Raw this week was pre-taped due to the holiday from Washington DC. It was a special edition where each champion got to pick his or her opponent.
The show opens with MizTV. John Cena is the guest. He comes out and wishes everyone happy New Year. Miz asks him about AJ Lee, and Cena says that it is over. Cena mentions that he is going to make an appearance at AJ and Ziggler's New Years Eve toast.
Rhodes Scholars interrupts, and Cena quotes RG3 to a huge response from the crowd. Sandow talks some trash and Cena challenges them to a tag match against him and Miz.
Rhodes and Cena start things off. Cena takes control and tags in Miz, who hits a double ax handle from up top. Cody goes back to his corner and tags in Sandow.
They tie up, Miz takes control, and Sandow escapes to the outside of the ring. After a commercial, Cena is in control of Sandow. Cena tags Miz in and Sandow takes control. He stomps Miz into the corner and tags in Rhodes. Miz regains control and unloads on Rhodes in another corner. Miz gets a two count.
Rhodes gets back to his corner and tags in Sandow, who takes control and hits the Elbow of Disdain for a two count. Rhodes and Sandow trade tags back and forth as they work on Miz.
Miz hits a quick roll up for a near pin fall. Rhodes hits a couple knees to the gut and then he and Sandow exchange tags again. Miz fights back and tags in Cena, who comes in fired up. He hits his flying should blocks to set up the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Rhodes interrupts with a Beautiful Disaster.
Miz hits a Skull Crushing Finale on Rhodes, and then Cena hits the AA on Sandow for the three count.
Next up, things go backstage. Everything is set up for a New Years party. Ziggler thanks Vickie Guerrero for inviting him, which she did not. She tells him he will be facing Sheamus later in the night.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman come up to Vickie, and Punk talks about his hurt knee. Punk mention he brought his personal doctor from Chicago to prove it. He then persuades Vickie to make Ryback face The Shield in a handicap match. He kisses her on the cheek. Paul Heyman tries to as well but gets denied.
Next up, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is in the ring. He talks about the monuments around DC and how he is the champion of them. He then says that he met the man who he wants to face.
Sgt. Slaughter comes out to a big crowd pop.
The two tie up, and Cesaro easily takes control. Slaughter fights back and locks in the Cobra Clutch, but Cesaro makes it to the ropes. Cesaro hits The Neutralizer for the three count, and then hits it again after his win.
Team Hell No is then shown backstage. They are angry because they wanted to face The Shield instead of Ryback. They hear 3MB down the hall and chant, "YES" to each other to announce their opponents.
Mae Young is then shown hanging out with the divas. Eve walks up and tells her that she will be choosing Young as her opponent.
Next up, Team Hell No faces 3MB (Slater and McIntyre) for the Tag Team Championships. Slater and Bryan start things off. Bryan takes control and hits a couple shoulder blocks. He locks in a surfboard, but Slater gets out.
Bryan tags in Kane and he hits a drop kick for a two count. Slater escapes and tags in McIntyre. Kane attacks him and tags Bryan back in. Bryan does his own dropkick for another two count.
McIntyre tries to fight back, but Bryan lands a couple of well-placed leg kicks. He tries to bind off the ropes, but Slater opens them and Bryan crashes to the outside. Jinder Mahal gets the cheap shot in and sends Bryan back into the ring.
Slater locks in a headlock as Bryan fights back to his feet. They both go for a crossbody, and hit each other. Slater is to his feet first, and tags in McIntyre. He tries to get Bryan out of the corner but he is able to tag Kane in. Kane hits the Sidewalk Slam and then the Flying Lariat. Slater tries to interrupt but gets tossed to the outside.
Kane hits the Chokeslam and tags in Bryan. Bryan hits his diving headbutt for the three count. Bryan does some tag title air guitar, as Kane looks on, not amused.
Next up, Punk, Heyman and his personal doctor from Chicago come out. A video is shown of Ryback's table attack on Punk and then Heyman speaks. He talks about how Punk has held the title for 407 days. Punk talks about all the people he has defeated during his reign, and then talks about all the injuries he has suffered to keep his title.
Then, Punk's doctor puts up some x-rays and says that Punk's knee has large amounts of swelling and torn muscle. Punk says he will fight Ryback next week, but the doctor says that he shouldn't.
Vince McMahon comes out. He says he wonders how Punk would try to get out of his match against Ryback. He says that the WWE doctors will evaluate him to make sure he is cleared to compete. Punk mentions how he isn't involved with The Shield or Brad Maddox.
McMahon says that his investigation is ongoing. Heyman gets angry and calls McMahon out for making Punk compete. McMahon says that if Punk isn't able to fight Ryback next week, that Heyman will take his place.
Next up is Sheamus against Dolph Ziggler. The wrestlers circle each other. Ziggler hits Sheamus with a few punches and backs him into the corner. The ref breaks things up and Sheamus presses the attack.
Ziggler tries to fight back, but Sheamus hits a big back body drop for a two count. Sheamus throws Ziggler over the top rope, but he lands on the apron. Ziggler tries to hit Sheamus through the ropes, but Sheamus ties him up in the ropes for his 10 forearm clubs. After a couple, Big E. Langston pulls Ziggler out.
After a commercial, Ziggler is pressing the attack on Sheamus. He locks in a headlock, but Sheamus escapes and Sheamus hits some shoulder blocks. Ziggler fights back and lands a couple two counts, but Sheamus comes back with a series of punches. Ziggler lands a kick to the knee, and then a dropkick for another two count.
Ziggler locks on another headlock and Sheamus struggles to his feet. Sheamus gets Ziggler to the ropes, and then hits another body drop for a two count.
