The lights are down low in the arena as various WrestleMania highlights are played on the big screen. Music plays in the background and this kicks off the Diddy music montage, which is my cue to take a bathroom break.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
- Alberto Del Rio (c) w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
We get a video package highlighting Jack Swagger and Zeb Coalter’s opinions intercut with footage of this feud over the past few weeks. We also get footage of Del Rio doing everything he can to prove himself as an American, talking about the Statue of Liberty and the words inscribed at the base of the monument.
Pre-match promo and the entrances:
Back in the stadium, Zeb Coalter and Jack Swagger are already in the ring. Zeb has a mic and he says over the last week he walked the filthy streets of New York and he’s wondering when they took over. He says now it’s not worth the beads they paid for it. It’s full of criminals and illegals who speak Spanish, and Italian, and Greek, and Chinese. And They speak something called Yiddish, as they plot God knows what against us. He says the fans can boo him all they want, but they agree with him. They’re either too afraid to say something, or too gutless to do anything about it. Tonight though, Swagger will reclaim this country when he walks out the World Heavyweight Champion. Swagger says We the People before Del Rio’s music hits and Ricardo Rodriguez makes his way out on crutches.
Richard Reacts: Please allow me to say that Zeb Colter is money on the mic. I’m 100% opposed to his storyline political views but he’s as good as gets in terms of a mouthpiece.
Ricardo gives Del Rio a fantastic introduction, and the Champion makes his way out in a white robe to very little reaction from the crowd. Del Rio gets some pyro, which gets a little bit of a pop out of the fans, but they don’t seem to be too excited about this one.
After formal ring introductions from Lilian Garcia we’re ready to begin.
The bell rings and Swagger hits Del Rio with a running knee before backing him into the corner. Del Rio fights out and hits Swagger with a running kick to the stomach. Swagger heads to the outside and Del Rio follows with a flying kick through the ropes. Del Rio brings things back into the ring and heads to the middle rope, but he’s distracted by Zeb and pulled down by Swagger. Swagger tosses Del Rio shoulder first into the ring post before pulling him out and burying his knee in Del Rio’s midsection repeatedly.
Swagger takes Del Rio to the mat with a big right hand for two. Del Rio fights back up and locks in a crucifix pin for a two count of his own. Swagger stops Del Rio cold and gloats before running into the corner for a big Swagger bomb on Del Rio for two. Swagger rolls to the outside and grabs Del Rio’s legs wrapping them around the ring post. Del Rio yanks them back and sends Swagger crashing into the post. Del Rio kicks Swagger away. Swagger heads back into the ring and sends Del Rio into the corner, burying his shoulder in Del Rio’s midsection. Swagger backs up and runs into a big boot from Del Rio. Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before kicking Zeb’s hand. Del Rio hits a superkick to Swagger on his knees for another near fall.
Del Rio tries for the arm breaker, but Swagger reverses, slamming Del Rio to the mat for a two count. Swagger takes Del Rio out with a chop block to the knee before clamping on the ankle lock. Del Rio fights it off, but misses an enzugiri. Swagger tries for the Swagger bomb again, but Del Rio sweeps his legs out and traps him in the corner, hitting a series of forearms to the back and bringing him out with a backstabber for two. Swagger gets to his feet and tries for a suplex, but Del Rio counters with a German suplex of his own.
Del Rio tries for the armbreaker again, but Swagger counters out and hits the gut-wrench powerbomb for another two count. Swagger clamps on the Patriot lock again and Del Rio teases tapping. Del Rio almost makes the ropes but Swagger pulls him to the center of the ring. After a bit of squirming, Del Rio counters into the cross arm breaker. Del Rio falls back and locks it in fully, but Swagger counters back into the Patriot lock. Del Rio makes it to the ropes to force a break.
Swagger puts on the lock again while Del Rio is still in the ropes to do more damage. Del Rio gets to his feet and kicks Swagger in the back of the head and both men are down. Del Rio hits the enzugiri in the corner and pins Swagger but Zeb gets Swagger’s foot on the ropes. Ricardo heads over to Zeb and Coalter kicks his crutch away. Alberto leaves the ring to defend Ricardo and he’s attacked from behind by Swagger. Swagger throws Del Rio into the barricade hard.
Swagger brings things back into the ring and walks right into the cross arm breaker. Swagger taps, and this one is over.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Swagger makes his way to the back dejectedly while Zeb looks on angrily and points at Del Rio and Ricardo. Del Rio holds his belt high and celebrates with Ricardo.
Richard Reacts: This one was hurt by very weak crowd reactions. No one seemed to care and while it got better for the finish, they were mundane. Zeb Colter got some heat on Jack Swagger when he placed his foot on the bottom rope, breaking Del Rio’s cover. Nothing was wrong with the work but a title match has to have more reactions than that.