“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video shows Big E. Langston attacking John Cena last night on Raw. The video also questions AJ’s motives and involvement. We’ll also see fallout from Sheamus and Big Show’s altercation with the giant chair from last night’s Raw. John Cena and Sheamus will face Big Show and Dolph Ziggler in tonight’s main event on this commercial free Smackdown.
Miz TV with guests Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee
Lilian Garcia introduces The Miz to the crowd. Miz welcomes us to the most must see talk show in WWE history. Tonight, we’re commercial free. His guests shocked the world at TLC. They did more damage than Lindsey Lohan in a moving vehicle. They didn’t get a chance to explain last night on Raw, but they’ll explain tonight. Miz then introduces Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Big E. Langston accompanies them, and they walk down to the ring with their arms around their waists. They show footage of Big E. Langston attacking John Cena during his match against Dolph Ziggler.
Miz asks them, “Why?” AJ steals Miz’ “really” shtick, and she says Miz should have John Cena on the show and ask why he toyed with her heart. If he got the answer to that then this would make sense. She lost her job as General Manager of Raw because she wanted to keep John Cena’s name clean. She thought it was all worth it because this happened: they show footage of John Cena kissing her last month. AJ says that was a Slammy Award! She looks like she’s going to cry. She thought that brought them closer together. She thought they would create something together, but she was wrong. John Cena played with her heart and emotions. She wanted to shout his name from the rooftops and even made him gifts. They show footage of John Cena critiquing what he thought were Vickie Guerrero’s attempts at forging gifts, but AJ really did them. He called them pathetic at the time. AJ says John Cena doesn’t care about anything or anyone but himself. She cared about him, and she wanted to support him. This is what he had to say: they then show footage of John Cena convincing AJ not to go out to the ring. The crowd is chanting “AJ’s crazy.” Supposedly Cena was concerned about her, but he was trying to keep her at arm’s length. She was his dirty secret. Cena was supposed to be more different than Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. She loved them, but they used her and threw her away like trash. Cena was supposed to be better than that. John Cena broke her heart, so she helped Dolph Ziggler break John Cena.
Miz calls them “America’s sweethearts.” Miz mentions that Ziggler called AJ trash a few weeks ago, and now he’s onboard the crazy train. Langston stands in front of Miz, and he asks, “Who?” AJ mentions that he is Big E. Langston, and he doesn’t like when people say mean things about her. Miz tells her to skip around the ring while he thinks of an apology. Ziggler calls Miz clueless. AJ isn’t crazy – she’s passionate, and he learned that last night when Langston came into the ring and crushed John Cena. He also learned when she gave him the hottest kiss in the history of Monday Night Raw. John Cena can win the Slammy for Superstar of the Year, but he doesn’t need awards. Not only did he keep his Money in the Bank contract at TLC, when it comes to John Cena, just like his t-shirt says, he stole the show, and his girlfriend.
Miz says he hopes Ziggler can satisfy each of AJ’s personalities. They deserve each other. She’s been with a monster, a goat face, a gimp, Marky Mark, and now she’s with the sixth member of One Direction. Langston blindsides Miz with a clothesline. Langston then picks him up and crushes his ribs with that finisher. All Ziggler had to do was nod his head. Ziggler, AJ, and Langston stand over Miz as AJ says, “Show off.” AJ skips around as her music plays.
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and John “Bradshaw” Layfield talk about what just happened.
Booker T is walking around when he bumps into Teddy Long. Long says there’s a kid that he wants him to take a look at. Brad Maddox introduces himself, and Booker excuses himself. Booker mentions that he’s the kid that screwed Ryback. He also came out during the Slammy. Booker says the kid is creepy. Long says he has a great social media following, and he has a good YouTube show. Booker says he doesn’t trust him. Long asks if Booker is afraid of controversy. Long says the kid has talent, and he’s hungry. Long asks who it could hurt. Booker knows a man needs a second chance. Booker grants the match, and he’ll find out his opponent when he gets out tonight. Booker walks off. Maddox thanks Long and gives a creepy stare as he walks off.
Damien Sandow w/ Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara
Team Rhodes Scholars will take on Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championships tomorrow night on Main Event. Rey Mysterio was supposed to accompany Sin Cara to the ring, but he was nowhere to be found.
