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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Dec. 9

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterDecember 10, 2013

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from Dec. 9

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    Juggling both the Slammy Awards and the TLC 2013 go-home show proved to be a struggle at times for Monday's WWE Raw, at least until a compelling, chaotic ending.

    Daniel Bryan took home a pair of Slammy Awards in front of the Seattle, Wash. crowd whose passion for their hometown hero burned like a wildfire. He was all over the show, from the opener to the last segment.

    How entertaining were the Slammy Award segments? How well did WWE get the audience prepped and pumped for TLC?

    Some matches certainly suffered from lack of time. Some presenters seemed disinterested in their duties. An undeserving bout earned Match of the Year honors after CM Punk and Dean Ambrose churned out the best match of the night.

    For the show that featured tuxes to go along with wrestling trunks, here are the grades, results and breakdown of the Dec. 9 edition of WWE Raw.

Fandango vs. Daniel Bryan

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    The Seattle, Wash. crowd roared for Bryan, who opened the show against Fandango.

    Fandango used some chops to gain the advantage early on, but Bryan soon used his boot like a drumstick and made the ballroom dancer's back his snare drum. Outside the ring, Bryan left the security barricade rattling after slamming Fandango into it.

    Despite a few bursts of offense from Fandango, this was mostly a showcase of Bryan's abilities.

    He finished Fandango off with a flying knee. The celebration didn't last long, however. Bray Wyatt appeared on the Jumbotron, again trying to convince Bryan to join his family. 

    Wyatt promised Bryan that he would hurt him should he continue to turn him down.

     

    Result

    Bryan wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "A hero's welcome, tonight," Michael Cole on the audience's reaction to Bryan.

    Fandango counters a missile dropkick into a powerbomb.

    "Thank God Bryan only has two feet," JBL on Bryan kicking Fandango.

    "It's your ravenous behavior that draws me to you," Wyatt to Bryan.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Despite it being mostly one-sided, this was a solid match to open the show. Bryan looked strong as he dominated Fandango. 

    "The Flying Goat" provided us with further evidence that he can work well in the ring with any opponent. 

    Wyatt's speech set up the stakes for TLC simply and effectively. Bryan has to fight off these bearded brawlers to stop them from trying to recruit him. The possibility of Bryan joining The Wyatt Family was planted once more in fans' minds.

LOL Moment of the Year Award

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    Jerry Lawler and Booker T kicked off the Slammy Awards by welcoming The New Age Outlaws. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg sauntered out in neon tuxes, Gunn in an orange better suited for sherbet.

    The audience chanted for one more match from the former tag team.

    The nominees for LOL Moment of the Year included Vickie Guerrero's freak-out after getting fired, Titus O'Neil puking on SmackDown, Great Khali and Jinder Mahal charming Santino Marella's cobra, and The Rock's concert at the Raw 20th Anniversary.

    Vickie accepted when the The Rock concert won. 

    She gave us a brief taste of her irksome voice when she told The Rock that the Slammy represented her beauty. She then hurried off stage.

     

    Result

    The Rock wins.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Do those tuxes come with batteries or extension cords?" JBL on the New Age Outlaws' tuxes.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Road Dogg and Gunn's outfits were the highlight of the moment. Even with The Rock not being around to accept his award it was a solid presentation.

    It was short and provided a few chuckles before moving on.

    No current storyline was integrated into this, so it didn't feel as relevant as others.

Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella

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    Big E Langston watched on as the No. 1 contender for his Intercontinental Championship took on Santino Marella. Damien Sandow kept Santino grounded, elbowing, clubbing and choking him.

    Once he had Sandow down briefly, Santino quickly went for the Cobra.

    Sandow swept the leg a la the Cobra Kai and hit his foe with You're Welcome for the easy win. Langston and Sandow followed that up with a brief staredown.

     

    Result

    Sandow wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Langston's post-match roar rivals Roman Reigns' in intensity.

     

    Grade

    C

    Analysis

    The result was smart, having Sandow get a win before TLC. The journey to that moment was underwhelming, though.

