WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: December 24, 2012
Commentators: Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler
An animated CM Punk tries to light an animated Christmas tree but it does not go on.
Since Christmas is on Tuesday, a number of Superstars are on the stage being led by John Cena to perform some Christmas carols.
The first song they sing has the following lyrics:
Dashing through the show So we can entertain O’er the ropes we’ll go Hope I land on Kane (sung by Damien Sandow) Funk is on a roll (sung by Brodus Clay) When you step into that ring (sung by AJ Lee) Yes No Yes No Okay Yes . . . (sung by Daniel Bryan) I’m not going to sing (sung by Kane) Ohhh Ring the bell Ring the bell Season’s here no doubt We won’t stop until we win Or I’m gonna knock you out (sung by Big Show) We go out to compete All alone (sung by Randy Orton) or in a pair (sung by Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) I can’t eat enough red meat (sung by Ryback) We fly through the air (sung by Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara) I’m the best in this whole world (sung by CM Punk) I know that is not true (sung by Sheamus) Excuse me, don’t you start a fight (sung by Vickie Guerrero) Can you dig it? You sing too (sung by Booker T) Ring the bell. Ring the bell We hope that you’re inspired If you aren’t entertained Then Vince will say YOU’RE FIRED (sung by an animated Vince McMahon)
We go back to the animated CM Punk’s attempts to light the Christmas tree and he continues to fail. He is knocked out of the way and an animated John Cena comes to save the day and he lights the tree and we see Santa in the background.
Raw is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Jerry ‘Will anyone mind if I wear a Browns jersey’ Lawler and Michael ‘The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh’ Cole.
Our host makes his way to the ring and it is Santa Claus. Santa has some gifts for the fans along the aisle. While Santa gives out more gifts, Ricardo Rodriguez comes out to introduce Alberto Del Rio, who drives into the arena and he hits Santa.
Ricardo and Alberto don’t know what to do while the medical staff checks on Santa. Santa gives the thumbs up and the people cheer.
We go to commercial.
We are back at the crime scene in the arena and we see why the police tape is out. We see Del Rio hitting Santa Claus as Cole speaks in a very somber tone. We will get updates later in the night.
Everyone is standing outside the trainer’s room waiting for an update on Santa. Booker emerges and he says that he will not sugar coat it. Santa is down and he don’t look good. Everyone needs to pull together and the show must go on.
Alberto Del Rio stops by and John Cena yells at Del Rio for running over Santa. Alberto says that he did not know that Santa would be there. He says that it is not his fault.
Booker tells Alberto that before Santa lost consciousness, his last words were that Alberto will be in a fight. A Miracle on 34th Street Fight . . . against John Cena.
Booker tells John to do it for Santa.
We see footage of Cody Rhodes being back body dropped onto the disabled list by Kane last month on Main Event.
Cody Rhodes vs. Kane
Cody with a punch but Kane presses Cody over his head and he drops Cody behind him. Kane with a biel to Cody across the ring. Cody with a kick and then he comes off the turnbuckles but Kane catches him and runs Cody into the turnbuckles. Kane with kicks in the corner. Cody with kicks to the knee and punches.
Cody with a top wrist lock but Kane sends Cody over the top rope to the floor. Cody goes to the apron and he drops Kane’s throat across the top rope. Cody sends Kane’s shoulder into the ring post. Cody with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Cody tries to remove the top turnbuckle pad and the referee stops Cody. Cody punches Kane and kicks him.
Cody wraps the arm in the ropes. Cody kicks Kane in the corner and he punches Kane. Kane with a kick and punch to Cody. Cody with a kick to the chest and he wraps Kane’s arm in the ropes again. Cody with a head butt and punch to the head but Kane with an uppercut. Kane sets for a suplex but Cody with a kick and single arm DDT. Cody with a wrist lock submission.
Kane grabs Cody by the throat and tries for a choke slam but Cody escapes. Kane with a boot followed by two Irish whips and clotheslines. Kane with a side slam and he gets a near fall. Kane goes up top for the clothesline and he hits it. Kane signals for the choke slam but Cody with punches to stop Kane. Kane gets Cody up for a tombstone but Cody escapes. Cody hits Beautiful Disaster and then he loosens another turnbuckle pad. Kane sends Cody into the exposed turnbuckle and then hits a choke slam and gets the three count.
Natalya and Aksana start things off and they lock up. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya holds on to a waist lock but Aksana escapes. Natalya with a rollup and Backlund bridge for a near fall. Alicia tags in and she leap frogs Aksana while Natalya hits a clothesline. Alicia misses a boot into the corner and Aksana throws Alicia into the corner and she crawls to the corner seductively before tagging in Tamina.
