Thirteen nights before WWE Survivor Series, the 911th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Thirteen nights before he challenges Randy Orton for the WWE Title in a match where John Cena is the Special Referee and will either be freed from The Nexus or fired from the WWE depending on who walks out as WWE Champion, RAW would roll into the hometown of Nexus leader Wade Barrett just three nights after David Otunga went behind Barrett’s back and led The Nexus in an, ultimately, failed attempt to invade SmackDown!
- 3-on-3 Divas Cup Match: Eve Torres & The Bella Twins def. Maryse, Alicia Fox, & Tamina by Bella rolling up Alicia Fox.
- Jey & Jimmy Uso def. The Hart Dynasty by Jey Uso pinning David Hart Smith following the Superfly Splash.
- Goldust (with Aksana) def. Ted DiBiase (with Maryse) by roll-up.
- John Cena def. David Otunga by submission to the C-STF.
- Sheamus def. Santino Marella by DQ following an intentional low blow.
- 10-Man Tag: Special Referee- John Cena: The Nexus (with David Otunga, The Miz, & Alex Riley) def. Randy Orton, The Miz (with Alex Riley), Daniel Bryan, R-Truth, & Mark Henry by Wade Barrett pinning Randy Orton following the Skull Crushing Finale by The Miz.
Thirteen nights before he is put in the position of being the Special Referee for the WWE Title match at Survivor Series where he will either be freed or fired depending on whether Wade Barrett wins the WWE Title, the show kicks off with John Cena as the reluctant Nexus member reads a prepared introduction that introduces “the man who has promised the winds of change and has delivered” and the future WWE Champion in Manchester’s own Wade Barrett! The Nexus leader then comes out with the rest of The Nexus; David Otunga, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, and WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel as Wade Barrett proclaims that the “prodigal son has returned” before stating that there is no better way to celebrate his “upcoming championship reign” that having a “preview” of the championship celebration before proclaiming that that is going to be a “party” and the fans are invited! Barrett then states that before they “get ahead” of themselves, there is some “business” that needs to be taken care of before saying that there are a “couple of issues” from last week that he needs to “look into” before showing footage of the failed SmackDown invasion perpetrated by David Otunga! Wade Barrett then orders David Otungs to step forward before telling that, before Otunga takes The Nexus to SmackDown without his “permission”, then make sure that they are “successful” before telling Otunga that he will “deal” with him later! Barrett then confronts John Cena and states that, last week, Cena has the opportunity to show everyone what would happen in Barrett’s Survivor Series match before showing the footage from last week where Cena, who was the Special Referee in a tag team match between Wade Barrett & David Otunga and WWE Champion Randy Orton & R-Truth, kept Barrett from entering the ring after getting a tag that Cena did not see; ultimately leading to Barrett & Otunga losing the match! Barrett then says “explain yourself” to John Cena and Cena takes the opportunity to have some fun with The Nexus leader by beginning to give Barrett the story of his WWE career, in essence explaining himself, before Barrett tells Cena to “stop” before asking “what happened” in last week’s match and Cena tells Barrett that he and Otunga “lost”! Barrett remains unphased and tells Cena that nothing is going to “ruin” his homecoming celebration before reminding Cena of Cena’s fate at Survivor Series and Cena responds by saying that, regardless of the outcome at Survivor Series, he will give Barrett and anyone else who interferes the “beating of a lifetime”! Barrett calls Cena’s threats “cute” and states that he holds Cena’s “destiny” in his hands and Cena will do as he is told at Survivor Series before saying that they need to have themselves a “practice” of what is going to happen after the WWE Title match at Survivor Series before ordering Cena to publically announce that Wade Barrett is the new WWE Champion! Cena was set to do so, but WWE Champion Randy Orton interrupts the “practice” and states that, the last time he checked, he is still the WWE Champion and he can beat Wade Barrett regardless of who the referee is! Orton then states that he does not “care” what happens to John Cena at Survivor Series because all he cares about is making sure that Wade Barrett “never” has the WWE Title! Wade Barrett responds by saying that, the last time he checked, he has an “army” of men standing behind him at his “beck and call” and he does not see anyone standing behind Randy Orton! The anonymous General Manager of RAW then chimes in with an email that Michael Cole reads to announce that Wade Barrett’s championship celebration preview has been “cancelled” before making the big announcement that, to make sure that there is a “decisive victor”, the WWE Title match can only end by pinfall or submission as there will be no disqualifications and no count-outs for the match before ordering that the rest of The Nexus will be banned from ringside for the match! The anonymous GM then announces a huge 10-Man Tag main event where Team Barrett, comprised of The Nexus, will face Team Orton, the members of which he will decide later on, and the Special Referee for that match will be none other than John Cena! Frustrated with being put in another impossible situation by being named the Special Referee for a match, not to mention a chaotic 10-Man Tag match, Cena shoves The Nexus podium set up in the ring over and also shoves Nexus member David Otunga over as well! Who will join WWE Champion Randy Orton on his team in the blockbuster 10-Man Tag main event? How can John Cena control such a large and combustible match?
