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Wrestlemania 17 Review

Wrestlemania 14 was the show that boomed the Attitude Era into full force and since then, the attitude era did not ever had a good Wrestlemania event till Wrestlemania 17. The problem with the previous two Wrestlemanias is the fact that they were more like an episode of Raw is War on steroids; shoving in way too much than they should. But despite how terrible WM 15 & 16 was, they were still beating WCW in the ratings and PPV buys. Before Wrestlemania 17, WWF has bought World Championship Wrestling out and forever ending the Monday Night Wars. This Wrestlemania was a celebration of the World Wrestling Federation’s victory as the biggest wrestling organization in the world. A lot of people consider this show was the finale of the Attitude Era, but I beg to differ because we still had Attitude-style atmosphere and wrestling still going on till the Brand Extension started in 2002. In the meantime, coming to Wrestlemania 17, this had be a good show. Not just because we can’t have three consecutive terrible Wrestlemanias, but for all of the support that the WWF fans gave to the WWF to beat WCW, we deserve a hell of a bang! Many people consider this as the “best Wrestlemania of all time” and that’s saying a lot considering how important this once-in-a-year show really is, so let’s see if that claim is truly deserved.

Chris Jericho (c) vs. William Regal – Intercontinental Championship – For a show considered as the best wrestlemania of all time had a pretty weak opening match. Not to say that either one of these wrestlers are bad, (quite the contrary) Jericho and Regal are some of the most talented stars in the WWF. It’s just that this match didn’t leave me in a good impression. I’ll have to admit that both of these two performers tried to make the match taken seriously because Regal really gave Jericho serious bumps and a couple of nasty submission holds and you can see blood coming out of Jericho’s mouth. Jericho did as much to Regal to give him one heck of a match with seeing him do all the agile moves and his signature combos/moves.
Match Score: 3/5

Tazz and The Acolytes Protection Agency (Bradshaw and Faarooq) (with Jacqueline) vs. Right to Censor (The Goodfather, Val Venis and Bull Buchanan) (with Steven Richards) – Uh-oh! We’re getting a Wrestlemania 15/16 flashback where there’s a huge tag team stipulation that’s overbooked in one match and have nothing to gain or loose despite who won. I really despise the Right to Censor faction where you took Val Venis (a porn star character) and Godfather (a pimp) and changed them into a family oriented organization who forbids violence, sex, and profanity. I has it’s place to be top heels in the Attitude Era, but I hated who joined this faction which feels so out of place. Nobody even remembers a single thing out of this match, even though Right to Censor deserved to lose.
Match Score: 2/5

Kane vs. Raven (c) vs. Big Show – Hardcore Match for Hardcore Championship – dAfter two unmemorable and insignificant matches, we finally got ourself a great hardcore match, and perhaps the last great Hardcore Championship match in the attitude area, and that’s saying a whole lot when it comes to how much of a mixed bag the Hardcore Championship title matches are. I certainly enjoyed this match where they were trying to make this match taken serious. All three men were brawling in the ring and took the fight backstage. The backstage fight was the most fun part of this match where they used gold karts if it wasn’t enough. This match was both iconic and hilarious because Raven almost ran over the cables (that was putting this whole show live on tv) while driving that golf kart. If Raven actually did ran over those cables then the whole show would have been over. But another hilarious part of the show was when Kane bumped his golf kart on Ravens leg. Another amazing part of the show was having Kane and Big Show crash through a wall that was really impressive for the time. I just couldn’t believe how much fun this match really was and it ended perfectly with Raven and Big Show tossed out of the Ramp into the glass box having Kane to win by pinfall. As stated, this was the last great hardcore championship match and it’s one thing to remember about Wrestlemania 17.

But there’s one more thing that this match needed to earn a 6 out of 5 match score…
Image result for pete rose tombstoneWHERE’S PETE ROSE?! HE DESERVES TO GET TOMBSTONED BY KANE ONE MORE TIME IN WRESTLEMANIA! HOW DISAPPOINTING IT IS NOT TO HAVE PETE ROSE AND KANE AGAIN!
Match Score: 5/5

Eddie Guerrero (with Perry Saturn) vs. Test (c) – European Championship – And now we came back to the boring matches of the show where this was not Eddie Guerrero’s best days as his character drastically changed after he broke up with Chyna and he was just too serious and insecure. I really didn’t like this match and it’s probably the least interesting match on this card. The only thing about this match that was noteworthy is when Test about about to big Eddie a big boot and got his leg tied, and then a serious botch happened when Eddie slipped and fell out of the ring while Test was still tied up. It’s another match that was just… there and I really wish that the story behind this match could have been more well handled just so we can care more for what’s going on in this match.
Match Score: 2/5

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit – As stated in my last Wrestlemania review, everyone was the same hardcore wrestler character with the same style of hardcore wrestling-style till Kurt Angle brought back the technical athleticism back into wrestling. There was only one other wrestler that was his equal in this style of wrestling, and that’s Benoit. I like it when a show gives us a different variation of wrestling matches and this match here sticks out as the most different because it was all amateur wrestling. There was very little strikes and brawls and it was all about grappling and trying to keep a man either pinned or submit. This is something that no other wrestler in this business could ever do and I was simply impressed with how these two competed. Admittedly, they both tried to use their submission and their opponent’s submission holds just to put one man out. You can really say that this match was more art than entertainment and that’s something special about this show. It was a very well executed match that shows the skeptics that there are real talent in the business because this match was all about just who was the better man in this wrestling style. This is what a mid-card needs and it comes out as surprise to see how much they really care to put one man over the other. The only disappointment with this match was when Kurt pulled Benoits tights to get a cheap victory. I know that this was part of heel Kurt Angle’s character and I certainly love it, but part of wrestlemania is to be a climax to a rivalry or start of an era and this match was a middle of the road for both of these men. The end of their feud didn’t have a climax till Backlash ’01 when both men did a Ultimate Submission Match (an Iron Man match with submissions only) which was a WAY better match than this one. But for what this match was, it was art that’s left for some critiques towards the end!
Match Score: 5/5

Chyna vs. Ivory (c) – Women’s Championship – This match is really a disappointment for us Chyna fans. All we wanted is a one-on-one match with a man for Chyna to beat just to establish that she’s a worthy competitor and push her to the top. It’s a huge down grade to push her down to the women’s division which really is an unfair fight for someone who’s just as strong as many of the male wrestlers in the business. Chyna is too good for the women’s division and Ivory is not even a challenge. All Chyna did was give Ivory a power bomb and a guerrilla press slam to not only establish her dominance, but also show’s the lack of effort that she needs to win the Women’s Championship. Chyna deserved more and that opportunity is forever destroyed because what Triple H and Stephanie McMahon did to her that kicked her out of the company months later.
Match Score: 1/5

Related imageShane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon – A lot of people say that the McMahon family feud is overrated, but I have to say that they are the most entertaining dysfunctional family since The Simpsons. Sure it’s inconsistent to see them on-and-off family members fighting each other (just like last year’s wrestlemania main event) but the fight between Vince and Shane was one hell of a fight between father and son. Vince made himself the most despised father of all time where he said he wants a divorce with Linda and cheated on her with Trish Stratus.  Shane chose to fight for his mother and bought WCW from Vince for revenge. This hardcore match was really brutal. There was so much going on in this match that really shows how far can family feuds can go without actually killing each other. Linda was drugged and she’s stunned in a wheel chair and was forced to see her son Shane beaten to a bloody pulp. Mick Foley was the special guest referee and there was a cat fight between Trish and Stephanie when Trish slapped Vince across the face. But the highlight of the show was when Linda was sitting on the corner still stunned from the drugs. The moment where she got up on her feet and walked towards to Vince, the whole audience got up on their feet in a huge surprise! This is the power of storytelling in wrestling! That kick on the balls to Vince was some of the most epic low blows I’ve ever seen in wrestling and it was one hell of an epic moment! Shane won the match by top rope drop kicking Vince with a garbage can and won the match. Out of all the matches that had the McMahon family feud, this one is no doubt the best! The high risk moves that Shane took that could almost kill his own father was a risk to take, but for doing it for the love of this company, it certainly shows!
Match Score: 5/5

Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz  –
TLC 2  for the Tag Team Championship –

Edge spears Jeff HardyBefore I say anything about this match, yes this match is technically a rematch of last year’s wrestlemania, but last year’s ladder match between three of these teams was actually called a “Triangle Ladder Match” that turned out have Tables and Chairs involved. So if that’s not the “first TLC (Tables, Ladders, & Chairs) match” what was? Well all three of the same teams did the exact same match in Summerslam 2000. Even though that this is called “TLC 2” this technically is TLC 3 because the first Triangle Ladder Match was a TLC match. But what ever you want to call it, this match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their last year’s Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWF has ever delivered. It’s crazy to see all six men risking everything [again] in the same style of match-up, but do it much more radically! Before we even had Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, this was the best rematch a Wrestlemania has ever had! Everything seen from last year’s Wrestlemania triangle ladder match is doubled here in this match. You want to see Jeff Hardy take a top ladder leap, you have twice of those! You want Buh-buh Ray power bomb through tables, you got twice of the amount! You even want a better spear by Edge done in this match, you certainly got yourself the best spear in wrestling. You get the picture. This match saw many different risks that were take and when Edge hit Jeff Hardy, who was hanging mid-air from the belts, with a spear, it became one of the most jaw-dropping moments ever in the WWF. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike (Dudley’s side), Rhyno (Edge & Christian side), and Lita (Hardy’s side) came done for interference to save the team they’re routing for, only to as well get involved with the collision everyone’s taking in this match. Because this match was filled with so many risk-taking things, it is obviously seen as one of the most hardcore/extreme matches the WWF has ever put on. It’s a crash corse that was thrilling to watch. If Wrestlemania 17 really was the end of the Attitude Era (which certainly isn’t) they certainly left us one hell of an impression of everything appealing and exciting about this era of wrestling into one singular wrestling match. Now there are people who argues that this match wasn’t as good as the Triangle Ladder match in last year’s Wrestlemania, and it’s really hard to argue with that because I don’t believe Edge and Christian had to win this match for the third time and the finish felt a bit soulless and emotional compared to the finish in the last year’s Triangle Ladder match. But regardless, it’s still debatable as one of the best ladder matches of all time and as well debatable if this is the best match on the card because it earned that reputation. This match embodies why it takes everything you got to win a singular ladder match and it’s still worth watching time and time again!
Match Score: 6/5

20-man Gimmick battle royal – Just like Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, this card provided a great variety of different kinds of matches. While the Attitude Era looked like it only focused on the time that it was in, I’m sure happy to see that the old classic wrestlers are not forgotten. We had Mean Gene Okerlund and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan to come down as commentary and we had 20 old school wrestlers from the 80s coming back to represent their era. This type of match is very welcomed in the biggest wrestling show in the world. Our contestants in this match are Bushwhacker Luke, Bushwhacker Butch, Duke Droese, Doink the Clown, Nikolai Volkoff, Tugboat, The Goon, Earthquake, The Gobbledygooker, Hillbilly Jim, Brother Love, Michael Hayes, Kim Chee, One Man Gang, Kamala, Jim Cornette, Repo Man, Iron Sheik, and Sgt. Slaughter. Admittedly, these old farts really couldn’t move properly and they were a bit too afraid to have an accident falling off from the top rope, but I believe the right man won this match. Iron Sheik won supreme when he defeated Sgt. Slaughter, but instead of having Sheik just celebrating, Slaughter had to come in and just attack the heel and steal his spotlight. This is the type of results/aftermaths that we kept getting in the very early Wrestlemanias so I don’t know what to think about doing this in a different era of wrestling where it’s no longer welcomed.
Match Score: 3/5

