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WWE Raw Results: New Champions, Debuts, Returns, Major Announcement

December 29, 2014
Verizon Center
Washington, D.C

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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show: 

Byron Saxton, Booker T, and Alex Riley hosted the show from the studio in Stamford, Connecticut. They hyped Edge & Christian as guest hosts of Raw. Riley played up the possibility of John Cena winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the 16th time at the Royal Rumble. He said Cena would be “the greatest ever” if he wins the title “without argument.” Booker T said Brock Lesnar strikes fear in the heart of the WWE locker room as well as UFC. Booker said he’s seen rumors on Twitter of Brock facing Fedor. Yes, Booker really went there. The hosts discussed Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose, who are both advertised for the live event that is taking place at the same time that Raw airs.

The Miz and Mizdow vs. The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship was announced for Raw. Renee Young interviewed the Usos backstage at Raw. Booker said the duo looked nervous. Daniel Bryan’s Raw segment was teased. Alex Riley took that Daniel Bryan is probably finished wrestling based on his cryptic tweet. Booker T spoke of how he hopes for the best for Bryan and his family going forward. The fact that Riley was so blunt about this potentially being the end of Bryan’s career has me optimistic that we’ll hear positive news on Raw. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins was added to the Raw lineup. The hosts made their worthless bold predictions to close out the show.

WWE Monday Night Raw: 

 First In-Ring Segment: 

Tony Chimel introduces Edge like only he can and out Edge comes with Christian. Christian talks about being excited to be on the final RAW of 2014. He says they should send RAW off with a big bang and do it E&C style. Edge likes the sound of that. Christian has a special edition of The Peep Show planned for later tonight. Edge interrupts and thinks it should be The Cutting Edge. They joke back and forth before deciding on the first-ever Cutting Edge Peep Show. Their guest will be Seth Rollins. They hype Rollins vs. Roman Reignsfor tonight. Christian announces Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Champion vs. Champion match. Christian gets a big pop when he mentions Daniel Bryan and a “yes!” chant breaks out. Edge says Bryan will be here to address his future later on. Edge and Christian go to do a 5 Second Pose but the music interrupts and out comes WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman.

Heyman and Lesnar hit the ring. Heyman praises Lesnar and runs down Edge and Christian, saying how it won’t take much to cripple Edge and Christian. Heyman is interrupted by John Cena’s music and out he comes to a pop. Cena and Heyman stand while Lesnar looks on from the corner. Fans do dueling chants for Cena. Cena says the only reason he doesn’t knock Lesnar clean into 2015 is so Lesnar doesn’t have an excuse at the Royal Rumble. Cena says his New Year’s Resolution is to take the title off Lesnar’s shoulder. Cena grabs Heyman and Lesnar charges but Cena scoops Lesnar for the Attitude Adjustment. They struggle and Lesnar escapes, retreating to the floor with Heyman. Cena readies for a fight as Heyman and Lesnar look on from ringside. Lesnar raises the title as fans boo. Cena’s music hits as Lesnar and Heyman head to the back. Cena celebrates, then follows and we go to commercial.

First Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev w/Lana 

Rusev backs Ziggler into the corner and he kicks and punches him. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with shoulders in the corner. Rusev with a kick to Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with a back elbow and Ziggler is down. Rusev with elbow drops to Ziggler and he gets a near fall. Rusev with a chin lock and the arm trapped. Ziggler gets back to his feet and he hits a jawbreaker to get out of the hold. Ziggler with an uppercut and he tries for the hesitation DDT but Rusev pushes him away. Ziggler with a drop kick and hesitation DDT for a near fall. Back from the break and Rusev is dominating Ziggler. Rusev keeps Ziggler grounded now. Ziggler fights up and out but a jawbreaker doesn’t stop Rusev. Ziggler keeps fighting back and goes to the top for a crossbody but Rusev catches him. Rusev tosses Ziggler but he lands on his feet. Rusev runs into an elbow. Ziggler nails a missile dropkick and Rusev goes down. Ziggler mounts Rusev but gets tossed across the ring, twice. Ziggler ducks a kick and nails the Fame-asser for a two count.

