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This is a very good PPV special that keeps me entertained even today. Especially with one of the best matches I've ever seen- The Rock Vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. This plus much, much more (including the chokeslam of baseball man Pete Rose in a chicken suit) make this a highly watchable tape. Mick Foley is always pretty damn good as Mankind. A+
This Wrestlemania was truly historic. It was the first Wrestlemania for the Big Show as he took on Mankind in a very brutal match. Also Stone Cold takes on the Rock for the wwf title in the main event which right now would be monumental, this is a great wrestling event to watch over and over. I love this event I'd give it a 10
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Wrestlemania 15, outside of the main event, a surprise HBK appearance,
and Triple H's infamous heel turn, is really one of the biggest
disappointments. The attitude era was great no doubt about it, but a
lot of the wrestling entertainment here, seems to be non-existent. I
cannot stand Michael Cole either, I have always found him to be, a
mediocre announcer, so I was really happy, that J.R got to announce the
main event. Wrestlemania 15 is memorable though for me, because Stone
Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock are my two favorite wrestlers of all
time. Seeing them put on one of the greatest brawling clinics in
Wrestlemania history, was fabulous.
WWF Hardcore Championship. Billy Gunn|C| Vs Hardcore Holly Vs Al Snow. Big pop for Gunn, Nice heat for Holly. This is your typical hardcore match, that was airing a lot, during these days. Pretty unexciting, with only a couple of memorable spots. Holly wins, by taking advantage of Gunn's Fameasser.
1 1/2 /5
WWF Tag Team Titles. Owen Hart&Jeff Jarrett|C| Vs D'Lo Brown&Test. Big pop for Debra, why they find her attractive, is beyond me, I think she's highly overrated. Pretty lackluster to say the least, and much too short, to make any real impact. The Tag champs retain, with a roll up.
1 1/2 /5
Brawl For All Match. Bart Gunn Vs Butterbean. They should have made this go a few rounds, to make this look legit, but they took the knockout route, which is a shame. Bart was a good fighter, and it kinda irritated me that Butterbean won so easily.
Referee match. Big Show Vs Mankind. Big pop for Foley. Boring throughout, with the only entertainment, sadly comes from Foley taking some sick looking bumps. Foley wins by DQ. Afterwards, Show turns face, by punching out the Boss.
Intercontinental Title. Road Dogg|C| Vs Val Venis Vs Ken Shamrock Vs Goldust. Ryan Shamrock looks hot to say the least. Average, very average stuff actually. I like Road Dogg, but he wasn't too convincing as champ, I would have picked Shamrock here. Road Dogg retains.
Kane Vs Triple H. Better than I thought it would be, it's actually some solid brawling for the most part, with some nice bumps. The psychology for this match, was good too. Kane wins by DQ, when Chyna nails Kane, in what seemed, to be a DX reunion.
2 1/2 /5
Women's Championship. Sable|C| Vs Torri. Loud pop for Sable. Bearable, at least I can say that. I am not a fan of either, so it was better than I thought it would be. Sable wins, after Nicole Bass debuts, and Sable, Sable bombs her.
1 1/2 /5
European Championship. Shane McMahon|C| Vs X-PAC. Not bad actually, not bad at all. Shane is always entertaining, if not exactly a pure bred, and X-Pac, as loony as he is in real life, was always a talented wrestler. Shane wins, when Trips turns on his longtime friend. One of the most shocking moments, to say the least, back then.
2 1/2 /5
Hell in a Cell. The Undertaker Vs Big Boss Man Surprisingly anemic pop, for The Undertaker. One of the most boring Hell In A Cell matches, I have ever witnessed. Despite some scenes, of brutality, this match never fully comes together. Loud audible boring chants, and I don't blame them. Taker remains undefeated, with the tombstone. Afterwards they haul him up to the cell, with a young Edge&Christian with Gangrel, as the brood.
WWF Championship No DQ.
Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs The Rock|C| Vince is out to ref, or seemingly anyway. Much to the dismay of the Chairman, and to the shock of the audience, the then commissioner "HBK" is out, to an enormous pop. HBK tells Vinnie Mac, that he forgot to read the rulebook, and that a proper ref, will be doing it. Mixed reaction for The Rock, 50/50 definitely. LOUD pop for Austin, with surprisingly a few haters in attendance. Wrestling wise, it won't appear as the greatest, but brawling wise, it's one of the most exciting you will ever see. These two go all out, to give a memorable show, for the fans. Some of the bumps from these two, were quite crazy. Rock's usual hilarious antics, along with Austin's are great. After a Rock Bottom kick out, and a Stunner kick out, Austin finally wins the gold, with a stunner, when Foley comes in counting the 1-2-3. Loudest pop of the night, for Austin's celebratory victory.
