TONIGHT: The 900th episode Raw celebration is this evening, though it may or may not be the actual 900th episode. To commemorate the occasion, Superstars from Raw, Smackdown, NXT and legends will be on hand. Also, in a huge 10-man elimination tag main event: Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Michael Tarver will face Edge, Randy Orton, John Cena, Sheamus and Chris Jericho. Will Nexus even the score or will they continue their downward spiral?
-A video aired showing clips of the past 900 Raws, as well as mentioning that the show is the longest running blah blah blah.
-The announcers started the show by plugging the big tag main event.
-Bret Hart came out to his music. He said hello to the Boston fans and talked about Raw debuting 17 years ago. He said he wondered at the time if Raw would even catch on, but now it looks like it’s going pretty good. He said Raw has the most episodes of any show in primetime TV history. He talked about being at that first show and the only other man in WWE who was there was the Undertaker. He acted like he was going to introduce him, but Kane’s pyro and music interrupted. He walked to the ring and said there is no Undertaker anymore. Did he forget Smackdown this past Friday? Kane said Taker is a phenom no longer. He’s just a man. Fans chanted for Taker. Kane said Taker is like Bret- weak, feeble, scraggly and over-the-hill. Kane was getting “what” chants at this point. He said the last time his brother was truly the Undertaker was when he retired Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania. Kane said Bret must’ve savored that. Bret said the only thing he’ll savor is Taker beating Kane like he always does. Kane said that all he ever wanted to prove was that he was the devil’s favorite demon. Taker took out an icon in HBK, he said, and so he thought he needed to take out an icon of his own: Bret. He grabbed Hart by the throat, but the Hart Dynasty came out. Bret got in a few punches, but Kane cleared away the Dynasty and grabbed Bret by the throat again. The bell tolled, lights went out, and Taker appeared in the ring, Bret safely in the corner. After a stare-down, Kane exited the ring. The GM e-mailed Michael Cole. He said that in honor of the 900th episode, the main event would feature Bret vs. The Undertaker. The two legends stared at each other as the Raw theme played.
-A clip from the first episode of Raw, January 11, 1993, aired.
-Next was a clip from episode #279, September 28, 1998. Steve Austin and his Zamboni attacking Vince McMahon.
(1) Kofi Kingston & Michael McGillicutty vs. Kaval & Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz & Alex Riley- Triple Threat Tag Team Match Miz had a shirt on with a “Hello” sticker and his name was “I’m Awesome.” I hope they sell those on ShopZone. Bryan took a cheap shot at Miz and kicked away at Riley. Flip roll-up by Kofi for two, broken up by Riley. Knee-lift by Bryan and Kofi hit his Boom Drop on Miz’s protégé. Bryan broke up that pin. Double cross-body by Bryan and Kofi, and both men were down. Kaval and McGillicutty tagged in. Standing dragon sleeper on the son of Mr. Perfect, but Riley broke that up. Miz tagged himself in and McGillictty rolled up Kaval for a two-count. Rolling kick to the face by Kaval. He went to the top and did the double stomp on McGillicutty, but walked into a Skull Crushing Finale to end things.
Winners: Miz and Riley, at 3:23. I could get used to the Kaval/Bryan team.
After the match, Bryan kicked Riley out of the ring. Miz came back into the ring and nailed Bryan with his MITB briefcase.
-Still to come, Bret vs. Taker.
-Also, the ten-man tag main-event.
(2) LayCool vs. Eve & Melina Belly-to-belly take-down by McCool on Melina. Layla tagged in and took her down with a gentle hair-toss. Layla was thrown into McCool, then rolled up for the pin by Melina.
Winners: Eve and Melina, at :52. I guess they didn’t want the girls to get winded for their post-match interview.
Laycool got the mic after the match and said tonight’s victory was like Melina herself: completely forgettable. They said it’s time to find out who the real champion is in WWE. They challenged her to a unification match at Night of Champions. The winner will get the unified Divas and Women’s Title. Melina said she came prepared for that, and accepted, under one condition: It’s a Lumberjack match. LayCool agreed. Then the Bellas, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Jillian, Maryse, Alicia Fox, Tamina and Rosa came out, standing next to Eve and Melina on the ramp. At least the heels and faces were on opposite sides when they stood there.
