For the first time ever in the history of Raw, the show was live on Christmas in Chicago and they reached their highest point with a major title change in almost 28-year.
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan defeated Sheamus and Cesaro to win the Raw Tag Team Championships, a capper on a show that also saw Roman Reigns defend the Intercontinental Championship against Samoa Joe and John Cena made his return to the red brand and did so by winning a match to get the show up and running.
There was not much in the way of storyline development, and the squash matches were almost overdone, but the show was a solid enough holiday presentation that made sense within the context of the stories that have played out of late and was, at the very least, entertaining.
Relive Monday's broadcast with this recap, including grades and analysis for each segment.
John Cena returned to WWE Raw for the first time since September, kicking off the evening's special broadcast with a bang and drawing a surprisingly positive reaction from a notoriously tough Chicago audience.
Cena was in the midst of a holiday-themed speech when Elias interrupted him, claiming WWE stood for "walk with Elias."
Chants of "CM Punk" interrupted Elias, to which Cena insisted they let the fans have fun. When The Drifter tried to play a song that insulted the city, Cena took exception and called Elias a jerk. Seemingly reformed, Elias reshuffled the song to make words kinder, only to lay Cena out with a cheap shot to end the segment.
The Grinch of December, 25 night Raw issued a challenge to Cena for a match right away.
After early hiccups, Rollins and Jordan started to work beautifully together with the former running interferences and the latter going on the attack – something he had done in his early months of WWE career. Rollins’ act of throwing Sheamus into the steel steps took the Irish wrestler out of reckoning completely. Cesaro blasted The Architect with a running European uppercut, but was flustered enough for Jordan to catch him with the Angle Slam-neck breaker hybrid and get the pin for the Tag Team Championship.
WWE Raw Results:
John Cena def. Elias
Hideo Itami def. The Brian Kendrick
Absolution def. Sasha Banks, Bayley & Mickie James
Kane def. Heath Slater
Finn Bálor def. Curt Hawkins
“Woken” Matt Hardy attacked Bray Wyatt
Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Akira Tozawa def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari in a Six-Man Tag Team
Miracle on 34th Street Fight
Samoa Joe def. Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns via Disqualification
Braun Strowman def. The Miztourage in a Secret Santa Match
Asuka declared for the Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan def. Cesaro & Sheamus to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions
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