WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 12/9 (Hour 3): Chaotic ending to Raw featuring former World champs, "Daniel Bryan," plus final hard sell for TLC PPV
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:18:54 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
Third Hour Raw Results
Video Package: Snapshot history of the WWE Title and World Title. WWE used the NWA Title lineage to link to their self-created World Title. Included were past soundbytes from the likes of Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Booker T, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Now, it's Champion vs. Champion between John Cena and Randy Orton at TLC on Sunday.
Back to the stage, where Jerry Lawler tried talking, but the sound was off. Lawler and Booker T then set up the next award for Extreme Moment of the Year. Booker did a long set-up for Mick Foley, who came out dressed in a suit. At the podium, Foley waited out a brief "Foley, Foley" chant, then put over C.M. Punk vs. Dean Ambrose in the previous match. Foley then cheap-popped Seattle before instructing Daniel Bryan to leave his cheap pop alone.
Foley talked up historical "extreme" moments, then unconvincingly said this year's nominees raised the bar. Included were The Shield taking out The Undertaker via triple powerbomb, Ryback taking John Cena through the stage, C.M. Punk beating up Paul Heyman on top of the HIAC structure, and The Wyatt Family kidnapping Kane at Summerslam.
Back to the arena, where The Usos were introduced on-stage for the next match. Cole said they're facing the Wyatts up next.
[Commercial Break at 10:24]
Back from break, Bray Wyatt was reclining in his rocking chair ringside. Meanwhile, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan waited their turn in the ring. Back to the stage, where Mick Foley announced the Extreme winner is Punk taking out Paul Heyman.
Out came Punk holding his ribs and looking over his shoulder. Punk winced as he hugged Foley, then accepted the award. Punk said he feels strange accepting an award while not wearing pants, but he appreciates the votes. He thanked Paul Heyman for being a great target, then told everyone to buy the PPV on Sunday to see what he does to three members of The Shield. Hey, a hard sell for TLC.
8 -- THE USOS (JEY & JON USO) vs. THE WYATTS (LUKE HARPER & ERICK ROWAN w/Bray Wyatt)
The Usos splashed the Wyatts on the outside to send Raw to a break less than a minute into the match.
[Commercial Break at 10:32]
Back from break, Cole casually greeted the returning audience with a brief recap of how they arrived at The Wyatts now controlling the match. Cole then thanked the "WWE fans" who voted for the Slammys. Jey Uso eventually broke free of Rowan and tagged in Jimmy simultaneous to Harper tagging in. So, it's Jimmy vs. Harper. Uso with a Samoan Drop, then a corner butt bomb for a two count.
Harper came back with a throat-drop, then he tied up Uso in the top and middle rope. Harper did hit strange noises while Jey freed his brother from the ropes. Jey then superkicked Harper before climbing to the top for a Superfly Splash. It was good for a two count only when Rowan broke up the pin. Chaos. Uso then ran into a Clothesline from Louisiana, popping JBL. Harper pinned Uso for the pin and the win.
Post-match: Bray Wyatt triumphantly stood from his rocking chair as Cole said this is what Daniel Bryan is facing Sunday in Houston. After a replay of The Clothesline, Bray was shown smiling toward his henchmen. The Wyatt video interruption then cut off the feed.
WINNERS: Wyatts at 8:29. Fine set-up for Bryan in jeopardy heading into TLC. Although, Bryan was visually missing from the equation.
Back to Cole, who acted befuddled by the end of the segment. Cole then threw to the podium for Lawler and Booker to set up the final Slammy. Booker hyped the presenter as perhaps the best wrestler ever, calling him the Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be. Out came Bret Hart to a loud reaction from the appreciative crowd.
At the podium, Hart said there are thousands of matches every year in WWE, and the most difficult achievement is having the best match every night. Hart said a good match can captivate an audience and change a night. But, a great match can change WWE history. Hart said he's held many honors over the years, but Match of the Year was the one he cherished the most.
