– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look at the AJ Lee and John Cena scandal with footage of them kissing last week and the locker room incident. We see Cena retaliating on Dolph Ziggler at SmackDown. The video shifts focus to CM Punk, Ryback and the NXT 3 – Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
– We’re live from the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana as Ryback makes his way out. Michael Cole welcomes us and he’s joined by Jerry Lawler.
Ryback vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus waits in the ring as Ryback makes his way out. Titus takes Ryback to the corner early on and works him over. Ryback turns it around but Titus drops him in the corner and then hits a shoulder tackle. Titus takes Ryback down again with a big clothesline. We see Darren Young at ringside.
Ryback comes back and unloads. They end up on the floor and Ryback levels Titus. Ryback brings it back in the ring but Titus catches him with a big sitdown powerbomb for a 1 count. Titus goes for it again but Ryback catches him and tosses him into Young on the apron. Ryback slams Titus and hits the Meat-hook clothesline. Ryback hits Shell Shocked for the win.
– After the match, Ryback takes the mic and addresses CM Punk and the NXT 3. He says he’s going to stand here all damn night until he gets what he wants. Ryback gets a “Feed Me More” chant going as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Ryback is still in the ring as security makes their way out to the ring. One guy steps up to Ryback and gets tossed out of the ring. Ryback faces off with the other guys until Vickie Guerrero comes out. She says she knows how Ryback feels and why he’s upset. Vickie says Ryback will not be allowed to put his hands on security. She has no choice but to… Ryback interrupts her and says he wants CM Punk at TLC. He’s not going anywhere until he gets the match. Vickie says she will give him the match but asks him to leave. He tells her to shut up because he wasn’t finished. Ryback says he wants Punk at TLC in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match. He says there’s no amount of security that can stop him from tearing the ring up if he doesn’t get what he wants. Vickie says he can have the match under one condition – he must leave the ring so she can get on with the show. Security approaches Ryback now and he drops the mic. Ryback scares them all out of the ring and they run off. Ryback gets another pop from the crowd before slapping hands with fans at ringside.
– Cole and Lawler show us footage from last week where Rosa Mendes was sprayed with water by Hornswoggle. We see footage from earlier today where Rosa confronted Hornswoggle backstage. He tells her to calm down because it was just a joke. They start arguing when Alberto Del Rio walked up. He ripped into Hornswoggle. Del Rio added that he would be more than happy to give Rosa revenge. The Great Khali walked up and told Del Rio to leave his family alone. Del Rio backed off as Hornswoggle and Khali left together.
Alberto Del Rio vs. The Great Khali
We go to the ring now and Ricardo Rodriguez begins the introduction for Alberto Del Rio and in he comes driving a Maserati. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Khali has Del Rio in the corner. Khali connects with a big chop to the chest and we see Rosa Mendes watching from backstage. Khali with an-other big chop in the corner. Khali chops Del Rio in the back and he goes down. Del Rio counters and starts working on the legs. Del Rio dropkicks Khali’s leg out and kicks him in the face. Del Rio unloads and starts working on the arm now.
Del Rio continues working on the arm and gets a 2 count as we see Hornswoggle at ringside now. Del Rio hits a big kick to the arm. He charges again but Khali gets his elbow and a big boot up. Khali with a pair of clotheslines and a big overhead chop. Ricardo gets on the apron and ducks a chop. Hornswoggle bites RR in the rear end and they run away. Del Rio takes advantage and hits the armbar on Khali. Del Rio with the cross armbreaker for the win as we see Rosa cheering him on backstage.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
– Vickie Guerrero is backstage when CM Punk and Paul Heyman walk in. Punk is upset about Vickie giving Ryback another shot at TLC. Punk says he has beat Ryback already and asks her if she knows what kind of danger she has put him in. Heyman chimes in and says maybe Vickie isn’t thinking with a clear head because of the AJ Lee stuff. Heyman accuses Vickie of playing politics. She says she gave Ryback a title shot because of what happened to him at Survivor Series and Hell in a Cell. Punk says he has nothing to do with Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose. Vickie says Punk will face the winner of tonight’s RAW Active poll – either Kane or Daniel Bryan. Fans can tweet #WWEBryan or #WWEKane to choose his opponent for tonight.
