Process of Elimination
NASHVILLE - In his role as Capt. James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise, William Shatner presided over a crew that sometimes found themselves at each others' throats. In his role as special guest host of Raw, the iconic actor also presided over a roster full of Superstars -- and at least one Chairman -- with enough personal vendettas to fill an entire galaxy.
Bret Hart confronted Mr. McMahon (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It's been nearly a month since Mr. McMahon's most recent betrayal of Bret Hart, when he lauded the WWE Hall of Famer just before kicking him in the gut. Tonight was payback time, or, at least it was supposed to be. While The "Hit Man" fired off a few choice words regarding The Chairman's character and scruples, Mr. McMahon shot back with a few scathing words of his own.
Bret snapped, though, when The Chairman revoked the WWE Hall of Fame induction of Hart's father and legendary trainer, Stu. That's when The "Hit Man" retaliated against his longtime rival. Before he could truly pummel Mr. McMahon, though, Batista charged the ring and attacked Bret. As The Animal held Hart, Mr. McMahon berated him and, in shades of 12 years ago, actually spat on the Hall of Famer.
Kofi Kingston def. Big Show in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In a head-scratching turn of events, Big Show fumbled an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match to Kofi Kingston due to a disqualification. While the match appeared even on balance, the scales tipped when Kofi attacked The World's Largest Athlete. Show then lashed out blindly and hit the referee with a knock-out punch and was summarily disqualified. As a result, Kofi will join WWE Champion Sheamus, John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase in the Elimination Chamber Match in three weeks.
Guest host William Shatner arranged Unified Tag Team Triple Threat Match for next week (WATCH)
William Shatner: Renaissance Man. The iconic thespian wears many hats in his life, and, in WWE, he slipped easily into his role as "Raw Match Negotiator." When United States Champion The Miz & The Big Show whined about wanting to face DX for the Unified Tag Team Titles, they were not alone. CM Punk & Luke Gallows also craved an opportunity. Therefore, the brilliance that is Shatner arranged for the three teams to battle for the titles next Monday night in a Unified Tag Team Triple Threat Match.
Ted DiBiase def. Mark Henry in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Hoping to follow The Legacy's ringleader, Randy Orton, into the Elimination Chamber, Ted DiBiase scored a huge victory when he defeated Mark Henry in a qualifying match. After being subjected to The Viper's tirade the night before, DiBiase wasn't about to slip up. This time, the multi-generation Superstar overcame The World's Strongest Man to become the fourth entrant to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
Randy Orton def. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
With one clear path to The Undertaker denied, Shawn Michaels hoped to take the road less traveled by first prevailing in the evening's third Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. Unfortunately for him, Randy Orton was acting as toll collector. Combating an obsessive yearning for a WrestleMania rematch with the World Heavyweight Champion, HBK came up short against The Viper, who was undoubtedly still steaming over his loss to WWE Champion Sheamus the night before.
Triple H def. Jack Swagger in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
A word to the engineers of this year's Elimination Chamber: You may want to tighten the bolts. After facing off against Jack Swagger and winning the night's second qualifying match, Triple H will join his equally colossal Raw Superstars, WWE Champion Sheamus and John Cena, in the structure later this month.
John Cena def. Cody Rhodes in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
John Cena was "thisclose" to winning the Royal Rumble and earning a spot in the main event at WrestleMania. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. As everyone knows, though, Cena never gives up. Despite a disappointing finish the night before, Cena faced off against Cody Rhodes in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match. The winner would join four others as well as WWE Champion Sheamus in the most unforgiving structure in WWE history. Granting Cena some consolation, he managed to defeat the Legacy henchman and qualify for Raw's main event bout at WWE Elimination Chamber.
Edge opened Raw; WWE Champion Sheamus confronts him (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Out of commission for six months due to a torn Achilles tendon, Edge's ego simply couldn't wait for the soothing glow of the spotlight. Having outlasted 29 of his fellow Superstars to win the Royal Rumble Match the night before, the SmackDown Superstar commandeered Raw to brag about his return, to boast about being in the main event at WrestleMania and, seemingly, to rail against current WWE Champion Sheamus.
The Irishman would have none of it, though. The fiery champion informed Edge that, while he was busy nursing wounds, the landscape of WWE had changed, that The Celtic Warrior was now in command. As if to prove the point, the Irishman attacked, but The R-Rated Superstar quickly returned fire, nailing Sheamus with a spear before beating a retreat.