Seeing stars and stripes

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October 25, 2010

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Halloween may be a night for demonic spirits to wreak havoc on the living, but just six days prior to All Hallows Eve, a presence equally as sadistic, Wade Barrett, was busy haunting his nemesis, John Cena. 

John Cena def. WWE Champion Randy Orton by Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Turnabout, meet fair play. One night earlier, Wade Barrett had defeated WWE Champion Randy Orton by disqualification at WWE Bragging Rights thanks to John Cena. Tonight, the Englishman made certain Cena won his match against Orton by the very same means.

No, Barrett wasn't really helping Cena, per se -- he was helping himself. You see, earlier in the evening, Raw's anonymous GM arranged a no disqualifications, no count-outs match, featuring a special guest referee, in four weeks at Survivor Series between Barrett and Orton for the WWE Title. Were The Viper to win, he would choose the referee. If Cena were to win, however, the fester from Manchester would choose, which is precisely what happened.

After Barrett ambushed The Nexus' reluctant warrior, the rest of the outlaws, including Nexus' newest members, Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty, charged the ring to attack Orton. Cena fought them off before Barrett exercised his right to select the guest referee for his championship match against WWE's Apex Predator. In a shrewd stroke, the Nexus leader chose Cena, but not without thickening the plot. Barrett added that if he wins the WWE Title at Survivor Series, Cena is free from The Nexus. However, if he does not win the championship, Cena will be fired!

Pee-wee Herman will guest star on Raw next week
Prepare for one big adventure as Pee-wee Herman rides in next Monday as Raw celebrity guest star. The irreverent comedian is taking a break from his Broadway show, The Pee-wee Herman Show, to bring his special brand of humor -- and red bowtie -- to the WWE Universe.

Santino Marella def. Sheamus (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Yes, you read that correctly. An irate Sheamus challenged Santino Marella to a match -- and lost! The Irishman pinned Team Raw's poor showing at WWE Bragging Rights on The Italian Stallion. Rather than succumbing to the Celtic clubbing one might expect, Santino had an assist from Team Raw cohort John Morrison, who helped drop the pale persecutor and allow the Italian to cover for the three-count.

The Miz def. R-Truth (WATCH | PHOTOS)
When you point a finger at others, remember that four of your fingers are pointing back at you. It's a lesson The Miz would be wise to remember. Instead, Raw's Team captain blamed his teammates for their loss at WWE Bragging Rights. When Eve came out to set him straight, he was hardly receptive. That's when R-Truth arrived to put an exclamation on her point.

Before things turned too heated, Raw's mystery GM arranged a match then and there. While Truth hit "The Cleveland Screamer" with more than just the facts, Mr. Money in the Bank still managed to prevail as his assistant Alex Riley watched from ringside.

Prior to the match, Miz told the WWE Universe that Team SmackDown's Rey Mysterio should have been disqualified at WWE Bragging Rights and then challenged him to show up on Raw next week.

Self-professed "Co-WWE Divas Champions" Michelle McCool & Layla def. Melina & Gail Kim (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Will someone -- anyone! -- please put WWE's Mean Girls in their place? Self-proclaimed "Co-WWE Divas Champions" Michelle McCool & Layla once again won -- and boasted about being the "greatest WWE Divas in history." After defeating Natalya the night before at WWE Bragging Rights, Lay-Cool disposed of Melina & Gail Kim, when McCool pinned the lovely Latina. What-eva!

U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Arrogant, manipulative, conceited … unlucky? During his match against U.S. Champion Daniel Bryan at WWE Bragging Rights last night, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler lost when the referee appeared to blow a call. Tonight, with Ziggler's lady friend, SmackDown Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero, and a watchful CM Punk observing from ringside, Ziggler again went down in flames after yet another seeming mistake by a referee.

Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga & John Cena; WWE Champion Randy Orton to face John Cena (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Wade Barrett appeared as dark and moody as a winter in England. No wonder. The night before at WWE Bragging Rights, the leader of The Nexus informed John Cena that if he were to lose his match against WWE Champion Randy Orton, Cena would be fired from WWE. Well, the petulant Brit defeated The Viper by disqualification thanks to a well-timed Attitude Adjustment on him by his unwilling bodyguard, Cena. One problem: A title cannot change hands on a disqualification. All of which meant that Cena would not be fired and that Orton would retain the title.

Amid the bickering, Raw's anonymous General Manager stated, via laptop, that Orton would defend his title against Barrett in four weeks in a match featuring a special guest referee. To determine the referee, the WWE Champion was forced to battle a member of Nexus, with the winner to select who'll wear the stripes. Barrett's choice of Nexus member to face Orton? John Cena, but of course.

Just 24 hours earlier at WWE Bragging Rights, Cena was forced to pair with David Otunga, and the two captured the WWE Tag Team Titles. The men would soon be stripped of those honors when Barrett arranged a match and ordered Otunga to lay down for Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater, who walked away new champions.

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