Tonight was a special Old School edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, live from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Because it was such a special show, the first edition of Old School RAW from late 2010 or Old School RAW from 2013, it seemed appropriate to provide live results.
Then. Now. Forever intro opens will old block logo and the “worldwide leader in sports entertainment voice over.”
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair opened the show proper. And just like in the past, the set was completely redesigned, with red, white and blue ring ropes, steel barricades the big red RAW letters and a flat entrance. Flair riled the crowd up before WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton came to the ring. He gave Flair proper respect and then complained about having to face John Cena again at the Royal Rumle. Flair interrupted and brought up their history and talked about what it really means to be Champion. Orton got in Flair’s face and threatened to take hi out before John Cena interrupted. Cena then hyped up Flair’s resume and called out Orton for a fight, but Orton backed away as Cena and Flair celebrated.
They showed Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield on camera, complete with bright, obnoxious WWE blazers. They announced Jerry “The King” Lawler was not feeling well but said it was not his heart. They then threw it to a Daniel Bryan-Wyatt Family video.
Rey Mysterio and Jimmy & Jey Uso beat The Wyatt Family (Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) (accompanied by Bray Wyatt) in a six man tag match. Jimmy Uso caught Harper with a roll up for the pinfall.
Backstage, RAW General Manager Brad Maddox announces that either Sgt. Slaughter, Arn Anderson or Mr. Bob Backlund will referee tonight’s Great Khali-Damian Sandow match. Director of Operations Kane then showed up and threatened to make Maddox disappear if he talked behind his back again.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston walked through the halls and encountered a singing Nikolai Volkoff, “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase hitting on Aksana and IRS, who gave him a stern warning about paying his taxes.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston pinned Curtis Axel with the Big Ending. Axel’s tag partner Ryback was on commentary for the match.
Rowdy Roddy Piper hosted a Piper’s Pit with The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns). As expected, Ambrose and Piper had a great verbal face off and Piper taunted The Shield about them not beating CM Punk one-on-one. The Shield then went to attack Piper but CM Punk and The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg) made the save.
They showed a video of Brock Lesnar’s return to WWE last week.
Alberto Del Rio pinned Sin Cara with a vicious kick to the head. Post-match, Del Rio called out Batista and entered himself into the 2014 Royal Rumble match.
WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust & Cody Rhodes beat The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) (with Zeb Colter). Goldust pinned Swagger after hitting The Final Cut.
Backstage former WCW World Champions Booker T and Diamond Dallas Page plugged DDP Yoga. Another former WCW Champion Ron Simmons walked in with the “Damn” punchline.
The Great Khali (with Runjun Singh) pinned Damian Sandow despite Sandow’s foot being on the bottom rope during the count. Sgt. Slaughter was voted in as special guest referee. Post-match, Sandow complained about the pinfall but got a Cobra Clutch for his troubles. Slaughter, Khali and Singh danced post-match.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came to the ring and Heyman hyped up Lesnar as the number one contender for the WWE World Title. Mark Henry then came out to get revenge from their brawl last week but Henry ended up breaking Henry’s arm with the kimura lock. The Big Show then came out to face down Lesnar. The two squared off mid-ring and Show literally launched Lesnar all the way across the ring and basically to the floor. Lesnar and Heyman wisely left after that.
Aksana & Alicia Fox beat Nikki & Brie Bella. Aksana pinned Brie.
Backstage Rikishi and Too Cool walk the halls.
Rikishi and Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty & Grand Master Sexay) beat 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre). Rikishi pinned Mahal after a sitdown splash.
The entire legends contingent came out the stage to be honored. They all weirdly come to The Godfather’s theme and get introduced individually. The list included Too Cool, Rikishi, The Godfather, Booker T, DDP, Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Godfather, Ron Simmons, Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter, Nikolai Volkoff, Ted DiBiase and IRS. They were interrupted by Bad News Barrett and his awesome rising podium, and he mocked them from high above.
Back from break, Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed The New Age Outlaws and mockingly plugged the old 1-900 hotline. The Road Dogg then introduced the duo again and CM Punk.
In the main event, Roman Reigns (with Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) pinned CM Punk (with The New Age Outlaws) after Reigns hit a spear. But the real awesome surprise came post-match, when some familiar music hit and Jake “The Snake” Roberts of all people came out for the surprise of all surprises and a huge crowd pop. The Outlaws sent Reigns and Rollins running while Punk hit Ambrose with GTS. Roberts then draped the albino snake across Ambrose’s face while Ambrose tried to hide his mark out smile.
It was an insanely great way to end the show. Roberts’ surprise return was the biggest “mark out” moment for yours truly since Lesnar returned to WWE the night after WrestleMania XXVIII.