PPV Fusion: WrestleMania XXVII
WrestleMania XXVII starts with Keri Hilson singing “America The Beautiful”, followed by The Rock being introduced and him making his way to the ring. The Rock does his best to pump up the crowd by doing all of his catchphrases as well as getting the crowd to say “Mania” to his “Wrestle” and “Dabba” to his “Yabba”.
WrestleMania kicks off with a bang as the first match is Alberto Del Rio (with Brodus Clay in his corner) taking on Edge (with Christian in his corner) for the World Heavyweight Championship, and though Del Rio has some interference on his side as well as being able to wear him down with the cross-armbreaker to get close at various times, Edge gets the victory and retains the title after hitting Del Rio with a Spear.
Afterwards when Edge gets to the stage, he spots Del Rio’s car and decides to see what dents he can make in it with his body. The arrival of Christian however allows Edge to do more damage as he hands him a crowbar, which he uses to smash windows, the windshield, and make very visible dents in the body work, before he then stands on top of the car and raises his title in celebration.
Next up, after a video recapping the events that lead to this match, Cody Rhodes is pitted against Rey Mysterio in a match which sees not only Mysterio use Rhodes’ own face mask against him, but Rhodes also use Mysterio’s own knee brace against him too when the referee isn’t looking, after which Rhodes hits him with the Cross-Rhodes for the 3-count.
Going backstage, Teddy Long is with Snoop Dogg as they see if any of the WWE Superstars auditioning for them are good enough to join Snoop on his tour. The first is William Regal, the second is The Great Khali and Beth Phoenix, the third is Zack Ryder – until he is nailed with a coconut by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper from behind.
Chris Masters and Yoshi Tatsu are next, with Tatsu singing “We Will Rock” you, and Masters’ pecs trying to bounce in time with the beat – but they too are unsuccessful. We finally end up with Hornswoggle, but as Teddy informs Snoop that Hornswoggle can’t speak and it’s confirmed, they leave. Hornswoggle is left behind, but after a few moments busts into a rap that suggests otherwise, as the Bella Twins dance alongside him.
Back in the arena, it’s time for the 8-Man Tag Team match, so we see The Corre (comprised of Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekiel Jackson) going against the team of The Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella, and Kofi Kingston (who replaces Vladimir Kozlov as The Corre attacked him at WrestleMania Axxess).
The match sees the Big Show gets the victory for his team when he hits Slater with the knock-out punch for the 3-count, after Marella hits the Cobra.
Backstage once again, The Rock talks to Divas Champion Eve Torres about WrestleMania week and says that he creates magical moments, so the next person who comes around the corner he will create a magical moment for.
The person turns out – to his surprise – to be Mae Young, who tells him that she wants “The People’s Strudel”. The Rock makes some “old” jokes until she warns him not to as she is “The Great Mae Young”, which he agrees with and gets Eve to escort her to her seat – but not before Mae gives him a slap on the ass as she leaves.
He complains to the air that it couldn’t have been anyone else – and turns around to find Stone Cold Steve Austin, and they both talk about how they are both ready to kick some ass, before Austin leaves again.
Next, CM Punk takes on Randy Orton in a match which sees Orton get the victory after he counters Punk’s leap from the ropes into an RKO for the 3-count.
Backstage again, and The Rock is talking to “Mean” Gene Okerlund when they are approached by “John Cena’s Number One Fan”, who turns out to be Pee-wee Herman. The Rock talks Pee-wee into joining Team Bring It instead, and convincing him to say “If ya smell what The Pee is cooking!”
After a video promoting The True Story of WrestleMania, Howard Finkel introduces the Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011 comprised of Abdullah The Butcher, Sunny, The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering, Drew Carey (who seems to get some boos), “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and the star of this year’s class, “The Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels.
After promoting that the Hall Of Fame can be watched tomorrow night, followed by Monday Night Raw, which is followed in turn by WWE Tough Enough, we see a video recapping the events of last week on Raw involving Jerry “The King” Lawler, Michael Cole, and Jack Swagger.
Booker T and “Good Ol’ J.R” Jim Ross are introduced as joining the announce table to call the action before the next match, which pits Jerry Lawler against Michael Cole. Cole makes his way to the ring insulting Jim Ross and saying that he has the second biggest ego in sports-entertainment, with the biggest ego belonging to Lawler.
Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring to be in Cole’s corner, but as he is doing his push-ups on the ramp, the Special Guest Referee for the match “Stone Cold” Steve Austin makes his presence known and makes his way to the ring on his ATV – something which scares Cole enough to hide in his “Cole Mine”.
After Lawler has made his way to the ring (using his regular theme again, not what he was using on last week’s Raw), Austin tries to tell Cole to exit the “Cole Mine” and enter the ring, but keeps getting blown off by Cole that he’s not ready yet. Austin doesn’t like this answer so rings the bell and Lawler decides to bring Cole out himself, after first taking care of Swagger.
