CM Punk is shown warming up backstage as Team Johnny walks by. Ace says he knows Punk saw what happened. He says Punk looks kind of angry. He looks like he wants to beat Jericho up. Ace says he doesn’t want a brawl, he wants a wrestling match. So to ensure that, if Punk loses his temper and gets DQ’ed, he’ll lose his title too.
WWE Championship Match
– CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Back in the arena, the lights go out for Chris Jericho’s entrance. Jericho comes out with a brand new light up jacket on. He makes his way to the ring quickly.
We get a quick recap of some of the comments Jericho has made over the past few weeks about CM Punk’s family.
CM Punk is out next, and forget about pyro, because the champ has straight up fireworks on his way out to the ring.
The bell rings, and Punk grins at Jericho. Jericho backs Punk into the ropes, and the two fight for position around the ring. They trade positioning a couple of times before Punk takes Jericho down to the mat. Jericho attempts to fight up, but Punk hits him with a couple of clubbing blows to the face. Punk hits Jericho with a big chop and a knee to the gut, flipping him over. Punk hits Jericho with a big elbow to the side of the head, then a couple of boots. Jericho rears back and slaps Punk across the face.
Punk stomps away at Jericho in the corner, having to be counted away by the ref. Jericho comes up with another slap to the face. Punk hits him with a dropkick and another series of rights, having to be pulled away by the ref. Jericho yells at Punk, asking how his father is.
Punk hits him with a running knee to the face, then holds his arms and administers elbows to the side of Jericho’s face. Punk slams Jericho to the mat, then heads up to the top turnbuckle.
Jericho rolls out of the ring, so Punk dives to the floor with a clothesline to take out Jericho. Jericho asks how Punk’s sister is. Punk grabs a chair and Jericho rolls into the ring. Punk wont hit Jericho, but Jericho is screaming insults at Punk’s family. Punk drops the chair and hits Jericho with a kick to the gut. Jericho responds with a dropkick out of the corner from the bottom rope. Jericho hits Punk with a series of rights to the back of the head.
Jericho hits Punk with a big elbow, and the two men fight out to the apron. Punk tries for the G2S on the apron, but Jericho fights out, and hits him with a clothesline that sends him back into the ring. Jericho suplexes Punk from inside of the ring to the floor on the outside.
Jericho hits Punk with a nasty kick before sending him back into the ring. Jericho goes for the cover, but Punk kicks out. Jericho butterflies the arms and hits a nice back breaker before going straight into a rear chin lock. Jericho rears back, putting all the pressure on Punk’s neck and back.
Punk is able to fight to his feet, slapping Jericho, but he runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for another near fall. Jericho lays in with a nasty kick to the spine before planting himself on Punk and getting another near fall. Jericho mounts Punk and hits him with a series of rights before he’s called off by the ref. Jericho catches Punk with a stomp and a kick to the back. Punk fights back with strikes and a big boot, but when he goes up in the corner, Jericho pulls him off the top rope hard. Jericho goes for the pin, but he’s only able to get two. Jericho pulls back on Punk’s arms, but Punk fights out of the submission. Punk rises to his feet, but runs right into a big boot. Punk avoids a bulldog, and Jericho crashes into the corner.
Punk begins to fight back with more strikes, a big knee, a clothesline and a neckbreaker for his own near fall. Punk picks Jericho up and slams him back down to the mat. Punk heads up to the top, stopping for a moment to soak everything in. Punk goes for the elbow drop, but Jericho gets his knees up. Jericho hits the code breaker, but Punk rolls to the outside.
Jericho heads out after Punk and struggles to get him back in the ring, finally managing it. Jericho is shouldered by Punk and Punk hits the G2S!
Punk crawls over into the cover, but Jericho is able to get his leg on the bottom rope. Punk hits Jericho with repeated kicks, then a nice quick scoop slam. Punk gets another two count, and looks to be getting frustrated. Punk goes for a suplex but Jericho counters. Both men try to gain the advantage, and Jericho does so by suplexing Punk into the top rope. Jericho hits the lionsault and goes for the pin, but Punk is able to kick out. Punk sits Jericho on the top rope and hits him with a couple of strikes, and a nasty head butt. Punk follows up after Jericho and tries for a hurricanrana, but Jericho stops him, drops down to the mat, walks Punk out to the middle of the ring, and locks in the walls of Jericho!
