The 893rd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. After weeks of brutal and relentless attacks on a wide array of WWE employees, including John Cena, CM Punk, & Luke Gallows, as well as WWE Legends Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Michael Hayes, Dean Malenko, Mike Rotunda, Arn Anderson, Jerry “The King” Lawler, & Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and even assaulting the Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment himself, Mr. McMahon, the seemingly unstoppable group known as The Nexus will learn their fates as the anonymous General Manager of RAW will issue the verdict of The Nexus as soon as soon as RAW gets underway!
- Ted DiBiase (with Maryse) def. John Morrison by pin following the Dream Street.
- Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov def. William Regal & The Great Khali by Vladimir Kozlov pinning William Regal following the Iron Curtain.
- Randy Orton & Evan Bourne def. Edge & Chris Jericho by Evan Bourne pinning Chris Jericho following Air Bourne.
- Divas Championship: Alicia Fox (c) def. Eve Torres by pin following the Fox Kick.
Moments before they learn their fates, the ex-Rookie group known as The Nexus open the show as Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, & Michael Tarver all stand in the ring! The leader and spokesperson for The Nexus, Wade Barrett, states that, last week, he was ordered by the anonymous General Manager of RAW to line The Nexus up in the ring to face the “appropriate consequences” for their actions! Barrett then states that they can not reveal why they did what they did to WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, but says that it is part of a “much bigger picture”! Barrett then says that Mr. McMahon never had control over them and the Chairman had “no idea” what their true intentions were! Wade Barrett then hands the microphone off to Skip Sheffield, who comments on their attack last week on Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and the WWE Legends by saying that they perpetrated the attack on the WWE Legends “for fun”! Sheffield continues that they found a “loophole” in the GM’s ruling and they “exploited” it and says that, despite what they may say, the fans “loved every second” of their attack on the WWE Legends! Sheffield then states that Ricky Steamboat’s new DVD set is more interesting to the fans now than it was before their attack and says that Steamboat should be “thanking” them! The anonymous RAW General Manager then interrupts with an email, which commentator Michael Cole reads, that states that the anonymous GM has decided on the punishment for The Nexus’ attack on WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon two weeks ago! The anonymous GM then announces, through Michael Cole, that the members of The Nexus will not be able to challenge for any championship in the WWE “until further notice” and, not only that, but the ban on The Nexus making contact with RAW Superstars, and vice versa, has been lifted! After this ruling by the anonymous GM was made, it did not take long for The Nexus’ first and frequent victim, John Cena, to come out! A serious and revenge-driven Cena took his stance on the stage as the seven members of The Nexus ready themselves in the ring! Cena then states that, while they have done a lot, there is one thing that The Nexus has not done since their abrupt arrival on RAW and that is have a “fair fight”! With this, Cena is joined by Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, Evan Bourne, & The Hart Dynasty as the seven RAW Superstars make their way to the ring! However, when the RAW Superstars get closer to the ring, The Nexus flee the ring and the seven Superstars are blindsided by Sheamus, Edge, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Ted DiBiase, & The Usos! As The Nexus makes a clean getaway, the fourteen RAW Superstars engage in a brawl in the ring with John Cena, Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, Evan Bourne, & The Hart Dynasty sending the other Superstars packing! On the stage, Sheamus explains that, they do not know the agenda of The Nexus, but they “support” their actions against John Cena! Randy Orton then reminds Edge of what The Nexus did to them at WWE Fatal 4-Way! Randy Orton then says that, since they can not get their hands on The Nexus, they will finish what they started with the other Superstars on the stage! The anonymous GM then interrupts and announces, via an email read by Michael Cole, that the eight participants of the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match will be in action on RAW and that John Cena will meet Wade Barrett in the ring, but not to have a match, as the GM wants Cena and Barrett to “shake hands” and call a “truce”! After John Cena says that he will not shake Barrett’s hand, but will knock Barrett’s teeth out, the General Manager threatens that Cena shake the hand of Wade Barrett or be met with the “appropriate consequences” and also proclaims that “that’s the bottom line, because the GM says so”! Can this anonymous General Manager be who he seems to be?
