December 17, 2008
Wrestlemania XXI, April 3, 2005, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler/ Michael Cole and Tazz
“Wrestlemania Goes Hollywood”
-This is the 21st Wrestlemania, and Lillian Garcia is in the ring to sing “America the Beautiful”
-They start off the show with the movie parodies that they made, including such movies as Taxi Driver, When Harry Met Sally, Braveheart, etc. Pretty funny stuff.
-Pyros go off and the show is under way.
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
Both men are tag team champions, and the storyline going into it is that Eddie wants to know if he can get back at the level he was as a singles wrestler. Eddies music hits, and he’s out in his low-rider, and does his signature shake, before getting into the ring. Rey is out next in flashy ring gear. The crowd showing Eddie some love. The bell rings and we’re underway. Tie up and headlock takeover for Eddie. Arm bar to Rey, and fireman carries Rey over who lands on his feet, hits the ropes and shoulder blocks Eddie. Pin attempt, Eddie out at 1, Eddie reverse the Irish whip, and an arm drag takeover. Arm bar, into a knuckle lock and 3 pin attempts. Rey reverses into a sunset flip attempt, Eddie pushes him away. Eddie slingshots Rey over the top rope and looks to attempt suicide dive until Rey moves. Rey back inside and runs the ropes, 619’s through ropes, Eddie moves out of the way. We are at a stalemate, as Eddie gets back into the ring. Knuckle lock, Rey monkey flips Eddie, both stay on, bridge up, and key lock arm hold by Eddie. Rey works himself back up, attempted suplex, Rey lands on his feet, running the ropes, leap frog sequence, Rey monkey flips Eddie. Rey runs at Eddie, flipped over apron, and knocked to floor. Eddie with a dive over the top rope. Eddie throws Rey back in the ring, attempted pin, 2 count. Another arm bar by Eddie, into a surfboard type move. Eddie then with a suplex, and pin attempt. Surfboard by Eddie, Rey pops out. Eddie with an STF on Rey, and now into arm bar again, then hammerlock. Rey fights out, and reverses into arm drag. Drop kick by Rey to Eddie on outside, then big corkscrew plancha by Rey over the top rope!!! Eddie back in the ring, seated Senton by Rey, runs the ropes, runs into an elbow by Eddie. Eddie attempts the 3 amigos, Rey counters into a pin attempt, 2 count. Eddie with a sick backbreaker, 2 count. Eddie finishes the 3 amigos, goes for a powerbomb, but Mysterio reverses, and sends Eddie into the ropes, misses the 619, tilt o whirl backbreaker by Eddie, 2 count only. Eddie getting frustrated. Another attempt at 3 amigos, and he connects this time. Frog splash time and he misses!!! Both men down. Inside cradle attempts by both, but neither gets the 3. Rey with a few kicks at Eddie, attempted powerbomb by Eddie, Rey flips out, puts Eddie into the ropes, 619. Goes for another seated senton, and Eddie catches him and a huge power bomb, kick out at 2 by Rey, elbow by Mysterio, another power bomb attempt, but Mysterio reverses it with a hurricanrana and the pin, 1..2..3!!! Winner at 12:39 Rey Mysterio. Great opener to Wrestlemania 21. Great energy, some good chain wrestling and some nice reversals. Eddie was so over at this point, that I think he only lost for storyline purposes, and really push some possible tension with Rey. ***1/2
-In the back we see JBL walking with Orlando Jordan and the cabinet. They run into HHH and Flair. A little confrontation between them. They talk about seeing who the champ is at the end of the night. Flair with a big WOOOO!!! Quick little segment between the 2 heel champs.
