Hopefully it’s a merry one. As you might have noticed, next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw is going to be held on Christmas Eve. That’s not exactly the best night of the year for a professional wrestling event, neither for the wrestlers themselves or the fans watching. Therefore, WWE did the smart thing by taping next week’s episode of the show in advance.

WWE taped the Christmas Eve edition of Monday Night Raw after this week’s show at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. The show features four matches that were announced in advance on this week’s show, including a Raw Women’s Title match between champion Ronda Rousey and Natalya. Here are the results from next week’s show, courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:

* Elias kicks off the Christmas Eve edition of RAW with a Christmas song in the ring. Elias knocks Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush with the song. They interrupt and it’s time for the Miracle on 34th Street Fight

* Elias defeated Bobby Lashley in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight. The highlight of the match was Elias busting open a present that had Legos in it. Elias back-dropped Lashley onto the toys and shattered a violin over his back. Lio Rush received an Egg Nog bath after the match

* RAW Tag Team Champions Chad Gable and Bobby Roode retained over The Revival when Gable rolled Scott Dawson up for the pin

* Sasha Banks, Bayley and Ember Moon defeated Mickie James, Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox. The Riott Squad attacked Moon, Banks and Bayley after the match

* Finn Balor defeated Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat. Drew announced himself for the Royal Rumble match in a pre-match promo. Balor won the match by pinning Ziggler. McIntyre came back into the ring for a post-match attack but Ziggler connected with a Zig Zag before he could do anything

* Paul Heyman comes out for his “Celebrating the Holidays with Paul Heyman” segment. He declares WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will defeat Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble. Strowman interrupts, not wearing the sling on his arm, and taunts Heyman, terrifying him. Braun places a Santa hat on Heyman’s head, taunts him a bit more and promises to beat Lesnar for the title at the Rumble

* RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey retained over Natalya. Rousey made Natalya tap to the armbar

* Heath Slater defeated Jinder Mahal by DQ due to interference from The Singh Brothers. Rhyno comes out dressed as Santa Claus to make the save for Slater. Rhyno ends the segment with a Gore to Jinder

* Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin in the main event. Rollins won with a Stomp

Here’s how the Tag Team Title match was set up. Check out this clip from a wild four way match:

Lucha House Party vs. The B-Team vs. AOP vs. The Revival - Fatal 4-Way Match: Raw, Dec. 17, 2018

Opinion: While I can understand the idea of taping another show in advance to avoid having the wrestlers work on Christmas Eve, the fans in that arena are going to be exhausted, assuming they didn’t leave in the first place. It’s a good idea to announce some the matches in advance as the did too, as it gives the fans something to look forward to, even if most of them aren’t going to watch.

Which of these matches interests you most? What do you want to see from the new Monday Night Raw? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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