Tamina with head butts and then she pulls Alicia over by the hair but Alicia with a drop kick. Layla tags in and hits a clothesline. Layla with an arm drag and cover. Layla hits Tamina with her rear end but Tamina stops Layla. Tamina runs into boots from Layla. Rosa distracts Layla and that allows Tamina to hit a Samoan drop on Layla followed by a boot to the back and a near fall.
Rosa tags in and she hits a clothesline and gets a near fall. Rosa with a Japanese stranglehold and she puts Layla on her knees to add more pressure. Rosa turns it into a modified camel clutch. Rosa with an elbow to the back to stop Layla from making the tag. Eve tags in and she connects with an elbow drop. Eve with knees and a kick for a near fall. Eve misses an elbow drop and Kailtyn tags in.
Kaitlyn with a clothesline and back elbow followed by a flying shoulder tackle for a near fall but Rosa breaks up the cover. Rosa sends Kaitlyn to the floor. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter to Rosa but Tamina with a superkick. Alicia with a scissors kick to Tamina. Aksana with a spinebuster to Alicia, but Layla with a kick and triple jump cross body. Eve with a kick to Layla. Kaitlyn with a gutbuster for the three count.
Winners: Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Layla El, and Natalya
We are back and we see a fire and a Christmas tree. AJ and Dolph Ziggler are sitting on the floor and AJ thanks Dolph for watching her favorite Christmas movie with him. AJ says that it is a movie about not living in the past. We see that they are watching TLC when AJ pushes Cena off the ladder and allows Ziggler to win the match.
Dolph says that all they need this holiday season is some T.L.C. AJ says that the best part was that John Cena did not see it coming. AJ says that this is the most wonderful time of the year.
In case you missed the tragic pedestrian accident, we have a replay.
We see the monitors while Matt Striker gives us an update. Wrestlers and other backstage people hold a vigil for Santa.
It is time for the Lumberjacks to come out for the LumberJack Frost Match and we go to commercial.
Big Show vs Sheamus in a LumberJack Frost Match
They lock up and Show sends Sheamus to the mat. They lock up again and Sheamus pushes Show into the ropes. Show wants a Greco Roman knuckle lock but Sheamus cannot reach Show’s hand so Sheamus stomps on Show’s foot and applies a side head lock. Show with a shoulder tackle.
Show with a head butt and chop in the corner and then he wishes Sheamus a Merry Christmas. Show misses a splash into the corner and then Sheamus drops Show across the top rope and he connects with the ten forearms across the chest. Sheamus goes up top and hits a shoulder tackle that knocks Show down.
Sheamus looks around and signals for the Brogue Kick but Show rolls to the floor. The lumberjacks think about sending Show back into the ring but 3MB aren’t stupid. They allow Show to enter at his own leisure and we go to commercial.
We are back and Show has something to say to Sheamus but Sheamus with a kick. We see footage from the commercial break when Sheamus was sent to the floor in front of 3MB and Sheamus had to fight his way into the ring. Show with a key lock. Seamus grabs Show’s nose and he punches Show.
Sheamus tries to slam Show but he collapses under Show’s weight and Show gets a near fall. Show sends Sheamus to the floor and 3MB attack Sheamus and we have a lumberjack brawl. Sheamus gets back into the ring while the lumberjacks continue to battle. Show with a head butt and the hostilities on the floor calm down. Maybe they will be able to settle their differences later.
Show with a suplex and Sheamus is down. Show chokes Sheamus in the ropes. Tensai punches Sheamus while Show talks to the referee. Show with a few chops to the chest. Show climbs the turnbuckles and he sets to punch Sheamus but Sheamus gets Show on his shoulders and he hits an Electric Chair Drop and both men are down.
Show and Sheamus exchange punches from their knees. Sheamus with the advantage but Show with a choke slam for a near fall. Show with a head butt but Sheamus with punches as he gets back to his feet. Show with a punch to the midsection and then he hits a step over leg drop for a near fall. Sheamsu with more punches but Show with a bear hug.
Sheamus with forearms to get out of the hold. Sheamus with a flying double sledge or two. Sheamus with a shoulder into the corner followed by another shoulder. Sheamus goes for the knee lift but Show knows it is coming and Show with a clothesline for a near fall. Show with an elbow drop for a near fall.
Show goes to the turnbuckles for a Vader Bomb but Sheamus moves. Sheamus gets Show up for White Noise and hits it. Sheamus gets a near fall on Show. Sheamus tries for the Brogue kick but Show blocks it and he sends Sheamus over the top rope to the floor. The lumberjacks battle around the ring while Tensai sends Sheamus back into the ring.