Money in the Bank Ladder match (Edge, Jericho, Christian, Shelton Benjamin, Benoit, and Kane)
Match starts with Kane coming out last and punching as Edge comes at him. Everyone going for Kane. Kane tries bringing a ladder in, but everyone is back on Kane again. Benjamin and Benoit double suplex Kane. Christian trying to bring ladder in, Y2J kicks it into his face. Benjamin and Y2J going at it. Running bulldog by Y2J on Benjamin. Jericho with 2nd rope dropkick to Edge on the outside, then a high cross body block onto Edge over the top rope. Christian jumps from second rope to the outside with cross body. Benjamin with a HUGE jump over the top taking everyone out. Kane hits a huge clothesline from the top rope to the outside on the other competitors. Kane is bringing a ladder in and hits Edge with it. then Christian. Y2J dropkicks it into Kane. Y2J is using the ladder as weapon. Benoit with a big release German suplex, ladder flies out of the ring. Benoit trying to climb, Kane with a big hand for a choke slam, but Benoit reverses into a cross face, then Benoit with a cross face on Edge. Kane nails Benoit with ladder in the face. Kane slams ladder on Benoit’s left arm. Spear by Edge onto Kane. Christian and Edge are using ladders as conchairto to Kane. Benjamin with a double springboard clothesline onto E and C. Benjamin with a spin kick onto Christian who was holding the ladder. Edge sets the ladder up in the corner, and whips Benjamin into it. Edge looking for a spear, Benjamin throws Edge face first into the ladder! Benjamin setting Edge up in the corner for a stinger splash, and nails it. Benjamin setting the ladder up, climbing, but Y2J is back in the ring, Benjamin and Y2J fighting at the top. Christian sets up a ladder, and Benoit climbs the other side. Edge sets up ANOTHER ladder. Christian with a huge arm bar slam to Benoit, then Shelton pushes Y2J off, Edge and Shelton fighting on the ladder. Shelton with a T-Bone Suplex from the top of the ladder!!!! Y2J back up and climbing the ladder, but Christian back in the ladder, another one set up in-between the one standing so you can climb it or run up it. Y2J climbing, but Shelton runs up the ladder set up between the other and a clothesline!!! Shelton has been the MVP so far. Benjamin climbing again and Christian hit him with a ladder. Kane hits Christian with a ladder. Kane tries to choke slam Shelton to the outside!! Tomko in the ring with a big boot to Kane. He picks up Christian and carrying him to the top of the ladder. Kane stops him, and gets rid of Tomko, Kane pushes the ladder over, and Christian goes over the top and lands on top of Tomko. Kane climbs to the top of the ladder, and Y2J is there too. Both are exchanging punches. Ladder falls over, and Jericho to the outside, Kane in the middle of the ring. Benoit back in the ring, setting up a ladder in the corner, he climbs it and HUGE SWAN DIVE HEADBUTT. He opens up the stitches he had above his eye. This is absolutely insane. Benoit is setting up the ladder again. Kane sits up climbs the ladder. Kane goes for a choke slam, but Benoit gives him a bunch of head butts and Kane falls over. Edge comes in and nails Benoit’s bad arm with a chair, climbs to the top and grabs the brief case. Winner at 15:17 Edge!! This was the beginning of Edge’s rise to the top. He really grew into the character and made a huge impact. Overall, this match was a big spot fest. There isn’t much psychology in these matches, although Benoit really sold that arm injury well. These guys went out to steal the show, and they put on a pretty damn good match. ***3/4.
-Eugene comes out to the ring next. He talks about how excited he was to be at Wrestlemania and his favorite Wrestlemania moments. Muhammad Hassan and Daivari come out and interrupt Eugene. Hassan is angry because he doesn’t have a match. He degrades the city of LA and gets some good heat. Daivari screams something in Arabic, and the crowd goes nuts. Hassan is going to make his own Wrestlemania moment. He beats up Eugene along with Daivari and puts him in the camel clutch, while Daivari screams at him. Hulk Hogan’s music hits and he comes out in the red and yellow, complete with a boa. Hogan jumps in the ring and he’s getting stomped down. He gets up and bashes Hassan and Daivari’s head together. Hogan hits Hassan with some big right hands, and a clothesline in a corner. The big boot and then sends Hassan over the top rope. Daivari tries hitting him with a chair to no effect. Big boot and he sends Daivari over the top rope. Nice little segment to get Hogan that huge pop.
-Video package of the Undertaker and Randy Orton feud. WWE really makes great video packages.
