Because Monday Night Raw next week falls on Christmas Eve, WWE taped the show immediately following last night's live episode of SmackDown. Complete spoilers are inside.
WWE held its special commercial free live episode of SmackDown last night (Dec. 18, 2012) in Pittsburgh but because next week's episode of Monday Night Raw falls on Christmas Eve, the show was taped immediately after SmackDown concluded.
That means we've got full spoilers for you (via PW Torch).
-- Santa Claus, who had been announced as guest host on SmackDown, opened the show by getting run over by Alberto Del Rio while he made his entrance in another one of his fancy cars. Don't worry though, folks, Santa gave the old thumbs up on his way out. HE'S GONNA MAKE IT!!
-- Kane def. Cody Rhodes in a singles match, which is kind of funny considering this means Rhodes never does get to get his revenge on Kane for injuring him, at least not in the kayfabe sense.
-- Kaitlyn, Layla, Alicia Fox, & Natalya def. Eve, Tamina Snuka, Aksana, & Rosa Mendes in a Divas match. That says all you need to know about that.
-- Sheamus def. Big Show in a lumberjack match. This was a non-title match but Sheamus won clean with the Brogue Kick. Perhaps that's his receipt and now the feud is over?
-- David Otunga actually got to cut a promo as the legal counsel of Del Rio. He did his lawyer-y type thing by claiming Santa was trespassing so Del Rio is not liable and whatever. He was ultimately interrupted by Zack Ryder, who won with the Rough Ryder.
-- Kofi Kingston & The Miz def. Antonio Cesaro & Wade Barrett. Miz pins Barrett after Kofi hits a boot to set up the Skull Crushing Finale.
-- Brad Maddox came out for yet another shot at a contract and this time Great Khali squashed him while he was, I shit you not, dressed like a gigantic elf. So there's that to look forward to. Apparently, he even sings.
-- Another CM Punk promo that got good reviews and another interruption from Ryback that he wants his match on Jan. 7, 2013. Only this time, he said he wants it to be a TLC match like they would have had at the pay-per-view had Punk not gotten injured.
-- Daniel Bryan def. Damien Sandow. So Team Hell No with the clean sweep of The Rhodes Scholars on the night.
-- The Usos, International Airstrike, Santino Marella, & Brodus Clay def. Prime Time Players, Tensai, and 3MB. Here's your time killer fun fun match that ends with the usual blitz of finishers before a pinfall.
-- John Cena def. Alberto Del Rio in a street fight. This wasn't really much of a match, apparently, as this was clearly a comedy match meant in good fun and played up with Christmas props for the holiday. Also, Santa recovered fast enough to do a run in and used Mr. Socko, so it's obvious Mick Foley. That's what helped give Cena the pin, though Santa did give Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez gifts after the match.
There's the show, Cagesiders. Sounds like a lot of fluff but it's the holiday season and we really can't expect greatness every week, can we?