WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Austin, TX
Date: December 23, 2013
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with Mark Henry in the back dressed as Santa Claus, reading A Visit from St. Nicholas. He’s interrupted by Evil Santa Damien Sandow. The video cuts back to Henry and then back to Sandow, back and forth. Will Christmas be canceled this year? It’s up to Mark Henry to save it.
– Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW Christmas from Austin, Texas. The set is decorated as snow falls in the arena. Out comes Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kane and an elf. They are all wearing Santa Claus hats. Kane and the elf hand out candy canes to the fans at ringside. Kane shoves the candy in one kid’s chest, obviously a plant. Triple H welcomes us to a very RAW Christmas. Triple H says this time of year warms their hearts. Stephanie says it’s their job to make sure everyone has a very Merry Christmas. Triple H talks about Evil Bad Santa Damien Sandow vs. Jolly Good Santa Mark Henry. Stephanie announces The Wyatt Family will face Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Daniel Bryan. Triple H announces tonight’s main event – The Shield vs. Big E Langston, CM Punk and John Cena. Triple H wishes us all a Merry Christmas but Randy Orton‘s music interrupts and out comes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Orton wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Orton thanks Stephanie and Triple H for supporting him. Orton says their faith inspired him to beat John Cena all by himself. Orton says he’s in a giving mood this holiday season. He has a Christmas gift for The Authority. Orton’s gift to them is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, himself. He thanks them for giving him the night off and they hug. Orton leaves the ring. Kane wishes us all a Merry Christmas before making the ring explode.
– Up next, a 12 Divas Jingle Belles Match. Back to commercial.
We come back and the Divas are in the ring as AJ Lee joins commentary. Team Total Divas is out next. It’s Tamina starting things off with Nikki. Tamina strikes first and goes to work on Nikki. Nikki with a big takedown and in comes Kaitlyn and then Summer. Summer and Eva go at it. Naomi comes in and misses a shot on Summer. More quick tags. Cole gets Rosa Mendes and Summer mixed up. Cameron and Naomi with some double teaming on Alicia. Brie and Alicia go at it now. Brie and Aksana go at it now. Natalya comes in and rolls Aksana up for 2. Aksana with a big elbow drop for a 2 count on Natalya. All the Divas enter the ring and start brawling. Natalya hits the clothesline on Aksana and whips Brie into her. The Total Divas join arms and swing around the ring, taking out the other Divas with clotheslines. Natalya ends up getting the win by making Aksana tap out.
Winners: Natalya, The Bella Twins, Eva Marie, Cameron and Naomi
– Still to come, six-man matches. We go to commercial.
Curtis Axel vs. Sin Cara
Back from the break and Curtis Axel is in the ring waiting. Sin Cara makes his way out and once again it’s Hunico under the mask. We get a side video of Sin Cara speaking English earlier in the day. Cara and Axel lock up. They go at it and Cara takes control. Cara sends Axel out of the ring and leaps out to the apron. Axel trips Cara up on the apron and knocks him out to the floor. Axel slams Cara into the ring post and rolls him back in. Axel drops an elbow and beats on Cara some more. Axel with a dropkick and a 2 count. Cara ends up sending Axel back to the floor and leaps out onto him. Cara brings it back in and keeps control. Cara with the springboard back elbow for a 2 count. Cara gets a fan chant going but Axel nails a clothesline from behind for a 2 count. Axel slaps Cara around now. Cara blocks him and drops Axel on his neck. Cara goes to the top and nails the senton bomb for the win.
Winner: Sin Cara
– We get a look back at SmackDown with The Shield vs. CM Punk and John Cena.
– Back from the break and it’s announced Batista will return on the January 20th RAW.
– We get videos for the feud between Daniel Bryan and The Wyatt Family. We see footage of Bryan being attacked on SmackDown.
The Wyatt Family vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Daniel Bryan
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Daniel Bryan is out next to a big pop. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Wyatt Family. Erick Rowan starts things off with Cody. Rowan beats Cody down and goes to work on him. Rowan runs into boots and Cody takes out his legs. Goldust tags in for some double teaming and a 2 count on Rowan. Rowan takes Goldust to the corner and they go at it. Bryan comes in and kicks away at Rowan in the corner. Fans chant “yes!” as Bryan kicks. Rowan shoves Bryan off. Bryan tags in Cody for some more double teaming. Another quick tag to Goldust. Luke Harper finally comes in and takes control of Goldust.
Harper and Bryan go at it into the corner. Harper misses a running big boot and gets hung upside down in the corner. Bryan unloads with more kicks. Bryan with the running dropkick to the face. Bryan wants Bray Wyatt to come in the ring. Bryan gets a chant going as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rowan is in control of Cody. Rowan rams him back into the corner and tags in Harper. Harper taunt Goldust and goes back to work on Cody in the corner. Harper with the gator roll on Cody. Goldust finally tags in and unloads on Harper. Goldust with an inverted atomic drop and right hands in the corner. Harper runs into a big boot. Goldust nails a hurricanrana. Harper turns it around with a huge boot to the face as Bray looks on and smiles. Bray tags in for the first time and drops elbows on Goldust. Bray unloads in the corner and taunts Goldust some. Bray with a big splash in the corner. Harper comes back in and they double team Goldust. Harper drops an elbow but misses. Harper knocks Cody and Bryan off the apron and takes Goldust back to their corner. Rowan comes back in to work over Goldust.
Goldust catches Rowan with a big boot. Rowan puts a claw on Goldust and throws him to the mat for a 2 count. Harper tags back in but Goldust fights them all off. Goldust with the modified sitdown powerbomb. Rowan and Bryan tag in at the same time. Bryan knocks Bray off the apron and starts kicking Rowan. Rowan misses in the corner. Bryan nails the running dropkick to a big pop. And another dropkick. Bryan with more kicks in the corner. Rowan shoves him away but misses a clothesline. Bryan with more offense. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Bryan goes to the top and nails the flying headbutt. Bray runs in but Bryan tackles him and punches away. Bryan chases Bray around the ring but runs into Rowan and goes down. We go to commercial with Bray taunting Bryan.
Back from the break and Harper is in control of Bryan. Harper catapults Bryan under the second rope. Bray comes in and drops Bryan with a big right hand. Bray talks some more trash and unloads on Bryan. Harper tags in and comes over the top rope with a splash for a 2 count. Rowan comes back in and slams Bryan. Rowan keeps Bryan grounded to the mat now. Bryan ends up hitting a tornado DDT out of the corner. Cody finally comes in with a missile dropkick on Harper. Cody with a high knee to the jaw. Cody rolls Harper up for 2. Cody with the big drop down right hand. Cody with a Disaster Kick on Rowan. Cody drops Harper into the turnbuckle. Cody nails a moonsault and covers for 2 as Bray breaks the pin. Bray knocks Goldust off the apron. Bryan with a missile dropkick on Bray. Bryan runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive on Bray. Bryan beats Bray in front of the announcers until Rowan sends Bryan into the barrier. Goldust leaps out and takes Rowan down. Cody and Harper go at it. Bray tags in as Cody nails a Disaster Kick on Harper. Bray comes in and hits Sister Abigail on Cody for the win.
Winners: The Wyatt Family
– After the match, Harper nails a huge clothesline on Goldust while Rowan throws Bryan into the steel steps. Rowan throws Bryan in the ring and they beat on him some more. Bray tries talking Bryan into joining them. Bray stands over Bryan and laughs. The lights go out. They come back on with the Wyatt graphic. Bray is sitting out in his rocking chair with Rowan and Harper on each side. Bray looks at Bryan recovering in the ring and laughs. Back to commercial.
– We get a segment with Santa Henry telling a kid he won’t let Christmas be canceled by Evil Santa Sandow.
– We see footage of Bad News Barrett out on the streets of Austin, Texas. Barrett is ringing one of the Salvation Army bells and asking people to donate money for charity.
– We go to the ring with Renee Young. It’s time for a Christmas Carol contest. R-Truth and Xavier Woods, with Cameron and Naomi, are up first. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre are up next with a hard rock rendition of Jingle Bells. Fans boo them. Santino Marella and The Great Khali are last with Deck The Halls. Fans have to cheer for the winner and it’s the team of Khali and Santino. A fight ends up breaking out and 3MB gets cleared from the ring. Santino takes the mic and apologizes. Truth, Woods, Santino and Khali sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and that’s it.
