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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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Wrestlemania 23 Review

This Wrestlemania has broke records of being one of the all time most sold-out wrestling PPV shows of all time, thanks for the hype of famous billionaire Donald Trump who was featured as the highlight attraction. His purpose was to have his pick of a wrestler against Vince McMahon’s pick of a wrestler and the winner of the match loses their hair. Donald Trump in the mid 2000’s was huge because of his (overrated) reality show called the Apprentice that once was the highest rated show in American television. Even despite how much this show sold, it doesn’t really mean anything to me, like Titanic. If anything, just like Titanic, this Wrestlemania has got to be one of the most overrated Wrestlemanias of all time! The card here is really out of placed and it’s one of those Wrestlemanias where it’s all hyped up for just one match. Of course there were a couple of good matches in this show, but I’m here to show you why this Wrestlemania is incredibly overrated.

Mr. Kennedy vs. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. Finlay vs. Matt Hardy vs. King Booker vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge – Money in the Bank Ladder Match – The one thing that pissed me off about the booking of the match is that Edge did everything to establish himself as a top heel and who’s idea was it to push him down to the opening show to once again fight for the Money in the Bank even despite the fact that he won the first ever Money in the Bank in Wrestlemania 21! Of course, it was great to see the Hardy Boys back together but it wasn’t the same if they’re not in a tag team and every man was for themselves. Everyone pulled their weight in this match, even Finlay, who is certainly not known for his ability to dive from the highest of heights. This match made every one of these superstars look like a major contender, which is probably due to the fact that every participant, with the exception of Kennedy at the time, was a seasoned veteran. The one thing I’ll remember about this MITB is that Jeff Hardy gave a leg drop to Edge on top of a ladder outside of the match that bent the ladder. That was the only thing that surprised me about this match. Former WWE superstar Mr. Kennedy won the match at WrestleMania 23 when he squared off against CM Punk, Edge, Finlay, both Hardys, King Booker and Randy Orton. However, even despite this victory, Kennedy ended up being the one and only person to ever lose his case before cashing it in, allowing Edge to be the first person to use two cases to win the WWE Championship.
Match Score: 3/5

The Great Khali vs. Kane – This match was incredibly ridiculous! It’s one of those matches where Vince is obsessed with big sized wrestlers and they had to get Khali to totally win this match without selling any of the moves applied on him. This was an incredibly awkward, slow, dull, and poorly worked match. And I especially hated the fact that Khali double chokeslammed Kane while standing on one foot on his chest to claim the three count while Kane is staring up (looking like he’s not even hurt or knocked out) just waiting for this match to be over with. I still despite the Great Khali and never consider any of his matches at all good! The fact  that the WWE tried so desperately to push Khali like an unstoppable giant not selling moves or giving real hard hit makes me hate him even more! Match Score: 0/5

Chris Benoit (c) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter – United States Championship – This is a sad, sad match, not because this is Benoit’s last Wrestlemania match (of course the situation later on is even more tragic) but the fact that Benoit for the second Wrestlemania in a row has to wrestle for the US title. Sure, this match was nicely worked in terms of in-ring work, but this was at the point where nobody care anymore for the talent that the mid-card had to offer. The match just didn’t have a good story building up to this match nor did the chemistry between MVP and Benoit even clicked for me.  Nevertheless, Benoit vindicated himself this year by pinning MVP after a piercing headbutt from the top rope after last year’s flop with JBL, the very same man who was now singing his praises behind the announcers’ booth. MVP fights the Crippler but to no avail, although this will be the first of a slew of many great ‘Mania fights for the up-and-comer Montel Vontavious Porter.
Match Score: 3/5

The Undertaker vs. Batista (c) – World Heavyweight Championship – It’s pretty interesting that all of the members of Evolution got a chance to wrestle Undertaker in Wrestlemania (Triple H in Wrestlemania 17, Ric Flair in Wrestlemania 18, Randy Orton in Wrestlemania 21) and now Batista is next. Out of all the Evolution members, Batista was the one who gave Undertaker a hell of a match. I’m so glad that at this point in time, ‘Taker started to wrestle for the World Heavyweight Championship because not only was he going to be bigger of star than he already was but we got a chance to see him wrestle more than he normally did. He won the Royal Rumble in 2006 and was out to challenge the World champ. Batista was a hell of a steroided beast and he used all he use to end the Undertaker’s streak. However, ‘Taker was able to fight back in this fierce matchup. Complete non-stop action—that is a perfect description for this match. The chemistry between them was incredible. This was indeed a back-and-forth kind of match match but no match was over the other. It felt as if you did not want this match to end. Both of them gave it their all and it showed because it was all power moves. They both took the beatings of their careers in this match and it one of their best matches ever. I still consider the Kane-Taker match at Wrestlemania 14 to be superior but how long has it been since we seen someone with superior strength that can put Undertaker to the limits? Even Undertaker was able to kick out of the Batista-bomb and struck back with a satisfying Tombstone to not only save the Streak but become the new World Heavyweight Champion! This was an exciting well performed match that the rivalry continued after this show. But here’s one problem! This is not even a fucking main event!! Who’s the booker of this shit?  This is like Wrestlemania 8 all over again where the best storyline and rivalry in this show is not main event. With that fact in mind, when it was all over, Batista reportedly went into the back and screamed “Top that!” I am sure he was talking to the main event, but for this list, there is one more that does top this match.
Match Score: 5/5