They get up and Rusev hits Ziggler in the throat. Ziggler lands on his feet from a counter. Rusev catches a superkick but misses a splash in the corner. Ziggler nails a superkick for another close two count. Rusev blocks the Zig Zag. Rusev with another counter. Rusev kicks Ziggler’s knee out and throws him shoulder first into the ring post. Rusev stomps away in the corner. The referee tries to get him to back off and has to call for the disqualification. After the bell, Ziggler is laid out and Rusev is wide open. Rusev applies The Accolade with Ziggler on the bottom rope. Referees hit the ring but can’t get Rusev off Ziggler. Ryback’s music hits and he runs down to a big pop. Rusev meets him and gets decked. Ryback nails a Meathook clothesline and Rusev retreats. A big “feed me more” chant starts as Rusev stumbles with the Russian flag. Ryback’s music hits as he helps Ziggler up and Rusev looks on with Lana.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by DQ 

Ryback Promo: 

Ryback said there’s been a misunderstanding between him and the fans ever since he debuted as Ryback. He recalled going to his first WWE live event and being a guest bell ringer when he was 12 years-old in Las Vegas. He said that’s when he decided he wanted to be a wrestler. Ryback set up footage of him being eliminated from Tough Enough when he went by his real name Ryan Reeves. Ryback said he fell into a deep depression after being eliminated and didn’t talk to his family for nearly a year. He spoke about living in Kentucky and having nothing more than wrestling DVDs to remind him.

Ryback said he read a book called “The Secret” that was all about positivity. He said he got his mind right and was re-signed by WWE. Ryback set up footage of when he was a member of The Nexus and they attacked John Cena. Ryback showed off the scar on his left knee from “two bad surgeries.” He said he was told he would never wrestle again, yet he returned to WWE. A brief Ryback video was shown. “So here I stand today,” Ryback said. “And that brings me to you, Rusev.” He said it’s not a USA vs. Russia thing, it’s one big guy kicking another big guy’s ass thing. He said he eats negativity and says Feed Me More.

Second Match: Natalya w/Tyson Kidd vs. Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella

Nikki takes Natalya down first and unloads. Natalya fights back and sends Nikki to the apron, in front of Kidd. Nikki gets knocked off and lands in Kidd’s arms. Natalya sees this and gets upset. She goes after Nikki at ringside and brings her back in the ring. Brie runs over and has words with Kidd. Nikki takes advantage of the distraction and hits the Rack Attack for the win.

Winner: Nikki Bella 

Naomi & The Miz Backstage Segment: 

The Miz and Damien Sandow are backstage talking. Naomi walks up and hugs The Miz. She thanks him. He asks for what and she wants to talk in private. Miz asks Sandow to leave and he does. Naomi says she called a producer and thanks to Miz, the producer wants to meet with Naomi to discuss future projects. Naomi says Miz took a lot of crap, especially from Jimmy Uso, to get her the shot and she really appreciates it. She wishes him good luck tonight and walks off.

Third Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match 
The Miz & Damien Mizdow (c) vs. The Usos

Miz and Jimmy start things off and Miz goes into the ropes to avoids Jimmy’s wrath. They try to lock up and Miz goes into the ropes again. Miz with kicks and punches out of the corner and the referee warns him. We see Naomi watching in the back on the only monitor in the back. Jimmy with an uppercut and slam for a near fall. Jimmy with a side head lock but Miz with a reversal. Miz with a shoulder tackle but Jimmy with a back elbow and he tags in Jey. Jey with a running forearm into the corner and he gets a near fall. Miz with a jawbreaker. Miz sends Jey into the turnbuckles but Jey sends Miz into the turnbuckles. Miz with an Irish whip and Jey floats over and he connects with an uppercut. Jimmy tags in and they hit a double back elbow and double elbow drop for a near fall. Jimmy with a chop. Jey tags back in and they hit a double atomic drop. Sandow goes to the turnbuckles and he give himself an atomic drop. Jey with a clothesline and Miz goes over the top rope to the floor. Sandow falls to the floor and then Jey tries for a plancha but Miz drops him on the top rope and Miz with a boot for a near fall.

We are back and Miz with a front face lock and forearms to Jey. Miz teases tagging in Sandow but he refuses. Jey misses an enzuigiri but Jey kicks him away and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with clothesline followed by a thrust kick and uppercut. Jimmy with a Samoan drop and then he sends Sandow over the top when Sandow makes a cameo. Jimmy with a rollup for a near fall. Jimmy with an enzuigiri and Miz goes to the floor. Jimmy with a plancha onto Miz. Miz with a kick to the knee and a DDT for a near fall. Miz with a knee to the hamstring and then he tries for a figure four leg lock but Jimmy kicks him away. Jimmy with an uppercut and he goes up for a corkscrew senton for a near fall. Miz blocks a super kick and he applies the figure four leg lock. Jimmy tries to get to the ropes and he stretches but he cannot get there at first, but he finally gets there.

