Shooting Star-Spangled Raw
AUSTIN, Texas -- While the WWE Universe saluted the men and women of the armed forces on Memorial Day, it was special guest host Ashton Kutcher who ordered the Raw Superstars into combat with one another in front of a capacity crowd. Atten-shun!
WWE Champion John Cena & Evan Bourne def. Edge & Sheamus (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Edge thinks he just sooooo clever. The Ultimate Opportunist thought he had outsmarted his tag team opponents, WWE Champion John Cena & Randy Orton, by hammering The Viper's shoulder in an ambush prior to the match. Instead of forfeit, The Champ chose a new partner, Evan Bourne, to team with him against Edge & Sheamus.
As anyone who's ever faced Bourne knows, his athleticism and fearlessness make him an unpredictable foe. Once in the match, the intrepid Bourne refused to give up, kicking out of several near pinfalls.
When Bourne was able to contact his partner, The Champ rushed in and targeted his Irish antagonist. After a powerful back and forth, Cena tossed Sheamus from atop his shoulders and tagged in "Air" Bourne, who landed a devastating Shooting Star Press and covered the Irishman for the victory.
Cast of The A-Team to host Raw next Monday
We love it when a plan comes together. And next Monday, the cast of The A-Team will bring together all the elements needed to offer a gangbuster night of Raw. The crack team of commandoes will host during Raw Viewer's Choice Night, during which viewers will be able to log onto WWE.com next Monday to choose the matches, stipulations and opponents they want to see compete during the first-ever, three-hour event, featuring Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown.
Alicia Fox executed a "hit" on Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Thanks to special guest host Ashton Kutcher, who stars in the action-comedy Killers, Zack Ryder was growing a little paranoid. Throughout the week, The Long Island Loudmouth had trashed the movie star on Twitter, where Kutcher has more than 5 million followers, and was worried after Kutcher put a "hit" out on him. After a series of false alarms from Superstars like Jerry Lawler, The Great Khali and Goldust, Ryder felt the sting of betrayal when his "lady friend" Alicia Fox leveled him with an unexpected scissor kick.
The Usos introduced themselves to the WWE Universe (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Last week, after The Hart Dynasty defeated William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov, three mystery attackers struck them and left Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya down. This week, it was mystery solved. The three introduced themselves to the WWE Universe as the Uso brothers, descendants of the Samoan Anoa'i family, and Tamina, the daughter of "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka.
While the three spoke, The Hart Dynasty interrupted to exact their revenge after Raw GM Bret Hart informed them that he had signed the Usos & Tamina to Raw and challenged them to retaliate. Unfortunately for the "first family of sports-entertainment," the Usos and Tamina countered the attack and, just as they'd done the previous week, the three hit top rope splashes on the pink and black trio.
Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The student has become the master. In a stunning turn of events, former NXT Rookie Daniel Bryan defeated his NXT Pro, The Miz after securing a one-night contract from special guest host Ashton Kutcher. The relationship between Daniel Bryan and Miz began as a contentious one and continued to erode from there. After his dismissal from NXT, the indy circuit sensation has been outspoken, attacking announcer Michael Cole and challenging his supposed mentor to a match. Daniel Bryan backed up his passionate words with a pin on the former United States and Unified Tag Team Champion.
After the bout, a frustrated Miz attacked Daniel Bryan, tossing him from the ring. As the melee approached the announce table, though, the former NXT Rookie flipped the script and sent Miz careening over the table right into Cole.
Edge attacked Randy Orton prior to their Tag Team Match
Still seething from an RKO suffered earlier in the evening, Edge retaliated against Randy Orton. In the locker room area, The Ultimate Opportunist waited to pounce on The Viper, ramming a heavy door into his previously injured shoulder prior to their main event tag team match, scheduled to feature WWE Champion John Cena & Orton against Edge & Sheamus.
Raw General Manager Bret Hart arranged Raw Viewer's Choice Night for next Monday (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Despite a financial offer from Ted DiBiase, Raw General Manager Bret Hart refused to relinquish the reins of power for next week's Raw. Instead, at the suggestion of special guest host Ashton Kutcher, next week "Hit Man" will allow the WWE Universe to voice their opinions on WWE.com by choosing the matches, stipulations and opponents they want to see compete during the first-ever, three-hour Raw Viewer's Choice Night, featuring Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown. Even the WWE Hall of Famer's longtime nemesis, Mr. McMahon, dropped by to congratulate Hart on his new role and to offer his seeming support for the idea.
Santino Marella & Divas Champion Eve def. William Regal & Maryse (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Santino Marella got one step closer in his quest to convince Vladimir Kozlov to team with him. When the spicy Italian teamed with Divas Champion Eve against William Regal & Maryse, Kozlov looked on from ringside. Perhaps motivated by a hollow promise made by Santino that Eve would sleep with him, The Moscow Mauler head-butted Regal. The Englishman dropped like a sack of crumpets, and a stunned Santino quickly covered him for the win.
United States Champion R-Truth def. Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH)
They appear to be men heading in opposite directions. Riding a wave of momentum, newly-minted United States Champion R-Truth faced a Superstar who seems to have wiped out lately, Chris Jericho. True to recent form, Truth displayed flashes of brilliance as he topped the self-important Superstar in a non-title bout.
Edge attacked Evan Bourne; Randy Orton RKO'd Edge (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Patience may be a virtue, but Edge has never shown himself to be a particularly virtuous man. Before the Memorial Day broadcast even began, Edge just couldn't wait to run his mouth.
The Rated-R Superstar's pre-show rant was derailed by Evan Bourne, who challenged him to put his position in the WWE Championship Match at Fatal 4-Way in jeopardy. Edge appeared less than interested and attacked the high-flyer. While Bourne nearly toppled The Ultimate Opportunist, Edge proved too cunning and grounded the young Superstar with a Spear.
As the show began, a cocksure Edge picked up where he'd left off, describing how much smarter he is than his Fatal 4-Way opponents, WWE Champion John Cena, Randy Orton and Sheamus. His overconfident outburst fizzled, however, when The Viper confronted him. After Edge dismissed his rival as suffering a shoulder injury, Orton made it perfectly clear he is 100 percent by dropping The Rated-R Superstar with an RKO.