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Top 10 Matches in the Attitude Era

Image result for attitude eraThere are only three things about the Attitude Era that everyone should definitely watch; the storytelling that was a significant improvement over the New Generation Era, the segments/promos that were incredibly entertaining, and the matches had were so varied and physical than any other time in the WWF. Because crash tv in  the late 1990’s was so popular, WWF had to final stick with the times to survive in rivalry with WCW. It is considered one of the most dangerous times of being a wrestler because of all the stunts and bumps they all took, but because they made its audience so vicarious and entertained, it left all of us a huge impression. So huge in fact that it was more historic than anything that the WWF could ever do nowadays and still remains timeless. Many wrestling fans cherish these moments of the Attitude Era so passionately because there never was a better time of wrestling where finishes were creative, the action going on keeps us on the edge of our seats, and the storytelling in the match always feel different in each and every one of those matches. All of the sudden we’ve gotten a brand new audience who never watched wrestling before now wanting to see these matches. There were so much exposure to the WWF/WWE product during this era because nobody in mainstream television was doing all the things that they were doing. It was not just strategy of how to win the match that’s now in play, but how much pain and punishment could they endure when the hardest bumps and so many foreign objects hits you. If there’s one thing that the Attitude Era avoided perfect, they avoided repetition. All of the matches from King of the Ring 1996 to Wrestlemania 17 were different and 100% watchable, if not entertaining. And these are the ten best wrestling matches that exceeds my love for the Attitude Era as a whole!

Honorable Mentions

Over The Edge: Dude Love vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

The match was a fantastic brawl that had an incredible ending perfect as it gets with multiple referee bumps and outside involvement, and it certainly went over the top. This is the reason why I miss the Attitude Era so much because they always come up with a creative finish and the finish was perfect! Austin pinned Dude Love by slapping the lifeless hand of Vince McMahon to the mat three times that allowed him to retain the WWE Championship to the roar of the Milwaukee crowd. This match worked because no one involved took it too seriously. Bodies flew everywhere, and Austin one-uped Vince McMahon again.

Image result for Undertaker vs. Kane - Inferno MatchUnforgiven 1998: Undertaker vs. Kane – Inferno Match

The gimmick of fire surrounding the ring takes so much attention off the quality of the in-ring work. And that’s why it’s perfect for a brotherly feud between Kane and Undertaker. After Kane screwed Undertaker from the first Hell in a Cell match, they kept fighting each other non-stop throughout 1998. After coming so close to defeating Undertaker at Wrestlemania 14, Kane wanted to go beyond winning over Undertaker, he wanted to burn him alive. Each time someone slams on the mat, the fire burst out. It’s insane that they even took the fight outside of the ring because the level of hatred couldn’t hold them from the heat coming in the ring. One of the most dangerous matches perfect for the darkest of wrestling angles.

Image result for Armageddon 2000: 6-Man Hell in a CellArmageddon 2000: 6-Man Hell in a Cell

I’m not a huge fan of over-booking in a singular match, but this is an exception because these 6 men were the attitude era’s biggest fishes and they given one of the most memorable Hell in a Cell matches of all time! No way was this match going to be kept in the Cell so we were definitely treated with brawls in, out, and on top of the Cell. Hell, Even Rikishi was tossed off the top and landed on a truck that Vince brought in to tear up the Cell. And what’s a huge surprise of all, is that Kurt Angle won this match! If you love matches that are very chaotic, look no further than this match! Was it the right booking decision, maybe, but with 6-men involved its hard to believe that the WWF Champion retained his title with all the odds against him.

Image result for Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahonNo Way Out 2001: Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahon

Let’s not forget that the women wrestlers were just as part of the Attitude Era as any of the guys. Trish was definitely the hottest woman in WWE history and during this time she was smoking hot. And what made her hotter was her feud of bitches with Stephanie. It was incredibly to see that these two made their rivalry look so fiery and they did so many sexy moves that it made it one of the best Divas matches of all time. Trish getting spanked, water poured, and even the bumps that they’ve took looked effective. Too back the finish could have been better if there was a clean victory.

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Number 10.  –  Breakdown: The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock vs. Mankind – Cage Match

A while ago I said it’s a shame that Ken Shamrock never went as far as he could have been in the Attitude Era and I think it’s because of this big loss in this match. Nevertheless, we haven’t seen a cage match this good since Owen vs. Bret at Summerslam 1994. It’s ashamed that this match is forgotten over the years, but it’s certainly one of the Attitude Era’s most hidden gems. The fact that this cage match was also triple threat show how much hard it is to get out of the cage or win with a fall. There were so many bumps made in the ring that felt like a real physical match. Each of these men really knocked each other out. I still remember Mankind took a high risk elbow drop from the top of the age and just crashed like crazy. I definitely love the finish of the match were Mankind brought in a chair and sacked it out of Ken Shamrock’s head. Just as Mankind was climbing up the cage just place both feet on the floor, The Rock pinned Shamrock for the victory. It was a creative finish that had a very incredibly worked match happening in the cage. If there’s one forgotten match from the Attitude Era that you need to see, look no further than checking out WWF Breakdown 1998!

Number 9.  –  Wrestlemania 14: Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin 

This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was when he passed in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon since, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Still, Austin gave Michaels a beating of a life time and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. The moment Stone Cold hit the stunner on Michaels, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory having Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment! And to say that this is the second greatest Wrestlemania main event and it’s only number 9 shows how awesome the attitude era really was!

Number 8.  –  King of the Ring ’98 / RAW 6/29/1998: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane

My favorite time of being a WWF fan was 1998 when we had only four major stars tearing each other up; Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (and possibly Vince McMahon if you believe that). Though this was Austin at his prime, this was also Kane’s prime as well were we had an actual horror-like monster as a wrestling persona that happened to be one of the best mystique characters of all time. He’s had a an awesome debut interfering the Undertaker’s match with HBK in the first Hell in a Cell, nearly this close to finish Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Tombstone Pete Rose (twice), and even even took his rivalry with Taker in the most dangerous match, the Inferno Match! It really built his character all the way to a WWF Championship against Stone Cold. And quite frankly, I’m putting two matches in two consecutive nights in this very list!

Sure, everyone thinks it’s blasphemy that I put this match over the King of the Ring Hell in the Cell match between Mankind and Undertaker, but the match between Kane and Austin is what truly defined the Attitude Era more-so than that match! It’s really cool to see a first blood-match but pretty obvious of who’s going to loose because Kane had his mask on, but it didn’t matter because this very match this match threw everything on the table to make it recognize it as Attitude. We’re talking about taking the fight to the crowd, interferences with Taker and Foley, close-call finishers, many attempted murders (pouring gasoline on Ref), and even bringing the Hell in the Cell down making it a gimmick match that was damaged earlier (Mankind vs. Undertaker). But that nasty chair shot that Taker did on Austin was some of the most effective and it gave Kane his title. That was some of my favorite heel victories of all professional wrestling because it left us asking for more!

And more is what we got because the following night on free TV, we were given a rematch between the two as main event of Raw is War. Thought it probably could have been better, this was a fantastic climax between the two that captures fan satisfactory! It we’re judging on fan reactions for this match, there was no bigger fan reaction than seeing Austin win the championship on free TV. The way he stunnered Kane for that victory was some of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen from any stunners that Austin gave to his victims. Many say that it wasn’t fair that Kane only had his championship in less than 24 hours and they should have made that title-reign longer, but I doubt we’re ever going to see the same Kane from the 1990s because his mystique is completely gone. Nevertheless, this was some of my favorite moments in the WWF and each time I look back at it, it reminds me why I’m still a wrestling fan!

Number 7.  –   Backlash 2000:
The Rock vs. Triple H

The Rock and Triple H has been rivals even before they were both leaders of Nation of Domination & D-Generation X. It’s a fierce rivalry that was a backbone for the Attitude Era that delivered so many matches with them together. They had an iconic Ladder Match at Summerslam 1998, they main evented the very first Smackdown episode, and so much more. They both pushed each other to the limits; racing each other to their prime. But I wouldn’t say all of their matches together were great because the Wrestlemania 16 main event left a horrible taste in my mouth and this match needed to deliver. The build up towards this match was that Stone Cold Steve Austin was coming back to end the McMahon-Helmsley Era and help The Rock capture the WWF title once more. This is the match that should have main evented Wrestlemania 16! These two were physical as ever and it was clearly a heel vs. babyface storyline at its best. The Rock had all the odds against him where Vince and Steph cheap shotting at ringside, Shane, Paterson, & Brisco were Special Guest referees, and the Rock only had only Austin left to save him. The match throughout was amazing to watch with both men giving off the most physical match of this whole era. The Rock never gave up the fight and each moves pulled here from both men caused a great impact and effect while watching. I still will never forget The Rock gave a double Rock Bottom to HHH & Shane on the announcer’s table. Just when Brisco and Paterson came in to gang up on Rock, Austin’s music hit and the whole audience roared! This was the best comeback to a wrestler who’s had a long absence having Austin knocking out all of Triple H’s allies with a chair. His return cause so much carnage to all of Rock’s enemies leaving the Rock giving HHH the People’s Elbow for the WWF Championship. If there had to be one of the best title changes in the WWF Championship’s history, The Rock winning it from Triple H at Backlash has got to be the best one! It was a great victory having Austin and Rock drinking beer for this victory. This should have been the finish and main event to Wrestlemania 16 and because this was booked after Wrestlemania is why it’s forgotten. Go ahead and go see this match to see how good this match really is!

 

Image result for Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon cageNumber 6.  –  St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon – Cage Match

No, this match didn’t have any good in-ring work or any spectacular moves (which is why it didn’t enter my Top 10 Wrestling Matches of the 1990s), but what this match had is one of the best build-up from a full year of great story telling and delivered with fantastic in-ring storytelling. That’s what matters and the whole point of even watching wrestling in general (in-ring work secondary). Everyone knows how fantastic the rivalry between Austin and McMahon really was and there weren’t a whole lot of matches with them together. This feud started all the way from 1997 and since then McMahon tries his damnedest to keep Austin down. Since he won the WWF Championship in Wrestlemania 14, McMahon and Austin’s hatred with each other just went rampant. So many segments had each of them getting back at each other, they kept shooting each other non-stop, and so many schemes from both men were set to win over each other. For the longest time we just wanted these two face each one-on-one with a clear victory. After Vince McMahon won the 1999 Royal Rumble match, it was clear that we needed to have a match with just these two on the road to Wrestlemania 15. Even before the match even started it was began telling a fantastic story with Austin beating Vince out of the cage and threw Vince off the top of the cage to the announcer’s table. Just when the medics were about to let Vince leave the building on a stretcher, Austin grabbed the mic and said the bell didn’t ring so the match hasn’t started. Instantly Austin grabbed Vince out of stretcher and sent him to the cage. Already Vince was hurting like hell, but each time Austin was about to leave the cage for the victory, Vince kept flipping the bird just to make sure he doesn’t win the match, like he rather be beaten to death rather than having Austin win. As soon as Austin was about win, Big Show making his WWF debut to helped Vince beat Austin. Just when you though Vince was going to win the cage match, Big Show tossed Austin to the cage door and it open having Austin win with both feet on the ringside floor. I love the Attitude era so much for making so many creative and unpredictable finishes and this one here is one of the best ones because it’s Vince’s biggest humiliation and Austin’s biggest victory. Though the rivalry continued after this match, I consider this a highlight of the whole feud.

Number 5.  –  Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys vs. Dudley Boys –  Triangle Ladder Match, TLC (SummerSlam 2000), TLC 2 (Wrestlemania X7)

If rivalries were to have the right amount of rematches, it would have to be a trilogy of matches. It’s amazing that the tag team division was able to deliver one of the best trilogy matches ever and what’s even more amazing is that they were all rookies in the WWF!  For a debut Wrestlemania match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match really 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.  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.  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 finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever 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.  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 so important!

We were absolutely amazed that these 6 rookies could do so much at Wrestlemania 16, so they had a rematch with the same teams calling it Tables, Ladders, and Chairs at Summerslam 2000!  The match had a lot of moments where guys are falling off ladders, taking chair shots or going through tables making you say “ouch” with everyone. Bubba’s full nelson bomb on Christian off the ladder was a sick spot early on. Then there was Jeff Hardy getting shoved off the ladder by Edge, only to land on a prone ladder that ended up slingshotting into Matt’s face while he was on the ground. There were parts of the match where Edge was creaming the Dudleys with really stiff chairshots (those aren’t even allowed today), but they barely get a reaction because it seems like nothing compared to the Hardy’s legdrops off the ladder or Christian getting tossed off the top landing on Edge while he is sandwiched in between a ladder. Towards the end, Bubba climbed the “20 foot ladder” in the middle only to be shoved off over the top rope all the way to the stacked tables on the floor. So then Matt gets to climb, but D’Von pushes the ladder back backwards into some tables on the other side of the ring in another sick landing. The finish came when E& C knocked down Jeff Hardy while he was hanging from the titles, unable to pull them down and the champs made the climb to retain after 19 minutes of pain. That one was really dangerous. There were plenty of title matches and great moments between these teams over the course of a couple years, but this match is always going to stand out in my mind as one of their best moments.

Then the three of the teams had their last battle with the 6 of them together at Wrestlemania 17. This match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their previous Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWE 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! Everything seen from previous matches 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 taken 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 history of Wrestlemania. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike, Rhyno, and Lita 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 WWE has ever put on. 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. What’s amazing is that Edge and Christian won all this trilogy of matches  and it embodies why it takes to win a ladder match!

