The latest episode of WWE Raw aired on Monday, December 24.
Here’s a recap of what happened on the show…
Match 1: Elias vs. Bobby Lashley (Miracle on 34th Street Fight)
Summary: Elias kicked off Raw by singing a derogatory Christmas-themed song about Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. The heel duo soon interrupted and the Miracle on 34th Street Fight began. Lashley only had a small amount of offence, bodyslamming Elias onto a present at ringside, but most of the match was dominated by Elias. Rush introduced some Lego bricks at one stage, prompting chants of “Lego! Lego!” and “We want Lego!”. Elias took advantage by throwing Lashley from the turnbuckle onto the bricks before spraying a fire extinguisher in his face and shoving Rush through a ringside table. WWE’s resident guitarist then bowled a bowling ball into Lashley’s balls (yep, really) and hit him across the back with a cello to get the 1-2-3.
Verdict: From a storyline perspective, it’s bizarre to see Lashley involved — and easily defeated — in matches like this just four months after he seemed like a legitimate Universal champion contender. From an entertainment perspective, this was way better than expected. The Lego bricks went down well with the crowd and Elias looked like a star.
Match 2: Chad Gable & Bobby Roode vs. The Revival (Raw Tag Team titles)
Summary: Chad Gable dominated the early stages with a series of impressive moves (monkey flip, flying headscissors and armdrag) on Scott Dawson. The Revival began to take control after Gable failed to connect with another flying headscissors. Dawson and Dash Wilder hit some spectacular double-team moves on Gable but Bobby Roode evened up the numbers in the finish to the match, which saw Gable pin illegal man Dawson to pick up the win.
Verdict: Very good. With no gimmick stipulation attached to this match, The Revival were able to do what they do best: compete in a regular 2-on-2 match and show why they’re one of the best tag teams in the world. The controversial finish means this story will continue in the weeks to come. Perhaps Gable and Roode are only transitional champions?