At long last the Wrestlemania Fan Script is here. Will Bret Hart finally get his revenge on Vince? Will the streak of Shawn Michael’s career end? and Will the Legend, the Franchise, or the Future prevail in the Triple Threat match for the Unified Heavyweight Championship? Click below to find out. And once you’ve read the fan script check out my commentary on the actual show.
Wrestlemania XXVI Fan Script by Todd Matthy
- Show Opens. The stage and Titan Tron have a pyramid theme. Howard Finkel is in the middle of the ring.
- Howard Finkel welcomes back Jim Ross. Jim comes out and joins the commentary team.
- Money in the Bank entrances: MVP- Does his NFL entrance with University of Phoenix Cheerleaders
- Money in the Bank- MVP over Jack Swagger, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy, R-Truth, Evan Bourne, and Chavo Guerrero.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews US Champion The Miz. The Miz brings in his NXT protégé, Daniel Bryan to show him what he can aspire to.
- Ten Divas Tag Team Match: Eve, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix over Divas Champion Maryse, Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Layla, Alicia Fox, and Vickie-Kelly Kelly pins Maryse with a Pele.
- Backstage: Todd Grisham interviews John Morrison.
- United States Heavyweight Championship: US Champion The Miz w/Daniel Bryan over John Morrison- Afterwards The Miz forces Daniel Bryan to strap the belt around his waist. Bryan puts him in a submission hold and forces him to tap out.
- Backstage: Bob Uecker is hanging out with the Bella Twins when Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and the Big Show interrupt. Show rests his arm on Uecker.
Uecker (to Big Show):
Hey, this reminds me of the time…
Shut up Uecker. How a washed up, talentless, hack like you got into the Hall of Fame baffles my mind. However, I have more important things to dwell on and that’s you Edge. I don’t know if these sheep remember but last year it was you and I who won the Unified Tag Team Championship, but you were too weak to hold up your end of the deal. So I went and found a new partner, a stronger partner, and we’ve reigned supreme ever since. Now, Edge you’ve returned and you’ve decided to team up with your former third string champion of a brother thinking that will somehow intimidate Show and I. I think not.
That sounds great Chris but can you tell your friend here to get his foot off my…
(Big Show strangles Bob Uecker like Andre the Giant did at Wrestlemania IV)
Keep your mouth shut Uecker!!!!!
(Big Show and Jericho exit)
That brings me back.
- Backstage: Vince McMahon’s office. Vince is preparing for his match with Bret when Batista and Kane enter.
Gentlemen. Good to see you. Tonight as you know I’m going to break the hearts of the entire Hart family tonight. Something I plan to do when I put Bret Hart back into his wheelchair. Which brings me to you two. I want you to not just beat the Hart Dynasty I want you to end the Hart Dynasty. I want you to make such an end that the memory will be burned in the Hart family’s psyche so strongly, that no Hart will ever dare get into this business again. And I’m going to offer you an incentive…whomever delivers the final blow will receive…a Unified title match. Yes, that sounds good.
(Batista and Kane nod in agreement)
- Intercontinental Championship: IC Champion Drew McIntyre over Rey Mysterio (dressed as Iron Man)- McIntyre pins Rey by holding the tights.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews Edge and Christian.
- Backstage: Todd Grisham is outside Shawn Michaels’ dressing room trying to get an interview. He mentions that no one has seen Shawn enter the building today.
- Unified Tag Team Championship: Edge and Christian over Unified Tag Team Champions JeriShow.
- WWE Hall of Fame Recognition for “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Wendy Richter, Bob Uecker, Antonio Inoki, Gorgeous George (represented by his wife Betty), Mad Dog Vachon, and Stu Hart (represented by the Hart Family)
- Backstage: Todd Grisham interviews Sheamus.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews Triple H.
- Entrance: Sheamus- Flogging Molly plays him to the ring.
- Entrance: Triple H- Motorhead plays him to the ring.
- Sheamus over Triple H
- Backstage: Todd Grisham interviews the Hart Dynasty and Natalya.
- The Hart Dynasty w/Natalya over Batista and Kane- Kane abandons Batista allowing Tyson Kidd to pin Batista with the Hart Attack.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk.
- Backstage: Todd Grisham interviews Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart.
- Bret Hart over Vince McMahon w/ Stone Cold Steve Austin as Referee- Vince brings out the Hart Dynasty and the rest of the Hart family claiming to have paid them off. The Harts attack and ‘incapacitate’ Austin. The Harts turn on Vince and Austin reveals it all to be a ruse. Vince taps to the Sharpshooter. Afterwards Bret, Austin, the Hart Dynasty and the rest of the Hart family douse Vince in beer.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews WWE Champion John Cena.
- Entrance: Sting comes out of the Pyramid.
- Entrance: World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. Punk cuts a promo about being the one true Straight Edge Savior to Sting’s dismay.
- Entrance: WWE Champion John Cena with an Honor Guard.
