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WWE: WrestleMania 21 – April 3 2005 Results

Date: 3rd April, 2005
Venue: Staples Center
City: Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 20,193
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry “The King” Lawler,
Michael Cole & Tazz
Theme Songs: “Big Time” by The Soundtrack of Our Lives
and “Behind Those Eyes” by 3 Doors Down

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Background

WrestleMania 21 promotional poster
WrestleMania 21 promotional poster. “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood”

The main feud heading into WrestleMania on the Raw brand was between Triple H and Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble, last eliminating John Cena, earning the right to participate in the main event of WrestleMania 21 against the World Champion of his choice. In an attempt to persuade Batista to challenge WWE Champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield rather than Batista facing Triple H at WrestleMania, Triple H concocted a scheme to have Batista run over in a limousine resembling the one used by Layfield. Initially, Batista did not want help from Evolution and wanted to confront JBL by himself. Triple H insisted that Evolution accompanied Batista anyway, saving him from the oncoming limousine. Batista became aware of the plot while eavesdropping on fellow Evolution members and signed a contract guaranteeing him a match with World Champion Triple H at WrestleMania, thus leaving Evolution and officially turning face. Batista pretended to sign with the SmackDown! brand, giving Triple H and Flair the “thumbs up,” but turned it into a “thumbs down” before attacking the pair. This lead to Batista’s departure from the stable.

The main feud heading into WrestleMania on the SmackDown! brand was between John “Bradshaw” Layfield and John Cena for the WWE Championship. At No Way Out, Cena defeated Kurt Angle to earn a spot in the SmackDown! main event. As a result of Cena’s win, he began a feud with WWE Champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) and his Cabinet. In the feud, Cena lost his United States Championship to Cabinet member Orlando Jordan. The following week, JBL proceeded to “blow up” Cena’s U.S. spinner version belt and reintroduce the traditional style belt.

A heavily promoted match for the event was an Interpromotional match between SmackDown! superstar Kurt Angle and Raw superstar Shawn Michaels. Their match stemmed from the Royal Rumble, the pay-per-view event two months before WrestleMania. At the Royal Rumble, Kurt Angle relentlessly attacked Shawn Michaels after Michaels had eliminated him from the Royal Rumble match. The next month at No Way Out, Angle lost a number one contenders match to John Cena, losing a spot in the SmackDown! main event at WrestleMania. The next night on Raw, Michaels told SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long to inform Angle that he had challenged him to a match at WrestleMania. On the February 28 edition of Raw, after Michaels defeated Edge in a Street Fight, Angle attacked Michaels and accepted his challenge.

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Match Results

Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero (12:39)

First Ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Edge defeated Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian (with Tyson Tomko) and Kane (15:17)

The Undertaker defeated Randy Orton (with “Cowboy” Bob Orton) (14:14)

Women’s Championship
Trish Stratus (c) defeated Christy Hemme (with Lita) (04:11)

Kurt Angle defeated Shawn Michaels (27:25)

Sumo Wrestling Match
Akebono defeated The Big Show (01:03)

WWE Championship
John Cena defeated John “Bradshaw” Layfield (c) (11:26)

World Heavyweight Championship
Batista defeated Triple H (c) (with Ric Flair) (21:34)

(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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Aftermath

Batista and Triple H’s feud would continue. It would continue to Backlash where Batista and Triple H had a rematch for the World Heavyweight Title. Batista won the match after a Batista Bomb out of a corner. Following that, the two concluded their rivalry at Vengeance where Batista scored the third and final win over his former mentor inside Hell in a Cell. Shortly thereafter, Batista was drafted to the SmackDown brand, and Triple H opted to take time off.

John Cena and JBL’s feud would continue until Judgment Day where Cena and JBL would have a rematch for the WWE Championship in an “I Quit” match, which Cena won after he was going to hit JBL with an exhaust pipe but made JBL say “I Quit” instead. After Judgment Day Cena and JBL’s feud ended. Cena was subsequently drafted to the Raw brand shortly after.

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