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November 08, 2010

MANCHESTER, England -- With two weeks until Survivor Series, Monday Night Raw hopped the pond and settled into jolly ol' England. Although the proceedings appeared to be running smoothly, even "tickety-boo," as the Brits might say, when Manchester native Wade Barrett started bossing around Superstars, that's when things became all "sixes and sevens" -- and that, as any Englishman will tell you -- adds up to chaos.

Team Barrett def. Team Orton (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Blimey! Two weeks before clashing with WWE Champion Randy Orton at Survivor Series, Wade Barrett savored a triumphant homecoming. Commanding Team Barrett, including WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty and himself, the Nexus leader defeated Team Orton, consisting of the WWE Champion, R-Truth, Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry & The Miz.

With Nexus' reluctant disciple, John Cena, acting as special guest referee, David Otunga slunk to the squared circle, causing a distraction. By the time Cena dispatched of Otunga, Miz had already gone rogue and leveled his team captain, The Viper. Barrett quickly pounced, covering Orton as Cena turned and slapped the canvas for the three-count.

In the wake of his momentous victory, Barrett was carried off on the shoulders of his Nexus minions. But was the Englishman's hometown celebration a harbinger of championships to come, or the latest sign of his arrogant undoing?

Special three-hour, "old school" Raw next week (WATCH)
Next week, Raw will be kicking it old school! During a special three-hour broadcast starting at 8/7 CT on USA Network, Monday Night Raw will bring together Superstars past and present for one memorable night.

Sheamus def. Santino Marella by Disqualification (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS: PART 1 | PART 2)
The time for tea and sympathy appeared long lost. After upsetting Sheamus in a match a couple weeks ago -- thanks to an assist by John Morrison -- Santino Marella attempted to placate The Celtic Warrior with a cup of Earl Grey and a tray of crumpets. However, the Italian, joined by Vladimir Kozlov, only further enraged the Irishman. Finally, the Raw General Manager intervened and arranged a proper match between Santino and Sheamus.

Although Sheamus figured a win would be a "doddle," or easy, the Italian tried his level best to avoid the ring. He was eventually forced to compete, though, and quickly punched the Irishman's groin in a fit of desperation. Hey, he may have lost the match by disqualification -- but at least he survived! Afterward, Sheamus seized Santino and prepared to punish him until Morrison again crashed the party. The Shaman of Sexy clobbered The Celtic Warrior and rescued Santino from the ring, leaving the pale warrior an ominous shade of red.

John Cena def. David Otunga (WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PHOTOS)
For David Otunga, the cavalry never showed. Prior to his match with John Cena, the flashy Nexus member implored his cohorts to back him up during the bout. When the group paraded in, however, they were ordered to retreat from ringside by leader Wade Barrett. The betrayal left Otunga susceptible and allowed Cena to force him to tap out.

Afterward, the Englishman confronted Otunga and informed him that if he does not defeat Edge on SmackDown this Friday, he will be excommunicated from The Nexus!

Goldust def. Ted DiBiase (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The honeymoon was over before it even began. Moments after exchanging rings with NXT Rookie Aksana last week, Goldust got slapped in the face by the Lithuanian vixen. Still nursing his wounds, The Bizarre One faced off against Ted DiBiase. A despondent Goldust may have sought relief, but DiBiase sought his Million Dollar Title, which The Bizarre One had pilfered weeks earlier. During the bout, Aksana came down and ripped the title away from DiBiase's special lady friend, Maryse.

Afterward, Goldust quickly rolled up The "Fortunate Son" for the win and looked on forlornly as his runaway bride -- Million Dollar Title in tow -- beat a hasty retreat.

The Usos def. The Hart Dynasty (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Tyson Kidd must be going absolutely "barmy," as the English might say. For yet another week, Kidd witnessed his Hart Dynasty partner, David Hart Smith, stumble in a tag team match. The latest beneficiaries? Jimmy & Jey Uso, who notched the victory and celebrated as Kidd looked on in disappointment.

Wade Barrett arranged David Otunga vs. John Cena
In light of David Otunga's perceived attempts to assert himself within The Nexus, the group's leader, Wade Barrett, had a bit of unwelcome news. As punishment, the Englishman arranged a match pitting Otunga against his fellow Nexus member John Cena.

Eve & The Bella Twins def. Maryse, Alicia Fox & Tamina (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Goooaaaallll! Clad in Manchester United soccer jerseys, Eve & The Bella Twins faced off against Maryse, Alicia Fox & Tamina, who sported rival Liverpool jerseys. With support from the Manchester faithful urging them on, Eve & The Bellas rose above their rivals to capture the victory. As noted by ring announcer Josh Mathews, who subbed for an ailing Jerry "The King" Lawler, Nikki and Brie once again pulled out Twin Magic to capture the Divas Cup.

Wade Barrett confronted John Cena; Raw's main event announced (PHOTOS)
Humiliation. Loathing. Disrespect. These characteristics seem to be overshadowing John Cena's true motto as of late. Case in point, Nexus' reluctant warrior was forced to recite a cloying introduction of the group's leader, Wade Barrett, in his hometown of Manchester prior to what the Englishman dubbed a "Championship Celebration Preview."

Barrett led the rest of The Nexus onto the stage while addressing his fellow Brits. After heavy boasting, he admonished fellow "Nexi" David Otunga for leading the group on a losing effort at SmackDown last Friday. He then turned his ire on Cena for allowing his tag team to lose to WWE Champion Randy Orton & R-Truth the week prior while Cena served as special guest referee. Cena was then reminded that, as special guest ref during the WWE Title Match at Survivor Series, if Barrett wins, he will be free of Nexus. If the Englishman loses, however, he will fired. Cena then offered his own newsflash: Free or fired, he plans on bashing in Barrett's teeth regardless.

Amid the rancor, it was easy to forget one critical fact: Orton would have his say. To underscore the point, The Viper entered with title in hand. Before tensions escalated, Raw's General Manager, via Michael Cole, interrupted. The GM announced that, not only was Barrett's premature Championship Celebration Preview canceled, to ensure a decisive victor at Survivor Series, the WWE Title Match must be won by pinfall or submission -- and Nexus members will be banned from ringside.

The GM also announced the night's main event: A 10-Man Tag Team Match pitting Barrett & The Nexus against Orton and a team of the GM's choosing with Cena acting as special guest referee.

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