WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on April 2, 2006 at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.
WrestleMania 22 was a joint-promotion pay-per-view featuring performers from the Raw and SmackDown! brands. There were two main events which were the main matches for each brand. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Triple H for the WWE Championship, which Cena won after forcing Triple H to submit to the STFU. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between champion Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton. Mysterio won the match and the World Heavyweight Championship after pinning Orton following a 619 and a West Coast Pop. Featured matches on the undercard included a No Holds Barred match between Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon, a Casket match between The Undertaker and Mark Henry, a WWE Women's Championship match between Mickie James and Trish Stratus and an interpromotional Money in the Bank ladder match featuring six participants.
Following his win against Mick Foley, Edge began pursuing the WWE Championship and faced off against Cena and Triple H in a Triple Threat match at Backlash. Mysterio started a storyline with John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) following the event and defeated him two months later at Judgment Day. On the April 14 edition of SmackDown!, Angle, in storyline, broke Orton's ankle. Upon his return, Orton lost to Angle at One Night Stand, but defeated him two weeks later at Vengeance.
The next night on Raw, Triple H said to John Cena that he underestimated the champ, because he lost at WrestleMania 22. Edge then came out and said to Triple H that he deserved another WWE Championship match because he defeated Mick Foley in a Hardcore match. Over the next few weeks, all three men faced each other in Handicap matches, which all three men won over the three week period by pinning and making each other submit, respectively. It was then announced that the main event at Backlash would be a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship between Cena, Edge and Triple H. At Backlash, Cena won the match and retained the WWE Championship via pinfall on Triple H with a jackknife roll-up, but after the match, Triple H attacked Cena, Edge and the referee with a sledgehammer.