The ECW Originals (Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman) vs. The New Breed (Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, Matt Striker and Kevin Thorn) (with Ariel) – This is the match that went ahead of Undertaker-Batista match?! How stupid was it that this over-booked tag match managed to go on ahead of a World Heavyweight Championship? This was at the point where the WWE tried to make the ECW brand popular but for the fact that it’s nowhere near as good as the old-ECW and the new stars felt are treated like garbage is not helping. I can’t tell you how cluttered and poorly worked this match was. It’s a complete miss opportunity to not have New Breed (new talents) to win and establish themselves as top contenders, but for the fact that these old fart had nowhere to go, how was having the originals win and save the future of wrestling? Exactly! It’s no wonder why WWE’s ECW was a terrible brand! Considering how brief and basic this match is, it didn’t even want to make anyone to jump to the ECW brand.
Match Score: 1/5

Bobby Lashley (with Donald Trump) vs. Umaga (with Vince McMahon) – Billionaire Hair vs. Hair Match – Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the most overhyped and most overrated Wrestlemania match of all time! Sure this match was made to sell tickets to non-wrestling fans, but it was totally predictable, there was no in ring-story whatsoever, and no surprises! If you bought this show just to see if Donald Trump is going to get his head shaved bald, I’m sorry to say this but you are an idiot! No way Donald was ever going to humiliate himself like that because he has too much pride to do something this ridiculous. Of course Vince had to be the one to loose his hair because it’s his show and he’s the most impassive out of the two. As for the match, Lashley and Umaga are some of the most mediocre wrestlers that WWE has ever had. And here’s the sad part, this match didn’t make Lashley or Umaga a bigger name after this match, instead Trump and McMahon overshadowed the whole match. Even despite the fact that Shane had to come interfering to drop kick Lashley with a trash can didn’t amuse me. I know they’ve tried to bring a nostalgic moment with the Attitude Era with Stone Cold Steve Austin whooping ass as special guest and Donald Trump had to beat Vince to save his own hair. Lashley speared Umaga after Austin stunnered Umaga to win the victory. And of course we had to see Vince’s head shaved bald and if you were looking forward to see Donald saved bald, prepared to be disappointed. I’m just made at the fact that this is not what Wrestlemania is about, instead they used this waste of space to fill up the time and earn all of those PPV buys. Even worse was the fact that the shaving Vince’s head too a long ass time! Pathetic!
Match Score: 1/5

Melina (c) vs. Ashley – Women’s Championship Lumberjill Match – Last year’s Woman’s match stole the whole show, and now WWE has came back to that stupid tradition that if you’r a Playboy Cover Girl you earned your rights to be number 1 contender. Here’s another match in this card that I truly hate because Melina is a hell of a talent and this Wrestlemania isn’t establishing the magic of women’s wrestling, only worsen it! Ashley was just as bad if not worse than Christie Hemme because she had no wrestling skill but all sex appeal (if you can even call it that). Her moves where sloppy and had no impact as she lands or gets hit. The crowd was not amused and neither was I.
Match Score: 1/5

John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels – WWE Championship – Though I certainly think that this match is better than the Donald Trump-Vince McMahon match, I still did not like this match. I can easily say that this is the most overrated main event that a Wrestlemania has had. I can’t even believe that wrestling fans today are considering this as a classic when it was after all just as basic as you can get! John Cena was already hogging up the spotlight and puts no effort in making any of his matches different. And as for Shawn Michaels, this was least favorite time of being a HBK fan because of the stupid resurrection of D-Generation-X with just him and HHH. I hated DX 2006 and wanted it to end as soon as possible. This match didn’t deserve the main event spot because the story between the two wasn’t that well told and the in-ring action was seen better in Undertaker-Batista match. I mean, Shawn did give out his best efforts to a dance partner who has very limited move sets, but because HBK’s opponent couldn’t give much of anything special.  Maybe this is just my Cena “Hatred” coming out, but he didn’t add a damn thing to the match. What’s more disappointing is that the WWE had a great Wrestlemania moment ready, but they opted not to go for it. The fans wanted Michaels to win. They were clamoring for it. I can just imagine Michaels celebrating with the title to a packed Ford Field going crazy while fireworks are going off. That would have been an awesome moment. Instead, Cena forces Michaels to tap out while the crowd remain quiet. This is part of the reason why some hates Cena so strongly. You rob the fans of those special moments they’re dying for. Michaels should have won. Great performance by Michaels, but Taker/Batista should have been in the main event.
Match Score: 2/5

