Farewell, Shawn...

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March 29, 2010

PHOENIX -- The day after WrestleMania XXVI ushered in a new era. While a crop of new, exhilarating, young Superstars are being cultivated in the hothouse of WWE, it was time for one Superstar, Shawn Michaels, to bid farewell after offering up a 25-year feast of cherished memories and jaw-dropping moments. Thank you, Shawn Michaels.

Shawn Michaels offered WWE Universe his farewell address (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It didn't seem real. How could it? How could Shawn Michaels, after an unparalleled 25-year career, really be saying goodbye? After losing his Streak vs. Career Match against The Undertaker, however, that's precisely what happened.

Emotions ran high throughout the WWE Universe as The Deadman entered the U.S. Airways Center and tipped his hat to the opponent that came closest to ending his WrestleMania winning streak. Before that show of respect, HBK had entered to a standing ovation to address the crowd. He thanked his friend Triple H, Mr. McMahon, Bret Hart, his family and the WWE Universe for the greatest ride of his life. And for the final time, he said with tears in his eyes, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, has left the building."

WWE Champion John Cena & Randy Orton def. Jack Swagger & Batista (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Enemy of my enemy is my friend. Even that old adage got stretched to the breaking point when freshly-crowned WWE Champion John Cena chose Randy Orton as his partner to take on Batista & Jack Swagger. With no love loss between The Viper and The Animal, Cena perhaps felt he was in good company. That feeling paid off when The Champ and Orton, despite an uneasy partnership, managed to wear down their foes. Eventually, The Viper struck the new Mr. Money in the Bank with an RKO to seize the win.

Unified Tag Team Champions The Miz & Big Show interrupted Bret Hart; The Hart Dynasty def. Show-Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH: PART 1 | PART 2)
After an epic victory over his nemesis, Mr. McMahon, the night before, Bret Hart decided to thank his supporters. The touching expression of gratitude, however, was spoiled when Unified Tag Team Champion The Miz entered flapping his gums and talking smack. Yes, really! When his partner Big Show barged into the fray, Hart's family, The Hart Dynasty, made certain to get their kin's back. With a little prodding, Show-Miz finally agreed to a match against the Dynasty.

Perhaps riding their high from the entire weekend, including Stu Hart's WWE Hall of Fame induction, The Hart Dynasty lit into their opponents. So much so, in fact, that the Unified Tag Team Champions decided to tuck tail and scram, exiting the ring and losing by intentional count-out.

Eve, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim def. Divas Champion Maryse, Women's Champion Michelle McCool, Layla, Alicia Fox & Vickie Guerrero (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Pigs flew last night at WrestleMania -- quite literally. You see, Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero secured a win for her squad when she landed a "Hog Splash" atop Kelly Kelly in a 10-Diva Tag Team Match. In the Raw rematch, however, Guerrero -- alongside Diva's Champion Maryse, Women's Champion Michelle McCool, Layla & Alicia Fox -- was unable to save her team's bacon. When Eve -- teaming with Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim -- entered the ring against Maryse, the beauty appeared unrelenting against the conceited Canadian and forcefully pinned her in short order.

Sheamus attacked Triple H (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One night after narrowly defeating The Irishman on The Grandest Stage of Them All, Triple H addressed the WWE Universe. He wanted to make clear that he would be honoring his best friend, Shawn Michaels, after his D-Generation X cohort lost his Streak vs. Career Match against The Undertaker the night before. As The Game opened up about his pal, Sheamus stomped down and attacked before leaving with a satisfied smirk on his mug.

Christian def. Ted DiBiase in a Legends Lumberjack Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In honor or their new movie, the No. 1 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, special guest hosts Rob Corddry and Clark Duke intervened in a match between Christian and Ted DiBiase to arrange a "Back in Time" Legends Lumberjack Match, featuring a slew of legends such as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter and recent WWE Hall of Fame inductee, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. During the match, the legend lumberjacks began to scuffle on the outside, and the distraction allowed Captain Charisma to wrap up DiBiase for the win. When The Million Dollar Man, who was involved in the scuffle, entered the ring to console his son, the younger DiBiase rebuffed him and exited in a huff.

WWE Champion John Cena confronted Batista; Jack Swagger attacked The Champ (PHOTOS | WATCH)
He tried to play it cool, but Batista just couldn't bear the thought of losing to John Cena at WrestleMania. He pretended that dropping the WWE Title was nothin' but a thang, but when The Champ popped up, The Animals' fur stood on edge. Cena prodded him to invoke his rematch clause, but Batista begged off. Instead, he took a cheap shot before the new WWE titleholder tossed him from the ring.

As Cena watched his rival storm off, Jack Swagger, who won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania and a title opportunity, ambushed him and quickly called for a referee. Before one could become available, however, The Champ recovered, causing "The All-American American" to clutch his briefcase and beat a hasty retreat.

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