With less than a week until the 2012 edition of WWE’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, the company is ready to use the final edition of Raw to tie up all the loose ends and give one last effort to make people care.
The WWE has done a solid job building to a show that is essentially a holdover PPV, and how the company handles this week’s edition of Raw could be the make-or-break factor for the buyrates of this event.
Add in the fact that the Royal Rumble is next month and the holiday season is already upon us, and the WWE knows it must blow this episode out.
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
When: Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Randy Orton Possibly Injured?
During the Tribute to the Troops show this week, WWE superstar Randy Orton appeared to injure his wrist. The referee used the customary arm ‘X’ to signify the severity of the injury, and witnesses say he was examined at ringside by a trainer. We should know more about the injury at tonight’s episode of Raw.
Source: Nick Paglino of WrestleZone
Low Ratings Forcing WWE to Go Big?
With the three-hour editions of Raw continuing to kill the ratings, the company has become more and more desperate to boost its viewership. That is why reports now claim that despite surgery, CM Punk will be in attendance, and Vince McMahon himself is also rumored to be in in Newark.
Source: F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.
CM Punk’s Latest Injury Updates
After injuring his knee and being forced to have surgery (h/t WWE.com), WWE Champion CM Punk’s immediate future and when he will eventually face Ryback for the title will likely be addressed by Vince McMahon himself tonight on Raw.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Does Vinny Mac Need to Be There?
With the WWE Champion not on the PPV anymore on such short notice, McMahon knows that he must come out and not only sell the crowd on the injury, but sell them on the new, six-man tag match replacing the would-be main event.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Exaggerated Injury Promos
The company is desperate for ratings, so they will not waste the chance to have Punk in the building in a non-contact format, too. Add a wheelchair to the mix, some overly dramatic leg brace and Paul Heyman signing Punk’s blues, and this could be another great promo from the WWE champ.
Rumor Mill: CM Punk and Vince McMahon to appear Monday (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
TLC’s Go-Home Show
With less than seven days until WWE’s TLC PPV, the final touches for the company’s top storylines must be tied up on this week’s edition of Raw. From Dolph Ziggler to Sheamus, this is the time for the WWE to go all-in with its creative writing.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will You Buy TLC 2012?
Most of the storylines are very predictable and the outcomes are obvious, but for an obvious holdover PPV, the WWE has made a great effort to keep it fresh and interesting. With no titles likely changing hands, this may be the spot WWE uses to return one of its biggest stars (i.e. The Rock or Brock Lesnar). The WWE Universe won’t want to miss that.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Holdover PPVs
The WWE knows how important momentum is in the wrestling business, and they are building this episode of Raw up to make TLC more interesting than it really is. The reason the WWE cares so much about TLC is because it sets the stage for Royal Rumble and the road to WrestleMania 29.
Don’t sleep on just how important TLC is in the grand scheme of WrestleMania booking.
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