Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
WWE WrestleMania XX
United States Championship: The Big Show vs. John Cena - *3/4
World Tag Titles: Booker T & Rob Van Dam vs. La Resistance vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrack - **
Chris Jericho vs. Christian - ***1/2
The Rock 'n Sock Connection vs. Evolution - ***1/2
Playboy Evening Gown Match: Sable & Torrie Wilson vs. Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie - DUD
Cruiserweight Open - **1/2
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg - DUD
WWE Tag Team Titles: Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty vs. The APA vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team vs. The Bashams - *3/4
Women's Title: Victoria vs. Molly Holly - *1/2
WWE Championship: Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle - ****
The Undertaker vs. Kane - **1/4
World Heavyweight Title: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit - ****1/2
This event always leaves me so conflicted. There's so much good, and so much bad, and a lot in between. Show/Cena is an awful opener, only worthwhile as the launch of Cena. But it was also the first appearance of the SuperCena formula, which I remember hating even back in 2004. His matches used to be more back and forth.
Jericho/Christian is a sleeper, nothing but great chemistry there and a twist I honestly didn't see coming. RocknSock/Evolution is a ton of fun, and the CW open is better than I remember, but still way too fast.
The problem is that the show is BLOATED. It's nearly FIVE hours long, and has at least FOUR matches you could cut out. The two tag title matches and two divas matches are just bland filler. Even worse, after the handicap match, we get a divas match, the CW open, Goldberg/Lesnar, the WWE tag titles, and the Women's title...that might be the worst, saggiest mid-section for a show ever. I mean, the quality just dies.
Which leads me to Goldberg/Lesnar. In a nutshell, I anticipated this match from July '03. I brought it up as a possibility for WM, yelped when they crossed paths at Survivor Series that year, and was ridiculously hyped for the match.
Eight years later, it's still one of the worst matches of all time. 3 minutes of staring at each other, locking up and then seperating, double clothelines, a rest hold, and then hitting their finishers. All the potential this match had, and it has no energy, no psychology, no effort, nothing. This match is worse than awful, it's NOTHING. It's not even a real match.
The last hour of the show, though, is great. Amazing that after all that crap, there'd be such an improvement. Guerrero/Angle is a great title match; great technically, for the flying, the exchanges, and a classic finish. Still love this.
UT/Kane is worth it for the hugeness of UT's return, probably the greatest entrance of all time.
HHH/Benoit/HBK is still a classic. So many great stories going on: Benoit fighting to grab the brass ring, HBK and HHH trying to settle their feud, HBK and Benoit agreeing on one of them beating HHH, and all with great action. It's a great match with so many classic moments, including HHH stopping HBK from tapping out, the glance between them before they suplex Benoit through the table, Benoit coming out of nowhere to break up a pin, HBK superkicking Benoit while applying the sharpshooter, getting dumped out of the ring, and then Benoit countering the pedigree into a crossface. Even better, when HHH rolls out and the hold is still applied.
The ending is beautiful, however bittersweet it may be today.
I can understand why after this, WWE has had mostly 8-9 matches per WM. Can you imagine how much tighter this show would have been without the two tag titles matches, and the two divas matches. Plus, imagine if Goldberg/Lesnar were actually good, and this would have been one of the best ppvs of all time.
Favorite Matches of All Time
1. Triple-Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit - WrestleMania XX
2. Career Threatening Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair - WrestleMania XXIV
3. WWE Championship: John Cena vs. CM Punk - Money in the Bank 2011
4. No Holds Barred Match: The Undertaker vs. Triple H - WrestleMania XXVII
5. WWF Championship: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior - WrestleMania VI
Last edited by BGLWrestlingGod; 04-17-2012 at 12:27 AM.