Re: WWE: A New Era Beckons
The show begins with the recap from last RAW episode where McIntyre gets the best of Cena when he speaks that Cena has lost his confidence and the belief in himself. Cena later attacked McIntyre and delivered the AA over the announcer’s table before the referees came and attended to him.
1. Suddenly, the music hits, Kane comes out. Past week, Kane attacked his partner Kofi Kingston after they were eliminated from the tag team battleroyal. The match goes on for long with Kane in control of the match. Kofi comes back with his kicks putting Kane down. At the end, Kofi tries to deliver the Trouble in Paradise but Kane prevents it and chokeslams him for the pinfall.
Kane def. Kofi Kingston via pinfall at 7:32
2. Backstage, Khali and Ranjin meet Santino Marella and express their interest in having the match with Ryder tonight. Santino says that Ryder is busy tonight also as he already has a match. When Ranjin asks who the opponent is, Santino looks nervous then suddenly announces that the opponent is Marella himself.
3. Dolph Ziggler comes out with Maria and announces that he is undefeated till now. He sends out an open challenge in a non-title match. The challenge is answered by Bobby Lashley who made his comeback to WWE last week when he beat Mark Henry in a match. Lashley beats Ziggler down as the match progresses. Lashley goes to the corner for the spear when Maria comes on the apron distracting the referee. Ziggler takes advantage and delivers the Zig Zag on Lashley. He smiles and takes the cover but Lashley kicks out.
Ziggler looks dumbfounded and goes for the Zig Zag again but Lashley comes out and spears him. Lashley then delivers the Dominator and picks up the pinfall.
Bobby Lashley def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall at 6:43
4. Santino Marella faces Zack Ryder:
The match goes on as expected with Santino just laying down for Ryder for the pinfall. Santino just made up this match to prevent Khali from facing Ryder. Ryder picks up the pinfall and wins while Santino announces that Ryder is still undefeated under his leadership.
Zack Ryder def. Santino Marella via pinfall at 0:08
After the match, Khali & Ranjin come out and Ranjin announces that he will have the match at an event where he knows Ryder is not busy. Ranjin announces the match at New Year’s Revolution.
5. The main event is announced as Randy Orton vs Mr. Kennedy. Backstage, Batista is asked that how he feels after being robbed of the title opportunity as Jericho hit him with the title. Batista responds by saying that at NYR, he will be taking more than a revenge as he faces Jericho in a Street Fight.
6. Ted Dibiase faces Chavo Guerrero:
Ted and Brett come down to the ring. Mysterio accompanies his tag team partner Chavo ringside. In the end, Chavo take the cover after Frog Splash, but Brett puts Ted’s legs on the ropes. Mysterio runs behind Brett but Brett clotheslines him down. Dibiase picks up the win via quick roll up.
Ted Dibiase def. Chavo Guerrero via pinfall at 7:03
7. Backstage, Teddy Long is concerned that this time RAW has been one up as it won Survivor Series match. Long wants the winner of Royal Rumble to be from Smackdown. Suddenly, Carlito comes in his office eating an apple. Carlito tells that he has a hunch that this time the Rumble winner will be cool. Carlito leaves with a smile on his face.
8. Main event: (Randy Orton faces Mr. Kennedy)
World Champion Barrett watches the match from the ringside. The match goes on with Orton getting the momentum. After Orton misses an RKO, Kennedy tries to comeback and delivers DDT. Orton later hits back and delivers the rope hung DDT. JBL tries to get involved in the match when Orton was preparing for the RKO. Kennedy delivers a low blow behind the referee’s back and does a quick roll up but Orton kicks out. Finally, Orton overpowers Kennedy and then delivers the inverted headlock backbreaker. JBL comes up on the apron and Orton clotheslines him down. The referee touches Orton from back to stop him and Orton delivers the RKO suddenly. When he turns back, he realises that it was not Kennedy.
Barrett brings the belt into the ring and runs towards Orton who ducks down, Orton goes for the RKO but Barrett slips out. Kennedy comes up and goes for the Mic Check but Orton comes out and delivers the RKO for the pinfall.
Randy Orton def. Mr. Kennedy via pinfall at 12:39
Barrett then suddenly hits the big boot over Orton. Barrett keeps his leg over Orton’s body and raises the World Title high to a huge parade of boos. The screen fades to black.