WWE WrestleMania XX Review:
This is the 20th Anniversary WrestleMania from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Every 10th Mania show is from there. This should be good.
Starts with the Boys Choir of Harlem signing the national anthem.
Excellent opening video with the history of Mania in it. Excellent ending with Shane, Vince, and his grandkid. Good stuff.
FINALLY a Mania with no Limp Bizkit anywhere. That is a good sign.
WWE United States Championship, Big Show (c) vs. John Cena -
Cena cutting a promo wanting everyone to make noise. He's now doing a cutesy rap. This is still better than what he did on RAW this week. Starts off with trash talking. Show overpowering at the beginning. Cena caught into a Powerslam. Suplex to Cena by Show only gets a two count. Show now in control. Show stands on Cena. Big Boot to Cena by Show. Big Standing Leg Drop by Show. Sleeper Hold by Cena. Show escapes by ramming him into a corner. Cobra Clutch by Show to Cena. Cena making a comeback now. Cena grabs show and FU's him! Show kicks out! Awesome! Cena grabs his chain but the ref stops him. He then grabs a pair of brass knuckles and FU's him again. Cena covers for the win. Crowd really into Cena. Okay opener, nothing too special.
Winner: New United States Champion John Cena
Coach backstage talking to people. Coach goes to Bischoff's office and Eric says he heard Undertaker is in the arena. He tells Coach to go find the Taker. Coach doesn't want to but Eric orders him to.
Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric Flair backstage by the stairwell. Randy talks about him kicking Mick Foley down the stairs. He says Mick walked away from his challenge. Then showing him spitting in Mick's face. Says they got tired of beating him up and he called Hollywood for back up. He called the Rock and they beat them up too. Says it's Evolution's time now and nothing can stop them from making history tonight. Excellent promo.
World Tag Team Championship Fatal Fourway Match, Rob Van Dam and Booker T (c) vs. La Resistance (Rene Dupree and Rob Conway) vs. Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak vs. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) -
Booker's music sucks...at least this version does though. Starts with RVD and Dupree. Nice Monkey Flip by RVD to Dupree. Good double teaming by Booker and RVD. Bubba now in against Booker. Nice Kick by Booker. Dudleys teaming up on Booker. RVD joins in. La Resistance and Jindrak taking turns beating up on Booker. Middle part is really boring with Conway and Booker in there. Spinebuster by Booker. RVD in and kicking down Cade, Jindrak, and La Resistance. Kicks everywhere. D-Von pushes RVD down to the barricade. Now everyone is brawling. 3-D broken up by Cade. Everyone on the floor except Conway and Booker. Five Star Frogsplash by RVD to Conway wins it for his team. Slightly below average match. Middle part sucked.
Winners: Rob Van Dam and Booker T
Coach backstage and he's hearing noises. IT'S MEAN GENE AND BOBBY HEENAN! They were in a locked room. Tell Coach they were playing poker. Door opens and it's Mae Young and the Fabulous Moolah. They force themselves on Gene and Bobby and pull them back into the room. Coach looks disturbed by this.
Chris Jericho vs. Christian -
Great video setting up this match and the romance storyline with Jericho and Trish Stratus with Christian's role in it. This storyline is awesome. Starts off with trash talking and they butt heads. Pushing and punching by Jericho to start off with. Jericho backdrops Christian over the top rope and out to the floor. Springboard Plancha from the middle turnbuckle down to Christian on the floor by Jericho. Jericho rams him into the barricade. CHRISTIAN BELLY TO BACK SUPLEXES JERICHO OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT TO THE FLOOR! Chinlock by Christian. Spin Wheel Kick by Christian gets a two count. Christian slapping and insulting Jericho. Both men bonk heads. Several pinning attempt counters by both men. Lionsault by Jericho blocked by Christian getting the knees up. Middle Rope Reverse DDT by Christian. Lariat by Jericho and both men down again. Reverse DDT Backbreaker by Christian. Superplex by Jericho blocked and he's thrown down. Top Rope Crossbody by Christian rolled through and Jericho gets a two count. Texas Cloverleaf by Christian to work over Jericho's hurt knee. Jericho escapes and puts him in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho holds onto it and puts it on him on the floor. Top Rope Double Arm Suplex by Jericho. Trish Stratus runs out now. DDT by Christian gets a two count. Christian dragging Trish in by the hair. Jericho dumps him out to the floor. Trish accidentally hits Jericho and Christian rolls him up for the win. Trish goes over to console Jericho. Trish apologizes to him. Christian back on the apron and Trish restraining Jericho. TRISH SLAPS JERICHO AND CHRISTIAN NAILS HIM WITH THE UNPRETTIER! TRISH IS WITH CHRISTIAN! THIS IS GREAT! Christian now badmouthing Jericho. JR and King's commentary in this match is great. Jericho looking on as Christian and Trish make out on the entrance stage. King is freaking out. "SHE'S SMITTEN! SHE'S IN LOOOOOVVVVEEEE!" lmfao That was a fun match and one of the best Mania matches EVER. Both the in-ring work and storyline parts were really great. Awesome, awesome match overall.
