The 839th edition of Monday Night RAW came to you, live and commercial-free, from the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI.
Quick Match Results
- 6-Man Tag: Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, & The Great Khali def. Edge, Chris Jericho, & Dolph Ziggler by Jeff Hardy pinning Dolph Ziggler following the Swanton Bomb.
- Cody Rhodes def. Primo by rolling through a pin attempt and hooking the tights.
- WWE Championship: Last Man Standing Match: Randy Orton (c) & Triple H fight to a Draw when neither competitor could answer the ten-count; Randy Orton (c) retains.
- 6-Diva Tag: Mickie James & The Bella Twins def. Maryse, Beth Phoenix, & Rosa Mendes by Mickie James pinning Rosa Mendes following a Superkick.
- Big Show (with The Miz) def. John Cena by pin after John Cena hoists Big Show up for the Attitude Adjustment and The Miz shoves Big Show, which shifts the weight of Big Show and causes John Cena to lose his balance and have Big Show fall on John Cena’s head.
- WWE Championship
- 6-Man Tag
- Cody Rhodes Vs. Primo
- 6-Diva Tag
- Big Show Vs. John Cena
The historic commercial-free edition of Monday Night RAW opened with the new owner of the show, Donald Trump! Trump welcomed all the fans to the new Monday Night RAW, presented completely commercial-free by Trump himself. The proud new owner of RAW stated that he may own Monday Night RAW, but RAW belongs to the fans. Trump then said that he is a "giver" and Mr. McMahon is a "taker". Trump stated that he was giving back to the WWE fans in attendance by giving all of them full refunds for whatever they paid for the tickets to the historic RAW! This gesture would cost Mr. Trump a total of $245,000! "The Donald" then makes his exit. What else can we expect from Donald Trump now that RAW is owned by the media mogul? What will Mr. McMahon have to say in his "farewell address"?
John Cena then made an appearance. After thanking "The Donald" for everything he has done for the RAW fans, Cena revealed that Trump has put him in a match against Big Show on RAW! Cena then turned his attention to a thorn in the side of the former champion, The Miz. Cena called Miz out to the ring and Miz came out, but did not go any farther than the staging area. Miz told Cena that Cena has refused to face Miz for several weeks now. Miz then called Cena a "coward". The proud Cena then pointed out that Miz is the one all the way on the stage, while he is in the ring. Miz then makes his way down to the ring and gets in the ring and then gets in the face of Cena! Cena tells the self-proclaimed "awesome" Miz that he is going to give The Miz what he wants; the chance to be the "face of RAW". Cena then revealed that the two of them will square off this Sunday at The Bash! Cena tells Miz that he does not get "rattled", no matter what. Cena then says that Miz is "bringing a knife to a gun fight" come Sunday. Cena vowed that, after The Bash, The Miz will realize that he "doesn’t belong" and that Miz is not a "Real World has been", but a "WWE never was". Cena then delivers the message to The Miz that Miz better "pray" to leave The Bash in one piece. In true Miz fashion, The Miz cheap shots Cena, but to little effect. Miz then makes his very hasty exit from the ring. What will happen this Sunday when The Miz is forced to face John Cena in a one-on-one contest? Will John Cena finally shut the mouth of Miz or will The Miz shock the world and defeat John Cena?
The Superstars of Friday Night SmackDown were in the opening contest as the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Jeff Hardy, teamed with "The Masked Marvel" Rey Mysterio and "The Punjabi Nightmare" The Great Khali in a winning effort over "The Rated-R Superstar" Edge, the Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho, & "The Name Dropper" Dolph Ziggler. After the match was over, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk entered the ring and raised the hand of Jeff Hardy, but "The Charismatic Enigma" wanted no part of it and quickly retracted his arm from the champion. What will happen when these two combustible Superstars do battle over the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday at The Bash?
A huge main event for SmackDown was announced during RAW as it will be "Rage in the Cage" as the team of "The Rated-R Superstar" Edge and Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho face the team of #1 Contenders, Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio inside a Steel Cage! Four men, two teams, and one cage; who will leave SmackDown as the winning team? What kind of toll will it take on four of SmackDown’s top talent? What effect will it have on The Bash just two days after the match?
