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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitman's Revenge & HBK's Finale, May 8, 2010
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This review is from: WWE: WrestleMania XXVI (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD)
Well after a significant time off, I have returned to post a another review with this one being WrestleMania 26. This event was hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium with an attendance record of 72,219 as not only was history made & titles were defended but also brought closure to two sets of feuds. Just to add a few notes, this was the first time since WM XII that I can remember that Jim Ross didn't do any commentary for this show & for me, was certainly missed in action but let us not get the facts get in the way of a good story.

Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & The Miz vs John Morrison & R-Truth. For the first time since WM 22, the tag team titles are actually defended at the biggest stage of them all. I wouldn't classify this as a good opener because the match was too short for it to be anything memorable but there was some good moments with Big Show coming out looking stronger (literally & figuratively) than everyone else.

Randy Orton vs Ted Dibiase vs Cody Rhodes. The break-up of Legacy & this match played out exactly how everyone predicted it would with Dibiase & Rhodes actually turning this match into a handicap match by constantly double-teaming Orton with Orton getting a flurry here & there. However, the match would quickly turn once Dibiase & Rhodes just got too greedy for their own good allowing Orton to take advantage with his trademark "punt" much to the delight of the crowd, who was "pro-Orton" throughout the contest.

Now, I don't normally focus on backstage skits but there was a skit that occurred during Vickie Guerrero's interview involving Santino, Mean Gene, Mae Young & Melina that I just enjoyed & thought that it was well done.

"Money In The Bank" Ladder Match: Jack Swagger vs Christian vs Dolph Ziggler vs Shelton Benjamin vs Drew McIntrye vs Matt Hardy vs M.V.P. vs Evan Bourne vs Kofi Kingston vs Kane. This is the biggest (literally) MIB match that has been done to date due to this one having the most people in it since the match debuted. As is the case with this match every year, this match had plenty of moments like Christian delivering a monkey-flip onto Kofi to a ladder with guys behind it, Kane destroying the ladder & Drew McIntrye, Evan's "shooting star press" along with taking the worst fall of the match later on, Kofi using a broken ladder in a way that you have to see believe, Christian's reverse DDT from the top of the ladder to Matt Hardy, Matt getting knocked off the ladder onto another one, and the sequence of Swagger getting crushed in between two ladders while Christian, Hardy & Evan climbed to the top. It wasn't the best one that they did but this was still an entertaining match that delivered when it came to spots.

Triple H vs Sheamus. Sheamus made his WM debut against the man that he choose to face in Triple H while this is the first time since WM 15 that Triple H is not in a high-profile main event at WrestleMania. I can honestly say that I am not a big fan of Sheamus but he certainly held his own here as he told a good story in making every move count against Triple H as if he was a veteran (when he is still a rookie) before it was one mistake that allowed Triple H to get back in the game (no pun intended). This was a solid match that actually made me enjoy seeing Sheamus as an in-ring competitor.

Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk. The stipulation to this match was that if Rey loses, he must join "The Straight Edge Society". I do want to point out that Mysterio's "Avatar" look heavily makes up for his "Joker" attempt that felt flat in my eyes the year before. These two didn't get so much time to tell a story like their previous Armageddon match but with the time that they had, they didn't disappoint here. With Luke Gallows & Serena getting involved at times, this was an exciting fast paced contest that made me wish these two got more time but it certainly didn't leave me disappointed with the quality.

No Holds Barred: Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon. Bret Hart returns to WrestleMania for the first time since his classic submission match with Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13. Before the match got started, Vince McMahon brought out the Hart Family stating that he had purchased their services for them to be Lumberjacks for this match only to be revealed that Bret was in on the whole scheme. This match was really all about the story of Bret getting his revenge as fans shouldn't have expected Bret to give a quality performance at this stage in his career. Basically, the Hart Dynasty was there to do the impact spots including doing an old finisher from the Hart Foundation days on the outside of the ring before Bret beat Vince down with a chair & doing one last Sharpshooter to bring this issue to conclusion.

World Champion Chris Jericho vs Edge. After years of these two battling & having "on/off" feuds over the years, this was their first high profile singles match & how appropriate that it was at WrestleMania for the World Championship. This was a pure "old school" wrestling match that was never fought at a fast pace as it allowed each man to look strong & building up the suspense towards the end with a good story being told with Jericho attacking Edge's injury & even using many counters to avoid the spear. The ending was a surprise since it not only ended clean but the winner was actually a surprise. However, pay attention to the aftermath as Edge got his revenge that he vowed to get in a way that you will not believe.

Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse, Alicia Fox & Vickie Guerrero vs Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Gail Kim & Beth Phoenix. This is one of those matches that you are either going to like or hate depending on how you choose to look at it as this match was real short with everyone just doing their finishers but I will say that I actually found this to be funny as I couldn't stop laughing at Vickie Guerrero whether she was getting beat up or just hiding. On a personal note though, I did enjoy seeing Vickie pay homage to her late husband Eddie Guerrero before doing what was called a "Bullfrog/Hog" splash & doing a sloppy pinfall.