    Sandow's victory wasn't the entertaining kind of squash match. He wasn't destructive enough. If WWE is going to use Santino to create this moment, Sandow needed to leave the audience pitying his prey.

    That didn't happen. The showdown between champ and challenger helped keep the thought of their upcoming match fresh, but it was a run-of-the-mill kind of moment.

Double-Cross of the Year Award

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    The Shield presented this Slammy and surprisingly wore some dapper black outfits.

    Seth Rollins bragged about how The Shield always fight man to man. Roman Reigns began to trash talk as well, but Dean Ambrose interrupted him. 

    The nominees were Mark Henry for his fake retirement speech, Shawn Michaels superkicking Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell, Paul Heyman turning on CM Punk and Triple H screwing over Bryan at SummerSlam. Michaels won, happily accepting the award.

     

    Result

    Michaels' Sweet Chin Music wins.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I know, I know, I look good," Ambrose.

    "I've been double crossing people as long as I can remember and now I win?" Michaels.

    "I sold out a long time ago. That's why I'm still here," Michaels.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    WWE used the Slammy presentation to show more of The Shield's growing tension. Ambrose is clearly upsetting his teammates with his cockiness.

    Expect that to play into how their match at TLC goes down.

    Michaels had some funny lines and seemed to enjoy toying with the pro-Bryan crowd.

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

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    Kofi Kingston began this bout on fire, peppering Miz with right hands. He barked at Miz before kicking all over the ring.

    Miz tried to get himself counted out, but Kingston dragged him back to continue the beating. Right after Kingston hit his head on the turnbuckle, Miz rolled him up, held the tights and got the cheap win.

    Kingston responded with a Trouble in Paradise that left Miz out cold.

     

    Result

    Miz wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Kingston delivers a thunderous kick to Miz.

    "Where's this Kofi been? This Kofi is fun to watch," JBL on Kingston.

    Kingston's post-match Trouble in Paradise was hammer-like.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    The match itself was nothing special, but WWE appears to be going somewhere unexpected with this story. The Miz's heel/face status has been yanked back and forth. It's Kingston's new aggressive style that is the most attention-grabbing.

    Like he was during his feud with Randy Orton in 2009, Kingston is more compelling this way, vicious, rabid and uncontrollable.

    Kingston's final kick was a cathartic moment. It allowed us to see an arrogant jerk get laid out while displaying Kingston's new, animalistic style.

Diva of the Year Award

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    Eve Torres presented this award dressed in red, showing off a stunning, new hairstyle.

    The nominees were Natalya, AJ Lee, The Bella Twins, Eva Marie and Kaitlyn. The Bella Twins beat out the competition.

    Nikki and Brie promised to have a better year in 2014. The fans responded by booing the sisters.

     

    Result

    The Bellas win the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Thank you for your love," Nikki Bella to booing fans.

     

    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    Here's where fans start to wonder if the voting is rigged. Did enough fans truly think the Bellas were the best Divas, or is this another example of WWE pushing Total Divas?

    Neither Eve nor The Bella Twins delivered any memorable jokes or any excitement over the moment. Eve almost seemed disinterested. 

8-Man Tag Team Match

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    The tag team champions paired with Big Show and Rey Mysterio against Curtis Axel, Ryback and The Real Americans.

    Ryback and Mysterio began for their respective teams, Mysterio's speed getting the best of "The Big Guy." Ryback then had to face Big Show, who flung him around the ring and slapped his chest red.

    Moments later, Antonio Cesaro charged at Goldust on the outside of the ring before handing off "The Bizarre One" to Curtis Axel and Ryback. The heels took cheap shots on Goldust in the corner.

    A powerslam to Cesaro gave him a moment to breathe, but it took a double DDT to allow him enough time to tag in Cody Rhodes.

    Rhodes went on an offensive rampage, ending with a moonsault on Axel. Big Show helped him knock his opponents down outside the ring before Mysterio came in, diving on Axel for the win.

     

    Results

    Rhodes, Mysterio, Big Show and Goldust win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Goldust hits a double DDT on The Real Americans.

