WWE Monday Night Raw Spoilers For Monday December 23, 2013

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The WWE held the Monday Night Raw tapings in Austin, Texas. The show will air on Monday night on USA starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

- JBL and Michael Cole come out for commentary. No Jerry Lawler.
- The Authority kicks off RAW and hands out Santa Claus hats to the crowd. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way out and is given the night off.
- The first match is a 12 Divas Jingle Bells match with Eva Marie, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Cameron and Naomi vs. Aksana, AJ Lee, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka and one other Diva. Natalya gets the win for her team with a Sharpshooter on Aksana.
- Sin Cara defeated Curtis Axel.
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Wyatt Family is up next. Bryan is crazy over tonight. The Wyatts dominated most of the match until Cody got a hot tag. Goldust comes back in and The Wyatts take turn beating him up. Bryan gets a hot tag and clears the ring. “This is awesome” chants start as Bryan kicks Rowan. They go on and all hell breaks loose. Bray hit Sister Abigail on Cody for the win. After the match, The Wyatts beat up Bryan some more and the lights go out.
- Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are out with no Heath Slater. Santino Marella and The Great Khali are out next followed by Xavier Woods and R-Truth. Renee Young is in the ring to host a Christmas Carol contest. Cameron and Naomi are with Truth and Woods. This segment was described as crap. Crowd noise picks the winners. Khali and Santino get the win.
- Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next in a “Present on a Pole” match. The winner will get an Intercontinental Title shot on the New Year’s Eve RAW. Fandango gets the win and is the new #1 contender.
- Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. The Usos is up next. Darren Young botched his pre-match promo and said we were in Houston. Fans ate him up. A “this is Austin” and “Houston sucks” chant starts up. The Usos end up getting the win.
- “Bad Santa” Damien Sandow vs. “Good Santa” Mark Henry in a Battle for Christmas is up next. Christmas trees and presents are put around the ring before the match. Sandow comes out with some Sinister Santa music. They actually wrestle as Santa. They open a present in the ring and it’s a toilet, before fighting up the ramp. Sandow tears up some of the set and takes out a Christmas tree. Henry gets the win and saves Christmas.
- Los Matadores defeat Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
- Ryback beat Kofi Kingston.
- Backstage segment with CM Punk and Big E Langston.
- Bad News Barrett comes to ringside for a promo.
- The Shield vs. CM Punk, Big E Langston and John Cena is next. Into the match, Big E gets a hot tag from Punk and destroys The Shield. Langston hits the Big Ending on Dean Ambrose but Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns break the pin up. The referee calls for the bell. The babyfaces clean house and celebrate to end RAW.

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WWE TLC 2013 Reaction: “Fifty Years in the Making”

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Randy Orton Defeats John Cena To Become The WWE World Heavyweight Champion

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In what was announced as the biggest match in the history of the WWE, Randy Orton defeated John Cena to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the TLC pay-per-view.

The match was billed as a tables, ladders and chairs match and the match lived up to the billing as Cena and Orton throughout the match used the weapons that were as advertised. The ending of the match was when Orton was able to handcuff Cena to the bottom rope of the ring. Orton grabbed the ladder and slowly went up the ladder and Cena was able to rip the rope off. Cena was able to go up the ladder and try to stop Orton and was able to land some punches. Orton was able to bounce back and knock Cena off the ladder, who went through the table. After a few moments, Orton unhooked the belts to win the match.

The match ended and then Vince McMahon’s music hit and he came out with The Authority to head to the ring. They entered the ring and clapped for Orton, with Stephanie giving him a hug and receiving a handshake from HHH. The show ended with Orton raising both belts and Cena looking towards him.

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Post WWE TLC 2013 PPV Roundtable

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday December 13, 2013

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Portland, Oregon. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

It’s advertised that Randy Orton will apologize to Triple H tonight.

- Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan via disqualification after Bray Wyatt interfered. Bryan escaped and nailed Bray Wyatt with a knee to the face.
- The Real Americans defeated Goldust and Cody Rhodes in a non-title match.
- There was a Bad News Barrett segment.
- Mark Henry defeated Damien Sandow via countout in a short match after Sandow left the ring. Big E Langston was on commentary.
- AJ Lee & Tamina defeated The Bella Twins. Natalya was on commentary.
- John Cena cut a promo hyping his match with Randy Orton this Sunday at TLC.
- Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated The Usos. Dean Ambrose was on commentary. After the match, CM Punk cut a promo on the titan tron.
- The Big Show (w/ Rey Mysterio) defeated Ryback (w/ Curtis Axel) in a squash match with the chokeslam. After the match, Rey Mysterio hit a 619 on Axel into a WMD from Show.
- There was a Wyatt Family promo.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston was scheduled next, but never took place after The Miz attacked Kofi Kingston and nailed him with the skull crushing finale
- In the main event segment, Randy Orton came out to apologize to Triple H. Triple H came out and accepted his apology, saying he forgave him this once. He then left and that ended the show.

Dark Match:

After the taping ended, John Cena came out and faced Randy Orton in a dark match. Cena defeated Orton via DQ after Orton used a steel chair.

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Results were courtesy of WrestlingInc.com.

