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WrestleMania 23: Where are the stars of the show from 10 years ago?

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WrestleMania 33 is only a few more weeks away, but ten years ago, quite an extraordinary Showcase of the Immortals took place at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, one that even featured the now President of the United States.

In front of just over 80,000 people, WrestleMania 23 is currently the fourth highest WrestleMania event in WWE history, only behind WrestleMania III, WrestleMania 29, and WrestleMania 32. It was quite the unique event as only one title change took place.

With 32 superstars taking part, four championships on the line, and one Money in the Bank ladder match, here's a look back at WrestleMania 23 and where the stars of the show are now.

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Ric Flair & Carlito def. Gregory Helms & Chavo Guerrero

Ric Flair would retire from active wrestling in the WWE one year later but is still part of the company today making the odd appearance every now and then. 

Carlito is currently wrestling on the independent scene for a promotion called World Wrestling Council, Helms is currently part of Impact Wrestling, while Chavo is on the independent scene too in a backstage role with Lucha Underground.

Mr. Kennedy wins Money in the Bank

Mr. Kennedy would later lose the Money in the Bank briefcase to another participant in this match (Edge) not long after WrestleMania.

Randy Orton is the only superstar that took part in this match that still performs for the WWE. Booker T, Edge, and Finlay all have various roles with the company still, CM Punk is with UFC, and Matt and Jeff Hardy are signed with Ring of Honor.

The Great Khali def. Kane

The Great Khali opened his own wrestling school in Punjab, the Continental Wrestling Entertainment, back in February 2015, while Kane still makes sporadic appearances for the WWE.

Chris Benoit def. MVP - United States Championship

This would turn out to be Chris Benoit's last ever WrestleMania match before his death two months later. MVP hasn't been a part of the WWE since 2010.

The Undertaker def. Batista - World Heavyweight Championship

The Undertaker continued his WrestleMania streak by defeating Batista in this epic encounter and is currently preparing to wrestle against Roman Reigns at this year's WrestleMania.

Batista, on the other hand, has since made it big in Hollywood, with roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Spectre and more. He hasn't appeared in the WWE since 2014.

The ECW Originals def. The New Breed

Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, and The Sandman made up The ECW Originals, while Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, Matt Striker, and Kevin Thorn were The New Breed. None of them, however, are currently with the WWE.

Dreamer last appeared for the WWE in 2016, Striker and Burke are commentators for Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling respectively, Cor Von retired in 2007, while everyone else is on the independent scene.

Bobby Lashley (with Donald Trump) def. Umaga (with Vince McMahon)

Bobby Lashley is currently with Impact Wrestling is the current Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion in his fourth reign. This was Umaga's second to last WrestleMania match before he left the company and sadly passed away due to heart failure in 2009.

Donald Trump has since gone on to become the President of the United States, while Vince McMahon still runs the WWE. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the special guest referee in this match and he still makes sporadic appearances for the company today.

Melina def. Ashley - Women's Championship

Melina is currently on the independent scene and hasn't been a part of the WWE since 2011, while Ashley hasn't been a part of the company since 2008.

John Cena def. Shawn Michaels - WWE Championship

John Cena and Shawn Michaels put on a fantastic main event at WrestleMania 23 and both superstars are still with the company today.

Cena is currently preparing to team up with Nikki Bella to take on The Miz and Maryse at this year's WrestleMania, while Michaels is making sporadic appearances with the company, most recently appearing on Monday Night RAW on March 7.

Which WrestleMania card do you prefer? WrestleMania 23 or WrestleMania 33? Have your say and leave a comment below...

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