Thirteen days before WWE Bragging Rights, the 907th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the KeyArena at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. One week after being given the ultimatum by the anonymous RAW General Manager to obey the orders of his new leader, Nexus leader Wade Barrett or be fired and, as a result, helping Wade Barrett become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title with a shot at the gold at WWE Bragging Rights, John Cena would spend his second week as an unwilling member of The Nexus! On SmackDown, it was revealed that Big Show will serve as the Team Captain for Team SmackDown in the 7-on-7 RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Tag Match and, on RAW, the Team Captain for Team RAW would be revealed!
- Team RAW Qualifying Match: R-Truth (with Goldust) def. Ted DiBiase by pin following the Lie Detector to become a member of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
- Team RAW Qualifying Match: John Morrison def. Tyson Kidd by pin following a back flip STO to become a member of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
- Team RAW Qualifying Match: Santino Marella def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Cobra Strike to become a member of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
- Non-Title: Randy Orton def. Justin Gabriel by pin following the RKO.
- Team RAW Qualifying Match: Non-Title: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Brogue Kick to become a member of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
- Team RAW Qualifying Match: CM Punk (in his return to RAW) def. Evan Bourne by pin following the GTS to become a member of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
- Team RAW Captain Qualifying Match: No DQ: The Miz (with Alex Riley, Husky Harris, & Michael McGillicutty) def. John Cena by pin following the Husky Senton by Husky Harris to become the Captain of Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match.
One week after being left no choice but to help his new leader, Wade Barrett, become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Title, the show kicks off with the newest, and most reluctant, recruit into The Nexus, John Cena! Cena says that, last week, he heard the fans chant something that he had never heard before as they chanted Cena’s decree, “never give up”! Cena states that he will “never give up”, but he did make a “deal” at WWE Hell in a Cell where, if he lost to Wade Barrett, he would become a member of The Nexus, and as a member of The Nexus, he must listen to the orders of Wade Barrett or be fired from the entire WWE! Cena then states that the WWE is what he “lives for” before telling the fans that they may see him do some things that they do not want to see him do and that he does not “want” to do them, but he knows the “type of guy” that Wade Barrett is! However, John Cena is then interrupted by “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, along with his “apprentice”, Alex Riley, as Miz states that he has taken it upon himself to captain Team RAW for the RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Tag Match against Big Show and Team SmackDown! Miz then states that he does not pick his teammates by judging them “personally” before offering John Cena a spot on Team RAW! Miz states that they could avenge their loss in last year’s Bragging Rights Tag Match and give RAW “bragging rights”! Cena responds by stating that The Miz serving as Team Captain of RAW is “ridiculous”, saying Miz leading Team RAW would be a “disaster” before saying that he has “nothing” else going on at WWE Bragging Rights, so he might as well be Team Captain! Nexus leader Wade Barrett then interrupts and states that he does “not care” about RAW or SmackDown, because all he cares about is The Nexus and the WWE Title before telling John Cena that he needs Cena’s “complete, undivided attention” on “one thing only” at Bragging Rights, to be in his corner when he challenges Randy Orton for the WWE Title before telling Cena to “forget about” any ideas of being on Team RAW! Cena brings up being on Team RAW and being in Barrett’s corner, but Barrett sternly tells Cena that he will be in his corner before asking if Cena is going to “disobey” his orders! The Miz’s personally signed “apprentice”, Alex Riley, interrupts and states that The Miz might cash in his Money-in-the-Bank contract after the WWE Title match at Bragging Rights and become the WWE Champion! Miz then snatches the microphone from Alex Riley and states that he could lead Team RAW to victory and win the WWE Title! The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes in with an email that, as read by Michael Cole, states that, while John Cena “answers” to Wade Barrett, Barrett and everyone on the RAW Roster “answers” to him! The GM then announces that there will be a series of matches to determine who will be a part of Team RAW and, as far as the Team Captain goes, he does not want a team that suffers from “jealousy” and has the “potential for betrayal” like last year before announcing that the main event will determine who will serve Team RAW as the Team Captain as John Cena will go one-on-one with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz! Miz then states that he will be Team Captain of RAW and he might cash in his title opportunity at Bragging Rights and become WWE Champion! Miz then gets in the face of Wade Barrett and tells that there is “nothing” that Barrett can do about it and Barrett responds by headbutting The Miz, sparking a two-on-one beatdown from The Miz & Alex Riley and, after watching the beatdown take place for a couple of minutes, John Cena would respond to Barrett requesting his help by sending The Miz packing out of the ring and planting Alex Riley with the Attitude Adjustment, but Wade Barrett would still get in the face of Cena and shout at his newest recruit! Who will be the Team Captain of Team RAW when John Cena goes one-on-one with The Miz in the main event? How will Wade Barrett respond if John Cena does captain Team RAW?