The WWE and its fans can tell you how much of a great show this was, but it really isn’t! It not the worst Wrestlemania ever, but I can certainly say that it’s the most overrated. Many of the matches were really underwhelming, all the talk about the matches (outside of Undertaker-Batista match) was any where good are just hype, and even the delivery from this card is just nothing to add. The biggest sin of the booking has always been Undertaker vs. Batista because that deserved a main event, the story was well told, and the Undertaker (WWE’s best wrestler) won the freaking Royal Rumble! For the fact that that match was in the middle of the card is a bigger sin than having Savage-Flair match in the middle of the card at Wrestlemania 8 and Rock-Hogan match not main event in Wrestlemania 18. This is the stupid booking decision made by the WWE that only wanted to suck up to the Trump-Vince match that was getting this show all of the attention! For the sake that we had three consecutive 1 out of 5 scored matches after Wrestlemania 23 shows how terrible this whole card really is! I cringe each time some fool calls this a good show but it is after all the most poorly booked Wrestlemania match that I’ve ever seen. This show might have had one of the best WWE PPV buy rates in the company’s history, but that’s just as credible as saying Titanic is the greatest movie of all time because of it sold the most tickets in theaters. But just like when Titanic was released in 3D, Wrestlemania 23 is a show that many of us doesn’t want to go back and see. Nothing new was added, there was not much that was gained, and it’s just a show that is all spectacle and no substance!

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 23:

                    1/5

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Wrestlemania 22 Review

Wrestlemania 21 was a dawn of a new era in Wrestling where stars like Batista, John Cena, and Edge became the big names in the WWE today. From Wrestlemania 21 to 22, they’ve tried to make those new stars to become even bigger by showcasing what they were made of in Wrestlemania 22. Some consider this as one of the most surreal Wrestlemanias of all time, but at least this show felt very different among the rest, and the last thing we need is our Wrestlemanias to look identical. With what the WWE had in it’s roster in the beginning of 2006, they had to use what they had to make a great show. And boy what a fantastic show this Wrestlemania was, and here I am still believing that when one Wrestlemania is good, the next one is bad. It’s a rarity to have two consecutive Wrestlemanias to be good and let’s see whether or not this is just as good as Wrestlemania 21 or not.

Big Show and Kane (c) vs. Carlito and Chris Masters – World Tag Team Championship – I really thought that this match was really one-sided and boy was I right. The team up between Carlito and Master just didn’t have any chemistry and what makes anyone think that they could even take on two 7′ footers like Show and Kane? An certainly, the two giants really dominated these two effortlessly and it just wasn’t a great opener like last year’s Wrestlemania. I think the only thing that’s worth going back to this match is just to see Carlito and Masters man-handled. The right guys won with a double chokeslam, but they should have had a better tag team opponent than what we had.
Match Score: 2/5

Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Matt Hardy vs. Bobby Lashley – Money in the Bank Ladder Match – WrestleMania 22 featured the only winner to ever make his match for the case on a designated date ahead of time and keep his promise. Rob Van Dam really is the only Wrestler that actually did flying moves against 5 other opponents who didn’t have any high flying risk. This match was much more exciting than one would expect from the lineup given that many of them are not high flyers that could utilize the ladders properly. Hardy, Van Dam and Benjamin filled in the big spots while Lashley and Finlay laid waste to anyone who tried to get in their way. Ric Flair seemed like the odd man out in this match, but he gave a good effort for a man who had already been in the business for around four decades. Rob Van Dam went on to defeat John Cena to gain the WWE Championship in ECW One Night Stand 2006 by first defeating Finlay, Shelton Benjamin, Ric Flair, Matt Hardy and Bobby Lashley. This wasn’t better than Money in the Back last year, but for what it was, it sure was better than the opening match of the card.
Match Score: 4/5

John “Bradshaw” Layfield (with Jillian Hall) vs. Chris Benoit (c) – United State Championship – It’s a damn shame to see Chris Benoit to be place so low from a talented individual who worked his ass off to be main event for Wrestlemania 20, to facing no talents like JBL. This was around the time where JBL was just so tiring to watch because even though he lost to John Cena in the last Wrestlemania and ended up to a pointless match like this one. I really am not a fan of this match because it was poorly booked. What’s even worse is that this match having a very dull brawl that was certainly not what Benoit was born for. And the finish having JBL win this match by rolling up the crossface was terrible.
Match Score 1/5

Edge (with Lita) vs. Mick Foley – Hardcore Match – Now this one was certainly a surprise for me because I got a chance to see Mick Foley to what he normally does best but his match with Edge was more than we expected! This was around the time were the WWE had a fantastic show with 2005’s ECW resurrection with One Night Stand 2005 and this match was show ECW-style hardcore wrestling in Wrestlemania. The match started out as a basic brawl until Edge gave Foley as spear, but felt the barbwire wrapped around Foley’s waist. This is where the match got really violent where they brought in barbwire, table taxes, and even a flaming table! I haven’t seen Foley to be in a match this violent since his match against Triple H in Royal Rumble 2000 and Hell in a Cell 2000 in No Way Out! Back in the day, I never though Mick was capable of doing a match like in his early days of a hardcore wrestler because he retired in 2000 with a damaged body. Now he came back fully recovered to risk it all over again. I certainly enjoyed the finish of this match where Lita lit the table on fire and Edge speared Foley through the table. It was a very violent match that caught us all in awe and surprise! I give Mick Foley the out most respect to do this match for the love he has for this company! And I also give Edge the same amount of credit for doing something that he had never done before
Match Score: 5/5

