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Yoshi Tatsu won the Battle Royal with everyone on the roster not on the show. Cryme Tyme, Hart Dynasty, Fit Finlay, Hornswoggle, Mark Henry, Goldust, Santino Marella, Primo, Jimmy Wang Yang, Slam Master J, Great Khali, Caylen Croft, Trent Barretta, Tyler Reks, Chris Masters, Funaki, Zack Ryder, Vance Archer, Mike Knox, Carlito, Vladimir Kozlov, William Regal and Luke Gallows Tatsu used a high kick, knocking Ryder off the apron.
Announcers are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Stryker
The Miz & Big Show vs. R-Truth & John Morrison opens the show
3:00 match, with Show punching Morrison as Morrison tried a springboard move. Show had tagged Miz behind Morrison's back and Show pinned Morrison. Total nothing match.
Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes
First half of the match was DiBiase & Rhodes working together on Orton. They split up and broke up each other's chances to win. Orton made the big comeback, and ended up destroying both with a draping DDT at the same time. He then used the punt on Rhodes and the RKO on DiBiase, getting the pin on DiBiase. Mostly a by-the-numbers type of match for a feud that has been a disappointment most of the way. Orton came out of it as a babyface. He got a face reaction but he was not treated reacted to like a Cena or Michaels level super babyface like the crowd.
The heel women were out doing an interview. They gave Jillian Hall a cameo doing her horrible singing. Santino Marella came out for a promo. He did a Slim Jim, bit a Slim Jim and Hall turned into mae Young, bit again and it turned into Gene Okerlund weareing a women's evening gown. Bit at Melina showed up. They left together. That was a cute segment.
Money in the Bank is next, Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin, Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Jack Swagger, Christian, Evan Bourne and MVP. Kane has a black left eye.
A surprise winner in Jack Swagger. He and Christian were both on the top struggling over the briefcase. He grabbed the briefcase and slammed it into Christian's head and Christian took a big bump. Swagger took forever to unhook the thing. Kind of one of those time stood still moments. Really good match. Lots of big bumps. Evan Bourne used a shooting star press on a ladder bridge, Christian did a reverse DDT on Matt off the ladder. Crowd really was mad when they thought McIntyre was going to win. He was up about the unlock the briefcase when the ladder was shoved over and he crotched himself. A lot of the usual ladder spots, but this was also the safest when it came to avoiding the head like the elimination of the teeter totter spot that bashed in Joey mercury's face a few years back in a ladder match. There was also a cool spot where Kingston used two halves of a broken ladder and tried to use it to climb. Much better than anything else up to this point.
They are showing Hall of Fame stuff with Howard Finkel making his annual Mania appearance to announce it. Everyone got a nice reaction. Ted DiBiase's reaction was the biggest with Bob Uecker's as the second biggest. They had tons of members of the Hart Family for Stu. Betty Nance was there for Gorgeous George.
HHH vs. Sheamus
HHH won with the pedigree. The story is that HHH was playing possum, pretending to be knocked out after Sheamus' bicycle kick. Sheamus took too long in going for the kill, then went to pick HHH instead of going for the pin and he used a kick to the stomach and pedigree. HHH had earlier become the "first person' to kick out of the bicycle kick and Sheamus kicked out of a spinebuster. They have a really cool video deal that comes from the ceiling into the ring with graphics of the winners shown after wins by the stars like Orton and HHH after the win. This seemed to be set up to have HHH as the top contender for the title. Good match.
Rey Mysterio vs. C.M. Punk
Punk did an interview saying the place was filled with 70,000 people hopped up on drugs to the point they believe Mysterio is a superhero. He got real good heat for his promo. He was wearing a ponytail on his mask with Mysterio with an Avatar costume.
They only got 6:00 so this wasn't even close to the level of their Smackdown TV match. Good finishishing series of spots. Mysterio went for a 619 but Serena protected Punk. Luke Gallows distracted Mysterio, and Punk picked him up for the GTS. Mysterio reversed the GTS into a huracanrana. The move flipped Punk into Gallows and he kind of like speared him off the apron. Mysterio then hit the 619 and a springboard splash for the pin. The match was good given the amount of time they were given, but this was hardly the WrestleMania match you would expect from these two.
