Saturday, 22 February 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XXIV

AYO! What's popping everybody? We are on the eve of the Elimination Chamber, the last PPV stop before WrestleMania XXX, who's going to face Batista in the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? While playing some WWE 2K14, I decided to simulate this Sunday's chamber match and this is what happened: Randy Orton kicked out of an early Killswitch from Christian. Christian couldn't do the same, and fell to the RKO. The next man to be eliminated was Sheamus, after suffering an RKO from Orton. Cesaro would eliminate Orton with a Very European uppercut. John Cena would roll Cesaro up in a small package. Daniel Bryan and John Cena remained. After a resilient effort from Bryan, Cena would hit the AA and cover Bryan for the victory. I'm hoping the WWE 2K14 simulation is wrong, but time will tell. It was also announced yesterday that Hulk Hogan, will be hosting WrestleMania XXX! I'm excited for that! As Rihan put it, ask anyone outside of the business who they think of when they hear 'Wrestling' and Hogan is one of the first names that you will hear for a response. I really don't understand the IWC's memes and vines about their displeasure for Hogan being the host, and we're not planning to jump on that bandwagon anytime soon - WE THE PEOPLE, are here for focus on the good stuff! So having said that, let's take you back to WrestleMania XXIV from The Citrus Bowl in 2008!

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Date: 30th March, 2008
Venue: Citrus Bowl
City: Orlando, Florida

The opening contest was the first ever Belfast Brawl in WrestleMania history. JBL would come away with the victory against the brawler Finlay.

In the 4th annual Money in the Bank ladder match, Mr. Kennedy, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, John Morrison, MVP and CM Punk would face off against one another for the opportunity to win a world championship match, at any time of their choosing. There were a lot of great spots in this match, one of which was Chris Jericho having locked on the Walls of Jericho to John Morrison atop the ladder, which I first remember seeing Jericho doing to Chris Benoit back in the day. Shelton Benjamin took a massive bump, being thrown off the top of a ladder in the ring, senton bombing through a ladder on the outside. MITB and Shelton Benjamin as an attraction go hand-in-hand, no doubt.

The following singles match was for brand supremacy between RAW and SmackDown! This singles match would see Batista (representing SmackDown!) taking on the late Umaga (representing RAW). I still say Umaga would have made a great heel World Champion, and during this match he showed a great deal of athleticism hitting Batista with moves such as a Spinning Wheel kick. In the end, it was a sloppy Batista Bomb that allowed The Animal, to pick up the victory.

In the shortest match in WrestleMania history, Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero for the ECW Championship. Kane would enter the ring from behind, as Chavo continued to ignore the referee's warning's that, "He's behind you Chavo!" After hitting the chokeslam and pin combination in eleven seconds, the record was set. This was also the first time that the ECW Championship was ever contested for at a WrestleMania.

Two of the biggest Legends in WWE history would square off in a 'Career Threatening' match. If Ric Flair would lose to Shawn Michaels, he would be forced to retire. What a great match this is, and watching it back again - I know it's a classic for the ages. Flair and Michaels push each other to the limit and give the fans in attendance a gem for the ages. The crowd itself was very invested in this one, with every "WoOo" and every, "Boo", chop for chop. Michaels numerous moonsaults and Chin Musics out of nowhere were very memorable spots in this one. Easily my favourite match of the night. Who will ever forget the epic ending, with Michaels saying, "I'm Sorry. I love you." right before delivering the final shot that would put Flair down for the count. What a great story! The embodiment of WrestleMania.

Beth Phoenix and Melina (w/ Santino Marella) defeated the team of Maria and Ashley in a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match. Snoop Dogg was the celebrity Master of Ceremonies for this contest. Due to some technical difficulties the lights went out in a Citrus Bowl momentarily, and by the end of the match, Marella would involve himself by pulling Maria's leg as she was in a pinning predicament. This inspired Jerry 'The King' Lawler to get out of his seat, and knock Marella down with a punch to the face. Maria would end up losing the fall for her team to Beth Phoenix. Marella sold a clothesline from Snoop Dogg after the match, and Snoop kissed Maria.

