The 888th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Frank Erwin Center at UT Austin in Austin, TX. The star of the new film, “Killers” would serve as Guest Host as famed actor, producer, and lifelong WWE fan Ashton Kutcher would be on hand for RAW! Three weeks before all four of them face off for the WWE Title in a Fatal 4-Way Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way, WWE Champion John Cena would team with his former rival, “The Viper” Randy Orton to face the team of “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge & “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus!
- Non-Title: R-Truth def. Chris Jericho by roll-up.
- Mixed Tag Match: Eve Torres & Santino Marella (with Vladimir Kozlov) def. Maryse & William Regal by Santino Marella pinning William Regal following the Iron Curtain by Vladimir Kozlov.
- Daniel Bryan (on a one-night contract) def. The Miz by roll-up.
- John Cena & Evan Bourne def. Edge & Sheamus by Evan Bourne pinning Sheamus with Air Bourne.
RAW kicked off in an unusual manner as the show starts in the middle of Edge assaulting Evan Bourne! In the aftermath of an apparent pre-show confrontation between Edge & Bourne, Edge assaulted Bourne, but the resilient high-flyer fought back against “The Rated-R Superstar”, but when Bourne went for the Air Bourne, Edge rolled out of the way and put Bourne down with the Spear! Edge then states that, what he just did to Bourne, will be the fate of his opponents in the Fatal 4-Way WWE Title! Edge then says that, no matter what he does, the fans “disrespect” him and states that he is “nothing” like his three opponents! Edge then accuses the fans of being “sheep” for Randy Orton and that they should not be surprised when “The Viper” bites them! Edge then vows that he will prove all of those who have shown him “disrespect” wrong when he becomes a ten-time World Champion! This brings out “The Viper” Randy Orton, who comes face-to-face with Edge and “The Ultimate Opportunist” tells Orton that they both know that Orton is not “100%”! Edge then says that Orton will not win at WWE Fatal 4-Way and vows to “hurt” Orton at the event and states that he is “not kidding”! Randy Orton responds by, bad shoulder and all, laying Edge out with the RKO! While Randy Orton was able to lay Edge out with the RKO, will Orton be completely healed come WWE Fatal 4-Way?
Backstage, after a Twitter battle with “The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder, Guest Host Ashton Kutcher revealed that he is putting a “hit” on Ryder; a “hit” that absolutely anyone in the WWE can take advantage of! After The Miz confronted Kutcher, the Guest Host revealed that new RAW General Manager Bret “The Hitman” Hart has put The Miz in action on RAW against a man that is on a “one-night contract” as The Miz would go one-on-one with his former NXT Rookie Daniel Bryan! After hearing this, Miz vowed to “beat” Daniel Bryan to a “bloody pulp”! Will The Miz fulfill his promise or will Daniel Bryan defeat his former mentor?
The new United States Champion, R-Truth, was in action on RAW as he went one-on-one with former World Champion Chris Jericho in a non-title match! In the end, it was R-Truth countering the Walls of Jericho into a roll-up to catch Jericho off guard and pick up the win! How will Chris Jericho respond to this loss? Who will be the first Superstar to step up and challenge R-Truth for the United States Title?
Backstage, Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty meet up with RAW General Manager Bret “The Hitman” Hart, who reveals that he signed the team who attacked them last week and reveals that they are the Usos! What further impact will the Usos have on The Hart Dynasty? How will The Hart Dynasty respond?
Divas Champion Eve Torres was in action on RAW as she would team with Santino Marella to face the team of former Divas Champion Maryse and the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal in a Mixed Tag Match! During the match, Eve Torres attacked William Regal to break up the Regal Stretch, which brought Maryse in as a brawl ensued between Eve & Maryse, which distracted the referee and allowed Vladimir Kozlov to enter the ring and turn on his tag team partner as Kozlov planted William Regal with the Iron Curtain, which allowed Santino to drape his arm over Regal and pick up the win for his team! Has Vladimir Kozlov accepted the plea of Santino Marella to form a tag team?
