Sunday, 16 December 2012 17:00
By Dave Meltzer
DIVAS BATTLE ROYAL
Naomi was the surprise winner and will be facing Eve Torres later in the show tonight. I think there's a good chance of a title change as well. All the women except A.J. Lee and Vickie Guerrero were in it. It came down to Kaitlyn, Naomi and Tamina Snuka. Naomi dumped Snuka. Eve Torres punched Kaitlyn at one point, and it ended with Naomi dropkicking Kaitlyn out of the ring. Naomi showed a few examples of her athletcism including a high leapfrog.
REY MYSTERIO & SIN CARA VS. CODY RHODES & DAMIEN SANDOW IN A TABLES MATCH
Rhodes & Sandow won when Sin Cara tried a springboard into the ring but when he was on the top rope, Rhodes shoved him backwards and he did a backwards into and through a table on the floor. Basic good opener. They did a basic match, largely well worked. Crowd was into chanting "Cody's mustache." Most of the match was the Mexican team selling. Short match with a comeback. Sin Cara is clearly hurting.
ANTONIO CESARO VS. R-TRUTH FOR THE U.S. TITLE
Cesaro won the match clean with the bolo forearm and neutralizer. Short match. Pretty much a showcase for Cesaro. R-Truth got a brief comeback. Cesaro was given a promo claiming he's the greatest U.S. champion in history and that people who boo him are booing their own country. He then spoke in a foreign language.
It will be interesting to see when how few faces is the minimum number they'll have win on a PPV since most of these matches seem designed for heel wins.
Dolph Ziggler interview. He said mark my words, tonight, everything changes. He said he's glad he has this match tonight even though it's not fair that he's putting up something he's already won. He said that when he wins, he wants Cena to retire. That's not happening.
The Miz did an interview segment. Such a lukewarm response until he plugged Brooklyn. Some weeks there are hard questions and some weeks is trainwreck television. Well, that's truth in advertising. 3 Man Band are coming out to be interviewed. Slater mad he called them a trainwreck. McIntyre said 3MB is better than that idiot JZ. That got a reaction. Slater said the Rolling Stones wish they could rock out with 3MB. Tomorrow night on Raw they will perform live. Miz said at least that's the official bathroom break. They tried to make fun of the Spanish announcers. They confronted the Spanish crew. Told them to speak American. Drew shoved down Carlos Cabrera. Ricardo Rodirguez came out. They started bullying Ricardo and Albetro Del rio made a babyface turn suplexing Drew on the apron. Now they all beat down Del Rio. Miz saved Del Rio clotheslined Mahal over the top, and Del Rio clotheslined McIntyre over the top. Slater challenged them to find a partner and have a trios match. The fans chanted "We Want Ryder." Well, that's one babyface win.
Kane & Daniel Bryan interview. Bryan complained about having trouble communicating with Ryback. Bryan doesn't like people how repeat themselves. Then he kept saying "Yes, yes, yes."
Matt Striker interviewing Wade Barrett. He said he's supremely confident.
KOFI KINGSTON VS. WADE BARRETT FOR THE IC TITLE
Kingston won with the Trouble in Paradise. Good match with a lot of near falls back and forth. They built to Barrett doing the Bossman slam and the full nelson slam. Kingston doing the SOS, so basically their secondary moves. Barrett never did the elbow.
C.M. Punk did an interview from a Luxury suite. Paul Heyman was holding up the belt. He said everyone wants to know about his knee but it's none of your business. Called Brooklyn the slums of Staten Island. Said the people are like Ryback, you don't understand what it's like to be a champion, all you people like Ryback are dumb. Ryback is lucky that he injured him because he's the most dangerous man and has a track record in TLC, he'd have smashed him through every table, hit him with every chair and knocked him off ladders. Said all the fans and Ryback live in a fantasy world. Fiction is Ryback is an unstoppable monster since he beat him single-handedly at the last two PPV shows. Nobody will take the title from him. He again claimed he has no affiliation with The Shield.
DANIEL BRYAN & KANE & RYBACK VS. THE SHIELD IN A TLC MATCH
This was an absolutely fantastic match. The Shield guys, all three worked their asses off. All three came across like superstars, Ambrose's ability when it came to working and facials was obvious, Rollins is a super worker and Reigns looked tons better than he's ever looked in NXT. He rose to the occasion and he's got a world of charisma. So much happened non-stop for 23 minutes. The finish saw Reigns do an assisted power bomb on Bryan through a table and pin. Rollins took a scary bump when Ryback peeled him off a ladder and he fell backward through two tables. Rollins' back of his head hit the side of a table and he could be hurt. The match was mostly The Shield taking guys out one at a time and beating down one guy at a time. Ryback was put through the Spanish table and came back. Reigns speared Kane through the barricade and they all buried her under all sorts of debris and kane never came back.
EVE TORRES VS. NAOMI FOR DIVAS TITLE
As it turned out, Eve won very quickly with the neckbreaker. Just a buffer after the last match so Sheamus and Show didn't have to follow that crazy match. Naomi is pretty green but is the best athlete of the women on the roster. She needs more ring time, which she hasn't had a lot of for a long time.
BIG SHOW VS. SHEAMUS IN CHAIRS MATCH
Good match, both guys were nailing each other with a lot of chair shots to the back. Good finish. Show went to choke slam Sheamus onto two chairs but he got away and gave Show with White Noise through two chairs but Show kicked out. Sheamus went for a Brogue kick and missed and Show nailed the KO punch and Sheamus kicked out. However, Show got this gigantic chair and hit Sheamus with it and pinned him. Not as good as their first PPV match but better than the second one.
John Cena and A.J. Lee. A.J. said she's sorry and wanted to thank you. Cena told her to thank him after he win the match. She was skipping away.
3MB VS. ALBERTO DEL RIO & THE MIZ & BROOKLYN BRAWLER
All comedy. Mostly JBL telling inside jokes about all the different characters Brooklyn Brawler has played, talking about his feud with the stooge the Red Rooster and such. Short match. Miz gave Mahal the Skull crushing finale and tagged Brawler who used a Boston crab on him for the submission. They called it a Brooklyn crab.
JOHN CENA VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER IN A LADDER MATCH WITH THE MONEY IN THE BANK BRIEFCASE AT STAKE
Another excellent match. Crowd was probably 90% pro-Ziggler even though Cena worked as a face. Cena had his right eye cut and Ziggler got his leg sliced. The highlight was Ziggler with the sleeper on Cena and Cena climbing the ladder and then falling off and both fell off through a table, which was where Ziggler's leg got sliced. At another point, Ziggler was climbing and Cena picked up the ladder with Ziggler on it overhead. Went back and forth.
The finish was what most expected. Cena used the the Attitude Adjustment on Ziggler who rolled out of the ring. Vickie Guerrero came in with a chair but then A.J. came out and took out Vickie using all of Cena's moves. Cena then climbed the ladder and was about to win when A.J. shoved over the ladder. The place cheered like crazy when A.J. turned on Cena. Ziggler superkicked Cena and climbed up to win and A.J. skipped out of the ring.
This was an excellent show, best thing WWE has done in a long time. I'd strongly recommend getting the replay if you didn't watch it.