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Top 10 Wrestlemanias

This show to me is like Christmas of professional wrestling, not just the Super bowl of Wrestling. I’m always looking forward to the spring season for just this show that comes once a year just to find myself entertained by the best of wrestling and to have them change my life! Wrestlemania first started as a rip-off of Dusty Rhode’s Starcade, but Wrestlemania later down the road had it’s own identity. Wrestlemania is that show where everyone around the world get a chance to see something epic and have a culmination to rivalries to fight it off in a match. So what makes a good Wrestlemania? How about shows surprises of the show known as Wrestlemania-Moments, great storylines and feuds that will culminate in this very show, a fantastic card structure that has so many matches to keep the audience happy, and have a satisfying main event (that’s the highlight of the show) to close the show perfectly. It’s the reason why the name Wrestlemania had wrestlers to became big names to the masses, history has been made, and lives has been changed. I had the privilege to watch and review every single Wrestlemania and after watching all of them, I have finally counted down The 10 best Wrestlemanias that the World Wrestling Entertainment has ever given us! These are the Wrestlemanias that you should watch to see why professional wrestling is very important!

 

Number 10.  –  Wrestlemania 30

You might think that it’s a bit too soon to put this Wrestlemania in the Top 10, but it was either this or Wrestlemania 22. By the end of the day, I have to go with Wrestlemania 30. This show is infamous for making it Daniel Bryan’s night and also Undertaker’s demise which both was historical! There was no better time to make Daniel Bryan the new face of the WWE. I’m a HUGE fan of this Wrestlemania structure because it almost felt like Wrestlemania 10 & 20 combined, where Bret Hart wrestle twice in opening match & main event of Wrestlemania X and Chris Benoit won the triple threat main event in Wrestlemania XX. This is the night for Daniel Bryan and that’s what the fans wanted the most. But it’s also not what everyone remembers about this Wrestlemania. Of course I am very upset that Brock Lesnar (who isn’t going to stick with the company for very long) was chosen to end the 2 decade streak in 21-1. However we should not forget the many great moments of the show like having Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin together in the same ring cutting the BEST segment of the entirety of Wrestlemania before we even got our first match! Antonio Cesaro eliminating Big Show out of the ring was what you call a Wrestlemania-moment, and the Sheild whipped Kane and “Mid-Age” Outlaws clean. Wrestlemania 30, 30 years in the making was (either bad or good) a memorable Wrestlemania. This is the night that everyone will remember that the streak ended in the worst way imaginable, but it had our hero Daniel Bryan to save the show, in both the beginning and the end. All the hijacking and rebelling we’ve done to put the company in the right direction (especially when CM Punk left the company because of the exact reason) was well deserved to make them do the right thing. Believe it or not, putting Daniel Bryan as main event was not the original plan, make no mistake about it, but once the company listens to its customers, they had an opportunity to deliver and what a way to go! There were so many instances where I was reminded of Bret Hart at Wrestlemania X and Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX, that gave me a real sense of joy just seeing the same thing happen to Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX. There were VERY bad moments and VERY good moments of Wrestlemania 30, but ultimately, it was a historic show and that’s what a Wrestlemania needs after 30 years of changing people’s lives!

Number 9.  –  Wrestlemania 21

Wrestlemania 21 was one of the most important Wrestlemania’s in WWE history. It saw the rise to success of Edge, Batista and John Cena (for better or for worse). Though two main events were average at best, the beginning and middle of the show was what I really want to see in a Wrestlemania! We had ourselves the best opening match since Wrestlemania X with Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero showing such great in-ring work. We also had our very first Money in the Bank Ladder Match with Edge winning victorious. Quite frankly, this still is the best Money in the Bank Ladder Match in the WWE! We should also remember that Undertaker faced off his youngest opponent Randy Orton and beat him & his father Bob Orton.  The match that certainly stole the show was the Angle-Michaels match that was perfectly performed (despite the fact that the announcer’s table didn’t break) that it became the best WWE match of 2005 (The AJ Style-Samoa Joe-Christopher Daniels match in TNA is the best match of 2005). Sure there was a lot of drawback like the Women’s match, the Sumo Match, and the average main events, but it was historic to have our first ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but the rest of the matches were definitely “Wrestlemania material.” Hell, even the segments of the show were just as good as the matches having Hulk Hogan return pose to the crowd like in the Hogan-era and a memorable Piper’s Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest! “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood” fit the part of a huge entertainment gala, as the show was preceded by entertaining parodies of classic films, starring the roster. Wrestlemania 21 was a spectacle that offered the highest of qualities that WWE is capable of!

