The company has a busy taping schedule set-up for this week, similar to when they have international travel plans, in order to account for Christmas falling mid-week next week. That includes taping next week's (December 23, 2013) Raw last night in Austin, TX. The show will air in its usual Monday night 8PM Eastern time slot on USA Network.
So, as the General likes to say, let's unwrap that (XMas) present early!
- JBL and Michael Cole were on commentary. Hopefully Jerry Lawler didn't drive to Oklahoma by accident/on a rib.
- The Authority continue to blur the lines of heel and face by coming out to give free Santa hats to the crowd. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way to the stage and is given the night off.
- The obligatory Divas holiday-themed
cluster(% tag contest was a Jingle Bells match that the Team Total Divas (Natalya, The Bella Twins, Eva Marie, Cameron and Naomi) won, defeating AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Aksana, Alicia Fox Rosa Mendes and somebody else (Summer Rae?).
- Sin Cara defeated Curtis Axel
- The Wyatt Family defeated Daniel Bryan, Goldust and Cody Rhodes in what was described as (duh) a great match. Post-match shenanigans involved the lights going out for Bray and company to lay out Bryan and teleport to the stage.
- Fandango won a Christmas Gift on a Pole match over Dolph Ziggler. The gift was a shot at the Intercontinental title, and Ziggy' new gimmick is losing #1 contender matches now?
- The Usos defeated The Primetime Players
- "Good Santa" Mark Henry defeated "Bad Santa" Damien Sandow in the battle to save Christmas (™ Fox News). This was said to be a similar set-up to last year's epic John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio showdown, but with both men wearing Claus costumes throughout the match. They opened a wrapped box in the ring to reveal a toilet, and Sandow destroyed a bunch of trees after losing.
- Los Matadores defeated The Real Americans
- Ryback defeated Kofi Kingston
- Cena, CM Punk and Big E Langston defeated The Shield by disqualification. Langston's push continues, not only rubbing shoulders with his main event tag partners but hitting his finisher on Dean Ambrose, prompting Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to attack him and trigger the DQ.
Thoughts, elves of Cageside Seats?