WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 11/25 (Hour 3): Cena & Big Show vs. Orton & Del Rio main event, Mick Foley cameo, more
Nov 25, 2013 - 10:07:41 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
November 25, 2013 - Episode #1,069
Live in Long Island, N.Y.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Third Hour Raw Results
Still to come: Cena & Big Show vs. Orton & Del Rio in the main event.
Moments Ago: Punk & Bryan vs. The Wyatts got "out of control," leading to the Wyatts kidnapping Bryan. Then, The Shield took out Punk. On commentary, Cole said they have more questions than answers, wondering where the Wyatts took Bryan and why Shield targeted Punk.
Backstage: The Miz was shown watching himself in the "Christmas Bounty" movie. Miz's co-star then walked into the shot to discuss Miz's upcoming match. They forced tension, then Miz walked off for his match.
In-ring: Kofi Kingston was introduced to the ring for a Survivor Series pre-show match against Miz, who walked out to the ring. Before the match, WWE replayed Miz bailing on Kofi last week on Raw, Miz beating Kofi on the pre-show, and Kofi slapping Miz post-match. Cole relayed that Kofi slapped Miz because he broke the sacred tag team bond last week on Raw.
6 -- KOFI KINGSTON vs. THE MIZ
Kofi turned the tables by extending his hand to Miz once the bell sounded. Miz reluctantly walked toward him, then both men tried to slap each other. Both were set off and charged each other to begin the match with rapid-fire action. Kofi, showing he paid attention earlier, delivered a hip toss, then laughed at Miz's expense since Michael Strahan hip-tossed him in the first hour.
Kofi continued to toy with Miz early on, sending him to the outside. Miz tried to run back into the ring, but Kofi dropped him to the mat. Kofi got too confident, though, so Miz took control of the match. The announcers then took the time to talk about other things, name-dropping various actors and personalities, and Cole and JBL tried to get Lawler to come to Smackdown, causing Lawler to dig deep for an excuse.
[Q10] Kofi made a comeback, then tried to wake up a worn-out crowd with a Trouble in Paradise tease, but Miz blocked. Miz teased the figure-four leglock, but Kofi pushed him away and hit the SOS. Kofi covered, but Miz kicked out. Another nearfall for Kofi. Suddenly, Miz used his legs to turn Kofi over and trap his shoulders to the mat for a quick three count. Another win for Miz over Kofi. This time, Miz left the ring instead of going for a post-match handshake.
WINNER: Miz at 4:58.
Merch Stand: Mick Foley was standing by to pitch some merchandise. Then, the video transitioned to Dude Love pitching merchandise since Mick Foley "never knew how to sell anyways." Finally, Mankind showed up. Mankind freaked out about wanting all of the merchandise. No Cactus Jack.
Still to come: Orton & Del Rio vs. Cena & Show.
[Commercial Break at 10:20]
Back from break, Fandango's logo was hanging above the ring. WWE plugged a Facebook trivia quiz, then Cole sent it to Lawler, who was ringside with Mr. Charlie Tebele. Charlie won a Superstars for Sandy auction, according to Lawler. Lawler said he even has a wrestling name for himself. The Kosher Butcher, complete with t-shirts. Lawler said he also understands that he has a finishing name. The Circumcision. Lawler laughed, then cut them off.
In the ring, R-Truth sold concern over the fan developments ringside. As 3MB was being retained ringside, Truth said he and Brodus Clay were talking before the show. And, they decided to give Xavier Woods some help from Cameron and Naomi, who came out on-stage to dance with Xavier on the way to the ring. Ringside, 3MB - dressed normally this week - sold being unimpressed. Heath Slater then entered the ring to face Woods.
7 -- XAVIER WOODS (w/R-Truth, Cameron, and Naomi) vs. HEATH SLATER (w/Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
Woods delivered early offense as the announcers debated whether Woods can hang at the big-leagues in a singles match. Slater then took control of the match as McIntyre paced ringside hiding behind his shades and leather jacket. Slater lost control moments later, then Woods delivered a headbutt and discus punch.
[Q11] Woods followed with a double-foot dropkick, then rolled through into a clothesline. Woods followed with his arm-yank finisher for the pin and the win. Cue up a post-match celebration. Woods then left the ring and retrieved the auction winner's Circumcision t-shirt to complete the celebration in the ring.
WINNER: Woods at 3:18.
Announcers: Cole and Co. were shown on-camera as Miz's co-star pretended to dance in the background on the front row.
DVD plug: From the "History of WWE" DVD, they focused on Saturday Night's Main Event. Included was a soundbyte from former NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol.
Still to come: Cena & Show vs. Orton & Del Rio main event.
[Commercial Break at 10:32]
Backstage: The Bella Twins were shown talking to Michael Strahan. The Bellas noted their favorite team is the rival Philadelphia Eagles, but Strahan still signed their football. Cameron and Naomi then walked in and got Strahan to sign their footballs. Next was Eva Marie. She awkwardly said Strahan can catch him on her own TV show. It's called "Total Divas." Goldust, in a blonde wig, then walked in and did his signature noise in Strahan's face, drawing laughs from the announcers.
Poll: Who is The Rock's toughest WrestleMania opponent - The Rock, Stone Cold, or John Cena? This led to a video game plug for "WWE 2K14." The result was 66 percent for Austin, 27 for Cena, and 7 percent for Hogan.