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
Undertaker makes his way out to the ring with the usual set up of druids with torches surrounding the ring. It looks like he’s on something that’s rolling him down to the ring, but you can’t see his feet. He has probably the greatest entrance of all time. Randy Orton is out next. He does some posing and the match is ready to start. Taker ready to strike, but Orton is moving quickly. Orton ducks a Taker punch and slaps the Taker. They lock up and Taker gets Orton in a headlock. Orton throws him off the ropes, leap frog and a drop kick. Pin attempt and nothing. Big back body drop to Taker. Taker is off the ropes again and Taker with a big right to Orton. Orton is getting pounded in the corner. Irish whip into the corner, Taker charges and Orton jumps over him, attempts a roll up, 1 count. Orton goes for the RKO but Taker counters and throws him over the ropes. He sets Orton up on the apron and a big leg drop. Taker goes for Old School and gets it. He puts Orton back in the corner and tries a big boot, but Orton moves and Taker is stuck in the ropes. Dropkick knocks Taker to the outside and starts punching him. Back in the ring and Orton is punching him still. Orton throws a big European uppercut. Undertaker fighting back, but Orton comes back with a clothesline and a 2 count. He throws Taker into the ropes and goes for another back body drop, but Taker counters with a DDT and pin attempt, 2 count only. He throws Orton into the corner and then gives him a sidewalk slam. There is another pin attempt by the Taker and again a 2 count. Orton back in the corner and Irish whipped to the other, and Undertaker hits a few big splashes on him, and goes for snake eyes and hits it. Going for the big boot, but Orton counters with an elbow. Orton is pounding the Taker on the ground now. Taker sits up and Orton is punching him again. Taker is fighting back with right hands. Taker throws a clothesline at Orton and a pin attempt for a 2. Taker puts Orton in the dragon sleeper, but Orton counters that into a DDT. Orton goes for a pin attempt, but only a 2 count. Orton puts Taker in a chin lock, but Taker is fighting out of it. And throws Orton into the ropes, but Orton reverses and puts Taker in a sleeper. Undertaker reverses that into a suplex and both men are down. Taker with a big boot to Orton then runs at Orton, but Orton with a body slam counter. Orton is working on Taker in the corner, going for the 10 punch, he poses so Taker goes for the Last Ride, but Orton jumps out of that and attempts the RKO. Taker pushes Orton away right into the ref. Taker goes for the Last Ride, but he falls down. Bob Orton runs in the ring and nails Taker with his cast, but still only a 2 count for Orton. Taker sits up again, and starts punching Orton again. Taker thrown into the ropes then hits a big boot on Bob Orton who’s standing on the apron. Taker goes for a choke slam, but Orton counters that into an RKO!! Orton covers but only gets a 2 count!! The crowd is really into this. Orton motions for a tombstone, but Undertaker reverses it and gives Orton the Tombstone and gets the 3 count for the win!! Winner at 14:14 the Undertaker. This was a great match between these two. This pushes the Taker to 13-0 at Wrestlemania. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Taker is going to win at Wrestlemania every year, but they have been doing a good job of giving him formidable opponents lately. Great match though, with a lot of action, and not many rest holds. ***3/4.
-Video package shown highlighting the feud between Trish Stratus and Christy Hemme. They included Lita into the feud to help Hemme, but I think everyone believes that Hemme doesn’t have a chance. And my god is Trish the hottest Diva that has ever been in the WWE?
Christy Hemme vs. Trish Stratus ©
Christy Hemme is out first with Lita. Trish is out next, and heel Trish was awesome. Trish has a cocky look on her face. Bell rings and Trish lays down begging Hemme to pin her. She then gets up and pushes Hemme. Trish throws her outside of the ring and into the steel steps. Trish throws her back in, throws her into the corner and gives her a few chops. Trish goes for the Chick Kick, but Hemme blocks it and crotches her? Trish holding onto the ropes, Hemme pulls her out and Trish slams to the mat. Hemme goes for a pin, but no. Trish back on the offensive with some more chops. Trish is taunting Lita on the outside. Hemme in the corner and Trish charges in. Hemme jumps on top of the ropes and sun set flips into the pin attempt, but a 2 count only. Trish gets up and spears Hemme. Trish pushes Hemme to the outside. Trish rolls back in the ring, but then sneaks out and pushes Lita into the barrier. Back in the ring Trish is still taunting Lita, so Hemme attempts a roll up, but only a 2 count. A few kicks by Hemme knock Trish down. Hemme is slamming Trish’s head in the corner. Hemme hits a reverse twist of fate but only for a 2 count. Hemme is now punching Trish on the mat. A roll up sequence, but Trish gets out of it and hits the Chick Kick to get the victory. Winner at 4:11 Trish Stratus. Not really a good match. It seemed like they wanted to get the attention to Lita and Trish, not Trish and Christy. What can you expect though, Hemme was just featured in Playboy and they wanted to give her a chance. She was just not very good. *1/2
-A video package is show highlighting the feud between Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. This was a modern day dream match with these 2 going at it.
