Monday, December 24, 2018

WWE RAW Results - December 24, 2018

WWE RAW Results - December 24, 2018
Tonight's Christmas Eve edition of WWE RAW opens live on a tape delay with a "Twas The RAW Before Christmas" video to hype the matches.

- Michael Cole welcomes us to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. He's joined by Corey Graves and Renee Young. The announcers go over tonight's matches.

- We go right to the ring and Elias is out, wearing a Santa Claus hat. He's got his guitar under the spotlight as JoJo does the introduction. Elias introduces himself and gets a pop.

Elias starts playing and asks who wants to walk with him tonight. Elias goes on and reminds us what WWE stands for - Walk With Elias. Elias says it's truly better to give than to receive and soon he will give us a gift we've all wanted - humiliating Bobby Lashley. Before that, Elias has another great gift for us - an exclusive Elias Christmas song. Elias asks for everyone to silence their cell phones, hold their applause and let the power of Elias take over. He begins the song, taking shots at Lashley and Lio Rush. Elias ends the song with "Bobby Lashley sucks!" over and over, but the music interrupts and out comes Lashley with Rush.

Miracle on 34th Street Fight: Elias vs. Bobby Lashley

The bell hits and Elias goes at it with Bobby Lashley. Lashley takes control early on and beats Elias down in the corners.

Lashley rocks Elias in the corner with a right hand, sending him out of the ring. We see a table with Christmas party supplies & snacks on it outside of the ring. There are also Christmas trees with presents around the ring. Lashley follows and Elias nails him with a tree. Elias keeps control, using the Christmas weapons on the floor as fans cheer him on. Elias grabs a kendo stick wrapped like a candy cane and goes to swing it but Rush grabs it from behind and runs away with it. Lashley tries to take advantage of the distraction but Elias sends him into the steel ring steps. We go to commercial with Elias in control.

Back from the break and they trade shots coming out of the corner. Lashley catches Elias and drives him into the mat. Rush goes to the top for a Frogsplash but Elias gets his knees up, Elias tangles and rolls Lashley up for a 2 count. Lashley comes right back and drives Elias into the mat. Lashley hits Elias while he's down and drops him right back to the mat when he gets up. Lashley sends Elias to the floor.

Lashley follows and poses on top of Elias while putting the boot to his shoulder. Lashley with more offense on the floor while Elias is down. Lashley brings it back in the ring, hitting elbows in the corner. Lashley runs into a boot. Lashley comes right back and nails a Belly-to-Belly suplex. Rush gives a gift too Lashley. Lashley unwraps and dumps it out on the mat. It's a box full of Legos. Lashley takes Elias to the top and looks to superplex him on top of the Legos. Elias fights back.

Fans do a "Legos!" chant now. Rush cheers Lashley on as they fight it out up high. Elias knocks Lashley to the mat and Lashley falls on top of the Legos. Elias goes to the floor and sprays a fire extinguisher in Lashley's face, while Lashley is in the ring. Elias follows and sprays the extinguisher some more in the ring. Lashley accidentally knocks Rush off the apron through the Christmas party table. Fans pop. Elias drops Lashley with a jumping knee to the face. Elias with a fire extinguisher shot to the gut. Elias stomps away in the corner now. Elias keeps control and goes outside of the ring to get another gift, a bowling ball.

Lashley is down in the corner with his legs open as Elias brings the bowling ball back in. Fans pop as Elias bowls a strike, right between Lashley's legs. Elias goes on and smashes a large red cello over Lashley's back for the pin to win.

Winner: Elias

After the match, Elias stands tall as we go to replays and his music plays.. Elias leaves the ring and shoves a bunch of cookies in Rush's mouth, then dumps a bowl of egg nog over his head. Elias leaves and talks some trash as fans cheer him.

- The announcers show us a replay of last Monday's "fresh start" announcement by Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon.

- Still to come, Mr. McMahon-ta Claus will be here with stocking stuffers for everyone. Also, Paul Heyman will be here to celebrate the holidays. Up next, #1 contenders The Revival gets their title shot. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we get a backstage segment from Heath Slater. All Slater wants for Christmas is for his best buddy Rhyno to get his job back.