Bottom line. If it wasn't for the main event, this may have rivaled Wrestlemania's 11, 2 and 4, for being the worst of all time. It's really not that great. Die hard wrestling fans like myself, should see it once, for curiosity's sake, but the only true worthwhile thing, is the main event.
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Well, Triple H and Chyna were re-united, Mankind and Kane had their say
on McMahon's Corporation and Steve Austin defeated the Rock to cap off
a six month chase and a year long rivalry in one of the weaker
Wrestlemania PPVs wrestling wise, which compensated for this with a
strong central storyline and a decent main event.
The night started off with a continuation in the rivalry between JOB Squad members Hardcore Holly and Al Snow involving the Harcore Championship. This event threw Billy Gunn into the mix. Gunn makes most of the running and is a little unlucky to get slugged by Holly at the end as "Sparky" stole the win and the title. The Hardcore title produced some decent entertainment to start with, but eventually became a waste of time.
Next match saw Owen hart and Jeff Jarett retain the tag team titles against D Lo Brown and Test in an uneventful match followed by Butterbean defeating Bart Gunn in a "Boxing" match in some of the worst 34 seconds I've ever sat through as a wrestling fan.
Brings us to one of our main matches for the evening, the battle between Mankind and Big Show for the right to guest referee the WWE TItle match between the Rock and Stone Cold. The match quickly broke down with Mankind delivering a mandible claw to Big Show's nether regions before Show through him out of the ring and started smashing him with a steel chair. The ref DQ'd the Big Show, who kept right on hammering into Mankind. So Mankind won the match, but surely he was too badly hurt to be able to play any part as a ref later in the show? Next match saw Road Dogg successfully defend the Intercontinental Championship in a four corners match with Goldust, Ken Shamrock and Vel Venis. Shamrock and Val Venis had been in a rivalry after Venis had cast Shamrock's attractive sister Ryan in one of his adult movies. RYan gets involved in the match, Shamrock and Venis end up getting counted out and Road Dogg pins Goldust. Match was pretty short and not memorable at all.
Next match saw Kane tombstone Pete Rose for the second consecutive year. Rose had tried to disguise himself as a chicken and then tried to surprise Kane, who once again had his number. Anyway, Kane comes to the ring with Chyna, who betrays him and sides with Triple H. So DX is back together. Kane wins by DQ, but he don't look like a winner to Jerry Lawler, after getting pedigreed on a steel chair.
Next match saw Sable retain her WWE WOmen's Championship with a win over her stalker Tori, with help from Nicole Bass who hit what I think was supposed to be a gorilla slam om Tori.
Next match saw Shane McMahon defeat X-Pac, thanks to interference from Triple H and Chyna. Looks like DX is now part of the Corporation, but the New Age Outlaws quickly run out to brawl with Triple H. Kane's music hits, ring clears. I'll join some dots in hazy memories here. Kane would soon end up in a relationship with Tori and start a tag team with X-Pac.
The next match saw Undertaker, who was leader of "The Ministry" defeat the Corporation's Big Boss Man in probably the worst of the PPV Hell in a Cell Matches. The match itself wasn't especially dreadful, but got real mean spirited at the end as "the Brood", Edge, Christian and Gangrel came into the ring and hung Boss Man by a noose from the top of the cage.
This brings us finally to the main event. McMahon comes out at the start and announces himself guest ref, but WWE COmissioner Sahwn Michaels over rules him, and despite the crowd wanting Mankind to come out, we get a normal generic referee. Rock and Austin have a pretty neat little brawl, about half way through Rock brings a steel chair in and the ref gets smashed, will Mankind come out? Nope, just another generic ref who also gets taken out. Wil Mankind come now? Nope Earl Hebner's out instead. McMahon now runs in and he and the Rock start beating the crap out of Austin. Hebner tries to stop then and gets creamed. Who will ref the match? Who will save Austin? Massive roar from the crowd as Mankind runs out in a referee's shirt and kills McMahon. Rock and Austin go at it. Finally Ausin gives Rock the double finger, hits the stunner and Mankind counts the three. Austin is the the Champion!!!! The Corporation has been defeated. Austin had the belt and Mankind had the final say on the Corportion's reign of terror.
