Recap of the Christmas Eve edition of Raw
Dec 24, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
Coverage courtesy of Achal Mohindra
Venue: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler
Special Guest Host: Santa Claus
- Singles Match: Kane def Cody Rhodes
- 8 Divas Tag Team Match: Kaitlyn, Layla, Alicia Fox and Natalya def Rosa Mendes, Eve Torres, Tamina Snuka and Aksana
- Non-Title Lumberjack Frost Match – Sheamus def World Heavyweight Champion: The Big Show
- Singles Match: Zack Ryder def David Otunga
- Tag Team Match: The Miz & WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def Wade Barrett & WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro
- Singles Match – If Brad Maddox wins he earns a WWE Contract: The Great Khali def Brad Maddox
- Singles Match: Daniel Bryan def Cody Rhodes
- 12 Man Tag Team Match: The Usos – Jimmy & Jey, Brodus Clay, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel and Santino Marella def 3MB – Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil and Tensai
- Miracle on 34th Street Fight: John Cena def Alberto Del Rio
Other Segments on Raw
- Start of show sees Alberto Del Rio hitting Santa Claus with his limousine, EMTs and Medics check on Santa Claus and carry him off in a stretcher
- Backstage: After incident with Alberto Del Rio & Santa SmackDown GM Booker T books a Miracle on 34th Street Fight between John Cena & Alberto Del Rio.
- We are informed on SmackDown a battle royal will determine #1 Contender for WWE United States Championship
- After the Lumberjack Match all the Lumberjacks brawl in the ring.
- David Otunga comes out as Alberto Del Rio’s lawyer after he hit Santa Claus earlier and says Alberto Del Rio is innocent, Zack Ryder interrupts him and says you now have a match with me.
- We are informed that the first Raw of 2013 will be CM Punk defending WWE Championship against Ryback on January 7th 2013.
- WWE Champion CM Punk comes to the ring with Paul Heyman and Paul Heyman insults the crowd, Punk says Christmas has been ruined not because of Santa being hit by a car but because I am injured and unable to compete due to Ryback, Ryback doesn’t get suspended, or fined but is rewarded with a WWE Championship, nothing has been proven, I have nothing to do with The Shield & Brad Maddox being on my side, CM Punk says I am in a bad mood but the crowd are all happy. Heyman says lets get one thing clear, you don’t boo the WWE Champion, CM Punk has been WWE Champion for 400 consecutive days and has been in unfair situations to have the title taken away from him, Ryback has had two chances to win but has failed. Punk says I was better than you on 1 leg, 2 legs, amputee, I am the Best in the World. Music of Ryback hits and Paul Heyman says you touch CM Punk we will sue you. Ryback says when your fit in two weeks the WWE Championship on first Raw in January will be a TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)
- AJ Lee & Dolph Ziggler segment backstage in there love fest
- Update on Santa Claus from beginning of the show: Santa has taken a turn for the worse and is getting ready to go to a medical facility but then Rudolph Red Nose Reindeer starts and crowd is cheering, POSSIBLE GLIMMER OF HOPE.
- Ricardo Rodriguez comes out crying and is sobbing and emotional before Street Fight.
- During Street Fight John Cena hits Alberto with a microphone, then a steel chair, then John Cena goes for a count but Ricardo pulls out the referee. Alberto goes to smash a pie in the face of John Cena but Cena ducked and Ricardo got nailed. Fight goes on stage, wrapped in a box is a TV Monitor, Alberto opens a box from Ricardo and it has a teddy bear, John Cena takes out Ricardo with a wreath and a box, Present to back of John Cena, crowd chant use a tree and John Cena uses it, John opens another one and finds a bowling ball and does a strike down the ramp into lower region of Del Rio. Cena finds a fire extinguisher and sprays it on Del Rio, Ricardo comes in the ring and tries a sleeper hold on Cena. Music of Santa hits and he comes down to the ring, Ricardo goes to hug him and Santa bangs his sack over Ricardo’s head then nails Socko on Alberto whose in the ropes which allows John Cena to nail Attitude Adjustment on Alberto Del Rio for the win.