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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With just a few weeks to go before the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, Raw was the site of some huge news regarding The Grandest Stage of Them All. In addition to Kofi Kingston earning a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, John Cena also found himself becoming a participant in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. But while Raw was in Florida, the most shocking event of the night took place in St. Louis, where Randy Orton watched the program from his home. His viewing experience was interrupted however, when The Legend Killer's WrestleMania opponent, WWE Champion Triple H, busted into the Orton household and attacked the 2009 Royal Rumble winner.
Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. WWE Champion Triple H in a Handicap Match via forfeit; The Game invades Randy Orton's home (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As announced earlier in the night, Orton's "Legacy," Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase prepared to team up against WWE Champion Triple H in Raw's main event. But when The Game's music played, the WWE Champion was nowhere to be seen. Rhodes & DiBiase demanded that they be declared the victors, since their opponent was a no-show. The two multi-generational Superstars received their wish, but their victory was interrupted by Randy Orton, making his voice heard from his home in St. Louis.
The 2009 Royal Rumble winner was furious that Triple H would fail to show up for a match, and worried that he could no-show his WrestleMania title defense, preventing Orton from winning the championship. As he ranted, the doorbell began to ring, with increasing urgency. Eventually, a furious Triple H smashed his way through the door. The Game chased Orton through the house, terrifying his wife and father along the way, before throwing his WrestleMania opponent through a window. As the fight spilled over into the front yard, police officers arrived and took the WWE Champion away in handcuffs.
Rey Mysterio, Finlay & Christian def. Kane & World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison (PHOTOS)
A little less than a week after World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison faced off against Finlay & Christian as part of a Six-Man Tag Team Match on ECW, they met once again on Raw. The Belfast Brawler and Captain Charisma were joined by Rey Mysterio as their opponents teamed up with Kane for another Six-Man Tag Team Match. Although he was at a size disadvantage, the Ultimate Underdog was able to prevail, pinning Morrison for the win.
Chris Jericho challenged Ric Flair to a match on Raw; Koko B. Ware announced as part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 (WATCH)
After losing a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match as a result of Ric Flair's involvement, Chris Jericho was irate. The nefarious Superstar challenged the WWE Hall of Famer to come out of retirement and face him in a match the following week on Raw, where he promised to end the "Ric Flair story."
Following Jericho's tirade, another member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was announced: Koko B. Ware.
Kofi Kingston def. Chris Jericho in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match, due to the involvement of Ric Flair (PHOTOS | WATCH)
On Raw, Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho faced off with a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at stake. Both Superstars were eager to do whatever it took to earn the right to perform on The Grandest Stage of Them All, as winning the Money in the Bank Match results in a World Title Match at any time of the challenger's choosing. During the contest, Hall of Famer Ric Flair made his way out to the entrance ramp and distracted Jericho, taking revenge for the nefarious Superstar's recent spate of insults and attacks perpetuated on numerous WWE Legends. The "Nature Boy's" involvement was just the opening Kingston needed, as he pinned Jericho to earn his spot at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
John Cena was added to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania World Heavyweight Championship Match; Big Show was revealed to be carrying on an affair with Vickie Guerrero (PHOTOS | WATCH)
SmackDown's World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Big Show appeared on Raw with the General Manager of both shows, Vickie Guerrero for their World Heavyweight Title Match Contract Signing. Both Superstars put aside their enmity to sign the paperwork, shake hands and agree to make history at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. But their moment was interrupted by John Cena, who just a few days earlier on SmackDown, had whispered something in Guerrero's ear, capable of stopping Edge's wife in her tracks. At the former World Heavyweight Champion's urging, Vickie announced that the contest would become a Triple Threat Match in order to include Cena.
When both The Rated-R Superstar and The World's Largest Athlete appeared utterly shocked at the development, Cena offered them an explanation against the General Manager's wishes. He claimed that he had confessed his love for Vickie Guerrero, prompting her to give him a World Heavyweight Title opportunity as a way of expressing her own amorous feelings toward him. Edge was infuriated by Cena making moves on his wife, and told Vickie to tear up the contract. Cena then revealed the truth: He didn't have feelings for Vickie, but he knew someone else who did. Showing the footage he presumably used to pressure the General Manager, Cena revealed that Big Show and Vickie had been carrying on a relationship behind her husband's back.
Divas Champion Maryse def. Women's Champion Melina (non-title match) (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As a result of their altercation on Raw last week, Divas Champion Maryse came to Raw to face off against Women's Champion Melina. But Maryse wasn't traveling alone, as she brought a group of SmackDown Divas with her, including Maria, the Bella Twins, Eve and Michelle McCool. In spite of the presence of a group of Raw Divas including Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Layla and Jillian, the Divas Champion managed to pin Melina for the win. Following the match, all of the Divas took to the ring, where they squared off before assaulting one another with little regard to their home brand.
After the match, Raw's interim General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, announced that there would be a 25-Diva Battle Royal at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, featuring Divas from Raw, SmackDown, ECW and WWE History.
Randy Orton was interviewed in his home; WWE Champion Triple H will face Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase in a Handicap Match later in the night
Three nights earlier, Randy Orton and his "Legacy" appeared on SmackDown, where they brutally attacked WWE Champion Triple H. But while Orton's WrestleMania opponent was scheduled to face Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase in a Handicap Match as Raw's main event, The Legend Killer rested comfortably in his St. Louis home. In his interview with Michael Cole, Orton claimed that his attack on Triple H showed restraint, despite the fact that it violated his own stipulation banning physical contact between himself and the champion. The viper-like Superstar went on to state his plan to continuously chip away at The Game until they face one another for the WWE Title at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
JBL def. CM Punk to become the new Intercontinental Champion (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As announced prior to the match, JBL had been petitioning Vickie Guerrero in recent weeks for an Intercontinental Title opportunity. On Raw, the show's interim General Manager finally gave in, and placed the Longhorn Loudmouth in a match against Intercontinental Champion CM Punk. In spite of The Straightedge Superstar's impressive technical ability, he wasn't able to compete against the unscrupulous tactics of JBL, who raked Punk's eyes and hit him with a clothesline to win the title, which could very well play into his promise on his WWE Universe blog to do something "historic" at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
Undertaker appeared on Raw to confront Shawn Michaels (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Raw opened with Shawn Michaels taking to the ring, trumpeting his intention of beating Undertaker at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, breaking The Phenom's historic 16-0 winning streak. But "Mr. WrestleMania" was interrupted by a bone-chilling gong, heralding the arrival of Undertaker himself. The Deadman pointed out that while HBK has an impressive history at WrestleMania, he has known defeat at The Biggest Spectacle of Them All, while Undertaker has not. Michaels was unflappable though, again proclaiming that he'll walk away victorious before leaving the ring.