Marilynn Anderson from the 18th MP Brigade sang the National Anthem to open the show. It featured an in-ring segment in which Vince McMahon thanked the troops for their efforts but was interrupted by Santa Claus, who came out and distributed presents to several of those in attendance, after Santa refused to give Vince a gift, Vince verbally berated him and knocked him to the mat. Moments later, Santa revealed himself to be Steve Austin and hit the Stunner on McMahon, Austin then thanked the troops for everything they were doing (Austin's surprise TV return following Survivor Series). Included an in-ring promo from John Cena in which he mentioned facing the Big Show later in the night, then thanked the troops. Featured a closing music video to the tune of Creed's "Weathered".
- The Acolytes (Bradshaw & Farooq) defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin (4:38)
- Rikishi defeated Rhyno (2:28)
- Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit (11:38)
- Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie and Sable in a Santa's Little Helper
- John Cena defeated The Big Show (4:11)
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