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels Interpromotional Match
Shawn Michaels is out to the ring first. Kurt Angle is out next to a chorus of “You Suck” Chants. This is going to be a great match. You can just tell by the atmosphere in the arena. They are both nose to nose trash talking. The bell rings and we are under way. HBK slaps Angle, and Angle is pissed. He takes Michaels down with some amateur wrestling moves until Michaels gets to the ropes. They lock up and Michaels gets Angle in a side headlock take over. Angle tries to roll over for the pin attempt for a 1 count. They are back on their feet and Angle tries to throw Michaels into the ropes, but Michaels holds on. Angle with the suplex, but Michaels hangs on to the headlock still. Angle throws Michaels off the ropes, and Michaels hits the shoulder block on Angle. Michaels gets Angle right back into the headlock. Michaels keeps the headlock strong on Angle. Angle backs Michaels into the corner and there is a clean break. They lock up, and again Michaels gets the side headlock take over. Angle hits an elbow to the face of Michaels to get out of the hold. Angle runs the ropes and shoulder blocks Michaels down. He runs them again and Michaels with a hip toss. Michaels applies a short armed scissors to Angles arm. Angle rolls through, and Michaels rolls it back. Angle rolls through and picks up Michaels with 1 arm onto his shoulders, but Michaels rolls through for a roll up pin attempt. Then a back bridge by Michaels for another attempt, but only gets a 2 count. Michaels then gets Angle back into a side head lock again. Angle backs Michaels into the corner again, and starts hammering away at Michaels. Michaels throwing some punches himself. The ref can’t separate them as they work in the corner. Angle with a clubbing blow to the back of Michaels head and he goes for an Ankle Lock already! Michaels rolls through and then clotheslines Angle over the top rope and both men are on the outside now. Angle gives Michaels a few European uppercuts and tries to vertical suplex Michaels onto the announce table, but Michaels gets out of it. Angle picks up Michaels for an Angle Slam right into the ring post! Angle is now working on Michaels back on the outside. He throws him back in the ring and a big vertical suplex. Two pin attempts but he can only get a 2 count on Michaels. Angle now has Michaels in a body scissors. Michaels works his way out with chops and punches. He tries to Irish whip Angle, but Angle reverses and whips Shawn into the corner, and then gives Shawn a belly to belly suplex. Angle is now gloating in the ring. Another belly to belly suplex by Angle and a pin attempt again. Angle is now driving his knee into Michaels back and wrenching back on his neck. Michaels is fighting out of it with a few chops, and now exchanging blows with Angle. Michaels slaps Angle again, and Angle snaps and delivers a big clothesline to Michaels, but only gets a 2 on the pin attempt. Michaels in the corner and Angle is hitting him with some European uppercuts. He puts Michaels on the top rope and tries a belly to belly suplex, but Michaels pushes him off the top. Michaels goes for the big elbow, but Angle moves! Angle back up and the straps are down. Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Michaels reverses out of it. Angle charges at Michaels who back drops him OVER the top rope in a painful landing for Angle. Michaels climbs the top rope and hits a flying cross body to the outside on Angle. Both men on the apron and Angle is trying to German Suplex Michaels to the floor!!! Michaels hits some elbows and a low blow to get Angle off his back. Michaels kicks Angle onto the announce table, and then spring boards from the apron ropes onto Angle on the announce table! Both men are down. Both crawl back into the ring. Angle is bleeding from the mouth. Both are barely standing but exchanging blows. Michaels throws Angle into the ropes, Angle reverses and Michaels hits the flying forearm. A few right hands to Angles head, an inverted atomic drop and now a body slam to Angle. Michaels climbs the top rope and hits the flying elbow. He’s ready for Sweet Chin Music. He goes for it, but Angle blocks it and puts Michaels in the Ankle Lock!! Michaels tries rolling through, but Angle is holding on. Michaels reaches the ropes, so Angle lets go. Michaels back up, and Angle goes for the Angle Slam again, but Michaels reverses into a sun set slip, which Angle counters out of and puts Michaels back in the Ankle Lock again! Michaels rolls through for a pin, but only gets 2. He tries for Sweet Chin Music, but Angle catches his foot and gives him an Angle Slam! The pin attempt but only a 2 count again!! Angle is complaining about the count. Angle is climbing the top rope and goes for a moonsault, but Michaels moves! Michaels climbing to the top rope again but Angle is up and runs up the ropes and gives Michaels a top rope Angle Slam for a two count!!! Angle is pissed off now. He’s telling Michaels that he’s done, but out of nowhere Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music! Both men are down again. Michaels goes for the pin, but he only gets 2 now! Both men look exhausted. Michaels is back up first, but out of nowhere Angle puts Michaels back in the Ankle Lock. He pulls him back to the center of the ring and he isn’t letting go this time. After about 2 minutes of trying to get out, Michaels finally taps! Winner at 27:25 Kurt Angle. The only thing I can say about this match is WOW. What a great match. These two really went out there and put on a show! It started off being technical, then moved to some more brawling type aspects and just really took off. There was no bad part to this match. They would have another classic a few months later at Vengeance. Wow. ****1/2
-They show a parody video with Stacy Keibler, Jericho, Christian, and Benoit. Mae Young and Moolah come in at the end which was hilarious. Christian was hilarious in this segment.
-Piper comes out for Piper's Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He talks about himself for a few minutes and then brings out Stone Cold, where he tries to berate him and slaps him. Stone Cold slaps him back, and Piper laughs it off. Piper says he was Austin before Austin was Austin. Austin isn’t afraid of Piper. Carlito comes out, and he says they aren’t cool, but he’s cool. Piper spits the apple in Carlito’s face, Austin stomps a mud hole, stunner to Carlito. Austin and Piper have a few beers, and then Piper takes a stunner too.
-Taxi Driver parody, “You talking to me?” Batista can’t get it right.
Akebono vs. Big Show in a Sumo Match
Akebono is out first for the sumo match. Big Show is out next. They go through the opening ceremony. They stall a few times, but finally get going. Big Show was moving him, but now Akebono has the upper hand. Akebono throws Big Show outside of the circle and the ring. Winner at 1:02 Akebono. This was Just filler. I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea. They could have used Big Show so much better. DUD
-They air a video package on the whole John Cena/JBL feud. JBL was the longest reigning WWE Champion in ten years.
John Cena vs. JBL © WWE Championship Match
JBL is out first with police escorts and his limo. 100 dollar bills drop from the ceiling with JBL’s face. John Cena is out next to a huge pop. JBL kisses the belt, is he kissing it goodbye? Bell rings and match starts. Cena chant starts. They lock up and JBL puts Cena in a side head lock. Cena throws JBL off the ropes and JBL with a shoulder block on Cena. JBL runs the ropes again, leap frog by Cena and a shoulder block by Cena. Cena runs into a JBL elbow and then a tackle by JBL. Some punches on Cena. Cena throws JBL into the ropes and goes for back body drop, but JBL pounds him on the back. JBL throws more punches, followed by a neck breaker. Another neck breaker and a pin attempt for 2. Cena on the apron and JBL is choking him with the rope. Cena falls back in the ring. JBL is choking him with the rope again. JBL with more punches, but Cena is fighting back. Cena Irish whipped into the corner, JBL runs into his boot. JBL then hits a spinebuster on Cena. Pin attempt by JBL and only a 2 count. JBL connects with another neck breaker and pin attempt. A big boot by JBL to Cena. Cena is back up fighting back, but JBL gets the advantage again, with a big clothesline in the corner. JBL hits a standing short armed clothesline and a 2 count on the pin attempt. JBL hits another big forearm to Cena’s back on the ground. He throws Cena into the ropes, and then latches on a sleeper hold. Cena reverses with a suplex. Both men are down as the ref counts. Cena runs the ropes and a double clothesline and both men are down again. Cena is back up and punching back at JBL. JBL throws Cena to the outside and a neck breaker on the floor. Both men back in the ring again, and JBL attempts a pin on Cena, but Cena kicks out. JBL puts Cena on the top turnbuckle and hits a superplex. JBL with another pin attempt, but Cena kicks out again. JBL going to the top rope and jumps, but Cena catches him and hits a bodyslam. Cena hits a few right hands and then a few clotheslines. He throws JBL in the ropes and hits a back body drop. He throws him in there again and hits a hip toss. A big side slam by Cena, and now we get You Cant See Me! Cena runs into the corner and into JBL’s boot. JBL goes for the Clothesline From Hell, but Cena reverses into the F U. Cena pins him for the 3 count! Winner at 11:26 and NEW WWE Champion John Cena! This was before Cena got such a mixed reaction as it was almost all positive from the fans. It was great to see Cena so excited for the win. This would be the start of Super Cena, as he went on a tear as champion. Not an overly great match though, as I thought it was kind of lagging. **3/4
-HOF induction highlights. They bring out the new HOF class to get a cheer. Big Hogan chant.
