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Greetings! This will be the official WWE Group forum thread for all your news, match results and more for Wrestlemania 26 this year!

Tune in on March 28th as during the day we'll update as much BEHIND THE SCENES news here, then it will change to news and match results for the PPV. Finally if any post PPV news comes up it will also be posted here. Enjoy the event and enjoy the report!

Sources for this thread will come from:
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/home.html
http://www.wwe.com
http://www.411mania.com/wrestling
http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news/wrestling
http://www.f4wonline.com/

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Hiya gang! The big day is here and it's such a stacked card this year I'm sure everyone is excited! Let's start you off with some appetizers with some BEHIND THE SCENES news and rumours!

-Talks are rampant about who Vince might bring in to help him in his no-holds barred match with Bret Hart. Referee from the Screwjob Earl Hebner talked about being contacted but he's still with TNA wrestling right now. His twin brother Dave Hebner is available. Goldberg, the man who ended Bret's career with an errand kick in WCW is around. There's some hope that the Hart Dynasty will finally get some rub from this angle and get involved. Others from this past real life story could also come into play, and of course the Hart family who were at the HOF ceremony for Stu will be present too, even possibly Teddy Hart who suffered an injury at the Dragon Gate USA show in the area but is mobile. The hotel WWE is in has been in lockdown all week to keep any surprises quiet and the talent secure.

-To make sure everyone gets a chunk of the payday that is Wrestlemania, anyone not in a match will be in a battle royale on the preshow starting at 7PM when we'll start coverage here. Jimmy Wang Yang confirmed he's in it and about 30 odd people will also participate. The match will likely be a DVD extra too.

-Bret Hart has been working out since he returned in January to try to be in the best shape as possible. Due to the stroke he cannot take head shots or likely any back drops.

-Justin Gabriel beat Michael Tarver in an NXT match at WWE Axxess on Friday night.

-Last night's HOF ceremony can be read for a recap at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/WrestleMania26/2010/03/28/13383866.html

Highlights includes a raining of dollar bills during Ted Dibiase's induction, Piper in a ganster like outfit to induct Wendi Richter, Pat Patterson cracking some old story jokes about Mad Dog Vachon, Antonio Inoki speaking English to start his speech, Stu Hart's family talking with Bret as the main speaker, and parts played on TV for Uecker and Georgeous George's segments.

-1.25 million buys in 2003 is the Mania record and WWE hopes this year to match it. 65, 000 are expected in attendance with only a few seats left now on sale. The weather report is good enough that the roof will likely be open, making it only the 3rd ever open air Mania. It might open during the show or just before it begins.

-Paul Heyman was with Brock Lesnar in the crowd during UFC 111; the night before they had dinner with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

-Despite the recent health issues Mickie James has been cleared to work the 10 Divas tag match.

-JTG of Cryme Tyme beat Kofi Kingston to win this year's THQ RAW vs. Smackdown tourney at WWE AXXESS.

-John Cena received the Chris Grecius Award, the Make-A-Wish Foundation's highest honour.

The final order of matches is not set yet (they want a happy ending so Bret/Vince might go last, but also in the talks are Cena/Batista and HBK/Taker) so be here for all the match recaps and more!

If you want to hear some semi-official news on which match will be first or last, check below:

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WELCOME to the WWE group's WRESTLEMANIA 26 Report! trigunkwan (call me TK for short) and andy1 will be here helping report all the matches and news, while the main info page will also be updated by the group's main moderators!

We're in Glendale, Arizona in the University of Phoenix, and lo and behold, the roof, the roof, the roof is now OPEN! An open air Mania is underway!

PRESHOW MATCH has now been announced and starts the Preshow!

26 Man Battle Royale: Mark Henry, Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad), Goldust, Yoshi Tatsu, Santino, Primo Colon, Funaki, SlamMaster J Jesse, Jimmy Wang Yang, Chris Masters, Kozlov, the Great Khali, Finlay, William Regal, Luke Gallows, Carlito, Tyler Reks, Zack Ryder, Vance Archer, Mike Knox, Caylen Croft, Trent Baretta, and the Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd and DH Smith)

NOTES:

-The NXT Rookies will be watching from ringside too: Wade Barrett, Bryan Daniel, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, David Otunga, and Michael Tarver.
-It did become 26 once Hornswoggle came from under the ring and distracted Mike Knox so Finley could hit him with the shillelagh.
-Santino was likely the most over guy in the match.