To the video package, which included The Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk at WM29, Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust at Battleground, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in the match that has no business being included, and The Rock vs. John Cena in the "corporate-friendly match" at WM29.
Bret Hart's music played again and Natalya came out on-stage to greet her uncle, Bret. They shared a long hug, then Natalya walked down to the ring for Divas match action next.
[Q12] [Commercial Break]
Back from break, WWE focused on Seattle's Space Needle before returning to the arena, where Tamina and A.J. Lee were standing by in the ring. But, first, back to the stage for Bret Hart to present Match of the Year.
Hart read from the envelope that the winner is John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE Title at WM29. Cena's music played to bring out the World champion to the podium. Cena shook hands with Hart, then waited out loud boos mixed with cheers.
At the podium, Cena offered the latest Seahawks reference that now he knows why they call it Home of the 12th Man. Cena waited out the crowd cheering for themselves, then began talking to boos. Cena said some people might disagree with the MOTY choice, which drew more boos, but he would like to thank everyone for voting. Cena left to the backstage area, then Raw returned to the ring for the default main event.
9 -- NATALYA vs. TAMINA SNUKA (w/Divas champion A.J. Lee)
A.J., who defends the Divas Title against Natalya on Sunday, tried to get involved early on. But, Natalya fought off her distraction, then put Tamina in the Sharpshooter. Tamina tapped out, giving Natalya a decisive win ahead of TLC.
WINNER: Natalya via submission at 1:37.
After the match, Cole reset the show from ringside before Triple H's music played to bring out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to the ring. The Ascension Ceremony is next.
Going to break, WWE ran a video preview for the season finale of "Total Divas," which occurs opposite WWE's TLC PPV.
[Commercial Break at 10:54]
Smackdown plug: The Wyatts continue to pick on Daniel Bryan.
Raw returned two minutes before the top of the hour with a plug for Ziggler vs. Fandango on the TLC PPV pre-show. Plus, Foley, Booker, and Miz on the All-Star Panel.
Back to the ring, numerous former WWE and World champions were shown in the ring. Included was a returning Christian, who was supposed to present an award on the show. Stephanie spoke that they are surrounded by so many past champions, with her husband, Triple H, being at the top of the list. Strategically placed in the background was C.M. Punk, who laughed to himself and covered his face. Hunter addressed the former WWE and World champions and handful who have been both. The crowd interrupted with a loud "Daniel Bryan" chant.
[Q13 -- over-run] Hunter tried to talk over the chants, but the chants grew louder. No one paid attention to what Hunter was saying as the crowd kept going. Bryan turned red standing off the side. Michaels then stepped in and tried to calm them down, but Mark Henry raised Bryan's hand in the air. Loud "Yes!" chants followed as Bryan laughed and played it up. Hunter just stopped as Cole noted Hunter has to be seething right now. The crowd applauded, then Hunter got in a customary one-liner about Bryan having a lot of family in the building. Make it a two-liner, as Hunter said he should have known better since a lot of them look just like Bryan.
Hunter continued with his speech about Champion vs. Champion, pausing to decide whether to acknowledge "What?" chants. Hunter then introduced WWE champion Randy Orton to the ring. Orton took his time coming to the ring, then Stephanie introduced World Hvt. champion John Cena. Cena came out on-stage and removed his World Title belt to display as he marched down to the ring.
Cena entered the ring and mouthed something to Bryan before posing center-ring as Hunter talked to Stephanie in the background. Cena then went face-to-face with Orton as a thingie was lowered down. Hunter asked them to submit their title belts as the crowd picked up another "Daniel Bryan" chant. Cena shook hands with Bryan after handing off his World Title to be placed on the thingie. Orton then handed over his title, which Cole said will be the last time two top titles are recognized on Raw.
Orton then spoke that Cena doesn't have ruthless aggression anymore. He said Cena could have put him in the hospital last week, but he didn't take the opportunity. The crowd interrupted with a "boring" chant, prompting Orton to fire himself and vow that he has all the motivation to beat Cena's ass at TLC on Sunday. Orton paused to quiet the crowd before telling Cena that he will be the man who loses the most important match in WWE history.
