25th anniversary of WrestleMania: Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton
Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble by last eliminating Triple H, with help from the Legacy. This was the start of what would be a fairly dominating year for Orton. Heading into the No Way Out PPV, where both the World and WWE Championships were being defended in Elimination Chamber matches, Edge was WWE Champion and Cena was World Champion. A collision course with Cena, renewing what at the time was still a budding rivalry, seemed imminent and would've been appropriate for a landmark show, since these two had risen to the top roughly the same time, but because of injuries, never really had a proper culmination of their feud. Then something odd happened, Edge dropped the WWE title (ultimately to Triple H) and then entered himself in the chamber later in the show and left with the World title. A double main event of Cena vs. Orton and Triple H vs. Edge was suddenly reversed, and then Big Show was thrown into the World title match and we got some memorable (albeit hokey) build to Orton vs. Triple H that, for the first time on television, recognized the Game as a member of the McMahon family. Heading into it, it didn't seem like *that* bad of a main event, but since the match itself failed to deliver quaility, featured a bad finish with Triple H retaining and killing Orton's momentum, and also had to follow the epic Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match, this will be remembered as an awful WrestleMania main event.
What we wanted: Before the event, WWE Champion Edge vs. Triple H and World Champion John Cena vs. Randy Orton; After the event, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Edge and Triple H never met on a big stage in singles competition (sans a less-than-memorable match at the Great American Bash in 2008 which revolved around Edge cheating on Vickie Guerrero with their wedding planner, who we now know and love as Alicia Fox), whereas what, at the time, would've been a somewhat fresh Cena-Orton affair was done to death in fall of that year, with five consecutive PPVs pitting them against one another over the title. Obviously, the feud has been revisited again recently. Micheals and Taker would face each other in a WrestleMania rematch the following year, which ended up being Michaels' final match of his career.