Number 8.  –  Wrestlemania III

I know many of you guys think that it’s blasphemy to not put this anywhere higher on the list. I understand that this Wrestlemania is the reason why the WWF/WWE and even the wrestling business is big as it is today! But there are a bunch of matches in the card that could have been better. As we look at the History of the WWF (now called the WWE) there are those certain shows that given us a reason why we tuned into this product no matter how bad, or how good the product has gone through over the years. But if there has to be that one event that showed me why I’m a wrestling fan to begin with, it has to be Wrestlemania 3. Wrestling event is the ultimate measuring stick of what the wrestling industry should be in terms of in-ring action, spectacle, story telling, or presentation, this Wrestlemania has them all. While the first Wrestlemanias were like spectacles trying to get as much attention with celebrity involvement, but the third Wrestlemania was a pure wrestling event where people already are familiar with these big names, there’s no need to the over-saturation of celebrities any more, and it’s all about the wrestlers big enough to show the audience and future wrestling fans what it means to put a show! Wrestlemania 3 has set an indoor sports attendance record of 93,173 and it wasn’t broken until the 2010 NBA All-Star Game at the New Cowboy Stadium.  The WWF deserved that record holder because they did grabbed a lot of people’s attention from mainstream media, there was so much likeness on these biggest-than-life characters, and the anticipation to see what happens next in WWF is so exciting. There are only two matches that are noteworthy to make this Wrestlemania as great of a show and that’s Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and the legendary Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant match. The Randy Savage and Steamboat match was the opening door to real in-ring work matches instead of the boring formula that we’ kept seeing in the old Wrestling matches before this one. It’s a match that clearly stole the show, but ultimately, everyone came to see Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant. Though the match was incredibly slow, that moment when Hogan body slammed Andre and finally defeated the undefeated Wrestler was the original Wrestlemania-moment that forever changed the face of wrestling. One thing I notice in this event is that the audience was not left disappointed, even when your favorites lost the match, somehow the babyfaces comes in from dissatisfactory and continue to assault the heels. It became a cliche throughout the card, but they were legit matches that really made everyone happy. Though it did bother me a lot to see the bad guys getting too much of a beating after a victory, it really felt like a real wrestling show. It brought a lot of emotions throughout the card and it didn’t slowed down the adrenaline that you can feel throughout the show. Though there are a lot of things that bothered me in Wrestlemania 3, it did deliver a true big wrestling show that the previous two wreslemanias tried to do. It left an impact and staple on the wrestling world that this will be remembered throughout the many years after.

Number 7.  –  Wrestlemania 28

I could never believe that there would be another Wrestlemania in the PG-Era that will enter the Top 10 but the WWE did everything they could to make this card deliver after that disappointing Wrestlemania 27 that hyped up Wrestlemania 28. Beside the disappointing opening match with Daniel Bryan’s 18 seconds defeat, this show made the right booking decisions and the structure of the card couldn’t be better. We haven’t had a great Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 19 and this show delivered all the goods that we’ve been waiting from the WWE for the longest time. The epic finale between HHH-Taker in Hell in a Cell is one of the best in-ring storytelling that the WWE has ever told, the athleticism between CM Punk and Chris Jericho (while could have been better) was impressive, Eve Torres creating so much heat in the Divas division was a hell a lot of fun, and The Rock BEATING John Cena was true fan satisfactory! The WWE did not only gave us a fantastic show, but the company rewarded it’s long time fans with real satisfactory! It’s shows like this is the reason why I’m a huge fan of wrestling in general. I could never imagine anything in life could have been as pleasurable as the good ol’ days, but with effort, timing, and planning there are things that are worth living for! Sure people would just look at this card like a three-match-show. They’re probably right, but if you look back at other Wrestlemanias that are actually one-match-shows, these three matches delivered some of the best things in professional wrestling. It’s wondrous how much of an improvement this Wrestlemania was in comparison to Wrestlemania 27; it’s like night-and-day! Sure the beginning of the show tested our patients a little, but the second half and especially the finish was non-other than one of the best moments in life! And that’s why we tun into Wrestlemania each year!

