Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: New York
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
IC Title: Chris Jericho vs. William Regal - **3/4
The APA & Tazz vs. Right to Censor - **
Hardcore Title: Raven vs. The Big Show vs. Kane - **1/2
European Title: Test vs. Eddie Guerrero - ***
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit - ***1/2
Women’s Title: Ivory vs. Chyna - *1/2
Vince McMahon vs. Shane McMahon - ***3/4
TLC II - ***3/4
UT/HHH - ***3/4
WWF Title: The Rock vs. Stone Cold – ****1/4
Found a new appreciation for this show on so many levels. WM XIX has often been my favorite WM of all time, but this viewing might have given XIX a run for its money (need to rewatch that too). Such an amazing variety of action, from technical, to spotfests, to soap opera, to weapons, brawls, and a HUGE main event.
McMahon/McMahon is perfectly booked entertainment. So many wonderful moments, like Shane crashing through the table, Trish turning face, Linda getting out of the chair, Foley taking out Vince, and the big finish.
TLC II holds up amazingly for an 11-year old ladder match. So much fun.
UT/HHH is ridiculous, but I love how HHH really looks like the first major threat to to the streak. The sledgehammer shot is awesome, great false finish. This was, if I remember correctly, the first and best time UT surprised his opponent with the LR out of the corner.
Rock/Austin is probably the last GREAT WrestleMania event: an all-out war between two guys in their prime. This is a grudge feud based not on hate, but on being the best, and winning the WWF Title. I don't think any WM main event put over the title more than this one match.
Even more amazing, is that it never gets boring. 28 minutes long, and non-stop action. No rest holds, just brawling, weapons, intense submissions, finishers, near-falls, interference, everything. I actually even like how McMahon didn't try to make it theatrical. He simply came out and helped Austin. The drama came from the post-match handshake. Did it go anywhere? No, but still shocking as hell, and worked for the goals of the challenger.
This is probably the first time I really loved watching this show: such variety, such work-rate. I mean: Angle/Benoit, McMahon/McMahon, TLC II, UT/HHH, and Rock/Austin. That's insane. Great show. Might actually finally be my favorite WM.
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