Six nights before WWE Bragging Rights, the 908th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Pengrowth Saddledome in the historic wrestling city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After interfering in John Cena’s match against Wade Barrett at WWE Hell in a Cell and, by doing so, becoming directly responsible for Cena being forced to join The Nexus, former NXT Season Two Rookies Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty would get their opportunity to become a part of the brutal and seemingly unstoppable Nexus as Harris & McGillicutty would face the reluctant Nexus member John Cena and WWE Champion Randy Orton, just six nights before Orton defends the WWE Title against Nexus leader Wade Barrett, with John Cena in Barrett’s corner, and if Harris & McGillicutty win, they will become the newest Nexus members! Also, four days before Knucklehead, the new movie starring Big Show, opens in theaters, one of Big Show’s co-stars would appear as young actor Bobb’e J. Thompson would make an appearance as the Guest Star of RAW!
- Non-Title: Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. The Hart Dynasty by Drew McIntyre pinning David Hart Smith following the Future Shock DDT.
- Goldust def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Final Cut.
- If Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty Win, They Will Join The Nexus: John Cena & Randy Orton def. Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty by Randy Orton pinning Michael McGillicutty following the RKO.
- Natalya def. Alicia Fox by submission to the Sharpshooter.
- Captain Vs. Captain Match: The Miz and Big Show fight to a No Contest when Theodore Long comes out.
- RAW Vs. SmackDown Team Battle Royal: SmackDown def. RAW with Big Show & Edge surviving.
Six nights before Team SmackDown faces Team RAW in the 7-on-7 Bragging Rights Tag Match, the show kicks off with a shocking site as the General Manager of SmackDown Theodore Long kicks RAW off! Long states that he is there because he “can” be before vowing that he is going to “take over” RAW! The SmackDown General Manager is then interrupted with an email from the anonymous General Manager of RAW, which tells Theodore Long to get out of the RAW ring and Long responds by bringing out the Bragging Rights trophy that SmackDown won last year! The anonymous GM then chimes in with another email that tells Long to get out of the RAW ring “or else”! The SmackDown GM then makes his way to ringside where Long gets in a shouting match with commentator Michael Cole, the individual that reads the anonymous GM’s emails, but when the anonymous GM chimes in with an email, Theodore Long gets on the GM’s podium and announces that the anonymous RAW GM has been “disconnected” for the time being before closing the GM’s laptop! In an apparent takeover by the SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long introduces his Team SmackDown as Team Captain Big Show, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Tyler Reks, & Rey Mysterio come out and stand in the ring! With Team SmackDown standing in the ring, the Team Captain of RAW, The Miz, comes out, with his personally signed “apprentice” Alex Riley by his side and says Team SmackDown looks like “Smurf Village grew up next to a nuclear power plant”! The Miz then reminds Team SmackDown that he is Team Captain of RAW and the Bragging Rights will be coming to the “A show”! The Miz then introduces Team RAW as CM Punk, John Morrison, Santino Marella, Sheamus, and making his shocking return to RAW, Ezekiel Jackson! The seven RAW Superstars then come to the ring, prompting an interpromotional brawl to break out in and out of the ring with Team SmackDown taking over the ring with Team RAW deciding to make their leave! The captain of Team SmackDown, Big Show, then tells The Miz that, if he wants Team SmackDown to leave “willingly” then Miz will agree to face him on RAW in a Captain Vs. Captain Match and, after some assurance from his Team RAW teammates, The Miz agtees to the match! When former tag team partners face off in this interpromotional battle, will the Captain of Team RAW, The Miz, be able to overcome the size and power of the Captain of Team SmackDown, Big Show, just six nights before both teams go to war at Bragging Rights?
The opening match of the night would feature Calgary’s own The Hart Dynasty would face the WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes in a non-title match! During the match, it would look like The Hart Dynasty were setting up for their signature double team maneuver, The Hart Attack, but David Hart Smith would instead lock in the Sharpshooter on Drew McIntyre, but Smith would release the hold and would argue with Tyson Kidd, which would allow Drew McIntyre to take advantage and plant Smith with the Future Shock DDT en route to picking up the win! The Hart Dynasty appears to be closer and closer to a complete meltdown in every match they have together, but can Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith keep their team together or will The Hart Dynasty cease to exist?
Backstage, WWE Champion Randy Orton confronts his tag team partner in the main event, John Cena, and tells Cena that he know that Cena would have “no problem” helping Nexus leader Wade Barrett win the WWE Title at Bragging Rights, but if Cena gets in his “way”, he will have “no problem” punting Cena in the skull! Cena replies by saying that if Orton tries to kick him, he will break Orton’s leg! Can these two Superstars with such a storied history co-exist in the main event?
After proposing to his NXT Rookie Diva Aksana on NXT last week, “The Bizarre One” Goldust, with his fiancé, Aksana, in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder! The veteran Goldust would make quick work of Zack Ryder as Goldust would hit the Final Cut en route to picking up the win! After the match, Ted DiBiase & Maryse would rush to the ring to try and get the Million Dollar Title that Goldust took from DiBiase and Maryse would give chase to Aksana, who was holding the title, but this would distract DiBiase long enough for Goldust to lay DiBiase out with the Final Cut!
It was announced during RAW that, on this Friday’s SmackDown, it will be Champion Vs. Champion as, two nights before he defends the WWE Title against Wade Barrett at Bragging Rights, WWE Champion Randy Orton would invade SmackDown to go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Kane just two nights before Kane defends the World Heavyweight Title against his brother, The Undertaker, in a Buried Alive Match! When the two top Superstars on RAW and SmackDown clash two nights before Bragging Rights, which champion will emerge victorious?
Backstage, John Cena confronts Wade Barrett & The Nexus as Barrett tells Cena to give it his all against Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty in the main event as it is his opportunity to be the John Cena that the fans are accustomed to! Wade Barrett then orders John Cena to get him a glass of water and, when Cena returns with the water, Barrett throws it in the face of Cena, much to the enjoyment of Barrett and The Nexus! How much more humiliation can John Cena take at the hands of Wade Barrett?
Then it was time for the reluctant Nexus member John Cena to team with WWE Champion Randy Orton to face third-generation NXT Season Two Rookies Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty in a match where, is Husky & McGillicutty win, they will become the newest members of The Nexus with Wade Barrett and the rest of The Nexus watching from the stage! In the end, it was John Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Husky Harris and Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Michael McGillicutty that would allow Orton to pin McGillicutty to pick up the win! After the match, John Cena goes to shake hands with Randy Orton, but Nexus leader Wade Barrett interrupts and orders Cena to stand by the announce table or be fired and, after being forced to obey Barrett or be fired, Wade Barrett & The Nexus would surround the ring and, as Cena is given no choice but to helplessly watch, The Nexus would assault and dismantle Randy Orton in signature Nexus fashion with each member hitting their finishing move on the WWE Champion! After the assault, Wade Barrett would order John Cena to come back into the ring before ordering Cena to pick the already assaulted Randy Orton up and deliver the Attitude Adjustment to the WWE Champion, which Cena would reluctantly begin to do, but Barrett would change his mind and want the “spotlight” for himself, so, on Barrett’s orders, Cena would hand Orton over to Barrett so the Nexus leader could hit the Wasteland on Orton! What is the status of Randy Orton following this attack? When Wade Barrett has John Cena in his corner when he faces Randy Orton for the WWE Title at Bragging Rights this Sunday, what will Barrett order Cena to do to ensure Barrett becomes the WWE Champion?
The Official Consultant of SmackDown Vickie Guerrero would then make an appearance on RAW and stated that she is taking “credit” for Team SmackDown before introducing her boyfriend, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler! Ziggler calls Vickie the “most beautiful, intelligent, and talented woman walking the face of this earth” and that she is “with” him before calling Vickie his “little ray of sunshine”! Ziggler is then interrupted by United States Champion Daniel Bryan, who says that even he could do “better” than Vickie before saying that he does not have “move star good looks” or “peroxide infested hair”, but he does have the “ability to capitalize on any opportunity on that ring” and he can make Ziggler “tap out”! Bryan then challenges Ziggler to a Champion Vs. Champion match at Bragging Rights, which Ziggler accepts before slapping Bryan across the face! Bryan would then try and attack Ziggler, but Dolph would hide behind Vickie, but when Dolph starts to exit the ring, Bryan would tackle Dolph out of the ring and, after preventing Dolph from escaping through the crowd, Bryan would lock Dolph in the LeBell Lock on the arena floor, forcing the Intercontinental Champion to tap out! While Bryan was forcing Dolph to tap out on the outside of the ring, Eve Torres, Melina, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, & The Bella Twins come out and throw confetti on Vickie, scaring Vickie out of the ring! Daniel Bryan would then come back in the ring as the United States Champion would dance with the group of Divas! Can Daniel Bryan force Dolph Ziggler to tap out when it counts this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Six nights before she challenges either Layla or Michelle McCool for the Unified Divas Title at Bragging Rights, Calgary’s own Natalya would go one-on-one with former Divas Champion Alicia Fox! In the end, it was Natalya locking in the legendary Sharpshooter, forcing Alicia Fox to tap out to win the match! After the match, the self-proclaimed “co-Unified Divas Champions” Layla & Michelle McCool and, after insulting Natalya and Canada, Layla would come in and hold the legs of Natalya, allowing Michelle McCool to deliver a kick to the face of Natalya! McCool would then try and lock the Sharpshooter in on Natalya, but Natalya would counter, leading to LayCool ultimately retreating! Can Natalya overcome LayCool to become the new Unified Divas Champion this Sunday at Bragging Rights?