Vince vs. Bret is next
The Hart Family are heel lumberjacks having turned on Bret. Smith, Bruce, Diana and Ellie turning on Bret is art imitating life. Bruce Hart is the referee. Bruce was the guy who Pat Patterson chose to feud with Bret years ago and Bret turned it down, saying the feud would never fly and Bret chose Owen instead, which ended up being one of Bret's best programs. Smith looks a lot like Stu. But Bret said he knew about it ahead of time and the Hart family was paid up front and Bruce hugged Bret.
Match was strange, to say the least. It was the most anti-psychology match in history, as Vince just took a beating with like two dozen chair shots before the sharpshooter finish. Crowd did pop for the sharpshooter but the crowd had no idea how to react to this. Hart Family posing at the end got a polite applause because fans knew they were supposed to. Vince took some very legitimate punishment, the most notable bump being when David Hart Smith picked Vince up and Tyson Kidd came off the top rope to the floor with a Hart attack style clothesline. Vince took the Road Warrior double impact and landed badly on the back of his head on the floor. Bret even did a few low blows. There was a point when this was like overkill, but I think the idea was they had to go 10:00 and Vince would take a beating. Vince got no offense in at all. He did get a tire iron and made the family all back off, but when he went to use it on Bret, Bret ducked, and beat on him some more, including with a tire iron shot to the throat done in Ernie Ladd/Luke Graham thumb thrust to the throat style.
Announced attendance was 72,219. The numbers in Detroit and Houston were made up. The Orlando number two years ago was legit, although heavily papered. It'll probably be months before whether or not this is a legitimate number and how much was papered comes out. Still, there are a ton of people there.
Chris Jericho vs. Edge for the world title
Jericho retained the title with a belt shot after ref Jack Doan had been knocked down by an elbow by Edge, and a codebreaker. Excellent match, best thing so far on the show. Lots of near falls. Edge kicked out of a codebreaker and also survived the Walls of Jericho and a half crab after Jericho had worked on the injured Achilles tendon injury. The one spear spot during the match saw Jericho side step. Jericho also went for a spear and went for a high kick. Post-match saw them clear off the announcers table and Edge did a running spear off two tables and they went off the table through the barricade. That was one nasty shot.
They are showing clips of the Battle Royal.
The women's ten-person match with Maryse & Vickie Guerrero & Layla & Alicia Fox & Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix & Mickie James & Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim & Eve Torres
Everyone did their move. The finish was McCool and Layla balanced Vickie as she did the frog splash onto Kelly. It was an ugly looking move and then Vickie in cradling Kelly actually pulled her shoulder up. The ref did his job and held up the count since Kelly's shoulder was up but it only made it looked more screwed up. Then Vickie pinned Kelly.
John Cena vs. Batista for the WWE title
They are doing a big military entrance for Cena. This is even more elaborate than the one Kurt angle got. Cena got the biggest reaction so far on the show.
Very good match. Both kicked out of each others' big moves, spinebuster and Batista bomb as well as the Attitude Adjustment. Several other near falls as well. The finish saw Cena come off the top but was caught in a Batista bomb as he came off (mistimed) for a near fall Batista went for a second Batista bomb but Cena escape and turned it into an STF for the submission via tap out and title change. Cena smiled and posed with fans in the front row wearing "I Hate Cena" T-shirts. That was pretty funny. Very rare to have a WrestleMania with only one title change the entire show.
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels ends the show
These two are winning match of the year two straight years. Fantatsic match, every bit as good as last year's match with the two of them kicking out of every one of each others' usual finishes. The highlight was Michaels first superkicking Undertaker onto the table on the floor, and then doing a moonsault off the top rope to the floor onto Undertaker on the announcers table. Undertaker used a tombstone piledriver that Michaels kicked out of. They paused for a long time and Michaels did the throat slice, then slapped Undertaker in the face. Undertaker then did a jumping tombstone piledriver for the pin. Undertaker did a great job selling his knee for most of the match.
Big fireworks display at the end of the show.
Undertaker helped Michaels to his feet and they shook hands and hugged. Michaels looked to the sky and people were cheerign for him and started chanting his name and he started crying. He got a huge reaction leaving the ring shaking peope's hands on the way out.