A new WM tradition, we started a year ago, an In Memorium segment - wrestlers who have passed since last years Mania. Still photos and the ten bell salute.
Jimmy del Ray
Perro Aguayo Jr
Clip package of every WM Legends Match:
I: Andre d. David Sammartino
II: Andre d. Bruno
III: Andre d. Race
IV: Andre d. Hogan
V: Hogan d. Warrior
VI: Hogan d. Dusty
VII: Taker d. Jake
VIII: Hogan d. Jake
IX: Backlund d. Hogan
X: Savage d. Crush
XI: Taker d. LT
XII: Jake d. Piper
XIII: Taker d. Ahmed/Simmons
XIV: Taker d. Kane
XV: Taker NC Shamrock
XVII: Rock d. Taker
XVIII: Flair d. Hogan/Taker
XIX: Rock d. Austin
Taker/PAUL/Kane d. Hogan
XX: Foley/Rock d. Brock/Goldberg
XXI: Rey d. Taker/PAUL
XXII: Foley d. RVD
XXIII: Taker d. HBK
XXIV: Taker d. Morley
XXV: Taker d. Bradshaw
XXVI: Taker/Cody d. Dustin/Yang
XXVII: Dos Caras, Jr. d. Taker
XXVIII: HHH-M d. Taker
XXIX: Punk d. Jericho
XXX: HHHM/Miz/New Age Outlaws d. Taker/Paul/Kane/Henry
6. Legends Last Stand: Sting (w/Horsemen) d. Undertaker (w/Hogan and DMW)
Sting finished his TNA run as a Horseman, so he's backed here by Flair/Arn/Dean -- Undertaker's backed by his old Dead Men Walking partners, PAUL (realm world Big Show) and Kane and Hogan, who has been the main driver in puting this together.
I Piper d. Valentine
II. Savage d. Piper
III. Savage d. Jake
IV. Bret d. Savage
V. Rude d. Hennig
VI. Bret d. Shawn
VII. Bret d. Tenryu
VIII. Savage d. Piper
IX: Shawn d. Hennig
X: Razor d. Shawn
XI: Razor d. Owen
XII: Vader d. Taker
XIII: Cactus d. Vader
XIV: Austin draw Shamrock
XV: Snow d. Austin
XVI: Eddy d. Jericho
XVII: Austin d. Regal
XVIII: RVD d. Austin
XIX: Rey d. Chavo
XX: Eddy d. Chavo
XXI: Edge d. Regal
XXII: Fit d. Regal
HHH-M d. Fit
XXIII: Orton d. Helms/Jeff
XXIV: MVP d. Kendrick/Noble
XXV: Rey d. MVP
XXVI: Sydal d. Tatsu
XXVII: Sheamus d. Nitro
XXVIII: Rock d. Sheamus
XXIX: Nemeth d. Swagger d. Rock
XXX: Nemeth d. Sheamus
Luke sees red - he exits the ring to attack Harper, that leaves him open to Bray, who uses it to gain advantage. There's an end of match spot where Harper hesitates when having the chance to put Wyatt away, Bray again seizes the advantage and gets the fall and the belt.
The Wyatts, Bray/Cena/Harper celebrate postmatch, they've won two matches tonight and Bray is the new IC champ.
Clip Package for every Shield Tag Title Match
Wrestlemania 29: Shield (Black/Ambrose w/Langston) d. Empire (Barrett/Ryback)
Summer Slam 2013: Shield (Ambrose/Langston w/Black) d. Defiance (Rhodes/Orton w/Bernard)
Survivor Series 2013: Shield (Black/Langston) d. KTFO (PAUL/Henry)
Royal Rumble 2014: Shield (Black/Langston) d. Wyatts (Virgil/Cena w/Bray/Harper)
Wrestlemania 30: Shield (Black/Ambrose/Langston) d. Usos (Reigns/Jimmy/Jey)
Summer Slam 2014: Shield (Black/Ambrose w/Langston) d. D2V (Orton/Miz w/HHHM)
Survivor Series 2014: TLC Shield (Black/Ambrose/Langston) d. Usos (Reigns/Jimmy/Jey)
Royal Rumble 2015: Shield (Black/Ambrose w/Langston) d. Bubba/DDP
8. Tags: The Shield (Black/Ambrose) d. D1 (Nemeth/Swagger)
-Division One has been protected for years as "imagine if they didn't break up how great they might have been" - that really allows this match to be a premium event as The Shield continues their unparalleled title run, they leave Mania with the longest reign of any WWF title in the Mania era.
One of the stories here is no Langston, he wasn't expected to be here given the Rusev match earlier, but it's the first Shield match he hasn't been a part of. Here we get a disagreement between Regal (arguing Langston is an integral member of the squad) and Christian (that he's a glorified bodyguard and the two real wrestlers are in the ring tonight).
Black gets the fall on Swagger, Shield celebrates, there are fireworks, the video wall indicates the Shield has the longest modern era championship reign. After a pause there's a handshake with D1 -
-and then Sheamus and Barrett come down the ramp.
Sheamus been gone, gone since last year's Mania - Sheamus, in fact, was in the IC Title match the previous 4 Manias, but returns here, with a microphone, he says that at Summer Slam, he and Barrett are going to put The Shield "Underground" - and then Nemeth and Swagger turn on them - the four men lay The Shield out. Swagger and Nemeth pose with Barrett and Sheamus - the four Underground members united atop The Shield!
Video package - WWF Title Matches at WM.
I Steamboat d. Windham
II Dynamite d. Steamboat
III. Steamboat d. Dynamite
IV. Dynamite d. Steamboat
V. Savage d. Bret
VI. Hennig v. Savage
VII. Hennig d. Savage
VIII. Bret d. Flair
IX. Bret d. Razor
X. Owen d. Bret
XI. Bret d. Shawn
XII. Shawn d. Bret
XIII. Austin d. Bret
XIV. Owen d. Shawn
XV. Cactus d. Owen
XVI. Benoit d. Cactus
XVII. Angle d. Benoit
XVIII. Angle d. Hennig
XIX. Angle d. Lesnar
XX. Benoit d. Angle
XXI. Eddy d. Benoit
XXII. Rey d. Benoit
XXIII. Booker d. Lashley
XXIV. Punk d. Benjamin/Nitro
XXV. Jericho d. Shawn
XXVI. Jericho d. Regal
XXVII. Punk d. Edge
Nemeth d. Punk
XXVIII. Danielson d. Jericho
XXIX. Lesnar d. Danielson
XXX. Claudio d. Danielson
9. WWF Title: No DQ: Brock Lesnar (w/Heyman) d. Claudio Castagnoli
Brock took the belt at the Rumble in a match that stayed in the ring; so this match is fought a lot outside, this is the match that uses the announce tables and the steel steps and all the ringside gimmicks - you give a lot of ringside brawling gimmicks to Lesnar and Claudio and it's a lock to both be great and be different than their match at the prior PPV.
The story is that when Brock hits you, you stay hit - as there have been clear effects to the careers of Punk and Danielson in the wake of their programs with Lesnar; Claudio also shows those effects, far less ebullient in this build than previously. This is probably the death of the Hey Movement, as even though he gives all he can, he's going to, again, go down to the F5.
Prior to the finish is the promised, "here comes GDI" spot - the psychology has been inverted in the build, what we think of as the babyface group, GDI, has used its numerical advantage and promised to inject itself into this match. Steen/Generico/Pac appear at the top of the ramp - but they're wiped out by a debuting Prince Devitt who leaps from whatever high set piece exists, which is a call back to the debuts of both Generico and Pac.
It's one guy killing 3 guys, so the finish to the match needs to come fast - we get the F5 and the fall - Devitt comes to the ring to celebrate with Heyman and Lesnar and the announce makes it clear - Prince Devitt has come to the WWF - and he's a Paul Heyman Guy.
Bryan Danielson WWF PPV Match Video Package
Summer Slam '10: Danielson d. Punk
Survivor Series '10: Danielson d. Low Ki
Royal Rumble '11: Rey d. Danielson
Wrestlemania 27: Danielson d. Rey
Summer Slam '11: Danielson d. Cena
Royal Rumble '12: WWF Title: Danielson d. Nemeth
Wrestlemania 28: WWF Title: Danielson d. Jericho
Summer Slam '12: WWF Title: Danielson d. Sheamus
Survivor Series '12: WWF Title: Danielson d. Rey
Royal Rumble '13: WWF Title: Danielson d. Dos Caras, Jr.
Wrestlemania 29: WWF Title: Lesnar d. Danielson
Summer Slam '13: WWF Title: Danielson d. Lesnar
Survivor Series '13: WWF Title: Danielson draw Punk
Royal Rumble '14: WWF Title: Danielson d. Punk/Lesnar/Swagger
Wrestlemania 30: WWF Title: Claudio d. Danielson
10. Kenta (w/Heyman) d. Bryan Danielson
Steamboat and, ideally, Kobashi, watch from a box.
In what may be Kenta's only WWF PPV match and what is likely Bryan Danielsons final WWF PPV match, Kenta goes over clean with the Go to Sleep in the best match the two can have. Streamers are thrown into the ring prematch, Danielson does as many of his old trademark spots as he can, including "I have til 5 referee" - which is probably when the Danielson fans begin to recognize that the possibility this is his last match is a real thing and start to tear up a little bit.
Finishing sequence is the same as their match in '06, there's a forearm strike sequence, Danielson hits a roaring elbow, Kenta hits three kicks to the head and then the Go to Sleep.
Postmatch Kenta offers the same handshake that Danielson offered to Punk - Danielson accepts.
Kenta exits, he and Heyman celebrate up the ramp - they're met by an emerging Lesnar and Devitt, both wearing Paul Heyman Guy shirts - all four men together on the ramp.
Danielson stays in the ring to take the applause, kisses the canvas - tomorrow night on RAW will be a Bryan Danielson Appreciation Night where he'll deliver a version of his real world speech; everyone will be there (except for Lesnar and Samoa Joe).
The show ends on a video package - a replay of If You Go Away, but with career highlights for Bret, The Undertaker, Sting, Hogan - and Danielson.
The last shot of the broadcast is after the video, it's a member of the WWF crew in an empty arena standing around a torn down ring, hammering together what appears to be the very start of some type of steel cage.
Back with some stuff next month. Build to Summer Slam in July.