The new General Manager of RAW, Bret “The Hitman” Hart made an appearance in the ring and stated that the fans would not believe how much “fun” he is having as the new GM before making the announcement that he has talked with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and they have agreed to have both RAW & SmackDown Superstars under the same roof on next week’s RAW for a three-hour special! Bret then says that he will be accepting ideas from the fans, as well as the WWE Superstars, on what they would like to see on next week’s RAW! Bret then vows that next week’s RAW will be a memorable one! Bret is then interrupted by “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase and his “personal assistant” Virgil! DiBiase offers his “suggestion”, which is to make him the General Manager next week and he has the money to get both Bret & Long whatever it takes for him to be GM! DiBiase then says that Bret returned to the WWE and became the new GM because Bret “needs money” and he can make Bret’s financial worries disappear if Bret would just name his “price”! Guest Host Ashton Kutcher then interrupts and offers his suggestion of a “viewer’s choice” edition of RAW next week where the fans take over and get to choose various elements of the show! After Bret officially makes next week’s RAW a “viewer’s choice” edition, the WWE Chairman himself, Mr. McMahon made his first appearance on television since being defeated and pummeled by Bret Hart at WrestleMania! The Chairman confronts the new GM and states that, if the fans support Bret as the RAW General Manager, then he endorses it! Mr. McMahon then tells Bret that he has to treat the fans like “children” as the GM because the fans can not make “decisions for themselves”! The Chairman then wishes Bret “luck” and says that he hopes that Bret’s run as GM has a “happy ending”! Does Mr. McMahon have some sort of plan for Bret Hart or is the Chairman sincere in his wishes for Bret’s run as GM? What will go down on a special three-hour Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW next week when the WWE fans and WWE Superstars are in charge?
Backstage, “The Viper” Randy Orton is confronted by Zack Ryder as Orton is entering his dressing room, who accuses Orton of being hired by Guest Host Ashton Kutcher to take him out! Orton responds by telling Ryder that, if that was the case, then they would not be having that conversation! Orton then has his dressing room door slammed into his injured shoulder by Edge! What is the status of Randy Orton following this attack? How will this attack impact the main event of RAW?
As revealed by Guest Host Ashton Kutcher, eliminated NXT Rookie Daniel Bryan, competing on a one-night contract, went one-on-one with his former mentor The Miz! In the end, it was Daniel Bryan catching The Miz with a roll-up to pick up the shocking win! Immediately after the match, The Miz blasted Daniel Bryan from behind and assaulted Bryan before sending him to the outside! The Miz then held Daniel Bryan in front of commentator Michael Cole and tries to force an “apology” out of Bryan, but Bryan fights back and bounces Miz’s face off of the announce table before hurling Miz into Michael Cole! After upsetting The Miz in a match and embarrassing Michael Cole during his one night under contract, was Daniel Bryan’s explosive night on RAW his last?
One week after coming out of nowhere and attacking Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty, the newest RAW tag team, the Usos, formerly introduce themselves as Jay Uso, Jimmy Uso, & Tamina! The new trio then inform The Hart Dynasty that they are not the only ones who are rich in WWE heritage as The Usos are part of the legendary Samoan wrestling family that includes Superstars such as Hall of Famers The Wild Samoans as they are the twin sons of former WWE Superstar Rikishi and Tamina herself is the daughter of Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka! Tamina then states that they are there to “dominate” before The Hart Dynasty came out and attacked The Usos & Tamina! This dangerous new trio then fought back as Tamina blasted Natalya with a vicious clothesline on the outside, The Usos then delivered a devastating double super kick on David Hart Smith and a double Samoan drop on Tyson Kidd! Having dismantled Unified WWE Tag Team Champion The Hart Dynasty two weeks in a row, are The Usos on the fast track to becoming the new Unified WWE Tag Team Champions?
After having a “hit” put on him by Guest Host Ashton Kutcher, “The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder, along with Alicia Fox, came out and demanded to know who Ashton hired for the “hit”! Jerry “The King” Lawler then entered the ring with a steel chair, but Guest Host Ashton Kutcher revealed that it is not Lawler! This brings out The Great Khali, but Kutcher says it is not Khali! After Goldust comes out and Kutcher says it is not Goldust either, Kutcher tells Ryder that he will “never see it coming”, which led to Alicia Fox taking up the “hit” and delivering a scissors kick to Ryder!
Following the attack by Edge earlier in the night, it was revealed that Randy Orton would be unable to compete in the tag team main event against Edge & Sheamus, which left WWE Champion John Cena to make the decision to either find a replacement for Orton or face both Edge & Sheamus alone in a Handicap Match! Before his match, John Cena announces that he has found a partner and it is the Superstar who Edge attacked earlier in the night as Evan Bourne would team with “The Champ” to face “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge & “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus! In the end, it was John Cena hitting Sheamus with the Attitude Adjustment that left the door wide open for Evan Bourne to hit Air Bourne on Sheamus to allow Bourne to pin former WWE Champion Sheamus! As his Fatal 4-Way defense of the WWE Title against Edge, Sheamus, & Randy Orton draws closer, what can WWE Champion John Cena expect from his three challengers? What can the three challengers expect from each other?