OSR: WWE WrestleMania 26 Review (2010)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 26 Review

Back in 2010, the WWE invaded The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. With an attendance of 72,219 watching on, Shawn Michaels put his career on the line in an attempt to bring down The Undertaker. Also, Bret Hart made his return to the Grand Stage for the first time in 13 years as he looked to take down Mr McMahon. Relive the events of 28 March 2010 right here in the WWE WrestleMania 26 Review!

The show opened with Justin Roberts welcoming everyone to the show, as there was a jet flyover to commemorate the start of the show. Fantasia then sang “America the Beautiful” as various moments from the history of WrestleMania was shown. 

Back inside the stadium, there was the typical fireworks montage to begin the show as we were once again welcomed by Michael Cole, Matt Striker and Jerry Lawler who were the commentary team for the event. After this, the show was then underway with the first match of the night. 

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

Both teams made their way to the ring, but you cannot help but think both teams were particularly odd combinations. Anyhow, the match got underway with the action being relatively fast paced except for when The Big Show was in the ring.

Not a lot really happened in this match, and it was over before it really began, which made it really disappointing. Show and Miz were able to retain the championship after Show pinned Morrison following the knockout punch. This was an embarrassingly short match, it really was.

Winners: ShowMiz, to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

DiBiase made his way to the ring first, before Rhodes then made his way to the ring to almost no reaction. Orton’s music then hit, and there was an average reaction for him. It looked likely DiBiase and Rhodes would be aligning with one another from the outset.

The match then got underway with DiBiase and Rhodes taking it to Orton for the most part, until Rhodes swerved DiBiase. This allowed Orton to mount a comeback and gained some momentum against both men. A nice spot came with a Double DDT from Orton to both men.

After several minutes of pure triple threat action, Orton was able to pick up the win after nailing DiBiase with an RKO. This was a good match, but it could have desperately done with more time to allow greater ring psychology and performances to be displayed.

Winner: Randy Orton

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

Each of the competitors made their way to the ring, each receiving really short entrances and the action quickly got underway. Now, don’t get me wrong there were some nice spots in this match, particularly from Kofi, Christian and Evan.

But it was really difficult to keep track of what was happening at various points. Yes, there were different superstar combinations but the flip side being there seemed to be excessive periods of time when certain superstars didn’t do anything.

There were far to many competitors in this match, in an ideal world there would have being maximum 7 competitors. Anyhow, Jack Swagger was crowned the winner after retrieving the briefcase. This was a good match, but nothing overly special or memorable. It could have being a lot better.

Winner: Jack Swagger

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

A montage was shown for the Hall of Fame ceremony. Howard Finkel then introduced the Class of 2010 inductees: Stu Hart (represented by The Hart Family), Wendi Richter, Mad Dog Vachon, Antonio Inoki, Bob Uecker, Gorgeous George (represented by Betty Wagner) and Ted DiBiase.

4. Triple H vs. Sheamus

The rise of Sheamus was shown, and how he was intrigued by the WWE. But also how he liked Triple H’s style and achievements. It then showed his dominance until losing the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber.

We then return inside the Stadium, as Sheamus made his way to the ring first to almost no reaction. Triple H then made his way to the ring, to a somewhat timid reaction. As the match got underway, Triple H was dominant with a series of different moves to ground Sheamus.

Sheamus was eventually able to regain control, in a match with virtually no fan reaction to anything. Triple H was eventually able to pick up the win following a pedigree to Sheamus to end a very dull match. Really, nothing good or interesting occurred happened in this one.

Winner: Triple H

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

5. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk (w/ Serena and Luke Gallows)

An intense promo was shown for the feud, which surrounded The Straight Edged Society and Mysterio’s family. We then returned to the Stadium, where Punk made his way to the ring first and cut a promo on the crowd. Mysterio then made his way to the ring to a decent reaction.

The match got underway with Punk controlling the action, until Mysterio was able to mount a momentary comeback. Punk was very agile and impressive, but was ultimately unsuccessful as Mysterio picked up the win. This was a good match, but it needed more time to be much better.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

6. No Holds Barred Lumberjack Match: Bret Hart vs. Mr McMahon with Bruce Hart as the Special Guest Referee

The history package was shown for the match, which dated back to Survivor Series 1997 to Bret’s triumphant return to the WWE. Bret made his way to the ring first, and received an incredible reaction. It was a very somber moment seeing Bret back in the ring at WrestleMania.

Anyhow, McMahon then made his way to the ring but stopped and cut a promo. He revealed he has spent money on lumberjacks for the match, at which point The Hart Family were revealed. A very somber moment…imagine if Owen was there.

