The Authority tried to get John Cena to do something he never did before, give up. They put him in lopsided matches. You might think that plan is working, but no matter how tall the mountain, he will never give up. We see the footage from two weeks ago when John Cena pinned Seth Rollins because he was spooked by a shot of the Vigilante Sting on the TitanTron and on the stage. For the first time ever on Raw, the WWE Universe got to see Sting. John says he owes Sting a heartfelt thank you because they are officially welcoming Ryback, Erick Rowan, and Dolph Ziggler back to Raw. John says that these three men are proof that the Authority can be beat. If Rusev is the next road block, he will prove that Rusev can be beat.
Stephanie appears on the TitanTron and she says she does not mean to interrupt. Dolph asks Stephanie if she is tired of seeing them overcoming obstacles. Stephanie says that everyone has been fighting Dolph’s fights. Dolph will face Bray Wyatt tonight. Rowan will be facing the man John Cena is about to become very familiar with, Rusev.
Dolph Ziggler versus Bray Wyatt
They start off and Wyatt sends Ziggler into the corner. They exchange punches until Wyatt sends Ziggler to the mat. Wyatt with a kick to the head. Wyatt with a forearm to the back but Ziggler punches back. Ziggler runs into a back elbow. Wyatt stomps on Ziggler’s hand but Ziggler with a drop kick and forearms. Ziggler has Wyatt in the ropes and the referee separates Ziggler from Wyatt. Wyatt with a punch and then he chokes Ziggler in the ropes. The referee warns Wyatt of his count. Wyatt with a belly-to-back suplex attempt but Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a drop kick. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser but Wyatt moves and goes to the floor. Ziggler goes for the leg and Wyatt blocks him. Ziggler with a side head lock but Wyatt gets to the ropes. Wyatt with an uppercut and head butt followed by a back senton. Wyatt goes for the neck and applies a nerve hold. Ziggler gets back to his feet but Wyatt with a shot to the back. Ziggler with a back elbow and drop kick. Wyatt rolls to the floor. Wyatt drops Ziggler on the middle rope and then Wyatt grabs Ziggler and suplexes him to the floor.
We go to commercial while the referee checks on Ziggler’s neck and shoulder. We are back and Wyatt with a reverse chin lock on Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a flying forearm and he gets a near fall. Wyatt returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a jawbreaker and then he connects with an uppercut to Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt charges into the corner and Ziggler moves. Wyatt hits the ring post shoulder first. Wyatt misses the back senton when Ziggler moves.
Both men get up at seven and Ziggler with a flying clothesline and splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Wyatt with a clothesline. Ziggler with the hesitation DDT but he can only get a near fall. Wyatt with two splashes into the corner and then Wyatt leans back to look at the referee checking on Ziggler. Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Ziggler with a kick and he misses the Fameasser but Ziggler with a super kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Ziggler punches Wyatt but Wyatt punches back. Ziggler with punches but Wyatt with a clubbing blow to the neck. Ziggler with a kick and Fameasser but Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Hunter says that this is a new era for the Authority. There are no agendas or ulterior motives. In the WWE, you will get out what you put in. Everyone will get what they deserve. As for tonight, what a show. Dolph Ziggler, don’t go anywhere, you are going to defend your Intercontinental Championship against the man who never really lost it . . . Bad News Barrett.
Dolph Ziggler versus Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title
Ziggler goes for the leg but Barrett with a wrist lock. Ziggler with a reversal and a side head lock. Barrett with a punch on a break and he follows with kicks. Barrett with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Barrett tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet and he hits a drop kick and he follows with a leaping elbow drop. Ziggler with punches but Barrett with an Irish whip. Ziggler tries to float over but Barrett catches him and he kicks Ziggler in the ribs for a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock. Barrett pulls Ziggler to the mat by the hair and he gets a near fall. Barrett with a knee drop and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with punches and then Ziggler with a crucifix for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match: Barrett attacks Ziggler and he sends Ziggler to the floor. Barrett throws Ziggler into the ringside barrier a few times. Barrett sends Ziggler into the announce table. Barrett Irish whips Ziggler into the ring steps. Barrett sends Ziggler into the ring steps and then the apron. Barrett Irish whips Ziggler around the ring post. Barrett runs Ziggler back first into the apron.
