On this day in history in ....
1908 - Americus (Gus Schoenlein) defeats Fred Beell for the American Middleweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland.
1946 - The Swedish Angel defeats Everett Marshall to win the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado.
1953 - Paul DeGalles and Tarzan Potvin defeat Bronko Lubich and Bud Rattal for the vacant Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1957 - Michiaki Yoshimura defeats Mitsuo Surugaumi for the Japanese Junior Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan.
1957 - Rito Romero defeats Danny McShain to win the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin his second reign.
1957 - Danny Plechas defeats Juan Garcia for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ending Garcia's fourth reign.
1960 - Torbellion Blanco defeats Pete Managoff in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.
1964 - Neff Maivia defeats Hard Boiled Haggerty to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, beginning his fourth reign.
1966 - Al Costello defeats Alex Perez to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending Perez's third reign.
1967 - Pepper Gomez and Pedro Morales defeat Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens for the American Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title in San Francisco, California, ending Patterson and Stevens' second reign.
1970 - Pantera Negra and Tony Rocco defeat Karl Heisinger and Kinji Shibuya for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.
1971 - Bobby Duncum and Woody Farmer defeat The Beast and Bulldog Brower to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1972 - Buddy Colt defeats El Mongol for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Griffin, Georgia. This began Colt's fourth reign and ended Mongol's eighth.
1972 - Kinji Shibuya wins his third NWA Beat the Champ Television Title, defeating Don Carson.
1976 - The Mighty Canadian (Gene Kiniski) defeats The Super Destroyer to win the Amarillo NWA International Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas, ending Destroyer's second reign.
1978 - Ox Baker defeats Carlos Colón to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Invader I wins his second WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title from Pierre Martel.
1979 - Greg Valentine defeats Dino Bravo for the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario.
1979 - Astro Rey defeats Dos Caras to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1981 - Dory Funk, Jr. wins his second NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, from Barry Windham.
1982 - Mark Romero (Youngblood) defeats Gene Lewis for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Lewis' second reign.
1984 - The WWF held an event at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The results were:
- Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria defeated Peggy Lee and Wendi Richter.
- Special Delivery Jones defeated Charlie Fulton.
- Brian Blair defeated José Luis Rivera.
- Tony Garea and René Goulet fought to a draw.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson defeated The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika).
- Bob Backlund and Greg Valentine fought to a double-disqualification.
- The Iron Sheik defeated Sgt. Slaughter by referee stoppage due to blood.
1986 - Jerry Lawler defeats Bill Dundee to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. This ended Dundee's ninth reign and began Lawler's 37th reign.
1988 - John Tatum and Jack Victory defeat Shaun and Steve Simpson for the World Class Texas Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning their third reign.
1989 - Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington defeat Makhan Singh (Mike Shaw) and Vokkan Singh (Gary Albright) in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title.
1990 - Larry Zbyszko defeats Mr. (Masa) Saito in St. Paul, Minnesota to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title for the second time.
1991 - The Lightning Kid wins his second Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Fridley, Minnesota, ending Jerry Lynn's second reign.
1995 - Eddie Guerrero defeats 2 Cold Scorpio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the ECW World Television Title, ending Scorpio's second reign.
1995 - Buddy Landel defeats Bobby Blaze to win the SMW Heavyweight Title in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1995 - Shannon Moore has his first match, against Jeff Hardy.
1996 - WWF Monday Night RAW aired unopposed on USA Network, as WCW Monday Nitro did not air on TNT this week. This showed in the ratings, as RAW got a 4.7, up from the previous week's 2.9 and the next week's 3.1, which were opposed weeks. RAW was taped on April 1 at the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino, California. This was also the first episode of RAW to go on the air at 8:57pm. The results were:
- Ahmed Johnson defeated The British Bulldog in an arm wrestling match.
- Vader defeated Yokozuna by referee stoppage, after Vader gave Yokozuna a Vader Bomb on one of his legs. After the match, Yoko was unable to make his way out of the arena under his own power, so he was taken from the ring and out of the arena on a forklift.
