Monday Night Raw – December 17, 2012: Raw FINALLY Stops Taking Itself So Seriously. Oh And He’s Back!
Date: December 17, 2012
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry Lawler
It’s the Slammys! The catch this year is the voting is all done on the WWE App, which is supposed to be interesting or mean something or other. This is the night after TLC and the main change is that AJ has turned on Cena, possibly to join Ziggler but that hasn’t been confirmed. This is a three hour show instead of a three hour special, because that’s how Raw works anymore. Let’s get to it.
We open with a long recap of the PPV last night as expected.
Rey Mysterio vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow takes over to start and sends Rey out to the floor with Rey’s signature chest first bump. Back in and the Wind-Up Elbow gets two and let’s hit that chinlock. Rey comes back with a headscisors and a seated dropkick for two of his own. It’s Scholars vs. HELL NO on Wednesday at Main Event. If that’s not enough of a clue as to what’s coming, I don’t know what is. Indeed there it is, as Rey hits the 619 and top rope splash for the pin at 3:14.
Rating: D+. What in the world was the point of this? They already say that the Scholars are getting the title shot in two days, so what in the world is the point here? The match wasn’t even any good and Sandow looked like a jobber, which is the last thing he needs to be right now. No idea what they were going for here.
Here’s Booker to present the Tell Me I Did NOT Just See That Award for Biggest Surprise. After explaining that we have to download the WWE App for the 1000th time, we’re ready to go. The nominees are:
Brad Maddox’s Low Blow on Ryback (Hell in a Cell)
18 Seconds (Wrestlemania 28)
Kofi’s Miracle Save (Royal Rumble)
The Rock Gets Punked (Raw 1000)
Before the winner is announced, here’s the FREAKING BOOGEYMAN. He’s got the clock and the worms and apparently we’re taking a break before the award is announced. Well sure why not. Post break, Brad Maddox comes out to stand next to Booker, but Kofi wins. Nothing of note in the acceptance speech.
Kaitlyn vs. Eve Torres
Kaitlyn jumps her to start and pounds away and we head to the floor. The champion (this is non-title) gets pounded on even more and freaks out because Kaitlyn hits her in the face. Back in and Eve pounds away on Kaitlyn, but Kaitlyn comes out of the corner with a gutbuster for the pin at 2:08. Back to the old formula for the Divas I guess.
To present the Comeback of the Year Award, here are the New Age Outlaws, complete with the PG version of their entrance. Billy has to read his line off his hand in a funny bit. The nominees are:
We take a break before the awards which I think is going to be a trend tonight. Lawler wins to the shock of no one. He jogs up the ramp and says nothing of note.
Kofi Kingston vs. Tensai
Tensai hits the Vader Bomb in the corner and walks into Trouble in Paradise for the pin at 1:10. Fire him. Please.
Post match Wade Barrett lays out Kofi with the Bull Hammer.
Here’s hot to vote! AGAIN!
Here’s Vickie to present Kiss of the Year. The nominees are:
AJ and Daniel Bryan
AJ and Kane
AJ and CM Punk
AJ and John Cena
Vickie has something to say before the winner is announced. She’d NEVER be nominated for this award because she wouldn’t abuse her position like this. The winner with AJ is Cena. This exists to have AJ come out and explain herself, but she says she doesn’t owe anyone anything and she shoves Vickie away. Ziggler comes out and separates them, so AJ kisses Dolph. He’s into it as Vickie EXPLODES. AJ skips away and Ziggler chases after him. It’s about freaking time.
Great Khali vs. David Otunga
Khali forearms him down and chops him in the corner. A second one is even LOUDER but he misses a big boot in the corner. David stomps away on the leg in the corner but it’s shrugged off and the big chop gets the pin at 1:57.
Ric Freaking Flair is here to read the nominees for Superstar of the Year. There’s a surprise. Since this is Philadelphia, it might as well be God walking onto the stage. This would have been a bigger shock if they didn’t play WOO and have his voice saying the names before the break.
