Just six nights before WWE Night of Champions, the Season Premiere of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. On the unpredictable Season Premiere, RAW would see the return of RAW Roulette as, after three years, the spin of a wheel will determine the fates of the RAW Superstars and Divas in their matches! Six nights before they are two of five challengers for the WWE Title in the Six Pack Challenge at Night of Champions, two former WWE Champions would face off as John Cena would go one-on-one with familiar adversary, “The Viper” Randy Orton! The Season Premiere of RAW would also feature a special Guest Star as Chad Ochocinco, the star of his own reality series on VH1, “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” and the wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, would come to his team’s hometown to appear on RAW!
- Submission Match: Daniel Bryan def. Alex Riley (substituting for The Miz) by submission the LeBell Lock.
- Body Slam Challenge: Edge def. Evan Bourne
- Body Slam Challenge: Mark Henry def. Edge
- Song & Dance Contest: R-Truth & Eve Torres def. Ted DiBiase & Maryse
- Falls Count Anywhere: Non-Title: Sheamus (with Chris Jericho) def. John Morrison by pin on the stage following a chair shot by Chris Jericho.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Steel Cage Match: Chris Jericho def. The Hart Dynasty by Tyson Kidd tapping to Chris Jericho’s Walls of Jericho; As a result, Chris Jericho was re-added to the Six Pack Elimination Challenge Match for the WWE Title at Night of Champions.
- Trading Places Match: Goldust (dressed as William Regal) def. William Regal (dressed as Goldust) by pin following a brass knuckles shot.
- Tables Match: Randy Orton (with Sheamus, Edge, Chris Jericho, Wade Barrett, & The Nexus) def. John Cena (with Sheamus, Edge, Chris Jericho, Wade Barrett, & The Nexus)
Before the show officially gets underway, the RAW Roulette wheel is shown backstage with John Cena & Randy Orton standing in front of it as the wheel full of various match types would determine what type of match Cena and Orton would have in the main event and, after Cena brought in his “Lady Luck”, Eve Torres, to spin the wheel, the wheel lands on a Tables Match; the same type of match that Cena lost back in December when Sheamus first won the WWE Title! Who will win in a clash between former WWE Champions in a Tables Match?
The show then officially kicks off with the Guest Star of RAW as the star of the reality series, “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” and the starting wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Ochocinco makes his appearance in the hometown of the Bengals! Ochocinco welcomes everyone to the Season Premiere of RAW and states that he is the most “handsome” Guest Star that RAW has ever had and states that RAW is going to be “exciting” before Ochocinco is interrupted by “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” & United States Champion The Miz! The fellow Ohioan states that the Bengals are Ochocinco’s team and RAW is The Miz’s show! The Miz then compares the accomplishments of the two of them before saying that himself and Ochocinco are nothing alike because he is a “champion” and stating that the Bengals will “never” be champions! Ochocinco responds by vowing that the Bengals will win the Super Bowl! The Miz then states that the only thing that he has seen Ochocinco and teammate Terrell Owens do is leave before stating that both Ochocinco and the Bengals are “overrated”! The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes with an email that brings a halt to the argument as the GM reveals that it is time to reveal what kind of non-title match The Miz will compete in on RAW and the wheel reveals that The Miz would compete in a Submission Match! The anonymous GM’s email then reads that, while the RAW Roulette wheel has determined the type of match The Miz will compete in, the GM is letting Chad Ochocinco select The Miz’s opponent in the Submission Match and Ochocinco wastes no time in selecting Miz’s Night of Champions opponent, Daniel Bryan!
After the RAW Roulette wheel selected a Submission Match and Guest Star Chad Ochocinco selected his opponent, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” & United States Champion The Miz, with his “apprentice” Alex Riley in his corner, would go one-on-one with his Night of Champions opponent, Daniel Bryan, in a non-title Submission Match! In the middle of the match, The Miz narrowly escapes being locked in the LeBell Lock by Daniel Bryan and rolls to the outside before grabbing a microphone and claiming he has a “hernia”! The Miz then orders his “apprentice”, Alex Riley, to substitute for him in the match, but Daniel Bryan makes quick work of the former Rookie, forcing Riley to tap out to the LeBell Lock! After the match, The Miz rushes in the ring and attacks Daniel Bryan and delivers a vile kick to the head of Bryan before rubbing Bryan’s face in the United States Title belt! The Miz would then set up for the Skull Crushing Finale on the United States Title belt, but Daniel Bryan would counter and lock in the LeBell Lock on The Miz, forcing Miz to tap out once again! Daniel Bryan has proven the last couple of weeks that he can make The Miz tap out, but can Bryan force The Miz to tap out this Sunday at Night of Champions to win the United States Title?
Six nights before he is one of five challengers for the WWE Title at Night of Champions, “The Rated R Superstar” Edge would go one-on-one with the high-flying Evan Bourne in, as determined by the RAW Roulette wheel, a Body Slam Challenge! Despite putting up a good fight, Evan Bourne would end up being slammed by Edge to earn Edge the win! After the match, Edge would lay Evan Bourne out with the Spear, prompting the anonymous General Manager of RAW to chime in with an email that reveals that Edge will compete in another Body Slam Challenge, but this time it would be against “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry! As expected, Mark Henry was able to easily slam Edge to pick up the win!
As determined by the RAW Roulette wheel, there would be the first ever Song & Dance Match as R-Truth & Eve Torres would face “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase & Maryse in the unique match where one teammate would sing and the other would dance with the fans determining the winners! First up was R-Truth & Eve Torres and Eve Torres would do the dancing while R-Truth would rap his new song, “Right Time” and the crowd clearly preferred R-Truth & Eve Torres over Ted DiBiase & Maryse as DiBiase did his best to sing the song “My Way”! After losing the competition, Ted DiBiase & Maryse would attack R-Truth & Eve Torres, but Truth & Eve would fight back and send DiBiase & Maryse packing!
Backstage, William Regal discovers that he will be in a Trading Places Match, a match where a Superstar must dress like their opponent, against none other than “The Bizarre One” Goldust! WWE Champion Sheamus then confronts Guest Star Chad Ochocinco in front of the wheel as Ochocinco informs Sheamus that the anonymous General Manager has put Sheamus in a non-title match against John Morrison and, if Morrison beats Sheamus, then Morrison would take the spot formerly held by Chris Jericho in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions and, with a spin of the RAW Roulette wheel, it would be determined that the match would be Falls Count Anywhere! Sheamus would then insult Chad Ochocinco and the Cincinnati Bengals before exiting! Can Sheamus defeat John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere Match or will John Morrison defeat Sheamus and earn a spot in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title?
Then it was time for WWE Champion Sheamus to go one-on-one with “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison in a non-title Falls Count Anywhere Match where, if John Morrison wins, he will take the spot formerly held by Chris Jericho in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! In an incredible Falls Count Anywhere Match, John Morrison looked to be closing in on a major win after diving off of the top of the lower big screen on the RAW set onto Sheamus only to get a near fall, but after getting the near fall, Chris Jericho would come out and blast Morrison on the back with a steel chair, allowing Sheamus to pick up the win and keep Morrison out of the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! Will there be a sixth Superstar added to the Six Pack Challenge or will there be a Five Pack Challenge for the WWE Title this Sunday at Night of Champions?
After costing John Morrison his match that would earn Morrison his former spot in the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title, Chris Jericho would take a seat in the middle of the ring and would state that he is not going anywhere until he gets what he wants and he will sit there all night if he has to! Jericho then explains that what he wants is to be reinserted into the Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions and if the anonymous RAW General Manager does not chime in with an email announcing just that, then he will quit and go home, but not before exposing the identity of the anonymous General Manager! The anonymous GM then chimes with an email that reads that he/she does not like “ultimatums” and there is “no chance” that he will respond to the ultimatum, “no chance in hell”! Chris Jericho then scoffs at the idea of the anonymous GM being WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon before the anonymous GM chimes in with another email that announces that the Six Pack Challenge will now be a Six Pack Elimination Challenge and that Chris Jericho is back in the match! Chris Jericho then interrupts the reading of the GM’s email to proclaim that he will become the WWE Champion this Sunday at Night of Champions! The anonymous GM would then chime in to continue the reading of the email as it was announced that Chris Jericho would be placed back in the Six Pack Elimination Challenge for the WWE Title, but only if he can defeat the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty in a 2-on-1 Handicap Steel Cage Match that will take place next!
Per the orders of the anonymous General Manager of RAW, Chris Jericho would face WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty in a 2-on-1 Handicap Steel Cage Match where, if Chris Jericho manages to win, he will be reinserted into the Six Pack Elimination Challenge for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! After David Hart Smith successfully escaped the cage, it came down to Chris Jericho and Tyson Kidd in the steel cage and, despite putting up a good fight, Tyson Kidd would ultimately tap out to the Walls of Jericho, placing Jericho back into the Six Pack Elimination Challenge Match for the WWE Title at Night of Champions! After overcoming the WWE Tag Team Champions to earn his spot back, can Chris Jericho win the WWE Title in the Six Pack Elimination Challenge this Sunday night?
Then it was time for the unique Trading Places Match as “The Bizarre One” Goldust, dressed as William Regal, would go one-on-one with the 2008 King of the Ring William Regal, dressed as Goldust! The uniquely entertaining match was a short one, however, as Goldust would pull a trick out of William Regal’s playbook by, unbeknownst to the referee, putting on the brass knuckles and laying Regal out with a loaded hand en route to picking up the win!
Then it was time for the main event as, six nights before they are two of five challengers for the WWE Title at the Six Pack Elimination Match at Night of Champions, two former WWE Champions would face off as John Cena would go one-on-one with familiar adversary, “The Viper” Randy Orton in a Tables Match! In the middle of the match, fellow challenger Wade Barrett & The Nexus would rush the ring and attack John Cena & Randy Orton! Orton would be able to fire back and hit the RKO on Nexus member Michael Tarver! Cena would also fire back, hitting the Attitude Adjustment on David Otunga before hurling Heath Slater over the top rope and all the way through the a table to the floor on the outside! However, Wade Barrett would then catch Cena and lay Cena out with the Barrett Wasteland! Wade Barrett would then set up a table with the intent of having Justin Gabriel put John Cena through it with the 450 Splash, but Randy Orton would shove Gabriel off of the top rope and through a table on the outside! Wade Barrett would then hit Randy Orton with a big boot, but when Barrett was set to put Orton through a table, Orton would fight back and ultimately put Wade Barrett through a table on the outside! With the Tables Match still going, John Cena and Randy Orton would continue the match, but the match would then be interrupted by Night of Champions challengers Edge & Chris Jericho, who attack Randy Orton, but Orton would be able to sidestep a Spear attempt by Edge, resulting in Edge spearing Jericho through a table set up in the corner, taking himself out in the process! Finally, WWE Champion Sheamus would come out and lay Orton out, but John Cena would attack the WWE Champion and ultimately lay Sheamus out with the Attitude Adjustment on the arena floor! John Cena would then re-enter the ring and was prepared to deliver the Attitude Adjustment to Randy Orton through a table, but Orton would counter in the middle of the move being delivered and hit the RKO to send John Cena through a table and, thus, winning the match! Randy Orton seems unstoppable, but can “The Viper” become WWE Champion this Sunday in the Six Pack Elimination Challenge for the WWE Title?