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley pinned Duke Droese.
- WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (with José Lothario) pinned Jerry Lawler after the Sweet Chin Music to retain the title.
1997 - Hikari Fukuoka defeats Dynamite Kansai to win the JWP Openweight Division Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Kansai's second reign.
1999 - Headbanger Mosh defeats Romeo Valentino for the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Dundalk, Maryland, ending Valentino's second reign.
2000 - Yoshihiro Tajiri defeats Little Guido and champion Super Crazy in a three-way dance in Buffalo, New York to win the ECW World Television Title.
2000 - Bouncer Bruno and Dutch Mantel defeat Black Boy and José Rivera, Jr. for the WWC World Tag Team Title in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
2000 - Kevin Northcutt wins the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title for the third time, defeating Cedric of Hollywood in Galveston, Texas.
2000 - Wolfie D defeats Ali for the Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
2000 - Moondog Manson defeats Ladies' Choice to win the ECCW Hardcore Title in Kelowna, British Columbia, beginning his second reign.
2000 - Michiko Omukai and Mima Shimoda defeat Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida to win the Twin Star of ARSION Title in Kawasaki, Japan.
2000 - Naughty By Nature (Rude and Tully) defeat The Rebellion (Kilo and Tommy Redneck) in Drestin, Tennessee for the NWA Mid-South Tag Team Title, beginning their fourth reign.
2002 - The WWF held a live RAW and taped the April 14 Sunday Night Heat at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. RAW got a 4.8 rating on TNN. The results:
- The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt) defeated Justin Credible and Steven Richards after the Twist of Fate and Swanton.
- Goldust defeated Shawn Stasiak by submission with a cobra clutch.
- Crash Holly pinned Jacqueline with his feet on the ropes.
- Bradshaw pinned The Big Bossman after the Clothesline from Hell.
- WWF Hardcore Champion Bubba Ray Dudley pinned Goldust after a powerbomb through a table to retain the title. Booker T was originally to face Bubba Ray, but Goldust interfered, which was allowed due to the title's 24/7 rule.
- X-Pac pinned Kane in a falls count anywhere match after Scott Hall and Kevin Nash interfered backstage.
- Spike Dudley pinned WWF European Champion William Regal to win the title after hitting Regal with brass knuckles that Regal had hidden in a turnbuckle pad. This ended Regal's third reign.
- The Undertaker pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam after the Last Ride after Eddie Guerrero ran in and hit RVD with his own title belt. With the win, Undertaker became one-half of a WWF Undisputed Title #1 contender's match at April 21's Backlash.
- Molly Holly pinned Trish Stratus with a leg roll-up after Jazz ran in and hit Trish with her title belt.
- Big Show pinned Mr. Perfect after the chokeslam.
- Steve Austin pinned Scott Hall (with X-Pac) after the Stone Cold Stunner, after Bradshaw, X-Pac, the Undertaker, and Ric Flair interfered. With the win, Austin also went into the #1 contender's match at Backlash.
2003 - WWE taped the April 10 SmackDown! and April 12 Velocity at Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. SmackDown! got a 3.2 rating on UPN and Velocity got a 1.1 on TNN. The results were:
- Sean O'Haire defeated ???.
- Chris Kanyon defeated Tyson Dux.
- A-Train defeated Chad Collyer.
- Tajiri defeated Shannon Moore.
- The F.B.I. (Nunzio, Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli) defeated Funaki and Los Guerreros (Chavo and Eddie).
- WWE Champion Brock Lesnar pinned WWE Cruiserweight Champion Matt Hardy (with Shannon Moore) after the F5.
- Brian Kendrick and Torrie Wilson defeated Jamie Noble and Nidia, when Torrie pinned Nidia after a DDT.
- Chris Benoit pinned Rhyno with a backslide in a WWE Title #1 contender's tournament semifinal match.
- Rey Mysterio and Tajiri defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas), when Mysterio pinned Haas after a springboard legdrop.
- Nathan Jones, making his WWE in-ring debut, pinned Bill DeMott after a kick to the head.
- In the other WWE Title #1 contender's tournament semifinal match, John Cena pinned The Undertaker after the F.B.I. interfered and hitting Undertaker with a chair several times.
- The show also included the first Piper's Pit to be held since WrestleMania V, with the guest being Vince McMahon. The segment was interrupted by Rikishi, who came to the ring with a coconut and tried to hit Piper with it, as payback for Piper hitting Jimmy Snuka with a coconut on a 1984 edition of Piper's Pit. Before Rikishi could do so, he was attacked by Piper's "protégé" Sean O'Haire, with Piper hitting Rikishi with the coconut. This was Piper's first appearance in WWE since his WrestleMania XII match with Goldust in 1996.
2005 - Blaze defeats Void for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Humboldt, Tennessee, ending Void's third reign.
2006 - Brodie Lee defeats Glenn Spectre to win the NWA Upstate Heavyweight Title in Rochester, New York.
2006 - Scotty Beach wins the Great Championship Wrestling Television Title from Chris Stevens in Columbus, Georgia, ending Stevens' second reign.
2006 - Remix defeats Devious Danny in Ocoee, Florida to win the NWA South Atlantic X Division Title. At the same event, Roadblock Rex and Bobby Smith defeat Nooie Lee and Rouge for the vacant NWA South Atlantic Tag Team Title.
2007 - Jonny Storm defeats Robbie Brookside for the XWA British Heavyweight Title in Morecambe, England.
2008 - Dusty Rhodes arrived to help oversee WWE developmental FCW.
2009 - MSN ran a long interview with HHH. When asked about working with Vince McMahon and marrying into the family he said, "Well, the good thing is I had a really good relationship with him before I even met Steph. We had a great relationship not only from a talent standpoint, but I used to work a lot with Vince hand-in-hand to create story lines behind the scenes, not just for myself but other guys. But if you have ever met Vince, he's a complex man and it can be trying. There are times he wants to choke me and there are times when I want to choke him."
2010 - WWE Raw ran Newcastle, England. Ian Willis filed the following live report:Raw WrestleMania Revenge Tour results from Newcastle, England.
Miz vs. Kofi for US Title, no-contest. Turned into tag title match (Big Show and
Mark Henry came out). Showmiz win via Chokeslam from Show on Kofi. Ringside
medical staff seemed legit concerned for Kofi (straight into the ring to check
on him after the pinfall), trainer and WWE security guy (who looked a dead
ringer for Fred Sanford) helped Kofi to the back.
9. Main Event - Cena vs Sheamus for WWE Title. All the kids loved Cena, everyone else booed him incessantly. Good match, usual 10 minute beatdown of Cena, then the usual recovery, 5 knuckle shuffle, shoulder block etc (which caused a few "same old s***" chants), Cena locks in the STF, but Sheamus makes the ropes. Sheamus gets the upper hand for a few more minutes, than Cena hits the attitude adjustment out of nowhere for the win.
Really good show, (where the hell were HHH and Batista though ???) good crowd and nice to hear that Smackdown is on here in November (as the last 4 WWE shows in Newcastle have all been RAW) - tickets on sale April 17th, 9am.
2011 - WWE broadcast Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:We are live on tape from Charlotte, North Carolina and your announcers are Josh ‘Why did I get Stunnered at Wrestlemania, I didn’t say Melina versus Alicia Fox’ Mathews, Michael ‘In addition to being Mr. Wrestlemania, I am Mr. Squirting BBQ Sauce on a Shirt’ Cole and Booker ‘Tell Me You Didn’t Stun Me on Sunday’ T.
Things start off with Alberto Del Rio, the man who could not reach his destiny on Sunday night and he is accompanied on foot by his official ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay.
While Josh and Booker talk about the value of the car that Edge and Christian destroyed at Wrestlemania, Michael Cole chimes in with the sob story about the destruction of his habitrail. Cole vows that his home away from humanity will be better than ever.
