History Awesome / Wrestlemania

9th Feb '16 3:12:19 PM Gimere
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* Wrestling/HulkHogan, at the zenith of his popularity, bodyslamming the then-550 pound Wrestling/AndreTheGiant in front of a WWE-record 93,173 (reported) fans. ** Made much harder to appreciate after Hulk Hogan's increasingly obvious politicking behind the scenes and general dickery.
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* Wrestling/HulkHogan, at the zenith of his popularity, bodyslamming the then-550 pound Wrestling/AndreTheGiant in front of a WWE-record 93,173 (reported) fans. ** Made fans.[[note]]Made much harder to appreciate after Hulk Hogan's increasingly obvious politicking behind the scenes and general dickery.dickery, however[[/note]]

* [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]] defeated [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship]] in a show-stealing match paving the way for smaller, more skilled wrestlers to be in the limelight. Even despite several matches mentioned below, many consider this to be the best [=WrestleMania=] match ever. ** Heck, some consider it the best ''match'' ever, period.
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* [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]] defeated [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship]] in a show-stealing match paving the way for smaller, more skilled wrestlers to be in the limelight. Even despite several matches mentioned below, many consider this to be not only the best [=WrestleMania=] match ever. ** Heck, some consider it ever, but the best ''match'' ever, period.

** Wrestling/BretHart defeating Wrestling/RoddyPiper to win the Intercontinental Championship. This match was awesome for a couple of reasons. 1--Hart bladed during the match, something that wasn't allowed at the time, but he was able to make it look like an accident. 2--Piper effectively turned heel during the pre-match interview, turning face near the end of the match after deciding not to hit Bret with the ring bell after the referee had been knocked out, plus him helping Bret up after the match and putting the belt on him.
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** Wrestling/BretHart defeating Wrestling/RoddyPiper to win the Intercontinental Championship. This match was awesome for a couple of reasons. 1--Hart reasons: *** Hart bladed during the match, something that wasn't allowed at the time, but he was able to make it look like an accident. 2--Piper accident. *** Piper effectively turned heel during the pre-match interview, turning face near the end of the match after deciding not to hit Bret with the ring bell after the referee had been knocked out, plus him helping Bret up after the match and putting the belt on him.

* Wrestling/OwenHart wins his first [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] title (the Tag Team Championship) with Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} over the Smoking Gunns.
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* Wrestling/OwenHart wins his first [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] WWF title (the Tag Team Championship) with Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} over the Smoking Gunns.

** This is made marginally more awesome by the fact that the iconic image of Austin trying to grab the ropes while a bloody mess ''wasn't supposed to happen''. Both men have said in interviews that WWF bookers told them ''not'' to blade; the company was at a point where they simply didn't want wrestlers bleeding. In Hart's book, he says that he bladed Austin anyway... and then told everyone that it was an accident when he threw Austin into the ringside steps.
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** This is made marginally even more awesome by the fact that the iconic image of Austin trying to grab the ropes while a bloody mess ''wasn't supposed to happen''. Both men have said in interviews that WWF bookers told them ''not'' to blade; the company was at a point where they simply didn't want wrestlers bleeding. In Hart's book, he says that he bladed Austin anyway... and then told everyone that it was an accident when he threw Austin into the ringside steps.
25th Jan '16 9:14:55 AM Gimere
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* Or one offhand comment by Wrestling/JimRoss, "The Undertaker has never lost at Wrestlemania''. And with this, The Streak, then at 8 and eventually 9-0 is now officially born[[note]]This had actually been mentioned by Vince [=McMahon=] at Wrestlemania 11 as well, though nobody made a big deal of it yet.[[note]].
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* Or one offhand comment by Wrestling/JimRoss, "The Undertaker has never lost at Wrestlemania''. And with this, The Streak, then at 8 and eventually 9-0 is now officially born[[note]]This had actually been mentioned by Vince [=McMahon=] at Wrestlemania 11 as well, though nobody made a big deal of it yet.[[note]]. [[/note]].
25th Jan '16 9:12:35 AM Gimere
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It's called "The Showcase of the Immortals" for a reason.
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It's ''[=WrestleMania=]'' is called "The Showcase of the Immortals" for a reason.reason.

* The ''Battle of the Megapowers'' between Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. While the match was somewhat hampered by an unnecessary Work LoveTriangle between Elizabeth, Hogan, and Savage (which actually bothered Savage in RL), the match itself was an electrifying one and easily the best of the Main Events so far. While less iconic than the battle against Andre the Giant at ''Wrestlemania III'' and the Ultimate Warrior vs. Hogan next year, it would be considered by many to be the best match of Hogan's career.
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* The ''Battle of the Megapowers'' between Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. While the match was somewhat hampered by an unnecessary Work LoveTriangle between Elizabeth, Hogan, and Savage (which actually bothered Savage in RL), real life), the match itself was an electrifying one and easily the best of the Main Events so far. While less iconic than the battle against Andre the Giant at ''Wrestlemania III'' and the Ultimate Warrior vs. Hogan next year, it would be considered by many to be the best match of Hogan's career.

* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's first [=WrestleMania=] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment Of Awesome]] came at the end of his Submission Match with Wrestling/BretHart, when - beaten and bruised, with his face turned into bloody hamburger - he was locked into Bret Hart's signature Sharpshooter. He kicked and crawled and yelled and screamed, but never gave up; instead, he passed out in a pool of his own blood, giving his last bit of energy to try and escape rather than admit defeat. He had a lot of really great moments before that, and ''many'' more after that, but that was the precise moment that everybody realized that Steve Austin was going to be ''huge''. (And I mean ''everybody''; I don't even think that the WWF's creative team realized just how well the whole thing was going to go off.) ** This is made marginally more awesome by the fact that the iconic image of Austin trying to grab the ropes while a bloody mess ''wasn't supposed to happen''. Both men have said in interviews that WWF bookers told them ''not'' to blade; the company was at a point where they simply didn't want wrestlers bleeding. In Hart's book, he says that he bladed Austin... and then told everyone that it was an accident when he threw Austin into the ringside steps.
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* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's first [=WrestleMania=] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment Of Awesome]] came at the end of his Submission Match with Wrestling/BretHart, when - beaten and bruised, with his face turned into bloody hamburger - he was locked into Bret Hart's signature Sharpshooter. He kicked and crawled and yelled and screamed, but never gave up; instead, he passed out in a pool of his own blood, giving his last bit of energy to try and escape rather than admit defeat. He Austin had a lot of really great moments both before that, and ''many'' more after that, this, but that this was the precise moment that everybody realized that Steve Austin was going to be ''huge''. (And I mean ''everybody''; I don't even think that the WWF's creative team realized just how well the whole thing was going to go off.) ''huge''. ** This is made marginally more awesome by the fact that the iconic image of Austin trying to grab the ropes while a bloody mess ''wasn't supposed to happen''. Both men have said in interviews that WWF bookers told them ''not'' to blade; the company was at a point where they simply didn't want wrestlers bleeding. In Hart's book, he says that he bladed Austin...Austin anyway... and then told everyone that it was an accident when he threw Austin into the ringside steps.

!![=Wrestlemania 2000 (16)=]
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!![=Wrestlemania !![=WrestleMania=] 2000 (16)=](16)

* Or one offhand comment by Wrestling/JimRoss, "The Undertaker has never lost at Wrestlemania''. And with this, The Streak, then at 8 and eventually 9-0 is now officially born. ** This had actually been mentioned by Vince [=McMahon=] at Wrestlemania 11 as well, though nobody made a big deal of it yet.
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* Or one offhand comment by Wrestling/JimRoss, "The Undertaker has never lost at Wrestlemania''. And with this, The Streak, then at 8 and eventually 9-0 is now officially born. ** This born[[note]]This had actually been mentioned by Vince [=McMahon=] at Wrestlemania 11 as well, though nobody made a big deal of it yet. yet.[[note]].

