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WWE RAW REPORT: PUNK DEALS WITH THE SHIELD; THE NEXT STEP IN THE WYATT/BRYAN FEUD; DID THE HALL OF PAIN MEET ITS MATCH; BARRETT BRINGS SOME GOOD NEWS AS RAW SAYS GOODBYE TO 2013

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-12-30 23:01:01
We are in Richmond, Virginia and your announcers are Jerry ‘Welcome Back’ Lawler, Michael ‘I hope I don’t write 2013 on checks on Wednesday’ Cole, and John ‘You still write checks’ Layfield.

We begin with CM Punk making his way to the ring.

Punk says that he is fired up to be here in Richmond, Virginia. This is the last Raw of 2013. Right around the corner is a new year and he is excited. 2013 saw a lot of good things happen to CM Punk. A lot of bad happened to CM Punk too. We go to work with a smile on our face most days. He started off as the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years.

He went one-on-one with The Great One. He went toe to toe with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. He made some friends and he lost some friends. Then he beat said friend within an inch of his life with a kendo stick. He cannot say that 2013 was CM Punk’s year. He does not know if 2013 was the Year of Punk.

There are three guys who can lay claim that it was their year and that was The Shield. In 2013, the Shield has been unstoppable. Dean Ambrose is the US Champion. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are former tag team champions.

Punk has a proposition for The Shield. When their paths cross . . .

The Shield’s music interrupts Punk and they make their way to the ring.

Dean tells Punk to finish his thought. What is the big challenge and it better be a good one. They better get a good reason not to end Punk as they end 2013.

Punk says the three of you can beat any one man and it has been established over the last 365 days. He will not take anything away from them individually. He wants to fight the best. Punk says that one of you is the best.

Dean asks Punk if he wants to do this again. Ambrose says that he will not leave this ring without taking a piece of him.

Punk says that he wasn’t talking to Dean. He was talking about Seth and Roman because he has beaten Dean a half dozen times. It wasn’t easy but he did it.

Dean wants to know if Punk thinks that he is joke.

Punk says that Dean is the weak link. He wants to know if Roman is the man in The Shield.

Seth says that Punk is looking at the best. He will fight him tonight.

Punk says that everyone talks about Roman Reigns.

Seth and Roman have a discussion about whether Seth can beat him. Seth tells Roman to let him take him. Seth says that he is better than Punk and he wants to prove it.

Brad Maddox comes out and says as the General Manager, he wants to wish everyone a Happy New Year. CM Punk will face Seth Rollins and he wants a referee.

Match Number One: Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns) versus CM Punk

Punk with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Punk catches Rollins and tries for the Go To Sleep but Rollins gets to his feet and he gets to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rollins punches Punk. Rollins with more punches followed by kicks as the referee warns Rollins. Punk with an Irish whip and kick to Rollins followed by a butterfly back breaker. Rollins with an elbow and Irish whip. Punk floats over and he applies an Anaconda Vice in the ropes.

Punk tries for a springboard move but Rollins catches him and press slams Punk and gets a near fall. Rollins with kicks to Punk and he applies a Camel Clutch. Rollins with a forearm to Punk followed by a forearm to the kidneys. Punk with forearms to Rollins and gets an inside cradle for a near fall.

Rollins with a clothesline for a near fall. Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins with a reverse chin lock but Punk with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Rollins runs into a boot from Punk and Punk goes up top but Rollins pushes Punk off the turnbuckles to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Punk with head butts to Rollins as he moves him into the corner. Punk with an Irish whip and Rollins moves out of the way when Punk charges into the corner and Punk hits the ring post with his shoulder. Rollins waits for Punk to get up and then he goes to the turnbuckles but misses a back senton when Punk moves out of the way.

Punk punches Rollins and hits a leg lariat followed by a series of double sledges. Punk tries for a Go To Sleep but Rollins counters and tries for a sunset flip but Punk drops down and gets a near fall. Punk with a knee and Irish whip. Punk tries for the running knee into the corner but Rollins blocks it and Rollins with a Buckle Bomb for a near fall.

Rollins punches Punk. Rollins misses Black Out. Punk misses a kick and Rollins with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Roman tells Rollins to finish him. Rollins mocks Punk by saying that someone is going to sleep. Rollins gets Punk on his shoulders but Punk gets to his feet. Punk with a knee against the ropes followed by a short arm clothesline and Punk goes up top but Rollins rolls across the ring. Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles. Ambrose taunts Punk while Rollins recovers.

Rollins goes up top but Punk kicks the ropes and Rollins is crotched. Punk tries for a superplex but Rollins blocks it and Punk is sent to the ropes. Rollins with a cross body but Punk rolls through and applies the Anaconda Vice. Ambrose and Reigns tease getting into the ring and that allows Punk and Rollins to alternate inverted suplex attempts. Punk tries for the Go To Sleep but Rollins escapes. Rollins with an Asai DDT for a near fall.

Punk with a back body drop of Rollins onto Reigns and Ambrose. Punk goes for a suicide dive and Rollins with an enzuigiri. Rollins goes for a slingshot move and Punk catches Rollins and hits the Go to Sleep for the three count.

