The 884th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. One week after the 2010 WWE Draft changed the landscape of the WWE, actor, singer, comedian, television personality, and host of the resurrected classic game show “Let’s Make A Deal” will take the helms of RAW as the charismatic Wayne Brady will serve as the Guest Host of RAW! Following his shocking draft to RAW last week, Edge cost Randy Orton a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title by delivering the Spear that allowed Batista to become the #1 Contender and, now, Edge will host “The Cutting Edge” on RAW and his guest will be none other than “The Viper” himself, Randy Orton!
- Beat The Clock Challenge: Batista def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Batista Bomb to set the time to beat at 5:06.
- John Morrison def. Ted DiBiase by intentional count-out.
- If John Morrison Loses, He Will Become Ted DiBiase’s "Personal Assistant": John Morrison def. Ted DiBiase by countering the Dream Street into a pinning predicament.
- Beat The Clock Challenge: Non-Title: Time To Beat- 5:06: John Cena def. Wade Barrett (with Chris Jericho) by submission to the C-STF to earn the right to choose the stipulation for the WWE Title match at WWE Over The Limit.
- Maryse def. Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella) by pin following the French Kiss DDT.
- Mark Henry def. Zack Ryder by pin following the World’s Strongest Slam.
- Non-Title: The Hart Dynasty def. William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov by William Regal submitting to the Sharpshooter by David Hart Smith.
One week after his controversial victory landed him as the #1 Contender for the WWE Title, “The Animal” Batista opens the show and states that he is the #1 Contender “again” and he should be WWE Champion “again”! Batista then explains the rules of a Last Man Standing Match by stating the rules dictate that to win the match, a Superstar must beat their opponent to the point that they can not get to their feet by the referee’s count of ten before saying that he did not “lose” and that, what happened at WWE Extreme Rules, was the “most embarrassing moment of John Cena’s life”! Batista then reveals that he and WWE Champion John Cena will be competing on RAW in two Beat The Clock Matches with the Superstar who beats their opponent and does so in the quickest time will get to choose the stipulation for their WWE Title match at WWE Over The Limit! Batista then touts having no problem beating his Beat The Clock opponent, The Miz, and tells Miz to get out there for their match! However, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus comes out instead and calls Batista “pathetic” and says that he did something that Batista could not do by “taking out” Triple H! Sheamus then proclaims that he “deserves” to be in the WWE Title match and Batista does not before challenging Batista to put his status as #1 Contender on the line against him on RAW! Batista then refuses Sheamus’ challenge, citing that he had his chance and he “lost” last week! Sheamus then tells Batista that it is not over and states that he will be WWE Champion again “sooner” than Batista thinks! What does Sheamus have planned for Batista? What is his plan to regain the WWE Championship?
Following his intense confrontation with Sheamus, “The Animal” Batista would turn his focus to United States Champion The Miz as they would go one-on-one in a Beat The Clock Challenge Match or at least that was the plan before The Miz came out and stated that, due to getting knocked out by Big Show last week, he is unable to compete against Batista and has a doctor’s note to prove it! Miz then announces that he has the “perfect guy” to replace him before introducing his NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan! Bryan comes out and The Miz tells his Rookie to try to last longer than “thirty seconds” before losing to Batista and Daniel Bryan responds by boldly telling The Miz that he will do Miz “one better” and make Batista “tap out”! Daniel Bryan came extremely close to beating Batista in a very impressive showing, but in the end, it was Batista planting Bryan with the Batista Bomb en route to winning the match with a time to beat of 5:06! However, after the match, Batista was not done with Daniel Bryan as “The Animal” planted the NXT Rookie with not one, but two Batista Bombs! After this, the opponent for WWE Champion John Cena in the other Beat The Clock Challenge Match as “The Champ” will go one-on-one with none other than Chris Jericho! Can John Cena beat Batista’s time of 5:06 against a top tier Superstar such as Chris Jericho?
Backstage, after meeting the Guest Host of RAW, Wayne Brady, Divas Champion Eve Torres was set to go back to her photo shoot, but her Divas Title belt was missing! However, it did not take Eve long to “find” it as the former champion, Maryse, blasts Eve with the title belt; leaving the champion laid out! How will Eve Torres respond to Maryse’s attack?
Backstage, when questioned about The Cutting Edge later in the night, Edge states that everything they do is “PG” now, but that he is “Rated-R” and says that, when he goes to the ring, he is going to do “what he wants when he wants to do it” and that it is “time to start an era of controversy again” and he is going to start it with The Cutting Edge with his guest, Randy Orton! What does Edge have planned for The Cutting Edge and for Randy Orton?
One week after being slapped in the face for trying to enlist the “services” of R-Truth, the self-proclaimed “Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase was in action on RAW, but before his match, Ted DiBiase stated that he thought that R-Truth would “relish” the opportunity to make some money, but reveals that he will hire a “personal assistant” and that the individual will help him “slap some sense” into R-Truth!
“The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase was also in action on RAW as he went one-on-one with one of the newest Superstars to join RAW and a friend of R-Truth, “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison! After a short bout with Morrison, Ted DiBiase opts to walk away from the match and take a count-out loss! Not willing to let his return to Monday Nights end in such an anticlimactic fashion, Morrison entices DiBiase to restart their match by adding the stipulation that, if he loses, he will become DiBiase’s “personal assistant” or his “Virgil”! In the end, it was John Morrison countering Ted DiBiase’s Dream Street maneuver into a pinning predicament that allowed Morrison to pick up the win and avoid becoming DiBiase’s “Virgil”! After the match, Ted DiBiase assaulted John Morrison, but R-Truth made the save for his friend!
