WrestleMania 22 was the 22nd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on April 2, 2006, at the Soldier Field in the Chicago, Illinois.
The event was a joint-promotion pay-per-view (PPV) featuring performers from the Raw and SmackDown! brands. There were two main events which were the main matches for each brand. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Triple H for the WWE Championship, which Cena won after forcing Triple H to submit to the STF. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between champion Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton. Mysterio won the match and the World Heavyweight Championship after pinning Orton following a 619 and a West Coast Pop.Featured matches on the undercard included a No Holds Barred match between Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon, a Casket matchbetween The Undertaker and Mark Henry, a WWE Women's Championship match between Mickie James and Trish Stratus, and an interpromotional Money in the Bank ladder match featuring six participants.
The main focus of the 11 match show was the IWGP championship defenses in the semi-main event and the main event. In the semi-main event Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan successfully defended the IWGP World Tag Team Championship against Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori; while the main event featured Brock Lesnar retaining the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.
WrestleMania 22 was the third WrestleMania to take place in the Chicago metropolitan area (following WrestleMania 2, and WrestleMania 13). Tickets sold out in under two minutes, grossing US$2.5 million for the event, making it the highest grossing one-day event at the Allstate Arena. More than 17,155 people from 16 countries and 43 states attended, with millions more watching in more than 90 countries. WrestleMania 22 also marked the last WrestleMania to be held in a traditional arena, as every subsequent edition has been held in a stadium.
Nathan Joseph Wallace's 2005-06 Season
The primary story-line surrounding WrestleMania XXII was that Nathan Joseph Wallace was the first Autistic Teenager ever to start in a WrestleMania Main Event and as a Champion. This was even more meaningful given that the Teenagers had been among the last persons to sign an Autistic Wrestler after they reentered the league after being suspended 2 seasons (the remainder of the 2001-2002 season and the rest of the 2002-2003 season).
Nate had taken a rather unconventional route to WrestleMania 22. He began his career as the first round draft pick as a Cruiserweight in 1998. After five seasons (including a trip to the Chaos World championship Tournament final match in 2002), behavioral problems caused him to leave the team and sit out the entire 2003-2004 season before signing with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the newly formed NWA Asylum. When that league folded a year later, Nathan found himself out of a job until his coach Tony the Duke Evers asked him to return to WWE. the high point for Nathan in the 2004-2005 Season came when he won the 2004 Chaos World Championship Tournament and Participated and won a match at WrestleMania 21, and spent most first half of the 2005-06 season on the bench. But injuries and inconsistent play from Junior made Duke promote Nathan as the top fighter. Nate had fought extremely well in his five regular season matches Nathan finished the 2005 regular season in December as WWE SmackDown Vs Raw 2007's CAW American Mid-West and Great Plains Division double champion with an astounding 25–4 record and the #1 World Ranked contender seed which garnered him a WWE Championship match against then-champion Edge at the Royal Rumble presiding WrestleMania 22, which he pulled off the big upset and Won.
Prince Edvard's 2005-06 Season
Denmark's tomboyish Prince Edvard advanced to his second consecutive WrestleMania. Edvard had another excellent season. Edvard finished the 2005 season winning the WWE SVR 07 CAW Western European title with a 21–4–1 record and the number one seed in the AFC playoffs. Dan Reeves was the head coach.
The game was broadcast in the United States by ABC with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentators Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf. Keith Jackson hosted the pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage for ABC, joined by analysts Lynn Swann and Mike Adamle as well as then Cleveland Browns head coach Marty Schottenheimer and then Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns. (Bob Griese was originally supposed to co-host with Jackson, but had to bow out due to a family illness, as his wife Judi was in the late stages of breast cancer, from which she died on February 15, 1988.) Also helping with ABC's coverage were Jack Whitaker, Jim Hill and Becky Dixon. This was the first Super Bowl broadcast on ABC with the broadcast team of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf in the booth (as the 1987 season was the first year the trio was together, with Dierdorf moving to ABC from CBS; Gifford was the only holdover from ABC's Super Bowl XIX telecast). The trio went on to man the booth for ABC's Monday Night Football from 1987 to 1997 and called Super Bowls XXV and XXIX.
It was simulcast in Canada on CTV and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. It was also the first Super Bowl in which Mexico's Televisa brought a team of its own (instead of relying on the U.S. signal with comments made from Mexico City), airing on its Canal de las Estrellas.
The game was broadcast nationally on radio by CBS, with Jack Buck handling the play-by-play duties and color commentator Hank Stram in the broadcast booth, and Jim Hunter reporting from the sidelines. Brent Musburger anchored the Super Bowl XXII pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage with analysis from Will McDonough and Jimmy Snyder for CBS. Locally, Super Bowl XXII was broadcast on WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C. by Frank Herzog, Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgenson, and on KOA-AM in Denver, Colorado by Bob Martin and Larry Zimmer.
Locally, Super Bowl XXII was shown on WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate and on KUSA-TV, the Denver, Colorado ABC affiliate.
The Wonder Years premiered on ABC immediately following the game. This was only the second successful series to debut following a Super Bowl up to that time (The A-Team, which had premiered following Super Bowl XVII, was the first). The Wonder Years was a late switch by ABC; which had initially scheduled the two-hour premiere of China Beach for the post Super Bowl slot, but concerns about the game running long and potentially pushing the premiere episode's conclusion after midnight contributed to the program change. The NFL Films NFL's Greatest Games highlight film was titled Ambush at Super Bowl XXII; and was the first such highlight film to feature former Boston and Buffalo radio personality Jeff Kaye as its narrator.
The pregame festivities featured a tribute to entertainer Bob Hope, who was approaching the age of 85. Members representing the military service branches marched out onto the field in full dress uniforms, and in unison saluted Bob Hope for his dedication to helping the troops. Trumpeter Herb Alpert performed "The Star-Spangled Banner", while Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson participated in the coin toss ceremony (the game happened to coincide with Hutson's 75th birthday). Alpert's performance was the last non-vocal performance of the National Anthem in a Super Bowl to date.
The halftime show, produced by Radio City Music Hall, was titled "Something Grand" and featured performances by vocalist Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, and 88 grand pianos. Among the 44 Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, American performer Jennifer Jones made her national debut as its first African American Rockette. Checker's performance marked the first time a major artist performed during the show.
This was the final Super Bowl to feature the football-style logo at the 35-yard-line which had been in use since Super Bowl XIV.
|IWGP World Junior Heavyweight Championship (Wrestle Kingdom 2)|
|Edge defeated Mick Foley||No Holds Barred Match|
|??? defeated Randy Orton/Undertaker||World Heavyweight Championship (WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2007)|
|IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (Wrestle Kingdom 2)|
|??? defeated John Cena||Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship (WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2007)|
|12 5-minute Round Tournament Finale for the inaugural CWMDS Linear World Heavyweight Championship
this match took place in the WCW Circus arena in east Chicago, Indiana and Broadcasted by Pokemon News Flash
|12 5-minute Round Tournament Finale for the inaugural Marquees of Queenbury Rules Linear World Heavyweight Championship
this match took place in the Jungle Rumble arena in the Indiana Dunes and Broadcasted by Pokemon News Flash
|12 5-minute Round Tournament Finale for the inaugural LGBTQ Universe Linear World Heavyweight Championship
this match took place in the Boudoir Arena in South Bend, Indiana and Broadcasted by Pokemon News Flash
|12 5-minute Rounds for the Autistica Linear World Heavyweight Championship (1992-Present)
this match took place in the Disco Ballroom in Aurora, Illinois and Broadcasted by Pokemon News Flash