– On the first live Christmas episode of Raw, unlikely partners Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins captured the Raw Tag Team Championship from Cesaro and Sheamus.
Vince McMahon wanted a title change on the first live Christmas episode of Raw and the decision was made in the afternoon. With Dean Ambrose out of action after undergoing surgery last week to repair a high-grade triceps tendon injury, WWE plans on strictly pushing Jordan as a face instead of continuing his “whiny face turns heel” journey that has been ongoing for the past few weeks.
– Following Dean Ambrose’s successful surgery last Tuesday night to repair a high-grade triceps tendon injury, Michael Cole took a moment during Raw to say that he will be out of action for approximately nine months.
According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE sometimes exaggerates how long the big stars will be out, but triceps surgery is usually more than six months and this isn’t a situation similar to Braun Strowman earlier this year where the time frame was short but WWE wanted to portray him as a monster. Therefore, we should take the nine months as a probable and cautious estimate.
Ambrose’s successful procedure was performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas in Birmingham, Alabama, and took around 40 minutes.
“He tore some of the distal triceps tendon where it attaches to the forearm bone, called the olecranon,” Dr. Dugas told WWE.com. “He basically tore about 50 percent of the triceps tendon away from the bone. So yesterday we repaired that back down to the bone where it tore off of. The surgery was very straightforward; we removed all of the extra bursal tissue — all of that extra swollen stuff around his elbow.”
Dugas added that Ambrose has begun physical therapy, starting with light range-of-motion exercises.