WWE has ended 2023 with a bang.
On December 26th, WWE headed to Madison Square Garden for its traditional Boxing Day live event. The show took on extra significance in 2023 as it played host to CM Punk’s first WWE match in almost a decade.
On the night CM Punk defeated Dominik Mysterio before being presented with a plaque to celebrate his comeback.
It’s been reported by Fightful Select that not only was the show sold out, but it was also the highest-grossing domestic non-televised event in WWE history. The Garden holds special significance for WWE having hosted events going back decades including three WrestleManias.
Madison Square Garden results – December 26th, 2023
- Becky Lynch def Zoey Stark
- Kofi Kingston def Ludwig Kaiser
- Katana Chance & Kayden Carter (c) def Chelsea Green & Piper Niven – Women’s Tag Team Titles
- Omos def R-Truth
- Rhea Ripley (c) def Shayna Baszler, Ivy Nile – Women’s World Title
- Damian Priest & Finn Balor (c) def Sami Zayn & Jey Uso – Undisputed Tag Team Titles
- CM Punk def Dominik Mysterio
- Ricochet def Bronson Reed
- Cody Rhodes def Shinsuke Nakamura – Bull Rope Match
- Seth Rollins (c) def Drew McIntyre – World Heavyweight Championship
WWE Filmed Madison Square Garden Show
Many fans were surprised that the event at the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’ wasn’t televised given it was home to CM Punk’s return. Interestingly, although the show wasn’t broadcast live, cameras were there (as usual) and it’s been reported that parts of the show could be televised.
On another interesting note, Vince McMahon wasn’t in attendance.