Miz releases the hold and he goes for another figure four leg lock but Jimmy rolls through and he puts Miz in a modified Boston Crab and Sandow makes the save. He sends Jey to the floor. Jimmy with a super kick to Sandow when Miz puts him in the way. Miz with a rollup for a near fall. Jimmy with a super kick and he tags in Jey but Jey with a superfly splash onto Miz’ knees. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale but Jey kicks out. Miz with punches to Jey and he sets for another Skull Crushing Finale but Jey with elbows. Jimmy makes the tag and Jimmy with a super kick followed by a double super kick. Jimmy goes up top and hits the Superfly Splash for the three count. After the match, Naomi comes to the ring to celebrate with her husband and brother in law. Jerry Lawler comes into the ring to interview the new champions. He asks them how does it feel to end 2014 as the tag team champions. Jey says it is a great thing. 2014 was the Year of the Usos. Jey invites Jerry to the party. Jerry asks Jimmy about being on the same page as his wife. He has his brother on the same page. He is always on the same page as his wife. They played the Miz and it feels damn good.

Winner: New WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos 

Cesaro Promo: 

Cesaro is sitting down in the corner as his music plays. He says 2014 should have been his year. He brings up winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. Cesaro says WWE decision makers are now telling him he doesn’t connect. Cesaro says that’s right, he delivers, not connects. He delivers every time he steps in the ring. Cesaro says he doesn’t care about connecting with any of the fans. He doesn’t care about the pageantry, the pyro, the fancy entrances. All he cares about is what he does every time he steps into the ring. He says there’s nobody in WWE who can hold a candle to what he does when he steps inside the ropes. Cesaro says if anyone thinks they can, come out and try him. Bad News Barrett’s music hits and makes his WWE return.

Fourth Match: Cesaro vs. Bad News Barrett 

Barrett enters the ring and Cesaro goes to work on him. Cesaro takes it to the corner but Barrett comes out with a big slam. Fans chant for “BNB” as he works Cesaro over. Cesaro ends up out on the floor. Barrett follows and Cesaro drops him on the barrier. Cesaro with a big uppercut on the floor. They come back in and Cesaro comes flying off the top for a two count. Cesaro works on the shoulder now. Cesaro keeps control until Barrett hits a mule kick. Barrett drops Cesaro with a shot to the head for a two count. Barrett goes for the pumphandle slam but it’s countered. Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing and applies a single-leg crab. Barrett makes it to the bottom rope. Cesaro pulls him back but Barrett hits a cheap shot. Barrett nails the Bullhammer elbow for the win.

Winner: Bad News Barrett 

Luke Harper Backstage Segment: 

Luke Harper is backstage area. He says he’s a product of our environment even though we shun him. He says he’s a nightmare come to life. Harper wishes us sweet dreams.

Fifth Match: Jack Swagger vs. Luke Harper 

Swagger backs Harper into the corner. Swagger with a side head lock but Harper pushes Swagger away. They lock up and Swagger with a waist lock but Harper with an elbow and chops in the corner. Harper with a punch to Swagger and he rakes at the face. Swagger punches Harper but Harper with an uppercut and a reverse chin lock. Harper walks across Swagger’s back. Harper with an Irish whip but Swagger with a clothesline followed by a clothesline into the corner. Harper with a drop kick for a near fall. Harper with a palm thrust to the chest followed by a punch. Harper with a front face lock but Swagger gets to his feet. Harper with a European uppercut but Swagger sends Harper over the top rope to the floor. Swagger with a clothesline to Harper on the floor. We go to commercial.

We are back and Harper with a reverse chin lock. We see Harper sending Swagger into the ring steps during the commercial break. Harper with a boot to Swagger’s head for a near fall. Harper slingshots Swagger throat first into the middle rope and he gets a near fall. Harper with the Gator Roll into a side head lock. Harper with a rake of the face to keep Swagger from getting out of the chin lock. Swagger with a boot to the head and a running knee into the corner. Swagger with a clothesline for a near fall. Swagger sets for the Swagger Bomb but he sees Harper get up so he dives at the knee and takes Harper down. Swagger with a belly-to-belly slam and then he tries for the Doctor Bomb but Harper with an elbow. Harper tries for a piledriver but Swagger escapes and Swagger grabs the ankle but Harper kicks Swagger away and Harper with a super kick for a near fall. Harper goes for a Saito suplex but Swagger with elbows and he applies the ankle lock. Harper gets to the ropes and the referee pulls Swagger off Harper. Harper kicks Swagger in the face on a Swagger Bomb counter and then he hits the discus lariat for the three count.

