WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways.
“Shaking hands with Satan himself.”
Wrestlemania 17, hands down, is the best Wrestlemania booked to date. Apart from a horribly short Women’s Championship match with Chyna facing off against Ivory, from the opening match to the main event, every match was great.
The main event of the show was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs The Rock. The previous year, Austin had been recovering from long needed neck surgery sustained at the hands of Owen Hart at Summerslam 1997. During his time away, superstars like The Rock and Triple H stepped up their game and became main event players in their own right. When you are out of action for close to a year, there is a very real fear that by the time you get back in the ring you would have lost a step or two. Or worse, that the fans would
Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant- Wrestlemania 3
“The irresistible force meeting the immovable object!”
Without Wrestlemania 3, it’s possible that Wrestlemania could have gone the way of Starrcade. The first two Wrestlemania’s, while star studded and showing some glimpses of what the event eventually became, were more events of their time.
WWF Hardcore Title Match: Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly vs. ‘Badd Ass’ Billy Gunn (Triple Threat Hardcore Match)
WWF Tag Title Match: D’Lo Brown & Test w/Ivory vs. Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart w/Debra
Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean (Brawl For All Match)
The Big Show vs. Mankind (Win by Dq)
Ic Title Match: Road Dogg vs. Val Venis vs. Goldust vs. Ken Shamrock (Fatal 4-Way)
Triple H vs. Kane
WWF Women’s Title Match: Tori vs. Sable
European Title Match: Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac
Big Boss Man vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer (Hell in a Cell Match)
WWF Title Match: The Rock vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
The Attitude Era was the most successful period that professional wrestling has ever seen. What some tend to
Savio & Miguel vs. Jose & Jesus, Recon & Sniper vs. Bradshaw & Chainz vs. Mark Henry & D’Lo Brown vs. The Quebecers vs. The Rock N Roll Express vs. The Headbangers vs. Brian Christopher & Scott Taylor vs. Skull & 8-Ball, Steve Blackman & Flash Funk vs. The New Midnight Express vs. The Godwinns vs.The Legion of Doom (15-Team Battle Royal)
Light Heavyweight Title Match: Aguila vs. Taka Michinoku
European Title Match: Triple H w/Chyna vs. Owen Hart
The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust & Luna vs. “Marvelous” Marc Mero & Sable
Ic Title Match: The Rock w/The Nation vs. Ken Shamrock
WWF Tag Title Match: Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie vs. The New Age Outlaws (Dumpster Match)
Kane w/Paul Bearer vs. Undertaker
WWF Title Match: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
The Godwinns vs. The Headbangers vs. The New Blackjacks vs. Doug Furnas & Phillip Lafon (Four Team Elimination Match)
Ic Title Match: Rocky Maivia vs. The Sultan w/The Iron Sheik & Bob Backlund
Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Chyna vs. Goldust w/Marleena
WWF Tag Title Match: Mankind & Vader vs. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (Double Count-Out)
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (Submission Match)
Ahmed Johnson & The Legion of Doom vs. Faarooq, Crush & Savio Vega.
WWF Title Match: The Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid
Peculiarly, the lowest point of this event also just happens to be the WrestleMania debut of a future WWE Champion and global icon; Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Wrestling under the name Rocky Maivia (a homage to his father and grandfather respective), ‘The
Vader, Owen Hart & The British Bulldog w/Jim Cornette vs. Yokozuna, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts & Ahmed Johnson
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Goldust (Hollywood Backlot Brawl Match)
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin w/ Ted Dibiase vs. Savio Vega
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. The Ultimate Warrior
Diesel vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
WWF Title Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (60-minute Ironman Match)
Mercifully, on WrestleMania Xii’s entire card there is really only one match that can be considered disappointing. I’m personally of the opinion that Squash Matches (while extremely useful promotion tools) have no place on a ‘Mania show. Having said that, the beauty of hindsight as turned this particular example into the most amusing squash match of all time.
Ultimate Warrior is
Pro wrestling is fake! Did you know that? Did You?
Good, now that we have that unsavoury bit out of the way, let’s talk about how truly goddamn brutal sports entertainment can be to its participants. Because, despite what your Captain Obvious friend tells you, the repercussions of a match can be significant and terrifying.
(See: Sid Vicious, Droz, Owen Hart, et al.)
At its best, sports entertainment is made to simply appear horrifyingly dangerous, while maintaining the safety of those performing it. Injuries happen, of course, but normally they stem from technically difficult maneuvers and otherwise precarious spots.
The garden variety pummelling that these guys give to each other is just a good blend of mild thumping and overacting. Again, it’s made to look much worse than it is.
But boy, sometimes they’re really good at making it look gruesome. Like…really good. Too good.
Lex Luger & The British Bulldogs vs. The Blu Brothers w/Zebekiah
Ic Title Match: Jeff Jarrett w/The Roadie vs. Razor Ramon w/1-2-3 Kid (Win by Dq)
The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. King Kong Bundy w/Ted Dibiase
WWF Tag Title Match: Yokozuna & Owen Hart w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji vs. The Smoking Guns
Bob Backlund vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (I Quit Match)
WWF Title Match: Diesel w/Pamela Anderson vs. Shawn Michaels w/Sid & Jenny McCarthy
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor
For the second time on the annals of WrestleMania history, the WWF Title Match is wrongfully relegated from the main event. At ‘Mania VIII, promotions premier title was bumped down the card to make way for Hulk Hogan and Sid…
Standing there adorned in his cape and crown, the 1995 King Of The Ring winner soaked up boos from the World Wrestling Federation’s fans. ‘King’ Mabel had been crowned, defeating the likes of The Undertaker and Savio Vega on his way to becoming only the third ‘King’ in the history of the event on pay-per-view. There was only one major problem, fans weren’t booing because they detested Mabel as a top heel, they were jeering because they hated the idea of him being in main events.