Cena wins and is of course booed out of the building. For some reason he gives the Slammy to Flair….but here’s Punk with something to say. Heyman of course gets an ERUPTION. Punk goes on a big rant about how he should be Superstar of the Year because Cena keeps losing and hasn’t done anything all year. Flair looks at his Rolex and makes fun of Punk but Punk says Flair can’t talk about baggage. Flair asks if he means his two Hall of Fame rings or his four ex-wives. Naturally Ric wants to fight and we take a break.
Back with Punk limping into the ring to face Flair and he blasts Flair in the ribs. Flair pokes him in the eye and hits Punk with the crutch before throwing Heyman in the Figure Four. Naturally Flair has something to say, so he says welcome back Jerry Lawler. If he’s going to die in a ring, he wants it to be in a WWE ring or with a woman from Philadelphia. He sucks up to Philly a bit more but here’s the Shield.
Post break, Ambrose is laying out Flair before heading back to the floor to fight HELL NO who apparently came out during the break. They load up Flair for the SuperBomb, but here’s Ryback to a BIG pop for the save. No Cena for no apparent reason. Rollins gets dropped on the announce table and the Shield is beaten down. Flair shakes all of their hands and the good guys stand tall. Well Bryan stands medium height but you get the idea.
Post break again, Flair and HELL NO celebrate in the back and Flair gets into the YES/NO thing. Ron Simmons comes up and you know where this is going.
Brodus Clay vs. JTG
It’s an old school Brodus squash with JTG only hitting a decent looking Blockbuster. Total domination with Brodus hitting his usual stuff and winning with the splash at 1:52.
Here are Santino and Tensai to presents LOL Moment of the Year. Tensai falls down coming through the entrance and has a big bandage and ice pack on his head. Santino cracks up looking at Tensai. He calls him Albert and makes fun of him for a bit. Apparently Tensai means Fat Albert. Tensai grabs him and speaks in that thick Boston accent of his.
The Rock throws Cena merchandise into the Boston Harbor
HELL NO at Anger Management
Randy Orton beats up Ricardo and Striker with food
Vickie Guerrero dances
Rock wins because the WWE Universe has no taste. Naturally he’s not here so Santino accepts on his behalf. Bryan comes out to say NO because this should be his Slammy. PREACH IT BROTHER!!! Kane drags him away.
Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes
Cara’s knee is still messed up from last night. Cody takes over quickly as we’ve got the dark lighting. Cody hits the delayed release gordbuster for two and cranks on Cara’s arm. He pounds away for a bit but gets caught by a springboard missile dropkick. There’s a rana to put Cody down but he catches Cara in the Cross Rhodes out of nowhere for the pin at 4:15.
Rating: D+. Stupid psychology aside, this wasn’t anything of note. What’s the deal with the lighting anymore anyway? It’s been done for months now, so why bring it back every now and then? Was there really a demand for that stupid thing? Nice to see Cody actually winning a match before his title shot in two days.
Here are Zack Ryder and Layla to present the award for Trending Now Hashtag of the Year. I swear this is a real thing.
Ryback wins and that’s about it.
Here’s Big Show with that massive chair of his. He’s not surprised that he got the shaft for losing Superstar of the Year. He’s still World Champion though and the fans can’t handle that. The fans chant boring but Show threatens to sit in the chair all night. Cue Sheamus because three straight losses aren’t enough. Sheamus says that he doesn’t want to fight tonight and he has no regrets about last night. Last night, Show was the better man.
Show of course rubs it in but Sheamus says there’s nothing more to it than that: Show deserves to be champion. He offers Show a handshake and Show of course isn’t sure. The champion shakes his hand but Show says go to the back of the line “you potato eating Irishman.” Show keeps running his mouth and the brawl is on. Sheamus gets the big chair and pounds away with the huge chair before laying Show out with a Brogue Kick.
Show is out cold…….AND HERE COMES ZIGGLER!!!
