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The guest host for Raw was Santa Claus, who was giving out gifts. Alberto Del Rio drove out and ran over Santa. An ambulance showed up to help Santa. Alberto was upset and there were chants of “You Killed Santa.” Santa was strapped to a gurney and was stretchered out. Kevin felt it was too close to the Jerry Lawler heart attack. Santa gave the thumbs up as he was being wheeled out…
Kane beat Cody Rhodes. Cody exposed a turnbuckle. Kane ended up taking advantage of the exposed turnbuckle and then chokeslammed Rhodes for the win. The crowd seems tired after sitting through Smackdown already.
Kaitlyn, Layla, Alicia Fox, and Natalya pinned Eve, Tamina, Aksana, and Rosa Mendes in a Santa’s Helper Eight-Diva tag match. Kaitlyn pinned Eve.
Sheamus beat Big Show in a non-title LumberJack Frost match in 15:10. The lumberjacks were the Uso’s, Tyson Kidd, Brodus Clay, Justin Gabriel, 3MB, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, and Tensai. The lumberjacks were sent to the back to reshoot their entrance wearing Santa hats. Tensai’s hat didn’t fit and the other wrestlers were laughing. Sheamus won with a Brogue Kick. The lumberjacks all fought inside the ring afterwards.
David Otunga came out for a promo to speak about Santa and Alberto Del Rio. Otunga said Del Rio is the victim and Santa is at fault. Zack Ryder came out and they set up a match…
Zack Ryder beat David Otunga in 4:40. Ryder won with the Ruff Ryder.
The Miz and Kofi Kingston defeated Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro. Miz pinned Barrett following the Skull Crushing Finale in roughly 7:00.
John Cena will face Alberto Del Rio in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight.
Great Khali (w/Hornswoggle) beat Brad Maddox is in progress. Maddox sang “Brad Maddox is coming to town” while walking to the ring. Khali and Hornswoggle were dressed as elves. Damn, Khali can barely walk. Maddox botched a dropkick. Khali won with a Punjabi Plunge in 3:25. Khali butchered a Christmas song.
C.M. Punk and Paul Heyman came out for a promo. Punk insulted Pittsburgh and the Steelers. He spoke about Christmas being ruined because he is unable to compete. He told the fans to blame Ryback for ruining Christmas. Punk was upset that Ryback is being rewarded with a title shot rather than being punished. Punk said he is in a bad mood due to rehabbing his knee.
Heyman took the mic and told fans not to boo Punk since he has been champion for 400 consecutive days. He said Ryback had two extraordinary opportunities to wrestle for the WWE Championship and he failed both times. Ryback came out and announced that his title match on the first Raw of 2013 will be a TLC match. Ryback chanted TLC instead of Feed Me More
Raw will return to Pittsburgh three weeks before WrestleMania 29 with a Raw TV event on March 18.
Daniel Bryan beat Damien Sandow. Bryan won via submission in 5:40 with the Yes! Lock.
Santino Marella, Brodus Clay, The Uso’s, Tyson Kidd, and Justin Gabriel defeated Tensai, 3MB, and The Prime Time Players. One of the Uso’s pinned Heath Slater in 6:15 following a top rope splash. It was a fast paced match.
John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight in 12:30. There were wreaths, Christmas trees, and presents around the ring. It was like WCW Uncensored. Del Rio grabbed a mic and said what happened to Santa was an accident and he wasn’t trying to hurt him. Cena unwrapped a present at ringside and found a chair, which he struck Del Rio with.
Ricardo slid a present to Del Rio, but he unwrapped it and found a pie. He tried to use it, but Cena ducked. They fought up the ramp and Cena unwrapped a monitor, which he struck Del Rio with. Del Rio opened another gift and found a teddy bear. Vince McMahon had to be cracking up somewhere. Cena hit Ricardo with a wreath and a box.
Cena struck Del Rio with a tree. He unwrapped a bowling ball and rolled it into Del Rio’s yam bag. He screwed up his first bowl, so he did a retake. Cena opened another gift and found a fire extinguisher, which he sprayed at Del Rio. Santa (Mick Foley) came out and hit Ricardo with a sack of toys. Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Del Rio and got the win.
Santa gave Del Rio and Ricardo gifts despite what happened to him. Cena said it’s a Christmas miracle and it’s about forgiveness. Cena thanked the fans and the crew. He and Foley wished everyone a Merry Christmas. They handed out gifts to fans to close out the show. Good night from Pittsburgh.
David Jakielo sent in this second report with some additional details:
The Christmas Eve Raw opens with a vignette where Alberto Del Rio accidentally runs over Santa Claus, who was there as Guest Host. Santa was stretchered out.
WWE Tag Team champ Kane defeated Cody Rhodes with a chokeslam.
Sheamus pinned World champion Big Show in a “Lumberjack Frost Match” where all the Lumberjacks wore Santa hats. They actually came to ringside without the hats and had to go to the back and re-tape the entrance, which was funny. Long match. Show missed the KO punch and was nailed with a Brogue Kick. This was non-title.
The babyface Divas defeated the heel Divas in an eight Diva Santa’s Little Helper tag bout when Kaitlyn pinned Eve Torres.
Zack Ryder pinned David Otunga. Otunga cut a promo beforehand about the legalities of the Del Rio-Santa situation and how Del Rio was the true victim.
Miz and Kofi Kingston defeated Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro when Miz pinned Barrett.
The Great Khali pinned Brad Maddox. Khali and Hornswoggle were dressed as elves. Khali sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas” after.
WWE champ CM Punk comes out for a promo with Paul Heyman. He apologizes for not being able to compete, noting that Ryback ruined Christmas by hurting him and depriving the fans. He says that Christmas is ruined, then looks at Heyman and says, “And Hanukah.” The Ryback title defense in January will be a TLC match.
Daniel Bryan defeated Damien Sandow with the No Lock.
The Usos & Brodus Clay & Santino Marella & Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd defeated The Prime Time Players & The 3MB & Tensai when Jey Uso pinned Slater with a top rope splash while wearing a Santa hat.
John Cena pinned Alberto Del Rio in a “Miracle on 34th Street” match where there were weapons hidden inside gift boxes. Ricardo cried about Santa during his introduction of Del Rio. The first package had a steel chair, which Cena used. Del Rio opened a box and it was a pie but Cena moved and Ricardo was nailed. Cena opened a gift and it was a TV monitor he used. Ricardo gave Del Rio a gift box but it had a teddy bear which he threw at Cena. Del Rio’s reaction to all this made it pretty funny. Cena opened a gift that was a bowling ball and rolled it down the ramp and it nailed Del Rio between the legs, then did it again. A fire extinguisher was used. Santa Claus runs in and it’s Mick Foley who uses Socko. After the match, they all throw out gifts to the crowd and Alberto is acting like a babyface.
Keep in mind you have to factor in commercial breaks, WWE promos, backstage segments, etc.