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December 15, 2008

PITTSBURGH -- In Pennsylvania's city of steel, the sturdy metal that gives the metropolis its nickname is forged in the searing flames of a sweltering mill. When Raw rolled into town just one day after Armageddon, the WWE Universe saw that the confines of a ring can prove to be just as much of a crucible -- and the mettle forged inside just as unbreakable.

WATCH all of the action now in the Raw Quick Cut and check out WWE.com's exclusive ringside PHOTOS.

World Heavyweight Champion John Cena & Batista def. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Manu by disqualification; Orton punts Batista in head (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Randy Orton was determined to make a statement. In a 2-on-3 Handicap Match, in which he teamed with Cody Rhodes & Manu against Batista & World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, he made his statement loud and clear. As Cena tangled with Rhodes and Manu outside the ring, Orton took aim at a dazed Batista as if he were sizing up a Super Bowl-winning field goal. Then, in a matter of seconds, the Legend Killer punted Batista in the head, dropping The Animal into a lifeless puddle.

Stephanie McMahon announces Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to determine who will face John Cena
While disciplining Chris Jericho for not facing off against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Stephanie McMahon told the cocky former World Heavyweight Champion that next week there will be four matches, all involving former champions. The winners of those matches will then go on to a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match the following week to determine who will face current World Heavyweight Champion John Cena for his title.

Later, it was revealed that the following matches would take place on the very next Raw: Shawn Michaels vs. Kane, Rey Mysterio vs. JBL, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton vs. Batista, whose condition is still  questionable following the RKO and punt he received.

Dolph Ziggler def. Santa Claas (PHOTOS)
Donning a Santa Claus costume, Charlie Haas (Santa Claas) hoped to find a win over Dolph Ziggler under his Christmas tree. Unfortunately for Haas, the match only served up lumps of coal for him when the exciting newcomer laid him out.

JBL presents exclusive footage from Armageddon in which Shawn Michaels confesses working for the Longhorn Loudmouth
JBL was all too happy to unspool footage of a tortured confession by Shawn Michaels at Armageddon, in which HBK admits that not only is he financially bust, but, perhaps worse, he is working for JBL to pull himself out of the hole. Having lost his fortune in the spiraling stock market, The Showstopper told the rapt audience that he had turned to the investment guru. Read more about HBK's confession here.

World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston; Kane attacks Miz (PHOTOS)
Defending their newly acquired waist wear, World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison defeated former champions CM Punk & Kofi Kingston. The punishment didn't stop there, though. Just minutes before, a crazed Kane had intimidated Kelly Kelly into confessing the identity of her secret Superstar love. The encounter left the Diva a nervous wreck as she begged the Big Red Monster not to hurt her paramour. After the match, the defiant giant barged into the ring, ominously sizing up Punk and Morrison before quickly turning and Tombstoned Miz. Later in the night, Kelly Kelly hastily packed up her possessions and was comforted by fellow Divas Mickie James and Candice. The flustered Diva seemed repulsed by the suggestion that her secret Superstar lover is The Miz. Did Kane have the right man?

Chris Jericho refuses to compete against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (PHOTOS)
Chris Jericho is just brimming with sorry excuses. This week proved no exception. The Slammy Award-winning Superstar of the Year refused to compete against "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan by saying the bout was beneath him. Jericho then went on to state that he should be the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship and will not compete again until he's handed an opportunity to battle John Cena. Later in the night, Duggan met with Shad & JTG, who seem determined to help the veteran. The Cryme Tyme duo told the veteran that "it's time" before the trio walked off together.

Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Manu jump Batista; John Cena runs in to help
After suffering a humiliating loss to Batista at Armageddon, Randy Orton challenged The Animal to a rematch. When confronted by Batista, however, Orton instead slapped his rival and scurried off. Unfortunately for Batista, the whole ploy proved to be a trap. As he tracked down his nimble nemesis, Batista was jumped by Rhodes and Manu. As all three men bombarded The Animal, John Cena, who suffered a similar fate two weeks prior, charged into the fray and unleashed fury, freeing Batista and sending the trio scurrying for an exit.

Kane stalks Kelly Kelly
The strange drama between Kane and Kelly Kelly continues to unfold. The Big Red Monster appeared to have the young Diva trapped in a squalid room as he sat across from her and confessed that he felt a romantic chemistry between the two last week when they presented the Slammy Award for Couple of the Year. When Kelly Kelly tried to end the uncomfortable encounter, Kane became enraged, preventing the Diva from leaving.

Rey Mysterio def. Sim Snuka by disqualification; Cody Rhodes and Manu interfere; Mike Knox attacks Mysterio after match (PHOTOS)
Deuce appears to have gotten in touch with his roots. As the son of WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, the former '50s throwback told the WWE Universe that moving forward he'd like to be called by his real name, Sim Snuka. With Cody Rhodes and Manu looking on from ringside, the younger Snuka went on to tangle with the Master of the 619. But the two second-generation Superstars just couldn't help themselves, interfering in the bout, ensuring Mysterio the win by disqualification.

Just as Mysterio escaped his first three tormentors, however, Mike Knox appeared and brutally attacked him, leaving his battered body strewn on the entrance ramp.

Kelly Kelly & Melina def. Women's Champion Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall; Kane stalks Kelly Kelly (PHOTOS)
Women's Champion Beth Phoenix may have beaten out fellow nominee Kelly Kelly for Diva of the Year honors during last week's Slammy Awards, but tonight proved much more of a winner for the quick-learning Diva. Teaming up with Melina, Kelly Kelly avenged herself in a tag team match against The Glamazon & Jillian Hall. The spunky Diva, however, had little time to celebrate. After the match, a maniacal-looking Kane chased off Kelly Kelly's adversaries and then proceeded to corner the nervous Diva, eventually stalking her out of the ring and up the entrance ramp.

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