The 871st edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN. One night after a historic Royal Rumble, legendary television personality William Shatner takes the helm of RAW as the Guest Host. Almost a month after his WWE return and almost a month after he was kicked in the mid-section by Mr. McMahon, Bret Hart comes back to Monday Night RAW to accept the reluctant invitation of the WWE Chairman and confront Mr. McMahon.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: John Cena def. Cody Rhodes by pin following the Attitude Adjustment to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Triple H def. Jack Swagger by pin following the Pedigree to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Randy Orton def. Shawn Michaels by roll-up to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Ted DiBiase def. Mark Henry by pin following an armdrag DDT to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Kofi Kingston (with MVP) def. Big Show (with The Miz) by DQ after Big Show accidentally knocks out the referee; Kofi Kingston qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match.
- Randy Orton Vs. Shawn Michaels
- Triple H Vs. Jack Swagger
- Kofi Kingston Vs. Big Show
- Ted DiBiase Vs. Mark Henry
- John Cena Vs. Cody Rhodes
The show kicks off with the shocking winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge, who proclaims that he is, not only back, but “back in the main event of WrestleMania”! Edge stated that the doctors told him that he could never return from his Achilles injury, but once he heard the comments from Chris Jericho at the 2009 Slammy Awards, he made the decision that he would not miss another WrestleMania due to an injury! “The Rated-R Superstar” stated that he rehabbed harder than ever to keep his personal promise of winning the Royal Rumble and that Jericho has his Slammy and his TMZ mug shot, but Edge has the main event spot at WrestleMania! Edge says that he has faced The Undertaker before at WrestleMania, and lost, and that the “smart” decision would be to challenge the champion who has never competed at WrestleMania, Sheamus. However, Edge states that he is going to wait until after the Elimination Chamber event to reveal his decision! The 2010 Royal Rumble Winner is then joined by the WWE Champion, Sheamus, who makes his way to the ring to confront Edge! Sheamus tells “The Rated-R Superstar” that a lot has changed while Edge has been gone and that he has done what Edge could not by defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship! Edge reminds Sheamus that he has “made a career” out of beating Cena, as well as Randy Orton. Sheamus then states that he has defeated Cena and he has defeated Orton, so he would not “break a sweat” in defeating Edge! Sheamus then suggests Edge go back to SmackDown before he puts him “back on the shelf for good”! Sheamus then cheap-shots Edge by throwing the microphone in his face, but when Sheamus tries to hit Edge with his signature boot, Edge dodges the blow and levels the WWE Champion with the Spear! After leaving the WWE Champion laid out in the ring, has the words and actions of Sheamus convinced Edge of his WrestleMania opponent?
The opening match of the night would see the final participant eliminated in the 2010 Royal Rumble Match, John Cena, take on Legacy member Cody Rhodes with a spot in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber event on the line! In the end, it was Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Rhodes en route to qualifying for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match in three weeks’ time at WWE Elimination Chamber! Who will be the other four competitors who join WWE Champion Sheamus & John Cena in the Eliminatin Chamber Match for the WWE Title?
Backstage, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon is confronted by Guest Host William Shatner, who boldly proclaims that he “can’t wait” for fellow Canadian, Bret Hart, to “embarrass” McMahon!
After John Cena qualified for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match, “The All-American American” Jack Swagger found himself going one-on-one with “The Game” Triple H with a spot in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match on the line! In the end, it was Triple H capitalizing on the overconfidence of Jack Swagger and hitting the Pedigree to join John Cena & WWE Champion Sheamus in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match! Three down and three to go; who will join Sheamus, John Cena, & Triple H in the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Title?
Backstage, Triple H confronts Shawn Michaels and asks for a moment to talk to HBK about eliminating him in the Royal Rumble Match last night. Triple H expresses that he would of done the same, given the opportunity! HBK says that it was not “supposed” to go down like that, he was “supposed” to win the Royal Rumble Match and go to WrestleMania and beat The Undertaker. Triple H tells his partner that Michaels needs to concentrate on beating Randy Orton and qualifying for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match. Triple H then states that, if Triple H emerges as the WWE Champion at WWE Elimination Chamber, then he would love to “tear the house down” with HBK at WrestleMania.
After his crushing elimination from the Royal Rumble Match, Shawn Michaels went one-on-one with Randy Orton with the fourth spot in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match on the line. In the end, Orton lived up to being “The Viper” by sneaking in a quick roll-up on Shawn Michaels to qualify for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match! After the match, a frustrated, distraught, and defeated Shawn Michaels exits the ring following his second crushing loss in twenty-four hours.
Backstage, Ted DiBiase confronts Randy Orton and apologizes to his mentor, but “The Viper” simply walks away from DiBiase!
Following his confrontation with Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase had the daunting task of facing “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry with a spot in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match on the line! Unlike his Legacy teammate, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase was able to qualify for the Elimination Chamber Match by defeating Mark Henry!