Cole starts apologising and trying to beg his way out of the match, but Lawler ends up going into the “Cole Mine” and shoving Cole’s face up close and personal against it before dragging him out of there and into the ring.
Swagger does the damage behind the back of Austin and Cole tries to take advantage as much as he can. Lawler eventually gets the advantage back and stomps a mudhole in Cole, which prompts Swagger to throw in the towel.
Austin uses the towel to wipe himself down, which Swagger isn’t too happy about, but his objections are met with a Stone Cold Stunner. Cole rants to Austin about his own importance, so Austin pushes him to Lawler, who gives Cole a beating that he ends with an ankle-lock that Austin eventually decides to ring the bell for, after he is absolutely sure that Cole is tapping out.
Afterwards, Swagger carries Cole off as Austin and Lawler celebrate in the ring, but Booker T decides he want to join the celebration. He does a Spinaroonie in the ring and celebrates with a beer with them both – until Austin hits him with the Stunner.
The Anonymous Raw General Manager decides to make his authority felt as Josh Mathews reads out his email, which says that Austin blatantly overstepped his authority by physically interfering in the match, therefore Lawler is disqualified and the winner is Cole.
Neither the fans (who chant “bullshit”), Austin, or Lawler are happy with this turn of events, and decide to “shoot the messenger” as Lawler rolls Mathews into the ring and Austin hits him with a Stunner.
After a video recapping WrestleMania Week in Atlanta and a video recapping the build-up and careers of Triple H and The Undertaker, Triple H takes on The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match. Triple H’s introduction starts with Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” until switching to Triple H’s “The Game” theme by Motörhead for his entrance. The Undertaker’s entrance on the other hand continues to use Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave (Can’t Hold This Body Down)”.
The match sees Triple H sending The Undertaker through the “Cole Mine” and breaking it in the first few minutes, and though Triple H hits The Undertaker with three Pedigrees and a Tombstone Piledriver during the match, The Undertaker still manages to kick out.
The Undertaker gets the victory and continues his Undefeated Streak at WrestleMania by making it 19-0, after Triple H is eventually forced to tap out to the Hell’s Gate, though he was in it quite a while before he succumbed to it. Regardless of The Undertaker winning, it is Triple H who manages to walk out on his own, because The Undertaker is helped out of there on the back of a cart.
After promotion for WrestleMania XXVIII (28) being in Miami next year, Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) and LayCool are pitted against John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Despite the booing from the crowd when Snooki enters the match, she manages to surprise them (as well as myself and I’m sure many others) when she hits a handspring back elbow to Michelle in the corner, followed by a handspring splash for the 3-count to get the win for her team.
Next up, after video packages showing John Cena’s and The Miz’s journeys until now (including The Miz’s origins on The Real World many years ago), The Miz (accompanied by Alex Riley) goes against John Cena in a match which sees the referee get knocked out at one point when Cena counters The Miz’s Skull-Crushing Finale attempt.
During the brief period the referee is down, Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment but of course there is nobody to make the count, so Riley takes advantage and hits Cena with the briefcase just before the referee gets back up.
Despite this, Cena still kicks out – Riley isn’t happy about this and distracts the referee as The Miz tries to give Cena another shot with the briefcase, but Cena counters it and it hits Riley instead, and Cena hits an Attitude Adjustment to The Miz, who manages kicks out of the following pin.
The match ends when Cena and The Miz are both on the outside after Cena takes The Miz down when it appears that he might be about to leave, and they end up getting counted out, so as a result of a draw the title stays with the current Champion, which means The Miz retains it.
The Rock’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, but before he can say anything an email is received from the Anonymous Raw General Manager. The Rock decides to read it out himself and only gets to the point of the GM saying “I think” before he says that it doesn’t matter what he thinks, throws the laptop aside, and rolls back into the ring.
The Rock says that he is the host of WrestleMania, so there is no way that it is over yet as the match is not ending like that. He says that the match must restart right now, with the added stipulations of there being no disqualifications, count-outs, or any time-limit.
He says that it is time to give the people what they want, and Cena wastes no time in trying to take advantage by rolling The Miz into the ring and putting him in position for the Attitude Adjustment, but The Miz grabs onto the ropes to avoid it and makes Cena let go.
Cena turns around only to be hit with the Rock Bottom by The Rock, after which The Rock exits the ring and The Miz crawls to the cover to get the 3-count, retaining the WWE Championship.
Afterwards, The Rock re-enters the ring, so The Miz tries to hit him with the title but is instead rebuffed with right hands from The Rock, followed by a spinebuster and The People’s Elbow. The Rock stands tall on the turnbuckle in celebration as WrestleMania goes off the air.