– Still to come – Cole’s interview with Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see footage of Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose attacking Ryback on last week’s RAW. Cole and Lawler talk about the attack. Cole leads us into his interview with them, taped earlier today.
Cole starts talking and Ambrose interrupts him first. Ambrose says if Cole has a question to ask them, just ask it. Cole asks if they are working directly for CM Punk. Ambrose says nope. Cole asks then why are they here. Rollins says that’s the question Cole should be asking. Rollins says they sat down in NXT and saw things clearly – people around here answer to Vickie Guerrero and Booker T, they answer to the Board of Directors and the Board ultimately answers to the fans. Rollins calls that a popularity contest and says that’s wrong. Rollins says they righted the wrongs and they are a shield from injustice in WWE. Rollins says it’s a coincidence that their actions have helped Punk twice so far. Ambrose talks about how it was wrong how Punk had to defend his title and says they would have done the same thing if it was Ryback or Cena in Punk’s shoes. Cole asks Reigns for comment. He says when he wants to say something, he will and that’s it. Ambrose says they’re not Nexus and not the nWo. He says they’re about principle and honor – a shield from injustice. Ambrose declares that they are The Shield. Reigns interrupts Cole and says the interview is over because they have said enough. The NXT 3 walk off and end the interview. We go back to Cole and Lawler.
– Vickie Guerrero has a surprise for AJ Lee and John Cena later tonight. Also still to come, CM Punk vs. Kane or Daniel Bryan. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a vignette for Fandango.
Alicia Fox vs. Tamina Snuka
Alicia Fox waits in the ring as her opponent Tamina Snuka makes her way out to new theme music. A side video airs of Tamina talking about AJ Lee not knowing her place. Tamina says this match is a warning not to mess with Vickie again.
Alicia strikes first and takes Tamina to the corner, putting the boots to her. Tamina turns it around and rams Alicia back in the corner. Tamina with a big clothesline and more offense. Tamina hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Alicia tries for a small package but has no luck. Tamina with another clothesline. Tamina scoops Alicia for a big Samoan Drop and then goes up top for the Superfly Splash. Tamina covers for the win.
Winner: Tamina Snuka
– Cole shows us photos of Vince McMahon, R-Truth, The Miz, Eve Torres and Layla meeting with the Troops over the weekend.
– We see John Cena walking backstage and he’s headed to the ring. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes John Cena. We see footage from last week. He says people have been asking him all week long if AJ Lee is a good kisser. Cena goes on but is interrupted by Vickie Guerrero. Out she comes to the ring.
Vickie says it is the season to give and she has a gift for Cena and AJ. She has a box handed to her in the ring and it’s matching bath robes for Cena and AJ. Vickie calls it a token of her appreciation. Vickie says Cena and AJ’s whole world will implode and come crashing down on them. She points out how crazy AJ is to Cena. AJ runs down some of AJ’s moments this year. AJ’s music interrupts and out she comes.
AJ comes out and says it’s true – she has had a lot of issues in the past but she’s trying to learn from her mistakes and become a better person. AJ says now that she’s not General Manager, she can date who she wants or do what she wants. AJ says she can do this – she touches Cena on the face and gazes in his eyes. Or she can do this – she smacks Cena on the rear, it looks like, and causes him to drop the mic. Or she can do this – she goes to kiss Cena it looks like and Vickie interrupts her. They have more words. AJ says she isn’t a lovesick puppy anymore. Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and out he comes now.
