The 889th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW would come to you, live, from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. On a special three-hour Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW where the Superstars of RAW & SmackDown would converge under one roof, the WWE fans would have the power as the fans would vote for matches, stipulations, and more that would shape the special three-hour Monday Night RAW! In addition to the fans running RAW, the cast of The A-Team would serve as the Guest Co-Hosts of RAW as Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copely, & Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would be featured on RAW!
- Body Slam Challenge: Big Show def. Chris Jericho
- Non-Title: The Hart Dynasty def. The Great Khali & Hornswoggle by Tyson Kidd pinning Hornswoggle after Hornswoggle missed the Tadpole Splash.
- Diva Battle Royal: Maryse def. Eve Torres, Lay-Cool, The Bella Twins, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Jillian, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany, & Alicia Fox.
- Kane def. Sheamus by intentional count-out.
- The Miz & Zack Ryder def. R-Truth & John Morrison by The Miz pinning John Morrison following the Skull Crushing Finale.
- Viewer’s Choice Special Attraction: Randy Orton (with his right arm in a sling) def. Edge (with his right arm tied behind his back) by DQ after Edge untied his arm.
- Matt Hardy def. Drew McIntyre by pin following the Twist of Fate.
- Non-Title: John Cena & CM Punk (with Luke Gallows & Serena) fight to a No Contest after the eliminated NXT Rookies interfere.
The historic 3-hour Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW kicked off with the two men who made the night possible as the respective General Managers of RAW & SmackDown, Bret “The Hitman” Hart & Theodore Long! RAW General Manager Bret Hart speaks first and welcomes everyone to the first ever Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW and explains that the WWE fans can go to WWE.com and vote for the matches, stipulations, and opponents as they are announced live! SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then adds that the fans are in charge of the Superstars of both RAW & SmackDown and that they could even decide the fate of the WWE Championship! Bret then announced that all four of the participants in the Fatal 4-Way WWE Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way will be in action on RAW and that the fans would choose who their respective opponents would be! Long then brings up Randy Orton, which brings out “The Viper” himself, who, with his arm in a sling due to a shoulder injury originally suffered at WWE Over The Limit and made worse by Edge last week, tells Bret to “forget” about Viewer’s Choice for a minute because he wants to face Edge, one-on-one, on RAW! Orton continues that, if he does not get his match, he is going to go backstage and make sure he “takes care” of Edge himself! This brings Edge out, who says that, if Orton wants a match with him that badly, then he should get it so that Edge can “finish” what he started! Theodore Long then discusses an idea with Bret Hart and Bret announces that, the fans in the American Airlines Arena would decide what Edge & Randy Orton should go one-on-one in with the choices being: a debate, a sit-up contest, or a one-on-one match where Edge would have one arm tied behind his back! Naturally, the fans roared their overwhelming approval for the third option, meaning that Edge would go one-on-one with Randy Orton and Edge would have his arm tied behind his back! With both Edge & Randy Orton only competing with one usable arm, who will emerge victorious from this Over The Limit rematch?
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then announces that their first match of the night will be a Viewer’s Choice match where Chris Jericho will go one-on-one with his former tag team partner, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and the fans would vote what match they would compete in; an Over The Rope Challenge, a Submission Match, or a Body Slam Challenge! The polls then revealed that 48% of the votes ensured that Chris Jericho would go one-on-one with Big Show in a Body Slam Challenge where the only way to win is by body slamming your opponent! To no one’s surprise, Chris Jericho was unable to even come close to body slamming Big Show and “The World’s Largest Athlete” slammed Jericho with ease and, after the match, Big Show left the fans who voted for the other two options happy as he forced Chris Jericho to submit to the Colossal Clutch before tossing Jericho over the top rope! Can Big Show dominate in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match like he did against Chris Jericho?
Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty were in action on RAW, but their opponents would be decided by the WWE fans as they would get to choose from the new RAW team that has devastated The Hart Dynasty the last couple of weeks, Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso, The Dude Busters, or the bizarre pairing of The Great Khali & Hornswoggle! The polls then revealed that 54% of the fans voted for the pairing of The Great Khali & Hornswoggle! In the end, it looked like Khali & Hornswoggle would pick up the upset, but Tyson Kidd was able to dodge the Tadpole Splash of Hornswoggle and pin Hornswoggle to pick up the win! After the match, The Usos & Tamina hit the ring and the two trios brawled in the ring with The Hart Dynasty sending the newcomers packing! With their eyes clearly set on The Hart Dynasty and the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles, when will The Usos get their shot at the gold?
Santino Marella was in action on RAW as Santino would go one-on-one with the Superstar he has been trying to recruit as his tag team partner, “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov and the fans would vote for the two of them to compete in a standard match, an arm wrestling competition, or a dance-off! The polls then revealed that an overwhelming 84% of the fans voted for Santino & Kozlov to square off in a dance-off! After the unique dance stylings of Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov shocked the world by tearing it up on the dance floor! Kozlov won the overwhelming support of the WWE fans, thus winning the competition!
The RAW & SmackDown Divas also took part in the Viewer’s Choice edition of RAW as the fans would vote to determine if the Divas would compete in a 6-Diva Tag Match, a Diva Battle Royal, or a Champion Vs. Champion match and the fans voted an overwhelming 73% of the fans voted for a Diva Battle Royal as Divas Champion Eve Torres, Maryse, The Bella Twins, Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Kelly Kelly, Jillian, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany, and the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool & Layla would all compete in the Diva bout! Rosa Mendes was the first to go as Rosa was double-teamed and eliminated by The Bella Twins followed by Lay-Cool eliminating Tiffany! Michelle McCool would eliminate Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim would eliminate herself in the process of eliminating Alicia Fox! Lay-Cool would then work together to eliminate both of The Bella Twins before Divas Champion Eve Torres threw Women’s Champion Layla into her best friend, Michelle McCool; eliminating both members of Lay-Cool! Then things came down to Divas Champion Eve Torres and two former Divas Champions in Maryse & Jillian and the two blondes managed to double-team and eliminate Eve! Jillian then celebrated with Maryse, trying to call themselves the “co-winners”, but Maryse did not want to share the spotlight as “The French-Canadian Diva” sent Jillian packing to win the Battle Royal!
Backstage, Sheamus is confronted by “The Big Red Machine” Kane who, in his continuing search for his brother, The Undertaker’s assailant, accuses Sheamus of assaulting The Undertaker to “make a name” for himself just like he did to Triple H and there is “no reason” to think that Sheamus did not do the same to The Undertaker! Sheamus responds that, if he did take out The Undertaker, he would let “everyone” see and know about it and states that he does “not take kindly to false accusations” to which Kane responds to by saying that he does “not take kindly to liars” and that he hopes to see Sheamus “real soon”!
After his intense confrontation with Kane, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus was in action on RAW and his opponent would be determined by the WWE fans as the fans would vote for “The Big Red Machine” Kane, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, or Evan “Air” Bourne! The polls then revealed that, following their intense confrontation backstage, 88% of the fans wanted to see Sheamus go one-on-one with Kane! After being on the receiving end of a spine-rattling chokeslam, Sheamus rolled to the outside of the ring and, even after recovering, Sheamus opted not to get back in the ring with the revenge-seeking monster leading to Kane winning the bout via count-out! Who will Kane target next in his ongoing investigation into The Undertaker’s assault?
United States Champion R-Truth and The Miz would be in tag team action on RAW and the fans would get to vote to choose their tag partners as the choices for R-Truth would be “Captain Charisma” Christian, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, or “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison while the choices for The Miz would be “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler, the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal, or “The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder! The fans voted and the partner for United States Champion R-Truth would be none other than R-Truth’s friend and former tag team partner as 58% of the fans voted for R-Truth to team with “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison! The WWE fans would then determine the tag team partner of The Miz as 45% of the fans voted for “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! In the end, it was The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on John Morrison en route to picking up the win for himself and Zack Ryder! Is The Miz one step closer to regaining the United States Title?