Winner: CM Punk

Brad Maddox tells the referee that he wants an Intercontinental Title Match everyone can be proud of. Hunter and Stephanie interrupt and the referee leaves. Brad sucks up to Hunter and Stephanie. Since Kane is not here tonight, he wants to take a step forward.

Daniel Bryan enters and he says that he will not let 2013 end before he gets his hands on Bray Wyatt. He wants a match with him.

Brad suggests that Daniel earn it. He should face Luke Harper. If he beats Harper, he gets to face Erick Rowan. If he can beat Rowan, then he can face Daniel Bryan.

Daniel agrees to the match and leaves.

Stephanie says that Brad should watch and learn as she announces the main event for the Royal Rumble. She kisses Hunter and walks away. We go to commercial.

We are back and Stephanie McMahon comes to the stage and she wishes everyone an incredibly Happy New Year. The end of a year is often time for reflection. What would they have done differently or changed? Nothing. Under the Authority’s leadership, they have crowned a single WWE World Champion. We need to celebrate the Champion of Champions, Randy Orton.

We have a Randy Orton video package.

She says that Randy Orton deserves every accolade he has earned. Orton is a fighting champion and he will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Title in a traditional match. No stipulations or interference. He will face John Cena.

Now we take a look at the origin of the issues between Daniel Bryan and the Wyatt Family.

We go to commercial.

We are back, and in three weeks, so will Batista.

Stephanie is walking in the back and she asks Hunter how she did. Hunter says that now we will know who the real man is. Hunter says to wait until we hear his announcement.

Curtis Axel is in the Super Sized Goldman Box and he says that he was one of the most dominant superstars in 2013, but let’s forget about the past. 2014 will be even more perfect for Curtis Axel.

Dolph is in the Goldman Box and says that he has some goals for 2014. He says that he will steal the show tonight and come out on top.

Match Number Two: Curtis Axel versus Dolph Ziggler

Axel with kicks but Ziggler with a drop kick. Axel Irish whips Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Axel goes to the floor and he runs Ziggler’s back into the apron and then he rolls Ziggler back into the ring. Axel gets a near fall. Axel with forearms to the head and then he rubs his forearms across the face.

Axel with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Axel with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with elbows but Axel with a knee. Ziggler sends Axel into the corner and Axel hits the second turnbuckle as he goes head first into the turnbuckles and lands awkwardly.

Ziggler punches Axel in the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a cross body. Ziggler tries for a Zig Zag but Axel holds on to the ropes. Axel with a rollup but Ziggler rolls through. Axel blocks the hesitation DDT and hits a neck breaker and gets a near fall. Axel slams Ziggler’s head into the mat. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for the three count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

We will have a vote on the WWE App for Damien Sandow’s opponent, but first, you need to know how to Download the App.

Will Damien face Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, or Miz.

Big E Langston and Fandango walk in the back as we go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Big E Langston versus Fandango (with Summer Rae) for the Intercontinental Title

They lock up and Langston backs Fandango into the corner and Fandango pushes Langston away. They lock up again and Fandango with a side head lock but Langston with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Langston with a waist lock and take down. Langston rolls up Fandango for a few near falls on bridges.

Langston with another near fall. Fandango with a slap but Langston with punches. Langston runs into a boot from Fandango and Fandango with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Fandango with head butts and forearms to the back. Fandango with a punch but Langston with a shoulder tackle. Langston with a shoulder in the corner.

Langston with another Irish whip and another shoulder to the midsection. Langston gets Fandango up but Fandango gets out of the Big Ending attempt and goes to the floor. Langston goes to the floor and he hits Fandango with a shoulder tackle. Langston runs Fandango into the ringside barrier.

They return to the ring and Fandango with a kick to the knee. Fandango slams the leg into the apron. Fandango with a kick to Langston as he continues to work on the leg. Fandango with a punch to Langston. Langston with a step over leg drop and then he applies an Indian Death Lock.

Langston with punches to Fandango to get out of the hold. Langston gingerly charges into the corner and Fandango is able to move and Langston hits the ring post and then he goes to the floor as we go to commercial.

We are back and Fandango continues to work on the leg and he punches Langston before dropping a knee on the leg. Fandango chokes Langston and then they exchange punches. Fandango with shoulders in the corner. Fandango with a short arm clothesline and then he returns to the Indian Deth Lock and then he goes to a reverse chin lock on Langston’s back.

Langston backs Fandango into the corner and Langston with clotheslines followed by a set up for a belly-to-belly suplex but Fandango with head butts to get out of the hold. Fandango is sent to the apron and Langston with a belly-to-belly over the top rope. Fandango with a kick to the leg when Langston goes for the Ultimate Warrior Splash.

Fandango with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Fandango goes up top for the FandangoBama Jam and he connects but Langston rolls to the floor and Fandango shows some frustration. Fandango goes to the apron and he drop kicks Langston. Fandango rolls Langston back in and he kicks Langston in the midsection.

Fandango runs into an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then Langston with a body block and the Ultimate Warrior Slam. The straps are down and he gets Fandango up for the Big Ending and hits it for the three count.

Winner: Big E Langston

It is time for the next step in the feud between The Wyatt Family and Daniel Bryan. We see the night that Daniel Bryan was carried out of the arena.

We go to commercial.

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