Date: 3rd April, 2011
Venue: Georgia Dome
City: Atlanta Georgia
I believe that this was the first time in history where the World Heavyweight Championship match was the opening match on the card. Edge was set to defend his Championship against the winner of the largest Royal Rumble (2011) in history, Alberto Del Rio. I remember being a big supporter of Del Rio during his early WWE career and was ecstatic when he eliminated Santino Marella and earned his spot at the main event of WrestleMania. Well, turns out that he'd earned himself a spot of the opening match of WrestleMania... strange. The match itself was a quality showing from both superstars with Edge coming out on top with the victory. Notice also that Brodus Clay was in Del Rio's corner (pre-funkasaurus) and Christian was in the corner of Edge. This would end up being Edge's last match at WrestleMania, after having to be forced to retire due to injuries.
I've also always been a pretty big supporter of Cody Rhodes, who was in the second match against Rey Mysterio. I thought what they did with Cody's character was great at this point in time: from going to being 'Dashing' Cody Rhodes who would give us tips on how to floss on Friday Night SmackDown, to the 'Grotesque' and disfigured Cody Rhodes whose psyche had been disturbed after a 619 from Rey Mysterio broke his nose and spun into a storyline involving the usefulness of masks and knee braces. Ironically enough it would be a shot from Rey's own knee brace that would cost him in this WrestleMania encounter with Rhodes.
The Corre met it's 'end of days' when they would lose to the team of Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston in under 2 minutes. The dictionary definition of a 'toilet break match'.
Randy Orton and CM Punk were set to face off in probably one of my favourite matches of the card, a great angle, with great promos and 2 guys who could back it up in the ring. I enjoyed the build-up for this one very much. CM Punk was able to somehow add another layer of depth to this feud by stating that 2 years prior, it was Orton who cost Punk his World Heavyweight Championship, and he'd waited 2 years to exact revenge. The heat was rising on the feud as Orton would punt kick and eliminate a member of the New Nexus every week until only CM Punk remained at WrestleMania. Quality match with Randy Orton RKO'ing CM Punk in mid-air which was the deciding blow.
Although WWE may have considered this match/segment entertaining, I can say I was thoroughly bored by it. Michael Cole (with Jack Swagger) vs. Jerry 'The King' Lawler and Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee. After a lot of time wasting, Jerry Lawler picked up the victory, only to have the Anonymous RAW General Manager reverse the decision.
Triple H vs. The Undertaker Part I: The first encounter they had was electric - a promo cut where both Undertaker and Triple H would return on the same night, and tell a story using absolutely no words. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking back to that moment. The finest build-up for the card, and the me describing the match will do it no justice whatsoever, so I suggest you fire up the DVD and check it out for yourself. In the last stretch of the match, it appeared that Triple H would attempt to reach for the sledgehammer while locked in the Hell's Gate submission, but for the Game, there was no way out of Hell. Triple H lost the match via submission and The Undertaker's Streak grew to an incredible 19-0. Although The Deadman was declared the winner, only Triple H was able to walk out, and leave on his own two feet. We didn't know it yet, but it was far from over...
The self proclaimed 'Brunette Mafia' (John Morrison, Trish Stratus, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi) defeated Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (with Vickie Guerrero) in another toilet break match. I can understand WWE wanting to have celebrity involvement at WrestleMania, but I'm not entirely sure how Snooki was relevant in all of this.
The Main Event: I absolutely loved the way they painted the main event picture. From The Miz flicking between channels of his own rise to the top as well as iconic moments in wrestling all the way to him cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase to the sounds of 'Nas - Hate Me Now'. The same for Cena and his grand entrance, debuting the new Red Cenation T-Shirt. Everything was great except for the initial double count-out finish. I'm ll for gimmicky finishes at times (at the right times) but not at WrestleMania! It's the one time where people can rely on their being a decisive conclusion, but that wasn't really the case this year. The Rock would then come down to restart the match, only to interfere not less than a minute later and cost John Cena the match. If anything good came out of this, it was the year long build-up that started the following night on RAW...
WrestleMania Moment: The Miz (and John Cena's) entrance package
Move of the Night: Randy Orton's RKO to an airborne CM Punk
Match of the Night: Triple vs. The Undertaker
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Mau (22/03/14) 21:40