Re: WrestleMania 19: The greatest WrestleMania of all time? (long read)
Wrestlemania XIX is also my favorite, slightly ahead of X-Seven. The event had arguably the most decked out roster WWE has ever had at a Wrestlemania, and basically every match delivered in a huge way. People often forget that the card was stacked from top to bottom, where as X-Seven, while had it's incredible highs (Austin/Rock, TLC 2, Shance/Vince), also had it's lows (RTC/APA & Tazz, Benoit/Angle...which was a dud compared to their later work, and Eddie/Test). WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
XIX however was stacked top to bottom, with even matches like Taker vs. Show/A-Train (vastly underrated match IMO) and tag team turmoil pulling their weight. The obvious heavy hitters of Lesnar/Angle, Rock/Austin III, Vince/Hogan but especially HBK/Y2J just push it over the edge and make for a card that really can't be rivaled.
I will not argue that the main event of XIX was bigger than X-Seven, because it simply wasn't. Wrestling was at it's absolute climax, and Austin and Rock were the two biggest stars. X-Seven was the pinicle and culmination of the Attitude Era, and for that it definitely holds its own special place in the legacy of the grand stage. But when you look at the start to finish quality and match by match breakdown, XIX has the edge as it simply had more to offer.
As great as it was though, I believe with a few changes, it could have put it over the top and left no room for debate as to what is the greatest Wrestlemania of all time. See my rebooking of XIX below:
Brock Lesnar (RR) vs. Triple H (c)(w. Ric Flair)
Winner: Brock Lesnar
ONE LAST TIME
The Rock vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Winner: The Rock
Kurt Angle(c) vs. Chris Benoit
Winner: Kurt Angle
Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Undertaker vs. Big Show & A-Train
Trish Stratus vs. Victoria(c) vs. Jazz
Winner: Trish Stratus
WWE AND WORLD TAG TITLES: 4 CORNERS TAG MATCH
Team Angle(c) vs. Kane & RVD(c) vs. Los Guerreros vs. Booker T & Rhyno
Winners: Kane & RVD
Matt Hardy(c) vs. Rey Mysterio
WInner: Rey Mysterio
Blood. Urine. Vomit.