Cara wrenches the arm, but Sandow pushes him off. Sandow pushes him to the ropes, but Cara ducks a clothesline. Sandow reverses a whip and avoids the handspring back elbow. Sandow bolted from the ring. He gets back in, and he kicks Cara. Cara reverses a body slam and kicks at him. Cara hits a top rope twisting arm drag. Cara hits a springboard dropkick, and lands on the apron to kick Sandow in the temple. Cara goes for a springboard, but Rhodes pulls him off the ropes to the floor. Sandow throws him in the ring for a two count. Sandow stomps and punches at him. Sandow hits a nice suplex for a one count. Sandow applies a chin lock. Cara fights up, but Sandow keeps him grounded with a side sweep. Sandow misses the Cubito Aequet.
Cara rolls him up for a two count, and Sandow hits a clothesline. Sandow drops an elbow and an axe handle. Sandow pulls him to the apron, pulls down the elbow pad, and elbows him in the throat. Sandow elbows him for a two count. Sandow goes back to the chin lock. Cara fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Cara fights up in the corner and sidesteps a charging Sandow. Cara kicks and punches, but has a whip reversed. Cara comes right back with a springboard back elbow and a hurricanrana. Cara kicks him and scales the ropes for a cross-body for a two count. Cara dropkicks him out of the ring. Rhodes checks on him, and Cara takes them both out with a suicide dive.
Cara gets the fans into it until the camera pans to see The Shield coming to the ring. Roman Reigns throws Rey Mysterio’s mask into the ring, so it appears they attacked him. Sandow turns Cara around and drops him with the neckbreaker for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Damien Sandow
Match Rating: *
The Shield triple teams Sin Cara as the fans boo. Reigns screams in Cara’s face and head-butts him down. Seth Rollins goes to the top rope, and he comes down hard on Cara’s knee. Cara rolls around the mat in pain as Dean Ambrose mocks him. The Shield leaves through the crowd as a doctor comes in the ring to check on Sin Cara.
They show a video to hype Tribute to the Troops, which is tomorrow night at 9 PM ET.
Santino Marella vs. Tensai
They show footage of Santino Marella insulting Tensai at the Slammy Awards last night, including the fact that Tensai fell during their entrance.
They circle the ring, and Santino tries to beg him off. JBL compares Tensai to the Shockmaster. Santino compares their heights before applying a side headlock. Tensai whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Santino fails at a kip up, but he soon powerwalks. Santino tries to body slam him, but he can’t pick him up. Tensai beats him down and talks trash. Tensai throws him into the corner and chops him down. Santino tries to slingshot over him, but Tensai catches him. Santino slides off and attempts a rollup, but he can’t. Santino tries for a body slam, but he falls with Tensai on top for a two count. Tensai head-butts him down and drops an elbow a few times for a two count. Tensai applies a neck vice as the crowd chants “Albert.”
Santino fights out of the move and goes for a running cross-body, but he bounces off him. Tensai talks some more trash before Santino dropkicks him. Tensai uppercuts him down. Santino punches and goes for a hip toss, but he can’t. Santino hits a perfect body slam on him and a falling head-butt. Santino takes the Cobra out, but Tensai blocks it. Tensai applies a sleeper hold, but the Cobra still tries to strike. Tensai releases it, and the Cobra strikes, but nothing really happens. Tensai goes for a Senton, but Santino moves. Santino picks up the win, and he runs to the back.
Winner by Pinfall: Santino Marella
Match Rating: ½ *
Michael Cole mentions that serious knee damage has been done to Sin Cara at the hands of The Shield. They then show footage of Ric Flair presenting Superstar of the Year and the resulting brawl that broke out with The Shield, Ryback, and Team Hell No.
Kofi Kingston congratulates Team Hell No on taking it to The Shield. Kane says it would be helpful if Kingston could grow eyes in the back of his head. They know what they did to Rey Mysterio and they saw what happened to Sin Cara. They may have shortened their careers. Kingston agrees, but he mentions he wants to get his hand on Wade Barrett. Daniel Bryan doesn’t look happy. Bryan asks if Kingston LOL’d more at their therapy sessions than The Rock’s thing. Kingston then mentions that Ric Flair has a great catchphrase, and Bryan loses it.
Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players vs. Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No
Kofi Kingston will start against Titus O’Neil. Kingston is distracted, and O’Neil hits him from behind. O’Neil sends him into the ropes, and Kingston quickly attacks Wade Barrett outside the ring. O’Neil attacks from behind, and he throws Kingston into the ring. Darren Young is tagged in, and Kingston dropkicks him down. Daniel Bryan is tagged in, and he kicks Young in the midsection. Bryan kicks away at him in the corner and screams “No!” Bryan applies the Mexican surfboard stretch, and Young screams in pain. Kane is tagged in, and he dropkicks a prone Young for a near fall. Kane punches him back and kicks away at him. Bryan is tagged back in, and Kane whips him into Young with a dropkick for a near fall. Bryan kicks away at him in the corner. Young quickly comes back with a hotshot into the ropes.
Wade Barrett is tagged in, and he kicks Bryan in the back before stomping away at him. Barrett sends him to the corner and punches away at him. Barrett kicks him in the face and covers for a near fall. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Bryan elbows out. Bryan flips out of a suplex, and Kingston is tagged in. Kingston comes off the top rope with a chop. Kingston hits some chops and a dropkick before hitting a leaping clothesline. Kingston attempts to get the crowd into it as he hits a Boom Drop. The crowd is really not responding here. Young distracts Kingston, and Barrett clotheslines him over the top rope.
O’Neil throws Kingston into the barricade and throws him into the ring for a no count. Apparently he was tagged in. O’Neil applies an abdominal stretch, and Kingston tries to fight out. A random shot of the crowd appears, but nothing happens. A rare production mistake by WWE. Young is tagged in, and he hits Kingston with a back suplex for a near fall. Young applies a chin lock as the announcers try to explain away the mistake. Kingston fights out, but Young sends him to the corner hard. Young applies a neck vice as Cole mentions that Mysterio suffered a severe neck injury. Kingston fights up, but Young hooks the leg to take him down. Barrett is tagged in, and he knees away at Kingston before hitting a clothesline for a near fall. Cole says Mysterio and Cara are being rushed to the hospital. Young is tagged back in, and he punches away at Kingston. Young puts him on the top rope, but Kingston fights him away. Kingston hits a leaping DDT.
Kane and O’Neil are tagged in. Kane hits a shoulder block and a back elbow. Kane uppercuts him and clotheslines him in the corner. Kane sidesteps a corner clothesline, hits one of his own, and hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope, and he punches Young down. O’Neil ducks a flying lariat, and he drops Kane with a sit-out spinebuster. Bryan breaks up the pinfall. Barrett throws Bryan out of the ring, and he sidesteps a leaping Kingston. Barrett sends him shoulder first into the ring post. Kane clotheslines Barrett, and O’Neil attacks him from behind. Young is tagged in as O’Neil is pulled out of the ring. Bryan applies the No! Lock on the outside, and Kane hits a Chokeslam on Young for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No
Match Rating: * ½
Team Hell No doesn’t celebrate too much as they begin to look around for a possible Shield attack. It doesn’t happen.
A WWEShop.com promo airs.
John Cena is backstage with Sheamus. Sheamus is trying to tell him a story, but Cena doesn’t get it. Cena says they need to focus. Big E. Langston may be stronger than him and Big Show. Sheamus asks if the strongest superstars in the world will surround them. Cena says they will, and Sheamus says that’s his kind of fight. Sheamus asks what happened with AJ. Cena asks if he really wants to know, and Cena whispers it in his ear. Sheamus smiles and looks stunned. Sheamus asks if he’s serious, and Cena says that isn’t all. He whispers some more, and Sheamus looks disturbed. Cena simply says, “Yeah.” He then says he’s kidding and runs off. Sheamus asks if something is possible.
WWE Champion CM Punk cuts a promo with Paul Heyman
WWE Champion CM Punk makes his way to the ring on crutches with his representative Paul Heyman in tow. Punk says he’s been champion for 394 days, the longest reign in the modern era. In twenty years, everyone will look back on him as the greatest superstar of all time. The people couldn’t put their ignorance aside and vote for him as Superstar of the Year. Instead, they shamelessly turned the Slammy Awards, a prestigious show, into a sham of a popularity contest and voted for John Cena. Its clear that winning and losing doesn’t mean much to them. They’re the kind of people that enroll their kids in t-ball leagues that don’t keep score so they don’t know they’re losers like mommy and daddy. The only thing they proved with the vote was that women and men shouldn’t vote. Punk says he expects that sort of behavior from losers, and that’s the way of the world. In the world, there are winners, like him and Heyman, and there are losers, like the crowd.
He expected a little more from John Cena though. Cena knew he shouldn’t have been Superstar of the Year. He knows that Punk is the best in the world and that’s where the trophy belongs. What does he do? Does he hustle to show loyalty and respect? He laid down and showed his true colors. He sucked up to a man that he thinks is a legend and gave the Slammy to Ric Flair. The crowd gives a “Woo,” and Punk says he wants them to support these relics that take away spotlight and money from young lions to pay child support. The one thing more impressive than winning a title 16-times in a 90-year career is winning a title once and holding it for nearly 400 days. Flair has lost more title fights than he’s won, and Punk does not lose in those. Not to John Cena or the knuckle dragging Ryback, who hurt him in the first place. Punk says he’s a real man and the gold standard. The bar is set so high no one can reach it. Two weeks after getting knee surgery, he’s here. Others would stay home, but he pulled himself to this forgotten hellhole and is doing his job. No one else in Pittsburgh is entertaining, such as the women on the Penguins who are on strike. He doesn’t have an offseason. He’s been carrying the company on his back. They paid to see him here tonight. He’ll be back next year, and Paul Heyman will still be holding the title because no one will beat him. Not John Cena, Ryback, Ric Flair, Stone Cold…
Ryback’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Ryback grabs a microphone. Heyman says Ryback knows that CM Punk is not medically cleared to compete. Ryback says, according to doctors, he will be. That’s why he has his sights set on the first Raw of the New Year when he becomes the new WWE Champion. FEED ME MORE! The crowd chants as Punk and Heyman leave.
Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro applies a side headlock, but Ryback shoulder blocks him out of the ring. The crowd chants, “Feed me more” as Cesaro regroups. Cesaro gets in the ring and shoulders Ryback. Cesaro goes for a sunset flip, but Ryback slams the back of his head off the mat a few times. Ryback takes him down, and Cesaro gets in the ropes. The crowd chants, “Goldberg.” Cesaro hits an uppercut. Cesaro head-butts him, ducks a clothesline, and Ryback hits a Thesz Press followed by a big splash. Ryback gets in the corner for the clothesline, but Cesaro gets out of the ring. Cesaro looks like he’s going to leave, but Ryback military presses him. Cesaro slides off and throws Ryback into the steel steps.
Ryback gets in the ring at nine and quickly kicks out of a pin. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Ryback fights up and powers out. Cesaro avoids a shoulder in the corner and hits an uppercut off the second rope for a two count. Cesaro stomps the chest for a one count. Cesaro goes to the neck vice this time. Ryback fights up, but Cesaro kicks him. Ryback gets pumped up, and Cesaro tries to stop his momentum. Ryback clotheslines him down and nearly kills him with a back body drop. Ryback hits a spinebuster and kills him with a lariat. Ryback hits Shell Shocked for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: ½ *
They show another video to hype up Tribute to the Troops, which airs on the USA Network tomorrow night at 9 PM ET.
Kaitlyn is walking backstage when she bumps into AJ. AJ giddily wishes her good luck. AJ asks what the look was for, and Kaitlyn is confused. Kaitlyn says AJ makes it hard to be her friend. AJ begins to break down and cry, but then suddenly stops. Kaitlyn says she has a title match, and AJ needs help. AJ asks if she’s choosing a title match over her friend. Kaitlyn says she’s choosing a title match over a lunatic. AJ viciously attacks her until referees pull her away.
WWE Diva’s Championship
Eve Torres (c) vs. Kaitlyn
Eve quickly clotheslines her down and bashes her head off the mat. Eve throws her by the hair and knees her in the midsection. Eve takes her down for a two count. Eve steps on her face before hitting a rolling senton for a two count. Eve bends her against the ropes and kicks her to the outside. Eve bounces her off the apron and rolls her in the ring for a near fall. Eve applies a modified chin lock. Kaitlyn fights up, but Eve hits Pay Dirt for a near fall. Eve goes back to the chin lock. Even the announcers are ignoring this match. Kaitlyn fights up and powers Eve off. Kaitlyn rolls her up for a near fall. Kaitlyn gets an inside cradle for another near fall. Kaitlyn kicks her back and hits a second rope sunset flip for a near fall. Kaitlyn hits a body slam and a shoulder block for a near fall. Kaitlyn hits a reverse DDT for another near fall. Kaitlyn picks her up, but Eve holds the ropes. Kaitlyn knocks her off the apron and hits a Thesz Press to the floor. Kaitlyn bounces her off the table and throws her in the ring. Kaitlyn goes to the top rope, and Eve holds on to the referee. She knocks him over, and Eve is disqualified.
Winner by Disqualification: Kaitlyn
Match Rating: -****
AJ is complaining to Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston about how Kaitlyn snapped. Ziggler says Kaitlyn is jealous because AJ is with a future champion. Big Show walks up and says he’ll spend Christmas in a body cast if he tries to do what he did last night. AJ keeps Langston back. Ziggler says they’re partners. Big Show tells him to save it. If he gets an inkling of bad intentions, he’ll knock Ziggler so far into the future, his Money in the Bank contract will have expired.
WWE Week continues on USA with Tribute to the Troops.
They show footage of Sheamus viciously attacking Big Show with the giant chair from TLC. Dolph Ziggler then tried to cash in on Big Show, but John Cena attacked him.
Brad Maddox comes to the ring saying his name over and over again. Nobody in the arena, watching on TVs around the world, and on their phones will forget his name. Tonight, he will win his match and claim his contract to become a WWE Superstar.
Brad Maddox vs. Brodus Clay
Maddox wants the referee to check Brodus’ elbow pads. Maddox tries to blindside him, but Brodus laughs him off. Brodus hits a clothesline, strikes a bit, and finishes with a suplex. Brodus drops an elbow and a leg as Booker T and Teddy Long are seen watching backstage. Maddox quickly snaps Clay off the rope and dropkicks him in the temple for a one count. Maddox elbows away at him, and Brodus takes him down with some clotheslines. This crowd is completely dead. Brodus splashes him in the corner and hits a suplex. Brodus hits a running head-butt and a big splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Brodus Clay
Match Rating: N/A
The Shield viciously attacks Brodus Clay from behind. They lift him up and hit him with a vicious triple powerbomb. The Shield stands over their latest victim as the crowd comes alive somewhat to boo them.
Kid Rock will perform tomorrow night on WWE Tribute to the Troops. Santa Claus will host Monday Night Raw on Christmas Eve.
Dolph Ziggler and Big Show vs. Sheamus and John Cena
John Cena will start against Dolph Ziggler. They circle the ring, and Ziggler ducks Cena and gloats. Cena knocks him down, and Ziggler tags in Big Show. Cena punches away at Big Show, but he gets pushed away. Cena ducks a chop and dropkicks him. Big Show quickly comes back with a spear. Big Show hits a body punch and stands on him. Ziggler gets a cheap shot in. Big Show stands on him before head-butting him. Big Show taunts Sheamus and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler drops nine elbows, shows off to AJ, and hits a drops a big elbow for a two count. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker and applies a chin lock. Cena fights up and powers out. Cena hits a huge back body drop, and they’re both down.
Big Show is tagged in, and he drops an elbow on Cena before he can reach Sheamus. Big Show splashes Cena in the corner after taunting Sheamus. Ziggler is tagged in, but Cena avoids a splash. Sheamus is tagged in, and he hits a pair of clotheslines. Sheamus hits a knee lift and clubs away at the chest. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but he drops him to attack Big Show. Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf, but Ziggler kicks him out of the ring. Big Show then clotheslines him down.
Big Show is tagged in, and he throws Sheamus into the ring. Big Show punches him down and chops the chest. Big Show hits some body shots in the corner, and Ziggler gets a quick cheap kick in. AJ is seen watching dreamily. Big E. Langston is stone faced. Sheamus fights back, but Big Show grounds him with a club to the back. Sheamus punches at him, but Big Show swats him down and steps on him. Big Show applies an arm bar. Sheamus fights up and punches him back. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Big Show runs him over with a shoulder block. Ziggler is tagged in, and he picks up a two count. Ziggler kicks away at him in the corner. Sheamus punches, but Ziggler kicks him in the knee and hits a leg drop bulldog for a near fall. Big Show is tagged in, and he punches Sheamus in the ribs. Big Show hits a falling elbow drop for a near fall. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Sheamus counters with a DDT.
Cena and Ziggler are tagged in. Cena hits a pair of shoulder blocks and a back suplex bomb. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Big Show punches him. Sheamus comes in for the save. Sheamus ducks a clothesline, and they fall out of the ring with a clothesline. They fight up the ramp. Ziggler gets out of the Attitude Adjustment and hits the Zig-Zag for a near fall. Ziggler can’t believe it. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, and Big E. Langston clotheslines him down.
Winners by Disqualification: Sheamus and John Cena
Match Rating: * ¾
Langston crushes John Cena’s ribs with that over the shoulder buster and stands over him. AJ skips around the carnage before tending to Ziggler. They passionately kiss in the middle of the ring.
Quick Match Results
Damien Sandow def. Sin Cara
Santino Marella def. Tensai
Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No def. Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players
Ryback def. Antonio Cesaro (non-title)
Kaitlyn def. Eve Torres via DQ (Eve Torres retains the title)
Brodus Clay def. Brad Maddox
Sheamus and John Cena def. Dolph Ziggler and Big Show via DQ
Bump of the Night: Coming soon
Match of the Night: Coming soon
Mike’s Thoughts will be available after Telemundo…
Final Rating: * ½
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