Alberto is not as gregarious as he usually is but he reminds us who he is, but we already knew that. Alberto says that we may not know that destiny can be delayed. He says that destiny can be stopped. Last Sunday at Wrestlemania, his destiny was delayed by that opportunist Edge and the coward Christian. Together they destroyed his Wrestlemania moment and together they destroyed his car. Alberto talks about his beautiful Rolls Royce and he says that he spent $120,000 on that car. Alberto says that it is not about the money. Those cars are like his children. They think they may have broken him, but Alberto will make them pay.
When he fulfills his destiny and becomes the World Champion, everything that Edge did to his car . . .
is interrupted by Edge’s music and he comes into the building on a Brisco’s Brothers tow truck with Alberto’s destroyed Rolls Royce.
Edge tells Alberto that when he saw him crying and hugging his car on Sunday, he thought that Alberto was a greedy, arrogant, narcissistic moron who puts materialistic things over everything else in his life. Then when he heard Alberto say that his cars are like his children, then it got him thinking. He almost reassessed things and he figures that if he is like a child, he needs to love it unconditionally. It might be a little damaged but nothing a little tender loving care can’t fix.
Edge gets some spray paint and he decides to do a little touch up on the hood.
Alberto asks Edge if everything is a joke to him and then he reminds Edge that he had him close to tapping out on Sunday. Edge tells Alberto that he didn’t get the job done and that is why Alberto is in the ring whining and crying. That is also why he is the World Champion.
Alberto demands a rematch so Edge can redeem himself for his behavior at Wrestlemania.
Edge thinks about the rematch and he tells Alberto as much as he would love to give it to him, but Alberto lost. Edge tells him to buy a new car and drive to the back of the line. Edge says that there are so many worthy contenders who deserve a title match.
Edge thinks about some contenders and there is some honking from the truck and we see that Christian is driving the truck.
Edge says that Christian deserves a title match. Edge points out that Christian has beaten Del Rio twice. Edge tells Del Rio if he wants a fight, Edge has his destiny.
Edge walks to the ring but he is stopped by the sound of Teddy Long’s music.
Teddy tells them to wait a minute. They can talk about their destiny all they want, but it is still his show. Teddy says that if things are going to be settled, it will take place in a match. Alberto Del Rio will face Christian tonight to determine who faces Edge at Extreme Rules.
Teddy reminds us that Extreme Rules is the night that WWE gets extreme. That is why Edge will be defending the title in his specialty match, a ladder match.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of the knock out punch by Big Show to Heath Slater from Wrestlemania.
Match Number One: Corre versus Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Big Show, and Kane in a Wrestlemania Rematch with a Twist because it is two out of three falls Match
Fall Number One
Santino and Gabriel start things off and they each dance around and miss kicks before Gabriel connects with a kick and he gets a near fall. Slater is tagged in and he kicks Santino followed by a punch and then he stomps on Santino’s leg. Santino with a hip toss and then he runs Slater into the corner and Kane is tagged in. Kane with a vintage uppercut followed by a snap mare and drop kick. Show is tagged in and he chops Slater across the chest while Kane holds him. Show with a slam and then he walks across Slater’s chest. Show with a head butt and then Kofi is tagged in and he goes onto Show’s shoulders and Kofi with a splash. Kofi sets up for Trouble in Paradise but Gabriel pulls Slater out of the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kane sends Barrett into the turnbuckles and then he punches Barrett. Kane with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow. Jackson tags in and Kane with a side head lock but Jackson with a forearm. Kane with a shoulder tackle but Jackson stays on his feet. Kane goes off the ropes but Barrett trips Kane and Jackson with a body block and he takes Kane down. Jackson punches Kane and Slater is tagged in. Slater kicks Kane in the corner and then he tags in Gabriel who gets in a few shots before tagging Barrett into the match. Jackson tags in and he kicks Kane and he tags Gabriel in and Justin with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Gabriel with a front face lock to Kane as he tries to keep Kane from making the tag. Kane tosses Gabriel into the air and Kofi tags in.
