Justin Roberts introduces Hulk Hogan and he makes his way to the ring.
Hogan tells the Mempho-Hulkamaniacs something. His last two weeks have been off the chain. Everyone has been welcoming him back to the WWE Universe. He keeps watching the WWE Network and he gets a chance to relive some of his greatest Wrestlemania matches against the Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, and Andre the Giant.
He says that he keeps getting amped up watching that match and when he pressed that giant over his head in front of 93,000 people at Wrestlemania and slammed him through the mat, it gets crazier. When he gets the goosebumps, he feels like he can pull the bumper off a truck. Hogan says that he came up with a historic idea.
To celebrate 30 years of Wrestlemania and in honor of one of the greatest wrestlers, there will be a 30 man over the top rope Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The winner will earn the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.
Hogan asks whatcha gonna do when the memory of Andre the Giant runs wild through you at Wrestlemania.
John Cenaâ€™s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Cena says that he likes to be in the ring in front of a crowd like this because of their energy. Tonight it is for a selfish reason. He sees a sign that says Hogan Still Rules. John says that it is good to see Hogan home and he says that it is true.
The man who was front and center when Wrestlemania began is back where he belongs. It is unbelievable to have Hulkamania back. John says that Hogan has started a new tradition tonight. John says that Wrestlemania III was his favorite moment to watch when Hogan beat Andre. John says that he was going berserk trying to rip off his shirt and show off his smaller than 24 inch pythons. He knew that Hulkamania would live forever.
When Hulk Hogan sets up a Battle Royal to pay tribute to Andre. John says that he is going to enter his name in the battle royal.
The Wyatts appear on the TitanTron and Bray says that they are here.
Bray says that he has always been intrigued in pride. It is his favorite sin. It blinds men, even those who are immortal. Eat your vitamins and say your prayers while bowing at the temple of Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect.
They are both liars and they prey upon the weak and give them hope. Hope is dead . . . as well as his legacy. He tells John that he sees it in his eyes. How can you get something that you cannot comprehend. He will lay it out for Bray.
If you look up at him, you will see a friend. If you look down at him, you will see an enemy. If you look at him square in the eye, you will see a God.
Cena asks Bray if he listens to what he says. He does not see a God, he sees a homeless guy wasting away in Margaritaville. He did not find a shaker of salt, he found two goons and a chair from Cracker Barrel. He tells Bray to come out and prove it>
John says that he may not make it to the Battle Royal, he makes a challenge to Bray Wyatt for a match at Wrestlemania. He tells Bray that he hopes he accepts because Bray will get the ass whipping of a lifetime.
Bray says that it is always fun and games with John until it is John who is caught in the spiderâ€™s web.
The Wyatts get closer to the ring and Hogan and Cena hold their ground.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: John Cena (with Hulk Hogan) versus Erick Rowan (with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper)
Cena with punches as the match is joined in progress. Rowan with a clothesline to Cena. Rowan works on the leg and gets a near fall. Rowan with the double atomic noogie. Cena escapes but Rowan with a knee to the midsection and a pump handle back breaker for a near fall. Rowan with an elbow drop and kick. Rowan punches Cena in the head. Rowan misses an elbow drop.
Cena with a punch and kick. Rowan catches Cena on a cross body attempt and Rowan with a fallaway slam. Rowan with a splash in the corner for a near fall. Rowan misses a charge into the corner. Rowan puts Cena in a bear hug and he rag dolls Cena. Rowan with a power slam. Cena avoids a slam attempt and Cena gets the three count with a rollup.
Winner: John Cena
Rowan and Harper get on the apron with Hogan and Cena in the ring. Wyatt calls them back.
Hogan and Cena pose in the ring.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with a WWE Rewind of the end of Raw when Daniel Bryan kicked Triple H in the head.
Stephanie McMahon says that last week Daniel Bryan attacked her husband but then he suffered the consequences and was given a Pedigree. Those actions are grounds for immediate termination. Stephanie makes an apology because that is what is best for business. There is value in the Daniel Bryan brand, but not as much as A+ brands like Batista, Randy Orton, and Triple H.