    "That is like getting hit with a bus," JBL on Big Show punching Ryback.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    The tag team division delivers yet another outstanding performance. Any of those matches as singles bouts would have been forgettable, but as a large-scale tag match, Mysterio and Big Show were allowed to just provide small bursts of action.

    This was a great time to hint or announce what the tag champs will be up to at TLC, but that's not any clearer after this match.

    Ryback and Axel did beat them on last week's SmackDown, but this loss may have taken that team out of the running.

Superstar of the Year Award

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    Michaels presented this award, immediately dubbing himself "Mr. Slammy." He explained that the award is a way to reward the Superstar who entertained and gave the most A+ performances.

    The nominees were Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Bryan, Randy Orton and John Cena.

    Michaels had to check twice, but Bryan won. A tense staredown didn't lead to violence. Instead, Bryan said he wasn't angry about what happened between them.

    He delivered a fiery speech about how The Authority wouldn't want him to win, but the people do. Of course, he threw in a "Go Seahawks!" for good measure.

     

    Result

    Bryan wins the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Perhaps we call it the HB Shizzle," Michaels on renaming the Superstar of the Year award.

    "If it weren't for Shawn, I would be the WWE champion right now," Bryan.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    This had the most energy and passion of any Slammy presentation and acceptance of the night.

    WWE addressed The Authority storyline, teasing at Bryan not being done with his quest for the WWE title. The hometown crowd's volume helped elevate the moment.

    There wasn't enough much done with the Michaels and Bryan tension, but using the platform to paint Bryan as a people's champ was wise.

Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Zeb Colter's least favorite wrestlers went at it once again. Sin Cara attacked Alberto Del Rio with rapid offense, clubbing his foe in the back of the head.

    He sent Del Rio into the security barricade before chopping him in the corner. An enzuigiri from Del Rio turned things around.

    Del Rio was soon in his familiar position as smirking predator. He threw Sin Cara over the security barricade and waited for him to crawl back into the ring.

    The two soon fought in the corner, an exchange that ended with Sin Cara slamming Del Rio on the back of his head. One swanton later and Sin Cara made it two in a row against the former world champ.

     

    Result

    Sin Cara wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The Thing has his own comic book, and you want to call that guy loved?" JBL on Sin Cara having his own comic book.

    Del Rio hits a vicious front dropkick on Sin Cara.

    Sin Cara powerbombs Del Rio out of the corner.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Hunico is still playing Sin Cara, and it's clear that his in-ring work fits in better with WWE opponents. He is smoother and more versatile than the original Sin Cara and showed that off against Del Rio.

    A longer match would have earned them a higher grade, but the exciting bits of the match and Sin Cara's more aggressive style earn him more buzz than we've seen from the character in a long time.

    A Del Rio vs. Sin Cara match at TLC would have been highly likely, but it appears that Del Rio suffered a concussion during the match, per WWE.com.

Fan Participation Award

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    The Prime Time Players had the second-best outfits of the night behind The Shield.

    Darren Young got the fans chanting "Millions on Dollars" inserting his team's catchphrase as honorable mentions. The actual nominees were Daniel Bryan's "Yes!" chants, Fandangoing, "Let's Go Cena" vs. "Cena Sucks" chants and R-Truth's "What's Up?"

    Bryan accepted with his famous one-word line.

     

    Result

    Bryan wins the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "They look like millions of dollars," JBL on The Prime Time Players.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    The Prime Time Players' chemistry and charm wasn't on full display. What showed through was amusing, but either they were holding back their usual antics or WWE instructed them to keep themselves in check.

    This ended being one of the more straightforward presentations, with few shenanigans occurring.

Brodus Clay vs. Xavier Woods

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    The rivalry that began over Xavier Woods using Brodus Clay's entrance music continued. The match didn't last long, though.

    A few moves in, Clay hit a big splash for the win.

    Clay then attacked Woods after the match, Tensai and R-Truth pulling him off.

     

    Result

    Clay wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Clay hits his splash from an impressive distance from a man his size.

    "I like it, though. Beat the kid up," JBL on Clay's new attitude.

     

    Grade

    D+

     

    Analysis

    The idea was clearly to show that Clay is merciless now and to try to create pathos for Woods. Even in a squash match, the wrestlers need a little more time, though.

