The first pay per view I didn't have to pay for in forever was a really fun one, especially since I didn't pay for it. In case you are wondering my brother paid for this one because his favorite of all time Bret Hart returned, so of course I let him pay.
1.[TAG TITLES] BIG SHOW & MIZ VS JOHN MORRISON & R TRUTH-the first match of the night is actually really quick, I thought the opening bout would be a bit longer but ok. Since it was short the action was good with a lot of high spots and high impact moves. I had a feeling going into this that the title was not going to change hands, and I was right. This was good opening match, I love looking out at the crowd in this match, for some reason it felt like old school WrestleMania but it was just to short.3.5/5
2.[TRIPLE THREAT] RANDY ORTON VS CODY RHODES VS TED DIBIASE-this one right here is actually one of my favorites on the entire card. This mach is actually more technical than one might think, really go back and watch it. And I am not just talking about the actual wrestling but also the story telling. The action is excellent and I love in the beginning when then are tearing Orton up literally bit by bit. Also they call Orton the viper and it fits because he moves like a snake, check his mannerisms. This is an excellent match that I really enjoy.4/5
3.[MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH] KOFI KINGSTON VS MVP VS EVAN BOURNE VSJACK SWAGGER VS SHELTON BENJAMIN VS MATT HARDY VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS DREW MCINTYRE VS KANE VS CHRISTIAN-now I am a huge fan of this match and every year I look forward to it more so than any other most of the time. And each year it is an excellent match and continues to do so this time. But with that said I would have to say this one while good was not one of the best. Of course there was a lot of action and some high spots so of course it was very entertaining. But to my surprise Jack Swagger takes this one, another year my boy Shelton was screwed.4/5
4.TRIPLE H VS SHEAMUS-I have to admit I am a fan of Sheamus and love that he won the title, I have always like the heels a lot more so than the baby faces. The lead into this match was an excellent one and I love the line "this warrior bows to no king". This match had that old school feel to it and that only added to the story of the match. The match its self was a great one with both pulling off all kinds of stuff. I actually thought it was over at certain times but they kept kicking out. That is until Triple H finished him off and walked out once again at Mania victorious.3.8/5
5.REY MYSTERIO VS CM PUNK-another great match that pits two of the best in the company against each other. Punk dominates a lot of the match as Ray plays the small underdog really well. There are some great high spots and outside interference but Rey fights back like a classic smaller underdog. Rey takes the win in this one and saves him self from joining the Straight Edge Society.3.8/5
6.[NO HOLDS BARRED] BRET HART VS MR. MCMAHON-this was one of the biggest moments I can remember and was the highlight of the night for my brother who was going nuts when Bret walked out. You see my brother like every one else knows that wrestling is fake [well you know what I mean the real danger is there as is the athletic ability and such, these guys never get enough real credit] but when Bret came back on Raw he said the same thing he said this night week after week "quite, REALITY is happening right now". I could not wait to see this match because I missed them old days with Bret, but I also knew because of his past injuries he was limited. Of course my bro hates Vince for what he did to Bret and was going crazy when Vince brought out Bret's family to screw him over again. Of course he was cheering loudly when the double cross happened, Vince's face was priceless. And from the first punch on my bro was the loudest, and to be honest I was close to that volume. To me this was the perfect match between these two. It was a beat down and Vince never once had any offense of his own, the way it should have been. The past between these two lead to this beat down on Vince and I think it was the right thing for Bret's return. After his strokes and such and now being limited it was the perfect match between him and Vince. Plus who does not love that Sharpshooter we all wanted to see, to me this is a CLASSIC and those chair shots were vicious.5/5
7.[WORLD TITLE] CHRIS JERICHO VS EDGE-now this has nothing to do with me being a Jerichoholic but I can't stand when the champ comes out first. The challenger is supposed to enter first followed by the champ. This was for Jericho's title and he was looking to keep it while Edge wanted it more than anything. The big thing about this was that Edge had speared Chris every week prior to this. Naturally when you get two of the best in there you will get a great match. Back and forth with a lot of near falls including a code breaker off of the spear. Jericho keeps the belt but still eats a spear.4/5
8.[10 DIVA TAG] MICKIE JAMES, KELLY KELLY, EVE, GAIL KIM, BETH PHOENIX VS MICHELLE MCCOOL, MARYSE, LAYLA, ALICIA FOX, VICKIE GUERRERO-of course this is the worst match on the card but that is ok because it is short and sweet and by sweet I mean the ladies. Each one gets their spot in with their finisher and such with only maybe two of these women actually being real wrestlers and not just eye candy. One of those two is Beth and I will let you guess on the other one, I wish the WWE took the women's division as serious as TNA does unlike the last tag match I' am thankful this is short.2.5/5
1.[WWE TITLE] BATISTA VS JOHN CENA-once again the champ comes out first and I will never understand why that is, although Cena's entrance as normal is great. Now I will admit that I am a fan of Cena and always have been, I wish he would go heel again, and Batista is so much better as a heel in my opinion. I knew that on this stage these two would deliver a great match especially for these two. Of course I was right and the match was actually suspense full at points and you could see the crowd was really into this one. The action was good with near fall after near fall that eventually went to Cena winning the match. I thought this was a really good match and worthy of being on this card.4/5
2.[STREAK VS CAREER] UNDERTAKER VS SHAWN MICHAELS-the match I was waiting for the most since Shawn is my all time favorite and I wanted him to beat Taker so bad. Of course every one was right there with me but they all thought there was no way Taker was going to lose his streak even if they wanted HBK to win. Much like my brother said earlier with Bret's match but to me reality was taking place in that ring. It was because I knew that if Shawn lost he really was retiring, it was not part of a storyline. While I did not know the out come yet I did know it would be match of the night and would live up to last years match. This has got to be one of the most dramatic matches ever as the fans just stood up and were in awe of these two legends. There were so many near falls and close calls it was incredible. The memorable moments happened throughout the match including a great moonsault from Shawn. The ending of this match is absolutely perfect with Shawn giving Taker the throat slash so that he could be finished off like a warrior. Taker giving him respect at the end and the crowd reaction afterwards was great.5/5
3.26 MAN BATTLE ROYAL-this like any other battle royal is of course fun and very entertaining. I have always liked battle royals as has my brother and can't help but sit and enjoy every time we see one. There are plenty of guys in this one and it does not take long for guys to be eliminated at all. The action is quick as always in these kinds of matches but easy enough to watch, Yoshi Tatsu ends up winning this one.4/5
The following matches are bonus bouts that feature some of the HOF members from this year. It is because of that I have decided not to review the matches, these matches are tributes and I don't want to put a rating on that.
4.MAURICE "MAD DOG" VACHON VS RICK MCGRAW
5.[WOMEN'S TITLE] WENDI RICHTER VS THE FABOLOUS MOOLAH
6.[JAPANESE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE] ANTONIO INOKI VS THE GREAT HOSSEIN
7.GORGEOUS GEORGE VS FRANKIE TALLIBER
8."MILLION DOLLAR MAN" TED DIBIASE VS JAKE "THE SNAKE" ROBERTS-
Other bonus chapters include a look at the legendary Stu Hart and Bob Uecker.
Then of course there is the Hall Of Fame bonus disc in which various legends get shown the respect they deserve. This years inductees were one of the greatest of all time The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, the legendary Stu Hart, Gorgeous George, Wendi Richter, Mad Dog Maurice Vachon, Antonio Inoki, and Bob Uecker.
For the price this is a great set full of action and great bonus features, I recommend getting it now
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