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Jericho Ho Ho
December 26, 2001

by Christopher Robin Zimmerman



If you sent me something, can you please drop me a line and let me know if I can thank you publicly? Also, a few of you sent things anonymously, which may not have been your intention - I'd like to hear from you too if that's all right.

QUICK QUOTE: WWF 12.38 (- .62, last year: 13 1/2, two years ago: 15)

Remember, when the show is taped, you don't get pre-show hype! Still, that won't stop me from giving you...

TNG: "The Survivors," while almost earning the tag of being one of the most annoying episode of the series when Troi spends almost the entire episode in hysterics due to a music box (no, REALLY), is spared due to the utterance of one of, if not THE, classic Worf lines of the series: "Good tea....nice house."

One World Leader Attitude - WWF!

Opening Credits

RUM-PA-PUM-PYRO! Coming to you from the Arena in Miami, FL and transmitido en espanol SAP Christmas Eve 2001 (taped 21.12) on THE NEW TNN and THE CRAPPY OLD TSN, this is WWF RAW!

TONIGHT: God help us all, it's Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Keibler in an "Egg Nog Match"

TONIGHT: Chris Jericho vs. the Rock for the Undisputed Championship! Speaking of which...

THE ROCK is out in his (slightly modified) #94 Hurricanes jersey. Your hosts, by the way, are a pair of kings...LARRY KING & JERRY LAWLER. We wait out a few "Rock E" chants. "Finally, The Rock HAS COME BACK.... ... ... ...home. Oh, and tonight, tonight is a very special homecoming for the Rock. Because tonight, the Rock has got a shot - has got one shot at becoming the Undisputed...Champion. You see, tonight the Rock goes one on one with the Undisputed champion, Chris Jericho. In front of all of the Rock's friends, in front of all of the Rock's family, and in front of the millions...of Rock's fans - and just as shore as the Rock is gonna walk in the middle of the ring, just as shore as the Rock's alma mater, the might Hurricanes....are gonna walk into the Rose Bown - and just as sure as we're ALL gonna whoop ALL of their candyasses! ("Rock E!") But seeing as this is...the holiday season...and we are all in the holiday ssssssssspirit - the Rock has got a sssspecial message...regarding tonight. The Rock's book, please. The title of the book - 'The Rock's Night Before Christmas.' ("Rock E!") ''twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even...a mouse. / The weather was warm, not a trace of snow / As the Rock got ready to whup Chris Jeri-cho. / Jericho's claim to be the best, the Rock has found quite brutal / Clearly Chris Jericho is a man who has no strudel / "I am a living legend!" Y2J would sing / As he trembled with fear stepping into the People's Ring / And faster, faster than Scrooge saw the ghost of Christmas Past / The Rock hit the People's Ring and whooped Y2J's ass!' Oh hold on, there's more. 'It seemed quite certain the title would switch / as the Rock made Chris Jericho his OWN punk-ass bitch / And after the Rock pinned Jericho 1, 2, 3 / Stood over his limp body in victory / The Rock grabbed the mic and told everyone in sight / Merry Christmas to all--'" and the music of KURT ANGLE breaks up that final line. Good night! Unfortunately, Angle is NOT wearing his traditional Santa hat. "Oh, I'm sorry, Rock. Did I interrupt something? You know, all this talk about Christmas has gotten me to thinking. What is it they say about Santa Claus? He sees you when you're sleepin' - he knows when you're awake - well it seems to me that Jolly Old Saint Nick is a PERVERT! And I'll tell you what, I hope that Santa ISN'T watching tonight, because tonight I plan on being very, very naughty. You see, there's one man out there that's even more powerful than Santa Claus...it's Vince McMahon. And Vince McMahon has given Your Olympic Hero a very special Christmas present. ["Ass hole!"] And that present is a shot--" "Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa - PLEASE - let them finish calling you an ass(beep)!" "And that present is a shot at the Undisputed title. That's right, Rock - tonight is going to be a Triple Threat match. Rock, it's gonna be, The Rock...versus Chris Jericho...versus Kurt Angle for the Undisputed title. OH it's TRUE! HO HO HO, it's true! And I tell you what, Rock - your chances at winning the title, in front of these sleazy hometown losers, just went from slim to none - so what do you think about that?" "What does the Rock think about that? Well seeing as you came out and you interrupted the Rock, let the Rock finish his Christmas message, and he'll tell you EXACTLY how he feels about that. 'As far as for Kurt Angle and the Rock's match goes / Your ass is gonna be redder than Rudolph's nose. / Because tonight on the canvas, you AND Jericho will be looking / As the Rock whips both your candyasses IF YA SMELLLLLLLLL what the Rock is cooking.'"

Meanwhile, the Vince McMahon Christmas party is in full effect! Patterson and Brisco are dressed as elves - Wippleman and Lombardi check out the punch - various wrestlers are in full gear (of course) - I see Palumbo, Christian...is that Terri? When'd she come back? Tazz and Sharmell (as broadcasters), and D-Von stands next to... "Everybody say hello to Bubba Claus!" He asks Stacy (on his lap, in santa miniskirt costume) what she'd like for Christmas. She whispers something in his ear - "Oh, you HAVE been a naughty girl." Booker T joins the party, accompanied by Big Boss Man. Brisco wants hugs but gets none. Is it just me or did Palumbo bleach his hair? Vince has a surprise for everyone - reindeer - "Vixen, Dancer, Prancer, and Cupid" - I dunno, they look more like strippers to me. I note that Billy Gunn has ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in watching her shake it. Before any goodies are shown, we go to our first ad break.

Catch the WWF LIVE! Coming soon to Washington (SmackDown! LIVE), Binghamton, Springfield (MA), and Trenton!

RIKASHMONEY (with Let Us Take You Back One Week - and to SmackDown!) v. THE NARCISSIteST - Test wastes no time getting on the case of referee "Blind" Tim White, but unfortunately Tim White is not his opponent. Rikishi up from behind with a right, right, right, right, into the ropes, big clothesline. Test runs into a Samoan Drop. Irish whip into the corner, warming it up - running butt splash MISSES - Test with a triple-spin clothesline. Test back to White. Over to Rikishi - right, back elbow, right, back elbow, right, right, right, standing on the neck, completely ignoring White, who ends up pulling him off - and taking ANOTHER finger in the face from an angry Test. Gutshot, DDT, leg is hooked, 1, 2, no. Test doesn't waste the opportunity to argue the count - and punctuates his point with another two-handed shove. White is ready to plant one on him - Test points to his chin and BEGS him to hit him. Crowd gets louder and louder...WHITE POPS HIM!!!!!!!!!! Test is unfazed - and unhappy. White also decides to go ahead and call for the bell (DQ 1:36). So Test KOs him with a forearm. AWESOME. Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp - Rikishi back up - spins him around - right, right, right, right, into the ropes, Test ducks - but there's a RIKISHI KICK! Test falls into position in the corner - Rikishi up - BANZAI DRAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWP. Test makes it up the ramp as 'kishi checks on White....by the look on his face, I'd think Test isn't done with EITHER of them just yet.

At *Ric Flair's* Christmas party, it looks like more of the "A" list has turned out - Trish Stratus is nicely oiled up for our benefit, Hurricane, Spike, Jackie, Funaki, Edge, Albert, Kane, Crash, Big Show...and Santa's helper Torrie sits in Santa Tajiri's lap. "Woooo! Merry Christmas from the Nature Boy!" Flair and Show style and profile. Flair fails to recognise Torrie as his son's woman, telling Tajiri he may have the greatest helper of them all. "I've bene a good girls this year - do I get a present?" Tajiri presents her with underwear. "You want me to be naughty, don't you?" Albert asks Kane to cheer up - Edge tells him to stop being a grinch. Albert puts an ornament on Kane - and a Santa hat - Edge sticks ribbons to his cheek. Kane gets a bottle of hooch as well. "Whaddaya think?" Kane shakes his head. Show is encouraged to do another impression. Jackie gets him to do his Hogan. Debra walks in with a tray of cookies. Flair DOES recognise her, at least. She says Steve'll be here in a few minutes. "Stone Cold is comin' to the party tonight! Woooo!"

Best of the WWF 2001 Viewer's Choice airs NEXT WEEK in this timeslot! You know what that means - an EASY night for me! ('cause I'll be GETTIN' SAUCED)

Hey, howzabout a look at the Miami Arena? MERRY CHRISTMAS! By the way, the Royal Rumble is presented PROUDLY by Final Fantasy X! Good seats still available...

