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Re: Top 5 Worst WrestleMania's Of All Time?
Basically, it was Vince's attempt to turn Wrestlemania into a bad variety show with so many bad backstage segments with The Rock as the guest host. It was pretty disastrous from that aspect. What about the wrestling? Well we had a weird and horribly executed main event in Miz Vs. Cena. We had a World Title match that opened up the show and nobody really cared about going into it. And lest we forget that absolute abomination that was Jerry Lawler Vs. Michael Cole, my pick for the absolute worst match in Wrestlemania history. It really showed where the brain trust was in the company when things like that were promoted as main events and championships were either bumped off the show or crammed into tag matches.
- Taker Vs. HHH was very good. Not one of my favorites, but pretty much a show saver.
- Punk Vs. Orton was solid.
This card was just way too bloated. How many freakin' tag matches were there? And some of them didn't even make sense. Why were Kane & Rikishi a team? Why was Chyna paired up with Too Cool? Tag Matches made by mixing singles stars had pretty much become a staple of television by this point, so to have so many of them at Wrestlemania just felt excessive, especially since they had plenty of room to do more singles matches. It also didn't help that most of the matches they did were pretty boring, and that says nothing for that ridiculous Hardycore Title match where the title changed hands 10 times and they botched the finish. Big Show Vs. Rikishi in a Big Man Singles Match, Kane Vs. X-Pac in their final burnoff. There were other ways to go, and the main event absolutely should have been Triple H Vs. The Rock for the title one on one. Having all the McMahons involved and throwing Foley and Big Show into the mix only muddied the waters. The biggest slap in the face of the whole thing was that Triple H retained the title, creating probably the weakest ending to any Wrestlemania ever. When it was over, I was like "We paid all that money for this?".
- Edge & Christian Vs. The Hardy Boys Vs. The Dudley Boys in a Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Titles was great and one of the most influential matches of all time.
- Kurt Angle Vs. Chris Benoit Vs. Chris Jericho with both European & Intercontinental Championships on the line was a cool set up and a solid midcard match.
Aside from the main event and one other match, this was a pretty horribly booked show in terms of how it was booked. The IC & Hardcore Title matches had their build ups completely fucked up by switching Road Dogg & Billy Gunn for no reason. Triple H faced Kane in a regular match just weeks after they had a Steel Cage Match on Raw. Huh? And I think Undertaker Vs. Big Bossman in Hell in a Cell is one of the worst Wrestlemania matches of all time, and probably the worst match of Undertaker's career. And overall, the show just sort of played out like an episode of Monday Night Raw, and there were episodes of Raw at the time that were much more exciting.
- Rock Vs. Austin in the main event was perfectly booked and exciting.
- Shane Vs. X-Pac for the Euro Title was exceptionally well booked.
You want to talk about a show that had no direction. The lead in to this show had no direction. I guess Shawn Michaels "Losing his Smile" and dropping out of the main event scene was what caused that, but it still served to make a rather lackluster event. IC Title match was Rocky Maivia Vs. The Sultan. Ugh! There was a time when I looked at The Rock and said "Fuck this shit" and didn't watch. Tag Title Match was Owen & Bulldog Vs. Mankind & Vader, heel vs. heel, so nobody got invested in it. Triple H Vs. Goldust was just a shitty match. How about that four corners tag match with The New Blackjacks, The Headbangers, The Godwins, & Furnas/Lafon? I guess depth doesn't matter if nobody cares about the teams involved. The Legion of Doom seemed to be wasted as they were just used as Ahmed Johnson's partners in a street fight with The Nation of Domination, a match that I still don't quite get. So was EVERY member of The Nation a legal participant? What was the deal there? And then you had one of the worst Main Events in Mania history as Taker took the title from Sid, a match that had little to no backstory or build up and only served to be a snoozefest when it was all said and done. Event Undertaker's title win was fucked up. This was a dark age for Wrestlemania and it really felt like the magic was gone when this show came out.
- Bret Hart Vs. Steve Austin in the Submission Match is one of the greatest matches of all time and the only part of this show that is even worth a second look.
Just a disaster. Plain and simple. We actually have a Wrestlemania where Bret Hart, The Undertaker, & Shawn Michaels all wrestled in different matches on the card and NOBODY delivered. Bret Vs. Backlund was such a far cry from their Survivor Series match that it makes me sad. Taker Vs. Bundy was awful and boring. Diesel Vs. Michaels for the title was sloppy, had a shitty finish, and it was clear that the fans were not buying into Diesel as champion. And then of course there was the main event of LT Vs. Bam Bam Bigelow which was just awful. LT was a great New York Giant, but he ain't no wrestler. But hey, at least that match was interesting to check out which is more than I can say about the rest of this fucking card. The best match was probably Razor Vs. Jarrett for the IC Title, but quite honestly, if you've seen one Razor/Jarrett match, you've seen them all, so I can't even recommend that. Also the match ended in a DQ, so fuck it. This show was an utter disgrace and I think the WWE would have to try to produce a show as bad as this one ever again.
- I was happy when it was over.