Before Wrestlemania XXVI Vince McMahon, Channel Executives from Sy-Fy and the WWE board decided that the NXT programming wasn’t working out, so collectively they decided to pull the plug on the NXT brand all together, with the talent being sent back to development, with a view to bringing through the ranks the old fashioned way. As well as NXT being canceeled, Vince decided to cut down on other WWE programming and stopped Superstars from airing.
Wrestlemania itself was one of the greatest nights in WWE history. In the opening match the tag team of Show-Miz (The Big Show and The Miz) retained their Unified Tag Team Championships against the team of John Morrison and R-Truth. Next we watched the end of The Legacy stable, as Randy Orton defeated Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in a triple threat match, the end coming as Orton RKO’d DiBiase to prove why Orton is one of the deadliest men in the WWE.
The high octane Money in the Bank Ladder match was won by The All American, American Jack Swagger, the new Mr Money in the Bank, using the briefcase itself, high above the ring to take out fan favourite Christian. The fourth match of the night saw Triple H take on former WWE champion Sheamus, The Game coming out on top after connecting with his powerful Pedigree finisher to claim the pinfall victory.
Next on the card was Rey Mysterio taking on CM Punk, in a match that had Mysterio of lost he would be forced to join Punk’s stable, “The Straight Edged Society”. Mysterio would eventually come out on top after reversing a GTS attempt into a 619. Next the WWE universe witnessed the end of a bitter feud, which had been going on for the best part of 13 years, since the infamous “Montreal Screw job”. With the entire Hart family at ringside, united by the induction of Stu Hart to the WWE Hall of Fame, Bret “The Hitman” Hart brutally defeated The Chairman of the WWE Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
The Royal Rumble winner’s match against The World Champion was up next. Winning the Royal Rumble after making a shocking return to the WWE after injury, Edge would take on Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship, Unfortunately for Edge, Jericho would come out on top after using his title belt and connecting with a Code Breaker to win and retain the title. But Jericho wasn’t finished there, as he tried to re-injure Edge, but Edge fought it off and ended up spearing Jericho through a barricade off the top of the Announcers’ table.
After Vickie Guerrero got the pin for her team in the Ten Diva tag team match, pinning Kelly Kelly, John Cena would take on the WWE champion “The Animal” Batista. Batista looked like he was going to retain the title, only for Cena to reverse the Batista Bomb into his own STFU. Batista Tapped out crowning Cena the new WWE Champion.
The Main event of the night saw Shawn Michaels put his career on the line against “The Phenom” The Undertaker. The match was the highlight of the wrestling year, for the second year running. Both men hit their finishers on numerous occasions only for their opponent to kick out. But as both men tired, Undertaker would hit the Tombstone Piledriver for a third time, which proved too much for “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. The final count from the referee spelled the end of the legendary in-ring career of Shawn Michaels.
With Wrestlemania gone, the WWE universe geared up for a huge Monday Night Raw which would start the new wrestling year. After his brutal beating at the hands of Bret Hart, Vincent Kennedy McMahon has now promised us that following Wrestlemania, a member of the WWE board would be at Raw to make an announcement which would affect the future of the Flagship show.
The Big Show
Melina (Currently injured)
Rosa Mendes (also manager to Zack Ryder)
Michael Cole (Play by Play)
Jerry “The King” Lawler (Colour)
Justin Roberts (Ring announcer)
Ranjin Singh (The Great Khali’s manager)
David Hart Smith
Jimmy Wang Yang
Slam Master J
The Great Khali
Todd Grisham (Play by Play)
Matt Striker (Colour)
Tony Chimmel (Ring Announcer)
Theodore Long (General Manager)
Vickie Guerrero (Assistant General Manager)
WWE- John Cena.
World Heavyweight- Chris Jericho
United States- The Miz
Intercontinental- Drew McIntyre
Unified Tag Team-Show-Miz (The Miz & Big Show)
Women’s- Michelle McCool