We begin with a look back at the greatest settlement of a lawsuit in the history of Sports Entertainment.
We are in Manchester, United Kingdom and your announcers are ‘Sir’ Michael Cole, ‘The Prince of the Bahamas’ John Layfield, and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
We are told that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are on vacation so they will not be on Raw tonight.
Randy Orton’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Randy says that he is going to get right to it, just like Big Show got his job back. Show blackmailed his way into a title match at Survivor Series. If anyone saw the beatdown that Big Show received last week, Randy says that he will be victorious at Survivor Series. He will retain the WWE Title. He will remain the face of the WWE.
In the meanwhile, while Triple H and Stephanie are on vacation, Randy is in charge of tonight’s Raw.
Brad Maddox comes out and he has something to say. He appreciates Randy helping tonight, but Brad reminds Randy that he is the General Manager of Raw. He has the authority and responsibility to be in charge of Raw. Therefore . . .
Kane’s music plays and Bull Shannon makes his way to the ring.
Kane says last week, the Authority appointed him the Director of Operations. In the absence of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, he is in charge tonight.
Brad tells Mr. Kane that with all due respect, he has had the job for a while. He tells Kane to follow his lead. Brad says that Randy Orton will face one half of the Tag Team Chamipons . . . Cody Rhodes.
Kane says no. Randy Orton will face Goldust.
Brad and Kane argue over the first match and Randy tells them to make up their mind. Randy says that he cannot fight both of them.
From out of EXCUSE ME, Vickie Guerrero emerges and she wishes Triple H and Stephanie a wonderful vacation. Vickie says that she has complete confidence in Randy’s in ring skills. As a former General Manager of Raw and the current General Manager of Smackdown, and the voice of reason, the thing that is ‘Best for Business’, they would agree with Randy.
Tonight, Randy Orton will face Cody Rhodes . . . and Goldust.
Match Number One: Goldust and Cody Rhodes versus Randy Orton
Goldust starts off and they lock up. Goldust with a side head lock take down and Orton with a head scissors. Orton with a side head lock take down and Goldust with a head scissors. Orton escapes. Orton pushes Goldust and Goldust with a punch. Orton with a shoulder tackle but Goldust with a hip toss and drop kicks. Cody tags in and he connects with an elbow from the turnbuckles.
Cody with a gourdbuster for a near fall. Orton sends Cody into the turnbuckles and he connects with a European uppercut. Cody with a side head lock and Goldust makes the blind tag and gets a near fall with a rollup.
Orton with shoulders in the corner followed by punches. Orton sends Goldust into the turnbuckles and Goldust with an Irish whip. Orton comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Orton with the Garvin Stomp to Goldust. Orton with forearms to the back followed by a head butt. Orton chokes Goldust.
Orton with forearms but Goldust with punches. Orton with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot and Orton pulls Goldust off the turnbuckles as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton with a reverse chin lock on Goldust. Goldust gets back to his feet and Goldust with a punch. Orton tries for the power slam but Goldust holds on to the ropes. Goldust gets a near fall.
Cody tags in and hits a springboard drop kick and then he gets a sunset flip out of the corner for a near fall. Cody with a drop down uppercut and then he goes up top for a moonsault and he gets a near fall. Cody waits for Orton to get up and Orton tries for a back breaker but Cody with a knee and he tags Goldust back in. Goldust misses a splash but Goldust with a punch and then Cody and Goldust clothesline Randy over the top rope to the floor.
The referee starts his count and Orton gets to his feet at eight and he decides to stay outside the ring and get counted out.
Winners: Goldust and Cody Rhodes (by count out)
After the match, Big Show (who was advertised as not being in the UK) makes his way to the ring after his music plays. Show punches Orton and he sends Orton around the ring and into the ring steps. Show rearranges the announce table and he choke slams Orton through the announce table.
The doctor checks on Orton, who is holding his elbow while officials stand by and watch.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Big Show attacking Randy Orton after Orton got counted out against Goldust and Cody Rhodes.
We see footage from the commercial break. Show gets into a cab and he wants to get a pint because he is a little thirsty.
We see the damage caused to the announce table as Cole wonders who is in charge tonight.
Match Number Two: Diego, Fernando, and Santino Marella (with El Torito) versus Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre
Slater and Fernando start things off and Fernando with chops but Slater with a kick and side head lock. Mahal tags in but Fernando fights Mahal and Slater off, but Mahal with a knee for a near fall. Drew tags in and they hit a series of moves culminating with a flying boot. Drew knocks Diego off the apron.
