One night after a brutal, controversial, and unforgettable WWE Hell in a Cell, the 906th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW would feel the fallout as RAW would come to you, live, from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, KS. One night after two fans jumped the barricade and ultimately cost him his match against Wade Barrett, John Cena would make his first appearance on RAW since his loss resulted in Cena being forced to join The Nexus! After emerging from Hell in a Cell still the WWE Champion, Randy Orton would make an appearance on RAW just one night after surviving a punishing Hell in a Cell Match against Sheamus! After retaining the United States Title in a unique and grueling first-ever Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match against The Miz and John Morrison by forcing The Miz to tap out yet again, the still United States Champion Daniel Bryan would make an appearance on RAW! One week after going berserk and destroying the anonymous RAW General Manager’s laptop and one night after defeating Jack Swagger in an impromptu match made by the GM, the anonymous GM has ordered Edge to issue a public “apology” to the General Manager for his actions last week! Also, the star of the upcoming movie, “Jackass 3D”, which opens on October 15, Johnny Knoxville will make a special appearance as the Guest Star of RAW!
- Evan Bourne & Mark Henry (with John Cena) def. John Cena & Michael Tarver (The Nexus) by Mark Henry pinning Michael Tarver following the World’s Strongest Slam.
- Natalya def. Alicia Fox by submission to the Sharpshooter.
- Non-Title: Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus by DQ after Sheamus ignores the referee’s five count.
- Non-Title: The Bella Twins def. "Co-Unified Divas Champions" LayCool by Bella rolling up Michelle McCool.
- #1 Contender’s 20-Man Battle Royal for the WWE Title: Wade Barrett def. John Cena, Sheamus, John Morrison, R-Truth, Ted DiBiase, The Miz, The Hart Dynasty, Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Primo, Zack Ryder, Darren Young, William Regal, Evan Bourne, & Mark Henry to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title.
One night after two fans jumped the barricade and led to Wade Barrett defeating John Cena, forcing Cena to join The Nexus, the show kicks off with The Nexus as Wade Barrett reminds the fans that he was “victorious” over John Cena at WWE Hell in a Cell and that he will bring out the “newest member” of The Nexus shortly! Barrett then reveals that he has identified the two men who interfered in his match against John Cena at WWE Hell in a Cell and those two men are former NXT Season Two Rookies Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty! Barrett then states that he did not ask either man to get involved as he “barely knows” either of them and assures everyone that they are not a part of The Nexus! Barrett then states that he did not need any “help” in defeating John Cena before asking his Nexus teammates why they jeopardized his match by coming out during his match the previous night! Barrett tells his group that he does not want to hear it, at least not at that moment, because their appearance is about inducting the newest member of The Nexus as Barrett introduces John Cena! A visibly unhappy John Cena them comes out, with no entrance music and none of the typical fanfare associated with the arrival of Cena! Cena enters the ring and Wade Barrett tells Cena that he knows that Cena is a man of his word before stating that it is the “best thing” that could have ever happened to Cena! Nexus member Michael Tarver then states that Cena made jokes about him and put his hands on Tarver on many occasions and even tried to “threaten” his livelihood! Tarver then asks Cena “who’s laughing now?” before shouting at Cena that he “failed”, but Tarver is calmed down by Wade Barrett! Tarver then hands Cena the signature armband of The Nexus! Cena then takes off his “Cenation” armband and hesitantly put The Nexus armband on in its place! Heath Slater then informs John Cena that they have come up with a prepared statement for him to read as his thoughts of joining The Nexus and that Cena “will” read! Cena then reads the statement that says that he “acknowledges” that he is a member of The Nexus and that “any enemy” of The Nexus is now an “enemy” of his! Cena continues to read the statement that reads that he hopes that the fans will continue to support him because others are “either Nexus or against us”! Wade Barrett then informs that Cena is going to have his first match as a member of The Nexus and he is going to help them “teach” Evan Bourne & Mark Henry a “lesson” about their recent fight against The Nexus! A smile would then show on the face of John Cena as Wade Barrett informs Cena he can select the member of The Nexus he wants to team with and Cena would select Michael Tarver as his partner!
