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WWE Raw TV News & Notes 12/28
– John Cena returned to WWE TV for the first time since the Hell in a Cell PPV in October.
Cena beat U.S. champion Alberto Del Rio in a title re-match from HIAC, but it was a DQ result due to interference from the League of Nations. Therefore, Del Rio retained the U.S. Title.
– WWE announced Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus for the WWE Title with Mr. McMahon as special referee for next Monday’s Raw kicking off 2016.
– IC champion Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens ran a show-long angle scrapping with each other throughout the show. Ambrose ended up taking a powerbomb through the announce table, ending his night by selling losing feeling in his body.
– The Divas division was spotlighted with a 16-minute match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, who lost to Sasha via heel tactics. Divas champion Charlotte was booked for the split-crew house show in Allentown, Pa.
– WWE ran a parade of mid-carders through Miz TV to interrupt The Miz’s attempt to recap his entire 2015 day-by-day. Cameos included Zack Ryder, Ryback, Goldust, Heath Slater, and R-Truth.
– As part of the Miz TV segment, Big Show returned to Raw to declare himself as the first entrant in the 2016 Royal Rumble match.
– King Barrett kind of returned to in-ring action. Barrett was part of a six-man tag with Sheamus and Rusev against The Usos & Dean Ambrose. However, Barrett did not tag into the match and avoided physicality while recovering from an injury.
– Prior to the Del Rio vs. Cena main event, WWE ran a tribute video to Motorhead lead singer Lemmy, who reportedly died on Monday.
– Announced for Smackdown is a New Year’s Eve theme show. No matches or segments were announced.
– Announced for this week’s ESPNews SportsCenter segment is Titus O’Neil talking to Jonathan Coachman on Tuesday night.
– Tony Chimel handled ring announcing duties with Lilian Garcia losing her voice.