Number 4.  –  Royal Rumble 1999:
The Rock vs. Mankind: I Quit Match

Heading into January of 1999 and the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, The Rock was on top of the world. For the first time since debuting a little over two years earlier, it appeared as though the third-generation Superstar was living up to his potential. It was perfect for the I quit match stipulation given to the fiercest rivalry in the Attitude Era: Mankind & The Rock. Since The Rock screwed Mankind at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship, these two had so many great matches together pushing The Rock to fame and changing babyface Mankind into a lovable hardcore individual that can’t be easily defeated without seriously damaging him. With that in mind, The Rock would have to show a different side of himself. He would have to wrestle Mankind’s type of match. This is the best “I Quit” match of all time where the Rock evolved from a cocky and arrogant heel to a performer who could be as vicious and cold-hearted as any on the roster. These two beat each other like no other wrestler in the roster at the time. Weapons were smashes, Mankind fell on the power generator that caused a black out, The Rock sang on the microphone… everything about this match was so much fun!  After nearly 20 minutes of slamming one another into just about anything and everything but the inside of the ring, a handcuffed Mankind passed out on the entrance ramp. The Rock, taunting, the fans and his opponent just to create even more drama in the storytelling of the match. Foley was an absolute punching bag in the match and may have taken more offense here than any other match. As The Rock  bash his head in with twelve consecutive steel chair shots while handcuffed, making even the most hardcore wrestling fan cringe, it became apparent that The Rock was capable of playing the ruthless S.O.B. when necessary. I’ve never known how to feel about the unique ending to this match.  A sound clip of Foley saying “I Quit” was played by the Corporation while The Rock held the microphone to the lips of an unconscious Mankind. The funny part was Mick Foley never said the words “I Quit” it was played through audio recording just to give The Rock the victory.  The Rock would win the match via less-than-honest means, but the result was not what mattered. The match, in one night, established two characters in just the manner WWF needed. The Rock was the cocky-yet-sadistic asshole—Mankind was the never-say-die, loveable babyface that never really figured out when to stay down. It was a contrast of styles, a contrast of characters and it made for one of the most memorable matches in the Attitude Era, one that was immortalized in the documentary Beyond the Mat.

Number 3.  –  Raw 7/22/97/Royal Rumble 2000/No Way Out 2000 Cactus Jack vs. Triple H

Like I said in the number 4 pick, if rivalries were to have the right amount of rematches, it would have to be a trilogy of matches. None could have been a better trilogy match than Cactus Jack and Triple H. Sure Mankind had his fair amount of battles with Triple H, but when Mick Foley changes his alter ego to Cactus Jack, he certainly puts Triple H to the limits. It all started when Triple H (with Chyna at ringside) was scheduled to wrestle Dude Love, but Dude Love made a quick interview with Mankind, together on screen mind you, telling each other that neither of them could damage Hunter as the other Mick Foley alter ego. Then finally all on the same screen, Cactus Jack made his debut on WWF television and gave Triple H an ECW style brawl. Their first match together is one of the best matches on free television and a historic episode of Raw history. Jack used all of his signature stunts seen from WCW and ECW right here on television like diving elbow off the ring, use every object as a weapon, and so many more. Before when Triple H was called Hunter Hearst Helmsley, many of his matches were boring as hell, that was until Cactus Jack gave Triple H that aggressive edge in this match that definitely changed the direction of his career. The match gotten so crazy that he even knocked out Chyna and piledriven Helmsley through the table on the ramp for the 3 count victory. What a way to bring back an abandoned character in wrestling and surprised all of his long time fans.

Image result for cactus jack vs triple h 1997I must admit, Triple H wasn’t in his prime in their first match together and the match could have done more to be legendary. Thankfully, the writers and bookers remembers how great Cactus Jack and Triple H’s match on Raw was so they had to perfect it. At the time when they had their rematch, Triple H married Stephanie McMahon and owned the WWF in the McMahon-Helmsley Era putting all wrestlers like The Rock and Mankind down. Triple H was unstoppable until Mick Foley brought back Hunter’s worst nightmare back to haunt him. Once more, Cactus Jack’s return got fans to see this rematch at Royal Rumble 2000. It was certainly better than their original match together where brutal fight between HHH & Jack were more balanced and violent. This time around, it was just these two one-on-one (no Chyna involved) and they had to do everything to keep each other down. It would take a lot more for Cactus to go down that easily where they’ve We got one of the classic matches of the last decade, with a level of brutality rarely seen in a WWF ring. It cemented Hunter as a real star, and gave Foley one hell of a final great match to go out on (at the time). Foley brought out the barbed wire baseball bat, mallets, steel chairs, and more. Triple H may have been out of his element compared to the sadistic Cactus Jack, but it never takes the “Cerebral Assassin” long to adapt. Triple H, while bloodied, managed to stay in control as the match entered it’s final moments. He back -dropped Foley on the very tacks he poured in the ring then delivered the Pedigree, but to his shock Cactus Jack was not finished. He kicked out at two! Jack got up and charged “The Game” again, but got kicked in the gut and ate another Pedigree for the finish.

Image result for cactus jack vs triple h hell in a cellIt was completely barbaric to see a stunt happen like that but yet, the rivalry finally ended at Now Way Out 2000 in a Hell in a Cell match. I have to say not only was this my favorite match in the whole Cactus Jack vs. Triple H trilogy, but this is my favorite Hell in a Cell match ever. I know a lot of people considers Mick Foley’s Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker-Mankind iconic, but the HHH-Cactus Jack Hell in a Cell match went non-stop and it certainly topped Mankind’s Hell in a Cell match.  The two would fight with everything from steel chairs to a flaming 2×4 wrapped in barbed wire from in, out, and on top of the Hell in a Cell. After breaking through the cell wall, the two men carried their fight to the top of the cell. Once more, Cactus Jack feel off the Cell and landed on the table. Though it wasn’t as iconic as his drop from Undertaker in ’98, Cactus just didn’t waste time and got back up on the top of the Cell. Jack attempted a piledriver, but Triple H reversed it sending him through the cell roof to the ring below, where the ring would buckle. A pedigree to Jack immediately after gave Triple H the win and ended Foley’s career (and NO Mick Foley’s Fatal Four Way match at Wrestlemania 2000 never existed!) There have been a lot of rivalries over the years that was over dramatic, but none displayed the amount of hatred with each other than three of these matches. I can go back and watch these trilogy of matches just to see how they both evolved as wrestlers and barbaric fighters. This was a way to start the new millennium for wrestling which unfortunately never got better than this. 

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Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania 13:  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin Submission Match

Let’s make this loud and clear, [the Attitude Era began when Stone Cold Steve Austin made his first swear after winning King of the Ring 1996], not when Vince announced it on an episode of Raw on Dec. 15, 1997. Since then, wrestlers were able to make their matches physical and more violent (and perverted) than ever before. It was time for the WWF to change in order to survive from losing to WCW. The only wrestler that couldn’t stand many of the changes happening to the WWF was Bret Hart. It is crazy to see Stone Cold playing as a heel somehow catching everyone’s attention and cheer for him, while the traditional babyface like Bret Hart are getting despised for not being as awesome.  Though Bret was sorrow for losing to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania 12, he has redeemed himself by putting on a much better Wrestlemania match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Now if you want to talk bloody matches, here’s one for you. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects used to ram each other and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head like a stuffed pig. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. Everyone respected Austin passing out in the puddle of his own blood rather than giving up. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. I still regard this as one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen. If there’s one wish that I would love to see come true is if Bret Hart stayed with the company longer to make many more memorably moments in the Attitude Era.  But whatever the case, this is the one match that certainly opened door to this beloved era of wrestling and since then we honor this match for allowing the WWF giving its fans many more like this one many years to come!

This was the very first Hell in a Cell match in the WWF and it still is my personal favorite match that the promotion has has delivered, not just Hell in a Cell. At Bad Blood in 1997, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker faced off for the chance to battle Bret Hart at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship. Before we had that infamous screwjob in that Pay Per View, we were given a taste of what would the WWF be heading to in the Attitude Era. Undertaker was quick to bring the fight to Michaels during the beginning of the match with Michaels mostly unable to mount an offense of his own. Taker was so brutal and unforgiving that he even woke up from a Sweet Chin Music-Super Kick from Michaels and brought the match outside of the cage. At one point in the match, both men were fighting on top of the cell and Michaels was knocked off. With Michaels dangling helplessly, Taker stomped on his fingers forcing him to let go and fall through the spanish announce table. To my surprise, he fell off from the cage to the table a year earlier than the Mankind incident in King of the Ring ’98 in the same match-type from the same opponent. Some of you are wondering why I didn’t put the Mankind vs. Undertaker match in the list of the greatest matches of the 1990s. Well, I have full respect to that historic event, but the Image result for hell in a cell falls 1997match was too real and when there’s no wrestling going on, it simply tested my patients. And let’s not mention that, just like that match, every Hell in a Cell match up is trying to one-up against Hell in a Cell ’97; fight on top of the cell, the big bump to the announcer’s table, and tremendous shock value throughout. The match between Michaels and Taker was so much better and more real than that other Hell in a Cell match. In fact, this match was so damn real that when Shawn Michaels was dripping blood from the top of the cage to the camera man who was below them had Michaels’s drops of blood landing on him and he shouted “Ah shit!” And let’s not forget the every first bump from the top of the cell that every Hell in the Cell match after it tries to one-up, but at the end, end up just imitating.  This match is one that’s still fun to watch over and over again, and it’s never boring. Once the two made it back into the ring, Taker was ready to put Michaels away… until the debuting Kane hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, ultimately handing the win to Michaels. That debut of Kane was some of the most exciting, surprising, and epic debuts that any professional wrestler has ever had! And who can ever forget Vince McMahon on commentary making the revolutionary qoute, Unknown“That’s gotta be… That’s gotta be… That’s gotta be Kane! That’s gotta be Kane!” It was the biggest turning point that I’ve ever see in in a wresting match but it was one hell of an impression! I’m not one who likes interference in any sport, but this here is a BIG exception because Kane was nowhere to be seen, but Paul Bearer (Undertaker’s former manager) kept building up and hinting that Undertaker burned his brother for dead only to announce that he’s still alive. And even the outfit and props certainly made his presence look so menacing that he’s worth keeping in the WWE roster to this very day. No longer was Undertaker the most intimidating figure of all of wrestling, but also made Kane a run for his money in terms of being a big highlight. So what makes this Hell in a Cell match better than any cage stipulation in the whole industry? How about doing all of these innovative things that ended up being the standard or even the ultimate measuring stick for every blood-sport caging up their contenders? This still is the best Hell in a Cell match that I’ve ever seen and that’s all thanks to the non-stop action that kept going throughout! If I could pick one match that I like to present to the world that wrestling is a hobby worth anyone’s time, I can’t think of a more exciting event in the sport’s history than the first ever Hell in a Cell match.

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Top 10 Wrestlers of the Attitude Era (late 1990s/early 2000s)

There was never a better time to be a pro wrestling fan than during the period from 1996-2002, when WWF was in the midst of its legendary Attitude Era. This era of wrestling made it in number 4 of the best things of the 1990s and still to this day I can go back and watch any episode, segment, or match from the Attitude Era and remind myself why I am a wrestling fan. Though I do have a very soft spot for the New Generation Era, it was important for the company to change from the family-friendly image to keep up with the times. TV ratings were at an all-time high, it was cool to be a fan and you could find a good wrestling product on TV just about any time you wanted to.  Sit through one three-hour episode of Monday Night Raw, and you’ll be longing for the old days, even if you weren’t a wrestling fan in the old days. This era captures everything that I truly miss about wrestling; proper storytelling, amazing in-ring work, varied match stipulations, and outrageous character that definitely felt bigger than life.  Outlandish things were happening, but there was always a reason behind them, and the stories were most often very interesting.  These are not just story lines, these were epic sagas that was happening in wrestling and never again did we ever felt the same with the media again. If that’s not enough, the matches in this era took risks. In the Attitude Era, WWE climbed back to the top of the wrestling world by taking chances.  People got hit with chairs, set on fire, thrown off the top of gigantic structures and run over by cars on a weekly basis. All of these things kept my interest and mixed that up with a good story, you’re presented with the most awesome moments in life! Sure, The Attitude Era ripped off Extreme Championship Wrestling’s hardcore wrestling phenomenon, but for the fact that this single era brought the highest ratings that the WWE has ever had should tell you about the success and reception it deserved. And who do we have to thank for all that was given to us in the Attitude Era? None other than Vince McMahon. Sure, the man has done some of the most questionable decisions in the business, but starting this trend in wrestling was the best thing he’s ever done for the company and wrestling itself. This was an era of wrestling that was so innovative, captivating, and so entertaining, that it’s always worth coming back to. Wrestling fans to this day are still waiting for another era like this but unfortunately since WWE went back to the times of PG, not giving two shits about telling good stories, and over enthuses on pointless in-ring work more-so than anything else. As a result of seeing wrestling getting worse and worse, it makes going back to the Attitude Era a lot better than we remembered. And these are the ten wrestlers that are responsible for making the Attitude Era so great!

Number 10.  –  Ken Shamrock

UFC legend Ken Shamrock came to the WWE in 1997, debuting on Monday Night Raw in February of that year to referee a submission match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13. Afterward, he began to wrestle full-time, engaged in various feuds, won the 1998 King of the Ring tournament and captured the Intercontinental and World Tag Team Championships. It’s not just his accomplishments that made him in the list, it was his ruthless attitude that’s aways entertaining to watch whenever he snaps and goes berserk. There really no wilder character than “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.” I really dug the Ken Shamrock character because he was the wildest babyface of all time! With a character like that, you would of’ve think that he gone far in his wrestling career. Unfortunately, that was not the case because the bookers didn’t really give him a whole lot of TV time, he was shoved in too many mid-card feuds, and we never really had an Austin vs. Ken Shamrock match, that would have been a chaotic fight!  After he left the WWE in 1999, Shamrock returned to MMA and UFC. He also made appearances in Ring of Honor, TNA and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. Today, he still has the occasional fight, with his last bout being in 2010. Would Ken Shamrock been a big wrestling star? He would have because nobody had the temper like he did and whenever he snaps, get ready for the ride of your life!