Number 6.  –  Wrestlemania XII

For all those who says the New Generation Era was the worst Era in the WWE, up yours because this Wrestlemania shows the awesomeness of that era! There was a certain point in time where Wrestlemania was becoming like the Star Trek movies, where one year is great, then the next one is bad, then the next one is great, then the next one is bad. So last year’s Wrestlemania was bad, obviously this one had to be good. This is the smallest amount of matches in a single Wrestlemania card, only 6 ‘Mania matches (not including the dark match) all because the main event was an Iron Man match that’s going for an hour in length, taking the third of the show. The last thing they need is a wrestlemania that goes over 3 hours like Wrestlemania 4 did and just focus on once again Wrestlemania moments and great and memorable matches. Thankfully, there isn’t a single bad match on the card! Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his first Wrestlemania debut against Savio Vega. The Ultimate Warrior vs. HHH was the best short match in Wrestlemania history! Undertaker finally face a worthy opponent that almost ended the streak with Diesel. Roddy Piper vs Goldust, though it lasted throughout the first and second half of the PPV, it was the perfect parody of the OJ Simpsion car chase! The Piper and Goldust match was the WWE’s very first Hardcore match and that open doors to The Attitude Era that we all love! And of course, we have ourselves one of the most important main events of all time between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. This match is important, not to just show the talent between HBK and “The Hitman” but instead it was to shift away from the steroid wrestling to show smaller guys wrestling a very physical match that lasted in the entirety of third half the show. WWF has got an infamous reputation as a sporting event that was using Steroid scandals for each of their wrestlers and finally it was time to show that there are talent in the wrestling world that doesn’t need super physique star to run the show. This all of the sudden became the way of the future in wrestling today all because of this very match. Even though the New Generation Era has done a lot of damage to the company, 60 Minute Iron Man Match showed that there are some good in this era. But because the match is an hour long and we all know that none of the pitfalls or submissions were made within 60 minutes makes it tough to sit though, I still recommend in watching it just to see how much does it take to be the best wrestler because it takes stamina, impact, strength, speed, and endurance to last that long. Though, this isn’t my favorite Main Even and I would wish for the finish to have more sportsmanship between Bret and Shawn, it was a fantastic experience. If there’s another flaw I can find is the absence of Razor Ramon. I really wished he was booked in this Wrestlemania but since he got suspended, somehow his face still got on the cover power (power to the Kliq). Though this show was indeed small, it still felt huge and felt like a Wrestlemania. While this Wrestlemania couldn’t get bigger here in the 1990s, it shows that at times, smaller means better.

Number 5.  –  Wrestlemania X7

Gaps! How’s this not The Greatest Wrestlemania of all time?! Since a lot of people considers this as the best Wrestlemania of all time, I bet to differ saying that it’s probably an overrated show. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly love this Wrestlemania X7, it’s in there in my top 5, but I can’t ignore that there were four matches out of nine cards that were a bit of a drag. I am of course talking about the 6-man tag, Jericho-Regal, Eddie Geurerro vs. Test, and Chyna retaining her Women’s championship is what really puts the show down. If you were to be the best Wrestlemania of all time, then there should not be any bad matches. I’m also 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. Why I hated the Invasion Angle is 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, and the atmosphere was all the same. 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 ONE OF the best Wrestlemanias. The Highlights of the show was Vince vs. Shane in no-holds barred, Austin vs. The Rock, Undertaker vs. Triple H, Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit’s amateur wrestling match, and especially TLC 2 that capitalized the Triangle Ladder Match in Wrestlemania 16! This show had something for everyone whether you’re an fan for old school 80′s wrestling (20-men battle royal), hardcore wrestling, amateur wrestling, showmanship, and more each match on the has something for you. Still to this day, wrestling fans everywhere still debate which of the matches in this card was the best match of Wrestlemania 17, 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. 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.

