31 Manias in 31 Days: Rewriting Wrestlemania XXVI

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  1. LODemolition

    LODemolition Championship Contender

    May 31, 2011
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    Today's installment of my "Rewriting WrestleMania" series takes us back just 5 years ago to WrestleMania XXVI from Glendale, Arizona and one of the better Mania events and venues of all-time in my opinion. Over 72,000 fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, to witness the rematch of possibly the best match of all-time, The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels. I'm usually not interested in WrestleMania rematches, but I couldn't argue with this one given how great the first match at WM25 was. Not to mention the way they had Shawn portray on television that it ate him alive that he wasn't able to beat Taker made it interesting. Michaels cost Taker the Royal Rumble and his match at Elimination Chamber, stopping at nothing to get Undertaker to agree to give him another chance to end the streak. In another headlining match, Bret "Hitman" Hart faced Vince McMahon after making his return to a WWE ring for the first time since Survivor Series 1997, the site of the "Montreal Screwjob." Here are the results.

    March 28, 2010
    University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)

    1. (Dark) 26-Man Battle Royal:

    Yoshi Tatsu won by last eliminating Zack Ryder.

    2. Unified Tag Team Championship:

    The Miz and Big Show (c) def. John Morrison and R-Truth to retain.

    3. Triple Threat Match:

    Randy Orton def. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase

    4. Money in the Bank Ladder Match:

    Jack Swagger defeated Christian, Matt Hardy, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, and Evan Bourne

    5. Triple H def. Sheamus

    6. Rey Mysterio def. CM Punk w/ Luke Gallows and Serena

    7. No Holds Barred Lumberjack Match:

    Bret Hart def. Vince McMahon by submission (with Bruce Hart as special guest referee)

    8. World Heavyweight Championship:

    Chris Jericho (c) def. Edge

    9. 10-Diva Tag Team Match:

    Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, Alicia Fox, Layla and Maryse def. Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, Gail Kim, and Eve

    10. WWE Championship:

    John Cena def. Batista (c) by submission to become new champion

    11. Streak vs. Career:

    The Undertaker def. Shawn Michaels, forcing him to retire

    *Rewriting WrestleMania XXVI*

    1. Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger, MVP, Matt Hardy, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Evan Bourne, and R-Truth

    I was never a fan of Jack Swagger, so I would have given the win to Kofi Kingston here. He seemed to be finally getting a nice push at the end of 2009, feuding with Randy Orton. He was even in the WWE Championship match at Elimination Chamber (the previous ppv before WM26). Why not give him an opportunity? He could have cashed in on Jericho and had at least a short run with the title. As far as the competitors, I think 10 is a bit too many. I wouldn't put more than 8 in the ladder match so it doesn't get too out of control. I also took Benjamin out and put R-Truth in since I don't have him in the tag title match.

    2. United States Championship: John Morrison def. The Miz (c)

    I'd have much rather seen these former tag team partners turned foes go 1-on-1 than be on opposite sides of the tag team championship match. Morrison always put on really good matches, so I thought he should have been in one of the opening matches as a singles competitor.

    3. CM Punk w/ the Straight Edge Society def. Rey Mysterio

    I almost made this match for the IC Title, but this feud was good enough to not need a championship. The only change I'd make is the winner. Punk deserved to go over an aging Mysterio after being an established former World Champion. I could also do without the stipulation of Rey having to join the S.E.S. if he lost.

    4. Intercontinental Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) def. Christian

    Once again, they decided to put the IC Champ in the MITB match instead of having the title defended. I could be wrong, but I believe WM25 is the only year that the IC Champion was not involved in the ladder match for the briefcase when JBL lost to Mysterio in 21 seconds. I'll never understand why they treated this once great championship as if it didn't even exist at the biggest event of the year. Drew McIntyre was barely even involved in the MITB anyway (with 10 participants it would be tough for anyone to get that much time to stand out), so I'd give he and Christian the stage to themselves for 10 minutes and let The Chosen One's reign continue.

    5. Unified Tag Team Championship: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase (c) def. Randy Orton and Triple H

    I personally wasn't a fan of the 3 members of Legacy competing in a "triple threat" because it was obviously more like a handicap match. And I despise handicap matches. With Orton turning face (or tweener, whatever you want to call him), I think it would have been interesting to see him team up with long time foe, but former Evolution partner Triple H and go after the tag team titles. The match between Hunter and Sheamus didn't really impress me and I also thought it was completely illogical to not put Sheamus in the WHC match after just losing it at Elimination Chamber. Rhodes and DiBiase retain since Orton and Triple H would make more sense going in their own directions again after Mania.

    6. No Holds Barred Lumberjack Match: Bret Hart def. Vince McMahon by submission

    I wouldn't really change anything about this. It didn't do anything for me personally, but a lot of people wanted to see Bret Hart and Vince McMahon settle unfinished business in the ring, even if Bret was way out of his prime.

    7. World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: John Cena def. Batista (c) and Sheamus

    As I said above, logic would have had Sheamus using his rematch clause and making it a triple threat here. Possibly even a fatal 4-way with Triple H. This would be one of Batista's final matches before leaving WWE the night after Over the Limit. This was Cena's 6th straight WrestleMania competing in either the WWE or World Championship, but I had him facing Jericho for no title in my WM25 rewrite to avoid going to the well once too often like I felt they definitely did with him. After a year out of the title picture, the fans wouldn't have been as tired of him and seeing Cena as World Champ again wouldn't have been so overdone. Cena and Batista would still feud for the next couple months, followed by Sheamus regaining the title at the Fatal 4-Way ppv in June.

    8. Women's Championship Triple Threat: Beth Phoenix def. Michelle McCool (c) and Layla

    Rather than a 10-diva tag match, why not have the title on the line? I'd have Beth Phoenix go over in what would basically be a handicap match against LayCool.

    9. World Heavyweight Championship: Edge def. Chris Jericho (c)

    I thought giving Edge the Royal Rumble win was a great call, since nobody saw his return coming after being out of action since July 2009 with a torn achilles. I liked the match, but would have given Edge the win. Having him come back as a face to feud with his former tag team partner was smart, I just didn't like having Jericho retain only to lose it to Jack Swagger shortly after and then become tag champs with The Miz. Call me crazy, but wouldn't the crowd have rather seen the title change hands to Edge at Mania?

    10. Streak vs. Career: The Undertaker def. Shawn Michaels

    As I said, I'm not a big fan of back to back Mania rematches, but this is obviously the one exception. I wouldn't change anything here. Shawn Michaels' final career match going on last was 100% the right call.

    Feel free to comment and/or post your rewritten WrestleMania XXVI.
  2. MMK

    MMK Getting Noticed By Management

    Jul 16, 2010
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    Streak vs. Career
    The Undertaker def. Shawn Michaels

    World Heavyweight Championship:
    CM Punk def Edge, Chris Jericho

    Punk should have been involved in this match. Even if it was through the MITB briefcase he held. Perhaps he adds himself to the match the night of the event, or mid-match or even post match. Edge and Jericho were the past at this point. Punk was the future.
    Punk:"Edge is yesterdays news. Straight Edge is the future".

    John Cena & Bret Hart def Batista & Vince McMahon
    Sadly, Bret simply couldn't wrestle at this stage in his life after the stroke. The match with Vince was a mistake. But I like the idea of them having some interaction. A tag team match limits their amount of ring time but still allows for Bret to get the win by locking Vince in the sharpshooter. Plus we did see Cena and Bret interacting a lot together leading up to Mania, and Batista held Bret while Vince slapped him around. So combining these two feuds seems like a natural move.

    Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
    John Morrison def R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Christian, Rey Mysterio
    Seeing as how The Miz won a MITB ladder match later that year, having both he and Morrison carrying briefcases would have only added to their feud to see who would be the real breakout star from their tag team days. After Morrison fails to cash in succesfully, Miz claims he can do everything Morrison does only better and more successfully. Christian would be my second choice to get the win.

    Triple Threat Match:
    Cody Rhodes def Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase

    I give the win to Cody here. But not because in hindsight he was the real breakout star of the group. But because Orton was already established and they were clearly planning for Dibiae to be a star. Cody needed something. Very similar to Rolling being the guy to turn on The Shield. He needed more than Reigns and Ambrose. I feel the same was true for Cody. Plus, he ended up becoming a bigger star than Dibiase anyway so it's not like they would have regretted having him go over. After the match, Orton hits an RKO on both. Orton winning this match pretty much buried the other two for quite some time.

    Sheamus def Triple H
    Sheamus won the title WAY too soon. He should have beat Triple H at Mania (old blood should always put the new blood over) and THEN got a title reign.

