Monday, 17 March 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XXVI

AYO! What's popping everyone! The days are counting down and it feels like we're in that final stretch along the Road to WrestleMania and I've been thinking lately: "What are we going to do once it's all said and done?" The answer at this point is - I'm not sure. But it's going to get a whole lot better before it's over, so let's take it back right now to 2010 for our WrestleMania CountDown!


Date: 28th March, 2010
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
City: Glendale, Arizona

The opening contest was for the WWE Unified Tag Team championship, where ShowMiz (Big Show & The Miz) successfully retained their championship against the team of R-Truth & John Morrison.

Legacy were set to implode as former allies were set against each other in this triple threat match between Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr. and Randy Orton. Looking back at it now, I suppose Legacy was more for supporting Randy Orton, than it was for being a lauching pad for the careers of Cody Rhodes and DiBiase Jr. The match was great and this was the first time in the night that they used the cylinder shaped titantron that lowered down into the ring behind Randy Orton - epic.

Now when this match had originally taken place, I hated Jack Swagger. There was something about his character that I just couldn't get behind. So you can imagine how I felt when he climbed the ladder to retrieve the Money in the Bank briefcase, and defeated Christian, Matt Hardy, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, MVP and Evan Bourne in the process. Swagger indeed went on to cash in against a vulnerable Chris Jericho on SmackDown and became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. Who remembers the promo that The Miz cut for a upcoming MITB match where he said to Swagger something along the lines of, "If you've cashed in Money in the Bank before, and become World Champion but no one remembers it, does it still mean you were World Champion?" - I remember that.

Sheamus was young, hungry and willing to make a name for himself by going after one of the biggest dogs in the yard. However, his attempt to defeat Triple H on the Grandest Stage of the all was thwarted by the Cerebral Assassin.

Rey Mysterio and CM Punk would go one-on-one with the stipulation being that if Rey Mysterio were to lose the match, he would have to join the Straight Edge Society. This was probably one of the better build-ups with a personal situation angle which all started with Punk interrupting Mysterio's daughter's birthday celebration. Awesome match, with Rey Mysterio coming out on top with the victory. Chalk one more up for the good guys.

I have to admit, every time Mr. McMahon is involved in a WrestleMania angle, the angle is something spectacular. This year was no different. He would be taking on Bret 'HitMan' Hart, who had walked out of the company following the real life and infamous Montreal Screwjob incident. In some ways, this may have been the longest works in recent memory. If anyone knows how to turn a shoot into a work its the people at Titan Towers. Although this was less of a match and more of a beat down, it was still pretty entertaining - The story spoke for itself. 4/10 match though.

Edge had returned in January of 2010 as a surprise entrant for the Royal Rumble match, and would go on to win the match and earn him a guaranteed spot against a champion of his choosing at WrestleMania XXVI. Edge opted to go after his former tag team partner, Chris Jericho. Although Jericho would eventually get the victory, Edge would have the last laugh after spearing Jericho at ringside.

The following match was a 10 Diva Tag Team Match - which saw Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse, Alicia Fox and Vickie Guerrero get the win over Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly. Most of these women could get into the ring and are great wrestlers. What happened to all these great Divas?

In what was to be Batista's last match in the WWE after departing for almost 4 years, he was unable to retain the WWE Championship against John Cena - he would appear the next night on RAW and say the words, "I Quit!" - He hasn't wrestled a half decent match since, to date. Just my opinion and I'm getting it out there, and you can agree or disagree. I feel that back then, there were a lot of more experienced guys that wrestlers like Batista could work with that would make them look better than they were, which isn't necessarily the case in today's WWE. But has the chance to prove me wrong, because this year, he's in the main event of WrestleMania XXX - Proove us wrong Bootista.

Career vs. Streak: In what many consider to be the greatest WrestleMania main event of all time, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels would do battle for the second straight year, with the stakes even higher than their last encounter. If Shawn Michaels were able to defeat the Undertaker, he would make history by defeating The Streak. However, if he were unsuccessful, he would be forced to retire, and end his illustrious career. Something had to give. I will never forget the closing moments of this bout, with Shawn Michaels on his knees, at the waist of the Undertaker. Michaels would taunt Taker with the cut throat gesture and slap the Deadman in the face, which would result in the Undertaker taking Shawn Michaels up and landing a jumping Tombstone Piledriver and ending Shawn Michaels. Shawn sold the Tombstone right up until the point where Taker picks him up again and shakes his hand and gives him a hug. The ultimate show of respect between these 2 legends of the ring. After it was all said and done, the streak remained in tact - 18-0. The Legacy Lives on.

WrestleMania Moment: Shawn Michaels & Undertaker embrace post match

Move of the Night: Undertaker's Jumping Tombstone Piledriver on Shawn Michaels

Match of the Night: Career vs. Streak: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker


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Mau (17/03/14) 21:30

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