We go backstage to Floyd Mayweather ahead of his match with The Big Show and seems quite confident about his participation. The tale of the tape is shown, which shows how much of a disadvantage Mayweather is at. We then go to Joey Styles and Tazz ahead of the next match.
ECW Championship: Chavo Guerrero (c) vs. Kane
We are shown the highlights from the Battle Royal where the number one contender is determined, before Armando Estrada is in the ring and welcomes Chavo Guerrero to the ring to which he sadly receives literally no reaction. Kane then emerges from the ring, and after Chavo realises he is there…he is immediately nailed with a choke slam allowing Kane to pick up the win and capture the championship in an utterly pointless match which didn’t really do anything for Kane, but made Chavo look pathetic. Squash matches like that, at WrestleMania are not cool.
Winner: Kane, to capture the ECW Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Career Threatening Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
We are shown the history package for the match, with the story being given time to develop to have a greater impact. This also includes several moments from the career of Flair, before he was told by Mr McMahon that the next time he lost a match, he would have to retire. Flair then challenges HBK to the match, to which he reluctantly accepts. We then go to Mike Adamle with Ric Flair, who says his game plan for the match is “To Be The Man”. HBK makes his way to the ring first, soon followed by Flair. The match gets underway, and is really enjoyable as they exchanges moves including some signature Flair spots…some of which haven’t being seen for a few years. HBK literally writes himself off for a bit, when he misses a moonsault and takes out the announce table (and to be honest, surprising he didn’t break a rib). This is Flair’s best match in years, and it is amazing to see him go out on a high. Eventually, HBK nails the Sweet Chin Music to win this bittersweet but emotionally charged, amazing match. Thank you Ric, as he walks out to an incredible reaction.
Winner: Shawn Michaels
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Todd Grisham, who is joined by Edge talking about his match with The Undertaker but also when he attended WrestleMania VI as a fan. He says people rely on The Undertaker to win at WrestleMania, but tonight reality comes calling and The Undertaker will lose. Incredible promo. We then return to the ring for the next match of the evening.
Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjill Match: Beth Phoenix and Melina (w/ Santino Marella) vs. Maria and Ashley
Snoop Dogg makes his way to the ring, as the Master of Ceremonies. He is brought to the ring be various Diva’s which I feel is quite demoralizing for them, because they are effectively being a bunch of sidekicks. I don’t like this, because there are some credible wrestlers in the mix here and deserve a lot better than this. Anyhow, Maria and Ashley make their way to the ring first to quite literally no reaction in the slightest. Maria and Beth then make their way to the ring, accompanied by Santino to a slightly better reaction. The match is pretty terrible, so it comes almost as a blessing when there is a technical issue causing the lights to go out. The ring is then lighted with a spotlight only, and as Santino gets involved he is taken out by Jerry Lawler with a single right hand. Nevertheless, Beth and Melina are able to pick up the win in a match that shouldn’t have taken place. After the match, Snoop takes out Santino and proceeds to suck Maria’s face off.
Winner: Beth Phoenix and Melina
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars