I won't mince words, let's get to it:
C.M. Punk Vs. Mark Henry Vs. Kane Vs. Finley Vs. Kofi Kingston Vs. MVP Vs. Shelton Benjamin Vs. Christian (Money In The Bank Ladder Match) - Awesome opener! Even though their time in it was limited, even Kane and (surprisingly) Mark Henry looked good here! As usual, it was a spotfest wtih Shelton, MVP, Finley & Christian coming the closest to winning but in the end it was Punk who took the match for the second year in a row! I was actually pulling for MVP to win but I won't argue Punk. Watch for a sick powerslam from Henry to Kofi onto a ladder and an even sicker powerbomb from Shelton to MVP from the ring to the floor!
25 Diva Battle Royale - The winner was pretty much given away the second you saw Santino Marrella in drag in the match. I also think the fact that WWE couldn't get some of the more popular Divas like Trish Stratus and Lita really hurt this bout too. Still, the final sequence pretty much is the highlight of the match as Mickie James and Michelle McCool had a vicious exchange as well as Beth Phoenix and Melina. Ends when Santino....opps, Santina dumps out both Melina and Beth! Match itself wasn't bad but the angle and storyline on it sucks!
Ricky Steamboat, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka Vs. Chris Jericho (3 on 1 Handicap match) - With "Nature Boy" Ric Flair in their corner and Mickey Rourke at ringside, these three legends came in determined to teach Y2J a lesson in respect.
This match actually turned out better than expected! While its obvious that Piper and Snuka need to stay retired, Steamboat looked great! Heck, he and Flair could probably still go at it right now. Probably not for an hour but just 10 minutes would be better than some of the wrestling we get today!
Anyway, Jericho wins after eliminating all three wrestlers with Steamboat having the standout performance. After the match, Flair and Jericho get into it with Jericho getting the better of the exchange. Then, we have Jericho wanting to get it on with Mickey Rourke. Rourke, who was a boxer in his younger days, got into the ring and rather play Jericho's game (whiich is wrestling), he made Jericho play his by goading him into boxing. It ends with Y2J getting knocked out!
Guess the bad guy had to get his cummupance but it would've been more appropriate for a former wrestler to come to the aid of Flair & Co., perhaps one of his old Horsemen comrades?! The match itself was okay with a great performance from Steamboat.
Matt Hardy Vs. Jeff Hardy (Extreme Rules Match) - This one was more of a spotfest with both men doing some pretty high risk and dangerous moves. It wasn't bloody but as another reviewer said, it didn't need to be bloody as it was so personal with these two.
Ends when Jeff Hardy attempted a legdrop over 20ft. from a ladder only to miss, which allowed Matt to uses a funky version of his "Twist Of Fate" using a steel chair! Matt takes this one!
Rey Mysterio Vs. JBL (WWE Intercontinental Title Match) - In one of the few surprises of the night, Rey beats "The Longhorn Loudmouth" in 21 seconds! Also, as a bit of a surprise, JBL "quits" WWE much to the delight of the Texas crowd. Not much to talk about here other than Rey is the new I-C champion.
The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels - Seems like every WM has at least one match that is as good or outshines the slated main events, THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THOSE MATCHES! In my eyes, this was the true main event of WM25 and is a MUST VIEW on this card! About the only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star bout is the slow part where both UT and Shawn miss respective dives outside the ring (though UT's does have him take a nasty spill on his head and knocking the crap out of a cameraman with him).
Lots of false finishes and surprise moves here. Michaels goes for submissions twice with his version of the figure four and his version of the crossface while UT nearly gets the win with his "Hell's Gates" chokehold. Long story short, UT gets his first ever one on one victory over Shawn and extends his record to 17-0 at WM. GREAT MATCH AND THE BEST ON THE CARD IN MY VIEW!
John Cena Vs. The Big Show Vs. Edge (Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship) - Don't expect HHH/Benoit/Michaels from WM 20 here though it wasn't a bad bout. In fact, of the two world title matches, this one had the worst buildup BUT it actually turned out to be a pretty decent bout....except for the fact Cena won! Ugh! At least they got Vickie Guerrero out of the way early so that the focus went to the match.
Cena wins when he first hits the FU (sorry but its new name sucks) on TBS and then he FU's Edge on top of TBS for the win. Personally, I felt TBS should've won because he was so dominant in this bout and in leading up to the bout. Heck, I would've settled for Edge somehow keeping the belt! Cena is now a 6 time champion but somehow I don't feel too excited about this! Maybe we can talk C.M. Punk into pulling what he did last year!? LOL!
Randy Orton Vs. HHH (WWE World Title Match) - While not a bad match (it is worth a look as it does have some surprise and rugged spots), it feel far short of expectations. I think adding the "DQ-rule waived" stipulations actually hurt this match more than helped. They would've done better to go the Austin/Rock route back at WM X-7 and had it No DQ! I mean, think about it. With the way they build up this match, a no rules bout would've been perfect!
As it is, it isn't a bad bout but the crowd was DEAD in this match! In fact, they were dead after UT/Michaels and Austin doing his special farewell but even Cena/Edge/TBS got more reaction than this match. As I said, it actually isn't a bad match but it didn't feel like the main event!
Overall, this WM was okay but for a 25th Anniversary, it sure as hell didn't feel like it! I'll probably buy it anyway for UT/Michaels and a few other surprises but I wouldn't say this is a must buy.