I've seen some crazy stuff on RAW in my lifetime. But nothing could compare to what happened tonight. In front of a sellout crowd in Chicago, Illinois, we saw the return of The Boss...and the quickest departure of the Boss in history. In all honesty, words can't describe what I saw at the end of the night.
But we'll show try to find some. Here's the recap of tonight's RAW.
The show opens with a trip down memory lane as we relive the moments that led to Vince McMahon’s departure from the WWE six months ago.
The show goes live with the arrival of Randy Orton to the ring.
First Bout: Six Man OTR Challenge Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Kane vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
First Bout: Six Man OTR Challenge
Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Kane vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
As the match starts, the lights begin to flash on and off. Then Legacy focuses on Kane until Santino steps in and decides to try to form a team. But Legacy decides to toss him over instead, and focuses on Kofi Kingston. But Kane recovers while Rhodes and DiBiase toss Kofi over. After disposing of Rhodes, Kane tosses Rhodes, while DiBiase sacrifices himself to eliminate Kane and allow Orton to win the Battle Royal.
In the back, the hometown boy, CM Punk is prepping for his match against William Regal later tonight.
Second Bout: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix
It doesn’t take long before Beth hits the Glamaslam to win the match. Backstage, Santino congratulates Beth for her victory tonight…and surprises her with Rosa Mendez…as an intern!
In the back, Cody Rhodes comes in with huge news for The Legacy: Stephanie McMahon is set to fire Randy Orton tonight. But Orton is livid and walks out to confront Stephanie McMahon. Orton storms into Stephanie’s office to find out if the rumors are true about his departure from RAW. She then confirms that she will not fire him, so he can stop sucking up to him. As Orton defends himself, Stephanie cocks back and slaps the taste out of his mouth!
Don’t forget that next week will be the first showing of a preview of John Cena’s new film, “12 Rounds.”
Third Bout: CM Punk vs. William Regal (No Disqualifications for Intercontinental Championship)
CM Punk has continued the pressure and uses the No DQ to his advantage. But thanks to Layla, Regal gets control of the match. Both men slug back and forth, but it is Punk who gets control with a high kick to the back of Regal’s head. Punk continues the assault with the Turnbuckle Knee, but Regal counters with a Full Nelson German Suplex, only to have Punk kick out.
Punk fights out of a possible knee to the head and nails the Go To Sleep to get the pin and become Intercontinental Champion!
As Punk continues to celebrate, RAW shows highlights from last week’s main event between Shawn Michaels and John Cena. In the process, John Cena, JBL and HBK are heading to the ring for the contract signing for this Sunday’s World Heavyweight Championship match @ The Royal Rumble.
Intermission: Royal Rumble Main Event Contract Signing
Jerry Lawler plays host and moderator for this contract signing. JBL comes out first, along with his “puppet,” Shawn Michaels, followed by World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena.
Both men sign the contract, but JBL decides that he wants to bore us some more. Cena decides that he would rather talk to Shawn instead. Cena tries to talk some sense into Michaels, who remains silent about the situation to this point. Layfield continues to talk for Shawn, until HBK takes the mic and decides to speak on his own behalf.
Shawn tries to explain his actions for joining JBL’s Corporation. He then tells Shawn that if his actions cost Cena the World Title, then so be it. Cena tells Michaels that he has a choice to make this Sunday, and with that, the physicality begins. JBL cheap shots Cena, nails a big boot and delivers a devastating Clothesline From Hell to drop the World Champion.
I will say it now: THIS SUNDAY, SHAWN MICHAELS, PROVE THAT YOU’RE NOT A PUPPET…OR IT WON’T JUST BE JOHN CENA THAT MAKES YOU PAY FOR IT!
Fourth Bout: Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox
Mysterio goes on the offensive against Knox and has enough thrust to launch him out of the ring. As Mysterio goes off the ropes, Knox levels him with a vicious clothesline. As Knox tries to continue the assault, Mysterio sets him up for a 619 only to get caught by Knox. Since Knox refused to stop the assault in the corner, he gets disqualified. He then levels Mysterio with the Knox Landing.
In the back, Stephanie McMahon is prepping for her father’s return, but when she walks into her office, she runs into Chris Jericho. Jericho has been given permission by her father to plead his case to get his job back tonight to The Chairman. A smug Jericho then walks out of her office, much to the dismay of Stephanie.
Back on RAW, we have to relive the moments of last Friday night’s horrific accident involving WWE Champion Jeff Hardy.
Fifth Bout: The Dirt Sheet vs. Cryme Tyme
CTC gets some much wanted revenge when JTG disrupts Morrison’s kick and Shad drops Morrison with the Brooklyn Slam to pick up the win. Cryme Tyme has now earned a shot at the World Tag Team Championships at a later date.
In the back, Cody tries to talk smack to Mickie James…but is interrupted by his older brother Goldust. His older brother then comes out and throws a promo pop for…Starrcade! On DVD now! Cody decides to bash his brother and his father. But outside, a limo pulls up to the parking garage.
Sixth Bout: Jillian Hall vs. Melina
Jillian tries to be cocky by mocking Melina, but the Hollywood Diva doesn’t look in a laughing mood. But Melina gets caught, and Jillian takes control…while The Glamarouge comes down for a closer look at their opponent for The Rumble. Melina counters a quick turnbuckle spear into a small package to pick up the win. After the bell, Rosa and Beth come in and interfere with Melina’s celebration. Beth claims that she needs no one’s help to beat Melina…but from the looks of it, she might need it.
In the back, Dolph Ziggler is trying his hardest to impress Candice Michelle…that is until a familiar face leaves him speechless. Dolph turns around and is eye to eye with Vince McMahon. As the young upstart is left speechless, and Candice is left busting a gut, The Boss heads to the ring for his first appearance on RAW in six months.
Conclusion: The Return of The Chairman
The crowd erupts and still has that swagger that made him famous as Vince returns to the ring. Vince says that tonight is about business. He then calls out Chris Jericho. Jericho comes out and begins to become the next member of Vince McMahon’s Kiss My Ass Club. Jericho continues to insult Vince’s daughter before Vince calls out his daughter to confront the accusations of Jericho.
McMahon decides that he will not reinstate Jericho…but he does decide to run RAW with Stephanie. He then decides to leave the decision of rehiring Chris Jericho to his daughter. All Jericho has to do is apologize to her.
Jericho then apologizes not once, not twice but three times. Stephanie McMahon then says that his apology is not good enough. But if he really wants his job back, he has to apologize to the fans, and the fans pull their best Jerry Springer moment by chanting, “On Your Knees!”
After that, Stephanie gives him his job back and tells Chris to walk back up the ramp and hear what the fans really think about him. As Vince hugs his daughter, Randy Orton comes out to confront the Chairman and the Princess.
Orton comes out and tells Vince that his daughter should apologize to him for slapping him earlier. He goes on to insult Stephanie, which in turn causes Vince to come out and retaliate against Orton. He makes it clear to Orton that if it wasn’t for Vince, Randy would be nothing more than a school teacher in St. Louis.
He then tells Randy to apologize to him…or else. Randy then tells him that he doesn’t want to do that. As McMahon prepares to fire Orton, Randy turns around, slaps him and delivers the punt to Vince McMahon. As Vince is helped by medical personnel, The Legacy comes down to get Orton out of the fire.
Stephanie pleads for her father to talk to her as RAW goes off the air…but this Sunday, what will be the repercussions of Orton’s actions?