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WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review December 3, 2012: Lies, Chaos, and the Shield

I feel these introductions become more and more redundant each week. It’s the same story every time. It’s another three hour Raw where the stakes are building, and the show needs to step up to deliver.

We all know that ratings are not what they used to be. We all know that the three hour Raws are far too long to be weekly products. We all even know that WWE will do nothing about it.

So I’ll just get right down to the action as usual, and hope some time soon that WWE realizes that they’ll never succeed in making three hours of completely compelling television every week and should be looking to produce two hours instead.

Team Hell No def. The Prime Time Players

Overview: After a match surrounded with outside distractions by the Shield, Daniel Bryan reversed a roll up from Darren Young to get his own three count. Afterward, the Shield assaulted both men, crushing Kane‘s arm with steel steps and brutally beating on Bryan.

Analysis: The match itself was nothing spectacular, fairly ordinary, but the action on the outside made things interesting. Keeping up the Shield’s shroud of confusion upon their intentions, it is hard right now to say why they attacked the tag team champions again this week.

The idea of the Shield going for the tag team championships is interesting, but it may be a bit overdone with a division that is already stacked without needing this big group involved in proceedings. That said, it probably won’t go that way.

AJ Lee def. Tamina

Overview: Despite getting outpowered throughout the match, Tamina took a bit too long getting into position for the Superfly Splash, allowing AJ to quickly sneak in the roll up for a three count.

Analysis: I would have preferred the two fight first on PPV, but it is a Divas feud. That said, having them battle like this the first time gives them some heat and should convince Tamina to get more aggressive in making her statement against AJ.

The sample size on this match was small, but I liked what I saw. Tamina works a very aggressive style that AJ can sell well.

Punk Wants to Be on WWE Mount Rushmore and Miz Wants the Truth

Overview: CM Punk and Paul Heyman came out to declare that Punk is about to become the longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era. The Miz interrupted and slandered Punk’s reign, asking Punk to go on Miz TV and take a lie detector test to prove the validity of his title reign.

Analysis: The beginning promos by Heyman and Punk were ridiculously bland in that they were basically summing everything the two had said for months already. It all was well delivered but completely irrelevant filler.

When the Miz came out though, things got a lot more interesting. I have been advocating for a Miz turn for what seems like years, but I had no idea how fast people would get behind him. It was as if the Rock was the one on stage taunting Punk, getting the crowd to chant whatever he wanted them to.

There was no doubt in this segment who was the star as, despite some minor promo botches by both men, the Miz came out of this looking even better as a top face with his very first crowd pleasing nickname calling Heyman a walrus.

John Cena and Sheamus def. Big Show and Dolph Ziggler

Overview: Despite a good performance from the heels, Cena and Sheamus gained the momentum and ended the match with a simultaneous AA and White Noise to their respective rivals. Cena got the three.

Analysis: This was the first real match of the night as all four of these stars delivered. Both teams had some great chemistry going. The match action was solid though the ending was a bit much.

Having both of the heels get manhandled by their opponents may have been a cool visual, but it does not help make them look great. If Ziggler loses again at TLC to Cena, he’ll have nothing left of the momentum he was building.

Santino Tests Sandow to See If He’s Ready to a Cobra-In-Training

Damien Sandow Fails to Find Intelligence Then Defeats Santino

Overview: Damien Sandow walked out to the ring in order to continue his quest for an apprentice that he began on SmackDown. When the man he questioned failed, Sandow yelled him out of the ring before Santino came out and interrupted Sandow. Sandow proceeded to wrestle and defeat Santino with the Terminus.

Analysis: Sandow’s search for an apprentice probably isn’t going anywhere; however, it is so far hilarious. The way he interacted with his subject was great.

Even funnier though was Sandow’s reactions to Santino. From his facial expressions to body language in the match, he and Santino had some comedic chemistry. The match was fine, but the interactions were great. Sandow could use a mini-feud while he waits for Rhodes.

Oh Those People From South of the Border…

Alberto Del Rio def. Sin Cara

Overview: Even though Sin Cara put up a valiant effort, looking ready to win at many points, Del Rio used his technical prowess to reverse Cara’s offense into a Cross Armbreaker for the submission victory.

Analysis: Sin Cara was allowed to look fairly strong this week. I’m not sure where Rey Mysterio was, but Cara and Del Rio without much direction right now looked to be on equal footing here except near the ending when Del Rio was obviously setting up his finisher.

I still wonder what WWE is doing with Del Rio. He has been teasing still feuding with Orton, yet there is no ground there anymore. Other than Miz or Orton, there aren’t any top faces in need of a heel to feud with.