Number 4.  –  Wrestlemania XIX

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.  I can easily say that both brands put in one hell of a show in Wrestlemania 19. This was one of the most ambitious Wrestlemanias 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. With all the things that was about to make this show a disaster (especially the botch that Lesnar made at the finish), 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. 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. This is were in-ring work started to matter once again and this show represents the essence of that style of wrestling. 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!

Number 3.  –  Wrestlemania VII

If there had to be the best Wrestlemania during the Golden Age of Wrestling, it has to be Wrestlemania 7! So what we have here is a show that had a fantastic start & middle, but a predictable and pretty underwhelming finish at the end. But I gave this Wrestlemania a ton of credit, there were a lot more going on in this show than just the main event, which the past Wrestlemanias relied on the main event to become the only attraction. So many mid-card matches like Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation vs. Nasty Boys, British Bulldog vs. Warlord, The Rockers vs. The Barbarians, Undertaker starting is undefeated streak by beating Snuka, and especially Warrior vs. Savage (the second greatest Wrestlmania match) kept the show flowing perfectly. If there weren’t any of those great matches in the mid-card and relied heavily on a main event that turned out to become a disappointment, it could really made this the worst Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. I think we expected the main event to be so good because Wrestlemania 6′s main event was so spectacular. But easily, the match that COMPLETELY stole the show was Ultimate Warrior-Macho King match. It was a prime representation of a babyface vs. heel match-up at its best, leaving fans everywhere to keep guessing who’s going to retire after that match. Even though Savage lost the match and his manager, he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that all WWF fans long awaited for! The finish of that match was some of the best of professional wrestling at it left the loser of the match to feel like a winner to have a face turn and leave with his lover like a classic Rocky movie. I will never forget how special that moment in Wrestlemania 7 was that should just be the highlight of Wrestlemanias in general! Sure the patriotic theme can get quite annoying because there are international fans that wants to watch wrestling instead of being hammered down how USA is the best country in the world, but this is the Wrestlemania that started making mid-card matches to be as good as the main event and it’s something that future Wrestlemanias start to take note that it shouldn’t be the main event that must be the only thing to look forward to. It showed that very wrestler that’s booked for Wrestlemania should give their damnedest to give out a great show! I can say the this is the Wrestlemania that learned its lesson in remembering that just incase if the main event goes terribly, makes sure the mid-card is strong. That’s why Wrestlemania 7 is a great show! This really is the best mid-card structure of Golden Age of the WWF. This is the first Wrestlemania that I reviewed that absolutely had no 1 out of 5 scored match while everything was scored from 2 and 6, and the Warrior vs. Savage match was the first one to get a 6 out of 5 match (my highest score). NThis was a fine show and definitely the most underrated Wrestlemania ever!

Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania X

This show just has a special place in my heart. It was my first Wrestlemania and it still is a childhood favorite of mine. Times has changed since then, but this show aged perfectly well. No longer were we in the Golden Age of Wrestling where Rock n Wrestling Collection was around. This new era of Wrestling was the New Generation Era where new stars had more showmanship than the old and were there to bring in new style of wrestling that departed out of the old WWF. This means no more Hulk Hogan overshadowing the spotlight any more, instead we got wrestlers like Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, and so many more now passed down the torch to bring in a more physical and sportsman like wrestling. Though it was never as big as Golden Age, it was definitely a step up to the times, despite how bad they’ve became in the later years. So was ten years in the making worth it all? Well the card had an awesome beginning, okay middle, but an awesome finish towards the end. We didn’t need a Hulk Hogan to make a Wrestlemania great and instead of getting one classic match, and we got two! The opening match between Owen and Bret was the best opening match ever in any wrestling show and the Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon Ladder Match was so outstanding. It’s amazing that we got two 6 out of 5 wrestling matches in this very show and no other Wrestlemania that I’ve reviewed had that many all star classics in a singular show! People has debated which of those two matches were better, however despite which of the two were great, we must remember that they both made Wrestlemania X special! Also, we should not forget that this was also Macho Man Randy Savage’s last match and to have him beat Crush in the Fall-Count Anywhere match was definitely memorable! WMX seriously makes up for it the horrid Wrestlemania IX and had a much better main event  rematch with Bret and Yoko. Bret and Yoko were two of the best New Generation Era wrestlers and we had them wrestle in two to main events in this show and do a much better job redeemed itself! Though there are aspects of the show that could have been better like more effort to the mid-card show, give us an Undertaker match, and toss out that Doink and Dink match, but for only having Owen vs. Bret, Michaels vs. Razor, Macho Man burying Crush, Mr. Perfect screwing Lex Lugar over, and having the show end with Bret Hart beating Yokozuna for the championship is the reason why Wrestlemania X is the second greatest Wrestlemania! I really love this Wrestlemania for all  that it’s worth and it still continues to give me a warm feeling each time I watch it!

