Thirteen days before WWE Bragging Rights, the 855th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.
Quick Match Results
- Bragging Rights Qualifying Match: Tag Champion Vs. Tag Champion: Big Show def. Chris Jericho by Count-Out to earn a spot on Team RAW.
- Divas Championship: Jillian def. Mickie James (c) by roll-up with her feet on the ropes to win the Divas Title.
- Divas Championship: Melina (in her return to RAW) def. Jillian (c) by pin with the Last Call to win the Divas Title.
- Bragging Rights Qualifying Match: Triple Threat: Cody Rhodes (with Randy Orton) def. John Cena & Ted DiBiase by rolling up Ted DiBiase to earn a spot on Team RAW.
- Bragging Rights Qualifying Match: Jack Swagger def. MVP by pin following the Swagger Bomb to earn a spot on Team RAW.
- Bragging Rights Qualifying Match: Kofi Kingston def. Evan Bourne by pin following Trouble In Paradise to earn a spot on Team RAW.
- 6-Diva Tag: Maria Menounos, Gail Kim, & Kelly Kelly def. Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, & Rosa Mendes by Kelly Kelly pinning Rosa Mendes following the Step Up Leg Drop.
- Legacy def. Randy Orton & John Cena by Ted DiBiase rolling up Randy Orton.
- Legacy Vs. Randy Orton & John Cena
- Big Show Vs. Chris Jericho
- Cody Rhodes Vs. John Cena Vs. Ted DiBiase
- Kofi Kingston Vs. Evan Bourne
- Jack Swagger Vs. MVP
- 6-Diva Tag
- Divas Championship: Melina Vs. Jillian (c)
- Divas Championship: Jillian Vs. Mickie James (c)
On a night where the "theme" of the evening would be team dissention, RAW kicked off with one-half of the best team currently in the WWE as Unified WWE Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho appeared. Jericho stated that, despite being on RAW and being allowed to appear on any of the three brands, he considers himself a "proud" member of the SmackDown roster. The confident tag champion then revealed that he has been chosen as the captain of Team SmackDown for WWE Bragging Rights where seven members of the RAW Roster will face seven members of the SmackDown Roster in an epic fourteen man tag match for bragging rights. RAW Guest Host Nancy O’Dell steps in and informs Jericho that the show is not starting with him, but is starting with D-Generation X!
Well, the Guest Host was right as DX officially opened RAW, though a member short as Shawn Michaels was nowhere to be seen. In any case, the other half of DX, Triple H, came to the ring representing the team. "The Game" reveals that his longtime friend is not present in the arena and decides to call HBK live on RAW. Much to the surprise and chagrin of Michaels, Triple H called "The Heartbreak Kid" at home to get an explanation. Michaels explained to "The Game" and the audience that his daughter had gotten sick and he had to rush home to San Antonio to tend to her. After Michaels assured Triple H and the crowd in attendance that everything was fine, Triple H hung up and begain to discuss WWE Bragging Rights where DX will be the co-captains of the seven man team representing RAW! However, that is as far as "The Game" got as the Unified Tag Team Champions, JeriShow, interrupted and made their way to the ring. Never one to be short on words, Chris Jericho proclaimed that he makes SmackDown "better" by simply being a member of the roster. Proud RAW Superstar Triple H responded by calling the SmackDown General Manager "spineless" and proclaimed that SmackDown is nowhere near as good as RAW. Jericho refers to DX as "delinquets" and informs Triple H that Big Show, despite being a member of the RAW brand, will represent SmackDown at Bragging Rights! "The Cerebral Assassin" turned his attention to Big Show and asked "The World’s Largest Athlete" why he is letting Jericho call the shots. Big Show tries to difuse the situation and say that their partnership is not like that before quietly saying to Triple H that he "carries" the team. Jericho overheard his giant partner’s comment and responds by insulting Show and saying that Show was embarassed by Shaquille O’Neal. Big Show responded by saying that Jericho got "punked out" by Bob Barker. Jericho then reminded Big Show of WrestleMania XXIV when Floyd Mayweather knocked out the big man. Faced with the criticism of his tag partner, Big Show changes his mind and declares he wants to represent RAW! Show demonstrates his alliance by standing next to RAW Co-Captain Triple H. "The Game" then informs Big Show that the team if "full"! However, Triple H reveals that Guest Host Nancy O’Dell enlisted him with the responsibility of forming the RAW Team, since he is co-captain. With that, "The Cerebral Assassin" announced that Big Show could earn a spot on the team if he won a match; a match against his partner, Chris Jericho! Triple H then revealed that the match would occur right then!
