on 20 November 2007
wrestlemania 18,the first since wcw went to the great wrestling junkyard in the sky is one of the most confident and self assured wrestlemanias in recent years,wrestlemania is the daddy of all wrestling events and always has been and probably always will be ,but here there is just so mucjh going for the event,a crowd baying in madness,matches filled with stars and as i mentioned a growing and glowing confidence and maybe arrogance in places,the wwe had it all now and this was their ultimate party.
The event started with a title match,always a good sign,it was the intercontiental title,holder,william regal vs wrestlemania newcomer rob van dam,the match is pacey and lively as one would expect and ends on a high note,regal helps out van dam by letting him have his way a little but this is a fine opening.
Next up is another title match,european champion diamond dallas page,versus christian who hams it up slightly in his own town but he made me laugh,the match is very good,doesnt outstay its welcome by any means and ends with a solid ending,again the quality remains.
The next match was for the hardcore title,holder maven vs goldust,now this match ends on no contest ruling after just 3 minutes and indeed that sounds like a waste of time,but this leads to a running succession of little snippets throughout the night where new challengers take the belt backstage,it is funny to note that all the challengers have a referee with them to make the three count,that was a fine wee bonus.
Next up is a match of high quality,kurt angle vs kane,some say that kane is all impact and that means his matches can be a bit one dimensional,but that isnt the case when angle is in the ring with him,a ten minute match with plenty of wrestling and lots of quality,kane gives his all but angle is better and it shows but this isnt just a match to showcase the angle talent,its a good match that did kane no harm either,great.
By now,some cynics may expect a filler match,it aint happening folks,we all love no disqualification matches,dont we,some have been messed up in the past though,this match features the badass era undertaker vs the nature boy ric flair and you will be hard pressed to find a better match of its kind,aggressive,tortured,lots of wrestling as well and a few surprises,both men bled their merits into the ground and the outcome wasnt just for the winner,it was for both men who elevated the company to a new plateau.
Edge and booker t were up next and wrestled an accomplished match,edge mocking the bookers finishing move and proving he couldnt actually do it that well was fun to watch as was the entire match if im honest.
Next up is a match that wasnt the greatest in the world but delivered when it counted,stone cold who by now was a force vs scott hall who was clawing his way back in a company that he may have thought would never take him back,the nwo character remained but this wasnt halls finest hour,looking a little sluggish,austin was having time of his life,some interference followed,ref getting knocked out and all of that jazz before a pleasing outcome but like i said the match wouldnt list as a true great but it is always good when stonecold is in the house.
The four corners elimination match promised much but didnt quite deliver,certainly the dudley boyzhave had better matches,thats for sure,the hardy boyz did their bit to liven encounters but the outcome was a little safe in its approach but again this match didnt drag and that is a good thing.
Now onto the best match of the night,some say the greatest match of all time,i wouldnt state that myself but what a match,icon vs icon,hollywood hogan vs the rock,hollywood hogan being hulk hogan for those not too certain of that,the best of the past vs the best of here and now,the crowd were fanatical here,many thought the near 70,000 crowd would be split down the middle ,no such luck for the rock im afraid,this is hogan land and the crowd made that clear,the match had it all in truth and the outcome may suit some but the aftermath was the highlight of the night,spine tingling good,a dream match and it let no one down in its quality.
How odd to see this classic followed by the womens title match,regular readers of my wwe reviews will testify that i aint no womens wrestling fans,it is eye candy at the best of times,this match is no better although you would be hard pressed to call jazz eye candy,a bit of a beast.
The main event followed,triple h vs the undisputedchampion chris jericho with stephanie mcmahon at his side,the match wasnt the greatest in the world in terms of wrestling,triple h had a bad leg iinjurt so y2j worked on that weakness and the match became a match of desire and endurance and suffering,some dynamic moves were in it but ultimately the match was limited to submission moves and moves of pain directed at the leg,i cant blame jericho for going down that road but at times i wanted something else but as main events go this was still a fine one and a good outcome yet again,depending on who you support of course.
Overall this was a fine time in the heart of the wwe,they had it all and the wrestlers were all great to a degree so with all this in mind this is a purchase that wont ruin your day.Thanks