Another look at Vince's party. "Baby got more cakes than Duncan Hines, man! I'm gonna get closer to this yak!" Palumbo and Gunn exchange gifts - each man has gotten the other a headband with the other's name on it. OH I GET IT THEY'RE GAAAAAAAY NOW. Somehow Tazz and Bubba Ray get into an argument - somebody makes a short joke - feelings are hurt - meanwhile, one of the escorts and Brisco end up behind the tree. Howard Finkel enters - he's "spared no expense" to increase the entertainment quotient of the party by "introducing you to two of the finest looking ladies that money can buy." And in come Fab Moolah and Johnnie Mae Young ("Where's the booze?")

A.P.A. (with RAW is brought to you by Snickers Cruncher, Burger King, Slim Jim, and WWF.com's I Wanna Go sweepstakes, sponsored by "The Fast and the Furious") v. THA 1 BILLY GUNN & CHUCK PALUMBO - is it just me or are these guys getting more "indy" every week? Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you. Time now for my own Christmas present to myself - I'm not recapping this match. Palumbo ankles Bradshaw and holds him down until Teddy Long counts three for Gunn, thwarting the Contractually Obligated Fallaway Slam attempt (1:49) Merry Christmas, you get to listen to "I Got It All" TWICE! Headbands are lovingly arranged...

Rob van Dam roams the halls looking for....well, his Christmas cheer, I suppose. He seems pretty unhappy.

RAW Magzine promises "the TRUE story of Stone Cold and Debra!" I'll bet Jeff Jarrett isn't mentioned.

And now, the WWF Slam of the Week, presented by PlayStation 2 and Kinetica - from Heat, Chris Jericho thwarts Rob van Dam's European title shot...holy crap, something happened on Heat!

van Dam has found the door with Jericho's name on it (geez, I guess pounding all those other doors seems kinda POINTLESS in retrospect) - barges in....but only finds Lance Storm (oh, never mind). Storm says Jericho's preparing for his big match, but left a message for him. "You had your chance and you blew it. He doesn't have time for losers like you." "Yeah, so what's he doing with you?" "Oh, is that a shot?" "Yeah, feel free to take that as a shot, Lance. Maybe you wanna to do something about it...tonight. Yeah, how about this? Since you're Jericho's messenger boy, why don't you take a message back to him for me. Tell Jericho that his messenger boy is getting his ass kicked tonight. Tell him his messenger boy is on the receiving end of all this pent-up frustration. Of Points to Self. Can you do that for me, messenger boy?" He leaves. "Yeah....cool."

Back to Flair's party - Albert and Show are now on either side of Kane wearing Kane masks. "Too bad Edge couldn't hang with us." Arn Anderson joins the party...and there's Stone Cold! He brought his own cooler. "Is this a party or what?" "What?" Austin tosses beers to Anderson, Flair, Kane, Hurricane...then grabs Tajiri's sleigh bells. "Would you stop rattling that sumbitch?" Austin sits on Tajiri Claus' lap. "I made a Christmas list." "What?" "I made a Christmas list." "What?" "I made a Christmas list." "What?" "What?" "What?" "What?" "Shut up!" Austin then says that "What?" is Japanese for "he understands everything I'm saying. He's a very smart man, there's a method to his madness." "Here's the things I want, Tie-jiri Claus." I'll type the list, you say "What?" at every comma: "I'll take - ahem - let me warm up a little bit - I'll take a case of beer, a fifth of Crown Royal, another shot at Booker T, some more beer, a shot at the Undisputed championship, a brand new pickup truck, more beer, a deer rifle, and another middle finger, so I can flip everybody off. If we're gonna drink some beer tonight, gimme a hell yeah!"

All Kane wants for Christmas is the chance to taste Chef Boyardee Big Beefaroni

And here's ANOTHER Beefaroni ad - now that he's back in the WWF, the Booker T ad is BACK!

POINTS TO SELF v. LANCE STORM (with "The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television" ad) - They trade forearms to start, Storm knee, knee, whip is reversed, head down, kick by Storm. van Dam ducks a kick and sweeps the leg. Storm with a jawbreaker. van Dam gets a hot shot as Storm leaps over the top rope - top rope clothesline gets 2. Snapmares him over - into the headlock. van Dam looks to be bleeding. Knee in the back, back to the headlock. "RVD" chant. van Dam back up - OH MY GOD HE PISSED HIS PANTS AGAIN - elbows out but Storm hits a knee and grabs a waistlock - van Dam elbows out of THAT...off the ropes, Storm catches the foot, so van Dam hits an enzuigiri - off the ropes again, Rolling Thunder, hooks the leg, 1, 2, no. Storm with an elbow, van Dam returns the favour, block, elbow, elbow, kick, kick, into the corner, tumbling run monkey flip attempt but Storm shoves him off. SUPERKICK! 1, 2, van Dam JUST kicks out. Forearm in the back by Storm - sat up on top - forearm, climbing up after him - superplex coming up...but van Dam backflips out and (through the magic of editing) lands on his feet - off the ropes, Viscera kick - leaping to the top - Fivestar frog splash - 1, 2, 3. (2:28) van Dam points to himself!! Two replays of the frog splash.

