A long, strange trip to WrestleMania

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March 01, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - With Cheech and Chong acting as special guest hosts, the WWE Universe held on for a few loopy twists and trippy turns on The Road to WrestleMania.

Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & The Miz def. DX (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In what could possibly be their last match together, DX had hoped to exit on a triumphant note. A couple of black and white distractions, however, left the duo seeing red. Triple H & Shawn Michaels appeared to be holding their own against Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & The Miz during their title match. Not surprisingly, The Undertaker would prove to be the death of their momentum. When The Deadman appeared on the arena's TitanTron, HBK became distracted, allowing himself to get pinned. An enraged Michaels stormed off leaving his partner behind. That, too, would be regrettable.

Alone and unwitting, The Game was ambushed by former WWE Champion Sheamus, who clotheslined Triple H out of the ring. And, for good measure, The Celtic Warrior kicked him again over the announcer's table.

Next week's special guest host, Criss Angel
Prepare to freaked, WWE Universe. Next week, the "Mindfreak" himself, Criss Angel, brings his seriously demented sensibilities to Raw when he drops by to act as special guest host.

Bret Hart accepted Mr. McMahon's WrestleMania challenge (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Broken bones be damned! That's how strong Bret Hart's anger is toward Mr. McMahon. After suffering a broken leg in an auto accident two weeks ago on Raw, the WWE Hall of Famer appeared to say a final farewell to the WWE Universe, but The Chairman had other ideas. Instead, he provoked his longtime nemesis, hoping to get Hart to agree to a match at WrestleMania. Knowing he'll be at a distinct disadvantage, even with recovery time, The "Hit Man" accepted Mr. McMahon's challenge. All of which means, more than 12 years of hostilities will finally come to a head inside the squared circle at WrestleMania. Perhaps in preparation, The Chairman even announced that he will face John Cena next Monday on Raw.

2010 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee announcement: "Mad Dog" Vachon (MORE)
A true original and a member of one of wrestling's legendary families, "Mad Dog" Vachon has been announced as the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2010. One of the ring's original bad boys, and the uncle of Diva Luna Vachon, "Mad Dog" will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Ceremony the night before WrestleMania.

Eve def. Divas Champion Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Jillian and Alicia Fox in a Diva Pajama Pillow Fight Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Dude, it was like something from a dream. After indulging in Hornswoggle's "unique" cereal, special guest hosts Cheech & Chong decided it would be far out to have a Diva Pajama Pillow Fight Match featuring Divas Champion Maryse, Eve, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Jillian and Alicia Fox. Man, were they right.

With the comedic duo watching from the announcer's table, Eve demonstrated her pillow prowess and emerged victorious after all the feathers flew. Even Hornswoggle popped up to rain his "unique" cereal down on the special guest hosts. Trippy, man, trippy.

MVP def. Zack Ryder in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Despite having his sweetheart Rosa Mendes in his corner, Long Island's own Zack Ryder simply couldn't overcome the athleticism of MVP. The Ballin' Superstar showed Ryder -- one of Raw's newest acquisitions from ECW -- exactly what the situation was when he put a stop to the Zack Attack and qualified for the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania. The Franchise Playa joined Christian, Kane, Shelton Benjamin, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger in the prestigious ladder joust.

John Cena confronted WWE Champion Batista (PHOTOS | WATCH)
There was one place not to be on Monday night: Between two of the biggest, baddest Superstars WWE has ever known. After getting popped last week with a low blow from WWE Champion Batista, John Cena called out The Animal. Accompanied by a security detail, Batista confronted his WrestleMania rival, telling him that the security was to ensure he doesn't decimate Cena like he did the week before.

The men traded barbs before The Animal told Cena that he attacked him because he feels cheated, cheated that it is Cena who has become the "face of WWE." While the two men started in WWE at the same time, Cena has emerged the more high-profile Superstar, and now Batista was going to rectify that on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. The WWE Champion's tirade left Cena in a condition he rarely finds himself: Speechless.

Jack Swagger def. Santino Marella in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Jack Swagger may be full of empty boasts -- remember that whole "All-American American" Challenge fiasco? -- but this time the former college wrestler made good. "The All-American American" redeemed himself against Santino Marella. Swagger defeated the All-Italian Italian to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania, where he will join Christian, Kane, Shelton Benjamin, Dolph Ziggler and three other Superstars.

Randy Orton def. Ted DiBiase by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The axis of evil is officially kaput. At WWE Elimination Chamber, when Ted DiBiase nailed Randy Orton in the head with a lead pipe, the Legacy ringleader appeared to forgive the "accident." When the two teamed with Legacy henchman Cody Rhodes, however, The Viper struck, heading off a devious attack from his followers, leaving his followers motionless both in and out of the ring.

Now that all the cards are on the table, there's no more "accidents" waiting to happen. As Orton battled DiBiase in singles action, Rhodes shot in to help his friend and partner. The save, however, disqualified DiBiase. While The Viper momentarily savored the victory, he found himself on his heels when his former pupils attacked him after the match. After suffering a series of boots to the torso, Orton managed to flip the script on Rhodes & DiBiase, who fled from the ring. They'll have a chance at redemption next week when they face off against The Viper in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match.

DX invoked Unified Tag Title rematch clause (PHOTOS)
Shawn Michaels appeared pretty steamed when "Mr. WrestleMania" addressed the WWE Universe regarding his rematch with The Undertaker. HBK told the crowd inside the Ford Center that his fellow Superstars think he lost the plot when he put his career on the line against The Deadman's 17-0 WrestleMania streak. He even challenged anyone in the locker room who felt that way to face him, and one man did: Triple H.

Rather than belittle his DX partner, however, The Game encouraged Michaels epic undertaking, so to speak. He even felt the two should build momentum by invoking their rematch clause for the Unified Tag Team Championship. Michaels was on board, and so later tonight the duo will clash in a title match against champs Big Show & The Miz.

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