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Wrestlemania 22 Feedback
APRIL 2006

We don't do this with every pay per view but Wrestlemania is a special time of year that is a catalyst for many different emotions and reactions within the fans. We're looking for your thoughts and opinions on the 22st installment of WWE WrestleMania. Tell us (in a nice compact paragraph) what your general thoughts are and you're comments will be posted here --- Please, I do ask, edit your comments before you hit the send button.

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Anthony Steven James Warren wrote:
My initial thought is disappointment verging on disgust. The show got off to a cracking start, Benjamin was superb as usual in the Money In The Bank match and the Hardcore match had a good finish. The 'Taker went through the motions for his 14-0 formality, although I was annoyed that Benoit dropped the belt to a joker like JBL. As far as I'm concerned, a WRESTLER should hold a title, which brings me onto my next point.

Rey Mysterio won the heavyweight title. I am not buying this for a second. I don't think the guy is 100lbs soaking wet. Not my definition of a heavyweight. Thankfully, Angle didn't get pinned so he can rightfully win his belt back as soon as possible, preferably on Smackdown! this week after Mysterio has cut another awful promo thanking Eddie for the win.

And then there's Cena. After the awful, 1930s Al Capone intro (although Triple H, looking like a bad He-Man, cannot be excused) I was amazed he not only won, but did so by making HHH tap out. Never have I heard such hostility from a crowd towards a champion. The heat was immense, and I'm still reeling in shock that Triple H didn't secure the win. How much longer can Cena hold that disgusting belt? I was hoping that HHH would thrust it down his throat tonight and go some way to restoring the legacy of the title (i.e. a proper wrestler wearing a proper belt around his waist, rather than a cheap piece of bling), but it wasn't to be. Strip Cena of the belt as soon as possible Vince, turn him heel and then bury him because no one is interested. If you force something tasteless down someone's throat they will eventually vomit
D C Sutherland wrote:
Just about every match went down the exact way no one thought it would but with the pre-show hype and during show atmosphere it wasn't a disapointment part from the obvious result. Tag opener was good but we needed that memorable moment with Masters locking in the Masterlock. Money in the Bank seemed shorter and way too choreograprhed. There was times when 3-4 wrestlers would just lean on the apron after taking a small bump and wait for their call to do something. I felt the spot with Flair and his leg should have leaded to a last minute win. Benoit vs. JBL could have been better but did the job. Edge vs. Foley was amazing and gave this (of the many) Foley comebacks more meaning. Womens title match ws good but the botched ending and little fight from Trish dampened it a little. HBK dominated way too much. Neither Mysterio or Orton should have one that. Mysterio's fairytale should end soon.The main event a the bets big fight atmosphere in a long time. The crowd were amazing so was the king of kings at some points so was Cena. Why did they give him the win?!?!?! for match quality this didn't do too well but entertainment Wrestlemania 22 will go down as one of the best!
Matt Kennedy wrote:
I really enjoyed wrestlemania, I was pleased to see Cena win. Not because I like his gimmick or because I think he is the best wrestler but for 2 reasons a) to stick it to the internet geeks (the crowd would not be booing him if it wasn't for you idiots) and b) the way that Hunter put him over. This win has set up for a great build up and match for Backlash, where the king of kings will say he took Cena too lightly, and pull out all the stops. Also is there a possibility of a DX reunion (did you notice both HHH & HBK did the DX crotch chops) I liked the Tag Team opener I thought it was a solid if short match and what about Kane, a drop kick and high risk outside the ring. It's about time wwe turned Carlito face and had a feud with the Masterpiece (who was shocking by the way) Mickie James and Trish was a great match even though they botched the ending, I like Mickie and think she has mad skills, she looks to have a promising future, isn't time WWE brought in some female wrestlers other than the 3 they have cos the eye candy (nice as it is) is getting a bit old. I really liked both hardcore matches they had some high spots and both endings were fantastic, I expected Test to come out and give Vince the win but I think I prefer the way it actually did end. Again check the crotch chops, DX reunion? I would love that. Good old Mick Foley by the way! What a match he and Edge tore the house down and the finish whoa! Taker and Mark Henry, just a going thru the motions match you knew before hand Henry wouldn't win so it was pointless. The money in the bank match was great, but there was only one winner, Finlay - no way, Matt Hardy - he's great but more suited for TNA, Flair - really it is time to take over the Raw GM role and hang up those boots, Lashley - one for the future for him to win would have been too soon, Shelton has the intercontinental title and needs more time to build his character and that leaves RVD, put the title on him he deserves it. Rey Rey as champion, I didn't see that one coming but honestly it made me smile nuff said. One last thing, Anthony Steven James Warren, a typical Cena hater, probably never laced up some boots. If you don't like don't watch simple as. I agree with you as far as make him a heel Cena has the potential to be Rock like as a heel. Bury him for who? Not the fans Cena gets booed by internet geeks and by fans who are sick of his gimmick he can wrestle check the Prototype or his early matches against Y2J and Kurt angle. All in all I liked Wrestlemania it could have been a lot better but it could have been a lot worse.
Steven Pozaryck wrote:
WrestleMania 22 was a good and bad PPV if I ever saw one. The Chris Benoit-JBL match was horrible, and that's the hard thing to accomplish with Benoit in the ring. There was no drama and the crowd was absolutely dead, not to mention that JBL winning hurt the match even more. The Mickie James-Trish Stratus match was the second best on the show and it was the most entertaining Women's Champioinship match in a very long time. I was surprised that the crowd was really against Mysterio, yet his win and his match was the best that WM 22 had to offer. What can I say about John Cena's WWE Championship defense and the outcome: winning again! The Game hasn't hit the Pedigree for two straight WrestleManias now. Still, the man beat Triple H and nobody likes him. Will he ever lose? Who's next to job to him? Finally, if you saw the Backlash promo last night, as previously reported, John Cena is last saying that he'll "take what's mine". If he doesn't lose the belt to Triple H or anyone else leading up to the event, what exactly is he going to take back?
A. Maniac (Denmark, Europe) wrote:
Great WrestleMania is all I have to say. I was sitting with a couple of friends here in Denmark, watching it live by webcast. It was a great moment, great show, thumbs up to the WWE. The Tag Team match, which opened the show, was dissapointing. Carlito didn't get the chance to really show what he can do. Big Show and Kane squashed Carlito and Masters. The U.S. title match was another dissapointing contest, and the Womens title match was great, but the botched ending really hurt. Mickie James is so great, however I didn't like the way that the fans turned on Trish. Speaking of fans turning, the crowd wasn't good towards Rey Mysterio, who did an awesome entrance and won the World Heavyweight Title in the match of the night. The Triple Threat match was really awesome, and seeing Rey win was more that I could ever dream of. Think of Rey four years ago, and then now. Wow. Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels had an incredible entertaining match, with Shawn Michaels kicking everybodys ass basically. Shane got caned, Spirit Squad got beaten badly and Vince... well, I guess he didn't feel on top ;-) Edge and Foley also had a fantastic match. Really awesome spots and great planning. The Playboy Pillow Fight was really what I expected. So was the Boogeyman match, however the backstage angle before the match was PRICELESS! The Money in the Bank was great, but I wouldn't have minded it going longer, and the finish came a little sudden. When Ric Flair got injured, it was really scary. But he came back, so I calmed down again. Rob Van Dam won the match, although Shelton Benjamin was the MVP. None of the SmackDown! guys was really good tonight, but that's okay when you have Shelton doing some crazy shit. Finally there's Cena vs. HHH. A great match with two awesome entrances. I have NO idea why people hate Cena. I watched the HOF ceremony and he's the most charismatic man in WWE right now. The man is so talented on the mic, and he's not a bad worker at all. Yes he might not do 96 moves like Super Dragon or someone, but he can work very good. Cena rules, and I was happy he retained. There's nothing cool about seeing Triple H winning that title again. We've seen it ten times before... why should we bother about another one? Good move by WWE. In most cases I say WWE should listen to the fans, but the fans at WM22 was largely smart marks, and I personally hate smart marks and see them as pathetic fans to the sport. They ruined the show in many aspects by buh'ing the wrong people. OVERALL: A great WrestleMania with three ****+ matches and two ***+ matches. It might have been the best Mania since WM17, but I also liked WM18 and WM19. Thumbs up to the WWE, however maybe they should turn Cena heel.
Jennifer McHenry (Germany) wrote:
So, Wrestle Mania 22 last night. I live in Germany, and here it started at 3am in the morning. And what a show it was, I'm not going to comment on all the matches because frankly some are not even worth being called a match!! One match I did enjoy was the match with Shawn Micheals!! Now I was watching wrestling when the DX had their prime time so yes I would like that "old" Micheals to come back. Why, well it was more entertaining. The World Heavyweight Championship Match, now hold on a scond, Heavyweight, shouldn't that title be somewhat changed now. I think Mysterio is a great wrestler, but not a heavyweight!!! That win is a joke and I truly hope that someone else gets champ soon, like well yesterday. The last match, well I do believe that HHH should have won, but well this at least leaves room for more, and since I don't give up hope so soon, maybe for Micheals and HHH making the DX sign, will see some group reunion soon!! Well, I guess that is me dreaming, but hey!! In the end, well it was worth staying up, and since we only pay like $18 for the pay per view, that was worth it too. But It was not!!!!!! a great Wrestle Mania!!!
Andy J. wrote:
The only title they did the right thing with is the women's title, after over a year of being carried Trish has finally dropped the title.
Ktrainham wrote:
I really enjoyed the show. I thought everything was done well except for the time allotments for certain matches. My fav match was Cena/HHH because it is just the begining for these two. I also am hoping and praying for a Cena heel change and a DX reunion. It would really bring a much needed new, fresh feeling to Raw!
James Watts wrote:
I loved WrestleMania 22, and I don't usually like watching WWE anymore. It was unbelievable, and it was one of WWE's more enjoyable Pay Per Views. I just wanna address some of the comments made by Anthony Steven James Warren. The first one are the things he said about having Rey Mysterio and John Cena pick up the wins. Rey Mysterio winning the World Title was a feel-good moment, just like when Chris Benoit won his first World Title at WrestleMania. Show some respect to Eddie as well man. As for John Cena, I like him as WWE Champion, and as a fan I would rather have Cena forced on me than Triple H. Helmsley holding the belt all the time is stale, and having him tap out to Cena is a good boost for Cena's career and title reign. But like you, I don't like the fact that JBL is the US Champion, because he doesn't deserve it.
LanceCrucifix wrote:
All and all, I wasn't to excited or bored. It seemed like I was watching another episode of RAW or Smackdown!. There were some cool things about the night, Mickie James takeing the womens title was sweet. I was hoping Masters and Carlito would take the Tag Titles, and the Lungblower that Kane took looked killer. I was angry about the US title matche, I wasn't mad about JBL winning, just pissed at how he won, and standard pin, and grabed the rope which by no means looked like he gained any leverage. We finally got to see Boogeyman do more then just two moves, Booker almost knocked the rest of his teeth out with that superkick. Obviously Rob Van Dam won the Money in the Bank, but I would have settled for Matt or Shelton, or Flair, dunno why though, lol. The Pillow fight was a travesty, not a single pillow was used either. Trips actually carried Cena to somewhat of a decent match, but it didn't look easy, and I might be the only one but I think H's entrance was sweet, aswell as Cena's, did anyone notice one of the gangsters was CM Punk? I marked in the Edge Foley match. The Spear was sweet seeing as Edge actually followed Foley through the ropes instead of a shoulder thrust. Lita catching a Mandible Claw with the barbed Wire was a long time coming, espeacially after she hit Mick in the Homies( Testicles lol) with Barbie. Then the triple threat, while I was rooting for Angle, I don't mind that Rey won the belt. Rey has the heart to be champion, and nobody bitched when AJ Styles won the NWA title so they shouldn't about Rey winning the World. Granted Rey isn't a heavyweight, but neither was Shawn Michaels when he won his first WWE title. All and all there were some sweet spots.
Adam Schultz (Satellite Beach, FL) wrote:
While I give the last several WWE Pay-Per-View events high marks, I'm afraid Wrestlemania 22 had more than its share of faults. The highlights include the great Money In The Bank ladder match and the very satisfying Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon battle. However, most of the other matches had problems. It was extremely awkward to hear fans booing Trish Stratus, and the botched ending to the match left a bad aftertaste. Fans also chanted "boring" during the Candice/Torrie Pillow Fight, despite the girls stripping down to their undies. Maybe fans are finally getting tired of gratuitous sex in wrestling. The Undertaker's tombstone of Mark Henry was the only bright spot in an otherwise pedestrian match. I expected something special to happen in the Boogeyman versus Booker T match, but it ended anti- climactically. And Mick Foley's loss in the Hardcore Match with Edge was also odd, unless it was the WWE's way of passing on the hardcore torch to the Rated R Superstar. The Tag Team and United States Championship battles were good, though I've seen better matches on RAW and Smackdown. The Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship was very well done, despite a botched move toward the end by Rey Mysterio. The WWE Championship match had many problems. Triple H looked slightly ridiculous in the King Conan getup, but the whole "Chicago Gangster" theme of John Cena's entrance fell flat. Was this the WWE's attempt to get the Chicago crowd on Cena's side against the most popular heel in wrestling? If it was, it didn't work. Was having Triple H tap out to Cena an attempt to put the champ "over the top"? Maybe, but although I like John Cena, he will probably always be a controversial champion. Overall, I give Wrestlemania 22 a grade of C+. Maybe the hype of this Wrestlemania just couldn't live up to the reality, but the WWE can, and has done, better.
David Baldwinson wrote:
This years Wrestlemania was of mild entertainment this year. There were some real good points in the show and some lows. A plus side for this one was it wasn't nearly as predictable as last years. But it left me with a fowl taste in my mouth and what intrigued me most were the fan actions, particularly in some matches The womens champion ship match was a well fought match, but for some reason, the psycho Mickie, was hugely cheered for, while the always loved Trish was booed. My thought is they blew the whole obbsesion angle by never letting Trish except or even like Mickie, she really came off like a b**** in it and that may be why she was booed and Mickie was cheered. the triple threat match was really good, but something wasn't right about rey winning. You get the feeling it was Eddie's win, not Rey's. In the end we were all happy for Rey, he's worked hard all his life and he does deserve this moment, but u feel its been stolen and that u were happy, but u wanted angle more then there was the main event (a real downer in my mind) that saw HHH recieve mostly cheers for every offence he used and Cena booed for everything he did. It looks like were all finally sick of Cena. When the match was over, i'm sure most of us were saying, thats it. Disappointing match, disappointing result, nobody was cheering when it was done, we were all to shocked. I hope Vince pays close attention to this a drops the title for HHH or RVD soon.
shane cairns wrote:
great supurb best wrestlemania of all time better than wrestlemania 3 just great.
"The Icon" Shocker Luckett wrote:
This Wrestlemania Was one of the most overly done ones in history in every match (with excpection of JBL and Benoit) you kind of knew what was going to happen but I was glad it was back in the Midwest and will be here next year. We had 3 out of 5 title changes... no more Trish Stratus.......An with JBL having gold now his gimmick for being a wrestling god can make sense agian( can't be a god and not have gold) As for Rey it was due to happen just off of the fact that he has given so much to the business but it sad that WWE used Eddie as a reason to give it to him... to bad Randy will take it from him only to lose it to Batista

As for the Intros, HHH was the best( it is officially he is now King Harley Race. lol) the Viking look fit him all too well are we looking at his future gimmick( when he's flair's age) The I want to be the mob was a lil lame but I really couldn't here the whole movie thing that was going on at 1st since I was in a bar watching it but I think he could do better he needs a new song off his album I thing it the 2nd to last one now that a song to get you hype when he hit the ring and the fan will stop booing him for a min( since they have to learn new lyric to rap out loud on) Rey's was different but a lot of people didn't understand it that he was wearing a Mexican headrest not being Two-can Sam. Over all I give it a 3.5 out of 5. 1 point cuase it was wrestlemaina and a half of point cuase taker is 14-0
Jamie Piercey wrote:
I have mixed feelings on the event, as i'm sure many fans might. On one hand, some matches were excellent. The entertainment value of the hardcore match was extremely high, and Foley put on a surprisingly good show. Michaels vs McMahon got off to a bad start, with those stupid cheerleaders, but still involved one of the better stunts i've personally seen in wrestling. The money in the bank match was another highlight, with RVD and Benjamin particularly putting in great efforts. As well, The Undertaker and Mark Henry had a pretty solid bout, I personally just starting watching wrestling again(stopped about 5 years ago), and I can't believe that the Undertaker can still wrestle like that! Henry is not much good, but the Taker carried him well enough to make a good match.

However, for every high, there was a low. First of all, the opening match was a complete waste of time, Big Show and Kane make for the most boring tag team champions I can remember, and Carlito and Masters are fun to watch but they couldnt have a decent match with two giants. Furthermore, The Boogeyman is quite possibly THE WORST WRESTLER in WWE history. That match was awful. As for the triple threat, I can understand Mysterio's win considering the storyline, but really, he is far from championship material, and if he doesnt lose the belt as soon as possible it's integrity will be even further compromised. The main event was, at it's highest points, a medicore match, and the conclusion was extremely anticlimatic. Obviouosly, John Cena needs to lose that belt as soon as possible, a face champion who gets booed that intensly can only be terrible for the company, and I dont think he can pull off heel.

I would say it was a solid pay per view, but maybe not much of a Wrestlemania. Were this a Summerslam I would be quite satisfied, but given the prestigue of Wrestlemania, i'm not sure what to think.
elgrande wrote:
The opening tag match showcased everyone pretty well. It seemed that Kane was going to fall to the masterlock. I'd have loved to see a Carlito promo open this though Money in the Bank had some nice spots, especially that ladder run to a flip by Shelton. I wouldn't be surprised if Edge challenged RVD for the briefcase in a ladder match soon. Lashley will probably challenge JBL and get his first belt. I've realized that the WWE has made a mistake with Mickie James. You see, the fans can relate to Mickie. After all, Mickie is just a fan like us. To see her win is like seeing someone from the crowd winning (didn't Mickie come from the crowd in her debut?). Great match though. It was nice to see Trish put Mickie over. Class act. The hardcore match felt too short as well. I still loved every minute while it was on. I'd love to see Edge in his first Hell in a Cell at Backlash with Foley. With the ppv just being Raw, hopefully that match will be given ample time. I think there was a fascinating subtext to HBK's match. By doing the DX chop, he was compromising his born again Christian values. By doing so, he is showing how he is willing to sacrifice his ethics for the sake of the company's success, which he claims Bret Hart was unwilling to do. His promo on the post game show had an interesting vibe. The triple threat match felt too short, but it had a nice fairy tale vibe to it. Both marks and smarks seem to hate Orton. Rey will probably drop the title to him, easily setting up the feud with the Internet-beloved Angle. Obviously HHH failed at getting the fans to cheer for Cena. I don't know if the smarks hate Cena for his lack of ability, or the fact that he is has more ability, and that his gimmick prevents him from showing his real talent. The kickout from the FU had me in chills, but the STFU ending felt kind of shakey. I was very entertaining while I watched the event, but after, I feel as if every match was rushed. If you use this, please refer to me as sumuffin.
Jackson Wingate wrote:
Wrestlemania this year is incredibly poor and i believe thats the general concensus, from internet fans atleast. Starting with the first match, Big Show and Kane have been by far the most boring tag team ive ever witnessed. The two men havent lost a tag team match, let alone a singles match since, what, Survivor Series? And just as Carlito and Chris Masters are beginning to really come into their own and become genuine heels who should be competing for the WWE Title, they are forced to job to the most dominant tag team in the business. Now the Money in the Bank Ladder match was great, RVD wins and finally gets a much deserved push. However, the competitors from Smackdown really just show you the state that Smackdown is in lately, three guys that havent talked since they joined the Smackdown Roster. The U.S. Title Match, well i see this as the start of a great new rivalry, honestly i think that these two could have some bonafide classics in the months to come. Plus there has to be some challengers and who better than a real American? Now, the Hardcore match was good so ive got no problems there except that it was followed with the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T putting The Boogeyman over. Oh, and his wife is in the match too. This is one of the most ridiculous matches i have ever left the room for. Divas match, another one im willing to walk out on.

The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry was one of the better matches just because there was actually some buildup for the match with is more than i can say for either of the championship matches. Taker goes 14-0, hopefully next year he'll round it out and go for an odd 15 before we can put him to rest. Now i realize Vince McMahon likes to have some fun and take part in odd storylines, but does he have to use an hour of RAW every week so he can build up a match with the man who brought us a spectacular match last year with Kurt Angle? I guess Vince likes "screwing" Shawn just as much as he likes "screwing" the honest fans. Yet another divas match, we already saw this, in playboy. Now the championship matches, Kurt Angle defending against Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, oh and for those who didnt have any audio, Angle can lose the title without being pinned, as we were reminded constantly within the past few weeks. Rey wins, and honestly i don't really mind. I think he'll have some decent championship matches, although im hoping Orton will win out and have a series of matches against Angle this summer, i know its a bit early but maybe Orton v. Angle in an Ironman Match this Summerslam? Who knows. Ugh, John Cena triumpths again and to yet another akward entrance, i guess the space suit from the Royal Rumble was on loan. Now that Cena has beat everyone on the Raw roster, he just may retire, so we're not totally without hope.
Jose Aguirre wrote:
Wrestlemania 22 was pretty good especially compared to last year's. Cena had a pretty decent match, but that may have to do with the fact that he didn't fight a flabby midcarder(JBL). Triple H had a cool entrance, and for those who hate the fancy, flashy things, Suck Me!! Wrestlmania is about being big, fancy, and flashy. Mickie James won!! Trish was chanpion way too long and barely ever defended her belt. Boogeyman, and Booker T, was a weird match and I got kind of confused, it was kind of a waste of Booker's talent. RVD won and now he will finally fight for the Title, the match was kind of short but everything can't be perfect.

Michaels and McMahon was a good match but it was a match that I will forget pretty easily. The Tag Match, the U.S. title match, the Casket match, and the Softcore porn match were not Wrestlemania material but something had to put in to fill in the four hours right? Edge vs. Foley was an amazing match. I am not a big fan of Foley's stunts but getting speared onto a flaming table live, is an unforgettable moment. Edge my second favorite wrestler, right after RVD, put on an amazing show, I think all he needs is to turn Face or at least get his sense of humor back, and he can be set to feud over the title with RVD( when hopefully he becomes champion sometime in the next year.)
David Barnett wrote:
Well I have to say, I've seen all 22 Wrestlemanias to date and I have to say, I'm impressed at the fact that WWE was able to pull off such an amazing Wrestlemania, although there are some bad spots that could, and I emphasize on the word COULD, be fixed. The opening match was ok in my opinion but it was a little slow for my liking. What in the blue hell was up with JBL winning the U.S. championship, someone must have been doing some cheap grass with that one! The Money In The Bank match was just plain awesome. RVD should get a push sometime soon, at least before Summerslam. Edge & Foley was just crazy! I really enjoyed that match especially when Egde speared Foley into a flaming table! Just pure genius!! That freaks skit was just damn hilarious! I think Goldust should refer to himself as "Oprahdust" from now on! That match could have been a lot better, and I mean really. Then there was the Women's Championship match. Now I'm all for old school wrestling but Mickie James winning the belt?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Why would you give a psycho b**** a title in the first place? Vince and Shawn 10 out of 10 on that one. Bring Back DX!!!! The Undertaker should go 15-0 before he retires. Rey with the World Heavyweight Championship belt is a good thing. Whoever complains about that has no heart or compassion, either that or they shouldn't be watching WWE programming. Don't kill me for that one! The pillow fight sucked BIG TIME, lol! Even though those 2 were hot it still sucked, and there's no way to fix that, or is there? And finally the WWE Championship match! I was utterly shocked to see Cena retain @ Wrestlemania! That was surprising to say the least, and I liked the entrances because they were unique. WWE should do something similar like that again. Can't wait for Backlash!
Doug Henry wrote:
I was overall pleased with Wrestlemania 22. Big Show and Kane winning was not a surprise to me because I felt WWE teasing the Carlito/Masters break-up for awhile now. Money In The Bank was just as good as last year with some great spots from Shelton. RVD deserved the win and although I'm not sure if he can be World Champion, it would be nice to see where he goes from here. I wasn't impressed with Benoit/JBL and I assumed JBL would win. Edge is the man and has been my favorite superstar to watch for the last 6 months now. He and Foley really put on a show and even though most of the world thought Edge would win anyway, they both really delivered. I thought Booker/Sharmell would beat the Boogeyman personally but the match really did nothing for me. I am not a big fan of the Boogeyman and I hope they do something with his character other than what it is now. The women's title match could of been the best match on the card if Trish wouldn't have been hurt. It seemed like these two were fueding forever and Mickie winning was awesome. Undertaker match was good but predictable. Shawn/Vince was my favorite match. Shawn Michaels has been my favorite wrestler since I started watching wrestling and seeing him in this match was nostalgic. I loved the DX tease and I really hope he and Trips bring it back. Props to Vince for taking all those shots. You could say Rey deserved to win the World Title but what happens when he eventually loses? He'll be buried back into the midcard and wrestling Kid Kash eventually and that to me makes it difficult to see Rey as champ unless WWE keeps him as a MAIN EVENTER for a long time. The Pillow Fight was dumb and misplaced on the card. (Don't get me wrong, I like Candice hardly wearing anything...it was just a dumb match) I knew Cena would somehow win but I really liked Trips in this match; especially when he chopped at Cena. (I really want DX back) Although it was lacking excitement towards the end, I felt it was an overall good Wrestlemania and I hope for more interesting storylines to develop from this...and if you don't agree with that, I've got two words for ya!!
Jordan Edmonds wrote:
I thought that wrestlemania was pretty good overall. Why in the hell have they given Rey Mysterio the World Heavyweight title as he is only a lightweight, also they should of let Triple H become the WWE champion. The best match of the night was the money in the bank match but i thought they should of let Bobby Lashley win it and become the new Brock Lesnar. Also anaother good match was Mick Foley vs Edge brilliant match best ever hardcore match there ahs been!!!!
Alex Jacobsohn wrote:
This wresltemania unlike others did not feel like a wrestlemania extravaganza. It felt like just another pay per view. I was very dissapointed with the overall quality and the only matches that got me excited were the Money In the Bank ladder match, the hardcore match between Edge and Foley and the World Heayweight match, which was far too short and too early in the night. The Playboy pillow fight should have been scratched from the card since it had absolutely no importance in the night. The main event sickened me beyond belief. To begin the entrances were ridiculous. The match itself was completly unexciting. Both Cena and Triple H went through the motions and it did not have the main event caliber match feel to it unlike previous wrestlemania events have. I was hoping that Triple H would become an 11 time champ but i was again let down when Cena forced H to tap out. Thats right tap out. It did not matter to Vince that every crowd Cena performs in front of shouts obscene remakrs to him or cheers whenever he gets beaten to a pulp. Vince will continue to shove Cena down our throats as the wild out of control bad boy that nobody, excuse me everybody loves.
Doug Hamer wrote:
This mania kicked so much ass...Sure it wasn't lined with gold and packed with stars and heavy feuds, and sure the rehearsed moves in the triple threat and MITB matches were pretty gay; but at least each match gave you a classic moment. Takers' dive over the top rope was insane, seeing as Henry barely did anything to help his breakfall; McMahon's balls for taking an elbow drop without being able to see it were damn impressive; Edge's spear and Foley's whole match; that hilarious segment where booker T babbled incoherently about freaks, while goldust came along in women's apparel; and finally, THE CROWD!!! That was the best moment I've ever seen watching WWE! In the punch exchange where they booed each Cena punch and cheered the Tripster's, that was intensely awesome :D!!!
George Groves wrote:
the first match of the night i thought was an average start. i think wwe should have given carlito and the masterpiece the titles because who else was gonna beat kane and the big show. money in the bank had its moments i thought shelton benjamin shined again i think that rvd will become the new wwe champion. after all the positive comments over recent house shows between jbl and chris benoit i was surprised that jbl one i think that chris benoit should have kept the title after beaten booker t so many times to gain it. i say bring benoit back to the top. i loved the hardcore match i thought edge played the hardcore role very well and finally foley had that defining wrestlemania moment. the boogeyman match was very pointless even though he had an injured bicep the match was boring and booker t deserves a better opponent than the no selling poor wrestler that is the boogeyman. the mickie trish match was average i think mickie deserved to win even though the finish was botched i think the crowed reaction showed that mickie deserved the title. the taker henry casket match was interesting even though henry dominated the earlier parts of the match undertaker shown his agility diving over the top rope and over the casket im happy taker is 14-0 at wrestlemania. now the best match of the night shawn vs vince. i thought the start was good with use of a couple of weapons mr mcmahon wanted the old shawn micheals that's exactly what he got. shawn micheals first got rid of the spirit squad the demolished the handcuffed shane o mac with a kendo stick then got a bloody vince and got out the ladder i was so happy when he hit him with it then decided he needed more punishment . he got out 30 FOOT ladder and just before he dropped the elbow he did the old dx crotch chop a perfect end to a perfect match and a perfect fued. the smackdown main event was a good match i thought randy orton and kurt angle were both tremendous in this fast paced match i was happy to see rey win the title even though in my opinion he's never been a main event wrestler i thought rey celebrating with chavo and vickie was very emotional and it mad my wrestlemania. the torrie candice pillow was as the chicago crowed said it was boring. and finally i was angry to see john cena win against the king of kings i think that by backlash triple h will win the title back i cant be asked to comment on the whole match other than triple h kicking out the f u superb. in conclusion i think wrestlemania did go big time and i will be happy to carry on paying money to watch many wrestlemania's to come.
Hogan Allcorn wrote:
This year's Wrestlemania was trash. Especially ever since WCW shut the doors, WWE has put on Wrestlemanias that have wresters matched well and logically (on an ability and storyline level) with other wrestlers. Rock v Hogan. Angle v Lesnar. And even last year's championship matches marked the rise of two seemingly bright stars. This year the only one's that made sense were the women's matches and Cena v HHH. And of course, we all know how that one went, they kept the blet on Cena!!! HBK v Vince would have been ever so sweet if the Hitman had came out and screwed both of them by bangin 'em up with steel chairs or something. It's friggin' sweet the RVD won. They'll prolly find a way to take it away from him. Maybe WWE will let him take out Rey at One Night Stand. Edge beat the glorified stunt man and may have just ended his 12th comeback. GayBL beat Chris "I should jump ships" Benoit. I WAS SO SCHOCKED THAT HENRY LOST TO THE UNDERTAKER. Oh, and did I forget to mention the Bogeyman? Good, because I didn't want to. Wrestlemanias usually represent what the WWE is for that year, and it's almost sad to say that this is what it is.
The Val wrote:
I thought this year's wrestlemania was generally entertaining, but very predictable. I can't believe I keep reading people's remarks to the way it was unpredictable. Open your eyes! The only surprise was the JBL win and although I'm not a Bradshaw fan, I was glad for his new Title. Let's face it, nobody saw that coming. As for the rest, I thought the HBK vs Mr McMahon match was very entertaining, the Taker vs Henry was nice but nothing special, the Tag Team championship either and the women's championship would have rocked if it wasn't for the botched end. The Pillow fight and the Boogeyman vs Booker T were awfull matches...Is the Boogeyman suposed to be a new kind of cheap Undertaker?! It sucks... The Money in the bank match was also predictable but very good with great wrestling display shown by all the participants!

And now the main events... Rey winning the title was absolutely predictable. I personally like Mysterio but he's not even a Heavyweight. It's a joke for him to wear the heavyweight title, besides if it wasn't for Eddie's death this would have never happened. And people still ask why the crowd booed him...Despite this, I think it was the best match of the event. Cena vs HHH...It was a very good match, capturing the crowd in a way I haven't seen in a loooong time. The HHH entrance was good but Cena's was possibly the worst entrance in Wrestlemania main events ever, with the WWE desperatly trying to get the Chicago crowd to cheer the champ. Not done! Why? Because we're all sick and tired of John Cena...we're sick of his lame matches, of his awfull kidish gimmick, of his stupid spinner belt and we're sick of having him beeing constantly put down our throats. The kid has talent, he's one of the best mic workers I've ever seen but I hate him and that's all WWE''s fault. Watching Wrestlemania 22 proved that I'm am not alone... I think that WWE got it all wrong when it came to crowd preferences... NOTE: for those of you who cheer Cena and think that what happened in Chicago (and everywhere he performs, actually) was the result of the internet fans interventions, you should really grow up.
Adam Giancola wrote:
Wow, by far the best Wrestlemania since WM 17. The first math was ok, but I really thought the WWE would take the titles on the youngsters Carlito/Masters instead of letting Big Show/ Kane drop the titles to the Spirit Squad the very next night on RAW. Next the Money In The Bank Ladder match, it was a great match especially the performance that Shelton Benjamin put on during it but in general I think they rushed it, and the way RVD won it was that big of a dramatic finish like the one at WM 21. Then there was the US title match by far the dumpest match of the night, really the night before Benoit inducted long time friend Eddie Guerrero and then the next night losing to the Wrestling Fraud( yes I said fraud )its just plain b.s. . Then came the hardcore match one of the good matches of the night but seeing that it would be no backlash for foley( as he said in his blog before mania ) I think he should have won and broke the r rated superstar un-defeated streak at wrestlemania also seeing that it was indeed Foley's specialty match but the fans can't always get ti there way( oh yah edge did put on a great performance ). Now this one was probably the strangest match of the night but still pretty entertaining if you don'r know which one it is yet then you have problems( i'll give you a hint it's the Boogeyman v the T's ). This match was off the charts weird in the women's championship match. Like i'm glad Stratus dropped the title but to Mickie James, enough said right there. Undertaker goin 14-0 ( no big surprise, to me at least ). Overral the casket match was pretty entertaining. The No holds Barred match brought back a side of michaels that we havened seen since he was part of dx, and it was friken great to see him like that again. But just really one down side to the match was that vince barely got any good blows in, but overral the best match of the night other than the wwe title match. Next rey's big 10 minutes of fame. The triple threat world title match was overral great, from mysterio's entrance to the great performance of all three wrestlers. Overral I don't know why wwe put the world title on rey when everyone knows hes gonna drop it to Batist when he gets back( anyone could have done that ). The playboy pillow fight was pretty good too, oh sorry I mean really good. Now the best ever main event in wrestlemania history by far, from the great entrances to the great win by John Cena. The only thing I didn't like about this mania was the way the chain gain fans turned on Cena. All I have to say to you fans is THE CHAMP IS STILL HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jack Langley wrote:
this year wrestlemania didn't live up to its expectations - they had soo much advertising that youd expect it to be 5star!! when i first saw the arena it looked just like a normal arena from smackdown or raw! the only new feature was the wrestlers faces on small bilboards around the arena and the titantron which wasnt wrestlemania-like at all!

the first match was again like a normal tag team match that was quite slow!kane and big show are such a dominant force that we could all predict the result,unless the masterpiece or carlito used dirty tactics.money in the bank,although far too short was a very good match - shelton benjamin was excellent.jbl, in my opinion isnt worthy of the us title nor the heavyweight championship and chris benoit should have been able to keep the title for longer than less than a month.the no rules hardcore match has the best match of the ppv - with one of the most brilliant endings to a match with the spear through the ropes through a table ON FIRE!!.handicap match was fairly poor, it turned out to be a hopeless booker t against the boogeyman. womans title match was ordinary but trish couldnt keep her title for ever.casket match was shockin - the worst match of the whole wrestlemania. grudge match was very gd excpt for the spirit squad - hbk dominated and bring back dx. triple threat match was short bt very exciting and rey mysterio finally deserves a title excpt for the tag or cruiserweight, bt is he realy good enough to hold the world heavyweight title?!?! playboy pillow fight wasnt too hot bt candice and torrie are very hot!

the main event was a simple single match and wasnt as good as i expected.the entrances were unique but the ending was boring as john cena made the king of kings tap out a foot from the rope!!

overall wresltmania got a 4/10 compared to the other wrestlemanias
Adam Giancola wrote:
Wrestlemania 22, April 2, Chicago,IL. John Cena retains his title after a great match with Triple H. Yet the crowd does not seem happy, is it simply that Cena has had the title too long, or is it just that Triple H is better. Probably both of those ideas are good explinations but who am I too make an assumbtion of that. Anyways, after I finshed watching Wrestlemania 22 and cursing at the fans turn on cena like that, I started to think do you think WWE is smart enough to make John Cena a heel? Maybe yes, maybe no, but if you look at how good of a performer Cena is as a face how good do you think he'll be as a heel. If you think he'll be good then you and I think alike. Just picture it Cena as a heel, it be like watching Roddy Piper perform again. A guy that the fans both love and hate, and plus maybe Cena can get some better theme music than what he has now.
Robert Andrew Forbes wrote:
Overall not an awful Wrestlemania, but still could have been alot better. It would have been great if Bret Hart would have stayed for Wrestlemania, but I'm sure he had his reasons. This unquestionably looked like the best Wrestlemania card in recent years. My immediate response to this was disappointment bordering bewilderment. Probably what made me happier than anything else from this event was seeing Rob Van Dam take how the Money in the Bank. I'd love to see him capture the title after all these years, but we'll see. Next up was the US title match. It was fairly obvious JBL would win, however, I still don't like it that much. Benoit is the best technician of his day, and I've always believed the best wrestlers should get the belts. Overall, a decent match. The Hardcore match was very good. Edge is another guy that should have one of the titles because of his ability. Mick Foley can still do his hardcore matches despite his age. The two men really pushed each other to the limits, and their efforts were very much appreciated at least by me.

Booker T v The Boogeyman was just terrible. I like his freakish character but there are reasons why The Boogeyman has only wrestled a handfull of time. This was one, as well as his Royal Rumble match against JBL. The Undertaker seemed to coast through his match against Mark Henry. I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks Mark Henry is just a waste of time. Never the less, The taker is 14-0 on the grand stage.

The two women's matches were entertaining(as most are). Trish had to drop the belt eventually, and believe it or not I think the storyline for this match leading up to mania was probably the best of all others. Michaels versus McMahon was a good storyline as well, but unfortunately it lead to a weak match with HBK basically dominating too much.

Here is where it really took a turn for the worst. Why was the triple threat match not the main event? I just didn't understand that. The match itself I felt would be the best on the card, but was a major disappointment. After the playboy pillow fight, came the main event. One other thing I didn't understand was the silly 1930s Prohibition intro they played, as well as Triple H in disguise as The Barbarian from the early 90s. A little too hokey for my taste. The match overall was good. I'm still impressed by Triple H, the man still has the passion to be the game and king of kings and whatever else they call him. Despite a good match, that Triple H carried, the ending was weak. I'm not the biggest Cena fan, he's better than any one on the mic, but his ability is lacking. I still don't understand why he kept the belt. I think Triple H brings prestige to the World Title, and should have it.

Overall, I was disappointed. The event was good until the main events. Perhaps We've seen so many great Wrestlemanias that the ones that are just barely average, like this one we have a hard time accepting. Regardless of how they play things out after this, this still could have been done better. Forgive me for being a little long winded.
The Mac Attack wrote:
Shelton Benjamin, Shawn Micheals, Edge, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle... They made WM into something spectacular.

Shelton Benjamin, as last year, showed us what a guy can do when he has the athletic prowess and the balls to try something a bit dangerous. The MITB match was awesome even if Bobby Lashley took about 45 minutes to climb 5 steps!

HBK has been looking a bit past it of late, but the SHOWSTOPPA' is still running the show and giving the crowd an awesome match. Okay, the majority of the match was pretty average, but the ending was just too good. The big ladder, the table and the trash can, I only expected a small ladder and the table but thats HBK.

Edge and Foley, that was hardcore, the thumbtacks and the flaming table, i found myself at home doing an old ECW chant.

The two main events were comparitively poor compared to the WM20 and WM19 main events although what with having some better talent it easily surpassed WM 21's main events. The World Heavyweight Championship match ruled, even if it was a little short. The same cannot be said for the WWE title match. John Cena is as talentless as ever, and WTF was the Loyalty Hustle Respect crap about, atleast HHH (and I've been a diehard HHH fan since WM15) looked awesome in his enterance, even if it reminded us all of Conan the Barbarian.

Over All one of my favourite WMs but the endings of both Title matches left me hoping the champs would loose in the near future.
Roy "Rated R superstar" Bledsoe wrote:
I thought wrestlemania was ok, not that good though. I did like the hardcore match because my favorite part was when edge speared foley and his body was wrapped in barbed wire. Another good match was the trish vs mickie match. I was really disapointed to see randy not win but i think its cool Rey won the belt. Just think if christian was still there he probably wouldn't even been on the card. But my favorite part of the whole experience was seeing Bret give his speech, I got a little choked up. And people don't get mad cause rey won I think he can carry smackdown give him a chance.
André The Falcon Gomes Portugal Europe wrote:
Well, I think it wasn't a bad Wrestlemania, but perhaps it should have been better, it didn't had a real "Biggest Show of the Year" feeling. The Main Events we're only OK, but it sucked Cena winning again, with an STFU, LOL. I'm not a Cena hater, I was happy when he won it at the first place, but now I'm tired of him being the Champion, give the title to somebody else (Edge, HHH,RVD, anyone but Cena). Rey win was entertaining but has no credibility. As for the rest props to Taker hi-flying and carrying Henry to a good match, to Vince for taking so many bumps, and for a good Money In The Bank Match(I loved Matt Side Efect to Finlay from the ladder). The match that stealed the show was Edge Vs. Foley, but Shawn was also very good. The Boogeyman vs. Booker, Trish vs. Mickie and JBL vs. Benoit sucked so much I almost fell asleep.
Tony Olivero wrote:
I thought that overall this years WrestleMania was good. WM22 was definetly better than 21 and 20 match quality wise, and in the same ballpark as WM19. The Tag Team match was solid but they could have let Carlito do more, he has not shown all of his skills. The MITB Ladder match was a very good match, maybe a little better than last years. The US Title match was solid, maybe a little to short. The backstage freak show was very well done. Bookers match was pointless and Boogey hasn't shown more than two wrestling moves in 4 months. The Hardcore match was maybe the best WWE hardcore match ever, a classic WM match. Hardcore Socko was cool and Edge and Foley put on a show, barbed wire, bats, stairs, flaming table, tacks, chairs. Mickie and Trish had one of the best womens matches in a while. The only thing wrong with this match was the botched ending. Vince vs. Shawn was one sided, but cool. Props to Vince for taking major bumps. The Casket match was all you could have expected. Taker "flying" again was a WM moment. The Triple Threat was a very good match and a potential show stealer if they didn't waste time on pillow fights and entrances. Rey winning is a good thing. He has worked hard all of his life. However Angle also deserved that big title win at WM. The pillow fight was stupid. The WWE title match entrances were somewhat chessey. The match was good, maybe Cenas best as champ. Think how much better it was than last year with JBL. On PPV I think they blocked out the live crowds booing. Fans shouldn't boo Cena the way they did, hes a very hard worker, and he has some pretty good moves but he just does not use them. Overall the problem with WM22 was the fact that time was not alloted properly. The entrances for Cenas match were as long as the triple threat, enough said.
TLove81 wrote:
I don't think Wrestlemania 22, was all that bad of a show. But, I do agree with everyone else it had some down points. The opening tag team match with Kane Big Show vs. Masters, Carlito, was kind of up and down because it got boring with some good spots and low spots but, I Kane because he dominated. I was shocked in the end because I though Carlito and Masters would win. I see why this match was first because it was not one of the big build up matches smart on WWE's part. Next, money in the bank I loved this match because I think it was built up to what it was going to be, exciting and just take your breath away. Shelton and RVD stole this match. The was RVD's match to begin with. No words really for the JBL vs. Benoit match I love Benoit don't get me wrong but, it was just a weird match for him, a cheap win for JBL. Boogyman vs. Booker T just a waste of time, this was just for an entertainment purpose I guess. Edge vs. Mick hardcore match, this was I think the best match, it had a soild ending to it, I Edge would because he is still in the prime of his career. Torrie vs. Candice pillow fight next. Trish vs. Mikie James was a good match both performers have different styles making the match work I think. I think the finish could have been bigger. Undertaker vs. Mark Henry good match I loved taker's leap over the tope rope, and the last ride to Henry from the middle rope. I knew taker would remain undefeated at WrestleMania. Shawn vs. Vince No Hold Barred, this was not your typical wrestling match Shawn and Vince were great because the way Shawn took out all the stops, with the flying elbow onto Vince through the table. And i'll give it to Vince for the bumps he took. Alot of people did not like the triple threat match. I loved it beause it was non-stop action that had you off of your seat. I loved the double belly to back superplex by Angle. Orton, Angle, Rey put on a good match I just think it was Rey's moment for Eddie. I don't think he will hold the belt long Angle will get it back shortly no disrespect to Rey though. Finally, the main event, in my opinon I think that both entrances by both HHH and Cena were a waste of time. I know everyone has different views about Cena, I think Cena because it seems like has come along way eventhough HHH dominated the whole match. It was an ok match but, not the best of the night. But, I was shocked just like everyelse that Cena won.
Samiur Rashid (Sam) wrote:
Overall, I thought WrestleMania 22 was a great show. The highlights of the show started off with Money in the Bank II where Shelton once again showed how unbelievably athletic he is when it comes to high risk matches. His running-of-the-ladder somersault and his springboard from the top rope onto the ladder was just amazing. Rob Van Dam also winning and receiving the title "Mr. Money in the Bank" was a great way to end the match as well and will hopefully lead to a title shot and a great win for the WWE Championship. The action didn't slow down here as Edge and Mick Foley, in my opinion, stole the show with their brutal hardcore match. I definitely thought, hands down, that this was Mick's greatest WrestleMania match and Edge did a superb job. Also, did anyone else notice how BAD his left eye looked with the blood trickling down? Wrestling wise, I thought Trish Stratus and Mickie James had the best wrestling match of the night. Being a fan of Mickie's work, I was happy to see the reaction she got from the Chicago crowd. Though I do think Trish is the greatest Women's Champion of all time, it was great to see Mickie reap the rewards for all the work she's done leading up to this encounter. I was extremely looking forward to the three-way for the World Heavyweight Championship on the hope that Rey pulls off what I wanted him to do after his shocking win at the Rumble, it wasn't quite what I expected, but in the short time of the match, I was elated to see Mysterio with the World Title and I'm making it a priority to catch every single SD! now to see every moment of his World Title reign. As for surprises, being a big ROH fan, it was awesome seeing CM Punk at WrestleMania. I seriously want to know who wasn't dying during Booker's T encounters with all of the WWE's freaks? And finally, seeing a bit of the old HBK during his match with Vince was nice as well. There were, as usual, things I could've done without such as Booker T losing in such a short time, JBL mocking Eddie on his way to winning the U.S. title and the ENTIRE Playboy Pillow Fight. But negatives aside, I believe this WrestleMania delivered as only WrestleMania can.
Jason "Xtremefalls" Simmons wrote:
I thought Wrestlemania 22 was without a doubt in my mind the best Pay Per View since TNA Unbreakable last September. I thought the way the show was booked was great until the last two matches which were the low points of the card. Trish vs. Mickie was the best woman's match ever in my opinion. Foley and Edge tore down the house. Pretty much every match besides the Playboy Pillow Fight and Cena vs. HHH you can't complain about this Pay Per View. All and all I was surprised by the outcome of the show..
Josh Sussman wrote:
Never have i been so pissed off at an ending before. If John Cena holds the title any longer hes gunna have to make a heel turn or else he will not be a real champion. People including me are getting tired of him. The JBL win was amazing i loved it. same with the womans title match. the pillow fight could have been a street fight. Hardcore match was awsome. Money in the bank was awsome. Taker match was awsome. Boogyman match should have been on velocity/heat. Rey was awsome. Im so happy for him. Tag team match was cool. NHB match was awsome except he could have done more then pretend to SCM him for 10 mins that was really boring but the elbow drop off the ladder onto vince mcmahon with garbage can was awsome. I give wrestlemania 9.5/10 i picked 7/11 matches right
Fraser Allen of Hertfordshire, England wrote:
In my opinion, Wrestlemania 22 delivered 'Big Time' (apologies for the cliche), the positives far outweigh the negatives and I thought that it was £14.95 well spent on SKY Box Office in the UK. I thought Kane/Big Show v's Carlito/Masters was a good opener, with the obvious fall-out at the end between the challengers, but the one thing lacking was the intrigue as it was obvious who was going to win. An excellent Money in the Bank match followed, with all men taking big bumps with Flair quite convincing that he was hurt from the suplex from the top of the ladder, MVP was Shelton again delivering some awesome moves. However, RVD with his best performance since coming back from injury managed to get the suitcase and seems set to face the champ at ECW One Night Stand, lets hope he now gets a proper push and a title reign. Once 'The Fink' announced that Bret Hart was not here, the live crowd booed loudly and it seemed from the live feed, that they lost interest in the likes of 'Mean Gene' etc...coming out, until that is when Eddie Guerrero's name was mentioned. Vicki Guerrero came out with Chavo and the crowd erupted with chants of 'Eddie', it came over brilliantly on TV and it was quite emotional to watch. Benoit/JBL was a good match, but being a Benoit fan, would have liked to have seen him go over, but JBL got the verdict and let's hope now that Benoit wins the reinstated King of the Ring to get him back into the World Title hunt. Despite a lame storyline, Edge and Foley (eventually) really hyped this match and they didn't disappoint, some heavy duty bumps from both men and Lita has really found her niche as a heel manager. The ending was awesome and both men appeared to have some suffered some heavy duty burns. Time to face facts, HHH has a real rival in Edge, who has no weaknesses and I firmly believe that Edge will have a lengthy title reign soon. From the excellent to the bad, Boogeyman/Booker T was an awful match (no surprises), however the comedy that Booker T/Sharmell have shown and the amusing skit with the 'freaks' (Goldust was hilarious), made it bearable to watch. Not sure, however, where Booker T goes from here. Best Womans Match since Summerslam 94 (Blayze/Bull Nakano) took place when Mickie/Trish collided, Mickie is so convincing as a 'psycho' that the crowd got behind her, shame the finish was clumsy, but a great effort. Undertaker/Mark Henry was okay, but it was too predictable (did anyone believe Henry was going to win) and at least Taker has 14-0. Lets hope that Taker has a better opponent next year like Angle (next year could be his retirement match) as for Henry, in September his contract runs out, can't imagine it'll get renewed. Shawn/Vince delivered big as well, the 60 year-old WWE owner will do anything to get the product over, even if it includes humilating himself. The obvious interference from Spirit Squad and Shane happened, but inevitably backfired, shame for Shawn is that he wants to get back in the title hunt, but Vince clearly thinks there is more mileage let in this feud as well and I agree. Match of the Night was the three way between Orton/Angle/Mysterio, with the crowd firmly behind Angle. This was one match where I really was not sure who would win, but as time wore on, you got the impression it wasn't going to be Kurt's night as he made Rey and Orton both tap when the ref was distracted. It was also a match, which I didn't care who won because the match was so enthralling, however, the fairy-story became complete when Rey won the belt. A truly remarkable journey for him, a very intriguing road now awaits Rey, now Orton has been suspended, who will challenge him, my guess is Angle at the next PPV. Torrie and Candice was an insult as a match, so no further comment necessary. Cena/HHH should not have been the last match, as it always unlikely to be inferior to the Triple Threat match, however it was okay mainly thanks to HHH's performance and the crowd who really could not stand Cena. As hard as HHH tried to be a heel, it just didn't work and in the end started pandering to the crowd, I d
DragoMatt wrote:
i didnt see Wrestlemania this year but i heard it wasnt as good as most wrestlemania's were. I think it is because the WWE doesnt have the star power and the most anticapated matches like they used to. After the Rock, stone cold, and shawn got old and brock left, the WWE hasnt really had those dominating superstars that they once had. John Cena is being booed as the champion, Triple H is being used more as a jobber than a superstar, and Bastista is injured. I really dont think that the WWE can get back to superstar status and TNA will be the most watched and most dominating Wrestling show on TV. I think if the WWE wants to regain their place as the most watched and most dominant Wrestling program on TV, they have to go out and look for better talent than they have. Sid vicious would be a great addition and bringing back goldberg might be a good edition too. Maybe negotiating with some TNA superstars or finding new ones in General i mean look at lashely he is goin to be dominant and the next world champion so i think that the WWE needs to look harder for talent before its too late
Steve Loewen wrote:
It's been almost a week and a half since I watched WrestleMania 22, so I've had a little time for it to sink in. The matches were good, I can't take much away from them. Compared to the previous two WrestleMania's, I thought this one outdid both, but WWE is still a ways away from matching the hype and aura of what they accomplished with WrestleMania's 14-18. The undercard fit the bill. The tag title match was alright, though surprising to me that we're not going to see an out of sync championship team of Carlito and Masters (it could have been good tv for weeks). The Money in the Bank match was good for highspots. JBL will make a great US champ, no surprise there. Benoit does not need a title for recognition like JBL does. Edge-Foley was fantastic. Everyone in my living room had me rewind to the start of the match after the show had ended. HBK carried Vince to a good match that really kept the crowd in it. Mysterio winning was typical and not surprising. Should set up some interesting matches in the weeks to come. And the main event. Awesome crowd reaction. The entrances were built for WrestleMania and only WrestleMania, so I'll let them away with it (though they were embarrasing). The match was great. I thought Triple H tapping out was a fantastic finish. Nobody expected it, nobody wanted to see it happen, especially myself. Yet, in retrospect, it's going to keep the wrestling fans guessing in the years to come as to how any WrestleMania main event will finish. Out of ten, I'll give the show a seven. WrestleMania 17 is the only ten in my book.
J.A.Cadiz wrote:
Wow! I enjoyed Wrestlemania 22 very much! I expected the matches to be really great and I got to say they truly were great! My favorite matches are Trish Stratus vs Mickie James, Edge vs Mick Foley, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and the World Heavyweight Championship. Trish and Mickie put one heck of a match. The part where Mickie grabbed Trish's crotch was really funny! Now that's a wise counter! Rey, Kurt, and Randy's match was awesome! Wow! That German Suplex they performed is still stuck in my mind. Both Mickie and Rey deserve their title wins. They're both talented and I believe they will make great champions. But does Rey's title win means opportunity for other cruiserweights to become World Champion? I love the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. It was so extreme! There were many high risk moves. And I can't believe Ric Flair! Wow! He hurt his leg but he came back just to show that he won't give up. The match ended with RVD as the winner. RVD deserves his win in Money in the Bank. He has been underrated for many years. It's time for RVD to shine! I would certainly want him to challenge John Cena for the WWE Title in the future. John Cena vs RVD would be a nice match. Edge and Mick Foley's match was really brutal. It was so hardcore and I enjoyed it very much especially the part where Edge speared Mick on to the flaming table. It was amazing! Every part of that match was amazing! Other matches were ok, except for the Pillow Fight. The Playboy Pillow Fight was just a complete waste of time. That match sucks. I wish they had converted that match into a Cruiserweight Championship or a Tag Team Championship. Triple H and John Cena's entrances were fun to watch. But sadly I wasn't able to watch the whole match. I only saw the end of the match where John Cena made Triple H tap out using the STF-U. Wrestlemania 22, in my opinion, is really BIG TIME! It was loaded with many great matches minus the Pillow Fight. This PPV, in my opinion, is one of the greatest ones I've seen.
Bobo McNeil wrote:
Wrestlemania was great I can't believe Rey won the title but every year an underdog wins I thought Randy Orton would win . Pleased that RVD won he really deserve's it but Lashley pretended that he had a fear of heights. Didn't care much about the playboy pillow fight. Thank god Mickie James won I was getting fed up with Trish holding the title. Both John Cena's and Triple H's entrances were a waste of time and the match wasn't great either but I was happy that Cena won and he should be back on SmackDown! he's not suited on RAW. JBL & Benoit was good did not in a million years expect JBL to win. The Boogeyman actually kissed Sharmell with a mouth full of worms. The highlight of the night for me was Money In the Bank. And Anthony Steven James Warren there is just no pleasing you
JAFFER ALI HUSSAIN wrote:
I watched WrestleMania this year live for the first time since wrestlemania 20 and i couldnt wait. I thought the action was fast and full of action. Some things didnt need to be there such as the pillow fight & teh match between Boogyeman & Booker T & Sharmell as it would have been better if teh WWE Tag Team Titles were on the line in a Triple THreat Match with MNM defending against London / Kendrick & Mexicools. Its been a long time since both tag titles were defended (WrestleMania 20) I loved the Money in the Bank match as it delievered in a big way and unlike many others i enjoyed watching the entrances oif Triple H (not John Cena). I also loved the entrance of JBL and the stage that moved. The two matchees which were off the chain (thanks to Tazz for that line) were the hardcore match which really brought hardcore back to life as most of the hardcore matches these days have been using ladders etc but this was differerent. Also i liked the McMahon / HBK match as this had some great spots. McMahon will do anything to make sure taht WWE comes through and loved HBK doing the DX move and then jumping of the ladder giving us a reminder of the HBK of the old days. It was also great to see the legends of the WWE honnoured. I unlike many others wasnt bothered about Hitman's no show (he needs to get over it) but loved to see people like Mean Gene & Sheeri at Mania (hopefully Mean Gene will be back to his normal Hall of Fame role next year) and was fiiting to see Vickie & Chavo out there on behalf of the great late Eddie Guerrero. WWE have really pulled out the stops in 2006 and this was just another example cant wait to see the rest of 2006 and look forward to watching the Hall of Fame on SKY Sports. Thanks goes to the McMahon Family & the WWE Family
MRMSTJ6 wrote:
This WrestleMania had to be one of the most disappointing yet. How could they let Cena beat HHH? Why was that even the main event? Why did the pillow fight follow the triple threat? Anyway I am glad both John Cena and Rey won. Shockingly, one of the best matches on the card was Trish vs. Mickie. Its storyline was amazing to me. Undertaker vs. Mark Henry you shouldn't bother watching. It was a good match but they couldn't let the Deadman lose at Mania. Boogeyman vs. Booker and Sharmell was a match that could be seen on SmackDown! It was horrible and too quick. RVD wins the MITB which means he will be a future World Champion. (Hopefully not like Edge) Hopefully a D-X reunion. Maybe they would beat the Spirit Squad for the World Tag Titles. Just a possibility. Best match HBK vs. Vince. I thought Vince would win do to interference from the King of Kings. But amazingly he didn't and Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMainia!
destrothers wrote:
Being from Chicago, I learned to appreciate WM 22 more than most people, considering they did as much as they could without the likes of Austin, Hogan, Rock, Guerrero, Lesnar, or Batista. I thought the money in the Bank was pretty good with a contrast of styles that meshed pretty well(too bad old man Flair didn't win!). Some peole feel that JBL - Benoit wasn't as good as it should have been, but it was the best Smackdown match on the card, considering it lasted as long/longer than their main event. I was ticked off because during the Smackdown main event, it started raining hard here( i live 15 minutes outside of chicago just south) and it knocked my direcTV out for about 5 minutes . When it came back on Rey Misterio was holding the belt, so I missed the Ending. The boogeyman match was horrible, But Booker T in the 'land of the misfit toys' was absolutely hysterical. It seems like one day I love Cena, the next day I can't stand him, and on this night I couldn't stand him like the rest. Too bad HHH couldn't save the entrance of his for when he rightfully wins the title again, but I thought it was classic and something different. Edge- Foley stole the show and HBK- McMahon delivered too, more than I expected. The whole show could have done a lot worse than it did. I went to RAW the Next night and everyone was beat up so I guess WrestleMania could have done a lot worse than it did.
Salah Omar wrote:
First off I want to say that even though Edge and Foley stole the show, edge still should of been in the Main Event for Raw against Rey mysterio, which they teased at the Royal Rumble, and this way we could of had Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton one on one. Now Wrestlmania wasnt that bad the only match I hated was Boogeyman vs Booker and Sharmell, worst match of the night, event though that Booker and Sharmell promo with all the weirdo's was hillarious. If the didn't have that match we could of gotten more time for the Triple Threat which with more time could of been match of the night, but I was happy that Rey won the Title.I was pissed that Bret Hart didnt want to participate in the Hall of Fame at wrestlmania,Bret didn't get screwed, we the fans got screwed .I got to give it to Mickie James and Trish Stratus for the best womens match at Wrestlmania ever, too bad they botched the ending.Shawn and Vince was good, and Benoit and JBL was a great match.The Money in the Bank was very good, better than lst years, but still felt a little too short.Now the Triple H and John Cena entrances were pretty good, the match was entertating thanks to that crowd. I loved when Cena and HHH were punching and the fans were like Boo,Yeah,Boo,Yeah,Boo,Yeah, funny stuff. I was disappointed that John Cena won. But still this was a great wrestlmania. I just wish that Eddie Guerrero was at this Wrestlemania.
Ernesto Diaz wrote:
Wrestlemania in my opinion was awesome. The most entertaining match would have to be either the Hardcore match between Edge and Foley or the No Holds Barred match between Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon. The tag match between Kane/Big Show and Carlito/ Chris Masters wasn't all that great. The Money in the Bank match was AWESOME!!! I honestly think it was better than last years. I also think it was nice that they made it an interpromotional match. Once again the most athleticism was shown by Shelton Benjamin,although RVD won. The U.S. title match was boring. I didn't expect Benoit to lose it to JBL because Benoit is such an awesome wrestler. The Hardcore match was one of THE greatest Hardcore matches I've ever seen if not THE greatest. The end was totally cool whn Edge speared Mick Foley through the flaming table. Great effort from Foley. The match between The Boogeyman and Booker T (with Sharmell) SUCKED!!! I dont think that the Boogeyman should be wrestling material. He only knows a couple of moves. A match like that i would expect to see on Smackdown. The Women's championshhip match was great. The only bad thing that most people would agree was the botched up ending. I'm just so surprised that the Chicago fans were booing Trish. I wanted her to retain. Too bad she lost it to that psycopath Mickie James. The Casket match wasn't what I expected it to be. The only cool parts were when the Undertaker did that suicide dive over the top rope and when he did that Last Ride to Mark Henry. I didn't think he would ever do that dive over the top rope again considering how old he is(no disrepect towards the Deadman because hes the best). I dont think they'll ever top the Undertaker vs. Yokozuna casket match. The No Holds Barred match was probably the best. That elbow drop from that incredibly long ladder was so cool!! I wouldn't have expected Vince to show up the very next night on Raw with Shane. The World Heaviweight title match was cool because it was fast paced. It was amazing that Rey won the match. I expected Angle to retain. The Playboy Pillow fight or whatever it was was dissapointing. I dont have anything to say about the match. The match between John Cena and Triple H was ok. I loved the Triple H entrance. I expected Hunter to be an 11 time champion. I didnt mind that Cena won, though I do think that Cena has held the title for way too long. I don't know if he will ever lose it. The Hall of Fame induction was good although it could have been better if Bret Hart was there. I just wish he would get over the fact that he got screwed. Overall I give Wrestlemania an 8.5 out of 10. Only if it didn't have those 2 painful, agonizing, and horrible matches to watch (I emntioned it above, and you'll know what they are).
Ritwik Bhuyan wrote:
For me, Wrestlemania 22 have probably been the worst Wrestlemania I have ever seen. The only match I liked was HBK vs Vince Mcmahon. That match was awesome. HBK is always regarded as one of the best ever, and this year once again it came into focus. Michaels was able to pull out another good match, and that too against Vince Mcmahon. I don't think any other worker could have done that. Michaels have never had any bad matches in his career even against the worst workers in history. In other words, there haven't been any wrestler dead or alive who have had bad matches with Shawn Michaels. There often have been debates on who is better between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. For me, it's clear and simple, HBK is the greatest worker there have ever been. Other than that match, Wrestlemania 22 did not have any other major highlights for me.
Cliff Piraino wrote:
I did not watch Wrestlemania 22, but I could tell from start that it was going to be a mediocre event, and judging by the reaction I've read, I was right. Here's what the WWE should have done with the two world championships. John Cena should have either entered the Royal Rumble and won it or should have won the Road to Wrestlemania Tournament. The other option would have been to have either Rey win the Rumble or win a Road to Wrestlemania Tournament on Smackdown. That way you could have had John Cena challenge Edge for the WWE title. This match would have had a lot of build up because of the history of these two men (and Cena may have had more fan support under this scenario, too). The other match could have been just Kurt Angle vs. Rey. These two men have had great matches in the past (Ex: the conclusion to the Winner's Choice Battle Royal from Smackdown in May 2005). Rey could have won the match with some surprise pin or something. Adding Randy Orton to the mix felt forced. Randy Orton is one of WWE's main attractions, but he didn't belong in this year's World Heavyweight Championship match. The only reason Triple H was in the WWE title match was because the WWE has no other credible heels from Raw to justify as a main eventer besides Edge. (take a look at the main event from this New Year's Revolution. Carlito? Sorry, not now. Chris Masters? Sorry, never.). Hopefully, WWE can work out its roster problems before Wrestlemania 23.
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