Test checks out the goods - checks out Terri - then actually asks what she's doing there (God bless that man!) Apparently, Mr. McMahon hired her on as the new hostess of Excess. "It's your lucky day, because I just happen to have this mistletoe...and I'm hard as a rock." "Speaking of Rock, didn't the Rock beat you last week on SmackDown!?" "Yeah, whatever. The Rock got lucky. He won't win the title tonight. Speaking of getting lucky, how 'boat you let Test in your stocking for Christmas?" "How 'bout not." We move to Sharmell Sullivan interviewing Maven - Maven? - who hypes Tough Enough 2 - and says the grocery store scene was the funniest thing he'd ever seen. Booker T takes this to mean that he's calling him a liar and challenges him on the spot. "Book, I wasn't calling you anything..." Then Young chugs.

Another look at the swimming pool filled with Egg Nog


TV-14-DLV - CC - "WWF Desire" Special Video Look at Triple H. Set your watches, kids, he's only two weeks away!

STACY KEIBLER v. TORRIE SAMUDA (with RAW credits - and free candy canes for the crowd) in the First-Ever Egg Nog Match - and hopefully, the last. Line I don't normally use in match recaps: "Golly, I sure want to be Chad Patton right now." Torrie pins to win. (1:55) What's her new music? Oh, and I should make a "catfight/egg nog" joke. (Note to self: come back later and make "catfight/egg nog" joke)

The attitude - the excitment - the opportunity to open your wallets and see the WWF LIVE! Next Thursday is SmackDown! in DC! Friday is Moncton (MONCTON?!?), Saturday is Fredericton, and Sunday is St. John! Call me crazy, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that these New Brunswick shows are PROBABLY not gonna be "A" shows - if you know what I mean. Still, it's a big laugh to hear Mr. Throat say "On Friday, we ROCK the MONCTON COLISEUM!"

Geez, every time a woman undoes her garments, we take her out of the shot! Bah! Chris Jericho puts in an appearance, asking Vince what kind of conspiracy is this. Vince says "it's all about the odds," but before turning that into something that makes sense, the camera pulls back to reveal....Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley is here. "Let me talk to you a little bit later about this. You'll be fine." HOLY COW SHE'S AS BIG AS A HORSE "Hi, Dad. Daddy, I know you don't really want me here but...it's Christmas Eve, and I figured if there was ever a time that maybe you and I could, at least talk that maybe I could give you this. Just something I thought you might like. I had it made for you." Vince takes the package and "Open it for me." "It's a money clip, and it's got your initials and...a little something on the back. Everything I wanted to say..." "What are you up to?" "What do you mean, what am I up to?" "I know it's Christmas Eve, you're up to something. You want back in, don't you. Huh." "How can you think that, Dad?" "Yeah." "I'm here with open hands." "You want back in, don't - you're my daughter - you came here to manipulate me, and I'm not gonna have it on Christmas Eve! I'm havin' a party, and you're not gonna be a part of it, now get the hell outta here! Get out! Dammit, party! Have fun!" The music starts up again...

TONIGHT: Chris Jericho vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed WWF Championship!

WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: CHRISTIAN v. HURACAN (with Mighty Molly) - "You know I hate to break it to you people...but that group of thugs and petty criminals called the Miami Hurricanes...aren't winning any National title! And it's appropriate who my opponent is tonight, 'cause anybody associated with the word 'hurricane...'" "Stand back! There's a Hurricane comin' through!" Oh look, Molly's back. Hurricane ducks, hiptoss, right, clothesline to the outside. Hurricane runs the ropes - somersault cannonball over the top! Ross: "If Brisco's an elf, does that make Patterson a faerie?" Back in the ring - Hurricane wants the Eye quick, but Christian knees the head, grabs referee "Blind" Mike Chioda's shirt and lets his trick knee act up when he's not looking. Stomp by Christian, stomp, gutwrench into a gutbuster. ANOTHER gutwrench gutbuster - neato. Blatant choke for 4. Snapmares him over - knee in the back. Stomp. Hurricane fires back - right, right, right, off the ropes, Christian buries a knee. Crowd is more interested in some kinda Miami chant I could care less about but will note. 1, 2, no. Christian with rights - and another blatant choke. Into the ropes, Hurricane ducks, crossbody finds the mark, Hurricane getes 2. Christian pops up with a clothesline for 2. Christian grabs Hurricane's cape with the intent of choking him with it - Molly gets up on the apron and pulls it away from him. Christian swings - Molly jumps back down. Hurricane back up with a right, right, right, ducks a right, neckbreaker. Into the corner is reversed but Hurricane gets the boot up - second rope somersault neckbreaker (!) gets 2. Hurricane runs at him - but Christian dumps him over the top to the floor. Molly is over to check on him...Hurricane shoves her out of the way of the dropkick through the ropes, and takes the full brunt himself. Christian puts him back in - one Unprettier later, we're done. Champ retains. (3:38)

Back to Flair's party as the gifts are passed out. Tazz joins the party and compares the Santa at THIS party to the one at Vince's party. Austin stands out and calls Tazz a sumbitch who came over here to stir up something. Austin keeps slapping Tajiri in the back, causing him to flinch every time. Tazz does the same thing while talking about what Vince is saying. Austin asks Flair to book Santa vs. Santa. Everybody says "Hell yeah" and Tajiri's been recruited. Then Kane hands Austin his gee-tar. It kinda goes downhill from there...

Time now for the Lugz Boot of the Week, brought to you by...wait for it....Lugz! They're rockin' the streets, yo! From SmackDown!, highlights of the First Blood match - by which I mean, "the return of the Big Boss Man - and Vince laughs."

Split-screen shows the two santas "preparing" - Tajiri shadowboxes while Bubba...drinks.

BOOKER T (with Big Boss Man) v. TOUGH ENOUGH I CHAMPION MAVEN - It has been MONTHS since Maven won the Tough Enough Championship - he STILL doesn't have any GEAR? Come ON. Referee is Nick Patrick and don't get me started in THAT on. Knee by T, knee, knee, scoop...and a slam. Shoved into the corner. T takes too long - Maven fires out with a forearm, forearm, forearm, into the ropes, reversed, heel kick ducked, nice dropkick by Maven. Another nice dropkick - too bad it's swatted away. T pastes him with a clothesline. Big right hand by T - head to the turnbuckle, "You wanna be tough? Huh"? slap, chop, chop, chop. Into the ropes, Maven ducks the clothesline, but not the heel kick. Cover - 1, 2, HE PULLS HIM UP!! Slap in the face. Arm up - leg lariat down. Stomp. T stands him up - savat kick connects. Maven tries to get it together - forearm, forearm, forearm, off the ropes, T with a back elbow. T dares him to get up - axe kick down. T stares at his hands - you know, it just might - it could be - it is - T breakdances back up!! Double leg slam - 1, 2, 3. (3:06) You know what, Boss Man looks pretty good. I'm probably the only guy that likes HIM, too.

The Dudley Boyz are WALKING!

Tajiri is WALKING!

Kid Rock's "Cocky" is available now! Go buy it!