-A Raw moment from June 7, 2010 aired, episode #889: Nexus attacks John Cena.
-Nexus was backstage talking amongst themselves. Michael Tarver said people are saying they’re weak now, with Darren Young out and Skip Sheffield injured. Wade Barrett said that after tonight, they’ll be the biggest stars in WWE and Barrett said he’d be champion at Night of Champions. HE said they need to do something to keep people talking, and he knows what that is.
-Cole plugged WWE.com’s coverage of 900 Raws.
-The next Raw moment shown was from September 7, 2009: Bob Barker guest hosts Raw.
-Josh Mathews was backstage with Chris Jericho. He asked Jericho what the future holds for him, but Jericho asked if he thinks calling himself the best in the world is a gimmick. He said no, because it’s true. He had an epiphany based on his confidence in himself and said that if he doesn’t win the title at the PPV, you’ll never see him again. Mathews rightfully brought up all the other times Jericho was supposed to leave and always came back. Jericho asked if he thought he was kidding. He said Nexus would find out why he’s the best at what he does, tonight.
-Lawler and Cole talked about the main event.
-John Morrison and R-Truth made entrances for a tag-team match, which is next.
(3) John Morrison & R-Truth vs. Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre- Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match Lawler gave a shout out to JR, who announced a great number of the 900 Raws. Hip-toss on Rhodes by Truth, then a little break-dancing. Rhodes knocked Morrison off the apron and all four men got involved in the ring. The referee couldn’t clear the ring so he called for the bell.
Winners: Double disqualification, at :51. I’m guessing we see a rematch on Smackdown?
After the match, Truth flew over the top and onto Rhodes on the outside. Morrison was sent into the ringpost, but he came back by kicking McIntyre into the GM podium.
-Coming up next, it’s Bret Hart vs. Undertaker
-Clips from episode #867, January 4, 2010: Bret and HBK bury the hatchet.
-Bret came out for his match. Taker followed, in what appeared to be a new(er) robe. Before the bell could sound, Barrett came out to the Nexus theme. He said the match isn’t going to happen because when people talk about the 900th episode of Raw, they don’t want to see the past, but the future. He reminded those that Nexus wanted to do something unforgettable, like prove Taker really is a dead man. Barrett attacked but Taker rather easily dispatched of him. The lights went out and Taker’s bell tolled. Lights on, Bret out, Kane in. The brother swent at it as Taker got Kane in a choke. Lights out again and when they came back on, Kane was gone. Nexus’ music played and they came out. They attacked, but Taker fought them off too. Bell tolled, lights off again as Taker had Barrett in a choke. Lights on, Taker was on Barrett’s shoulders for his finisher, Wasteland. He hit the move as Kane watched from the ramp. 450 splash by Justin Gabriel followed. Taker tried to sit up, but couldn’t. Kane laughed as they went to break. But where’d Bret go?
-A plug aired for the ten-man tag.
-A replay of what just happened was shown.
-Jack Swagger came out. He had the mic and said he left Raw an All-American, and he comes back a former World Champion. He said he’s bringing swagger back to Raw tonight.
(4) Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne Swagger went to work slowly early on. As Bourne kicked away at him, Alberto Del Rio’s music played. He drove into the arena in a Bentley, honking all the way. Cole said he loved this guy. Del Rio’s ring announcer somehow was at ringside to introduce him. Nice, they had his pyro ready. Swagger still in control of Bourne. Powerslam, but Bourne got out. Kick to the face as Del Rio came to ringside. Bourne to the top, but he landed on his feet after Swagger avoided Air Bourne. Swagger from behind locked in the ankle-lock to win it.
Winner: Swagger, by submission, at 2:17.
After the match, Del Rio got he mic and said thanks to him, there will be no Rey Mysterio tonight. The only place you’ll see him is in the hospital. He said what he did to Rey last week was phenomenal, but his Raw fans didn’t get to see it! He said he’d reenact the situation, with a different Chihuahua tonight- Evan. He grabbed a chair and rushed into the ring, locking in his arm-bar submission. He kicked Evan out of the ring and put the arm in the chair, but Mark Henry ran down. Henry ran through the chair Del Rio was holding up and Del Rio scurried past him. He smiled and shook his finger at Henry from the ramp.
