This week’s episode is a special live edition, due to this being the 800th episode.
MATCH 1: FANDANGO (W/ROSA MENDES) VS. ROMAN REIGNS
Fandango has new entrance music, and it’s about as generic as you can get. Both guys have new gear as well. Fandango looks like a CZW referee, but in red. The two lock up, and Reigns backs Fandango into the corner. Fandango hits a punch, and Reigns responds by dropping Fandango with one of his own. Fandango hits a kick to the gut and applies a side headlock. Reigns reverses, then breaks a waistlock before snapping Fandango over by the arm. Reigns works on the arm and shoulder, knocking Fandango into the corner. Reigns tosses him across the ring, hits a corner splash and a short-arm clothesline that sends Fandango to the floor. Reigns pulls him up, and Fandango hits a hotshot before ramming Reigns face-first into the top buckle. He hits a few punches for a pair of 1-counts, then applies a rear chinlock. Reigns breaks the hold by backin into the corner, but Fandango quickly reapplies it, taking Reigns down in the process. After a couple minutes, Reigns gets back to his feet and sends Fandango to the corner. Fandango hits a back elbow and comes off the middle rope, only to get knocked on his ass with a mid-air uppercut. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He follows up with a corner clothesline, a whip and a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He loads up the Superman Punch, connects, then nails the spear for 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
Later tonight, Ryback will take on Seth Rollins.
Dean Ambrose heads out to the ring. Bray Wyatt said there was a special place in hell for people like them, and at TLC, they went to that special place. Ambrose loved every single second of it. It feels to get out all of your anger and fly too close to the flame. Regardless of what happened at the end, he lost the match. He noticed fear in Wyatt’s eyes, because for the first time, Wyatt was in the ring with someone who just doesn’t care. For the first time, Wyatt faced someone as twisted as him. Tomorrow night, the fight continues at Tribute to the Troops in a Boot Camp Match.
Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and says Ambrose doesn’t understand that the only reason he’s still breathing is because Wyatt is enjoying the game oh so much. But if Ambrose could only see what he is. If anyone could see the creature that lives behind his eyes, they’d know he is hope, that he is disdain, that he is a slave to his calling. And he can’t stop, even if he wanted to. He can’t stop until the heroes fall and the cities crumble. Hatred fuels him. He is the battlefield, and it can’t end until he watches it all burn.
MATCH 2: THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) AND ERICK ROWAN VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE MIZ & DAMIEN MIZDOW, AND LUKE HARPER
Miz and Jey start, with Miz immediately bailing to the floor, but not before tagging out to Harper. Harper rams Jey into the corner, and hits him with a chop to the throat before standing on Jey’s face. He sends Jey in for a corner whip, but Jey slides out of the way and comes back with an uppercut. He goes for an arm wringer, but Harper drops him with a right. Miz tags in and stomps Jey down in the corner. Jey comes back with chops, then pounds Miz down on the opposite side. He goes for the running hip attack, but Miz sees it coming and slides to the floor. Jey chases after him, but Harper steps between the two. Now, both teams are facing off at ringside as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Miz is in control of Jey. Jey blocks a suplex attempt and hits one of his own. Jimmy tags in and nails Miz in the gut. He hits a chop, but Miz comes back with a kick. Jimmy quickly recovers and clotheslines Miz to the floor. Mizdow comes in and clotheslines himself to the floor. Harper apparently tagged in somewhere, and he hits a big boot for 2. He catapults Jimmy under the middle rope, then applies a rear chinlock. Jimmy hits a few punches, but then runs into a dropkick. Miz tags himself in and stomps Jimmy down before hitting a low running boot for 2. Miz hits a few punches before choking Jimmy over the middle rope, then goes for another boot. Jimmy ducks and rolls him up for 2. Back up, Miz drops Jimmy for a clothesline. Mizdow begs for a tag to a huge pop, so Miz tags in Harper. Harper nails an uppercut for 2, then applies the Gator Roll. Meanwhile, Mizdow is rolling around on the floor at ringside. Miz yells at Mizdow for mimicking the wrong guy. Back in the ring, Jimmy goes for a tag, but Harper stops that before hitting a scrapbuster for 2. Miz tags in and, lo and behold, does more stomping. Harper tags himself back in and stomps Jimmy before Mizdow tags himself in. Mizdow goes for the hanging clothesline in the corner, but Miz stops him and tags himself in. Miz knocks Jey off the apron and goes for the clothesline, but Jimmy drops him with one of his own as Mizdow hits the floor at ringside. Rowan tags in and throws Miz to the corner for a series of headbutts. Miz gets bealed across the ring before Rowan hits him with an avalanche and a running shoulderblock. He hits a full-nelson slam for 2 as Mizdow breaks it up. The Usos toss him, then hit Harper with a double superkick, sending him to the floor. Miz receives one as well. They hit a double suicide dive on Harper near the announce desk, leaving Rowan and Miz alone. They yell for Rowan to go up top, which he does, before coming off with a big splash for 3.
