WWE Wrestlemania XXVI is Here!Category: Wrestling
WrestleMania is considered the flagship pay-per-view event of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as it is the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in the world. It is also the most anticipated.
WrestleMania is nicknamed “The Grandaddy of Them All”, “The Grandest Stage of Them All” and “The Showcase of the Immortals.” It is the equivalent of the National Football League’s Super Bowl.
The 26th rendition officially dubbed Wrestlemania XXVI will take place on March 28, 2010 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA. The event will be the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Arizona and the third to be held in an open-air venue. It will be a joint-promotion event, featuring performers both from the Raw and SmackDown brands.
One of the predominant rivalries heading into WrestleMania XXVI was between John Cena and Batista for the WWE Championship.
The conflict started when Cena sided with Bret Hart over Hart’s hostility with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. When Hart and McMahon confronted on the February 1 edition of Raw, Batista saved McMahon from an attack and ambushed Hart from behind. After the show ended, Cena tried to help Hart but was too attacked by Batista.
In the opening match of the Elimination Chamber event, Cena won the WWE Championship from Sheamus in an Elimination Chamber match but was shortly interupted by McMahon, who ordered a title match between Cena and Batista to take place on the spot. With Cena too tired to compete, Batista defeated him and won the title.
On the February 22 episode of Raw, Cena asked for a rematch for the title at WrestleMania, which McMahon gave him the opportunity to as long as he defeated Batista that night. Later that night, Batista intentionally got himself disqualified by kicking Cena in the groin to set up their match at WrestleMania.
Here are the featured matches:
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Edge
Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
No disqualification, no count-out retirement match
Batista (c) vs. John Cena
Singles match for the WWE Championship
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
Money in the Bank ladder match
Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon
No Holds Barred match
ShoMiz (The Big Show and The Miz) (c) vs. John Morrison and R-Truth
Tag team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase
Triple Threat match
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
Singles match; if Punk wins, Mysterio joins the Straight Edge Society
Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse, Alicia Fox and Vickie Guerrero
10-Diva tag team match
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