Well, like I said the wrestling wasn't great, but the strong central theme really holds this show together. The main event is probably the weakest PPV outing between Rock and Austin (well apart from their 1997 "match" at Ground Zero), but it's still a good match, and it brings the whole storyline together. McMahon is vanquished, Rock is defeated, Austin has the belt, with Mankind avenging the humiliation the Corporation had bought him. While the reuniting of DX and their apparent defection to the Corporation gave us something to look forward to in the coming months. All that and a big buyrate, you'd have to say this was a successful show that can be watched and enjoyed again and again by any true wrestling fan.
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For anyone who want's to see The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin I or
vs HHH I, see this Wrestlemania. The crowd reaction is awe inspiring and
the DVD presents funny and interesting audio commentary by the Rock and
Austin. Mankind(Mick Foley) also has such a large role in this
that all of his fans should enjoy it.
SPOILER: HBK makes a surprise appearance to taunt Mr. McMahon before the main event. END SPOILER
The DVD also has character biographies and background histories on many of the wrestlers. I didn't buy the setup for the Sable-Tori match so that's one negative to it. The setup for Rock-Austin may be the greatest in wrestlemania history. Overall, everyone who's a wrestling fan should see it and I promise they will enjoy it.
How was this a "Ragin' Climax" between Austin/Rock when the two had a
rematch a month later? Or was it a climax between Big Show and Mankind,
also had a rematch one month later? Wrestlemania is usually the turning
point for WWF/E storylines, though with XV the event a month after,
Backlash, was. Classic moments include: Undertaker's entrance, Mankind
pulling a trick out of the Cactus Jack playbook and allowing Show to
him, Tori walking to the ring looking like her mother had just died
she had just found out she was losing, the Jarrett/Owen tag team and a
par main event between Rock and Austin topped off with Rock's first
overselling of the Stone Cold Stunner.
Another disappointing event which somehow drew a then wrestling record
of 800,000 buys and it also grossed a truck load of money.
This Wrestlemania was OK in certain parts but there was some totally baffling decisions on the show like pushing 'Road Dogg' Jesse James to Intercontinental Championship level and having Owen Hart participate in a lousy tag match which also featured Jeff Jarrett, the underused D'Lo Brown and the boring and depressing Andrew 'Test' Martin. Owen was not treated fairly in my opinion and deserved to be in a much better match. More upsetting though was this was Owen's last Wrestlemania before he tragically died.
The Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Big Bossman was a colossal bore and is the worst Hell in a Cell ever. Worse even when The Undertaker won this dreadful match he tied a rope around Bossman's neck and Gangrel, Edge and Christian helped Taker to lift Bossman off the ground in other words Bossman was hanging. Oh dear deeply unpleasant in a wrestling setting.
However the card does have some good points especially the exciting Boiler Room Brawl between The Big Show and Mankind. And even though The Rock and 'Stone Cold' had a satisfactory main event Rock seemed a little nervous out there and this also featured the funny sight of Kane tombstoning Pete Rose and Butterbean knocking out Bart Gunn in a boxing match.
Results from the show which was held in Philadelphia: Hardcore Holly defeated Billy Gunn and Al Snow in a passable Hardcore match to win the Hardcore title (Gunn was super over although I couldn't understand why).... Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett downed D'Lo Brown and Test to retain the WWF Tag Team titles in a passable match.... Butterbean beat Bart Gunn in the Brawl 4 All finals.... 'Road Dogg' Jesse James defeated Val Venis, Ken Shamrock and Goldust to retain the Intercontinental Championship (Shamrock was wasted in this match).... Kane downed Triple H via DQ in a short match.... Women's Champion, Sable downed Tori to retain the title in a lame Women's match ( The abysmal Nicole Bass came out and destroyed Tori, which enabled Sable to get the win, which left fans confused).... Mankind defeated Big Show via DQ in a good match.... Shane McMahon downed X-Pac to retain the European Championship.... 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin defeated The Rock to become the Heavyweight Champion in a satisfactory main event.
Grade - B/C
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This was a pretty good WrestleMania. Heres a list of matches and my
comments on them.
