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on 19 June 2011
This event starts off with a long promo from the Rock. While it was great to see the Rock back at the time this took up a lot of time and didn't really add anything to the event. Not a good way to start off a pay-per-view, especially a Wrestlemania.
Next Edge defends his World heavyweight championship against Alberto Del Rio. It was a decent match with Alberto working over Edge's arm to set up for his cross arm-beaker finish. Christian and Brodus Clay got involved on the outside but it wasn't too much so didn't take away from the match. They could have used more time but not a bad opener. The match was followed by Edge and Christian damaging Del Rio's car, this seemed unnecessary and a waste of time which could have been used on the match itself.
Then Cody Rhodes faced Rey Mysterio. They had a good match which told a good story with both Cody Rhodes' face protector and Rey Mysterio's knee brace(which is what caused Cody's facial injury in the first place) coming into play.
Next Kane, Big Show, Kofi Kingston and Santino Marrela took on The Corre(Wade Barrett, Ezekial Jackson, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel) in a match that lasted one and a half minutes. This was another waste of time with the entrances lasting longer than the match itself.
Randy Orton then wrestled CM Punk in what I feel is the match of the night. They worked a methodical pace with Punk working on the injured knee of Orton. This played into the match and affected Randy's offence throughout the match, with his leg giving out on him when going for his signature punt. Punk also put over how devastating the RKO is with how desperate he was to avoid it. A really great match.
Next we have the worst part of the show as Michael Cole took on Jerry Lawler with guest referee "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It starts off with JR and Booker T coming out to replace Cole and Lawler on commentary, I don't know why they gave them their own entrances but they did. Then when Cole and Lawler get out we have stalling as Cole apologises and begs Lawler to call off the match from inside his "Cole mine". When the match finally starts what should be a couple of minutes of Lawler squashing Michael becomes a long, slow and boring match with Cole attempting to wrestle, Jack Swagger getting involved and the "anonymous general manager" reversing the outcome of the match for no good reason. Stone Cold hands out a couple of stunners after the match, which manage to get no reaction because the match just stopped anyone from caring. Over half an hour was dedicated to this rubbish.
Next was Triple H challenging the Undertaker's undefeated Wrestlemania streak. There was lots of drama and it was filled with high impact moves. They went through the "cole mine" and through the announce table. There were so many moments where it felt like it might be over. It was a really good match which built to a dramatic finish. Only one man was able to leave the arena on their feet, and it was the man who lost.
This was followed by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Trish Stratus and John Morrison vs Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool). This match was really short, it's a shame this is the best they could do for Ziggler and Morrison. It didn't feel as pointless as the tag match earlier in the night though as it worked as a breather between the amazing Triple H/Undertaker match and the main event. Still, nothing special.
Finally was the main event of The Miz against John Cena. I never liked The Miz being WWE champion but they did do a good job with his video package before the match making this feel like a big deal. This was Cena's worst Wrestlemania match but it wasn't bad for the most part. Until the ending which was the worst in Wrestlemania main event history. It ended with a count out, which was followed by the Rock eventually coming down and more crap from the "anonymous general manager" before the match was restarted and then ended again very quickly. And the event ends with The Rock standing tall over our two main eventers.
Overall this was a really bad Wrestlemania, with so much wasted time and pointlessness. There were four or five matches that were worth watching but even they were tainted by Michael Cole bickering on commentary. If you can get it for cheap it could be worth it for those matches. I'd definitely skip over all the Cole/Lawler stuff and The Rock's promo however.
The dvd also includes a bonus match featuring Daniel Bryan and Sheamus, this could have been good but after a couple of minutes they just decided to make it a battle royal instead for no reason. It also includes a "legendary moments" countdown which is alright but mainly features clips from other(much better) dvds. The third disc is the Hall of Fame ceremony as is usual with Wrestlemania dvds.