The opening match of the night saw two of the eight participants in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match in action as “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison would go one-on-one with “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase! During the match, Ted DiBiase’s “companion”, Maryse, puts on the fur coat of John Morrison, which distracts Morrison and the referee long enough for Ted DiBiase to deliver a thumb to the eye of Morrison and hit Dream Street en route to picking up the win! Could Ted DiBiase add more “money” to his collection by winning the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity at WWE Money-in-the-Bank?
After weeks of recruitment, Santino Marella would finally get his wish as he would team with Vladimir Kozlov to face the team of William Regal & The Great Khali! Without Khali even having to step in the ring, Kozlov was able to plant William Regal with the Iron Curtain en route to picking up the win for himself and Santino! After the match, The Great Khali enters the ring and lays Regal out with an overhead chop to Regal’s head before the three unique RAW Superstars celebrate! Has Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, & The Great Khali formed some sort of international union?
Following the attack by The Nexus on Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and other WWE Legends on last week’s RAW, one of the WWE Legends who were attacked last week, Arn Anderson, speaks on the attack by The Nexus and the health status of Ricky Steamboat by saying that he does not know how badly hurt Steamboat is, but that the doctors are saying that it is “serious”. Arn Anderson is then confronted by WWE Champion Sheamus, who says that Arn used to be “The Enforcer”, but now he is a “pathetic old man”! Arn Anderson responds by saying that he has been a lot of things, but he has not been “blind and stupid” and warns Sheamus that, even though Sheamus is the WWE Champion, he is not “safe” and guys like him need to put their “egos” out of their way because that will prove to be their “weakness” and if the Superstars do not get on the same page, the WWE will go “up in smoke”! Sheamus says that he has “no weaknesses” and that The Nexus is “smarter” than The Four Horsemen! Arn Anderson then warns Sheamus by saying that if Sheamus and the others don’t “stop the bleeding”, then Sheamus will become a “great white shark swimming in an empty mud hole”! Sheamus then says that he does not need anyone else, because he is the WWE Champion! After trying his best to warm the cocky WWE Champion, a frustrated Arn Anderson says that Sheamus just doesn’t “get it” before walking away! Did any of Arn Anderson’s words sink in to Sheamus?
Two more of the competitors in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match were set to be in action on RAW as United States Champion The Miz would go one-on-one with the former United States Champion R-Truth, but before the match could begin, Miz blasts R-Truth in the head with a microphone before initiating a heinous assault on R-Truth’s left arm that ended with Miz snapping R-Truth’s arm over backwards over the bottom rope! As trainers help R-Truth to the backstage area, The Miz proclaims that, regardless of his opponent, he will “make it hurt”! What is the status of R-Truth following this heinous attack? What has motivated The Miz to perpetrate such a vicious attack?
“The Rated-R Superstar” Edge makes an appearance on RAW to present a special edition of The Cutting Edge with his guests, fellow Money-in-the-Bank competitors Chris Jericho & Evan Bourne! Before he brings out his guests, Edge states that The Nexus needs a “leader” and, by winning the Money-in-the-Bank contract, he can become WWE Champion again with The Nexus as his allies! Edge then introduces one of his guests, Evan Bourne, but Chris Jericho comes out and states that he does not take a “back seat” to anyone and accuses Edge of “pandering” to The Nexus before stating that, as the WWE Pro to Wade Barrett, he instilled the viciousness and determination in Barrett! Jericho then says that Edge has always “idolized” him and has tried to mimic his career and that he can not be “replaced”! Jericho then vows to win the Money-in-the-Bank contract and become champion, which sparks a fight between Edge & Chris Jericho with Jericho locking in the Walls of Jericho on Edge before Evan Bourne comes in and gets the better of the two former World Champions before exiting the ring! The anonymous GM then rings in with an email that asks the WWE fans that, if they want to see some action, give him a “hell yeah” before the anonymous GM announces that Edge & Chris Jericho will team together to face the team of Evan Bourne and his partner, “The Viper” Randy Orton!
