– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look at The Shield. We see clips from last week of Ryback powerbombing CM Punk and they discuss his injury plus the changes to TLC. The video switches focus to the storyline with AJ Lee, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.
– We’re live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey as Justin Roberts introduces Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler is in the ring at the top of a ladder. His Money in the Bank briefcase is hanging high. Ziggler says he’s right where he belongs – at the top. Ziggler is here to talk about two numbers – 6 and 15. 6 is the number of days until TLC and 15 is the number of days until Christmas. Ziggler says for John Cena, Christmas and TLC are one in the same. Ziggler talks about how Cena has been handed opportunities but failed.
Ziggler talks about having to defend his briefcase at TLC. Ziggler says he will be the coal in Cena’s stocking. Ziggler declares that he will beat Cena at TLC. Ziggler says then he will cash in his contract, beat Big Show and go on to be the greatest World Champion of all time. Out comes Sheamus to interrupt. We see ladders set up all on the stage and the ramp as Sheamus makes his way down.
Sheamus mocks Ziggler and says Ziggler is going to have to cash in on him because he will beat Big Show at TLC to win the World Title. Sheamus says for that to happen, Ziggler would have to beat Cena and he doesn’t think that will happen. Sheamus thinks it will be Cena vs. Sheamus down the line, for the World Title. Big Show’s music hits and out he comes now. Show says both of them are delusional. Show says he would like to come down and beat Sheamus up now but he can’t because of the no-contact clause they signed on SmackDown. Show says he will knock out Ziggler too. They keep arguing and Ziggler ends up getting shoved off the ladder by Sheamus.
– Vince McMahon is shown walking backstage as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston joins commentary as Wade Barrett waits in the ring. Vince McMahon’s music hits and out he comes. He hypes tonight’s main event – John Cena vs. Big Show and brings out the person who made that match, Vickie Guerrero. Vince wants another main event and says Sheamus should be in it. Vince whispers to her that Dolph Ziggler should be in the match. Vince says what about a third main event… something really big, monumental. Vickie proposes AJ Lee wrestle a handicap match and the crowd boos. Vince comes up with Vickie vs. AJ. Vince calls out R-Truth for the next match.
R-Truth vs. Wade Barrett
Kofi is on commentary as is WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro.
They go at it and Barrett sends Truth to the floor early on. Barrett comes out and has words with Kofi. Barrett throws Truth into the apron and then in the ring for a 2 count. Barrett drops a knee and kicks Truth in the face for another pin attempt. Truth tries to make a comeback but Barrett kicks him in the gut. Truth counters and rolls Barrett up for the win out of nowhere.
– Truth goes to the floor and taunts Cesaro. Barrett gets up in the ring as Kofi leaps from the top and hits a crossbody. Kofi and Truth leave together as Kofi’s music plays.
– There will be a Fatal 4 Way tag team match to determine new #1 contenders up next. Back to commercial.
– Backstage AJ Lee is excited about her match against Vickie Guerrero tonight. She runs into Aksana and then Kaitlyn. AJ talks about how she’s going to tear Vickie apart. AJ goes looking for Cena. She walks in the locker room and hugs him while other Superstars are standing there getting ready. Cena gets her to leave the locker room and says he’s sorry to the other guys. Cena walks off after her it looks like.
Fatal 4 Way Match: The Usos vs. Darren Young & Titus O’Neil vs. Epico & Primo vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes
We go to the ring and out comes the returning Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow while the other three teams wait in the ring. The winners of this match will face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a Tables Match to determine new #1 contenders at TLC.
Lots of back and forth to start. The Usos double team Epico some. Primo tags in for a 2 count as Rosa Mendes cheers them on from ringside. Primo works Uso over and takes him to the corner. Another tag to Epico and another pin attempt. Usos eliminate Primo and Epico. Titus comes in and levels Uso as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and one of the Usos is working on Cody Rhodes. During the break, Darren Young got pinned and his team was eliminated. Cody counters and tags in Sandow as the other Uso brother comes in. The crowd pops as Sandow and Uso get ready to go at it. Sandow strikes first and takes control. Uso drops him with a shot to the throat and hits a splash for a 2 count. The Usos tag out and do some double teaming.
Cody tags back in and stomps away. A big “Cody’s mustache” chant breaks out in the crowd. Sandow with another tag and a bit of double teaming. Sandow hits the Elbow of Disdain for a close 2 count. Cody comes back in to keep the assault up. Uso counters a bulldog and sends Cody flying. Usos tag in and drops Cody and Sandow. Uso unloads on Cody and hits a Samoan Drop. The crowd is into this match. Uso drops Cody in the corner and back splashes him. 2 count for Uso as Sandow breaks the pin. The other Uso dumps Sandow to the floor but Sandow pulls him out. Uso goes to the top for a big splash on Cody but Sandow tries to stop him. Cody runs up on the corner but Uso headbutts him to the floor. Uso climbs up for a splash but Cody gets his knees up. Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win and the match at TLC.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
– Still to come – AJ vs. Vickie, Cena vs. Show and Ziggler vs. Sheamus. Eve Torres and Alicia Fox are walking backstage as we go to commercial.
Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox