The WWE comes fresh off the annual tradition known simply as WrestleMania. The global phenomenon that Vince McMahon himself has built up. The night was full of shocks as history was written. The storylines will be a tad different to those that occurred in 2005 at this point but wont be that different.
World Heavyweight Championship - Batista def Triple H ©
Many thought that Batista had made the wrong decision to stay on Raw and face the 'King of Kings' known as none other than Triple H. When Batista won the Royal Rumble match, it was expected that he would jump ship to the Smackdown Brand and help Evolution with the ultimate WWE takeover,however Batista had other ideas, he wanted to de-throne the 'King of Kings' and prove he has what it takes to beat Triple H & not need to rely on the help of Evolution. When it came to the match, it was constant back and forth action, Batista certainly surprised 'The Game' and shook him up a bit. Triple H tried to steal a victory when referee Earl Hebner was accidently knocked down by a powerful Batista closeline by using his trusty weapon, the sledgehammer. Triple H was unsuccessful in taking out 'The Animal' and in the end suffered perhaps one of the worst beatings of his life, losing to not 1, not 2 but 3 Batista bombs and perhaps walking out of WrestleMania with cracked ribs.
WWE Championship: JBL © def John Cena
This match came about much like how Batista earned his World Championship match, a Smackdown battle Royal took place at the No Way Out Pay Per View to decide who would face the 'Wrestling God' in JBL. John Cena outlasted every other Smackdown Star in the match and lastly eliminated Kurt Angle due to the help of Shawn Michaels. John Cena set out to prove that he was not just some guy with a tonne of luck, but wanted to prove to JBL & the WWE fans that he could take the WWE Championship. When it came down to the match, John Cena seemed to have it all under control until a distraction from Orlando Jordan cost John Cena the match and most importantly, the WWE Championship. John Cena's dream was shattered by a vicious Closeline From Hell which resulted in JBL getting a 3 count and successfully retaining his WWE Championship, extending his reign even further.
Legend vs Legend Killer: The Undertaker def Randy Orton
Once again, Randy Orton tried to add yet another Legend to the long, long list of Legends he has 'killed' among those names; Mick Foley, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, Harley Race, Stone Cold Steve Austin and many, many more. Orton sealed his fate with the devil himself when he showed up on an edition of Smackdown and slapped the taste out of The Undertaker's mouth. For weeks following this, The Undertaker sent cryptic messages to Randy Orton. Orton had originally claimed that he was not scared of The Undertaker but over the course of these many weeks, Orton was clearly very afraid of 'The Deadman' Orton came close to breaking The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak on various occasions. Countering a Chokeslam into an RKO, hitting The Undertaker with his own Tombstone Piledriver and even getting his father, Cowboy Bob Orton involved. Even with all this, 'The Phenom' was able to defeat the young Orton by nailing him with a devastating Tombstone Piledriver for a 3 count.
Battle For The Brand Supremacy: Kurt Angle def Shawn Michaels
A dream match amongst many of the WWE fans and WWE employees, Kurt Angle versus Shawn Michaels. This match came about when Kurt Angle got pissed off at Shawn Michaels for eliminating him from the Royal Rumble and so, Kurt being Kurt, he re-entered the ring and eliminated HBK. HBK said he would do whatever it took to get his hands on Kurt Angle but Angle wouldn't allow it, so HBK took matters into his own hands. HBK eliminated Kurt Angle from the Smackdown Battle Royal at No Way Out, once again costing him a match with the WWE Champion at WrestleMania. This led to Kurt Angle finally accepting the challenge and the stage was set. History was made. Shawn Michaels & Kurt Angle put on a classic WrestleMania match that will not be forgotten in a hurry. With constant back and forth action, countless near falls, both men hitting multiple finishers on each other, HBK going through the announce table. The match was certainly one for the ages. Kurt Angle in the end was able to take out Mr. WrestleMania by countering the Sweet Chin Music into the Ankle Lock submission move. Angle kept the Ankle Lock on for at least 4 minutes and HBK was forced to tap out, ending this classic WrestleMania match.
Grudge Match: Rey Mysterio def Eddie Guerrero
A match that has been boiling for months. Eddie Guerrero has been jealous of the attention his former Tag Team Partner, Rey Mysterio had been getting and eventually snapped at No Way Out during the Battle Royal match, Eddie Guerrero not only eliminated Rey Mysterio, but he eliminated himself and continued to assault Mysterio. Mysterio was left sidelined for weeks and General Manager Theodore Long vacated the WWE Tag Team Championships. Guerrero was about to win the WWE United States Championship when suddenly Mysterio made his return and cost 'Latino Heat' the match. Theodore Long decided that at WrestleMania 21, Guerrero would face Mysterio in a one on one grudge match. Mysterio was able to defeat Guerrero after a failed Frog Splash shifted momentum into Rey's hands and he was able to connect with 619 and drop the dime.
Womens Championship: Trish Stratus © def Lita
A match that was originally supposed to see 2004 Diva Search Winner, Christy Hemme challenging Trish Stratus for the Womens Championship. This match was changed when Hemme asked for her release from the company in February due to personal reasons. WWE did however have a replacement. A very good replacement some might say. Trish & Lita usually always put on a classic womens match and their match at WrestleMania was no different. The fans were firmly behind Lita but the support of the fans doesn't help you win matches. Lita was in control for most of the match and when she attempted to hit the Lita-sault, the Womens Championship slipped from her fingers as she was hit with 2 Chick Kicks from Stratus and covered for the 3.
