With the wild 2012 edition of WWE’s TLC pay-per-view out of the way, the official road to WrestleMania 29 begins in Philadelphia Monday night when Raw rolls into town.
Not only will the WWE Universe have to deal with the aftermath of a wild TLC PPV, the company will start looking forward to the 2013 Royal Rumble where many of the biggest storylines of the year will begin.
Add in the 2012 Slammy Awards live on this week’s edition of Raw, and Monday’s show could be one of the best of the year.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
When: Monday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Full TLC Results
Dolph Ziggler defeated John Cena (Ladder Match for the Money in the Bank briefcase).
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show defeated Sheamus (Chairs Match).
The Shield defeated Team Hell No & Ryback (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match).
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston defeated Wade Barrett.
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated R-Truth.
The Miz, Alberto Del Rio & The Brooklyn Brawler defeated 3MB.
Divas Champion Eve defeated Naomi.
Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara.
Naomi won the “Santa’s Helper” No. 1 Contender’s Diva Battle Royal.
Potential Spoilers for Raw
Alberto Del Rio Turns Face?
While there had been rumors of the WWE contemplating turning Alberto Del Rio face for a few weeks leading up to this event (h/t Wrestling Observer), the fact that the company pulled the trigger on this move is flat-out stunning. How the company treats ADR on Monday, though, will depict his future.
WWE Officials Happy with Brooklyn Crowd
After some of the most entertaining fan reactions in a long time—besides the awful "Goldberg" chants that must stop—it is crystal clear why the WWE would be happy with the crowd Sunday night. Expect Brooklyn to get plenty of shows in the future.
Source: Wrestling Inc.
Slammy Awards Predictions
Superstar of the Year: CM Punk
As the WWE champion from the start of 2012 all the way through to the close of the calendar year, there is no better option for the superstar of the year award than CM Punk. With a heel turn thrown in for good measure to prove he can do anything in the wrestling business, there is little doubt that Punk is the best superstar of 2012.
Newcomer of the Year: Ryback
While just a few months ago most fans only knew him as Skip Sheffield—if they knew him at all—Ryback has emerged on the scene as one of the most dominant young stars in the company. With a meteoric rise to the top of the card, there is little question that WWE will feed the hungry star this Slammy Award.
Comeback of the Year: Chris Jericho
Despite the fact that Chris Jericho forgot how to win upon his return to the WWE, having Y2J back on WWE television was one of the highlights of the year. From his feud putting over Punk to the battles with Dolph Ziggler, Jericho's return to the WWE was a huge part of 2012.
Kiss of the Year: AJ and Cena
While this is the most recent, the fact that John Cena has so many fans will make this a landslide vote. This kiss seems a bit tainted now, though…
The Most Shocking Moment of the Year: Brad Maddox Screws Ryback at HIAC
Almost every fan in attendance and at home knew that Ryback would lose to Punk in the Hell in a Cell structure, but no one predicted that the ref would be the one to step in and ruin the ending to the match. This was a well-done swerve by the WWE.
LOL Moment of the Year: Daniel Bryan loses WHC at WrestleMania 28
While this will win by default, I did not "LOL" when I saw my favorite wrestler lose in 18 seconds on the biggest stage of them all. Even all these months later, I still believe Bryan deserved so much better than that loss.
Match of the Year: John Cena vs. The Rock—WrestleMania 28
As a hardcore wrestling fan, this was not the best match of the year, but there is no way the WWE Universe will vote for anything else. With two of the most charismatic stars in the history of the business—The Rock and John Cena—meeting on the grandest stage, WWE did create a magical moment.
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