Number 9.  –  The Dudley Boys

 This the best Tag Team of this era. This is the only Tag Team that won the WWF Tag Team Championship, World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, ECW Tag Team Championship, and TNA Tag Team Championship. The two “brothers” from Dudleyville are the most decorated tag team within recent years, having won 23 tag team championships within every organization they’ve been in. Anything that you want to see in Hardcore wrestling in the Tag Team division, the Dudley Boys always deliver! The Dudleys are the most famous wrestlers to make use of tables during their matches as part of their gimmick and being part of the historic double TLC matches for the WWF Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam 2001 and Wrestlemania X-7 against the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian. Let’s not forget that they’ve created the created Tag Team finishing maneuver called the Dudley Death Drop (3D) that still can’t be matched. The Dudley Boys are completely impulsive but we love them for being responsible for brining life back to the Tag Team division and no other tag team has lasted long together as these two!

Number 8.  –  The Undertaker

One of the best things of the Attitude era was that they took the dead man gimmick and update him to a much darker and more demonic direction before the gimmick became an outdated Halloween spook. It all made the tables turn when Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels in the first Hell in a Cell at Bad Blood ’97 and his brother Kane debuts and cost him his match. The back story of the Kane character is that Undertaker set his family house on fire as child leaving all of his family members to burn, except that Kane survived and wanted nothing more than revenge. Throughout 1998, Kane and Undertaker had a fierce rivalry together at Wrestlemania 14, having two Hell in a Cell matches, an Inferno match, and so many wars together that went on and off as brothers. It was the second biggest rivalry of the company in 1998 only right behind Austin vs. McMahon. Hell, he even threw Mankind off the Hell in a Cell twice and made history! Of course the darkest part of the Undertaker character was when he began his own faction called the Ministry of Darkness. In 1999, Undertaker was the biggest heel of the WWF and wanted to destroy McMahon and Austin. Part of the reason why I can’t put Undertaker higher on the list is because that Ministry of Darkness storyline went too far by having him to be in a weak Hell in a Cell match with Big Boss Man at Wrestlemania 15 and having Vince McMahon as the higher power of the Ministry of Darkness into the Corporate Ministry was bar-non-stupid. It pushed him into mid card status and became tag team champion with Big Show. And yet the worst part of all is…

…(sigh) his American Badass Biker gimmick. I’m not at all a fan of Biker Undertaker because all of the mystique of a deadly character made tremendous storytelling and as a biker, why keep the name “Undertaker” who buries his victims, not become a member of a Harley Davidson bike gang. It would take four years after this immediate change to bring back the “Dead Man” because I did no like this character trying to compete against Stone Cold Steve Austin’s badass character.

Number 7.  –  Chris Jericho

One of WCW’s most talented stars never made it outside of the mid-card zone, but when Y2J made it to the WWF, the bookers pushed him as far as they could. After Shawn Michaels retire, we never could imagine another wrestler could match up to his stature, but Jericho delivered everything that we’ve waited from WCW. Jericho just had the attitude, charisma, and flying-technical skills that made him one for the millions.  The moment when he made his WWF debut during the millennium countdown was some of the best debuts ever in company. Jericho didn’t disappoint his potential. He kept giving off some of the hardest hitting matches, craziest technicality, and cut the wildest promos. He was a despicable heel (reminiscing to Rowdy Roddy Piper) but was a lovable babyface. He knew how to control people’s emotions and almost every impact he delivers causes a huge reaction. I especially love it when he constantly mocks Stephanie McMahon making it a fierce rivalry between rebel and spoiled brat. Chris Jericho’s rebellious behavior and undying ego got his popularity rising to the top faster than any mid-carder in this era. And to even add more credibility to Chris Jericho’s resume, he was the first ever WWF Undesputed Champion (winning the WWF Championship and WCW World Heavyweight Championship) from The Rock and Austin. I can’t imagine a harder working wrestler than Chris Jericho. He started as the lion heart into Raw is Jericho that ran rampant throughout the years!

Number 6.  –  Kane

Kane, back when he used to have mystique, was some of the most fierce and feared competitors of the whole roster. At one point in time, he really was scarier than the Undertaker reminiscing to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. When Kane wore his mask and hides his burned face, you know something terrible is going to happen. At one point in time (1997-2001) Kane was just an unstoppable monster that had only very little wrestlers could take down. Scariest part is that he’s the brother of the Undertaker (kayfabe). It’s the scariest backstory that any wrestler in the history of wrestling where the two brothers had a rough childhood, and Kane was horribly burnt in a fire. He had to wear a mask and a full bodysuit because of the scars that covered his body. No wrestler in their right mind would want to face him. At Wrestlemania 14 he was the very first opponent that was this close to end the Undertaker’s streak. Hell, he had an undying hatred for Undertaker that they would go far as to burning each other in an Inferno Match. He was the devil’s favorite demon, and capable of annihilating his opponents while showing no sign of remorse… and then they became tag team partners more times than not. Kane, even though he was incredibly mysterious and disturbing, had a lot of memorable moments such as teaming with X-Pac as a tag team and ended up in betrayal, taking Stone Cold’s WWF Championship (for a single day), and so many more. I would love to put Kane higher, but Kane today lost a lot of credibility since he took off his mask and did an awful miscarriage storyline with Lita, Matt Hardy, and Gene Snitsky. It’s because we really miss the mystery of Kane so much that it made going back to attitude era so worth it all.

Number 5.  –  Kurt Angle

It’s not every day that we get an athlete from different sport enter the wrestling world and make it his new profession. After winning a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics — with a broken neck, no less — celebrated amateur wrestler Kurt Angle would find his way to WWE in late 1999. Clad all in red, white and blue, Angle attributed his success to his “Three I’s” (intensity, integrity and intelligence), all the while lambasting members of the WWF who did not live by his example. Remember, this was the era where wrestling is filled with so many tough guys and hardcore wrestlers willing to bash anyone’s heads, and then Kurt Angle came along and made himself an idiotic character who thinks America still wants their hero to be patriotic, standards, and believe in the American dream. He’s one of the most lovable wrestling characters I’ve ever seen in wrestling where it just made himself look gullible and laughable. Angle was frequently responsible for some of the most humorous moments of the era, including his association with Edge & Christian (as a member of “Team ECK”), strumming the ol’ guitar with Austin, getting annoyed when the crowd chants “What?,” and his Texas Rattlesnake–esque milk truck assault on The Alliance in 2001. But as much as you like to laugh at his character, remember we’re dealing with an olympic gold medalist here. Kurt Angle reintroduced the technicality that once was lost in the WWF since they departed their ways from the New Generation Era. Even though Kurt Angle stole the moves from the likes of Ken Shamrock, he delivered physical moves that no other wrestler in the roster was doing; suplexes, german suplex, choke holds, dynamic slams, and so many more that categorize to the technical side of wrestling. Because he was so damn talented it pushed him a lot faster than any other wrestler at the time winning the Intercontinental Championship & European Championship (as EuroContinental Champion), King of the Ring, and even the WWF Championship within just a year since his wrestling debut. Not that many rookie was went as far as Kurt did and he still stands as one of the top stars in the wrestling world. There is no individual that deserved as much as he did and still to this day he put a good name in professional wrestling.

Number 4.  –  D-Generation-X

I simply couldn’t choose just one of these wrestlers in this faction to be in the list so I decided to just place all of the members into one list… except for Shawn Michaels. A lot of people considers D-Generation X as rip-offs of the WCW’s New World World, but what DX has over NWO is the right amount of members that all are stars in their own right. In a matter of fact, each of these members were big stars instead of being overshadowed by rank. Admittedly, this faction started just to save Shawn Michael’s ass from losing since the Kliq were no longer around. But after Shawn Michaels retired after Wrestlemania 14, Triple H was left bringing back X-Pac from WCW and made the New Age Outlaws a big deal. Meanwhile, Chyna became a bigger star instead of just being Hunter’s bodyguard and made history of becoming the first Woman to be Intercontinental Champion. DX ever some of the best parts of watch Monday Night Raw because of their over the top segments and shoots that were perverted, surprising, and extreme. In a matter of fact, let’s take a look at each of the members.

Triple H – No longer was he that stupid Hunter Hearsh Helmsley high clansman character, he was a top notch badass who done a better job as leader than Shawn Michaels ever did. What became a faction for Shawn’s ego turned into an iconic stable of Attitude where he lead and kept the groups strong and united. Being the master genius that he always is, he not only made DX popular in the ring, but also outside of the ring as well! Who can ever forget their trip to New York City, Invading WCW, and shouting “Leeets Get Ready To Suck It!” It’s crazy that he wasn’t just living in the times, the times was living with him. He made this sexual revolution a reality by starting small when Shawn Michaels left into a pop culture phenomenon and there’s a reason why he’s the CEO of the WWE today!

Chyna – The 9th Wonder of the World isn’t just a nickname, it’s a reputation earn by the hardest working woman in the wrestling world. She did what no other woman wrestler accomplished since and after. First woman ever to win Intercontinental Champion twice, enter the Royal Rumble, and wrestle so many men and beating them. She was extremely reminiscent to Xena and once she broke out that persona of just being Triple H’s bodyguard and lover, she became an unstoppable force. Not only that, she made muscular women accepted to the public where she can be jacked-up while looking sexual at the same time. It’s definitely hard for male wrestlers and audiences alike to not focus on the garments that she wore, but it was part of her feminine dominance that ran full force in her wrestling career. It’s funny that she’s still continues the D-Generation X ways today by becoming a pornstar… If you ain’t down with that! We got two words for ya! SUCK IT!!!

X-Pac – If there’s any member of D-Generation X that was not only as loyal, but the spirit of this entity, it has to be X-Pac. This character change was so much better than his 123 Kid gimmick and his Syxx character in the NWO. Even when DX broke up in Wrestlemania 15, he still continues the cross chops and kept the intro music with New Age Outlaws and Kane. Even today, since he hasn’t came back to the WWE roster, he still carries the essence of DX and I never seen anyone that is reluctant to the changes in the wrestling world today like Shawn Waltman. He does more cross chops, shouts “Suck It”, and even X-Factor & Bronco Buster his opponents more than anyone in the faction and without him, DX would have faded away and never have a reunion.

New Age Outlaws – These are are arguably the best tag team in the WWF and are suitable for this team than anyone else in the roster. As stated, D-Generation X made the mid-card a special attraction in the Attitude Era and these guys are responsible for it. Their “oh you didn’t know?” catchphrase popped crowds across the country, and fans chanted along with the pre-match spiel of “Road Dogg” Jesse James each and every night. 

D-Generation-X was the sexual revolution of professional wrestling doing that iconic DX-chop and broken so many rules that television refuses to air.  Even when Triple H disbanded the faction at Wrestlemania 15, X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn continued the DX tradition; keeping fans aware that the faction’s popularity is still alive and well. And we finally got D-Generation-X back when Triple H married Stephanie McMahon and begun the McMahon-Hemsley Era (just without Chyna around). D-Generation-X was the biggest thing in Attitude Era, and it wouldn’t’ the same without them.  They’ve made mid-card and main events special whenever they’re involved in these shows. If you ain’t down with that we got two words for ya! SUCK IT!!!

Number 3.  –  Stone Cold Steve Austin & Vince McMahon 

I just can’t separate these two because they were really made for each other than any other rivalry in wrestling history. These two are responsible for bringing back the WWF from being defeated by WCW in the Monday Night Wars by simply putting the most intense rivalry ever seen in television. Ever since Vince McMahon screwed Bret in the Montreal Screwjob, the whole world knew how big his ego is. It was genius for him to face the consequences and exploit that ego to create controversy. And for an individual that could push that ego into full force was the new face of the WWF, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin did what Bret Hart should have done, and that’s break every rules that McMahon created and Austin not only did that, but he made it extremely personal. Stone Cold is the polar opposite of Vince where he swears, fights dirty, and drinks constantly making Vince lose all of his temper to wage war on Stone Cold since he was incapable of putting him caged up from being so reckless. Austin always foiled Vince’s plans and rarely does Vince reign supreme. They are the most important feud in WWF history because it was everything we hate about our bosses and have Stone Cold to represent the common man who stands up against the higher ranks. These two have so many damn memorable moments that it’s worth going back to watching them grind each other’s gears from 1997 all the way to 2000. Austin’s rebellious behavior is what made the Crash TV movement so popular, not just WWF. And night after night after night Vince would just love to piss off fans and Austin comes back to get even. Sometimes a feud is not just about the matches they have, but the segments and events that they’ve done together. The chemistry between the two is the ultimate measuring stick of what makes a wrestling feud great. Sure you can place Austin as his own spot on the list as the greatest of all time, but all of his other feuds didn’t make him an all time great, his hatred and battles with Vince McMahon did! That’s why they’ both made it in the list together. For two consecutive years these two were recognized as the best rivalry of the professional wrestling world and still to this day we get a chance to see Austin to continue to ruin Vince’s life. People still pay money to see it and it never get old! No other rivalry can ever say the same thing.