Number 1.  –  Wrestlemania XIV

This has to go down as THE best Wrestlemania of all time! There was not a single bad match in this card. Rather than just calling all the matches on the card good matches, each of these matches represented aspects of the Attitude Era and what is to come for the WWF after this show. There are so many things that made the Attitude Era the most beloved time of Wrestling and it’s all thanks to this very Wrestling show. There was so much hype and build up leading to this show that blew everyone away, only to have the WWF to deliver even more stuff like this in their later years. New stars were being made, more memorable moments were created, and even more surprises that forever leaves us with an undying impression. Because of the main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin is some of the biggest names of the wrestling world and still to this day he continues make everyone excited which is what wrestling is seriously lacking today.

There was not a single bad match on this show – it was really consistent throughout with starting out with the awesome victory of Legion on Doom dominating the 15-team battle royal, the surprising and forgotten match with Taka Michinoku vs. Aguila,  Sable proved to be the dominate female in the company, Ken Shamrock snapping and going ape shit on The Rock, the Nation of Domination, and the referees, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie trashing New Age Outlaws in a Dumpster, Pete Rose getting Tombstoned by Kane, and the best match of the night, Kane vs. Undertaker that came so damn close to ending the streak! I will always remember Stone Cold looking like he had no chance of winning because Vince McMahon, D-Generation-X and Mike Tyson were all against him. It was a true Wrestlemania moment where Tyson screwed Shawn Michaels, punched him square in the face, and raised Stone Cold’s hands in the air as the new WWF Champion. Shawn Michaels definitely got what he deserved for the Montreal Screwjob and this finish was a redemption from that tragedy! That should tell you why this show is a must see for everyone, not just wrestling fans! Nobody can ever take away the historical significance, the meaning of this show, and what it represents. The WWF was trying to find a direction and finally nailed it with Mike Tyson’s help and went full force for many years to come. Like Wrestlemania 3 that took wrestling to an entirely different stratosphere, Wrestlemania 14 was that moment in time that did it once again and helped the company to be later to be once again the king of professional wrestling again. I like to go back to this Wrestlemania and watch it in its entirety because it really is one of my favorite entities in professional wrestling!

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Top 10 Underrated Wrestlemania Matches

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

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

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Number 10.  –  Christian vs. Chris Jericho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number 1.   –  Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus 

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

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Wrestlemania 14 Review

Wrestlemania 13 was the first Wrestlemania during the attitude era, however there were a lot of things missing in that card where there were a lot of unmemorable matches (except for Bret vs. Austin) and a lot of people lost interest with the WWF tuning into WCW instead. There hasn’t been a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 1 where Vince McMahon took the biggest risk for the WWF. Since WM 13, there has been a lot of negative responses for WWF where the company screwed Bret Hart in the Montreal Screwjob, lack of quality matches, and many top stars that used to be in the WWF are now in WCW, beating WWF in the ratings. 1997, despite how more qualitative the matches has became, was hurting the WWF financially and they needed to get back on their feet in order to survive. Coming into Wrestlemania 14 was  a big risk to make to gather a bigger audience because of all the advertisements trying to get people into buy this show and also featuring “Iron” Mike Tyson of all people to be the special guest referee in the main event. The hype surrounding this event was going mad crazy having Stone Cold Steve Austin and Tyson starting a fight on an episode of Monday Night Raw that got a ton of people’s attention. The WWF has started the Attitude Era, but they needed a big bang to put this new era into full force. The WWF finally got caught up in the times again and went where Ted Turner and WCW could never go – like hardcore wrestling, profanity, violent matches, and explicit sexuality. There is a good reason why the Attitude Era is so loved by many and this was the show that not only popularized Wrestling once again, but also got the WWF to begin creating the times with this new movement. Wrestlemania 14 was a huge game changer and is the second most important Wrestlemania of all time, so let’s take a look at this card to see why!

