The WWE takes no breaks for the holidays and this Christmas week, we had a few major matches, announcements, and even a title change. And of course, the atmosphere and outfits were super festive! Here’s our recap and the results of WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for Christmas Week, December 24th through 26th.
Monday Night Raw
Elias defeated Bobby Lashley in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight. Elias opened Raw with a Christmas song poking fun at Lio Rush, Bobby Lashley, and his annoying poses, and for once, he wasn’t interrupted. The audience happily joined in on the chorus, which was a refrain of “Bobby Lashley sucks.” For this holiday-themed match, the men used everything from legos, Christmas trees, and fire extinguishers to tables and bowling balls. Elias got Rush out of the way before smashing Lashley with a cello for the win. After the bell, The Drifter poured eggnog on Lashley, ya know, just for fun.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated The Revival to retain the Tag Team Championship. After receiving a bit of a pounding from his opponents, Gable was able to tag Roode in and take a breather before rolling up Scott Dawson for the surprise pin in a solid tag team match.
Finn Balor defeated Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match. An overconfident Drew McIntyre hyped up his appearance in January’s Royal Rumble (yes, already) but he was taken out of this match with a superkick and Coup de Grace. Balor got the win with another Coup de Grace on Ziggler for the pin (and he looks like he’s destined for big things). After the bell, McIntyre attacked Ziggler but his former partner nailed him with a ZigZag to wrap things up here.
Santa McMahon makes some big announcements. In a pre-taped promo dressed as Santa, Vince McMahon gave fans the news they’d been waiting for: There will be a Women’s Tag Team Title in 2019, John Cena is returning (to both Raw and SmackDown), and on New Year’s Eve, we’ll get to see Ziggler and McIntyre fight in a steel cage match. Merry Christmas!
Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon defeated Mickie James, Alicia Fox, and Dana Brooke. The babyfaces got the pin after an Eclipse on Fox and a backstabber turned Bayley-to-Belly Suplex on James for the pin. But there wasn’t much time for celebration as the Riott Squad showed up and took them all out to stand tall. (Why? Who knows?)
Braun Strowman confronts Paul Heyman. Heyman came out to sing a little “Silent Night” and hype up Brock Lesnar’s future victory over Braun Strowman at 2019’s Royal Rumble. His Christmas carol had clever lines such as “Brock will conquer your title plans because Lesnar will not get those hands.” The Monster’s music hit and Strowman came out with a bandaged arm to intimidate Lesnar’s advocate and decorate him with Rudolph attire, including a red nose and antlers, before promising that Lesnar was going to – you guessed it – get these hands.
Ronda Rousey defeated Natalya to retain the Raw Women’s Title. In this exciting match, the two friends gave it their all and proved to have great chemistry in the ring. Natalya said winning the title would be the perfect Christmas gift for her and her family. It looked for a minute like she was about to make Rousey tap out with a Sharpshooter but Rousey broke free and kicked Natalya out of the ring. The Baddest Woman on the Planet finished things by reversing a Sharpshooter into an armbar to get the submission and keep her title belt. It was clear she felt a lot of remorse for hurting her friend so Rousey helped Natalya up and they shared a hug.
Heath Slater defeated Jinder Mahal via DQ. Before the match, Heath Slater said he still wants to get Rhyno (his former partner) his job back. The Singh Brothers interrupted this one to cause the disqualification and just as it looked like it was going to be a three-on-one beatdown, Santa Claus appeared out of the crowd to make the save. It was none other than Rhyno, of course!
Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin. Backstage, we saw Dean Ambrose hoping that Seth Rollins would have a terrible holiday. In the ring, unrelated to this match, Rollins said that he wouldn’t let his former friend take his heart or his reputation. Despite Corbin’s best attempts, an intense Rollins seemed to be feeling a new energy. He gave the crowd what they wanted, hitting Corbin with a couple of suicide dives, a Sling Blade, and a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. Corbin got a two-count of his own with a Deep Six but Rollins successfully countered an End of Days before finishing Corbin with a superkick to the face and The Stomp. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
SmackDown – December 25th
Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and The Usos defeated The Bar and Sanity. After the heels attacked last week, we saw the Good Brothers and the Usos team up to take them on in an eight-man tag match. The New Day, decked out in Christmas attire, provided commentary as Gallows and Anderson got the win using a Magic Killer on Cesaro. Everyone got pancakes afterward.
Daniel Bryan interrupts R-Truth and Carmella’s fun. Dressed as Santa and his helper, R-Truth and Carm-elf-a held dance breaks (well, carol breaks) and spread cheer to the audience until their fun was spoiled by the new Daniel Bryan. He reminded everyone that Truth wasn’t the real Santa Claus, called everyone fickle, and told the crowd that their materialism has ruined the North Pole and destroyed Santa. Truth replied, “Ooooh, he’s an angry little elf!” and Bryan called R-Truth’s career a joke. Truthy-Claus revealed that he’s number 30 in the Royal Rumble and he plans to take the title from Bryan. During a dance break, Bryan attacked, wrapping Truth’s leg around a post, putting him in a LaBell Lock, and stomping him repeatedly as Carmella yelled for it to stop. Bryan posed with his belt as the crowd booed.
Mustafa Ali defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas. Backstage, as Mustafa Ali’s former 205 Live partners congratulated him on his big win over Bryan, the environmentalist heel attacked, saying that Ali doesn’t deserve to be on SmackDown. Ali proved him wrong once again, defeating Almas with his 054.
Another episode of Miz TV. This weirdness continues. Miz still wanted Shane McMahon to be his partner so he invited him on for the holiday edition of Miz TV. Miz used some of McMahon’s rhetoric to his advantage by talking about how it’s a new era for the WWE… so why shouldn’t they team up to become the best tag team in the world? Or at least let the fans decide if they should? After a long talk by Miz about how his dad has never said he’s proud of him but loves Shane McMahon, the commissioner agreed to let the fans decide. They polled the (sorta) cheering crowd and eventually McMahon relented, saying “You better not screw me” and together they raised the World Cup trophy. Looks like they’re officially a duo!
Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy via DQ. After a little more trash talking, Joe began to wear down Hardy. But when Joe slipped out of the ring to evade a Whisper in the Wind, an enraged Hardy let loose on him with knees to the face until the ref called for the disqualification. After the match, he flung Joe over the announcer’s table but Joe was able to catch him off-guard and locked on the Coquina Clutch until Hardy appeared to pass out.
Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the US Championship. (Finally!) After a funny Rusev promo, these two had a real title match. Nakamura set up for a Kinshasa but Rusev hit him with a Machka Kick for a near fall. The Bulgarian Lion tried to hit an Accolade but Nakamura took control and nearly made him tap with a triangle submission. Rusev responded with a powerbomb, dodged a Kinshasa, and clotheslined his opponent before landing a Machka Kick for the pin and the championship belt. Merry Christmas and Happy Rusev Day!
NXT – December 26th
Bianca Belair defeated Mia Yim, Io Shirai, and Lacey Evans in the Women’s Fatal 4-Way for the Number-One Contender Spot. We all knew Belair was destined to be a star and now she’ll get her shot at Shayna Baszler and the NXT Women’s Championship. There were several near falls and Belair declined an offer to team up with Evans during the match. Belair broke up a pin attempt with her braid before finishing things off herself by pinning Evans with a K.O.D.
Jaxson Ryker defeated Mitch Taverna. Controlling from the start, Ryker made a quick squash match of this one. He got the pin on Taverna with a slingshot powerbomb and the other Forgotten Sons joined him in the ring.
Undisputed Era defeated Heavy Machinery to retain the NXT Tag Team Title. In the night’s main event, it was just Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong taking on Otis Dozovik and Tucker Knight to defend their title. After Knight managed to escape danger early on, Dozovik tagged in to take out the opposition. Dozovik threw O’Reilly into a belly-to-belly suplex by Knight for a two-count, but things started to collapse after Dozovik got distracted during a moonsault attempt. This led to a sequence of events, including a Tower of Doom appearance, that caused another near-fall for Heavy Machinery. Dozovik kicked out, but after Tucker was taken out with a dropkick, Strong and O’Reilly hit Dozovik with a Total Elimination for the victory.