Kofi with a springboard clothesline and then he knocks Slater off the apron. Kofi with a drop kick to Gabriel followed by a splash in the corner but Gabriel moves out of the way. Gabriel runs into a pendulum kick and then Kofi goes up top for a cross body and he gets the three count to win the first fall.
Team Trombone 1 Fall; Corre 0 Falls
Fall Number Two
The men who finished fall one start off fall two. We go to commercial.
We are back and Slater punches Santino and he slams Marella. Slater gets a near fall. Slater with a rear chin lock and arm bar on Santino. Santino with a snap mare but Slater with a forearm to the head and he gets a near fall. Santino with a split followed by a hip toss and a diving head butt that hits the target. Santino calls for the Cobra but he does not see Wade Barrett has tagged into the match and Santino turns around into a big boot. Barrett gets Santino up for Wasteland for the three count.
Team Trombone 1 Fall; Corre 1 Fall
Fall Number Three
Barrett waits for Santino to get up and the ref starts the third fall. Santino tries to make the tag but Barrett stops him. Barrett sends Santino into the turnbuckle and then Slater tags in and he drills Santino in the head. Slater with a modified curb stomp before tagging Ezekiel Jackson back in. Jackson with an Irish whip and a running clothesline in the corner and he gets a near fall.
Jackson slams Santino and Gabriel tags in and hits a slingshot senton and gets a near fall. Gabriel with a reverse chin lock on Marella. Santino gets to his feet but Gabriel holds on to the chin lock and near fall after an STO. Gabriel misses a splash when Santino rolls out of the way.
Kane and Barrett tag in and Kane with punches followed by an Irish whip and clothesline followed by a side slam for a near fall. Kane goes up top for the flying clothesline and he hits it. Kane gets another near fall because Jackson breaks up the cover. Jackson goes after Show and they fight to the floor. Jackson takes Show down with a clothesline. Gabriel and Kingston fight on the floor and Slater attack him too.
Back in the ring, Kane has Barrett ready for a choke slam but Gabriel, Slater, and Jackson attack Kane and the referee calls for the bell.
Winners: Kane, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Santino Marella
After the match, Corre continues to attack Kane in the ring while the rest of Kane’s team are down on the floor. Big Show and Kofi get back into the ring along with Santino a few seconds later. Show with head butts to Gabriel and Jackson. Then Show with a head butt to Slater. Kofi kicks Slater. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Barrett and Show with a punch to Jackson. Kane choke slams Slater. Kane with the knockout punch to Gabriel. Kane and Show grab Jackson and Santino grabs Jackson as well with the cobra. They give Jackson a three man choke slam.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Sin Cara video package.
Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes versus Trent Barreta
Cody takes his time taking off his jacket and then he locks up with Trent and Cody with a take down and then he kicks Trent in the midsection followed by a punch. Cody with a punch to the head. Trent with a kick to the chest and then he hits a springboard drop kick and gets a near fall. Cody with a kick to the midsection followed by a side Russian leg sweep. Cody sends Trent into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Trent and sends him shoulder first into the ring post followed by Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Cody attacks Trent and kicks him. Cody punches and head butts Trent with his face mask. The referee warns Cody and Rey Mysterio’s music plays. Rey comes to the ring and he goes after Cody and focuses on the mask. Rey sends Cody over the top rope but Cody lands on the apron. Cody escapes and goes up the ramp while Rey wants Cody to return to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that Wrestlemania was trending on Twitter on Sunday?
We are back with the confrontation between John Cena and the Rock and their plans for next April in South Florida. It is time to go back to Monday night.
We go to the locker room where Christian is getting ready for his match with Alberto Del Rio later tonight. Edge tells Christian that he hopes he wins the match and Christian appreciates the endorsement, but wonders if Edge would want to defend the title against him. Edge says that it is a match they revolutionized and helped make famous. Edge says that Christian deserves a title match and he wouldn’t mind seeing Christian get it.
