Finn Bálor and Elias collide as Raw's Seven-Man Gauntlet Match rolls on.02/19/2018 - 22:15
TOLEDO, Ohio -- While special guest host Jon Lovitz enjoys success as a comedian, a movie star and a former member of Saturday Night Live, the brutal qualifying matches and one shocking departure that went down inside Toledo's Huntington Center were no laughing matter.
Edge def. WWE Champion John Cena and Chris Jericho in a Non-Title Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It was a do-or-die moment for both Edge and Chris Jericho. In their Triple Threat Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match with John Cena, if either Edge or Jericho were to win, they would move on to the WWE Championship Fatal 4-Way Match next month. If The Champ were to prevail, however, neither Superstar would be eligible.
Knowing how much hung in the balance, The Ultimate Opportunist seized an opening by dropping Jericho with a Spear and covering him for the victory.
As he celebrated, the night's other qualifiers, Sheamus and Randy Orton, made their presence felt, leaving all four Fatal 4-Way competitors staring down one another in a preview of mayhem to come.
Ashton Kutcher to act as special guest host next week
Ashton Kutcher, star of the romantic comedy Killers, also starring Katherine Heigl, will drop by next week to tackle the role of Raw's special guest host. A longtime member of the WWE Universe, Kutcher promises to bring the funny to Monday night.
Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty def. William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov; mystery team attacked (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One night after successfully defending their Unified Tag Team Titles, The Hart Dynasty continued their momentum by defeating the team of William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov. After pinning the Englishman for the win, Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith & Natalya found themselves ambushed by a mystery trio, including two men and one woman.
Special guest host Jon Lovitz conducted "WWE Superstar Search" (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The movie star and Saturday Night Live alum hosted a "WWE Superstar Search." The search began when The Great Khali was joined by Ranjin Singh for a milk-curdling rendition of Taco's classic hit, "Putting on the Ritz." Next up, before Jillian Hall could even begin her cat-trapped-in-a-kettle singing, Lovitz cut her off. For the final act, a contestant stepped forward from the crowd with a bizarre talent that involved dislodging his eyeball.
Afterward, Ted DiBiase, accompanied by Virgil, angled to purchase the "eye-popping" orb. When Santino interfered, however, DiBiase nailed him with Dream Street and left the Italian nursing his wounds.
R-Truth def. The Miz in a United States Championship Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Poor, Miz. He probably thought his precious United States Title had found its way home. After all, new Raw GM Bret Hart had abdicated the championship to take on his new role and offered The Miz an opportunity to reclaim the honor by pitting him against R-Truth in a U.S. Title Match. Sadly for "The Cleveland Screamer," Truth was what was up when he bested Miz to become the new U.S. Champion.
Maryse & Alicia Fox def. Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Maryse was in no mood. After failing to capture the Divas Title from Eve at Over the Limit, the big-headed blond was steamed. She teamed with Alicia Fox against Eve & Gail Kim. Just as the Divas Champion was poised to pin Maryse, Alicia pounced and nailed Eve while the referee was distracted. The punishment allowed the French Canadian to hit a DDT and cover Eve for the victory.
Raw GM Bret Hart arranged John Cena vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho in a Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match
For the third and final Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match of the night, Raw's new General Manager, Bret Hart, announced that the Superstars competing would be WWE Champ John Cena, Chris Jericho and Edge in a Triple Threat Match. If either Edge or Jericho win, they will qualify, but, if Cena emerges victorious, neither The Rated-R Superstar or Mr. Vocabulary will make the cut.
Sheamus def. Mark Henry in a Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In the second Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match of the evening, Mark Henry proved why he's earned the muscular moniker, The World's Strongest Man. Henry appeared to be dominating his opponent, Sheamus. But, as if preparing a hearty Irish stew, The Celtic Warrior slowly stirred the pot and eventually offering some kick at the end to pull off the win and qualify for the WWE Championship Fatal 4-Way Match.
Bret Hart took over as new Raw GM; Fatal 4-Way qualifying matches announced; Batista quit WWE (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One night after losing an "I Quit" Match to WWE Champion John Cena at Over the Limit, Batista wasn't in shape to do much of anything -- except whine. The Superstar was helped to the ring to complain about his loss the night before and to demand another rematch. His rant was cut short, however, by Raw's new General Manager Bret Hart.
The WWE Hall of Famer announced a series of qualifying matches for next month's brand new Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view, at which Cena will defend his title in a Fatal 4-Way Match. The first qualifier announced was Batista against Randy Orton, but when The Animal refused, he automatically forfeited the match.
An enraged Batista went ballistic, screaming at Hart before finally telling the WWE Universe, "I quit!" The Animal was then assisted from the ring and eventually from the arena.