John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin.
Charlie Haas accompanied Benjamin to the ring. Right as they locked up, Benjamin hit an Exploder suplex and applied an armbar, then kicked him in the gut hard. Benjamin hit a shoulderblock, but Morrison came back with some right hands. Benjamin bailed out to the floor, and Morrison teased a dive to the outside. Benjamin ducked and walked away, but when he walked back towards the ring, Morrison did a springboard 450 onto Shelton. If Shelton wasn't there, Morrison could have landed ugly on his leg. Insane spot. Morrison threw Benjamin back into the ring and went to the top rope. Morrison was distracted by Haas, and Benjamin clipped him, then hit an elevated kick that sent Morrison off the ropes and to the floor. Back in the ring, Benjamin grounded him with a chinlock.
Morrison battled out, but Benjamin hit a back elbow for a two count. Benjamin stomped and kicked Morrison, then rubbed his face in the mat before applying a camel clutch variation. Morrison fought out of it, but Benjamin grabbed a cravate and delivered a knee to the head. Benjamin applied a sleeper, but Morrison fought out and reversed into his own. Benjamin tossed Morrison into the ropes to escape, and they collided heads. Both got to their feet slowly, and Benjamin went for a back suplex, but Morrison shifted his weight and landed on top for a two count. Morrison hit an uppercut, but ran into an elbow. Morrison came back with a dropkick, a clothesline and a back elbow, then a tilt-a-whirl side legsweep for a two count.
Morrison went for the Moonlight Drive, but Benjamin reversed it into a inverted backbreaker for a two count. Benjamin went off the ropes, but Morrison hit a back kick, then a running knee to the face for a two count. Morrison went for a whip in the corner, but Benjamin went for a leapfrog, which Morrison sidestepped and hit a springboard kick. Morrison went for a rana, but Benjamin threw Morrison off into the turnbuckles, where Morrison had a ugly landing. Benjamin went for a whip, but Morrison reversed and went for a monkey flip. Benjamin landed on his feet. Haas got on the apron, but Morrison knocked him off. Benjamin dove for, and missed, a Stinger Splash, and Morrison hit the Flying Chuck kick and then Starship Pain (corkscrew split leg moonsault) for the win at the ten minute mark.
Winner: John Morrison.
There was a commercial for the Wrestlemania DVD, which you can order in the PWInsider.com Superstore.
The Miz came to the ring. He said he wanted to give it up for the winner of the previous match... Marty Jannetty. Miz corrected himself, and said this won't be the last time he follows Morrison and puts on a superior performance. The fans were giving Miz the "What" treatment and Miz said they sounded like a bunch of quacking ducks. Miz ripped on John Cena, saying he won't take his challenge. Miz said Cena is a "loveable loser" and said he was just like the Chicago Cubs. Miz then pointed out Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs, who was in the front row. Miz did the "You can't see me" and said Alfonso won't see a World Series ring while he is playing for the Cubs. Miz said he wanted to apologize to anyone who was born before 1908, and actually saw a Cubs World Series victory. Miz said if Alfonso had a problem with him, he could either win a World Series, or serve as a "Cena surrogate" and get in the ring. Miz then said he got a phone call, and said "Really?" into his phone over and over. Miz said it was Lou Pinella, and he preferred Soriano get his "yearly injury" on the field, instead of off. Miz said since Soriano couldn't do it, it was a forfeit, and since Soriano was a substitute for Cena, Miz is now 4-0 against John Cena.
Santino Marella entered, and Miz asked what he wanted. Santino called him "The Fiz" and said he can't let Miz continue to talk about a "fellow Italian" like Alfonso Soriano. BTW, Soriano isn't Italian. Miz said he has noticed some WWE stars represent animals. Vickie Guerrero looks like a pig, and Vladimir Kozlov looks like Sam The American Eagle (of Muppets fame). Miz asked what animal he was, and Santino said "a jackass" and made donkey noises. Miz said he had no problem beating down Santino. Santino said he hoped Miz brought his "metal detector" because he "brought some guns." Santino flexed, Miz decked him and the two started exchanging punches on the mat. The crowd cheered when Santino was on top, and booed when Miz was. Miz finally got the better of it, and laid out Santino with a DDT.
Miz left, and Chavo Guerrero walked out. Chavo gave the downed Santino a frog splash, and yelled "Who's a pig now?"
Backstage, Josh Mathews interviewed Chris Jericho. Mathews asked if there was a "controversy" against him, but Jericho corrected him that it is a conspiracy. Jericho said it was more than that, it was an "attack" on him, noting he was screwed out of a World Title match twice. Jericho said Rey Mysterio has gotten by on the back of a biased General Manager and the fans, who he insulted in classic Jericho style. Jericho said there would be a new Intercontinental Champion tonight, and there would be no 619.
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