Mayweather Beats the Show and Flair Retires at Wrestlemania XXIV - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

by Stan Morris, Web Producer

Mayweather Beats the Show and Flair Retires at Wrestlemania XXIV

ORLANDO, FL (KAIT) - The biggest pro wrestling event of the year didn't disappoint the 75,000 fans in Orlando last night as boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated the Big Show and Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair.

The event had received a great deal of press due to the match-up of the 7 foot tall Big Show against the under 6 foot tall Floyd Mayweather.  Fans cheered for both competitors but in classic WWE style, Mayweather grabbed a pair of brass knuckles and decked the Big Show, putting the lights out on the massive athlete.

For wrestling fans, however, the most memorable match of the night was that between Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.  Flair, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the previous night, agreed to retire at his next wrestling loss.  In an emotional match with the proclaimed "Mr. Wrestlemania" Shawn Michaels, fans went back and forth.  In the end, with both wrestlers visibly emotional and with tears in their eyes, Michaels pinned Flair, ending his 35-year career.

Flair and Michaels embraced and Flair then embraced his family, who were also visibly emotional.  The record-setting crowd gave the "Nature Boy" a standing ovation following his match. 

Other notable matches of the night saw the Undertaker win the World title from Edge (and remain undefeated at the event, 16 wins and 0 losses), Randy Orton defeat Triple H and John Cena to keep the WWE title, Kane defeat Chavo Guerrero to win the ECW title and CM Punk defeat 6 other wrestlers to win the "Money in the Bank" ladder match.

Wrestlemania was estimated to inject between 25 and 30 million dollars into the Orlando economy.  Next year's event will be held in Houston at the Reliant Stadium.

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