Monday’s edition of “RAW” was broadcast live from the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. The show featured several attacks form the new stable the Shield, as well as CM Punk putting the Miz over as a face.
The Miz has been undergoing a face turn, moving from villain to hero since just before the Survivor Series pay-per-view last month, and WWE Champion CM Punk lend him a hand in getting over with the crowd. The Second City Saint is WWE’s top heel, and putting Miz face to face with Punk at the end of the show only lent to the Awesome One’s credibility as a good guy.
During a segment of MizTV, the Miz gave Punk a polygraph test to see if he was involved in the Brad Maddox or Shield incidences. The problem is that one of Miz’s biggest strengths is his mic skills, but in comparison to CM Punk he doesn’t shine; the segment still proved affective with fans.
Before Punk could answer any questions pertaining to his possibly corrupt title run, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns stormed the ring. The Shield took out Miz and the MizTV set before Ryback came out, along with Kane and Daniel Bryan, to stop the NXT trio, and the show ended with Ryback hitting Punk with Shell Shocked.
The Tag Team Champions became involved in this mess after The Shield attacked them following a victory over the Prime Time Players. The group dismantled Kane outside the ring and hit Daniel Bryan with the three-man powerbomb they’ve used over the past several weeks.
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The Shield also attacked Randy Orton after he had won a match against aspiring WWE star Brad Maddox. The Viper didn’t take part in the brawl after MizTV.
John Cena and Sheamus beat Dolph Ziggler and Big Show in a tag team match. The bout put the Sheamus and Show feud over the Giant’s World Heavyweight Championship and the Cena Ziggler grudge match together.
Later in the night, Vickie Guerrero was pressured into making the Showoff defend his Money in the Bank briefcase against the Cenation Leader at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. If Cena wins, he will be the first man to win two Money in the Bank contracts in the same year, being that he won one the same night as Ziggler, at the 2012 Money in the Bank pay-per-view this past summer.
A RAWActive poll results in the United States Championship being put on the line in a fatal four-way match between title holder Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. Cesaro won the vote, as opposed to last week when the Kane won a match with CM Punk was fixed.
The US Champion retained his title, pinning Wade Barrett after a long, exciting match. All four men involved are talented performers and reflect well on WWE’s midcard.
Sin Cara faced Alberto del Rio in a match that highlighted the luchador’s talents. Cara was defeated by Del Rio, but the Mexican Aristocrat has a similar background to the International Sensation, so they worked well together.
Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella in a short match to establish Sandow as a singles competitor. The Intellectual Savior of the Masses lost momentum when his more experienced tag team partner Cody Rhodes was sidelined last month, putting Sandow back into lower midcard matches.
The pompous superstar has returned to ridiculing audience members similarly to how he did at his debut. Now he brings an audience member – a plant put in the crowd by WWE – and asks them a set of questions, ultimately declaring them the Idiot of the Week to get heat from the crowd.
For most of the year AJ Lee has served the role of a manager to a wrestler, focal point of a storyline that doesn’t involve her wrestling and as “RAW” General Manager, but the skilled in-ring competitor has finally returned to action. AJ defeated her new rival Tamina Snuka.
The former “RAW” GM didn’t have a solid victory, though. AJ caught the daughter of “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka in a rollup to catch a quick win, leaving the two open for more matches.