Backstage: Cena and Michael Strahan were shown talking it up. They shared some laughs, then Strahan said he'll be watching Cena in the main event. It's next.
But, first, a plug for the Slammys edition of Raw in two weeks.
[Commercial Break at 10:40]
Raw returned with Randy Orton's music playing to bring out the WWE champion for the tag team main event. Cole repeated Orton's outlandish, heelish claim that he is the Best Superstar of All-Time. Cole said he will have a chance to prove himself when it's Orton vs. Cena for both the WWE Title and World Title in a TLC match in three weeks.
[Q12] Alberto Del Rio, fresh off a World Title match loss last night, came out on-stage selling frustration and anger over losing last night. Del Rio marched down to the ring holding up his Mexico flag. After a pause, last night's other big loser, Big Show, was introduced. Show, who has yet to address his WWE Title match loss last night, charged the ring, which scared off Orton.
As Orton and Del Rio waited outside the ring and Show seethed in the ring, John Cena's music played to bring out the World champion. On-stage, Cena went side-to-side evaluating the cheers from each side of the arena. Cena then charged the ring, posed for his preferred section, and completed his ring entrance as Cole thanked Michael Strahan for guest-hosting Raw.
8 -- World Hvt. champion JOHN CENA & BIG SHOW vs. WWE champion RANDY ORTON & ALBERTO DEL RIO
Big Show and Del Rio started things off as Cole recapped Orton being mad at The Authority and John Cena. JBL called it Orton biting the hand that feeds him. In the ring, Show lit up Del Rio with a frying pan-like chop, then tried again, but Del Rio avoided the second attempt. Orton then tagged in for Del Rio and Show took out his anger on Orton.
Show offered another frying pan-like chop to Orton's chest as JBL brought up the fact that Show is wrestling one night after taking The Punt from Orton, which previously put people on the shelf for months. Sure, Orton whiffed on Show, but the illusion is Orton connected flush, which allowed him to pin Show. In this match, Show continued to dominate Orton leading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:53]
Back from break, the announcers brought up the "Undisputed champion" item. Cole said Chris Jericho became the first Undisputed champion over a decade ago. However, Cole said it will be WWE Title vs. World Hvt. Title at TLC. In the ring, Cena teased the AA on Del Rio, but Del Rio escaped and DDT'ed Cena for a two count.
Just before the top of the hour, Cena made a tag to Show, who hip-tossed Del Rio over the top rope into the ring. Show then back body-dropped Del Rio and hyped himself up. Show tried a running attack, but Del Rio took out the knee before side-kicking Show in the head. JBL tried to fill his plothole that Show could still be woozy from taking a Punt last night. The ref then checked on Show, playing up the idea of Show feeling the effects of the Punt following Del Rio's sidekick. How would Show be cleared by the medical team if he took a Punt last night? One plothole begats another one.
[Q13 -- over-run] Del Rio continued to target Show's head as the announcers wondered if the ref should call the match. Show then wandered over to the heel corner and reached out to tag Orton, selling the effects of a concussion. As the crowd chanted for Zack Ryder, medics entered the ring to check on Show, temporarily suspending the match. Orton then jumped over the referee to attack Show some more.
The heels became over-aggressive, though, allowing Show to make a desperation tag to Cena. As Cena cleaned house, Show remained flat on his back ringside as the ringside medic checked on Show. In the ring, Cena put Del Rio in the STF. No sign of Orton to make the save and Del Rio tapped out, giving Cena another win over Del Rio.
WINNERS: Cena & Show at 15:54. As suggested by Charles Johnson on Twitter, will Big Show re-sue The Authority for placing him in unsafe working conditions, which would cover for the plothole of Show being "allowed to wrestle" one night after taking The Punt kick?
Post-match: Cena immediately checked on Big Show, who remained out cold on the floor. But, Del Rio blasted Cena from behind to take out his anger following the result. Cole said it's been a rough couple of weeks for Del Rio, who then tried the Cross Arm-breaker, but Cena dropped him with the AA.
Suddenly, Randy Orton blindsided Cena with the WWE Title belt, KO'ing the World champ. Orton then grabbed Cena's World Title belt, re-entered the ring, and stood tall with possession of both title belts as Cena sold on his back. After a replay of Orton's sneak attack, WWE returned to a shot of Orton standing tall. Cole said it's a match 11 years in the making - who is the True Face of WWE? Credits and Raw signed off 7 minutes past the top of the hour with Orton standing tall on this night.
FINAL THOUGHTS: There remain many messes that need to be cleaned up following Survivor Series and Raw, which were made messier by the combination of a lot of filler customary for the Three-Hour Raw Era and too many comedy skits devaluing heels customary for the Celebrity Guest Host/Starring Era. Probably WWE's biggest mess to clean up is establishing strong heels so that faces have something to conquer. But, the focus on mid-card heels seems to be comedy fodder to get easy jokes and laughs at their expense.
As for the WWE Title vs. World Title match, it feels too early to be happening, especially when the WWE Title has been devalued with Orton as champion "holding the belt" for Triple H. But, they're not calling it a Unification match, so it remains to be seen what the top-line looks like at the end of the year following TLC.
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