SANTA CLAUS MATCH: BUBBA CLAUS (with D-Von Dudley) v. TAJIRI CLAUS - D-Von with the distraction, Bubba Ray with the poundin'. Off go the hats! Off goes Tajiri's wig! Right, right, knee, into the ropes, Tajiri rolls under, Viscera kick!! Tajiri loses his beard. The locker room looks on - Tajiri with an ASAI MOONSAULT! Bubba rolled back in - gutshot, right, right, right, off the ropes, but Tajiri falls into a Bubbabomb. "Ho ho ho!" Tajiri tossed out - while Bubba and referee "Blind" Jack Doan discuss the overcommercialisation of Christmas, D-Von works over Tajiri on the outside. "We want tables!" Elbowdrop, elbowdrop, ho ho ho double axehandle, 1, 2, Tajiri kicks out. Head to the buckle. Right hand. Knee to the padding. Bubba removes his belt, forearm in the back, whip, whip, whip, whip, threatens to whip Doan but he gets outside. One more whip. Neckbreaker. Ho ho ho! Cover - 1, 2, kickout. Bubba pulls him up into a short clothesline. Ho ho ho! Bubba up to the second rope - DON'T DO IT IT NEVER WORKS EVEN ON CHRISTMAS EVE - Bubba bows - senton - go figure - MISSES. Tajiri gets a running start - seated dropkick - 1, 2, NO! Kick, kick, kick, into the ropes is reversed, handspring elbow lands, Tajiri going up...no, that's D-Von's corner - sure enough, Tajiri gets crotched. Bubba Ray going up after him. Ho ho ho! "Hey JR, ho, ho, (superplex), ho!" Bubba is rather proud of himself. He calls up D-Von - I smell a headbutt to the graun coming up. Doan threatens disqualification - hey here's TAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ out and shoving D-Von into a crotchin' on the top rope! Bubba Looks to Tazz - allowing Tajiri just enough time to cook up some RED MIST - kick - KICK - leg is hooked - 1, 2, 3! (4:21) Wait, so Tazz and Tajiri are buddies now? Ohhhhhh.....kay.

One party is happy, one is gloomy. Kurt Angle joins the party and promises that tonight, he'll become the Undisputed champion and make sure the Rock doesn't win in his hometown. He's gonna strip him of his dignity and strip him of his pride. Young: "Did somebody say strip? (to Vince) Hold my cigar." It kinda goes downhill from here...

"Best of the WWF 2001 Viewer's Choice" ad - you know what, I bet this show will be pretty cool. Also, the ratings will probably stink.

Kane wastes another four cans of Beefaroni he could have put in the "Feed the Homeless this Christmas" bin - SHAME

Another look at the MIIIIIIIIIIIIIami Arena!

Let Us Take You Back to Last Week, when the Undertaker pretty much had his way with all three members of Team Xtreme. This time Undertaker's "bitch" from SmackDown! goes unbleeped. Want to send get well wishes? Hit wwf.com

Everybody's left Vince's party as Mae Young has stripped down to her...unmentionables. Now I know why they call 'em that. Lawler: "Her stockings are so WRINKLED! Wait, she isn't wearing any stockings!" Meanwhile, the tree is walking...oh, that's Austin in there - Austin takes Brisco to the punch bowl, then puts Patterson between Young's legs and makes him look up. Big echo on the "What?" there.

UP NEXT: Triple Threat for the Undisputed Championship!

