You better not shout, you better not cry, or Rowdy Roddy Piper will poke your eye! As all wrestling fans know, each holiday season, when you're all nestled up by the fire, you can also check out some amazing Christmas chaos on the WWE Network and other wrestling channels.
Pro wrestling and Christmas have grappled a number of times in past. WWE Christmas matches, holiday angles, Santa storylines, and even some yuletide wrestlers have graced our televisions. Let's take a look at some of the more prominent moments when wrestling and Christmas collided.
A Rowdy Christmas Carol
There have been many parody adaptations of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, but this one takes the snacky cake. Roddy Piper is visited by spirits and learns the true meaning of Christmas... sort of.
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase managed a number of wrestlers for his Million Dollar Corporation in the mid-'90s, including Santa's evil twin. Xanta Klaus is essentially the Bizzaro Santa Claus. Black with red trim instead of red with white trim, he takes gifts away instead of giving them out, and is in general the opposite of good ol' St. Nick. Xanta even hails from the South Pole instead of the North Pole. Needless to say, this evil Santa character didn't last longer than a holiday season at most.
Fun fact: Wrestling fans would better know Xanta Klaus as his chair-swinging alter-ego, Balls Mahoney.
Stone Cold Stuns Santa
One of the key moments in WWE's Attitude Era was when Austin gave Santa a Stone Cold Stunner during the holiday season. It's well-remembered moment as the day when the then-WWF was shying away from the "kid stuff" they offered on television in previous years.
WWE Tribute to the Troops
Since 2003, WWE has provided an entertaining annual holiday show to honor the men and women of the armed forces. Some years they teamed up with the USO to perform on army bases abroad, while in more recent years they have offered a show stateside to honor both the enlisted and veterans. Many of these shows can be found online or on the WWE Network to relax and enjoy, free of storylines.