RESULT: Yoshi Tatsu won the Pre Show Battle Royale that will go to air in moments, tossing out Zack Ryder last.

The sun was a bit bright causing a "Close the Roof" chant but the sun's setting so it's fine and an amazing crowd reaction overall so far with the open roof. Fantasia Barrera of American Idol fame opened the PPV with "America the Beautiful".

OK check the next reply for match #1 as the PPV apparently starts at 7PM!

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Thank you tk and welcome everyone to Wrestlemania 26 lets get right down to things so buckle up and enjoy the ride.Here's the opening montage and our 1st match of the night.

Opening video montage focuses on WrestleMania moments.

WWE Unified Tag Team champions Miz & Big Show vs. R-Truth & John Morrison

http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/134105/Click-HERE-to-Join-411//s-LIVE-Coverage-of-WrestleMania-26!.htm

R-Truth is first down the ramp. Good choice, the crowd gets into him and the match should be pretty good. Morrison's entrance now has pyro. Side note: in the last 3 Manias, Morrison has opened twice and been bumped to the pre-show once. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker are your hosts. Miz is out with his attack dog, and Miz has a trench coat. No, really.

Miz and Morrison start us off. Miz elbows out of a hammerlock and gets dropkicked for a quick two. Scoop slam by Morrison, tag to R-Truth who comes in with a top-rope leg drop for 2. Jumping back leg kick by Truth, Miz tags in Show who catches Truth mid-crossbody and fallaway slams him across the ring. Show climbs the ropes (!!) but Morrison kicks him in the head. Both men tag and Morrison hits a flapjack, rolls through a sunset flip and kicks Miz in the head. STARSHIP PAIN misses! Show hauled Miz out of the way. Show slams Truth into the corner post back-first as Miz covers for 2. Skull-crushing Finale countered for 2. Miz blocks a whip, Show gets the blind tag and NAILS Morrison mid-springboard with the KO Punch. Show is legal, 1...2...3!

Winners: ShowMiz via pinfall (Show on Morrison, punch)


(Suprising choice for the opener and shorter than i'd anticepated.ShowMiz look dominat which slighty limits the options for teams that could wrestle the belts away)
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Legacy Triple Threat Match: Randy Orton vs. Ted Dibiase Jr. vs. Cody Rhodes
NOTE-King just said it's now an ELIMINATION triple threat so you need 2 pins/submissions of 2 different guys for a finish!

NOTES:
-Ted is out first, then Cody, and finally Orton.
-Rhodes is wearing light orange tights with white boots and looks right out of 1981 Mid Atlantic.
-Early on the Priceless teammates work together on Orton. Double suplex spot. Lots of focusing on Orton's limbs. The high-low combo. Double whips. Cody brought back the Alabama slam from his old tag partner Hardcore Holly.
-Cody tossed Ted outside to try to get the pin himself. Orton did the same later but Ted missed catching the ropes.
-Double headlock by Orton. Double hangman's DDT by Orton. He even teased the punt. NOTE: He did get the punt on Cody but the camera missed it.

RESULT: Confusing us ALL Orton won with only ONE pin after a RKO on Ted after he reversed Dream Street. So the commentary and talent in ring are really not in sync so far...Orton's face turn is complete as the crowd went wild for his win and throughout the match.

A segment followed with Vickie Guerrero introducing her heel Divas team, and Jillian Hall was there to give a song, "Simply the Best."

Santino Marella makes some Slim Jim pitch and called a "Slam James" gag. He eats one and Jillian first turns into Mae Young glomping him, then bites again to get...Gene Okerlund...in drag. Finally he gets Melina.

There is rumour Rey's outfit this year will look like the Navi from Avatar.

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Thank you TK well looks like Orton is the man responsible for Legacy after all.

-Vickie Guerrero and the heels are backstage. EXCUSE HER! She's going to create a moment that will live in history forever. She weighs in under 300 pounds? OH CHRIST it's Jillian and she's singing Simply the Best. Santino interrupts to pimp "Slim James," and when he bites into it Jillian becomes Mae Young, who kisses him. Another bite, and it's "Gene Mean." One more, and it's Melina. Win.

