Actual main event: John Cena vs. Triple H
What the main event should have been: Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
By the time WrestleMania 22 rolled around to Chicago, John Cena had essentially become a made man. WWE saw a star in him, decided to run with it and never looked back. And I’ve got no problem with that. However, I just think there was a missed opportunity here.
No, this is not a Cena-bashing as I think he’s one of the biggest superstars in WWE history and is wildly underrated in the ring by most people. So just take that out of your head. I think there was plenty of time to headline these events and even thought the match between he and Triple H was way better than I anticipated, I would have liked to see Triple H and Kurt Angle close the night.
Sure, Angle was already involved in the other world title match of the night with Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, who got his big WrestleMania moment that night at the Allstate Arena, but with all of the history between these two, I find it a shame that they never had a match at WrestleMania. Cena could have been involved in that other match, even it meant that Rey never won that title, which he never should have anyway. Yeah, go ahead and yell at me on that one. I’ll defend my position on that all day long. But I digress.
This turned out to be Kurt Angle’s last WrestleMania match until his match at WrestleMania 34, and perhaps the reason he lost his title or wasn’t put in the main event is because he was on his way down the card. Creative tried to make him the face of the new ECW, but that was never going to work. Angle was gone that August. I suppose it takes Triple H’s wife and an MMA star to make the match I wanted in 2006.