Christian wonders if Edge will be saying the same thing after Extreme Rules. Edge tells Christian to cool his jets. Christian says that Edge can cheer for Alberto and he doesn’t mind. Edge says that won’t happen in this lifetime.
Edge wishes Christian luck again before he leaves. Christian paces around the locker room and then he sees the title belt on the chair but Edge comes back to get it. Christian tells Edge to keep an eye on that.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cole tries to suggest that his one win was as important as Undertaker going 19-0.
We see slow motion footage of Snooki’s handspring splash at Wrestlemania.
Match Number Three: Michelle McCool and Layla versus Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix
Layla and Michelle try to figure out who starts off with Beth and Layla runs to the apron first so Michelle starts. They lock up and Beth sends Michelle to the mat. Beth with punches to Michelle and then Layla yells at the referee but she doesn’t see Michelle being Irish whipped and Michelle knocks Layla off the apron. Beth with a shoulder tackle and Michelle wants to make the tag but Layla is still on the floor. Michelle yells at Layla and Beth with a rollup for a near fall. Beth with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.
Layla makes the tag and Michelle wants to know why Layla was on the floor a minute ago and Layla tells Michelle that Michelle pushed her out. They continue to argue and Beth presses Layla above her head and puts her on top of the turnbuckles. Beth with a kick and then Kelly tags in. Kelly with a head scissors while hanging over the ropes and then Kelly goes to the floor. Kelly trips Layla and then she goes up top for a cross body and she gets a near fall.
Kelly a slap to Layla’s rear end and then Kelly hits the X Factor for a near fall. Layla pushes Kelly away and then she connects with a few kicks. Michelle appears to have hurt her back reaching for the tag and she falls to the floor. Layla wonders what Michelle is doing and Kelly gets the three count with a rollup.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix
After the match, Beth and Kelly celebrate in the ring while Layla wonders what is wrong with Michelle as she walks away. Layla follows after her. Michelle tells Layla that she is the one doing all of the work and she walks away.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at what Michael Cole did to Jim Ross on Raw with JR’s Barbecue Sauce.
Michael Cole is in the ring and he rhetorically asks ‘Who Shot JR’ and he says that he did. Cole wants everyone’s attention please. He wants to take the opportunity to introduce everyone to a man whose instructions he followed implicitly. He wants to introduce us to a man who taught him everything that he knows. He wants to introduce us to a man who was oh so supportive of him and who cares about his well being. He introduces us to the All American American Jack Swagger.
Jack comes to the ring and then they hug while Josh and Booker talk about Cole’s match at Wrestlemania.
Jack says that everyone needs to settle down because there is plenty of Team Cole to go around. Everyone told him that it would be impossible for him to get Michael Cole ready for the main event of Wrestlemania, but it was easy. You start with superior intelligence and mix it with an insatiable desire and a man with gifted athletic ability from head to toe. Only Michael Cole can have his first match at Wrestlemania and earn a dominating victory and in one night become the new Mr. Wrestlemania.
Swagger wants everyone to applaud Cole and Cole says that Swagger is making him blush. Cole says that if it is a fair fight, there is no one who can beat Jack. Cole suggests that they do a victory lap and it is time to run with our hands outstretched.
The lap is interrupted by the Smackdown debut of Sin Cara.
He points at Swagger and runs down the ramp and flips into the ring. Sin Cara gets in Swagger’s face and then Swagger pushes Sin Cara. Sin Cara with a handspring back elbow followed by a rana that sends Swagger to the floor. Sin Cara with a corkscrew pescado onto Swagger and then he goes up the ramp.
Cole and Swagger cannot believe what just happened.
Booker and Josh talk about Sin Cara and Booker says that Sin Cara is making an impression by picking on the biggest cat.
