WWE Monday Night Raw
December 15, 2008
An Unexpected Partnership
We open with a video package consisting of the highlights from the memorable Armageddon event last night. Tonight the video focuses on the Raw matches, neglecting to show clips from the Smackdown side of things. The video package begins with CM Punk’s outstanding performance against Rey Mysterio in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Final, including the “nose breaking” Go To Sleep which secured CM Punk a championship opportunity on the first Raw of 2009. We transition to the match years in the making, Batista facing Randy Orton for the first time on pay per view. Even with the help of the ‘Legacy’ Randy Orton was still unable to overcome the Animal who ended the Viper’s night with a thunderous Batista Bomb. We conclude this section of the video package with Batista standing on the turnbuckle slapping his chest while Orton and Legacy scurry away up the entrance ramp.
At this point the video goes black… slowly small clusters of light spread across the screen. Then, suddenly the screen lights up and John Cena appears charging out toward the ring with the World Heavyweight Championship wrapped around his waist. Cena is seen tossing Chris Jericho over his shoulder with a back body drop and hitting the five knuckle shuffle. Jericho is shown slamming Cena down to the mat with the running bulldog, then the Codebreaker on the outside of the ring – finally the package wraps up with Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment and scoring the pinfall victory to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. He is seen walking up the entrance ramp, pausing for a moment at the top of the stage and then raising his championship high above his head to the applause of the crowd.
Monday Night Raw is live for the first time since the historic Armageddon event just twenty four hours ago. Thousands have packed into the arena tonight to watch the fallout as WWE heads towards the New Year! As usual the Monday Night duo of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole are at ringside to call all the action. As the fans at home are treated to a glimpse of the packed house, Cole refreshes our memories by giving a quick rundown of the important events from last night. Both Lawler is quick to jump in and emphatically puts over World Heavyweight Champion John Cena’s victory against Chris Jericho. Michael Cole reinforces Lawler’s point and then moves onto discussing the JBL/HBK situation. “But the biggest story coming out of Armageddon has to be the business relationship between John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield and Shawn Michaels. JBL of course is scheduled to make an announcement live tonight but you’ve got to wonder what the future holds for Shawn Michaels as an employee for JBL.” Lawler ponders the possibilities for not only Shawn Michaels but for the WWE as a whole, considering one of their most decorated superstars is under the thumb of one of the companies most vile human beings.
Our fantastic duo finally finish giving their run-down of last night for those of us who didn’t purchase the event. “MY TIME IS NOW”
Here we go! The Champ is here! What a way to kick off Monday Night Raw – John Cena
, World Heavyweight Champion, runs out from behind the curtain onto the stage with a huge smile on his face and the championship wrapped around his waist. The crowd tonight is mostly positive with a few jeers from the smarks scattered throughout the audience. Cena’s smile could be from the noise coming from this thunderous audience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or it could be due to the big gold belt that is wrapped around his waist. Cole cannot help but get one more compliment in while Cena surveys the crowd, “You don’t see a talent like John Cena come around often. He’s the most polarising figure in the history of the WWE! Just look at this, the entire arena is standing as ‘The Champ’ makes his appearance. You’d struggle to find anyone who loves this business more than John Cena, say what you will but he loves what he does.” The Champ moves into the middle of the stage and gives his signature salute before sprinting down to the ring.
Cena cannot help but smile at the few smarks scattered throughout the arena make their voices heard. “Ah, it’s always fun to come back to Pittsburgh. You guys are so full of energy tonight! Are you all ready for Monday Night Raw?” Cheap pop from the crowd but it seems that Cena isn’t satisfied with the reaction, “Oh… I think you guys here tonight in Pittsburgh can do better than that. I want to know if you’re ready for MONDAY NIGHT RAW?!” This time the crowd is much louder and the camera is quick to focus on those individuals decked out in full Cena gear, cheer and jumping around for their hero or possible messiah. Cena reminds us of the hardships he has faced during late 2007-08, from being stripped of the WWE Championship due to injury, losing to Randy Orton at both No Way Out and WrestleMania 24 to finally suffering another injury during his match with Batista at SummerSlam. Cena lowers his head, taking a moment to reflect on the past year then he continues, “But that’s what makes me damn proud to be YOUR World Heavyweight Champion! I fought through everything that I suffered through this year and I came back in my hometown and I beat Chris Jericho. And even after that people still had doubts. Chris Jericho came out here each week and said all he needed was one more shot. One punch, one knee, one kick or one elbow and he would break my neck. Well last night I gave Chris that final shot. He had the chance to take everything I had fought to get back after two injuries in less than a year. I’m sure Chris is sitting somewhere tonight thinking that he was less than a second away from taking this…” The Champ unclips the World Championship and holds it high above his head to the applause of the crowd as it sparkles under the bright lights. Cena turns towards the titantron and points while holding the title firmly, he smirks ever so slightly before he speaks, staring directly at the stage itself. “So, in case anyone back there didn’t get the message that Chris Jericho got last night, I’ll simply put it like this. I’ve fought through two injuries this year, I’ve fallen on my face this year, I’ve failed this year - but I’ve come back and overcome it all! I have always lived by the motto ‘never give up’ and I promise you all it means more to be than ever before. This title that sits over my shoulder is more than a 12 pounds of gold, it’s a symbol of my hardships, my return and triumph. I…”
In case you forgot there is still a couple of weeks left and that’s plenty of time for Randy Orton
to add to Cena’s list of hardships in 2008. Orton appears at the top of the stage flanked by Cody Rhodes
– collectively known as Legacy. “Here’s a man who cannot be in a good mood after losing to Batista last night,” says the ever insightful Michael Cole, “of course being flanked by his protégés Manu and Cody Rhodes.” All three men make their way down to the ring, however only The Vipers slithers into the ring. Rhodes hurries around the ring and grabs a microphone – he then hands it over to Orton while Manu continues to circle the ring. Methodically Orton saunters around John Cena, stalking The Champ before standing face to face with one of his most fierce rivals. “That was heart-warming John,” Orton says in the most sarcastic tone you’ll ever hear, “I mean, you’ve been through so much and you’ve had such a tough year. You sat at home, turned up in New York with the number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble and then you won it. I beat you at No Way Out and you STILL got a place in the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania.” Frustration, jealousy or maybe Orton is still banged up from that Batista Bomb he took last night but either way ‘The Viper’ raises his voice and inches closer towards John Cena. “That was your year. You sat at home and rode in here like the hero you pretend to be.” Cena shakes his head and replies, “If I didn’t know better I’d say you were jealous, Randy.” Dismissing the notion of jealousy Orton tells Cena that he did hear one thing during Cena’s monologue that didn’t bore him to tears.
Cena looks intrigued as Orton begins berating the man he faced last night at Armageddon, Batista! Pure hatred flows from the mouth of ‘The Viper’ as he speaks. Orton finally reaches a conclusion and proposes that Cena finally do something for the people other than himself and eradicate Batista from the WWE! “Batista isn’t safe. He’ll do it again. Last night I was lucky to escape but what about you? Your neck is never going to be what it was before Batista got his hands on it. What about someone young like Cody? What if Batista got his hands on him or even Manu? How could you allow him to end careers of such young talent? He needs to be stopped. If you’re so proud to represent this company than help the people in it!” Cena slowly begins shaking his head and looks right at Orton as he speaks, “No. You can’t slither your way out of this, Randy. You’ve brought all of this on yourself and the issues that I have with Batista were sorted long before you came out here tonight. And you want to talk about ending young careers... well what about Ted DiBiase Jr? Huh? You kicked him in the head and now you want to help protect people like him?” As you’d expect, this doesn’t sit well with Orton who quickly glances over at both Manu and Rhodes. Orton lifts the microphone up to his lips, slightly laughing under his breath, “Ah, John – I thought you might be too stupid for your good. Next time you’re in hospital with a broken neck I want you to remember that I gave you a chance. Wrong move John, wrong move.”
Orton drops the microphone and slowly begins to back up towards the ring ropes. Cena keeps his eyes on Orton who drops down to the mat and then slithers to the outside of the ring. Suddenly Manu and Cody Rhodes dash into the ring and attack Cena from behind! Manu hammers away with violent forearms to the head of Cena while Rhodes quickly strikes with boots to the mid-section of The Champ. Even with two men attacking him, Cena begins to fight back – he pushes his body up from the canvas and strikes with a flurry of punches to the stomach of Manu. Rhodes quickly tries to subdue Cena… not this time as Cena blocks a right hand and whips Rhodes into the corner. The Champ then charges forward and nails Rhodes with a clothesline… Manu comes back into the fight and connects with a Samoan Drop to put down the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. Manu steps back and towers over the fallen champion. Flanked by his Legacy partner, Cody Rhodes, Manu grabs the champion and pulls him over the middle of the ring. Together Manu and Rhodes hold Cena up on his knees as The Viper enters the ring. He saunters over and slaps Cena in the face, taunting him as Legacy keeps him under control. Orton steps back and yells “Get him up! I’ll break his freaking neck!”
The members of Legacy do as they’re told and position Cena exactly where Orton demanded. Orton looks ready to strike when…
“I WALK ALONE”
He’s here! The arena explodes as ‘The Animal’ Batista
charges from behind the curtain dressed in jeans, a black shirt and a leather jacket. He heads straight for the ring, his eyes fixed on The Viper. As Batista enters the ring Cody Rhodes attempts to rush him and get in some offence but he is simply overpowered. Batista hammers away with right hands before throwing Rhodes over the top rope. With the collective power of Legacy no longer restricting him, Cena is able to break free… he sends Manu over the top rope with a clothesline delivers a few choice words to the young upstart. To the surprise of nobody, the leader of Legacy was the first to claim sanctuary and flee the ring when Batista made his entrance. Orton stands at the top of the stage as Manu and Rhodes stumble in retreat. Inside of the ring Batista and John Cena stand together, Cena extending his hand in the same gesture that he had refused Randy Orton earlier in the night. Batista of course accepts – signifying that the two men are united. The camera pans back to Legacy, the two younger members licking their wounds – The Viper on the other hand is seething that his two biggest rivals are on the same page and have gotten the best over him.
Back live in the arena, Michael Cole has some breaking news, “Ladies and gentlemen, during the commercial break a HUGE announcement has been made, by orders of RAW General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, tonight’s main event will feature World Champion John Cena teaming up with Batista against Randy Orton and either Manu or Cody Rhodes.
” That’s a huge main event for later tonight and our wonderful duo ponder over who Orton will pick as his partner for tonight and what the fallout could be from the match after the explosive opening segment.
“I AM PERFECTION”
Tis the first match of the night and it’s a fine way to kick off the action with such a talented young star here in the WWE. Excitement fills the arena as one of the fresh new faces of Monday Night Raw – Dolph Ziggler
- saunters out onto the stage in his bright pink vest. Ziggler soaks up the atmosphere, the live audience collectively booing the cocky upstart, as he makes his way down to the ring. Cole and Lawler put over Ziggler as one of the young talents looking to make a name for themselves on Monday Night Raw. Cole highlights Ziggler’s fast paced offense and his athletic ability while Lawler reminds us of Ziggler’s arrogance. “BOOYAKA 619”
A big time ovation for one of the most popular superstars in the history of the WWE. The crowd comes alive as Rey Mysterio
runs out onto the stage wearing his trademark mask. Mysterio makes his way down the entrance ramp and whispers a few words to the youngsters wearing replica luchador wrestling masks. The announce team makes sure to mention the injury that Mysterio sustained last night during his match with CM Punk. Lawler mentioning that it takes a warrior’s spirit to get back into action just 24 hours after suffering what many believe to be a broken nose. Inside the ring Mysterio is doing his best not to show the extent of the injury however he is shown adjusting his mask multiple times before the bell sounds.
This match is underway and from the early moments of the contest Dolph Ziggler goes right after the suspected injury of Rey Mysterio. A flurry of punches from Ziggler leads to Mysterio backing up against the turnbuckle. Dolph quickly rams his shoulder into the mid-section of Mysterio and repeats it multiple times until he is forced to break away or risk disqualification. Always looking for the next cheap shot though – while seemingly on the back foot, Ziggler lunges forward and nails Mysterio with a forearm to his nose! Mysterio cannot help but drop to the ground and clutch at his face as a small trickle of blood can be seen dropping onto the canvas. The official goes over to Mysterio and checks if he can continue… Mysterio gives him the nod and the match will continue.
For the next several minutes Ziggler would maintain control over Mysterio who tried his best to protect his injury. Mysterio would mount some offense as he sent Ziggler to the outside with a hurricanrana. That would be the best of it however as Ziggler would go right back on the attack and drive his boot into the mid-section of Mysterio, knocking him down to the canvas and then dropping several elbows onto the chest of the luchador. Ziggler continued to maintain his strong showing throughout most of the contest however during the closing minutes Mysterio did show why he is a former World Champion as he refused to quit. Even with his injury which was clearly causing him problems with his vision and being extremely painful.
The final minutes of the match saw both men down after a drop kick from Mysterio. With his vision impaired, Mysterio does his best to keep a hand on Ziggler before executing any of his usual high flying manoeuvres, most of which has been nullified by Ziggler tonight. Both men back to their feet now and Mysterio delivers some kicks to the legs of Ziggler. In an attempt to stop the late comeback – Ziggler rushes forward through the kicks but Mysterio slides through his legs and rolls him up – 1… 2… No! Those kicks from Mysterio have slowed the pace of Ziggler however he is able to strike first following the roll up as he nails Mysterio with a boot to the stomach and then slings him into the ropes... ENZEGURI! Ziggler quickly into the cover – 1… 2… No! Once again this match continues and Ziggler cannot believe it. He looks towards the official and motions that it should have been a 3 count.
Ziggler can’t help but pound the canvas in frustration before grabbing Mysterio by the back of his head. He brings Mysterio over to the ropes and hammers away with rights and lefts to the face. “It’s over!” yells Ziggler as he lifts Mysterio onto the top turnbuckle. With Mysterio perched on the top turnbuckle Ziggler fires away with a few chops for good measure before climbing up onto the second rope. Both men in a dangerous position right now as Ziggler attempts to hook Mysterio in place for a possible match winning superplex. Battling right now… Ziggler struggling but Mysterio is doing whatever he can to keep this match alive! Mysterio will not quit as he tries to shake Ziggler off… MYSTERIO BREAKS FREE AND SHOVES ZIGGLER FROM THE TOP TO THE CANVAS! Ziggler is down! The back thud from his head crashing to the canvas can be heard around the arena. Mysterio is still stuck on the top turnbuckle, almost drained after everything he has sustained from this match and his match last night. Mysterio senses the opportunity presenting itself… he wipes his eyes as he tries to get a decent look at Ziggler’s position on the canvas. The luchador looks ready to fly… AIR MYSTERIO – ZIGGLER ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!
Mysterio took too much time on the top rope trying to get a good look at Ziggler’s position in the ring. It’s a hard landing for Mysterio who attempted splash causes him to smack the canvas with not only his body but his broken nose! Mysterio clutches at his face, kicking his feet illustrating the pain he is suffering. Mysterio is in serious agony but the match continues! Ziggler rolls over towards the ropes and pulls himself up onto his feet. The official is trying to check on Mysterio but Ziggler screams at him to get out of the way. This young upstart can smell blood in the water as he stalks the injured masked man. Ziggler is ready… he moves forward and pulls Mysterio to his feet… Ziggler spins him around… ZIG-ZAG CONNECTS! Mysterio’s neck snaps back as Ziggler nails his finisher and falls into the cover, hooking both legs – 1… 2… 3! Ziggler has defeated Rey Mysterio!
Result: Dolph Ziggler def. Rey Mysterio by Pinfall @ 7:40
Post-match Cole and Lawler reinforce the affect that Mysterio’s broken nose had on this match and how the former champion is surely not one hundred percent tonight. Nevertheless, Dolph Ziggler celebrates the biggest win of his career as the official raises his hand high to a chorus of boos from the crowd tonight. “A big time win for Dolph Ziggler tonight and that’s got to move him up in the standing for a potential Intercontinental Championship match in the future. We of course know that CM Punk is next in line for a title shot but Ziggler could be making a case that he should face the winner of Punk vs. Regal.” Inside the ring trainers and officials are still helping Mysterio, who is clutching at his nose, while Ziggler parades around the ring and up the ramp so very proud of what he has done tonight. Lawler ponders about the possible bright future of Dolph Ziggler until Cole interjects, “We’ve got a lot to look forward to for 2009 here in the WWE but for now let’s send it backstage to Eve Torres!”
Through the magic of television we go from ringside to the backstage interview area where Eve Torres
is standing with a microphone! “Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time, the Intercontinental Champion, William Regal.” William Regal
enters the camera shot along with his mistress Layla
, who holds the Intercontinental Championship proudly in her hands as it sparkles before our very eyes. Regal of course looks smug as ever, refusing to ever acknowledge Eve Torres with a friendly greeting, with both a beautiful woman by his side and the coveted championship. “William Regal as the reigning…” Regal interjects before Eve can even finish the first sentence of the interview, “I’m afraid your services will not be needed tonight as I have no intention of being interviewed by a clueless woman like yourself. If you would kindly remove yourself from interview while your dignity remains ever so slightly intact.” Eve looks stunned and gets no chance to respond as Layla grabs the microphone, hands it to Regal and then begins shuffling Eve away. “Now that’s much better,” says Regal with his Intercontinental Championship firmly placed over his shoulder, “As someone of you people may have seen last night your bumbling hero CM Punk managed to steal a victory over Rey Mysterio to put himself in line to face me. Even the most ignorant bunch of you Americans cannot be that stupid to think that some tattooed joke of a professional wrestler is going to stand a chance at beating me. I am the most vicious wrestler not only in the WWE but in the entire world! I am the most vindictive wrestler not only in the WWE but in the entire world! I am the best technical wrestler in the world and CM Punk you couldn’t lace my boots if I was in the bathroom before a match! CM Punk, you may have won a tournament and that might convince some people that you’ve earned the opportunity to get into the ring with me but I see something that they don’t. I see that you’re not on my level, kid.”
Regal takes a moment to pause before continuing, he mentions CM Punk’s lack of class and how the women Punk associates with simply do not compare to the beautiful Layla that stands beside William Regal. For a slight moment Regal even allows Layla to speak, “He doesn’t stand a chance to beat you, no matter what date he decides to choose.” This brings up an interesting point as it is CM Punk’s decision for when the title match will take place. The focus returns to William Regal who says, “Excellent point, it is up to that creature when our match takes place but if you read the fine print on the contract which would surprise me, you’ll notice that I must be informed at least seven days prior to the match taking place. I’m sure even you can tell by now that you’re not going outsmart me and any attempt will make you look like the poor fool you are. I suggest you think long and hard about when you’re going to step into the ring against me, it may just be the last thing you ever do!” The very confident champion is holding nothing back tonight about his future challenger. Layla and Regal exit the area as we go to commercial.
