WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 12/9 (Hour 2): Bryan-HBK confrontation, Punk vs. Ambrose, Sin Cara wins again
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:15:02 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
Second Hour Raw Results
On-stage: Jerry Lawler and Booker T returned to the podium to set the stage for Superstar of the Year. Booker then welcomed back Shawn Michaels to present the award.
Michaels returned to the podium to heelishly note he already won a Slammy tonight. Michaels then said this next award for Superstar of the Year goes to the man who has dazzled you, entertained you, and given you nothing short of an A-Plus performance each time in the ring. Michaels was interrupted by "Yes!" chants for Daniel Bryan. HBK waited out the chants, then said perhaps they should rename the award the "H-B-Shizzle" award.
Michaels then introduced a video with the nominees for Superstar of the Year. Included were Brock Lesnar, C.M. Punk, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and John Cena.
Back in the arena, Sin Cara's music played to bring out the the character played by Hunico.
This Sunday on E!: Total Divas season finale opposite that PPV happening on Sunday. Stephanie McMahon has an appearance, plus Daniel Bryan proposes to Brie Bella.
[Commercial Break at 9:12]
[Q6] Back from break, WWE flashed an "In Memory" for Nelson Mandela.
Sin Cara was still in the ring, then WWE returned to the podium for Superstar of the Year. Long pause. Michaels acted like he wasn't sure if he was supposed to speak next, then opened the envelope to announce Superstar of the Year. Michaels looked over the envelope twice, then muttered "Daniel Bryan."
Bryan slowly came out on-stage to lead the crowd in "Yes!" chants. Bryan came face-to-face with Michaels and both men clutched the Slammy. Michaels reluctantly released the award, then quickly scampered away. Bryan then approached the podium and thanked Michaels for the "H-B-Shizzle" award. He said if it were not for Shawn, he probably would not be here in WWE. But, also if it were not for Shawn, he would be WWE champion right now. Loud pop and "Yes!" chants from the crowd. Bryan said he's not angry about it, though, because The Authority doesn't want him as Superstar of the Year, and the People voted him Superstar of the Year. Loud pop for a Seattle shout-out, too. Bryan said if you thought 2013 was good, 2014 will be even better. He said he has one more thing to say. "Go Seahawks," which popped the crowd again.
[ JC's Reax: Michaels was a little too goofy to indicate there's a match coming down the pipe with Bryan, while Bryan got half of the promo right. He passionately spoke to his fans that he should be WWE champion, but fans are still angry about getting ripped off on PPV, so Bryan's character should be produced to at least acknowledge that, not downplay anger over Bryan not being champion. ]
After Bryan left the stage, Alberto Del Rio's music played to bring out Del Rio for a re-match against Sin Cara, who upset Del Rio last week on Raw.
5 -- SIN CARA vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO
Del Rio and Sin Cara went back and forth while the crowd entertained themselves with unrelated dueling chants focusing on the Seahawks. Raw cut to break with Cara in control.
[Commercial Break at 9:24]
Back to the mood-lit ring, where Del Rio was working on Sin Cara. As Del Rio maintained a slow pace, JBL dog-whistled to the knowledgeable audience about this being a different Sin Cara.
[Q7] Sin Cara broke free of Del Rio before snapping off a head scissors. Sin Cara followed with a rebound back-elbow smash for a two count. Cara wanted to end it, but walked into a single-arm DDT. Del Rio wanted the cross arm-breaker, but Cara blocked. Cara then took his time climbing up top, took forever to find his footing, and Del Rio crotched him. Meanwhile, Cole tried to give JBL instructions on how to be a team on commentary. Sin Cara eventually fought off Del Rio, balanced himself, and airballed a Swanton Bomb, but both men sold as if he connected flush. Sin Cara pinned Del Rio for the win.
WINNER: Sin Cara at 11:05.
Moving along back to the Slammys. Justin Roberts introduced the Prime Time Players, who were introduced for the Fan Participation Award. Players came to the stage dressed in suits. Titus O'Neil struggled to read the teleprompter before Darren Young interrupted and said they should be included in this award because they have their own dance and hashtag.
The video documented Fandango'ing, "Yes!'ing," dueling Cena chants, and What's Up? from R-Truth. No ring introduction for the next match, as WWE cut to break after the video package and graphic for App voting.
[Commercial Break at 9:36]
TLC Pre-Show: Mick Foley, Booker T, and The Miz will be on the All-Star Panel, plus a random singles match of Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango.
Back to the podium, where the Prime Time Players revealed Daniel Bryan's "Yes!" as the Fan Participation Award winner. Bryan returned to the podium to accept his second Slammy award. He pretended to be at a loss for what to say before leading the crowd in more "Yes!" chants.
Exit Bryan. Back to Cole and JBL at ringside to hype Bryan's 2013 accomplishments. Cole then read a tweet from "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson about winning a Slammy before hyping the Ascension Ceremony still to come. Bryan and HBK were shown next to each other graphically.
