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Superstars: Mysterio and Kidd tear the house down on the road to Wrestlemania
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


In 34 hours, I fly to Phoenix on my voyage to Wrestlemania XXVI. Since zero preparation went into the trip (ahh bachelorhood!), I am in a bit of a scramble to get things packed. But alas, there is another stop (or two) on the road to Wrestlemania. Let’s see if WWE can motivate the WWE Universe to plunk down the money for Mania due to some last minute hype on Thursday Night.

The card for Sunday looks excellent. While I must admit that I do not feel emotionally invested in any of the matches, it is a great lineup on paper and will most likely deliver. The only match that seems like something unique is Bret vs. Vince. We know what we will get from Vince, but the most interesting thing will be Bret’s performance. Does he have one more night in him?

Match #1 -JTG vs. C.M. Punk

Todd Grisham and former teacher Matt Stryker open the show at the announcing table. What are the odds of Jim Ross calling the action at Mania? Please Vince, have J.R. announce. Let Michael Cole prepare for the next episode of NXT.

Punk beats on JTG early in the match and then knees JTG in the face, sending JTG to the floor. Punk beats on JTG and sends him back to the ring. JTG fights back with a shoulder block and some drop kicks. JTG lands some punches and gets a two count. After JTG misses a flying shoulder block, Punk hits a knee to the face and a running bulldog. Punk hits the GTS on JTG and gets the PIN. The Straight Edge Society stares at Wrestlemania banner in a very cartoonish manner after the match.

Winner via pinfall: C.M. Punk

Shawn Michaels is shown descending for the ceiling at Wrestlemania 12 during the Wrestlemania Recall. Jerry Lawler and the other Raw announcer introduce a video package featuring the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.

A commercial airs for the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony broadcast on USA. I really wish USA would air the entire ceremony and not just one hour. A video then airs promoting the World Heavyweight Championship match between Edge and Chris Jericho.

A video airs highlighting the Bret Hart-Vince McMahon feud. I’ve set it before, but I just pray Bret has it in him to have another great performance. It has certainly been a very long time since he has done anything like this. The C.M. Punk-Rey Mysterio feud is then featured in a short video before Rey enters the ring for his match.

Match #2 –Tyson Kidd vs. Rey Mysterio

Stryker says, “What a night we have seen so far.” Yeah, a three minute match between Punk and JTG makes for a memorable night.

Tyson starts out with a wrist lock and then locks on to Rey’s arm. Rey and Kidd start flying around the ring at a pace that makes it difficult to report the moves. Punk does shoulder block him for a two count. Natalya grabs Rey’s leg, sending him outside the ring. Rey propels off Kidd into D.H. Smith. As Kidd attacks Rey outside the ring, they go to commercial.

After the break, Kidd puts the boots to Rey in the corner. Rey trips Kidd, sending him face first into the turnbuckle. Stryker refers to Rey as the “No Limit Soldier.” Is this a reference to the failed 1999 faction with Master P in WCW? Kidd hits a dropkick to the abdomen and gets a two count.

Rey gets knocked outside the ring and Kidd follows. Rey and Kidd exchange punches and kicks, then Rey defies gravity and hits some type of bulldog on Kidd. Kidd throws Rey under the bottom rope and Natalya gets a shot in before Kidd does a baseball slide, sending Rey into the rail. Kidd hits a springboard blockbuster for a two count. Kidd attempts a double spring board moonsault, but slips on the rope and misses. Rey propels himself off the rope for a cross body. After some quick back and forth action, Rey gets a two count after a kick to Kidd’s head. Kidd gets back on the offense and hits an elbow off the tope rope. Kidd headbutts Rey, but Rey hits a kick and a huracanrana. Rey then hits the 619 and a splash for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio

This was somewhat reminiscent of the old WCW Main Event show, in that only two matches aired and most of the show promoted the huge show coming up. The difference here, though, is that WCW Main Event never had a match like Rey and Kidd just put on. I think this two match formula works well on the show before a pay-per-view. It gives WWE a last chance to promote the matches on the card. Well, I am going to go start packing. Off to Wrestlemania I go!


Matt Johnson is on the road to Wrestlemania. Join him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/mattjohnsonSLAM. Email Matt at mattjohnson62@yahoo.com.