By orders of Nexus leader Wade Barrett, the opening match of the night would see The Nexus’ newest, and most reluctant, member, John Cena, team with one of his new teammates, Michael Tarver to face two of the anti-Nexus crusaders, Evan Bourne & Mark Henry! During the match, John Cena’s smile earlier on when selecting his partner was given a reason as, Cena would stay on the apron while Michael Tarver competed in the match and Cena would extend his hand for a tag, but when Tarver would look for a tag, Cena would retract his hand, leaving Tarver in the ring to be tortured by Evan Bourne & Mark Henry! In the end, Michael Tarver would go for a tag to John Cena, but Cena would refuse the tag and would drop off of the apron and sign autographs for the fans, leading to Tarver getting planted by the World’s Strongest Slam by Mark Henry en route to Evan Bourne & Mark Henry picking up the win!
After the match, John Cena makes his own statement about being the newest member of The Nexus by saying that he plans on doing “one thing” as a part of The Nexus and that is “destroying it from within” before proclaiming that he can both be “Nexus and against us”! Cena would then knock his Nexus teammate, Michael Tarver, out of the ring with a microphone shot to the head! Cena would then set up the steel steps on the outside before slamming Tarver spine-first onto the steel steps twice in a row before throwing Tarver into the ring and locking in his STF on Tarver! The assault would then cease when the anonymous General Manager of RAW chimes in with an email that announces that, per the stipulations of his match against Wade Barrett, is Cena lost then he would be forced to join The Nexus and, as a member of The Nexus, he must listen to the leader of the group, Wade Barrett, for if he does not, then the GM will “terminate” his WWE contract, meaning that Cena would be fired if he does not comply! A visibly upset John Cena would then slowly leave the ring! Now that he is forced to listen to Nexus leader Wade Barrett or be fired, what will become of John Cena? Will John Cena reluctantly follow the rule of Wade Barrett or will Cena take his chances with being fired?
The Divas were in action on RAW as, one night after losing to Michelle McCool via disqualification, retaining the Unified Divas Title for McCool, Natalya was in action on RAW as Natalya dominated Alicia Fox, making quick work of Fox by making her tap out to the Sharpshooter! What is next for Natalya? Will her disqualification win over Michelle McCool at WWE Hell in a Cell earn her another shot at the Unified Divas Title?
Eleven nights before his movie, “Jackass 3D”, opens in theaters, notorious stuntman and daredevil Johnny Knoxville made an appearance backstage as Knoxville pulled the giant high-five prank on Zack Ryder!
Backstage, John Cena is being interviewed about the decree of the anonymous RAW General Manager where he either follows the rule of Wade Barrett or gets fired, but the interview is cut short when Cena spots Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty! Cena chases Harris & McGillicutty into the locker room of The Nexus and, as the two NXT Season Two Rookies leave, Wade Barrett tells John Cena that there is a lot they need to “talk about” and that he has “big plans” for Cena’s “future”! What does Wade Barrett have in store for his newest recruit, John Cena? What does Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty have to do with Wade Barrett’s “big plans”?
One night after just failing to win the WWE Title from Randy Orton inside Hell in a Cell, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with still United States Champion Daniel Bryan just one night after Bryan’s victory in a grueling Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match! An angry Sheamus would pummel Daniel Bryan with repeated knee shots to the skull of the United States Champion, leaving the referee no option by to disqualify Sheamus! After the match, Sheamus would plant Daniel Bryan with the Irish Cross! What is next for Sheamus now that he lost his rematch for the WWE Title?
