Raw's pit stomp
LAFAYETTE, La. - Let the celebration continue! Just one night after the New Orleans Saints captured the NFL's top prize in the Super Bowl, the people of Louisiana were still in the mood to party when Raw rolled into the Cajundome. Good thing, too, since special guest host and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards gave them plenty to celebrate.
Bret Hart retaliated against Mr. McMahon (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After his match, John Cena called out both Batista and Mr. McMahon, but only The Chairman showed, accompanied by a phalanx of security. After berating Mr. McMahon regarding his actions toward Bret Hart the week before, Cena convinced The Chairman to accept a match with the WWE Hall of Famer at WrestleMania. When Hart, who had been banned from the arena, actually showed and retaliated against his longtime nemesis, however, Mr. McMahon retreated behind his security and canceled the bout. Needless to say, The "Hit Man" was none too pleased and went on a tear inside the Cajundome.
Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Do your best not to tick off John Cena. The former WWE Champion was in no mood for games when he entered the ring with Ted DiBiase. Who could blame the guy? Last week, after Raw went off the air, Cena helped Bret Hart to his feet after a reprehensible attack by Mr. McMahon and Batista. As a result, Batista took exception and attacked Cena, administering a crushing Batista Bomb onto a set of steel steps.
Any lingering anger Cena felt, he channeled at least part of it at DiBiase. After hurling him outside the ring, Cena then locked in the STFU until referees intervened. He wasn't done there, though.
Guest host Carl Edwards arranged singles matches for Elimination Chamber participants on next week's Raw
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards knows that before you slam the gas pedal to the floor, you have to let the engine warm up. Perhaps that's why, as guest host, Edwards arranged for the six Superstars competing in the Elimination Chamber in two weeks to battle each other in singles matches before hitting terminal velocity. As a result, next Monday night, WWE Champion Sheamus will face Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston will battle Ted DiBiase and John Cena will clash with Triple H.
Cody Rhodes def. Randy Orton (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Cody Rhodes had to know it was coming. After his interference cost Randy Orton the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble, Rhodes knew his comeuppance wasn't a matter of if but when. And that question was answered abruptly when The Viper informed his Legacy protégé that the two would face each other in a singles match.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the beat-down: Rhodes actually won. Whether planned with Rhodes' knowledge or not, WWE Champion Sheamus distracted The Viper long enough for the Legacy henchman to wrap up Orton for the win.
The Irishman then climbed into the ring and dropped a dazed Orton with a kick to the face. As Sheamus moved in for more, though, Rhodes actually came to the Legacy ringleader's defense, sending Sheamus walking.
Jerry Springer to act as special guest host of Raw next week (WATCH)
Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! The titular host of the raucous Jerry Springer Show brings his, um, unique brand of television to Monday Night Raw when he takes the reins as special guest host. Trust us, you're not going to want to miss any of the action!
Gail Kim def. Jillian (PHOTOS | WATCH)
"Pourquoi?" That's French for "Why?" which many in the WWE Universe must be asking themselves after Maryse's recent behavior. The conceited Canadian sat ringside as her WWE Elimination Chamber opponent, Gail Kim, handily tackled the challenge of Jillian. After Gail's victory, Maryse actually displayed a healthy dose of sportsmanship, congratulating Gail and promising that the two will have the greatest Divas match of all time.
As Gail prepares to battle for the Divas Championship, she must realize that something with Maryse doesn't seem right in any language.
U.S. Champion The Miz & Big Show def. Unified Tag Team Champions DX and Straight Edge Society in a Triple Threat Elimination Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Shawn Michaels' recent career crisis appears to have DX unraveling at the seams. HBK and Triple H joined forces in an effort to retain their Unified Tag Team Titles in a Triple Threat Elimination Match against United States Champion The Miz & Big Show and the Straight Edge Society. Michaels, however, seemed distracted by what can only be categorized as his obsession with a WrestleMania rematch against World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker.
After eliminating Luke Gallows, HBK focused on the remaining threat, Big Show & Miz. Rather than offer his usual sure-handed performance, though, Michaels crumpled, allowing his opponents to surmount his offense and capture the Unified Tag Team Titles.
A frustrated Michaels confronted SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long after the bout demanding to be traded to SmackDown and included in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match. Long declined, though, explaining that the participants were already set. When The Game asked why his distraught friend was destroying his career, Michaels told him that, as far as he was concerned, his career was already over. For good measure, he then superkicked an unsuspecting Long.
WWE Champion Sheamus def. ECW Champion Christian in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS 1 | PHOTOS 2 | WATCH)
Should the WWE Universe just refer to Raw as STV? After all, WWE Champion Sheamus thinks he owns the broadcast. As special guest host Carl Edwards greeted the jubilant crowd, The Celtic Warrior cut him short and demanded to be deemed the final entrant in his WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match. The NASCAR racer didn't have a chance to respond, though, before ECW Champion Christian joined the fray.
Captain Charisma informed the WWE Universe that, with ECW taking a final bow in two weeks, everyone on the extreme roster is essentially a free agent. Christian then hinted at his interest in returning to Raw and requested a match with Sheamus. Edwards was only too happy to oblige, but Christian should be more careful for what he wishes.
The Extreme Superstar could not overcome the power and intensity of the Irishman and wound up rattled with his shoulders driven to the canvas.