One week after having his Million Dollar Title taken away from him by Goldust, “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase would go one-one with R-Truth with the winner earning a spot on Team RAW in the RAW Vs. SmackDown Bragging Rights Tag Match! During the match, Goldust would appear on the stage, with his NXT Rookie Diva Aksana, with the Million Dollar Title on his shoulder! Goldust’s presence would ultimately cost Ted DiBiase the match as R-Truth would hit the Lie Detector on DiBiase en route to picking up the win and become a member of Team RAW for the Bragging Rights Tag Match! How will Ted DiBiase respond to Goldust’s distraction? Who else will be on Team RAW?
Then it was time to determine the second member of Team RAW as “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison would go one-on-one with one-half of The Hart Dynasty, Tyson Kidd, in a match that was originally slated to be a Triple Threat Match also involving Kidd’s tag partner, David Hart Smith, but Smith was nowhere to be found! At the end of a high-flying and competitive match, it was John Morrison hitting a jaw-dropping back flip STO on Tyson Kidd en route to picking up the win and becoming the second Superstar to join Team RAW in the Bragging Rights Tag Match! Who else will join Team RAW?
Backstage, Nexus members David Otunga, Heath Slater, & Justin Gabriel try and get answers out of Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty over their interference at WWE Hell in a Cell and what they are getting out of it, but Nexus leader Wade Barrett comes in and tells Harris & McGillicutty to “take a walk” before telling David Otunga he will go one-on-one with WWE Champion Randy Orton, but Otunga delegates his match to Justin Gabriel, who gladly accepts the task to face Randy Orton one-on-one with David Otunga & Heath Slater in Gabriel’s corner! What awaits Randy Orton when he faces Justin Gabriel with David Otunga & Heath Slater lurking at ringside?
Then it was time to determine the third member of Team RAW as Santino Marella would go one-on-one with “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! In the end, it was Santino Marella hitting the Cobra Strike en route to picking up the win and becoming a member of Team RAW! After the match, Santino’s recent love interest, Tamina, would come out and would overpower Santino in their celebration over Santino’s win!
Thirteen nights before he defends the WWE Title against Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, WWE Champion Randy Orton would go one-on-one with Nexus member Justin Gabriel, with fellow Nexus members David Otunga & Heath Slater in his corner in a non-title match! Early in the match, Randy Orton would find himself on the outside of the ring with David Otunga & Heath Slater and Orton would land a kick on Otunga before the referee steps in and orders Otunga & Slater to leave the ringside area! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Randy Orton coming out of nowhere with the RKO on Justin Gabriel en route to picking up the win!
Then it was time to determine the fourth member of Team RAW as, in a rematch from last week, Washington’s own United States Champion Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with former WWE Champion, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus in a non-title match! Despite an incredible fight by Daniel Bryan, it was Sheamus blasting Bryan with the Brogue Kick en route to picking up the win and securing his spot on Team RAW! With R-Truth, John Morrison, Santino Marella, and, now, Sheamus on Team RAW, who else will fill out the team? Who will be the Team Captain, John Cena or The Miz?
After it was announced on last week’s RAW by the anonymous RAW General Manager that Edge was traded to SmackDown, the Superstar that was traded to RAW in exchange for Edge was revealed to be none other than a three time World Heavyweight Champion and former leader of The Straightedge Society, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk!