- Unification Triple Threat for the World and WWE Championships: Sting over WWE Champion John Cena and World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk- Sting reverses the Attitude Adjustment and pins Cena with a crucifix. Cena hands Sting the belts.
- Backstage: Tiffany interviews Sting.
- Entrance: Undertaker- Dark purple lights and mist surround the pyramid on the stage. Taker emerges from the pyramid and makes his entrance.
- Entrance: Shawn Michaels-Paul Bearer comes out first then Shawn rises from beneath the stage, wearing an outfit similar to the Undertaker.
- Undertaker over Shawn Michaels- Taker catches Shawn with a superkick.
- Afterwards, Taker shakes Shawn’s hand and Shawn says farewell to the crowd, leaving with a bow.
So how did my show stack up against the real one? That’s for you to decide. The results and my commentary are below.
I have to say that this years Wrestlemania was far and away better than last years. The big matches were what I thought they would be and Taker/Michaels II exceeded my expectations-especially considering Undertaker’s physical condition. So what about the ACTUAL show pleased me? I was disappointed with the Unified Tag Team title match. I really thought Morrison and R-Truth should’ve won that match with help from Daniel Bryan. Miz has the US title in addition to the Tag titles, and Bryan costing him the Tag belts would boost interest in NXT. The Divas match was…what I expected it to be. They all had great outfits. Still, I think Kelly Kelly should’ve scored the pin and win (that rhymes) on Vickie Guerrero. They’ve been hyping Kelly as the WWE’s Sweetheart, let her win one for once. The match that I was surprised but not shocked about was Triple H beating Sheamus. I really thought Hunter would take one for his workout partner and plant the seeds for a future heel turn. Finally, Cena/Batista was a snoozer. Sorry, but it was. Now for the positive.
Rey Mysterio and CM Punk had a great back and forth spotfest that is the closest WWE will ever come to having a Ring of Honor styled match. Jericho and Edge had a solid World Title match that will hopefully lead to a long program between the two. Did anybody notice Edge and Jericho selling their injuries after the match was over? True professionals. Money in the Bank was as always a highlight of the show. I’m especially happy they gave it to Swagger. The cocky, meathead, jock is the type of guy people love to hate (Biff Tannen anyone?). I hope WWE sustains his push this time. Bret Hart and Vince McMahon was what I expected. Bret’s stroke restricted him taking ANY bumps, so what did they do? Help elevate the Hart Dynasty (hopefully). Having the Hart Dynasty, along with the Hart family, beating up McMahon could lead to a major push for the long underutilized team. And Bret putting Vince in the Sharpshooter was a Wrestlemania moment, I just wish he was back in the Pink and Black wrestling gear. Finally, there was Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker.
I’m giving this one a full paragraph because it deserves it. First of all I’m glad they made this the final match on the card because it was the true Main Event of the show. What, like last years match, made this match so good was you could not predict the outcome. Taker and Michaels both wield considerable power in the company. Undertaker does not lose at Wrestlemania, while Shawn can win and lose whenever he feels like. You really wondered last year if Michaels, through politics, would be the one to end the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. Thankfully he didn’t, leading to this years rematch. It was enough that WWE was having the same match two years in a row, but to put Shawn Michaels career on the line added to the unpredictability. We all know that if Taker is going to lose at Wrestlemania is has to be someone special. At the same time, if Shawn were to retire his last match would have to be with someone special. Once again, the match could’ve gone either way and was unpredictable, you wanted to see what would happen; would the streak endure? or would Shawn wrestle his final match. From a creative standpoint, you had to pick what was best for the future and what outcome was permanent. Creatively it came down to this: Retirement matches in wrestling are like death in comics; it’s never permanent. (See Terry Funk) Through some loophole Shawn can and will most likely return to WWE whether he wins or loses. A streak is permanent. Even in a worked sport like wrestling once someone loses on TV it is immortalized. They could have Vince come out and strike the loss from the record, but everyone would’ve known the Undertaker had lost because they saw it with their own eyes. In the end creative made the right move.
The match had to be seen to truly be appreciated. Michaels opened up by mocking Taker’s throat slash gesture. From there it went back and forth with both men giving it their all. How do you know this? Because by matches end, the Undertaker was hobbling and apparently in real life he’s been having hip problems. What was really dramatic was Shawn’s last stand. After kicking out of the Tombstone, Taker told Shawn to stay down. Shawn struggled to get up but had enough strength to give the throat slash gesture and slap the Undertaker in the face. The Undertaker then tombstoned him and won the match. To close out the evening, in an act of sportsmanship and class the Undertaker helped Shawn up, shook his hand, and embraced him. This was great because it brought an air of class to an artform that is considered classless. Taker then let Shawn have the spotlight to say goodbye to the crowd…for now.
Great job Undertaker and great job Shawn Michaels. Whatever time off your taking after this show, you’ve certainly earned.