-A video package shown for the Batista vs. HHH match.
Batista vs. HHH © World Heavyweight Championship Match
Motorhead plays HHH’s theme as he comes out, Flair is already at ringside. Batista is out next to a big cheer. Both men are nose to nose, as a Batista chant starts. The bell rings and the match is started. They lock up and then break the lock up after a minute of a stalemate. They lock up again and Batista throws HHH back. HHH gets Batista in a headlock. Batista throws HHH into the ropes and knocks him down with a shoulder block. They lock up again and HHH with a side headlock again. Batista throws him off again, and this time HHH with the shoulder block on Batista. HHH attempts the Pedigree, but Batista counters and press slams HHH to the mat. Batista with some punches and throws HHH into the corner, Batista charges but HHH with an elbow. Batista throws HHH into the ropes and gives him a back body drop. Batista tries for a clothesline, but HHH ducks and then hits the high knee. Batista is out on the floor. Flair distracts Batista and HHH rams Batistas head into the steps. Batista in between the ropes and HHH hits an elbow on him. HHH is pounding on Batista on the ground. Flair is choking Batista now. HHH runs Batista into the security rail and then into the ring. Both men are back in the ring again, as HHH drops an elbow on Batistas back. HHH is working on the back still. HHH with a vertical suplex and pin attempt, but Batista kicks out at 2. Still working on the back and hits a back breaker. Flair is choking Batista again. HHH uses the ropes as he drops Batista on them. HHH is throwing some right hands at Batista. Batista Is fighting back, but HHH throws him in the ropes and a big spine buster by HHH. Three pin attempts and three kick outs by Batista. HHH hits a neck breaker on Batista, only a 2 count. Batista with a few punches, HHH going for the Pedigree again, but Batista back drops him over. Batista throws HHH into the ropes and ducks, so HHH hits a face buster and gets a 2 count. HHH climbs the ropes and jumps right into a Batista clothesline. Batista is pounding on HHH now and hits a side walk slam. HHH in the corner and Batista runs right into the boot. HHH tries the Irish whip, but Batista reverses and sends HHH over the top rope to the outside. HHH has the advantage again as he throws Batista into the steel steps. HHH pulls the stairs out and attempts a Pedigree, but Batista counters and then sends HHH into the ring post. HHH is now busted wide open. Batista is dishing out the punishment now. They are back in the ring now as Batista is pounding on HHH again and hits a boot to HHH’s head. Batista with a big clothesline in the corner and then another. Batista connects with some shoulder blocks in the corner, and then a clothesline. Batista with a big power slam, but only gets a 2 count. Batista drills Flair with a big right hand. HHH tries to use a chair, but the ref takes it. Flair in the ring with the belt, but Batista gives him the spine buster. HHH hits Batista with the belt and HHH attempts a cover and a kick out at 2. HHH runs right into a Batista spine buster. Batista is going for the Batista Bomb, but HHH with a low blow. HHH going for the Pedigree, but Batista counters out HHH is on Batistas back, and Batista falls backwards. Batista signaling for the Batista Bomb and he hits it for the 3 count! Winner at 21:34 and NEW World Heavyweight Champion Batista! Batista comes out with the huge victory. He really built up a lot of steam going into this match, and this feud really helped make him a big star. The match was pretty good, but the next 2 were even better with the Hell in a Cell being their best match. Still a damn fine match though. ***3/4
This was a pretty solid Wrestlemania. Rey vs. Eddie delivered, Undertaker vs. Orton was good, and in my opinion, HBK vs. Kurt Angle was the match of the night. The JBL vs. Cena match wasn’t great, but it had emotion in it, so that was fine with me. HHH vs. Batista was a good match and I had no problem with that closing the show. All in all I would give this PPV a B+ and you should definitely watch it if you haven’t seen it already.