Finn Bálor and Elias collide as Raw's Seven-Man Gauntlet Match rolls on.02/19/2018 - 22:15
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While it's Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein who stars in USA Network's Royal Pains, it was Raw's General Manager, Bret Hart, who experienced serious and mounting pains of his own thanks to the group of ruthless and desperate season one NXT Rookies.
WWE Champion John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Edge & Sheamus ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Just six days before the four clash in a Fatal 4-Way WWE Championship Match, WWE Champion John Cena paired with Randy Orton to take on Edge & Sheamus. With the entire Raw roster looking on from the entrance ramp to prevent another ambush from the NXT Rookies, the four Superstars, who will battle for the title on Sunday, tore into one another in a prelude to Fatal 4-Way.
Their match was cut short, however, when it was realized that the NXT Rookies had accosted Raw General Manager Bret Hart and dragged him into the parking lot. Once there, the Rookies, led by NXT winner Wade Barrett, tossed the WWE Hall of Famer into the back of a limo and ordered the driver to smash the auto into walls and other cars. The sadistic Rookies then harassed a defenseless Hart, pressuring him to offer them all WWE contracts. When Hart refused, the Rookies agreed that they would give him until Sunday's pay-per-view to think about it. But will Hart be in any condition to respond? If so, will he concede and sign all of the NXT season one rookies to contracts? Stay tuned.
Santino Marella def. William Regal (PHOTOS | WATCH)
An international incident seemed to be brewing when Santino Marella squared off against William Regal with Vladimir Kozlov acting as special guest referee. Unfortunately for the Englishman, his Italian opponent bent the rules. Since the Russian referee failed to catch the questionable call, Marella managed to claim the victory. While Regal argued his case, it became quite clear that Kozlov could not understand him and that he was arguing in vain.
Raw Guest Host Mark Feuerstein & Big Show def. Ted DiBiase & Virgil
Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein teamed with Big Show on his USA Network program Royal Pains for an upcoming episode. If that pairing went anything like the duo's wrestling on Raw, the episode is a must-see. Feuerstein, a former competitive wrestler, teamed with The World's Largest Athlete against Ted DiBiase & his manservant Virgil. The actor and the athlete proceeded to humble their moneyed menaces when Feuerstein pinned Virgil - much to the disgust of DiBiase. (READ MORE | PHOTOS | WATCH)
Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim def. Alicia Fox & Maryse (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Just six days before these sexy, smart and powerful ladies compete in a Fatal 4-Way Divas Championship Match, Eve teamed with Gail Kim against Maryse & Alicia Fox. While resident Mean Girl Maryse triumphed last week in the Viewer's Choice Diva Battle Royal, reigning champion Eve wasn't about to let herstory repeat itself. The martial arts maven leveled Alicia to secure the win for her and her partner Gail. This Sunday, however, it'll be every woman for herself.
NXT Rookies attempted an attack on WWE Champion John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One week after suffering a despicable attack at the hands of the NXT Rookies, WWE Champion John Cena proved that you can't keep a good man down. Despite the beating, The Champ came to the ring to address the NXT Rookies. During his speech, Cena became distracted by the NXT Rookies, who jumped a security barrier. Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver and David Otunga headed for the parking lot, however, after Cena was joined by Jerry Lawler, R-Truth, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Santino Marella, Evan Bourne, William Regal, Sheamus and Edge.
Evan Bourne def. Chris Jericho by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH)
How the mighty have fallen. After being launched over the top rope by Big Show last week, Chris Jericho's woes continued. The self-important Superstar faced down the challenge of Evan Bourne this week. After locking in The Codebreaker, Jericho was shocked when "Air" Bourne kicked out. So frustrated was Mr. Vocabulary that he flipped out, pummeling Bourne to the point of disqualification. For his part, the high-flyer retaliated, leaving Jericho down and dumbfounded.
Big Show & guest host Mark Feuerstein to face Ted DiBiase & Virgil
Ted DiBiase can't buy his way out of this. The "Fortunate Son" and his manservant Virgil tried to intimidate Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein, star of USA Network's Royal Pains, into letting him co-host the show. When Feuerstein refused, he was backed up by an unlikely ally, Big Show. It seems The World's Largest Athlete did a cameo on an upcoming episode of Royal Pains and agreed to team with his actor pal against DiBiase & Virgil.
The Miz def. R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder in a Fatal 4-Way United States Championship Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Will the WWE Universe ever hear the end of it? In a Fatal 4-Way United States Championship Match, The Miz reclaimed the title that meant so much to him. The Cleveland Screamer managed to prevail over former champ R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder by pinning Truth. Since the winner of a Fatal 4-Way Match is the first competitor to pin any of his other three opponents, Miz seized an opportunity presented by his former tag team partner Morrison. Before the night was over, Truth invoked his rematch clause for this Sunday at Fatal 4-Way.
Perhaps WWE Champion John Cena and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger are each looking on, strategizing and thinking, "There but for the grace of God…"
Raw General Manager Bret Hart fired NXT Rookie Wade Barrett (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As Raw's General Manager, Bret Hart hasn't exactly been the wishy-washy type. Therefore, when NXT Rookies Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, David Otunga and NXT winner Wade Barrett flooded the ring to make a few demands in the wake of their brutal rampage last week, Hart didn't hesitate to make an executive decision. Rather than bend to the will of ringleader Barrett or any of the NXT Rookies, the WWE Hall of Famer instead canned Barrett -- and then threatened to have the lot of 'em arrested if they didn't leave!