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The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was the twenty-fifth annual WrestleMania event from World Wrestling Entertainment, held on April 5, 2009, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) sang "America The Beautiful."

MatchesEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • On the Monday Night Raw episode prior to the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton punted Vince McMahon in the head. The reprecussions of which were minimal, and Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble to face Vince's son-in-law Triple H for the WWE Championship. In the following weeks, it was revealed that Stephanie McMahon and Hunter were married (WWE's first reference to their marriage; a prior on-screen marriage ended before their real one began).
  • A title match was scheduled between World champion Edge and Big Show since Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero was cheating on husband Edge with Big Show. John Cena used the knowledge to shoehorn himself into the match, then revealed their affair anyway.
  • Shawn Michaels spent several months as an employee to JBL, but he won an "All Or Nothing" match at Elimination Chamber the month before. Then, he and Undertaker had a match - which many experts believe was Plan B when the hype for the match started failing. Despite incomparable expectations, their match was a "must-see" instant classic and, arguably, worth the price of the event in itself.
  • At Survivor Series, Jeff Hardy was assaulted in his hotel room in the early morning hours of the day of the show. His assailant was a mystery, until the Royal Rumble when Jardy defended the title against Edge, and Matt Hardy double-crossed Jardy to cost him the championship. The Hardys had high expectations for their feud, lowered by memories of a short 2001 feud between the two which was better off forgotten.
  • Ric Flair began making special appearances even though he retired, much to the chagrin of Chris Jericho, who started to verbally lambast all the 1980s wrestling stars hanging around 20+ years later. Taking offense to his words were Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, so Jericho faced all three WWE Legends in an elimination handicap match.
  • In one of the best hyped matches of the card, both WWE Tag Team champions Carlito & Primo Colon and World Tag Team champions John Morrison & The Miz attempted to woo the Bella Twins. Carlito won over Brie Bella and Morrison won over Nikki Bella. This led to a series of matches: first for the WWE Tag Team titles, which the Colons won, and then for the World Tag Team titles, which Morrison & Miz won. The final match was scheduled as a double title match at WrestleMania. Unfortunately, it became a dark match so the crowning of the first WWE Unified Tag Team champions was not seen by the televised audience (Colons won). Even worse, Morrison & Miz broke up a couple weeks later.

Additional NotesEdit

  • As blantantly noticeable, the true 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was March 31, 2010, so this event was a misnomer despite the months of hype around the event. The event rarely took the name "WrestleMania XXV" (except for its initial press conferences in Houston) so to fix the faux pas, it is often called by the shorter and more accurate title "the 25th WrestleMania." Many board members called the event "SilverMania" in discussion threads.
  • Special guest performer Kid Rock sang three songs during the event, ending with his new single "So Hott" which doubled as entrance music for the 25 divas to come down for the Miss WrestleMania battle royal. As a result, none of the divas were given an introduction, even though some former-WWE Divas like Sunny, Jackie Gayda, Molly Holly, and others were making a special appearance in the match.
  • Originally, Chris Jericho was set to wrestle Golden Globe "Best Actor" winner Mickey Rourke, fresh off his award-winning role in The Wrestler. Unfortunately, Rourke backed out of the match and, instead, he attending the event as a special guest of Ric Flair and sat ringside for the handicap match. After Jericho defeated three Hall of Famers and showed-up Flair, Rourke kayoed him with a single punch.
  • The original plan for the 25th WrestleMania included a match between Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Unfortunately, WWE and Hogan never reached an agreement, so John Cena was inserted into one of the championship matches.
  • Returning to his WrestleMania tradition, Rey Mysterio dressed like The Joker for his match, in honor of the late Heath Ledger who portrayed the character in The Dark Knight. In a shameful "whoops!" moment, Jim Ross commented "Rey Mysterio's career is alive and well" after King pointed out the outfit.
  • Also, JBL retired from WWE after losing the WWE Intercontinental championship in 63 seconds to Rey Mysterio.
  • The match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels saw the man with the most WrestleMania matches (Taker) facing the man with the second most WrestleMania matches. Unfortunately, this tidbit was overlooked during the match and in the leading hype.
  • CM Punk became the first (and only) man to win two Money In The Bank matches at WrestleMania.

The AftermathEdit

  • After retaining the WWE Championship in the final match of WrestleMania, Triple H lost the title the following month to Randy Orton.
  • John Cena didn't fare any better, and he lost the championship back to Edge at Backlash to Edge in a Last Man Standing match, thanks to interference from Big Show, which led to a boring Cena/Big Show feud and kept Edge and Vickie united, even though they had broken up the previous July. WWE missed out on a great opportunity to cash in on an Edge/Vickie feud, so when WWE finally got around to turning Edge and starting the feud, it lacked interest.
  • CM Punk successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase again, except this time he betrayed the fans to defeat the popular Jeff Hardy immediately following an exhausting Ladder Match at Extreme Rules. The two feuded until the first Smackdown after SummerSlam, where Punk beat Jardy in a Loser-Leaves-WWE cage match.
  • Although WWE Classics on Demand advertised a Taker/HBK for The Bash, neither HBK nor Undertaker wrestled again until SummerSlam (HBK teamed with HHH to reform DX and Undertaker chokeslammed CM Punk after his TLC victory over Jardy).
  • WWE Intercontinental champion Rey Mysterio brought the title into a great feud with Chris Jericho, where Jericho won the title at Extreme Rules and then lost it back in a title-for-mask match at The Bash.

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