Then it was time for the Over The Limit rematch between Edge & Randy Orton, but in the Viewer’s Choice Special Attraction match, Edge would have one arm tied behind his back to even the odds with the injured Randy Orton as voted on by the WWE fans! The match was short-lived, however, as Edge got his arm lose from his back and assaulted Randy Orton relentlessly, leading to Edge getting himself disqualified! After the match, Edge was set to deliver the Spear to the injured Randy Orton, but Orton managed to counter with a kick to Edge and sent Edge to the outside with a second kick! Orton then followed Edge to the outside, but the malicious Edge grabbed a steel chair and drove it into the injured shoulder of Randy Orton and followed up by delivering a modified con-chair-to to the injured shoulder! What is the status of Randy Orton following another vicious attack at the hands of Edge?
Former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre was in action on RAW and the fans would vote for his opponent as either Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust, or a mystery opponent would go one-on-one with “The Chosen One”! The fans voted an overwhelming 88% for the mystery opponent which turned out to be none other than the suspended Matt Hardy! After McIntyre protests that Matt is suspended so the match can not take place, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long comes out and reveals that Matt Hardy was suspended from SmackDown, not from RAW! With this declaration, the match got underway as Matt thoroughly assaulted McIntyre in and out of the ring before planting McIntyre in the middle of the ring with the Twist of Fate en route to picking up the win! After the match, Matt continued to assault McIntyre, but McIntyre narrowly escaped the wrath of Matt Hardy! Has Matt Hardy gotten all that he can get of Drew McIntyre or will Matt’s assault continue on “The Chosen One”?
Then it was time for the main event as WWE Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with an opponent selected by the WWE fans as “The Champ” would go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio, or “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! With 45% of the votes, the WWE fans selected none other than “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk! In the middle of the match, the winner of NXT season one, Wade Barrett, came out and slowly walked towards the ring and what would happen next will live in WWE infamy for years to come as one of the most devastating and shocking series of events in WWE history would take place. After Wade Barrett appears and approaches the ring, Michael Tarver is shown hopping the barricade, which leads to Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Heath Slater, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, & Skip Sheffield all hopping the barricade and the wild pack of former Rookies devastate and dismantle Luke Gallows before assaulting CM Punk and tossing Punk into the steel steps at ringside. The former Rookies then set their sights on the WWE Champion, John Cena, as the eight Rookies maliciously beat down Cena before moving their devastation to the outside where Skip Sheffield levels Matt Striker with a boot to the face before Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel assault and leave Jerry Lawler laid out. Skip Sheffield then turns the entire announce table over on top of the Hall of Famer. Darren Young then kicks in a section of the ringside barricade and lays out the WWE Timekeeper Mark Yeaton. The former Rookies then turn their attention to RAW Ring Announcer Justin Roberts as they rip the shirt off of Roberts and Daniel Bryan then strangles the Ring Announcer with his own tie. The systematic destruction by the Rookies then continues as the eight assailants completely rip apart the ring before setting their sights back to John Cena. CM Punk tried to bring an end to the insanity and relentless destruction by trying to stop the uprising, but CM Punk is beat down by the eight former Rookies and sent out of the ring. The unrelenting group of assailants then dismantle John Cena and, with Cena down, Daniel Bryan screams at the WWE Champion that Cena “is not better” than him before spitting in the face of Cena and delivering a vile kick to Cena’s skull. The leader of the revolution, Wade Barrett, then lays Cena out to allow Justin Gabriel to hit the 450 Splash. With a look of hate on their faces, the contingent finally exits the arena as EMT’s rush to the ring to attend to John Cena as other crew members pull the announce table off of Jerry Lawler and check on Lawler, as well as Matt Striker, Justin Roberts, and the other helpless victims of the contingent’s brutal and unreal assault. The EMT’s then load John Cena onto a stretcher and roll the WWE Champion out of the arena as John Cena instills a small glimmer of hope as he gives a thumbs up. After such an unspeakable crime against the WWE, what is the status of all of the victims of the eight assailants? What has caused these eight former Rookies to launch such a heinous and unforeseeable strike against the WWE?