In the triple threat match for the WWE Championship, Randy Orton would defend his gold against both Triple H and John Cena. John Cena would have a marching band entrance, with them playing him (to the sounds of his entrance music) to the ring. Orton at this point still had this Mercy Drive theme music. It seemed as though, judging from the crowd reaction, Triple H was the fan favourite to win this one. There was a poll taken during WrestleMania, through the AT&T mobile service (before the days of Michael Cole trying to tell you how to download an app on your phone every 30 minutes) which asked fans who they thought would win the match. As it turned out, 92% of them were wrong, because it was Orton who would punt kick Triple H, off Cena whom he was pinning, and cover Cena for himself. It was Orton who successfully got the 1-2-3, and it was Orton who remained WWE Champion! Will that be case this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber?

Now let's get one thing straight, break kayfabe for a moment. I firmly believe that in a shoot fight, The Big Show would snap Floyd Mayweather in a heartbeat. There. It's out of my system now. As I found the notion of Mayweather defeating Show just stupid. But that's how it went down! The Big Show would take a shot from Mayweather, with a loaded hand and go down via knockout. And that's all I have to say about that.

It was main event time. Edge was seeking to end the Legendary WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker. Edge would also have his World Heavyweight Championship put on the line. Edge as a child, had seen his hero Hulk Hogan go down and lose at WrestleMania IV in front of his very eyes. This was the day Edge claimed that his life had changed. Now Edge, wanted to be the one to change lives because he believed that no matter what went wrong, the people always had the Undertaker to guarantee them victory at WrestleMania. Edge was looking to change that. This was the second year that Undertaker had been dominated fairly heavily during the early goings of the match. Undertaker and Edge would go for about 23 minutes, the longest match of the night, before Edge tapped out to the Hell's Gate submission hold. The Undertaker was World Heavyweight Champion again. 16-0. Rest in Peace.

WrestleMania Moment: Ric Flair walking out of his last WWE match at WrestleMania

Move of the Night: Randy Orton's game winning Punt Kick to Triple H

Match of the Night: Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels


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Monday, 17 February 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania 23: All Grown Up

AYO! What's popping everybody? We are less than 7 weeks away from WrestleMania and the momentum is building fast! This past week on Monday Night RAW, The Shield and the Wyatts went face to face in a stare down of epic proportions - THIS is why we love wrestling. Even with no words exchanged between the two groups, a story was told, that the 'Hounds of Justice' and 'The Goats of War' are spoiling for a fight. One of the best matches of the night on RAW in my opinion was the tag team match between the Real Americans who took on Christian and Sheamus. Although the Real Americans were on the losing end of that bout, Antonio Cesaro would roll on to SmackDown to face off against the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton. By this time, WWE had dropped his first name and Orton and Cesaro would put on a quality match on Friday night! I've always said Cesaro has a bright future and there's a reason he's the longest reigning major champion in my WWE 2K14 Universe mode. You can imagine the mark out moment in my living room when I saw him drop into a European Uppercut, and finish Orton off with a Neutralizer and get the clean 1-2-3. He told you so. SmackDown Moment right there! #WeThePeople

The Road to WrestleMania XXX rolls on as this weekend we took a look back at WrestleMania 23, from Ford Field in 2007!

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Date: 1st April, 2007
Venue: Ford Field
City: Detroit, Michigan

The Money in the Bank ladder match. I will never forget this opening bout. Maybe not the match itself, but the situation we were in when this match actually took place. I remember it like it was a lot less than 7 years ago. A major WrestleMania botch occurred that night, and very appropriately it was April 1st. We'd thought that we'd ordered the PPV, and we were all ready in front of the tv when 5 minutes into the show, we lost signal. WTF moment if I've ever been in one. So as fast as we could, I rang Sky Box Office through the phone and ordered the event again. By the time we'd received the signal again, Mr. Kennedy was being interviewed in the backstage area with the Money in the Bank briefcase in his possession. For that reason, I'll never forget that it was Mr. Kennedy that was the MITB winner in 2007. Strange but true. HOWEVER, watching the match this weekend we realised how awesome this match truly was! Anuj and I were discussing the fact that the number of quality superstars in this match doesn't even exist on the current WWE roster, no offense if you're on the current roster and reading this /-) This match had Edge, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, CM Punk, Mr. Kennedy, Finlay, Booker T, Randy Orton. WHAT A LINE-UP! And in the opening match at WrestleMania. The WWE does not have that same star power 7 years later, which intrigues me on what direction The Road to WrestleMania XXX will take and how it will shape up. By the way, props to Hornswoggle for taking a Rolling Fireman's Carry from Mr. Kennedy from the ladder, that spot looks like it must have hurt the little man! Bottom line, although he went on to lose the briefcase to Edge at a later date, the winner of the 3rd Money in the Bank ladder match was Mr. Kennedy. Kennedy.