"The Game" Magazine ad

UNDISPUTED CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: MR. JERICHO v. KURT ANGLE v. THE ROCK in a triple threat match - Look, it's almost 2002 - is there ANY chance we'll see the "Y2J" moniker fall by the wayside ANY time soon? Angle comes out to the Patriot's music again - so either they lost his new music, or they realised it wasn't working. Both Jericho and Angle look to the Rock - is this just a handicap match in disguise? Rock punches Jericho down but Angle forearms him down - doubleteam stompdown on the Rock - Angle and Jericho working in tandem - double kicks in the corner. Jericho with a chop - Angle with a chop - Jericho chops - Angle chops - Angle right, Jericho right, double whip into the opposite corner - Rock ducks Jericho's clothesline and runs over Angle! Right for Jericho, gutshot for Angle, suplex, leg is hooked, Jericho tries the save but Rock moves away and Jericho ends up dropping the elbow on Angle - Rock with a right hand on Jericho - ROCK BOTTOM no, Angle breaks it up - Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Jericho and Angle return to stomping - now just Angle. Right by Angle, kick by Jericho, forearm, forearm, forearm, forearm, forearm, blatant choke. Angle pulls him off so HE can get a piece - right, right, right, stomp, kick, kick. Angle pulls him outside - head to the table. Jericho wants to do it too - head to the table. Angle wants his turn - Rock's head meets the table again. Jericho wants to one-up him. Angle suggests they BOTH do it - but Rock blocks, double back elbows to two guts - three times Rock takes BOTH men's head to the table! But the numbers take over again. Jericho working him over - chop - whipped into an Angle clothesline. Referee "Blind" Earl Hebner doesn't seem to be having much luck getting this back inside...Jericho wants Angle to return the favour - Angle whips Rock, but instead of Jericho landing the elbow, Rock clotheslines Jericho out of his boots! Angle runs in, Rock puts HIM in the STEEL steps! Jericho rolled back in - Rock follows - right, right, chop, into the ropes, reversed, Jericho with a Viscera - leg is hooked - 1, 2, Rock kicks out. Jericho picks up Rock - vertical suplex coming up - well done. Jericho with "C'mon baby" for 2. Stomp, stomp. Chop. Jericho is in control. Chop, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick. Second rope choke - rabbit punch - into the opposite corner, "bulldog," "are you ready," OHHHHH LIONSAULT HITS THE KNEES! Angle is apparently *still* out at the steps. Rock up first - right hand, whip, reversal, but Angle ankles Rock! Jericho lands a dropkick. Angle mounts Rock - right, right, right, right, right, right, right. Jericho picks him up - right hand. Angle right, Jericho right, into the ropes, but Rock hooks the ropes and hangs on - Jericho runs at him but gets dumped over the top to the outside - Angle gets a right, right, right, right, but Angle reverses into a short clothesline. Stomp by Angle - stomp. Right hand. Chop. Chop. Chop. Right. Angle's still got him - well, until that whip was reversed - Rock with an overhead belly-to-belly throw! Angle should have stuck to those NON-whip manoeuvres, I'm thinking. Rock covers - 1, 2, Jericho saves! Jericho right, right, right, right. Jericho calls over Angle - chop by Jericho, right by Angle, chop by Jericho, chop by Angle, chop by Jericho, right by Angle, right by Jericho, double whip, double clothesline ducked, Rock with a double clothesline of his own! All three men are down...one man gets the chant. "Rock E!" Everybody's been down for thirty seconds (or, by Hebner's count, "one") - Rock finally pulling himself back up as the other two stagger to their feet - Rock with "Iblockyourpunchyoudon'tblockmine" on Jericho, on Angle, on Jericho, on Angle, right for Jericho, right for Angle, right for Jericho, right for Angle, right for Jericho, right for Angle, right, right, stepping aside for Jericho to clothesline Angle, Samoan Drop for Jericho, block, right, right, right, NOW KISS THAT RIGHT and Angle does the trademark Stinger "accidental headbutt to the graun" flop onto Jericho (!) Jericho rolls to the apron as Rock grabs Angle - but he comes up with a throat shot to turn it around. Angle works a second rope choke with gusto, much to Hebner's dismay. Right, right, right, into the ropes, Rock reverses and Angle collides with Jericho! Dragon screw legwhip into a sharpshooter on Angle! If Angle taps, Jericho loses his title! But Jericho makes it back in - Rock releases the sharpshooter to give Jericho the spinebuster - remove his elbowpad - go off the ropes - off the other set of ropes - drops the People's Elbow - 1, 2, ANGLE SAVES!! ANGLELOCK!! If Rock taps, Jericho STILL loses his title! Crowd chants "Rock E!" Jericho finally decides to dropkick Angle. Angle comes up shoving - Jericho shoves back! Angle shoves again. Jericho appeals to Angle to slow down - they have a common foe tonight. Then, when Angle looks at the Rock, Jericho floors him with a right. Ha! Right, right, whip is reversed, Angle ducks a clothesline and uncorks a German suplex on Jericho - trying again, but Jericho drops to a rollup - he wants the Walls of Jericho - but Angle reverses into the Anglelock! "It's over!!" But no, Rock makes the save! Rock shoves Angle all the way outside, then moves over to Jericho - right hand, into the ropes, Jericho wants the flying jalapeno but Rock steps aside - unfortunately, Hebner takes it. Oh, bother. Rock clamps on the Walls of Rock - Jericho is TAPPING - but there's no ref. Jericho is wise. Rock pokes Hebner with his boot but he ain't comin' back to life. Meanwhile, Angle has a chair...Rock AGAIN leads the charmed life - ducks - and Jericho takes the WHACK. Rock ducks another swing - right, right, right, whip is reversed, reversed back - ROCK BOTTOM!!! Rock hooks the leg - but Jericho hooks HEBNER. Hebner kicks away Jericho but doesn't get him to let go - Rock over to stomp on Jericho - stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp. There's Angle - gutshot, DDT on the chair - but Angle clutches his own elbow after the move - BUT JERICHO HAS AN ARM DRAPED OVER THE ROCK!! 1, 2, 3!! "Not on Christmas Eve!" Yes, Ross, there IS a Santa Claus. (12:44) Raw Zone credits, special holiday WWF logo, MERRY CHRISTMAS EASTER BUNNY! CLUCK CLUCK!



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