One night after a historic and epic WrestleMania XXVI, the 879th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. One night after the historic twenty-five year career of the great Shawn Michaels came to an end, RAW would feature the WWE farewell of the legendary “Heartbreak Kid”! WrestleMania XXVI also saw the crowning of a new WWE Champion as John Cena was able to exercise his demons and force Batista to tap out to win his seventh WWE Title, as well as “The All-American American” Jack Swagger reaching new heights in his young career by winning the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity! WrestleMania also saw Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart finally get his revenge on the WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon as Bret orchestrated a “double cross” on the evil owner and enlisted the services of The Hart Dynasty and the legendary Hart Family to aid him in a No Holds Barred Match that saw Bret forcing the Chairman to tap out to the legendary Sharpshooter! WrestleMania also saw Triple H emerge triumphant over Sheamus, Randy Orton took advantage of the dissention between Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase by punting Rhodes and hitting DiBiase with the RKO en route to winning their Triple Threat Match, and The Miz & Big Show successfully defended their Unified WWE Tag Team Titles against R-Truth & John Morrison! WrestleMania was no doubt an epic event and RAW would feel the immediate fallout of the grand event. One night after the biggest show of the year, Rob Corddry & Clark Duke from the movie, “Hot Tub Time Machine”, would take the helms of RAW as the Guest Co-Hosts.
- Legends Lumberjack Match: Christian def. Ted DiBiase by pin following the Killswitch.
"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, "Roedy" Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter, Irwin R. Schyster, Nick Bockwinkel, Tony Garea, Arn Anderson, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, & Jerry "The King" Lawler were the WWE Legends who surrounded the ring for the match.
- 10-Diva Tag: WrestleMania Rematch: Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, & Eve Torres def. Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Maryse, Layla, & Alicia Fox by Eve Torres rolling up Maryse.
- Non-Title: The Hart Dynasty def. The Miz & Big Show by intentional count-out.
Tyson Kidd had The Miz locked in the Sharpshooter, but Big Show pulls Miz out of the maneuver and leads The Miz away from the ring, leading to the count-out victory for The Hart Dynasty.
- John Cena & Randy Orton def. Batista & Jack Swagger by Randy Orton pinning Jack Swagger following the RKO.
One night after losing the WWE Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania, RAW kicks off with the former WWE Champion Batista! Batista calls Cena’s win at WrestleMania a “fluke” and vows that no one will “remember” him losing the title a month from now! An incensed Batista states that he is entitled to a rematch for the title and emphatically proclaims that Cena can not beat him! This brings out the new WWE Champion himself, John Cena, who states that he did “beat” Batista at WrestleMania and reminds “The Animal” that he made him tap out! “The Champ” states that no one will “forget” WrestleMania and challenges Batista to use his rematch on RAW! Batista simply responds by saying “not tonight” before trying a failed cheap shot on Cena! The new WWE Champion then sends “The Animal” careening out of the ring! Cena is then blind-sided with a briefcase shot by the new “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Jack Swagger! Swagger then beats down “The Champ” with the briefcase before grabbing a microphone and ordering a referee to the ring because he is cashing in his title opportunity! After Cena fired back and attempted to lock in his STF on Swagger, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” quickly exits the ring and waves off the title match; meaning that Swagger is still in possession of the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity! When will Jack Swagger cash in his title opportunity? When will Batista cash in his rematch for the WWE Title?
Two nights after he was inducted into the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase makes a special appearance on RAW as DiBiase leads “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Irwin R. Schyster, Sgt. Slaughter, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Tony Garea, Nick Bockwinkel, Pat Patterson, Arn Anderson, & Jerry “The King” Lawler! The Legends surround the ring as the Guest Co-Hosts of RAW, Rob Corddry & Clark Duke come out and reveal that there will be a Legends Lumberjack Match featuring Legends from the 1980’s, in honor of their movie “Hot Tub Time Machine” where they travel back in time to the ‘80’s! The Guest Co-Hosts also announced that the main event of RAW will see the former WWE Champion, Batista, team with the new “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Jack Swagger to face new WWE Champion John Cena and a partner of Cena’s choice! With the Legends surrounding the ring, “Captain Charisma” Christian would go one-on-one with the son of “The Million Dollar Man”, Ted DiBiase! After a brawl between the WWE Legends distracts Ted DiBiase, Christian catches DiBiase with the Killswitch en route to picking up the win! After the match, “The Million Dollar Man” enters the ring and helps his son to his feet, but the younger DiBiase shoves his Hall of Fame father away before exiting the ring! What is the reason for Ted DiBiase’s behavior towards his father?
Following his victory over Sheamus at WrestleMania, Triple H made an appearance on RAW and stated that it is the “end of an era” and that he “never though it would end that way” for Shawn Michaels. An emotional Triple H continued that, a lot of the time, all they had was “each other” and they fought with, and sometimes against, each other. Triple H stated that he wanted to come out and says there is something that he has always wanted to say to Shawn Michaels that he has never said and that he wants to say it “in front of the whole world”. Before Triple H could say his emotional message to his longtime best friend, he was clocked, from behind, by a lead pipe-wielding Sheamus! How will Triple H respond to Sheamus’ vicious attack? What is the reason behind Sheamus’ attack?
RAW also featured a WrestleMania rematch as Divas Champion Maryse, Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Layla, Alicia Fox, & SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero faced Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, & Eve Torres in a 10-Diva Tag Match! The rematch was a short one as Eve Torres was able to quickly roll-up the Divas Champion, Maryse, to pick up the lightning-quick win for her team! After the match, a Divas brawl broke out in the ring with Phoenix, Mickie, Gail, Kelly Kelly, & Eve standing tall in the middle of the ring!
One night after he got his revenge via an assault twelve years in the making on the WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match, Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart makes an appearance on RAW! Bret starts by congratulating Shawn Michaels on a stellar career before stating that it was a “great feeling” to beat Vince McMahon at WrestleMania and that, not only did “Bret beat Vince”, but the “entire Hart family beat Vince”! Bret then thanks all his fans and wishes them all the best! Before Bret can make his exit from the ring, the Hall of Famer is interrupted by the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Big Show! The Miz calls Bret’s match at WrestleMania a “glorified 25-on-1 Handicap Match” before calling Bret a “thief” for “robbing” his time from him! Miz states that he is “sick of it” and states that he is the one that deserves to talk about himself! The Miz then says that he is 1-0 at WrestleMania; just seventeen wins away from matching The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak! The Miz then calls Bret and the entire Hart family “overrated” and threatens Bret to leave the ring, which Bret responds to by telling Miz to “make” him! Big Show then gets in the face of “The Hitman”, which brings out Tyson Kidd, Natalya, & David Hart Smith; The Hart Dynasty! Faced with Bret & The Hart Dynasty, Big Show convinces The Miz to leave the ring! Bret then tells ShoMiz to come back into the ring and get “embarrassed” by The Hart Dynasty like Vince McMahon did at WrestleMania! The Miz then convinces Big Show to come back to the ring!
After preventing a physical showdown between Bret Hart & ShoMiz, The Hart Dynasty faced the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions in a non-title match! After pulling The Miz out of the clutches of the Sharpshooter by Tyson Kidd, Big Show leads The Miz away from the match as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions opt to take a count-out loss to The Hart Dynasty! ShoMiz has avoided The Hart Dynasty this time around, but will these two teams meet again in the future?
Then it was time for the main event match of the evening as former WWE Champion Batista would team with the new “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Jack Swagger to face new WWE Champion John Cena and a partner of his choosing! Before the match, “The Champ “ reveals that his mystery partner is a man that Batista is very family with; “The Viper” Randy Orton! In the end, it was Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Batista and, then, Jack Swagger en route to pinning Swagger to pick up the win for himself and WWE Champion John Cena!
One night after losing to The Undertaker in an epic Streak Vs. Career Match at WrestleMania, the legendary “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels career is over and “The Showstopper” would deliver his farewell to the WWE fans, but before Michaels can even speak, The Undertaker comes out and tips his signature hat to HBK! After The Undertaker’s show of respect, Michaels makes his farewell address to the WWE fans. HBK admits that, not coming into the homes of the WWE fans via their televisions every week is something he will have difficulty getting used to. An emotional Shawn Michaels then addresses Triple H and thanks him for being his friend when no one else would go near him and for never leaving his side over the years. Shawn Michaels then expresses his thanks to the WWE production crew, as well as Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and the legendary announcer Jim Ross for making him look as good as he possibly could look! HBK then states that he understands people’s skepticism about “career ending matches”, but he assures the fans that he does not want to go back on his “word” to the fans or to The Undertaker! Michaels then thanks Bret Hart for giving him the opportunity to make up for the things he has done to “The Hitman”. Michaels then thanks Vince McMahon and states that there is “no way” that he can work for anyone else other than Vince after working for him for over twenty years! HBK then thanks Vince for not allowing him to make even bigger mistakes than he already made and for keeping him “on course” over the years! Michaels then turns his attention to the WWE fans as he thanks the fans for giving him the “honor and privilege” of allowing him the opportunity to compete in front of them in his career! Shawn Michaels then tells his wife and kids that “daddy is coming home” before making the final statement that “The Hearbreak Kid Shawn Michaels has left the building”. As the chorus of cheers and applause from the WWE fans ring throughout the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Shawn Michaels exits the ring for the final time and is joined on the stage by his best friend, Triple H, as he places the signature DX glowsticks on the stage. Shawn Michaels then waves goodbye to the fans and walks backstage for the last time as the twenty-five year career of Shawn Michaels is brought to a close the only way it should be; with the upmost respect by everyone who respects the name of Shawn Michaels.