The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels In order not to hurt any match that would have to follow this, or the feelings of those in said match-up, this match would be the main event. No one gets hurt alright? Except The Undertaker, who almost broke his damn neck with that dive. Arguably the two greatest figures in Wrestlemania history go on to steal the show as they did. Greatest match ever?
Triple H(c) defeats The Big Show | WWE Championship Ever since Triple H got drafted to Smackdown in the summer of 2008, Vickie Guerrero has been on his case. After HHH regains the WWE Title inside the Elimination Chamber, Big Show is named #1 Contender for the WWE Championship by Vickie. But why? Triple H uses his investigative skills to find that Show and Vickie are having an affair. Sound familiar? Triple H retains after a sledgehammer shot, followed by a Pedigree.
CM Punk defeats Randy Orton(c) | World Heavyweight Championship My decision to rebook WM 25 came from thinking of how CM Punk's 2008 run as WH Champion could've been better. Cause it fuckin' sucked. At Unforgiven 2008, Orton would indeed punt Punk, costing him the WH Title. Orton would cost Punk the title two more times: Cyber Sunday against Jericho which involved Stone Cold, HBK, and Orton as referees/enforcers and the 800th episode of RAW against Jericho in a steel cage. After being on opposing SS teams and Punk scoring an upset one-on-one at Armageddon 2008, Orton had had enough of Punk. On an episode of RAW, Orton even took out Batista. with his punt kick. Then he punted Punk in the head...again. It was determined that Punk was to be out "indefinitely", missing the Royal Rumble and maybe even Wrestlemania. Orton then punted Mr. McMahon himself in the head to send a message that Orton was truly back to be on top of RAW and more dangerous than ever before. Then, the unexpected happened. Orton and his newly formed Legacy would dominate the Royal Rumble match until CM Punk returned to win, eliminating Orton last. But, this would only derail Orton's momentum for a short while as Orton became World Heavyweight Champion for the second time inside RAW's Elimination Chamber. The next night on RAW, Punk announced he would face Orton at Wrestlemania for the title. The stage was set. Going into Wrestlemania, Punk would have to contend with all three members of Legacy. He would get help from friend and former tag partner Kofi Kingston and the vengeful Shane McMahon here and there, Punk knew that this was his time to shine and he had to beat Orton on his own. Leading up to Wrestlemania, Punk and Orton would go back and forth, trying to discredit the other. Punk said Orton had been handed everything while Punk had to fight the system and earn his keep. Orton claimed Punk was a fluke and would never be on Orton's level. At Wrestlemania, Rhodes and DiBiase would interfere. But, Shane McMahon would run-in to even the odds, alongside Punk's best friend Colt Cabana (errrr....Scotty Goldman?) and Batista! With Orton's cronies gone, Punk and Orton would continue to go back and forth, with Punk going over with the Anaconda Vice to prove himself among WWE's elite and become the World Heavyweight Champion.
Edge & Christian defeat The Hardyz | Extreme Rules Another big storyline that made me want to rebook WM 25 was the head scratching as to why in the hell Christian was sent to ECW when he returned to WWE in 2009. He was rumored to have been the one who tried to kill Jeff Hardy on numerous occasions. Then, I was disappointed when he didn't win MITB. So, let's get started. During Jeff Hardy and Edge's Royal Rumble WWE Title Match, Matt Hardy comes down to seemingly help. But in the build-up to the match, both Edge and Jack Swagger have planted seeds of dissension and doubt between the Hardyz as they accused Matt Hardy of trying to kill Jeff. The question heading into the Rumble was whether or not the heels were making these accusations to get under their respective Hardy rival or is Matt behind the incidents. Back to the match. Matt has a chair raised to hit Edge but Jeff stops him and gets in his face, leaving Edge to recuperate. Then, suddenly Christian comes through the crowd to give both Hardyz chairshots. He and Edge lock eyes in a staredown....then embrace. Edge waits for Jeff Hardy to get up for a Spear as Christian continues to beat down Matt Hardy. 1, 2, 3. Edge is the WWE Champion again, raising it high as he and Christian stand tall over the carnage they have left The Hardyz in. On the following Smackdowns, Christian would explain his actions, calling Jeff Hardy out on his troubled past and showing his frustration in how he's been gone for over 3 years after failing to break through WWE's glass ceiling, while Jeff has had opportunity after opportunity. He goes on to say Edge is more deserving and that is why he helped him, besides the fact that they've been best friends since they were teenagers. Matt Hardy would come out to brawl on both Smackdown and ECW until a match is made for the two at No Way Out. Edge goes on to lose the WWE Title inside the Elimination Chamber after he is the first to be eliminated by....Jeff Hardy. Christian wins his WWE PPV return against Matt Hardy. Going into Wrestlemania, both teams display how "extreme" they can get, leading to a Tornado Tag Extreme Rules Match. The Hardyz, more specifically Jeff, take many risks to inflict many on their long-time rivals with tables, chairs, etc. However, the pair of brothers take one risk too many as E&C pull out the win.