People recoiled instantly at the mere thought of seeing Mabel vs. Diesel at that year’s SummerSlam. Previous King Of The Ring winners like Bret Hart and Owen Hart had seemed deserved, due to their incredible skill inside the ring. Mabel was simply an extremely large man, a physical attribute Vince McMahon seemed to think would be enough to explain why he was headlining.
Owen Hart vs. Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart
Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon vs. Doink & Dink
Crush w/Mr. Fuji vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
WWF Women’s Title: Leilani Kai vs. Alundra Blayze
WWF Title Match: Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette (Win by Dq)
Ic Title Match: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (Ladder Match)
WWF Tag Title Match: The Quebecers w/Johnny Polo vs. Men on a Mission w/Oscar (Win by Count-Out)
Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb w/Harvey Wippleman
WWF Title Match: Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart vs. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette
The WrestleMania X card is an impressive; there can be no doubt in that. The low-points are few and far-between.
However, one such disappointment
Shawn Michaels w/Sensational Sherri vs. ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana
Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
Ic Title Match: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart
‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Virgil & Big Bossman vs. The Mountie, Repo Man & Nasty Boys w/Jimmy Hart
WWF Title Match: Ric Flair w/Mr. Perfect vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage w/Miss Elizabeth
Rick Martel vs. Tatanka
WWF Tag Title Match: Natural Disasters vs. Money Inc. w/Jimmy Hart (Win by Count-Out)
Skinner vs. Owen Hart
Hulk Hogan vs. Sycho Sid w/Harvey Wippleman
An early disappointment at WrestleMania VIII was the match between Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and The Undertaker. While this may have been the birth of The Streak (yes he beat Snuka the year before,
Hercules vs. King Haku w/Bobby Heenan
The Twin Towers vs. The Rockers
Ted Dibiase w/Virgil vs. Brutus Beefcake (Double Count-Out)
The Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers
Mr. Perfect vs. The Blue Blazer
WWF Tag Title Match: Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain
Dino Bravo vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin
The Brain Busters w/Bobby Heenan vs. Strike Force
Andre the Giant w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Special Guest Referee: Big John Studd)
The Hart Foundation vs. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine w/Jimmy Hart
Ic Title Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan
‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown (Double Dq)
The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan w/Brooklyn Brawler
WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage
For every “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock and Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant, there are two or three underrated storylines that have helped to make WrestleMania the can’t-miss extravaganza it is.
They are the feuds and rivalries that have been overshadowed or lost in the shuffle underneath the programs that have come to define the event. While everyone remembers Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at the 25th incarnation of the show, the sibling war between Jeff and Matt Hardy on the undercard was accompanied by a story as strong as any other on the broadcast, yet few talk about it today.
WrestleMania X is an epic show, with two legitimate five-star matches featuring Bret vs. Owen Hart and Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels, but there is a very strong program supporting those two matches on the undercard, as Randy Savage and Crush brought their heated rivalry to a conclusion.
Break out the tissues, because it’s time to reflect on better days gone by. Wrestling is one of the most physical sports in the world, and the toll it takes on the body has left larger than life characters in tatters by the time they retire. This article will look back at the saddest, showcasing some of the most beloved athletes who decided to—or in some cases, had to—stop doing the thing they loved.
Retirement is something that we all look forward to, but walking away from something you’ve dedicated the entirety of your life to can be one of the hardest decisions to make, and one of the toughest pills to swallow. These brave gentlemen had the wherewithal to do what was best for their futures; some with grand spectacles and celebrations of their accomplishments, and some walked away into the sunset. All of them were legends,
It seems as though the WWE Hall of Fame is more and more regimented, in that the induction class has to follow a specific pattern: one headliner, one woman, one tag team, one celebrity, and three or four other inductees that include no more than one deceased performer (so as to not upset people, it seems).
Looking back at the 2004 and 2005 classes, you had quite the haul of 1980s greats going in, from Hulk Hogan to Rowdy Roddy Piper to Jesse Ventura to Sgt. Slaughter, and a host of others. Few WWE eras were as cool as the 1980’s Rock ‘n Wrestling era, and the first five or so years of Saturday Night’s Main Event. Goofy and over-the-top as the era could be, it still holds up today.
One issue with the rote formula for choosing the recent Hall classes has been the logjam created among the eighties stars that should be recognized.
Triple H is a really confusing man to get your head around in 2016. Half the time he is playing the bad guy boss as part of The Authority, and the other he’s playing the inspirational hands-on leader of Nxt.
Then there’s some other times when he’s playing a face general manager on Raw by announcing matches that the WWE Universe want to see, while some other times, and more recently, he’s the ‘tweener’ WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Quite frankly, Triple H is far too much. If you were asked by a former fan of WWE what The Game’s job title is these days, you’d need to set aside at least five minutes of your day to explain exactly what he does.
Hhh needs to pick one hat and wear it with pride. We’re all aware that the concept of Kayfabe is
The February 9th, 1998 episode of Raw was the go-home show for the upcoming No Way Out (of Texas) pay-per-view, due to be headlined by an unsanctioned 8-man tag featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack, and Chainsaw Charlie taking on D-Generation X.
As it turned out, Hbk’s nagging back injuries prevented him from wrestling on the show, and he was replaced by…Savio Vega. Yeah. Even so, Raw slid the chess pieces firmly in place ahead of WrestleMania, further heightening the feud between Austin and Dx, while the show’s remainder was comprised of the usual mix of hilarious, weird and lame that defines just about any Attitude Era episode of Raw.
And with the release of Sunny’s porno, Sunny Side Up, this week, what better time to consider all the sad difference that 18 years can make?
Here are 29 Wtf moments from the February 9th,
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.