There is a niche following. They will not fire Daniel Bryan if he publicly apologizes to them. It is time that Daniel Bryan admits that he is wrong. He has to admit that he is not man enough to be in the ring with Triple H. Not now or at Wrestlemania 30. Hunter is above Daniel Bryan, professionally and literally. If he does that, we can move forward, but if not, there will be serious consequences.
The New Age Outlaws come out and make their way to the announce table for the next match involving the Usos.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ryback is in the Goldman Box saying that he is going to be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania and he will win.
Match Number Two: Ryback and Curtis Axel versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso in a Non Title Match
Jimmy and Ryback start things off and Jimmy with chops. Ryback misses a punch and Jimmy with chops. Ryback with a side head lock and Jimmy with an arm drag into an arm bar. Axel tags in and Jimmy with an uppercut. Jimmy with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Axel sends Jimmy into the ropes and he lands awkwardly and goes to the floor. Ryback tags in and sends Jimmy back into the ring. Ryback with a splash for a near fall.
Ryback with a suplex and Axel tags in. Axel with a forearm and reverse chin lock. Axel keeps Jimmy from making the tag and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Jey is tagged in. Jey drops Axel on the top rope and he hits a clothesline and kicks Axel in the back of the leg. Jey knocks Ryback off the apron.
Jey with a Samoan drop to Axel and then he hits the running butt splash, ducking under a clothesline. Jey with a super kick to Ryback and then one to Axel. Jey with a plancha and he tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with a superfly splash for the three count.
Winners: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Kane is in the office and he has something to say to The Shield. Last week on Raw, you lost to the Wyatt Family again. The first time was because Dean abandoned his teammates. Then Seth did it on Raw. On Smackdown, they aired their dirty laundry in an unprofessional manner.
Kane says that he is going to light a fire under the three of them to see if they are still a valuable asset or if they are disposable. The first crack took place when Seth and Roman lost the tag titles to the Rhodes Brothers. They will get to exorcise their demons to face them again.
Seth asks if it is about them or is Kane trying to deflect the fact that he lost to Daniel Bryan. Dean points out that it happened again. Seth reminds Kane that he was knocked out on Smackdown thanks to Big Show.
Dean says that they will step up like they always do and they will exorcise their demon.
Reigns says that they will get rid of any demon that gets in their way.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Big E versus Jack Swagger ( with Zeb Colter and Cesaro)
They lock up and Swagger with shoulders and punches in the corner. Swagger with knees to Big E. Big E with an Irish whip and shoulder in the corner. Big E with another Irish whip and another running shoulder. Big E punches Swagger in the corner but Swagger with a slam. Swagger with a clothesline for a near fall. Swagger traps the arms while we find out that Big E Langston will be in the battle royal as well.
Swagger with a big boot for a near fall. Swagger punches Big E followed by a kick to the chest. Big E with clotheslines followed by a belly-to-belly suplex after ducking Swaggerâ€™s clothesline attempt. Swagger with a shoulder to the knee when Big E sets for the Ultimate Warrior splash. Swagger chokes Big E in the ropes.
Cesaro refuses to interfere and that allows Big E to get the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Swagger and Cesaro argue over what Cesaro did not do. Colter yells at both of them and he wants to know if they are listening to. Colter throws his vest down and he wants them to shake hands. Eventually they shake hands but Cesaro grips a little harder than Swagger would have hoped.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the Undertaker.
Paul Heyman appears on the stage before Taker can talk. Paul apologizes if his presence has interrupted Takerâ€™s train of thought. Paul introduces himself to Taker. He reminds Taker that he is the advocate for Takerâ€™s opponent at Wrestlemania. He advocates the position that Undertaker preserve the greatest streak in sports, in entertainment, in sports entertainment. So many people casually throw out the number 21-0 around to the point where it trivializes the magnitude of his historic accomplishment.
Paul wants to put this in historical perspective. Mr. Wrestlemania himself, Shawn Michaels never won two Wrestlemania matches in a row. Triple H got to two, but never won three in a row. Hulk Hogan won three in a row, but never won four in a row. Steve Austin had a streak of four, but never got to five. The same could be said for John Cena. He won four in a row.
