Monday Night Raw
Date: December 24, 2018
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves

We’re taped right here, as a result of fortunately USA made up our minds the display didn’t wish to be live to tell the tale an evening that used to be going to have a grand overall of fourteen other people staring at. The large fit this night is Ronda Rousey protecting the Women’s Title vs. Natalya and we’ll even be seeing the followup to the McMahon’s taking up ultimate week. Let’s get to it.

The opening video is Twas The Raw Before Christmas, set to the poem with a take a look at what we’ll be seeing this night. This used to be launched at the YouTube web page a couple of days in the past.

Here’s Elias, in a Santa hat, to open issues up. After pronouncing what WWE stands for, he has a brand new vacation vintage for us. The music is set how nerve-racking children will also be round this time of yr but if issues get difficult, simply ask what Elias would do. When it’s dangerous although, simply needless to say you should be Bobby Lashley, and he sucks.

Elias vs. Bobby Lashley

Miracle on 34th Street Fight so there are guns across the ring, together with Christmas bushes. Lashley fires off shoulders within the nook to begin till they head outdoor with Elias hitting him with a Christmas tree. Elias knocks him down once more and we take a smash. Back with Lio Rush serving to put Elias in bother and Lashley rather a lot up a gift. They come again in with Lashley throwing him in an overhead stomach to stomach and pouring out….Legos. Well that’s other.

Lashley rather a lot up a superplex that wouldn’t put Rollins at the Legos in any respect so Rollins shoves him onto them as an alternative. A blast from a fireplace extinguisher blinds Lashley and he knocks Rush off the apron via a desk. Another shot to the ribs with the fireplace extinguisher units up the outdated Al Snow bowling ball to the crotch spot. Elias hits him with a cello for the pin at 12:36.

Result: Elias b. Bobby Lashley – Cello to the again (12:36)

We glance again on the large announcement from ultimate week.

Heath Slater needs his perfect pal again on Raw.

Tag Team Titles: Revival vs. Bobby Roode/Chad Gable

Roode and Gable are protecting. Wilder knocks Gable down to begin so Gable is available in with a monkey turn to Dawson. The armbar is going on and one thing like a flying headscissors takes Dawson down once more. A blind tag brings in Dawson to take Gable down although and we take a smash. Back with Gable nonetheless in bother because the Revival helps to keep taking turns. Gable in the end knocks Dawson down and it’s again to Roode to scrub space.

Everything breaks down with Roode catching a kick to the ribs and flipping Wilder onto Dawson for 2. Gable comes again in for a rollup on Dawson, who will get the similar off the similar. They bridge up right into a backslide however Dawson tags out simply in time. An uppercut right into a German suplex right into a flipping rollup duvet provides Wilder two as Roode saves. Roode and Wilder battle to the ground and it’s a suplex reversed right into a small bundle to pin Dawson (no longer criminal) at 10:45.

Result: Chad Gable/Bobby Roode b. Revival – Small bundle to Dawson (10:45)

The B Team tries to promote Apollo Crews a blouse within the type of the 12 Days of Christmas however he with courtesy declines.

Lucha House Party works on a Christmas checklist however begins chanting once more.

Curt Hawkins needs a brand new Hoverboard, a puppy giraffe, get dressed socks, or a win.

No Way Jose thinks Santa must get a present this yr. Like polar endure repellent. Or a conga line on the North Pole.

Video at the upcoming NXT callups.

Dolph Ziggler isn’t positive if he’s at the naughty or great checklist however he needs a couple of issues for Christmas. Like the Best within the World trophy, a standup particular on Netflix, or appreciate when he beats Drew McIntyre and Finn Balor.

Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler

Before the fit, Drew talks about no longer worrying as a result of he’s a mountain lion. If the opposite two get in his method, he’s no longer fearful to kick their heads off. After he will get executed with this, he’s transferring directly to the Royal Rumble so he can primary tournament Wrestlemania (changing into the primary entrant).

Drew cleans space to begin and knocks either one of them into the nook, simplest to price right into a shot to the face each instances. McIntyre will get despatched outdoor and each guys sign up for him, the place Drew sends them into more than a few exhausting items as we take a smash. Back with Balor stuck in an armbar after which suplexing Ziggler into an armbar of his personal. The large headbutt sends Ziggler again to the ground however Balor knocks Drew down.

The Coup de Grace misses although and Balor rolls via, proper right into a Zig Zag for 2. Balor knocks Ziggler outdoor once more and tries some other Coup de Grace, simplest to get crotched by means of Ziggler. A superkick drops McIntyre for 2 with Balor in the end hitting the Coup de Grace for the save. McIntyre will get dropkicked to the ground, leaving Balor to hit the Coup de Grace to place Ziggler away at 11:39.

Result: Finn Balor b. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler – Coup de Grace (11:39)

Post fit McIntyre yells at Ziggler for ruining issues and will get Zig Zagged.

Video on Tribute to the Troops.

The B Team nonetheless hasn’t completed the music and begins over.

And now, a consult with from Mr. McMahon-A-Claus, that includes presents for the fanatics. Like John Cena again on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, Women’s Tag Team Titles (no dates given), and a metal cage fit subsequent week between Ziggler and McIntyre. That’s sufficient although because the go well with is simply too sizzling. Vince: “You guys ever see the movie Bad Santa?” Vince smiles to the manufacturing assistants.

Mickie James/Dana Brooke/Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks/Ember Moon/Bayley

Mickie and Ember get started issues off with Mickie knocking her down for an early two. Ember nips up right into a headscissors however Fox tags herself in, simplest to get superkicked to the apron. A suicide dive sends Ember into the barricade and we take a smash. Back with Ember nonetheless in bother as Mickie kicks her within the ribs. Ember in the end knocks Dana away and brings in Bayley to nearly no response. Banks comes again in for the Meteora on James, adopted by means of Ember Eclipsing Fox to the ground. A blind tag brings in Bayley with the Backstabber sending Mickie into the Bayley to Belly for the pin at 8:31.