Punk makes it to the ropes to force a break. Jericho argues with the ref for a bit, then turns around into a back drop over the top rope from Punk. Punk follows to the outside by diving through the ropes to take out Jericho against the barricade. Punk sends Jericho into the ring post hard.
Back in the ring, Punk goes to the top and leaps off, right into a code breaker from Jericho. Jericho goes for the pin, but Punk wont stay down for a three count. Jericho grabs Punk’s head and talks trash to him. Punk shoulders Jericho. Jericho fights out, but Punk does it again. Jericho fights out a second time, and hits Punk with a couple of big clubbing blows, and a soccer ball kick to the gut. Jericho heads up to the top rope, but Punk stops him with a kick to the back.
Punk pulls Jericho off the top on his shoulders. Punk tries for the G2S, but Jericho catches his leg and goes right into the Walls of Jericho. Jericho pulls back, putting all his weight on Punk’s back. Punk is in the middle of the ring. He slowly makes his way to the ropes. Jericho pulls him back into the middle of the ring. Punk is able to fight out of the hold and he rolls Jericho up. Both men trade small packages. Punk comes up with the anaconda vice. Jericho tries a roll up. Punk kicks out and holds on to the submission.
Jericho fights out of the hold and tries for the Walls again. Punk wont let him get it locked in. Punk kicks his way out of the hold and works his way back into the anaconda vice. Punk rips at Jericho’s arm and Jericho is forced to tap out.
Winner & STILL WWE Champion, CM Punk
The referee hands the title to Punk, who rips it out of his hands. Punk holds the belt up and celebrates while Jericho looks on sadly.
It’s not really in the ring, but it’s not backstage. But anyway, Brodus Clay makes his way out with backup dancers, and he asks everyone to get out their phones to call their mothers. A fan is shown on screen calling his mother. Brodus calls his own mother, letting her know he’s at WrestleMania. Brodus’ mama is apparently in attendance. Clay introduces his mama, Mama Clay.
A woman with some pretty ridiculous costume enhancements makes her way out to dance with Clay. A whole group of similarly dressed women makes their way out to all dance in sync. I just don’t know what else to say about this.
WWE Championship Match
– John Cena vs. The Rock
We get a video package, one that we’ve all seen many times (I’ve seen it at least six times tonight, alone) to set up the once-in-a-lifetime meeting between icons.
Shawn “Diddy” Combs, of all people is introduced. He asks the people of WrestleMania and Orlando if they’re ready. Combs introduces MGK who’s here to perform “Invincible” to bring John Cena out to the ring.
In the middle of the song, Kelly says the tonight, millions of people are here to see one of the biggest egos beaten by one of the biggest underdog. He defines underdog, and says he and John Cena are underdogs, and they rise above hate. Kelly and his backers make their way to the back as Cena’s regualy music hits, and he comes out to the ring sporting a new green color combo.
Flo Rida is out next to do the other song that we’ve heard ad naseum in the buildup to WrestleMania. I can’t complain too much though, simply because both performances were pretty good, and better than other past musical guests like Kid Rock.
Flo Rida heads to the back as The Rock’s music hits, and the man himself makes his in-ring return to the biggest stage in professional wrestling. Rock gets a great reception from the crowd, definitely much more positive than Cena’s.
We get formal ring introductions for both men. Cena’s reaction is overwhelmingly negative, while Rock’s is completely positive.
Both men soak it all in, in the middle of the ring. The bell rings and the crowd goes nuts. We get a lock up and neither man wants to give an inch. Cena shoves Rock away.
Another lock up and this time Rock shoves Cena away. These two men have the crowd completely eating out of their hand. Rock locks in a side headlock. Rock turns it into a hammerlock, but Cena reverses. Rock is able to take Cena over with a pair of armdrags, then he rolls up Cena with a la magistral. Cena kicks out, but he looks shocked.
Another lock up, and another headlock from the Rock. Cena pushes Rock off and eats a shoulderblock. Cena hits a big hip toss, then takes Rock over and down to the mat with a headlock. Rock is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold.
Rock takes Cena off of his feet, and Cena rolls to the outside. Cena heads back into the ring, but he’s caught with a kick to the chest from Rock. Cena backs Rock up into the corner, then buries his shoulder in Rock’s gut. Cena backs across the ring and charges in again with another shoulder to the midsection. Cena nearly takes Rock’s head off with a giant clothesline.
