Raw Recap: December 12, 2016
S2016 episode 1229 Aired on December 12, 2016

With just a few hours to go before tying Demolition’s all-time Tag Team Title record, The New Day pulled out every last trick in the book to extend their reign as Raw Tag Team Champions. They didn’t outlast Cesaro & Sheamus and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson so much as they outwitted them to secure the victory.

New Day approached the match at a distinct strength disadvantage, one that was only intensified when Kofi Kingston found himself isolated from Big E. Cesaro seemed to have things well in hand when he took out every single competitor in the match in one rampaging swoop, culminating in a Cesaro Swing and Sharpshooter to Karl Anderson. But New Day stole the win in one swoop of their own. After Big E broke up the Sharpshooter, Kingston tagged himself in on Anderson. When Cesaro fed Anderson into a Brogue Kick, Kingston pounced with Trouble in Paradise on Sheamus and pinned him while Big E held Cesaro’s ankles to prevent any interference. Somewhere, Xavier Woods’ grandmother is smiling. Xavier was too, at least until New Day sprayed Stephanie McMahon with champagne during their victory party. Oops.

With just a few hours to go before tying Demolition’s all-time Tag Team Title record, The New Day pulled out every last trick in the book to extend their reign as Raw Tag Team Champions …

No, this isn’t a cut-and-paste glitch: Getting sprayed with champagne made an irate Stephanie amenable to some last-minute machinations by Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns' showing in a four-way brawl on “The Rollins Report” meant that ya boys had to defend their titles in yet another Triple Threat Match, this time against aspiring Tag Team Champions Jeri-KO and former Tag Team Champions Rollins & Reigns.

Got all that? Good. The long and short of it is that New Day are still champions by the skin of Francesca II Turbo’s brass skin, all thanks to Rollins. Jeri-KO was a count away from the titles after landing a Pop-up Codebreaker on Woods, until Rollins shoved Owens into Jericho to break up the pinfall, and then Jericho into Owens when the two started to bicker over the contact. Rollins administered a Pedigree to Jericho, then much like their first win of the night, Big E grabbed his ankle while Woods limply draped his arm over Jericho for the pin.

But wait, there was more: While Owens pleaded with Jericho to believe that he didn’t cost them the match on purpose, Reigns made his way to the ring and stared Owens down in preparation for a massive Spear. Seeing what was coming down the pike, Jericho took his leave and more or less left Owens to the mercy of The Big Dog, who ended the show posing with his United States Title and Owens’ WWE Universal Title. End of the line indeed.

Everyone saw what Rusev did to Enzo Amore inside the hotel room of horrors last week on Raw. But The Bulgarian Brute came to Raw with a unique promise: To take the WWE Universe back inside the room after he and Lana had disposed of Muscles Marinara and reveal how they celebrated “behind closed doors.” It turns out all he and Lana wanted to do was replay the footage of Enzo getting destroyed, but the power couple hadn’t counted on the other half of The Realest Guys in the Room finally making his move.

Big Cass thundered down to the ring in defense of his best friend and had Rusev on the proverbial ropes with a series of clubbing blows to the body. The Super Athlete got one or two good strikes in of his own and was finally able to escape, but it’s safe to say the point had been made.

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