Ziggler comes to the ramp and says he has to interrupt this episode of Jerry Springer. Ziggler says the real story is how he tackled Cena through a bathroom wall last week and he just took it. Ziggler says then Cena hit him with a cheap shot on SmackDown and attacked him from behind. Ziggler wonders why Cena resorted to cowardly tactics. Ziggler says it hit him – he knows what’s eating Cena up inside. Ziggler says last week when Cena and AJ kissed, AJ was thinking about Ziggler the entire time. Cena says that’s funny. Cena gets the crowd hype and goes to fight Ziggler but Vickie stops him. Vickie says they will settle it tonight – Ziggler vs. Cena.
– Still to come tonight – Punk vs. Kane or Daniel Bryan, picked by the WWE Universe. Also tonight – Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see footage of Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII being presented with a WWE Title replica by his teammates.
Tensai vs. Kofi Kingston
Wade Barrett makes his way out for commentary as Tensai waits in the ring. Out next comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston.
The bell rings and Tensai strikes first. Kofi leaps to the top and comes down but Tensai catches him. Kofi slides out and ducks a clothesline but gets leveled with a big elbow. Tensai drops an elbow and connects with a headbutt. Another elbow drop from Tensai and more big shots. 2 count by Tensai. Tensai keeps Kofi grounded to the mat now. Tensai beats Kofi down with chops and leg drops the arm. Tensai with an armbar submission now.
Kofi fights to his feet and out of the hold. Tensai with a knee to the face. Kofi jumps to the top and comes crashing down with a big right hand. They trade shots and Kofi hits a dropkick. Kofi with a big right hand off the ropes and Tensai goes down. Kofi hits the Boom Drop. Tensai blocks Trouble In Paradise. Tensai then blocks the kick in the corner and drops a big elbow on Kofi for 2. Tensai goes to the second rope for a big splash but Kofi moves. Kofi kicks Tensai in the head and springboards in with a big crossbody for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
– After the bell, Barrett grabs the Intercontinental Title and brings it in the ring. He hands it to Kofi and walks right back out of the ring and to the back. These two will face at the TLC pay-per-view. Kofi looks on puzzled as Barrett keeps walking.
– Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage arguing about who will win the RAW Active poll tonight. Bryan has data and shows a map of the United States on a TV screen and everyone has voted for him. Then he shows a map of the world and the whole world has voted for him, according to Bryan. Bryan says maybe Kane is winning in hell. Kane grabs him by the throat when Josh Mathews walks up. Mathews has results of the poll and the winner is Kane with 58% of the vote. It will be Kane vs. Punk tonight. Mathews informs Bryan he will face Rey Mysterio next.
Daniel Bryan vs. Rey Mysterio
Bryan rushes off to the ring for a first-time ever match against Mysterio. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rey Mysterio is making his way out. The bell rings and they lock up. Bryan takes Rey down first and stalls some. More back and forth. Rey dumps Bryan out to the floor and leaps off the apron but Bryan moves. Bryan comes off the apron now and takes Rey down with a knee to the jaw. Bryan brings it back in and keeps control.
Bryan runs over Rey with clotheslines. Bryan throws Rey out to the floor but he lands on his feet. Rey comes back in as Bryan goes to the floor. We have a stalemate as RAW goes back to commercial.
Back from the commercial and Rey is in control now. Rey goes to the top but Bryan pushes him down. Rey gets turned upside down in the corner as Bryan kicks him and then dropkicks him in the face. More kicks from Bryan while Rey is stuck in the corner. Bryan applies a submission now. Bryan goes on and sends Rey flying out to the floor. Bryan throws Rey into the ring post and brings him back in the ring. Bryan with a 2 count. Bryan with another submission now. Rey fights out but Bryan knocks him to the mat.
Bryan takes Rey to the top for a superplex but Rey fights him off and knocks him to the mat. Rey with a seated senton and head scissors takedown. Rey runs into a kick but rolls through a pin attempt and kicks Bryan in the head for a 2 count. Rey dropkicks Bryan into position for 619 but Bryan avoids it. Bryan goes for the No Lock but Rey makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Bryan with more kicks and another submission attempt. Rey fights out and catapults Bryan into position for 619. Rey does 619 around the ring post and goes to the top for the big splash. Rey covers for the win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
– Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are backstage when Rosa Mendes walks up. She thanks Del Rio for beating Khali earlier. Del Rio tells her whatever she needs, winks at her and walks off.
