Raw results: Cena rings in the New Year and Wade Barrett wins his second Intercontinental Title
BY Anthony Benigno
December 31, 2012
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show def. Ricardo Rodriguez via Disqualification
Que pena, Ricardo. Although Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer couldn’t challenge Big Show for the World Title on SmackDown, Show offered him another opportunity at the “Big Gold Title” on New Year’s Eve. At least Ricardo got some sweet wheels out of the whole ordeal when he got to roll into the arena in one of Del Rio’s luxury automobiles.
That was about where the good news began and ended for Ricardo, though. Show made quite the display of dismantling the overmatched hype man, tearing Rodriguez’s tux to shreds and tossing him to and fro about the ring. Rodriguez briefly looked poised to pull off the upset after he hit the giant with an enzuigiri, but Show rallied quickly and continued his dismantling of poor Ricardo. That is, until Del Rio decided to get involved. The Essence of Excellence swarmed the giant and came to his aide’s aid, giving Show the disqualification win but allowing Ricardo to leave in one piece. We’ll call that a win, all things considered.