This week, Raw is in Greensboro, North Carolina and your announcers are Michael ‘It is beginning to feel a lot like Starrcade’ Cole and Jerry ‘Crockett Cup’ Lawler.
Daniel Bryan points out the Shield watching from a suite on the concourse. Kane says that they are real tough standing up there. Kane says that they claim to fight against injustice. Why don’t they come down for something to fight about.
Match Number One: Kane and Daniel Bryan versus Titus O’Neil and Darren Young in a Non Title Match
Kane and Titus start things off and Titus kicks and punches Kane. Titus with more punches and shoulders in the corner. Kane with punches to Titus and Darren. Kane with an uppercut to Titus and a punch to Darren. Kane clotheslines Titus over the top rope to the floor. Titus returns to the ring and Bryan tags in. Darren tags in too. They lock up and Young with a side head lock. Darren with a shoulder tackle but Bryan with a knee.
Meanwhile, Rollins and Reigns have left the suite. Bryan with kicks to Young in the corner and then he tags in Kane. Bryan with a snap mare and Kane with a drop kick to Young. Kane sends Darren into the corner and he kicks him. Kane with an uppercut to Young and then he works on the arm.
Kane tags Bryan into the match and he goes up top and hits a double sledge to the arm. Bryan with a snap mare and kick to the back for a near fall.
Uh oh, Roman Reigns is now in the lower level of the arena.
Kane tags in and he slams Young and he misses an elbow drop. Young with kicks to the ribs and punches. Young with a knee and Titus tags in and he kicks Kane. Titus with forearms and kicks. Young tags back in and he kicks Kane in the leg. Kane with an Irish whip that sends Young over the top rope to the floor. Bryan with a knee to Young off the apron.
Dean and Roman are walking down the aisle and Bryan and Kane are distracted by their movement towards the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Titus with a clothesline to Kane and he gets a near fall. Titus with a forearm across the chest and reverse chin lock. Kane with punches but Titus with a knee. Titus barks before trying for a suplex and the bark took Titus’ strength and Kane is able to block it and he hits a suplex of his own. Bryan tags in and he hits a running clothesline. Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner for a near fall.
Bryan tries for an O’Connor Roll but Titus holds on to the ropes. Titus with a back elbow and then Young tags in and he connects with elbow drops and a leg drop. Darren gets a near fall. Bryan escapes a suplex and then he puts Young in the No Lock. Titus breaks up the hold and Kane takes care of Titus.
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are at the ringside barrier and Kane and Bryan don’t know what to do.
Young goes for an O’Connor Roll using Kane to distract him and Bryan rolls through to get the three count.
Winners: Daniel Bryan and Kane
After the match, Ambrose and Reigns go after Kane while Rollins ambushes Bryan from behind in the ring. Kane is trapped against the steps. Bryan fights back against Rollins but Ambrose and Reigns stop him. They get Bryan and hit the Shield Power Bomb.
Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins leave the ring and go back into the crowd. Kane crawls into the ring and checks on Bryan.
John Cena and Sheamus are in the back and John is telling a joke. Sheamus thanks John for being there on Friday to help him. Cena says that he got to be on Smackdown and he got to beat up Dolph Ziggler. Sheamus says something that Cena cannot comprehend. Cena tells Sheamus that they have to be serious because of what Show did to a chair.
Cena tells Sheamus that they have to be all business and focus. Sheamus says that what he does to Show tonight will translate in any language.
AJ Lee is walking in the back and she will get to wrestle tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Tamina Snuka versus AJ Lee
AJ with a chin lock and she gets on Tamina’s back but Tamina with a snap mare. Tamina is pushed away by Tamina. Tamina runs AJ into the turnbuckles. AJ with a kick and she goes up top but Tamina with an arm drag and AJ is down. The referee checks on AJ and Tamina kicks her. Tamina with a kick to the head.
Tamina with a kick and she gets a near fall. Tamina puts AJ on the turnbuckles and hits a few forearms followed by a back breaker. Tamina sends AJ to the mat. AJ with a forearm and kicks to Tamina. AJ runs into a back elbow from Tamina and Tamina gets a near fall. Tamina continues to work on the back and she Irish whips AJ into the turnbuckles.
Tamina with a head butt to AJ. Tamina goes to the turnbuckles for the Superfly Splash but Tamina takes too long and AJ is able to get a rollup for the three count.
Winner: AJ Lee
Jerry and Michael talk about what happened to Ryback at the end of Raw and CM Punk’s music starts to play and he comes to the ring with his official belt wrangler, Paul Heyman.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman introduces himself and he says that he wants to break tradition. He says that he was leaving home to fly to Greensboro, North Carolina and he noticed that his children were reading the updated WWE Encyclopedia. Paul says that he is not shilling for your Christmas and Hanukkah lists because he does not like this book. There is not enough about your reigning and defending WWE Champion CM Punk. However, to give credit where credit is due, there is something inside the Encyclopedia that they did not even notice.
Today is day 379 of CM Punk’s current title reign. At midnight, he will tie and tomorrow at midnight, he will surpass John Cena as the longest reigning continuous WWE champion of the modern era.
Paul says that to his massive and sole credit, he is the longest reigning champion of the last 25 years. That is a quarter century. Now you will have to agree with him that CM Punk is not only your champion, not only the best in the world, but now there is no argument that CM Punk should be front and center on WWE’s version of Mount Rushmore.
Punk says that he still stands in front of everyone unfairly persecuted. He has proven for more than a year that he is the best in the world. If there was a Mount Rushmore of WWE, the face that would go over the Hulk Hogans, John Cenas, Steve Austins, and Undertakers would be his.
He says that the fans do not give him the respect that he deserves. He defeated Ryback at Hell in a Cell. He defeated John Cena and Ryback at Survivor Series. Why does he have to defend his title at TLC against Ryback in a Table, Ladders, and Chairs Match? It is because of the people who turned their backs on him and ignore his accomplishments. Punk says that is the people who cannot hold a job as long as he has been champion or the people who cannot stay married as long as he is champion.
First it was Paul Heyman, the middle aged father of two who was the reason Punk is champion. Then it was Rogue Referee Brad Maddox. Then it was The Shield.
Punk says that if it wasn’t for the Shield, he wouldn’t be champion. That is a lie. Punk says that the truth is that if it wasn’t for him, no one would be here today. He is the reason why people bought their tickets to see Raw. Punk says that he is the reason why people watch Raw and if it wasn’t for him there would be nothing to watch on these dismal three hour Raws.
Punk says that he had nothing to do with Brad Maddox or the Shield, but he is responsible for being the hottest thing going in the WWE today. Punk tells people to change their channels at home. Punk tells everyone to get out of his arena right now.
Miz’ music plays and he comes out to the stage. Miz with a few reallys. Miz tells everyone to sit down and enjoy themselves. When you talk about the Best in the World, Brad Maddox, or the Shield, no one believes Punk.
Miz says that Punk talks about these lies and we know the truth.
Punk wants to know who the Miz is to come out and pass judgment on him.
Miz says that he is the guy who cheated and scammed when he was the champion. At least he has the guts to admit it. Everyone knows that Brad Maddox was in Punk’s back pocket at Hell in a Cell. Everyone knows that The Shield bailed him out at Survivor Series. If it wasn’t for the Shield last week, Ryback would have fed himself some Punk.
Punk tells Mike to make his way to the ring in his Gucci shoes and get put to sleep.
Miz says that he does not have to fight or wrestle. Miz challenges Punk to come on the most must see talk show in the WWE, MizTV to prove that he is not affiliated with the Shield by taking a lie detector test. Miz says that the Sherriff’s Department was more than happy to provide him with the equipment.
Paul wants to make sure that he understands what Miz is saying. Paul reminds Miz how Punk feels about him behind the scenes.
Miz tells the human walrus that is exactly what he is suggesting.
Punk says that he will not let the people of Greensboro call his good friend a walrus.
Miz says that they are sorry that Paul is a really big walrus. He wants Punk live on TV with a live mic. He wants to hear the Pipe Bomb. Miz says that he wants to let Punk prove his legacy and clear his record by showing that he is the best in the world. Maybe Punk is afraid of the truth and maybe he wants to have an asterisk next to everything, including his 379 day title reign.
Punk tells Miz that if he wants the truth, he will give Miz what he wants. Punk says that he will prove that he is the best in the world. Then everyone will have to admit it.
Match Number Three: Big Show and Dolph Ziggler versus Sheamus and John Cena
Sheamus and Ziggler start things off and they lock up. Ziggler with a waist lock but Sheamus with a side head lock take down and Sheamus gets a near fall. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and he looks at Show before he runs into a drop kick from Ziggler. Ziggler with a side head lock
Sheamus pushes Ziggler away and hits a shoulder tackle. Cena tags in and they hit a double back elbow and Cena gets a near fall. Cena with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a top wrist lock into a side head lock. Cena with a hip toss and arm drag into an arm bar. Ziggler punches Cena and he tags in Show.
Show says hello to John before getting in the ring. They lock up and Show sends Cena to the mat. Cena punches Show and he goes for a flying shoulder tackle but he bounces off Show and goes to the mat. Show stands on Cena’s chest. Show with a punch and a Shhhhh chop to Cena. Show with a head butt. Show with a shhhh chop to Cena. Show misses a third Shhhh chop and Cena tries for a slam but he falls under Show’s weight and Show gets a near fall.
Ziggler tags in and he hits a series of elbow drops and then hits the hesitation leaping elbow drop. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and Dolph hits the ring post. Both men are down. Show tags in and so does Sheamus. Sheamus with punches to Show and he hits a shoulder in the corner followed by the running knee lift and a flying shoulder tackle.
Sheamus goes up top for a shoulder tackle but Show with a spear. Both men are down and we go to commercial.
We are back and Big Show with a head butt and forearms to Sheamus. Sheamus with punches but Show with a running boot to Sheamus. Ziggler tags in and he hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and body scissors on Sheamus. Ziggler with a front face lock but he throws Ziggler off. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker and both men are down again.
Cena tags in and Cena goes after Show and then he hits the two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb but he goes for the Attitude Adjustment and Show hits Cena in the knee. Sheamus hits White Noise on Show while Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ziggler and Cena gets the three count.
Winners: John Cena and Sheamus
Michael Cole reminds us of the attack by the Shield earlier tonight and remember that Vince McMahon might be here tonight.
We go to commercial.
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