The Undertaker vs. Triple H – One of the most wonderful things about this Wrestlemania is that many of the wrestlers that were absent from last year’s Wrestlemania make their return for this one. This is the one match where everyone started focusing on the Undertaker’s streak when Jim Ross and Paul Heyman said it loud and clear that ‘Taker never lost a Wrestlemania. What’s also interesting is that the WWE today really pretends that this match never happened because they wanted the Triple H vs. ‘Taker rematch to just be about Shawn Michaels and everyone still regrets having that biker “American badass” Undertaker that was so out of his character. I still don’t like this Undertaker because having him as the deadman is so much appealing and suspenseful. Here we have Triple H trying to proof that he is the better man and just watching this match alone, they did everything they could to make this match entertaining as can be. There are plenty of flaws here however, that referee knockout ten over 10 minutes and I can’t believe that a single elbow drop could take a person down for that long and what was supposed to be a chokeslam from the studio ramp to a mysterious fall, the replay showed that Triple H fell on a mat for safety. Other than those huge flaws, this was a lot more fast paced than all of Undertaker’s previous matches. With this new look on Taker, we were able to see him more eager to win than just to use his iconic moves to establish his dominance with the deadman. Triple H was able to keep up with the same pace where he was able brawl and give the hardcore matches that he’s most known for in his pay-per-view match ups. Of course the right man won, but it was so out of place to hear “Rollin” by Limp Biscuit as soon as Undertaker powerbombed (I’m not calling it the Last Ride) Triple H. This shows how really unappealing this Undertaker really was.
Match Score: 4/5

Image result for wrestlemania 17Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (c) – No Disqualification Match for WWF Championship – Even despite the fact that the home state hero has came back from his absence from last year’s Wrestlemania, I really don’t think that this match was better than their first Wrestlemania match together because there was something missing in this match in comparison to Wrestlemania XV. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that this match was incredibly well worked where both of these men gave everything that they’ve learned from each other throughout the Attitude era. The problem for me however is that both Austin and Rock just feels too invincible that there was no way that either one of the men can put each other over. No matter how many stunners, rock bottoms, People’s elbow, chairshots, weapon shots, table crashes, and even the kitchen sink, none of the men wants to lay down for defeat. My favorite part of the match however was when Stone Cold was in the sharp shooter and had blood pour on his face just giving us that nostalgic moment of when he was in the same position with Bret Hart in Wrestlemania 13. This match really did show the endurance to show that they have what it takes to be the top. It was so intense to see which of the two had to loose, until Vince McMahon had to come down the ring and interfere. This time, he wasn’t coming to save the Rock, but instead to save Stone Cold Steve Austin, his arch nemesis. Now this heel turn just doesn’t make any sense to me because Austin represented the people below the employers whom pleasures to make their employees a miserable hell and it was his duty to rebel against the system and those who controls everything. Just having a Vince and Austin teaming together was just so bizarre to me. For shock value, this is ingenious stuff, but for the fact that they’ve made one of the most important stars of the attitude era to suddenly turn heel and made this hardcore match into as piñata out of the Rock. For shock value this was probably genius, but for a storytelling, work-rate, and entertainment standpoint, it just shows why Rock vs. Austin in Wrestlemania XV is way superior. It seemed as though he wouldn’t stop until the fans turned on him. Finally he got a few boos and went for the cover. As soon as the ref hit three, the crowd erupted again. The fans just didn’t care about the heel turn. They were going to cheer Austin anyway. I always felt that hurt the end of the show a bit, but admittedly this was to build up to the epic disappointment called the Invasion angle that was going to happen after Wrestlemania. I fully agree with Stone Cold Steve Austin that he should have gave Vince the stunner so save himself from that heel turn. Honestly, the heel turn for Austin really lost a lot of popularity and credibility for him. And if you disagree with that statement, who’s making Hollywood blockbusters today? (Hint: The Rock) Exactly!
Match Score: 4/5