WWE Champion Batista vs John Cena. Just like how I was shocked that their SummerSlam '08 match turned out to be really good considering that I am not a huge fan of either man, this match delivered as these two men worked well together. They exchanged power moves along with some surprising grappling counters with Batista focusing on Cena's neck in the early stages of the match before Cena gained momentum before both men began dishing out their trademark moves along with counters that were similiar to their previous clash & others that we haven't seen before. This match delivered more than I expected & I would call this Cena's best WM match along with this being one of Batista's best performances as well. And just like the last title match, the aftermath where Cena addressed the fans with the "WE HATE CENA" shirts was a sight to see.

Streak vs Career: The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels. Taker's streak against HBK's career & hats off to WWE as for the first time since WrestleMania XI, a non-title match is headlined as the main event but I am pretty sure that most fans were looking forward to this match more than anything else on the card. These two deserved to go last after putting up not only an instant classic last year but also the match of the year of 2009. Despite that, this match once again lived up to the hype as they put on another classic match that was actually more aggressive & physical than their previous classic a year ago. This match had many moments like HBK doing Taker's classic "throat slash" at the start, Taker delivering the tombstone on the floor, Shawn hitting three "Sweet Chin Musics", Taker's "Last Ride", Shawn doing an unbelievable moonsault through the announce table that just got the fans on their feet & kept them there till the end of the match with chants of "THIS IS AWESOME". But the biggest moment of the match was near the end where Taker showed more emotion than is expected from him before Shawn wouldn't let this end without a fight that lead to the most impactful tombstone that we have seen in years. Once again just like the previous matches, the aftermath was something as new & emotional WrestleMania moment was created that will never be forgotten.

Now from what I have heard/seen, there are three versions of this event (two on DVD & one on Blue-Ray). I got the "Collector's Edition" so with this event you get the pre-show WrestleMania Battle Royal along with the entire Hall Of Fame ceremony with new inductees Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, Wendi Richter, Stu Hart, Antonio Inoki, Bob Uecker, "Gorgeous" George & "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase but also with that you get matches & moments involving these inductees including Dibiase's favorite WM match vs Jake Roberts (WrestleMania VI), Antonio Inoki's Japanese Heavyweight Championship match vs The Great Hossein, Wendi Richter's Women's Championship match vs The Fabulous Moolah, Stu Hart tribute & two matches involving "Gorgeous" George & "Mad Dog" Vachon. Unfortunately, Shawn Michaels's farewell address is not included on the DVD set.

Overall, this was one of the best WrestleManias that the WWE has put out in recent years. It wasn't perfect but this heavily made up & surpassed the disappointment of the previous years WrestleMania so I would give this WrestleMania a solid 4 star rating but with the Hall Of Fame ceremony, the battle royal & the extra matches makes this a 5 star showcase that I would recommend to any wrestling fan, not just a WWE Fan.
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Initial post: May 15, 2010 3:57:24 AM PDT
What's up Jose?

Loved the review.
They didn't include HBK's farewell speech, huh? That's a bummer, but I trust it will be released some day (maybe on another "RAW" DVD).

Keep 'em coming.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2010 7:56:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2010 10:17:44 PM PDT
Jose says:
R.A. Whats going on my brother? It's been a long time since I have heard from you on any my reviews. Thanks for the support on this review & yea I was a little disappointed that HBK's farewell speech was not part of the extras but then again, there is youtube. Anyways, I am glad that you enjoyed this review because I did my best to make sure that it wasn't similar or the same as anyone elses (another story for another time). I have placed plenty of reviews on WCW cards & if you get a chance to look through my reviews, I placed more WWF/WWE reviews. Again, thanks dude.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2010 4:10:50 PM PDT
Justin says:
Nice review jose, nice to hear from ya again man!! This was a fantastic wrestlemania as you pointed out and the taker/hbk bout was just as good as last years. I will be posting up a over the limit 2010 review on monday. Im really looking forward to edge vs orton, im liking orton's new bada** face character, it should be a very good match. Take care man.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2010 11:01:45 PM PDT
Jose says:
J-Man, what's going on dude, I know it's been a while since I have posted something due to how busy life has been along with the fact that most events that I have been seeing were old events. This was a DVD that I got for my birthday & the only thing that sort of disappointed me was the fact that HBK's farewell address was not on it. Past that, this is a DVD worth going out of your way to get. Got a question for you, you think that TNA triple pack is worth getting? Personally, I would just want it for Turning Point '09

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2010 2:40:48 PM PDT
Justin says:
Yeah, same here. I heard that ppv was really good, i especially would want to see angle vs wolfe and the world title triple threat. Final resolution and against all odds were decent, but i think it is a great deal b/c it includes turning point. I'm proboly gonna pick it up soon to.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010 7:47:21 PM PDT
Scotty M. says:
Hey Jose, I just wanted to give you the answer after the question you left on DP's "Beer Money/Motor City Machine Guns" review, the Shawn Michaels farewell speech is actually on the Extreme Rules DVD and not WrestleMania. I hope the helped you out some and awesome review by the way!

Overall, this was my favorite WrestleMania in recent memory!

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2010 7:39:14 AM PDT
Jose says:
Hey Scotty, thanks for the heads up bro. I find it kinda odd that Shawn Michaels's farewell speech is on the Extreme Rules DVD when it was at WrestleMania that he had his last match along with the fact these DVD sets are usually the ones where the extras are loaded. Again thanks for the support, but I just want to go on record and state that my favorite WrestleManias in recent memory was 24 and this one as I felt both events were easily better than 23 & 25.
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