The 886th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Forty-one years after he was one of the first men to set foot on the moon, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin would serve as the Guest Host to an “out of this world” edition of RAW as the final RAW before WWE Over The Limit will air completely commercial-free! As a result to losing to Tyson Kidd on last week’s RAW, The Miz was forced to select a member of the Hart Family to defend the United States Title against and The Miz selected none other than WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart to defend the gold against on this week’s RAW in the home country of the legendary Hart Family! Six nights before he defends the WWE Championship, for the final time, against “The Animal” Batista in an “I Quit” Match at WWE Over The Limit, WWE Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus!
- Edge def. Christian by pin following the Spear.
- "Pick Your Poison" Match: The Undertaker def. Edge by intentional count-out.
- Ted DiBiase def. Yoshi Tatsu by pin following Dream Street.
- United States Championship: No DQ: Bret Hart (with The Hart Dynasty & Natalya) def. The Miz (c) (with Chris Jericho) by submission to the Sharpshooter to win the United States Title.
- 6-Diva Tag: Maryse & Team Lay-Cool def. Eve Torres & The Bella Twins by Maryse pinning Bella following the French Kiss DDT.
- "Pick Your Poison" Match: Non-Title: Jack Swagger & Randy Orton fight to a No Contest after Edge enters the ring.
- Mixed Tag Match: Evan Bourne & Gail Kim def. Zack Ryder & Alicia Fox by Gail Kim pinning Alicia Fox following the Eat Defeat.
- Non-Title: John Cena def. Sheamus by DQ after Batista interferes.
The special commercial-free edition of RAW kicks off with WWE Hall of Famer and Canadian hero Bret “The Hitman” Hart as Toronto offers a thunderous ovation for Canada’s own Bret Hart! Bret states that he can’t believe that The Miz had the “nerve” to challenge him to a United States Title match and that he told WWE Headquarters to “book” the match because he will be there! Bret then states that he will not compete on RAW because he feels that is not the way for him to “go out”! This brings out fellow Canadian and product of the legendary Hart Dungeon, Chris Jericho, who calls Bret a “shell” of what he used to be and he is now a “pathetic has-been”! Jericho then calls Bret the “ultimate hypocrite” and tells Bret that he did not return to the WWE for “closure”, he returned because he is an “ego-driven phony” and that Bret “deserved” to be “screwed” in Montreal! Bret responds by calling Jericho the “phony” because he remembers a young Jericho training in the Hart Dungeon where he had trouble learning a headlock and spent most of his time at the water fountain! Bret then tells Jericho to “look in the mirror”! Jericho says that Bret is appearing to make himself feel like he “matters”, but he doesn’t, because the only one that “matters” is Chris Jericho! Jericho continues that “nobody” wants him there anymore and states that Bret’s legacy relies on what he does on RAW and that Bret will be remembered for going back on his word and for being “scared” to wrestle The Miz! Chris Jericho then says that Bret and the Hart name mean “nothing” and that Bret’s father, Stu Hart, would be so “disappointed” in Bret! As Chris Jericho exits, Bret agrees to the match and Jericho responds by saying that Bret will get himself “intentionally disqualified” so that he could say he “tried”! Bret then succumbs to the goading of Jericho and agrees to have the match changed to a No Disqualification Match! Can Bret Hart possibly take the United States Championship away from The Miz or will the No Disqualification stipulation play in the favor of The Miz?
Six nights before they square off at WWE Over The Limit, Edge and Randy Orton would get to pick each other’s poison in a “Pick Your Poison” Match where Edge and Orton would get to select their Over The Limit’s opponent on RAW! Toronto’s own Edge was up first and it was revealed that Randy Orton selected none other than Edge’s former friend and tag team partner, Toronto’s own “Captain Charisma” Christian! After working over the shoulder of Christian throughout the intense back-and-forth match, it came down to Christian attempting to hit Edge with the Killswitch, the injured shoulder did not allow “Captain Charisma” to hit the move and Edge countered by sending Christian, shoulder-first into the steel ring post, which led to Edge hitting the Spear en route to winning the grueling match over Christian! Randy Orton then appears on the Tron and reveals that he does not know why Christian came out there for the match because that is not who he picked for Edge to face! With this statement, the familiar gong sounded that signified the arrival of The Undertaker! However, as soon as “The Phenom” entered the ring, Edge exited the ring as “The Ultimate Opportunist” opted to take a count-out loss to The Undertaker! However, Christian then came from behind and threw Edge back into the ring where The Undertaker laid Edge out with a thunderous chokeslam! After getting put through the wringer in a match against Christian and getting planted by Orton’s “poison”, The Undertaker, who will Edge select as Randy Orton’s “poison”?
Backstage, Divas Champion Eve Torres dumps baby powder on Maryse and slaps Maryse, which leads to the two Divas engaging in a backstage brawl that referees had to separate! How will Maryse respond to Eve Torres’ attack?
RAW Guest Host Buzz Aldrin makes a backstage appearance where he is greeted by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero, who tells Buzz that Buzz is in her office as she is the General Manager of RAW! Aldrin reminds Vickie that she resigned last week and reveals that the new General Manager of RAW will be announced on next week’s RAW before having Vickie escorted out of the arena! Who will replace Vickie Guerrero as the General Manager of RAW?