Smackdown World Title: Dolph Ziggler vs. Big Show
Cena sneaks in from behind and beats up Dolph so I don’t think there’s an official cash in. The bell never rang and Show is getting up. Ziggler gets beaten up badly and it’s officially not a cash in. Why not? The bell should have rung.
3MB vs. Alberto Del Rio/The Miz/Tommy Dreamer
Before the match we take a break and when we come back, Ziggler is looking for Vickie. Eventually she yells at him for the stuff with AJ but Ziggler says it’s over with Vickie. He tired of her jealously and says she’s getting old and ugly. She makes Ziggler/AJ vs. Vickie/Cena. Oh geez.
As for the match, we still have to have a third partner announced for Miz/Del Rio, which you’ve already seen by now. The reaction for Dreamer is great of course. Del Rio and McIntyre start things off with Alberto pounding away. Off to Dreamer for some bad dancing and a flapjack. Everything breaks down and the Band is sent to the floor. Del Rio dives onto all three, as does Dreamer. For reasons I can’t comprehend, we take a break.
Back with Dreamer suplexing Mahal down and it’s off to Miz. The fans in Philly are actually into him as he hits the corner clothesline on Slater. McIntyre breaks it up though and the Band takes over. Mahal comes in to drop a knee and hook a chinlock. Back to Slater who hooks a front facelock for a few moments before it’s back to Drew. Miz grabs a rollup for two but can’t make a tag.
Drew puts Miz in a fireman’s carry and does a little strut before dropping Miz down on his face. Slater breaks up the tag again but Alberto makes the tag and cleans house. A big kick to Slater’s head gets two and Del Rio clears the ring out. The armbreaker is broken up but he hits the corner enziguri to Slater anyway. He loads up the armbreaker again but instead tags Dreamer in. Dreamer comes in for the pin at FOURTEEN MINUTES AND THIRTEEN SECONDS.
Rating: D+. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THIS FREAKING MATCH GET FIFTEEN MINUTES??? I mean dude, come on. We couldn’t get ANYBODY else out there to fill in this kind of time? The match was nothing special, and it’s still hard to buy Miz and Del Rio as faces because they never really had a big moment to turn. Del Rio’s turn last night was really quick and didn’t have a chance to sink in. That’s a problem that it’s going to take time to get over.
Sheamus comes out to present Newcomer of the Year.
If you’re not sure who wins here, I can’t help you. The fans actually cheer for Ryback pretty well. He starts a FEED ME MORE chant and that’s about it.
Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
This should be good. Non-title of course. Cesaro pounds away to start and let the Goldberg chants begin. Ryback counters a suplex into a delayed one of his own for one. Cesaro comes back with a spinebuster but Ryback backdrops out of the Neutralizer. There’s a spinebuster from the good guy but Cesaro rolls away from the Meat Hook. He gets his belt but Ryback gorilla presses him back into the ring. Cesaro tries to run again and it’s a countout win for Ryback at 2:08. That’s the smartest thing they could have done.
Here are Gene Okerlund, Ricky Steamboat and JR to present the Match of the Year Award.
Undertaker vs. HHH (Wrestlemania 28)
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules)
Sheamus vs. Big Show (Hell in a Cell)
The Rock vs. John Cena (Wrestlemania 28)
There are three VERY strong contenders here and it goes to Taker vs. HHH. I have no issue with that winning at all. HHH makes fun of his short hair but is immediately drowned out by a WE WANT TAKER chant. He sucks up to the crowd for a bit and the fans say thank you. We haven’t seen the last of the Undertaker apparently.
In the back the Shield is destroying Tommy Dreamer. Ricardo of all people tries to stop them and is beaten down as well. Referees eventually chase them off.
Here’s AJ for the main event but she asks for a ladder to be set up for her. Post break AJ is on top of the ladder and says everyone has been asking her why she did it. She’s about to explain when Vickie interrupts her.
