The 872nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards would serve as the Guest Host of RAW and D-Generation X would defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles in a Triple Threat Elimination Tag Match as they face United States Champion The Miz & Big Show and The Straightedge Society.
- Champion Vs. Champion: Non-Title: Sheamus def. Christian by pin following the Celtic Crucifix Powerbomb.
- Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: Triple Threat Elimination Tag Match: The Miz & Big Show def. D-Generation X (c) & The Straightedge Society by The Miz rolling up Shawn Michaels to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles.
With Triple H in control of the match, Shawn Michaels tagged himself into the match. While Triple H & Shawn Michaels argued, The Miz shoves Michaels into Triple H and rolls Michaels up to win the match and the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles.
- Gail Kim def. Jillian by pin following the Eat Defeat.
- Cody Rhodes (with Sheamus) def. Randy Orton by pin following the Cross Rhodes.
Sheamus slides in the ring, temporarily distracting Randy Orton and allowing Cody Rhodes to hit the Cross Rhodes and pick up the win.
- Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
- Sheamus Vs. Christian
- Cody Rhodes Vs. Randy Orton
- Gail Kim Vs. Jillian
The show kicks off with the peeling of tires and the smell of burnt rubber as Guest Host Carl Edwards roars into the Cajundome, driving his #99 NASCAR stock car, or so we thought. Somehow, the DX mascot, Hornswoggle, sped into the arena. Following the false entrance, NASCAR’s Carl Edwards arrived on RAW and welcomed everyone to the show! Edwards states that he has something that his opposition, and past RAW Guest Hosts Joey Logano & Kyle Busch, does not and that is a “friend” in the WWE in John Cena! Edwards is then interrupted by the WWE Champion, Sheamus, who states that he plans on walking into WrestleMania as the WWE Champion, but he has to win inside the Elimination Chamber Match to get there. “The Celtic Warrior” then demands that Edwards make him the last one to enter the Elimination Chamber Match! Sheamus states that Edwards is not the Guest Host of RAW, but he is a “guest” on his show before threatening Edwards by telling the NASCAR racer that he will not make it to the Daytona 500 if he does not grant him his request! ECW Champion Christian then makes an unexpected interruption! Sheamus demands to know why “Captain Charisma” is on RAW and Christian explains that, on last week’s RAW, both himself and the ECW Title were overlooked by Edge, but the next night, Mr. McMahon announced the end of ECW and it all made came together. Sheamus jumps in and calls Christian a “lame duck champion”! The witty ECW Champion then makes fun of Sheamus and his pale complexion, but the WWE Champion tells Christian that, in two weeks, he will be “unemployed”! Christian then makes the surprise announcement that, when ECW comes to an end, every member of the ECW roster will become a “free agent”! The ECW Champion then challenges the WWE Champion to a one-on-one match and it is granted by Guest Host Carl Edwards!
After making a surprise appearance on RAW and revealing that he, as well as the rest of the ECW roster, will become “free agents” following the end of ECW on February 23, ECW Champion Christian challenged WWE Champion Sheamus to a match, which was granted by Guest Host Carl Edwards. Christian fought hard to combat the larger Sheamus, but, in the end, Sheamus planted the ECW Champion with his patented powerbomb to pick up the win! With the ECW roster essentially being set “free” following the end of ECW, will Christian become a part of the RAW brand?
Backstage, Shawn Michaels meets up with partner, Triple H, and apologizes for his demeanor last week before pitching the idea of them being a part of WrestleMania, together. Triple H admits that going to WrestleMania as a team sounds like a good idea, he states that, unlike Michaels, he did qualify for the Elimination Chamber Match! Triple H then vows to enter WrestleMania as the WWE Champion and HBK responded by telling Triple H that it is “all about” him! With their own separate agendas, is DX coming apart? Can the duo keep it together long enough to successfully defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles?
Backstage, Cody Rhodes confronts Ted DiBiase and asks DiBiase if he is “proud” of himself and says that he had to face John Cena while DiBiase faced Mark Henry. Rhodes stated that he could of beat Henry, because he has done it in the past. DiBiase tells Rhodes to “stop whining” and states that, if Rhodes had “what it takes”, then he could have beat Cena! DiBiase then tells Rhodes that he is “better” than him before the two are joined by Randy Orton who asks DiBiase if he thinks he is “better” than Orton! DiBiase says that they will “find out” inside the Elimination Chamber. Orton then reveals that, not only has Guest Host Carl Edwards booked Ted DiBiase Vs. John Cena, but Randy Orton will go one-on-one with Cody Rhodes! Eight days after inadvertently costing Randy Orton the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, Cody Rhodes must go one-on-one with his mentor. Will Randy Orton be looking to extract revenge on Cody Rhodes?
Then it was time for D-Generation X to defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles in a Triple Threat Elimination Tag Match against United States Champion The Miz & Big Show and The Straightedge Society. With SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long sitting at ringside, his SmackDown representatives, The Straightedge Society, speak about the alcohol consumption in the area before CM Punk vows that he and Luke Gallows will win the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles! CM Punk then turns his attention to Jared, “The Subway Guy”, who is in the audience! Punk asks Jared to be a “spokesperson” for The Straightedge Society and, after Jared refuses, CM Punk and The Straightedge Society get ready to “make an example” out of Jared. Fortunately for Jared, DX derails Punk’s plans by making their entrance!
After The Straightedge Society attempted to “save” Jared from Subway, the Unified WWE Tag Team Title match got underway as D-Generation X defended the titles against United States Champion The Miz & Big Show and The Straightedge Society in a Triple Threat Elimination Tag Match. Following a rendition of Sweet Chin Music, Shawn Michaels pinned CM Punk to eliminate The Straightedge Society from the match! With it being down to champions DX and The Miz & Big Show, the match continued.