I Don’t Think Anyone Wants to Know What Vince Wants Vickie to Do

Mr. McMahon Leads Vickie to Make Two Big Statements on WWE’s Future

Overview: Thanks to consistent leading by Mr. McMahon as he did weeks before to change the Survivor Series main event, Vickie booked Dolph/Cena in a ladder match for the MitB briefcase and Ryback vs. Paul Heyman if Punk was lying in the main event of the night.

Analysis: I really felt like it would be a tables match, but WWE has decided to try and be more unpredictable. I do commend WWE for making a match that has implications and an air of unpredictability; however, personally, I hate the idea that Cena could win Money in the Bank.

He already cashed in one briefcase this year, and he failed yet now he can get another one? I hope that this is all just a tease, and WWE doesn’t plan for Cena to be World Heavyweight Champion going into ‘Mania as he doesn’t need the title.

One idea would be that Ziggler would cash in before facing Cena which would lead to the ladder match being for the title. That would made for an even more suspenseful match though it would again be teasing the same thing: that Cena becomes WHC. That said, a win in either match would be huge for Ziggler.

Randy Orton Helping the Young Talent

Randy Orton def. Brad Maddox

Overview: Randy Orton made quick work of Maddox before being ambushed from behind by the Shield who hit him with their signature assisted powerbomb.

Analysis: He’s back… and he’s gone. Not really though. WWE is playing up Brad Maddox as a less serious character, and it’s entertaining so far. He acts the role of the star, yet he can’t defeat anyone or even put up a fight.

I’m not sure if I like the overexposure of the Shield though. They’re attacking everyone right now without rhyme or reason which is fine, but it is a bit too much to have them attacking Kane, Bryan, and Orton all in the same night with Ryback seeming to still be their main target.

God Forbid, Are They Trying to Wrestle?

Antonio Cesaro def. R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, and Wade Barrett to Retain the United States Championship

Overview: Thanks to a RawActive poll that was instituted by Teddy Long breaking up a tag team match, Antonio Cesaro’s US Title was put on the line in a fatal four way match. Cesaro won by pinning Kofi with the Neutralizer after Truth was hit the Bullhammer and Barrett was hit with Trouble in Paradise.

Analysis: This match was a lot of fun to watch. Four great midcard in ring talents all fought over a single prize with a lot of fast paced action. While it was a bit predictable as it seemed unlikely they’d take the title off either man right now, it was still great wrestling.

Antonio Cesaro was put over big because he had to be to retain his title, but the situation was tailor made to make Cesaro look great as no one was going to vote against the heel and for the face here.

The Ryback Has Fed

The Lies Continue and Chaos Reigns

Overview: The Miz had Punk go through the lie detector only for the Shield to break things up before Punk could say whether he had anything to do with the group. The Shield destroyed Miz but were matched by Team Hell No and Ryback together, causing them to retreat. Meanwhile, Punk gloated over Miz only to get destroyed by Ryback who bashed Punk with a ladder, a chair, and threw him through a table.

Analysis: This segment was a lot of shouting and nonsense for most of it. The lie detector was a decoy to convince the audience that answers would be revealed while it was all just a way to establish the dynamic of this Punk/Ryback/Shield battle going on.

First Ryback was finally able to bring down the Shield a bit by being able to isolate Dean Ambrose while Kane and Bryan dealt with Rollins and Reigns. Then Ryback was able to show what destruction he can bring when he gets Punk one on one.

Overall, it was not as important of a segment as it pretended to be, but it did a good job making Ryback look strong again while showing that one on one the Shield can be matched though they still looked strong especially after destroying Team Hell No and Orton earlier.

Dean Ambrose Putting 110% Into a Small Kick on the Steel Steps

Final notes: There were a variety of segments backstage most of which involved Vickie Guerrero. She seems to be getting on a lot of people’s nerves lately, alienating even Ziggler due to her inability to make decision on her own.

The commentators especially Cole were uncharacteristically mistake-prone this week. In fact, much of the mic work this week was loaded with botches. Very strange night in that regard.

Conclusion: WWE continues to a solid job building TLC and storylines while putting out good wrestling each week. The main issue is that stories really don’t stand out especially dealing with three hours of Raw every week where it is hard to stay excited for the programming for so much time.

Credit goes to the writers and the talent for the product they are generally succeeding in delivering, and they have me excited for a minor PPV.

With Punk/Ryback, Ziggler/Cena, Show/Sheamus, and a variety of solid midcard feuds all leading into TLC, Raw is succeeding in keeping things moving even if it is a bit unaffecting at times.

Grade: C

About Kevin Berge

Wrestle Enigma's voted Writer Of The Year two years running. I am writing to prove a point. The day I stop writing is the day I realize I have nothing more to say, and I don't believe that day will ever come.
  • Jacob Waring

    Same ten guys wrestling every week.