WINNERS: ERICK ROWAN AND THE USOS.
We see Naomi warming up for her match tonight, when Jimmy enters the area to encourage her. He apologizes to her for how he’s been acting. She says she appreciates it, but she needs to do this on her own tonight. Jimmy is okay with that, then says they’ll celebrate with the new Divas Champion afterward.
We’re supposed to have Seth Rollins vs. Ryback now, but as Ryback comes out for the match, but is attacked on the stage by Rusev, who then promptly kicks him off the stage. On the floor, Rusev kicks Ryback over an equipment box.
In the ring, Rollins grabs a mic and says that, without the Authority, this place is a mad house. It’s complete chaos and lawlessness. And after everything he’s been through in the last two days, can you believe this? At TLC, he was robbed of one of the biggest wins of his career by Roman Reigns. Finally, last night, after he orchestrated the beatdowns of Chris Jericho and John Cena, he single-handedly beat Cena in a cage. Tonight, he’s out here with severely bruised ribs, but was still ready to compete against Ryback. And now, this? He says this works in his favor because, honestly, after the last two days, nobody deserves a day off more than him. So, let’s take the night off and celebrate.
As he and his security team are leaving, Dolph Ziggler’s music hits. He knows Rollins is good at scamming his way out of things, including last night on RAW as well as tonight with Ryback. But here’s some news: the Authority is out of power, and it’s all because of Sting and himself. He reminds Rollins he put the Authority out of power, as well as beat Rollins. As far as he’s concerned, Rollins is probably contractually-obligated to compete tonight. The fans deserves to see “Mr. Money in the Bank” compete tonight, so how about going one-on-one with Ziggler? Rollins says Ziggler hasn’t done anything lately to deserve a shot in the ring with him. Ziggler mocks him and says if he’s afraid, that’s fine, and all he has to do is say so. He doesn’t blame Rollins for being afraid. Rollins says this is just Ziggler. He’s in a giving mode, so he has two gifts. The first is to Ziggler, as he’s going to accept the challenge. The second gift he will give to himself when he curb stomps Ziggler later tonight. Ziggler says he’s going to get his gear, steal the show and beat Rollins because…that’s what’s best for business.
Another video for the Ascension.
MATCH 3-WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP: NAOMI VS. NIKKI BELLA (CHAMPION; W/BRIE BELLA)
Miz supposedly secured this match through his agent, as if anyone still cares about this angle. Naomi applies a waistlock and turns it into a sunset flip for 1. Nikki comes back with a clothesline for 2. Naomi gets whipped to the corner, has a kick blocked, but hits one on a second attempt. She hits a pair of knees for 2. Nikki comes back with an Alabama Slam for 2. A snap suplex from Nikki gets another 2. A slingshot suplex gets yet another 2. Nikki applies a rear chinlock, which Naomi breaks with an armdrag. The two simultaneously hair-mare each other, and now both are down. Miz comes down to ringside, cheering Naomi on. In the ring, Naomi ducks a clothesline and hits a trio of dropsh*ts. She connects with a flipping clothesline for 2, then heads to the apron. She connects with a high kick, then hits a hotshot for 2. Naomi lays in some forearms before Nikki hits a facebreaker for 1. Nikki mounts the middle rope and hits a cross-body, but Naomi rolls through for 2. Nikki suckers Naomi into the ropes, sending her to the floor. As Miz encourages Naomi, Jimmy Uso runs down to ringside and sends Miz to the back. Naomi is distracted, which allows Nikki to roll her up in a small package for 3.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: NIKKI BELLA.
MATCH 4: KANE VS. ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
The Bunny is wearing a neckbrace as a result of Monday night. Rose rolls around the ring and heads out to check on the Bunny before asking the Rose Buds to psyche him up. He re-enters the ring, hits a kick, and then gets knocked on his ass with a shoulder. He blocks a corner charge, then goes up top, hitting a cross-body. Instead of going for a pin, Rose starts celebrating. He turns around, only to have Kane lay him out with a big boot. Kane hits the chokeslam and gets 3.