(Ugh next and please please can Mickie James team win)

Next match up is... http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/134105/Click-HERE-to-Join-411//s-LIVE-Coverage-of-WrestleMania-26!.htm

Money In The Bank with Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Jack Swagger vs. MVP vs. Evan Bourne vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston


This is going to be tough to call. MVP and Christian, Swagger and Matt and Shelton and Kofi head to the floor. Drew beats down Kane and takes a ladder that MVP slid into the ring, Hardy cuts him off. Bourne with a knee, Hardy with the Twist of Fate and MVP with the Drive-By to send Drew to the floor. Bourne rockets up the ladder and gets a hand on the case, but gets caught and chokeslammed OVER THE TOP into Shelton on the floor. Kofi knocks Swagger and Matt off the ladder with another ladder. Christian in control now, who stacks Hardy and Swagger in the corner and throws a ladder into them, thenmonkey-flips Kofi into that pile. Christian climbs, Ziggler runs and LEAPS up, ZIG ZAG off the ladder! Ziggler climbs and gets yanked down by MVP, who gets stopped by Kane. MPV, Kofi and Shelton spear Kane with a ladder, Kofi runs up it badly into the 10-punch position, Kane powerbombs him into the ladder. PAYDIRT by Shelton to MVP. Shelton climbs but he gets speared off by Swagger. BOURNE off the tap with a double knee to Swagger! There's a ladder in the middle of the ring, Swagger is under it and Hardy and Christian sandwich him between the two ladders. Hardy and Christian climb, Bourne climbs up Swagger on the side of the ladder! Swagger pulls the ladder out from under Hardy, Christian tries the Killswitch on Bourne on the horizontal ladder! Broune kicks Christian off, AIRBOURNE off the ladder!!! Hardy is up, Bourne goes up but is hiptossed off, Swagger throws Matt off into the horizontal ladder too! Swagger gets thrown off, MVP drags Shelton off and they both go over the top. Kane beats everyone down on the outside then starts to climb, Ziggler climbs over him! Kane tips the ladder and Ziggler lands across the top, CHOKESLAM on the ladder! Kane sandwiches Ziggler in the ladder and squashes him. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise but the only ladder is broken in half! KOFI USES IT AS STILTS!!!! McIntyre breaks it up and HANGS Kofi up gut-first over the top. Drew is solo, he has a ldeer, MATT HARDY! He interrupts, Drew knocks him down but Matt pushes the ladder...CROTCHES Drew! . Matt is there, he has both hands on the case! Christian uses another ladder to slide over and stop Matt, KANE goes up the other side DOUBLE GOOZLE! Christian and Hardy kick him down, they slog it out...REVERSE DDT by Christian from the top of the ladder! Christian climbs again but Swagger cuts him off, Christian climbs the second ladder and has a hand on the catch to get the case, SWAGGER is up! He nails Christian in the face! Swagger is all clear kid, now let's blow this thing and go home! He fumbles but gets the case for the win!

Winner: Jack Swagger via retrieval


(Wow did not see this one coming.Millon dollar question now is does Swagger use his case tonight or wait for the right moment to benifts him)
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Good stuff andy1. Before match #4 we get footage from last night's HOF ceremony and Howard Finkely announcing it. All the HOFers appear except Bret who this time is prepping for his match. Ted got the best reacion then Bob Uecker.

We get a preview promo now for the match:

HHH vs. Sheamus

NOTES:
-At the press conferences HHH really put Sheamus over as a tough worker and future star. They are gym friends of course.
-Triple H's pyro just shot out of the top of the giant pyramidical trussing that is holding up the lighting and video screens, and out of the open roof of the building.
-The roof is once again open, maybe it keeps closing and opening to rid of pyro smoke.
-No special entrancegear for HHH and was pretty quick like newly face Orton. Oh and Sheamus despite it being sunny is still pale.
-Best sign so far: "HHH fears divorce."
-The announce crew of King, Cole and Striker put over HHH strong...of course.
-They have a really cool video deal where the symbol of the winner is shown like it's in the ring after a win.

Sheamus tells HHH that he's the future. Trips slaps him in the face. Whip is reversed, Sheamus drops his head and almost gets Pedigreed but he manages to avoid it. They lock up again and Sheamus gets control. Whip to the corner by Sheamus, HHH comes out with a clothesline. Belly to belly from Trips, a knee drop and a cover for 2. Sheamus bails to the floor but HHH catches him, throws him back in and chop blocks him. Figure four applied but Sheamus gets to the ropes and goes to the floor. He lures HHH in and throws him into the steps, then takes him to the barricade. Back inside and Sheamus blocks a right hand, turning it into a uranage backbreaker. A second one from Sheamus, followed by some stomping. They exchange rights but Sheamus levels HHH with a double sledge for 2. Shots to the head by Sheamus get 2 more. Chinlock applied, HHH powers up but gets powerslammed for 2. Armbar applied by Sheamus, transitioned into a chinlock. HHH hits a back suplex to break the hold, Sheamus tries another powerslam but HHH gets out the back and hits a DDT. Right hands exchanged, HHH gets the upper hand but drops her head and gets kicked but comes back with the facebuster for 2. Pedigree countered to a double-leg takedown, HHH kicks Sheamus away and hits a neckbreaker for 2. HHH perches Sheamus up top but the Celtic Warrior slips out! Celtic Bomb...COUNTERED! Pedigree! COUNTERED! PUMP KICK! 1...2...2.872! HHH elbows out of another Celtic Bomb, spinebuster! 1...2....NO! Sheamus bails to the apron, HHH tries to bring him back in but Sheamus fights him off...another pump kick! Sheamus hauls him up, PEDIGREE! 1...2...3!!!

RESULT: HHH wins via the Pedigree. Good chance that if this feud is indeed done HHH is your new #1 contender for a World title.
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Here we go for our 5th match of the night.


http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/134105/Click-HERE-to-Join-411//s-LIVE-Coverage-of-WrestleMania-26!.htm

CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio

Punk has a mic! Standard Punk promo on his way down the ramp. Punk is actually leading the battle tonight with an OET of 2 minutes 37. Whatever entrance they had planned for Rey seems to have failed because his music played forever before he appeared, and there was hardly any pyro. Rey is a Na'Veen tonight, only he's in 2D.

Punk pounces on a distracted Rey but gets caught with a drop toehold into the turnbuckle. Rey tries to springboard but ge gets caught and ends up in the tree of Joey Lawrence. Punk stamps, Punk charges, Punk slides...Rey sits up, Punk hits post nuts-first. Rey goes outside but Punk wheelbarrows him and SLAMS HIM face first into the steps. Damn. Rey gets back into the ring at 9, right into a Punk chinlock. Rey fights out, does some Rey stuff and hits the springboard La Silla. Rey tries nother springboard into a kick from Punk for two. They exchange counters and Punk gets a boot upside the head, say boots upside the head for 2. Punk tries several different covers for 2. Rey gets to his feet in a knuckle lock, but springboards nto a DDT! Beautiful. 2 count only. Punk is in the 619 position...COUNTERED! GTS...Rey escapes! He tries it again, Rey gets out again! Rey takes Punk down and goes up top...Frog Splash MISSES! High knee in the corner by Punk! Bulldog...countered to an arm drag! 619 position! Serena is up to block it, Punk is up and tries another GTS...Rey counters into a rana! 619 position again...CONNECTS! Springboard splash! 1...2...3!

Winner: Rey Mysterio via pinfall (619/Splash combo)

(Very disapointing as I had hoped these two would have been given longer.Rey winning hurts this feud as Punk has not got a win when it matters as of yet especially after his promo's have been fantastic in recent weeks)
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Here we go next match up the one 13 years in the making.

http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/134105/Click-HERE-to-Join-411//s-LIVE-Coverage-of-WrestleMania-26!.htm

Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon. - No Holds Barred

The place goes nuts for Bret coming out first, McMahon is out with a mic, which of course means Vince will have assistance. He has lumberjacks, and he has a guest ref....the Hart Dynasty and the Hart family! Needs more Anvil. Keith Hart is going to be the referee. Bret is on the mic and makes sure they all got paid up front, then says he learned from the Montreal Screwjob that nothing is sweeter than a double cross. The Harts planned it all, they are on Bret's side after all. Bret tees off on Vince, who flees to the floor where the Hart Dynasty and Smith Hart beat him to a snot. Strike wishes Natalya the best in her future endeavours after she slaps the taste out of his mouth. Hart Smith elevates McMahon...Kidd up top...HART ATTACK on the floor! Vince is rolled back inside and Bret goes to work on the knee. Vince again goes to the floor and crawls under the ring...where he retrieves a crowbar. That scares off the 11 lumberjacks. Uh huh. Bret ducks the crowbar assault and keeps up the attack, dropping elbows on Vince. Bret now has the crowbar and lays into Vince with it. He jabs McMahon in the throat, and now it's time for a Sharpshooter...or not. More crowbar beatdown, he teases the Sharpshooter again...nut stomp. And another. Hart Smith slides a chair into the ring and Bret sits on it. Vince is struggling to get to his knees, Bret folds up the chair and WAFFLES Vince with a double dectuplet of chair shots. Yes, 20 of the best. There's the Sharpshooter, Vince taps, and that was anticlimactic.