Rock kicks out of a near fall attempt, but Cena goes right to locking in a bear hug down on the mat. Rock is able to fight up to his feet and blast Cena with a couple of rights to the side of the head. Rock charges Cena, but Cena low-bridges the Rock and Rocky ends up crashing to the outside.
Cena heads out after Rock and plants him ribs first on the barricade. Cena follows Rock around the ringside area and slams him down on the announce table. Cena rolls back into the ring before heading right back toward the Rock and laying in with a big kick to the ribs. Cena rolls Rock into the ring and goes for a pin, but he’s only able to get a two count.
Cena stomps away at Rock, continuing the assault. Cena hits Rock with a belly to belly suplex that’s good enough to put him down for another two count. Cena goes for a right, but Rock blocks it and hits a couple rights of his own. Cena stops Rock’s momentum with a big bear hug in the middle of the ring. Cena hoists Rock up off his feet to add even more pressure to Rocky’s back.
Rock is able to fight his way out of the hold and puts Cena down for a near fall, but he can’t keep Cena down. Rock picks Cena up, and Cena begins to hit Rock with a series of punches. Rock comes back with a series of punches of his own before hitting a big flying clothesline, and a spinebuster. Rock teases the People’s elbow, but Cena counters into the STF. Rock fights out, but Cena hits a couple of shoulder blocks, and puts Rock down with a belly to back suplex. Cena says Rock can’t see him, and hits the five knuckle shuffle.
Cena shoulders Rock, but Rock fights out. Both men connects with clotheslines, and both go down.
Both men get to their feet and trade rights in the middle of the ring. Cena is able to shoulder Rock, and he scores with the AA. Cena goes for the pin, but Rock is able to kick out at two.
Cena picks Rock up, and eats a quick Rock bottom. Rocky goes for the pin, but Cena wont stay down for three. Rock charges Cena in the corner, laying in with right hands and elbows. Cena fights back with a side slam for another near fall.
Cena heads up to the top rope and leaps off with a giant leg drop to the back of the neck. Cena pins Rock, but this one still isn’t over. Cena waits for Rock to stand and tries for the AA again, but Rock fights it off and takes Cena down to the mat. Rock locks in the sharpshooter, and turns it over. Cena’s screaming, but he’s able to make it to the ropes to force a break. Rock mounts Cena and hits him with a barrage of rights before dragging him back toward the middle of the ring and locking the sharpshooter back on.
Cena breaks the hold again by getting to the ropes. Rock bails to the outside and hits Cena with a couple of shots. Rock hits Cena with an elbow to the back of the neck and Cena falls from the ring. Rock picks Cena up and launches him into the ring steps.
Rock sends Cena into the steps again and Cena tries to head into the ring. Rock heads into the ring, and Cena recovers and is able to surprise Rock in the ring, locking in the STF. Cena pulls back, but Rock wont quit. Cena pulls Rock toward the center of the ring and locks on the hold again, pulling back with all his might.
Rock fades, going limp. The ref lifts up Rock’s arm for one. Two. But Rock wont stay down for three. Rock inches over into the ropes, forcing Cena to break the hold.
Rock is able to connect with a Samoan drop out of nowhere, and both men are down. Both get back to their feet, where they trade rights again. Rock tries for the Rock bottom but Cena blocks. Cena tries for the AA but Rock fights it off. Rock hits a spinebuster and plants Cena in the middle of the ring. Rock takes his elbow pad off and tosses it to the crowd before hitting the People’s elbow. Cena refuses to stay down though, and he kicks out at two.
Cena catches Rock with a small package for two. Cena takes Rock off of his feet and slingshots him into the corner. Cena rolls Rock up for another two count.
Cena pulls Rock to his feet, powering him into the corner. Cena seats Rock on the top turnbuckle. Cena heads up after Rock, but Rock fights him off. Rock shoves Cena to the mat. Rock stands on the top and hits a cross body, but Cena rolls through and powers the Rock up. Cena stands, shoulders the Rock, and hits the AA, but it’s still not enough for a three count!
Cena kicks Rocks arms in, and he teases the People’s elbow, but Rock hops up and delivers the Rock bottom for a three count.
Winner: The Rock