Welcome to the very first Raw after what could be argued as being the best pay-per-view of the year.
Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Jericho to Determine the No. 1 Contender
Don't ask me why WWE gave this match away on free T.V., just be thankful that they did!
I suppose they put it on first to grab viewers attention and allow the main event segment to entice viewers to stay tuned.
This match had absolutely everything—crazy reactions from the fans, quick paced action, double team moves—everything.
Powerbombs, double DDTs, quick fire pins, RKOs, Walls of Jericho, and dummy finishers all featured throughout this amazing match.
WWE, thank you for the exhilarating contest on live television.
Edge/Jericho Promo on Nexus & Nexus Beatdown
This segment was very entertaining. Both men vying for the alliance of Nexus, Jericho once again claiming credit for Nexus' domination and Edge trying to win Nexus over?
All three men's promo skills were very good and Barrett's are improving each and every week.
The Nexus attack on Edge was very well executed and Jericho's facial expression as he realised what was going on was great.
It made sense for Nexus to attack these two—it gives them a reason to fight against them.
It's the only feud Jericho can be involved in as it would be very easy to write him off T.V. if needs be (due to the uncertainty of his future).
Also, all the top stars are either injured or otherwise engaged, so Edge had nothing to do really.
In summary, a great segment.
Maryse vs. Eve
A lot of time wasting at the start of this match.
A few slaps and elbow shots, then a kick to the head of Maryse from Eve and it's over—even though Maryse's foot was on the rope.
A ''Starship Pain'' to DiBiase from Morrison to end the segment.
Sheamus tells us about his meeting with Barrett earlier.
Some good mic skills from Sheamus. I'm not sure why he would want to align himself with Nexus or come to some sort of agreement with them.
Out comes The Miz, who cuts a promo about his victory at Money in the Bank and about how he is awesome.
Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne
Typical action from both men. Sheamus hits the power moves—powerslams, head mashes, and the bicycle kick.
Bourne tried to use his arial offense and some kicks but it didn't work out.
Bourne also hit his head off the camera at ringside.
Sheamus picks up the win with the brogue kick.
After the match, out comes Miz and he attacks Sheamus with the briefcase and hits the skull crushing finale on it. He tells the referee to ring the bell as he's cashing in!
Then R-Truth emerges and runs Miz off. I was a bit confused here as Cole said Miz still has his briefcase as the bell didn't ring, but I thought I heard it.
Anyway, a good segment here.
Orton bumps into Sheamus backstage and says he's going to nail Sheamus or whoever is WWE champion at SummerSlam with an RKO.
Marella & Kozlov vs. Ryder & Regal
Not too bad of a match here. Some decent action compared to last week's fiasco.
Chinlocks, chokeslams, and headbutts all featured.
Santino picks up the win with a saluting headbutt after Kozlov chokeslams Ryder.
Wade Barrett vs. Mark Henry
Not a bad match here. It was much better than I thought it would be.
Headbutts, powerslams, outside action, and near falls featured in this match.
Barrett picked up the win after nailing his finisher from the second rope. Even though Barrett struggled slightly, it was still a great and impressive finish!
John Cena Meets Nexus/Team WWE attack Team Nexus
Did anybody really think that Cena would back down and walk away? I must say, he did play the role well but, given his past reputation as ''superman,'' it was never going to happen.
Just as Cena walks up the ramp, he announces that he has assembled a team to fight Nexus.
The team consists of himself, R-Truth, Morrison, Khali, Jericho, Edge and Bret Hart! Hart comes out last to a huge pop from the fans!
Team WWE charge the ring as Nexus flee through the crowd. Raw goes off the air with Hart's music playing as Team Raw celebrate.
This had to be one of the best Raw's of this year, at the very least.
As always, it had one or two segments which were below par compared to the rest of the night's action.
The highlight of the night was the final segment which saw Bret Hart return. It was nice to see him get the pop he deserved.
However, the match of the night was Orton vs. Edge vs. Jericho—it was worthy of main eventing almost any WWE pay-per-view.
The other action throughout the night was good too, with one or two blemishes here and there.
All in all, a great edition of Monday Night Raw!
Final Rating: 4/5
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