Now way back in 2007, before the Great Khali was the 'Punjabi Playboy' he was the black tight wearing, intimidating giant who used the two handed chokeslam as a finisher, and pin his opponents with one foot over them. The only thing that seems like it hasn't changed much since then is his in-ring ability. Kane worked really well for Khali in this match and seems like he did a lot of the work, but my favourite spot in this match was when Kane scoop slams the Great Khali! 20 years after Hogan slammed Andre the Giant at WrestleMania 3 - very nice WrestleMania Moment indeed. In the end it was Khali who would emerge victorious, making use of his two-handed chokeslam.

There was a backstage segment where Cryme Tyme were trying to cheer Eugene up after he'd had his head shaved bald earlier in the week, by having Layla, Kelly Kelly and Brooke (Tessmacher) dance with them! Eugene didn't seem interested in dancing, until Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah turned up /-) They were joined by legends, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Hart and even Ricky Steamboat! Enter Ron Simmons. DAMN!

The following contests is another one of those gems that have been forgotten within the Mania of all the WrestleManias. MVP would make his way out to the ring, with a special WrestleMania style entrance with cheerleaders. A nice little touch for WrestleMania that has been missing in recent years. MVP was about to square off against Chris Benoit, challenging Benoit for the United States championship. Go back and watch this one. There was a lot of impressive technical chain wrestling at the get-go and I remember JBL mentioning that there are very few people that could do that with Benoit, Bret Hart and Eddie Guerrero being two of them. I think it was a huge compliment to MVP at the time - because they most definitely were delivering the goods in this match. Benoit would launch himself with a diving headbutt at a downed MVP and that was enough for the Rabid Wolverine to retain the United States championship. Definitely a match of the night candidate considering what they put together, with the amount of time given. Hats off to this match!

The 'Donald' was in a backstage segment where he seemed that he was hungry. Who should turn up? The Boogeyman. The two cut a deal where Trump wanted a sandwich, and in return offered the Boogeyman some worms. Trump can do business with almost anyone by the looks of this.

Lilian Garcia would inform the crowd in attendance and the millions watching all over the world that the WWE had now set a new attendance record for Ford Field in Detroit Michigan. The reported attendance was 80,103. She then passed things over to the Legendary ring announcer, Howard Finkel. He would introduce the Hall of Fame class of 2007. Man, was Curtis Axel looking young back then...

The following contest was set for one fall, and it was for the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista would make his way down to the ring, wearing the championship around his waist - and then would wait for the arrival of the man who'd won the 2007 Royal Rumble and earned his spot at WrestleMania - The Undertaker. I believe that this is the only match (that I can remember) where The Undertaker was taking a beating from very early on, which I guess helped get Batista over as the hulking beast of a World Champion. Undertaker was thrown into steel steps and the Animal continued to take the fight to the Deadman. The Batista Bomb wasn't enough to keep the Dead Man down, but then again the Last Ride couldn't subdue the Animal. Taker would hit a chokeslam, and again it wasn't enough. Batista would end up power slamming Undertaker through the commentators table, but in the end it was the Tombstone Piledriver from the Undertaker which would dethrone the champion. No false finishes there. The Undertaker was 15-0, a decade and a half of destruction milestone achieved.

There was a funny backstage segment with Mr. McMahon as Stephanie brings her stroller with her daughter in the pram, into the room. Vince talks to the baby, and mentions all the nasty things he planned to do to Donald Trump. The last thing that happens is the baby poops, and Vince says, "I think she just took a Trump!" - How amazing is that, Vince's granddaughter wasn't even a year old before she was put into an angle XD

The next match was a New School vs. Old School 8-Man tag team match between the ECW Originals and the ECW New Breed. Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Sandman and Tommy Dreamer were taking on Marcus Cor Von, Kevin Thorne, Elijah Burke and Matt Striker. Rob Van Dam would hit the 5-Star Frog Splash on Striker, picking up the win for his team.

