New Year's Raw results: Lesnar rings in a painful New Year, Bryan follows the buzzards

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December 30, 2013

Dolph Ziggler def. Curtis Axel

What a difference a year makes: Dolph Ziggler ended 2012 covered in suspect brown muck, and after a wild, up-and-down 2013 campaign, the former World Heavyweight Champion closed the calendar fresh as a daisy, which is more than can be said for Curtis Axel. “Better Than Perfect” is a solid way to describe Axel’s rise up the ranks in 2013, but the former Intercontinental Champion just wasn’t ready to hang with Ziggler, who seemed spurred into action by his roller-coaster year to finish on a high note.

Photos: Showoff axes Axel on New Year's Raw

Hungry for a win of his own, Axel was determined to rain on The Showoff’s parade and used Dolph’s momentum to send him tumbling over the ropes. The former Intercontinental Champion chipped away the stupefied Ziggler until Dolph struck back by bouncing Axel’s head off the turnbuckle. Clawing his way back into the advantage, The Showoff kicked into high gear and dropped his foe like the New Year’s ball, leaping into action with an out-of-nowhere Zig Zag. And there wasn’t a bit of slop in sight.

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