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April 3, 2011

Live blog from WrestleMania XXVII: World heavyweight champion Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio

Special host The Rock came out to a thunderous ovation and "Rocky" chants to open the show.

He did his usual catch phrases and also led the crowd in chanting "Yabba Dabba" in reference to John Cena, whom Rock has referred to as "Fruitty Pebbles" for his colorful assortment of t-shirts.

In a surprise, the world heavyweight title match opened the show. Christian and Brodus Clay are in the respective corners of Edge and Del Rio.

At the 7:45 mark, Del Rio locked on the Cross Armbreaker, but Edge made it to the ropes.
A minute later, Christian and Clay began brawling outside the ring.

Edge missed a spear at 9:30 and Clay pulled Edge shoulder first into the ring post. Del Rio applied the Armbreaker again, but Edge reversed it and hooked on his Cloverleaf move. Clay tried to interfere, but Christian took him out with a swinging DDT off the apron.

Del Rio maneuvered out of the submission move, but Edge nailed him with The Spear for the victory at 11:10.

Del Rio not winning the title is a surprise, and there was no turn by Christian.

After the match, Edge destroyed Del Rio’s fancy car with a crowbar while a helpless Del Rio looked on almost in tears.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 7:17 PM | | Comments (5)
        

Comments

I feel douchey for channeling my inner-Miz but, 11 minutes? Really?

Was it weird to you that Edge almost tapped out to Del Rio's armbar, and released his beautiful (in terms of position) submission because Del Rio touched his arm, yet speared Del Rio and sold no pain whatsoever?

Also, what is wrong with you guys? This Rhodes/Mysterious match is awesome, and the crowd is dead.

Punk is funny for having a Pepsi tattoo on his shoulder in Atanta!

Kevin,
I have not watched wrestling in decades but your blog is amongst the best on this site. Way to find a way to share your passion.
best

The fact that "nothing" happened in the match (i.e. Christian didn't turn on Edge) isn't surprising. I cannot remember the last time someone actually turned on his partner at WrestleMania. In recent years, it seems to be where seeds are planted moreso than when they come to fruition.

The fact that Alberto Del Rio lost the match was very surprising to me! I thought for sure ADR would win, then Christian and Edge would be vying to become #1-contender (Christian for all his recent victories over ADR and Edge for his position as previous champion). The storyline would write itself.

But if we get Edge/Christian in a singles program without ADR or anyone else, then I'm sold!

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