Throughout the show, there had been these "All Grown Up" style WrestleMania promos that had been running, and by far, Stone Cold had the best and funniest one. If you have a minute, try and look it up on Youtube, I thought it was pretty sick, and definitely the best of all the "All Grown Up" superstar promos for WrestleMania 23.

The Battle of the Billionaires was up next and we all know how that ended. The match between Bobby Lashley and Umaga was pretty standard, although I think Umaga was a much better talent than Lashley in Pro-Wrestling. That guy could have been a great heel WWE Champion. Rest in Peace Umanga, as William Regal used to say. About those little touches I mentioned earlier in wrestling entrances that have been missing in recent years - The Barber's chair had it's own entrance music as it glided/rolled it's way towards ringside. That's pretty awesome XD What was also awesome was the distance Shane McMahon could still cover when hitting Bobby Lashley with a Coast to Coast! Donald Trump didn't look half bad either when he hit Mr. McMahon with a clothesline on the outside. After those shenanigans were dealt with and Austin, who was officiating the match had been hit with one Samoan Spike too many, finally got a Stunner on Umaga - Lashley would follow up with a spear and Austin would count Umaga down and out for the count. Vince McMahon is hilarious! The way he tried to sneak away as though no one had noticed was comical. Almost like a cartoon villain. Dick Dastardly style. Lashley would retrieve McMahon as he and Trump would shave Vince McMahon's head bald! Austin would share a beer with Trump right before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner. Worst Stunner selling ever. Made me laugh though /-)

Now I don't know why Ashley Massaro had been pushed to the point where she was about to take on Melina for the WWE Womens Championship. I honestly didn't think she was anything special, I could be wrong, but from what I'd seen nothing stood out about her. Yet here she was in a short championship match whilst some really awesome Divas like Mickie James were on the outside being Lumberjills for the match. Melina would retain, and I suppose the good thing about having so many divas on the outside was that they got into a little scrap after the match. But was that best for business? I think this may have been the point going forward where the tide had turned on the Divas division, and the WWE were more interested in Diva search than they were in women who could wrestle. I could be completely wrong, but it is what it is and I'll call it like I see it.

The main event was next. Shawn Michaels would challenge his tag team partner John Cena for the WWE Championship. John Cena would race a Ford Mustang into Ford Field and shatter some glass, making his grand entrance for WrestleMania. The crowd were heavily with Shawn Michaels for this one, but they seemed pretty burnt out at the start of this one. I'm not taking anything away from Cena, but I believe that because he was working with Shawn Michaels, the match was able to pick up steam in the way that it did. It's just what he does, the Showstoppper, the headliner, the main event - Shawn Michaels. It was a good half hour, and it was worthy of being in the main event slot for that year's WrestleMania. The finish would come as John Cena would lock in the STF on Shawn Michaels, with Michaels eventually tapping out. You could feel that the crowd were majorly in HBK's corner, as they made their voices heard. The Champ was still here.

WrestleMania Moment: Vince McMahon being shaved bald

Move of the Night: Jeff Hardy's legdrop off the ladder, putting Edge through the ladder on the outside

Match of the Night: Money in the Bank Ladder Match


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Mau (17/02/14) 23:00

Sunday, 9 February 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania 22: Big Time!

AYO! What's popping everybody? It's time to take a look back at 2006 when WrestleMania went Big Time!
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Date: 2nd April, 2006
Venue: Allstate Arena
City: Rosemont, Illinois

The opening contest was for the World Tag Team championship as Kane and the Big Show defended against the young and up-and-coming team of the 'Masterpiece' Chris Masters and Carlito. They weren't up and coming for very much longer as the team of giants would conquer and retain. Chris Masters really had the 'look' that the 'E' loves.

