Ho Ho Hogan takes the reins of a special Christmas edition of Raw! What holiday surprises will be unwrapped, and which Superstars will get coal in their stocking? Join WWE.com as we preview this holiday extravaganza.
1.) Santa with muscles
You better watch out, you better not cry, you better take your vitamins, we’re telling you why: Ho Ho Hogan is coming to Raw, brother!
The holiday season hits WWE’s flagship show with the full force of an Atomic Leg Drop this week, and we can only imagine what this muscle-bound bearer of yuletide cheer has in his gift bag, jack. Start decking those halls, because Santamania is about to run wild!
2.) What's Rollins planning for Cena?
On SuperSmackDown LIVE last week, Seth Rollins confirmed that he indeed colluded with Paul Heyman and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar on Raw, a revelation that does not bode well for John Cena as he prepares to challenge The Anomaly for sports-entertainment’s richest prize at Royal Rumble.
Lesnar’s return left the Cenation leader battered at the conclusion of last week’s Raw, an attack that allowed Mr. Money in the Bank to defeat Cena in the night’s Steel Cage Match main event. After showing he’s not afraid to make deals with the devil, how will Rollins continue to make Cena’s life miserable in the weeks leading up to the 15-time World Champion’s ultimate clash with The Beast Incarnate?
Meanwhile, after Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler picked up a huge victory over Rollins in SuperSmackDown LIVE’s main event, will the former Authority standard-bearer also be looking for payback against The Showoff this week?
3.) The war is far from over
After a short-circuiting monitor robbed Dean Ambrose of a definitive victory over Bray Wyatt in the hellacious Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at WWE TLC, The Lunatic Fringe has been a man possessed, fueled by the fact that he saw fear in Wyatt’s eyes during the wince-inducing final moments of that confrontation. Ambrose, meanwhile, wasn’t afraid of the pain — he actually enjoyed it.
After putting each other through absolute hell, the madmen battled in another chaotic bout Wednesday night: a Boot Camp Match at WWE Tribute to the Troops. Once again, both unhinged Superstars utterly unleashed on one another, but this time it was Ambrose who would savor victory on the battlefield. How will Wyatt seek vengeance this week?
4.) Can The Big Guy rebound?
Ryback has been on a tear recently, defeating the seasoned veteran Kane in a Chairs Match at WWE TLC and bravely confronting the seemingly unbeatable United States Champion Rusev the following night on Raw. However, The Big Guy suffered his first major setback since returning to WWE when The Super Athlete assaulted Ryback on the stage before his scheduled SuperSmackDown LIVE match against Seth Rollins.
After being ambushed by Rusev last Tuesday night, the ravenous goliath is no doubt hungry for retribution against The Hero of the Russian Federation. Will we see Ryback feast on Rusev this week on Raw, or has the United States Champion already deterred his latest threat?
5.) Reigns' Rampage Continues
At WWE TLC, Roman Reigns returned to even the odds for John Cena during the Cenation leader’s Tables Match against Seth Rollins, eliminating the threat of Big Show and nailing Mr. Money in the Bank with a Superman Punch that allowed Cena to pick up the win.
After once again repelling the giant on Raw and defeating Fandango on SuperSmackDown LIVE — his first match since September — Reigns continues toward the 2015 Royal Rumble Match with all of the momentum of a speeding train. Who will be unfortunate enough to get in “The Big Dog’s” way this week?
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