare for Brock Lesnar. Just ask Triple H. Let me set a few things straight, just for the record. Brock Lesnar did walk away from WWE but his contract was never officially terminated, meaning he still has the same rights as every other guy in the locker room to show up at his place of work. As for why he attacked you. Look, Brock Lesnar wasn't out there because he wanted CM Punk to be the WWE Champion... he was out there because he didn't want YOU to be the WWE Champion. Brock Lesnar doesn't like you, and Brock Lesnar feels like he has unfinished business with you."
Cena looks confused in the ring as Heyman continues.
Heyman: "You see, when Brock first came back this year he came back with a bang. He walked right down that ramp, he lifted you onto his shoulders and he dropped you with an F5 heard around the world! At Extreme Rules Brock Lesnar beat you within an inch of your life... but he didn't win the match. John, Brock Lesnar simply doesn't like that the record books state that you defeated him. The reason Brock Lesnar came back last night, the reason Brock Lesnar will continue coming back, is to right that wrong."
In the ring, Lesnar is seen jumping the barrier at ringside. He storms the ring and attacks Cena from behind, pounding away as the crowd boo. Lesnar picks Cena up and delivers an F5!
Heyman: "But it's not going to be enough for Brock Lesnar to beat you John. Brock Lesnar wants to END YOU!"
The crowd boo, Lesnar picks Cena up and delivers a massive Powerbomb, with Cena landing awkwardly on his neck.
JR: "Oh my God, oh my God, did you see that? Lesnar might have just broken Cena's God-damn neck!"
Raw goes off the air with Lesnar standing tall over Cena, who hasn't moved since the Powerbomb.