Monday's Raw didn’t cause a huge buzz on Twitter, but fans and company men alike had some interesting things to say about the show.
Competing with a one-sided Monday Night Football game, Raw disappointed as a whole.
The show got fans more ready for the TLC pay-per-view, but it did so without a ton of entertainment in the process.
WWE fans watching the show talked about Cody Rhodes' mustache and were mostly quiet during some of the less enticing matches.
At times, the conversation about Raw was more fun that the show itself. For example, one fan threw out this hilarious theory regarding The Shield.
My Christmas Wish is that Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns turn out to also be behind Aces and Eights. #Raw
— Chris Sims (@theisb) December 11, 2012
Standing on a ladder, Dolph Ziggler began to explain how John Cena was not going to take his Money in the Bank briefcase from him. Justin Roberts provided Twitter with a photo of the scene.
Ziggler fans hoping to hear him rock the mic were disappointed, courtesy of Sheamus interrupting the proceedings.
Fans didn't even get much of a chance to drown Ziggler out with "what?" chants.
The Celtic Warrior told Ziggler that he'd soon be the World Heavyweight Champion, so it'd be him that Ziggler would have to cash in his briefcase on.
Shortly thereafter, Big Show came out as well. He and Ziggler made sure we knew all about the no-contact clause for the TLC match.
Sheamus had to direct his anger somewhere and so he decided to push Ziggler off the ladder. Still, The Iron Sheik was not impressed.
Sheamus good still not Iron Sheik class— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 11, 2012
Having Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro on commentary to promote the secondary title feuds was expected. Seeing R-Truth beat Wade Barrett in less than two minutes was an unpleasant surprise.
Barrett landed a thunderous kick to the gut, but that was about it.
Truth rolled Barrett up and got the upset win. Wrestlezone.com summed up the action quite well.
R-Truth w/ a win over Wade Barrett, after which Kofi Kingston visits the moon and comes down with a crossbody on his TLC opponent. #Raw— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) December 11, 2012
The general feeling on Twitter was that Barrett is long overdue for a win. Wrestling fans are often too whiny about the booking, but it's getting to be a legitimate gripe in Barrett's case.
Dear Santa, for Christmas I would like to see @wadebarrett get a win soon. Thankssomuch— Renee Young (@reneepaquette) December 11, 2012
Prime Time Players vs. Rhodes Scholars vs. Primo and Epico vs. The Usos sounded like a truckload of awesome, but it ended up being rushed. On top of that, a good chunk of the action happened during the commercial break.
The match marked Cody Rhodes' return to the ring since his injuries.
2 muscle tears, 1 blown AC joint...25 days later HEALED. Rather miraculous...just getting started. #RhodesToTheFuture— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodesWWE) December 11, 2012
Rhodes brought along a gnarly mustache to the party. It sparked a “Cody’s mustache” chant and got some buzz on Twitter.
The Rhodes Scholars got the win when Rhodes hit his finisher.
The Usos had been dominant up to that point, having eliminated The Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico. Rhodes and Sandow came out on top in the end.
The team earned the right to face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a Tables match at TLC. The winner of that match will be the top contender for Team Hell No's tag titles.
His injuries keeping him out of the ring, CM Punk hobbled out on crutches to talk some smack.
— Byron Wozgen (@SouthSideChiSox) December 11, 2012
Punk garnered a passionate reaction from the crowd. Paul Heyman added his thoughts, playing a fantastic weasel.
#raw Paul Heyman didn't just diss my NJ Devils did he?
— Mike Caponetto (@MCaponetto) December 11, 2012
Yes, he did. We call that cheap heat.
He also took a shot at The Rock. This segment was clearly designed to explain Punk's absence from TLC and, more importantly, pump up Punk vs. Rock at the Royal Rumble.
That's right folks, this week you're getting TWO Diva matches. That'll fix those pesky ratings. #RAWTonight— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) December 11, 2012
It's hard to argue with that sarcastic comment.
After a minute or two, Eve finished off a dominant win. The match itself was nothing memorable, but Eve may have introduced a new post-match routine.
She brought in the camera man to take shots of her while she posed around Alicia Fox.
Grantland's David Shoemaker delivered his perspective on the new act.