– Still to come, Sheamus vs. Cesaro later tonight.
– Josh Mathews is backstage with Dolph Ziggler. Mathews asks about his match with John Cena tonight. Ziggler says he can’t wait to see the look on AJ’s face when he beats up her boyfriend tonight. Back to commercial.
– Cole and Lawler show us footage of AJ Lee storming into the locker room last week and confronting Dolph Ziggler, leading to Cena and Ziggler brawling. Another recap video with what happened on SmackDown between the two.
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena
We go to the ring and out comes Dolph Ziggler. John Cena is out next. The bell rings and they lock up. They run the ropes and Cena arm drags Ziggler and takes him to the mat. They break and lock up again. Cena applies a headlock and they run the ropes again. Cena counters and hits a hip toss and a headlock takedown. Ziggler turns it around and hits a jawbreaker as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cena is down outside of the ring. During the break, Ziggler whipped him into the steel steps. Ziggler brings it back in the ring now and unloads on Cena with right hands. Ziggler shows off and does sit ups. Cena scrambles and covers Dolph for 2. Ziggler breaks it and clotheslines Cena. Ziggler drops a bunch of elbow drops and shows off some more before missing the final elbow. Cena comes back with shoulders and the backdrop. Dolph blocks the five Knuckle Shuffle and hits a huge flying DDT for a 2 count.
More back and forth. Ziggler applies a sleeper hold. Ziggler keeps it locked and Cena goes down to one knee. Cena fights up and applies the STF. Ziggler breaks it and hits a big dropkick. Ziggler climbs to the top and hits a crossbody but Cena rolls through and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler counters and drops Cena for a close 2 count. They trade right hands and kicks now. Ziggler rolls Cena up for 2. Cena ducks a clothesline and slams Ziggler. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but his knee gives out and he goes down. Cena goes to the floor and ringside doctors check on him, playing off the injury from last week. Ziggler takes the cover off the turnbuckle as the referee isn’t looking. AJ runs down and stops him. They argue when Vickie comes down. She brings AJ off the apron and they have words now. The referee tries to get Vickie to leave and has his back turned. Dolph swings the briefcase at Cena but he ducks and nails the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the bell, Cena hits the turnbuckles to celebrate and AJ enters the ring. Cena turns around to AJ smiling at him. They meet in the middle of the ring and Cena puts his hand out. She takes it but brings him in for a big kiss. They make out again and we go to replays. Cena and AJ raise their hand and bow to the fans before leaving together.
– Still to come tonight, Punk vs. Kane. We see Sheamus walking backstage. Back to commercial.
Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and out come Sheamus. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is out next for this non-title match.
The bell rings and they lock up. Cesaro takes Sheamus down first and they lock up again. Sheamus with a headlock and a big shoulder. Sheamus takes Cesaro to the mat with a headlock. Back and forth action now. Sheamus comes out of the corner and runs over Cesaro. Sheamus with a suplex and a 1 count. They trade shots and Sheamus goes to the apron. He drops Cesaro back over the top rope and comes back in but Cesaro kicks him to the floor. Sheamus pulls Cesaro out to the floor and throws him into the fan barrier. Sheamus gets dropped over the steel steps as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro is in control now. They get up and trade shots. Sheamus with a pair of clotheslines. Sheamus rams Cesaro back in the corner but Cesaro comes out with a big clothesline for a close 2 count. Cesaro hits a big gutwrench slam for another pin attempt. Sheamus goes on and hits the forearm shots from the apron. Sheamus launches himself in with the big shoulder and then the Irish Curse backbreaker for 2. More back and forth. Cesaro slides out of White Noise and Sheamus scoop slams him for 2. More back and forth. Cesaro scoops Sheamus high and drops him with a big slam for 2. Sheamus ends up on top. He comes down with the battering ram but Cesaro stops him in mid-air with a huge uppercut. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Sheamus counters. Sheamus barely his a Brogue Kick and sends Cesaro to the floor.
The referee begins to count Cesaro out as Big Show comes out to the ramp with a chair. Cesaro is counted out.
Winner by Count Out: Sheamus
– Big Show turns around and heads to the back from the ramp but Sheamus grabs a mic. Sheamus dares Show to use that chair he’s holding. Sheamus wants to retire Big Show at TLC. Sheamus continues and Show gets pissed. Show destroys the steel chair and walks off to the back as Sheamus looks on.
– Still to come, Punk vs. Kane. Back to commercial.
Damien Sandow vs. Zack Ryder
Back from the break and out comes Damien Sandow with a mic. Sandow cuts a promo as he heads to the ring his opponent is Zack Ryder.
Back and forth action to start the match. Sandow works Ryder over on the apron and rushes back in for a 2 count. Sandow stomps away at Ryder’s ribs and covers for another 2 count. Sandow with a headlock now. Sandow keeps control and drops the Elbow of Disdain for another pin attempt. More offense from Sandow. Ryder fights back with knees to the jaw and a missile dropkick from the top. Ryder with a big right hand in the corner. He goes for the Broski Boot but Sandow rolls to the floor. Ryder decks him anyway and brings it back in the ring. Ryder goes to the top but Sandow knocks him off. Sandow with the neckbreaker for the win.
Winner: Damien Sandow
– Mathews is backstage with Paul Heyman for comments. Heyman brings up Punk passing Randy Savage on the all-time WWE Champion list. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and for the second time tonight they show Michael Cole’s interview with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Kane vs. CM Punk
We go to the ring and out comes one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane. Out next comes WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman.
Kane takes Punk to the corner but Punk turns it around and chops him. Kane just gets upset and they meet in the middle of the ring. Punk with kicks and forearm shots. Punk takes it back to the corner but Kane turns it around. Kane beats Punk down. Kane continues the assault in the corner as Heyman looks on. Punk kicks Kane in the face and fires back with chops and forearm shots. Kane counters a move and drops Punk over the top rope. Kane clotheslines him out to the floor as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Punk is in control, working on Kane’s leg. Kane ends up on the floor and Punk suicide dives through the ropes and takes him out. Punk brings it back in the ring and stomps on Kane in the corner. Punk with the high knee in the corner. He hits a second knee in the corner and goes for a third but Kane runs over him with a big right hand. Kane takes Punk back to the corner and works him over. Kane with a sideslam and a 2 count. Kane goes to the top and comes crashing down with a right hand as the crowd pops. Kane calls for the chokeslam but Punk ducks it and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
Kane turns it around and hits the chokeslam. He goes for the pin but Heyman puts Punk’s foot on the bottom rope. Kane goes for the Tombstone piledriver as Heyman screams at ringside. Punk slides out as roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose appear in the crowd. Punk nails GTS for the win.
Winner: CM Punk
– The Shield make their way to ringside now as Punk looks on from the ring. They surround the ring and enter as Kane gets to his feet. Punk backs into the corner. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns attack Kane and beat him down as Punk looks on and sneaks out of the ring. Daniel Bryan runs down to save his partner but The Shield beat him down also. They kick Bryan out of the ring and go back to Kane. Ryback’s music hits and out he comes to a big pop. Punk leaps over the barrier and runs through the crowd. Ryback hits the ring but The Shield beat on him. He fights them off and unloads. Ryback powerbombs Rollins and hits the big clothesline on Ambrose and Reigns. Punk attacks Ryback from behind but Ryback fights him off. Ryback goes to powerbomb Punk but Reigns spears him. The Shield go back to beating on Ryback now. They do the triple powerbomb as Punk leaves the ring and looks on. Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose stand over Ryback and look at Punk. Punk looks to be entering the ring as we go to replays. The Shield leave through the crowd as Punk’s music hits and he poses over Ryback with the WWE Title. RAW goes off the air.