While TLC might be viewed as a bridge to WrestleMania season, Sunday's pay-per-view was important for several reasons and produced some of the best moments of 2012. Now, with TLC in the rear-view mirror, the WWE must build on the momentum it created with a strong episode of Raw.
There is plenty that needs to be addressed on Monday, including A.J.'s interference in the ladder match between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, The Shield's next step after decisively beating Ryback and Team Hell No and who will enter the World Heavyweight Championship scene following Big Show's win over Sheamus.
Although many fans haven't been overly happy with Raw's three-hour format, tonight's show is one that should be able to use every single minute effectively. There are still six weeks until Royal Rumble, so there is plenty of time to build toward it, but the creative team will want to get off on the right foot with a strong Raw.
Here are the top five things to keep an eye on while watching this week's edition of Monday Night Raw.