In one of the main annual attractions for the supercard, Rob Van Dam would pick up the victory in a spot loaded Money in the Bank Ladder match. I don't mean that in a negative way at all, it was great fun watching this one again! Was really impressed with the suplex delivered from Matt Hardy to Ric Flair from the top of the ladder - and then for Flair to return to the match after being taken away. There's a reason he's the Nature Boy! You can't talk about Money in the Bank without mentioning the agility and skill of Shelton Benjamin - nothing short of a spectacular performance. Now I'm not sure if Bobby Lashley was actually afraid of heights or it was a work, but he didn't look very comfortable on that ladder when trying to make the climb. Thankfully he was sent crashing to the mat in a Shield style, Triple powerbomb from Shelton Benjamin, Finlay and Matt Hardy /-) After this was all said and done, Van Dam would go on to successfully cash in his MITB against John Cena at ECW: One Night Stand in June, 2006. With a little help from the Rated R Superstar, Edge.

This was followed by a  backstage segment that I found interesting. Randy Orton is interrupted by Batista, who tells Orton something along the lines of - it doesn't matter who's champion, when I return, the belt is coming back to me. And here we are. 2014. 8 Years later and they could copy and paste that same promo and apply it to this year's WrestleMania. Except for I don't think people minded it so much back then. WWE has definitely been taking a page out of the WCW playbook lately if you think about it. Or maybe the Game is being played wrong? Or is the Game playing Vince wrong? We can only speculate. Back to 2006...


Chris Benoit was set to defend his United States championship against JBL. I suppose this was sort of a tribute for Benoit to his friend Guerrero. I enjoyed this match, and the psychology in it. There was a point where JBL would attempt the 3 amigos and the fans in attendance started to boo. I honestly don't think it was meant as an insult to Eddie, I considered that a tribute - but either way Benoit stopped JBL from hitting the 3rd suplex. Later in the match Benoit would attempt the 3 amigos, to the joy of the marks. I guess everything worked out /-) Except Benoit would lose the title to JBL, who would use the ropes for leverage. Very physical match from these two great wrestlers! I recall JBL giving Eddie Guerrero a lot of credit for getting the JBL gimmick over, and Benoit being one of his best friend I think they did Eddie proud.

The most Hardcore Match in WrestleMania history was about to take place: Edge vs. Mick Foley. The build-up being that Edge had called Foley a 'teddy bear' who'd gone soft, with Foley's retort being that Edge has now awoken something inside him that had been sleeping for some time now! Edge took the early advantage in the match, battering the hardcore legend with cookie sheet shots galore, and then drop kicking it across Foley's face. Edge would go for the kill early and signal for a spear. Now what happened next was awesome. Edge would hit the spear on Foley, but rather than make the cover he seemed to roll away as Foley soon revealed that he had wrapped his mid-section in barbwire! BAH GAWD that's nasty! Edge's arm was gushing color. Mick Foley, Edge, thumbtacks, barbwire, lighter fluid, cookie sheets and Lita. Speaking of Lita, there was one spot where she tried to protect Edge (who was tied on the ropes) by getting Foley in a sleeper hold. Foley would run to Edge and clothesline him, sending all 3 of them over the top rope. It looked as though Lita landed really badly on her ass after going over that top rope. There was another spot where he got her in a mandible claw with socko wrapped in barbwire and I just thought to myself, "What is wrong with this dog?" - Yeah I get it's a hardcore match by why would you stick barbwire in Lita's mouth you sack of shit. I got emotional. That's when you know what you're watching is good, because one way or another, it's working. I guess she got a measure of revenge when she hit him with that barbwire baseball bat, which allowed Edge to soon follow up and send them crashing through a flaming table. Iconic moment, you know what I'm talking about! Edge would crawl over and get the pin on Foley. 1.. 2.. 3.. What a match!

On a more freakier note, Booker T and Sharmell would be given some advice by Goldust in the next segment, and also the other "freaks" in the back like Snitsky about how they were going to face the Boogeyman. The match was on next and Boogey made his way to the ring as Booker and Sharmell look on with uncertainty. I found it hilarious that Booker made Sharmell start the match, but his plan became apparent as he would wait for Boogey to turn around so he could get a shot or two in from behind. I was surprised when Boogey actually got the win over Booker, after sending Sharmell away after giving her a kiss with a mouthful of worms. HE'S COMING TO GET CHU!

