Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, December 5th, 2011 (USA Network)
Location: The St. Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa, Florida
Results by Tony Acero of 411
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
Lawler and Cole are behind the booth and we are in Tampa, FL. We start the show with that guy who is taller than Hate, John Cena!! The crowd is heavy with boos as he makes his way to the ring. The camera man shows plenty of kids in the crowd, nice touch. Cena laughs a bit before pointing out that last Monday was pretty interesting. He brings up The Pit and wants to take a second to thank Roddy, first for being a friend, for being a WWE Hall of Famer and for being a part of the WWE Universe. He points out how we tell him exactly how we feel about him and that's all Piper did last week. Did he want to hear those words? Absolutely! There is no show without all of the fans, it's pretty cut and dry; if we don't watch, they don't work, so we have earned the right to tell him what we think about who he is. He respects the boos, he loves the cheers. He says that we are so crazy that we've chanted such things as "Fruity Pebbles" which gets a smuttering of it. He says that's what makes wrestlers come out. The reactions are not new. He's not making a big deal out of it, but people are. Cena says the big deal last week was the slap...not Roddy's slap, no, the slap of the mat when CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the WWE Championship. Cena says Punk needs a Number 1 Contender....oh noooooo. He says the only thing bigger than Rock vs Cena is Rock vs Cena for the WWE Title. So CM Punk, if you're listening....
But here's Del RIo to interrupt. He wants Cena to stop right now. He says Cena isn't getting a title match, because the match is for him, Del Rio. It's his! Cena wants to know what part of You Lost doesn't Del Rio understand? Everyone saw it. Del Rio says that they don't matter, referring to the audience and us. He may be on to something. Last week, Johnny Ace said that if Punk got himself intentionally disqualified, Del Rio would be the new WWE Champ. Cena brings up that they lost. Del Rio wants to show us something though, and it's the end of the match form last week when he uses the turnbuckle to finish the match. Del Rio says that THIS is Punk cheating and did it on purpose. It's not Del RIo's fault that the ref didn't see it, it was illegal. He should be the NEW WWE Champion. Cena, that right there is inevit----
EXCUSE ME!!!! Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler are out. Vickie says that neither of the two in the ring deserve a WWE Championship match. She is standing with the only RAW Superstar who does deserve one: Dolph Ziggler. Dolph thinks that Cena and Del Rio disagree? Which one of them beat Randy Orton last week on RAW? Which one of them is the longest reigning champion in the WWE? Which one of them two has the most entertaining match....on purpose? hahaha. Cena says, well the answer is the caddy? The cheerleader? Oh, the SHOW OFF! He heard Cole say it 20 times last week. That's right, the Show Off. But Cena thinks that a better name would be to replace Show with Jerk. Ziggler says it's not showing off if you back it up every night. Cena says how can he claim to back it up every night when the one man who wants a shot and deserves it won't get it? Ziggler wonderes if beating a dead-horse is trending right now... Ziggler says that the next title shot is going to him
The Miz comes out with a scowl! REALLY?! REALLY?! Miz has some news, The Slammies are next week and you are looking at the man who beat John Cena at Mania, the man who's title reign was longer than a month and the man who doesn't need Vickie to get a reaction. If anyone gets a WWE Championship match with CM Punk, it's...
Johnny Laurinitis cuts The Miz off and introduces himself. He has been falsly accused as being a boring executive figure head, incapable of making creative decisions. He will shatter that now. Each of the four three men will go against a Smackdown Superstar of his choosing. Whomever wins will face CM Punk at TLC. We will also have a contract signing tonight as well. He says that Cena will be the only one not facing off against someone but he has a "social experiment" for him and wants Cena to come meet him. As for Miz, his match is next and it's against....Randy Orton!
Match 1: Randy Orton vs. The Miz
Lock up to start and Randy turns it into a side headlock. he hits the ropes and shoulder blocks Miz down. Another lock up but Miz takes over this time with some rights and lefts until ssending Orton to the corner and throwing the south paws! Orton turns it around with some rights of his own then hits a nice looking upperrcut. Miz reverses a whip but Orton hits a clothesline then stomps the appendages of Miz. Miz is up and Orton hits a suplex. Miz sends Miz to the ropes and Miz comes back with a kick then a weak bigh boot. Miz with some stomps then drives a knee to the back of Orton and kicks Orton in the head before pinning for 1...2..NO! Miz with the rear naked choke. Orotn fights out with some rights and goes for a high one, but Miz with a backbreaker, neckbreaker combo and a pin for 1...2..NO! Miz with another choke hold from behind. Orton is able to stand and back suplex out of it. Miz rushes towards Orton, right into a clothesline, another, scoop slam! Orton sends Miz to the apron...he's looking for the DDT, but Miz sends Orton flying over the ropes! The reg starts the count as Miz goes out of the ring and runs....RIGHT into a scoop slam on the outside!!!
Wade Barrett's music hits and he comes down the ramp as Orton is about to send The Miz in the ring. The ref is at 7. Orton decides to chase Wade Barrett up the ramp allowing the ref to hit 10 and give The Miz the opportunity to face Cena at TLC.
Winner: The Miz (**1/2)
The match was a "going through the motions" type of match. Very simple and very formulaic. I liked... (Continues on next page)