Wrestlemania XXV Recall

brian moserContributor IApril 6, 2009

It's about time!  Yes, you read correctly, I said, It's about time!  About time for what you ask?  It's about time Triple H goes in and comes out on top at Wrestlemania!

I've read the message boards and I've seen the newspaper articles just like everyone else about how Triple H never got out of second gear and that the match was predictable and blah, blah, friggin' blah!

It must not have been that predictable considering most fans who participated in the various guessing game challenges selected Orton to win the title and even went as far as to predict a McMahon would join Legacy.

I am pleased as punch that Triple H came out of Wrestlemania as the WWE Champion.

This is the first Wrestlemania victory for Hunter since he defeated Booker T at Wrestlemania 19.

Consider that at Wrestlemania XX, Triple H put over the late Chris Benoit for Benoit's first major title win in the WWE.  At Wrestlemania XXI Triple H put over Batista.  Wrestlemania XXII Triple H jobbed to Cena for him to retain the WWE championship.  Triple H was out of Wrestlemania XXIII due to his second quad injury and at Wrestlemania XXIV Triple H was unsuccessful in defeating Randy Orton to capture the WWE Championship when Orton pinned Cena.

People complain that Triple H used the sledgehammer but let's remember two very important facts: 1) Orton himself brought the sledgehammer into the ring and 2) it was Orton who threw Triple H into the referee.

Some people may want some cheese with their whine today but from where I sit, it's about time Triple H not only is in the final main event of the night, but that he also wins the match.

Intercontinental Championship Match

Champion JBL vs Rey Mysterio

Did anyone else believe this match would only last (bell to bell) for 21 seconds? In typical heel fashion; JBL ran his mouth about a dominating victory over Mysterio and being the Texan hero but Rey wasted little time in dismantling JBL and capturing the Intercontinental Championship for the first time. 

We all were witness to JBL announcing that he quit and walking away a sore loser, not a bad storyline for JBL to ride off into the Texas sunset, calling it a night and a career.

JBL posted on his WWE Universe blog that he is really retiring from the WWE.  He stated his appreciation for the fans and for the WWE and says he is proud of his 13.5 years with the company and for being given the opportunity to "carry the keys to the car."

JBL says he will not be an on-screen character and has not been approached about doing commentary again.  He said he is excited to wake up today a normal person and go to work in his other ventures.

I wish JBL all the success life has to offer!

Extreme Rules Match

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy

Not a bad sell leading up to this match.  The length of the match was about perfect and I can see a rematch at Backlash between these two, perhaps a Street Fight or a Falls Count Anywhere Match.  No real surprise that Matt walked away with the pinfall victory.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

I thought this match could have delivered a little more punch than what it did.  I felt the match was too short for the participants involved.  I did NOT think for a second that C.M. Punk would win for the second year in a row.

I felt that Christian would surely win but perhaps this was Punk's "Reward" for how the WWE took the title from him back at Unforgiven in Cleveland.

Tag Team Championship Unification Match

Not only a unification match for the tag team titles but a lumberjack match.  I was disappointed that this was the dark match and that Kid Rock ultimately replaced this match. 

The Colons won, and I would have loved to have seen it live on the PPV.

25 Diva Battle Royal

No Trish Stratus, how sad!  But there were plenty of beautiful divas in the match.

It was great to see Sunny; as in sunny day in Houston because the famous or infamous diva barely appeared on television.

What I did see was a cross-dressing Santino Marella win the Diva Battle Royal and become the first-ever Miss Wrestlemania.  Never say never in the WWE.

Chris Jericho vs. The Legends

Let's be honest here, Snuka and Piper both looked bad, real bad.  Steamboat was in great shape and I am so glad to have predicted that it would come down to Steamboat and Jericho. 

Steamboat put on one heck of an amazing show, and I think Ricky has a few more matches left in the tank and after last night, the fans would love to see it.  Steamboat barely missed a mark the entire match.

It's logical for Jericho to win.  He is a current and active superstar and it shows that the Legends don't have an ego like some other guy who's time has passed, BROTHER!

The Rourke punch-out after the match did nothing for me.  If anyone should have knocked Jericho out it should have been a legend.

World Championship Triple Threat Match

This match was pretty well done and I enjoyed the surprise double suplex by Cena and Edge on the Big Show.  Cena's entrance was hot and much better than the High School Marching Band last year in Orlando. 

The fact that Cena had 735 pounds on his back at the same time was pretty cool, despite the fact that the Big Show's weight is exaggerated.

I had no doubt that Cena would win the match and thus become World Champion again; especially after Austin passed the proverbial torch at the Hall of Fame Ceremony by toasting Austin with a beer.

The Undertaker vs. "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels

Truly the match of the night, and I wish Vince would have made this the final main event of Wrestlemania XXV.

The Undertaker and HBK stole the entire show; no other match even came close to this one.

Lots of classic moments from both men, lots of false finishes.  These two superstars set the match up so well that even in losing, Shawn proved that he is indeed Mr. Wrestlemania and The Undertaker proved he is Wrestlemania's Phenom!

I've been a fan of professional wrestling for over 30 years and I've long held to the distinction that the greatest match of all time was Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant from Wrestlemania III, but I believe this match, on this night between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker has eclipsed that match.

Looking Forward

I would not be one bit surprised if tonight on RAW, the creative team has worked some angle whereby Triple H will either lose or be stripped of the WWE Championship for using the sledgehammer last night at Wrestlemania. 

It just seems like the type of sleazy thing the WWE would do to the fans.


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