REWIND-A-WAI #32: WWE WrestleMania 26

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE WrestleMania XXVI from March 28, 2010, in Phoenix, AZ.

Headlined by a “Streak vs. Career” main event between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, they discuss whether this match lived up to expectations set by its WM25 predecessor and Shawn’s subsequent retirement.

Also, Bret Hart made his in-ring return in a No Holds Barred match against Vince McMahon. John and Wai discuss getting to know The Hart Family while working on Fight Network’s “Survival of the Hitman” documentary in the lead-up to this match, where the build went wrong, and the resulting match that left much to be desired.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Chad Olsen (with help from our patrons).

For Double Double, Iced Capp & Espresso members of the POST Wrestling Café, watch the video version of our review here.

Watch WrestleMania XXVI on the WWE Network here.

WWE WrestleMania XXVI
Sunday March 28, 2010
Glendale, Arizona
University of Phoenix Stadium
*Streak vs. Career No DQ: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
*No Holds Barred: Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon
*WWE Heavyweight Title: Batista (c) vs. John Cena
*World Heavyweight Title: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Edge
*Sheamus vs. Triple H
*CM Punk (w/ Luke Gallows & Serena) vs. Rey Mysterio
*Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin
*Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase
*Unified WWE Tag Team Titles: The Big Show & The Miz (c) vs. John Morrison & R-Truth
*Alicia Fox, Layla, Maryse, Michelle McCool & Vickie Guerrero vs. Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly & Mickie James

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This was an interesting show to look back on. I’m with John and Wai in the sense that I forgot about most of this card. Video packages may seem like a chore to endure in the moment, but years later they add a lot to the viewing.

This era for WWE was kind of awful and when we complain about the current product, we should have some perspective that it could be way worse. The WWE post-Benoit tragedy to the debut of The Shield was a pretty rough time in general.

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I wasn’t watching wrestling at this point but I do remember going to a bar UFC 111 and Seeing one of the top 5 movies that weekend. Hot Tub Time Machine, time flies

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