RAW Tag Team Titles Match: The Revival vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode

We go to the ring and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Chad Gable & Bobby Roode for their first title defense. The Revival is out next - Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder.

Dash starts off with Roode and takes control before quickly tagging in Dawson. Roode fights Dawson off and tags in Gable. The champs double team Dawson and unload into the corner. Gable catapults Dawson across the ring for a 2 count. Gable keeps Dawson grounded in the middle of the ring now, working on the arm.

Dawson turns it around and connects with chops in the corner. Dawson drops Gable and runs the ropes but Gable comes back and does the same. Gable with a big arm drag and a flying scissors. Gable and Roode stand tall together but The Revival ends up taking advantage of a referee distraction, dropping Gable neck-first over the top rope. The Revival goes for the pin attempt as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Wilder works Gable over in the corner. Wilder ends up getting caught in an armbar on the ropes but Dawson makes the save and tags in. Gable manages to backdrop Dawson and this leads to Roode finally getting the hot tag. Roode unloads on both opponents as the crowd gets hyped up. Roode with a running thrust to Dash in the corner. Roode clotheslines Dawson over the top rope to the floor. Roode with a Spinebuster to Dash for a close 2 count.

Fans rally for Roode again. Roode goes for the neckbreaker on Dash as Gable goes to the top for the double team assist. Dash counters and sends Roode into the corner. Gable manages to drive Dash into the mat but Dawson makes the save. More back and forth between the two now. Gable and Dawson trade pin attempts. Dash tags in fo the impressive double team but Roode makes the save just in time. Dawson sends Roode out of the ring. Roode comes back in and messes up a Shatter Machine attempt, driving Wilder out to the floor. This goes into Gable rolling Dawson up for the pin to retain.

Winners: Chad Gable and Bobby Roode

- After the match, the champs celebrate as we go to replays. The replay shows that Gable pinned the wrong man as Dash was the legal man. The Revival looks on frustrated as Roode and Gable raise the titles on the ramp.

- Still to come, Natalya vs. Rousey and Rollins vs. Corbin.

- We go backstage to The B Team sending their own version of the "12 Days of Christmas" song to Apollo Crews. Crews isn't impressed enough to buy some of their merchandise, but maybe next year. Crews walks off. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel keep singing as we go back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we get clips of Lucha House Party, Curt Hawkins and No Way Jose revealing what they wish Santa Claus would bring them for Christmas. Hawkins just wants to win a match.

- We get a lengthy promo for the upcoming main roster call-ups from WWE NXT - Lars Sullivan, Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic of Heavy Machinery, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans and EC3.

- We go to a self-recorded backstage promo from Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler isn't sure if he's on the naughty or nice list but he knows he should get a few things he deserves this year. They are Shane McMahon personally handing him what he deserves - the World Cup trophy, DZ & Friends getting their own stand-up comedy special on Netflix, and what he deserves most of all when he beats Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre tonight - proof that he is just that damn good.

Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor

We go to the ring for tonight's Triple Threat as Drew McIntyre makes his way out first. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and we get a "returning soon" promo for the injured Kevin Owens. McIntyre waits in the ring as Charly Caruso enters for an interview. She asks if McIntyre is worried about his opponents teaming up on him tonight. McIntyre says they are going to gang up on him and they should but it won't make a difference because they are limited while he is limitless. McIntyre says if by some Christmas miracle they are able to get the upperhand, their ego and pride will get in the way and he will be waiting to tear their heads off. McIntyre goes on and declares himself for the Royal Rumble match, saying he will go on to fulfill his destiny of main eventing WrestleMania. McIntyre calls on his opponents to be brought out. The music hits and out comes Dolph Ziggler. We see what happened last week when McIntyre left them laying. Out next comes Finn Balor.

The bell rings and Drew fights off both opponents as they charge at him, dropping them both. Drew ends up going down and gets sent to the floor. Ziggler and Balor go at it now. Ziggler gets the upperhand and dropkicks Balor for a 2 count. Ziggler with some trash talking against the ropes. Balor rolls through a pin attempt and hits the basement dropkick. Balor sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Balor runs the ropes for a dive but Drew trips him and pulls him out of the ring, sending him into the barrier.