** To give the above its proper context and explain why the sight of those two men with their title belts is awesome AND heartwarming AND tearjerking all at once; for years, Guerrero and Benoit had toiled in WCW only to be regarded as, at best, mid-carders who would never achieve top-level status - this treatment was not from fans, but from WCW brass directly. Yet now, here they were, on the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania, on Madison Square Garden, on top of the mountain. With the fans celebrating every second of it. * The Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Brock Lesnar match is rightfully considered terrible. However, an awesome moment was had by two fans in the audience who showed up dressed as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage (completely independent of one another, mind you). The two spent the entire match cutting promos on each other and mocking the in-ring action in full view of the cameras. They got so much positive reaction from the surrounding crowd--including the fact that ''the commentary teams'' were gawking at them!--that security stepped in to tell them that while they personally thought they were hilarious, Vince [=McMahon=] said to knock it off.
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** To give the above its proper context and explain why the sight of those two men with their title belts is awesome AND awesome, heartwarming AND ''and'' tearjerking all at once; for years, Guerrero and Benoit had toiled in WCW only to be regarded as, at best, mid-carders who would never achieve top-level status - this treatment was not from fans, but from WCW brass directly. Yet now, here they were, on the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania, on at Madison Square Garden, on top of the mountain. With the fans celebrating every second of it. * The Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Brock Lesnar match is rightfully considered terrible. However, an awesome moment was had by two fans in the audience who showed up dressed as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage (completely independent of one another, mind you). The two spent the entire match cutting promos on each other and mocking the in-ring action in full view of the cameras. They got so much positive reaction from the surrounding crowd--including the fact that ''the the commentary teams'' teams were gawking at them!--that security stepped in to tell them that while they personally thought they were hilarious, Vince [=McMahon=] said to knock it off.

* After months in the World Title hunt, and many displays of anger and paranoia, Edge in the middle of his first main event push, wins the first Money in the Bank Ladder match and a World Title opportunity anytime he wants.
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* After months in the World Title hunt, and many displays of anger and paranoia, Edge in the middle of his first main event push, wins the first Money in the Bank Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank Ladder match and a World Title opportunity anytime he wants.

** Something else to keep in mind: both Michaels and Undertaker are '''over 40.''' [[CoolOldGuy Two men over 40 showed up everyone under 40 on the Grandest Stage of Them All]].
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** Something else to keep in mind: both Michaels and Undertaker are '''over 40.''' [[CoolOldGuy Two men over 40 40]] [[StillGotIt showed up everyone under 40 40]] on the Grandest Stage of Them All]].All.

** John Cena lifting up over 700 pounds of humanity (The Big Show and Edge '''on his shoulders'''.
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** John Cena lifting up over 700 pounds of humanity (The Big Show and Edge Edge) '''on his shoulders'''.

* Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Rock sharing the ring to open the show and toast each others' legacies. 'Nuff said. The crowd is screaming "This is awesome!" and we're not even having a match yet!
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* Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Rock sharing the ring to open the show and toast each others' legacies. 'Nuff Enough said. The crowd is screaming "This is awesome!" and we're not even having a match yet!

** And KofiKingston avoiding elimination by having his feet only touch the steps.
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** And KofiKingston Kofi Kingston avoiding elimination by having his feet only touch the steps.

** Speaking of Foley, he and his daughter cheered his win. So did Wrestling/JimRoss, Wrestling/MattHardy, Justin Roberts, Renee Young, Wrestling/KofiKingston, ''Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/JoeyStyles,'' not to mention millions and millions of wrestling fans.
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** Speaking of Foley, he and his daughter cheered his win. So did Wrestling/JimRoss, Wrestling/MattHardy, Justin Roberts, Renee Young, Wrestling/KofiKingston, ''Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/JoeyStyles,'' Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/JoeyStyles, not to mention millions and millions of wrestling fans.