Backstage, the former owner of Monday Night RAW, Mr. McMahon, is in search of his office and comes across the office of the new owner, Donald Trump. The WWE Chairman knocks on the door of Trump’s office, but there is no answer. McMahon is then confronted by "Miss WrestleMania" Santina Marella, who proposed that Mr. McMahon & Donald Trump share a office and call it "McDonald’s". Mr. McMahon ignored the light-hearted "Diva" and returned to pounding on the door of Trump’s office. "The Donald" finally anwered the door and asked Mr. McMahon what he wanted. The Chairman was directed by Trump to his "office", which turned out to be a bathroom stall with Mr. McMahon’s name on it! After McMahon left, Trump got his first experience of Santina Marella and very possibly his last experience as "The Donald" did what he did to "Miss California" and fired "Miss WrestleMania"! Santina’s "twin brother" Santino appeared and did not seem concerned of his siste’s forced departure, saying that Santina "had a good run".
En route to their Unified Tag Team Championship match this Sunday, Legacy member Cody Rhodes picked up a big win over one half of the Unified Tag Team Champions, Primo. Rhodes rolled through a pin attempt by Primo and hooked the tights to pick up a controversial win and gain some major momentum heading into the title match this Sunday? Legacy seems to have the advantage over The Colons, which second-generation team will walk out of Sacramento as the Unified Tag Team Champions?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship between champion, Randy Orton, and challenger, Triple H. The match was another brutal contest in the personal rivalry between these two. The match saw Randy Orton plant Triple H on the announce table with a RKO. It also seen Triple H backdrop Orton on the same table. The fight went to every bit of the arena. Near the staging area, Triple H grabbed a ladder and looked to blast the WWE Champion with it. However, Orton dodged the shot and an unlucky crew member took the shot and was busted open as a result! The action then spilled onto the staging area where Randy Orton wrapped the previously weakened knee of Triple H in the ladder and slammed the ladder down multiple times into the knee of "The Game". Orton then stood the ladder up and readied himself to deliver a career-threatening RKO from the ladder to the steel stage. Luckily for Triple H, "The Game" countered the move and ended up delivering a vicious Pedigree on the steel stage. It seemed like Triple H had overcome the wrath of Orton again, but the substantial damage to the knee of Triple H prevented "The Game" from beating the ten-count of the referee. With Orton unable to recover from the Pedigree on the steel and Triple H unable to stand, the match ended in a Draw, which kept the WWE Title around the waist of Randy Orton. After the match, WWE officials helped Triple H to his feet. "The Game" was still fighting as he was able to deliver one final kick to "The Viper" before being helped to the back. Officials also assisted the champion to the back. With both competitors taking so much out of each other, is this the end of the very personal feud between these two?
Donald Trump also made another appearance on RAW. The new owner of RAW proclaims that he does not like General Managers, therefore he will not be naming a General Manager for his RAW. Trump then announced that, instead of a GM, he would provide a "celebrity host" for Monday Night RAW every week! "The Donald" then promised that there would be more "freebies" for the fans and viewers of RAW! Mr. McMahon interrupts Trump and tells "The Donald" that he’s "had enough". Mr. McMahon then throws some rumors out in the open that Trump wants to offer free attendance to every RAW and that Trump wants to have every single edition of Monday Night RAW be commercial-free! Trump responded by saying that the rumors are true! Trump then tells McMahon that he bought RAW and he can do whatever he wants with it. Trump then reveals that he has several billionaire friends that would love to buy RAW off of him for twice the price, but that he does not want to sell his newest acquisition. Mr. McMahon then accuses "The Donald" of trying to bankrupt him with these actions. Mr. McMahon then asks Trump to sell RAW to him! Trump shoots down the offer of Mr. McMahon. McMahon then raises the price and offers to give Trump the money back that he paid for RAW, plus 25%. After Trump refused, the Chairman tried to offer what Trump paid, plus 50%, then McMahon tried 75%, but Trump kept refusing the offers. Finally, Mr. McMahon took the desperation move and offered Trump double what Trump paid for RAW! In a bombshell moment, Donald Trump accepts the proposed deal! By accepting to sell RAW back to Mr. McMahon for twice the price he paid, that puts Mr. McMahon back in the driver’s seat as the owner of Monday Night RAW! It seems as though Trump has "played" the Chairman to the point where Trump actually got back double his money on the RAW deal, but the big story is that Mr. McMahon is the head honcho of RAW once again! Now that Trump is no longer the owner of RAW, all Trump’s promises for change on Monday Nights are down the drain. Mr. McMahon had RAW back, but he was not done with Donald Trump. McMahon told Trump that he never wants to see Trump’s face again and if he does, he will knock Trump out! The Chairman then took great pride in telling Donald Trump, "you’re fired!" Trump responded by slapping the WWE Chairman! Trump’s security quickly seperated the two. What’s next for Mr. McMahon now that he has his crown jewel back in his possession?