One of my favourite matches of the entire card had to be this next one. It's one of those gems that you forget about until you go back and watch it. Trish Stratus and Mickie James would have their match for the WWE Women's Championship, and 8 years later it's still awesome! I was glued to the screen. Mickie James was the original crazy chick with an unhealthy obsession for Trish Stratus, which escalated and would eventually result in Trish defending her championship against Mickie in this WrestleMania match. This match told a story, through what they did between their moves, facial expressions and everything else in between! You believed that this was a personal feud. Possibly my favourite Women's match (so far) along the Road to WrestleMania CountDown. This was also the first of five WWE Women's championship reigns for Mickie James. To date she's the only woman to have held the WWE Women's, WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts championship in history.

The Undertaker and Mark Henry would go at it and for the first time in WrestleMania history in a Casket match. Now I don't really understand why it was a casket match. Although it didn't make much of difference in the way the match played out itself if you think about it. After the Dead Man hit the Tombstone Piledriver, instead of going for a cover, he rolled Henry into the casket. Not taking anything away from the match itself, it's just that it could have been a normal singles match and it wouldn't have been much different. The Undertaker's undefeated streak rolls on as Mark Henry became victim number 14 in a long line of wrestlers who all eventually were sent to Rest in Peace.

Shawn Michaels and Mr. McMahon - I actually don't remember what the build up was entirely but the match was great! Michaels would survive the run-ins from the Spirit Squad and Shane McMahon - eventually handcuffing Shane to the ropes. Vince would find himself inside a trash can, on a table - before Michaels would send him crashing through it, with an elbow drop from the top of a ladder. The finish came soon, after as McMahon was picked up by Michaels and hit with a Sweet Chin Music as the exclamation mark. McMahon's streak continued...

Normally when you think of a Triple threat match, there aren't many great examples that come to mind straight away. This is not the case for the World Heavyweight Championship triple threat match at WrestleMania 22. Kurt Angle was set to defend against Randy Orton and the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio. Mysterio was played out to the ring by P.O.D. There were a load of great spots in this match and various contenders for move of the night. The match starts out very fast paced and one of the impressive earlier moves that we got to see was the german suplex by Angle on Orton, who had his arms around Mysterio making it a double german, which sent Mysterio flying! Kurt Angle was definitely in WrestleMania gear for this match. He first got Mysterio to tap out to the Anklelock, but without the referee's knowledge, Orton saved the match for himself and Mysterio. The same would happen again, but this time Orton was the one tapping to the Anklelock as Rey caused the distraction. In the end, it was a 619 and Westcoast pop to Randy Orton that would secure Rey Mysterio his first World Championship which he dedicated to Eddie Guerrero. Vickie and Chavo would join him on the entrance ramp to celebrate. Viva La Raza!

In a decent interlude, Torrie Wilson defeated Candice Michelle in a Playboy pillow fight. This is how a rest hold is applied. Give the crowd time to breathe before the final match of the card...

John Cena, billed as coming from a 'working class' background was set to defend his prestigious WWE Championship against former 10 time world champion, from a 'privileged' upbringing, The King of Kings - Triple H. I love the fact that Jim Ross actually acknowledges the fans reactions here, and noted that it seemed like the crowd would be favouring Triple H tonight (although he was a heel) - unlike how it somewhat works today, where the people can be chanting for Daniel Bryan the whole night and commentators just sit there and pretend it's not happening. Or completely disregard reactions to superstars in general, or cutting out microphones in the audience because 'that's not what they should be doing'. During this match, it was fairly obvious that it was the old school Triple H that was the good guy in their eyes, and John Cena was on the receiving end of "You can't wrestle!" chants. The match itself was great but nothing that stood out in the sea of WrestleMania matches we've covered so far. The finish would come when John Cena would have Triple H locked up in the STFU, and the Game began to fade away. The referee checks Triple H to see if he's still conscious, raising his arm once. It drops to the mat. Twice. It drops again. The third time... and the Game raises his arm, showing there's still some fight left in him! I always loved that spot. Although his arm was up, he couldn't take much more as he tapped out, and Cena retained the coveted WWE Championship. The Champ, was still here.