It was revealed during RAW that next week’s show will turn back the clock with a vintage edition of RAW as many WWE Legends, including Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, The Iron Sheik, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and many others, will be on hand for a three-hour “Old School” edition of RAW, with a special start time of 8/7c! What surprises will take place when WWE goes “Old School” next week?
In honor of the WWE being in the UK, RAW would see a 3-on-3 Divas Cup Match take place as Eve Torres & The Bella Twins, representing the Manchester United soccer team, would face Maryse, Alicia Fox, & Tamina, representing the Liverpool team! In the end, it was The Bella Twins pulling their signature switch that would allow one of the Bellas to catch Alicia Fox with a roll-up to win the match!
Backstage, Nexus leader Wade Barrett confronts David Otunga and, in front of the rest of The Nexus, informs Otunga that Otunga will not be representing The Nexus in the 10-Man Tag Match as he will be in that spot before informing Otunga that Otunga will go one-on-one with John Cena! How will David Otunga fare against John Cena?
As their partnership continues to crumble, The Hart Dynasty was in action on RAW as Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith would face Jey & Jimmy Uso in tag team action! At the end of a dysfunctional match, it was Jey Uso hitting the Superfly Splash on David Hart Smith en route to picking up the win!
It was revealed on RAW that, when Natalya gets her shot at the Divas Title at Survivor Series, she will face both of the self-proclaimed “co-Divas Champions” Layla & Michelle McCool in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match! Can Natalya overcome the odds of LayCool to become the new Divas Champion?
The first member of WWE Champion Randy Orton’s team in the 10-Man Tag main event was revealed as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz will be one of Orton’s partners in the match! Who else will join Randy Orton on the team?
Six nights after being slapped across the face by his new bride, Aksana, after their wedding on NXT, “The Bizarre One” Goldust would go one-on-one with “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase! During the match, Maryse would retrieve the Million Dollar Title for Ted DiBiase, but Goldust’s new bride, Aksana, would come out and take the Million Dollar Title from Maryse after slapping the Diva and would run off with the Million Dollar Title! Goldust would be the one to take advantage of the confusion and would roll Ted DiBiase up for the win! What does Aksana want with the Million Dollar Title? Is Aksana holding on to the belt for her husband despite slapping Goldust following their wedding?
Per the orders of Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, Nexus member David Otunga would go one-on-one, without any assistance from The Nexus, with John Cena! In the end, it was John Cena picking up a dominant win over David Otunga by forcing his fellow Nexus member to tap out to Cena’s STF!
Backstage, Nexus leader Wade Barrett confronts David Otunga moments after Otunga lost decisively to John Cena and Barrett reminds Otunga that he lost his last three matches before informing Otunga that he will go back to SmackDown this Friday night to go one-on-one with the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Edge, but if Otunga loses, then he will be out of The Nexus! Can David Otunga get an upset win over nine-time World Champion Edge or will David Otunga be kicked out of The Nexus?