In a Beat The Clock Challenge Match, WWE Champion John Cena was in non-title action as he would be looking to beat his Over The Limit opponent, Batista’s time of 5:06 to earn the right to choose the stipulation for their bout, but he would have to try and beat this time against the top tier former World Champion known as Chris Jericho! However, Chris Jericho comes out, dressed in a suit, and reveals that, even though he was also knocked out by Big Show, that is not the reason he is not competing because he has “beaten and embarrassed” Cena on so many occasions that it would be a “waste of time”! Jericho then announces that he has “hand-picked” an opponent who has been “begging for the opportunity to humiliate” the WWE Champion before bringing out his NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett! Jericho then proclaims that Cena will “not beat the clock”, to which Barrett adds that Cena will not “beat” him at all! Despite interference from Chris Jericho, John Cena was able to catch Wade Barrett in his STF and force the NXT Rookie to tap out with thirty seconds left on the clock, meaning that John Cena would get to decide the stipulation for his title defense against Batista at WWE Over The Limit! However, before the WWE Champion could make that announcement, he was attacked by Sheamus as “The Celtic Warrior” laid “The Champ” out with the pump kick! How does this attack impact the WWE Title match at WWE Over The Limit? What stipulation will John Cena choose for WWE Over The Limit?
After attacking Divas Champion Eve Torres in the backstage area earlier in the night, former Divas Champion Maryse was in in-ring action on RAW as she went one-on-one with Nikki Bella! In the end, it was Maryse hitting the French Kiss DDT en route to picking up the dominant win over Nikki Bella! After the match, Divas Champion Eve Torres rushed to the ring to get a piece of Maryse, but Maryse quickly escaped the Divas Champion! What will happen when these two Divas do face off?
“The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder was in action on RAW, but before his match against Primo, Ryder stated that, as a result of the 2010 WWE Draft, he is now “single and ready to mingle” before revealing that he has invited Gail Kim & Alicia Fox to ringside to watch him in action! However, Guest Host Wayne Brady had different plans for “The Long Island Loudmouth” as he changed Zack Ryder’s opponent from Primo to “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry! In the end, Ryder was no match for Mark Henry or his World’s Strongest Slam as Mark Henry not only left with the victory, but Gail Kim & Alicia Fox as well!
Backstage, Chris Jericho and United States Champion The Miz discuss their recent run-ins with their common former ally turned rival, Big Show, but after The Miz said that there was “nothing” they could do to retaliate due to Big Show being a SmackDown Superstar, Jericho reveals that he has a plan! What does Chris Jericho have in mind for his and Miz’s revenge against Big Show?
For the first time as official RAW Superstars, the new Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty, was in action on RAW as they faced the team of former rivals William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov with Chris Jericho & United States Champion The Miz on commentary at ringside! In the end, it was The Hart Dynasty picking up the win over the team of Regal & Kozlov! After the match, United States Champion The Miz went in the ring to attack David Hart Smith, but Smith was able to thwart the attack, but Chris Jericho entered the ring and laid David Hart Smith out with the Codebreaker! The Miz then added his own touch by hitting the Skull-Crushing Finale on David Hart Smith! Now that Chris Jericho & The Miz have apparently formed a new alliance, is this new team setting their sights on the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles?
After promising an “era of controversy” starting with The Cutting Edge, it was time for the return, to RAW, of The Cutting Edge! “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge starts by explaining that, until last week’s RAW, he was planning to dethrone Jack Swagger as the World Heavyweight Champion, but then he was drafted to RAW and so he had to “start over” and said that he may have cost Randy Orton a shot at the WWE Title, but that he made himself the most talked about Superstar in the WWE! Edge then gets ready to bring out Randy Orton, but Guest Host Wayne Brady comes out instead and says that he is out there to see what goes on in a wrestling ring, first-hand! It did not take long for the Guest Host to find himself in an unenviable situation as “The Viper” Randy Orton came out! Wayne Brady then got a little too close to the tense situation between Edge & Randy Orton as the Guest Host found himself on the receiving end of an RKO by Randy Orton! After taking out Wayne Brady, Orton looked like he was going to deliver the same fate to Edge, but “The Ultimate Opportunist” did his best to talk Orton down by reminding Orton that, the last time Orton was a guest on The Cutting Edge, it ended with the two of them forming the team known as Rated RKO! Edge continued that, if they reunited, they could take advantage of John Cena & Batista after their match at WWE Over The Limit and they could become “the real two-man power trip”! After Orton did not back down, Edge said that the fans did not fully support him and that they support Randy Orton despite Orton only “caring about himself”! Edge then says that it is “not fair” that the fans support Orton and it is “not fair” that he is not a World Champion before telling Orton that he “will” join him and, if Orton does not join him, he will Spear him week in and week out until Orton is an “afterthought” in the WWE! Edge then tells Orton to “say something”, but Orton’s actions would speak louder than words as Orton would attempt the RKO, but Edge would find his way out of it and would, in turn, blast Orton with a big boot! Edge would then set Orton up for the Spear, but “The Viper” would catch Edge on the approach with the RKO! How will Edge respond to The Cutting Edge ending with him getting laid out with the RKO by Randy Orton?