Mayhem before 'Mania
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Just five days before The Granddaddy of Them All, Superstars got a taste of what's in store for them Sunday at WrestleMania XXIV.
Shelton Benjamin and Carlito looked to sneak a peek at the money that will dangle above them when they face each other along with CM Punk, John Morrison, Chris Jericho, Mr. Kennedy and Montel Vontavious Porter with a title opportunity on the line. If the Money in the Bank Preview Match is any indication, Carlito has some work to do before heading to Orlando, Fla., as the self-proclaimed "Coolest" Superstar in WWE fell to the "Gold Standard." (WATCH)
Later in the evening, Kelly Kelly & Stevie Richards teamed up to take on Layla & Mike Knox. Kelly's ex-boyfriend and the ECW Original have traded attacks in the locker room during the past several weeks, though the two had never met before in the squared circle. Kelly and Layla have had their own intense rivalry brewing for months, ever since Layla assisted The Miz in making the blonde's life a living hell.
Knox & Layla came out on top this time as Kelly's ex pinned Richards to get the win. The two Divas will see each other again at WrestleMania as Lumberjacks in Playboy's BunnyMania Match, pitting Women's Champion Beth Phoenix & Melina against Maria & Ashley.
In addition to the Divas and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match competitors, 24 other Superstars got a pay-per-view preview. ECW on Sci Fi kicked off with a 24-Man Tag Team Match, featuring all participants of WrestleMania's 24-Man Battle Royal, which will broadcast exclusively on WWE.com. Sunday's humongous contest will determine who faces Chavo Guerrero for his ECW Title later that night. Snitsky earned the victory for his team at the expense of Tommy Dreamer, who sprang up from the canvas and wasted no time in challenging Guerrero to a non-title bout later in the night.
The ECW Original wasn't able to prove himself in the main event, as Guerrero hit him with the three-count. Before anyone could leave the ring, each of the 23 other competitors in the 24-Man Battle Royal joined the action in an all-out brawl, suggesting ECW may be a preview that the "Mexican Warrior" should keep in mind in seeing two dozen Superstars hungry for gold. (WATCH) Read more on this story ...
Whose momentum will carry into The Grandest Stage of Them All? Don't miss WrestleMania XXIV, Sunday at 6:30/5:30 CT with a special FreeView of the 24-Man Battle Royal, streamed exclusively on WWE.com.