Winner: Bret Hart via submission (Sharpshooter)

The Hart Family celebrates in the ring.

(Well we got the storybook book happy ending but after a bit of confuddling booking.Now to see if the Hart Dynasty benefit or not)
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Yes it was confusing up here in Canada even, andy1, thank you.

Next up they announce the attendance as 72, 219 even if tickets were still available.

Smackdown World Heavyweight Title: Chris Jericho (champ) vs. Edge

NOTES:
-Oddly the champ was out first, then Edge.
-Not a hot reaction for either, guess crowd is still in polite mode after the reaction to the last match.
-Lots of mat wrestling, a good pop for a facebuster by Edge off the second rope.
-Story is trying to nail a spear. Edge is first and gets caught into the Walls of Jericho, but turns it into a small package for a 2 count. Jericho tries for a spear but eat's a big boot. Edge's second attempt is reversed into a Codebreaker.
-The super special announcing is now being done to introduce each participant.

Edge gets a flying shoulder tackls for the early control. Poke to the eye by Jericho to end that flurry, but Edge reverses a whip and hits the flapjack. He sets for the Spear but Jericho goes to the floor. Edge follows but Jericho catches him and heads back inside, then kicks Edge hard as he comes back in. Striker tries to rewrite history by saying Edge and Jericho traveled the roads together before coming to WWE. Jericho slingshots Edge's neck into the bottom rope. Jericho goes on the offensive with a heel beatdown, but misses a charge in the corner and collides with the ringpost, Spinning heel kick by Edge, he whips Jericho in but drops his head and gets dropped gut-first over the top rope. Edge is on the floor as Jericho tries to take him out and gets planted into the announce table! Edge off the apron...clothesline to the floor! Back inside, Jericho crotches Edge on the top but gets hit with a top rope gourdbuster! Crossbody off the top by Edge, Jericho rolls through! 1...2...no! Jericho tried the Walls! Edge twists free, goes up top and gets a sunset flip for two. Jericho rolls through again for two, then kicks Edge in the face. CODEBREAKER countered by Edge! Crowd smells it...SPEAR countered! Jericho goes over and around the back and locks in the Walls!! Edge wriggles to his back and gets a small package for two, but Jericho with a quick shot...LIONSAULT! Edge moves, Jericho lands on his feet...Edgematic! 1...2...no! ENZIGUIRI by Jericho! 1...2...no! Edge avoids a charging Jericho and hits the Edgecution DDT! 1...2...no! Jericho climbs the ropes...flying forearm to the back of the head! Jericho stalks Edge...he sets for the Spear! Edge gets the boot up!!! Phoenix wants the Spear...CODEBREAKER!!!!! 1...2...2.866! Jericho remonstrates with the referee and requests that he DO HIS F******JOB! He takes out the leg of Edge and goes to work on the achilles. Edge tries to fight back but Jericho picks the legs and locks in the Walls! Edge is in the middle of the ring, Edge crawls but is dragged back to the middle of the ring! Jericho switches to the single-leg crab! Edge again crawls for the ropes...makes it! Jericho drags Edge to the center again, rollup by Edge! 1...2...no! Both men go to the floor, Jericho goes for the belt. Edge interrupts him and throws him back inside, the ref gets bumped and Jericho snaps Edge's neck over the top rope! BELT SHOT! 1...2...2.909! Jericho stalks Edge again...Codebreaker! 1...2...3!

RESULT: Chris Jericho retains his title with a belt shot and codebreaker.

Then post-match Jericho tries to work the leg, Edge kicks out. He sets Jericho on the announcers table and SPEARS him through the barricade! Edge across the tables and INTO the barricades with Jericho for the bump of the night so far!
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We get a clip show of the preshow's Battle Royale which was won by Yoshi Tatsu.

10 Divas Tag Match: Maryse & Vickie Guerrero & Layla & Alicia Fox & Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix & Mickie James & Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim & Eve Torres

NOTES:
-A few boos still around for Edge but mostly a good pop for the last, well paced match even if the ending came a bit sudden.
-Heels out first then faces.
-Vickie Guerrero and Gail Kim start things off, however, tags are quickly made between Beth, Eve, and Mickie James who all want a piece of the Smackdown Adviser.
-Those keeping score on the roof, it got closed and opened again...