Dolph Ziggler/AJ vs. Vickie Guerrero/John Cena
It’s after 11pm already so this isn’t going to last long. The guys start things off with Cena escaping a hammerlock. Off to AJ which means Cena has to tag Vickie. I think Vickie is supposed to be a face here. She pounds AJ down and AJ walks out, making it a handicap match. Now Vickie leaves and Ziggler escapes the AA. The jumping DDT gets two on Cena but John ducks a superkick and puts on the STF. AJ and BIG FREAKING E LANGSTON come in for the DQ at 4:29. If you don’t know who Langston is, I feel sorry for you.
Rating: N/A. I rarely use this but seriously, there’s nothing to talk about here.
Overall Rating: B+. I dug this show WAY more than any Raw in probably six months or so. They had a fast paced show tonight where they mixed things up and didn’t keep anything (aside from the six man tag) out there longer than it should have been. This was a much more laid back show that didn’t take itself too seriously, which has been one of Raw’s biggest problems tonight. Good show and one of the best wrestling TV shows in months.
Rey Mysterio b. Damien Sandow – Top Rope Splash
Kaitlyn b. Eve Torres – Gutbuster
Kofi Kingston b. Tensai – Trouble in Paradise
Great Khali b. David Otunga – Chop to the head
Brodus Clay b. JTG – Splash
Cody Rhodes b. Sin Cara – Cross Rhodes
Alberto Del Rio/The Miz/Tommy Dreamer b. 3MB – DDT to Slater
Ryback b. Antonio Cesaro via countout
Vickie Guerrero/John Cena b. Dolph Ziggler/AJ via DQ when Big E. Langston interfered
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it’s amazing how over cena is as a heel. Can someone explain to me why he isn’t a heel taping into that hate?
Because about three months later, those fans booing him would be cheering him.
This show sucked! I couldn’t believe you gave it a B+. I was bored to tears and was thrilled when it finally ended. It just dragged, especially all the breaks between announcing the winners. Typical WWE as it seems all the current feuds are still going: Cena/Ziggler(this one is fine), Sheamus/Show, Kingston/Barrett, Shield/Ryback/Hell No, Scholars/masked guys. After a fantastic ppv last night, I was very disappointed in the followup on RAW.
Oh and Big E Langston I have never seen as I don’t watch the online NXT and I’m sure I’m not the only one, so would it kill WWE to put out a few intro vignettes/highlights if they want us to care. You telling me ‘I’m in for a treat’ is not gonna do it for me.
Why would they have intro highlights for a guy who is supposed to be a surprise?
He’s in NXT, they can put out intro vignettes to get us familiar with the character, then him attacking Cena is still a surprise and at least we know him a little.
WWF did it with Razor Ramon and had him instantly feud with Bret Hart on arrival and I cared cause I was familiar with his character due to the intro vignettes.
I have a feeling the two month feud with Savage and Perfect when Ramon teamed with Flair didn’t hurt either.
Okay and why did we care about Ramon going into that feud. Because we were invested in him before he even made a live appearance. You know I’m right too. Can’t wait to hear your negative rebuttal.
No, actually I know you’re a whiny fan that can’t handle the idea of not having his hand held for 24 hours. My goodness you might actually have to wait for an explanation instead of having it handed to you immediately. Clearly that makes the entire idea a failure. Good grief have some patience.
Haha, whatever you say. Pot…Kettle…Black
Raw drags every week..it’s 3 fucking hours. This was EASILY the best Raw in months.
Not much Wrestling wise but that was ok. Still a fun RAW with Ric Flairs Return,Big E Langston’s Debut,The Outlaws,Tommy Dreamer,The brawl with the Shield/Hell No/Ryback,and Ziggler almost Cashing in MITB.
BIG E LANGSTON!!!!!!!
Big E Langston on raw makes this a good show. I just hope he keeps the five count thing.
What’s your beef with The Rock? I like your reviews but the digs at Rock are really cheap.
1. He wasn’t as funny when he came back.
2. Anger Management was funnier. Like, WAY funnier.