The Boogeyman vs. Booker T and Sharmell – Here’s a real stinker that made it one of the worst match on the card! I hate how they’ve made Booker T into a useless individual who’s low enough to face a disgusting wrestler like Boogeyman. Basically Booker and Sharmell are stalked by this freak that made it a very terrible story. Sharmell didn’t do much in this match so why was this a handicap match? The match was incredibly poor where the in-ring action was incredibly slow and we kept hearing Sharmell screaming for Booker when she never got tagged. Of course she’s just there to get kissed with a mouth full of worms and she ran away from disgust. Then Boogeyman won this match by giving Booker T a double chokeslam. This isn’t really the worst match in Wrestlemania history, but it certainly the most disgusting!
Match Score: 0/5

Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus (c) – Woman’s Championship – Last year’s Wrestlemania, Trish Stratus had an opponent who couldn’t wrestle. Christie Hemme was the most overrated Diva in the history of WWE where they had her win the Raw Diva Search Contest and Playboy Cover Girl. You honestly think she’s worth a title match? However, the next Wrestlemania opponent for Trish was certainly a unique opponent. Enter Mickie James! 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 this card! I’m a huge supporter of women’s wrestling and this match certainly stole the show! You heard me right, it even was 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 brawl throughout and it certainly told a wonderful story throughout! The whole stadium 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!
Match Score: 6/5

The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry – Casket Match – Meh! That’s all I can say. I am a huge fan of these two wrestlers but I just couldn’t enjoy the match as it was so slow and the stipulation is incredibly one sided. It’s nowhere as good as the Undertaker-Orton match last Wrestlemania and it’s more like the Kane-‘Taker match in Wrestlemania 20. This match was very boring! The only thing that’s worth mentioning about this match was when Undertaker jumped off the top rope and landed on Henry. Then he gave Henry the Tombstone and was sent in the casket for the victory. This was a long and dull match that was neither ‘Taker’s most average in this streak.
Match Score: 1/5

Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. McMahon – No Holds Barred Match – I really don’t like the storyline coming into this match because it was a battle against a man’s religion (HBK’s Christian faith) and a doubter. I know Vince was trying to create heat, but I just despised the many times McMahon mocked HBK’s faith at the point where it offended. It was a personal match, but it was a bit too personal for my taste. As for the match, it was pretty good. It’s nowhere as good as Vince-Shane match in Wrestlemania 17 nor Hogan-Vince match in WM19. For Shawn it doesn’t hold the candle to Angle-Michaels match. All it was is a basic brawl that delivered too much. Out of nowhere, the Spirit Squad (worst faction in Wrestling) had to get involved in this match to save Vince. They were a bunch of push-overs for HBK and it was entirely pointless to have them involved. Even Shane had to get involved that ended up having himself handcuffed to the tops to stay away from the match. The only thing worth noting about this match (despite how cluttered this match was) was to see blood pouring down Vince’s head and that elbow trop Shawn has applied that landed on Vince covered in a trash can on top of the table. The match ended with a Sweat Chin Music and it’s over. Shawn Michaels deserved a better match than this garbage despite how “okay” it was.
Match Score: 3/5

Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle (c) – World Heavyweight Championship – Here’s another match that somewhat offended me as much as the last match. We’re talking about Kurt Angle that defeated HBK in last years Wrestlemania that resulted as one of the best Wrestlemania matches and had a better match against the Undertaker to save his World title and was the king of Smackdown. I understand if he needed to defend it against the Royal Rumble winner, but I never thought Rey Mysterio to entitle himself as World [“Heavyweight”] Champion. There’s a reason why they have names for these titles and there’s no way I can imagine an under 5′ footer to even hold that title. Even worse, I hated the story of this match. It went TOO far when Randy Orton said that Eddie Guererro is down in hell that deeply offended me and all the Eddie fans who misses him greatly. With a bad story, how did the match go? I still am not a fan of this match. Even despite the fact that Kurt and Rey really did a fantastic job in the in-ring work by delivering technical wrestling and high flying maneuvers, Randy’s involvement just slowed down the match and I blame everything wrong with this match on him. If anything, it should just be Kurt vs. Rey despite the fact that its for the “Heavyweight” title. When Kurt and Rey were wrestling, it was magical to see two of the best talents on Smackdown wrestle like no tomorrow, but when Randy comes in, the quality of this match diminishes. I know Rey deserved to win this match because he was Eddie’s closest friend before he passed away, but having Kurt lose his title from Orton getting pinned b Mysterio is just a poor booking decision that I’ve ever seen! It’s no wonder why Kurt Angle never came back to WWE after he left for TNA later that year.
Match Score: 3/5

Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle – This is another one of those matches that was made because of promoting the Playboy magazine that has Candice Michelle as the cover girl. And this is another one of those matches that was made for the heterosexual males, and if you weren’t into the hotness of these two, you can really see how poorly worked this match was. Part of it was because they both had to wear dresses turning this match and when they took them off to expose their bras and panties, it still wasn’t that great of a match. The whole crowd was mostly ignoring this match because there was a better (and hotter) match that was set on earlier in this show. This match wasn’t even that sex, despite how poorly worked this match was. Most of the time it felt awkward to see Candice looking for something to hit Torrie and also not knowing what to do next. No way was this match was ever going to be as good or as memorable as Micke-Trish match and it ended with a school-girl by Torrie and nothing was gained or lost in this match. I only like this match to show that models can’t wrestle while there are more talented wrestlers in the women division that puts this match into shame.
Match Score: 1/5

John Cena (c) vs. Triple H – WWE Championship –  After Cena’s disappointing performance against JBL the year before, he needed a big rub from a main eventer like Triple H and he got it. However a lot of people in the crowd boo’d off Cena because they already knew that he was a mediocre wrestler and still to this day my opinion hasn’t changed since.  Triple H for a strong majority of the match. When Cena finally gained momentum, Triple H used his signature sledgehammer to derail the underdog champion. Triple H threw everything at Cena but couldn’t put him away. After a series of near-falls, Cena caught Triple H in an STF. After much drama, Triple H shockingly submitted. The reaction of the crowd was priceless because they thought it was bullshit, but the fact that The Game was so close to the ropes and tapped seemed a bit odd. I thought that this match as an average match. Nothing surprising came out of this match nor did was it at all memorable. The only positive I can give to this result was Rob Van Dam beat Cena for the WWE Championship in ECW One Night Stand 2006.
Match Score: 2/5

So was this Wrestlemania as good as Wrestlemania 21? Well the Trish-Mickie match totally shits all over the Trish-Christie match, Cena did have a (slightly) better match with HHH than with JBL, Shawn-Vince could not hold the candle to Angle-HBK, MITB this year was not as good as last year’s, Undertaker-Henry had a pace of a slug compared to Undertaker-Orton, and the rest of the mid-card in this Wrestlemania was not much to talk about. To answer the question, Wrestlemania 21 is superior. However, despite how weak the last three matches was, the match that stole the show was Edge-Foley match that caught us off guard and 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) that’s what makes it a memorable show. The whole crowd of Chicago cheered for whoever they wanted and whoever got boo’d probably deserved it. This is not really a Wrestlemania that I can call the best of all time, but whatever the case, it was memorable for what it was.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 22:

                    3/5

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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

The 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

Brock 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

With 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 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…
WHERE’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

Shane 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 spears Jeff HardyEdge and Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) (c) vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) – TLC 2  for the Tag Team Championship – Before 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

Stone 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

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

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 17:

                    5/5

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Wrestlemania 16 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Triple H (c) (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) vs. The Rock (with Vince McMahon) vs. Mick Foley (with Linda McMahon) vs. Big Show (with Shane McMahon) – Fatal Four-Way for the WWF Championship – dI like the idea where each McMahon family member has their pick of a wrestler to determine who’s the best, but it’s not about the McMahons, it’s about all four of these wrestlers who have a serious grudge against each other and a very long history till this match. Everyone was sick of the McMahon-Helmsley Era and Hunter burying all of his opponents. Mick Foley was supposed to retire after that Hell in a Cell match at No Way Out 2000, The Rock won the Royal Rumble but Big Show claims that his feet touched the ground first before he did, and each McMahon family member just despised each other that they gave all four of their pick of a wrestler to had a main event matchup. And because this is perhaps the most cluttered match of this card, this was not a very good main event. Each McMahon acts like a Pokemon trainer and each of the wrestlers are like Pokemon to them. This match should have been just one-on-one between The Rock and Triple H just like the following Pay-per-view after it at Backlash 2000. I know Mick Foley just needed one more Wrestlemania match before he officially retired, but she’s so hurt and out of shape that all of the moves applied by him was the least effective. And for Big Show… did he really need to be matched up in another Wrestlemania with Mick Foley like he did in last year’s Wrestlemania? This whole match was dumb and it lasted over 40 minutes when it didn’t need to be. Big Show was the first to be eliminated (and deservedly so), and Mick Foley afterwards, but it should have been first of all Triple H vs. The Rock. The last parts of the match between Triple H and The Rock was beautiful and this is what this main event should have been all along. That is until Vince McMahon betrayed the Rock by hitting him with the chair which shows how retarded this whole event was. I still despise the fact that Triple H was the first heel that won a Wrestlemania main event and as a result it made the whole show crumble in shams. As a result of this horrible ending, this match was just all about the McMahons and nothing else. What a complete disaster of a main event and it hasn’t been since Wrestlemania 8 that left a distasteful finish of a show.
Match Score: 1/5

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

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 2000:

                  1/5

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Wrestlemania 15 Review

Since Wrestlemania 14, we’ve started to have fantastic episodes of Monday Night Raw where they’ve became the best thing to watch on television in the late-1990s. All of the sudden, many of the New Generation Era wrestlers where either out of the company (Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart) or they stuck with the company and evolved with the Attitude Era (Hardcore Holly, Triple H) where new stars have rose, story lines became more epic, and match quality was dramatic and well performed (even despite the more aggressive and violent style rather than the competitive direction). Because we were getting so many great Raw episodes and great PPV’s throughout 1998, how was the WWF going to deliver Wrestlemania 15? The problem however is that they couldn’t. Not to say that they can’t, but with all of the success and mind-blowing experiences that has happened almost every week for the company, I really don’t think you could have made show that was better than the PPV’s and episodes of Raw because this Wrestlemania, just didn’t feel like a Wrestlemania; it felt like an episode of Raw on steroids. What that means is that this show just threw in way too much in one singular night that just felt like a special episode than an actual Wrestlemania. And I’m here to tell you why this card, just couldn’t hold the same candle as to Wrestlemania 14.

Hardcore Holly vs. Billy Gunn (c) and Al Snow – Hardcore Match for Hardcore Championship – I really love the idea of the Hardcore Championship because it was a division where hardcore/trash wrestling is welcomed which is the backbone of the Attitude Era. This is a division where we get a taste of ECW in the WWF, however that doesn’t mean that ECW-style wrestling could make a Wrestlemania quality match. Even though that this was the very first Hardcore Championship match in a Wrestlemania, it just didn’t feel that welcomed. I mean, I certainly enjoyed the bumps that all these of these men took to represent a division, but it was not memorable. Everything that has been done in this match, has been done in that hardcore matches on RAW and even though I like the decision of having Hardcore Holly to win this match, it just felt underwhelming.
Match Score: 3/5

Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett (c) (with Debra) vs. D’Lo Brown and Test (with Ivory) – Tag Team Championship – It’s really unfortunate that this is Owen Hart’s last Wrestlemania appearance before he died in that accident later in that year. I mean Owen is a great partner for any Tag Team (just look up his partnership with Yokozuna in Wrestlemania 11) but I never liked the team up between him and Jeff Jerrett because they’re both overshadowed by Debra because we all want to look at her “puppies.” The reason why all of the sudden D’Lo Brown and Test are facing that Tag Team Champs because both of them won the 20 men Battle Royal on Sunday Night Heat before the start of this show to determine the number 1 contenders for the tag champs. Brown and Test has no chemistry together and it was incredibly odd to have them become a tag team. I honestly think that Test should have been a solo wrestler and he should have been a great of a star as an Austin, Rock, Mankind, and so forth. Thankfully this match went short because it has no real purpose than to… well, just be there. It was an akward finish where Debra and Ivory started having an argument at ringside, then Terri Runnels and Jaquiline came down to argue some more to get Test distracted in stopping the fight just to have D’Lo loose the pin. It was the right decision to have Owen and Jeff win, but it could have been better.
Match Score: 2/5

Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn – Brawl for All – I praise the Attitude Era as much as any wrestling fan, but I will have to agree that the Brawl for All concept has got to be one of the worst decisions that Vince McMahon has ever done. For those who don’t know, “Brawl for All” is a boxing tournament where the whole point was a shoot and they put many of the WWF wrestlers in this tournament. The problem here is that Wrestlers are there to perform, NOT TO BOX! Boxing and Wrestling has never worked; just look at Mr. T vs. Piper at Wrestlemania 2 or Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather. One of the most unforgivable things about the Brawl for All concept was the fact that it put a concussion on one of my favorite Wrestlers of all time, Dr. Death Steve Williams to retire out of the WWF. Steve Williams was supposed to be the next biggest opponent for Stone Cold Steve Austin, but because Bart Gunn had to put Williams out of action, just how is he going to deliver? By facing a “REAL” boxing champion like Butterbean… WHAT?! You honestly think that Bart Gunn could actually compete against a real boxing legend? He wouldn’t even last a fucking minute and I was right! Bart Gunn only lasted 35 seconds on the first round before the knockout and never again was Bart Gunn ever heard or seen in the WWF again. Brawl for All was career destroyer and because of this retarded stipulation Bart Gunn and Dr. Death had to pay for it. If there’s a list of all of the sins Vince McMahon that has been put on record before he ends up going to hell, this would be one of them!
Match Score: 0/5

Mankind vs. Paul Wight – Can you imagine that there was a point in time where Big Show wasn’t called the Big Show or “The Giant” but was called by his real name? The stipulation for this match was that the winner had to be the special guest referee for the main event of Austin vs. Rock. You should also remember that Mankind was Mick Foley’s most popular character in his career and probably his best character in wrestling. However, I just really dislike this match. This was a very slow match where nothing exciting was going on so that mean nothing memorable was going to happen. The match gotten so boring and slow that Big Show had to place two chairs in position together, only to have Mankind chokeslammed to those chairs. The right guy won, but it was a really dumb decision to make this a finish. At best this should have been a hardcore match so we could see the best of Mankind because really, Mankind was one of the most popular wrestlers in the Attitude Era because of his two iconic falls from the top of the Hell in a Cell with the Undertaker at King of the Ring ’98 and it was disappointing that Mankind didn’t get a Wrestlemania moment. You had to get Vince McMahon to come out there and argue with Big Show and it just left us there after he punched Vince to the ground just to get arrested.
Match Score: 1/5