Vickie starts out with Beth, who carries her to the face corner where they take turns kicking her. Kelly hits her swank leg drop, then we get a finisher suite...Faith Breaker! MickieDT! Neckbreaker by Layla! Taste Defeet by Gail! French Kiss by Maryse! Ummm...Eve does something. Axe kick from Alicia! GLAM SLAM OF DOOM ! She planted Alicia! Michelle blindsides Beth as she stalks Vickie, then Vickie hits the Bullfrog Splash on Kelly! 1...2...no? Covers again, 1...2...3!

RESULT: Heels win when Vickie who should not be in a ring pins Kelly Kelly who is equally horrid with the Frog Splash. Vickie had pulled Kelly's shoulder up and ref had to redo the pin segment. Worst match of the card but kept short.
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Agree with you on the diva match sighs andy1 is one unhappy one anyways.Onto pur 2nd to last match of the night the WWE title is on the line.

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Video package for Cena-Batista. Guess that means nobody wanted to follow Taker-HBK...

WWE champion Batista vs. John Cena

Again, champ is out first. Cena has a bunch of uniformed guys with bayonets to bring him to the ring, presumably marines. They do some impressive stuff with the weapons before the music hits. Air Force drill team apparently. Cena comes out looking pisses, sprints to the ring and it's super special ring announcing time. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeon Ceeeeeeeeeeenaaaaaaa vs Buuuuuuuuuuhteeeeeeeeeeestaaaaaaaaaa.

Batista grabs a headlock early and knocks Cena down. Cena comes back with a headlock and a takedown. Batista gets to his feet and backs Cena into the corner, but misses the cheap shot. Cena goes to work with shots, but misses the charge and gets leveled by The Animal. Beatdown in the corner and a facewash by Batista. Heel Batista is so much better than face Batista. He goes to the floor and kicks Cena's head, which is across the apron. Cena blocks a suplex and hits one of his own, he overshot it though and Batista landed on his hip. Whip to the corner and a bulldog by Cena for 2. He tries the Attitude Adjustment, gets him up but Batista reverses into a SICK DDT for 2. Batista with a running boot to the face of a seated Cena for 2 more. Sleeper applied by Batista with both hooks in, Cena just stands up with Batista on his back and powers out of the grip of The Animal. They exchange right hands and Batista gets the advantage with a boot to the gut and a neckbreaker. Front facelock by Batista, Cena powers out with a back body drop and catches a charging Batista with a boot. A pair of shoulder tackles followed by a Protobomb, and you cannot visually perceive A SPINEBUSTER! Batista Bomb time...Cena rolls through...STF!!! Batista makes it to the ropes. Cena gets to his feet and GETS SPEARED! 1...2...no!!! Already better than thought it would be. Shoulders in the corner by Batista, he puts Cena up top for a superplex but Cena grabs his hand. Test of strength on the top turnbuckle! Cena headbutts Batista down...top rope five knuckle shuffle!! Attitude Adjustment...NO! Batista counters to the...BATISTA BOMB! 1...2...2.937!!! Batista tries another...countered! Attitude Adjustment...COUNTERED! Powerslam...countered! Attitude Adjustment...CONNECTS! He launched him! 1...2...2.939!!!!! Cena up top....CAUGHT! SPINEBUSTER! Just like Summerslam! Batista Bomb...Cena rolls over! STF!!! He has it sunk in deep! Batista fights...fights...taps!

Winner, and NEW WWE Champion: John Cena via submission (STF)

(Like the World title match very competitve and evenly balanced.Cena wins this one so this series is at 1-1 leaving the rubber match to come at proably Exttreme Rules.Now to sit back and get ready for HBK/Taker 2]
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Hang in there the big main event is now! Funny side note at least was post match Cena went to pose for pictures...with fans who had on I HATE CENA T-shirts on!

MAIN EVENT TIME! Streak vs. Career: Shawn HBK Michaels vs The Undertaker

NOTES:
-Michaels is out first with no glitz or glamour entrance, it's all business though HBK looked a bit confused when he got no pyro. Taker comes up from under the stage...in a hoodie? No hat?!
-And yes the roof is open one more time.
-It took a while but the title matches helped get the crowd going, particularly the last match before this main event.
-Good staredown to begin and even a breeze came through the stadium through the open roof.
-HBK is working Taker's legitimately bummed knee and using submissions like the Figure Four Leglock.
-In crowd someone passed out so medics are quick to attend to it.
-HBK switches to using the Ankle Lock. Then as Taker rolled out he did a springboard splash to the outside, got caught, Taker turned it into a TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER.
-Another huge spot: A moonsault by Michaels, off of the top rope through the announcers table onto The Undertaker's bad leg! HBK hits another Superkick...and Taker somehow kicks out!

Shawn gives the cut-throat gesture to Taker, avoids a charge and lays in some chops. Taker blocks a charge, whips Shawn in and gets snake eyes. Charging clothesline in the corner, Taker goes OLD SCHOOL! Goozle! Shawn goes to the knee to counter and Taker is limping. Shawn tries for a crossface but Taker escapes and goes to the arm of Shawn. HBK escapes that and tries Sweet Chin Music! Taker avoids it and HBK goes back to the knee. Taker comes back with uppercuts and lays in right hands, then cloteslines HBK to the floor. Taker lines up for a dive but Shawn comes under the rope in a hurry and takes out Taker's knee. He tries a figure four but Taker kicks him off. To the outside now and Taker rams HBK back-first into the corner post. Taker lines up the legdrop on the apron...CONNECTS with major air, but it hurts the leg of Taker. Back inside and Michaels goes back to the leg and locks in a figure four! Taker struggle and finally rolls over to reverse the pressure, causing a quick break. They exchange shots, Taker wins the exchange but HBK kips up INTO A CHOKESLAM! 1...2...NO! Taker pulls up HBK...Tombstone! NO! Michaels picks the ankle! Ankle lock, with the grapevine on the leg! Taker uses his free leg to kick his way out of the hold, Shawn charges and clothesline him up and over to the floor! Shawn is on the apron...ASAIIIIIIIIIII CAUGHT! TOMBSTONE ON THE FLOOR!

Taker gets the cover on the inside! 1...2...no! Taker is looking for Last Ride...MICHAELS COUNTERS to an X-Factor! 1...2...NO!!! HBK goes to the top...flying elbow TO THE KNEES! Both men suffered from that. HELL'S GATE! Locked in! Michales counters to a jackknife pin!!!!! 1...2...no!!! Wow. Sweet Chin Music CONNECTS! 1...2...2.918! Michaels strikes up the band again...MISSES! Last Ride...with authority!!!!! 1...2...2.944!!! Taker throws HBK to the floor then dismantles the Spanish announce table. Oh boy. This could suck for Shawn...LAST RIDE! Michaels out the back! SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Taker is out on the table! Michaels looks like he has a plan...and it involves the top rope! What could he be thinking? MOONSAULT THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!! Taker looks punch-drunk, Michaels rolls him inside. Strike up the band, we're going home. SWEET! CHIN! MUSIC! 1...2...





NO!

Both men are running on fumes. Another SCM incoming...Taker catches it! CHOKESLAM! Taker uses the ropes to pull himself up, grabs HBK...TOMBSTONE! TOMBSTONE! 1....2...2.988!!!!! Cole and Lawler are losing their voices. Cole reckons we can feel the emotion seeping through the pores of the WWE Universe. Whatever Cole. STRAPS DOWN! Taker cut-throats, then tells Shawn to stay down. Shawn gets to his knees and does the cut-throat himself, then SLAPS Taker! TOMBSTONE! 1...2...


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RESULT: The career is over, Taker wins and goes to 18-0 with the Tombstone Piledriver pin.

Post-match Taker told HBK to stay down but he defied him again, so Taker gave HBK one more Tombstone Piledriver. The pyrotechnics continue after the match, with Undertaker leaving the ring first. Then he reconsiders and helps Michaels up. Then a great show of sportsmanship afterward. There's the feel good moment to go home with.

It's lovely the way the announcers have quieted down, and are letting Michaels leave to the cheers and praise of the crowd.

And that was an AMAZING main event to help a PPV with OK to good matches, some odd booking of timing and results, but this made the event.

Thanks for all following-if any post Mania 26 news comes it will be reported here then on BEHIND THE SCENES also on this forum.
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TK has summed it up best so I won't stray away from his statements.Amazing match to end on to complete a fairly good Wrestlemania which is all in the end what we fans wanted so it gerts a thumbs up from me overall.

As stated thanks for following the coverage everyone and check out the behind the scnes thread for post mania news ahead of tomorrows Raw.

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Welcome now to the POST MANIA 26 BEHIND THE SCENES news!

I'll be checking the same sources while listening to the LAW for any last minute news tonight!

