After all of the talking, all of the hype, and all of the promotion, it was finally time for Floyd Mayweather to wrestle at WrestleMania 24. Not only did Floyd win his first-ever professional wrestling match, but the pro boxing great may have stolen the show.
WrestleMania 24 saw titles change hands, a legend retired, and one of the greatest entertainers in all of sports captivate a new audience in a different kind of ring. The glitz and glamour of WrestleMania 24 drew an estimated crowd of 74,635 people to watch the greatest show in all of sports entertainment.
This show was built around the debut of boxing great Floyd “Money” Mayweather with Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair playing the role of supporting act. Mayweather and the Big Show had an exciting confrontation at No Way Out which saw “Money” drop the big man. After the turn of events at No Way Out, Mayweather agreed to wrestle the 7 foot, 441 pound former WWE, WCW, and ECW world champion, the Big Show.
The atmosphere surrounding the match was pure WrestleMania. The match started out similar to the infamous Rocky vs. Hulk Hogan sequence in Rocky III with Show charging and Mayweather running away. The cat and mouse story continued until Mayweather connected with body shots to Show. The fun and games seemed to be over once the cat caught the mouse with the loudest chops in the world.
Big Show finally cornered Mayweather and brutalized the WBC welterweight champ with punches and chops. Mayweather attempted a sleeper to counter the attack which was fruitless against the 440 pound wrestler. As silly as a match between two guys of varying sizes sounded on paper, this one looked as credible as it could get as the match continued.
The finishing sequence was quite a spectacle. Mayweather’s handlers unsuccessfully tried to rescue Mayweather from the onslaught. Show destroyed Mayweather’s handlers en route to a side slam. Show stood on Mayweather’s hands as the 74,000 plus WWE fans went crazy. The end looked near for the boxing great, but as anyone knows the tide can change quickly at WrestleMania.
Show attempted to finish off Mayweather with a choke slam before Mayweather went “downtown” and regained control of the match. Mayweather proceeded to use a chair and chop down the giant with three massive shots with the steel chair. Mayweather now had the giant in trouble. Mayweather was on offense for the first time since his attempt at a sleeper hold.
Mayweather grabbed a chain off of one of his handlers which had brass knuckles on it. Mayweather wrapped the knuckles around his own knuckles and nailed Big Show. Show went down like a ton of bricks and the crowd went nuts. Show couldn’t answer the count and Mayweather gets the win at WrestleMania 24.
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