13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Wrestlemania 26 - Goodbye Shawn Michaels :(,
This review is from: WWE: WrestleMania XXVI (DVD)
This in my mind was one of the most epic Wrestlemania's ever because this finally had matches that you could sit through and watch without getting bored or falling asleep and a major improvement in main event matches especially the WWE and World title matches.
Unified Tag Title Match : Big Show and The Miz vs John Morrison and R-Truth - An average way to kick off Wrestlemania 26 but though this was just over 3 minutes it was extremely fast paced and exciting, some great moves but a knock out punch from the Big Show to John Morrison allows The Miz to pin him and retain the Tag Titles. Rating - 6/10
Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted Dibiase - This match featured all 3 former Legacy members going head to head in a surprisingly good match all 3 men put on a great and enjoyable match to watch but at the end Orton RKO's Dibiase and punt kicks Rhodes and pins him for the victory. Rating - 7.5/10
MiTB Ladder Match : Jack Swagger vs Evan Bourne vs Dolph Ziggler vs Shelton Benjamin vs MVP vs Matt Hardy vs Christian vs Drew Mcintyre vs Kane vs Kofi Kingston - Everybody said this was one of the worst MiTB ladder matches ever but i found it extremely good and entertaining and once again Shelton Benjamin and Kofi Kingston stole the show but Evan Bourne also put on an awesome performance. But it was an absolute shocker that Swagger came out on top because i thought that it would be Drew Mcintyre who would have won this match but then again MiTB matches are very unpredicatable. Rating - 8/10
Triple H vs Sheamus - This match saw Sheamus debut at Wrestlemania in one of the best matches of the night and Sheamus finally put on an awesome performance to watch but despite the effort Triple H nails a Pedigree and pins Sheamus for the win on the Grandest Stage of them all. Rating - 8.5/10
Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk (If Mysterio loses he joins the SES) - Wrestlemania always has been home to some of the greatest matches in WWE history and I thought that this match would be one of them but shockingly ended short just before the 7 minute mark which in my mind was extremely dissapointing. But anyway it wasn't what i expected but it still was a good match but if it had been longer it would have been far better but still good performance by both men. Mysterio gets the win after a 619 to Punk and a splash to stand tall at Wrestlemania 26. Rating - 6.5/10
Bret Hart vs Mr. McMahon : No Holds Barred - I actually thought this would be like McMahons previous 'Mania matches against Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels but it turned out to be possibly the most boring and dull match in Wrestlemania history. McMahon gets the hell beaten out of him by Bret Hart and The Hart Dynasty and finally Hart locks in the Sharpshooter and McMahon taps out finally allowing Hart to get his revenge. Rating - 2/10 (being generous)
Chris Jericho vs Edge : World Heavyweight Title Match - I remember both these men having an epic Steel Cage match on an edition of Smackdown in 2002 which was the last time these 2 fought one on one and they hoped to redo that awesome match without the cage surrounding them though and they did not dissapoint the WWE Universe at all. The 2 put on an excellent match going back and forth with several breathtaking manuvers. I actually thought that Edge would win this match but Jericho nails 2 codebreakers and finally covers Edge for the extremely hard fought win. But what might have stood out the most from all of that would be the after match spear that sent Jericho through the barricade at ringside. Rating - 9/10
Michelle McCool,Vickie Guerrero,Alicia Fox,Maryse and Layla vs Beth Phoenix,Mickie James,Gail Kim,Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres : 10 Diva Tag Match - Ok I said earlier that Bret Hart vs Mr. McMahon was one of the most boring matches in Wrestlemania history this is the worst. No comment winners Team McCool. Rating - 0.75/10
John Cena vs Batista : WWE Title Match - It was back in Summerslam 2008 which was the last and only time that these 2 met one on one in the ring and ever since then neither man could compete again because Batista lost his title to Chris Jericho in 2008 and couldn't step into Survivor Series to defend his gold against the man he faced in this match John Cena. When Batista turned heel and became one of the most hated superstars in the WWE and then had his sights set on the World title but was unable to gain the gold back but when he entered the Royal Rumble match in January he was eliminated by John Cena which made this rivalry worse because the next night Batista brutalised Cena with a Batista bomb on steel steps. Then at Elimination Chamber Cena survived a brutal chamber match but after the win Mr.McMahon placed Cena in another match against Batista which he won ending Cena's reign.(match reviewed below)
Ok so that explains the rivalry of those 2 and now onto the match. This contest is definetly one of the most memorable in Wrestlemania history not only because they are 2 of the bigeest stars in the WWE but because this was only the second time they had fought. This match was quite the same as their match back at the 2008 Summerslam especially all the signature moves delivered. It mwas an extremely intense contest but several moments stood out such as Batista catching Cena with a huge Batista bomb while Cena was leaping of the top turnbuckle or Cena's massive Five Knuckle Shuffle from the top rope onto Batista. Both men fought a grueling match hitting every move in their arsenal but at the end John Cena makes Batista tap out to the STF claiming his 9th World title. Rating - 8/10
Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels : Streak vs Career Match - Possibly the greatest match in the history of Wrestlemania and definetly the most emotional match ever seen. It was last year at the 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania where Michaels came so close to finally ending he Streak but Undertaker proved how powerful he really is tombstoning his way to a victory and extending the streak to 17-0. At Wrestlemania 25 their match was just a basic Singles match, this year it was a No Disqualification and No Count-Out match so there were no restrictions to what they do to each other. This was definetly the match of the night and the match of the decade it was also the greatest match i had ever seen. It took 4 tombstone piledrivers to silence Michaels but even though Michaels lost he made a huge impact nailing a death defying moonsault onto the Undertaker who at the time was lying on the announce table causing the Undertaker to scream in pain and also nailing the loudest Sweet Chin Music ever heard in the WWE. But Undertaker was too much for Michaels as 'Taker nailed the 4th and final tombstone to pick up the win and extend the streak to 18-0 and ending HBK's career. Rating - 100/10
Overall i give this show out of 100 i give it an amazing 86/100 because of all the awesome matches delivered at this amazing Wrestlemania and i also praise the improvement in World title matches I haven't seen World title matches this good since Wrestlemania 23 (Undertaker vs Batista and John Cena vs Shawn Michaels). Anyway an epic show and thanks for reading this hope to hear on your feedback. Please send any comments to email@example.com thank you.