Held on April 3rd 2005, this was the first time in history that WWE didn't have a PPV in March.
WrestleMania actually felt like WrestleMania, with many memorable moments throughout the 4 hour Pay Per View.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
This was a good match to start of WrestleMania, and is a lot faster than the Cena vs. Big Show match at WrestleMania XX. The crowd loved Eddie, and were on their feet trying to get him back up after he missed a Frog Splash. Mysterio was like lightning as usual, and is really improving. Mysterio hit the 619 on his tag team partner but Eddie held on when the West Coast Pop pin was about to occur, landing Mysterio in a great powerbomb that could have ended the match. However, Mysterio fought back and eventually rolled Eddie up for the pin.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
First Ever 'Money In The Bank' Ladder Match
Christian vs. Benjamin vs. Edge vs. Jericho vs. Kane vs. Benoit
An amazing match, with Edge, Benoit and Jericho once again pitted against each other (New Year's Revolution). Kane attacked everyone before he even got in the ring, and it would have been great to see him finally win a WrestleMania match. Benoit gave his usual high-quality performance, performing a massive suicidal Diving Headbutt off of the Ladder on to Kane, busting his head wide open. Benjamin performed some great athletic moves, but he has held the I.C. title for too long now; Orton was named Legend Killer, with the longest I.C. reign in a decade before Benjamin became champion. Benoit was unhooking the briefcase from the strap before Edge battered Benoit;s arm with a Steel Chair, allowing him to climb to the top and win the match.
Legend vs. Legend Killer Match
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
This was possibly both men's greatest match of 2004/2005 (with exception to Orton's match at SummerSlam 2004). Orton had a massive list of defeated Legends including Mick Foley, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and RVD; Undertaker had a 12-0 record at WrestleMania. Somebody was going to lose a record, and Orton just couldn't end the Deadman's reign at WrestleMania. Bob Orton Jr. got involved and hit Undertaker with the Legendary cast, Orton reversed the Chokeslam and planted an RKO, and still Undertaker kicked out. The Legend Killer came so close to ending the Phenom's reign but when he attempted the Tombstone you knew he wouldn't be able to make it. Undertaker dropped over Orton's back during the Tombstone and lifted the 3rd Generation Superstar into the official Tombstone. Orton should have been victorious, because he is the Legend Killer, but therir feud will continue in July at the Great American Bash.
Women's Championship Match
Trish Stratus vs. Christy
With Lita at ringside, Christy could have actually defeated Trish, but after surviving the Extreme Twist of Fate the 6-time Women's champion landed the Chick Kick and covered the new Diva for the cover.
Winner: Trish Stratus
Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
After eliminating Angle from the Rumble, I thougtht this grudge would continue. Michaels was almost German Suplexed through the announcer's table but he held on and delivered a sharp low blow to the Olympic Champion. After a heavy brawl outside the ring, Angle performed the Angle Slam onto HBK right into the Steel Post. HBK then fought back, pushing Angle onto the announcer's table and giving him a high-flying Springboard Cross Body. Angle landed the Angle Slam after dodging the Sweet Chin Music, but 'Mr. WrestleMania' kicked out. Angle then landed a Super Angle Slam off of the top rope, but HBK still kicked out. Michaels planted his musical Superkick onto SmackDown!'s Olympic Hero, but he kicked out. The 'Showstopper' finally tapped out at the 30 minute mark, after suffering from the Angle Lock for 3 and a half minutes. HBK did later get one over on Angle at Vengeance 2005, but hopefully these two great superstars will continue to wage war.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Piper's Pit w/ Stone Cold
A good extra to go with the great Mania matches, with two Legends bad mouthing each other. 'Rowdy' starts asking the fans why they are chanting 'What?' at the end of each phrase, like they did for Austin when he wrestled. Carlito comes down, and explains that Austin and Roddy aren't 'Cool', but Piper steals his apple and spits it in his face. Carlito jumps Piper, but Stone Cold starts stomping him before whipping him over to Piper for the dirty eye poke. Austin delivers a classic Stunner and the two celebrate with a couple of beers. Austin then completes the 'show' by Stunnering Piper.
Big Show vs. Akebono
The match itself wasn't all that bad, but it took to long to get started and was extremely short. Big Show should have Showstoppered the Sumo champion out of the arena but instead Akebono reversed the momentum and tossed him out. The two showed respect afterwards, which is always a good sign.
WWE Championship Match
JBL vs. John Cena
Why don't people like this match? It was short, but it marked the end of JBK's reign. JBL was a great champion for the past 9 months but he couldn't keep the title at WrestleMania. Cena did put up a fight and JBL almost looked like he was going to nail his Clothesline from Hell. Cena performed his trademarked Spinout Powerbomb, the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, and ended the match with a classic FU. Cena's new music blared out and he celebrated with the fans for his new reign as WWE champion. His rematch at Judgment Day was nowhere near as good, but the Triple Threat against Christian and Jericho at Vengeance 2005 was just as good (probably better).
Winner: John Cena
MAIN EVENT: World Heavyweight Championship Match
Triple H vs. Batista
Not the best match that these two have had, but Batista is new to the big matches and he gave it his best. The 'Beast' was not exactly unleashed until Vengeance 2005 inside the Hell-in-a-Cell, but Dave Batista ended Triple H's 10th World title reign. Both of these men are great superstars, but after watching the Angle vs. Michaels and the Legend vs. Legend Killer matches, the match doesn't seem anywhere near as good. Batista landed several Spinebusters, powered out of the Pedigree and landed an amazing backwards Powerslam. 'The Animal' ended the match with the Batista Bomb and the 1,2,3. Triple H was screwed out of the title in their Backlash rematch, but they would have a lot better match inside the Hell-in-a-Cell when Triple H's record of undefeated victories came to an end.