Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, December 12th, 2016
Location: The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW opening hits.
We go live where Big E addresses everyone loudly in Philadelphia. WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day head to the ring to open the show tonight.
Michael Cole notes that New Day has the chance to match a record set by Demolition tonight as the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history at Midnight.
Big E says tonight “we join the immortals.” Kofi Kingston adds says tonight they have the chance to break a record that has stood for over 25 years. Xavier Woods says tonight they have the chance to propel themselves and propel anyone who has worn a New Day t-shirt. Woods dedicates this match to his late Grandma. He adds the last thing that stands in the way is one last triple threat tag team match. Woods asks what that even means. He said New Day is already referred to as a triple threat. Kingston wants to make history right now. Big E leads a loud “NEW DAY ROCKS” chant in Philadelphia.
We see a shot backstage of a celebration being prepared for New Day as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson head to the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro are out next. Michael Cole reminds us that New Day has held the tag team championships in WWE for 478 days.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
Triple Threat Match
The New Day (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
We start with Kofi Kingston and Cesaro. Lock up and Kofi attempts a head scissors takedown. Cesaro with a counter. Kofi with a high cross body for a two count. Cesaro uses his strength to power lift Kofi up and back down in a vertical suplex for a two count. Tag to Sheamus who launches Cesaro into Kofi with an uppercut. Sheamus with a shot on Kofi in the corner, goes up to the top turnbuckle and catches Kofi with an axe handle shot for a two count. Sheamus with an uppercut. Kofi fires back with a dropkick and tags in Big E. Big E with a shoulder charge to Sheamus in the corner. Tag back to Kofi who hits the ropes and kicks Sheamus in the face. Sheamus with a high knee to Kofi. Kofi with a jawbreaker combo. Karl Anderson tags himself in and levels Kofi with a quick clothesline. Quick tag to Luke Gallows who splashes Kofi in the corner and Anderson follows it up with a kick. Gallows with a big boot to Kofi for a two count as we head to a commercial break.
We return live with Anderson keeping Kofi down in a side headlock. Kofi with elbows. Anderson fires back with an elbow after Kofi comes off the ropes. Tag to Gallows who headbutts the back of Kofi and follows it up with another big boot. Quick tag back to Anderson who drops Kofi down with a backbreaker and Gallows drops an elbow. Big E breaks up a pinfall attempt. Gallows with a big boot to Big E and drops him in a back suplex with help from Anderson. Gallows knocks Cesaro off the ring apron and Kofi drops Gallows with a spinning missile dropkick off the second rope. Sheamus tags himself in and goes after Gallows and Kofi. Sheamus and Gallows are the legal men as Sheamus takes out Kofi again. Sheamus with forearm shots to the chest of Gallows against the ropes. Sheamus with a shot to Anderson when he gets in. Sheamus plants Gallows with a quick scoop slam and Big E breaks up the pinfall attempt. Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker on Big E. Gallows with a kick to the face of Sheamus and Anderson gets the tag. Gallows has Sheamus up and Anderson connects with a boot to the face. Cesaro breaks up the pinfall. Hot tag to Cesaro who levels Anderson and Gallows. Cesaro with a springboard spinning corkscrew uppercut on Anderson. Swiss-1-9 on Anderson and Cesaro with tons of shots on New Day at ringside including a stomp over Big E. Cesaro with a high cross body off the top turnbuckle on Anderson for a very close two count! Cesaro Swing on Anderson and then drops him at 8 locking on the Sharpshooter. Sheamus is clearing the ring, but Big E dumps him out. Big E tries to break up the Sharpshooter, but Cesaro counters and clotheslines him over the top rope. Tag to Sheamus. Cesaro has Anderson up and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick. Trouble in Paradise by Kofi on Sheamus and he hooks the leg to escape with the win!
Winners and still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
After the match, The New Day celebrate at ringside with the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles. They are officially the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history!
Seth Rollins will host his own show The Rollins Report with Kevin Owens tonight.
The WWE Network has officially surpassed 7,000 hours of original content.
Rusev and Lana will be sharing some footage with us later tonight.
Backstage, Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the celebration room when The New Day arrive. Kofi Kingston hugs Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie pushes Foley aside and gives a toast to the longest reigning tag team champions. They bust open a champaign bottle and it gets in the eyes of Stephanie. She tosses a big cereal bowl up in the air and leaves. WWE shows Byron Saxton snickering at commentary.
Footage from three weeks ago is shown of Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn and Mick Foley stopping the match. We see footage from two weeks ago where Foley expained himself and Zayn called him a hypocrite. Tweets from Zayn is shown on screen who is still demainding he get a match with Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman is in action next.
Backstage, we see Stephanie being handed a towel and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens walks up thinking someone should teach The New Day a lesson. Stephanie says he is kind of cold and wants to know what he wants. Owens has an idea and wants to run it by her. Stephanie is going to get cleaned up and tells Owens to sit tight.
Braun Strowman vs. Curtis Axel
Axel with right hands early and Strowman launches him across the ring. Strowman with a splash on Axel in the corner. Strowman with a huge forearm to the chest of Axel knocking him to the mat. Strowman has Axel up on his shoulders attempting a torture rack. Axel fights out, catches Strowman with a boot in the corner and then kicks him away with a dropkick as well. Strowman catches Axel when he jumps off the second rope. Strowman lifts Axel up and slams him back down face first. Strowman gets the pinfall.