-After the Del Rio-Mark Henry segment, Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole talked on camera about WWE’s global branding and they showed clips of WWE in China. It was basically a music video.
-Still to come, the 5-on-5 Tag Team Elimination Main Event.
-Clips from episode #331, September 27, 1999: This Is Your Life with The Rock and Mick Foley.
-CM Punk came out, accompanied by Straight Edge Society members Luke Gallows and Joseph Mercury. Punk said, right off the bat, that he was better than The Rock because he doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and doesn’t make terrible movies like “The Tooth Fairy.” He asked the crowd if they liked The Rock and missed him. They did of course, but Punk did not. He said Rock epitomizes the septic tank of a show that is Monday Night Raw. Well, during the guest host era at least. He said for 900 shows, Raw has been promoting poor family values. If you don’t believe him, he has two words for you. Punk said he’d show us the four most heinous acts committed by RAW Superstars on Monday Night Raw. One was episode #824 from March 9, 2009, with Triple H breaking into Randy Orton’s home and beating him senseless. Reckless behavior was shown in clip two, from August 21, 2006, episode #691, John Cena throwing Edge into Long Island Sound. Exhibit C was trespassing, when DX invaded the Norfolk Scope and WCW, from episode #257, April 27, 1998. Punk was disgusted. The last, and the least in his opinion, was exhibit D for “dumb,” excessive use of alcohol via firehose. Episode #304, March 22, 1999, Steve Austin’s beer bash. Well, those were relatively tame!
Punk said it was irresponsible for us to cheer a person like that. He said people would pay anything to see Austin spray CM Punk with beer from a firehose. As Punk continued, Steve Austin’s music hit. Tease! And yes, it was. Punk just laughed in the ring after a while. He rolled on the floor laughing as the crowd booed. He asked the crowd if they were disappointed or if they felt empty inside. He said that’s how empty and disappointing he feels every time he comes out and sees every single fan. He said he’s not sorry he made them feel that way. He said he’d show one more clip to leave on a high note, a clip from a really good show, Smackdown. It was episode #199, June 12, 2003, with Cole and Tazz on commentary. Big Show being suplexed off the top rope by Brock Lesnar. Punk said he could watch that clip again and again. He said it represents everything he could never be, like criminally obese. Punk took a shot at Lesnar, saying he didn’t even know who the other guy was, but then Show interrupted as his music played and he walked to the ring.
Show said Punk took the easy way and made fun of his weight, when he could’ve embarrassed Show by talking about when Eddie Guerrero gave him a tainted burrito and diarrhea for days. Fans chanted “Eddie, Eddie.” He said he could’ve also made fun of him for wearing very little silk in his short stint as a sumo wrestler. Or the time he got caught kissing Vickie Guerrero. Show said he’ll do some impressions, and he did an impression of Hulk Hogan talking about the SES. Punk took a shot at him by saying he’s not funny and nobody likes him. Show said that was mean and Punk reminded Show that the SES was better than Show. Show slapped Punk in the chest and was attacked by Luke Gallows. Gallows didn’t get very far as Show pounded on him a bit until he threw Gallows over the top and to the floor. Punk ranted on top of the ramp as Show smiled in the ring.
-Another plug for the Elimination Match.
-Another clip from past Raw: Episode #450, January 7, 2002, Triple H’s return from a torn quad.
-On the stage, Josh Mathews introduced Sheamus. Before Mathews could even get a question out, Sheamus took the mic from him. He said everyone is there to celebrate the 900th Raw….everyone except Triple H. He said he’s the reason The Game isn’t there, and he’s never coming back. He said he was being punished unfairly by having to defend his title against five opponents at Night of Champions. He called the fans a bunch of “Plastic Pattys.” Sheamus said he has to tag with four of his PPV opponents tonight and was none too happy about it. He said never before on Raw has a champion been treated so poorly. He went on to boo-hoo about discrimination when Edge came out. Edge said since he debuted on episode #265, he’s experience it all. Edge said he’s proud to say that he’s given back three times as many atrocities as he’s taken in, and said he’s won 29 championships in WWE. He’s won the Royal Rumble, King of the Ring, and the first MITB winner. He said he’d add one more to that by winning the Six-Pack Challenge. He told Sheamus to go back to the lab with Bunson Honeydew and called him Beaker. Edge then walked to the ring for the main event tag, which is next.
