The WWE brought us one final pay-per-view event for the 2012 season, and it was a good one. Despite the loss of CM Punk to injury, and Ryback having to renew his feud against the Shield instead, this turned into one of the more interesting cards of the season.
Ryback didn't disappoint in his match with Team Hell No taking on The Shield. Many felt it was one of the best matches of the entire PPV season, and visions of CM Punk began to disappear with every passing second.
Kofi Kingston held on to his Intercontinental Championship by defeating Wade Barrett, and John Cena fell at the hands of Dolph Ziggler with the help of AJ Lee turning on her former pal. The Money in the Bank briefcase stays with Ziggler—for now.
Big Show used a big chair to take down Sheamus in the two's most recent feud. Elsewhere, Team Rhodes Scholars have the No. 1 contender status to the Tag Team Championship, and Antonio Cesaro now holds the United States Championship.
Naomi won the pre-show battle royal, but couldn't hang on to knock off Eve Torres in the Divas Championship, and The Miz and Alberto Del Rio got a win in the six-team tag team matchup.
All in all, it was an exciting evening for the sport. We've got you covered with Twitter reaction from the event, capping a long Sunday night of action-packed wrestling.
Paul Heyman will help get us underway, with his tweet about the state of the company. It's actually from December 15, but a crazy thought with Punk still sidelined.
Heyman (@HeymanHustle) December 16, 2012
The WWE's official Twitter feed had some great slideshows of each of the bouts on their timeline after each one was completed. Here's a look at John Cena and Dolph Ziggler's slideshow. For the others, make sure to check out the rest of the tweets from Sunday night.
WWE (@WWE) December 17, 2012
The sarcastic side of folks came out when a noted heel helped take down Cena. It was clear to some that this was an expected move by the WWE. Condescending WWE on Twitter made sure to take note:
Oh, AJ Lee turned heel and helped Dolph Ziggler defeat John Cena to retain his MITB? Sorry this is so late, my internet exploded. #WWETLC— Condescending WWE (@SarcasticSmark) December 17, 2012
For those that say WWE is not a sport, the injuries suffered at TLC 2012 help make the case for just the opposite. In addition to Sin Cara's leg injury, R-Truth had a good gash of his own (Disclaimer—those with a weak stomach or sensitivity to blood shouldn't keep scrolling).
Baltimore Sun reporter Arda Ocal loved the Ryback match, along with the rest of the country. Could it be the match of the year?
Is Shield vs Hell No/Ryback a match of the year candidate? Yes. But to me it certainly doesn't top Triple H vs Taker w HBK at WM28. #WWETLC— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) December 17, 2012
Staying on the Shield, it appears that some are hoping for new heels to start creeping in as the company begins to shift some of its roster elsewhere. Seth Mates certainly felt this way:
Seems after tonight, Ziggler & Shield are STARS. Let's make sure it stays that way as the part-timers start returning to town ...— Seth Mates (@SethMates) December 17, 2012
Jimmy Korderas will take us home. As Big Show grabbed an ultra-big chair to finish off Sheamus and retain his World Heavyweight Title, the whole world grabbed a chuckle:
Big Show just grabbed @tonychimelwwe s chair!— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) December 17, 2012
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.