In a 6-Diva Tag Match, the team of Mickie James & The Bella Twins defeated the team of Divas Champion Maryse, "The Glamazon" Beth Phoenix, & Rosa Mendes. When will Maryse & Mickie do battle over the Divas Title?
It was announced on RAW that, this Thursday on WWE Superstars, Kofi Kingston will defend the United States Title in a Triple Threat Match against two former champions, MVP and Matt Hardy! Will "The Jamaican Sensation" hang on to the United States Title against these unfavorable odds?
Backstage, the vengeful new owner of RAW, Mr. McMahon, approaches still WWE Champion Randy Orton. Showing that he has not forgotten what Orton has done to his family, McMahon ordered Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase to leave the arena. In his first act as the new owner of RAW, Mr. McMahon informed Randy Orton that Orton will defend the title, regardless of his physical condition, against Triple H at The Bash. Mr. McMahon then added a monumental stipulation to the match as it will be a 3 Stages of Hell Match, the first 3 Stages of Hell Match in six and a half years! Mr. McMahon informed the WWE Champion that the first fall will be contested as a normal match, but the second fall would be a Falls Count Anywhere Match and the third fall, if neccesary, would be a Stretcher Match! Orton narrowly escaped with the WWE Title in a grueling Last Man Standing Match with "The Game", what kind of shape will these two combatants be in for their 3 Stages of Hell Match this Sunday? Who will survive the hellacious match and emerge as the WWE Champion?
Then it was time for the main event of the evening as familiar rivals, John Cena & Big Show did battle once again. During the match, it looked like the end was near for Big Show as Cena managed to lock in his STF on "The World’s Largest Athlete"! However, Cena was distracted when The Miz got up on the apron. Cena quickly took care of The Miz by knocking him off of the apron. Cena then turned his attention back to Big Show. Cena hoisted the gargantuan Big Show up for an Attitude Adjustment, but The Miz shoved Big Show, which caused Cena to lose his balance and fall to the mat with "The World’s Largest Athlete" falling on the back of the head of Cena! Big Show then pinned Cena to pick up the win! Miz then came back into the ring and stood over the lifeless body of Cena. What will happen this Sunday when the talk is over and these two face off? Miz seems to keep digging his hole deeper when it comes to Cena, will Cena shut The Miz up this Sunday or will The Miz get his first legitimate victory over the former World Champion?
Backstage, WWE Champion Randy Orton is making his way to his car to exit the arena when Triple H blindsides Orton and places Orton halfway in the trunk of his car. "The Game" then slams the trunk lid into the back of Orton! Triple H then gets in the face of Orton and tells the champion that, this Sunday, he is taking Orton "to hell". Triple H seems to have the advantage over Randy Orton heading into their 3 Stages of Hell Match at The Bash, will Triple H claim his fourteenth World Title in Sacramento or will Randy Orton prove why he is "The Viper" and leave The Bash with a successful title defense?