A phenomenal entrance
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Just nine crucial days before the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels dared to show the lighter side of Undertaker, Christian fell for his fellow Money in the Bank participants and John Cena tried to deal with a very large problem.
Shawn Michaels pays "tribute" to Undertaker (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The Showstopper paid a special "tribute" to his WrestleMania opponent, Undertaker (Match preview), making his entrance in the spirit of the bizarro world where everything is opposite. He slowly walked to the ring wearing a long white coat, white pants, white shirt, a lowered white hat and white padded gloves. He even surrounded himself with druids in white hoods as smoke consumed the air in every direction.
Michaels spoke of thriving in the spotlight throughout his career while Undertaker had flourished in the shadows. He assured the WWE Universe that he is not afraid of The Deadman because he has eternal life. However, even HBK's spectacular entrance soon got buried by that of The Phenom. Undertaker suddenly burst through the ring floor with a vengeance; nearly chokeslamming Mr. WrestleMania before Michaels scrambled to safety with a satisfied look on his face. One week from this Sunday, words will be over and only one iconic Superstar will survive.
Kane, Finlay, Christian & Shelton Benjamin def. United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, & Mark Henry (Eight-Man Tag Team Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The Big Red Machine delivered a devastating chokeslam to CM Punk after catching The Straightedge Superstar while he was lunging at him from the turnbuckle. But once the final bell rang - in a WrestleMania prelude - a free-for-all between the eight Superstars ensued. When Christian tried to make his own WrestleMania statement by producing a ladder and climbing it high to the Money in the Bank briefcase, Finlay tipped over the 20-foot ladder. Captain Charisma took a freefall onto his six other WrestleMaia opponents outside the ring, while Finlay made a climb of his own to touch the briefcase he soon hopes to make his. (Match preview) (Check out New Bank statements)
Big Show def. Jesse & Festus (Handicap Match) (PHOTOS)
In preparation for the World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match with World Champion Edge and John Cena (Match preview), Big Show viciously administered his knockout blow to both The Corn-Fed Colossus and Jesse to dominate a completely one-sided Handicap Match. The look of unchecked destruction consumed The World's Largest Athlete's eyes as he made his way out of the ring. But Big Show was not done for the night.
Big Show challenges John Cena (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Even as John Cena's film 12 Rounds opened in theatres across America today (read more), the former champion's mind was focused on the phenomenon that is WrestleMania. He addressed the love triangle between his two WrestleMania opponents -- The Rated-R Superstar and The World's Largest Athlete - and SmackDown General Vickie Guerrero. Above all else, he showed absolute determination in his quest to walk out of WrestleMania the World Heavyweight Champion. Big Show interrupted to challenge Cena to a match on Monday Night Raw, which Cena quickly accepted. But as a satisfied Big Show stepped over the top rope to leave, Cena grabbed hold of his enormous leg and tossed his gigantic WrestleMania opponent off the ring apron and to the floor. Has Cena simply added fuel to the fire? Find out this Monday night.
Brie Bella & WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo def. Nikki Bella & World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison (Six- Person Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS)
As Morrison was hoisting Carlito up in the air for the suplex, the Southpaw from San Juan suddenly reversed it in mid-air and delivered the Backstabber for the victory. Prior to the bell, the ring was cleared when Primo sent Miz to the floor and Brie Bella did the same to her sister, Nikki. Will the WWE Tag Team Champions have the same luck when they attempt to unify the tag team titles at 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania? (Match preview)
Divas Champion Maryse vs. Michelle McCool (No contest) (Divas Championship Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After weeks of anticipation, Gail Kim returned to WWE. As Michelle McCool was gaining an advantage over the war-torn Maryse (WrestleMania Divas Battle Royal match preview), Kim came from nowhere to hit the former Divas Champion with a relentless dropkick off the top rope. She then followed up by hitting Maryse with a neckbreaker. With both Divas lying at her feet, Kim held Maryse's title high above her head, making her SmackDown intentions very clear.
Matt Hardy def. R-Truth (PHOTOS)
After Matt Hardy showed the presence of mind to avoid R-Truth's trademark scissors kick, he silenced him with the Twist of Fate. However, despite the win, the menace continues to consume Hardy's eyes as he prepares to face his brother Jeff on the Grandest Stage of Them All. (Match preview)
Rey Mysterio def. Chavo Guerrero (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Rey Mysterio geared up to face Intercontinental Champion John Bradshaw Layfield at WrestleMania (Match preview) by scoring a huge win over Chavo Guerrero. After Guerrero missed with the family Frog Splash, Mysterio connected with the 619, followed by a spectacular splash off the top rope. After the match however, JBL appeared to make a statement of his own, flooring his WrestleMania opponent with a runaway boot to the face from nowhere.