Number 2.  –  Mankind

I’m so much of a Mankind fan that I just went crazy for this character. It was genius to make what once an extremely dark character into a gullible hardcore nut that had so much brain damage. Wether if you like Mankind, Dude Love, or Cactus Jack, Mick Foley brought ECW hardcore wrestling style to the New Generation Era that lowly evolved into Attitude. He became a huge attraction of the WWF when he took the hardest bumps and faced the most violent matches. Without him, this Crash TV image that the Attitude Era needed wouldn’t’ get so many audiences tune in and bring out their vicarious behavior. Part of what made Attitude work is that it showed that anyone can be a star and Mankind accomplished that dream. The reason why I put Mankind over all of Mick Foley’s characters is because the Mankind persona was iconic, gullible, and lovable all at once. We all feel sorry for Mankind who had a heart of gold to damage his body but we love him for doing it for our own entertainment. Who can ever forget all the times he knocked people out with Mr. Socko, being the first ever Hardcore Champion, tossed off the Hell in a Cell with Undertaker twice, Rock This is Your Life (highest rated episode of Raw), and taking more high risk moves and crash landed harder than any one else in the ring? He was the happy-go getter of a roster filled with badasses. He was the most different of all the wrestlers, appearing like a human Crash Test Dummy! Sure Austin vs. McMahon got people tuning into the product and Austin started the Attitude Era in King of the Ring 1996, but the night that Mankind won the WWF Championship was when WWF started beating WCW in the ratings! Without that historic episode of Raw is War, who knows how would WWF beat WCW in the Monday Night Wars. And yet, he didn’t even stop the gaining ratings when he did the Rock This Is Your Life segment that still stands as the highest rated episode of Raw history! Not even Stone Cold Steve Austin drew as much money as Foley did! Mankind  is one of the most important figures of the whole WWE product and WCW would probably destroy WWF without his involvement of the company. We sympathized, we laughed, we were in awe, and we amazed with almost everything Mick Foley succeeded and it’s a darn shame people forgot about that. Nobody has ever took as many stunts and bumps as Mankind and for that we honor Foley as God for never giving up after all the beatings that he has received for the WWE!

Number 1.  –  The Rock

There was no doubt in my mind that The Rock had to be number 1 on this list. Sure a lot of fans would have argued that Stone Cold Steve Austin is a better wrestler, but Steve Austin wasn’t the best of his time. There were too many big fishes in the pond and The Rock did a lot more for the Attitude Era as whole than Austin ever did. Austin’s whole purpose was to fight Vince and he went absent in mid 1999 leaving the Rock to carry the company. And The Rock not only had the Attitude era right behind him, but also became the biggest star that the WWE has ever had. The Rock started out as an outdated smiling babyface that was behind the times, became a member of the hated Nation of Domination, became the corporate champion when he won The Survivor Series 1998 tournament, teamed up with Mankind as Rock n’ Sock Connection, and broke free as the greatest single wrestler since Hulk Hogan. You simply can’t argue with all of the iconic aspects of the Rock’s character like him raising his eye brows, raising his right fist in the air as he stand on the mid rope, mocking his opponents, and shouting “If You Smell What The Rock… Is Cookin’!” That is single handedly the best catch phrase in all of wrestling and none after it could even come close. And whenever he cuts promos, he makes it like he’s the resurrection of Muhammad Ali. He’s not all talk, he’s also brutal in the ring. The Rock had some of the best move sets as well like his iconic Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow that still continues to raise people off their seats and yell for Rocky! The way The Rock moves is incredibly where he keeps jumping back to his feet and sometimes when he gives someone a pump, he poses out with reaction.  While a lot of the characters in the Attitude Era look like trash hardcore wrestlers, The Rock dressed with class while still with the crash tv times. Everything that the Rock does is purely entertaining and very little wrestlers out there could ever match up to him. Even though Vince McMahon brought the best out of Stone Cold, The Rock brought the best out of everybody else and still managed to beat many of them. The Rock also has a talent for everything that can keep everyone interested no matter what, that’s why he’s a big Hollywood movie star today. Not only that, but almost everything he does creates as significance to the WWF product. If you disagree, how about the term Smackdown he used a lot that became a word in the webster’s dictionary and a secondary weekly show to compete against WCW’s Thunder? Almost everything that the Rock did is memorable and it’s the reason why he’s so famous around the world. If anything The Rock deserves all the credibility given to him and he deserves nothing more than to be the best wrestler of the attitude era and possibly the best WWE wrestler of all time!

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Image result for greatest wrestlemania matchesSo what makes a Wrestlemania match to have different approach than any other wrestling match? How about being that it’s on the grandest stage of all of Wrestling and the whole world is actually watching this very wrestling show? That means that the storytelling, in-ring action, crowd reaction, and the quality is very much higher than any standard wrestling match. It’s the whole reason why they need to make the name “Wrestlemania” a special event! Though I’ve seen plenty of so-so to bad matches in the 30 Wrestlemanias, there has been a handful of matches that changed many lives. Trying to pick the best matches in Wrestlemania is like trying to pick your favorite track from your favorite band/artist. You have to experience all of their albums to discover/revisit what you love. Even though Wrestlemania has been both infamous for bad card structures and also famous for plenty of pleasant streamline matches, you can probably find a a worthwhile match the card. It is actually possible to have a bad Wrestlemania to be saved by one match and if a match has the power to do that, then that should tell you about the magic of wrestling, which often happens at Wrestlemania. These matches that I’ve picked here left me in complete amazement and (especially in the Top 5) has changed my life. These are the best matches in the grandest stage of them all and some of the most impressive matches in professional wrestling in general!

 

 

Number 10.  –  Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit – Wrestlemania XX

Chris Benoit had to face the best of the best throughout 2003 and had to win the Royal Rumble 2004 Match to have this shot. He had to get involved in the rivalry between Triple H and Shawn Michaels feud (that started back in Summer 2002) because all three men wanted the World Heavyweight Championship. And they showed. It was the first triple threat main event in a Wrestlemania and it’s remains the best triple threat match that I’ve ever seen in my life, let alone the best Wrestlemania main event. It was in-ring work that was passionate and eruptive where all three men were so desperate to win this very match. Each of them gave all they got by delivering so many grappling technical moves and less brawls than we normally expected when it comes to anything with Triple H involved. Chris Benoit fought so hard against the two best Raw stars that both of them ended up bleeding like a stuffed pig. One of the most memorable moments of the match was when HHH and Michaels’ suplex Benoit from one announce table through another. It really looked like it was going to put Benoit for good, but the finish had him recovered to take HBK out of the ring and put HHH in the cross face. This was the perfect finish to one of the best Wrestlemania main events of all time and I didn’t not want it any other way than to have Benoit to make “The Game” tap out.  Nothing to me felt so relieving than to finally see HHH (with all the burying he did to his opponents and shoving himself down on our throats from 2002-2003) tapped out and put Benoit over to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you’re a wrestling fan, seeing Benoit win the championship after a lifetime in the business, after the critics called him too small, too one dimensional, this is a moment that still brings chills. And to put icing on the cake, Eddie came back to the ring just to have these two celebrate their victories together. It that very moment that I’ve cried because of the triumph that they both accomplished together from ECW, WCW, and now the WWE.

Number 9.  –  Edge and Christian vs. Dudley Boyz (c) vs. Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 2000

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.  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 dangerous way fashioned. For a bunch of young guys giving it their all, they were able to show 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 finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever 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.  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 so important!

Number 8.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Wrestlemania 14

This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was when he passed in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon since, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Still, Austin gave Michaels a beating of a life time and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. The moment Stone Cold hit the stunner on Michaels, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory having Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment!

 

Number 7.  –  Dudley Boyz vs. Edge/Christian vs. Hardy Boyz – TLC2 – Wrestlemania X7

This match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their previous Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWE 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! 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 taken 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 history of Wrestlemania. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike, Rhyno, and Lita 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 WWE has ever put on. 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 Wrestlemania 2000, and it’s really hard to argue with that because I don’t believe Edge and Christian had to win this match again and the finish felt a bit soulless and emotionless compared to the finish in the last year’s Triangle Ladder match. 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!

Number 6.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania 21

This match’s story was really well-told and the build up was insane! Angle is facing his least favorite wrestler. He was angered at the fact that Shawn eliminated him at the Royal Rumble 2005 match and made it personal by revealing his secret hatred. The build up got really personal when he claims that on the day that Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Metal in 1996, everybody was talking about Shawn beating Bret in Wrestlemania 12 instead of his victory. Shawn Michaels versus Kurt Angle was nothing more than a fantasy match-up for a number of years. It started out with a pure mat-wrestling, which was a surprise because HBK never done this before, but he kept up Angle’s pace perfectly! Then the two start to show their grudges against each other by making this match more physical and violent. A slow build to fiery end as the two technicians give fans everything, and that’s what storytelling really means in the wrestling world. I still remember Kurt tried so desperately to German Suplex Shawn to the announcer’s table, but after HBK knock back Kurt to lie on the table, Shawn applied a moonsault from the apron to the table. That was one of the most insane moments of the entire match. From submission holds to high-flying action to an breathtaking ending that saw both men receive standing ovations. Angle hits the Angle Slam off the top rope, HBK hits Sweet Chin Music, then after kicking out at two, nothing could put either man down. That is until, Angle applied his final the ankle lock, that really damaged HBK’s leg. After a fierce fight, Michaels taps. This is Shawn Michael’s fourth best Wrestlemania match and it is hands down Kurt Angle’s best Wrestelmania match ever!  This was a Dream Match that had been discussed for years amongst hardcore wrestling fans. Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels were at their best and the fans began demanding to see this great match. The build, the anticipation, and the payoff couldn’t have been better.


Number 5.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon – Ladder Match – WrestleMania X

Bing that this was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV, is probably one of the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. No matter how many times they used the ladder against each other, each of them kept coming back after each other and punish each other some more. I’ll never forget that ingenious finish at the end where Shawn Michaels got caught up on the ropes as he struggles to free himself as Razor climbed on the ladder to reach the Intercontinental Championships. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion, a fine finish to some of the most talented and appealing wrestlers in the WWF. This was the very match that embodies the New Generation Era. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.


Number 4.  –  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Wrestlemania X
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It has been debated which match was the best part of Wrestlemania X? Well since I’ve already mentioned the ladder match in the Number 5 pick, obviously I had have to go with Bret vs. Own as the best match of WMX. This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one-on-one by delivering the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. You have to see this match to believe how much of a masterpiece of a match that they’ve created. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. We’ll never see Owen be a main eventer, but Bret unselfishly gave his brother a moment to remember, even despite the fact that he had a main event match on the same night. I mean it when this match is very good and it deserved to last as long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X! For the fact that we have Wrestlemania X matches in this Top 10 should show you why Wrestlemania X is one of the best wrestling shows of all time!

 

Number 3.  –  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
-Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13
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Since the age of anti-heroes are celebrated, the only wrestler that couldn’t stand many of the changes happening to the WWF was Bret Hart. It is crazy to see Stone Cold playing as a heel somehow catching everyone’s attention and cheer for him, while the traditional babyface like Bret Hart are getting despised for not being as awesome.  Though Bret was sorrow for losing to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania 12, he has redeemed himself by putting on a much better Wrestlemania match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects used to ram each other and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head like a stuffed pig. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. Everyone respected Austin passing out in the puddle of his own blood rather than giving up. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. I still regard this as one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen. If there’s one wish that I would love to see come true is if Bret Hart stayed with the company longer to make many more memorably moments in the Attitude Era.  But whatever the case, this is the one match that certainly opened door to this beloved era of wrestling and since then we honor this match for allowing the WWF giving its fans many more like this one many years to come!

Number 2.  –  The Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho King Randy Savage
– Retirement Match – Wrestlemania VII

The rivalry between these two wasn’t as big as Hogan vs. Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 or Hogan vs. Savage  or Wrestlemania 5, but I can easily say that this was no doubt the best Wrestlemania match of both of their careers. Yes, I said it! This match was better than Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania 3 and Warrior vs. Hogan at ‘Mania 6! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.

Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.

Image result for ultimate warrior vs macho manBut the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in Wrestling at Summerslam 1991. This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of all time because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!


Number 1.  –  Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – Wrestlemania 25

This is without question, the best Wrestlemania match ever! We’re talking about Undertaker who started to get really good when he started taking on Championship matches with Edge and Batista and trying to beat the streak became more important than any wrestling championship. And we’re also talking about Shawn Michaels who had a fantastic comeback making some of the most memorable Wrestlemania moments and matches since his return like facing guys like Jericho, HHH & Benoit, Kurt Angle, Vince McMahon, and retiring Ric Flair. These two couldn’t face off at a better time. These two came from the Hogan-era, the new generation, attitude era, the brand extension, and the PG-era and were still standing strong to show why these legends are as good as it is told. And what we got here is of the greatest and most magical experiences a wrestling fan ever had in their lives. And from their contrasting Heaven and Hell entrances to the climactic ending, everything about HBK/Taker was just magic. As I watched the match progress, my excitement, suspense and disbelief grew as I witnessed two legends wage war in that very ring. It was wonderful to see both of them do their signature moves that was never done better. There were aspects of the match that almost look like a botch but moved incredibly fast to the next move before it becomes a mistake, like Taker dodging down from a Sweat Chin Music and Shawn make it a figure four.

Then the Undertaker took his signature WrestleMania dive at Michaels, only to have one of the nastiest crash-and-burns I had ever seen landing on the cameraman. I was in disbelief at what just happened. And soon Michaels and the referee were back in the ring, and the referee began to count. I could not believe what I was seeing, and neither could everyone else. I urged Taker to get up, not wanting this great match to end a count-out, and as the count neared 10, it seemed more and more likely. And just before the 10 count, he slid back in! I roared with a great cheer, overjoyed that it did not end that way. With one simple count, these two managed to evoke an emotion that we rarely feel. These two men made you believe that this match was really going to end the way it nearly did, and told a phenomenal story through it. The match continued, and I watched as these two men delivered their signature moves to one another, every single one failing to get a three. Every time a two count was made, I felt more and more suspense fill my being. I was literally holding my breath, goosebumps were all over my arms, and shivers were coming down my spine.

Image result for wrestlemania 25  undertakerThen Shawn Michaels tries to skin the cat, but Taker catches him and hits him with the Tombstone! At that moment, I thought the match was over, but as soon as Shawn Michaels kicked out before the three-count, I had that feeling like I never felt before. As Jim Ross puts it “I just had an out of body experience” and immediately I had the exact same feeling and Jim Ross delivered his best commentating in his entire career! That’s the power of storytelling in professional wrestling; this match captures that every essence. The Reliant Astrodome blew the roof off as surprise, shock and disbelief overcame me. I could not believe what I just saw. Michaels kicked out of the Tombstone Piledriver! Undertaker’s face was on of disbelief, and I couldn’t blame him. That was impossible. It was at that time that I began to wonder if Michaels could really do it. Could he really do what 17 others before could not? Could he defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania? Is he going to really break the streak?

