WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 12/2 (Hour 1): Punk-Stephanie confrontation starts Raw, Bryan vs. Wyatts, TLC, more
Dec 2, 2013 - 10:10:32 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
December 2, 2013 - Episode #1,070
Live in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Raw opened with a wide shot of the arena and Cult of Personality playing to bring out C.M. Punk dressed in sweatpants and a sweat shirt. Punk rolled up his sleeves on the way to the ring to sell he means business as Michael Cole went back to last week's Raw when The Shield targeted Punk and The Wyatts "kidnapped" Daniel Bryan.
In the ring, Punk said he has spent an entire week trying to figure out why The Shield attacked him. But, walking to the ring right now, he figured it out. Punk said he made the cardinal sin of criticizing Triple H last week on Raw. He said it was just one of those comments - Hunter lacked creativity or something. Who is he to question the King of Kings? Punk said he hopes it's just a coincidence because he wants nothing to do with The Authority. "I like living in my own universe," Punk said. He said the King of Kings isn't that dense to pick a fight with someone who prides him on being one of the biggest anti-authority figures in WWE history. If he's right, though, then The Authority is the biggest group of stupid, ignorant, (bleep for d-bags) he's come across his entire life.
Punk, showing little conviction behind his words delivering this promo, was interrupted by Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie came out on-stage to offer an empty Thanksgiving message. Stephanie said Punk has it all wrong because they're all about free speech. And for them to think The Authority attacked Punk because he called Hunter a "bad name" is so kindergarten. Stephanie said clearly Punk doesn't share their values and it's much easier for him to point the finger at them.
Stephanie said they were just as upset as he was when Shield attacked Punk. And, they have bigger things to think about, like the WWE Title vs. World Title contract signing tonight. But, she is fair. Stephanie robotically said to silence that if Punk has any more concerns, he can express them to their Director of Operations, Kane. Kane came out on-stage in a suit and dryly relayed a prepared message that Shield had nothing to do with Punk's issue. As Punk covered his mouth in the ring, Kane said he considers this issue resolved.
Asked if he has any questions, Punk asked Kane when he became the Big Red Ass-kisser. Kane dryly told Punk not to take this lightly. He said they are not the enemy and Punk shouldn't go down this path. Punk said it's obvious Kane sold out, why doesn't he walk down the aisleway and get knocked out to go with selling out. Or, he can make Kane Go To Sleep. Stephanie advised Kane to back away and calm down, then Kane took a deep breath.
Suddenly, The Shield's music played. Stephanie sold surprise as Punk grabbed a steel chair from ringside to stand his ground in the ring. As Shield hopped the rail, Steph told her students to stop right there. She said she will not have a repeat of what happened last week. Stephanie added that Punk is to be respected...and admired.
Steph left, then Kane dryly told Punk he will also be challenged when he faces all three members of The Shield in a handicap match at the TLC PPV, playing up Punk's comment that The Authority booking handicap matches was "uncreative." Kane's music played to mercifully end the segment that came across like it was written for eight-year-olds as Lawler speculated on whether that was really Kane speaking in corporate double-talk.
Still to come: Cena-Orton contract signing for TLC.
Announcers: Cole read a "guarantee" that one man will emerge from TLC as one champion. So, Hornswoggle can knock out both guys, climb the ladder, and grab both belts to become champion? Point being there are still loopholes even as WWE tries to close them all.
Cole then read off today's App Poll: what will the new champion be called - Unified champion, Undisputed champion, or Undisputed World champion?
Still to come: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow in Match #3 of their series. This week, it's a #1 contender match for the IC Title. No silly stipulation added.
[Commercial Break at 8:12]
[Q2] Next Monday: Slammys with the decision on Superstar of the Year.
In-ring: Damien Sandow was standing by in the ring. Sandow vowed to beat Big E. Langston for the Intercontinental Title as Big E. was shown sitting ringside for commentary on the opening match. Dolph Ziggler was then introduced to face Sandow as Big E. nervously talked up the prestige of the IC Title.
1 -- DAMIEN SANDOW vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER -- #1 contender match to the IC Title
Big E. said he wants to defend the title against Dolph because of their relationship and having strong competitions against each other, especially at Skip-It. In Match #3 of their series, Ziggler and Sandow traded control in the early going as JBL downplayed Ziggler's World Title run earlier this year as a "cup of coffee."
Ziggler nailed a Fameasser on Sandow for a close two count, but Sandow came back with the You're Welcome full-nelson slam. It was good for the pin and the win. Sandow gets Langston at TLC in two weeks.
WINNER: Sandow at 3:58 to become #1 contender. Surprising this wasn't a two-segment match after their lengthy comic brawls the past two weeks.
Tale of the Tape: Cena-Orton. Their TLC contract signing is later tonight.
[Commercial Break at 8:23]
2 -- DIVAS CHAMPION A.J. LEE & TAMINA SNUKA & SUMMER RAE vs. BELLA TWINS & NATALYA -- six-Divas tag match
Back from break, A.J. was shown skipping around the ring, prompting the announcers to re-introduce Big E.'s Skip-It comment from the opening match. After the bell sounded, A.J. continued to get in her cardio skipping around the ring while her partners struggled with the "Total Divas."
[Q3] The non-Total Divas made a comeback, but couldn't put away the Total Divas. Mainly because their offense was off. A.J. eventually skipped her way into the ring, where Natalya rolled her up for a quick three count. After the decision, A.J. got up, no-sold, and went back to skipping.
WINNERS: Total Divas at 4:27. Another loss for A.J. to punish her for fainting on the European Tour to make her look vulnerable against Natalya and the Bellas.
Tonight: Daniel Bryan, fresh off being "kidnapped" by the Wyatts last week, faces Erick Rowan tonight. "Good luck, Daniel Bryan!" JBL said as they went to break, leaving it open to interpretation on whether JBL was telling D-Bryan "good luck" in the storyline context or "good luck" trying to get a good match out of Rowan.
[Commercial Break at 8:34]
Next Week: The Slammys. One category will be "Extreme Moment of the Year."
Back in the arena, Justin Roberts gave a formal introduction to "Bad News Barrett," who was shown ringside at the Mystery GM Podium. Barrett said he has some good news and bad news. The good news - they are live on Raw. The bad news - they are stuck in an arena full of hillbillies and overweight miscreants who had to name their city after their state just so they could remember it. "#BADNEWSBARRETT" flashed on the screen, making the JBL & Cole Show gig that much less cool.
Backstage: Randy Orton was shown talking to Raw GM Brad Maddox. Orton forced an apology for not being sympathetic to his past injures. So, now he would like Brad to do something for him. Orton told Brad to tell The Authority to recognize him as the greatest star of all-time and bigger than WWE. "You tell them," Orton told Brad, who sold concern over these instructions.
Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL reacted to the Unification Title match contract signing later tonight.
In-ring: Daniel Bryan's music played to bring out Bryan looking normal - well, normal for Bryan - after being "kidnapped" last week. Bryan led the crowd in "Yes!" chants before a graphic flashed on the screen for Bryan appearing on the Steve Austin Show. Cole offered his favorite "controversial" adjective to describe the interview. Download Wade Keller's interview while you're there. Back on Raw, Bryan seeks retribution against The Wyatts on the other side of the break.
[Commercial Break at 8:42]
[Q4] Generic Smackdown plug: Dolph Ziggler shows up to show off on Friday nights.
Slammys next week: "Insult of the Year" is another category.
In-ring: Daniel Bryan continued to lead the crowd in "Yes!" chants before the Wyatts's video intro interrupted. No dramatic ring entrance this week, as the lights came back on with both Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in the ring. No sign of Bray Wyatt. After a video recap of the Wyatts hauling Bryan away from the arena, Lawler declared, "We haven't seen Bryan since." While Bryan was standing in the ring.
3 -- DANIEL BRYAN vs. ERICK ROWAN (w/Luke Harper)
The announcers played up Bryan not being 100 percent after being "kidnapped" last week on Raw. Bryan woke up a crowd taken out of the action with Yes! kicks, then the announcers stumbled over themselves discussing a cryptic tweet from Bray Wyatt earlier in the day. Rowan overpowered Bryan leading to a mid-match commercial.
[Commercial Break at 7:51]
Back from break, Lawler tried to hype Rowan as a monster while Cole speculated on Bryan's physical and psychological condition this week. In the ring, Bryan ran into a clothesline, then rolled to the outside to recover as Harper stalked Bryan. Back in the ring, Rowan covered Bryan for a two count, then moved his head from side to side to try to sell evil thoughts. Rowan followed with a boot to the side of the head to continue slowing down the pace. And another.
Rowan continued to work on Bryan as JBL predicted for the Year 2014 that Bryan will join the Wyatts and become Daniel Wyatt. It begs the question of why Wyatt's henchmen go by their maiden names of Rowan and Harper. Bryan finally made a comeback just before the top of the hour, but Rowan cut him off on the outside.
[Q5 -- second hour] Back in the ring, Bryan came back with a missile dropkick that energized the crowd. Bryan followed with Yes! kicks to the chest before trying a running knee, but Rowan blocked. Rowan delivered a big corner boot, then tried to press-slam Bryan, but Bryan slipped out the trap door and rolled up Rowan for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Bryan at 13:58. Mission Accomplished getting a good match out of Rowan.
Post-match: Harper and Rowan pushed each other around to sell frustration over the loss. Suddenly, the Wyatt Interruption was cued. From the video screen, Bray Wyatt told Rowan and Harper to stand down. He told Bryan they won't hurt him unless he tells them to.
Bray continued that he has done a lot of horrible things to a lot of good people. But, he viewed Daniel Bryan wrongly - he thought he was a minuscule creature chasing an unattainable goal. But, now he sees the monster inside Bryan. He said "they" can't love Bryan the way he can. He said they can be a force to bring The Machine to its knees. Bray told Bryan to open his eyes. The feed cut out and Raw cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:03]
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