After being viciously assaulted with a steel chair and forced to submit by Batista last week, an injured Mark Henry was set to compete on RAW, but, during his entrance, Henry is blasted, from behind, with a two-by-four shot by Batista! “The Animal” then rams Henry’s shoulder into the steel ring post before sending Mark Henry into the steel ring steps! What is the status of Mark Henry following these back-to-back vicious attacks by Batista? What does Batista have in store for WWE Champion John Cena in their “I Quit” Match this Sunday at WWE Over The Limit?
Six nights before he would go one-on-one with R-Truth at WWE Over The Limit in a just announced match, “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase was in action on RAW, but DiBiase entered with a legendary familiar face as he was accompanied by the original Virgil himself! With the original Virgil apparently on DiBiase’s payroll and at ringside, Ted DiBiase went one-on-one with Yoshi Tatsu! In the end, it was DiBiase hitting Dream Street en route to picking up the win! After the match, Ted DiBiase orders Virgil to get him a microphone as Ted DiBiase states that his search of a “new Virgil” has resulted in him enlisting the services of the “original Virgil” who would be at ringside for his match at WWE Over The Limit! Ted DiBiase then proclaims that if you can’t “buy it, then beat it”! Can Ted DiBiase “beat” R-Truth this Sunday at WWE Over The Limit? What role will Virgil play in the match?
Before he defends the United States Title against WWE Hall of Famer and Canadian hero Bret “The Hitman” Hart in a No Disqualification Match, The Miz states that he is not only going to “beat” Bret, he is going to “humiliate” Bret to the point that he “eradicates” his family name and “spit” on the Hart Family heritage! Miz continues by saying that Bret will be “screaming in pain” in front of his home country as he will force Bret to tap out to Bret’s very own Sharpshooter! The match begins, but The Miz exits the ring right away and reveals that he hired a couple of Superstars to “neutralize” any potential interference by The Hart Dynasty and those two Superstars were William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov! Regal & Kozlov make their way to ringside, where they are met by The Hart Dynasty as the two teams fight to the backstage area! With The Hart Dynasty busy with Regal & Kozlov, Chris Jericho enters the ring and Miz & Jericho stand off; prepared to attack “The Hitman”, but Natalya steps in by Bret’s side and slaps Jericho! Miz then gets a hold of Natalya, but Bret attacks Miz, which leads to Jericho attacking Bret! David Hart Smith then comes to the ring and takes Jericho out of the equation, but Miz gets Bret set for the Sharpshooter, but then Tyson Kidd jumps in and prevents Miz from locking in the move! The Hart Dynasty then delivers the Hart Attack to The Miz which leads to Bret Hart locking in the legendary Sharpshooter on The Miz en route to forcing Miz to tap out, meaning that Hall of Famer Bret Hart won the United States Title from The Miz! What will happen now that Bret Hart is the United States Champion?
After it was announced that Eve Torres will defend the Divas Title against Maryse at WWE Over The Limit, the Divas Champion was in action as she would team with The Bella Twins to take on Maryse and the apparent new co-Women’s Champions, Michelle McCool & Layla! In the end, it was Maryse planting one of The Bella Twins with the French Kiss DDT en route to picking up the win for her team! Can Maryse regain the Divas Title this Sunday or will Eve Torres retain at WWE Over The Limit?
After selecting The Undertaker as Edge’s “poison” earlier in the night, it was time for Randy Orton to compete in a “Pick Your Poison” Match and the Superstar that Edge selected was none other than the man that defeated Randy Orton at WWE Extreme Rules as Randy Orton would go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger! Orton was set for victory over Swagger, but Edge entered the ring and Orton pummeled Edge, but Edge shoves Orton into Swagger and Orton strikes by laying Swagger out with the RKO, but Randy Orton then turns around right into the Spear by Edge! Can Edge spear Randy Orton and pick up the win this Sunday at WWE Over The Limit or will Randy Orton strike with the RKO and defeat Edge?
Legendary astronaut and Guest Host Buzz Aldrin then makes an appearance and proclaims that he “loves” Monday Night RAW before being interrupted by the arrival of “The Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder & Alicia Fox as Ryder alleges that the legendary moon landing was staged! Buzz responds by showing some footage depicting Buzz punching a man who said the same thing to him! Buzz then introduces Ryder & Fox’s opponents, Evan Bourne and Toronto’s own Gail Kim! In the end, it was Evan Bourne & Gail Kim picking up the win and celebrating with Buzz Aldrin, who busts out the moon walk!
Then it was time for the main event as familiar adversaries would square off as WWE Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus in a non-title match! After John Cena sent Sheamus to the outside of the ring with the Attitude Adjustment, Batista entered the ring and ambushed John Cena before planting the WWE Champion with three spinebusters and locking Cena in his new and devastating submission maneuver! Will Batista be able to force John Cena to utter the words “I Quit” this Sunday at WWE Over The Limit to win the WWE Title or will John Cena force Batista to say “I Quit” and retain the gold?