* The main event involved Brock Lesnar dishing out one hell of a beating to Roman Reigns who takes everything he has to give out from countless trips to "Suplex City", to '''THREE F-5s''', and Roman's laughing like a madman as if to say "Is that all you got?" Eventually, Roman's HeroicResolve starts to show up as he busts Brock open the hard way, then laying him out with Superman Punches. Then while both men are down, Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase, thus turning it into a Triple Threat match! After dishing out Curb Stomps to both men, especially after Roman spears Brock as he's about to F-5 Seth. Your winner and new champion, Seth Rollins!
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* The main event involved Brock Lesnar dishing out one hell of a beating to Roman Reigns who takes everything he has to give out from countless trips to "Suplex City", to '''THREE '''three F-5s''', and Roman's laughing like a madman as if to say "Is that all you got?" Eventually, Roman's HeroicResolve starts to show up as he busts Brock open the hard way, then laying him out with Superman Punches. Then while both men are down, Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase, thus turning it into a Triple Threat match! After dishing out Curb Stomps to both men, especially after Roman spears Brock as he's about to F-5 Seth. Your winner and new champion, Seth Rollins!
17th Jan '16 7:24:55 AM DrZulu2010
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* Two of the biggest stars of the next five years of WWE history, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/JohnCena, both won their first world titles on this night (Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Triple H, and Cena won the WWE Championship by dethroning John "Bradshaw" Layfield - who had held the title for nine months, the longest reign for that title in years).
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* Two of the biggest stars of the next five years of WWE history, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/JohnCena, both won their first world titles on this night (Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Triple H, H putting an end to the much maligned reign of terror, and Cena won the WWE Championship by dethroning John "Bradshaw" Layfield - who had held the title for nine months, the longest reign for that title in years).
21st Dec '15 2:54:21 PM Gimere
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* Even though this wasn't a great overall, it did have four great matches:
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* Even though this wasn't a great event overall, it did have four great matches:
21st Dec '15 2:53:03 PM Gimere
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* The fact that the first [=WrestleMania=] was a success, as the event was a massive gamble for [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], definitely counts. In 1985, few homes outside of the East Coast were wired for cable television, and the technology for pay-per-view barely existed; Vince did hedge his bets a little by also airing the event via closed circuit broadcast to venues across the US, but that was also an unproven technology, and one most felt would never work. The fact that Vince was able to go out, bet the farm on a pair of niche technologies, and make [=WrestleMania=] such a runaway success that pay-per-view would become the standard for big sporting events (particularly boxing and, later on, MMA) is a [=CMoA=] in and of itself.
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* The fact that the first [=WrestleMania=] was a success, as the event was a massive gamble for [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, definitely counts. In 1985, few homes outside of the East Coast were wired for cable television, and the technology for pay-per-view barely existed; Vince did hedge his bets a little by also airing the event via closed circuit broadcast to venues across the US, but that was also an unproven technology, and one most felt would never work. The fact that Vince was able to go out, bet the farm on a pair of niche then-niche technologies, and make [=WrestleMania=] such a runaway success that pay-per-view would become the standard for big sporting events (particularly boxing and, later on, MMA) is a [=CMoA=] in and of itself.

* Even though this wasn't great, it did have four great matches:
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* Even though this wasn't great, a great overall, it did have four great matches:


* Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. {{Wrestling/Kane}}. It was their first encounter of many, and the culmination of almost a year-long storyline. Kane survived two tombstones before going down for the count with a third, which was unheard of back then. He managed to kick out just after the three count, further proving what a beast he is.
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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. {{Wrestling/Kane}}.Wrestling/{{Kane}}. It was their first encounter of many, and the culmination of almost a year-long storyline. Kane survived two tombstones before going down for the count with a third, which was unheard of back then. He managed to kick out just after the three count, further proving what a beast he is.

* At the height of the Attitude Era, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] fight for the WWF Championship and put on a great match with cameos by [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/MickFoley.
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* At the height of the Attitude Era, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] fight for the WWF Championship and put on a great match with cameos by [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/MickFoley.

* Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} beat Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys and [[Wrestling/MattHardy the]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardys]] in a triangle ladder match for the Tag Team Championship in a match that will become the genesis for the TLC match a few months later at ''Summerslam''.
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* Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} beat Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys and [[Wrestling/MattHardy the]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardys]] in a triangle ladder match for the Tag Team Championship in a match that will become the genesis for the TLC match a few months later at ''Summerslam''. ''Wrestling/SummerSlam''.

** There's also TLC II, the second Tables Ladders and Chairs Match between the Hardys, the Dudleys, and Wrestling/{{Edge}} & Wrestling/{{Christian}}; each team got a little help from a third party (Wrestling/{{Lita}}, Spike Dudley, and Wrestling/{{Rhyno}}, respectively), and there were several memorable moments, including the insane ''mid-air Spear'' that [=Edge=] delivered to a dangling-from-the-belts Jeff Hardy.
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** There's also TLC II, the second Tables Ladders and Chairs Match between the Hardys, the Dudleys, and Wrestling/{{Edge}} & Wrestling/{{Christian}}; each team got a little help from a third party (Wrestling/{{Lita}}, Spike Dudley, and Wrestling/{{Rhyno}}, respectively), and there were several memorable moments, including the insane ''mid-air Spear'' that [=Edge=] Edge delivered to a dangling-from-the-belts Jeff Hardy.

