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It’s the most woooooonderful timeeeeee of the yeeeeear. Nope, not Christmas, its Wrestlemania season!
With the granddaddy of them all looming large over our heads, I thought I’d metaphorically inject myself with some Wrestlemania spirit (as the WWE has forgotten how to do it). Now I cannot conclusively say what the greatest incarnation of the event is as I have seen WM 15-23 and then after a hiatus from watching WWE I watched all of 29.
In the coming years I will amend this travesty by watching ones I have missed; from the earlier shows to the dreaded 27th one. I know lots about them of course, I’ve just never got round to watching them. So I stress that this opinion will be based on the aforementioned Wrestlemania shows I have listed.
Regardless of the one’s I’ve missed; after lots of reading, researching and perusing articles on the almighty internet, opinion seems to be fixed on the same few events where the best is concerned. All of this article is subjective and is MY opinion, so I don’t want to hear childish moaning in the comments section saying “You don’t know what I’m talking about” or other nonsensical non-educated gibberish. Excellent, onto the shows!
In MY opinion:
This was a poor PPV with undoubtedly the worst Hell in a Cell match of all-time, hell (no pun intended), the stupid post-match hanging was better than the match. Apart from the first glorious instalment in the Austin/Rock trilogy; the less said about the event the better.
2000 was close to the pinnacle of WWF at the time. They churned out tremendous PPV’s at will; sadly the weakest PPV of the year was their biggest one. NO singles matches (that’s not a good thing....that’s....a bad thing). Yes the Triangle Ladder Match was incredible, the main event was better than people give it credit for and the 2-fall double title match was good but short; however the rest of the card is very poor. Who in their right mind would want to see The Godfather and D-Lo Brown take on Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan? At Wrestlemania no less! *major sigh*
This is definitely a mixed bag here with some very good and some just plain bad. Cena/Big Show? Very bad. Jericho/Christian? Good. Lesnar/Goldberg? KILL IT. KILL IT WITH FIRE. Eddie/Kurt? Superb. Undertaker/Kane? Bad. Benoit/HHH/Michaels? Spectacularly marvellous. Throw in some ok tag matches, a good Cruiserweight invitational and meaningless filler Women’s Title Match and you have a very mixed event.
There is so much to be admired here but just not quite enough quality, in MY eyes, to shine; despite some solid bouts. It was too low down on the card for my liking but Undertaker’s World Title victory was amazing to see; he really deserved the spotlight to finish the show. But some of the stuff really killed my liking for the event such as Ashley being on the card; she was hot as hell but couldn’t wrestle to save her life and Kane and Khali should only be shown for torture purposes. But I believe we saw the making of John Cena on this night. Yes he had been around for nearly 5 years at this point but he put on one of his finest matches ever, in the main event, for the WWE Title, against a true legend. But do you know something? Cena didn’t look like he was being carried at any point during this match; I may not like what he has become, but on his day, John Cena can certainly wrestle.
This was a relatively weak card and didn’t do much for me. I expected Faaaaaaaandaaaaaaaangooooooooooo to go over but he wasn’t spectacular in his victory and his subsequent demise has made his only WM appearance, to date, worthless. Some ok matches followed, Del Rio and Swagger impressed but overall the event was saved by its main events. Punk and Undertaker tore the house down with an excellent match. Lesnar and Triple HHH really added some brutality and bite, albeit the match being slow-paced; whilst The Rock and Cena put on another solid main event match. Thankfully Dwayne hasn’t hogged the spotlight this year; although with this year’s card, I wish he had.
Right, now we get to the BIG ones. Counting down from 5......I bet you’re already guessing the number 1 spot......
#5 Wrestlemania 18
I really do think that this was a highly enjoyable and underrated show. Flair and “Booger Red” concluded a very personal rivalry, the opener was a nice surprise between Regal and RVD; not forgetting the amusing side-story of the hardcore championship all night. But of course, who can’t forget THAT match?...