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WrestleMania 21: WrestleMania Goes Hollywood was the twenty-first annual WrestleMania event from World Wrestling Entertainment, held on April 3, 2005, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. I imagine someone sang "America The Beautiful."

MatchesEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Batista and John Cena were the last two competitors in the Royal Rumble and an allegedly botched finish forced a restart at the direction of Vince McMahon, who broke both legs in the process. Batista won, and despite insistance from Evolution that he challenge JBL, Batista picked HHH knowing that HHH and Ric Flair lacked respect for him.
  • John Cena won a tournament to earn a title shot against JBL, which was somewhat fitting because when JBL earned his title shot in May 2004, John Cena was about to be named the challenger.
  • Under the advice of Superstar Billy Graham, Randy Orton set out to make history at WrestleMania by being the first man to defeat the Undertaker. To show his seriousness, Randy Orton gave Stacy Kiebler the RKO on RAW but, as it turned out, the Dead Man was a tougher opponent than a 100-pound woman.
  • Chris Jericho proposed an innovated six-man ladder match where he would compete with five other men for a briefcase in which there would be a contract for a title shot at the World Heavyweight championship that the winner could cash in at any point before WrestleMania 22. Joining Jericho were Edge, Kane, Christian, Chris Benoit, and Shelton Benjamin.
  • During a backstage confrontation with Edge at Survivor Series, Kurt Angle said he could make Shawn Michaels tap out. During the Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels eliminated Angle but then Angle eliminated Shawn (basically, the same thing Shawn did to Jericho before WrestleMania XIX). Shawn and Angle raised the stakes on each other a match was unavoidable.
  • Famous Japenese Yokozuna (no relation) Akebono made a WWE appearance, where Akebono and Big Show stood face-to-face, which allegedly intrigued the Japanese media, and Akebono/Big Show was billed as an international dream match.
  • Christy Hemme was the 2004 Diva Search winner, which WWE Women's champion Trish Stratus found repulsive. Lita (who was about to return from her neck surgery) trained Christy Hemme, but first-hand experience prevailed and Trish won.

Additional NotesEdit

  • Commercials advertising WrestleMania 21 focused on the tagline "WrestleMania Goes Hollywood," in which numerous WWE SuperStars would recreate famous movie scenes, such as Eddie Guerrero & Booker T in Pulp Fiction, Kurt Angle & Christy Hemme in When Harry Met Sally, and Stacy Keibler in Fatal Attraction.
  • For the second year in a row, a WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held the night before WrestleMania. Inductees included Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy Hart, Paul Orndorff, and Cowboy Bob Orton (four of whom were involved in WrestleMania's first main event.
  • In a special attraction, Roddy Piper hosted a special Piper's Pit with guest Stone Cold Steve Austin. The two greeted each other with slaps across the face, before Carlito came out. They double-teamed him together, and then The Texas Rattlesnake hit Piper with an obligatory Stone Cold Stunner.
  • After the second match, Eugene spoke to the live crowd, sharing his favorite WrestleMania Moments, but Muhammad Hassan and Daivari interrupted him. When things turned physical, Hulk Hogan made the save.
  • For the second time, Motorhead played Triple H to the ring. Except this time, Lemmy Kilmister barely remembered the lyrics and the whole performance was forgettable and ill-advised.
  • The weekend before WrestleMania 21, details of a love triangle amongst Edge, Lita, and Matt Hardy hit the dirt sheets.

The AftermathEdit

  • Both John Cena and Batista retained their respective championships until January 2006, although they were drafted to opposing brands in June. John Cena lost his belt to Edge when he cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase after an Elimination Chamber and Batista was forced to relinquish his championship after lingering injuries (and an attack by Mark Henry) two nights later. Kurt Angle won a battle royal to become the new World Heavyweight champion.
  • Shawn Michaels beat Kurt Angle at Vengeance a couple months later. The two wrestled to a draw in October 2005, and then Shawn Michaels pinned newly crowned World champion Kurt Angle in a singles match in January 2006.
  • Randy Orton defeated Undertaker at SummerSlam with help from Cowboy Bob Orton, and then Undertaker beat Randy Orton and his father in a handicap Casket match the next month. Undertaker trumped Randy Orton in a Hell in a Cell blow-off.
  • Triple H challenged Batista twice before leaving WWE for a few months due to injury. He returned and turned on Ric Flair in a tag match on RAW.
  • John Bradshaw Layfield lost to John Cena in an "I Quit" match, then seemingly won the Smackdown championship when Cena was drafted to RAW, but Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long rescinded the new championship when Batista was drafted to Smackdown! JBL challenged Batista for the World title, but he was never successful.
  • Lita double-crossed Kane, her storyline husband, in the finals of a Gold Rush tournament to align with Edge. Their partnership continued for several months, and it was especially useful when Matt Hardy returned to WWE (he had been fired for making unauthorized statements about the situation online).

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