* The final match of the night saw Wrestling/BrockLesnar defeat Wrestling/KurtAngle (with a broken neck) to win the WWE Championship. One of the final spots in the match saw Lesnar climb up to the top rope and attempt a ''Shooting Star Press'' (a move that the Hulk-like Lesnar hadn't done since his days in OVW); he overshot his dive and ended up concussing himself (and very nearly breaking his neck), but he won the match anyway. Afterwards, he shook hands with KurtAngle and hugged him in the ring to cap off Angle's face turn.
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* The final match of the night saw Wrestling/BrockLesnar defeat Wrestling/KurtAngle (with a broken neck) to win the WWE Championship. One of the final spots in the match saw Lesnar climb up to the top rope and attempt a ''Shooting Star Press'' (a move that the Hulk-like Lesnar hadn't done since his days in OVW); he overshot his dive and ended up concussing himself (and very nearly breaking his neck), but he won the match anyway. Afterwards, he shook hands with KurtAngle Angle and hugged him in the ring to cap off Angle's face turn.

* The show's main event. The story going into [=WrestleMania=] was that Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was in a Triple Threat match with Shawn Michaels and Triple H (the reigning World Heavyweight Champion), and the {{Smark}}s believed that Benoit stood only a small chance of winning. After one of the best ''[=WrestleMania=]'' matches '''ever''', Benoit made Triple H tap cleanly to the Crippler Crossface in the middle of the ring to finally win a world title (in Madison Square Garden on the twentieth anniversary of the Showcase of the Immortals, no less), and then-WWE Champion (and close friend) Eddie Guerrero came out to celebrate with him, and the two friends hugged, in the center of Madison Square Garden, while openly weeping, creating one of the most iconic images in [=WrestleMania=] history. [[spoiler:Thanks to the Benoit double-murder suicide and its CanonDisContinuity, as well as Eddie's death, the image has since become [[FunnyAneurysmMoment rather]] [[TearJerker heartbreaking.]]]]
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* The show's main event. The story going into [=WrestleMania=] was that Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was in a Triple Threat match with Shawn Michaels and Triple H (the reigning World Heavyweight Champion), and the {{Smark}}s believed that Benoit stood only a small chance of winning. After one of the best ''[=WrestleMania=]'' matches '''ever''', Benoit made Triple H tap cleanly to the Crippler Crossface in the middle of the ring to finally win a world title (in Madison Square Garden on the twentieth anniversary of the Showcase of the Immortals, no less), and then-WWE Champion (and close friend) Eddie Guerrero came out to celebrate with him, and the two friends hugged, in the center of Madison Square Garden, while openly weeping, creating one of the most iconic images in [=WrestleMania=] history. [[spoiler:Thanks to the Benoit double-murder suicide and its CanonDisContinuity, CanonDiscontinuity, as well as Eddie's death, the image has since become [[FunnyAneurysmMoment rather]] [[TearJerker heartbreaking.]]]]

* JimRoss closing commentary on the event, just before the cameras cut to black, with Chris Benoit holding his newly won title aloft.
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* JimRoss Wrestling/JimRoss closing commentary on the event, just before the cameras cut to black, with Chris Benoit holding his newly won title aloft.

* Two of the biggest stars of the next five years of WWE history, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/JohnCena, both won their first world titles on this night ([=Batista=] won the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Triple H, and Cena won the WWE Championship by dethroning John "Bradshaw" Layfield - who had held the title for nine months, the longest reign for that title in years). * After months in the World Title hunt, and many displays of anger and paranoia, [=Edge=] in the middle of his first main event push, wins the first Money in the Bank Ladder match and a World Title opportunity anytime he wants.
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* Two of the biggest stars of the next five years of WWE history, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/JohnCena, both won their first world titles on this night ([=Batista=] (Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Triple H, and Cena won the WWE Championship by dethroning John "Bradshaw" Layfield - who had held the title for nine months, the longest reign for that title in years). * After months in the World Title hunt, and many displays of anger and paranoia, [=Edge=] Edge in the middle of his first main event push, wins the first Money in the Bank Ladder match and a World Title opportunity anytime he wants.

