Paige started things off with Banks but after delivering a right forearm, Paige made a quick tag to Mandy Rose. Banks remained in control with a dropkick to Rose and followed up by making a tag to James, who struck Rose’s arm by flying off the top rope.
James continued to target Rose’s arm but the latter managed to break free with a knee strike to the midsection. Rose ran the ropes looking for a clothesline but James dodged it and countered with kicks and a running elbow strike.
A tag to Bayley followed, who landed a sliding elbow to Rose upon entering the ring for a two count. Back on her feet, Rose struck Bayley with a forearm and made a tag to Sonya Deville, who began to toss Bayley around via waist lock takedown.
Bayley managed to take back control after catching a knee strike and backing Deville to a corner. Bayley made a tag to Banks and the two worked together to deliver a Double Suplex on Deville. After being hit with the double knees, Deville slipped to the outside, luring Banks to follow and where she then laid Banks out with a vicious clothesline.
When Banks made her way back to the ring, she was taken to Absolution’s corner, where each member traded tags to wear The Boss down and kept her isolated. Banks finally found an opening to make a much needed tag to Bayley after tossing Rose to Paige.
A fired up Bayley threw forearms, a headlock takedown and suplex to Paige. When Paige tried to make a tag, Bayley knocked Deville off the ring apron and was able to hit the Bayley-to-Belly on Paige. Deville and Rose pulled Paige to the outside before Bayley could get the three count, which led to an outside brawl between the two teams.
Bayley tossed Paige back to the ring, where she then began to climb the top of a corner but was knocked off by Paige, who then hit the Rampaige for the win.
Keeping up with Christmas themed show elsewhere, Nia Jax found herself under the mistletoe with Enzo Amore. However, before the two could share a kiss, Alexa Bliss interrupted to pull Jax aside to discuss the upcoming Women’s Royal Rumble.
Later in evening, Bliss made an in-ring appearance to address the WWE Universe. The Raw Women’s Champion started off by reflecting on the year 2017, stating that it has been her year, noting that she started 2017 as the SmackDown Women’s Champion and will now close the year as the Raw Women’s Champion.
After recapping last week’s Women’s Royal Rumble announcement, Bliss went on to say “you’re welcome” to the WWE Universe and that she will keep an eye out to whoever emerges victorious at the Royal Rumble. This brought out Asuka who declared that she will enter the Women’s Royal Rumble, vowing to win the match and then taking Bliss down with a roundhouse kick.
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