Watched Wrestlemania 21 a couple of days ago, man that was so close to being a perfect show.
Eddie/Rey was a solid opener, but nowhere near the best match they've had. God knows why Rey chose that mask because he couldn't stop messing with it and it kinda ruined the big moves they were going for as he was too busy adjusting the damn mask. Further planted the seeds for Eddie's epic heel turn a bit later on.
Money In The Bank is still probably the best or at least second best MITB match. It still pisses me off that Shelton didn't do more in the company, because he's so athletic and gifted. What a waste.
Undertaker vs Randy Orton - Call me crazy, but I think this is a better match than HBK/Angle. I love how it seems to build and by the end the crowd is absolutely wild and totally invested. I still remember thinking it was all over when Orton reversed the chokeslam into the RKO. That was the first time I really believed the streak was over. The interference from Orton Snr was nicely done and didn't detract from the match imo. Great back and forth; Undertaker really gave Orton some much needed credibility in 2005 after Triple H almost ruined him for good. Stellar match in my opinion.
Trish Stratus vs Christy Hemme - nothing really to say here. A load of crap, but I do like Trish
Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle - a great match no doubt, perhaps not as amazing as others say it is. Still, a Wrestlemania classic for sure. Although I enjoyed Kurt working on Shawn's back for a good portion of match, that's all out of the window by the end as Shawn taps to the Ankle Lock. Angle had done ZERO work on the legs so it seems a bit silly. But, the Ankle Lock being applied gets a bigger pop than most other submissions so I can live with it.
Piper's Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin. I love this segment being at Wrestlemania, it broke up the show nicely and gave the audience a bit of a rest after some exciting matches. It was great to see Austin and Piper trading insults back and forth, and Carlito was a welcome addition too.
Big Show vs Akebono - who in the blue hell decided this should be at Wrestlemania?
John Cena vs JBL - It's kind of sad that this was Cena's crowning moment and the fans are absolutely, utterly, overwhelmingly....lukewarm for the whole thing. Not much of a pop for Cena's entrance, then a less than good match and towards the end there's even some boos for Cena. Crowd pops for the win but it was completely underwhelming. Seeing as JBL had held the title so long and Cena had been getting so popular, I expected a more epic moment so this was very disappointing.
Batista vs Triple H. This is more like it, a great main event and a nice way to close the show. Now, THIS felt like someone's crowning moment and the ushering in of a new era. The story between Batista and Triple H had been built so well, and people were solidly behind Batista. The match itself is quite great, and it made Batista look more than credible and look convincing with his fan. Also, the fans on hand were solidly behind Batista. Great moment.
Why oh why did WWE send Batista to Smackdown and decide to go with Cena as the main guy on RAW? I thought it was pretty obvious that Batista should've been THE guy for the company to get behind.
Side note - Just watched the Iron Sheik's HOF speech for the first time and laughed my ass off. What the hell was he saying?