Apr 3, 2011 - by Adam Martin
We open with Keri Hilson singing “America The Beautiful.”
A video package runs welcoming the host of Wrestlemania 27, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Huge reaction for The Rock in Atlanta. He said he promises to make this the most memorable Wrestlemania of all time. Rock tells Atlanta that it is time to have some fun. “When The Rock says WRESTLE…you say MANIA.” Crowd chants along. Rock takes a shot at John Cena right away, who he said is probably in the back picking out which rainbow colored “Fruity Pebble” t-shirt he will wear tonight. A small “Fruity Pebbles” chant breaks out. Rock then gets the crowd to chant “YABBA, DABBA” with him. Rock gets the crowd pumped for tonight once more and adds, “If ya smelllllllllll…what The Rock…is…coookin'” to end the promo.
A video package runs hyping the card tonight.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to Wrestlemania 27.
We go back live to The Georgia Dome where a huge display of pyro goes off.
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Josh Mathews are all on commentary as of right now.
Alberto Del Rio is out first to kick off the show. Brodus Clay was already at ringside waiting in the corner for Del Rio. Christian is out next to be in the corner of Edge.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Edge (c) w/ Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio w/ Brodus Clay
We got ring introductions for the challenger Alberto Del Rio and the champion Edge. Quick slaps between the two early on. Edge tosses Del Rio over the top rope early on as well. Del Rio goes on the attack sending Edge into the ring barricade and then into the steel steps. Del Rio starts working over the left arm of Edge back in the ring. Del Rio continues to focus on the left arm of Edge. Del Rio with a dive through the ropes and hits the ground with force when Edge moves. Edge then flips over the top rope over Del Rio on the outside. Back in the ring, Del Rio with an arm drag off the top turnbuckle on Edge forcing Edge to land on his left arm that he was working over. Edge with a big boot that drops Del Rio. Del Rio drives his knees into Edge’s left arm, goes for his armabar and Edge counters into an inverted DDT for a two count. Rolling through pinfall attempts between both with Del Rio rolling through getting the armbar applied on Edge’s left arm. Edge quickly moves and gets to the ropes to break it up. Del Rio with a huge kick to the head. Ricardo Rodriguez moved Edge’s foot off the bottom rope during the pinfall attempt. Christian sees this and goes after him. Christian then goes at it with Brodus Clay. Del Rio then kicks Christian through the ropes. Edge with a rollup on Del Rio for a close two count. Del Rio counters a Spear, Ricardo distracts the referee and Clay sends Edge into the steel ring post. Del Rio then locks on the armbar. Edge locks his hands together to prevent it, but Del Rio eventually gets it locked in. Edge with a reverse Sharpshooter. Christian with a tornado DDT on Clay off the ring apron. Edge still has it locked in. Del Rio counters out, but Edge catches Del Rio with a Spear. Edge gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Edge (11:06)
After the match, Edge walks up the ramp and starts kicking and dropping elbows on Del Rio’s car. Christian then shows up with a lead pipe and a crowbar. Edge starts scratching and busting out windows. Del Rio is on his knees screaming no. They leave and Del Rio is furious.
A promo for Tough Enough airs.
Back live, Michael Cole starts mocking Jerry Lawler from his “Cole Mine.”
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Rey Mysterio is sporting a Captain America outfit. Mysterio with a huricanrana right away on Cody Rhodes. Rhodes with a quick takedown on Mysterio. Rhodes using his mask as a weapon on Mysterio. Rhodes with a Camel Clutch. Mysterio fights out, attempts another Huricanrana and Rhodes counters into an Alabama Slam. Rhodes works on the shoulders of Mysterio. Mysterio goes up top, Rhodes headbutts him using the mask and Rhodes holds up Mysterio in a hanging vertical suplex before dropping back. Mysterio sends Rhodes through the ropes to the outside. Mysterio with a dropkick through the ropes and then a huricanrana that sends Rhodes face first into the ring apron. Mysterio with his back over the chest of Rhodes pulling back in a pinfall. Mysterio with a few kicks to the leg of Rhodes. Rhodes with a big back suplex. Mysterio with a dropkick to the knee of Rhodes. Rhodes counters 619 attempt. Rhodes then tries removing MYsterio’s knee brace and eventually does. Mysterio with a big moonsault off the top turnbuckle. Mysterio with a 619 to the exposed face of Rhodes when his mask comes off. Mysterio off the top, Rhodes counters a splash and Mysterio catches him with a kick to the head. Rhodes rolls out, catches Mysterio in the head using Mysterio’s knee brace and Rhodes with Cross Rhodes. Rhodes gets the win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes (11:58)
Backstage, Snoop Dogg is show with Teddy Long. Snoop Dogg is looking for some talent for his current tour. William Regal is up first and raps. Great Khali and Beth Phoenix do a Grease routine. Zack Ryder is up next singing the “Friday” song. Roddy Piper knocks him out. Hornswoggle is out next. Teddy Long breaks it to him that he can’t speak English. Hornswoggle then starts rapping.
Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston vs. The Corre (Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Ezekiel Jackson)
Santino and Heath Slater start it off. Santino misses a big kick and Slater drops him with punch. Big Show drops Slater and Ezekiel Jackson is in. Kane is in now clearing house. Barrett takes out Kane. Kingston takes out Barrett. Kingston with a crossbody on the ring apron. Santino with a Cobra on Slater and Big Show hits the Knockout Punch for the win.
Winners: Big Show, Kane, Santino and Kofi Kingston (1:33)
Backstage, The Rock is with WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres. Rock tells Eve he wants to make a Wrestlemania moment with the next person that comes around the corner. Mae Young wants The People’s Strudel. She slaps Rock on the butt as she walks away. Steve Austin walks up. They shake hands.
A video package hyping CM Punk vs. Randy Orton airs.
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
Punk went for a takedown early and Orton cut him off hitting some big right hands. Orton with a big uppercut and clothesline combo. Orton clotheslines Punk over the top rope. Punk leaps over the steel steps and then kicks them into Orton’s leg that is taped. Punk starts mocking Orton limping. Punk with big stomps over Orton’s bad leg. Punk gets Orton’s leg over his shoulder and he drops down working over it. Punk catches Orton with a knee to the jaw in the corner. Punk has Orton in the tree of woe and Punk works over Orton’s bad leg even more. Punk says it is time to go to sleep. Orton counters out, attempts an RKO, but Punk with a huge kick to the face counter. Orton crotches Punk up on the top rope. Orton with a superplex on Orton with a fan yelling loudly, “Bye CM Punk” on his way down. Punk recovers and drags Orton crotch first into the corner. Punk drives Orton’s leg into the steel ring post and then locks on a figure four against the post as Orton screams out in pain. Punk locks the legs of Orton on the mat and sledgehammers his bad knee/leg. Orton headbutts Punk to break the hold. Orton with a series of clotheslines and a quick snap powerslam. Orton with a Lou Thesz Press with big right hands. Orton follows that with a back suplex. Punk with a series of kicks and sweeps Orton. Punk applies a modified arm triangle. Orton rolls over and gets into the ropes. Orton sends Punk into the steel ring post and then hits his DDT through the ropes. Orton starts slapping the mat preparing for an RKO. Orton then stands up and backs up in the corner getting ready for a punt to the head. Orton charges forward, but his leg gives out. Punk starts smiling. Punk walks forward, leaps up for an RKO, but Punk quickly counters out pushing Orton away. Punk with a springboard clothesline attempt and Orton jumps up catching him with an RKO in mid air. Orton gets the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton (14:45)
Backstage, The Rock is with Mean Gene Okerlund. Rock said he heard John Cena’s #1 fan is here to confront him. Pee Wee Herman shows up and is Cena’s #1 fan. Rock said he sounds ridiculous. Pee Wee wants to be on Team Bring It. Rock lets him in.
Howard Finkel introduces the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductees with Shawn Michaels as the main attraction. Huge reaction for HBK in Atlanta.
We see footage from Monday on Raw of Jerry Lawler attacking Jack Swagger with a steel chair and Michael Cole mocking Lawler.
Booker T is out to join Josh Mathews on commentary. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is out next to join Booker T and Josh Matthews at ringside.
Michael Cole cuts off JR’s entrance saying he admired how he “waddled” to the ringside area. Cole is decked out in amateur wrestling gear. He said JR and King have things in common: overweight, overrated and over the hill.
Special guest referee: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Michael Cole w/ Jack Swagger
Big reaction for Steve Austin who came out on his ATV. Michael Cole ran into his “Cole Mine” cage and starts warming up as Austin salutes the crowd. Lawler attacks Swagger right away. Cole is still in the “Cole Mine” begging for mercy from Lawler. Cole extends his hand through a hole in it to shake hands and Lawler pulls his arm putting Cole’s face into the glass wall. Lawler climbs in and starts beating up Cole inside. Lawler pulls Cole out and sends him head first into the Raw GM podium. Lawler tosses Cole in the ring as Steve Austin laughs. Swagger attacks Lawler from behind with Austin distracted. Cole with a baseball slide to Lawler. Cole distracts Austin allowing Swagger to apply the ankle lock. Austin with a slow count as he looks in the face of Cole. Cole stands over the ankle Swagger worked over earlier using the ropes for leverage. Swagger coaches Cole at ringside instructing him to kick Lawler in the ankle/leg. Cole does a Swagger-like splash in the corner on Lawler. Lawler with a punch to the gut. Cole keeps picking up Lawler’s leg and slamming it down on the mat. Cole drops one strap to mock Lawler. Cole then applies what they called on commentary the An-Cole-Lock. Lawler turns over and kicks Cole away. Lawler with big stomps to Cole in the corner. Swagger throws in the towel. Austin picks it up and wipes sweat off his head. Austin throws it back at Swagger. Swagger is in the ring getting in Austin’s face. Stunner. Cole is pleading with Austin. Cole slaps away Austin’s arm. Lawler with a right hand punch that drops Cole. More right hands to Cole on the mat. Lawler with a big standing dropkick that drops Cole. Lawler goes up top, drops his strap and drops a right hand from the top. Lawler for the cover…1…2…Lawler picks up Cole. Austin smiles. Lawler applies an ankle lock. Cole taps out loudly. Austin asks if he is done. Cole screams yes, he is done and continues tapping out. Austin calls for the bell.
Winner: Jerry “The King” Lawler (13:48)
After the match, Booker T leaves ringside and joins Austin and Lawler in the ring. Booker does the Spinarooni and all three celebrate with beer. Austin then gives Booker a Stunner. Austin smiles yelling, “I can’t help it.” The Raw GM has something to say. Due to interference from special guest referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Jerry Lawler has been disqualified and Michael Cole is now the winner. Lawler grabs Josh Mathews, tosses him in the ring and Austin gives him a Stunner. Lawler returns to ringside with Jim Ross on commentary as the fans give him a big reaction.
Video is shown of the Wrestlemania Axxess events.
A video package runs highlighting The Undertaker vs. Triple H.
No Holds Barred Match
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Triple H first came out to Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” Johnny Cash for Undertaker tonight.
Triple H goes after The Undertaker right away with big right hands backing Taker to the corner. Taker shows his strength tossing Triple H over the top rope right away. More exchanges on the outside and Taker sends Triple H into the steel steps. Triple H recovers sending Taker crashing into the “Cole Mine” at ringside busting it to pieces. Triple H rolls back in the ring calling for Taker to return. Taker with a big shoulder charge, but counters an Old School attempt tossing Taker to the mat. They brawl back to the ringside area and Triple H starts clearing off the announce table. Triple H attempts a Pedigree on Taker over the table, but Taker counters into a high back body drop and Triple H lands with a thud on the floor below. In the ring, Taker hits the ropes and then leaps over the top rope taking out Triple H. Taker pulls the bottom part of the steel steps towards the spanish announce table. Taker attempts to lift Triple H to his shoulder, but Triple H counters off, Taker charges and Triple H gives him a spinebuster right through the spanish announce table crashing it to pieces! Back in the ring, Taker catches Triple H with a quick chokeslam that results in a two count. Triple H sends Taker with force into the corner. Last Ride and Pedigree attempts both countered. Triple H then catches Taker with another quick spinebuster. Triple H grabs a chair at ringside and Taker catches him with a big boot upon his return. Taker grabs the chair and cracks it over the back of Triple H. Triple H blocks a third attempt and connects with a Pedigree for a CLOSE two count. Taker with a Last Ride from the corner for another close two count. Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver. Triple H gets a shoulder up. Taker can’t believe it. Triple H counters another Tombstone attempt and gives Taker a DDT over the steel chair. Both men slowly bring themselves to their feet using the ropes. Triple H with another Pedigree, hooks the leg…and Taker again kicks out. Triple H is frustrated. Another Pedigree. Taker still kicks out. Triple H grabs the chair and cracks it over the back of Taker. Another shot. Triple H yells, “Stay down!” Triple H with even more repeated shots to the back. Taker pulls himself back up using the ropes. This time Triple H hits a chair shot right to the head that drops Taker. Taker is trying to sit up, but keeps falling back. Triple H walks up yelling, “Stay down! Just die! Stay…down. What is wrong with you?” Taker chokes Triple H. Triple H shakes his head. Triple H tosses Taker’s hand aside. Taker falls back to the corner. Triple H with a Tombstone Piledriver on Taker yelling, “It is over!” Triple H connects, covers…and Taker again kicks out. Triple H backs up and can’t believe it. Triple H exits the ring and pulls out a sledgehammer from under the ring. Triple H drags Taker to the middle of the ring and applies the Hell’s Gate. Triple H is flopping around. Triple H reaches and finds the sledgehammer. Triple H drops it and looks to be fading. Triple H taps.
The Undertaker moves to 19-0.
Winner: The Undertaker (29:25)
After the match, a huge display of pyro goes off as “19-0” can be seen on the large screen. Triple H is the first to recover. WWE officials are checking on The Undertaker. Triple H exits as an exhausted Undertaker flops to the outside. WWE officials come down the ramp with a cart that Undertaker is put on.
A promo for Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, Florida next year on April 1, 2012 is shown.
