WWE Wrestlemania 26 Live Blog w/ Full Results: The Undertaker retires Shawn Michaels in a great match, John Cena wins the WWE Title from Batista in a very good one, Edge comes up empty against Chris Jericho, and Bret Hart destroys Vince McMahon

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Now that the show is over, we'll start with the quick & dirty results:

  1. Yoshi Tatsu won a 26 man battle royal in the dark match
  2. WWE Unified Tag Team Champions ShoMiz (The Big Show & The Miz) defeated R-Truth & John Morrison to retain their titles when Show pinned Morrison
  3. Randy Orton defeated Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in a triple threat match when he pinned DiBiase
  4. Jack Swagger won the Money In The Bank ladder match
  5. Triple H defeated Sheamus
  6. Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk, so Mysterio does not have to join the Straight Edge Society
  7. Bret Hart defeated Vince McMahon in a no holds barred match (Vince made it a lumberjack match, claimed to have paid off Bret's family, and brought out the Hart Dynasty and all of Bret's surviving siblings as the lumberjacks. Bret revealed that they told him and agreed so Vince would pay them in advance.)
  8. World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Edge to retain his title (After the match, Edge speared Jericho off the announcers' tables through the barricade)
  9. Alicia Fox, Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Layla, & Maryse defeated Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, & Mickie James when Guerrero pinned Kelly
  10. John Cena defeated WWE Champion Batista by submission with the STF to win the title
  11. The Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels after a jumping tombstone piledriver to retire him 

After Bill "SundownMotel" Hanstock gets back to his hotel, we will may recording a Cageside Radio podcast with our thoughts on the show, which depending on the timing, will go up either late tonight or tomorrow morning.  If the we can't do the show tonight, we will try to get one done by tomorrow afternoon.  Either way, keep your eye out for Bill's posts about attending both ROH shows, the Total Extreme Comedy show with Mick Foley & Colt Cabana, and the big event itself, Wrestlemania 26, in addition to other post-show coverage and Cox's Monday Night Raw report.

After the jump is a much more detailed description of the show that was posted live as it happened.

 1. 26 Man Battle Royal (Dark match before the live PPV broadcast)

This is getting underway now.  The participants are Mark Henry, JTG, Shad, Goldust, Yoshi Tatsu, Primo, Carlito, Funaki (When was the last time he worked?, Jimmy Wang Yang, Chris Masters, Finlay, Luke Gallows, William Regal, Slam Master J, Tyler Reks, Vance Archer, Caylen Croft, Trent Baretta, Mike Knox, Zak Ryder, Koslov, Santino, Vance Archer, Tyler Reks, and two others that Bill couldn't make out.  The NXT rookies are watching from the ramp.

Yoshi Tatsu of all people eliminated Zack Ryder to win in a fun much.

Funaki's last match was in September, a dark match.  Need to check further back for last TV match.

Last Funaki TV match was a MITB qualifier battle royal on Smackdown a year ago.

Fighter planes fly over the open roof and here's Fantasia to sing "America The Beautiful"

Hugo and Carlos are out to do commentary, and you know what that means.  Stadium looks amazing, with an incredible entrance set covered in screens, natural light from the roof opening, and a cool ring cover w/ huge screen.


2. WWE Unified Tag Team Championship: ShoMiz (The Big Show and The Miz) (c) vs John Morrison and R-Truth

Tag title match opens the show.  "Wrestlemania, WHAT'S UP?"

Cole/Lawler/Striker hosting.

Very short match.  ShoMiz retained when Miz blind tagged Show, who hit Morrison with the giant KO punch when he went for Flying Chuck.

Wrestlemania Week video now including Axxess footage and whatnot.

3. Triple Threat Match: Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase

Ted out first for this match.  Let's see if there's any heat for this thing.

Orton got a nice pop.  Not huge, but the fans like him.

Ted and Cody are actually getting heat on Orton.  Should be an easy crowd.

Bryan Alvarez has pics of empty upper deck seats on his Twitter feed.

Turned into a good match with good heat.  Kicked into gear after Legacy started fighting each other.  Orton won with a punt and RKO on DiBiase.

Vickie interview with her team gets interrupted by a singing Jillian, who is joined by Santino shilling Slim Jims.  He snaps into it to turn her into Mae Young, who kisses him, then Gene Okerlund, and then Melina, all in the same strapless black dress.  Okay.

4. Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Christian vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin vs Jack Swagger vs Montel Vontavious Porter vs Matt Hardy vs Evan Bourne vs Drew McIntyre vs Kofi Kingston

This will be fun.

Swagger of all people won in a BIG surprise after taking forever to unhook the briefcase.  Lots of innovative spots, including Kofi using a ladder that Kane broke in half at the hinges as stilts.

HOF video and procession now.  DiBiase got easily the biggest pop with Bret not out there for obvious reasons.

Bill pointed out that Swagger had promised to cash in tonight if he won.

5. Triple H vs Sheamus

Video package on now.  AWESOME helicopter shot of the stadium.

Great entrance for HHH w/ lasers and a barrel-shaped video screen lowered to the ring (it was also used for Orton's post-match celebration).

Uh oh, Cole said "Ric Flair" when HHH used the figure four.

And now Sheamus gets heat on HHH.

Picked up with the finishing stretch, but not the classic Lawler said it was.  HHH won w/ the Pedigree out of nowhere.  Well, that was pointless.

6. If Mysterio Loses, He Must Join The Straight Edge Society: Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk

This should be awesome.   Punk (w/ Luke & Serena) cut a promo on his way to the ring.  Rey's annual superhero outfit is a blue dude from Avatar.  It's odd looking.

Rey wins a good match that was too short (albeit not nearly as short as the opener), so he doesn't have to join the LWO Straight Edge Society.  Looks like they wanted to make sure to have a lot of time available for the top 4 matches and women's cool-down match.