    It would have been better for Clay to ambush Woods before the match than to have it last for the duration of a sneeze. 

    WWE is going ahead with this feud and apparently a transformation in Clay's character. The rematch has a good shot of being a last-minute addition to TLC.

Insult of the Year Award

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    Fresh off getting kicked in the head, The Miz presented the Slammy for the best insult.

    The nominees were AJ Lee's tirade against the Total Divas cast, just about everything Zeb Colter has said, Paul Heyman disowning CM Punk and Stephanie McMahon emasculating Big Show. McMahon had the benefit of adding slaps to her insult, which likely helped her to the win.

    McMahon fought a smile the entire time.

     

    Result

    McMahon wins the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    JBL gleefully kisses up to McMahon.

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    The Miz didn't deliver anything worth talking about. McMahon didn't either. 

    The Miz is stuck in an odd place as a character right now. He's asked to be a villain in the ring, and then is seemingly more fan friendly in roles like these. 

    He could have sold Kingston's kick from earlier far more as well. Holding an icepack on his head as he announced the nominees would have been plenty.

CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose

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    CM Punk defeated Ambrose on last Friday's SmackDown and got the chance to repeat the feat on Monday.

    Reigns and Rollins chuckled at Ambrose when Punk had him grounded. Punk twisted Ambrose's arm with a hammerlock and kneed him in the chest. It took a knee to a flying Punk to give Ambrose the advantage.

    The United States champ toyed with Punk, wrenching his neck and grinding his forearms against Punk's face.

    When he found himself trouble against Punk, Reigns and Rollins closed in like hyenas around a fallen antelope. Ambrose asked them to stand down. He struggled to keep Punk down, the former WWE champ knocking him to the mat again and again.

    Ambrose nearly turned Punk's crossbody into a win. Punk followed with a roundhouse kick that got him a near-fall.

    The Shield then began to bark at each other, Ambrose getting into Reigns and Rollins' faces. Those two began to leave as Ambrose and Punk fought on. 

    Reigns cracked Punk with a spear. Rollins carried Ambrose off.

     

    Result

    Punk wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Two fantastic near-falls near the end.

    Ambrose steps up to Reigns, two alpha males nearing a collision.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    It wasn't quite as great as their match on SmackDown, but Ambrose and Punk delivered Raw's best bout.

    The Shield's infighting will likely overshadow Ambrose and Punk's great chemistry in discussion of Monday's events.

    The drama bubbling over with The Shield increases the appeal of the upcoming handicap match at TLC. It's a smart move to sell that Punk could possibly win by way of The Shield imploding.

Extreme Moment of the Year Award

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    Mick Foley presented the award for Extreme Moment of the Year, punctuating his intro with his trademark hat tip to the host city.

    The nominees were The Shield powerbombing Undertaker through a table, Ryback sending Cena through the LED display at Extreme Rules, CM Punk throttling Heyman at Hell in a Cell and The Wyatt Family attacking Kane at SummerSlam.

    Punk came out holding his ribs to accept the award.

     

    Result

    Punk wins the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Why wouldn't Paul Heyman win it? He was the one on top of the cage," JBL.

    "I feel slightly strange accepting any award without any pants on," Punk.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    Foley's speech did well to sell these moments as extreme even though they are far tamer than the things he was famous for.

    Punk threatening to do damage against The Shield gave a little added juice to that upcoming match. His selling of the physciality of his match with Ambrose was a nice touch.

The Usos vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

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    The tag match began with a frenzied pace. Both The Usos and Erick Rowan and Luke Harper charged at each other. The Usos' moves were moments of grace; The Wyatt Family delivered brutality instead.

    Bray Wyatt chuckled on the outside. 

    The Usos enjoyed some momentum before Harper began to briefly overpower them. The end came charging fast with slams, superkicks and Harper's discus clothesline turning the match's pace feverish.

     

    Result

    The Wyatt Family wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Harper slips off Rowan's mask while Roman snarls.

    Both The Usos leap at The Wyatt Family on the outside of the ring.