Lillian Garcia backstage interviewing Mick Foley. He says that it's Mania, it's the biggest night in his sport, and he hopes the hatred he has for Evolution wont screw up their plans. Rock jumps in. Rock says FINALLY the Rock is back in New York City. Rock tells Lillian to stop looking at his package. Hurricane, Rosey, Don Muraco, and Jimmy Snuka make cameos in this. Rock wants the crowd to make some noise. Rock opens up the entrance to show the fans. He tells Foley that they will whip Evolution's candy asses.
Handicap Match, Evolution (Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric Flair) vs. Rock and Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley) -
I really like Evolution's entrance music. Starts off with everyone brawling in the ring. Flair vs. Rock! YES! WOOOOOO! Flair knocked down and Flair WOOOs at him. Rock and Flair on the floor. Rock backdrops Flair on the floor! Foley elbowdrops Flair on the floor. Flair begging off. This is GREAT. Foley vs. Orton now. This is a blood feud. Foley beating up Orton on the floor. Foley ties Orton to the Tree of Woe and headbutts Orton and Rock punches him low. Nice cheapshot by Flair. That's skill wrestling right there. Batista beating up Rock on the floor. Flair chopping Rock in the corner. Flair challenging fans to fight, lol. FLAIR STRUT! Turns around and Rock knocks him down. Crowd booing, lol. Flair climbs to the top rope and Rock slams him down. Foley beating up Batista in the corner but he counters with a Lariat. Foley thrown out to the floor and Foley has the Mandible Claw on Orton but Flair makes the save. FOLEY THROWN HARD INTO THE RINGSTEPS! Flair and Foley going at it now. Camel Clutch by Orton to Foley. Mandible Claw by Foley to Batista. Orton makes the save. Hot tag to the Rock. Flying Forearm to Flair and DDT to Orton. Spinebuster by Batista. Flair stops him and wants him. FLAIR GOING FOR THE PEOPLE'S ELBOW! Rock nips up and mocks Flair's strut while punching him. Spinebuster by the Rock. People's Elbow by Rock to Flair. Rock Bottom by Rock to Orton. Flair breaks up the cover. Flair has a chair! Referee trying to control Flair. Batista Bomb in the ring by Batista to Rock. Orton covers Rock for a two count. MR. SOCKO! Mandible Claw attempt by Foley to Orton is countered by an RKO! Orton pins Foley for the win. AWESOME match. The last two matches have been great. Loud Foley chants after the match. Foley gets a standing ovation from the fans and the Rock.
Winners: Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric Flair
2004 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony highlights. Excellent class at this Mania. Mean Gene on the live show and he introduces the inductees. Inductees are Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Tito Santana, "Big" John Studd, Harley Race, Pete Rose, "Magnificent" Don Muraco, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Junkyard Dog, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. This is probably the best Hall of Fame class ever.
John Cena DVD add. This is right when he first started getting pushed. He was only slightly annoying back then.
Playboy Evening Gown Match, Sable and Torrie Wilson vs. Jackie Gayda and Stacy Keibler -
Sable gets the microphone and says her team is going to start with their gowns off since they feel "restricted." First Sable takes off her dress and then Jackie helps Stacy out of her dress. Torrie takes off her dress too. Jackie doesn't take hers off and then Sable drags her in and with Torrie's help disrobes Jackie. Top rope crossbody by Torrie to Jackie gets a two count. Smackdown team wins a short garbage match. HORRIBLE.