Winner: Luke Harper 

John Cena & Edge Backstage Segment: 

Cena is backstage with Edge and Christian talking about old times. They’re reminded of some of the bad times but Cena gives Edge big props for being one of the decent human beings in this business. They hug and Cena tells Edge to be careful out there tonight.

Sixth Match: Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins 

They lock up and Reigns drops Rollins with a shoulder. Rollins goes to the floor to regroup with The Stooges as a “you sold out” chant starts up. Show is threatening to knock Cole out on commentary. Rollins comes back in and works Reigns over. Reigns drop him with an elbow. Rollins goes to the apron but Reigns tosses him over the top rope. Reigns works on the arm now. They end up on the floor and come back in. Reigns fights back and sends Rollins flying out of the ring. Reigns brings it back in and drops Rollins. Reigns goes to the floor and hits the running apron dropkick. The Stooges distract Reigns and Rollins knocks him to the floor. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Rollins is in control of Reigns. Reigns fights out but Rollins kicks him and goes for a suplex. Reign blocks and goes for one of his own but it’s countered. Rollins takes the leg out and drops Reigns for a two count. Rollins with more offense as Show praises him on commentary. Rollins keeps Reigns grounded with a headlock now. Reigns fights out again but Rollins drops him for another pin attempt. Rollins keeps Reigns down with another headlock now. This turns into a sleeper hold but Reigns rams Rollins back into the corner a few times to break it. Reigns runs in but Rollins drops him in the corner. Rollins runs and hits a big splash. Reigns comes right back with a big tilt-a-whirl slam and the crowd pops. They both get up and trade shots. Reigns comes back with a big punch off the ropes. Reigns with a counter and a back drop for a two count. Reigns keeps control but Rollins lands on his feet and hits a big kick to the head for a two count. Rollins with another big kick for a two count. Reigns blocks a Curb Stomp.

They run the ropes. Rollins ends up on the apron with another counter. Rollins comes off the top but lands on his feet. Reigns nails a Superman punch to a big pop. Reigns readies for a spear but Big Show pulls him out of the ring for the disqualification. After the bell, Show nails Reigns with punches and throws him across the announce table through the air. Show dumps the whole table over on Reigns and it appears his leg may have been hurt as it was pinned under the table and equipment. Show walks to the back as trainers and officials turn the table over and check on Reigns. We go to commercial. After the bell, Show nails Reigns with punches and throws him across the announce table through the air. Show dumps the whole table over on Reigns and it appears his leg may have been hurt as it was pinned under the table and equipment. Show walks to the back as trainers and officials turn the table over and check on Reigns. We go to commercial.

Winner: Roman Reigns by DQ 

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt in a Ambulance Match next week on Raw.

Tommorow night on WWE Main Event Santino Marella will have a New Year’s Party.

Daniel Bryan Segment: 

Daniel says that it is an honor to be on the last Raw of 2014. It is always an honor to be in this ring. Who would have thought that a little kid from Aberdeen, Washington who was always labeled a B+ player could have main evented Wrestlemania. Nobody, except you guys. Thanks to the fans, he got to beat Randy Orton, Triple H, and Batista in one night to win the WWE Championship. That opportunity was given to him by you guys. Five days after Wrestlemania, he married the woman of his dreams and that was the best week of his life. Everything changed. Two days after he got home from his honeymoon, his dad died. He wasn’t there for his dad. A month later, he had a career changing injury that required surgery. The doctors didn’t know what to do. All he could do is sit at home and watch.

Being in front of you is all that can take the pain away. This is what he loved and what he dreamed about. All he wanted to do was perform in front of you. There isn’t anyone who cheered louder than he did when Dolph Ziggler pinned Seth Rollins to send the Authority out of power. It hurt because he couldn’t be there for that. The doctors didn’t have any answers. Bryan says that he talked to Edge as well. You get to the point where you have to make the decision about whether all of this is worth it or not. Because you have supported him his entire career, he made a special request to make this announcement in front of everyone. Is his career over? NO That is not the announcement he came to make. He is ready to fight and to compete. Will I be in the 2015 Royal Rumble? YES

Edge, Christian, Miz and Mizdow Backstage Segment: 

Edge and Christian have their kazoos and Miz and Damien Sandow stop by. Christian asks if they are sad that they aren’t playing his music. Christian obliges. Miz says that maybe he should set up a meeting with his agent. Edge brings out his stunt double. Miz says that he is not in the mood for that. Miz demands a rematch for his tag titles tonight. Since they are demanding a match, they will get their match, but it is not for the Tag Titles, it isn’t against the Usos . . . and it is next. Sandow has something not to say to Edge’s stunt double.