Result: Bayley/Sasha Banks/Ember Moon b. Alicia Fox/Dana Brooke/Mickie James – Bayley to Belly to James (8:31)

Post fit the Riott Squad is available in to take out the winners.

We glance again at Seth Rollins blaming Baron Corbin for all of Raw’s issues and their argument ultimate week to arrange this night’s primary tournament.

Here’s Paul Heyman to have a good time the vacations, this means that speaking about Braun Strowman. Heyman has observed Strowman’s staff recordsdata, which contains asking Santa Claus for a duplicate identify as a kid. Now he’s an grownup although and needs the actual factor on the expense of Brock Lesnar. That’s no longer going down as a result of even Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer couldn’t to find him a trail to the identify.

This brings out Strowman, along with his arm in a bandage as an alternative of a sling, and Heyman is panicked. Strowman places reindeer antlers and a pink nostril on Heyman, calling him the pink nosed suggest. He’ll be advantageous for the Royal Rumble and Heyman goes to get those fingers.

We glance again at Natalya successful the gauntlet fit ultimate week.

Natalya expects not anything however the most efficient from Ronda and is aware of Ronda expects the similar.

Alexa Bliss needs Bayley to get some character, Sasha some humility, Natalya….neatly she’s a misplaced reason, and Ronda some just right make-up. No point out of Bliss being in price right here.

Tyler Breeze needs Fandango again rapid and a few Ariana Grande tickets. When informed he can simplest have something, he alternatives the tickets.

Women’s Title: Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey

Rousey is protecting. Natalya spins out of an early wristlock strive however Rousey takes her to the mat with out a lot effort. An early facet triangle choke strive doesn’t relatively paintings as Natalya slips out to clutch a waistlock. That’s reversed right into a bodyscissors for somewhat till Ronda sends her outdoor in a heap. Ronda seems all in favour of her pal as we take a smash.

Back with Rousey in bother and Natalya making issues value with a bodyscissors of her personal. The chinlock doesn’t ultimate lengthy and provides Natalya two, with the kickout seeming to simply annoy her. An stomach stretch, with Natalya selecting up a leg, makes issues even worse for Rousey. Since that’s a troublesome place to carry, Natalya is going with a dropkick for 2. A behind schedule suplex will get the similar and Rousey seems shaken within the nook.

It’s a clothesline to get Rousey out of bother and she or he unloads within the nook. A working knee provides Rousey two however Natalya is correct again with a Sharpshooter strive. That’s reversed into Piper’s Pit however Rousey takes too lengthy, permitting Natalya to get the Sharpshooter. With Natalya seeking to carry it again to the center although, Rousey reverses into an armbar for the faucet at 15:43, just about letting cross so rapid that Natalya hadn’t tapped but.

Result: Ronda Rousey b. Natalya – Armbar (15:43)

Dean Ambrose says that he’s getting what he merits this yr because the Intercontinental Champion.

Fighting With My Family trailer.

Jinder Mahal vs. Heath Slater

Slater knocks him down to begin and grabs the chinlock however right here’s Santa Claus for a distraction. Slater will get two, but it surely’s the Singh Brothers coming in for the DQ at 1:52.

Result: Heath Slater b. Jinder Mahal by way of DQ when the Singh Brothers interfered (1:52)

Post fit Santa will get within the ring and cleans space, together with a Gore to Mahal as it’s Rhyno.

The B Team, taking a look exhausted from their making a song, nonetheless can’t bear in mind the top of the music however they go to sleep within the again.

We glance again at Mr. McMahon-A-Claus’ bulletins previous.

Same video at the six NXT other people bobbing up.

Seth Rollins is able to end Baron Corbin.

Apollo Crews needs a tank so he can moonsault over it.

The Ascension needs to punish other people. Viktor: “Are we doing Secret Santa this year?” Konnor explains why that’s a silly thought.

Kurt Angle, who must shave, is excited sufficient not to have Corbin be General Manager of Raw.

Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin

Seth unloads on him within the nook to begin and knocks Corbin outdoor for the suicide dive. Back in and it’s method too early for the Stomp so Corbin bails, incomes some other dive. Corbin in the end sends him outdoor and into the barricade as we take a smash.

Back with Corbin hammering down on Rollins’ again and hitting the chinlock that you simply have been all ready to peer. Rollins fights up and will get in a Blockbuster, adopted by means of the Sling Blade. A Falcon Arrow will get two however the Stomp is countered into Deep Six. Rollins is going up best however the springboard clothesline is countered with a chokebreaker. That’s about it for Corbin’s offense although as Rollins kicks him within the ribs and hits the Stomp for the pin at 12:36.

Result: Seth Rollins b. Baron Corbin – The Stomp (12:36)

Elias b. Bobby Lashley – Cello to the again
Chad Gable/Bobby Roode b. Revival – Small bundle to Dawson
Finn Balor b. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler – Coup de Grace to Ziggler
Bayley/Sasha Banks/Ember Moon b. Mickie James/Dana Brooke/Alicia Fox – Bayley to Belly to James
Ronda Rousey b. Natalya – Armbar
Heath Slater b. Jinder Mahal by way of DQ when the Singh Brothers interfered
Seth Rollins b. Baron Corbin – The Stomp

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has observed over 50,000 wrestling suits. He has additionally been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 complete presentations lined. You can to find his paintings at, or take a look at his Amazon writer web page with 28 wrestling books. His newest e-book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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