Backstage, United States Champion The Miz & Big Show discuss getting a Unified WWE Tag Team Titles match out of William Shatner before being approached by CM Punk, Serena, & Luke Gallows! CM Punk proclaims that they are there in search of “whatever passes for an authority figure” to get their Unified WWE Tag Team Title match against DX! Guest Host William Shatner intervenes and announces a huge match for next week’s RAW as Unified WWE Tag Team Champions D-Generation X will defend their titles against both The Miz & Big Show and The Straightedge Society in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match! Who will emerge as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions on next week’s RAW?
Backstage, Triple H confronts his frustrated partner, Shawn Michaels, and tells HBK to “move on” and explains that it is “not the end of the world”. Triple H tells his tag partner that there are “plenty of other guys” that HBK could face at WrestleMania, but Michaels responds with “not for me”.
It was announced during RAW that, this Friday on SmackDown, the winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble, Edge, will present the return of “The Cutting Edge” with is guest being none other than the World Heavyweight Champion, The Undertaker! After laying the WWE Champion out with a Spear on RAW, what will go down between Edge & The Undertaker this Friday night?
In the final qualifying match for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match, Kofi Kingston would face “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show! Before the match got underway, United States Champion The Miz provides guest commentary for the match. During the match, The Miz gets out of his seat at ringside and taunts Kofi Kingston on the outside. However, MVP jumps the barricade and runs The Miz all the way to the backstage area! In a chaotic back-and-forth match, Big Show finds himself inadvertently knocking out the referee! Big Show signals for a second referee, who comes out and rings the bell for the disqualification! Big Show pleads his case to the referee, citing that his vision was impaired and he did not mean to knock out the referee, but in the end, Big Show left the ring, furious and defeated, while Kofi Kingston finds himself as a participant in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match! In his first Elimination Chamber Match, Sheamus will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, & Kofi Kingston. Can Sheamus survive the Elimination Chamber as the WWE Champion?
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler appears in the ring and introduces his friend and the man who inducted him into the Hall of Fame, the Guest Host of RAW, William Shatner! Accompanied by The Bella Twins, Shatner makes his way into the ring and states that he has had the “greatest time” hosting RAW. The legendary actor then introduces the legendary wrestler, and fellow Canadian, Bret “The Hitman” Hart!
For the first time since he was unceremoniously kicked in the mid-section by Mr. McMahon on January 4, Bret Hart appears on RAW! Bret states that he has had about a month to put things into “perspective” for himself and says that it took him twelve years to return to the WWE. Bret states that he was “wrong” to think that he could come back and make “peace”. Bret then proclaims that he is not there to make “peace” or to find “closure”, he is there to talk to McMahon, face-to-face! “The Hitman” then orders the Chairman to come to the ring and, after impatiently waiting for the arrival of the WWE Chairman, Bret finally gets McMahon as Mr. McMahon comes out and confidently saunters to the ring! The Chairman states that he does not “regret” anything he has done to Bret and Bret responds by saying McMahon is the “world’s greatest liar”! Bret tells McMahon that the Chairman could not lace up his father’s “jock strap” and states that, last week, Cena called McMahon “pathetic”. Bret says that he knows all about “pathetic” after finding himself in a wheelchair following his stroke, but he got out of the wheelchair and walked again and vowed to never feel “pathetic” again. Bret then states that, McMahon’s actions on the night of Bret’s return made him feel “pathetic”! Bret said that he worked for the Chairman for fourteen years and worked injured and sick. Bret then stated that he would tell himself that, someday, McMahon would “appreciate” him, but he was wrong. Bret then recalls McMahon calling him a “piece of gum that’s lost it’s flavor” and Bret proclaims that he has got “just enough flavor” to “kick the ass” of the Chairman! Mr. McMahon responds by calling all of the nicknames of Bret as a “crock”, including his status as a “Canadian hero”! McMahon then states that Bret is not a “hero” to anyone and calls Bret “pathetic”, as well as saying Bret has “no personality”! The Chairman digs deeper by saying that, had it not been for Bret’s list of opponents, Bret would not have made it anywhere! McMahon then says “The Hitman” dresses like a “hobo” and boldly states that Bret “deserved to be screwed”! The Chairman then reveals that he has changed his mind and he will not be inducting Bret’s father, Stu, into the WWE Hall of Fame, claiming that Stu “does not deserve” it! This sends Bret over the edge and “The Hitman” attacks the Chairman! Bret pummels Mr. McMahon, but as Bret gets ready to lock the legendary Sharpshooter on the Chairman, Batista rushes to the aid of McMahon! Batista assaults the Hall of Famer before holding Bret while McMahon shows the ultimate form of disrespect by spitting in the face of the legend! Why has Batista aligned himself with Mr. McMahon? How will Bret Hart respond to the attack by Batista and the actions of Mr. McMahon?