Carlito wrestled tonight on Raw for the first time in ten years.
He teamed with Jeff Hardy to take on Elias and Jaxson Ryker. Hardy scored the win for his team, hitting the swanton bomb after Carlito laid out Elias with the backstabber. Carlito's previous match on Raw took place on April 12, 2010, in a losing effort against Evan Bourne.
Carlito made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s Royal Rumble event, competing in the men’s Royal Rumble match. He entered at number 8, and was eventually eliminated by Elias, which led to tonight’s match.
Signing with the WWE in 2003, Carlito won the United States title from John Cena in his first televised match on SmackDown the following year. Throughout his WWE career, he would eventually win the Intercontinental title as well as the WWE & World Tag Team titles with his brother Primo.
Carlito was originally advertised for the Legends Night edition of Monday Night Raw that took place last month. However, he didn’t appear at the event.