March 14, 2004 – New York City, New York – Madison Square Garden
WRESTLEMANIA QUICK & DIRTY RESULTS: John Cena defeated The Big Show (WWE United States Title) Booker/RVD beat Dudleyz and Jindrak/Cade and La Resistance Christian defeated Chris Jericho with help from Trish Status Randy Orton/Batista/Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley & The Rock Torrie & Sable defeated Stacy & Miss Jackie (Playboy Match) Chavo Guerrero Jr. retained his title in a Cruiserweight Open Bill Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar (Steve Austin as referee) Vince McMahon thanked the fans on behalf of all WWE Superstars Rikishi/Scotty beat The APA and Benjamin/Haas and The Bashams Appearance by Jesse “The Body” Ventura to interview Donald Trump Victoria defeated Molly Holly (Hair vs. WWE Women’s Title Match) Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle (WWE Heavyweight Title) The Undertaker defeated Kane (Brother vs. Brother Match) Chris Benoit beat Triple H and Shawn Michaels (World Heavyweight Title)
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Sung by the Harlem Choir Boys.. After the national athem there was a video package about how WrestleMania began a tradition that changed “our world.” Following this, there was a brief shot of Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon with Shane’s new baby boy! That’s the first appearance of the fourth generation McMahon on Television..
WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH John Cena defeated The Big Show to win the WWE United States title: John Cena came out and did his rap – he’s trying to get “Damn Straight!” over like Austin did with “Hell yeah!” Cena hit the Big Show with an Giant-sized FU, but only got a two-count. Cena pulled out a chain, then threw it down when the referee told him not to use it! As the referee went to grab the chain, Cena used brass knux on Big Show and hit another FU for the win! John Cena is the NEW United States Champion!
BACKSTAGE: The Coach greeted Tom Prichard & Johnny Stamboli, and then walked up to Theodore Long and gave him a hug! The Coach walked into the General Manager’s office and found Eric Bischoff & Johnny Spade (later known as Johnny Nitro aka John Morrison). Eric Bischoff asked The Coach to go find the Undertaker..
BACKSTAGE: Evolution (Randy Orton and Ric Flair and Batista).. Randy Orton said he would establish himself as the new Hardcore Legend tonight..
4-WAY WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH Booker T & Rob Van Dam defeated La Resistance (Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier) and The Dudleyz (Bubba & D-Von) and Mark Jindrak & Garrison Cade to retain the World Tag Team titles: Booker T gave Rob Conway the axe kick and Rob Van Dam hit a frog splash for the pin!
BACKSTAGE: The Coach found Mean Gene Okerland & Bobby Heenan covered in lipstick with their clothes torn up! The door swung open and out walked the Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young!
GRUDGE MATCH Christian defeated Chris Jericho: Trish Stratus showed up and “accidentally” elbowed Chris Jericho, thinking it was Christian. Christian slipped into the ring and scored the pin on Jericho while pulling the trunks! Stratus then got in the ring to help Jericho, but turned HEEL and slapped him instead! Christian hit an Uprettier on Jericho and left with a heel-turned Trish Stratus! Christian grabbed Trish by the hair and made out with her as Jericho’s heart broke..
INTERVIEW: Lilian Garcia interviewed Mick Foley…. Mick Foley said he is overcome with emotion as he is at the biggest WWE show of the year. The Rock showed up and told Lilian Garcia not to look at the “People’s Package”. The Rock grabbed the camera and walked around, bumping into Hurricane & Rosey, then Don Muraco & Jimmy Snuka. The Rock said that he was “home” (even though he failed to mention WrestleMenia when he was on Jay Leno)..
HANDICAP MATCH The Evolution (Randy Orton & Batista & Ric Flair) defeated The Rock & Mick Foley: Late in the match, Mick Foley pulled out Mr. Socko but Randy Orton instead hit an RKO for the win! Despite the loss, The Rock led the crowd in a thunderous ovation for Mick Foley (Foley! Foley! Foley!)
HALL OF FAME INTRODUCTIONS: “Mean” Gene Okerland acknowledged all the Hall of Fame inductees.. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Tito Santana, Big John Studd (represented by his son), Harley Race, Pete Rose (who got booed), Don “The Rock” Muraco, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Junk Yard Dog (represented by his daughter), “Superstar” Billy Graham, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.. During his acceptance speech, Bobby Heenan broke down as spoke about Gorilla Monsoon and wishing he was there, and honored him in his speech..
PLAYBOY EVENING GOWN MATCH Sable & Torrie Wilson defeated Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie: All four Divas stripped down to their bra & panties before the match even got started! Torrie Wilson pinned Jackie Gayda to win — Stacy seemed to be upset with Jackie for losing the match..