– We see Dolph Ziggler and Fandango walking backstage. Back to commercial.
Christmas Present on a Pole Match: Fandango vs. Dolph Ziggler
Summer Rae is out with Fandango. The present is hanging on the pole in the corner and the winner will get an Intercontinental Title shot on next week’s RAW. Back and forth to start. Fandango stops Ziggler from climbing. Fandango climbs up but Ziggler pulls him and he lands on his face.
Ziggler hits the Fame-asser but can’t get the present. They both continue and end up fighting it out on the turnbuckles. Fandango with a kick to the head. Fandango climbs on Ziggler’s body to grab the present but Ziggler crotches him on the turnbuckle. Ziggler goes for the present but Fandango fights him. Fandango sends Ziggler off the corner and his head hits the steel steps. Fandango grabs the present for the win and the title shot.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Fandango
– Still to come, The Shield vs. Cena, Punk and Big E in the main event. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and in the ring are Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. Young says Titus does all the talking and takes the mic. He calls this Houston but its Austin. Titus takes the mic back. Young gets booed when he tries to talk again. Titus says for Christmas, they want a win tonight, a tag title shot and for the fans to do their dance with them. They do the dance to a very mixed reaction.
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil vs. The Usos
Out come their opponents The Usos. The Usos end up getting the win. They all dance together after the match.
Winners: The Usos
– We see Henry and Sandow making their way to the ring. Back to commercial.
Battle for Christmas: Good Santa Mark Henry vs. Evil Santa Damien Sandow
We go to the ring and out comes Mark Henry dressed as Santa Claus with Christmas music and all. Evil Santa Damien Sandow is out next. He’s got darker Christmas music and brings coal out. Henry attacks first and beats Sandow down. There’s a large present in the ring. Henry reveals it to be a toilet. Sandow tries to fight Henry but gets knocked down. Henry puts Sandow’s face in the toilet. Sandow goes outside of the ring and opens another present. It’s a fire extinguisher. Sandow can’t get it working so Henry shoves him to the floor and takes it. Henry sprays Sandow with the extinguisher. Sandow crawls up the ramp but Henry follows. Sandow grabs a large candy cane and canes Henry with it. Sandow destroys the Christmas set. Henry blocks a shot and drops Sandow. Henry beats Sandow back down the ramp. Henry sends Sandow flying into a Christmas tree at ringside. Henry brings Sandow back in the ring. Sandow turns it around and still can’t get the extinguisher to work. Henry drops him with a boot. Henry sprays Sandow with it again. Henry nails a World’s Strongest Slam for the win. Henry has saved Christmas from being canceled.
Winner: Mark Henry
– After the match, Henry opens another gift and its jingle bells. He opens another gift and its Christmas cupcakes. Henry eats one before smashing the rest in Sandow’s face. Henry leaves and slaps hands with fans on the way up the ramp. We go to replays.
– Renee Young is backstage with CM Punk. He talks about The Shield and introduces his partners for tonight – Big E Langston and John Cena. Cena gets them hype. We go to break.
Back from the break and Zeb Colter is in the ring talking about how Santa Claus is an illegal immigrant. Zeb rips on the fans in Austin, calling them border crossers. Out next comes Los Matadores and El Torito.
Cesaro hits an early Cesaro Swing on one of the Matadores. Lots of back and forth in this tag match. Torito ends up charging Cesaro on the floor and hitting a low blow. Swagger gets caught with a crossbody from Diego for the win.
Winners: Los Matadores
– After the match, Matadores and Torito celebrate in the ring.
We go to the ring and out comes Kofi Kingston. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and they air another promo for Batista’s January 20th return. We go to the ring and out comes Ryback. They go at it and Ryback overpowers. Kofi comes right back and fights Ryback. More back and forth. Ryback catches Kofi in mid-air but can’t get the upperhand. Kofi with a big right hand and a dropkick, sending Ryback out to the floor. Kofi runs the ropes and leaps out, taking Ryback down again. They come back in and Ryback clotheslines Kofi over the top. Ryback follows and slams Kofi’s face into the apron before rolling him in. Ryback whips Kofi hard into the corner and he goes down. Ryback keeps control and beats Kofi into the corner. More back and forth. Kofi with a missile dropkick and a 2 count. Kofi with kicks to the face. Kofi nails the Boom Drop but misses Trouble In Paradise. Kofi comes back with another big kick and a huge crossbody for a 2 count. Ryback ends up getting the win with Shellshocked.