Orton paused for loud "Yes!" chants before calling himself the greatest star of all-time. He said he took years off Mick Foley's career and life. Then, Shawn Michaels, who jokingly waved from behind Hunter. He said he embarrassed HBK on multiple occasions. Next, Orton said he would have KO'ed Bret Hart 16 years ago instead of needing a Montreal Screwjob.
Back to Cena. Orton told Cena that everything he has worked so hard for will come crashing down around him. "You suck" chant from the crowd, which is what WWE was looking for playing along with the story.
"It's funny," Cena opened to boos. Cena said he couldn't help but notice the word "work." Cena brought Bryan to the forefront, annoying Orton. Loud "Yes!" chants from the crowd. Orton sold annoyance before Cena told Bryan to introduce himself to the crowd. Bryan popped the crowd with a mere introduction and note of where he's from. Cena asked Bryan about his family pedigree. No WWE Hall of Famers or family legacy. Asked if he's had to work for everything he got, Bryan said, "Yes," setting off a round of chants.
Cena told Orton that the reason why they chant and cheer for Bryan is because he worked for it and earned it. Cena told Orton that he got sheltered all his career, hiding behind Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Cena said Orton has the balls to stand here in the ring and say he's better than everyone in this ring and bigger than all of WWE? He said Orton has always blamed everyone else for his problems, and the sad thing is that TLC on Sunday changes the course of WWE. Which is why everyone is here in the ring. But, Orton wants the top title because he's selfish and thinks he deserves it. Then, if he wins, Orton thinks he can walk around saying he's finally what he should have been 10 years ago, which drew ooohs from the crowd.
Cena said every time he holds one of these titles, his business card reads the same: "Want some? Come get some." Cena then put himself over by noting he gave Dolph Ziggler and C.M. Punk title shots when no one else thought it was a good idea. Heck, the only legit title shot Bryan ever got was against him, and Bryan won. Loud "Yes!" chants from the crowd as Bryan smiled in the background. Cena then gave Bryan a fair re-match if he wins the title match on Sunday. They shook on it.
Cena returned to Orton, vowing to make it physical and brutal. Cena said he will be at his very best. Will Orton? He said the last thing anyone wants to hear is yet another Randy Orton Excuse. Cena wished him good luck, because he'll need it. Cena extended his hand, Orton shook, and a brawl broke out.
The former champs separated the two men. Punk then tried to restrain Orton, but Orton punched him, so Punk paused and smacked Orton. Triple H then entered the scene to forcefully pull Punk away. So, Punk got up and smashed Hunter in the face. Which drew Sweet Chin Music from Michaels defending Hunter. Which drew a running knee from Bryan to Michaels. Which drew Orton trying an RKO on Bryan, but Bryan shoved Orton into Stephanie, which KO'ed Steph. Hunter freaked out and checked on Steph, then angrily grabbed Orton and dropped him with a Pedigree.
Cena, Kane, and Hunter then checked on Stephanie. Crazy sequence. And, to sum up the craziness, the crowd chanted, "Daniel Bryan." Fittingly. Interestingly, Cena stood next to Hunter, Kane, and Stephanie while Orton recovered in the corner as the dust settled. Trademarks flashed and Raw signed off 18 minutes past the top of the hour.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Crazy, chaotic ending to Raw. The most over wrestler on the show isn't in the PPV main event on Sunday, but Cena smartly tried to use the Bryan Heat to get himself over as the clear-cut babyface heading into TLC against Orton. Until Cena stood next to Hunter, Steph, and Kane to close the show. Lots of moving parts, especially the focus of the final sales pitch being more about Orton's maturity issues than the titles being unified, plus potential seeds planted for WrestleMania, especially with Punk-Hunter physicality. But, did they sell TLC? The Slammys mess early in the show hurt TLC hype, but the final segment was strong. Well, at times. Other times, they seemed to be hyping something else besides Cena-Orton at TLC. Who knows. We'll see what the PPV buys look like.
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