Monday Night Raw comes to us live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The guest host tonight is Dule Hill, one of the stars of the USA show Psych, which has its season premiere Wednesday at 10/9c. Why does this matter? Well, because John Cena is guest starring of course! The traditional Raw intro video plays to welcome the home audience.
Degeneration X’s theme music starts the show, and the crowd goes nuts. Shawn Michaels and Triple H come out to the ring for their match against Legacy (Cody Rhodes/Ted DiBiase, both sons of wrestling legends hence the name of their team). Triple H asks if the crowd is ready, attempting to do the usual D-X shtick, but stops when he notices their mascot Hornswoggle (a midget who plays a leprechaun on the show) isn’t there. Shawn says he sent him home because it is six days before the Royal Rumble, the WWE’s next pay per view, and it is time to get serious. Shawn is attempting to win the Rumble in order to get a match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania (WWE’s version of the Super Bowl) and try to end Undertaker’s winning streak, which he failed to do last year. He asks Triple H why he is entering the Rumble and attempting to sabotage the plan. Triple H says that he also wants a shot at main eventing Wrestlemania and even though he and Shawn are friends, he will step over whoever he needs to in order to achieve this goal. They have a brief staredown, until Legacy’s music hits and Cody Rhodes/Ted DiBiase make their way to the ring for the match.
Match #1: DeGeneration X (Shawn Michaels/Triple H) vs. Legacy (Cody Rhodes/Ted DiBiase)
Although D-X are the tag team champions, their belts are not on the line tonight so this is a non-title match. As the match progresses, commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hype up D-X’s title defense Friday on Smackdown against the team of CM Punk and Luke Gallows. A usual tag team match, and if you saw any of the DX-Legacy matches over the past year, you wouldn’t be surprised by anything that went on here. The finish comes when Shawn tags himself in to the match. Triple H stares him down, and Rhodes smashes Triple H into Shawn. They stare each other down, and Shawn gives DiBiase the Sweet Chin Music (a savate kick to the jaw). Triple H then runs at Shawn, who ducks and Triple H instead hits Rhodes. Shawn goes for the pin on DiBiase and gets the win for his team.
Winners: DeGeneration X