    Tag Team Championship
    Hart Dynasty def Show Miz

    Bret Hart and The Miz had several great back and forth confrontations in 2010, so I like the idea of The Harts feuding w/Miz and Show. Finish sees Big Show turns on Miz, knocking his lights out, thus allowing the Harts to get the win.

    Womens Championship
    Natalya def Stephanie

    Bring Stephanie back to feud with the female hart. Vince attempts to screw Natalya out of the title while Steph puts her in the sharpshooter, but Bret knocks Vince out before he can call for the bell. Natalya reverses and gets the win.
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  3. Aquaman6686

    Aquaman6686 Mid-Card Championship Winner

    Mar 17, 2010
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    WrestleMania 26 was one of the greatest WrestleManias in my book, and I've never understood the hate this event gets. There's only a handful of changes I would make:

    1 - Cut the 10-Diva tag match, put it on the pre-show.

    2 - Give that extra 8 or 10 minutes to Jericho/Edge.

    3 - Put Chris Jericho vs. Edge immediately before Undertaker/HBK II. There was NO reason for John Cena vs. Batista to go next to last. Jericho/Edge had the story, the build, and the Rumble winner.
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  4. Wrestlingaholic

    Wrestlingaholic Championship Contender

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    I agree, it's an event I really enjoyed. Other than the divas match (which was a cluster just to get them all on the card) and the Bret v Vice match (which featured one non-wrestler and one who had wrestled at all in 10 years), there wasn't a bad match on the card; the only thing I would really change would be the MITB winner - I'm a fan of Swagger (in-ring he's very underrated), but this was far too soon for him, it should have been Kofi Kingston.

    This Wrestlemania is a rare example of where I think not having the Royal Rumble winner go on last is the right move: the main event here HAD to be Taker v HBK. Well done WWE
  5. Mac

    Mac Pre-Show Stalwart

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    I'd swap opponents instead of HHH vs Sheamus and Shawn vs Taker. I'd do Taker vs Sheamus and Shawn vs HHH. For Taker/Sheamus it's like this, Sheamus was a hot heel who they were trying to get over huge. I think it would've done more for Sheamus to go toe to toe with Taker instead of HHH.

    If they were going with the retirement angle then HHH makes more sense in that spot. He and Shawn have history and plus they never wrestled one on one at a Mania.

    I'd have Christian win the MITB instead.

    Vince/Bret would've been a quick squash match.

    I'd have Edge win the title over Jericho.

    Everything else stays the same.
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  6. RkoMachine

    RkoMachine Pre-Show Stalwart

    Jun 23, 2010
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    I also loved this Mania! My changes are very few

    Hart/McMahon would be held to under 5 minutes. Bret locks on sharpshooter. Game over

    No Divas match cuz who gives a shit

    Mysterio/punk and Jericho/Edge would get those extra minutes. I would also make the Legacy triple threat a #1 contenders match for the WWE TITLE. So the match matters more
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  7. Dagger Dias

    Dagger Dias Natural 20
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    Sep 22, 2008
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    This was an amazing Wrestlemania and one of my personal favorites. The only bad match on it was the divas match. Vickie should not have been involved at all. We would see Beth Phoenix challenging Michelle McCool for the Womens Championship a month later at Extreme Rules. Why didn't we get THAT match at Wrestlemania 26? That would have been worthy of the biggest show of the year unlike the cluster mess that we got instead. So, my only change to this card is Michelle McCool VS Beth Phoenix for the Womens Championship replacing the divas tag match. Michelle retains so that Beth still gets her Extreme Rules win. The rest of the show? Almost perfect.
  8. Deoxyribonucleic A.C.I.D.

    Deoxyribonucleic A.C.I.D. Kamehamehaaaaa!!

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    There's nothing I would change with the card of this Wrestlemania, as it is like a perfect puzzle. Every match fits together perefectly. I'd only change the build-up of Cena vs Batista. Cena never drops the belt to Sheamus. He keeps the belt from Survivor Series to No Way Out. There the loses in the Elimination Chamber match. The winner of the match, is of course, Batista, who was added to that match by Vince McMahon himself (Batista was a Smackdown superstar, so he cannot compete in a RAW match).

    Then Cena vs Batista happens at 'Mania, with Cena going over.

    And I'd also make HHH vs Sheamus a No DQs match.

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