Image result for wrestlemania 25 gif undertakerMoments later, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music! I can’t believe it! HBK did it! He actually did it! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!! I could not believe what I just saw! Taker kicked out of Shawn Michaels best Sweet Chin Music! This is unreal! What the hell was it going to take for either of these men to win? I knew at that moment I was witnessing history. I was witnessing a classic that people would talk about for years to come! Not too long after, Taker beautifully caught Michaels as he went for a moonsault and delivered a second Tombstone Piledriver. One! Two! Three! And with that, the greatest match of all time finally came to a close, and Undertaker went 17-0. On one spring night on April 5th, 2009 in the Reliant Astrodome, Michaels and Undertaker created something special: a match that perhaps no one could ever come close to. It was a match that truly defined what modern wrestlers should strive for and it’s a real privilege to see the best that professional wrestling had to offer! These are the two that were the masters of in-ring storytelling, in-ring work, and controlling the audience and because of this match delivered on a very special wrestling match. The feud continued in 3 more Wrestlemanias with the rematch of having Shawn Michaels retired after his second defeat in Wrestlemania 26, Triple H brawling Undertaker in a street fight in Wrestlemania 27, to “An End of An Era” facing off in Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania 28 against Triple H with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Each of those matches were the best match of those shows, but where it all started remains the best! The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania 25 still remains the not only the best wrestling match of all time, but it’s one of life’s true delights!

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Image result for wrestlemania underratedWhen you watched every single Wrestlemania like I have, you should be surprised that there are plenty of good matches that has been forgotten or unappreciated over the years. Is it because the match was overshadowed by the main event, did the wrestlers involved had a more icon match, or was it because it was in the mid-card and everyone put so much focus on what has been advertised/headlined for a Wrestlemania show. In any case, this is what makes watching an entire wrestling show worth a damn; you’ll end up seeing matches that you’ve never seen before that will sweep you off your feet! I have reviewed every Wrestlemania so click on the link at the bottom to see what I think of every match in every Wrestlemania

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So how did these matches get forgotten over the years? Possibly because the WWE doesn’t really hype up or promote the good matches as they should, instead of reminding us continuously about the historical matches. Not every good Wrestlemania match needs a Wrestlemania-moment, they need to have a good story to tell, great in-ring action, and surprises that will keep you remembering it. These are the matches that I was genuinely surprised to see and had the privilege to experience them! I urge you to watch these underrated Wrestlemania gems to see what’s beneath the WWE’s propaganda and hype.

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Number 10.  –  Christian vs. Chris Jericho

Coming into this match Christian and Jericho were tied into a tell told storyline where they both got in a love affair with Trish Stratus and Lita. Because of one nasty talk behind Trish’s back by gambling which one was going to bang their girl for 1 Canadian dollar ruined the double date. Eventually, Christian assaulted both Trish and Jericho leading into WrestleMania XX, and a match between the former friends was booked for the show. Jericho and Christian, two of the best in-ring workers of the Raw brand, delivered a very good match that lasted just under 15 minutes. Jericho showed great fire and intensity early, as he unleashed his anger on the former Intercontinental champion. Late in the match, Trish made her way to the ring and almost instantly became a target for Christian. He brought her into the ring by her hair, then shoved her down in the corner. When Jericho attempted to check on her, she caught him with what appeared to be an inadvertent elbow, allowing Christian to roll him up and score a cheap win. After the match, Trish slapped Jericho and revealed her relationship with Christian to the shock of the Madison Square Garden crowd. The match ended so dramatically in a soap opera-ish finish that left all of us in shock that such a heel turn has blew right in our faces! This is really an underrated Wrestlemania match and you can see Christian’s potential as you watch this match that still makes you wonder why wasn’t he as big as Jericho.

Number 9.  –  Marc Mero and Sable vs The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust and Luna 

This was where the Goldust character was really loosing it’s consistency where now he’s called “The Artist Formerly Known” which is just not very good in my book. However, what was very good was how well Sable and her jealous husband Marc Mero carried out this match. Sable used to be the most popular woman in the WWF because not only was she incredibly attractive, but she had the attitude to perform great matches and the aggressiveness that no other woman had in the business at the time. This was the first time since Chyna’s debut where the women wrestlers did a much better job than the men she’s booked up with. Sable was so empowering that she simply got the crowd roaring in her control and that’s someone like a Hulk Hogan can do. Admittedly, it’s not much to say because Goldust and Luna were more or less a joke in this match, but it was all Sable showing that she’s not just a pretty face and because of it she won this match. It’s a shamed that her WWF career was so short-lived because she had sexual harassment problems with the WWF, but if she advanced her career, who knows more memorable she would have been today. This match really showed her potential and it’s impressive to watch a pretty face like her to be taken seriously.

Number 8.  –  Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie vs. The New Age Outlaws (c) – Dumpster Match for the Tag Team Championship

Foley and Funk are the most iconic hardcore legends in the wrestling world and they both had great chemistry together, both rivals and tag teams. This was a fantastic hardcore match where the object of the game was to put both members in the dumpster and close the lids to win the match. It was a crazy match that was totally fun. Both teams tried everything to put both opponents in the dumpster that they’ve included all sorts of non-wrestling objects as weapons and also included a ladder where Mick Foley and Billy Gunn both fell from the ladder to the dumpster. The brawl went so insane that they brought the fight backstage just to find another dumpster just to not only put New Age Outlaws in there, but seal the lids with a crater to win the Tag Team Championships, and deservedly so. The attitude era needed these two ECW stars to show what hardcore wrestling’s about and since then the attitude era continued this tradition that started in ECW.

Number 7.  –  Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall (with Kevin Nash)

Now this is a tough decision to make because everyone knows that Stone Cold and the Rock are two the biggest stars in the WWF, and let’s be honest here. Either one of those men could either challenge Hulk Hogan, but the other had to face Razor Ramon and Diesel (I’m a New Generation fan so I’m calling them that). I know every Stone Cold fan always wished for Hogan vs. Austin at a Wrestlemania event and I do agree that it’s something to be desired. But for all of you marks that think that this match was unnecessary, you guys have to get your heads out of your asses and remember Razor Ramon! He’s was the biggest star of the WWF in one point in time and before he move to WCW, he could have been WWF Champion. Ramon, Hogan, and Nash were hot shit in WCW forming the fucking nWo; a faction that kicked the WWF’s ratings for over 2 years! How is Razor Ramon not credible to take on Stone Cold? He beat Shawn Michaels in the Ladder match in Wrestlemania X and he was more than able to take on anyone at that age. I always wanted to see what it was like to have Stone Cold brawl with nWo and we had that many times on Raw (before and after this show) and here in Wrestlemania, it was actually fucking epic! This is something that Stone Cold needed in his Wrestlemania moment where he brawl Razor and Diesel for a match that was supposed to be one-on-one, it was a hell of a brawl! You know what? I can argue that this is some of the best brawls that I’ve ever seen in a Wrestlemania that didn’t involve blood, weapons, or ultra violence to show how serious this match is. Kevin Nash was so into this fight that he not only interfered multiple times in this match, but he also took out many referees and beat down Austin like a dog, while Austin fights back the both of them. Did all of you guys forgot how huge all three of these men in this match were before and during this Wrestlemania? In case if you forgot, this is the match where Stone Cold Steve Austin has given the best Stunner of all time!!

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If you weren’t impress with that, then you’re actually difficult to impress anyway. Look, I’m like the next guy who hungers for Hogan vs. Austin, but you have to remember that Stone Cold lost A LOT of popularity from turning heel at the end of Wrestlemania 17 and joining forces with the Alliance faction in the Invasion angle. It doesn’t even help that Austin had ditched the company when he was fighting with backstage politics and creative control later in 2002, so he shot his career in the foot. You have to know why Austin is not as big as he was back in 1998 when he used to be a top star, but since he couldn’t keep up with the guys who where in the same league as he was, it was him that ruined the opportunity for a Wrestlmeania event with him vs. Hogan! You need to accept the fact that Austin put himself from the inevitable and kept all of us wishing for more. Yes, I still would say that Hogan vs. Austin at Wrestlemania 19 should had happened, but face it, this is what it is. And you have to look at this brawl for what it was, I still think that it fits Austin’s résumé and this is the closest that we’re going to have for a real WCW vs. WWF stipulation!

 

Number 6.  –  Roddy Piper vs Goldust (with Marlena) – Hollywood Backlot Brawl

Back in 1994, the infamous the OJ Simpson chase was huge! It got media press everywhere when it happened and the OJ Simpson trial was the biggest trail of the century. The OJ Simpson incident and trial went on for over a damn year. This was everywhere where it dominated American pop culture and it’s a huge inspiration for this match. The Hollywood Backlot Brawl was a parody of the OJ Simpson White Bronco chase where the fight began after the Cornette Camp vs. Yokozuna’s team where it lead to a car chase, that’s similar to OJ’s chase. The rivalry between Piper and Goldust was intense because Goldust had a huge “thing” for someone as manly as Piper and Piper was so sick of it that he wants to make a man out of him by beating the life out of him. Throughout Steven Austin vs. Savio Vaga’s match, Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawer at commentary got phone calls of Piper while he was chasing down Goldust by car, only to have them perfectly comeback to the Wrestlemania event that start the whole match. This match was chaotic, it was brutal, physical, and the kind of stuff that you get a chance to see in the attitude era. This was a certainly different direction for the WWF to do that certainly amazed everyone watching. Of course if you had this match in Wrestlemania 15, 16, 17, or 18 when Attitude era and hardcore wrestling was still around, this would of been another one of those matches that blends well with the them of the show, but when we’re talking about having a hardcore match during the New Generation Era, it was not only innovative for the WWF, but it was a precursor of what will be the standard of the Attitude Era’s hardcore wrestling. They both brought the fight all the way to the ring where the fight finished. I loved this match because it was dynamic and the built-up towards this match more than just delivered, it came beyond expectations. This was our very first hardcore wrestling match in the WWF. Although it was bizzard to see Piper rip-off Goldust’s attire and revile that he’s wearing a lingerie underneath (for humiliation purposes), it didn’t have a proper finish, but it didn’t need to. After that brutal beatdown, it’s obvious who won the fight. It was an impact for Wrestlemania that was the steppingstones to the Attitude Era the following year and for it to be a first time ever done in the WWF, it was historic!

Number 5.  –  Taka Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila – Light Heavywieght Championship 

It’s ashame that the Light Heavyweight division in the WWF is very obscured and forgotten because it lost credibility because the parody Gilberg won it for over a year (not having any booking for that long) and there weren’t that many matches including the Light Heavyweight matches. It’s a shamed really because WCW did their Cruizerweight and international style wrestling incredibly well back in the day and WWF tried to do their take on this style of mid-card wrestling to include Aguila and Michinoku. This match was all in-ring work and highflying moves that perfectly works well. I wonder why nobody remembers this match because it was an incredibly well performed match. It’s a real surprise to find a match like this in a Wrestlemania card because you expect to see something like this in a WCW Starcade instead. I think that the Attitude Era would have welcomed this style of wrestling if only the bookers of the WWF could make great stories for this division and unfortunately, later in that year that had to give it to “Gilberg” and had to hold it over a year and have VERY little television appearances. Anyway, Taka Michinoku won the match and that’s left without anything to remember, unfortunately. But since we have the WWE Network, go watch Wrestlemania 14 again and get your minds blown to see that this actually happened in the Attitude Era!

 

Image result for wrestlemania 15 rock vs stone coldNumber 4.  –  Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (c) – No DQ for WWF Championship

I bet most of you are wondering why I consider this match “underrated” even though Rock and Austin are one of the best rivalries in the WWE. Well, how many do you know actually says that this match is better than their matches in Wrestlemania 17 and 19? I’m certainly one of those individuals that considers Rock-Austin match in Wrestlemania 15 their best because there was no bullshit finish (Wrestlemania 17) and it didn’t became that kind of match where they threw in too many finishers (Wrestlemania 19). After all the horrible matches that we all had to endure in Wrestlemania 15, at least this main event almost saved the show from being the worst Wrestlemania ever. The Rock has already made himself a great wrestler and he deserved to become WWF Champion after winning it in the Survivor Series tournament. It was a great way to make a new star instead of just having Austin to be the top guy. Everyone still talks about how great Austin vs. Rock is because it was as epic as Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes, Hogan vs. Andre, and Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels. Out of all the bad booking in this card, this is the finale that did it right. This whole show as built up for having Austin to main event this Wrestlemania and it was hyped up well. We’re talking about Vince McMahon beating Austin in the Royal Rumble Match 1999, then Austin beating Vince in a cage match at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, using a beer truck to pour beer at Rock, Shane, and Vince McMahon… if none of that made you want to go see this Wrestlemania, I don’t know what will because it was the craziest time in the WWF’s history. This match delivered because it was a combination of hardcore wrestling, showmanship, and even technical brawls. Think about Wrestlemania main events and this match truly fits that picture. I just couldn’t believe the punishment that these two where taking from landing on concrete floors, falling on a lights and other steel objects, and did everything to keep each other down. It was a very chaotic match were even many referees gets knocked out. Hell, even Vince McMahon had to come in and try to give the Rock the win because neither one of the men could put the other man down for the count. But thankfully, this is the match that threw in so much in a singular match, having Vince McMahon involved, Mankind return as special guest referee, so much mayhem happening, and finishers applied towards each other just to do everything they can to put the other over. Suddenly, that last stunner proved to be the most effective and it earned him another main event victory, but this time it’s Vince McMahon’s loss. This proved to be one of my favorite main events in a Wrestlemania. It shows why Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were made for each other and they both face each other in 2 more Wrestlemanias in the future that couldn’t hold the candle to their first match together.