Road Dogg (c) vs. Ken Shamrock vs. Goldust (with The Blue Meanie and Ryan Shamrock) vs. Val Venis – Four corners elimination match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship – This is just a match that was what is was, and I really don’t think none of these men, except for Ken Shamrock deserved to be Intercontinental Championship material. Unfortunately, this is another Wrestlemania where Ken Shamrock did not win the Intercontinental Championship to establish himself as a big star like Austin, Rock, and the rest. I will have to admit that all four of these men displayed a wonderful in-ring work in this card, but because Road Dogg came in as Intercontinental Champion and left the match with the same championship in hand, just shows how underwhelming another Wrestlemania match really is in this card
Match Score: 2/5

Kane (with Chyna) vs. Triple H – Out of all the matches in this card, this one here had the most well told story behind it. Triple H and his D-Generation-X army wage war against the corporation faction lead by Shane McMahon. Chyna betrayed Triple H and DX Army to join the Corporation. It was a fantastic set up for Wrestlemania,however I just didn’t agree with Triple H all of the sudden has to face Kane instead of Chyna, (she who’s responsible for this storyline to begin with). Of course he had to face the muscle of the heel faction, but Kane really deserved more as Undertaker’s brother than being a henchman for the corporation. However, my favorite part of this match, wasn’t even the match, it was the interference of a man in the chicken suit as Kane was heading in the ring. And surprise! Surprise! It’s Pete Rose! Oh My God! We got a chance to see him and Kane go at it in another Wrestlemania and that we did. Another tombstone in for Pete Rose at Wrestlemania. It was stupid to have him wear a Chicken Suit, but I loved it when Pete Rose kept getting that tombstone from Kane that I so wish that there was more of it. So is Pete Rose coming back for Kane again in the next Wrestlemania? Wait for the next Wrestlemania review…

Anyway, back on the match… well, it was just there. It was all just a slow-paced brawl that was absolutely forgettable. I still stand by my saying that it should have been Chyna vs. Triple H so that we could have a great match between two lovers that have equal strength and wrestling styles and most importantly, the WWF could have established Chyna as a real Wrestler instead of making her career boom later in 1999. It was a completely sloppy finish here that ended in a disqualification (for a match that lasted nearly 10 minutes) and had Chyna and Triple H back together in the end… Really! What was the whole point of having her betray Triple H in the first place?! So does this mean she’s back in D-Generation-X? Well… find out later in this review. Other than that, was a poorly booked match and a serious middle of the road for a Wrestlemania
Match Score: 2/5

Sable (c) vs. Tori – Women’s Championship – This was a match that was so bad that it was sexy. It means it’s a double edge sword here. As a heterosexual male, watch these two wrestle so badly was almost like a soft core porn with no sex involved, but at the other hand at a wrestling stand-point, this was probably the sloppiest match on Wrestlemania 15. It wasn’t Sable’s fault because she proved to be a fantastic and gifted wrestler that was able to take men down. The problem however is Tori (NOT Torrie Wilson). Tori is very inexperienced in wrestling and she just could not show any wrestling  talent. Most of the time she just didn’t know how to follow Sable’s moves and ended up botching and made this a really poor match. None of the two could make their bumps look painful and effective which was a whole bore if you’re not laughing at the trips and botches that they’re making. It’s another match where it had a poor finish where the referee got knocked out, Nicole Bass came in the ring to take out Tori, and Sable retained her championship. The whole point of thinking of “so bad that it’s sexy” it is similar to Uma Thurman’s performance as Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin; it’s just there to turn men on and that’s the only thing this match succeeded, nothing more.
Match Score: 1/5

Shane McMahon (c) (with Test) vs. X-Pac – European Championship – I liked the idea of D-Generation-X vs. The Corporation, but Wrestlemania 15 should have been a big event between leader and leader. Shane McMahon is the leader of the match, but even though X-Pac wasn’t leader, he was the full representation of D-Generation-X (more so than Shawn Michaels and any DX member). This was a great match-up between the two because they both had similar wrestling abilities and size & weight making the best one on one match for this mid-card. The only problem is that Shane was overly-cowardly in this match. I know this whole match is Shane’s idea, but he could have done so much more in this match to make it more exciting instead of doing that chicken-shit gimmick. He only made this match good when X-Pac was down and that just tests our patience to have Pac to get back on his feet and do what he does best. It did took a while but it was worth watching this match for the athletic showman style of wrestling… until Triple H and Chyna came in the ring to betray X-Pac. This was around the time when the bookers wanted D-Generation-X gone and I hated this decision… Sure it was a great idea of having a face turn then a heel turn in one night for Chyna and Triple H, but one reason why I hated this Wrestlemania was just to end D-Generation-X. I did not like the idea of having Chyna and Hunter joining the corporation and help Shane win the match. All of that talented work in this match just flushed itself down the toilet because of this dumb booking. It was stupid! Even though DX was destroyed in this show, the spirit of D-Generation-X was carried with X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn who still does the suck-it gesture and shouts those two-words for ya. Other than that, we didn’t have D-Generation-X again until the McMahon-Hemsley Era when DX returned (just without Chyna). The only saving grace that this match did was to have Kane come back for revenge and made himself a babyface which later became partners with X-Pac later in 1999 (a really underrated tag team).
Match Score: 2/5