Sheamus stays in control, and presses the attack for a few minutes. He hits the Battering Ram from the top rope for a near pin fall. Ziggler gets up and tries to hit his jumping DDT, but Sheamus grabs him and lands White Noise.
Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick, but Langston grabs his foot from the outside. Ziggler tries to hit the Zig Zag off the distraction, but Sheamus tosses him to the outside, where Langston catches him.
Sheamus calls out Langston, but The Shield interrupts and begins attacking Sheamus. Sheamus tries to fight back, but Reigns hits an impressive looking spear. They then hit their Triple Powerbomb on him.
Cut to backstage, and IC Champ Kofi Kingston is worried about Sheamus. Wade Barrett comes up and tells him he should defend the Intercontinental Title against him. Kingston agrees.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman are then shown in the locker room. Brad Maddox walks up and says he wants a job. Heyman gets angry and tells him to leave. Punk laughs at Maddox.
Things then go back to the New Years party. Mae Young is in pain, and a doctor is examining her. He tells the party that she can't compete tonight because Mae Young is pregnant. Again.
Eve then comes out to the ring. She says that since Mae Young is having a baby and can't compete, that she should win her match by default.
Kaitlyn then comes out to fight Eve. They meet in the center of the ring, and Kaitlyn unleashes several punches before tossing Eve to the outside. Kaitlyn follows her, and slams Eve against the barrier. They head back in the ring and Kaitlyn presses the attack.
Eve then rolls out of the ring, grabs her belt. Kaitlyn tries to take it from her but Eve takes off up the ramp.
Del Rio and Rodriguez are then shown backstage. Del Rio is talking up Rodriguez, trying to get him ready for his match against the Big Show. Rodriguez says that he is not scared, and will win for honor.
Del Rio then expresses regret for treating Rodriguez badly, and says he will be in his corner for the match. He then gives Rodriguez his scarf and a set of car keys.
Big Show then comes out for their match. Rodriguez, who drives out in one of Del Rio's cars, follows him. Del Rio meets him at the ramp and they walk to the ring together.
Big Show offers his leg to Rodriguez, who grabs it. Show hits a big chop to the back. Show rips off Rodriguez's tux top and lands a chest chop. He then starts choking Rodriguez on the ropes. Show sits Rodriguez up on the top rope. He talks trash to Del Rio and turns back to Rodriguez. He kicks Show in the head and then jumps off the rope, backing Show into the corner.
He nails a running Enziguri on Show. Rodriguez tries to press the attack. Show puts up his leg to stop him, and Rodriguez drives his shoulder into Show's knee. Show lands a big chop to Rodriguez's head and signals for the WMD. Del Rio hops in the ring and attacks Show. He then grabs Rodriguez and they escape out of the ring.
Up next is Wade Barrett VS Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Title. Kingston takes control early and lands some big kicks. The two go back and forth, and then Kingston hits a dropkick for a two count.
Barrett gains control and starts picking apart Kingston's arm. Kingston breaks free and goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Barrett dodges.
They tie up in the center and trade hip tosses. They go to the outside.
After a commercial, Barrett is firmly in control of Kingston. He presses the attack, and wraps up Kingston at the ropes. He nails a couple of kicks, but Kingston fights back and knocks Barrett to the outside. Kofi stays on Barrett, and rolls him back into the ring for a two count.
Barrett hits a quick roll up for a near pin fall. Barrett attempts Wasteland, but Kingston reverses into SOS for a near pin fall.
They go back and forth, and Barrett is successful with the Wasteland for a near pin fall. Kingston then nails a quick roll up of his own for a near pin fall.
Kingston goes up top for a crossbody, but Barrett hits the Bull Hammer elbow for the win. Barrett is the new Intercontinental Champion.
Things go back to the party and Mae Young is in labor. A quick recap of last week's Christmas Raw is shown.
Back to the party, and Mae Young gives birth to Hornswoggle dressed up like the New Years Baby.
Next up is The Shield VS Ryback. The Shield presses the attack on Ryback as he makes his way down the ramp. He tries to fight back, to no avail. They make it to the ring and The Shield quickly overcomes Ryback.
Sheamus runs out to help Ryback, but before long The Shield is in control of Sheamus as well. Then, Randy Orton runs out and hits an RKO on Dean Ambrose. Roman Reigns pulls him out of the ring and The Shield exits through the crowd.
Next up is Ziggler and AJ's New Years toast. They are shown briefly backstage before things go to the ring. Ziggler talks about how Cena was voted superstar of the year, despite all the matches he lost. He talks about losing to The Rock, getting attacked by Brock Lesnar, getting beat by John Laurinaitis, failing to cash in his Money in the Bank and losing to Ziggler himself at TLC.
Ziggler says that Cena's time is up, and his time is now. He then turns to Big E. Langston and says that Cena is uninvited to their toast, and to stand guard.
AJ and Ziggler then toast each other and make out, and Cena comes down to the ring.
Cena says that Ziggler is right, and that they closed out the year in a great way. He then says than 2013 will be good for them, as AJ had lots of success with all her relationships in 2012.
Cena then shows pictures from a Ziggler/AJ wedding, with Ziggler wearing a dress.
He then shows pictures of Ziggler/AJ babies, alongside pictures of all of AJ's babies (Kane, Bryan, etc.) Cena then lists off Ziggler's past characters, and says that he is full of hustle, loyalty and respect. He then says that they are full of…
And a bunch of brown stuff falls from the ceiling all over Ziggler and AJ. AJ starts screaming as the show ends.
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