JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 12.22.14

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RAW Is Reruns

Ho Ho Hogan came out to start the show. He ran down the matches for the night before John Cena came out. He said if there is one man as iconic as Santa Claus it is Ho Ho Hogan. Cena said all he wanted for Christmas was a Frozen sing-a-long playset, until last week happened. The crowd chanted “We Want Lesnar” and Cena said he does too because he wants to kick his teeth down his throat. Cena said he changed his wish list, and he wants a match with Seth Rollins.

Rollins came out and said this is ridiculous. Rollins said no one wants to hear Cena’s stupid voice anymore. Rollins said both men in the ring were legends during their eras. Rollins said their time is up, and his time is now. Rollins said the real problem is that Hogan is running RAW instead of the Authority. He said they deserve to be here smiling and happy and celebrating all they’ve accomplished in 2014. But now they are sitting home depressed, watching the show getting run down the toilet. Rollins once again brought up that it was because of the Vigilante Sting. Rollins said he wanted Santa to force John Cena to being the Authority back.

Cena told Rollins to shut up and come down here, so he can kick Rollins so hard that he will be spitting up neon green for a week. Cena said he isn’t bringing back the Authority. Hogan then made Cena vs Rollins next.

Back from break the match started. Rollins hit a shoulder tackle but Cena came back with a hip toss so Rollins went to the outside. J & J security distracted Cena, allowing Rollins to take advantage. Cena fought back but Rollins caught him with an elbow then his second rope neckbreaker for two. Rollins continued to work Cena over until Cena came back with a dropkick. Rollins regained the upper hand and worked over the right leg of Cena. Rollins landed some more shots until Cena caught him with a clothesline. Noble gave Rollins the MITB Briefcase but the ref stopped him. The distraction allowed Mercury to hit Cena with a punch into commercial.

Back from break Cena hit one shoulder tackle but Rollins ducked out of the way of the other. Rollins then hit a dive on Cena to the outside. Cena moved out of the way of the flying knee but Rollins rolled Cena up for two. Rollins came back with a superkick to the face. Cena went for a quick AA but Rollins landed on his feet. He hit a kick to the gut but Cena came back with a suplex. Rollins blocked the STF and came back with an enziguri kick for two. Rollins charged at Cena in the corner but Cena caught him and hit a powerbomb for two.

Both men exchanged punches before Cena hit a suplex. He went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but J & J Security distracted him. Cena then tossed Rollins over the top onto them, and hit a top rope leg drop on Rollins in the ring for two. Cena went for a hurricarrana off the top but Rollins pushed him away and hit the corner powerbomb for two. Rollins went for the Curb Stomp but Cena moved and applied the STF. J & J Security came in and caused a break-up. He hit a double AA on them. Rollins went to hit Cena with the MITB Briefcase but he ducked and hit the AA for the win.

WINNER: John Cena

Fandango defeated Jack Swagger. Swagger dominated the entire match until Fandango caught Swagger with a few kicks on the apron then hit his top rope leg drop for the win.

R-Truth defeated Adam Rose. The Bunny, sports a neckbrace, tried to cheer up Rose but Rose snapped. He hit a spinebuster on the bunny and landed some kicks. He then kneed the Bunny in the face while against the steps. He took off the neckbrace and tossed the Bunny into the barricade.

At Least Give Reigns A Chance

Big Show vs Roman Reigns. Reigns landed some early blows in the corner but Big Show came back with a shoulder tackle. Show press slammed Reigns and dropped him on the ropes and followed it with another shoulder tackle. Show hit a bodyslam and followed it up with an elbow for two. Reigns escaped a headlock and started a comeback. He hit a clothesline and followed it up with a Samoan Drop. He went for a Superman Punch but Show threw him away. Reigns came back with a dropkick to the knee then his apron dropkick. He hit a Superman Punch sending Show over the announce table. Reigns won via countout.

WINNER via Countout: Roman Reigns

Dean Ambrose was interviewed. He said he went to the mall to see Santa but instead found some security guy with a white beard. He said all he wanted for Christmas was a Bray Wyatt beating.

Natalya defeated Brie Bella. Before the match, Nikki gave Tyson her hat. After the match, Natalya knocked Nikki off the apron.

Los Matadores and El Torrito defeated Goldust and Stardust when Torrito pinned Goldust. It was your basic comedy match with some spots by all involved.

More Rematches!

Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper for the Intercontinental Title. Harper caught Ziggler with a boot to the face during the pre-match intros. They went to the outside whee Harper caught Ziggler with a blackhole slam. The ref checked on Ziggler back in ring before he started the match. Once the match started, Harper caught Ziggler with a kick then a sit down powerbomb for two. Ziggler tried coming back with a dropkick but Harper moved and catapulted Ziggler into the second rope. Harper continued to have control back from break. He dropped Dolph face first on the announce table.

Back in the ring Ziggler tried fighting back with a dropkick but Harper moved out of the way of a splash in the corner. Harper hit a reverse pump handle slam and followed it up with a Michinoku Driver for two. Harper went for his clothesline but Ziggler caught him with a superkick, but Harper still came right back with a clothesline for two. Ziggler reversed a powerbomb into a faceplant then hit a Fameasser for two. After both men exchanged punches, Dolph connected on two superkicks then hit the ZigZag for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Is It Rybow or Bowback?

Rowdy Piper came out and brought out Rusev. Lana said Christmas in America is a joke. It is the one time a year we pretend to be good people. What’s worse is that we even believe in an old man giving gifts to children. Piper said this is America and we can believe in what we want. Piper then showed what Rusev did to Ryback on Smackdown. Rusev asked if Piper believes that he can crush Ryback or him. Piper said he is here to bring joy and told the Communist scrooges to calm down. He said he went out and got them a Christmas gift. He even put a bow on it. Out came Ryback with a bow on his shirt. Ryback clotheslined Rusev on the outside and threw him into the barricade. They went back in the ring where Rusev went for a kick but Ryback caught him and hit a spinebuster. Ryback went for the Meathook Clothesline but Rusev bailed.

Alicia Fox, Emma and Naomi defeated Paige, Summer Rae and Cameron in a Santa’s Little Helpers Match.

Jey Uso vs Miz. Jey went for a quick cover as Miz was distracted with Mizdow. Jey tossed Miz over the top so Mizdow went over and threw himself down as well. Jey hit a dive to the outside. Miz regained control back in the ring and landed some blows. Both men exchanged near falls before Miz rolled up Jey and grabbed the tights to pick up the win.

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals

Bray Wyatt came out for his match. He said everyone feels safe during the Christmas season. But they should live in fear, like in his world. He said Dean Ambrose lives in his world and he will make him feel pain once more.

The match started back from break. Ambrose took Bray down with a clothesline then connected on a dropkick. Ambrose tossed Bray into some of the gift boxes set up then into a Christmas tree. Dean went to grab a TV but put it down. He pulled a table out from under the ring but Bray came and took him out. He tossed Dean back into the ring, but Ambrose came right back with a dive through the ropes. Dean put a wreath around his neck and went to dive onto Bray on a table but Bray moved. They went to the top where Dean unwrapped a chair from a gift box. Bray caught Dean with a kick then sent Dean off the ramp through a table.

Back from break Ambrose missed a missile dropkick and Bray hit his backsplash for two. Ambrose tried coming back again but Bray caught him with his body dive. Bray tossed Ambrose into a tree then tossed him into the last Christmas tree standing. Bray tossed a handful of chairs into the ring then used the Singapore cane on Ambrose. He set up the Singapore cane in the corner. Ambrose blocked an attempt but ran into a clothesline. Bray set the cane up again but Ambrose then tossed Bray into a chair in the corner. Ambrose hit a bulldog then grabbed a kendo stick of his own. Bray caught Ambrose with a right hand but Ambrose bounced off the ropes and hit his clothesline. Ambrose used the cane on Bray. Ambrose hit an elbow drop off the top with a chair for two. Ambrose grabbed a ladder and set it up in the corner but Bray popped up and hit his powerslam on Ambrose onto the ladder. Bray went for Sister Abigail but Ambrose countered and tossed Bray into the ladder. Ambrose climbed the ladder and hit an axe handle on Bray. Bray recovered and tossed a chair at Ambrose. He then threw Ambrose into the cane set up in the corner and picked up the pinfall win.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

After the match, Ambrose caught Bray with a fire extinguisher on the outside then hit an elbow drop on Bray through a table.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There was some good wrestling on tonight’s show. But the problem is for a lot of these matches, it is the third time we are seeing them over a span of eight days. That just kills a lot of heat for most of these matches. They don’t feel special at all anymore. Rollins/Cena was good, Bray/Ambrose was fun as well. But again, it was the third time we have seen these matches. Tonight’s show for the most part felt like a glorified house show with a Christmas theme. And that’s what we get around this time of year. I know it would never happen, but the WWE could really use a two week or so break from the RAW after TLC to the first RAW of the new year. Nothing of note ever really happens on these last few shows. The show gets a for the good wrestling that it had. But nothing else really happened. And I do hope the WWE audience gives Roman Reigns a fair shot. I have questions about whether he succeeds as well, but to turn on him before he is given a shot is ridculous. Its because of this we get stuck with John Cena all the time. Reigns isn’t taking Daniel Bryan’s spot. For all we know, Bryan won’t wrestle ever again. Now if Bryan is healthy and ready to go? Sure I’ll take him over Reigns. The storyline is so easy and ready to go. But that is IF Bryan is healthy, which is the big unknown. But for the fans to turn on Reigns without just cause is not fair to him.

And that ends my Roman Reigns rant.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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