WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 12/9 (Hour 1): Bryan opens Raw in home state, big eight-man tag, HBK wins Slammy
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:06:55 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
December 9, 2013 - Episode #1,071
Live in Seattle, Wash.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
The "Slammys" edition of Raw opened with an intro video for the Slammys, done in the style of an awards show where they list each star appearing on the show, including returning stars. From the main roster, World Hvt. champion John Cena and WWE champion Randy Orton were highlighted. No mention of their unification title match at TLC on Sunday.
Ringside, Michael Cole and JBL introduced the "Slammys" edition of the show. Cole hyped the WWE App to decide the winner of each Slammy category. Cole then did the tutorial for eight-year-olds on how to download the WWE App.
Daniel Bryan was not impressed, as Bryan's music interrupted to bring out Bryan in his home state. Huge pop from the Seattle crowd, made louder when Justin Roberts formally introduced him. Loud "Yes!" chants as Bryan entered the ring and tossed his towel into the crowd. Fandango's music then played to bring out Summer Rae to pave the way for Fandango. The announcers hyped the match as related to the Slammy award voting.
1 -- DANIEL BRYAN vs. FANDANGO (w/Summer Rae)
Bryan quickly engaged the Bryan Crowd with "Yes!" kicks as Cole and JBL debated whether Bryan should join the Wyatt Family. Bryan with a nearfall as JBL equated Bryan to the Seattle Seahawks, who are virtually unbeatable at home. Cole then speculated on whether Bryan and Shawn Michaels will cross paths tonight on Raw. Back to the match, Bryan knocked Fandango to the outside, then delivered a suicide dive. Bryan followed with a dropkick sending Fandango into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Bryan climbed up-top and went for a double-foot dropkick, but Fandango intercepted with a sit-out powerbomb. Close nearfall sent Raw to a mid-match break.
[Commercial Break at 8:09]
Back from break, Bryan was mid-comeback as the crowd picked up the energy. Bryan followed with big Yes! kicks, then grazed the top of Fandango's head with a roundhouse kick. Bryan followed with a corner dropkick, then more Yes! kicks that the crowd joined in on. Bryan missed with another corner attack, giving Fandango an opening to climb up top, but he airballed a flying leg drop.
Bryan then climbed up top, where he delivered a flying headbutt to the shoulder. Bryan led the crowd in more Yes! chants before nailing his running knee finisher to the head. One, two, three and Bryan wins in his home state. Cole said Bryan is ready for Sunday against The Wyatts.
WINNER: Bryan at 8:45. Hot start to the show taking advantage of Bryan in his home state.
[Q2] Post-match: The Wyatts's video interruption played, "interrupting" the show. Bray Wyatt appeared on the video screen telling Bryan that the clock is ticking and he needs his decision. Bray said there are no happy endings in his world. It's about destruction. Bray said he needs Bryan to know that he's going to hurt him. Bad. And he doesn't care if it kills him because he will prove to Bryan that he is a monster just like him. Bray vowed to take all the pain away. "Join us," Bray whispered before cackling. End video.
As the screen remained black, the crowd could be heard shouting, "No!" Back live, Bryan was leading the crowd in "No!" chants. Bryan's music then played as Cole and JBL were shown on-camera hyping the Slammys voting.
On-stage: Jerry Lawler and Booker T were introduced as the hosts of the Slammys. Lawler and Booker hyped the award show, then Booker introduced the first award for LOL Moment of the Year.
SLAMMY #1 - New Age Outlaws came out dressed in Dumb & Dumber blue and orange suits. Road Dogg introduced himself and "Bad One" Billy Gunn. They did their spiel, but were interrupted by "One More Match" shouts from the crowd. Dogg eventually introduced a (lengthy) video on Vince McMahon's favorite category. This video went a good four minutes, including most of The Rock insulting Vickie Guerrero.
And the winner is... Nevermind. Santino was introduced for in-ring competition. Cole said the LOL winner will be announced on the other side of the break, apparently to allow people to vote on WWE's App during the break.
[Commercial Break at 8:23. The first Unification match mention of the night was during a local spot in Houston promoting the TLC PPV on Sunday.]
Back from break, Damien Sandow was in the ring. Back to the stage, where the New Age Outlaws revealed The Rock Concert as the winner of the LOL Moment of the Year. Rock's music played as JBL and Cole debated whether it was funny or terrible. Instead of Rock coming out for a surprise return, Vickie Guerrero interrupted and said this trophy represents her beauty. Vickie left and the bell sounded for the match.
2 -- SANTINO vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
A lot of moving parts, as IC champion Big E. Langston was shown sitting ringside to comment on his match against Sandow at TLC on Sunday. Sandow delivered an early Elbow of Disdain for a two count, but Santino came back with the Sailor's Salute. Santino then went fishing for his Cobra sock puppet, but Sandow leg-swept Santino. Sandow followed with the You're Welcome finisher for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Sandow at 2:30.
[Q3] Post-match: Big E. Langston entered the ring and held up his IC Title belt in Sandow's face. Big E. made Sandow flinch feigning a headbutt, smiled, and resumed holding up the title belt. Big E.'s music played as Sandow bailed from the ring.