Chris Jericho defeats John Cena w/ Mickey Rourke | Legends' Lumberjack Match Pretty similar to what actually happened. Jericho disrespects legends like Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka as well as make Mickey Rourke look like a btich. But, the twist is that John Cena, the white knight himself, stands up for those who came before him. I have Jericho win in a dirty fashion, with the legends surrounding each side of the ring and Rourke in Cena's corner. After the match, Jericho beat up the legends with punches and Codebreakers before getting in Rourke's face. All of this gives Cena enough time to recover. Rourke shoves Jericho into Cena's AA but Jericho tries to slither out. So Rourke knocks Jericho the fuck...out. Cena hits the AA, then raises Rourke's hand in celebration.
Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase) defeats The Colóns(c) and John Morrison & The Miz(c)| Match to unify the WWE Tag Team Championship and World Tag Team Championship Rhodes and DiBiase didn't do jack shit at Wrestlemania 25, so why not even them win the titles? The Colóns can chase them and Miz & Morrison can split like they did afterwards. BOOM! And this match will be on the main card!
MVP defeats Kane, Mark Henry, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Finlay, Evan Bourne, and Vladimir Kozlov| Money in the Bank ladder match No CM Punk. No Christian. With MVP being on the roll he was on in early in 2009, he can continue to ride the wave of momentum as he goes to RAW in the draft later on. I was surprised to see Vladimir Kozlov not on Mania that year due to how dominant he was in later 2008. Benjamin does his usual show stealing stuff and comes up short...as usual. Evan Bourne wants to win MITB so he can become ECW Champion. Kofi Kingston comes in as the former IC champ. He and Punk won the World Tag Team Titles from Rhodes & DiBiase back at No Mercy 2008, only to lose the titles at a house show later that year to Miz & Morrison. Kofi would rebound with winning the #1 Contender IC Title Tournament, defeating Rey Mysterio in the finals in a Match of the Year candidate, before chasing and finally beating William Regal for the title just before Royal Rumble. MVP wins the match, becoming Mr. Money in the Bank as well as already being U.S. Champion.
25-Diva battle royal to crown Miss Wrestlemania Santina? Nope. Beth Phoenix establishes her dominance as WWE's premier Diva. Now, if Trish Stratus was in the match, it would be a different story.
WWF Undisputed Title Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs Triple H
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Rob Van Dam RVD is still a heel and he's managed by Paul Heyman. Austin wins. Following the match, Heyman berates RVD. RVD turns face as he gets his hands on Heyman. Just when RVD is about to go for the Van Terminator, Brock Lesnar saves Heyman which starts a RVD/Lesnar feud.
No Holds Barred
The Undertaker vs Ric Flair
Kurt Angle vs Mr Perfect
WWF Tag Team Championship
The Outsiders (c) vs The Big Show and Kane The Outsiders won the belts on Raw against Spike Dudley and Tazz. Big Show turns on Kane at WrestleMania and joins the nWo.
WWF European Championship Title Match
DDP (c) vs Booker T Booker T defeats DDP to become the European Champ
6 Man Ladder Match WWF Intercontinental Championship
Edge (c) vs Christian vs Lance Storm vs X-Pac vs Matt Hardy vs Eddie Guerrero X-Pac and Eddie Guerrero were ready to return but the WWE saved their returns after WrestleMania. Edge defeats Regal at No Way Out. Edge retains the Intercontinental title in a ladder match in his home town.
William Regal (c) vs Tajiri vs Goldust Regal wins the Hardcore title on Raw then defends the title in a triple threat match at WrestleMania. Tajiri wins to become the Hardcore Champion
Brock Lesnar vs Jeff Hardy
Brock made his debut the night after WrestleMania. I'd have him wrestle at WM as he defeats Jeff Hardy.
