Keri Hilson performs America the Beautiful, and then we’re off to the Georgia Dome to kick the show off!
The Rock opens the show and takes his time soaking in the reaction from the fans as he comes to the ring. He breaks into a big smile as the fans cheer him, and he says that finally, the Rock HAS COME BACK TO ATLANTA! And finally, the Rock HAS COME BACK TO WRESTLEMANIA! The Rock promises that this will be the most memorable Wrestlemania of all time: the electricity is in the air and all around us, and he asks if the fans can feel, taste, and smell it? The fans react affirmatively, and start a Rocky chant. Rock says they’re making history, so they’re going to have some fun, and when he says wrestle, they say mania. He says wrestle three times, and each time the fans go mania. He says he’s got a message for one WWE superstar backstage deciding which color shirt he’s going to put on tonight, then Rock pauses to take a sip from the People’s Water, then tells the fans that when he says Yabba, they say Dabba. Same routine as before, and then he says he’s with the millions (and millions) of the Rock’s fans because this is Wrestlemania, this is the Showcase of the Immortals, and this is hosted by the jabroni beating, pie eating….well, he says lots of stuff and says that Wrestlemania is bigger than Christmas because Rock is bringing it all over Atlanta, if you s- no, Rock says that catchphrase and electrifying catchphrase in the world, so it needs to be special. It doesn’t belong to the Rock, that catchphrase belongs to the people, so he wants all the fans to get on their feet, assume the position, and say it loud and proud…if you SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’. Rock finishes by flashing the eyebrow. Great segment to get the crowd going!
We hit the opening video looking at the history of Wrestlemania and running down the top matches on this year’s show, then it’s time to hit the fireworks and start the show.
For those who were wondering, Michael Cole is indeed doing commentary from the safety of his box, as is Jerry Lawler.
World Title Match: Edge vs Alberto Del Rio
Christian is, of course, in Edge’s corner. They tie up and Alberto takes Edge to the corner and breaks clean…then slaps him. Edge slaps back and lays into him with rights and gets a backdrop. Alberto takes a shot at the arm and rams Edge to the corner and puts the boots to him. Edge backdrops Alberto to the floor and goes for a baseball slide, but Alberto dodged and rammed Edge into the barricade, then slammed his arm on the ring steps. Alberto rolls Edge back into the ring and covers for 2, then snaps the injured arm across the bottom rope. Edge tries to get some space out on the floor, but Alberto goes after him, rams the arm into the announce table, then sends him back in and applies an armbar. Alberto tries a running dropkick but Edge dodges and Alberto sails out to the floor, and Edge follows him out with a somersault dive over the top. Edge tosses Alberto back in and goes up top, but Alberto recovers and armdrags Edge off the top for 2, then drills him with repeated punches. Alberto comes off the ropes and runs right into a leg lariat, and Christian begins banging on the mat to get the fans going. Edge with a big boot to Alberto, then running forearms and a flapjack gets 2. Alberto gets an armbreaker and goes for the cross armbreaker, but Edge slips out and hits a modified neckbreaker for 2. Edge with an O’Connor roll, Alberto reverses to one of his own but then goes right into the cross armbreaker, but Edge quickly makes the ropes. Edge slips out to the apron and hangs Alberto up on the top rope, then goes up top but Alberto runs up the ropes and hits an enziguiri for 2. Edge put his foot on the rope but Ricardo pushed it off, so Christian goes after Ricardo but gets suplexed on the floor by Clay. Alberto gets distracted by this and Edge rolls him up for 2, then hits the Edge-O-Matic. Edge set up for the spear but Alberto moves, and Clay rams Edge’s arm into the turnbuckle and Alberto rolls Edge right into the cross armbreaker. Edge tries to clasp his hands, but Alberto pulls him into the hold and Edge rolls Alberto to his back for 2, then gets Alberto in a modified Sharpshooter. Alberto goes for the ropes and Christian neutralizes Clay as Edge pulls Alberto back out to the middle, but Alberto miraculously slips out. Edge wastes no time hitting the spear and getting the win.
Edge and Christian go up the apron to celebrate, and Edge stops to look at the car. Hebeats the car up and starts elbowdropping the roof. Christian comes out with a crowbar for Edge that he uses to scratch up the body, smash in the windows, and beat in the hood. Alberto is in the entranceway looking very upset at what has just transpired, and Michael Cole wonders how Alberto’s going to get home. Alberto hugs his car and starts crying.
Commercial for Tough Enough, which premieres tomorrow night on USA.
We go back to ringside, where Michael Cole antagonizes Jerry Lawler from the safety of the box.