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WrestleMania 21 (2005)

TV-14 | | Sport | TV Special 3 April 2005
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Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero, Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Edge vs Kane vs Christian vs Chris Benoit vs Shelton Benjamin vs Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton vs... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Bautista ... Batista
Paul Levesque ... Triple H
John Cena ... John Cena
John Layfield ... John 'Bradshaw' Layfield
Shawn Michaels ... Shawn Michaels
Kurt Angle ... Kurt Angle
Mark Calaway ... The Undertaker
Randy Orton ... Randy Orton
Adam Copeland ... Edge
Chris Jericho ... Chris Jericho
Jay Reso ... Christian
Shelton Benjamin ... Shelton Benjamin
Glenn Jacobs ... Kane
Tarô Akebono Tarô Akebono ... Himself (as Akebono)
Paul Wight ... The Big Show
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Storyline

Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero, Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Edge vs Kane vs Christian vs Chris Benoit vs Shelton Benjamin vs Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton vs The Undertaker, John Cena vs JBL, Big Show vs Akebono in a sumo match, Batista vs Triple H. Written by Thunder Bolt

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WrestleMania Goes Hollywood

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

WWE РестлМания 21 See more »

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This is the first Wrestlemania to have both the tag team champions, squaring off. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are several changes to the DVD version when compared to the original live broadcast.
  • - When Christy Hemme comes out for her match against Trish Stratus, her theme music ("Walk Idiot Walk" by The Hives) was changed to generic music.
  • - Two changes were made to Roddy Piper's introductory remarks about Stone Cold Steve Austin during the Piper's Pit segment. On the live broadcast Piper says "Who is the biggest rebel in the history of the WWF?" which was changed to "WWE" on the DVD. Although the camera stayed on him when he said "WWF" during the live broadcast, on the DVD it cuts to a crowd shot just as he says the "E". A few seconds later Piper says "Bullshit!" which is bleeped on the DVD, but was not bleeped on the live broadcast.
  • - When Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out during the Piper's Pit segment, the Wrestlemania 21 logo on his name plate was covered up by the Piper's Pit logo in the lower left corner during the original live broadcast. This production error is corrected on the DVD.
  • - After Piper's Pit, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross start talking about the parody trailers, when Ross stops to advertise the upcoming Backlash pay-per-view. The DVD edits out the ad, but since it was all one continuous shot of both guys, a shot from the Basic Instinct parody is inserted to cover up the edit.
  • - When Tony Chimel starts to give the rules of the Sumo match, there was originally problems with the microphone, causing the first part of Tony's words to be hard to hear, and prompting Michael Cole to say "Tony about to give the rules" as a way to stall for time. The DVD removes the unclear part of Tony's words and Michael's line about the problem.
  • - When Akebono's theme music starts, it takes him a little while to make his entrance. In the live broadcast, the camera was fixed on the empty stage for seventeen seconds, while the DVD reuses an earlier crowd show to cover this up.
  • - After the Wrestlemania 22 promo (which follows the Hall of Famers segment) there is an exterior shot of the Staples Center. The DVD uses different music and replaces a graphics glitch that was in the original live broadcast. Also, the Snickers ad done by Jerry Lawler was edited out.
  • - During the live broadcast Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross spent two minutes talking about the history of the Triple H/Batista match as a stall for time while Motorhead set up their instruments (in order to play Triple H's theme live as he walked to the ring). The DVD cuts right from the history video package to Motorhead playing, eliminating Lawler and Ross' conversation entirely. This was partly done to eliminate the production error, and partly because the song playing in the background as they spoke was the same one that was changed a few minutes earlier on the DVD (during the Staples center exterior shot).
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Memorable
19 April 2010 | by jakespickSee all my reviews

This review is a little late, and I did watch this when it first premiered, but never thought about reviewing it on here. But I've decided that I actually have something to say, so here we go.

People I know who have seen this 'Mania, have been quite disappointed after viewing it. People compare it to the previous Manias, such as 19 and 20 (20, I think, paled in comparison to 21). However, I saw 21 as a kind of "New Beginning," that I hadn't seen since Mania 18, which was another alleged "let down," but one of my personal favorites. Like 18, 21 marked a new age for the business. 18 marked the beginning of the WWE itself, as opposed to the WWF, and was also the beginning of the Smackdown! branch, along with the convergence with WCW.

21 did something very similar, in that it converged with ECW, and turned ECW into an entirely new branch for the WWE. It also started something along the lines of the Undisputed Title (which was won by Triple H at 18), where both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships were on one side of the brand, similar to what had happened with the World Title and the WWF title at 18 during the WCW-WWF/E convergence which was taking place.

Mania 21 was also the beginning of the now traditional Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and was the beginning of some of the longest-running and most dramatic rivalries in WWE history - Batista vs. Triple H (and the death of Evolution all together), JBL vs. John Cena, Undertaker vs. Randy Orton, and Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio, not to mention the feuds and battles between Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan. 2005 in general was and still is my personal favorite year in World Wrestling Entertainment, in that it was a year of new ideas and styles for the WWE, down to as things as little as the new-styled match cards for each PPV event.

I'd still have to say my favorite Mania of all-time is X-Seven, though, but how could you not? However, smaller Match card Manias such as these (only 8 matches, as opposed to XX's 12 matches and XIX's 10) I always enjoy, because each match is given enough time to develop and flourish, and each performer is given enough time to... Perform. I mean I don't think I've ever seen a better Taker one-on-one match at any other Mania than here (save for Michaels vs. Taker, of course), and with Randy Orton? He can put up one hell of a fight.

Its Wrestlemanias like these that I remember, not for the match length or for the more violent matches, but for the moments like Orton's RKO choke slam counter, Hogan's return, Piper's Pit with Austin, Batista's thumbs down, and of course the Michaels vs. Angle match in general.


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