I honestly don't care if they were in the attitude era or what not but in my opinion Wrestlemania 15 and 16 were not good compared to other wrestlemanias.
And I have brought up reviews for both shows that I have found that pretty much explain why I dislike both of these.
Austin vs. Rock saved this show from being worse than WM IX. The HIAC was awful, one of the big undercard deals was Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn that just went totally wrong, and why did we even have Tori vs. Sable on this show. Almost every damn match (except for maybe the Hardcore match at the beginning) had either a random ending, a swerve, or a bunch of interference. Good lord, really? Did WWE not have enough faith in their performers during this show that they had to do this. It's like everybody went into shock after Bart Gunn was knocked out into next month by Butterbean. Did anyone expect anything less? It's not like Butterbean knew anything else. This show was bad and as I've said many times, Stone Cold vs. Rock is really the only thing I would say is worth even watching.
First of all, I think this was a poorly booked show. Most of the matches seemed to be just thrown together without any real story. The only singles match on the whole card was between Terri Runnels and Stacey Carter. There was a lot of crap that just wasnít worthy of mania. I didnít mind some unhyped filler during the early years of mania. That was the way the business was back then and it fit in with the natural flow of the show. By 2000 WrestleMania had different expectations. A lot of the stuff on WM16 would have been better suited for Raw or Smackdown. Also the main event changed several times between No Way Out and Mania. It was hard to get caught up in the hype when things kept changing. It didnít come off as compelling television; it came off as the creative team had no idea what to do. Letís take a look at the card.
Godfather & D Lo Brown vs. Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan: Does this seem like a match that should be taking place at WrestleMania? This was pointless. I could deal with it not having any hype and just being an opener if the rest of the card was strong but it wasnít. I also didnít care for Ice T giving me a headache only minutes into the show.
Hardcore Battle Royal: This was absolutely awful. It was basically a scramble match for the hardcore title. There were four problems with this match. First of all it sucked. It was just guys randomly getting hit with broom sticks and cookie sheets. I could have been in this match and done just as good a job as some of those guys did. Secondly, the match was full of the rejects. Thirteen men were involved making it a total clusterfuck. Did The Mean Street Posse, Headbangers, Kaientai, and Viscera really need to be on mania that year? Third, this match got 15 minutes and that does not include intros. The guys who belonged on mania least got 15 minutes of bell to bell action. Iím sure guys would beg for that nowadays. Cena and Batista didnít even get that last year. Finally, the wrong guy won the match. Not my opinion; literally the wrong guy one. Crash was obviously supposed to win and a botched finish caused Hardcore Holly to walk out the winner. This match was a fail on every level.
Head Cheese vs. T&A: Another match not worthy of mania. This was just an ugly match. JR even said so during commentary and flat out said they never got on the same page. A midget in a cheese costume? Really?
Tag Title Match: Thank God this match came on to rescue the show. This was a good match. When I say WM16 sucks everyone who defends it brings up this match. Fine this was good, but I donít hear anyone saying WM13 was great because of Hart vs. Austin, or WM25 was great because of Taker vs. HBK. One match doesnít make a great ppv. It just saved it from being a complete disaster.
Terri vs. Kat: Nothing but a pathetic waste of time. Neither of these two were even a real wrestler. They were so void of talent that the object was to simply throw the opponent from the ring. Not even over the top; just simply throw her out of the ring. Riveting.
Too Cool & Chyna vs. The Radicalz: Not terrible but I donít recall much of a story. Wouldnít Rikishi have been a more logical choice to team with Too Cool?
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit: This is another match that gets brought up to defend this ppv. The match was pretty good but I donít think itís the technical masterpiece itís made out to be. People just see the names Angle, Jericho, and Benoit and automatically anoint the match as a classic. Again, pretty good but not a classic.
Kane & Rikishi vs. X Pac & Road Dogg: This was random. How did Rikishi fit into this? The Kane vs. X Pac feud was dead by this time. It was just a random match because creative couldnít come up with anything else. At least it was saved by the San Diego Chicken dancing with Too Cool and Paul Bearer giving the crotch chop to Pete Rose. Oh wait, that was stupid too. Nevermind.
Triple H vs. Rock vs. Big Show vs. Foley: Some have said there was great hype for the main event. I donít see it. After No Way Out the main event is HHH vs. Show. Then itís changed to HHH vs. Rock. Then itís changed to a triple threat. Then Foley, for no reason at all, is put into it for a fatal four way. Could have sworn after losing at No Way Out Foley said he wasnít going to be one of those guys who came back a year after losing a retirement match. He was right. He came back after just one month. What about a McMahon in every corner? Well that made zero sense since three of the McMahons happily reunited after Triple H won. But it was a swerve so I guess itís automatically great.
Now if you liked WrestleMania 16 then good for you. To each his own. I donít mean to tear into something you like. I just felt like defending an opinion that I touched on in another thread since it seemed to get some attention. I stand by my statement that 16 ranks toward the bottom of all the manias. Take out the tag title match and I felt like I was watching a four hour Raw. Not good. For the record, when I say WM16 sucked I mean by mania standards. I can still find enjoyment in the show. Itís just bad compared to other manias and could have been a lot better.
So yeah what are your opinions on Wrestlemania 15 and 16?