Four of the eight competitors in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match were in tag team action as the team of “The Viper” Randy Orton & Evan Bourne would face the team of Edge & Chris Jericho! In the end, it was Edge turning on Chris Jericho and delivering the Spear to his tag team partner before leaving the ring, which allowed Evan Bourne to hit Air Bourne en route to pinning Jericho to win the match for his team! After the match, Randy Orton delivered a solid reminder of the every man for himself structure of the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match to the high-flyer by laying Evan Bourne out with the RKO! Could Randy Orton be crowned “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” in two weeks’ time at WWE Money-in-the-Bank?
Backstage, Randy Orton is confronted by Nexus members David Otunga, Heath Slater, & Michael Tarver who try to bring Randy Orton to their side and offer to beat down the WWE Champion for the winner of the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, but Orton responds by telling the three Nexus members to get out of his face!
It was announced on RAW, that in two weeks’ time at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles will be defended as Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty, will defend the titles against The Usos! Who will walk out of WWE Money-in-the-Bank as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions?
For the first time since winning the title at WWE Fatal 4-Way, Divas Champion Alicia Fox would defend her title against the former Divas Champion Eve Torres! After luring Eve Torres in by feigning an ankle injury, Alicia Fox was able to take advantage and hit the Fox Kick on Eve en route to pinning Eve and retaining the Divas Title!
It was announced on RAW that, as a result of the vicious attack by The Miz earlier in the night, R-Truth will be unable to compete in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, leaving an open spot in the match! Who will fill the spot in the RAW Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match?
Then it was time for, as ordered by the anonymous General Manager of RAW, for John Cena, the most frequent victim of the attacks by The Nexus, to stand in the ring with the leader and spokesperson of The Nexus, Wade Barrett, and shake the hand of Barrett and declare a “truce” with The Nexus spokesperson! Wade Barrett comes out first and states that everything The Nexus has done has had a “purpose” and that it is “unfortunate” that John Cena got caught up in all of it and he wants Cena to come out and shake hands with him “like men”! Being careful to keep his eye out for the other members of The Nexus, John Cena comes to the ring and gets in the ring as Wade Barrett tells John Cena that Cena is not in the “future plans” of The Nexus and says that he want to shake hands with Cena and put everything behind them because The Nexus will be there for a long time to come! Wade Barrett then states that The Nexus can make Cena’s life “very easy” or “make it a lot harder” than it already is and tells Cena that “the choice” is his! John Cena then clarifies that, if he shakes Barrett’s hand, then the attacks will stop and he needs Barrett’s “word” that the attacks will stop! Cena then extends his hand to Barrett, but retracts it when Barrett goes to shake his hand! Cena then tells Barrett that the “future” is that he takes every single member of The Nexus down and, whether he has help or not, he will “get to” every member of The Nexus and they have his “word” on it! Wade Barrett responds by saying that, what they have done to Cena in the “past” is nothing compared to what they will do to Cena in the “future” and tells Cena to either shake his hand or face “severe consequences”! Reluctantly, it looked like Cena would shake the hand of Wade Barrett, but Cena pulls Barrett in and is set to deliver the Attitude Adjustment to Barrett when the rest of The Nexus come in and attacks John Cena! As the seven members of The Nexus start to beat Cena down, Evan Bourne comes out, followed by John Morrison, and then, Mark Henry, who brings a plethora of RAW Superstars to fight off The Nexus as the Superstars of RAW send The Nexus packing! The anonymous General Manager then chimes in with an email that states that, if there is not “peace” among The Nexus and the RAW Superstars, then there will be “consequences”! After this email, John Cena locks in his STF on The Nexus member who was left behind, Darren Young! The anonymous RAW GM then chimes in again and announces that, due to Cena’s actions, Cena will face all seven members of The Nexus next week in a seven-on-one Handicap Match! After this announcement, John Cena goes off the rails as Cena beats down Darren Young before sending The Nexus member shoulder-first into the steel ring post! Cena then heads to the outside of the ring, where he takes the top half of the steel ring steps and hurls them into the head of Darren Young before sending Young careening over the announce table and turning the entire table over on The Nexus member! After proving that he can take out The Nexus one member at a time, how will The Nexus respond to John Cena’s assault on Darren Young? How will the anonymous General Manager respond to Cena’s actions?