I see WM20, 22, and 24 reviewed recently... so why not do em all from WM20 on?
Rock n Sock/Evolution **1/2
Cruiserweight Open **
Very good Mania. Two awesome championship matches, and a great Jericho/Christian match. Also the Undertaker returns as the deadman, which was great. Sadly the Taker/Kane match wasn't great. Neither were any of the other matches outside of the ones listed above. There's also the infamous Lesnar/Goldberg match, which may be one of the biggest disappointments of all time. I mean no doubt this was one of the biggest drawing matches of the Mania if not the biggest, and there was a lot of hype around it, especially with Austin as the guest referee. Then they go out and deliver the crap they did. Neither of them gave a damn, they showed it, and MSG reacted accordingly. Oh, and the Rock n' Sock match was cool as well, and would be Rock's last match for seven years before returning to the same arena at Survivor Series last year... which I was there for.
The match itself was decent though.
This show is really a mixed bag. Ultimately though the undercard saved this show and makes it one of the better Manias and one of my favorites. Guerrero/Mysterio, while one of their lesser matches in quality, was still very good. The original MITB is the best. Taker/Orton was amazing and Angle/HBK is a classic. The divas match though wasn't very good. Show/Akebono was a bore, Cena/JBL was terrible, and Batista/HHH was a sorely disappointing and poor main event, especially considering how big the feud was. Overall like I said, a mixed bag. Half the show was filled with awesome matches, while the other half was filled with terrible ones.
Carlito/Masters vs Kane/Show - **1/2
MITB - ***3/4
Benoit/JBL - ***
Edge/Foley - ****1/4
Booker/Boogey - DUD
Mickie/Trish - ***1/4
Taker/Henry - *3/4
HBK/Vince - **
Angle/Rey/Orton - **3/4
Torrie/Candice - DUD
Trips/Cena - ***
Edge/Foley saves this show for me. MITB is fun as well. Trish/Mickie was great and one of the best Divas matches in the last 6 years. Cena/HHH was boring, Rey/Orton/Angle wasn't WM level World Title quality, and there are two DUD matches in the second divas match and Boogeyman/Booker. It's not the worst WM ever but not close to one of the best IMO. I'd honestly say it's weaker than it's surrounding Manias, though from WM20 on is better than WM25, and far better than WM27.
ECW Originals/NewBreed- **3/4
Underrated WM. Great main event. The World Title match was a classic and stole the show. MITB, while not one of the better ones was still fun. Benoit/MVP was great, and Lashley/Umaga was actually a good match. Yeah, Kane/Khali and Ashley/Melina bring the show down a couple of notches, but besides those everything else delivered.
Finlay/JBL - ***1/2
MITB - ****1/4
Umaga/Batista - **
HBK/Flair - ****
Divas Playboy Lumberjill- *
Orton/Cena/Trips - ***1/2
Mayweather/Show - ***
Edge/Taker - ****1/4
WM24 was awesome. Only two lackluster matches on the card (well, three if you count the ECW title match, which was barely a match). The main event between Taker and Edge is one of the best WM main events ever. HBK/Flair was an excellent match and a great way for Flair to go out... just a shame that's not how he ultimately goes out. Mayewather/Show was a billion times better than expectations. The triple threat WWE Title match was great, and the JBL/Finlay match was an excellent opener. MITB is probably the second best MITB match ever. Overall just an excellent Mania top to bottom, and one of the best Manias of all time.
Divas Battle Royal- DUD
Jericho/Legends- *** (for the Jericho/Steamboat interaction)
Matt/Jeff Hardy- ***1/2
Taker/HBK did save this show, and is an all-time classic, but the MITB match was fun. Matt/Jeff I really liked, and the World Title triple threat was good. Orton/HHH is a match that wasn't that good and was a huge disappointment, but had such a hot storyline going into it (see Batista/HHH WM21). Mysterio/JBL is... well... it is what it is. Divas battle royal is made even worse by the fact Santina... *cough Santino* won. Jericho/Steamboat was a great little match. If it was just that I'd probably rate that legends match ***1/2.
Divas Tag- *
Overall a very good Mania. Taker/HBK is a classic main event. The title matches were both excellent. And hell, the show just kept getting better and better as it went, which is what I love, besides McMahon/Hart, which is one of the worst matches ever, and the Divas tag which.. well... is a divas match. But overall one of the better WM's and marks HBK's last match, which will always make it memorable.
Edge/Del Rio- ***1/2
6-mixed tag- *1/2
Overall, not an as abysmal Mania as it's made out to be. Yeah, probably the worst out of all the ones I'm rating now, but still did have several great matches in Orton/Punk. Taker/HHH, Edge/Del Rio and Rhodes/Mysterio was a very good match as well. The problem with this Mania is it's kinda like WM21, a mixed bag, only worse. The top tier matches in quality of this Mania don't beat the ones of WM21 and the worst matches of this Mania are worse. Cole/Lawler is the worst match of all time imho. But yeah, a weak WM, but at least it had good spots, plus Rock guest hosting was a nice touch.
Divas Tag- 3/4*
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy- **3/4
Only really bad match was the divas match. Sheamus/Bryan at least furthered there story well in this, even if it was ridiculous. Show/Cody was okay, and same for Team Johnny/Team Teddy. Punk/Jericho was an amazing wrestling match, Taker/HHH with HBK as ref was an awesome storytelling match, Rock/Cena was a spectacle, and Kane/Orton produced a quality match. Overall a petty good Mania in my view.
How I'd rate these Manias: