Tonight’s special “Slammy Awards” edition of Raw took place in front of a vocal Seattle, Washington audience and featured a total of nine matches. The main event showcased a Championship Ascension Ceremony, which was designed to hype the Randy Orton and John Cena WWE/WHC Title Unification match at the upcoming TLC PPV. For those really interested in the Slammy awards, there will be a list of all the nominees and winners at the end of this article, just in case you weren’t able to catch tonight’s program. So, without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from Raw:
Best Match: CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose was tonight’s best match of the night. A close second place for match of the night was, surprisingly, Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio. Punk and Ambrose took each other to the limit and both superstars looked phenomenal in that ring. The crowd was into every single move the two were throwing at each other and the two former Indy sensations read one another almost flawlessly, which led to a number of reversals. Towards the end of the match, Punk hit his signature Elbow Drop from the top rope and then went for a GTS, but Ambrose reversed the GTS into a nice Double Underhook Suplex, in which he got a near-fall. Shortly after, CM Punk kicked Ambrose in the head and got a near-fall that left the fans amazed as they chanted “this is awesome”. Ambrose was bickering with his Shield teammates outside of the ring and when he came back in, Punk rolled him up, but only got a two-count. After a series of finishing move reversals, Punk lifted Ambrose up for a GTS and got the victory. CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose was one hell of a match.
Crowd Chants of the Night: During the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Fandango, the crowd chanted “YES”, “Daniel Bryan” and “NO”. During the New Age Outlaws presenting the LOL Moment of the Year Slammy Award, the crowd chanted “one more match”. During Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio, the crowd chanted “this is awesome”. Yes, for real, I’m not joking. During CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”. During the final segment, the crowd chanted boring during a Randy Orton promo. The Washington crowd continued chanting “Daniel Bryan” and “YES” during the Randy Orton and John Cena segment.
Breakout Star of the Night: Tonight’s breakout star of the night is none other than Sin Cara, or Sin Cara Negro, or Hunico. Sin Cara took on Alberto Del Rio and the two had a tremendous one-on-one, hard-hitting match-up that had the crowd chanting “this is awesome”. The crowd loved the match and Sin Cara was top notch in his performance tonight. It’s incredible how one spot-free match for Sin Cara can get him so over with the crowd. Who knew?
Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during tonight’s episode of Raw? For me, the sign of the not read “It’s not unusual”. This sign was held up when Big E. Langston was in the ring, the man who, if he lost about 100 lbs., resembles Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton Banks from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV show.
Jobber of the Night: Xavier Woods was the jobber of the night after losing to Brodus Clay in about 45 seconds. I was upset with Brodus getting the win so quickly, but after the bell rang to end the match, Brodus officially turned heel and attacked Woods with a plethora of big-body splashes. It will be interesting to see Brodus Clay as a heel going forward, considering Tensai (Sweet T) was holding him back and acting like a baby face.
Upset of the Night: There weren’t any clear upsets in tonight’s matches aside from Sin Cara defeating Alberto Del Rio, but Sin Cara defeated the Mexican Aristocrat last week on Raw, so it isn’t THAT big of an upset. Anyways, how the Bella Twins beat out AJ Lee for the Diva of the Year Slammy Award is beyond ridiculous. I genuinely believe that the WWE actually uses the fans’ votes during the Slammy Awards and it really shows how much the Total Divas reality TV show is brainwashing young girls. AJ Lee has been a dominant Divas champion and has been extremely entertaining both in the ring and on the mic. Also, AJ was screwed out of another award, the Insult of the Year Slammy, in which Stephanie McMahon won. You know, there’s an old saying, and let me reiterate it to all of you fine WWE fans: “It isn’t always what you do in order to win, it’s who you do”.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: Tonight’s holy sh** moment of the night came during the ending segment featuring the last encounter between Randy Orton and John Cena before their big TLC match for the Unified WWE/WHC Championship at the TLC PPV. When Triple H was talking, the crowd started chanting “Daniel Bryan” and “YES” in succession for about 3-4 minutes straight. Triple H stopped talking, looked at the crowd, and just let the crowd go crazy. Daniel Bryan was smiling and laughing and it was one of the most incredible scenes I have ever seen on Raw. I know we were in Bryan’s home town, but damn, Daniel Bryan is so over. It’s an absolute travesty that Bryan isn’t the WWE or World Heavyweight champion. Just listen to the fans, WWE. Also, after it was all said and done, Randy Orton inadvertently ran into Stephanie McMahon, which resulted in Triple H being upset, hitting Randy with a Pedigree and the Authority standing with John Cena checking on Stephanie. It was quite a sight to see. However, don’t get your hopes up because this is just a tremendous tease.
Worst Match: Brodus Clay vs. Xavier Woods was the worst match of the night, mainly because it lasted less than a minute long. I’ve explained this match quite a bit a few categories ago and this was nothing more than a squash match. Brodus hit Woods with a massive Power Bomb and then hit a splash from the second rope and got a pin-fall victory.
Logic Fail of the Night: I didn’t catch anything too illogical on tonight’s episode of Raw. Disagree? Let me know your logic fail of the night in the comments section below.
Tweets of the Night:
— The Fans Podcast (@TheFansPodcast) December 10, 2013
I voted for The Rock but I doubt he will show up.
— Best Since Day One (@TheWWECody) December 10, 2013
If we pushed our roster half as much as we push the WWE App we’d have guys that could actually draw money #RAWTonight
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) December 10, 2013
The #Slammy for best missed spot(s) goes to Sin Cara
— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) December 10, 2013
I wish everyone accepted their awards in underwear. Hear me, Clooney? #Slammy
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) December 10, 2013
Commentary Lines of the Night: “Call PETA, there’s a snake on the loose!” – JBL during Santino Marella vs. Damien Sandow. “The Thing has his own comic book and you call that thing loved” – JBL talking about Alberto Del Rio being the face of Mexico.
Botch of the Night: Tonight’s botch of the night came during the opening Daniel Bryan vs. Fandango match. The WWE Universe witnessed Fandango perfectly sell a kick to the head from Bryan, even though the kick clearly missed him by a good 5-6 inches. Bryan stared at Fandango for about three seconds, realized that he was still selling the kick, and then climbed into a cover. The crowd knew that Bryan missed the kick and let out a small sigh, but considering that Raw took place in Bryan’s home state, they weren’t upset for very long. No, Sin Cara was not nominated for this award tonight. In fact, he had an outstanding performance!
LOL Moment of the Night: There was not one particular humorous moment, but every time Shawn Michaels came up to the Slammy Awards podium, he commanded the crowds’ attention and was pretty funny throughout most of the night. With the way he was acting, you could have sworn that HBK, the Heart Break Kid was either really high or really drunk, considering the way he was talking and the fact that he could barely open his eyes. Who knows, maybe he was just really happy to win the Slammy Award for Double Cross of the Year? Anyways, Shawn Michaels was great tonight and he deserves to win the LOL moment(s) of the night award.
Overall Lowlights: Santino Marella vs. Damien Sandow, Bella Twins win Diva of the Year Slammy, Michael Cole explaining how to download the WWE App multiple times, Brodus Clay vs. Xavier Woods, John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 29 wins Match of the Year Slammy Award (it was an okay match, but nothing compared to CM Punk vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, in my opinion).
Overall Highlights: Daniel Bryan vs. Fandango, Mysterio/Big Show/Goldust/Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel/Real Americans, Daniel Bryan wins the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award, Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara, Brodus Clay turns heel, CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose,
Slammy Awards Review (listed in order, winners in bold):
LOL Moment of the Year
The Rock Concert at Raw 20th Anniversary
Vickie Guerrero is fired as GM of Raw
Titus O’Neil throws up on JBL, Michael Cole and Zeb Colter on SmackDown
The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal try to charm Santino’s cobra on SmackDown
Double-Cross of the Year
Triple H costs Daniel Bryan the WWE Championship at SummerSlam
Shawn Michaels Superkicks Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell
Mark Henry’s “retirement speech” on Raw
Paul Heyman costs CM Punk the Money in the Bank Contract at Money in the Bank
Diva of the Year
The Bella Twins
Superstar of the Year
Fan Participation of the Year
“Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks!”
Insult of the Year
Stephanie McMahon degrades Big Show on Raw
AJ Lee disses the “Total Divas” cast on Raw
Paul Heyman disowns CM Punk
Zeb Colter offends the Universe
Extreme Moment of the Year
The Shield Triple Power Bomb’s The Undertaker on SmackDown
Ryback spears John Cena through the LED light board at Extreme Rules
CM Punk exacts vengeance on Paul Heyman at Hell in a Cell
The Wyatts crush Kane at SummerSlam
Match of the Year
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk at WrestleMania 29
The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29
Cody Rhodes & Goldust (w/Dusty Rhodes) vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (w/Dean Ambrose) with the Rhodes Brothers’ jobs on the line at Battleground
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules