At the final WWE live event of the year in Los Angeles, Cody Rhodes emerged victorious in a main event match against Shinsuke Nakamura. The event marked a significant close to the year for both wrestlers, with Rhodes securing a win in a highly anticipated Street Fight.
Nakamura, who has risen as a notable figure on RAW throughout 2023, faced Rhodes in a match that concluded the year's last House Show. Despite his defeat, Nakamura reflected on his year positively, highlighting his achievements in a social media post. He noted his unique accomplishment of starting and ending the year by participating in main events, stating, “1/1/23 Main Event. 12/30/23 Main Event. Well Done, right?”
This year began with Nakamura defeating The Great Muta at Noah The New Year Show on January 1, 2023, while still under contract with WWE. His performance throughout the year has led to high expectations from fans for 2024, with many anticipating his continued rise in the company.
WWE's creative decision to portray Nakamura as an anime villain has been well-received, enhancing his promos and overall character development. As the Intercontinental Champion, Nakamura's role and potential storylines on the red brand in the upcoming year are a subject of interest.
The WWE Holiday Tour 2023 also featured other notable matches, including victories by The O.C., Butch, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Street Profits, Bianca Belair and Shotzi, and LA Knight in various matchups.