The Wrestlemania Rundown

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The Wrestlemania Rundown
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Wrestlemania XXV emanates live this Sunday, April 5, from Reliant Stadium in Houston and is available on PPV with a special start time of 7 p.m. EDT.

Here's the card:

 

25-Diva Battle Royal

Featuring Sunny, Torrie, and the divas from RAW, Smackdown and ECW this indeed will be the sleeper match of the night.  Be on the lookout for Trish Stratus, who we know is contracted and who I believe will win and be crowned Miss Wrestlemania.

 

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Christian vs. Finlay

Eight men, one goal.  To be the first person to climb the ladder and retrieve the briefcase which guarantees the winner a title shot within the next year.

Finlay will no doubt be the ring general in this match as he puts over most of the other guys. While Kane is perhaps a dark horse to win this match; my money is on Christian to win the Money in the Bank ladder match.

 

WWE Tag Team Championship/World Tag Team Championship Unification Match

Carlito & Primo vs John Morrison & The Miz

A tag team championship unification match is long overdue in my opinion.  We've got two great teams with different personality types and a whole lot of wrestling ability and skill going into this match Sunday.

For those who ask how so many other talents will get their cameo and Wrestlemania payday, well this match is your answer as it will be a lumberjack match.

This match will have a clear-cut winner and I think the New Undisputed Tag Team Champions Will Be...John Morrison & The Miz.

 

Handicap Elimination Match

Chris Jericho vs Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat w/Ric Flair in their corner.

This is one of the best set up matches in a long time.  Jericho's smarmy character basing the legends who paved the way for him and who made this business what it is today. 

I would have loved for Flair to have come back and done the match (I know what you're thinking, too) I would have loved for this to have been Austin's last match or for Hogan to challenge Jericho, but none of those things happened, so we have what we have.

I am not all that excited to see Piper nor Snuka in this match, but Steamboat appears to have one good match left in him and after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night, I think this match will be Steamboat's time to shine, much like he did at Wrestlemania III.

The rules have been announced that Jericho must eliminate each of the three legends to win, but they need only pin Jericho or make him submit once to win.

This is beautiful.  Jericho eliminates Snuka, then Piper leaving time and room for a 10-13 minute showdown with Steamboat whereby Steamboat will be the one coming out on top.

 

Extreme Rules Match

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy

Brother vs. Brother has been done before, but never like this.  While I don't think Matt Hardy has the ability to keep up with the extreme moves that Jeff can do, I think Matt will stick to using various weapons like the trash can while Jeff goes high flying with his aerial assault. 

This match was set up pretty well, especially since everyone believed it was Christian, at instruction of Edge to do all these things to Jeff, when here all along, as the story goes, it was Matt.

Will this match steal the show?  No.  But it should be a great match and tell a compelling story. 

Matt caused the house fire that killed Jeff's dog, Matt caused Jeff and his girlfriend to have an accident, Matt caused Jeff to lose the WWE championship, and it's going to be Matt who pays dearly at Wrestlemania as Jeff goes out on top.

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Champion: JBL vs. Rey Mysterio

I have absolutely no love for Mysterio.  I don't like him, I can't stand him, and he should have never been World Champion.  He does have skills and abilities like no other, but this Sunday it is my hope that JBL beats the living hell out of him in their IC title match.

JBL has promised to do something historic at WM this year, and I'm anxious to see what that may be.

This past week on RAW, Mysterio proved he can defeat JBL 1, 2, 3, but this Sunday at Wrestlemania, it's going to be a different story when JBL successfully defends the IC title.

 

World Heavyweight Championship

Champion: Edge vs. The Big Show vs. John Cena

As this match truly revolves around more than just the world title, it revolves around Edge's on-screen wife Vickie Guerrero and her affair with The Big Show. 

As I see it, the story is set for Edge to lose focus from the World Title and focus on his revenge with Big Show while Cena is not emotionally invested in the love story, he just wants his belt back. 

So it shall be this Sunday, when John Cena pins or otherwise makes the Big Show submit to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship.

 

WWE Championship

Champion: Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Props to the WWE for the fantastic job they have done setting this one up.  Not only having Orton win the Royal Rumble and giving him the right to challenge for the title at Wrestlemania, but they way they have woven this storyline as far back as when Orton won his first World Title from Chris Benoit.

Orton takes out the McMahon family, including Triple H's wife.  Triple H attacks Orton in his kayfabe home with his kayfabe wife. Back and forth we go leading up to Legacy standing in the ring calling Triple H out and then we see Vince, then Shane then Triple H come out and the six mix it up.

Now Vince is back, Stephanie is back, Shane is back, but yet Vickie is still the interim RAW GM and makes a stipulation that if Hunter gets disqualified or counted out he loses the title.  Huh?  What?  Are you kidding me?

Don't get me started on Vickie, I can't stand her, she should not be allowed on TV ever for any reason, but RAW belongs to the McMahon's and they should dictate, what, if any stipulations, are involved in this match, not Vicky.

My hope is that Triple H retains.

But will he?  I doubt it!

We need a climax to this story.  It would be great if Triple H came in and wiped Orton off the face of the earth as the triumphant hero of Wrestlemania. 

But perhaps as part of a storyline the McMahons or at least Stephanie will turn on Triple H costing him the world title?

I see a Dusty finish coming for this match and either Orton wins, but not clean, or Triple H retains and is finally celebrated at Wrestlemania after putting over so many others at the WWE Super Bowl than anyone else.

 

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

In my opinion, this match should be the main event of Wrestlemania XXV!

The Undertaker's 16-0 undefeated streak at Wrestlemania vs. the man whom the Undertaker has never defeated in a one-on-one match.

I stress that because at the 2007 Royal Rumble in San Antonio, Texas, the Rumble match came down to The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.  Both men put on a clinic that night and I knew then that sooner or later they would have to meet one-on-one in the big dance and here we are.

Two months ago, I did not believe that the WWE could create a storyline that made me believe that the Undertaker might actually lose at Wrestlemania, but they have.

I'm not sure.

I don't want to see The Undertaker lose, I don't want to see the undefeated streak at Mania end, but is it time?  Will HBK be the showstopper, Mr. Wrestlemania one more time?

HBK has done everything he can to "haunt" the Undertaker the past few weeks and with absolutely no consequence to HBK.

Is HBK that good or is his cocky attitude about to run out?

I will go on record to say that if something goes horribly wrong and the Undertaker loses, it won't be clean.  Perhaps this is where JBL's historic moment comes in. 

He could attack Michaels, giving HBK the victory and the Undertaker his first Wrestlemania loss.  But historic in that he not only cost Taker his streak, but he also stopped Michaels from actually beating the Undertaker.

But would Vince gamble with Wrestlemania like that?

Or will the legacy of the Undertaker rest in peace at 17-0 at Wrestlemania?

My pick to win, I wish I could say the Undertaker, but to my disappointment and great Sadness, HBK will end the streak this Sunday in Houston.  I hope I'm wrong and I will gladly admit to it Monday morning!

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