WWE taped tonight's episode of Monday Night Raw from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
The theme for Monday Night Raw was that each would be able to call out their own opponent for a title match.
A New Year's Eve toast was announced for the main event, featuring Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Miz TV was the first segment of the night, with John Cena coming out first, followed by Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. This set up the first match of the night.
(1) The Miz & John Cena def. Team Rhodes Scholars
(2) Antonio Cesaro def. Sgt. Slaughter to retain the United States Championship
(3) Team Hell No def. 3MB (Jinder Mahal sat ringside) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman made their way out to the ring to cut a promo, much like they have since Punk had his knee surgery. Vince McMahon cut them off and announced that he would have his own WWE medics examine the Champion, in order to find out if Punk will be medically cleared for his title match with Ryback on January 7th.
(4) Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler via DQ after an attack from The Shield
There was a backstage segment where Brad Maddox asked Paul Heyman for a job, but was rejected.
WWE Divas Champion Eve was able to pick her own opponent, and decided on Mae Young. However Young wasn't backstage, so Eve "won" her match via forfeit. Kaitlyn attacked the champ afterwards.
(5) Big Show def. Ricardo Rodriguez via DQ to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Alberto del Rio made the save and caused the DQ finish.
(6) Wade Barrett def. Kofi Kingston to become the new Intercontinental Champion
The Shield vs. Ryback never happened, as the Shield attacked Ryback on his way to the ring. Sheamus made the save, followed by a returning Randy Orton to even the odds. The Shield escaped through the crowd.
AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler came out for the New Years Eve toast, but were interrupted by John Cena, who made some jokes about AJ's children. Cena also announced that he would be participating in the 2013 Royal Rumble, before what looked like excrement fell from the ceiling on Ziggler and AJ to end the night.
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