Winners: Torrie Wilson and Sable
Footage of fans from overseas that are at the show.
Eddie Guerrero backstage getting good luck wished to him by some guys. Eddie goes into Chris Benoit's locker room. Eddie gives Benoit a pep talk. Says he's always proud of Benoit no matter what he's proud of him. Benoit said there's no lose. Eddie says no one expects him to win. Benoit says he believes in himself. He asks why Eddie doesn't believe in him. Says it's his night. Eddie smiles and says that's the Benoit with the fire in him. Eddie says he believes.
Cruiserweight Open for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship -
First ever time for this match. Participants are champion Chavo Guerrero (with Chavo Classic), Nunzio, Jamie Noble, Akio, Tajiri, Funaki, Shannon Moore, Ultimo Dragon, Billy Kidman, and Rey Mysterio. Mysterio has on a Flash costume. Starts off with Dragon against Moore. Quick chain wrestling at the start. Asai DDT by Dragon to eliminate Moore. Noble in next. Dragon gets caught in a Front Choke Submission and Noble makes him submit. Funaki in next. Top rope crossbody reversed by Noble into a pin. Nunzio in next. Front dropkick off the middle rope by Nunzio. More nice chain wrestling. SENTON PLANCHA FROM THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR BY NOBLE! Great spot. Nunzio tries to climb back in but Noble pulls him out facefirst and eliminates him via countout. Kidman in next. SHOOTING STAR PRESS FROM THE TOP ROPE DOWN TO THE FLOOR BY KIDMAN TO NOBLE AND NUNZIO! AWESOME! Top rope BK Bomb by Kidman eliminates Noble. Mysterio in next. Seated Senton by Rey. Top Rope Sunset Flip by Rey eliminates Kidman. Tajiri in next. Tarantula by Tajiri. 619. Tajiri mists Akio and gets rolled up by Rey for the elimination. Akio counted out. Chavo is last in against Rey. Springboard Headscissors Takedown by Rey. Springboard Senton over the ref by Rey to Chavo Classic. Chavo pins Rey after a reversed Hurricanrana pin attempt with Chavo Classic holding his arm for the win. Over WAY too quick otherwise this would've been really good.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero
Interpromotional Match, Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg with Special Referee Steve Austin -
The storyline leading into this match king of sucks. The idea of these two fighting seems cool but it seems more about Austin versus Brock. Austin out first on his ATV. Fans into Goldberg. Starts off with a stalling staredown with loud "You sold put" chants. Crowd singing "Nah-nah-nah-nah, hey hey, goodbye" to Lesnar. Two minutes in and they still haven't locked up. Loud "Austin" chants. They finally lock up and stay locked in a collar-and-elbow tie-up for over a minute. This sucks. After breaking it they tie-up again for thirty more seconds. Crowd getting pissed and chanting "This match sucks," lol. They run into each other but no one moves. They do it again before butting heads and talking trash. Third time they both knock each other down. Military Press into a Slam by Goldberg. Lesnar dodges the Spear and Goldberg hits the middle turnbuckle. Goldberg rammed into the ringpost. Goldberg sucks chants now. Arm and Headlock Submission by Lesnar. Hogan chants for some reason, lol. Lesnar in control. Spinning Neckbreaker and then a Spear by Goldberg gets a two count. F-5 by Lesnar gets a two count. Spear by Goldberg. Jackhammer by Goldberg gets the pin. "Na-na-na-na, hey hey, goodbye" chants lead Lesnar to flip off the crowd and then to Austin leads to Austin Stunning Goldberg. Austin celebrating with beers and drinking with Austin. The toast the crowd and whenever Goldberg does it they boo him, lol. Austin Stuns Goldberg. HORRIBLE match. I mean REALLY horrible.
Video of WrestleMania fireworks display outside of Madison Square Garden is shown.
Hype video for WrestleMania XXI at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California is shown.
Vince addresses the crowd to come out and say thank the fans on behalf of himself, the WWE organization, all wrestlers past and present, and from his family. He thanks them for making WrestleMania what it is today.
