-Alberto Del Rio backstage with Ricardo Rodriguez, who wants to win the World Championship for Del Rio. Del Rio says Ricardo has been so loyal to him and yet Del Rio treated him like dirt. No one, even Del Rio himself, deserves to treat Ricardo like Big Show has, and he will be out there alongside Ricardo. He gives him his scarf, then tells Ricardo to do it "in style", handing him his car keys. THAT is how you do a face turn.
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: The Big Show v. Ricardo Rodriguez w/Alberto Del Rio
Ricardo out in style, just like Del Rio! Del Rio out at ringside to support Ricardo, who looks scared shitless. Ricardo with the single leg, that doesn't work. Big Show with the chest chop, THAT worked. Show chokes him in the ropes. He jaw jacks with Alberto and puts Ricardo up top. Ricardo with a kick, he ducks Show, and a run-up enziguri like Del Rio! Show misses a boot, LEG JAMMER by Ricardo! Show chops him out of mid-air though. He sizes him up for the KO Punch, but Del Rio in for the save.
Winner by DQ and STILL World Champion: The Big Show
-Post-match, Del Rio lays the boots to the World Champion, and addles him with a superkick to the the side of the head. Del Rio helps Ricardo up the ramp, and winks to an enraged Big Show, as we recap the various title situations and preview the IC Championship match; speaking of which, Kofi comes to the ring as that match with Barrett...IS NEXT!
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Kofi Kingston (c) v. Wade Barrett
Lock up, Barrett with a knee. Kofi reverses a whip with a kick to the gut, and locks in a headlock. Wade with a shoulder block, but Kofi with the float over and the elbow for two. Front headlock by Kofi, but Barrett takes him to the corner and cinches in an arm lock. Kofi flips out of it, goes for Trouble In Paradise, but Barrett holds the ropes to avoid it. They lock up again, Kofi with the headlock. Barrett blocks a monkey flip to the ropes, but both men end up tumbling to the outside as we go to commercial...
Barrett with a thrust kick to Kofi's midsection, followed up by a pumphandle drop for a near fall. Barrett drives his knee into Kofi, then traps him in the ropes for more knees. Kofi dodges the boot, kicks Barrett to the outside. Kofi springboards onto Barrett from the ropes and rolls him into the ring for a two count. Barrett counters the SOS for a near fall. Barrett gets stiffed with an elbow and gets SOS'ed for another near fall. Kofi jumps into the corner for his punches, but Barrett with the powerbomb for yet another two count. Wasteland connects, but that only gets two as well. Barrett laying into Kofi, the ref backs him off, and Kofi hits the slingshot kick. He misses the cross body, though, and Barrett hits the Bullhammer! Three count! New champion!
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett
-From a new IC Champion to...Mae Young in labor. Yeahhhhh.
-And now we recap the "horror" of Santa being hit by Del Rio "last week". Why? If you're trying to turn this guy face, why show this again?
-Santino and Zack join in the "miracle" of Mae Young birthing the New Year's Baby. Team Hell No joins in as well. We hear a comedic "pry and pop" noise, and (figures) it's Hornswoggle in a freakin' diaper. Jerry Lawler with the line of the night: "Having watched that...I regret the doctors in Canada saving my life."
3-on-1 Handicap Match: The Shield (Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose) v. Ryback
The match doesn't even start before The Shield is assaulting Ryback on his way to the ring. Ryback fights back against Ambrose, but the rest of the Shield beat him down. Sheamus comes to Ryback's aid, but he's put down as well. The beat-down continues...then "VOICES IN MY HEAD!" Orton down now to even the odds, and Ryback presses out Rollins and RKO to Ambrose to send the Shield packing!
Winner: No Contest
-AJ and Dolph in the back, gussying up for their "New Year's Toast", featuring, once again, JOHN CENA!
-Dolph, AJ, and Langston in the ring now for the "New Year's Toast." Dolph toasts us for doing the "smart" thing in voting Cena the "Superstar of the Year", remarking what a "great" year Cena's had. He shows, on the Titantron, Cena losing the match "he could not lose" to The Rock. Then, we see Brock Lesnar's return and F-5, laying out Cena. He says that's not so bad, but losing to John Laurinaitis at "Over the Limit"? That was bad. Ziggler then shows Cena cashing in his MITB shot and being the first person to cash in and lose, thanks to the Big Show. He wants to cut Cena some slack, because it's always about what you've done lately. AJ answers for him, and we see her knocking Cena off the ladder at TLC, allowing Ziggler to retain his MITB briefcase. Cena had the worst year of his life, and the WWE Universe voted him "Superstar of the Year." AJ: "And people say I have the mental issues." Ziggler paraphrases Cena, saying Cena's time is done, and Ziggler's time is now. He asks Langston to watch out for Cena, who is now UN-invited. AJ toasts a "real man and the man she loves" Dolph Ziggler, and they have their game of tonsil hockey until Cena crashes the party.
-Cena admits 2012 was not a banner year for him, but rather for Dolph and AJ. He even agrees that 2013 will be great...for AJ. Dolph's the 6th man for her, and 6 is always the charm. He then shows some ridiculous doctored photos of the couple's "wedding clothes" and AJ's numerous "children." He then gets serious, says he's been here ten years, and took his lumps. He had one bad season, but that doesn't mean he should be written off. Dolph's been here seven years, and all Cena's ever heard is Dolph complaining, saying the administration has held him down and he just needs a push, and whenever there's a screw up, OF COURSE... (Continues on next page)