Ziggler runs around the ring and leaps at Drew but Drew catches him in mid-move. Drew slams Ziggler into the apron and he goes down. Drew stands tall on the outside over both opponents as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Drew has Balor in the ring. Drew kicks Ziggler away from the apron, back to the floor as he tries to re-enter. Drew keeps Balor grounded now. Drew sends Balor out of the ring and he lands hard. Drew with a long vertical suplex on Ziggler in the ring now. Drew with a 2 count. Drew mounts Ziggler with strikes. Ziggler works Ziggler around and talks some trash. Balor comes back and rolls Drew up for a 2 count. Drew comes right back and levels Balor with an elbow for a close 2 count.

Drew stomps on Balor now, kneeling down and talking trash. Balor fights up and out with kicks but Drew shoves him back into the turnbuckles. Ziggler comes back but Drew fights him off. Drew catches Ziggler with the Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Ziggler goes down and ends up on the floor. Drew fights Balor off as they trade offense. Balor with a dropkick to the back, sending Drew into the turnbuckles. Balor goes to the top and rolls through a Coup de Grace attempt. Ziggler catches Balor with a Zig Zag for a close 2 count. Ziggler waits for Balor to get up. Balor catches the superkick. Ziggler drops Balor with a Fame-asser.

Drew comes in and blocks Ziggler. Drew catapults Ziggler on top of Balor. Drew covers Balor for a close 2 count. Drew waits for Balor to get up now. Balor blocks a Claymore with a Slingblade. Balor goes on and drops Drew with a kick to the face. Balor goes to the top for a Coup de Grace but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler ends up headbutting Drew and then dropping him with a superkick for a 2 count as Balor breaks the pin up with a Coup de Grace. Balor gets hyped up now. Balor sends Drew out of the ring to the floor. Balor dropkicks Ziggler into the turnbuckles and then hits another Coup de Grace for the pin to win.

Winner: Finn Balor

- After the match, Balor stands tall and celebrates as his music hits. We go to replays. Balor looks on from the stage as Drew stares him down. Drew re-enters the ring and approaches Ziggler, who is still down. Drew grabs Ziggler and talks trash in his face as the referee warns him. Drew pushes Ziggler away and stands up to try and intimidate the referee. Ziggler jumps up from behind and nails the Zig Zag, laying Drew out. Ziggler makes his exit up the ramp as his music plays.

- Cole leads us to a recap of last week's 16th annual Tribute to the Troops.

- The B Team are backstage singing their own "12 Days of Christmas" song again but they're having no luck. A frustrated Bo knocks over a Christmas tree. We go back to commercial.

- We are back and we see Santa Claus and he sounds a lot like Vince McMahon. He says he has some presents. He says John Cena is back on Raw and Smackdown. We will have Women's Tag Team Champions. Next week on Raw, Dolph Ziggler will face Drew McIntyre in a Steel Cage Match. Vince takes off the beard.

MIckie James, Alicia Fox, and Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon

Moon and Mickie start things off and Moon with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up and Mickie with a wrist lock but Moon with a reversal. Mickie with a forearm and Moon with a back heel kick and kick to the face but she misses an enzuigiri. Mickie with a kick to Moon for a near fall. Moon with a head scissors and Alicia tags in while Dana distracts Ember. Moon with a thrust kick to Fox followed by a suicide dive onto Mickie. Fox with a boot to Moon on the apron and we go to commercial.

We are back and Brooke with a reverse chin lock on Moon and she sends Ember back to the mat. Ember is sent into the turnbuckles and Mickie tags in and kicks Ember in the midsection. Mickie gets a series of near falls on Moon. Mickie with a kick to the back. Alicia tags in and she tags Dana in. Mickie and Alicia with a cross arm double clothesline followed by a round off splash from Dana for a near fall. Ember with aan arm drag and Dana knocks Sasha off the apron. Dana misses a handspring elbow into the corner and Bayley tags in and clotheslines Dana and hits a back elbow on Dana.