Following the big announcement that he was traded to RAW in exchange for Edge going to SmackDown, RAW’s newest acquisition, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk would go one-on-one with Evan Bourne, with the winner earning the fifth spot on Team RAW! In the end, it was CM Punk hitting the GTS on Evan Bourne en route to picking up an impressive win over Bourne to become the fifth Superstar to join Team RAW! After the match, CM Punk would knock Evan Bourne to the outside where Punk would viciously assault Bourne, hurling the high-flyer into the barricade twice and sending Bourne shoulder-first into the steel ring post before locking in the Anaconda Vice on Bourne on the outside of the ring, refusing to relinquish the hold until referees were finally able to get Punk to release it! What was the reason for CM Punk’s attack on Evan Bourne? What awaits CM Punk now that he is back on RAW?
Eight nights after finding herself disqualified as a result of Layla’s interference, keeping her from winning the Unified Divas Title, the #1 Contender for the Unified Divas Title, Natalya, made an appearance on RAW and called LayCool as “cheap” as the heels that Layla threw at her at WWE Hell in a Cell! Natalya then states that, in two weeks at Bragging Rights, all LayCool will be throwing is a “temper tantrum” after she wins the Unified Divas Title! Natalya is then interrupted by the self-proclaimed “co-Unified Divas Champions” Layla & Michelle McCool as LayCool tells Natalya that Natalya has more “courage” than any other Diva coming out there in high definition, meaning everyone can see Natalya’s “flaws” and insults Natalya by saying the second-generation competitor has the same facial hair as her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart! Natalya responds by calling LayCool the most “annoying” Divas in the WWE before saying that LayCool is only confirming that their “IQs” is lower than their “non-existent waistlines”! LayCool then proclaims that they are the “greatest Divas in WWE history” before mocking Natalya’s uncle, Hall of Famer Bret Hart, by saying they are “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be” before saying that all the Divas “love” them, just like Natalya will after Bragging Rights before LayCool exits the ring! However, the self-proclaimed “co-Unified Divas Champions” would find themselves faced with Melina, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, & The Bella Twins as the group of Divas back LayCool up before throwing Layla into the ring where Natalya nearly locks the Sharpshooter in on Layla, but Michelle McCool would pull Layla out of the ring before escaping through the crowd! Can Natalya dethrone LayCool by winning the Unified Divas Title at Bragging Rights? Which member of LayCool will defend the gold?
Then it was time for the main event as the Captain of Team RAW would be determined as John Cena would go one-on-one with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, with The Miz’s “apprentice”, Alex Riley, in his corner, in a No Disqualification Match with the winner being named Team Captain! After fending off frequent interference by Alex Riley and was seemingly closing in on a victory when Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty would enter the ring and McGillicutty would hit a swinging neckbreaker on John Cena, followed by Harris hitting the Husky Senton on Cena that would allow The Miz to pick up the win to become the Captain of Team RAW! After the match, John Cena would fend off Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty, but Wade Barrett would pull John Cena off of them before the anonymous General manager of RAW chimes in with an email that makes the big announcement that, next week on RAW, Harris & McGillicutty would compete in their first tag team match together on RAW as they would face the team of John Cena and the WWE Champion Randy Orton! Following the GM’s announcement, Nexus leader Wade Barrett announces that if John Cena and Randy Orton lose, then he will officially induct Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty into The Nexus! Wade Barrett then tells John Cena to “do the right thing” next week before goading Cena by saying that Cena refusing to hit him has “nothing to do” with getting fired by the anonymous GM, because Cena is “scared” of Wade Barrett and is a “coward” before saying that Cena is “afraid” that Barrett would “embarrass” him like he did at WWE Hell in a Cell! The brash Wade Barrett continues to taunt John Cena by turning his back to Cena and saying that Cena does not have the “guts” to do anything about it before calling Cena “pathetic” and “a total and utter disgrace”! A defeated and downtrodden John Cena would leave the ring, but Wade Barrett would “order” Cena to stop and turn around so Barrett could mock Cena by telling Cena “you can’t see me”! After two weeks of being embarrassed by Wade Barrett without the ability to do anything about it, how much more can John Cena take? Will John Cena continue to take the embarrassment in order to keep his job or will Cena choose his pride over his passion?