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Wrestlemania™ 22  

A RAW™ & SmackDown™ Pay-Per-View Co-production.

Arena: Rosemont Horizon/Allstate Arena

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

by "Rockin" Robin Drodge

Event Date:  April 2, 2006

Match number one -(RAW ) World Tag Team Championship. World Tag Team Champions, Kane and The Big Show, Vs. Carlito and “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters.  This was the opening match for Wrestlemania  22 .  It was all right.  The ending saw Kane hit the choke slam on Carlito to pick up the pin-fall victory to retain their Championship.

Match number two - Money In The Bank Inter-promotional Ladder match between RAW and SmackDown .  Rob Van Dam (RAW) Vs. Ric Flair (RAW) Vs. Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin (RAW) Vs. Matt Hardy (SmackDown) Vs. Finlay (SmackDown) and Bobby Lashley (SmackDown).  The rule for this match was that the first Superstar who could climb the ladder and pull down the briefcase that was placed above the ring would be the winner and would receive a contract that would entitle that Superstar to wrestle either for the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship for a one-year term.  This was a very good match.  The ending saw three Superstars - Rob Van Dam, Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin on the top of a ladder and they were all trying to get to the briefcase.  RVD knocked both Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin off the ladder, both Superstars fell to the floor, this allowed RVD to climb the ladder and get the briefcase, resulting in RVD winning the match.

Match number three - (SmackDown).  United States Championship:  United States Champion, Chris Benoit Vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL).  This match was very good.  The ending saw Chris Benoit attempt to lock in the crippler crossface, however, JBL rolled Benoit over and used the ropes to pick up the pin-fall victory to become the new United States Champion.

Match number four - (RAW).  Hardcore match: Edge (with Lita in his corner) Vs. Mick Foley.  This was a great match.  There were some use of barbed wire in this match, and also Edge received a backdrop onto thumbtacks.  The ending saw Lita start to light a fire on a table.  Then Edge delivered a spear onto Mick Foley, in which they both hit the burning table.  Once they hit the table, the fire went out. Edge then pinned Foley to win the match.

Match number five - (SmackDown). Handicap match:  Booker T and Sharmell Vs. The Boogeyman.  This match was all right.  The ending saw The Boogeyman hit some type of power slam to pick up the pin-fall victory.

Match number six - (RAW).  WWE Women’s Championship:  WWE Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus Vs. Mickie James.  I must say that I was very happy with how this match went.  Trish and Mickie certainly had a good match.  Trish attempted to hit Mickie with a kick on the outside of the ring; however Trish missed and ended up hitting her own knee on the ring post.  Then when both Trish and Mickie were back in the ring Mickie worked on Trish's knee.  The fans, for whatever reason, turned on Trish and started to boo her and started to cheer for Mickie.  The ending saw Mickie attempting to hit Trish with her own finisher "the stratusfaction", but it appeared that the move was messed up. Therefore, instead of Trish getting pinned with her own finisher, Mickie had hit a Mick Kick, which resulted in the pin-fall victory.  As a result, Mickie James is the new WWE Women’s Champion.

Match number seven - (SmackDown). A Casket Match.  The Undertaker Vs. Mark Henry.  The only way for this match to end is for one of the Superstars to place their opponent into the casket and close the lid.  This match was all right.  The ending saw The Undertaker hit the tombstone on Mark Henry, who was then placed in the casket and the lid closed.

Match number eight - (RAW).  No Holds Barred:  Shawn Michaels Vs. Vince McMahon.  This match was very good.  Vince’s son, Shane, tried to get involved in the match, however he was not an issue because he was taken out by Shawn Michaels when he handcuffed Shane to the ring post.  The ending saw Shawn place Vince into a garbage container and put it on top of a table, and then Shawn hit an elbow from off the top rope onto the table where the garbage container was positioned.  Then Shawn hit the sweet chin music to pick up the pin-fall victory in this match.

Match number nine - (SmackDown) Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match:  World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle Vs. Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio.  The rule for this match was the first person to score a pin-fall or submission would win the match and the World Heavyweight Championship.  This was a good match.  The ending saw Rey Mysterio hit the 619 on Randy Orton and then followed it up with the West Coast Pop to pick up the pin-fall victory to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.  POD played Rey Mysterio’s theme song as he made his way to the ring for his match.  Afterwards, Mysterio celebrated with his wife and kids.  Also joining in on the celebration was Chavo Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero, the wife of the late Eddie Guerrero.

Match number ten - (RAW).  Playboy Pillow Fight:  Torrie Wilson Vs. Candice Michelle.  This match was all right.  The ending came when Torrie rolled up Candice and got the pin-fall victory.

Match number eleven - (RAW).  The Main Event.  WWE Championship:  WWE Champion, John Cena Vs. Triple H.  This match was all right.  The ending saw Triple H try to hit the pedigree, however it was reversed into the STF.  At first, Triple H did not submit, in fact, it appeared that maybe he might have passed out from the pain.  The referee checked Triple H to see if he was conscious, so he lifted Triple H's hands up and down twice, but on the final attempt his hands stayed up, therefore the match continued.  Then moments later, Triple H tapped out to the STF, which this resulted in John Cena retaining his Championship.

Some additional comments regarding Wrestlemania 22.

This Wrestlemania Pay-Per-View was sold out, with approximately 17,000 fans in attendance.

I thought Carlito and Chris Masters were going to win the World Tag Team Championship because Kane and The Big Show have held the titles for some time now. This very same match happened on RAW where Kane and The Big Show won to keep their titles, so other than having them lose the belts to Carlito and Chris Masters, I don’t know what the point of having this match was in the first place.

I thought The Money in the Bank Ladder match was very good and I am happy that Rob Van Dam won the contract to wrestle for the World Title. So since he is on RAW, I assume that it would be for the WWE Championship.  It has been a long time for him so he deserves the opportunity to be the Champion, so I hope that in the future he wins the WWE Championship.

The Edge/Mick Foley match was very good.

I was a little surprised that John “Bradshaw” Layfield won the United States Championship.  I thought Chris Benoit would have won the match but this feud is not over yet and I expect a rematch at Judgment Day in May between these two Superstars.

I thought that maybe The Boogeyman match with Booker T and Sharmell, and the Playboy Pillow Fight, should have happened earlier just to get these two matches out of the way.

I was very surprised of the fan reaction for the Trish and Mickie match, in that the fans booed Trish and cheered for Mickie.  I don’t know if this has anything to do with the fact that Trish has been the Champion for so long or if they wanted Mickie as the face, and Trish as a heel.  I thought they had a good match but the ending was messed up.  This has been a good feud so far with Trish being the face and Mickie now the heel.  But if the fan reaction keeps happening, who knows this could end up in a role reversal for both of the Divas, or this could just be a one-time thing.  Who knows what the future will be for these two very good women wrestlers.  I expect another match at Backlash between Mickie and Trish for the Women’s Championship before this feud ends.

I was very happy for Rey Mysterio.  He deserved to be the World Heavyweight Champion.  Sure, he may be small in size for a wrestler, but it’s his wrestling skills that count.  Even if this title reign is for a short time or long time, he certainly deserves to be the Champion.

I was a little surprised with the mix fan reaction that Rey Mysterio got in the match, so I don’t know if this will continue or if it had anything to do with the fact that this event was held in Chicago.

I thought the Shawn Michaels/Vince McMahon match was very good and I assume that this is the end to their feud.

The Undertaker extended his undefeated Wrestlemania  record with his win; he is now 14 and 0 at Wrestlemania .

In the WWE  Championship match between John Cena and Triple H, the fans booed loud for whatever Cena did.  He did have a little support, but for the most part the fans were against him.  It was a little surprising that Cena won the match and retained his belt because a lot of people on the Internet were under the impression that Triple H would win the match and the Championship.  Even on TV, it also appeared that Triple H would win the Championship.  Once it was obvious that Triple H would win, that really gave Cena a chance at winning the match and retaining his WWE  Championship.

So I expect another match to take place between Cena and Triple H at Backlash in which Triple H would win his 11th Championship in the WWE.

This has been the Wrestlemania 22 Report written by your author:  "Rockin" Robin Drodge here at The Canadian Connection.

(This page was last updated on 2007-01-01 )

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