It’ll be hard to follow up on WrestleMania X-Seven, but lets see how the influx of WCW talent could make a difference on WrestleMania!
Venue: Toronto SkyDome
Christian vs DDP for the European Champonship
As Christian was coming down to the ring, Howard Finkel announced that Christian had changed his residency to Florida, and not Toronto – a beautiful heel move with WrestleMania being in Toronto! This was a really strong match between two good workers. DDP hit the Diamond Cutter to retain the European Championship. Christian than had a little paddy in the ring before Dallas Page exited through the crowd.
Kurt Angle vs Kane
This was a really solid match up yet again. Kane looked to have had in won when he chokeslammed Kurt Angle, but the gold medalist did well to get his hand on the bottom rope to break the pin. Kane then went to hit the tombstone, but Angle attempted to take Kane’s mask off, distracting him. This allowed for the Angle Slam to be performed, but only resulted in a two count.
With the momentum on Angle’s side, he applied the Ankle Lock, but can managed to get to the bottom rope and hit an enziguri, which was pretty impressive! Kane went to the top rope, but was met there by Angle who hit a superpex off of it. Kane then went for a chokeslam, but Angle managed to get a little messy roll up to win the match.
Ric Flair vs The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match
This feud actually had a very good story behind it. The Undertaker was pissed at Flair because Ric interfered in his match at No Way Out. The Undertaker asked Flair for a match at Mania, but he constantly refused. This caused Taker to attack both Arn Anderson and David Flair, before Ric said yes to it.
The Undertaker dominated this one. After he hit a superplex off the top rope, Taker lifted up The Nature Boy mid pin to stop the count. He did this multiple times until Flair managed to get a hold in the match. Flair then busted open The Undertaker with the lead pipe that the feud was started from. Arn Anderson came out of no where to get some retribution with a spine buster. The Undertaker then hit a tombstone on Ric Flar to pick up the win in a bloody good match! 10-0.
Scott Hall vs “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Scott Hall had Kevin Nash in his corner, and that really made it a handicap match, especially when the referee was down. Austin however managed to stay on top hitting stunners to both men. This match was a pretty short one. Steve Austin hit two stunners, the second of which was sold perfectly by Hall to pick up the win. Both have had much better matches.
The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan
This is quite possibly one of the most noticeable moments in wrestling history. We started this one of the famous scenes ever with the stand off between them. The match itself was not the most perfect in ring performance by them both, but the spectacle and the ending more than made up for it.
The ending was done perfectly. Hulk Hogan used his belt to start whipping The Rock when the referee was down. Rocky came back from this, and got his own back on Hogan by whipping him back. The Rock then hit the Rock Bottom, and the crowd erupted as Hogan kicked out and Hulked up! Hulk Hogan hit the big boot and the leg drop, only for The Rock to kick out. Hulk went back at it again with the big boot, but this time failed with the leg drop. The Rock hit two Rock Bottoms and The People’s Elbow to defeat his childhood idol, Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan extended his hand out, and The Rock accepted the handshake to show the amazing respect between two of the greatest names in professional wrestling. The NWO came out and showed their anger of Hulk Hogan’s handshake. They started to beat down the legend, and The Rock came back to help Hogan, and eliminated Hall and Nash. What an iconic match.
Triple H vs Chris Jericho for the WWF Undisputed Championship
The majority of time I say that the title match always needs to be on last, but there are some cases where this shouldn’t always be so. WrestleMania X8 was on of these occasions. The Rock vs Hulk Hogan should definitely had been the last match because of the massive storyline behind it. That match just felt more important than this one.
Not to take it away from the two competitors, they were very good here, apart from the odd botched move. One thing I really enjoyed was Jericho was focusing his attack on the injured knee of Triple H. Midway through this one, Triple H attempted a Pedigree through the announce table, but Jericho managed to reverse it to send The Game through it instead with a reversal.
The ending came as Triple H hit a pedigree on Y2J’s valet, Stephanie McMahon. Earl Hebner helped her leave the ring safely, and as his back was turned, Jericho hit the challenger with a steel chair. He then attempted a Pedigree himself, but again it was reversed. Jericho sprung off the second rope only to be met with a gut kick from The Game, and he hit a Pedigree for the win.
Thanks again for reading this one guys! Another pretty good WrestleMania, just could have been improved by the positioning of the card maybe. Anything is tough to look good though having watched WrestleMania X-Seven just yesterday! Hopefully you enjoyed this one, and I’ll see you again tomorrow for WrestleMania XIX!