Backstage, interviewer Josh Mathews asks SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long is Long thinks it is “brazen” for Long to invade RAW with Team SmackDown and Long responds by calling Mathews’ question “stupid” before telling the “mascot” of Team SmackDown, Hornswoggle, to help with another “surprise” of his as Hornswoggle, which leads to Hornswoggle leading, not only the seven members of Team SmackDown, but what appears to be a good portion of the SmackDown Roster, including Kaval, Curt Hawkins, Vance Archer, Chris Masters, JTG, Chavo Guerrero, Luke Gallows, & The Dude Busters! What “surprise” does SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long have in store for RAW?
Then it was time for the main event as the Team Captain of RAW and the Team Captain of SmackDown would clash in a Captain Vs. Captain Match as RAW Team Captain The Miz, with Team RAW and various members of the RAW Roster at ringside would go one-on-one with SmackDown Team Captain Big Show, with Team SmackDown and various members of the SmackDown Roster at ringside! Early on in the match, The Miz gets knocked to the outside and Big Show would follow, proceeding to attack a couple of RAW Superstars as well, prompting SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to come out and announce a RAW Vs. SmackDown Battle Royal!
In a match made by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, the RAW and SmackDown Rosters would clash six nights before Bragging Rights as the two brands would clash in a RAW Vs. SmackDown Team Battle Royal! Almost as soon as the bell rang, both Jey & Jimmy Uso from RAW and JTG from SmackDown would be eliminated, followed by RAW’s Alex Riley and, later on, SmackDown’s MVP would be eliminated! SmackDown’s Chris Masters would be eliminated followed by Mark Henry eliminating Team SmackDown member Tyler Reks! SmackDown Superstars Big Show, Luke Gallows, & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes would then team together to eliminate RAW’s Mark Henry! SmackDown’s Chavo Guerrero would then be eliminated, followed closely by RAW’s William Regal being eliminated! SmackDown’s WWE Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes would then eliminate RAW’s Vladimir Kozlov and the tag champions would follow that up by eliminating Team RAW member Santino Marella! Team RAW member Sheamus would then eliminate SmackDown’s Luke Gallows followed by Team RAW member John Morrison and Team SmackDown member Alberto Del Rio eliminating each other from the Battle Royal! Then, with Team RAW member CM Punk and RAW Superstar Ted DiBiase would eliminate Team SmackDown member Jack Swagger followed by Team SmackDown member Edge coming from behind to eliminate both CM Punk and Ted DiBiase, but believing that Edge assisted in his elimination, Jack Swagger would drag Edge out of the ring, under the bottom rope, locking in the ankle lock on Edge on the outside of the ring before referees are finally able to send Swagger to the back! The newest, and biggest, addition to Team RAW would then make a trio of impressive eliminations as Ezekiel Jackson would manage to eliminate Team SmackDown member Rey Mysterio and both WWE Tag Team Champions, Drew McIntyre & “Dashing” Cody Rhodes! The Team Captain of SmackDown, Big Show, would then find himself in a two-on-one situation as, after managing to eliminate RAW’s United States Champion Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Ezekiel Jackson would beat down Big Show, but Big Show would manage to eliminate Ezekiel Jackson! The Miz would then re-enter the ring after spending some time on the outside and would try and help Sheamus eliminate Big Show and the two of them were set to knock Big Show off of the ring apron to eliminate the SmackDown Team Captain when Edge, after spending some time on the outside following the ankle lock by Jack Swagger earlier in the match, would rush in the ring and deliver the Spear to Sheamus, which would allow Big Show to eliminate RAW Team Captain The Miz, followed by Edge eliminating Sheamus to earn SmackDown the win with Big Show and Edge surviving! Will this be the same result come this Sunday at Bragging Rights when Team RAW faces Team SmackDown in the 7-on-7 Bragging Rights Elimination Tag Match?
Backstage, John Cena is in the locker room with Wade Barrett & The Nexus as Wade Barrett orders Cena to “practice” Barrett’s win over Randy Orton at Bragging Rights by raising Barrett’s hand as a “token of victory” and, left with no other choice, Cena does so, much to the enjoyment of Barrett and The Nexus! Will John Cena be raising the hand of the new WWE Champion this Sunday at Bragging Rights or will Randy Orton find a way to retain the prestigious gold?