Fatal Fourway Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty (c) vs. World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) vs. APA (Faarooq and Bradshaw) vs. Basham Brothers (Doug and Danny Basham) -
Taz is picking the Bashams to win. Scotty and Rikishi are the champs?! Huh? Shelton starts off against Bradshaw. This is less than a month before Bradshaw became JBL. You know it's bad when the highlight so far is Scotty dancing. Leap Frog back attack by WGTT to Scotty. Average wrestling with a slow, boring pace so far. Rikishi now in and beating up everyone. Now everyone is in the ring. Rikishi uses his giant ass to back out of a German Suplex attempt by Shelton. Stink Face to Haas. Last Call by Bradshaw over the top rope to Doug onto the WGTT. Clothesline from Hell by Bradshaw to Danny. Samoan Drop by Rikishi to Bradshaw. Rikishi Sits on Danny to get the win. Other than the last 30-40 seconds this was garbage. Post-match has Scotty and Rikishi dancing as fireworks go off on top of the ringposts and ceiling.
Winners: Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi
Hype video about Edge returning.
Jesse Ventura comes out with a microphone. Asks what Mania would be without Jesse interviewing somebody just like 20 years ago. He looks around and finds who he was looking for. He's going to interview Donald Trump. Tells him the hair looks great. Trump says Mania means a lot to him and after being asked Trump says he would give his moral and financial support. Jesse says we may need a wrestler in the White House in 2008.
If Molly Holly loses she gets her head shaved for the WWE Women's Championship, Victoria (c) vs. Molly Holly -
Barber chair with barber tools shown on stage before match. King makes a joke about if she gets her head shaved if this would be her first time being shaved, lol. Molly starts off in control. Chain wrestling to start. Molly back in control. Funny conversation between King and JR about granny panties. JR: "I didn't prepare to talk about panties for this match," LMFAO. Victoria out of nowhere with a backslide to win after Molly dominated the match. Molly tries to run but attacks Victoria. She puts Victoria in the chair. Hairspray to the face by Victoria. Molly then knocked down and strapped to the chair. Molly restrained and Victoria shaving her head. Molly is bald on the stage after the hype video for the WWE World Championship match is shown. Nothing match.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Kurt Angle -
AWESOME pre-match hype video. Eddie comes out in a lowrider. Crowd behind Eddie. Nice chain wrestling at the start. Eddie gets the advnatage and Kurt takes a breather on the floor. Kurt back in the ring and the chain wrestling starts up again. Kurt takes control briefly before Eddie gets control with an Armbar. Angle gets control after a knee to the midsection and an Abdominal Stretch. Eddie fights out of it and goes for the Three Amigos. Angle reverses it into Rolling German Suplexes. Both men on the apron and Angle goes for a German Suplex off the apron. Eddie kicks Angle to the floor and then dropkicks him off the apron. Eddie misses a top rope crossbody to the floor and hits the barricade. Angle in control working over the ribs and midsection. Angle wearing out Eddie with a Leg Scissors submission hold. Awesome Belly to Belly Throw Suplex by Angle. Gutwrench Bear Hug by Angle. Belly to Belly Suplex by Angle gets a two count. Eddie blocks a Superplex with headbutts. Angle leaps back up after being knocked to the mat but Eddie pushes him off. Eddie goes for the Frog Splash but Angle moves out of the way. Angle back in control. Eddie Hulks Up and fights back with clotheslines, punches, and elbows. Belly to Back Suplex by Eddie gets a two count. Triple German Suplexes by Angle countered into a pin attempt by Eddie for a two count. Angle Slam countered into an Arm Drag by Eddie. Tilt-a-Whirl Headscissors by Eddie to Angle. Three Amigos by Eddie countered into an Ankle Lock. Eddie survives. Eddie climbs to the top turnbuckle but Angle runs up the ropes and grabs him into a suplex for a two count. Ankle Lock by Angle. Eddie fights out of it but Angle grabs him into a German Suplex. DDT counter by Eddie and then a Frog Splash for a two count. Angle plays possum and grabs Eddie into the Ankle Lock again. Eddie rolls and Monkey Flip couners Angle out to the floor. Eddie then unties his boot. Angle gets back in and grabs Eddie into th Ankle Lock. Eddie kicks off Angle who has the boot in hand and grabs him into a Small Package for the win. GREAT MATCH.