Bayley with a Saito suplex followed by a shoulder into the corner. Bayley charges into the corner and Dana with a clothesline. Mickie tags in and Bayley hot shots Mickie. Bayley with knees to Mickie and Sasha tags in and hits a double knee strike followed by Meteora for a near fall. Ember with Eclipse to Alicia . Mickie drops down to avoid a lungblower. Bayley tags in and Sasha with a lungblower followed by a belly-to-belly suplex from Bayley for the three count.

Winners: Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Bayley

After the match, The Riott Squad attacks Bayley, Sasha, and Ember. Ember, Bayley, and Sasha are sent to the floor.

- We take a look at the collapse of Baron Corbin as leader of Raw. We go to commercial.

- We are back and Paul Heyman is in the ring and he starts to sing Silent Night with lyrics for Braun Strowman saying that he must fight but all is not right. Brock will thwart your plans because Lesnar will not get those hands. A monster power slam and a pin . . . Brock Lesnar's your Christmas grinch.

Paul introduces himself and mentions his client, who is the Universal Champion.

In case you haven't heard, at the Royal Rumble, his client will be challenged by the Monster Amongst Men Braun Strowman. Paul says he had access to Braun's personnel file and when Braun was a little monster, 6 or 7 years old and 350 pounds. He would sit by his family tree and ask Santa for a replica title. Now he is a full grown monster and he does not want a replica title. He wants the real deal at the expense of his client.

Paul is here to shoot from the hip with Braun Strowman. There is no way that Santa is going to deliver to you the Universal Title at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer will not light a path to the title for you. You will get a giant lump of coal from Santa.

Braun's music interrupts and he makes his way to the ring.

Paul wishes Braun a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Good Kwanzaa. Braun puts a red nose on Paul and reindeer antlers. Braun introduces Paul as The Red Nosed Advocate. Braun says he has a message for Paul to give to his client. Braun says he will be healed up at The Royal Rumble and Brock will GET THESE HANDS.

- We take a look back at Natalya's performance in the gauntlet on last week's Raw.

- Natalya is in the interview area and she is asked about her match tonight against Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Title. Natalya says she expects nothing but the best from Ronda and Ronda expects nothing but the best from her. Natalya says since she trained Ronda, she knows Ronda better than anyone. Natalya is asked about what it would mean to end 2018 as the Women's Champion. Natalya says it was a tough year and it would be a great gift for her and her family to end the year as champion. We go to commercial.

- We are back and Alexa Bliss says she is not asking for anything for herself, but she has gift ideas for Bayley, Sasha, Natalya, and Ronda Rousey. Tyler Breeze wants his buddy 'Dango to get better and Ariana Grande tickets, but he is told he can only have one gift and he goes for the concert tickets.

Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship

Ronda with a take down but Natalya with a side head lock. They lock up and Ronda with a judo throw into a side head lock. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up and Natalya with a wrist lock but Ronda with a reversal. Natalya with a reversal into a side head lock and take down. Ronda with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. They lock up and Natalya with a double leg take down into a front face lock. Ronda with a hammer lock. Ronda with a take down for a near fall. Ronda with a take down and she goes for the arm bar but Natalya blocks it. Ronda with a head scissors but Natalya escapes.

Ronda with a judo throw and she gets a near fall. Natalya with a single leg take down and Natalya works on Ronda's legs. Ronda avoids putting her shoulders on the mat for a near fall by Natalya and Ronda goes for the leg to escape. Natalya with a single leg take down but Ronda with a body scissors. Ronda adds a guillotine but Natalya picks up Ronda and hits a back drop. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Ronda kicks Natalya to escape the hold and Natalya goes through the ropes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Ronda is sent into the ring post shoulder first. Natalya gets a near fall. Natalya with a body scissors. Natalya with forearms but Ronda with an elbow to get out of the hold. Natalya with a knee and suplex. Natalya gets a near fall. Natalya with a sleeper. Ronda with a snap mare to escape but Natalya with a clothesline for a near fall. Natalya with a forearm to the back of the head and she applies an abdominal stretch and Natalya grabs the right leg to add more pressure. Ronda escapes the hold but Natalya with a drop kick. Natalya gets a near fall.

