– Tonight’s WWE RAW kicks off with a car pulling into the back. Shane McMahon gets out and rushes into the arena, stopping to show love to Cryme Tyme. Shane greets Kelly Kelly and Dolph Ziggler before heading into the arena. Shane’s music hits and out he comes.
Shane talks about Cena being the new World Heavyweight Champion. He says two former Champions have rematch clauses in their contracts, Batista and Chris Jericho. Shane says the two will fight tonight to see who faces Cena at Armageddon for the World Title. Shane announces Cena is in the house tonight. Stephanie’s music hits and out she comes. She has an announcement of her own. She says Randy Orton has a valid arguement as to why he should face Cena. Stephanie adds Orton to the match tonight, making it a Triple Threat with Orton, Batista and Y2J. Shane and Stephanie have a few words off-mic and you hear her say “this is my show.” The crowd chants Cena’s name. Stephanie says up next is John Morrison and The Miz vs…. Shane cuts her off and says Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio’s name. Stephanie says he didn’t hear her when she said, this is HER show. She says he has given her no other choice. Steph says she won’t let Shane ruin this show, it’s her show. He says she’s off base and he’s out here for two reasons, to have fun and make RAW a better show. Stephanie tells him to go hop back in his Ferrari and drive back to NYC where he came from if he wants to make it a better show. She says he can run the corporation, she will run the show. Shane asks her if she’s going to run RAW by herself, or sleep with another Superstar and get herself a new husband. She slaps him. Shane says if she wants to run RAW, he’s going to watch her run it into the ground. He walks off and she follows.
– We cut to a shocked looking Cole and Lawler who talk about Cena being in the house tonight.
John Morrison and The Miz vs. Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio
Miz and Morrison are out first representing ECW. Out next is Rey Mysterio followed by his tag team partner Shawn Michaels. Rey and Morrison start the match out.
As the match starts, we cut to JBL getting in his limo. He tells his driver to go but he says there’s a match going on. JBL tells him to go anyway. We cut back to the arena where Morrison and HBK are doing battle. HBK goes for a super kick but Morrison ducks. JBL’s music hits and here comes the white limousine.
JBL gets out at ringside and just watches the match. Miz and HBK are in the ring now. Miz gets a 2 count as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Rey is down on the outside. HBK and Miz are going at it in the ring as JBL watches the match from beside his limousine. Back drop by HBK as he looks for a tag. Rey is still down on the outside. Morrison comes in and drags HBK back to the center of the ring and hits him with right hands.
Morrison takes HBK to the second rope for a superplex but HBK pushes him to the mat. HBK gets tangled on the ropes going to tag Mysterio. Miz and Rey get tagged in at the same time. Rey with a scissors take down. Rey hits a split leg moonsault for a 2 count. Rey decks Morrison and hits the senton on Miz. Rey nails the 619 and goes to the top. Morrison goes to knock him off but HBK makes the save. Miz fights Rey on the top but Rey sunset flip powerbombs Miz from the top for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Shawn Michaels
After the match, Morrison comes in and decks Mysterio. HBK comes in but gets beat down by Morrison. JBL slowly makes his way to the ring and takes his coat off. Morrison holds HBK for JBL. JBL nails Morrison with the big boot and just walks off. HBK looks stunned. We get ready for another commercial break.
– Back from commercial and Todd Grisham stops JBL backstage. He says he made Shawn Michaels an offer this morning that he can’t refuse and he thinks he is considering it strongly. JBL says what he did tonight was an act of good faith and walks off.
– Lilian Garcia introduces the star of the new Behind Enemy Lines movie and returning Superstar, Mr. Kennedy. He comes out on the entrance and says it’s good to be back. He talks about what his new movie is and says at last night’s Survivor Series, he spoke to some fans and asked a relevant question to everything. Which WWE Superstar best reminds you of Barack Obama? He shows a clip on the screen of fans last night naming different wrestlers.
Kennedy just ends up yelling his name and that’s about it.
– We go backstage with Todd Grisham and Batista. Batista congratulates Cena on coming back from injury and winning the World Title in his hometown. Batista says he is headed back to the top and will start tonight with a win in the main event. Back to commercial.
– WWE airs a commercial saying The WWE Slammy Awards will take place two weeks from tonight on the USA Network as a part of a three-hour special RAW. The show will highlight the WWE achievements of 2008.
Intercontinental Title Tournament Match: Kane vs. Kofi Kingston
WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson comes out to do commentary for this match. Kofi is out first followed by Kane. Patterson is plugging WWE’s new IC Title DVD. Kane scoop slams Kofi early on and hits a big dropkick for a 2 count.
