Your estimation is correct regarding my age. My problem with the first twelve Manias is that they're not good top to bottom shows. Hell, every Wrestlemania up to VII are pretty awful outside of the main event. It's probably because I wasn't watching at the time (much less alive) but I have no desire to watch random mid-carders battle it out for no real reason. I prefer the Wrestlemanias from 17 to now because they flow better and every match has a reason to it. Again, it's probably because I wasn't alive at the time to watch but the mid-card matches from Wrestlemania 1-7 seem to just be on the card just to fill up space. Wrestlemania 8 is a pretty darn good show, as is 10 but outside of those Manias, I really don't enjoy a Mania pre 17. 14 is fine as well, I guess.
Fair enough. Sounds like Im about 10 years older than you so we grew up in different eras which probably has a lot to do with our likes and dislikes being different.
As far as mid card matches back in the day Vince gave so much TV time to Hogan, Savage, Warrior, Bret Hart, etc that a lot of great characters were wasted. Guys like Piper, DiBiase, Perfect, Rude, Jake Roberts, Davey Boy Smith, even Ricky Steamboat didn't get the runs they deserved to get. Thats just my 2 cents though.
WM 17 might be the best WM card ever top to bottom as far as booking. Rock/Austin was awesome, Benoit V Angle was awesome, Eddie G V Test was awesome, E&C V Dudleys V Hardys was awesome, Shane V Vince was good, the battle royal was fun, Jericho V Regal was good and I might be alone here but I thought Taker V HHH was good.
My only real problem with WM14 is Rock V Shamrock should have got more time. They could of had a classic 15 minute IC title match but didnt for some reason. Taker V Kane was badass. Foley & Funk V NAO was a lot of fun to watch and Austin V HBK was great and may have been one of the best titles matches of all time had HBK not been hurt as they were both in their prime. It was still a 4 star match IMHO. Overall a great Mania.
Agreed 8 and 10 are great. The best roster the WWE ever had was in 1992 IMHO. The ending to 10 is perfect when all the faces are in the ring. Rewatch that and look how pissed Luger is. So awesome but I was a huge Luger hater.
"I am the devil himself, and all of you, stupid, mindless people fell for it". ~
My top 5 favorite wrestlers of all time
1. Macho Man Randy Savage (RIP...thanks for the memories)
2. Mick Foley (Cactus Jack)
3. Bret Hart (The Hart Foundation best tag team ever)
5. Ted DiBiase (best heel of all time)