|By Raj Giri||December 30, 2012 | Comments|
Justin Roberts came out and welcomed everyone to the show, hyping a six-man tag match between The Shield and Team Hell No/Ryback and a cage match between John Cena and "Mr. Money in the Bank" Dolph Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero then came out and question Roberts for announcing matches on her show. She was quickly booed off the stage and told everyone, "you'll miss me on my show when I'm gone."
First match of the night was a six-man tag team match between Brodus Clay/The Usos against the Primetime Players and Jack Swagger. It was a pretty good match, with some back and forth action between Darren Young and Jey Uso. Titus came in and had Jey set up to hit a football tackle from a three-point stance, but got distracted by the Funkadactyls. This allowed Jimmy Uso to get a hot tag. The match ended with the Usos hitting tandem super kicks on both of the Primetime Players and Brodus Clay hitting a big splash on Swagger for the pin.
The next match was a Divas title match between Eve Torres and Kaitlyn. This was a good match, considering most Divas matches only get a few minutes on TV. Kaitlyn dominated the action hitting an array of slams and dropkicks. Eventually, Kaitlyn got tangled up with the referee, allowing Eve to slam her down by the hair and connect with The Heart Breaker. Good reception for Kaitlyn afterward.
Next up was David Otunga vs. Santino Marella. A fairly short match, but Otunga showed some surprising ring control and hit some good moves. His posturing throughout the match was amusing and provided the fans ample opportunity to boo him. Good heat for Otunga. The match ended when Santino, after missing the Cobra at first, ducked a clothesline from Otunga and connected with the Cobra, getting him the pin.
The next match was The Shield versus Team Hell No and Ryback. Daniel Bryan came out first to a huge pop, but then The Shield's music hit and they descended from the crowd to begin attacking Bryan. Kane ran out (with no entrance music) to help his partner. The Shield was still in control when Ryback's music hit. He came running down to the ring and cleaned house. The bell finally rang to start the match and Daniel Bryan flew outside the ring to hit The Shield. The action was very good in this match; never a dull moment. All members of The Shield looked good, notably Roman Reigns, who continues to get better. Rollins and Kane fought most of the match, with Ambrose and Bryan getting in a few good exchanges as well. Eventually, Ryback got the hot tag and cleared the ring. As he got Ambrose up for Shellshocked, Reigns hit him with a chair, resulting in a disqualification. Kane and Bryan hit the ring to throw Rollins and Reigns out, allowing Ryback to hit his finisher on Ambrose. Afterward, Kane and Bryan argued before hugging it out at the behest of the crowd. Bryan then grabbed the microphone and asked Ryback to "Feed Me Hugs" and "Hug Me More". There was an awkward hug between Bryan and Ryback before Ryback's music hit and they left the ring.
After a 15-minute intermission, Zack Ryder came out to fight Tensai. The stipulation for this match was that the loser would have to sing either "Jingle Bells" or "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" after the match. Ryder won a surprisingly quick match with a roll-up on a distracted Tensai. The match couldn't have lasted 5 minutes. Vickie Guerrero then came out again and told Tensai he'd have to sing "Rudolph". Tensai stalled for a bit, even telling Vickie he'd take her on that date she'd been asking him for if she'd allow him to not sing. She said no, so Tensai sang the song. It was as bad as it sounds.
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