Show gets the fist ready but Sheamus ducks it and Sheamus with a Brogue Kick for the three count.
After the match, the Lumberjacks enter the ring and they brawl until the heel lumberjacks are sent to the floor.
We take a look back at Tribute to the Troops.
We go to commercial.
We are back and David Otunga is in the ring. He says that he is the only Harvard educated lawyer in the history of the WWE. That makes him uniquely qualified to discuss the situation involving Santa and Alberto Del Rio. People are quick to pass judgment and assign blame. He says that people are pre judging and they are prejudiced. David says that Alberto is really the victim. Santa is guilty of trespassing and working without the proper visas.
Zack Ryder says that Alberto ran over Santa. The man who says ho ho ho is in the back getting treatment while Otunga faces the man who says woo woo woo.
Zack Ryder vs. David Otunga
They lock up and Otunga with a knee. Ryder with a forearm and back elbow followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Otunga sends Ryder into the turnbuckles and he connects with clotheslines. Otunga poses and hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Otunga with a rear chin lock. Otunga with a back elbow to Ryder and Otunga poses and does the Jericho cover. Otunga with a clothesline and then he picks up Ryder again and hits another clothesline while applying a hammer lock. Otunga with a third clothesline and gets a near fall.
Ryder with a rollup for a near fall. Otunga with a kick and Irish whip followed by a clothesline and flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Otunga with a rear chin lock. Ryder with punches but Otunga with a forearm. Ryder with an X Factor and back elbow. Ryder with knees and a drop kick from the middle turnbuckle. Ryder with a running forearm and he hits the Broski Boot for a near fall.
Ryder sets for the Rough Ryder but Otunga sends Ryder over his head. Otunga misses a clothesline in the corner. Ryder with the Rough Ryder for the three count.
Winner: Zack Ryder
Booker is in the office with Teddy Long and he says that it is fitting that Vickie is on vacation on a week that Santa gets run over. They laugh at Otunga losing. Brad Maddox enters and he says that he is looking forward to his contract. Booker says that Brad lost and he was awful. Booker gives Brad another chance. Brad says that it will be great television. Booker tells Brad that he has to beat one of Santa’s elves.
Miz and Cesaro start things off and they lock up. Cesaro with a waist lock but Miz with a wrist lock. Cesaro with a waist lock take down and he slaps Miz in the head. Cesaro reminds Miz that he is a champion. Miz with a waist lock and side head lock but Cesaro escapes. Miz with a kick and running knee lift and he slaps Cesaro in the back of the head. Miz with a flapjack and kick to the head for a near fall.
Cesaro with a forearm and side head lock followed by a shoulder tackle. Barrett tags in and he punches and kicks Miz. Miz with a kick to Barrett and he sends Wade into the turnbuckles. Barrett with an Irish whip but Miz avoids Barrett and hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Kofi tags in and connects with a double sledge. Kofi with a kick and waist lock.
Barrett backs Kofi into the corner but Kofi with kicks. Barrett misses a clothesline but Barrett avoids Trouble in Paradise. Barrett goes to the floor to get into Kofi’s head and slow down the pace. Cesaro tags back in and Kofi with a drop toe hold and front face lock. Cesaro backs Kofi into the corner but Kofi punches Cesaro. Cesaro with a side slam and he kicks Kofi in the head and chokes him in the ropes.
Cesaro with a European uppercut and Barrett tags back in. Barrett with a snap mare and he stretches Kofi. Kofi with a kick and chop followed by a kick to the head. Barrett with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Cesaro tags in and he kicks Kofi in the abdomen and then Cesaro picks up Kofi and hits a dead lift side salto for a near fall. Cesaro with a chin lock using Kofi’s arm.
Cesaro with an Irish whip but Kofi with a pendulum kick. Cesaro keeps Kofi from making the tag momentarily. Miz and Barrett are in and Miz with a back elbow and punches. Miz with the Awesome Clothesline and then he kicks Cesaro off the apron and hits a chop to the top of the head from the turnbuckles. Miz sets for the Skull Crushing Finale but Cesaro with a forearm to the back. Miz takes care of Cesaro but Barrett gets Miz on his shoulders. Miz sends Barrett to the ropes and Kofi with Trouble in Paradise from the floor and Miz gets the three count after the Skull Crushing Finale.
Winners: Miz and Kofi Kingston
We are back at Dolph and AJ’s Christmas Eve celebration and his briefcase has been gift wrapped. AJ says that she got the last one for him and broke John Cena’s heart by pushing him off a ladder. AJ says that she has one more present for Dolph and she opens her robe for him and he drops his present. She is wearing a Ziggler t-shirt.
