-From Charlotte, NC. Our hosts are Josh Matthews, Booker T, and Michael Cole.
-The show opens with Alberto Del Rio, along with Ricardo Rodriguez and Brodus Clay, coming to the ring for an interview. Del Rio failed to win the World title at Wrestlemania, so his trademark smile is nowhere to be seen. Del Rio says that destiny can be delayed, but not stopped. He mourns the loss of his Wrestlemania moment and his car, which Edge and Christian destroyed. Del Rio is interrupted by (still World Champion) Edge and Christian, who are towing out the remains of Del Rio’s Rolls Royce. Edge is turning into quite the sore winner, eh? Edge isn’t finished and spray paints something on the hood. Del Rio wants a rematch, but Edge thinks his buddy, Christian, is more deserving. Theodore Long shows up and makes the logical Christian/Del Rio #1 Contenders match for tonight. The winner will face Edge in a ladder match at Extreme Rules.
-Later, we’ll be treated to a recap of John Cena challenging The Rock to a match at Wrestlemania 28.
After a second commercial break, we are ready for the second fall. Slater is in control of Santino. Santino fights back and prepares the Cobra, but Barrett storms in with a big boot. Wasteland puts Santino away at 7:22 (shown) and the Corre wins the 2nd fall. The match continues with Barrett trying to get another quick win over Marella. Santino is hapless as the Corre make frequent tags. Kane gets a hot tag and cleans house! Barrett eats the flying clothesline but Jackson makes the save. The Corre knocks Kane’s teammates off the apron and then pounce on him as a group. The referee calls for the DQ at 11:08 (shown). Sheesh, that was a long way to go for that finish.
Winners via DQ: Kane, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Santino Marella
-Kingston, Show, and Marella rejoin the fray. They overwhelm the Corre and take turns hitting their finishers. Ezekiel Jackson eats a triple choke slam. Well, that was kind of fun. It looks as though the Corre are going to have to rethink their strategy.
-Rhodes dishes out a beat down on Barreta, causing Rey Mysterio to run in for the save. Cody retreats after Rey targets his protective mask. Good to see this rivalry isn’t over.
-We are treated to John Cena calling out The Rock from Raw. Rock and Cena will face in one year at Wrestlemania 28. This was a great segment, but we already saw it!
-Edge and Christian are hanging out backstage. Edge says he hopes Christian is the one who gets the title shot. How nice. Edge leaves Christian alone with the belt. Christian fawns over the title until Edge, sporting a “gotcha” grin, returns for it.
-Michael Cole is in the ring, laughing over shooting Jim Ross with barbeque sauce on Raw. Cole introduces Jack Swagger, the man who taught him everything he knows. Just for the record, Cole won his match against Jerry Lawler at Wrestlemania, when the anonymous Raw GM reversed the decision. Swagger puts over how successful he was in training Cole. It looks as though this pairing isn’t finished either. They declare that Michael Cole is the new Mr. Wrestlemania and they enjoy another victory lap. They are interrupted by Sin Cara, making his Smackdown debut! Cara dives over the ropes and gets in Swagger’s face. Cara uses his high flying tricks to dump Swagger to ringside and land a dive! The crowd reacted favorably to this segment.
-Wonderful, they replay footage of Steve Austin confronting the Miz in front of the Tough Enough cast.
-Michelle McCool is brooding backstage. Layla shows up and suggests they go to couple therapy. Michelle reminds them they are not a couple, but Layla just insists that she show up. This could lead to some entertaining vignettes.
-Highlights of the Hall of Fame ceremony. How nice.
Final Thoughts: Wrestlemania is over, but it seems that all the storylines heading into the show are going to continue. There wasn’t much of a show after a third of it got sucked up by Raw recaps, but we were treated to another great main event. Thumbs in the middle, I sez.