John Cena def. Edge & Big Show (New World Heavyweight Champion)

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April 05, 2008

HOUSTON -- In front of a packed Reliant Stadium, John Cena regained the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating now former World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Big Show. (PHOTOS)

More than 72,000 raucous WWE fans erupted to their feet in excitement during Cena's entrance, which took a new take on his long-standing trademark catchphrase, "You Can't See Me." As far as the eye could see, dozens upon dozens of Cena lookalikes -- all wearing his "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect" shirt -- came out and parted ways as the genuine article came out and saluted Reliant Stadium. Though the odds were stacked against him this Sunday night, Cena's lookalikes and fans cheered him on as he raced down to the ring, refusing to be daunted by the task at hand.

After waging a brutal war with his opponents, Cena summoned from deep within and hit the Rated-R Superstar with an Attitude Adjustment. Next, he hoisted then 400-pound plus World's Largest Athlete atop his shoulders and -- with the 70,000 in attendance cheering him on -- Cena dropped Big Show with a thunderous Attitude Adjustment. After the carnage, Cena pinned Big Show to regain his gold.

The exhibition of brute strength caused the WWE Universe to erupt in raw emotion, putting their stamp of approval on Cena at one of the most historical events in WWE's history.

The victory was a sweet measure of revenge for the Raw Superstar who saw The Ultimate Opportunist finagle his way into the Elimination Chamber Match at No Way Out and emerge from the evil structure with Cena's gold. (No Way Out recap)

Ever since that shocking night in February, Cena set his sights on regaining the World Heavyweight Championship. Like a tenacious pit bull, Cena kept himself close to the trio of SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, her husband, Edge, and Big Show. Wherever they went -- Raw or SmackDown -- he was right there behind them.

Cena's persistence paid off.

At the World Heavyweight Championship contract signing on Raw, Guerrero shocked her husband and Big Show by revealing that she was going to allow Cena to compete in the Triple Threat Match at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.

And it was Cena who revealed why -- he had been holding onto salacious video footage of Edge's wife and Big Show engaged in extra marital carousing (WATCH).

Hustle, loyalty and respect. Those attributes certainly worked for Cena over the years in the ring, and now on the big screen as star of the action-packed movie, 12 Rounds.

And, at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, it was all of those traits, combined with steadfast determination and raw power that equaled success for The Champ.

To find out what's next for the new World Heavyweight Champion, tune in to Raw at 9/8 CT.

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