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WWE Slammy Awards 2013 Winners

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This year’s WWE Slammy Awards took place last night on Monday Night Raw. The following awards with handed out on the show.

-Fan Participation Award: Daniel Bryan’s “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
-LOL Moment of the Year: The Rock for his Rock Concert.
-Insult of the Year Award: Stephanie McMahon tearing into Big Show.
-Double-Cross of the Year Award: Shawn Michaels for hitting Sweet Chin Music on Daniel Bryan.
-Total Diva Award: The Bella Twins.
-Extreme Moment of the Year Award: C.M. Punk attacking Paul Heyman at Hell in a Cell.
-Match of the Year: The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
-Superstar of the Year: Daniel Bryan.

The rest of the award winners that were announced before Raw, you can see on WWE.com.

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Here are the categories and predictions for each award:

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The WWE presented two pay-per-views in October as Battleground and Hell In A Cell took place. The company released that the two shows combined did 334,000 buys worldwide, but an exact figure for each show hasn’t been released as of this time.

Battleground featured Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship and HIAC featured a third bout between the two, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee inside the cell structure and the return of John Cena. As soon as we get the exact numbers from each show, we will release those numbers to you.

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WWE Raw is Puke But There Will Be One Unified Champion Between John Cena and Randy Orton at TLC

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It is headlined by the Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to crown a Unified Champion between WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.  On Raw, both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon went out of their way to say this is a unification match and one person will leave the show as the champion.

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CM Punk And Daniel Bryan Should Be Wrestling For The Right To Be Called Undisputed Champion

bryan and punkThe last time we saw an undisputed WWE champion was Brock Lesnar after he defeated The Rock at Summerslam 2002 to win the title. Right after that event, due to the brand extension the WWE created the World Heavyweight Championship.

The WWE announced on Monday Night Raw this past week that WWE Champion Randy Orton will battle World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a title vs title match at the TLC pay-per-view on December 15th. As soon as the match was made, people on social media and various wrestling websites were saying the WWE wasn’t stating this was a unification match and there would be a way Orton and Cena would each walk out with a title.

WWE released their weekly Michael Cole and Triple H video interview today. HHH stated that the goal of the match was to have one unified champion coming out of the match and heading into 2014.

Let’s go with what HHH is hoping for and having one unified champion at the end of the TLC event. The question is though, are John Cena and Randy Orton the right guys to have a match to determine this?

A John Cena-Randy Orton unification match in 2008 would have been a dream matchup as they were the two hottest and most over acts in the WWE. Going into ’08, Orton was on a roll as the WWE Champion and Cena made a grand return at the end of the month from a torn pectoral muscle at the Royal Rumble. Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in a very good match and Cena ended up winning the Rumble. Instead of having the match at WrestleMania 24, the match took place at the No Way Out event in February. Cena won the match by disqualification. A triple threat match involving Orton, Cena and HHH took place at WrestleMania 24 with Orton retaining.

Now fast forward to 2013 and both Cena and Orton are champions and no one really cares. Orton comes out to the ring and you could hear a pin drop. When he cuts a promo, you get the same reaction. Cena comes out, gets a moderate reaction, but when he starts talking, the fans don’t buy what he’s saying in a promo and start chanting “boring, boring”.

You watch the opening segment on Raw this past Monday when Orton, HHH and Stephanie are in the ring and the fans are chanting for Daniel Bryan and chanting “YES YES”. Cena came out and at least acknowledged the reaction and that’s what the fans want. But right after Cena did that, he went back to discussing why there should be one unified champion, with the match being made right after that. Fans in the arena weren’t very interested when the announcement was made.

About 90 minutes into the show, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came out for an interview with Renee Young before their match with The Wyatt Family. Both guys by far got the two best reactions of the night. But that has been the case for most of 2013.

Punk started out the year as a heel and then when he came back in June at the Payback pay-per-view, he turned back to a babyface role facing Chris Jericho. Punk then started a feud with Paul Heyman at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view when Heyman cost him a chance to win the MITB briefcase. Punk faced Brock Lesnar at Summerslam and has had a feud with Heyman through the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.

Bryan has been the hottest act in the WWE in 2013. The Washington state native started out the year stuck in a tag team with Kane and then got back into singles starting at the MITB. Bryan then headlined Summerslam winning the WWe championship from John Cena, but after the match HHH pedigreed Bryan, with Orton cashing in his MITB and winning the title at the Hell In A Cell event.

Bryan and Punk teamed at Survivor Series on Sunday and defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. It looks like after Raw on Monday that Bryan will face Brey Wyatt and Punk will be facing Roman Reigns.

Those matches are fine, but do nothing in the grand scheme of things for Bryan and Punk.

The WWE has always gone by the mantra of saying that they listen to the fans and they give the fans what they want. In this instance this isn’t the case whatsoever. You have the two hottest acts in all of wrestling feuding with guys who we aren’t sure are going to even reach a main event level.

The time we should see a unification match should be at Wrestlemania 30 with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan battling out to see who is the best wrestler in the world and the right to be called undisputed champion. Lets give the fans what they really want to see because at the end of the day, it is all about the fans.

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