Back from the break Stephanie McMahon
, the current General Manager of Monday Night RAW, is standing in her office sorting through files when Randy Orton
rushes through the doorway. “What the hell is going on here?” says Stephanie, dropping the files down on her desk and turning to face enraged Randy Orton. He storms forward and yells, “Do you know who the hell I am? You can’t just put me in a damn match and especially not one against Batista! It’s unsafe! I could get hurt and this company can’t survive with me! If I’m stuck on the shelf because Batista breaks my neck what the hell are you going to do or are you too stupid to have thought about that?” Many of the fans in attendance tonight can be heard saying “Ooooh” as Orton stands in front of Stephanie waiting for a reply to the venom he just spewed. Stephanie fixes herself up, straightening her jacket and moving her hair out of her eyes before beginning to speak, “Now you listen to me! My last name is McMahon! I run this show and you better not forget that. I make the decisions and tonight you’re going to be facing Batista and John Cena no matter what.” Stephanie steps closer to Orton and raises her voice, “I gave you an option, I tried to be fair and allow you to decide which member of your group you wanted to be your partner but you’ve blown it!” Orton exclaims hastily, “Blown it? What? You can’t be thinking about putting me against both of them by myself?” The crowd is loving what they’re hearing but it’s not as good as they think it is because Stephanie says that Orton will NOT be alone tonight in the main event. Instead he no longer gets to pick his own partner and it will not be Manu or Cody Rhodes! Orton is outraged by this and tries to plead his case but the boss is having none of it and simply says, “Get the hell outta’ my office!”
Back at ringside Cole and Lawler love what they have just heard from the General Manager. “Finally it looks like Randy Orton may get what’s coming to him,” Cole says gleefully, “after everything he’s done, Randy Orton could be about to receive what he deserves.” They continue to hype the main event as the music for our next competitor begins to play over the arena.
“LA VITTORIA E MIA”
One of the greatest champions of all the times has arrived on Monday Night Raw. With excitement in his step Santino Marella
power walks out onto the stage to the sound of boos from the audience. He blows them kisses and thanks them for their applause, even though nobody is cheering him at all. “It’s as if he’s in his own little dream world when he comes out here,” ponders Michael Cole while Jerry Lawler laughs at the antics of Marella. Inside of the ring Marella begins playfully stretching, something he should have done before the match, and ends up falling back on his butt much to the enjoyment of the fans and Lawler. “S.O.S”
cuts off the Santino’s one man show in the ring and Kofi Kingston
makes way to the ring. The ever energetic Kingston bounces around the outside of the ring while high fiving fans and getting himself pumped up for this match. The announce team puts over the flashy style of Kofi Kingston and how his youth is such an strength as he will try anything to get the win.
The second match of Monday Night RAW isn’t as action packed as the first. To begin the contest Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella move around the ring, not really engaging for the most part with the exception of a few kicks that miss. Kofi is the first to make contact through twisting Santino’s arm behind his back for a hammerlock which brings him down to the ground. Kofi releases the hold, runs off the ropes and drives his boots into the face of Santino as he attempted to get back to his feet. For the next minute of so Kofi strikes with some sharp chops to the chest of Santino which causes him to scream out in Italian which gets a laugh from Lawler. Kofi Irish whips Santino across the ring but fails to connect with the splash and gets caught with a strong neckbreaker by Santino. First cover of the match gets a 1 count for Santino. The action continues with Santino on the offense for the next few minutes. He controls Kofi on the ground and works with a couple of elbow drops, knees to the body and a leg drop that would’ve made the Hulkster proud. Santino looks to be in a good position to win the contest with a roll up on Kofi but he grabs the tights which ends up putting Kofi on top.
Towards the final few minutes of the bout Kofi begins to make a comeback against Santino after the failed grabbing the tights situation. Kofi hammers away with a few punches to the head of Santino and slings him into the ropes. Kofi ducks down and flips Santino up over his shoulder with a back drop. The crowd begins to cheer as Kofi claps his hands before grasping them together and delivers strong forearms! The shots knock Santino down and each time the crowd counts. After being knocked down five times Santino stands up but doesn’t walk forward like every other time, instead he stumbles backwards into the turnbuckle. Safety doesn’t last long as Kofi runs and jumps forward for the big splash in the corner! Santino is in big trouble as he crawls forward, trying to separate from Kofi. It’s not working however as Kofi is right on him, left kick, right kick, left, right, left, right! Kofi is on fire! Kofi points to the crowd and they cheer him on, it looks like he’s going for the finish. He steps forward and grabs Santino by the head but is struck with a kick to the stomach after Santino manages to break free of the grip. Marella quickly strikes with a DDT and attempts a pinfall for a close 2 count. The official has to confirm that it was only two and Santino backs up against the ropes to gather himself for his next move. Here it comes, Santino reaches down and pulls out the Cobra! He places it on his hand and it’s primed, ready to strike as Kofi begins to get back to a vertical base. Santino screams, “COBRA!” but Kofi jumps and spins his legs towards Santino… Trouble In Paradise! Right on the button and down goes Santino and his cobra. Kofi hooks the leg and gets the three count for the victory.
Result: Kofi Kingston def. Santino Marella by Pinfall @ 6:25
A successful outing tonight for Kofi Kingston who gained a valuable victory over a former Intercontinental Champion. Still catching his breath, Kofi is leaning back against the ropes as the official grabs his right hand it raises it high in the air. The crowd offers Kofi a warm response as he exits the ring and makes his way up the ramp. Meanwhile Santino struggles to his feet and tumbles to the outside of the ring, falling on his face in the process to the enjoyment of many in attendance. “Stop laughing!” screams Santino as he begins stumbling up the ramp.
Monday Night RAW returns from the break in the parking lot of the arena. Security opens the gate and allows a white limousine into the parking area. Michael Cole wonders who it could be and we don’t have to ask that question for too long as the limousine parks, the door opens and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
accompanied by Shawn Michaels
exit the vehicle. “The most shocking news coming out of last night was that JBL had hired Shawn Michaels as an employee due to HBK suffering from financial troubles as of late. Personally I cannot wait to hear from both of these men tonight and learn a bit more about the situation,” says Michael Cole, he and Lawler then discuss what JBL’s announcement could specifically be and how it may effect Shawn Michaels. JBL is well presented in his custom made suit while Michaels is wearing a suit that looks fair more available to the common man. Nothing is said between the two as Michaels closes the door of the vehicle and proceeds to walk behind Layfield as they make their way into the arena to address the WWE Universe later tonight!