Barrett sends Ziggler into the ring post from the apron. Barrett sends Ziggler shoulder first into the ring post. Kane’s music plays and he appears on the stage. He apologizes and he says that he forgot to mention that this match is two out of three falls. He tells the referee to continue the match.
Barrett waits for Ziggler to get up and he hits a running boot to the head and then he gets Ziggler up for Wasteland to pin him.
Winner: Wade Barrett
We go to commercial as the medical staff checks on Ziggler. We are back and the referee checks on Ziggler and he rings the bell. Continue reading
Dolph Ziggler versus Rusev (with Lana) in a Non Title Champion versus Champion Match
Rusev backs Ziggler into the corner and he kicks and punches him. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with shoulders in the corner. Rusev with a kick to Ziggler. Ziggler with punches but Rusev with a back elbow and Ziggler is down. Rusev with elbow drops to Ziggler and he gets a near fall. Rusev with a chin lock and the arm trapped.
Ziggler gets back to his feet and he hits a jawbreaker to get out of the hold. Ziggler with an uppercut and he tries for the hesitation DDT but Rusev pushes him away. Ziggler with a drop kick and hesitation DDT for a near fall. We are back and Rusev with a splash to the back and Ziggler falls to the apron. Rusev returns to the chin lock with the arm trapped. We see exclusive footage from the app of Rusev catapulting Ziggler into the ring post. Ziggler with punches and another jawbreaker to get out of the hold. Ziggler drops Rusev on the top rope twice.
Ziggler goes up top and goes for a cross body but Rusev catches him. Ziggler lands on his feet on a Fallaway Slam. Ziggler with an uppercut and missile drop kick to Rusev. Ziggler leaps into the corner but Rusev pushes him away before Ziggler can connect with more punches. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall. Ziggler holds his knee while he struggles to get back to his feet. Ziggler lands on his feet on a belly-to-back attempt and then Ziggler has a super kick blocked. Rusev pushes Ziggler down and he misses a splash. Rusev walks into a super kick and Ziggler gets a near fall.
Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag but Rusev holds on to the ropes. Rusev with a kick to the knee and then he sends Ziggler shoulder first into the ring post. Rusev kicks Ziggler and the referee tries to pull Rusev out of the corner but he does not before the referee makes the five count and he calls for the bell.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (by disqualification)
After the match, Rusev screams and he puts Ziggler in the Accolade while Ziggler is in the ropes.
Tom Phillips is in the interview area with Dolph Ziggler.
Tom asks Dolph about having to face Luke tonight. Dolph says the ladder match was one of the most brutal matches he has ever been in. It was tough physically and mentally. It showed him what it would take to get the title off him. Luke is a nightmare come to life. Dolph says he is a four time Intercontinental Champion. There will not be a Christmas miracle tonight. He will give the fans what they want and he will steal the show. He tells Luke it is too bad that he is too good. Dolph wishes TP a Merry Christmas as we go to commercial.
Luke Harper versus Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title
Harper with a boot to Ziggler’s head during the introduction. Harper with a suicide dive onto Harper. Harper Irish whips Ziggler into the ringside barrier and then he goes for a power bomb but Ziggler escapes. Harper with a Bossman Slam onto the floor and they enter the ring.
The referee holds Harper back so he can check on Ziggler.
Harper attacks Ziggler and pulls off Dolph’s shirt. Harper waits in the corner while the referee asks Ziggler if he can wrestle. Ziggler wants the match to start. Harper with a super kick and a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Harper picks up Ziggler and he connects with an uppercut. Harper with another uppercut to Ziggler. Harper rakes Ziggler’s eyes. Ziggler with a punch and he tries for a drop kick but Harper catches him and Harper slingshots Ziggler’s throat into the ropes and he kicks Ziggler to the floor.
We are back and Harper stands over Ziggler while Dolph tries to get back to his feet. Ziggler stomps on Harper’s feet and then he tries for a neck breaker but Harper sends Ziggler into the ropes and Harper with a drop kick. Ziggler rolls to the floor.
Harper goes to the floor and he picks up Ziggler but Ziggler tries for a super kick but Harper blocks it and Harper sends Ziggler face first into the announce table. Harper gets a near fall when he rolls Ziggler back into the ring. Harper with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with punches followed by a drop kick but Harper moves when Ziggler goes for the Vigilante Stinger Splash. Harper gets a near fall. Continue reading