In the WrestleMania XXIII opener last night, Mr. Kennedy won the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match over C.M. Punk, Edge, Randy Orton, King Booker, Fit Finlay, and Matt and Jeff Hardy â€“ Edge was taken away on a stretcher and Finlay was a bloody mess; the Great Khali over Kane; Chris Benoit over MVP to retain the U.S. Heavyweight Title; Undertaker over Batista to become the World Heavyweight Champion; Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu & the Sandman over Matt Striker, Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn & Marcus Cor Von; as expected, Bobby Lashley over Umaga in the Hair Match â€“ Donald Trump got in a clothesline on Vince McMahon at one point during the match, and special referee Steve Austin gave Trump the Stunner, which he does to everyone, so no surprise there â€“ Trump and Lashley did indeed shave McMahonâ€™s head completely bald, and it turns out McMahonâ€™s hair was real, despite rumors of a hairpiece; Melina over Ashley to retain the Womenâ€™s Title; and John Cena over Shawn Michaelsby submission to retain the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Attendance was reported to be 80,103.
There are still tickets available for Backlash, which takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta on April 29, and that a combined ECW / Smackdown event will be coming to the Columbus Civic Center on June 17 and the Savannah Civic Center on June 18. Tickets for the Atlanta show are already on sale and some are still available. Tickets go on sale on April 14 for Columbus and April 28 for Savannah.
Takao Omori regained the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from Steve Corino in about twenty minutes on Saturday in Yokohoma, Japan. This is Omoriâ€™s third claim to the title.
AWA World-1 South has a card scheduled Friday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The event is to help raise funds for the schoolâ€™s athletic program, as well as the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay for Life, and matches will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets range from $8 to $20, and are available now at the local Applebeeâ€™s location, Southern Office Supplies, the First Community Bank of Tifton, the ABAC Book Store, and the One Vision Media Group office. Bouts advertised include a Lights Out Match between Dave Holiday and Big Bank Barfield; Glacier defending the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title against Francisco Ciatso; K.I. Elite challenging the Heartbreak Express for the AWA World-1 Tag Team Championship; Steve Madison and Alexis Smirnoff (not the original) meet the Hillbillies; and Johnny Rodriguez is set to face Chase Adams. Call (229) 506-0307 for more information.
Aside from the weekly TV taping in McDonough on Thursday at 7:30 PM, Deep South Wrestling debuts at the Jones County Recreational Complex in Gray on Saturday. Call (678) 432-4410 for more information.
Results are in from Milledgeville, where the GIWA presented its fifth anniversary card Saturday night: the Outlaws (Johnny Camo & Mac Davis) over Dan Ivey & Shawn Hunter; Tommy 2 Much over Jason Stone; J-Rod over Oko Nono; K.I. Elite (Mike Stratus & Jake Slater) over Lance Christian & Sean Logan; A.J. Steele over Preston Paradise; Velvet Jones over Cru Jones to retain the GIWA Heavyweight Title.
Results are in from NWA Anarchyâ€™s annual Hardcore Hell show in Cornelia on Saturday night: Awesome Attraction (Austin Creed & Hayden Young) over the Hollywood Brunettes (Kyle Matthews & Andrew Alexander); Sal Rinauro over Todd Sexton; Patrick Bentley over Adrian Hawkins & Seth Delay in a handicap match; Justice Served (Jason Justice & Mikki Free) over the Urban Assault Squad (Nemesis & Shadow Jackson) to retain the Anarchy Tag Team Title; Phil Shatter, Truitt Fields, T.J. & Kirby Mack over Brodie Chase, Brandon Phoenix & Anger, Inc. (Adam Roberts & Don Matthews) in an eight-man tag team battle; Chad Parham over Ace Rockwell, Slim J, and Jeremy Vain in a double jeopardy match; and the Devilâ€™s Rejects (Tank, Iceberg, Azrael & Shawn Tempers) over the NWA Elite (Jeff Lewis, Kory Chavis & David Young). It was reported to be a sellout, which is typically just more than 300.