After tempers flared and insults were hurled, we were left with a unique opening contest to RAW as the Unified Tag Team Champions fought each other as Big Show battled Chris Jericho for the right to represent RAW at WWE Bragging Rights. Trying not to jeopardize any future title defenses, Big Show tried to reason with Jericho but the ego-driven Jericho would have none of it as he continually fought "The World’s Largest Athlete". However, Jericho tried to use his brains as, after Big Show knocked him to the outside of the ring, Jericho feigned a knee injury to lure Show to him. When the big man came to check on his partner, Jericho made a mad dash into the ring to try and beat the referee’s ten-count. However, Show pulled Jericho back out of the ring and slid in just in time to beat his partner via count-out; meaning that Big Show would be a part of Team RAW come Bragging Rights! With D-Generation X as the team’s co-captains and "The World’s Largest Athlete" Big Show on one team, the RAW contingent is looking good. Who would be the other four RAW Superstars to join the already impressive team?
Backstage, special correspondent Maria Menounos is interviewing Legacy and the Access Hollywood host informs Legacy that DX made a unique qualifying match as it will be a Triple Threat Match pitting Legacy against each other and against John Cena! If Cody Rhodes wins, he will join Team RAW at Bragging Rights. If Ted DiBiase wins, then he will join the RAW Team, but if Cena wins, then neither Legacy member is in the match! Who will, or will not, advance to Bragging Rights to represent Team RAW?
In an unbelievable development regarding the Divas Championship, "The Sour Songstress" Jillian was able to use the leverage of the ring ropes to roll-up Mickie James and win the Divas Title! However, Jillian’s title celebration was short-lived as Guest Host Nancy O’Dell came out to make a blockbuster announcement; that she orchestrated a tri-branded Diva Trade and then she revealed that Jillian would make her first title defense at that moment against the newest RAW Diva, Melina! The former Women’s Champion came out and made a big impact upon returning as she made quick work of Jillian to claim the Divas Championship! In an unpredictable turn of events, the Divas Title changed hands twice within a matter of minutes! What Divas belong to what brand following this big Diva Trade?
WWE.com followed up on the Diva Trade announcement and revealed the trades. Shortly after losing her Divas Title, Mickie James learned that she will be heading to SmackDown. However, Mickie’s familiar foe, Beth Phoenix, would join her as "The Glamazon" heads to SmackDown. The twice-as-nice Bella Twins would be leaving ECW and heading to RAW, while Rosa Mendes will find herself on ECW. What will the landscape of the Divas divisions look like with all of these changes?
In a huge announcement regarding next week’s RAW, the world-renowned rapper and actor, Snoop Dogg, will be on hand in Jacksonville to serve as the Guest Host of Monday Night RAW! What will "The Doggfather" have in store for RAW?
Having just learned that she had been traded to SmackDown, Beth Phoenix barged into the office of Nancy O’Dell & Maria Menounos and ordered the Guest Host to bring her back to RAW. "The Glamazon" then took her agression out on Maria Menounos, which led to Santino Marella stepping in and accepting a match on Menounos’ behalf! How will the inexperience Menounos fare in the ring?