Michael Cole reminds us that Santa suffered some injuries as a result of colliding with Alberto Del Rio’s hood.
We go to Matt Striker with an update. He says that there is not a lot to report. There was some damage done to Santa by the car.
Brad Maddox comes out and he sings Brad Maddox is coming to Raw.
Brad Maddox vs. Great Khali (with Hornswoggle)
Brad slaps Khali and he tells Khali he is not an elf. Khali sends Maddox into the turnbuckles and he chops Brad across the chest and Brad goes down. Khali with another chop. Hornswoggle tells Khali to do it again and he chops Brad out of the ring. Hornswoggle with a splash onto Maddox. Maddox drops Khali on the ropes and Brad with elbows drops to the leg.
Khali chops Brad to get out of the hold. Maddox with a drop kick to the head. Maddox poses for the crowd and then he goes for the injured leg but Khali kicks Brad into the corner. Maddox goes to the turnbuckles but he comes off and is chopped by Khali. Khali with clotheslines and then he choke slams Maddox and gets the three count.
Winner: Great Khali
After the match Great Khali and Hornswoggle dance. Hornswoggle tells Santa to get well. Khali wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman are in the hallway and we go to commercial.
We are back and we take a look at the crime scene before CM Punk and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring.
Punk tells Heyman that there should be an escalator to help him into the ring.
Punk mocks Great Khali’s Christmas wish and he says that he must have been from Pittsburgh since he couldn’t understand him. Punk says that in all seriousness, Christmas has been ruined.
The crowd starts a Steelers chant and Punk says that he isn’t stupid enough to root for a bunch of losers like the Cubs and he is from Chicago. Punk says that Christmas has been ruined. Punk says that it was not his fault. He is not talking about when Santa got hit by a car.
Punk is talking about how the best in the world is clearly injured to the point where he cannot compete tonight. Punk says that if you want to boo anyone, the person to boo is Ryback. Ryback is the reason why Christmas is ruined. Punk says that he cannot even walk without these crutches.
Punk says that Ryback has ruined Christmas. Ryback has ruined Hanukkah. What do we do to the lowlife who has ruined Christmas and Hanukkah. Do we fire him? No. Do we suspend him? No. Do we fine him an obscene amount of money? No. What is the punishment for Ryback for hurting the champion? Nothing. He is rewarded with a championship match.
If it was proven that CM Punk has worked with Brad Maddox or the Shield, then maybe Ryback should be given a title match. Punk says that he is in obvious pain. He is not cleared by doctors. Ryback is believing his own crap.
Punk says that he is in a bad mood because he has been doing a lot of training to get ready to go back to the ring. Punk insults the people in the crowd.
Paul tells everyone to get one thing perfectly clear. They do not boo CM Punk. CM Punk has been your WWE Champion for 400 consecutive days. For each and every one of those 400 days, CM Punk has been the victim of a documented conspiracy in the WWE to take this championship away from him. Paul mentions the Ryback situation. He has received not one, but two extraordinary opportunities to wrestle the title from CM Punk. On both occasions, Ryback has failed.
Punk tells Ryback that on two legs he was better than him. On one leg he is better than him. He could have his leg amputated and he will be better than him. He says that he is the best in the world.
Ryback’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Paul tells Ryback to listen to him. CM Punk is not medically cleared to wrestle. If Ryback places one finger on Punk, he will sue him for assault.
Ryback says that he does not have to lay a finger on him because he got his Christmas present. In two weeks, if Punk is medically cleared, they will have the match that they were supposed to have at the pay per view. It will be a TLC match.
We go to commercial.
Usos, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Brodus Clay, and Santino Marella vs. Tensai, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Darren Young, and Titus O’Neil
Darren and Brodus start things off and they lock up. Clay sends Young to the floor and then Clay shimmies. Clay with a shoulder tackle and Irish whip followed by a running back elbow. Kidd tags in and he hits a double sledge from the apron and then applies a hammer lock. Young reverses and then Kidd goes through the ropes to tie up Young in the ropes. Kidd with a hip toss and drop kick.
Kidd tags in Gabriel and they hit a double back elbow and double snap mare followed by a double kick for a near fall. Young with a European uppercut and Tensai tags in. Tensai with an uppercut and a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Tensai misses a short arm clothesline and Gabriel with kicks and an enzuigiri. Santino tags in and he walks into an uppercut.
Mahal tags in and Santino misses a kick. Mahal with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Mahal with a rear chin lock. Santino with a belly-to-back suplex and he tags in Jey Uso. Drew tags in as well. Drew with an Irish whip and Jey tries to float over but Drew kicks him in the midsection. Titus tags in and he kicks Jey. Titus with a double underhook gutbuster and then he tags Tensai back in.