Image result for 15 battle royal wrestlemania 1415-Team Battle Royal – This was a Wrestlemania 2 style Battle Royal where 14 tag teams were determined, so bringing out the 15th team was the biggest surprise of all. Sunny (making her last Wrestlemania appearance) began introducing and managing the Legion of Doom making their return to the WWF. Their match here compared to their match in last year’s Wrestlemania was gold where they took on a lot of tag teams that are forgotten over the years. Though I’m against the rule of one of the teammate eliminated the partner in the ring has to leave. Considering that there were a lot of forgettable tag teams in late-1997/early 1998, it was confusing to know who side is on who’s. Though Bradshaw had to leave because his partner got eliminated, there were plenty of wrestlers that had their partners eliminated that still remained in the ring. It was definitely flawed considering that there are 30 men in the ring and there was so much going on at once that the Jim Ross and Jerry Lawer were confused on what’s going on. However I have to appreciate the final 2 teams where The Road Warrior survived this long to take on the Midnight Express. It was the right decision to have Hawk and Animal to win the match, making it a fantastic opening match already making this Wrestlemania to have a great start!
Match Score: 4/5

Taka Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila – Light Heavywieght Championship – It’s ashame that the Light Heavyweight division in the WWF is very obscured and forgotten because it lost credibility because the parody Gilberg won it for over a year (not having any booking for that long) and there weren’t that many matches including the Light Heavyweight matches. It’s a shamed really because WCW did their Cruizerweight and international style wrestling incredibly well back in the day and WWF tried to do their take on this style of mid-card wrestling to include Aguila and Michinoku. This match was all in-ring work and highflying moves that perfectly works well. I wonder why nobody remembers this match because it was an incredibly well performed match. It’s a real surprise to find a match like this in a Wrestlemania card because you expect to see something like this in a WCW Starcade instead. I think that the Attitude Era would have welcomed this style of wrestling if only the bookers of the WWF could make great stories for this division and unfortunately, later in that year that had to give it to “Gilberg” and had to hold it over a year and have VERY little television appearances. Anyway, Taka Michinoku won the match and that’s left without anything to remember, unfortunately.
Match Score: 5/5

Triple H (c) (with Chyna) vs Owen Hart – European Championship – This was when Triple H started having an identity when he formed D-Generation-X with Shawn Michaels and it was a big improvement compared to all of his moments when he was simply Hunter Hearst Helmsley. As a result this match was so much better than his last year’s Wrestlemania match with Goldust, and it’s thanks to having Owen Hart as Hunter’s dance partner. The stipulation here is since Chyna has interfered with nearly all of Triple H’s matches, she’s now handcuffed to Sgt. Slaughter. The wrestling between Owen and Hunter was a nice and basic wrestling match, but I remember this match mostly for Owen Hart breaking his nose in the match, it was not a pretty sight. I did indeed enjoy the finish where Chyna grabbed power and tossed into Slaughter’s eyes and help interfere this match for Triple H’s win with a low blow to Owen. But I will say one thing about Owen here in this match, I was certainly surprised to see hims remain loyal to the WWF even though everyone in the Hart family despised what Vince McMahon did to Bret Hart in the Montreal Screwjob.
Match Score: 4/5

Marc Mero and Sable vs The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust and Luna – This was where the Goldust character was really loosing it’s consistency where now he’s called “The Artist Formerly Known” which is just not very good in my book. However, what was very good was how well Sable and her jealous husband Marc Mero carried out this match. Sable used to be the most popular woman in the WWF because not only was she incredibly attractive, but she had the attitude to perform great matches and the aggressiveness that no other woman had in the business at the time. This was the first time since Chyna’s debut where the women wrestlers did a much better job than the men she’s booked up with. Sable was so empowering that she simply got the crowd roaring in her control and that’s someone like a Hulk Hogan can do. Admittedly, it’s not much to say because Goldust and Luna were more or less a joke in this match, but it was all Sable showing that she’s not just a pretty face and because of it she won this match. It’s a shamed that her WWF career was so short-lived because she had sexual harassment problems with the WWF, but if she advanced her career, who knows more memorable she would have been today. This match really showed her potential and it’s impressive to watch a pretty face like her to be taken seriously.
Match Score: 4/5

The Rock (c) vs. Ken Shamrock – Intercontinental Championship – I love this match. I consider this one of the defining moments of both The Rock’s and Shamrock’s wrestling careers. It was a wise booking decision to make The Rock one of the biggest heels in the WWF and evolve him from the generic Rocky Marvia that wasn’t going anywhere. This was a very chaotic match between two competitors where Shamrock earned the name “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” to have a great rivalry with the Nation of Domination’s leader. Ken Shamrock really showed his power in this match because he was able to cream The Rock and still took on Kama Mustafa, Mark Henry & D’Lo Brown who were there on ringside. Even though the Rock fought back with all he had, it was not enough to keep Shamrock down. It was pleasurable to see The Rock getting what he deserved considering how hated he was in the WWF and even had ex-leader of the Nation of Domination to betray The Rock before he tapped out to Shamrock’s ankle lock. But it was not enough for Ken Shamrock because he was going batshit crazy not only still beating up the Rock and what’s left in the Nation, but also the referees and the bodyguards as well that lead him to suddenly get stripped out of the Intercontinental Championship and still remained to the Rock just to get more heat as a heel. This was a very well done match that just made both of these men bigger stars, but in the end it was the Rock became the bigger star out of the two.
Match Score: 5/5

Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie vs. The New Age Outlaws (c) – Dumpster Match for the Tag Team Championship – Foley and Funk are the most iconic hardcore legends in the wrestling world and they both had great chemistry together, both rivals and tag teams. This was a fantastic hardcore match where the object of the game was to put both members in the dumpster and close the lids to win the match. It was a crazy match that was totally fun. Both teams tried everything to put both opponents in the dumpster that they’ve included all sorts of non-wrestling objects as weapons and also included a ladder where Mick Foley and Billy Gunn both fell from the ladder to the dumpster. The brawl went so insane that they brought the fight backstage just to find another dumpster just to not only put New Age Outlaws in there, but seal the lids with a crater to win the Tag Team Championships, and deservedly so. The attitude era needed these two ECW stars to show what hardcore wrestling’s about and since then the attitude era continued this tradition that started in ECW.
Match Score: 5/5