One week after going berserk and destroying the laptop that the anonymous RAW General Manager uses to communicate his decisions, Edge would appear to make a “public apology”, as ordered by the GM! Before Edge comes out to make his apology, the anonymous GM states that, due to Edge’s actions last week, he will not speak with his voice electronically altered! Instead, he will have his emails read by the “voice of the WWE” Michael Cole as has been done in the past! Via Michael Cole, the anonymous GM reveals that he will hear Edge’s apology and then he will have a “major announcement” regarding the WWE Championship! Edge would then come and enter the ring before saying that he will not apologize for his actions because he is on a “personal crusade against all things stupid”! Edge continues that having a GM that runs a show via a laptop is “stupid” and that Michael Cole has been the “personification of stupid since 1997” and that he would rather listen to a “recording” of legendary announcer Jim Ross than a “live” Michael Cole! Edge then states that, if the GM thinks he has an “attitude” now, then the GM should wait until he is WWE Champion! The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes in with an email that Michael Cole is pleased to read as the GM reveals that the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title will be determined via a 20-Man Over-The-Top Rope Challenge with the winner challenging Randy Orton for the WWE Title in three weeks’ time at WWE Bragging Rights! The GM then informs Edge that he will not compete in the Battle Royal, because he has “officially traded” Edge to SmackDown! Edge responds by saying that it is the “greatest night of his career” because he no longer has to deal with a “gutless GM” or Michael Cole, who Edge calls a “tool”! An angry Michael Cole states that his “Cole Miners” love him and, now that he is the “official voice of the WWE”, Edge needs to treat him with some “respect”! Edge responds by asking Cole if it would be “respectful” if he left RAW on a “high note” by spearing him into “next week”, but Edge is interrupted by Michael Cole’s favorite Superstar, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, with his “apprentice” Alex Riley! Miz calls Michael Cole a “visionary” because Cole recognized his “awesomeness” before anyone else before telling Michael Cole that it is “okay”, prompting Cole to head back to the announce position! Edge would then call The Miz an “Edge wannabe” as Miz has a “one word name”, wears a trench coat to the ring, is a Money-in-the-Bank winner, and was using the word “awesomeness” while Miz was still in high school “popping zits”! The Miz says that they are nothing alike and Edge agrees, saying that they are not alike, because he has been WWE Champion and he has had a wedding, been divorced, and had a “live celebration”, but he has not even seen The Miz successfully “talk” to a woman, unless they “count” Alex Riley! Alex Riley says that Edge is the one with the “long hair and the pouty lips” and proclaims that The Miz is “awesome”! Edge responds by saying that it is “weird” that Riley noticed his lips before saying that The Miz is “awesome”; “awesome at tapping out to Daniel Bryan”! Miz responds by saying that Edge and the fans’ efforts to “agitate” him will not work and that, in three weeks’ time, he will either be challenging for the WWE Title or leading Team RAW to victory in the RAW Vs. SmackDown main event! Edge then responds by calling Miz “the WWE’s biggest jackass” before attacking The Miz and Alex Riley! Edge would proceed to deliver a Spear to Alex Riley, but The Miz would come from behind and plant Edge with the Skull Crushing Finale! Now that Edge has been traded to SmackDown, what awaits Edge when he returns to Friday nights?
Backstage, Wade Barrett tells John Cena that he planned to get rid of Michael Tarver anyways, so Cena did him a favor! Barrett then orders to Cena to help him win the 20-Man Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE Title! David Otunga then steps in and, much to the chagrin of Wade Barrett, says that, if Barrett gets eliminated, then Cena would help the other Nexus members! Wade Barrett then tells John Cena that he will help him win the Battle Royal or he will be fired! With a shot at being the #1 Contender for the WWE Title on the line, will John Cena help Nexus leader Wade Barrett win the WWE Title opportunity?
The self-proclaimed “co-Unified Divas Champions” LayCool would be in action on RAW and, complete with calling their own match via headsets, Layla & Michelle McCool would face The Bella Twins in tag team action! During the self-called match, The Bella Twins would pull their patented switch and one of the Bellas would roll up Michelle McCool to pick up the upset win over LayCool!