The camera switches backstage where Eve Torres
is with us once again, hopefully this time she has better luck than last time. “Please welcome my guest, one of the newest members of the Monday Night RAW roster, Matt Hardy!” The crowd pops big time for Matt Hardy
as he enters into frame of the camera with a big smile on his face. Torres asks Matt about the switch over to RAW and how it feels to be recognised as the final ECW Champion of all time. Hardy responds by saying that he couldn’t be more proud of what he has done over the last year as a member of the ECW brand. “It was a dream come true for me as I was a huge fan of ECW back in the 90’s,” exclaims Matt Hardy. He also says that being the final ECW Champion is truly special for him considering some of the all-time greats that have worn the championship in the past. As one of the newest members of the RAW roster Matt says that he is excited and ready for a new challenge. “Hey, move outta’ my way!” What the hell? Torres and Hardy both look confused as Chris Jericho
storms into the interview and grabs the microphone! “Newest member of the RAW roster? How about the rightful World Champion, how about the record setting Intercontinental Champion, how about the FIRST EVER Undisputed Champion of the World? They decide to give you this airtime but leave me off the show? What idiot is running this place?” Torres tries to explain that Jericho was listed as “inactive” due to a slight shoulder injury from his match last night which ruled him out for the show tonight but Jericho is having none of it. “Look, nobody cares what Matt Hardy has to say so why don’t you just step out of the way and let me finish my interview?” Hardy doesn’t take kindly to be insulted and stands up to Jericho, “After losing to John Cena again last night, what makes you think anybody here in Pittsburgh (cheap pop!) wants to listen to you?” Neither man is backing down, Eve attempts to calm the situation and it looks as if she’s successful as Jericho begins to walk away… microphone to the skull! Jericho smashes Hardy in the head with the microphone and he hits the deck hard. Eve Torres screams out in horror as Jericho mounts Matt Hardy and begins hammering away with punches. This cheap attack last for about a minute until officials are able to restrain Jericho, even then he gets a swift kick off before they remove him from the interview area. Medics are called in for Matt Hardy while Eve Torres begins checking on him.
When the show returns to ringside we are set for the next match with Mickie James
and Kelly Kelly
already in the ring awaiting their opponents for this tag team contest. “GLAMAZON”
echoes throughout the arena and the crowd begins to boo as the reigning Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix
and the ‘Queen of England’ Katie Lea Burchill
step out onto the stage. The two women look fierce and begin heading down to the ring. On commentary Cole and Lawler discuss the title reign of Beth Phoenix and how unstoppable she has looked since taking the title from Mickie James back at SummerSlam. “It’s going to take a superhuman effort from one of these young ladies to take the title from the Glamazon,” utters ‘The King.’ “I don’t think some of the male superstars could withstand her inside that ring.”
*Tag Team Match*
Mickie James and Kelly Kelly
Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea Burchill
Basic women’s tag team match tonight, mostly acting as a showcase for Phoenix. The champion is able to show off her vast array of power moves and Kelly Kelly is treated like a ragdoll, being thrown all over the ring at will. The power of the Glamazon is incredible as she easily lifts Kelly Kelly above her head and throws her towards the corner where Burchill is brought into the match. The Queen has a move set based of being quick and sharp in her attacks which acts in complete contrast to that of her tag team partner. She also is able to isolate the less experienced Kelly Kelly and keep her away from the corner for most of the contest. Burchill does make an error when she slaps Kelly, this arrogance allows Kelly to scramble over to her corner and make the tag to Mickie James! The former champion comes into the match full of energy after being stuck on the ring apron for most of the contest. A flurry of strikes and kicks allows James to get the crowd behind her. James connects with a quick DDT, a suplex and finally a running bulldog sets James up in position for the finish. Burchill has to use the ropes but she manages to make it to her feet, meanwhile Mickie backs up into position and nails the Mick Kick! The crowd cheers as Mickie goes in for the cover but the official isn’t counting. “What is the official doing? Why isn’t he counting the pinfall?” says Lawler who is clearly confused. Mickie, clearly frustrated, stands up and ask the ref isn’t counting the pinfall. “Oh my god, that’s why the ref wasn’t counting!” screams Cole as the Glamazon charges into the ring and grabs Mickie from behind… GLAM SLAM! She rolls Mickie over and scores the three count.
Result: Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea Burchill def. Mickie James and Kelly Kelly by Pinfall @ 5:58
Celebrations are limited for Beth Phoenix tonight. She immediately grabs her championship and exits the ring, leaving Katie Lea Burchill to recover from the Mick Kick by herself. “Alliances don’t last long her in the WWE and it seems that Katie Lea Burchill isn’t going to be on the Christmas card list for the Glamazon,” says Jerry Lawler. Cole takes a moment to discuss the tag which most of the viewers would have missed and a replay is shown on screen which does confirm that Beth Phoenix made a tag when Katie Lea placed her hand on the rope to pull herself up. Now on top of the stage Beth Phoenix holds the Women’s Championship high above her head and shouts, “This is my division! I’m the best and nobody is taking this from me.” We go to commercial break with a final shot of the three women inside of the ring looking up at the champion.
On the return from break the screen at first is pitch black and not a sound can be heard. The sound of a chair being dragged comes first and then the screen reveals a hand, covered by a black glove with a steel chain tightly held in its grasp. The sight is mostly covered by darkness and we are unable to tell where this video is taking place and who the glove belongs to. Suddenly the hand begins to rise and the steel chain is slammed into a wall. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Four times. The chain is dropped onto the floor which looks like the inside of a warehouse or industrial building. Nothing more is seen or heard before the video cuts out.
Returning to ringside once again “DEATH GRIP”
plays throughout the arena and Mike Knox
, along with his absolutely disgusting looking beard, step out onto the stage. The heat from the crowd is mild for Knox at best as he mean mugs his way down the ramp before sliding into the ring. Lawler throws out the line that Mike Knox is one of the most intimidating men he’s ever seen to which Cole reinforces the point by saying, “That’s why I sit on this side of the announce desk.” Brilliant work from our professional duo. “THIS FIRE BURNS”
And now the crowd is alive as CM Punk
appears for the first time tonight. The crowd as loud as they’ve been all night and Punk soaks up the cheers from a near packed out arena. “A thunderous ovation for the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship here tonight. After fighting through such a difficult tournament you can see why so many of these fans are supporting CM Punk on his road to a championship match with William Regal.” Cole continues by reminding us that Punk must inform William Regal one week ahead of the match so if he wants to receive the title shot next week than Punk will need to say something about it tonight. “I don’t know if he’ll be able to make any announcements if Mike Knox gets a hold of him!” says Lawler.
