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Welcome to PWInsider.com's coverage of Wrestlemania 25. We will be updating this page throughout the evening with results from the show, so check back often for the latest news.
Wrestlemania 25 opened with a montage of Wrestlemania clips, and Vince McMahon's voice talking about how he is asked all the time what the greatest Wrestlemania moment ever is, followed by clips of current stars talking about what they feel the greatest Wrestlemania moment is. This was followed by the performers talking about their desire to perform on the Wrestlemania stage, and a montage of clips leading to this event.
WWE Hall Of Famer Howard Finkel opened the show, and introduced Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, who sang America The Beautiful.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross welcomed us to the show, and they went right to the introductions for the opening match. WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole will be joining him for the broadcast.
Money In The Bank - CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian vs. Fit Finlay vs. Mark Henry.
They have a bunch of ladders in the aisle, and stacks of them at ringside. CM Punk entered first, and there are a lot of Pepsi logos in the crowd. Mark Henry was next, then MVP, then Finlay (wearing his old armored leather jacket). Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Christian and Kane finished off the entrances.
The match started with everyone brawling, and some jumping to the floor for ladders. Kane and Mark Henry cleared the ring and went at it, with Henry hitting an avalanche in the corner. Christian and Benjamin brought in a ladder and hit Kane and Henry with it. Kofi jumped over the ladder, dropkicked it into Shelton and Christian, then legdropped it on both men. Kofi went to climb a ladder, but Finlay tossed him from the ring. Kane gave Finlay a big boot. Kane and Henry climbed the ladder, but everyone else pulled them down. Henry and Kane were sent out of the ring. A group of the participants climbed two ladders (all but Christian, Kane and Henry), but Kane and Henry came back in and toppled the ladders. Kane knocked Henry out of the ring, and dumped one of the ladders to the floor. Kane climbed a ladder, but Henry knocked him into the ropes.
Henry was alone in the ring, and Finlay came in, ducking a ladder thrown by Henry. Finlay dropkicked Henry from the ring, then hit Kane and Shelton with a tope. Christian hit a springboard on Kane and Finlay on the outside. MVP then hit a somersault off the apron onto everyone on the floor. Punk and Kofi then hit stereo topes onto the pile. Shelton, on the floor, climbed an extra tall ladder and jumped off the top onto the growing pile. There was a "Holy S***" chant. Mark Henry climbed to the top rope, but Finlay hit him with a Shillelagh. Hornswoggle came in with a short ladder, which Finlay put in the corner. Hornswoggle climbed it, then got on Henry's back, as he was slumped over the top rope, and jumped off into a tadpole splash on the pile on the floor.
Finlay set up a ladder, then shoulderblocked Kofi in a corner. Kofi jumped between the sides of the ladder and swung into a kick on Finlay. Kofi went for a splash, but Finlay hit him with the short ladder. Punk ran in but Finlay gave him a rolling fireman's carry slam on the ladder. Finlay used the small ladder to knock people off the apron. Finlay climbed up the ladder, but Kofi used a spin kick to knock him down. Kofi climbed the ladder, but Henry knocked it over. Henry headbutted Kofi, but as Henry grabbed a ladder, Kofi tried to climb it while Henry was holding it, and almost reached the case. Henry grabbed Kofi and powerslammed him on the ladder. Henry went to climb the ladder, but MVP hit him with another ladder. A ladder was now bridged between one set up in the ring and the ring ropes. MVP tried to suplex Shelton onto the bridged ladder, but Shelton dodged it. Shelton jumped off the ladder onto MVP, but MVP powerbombed him. MVP climbed the ladder but CM Punk stopped him. Christian pulled MVP down and clotheslined him. Punk went up the ladder, but Christian climbed up onto the bridged ladder to stop him. Punk teased a GTS off the ladder, but Christian gave Punk an Unprettier off the ladder and to the mat.
On the floor, Shelton superkicked Kane. MVP climbed the ladderin the ring, but Shelton climbed a ladder on the floor, onto the bridged ladder, then went to sunset flip MVP off the set up ladder (yes, three ladders), but they collapsed to the mat. Shelton grabbed MVP and powerbombed him over the top rope, onto Henry, Kofi and Tony Atlas. Shelton and Finlay fought atop the ladder, and Finlay fell hard onto the bridged ladder. Christian pulled Shelton off the ladder, and soon the two were racing up side-by-side ladders. They slugged it out on one ladder, and Christian tipped one of the ladders, sending Shelton to the floor, while Christian landed on the top rope and spring the ladder back into standing position. Christian went for the briefcase, but Punk springboarded onto the ladder. They fought it out, but Punk got hung upside down on the ladder. Kane climbed the ladder, and chokeslammed Christian to the mat. Punk sat up in the ladder and slugged it out with Kane. Kane went for a chokeslam, but Punk kicked Kane in the head, sending Kane to the mat. Punk then grabbed the briefcase for the win at the 16 minute mark.
Winner: CM Punk.
CM Punk now has the right to challenge for any WWE championship at any time in the next year.
A video package on all of the WWE Wrestlemania events in Houston this past week was shown.
Lilian Garcia introduced Kid Rock. During the end of his ten minute performance, which was a medley of songs, the Divas danced to the ring for the Miss Wrestlemania battle royal.
25 Diva Battle Royal to determine the first Miss Wrestlemania.
None of the Divas were introduced by name. The Divas started fighting before the bell even rang. Santino Marella is in the ring in drag. Mae Young and Candice Michelle were at ringside as guest timekeepers. Layla was out first, before the bell rang, then Rosa Mendes was tossed out. The announcers weren't even bothering to name which Divas were eliminated. Sunny and Torrie Wilson were eliminated. The Bella Twins were working together. Victoria eliminated Maria. The announcers didn't note Santino was in the ring. Gail Kim eliminated Jillian Hall and herself with a rana over the top rope. Beth Phoenix tossed out Tiffany and Eve Torres. Kelly Kelly and Molly Holly were tossed out, then Maryse. Phoenix was on a tear. They finally noticed Santino was in the ring, but didn't come out and name him. Victoria and the Bella Twins were eliminated, as was Natalya. It came down to Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Melina, Beth Phoenix and Santino. James gave McCool a rana, then went to the top rope. Michelle crotched her and went for a superplex, but Mickie fought her on the ropes. They tumbled to the floor and both were eliminated. Melina was working on Phoenix's back, but the Glamazon hit some elbows and went to toss out Melina. Santino came up behind Phoenix and Melina and pushed them over the top rope to win the match at the seven minute mark. There was a "Santino" chant.
Santina took the mic and said "she" was Santino's twin sister from Italy. Santina cried as Candice Michelle gave her the Miss Wrestlemania crown and sash. Santina then danced in the ring, while Phoenix was fuming on the floor.
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