Seventh Match: The Ascension vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow 

Konnor starts off and attacks Sandow as he comes in. Konnor beats him down and tags in Viktor for some double team shoulders. Viktor stomps away but runs into a boot in the corner. Sandow with a clothesline. Sandow hits Konnor on the apron but it does nothing. Sandow turns around to a big shot from Viktor. Konnor tags in and knocks Miz off the apron. They nail Fall of Man on Sandow for the win.

Winner: The Ascension 

Seth Rollins Interview: 

Renee Young catches up with Seth Rollins backstage to ask about the invite to John Cena for The Cutting Edge Peep Show. Rollins confirms and extends an invite to Brock Lesnar.

On this week’s SmackDown Bray Wyatt & Dean Ambrose will be on the “Cutting Edge Peep Show”

Cutting Edge Peep Segment:

Edge asks if you can smell something. Christian says it is the show and it totally reeks . . . of Awesomeness. Christian welcomes everyone to the first Cutting Edge Peep Show. They go through all of the different names for Seth Rollins including General Zod 2000 and the Walking Pile of Suck. Seth comes to the ring with Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble, his briefcase, some champagne, and glasses. Christian asks about the champagne. Did the geek squad get their computers fixed. Seth says that it is an honor for him to be on the first ever Cutting Edge Peep Show. Seth says that this is special for him because Edge and Christian are heroes to him. The matches they had with the Dudleys and Hardys. If not for them, Seth says he might not even be in the ring today.

Edge says that he appreciates what Seth said but he doesn’t believe him and calls Seth condescending. Christian agrees and says it is lame. Seth says that the end of the year is for introspection. Who had a better year than him? He masterminded the Shield, he destroyed the Shield, he won Money in the Bank, he is the standard bearer in the WWE, and is now the future of Sports Entertainment. Seth says he also won a Slammy for ‘You Sold Out’. Edge and Christian go through people who had better years than Seth and mentions John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Sting, and Slick.  Seth says it has been difficult since Survivor Series. He has been focusing on the negative and he has been a party pooper. He doesn’t want to be that guy any more. In 2015, that Seth Rollins is gone. Seth says he wants this celebration for a new Seth Rollins. He needs somebody who sees the value in personal evaluation at the end of the year. Seth wants to bring out his good friend, the Big Show. Big Show comes to the ring and Seth introduces him.

Seth says ‘New Year . . . New Us.’ There is one other guy he wants to come out for this toast. A man who made him see the error in his ways. He brings out John Cena, but John. Edge says that Seth is failing miserably because he doesn’t have any charisma. Seth says that he doesn’t need to be Edge because he is better than you. Edge says Seth couldn’t be better than him even if he had a Live Sex Celebration with the Big Goiter. Seth says that he didn’t want John to come out here to propose a toast for 2015. Seth says that he wants something from John. Seth says that he didn’t want it to come to this, but if you aren’t going to come out here, then you are forcing his hand. In turn, it leaves him no choice but to force John’s.

Seth hits Christian with the briefcase and then Edge pushes Seth. Noble, Mercury, Show, and Rollins surround Edge. Show grabs Edge by the throat and then puts Edge’s face on top of the briefcase. Seth wants John to come out because he thought John respected Edge. He says that he will paralyze Edge if he has to. John Cena comes out to the ring but he stops short of the ring. Seth tells John to give it to him or he will break Edge’s neck. Cena thinks about it and he gets closer to the ring but Seth tells him to take a step back. He reminds John this is a husband and a father. He has a little kid at home. If you want him to ever play with that child and hold him in his hands, you will give him what he wants. Seth tells John if you don’t believe him, you can test the waters. You are Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. He says that Edge wishes John would save him right now. Seth wants John to bring the Authority back or he will paralyze this man and it will be on your conscience forever. Seth dares John to test him, but he doesn’t want John to take another step. John tells Seth to stop. John tells Seth okay and Seth wants Jamie to hold a mic for Cena. John says that he will bring back the Authority. Seth celebrates getting the Authority back. He says what a way to end the year. He says you know him better and he is going to kill him anyway. Cena with a spear to Rollins but it is too much in the ring and they stop Cena. Show with a knock out punch to Cena. Rollins with a curb stomp to Cena. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar join Show, Rollins, Noble, and Mercury on the stage. Heyman and Rollins shake hands. The music for the Authority plays and Stephanie McMahon and Triple H come from the back with their champagne.

Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 98/100 A+

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