Before the evening's Six-Man Tag Team Match in Malaga, Spain, The "Yep!" Movement assess and critique The Big Dog's ring entrance.05/15/2018 - 10:45
Seven deadly sinners
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- One night after the seven season one NXT Rookies decimated the WWE landscape at Fatal 4-Way, the pugnacious pack once again tore into the Raw roster to make their presence felt -- even going so far as to attack The Chairman himself, Mr. McMahon!
John Cena vs. WWE Champion Sheamus ended in a No Contest; Mr. McMahon attacked by NXT Rookies (PHOTOS | WATCH: Part 1 | Part 2)
Will the season one NXT Rookies ever relent? Even after landing the contracts they were clearly determined to secure, the brash bunch still appear ravenous. During the night's main event match, pitting WWE Champion Sheamus against John Cena with Mr. McMahon acting as special guest referee, the bold band of Superstars rushed the ring. Despite The Chairman's strong guarantee of retribution for anyone who interferes, the NXT seven ambushed Cena.
And while conspiracy theorists within the WWE Universe had pegged Mr. McMahon as the potential mastermind behind the devious actions of the season one NXT Rookies - seemingly bolstered when he accepted culpability for several of their attacks - those theories were quickly scuttled when the seven trained their fire on The Chairman himself! Mr. McMahon announced that the new GM would offer up a revelation on the next Raw before he received a brutal beating at the hands of the Rookies. Is there nothing this defiant band of outlaws won't do in order to get what they want?
Rob Zombie to act as Raw's special guest host next week
WWE Universe, let there be rock. Oh, and there will be. Be sure to tune in and turn it up next week when rock monster and horror film director Rob Zombie shakes things up as special guest host.
United States Champion The Miz interrupted Randy Orton; Edge attacked Orton (PHOTOS | WATCH)
When Randy Orton addressed the season one NXT Rookies, he vowed revenge on each of them for, as he saw it, costing him the WWE Title at Fatal 4-Way the previous night. As he lambasted the NXT seven, newly minted United States Champion The Miz cut him short.
The self-proclaimed "Awesome One" berated The Viper and told him to "get in line" for the WWE Title before leveling a sneak attack. While Orton countered Miz's strike, Edge quickly joined the fray. The Ultimate Opportunist ran in and rammed The Apex Predator with a Spear before whispering to his rival that now, "the real fun begins."
The Great Khali & Eve def. Primo & Divas Champion Alicia Fox (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One night after capturing the Divas Title at Fatal 4-Way and Alicia Fox already thinks she's royalty. A royal pain perhaps. The new Divas Champion teamed with Primo against The Great Khali & Eve. Thinking she's above it all, Fox simply abandoned her partner in the ring, allowing The Punjabi Playboy to devastate Primo for the win.
John Morrison def. Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH)
There was a slight change of plans for John Morrison. The Shaman of Sexy was scheduled to compete against Ted DiBiase, but The "Fortunate Son," with his new assistant Maryse in tow, informed Morrison that he had "other plans for the night." Ahem.
Accompanied by his season two NXT Rookie Eli Cottonwood, Morrison would instead compete against Zack Ryder. With Ryder's own season two NXT Rookie, Titus O'Neil, looking on, The Guru of Greatness channeled his attack and pinned Ryder for the victory.
Natalya vs. Tamina ended in a No Contest; NXT Rookies apologized to the WWE Universe (PHOTOS: Part 1 | Part 2 | WATCH)
After dedicating her match against Tamina to her uncle Bret, Natalya was livid when the proceedings were cut short by the season one NXT Rookies. The group's de facto leader, Wade Barrett, began to apologize for their actions, which led to Bret Hart's dismissal, when David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd attacked in a quest for vengeance. The Unified Tag Team Champions put up a valiant fight but were subdued by the six other NXT Rookies.
The NXT Rookies then surprised the WWE Universe by offering apologies for their actions and attempting to explain why they've been behaving like a pack of rabid hyenas. Several of the Rookies stated that they did what they did not out of anger but out of love of WWE. Describing his group's bond, their formed "nexus," Barrett then emphasized that his loyalty propelled him to join his colleagues and that he had also been granted his future pay-per-view title match again by the mystery GM.
Ted DiBiase fired Virgil, hired Maryse (WATCH)
Ted DiBiase knows money -- and looks. After a dismal performance at Fatal 4-Way for he and bodyguard Virgil, The "Fortunate Son" canned his manservant and opted for an "upgrade." After Virgil's dismissal, DiBiase introduced Maryse as his new source for "protection."
Chris Jericho def. Evan Bourne (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It's been a rough month for Chris Jericho. After falling short in his matches for the past several weeks, Jericho's humiliation was punctuated at Fatal 4-Way when he dropped his bout to Evan Bourne.
On Raw, he demanded a rematch. If he lost, Jericho promised he would leave WWE. And while it looked a little touch and go there for a while, the wily Superstar managed to squeak out a victory. After the match, a still steaming Jericho leveled the high-flyer with an underhanded shove.
Mr. McMahon fired Bret Hart, named new GM; WWE Title Match main event announced (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Mr. McMahon giveth, Mr. McMahon taketh away. After assuming the Raw General Manager position last month, Bret Hart found himself unceremoniously fired by The Chairman on Raw for not attending the previous night's Fatal 4-Way. Hart's absence, Mr. McMahon reasoned, is what allowed the season one NXT Rookies to run wild, interfering in the WWE Championship Match and permitting Sheamus to take advantage of the chaos to prevail. Mr. McMahon then informed the WWE Universe that a new, anonymous GM would take the reins, emailing announcer Michael Cole his dictates.
The mystery GM was quick to act. His first order of business? Hiring all seven NXT Rookies. Then, in the wake of new WWE Champion Sheamus's victory, the Raw GM also allowed John Cena to invoke his rematch clause, meaning that he will face the Irish champion for the title the main event. And to ensure there will be no interference, Mr. McMahon will act as special guest referee!