WrestleMania Moment: Edge spearing Mick Foley through a flaming table

Move of the Night: Shawn Michaels' Elbow Drop from the top of the Ladder

Match of the Night: Kurt Angle (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio - World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat


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If you watched WrestleMania 22, let us know what you thought and fill us in on your favorite moments! Do you think it was the greatest WrestleMania of all time? Join the blog next weekend as we take a look back at WrestleMania 23 from 2007 as a part of the 'WrestleMania CountDown'! You can also tweet to us from anywhere! Whether you're in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, India, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Maldives, Italy, Belgium, Japan, the Philippines, or your name is Neo and you're in Sri Lanka, send us a shout via our Twitter:



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Mau (10/02/14) 00:40
 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania 21: WrestleMania Goes Hollywood

AYO! What's popping everyboby? What a bizarre time it has been on the Road to WrestleMania so far this year. With all the antics and up-in-airy-fairyness we know that we are in wrestling season. I found it interesting though, that after their Super Bowl victory this past week, the Seattle Seahawks would tweet out an image with Daniel Bryan's "YES!" chant on it - and then the next night on RAW, the authority think that they might have to reconsider who the face of the WWE is. I said it right after the Super Bowl - The Seahawks just made it that much harder to bury Daniel Bryan. I found Triple H starting a "Yes!" chant really transparent. I loved Triple H throughout his career and although during his in-ring career he may have been one of my favourites, at the moment I really don't think that he and Stephanie need as much time on the mic or even on TV. Wouldn't that time be better spent on the younger talent? Or even developing current talent? They [WWE] always mock WCW for their own demise on how they pushed the older talent, guys who had already had their initial run. Now it seems that the Authority (or the WWE, or whoever makes these decisions) are choosing to take a page out of WCW's book. Let's take you back now, to a year where Batista was about to have his first run as World Heavyweight Champion. The same can be said for John Cena and the WWE Championship. It was the year that WrestleMania went Hollywood!

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Date: 3rd April, 2005
Venue: Staples Center
City: Los Angeles, California

In my opinion, the opening contest was one of the best matches of the night. For the first time in WrestleMania history, the WWE Tag Team champions were set to face each other in singles competition. Eddie Guerrero would roll into the Staples Center to take on his tag team partner, Rey Mysterio. The build-up for this match had to do with Chavo Guerrero stirring the pot between these two and claiming that Eddie could not beat Rey. The jinx continued on this night as Rey picked up the win again, against Eddie. The two shook hands after the match as a sign of respect and the 21st Annual WrestleMaina was underway.

Ever since the "Money in the Bank" PPV debuted I always thought that it took away from the WrestleMania card. Now, since there is only one major championship in the company, is it a good idea to move the Money in the Bank ladder match back to it's roots at WrestleMania? There have been so many WrestleMania moments to come out of the MITB match at WrestleMania, and the first time it took place was in 2005 at WrestleMania 21. Jericho invented Money in the Bank! Unfortunately for him, this would become the launching pad for the Rated R Superstar, Edge. Edge would win the match and then eventually go on to win the WWE championship from John Cena, 9 months later. When I hear "Money in the Bank" there's two things I think of. In regards to WrestleMania, I think of Shelton Benjamin.

In somewhat of an interlude, Eugene made his way to the ring and started to share his excitement for being at WrestleMania. Sometimes I think to myself, "How on Earth did WWE get away with this handicap gimmick?" He would be interrupted by Muhammed Hassan and Daivari who would try a make their 'WrestleMania' moment by putting the boots to Eugene. But BAH GAWD they were in a new WrestleMania Moment when Hulk Hogan hit the ring and cleaned house! Special little moment there when Hulk turned up, I especially liked when he made his way back up the ramp and posed with the American flag dropped down behind him on the tron. Very cool. Stuff of legends.

Speaking of legends, Randy Orton was on the rise, and now with his father 'Cowboy' Bob Orton by his side, the Legend Killer had his sites set on becoming the man who would defeat the Dead Man at the Showcase of the Immortals. I really enjoyed this portion of Orton's career. Going through legends, spitting in their faces, and RKO'ing Hulk Hogan on the bonnet of a car. After watching Orton's match on RAW this past week with Daniel Bryan it's amazing to see how far Orton has come as a performer. He definitely took it to The Undertaker in this match and I loved the finish where he does the cut throat taunt and attempts to finish the match with a Tombstone, only to have the Undertaker reverse into a Tombstone Piledriver of his own and make Randy Orton victim number 13 in the infamous WrestleMania undefeated streak.