* Shawn Michaels facing his boss, Vince [=McMahon=]. Vince had done just about everything to undermine Shawn's born-again pacifist attitude and had gone out of his way to make Shawn look bad on numerous occasions. But on this night, it was a No Disqualification Match that was their final showdown. Shawn winds up beating up ''five'' different hired guns ''at the same time'', humiliates Vince's son Shane in a fashion that I can't even describe here for fear of setting off SlashFic everywhere, then ''warps'' a chair on Vince's head. Three minutes of solid beating later, Shawn threatens to find an 8-foot (standard-size) ladder so he can leap off the top step and crush Vince. He changes his mind at the last second... and about two minutes later, he's leaping off of a 12-foot ladder onto a prone, semi-conscious, trashcan-over-the-head-wearing Vince, crushing the table beneath him at the same time. Then when paramedics show up, he threatens to attack ''them'' as well should they try to help Vince. Why? Because ''he hasn't pinned Vince yet, so the match isn't over.'' Oh, and Shane has been handcuffed to the ropes at ringside, so he was unable to do anything to stop it. To say this led to a career resurgence for Shawn Michaels would be putting it very lightly.
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* Shawn Michaels facing his boss, Vince [=McMahon=]. Vince had done just about everything to undermine Shawn's born-again pacifist attitude and had gone out of his way to make Shawn look bad on numerous occasions. But on this night, it was a No Disqualification Match that was their final showdown. Shawn winds up beating up ''five'' different hired guns ''at the same time'', humiliates Vince's son Shane in a fashion that I can't even describe be described here for fear of without setting off SlashFic everywhere, ''everywhere'', then ''warps'' a chair on Vince's head. Three minutes of solid beating later, Shawn threatens to find an 8-foot (standard-size) ladder so he can leap off the top step and crush Vince. He changes his mind at the last second... and about two minutes later, he's leaping off of a 12-foot ladder onto a prone, semi-conscious, trashcan-over-the-head-wearing Vince, crushing the table beneath him at the same time. Then when paramedics show up, he threatens to attack ''them'' as well should they try to help Vince. Why? Because ''he hasn't pinned Vince yet, so the match isn't over.'' Oh, and Shane has been handcuffed to the ropes at ringside, so he was unable to do anything to stop it. To say this led to a career resurgence for Shawn Michaels would be putting it very lightly.

* [=Edge=] vs Undertaker was pretty damn good too. Too bad the crowd was dead for the first half of it.
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* [=Edge=] Edge vs Undertaker was pretty damn good too. Too bad the crowd was dead for the first half of it.

** John Cena lifting up over 700 pounds of humanity (The Big Show and [=Edge=] '''on his shoulders'''.
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** John Cena lifting up over 700 pounds of humanity (The Big Show and [=Edge=] Edge '''on his shoulders'''.

* Wrestling/JackSwagger becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, despite no one giving him a chance in the match. He would then proceed to blow up the Internet two days later by cashing in the briefcase at the ''[=SmackDown=]'' tapings, becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion in the process. If anyone with an Internet connection made it to that Friday night without being spoiled, I salute them.
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* Wrestling/JackSwagger becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, despite no one giving him a chance in the match. He would then proceed to blow up the Internet two days later by cashing in the briefcase at the ''[=SmackDown=]'' tapings, becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion in the process. If anyone with an Internet connection made it to that Friday night without being spoiled, I salute them.

** One highlight of the match was Taker doing his signature sit-up while he was in Punk's Anaconda Vice. The audience pops like mad, and Punk freaks out.
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** One highlight of the match was Taker doing his signature sit-up while he was in Punk's Anaconda Vice. The audience pops like mad, and Punk [[OhCrap freaks out.out]].

** Speaking of Foley, he and his daughter cheered his win. So did Wrestling/JimRoss, Wrestling/MattHardy, Justin Roberts, Renee Young, Wrestling/KofiKingston, ''Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/JoeyStyles,'' not to mention millions and millions of [[InsistentTerminology wrestling]] fans.
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** Speaking of Foley, he and his daughter cheered his win. So did Wrestling/JimRoss, Wrestling/MattHardy, Justin Roberts, Renee Young, Wrestling/KofiKingston, ''Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/JoeyStyles,'' not to mention millions and millions of [[InsistentTerminology wrestling]] wrestling fans.

* The pre-show opens with a fun 4-way Tag-Team Championship match between Wrestling/TysonKiddAndCesaro, Wrestling/TheUsos, The New Day, and Los Matadores, which includes Jimmy Uso and Naomi doing a double top rope plancha onto all the other teams, and [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]] putting El Torito in the Sharpshooter. * Also on the pre-show is the second AndreTheGiant memorial battle royal. Highlights include {{Cesaro}} tossing Kane over the top (like last year) and almost tossing BigShow out again; [[Wrestling/DamienSandow Damien Mizdow]] [[TheDogBitesBack eliminating]] TheMiz, and Big Show winning. * The actual card opens with an awesome IC ladder match. Sick spots included Wrestling/LukeHarper [[https://vine.co/v/OLOvhLWUFe9 powerbombing]] DeanAmbrose to the outside through ladders, and DolphZiggler and DanielBryan headbutting the hell out of each other. Bryan wins, and later celebrates backstage with past champions PatPatterson (the first IC champ), RoddyPiper, RickySteamboat, RicFlair and BretHart.
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* The pre-show opens with a fun 4-way Tag-Team Championship match between Wrestling/TysonKiddAndCesaro, Wrestling/TheUsos, The New Day, Wrestling/TheNewDay, and Los Matadores, which includes Jimmy Uso and Naomi doing a double top rope plancha onto all the other teams, and [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]] putting El Torito in the Sharpshooter. * Also on the pre-show is the second AndreTheGiant Wrestling/AndreTheGiant memorial battle royal. Highlights include {{Cesaro}} Wrestling/{{Cesaro}} tossing Kane over the top (like last year) and almost tossing BigShow out again; [[Wrestling/DamienSandow Damien Mizdow]] [[TheDogBitesBack eliminating]] TheMiz, Wrestling/TheMiz, and Big Show winning. * The actual card opens with an awesome IC ladder match. Sick spots included Wrestling/LukeHarper [[https://vine.co/v/OLOvhLWUFe9 powerbombing]] DeanAmbrose Wrestling/DeanAmbrose to the outside through ladders, and DolphZiggler Wrestling/DolphZiggler and DanielBryan [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] headbutting the hell out of each other. Bryan wins, and later celebrates backstage with past champions PatPatterson Pat Patterson (the first IC champ), RoddyPiper, RickySteamboat, RicFlair Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/RickySteamboat, Wrestling/RicFlair and BretHart.Wrestling/BretHart.

* Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt. Bray was absolutely amazing, beating the crap out of Taker, and even mocked the Deadman at one point. But never doubt the Deadman; Undertaker got the pinfall victory, and the crowd ''erupted.'' The highlight has to be Bray going for his crab walk, but Undertaker [[https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/z166Uchkmxtpj4VVUpyqCAZtE7g=/112x0:1136x683/730x487/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/46003642/spider_sit.0.0.png sits up]]. Bray's OhCrap is priceless.
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* Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt. Bray was absolutely amazing, beating the crap out of Taker, and even mocked the Deadman at one point. But never doubt the Deadman; Undertaker got the pinfall victory, and the crowd ''erupted.'' The highlight has to be Bray going for his crab walk, but Undertaker [[https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/z166Uchkmxtpj4VVUpyqCAZtE7g=/112x0:1136x683/730x487/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/46003642/spider_sit.0.0.png sits up]]. Bray's OhCrap reaction to it is priceless.

