WHAT HAPPENED, THIS WEEK, @ WWE RAW

Posted December 4th, 2012 by jshannon

Well, I got all the way through Raw, only to have my computer glitch and several hours of work went out the window. So, I’m going to rewrite it in a much more compact format.

The program began with a look back at the melee on Smackdown. It also touched upon The Shield. On to the show…

Kane and Daniel Bryan vs Titus O’Neil and Darren Young

The Shield was in the Skybox but eventually made their way down to ringside. Kane had invited The Shield to come down, before the match started. The match was very physical, going back and forth. In the end, Darren Young went for a Roll Up on Daniel. Daniel rolled through and pinned Darren.

Your Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan
Grade: B (84%)

After the match, The Shield hit the ring and decimated the tag champs. Daniel got laid out with Justice Served (my name for that Triple Team Powerbomb.

Sheamus and John Cena talked. Sheamus thanked Cena for his help on Smackdown. They got silly but then got serious about needing to focus on their opponents.

A.J. Lee vs Tamina Snuka

Snuka over-powered Lee for most of the match. She seemed to have things won when she put Lee in the Ventura Flying Bodylock. Snuka headed to the corner for the Superfly Splash. Lee with a Roll Up to take the surprise win.

Your Winner: A.J. Lee
Grade: C- (70%)

C.M.Punk then came out to discuss his long reign. He whined about getting no respect even though he was less than two days away from becoming the longest reigning champ of the Modern Era (25 years). Miz eventually came out and went off on Punk. He challenged him to come on MizTV and face a lie detector. Miz poked Punk with enough verbal barbs to coax Punk to accept. Miz also gave Heyman a new nickname…The Walrus.

John Cena and Sheamus vs Big Show and Dolph Ziggler

This match definitely wasn’t a lop-sided affair. The ending was incredible. Sheamus caught Big Show with White Noise. At the same time, John Cena planted Dolph Ziggler with the Attitude Adjustment.

Your Winners: John Cena and Sheamus
Grade: A- (92%)

Miss Piggy and Flo Rida did a promotional piece for Tribute to the Troops. Piggy did the typical flirty schtick that she has done for decades.

Damien Sandow came out to find a new apprentice. He embarrassed some kid by asking him three questions: 1 about chemisty, one about history and one about poetry. The kid missed the one about Keats. Santino then came out and tried to smack Sandow. It backfired and led to a match.

Daien Sandow vs Santino Marella

Santino tried to nail the Cobra but Sandow went to the floor. Santino chased him around. Santino snapped Sandow’s neck on the top rope. Sandow recovered and took out Santino with the Termineux.

Your Winner: Damien Sandow
Grade: B (84%)

Dolph and Vickie talked. Vickie said she was losing faith in Dolph. He asked for a rematch, against Cena, at TLC. She agreed. They almost got all friendly but stopped short. Someone was in Vickie’s office. It was Brad Maddos and his cameraman, Carson. Brad wanted another chance to earn a contract. Vickie said if he won his match, later on, he would get a contract. She wouldn’t tell him who he was going to face.

Sin Cara vs Alberto Del Rio

Sin Cara really looked awesome in this match. He should have gotten Frequent Flyer Miles. Sin Cara went to finish things off with the Chupacabra but Alberto blocked it and slapped on the Cross Armbreaker.

Your Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Grade: A- (93%)

In the back, Vince McMahon found a grip and told him to go find Vickie. He wanted to talk to her, in the ring. Vickie came out first and then introduced Vince. Vinny Mac guided Vickie into making Dolph Ziggler vs John Cena a Ladder Match for Dolph’s Money in the Bank briefcase. Vince then also talked Vickie into making a special stipulation that if Punk failed his lie detector test, Heyman would have to face Ryback, next week.

Brad Maddox vs Randy Orton

Maddox couldn’t believe that he had to face The Viper. Orton just annihilated Maddox in under two minutes. Maddox tried to run away but got caught. Maddox with a Back Elbow to get loose. Randy came to the outside and laid out Maddox with a Clothesline. Back in the ring, Randy with the Rope Assited DDt and RKO. This was not a highlight write up. That’s all that happened.

Your Winner: Randy Orton
Grade: C (75%)

After the match, The Shield hit the ring and took out Orton.

Vickie started to go off on Charles Robinson for the last segment. She was stopped by Dolph. He said Vickie was getting as bad as A.J. was.. Paul Heyman then came in. Vickie said he better hope that Punk tells the truth. Finally, John Cena came in to thank Vickie for making the match. She tried to stir up things, again, but Cena shut her down, cold.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett

Teddy Long came out and made the match a Fatal Four Way match. Either the US or IC title would be on the line. The fans got to choose.

Kofi Kingston vs Wade Barrett vs R-Truth vs Antonio Cesaro
Fatal Four Way for the US title

The fans voted 87% for Cesaro’s title to be up for grabs. The ending was one of the best that I’ve seen in a long time. A Tower of Doom almost made Kofi a double champion but Cesaro prevented it. Cesaro blocked the SOS and hit an Amateur Slam. Truth with a Slingshot to send Cesaro into the ropes. Cactus Clothesline by Truth to send him and Cesaro to the floor. Kofi with Controlled Frenzy on Wade. Boom Drop. Cesaro held Kofi’s leg to prevent Trouble in Paradise. Cesaro went for the Neutralizer but Truth with the Flying Leg Lariat. Wade with the Bull Hammer Elbow on Truth. Trouble in Paradise, by Kofi, to take out Wade. Cesaro lifted Kofi and planted him with the Neutralizer.

Your Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Grade: A (94%)

The final segment was MizTV. Miz introduced the guy from the local sheriff’s office. Miz then brought out Punk and Heyman. Punk grumbled about being strapped up to the machine. Miz took several shots at Punk about past losses. When Miz finally got around to asking if Punk had any relationship with either Brad Maddox or The Shield, Seth, Roman and Dean hit the ring and destroyed Miz and the equipment. Kane and Daniel Bryan came down and began to fight The Shield. Ryback then joined the party and the three of them ran off the rogue group. Back in the ring, Punk taunted Miz and kicked him out of the ring. When Punk turned around, he was blasted by Ryback. Shell Shocked.

Peace

–Jay Shannon
JesseCShannon@att.net

Category: Wrestling.

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