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April 5, 2009 / TJ Hawke

Chris Jericho vs. Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat, & Jimmy Snuka from WWE’s Wrestlemania 2009

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Mickey Rourke (looking miserable) was shown in the crowd. Rourke was infamously supposed to have a match with Jericho, but his PR team freaked out when Rourke mentioned it to the media. So, we get this incredibly odd handicapped match instead. Ric Flair accompanied the legends to the ring.

If my memory serves correctly, Steamboat looked good but Snuka and Roddy looked really old.

Roddy took Jericho down early and looked very old doing it. He actually got caught up in the ropes in a very awkward crossbody over the ropes. Oh my gawd, why did he attempt a dropkick? Snuka tagged in. He thankfully tagged out to Ricky almost right away. He busted out some armdrags. Snuka tagged back in, but Jericho immediately caught him in the walls. Snuka weakly tapped out to get eliminated.

Roddy went after Jericho. Jericho escaped the sleeper and then eliminated Roddy with an enzuigiri.

Ricky immediately hit a diving crossbody on Jericho, but Jericho then cut him off. Ricky eventually made a comeback that included a skin-the-cat and a pescado. Ricky is saving the match. Ricky, looking a bit slow, caught Jericho with an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. Jericho hit the bulldog but miss the Lionsault. Ricky reversed the Walls into a small package. Ricky then avoided a back suplex but then ate the Codebreaker: 1…2…3

Ric Flair attacked Flair after the match. Jericho managed to him with a Codebreaker. The crowd chanted for Austin. Yep, that would have made more sense then what ended up happening. Jericho baited Mickey Rourke to get into the ring. Rourke milked the moment a bit. Rourke wanted to box, and Jericho panicked. Rourke caught him with a left hook, and Flair then raised Rourke’s hand. Weird all around.

Jericho and Steamboat absolutely saved the match in that final sequence. The match was not good other than that though. Jericho and Steamboat would top that effort next month in a proper singles match at Backlash. You can afford to just watch that instead of this.

Match Rating: **3/4

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