SLAMMY #2 - The Shield was introduced to present the Double-Cross of the Year award. Shield came out dressed in suits, which JBL reacted to, but Cole was in the middle of reading some generic material about voting on WWE's website, completely missing the moment of Shield changing their look for the night. Dean Ambrose spoke first, then Seth Rollins talked about the justice they dispensed this year, and Roman Reigns warned anyone about crossing or double-crossing them. Ambrose interrupted Reigns to introduce the video package.
The lengthy video reviewed Mark Henry turning on John Cena, Shawn Michaels turning on Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman turning on C.M. Punk, and Triple H turning on Bryan, who played the role of Sting in this video package.
Back in the arena, Kofi Kingston's music played to bring out Kofi for the next match while people voted on the App. Cole said Kofi's opponent is The Miz.
[Commercial Break at 8:36]
Back from break, The Miz's music was playing in the background. Back on-stage, The Shield introduced the Double-Cross of the Year winner. Well, Ambrose stalled and stalled, so Roman Reigns shouted "Shawn Michaels." Ambrose sold slight frustration with this. HBK came out on-stage and accepted the award from The Shield, who acted chummy with Michaels.
Michaels said he has a lot on his mind, but he's been told he can't talk too long. Michaels said he's been fortunate to win a lot of Slammys over the years, but not for this one. HBK said he's double-crossed a lot of people in 25 years, and it took four years after retirement to win this Slammy. "The injustice," he said with mock indignation. A light "You Sold Out" chant started up. Michaels said he sold out a long time ago, which is why he's still here. Michaels offered a mock smile to sign off.
3 -- KOFI KINGSTON vs. THE MIZ
Moving right along to in-ring action after Shawn Michaels made his TV return. Kofi angrily took it to Miz early on, prompting JBL to ask where this Kofi has been lately. Kofi teased Trouble in Paradise 90 seconds in, but Miz ducked and recovered to the outside. Miz then waved off Kofi and started to leave up the entrance ramp. Kofi ran out of the ring and jumped Miz from behind, though. Kofi then jammed Miz into the guardrail before tossing Miz back into the ring.
Back in the ring, Kofi nailed a top-rope attack before rolling up Miz for a two count. But, in the process of Miz kicking out, he sent Kofi mouth-first into the turnbuckle. Miz took advantage by rolling up a stunned Miz with a handful of tights for a three count. Post-match: Kofi put an end to Miz's gloating by popping him with Trouble in Paradise.
WINNER: Miz at 2:36. Very disjointed presentation this year with an award intro, video package, ring introduction for an unrelated match, commercial, next opponent introduced for an unrelated match, back to the podium for the announcement, a brief promo/skit, and then back to the ring for a match that doesn't carry weight when there are so many moving parts.
[Q4] Moving right along...
SLAMMY #3 - Eve Torres was introduced to present the Diva of the Year. Eve returned to TV and noted she is returning to WWE to present Diva of the Year between the "Total Divas" and "A.J.-led opposition." A hype video for "Total Divas" ensued.
After the video aired, Rey Mysterio's music played and pyro shot off to bring out Mysterio for the next match.
[Commercial Break at 8:49]
Back from break, WWE quickly plugged a Championship Ascension Ceremony later in the show with dozens of former World/WWE champions surrounding the ring. Great Khali will be included.
After a clip of the Fish Market, they went back to the ring for eight people in the ring for an eight-man tag match. Then, back to Eve Torres to announce the Diva of the Year as The Bella Twins. Boos from the crowd. The Bellas came out to hug Eve and celebrate. More boos from the crowd. "Thank you for your love," Nikki said, hearing cheers instead of boos. The wrap-up music played over Nikki's speech, but she kept talking. They eventually left. Back to the ring for a random eight-man tag match just thrown out there. This is a mess.
4 -- REY MYSTERIO & BIG SHOW & WWE tag champions CODY RHODES & GOLDUST vs. RYBACK & CURTIS AXEL & REAL AMERICANS (ANTONIO CESARO & JACK SWAGGER w/Zeb Colter) -- eight-man tag match
Back and forth action to start, then Raw cut to an early break.
[Commercial Break at 8:56]
Back from break, Cesaro was working on Rey, who came back with a flying head scissors to tag in Goldust. Goldust ran over Cesaro, then Swagger tagged in and took offense from Goldust. Cesaro provided interference, though, allowing Swagger to clip Goldust's knee. The heels then began working on Goldust.
[Q5 -- second hour] Goldust broke free of Cesaro with a powerslam, then broke free of the Real Americans with a Double DDT to tag in Cody. Axel tagged in for the heels, too. Cody vs. Axel featured Cody scoring a nearfall, then delivering a springboard dropkick for another two count. Cody wanted to end it with a moonsault, but Ryback broke up a pin. Show then entered the ring to spear Ryback out of the ring. Double spear for Real Americans on the outside.
Back in the ring, Rey tagged just before Cody hit Axel with the Disaster Kick. Rey then smashed Axel with a 619 before dropping the dime from the top rope. Rey covered Axel for the pin and the win. The babyfaces celebrated in the ring to conclude the match segment.
WINNERS: Team Mysterio at 11:43. Good, high-energy finish to make up for the weak intro setting up the match.
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