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs. Big Boss Man – Hell in a Cell – I love the transformation of the Undertaker’s character since the Attitude Era begun from facing his brother Kane into becoming the leader of a faction called the Ministry of Darkness. It was an awesome heel turn where he made Vince McMahon look like a good guy and there was so many satanic imagery than any moment in wrestling. With this amazing evolution to the character, who’s next to face Undertaker? Big Boss Man?! It’s disappointing to never have Undertaker vs. Kane in a Hell in a Cell match (one-on-one) to culminate the brotherly rivalry. But all of the sudden, Big Boss Man was selected to be ‘Taker’s opponent for this Wrestlemania. I would have said Boss Man would have been at least a worthy opponent a long time ago during the Golden Era of Wrestling, but he has lot a TON of credibility since his last Wrestlemania match a long time ago. He really was Vince McMahon’s and the Corporation’s bitch. So how in the world was he worthy enough to be part of Undertaker’s undefeated streak? Let alone Hell in a Cell worthy? And speaking of Hell in a Cell… why didn’t this Wrestlemania make this Hell in a Cell match just as important, historical, and significant as the Hell in a Cell match when Mankind was toss off from the top of the Cell? It was like this Hell in a Cell was just tossed in their for the last minute before the show because they knew that the card was weak. This is no doubt the worth Hell in a Cell match of all time. We’re talking about a Hell in a Cell that had no story between the two, and nothing memorable from this match except for the hanging of Boss Man. The whole time we were just seeing just nightstick hits, handcuffing the Undertaker to the cage, and was a boring brawl. Hell in a Cell is a match of importance that was there to punish sheer top rivalries and this rivalry didn’t deserve any part of Hell in a Cell. The most discussing part of this match for me was to have Big Boss Man to be hanged on a rope as the Hell in a Cell assents up to the ceiling of the arena just to show shock value. The reason why I don’t like it is because it was there for shock value and because Big Boss Man passed away, I’m completely uncomfortable to see him pretend that he’s dead. Next Monday Night all of the sudden he’s alive and well… Talk about inconsistent and breaking any believability! The finish of this match went too far and even though Undertaker was a dark character, they just wanted to proof even more that Big Boss Man is less credible than he already was. I especially hate Michael Cole’s commentary when he said “Is it symbolic?!” What the fuck? He should have said “Somebody get him down!” After that handing, they had to cut to commercial break just to show that even if Boss Man did die from that stunt, that was horrible to see how insignificant a person’s life is to a commercial break… just horrible!
Match Score: 1/5

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (c) – No DQ for WWF Championship – After all the horrible matches that we all had to endure in horrible show, at least this main event almost save the show from being horrible. 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 funny 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. All the matches in this card felt more or less like an episode of Raw, but this was really Wrestlemania material here! 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. I really think that this was the only good thing that came out in Wrestlemania 15. 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, but honestly, this is my favorite out of the three Rock vs. Austin Wrestlemania matches.
Match Score: 5/5 

There are only three things that was memorable in this Wrestlemania; Butterbean knocking the fuck out of Bart Gunn, Kane once again tombstoning Pete Rose, and Austin vs. The Rock. If those are the only things worth to remember, that’s really not good! With all honesty, this  Wrestlemania really wasn’t that bad, it did have more memorable things than Wrestlemania 13 (which was a one match show). It’s just the far that Wrestlemania 15 felt like a special episode of Raw, which made it feel like a middle of the road in comparison to all the other Wrestlemanias. Because it was the middle of the road is because some of the matches here really is just the stuff that we could have seen in an episode of Raw. If it wasn’t for the main event between Austin and the Rock, this would have been a complete disaster. There was so many thing thrown in this show and it just didn’t feel like special. We have four 2 out of 5 matches, three 1 out of 5 matches, and a singular 0 out of 5 match… arguably this has went down as some of the worst ‘Manias, but not “The” worst Wrestlemania because Austin and Rock saved the show. It’s very important to make all of the mid-cards just as important but when you’re making us wait for the main event to start after 2 hours of watching, you minus well just skip the show and just watch the main event because it really isn’t worth it. If you really want a Wrestlemania during the Attitude Era that really felt at all significant, just watch Wrestlemania 14. Hell, you can watch any other Pay-Per-View from the Attitude Era because this really was one of the worst the attitude era pay-per-views.

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania 15:

                     1/5

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