WWE Raw Preview (December 26, 2022): Cody Rhodes is a Big Deal

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Crude airs tonight (Dec. 26) with a clip showcasing the best moments from WWE in 2022. This is the fifth episode of Crude during the nine-week build to royal rumble, which takes place on January 28.

This is a good time to remind fans that Cody Rhodes is a big deal.

No story advancement is expected on tonight’s show. Crude because this episode is all about looking back on “The Absolute Best of 2022”.

WWE has three hours to fill with footage from back in the year. That’s a lot of time to devote to this topic, so you can be sure that WWE will be replaying some of the best matches and moments of the year during tonight’s broadcast.

That means WWE can use tonight’s episode to remind you that Cody Rhodes is a big deal. He only wrestled in three WWE pay-per-view events this year before being injured, but it could be argued that he had the best match of the night on all three shows. And it’s not crazy to think that he had WWE’s Match of the Year when he competed with a torn pectoral muscle inside Hell in a Cell against Seth Rollins. It was a legendary performance by Cody, to say the least.

Since Cody underwent surgery in June, rumors persist that he will return next month. Royal Rumble 2023maybe winning the starting match en route to the main event WrestleMania 39 against the Roman kingdoms.

If this is indeed one of the plans WWE is making as they wait for The Rock to make a decision about the job WrestleMania, so there’s no better way for WWE to get fans excited for Cody’s upcoming return than by showing off their incredible Hell in a Cell match ripped in full on tonight’s show. It’s time to get excited about Cody’s imminent return.

The rest of the best of 2022

Many of the best moments of the year for WWE took place on pay-per-view. There are many great matches that WWE could choose to replay tonight, including these five, just to name a few:

  • Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch (WrestleMania 38🇧🇷
  • Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn (WrestleMania 38🇧🇷
  • Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam 2022🇧🇷
  • GUNTHER versus Sheamus (clash in the castle🇧🇷
  • Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul (Crown Jewel 2022🇧🇷

There are so many other great moments that could be featured in this episode, including:

  • Bray Wyatt returns to WWE
  • Liv Morgan wins Money in the Bank contract and cashes in Ronda Rousey
  • Steve Austin returns to the ring for his first fight in nearly 20 years
  • The debut of WarGames in the main cast, with the return of The Man
  • Dominik Mysterio betrays his father and falls under Rhea Ripley’s spell
  • Sami Zayn popularizes the word “Ucey” and paves the way for The Bloodline
  • Cody Rhodes returns to WWE
  • Kevin Owens is driven insane by Ezekiel, Elias’ younger brother
  • Paul Heyman turns his back on Brock Lesnar
  • Judgment Day kicks Edge out of his group
  • The Usos become the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history
  • Kurt Angle brings back the milk truck to wash Alpha Academy
  • Drew McIntyre Challenges for the WWE Universal Championship UK PPV

The above lists show that WWE has a lot of material to mine to fill time on tonight’s show. However, WWE’s absolute best moment of the year will likely go unmentioned; that’s when Triple H took over the creation of WWE after Vince McMahon resigned from the role in disgrace. WWE TV shows have visibly improved since the change was made, and it’s the biggest reason why fans are so much more optimistic about the WWE product going forward.

Stephanie McMahon led the live audience in a chant of “Thank you Vince” in Smash after he was forced to step down, but it was a really bad thing to do at the time and WWE should avoid a rerun of that footage tonight.

Sasha Banks and Naomi winning the women’s tag team titles would also normally be featured on a “best of” show like this one, but you know, I’m thinking WWE is going to pretend it never happened.

Are there any under-the-radar moments or games you hope WWE will shine a light on during tonight’s “The Absolute Best of 2022” episode of Crude🇧🇷 More importantly, how much of this clip do you actually plan on watching?

Let us know in the comments below, Cagesiders.