Image result for wrestlemania 17Since a lot of people considers this as the Wrestlemania of all time, I can certainly say that it’s probably an overrated show. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly love this show, it’s in there in my top 3, but I can’t ignore that there were four matches out of nine cards that were a bit of a drag. I’m still not too happy with the finish of this show because it was set up for the ever so disappointing storyline called the Invasion Angle. It’s really sad to see WCW and ECW all bought by the WWF in 2001 and this show just represent the dominance of the competition between those three organizations and then set them up for a messy angle that the company was heading for. I still am not a fan of the invasion angle (except for the Survivor Series match later that year) because they didn’t make it into a long awaited WCW vs. WWF show that should feature NWO, Sting, Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, and the rest of the most important figures of the WCW. Instead, the Invasion Angle was just another McMahon family-feud using the entire roster that they could sign a contact was put in for a stupid storyline. Plus I’m getting really sick and tired of people calling this the end of the Attitude Era because we still had the hardcore wrestling title, attitude storytelling-style, the roster is almost the same, and the atmosphere was all the same. This still was attitude till Eric Bishof came in Monday Night Raw and started the brand extension. Despite all of the aftermath that still has a bad taste out of my mouth, for what Wrestlemania X7 was, it was a solid show and still can go down as some of (not “the”) best Wrestlemanias of all time. Despite the first half of the show being really boring, the TLC 2, and the three no DQ matches, and the epic amateur wrestling (Angle vs. Benoit) was certainly entertaining. Each card had something for everyone weather you’re an fan for old school 80’s wrestling (20-men battle royal), hardcore wrestling, amateur wrestling, showmanship, and more each match has something for you. Still to this day, wrestling fans everywhere still debate which of the matches in this card was the best match, but I still debate that TLC 2 was the best of all of them. Though I don’t agree that this is the best Wrestlemania show, let alone the best WWE show, it’s still worth coming back to when ignoring that the Invasion angle has ever existed. I still stand by in saying that Wrestlemania 14 remains the best Wrestlemania in the Attitude Era, but for Wrestlemania 17 to come to a clear second place for me, that should say a lot! Even if you dislike Wrestlemania 17, you have to admit, that at least this show was miles better than the previous two horrible Wrestlemanias & that’s what we needed.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 17:

                    5/5

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Wrestlemania 16 Review

Like I said a while ago where the Wrestlemanias were like the Star Trek movies – one year it was good, and the following year was bad, and it keeps repeating itself. It seems like the odd numbers was proven to be bad one, and then the even numbers was already good… well all of the sudden, that rule was changed… This was the first even number Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2, 4, and 8 that ranged from a mediocre-to a bad show. There are fans of Wrestlemania 16… I mean 2000, but this felt like Wrestlemania 15 all over again but this time, it’s even more cluttered just to be an episode of Raw is War (formerly known as Monday Night Raw) on twice the steroids. Yes! Even more so than Wrestlemania 15. And on the title of Wrestlemania 2000… back in 1999 and 2000 almost every sequel that had a title, it usually had a “2000” to represent the millennium- like Dracula 2000, Pokemon 2000, Blue Brothers 2000, Fantasia 2000, etc. It’s a gimmick that was going to be really outdated out side of the year 2000 and this event showed it as well shows. But it’s not just the title of this Wrestlemania that’s the problem, it’s the fact that it is perhaps the most cluttered Wrestlemania of all time. Here’s my review why it is so cluttered that it’s claustrophobic. Who knew that this is during the Attitude Era (the best times of the WWF) could give us two bad consecutive Wrestlemanias- the most important show in wrestling, period!

Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan vs. The Godfather and D’Lo Brown (with Ice-T and The Godfather’s hoes) – This was a very bad opening show, but the beginning before the match started was pretty good where rapper Ice-T came down to the ring with Godfather and his hoes just get everyone excited for starting this show, but that wasn’t enough to actually get people convinced that this is worth something. It’s a shamed to also see Big Boss Man getting more buried as a mid carder because at this point, he has nothing more to give to the wrestling world and this match shows. I did enjoy the team up between D’Lo and Godfather (reminiscing to the Nation of Domination) but you can honestly see a match just like this one on a normal episode of Raw is War. This was a very poor opening match that offered the most bottom of the barrel tag matches that you can imagine and nothing at all was important or special happened in this match. Even despite the fact that D’Lo and Godfather won the match, there was nothing gained or lost for any body in this match
Match Score: 2/5

