323. Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal

Timeline:
WrestleMania 25
April 5, 2009
Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX

Participants: Layla, Joy Giovanni, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Sunny, Torrie Wilson, Jackie Gayda, Maria, Gail Kim, Jillian Hall, Eve Torres, Tiffany, Kelly Kelly, Molly Holly, Maryse, Katie Lea Burchill, Natalya, Victoria, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Melina, Beth Phoenix, Santina Marella

After following a truly horrible Kid Rock performance, something even worse happened in Houston: The Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal. With Mae Young as the special guest timekeeper, a slew of current and former stars (Molly Holly and Sunny!) vie for the title of “Miss WrestleMania”.

After the elimination of 22 women, Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix is tangled up with her primary challenger at the time, Melina. As they brawl a “mysterious diva”, the other of the final three who up to that point had not touched another competitor for the duration of the match, is able to toss them both out of the ring and claim victory. Mae Young bangs away at the ring bell to signal that the match is over, but the segment, sadly, is not.

Not knowing the identity of our winner, Candice Michelle enters with a tiara on a pillow to present, and the new Miss WrestleMania reveals that she is the “twin sister of Santino Marella, Santina.” The woman who is clearly Santino in a pink skirt dances in her new sash as Beth looks on, rightfully indignant.

There are no good spots in the very boring match that is just elimination after elimination with nothing more to keep one’s attention. The absolute garbage treatment of their female talent stretches on in to WrestleMania’s 25th year, extending a long tradition that had been going since shortly following the very first event with the Original Screwjob involving Wendi Richter and Moolah that we will examine further later in this countdown.

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