– Back from the break and Bad News Barrett is at ringside. He says he’s been raising money in the city all day for charity. He tells the fans to give themselves a round of applause. But he has some bad news. He’s not actually affiliated with any charities. Barrett says the money raised is coming home with him and it will be a very Happy Holidays at the Bad News Barrett household.
– We see The Shield backstage. They talk about CM Punk. Dean Ambrose says Punk is in pain because he has three thorns in his side. Seth Rollins has words for Punk and Cena. Roman Reigns says Big E is the one with the target on his back because he’s Intercontinental Champion. Reigns says they will do what they do best – tear apart anything in their path. We go to commercial.
CM Punk, John Cena, and WWE Intercontinental champion Big E Langston vs. The Shield
We go to the ring and out first comes CM Punk to a big pop. WWE Intercontinental champion Big E Langston is out next, followed by John Cena. Out next comes The Shield through the crowd.
Ambrose starts things off with Cena. There’s a loud dueling chant going for Cena. They lock up and run the ropes. Cena drops Ambrose with a big shoulder. Rollins tags in and starts beating Cena around. Cena fights back and ducks a clothesline. Cena with shoulders off the ropes. Cena with the big side slam. He goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Rollins rolls out of the ring to re-group with his partners. Reigns tags in and has words with Cena. Reigns shoves Cena and they go at it. Reigns nails a big Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Reigns beats Cena down and keeps him in their corner. Reigns makes a tag as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Rollins is in control of Cena. Rollins with a blockbuster out of the corner for a 2 count. Ambrose tags in and keeps up the attack on Cena. Ambrose drops elbows for a 2 count. Ambrose with right hands to Cena’s face. Cena fights back but Ambrose grabs him in a sleeper hold. Cena finally makes it to Punk for the tag. Punk unloads on Ambrose and knocks Rollins off the apron. Punk nails a suicide dive on Ambrose through the ropes. Punk brings it back in with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Punk with the running high knee and a clothesline. Punk goes up top for the elbow but Rollins charges on the apron. Rollins goes down but Ambrose knocks Punk to the floor.
Ambrose suplexes Punk in front of the announcers and rolls him back in for a 2 count. Rollins tags back in and keeps up the assault on Punk. Fans chant for Punk but Rollins keeps control. Rollins taunts Cena and goes back to work on Punk. Punk counters and whips Rollins hard into the corner. Ambrose tags in and stops Punk from tagging. Cena gets Big E hype on the apron. Ambrose beats Punk back into their corner and tags in Reigns for some double teaming. Reigns stops Punk from tagging with a big bear hug. Reigns continues the attack and drops an elbow for another 2 count. Rollins comes back in and keeps Punk grounded. Punk finally fights free and hits a back drop on Rollins. Ambrose tags in and knocks Cena off the apron. Big E comes in but is stopped by the referee. Rollins and Reigns double team Cena on the floor and take him out. The Shield taunts Big E now. Punk catches Ambrose. Reigns tags in and stops Punk from tagging once again. Reigns misses a splash in the corner. Big E finally tags in as does Rollins. Big E with a thrust on Reigns in the corner. Reigns sends Reigns out of the ring. Big belly to belly on Rollins. Ambrose tries to come off the top but Big E catches him. Big E with a big splash on Rollins. He drops the straps but Rollins elbows him. Big E drops Rollins and scoops Ambrose for a Big Ending. Rollins breaks it up and Ambrose covers for 2 as Cena breaks the pin. Cena catches a Rollins crossbody but Reigns spears Cena and takes him out. Punk with a flying clothesline and back drop, sending Rollins over the top. Ambrose sends Punk to the floor. Big E nails the Big Ending on Ambrose but Reigns and Rollins break up the pin for the disqualification.
Winners by DQ: Big E Langston, CM Punk, and John Cena
– After the bell, The Shield triple teams Big E. They go for the big powerbomb but Cena and Punk make the save. Punk and Cena hit AA and GTS on Rollins and Ambrose at the same time. The babyfaces clean house as Cena’s music hits, then Punk’s and then Big E’s. RAW goes off the air with all three posing in the ring.