  • DJ Huk

    Though it’s heartening to see AJ back in the ring (nice black and white ring gear, by the way), she hasn’t been busting her usual high-flying moves in these recent matches. Her foes keep beating her and beating her until AJ rolls them up and puts the Schoolgirl Press on them. Don’t know why: maybe she’s rusty. Hopefully, she’ll be featured more often in the near future, especially given that Vince pretty much told Vickie to stop the scandal-mongering routine.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      It seems like she goes for the movies, but she gets caught before she can try any of them. That may be a deliberate decision to ease her way back. I wouldn’t be surprised if she starts busting out bigger moves next time.

  • SiD

    Dean Ambrose puts 100% in whatever he does…

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      You better believe it!

      • SiD

        inb4 Dean Ambrose ends Undertaker’s Streak, wins Money in the Bank, wins Royal Rumble, defeats CM Punk, Ryback and John Cena in a fatal four way match, becomes a 20-time World Champion, brings the Attitude Era back and retires as a legend.

  • Charlie G

    I only liked the interactions between Punk & Miz (Felt like legitimate hate between ‘em with all the shit they were saying to/about each other), Cena & Sheamus vs. Show & Ziggler, Sandow’s segment, the fatal four-way, & when THE RYBACK got to cause mayhem. I could hardly care about the rest and, as a usual pattern, Vince McMahon appears on TV to do the simplest of things in an attempt to boost ratings.

    • Charlie G

      As of right now, the only thing I’m looking forward to at TLC is Barrett vs. Kofi. The other three matches have been overdone already.

      • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

        Barrett/Kofi feels like a midcard feud to me. If it weren’t for you crazy WE guys getting super invested in it, I think it wouldn’t stand out. I like the other matches because they are a bunch of conclusion contests, final destinations for these feuds before the New Year.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      Vince = 2.55 rating this week which of course means that it would have been even worse without him….

  • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

    Shield really sells RAW for me with little other segments helping. The group is awesome to see and I look towards their future. Rollins needs to stand out more; Reigns has his powerhouse appearance and aura. Ambrose has a look like he’s insane, but still conniving and intelligent. Rollins shined a bit with their interview, but in terms of attacking he’s just there.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I agree, Rollins really seems like the “other guy” of the three. Never really pops out in comparison thanks to Reigns’ more unique look/gimmick and Ambrose’s facial expressions/natural charisma.

  • http://twitter.com/heretemps Mathieu Nicod

    Great review as always, and I like the introduction of captions, you should keep it for your future reviews

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      Thanks, glad the sudden decision to add captions has caught some interest. I will have to go bad to them in the future now.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    Good (and funny) review, Kevin.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      Me succeeding in being funny? Great… the Mayans were right.

      • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Punk’s Hurt LULZ

        Brown people have to get stuff right too every once in awhile, you racist.

        • SiD

          Aww….thank you….oh, you’re not talking about Indians?….

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    That intro was so fucking depressing

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      This is what happens when I run out of things to say…

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    Saw the Miz/Punk promo….god damn it, I’m starting to really like the Miz more….this can’t be good..

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      Houston, we have a problem.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    I think that was Berge’s first insinuation of racism…

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t show any aversion to people of lesser cultures and races or their strange rituals and behaviors….

      • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Punk’s Hurt LULZ

        Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure, you don’t Berge, suuuuure you dont.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    “Blowjob, Vicky, blowjobs everywhere…where’s that Tamina guy? I’d like a piece of that fine meat”.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    These captions are awesome, the Orton one haha. That’s triple H style of helping out young stars.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      WWE was being slow with the YouTube videos, so I decided to grab pics for the rest. Apparently they’re a big hit. That Orton one was far too easy haha.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    Nice put over of Ambrose kick there, ya mark haha

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      Hey, that’s some impressive craziness and facial expressions in preparing for that devastating kick. He’s going all Leonidas on those steps. Haha.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Is Botchtastic

    Haha look at Punk crying and crawling like a little bitch. That should be the featured image of every article now.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I knew you’d love that one.

      • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Punk’s Hurt LULZ

        Thanks, Kevin <3

  • http://twitter.com/Blair_Lucas1990 Blair Lucas

    This was probably one of the worst Raws I’ve seen in a long time. There was nothing that interesting and any momentum they had going for TLC they’ve screwed up pretty badly.

    As much of a Punk that I am, I am getting extremely tired and annoyed with him coming out and saying the same thing every week. The reason I became such a huge fan of his other than his awesome wrestling skills was that when he came out to talk, you never knew what he was going to say. Now, even though he is the best mic worker in the business, you know what he’s going to say before he says it, and that is the easiest way to kill a character.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I don’t know about the momentum for TLC being hurt, but I do agree on Punk’s stagnation as a character. He doesn’t seem to be going anywhere as he simply is waiting to lose the title. It is clear his character has run out of ways to tout his accomplishment as a champion.