In honor of RAW being in Manchester, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov make an appearance on RAW for some “Tea Time” as Santino would be looking to “bury the hatchet” with Sheamus when they sit down in an old-fashioned “tea party” before Santino introduces his guest, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus, who makes his way to the ring! Sheamus enters the ring and shakes hands with Santino before all three Superstars have a seat as Santino introduces all his types of “tea”, including Mr. T! Sheamus tells Santino that Santino is not a “bad fella”, he is just “misunderstood” before Sheamus recalls a man back in Ireland who reminds of him of Santino who was friends with a donkey and everyone called him the “village idiot”! After thinking that the Irish people were referring to the donkey as the “village idiot” before saying that Sheamus has “no pigmentation” in his skin and saying that Sheamus was “excluded” from having friends growing up because Sheamus is a “ginger” before saying that he is not going to “exclude” Sheamus and treat him like he is a “ghost”! Santino then backtracks in an attempt to keep Sheamus from getting angry, but inadvertently continues to insult “The Celtic Warrior” by saying that ghosts are not as “white” as Sheamus! Santino’s tag team partner, Vladimir Kozlov, would then chime in and say that Sheamus is mad because Santino beat Sheamus a couple of weeks ago in the “biggest upset in WWE history” before Kozlov would sit back in his chair with a big grin on his face! Seeing the rising anger on the face of Sheamus, Santino becomes very shaky out of nervousness and ends up spilling hot tea into the lap of Sheamus, causing Sheamus to trash the “tea party” before the anonymous General Manager of RAW chimes in with an email that announces to clear the ring and get Vladimir Kozlov to the back because Sheamus would go one-on-one with Santino Marella!
In an impromptu match made by the anonymous RAW General Manager following a failed attempt at friendship by Santino Marella, Santino would go one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus! During the match, Santino Marella would do everything to avoid physical contact with Sheamus, but when Santino fled to the crowd, the anonymous General Manager would chime in with an email giving Santino the ultimatum to get back in the ring or be suspended! Santino would then re-enter the ring and would deliver a blatant low blow to Sheamus, resulting in Sheamus getting the win via disqualification! After surviving a match against Sheamus, Santino Marella would celebrate leaving in one piece, but Santino would celebrate a bit too long as Sheamus would recover and deliver the Brogue Kick to Santino! Sheamus would then get set to deliver the High Cross to Santino, but John Morrison would rush in and attack Sheamus, delivering a springboard kick to Sheamus, sending “The Celtic Warrior” to the outside, allowing Morrison to assist Santino in escaping! How will Sheamus respond to John Morrison’s repeated interference?
Then it was time for a combustible and huge 10-Man Tag main event as WWE Champion Randy Orton would team with nine partners selected by the anonymous RAW General Manager as the WWE Champion would team with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, United States Champion Daniel Bryan, R-Truth, & “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry as Team Orton would face Team Barrett as Nexus leader Wade Barrett would team with his Nexus teammates, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, and WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel with fellow Nexus member John Cena serving as the Special Referee for the blockbuster match! During the match, all ten Superstars would brawl in the ring with The Nexus getting sent to the outside, but The Nexus would witness David Otunga walking to ringside! In the end, it was David Otunga distracting referee John Cena long enough for The Miz’s “apprentice”, Alex Riley, to hit Randy Orton in the mid-section with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase as Miz delivered the Skull Crushing Finale to Orton to betray his team and allow Wade Barrett to pin Randy Orton for the win! John Cena has shown that he can be duped in multi-man matches, but at Survivor Series, he will be the Special Referee in a one-on-one match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett for the WWE Title where the match can only end in pinfall or submission and The Nexus is banned from ringside! As John Cena’s mettle continues to be tested, will John Cena assist Wade Barrett in winning the WWE Title at Survivor Series and keep his job while being freed from The Nexus or will John Cena accept being fired from the WWE over screwing Randy Orton out of the WWE Title?