toward the big matches of the evening.
Back to the stadium and Michael Cole welcomes us to WrestleMania once more. Sheamus' music hits, and the Irishman makes his way out to the ring for the first contest of the main show.
Sheamus, Randy Orton and The Big Show vs. The Shield
Randy Orton is out to the top of the ramp next, to a big pop from the crowd. Big Show is the last man out for his team, and the three make their way down to the ring as a unit to a decent reaction from the crowd.
The Shield is out next, still coming out of the crowd at the biggest event of the year. It's a pretty awesome sight to see Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns standing tall over a sea of fans before making their way to the ringside area.
Reigns and Sheamus look to kick things off. They start off with a lockup and Reigns pushes Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus fights out and takes Reigns across the ring. The two trade position, each landing a couple of punches before Reigns hits a back elbow, and Sheamus lands a running forearm. Reigns tries for a hip toss, but Sheamus lands a couple of big rights and a clothesline to drop Reigns for a one count. Orton tags in and drops a big knee on Reigns face before stomping away at the big man's joints.
Reigns tags out to Rollins who walks right into a dropkick from Orton. Orton takes Rollins into the corner and hits him with repeated right hands before hitting a rope assisted suplex. Sheamus tags back in and hits Rollins with a couple of big clubbing blows, but Rollins hits a low dropkick that allows him to tag out to Ambrose. Ambrose stomps away at Sheamus repeatedly, but Sheamus fights back, slamming Ambrose to the mat hard for a two count. Big Show tags in and takes Ambrose into the corner, stipping off his vest and hitting him with an open hand chop to the chest.
Ambrose slaps Show, so Show comes back with a series of chops to the chest. Show hits a splash in the corner, but Ambrose recovers with a low dropkick to Show's knee. Rollins tags in and hits Show with a series of kicks that's good for a two count. Reigns tags in and takes Show to the mat for another near fall before hitting a big clubbing blow to the back of Show's head. Ambrose tags in and goes wild, hitting Show with wild blows to his back and head. Ambrose grinds his forearm into Show's face before tagging out to Rollins. Rollins puts a knee across Show's throat for a bit before backing up and hitting a running knee to Show's chest for another near fall.
Reigns tags in and clamps on a rear chin lock, trying to wear down the giant even more. Orton and Sheamus look a bit antsy in their corner. Show is able to stand to his feet, and hit a belly to back suplex to break the hold. Reigns makes the tag to Rollins, who comes in and takes Orton off the apron with a big kick. Show makes the tag to Sheamus who wipes Rollins out with a running knee. Sheamus takes Rollins out to the apron and rips off his vest before hitting him with a series of clubbing blows to the chest. Ambrose tags in and walks right into the same series of clubbing blows on the apron from Sheamus. Sheamus shoulders Ambrose for a rolling senton, then does the same to Rollins, dropping him on top of Ambrose. Sheamus heads to the top, but he's pulled to the floor by Reigns and everyone attacks. It's broken up by Orton momentarily, until the numbers catch up to Orton and Sheamus.
Back in the ring, the Shield try for the triple powerbomb on Sheamus, but it's broken up out of nowhere by a spear from the Big Show. Sheamus struggles to reach his corner and Orton sneaks the tag. He hits a couple of clotheslines on Ambrose before planting him with a snap powerslam. Orton takes Ambrose to the apron and hits the suspension DDT and Show looks pretty upset. Orton drops to the mat, and Rollins leaps into the ring out of nowhere, eating an RKO. Reigns hits Orton with a spear, and Ambrose pins the Viper for a three count.
Winners: The Shield
Following the match, The Shield leave through the crowd triumphantly. Orton is slow to get to his feet and he and Show start arguing immediately. Show hits Sheamus with a KO punch for some reason, then when Orton questions him, Show hits him with a KO punch as well. The crowd boos Show, who simply steps over the top rope and heads to the back.
- Michael Cole turns his attention to John Cena vs. The Rock, throwing things to a video package highlighting their match from last year, and Cena's journey to redemption in the match over the year since that match.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Cole and Lawler talk about the 'celebrities' in attendance tonight, calling out Snookie and blowing their credibility immediately. Mark Henry's music hits, and the World's Strongest Man makes his way out to the ring while the events of the past few weeks are replayed.
Ryback is out to the ring next, and the fourth man to make his WrestleMania debut gets a nice little pop after his pyro hits. Ryback calls for the fans to get pumped up on his way to the ring, and they oblige.
The bell rings and Henry and Ryback are slow to start, walking toward each other for a stare down and a bit of trash talk. They back away from each other and run into each other. Neither man budges. They run into each other again with the same result. Henry hits a right, so Ryback responds with one of his own. Ryback tries to clothesline Henry but he doesn't go down. On the third attempt, Henry hits a clothesline that puts Ryback down. Henry shoulders Ryback and slams him to the mat hard for a one count.
Henry sends Ryback into the ropes, then eats a kick to the chest. Ryback tries for a suplex, but Henry suplexes Ryback into the ropes. Ryback ends up on the apron and Henry whips him into the ring post. Ryback stands, and Henry hits him with a clothesline that sends him falling to the floor. There's a 'let's go Goldberg' chant going on in the crowd. Ryback heads back into the ring and Henry hits him... (Continues on next page)