Did Eve just come up with the best post-win routine since the old hundred-dollar-bill-in-the-mouth?— David Shoemaker (@AKATheMaskedMan) December 11, 2012
Two of WWE's best match producers right now delivered. It wasn't either Dolph Ziggler's nor Sheamus' best work, but it ended up being the match of the night.
It also received the Jim Ross stamp of approval.
WWE's weird relationship with The Muppets continues and apparently extends to the world of Twitter. Ms. Piggy shared some creepy comments on the match.
Those are two beautiful, chiseled, sweaty men… but I’d trade them both for movie night with Kermie. His treat, of course. #ClassyFrog— Miss Piggy (@RealMissPiggy) December 11, 2012
Despite Ziggler's beautiful facebuster on Sheamus, he couldn't get the win. He purposely got himself disqualified after using a steel chair on Sheamus.
Zack Ryder lasted longer than most fans would have predicted, but he ended up submitting to the cross armbreaker after a game effort.
— John Still (@Synergycomic) December 11, 2012
The Internet champ did garner lots of chants and a genuinely excited reaction from the crowd. The match wasn't long enough to create many memorable spots.
Despite Ryder's continual support from the fans, WWE gives him little love. The opposite is true for Alberto Del Rio.
Fans who were waiting for AJ Lee to get revenge on Vickie Guerrero for torturing her all this time saw her instead take out her rage on inanimate objects and Justin Roberts.
Vickie's ring wear caught some fans' attention before the match began.
So first tamina, now vickie is stealing harlem heat gear? #raw— The Mer™ (@mare_bare) December 11, 2012
Brad Maddox served as the ref. He refused to count when AJ had the pin and hurried his count for Vickie.
Vickie turned that advantage into a cheap win.
AJ screeched as she destroyed everything in sight. Though her and Vickie's storyline is clearly not over, fans, including Bleacher Report's own Graham ‘GSM’ Matthews, lamented her loss in her home state.
Why does AJ continuously get treated like Jim Ross in her home state? Mr. McMahon is a cruel, cruel man. #Raw
— Graham Mirmina (@SAVE_US_GSM) December 11, 2012
Despite the talent involved, this match wasn't anything special.
Neither Kofi Kingston nor Antonio Cesaro seemed all that interested in this hype-less match. In fact, as this fan pointed out, the New Jersey crowd seemed to be distracted during the action.
The champion vs. champion match suffered from a slow pace along with the wrestlers' lethargy. Cesaro spent too much time clutching Kingston in a waistlock.
Kingston hit the SOS and just as the referee counted three, Cesaro grabbed the ring ropes. The US champ delivered an excellent backbreaker after catching Kingston in the air.
Beyond that, there was little to talk about here, either in real life or on Twitter.
The Rhodes Scholars appeared on Miz's talk show, inciting a new set of mustache-inspired chants.
Things began slowly with the Twitter talk being more about Miz's choice of suit and Rhodes' facial hair. Joey Styles had some harsh comments about Miz's wardrobe.
— Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) December 11, 2012
The segment got going later when Miz started to poke fun at Rhodes and tried to create tension between the Rhodes Scholars.
Something seemed to be missing from the Miz's delivery, though—edge or direction perhaps. Quite a few folks thought the answer was the Miz's discomfort in his newest role.
Oh, John Cena vs. Big Show tonight on #Raw? Haven't seen that match enough this year.— Condescending WWE (@SarcasticSmark) December 11, 2012
The sarcastic part of most fans must have had this same thought when the main event was announced. The little girl in the audience who cried when John Cena came out probably felt otherwise.
That young fan became a hot topic on Twitter.
That girl takes WWE abit to serious. It's just Cena...Then again. That's how i looked on RAW 1000 with #DGenerationX— Mikael Andersson (@BrockyLesnarDX) December 11, 2012
Dolph Ziggler provided some commentary to help remind us about his match with John Cena at TLC.
Though the match was intense and violent at times, nothing about it stood out. Perhaps WrestlingNewsSource is right.
The Shield jumped in just as Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment and started causing their now expected chaos. Team Hell No, Sheamus, Ziggler and Ryback all got involved in the melee.
Michael Prunka was not the only one to see that coming.
The Ziggler cash-in, of course, didn't happen. Who knows when we'll see that?