Then it was time for the unique Triple Threat Match that would determine the fourth member of Team RAW for Bragging Rights as Legacy teammates Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase were forced to face, not only each other, but John Cena! During the bout, WWE Champion Randy Orton came out to ringside and distracted Cena. However, Orton’s plan did not go as he thought it would as Cody Rhodes snuck up on his tag partner, Ted DiBiase, and rolled up DiBiase to win the match and become a part of Team RAW at Bragging Rights! After this shocking win, Orton & Legacy were on the verge of a meltdown until Guest Host Nancy O’Dell appeared and informed Legacy that they would be facing a team that will have more dysfunction then they have when they face Bragging Rights opponents Randy Orton & John Cena in a tag team match! How in the world will Orton & Cena co-exist as a team just under two weeks before they square off in a 60-Minute Anything Goes Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship?
It was announced during RAW that, on WWE Superstars, "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters would go one-on-one with "The World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry with the winner filling the final spot for Team RAW. Which powerhouse competitor will be heading to Bragging Rights to represent RAW?
Before the final spot could be determined on Thursday’s Superstars, two more spots were open and one was on the line as familiar adversaries MVP and Jack Swagger did battle. Staying true to his declaration to stay undefeated for the rest of the year, "The All-American American" Jack Swagger defeated MVP to earn his spot on Team RAW at Bragging Rights!
Two spots remained and with one to be decided on WWE Superstars, former United States Champion Kofi Kingston faced off with fellow high-flyer Evan Bourne. In the end, it was an incredible delivery of Trouble In Paradise that led to Kofi pinning Bourne to earn his spot! Kofi joins DX, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, & Jack Swagger on Team RAW, who will be the final man to represent Team RAW? Will it be "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters or "The World’s Strongest Man" Mark Henry? Who will be selected from SmackDown as the representatives to face RAW?
Being accompanied by the Guest Host of RAW, Nancy O’Dell, Maria Menounos made her way to the ring to compete in her first wrestling match as she teamed with former Women’s Champion, Gail Kim, and the capable Kelly Kelly to battle "The Glamazon" Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, & Rosa Mendes. Menounos was able to stay unharmed and out of Beth Phoenix’ way in the 6-Diva Tag and was actually on the winning team after Kelly Kelly pinned Rosa Mendes!
One week after capturing the United States Championship, The Miz made an appearance on RAW. The self-proclaimed "awesome" Superstar demanded that the fans respect him before making a big announcement regarding WWE Bragging Rights. Miz revealed that there will be a RAW Vs. SmackDown, Champion Vs. Champion match at the event as he sqaures off with former tag team partner and SmackDown Superstar, Intercontinental Champion John Morrison! What will happen when these two former tag team champions face each other one-on-one? Which champion will come out the victor?
Before he was forced to team up with his bitter rival, John Cena, to face his own proteges, WWE Champion Randy Orton revealed that he talked to next week’s Guest Host, Snoop Dogg, and Snoop agreed to put John Cena in a match next week. While he did not tell us who Cena would face, Orton did reveal that it would be "one of the biggest matches" of Cena’s career! Who is this mystery opponent?
Then it was time for the potentially explosive main event as the dysfunctional Legacy faced the impossible team of WWE Champion Randy Orton and his challenger, John Cena! As one would expect, Orton & Cena were far from good tag partners and mostly relyed on blind and forceful tags. At one point in the contest, Orton was forced to face off with Legacy, but the WWE Champion quickly tagged himself out. However, Orton would quickly tag himself back in so that he could assault his own partner, John Cena! However, with Orton’s attention on Cena, Ted DiBiase was able to sneak up behind his mentor and roll-up Orton to pin the WWE Champion and win the match! Orton did not have much time to process what had just occurred as "The Viper" was laid out with an Attitude Adjustment by John Cena! Seemingly on top of the world at that moment, Cena came crashing down to earth when his opponent for next week was revealed to be none other than "The Game" Triple H! What will happen when these two very familiar opponents meet one-on-one next week? If next week’s RAW turns out to be Cena’s last, what kind of last impression will Cena make on his departure?