    Rowan sends Jey Uso into the announce table.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    The Wyatt Family keeps finding new subtle ways to freak us out. The ritualistic way that Harper took of Rowan's mask was haunting.

    A few more minutes and these two teams would have had the clear best match of the night. As it stands, they showed great chemistry together, which should lead to WWE making this a feud at some point.

    Harper and Rowan look even more like destructive forces going into their handicap match against Bryan at TLC. When the numbers are even, the result is foes in need of medical attention. Bryan is going into a frightening situation.

Match of the Year Award

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    Bret Hart, a man familiar with how to compose a classic match, presented the Match of the Year award.

    The nominees were CM Punk vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania, Lesnar vs. Triple H at Extreme Rules, The Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania and The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Natalya hugged "The Hitman" on her way to the ring.

    Cena and The Rock's bout won despite the worst worked of the four. Cena talked up The Rock and praised the crowd for being loud.

     

    Result

    Cena and The Rock win the Slammy.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "A great match can change WWE history," Hart.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Hart's speech felt very genuine. It certainly beats out the scripted banter on these types of shows.

    It's the ho-hum acceptance speech from Cena that dragged this down some. Cena perhaps was holding back until the night's final segment where he let out far more emotion than he did here.

    Kudos to him for keeping a straight face while accepting an award for Match of the Year that wasn't even The Rock or Cena's best match of 2013.

AJ Lee vs. Natalya

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    With AJ Lee watching on, Tamina Snuka overpowered Natalya. When Natalya seemed to be getting on a roll, AJ tried to distract her.

    Tamina lifted Natalya on her shoulders and accidentally knocked AJ off the ring apron. Distracted by her blunder, AJ's bodyguard fell victim to Natalya's Sharpshooter. The match was quickly over at that point.

     

    Result

    Natalya wins via submission.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    None

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    The good news is that Tamina and AJ have some tension going into the champ's title bout at TLC against Natalya. That and Natalya's recent winning streak makes the challenger's chances mighty high.

    The route to that was hurried and forgettable. Only the Clay vs. Woods match was shorter.

    There was no time for the women to tell any kind of story in the ring other than Tamina hitting AJ. WWE can't make that same mistake at TLC.

Ascension Ceremony

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    Former world champions gathered as both the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE title were set to be ceremonially hung above the ring.

    Kane, Christian, Mark Henry, Great Khali and the man the crowd loudly chanted for, Bryan, waited as Triple H talked about how prestigious the two titles were. He hyped the match, promising that one man will leave as "The Champion of Champions."

    Orton and Cena both put their titles on a hook.

    Orton gritted through an angry promo as fans chanted "Boring!" He claimed to have taken years off Foley's career and embarrassed Michaels. Cena playfully interviewed Bryan, using him as a contrast to Orton's silver-spoon upbringing. 

    He mocked Orton, rattling off threats and playing up how great Bryan, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler are.

    Cena and Orton shook hands as the titles went up, "The Viper" throwing in a cheap shot. Orton shoved Punk, which led to Punk clocking him.

    A violent chain reaction followed that resulted in Punk nailing Triple H, Michaels superkicking Punk, Bryan getting an RKO and Orton inadvertently bowling over Stephanie McMahon.

    Triple H responded to seeing wife out cold by hitting Orton with the Pedigree.

     

    Result

    The Authority and Orton's animosity skyrocketed after a brawl.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    The Seattle fans go nuts for Bryan. 

    "That's a lot of family for one building, Daniel," Triple H on the crowd chants.

    "My dad's a log scaler, actually," Bryan when Cena asked him if his parents were Superstars.

    "I can be just as brutal as you," Cena to Orton.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    The purpose of this segment was to escalate the tension between Orton and Cena and to create uncertainty about who would win. High marks on both accounts, especially the latter.

    The Authority is just as likely to help Cena now after Orton left McMahon flat on her back. 

    Cena's promo was excellent, setting the stakes for the match on both a historic and personal level. He set up the match as Orton needing to prove himself despite everything he's already accomplished.

    As a bonus, WWE teased a future Punk and Triple H feud that would send WWE's biggest anti-authority figure against the head of The Authority.

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