Winner: Eddie Guerrero
Undertaker vs. Kane -
Great pre-match video. Paul Bearer: "OOOOOHHHHH YESSSSSSS..." Paul Bearer and the Druids come out. Undertaker comes out to his old music with his old hat and ring jacket but with his biker outfit. Taker does his old mannerisms. Kane's reactions of disbelief are great, lol. Kane: "YOU'RE NOT REAL!" LMFAO Crowd loudly chanting for Taker. Kane goes over to touch Taker to see if he's real and Taker starts punching him repeatedly. Fight on the floor. Leg drop off the apron by Taker to Kane. Taker in control. Old School by Taker is countered into a choke. Taker chokes Kane back. Kane chokeslams Taker. Tombstone by Taker to Kane for the win. Average big man match.
Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Triple-H (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels -
Another excellent pre-match hype video. They hype up that this is the first ever Triple Threat World Title match in Mania history. Really good World Title hype from JR about May 1905. Like Trips' white boots in this match. Crowd 95% for Benoit, maybe more. Starts off with Benoit and HBK fighting over who gets to beat up Trips. Chop battle between HBK and Benoit. HBK rammed into Trips who falls out to the floor. Nice chain wrestling between HBK and Benoit in the ring. Now all three men are fighting. HBK and Trips going at it now. Baseball Slide by HBK to both Benoit and Trips. TOP ROPE MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE TO BENOIT AND TRIPS ON THE FLOOR! WOW! Trips now in control of the match. Flying Forearm by HBK to Trips. Rolling German Suplexes by Benoit to Trips. Superplex by Trips to Benoit. Pedigree blocked into a Crossface attempt by Trips fails. HBK makes the save. Triple German Suplexes by Benoit to HBK. Top Rope Headbutt by Benoit to HBK only gets a two count. HBK slams Trips and hits the Top Rope Elbow Drop. Sweet Chin Music connects to Trips but Benoit pulls Trips to the floor at the count of two. HBK and Benoit battling in the ring. Slingshot Suplex by Benoit makes HBK's head hit the ringpost. HBK is bleeding now. Crossface by Benoit. Trips reaches in just as HBK is about to tap to grab his hand and makes the save. Trips and Benoit battle on the floor. Benoit rams Trips headfirst into the steel steps. Trips whips Benoit into the ringsteps hard. Trips pulls apart the Smackdown announce table. Benoit rams Trips twice into the Spanish announce table. Trips goes for a Pedigree through the announce table but Benoit blocks it. HBK arrives and HBK AND TRIPS SUPLEX BENOIT FROM ONE ANNOUNCE TABLE THROUGH THE OTHER! AWESOME! HBK's face is covered in blood. Gory visual. HBK tosses Trips to the floor and he knocks over a cameraman. JR yelling for an EMT for Benoit. HBK rams Trips headfirst into the ringpost. Trips is bleeding now too. Pedigree by Trips but now both men are down. Benoit comes out of nowhere to make the save. Benoit grabs Trips into the Sharpshooter! Trips reaches the ropes but Benoit pulls him back to the center of the ring. SWEET CHIN MUSIC TO BENOIT BY HBK! Amazing match. Trips somehow kicks out. Benoit ducks Sweet Chin Music and backdrops HBK out to the floor. Crippler Crossface by Benoit to Trips. Trips slowly fading away. Trips tries to counter but Benoit holds on! BENOIT LOCKS IT IN MORE AND WINS! JR is about to lose his voice he's so worked up, lol. Eddie Guerrero shows up and they hug. Both men are crying. Confetti now falling from the ceiling. Both men celebrating with their World Championships. Great, great match. Probably one of the best matches ever. Too bad Benoit ruined all of this with what he did 3 years later.
Winner: New World Champion Chris Benoit
6 out of 10 stars. The HBK/Trips/Benoit, Christian/Jericho, Guerrero/Angle, and Evolution/Rock and Sock Connection matches were all good but everything else was either average or garbage. Despite the 4 really great matches (Christian/Jericho is the most underrated Mania match EVER) there were 8 matches that really took away from the greatness that was those 4 matches. Lesnar/Goldberg was one of the worst matches of all time and so was the Playboy Match or whatever it was. Overall good but would've been a LOT better is some of the crappy filler matches were removed.