WWE Raw: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for December 8
The Dec. 8 edition of WWE Raw has a two-pronged purpose—hand out the 2014 Slammy Awards and push forward toward TLC.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are up for a number of WWE's golden statuettes. Should they win any, they may use to them to bash their enemies' heads. Rollins'  upcoming clash with John Cena and Ambrose's showdown with Bray Wyatt have both become increasingly hostile.

As two of TLC's marquee matches, both stories will get plenty of attention when Raw lands in Greenville, South Carolina.

Backstage reports and James Wortman's five-point preview on WWE.com point at what's to come for Monday's show, including a few bouts added to the card. A special guest, the Slammys and how WWE handles Ambrose's storyline injury will be among the most notable items on the go-home edition of Raw.

The Slammys

WWE's version of the Oscars gets a little help from Hollywood. Seth Green is set to serve as guest host for the event.

Last time he ran Raw, he got involved in the action, working the main event alongside Triple H and Cena against Legacy. Memories of that night came rushing back for Green over the week:

The Slammy Awards will be split into two categories—trophies handed out during Raw itself and those WWE will award Superstars on the pre-show. For the pre-show Slammys, fans will vote on WWE.com to decide the winners.

Those awards are as follows:

"Tell Me You Didn't Just Say That" Insult of the Year
Hashtag of the Year
Fan Participation Award
Breakout Star of the Year
WWE Tag Team of the Year
Double-Cross of the Year
Animal of the Year
Best Actor
NXT Superstar of the Year
Anti-Gravity Moment of the Year
Faction of the Year
Tweet It! Best Twitter Handle (aka Social Champion)
Raw Guest Star of the Year
Rivalry of the Year
Couple of the Year
For the other Slammys, fans will vote live during through the WWE App. These will get a more award-ceremony feel, complete with WWE's trademark shenanigans. 

The nominees for those are as follows:

The OMG Shocking Moment of the Year

Brock Lesnar defeats Undertaker at WrestleMania 30
Seth Rollins turns on The Shield
Bray Wyatt's choir surrounds John Cena
Nikki Bella turns on Brie Bella


"This is Awesome" Moment of the Year

Yes! Movement occupies Raw.
Stephanie McMahon gets arrested.
Sting debuts to help Team Cena.
Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin meet at WrestleMania 30.
 Extreme Moment of the Year

Brock Lesnar hits 16 German Suplexes on John Cena.
Kane hits Daniel Bryan with Tombstones on floor, steel steps and table.
Chris Jericho hits Bray Wyatt with a cross-body from the top of a steel cage.
Seth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose through cinder blocks.


LOL Moment of the Year

Damien Mizdow as The Miz's stunt double.
Mr. T thanks his mother at 2014 Hall of Fame.
Vickie Guerrero throws Stephanie McMahon into a pool of pudding.
El Torito vs. Hornswoggle: WeeLC match.


Match of the Year

The Shield vs. Evolution (Extreme Rules)
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Payback)
Team Cena vs. Team Authority (Survivor Series)
Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 30)


WWE Diva of the Year 

AJ Lee
Paige
Nikki Bella
Brie Bella


WWE Superstar of the Year

Brock Lesnar
Dean Ambrose
John Cena
Seth Rollins 
Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns

News, Potential Spoilers

If Lesnar wins Superstar of the Year, he won't be around to accept it. Although he was originally scheduled to show up for Monday's Raw, plans have since changed.

PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson reports that Lesnar is no longer advertised for Monday's Raw, writing, "We are told the creative changed and he'll be returning at the 12/15 episode to begin building a match (likely with John Cena) for the 2015 Royal Rumble."

It makes sense to hold Lesnar's return off a week, as he's not needed for TLC hype considering he's not working the pay-per-view. Still, that's going to mark yet another week that the world champ wasn't on WWE programming. It's getting harder to stay patient on that front.

A former WWE champ may act as a stand-in of sorts. Mick Foley is reportedly heading to South Carolina.
F4WOnline (h/t Wrestling Inc) reports that Foley told fans during his one-man show in Missouri over the weekend that he may be appearing on Monday's Raw. With the Slammys' need for guest presenters, this is a perfect time to bring aboard some names from the past.

With the Carolinas being Ric Flair country, one can only hope The Nature Boy shows up as well.

As for the construction of the TLC card, it looks as if WWE is going to add a pair of title bouts to the event. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required, h/t Wrestling Inc) reports that AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship and Jack Swagger vs. Rusev for the United States Championship are scheduled to be added to the TLC card.

Both of those feuds have garnered decent airtime as of late, so this seems more than plausible. No word on if the company will add gimmicks to either.

The card—currently sitting at six matches—already has a TLC, Ladder, Chairs, Tables and Steel Stairs match lined up. That's plenty of furniture-based stipulations already.

It's unclear how WWE will portray Ambrose's health going into that TLC match. He suffered a kayfabe injury during Friday's SmackDown thanks to Wyatt damaging his throat with a chair.
Dr. Chris Amann says via WWE.com, "He had sustained brunt and crushing trauma to the front part of his neck. There are many vital structures there including the windpipe and the trachea. Our initial diagnosis was a crushed trachea with inflammation or a tracheal contusion."

The company may sell the injury more on Raw, but it had him work a live event in Fairfax, Virginia, on the weekend, per Pro Wrestling Torch. He beat Wyatt in a Street Fight, not normally something a man with a crushed trachea does.



TLC Buildup

Lower down on the card, Erick Rowan and Big Show will meet in the first-ever Steel Stairs match. Expect more steps-centered elements as WWE hypes that matchup.

On Friday's SmackDown, Big Show demonstrated what he planned to do to Rowan with the ring steps come Dec. 14.

Wortman hints that the two big men will cross paths on Monday night in his WWE.com preview, writing, "Wil these two behemoths collide in wince-inducing fashion Monday night on Raw? If both Rowan and Big Show are in the same building, that's a safe bet."

The battle over the Tag Team Championship is just as intense as that in-progress feud, but it's a lot more personal.

Last Monday, The Miz offered Jimmy Uso's wife, Naomi, a business card, saying he could boost her music career. The former tag champ took offense, setting off his inner pit bull. When SmackDown rolled around, Jimmy couldn't control himself during his brother's match against The Miz, getting himself ejected from ringside.

Count on things getting worse between these teams. Wortman writes in the five-point preview, "Look for things to escalate further on Raw as the WWE Tag Team Championship encounter between The Usos and The Miz & Damien Mizdow draws near."

The story of TLC's main event should progress as well. On last week's Raw, Rollins (with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble's help) powerbombed Cena through a table.
He has another shot to leave Cena lying, further weakening his foe heading into the pay-per-view. Wortman implies that Mr. Money in the Bank has more deviousness planned when he asks, "What machinations does the so-called 'future of WWE' have in store before WWE's Demolition Derby?"

Those rivalries are sure to overlap the Slammy Awards. Previous editions of the ceremony have shown that they are key opportunities for predators to pounce and for WWE to produce memorable moments.

Surprise Return of the Year

Hulk Hogan
Ultimate Warrior
Batista
The Rock

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