WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's Monday Night Raw to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.02/20/2018 - 14:15
Raw results: Title wave
HAMPTON, Va. – The McMahon Era has ended, giving birth to the era of Triple H. On The Game’s first night as the Big Man on Canvas, the WWE Universe witnessed the return of both a WWE Hall of Famer and an electrifying Superstar as well as, not one, but two WWE Champions. On second thought, make that three. Oh, yeah, this should be interesting.
John Cena def. WWE
Champion Rey Mysterio; CM Punk confronted Cena (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | CM PUNK EXCLUSIVE | PHOTOS | FULL STORY)
The capacity crowd inside the Hampton Coliseum might want to save their ticket stubs. It was a night to remember for the WWE Universe. In an unprecedented second WWE Championship Match of the night, newly-minted WWE Champion Rey Mysterio was forced to defend the title he won less than two hours earlier against one of WWE’s toughest competitors, John Cena.
As the two sportsmen competed, it eventually became clear that The Cenation Commander-in-Chief would overpower Rey’s agile assault and capture his ninth WWE Championship. In the carnival of celebration, however, one competitor emerged to dispute the legitimacy of Cena’s reign.
CM Punk shocked the WWE faithful when, after having departed the company two weeks earlier, he surfaced inside the arena carrying his WWE Title. The audience, as well as millions at home, watched the confrontation, the tension, the body language. Which man would blink first? Which WWE Champion was the rightful heir to WWE’s most coveted object? In the frenzied air of anticipation, however, there would be no determination. The Second City Savior and The Champ merely stood hoisting their respective WWE Titles skyward, as if to declare their proper place in the history books despite the protests of the other.
Alberto Del Rio def.
Kofi Kingston (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Alberto Del Rio quickly figured out that coasting on your accomplishments is the quickest course to obscurity in WWE. In the wake of his astounding Money in the Bank victory, The Mexican Aristocrat dropped focus in an upset loss to Kofi Kingston last week. This week, however, Mr. Money in the Bank came correct, halting his slide as well as any momentum for The Dreadlock Dynamo.
Zack Ryder def. Michael Cole (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After abandoning his post earlier in the program, announcer Michael Cole was made to pay, thanks to WWE’s new COO, Triple H. The Superstar collecting the toll? Zack Ryder. The Long Island Iced Z punished the egotistical talking head and gave his legion of “Bro-skis” something to cheer about. Woo! Woo! Woo! You know it!
Triple H gave a
“State of the WWE Address” (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS)
Meet the new boss. After relieving Mr. McMahon of his duties last week, Triple H took over as WWE’s Chief Operating Officer or COO. This week, a sharply dressed Game addressed the WWE Universe and ushered in several major developments.
First, Raw would host an unprecedented second WWE Title Match later in the evening between recently crowned WWE Champion Rey Mysterio and John Cena.
The second bombshell dropped shortly afterward: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross would be returning to the Raw announce desk. When The Game announced the decision, current announcer Michael Cole mouthed off in protest. As a result, Triple H arranged a match for him later in the evening against an as-yet-unnamed opponent.
While wrapping up his address, The Cerebral Assassin was interrupted by a clearly imbalanced R-Truth. After enduring the crackpot’s latest batch of conspiracy theories, Triple H introduced the man Truth had put on the shelf: John Morrison. The recuperated Shaman of Sexy darted into the ring and unleashed his frustrations on Truth, leaving him immobile on the mat.
Divas Champion Kelly
Kelly & Eve def. Maryse & Melina (WATCH PHOTOS)
Two blondes plus two brunettes equals one heck of a tag team match. Divas Champion Kelly Kelly teamed with the gorgeous Eve to square off against belligerent beauties Maryse & Melina. Although Kelly looks like a cheerleader, she once again proved she isn’t afraid to throw down like a linebacker. The Divas Champion proved her title reign is no fluke when she secured the pin and the victory for her team.
Next week, Divas from both Raw and SmackDown will compete in a Diva Battle Royal to determine who will face Kelly Kelly at SummerSlam.
U.S. Champion Dolph
Ziggler def. Evan Bourne (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Is Vickie Guerrero Dolph Ziggler’s lucky charm? If so, the poor guy may just have to keep her around. Once again, the U.S. Champion prevailed in a match against one of WWE’s most agile Superstars, Evan Bourne. The aerial acrobrat proved unable to overcome Ziggler’s swiftness and athleticism, succumbing to a sleeper hold.
Rey Mysterio def. The
Miz to become the WWE Champion (WATCH:PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PHOTOS)
First things first. When Raw went off the air the week before, there remained unfinished business to attend to, namely determining a new WWE Champion. After eight Superstars were whittled down to two during a WWE Championship Tournament, only Rey Mysterio and The Miz remained. To kick off tonight’s show, the pair clashed in a frenzied contest that eventually saw The Master of the 619 capture his first ever WWE Championship.
His title reign got off to a tumultuous start. After the match, Rey’s petulant opponent, apparently unable to keep his A.D.D. in check, ambushed the freshly-minted champion before stomping off. As if Miz’s outburst weren’t enough, Mr. Money in the Bank, Alberto Del Rio, then appeared, hoping to cash in his contract. Before he could, however, the new champion flew over the top rope onto his attacker, which sent The Mexican Aristocrat reeling and fleeing up the entrance ramp.
- Rey Mysterio def. The Miz for the WWE Championship
- U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Evan Bourne
- Divas Champion Kelly Kelly & Eve def. Maryse & Melina
- Zack Ryder def. Michael Cole
- Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston
- John Cena def. WWE Champion Rey Mysterio