Natalya with a suplex and she gets a near fall. Natalya misses a charge into the corner and Ronda with a clothesline. Ronda with the flurry of punches followed by a judo throw. Ronda with a jumping knee and she gets a near fall. Natalya blocks a jumping knee and Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall.

Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Ronda escapes. Ronda with a rolling Death Valley Driver and then Ronda goes for the arm bar but she takes too long and Natalya escapes and applies the Sharpshooter. Natalya pulls Ronda into the center of the ring when Ronda reaches for the ropes. Ronda is able to counter and escape. Ronda applies the arm bar and Natalya taps out.

Winner: Ronda Rousey

After the match, Ronda checks on her friend. They hug and Natalya raises Ronda's hand.

- Dean Ambrose says Seth Rollins, since he is in a festive mood, he wanted to wish Seth good luck in his match against Baron Corbin... not really. He wants to wish Seth what he deserves. You will not be getting what you wished for this year. Dean says he got the Christmas gift he deserved, the Intercontinental Championship. Imagine the lousy Christmas you will have if you lose to Baron Corbin tonight.

Heath Slater vs. Jinder Mahal (with Samir Singh and Sunil Singh)

Mahal with a wrist lock and Slater with a reversal. Mahal with punches. Mahal with a back elbow. Mahal with a half nelson and chin lock. Mahal with a reverse chin lock on Slater. We see Santa coming through the crowd to give gifts to fans. Mahal gets distracted by Santa as he releases the hold. Slater with a jumping side kick but Samir and Sunil attack Slater and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Heath Slater (by disqualification)

Samir, Sunil, and Jinder continue their attack on Slater and Santa makes his way to the ring. Santa with a clothesline and punches that send Samir and Sunil to the floor. Santa sets for a GORE on Jinder and hits it. Santa takes off his hat and beard and it is Rhyno.

- Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel continue their rendition of A Lot of Days of Christmas as they appear dehydrated and delirious. Bo and Curtis collapse as we go to commercial.

- We are back with a look at Vince's announcements from earlier tonight.

- Seth Rollins is asked about his match against Baron Corbin and whether Dean Ambrose will get involved. Seth says he is focused on finishing off Baron Corbin once and for all. Dean can take everything from him but his dedication and his heart.

Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin

Rollins with punches and chops as the bell rings. Corbin with a knee but Rollins with a kick and he clotheslines Corbin over the top rope to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive. Rollins punches Corbin and chops him. Rollins sends Corbin into the apron but Corbin backs Rollins into the apron and they return to the ring. Rollins with a thrust kick but he misses Black OUt. Rollins with another suicide dive after Corbin goes to the floor. Rollins sends Corbin into the ringside barrier and then back into the ring.

Rollins punches Corbin and the referee pulls Rollins out of the corner. Rollins is sent to the apron and Corbin with a punch that knocks Rollins off the turnbuckles and to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rollins with punches to get out of a chin lock. Corbin slides around the ring post and hits a clothesline when he returns to the ring but Corbin can only get a near fall. Corbin with punches. Corbin with elbows to the collarbone. Corbin returns to the chin lock and half nelson. Rollins with punches but Corbi with an Irish whip. Corbin slides around the ring post and Rollins avoids the clothesline because everyone escapes the second one and Rollins goes to the turnbuckles for a Blockbuster. Rollins with Slingblade followed by a kick. Corbin blocks a suplex and Rollins with a knee to avoid a suplex from Corbin.

Corbin runs into a boot and Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Rollins sets for the super kick and he hits the thrust kick but Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin puts Rollins on the turnbuckles and sets for a superplex but Rollins blocks it. Rollins with punches but Corbin with a punch and Rollins falls off the turnbuckles. Rollins kicks Corbin to send him to the mat. Corbin catches Rollins on a springboard move and hits a chokebreaker for a near fall. Rollins floats over on End of Days and Rollins with a near fall with a rollup. Rollins moves when Corbin charges into the corner. Rollins with a thrust kick and Black Out for the three count.

Winner: Seth Rollins


After the match, Rollins stands tall and celebrates as his music hits. We go to replays. Corbin limps up the ramp and looks back at Rollins as he hits the turnbuckles to pose for fans. Cole wishes everyone a Merry Christmas as the Christmas Eve edition of RAW goes off the air.


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