After McMahon entered the ring, Bruce Hart was revealed as the special guest referee. Bret revealed The Hart Family swerved McMahon, tonight Bret screwed Vince! The match got underway with Bret taking it to McMahon with a variety of fists and chokes.

Outside the ring, McMahon was attacked by various lumberjacks including Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya. McMahon took a Heart Attack from Kidd and Smith outside of the ring. He was dominated by Bret for the entire match, but it was strange seeing Bret play the heel.

Bret then attacked McMahon with a series of violet chair shots before McMahon taps out to the sharpshooter. It was good for what you can expect, Bret was limited physically and McMahon is no refined wrestler. Bittersweat moment, as Bret finally got his revenge.

They made the best of a bad situation. It was the story and characterization which made this match, it was a nice moment to see The Hart Family stood tall and together in the ring.

Winner: Bret Hart

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

This match was based around former partners colliding, and Edge’s triumphant return from his injury at the Royal Rumble 2010. Jericho’s cockiness worked really well, he and Edge seemed to bounce off one another really well. Both men made their way to the ring, showing great characterization.

The match began with both men taking it to one another, with Edge seemingly having the upper hand. Jericho was soon able to regain control with attention being paid to Edge’s injury. After a very interestingly contested match, and a repertoire of moves from Jericho.

A number of near finishes occurred but to no result. After nailing Edge with the championship belt and a code breaker, Jericho was able to pick up the win and retain the championship in a very enjoyable match. The downside with it, more time was needed…it could have being a classic.

After the match, Jericho went to attack Edge but was ultimately unsuccessful after Edge speared him into the timekeepers area. Pretty impressive spot, which would have looked better had it being part of the actual match but it did setup the next chapter of the feud between both men.

Winner: Chris Jericho, to retain the World Heavyweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. 10-Diva Tag Team Match: Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim and Eve Torres vs. Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Maryse, Layla and Alicia Fox

Both teams made their way to the ring, but once the action got underway it was difficult to truly grasp what is going on. The tags in and out were far to frequent, and the fans weren’t given the opportunity to invest in it. Vickie was essentially the star of the match.

Her opponents were almost fixated on getting their hands on her. The match itself was dreadful, one of the worst women matches at WrestleMania. Vickie was eventually able to pick up the win following a “Hog” splash on Kelly Kelly. If this could be rated lower, it would…it was abysmal.

Winner: Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Maryse, Layla and Alicia Fox

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

An intense promo was shown for their feud, which came into fruition at Elimination Chamber 2010 when Batista captured the championship from Cena. Batista then made his way to the ring first, in a slightly weird entrance – but it is not clear why it was weird.

He didn’t have much of a reaction. Cena then entered next with the customary special entrance for WrestleMania which involved the air force which was really weird as well. Cena then quickly made his way to the ring to a pretty good reaction.

The match itself was very back and forth with lots of near finishes, but nothing special or unique to make it stand out. In all honesty, it was a little bit dull…same old repertoire from both men with a few botched moves.

Cena was eventually able to lock in the most unconvincing finisher, the STFU. Batista ultimately tapped out, which allowed Cena the victory and capture the WWE Championship.

Winner: John Cena, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

10. Streak vs. Career No Disqualification Match: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

This match was based around HBK’s fixation to right the wrong from WrestleMania XXV, and his efforts to goad The Undertaker into a match which included costing him the World Heavyweight Championship. Michaels made his way to the ring first, and displayed very little emotion.

The Undertaker then made his way to the ring, which seemed like it took takes forever. The match began really quickly, with lots of back and forth moves. There were several really good spots and near finishes for both men, but it was a really fantastic match overall

It showed great intensity and characterization. The end came when HBK slapped Taker around the face, which caused Taker to nail him with an almost spike Tombstone Piledriver. The fans were silent after the match, whilst Taker sold his injuries from throughout the match.

Afterwards, he and HBK embraced before leaving HBK to take his last bow. He received an absolutely tremendous reaction from the crowd. He was going out on an absolute high here, when he was still one of the best and will always be remembered as such.

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE WrestleMania 26 Conclusions

Overall, this was a WrestleMania which had some very good moments but also some which left you wanting more (which could supposedly be interpreted as a good thing). There were a couple of outright dreadful matches though. The Undertaker versus HBK was a very good match, but nothing on par to that of the year before. With Hart and McMahon, it was enjoyable but it was a very somber experience because it was truly one of those what if moments.

The match between Edge and Jericho was really good, but some of the matches on the card really could have delivered so much more had they had the extra time. In order to do this, the WWE Tag Team Championship and Diva’s Tag Team match could have being nixed, neither produced anything memorable. Purely for HBK versus The Undertaker and Y2J versus Edge, this is one worth watching, which can be done as part of you 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network. If not, I’m sure the DVD or Blu-Ray is around somewhere…

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