The 20th Anniversary of Wrestlemania,
This review is from: WWE - Wrestlemania 21 [DVD] (DVD)
This was, for the most part, a very good show. It was let down in a few places but it featured numerous exciting matches and it certainly had the look of a big time show (I thought the stage looked great). This was also a highly significant event since Batista and John Cena, who would both play a major role in WWE for years to come, ascended to main event status.
Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero 5/10
The show starts with a babyface vs babyface match between tag team partner buddies Mysterio and Guerrero. This was rather disappointing, it just wasn't anywhere near as exciting, smooth, fast paced or innovative as, say, their Halloween Havoc match from 1997. They were also hampered by the fact that the rivalry between them was too friendly. It certainly wasn't bad but it fell short of the expectations of the fans and the participants (Guerrero was very obviously displeased by the way the match is progressing).
Money in the Bank ladder match 10/10
The first ever Money in the bank match and, I feel, still the best. It was perfectly paced, with just the right number of stunts for the time, and all the participants were on form. Shelton Benjamin, in particular, looked great. The winner was extremely deserving. During Kane's entrance for this match some ladders on the stage are set on fire, amusingly this leaves scorch marks on the stage which are visible for the rest of the show.
Before the next match we were 'treated' to Eugene coming out and cutting a promo, he was then joined by Muhammad Hassan and Davari. Hassan ranted on about how he had been excluded from the show. Hassan attacked Eugene and put him in the camel clutch. Hulk Hogan then made the save and effortlessly battered both Hassan and Davari before posing in and around the ring for ages.
The Undertaker vs Randy Orton 8/10
A very exciting match in which Undertaker made Orton look very competitive before beating him. At this stage this was one of the best matches of Undertaker's streak.
Women's title: Trish Stratus vs Christy Hemme 5/10
I thought this was a fairly good women's match, especially considering Hemme's lack of experience.
Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels 10/10
Match of the night and the match of 2005. A superb effort from both men, with loads of great moves, reversals and near falls. It built up beautifully becoming ever more dramatic and exciting as it progressed. The finish was also perfect.
Next we get a Piper's pit segment with Roddy Piper and Steve Austin. This segment was quite amusing and Carlito's appearance was welcome even if he was only there to take the inevitable stone cold stunner.
Sumo Match: Big Show vs Akebono 0/10
This was just tedious. They took forever to set the match up and then when it started it only lasted 63 seconds. The sight of Show and Akebono in traditional Sumo attire was quite disturbing.
WWE title: John 'Bradshaw' Layfield vs John Cena 2/10
A really poor match which the fans didn't care about. The finish came out of nowhere, which partly explains the crowd's embarrassing reaction to it. At least it marked the end of JBL's dreadful title reign.
World title: Triple H vs Batista 5/10
While far better than the WWE title match, this one lasted far too long and was sluggish most of time. As a result of the plodding action the crowd were very silent for much of the match, they did come alive for the finish though. The closing few minutes of the match were, admittedly, exciting.
While the world title matches were a letdown, this card had much to enjoy about it. Money in the Bank, Orton vs Undertaker and Angle vs Michaels all range from very good to outstanding.
Special features include the 2005 Hall of fame induction ceremony and the pre show 30 man SmackDown! vs Raw battle royal. Also included are all of the movie spoof Wrestlemania trailers, some of which are actually quite amusing.