In-ring: Tons of Funk's music played to bring out Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron, and Naomi. They're in action next.
Going to break, a video package hyped Cena vs. Orton in the title unification match at TLC.
[Commercial Break at 9:42]
[Q8] Back from break, Xavier Woods was in the ring and R-Truth was ringside.
6 -- XAVIER WOODS (w/R-Truth) vs. BRODUS CLAY (w/Tensai and Funkadactyls)
Xavier tried to attack Clay early on, but Clay fought him off. Clay then hit a big corner splash and it was good for the pin and the win less than one minute into the match.
Post-match: Clay continued to attack Xavier with big splashes before Tensai entered the ring to hold off Brodus. Truth checked on Xavier as Tensai continued to hold off Clay. Xavier sold immense stomach pain as Clay left the ring glaring at everyone.
WINNER: Brodus at 0:39.
On-stage: The Miz was introduced to present Insult of the Year. Miz said that despite Kofi Kingston's best efforts, he is still standing. Miz introduced a video package, which focused on A.J. Lee running down the Divas, Zeb Colter's various speeches, Paul Heyman running down C.M. Punk, and Stephanie McMahon cutting a promo on Big Show.
In-ring: Cult of Personality played to bring out C.M. Punk for the next match. Punk bounced down to the ring as Cole hyped Punk facing Dean Ambrose up next.
[Commercial Break at 9:51]
Back on Raw, The Shield were out of their suits and now in their customary ring gear. Ambrose led the group through the crowd as Seth Rollins followed second and Dean Ambrose followed from a distance.
But, first, back to The Miz on-stage. Miz read from the envelope that Stephanie McMahon insulting Big Show was Insult of the Year. Stephanie walked to the podium and received the Slammy from Miz. Stephanie said what some people consider an insult she considers a huge compliment because everyone has finally recognized what's best for business. Boos. "Thank you," she said.
[ JC's Reax: If the voting is legit, that captures the failure of the Big Show-Authority angle, where the audience was supposed to feel so much empathy for Show and get fired up to see him fight back against The Authority that they would never consider giving Stephanie props for her character's mean-spirited, hateful promo on Big Show. ]
And, back to the ring, where Ambrose talked to Rollins and Reigns about match strategy. Ambrose said he's got this as Rollins hyped him up and Reigns kind of sat back waiting to see if Ambrose really has this.
7 -- C.M. PUNK vs. U.S. champion DEAN AMBROSE -- non-title match
The match started with Cole and JBL debating whether Punk "insulting" Triple H a few weeks ago led to The Shield taking out Punk per The Authority's orders. Cole said he doesn't believe Kane's "internal investigation," which would have gotten him burned in a sit-down interview a decade ago.
[Q9 -- third hour] Punk controlled the action as Reigns watched intently from a distance ringside. Ambrose then targeted Punk's injured ribs, making Reigns more confident in Ambrose's ability to win this match. Nearfalls for Ambrose as Punk continued to fight off the U.S. champion. Meanwhile, JBL tried to hype Punk vs. The Shield in a handicap match at that PPV on Sunday potentially being the end of Punk. Cole then brought up The Undertaker not being heard from since Shield took out Taker after WM29.
Punk fought back at 6:30, sending Ambrose to the outside to recover. Punk continued to sell the ribs, then flew through the ropes with a suicide dive to Ambrose. Punk immediately checked his surroundings as Rollins and Reigns surrounded the ring leading to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:05]
Back from break, Ambrose was controlling Punk with a mat-based submission. As Ambrose continued to work on Punk, Cole hyped the Title Unification match occurring Sunday at TLC. Punk fought back with a neckbreaker, then both men recovered on the mat. Punk and Ambrose traded standing blows before Punk called for the GTS. Ambrose escaped by targeting the ribs before snapping off a double underhook suplex for a two count.
Punk then came back with a sudden enziguiri kick to the head. But, Ambrose escaped a pin attempt. Punk wanted the GTS again, but Ambrose kneed him in the ribs and chucked Punk to the floor at the feet of The Shield. Rollins and Reigns surveyed Punk before Ambrose left the ring to tell Rollins and Reigns that he has this. Rollins said they're backing off and letting him have it. Reigns just laughed at Ambrose, who then picked up Punk and rolled him back into the ring.
Ambrose offered a few final thoughts for Rollins and Reigns before re-entering the ring. Punk nearly rolled up Ambrose for a three count, but Ambrose escaped. Ambrose then nearly hit his face-first finisher, but Punk escaped and hit the GTS. It was good for the pin and the win.
[Q10] Post-match: Rollins and Reigns returned to ringside to corner Punk. Punk fought off Rollins, but didn't see a monster spear coming from Reigns, targeting the ribs. Cole said Punk's only shot on Sunday could be The Shield's egos getting in the way, but JBL said there are still three of them.
WINNER: Punk at 17:05. Solid TV match with a good set-up for TLC and the eventual break-up of The Shield.
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