John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero and Laycool
All the girls start brawling right away. Snooki smacks Ziggler. We start with Trish Stratus and Michelle McCool. Trish with a big chop to McCool. Trish with a facebuster. McCool catches Trish with an elbow. Both girls tumble off the top turnbuckle to the floor below. Layla goes after Trish and Trish hits a big right hand. Trish with a double clothesline off the ring apron to Laycool. Ziggler breaks up a pinfall and Morrison clotheslines him out. Morrison with Starship Pain on Ziggler. Snooki gets the tag. Snooki with a backflip into McCool and then a moonsault splash. Snooki gets the pin over McCool.
Winners: Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison (3:15)
Participants on the new season of “Tough Enough” are shown at ringside.
A promo for WWE Extreme Rules on Sunday, May 1 airs.
Record breaking attendance for any entertainment event ever held at The Georgia Dome: 71,617.
The Miz (c) w/ Alex Riley vs. John Cena
A video package runs showing The Miz watching a highlight video from a production area to Nas’ “You Can Hate Me Now” song. Huge letters spelling “AWESOME” were on stage back live as Miz posed alongside Alex Riley with pyro going off. John Cena’s entrance featured a church choir with lines from DMX. Very mixed reaction for Cena as he ran down the ramp and hit the ring.
We got ring introductions for the challenger Cena and champion Miz. Jim Ross pointed out that Cena has never lost a one-on-one match ever at Wrestlemania.
Lock up and Miz goes for the headlock. Cena breaks free quickly. Lock up and another headlock by Miz. Miz with a shoulder block and Cena with a hip toss. Miz with big stomps to Cena in the corner. Miz with his seated corner clothesline on Cena. Miz with repeated left hand shots. Cena quickly responds with a twisting suplex plant on Miz. Cena dodges another Miz seated clothesline corner spot. Cena is up top, jumps and connects with his flying leg drop to the back of Miz’s head. Miz dodges a corner splash attempt by Cena. Miz with a kick to the head of Cena. Miz with another kick to the head that drops Cena. Miz with more left hand punches. Seems like they may have botched a spot hitting the ropes as Cena just fell into them. Miz pulls Cena out and hits a big knee lift. Cena with a series of flying shoulder blocks and his twisting powerbomb plant. Lots of booing in Atlanta. Cena with Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena has Miz up, Miz counters and connects with a big DDT. Miz with an inverted DDT to his knee and then a neckbreaker combo on Cena. Cena with an inside cradle, but the referee is distracted by the turnbuckle being exposed. Pad is still gone. Cena has Miz up, Miz jumps down and Cena trips him up into an STF. Miz reaches and is able to get to the bottom rope. Riley drives Cena face first into the exposed turnbuckle with the referee distracted. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale, cover and Cena gets a shoulder up after a close two count. Referee bump when Cena counters out of a Skull Crushing Finale. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment. Referee is down. Riley is in the ring with the briefcase. Riley cracks it over the head of Cena. The referee is recovered, Miz covers Cena and Cena gets a shoulder up. Riley is distracting the ref. Miz has the briefcase. Miz takes out Riley by accident. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment on Miz. Cover…1…2…Miz kicks out! Cena is shocked. Miz rolls out of the ring. Cena clotheslines Miz over the barricade near the timekeepers area. Big tackle as Cena sends Miz over the security wall to the floor below. The referee reaches the 10 count.
Winner: Both men are counted out (14:32)
Justin Roberts announces the counout finish and announces The Miz as still WWE Champion.
The Rock’s music hits. When he rolls in the ring, the Raw GM chimes in. Rock tells JR and Lawler to hold back. Rock reads the message. “As Raw GM, I think…IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!” Rock tosses the laptop to the ground. Rock said he is the host of Wrestlemania and The Rock says there is no way Wrestlemania is over. The Rock says this match must restart right now. No DQ, no countout, no time limit.
WWE Championship – No DQ Rules
The Miz (c) vs. John Cena
Cena looks for an Attitude Adjustment right away. The Rock gives Cena a Rock Bottom. Miz covers Cena and gets the win.
Winner and still WWE Champion: The Miz (0:32)
After the match, The Miz is handed the WWE Championship. The Rock stands at the end of the ramp staring down Miz celebrating. Rock hits the ring. Miz tries to hit him with the belt. Rock dodges it and lights up Miz with some big punches. Rock with a spinebuster on Miz. Rock with a People’s Elbow on Miz. The Rock jumps up on the turnbuckle and salutes the huge crowd in Atlanta. The show goes off the air with Jim Ross adding, “We all definitely smell what The Rock is cookin’.”
Grade Wrestlemania 27
* C (30%, 483 Votes)
* B (24%, 378 Votes)
* F (18%, 281 Votes)
* D (17%, 272 Votes)
* A (11%, 177 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,591