Eve walks out with a grin on her face and a mic on hand as she stands on the stage.
Eve: Calm down you two, neither of you will be putting your hands on the other one tonight. You will save all the pent up anger for your scheduled match at Armageddon.
Eve: It's alright, it's not all bad news. Cody I was very impressed with your match last week; it went above my expectations, which were already high enough, and the ratings proved that these fans will tune in to watch you defend that title.
Eve: That's why in order to start off the show with strong ratings this week I'm having you defend your title once again in the opening match.
:: MIXED REACTION::
Eve: But Ryback don't think I've forgotten about you because you're proving to be just as big a draw as Cody. That's why you will also have a match tonight and both of your opponents will be a mystery. I know a little mystery always draws in ratings. So good luck on your matches boys cause you're going to need it.
Eve grins as her music begins to play and she walks to the back. Ryback and Cody are left glaring at each other as the show cuts to a commercial.
*The live feed comes back from the break and the Titantron begins showing highlights of the action and announcement before the commercial. The camera then swings over to the ring where Cody Rhodes can be seen handing his title over to the referee now at ringside before starting to stretch and warm up in the ring.*
JR: Welcome back from the break folks. Well there we have it, as you just seen it looks like we are going to start Raw with a bang! The WWE title is on the line, Cody Rhodes is going to be defending his title once again, this time, against an un-named opponent.
King: It's just the start Raw Is War needs, partner. What a fabulous job, Eve is doing.
JR: I'm not convinced, King. As much as I love seeing this young man defend his title and put on, classic matches like he did with Black last week. I can't help but think this is favoring Ryback and once more, favors the plan of getting Rhodes stripped of that title.
King: Here we go again with these conspiracy theories! I'm getting sick of listening to you already partner. Eve is nothing but fair, Ross. That's why she's also announced that Ryback will compete tonight and will also face an un-named opponent.
JR: Maybe you are right, but I can't help but think.. somewhere back there, Jericho is watching closely and clutching his Money In the Bank briefcase, lying in waiting for the perfect chance to cash in.
*The crowd are slightly shocked as the bare knuckle brawlers theme begins to play. Those stunned expressions then becomes one of boo's and jeers as Wade Barrett steps out on the top of the stage. Barrett begins bouncing his clenched fist against his other hands, open palm as he begins to smirk widely.
Wade Barrett then begins making his way down the ramp, taken in the crowds jeers and boos before laughing them off and trading verbals back as he enters the ring.*
King: Wade Barrett?! I didn't expect that, Ross. Wade talked last week about kick starting the Barrett Barrage, just imagine if he could so by winning the WWE title! That would be huge.
JR: We also seen Wade Barrett enter Eve's locker room, King. I guess we now know why, partner. Barrett is certainly one tough individual and Cody's going to be at his best once more if he's to continue his title reign!
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King: Barrett looking for that pump handle slam!
JR: Reversal! Cody reverses and is now looking for the Cross Rhodes!
King: Watch out, Barrett! Here it comes!
*As Rhodes looks to twist out and nail the Cross Rhodes. Barrett is able to struggle free and breaks out, he keeps a hold of Rhodes arm and drags him forward before using his other arm to drive into him with a huge lariat clothesline which knocks him down. Barrett then drops down and hooks the leg of the champ, in hope he's done enough to secure the win..
Cody is able throw his arm up and kick out at the attempted cover before the three. Barrett though is furious with his and clutches the head of Cody, driving it up and back down as hard as he can, Cody's skull bouncing of the canvas repeatedly. Wade Barrett then begins firing away with a flurry of punches, big right hands at a time right into the face of Rhodes. With a small treacle of blood dripping out from the open mouth of Rhodes, Wade begins getting back up to his feet..
The English born brawler then yanks down his protective elbow pad before showing the crowd what's next to come. Barrett then begins yelling at Cody to get up and as Rhodes does, Barrett charges at him with real pace, bursting from the opposite side of the ring, attempting to drive his elbow into the face of Cody who side steps out of the way and catches Barrett with a picture perfect dropkick as the former United Kingdom man turns back around to the crowds delight.*
JR: A dropkick of perfection from the WWE Champion, Cody Rhodes.
*Cody takes a moment to recover from the savage shots from Barrett moments ago as he wipes away the blood that's dripping from his lip. Almost like the blood shed has fired him up, Cody leaps back up and begins begging Barrett to do the same. As Barrett stands, Cody is straight on the offensive and begins firing away with right hands to the face of the former UK leader.
Cody then attempts to swing Wade into the ropes, but Barrett reverses. Wade then drops down looking for a back body drop but Cody drops down and fires up with an uppercut strike, ala Goldust. Rhodes then once more gets up and is optimistic looking for the Alabama slama. As he attempts to get Wade up, Barrett strikes down with both hands clenched with a double ax handle strike to the back, knocking Cody down to his knees. Barrett then runs the ropes and clatters into Rhodes with an out stretched knee that seemingly has knocked the Champ out.*
King: Boom! What a knee strike from Wade Barrett.
JR: Shades of William Regal there partner. Here's Barrett with the pin, he could have him here!
King: One!.. Two!..
JR: Rhodes kicked out! To the shock of this whole arena, Rhodes kicked out!
King: How?! How did he?! He looked completely out of it, JR.
JR: A Champions heart, King.
*Barrett begins thumping the ground, clearly furious that he was not able to secure the three as he begins raving at the referee and telling the crowd to shut up as they continue chanting the name of Cody Rhodes. Barrett then drags up a lifeless Cody and begins trash talking him. Wade then picks him up and places him on his shoulders before trash talking some more as the crowd continue to boo Barrett.
Wade with a smile on his face then looks to launch Cody up before dragging him back down with the Wasteland but as he does, Cody is able to use the momentum up, to escape and drop behind Barrett. As he does he grabs a hold of Barrett's head in a final cut position before out of nowhere, nailing Barrett with the famous..*
JR: Cross Rhodes! Cross Rhodes! This time Cody is able to hit the Cross Rhodes!
King: Barrett appeared to waste too much time, he had Rhodes where he wanted him!
JR: Cody with the pin attempt!
JR: Cody wins! Cody Rhodes has retained his WWE title!
King: Barrett will rue his missed chance, King. If he didn't waste so much time with paying attention to these fans, you would have to feel we could have had a new Champion here on Raw!
*Barrett can be seen rolling out of the ring, clearly frustrated as the crowd continue booing him. All attention then turns towards the Champ, Cody Rhodes who now has his hands raised in the middle of the ring as the crowd chant his name, over and over. We get one last shot of Rhodes holding his WWE title high as the camera heads backstage.*