7. No Holds Barred: Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon

Video package on now.   What will the big surprise be?

Bret out first.  Vince cuts a promo from the ramp about how Vince deserves to be screwed tonight.  It's a lumberjack match with one of them as guest ref...the Hart siblings and Hart Dynasty were bought off to be lumberjacks.

Bruce is ref.  But then Bret cut a promo and the Harts didn't turn: They took Vince's money and sided w/ Bret.  Here we go!

Dynasty beat the hell out of Vince including a top rope Hart Attack.  Bret gets some shots, Vince tries to crawl under the ring, gets tire iron, goes back in, gets beaten up by Bret again.  Including w/ the tire iron.

Nut shot, nut shot, did Bruce lay out the match?  DH sends in a chair.  Bret sits down in it.

Bret beats the hell out of Vince with the chair a la Austin-Rock in 2001.  Sharpshooter, Bret wins.  Vince got no offense Depressingly bad match.  I'm going to guess that the Lloyds of London issues meant that Bret couldn't get hit or even get put in holds.  If this is what it had to be, they should have made it quick, but it was long and depressing.  Sad ending to a good program.

72, 219 is the announced attendance.

8. World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs Edge

They've been building up to a specific finish here, so let's see if that happens and if Swagger cashes in his shot after.

With the undercard aside from MITB and the 3-way being rushed, the top 3 matches better deliver.

No heat until Jericho put the Walls on just now.

Jericho tries spear, gets booted.  Edge sets up spear, eats Codebreaker for nearfall.

Jericho uses half crab to work foot but Edge gets to ropes.  Both guys spill to the floor.

Beltshot behind ref's back gets a nearfall for Jericho, and then the Codebreaker gets the pin.  Huh.

Jericho tries to further injure Edge's foot but he fights back.  The get on the announcers' desks and Edge spears Jericho off them through the barricade.  Cool spot, but too late, as that was a nothing match.  They had less than zero chemistry.

Battle royal clips on the PPV now.

9. Ten Woman Tag Team Match: Alicia Fox, Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Layla, & Maryse vs Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, & Mickie James

Heatkiller on now?   Did they think Jericho-Edge was gonna tear the house down?

By normal person standards, Vickie doesn't look bad at all in her gear.  Doesn't even look big by WWE woman standards, so it looks like they've been going out of their way to dress her unflatteringly in regular clothes.  No tags but everyone's running in and hitting moves.

Heels win when Vickie hit a top rope Eddy tribute splash (which got a face pop of course) which hit about as cleanly as you'd expect it not to.  Cole called it a Hog Splash.  Lovely.  Kelly or the ref blew the finish somehow and Vickie had to re-cover her.

10. WWE Championship: Batista (c) vs John Cena

They made the right decision.

Please save the show.

Oh, the entrance set is the Grand Canyon.  Why didn't I realize that earlier.

Cena's entrance was essentially the beginning of "A Few Good Men" and then he ran through the honor guard to the ring.

Say it with me: "JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOHNNNNN CEEENNNAAAAA!"

DDT counter to Attitude Adjustment nearly kills Cena.  Dave with essentially a rear naked choke on Cena now.

Cena wins the title in a very good match with a great finishing stretch.  They re-did the legdrop -> Batista Bomb spot from Summerslam (well, almost, but close enough), and then Batista went for another Batista bomb, but Cena countered with a Toyota Roll(!) into the STF for the submission.  Cena is now a 9 time world champion.

Extreme Rules promo video up now.

We have 46 minutes left in the allotted time.

11. Streak vs Career, No Disqualification or Count Out, There Must Be A Winner: The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels

No Johnny Cash in the hype video.  Boo.

Pretty tame entrances for both.  New, much less gaudy vest for Michaels and a cool new robe for Taker.  Only pyro was on the sides of the aisle and stage, not near Taker.

It's time. SAVE THE SHOW!

This is already the best match on the show.

Taker catches a dive and hits the tombstone on the floor.  Most protected finisher in the company hit on the floor.  Hmmm...

Enough time before they got back in that Shawn could kick out.

Last Ride countered with facebuster for 2.

Knees up to counter Shawn's elbowdrop, tries Hell's Gate but Shawn counters with a jackknife cradle for 2.  Out of nowhere superkick for 2.

REALLY high Last Ride gets 2.  We still have plenty of time.

Last Ride through table countered w/ Superkick.  Taker on table.  MOONSAULT PRESS THROUGH THE ENGLISH ANNOUNCERS' TABLE.   He landed on Taker's leg weird and they're selling it might be broken.

Superkick...for 2!

Taker wins a fantastic match, retiring Michaels.  Great finish on the level of Michaels vs Flair.  Taker ducked a superkick and hit the chokeslam for 2, and then the Tombstone for another nearfall.  He walked around incredulous, not knowing what to do next, as Michaels couldn't get up.  Michaels tried to pull himself up using Taker's body, Taker yelled at him to stay down, Taker started the cutthroat motion but stopped, Michaels did the gesture himself, slapped Taker, and got tombstoned for the pin.

After the match, Taker did his pose as a LOT of fireworks went off, and then he helped Shawn up, shook his hand, and embraced him.  Michaels was then left alone in the ring for several minutes to soak up the cheers, thank the fans, and walk to the back, while fans with aisle seats thanked him and he talked to some of them.

For the first time in I don't know how many years, there was no highlight video to end the show, as they closed with Michaels walking back through the set and fading to the WWE logo.

Great, great match and moment to top off an otherwise mediocre Wrestlemania.  It probably looks worse because it was expected to be one of the best Wrestlemanias ever, but aside from the last 2 matches and MITB, it didn't really feel like Wrestlemania.

Goodnight everybody.

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