The next match was for the WWE Women's Championship when Trish Stratus (who was a heel at the time) would defend her title against the up and coming spitfire known as Christy Hemme. Hemme was accompanied to ringside by Lita. Hemme put in a decent effort, but as expected came up short to the Canadian native.

One of the greatest technical matches at WrestleMania of all time! A match that clearly doesn't get as much recognition as it should! Possibly because one of these two at the moment is working for TNA. Almost 9 years later this match still blew our mind! YES! I'm talking about The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels vs. The Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle! This is a piece of wrestling gold. I loved the way they did the build up and everything, from Angle's perspective of winning the Olympic Gold in 1996 and having to keep hearing about Shawn Michaels from the world of professional wrestling to Angle being eliminated in the 2005 Royal Rumble by Michaels. To use one of Tazz's old phrases, this match was a rocketbuster and kept us on the edge of our seats the whole time, gossebumping! These 2 pushed it to the limit, and Angle would claim the victory after Shawn Michaels was left with no choice but to tap out the the anklelock. There is no way that this match won't be on the "Shawn Michaels: Mr WrestleMania" DVD coming out next week.. just no way...

In a special attraction match, The Big Show would answer the challenge of Akebono in a Sumo Wrestling match. Although this was only a short segment, it's special attractions like these that have been missing in recent WrestleMania's - and I hope that they can put together something special, and out of the ordinary this year for WrestleMania XXX. Akebono and the Big Show would bash and bumo into each other with the goal to try and throw your opponent out of the circle. Akebono caught Show behind the head and rolled him out and picked up the win.

Now this night will always be remembered in my mind as the beginning of two careers, that were thrust into the main event limelight this night. The guard was changing. The first of which, was John Cena. John Cena was to take on JBL, who at this point was the longest reigning champion in SmackDown history. The promo was actually pretty good and had a lot of elements that I don't think we'd see in today's WWE climate. It was the story of a street hustler vs. a privileged aristocrat. Classic formula and what could go wrong? This was also the debut of John Cena's new theme music which he still has to this very day. This would also mark the end of the WWE (Undisputed) title design. John Cena was REALLY pushed into the forefront around this time. He would soon after this win debut his new spinner WWE Championship, which would also be the cover of his new album (featuring Trademarc), "You Can't See Me". It actually debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 charts in the United States according to Wikipedia. Cena was fast becoming a global brand and a household name. The match itself took place before the era of "false finish after false finish" and Cena was able to cover, and pin, and win against JBL after a single and decisive FU. Yes. The Attitude, before it's adjustment was the FU. The Champ was here.

The second of the two men who were being made this night was Dave Batista. The build-up was that Batista had won the 2005 Royal Rumble and now had to make a decision on which champion he would pursue. Triple H had suggested that it was time now, for the Animal to make the jump to SmackDown and challenge JBL for the WWE Championship. But the Animal, had other plans. This would lead up to this point where Triple H was set to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against former friend and Evolution member, Batista. Triple H would be played to the ring by Motorhead - and this was when Batista didn't even have pyro in his entrance so it just looked like he was driving a car at the top of the ramp, if you know what I mean. The match itself was really well done, with Nature Boy in Triple H's corner and making use of every time the referee had his back turned to him. In a move that would tip the scale in favour of the Animal, Batista would slingshot Triple H into the ring post which resulted in blood pouring down the face and chest of the game. Batista would then attempt a Batista Bomb in the middle of the ring, but the Game would take advantage of the fact that the referee was out cold and hit the Animal with a low blow. Triple H would then try set up Batista for a pedigree but the Animal powered out and saved himself. The Batista Bomb was soon to follow and since I've already told you that this was the pre-"false finish after false finish" era - the rest is pretty academic. Batista had for the first time become the World Heavyweight Champion. The guard was changing and John Cena and Batista were on the rise. Two new 'Made Men' were born coming out of WrestleMania 21...

WrestleMania Moment: Hulk Hogan gives Muhammad Hassan & Daivari their 'WrestleMania Moment'

Move of the Night: Undertaker's reversal of Orton's Tombstone Piledriver into a Tombstone Piledriver of his own

Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle


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Mau (05/02/14) 23:05