Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his first WWE Pay Per View appearance in seven years Sunday night at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta.
The Rock cost John Cena his chance to beat Mike “The Miz” Mizanin for the WWE title in the show’s main event. Johnson gave Cena his patented “Rock Bottom” move in the ring, allowing Miz to pin Cena. The match had first ended as a double count out, bringing out the WrestleMania host, The Rock. Rock made the match no disqualification and no count out, leading to the finish. Rock then “laid the smackdown” on Miz, giving him the “People’s Elbow” move.So, Johnson stood tall in the ring,with both Cena and Miz almost an afterthought.
“The Jersey Shore”‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi got the pin and scored the victory for her side in a six person tag team match. She teamed with John Morrison and Trish Stratus to defeat Dolph Ziggler and Lay Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla El) in a quick bout. Snooki did a double hand spring elbow and then a flip and a splash on McCool for the win. No doubt, a video clip of this will appear on the news magazine TV shows.
The best match on the show saw The Undertaker defeat Triple H. They had a long, hard fought battle with Undertaker finishing off Triple H with Heaven’s Gate (the MMA gogoplata move).Earlier in the match,Triple H kicked out of a pinning attempt after receiving Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver finishing move, while Undertaker did the same after Triple H’s Pedigree. Undertaker’s WrestleMania winning streak continues, with a 19 and 0 record.
Snoop Dogg made a brief appearance at the Georgia Dome Pay Per View, supposedly auditioning WWE performers for his next tour. Pee Wee Herman also had a little air time, in a segment with The Rock and “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
One minor surprise came in the opening match, as Edge retained his WWE World Heavyweight title with a victory over Alberto Del Rio. Edge pinned Del Rio following a spear. Del Rio, the 2011 Royal Rumble winner, has been getting a push of late in WWE. It’s just a matter of time before he becomes champ. Del Rio was accompanied to ringside by rookie grappler Brodus Clay, who in a trivia note, was formerly a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg. Edge’s buddy Christian was in the champ’s corner, to counteract Clay.
Later came the much hyped battle between Jerry Lawler and WWE TV announcer Michael Cole, basically a reprise of Lawler’s 1980’s “feud” with Andy Kaufman. Cole submitted after Lawler hit him with a fist drop, followed by the ankle lock. Cole was carried to the back after the match by his trainer, Jack Swagger. But , as a result of special guest referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin overstepping his bounds during the match, the “unknown” Raw General Manager changed the ruling and declared Cole the winner, . Before Lawler’s final offense, Austin had physically spun Cole around to Lawler. The ruling led to Austin giving announcer Josh Matthews a “Stone Cold Stunner” in the ring, after doing the same to announcer/wrestler Booker T.
Rey Mysterio had the best outfit of the night, dressed as Captain America without the shield. Cody Rhodes defeated Mysterio though, with the help of a knee brace shot to the head. Of course this was behind the ref’s back.
So, it looks like a Rock versus John Cena match could be in the cards for a pay per view later in the year. In the meantime, look for Sin Cara (formerly Mistico in Mexico) and Awesome Kong to make their WWE debuts imminently.
“WWE Champion The Miz def. John Cena” by James Wortman, WWE.com, 4/4/11.
“WWE WrestleMania 20”, Online World of Wrestling, Online World of Wrestling.com 3/14/04