United States Championship: Booker T def Orlando Jordan ©
For months now, Booker T has been in pursuit of a championship he has held on several occasions in the past. Orlando has been able to defeat Booker T three times. Twice on episodes of Smackdown and once at the No Way Out pay per view, but with The Bashams banned from ringside, Orlando Jordan had no help at hand. To Jordan's credit, he gave Booker a run for his money but in the end, the 5 time WCW Champion was able to strike with a devastating scissors kick and end Orland Jordan's United States Championship reign.
7 Man Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Edge def Chris Benoit, Christian, Chris Jericho, Kane, Shelton Benjamin & Muhammad Hassan
A match concept thought up by Chris Jericho not so long ago. The match is simple, a briefcase hangs above the ring and the first man to retrieve the briefcase can have a WWE Championship match at any time they want for up to one year. Over the past month on Raw, these superstars won qualifying matches to be allowed to participate in this match. The match was about to begin when suddenly Muhammad Hassan's music hit and it was revealed that Raw General Manager had allowed him in the match too, making it a 7 man match instead of a 6 man. The match started in an all out brawl. Kane eventually cleared the ring of everyone and set his sights high early on but it wasn't to be. Shelton Benjamin performed many dangerous leaps of faith from the ladders, including running up a ladder to take Chris Jericho out and stop him from reaching the briefcase. The ending came when Christian was about to grab the briefcase and his former tag team partner, Edge entered the ring and smashed him in the arm to send him off the ladder. Edge climbed to the top and is now 'Mr. Money In The Bank' When will Edge cash in his Money In The Bank privilege? It could be on tomorrow nights Raw, the week after that, 6 months from now, or even at WrestleMania 22. the only person who knows when is Edge himself.
Dark Match: Paul London wins an Interpromotional Battle Royal by eliminating Chris Masters last.
News & Notes Following WrestleMania
Many within WWE, including Vince McMahon himself are said to be very pleased with how WrestleMania 21 panned out. Many backstage were apparently against the decision of keeping the WWE Championship on John Bradshaw Layfield but Vince McMahon insisted it was in his best interests to keep the Championship on him. It came as a shock to many that only 4 Championships were on the line and that only 2 of them changed hands but Vince McMahon again insists this is in his best interest. It has now been confirmed that the match between Shawn Michaels & Kurt Angle was supposed to originally be a match between Shawn Michaels & The Rock. Storyline being that The Rock is still in Hollywood. However a deal with The Rock could not be made, but it seems that Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle was match of the night anyway.
It has been said that Vince McMahon is about to start what has been dubbed the 'Annual WWE Spring Clean' Many talent that are hardly ever used are expected to be released and some new talent from WWE's Development, Ohio Valley Wrestling will soon be brought up to the roster. Eddie Fatu (Formerly Jamal) is expected to be called back up to the main roster and there is a possibility of the team 3 Minute Warning making a reformation now that it appears the team of The Hurricane & Rosey has ended. In addition to development, agents are trying to convince McMahon to sign TNA Wrestlers AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels as they are currently working without contracts in the rival promotion. McMahon is apparently not very high on signing these individuals as he can't see them making any kind of impact in the WWE.
Regarding the WWE's first ever Money in the Bank ladder match, the ending hinted at a possible feud between former long time partners & multi-time Tag Team Champions, Edge & Christian. It has been said that Vince McMahon is currently high on pushing not only Edge but Christian as well.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is said to be in negotiations with WWE over some sort of new contract, obviously Steve will not be signing a contract that requires him to compete as he announced several days ago that he would never wrestle again, but it is expected he will sign whatever WWE are offering him.
The divas are now on both brands. The Womens Championship can now be defended on Smackdown & Raw. This was a decision done by creative to help beef up the womens division.
There is still no word on what is going to happen with the World Tag Team & WWE Tag Team Championships. Some are pitching unifying them some are just wanting to keep them on separate brands. The decision will ultimately come down to Vince McMahon himself.
Chairman of the Board: Vince McMahon
Monday Night Raw
Authority Figures & Other On-Air Characters
General Manager - Eric Bischoff
Announce Team - Jim Ross & Jerry "The King" Lawler
Ring Announcer - Lillian Garcia
Backstage Interviewer - "The Coach" Jonathan Coachman
World Heavyweight Champion - Batista
Intercontinental Champion - Muhammad Hassan
World Tag Team Champions - Vacant
Womens Champion - Trish Stratus
Rob Van Dam
Roddy Piper - Occasional Appearances
The HeartThrobs (Romeo & Antonio)
Christian & Tomko
Hassan & Daivari
William Regal & Tajiri
Viscera & Val Venis
Triple H & Ric Flair
Thursday Night Smackdown!
Authority Figures & Other On-Air Characters
General Manager - Theodore Long
Announce Team - Michael Cole & Tazz
Ring Announcer - Tony Chimel
Backstage Interviewer - Josh Mathews
WWE Champion - John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)
United States Champion - Booker T
WWE Tag Team Champions - Vacant
Cruiserweight Champion - Paul London
Bobby Lashley - Working Dark Matches
Frankie Kazarian - Re-signed
John Bradshaw Layfield
Scotty 2 Hotty
The Bashams (Danny & Doug)
MNM - Mercury, Nitro & Melina
London & Kendrick
Kurt Angle & Luther Reigns
Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree
JBL & Orlando Jordan
Molly Holly - Status Unknown
Development To Look Out For
Alvin Burke. Jr