Paul says the biggest names in the history of WWE, but the Undertaker has had 21 consecutive victories in 21 Wrestlemania matches. That is one when a man becomes a myth. It is when a myth becomes a legend. It is when a legend becomes a diety of biblical proportions. That is why he is asking The Undertaker not to enter in the ring with Brock Lesnar.
The people worship Taker and the legend. Paul says that after being up close at last yearâ€™s Wrestlemania, he worships Taker and the streak. Brock will tarnish the hope of 22-0. Brock is stepping into the unknown because there is nothing like fighting the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. It is not an unknown that Brock does not have to fear. It is an unknown that Taker needs to fear. If Taker walks into the ring with Brock at Wrestlemania, the streak will be conquered by BROCK LESNAR.
Undertaker says that since Paul is Brockâ€™s messenger boy, he tells Paul to tell Brock that the fear of death is much worse than the death itself. The fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all. Taker tells Paul to tell his client, Brock Lesnar, if he shows up in New Orleans at Wrestlemania, he will REST . . . IN . . . PEACE
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dean Ambrose will face Mark Henry for the United States Title while Natalya will face AJ Lee for the Divas Title on Main Event.
Match Number Four: Goldust and Cody Rhodes versus Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose)
Rollins and Cody start things off and they lock up. Rollins backs Rhodes into the corner and Rollins with a forearm and punch. Rollins kicks Rhodes in the corner. Rollins with a front face lock and he tries for a suplex but Cody blocks it and hits a delayed gourdbuster. Rhodes gets a near fall.
Goldust tags in and he punches Rollins in the midsection. Goldust with a snap mare and forearm to Rollins. Rollins with an elbow in the corner followed by a punch. Goldust with an Irish whip and back body drop for a near fall. Rhodes tags in and he goes up top with a punch to Rollins. Rhodes with a hard Irish whip and then he pulls Rollins up but he lands on his feet and he sends Cody into the turnbuckles with a flatliner.
Rollins kicks Rhodes in the corner and he tags in Reigns. Reigns with a punch and he gets a near fall. Reigns with more punches to the midsection. Reigns runs his forearm across Codyâ€™s forehead and then he hits Cody with a palm thrust to the temple. Rollins tags in and he snap mares Cody and connects with a knee drop and gets a near fall.
Rollins with a front face lock and Reigns tags in. Reigns with an Irish whip but Cody moves when Reigns tries for a splash into the corner. Goldust tags in and he connects with a few clotheslines followed by a drop down uppercut. Goldust with a spinebuster to Reigns for a near fall.
Reigns with an Irish whip but Goldust with an elbow and back heel kick to Rollins. Goldust with a cross body to Rollins and Ambrose. Reigns goes to the floor when Goldust drops down. Goldust with a back body drop that sends Rollins over the top rope to the floor. Goldust with a cannonball off the apron while Cody hits a double jump cross body.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Goldust tries for a suplex on Reigns but Reigns blocks it and he hits a suplex. We see footage of Reigns hitting a Samoan drop on Goldust during the commercial break. Reigns with an uppercut to Goldust. Rollins tags in and he snap mares Goldust and applies a reverse chin lock. Rollins with an Irish whip and running forearm into the corner.
Reigns tags in and hits the running drop kick from the floor. Goldust with punches, but Reigns stops him with an elbow. Rollins tags in and he connects with a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall. Goldust punches Rollins but Rollins with an enzuigiri. Reigns tags in and he sends Goldust into the turnbuckles and he head butts Goldust. Reigns with a clothesline into the corner. Goldust with a power slam to Reigns and both men are down.
Rollins tags in and he Goldust kicks Rollins away and Rhodes tags in and he punches Rollins. Rollins with an Irish whip and Cody floats over for a sunset flip and a near fall. Rhodes with drop down uppercut. Rhodes with Beautiful Disaster to Reigns and then he hits the moonsault on Rollins for a near fall.
Rhodes blocks a kick and he punches Rollins. Cody sets for the musclebuster and he hits it. Reigns breaks up the cover and Goldust drop kicks Reigns out of the ring. Rollins takes care of Goldust. Reigns spears Goldust and Rhodes sends Reigns to the floor. Rollins with a snap mare to counter CrossRhodes. Rollins counters Beautiful Disaster and turns it into a Buckle Bomb followed by Black Out for the three count.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
We go to commercial.
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