To start of the match Knox attempts to just charge forward like an Ox but Punk, the faster of the two, easily moves out of the way allowing the big man to look like a fool as he hits the ropes. On the rebound Punk jumps up into the air and connects with a dropkick which lands flash on the chin. Knox is sent to the outside of the ring and takes a moment to gather himself while Punk parades around inside the ring rather pleased with his early offense of the match especially considering the size different between the two. For the next couple of minutes they trade offense and Knox gets in a few big power moves on Punk including a side slam, delayed vertical suplex and snake eyes followed up by the running shoulder barge. “Knox using his size advantage here along with his strength to keep Punk down on the canvas and it appears to be working,” chimes in Michael Cole whilst the match enters a set up period where Knox places Punk in a side headlock. From here the sequence involves Punk slipping out the back and using his kicks to back Knox up against the rope. He goes for the running knee in the corner but Knox catches in and throws Punk over the top rope. Unfortunately for Knox his opponent is one of the more agile wrestlers in the WWE and Punk is able to land on the ring apron and quickly return fire with a forearm to the face!
Knox stumbles away from the corner and towards the middle of the ring. “Watch out! Air Punk!” screams The King as Punk catapults himself from the ring apron off the ropes and nails Mike Knox with a big time flying clothesline, which is good for a two count. Punk quickly grabs Knox by the head and connects with a double arm DDT to put the big man down. Punk hooks the leg as he goes for the cover which gets a two count. “CM Punk” chants the crowd as Punk gets back to a vertical base. He taps his wrist and screams “It's clobberin' time” which gets a big pop from the crowd. Knox recovers to his feet but is met with a mule kick from Punk which is then followed by a series of sharp leg kicks. The finish begins as Punk whips Knox into the corner and slams his knee into Knox’s face as he had intended to do so before. Punk grabs the head of Knox and runs forward delivering the running bulldog. The crowd stands on their feet as Punk moves into position and lifts Knox onto his shoulders before connecting with the GTS! “He hit it! Punk nailed the GTS!” exclaims Cole as Punk goes for the cover which scores the three count.
Result: CM Punk def. Mike Knox by Pinfall @ 8:04
“THIS FIRE BURNS”
plays once again for the triumphant CM Punk. The crowd cheers as Punk ascends the top turnbuckle and screams out “What’s my name?” Cole once again goes over the stipulation of Punk’s title shot and it looks like next week will NOT feature a championship match because CM Punk exits the ring and begins walking up the ramp. No announcement, no title match for next week. “Well you’ve got to wonder when will CM Punk make the decision to cash in that title match with William Regal,” considers Michael Cole while The King says that he would use the championship match as soon as possible because injury could strike at any time and you don’t want to leave something like a championship match on the back burner for too long. With all that said, tonight was not the night that CM Punk made the challenge to William Regal. When will he make the challenge? We do not know but I’m sure it has nothing to do with an upcoming RAW in Chicago.
The show shifts backstage where John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
and Shawn Michaels
are heading to the ring for their big announcement! “Finally, what I’ve been waiting for all night,” says Lawler. Before we cut to the commercial break we get one last big time sell from Michael Cole about the importance of this next segment. “What does this business relationship mean for the wrestling career of Shawn Michaels? How will this effect the WWE? What does being an employee of JBL’s mean? Ladies and gentlemen you cannot miss. JBL and Shawn Michaels will both be in the ring when we return to RAW. I don’t even know what’s going to happen. Find out more when we return LIVE to Monday Night RAW!”
It’s finally time for the most anticipated segment on Monday Night RAW tonight as “LONGHORN”
begins to play in the arena. At first the crowd is united in a chorus of boos for the incoming JBL
however it soon because much more mixed as Shawn Michaels
appears on stage behind John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. The duo make their way down to the ring with many of the fans in attendance unsure of what to do. Michael Cole quickly goes over last night’s events for us to keep everyone up to date with the situation at hand. Lawler doesn’t have much to say, he simply restates that he is extremely interested to hear what Shawn Michaels has to say rather than JBL. Once inside the ring, JBL requests a microphone and he slowly steps into the middle of the ring as his music comes to an end. “I’m sure a lot of you have questions about what you heard last night. Well tonight is going to be interesting for you, because quite frankly I don’t give a DAMN what any of you people have to say!” Boo! The crowd isn’t unsure anymore as they begin to chant “You Suck” at JBL, who of course just eats it all up and laughs. He turns to his employee for a response but gets nothing, HBK stares down at the ground, almost ashamed to look up at the fans. “You don’t get to tell me what I’m going to say. If I wanted you idiots to know more than you already do, than I would’ve told you by now but I don’t. Make up whatever little stories your ignorant minds can handle and pretend like that’s the truth. You people are all too stupid to see the big picture of my genius! I am John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield and I OWN Shawn Michaels!” The crowd has united against JBL and are booing as loudly as they can. JBL continues by saying that Shawn Michaels will do as he is told because that’s what he’s paid to do. It’s JBL that is keeping a roof over the head of the Michaels family and it is JBL that is securing the future of Shawn’s children.
“But that’s all in the contract. That’s not the reason I’m out here tonight. Tonight marks the beginning of something special. April 5, 2009 – WrestleMania 25 in my state of Texas, I shall return as a hero. I will return to the land of my birth not as millionaire, not as a WWE superstar but as a World Champion.” The King freaks out on commentary saying that JBL must have lost his mind if he thinks that he can defeat John Cena. Nevertheless JBL continues his propaganda, “I will return to the main event spot that I shouldn’t have ever lost! I’m going to reclaim my glory and you people are going to love it. I’m going to main event WrestleMania next year!” Meanwhile in the background Shawn Michaels still stands with his head down. “As for how and am I going to do it? Well…” JBL turns towards Shawn Michaels and clicks his fingers, “Quickly, come forward Shawn.” The once proud man known as ‘Mr WrestleMania’ steps forward and has to struggle to lift his head to face the audience in the arena and millions watching at home. “My greatest advantage is not my incredible strength or my ability to out think all of you people but it’s him! The greatest in ring performer of all time, standing in my corner or by my side. You see this man suffered a broken back and still took Steve Austin to the limit at WrestleMania 14. He didn’t compete for four years and still came back as skilled as he was before he left, this man is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time… but now he stands before me as a broken down old dog. Unable to care for his family because he made bad business decisions, until now. Finally Shawn Michaels will be able to provide for his family and protect them when he uses his skills inside of the ring to guarantee my accession to greatness!”