With The Straightedge Society being eliminated, it was down to the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions D-Generation X going against United States Champion The Miz & Big Show with the tag titles up for grabs. When it looked like Triple H had everything in control, Shawn Michaels tags himself into the match! Triple H & Shawn Michaels then go face-to-face, but The Miz shoves Michaels into Triple H and then rolls up HBK to defeat DX and win the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles! After the loss, Shawn Michaels walks out on his displeased partner, Triple H! After losing the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles due to a questionable decision by Shawn Michaels, have DX gone their separate ways?
Backstage, a frantic Shawn Michaels confronts SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and pleads with Long to trade him to SmackDown and to take someone out of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match so he can enter and win the World Heavyweight Title to get a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania! After Long explains to HBK that the SmackDown Superstars in the Elimination Chamber Match have earned their spot, HBK puts his hands on Long, but Triple H intervenes and asks Shawn Michaels if he is willing to throw DX away and throw his career away over his “obsession” with The Undertaker! Michaels responds by stating his career is “over” before super kicking Theodore Long! What will be the repercussions of Michaels’ actions? Has Michaels’ abruptly ended his career over his obsession with a WrestleMania rematch against The Undertaker?
With Maryse a guest on commentary, her adversary in the Finals of the Divas Tournament, Gail Kim, went one-on-one with Jillian. Gail Kim picked up a quick and dominant victory over Jillian with the Eat Defeat maneuver. After the match, Maryse enters the ring and tells Gail Kim that she wants to have the “best match of her life” with Gail when they square off at WWE Elimination Chamber to determine who wins the vacant Divas Title. In an uncharacteristic show of respect, Maryse shook the hand of Gail Kim! Which Diva will emerge as the Divas Champion at the Elimination Chamber event?
RAW also featured the announcement of the first inductee in the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame as “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase will be inducted into the Hall of Fame come March 27 in Phoenix!
Then it was time for the mentor to face the protégé as Randy Orton went one-on-one with Cody Rhodes. Orton was in complete control of Rhodes until Sheamus slides in the ring, distracting Orton long enough for Rhodes to hit the Cross Rhodes on Orton and pick up the shocking victory! After costing Orton the match, Sheamus lays Orton out with his patented kick! The WWE Champion was set to do further damage to Orton, but Rhodes comes in with a steel chair to protect his mentor! What exactly is going on between Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted DiBiase?
Backstage, Guest Host Carl Edwards makes the huge announcement that, on next week’s RAW, all six of the competitors in the Elimination Chamber Match will face off in three separate one-on-one matches as Kofi Kingston goes one-on-one with Ted DiBiase, WWE Champion Sheamus faces Randy Orton, & Triple H squares off with John Cena! Who will gain momentum on next week’s RAW just five nights before the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match?
Following the brutal attack by Batista last week, an amped-up John Cena was set to go one-on-one with Ted DiBiase, but a furious John Cena immediately took his frustrations out on DiBiase and assaulted DiBiase on the outside before locking in his STF on DiBiase, who frantically tapped out!
After John Cena let go of his STF on Ted DiBiase, Cena entered the ring and stated that he is not there to compete in a match! Cena then states that he does not even want to know “why” Batista attacked him last week, he just wants to “fight” Batista! Cena says that Batista was “sent to take him out” last week, but that it “did not work”! Cena then calls out Batista and states that he is not leaving until “The Animal” emerges! After waiting for Batista, Cena says that Batista is either “scared for his life” or his attack was a “business decision”. Cena then states that, when he thinks of a “business decision”, he thinks of Vince McMahon! Cena then says that he thinks Vince is behind the attack by Batista and states that, if he can’t fight Batista, he wants to “talk” to McMahon! WWE Chairman Vince McMahon comes out, flanked by a personal security force, and confidently asks Cena what he has to say! Cena tells Vince that ten security guards are not enough to stop him and gives the Chairman the ultimatum of coming into the ring, alone, or sending the security guards to try and stop him! Leaving the security force behind, Vince enters the ring and proclaims that he is the “ultimate, supreme alpha male”! The Chairman then admits that he is responsible for bringing Batista out last week and he did it to “screw” Bret Hart again! Vince then states that he had “nothing” to do with Batista assaulting Cena last week and throws out the possibility that Batista just “does not like” Cena and says he does not like Cena “personally”, but likes him “financially”! Cena states that Vince took a “good guy” like Batista and made him into someone who only cares about money! Cena proclaims that he does it because he loves to do it and does not do it for the money. Cena that he does it for the moments like when he wins the WWE Title inside the Elimination Chamber and when he hold the WWE Title high at WrestleMania! A passionate Cena then says that the Superstars do it for the “moments” and informs Vince that Bret Hart wants “another moment”! Cena then reveals that Bret said he would like to wrestle another match at WrestleMania and that he wants to wrestle Vince McMahon! McMahon responds by saying that Bret “does not want that”! Cena then puts the spotlight on Vince and tells Vince that it is “his moment”! Vince says that Bret does not want to face him and says that Cena is “wrong” and after Cena pressures Vince to make a decision, Vince shouts that he will tell Cena the answer to Cena’s face before loudly and emphatically saying that “yes” he will face Bret Hart at WrestleMania! Cena then thanks Vince for accepting the match to his face and tells Vince that there is one more person that Vince needs to tell! Assuming Bret Hart was in Canada, Vince commences his bad-mouthing of “The Hitman”, but Bret comes through the crowd and attacks McMahon! Vince quickly exits the ring as Bret deals with security. On the stage, Vince stands behind his line of security and shouts that he changed his mind and will not face Bret at WrestleMania! Upon hearing this from the Chairman, “The Hitman” goes ballistic and destroys electrical equipment, as well as the announce position at ringside!