It is time to take a look back at the Tough Enough contestants being interrupted on Monday during Raw by The Miz. We then see the Most Electrifying Valet in Sports Entertainment received a Stone Cold Stunner.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michelle is walking around in the back and Layla wants to talk to her but Michelle is not in a mood to talk. Layla asks Michelle about her back and she says that she meant to give something to Michelle last week. Michelle sees that Layla has signed them up for couple’s therapy and Michelle points out that they are not a couple. Layla tells Michelle that they need the help, but Michelle says that she does not need help. Layla just wants Michelle to show up and Michelle says that she always shows up and it is Layla who doesn’t show up.
Booker talks about how LayCool are a good Divas tag team.
It is time for a look back at highlights from what, Josh reminded us, was the highest rated Hall of Fame broadcast.
It is time for the main event and we get Ricardo Rodriguez to introduce Alberto Del Rio.
Before the match starts, Edge makes his way to ringside to watch the match.
Match Number Four: Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay versus Christian in a Number One Contender’s Match
They lock up and Del Rio with a waist lock. Del Rio with a forearm to the back followed by kicks. Del Rio with a side head lock and he holds on to the side head lock when Christian tries for an Irish whip. Del Rio with a shoulder tackle and a near fall.
They have a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock but Del Rio with kicks to Christian. Del Rio with a front face lock and Christian with a shoulder tackle and a near fall. Christian with a side head lock take down. Del Rio gets back to his feet and Del Rio punches Christian. Christian with punches to Del Rio and then he puts Del Rio in the ropes and he slingshots over the ropes for the uppercut but Del Rio knows it is coming and he gets out of the way. Christian returns to the ring and he throws Del Rio over the top rope on the other side of the ring and Del Rio lands in front of the announce table, where Edge is sitting with Booker and Josh.
Christian with a baseball slide that sends Del Rio off the apron. Del Rio looks at Edge and Edge tells Del Rio it isn’t about this as he holds up the hood ornament from Del Rio’s Rolls Royce and says that it is about this as he holds up the title belt.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Del Rio pulls Christian out of the ring and Del Rio sends Christian shoulder first into the ring steps. Del Rio sends Christian into the ringside barrier and then he chokes Christian with his boot. They return to the ring and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a chin lock on Christian and he gets to his feet. Del Rio with a head butt followed by a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Christian struggles to get back to his feet and Del Rio kicks Christian. Del Rio with a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Christian retreats to the corner and he connects with a kick in the corner.
Del Rio slaps Christian in the corner but when he goes back for more, Christian punches him. Christian goes up top but Del Rio stops him and Del Rio tries for a superplex and he hits it but Del Rio appears to have landed on his shoulder. Both men are down and the referee starts his count. Del Rio gets to his feet first but Christian gets a near fall with an inside cradle.
Del Rio punches Christian and then he tries for a clothesline but Christian moves. Christian with a punch followed by a clothesline that sends both men over the top rope to the floor. The referee starts his count and Del Rio sends Christian into the ring post and they return to the ring.
Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a back senton when Christian moves out of the way. Christian gets his second wind and he punches Del Rio. Christian with a running forearm and then he goes to the second turnbuckle for a missile drop kick and he gets a near fall. Christian with a slingshot to the floor followed by the uppercut. Christian goes up top for a cross body and he gets a near fall.
Christian gets ready for the Killswitch but Del Rio with a kick and he tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker. Christian avoids the move and he pushes Del Rio into the turnbuckles. Christian misses a charge into the corner. Christian with a kick followed by an attempt for a sunset flip from the turnbuckles but Del Rio rolls through. Del Rio slingshots Christian into the turnbuckles and Del Rio floats over into the cross arm breaker, but Christian gets to the ropes.
Del Rio eventually releases the hold and Christian goes to the apron. Christian drops Del Rio across the top rope as he goes to the floor. Clay gets close to Christian so Edge gets up from the announce table and he spears Clay. Christian goes up top and Del Rio hits the step up enzuigiri and then Del Rio gets the three count.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Alberto celebrates his victory from the ramp while Edge stares at him with Christian next to him.
We go to credits.