JBL tells Shawn to move back so he can take the middle of the ring and become the sole focus yet again. JBL says he has obsessed with regaining the World Championship and now it is finally time for the ‘Wrestling God’ to take his rightful place in his home state of Texas before his people. “So tonight I start my resurgence as I announce that I, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, the Wrestling God, will be competing in the 2009 Royal Rumble match along with my employee Shawn Michaels.” Big news coming out of Monday Night RAW with the first two members of the roster already confirmed for the Royal Rumble match taking place next year. The crowd has a mixed reaction with many excited for Shawn Michaels to get the chance but many are against JBL getting the same opportunity. “It’s a bit early to announce but let that be a warning to everyone else who wants to enter the match. Not only do you have to go through JBL but you’ve got to deal with,” JBL turns to Shawn Michaels and continues to speak however his tone changes to the most condescending tone I’ve ever heard, “the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels. But don’t think for a second that he’s got a chance to win.” That triggers Shawn’s interest as he faces JBL. “Oh no, he’s going to enter the match and make sure that I walk out as the winner. Like a good employee he’ll do what I say, when I say it or everything else goes away. And if you’re not understanding what I’m saying to you Shawn, I’ll put it this way. If I don’t win the 2009 Royal Rumble than I’ll make sure your family is living on the streets and your wife will go back to dancing for a living but it’s not going to be on Nitro instead it’ll be in some bar while the kids are eating out of rubbish bins in the cold! I told you that you’re going to hear a lot of different ideas from these idiots in the arena and from your so called friends in the back. I’m sure they’ll all have something to say Shawn but where were they when you’re house was nearly taken by the bank? Where we they when you needed money for your little girl to remain in that private school? Huh? I saved you Shawn and now it’s time for you to return the favour. You do your job when I ask and you and your family will be fine. Can you do that for me Shawn?”
Shawn Michaels head is once again tilted down towards the canvas. JBL looks for a response but Shawn isn’t saying anything at the moment. For most of this segment the commentary team have been silent but this break allows for Michael Cole to chime in, “I honestly don’t know how it has come to this. Shawn Michaels is one of the most proud performers I’ve ever known and now he’s stuck as the puppet of JBL. This is sickening.” JBL returns to the front view of the camera and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble match… John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield.” Boo! “LONGHORN” begins to play over the arena and many of the fans are confused because Shawn Michaels did not say a single word during the entire segment. Lawler voices his frustrations on commentary asking why Shawn never got a chance to speak. Inside the ring, JBL directs Shawn Michaels to the ring ropes where HBK holds them open for his boss. The crowd is stunned, JBL has his own little puppet and his name is Shawn Michaels. Their exit is uneventful with the highlights being Cole and Lawler still demanding answers and more than ever a response from Shawn Michaels on this matter. Will Shawn Michaels stay true to the word of JBL and do whatever it takes to win his boss the Royal Rumble? It’s going to be an interesting build up as we move towards one of the most exciting events of the year – the Royal Rumble!
For a quick segment before we take our final commercial break of the night we switch to a split screen of World Champion John Cena
and his partner for tonight Batista
. They are both heading towards the stage arena for the big tag team main event against Randy Orton and a mystery partner. Cole jumps in and gives us that last minute sell, “It’s been a night full of excitement tonight ladies and gentlemen and we still have our main event of the evening. John Cena teams with Batista to take on Randy Orton and by order of the General Manager it will not be a member of Legacy but rather a mystery partner. Even Orton doesn’t even know who he’s going to be teaming with. This is going to be explosive so stay with us after the break for Monday Night RAW!”
With the bills now paid for the show Monday Night RAW is back on air. “I WALK ALONE”
blasts out through the speakers and the arena comes alive for the entrance of ‘The Animal.’ Cole reminds us that Batista
is one of the most popular superstars in the WWE. Quick as ever ‘The King’ starts cheerleading for his man, “Yeah but lets not forget his partner tonight. The Champ is just as popular.” With the pandering done for the moment Batista climbs up onto the turnbuckle after making his way down to the ring. After seeing this crowd reaction it’s hard to imagine them turning against Batista at any point no matter if it’s 2008, 2009 or 2014. “MY TIME IS NOW”
kicks in and here comes the champ! John Cena
steps out onto the stage looking like a man on a mission. No salute tonight and no flashy pandering to the kids as Cena charges down to the ring. “I’ll say this about John Cena to you King, he’s not in the mood for games tonight after what happened earlier. Randy Orton and Legacy attempted to put Cena out of commission and add to the adversity filled year he has faced. Luckily for Cena he had some help from Batista but I would not want to be Randy Orton when John Cena gets his hands on him.” With the good guys in the ring the crowd begins chanting “Let’s Go Cena” and “Batista.” Usually Cena would be having fun with the crowd but not tonight as he stares toward the entrance ramp awaiting Randy Orton. “VOICES”
Here he comes! The most wanted man in the WWE right now, Randy Orton
slithers out onto the stage with Manu
and Cody Rhodes
on either side of him. The Viper dares not walk down the ramp and approach the ring as Cena may jump through the ropes and start attacking him before the match even begins. Orton paces back and forth at the top of the stage, looking uneasy due to not knowing who he’s going to be supported by in this match. All of a sudden Stephanie McMahon appears on the titantron. “Ladies and gentlemen, as the General Manager of RAW it is my duty to make sure that we have a fair and balanced atmosphere for all of our competitors. With that in mind, seeing as this is a 2-2 tag team match I’m going to have to ask Manu and Cody Rhodes to LEAVE ringside.”
