WWE News RAW NEWS: Contract signing, Punk-Hunter follow-up, Bryan "kidnapping" follow-up, Barrett & Sin Cara return, Henry & Langston, Miz & Kofi, Slammys, more
Dec 2, 2013 - 10:20:35 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
WWE Raw TV news & notes 12/2
-- The final segment featured the World Hvt. champion John Cena vs. WWE champion Randy Orton "contract signing" for their TLC match to determine the Unified champion at the TLC PPV in two weeks. Cena stood tall over Orton with possession of both title belts, reversing last week's ending.
As part of hyping the WWE Title vs. World Title match-up, names such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were name-dropped throughout the broadcast.
-- WWE followed up on C.M. Punk's storyline-driven dig at Triple H last week on Raw by having Stephanie McMahon confront Punk about the comment in this week's opening segment. In Hunter's weekly sit-down interview last week on WWE's website, Hunter no-sold the comment in-character.
-- WWE followed up on the Wyatts "kidnapping" Daniel Bryan last week on Raw by having Bryan beat Erick Rowan, then Bray Wyatt tried to convince Bryan to join forces with the Wyatts to "take down The Machine."
-- Wade Barrett returned to WWE TV as "Bad News Barrett," using his persona from the "JBL & Cole Show" on YouTube. Barrett delivered "bad news" to the crowd from the Mystery Raw GM podium in two different segments.
-- The Sin Cara character returned to Raw. Played by Hunico, "Sin Cara" beat former #1 contender to the World Title, Alberto Del Rio.
-- There was no follow-up on the new Mark Henry & Big E. Langston tag team pairing. Langston was on commentary for a #1 contender match to his Intercontinental Title, while Henry defeated Fandango in singles action.
-- The Miz and Kofi Kingston re-formed their tag team, but Kofi lost a tag match for their team, so Miz slapped Kofi after the match, continuing to play up tension between the two wrestlers.
-- WWE hyped next week's "Slammys" edition of Raw throughout this week's show by stressing categories that will be voted on next week.
-- Announced for Wednesday's Main Event TV show is WWE tag champion Goldust vs. Ryback in singles action.
-- Announced for Friday's Smackdown TV show is C.M. Punk against one member of The Shield.
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