Tensai mocks Jey and the Uso chant. Tensai with a head butt. Jey with punches but Tensai with a shoulder. Titus tags back in and he kicks and chokes Jey. Titus barks and then he runs into boots from Jey and both men are down. Jimmy and Slater tag in and Jimmy with a flying shoulder and clothesline. Jimmy with a Bubba Bomb and then he sends Slater into the corner for a running butt splash. Jimmy gets a near fall and Drew and Jinder break up the cover. Kidd and Gabriel take care of them and hit dives to the floor.
Slater hits Smash Hit but Brodus breaks up the cover. Clay sends Young and O’Neil to the floor. Tensai punches Clay. Santino with the Cobra to Tensai. Slater with Smash Hit to Santino. Gabriel with a quebrada to Slater followed by a springboard elbow drop from Kidd. Jey with a Superfly splash for the three count.
We go to commercial, but when we come back, we will find out the latest on Santa.
We are back and Daniel Bryan is in a good mood. Both of them won and Christmas is his favorite day of the year. Kane says that he hates Christmas, but he still got Daniel a present. Kane did not get around to wrapping it. Daniel opens it and he sees that it is a Slammy Award. Daniel says that he has a present for Kane and it is a puppy.
Kane thanks Daniel and he says that he is starving. Daniel yells no and says that animals are our friends and not food. Daniel takes the dog back.
We go to AJ reading Twas the Night Before Christmas with her own interpretation. AJ pushes Dolph under the mistletoe and they kiss and their passion knocks over the Christmas tree.
In case you missed it the first four or five times, we see the horrible automobile accident involving Santa Claus and Alberto Del Rio.
We go to Matt Striker for the latest update on Santa. Matt says that Santa has taken a turn for the worst and he is about to be taken to a medical facility but it looks like he is doing much better. It is a Christmas Eve Miracle.
Ricardo comes out and he cannot do the usual Alberto introduction because of what happened earlier to Santa.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight
Cena yells at Del Rio for running over Santa. Del Rio pushes Cena and says that it was an accident. Cena punches Del Rio and then he climbs the turnbuckles. Cena sends Del Rio to the floor and Del Rio Irish whips Cena into the ring steps and Del Rio kicks Cena in the shoulder as a prelude for the cross arm breaker.
Del Rio gets a near fall and then he stomps on the arm. Del Rio tells Ricardo to get the mic. Del Rio says that it was an accident and then he hits Cena with the mic. He was not trying to hurt Santa. He hits Cena with the mic one more time. Cena blocks another shot with the mic and Cena kicks Del Rio and hits Alberto in the head with the mic. Cena grabs a present and he opens it. Cena pulls out a steel chair.
Cena hits Del Rio in the midsection and back with the chair. Cena gets a near fall. Cena chases Ricardo around the ring and Del Rio with a clotheslines when the get into the ring. Del Rio with kicks and punches to Cena. Ricardo gives Alberto a present and Del Rio opens it.
It is a pie and Del Rio tries to throw it in Cena’s face but he hits Ricardo instead. Cena with a kick followed by an Irish whip and bulldog. Cena sends Del Rio to the floor and Cena sends Del Rio into the barrier on the ramp. The fight onto the stage and Cena gets another present.
Cena picks up a monitor and he hits Del Rio in the head with it. We go to commercial.
We are back and Del Rio is in control. We see Ricardo distracting Cena and Del Rio with a superkick to the shoulder. Alberto is given another present and Ricardo says that it is a bazooka, but it is a teddy bear. Del Rio throws the teddy bear at Cena and Cena is fine. Alberto grabs Ricardo and then Cena sends Del Rio into the presents. Cena puts a wreath over Ricardo and then gives him a present to the head.
They fight down the ramp and back to the ring. Cena sends Del Rio into the apron and then into the barrier. Cena goes back for another present and the crowd wants him to use the tree. Cena picks up the tree and takes it to the ringside area and he hits Del Rio with the tree.
Cena opens another present and he has a bowling ball. Cena lines up for the 7-10 split on Del Rio and he hits Del Rio in the head pin. Cena goes for another present and it is a fire extinguisher. Cena stands over Del Rio and he goes into the ring and sprays Alberto with the extinguisher.
Ricardo jumps on Cena’s back and applies a sleeper.
Santa’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring with his bag of presents. Ricardo is jubilant that Santa is okay. Santa hits Ricardo with the bag of presents and he gives Del Rio Mr. Socko. Cena with Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Cena and Santa celebrate in the ring. We go to credits.