Kane works over Kofi for another quick 2 count. Kane with a big side slam on Kofi but he misses a big right hand. Kofi mounts him in the corner with right hands and a big uppercut. Kicks by Kane. Kofi kicks him in the face and lands a splash off the top for a 2 count. Kofi misses a flying kick and Kane lifts him for the chokeslam. Kofi escapes and kicks Kane to the floor. Kofi comes off the top and to the floor on Kane.
Kane throws Kofi into the steel ring post then bends his body around it as the ref counts. Kane doesn’t let up and the referee calls for the bell. Kane pushes Kofi back in the ring and takes the ring steps in with him. Kane lifts the steps and decks Kofi with the steps, laying him out. Stephanie McMahon comes to the entrance and tells Kane he has two options. Take his agression out on Kofi Kingston right now, or on John Cena next week on RAW. Stephanie announces Kane vs. John Cena for next week’s RAW.
Winner by DQ: Kofi Kingston
Triple Threat Match for the #1 Contender Spot: Chris Jericho vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton
Back from commercial and the former World Champion Chris Jericho is out first for this match. Out next is Randy Orton to a nice pop followed by Batista. As Orton made his way out, we saw Cody Rhodes and Manu backstage watching on a monitor.
The match starts with Batista fighting both guys off. He puts Jericho back in the corner and goes to work on Orton in the other corner. Batista works Orton over and goes back to Jericho. Shoulder block and a 2 count by Batista on Jericho. Batista goes back to Orton and drops him. Big boot and a 2 count by Batista. Jericho decks Batista and hits him with right hands now. Batista fights back and kicks Orton to the floor. Batista runs the ropes and Orton trips him, taking him to the floor. Jericho dropkicks Batista and battles with Orton in the ring now.
Orton takes Jericho down in the ring and starts to stalk him as Jericho tries to get up. We go back to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Jericho has Batista in the corner and rolls him up for a 2 count. Orton makes the save. During the break, Batista pulled Orton to the floor when he went for the RKO on Jericho. Orton starts to stomp Batista now and gets a 2 count. Orton stomps some more on Batista. Orton pounds on Batista some more now with right hands. Jericho and Orton start stomping on Batista together now. Jericho throws Batista into an Orton clothesline. Orton decks Jericho. Jericho with an enziguri on Orton for a 2 count.
Batista catches Jericho in a tilt-a-whirl slam for a 2 count. Running clothesline by Batista crushes Orton. Powerslam by Batista and another 2 count. Orton catches Jericho in a powerslam for a close 2 count. Batista hits Orton with a big spinebuster. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker but Batista catches him. Jericho counters the Batista Bomb and locks the Walls of Jericho on Batista. Orton breaks the hold with a clothesline on Jericho. Orton with his backbreaker move on Batista. Orton starts to stalk Batista now on the mat.
Orton goes for the punt kick but Batista spears him for a 2 count as Jericho breaks it up. Jericho takes advantage and pins Orton to get the win and go to Armageddon to face John Cena.
Winner and new #1 contender: Chris Jericho
Santino Marella vs. Goldust
Back from commercial and Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix are in the ring. Santino says he is the best IC Champion of all time and for him not to be in the IC Title DVD and tournament are big mistakes. Santino rants about someone not wanting to face him tonight and the music hits and out comes Goldust.
We get a little bit of comedy between the two to start the match. Goldust taunts Beth and Santino, blowing kisses at them. This pisses Santino off. Butt bump by Goldust for a 2 count. Santino takes control now and works over Goldust in the corner. Big right by Goldust and an inverted atomic drop followed by a clothesline. Goldust nails the Final Cut finisher for the pinfall and the win.
Goldust taunts Beth and Santino after the match as we get ready for another commercial break.
– Back from commercial and Randy Orton is walking backstage. He runs into Cody Rhodes and Manu who just stare at him. Orton keeps walking.
Intercontinental Title Tournament Match: CM Punk vs. Snitsky
One half of the Tag Team Champions CM Punk is out first. William Regal’s music hits and he comes out with Layla by his side. Regal takes a seat at ringside for commentary. Snitsky is out next for the match.
Snitsky and Punk go at it. Snitsky drops him with a big side slam for a 2 count. Big elbow drops and another 2 count by Snitsky. Regal hopes Punk wins and says he predicts the two will have a feud for the ages. Snitsky applies a big bear hug on Punk. Snitsky drops him and starts stomping.
Snitsky gets another 2 count and applies another bear hug on Punk. Punk fights out of it with elbows to the head but Snitsky drops him with another slam and a big elbow drop. Punk with kicks from the mat and a jaw breaker. Punches and kicks by Punk now. Punk goes to the top and hits a forearm for a 2 count. Punk hits the running knee in the corner but gets dropped by a big boot from Snitsky. Snitsky locks on the third bear hug of the match.