After pulling the big high-five prank on Ted DiBiase & Maryse, Guest Star Johnny Knoxville would come out and quickly promote “Jackass 3D” before leaving, but Knoxville would then be conftonted by the reason for his hastiness in Ted DiBiase & Maryse! Knoxville then makes a couple of jokes about Ted DiBiase, prompting DiBiase to slap the Guest Star and force Knoxville to pass out while in the Million Dollar Dream! After assaulting the Guest Star, the message, “you are mine” appears on the big screen as a follow up to the mysterious messages of the last couple of weeks! The one and only Goldust would then appear behind DiBiase & Maryse and would lay DiBiase out with the Final Cut before telling both DiBiase & Maryse that he does not “want” them, but instead drops to his knees and tells the Million Dollar Title that he “wants” the golden Million Dollar Championship! How will Ted DiBiase respond to Goldust having possession of his Million Dollar Title?
Backstage, Nexus member David Otunga confronts The Nexus’ newest member, John Cena, and tells Cena that Nexus is “not all bad” and says that Wade Barrett can be “demanding”, but they can “make this work” before telling Cena that if Cena needs to “talk”, then Otunga is there! Will John Cena take David Otunga up on his offer? Is David Otunga sincere in his opening up to John Cena?
Then it was time for the main event as twenty RAW Superstars would compete in a 20-Man Over-The-Top Rope Battle Royal to determine the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title and will challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Title at WWE Bragging Rights in three weeks’ time and the competitors in the Battle Royal would be the man who lost his rematch for the WWE Title inside Hell in a Cell in “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus, as well as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, John Morrison, R-Truth, Evan Bourne, Mark Henry, The Hart Dynasty, Ted DiBiase, Primo, Zack Ryder, Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, William Regal, former Nexus member Darren Young, Nexus leader Wade Barrett, and Nexus members David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, and The Nexus’ most recent and reluctant member, John Cena! Sheamus would start out strong in the Battle Royal, eliminating both Evan Bourne and The Hart Dynasty’s David Hart Smith almost as soon as the match began! The newest member of The Nexus, John Cena, would then eliminate William Regal! The Miz would then eliminate Santino Marella from the Battle Royal, followed by Mark Henry eliminating both Zack Ryder and Primo! During the match, Mark Henry would hoist Nexus leader Wade Barrett up and would be set to eliminate Barrett, but John Cena would help Barrett get back to his feet and, as Cena watched, Barrett and the rest of The Nexus would eliminate Mark Henry! After the elimination, the rest of The Nexus would get in the face of John Cena over not helping to eliminate Mark Henry and Cena would grab David Otunga and eliminate him (technically not going against Wade Barrett’s orders since Barrett told Cena to help him win! The Nexus would follow this up by Wade Barrett eliminating Vladimir Kozlov and Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel eliminating their former teammate, Darren Young! The Nexus numbers would then begin to dwindle when John Morrison managed to eliminate Heath Slater and Morrison would follow that up by eliminating the other half of The Hart Dynasty, Tyson Kidd and Morrison would then eliminate his former tag team partner, The Miz! R-Truth would then eliminate Justin Gabriel, leaving only Wade Barrett & John Cena representing The Nexus in the match! The next elimination would see Ted DiBiase eliminate R-Truth followed by Wade Barrett eliminating Ted DiBiase! Then it was down to the final four as Wade Barrett, John Cena, Sheamus, & John Morrison were left in the Battle Royal! John Morrison would then find himself eliminated after the momentum of his kick to the head of Wade Barrett sent Morrison to the floor! With only three Superstars left, John Cena would eliminate Sheamus, leaving only Nexus leader Wade Barrett and his newest recruit John Cena! With only the two of them left, Wade Barrett would order John Cena to eliminate himself so Wade Barrett could become the new #1 Contender! Faced with listening to the orders of Wade Barrett or being fired, John Cena would be left with no other option but to eliminate himself, meaning that Wade Barrett is the #1 Contender for the WWE Title and will challenge Randy Orton for the gold at WWE Bragging Rights! After the match, WWE Champion Randy Orton would come out and come face-to-face with his new #1 Contender, Wade Barrett! In three weeks’ time at WWE Bragging Rights, will Nexus leader walk out as the WWE Champion or can Randy Orton survive the threat of Wade Barrett and the possible interference of The Nexus? What role will John Cena play at the event now that he is forced to listen to Wade Barrett’s orders or be fired?