LAST TIME ON RAW
It is a guarantee that WWE TLC will end with one champion between John Cena and Randy Orton. Who that will be, however, has never been murkier following the longtime rivals’ tense contract signing at the conclusion of Raw. The tension appeared to settle at a simmer throughout the course of the historic signing, but cooler heads ultimately failed to prevail when both competitors were allowed to speak.
Orton’s pontificating earned him an uncommonly ferocious response from The Champ, who snarled that The Viper never lived up to his potential and challenged Orton to “step up or step aside.” The Apex Predator chose the former and made a move on The Champ, although Orton got his licks in when he turned a steel chair on Cena, The Champ got the last laugh when he turned the tables (literally) on The Viper and sent him tumbling through a table with an Attitude Adjustment. The Champ is here, and the match is on.
Now here’s a result to really make Titus O’Neil sick: The Prime Time Players – just days removed from a gut-busting (literally) incident on SmackDown – rolled into Raw in high spirits and received a thrashing from The Real Americans on Raw in a match that left Zeb Colter smiling for the first time in a week. The Americans controlled the pace from the get-go thanks to Jack Swagger, who softened Titus up for his second Cesaro Swing in four days.
Zeb Colter cut the famous maneuver short, however, for fear of a repeat of Friday's gastrointestinal catastrophe. Yet while Titus reached Darren Young before he could lose his lunch, the fresh “Mr. No Days Off” couldn’t rally to save his team’s chances. Despite a strong showing by Young, the former U.S. Champion Cesaro put The Players to bed by knocking D. Young out of the sky with a European uppercut for three.
In other action...Mark Henry def. Fandango…Ryback & Curtis Axel def. Kofi Kingston & The Miz…The Shield def. WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust & Big Show…Sin Cara def. Alberto Del Rio…R-Truth & Xavier Woods def. Tons of Funk…Daniel Bryan def. Erick Rowan…Natalya & The Bella Twins def. Divas Champion AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka & Summer Rae…Damien Sandow def. Dolph Ziggler to become No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship and CM Punk addressed The Authority.