1. Singles Match
Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
The opener to WrestleMania 21 sees fellow WWE Tag Team Champions go at one another, Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio put on a pretty entertaining WrestleMania opener here. Eddie Guerrero dominated the match early on, but the match was still like a cruiserweight match. Rey Mysterio hit two over the top rope outside dives. Eddie hit the three omego's which is always cool to see.
In the end Rey Mysterio was in the move for a hurricanrana position but ended up going for a roll up which got him the pinfall victory over Eddie Guerrero. They shake hands after the match, pretty good stuff here. Eddie Guerrero was awesome and Rey Mysterio's a fun wrestler.
Rating-***1/2, Time-12:39, Winner-Rey Mysterio
Backstage WWE Champion JBL alongside US Champion Orlando Jordan are walking down the hallway when they ran into World Heavyweight Champion Triple H and Ric Flair. They make a bet over who can still have their championship belt by the end of the night.
2. The Inaugural Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Kane vs. Christian w/Tyson Tomko vs. Shelton Benjamin
This was the inaugural Money in the Bank Ladder Match and it set the tone for awesome MITB matches to come for the next few years. Some of the spots were Benjamin's T-Bone off the ladder to Chris Jericho, Kane smashing Chris Benoit with a ladder. Shelton Benjamin;s spot where he ran up the ladder before clotheslining Jericho was great.
Kane's entrance where the ladders were set on fire was great. In the end Chris Benoit was climbing up a ladder when Edge pushed him off the ladder and climbed up to grab the plain black Money In The Bank briefcase. Edge celebrates on the ramp with the briefcase.
Rating-****, Time-15:17, Winner-Edge To Become The Inaugural Mr. Money In The Bank
3. Hulk Hogan Returns By Saving Eugene From Mohammad Hossan
Eugene comes out and is talking about how he is so happy to be at WrestleMania 21, they are trying to sell that Eugene is cute and you can't hate him. Then Mohammad Hossan comes down (he could have been awesome, but the incident ruined his career) with his manager in toe. Hassan says that he is angry because he wasn't even put on the WrestleMania card. Hassan and his manager start beating down Eugene, Hassan locks Eugene in his camel clutch submission moves.
Then Hulk Hogan's music hits and the Hulkster comes down in the red and yellow, Hogan gets into the ring and beats down Mohammad Hassan as well as the manager who I can't even think of the name of. Hogan does his signature moves before posing for what felt like ten minutes but it was only five minutes, really cool segment here.
4. Singles Match
The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton w/Bob Orton Jr.
It's amazing to me that Undertaker's Streak match versus Randy Orton was the third match on an eight match card. That shows how much depth the roster had at this time, from about 2000 till about 2006 you could have done that (2010 included) but nowadays you couldn't do this Anyway, this match was good. Undertaker was looking like a total powerhouse at this time, during his PG Era Streak matches he wasn't as much of a powerhouse.
Orton nearly broke the streak a couple of times, when Bob Orton came in and nailed Taker in the face with the cast into an RKO, Taker still kicked out. The commentary also really helped this match, Tazz was great and Maggle wasn't awful like he is nowadays. In the end Orton went for a Tombstone Piledriver on Taker but Taker reversed into a Tombstone of his own for the 1...2...3 to defeat Randy Orton.
Rating-***1/2, Time-14:14, Winner-The Undertaker
5. Singles Match for the WWE Women's Championship
Trish Stratus (C) vs. Christy Hemme w/Lita
This match took place in the days of heel Trish Stratus, Lita was in the corner of Trish Stratus (wasn't Lita injured at this time, I'm pretty sure). Trish's attire was basically a white shirt with straps that looked like ties and then she had these brown track pants (I don't know why I'm writing about this). Hemme hit a Twist Of Fate as it wasn't enough, Stratus ultimately hit a Chick Kick for the pinfall victory to retain her WWE Women's Championship.
Rating-**, Time-4:11, Winner-Trish Stratus To Retain The WWE Women's Championship
6. Singles Match
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels
This match would have to be in the top five greatest WrestleMania matches in history, this match was fantastic. The two guys in the match are great, one's an olympic champion who had spent four years building himself a spectacular resume. The other is Mr. WrestleMania, a guy who prior to this had had five plus match of the nights at WRESTLEMANIA. This match wasn't about spots, it was more about the story that Angle was determined to beat Mr. WrestleMania at WrestleMania.
The only main spot of this match was when Angle was about to German Suplex HBK from the apron threw the announce table. During the match Angle, Angle Slammed HBK into the ring post. Actually the spot of the match was Shawn Michaels' dive onto Angle on the announce table, although the announce table didn't break which is refreshing since these days we always have every announce table breaking because some puts their drink bottle on it.
In the end Kurt Angle locked in his usual ankle lock on Shawn Michaels, then Angle grape vined the leg of Shawn Michaels. Angle achieved his moment in an incredible match as Shawn Michaels hobbled up to his feet as the crowd were all standing up applauding him for his effort in the match.
Rating-*****, Time-27:25, Winner-Kurt Angle
7. Piper's Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin (And Carlito)
Roddy Piper comes out and thanks everyone for welcoming him into the hall of fame, Piper talks about the baddest man in the history of the WWE. He asks the fans who they think that is, Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out. Piper slaps Stone Cold Steve Austin because he was jealous of him, Austin slaps Piper. These two guys are having a great conversation (promo back and forth).
When Carlito comes out, Carlito was mainly just here because he couldn't get on the card. And because Austin and Piper needed to have someone to beat down. Carlito is talking, then Piper takes the apple and bites into it before Austin hits a stone cold stunner on Piper and Carlito before posing on the top rope.
8. Sumo Match
Big Show vs. Akebono
Thusfar the show had been really good, then this killed the mojo. I was staring at these two going "Why is this happening?", I thought that it could be because WWE wanted publicity in Japan...but that didn't excuse The Big Show's attire. He was basically naked, except he had the black thing that protected his private parts. Akebono wins, moving on.
Rating-DUD, Time-1:02, Winner-Akebono
9. Singles Match for the WWE Championship
JBL (C) vs. John Cena
I was hoping that this was going to be atleast solid, but the match was poor. When the best part of this was JBL's entrance that featured police escorts, a giant limo and money falling from the roof that had JBL's face on it, you know the match was pretty poor. The way Cena would win his first WWE Championship would set the tone for the next decade. JBL beat down Cena for about eleven minutes, then Cena hit the five moves of doom to get the pinfall and win the WWE Championship. The only thing I remember from this besides JBL's entrance was Cena jumping into the crowd posing with his title.
Rating-*1/2, Time-11:26, Winner-John Cena To Become The NEW WWE Champion
10. MAIN EVENT: Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (C) vs. Batista
The Main Event of WrestleMania 21 had a good storyline going into it, Batista believed that he was being forgotten and that everyone was giving attention to Triple H. So Batista took it upon himself to win the Royal Rumble Match and decide to take on Triple H at WrestleMania 21. This is the kind of story that they need to be doing, it wasn't incredible but it would definitely be something that would go over well in today's WWE environment.
This match was good, Triple H was bleeding pretty heavily (remember when there was blood in the main event of WrestleMania, me neither). Anyway the match itself was enjoyable, in the end Batista hits the Batista bomb to get the pinfall therefore WrestleMania 21 ends with Batista celebrating with his newly won World Heavyweight Championship (was 2005 the last great year of WWE??? yep).
Rating-***, Time-21:34, Winner-Batista To Become The NEW World Heavyweight Champion
Overall Show Rating: B-; This show was going so well for the first two and a half hours, if the show had have been changed around with maybe JBL vs. Cena coming in the fourth match and Batista vs. HHH coming where JBL vs. Cena went with HBK vs. Angle being the main event. Anyway the Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio match was a really fun opener, Money in the Bank was really good, Undertaker vs. Randy Orton was fun, the Women's Title was there but didn't bother me. Hogan's segment was good.
Then there was the instant classic that was Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels, as soon as that match finished the show went downhill until the cool moment where Batista was on the top rope posing with his newly won World Heavyweight Championship.