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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:

WrestleMania 21 See more »

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Chris Jericho came up with the Money In the Bank ladder match....But, has yet to win the briefcase. 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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A bad Mania from a bad year for Wrestling as a Whole.
3 April 2008 | by KillerK1991See all my reviews

The worst Wrestlemania I've ever seen was 21. This is coming from someone who missed 1-14,22 and 23. The main reason it flopped was its two horrendous main events and its misuse of talent(a major problem at the time especially).

Rey Mysterio def. Eddie Guerrero- It was perplexing to see Eddie open the show for the first time(after co-main eventing WM 20) and lose to Rey Mysterio. Even then I thought Eddie deserved the win and a better match on top of that. This match was okay. They could have done better. It was hampered by having nothing at stake(They could have made it a U.S title match), no buildup, or any special stipulations. It felt like a regular Smackdown match. (3/5)

Money in the Bank Ladder Match Edge def. Chris Benoit, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Jericho, Christian and Kane- This match was alright, nowhere near as good as other ladder matches, but like the last match, these competitors would have served better spread out across the show. Benoit and Jericho were worthy of main eventing Wrestlemania,something WWE only exploited once for each. (3.5/5)

Interpromotional Match Undertaker def. Randy Orton- The match of the night. The tombstone flip into a tombstone was a great spot, something not seen before at the time. (4/5)

Women's Championship Match Trish Stratus def. Christy Hemme w/ Lita to retain-This match was so bad I don't even remember it.(2/5)

Interpromotional Match Kurt Angle def. Shawn Michaels- This match was pretty slow and never seemed to take off, which is a surprise considering the competitors. People that say this was one of their favorite matches of all time obviously never saw Jericho v.s Michaels a couple years back, which was probably the best Mania match of all time.(3.5/5)

Sumo Matach Akebono def. Big Show-Hands down the biggest waste of time in WWE history.(1/5)

WWE Championship Match John Cena def. JBL to become new champion- People that complain about HHH, Cena, more recently Orton or anyone else for holding the title forgot about JBL's terrible 1 year reign as World Champ that felt twice as long. they still haven't learned their lesson, which is: World Title Reigns shouldn't last a year unless the CHamp a) is a great wrestler/entertainer or b) has considerable star power. WHile JBL is entertaining, he has neither of these qualities in spades. His reign should've ended at Summerslam. This reign single handedly murdered Smackdown, which was twice as good as Raw for quite some time beforehand. It still hasn't recovered. It should have been Eddie vs Cena. At least it was over quick. (2/5)

World Heavyweight Championship Match Batista def. Triple H to become new champion- This match, like most of HHH's matches of this period were just plain boring, which means it lasted twice as long as it should've and HHH just bled a lot(The worst of these was his craptacular 40 minute snoozefest with HBK at Bad Blood 2004). (2/5)

Overall=6/10


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