-Fireworks ended the show and HBK cried as fans chanted his name along with Undertaker's. The heat of the match was at or beyond Cena/Batista. Then again some reports saying it was the WORST match (aside from Bret/Vince and the Divas debacles) as the crowd for Cena/Batista was for Batista (with an odd sign of night seen as "Batista likes Fishsticks", while others included "Norway hates Cena" ) and hating Cena like normally, a lot of botched spots, and overall feuding smarks vs fangirls chanting.

Taker/HBK was easily match of the night (some saying better than last year, some not due to being shorter or just not possible) and overall a thumbs in middle rating since it was hyped very high, to down with no thumbs up aside from the main event.

-Also the sign at the entrance changed to 18-0.

-That last Tombstone was the rare JUMPING Tombstone Piledriver by the way that Paul Orndorff used to do long ago. It's of course not done much due to head injuries, though tonight there was a lot of leniency on those and blood in the Bret/Vince match even if there's the usual PG-13 restrictions.

-The 2 hugged post match, then HBK got the final curtain call, shaking hands with fans up the ramp and a little prayer bow before leaving.

- WrestleMania XXVII will take place on April 3rd in Atlanta, GA. Hopefully better than the Arizona crowd who some said only reacted well for Orton, Cena, HHH, Taker and HBK on TV looks at least.

-Don't do any drinking games watching the replay folks if you choose the # of times Cole said "Wrestlemania Moment." Cole botched a lot of detail "stats" like Orton never having done the double hangman's DDT before (it wasn't), this being the biggest Mania ever (the numbers likely don't touch Mania 3 for attendance) and other stuff. Striker was equally annoying trying to call everything "Amazing." King was horrendous botching that triple threat rules. Sorry folks, we ALL miss Jim Ross but now there's no sign of JR coming back in a regular capacity-another spot might open but it will need to be done when they go back to negotiate again.

-If you heard the Fantasia signing yes she did botch "America the Beautiful" up a few times.

-With no Hebners present, Bret was asked and did want Mike Chioda calling the match if possible. Of course it ended up the very overbooked Harts coming and Bruce doing the call. Crowd was most confused during this match, crowd cooled around the HHH/Sheamus match, but red hot to Bret's introduction (until seeing him in the street clothes) and of course, incredibly hot due to the pacing of the HBK/Taker match.

-Apparently Cody's boots had the Legend of Zelda Triforce logo on them or something similar, though he's worn them before and with the new outfit they were more visible.

-Batista took a lot of bad tailbone hits from Cena, while Cena was out of it for a bit during a DDT spot. Vince for now is as OK as one can be during a 12+ person beating though that Hart Attack he did have his head bounce badly off the mat outside.

-There was a botch from the Rey entrance that the old shoot up ramp didn't work so he crawled out instead.

-Ezekiel Jackson has been removed of late from the roster but no word on why.

-The HOF show on USA was predominantly bob Uecker with bits only for Gorgeous George before closing on clips for other inductees and ending on Ted Dibiase.

-Jerry Lynn who was working for ROH was another guy visiting friends backstage. Of course Jennifer Hudson, fiance of David Otunga was there but not used...too bad she trumps Fantasia. Others on site included Canadian booker Scott D'Amore who was there for Stu's HOF induction, and LA Dodgers player Manny Ramirez.

-Future booking is hard to say as it looked like all the feuds are done, and Jack Swagger is out of the doghouse he was in and now holds that title shot. Drew might have taken that doghouse spot as fans have turned on him as has the backstage of late.

-Mania brought in $5.8 million a new record for attendance over an U2 show.

-Tomorrow's RAW will have the hot movie of the moment Hot Tub Time Machine be sending Rob Corddry (formerly of the Daily Show) and Clark Duke to guest GM host. No matches or new feuds or promos are set just yet but HBK should appear even if he's "retired".

It goes against TNA Impact live once again which has the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3D, Shannon Moore and Kazarian vs. Doug Williams and Brian Kendrick, a First Blood Knockouts Title Match between Tara © & Daffney, a Non-Title Match for AJ Styles © vs. Jeff Jarrett and RVD, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young vs. Shawn Waltman, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

-The Goldberg online comments about bringing a tag partner named "LIGHTS OUT" apparently refers to NFL player Shawn Merriam, who at a previous RAW show threatened to jump the railing and is a free agent and wants to join the WWE so this might happen since Goldberg and him got football connections.

The usual BEHIND THE SCENES news thread on this forum will cover your news on the WWE and more!

Thanks for all who read up the report!
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