TAMPA – Two-time MLB World Series Champion Johnny Damon has earned a reputation for taking the ball deep. And while he wasn’t wielding a wooden bat, the MLB All-Star nonetheless knocked it out of the park in his role as the special guest host of Raw.
DX welcomed their newest mascot: Hornswoggle
Despite their differences, Triple H and Shawn Michaels finally succumbed to Hornswoggle’s overwhelming desire to join DX. The moment of truth came even after the two were found guilty of “intentional infliction of emotional distress” earlier in the evening.
Momentum had began to snowball after Big Show entered the ring, demanding to be granted a Christmas wish: That his tag team partner, Chris Jericho, be reinstated to Raw. It appeared as if Santa Claus, who had dropped by Raw, was fully prepared to grant Show’s wish. Hornswoggle, however, smelled a rat and yanked off Santa’s beard to reveal Jericho himself.
After that revelation, the former Unified Tag TeamChampions appeared determined to punish ‘Swoggle. A Yuletide of little people, however, flooded the ring in defense of their pint-sized pal. Jeri-Show dispensed of the miniature masses until only ‘Swoggle remained. Just as it appeared to be curtains for the little guy, DX charged the ring for the save. Afterward, perhaps moved by the spirit of the season, The Game and HBK welcomed their biggest little fan into the DX dynasty as their mascot as long as he dropped the lawsuit.
United States Champion The Miz def. Santino Marella
You better not shout, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why … “Santino Claus” is coming to Raw. The Italian Stallion donned a Santa outfit and passed out toys to the crowd before meeting United States Champion The Miz in the squared circle. Unfortunately for “Santino Claus,” The Miz wasn’t in quite the holiday mood and pinned his jolly opponent’s shoulders for the three-count.
WWE Champion Sheamus def. MVP; Sheamus vs. John Cena announced for next week
In his first match on Raw since defeating John Cena at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs for the WWE Championship, Sheamus showed his critics just what makes him so very extraordinary. The Celtic Warrior welcomed a challenge from Montel Vontavious Porter or MVP. While The Ballin’ Superstar has held court with some of WWE’s most notable Superstars, Sheamus appeared too intense to overcome as the WWE Champion clocked his first victory as titleholder.
If John Cena has anything to say about it, it will also be his last. After the match, Cena confronted Sheamus, requesting a title match. Rather than let his emotions take control, The Celtic Warrior merely snarled at his nemesis before exiting in silence.
Having watched the confrontation, special guest host Johnny Damon arranged a title match next Monday night between the two resolute warriors.
Raw to welcome Timbaland as special guest host next week
Turn up the volume and tear off the knob – Timbaland will be honored next Monday night as Raw’s special guest host. The Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer and rapper drops in to pump up the festivities.
Chris Masters def. Carlito
Being attracted to Eve? Utterly understandable. Being sleazy and trying to steal a kiss? Completely uncool. When Carlito attempted to use mistletoe to snag a smooch from the beautiful Diva, Chris Masters felt the need to intervene. Rather than watch the two men beat their chests – or in Masters’ case, flex his – special guest host Johnny Damon arranged a match.
Despite an attempt to save face, Carlito quickly fell victim to The Master Lock. For Masters, the victory was only a prelude to a kiss. After the match, Eve pulled mistletoe from her pocket and gave her hero a nice liplock.
John Cena def. Jack Swagger
Just one week after defeating both CM Punk and Randy Orton to earn the 2009 Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year, John Cena demonstrated just why he holds the prestigious prize. Cena stepped into the ring to tackle the challenge of Jack Swagger. “The All-American American” put up one impressive fight, but Cena, who had vowed not to lose until he once again possesses the WWE Title, proved far too motivated and notched a notable win.
DX found guilty in Little People’s Court
After enduring weeks of legal threats, Unified Tag Team Champions Triple H & Shawn Michaels finally attended “Little People’s Court,” where Hornswoggle testified in his case against the duo. The leprechaun was suing for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” After a courtroom full of little people were shown videotaped evidence, such as The Game’s Pedigree of Hornswoggle weeks back, the judge in the case found the pair guilty.
Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry & Evan Bourne def. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
In the war pitting Randy Orton & Legacy against Kofi Kingston and pals, The Viper and his henchmen have managed to get the best of The Dreadlock Dynamo. Tonight, however, the union of the snake appeared on decline. Kofi, Mark Henry & Evan Bourne clashed with Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase; only this encounter would leave Kofi victorious as he led by example, earning the pin for his team.
Divas Champion Melina, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim def. Maryse, Alicia Fox & Jillian
Professional baseball player Johnny Damon may be a free agent now, but the former New York Yankee proved that he still knows how to bring a crowd to their feet. To the delight of the Florida faithful, Damon informed them that not only would Santa be popping in to grant one lucky Superstar a wish, the first bout of the evening would be a Six-Diva Santa’s Little Helper Tag Team Match featuring Divas Champion Melina, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim against Maryse, Alicia Fox & Jillian.
With Maryse and Alicia Fox both pining for the Golden Butterfly, the pair may have focused too much of their attention on Divas Champion Melina. As a result, Kelly Kelly managed to pin the equally beautiful Maryse for the victory.