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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
WWF WrestleMania X8
IC Title: William Regal vs. Rob Van Dam - ***
European Title: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Christian - **3/4
Hardcore Title: Maven vs. Goldust - *3/4
Kane vs. Kurt Angle - ***
No Disqualification: Ric Flair vs. The Undertaker - ***1/2
Edge vs. Booker T - **3/4
Stone Cold vs. Scott Hall - **3/4
Tag Titles: Billy & Chuck vs. The Hardys vs. The Dudleys vs. The APA - ***
The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan - ***1/2
Women’s Title: Jazz vs. Trish Stratus vs. Lita - **1/4
Undisputed Title: Chris Jericho vs. Triple H - ***1/4
This show always leaves me conflicted. Was it the ultimate WWF vs. WCW confrontation? No. The epic end to the alliance storyline? No. Was it a great WrestleMania? Maybe. A good WrestleMania, and a good PPV? Absolutely.
Don't get me wrong, the show is a bit of a mess. Given the massive roster at the time, WWF could have come up with a card as good as, if not better than, WM X7. Instead, they opted for some very awkward pairings: DPP in the lower card, Kurt Angle vs. Kane, instead of Mr. Perfect, Undertaker squashing Ric Flair, Booker T and Edge fighting over a shampoo endorsement, Steve Austin against...Scott Hall, and the first undisputed champ ever playing second fiddle to Stephanie McMahon, not to mention the backwards booking of Triple H winning the title from a superstar new to the main event in Jericho.
That aside, the match quality is quite good. Regal/RVD is a perfect opener: short and sweet, a great clash of styles, very crisp, Angle/Kane is better than I remember, Flair/UT is a very good weapons brawl, Edge/Booker is a nice little spring, Austin/Hall, while not the classic it could have been (I'm sure I would have been pissed watching it live), is still a blast (best stunner ever), Rock/Hogan is an instant classic, and this may be the first time I ever actually enjoyed Y2J/HHH.
Rock/Hogan was the featured attraction and shouldn't have gone on last. Y2J/HHH had a great steph bump at the beginning, Y2J working on HHH's leg and then HHH trying to do the same, a good table spot, the crowd going nuts for HHH pedigreeing Steph, a sick chairshot, and an interesting counter for the finish. I do feel like it ended as soon as it started to get good (much like WM XXVIII, but it still had a nice ending.
How much you enjoy this show really depends on how you look at it. It's not what it could have been, nor as great as it should have been, but still tremendously entertaining.
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