Airdate: Monday, January 2nd, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Results by Tony Acero of 411
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
After a nice little recap of the Kane and Cena interaction last week, we start the show with the No Hate man hisself, John Cena. No shirt tear this week as it appears this shirt is safe for tonight. Cena on the mic. He claims that the year may not have ended the way that he wanted, but it is a new day and a new year so he'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The You Suck chants start low then gain some traction, but not too much. Cena claims that the new year is typically a time for resolution and John Cena is going to make some changes in 2012. First, he's going to start wearing less underwear...oooook. Second resolution, his father is banned from WWE television. Third and most important, he's going to slap the face off of The Rock and win the biggest match in the history of the WWE. One thing that will not change, however, is the fact that he will remain who he is and his convictions will remain true. Words like Hustle, Loyalty and Respect do not fall to pieces because someone throws fire in ones face. He says last week, he was a bit emotional, but that wasn't towards any of us. He says that everyone has paid to be here and he cannot judge what we want to say and how we want to say it... Cena is disappointed in Kane because he cannot settle the issue with Cena the way they should, with a match. Cena is boring me. We've heard this before. He loves us, bla bla bla. He will continue to enjoy any emotional response that he gets and he will start this year by thanking all of us. Here's Kane!
We only hear the voice of one Sir Kane. He claims that Cena will embrace the hate and witness the true power of it, tonight. Kane then giggles more than a Tickle Me Elmo with his button sutck and the fire explodes from the turnbuckles.
As they advertise the WWE Championship match, a small clip of the boy and girl plays and it says "It Ends Tonight."
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes
Back from commercial and out comes the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Out next comes his opponent, the WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes.
The bell rings and they go at it. Cody slams Bryan on his shoulder and stomps. Cody throws Bryan by his shoulder into the corner and covers for a 2 count. Cody continues working on Bryan’s arm and keeps him on the mat. Bryan blocks a shot in the corner fights back with right hands. Bryan ducks a clothesline and drops Cody with a forearm. Bryan with kicks now. Cody hits the drop down right hand. Bryan counters again and tosses Cody to the floor. Bryan leaps off the apron and barely connects. Bryan rolls Cody in the ring and climbs up top. Cody moves but Bryan lands on his feet. Cody drops Bryan’s face on the turnbuckle and hits Beautiful Disaster for a 2 count.
Cody drops Bryan on his face again. Cody goes for another suplex but Bryan turns it into a roll-up for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
- After the match, Bryan celebrates with the fans and takes the celebration up the ramp, shouting “YES” the whole way. We see a clip from last week when R-Truth returned and attacked The Miz.
- John Laurinaitis is backstage when The Miz walks in. Laurinaitis doesn’t agree with what R-Truth did last week and calls it unprofessional. Miz wants action taken against Truth. Laurinaitis shows Miz footage on his TV from two months ago when Miz turned on Truth. Laurinaitis says it’s obvious Miz is scared. Laurinaitis promises to have some people look out for Truth, especially during Miz’s match against Sheamus tonight. Miz says he’s going to be a sitting duck out there and leaves. Miz walks through the back and after he walks away, R-Truth steps out of the shadows. Truth flaps his arms like a duck and quacks as we go to commercial.
We get a recap of Barrett and Orton fighting in the elevator as well as the end of the match before showing the end result of Orton falling down the stairs. Barrett on the mic with a big ol grin. He says that he didn't want to come out and wish anyone a Happy New Year, because he doesn't care about their new year or old year. However, for him personally, it's already been a fantastic 2012 because it is completely devoid of Randy Orton. Yes, he tossed him down a flight of stairs, but it was either him or Wade. Orton is now in his past and he is looking to the future, looking forward to winning the Royal Rumble. He is looking forward to main eventing Wrestlemania. There's no other person that can deny he is----
Barrett is cut off by Santino. Pop Quiz, hot shot...in last years Royal Rumble match, who lasted longer? Santino or Wade? Times up, it was Santino. And just like this year, the barrage is going to get runneded over by the Santino Marella choo choo train! He choo choos to his corner and gets ready for his match.
Match 2: Wade Barrett vs. Santino
Wade with some left hooks to the face of Santino. Santino goes for a hit but Wade deflects and looks to hit, only for Santino to drop down in the splits. Wade notices, though, and drops Santon with a kick. He sends Santino to the corner then stomps him before going for a press but Santino moves. Santino calls for the Cobra but Wade hits a mule kick then sends Santino to the corner, chest first. Boss Man Slam that Wade is now calling the Winds of Change and a pin for the 1...2...3!!
Winner: Wade Barrett (*1/2)
Really not much to go off of here, it was a match with Santino. Good way to keep Wade in the eyes of the fans, though.
In the back, the Bellas are arguing in front of The Miz. Miz interrupts them and asks if they have seen R-Truth. They say no, they haven't, but they saw Little Jimmy. Miz says he is glad Alberto got hurt then walks off. He hears something around a corner then stops and continues walking. Truth... (Continues on next page)