Old School RAW Announcement
We return from commercial to a promo for next week’s “Old School RAW” show, which begins with a big “WOOOO!” and some clips of several past WWE Superstars.
WWE Intercontinental Title:
– Big E. Langston (c) vs. Fandango
After the Old School RAW promo, the I-C champ Langston makes his way to the ring. Out next are Fandango and Summer Rae. Summer’s outfit is absolutely insane this week. Phew. We see clips of Fandango winning last week to earn this title shot. The formal introductions are done, the bell sounds and here we go. A “Summer Rae” chant breaks out almost instantly. Langston out-powers Fandango and throws him around like a rag doll early on. Fandango catches Langston running into the corner with a big boot and follows it up with a spinning kick. Fandango is now in control of the match. Langston fires back moments later with some explosive offense. Fandango rolls out to the floor to recover. Langston goes out after him and runs him over like a truck. Langston slams Fandango back-first into the barricade. Fandango dropkicks the knees out from Langston as soon as he rolled back into the ring. It looked like Langston’s face bounces off of Fandango’s knee on the way down. Ouch. Fandango is now focusing his attack on the leg of Langston. Fandango wraps Langston up in some kind of weird leg submission. Not exactly a figure-four leg lock, but close to it. Langston eventually punches his way out of it. Langston runs after Fandango but misses and nails his shoulder into the ring post and then rolls out to the floor. We head to a mid-match commercial on that note. When we return from commercial, Fandango is still working on the leg of Langston. Jerry Lawler references Anderson Silva’s leg injury from UFC 168 while Fandango continues to work over the leg of Langston. Fandango hits his top-rope leg drop finisher on Langston, but before he can pin him, Langston rolls out to the floor. Back in the ring, Langston starts firing back up a comeback on offense. Langston hits a big splash on Fandango and then takes the straps down. Langston hits the Big Ending. 1-2-3. Langston wins and retains.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Big E. Langston
Bad News Barrett & Booker T
Booker T’s music hits when we return from commercial and out he comes with several of the current WWE roster in party hats. He talks about how great 2013 was and says he’s going to do a New Year’s Spinarooni. Before he can, Bad News Barrett pops up next to the stage on a new podium. He says he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. Barrett says the new year is going to bring us one step closer to the apocalypse. Barrett talks about a bunch of political crap for a while, finishing by saying Bad News Barrett will be right here to remind everyone about this stuff.
Backstage: Renee Young Interviews Damien Sandow
Backstage, Renee Young is with Damien Sandow. She talks about the WWE App vote on his opponent for tonight. Sandow talks about being disrespected all year. The Santa match last week, everyone dancing around him at the Tribute To The Troops special, etc. Sandow says if he can’t beat whoever his opponent is tonight, he quits.
Damien Sandow vs. The Great Khali
Michael Cole reminds us that Damien Sandow promised to quit if he can’t win this match. Jerry “The King” Lawler reveals the results from the WWE App poll, which were as follows: Kofi Kingston 28%, The Great Khali 39% and The Miz 33%. With that said, The Great Khali comes out as we see Sandow look disappointed. The bell rings and Sandow tries to go to work on Khali but Khali out-powers him. Khali backs him into a corner and chops the hell out of him. Khali hits him with another one. Sandow rolls out to the floor to regroup. Sandow dropkicks the leg out from Khali. Khali is now grounded as Sandow continues to focus his attack on the big man’s leg. A “let’s go Sandow” chant breaks out in Richmond. Sandow continues working over the leg of Khali as a small “Khali, Khali” chant breaks out and then quickly dies down. Now an “Ole’, Ole’, Ole'” chant breaks out, as the fans seem to be getting bored with a very slow-paced match. For the last several minutes Khali has just laid on the ground as Sandow beats up his legs. Sandow hits the “Elbow of Disdain” for a near fall. Khali chops Sandow and is now getting up. Khali clotheslines Sandow down. Khali goes for the big karate chop but Sandow avoids it. Sandow smashes Khali’s head into the turnbuckle and rolls him up. 1-2-3. After the match, the announcers make a big deal about Khali having his shoulder up during the pin. They even show a replay to prove it.
Winner: Damien Sandow
R-Truth vs. Brodus Clay
R-Truth, along with Xavier Woods and The Funkadactyls, are shown walking backstage heading to the ring. Michael Cole points out that Truth will battle Brodus Clay when we return from commercial. When we return from commercial, R-Truth is finishing up his entrance. Brodus Clay is already in the ring. Xavier Woods joins the RAW commentary team for this match. Clay goes to work on Truth right at the opening bell. Clay is dominating a one-sided match the entire time. Finally, Woods leaves commentary and stands up on the announce table. The Funkadactyls come out dancing. This distracts Clay, allowing Truth to pin him. 1-2-3. R-Truth wins with help from Woods and The Funkadactyls.
Triple H’s Blockbuster Announcement
Triple H is shown backstage walking to the ring. Apparently his “blockbuster announcement” is coming up after the break. We head to commercial. When we return from commercial, Triple H’s theme music hits and out comes “The King of Kings.” Triple H goes all the way to the ring, unlike Stephanie, who remained at the top of the stage for her announcement. HHH talks about 2013 being an epic year, but he guarantees us 2014 will be unlike anything we have ever seen before. HHH says with that in mind, please help us welcome “this man” back to WWE. Brock Lesnar’s theme music hits and out comes “The Beast In Carnate.” Lesnar is joined by Paul Heyman. Both guys head to the ring. Heyman shakes HHH’s hand and HHH hands him his mic. Lesnar stares down HHH. HHH walks over and extends his hand. Lesnar shakes it. HHH smiles and leaves.
In-Ring Segment: Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman & Mark Henry
Heyman begins speaking. Heyman says “the best is back.” Heyman says his client wants to make his mission clear. Heyman says Lesnar is not here to settle old scores. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t here to settle Heyman’s scores. He says he has a forgiving heart. Heyman says this isn’t about him, it’s about his client — “Buuurrrock Lesssnar.” Heyman says Lesnar is here to declare his desire to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Heyman says whoever emeges from the match between John Cena and Randy Orton at Royal Rumble as the winner, well they’re technically the loser because they have to face the self-declared number one contender, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar takes the mic and says he doesn’t care if it’s Orton or Cena. He says there is nobody that can stop him. Lesnar says he doesn’t have to win the Royal Rumble to be deserving of a title shot. Lesnar says the line of contenders starts behind him. He dares anybody to come down to the ring and do something about that. Heyman says we might as well say goodbye right now because nobody is going to take that challenge up. As Heyman wraps things up, Mark Henry’s music hits and out he comes. Henry comes to the ring and Lesnar blasts him before he can even get into the ring. Henry fights back on the floor, throwing Lesnar over the barricade and into the crowd. Lesnar gets up and spears Henry through the barricade and then lets out a high-pitched squeel/scream. Lesnar hits an F-5 on Henry on the floor and then lets out another scream. Heyman tells Lesnar no more. WWE trainers check on Henry as Lesnar’s music hits and he and Heyman leave.