Kane heads up the ramp, then stops. He turns around, stares at the Bunny, and tosses him into the ring by the neckbrace. Kane then hits him with a tombstone to a big “Yes!” chant.
We get a promo from Gold & Stardust. They hate Christmas, and on RAW, they’re going to turn the holiday season upside down. It will be the most unhappy time of the year.
Renee Young is with Seth Rollins and J&J Security. She brings up Rollins admitting he orchestrated the attacks on Jericho and Cena. Rollins says he doesn’t expect her to understand this, but Cena and Cena alone has the power to bring back the Authority. Until Cena does that, Rollins will make sure Cena is unsuccessful at everything he tries, including the World title match at the Royal Rumble. Cena needs to be vulnerable, and if that means he has to work with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, so be it. As for Jericho, he thought he could run RAW. No one can replace the Authority. They are coming back, but until they do, Rollins will take great pride in making everyone else’s lives miserable, starting with Dolph Ziggler.
MATCH 5: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) (NON-TITLE)
Rollins immediately bails to the floor to consult with his security team. After a moment, he gets back in the ring and goes for an arm wringer. Ziggler counters, then turns the hold into a side headlock. Rollins sends him into the ropes, and Ziggler sends him to the floor with a shoulder. I should point out Rollins is selling an injury, courtesy of athletic tape around the midsection. Anyway, back in the ring, Rollins hits a hip throw. Ziggler gets back to his feet, sends Rollins in for a crisscross, then hits a hiptoss for 1. Rollins tries to bail, but Ziggler pulls him back in for a right hand. Rollins tries to bail again, so Ziggler hits him int he gut. Rollins comes back with a kick and a headbutt before throwing Ziggler into the buckles. Rollins beats Ziggler down with rights, then hits a short-arm clothesline. Rollins drops a knee for 2, then pulls Ziggler to his feet for a back suplex. Ziggler flips out and rolls Rollins up for 2 before hitting a dropkick. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Rollins grabs the top rope to block it. Ziggler gets distracted by J&J on the apron, and Rollins sends him to the floor. Outside, Jamie Noble nails Ziggler as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Ziggler counters a rear chinlock with a sit-out jawbreaker. He goes for a dropkick, which Rollins blocks and turns into a catapult for 2. Rollins grinds his boot into the back of Ziggler’s neck before Joey Mercury hits a cheap shot behind the ref’s back. Rollins hits a few punches, then sends Ziggler in for a hard corner whip. Rollins boots Ziggler in the face until Ziggler comes back with a series of gut shots. He hits a dropkick to the gut, but Rollins recovers enough to hit a clothesline. He tosses Ziggler to the floor, then goes for an axe handle from the apron. Ziggler moves and sends him into the announce desk. Ziggler then shoves Rollins gut-first into the ring steps before rolling back into the ring. Rollins is on the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Rollins heads up top, but Ziggler trips him, sending crashing across the top rope and then into the mat. Ziggler hits a corner splash and and a neckbreaker before the Shot to the Heart gets 2. Ziggler hits yet another dropkick for 2. Rollins comes back with a kneelift. Ziggler goes for the leaping DDT, which Rollins blocks. Ziggler then ducks a kick and hits it on the second try for 2. Ziggler pounds Rollins in the head, and now the two are trading shots. Rollins blocks a superkick and connects with a spin kick to the head for 2. Rollins pulls himself up to his feet on the apron, then heads up top. Ziggler meets him and hits a super facebuster for 2. Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper, but Rollins avoides and goes for a waistlock. Ziggler counters into a roll-up for 2. J&J jump on the apron as a distraction, then drop back down to the floor when Ziggler takes a swing at them. Rollins charges in, and Ziggler backdrops him to the outside, onto J&J Security. Ziggler rolls Rollins back in and hits the rocker dropper for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but the ref is distracted by Mercuary, which allows Noble to punch Ziggler in the face in the corner. Referee Mike Chioda has finally had enough, and he ejects J&J from ringside. As Rollins is arguing with the ref, Ziggler hits a surprise Zig-Zag for 3.
WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
J&J hit the ring, but Ziggler quickly avoids both of them and heads up the ramp to celebrate his first one-on-one win against Rollins.
End of show.
WWE: True Giants Home Video
The Randy Savage Story DVD
Grab discounted WWE DVDs, merchandise, t -shirts, figures, and more from the WWE Shop on Amazon.com