Originally Posted by Starbuck
Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels - *****
Beautiful match. The aftermath is truly heartbreaking though.
Oh look, it's another 2004 PPV. How appropriate...BOOSH~!
1) WWE United States Championship:
Big Show(c) vs John Cena ~ **1/4
2) World Tag Team Championship - Fatal Four Way Match:
Rob Van Dam/Booker T(c) vs Dudley Boys vs Rene Dupree & Rob Conway vs Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak ~ **1/2
3) Chris Jericho vs Christian ~ ****
4) Handicap Match:
Mick Foley & The Rock vs Ric Flair, Randy Orton, & Batista ~ ***3/4
5) Playboy Evening Gown Match:
Sable & Torrie Wilson vs Stacy Keibler & Jackie Gayda ~ DUD
6) WWE Cruiserweight Championship - Cruiserweight Open:
Chavo Guerrero Jr.(c) vs Rey Mysterio vs Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Jamie Noble vs Billy Kidman vs Ultimo Dragon vs Nunzio vs Shoichi Funaki vs Shannon Moore vs Akio ~ *
7) Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg ~ DUD
8) WWE Tag Team Championship - Fatal Four Way Match:
Scott Taylor & Rikishi(c) vs World's Greatest Tag Team vs APA vs Basham Brothers ~ 1/2*
9) WWE Women's Championship - Title vs Hair:
Victoria(c) vs Molly Holly ~ DUD
10) WWE Championship:
Eddie Guerrero(c) vs Kurt Angle ~ ****
11) The Undertaker vs Kane ~ *1/2
12) World Heavyweight Championship - Triple Threat Match:
Triple H(c) vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit ~ *****
This event started off rather well. Then following the handicap match it took a MAJOR nose-dive until the WWE Championship.
No complaints with the opener. Show dominated the majority. Cena wows fans with not one, but two F-U's. Career made. Enjoyable opener.
Above average short tag team contest with a lot of bodies out there. RVD & Booker felt out of place in a mid card match at WrestleMania, imo. They won. Makes no difference when that comes into play I guess. Nothing special, but once again another entertaining bout.
Stellar match between Jericho/Christian. So many nicely done spots throughout. Always loved this. Watched it the most out of all the matches on this show.
Handicap ruled. That's what handicap matches need to be good. Use the elements there to dictate the action. Not the same 'ol "team that has the advantage dominates 99% of the match then hot tag to end" crap. That doesn't work in handicap matches most of the time. Simply because it's expected and droll. Foley/Orton continue their strong program, we got Rock to return and have interactions with FLAIR and Batista did the appropriate amount he should have being a monster.
Playboy...ugh. Sable's hot. Tazz & Cole make jokes at the commentary table. "That wasn't my pencil"
Cruiserweight open fell victim to asinine booking. Stick 10 cruiserweights, INCLUDING Rey Mysterio, and give them 1 minute each. Real smart. Would have been better letting this be like No Way Out 2006 and let all of them be in the ring together with the 10 1/2 minute time given. Shooting Star Press to the outside got a pop from the crowd. Crowd was starting to wind down by this point.
Brock vs Goldberg = SHIT. Killed the crowd after it was over. (they were awesome while crapping on the match tho) 'nuff said.
WWE Tag Titles...nothing happens. Not like Brock/Goldberg nothing happens, but yeah. Bashams made it to WrestleMania, lol oh lord. They're simply terrible.
Women's championship would have been better if it lasted 30 seconds. Not one person cared. They just wanted to see Molly get her head shaved. Could have saved all of us from a bad, boring 5 minutes and did the hair job in all that time.
Eddie made this work with Angle. Crowd wasn't very hot during this because of all the crap prior. I still really got into it. We all know the finish. Classic Eddie. I'll never stop missing that guy. Oh yeah, Angle was in this match too. Tazz likes him.
Undertaker vs Kane wasn't anything special match wise. Which was common for both on PPV that year. Undertaker's return is all I needed. So legit. Always will get goosebumps. I still remember being a 13 year old kid watching it live and jumping when I heard "OHHHH YESSS". PAUL BEARER~!
Main event is perfection. I mean, it really is. Every single thing that could have been done to make it come together so perfectly did. Not gonna complain about HHH lasting 2 minutes in the crossface. If anything that only added to the drama of the finish. Would he counter out? Would Shawn manage to break it up? Could Benoit finally win the World championship? Buried the hold..pfft. Get out of here. Now I don't like Triple H, but that seems like grasping for straws. Anyways, the ideal WrestleMania main event. It's pretty much my favorite only tied with Undertaker vs Michaels from WrestleMania 26.