on 26 June 2011
WrestleMania 20, where it all begins again. I would go into how that makes no sense but I'm far too tired.
On with the show.
The Harlem Boys Choir open with America the Beautiful. If Russo was booking they'd feud with Lilian Garcia for rights to open WrestleMania.
United States Championship: The Big Show vs John Cena
Bret/Owen this ain't. Big Show had defended the title...oh, maybe twice? This being the second mind you. Cena gets a nice rap pre match, emphasising how bland he's become today. Big Show just dominates the whole match with Cena getting the occasional false comeback. Cena somehow hits the FU, but Show kicks out! Cena gets the chain in desperation, and uses it to distract the ref before hitting Show with a brass knuckle. The FU follows and we're done on about 10 minutes. It was well booked at the end, but the plodding offense before that doesn't exactly make it worthwhile. *1/2
Jonathon Coachman meets up with Eric Bischoff, who asks him to go find The Undertaker. If Russo was booking, there's your WrestleMania main event.
Meanwhile, Evolution recap all the nasty things they've done to Mick Foley. Orton has sure come a long way since then.
World Tag Team Titles, Fatal Fourway Match: Booker T and Rob Van Dam vs. La Resistance vs. Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade vs. The Dudley Boyz.
One fall to a finish, which sucks. Booker and RVD were a pretty good team though. This match has four guys too many, as no one really gets a chance to show off. They just got to do their usual stuff then go home. They should've just gone with Booker and RVD vs The Dudleys, who were most over with the crowd being from New York and all. The Five Star finishes at about 8 minutes. Not bad, but nothing special. **
Coach searches for The Undertaker, but instead finds Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan disheveled. Turns out Mae Young and Moolah were with them and drag them back for some more fun. Wow, good thing I've just eaten. If Russo was booking, there's a mixed tag match with Coach as referee.
Christian vs Chris Jericho
From one love story to another. This one is actually good though, as these two used to be the best of friends, but Christian got annoyed when Jericho grew affection for Trish Stratus. Oh come on, who wouldn't? Usual very good match between these two, though not quite as good as Jericho's match with Shawn Michaels the year before. Trish runs down, shenanigans ensue, and Trish "accidentally" nails Jericho (not in that way) and Christian wins with a rollup. Turns out it was all a ruse though, as Trish slaps Jericho post match and makes out with Christian in a SHOCKING SWERVE. Actually it kind of was at the time. ***3/4
Why was this angle silly in retrospect? Because Trish explained her heel turn by saying she was offended by Jericho's wager that he could bed her. So she leaves him for the other guy who made the bet with him! I know what you're thinking -- Trish was just lying about her reasoning. Okay, then why did she really turn heel?
Backstage, Mick Foley talks about what a big night this is. Good thing Mick was here to let us know that. The Rock interrupts and gets everyone excited as per usual.
Handicap Match: The Rock and Mick Foley vs Evolution
I love this match. It's one of those matches where you can just forget about nonsensical booking, silly storylines and bad matches, and just kick back and have fun. The focus of the match is Orton's ongoing rivalry with Mick Foley, but the real stars of the show are The Rock and Ric Flair. That would have been some match (and promos!). Flair is just awesome here, and Rock and Foley do a good job of making Orton and Batista look good. The match breaks down and ends up with Foley and Orton. Foley hits the Kobashi Driver and readies Socko, but Orton gives him the RKO out of the blue for the win at 17 minutes. Highly entertaining, mainly thanks to the antics of Flair and The Rock, and it set up an incredible No Holds Barred match between Orton and Foley at Backlash. ****
Recap of the Hall of Fame ceremony. Bobby Heenan's speech still gives me goosebumps.
Evening Gown Match: Sable and Torrie Wilson vs Stacy Kiebler and Miss Jackie
And we had a nice run going as well. Sable decides they should wrestle with their gowns off. PSYCHOLOGY! If Russo is booking, Evening Gown on a pole match. They "wrestle" for a bit, the crowd doesn't care and neither do I. Torrie spears Jackie and rolls her up for three after about two and a half minutes. Woohoo. 1/2*
Eddie Guerrero meets up with people backstage. Hey look it's JBL's Chief of Staff! Eddie finds himself in Chris Benoit's locker room, and they have a back and forth about how important this night is. Pretty good stuff, and it highlights how big WrestleMania is to them, rather than just in general.
Cruiserweight Open: Chavo Guerrero vs. Shannon Moore vs. Billy Kidman vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Nunzio vs. Tajiri vs. Funaki vs. the Ultimo Dragon vs. Jamie Noble.
Talk about a missed opportunity. You know how the tag match earlier had four guys too many? This has about seven too many. Just because it's WrestleMania doesn't mean you have to get EVERYONE on the show. UEFA doesn't try to get every team in the Champions League Final. Just have the champion and the best challenger. Less is more. The match is okay, but the rapid falls are just too unbelievable and there's absolutely no flow. It boils down to Chavo and Rey (which is what it should have been anyway). Rey hits a sunset flip, but Chavo sits down on him and grabs his father's hands for the three after ten minutes. Ten minutes and eight falls...nuh uh. **1/4
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg
Oy. Last appearance for both men. Stone Cold Steve Austin is the special referee. Have pity on him, it's one thing to watch this match, but to be forced to do it standing up? That's just too much. The fans boo both guys, perhaps because they take about three minutes to lock up. Lots of staredowns and tie ups follow. FEEL THE WORKRATE. We finally get a bit of offense but it's incredibly slow. Say what you want about these two, but they're usually good at having some snap to their moves. Not so much here. Goldberg gets the spear and jackhammer on 14 minutes. Kind of entertaining if you don't take it seriously, but like Austin/Hall at WrestleMania 18 this was a serious feud at the time. Disappointing considering how much I was looking forward to this. I'll give it *1/2 for entertainment value.
Post match, Austin stuns both men out of the WWE, though if I'm not mistaken this would be his last appearance for a while too.
Vince McMahon comes out to thank the fans for the last twenty years. There were probably some old WCW fans in the crowd going "er...sure, don't mention it".
WWE Tag Team Titles, Scotty II Hottie and Rikishi vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team vs. The APA vs. The Bashams.
Okay if you're going to have two tag matches on the same show, do they have to be the exact same match? Can't one of them have a different stipulation? If Russo is booking, you have to pin them once, then make them submit, and then throw a table through them. Well it would've been more exciting than this, which was just as run of the mill as the Raw match. **
Jesse Ventura interviews Donald Trump. He asks him if he has The Donald's support in 2008 if he decides to run for the White House. Yeah this sure aged well.
WWE Women's Championship, Hair vs. Title: Victoria vs. Molly Holly.
If Molly loses she gets her head shaved. There's a barber chair waiting on the ramp. Yeah the winner of this is up in the air. The match is pretty good though, as these two were always decent wrestlers. Victoria wins with a backslide after 5 minutes. Short, but nicely paced. **1/2
After the match, Molly tries to run, but Victoria tracks her down, straps her in an armchair and shaves her head. How many barbers have you been to where they have straps on the chair?? No, seriously, let me know. So I can avoid going there.
WWE Championship: Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle
This show is crying out for a great match. Fortunately these two are more than willing to provide it. The story of the match is Kurt doesn't think Eddie is a worthy champion because he's a former drug addict. Eddie is out to prove him wrong. They start with some great mat wrestling and counters. Eddie then misses a dive off the top rope and Angle dominates. The match gets a little one sided, but the last few minutes kicks it into high gear. Fantastic finish to the match as Eddie unties his boot, making Angle think his foot is hurt. This causes Angle to go for the ankle lock, and Eddie's boot flies off. The distraction allows Eddie to roll Kurt up for the win on 21 minutes. Great booking at the end, with Eddie playing on Angle's over reliance on the ankle lock. The match was great too, if a little one sided at times. ****1/4
The Undertaker vs Kane
Kane buried Taker alive because he became "one of us". A cynical smark? Undertaker returns in his deadman gimmick...er, kind of. He has the theme and entrance, but his attire is still biker like. Anyway the match sucks and was only here to showcase the returning Undertaker, who was still mighty over with the crowd but wouldn't be much good in the ring again for a couple of years. *1/4
World Heavyweight Title, Triple Threat: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit.
I would question why Shawn is in this match, but this is probably a rare example of where having an extra man probably helps the match rather than hinders it. When I first saw this match in full after hearing all the praise it got, I thought it was the most overrated thing ever. Watching it again though, I can see why it was so lauded. Incredible match that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The winner was obvious, but sometimes that can be a good thing. The story of a match sometimes isn't if someone will win, but how much adversity they have to go through before they win. All three men were on top of their game here, and while I don't think it quite deserves the full boat, it's probably the best triple threat match you're ever likely to see. ****3/4
After the match, in a sad moment in retrospect, Eddie Guerrero comes out to congratulate Chris and they hug in the ring and celebrate. That was difficult to watch considering what would happen later, which I won't go into here, but a great moment at the time.
