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WWE NEWS: WWE Title match on first Raw of 2013; UPDATE - match stipulation added

Dec 18, 2012 - 10:39:22 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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UPDATE: Punk vs. Ryback on the first Raw of 2013 will be a TLC match for the WWE Title. The match stipulation was announced during Tuesday's TV taping for next Monday's Raw.

*** Original Story during Tuesday's Smackdown ***

WWE champion C.M. Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE Title is unofficially set for the first Raw of 2013.

During Tuesday's Super Smackdown episode, Ryback set up the match by interrupting a Punk promo and challenging Punk to a match when the Champ is medically cleared.

Ryback is in-line for a WWE Title shot after his match against Punk was scratched from the TLC PPV. After the match was dropped, WWE authority figure Mr. McMahon noted that Ryback would receive a future title shot when Punk is healthy.

The first Raw of 2013 will be Monday, January 7 up against the BCS National Title game. The title match tease gives WWE three weeks to build up Punk vs. Ryback, which should give Raw a fighting chance against the highly-anticipated Notre Dame vs. Alabama championship game.

[Torch art credit Joe Borzotta (c) PWTorch.com]


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