After a Wrestlemania commercial, they recapped some of the pinfalls from the ECW Championship Scramble.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy congratulated his brother. Matt told Jeff he would make it a "Hardy clean sweep" tonight. Then they switched to shots of CM Punk and Triple H in the back, while Tazz and Jim Ross speculated as to whether they would retain their belts tonight.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler then got their turn to welcome us to the show.
World Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Cryme Tyme.
JTG started off against Rhodes, with Rhodes stalling at the start. JTG punched away a backdrop attempt, then hit a dropkick. DiBiase ran in and was given a dropkick as well. Shad came in and clotheslined both opponents out of the ring. Shad then threw JTG out of the ring onto DiBiase & Rhodes. JTG rolled Rhodes back into the ring for a two count. Rhodes used the pants of JTG to pull him into a corner. DiBiase tagged in, but JTG hiptossed him. Shad tagged in, threw JTG into DiBiase with a shoulderblock, then got a two count. DiBiase hit a jawbreaker and a back elbow, but Shad caught him with a powerslam and an elbowdrop for two. Shad went for a backdrop, but DiBiase hit him with a forearm. Rhodes tagged in, but JTG got the tag and slingshotted into a shoulderblock on Rhodes for a two count.
Rhodes begged off in the corner, then slapped JTG. JTG chased Rhodes around the ring, and ducked a DiBiase clothesline on the outside, but Rhodes caught him with one as he looked up. Rhodes rolled JTG into the ring for a two count. Rhodes drove an elbow into JTG's arm, then applied a top wristlock. DiBiase tagged in and stomped the arm, then tagged Rhodes, who hit a punch off the top rope on the arm. Rhodes twisted JTG's arm around the top rope, then DiBiase grabbed it and yanked it down as he jumped off the apron. Rhodes put JTG in a armwringer, but JTG elbowed out of it. Rhodes hit a side Russian legsweep, then hit a kneedrop on the arm. DiBiase tagged in and hit a dropkick for a two count. DiBiase continued to work on the arm, but JTG hit a back suplex and crawled towards his corner.
Rhodes tagged in and cut off JTG before he could tag Shad. Rhodes punched and kicked JTG, and kept him in his corner. Rhodes went back to work on the arm, then slammed JTG to the mat. Rhodes went for a moonsault, but JTG rolled out of the way. JTG made the hot tag to Shad as DiBiase was tagged in. Shad hit DiBiase with two clotheslines, a reverse atomic drop, and a clothesline in the corner. Shad hit Snake Eyes, then a running forearm. Rhodes broke up the cover, and JTG slammed into him with a forearm. Shad backdropped DiBiase. The referee was getting JTG out of the ring, and Rhodes gave Shad a DDT. DiBiase covered, but Shad had his foot on the ropes. Rhodes tagged in, but Shad hit him with a clothesline. Shad lifted Rhodes in a fireman's carry and tagged JTG. DiBiase ran in to break up the double team attempt. JTG jumped over DiBiase and rolled up Rhodes in a small package. Shad punched DiBiase, who fell into the pile and turned over the package so Rhodes was on top. Rhodes scored the pin on JTG to get the win.
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase.
Post-match, Cryme Tyme started brawling with DiBiase & Rhodes. But an unidentified large man with a larger afro (Afa Anoai Jr.) came in and helped DiBiase & Rhodes lay them out.
Backstage, a trainer was taping up Shawn Michaels' arm, as they discussed the triceps injury. A video package on the Jericho-Michaels feud was shown.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho.
Lilian Garcia explained that this match was unsanctioned, and neither man would hold the other responsible for any injuries that might occur. Chris Jericho was dressed in his usual ring attire. Michaels was wearing jeans, cowboy boots, and a tank top. Michaels walked to the ring, staring at Jericho, then dashed into the ring and started punching him. Michaels kicked and stomped Jericho, then pulled off his cowboy boot and blasted Jericho in the head with it three times. Jericho fell to the floor while Michaels put his boot back on. Michaels went to the floor, tackled Jericho over the security wall into the crowd, and continued pounding Jericho. They went back to ringside, and Michaels catapulted Jericho into the ringpost. Michaels went under the ring to look for something, then said "Damn it" and got a chair from ringside instead.
Jericho ducked a chairshot and Michaels hit the ringpost. Jericho lifted Michaels and dropped him head first on the Smackdown announce table. Jericho gave Michaels a DDT on the padded floor, then went under the ring and pulled out a table, which was broken. Jericho threw the table at Michaels, hitting him with it. Jericho pulled out another table and set it up at ringside. Jericho set up to powerbomb Michaels, but Michaels punched him on the lift. Jericho fell backwards and threw off Michaels into the ring apron. Jericho tossed Michaels into the ring and picked up a chair. Jericho hit Michaels in the gut with the chair, then delivered a chairshot across the back. Jericho wedged a chair between the top and middle ropes in a corner, then stomped Michaels into the opposite corner. Jericho went for a whip, but Michaels reversed it, sending Jericho back into the original corner. Jericho went between the ropes and hit shoulder first into the ring post. Jericho got on the apron, and as Michaels approached him, Jericho hit a series of punches. Jericho teased a vertical suplex to the floor, but Michaels floated out of it onto the apron with Jericho, then clotheslined Jericho back into the ring.
Michaels hit a series of right hands in the ring, then hit a forearm. Michaels kipped up, then grabbed Jericho by the throat and started choking him. Michaels went to the top rope, and hit an elbowdrop. Michaels called for the superkick and started to stomp in a corner. Michaels went for the kick, but stopped himself. Instead, Michaels started punching Jericho in the head. Michaels hit a series of punches and elbows, then applied a Crippler Crossface. Jericho stood up in the hold, then yanked Michaels head first into the chair that had been wedged in the corner earlier. Michaels grabbed his eye in pain.
Jericho punched Michaels twice in the eye, and Michaels fell to the mat. Jericho pounded the eye, then choked Michaels. Jericho dug into the eye with his fingers. Jericho jabbed Michaels in the eye, then slapped him in the face. Michaels responded with punches, but Jericho whipped Michaels into a corner. Michaels came back with a Thesz press and punched, then a clothesline. Michaels went for a piledriver, but Jericho tripped out of it and applied the Walls Of Jericho. Michaels made the ropes, but Jericho didn't have to break the hold, since the match is unsanctioned. Michaels reached under the ring and grabbed a fire extinguisher. Michaels reached around and blasted Jericho with the extinguisher to break the hold.
Michaels got to his feet and hit Jericho with the extinguisher, knocking him out of the ring. Michaels went out after him, kicking him and throwing him into the guardrail. Michaels threw him into the rail again, as they were working their way up the aisle. Michaels gave Jericho a vertical suplex on the steel rampway. Lance Cade ran out and Michaels punched him down and kicked him. Michaels then went back to Jericho, slugging him down. Michaels kicked at Jericho's ribs. Cade got up and hit Michaels in the injured arm, then blasted him with a clothesline. Cade threw Michaels onto the apron, and Jericho wrapped his bad arm around the ringpost. Cade delivered a jumping knee to the arm as it was wrapped around the post. Cade picked up Michaels in the ring and held him and Jericho slapped Michaels, Cade then stretched out his arm so Jericho could kick it.
Cade went and got a chair for Jericho. Cade stretched out Michaels' arm and Jericho blasted it with the chair. Cade stretched it out again, and Jericho blasted it with the chair a second time. They put Michaels' arm in the chair, and Cade held it in place while Jericho went to the top rope. Michaels kicked Cade away, and into the ropes, knocking Jericho off balance, crotching him on the top rope. Michaels superkicked Cade. Jericho tried to get his feet back under him and climb up the ropes, but Michaels hit him with a chairshot to the head. Jericho fell off the ropes and through the table on the floor. Michaels went out of the ring, and with one arm, hit Jericho with three chairshots in a row. Michaels then cleared off the Raw announce table.
Michaels put Cade, still out from the superkick, on the announce table. Michaels got in the ring and began climbing the ropes, but saw that Jericho was getting up. Michaels went to the floor, kicked Jericho in the head, and put him on top of Cade on the table. Michaels got in the ring, then climbed to the top rope. Michaels jumped off the top rope and elbowdropped Jericho and Cade through the table. Michaels jumped up, then collapsed at ringside briefly before getting back up. Michaels dragged Jericho back into the ring, then pulled his belt off. Michaels whipped Jericho, who was bleeding from the nose, across the back several times. Michaels wrapped the belt around his hand, then put Jericho in a crossface and started pounding Jericho with his leather wrapped fist. Jericho was apparently out cold, but Michaels kept punching him in the head over and over. The referee stopped the match at the 28-minute mark (actually drawing some boos). He declared Michaels the winner.
Winner: Shawn Michaels.
Michaels went back on top of Jericho after having his hand raised and punched him some more. The referee pulled Michaels off of Jericho, so Michaels superkicked the referee. More referees came out to check on Jericho and the now unconsious ref. Michaels was shaking in the ring, and he dropped to his knees. The announcers played up whether Michaels would be able to live with himself for what he had done. They started playing Michaels' music, and they showed some replays from the match. Michaels left the ring as they had medics checking Jericho.
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