People call this the best WrestleMania of all time. I won't go that far, but it's still an incredible event. The show had some ups and downs, but the ups were VERY er...up. The event started slow, hit a bright spot, then went slow for a while, but finished strongly. In that sense, it's similar to WrestleMania 19 and the opposite of WrestleMania 21, which started with a bang and ended with a whimper. You can argue if 19 is better than this show, but this show has much more historical importance and the matches had a much bigger long term effect. With the exception of the tag matches, every match had at least one element where you could say, "You should see this match because ________." There aren't many PPVs where you can say that.
Very high recommendation.
on 20 October 2010
Wrestlemania is what its all about and this is one of the greatest PPVS ever for numerous reasons.
The party starts with a great rendition of the American national anthem and then it is right down to business.
John Cena vs Big Show
A very good opening that Cena showcased his old better mic skills. Still the build up and actual match were good if not the best we've seen between the pair. Thankfully the ending isn't as cheesy as current WWE programming.
World tag team championship
Booker T and RVD vs The Dudley Boys vs La Resistance vs Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade.
This fatal four way for the tag team championship had some great spots but there is only two good teams who weren't featured nearly enough
Christian vs Chris Jericho
Fantastic match that had a great build up. They were essentially wrestling all thanks to Trish Stratus and Lita and their wrestling did the talking. Great spots, great twists and turns and for first time viewing what an ending.
The Rock and Mick Foley vs Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair
Before going to wrestle we see Foley and Rock backstage and Rocky didn't seem the wrestler of old and it showed somewhat in the ring to. A good match that had a great sense of comedy styling
Torrie Wilson and Sable vs Miss Jackie and Stacey Kiebler
Reasonable tag team match, the fans liked the fact it was changed to a lingerie match
WWE 10 man cruiserweight championship match
Great match that lasted longer than normal. Many superstars to watch out for but watch out for Billy Kidman's shooting star press, oh my God.
Brock Lesner vs Goldberg
This had a very good build up but it was more of a staring competition than a wrestling match. The fans really slammed Lesnar for selling out
WWE tag team championship
Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty vs APA vs The Bashams vs Shelton Benjamen and Charlie Haas.
Like the previous tag team title match there were good spots but not enough awe to entertain
WWE women's championship
Victoria vs Molly Holly
One of the more competitive women's matches you'll see good twists and turns and an over sold ending
Kurt Angle vs Eddie Guerrero
Very, very good match. The Olympic vs latino heat was brilliant great moves, build up and what a brilliant ending that epitomises the characters
Kane vs Undertaker
The return of the dead man resounded around Madison square garden and what a match to follow. Brothers divided this showed some skilful and powerful executions and Undertaker is once again sensational
World Heavyweight championship
Triple H vs HBK vs Chris Benoit
This triple threat match lasted a joyous long time that had a good build up and nice to hear the fans getting behind the right man. How the end came about was great
Overall entertaining PPV and certainly worth catching
on 16 August 2010
It was great to see WrestleMania held at the worlds most famous arena Madison Square Garden.
United States Championship Match
Big Show vs John Cena
Decent opener, that got the crowd hyped up for WrestleMania XX. I have to admit that Big Show totally dominated Cena, but Cena found a way of beating that by delivering a second F-U to defeat the 500 pound Big Show, to become the new WWE United States Champion.
Fatal Four Way for the World Tag Team Championship
RVD & Booker T vs Dudley Boyz vs Cade & Jindrak vs La Resistance
Pretty good fast paced tag team match, where all four teams had their moments of pure domination. In the end though it was RVD & Booker T, who overcame the odds on retaining their WWE World Tag Team Championships.
Chris Jericho vs Christian
One of the first best matches of the night, that ended with a shock. The match itself though was pure awesome, with both Jericho & Christian putting on a match, that had lots of back and forth action and close counters. In the end though it was Christian who picked up the victory.
2 on 3 Handicap Tag Team Match
Rock 'n' Sock Connection vs Evolution
It is always good to see the Rock & Mick Foley as the great Rock 'n' Sock Connection. They had a lot of good domination in this match, including their opponents e.g. Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton, who picked up the win for Evolution in the end.
First ever Playboy Evening Gown Match
Sable & Torrie Wilson vs Stacey Keibler & Miss Jackie
Fans were really hyped, when they saw these four WWE Divas showing off their evening gowns to the entire WWE audience. Though the match itself was short, but still some good in ring action, which led to the team of Sable & Torrie Wilson picking up the victory for Smackdown.
First Ever WWE Cruiserweight Championship Open
Chavo Guerrero vs Jamie Noble vs Funaki vs Ultimo Dragon vs Rey Mysterio vs Nunzio vs Tajiri vs Shannon Moore vs Billy Kidman
I always love cruiserweight matches, and this one for sure did not disappoint. A lot of fast paced action in this match, with a lot of good high flying moves performed, and Mysterio is a good example of a good cruiserweight, who came close to winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, but it was Chavo who luckily retained his WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar
with Stone Cold Steve Austin as Special Guest Referee
I was and still disappointed with this match, what a waste of a good build up, that was simply flushed out of the window. Both superstars disappointed their fans in attendance. Only good thing about this match, was the Stunners that Austin gave to both Lesnar and Goldberg at the end.
Fatal Four Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi vs APA vs Basham Brothers vs World's Greatest Tag Team
Same as the RAW fatal four way tag team match, a lot of fast paced tag team action, that led to Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi retaining their WWE Tag Team Championship.
Women's Championship Match
Victoria vs Molly Holly
Decent diva's match for the WWE Women's Championship, which led to Victoria retaining her championship, and Molly Holly getting her head shaved bald.
WWE Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle
Great, great match for the WWE Championship, between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. This was my second favorite match of the night, and really enjoyed on what was done in this match. A lot of domination for Angle, but it was Eddie who found a funny way of retaining his WWE Championship.
Undertaker vs Kane
Great comeback for the Undertaker, and a decent match that he had with his brother Kane, who he has now beaten twice at WrestleMania.
Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit vs Triple H
Match of the night and a great win for Chris Benoit, who after winning the 2004 Royal Rumble, finally lives the dream of being the brand new World Heavyweight Champion. This match had everything, including in ring brutality and even outside ring ring brutality.
on 3 February 2010
HERE WE GO
John Cena vs. Big Show 3/5
World Tag Team Titles Match
Booker T & RVD vs. Jindrak & Cade vs. La Resistance vs. Dudley Boys 3/5
Christian vs. Chris Jericho 4/5
Rock 'n' Sock Connection vs. Ric Flair, Randy Orton & Batista 4/5
Playboy Evening Gown Match
Sable & Torrie vs. Stacy & Miss Jackie 1.5/5
Open Cruiserweight Match 3.5/5
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Special referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin 3/5
Fatal Four-Way for the WWE Tag Championship
Scotty 2 Hotty 7 Rikishi vs. APA vs. Basham Brothers vs. World's Greatest Tag Team 3/5
Molly vs. Victoria 3/5
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero 3.5/5
Undertaker vs. Kane 3.5/5
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels 5/5
Very good Wrestlemania, 1 eye candy match, 8 solid matches, 2 awesome matches & 1 legendary match. the 2 bad points are, the tag matches had nothing built around them ( they where not even included in the Mania recap video at the end of the show ) and they where to short & imo John Cena should not have FU'd BigShow 4 months prior at Survivor Seris because it would have been a WrestleMania moment at 20 if he done it for the first time there but thats Cena for you, he cant do anything right ( its hard to believe that i actully liked him at this point lol )
Go buy this now.
on 22 December 2009
Wrestlemania xx was and still is one of the most historically significant wrestlemanias of all time. 20 years in the making, where it all started, madison square garden. Fantastic main events, some of the most anticapted duels in Mania history, shocking moments, unforgettable ending and the most anticapted return of any wrestler this decade, all in one show!
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels- After alot of consideration, this has to be in my opinion the greatest wrestling match i have ever seen. The build up was fantastic stuff, the match didnt have an OMG moment or an insane bump, it was just an obsorbing, back and forth intense triple threat match. Epic feel, madison square garden really got into this half way through. Each man turned up in this match, each giving aruably their best performances of their careers. Great moments include the moonsault by michaels onto both chris and hhh, and a double suplex by hhh and hbk on chris through the announcers table! JR once again made this epic, the day this guy leaves wreslting will be a sad day. The ending is now one of the most tainted famous moments in wrestling history, chris shockingly making triple h tap out for his first heavyweight championship in WWE. Eddie comes out and celebrates with chris in an excellent emotional moment. Its a shame that just 3years later these guys would be dead, and the controversial death of 1 makes this match none existent according to the WWE. But that should take nothing greatly away from a match at the time i held close to my heart as the single greatest match in the history of the sport known as wrestling. The hatred between the Game and HBK was clear and apparent, the determination of Benoit to finally win the big one on the biggest stage drove him to get up even after going through an annouce table. Unbelievable. GREATEST MATCH OF ALL TIME-10/10
Undertaker vs. Kane -This was one the many anticapted matches on this card, mainly due to the Undertaker returning to his old persona. My personal favourite entrance in Mania history. Even paul bearer returns! The match didnt get much time, but kane got a good amount of offense and still looked rather strong. But this moment was truly for the Undertaker, as he went 12-0 at wrestlemania with a tombstone, beating his brother for the second time in WM. Decent match, though doesnt hold up well when compared to their first Wrestlemania encounter 6 years previous-6.5/10
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero-The first thing i thought of when i witnessed this battle was WHAT A WRESTLING MATCH. Most true wrestling fans thought this would steal the show, and it was damn near close to being such. The build up with Kurt Angle feeling Eddie being the WWE Champion was a discredit to the company was touchy yet perfectly done, giving Eddie that extra motivation to beat arguably the best in the world and prove he is worthy of being champion. The exchanges were crisp, physical and exciting, it constantly teased a brawl scenario but it remained largely ground based throughout. The last 10 minutes were the most unpredictable of the match and the ending was ingenious, ive never seen an ending like it! One downside was the lack of crowd interest, who were dead throughout the match. Still one of the best WWE championship matches in recent memory. A worthy main event on the 20th anniversary-9/10
Molly vs. Victoria- Disapointing from these two, it was good for a womans match, but it could of been soo much better. None the less decent effort from both divas, and the hair shaving of molly is arguably the most memorable womans moment in Mania history-6/10
Fatal Four-Way for the WWE Tag Championship
Scotty 2 Hotty 7 Rikishi vs. APA vs. Basham Brothers vs. World's Greatest Tag Team- One of the weaklinks of the show. Entertaining to a degree, but too short, no heat and not everyone got a good time to show their stuff(farooq never got tagged in!) Doesnt deserve to be in WM and could of been a good tag team match but ended up being an average attempt-5.5/10
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Special referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin-To many of us this clash of the titans was the most anticapted match of the entire show, and thats say someting considering the sheer weight of super matches on this show. But boy this is one of the most disapointed efforts of all time. Neither man looked bothered, knowing this would be boths last match in their tenure in WWE. The new york fans turned this into an interesting battle, as they turned on both guys, practically saying goodbye to them and saying the match is boring! It took them like 5minutes to even grapple, the last sequence was good, but the whole match could of been so much better. Austin stunned both men after the match, sending the fans home happy. Im going to be generous as this was fun to watch. Entertaining as a spectacle considering the circumstances, but not much of a match-7/10
Open Cruiserweight Match- Very good spotfest, but too short on time. Each man had no more than 2-4minutes in the ring before they were eliminated. Still this match was exciting, with some great spots, such as Kidmans shooting star press onto the outside! The last two men were Chavo and Rey, with Rey getting screwed by Chavo Snr. Great spotfest once again. Could of been epic-8/10
Playboy Evening Gown Match
Sable & Torrie vs. Stacy & Miss Jackie- Great eye-candy, rubbish match. Simple as that. THE worst mania match i can recall seing-2/10
Rock 'n' Sock Connection vs. Ric Flair, Randy Orton & Batista-FANTASTIC ENTERTAINING MATCH. a personal favourite of mine that even after repetitive viewing has never failed to entertain me. One of the best Mania matches i can recall, and its a shame its often forgotten due to the superb main event, as i dont recall anyone mentioning this huge match among the best of the events history. The build was wonderful, with Orton disrespecting every legend you could think of, spitting on their faces, leading to Foley being disgusted by his actions and Evolution constantly beating down Foley( the infamous punt by Orton on Foley on the stair case in this same arena) leading to the Rock making his return to help his old buddie. If there was ever a need for a visible definition of sports entertainment, this is it. It puts the E in WWE. The interaction between Flair and the Rock was the stuff of legends, if only the two had a one on one meeting. Hot match up, the fans were into this, and it is notable as being Orton and Batistas 1st Mania match and the Rocks last match to date. Legends past, present and future were all involved with this one. EPIC ENTERTAINING MATCH, with Orton picking up the win with an rko on foley out of nowhere-9.5/10
Christian vs. Chris Jericho- Another fantastic match, the 1st of the show. Two of my personal favourites putting on a match lacking in physcology but full of intensity and excitment. Once again this was a match of long term booking as the two former Tag Team Champions were torn apart by the love of a woman, a classic story that was done to perfection. The fans loved this. Unpredictable match, shocking ending and an even more shocking turn by Trish Stratus on Jericho, slapping him twice and kissing Christian! A great Mania match with a great Mania moment-9/10
World Tag Team Titles Match
Booker T & RVD vs. Jindrak & Cade vs. La Resistance vs. Dudley Boys- The better of the two tag team matches, and its no suprise as the wrestlers here are generally better. Not much to say about this one, it was a decent effort by all 8 men, and it never got boring-6.5/10
John Cena vs. Big Show- Entertaining opener, Great rap by Cena, and the fans got into this match up, mainly due to Cenas charisma. Abit slow when Big show took control, but the chemistry between these two guys is great, as they know how to work with each others strengths and weaknesses. Cena wins with a shocking FU on a 500 pound man! Cenas 1st title win and its funny how much a year makes, as Cena at WM21 was in the main event. Good stuff here-7/10
This is one of those personal favourites. Its one of those events that has a split reaction. Some think its a disapointing Mania, some think its one of the best, and i would agree with the later. This show was jus EPIC. It didnt need 70,000 fans, gimick matches or celebritys to feel epic, Some of the most unforgettable moments in Mania history happened on this show. The DVD is FANTASTIC. Manias top ten matches is a fantastic documentary and so is the "Mania before Wrestlemania", the background story to WM19. Its filled with many other extras. Get this DVD now, its my personal favourite!
on 20 May 2004
This years Wrestlemania was title 'where it all begins again' and thats just what happened.
The opening match to kick off wrestlemania was the U.S title match between John Cena vs Big Show 7/10 good opener for a good PPV.
Next was RAWS turn for their first match of the evening. Booker T & RVD vs Jindrak & Cade vs La Resistance vs Dudley Boyz. 6/10 good match but finished a little to early for my liking.
Chistian vs Chris Jericho was next and was one of the best matches of the night 9/10. Great match with a Unbelievable ending.
Then came Evolution vs Rock n'Sock connection. I thought this match would have been further down the card but i was wrong.7/10. Not a bad match - although i was disapointed with the result.
Next was the first inter - promonational match Torrie Wilson & Sable vs Raws Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie. 5/10.
The cruiserweight open was good. Alot of High flying action. good entertainment so i would give this 8/10. 10 men were in this match but again, a little to short.
Next was The severly Hyped Goldberg Lesnar. Stone Cold was ref in this and never had a big part to play in the match apart from count the 1,2,3. He then stuns both at the end. The chants in this match are great.7/10. It has got 2 extra marks just for the chants!!.
Next was Smackdowns Turn at the fatal four way for the WWE tag team titles . Scotty 2 hotty & rikishi vs bashams vs APA vs SPWGTT. Good match 6/10.
The next match was great. Victoria vs Molly Holly. If molly never won then she would have her hair shaved. 8/10. Molly lost and lost all her hair. This was not fake, it was funny!!!.
The match of the night. The dead finally rised again when The Undertaker Returned to battle his half brother kane. With the familiar voice of paul bearer shouting ' ooooohhhh yess ' You knew he was back. The entrance of Undertaker was fantastic. Same as Wrestlemania XIV. It was spine - chilling. 10/10. Undertaker making it 12 - 0 at wrestlemania.
The main event. HHH VS HBK VS CHRIS BENOIT. Chris Benoit's 18 year career had leaded to this moment. Fantastic match. Had Everything. 9/10. Alot of near falls.
Overall i would recommend this DVD to anyone. A great ppv. HAad a little bit of everything.
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Although I wouldn't say the overall show was great, I'm giving WM XX five stars because WWE done the right thing by letting the fans go home happy. The booking for the main matches was excellent and lived up to the hype WWE were building for a full year. Also Madison Square Garden proved to be a fitting venue for this supercard extravaganza.
Here are my reviews:
United States Championship:
The Big Show Vs John Cena 3/5
Not a great match because The Big Show was made to do all the work, but it did feature a pretty cool ending.
FATAL 4 WAY TAG TEAM MATCH
World Tag Team Championship:
RVD & Booker T Vs Dudley Boyz Vs La Resistance Vs Cade & Jindrak 3/5
An obvious cardfiller but not the worst match of the night.
Christian Vs Chris Jericho 5/5
Brilliant match that I felt was the best of the night, also featured a surprised ending.
Ric Flair, Batista & Randy Orton Vs The Rock & Mick Foley 4/5
A great match that featured the long awaited return of the Rock 'N' Sock connection.
CRUISERWEIGHT GAUNTLET MATCH 5/5
It featured Rey Mysterio, Billy Kidman, Jamie Noble, Ultimo Dragon, Tajiri, Akio, funaki, Shannon Moore, Nunzio and the champion Chavo Guerrero. It was an amazing high flying match!
Brock Lesnar Vs Goldberg
(Guest Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin) 2/5
Dissapointment of the night by far. Fans had been waiting for to see this for a year and were sevearly let down. Also (as it stands) this is both guys last match in WWE. Thankfully, Stone Cold gives us all what we all want to see at the end.
FATAL 4 WAY TAG TEAM MATCH
WWE Tag Team Championship:
Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty Vs The Basham Bros. Vs APA Vs Haas & Benjamin 4/5
Again another card filler but still a very good match.
PLAYBOY EVENING GOWN MATCH
Miss Jackie & Stacey Keibler Vs Torrie Wilson & Sable 2/5
Four hot women fighting eachother in their underwear is great yes, just don't expect to see a great match.
HAIR VS TITLE MATCH
Victoria Vs Molly Holly 3/5
If Molly lost she would have to shave her head bald! I think that's all I have to say.
Eddie Guerrero Vs Kurt Angle 5/5
A great match as expected with a funny ending.
Kane Vs The Undertaker (W/Paul Bearer) 4/5
Great match but I can't help but feel that the return of Taker's "deadman" gimmick was a bit of a anti-climax.
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
World Heavyweight Championship:
Triple H Vs Shawn Michaels Vs Chris Benoit 5/5
An excellent main event with an emotional ending. A great end to a great night of action.
I wouldn't say that this Wrestlemania was the best there's ever been, but this is one that should be part of your collection.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2006
United States Championship
Big Show(c) Vs. John Cena
Cena comes out to rap at the beginning about how Big Show is. Good-ish match a bit slow with Big Show dominating to start off with. Good ending and Cena gets his first taste of WWE gold. 8/1O
Backstage: Eric Bischoff asks Coach to searc for The UnderTaker
Backstage: Evolution. Randy Orton talking about kicking Mick Foley's ass.
Fatal Four-Way for the World Tag Team Championship
RVD & Booker T(c) Vs. Dudley Boyz Vs. Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak Vs. La Resistance
Best of the two tag team matches that night. Cool move involving RVD and Booker. Good ending. 8.5/10
Backstage: Coach looking for 'Taker only to find some old veterans making out. Grim.
Chris Jericho Vs. Christian
Lame. Thats all I can say. 3/10
Backstage: Mick Foley getting interviewed and The Rock interupts and says that The Rock n Sock Connection are going to beat Evolution. Rock still has the best mic skills.
2-on-3 Handicap Tag Team Macth
Rock 'n' Sock Connection Vs. Evolution
Good match throughout. Didn't like the ending. Foley's first match in four years. Some funny parts, look out for those. 9/10
WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2004
I skipped this bit.
First-Ever Playboy Evening Gown match
Sable & Torrie Wilson Vs. Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie
Cool match. All the women strip at the beginning. Intersting pin from Torrie. 6/10
Backstage: Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit talk about the WWE title matches that night.
First-Ever WWE Cruiserweight Championship Open
Chavo Guerrero(c) vs Jamie Noble vs Funaki vs Ultimo Dragon vs Rey Mysterio vs Nunzio vs Tajiri vs Shannon Moore vs Billy Kidman
Good-ish match with good moves throughout Ending sucked. 6/10
Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar-Stone Cold Stave Austin as Special Guest-Referee
Quite slow. The crowd hating Lesnar and Goldberg. Ended the way it should. 7/10
Mr McMahon comes out to thank all of the WWE fans for the last twenty years of WrestleMania.
Fatal Four-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi(c) vs APA vs Basham Brothers vs World's Greatest Tag Team
Ok-ish match, both Tag championship matches were good but the RAW one earlier was better. Good ending. 8/10
Jesse "The Body" Ventura interviews Donald Trump: Skipped this too.
Women's Championship-Title vs Hair
Victoria(c) vs Molly Holly
Excellent ending and funny. Ok-ish match. Victoria shaved Molly's head bald!!! Cool. 8/10
Eddie Guerrero(c) vs Kurt Angle
Good match. Sneaky ending from Eddie (RIP). Angle gets very frustrated. 8.5/10
Undertaker vs Kane
Better than their previous WrestleMania encounter. A bit short. 'Taker still proving he's the best. Kane can't believe that 'Taker was still 'alive'. 9/10
Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match
Triple H(c) vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit
Awesome match with the best ever ending. Benoit finally getting what he deserves. 11/10
This box-set has SO many extras, check out the WrestleMania countdown. And the Mania of WrestleMania
The best WrestleMania of the lot. A must have for any true fan of WWE. "WrestleMania XX, where it all begins...again."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2006
Wrestlemania XX - where it all begins...again.
This marked the 20th annual Wrestlemania, and it lived up to one of the greatest events of the past few years. Seven titles on the line, twelve different matches, one spectacular night that no WWE fan will forget.
1. United States Title: Big Show vs John Cena
A solid opening contest. Cena does some cool raps before the match, which really made Show angry. The match was, however, dominated by Show for most of it - but Cena used dirty tactics to win his first ever Wrestlemania and his first ever title. Good contest. 7/10
2. World Tag Team Titles Fatal 4-Way: The Dudley Boys vs Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak vs La Resistance vs Booker T & Rob Van Dam
This was the first of two Fatal 4-Way matches, and this was the better one. Although it never seemed to excite the crowd (except when RVD came into the ring) it was very back and forth and quick-paced. Not groundbreaking, but still extremely enjoyable. Worth checking out. 8/10
3. Christian vs Chris Jericho
A very long, entertaining match this was. The rivalry, though, is too over-the-top and could be made a lot easier to follow. The match, on the other hand, really escalated the feud between Y2J and Christian. The ending is very surprising as well. Solid contest between two veterans, I liked this match. 9/10
4. 2-on-3 Handicap Match: Evolution (Batista, Ric Flair & Randy Orton) vs The Rock & Mick Foley
This was one of my favourite matches on the card and I'm surprised that it was so early on in the card. All five men performed brilliantly in one unique match, but the ending was pretty sad. These superstars are still as good now as they ever were (in Flair's, Rock's and Foley's cases) and Batista and Orton will be awesome in a few months' time. Not the best on the card, but certainly one of them. 9/10
5. Playboy Evening Gown Match: Sable & Torrie Wilson vs Stacy Kiebler & Miss Jackie
This wasn't necessarily wrestling at its finest, but it was entertaining to watch some smoking hot divas go at it "catfight" style. What's better; they did it in their underwear! This was basically a waste of time in Wrestlemania terms but it was a funny match - won't be remembered at all. 3/10
6. Cruiserweight Championship Open: Chavo Guerrero vs Ultimo Dragon vs Billy Kidman vs Tajiri vs Jamie Noble vs Funaki vs Akio vs Shannon Moore vs Nunzio vs Rey Mysterio
Very fast-paced and entertaining Cruiserweight match. It could have gone on much longer and the eliminations took place all too soon. Funaki lasted for about five seconds and Akio didn't get into the match! For it to have been much more enjoyable, it should have been a Battle Royal. I know it's odd but I love those matches so much. But the match wasn't all that bad, the wrong man won. 6/10
7. Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar (Stone Cold as Special Referee)
This was a real disappointment to Wrestlemania. It really spoils the show, especially thinking about how hyped it was and how many people wanted to see these two tear eachother apart. The match took ages to get going, and once it did, they didn't execute more than ten moves altogether. I was expecting much, much more - it's a real shame the match turned out the way it did. 2/10
8. WWE Tag Team Titles Fatal 4-Way: Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty vs The World's Greatest Tag Team vs The APA vs The Basham Brothers
Not as good as the previous Fatal 4-Way, but still worth watching. It was shorter and less action-packed but was better than some of the matches on the card. Not a bad encounter. 6/10
9. Women's Title: Victoria vs Molly Holly
This match seemed stupid as no-one enjoyed it and it was extremely short. If Molly lost, her head would be shaved. That's exactly what happened; the only painful thing was having to watch it. U.G.L.Y! I didn't really care about this match or its outcome; I just watched it anyway and wasn't impressed. 3/10
10. WWE Title: Kurt Angle vs Eddie Guerrero
A great match! These two perform in a fantastic contest for the Smackdown prize - the WWE Title. This is the 3rd best match of the night and it had a superb and hilarious ending. Angle's face was classic! Watch it because it is simply great. This should have been match no. 11 though. 9.5/10
11. Kane vs Undertaker
This marked the return of the Phenom after being buried alive by Kane in November. Undertaker had a really eerie entrance and he performed like he had never left WWE. Kane never really got a proper advantage - not surprising because this match was made to simply give Undertaker his opportunity for revenge. Not a five-star Undertaker match, but very good overall. 7/10
12. World Heavyweight Title: Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit
One word: Awesome! A simply breathtaking match which really shows how great Wrestlemania is. This is indeed one for the ages, one of the best matches I have seen. Benoit finally gets what he has fought so long for, HBK and Triple H gave it their all - but it wasn't enough to prevent Benoit from achieving his dream. Everything you could want in a Wrestlemania main event. Outstanding - you must watch it! 10/10
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2009
The under card is mixed, there being some good, some bad. But the main event is worth the money. Benoit, HHH and Michaels have a killer 3 way, and obviosuly the best match on the card