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Backstage Sheamus is with John Cena, trying to explain some random Irish jokes that I don't understand.
WWE Champion CM Punk makes his way out with Paul Heyman following close behind him. He says it's been 394 with him as the WWE Champion, but the people can't put away their ignorance for one single night to vote for him as Superstar of the Year. He says apparently both men and women shouldn't be allowed to vote. He calls the people losers, but says he expected it from all of them. Punk says it's bothering Cena because he knows that Punk is the better man. He brings up Ric Flair and tells the people to "Woo" because Flair needs their support to pay his child support and alimony. He says that CM Punk doesn't go on strike, unlike the Penguins.
Ryback makes his way out to finally end the madness. He says that doctors claim Punk will be medically cleared to wrestle in just a few weeks, and claims he's targeted the first Raw of 2013 as his time to become the WWE Champion.
(4) Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro isn't too thrilled about getting in the ring with Ryback, but does only to get caught with a powerslam. Ryback throws his head into the mat three times, but the US champ hides in the ropes and the ref is forced to make Ryback back off. Cesaro tries for his signature uppercut, but it does nothing to Cesaro. Ryback sets up for the meathook clothesline, but the champ bails from the ring and grabs his title. Ryback goes to get him, but gets thrown into the steel steps. The referee almost counts the ten, but Ryback crawls back into the ring at the last second.
Ryback runs straight into the turnbuckle, and Cesaro comes off the second rope with an uppercut, but can only get two. A big stomp connects, followed by another; two-count. Cesaro locks in a side headlock, but Ryback pretty easily breaks free of it. Cesaro tries to fire off with uppercuts, but Ryback explodes out of the corner with a splash. Big back bodydrop connects, followed by the meathook clothesline. Shellshock connects, and Ryback picks up the win.