Hardcore battle royal for the WWF Hardcore Championship – This was the time where the Hardcore division was getting a bit out of hand where this battle royal wasn’t even a battle royal. Instead it was a match that had stupid rules about a capture-the-flag type of match where the last person who made a pinfall before time runs out (15 Minutes) is the official Hardcore Champion. It was a fun match to watch, but this really was a mess. So much was going on where wrestler after wrestler was making a pinfall, there were too much action going on in and out of the ring. Not to mention that this hardcore match was actually boring. I’m never really tired of watching Hardcore Matches, but this here is just dry. So many objects hitting each wrestler back and forth and it was getting boring, especially for the 15 minute range. It was chaotic (which is something to behold) but it wasn’t epic or memorable. I can honestly that this has very little wrestling in this match just too many garbage swung at anyone with a head. This match was garbage, both figuratively and literally. What was stupid was the finish. As Taz was Tazmissioning Crash Holly, Hardcore Holly came in and gave Taz a hit glass on Taz’s head and pinned Crash. The referee was about to count to 3 within 5 seconds, but the referee stopped the count within the 2 second range and didn’t count the match. Apparently, the referee ended the match way too early before the official countdown was over, not knowing what was the real count. That was a serious botch for the referee and all of the sudden, Hardcore Holly was Hardcore Champion, but why did Crash leave the arena with the championship and then said he was not the new Hardcore Champion. This was probably the most confusing finish I’ve ever seen in a single wrestling match where the wrestlers, the announcer, the referee, and the audience were all confused. What a clusterfuck of a finish. I really like Hardcore Holly and he deserved to win this match, but what was up with that finish?
Match Score: 1/5

Image result for wrestlemania 16 trishT & A (Test and Albert) (with Trish Stratus) vs. Head Cheese (Al Snow and Steve Blackman) (with Chester McCheeserton) – T & A was a great heel team where we all though Trish Stratus was announcing her “T&A” which really means Test and Albert what was a great troll move. However, nothing form the Head Cheese was at all memorable; they were a joke. This is another tag team that was just as basic as the opening match, but the only thing that was memorable was the way Trish Stratus looked (wow! She was hot) and the technical audio difficulties that Jim Ross was having in during the match (Wrestlemania 2 all over again). Really, this was the most boring match of this card, even despite the fact that both teams displayed great in-ring work, the audience was at silence in the entirety of the match. This is a match that did not need to be here! Even when Al Snow and Steve Blackman lost the match and beaten up Chester McCheeserton out of disappointment, it was even more hammered unmemorable than this match needed to be. Dumb!
Match Score: 1/5

Edge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship – Out of all the matches in this card, I can honestly say that this one here is the best card of the show. All three of these teams were new and fresh in the WWF and this match showed how really talented the WWF’s roster really are. For a debut match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match was. At first we were looking into this match like a ladder match with a lot of wrestlers involved, but suddenly because of the Dudley Boyz (may favorite tag team) being so obsessed with tables and hardcore wrestling, this all of the sudden turned out to be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. The WWF didn’t have a fantastic Ladder match since Wrestlemania X between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. This the greatness of Attitude Era wrestling where weapons are used properly (unlike that Hardcore Battle Royal) and so many iconic moments were made that made the tag team division some of the biggest highlights of the era. I kid you not that way they used the ladders and then suddenly turned out to be more hardcore when the tables and chairs got involved. It was a brilliant change of tone for this match and each of wrestlers flew, fell, and bumped each other in the most brutal way fashioned. It was simply impressive! For a bunch of young guys giving it their all, they were able to know epic storytelling in a wrestling match. I remember Edge took a diving spear on Jeff Hardy from the ladder, Buh-buh Ray gave Christian a cutter from the ladder, Matt Hardy power bombed to the table and the Swanton Bomb from that Jeff Hard did just to take the Buh-Buh Ray away. The Dudleys seriously spiced up this match and the crowd really ate it up. The finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever seen in wrestling since Stone Cold passed out of Bret Hart’s sharpshooter. As Jeff sacrificed his body to land on Buh-Buh out of the ring through the table, Edge & Christian were the last ones left facing D-Von and Matt Hardy as they raced to grab the tag team championships. The survivors were emotional just to win this carnage. As Matt and Christian were fighting each other on top of the table held by two ladders, Edge came to the rescue and pushed Matt off to the table below and won the tag team championships. What a beautiful finish to a match to a bunch of small stars that all became big names after the match. It really is the match that everyone remembers from this Wrestlemania and I really loved this ladder match for all that its worth. All three of these tag teams has gone through a lot just to have a Wrestlemania match like this one and because of their fantastic display of wrestling, this has made the tag team division in the WWF so important!
Match Score: 5/5