Snitsky levels Punk with a big clothesline out of the bear hug. Snitsky goes for a big pumphandle slam but Punk turns it into the GTS. Punk gets the pinfall for the win and the advance in the tournament. Regal stands and applauds Punk at ringside.
Winner: CM Punk
– Todd Grisham is backstage with Rey Mysterio. Rey has a match with The Miz for the IC Title tournament on next week’s show. Rey talks about the IC Title when Mike Knox walks up. Knox and Rey stare each other down. Knox walks off as Rey looks on and we go back to commercial.
– Back from commercial and DX are dressed up with some Christmas jingle in the background. They’re shilling WWE merchandise for the Holidays. Kelly Kelly joins them looking hot.
Beth Phoenix, Katie Lea and Jillian Hall vs. Mickie James, Candice and Melina
The heel Divas come out first and there’s a fan at ringside with a Beth Phoenix sign. It’s WWE developmental Diva Milena Roucka. No word what her new name will be yet. Beth starts speaking and Jillian Hall interrupts her and says she is excited about the Slammy Awards. Jillian breaks out in a horrible song. We go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Mickie and Candice come out, followed by Melina. They gave away Melina’s return before she came out and Lawler botched it. Candice and Jillian go at it with Beth getting tagged in. Beth drops her for a 2 count.
Beth with a backbreaker on Candice and she applies the pressure. Beth tags in Katie Lea but in comes Melina too. Melina decks Jillian and goes to work on Katie. Katie misses a clothesline and Melina hits a nice rollup for a 2 count. Beth comes in now but catches a jawbreaker from Melina. Mickie dives from the top onto Beth. Melina hits her split leg drop on Katie Lea for the pinfall and the win.
Winners: Melina, Candice Michelle and Mickie James
– We see Chris Jericho walking backstage when Stephanie McMahon stops him. She asks where he’s going. He says to welcome Cena in the ring. She looks on as we go to commercial.
– Back from commercial and Jericho comes to the ring. He says at the end of 2008, he will be the World Champion and talks about it. Cena comes on the big screen, surrounded by WWE fans, and tells Jericho to hush it. Cena says the fans aren’t hypocrites like Jericho says, they’re good people. Cena says he didn’t show up alone tonight and brought thousands of friends. He says if Jericho wants to welcome him, he welcomes all of them right now. Cena and the fans head to the ring.
Cena hits the ring and tells them to stop the music. Cena says you can feel the WWE crowd and tells Jericho to look around. The crowd chants Cena’s name. He says they all have one thing in common, they care about WWE. Cena puts over the WWE fans some more. Cena then puts over himself. Jericho asks the fans if they agree with Cena and says he doesn’t give a damn. Jericho names who he has beaten and Cena tells him to stop. Cena says Jericho talks business, and he means business. They face off.
Jericho backs out of the ring and tells Cena “3 weeks.” Cena tells the fans it’s ok, he kind of knew Jericho would do that. He says he will fight him at Armageddon. Cena tells him they had one hell of a match last night and not one person can doubt Jericho’s ability to wrestle. Cena says where they don’t see eye to eye is when Jericho comes out and talks about needing to save the place. Cena says he doesn’t agree with that and doesn’t agree with insulting the fans. Cena says he is as much as a WWE fan as everyone andby him holding the World Title, it proves they are good enough and do not need saving. It proves… The Champ is here. Same ‘ol Cena stuff. Jericho comes back in the ring and says the Champ is not here, he is right here, and points to himself. Jericho says Cena doesn’t impress or intimidate him. Jericho tells Cena to look at him when he’s talking to him, boy.
Jericho says he will take his title and compares him to the “sicko” fans. Jericho says he will prove Cena is a flash in the pan and he can do nothing about it. He says when it’s said and done, Cena is nothing more than a worm. Cena decks Jericho. Cena launches him in the corner and nails a big shoulder. Cena drops Jericho and nails a few elbows. Jericho goes outside to the floor. Cena goes after and throws him across the RAW announcers table and pours a drink on him. Cena throws Jericho into the steel steps and continues beating him. Cena picks up the steel steps and runs at Jericho, beaning him in the head and over the guardrail into the crowd. Cena brings Jericho back in the ring.
The crowd chants “FU” as Cena stares at Jericho. Running clothesline by Cena. Mixed reaction from the crowd now but they’re into it. Cena locks on a full nelson and just ragdolls Jericho to the mat. Cena locks on the FU and Jericho starts tapping. Cena just tightens the hold as Jericho looks to be passing out. Cena lets up and Jericho is left face down on the mat. Cena raises his World Title in the air and yells as his music hits. Cena stares at Jericho on the mat and raises his World Title in the air. We cut to backstage where Kane is watching on the monitor. Cena stands over Jericho and raises the World Title in the air one more time as RAW goes off the air.