Number 3.  –  Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Just like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart broke away from his tag team to start a promising solo career and you couldn’t get a better Wrestlemania moment than to face a big name like Piper. This is what Intercontinental Wrestling is all about, any style of wrestling just to become the number 2 guy of the company and what a match that these two had. Hart vs. Piper was a very solid technical match that is all about athleticism that was always there in Hart, but never could imagine a brawler like Piper to keep up with this style. There was so many intense moments where they faced each other eye to eye to make the match greater. The fact tat this match got so physical that even got Bret to bleed should show you the importance that the Intercontinental Championship once had. Each of them took their turns to brutally hurt their opponent that both men carried the match equally. No doubt was this the best match of Wrestlemania VIII. Bret really made his performance in this match look like he’s in serious pain that made the whole audience to passionately cheer for the Hitman. It was fantastic to see Bret Hart reverse that sleeper hold into a pinfall that earned him that Intercontinental Championship. What a hell of a match that will go down as one of the best wrestlemania matches, but without argument the best match of Wrestlemania VIII. In the end, it was sweet to have these two to become real sportsman by shaking their hatred off and shook for delivering the best out of the two. No doubt, Bret Hart brought the best out of Piper that I never knew had it in him (because of his poor Wrestlemanias before) but it left a big impact in the Wrestling world.

Number 2.  –  Mr. Perfect (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Big Boss Man

Two of my favorite classic wrestlers from the golden age of wrestling makes it here for the Intercontinental Championship. It was a solid match where a technician goes up against a big brawler and I was impressed to see great energy from Boss Man that we don’t get everyday. For a man who took it personally that had his opponent making fun of his mother, you can see how personal this match really was. Boss Man was so mad that he even used his own belt to whip Kurt Henning in the back. This shows how talented Big Boss Man really is as he was able to keep up with Mr. Perfect with his tactics and athleticism. It sure was the best brawl of the night and it ended pretty well with a surprising return of Andre the Giant making his last ever appearance in Wrestlemania by interfering against Mr. Perfect. He came back for unfinished business against Heenan from the last Wrestlemania. It was legendary to see Andre hit Mr. Perfect with the Intercontinental Belt just so he can get Heenan back. Of course, the match was too good to be true as the Barbarians interfere the match, making Boss Man win by disqualification but since he didn’t pin or submit Perfect, he didn’t win the belt. I’m fine with the result because we never seen Big Boss Man to have a match this good and Andre came back for action. I loved it! I wonder why nobody talks about this classic!

Number 1.   –  Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus 

I love the storyline building up to this match where Mickie was Trish’s biggest psychotic fan but obviously it was because she’s in love with her at the point where she’s obsessed. The fans grew crazy over Mickie James as a character because she was so bizarre but in the attractive level. And what these two offered was THE BEST WOMEN’S MATCH THAT WRESTLEMANIA HAS EVER HAD. This match is so impressive at the point where it was better played than any match in Wrestlemania 22’s card! I’m a huge supporter of women’s wrestling and this match certainly stole the show! You heard me right, this match was even better than the Foley-Edge match! It’s almost everything that I wanted to see in women’s wrestling where these two delivered technical, high flying, and brawls and it certainly told a wonderful story throughout! I know people find it controversial to see Mickie James threw in so many suggestive moves on Trish, but it was sexualized the right way because it was telling us a great story between the two. The whole audience chanted for Mickie because she certainly wrestled better than Trish (which is why she’s better as a wrestler). Mickie had the upper hand in this match when Trish missed the chick kick and hit herself in the ring post. Throughout the match Mickie worked, creatively, on her leg while Trish came back with a fight! But each time Trish gets herself back up or hit Mickie back, the whole crowd boo’ed at her. I’m really left surprised to see Mickie controlled the whole crowd like Hogan did at Wrestlemania 18. I remember when Mickie reversed that Stratusfaction move and rammed her damaged leg on the ropes that she screamed with excitement at the crowd as they all cheered for her! That also was a sexual where she felt Trish’s crotch when she tried to reverse that backdrop. Certainly Mickie James deserved the victory and simply stole the whole show! Never again did Wrestlemania ever had a woman’s match as good as this one but for representing what the Diva’s division was all about, it delivered! The Mickie-Trish match that had the best crowd reaction and was better performed than all the other matches in the card! I’ was proud that the Mickie-Trish match delivered the best of the women’s matches that we all wanted to see! This Wrestlemania still is the most surreal Wrestlemania show, but (despite the negatives), but it’s matches like this one that made the show for me. There should be more people out there that should tell the WWE that this was a fantastic wrestlemania match so one day we can get another women’s Wrestlemania match as good as this one!

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Wrestlemania 19 Review

This is actually the first Wrestlemania in the Brand Extension Era and also the first Wrestlemania where the whole company changed their name from WWF to WWE because of the lawsuit dispute from the World Wild Federation. What’s done is done, and now this is the World Wrestling Entertainment that’s headed to a whole new direction of dividing the product into Smackdown and Monday Night Raw. This is great because there’s enough room for a bigger roster on two separate organizations, more opportunities for rising stars, and more screen time for a bigger roster instead of cramming everything in. Since the era has begun, each of the Brands had their own Pay-per-view every two months and when it comes to the big four (Summerslam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and Wrestlemania) both brands collide. Personally, Smackdown was the best show in 2002-2003 because it was a new direction of pure wrestling and story lines were more well written than anything Raw was offering. Despite my feelings towards Smackdown and Raw, I can easily say that both brands put in one hell of a show called Wrestlemania 19. This was one of the most ambitious Wrestlemanias since Wrestlemania 14 because of the hype surrounding it and the success that WWE was getting. At the same time, there was a lot of problems happening in many of the wrestler’s personal lives. Kurt Angle is having serious neck problems that has been there since his Olympic Gold Medal victory, Brock Lesnar, a rookie, is coming in as a main event, Hulk Hogan is having serous back problems, and Stone Cold Steve Austin had faced a divorce, had a dangerous amount of caffeine & stress, and he was in the hospital the night before the show begun. This show could have been disastrous, but somehow, the magic within the audience, the wrestlers, and everyone watching remained strong and they pulled it together to make a hell of a Wrestlemania. This is a Wrestlemania where new stars rises and old ones comes to an end. Dare to dream?

Matt Hardy (c) (with Shannon Moore) vs. Rey Mysterio – Cruiserweight Championship – One reason why Smackdown was so much better is the fact that they had a great focus on wrestling weight divisions like the Cruiserweights. Suddenly all of those high fliers and smaller wrestlers seen in WCW are very often see in Smackdown. To be honest, we haven’t had a match like this in a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 14 with Taka Michinoku vs. Aguila. Now I have to admit that Matt Hardy’s new gimmick with “Matt Hardy Version 2.0/Mattitude” was incredibly weak where he’s teamed up with Shannon Moore as a small faction. The gimmick for Matt Hardy’s solo career was not a very good one and it’s a downgrade from what he’s known for before he broke up with Lita and Jeff with Team Xtreame. However, his greatest opponent at this point of his career was Rey Mysterio and we’ve got a chance to see it all in this opening match for the show. This opening show was fast paced and explosive where we were seeing Mysterio doing his flying moves that we all love. I really miss old-school Rey where he was incredibly fast and had the stamina like no other wrestler in the WWF at the time. I really don’t think we had much of lucha libre in Wrestlemania and thanks to Mysterio for really made some of the sickest moves in this whole show. He was able to do those amazing reversals and tricks that really amazed the whole audience. I remember he reversed that top rope Razor’s Edge to a hurricanrana. He would have won with a 619, but Matt reversed it with a cheap roll up to retain his Cruiserweight Championship. It was in deed a fun match, but still Bret vs. Owen still holds the rank for the best opening match ever in a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 4/5

The Undertaker vs. The Big Show and A-Train – Before anyone calls this pointless, just remember that this match could have been much much worse if it were a tag team with Nathan Jones as ‘Taker’s partner. Thank goodness that Nathan Jones fool got cut out of this match before this would have been hailed as Undertaker’s most miss-booked match, if not his worse. At this point in time, everyone was not into the biker-American-badass Undertaker because there was no personality or charm. The opening band Limp Biscuit really threw in the cheese all over Taker’s credibility coming in this wrestlemania. As for the match… it was bad. Big Show and A-Train were too big of slobs to make this match anywhere exciting. Instead, we just see Taker getting ganged up by the two and we just had to see him strike out his opponents in slow fashion. The match was getting more and more dull into bullshit where Nathan Jones came into the Undertaker’s rescue. Jones had no business being in anywhere in Taker’s spotlight and still to this day the WWE tries their best to make us forget about that ex-prisoner. Sure, Undertaker won this match (deservedly) but having the inclusion of Nathan Jones in this match and have little to no story for this match, this is without a doubt the worst match on the card.
Match Score: 1/5

Trish Stratus vs. Victoria (c) (with Steven Richards) vs. Jazz – Women’s Championship – It has been a year too late fore Trish to win in Wrestlemania (especially in her home country), but after that awful women’s match last year, all three of these women justified it all in this match. Wrestlemania has had a bad history with women’s matches and after 19 years, they finally delivered a really great woman’s match! This actually the first time that I wasn’t in the need for a bathroom break, but instead was engaged with all the action going on. Trish had to prove herself as not just a pretty face by trying to go toe-to-toe with some of the strongest women in the WWE at the time. Sure, this is some of the material that we can see in a normal Divas match in Raw/Smackdown but all three of these women display great athleticism, even despite the fact that the match was all Trish. By making it fair and square, Trish gave Victoria a chick kick for the victory and declared herself the new Women’s Champion. This is the time where WWE fans recognize Trish more of a competitor and years after this Wrestlemania she delivered great matches onward. For once we had a great women’s match in a Wrestlemania event and it was a step for the female wrestlers in the WWE.
Match Score: 4/5

Team Angle (c)  vs. Los Guerreros vs. Chris Benoit and Rhyno – WWE Tag Team Championships – The problem with many of the Tag Team Wrestlemania matches is that they all feel the middle of the road and it’s incredibly slow-paced. THis one however is not at all boring, instead it was pure technical wrestling from all three of these teams. I really don’t think that there were any heels in this match, if there was then it’s a miracle that not one team have to keep other from tagging. This was a non-stop tag team match where each wrestler in the match displayed a great performance. It was so much better than the dark match tag team match before Wrestlemania 19. I think the best part of this match was when Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero was wrestling together because they knew each other very well; performing much better than all the other guys in this match. In a matter of fact, they probably had more screen time together in this match than all the rest. Of course, like other Tag matches, there has to be a point where there’s no point of focusing on the legal man and just let all the teams go on out. Rhyno gave the Gore to Charlie Hass and Chavo, but Eddie had to pull Rhyno out, but Chano who was still down got pinned by Shelton Benjamin to retain the Tag Team championships. I’m still a little bitter about the results of the match, but this mid-card suited very well to this Wrestlemania and it even riches the quality of this show
Match Score: 4/5

WrestleMania 19 Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho – Wow!  HBK finally made a Wrestlemania appliance since Wrestlemania 14. I may have been harsh on Shawn’s involvement on the Montreal Screwjob, but after his five year retirement, Shawn got his life straight and became a born-again Chirstian. Since Michaels returned, he actually wrestled better than he did in the 90’s when he was the WWF’s top star! This mach really showed here where Shawn has an opponent who’s his equal. This is a match that feels like a two guys in a similar size and skills, but at the same time it felt like a fight between teacher and student. This is the type of match that every great Wrestlemania show needs to have where it’s not about anything but to sow who’s really the better man in the mid-card. Though the build-up for this match was a little over dramatic, however the storytelling in this match was very well executed. These two patterns each other in a lot of ways where Shawn does what he does best and Chris Jericho tries to out perform Shawn using his tactics and style. This match is technical showmanship at its finest. I was impressed to see how well done the grappling holds, flying moves, and using various signature moves were used throughout the match and you can see the frustration Jericho was having as the matchup continued. I this in-ring psychology of a jealous opponent against a egotistical showman. It was such an electrifying match and it ended perfectly with a roll up for the victory. Towards the aftermath, both of these men hugged each other then Jericho gave HBK a low blow, marking his “Wrestlemania moment.” Though it told a great story and had all of us hate Jericho even more, it was fantastic from beginning to end and arguably the best match of the night.
Match Score: 5/5

Triple H (c) (with Ric Flair) vs. Booker T – World Heavyweight Championship – dNow this is the reason why I wasn’t a fan of Raw at the time. Basically, on Raw, Triple H has been  burying all of his opponents making it look like he’s God of the wrestling world. The WWE tried to pound Triple H down our throats and I just didn’t like the choice of having Booker T being the number 1 contender because he won a battle royal on Raw instead of winning it in an actual match. This match is a missed opportunity were they should have had the first black wrestler (a 5 time WCW champion) that deserved this victory for the World Heavyweight Championship. The two had really great chemistry were Booker took Triple H to the limit by striking back at his ruse and tactics in the beginning of the match, but when Hunter takes control of the match it’s all burying from here on out. Most of Triple H’s matches were a bit slow, but with Booker as his dance partner, he was able to deliver a more fast-paced match up. I’ll give Triple H credit, he made Booker T look very good in this match… till Triple H worked on Booker’s legs that started to drag. This was some of the best matches I’ve seen from Booker and I wished that he would kept on with this pace throughout his career after this match, but unfortunately, Triple H just had to beat Brooker with a Pedigree and nothing significant has happened in this match. This is Triple H’s burying at its finest and it’s no wonder why people forgot that this match was even in the card. The one thing I can say is that thank God that this is not another Triple H main event or this would have been a disastrous Wrestlemania finish like last year.
Match Score: 3/5

Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon – Street Fight – You know, Stone Cold ruined his chances to recover his career if only he didn’t leave the WWE in short notice. Because he left the company for that long period in time, it’s his own fault that we’re never going to have a Hogan vs. Austin match. I still say that Hogan vs. McMahon should have been set in Wrestlemania 20 but this was a decade in the making. The story here was personal where McMahon is pissed off that Hogan testified him on court when the company was in serious shit with usage of steroids. Since then, Hogan and McMahon never see eye to eye. Now here we are many years later to settle the score. McMahon argues that he created Hulkamania and wanted to destroy it, but Hogan denied it all and said that he made it possible so because of the heat with each other, they wanted to make a hell of a fight. And what a hell of a fight it was. Sure it was just two old men duking it all out because they despised each other, but it had phenomenal storytelling in it. Pretty much, this match told the best story in the whole card. It was a battle of egos where they just used any weapon they can find and beat each other to a bloody pulp. I’m just relieved that nobody got seriously hurt in this match where even Vince jumped off the ladder and leg dropped Hogan through the announcer’s table. I couldn’t imagine this match being at all good without the Street Fight stipulation otherwise it would have been far less dramatic that what we got in this very match. This was a very believable fight all thanks to Vince’s evil facial expressions that told all of it. You can just feel the animosity by the way he looks at the cameras and at Hogan. This match felt very real, until you threw in Rowdy Roddy Piper interfering this match to attack Hogan. That was a big time surprise that wet all of our nostalgic beaks in a swoop! Shocking that this match ended up being so awesome, and credit belongs to McMahon just as much as Hogan, but I really enjoyed this. It told a great story, and both men really gave it all they had, and Hogan went outside of his normal routine to show that this match “meant something more.” This is a match that almost stole the show and because of it’s nostalgia power and amazing story going on it made it a really wonderful match to watch. After Hogan gave Vince multiple Leg Drops and won the match, it’s easy to say that it’s one of the biggest surprises of the whole show.
Match Score: 5/5

Image result for stone cold wrestlemania 19The Rock vs. Steve Austin – Thank goodness Stone Cold Steve Austin fully recovered from what had happened to him on the night before. Rumors had it that they pushed this show before the main event because they weren’t too sure if Austin was able to wrestle, but load and behold, here he is coming down to the ring wrestling like no one’s business. The rivalry between Rock and Stone Cold have always been some of the most iconic and legendary that it had three rematches at Wrestlemania. Though I still say that their first match at Wrestlemania 15 was their best, this one here was so much better than their last encounter at Wrestlemania 17. There were no interferences, no weapons involved, and no ridiculous stipulation; it was all fair game to see who really is the best wrestler because Rock never heated Austin at ‘Mania and it has been his goal to accomplish that victory before he officially leaves to Hollywood. It is so sad to see that this is Austin’s last wrestling match (the one against Eric Bishof doesn’t count) because he has had serious health problems, gone through a divorce, and the stress he’s been getting was hurting him personally. I can’t blame him for making this match his last, but there’s so much more he could have done to improve his career like have Austin vs. Hogan that we all still craved for. With that being said, how was the match? Well, it had pure nostalgia power where they were able to use all of their iconic moves and delivered their finishing maneuvers back and forth on each other and stole their opponents moves as well. I’m not too fond for matches like this where it’s all finishers and kicking out of the pitfalls, but I can make this one an accept ion because it really is part of their character and they are almost invincible when they brawl each other. But as you heard about the story of Austin’s trip to the hospital before this show, you just can’t help but to see The Texas Rattlesnake suffering in this match leaving only the Rock to carry this match and sometimes over sold the moves. His taunts, gestures, and cockiness kept all of us from noticing and thankfully he kept all of us from feeling too sorry for Austin. At the same time, Austin tried his damnedest to deliver the goods and give The Rock one hell of a fight. It was purely magical to see the third chapter of these two in Wrestlemania because they deserved those three rematches unlike any other feud in wrestling. But the one thing that I will always remember about this match was when Rock gave those final three Rock Bottoms. Each one he made brought in so much emotion out of the whole audience and when Rock made that third Rock Bottom for the win, just took our breath away. Finally, the Rock beaten Stone Cold at Wrestlemania at the last time they ever faced each other, but it was really an end of an era. All those moments that felt like Attitude Era within the WWE is forever gone because it ended in this match. It hit us with that feeling that we’re never going to have that feeling anymore because the times has changed. Because there was so much heart and passion going throughout this match, it left me in full appreciation for what they both had done for us wrestling fans. I have to face the fact the the times has moved on but we’re never ever again going to have moments like this one.
Match Score: 5/5

Related imageBrock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (c) – WWE Championship – And here we come to our most unique Wrestlemania main events of all time. We have the every so credible Olympic Gold Medalist going toe-to-toe with a rookie with the highest potential. It’s not Brock’s first WWE Championship match, but it’s sure one hell of a Wrestlemania debut to start at the main event that no one has ever had. Sure they were shoving Brock Lesnar down our throats, but be honest here, he had the “it” factor. The physique, the move set, the talent; he had everything to be main event material. Angle risked a lot in this match, competing despite the fact he was in need of neck surgery. He was facing a rookie who didn’t know his own strength. However, he couldn’t pass up getting his chance to star in the main event at WrestleMania. Unlike any ‘Mania main event, this very match was all about the purity of Wrestling. If you thought that his match with Chris Benoit was art in terms of athleticism, this one here is gold. It was pure wrestling; there’s no heel or babyface, no dirty wrestling involved, and no “formulaic” iconic moves that are taken place to entertain the fans. As I was watching this match, I just can’t help but get that special feeling of what Smackdown used to be; the magic of technical wrestling. The crowd got hotter and hotter as the match went on. Lesnar displayed tremendous athleticism to go with his brute strength and Angle showed how much he had truly mastered professional wrestling. It was a very competitive match that worked tremendously well! I was about to consider this the best match of the night until the botched finish that could have ended either one of their careers. After a couple of F-5 that Angle kicked out, Lesnar decided to go up top and apply the shooting star press. It was a nasty fall as he landed on his neck and bumped on Kurt Angle. Immediately, this match needed to end after that because both men were really hurt after that stunt, so after a final F-5, you can see Brock was out of his senses and didn’t know where he was at. Despite that botch, Brock deserved to become the new WWE Champion because he was the key to a new era for the Brand Extension. I remember how it just ended perfectly when Kurt and Brock shook hands and raise hands for ending a really fantastic show. Both men made full recoveries in what proved to be a physically grueling match. Later in 2003, their rivalry continued; providing better matches than this one. Despite all the risk involved, they both made it out alive from a career ending situation. I really don’t think we’re ever going to have a main event to be similar to this one when it comes to stipulation and in-ring ability. Honestly, this match is the most unique main event above all!
Match Score: 5/5

Image result for Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt AngleWith all the things that was about to make this show a disaster (Stone Cold’s hospital situation, Angle’s neck problems,  Hogan’s back problems, the botch that Lesnar made) but with the heart and passion put into this very show, it pulled off into making a wonderful show. It’s no wonder why so many people considers this the best Wrestlemania of all time. This was where dreams began and ended here in this show. As for me, there are a couple of negatives that puts from calling it the “best Wrestlemania of all time” and that’s because it had one of Undertaker’s worst matches, John Cena’s technical microphone difficulties during his segment, and Limp Biscuit’s obnoxious performance. Limp Biscuit’s involvement in the show was really the worst Wrestlemania band performances of all time (worse than Chris Warren and Saliva) and the whole crowd booed the band off of stage. Other than that, this show was incredible. I really don’t think that there was ever a Wrestlemania where it really felt so much bigger than life itself. This card had some of the most qualitative wrestling that anyone could ever asked for. This new focus on Technical and showmanship within these matches and less “hardcore” appeal represents what the Brand Extension once was. There was nothing wrong with the hardcore wrestling appeal that has gone throughout the Attitude Era (I miss it as much as the next guy), but it’s time to learn that wrestling had to mature once again because it was really loosing its appeal. This is were in-ring work started to matter once again and this show represents the essence of that style of wrestling. The main reason it was I because a lot of the matches had that big, special WrestleMania feel to them.  And that’s what really matters.  The roster delivered one of the best in-ring WrestleManias ever. Angle-Lesnar, Jericho-Michaels, and Austin-Rock (in Austin’s curtain call) put up match-of-the-year level performances. Vince-Hogan, HHH-Booker (outside of the booking), Hardy-Rey, and the Tag 3 Way were all just as magical. I’m just as happy to see that this show was so damn epic that I can’t think of a Wrestlemania that was bigger than life itself than this one! It’s interesting that Wrestlemania 9 is still considered the worst Wrestlemania of all time, then ten years later Wrestlemania 19 turned out to be one of the best.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 19:

             5/5

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Wrestlemania 18 Review

I still believe that following the WWF’s chronology from Wrestlemania 17 all the way to Wrestlemania 18 was a very disappointing time for wrestling. The WWF bought WCW & ECW and started an invasion angle, but they screwed the whole long awaited angle up by making the Alliance (WCW & ECW) faction to be a bunch of pushovers, WWF superstars started joining sides with the Alliance, many of the top WCW stars like Ric Flair, nWo, Sting, and the rest was not in the roster till the Invasion angle was over at Survivor Series, and the whole storyline was nothing more than another McMahon-family feud, like we haven’t had enough of those already! Wrestlemania 18 is like Wrestlemania 8, it’s a big show that had a big missed opportunity. You should have made the Invasion angle last till this Wrestlemania so we could have had nWo, Ric Flair, and all the other WCW included in this finale. Instead we just had nWo come in as another Invaders now challenging the WWF’s two top stars. The highlight for this show is having some of WCW’s top stars vs WWF’s top stars; Undertaker vs. Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. nWo member Razor Ramon (I’ll never call him Scott Hall) and The Rock is challenging nWo leader Hollywood Hogan. But just like the Wrestlemania ten years ago, this show REALLY is poorly booked. Without the invasion angle or the Alliance faction still going on, many of the mid-card matches in this show was meaningless. I thought that the WWF learned their lesson from the consequences of making only a one-match-show. Instead, this whole show was really built up for Hollywood Hogan’s return to challenge The Rock. Never had there been Hulk Hogan match been as epic as Hogan and Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6. Speaking of which, this is the second Wrestlemania where they’re taken place outside of the United States of America; they’re back in the Toranto’s Skydome just like Wrestlemania 6. So let’s take a look at what this card is in stored for us.

Rob Van Dam vs. William Regal (c) – Intercontinental Championship – dHere’s what I mean when the Invasion angle supported the mid-cards here. We could of had an Alliance babyface vs. WWF heel trying to hold the title from being on the hands of an Alliance member. Just like last year’s Wrestlemania, William Regal is part of the opening match and if he couldn’t defeat Chris Jericho last year, how in the blue blazes was he going to defeat Rob Van Dam? For a debut for RVD, it was a smooth ride for him. Because this match was so predictable and it had little to no storytelling involved in this match, all we’re getting the same RVD moves (rolling thunder, martial arts kicks, diving cross bodies, suplexes, etc.), have Regal take control by holding him down, then RVD ends the match with a Five-Star Frog Splash to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Deservedly so, but should have delivered it more
Match Score: 2/5

Diamond Dallas Page (c) vs. Christian – European Championship – dYou know why I despise what the Invasion angle did? They’ve made many of the Alliance members look like fools and it’s a sin to me to have DDP, one of WCW’s most important wrestlers mind you, into a chicken-shit baffoon who stalks the Undertaker and made himself look like an idiot whenever he does promos. WWF’s version on Diamond Dallas Page was meaningless to me. Even though Christian tried to get some heat from his home country, Canada by saying that he’s now from Florida, this still was a very meaningless card. I still think that separating Edge & Christian into solo wrestlers could have done way better because they both struggled trying to get anywhere higher in this point in time. And this match shows the lack of credibility Christian has as a star going into this direction as a heel. All we just wanted was a Diamond Cutter and get this match over with. Sorry to sound rash because I am a fan of both of these wrestlers, but if WWF is not going to give a shit about this booking decision, why should I?
Match Score: 1/5

Maven (c) vs Goldust – Hardcore Championship – Now this is something unique. Maven is some of the most forgotten mid-carders since Virgil and I’m certainly surprised to see that this match went on throughout the entire night. The match opened with Maven and Goldust whacking each other with so many weapons and objects that they could find, only to have Spike Dudley come in and pin Maven to take his Championship away. This was around the time when the Hardcore Championship had a 24/7 rules where as long as there’s a camera and a referee to count the pin, there’s a opportunity for a title to change hands. With that set in mind, this went throughout the night between segments after this match backstage. So whenever there’s a match over in this card, we’re sent backstage to see a sudden title change. Since I’m reviewing this show match-by-match, I’m just going to tell you what went down with the Hardcore Championship till it’s finally over. Spike Dudley tries to find his way out but got jumped by Hurricane Helms to make him next Hardcore Champion. I would have said that this is pointless, but the best thing ever was when Mighty Molly (Molly Holly, the most underrated female wrestler) betrayed Hurricane and this was the time she finally went solo in her career, which is something that she needed. Suddenly Molly Holly tries to find her way out, but then had a doorslammed into her face, knocking her out cold. Guess who! It’s Christian! He pins her and became the new Hardcore Champion. Before Christian escaped the Skydome, Maven catches up with Christian and pinned him and drove away out of the stadium. I have to say that this was the most interesting and unique change for this Wrestlemania but ultimately this is pointless. The only thing I can say that made any significance was that it made Mighty Molly into Molly Holly again, because after this show she went in her solo career and deservedly so!
Match Score: 2/5