Terri Runnels (with The Fabulous Moolah) defeated The Kat (with Mae Young) – You know what’s hilarious? This is the ONLY match in this card that was actually a one-on-one match. Can you see what I mean when I say that this Wrestlemania is the most cluttered booking in any Wrestlemania show? Yet this match was over booked with Val Venis as the special guest referee and Mae Young and Moolah being too involved with the match. Anything that has Mae Young and Moolah already spells for disaster as they’re so into it that they’ve kissed Val Venis and did a bronco buster on Moolah. The match up between Kat and Terri was piss poor. Even despite the fact that they were incredibly hot to watch, it was probably worse than last year’s Wrestlemania women’s match between Sable and Tori (and we already know how bad that match was). Terri Runnels won by countout thanks to Moolah who took Kat out and put Terri back in. The only thing that was memorable in this match was to see Terri’s pants ripped just to see her bare ass. Other than that, it was a REALLY terrible match. I was not amused.
Match Score: 0/5

Too Cool and Chyna vs The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko) – dIf this wrestlemania was properly booked, they should have given Chyna a one-on-one match with a male wrestler to establish herself as a serious wrestler. I still don’t understand the involvement of Grand Master Saxay and Scotty 2 Hotty’s being part of the Chyna and Eddie Guerrero’s storyline. There were too many things going on in this match that was really unnecessary. Of course there were some likeness in this match like Eddie being a goofball sucker for Chyna, but we all just wanted to see her make the tag and just take action. However, the best part of this match was that Chyna’s pants were falling off that made it a joy to watch. Of course if we only had more action with Chyna she would have been taken more seriously, especially for a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 1/5

Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (c) vs. Chris Jericho – Two Fall Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental and European Championships – Coming into this match Kurt Angle was both the European and Intercontinental Champion, but he had to loose both of those championships somehow, but surprisingly it had to be in Wrestlemania. That really is the whole purpose of this match, but with talented stars like Angle, Benoit, and Jericho, you expect a fantastic match. It was a very well performed match that was all athleticism. What’s surprising is that all three of these men are making their Wrestlemania debut in this very match and it was very well played. You need to remember that when Kurt Angle came in the WWF, he was the only wrestler that sticks out as the most athletic wrestlers that didn’t follow the trend of hardcore wrestling like everyone else was. Since then we started getting better in-ring worked matches that shows the talents of new stars who are there to give grappling wrestling a huge spot in this era. And this is what this match was all about, the non-hardcore wrestling of the WWF. Suplexes, flying movies, drivers, and a bunch of grappling moves where applied throughout the entire match that made it a wonderful watch! However, I just did not like how this match was structured. Basically in this two falls triple threat, the winner of the first fall earns the Intercontinental Championship and the second fall earns the European Championship. Honestly, this was a very well performed match, but the funny thing is that the first fall Kurt Angle got pinned by Benoit and the second fall Angle got pinned by Jericho. So the winners are Benoit and Jericho and the looser is Kurt Angle. Though I still think that there’s no way you could make this match work, no matter how well the in-ring work actually was, it was too much to behold for a match made to take both belts out of Kurt Angle’s waist to be once again held by two separate individuals. If anything, Kurt Angle should have had two separate matches in this Wrestlemania card with both of these men just to put them each Championships on line for each of those opponents. Again, another cluttered match that should have been one-on-one.
Match Score: 4/5

