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WWE NEWS: Raw TV SPOILERS 12/31 - Second detailed report on TV taping for Monday's Raw, including upset kids & annoyed parents

Dec 30, 2012 - 9:45:31 PM
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WWE Raw TV taping results
December 29, 2012
Washington, D.C.
Report by Pisto, PWTorch correspondent


I was at Raw last night and wanted to provide a few things I noticed...

-The crowd was relatively young - lots of families, and, aside from a few small outcroppings of older fans, the faces were over pretty big with the crowd.

Dark Match: Alex Riley beat a jobber. Short, but not too bad. There were miscellaneous cheers for A-Ry, but other than that, nothing of note.

Superstars SPOILERS 1/3

(1) The Usos beat Prime Time Players. This was actually a pretty good match. I would say one of the better matches of the night, although it lasted a bit longer than it probably should have. The action and close pinfalls were well-executed and the match was very well-paced. The crowd was pretty into it, being only the second match, and PTP was heavily booed whenever they did anything "cocky" (whistles, etc.). There was a great momentum turn when Titus tried to do his dance with the ref and the Usos captialized. Usos got huge pops for aerial maneuvers, especially the double flying headbutt finisher.

(2) Brodus Clay beat Primo. This deadened the crowd after the decent tag match. You could hear whispers in the crowd, that's how dead it was. There was no reason for this match to happen and no lead-in (everyone near me was asking why they were fighting) and a lot of the crowd left to attend to other things during the match.

Raw SPOILERS 12/31

- Miz TV Segment - pretty strange stuff. Miz interviewed John Cena whether he'd attend Ziggler/A.J.'s New Year's party later in the evening. Then Rhodes Scholars came out for no reason except to make fun of Cena. Decent heat for Rhodes Scholars and near incessant "Cody's Mustache" chants. Huge pops for Cena because of the young crowd. No one cared about Miz.

(1) John Cena & The Miz beat Rhodes Scholars. I guess they are trying to make Miz more face-heavy. The Rhodes Scholars delivered a well-paced match, although it was a bit too long. They did a good job of executing a strategy - keep Miz in the match for as long as possible and not let him tag Cena. Of course, it backfired at some point and set up Cena to finish the match. Miz was unable to keep any kind of crowd momentum while everyone just waited for Cena to enter the match, which happened way too late.

(2) U.S. champion Cesaro beat Sgt. Slaughter. Really short match. I got a beer and it was over - no clue what happened. They announced before this that all champions could pick an opponent to fight and put their title on the line tonight. (So, Slaughter just happened to be there to be Cesaro's opponent?)

(3) WWE tag champions Team Hell No beat 3MB. This had a strange set-up - Hell No interrupted 3MB's attempt to write a song or play air guitar or something. The fight was short, and the wrestling pretty boring. The pacing felt off. There were a couple okay moments, and the crowd just loved the "Yes!" chant, but the match itself was nothing special.

- C.M. Punk / Vince McMahon Segment - standard Punk and Paul Heyman stuff. Punk was a great talker, and there was good crowd reaction when the doctor put up two side-by-side photos of his knee that you would need a medical degree to understand and Punk overall got better heat than usual in the face-friendly crowd. Big pop for Vince, but his promo was boring. Big "Feed Me More" chants from the kiddies, who all seem to like Ryback for whatever reason.

(4) Sheamus beat Ziggler. I'm a big fan of Ziggler's, and the crowd was rooting for Sheamus, but with nearly no lead-in for the match besides being a face vs. heel match, the crowd wasn't that invested except for rooting for Sheamus. The wrestling wasn't anything we hadn't seen from either of these guys before and it looked like they were phoning it in before The Shield interrupted. Some boos for The Shield, but a lot of the crowd seemed confused on what was going on.

(5) Divas champion Eve vs. Mae Young. This was really silly. Eve apparently chose Mae Young to defend her title against, Mae didn't show, and before her promo ended, Kaitlyn ran in. There was a short tussle in the ring and then Eve left, leaving Kaitlyn to stare her down from the ring. Little to no crowd energy, except for a small pop for Kaitlyn.

(6) World Hvt. champion Big Show vs. Ricardo Rodriguez. I was getting another beer when this started. Rodriguez actually looked pretty good (selling well, i guess, since his offense was pretty limited). I was cheering for Rodriguez, but the crowd was pretty mixed (and relatively quiet), since Big Show is a popular heel and no one seems to know what Del Rio is, although most people in the crowd were booing him. There was a small "You killed santa" chant.

There were numerous promos for The Rock's return and a video package about The Rock. There was also a funny promo for next week's Raw where they showed the two possible main events - C.M. Punk or Heyman vs. Ryback. I think seeing Heyman's face on there was priceless. There was also an ad for advance ticket sales for the WrestleMania lead-in Raw.

(7) Wade Barrett beat IC champion Kofi Kingston to capture the Intercontinental Title. Definitely the match of the night. Barrett and Kingston had good chemistry in the ring and there were a bunch of crowd-teasing nearfalls. Yes, this match didn't really break new ground for either wrestler, but it was better than the other matches. The crowd liked Kofi's high-flying moves and fast pace and was relatively heavily invested, and very pro-Kofi. I was happy Barrett won, but I was in the (vocal) minority. A lot of the kids in the crowd were visibly upset.

- Ryback vs. The Shield - I'm guessing there is some promo for this that was filmed and never made it to the live event because there was no lead-in. I really think it might have just been a way for the crowd to see Ryback and Orton, especially to keep Orton relevant, since he has been missing some time of late. Orton's music was chosen for the end of the match. The crowd popped huge for Orton and Ryback; tons of "Feed Me More!" chants. I liked The Shield's entrance video; I don't think I'd seen it before.

Ziggler/A.J.-Cena Segment - Really silly segment. It started out with Ziggler and A.J. presenting a video package of Cena's worst moments of 2012. The crowd was pretty quiet and this segment seemed to drag out. The crowd popped for Cena when he came out and Cena's promo was excellent - even better than Punk's. There were some decidedly non-PG moments (at least one mention of Ziggler having no nuts or something to that effect), much to the ire of parents near me. Cena did a great job of firing up the crowd and everyone was genuinely surprised or disturbed by pudding/feces being dropped on Ziggler and A.J. Parents were extremely annoyed at the "feces." It was also good to see Big E. Langston get in a stare-down with Cena. I was happy with the segment, as stupid as it was, because it could be ushering in perhaps something a bit less PG.

Most of the crowd left after the segment, even as Cena tried to get the crowd into the final dark match of Cena & Sheamus beating Show & Ziggler. "You guys READY FOR ONE MORE MATCH?!?!" The wife and I headed a great tequila bar right around the corner, so we watched three minutes of the match and left.


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