Kurt Angle vs. Kane – This is where the WWF just doesn’t care anymore about their talent at the time. Because you have two of the biggest and most important wrestlers in the WWF and what you did with both of them is not to have a story and not to deliver anything memorable. Sure it was entertaining to see Kurt Angle getting his ass handed to the Big Red Machine, but this is seriously the middle of the road for both of these men’s careers. We’re talking about Kane, the man who won the best Hardcore Championship match in last year’s Wrestlemania and had the most elimination in Royal Rumble 2001, and Kurt Angle who won the WWF Championship many times and is an Olympic Gold Medalist, and this is what you give us? We’ve seen these two face off many times before on Raw and Smackdown, and this match is just felt like nothing. All Kurt did was call for a challenge and Kane pops in and started this match. Kane tried to go for a Chokeslam but Angle reversed it into a roll-up and with the ropes as leverage, Angle won the match. For two Wrestlemanias in a row, Kurt Angle won by a cheap victory. This match is not that much different from their previous encounters, but it’s biggest crime is that it’s in Wrestlemania we’re talking about!
Match Score: 2/5

The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair – No Holds Bared Match – After having to deal with four bad matches, we finally got ourselves a Wrestlemania quality match in this card. Taker wants revenge on Ric Flair for loosing from his WWF Title shot, and Taker made it personal by beating up Flair’s son and a member of the four horsemen Arn Anderson. This was a very personal match between the two wanted a brutal fight and that’s what we got here! Ric Flair didn’t have a Wrestlemania appearance since Wrestlemania 8 with Randy Savage, this match with Undertaker was just a good (still can’t decide which is better).  Flair and Undertaker captivated throughout their hard-hitting battle. Both performers seemed to give everything of themselves. They tapped into their barbaric sides, tearing at each other’s faces, cutting each other open. A supremely aggressive Flair bashed Undertaker with a steel pipe from The Deadman’s motorcycle. His head bloodied, Flair remained defiant and fearless.  At certain moments, it seemed like the veteran would use his wile and cheap tactics to get the upset victory. Even with the help of an Arn Anderson spinebuster, though, Flair couldn’t finish the job. This match almost ended in a disastrous finish when Flair refused to position himself for the Powerbomb (I’m still not calling it the Last Ride) then Undertaker decides to use his old Tombstone Piledriver for the win (much better finish). This was a fantastic comeback for Flair and Undertaker brought him to his limits only to show that he’s so much superior. It sure shows that age doesn’t matter doing a very well hardcore-style match.
Match Score: 5/5

Edge vs. Booker T – It must have been a long life dream for Edge, who came to see Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 as a kid, to finally be in the same Wrestlemania show in the same arena. I appreciate how inspiring it is, however I just can’t help but to see this match to be a insignificant as the first four matches on this card. So why is Edge and Booker T feuding? Well, “Because.” If Edge was really going to be a big name star which he did later on in his career, he needed to fight for a title shot to establish himself just like when he won the Tag Team Championships with Christian in Wrestlemania 2000. I found this match more like a gimmick than anything else because not only Booker T was doing the Spinner-Roonie, but so did Edge. I always felt that without a well-written story or a title match, win or loose, neither one of these competitors was going to amount to anything till later on in their WWF career.
Match Score: 2/5

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall (with Kevin Nash) – Now this is a tough decision to make because everyone knows that Stone Cold and the Rock are two the biggest stars in the WWF, and let’s be honest here. Either one of those men could either challenge Hulk Hogan, but the other had to face Razor Ramon and Diesel (I’m a New Generation fan so I’m calling them that). I know every Stone Cold fan always wished for Hogan vs. Austin at a Wrestlemania event and I do agree that it’s something to be desired. But for all of you marks that think that this match was unnecessary, you guys have to get your heads out of your asses and remember Razor Ramon! He’s was the biggest star of the WWF in one point in time and before he move to WCW, he could have been WWF Champion. Ramon, Hogan, and Nash were hot shit in WCW forming the fucking nWo; a faction that kicked the WWF’s ratings for over 2 years! How is Razor Ramon not credible to take on Stone Cold? He beat Shawn Michaels in the Ladder match in Wrestlemania X and he was more than able to take on anyone at that age. I always wanted to see what it was like to have Stone Cold brawl with nWo and we had that many times on Raw (before and after this show) and here in Wrestlemania, it was actually fucking epic! This is something that Stone Cold needed in his Wrestlemania moment where he brawl Razor and Diesel for a match that was supposed to be one-on-one, it was a hell of a brawl! You know what? I can argue that this is some of the best brawls that I’ve ever seen in a Wrestlemania that didn’t involve blood, weapons, or ultra violence to show how serious this match is. Kevin Nash was so into this fight that he not only interfered multiple times in this match, but he also took out many referees and beat down Austin like a dog, while Austin fights back the both of them. Did all of you guys forgot how huge all three of these men in this match were before and during this Wrestlemania? In case if you forgot, this is the match where Stone Cold Steve Austin has given the best Stunner of all time!!
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If you weren’t impress with that, then you’re actually difficult to impress anyway. Look, I’m like the next guy who hungers for Hogan vs. Austin, but you have to remember that Stone Cold lost A LOT of popularity from turning heel at the end of Wrestlemania 17 and joining forces with the Alliance faction in the Invasion angle. It doesn’t even help that Austin had ditched the company when he was fighting with backstage politics and creative control later in 2002, so he shot his career in the foot. You have to know why Austin is not as big as he was back in 1998 when he used to be a top star, but since he couldn’t keep up with the guys who where in the same league as he was, it was him that ruined the opportunity for a Wrestlmeania event with him vs. Hogan! You need to accept the fact that Austin put himself from the inevitable and kept all of us wishing for more. Yes, I still would say that Hogan vs. Austin at Wrestlemania 19 should had happened, but face it, this is what it is. And you have to look at this brawl for what it was, I still think that it fits Austin’s résumé and this is the closest that we’re going to have for a real WCW vs. WWF stipulation!
Match Score: 5/5

Billy and Chuck (c) vs. The APA vs. The Dudley Boyz (with Stacy Keibler) vs. The Hardy Boyz – Four Corners Elimination Match for Tag Team Championship- Now here’s something that is actually disappointing! Two Wrestlemanias in a row, we had a Triangle Ladder Match and a TLC 2, and then coming to see what the tag team division had to deliver in the third Wrestlemania, it’s a four corners elimination match? You know, this is another one of these matches where it’s just as insignificant as the first four matches of the show and there was no build up or anticipation for this match. I was really, really bored in this match except the fact that Stacy Keibler showed her ass to Jeff Hardy and slapped those cheeks. That was hot. However this should have been a great opportunity to have either Dudley Boyz or Hardy Boyz to be tag team champions for all the sacrifices they’ve made in the previous Wrestlemania matches (since Edge and Christian are no longer a tag team) but no instead they got eliminated and have Billy & Chuck to win this match. They seriously do not deserve to retain those Championships. They were a really pointless tag team and it’s no wonder why nobody remembers this homophobic team up at all!
Match Score: 1/5

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan – Let’s be honest here, it was either Austin or Rock that was actually going to face Hogan at Wrestlemania, but because of the infamous heel turn at the end of Wrestlemania 17 and joining the Alliance during the Invasion angle, it cost Austin a whole lot of popularity. The Rock somehow took Austin’s place as the biggest star of the company and it’s a good reason why he’s facing Hulk Hogan in this Wrestlemania. Face it, Hogan and the Rock were really made for each other, and this is some of the best showmanship wrestling that I’ve ever seen. We all know both of these guy’s moves and all we ever want is to see them finally put in the grandest stage of them all. And that’s exactly what we got! As much as I like to bash Hogan for all the mistakes that he has made, there is no arguing the star power that he has that all the other wrestlers wishes. We never imagined that Hulk Hogan would ever make another Wrestlemania headline but after bringing in the nWo and have him and The Rock in an epic confrontation, it was just the best build up ever for a Wrestlemania!  Hogan came in this ring as the biggest heel while The Rock came in as a babyface, but because this video package was by every definition very true and dramatically epic, it made all of us to have a mixed reaction. Hogan knew how to control the audience and because throughout the match, when he does what he does best, the people suddenly started to chant for Hogan and boo The Rock. And you know what? I started to chant for Hulk Hogan! That’s something that no other wrestler could possibly do! This match is almost everything that you expect, both of these men use the same iconic moves to get the fans cheering, but you can’t have it any other way! How long has it been since we seen Hogan actually do those Fury punches, big boot, and leg drops in a Wrestlemania? This was as basic as ever, but because the whole entire audience was SERIOUSLY into this match, it was the star power and the crowd that made this match as huge as it is to day! It’s a clash between 80’s Wrestling and Attitude and ultimately, nostalgia conquered all. Even though the Rock won with the People’s Elbow, the people still cheered for Hogan and before Rock got booed off of stage, he had to shake Hogan’s hand (deservedly so). And to even make even more significance, nWo came down to try to betray Hogan but Rock save him. This was actually the last big moment for nWo before the whole faction went downhill after this show. If nWo interfered in this match, it would have lost credibility, it needed to be purely one-on-one like any Wrestlemania classic. Afterwords, we were all rewarded with those Hogan poses that we all missed so much all here in the Skydome. Speaking of which, This match is every bit familiar to the Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior match in Wrestlemania 6 where they had a mixed crowd, they were in the exact same arena (Skydome) the match up was epic throughout, and even though Hogan lost, he shook the winner’s hand like a real sport. Even though I still say Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior is a better match than tis one, this is The Rock’s best Wrestlemania match and he needed a great victory after three consecutive loses at a Wrestlemania. I still say Austin vs. Hogan should have happened in Wrestlemania 19, but for what we got in Wrestlemania 18, I doubt anything could gotten bigger than this classic and throughout 2002, wrestling got better (can’t you believe it?)! For every ounce of enjoyment that this match has given us, it was a defining moment of what a “Wrestlemania moment” should be. But there’s only one problem… why the hell was this match not the main event? Seriously what other matches deserved to be in the higher spot than this match?
Match Score: 5/5

Jazz (c) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Lita – Women’s Championship – Okay, I’m not being sexist here because I really do care about women’s wrestling, but this match does not deserve to go right after Hogan vs. The Rock! There’s no star power, no storytelling, and not stipulation than just having three of these women fight for the Women’s title. You could have though Trish Stratus would have won the Women’s Championship because she came back to her home country and wore an outfit that had canadian flag design, but booking once again seriously screwed up this show and had Jazz (forgettably) retained her championship. If only Trish won the championship, this match would have meant something.
Match Score: 2/5

Triple H vs. Chris Jericho (c) (with Stephanie McMahon) – Undisputed WWF Chamionship –  This is where I argue with the WWF’s booking decision where they seriously fucked up the main even. I don’t care if this match is for both the WCW and WWF Championship (which is why it’s called the Undisputed WWF Championship) but with those Championships on the line, it’s not as important to me as Hogan vs. The Rock. Sure Jericho has beaten both the Rock and Austin for the both of those Championships and Triple H won the Royal Rumble 2002, but both of those men had nothing that Rock and Hogan had. You can see how mundane this match really was because the story was poorly told (who cares about Hunter and Steph’s divorce angle), there have already been 3 Canadian wrestlers that didn’t have the Canadian care for them as much (Christian, Edge, & Trish) and there were now surprises throughout the match that made it a REALLY forgettable main event. Never have I seen a main event as insignificant as the first four matches and nobody really cared about what was going on compared to the crowd’s reaction to Hogan & the Rock. I did like Triple H in the past, but this was the time where the WWF really wanted to hammer him down to our throats and begin this propaganda that he’s at all “the best” which he clearly isn’t. I can go up to anybody and ask what is the one thing that they remember from Wrestlemania 18 and they’ll all say Hogan and Rock and not even remember this match. Throughout the match we just kept seeing Jericho work on Hunter’s leg and it was tedious to see him to keep doing that tactic/strategy. The finish had Triple H to fight back by to Pedigree Stephanie and Chris Jericho. Afterwords, he won the match and who gave a shit? This match went way too long and nothing memorable or significant has happened. This really isn’t the worst main event (believe me there are way worse) but at least those bad main events were more memorable than this match, and that’s really sad. WWF tried to hammer us Triple H down our throats, but because Hogan was so much of a star, it’s no wonder why he beat Hunter for the Championship later that year. What else do you expect from a Wrestlemania that only focused on telling a good story and delivering great performance from the WCW wrestlers booked in this Wrestlemania?
Match Score: 2/5

Let’s face it, if a match in this card didn’t involve a star that came from WCW, it’s not worth mentioning. It’s only the nWo and Ric Flair matches that actually did tell us a great story and delivered great performances while the writers and bookers forgot to give a shit about the rest of the mid-card. And speaking of which, how the fuck was Hogan vs. The Rock not the main event? The Triple H vs. Jericho main event was one of, if not, the most forgettable Wrestlemania main event of all time! They’ve tried to hammer down Triple H down our throats in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the same mistake since Wrestlemania 8’s poor booking decision and because of it, it wasn’t the best WWF show of 2002, in my humble opinion. We haven’t seen a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 6 where it was clearly built up for just one match and because they didn’t give a shit about anything that didn’t involve Ric Flair, Razor Ramon, or Hogan. Without them, this entire card was a mess. Honestly, the Invasion angle should have ended here in Wrestlemania 18 instead of Survivor Series so that most of (if not all) the mid-card’s stipulation would had more meaning coming into this match than the shit that we got here. We’ve waited so long for a good match and once that’s over with, why did it need to hammer us down with more tediousness? Speaking of which, I did not like the theme for this show where their lead band Saliva had to be the lead singer of the show. Not since Wrestlemania 14’s Chris Warren was there a horrible band singing for a Wrestlemania. I despited the nu metal/emo rock music going on in this show and because it was so generic, it made this wrestlemania unappealing. The only matches worth mentioning is Hogan vs. Rock, Undertaker vs. Ric Flair, and Austin vs. Razor Ramon (I’m still not calling him by his real name) that deserved a 5 out of 5 match score while the rest suffered from a 1 or 2 score. That’s not good for “the grandest stage of them all.” Before of those three matches that save the show, this could have been in the worst Wrestlemania category, but instead it’s just a mixed bag.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 18:

             3/5

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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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