-The entrances for the final three members of the WWE team, as well as the Nexus team, were made. The match starts after break.
(5) Edge & Sheamus & Chris Jericho & Randy Orton & John Cena vs. The Nexus- Elimination Match Match started a few seconds shy of 11:00 EST. Jericho and Tarver began the match. They did some shadow boxing, then Jericho left the ring and walked down the aisle and started to head to the back. He ended up getting counted out, eliminating himself at 1:19. Edge came in and shoved the referee, getting himself intentionally DQ’d at 1:45. Finally Cena got in there with Tarver. Face-plant after a few punches by Cena, who then tagged in Sheamus. Sheamus gave Tarver a pounding, including a short clothesline. Tag into Heath Slater, who ran into a forearm. Suplex by the champion, but a cover only got two. It was all Sheamus here, kneeing Slater to the apron. Elbow across the throat of the Rookie. Slater was put back in the ring, but he kicked out at two. Otunga tagged in and the two collided shoulder-to-shoulder. Neither budged much, but Otunga paid for his posing as Sheamus attacked him. More boots in the corner by Sheamus. Hard whip into the buckle though by Otunga. He mounted Sheamus and pounded away. Otunga dragged Sheamus to the Nexus corner where he tagged Slater. Justin Gabriel then came in and socked Sheamus with a few rights. Barrett was next in, with a boot to the gut of Sheamus. Slater stretched the back and shoulders of Sheamus. Backslide attempt, but he was flipped by Sheamus, who set up for the High Cross, but Slater got out and connected with a flying forearm. Sheamus attempted fight out of the Nexus corner, but Gabriel booted him in the face and Slater hit his finisher for an elimination at 7:14. Cena came in and suplexed Slater down, then did the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Attitude Adjustment for Slater, out at 7:58. Barrett tagged in and was all over Cena. He tossed Cena out of the ring, where the rest of Nexus attacked. Barrett threw Cena head-first into the announce table, then back in the ring. More chicanery from Nexus, behind the ref’s back. A few near-falls by Gabriel. Cena came back with a fisherman suplex on Otunga. Otunga knocked Orton off the apron so Cena couldn’t tag Orton. STF and Otunga was out at 9:33. Gabriel then hit the 450 on Cena to pin him a few seconds later. Orton RKO’d Gabriel, then Tarver, to eliminate them in short order. Like and abandon ship battle royal, Barrett snuck in and hit Wasteland (his finisher) on Orton, for the win.
Winners: Nexus (Barrett sole survivor) at 11:17. Kind of a weird match with Sheamus playing face-in-peril for much of it.
The show ended with the camera on Barrett, the announcers hyping his performance heading into Night of Champions.
The very special episodes of Raw are especially bad. Haha play on words. But really, they almost always stink. This one stunk.
Hey it's the finish that should've been at SummerSlam. Good on ya. Heath Slater pinned Sheamus and Justin Gabriel pinned John Cena (again), that was a trip.
Jericho ah god no. Let this be a swerve of that damnable internet or something. I can't do it without ya, buddy.
Stop booking Bret Hart in matches you lousy fucks. If you want a Bret Hart to advertise, make your own. Make one with your wrestlebooking. You may as well be booking Owen Hart to wrestle.
Nothing wrong with the booking, but the Daniel Bryan and Kaval tag team ending their match laid out was quite the foregone conclusion. PPV parity up-down rules means Kaval will win NXT?
Women's unification match is good, even if it'll be emotional what with the storied history of the Divas Championship. God forbid any of the girls ever do anything of consequence without being surrounded by the other twenty girls.
Tonight was also the 900th anniversary of Evan Bourne's Raw losing streak. (This show counted for two.)
Dashing Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre could be fun tag champs. Maybe.
yeah also it could've had the return of Batista Trish Stratus coming back to beat up all the girls and make out with Lita the return of Jeff Hardy a TNA Invasion wearing "T" and "A" armbands joining the Nexus the return of Shane McMahon Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels in a Wrestlemania Rematch the set being destroyed by a giant robot Andre the Giant
Originally posted by JustinShapiroyeah also it could've had the return of Batista Trish Stratus coming back to beat up all the girls and make out with Lita the return of Jeff Hardy a TNA Invasion wearing "T" and "A" armbands joining the Nexus the return of Shane McMahon Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels in a Wrestlemania Rematch the set being destroyed by a giant robot Andre the Giant
That would've been way better!
Hell just an hour of Trish & Lita making out woulda been better than pretty much all of Raw
Orton really has to win at Night of the Champions. I'm not a particular fan and I'm definitely not a fan of no more Jericho, but the people are crazy for him the last few weeks. I don't even know why they're particularly going crazy for him right now, but they would be silly not to take advantage of it.
Poor Cole, being let down by his new hero Alberto Del Rio like that.
Originally posted by thecubsfanOrton really has to win at Night of the Champions. I'm not a particular fan and I'm definitely not a fan of no more Jericho, but the people are crazy for him the last few weeks. I don't even know why they're particularly going crazy for him right now, but they would be silly not to take advantage of it.
I think multi-man match screams "Orton hits the RKO on everyone and has clearly won the championship only for the last guy he RKO'd to land on the first guy, allowing Sheamus to retain, how unfortunate!"
Poor Cole, being let down by his new hero Alberto Del Rio like that.
This segment was the tribute to all the great Raws of the past that cut away from the cruiserweights' match when the nWo's limo pulled up.
Thank GOD I don't have to deal with Cole on Friday nights, because he could just as easily ruin my love for ADR the way he has for Miz. It's official. Miz segments are unwatchable. It's one thing when it's a dope like Matt Striker or a third-string announcer going over-the-top "cream my pants" falsetto, but Cole's supposed to be the COMPANY'S TOP ANNOUNCER. By default, yes, but he still holds that title nonetheless. So it's really distracting when he pulls this crap every time Miz appears. I'm beyond sick of it and I have to change the channel now every time I see Miz. It's heartbreaking for me.
It was fun to see the SD guys get some spotlight on Raw, but the show was really bad this week. And I marvel at how they were able to make it this bad WITHOUT Santino.
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And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, "O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy."
Reading the rumor sites, Orton got hurt at a house show last week and thus, why he saw almost no action.
Good way to explain why the Nexus is down to 5, Skip Sheffield's legit injury.
With Jericho's DVD coming out, he has to win the belt at the next PPV. Loved his interview though where the guy asked you've only quit/left Raw a dozen times or so. Or they can just do another angle where Jericho doesn't get the belt but keeps sneaking back to Raw somehow. Fans won't care, they just want Jericho.
What happened to the Uso's getting title shots against Hart dynasty? I guess they've dropped them like a stone.
When do you think when Hornswoggle will get his "best endeavor" notice?
Originally posted by ecwfan4life2004 Hell just an hour of Trish & Lita making out woulda been better than pretty much all of Raw
This show was lame. However this post is probably the lamest that I have ever seen. Like not able to walk to lame.
What you propose here would have made up for the show in 5 minutes. They wouldn't need to make out for an hour. DUH! However one hour of those two making out would have made this the Raw of the decade, for sure. Stupid PG!
We celebrate the 900th episode of Raw with...an episode of Friday Night Smackdown with Raw superstars in the main event! At least that's the feeling I was getting. Sure there were was Nexus and everything, but it really felt Smackdown heavy to me.
Alberto Del Rio on Raw...get used to it come next WWE Draft. He is just fantastic.
Nexus really needs add some numbers, they're don't have the same intimidation factor to me when there's just 5 of them. It'd be different I'm sure if the 5th member was Skip Sheffield not Heath Slater.
Is that a stipulation? Assuming that it is, I would guess that the without pay applies to him not making his guaranteed amount. However, if he's still selling merchandise and doing autograph signings, I don't see why he wouldn't get that money.