Triple Threat John Cena v The Rock (c) v Brock Lesnar The Rock returns at the Royal Rumble, beating CM Punk after Triple H comes down and bans Heyman from ringside due to constant interference. John Cena would win the Rumble, but be F5'd by a returning Brock Lesnar as he celebrates, setting up a Cena/Lesnar II match at Elimination Chamber which ends in a draw after both men go through the stage (or similar finish). Punk would lose to The Rock at Elimination Chamber, setting up the Triple Threat for Wrestlemania for the belt. I'd prefer Lesnar to win the belt if WWE could have him stick around until Summerslam on a tv-only basis, but unfortunately as it wouldn't have happened, Cena would go over and at least be more humble about it instead of his cocky finish as per happened.
No Disqualification CM Punk v Triple H After Triple H bans Heyman from ringside at Royal Rumble, CM Punk blames HHH for the end of his streak and claims that he's only jealous that Punk is in his prime, where as HHH cannot come to terms that his time has been and gone and that somebody like CM Punk is now a better wrestler than he is. CM Punk would goad HHH into eventually making the match at Wrestlemania, with a lot of the previous rivalry getting referenced.
WWE Divas Championship
Singles Match AJ Lee v Kaitlyn (c) Even though they're usually filler matches, a Divas match here would work well to keep the crowd on their toes and give them the rest between the bigger matches.
Chris Jericho v The Undertaker Chris Jericho would return at the Royal Rumble, announcing that he had returned to headline a Wrestlemania again and to put the failure of the last Wrestlemania he headlined behind him, aiming for the WWE Championship. He'd fail at the Royal Rumble, but be entered into the #1 Contender match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber, being the last eliminated. Frustrated at being unable to get a championship shot, he aims to write his name into the history books as the only man to beat the Streak, challenging the Undertaker. Pretty straightforward story, in a sense, but a match I've always wanted to see at Wrestlemania.
Tag Match Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins v New Age Outlaws The New Age Outlaws would return at the Royal Rumble and be given television time after. However, the Shield take them out after a few appearances, claiming that it isn't justice that washed up has-beens are getting more opportunities on television than they are. The NAO would disappear for a few weeks, returning after Elimination Chamber to screw Reigns/Rollins out of a Tag Team title match and set the match up for Wrestlemania. Win for Reigns/Rollins on the biggest stage of them all in this form would have benefited them more than a match against Orton/Sheamus/Show which was thrown together as if to give them something to do.
World Heavyweight Championship
Submission Match Alberto Del Rio (c) w/Rodriquez v Jack Swagger w/Colter I actually thought this fued had a lot of potential, but his DUI a few days prior completely messed the fued up. Give them a Submission Match as if to get them to get all of their frustrations out and on the table, even though the match ended in a submission anyway I thought it would add to the match more that they had to make their rival tap out.
#1 Contenders Match - WWE Championship
Triple Threat Elimination
Mark Henry v The Big Show v Ryback Give Ryback his catapult to the main event scene by winning this match against two of the bigger wrestlers on the show. Plus, it gets three men without a real direction into a match that has some actual meaning.
WWE Tag Team Championship
Triple Threat Tag Elimination Kane & Daniel Bryan (c) v Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston v Sandow & Rhodes Standard tag team match that gives the youngsters a chance to shine on the bigger stage in a less-pressured match. Just have Ziggler/Langston attack Bryan/Kane during a match with Rhodes/Sandow, sets the match up easily enough.
Singles Match Randy Orton v Sheamus I'd have Orton and Sheamus accidently cost each other the Royal Rumble match, leading to an uneasy alliance up until the Elimination Chamber. Orton would pin Sheamus inside the Chamber, to which Sheamus would angrily react by Brogue Kicking him and costing Orton the chance. They'd try and be amicable until a few weeks before Wrestlemania, teasing a brawl on more than one occasion, until the pressure builds up and they turn on each other with Sheamus being the more heel of the two. I'd give Orton the win to push him back up the card in the months up to Summerslam.
WWE US Championship & Intercontinental Championship
Title Unification Ladder Match Dean Ambrose v Antonio Cesaro (c) v Kofi Kingston v Wade Barrett (c) v The Miz v Christian Merge the two midcard titles into one, with a fued between Barrett and Cesaro starting with both claiming they were the next big thing. A unification match would take place at Elimination Chamber between the two, but end up turning into a melee as Kingston, Miz and Christian all get involved feeling robbed of an opportunity. Ambrose would get involved after the Shield take some of them out, leading to a six-man ladder match for the two belts. Ambrose would win after Shield interference (I'm thinking a throwback to X-Seven with Reigns pushing Ambrose up the ladder to the belts on his shoulders.