Randy Orton is furious and begins screaming, “WHAT? YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME!” Oh but she can Randy and the crowd is loving it. Manu and Cody Rhodes try to argue with security but they are ultimately escorted to the back. Even inside the ring Cena and Batista cannot help but smile at the fact that Orton has lost all advantage and he will be forced to fight without a two man advantage in this man event. Still on screen Stephanie McMahon continues, “With that out of the way allow me to introduce your partner for tonight. I know you must not be happy with me at the moment Randy but please do understand that I’m all about making this a fair and balanced environment for everyone. So, say hello to your tag team partner for tonight.” The titantron goes to black for a moment until…
“Somebodies Gonna Get It”
“No way! Damn it!” outraged by the result Lawler and Cole cannot believe what has just happened. The crowd is no longer overjoyed by the decision of the GM and most of them have gone quite. Cena and Batista don’t know what to say and those smiles are long gone now. The most drastic change of all is of course Randy Orton who just hit the jackpot. Orton can’t believe it and breaths a huge sigh of relief when MARK HENRY
steps onto the stage! Fear is no longer a word known to Randy Orton as he and the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ make their way down to the ring. This has just changed everything mutters Michael Cole while The King is still shocked. “I thought, why did Stephanie pick Mark Henry?” asks The King. Cole replies, “I guess she wanted to be fair and balanced? I’m just as shocked as you Jerry. I thought Randy Orton was going to get what he deserved tonight.”
*Tag Team Match*
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and Batista
Randy Orton and Mark Henry
Big time main event to end Monday Night RAW and the explosiveness of the entire show was evident in this match. Even as confident as he seemed once Mark Henry was introduced as his tag team partner, Randy Orton still spent most of this match standing on the outside of the ring while Henry battled it out against Cena and Batista. The early moments of the match saw a test of strength between Henry and Batista, two bitter rivals from years past as pointed out by Michael Cole. “Fans of course will remember that it was Mark Henry who put Batista on the injured list back in 2006 which forced him to relinquish his World Championship. It would take nearly a year for Batista to regain the title which he never lost so I’m sure that Batista is going to take full advantage of this opportunity to extract some revenge on the World Strongest Man.” Batista and Henry trade powerful strikes with Batista getting the better of the situation at first but is quickly struck down when he attempts to whip Henry into the ropes. Henry follows up by dropping his 300+ pound body down onto Batista with an elbow drop. The pace of the match begins to pick up a few minutes later with a tag to Cena who charges into the ring and knocks Orton off the ropes since he doesn’t seem to keen on getting into the ring. Cena then turns his attention to Henry, delivering a series of punches before running off the ropes and rebounding with a shoulder block which wobbles the World’s Strongest Man. Not enough to knock him down, Cena rebounds again but this time screams out as he throws all his body weight towards Mark Henry. “Down goes Henry! Cena has knocked the big man down!” declares Cole with glee. Cena goes into a mount position and throws some “street” looking punches before standing up and surveying the scene for what his next move will be.
Meanwhile Orton is still down on the ground outside of the ring holding his head but many of the fans with the ability to see Orton aren’t buying that he’s hurt. Back inside the ring Cena and Batista are able to control Henry for the next couple of minutes simply because he’s been in the ring the entire match with Orton refusing to tag in, or not being available to do so if you class them as different thing. Batista hits a nice sidewalk slam on Henry which impresses many of the fans here tonight and receives a warm pop from the crowd. Henry is clearly in trouble at this point and needs to make a tag. His opponents are making tags regularly with Cena now the legal man and he connects with his famous modified bulldog. A series of moves involved in the next sequence are boot to the stomach, irish whip, two forearms to the face and then Cena shoves Henry out of the corner allowing him to ascend to the top turnbuckle. Cena waits for the perfect moment before jumping off and connecting with a leg drop off the top! Cena gets a two count right there with many thinking it would have been three because of all the work and lack of help Henry has gotten so far in this match. After nearly ten minutes of action Henry has NOT made ONE tag to his partner. Orton has finally returned to the ring apron and Cena can be heard yelling “Tag in! Get in here now.” But Orton responds by saying, “I’ll tag in when I’m ready.”
Orton even extends his hand for a tag so Cena backs off allowing Mark Henry to inch closer towards Orton… but ‘The Viper’ backs away and jumps off the apron. “I don’t need to be here, this isn’t my fight.” Orton begins walking around the ring and looks to head up the ramp but is cut off by Batista! The Animal charges after Orton and grabs him by the head, strikes with a few punches and then throws him INTO the ring where John Cena is ready to pounce. The Champ unloads everything he has on Randy Orton and is beating the crap outta the man who earlier tonight attempted to end his career. Cena lifts Orton onto his shoulder and rams him into the turnbuckle hard. Batista makes the tag and he begins using Orton as a punching bag. Orton tries to escape the beating with a burst of energy as he pushes past Batista but he doesn’t get far! Batista grabs onto Orton’s arm and pulls him back – SPINEBUSTER! No escape for ‘The Viper’ tonight as Batista grabs him by the trunks and sets up the Batista Bomb. “Here it comes, Orton is going on a rough ride! Oh wait, watch out Batista.” It’s too late as Mark Henry grabs Batista from behind and pulls him back. Orton is still visibly shaken from that assault but he gathers his wits and sees the opportunity. Orton pushes off the mat and lunges forward – RKO! Batista goes down and Orton quickly rolls out of the ring clutches at his head before falling down outside. Henry goes for the cover but Cena runs in to break the count. This match breaks out into chaos as Henry and Cena begin fighting and the official calls for the bell and rules this a no contest.
Result: No Contest @ 14:21
The fighting continues after the bell but a far more sinister plan could be in play as Manu and Cody Rhodes rush out onto the stage and sprint down to the ring. They quickly go and check on Orton who grabs both of them by the wrist and can be heard saying, “This isn’t our fight.” The youngsters look ready for a fight but take the advice of their mentor, they help Orton to his feet and together Legacy begins to exit the ringside arena. Meanwhile in the ring Mark Henry has Cena rattled, he sends The Champ into the turnbuckle but misses the clothesline in the corner. Cena turns and points at Orton and says, “I’m coming for you!” before delivering an Attitude Adjustment on Mark Henry! “What an amazing display of strength!” says Michael Cole. The crowd goes wild as “MY TIME IS NOW”
blasts over the arena as John Cena stands tall amongst the carnage and chaos of the main event. Cena is handed his World Championship and he unclips the belt before raising it above his head with enormous pride. His eyes remain locked on ‘The Viper’ who has slithered his way up the entrance ramp and to the safety of the stage which would allow him enough time to execute an escape plan if Cena did try to get to him. Cena takes a moment to check on Batista who had rolled to the outside following Cena’s surge into the ring, they give each other a nod and Cena raises his partner’s hand in celebration of a job well done. World Champion John Cena and Batista close out the show standing tall inside the ring with the crowd giving them a warm ovation while Legacy remains at the top of the stage contemplating what is to come next.