Vince McMahon and the USA Network decided that this year, for the first time ever, Raw would air live on Christmas Day. It was a pretty bold move truth be told considering what there is to compete with for television ratings and many wrestling fans likely unable to watch the show as they'd be with their families. With all of that in mind, this week's Raw would have to be packed with some pretty big moments in order to keep those fans who did tune in engaged. Did they deliver? Well here are what we believe to be the five biggest moments from the Christmas Day edition of Monday Night Raw.
5. John Cena Walks With Elias
There are certain Superstars on the Raw roster who are renowned for their almost superhuman strength. Braun Strowman, Cesaro, and the returning John Cena are probably the top three who fall into that category. Elias went about proving that he should be considered in that bracket also, and he did it against none other than Big Match John in one of the Biggest moments on Raw. Once again, The Drifter found himself in a marquee match as the powers that be at WWE go about declaring that they expect big things from Elias. He gave a good account of himself against Cena too. The highlight of the match came when Elias managed to get the 16 time World Champion up in order to spin him into a powerbomb position and slam him to the mat. It may not have gotten him the win but it certainly looked pretty impressive.
4. Tozawa And Ali Fly
Is that Santa and his reindeer? NOPE, it's just some FLYING #Cruiserweights on #RAW! #205Live @CedricAlexander @MustafaAliWWE @TozawaAkira @real1 @DrewGulak @AriyaDaivariWWE pic.twitter.com/CNpHkwEacv— WWE (@WWE) December 26, 2017
One thing and one thing only is guaranteed when Raw falls on a major holiday, and that is there will be a terrible holiday-themed gimmick match. This week it was a Miracle On 34th Street Fight and it featured six of 205 Live's finest Cruiserweights, and somehow it landed us one of our biggest moments from Raw. Mustafa Ali, Akira Tozawa, and Cedric Alexander took on Enzo Amore and a couple of members of his 'Zo Train. Although it was Alexander who picked up the win for his team with the always impressive Lumbar Check, his tag team partners upstaged him for best move of the match. Tozawa and Ali both launched themselves out of the ring in tandem to take out their opponents in the impressive kind of acrobatic physicality that you will only get from the cruiserweights.
3. Sonya Deville Nearly Takes Sasha Banks' Head Off
The main event of last week's Raw was a six-woman tag team match between Absolution and a team made up of Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James. Things got a little chaotic though and the match eventually became an all-out brawl involving all of the women on Raw. That's when Stephanie McMahon came to the ring and announced that next month there will be the first ever all-female Royal Rumble match. The fact that a six-woman tag match didn't come to a satisfying end wasn't forgotten though and a rematch took place this past week and it played host to one of the biggest moments on Raw. The Boss would wind up taking the majority of the punishment including a very nasty looking clothesline at ringside from Sonya Deville. Absolution kept that momentum going and managed to pick up the win.
2. A GTS In Chicago
There was a time not so long ago that it felt like every single WWE crowd, regardless of where they were in the world, liked to disrupt proceedings by chanting CM Punk. That doesn't happen so much anymore, although you can almost guarantee that it'll happen in Punk's hometown of Chicago. That's where Raw took place this week and it didn't take long for the crowd to interrupt Elias with Punk chants. That wasn't the only reminder of The Second City Saint we got during the course of the evening though. Hideo Itami picked up a victory over Brian Kendrick quite early on in the night and he only went and used the Go To Sleep in order to do so. Itami may have been using the GTS in Japan for years, but in the United States, it was a move made famous by none other than CM Punk— and if it wasn't for the next entry, this would probably be the biggest moment for Raw.
1. Jason Jordan Has A New Finisher
Any move that wins somebody a championship is always going to be considered one of the biggest moments of that given evening. When that move is one that the Superstar in question is using for (we think) the very first time, then it really has to be number one on said list. That's exactly what Jason Jordan did in order to win himself and Seth Rollins the Raw Tag Team Titles on Monday night. Kurt Angle's kayfabe son caught Sheamus with an Angle Slam turned neck breaker. It looked like a pretty devastating maneuver and clearly, it felt like it too as it was enough to keep the now former tag champ down for a three count. WWE's latest odd couple Tag Team Champions are now Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan.
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