WWE: What You Missed Since Raw; Miz Biggest Winner, Damien Sandow Biggest Loser

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WWE: What You Missed Since Raw; Miz Biggest Winner, Damien Sandow Biggest Loser
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Christmas season tends to be a bad time for television programming. While there is no "offseason" for WWE, even some of their programming suffers this time of year.

While this week's non-Raw and non-SmackDown television did include an addition in the form of Tribute to the Troops, the two least significant weekly programs, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam, were simply year-in-review or best-of editions.

As we analyze these shows and try to decide who came out looking the best and who came out looking the worst, we can't overlook what is being recapped. WWE is going to show us what was genuinely the "best of the year." They're going to show us what they want us to remember from 2012.

To that extent, every week I take a look at WWE's four "other" shows: NXT, Main Event, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam (this week will also include Tribute to the Troops). After we review everything that happened on these shows, we'll decide who benefited the most last week and who needs to be sending feelers to TNA and ROH.

My "highlights" version of all four shows is below.

If it piques your interest enough to read on, the slideshow breaks down the shows individually, segment by segment, complete with my questions, predictions and/or honorable mentions. If you disagree with my selections for who benefited/suffered the most, there's a comment section below.



On Tribute to the Troops, Sheamus and Randy Orton got a win over Dolph Ziggler and Big Show after the match was restarted, and Ryback got a disqualification victory over Alberto Del Rio.

The Miz defeated Damien Sandow after a segment with Kermit and Miss Piggy, and the team of R-Truth and Team Hell No defeated 3MB in a six-man tag match. In the main event, John Cena defeated Antonio Cesaro.

The show also featured two songs each by Flo Rida and Kid Rock, multiple Muppet segments and tons of celebrity messages.

On NXT, The Usos got a victory over Primo and Epico, which was immediately followed by a visit from The Ascension. Big E. Langston defeated Camacho and Aiden English in a handicap match.

Kassius Ohno defeated Percy Watson, and Corey Graves attacked NXT Champion Seth Rollins while he was being interviewed by Jim Ross. In the main event, The Big Show defeated Bo Dallas.

On Main Event, Team Hell No successfully defended their Tag Team Championship in a great match against Team Rhodes Scholars.

The night continued with tag action when the Primetime Players get a victory over Zack Ryder and Santino Marella, Team CoBro.

This week's Superstars was part one of a two-week year-in-review, showcasing the best of Monday Night Raw from 2012. This review includes The Rock's verbal war with Cena and his promise to once again be WWE Champion. They also replayed Brock Lesnar's return from that same evening.

They also reviewed the Lesnar/Cena feud from Extreme Rules, the Lesnar/Triple H feud, the Jericho/Ziggler feud, the debut of Antonio Cesaro and the Slammy Awards.

On Saturday Morning Slam, we got a "best of" episode. The two replayed matches included The Miz (as Intercontinental Champion) defeating Justin Gabriel and Rey Mysterio defeating Michael McGillicutty.

Mysterio also got a brief Superstar Spotlight segment.

Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.

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