Pete Rose and KaneRikishi and Kane (with Paul Bearer) vs D-Generation X (X-Pac and Road Dogg) (with Tori) – The story here is Kane is betrayed by X-Pac for losing their friendship and Kane lost his woman, Tori to his former-friend. This should have been a one-on-one match, but what did Rikishi had to be involved? Seems like because he uses that large ass of his to stink face his opponent, is there to humiliate Tori and the other opponents. Even though Kane did win by tombstoning X-Pac, it was still forgettable. However the only saving grace of this match was that Too Cool came in to dance with Rikishi and have that same chicken costume that Pete Rose wore in last year’s Wrestlemania! OH MY GOD! PETE ROSE IS GOING TO GET IT AGAIN FROM KANE!!! Kane was just waiting for Pete Rose to stop dancing, but as soon as Kane took action against the chicken suit wearing fool, it all happens that it wasn’t Pete Rose, instead it was a trick just to sneak attack him. Just when Pete was going to get Kane back form all two consecutive Wrestlemania humiliations, Rikishi grabbed his bat just to have Kane to “own” Pete Rose once again. So for three consecutive Wrestlemanias, Pete Rose got knocked out by Kane and whenever Kane and Rose are together, it’s just pure gold. It’s too bad that they couldn’t have Pete Rose to get hurt by Kane in the future wrestle manias because that’s what always makes a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 2/5

Triple H (c) (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. The Rock (with Vince McMahon) vs. Mick Foley (with Linda McMahon) vs. Big Show (with Shane McMahon) – Fatal Four-Way for the WWF Championship – dI like the idea where each McMahon family member has their pick of a wrestler to determine who’s the best, but it’s not about the McMahons, it’s about all four of these wrestlers who have a serious grudge against each other and a very long history till this match. Everyone was sick of the McMahon-Helmsley Era and Hunter burying all of his opponents. Mick Foley was supposed to retire after that Hell in a Cell match at No Way Out 2000, The Rock won the Royal Rumble but Big Show claims that his feet touched the ground first before he did, and each McMahon family member just despised each other that they gave all four of their pick of a wrestler to had a main event matchup. And because this is perhaps the most cluttered match of this card, this was not a very good main event. Each McMahon acts like a Pokemon trainer and each of the wrestlers are like Pokemon to them. This match should have been just one-on-one between The Rock and Triple H just like the following Pay-per-view after it at Backlash 2000. I know Mick Foley just needed one more Wrestlemania match before he officially retired, but she’s so hurt and out of shape that all of the moves applied by him was the least effective. And for Big Show… did he really need to be matched up in another Wrestlemania with Mick Foley like he did in last year’s Wrestlemania? This whole match was dumb and it lasted over 40 minutes when it didn’t need to be. Big Show was the first to be eliminated (and deservedly so), and Mick Foley afterwards, but it should have been first of all Triple H vs. The Rock. The last parts of the match between Triple H and The Rock was beautiful and this is what this main event should have been all along. That is until Vince McMahon betrayed the Rock by hitting him with the chair which shows how retarded this whole event was. I still despise the fact that Triple H was the first heel that won a Wrestlemania main event and as a result it made the whole show crumble in shams. As a result of this horrible ending, this match was just all about the McMahons and nothing else. What a complete disaster of a main event and it hasn’t been since Wrestlemania 8 that left a distasteful finish of a show.
Match Score: 0/5

I honestly can’t say which is worse, Wrestlemania 2000 or Wrestlemania 15, but easily this is some of the biggest disappointments in Wrestling. This is finally a Wrestlemania where now the even numbered Wrestlemanias were now the bad shows, but this was WAY too much! This whole experience was a some of the most clusterfucked cards I’ve ever seen in a singular show. It had to have more than 2 wrestlers involved all at once and barely anything significant has happened, except for the Triangle Ladder Match. That match with Dudley Boyz, Edge and Christian, and Hardies was the only thing worth watching in this show, but just like Wrestlemania 13’s Bret Hart vs. Austin, it’s a one-match-show while everything else was either a basic tag team match, or any other match involving more than two wrestlers that struggles to do much more than it needs to. This is a show that went too far and went too much and as a result it sucked. There should be a rule that just because you can put more, doesn’t mean that it’s better. I really don’t want to look back at this show anymore because it left a horrible taste out of all of our mouths. Wrestlemania 14 still remains the best Wrestlemania during the Attitude Era. Just like Wrestlemania 15, you can watch any other Pay-per-view show outside of Wrestlemania 16 and get much more entertainment and satisfaction than what has been called the world’s biggest wrestling show.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 2000:

                  1/5

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