1. Triple Threat Hardcore Championship Match Hardcore Holly def. Billy Gunn and Al Snow to become champion. This was a pretty good match. Billy Gunn got over really well with the crowd. I even cheered a bit myself. 8/10
2. World Tag Team Championship Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett w/ Debra def. Test & D-Lo Brown w/ Ivory to retain. This was a good match. I still miss Owen Hart a lot. But anyways this was a pretty quick match, with a good quick brawl between Test and D-Lo in the end. 7/10
3. Brawl 4 All Butterbean def. Bart Gunn by knockout. This was pretty quick and somewhat pointless. But it wasn't horrible. 6.5/10
4. Fatal Four Way Intercontinental Championship Match Road Dogg def. Ken Shamrock, Val Venis and Goldust w/ Blue Meanie and Ryan Shamrock to retain. This was a pretty good match, Lame way to get rid of two competitors by double count out. But Road Dogg picks up the win in the end. Blue Meanie was so annoying during the match. 7.5/10
5. Kane def. Triple H by DQ, pretty quick match with a funny moment where Pete Rose gets tombstoned...not choke slammed, in the Beginning.
6. Women's Championship Sable def. Tori, pretty lams stuff. But not horrible. 6.5/10
7. European Championship Shane McMahon w/ Test def. X-Pac to retain, not bad, actually pretty good. 7.5/10
8. Hell in a Cell Match Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer def. Big Boss Man, memorable match with Bossman being hung. I love Hell In A Cell. 8.5/10
9. WWE Championship Main Event Stone Cold def. The Rock to become champion, another memorable Rock and Austin Match-up. Good ending. 9/10
overall good wrestlemania. i enjoyed it, kept me in my seat.
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A very good Wrestlemania. I really enjoyed it and a lot of Wrestlings fans will. It was a great event. Here are the matches Match One: Hardcore Holly def. Al Snow and Billy Gunn: Entertaining enough, and every time I watch it, it brings back memories of the old Hardcore division which we all love and miss, lol. 8/10 Match Two: Owen Hart and Jeff Jarett def. D'lo Brown and Test: This was Owen Hart's last Wrestlemania. It happened a month or so before he died. It was nice to see him win and it would have been upsetting if he had lost. 9/10 Match Three: Butterbean def. Bart Gunn: Entertaining and it was short and sweet. 7/10 Match Four: Mankind def. Big Show: This was the Wrestlemania debut of the one and only Big Show. He has never won at Wrestlemania he is 6-0. I hope he does win soon however. Entertaining Boiler Room Brawl however. 10/10 Match Five: Road Dogg def. Ken Shamrock, Goldust and Val Venis: The D-O double G was always one of my favs and I was ecstatic when he won this match as I thought he was going to loose. 10/10 Match Six: Kane def. Triple H via DQ: Kane believed he had the services of ex-DX member Chyna but she turned on him. HHH delivered a horrible chair shot to his head, it was so bad you could she the chair bend. 7/10 Match Seven: Undertaker vs. Big Boss Man: Hell in A Cell means 1 thing in WWE- Money!!! This one is never mentioned on best Hell In a Cell matches but it is. It is an amazing match but it cannot match up to Mankind vs. Undertaker but no matches can. This is the best match of the night. 10/10 Match Eight: Stone Cold vs. The Rock: This is a true classic and one of the best main events. 9/10 What more could you want, a boxing match, a Hell In A cell match AND a Brawler Room Brawl. What a great match card and a historic Wrestlemania
Wrestlemania XV didn't live up to my expectations, which is not very surprising given that some of the show was haphazardly booked. I mean, pushing Road Dogg to the IC title and Gunn toward the Hardcore title made no sense given the opposite build up that had been going on for weeks (not to mention the fact that Road Dogg is NOT IC title material.) HHH still hadn't found himself, though his match with Kane was pretty good. X-Pac's bout with Shane was surprisingly enjoyable and one of the best matches of the night. The women's title match and the brawl for all were horrible, but hey, what were you expecting? The tag-title match made no sense, and the Hell in a Cell match was just plain abysmal. Still Austin and Rock put on a good, solid main event, though they would outdo themselves a month later. After first buying this PPV, I felt like I had wasted my money, but in retrospect, it wasn't horrible. Still, definitely not a great PPV by Wrestlemania standards. Do yourself a favor and watch X and VIII, for some truly memorable Wrestlemania action.
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