Fernando with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Mahal and Santino tag in and Santino with jabs followed by a split and hip toss. Santino goes for the diving head butt, but he lands on the knees. Santino with a Saito suplex and both men are down. El Torito distracts Slater and he goes into the ring and Slater follows him through the ring. Santino gores Slater to the floor and El Torito gets ready to do it to Slater, but Drew picks him up and Fernando and Diego with a suicide dive onto Drew. El Torito with a cross body onto Slater.
Santino with a Cobra to Mahal for the three count.
Winners: Los Matadores and Santino Marella
The doctor checks on Orton’s arm and Brad Maddox comes in to apologize. Vickie offers her apology but Randy tells her to save it for next week when Triple H and Stephanie are back. Kane enters and Randy tells him that he doesn’t want to hear from Kane. Kane tells Randy to pay attention or Big Show won’t be his only problem.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Damien Sandow versus Kofi Kingston
Sandow with knees to Kofi and he sends Kofi to the floor. Sandow with forearms to Kofi and then he puts the ring skirt on top of Kofi’s face and he stomps on Kofi. Sandow gets a near fall. Sandow with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with punches and kicks. Sandow with an Irish whip followed by a hard Irish whip and shoulders in the corner. Sandow with head butts and kicks to the back. Sandow with a knee drop and he gets a near fall. Sandow with a rear chin lock but Kofi with punches. Sandow sends Kofi to the at and he hits the Elbow of Disdain followed by knee drops for a near fall.
Sandow misses a leg drop. Kofi gets a boot up and he takes Sandow to the at and he punches him. Kofi with a kick to the head for a near fall. Kofi with Shadows over Hell for a near fall. Sandow with forearms followed by an Irish whip but Kofi with a pendulum kick. Kofi goes for a springboard move and Sandow hits the ropes and Sandow with You’re Welcome for the three count.
Winner: Damien Sandow
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Dolph Ziggler versus Curtis Axel from last week’s Raw.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler versus Curtis Axel in an Intercontinental Title Match
They lock up and go around the ring until the referee separates the and Ziggler with a clean break. They lock up again and Axel with a side head lock. Ziggler and Axel with hammer locks but Axel with punches and kicks. Axel with an Irish whip but Axel misses a splash in the corner. Axel with a leap frog and drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler with a side head lock but Axel with a side head lock of his own. Axel with a shoulder tackle and Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a hip toss and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a series of rapid fire elbow drops and he finishes with a hesitation leaping elbow drop for a near fall.
Axel with an Irish whip and Ziggler goes over the top rope to the floor. Axel goes to the floor and he sends Ziggler into the apron and he punches Ziggler. Axel rolls Ziggler back in and he gets a near fall. Axel with a series of forearms and he gets a near fall.
Axel puts Ziggler in the ropes and he connects with forearms. Ziggler with a leaping hesitation DDT and both men are down. They get up at nine and Axel misses a charge into the corner and Axel hits the ring post with his shoulder. Ziggler with a flying clothesline followed by a Stinger Splash but he stays on the turnbuckles for punches. Ziggler with a swinging neck breaker followed by a leaping elbow drop and he gets a near fall.
Axel catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckles and Axel with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall. Axel with a springing Saito suplex for a near fall. Axel goes up top but Ziggler hits a super X Factor for a near fall. Ziggler tries for a sleeper but Axel pushes him away. Axel sends Ziggler in the air and to the mat followed by a neck breaker driver for the three count.
Winner: Curtis Axel
We go to the back where Brad and Kane tell each other that they have to listen to the other and that the Authority will take care of the other. Brad suggests that the Real Americans face John Cena tonight in the main event. Kane likes the handicap match. The three members of The Shield will face Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Zack Ryder is here to sell some merchandise.
Match Number Four: Tamina Snuka (with AJ Lee) versus Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella)
They lock up and Tamina with a knee but she misses a charge into the corner and Nikki with a rollup for a near fall. Tamina runs into a boot and Nikki with another rollup for a near fall. Nikki with a drop kick and Tamina goes to the floor. Nikki tries for a monkey flip but Tamina pushes her away and then Tamina throws her jacket at Nikki and gets a near fall.
Tamina with a slam followed by a bow and arrow. Tamina stretches Nikki in the ropes. Nikki kicks Tamina but Tamina with a knee and a pump handle power slam for a near fall. Tamina with a reverse chin lock. Tamina with a back breaker but Nikki gets to the turnbuckles and she gets to her feet and she gives Tamina a back body drop.
Nikki with a head scissors and monkey flip followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Nikki is sent into the ropes and AJ hits Nikki followed by a boot from Tamina. AJ takes care of Brie and Tamina goes up top and hits a Superfly splash for the three count.
Winner: Tamina Snuka
After the match, Brie with a drop kick to AJ and then she gives one to Tamina.
We go to commercial.