Shawn Michaels opens the show talking about how he has a good feeling about Wrestlemania, shamelessly plugs his new DVD, and talks about how he is going to be know as the man that ended The Undertaker’s streak. A video montage highlighting Michael’s career interrupts him. It ends with Undertaker pinning Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Pete Rose comes out, and puts Michaels in a no-DQ match with Kane.
The match happens later in the show. A decent match between the two. Kane controlled early on. Michaels reversed a couple moves into a crossface and anklelock submission holds. As Michaels prepares for Sweet Chin Music, The Undertaker’s bell tolls and the lights go off. Lights come back on to reveal Undertaker standing in front of Michaels. Undertaker hits Michaels with a chokeslam, and stands over. The lights go off again, and when they come back on, Kane is standing over Michaels. Michaels is able to kick out of a pin attempt, and then hits Kane with Sweet Chin Music and gets the pinfall.
Middle of the show, Bret Hart comes out, and rambles on for several minutes about this Wrestlemania and past Wrestlemanias. After 5 minutes or so, Vince McMahon comes out tells Bret that he’s screwed at Wrestlemania.
Batista and Cena had a face-off to end the show. Batista came out first, accompanied by many security guards. He taunts the crowd for a while about being the bad guy, he is only in it for the money, and how he is going to beat Cena. Cena comes out and points that if Batista was any good at his job, neither of them would be standing there. They brawl, security holds Cena back, and Batista escapes.
Rest of the show
- John Morrison def. The Miz by pinfall. A pretty good match between the two former tag partners. Big Show and R-Truth were providing guest commentary. They alright, and did a decent job going back and forth, creating animosity between the two. Early on, Miz hit Morrison with a pretty gruesome neckbreaker that had Morrison neck hitting the edge of the apron. Morrison picked up the pinfall after hitting Miz with Starship Pain.
- Money in the Bank Qualifying match: Kofi Kingston def. Vladimir Koslov by pinfall. Jack Swagger was providing guest commentary. He didn’t really provide much, other than the occasional statements about how he was going to win Money in the Bank. Throughout the match, the announcers made certain several times that the viewing audience knew Kofi was still hurting after a getting a beatdown from Batista. Kozlov controlled most of the match using a small assortment of power moves, until Kofi was able to do a takedown, and then hit Trouble in Paradise.
- Legacy & Sheamus def. Randy Orton & Triple H by pinfall. Pre-match, DiBiase and Rhodes rant about how they have had to put up with Orton’s antics. Rhodes claims to be the future of the WWE because he’s younger. DiBiase says it’s okay to be jealous of him, even Rhodes is sometimes. Triple H spent most of the match going back and forth with all three of his opponents, until tagging Orton, who takes the hot tag and takes out everyone, except Triple H. Orton is going to DDT Rhodes when Sheamus hits him with the bicycle kick, and gets the pin. Sheamus goes to kick Triple H, but Triple H avoids it, and gets the better of Sheamus.
- Hall of Fame inductee: Bob Uecker.
- Backstage, Christian is talking with Pete Rose. Rose mentions getting revenge on Kane, and that he has more World Series rings than the city of San Fransisco. A door opens behind to reveal Kane inside the room. Kane pulls Rose into the room, and crashing noises can be heard as Christian reacts to it.
- Michelle McCool, Layla & Maryse def. Gail Kim, Eve & Beth Phoenix by pinfall. This was a typically short divas match. In fact, it was too quick for there to be an tags made.
I am going to say this, even though I know I’ve said it before, and will say it again, I do not like opening and closing the show on long, non-wrestling segments. I feel that a match does more to catch my interest than an interview type segment does. Same thing with ending the show on a match. I think that having the Michaels/Kane match as the last thing on the show would have made for a stronger finish than the Cena/Batista face-off. Especially since it was preceded by a lackluster Divas match. And now, likes and dislikes.
- I like how they’re building the Michaels/Undertaker match this year more than I did last year’s. Sure, it was neat to see Michaels try to play mind games with The Undertaker, but it’s better to see him be his cocky self when confronting The Undertaker.
- I dislike Bret Hart monologues. Hart was never particularly strong on the mic by himself for long stretches. He is the type of person that needs someone to work off of. When you give him 5 minutes on his own, that’s probably 3-4 minutes too long.
- I like Kofi being in Money in the Bank. Not only does it provide the possibility of some amazing spots, but it also adds another legitimate contender to the match. Yes, Kofi has been laying low a bit since his feud with Orton ended, but that feud established him as someone the fans will get behind should he win the match and cash in.
- I dislike tag matches that don’t feature any tags. What’s the point? To get everyone into the ring and on television? Surely there are better ways to get everyone on tv.