BACKSTAGE: Eddie Guerrero talked to a nervous Chris Benoit about his Triple Threat match later. Eddie said that nobody expected Chris Benoit to actually win, lighting a fire under Benoit! Guerrero said that Benoit WOULD win the World Heavyweight title, and he’d retain HIS title against Kurt Angle!
CRUISERWEIGHT OPEN FOR THE WWE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE Chavo Guerrero retained the WWE Cruiserweight title:
Ultimo Dragon defeated Shannon Moore after an Asai DDT..
Jamie Noble defeated Ultimo Dragon..
Jamie Noble defeated Sho Funaki in a few seconds..
Jamie Noble defeated Nunzio as a result of a COUNT OUT..
Billy Kidman defeated Jamie Noble..
Rey Mysterio defeated Billy Kidman..
Rey Mysterio defeated Tajiri..
Akio accidentally got spewed with Tajiri’s mist, and was unable to participate..
Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio with help from Chavo Sr. to retain!
INTERPROMOTIONAL MATCH Bill Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar: Stone Cold Steve Austin was the very special guest referee for the match… The crowd immediately chanted “YOU SOLD OUT” to the departing Brock Lesnar, followed by “Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey, Good Bye!”. Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler acknowledged the reaction, and explained that Brock Lesnar has dreams of being in the NFL. Mostly support for Bill Goldberg, with the exception of a few “Goldberg Sucks!” chants. The crowd ruined any chance of the match getting over with chants of “This Match Sucks” and “Hogan” and “Boring!” Goldberg won after a spear and a jackhammer, with Referee Austin having no influence at all. Brock Lesnar took his time getting to his feet and was met with “Nah nah nah nah hey hey hey good bye” chants! Lesnar took offense to the fans treatment and gave them the finger, as well as Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold hauled off and gave Brock Lesnar a huge Stone Cold Stunner! Stone Cold then gave Bill Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner of his own! This would be Goldberg’s last night with the WWE as well……
IN THE RING: Vince McMahon thanked the fans on behalf of every WWE Superstar past and present and the McMahon Family..
4-WAY WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH Rikishi & Scotty Too Hotty defeated The APA (Farooq & Bradshaw) defeated The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny) and Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin to retain the WWE Tag Team titles: Rikishi pinned Danny Basham to win and retain their tag team titles — then they danced!
PROMO: Edge — hyping his return to the WWE..
RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: WWE Hall of Famer Jesse “The Body” Ventura interviewed Donald Trump – the host of WrestleMania’s IV and V, and host of TV’s “The Apprentice.” Jesse Ventura teased that it might be time for a “wrestler” to move into the White House in 2008!
WWE WOMENS TITLE VS. HAIR MATCH Victoria defeated Molly Holly to retain the WWE Women’s title: Victoria pinned Molly to retain her championship, and then Molly got her head shaved bald!
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Championship!: After a hard fought match that really heated up at the end, Eddie Guerrero picked up the surprising win! Guerrero unlaced his boot, so when Kurt Angle tried for the ankle lock, the boot came off.
BROTHER VS. BROTHER GRUDGE MATCH The Undertaker defeated Kane: The Undertaker was led to the ring by a group of mysterious masked druids which included John Walters, and: Roman, Fred Sampson, Kevin Knight, Chad Wicks, Ken Phoenix, Johnny Heartbreaker, Vince Vicallo, and Arch Kincaid.. The surprise of the night was the shocking return of the Undertaker’s manager, and Kane’s “father” – Paul Bearer! The Undertaker came out in full “darkside” mode with the suit, the hair, the attitude, and the music. The Undertaker pinned Kane after a tombstone piledriver!
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE TRIPLE THREAT MATCH Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels: Shawn Michaels got busted open and bloodied early on in the match. Chris Benoit had Michaels in the Crippler Crossface, and Michaels was about to tap, but Triple H broke it up! Later on, Benoit had Triple H in the Sharpshooter until Shawn Michaels superkicked Benoit! Benoit beat the odds and made Triple H tap out to capture the World Heavyweight championship!!!!!! SmackDown!’s WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero came out and celebrated with his best friend Chris Benoit as the show came to a close..
WRESTLEMANIA 20 GOES OFF THEIR AIR!!!
After the PPV went off the air, Chris Benoit’s father, wife (Nancy) and his two kids came into the ring and celebrated with him. Editor’s Note: Shane & Linda McMahon both sat ringside during the PPV. March 26, 2004: WWE announced they are estimating 825,000 buys for WrestleMania, which would mean combining all revenues, it would be the biggest money pro wrestling event of all-time.