Undertaker vs. Kane (with Paul Bearer)
– The Undertaker was having a very easy Wrestlemania streak in his earlier years in his WWF career, until he finally faced guys like Diesel that was his size. Then he faced Sid for the WWF Championship in last year’s Wrestlemania, but the toughest opponent of all had to be his brother Kane. The on-and-off rivalry between these two brothers was incredibly dark and more well written. This was around the time where the WWF wanted the Attitude era to give the Undertaker to a much darker direction and what better way than to have his brother Kane to comeback for revenge for burning his parents alive as a child only having Kane as the only survivor. Kane was a hell of a scary wrestler, and back there was a mystic with both Taker and Kane, it was epic.  Kane made an amazing debut by interfering Undertaker in the very first Hell in a Cell match, Taker tried to make peace with his brother, then got breathed again when he was put in the casket in the Casket Match in Royal Rumble 1998 to have the casket on fire. This was a very personal match between the two, so we were all looking forward to seeing this match. Image result for wrestlemania 14 pete roseBut right before the match, the infamous Pete Rose came in just to bash Boston. Then suddenly, Kane interrupted Rose’s cut and Tombstoned him on the live crowd. It was simply epic to witness a celebrity getting squashed like that on television and the Wreslemania tradition of having Pete Rose getting Tombstoned by Kane in the next Wrestlemania was gold, but they should have had more of it. But the match between Kane and Undertaker (though they both had better matches later in the 1998) it was outstanding. I never had seen the Undertaker this vulnerable which uprises Kane’s intimidation, his character, and mystic. For the first time ever, I thought that Kane was going to break Undertaker’s streak because at this time he was the closest to defeat Undertaker at Wrestlemania. There was a series of TombstonesImage result for pete rose tombstone, chokeslams, brawls, nearfalls, and hard hits that really look like it would hurt. I still will never forget that Undertaker took a suicide dive over the top rope and landed on the Spanish announcer’s table. Even though Undertaker defeated Kane in three tombstones, it was interesting to see Taker still getting hurt in the aftermath of the match showing that even though he won the battle the war is not over. The build up for this match went on since Bad Blood 1997, and after Wrestlemania 14, these two still kept fighting each other in the Inferno Match at Unforgiven, a Hell in a Cell matches in Monday Night Raw, and even getting involved with Stone Cold Steve Austin’s WWF Championship. No doubt was this the second best rivalry of the WWF in 1998 (behind Austin vs. McMahon) and it continued to evolve both of those characters, even though it became inconsistent as they continue this trend over the years. Despite how inconstant Kane and Undertaker has became in the later years, this very match has got to be one of their best when they desperately hated each other like Cane and Able.
Match Score: 6/5

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels (c) – WWF Championship – This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was passing out in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon in the later years, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Austin was really rough on Michaels where he was brawling him away and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. Then there was that one instance where Austin Irish whipped Shawn to the corner but Shawn failed to to the backflip that he normally did just to hurt his back even more. At first it didn’t look like it was going to continue the match, similar to Stone Cold’s broken neck incident, but amazing Shawn got back up on his feet trying to get ready for his Sweat Chin Music. Just when he was about to apply that kick, Image result for mike tyson wrestlemania 14Austin reversed it to go for a stunner, then Shawn reversed it to do that kick again, but Austin grabbed hold of his leg, taunted him, and did the Stunner. Then suddenly, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory. Instantly, as that three count has hit, Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and all of his prick-ish times that he has done to the wrestlers backstage was forever over because he had to retire for that broken back (which he did deserve for that Montreal Screwjob) and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment!
Match Score: 6/5

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This has to go down as some of the best Wrestlemania of all time. There was not a single bad match in this card, but instead each of these matches represented aspects of the Attitude Era and what is to come for the WWF after this show. There are so many things that made the Attitude Era the most beloved time of Wrestling and it’s all thanks to this very Wrestling show. There was so much hype and build up leading to this show that blew everyone away, only to have the WWF to deliver even more stuff like this in their later years. New stars were being made, more memorable moments were created, and even more surprises that forever leaves us with an undying impression. In my humble opinion, this has got to be the best Wrestlemania during the Attitude Era because of the quality we were getting from this very show. Because of the main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin is some of the biggest names of the wrestling world and still to this day he continues make everyone excited which is what wrestling is seriously lacking today. There was not a single bad match on this show – it was really consistent with starting out with three 4 out of 5 matches, three 5 out of 5 matches, and two 6 out of 5 matches towards the end. This, and Wrestlemania X, are the only Wrestlemanias that has two 6 out of 5 matches in their card! That should tell you why this show is a must see for everyone, not just wrestling fans! The only negative about this show is that the main band singing this show, Chris Warren (the guy who made the theme song for D-Generation-X) and his band played horribly when they played “America” and everyone in the stadium booed them. If that’s the only thing that’s flawed that has nothing to do with any the matches should tell you how good this show really is! Nobody can ever take away the historical significance, the meaning of this show, and what it represents. It really represents that the WWF was trying to find a direction and finally nailed it and went full force for many years to come. Like Wrestlemania 3 that took wrestling to an entirely different stratosphere, Wrestlemania 14 was that moment in time that did it once again and helped the company to be later to be once again the king of professional wrestling again.

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania 14:

                    6/5

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