** More emphasis needs to be put on Reign's performance, despite not winning. In most of his notable fights, Lesnar has left his opponents bleeding. This time, ''Reigns'' made ''Lesnar'' bleed like a stuck pig! ''TWICE!''
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** More emphasis needs to be put on Reign's Reigns' performance, despite not winning. In most of his notable fights, Lesnar has left his opponents bleeding. This time, ''Reigns'' made ''Lesnar'' bleed like a stuck pig! ''TWICE!''
19th Dec '15 7:53:55 PM nombretomado
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* TheShield beating Wrestling/{{Kane}} and the New Age Outlaws with a double triple powerbomb on the NAO. * The ending of the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, in which Big Show, who was favored to win and even competed wearing a one-strap singlet like that which his kayfabe father wore, was eliminated in the end by Cesaro. Not just eliminated, but ''tossed out'' like he weighed less than a diva (he's ''450 lbs'', btw).
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* TheShield Wrestling/TheShield beating Wrestling/{{Kane}} and the New Age Outlaws with a double triple powerbomb on the NAO. * * The ending of the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, in which Big Show, who was favored to win and even competed wearing a one-strap singlet like that which his kayfabe father wore, was eliminated in the end by Cesaro. Not just eliminated, but ''tossed out'' like he weighed less than a diva (he's ''450 lbs'', btw).
11th Dec '15 8:56:31 AM 313Bluestreak
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* The WWE Championship match. A month prior at No Way Out, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero won the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar and would face Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania with Kurt often lambasting Eddie in the weeks prior for his former drug and alcohol addictions and felt he didn't deserve to be champ. The match itself was spectacular as the two performers really utilized their mat skills for a truly technical match. Towards the end, Eddie untied one of his boots and then faked a limp. Angle, catching the limp, immediately went for his signature ankle lock. When he grabbed Eddie's boot, it came flying off and Eddie took advantage of the surprise by executing a roll-up on Kurt that won the match.
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* The WWE Championship match. A month prior at No Way Out, Wrestling/NoWayOut, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero won the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar and would face Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania with Kurt often lambasting Eddie in the weeks prior for his former drug and alcohol addictions and felt he didn't deserve to be champ. The match itself was spectacular as the two performers really utilized their mat skills for a truly technical match. Towards the end, Eddie untied one of his boots and then faked a limp. Angle, catching the limp, immediately went for his signature ankle lock. When he grabbed Eddie's boot, it came flying off and Eddie took advantage of the surprise by executing a roll-up on Kurt that won the match.
16th Oct '15 8:12:30 AM Gimere
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* The ending of the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, in which Big Show, who was favored to win and even competed wearing a one-strap singlet like that which his kayfabe father wore, was eliminated in the end by Cesaro. Not just eliminated, but tossed out like he weighed less that a diva (he's ''450 lbs'', btw).
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* The ending of the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, in which Big Show, who was favored to win and even competed wearing a one-strap singlet like that which his kayfabe father wore, was eliminated in the end by Cesaro. Not just eliminated, but tossed out ''tossed out'' like he weighed less that than a diva (he's ''450 lbs'', btw).
10th Oct '15 2:51:20 AM Gimere
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** During that match, Batista and Orton decide to double-team Bryan and take him out of the match by sending him through a table with a combined Batista Bomb and RKO. The EMT's are then sent out to wheel Bryan out of the ring as Orton (whose entrance music was performed live by RevTheory) and Batista resume facing each other off. That is when Bryan, in a spot that would make Wrestling/MickFoley proud, [[{{Determinator}} removes the braces and wills himself back into the ring]] as the crowd erupts.
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** During that match, Batista and Orton decide to double-team Bryan and take him out of the match by sending him through a table with a combined Batista Bomb and RKO. The EMT's are then sent out to wheel Bryan out of the ring as Orton (whose entrance music was performed live by RevTheory) Rev Theory) and Batista resume facing each other off. That is when Bryan, in a spot that would make Wrestling/MickFoley proud, [[{{Determinator}} removes the braces and wills himself back into the ring]] as the crowd erupts.

* Less than a year after debuting on the main roster, {{Paige}} (whose mother is in the crowd) wrestles in her first WrestleMania, teaming with AJLee to defeat the BellaTwins. Paige hits a nifty senton to the outside. * John Cena hands Rusev his first clean defeat. Highlights include Rusev's entrance ''on a Tank'', with the Russian National Anthem playing, and Cena hitting him with a springboard Stunner from the second rope. Props also to Lana for taking a bit of a hit at the final moments of the match.
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* Less than a year after debuting on the main roster, {{Paige}} Wrestling/{{Paige}} (whose mother is in the crowd) wrestles in her first WrestleMania, [=WrestleMania=], teaming with AJLee Wrestling/AJLee to defeat the BellaTwins.Wrestling/BellaTwins. Paige hits a nifty senton to the outside. * John Cena hands Rusev his first clean defeat. Highlights include Rusev's entrance ''on ''[[TankGoodness on a Tank'', tank]]'', with the Russian National Anthem playing, and Cena hitting him with a springboard Stunner from the second rope. Props also to Lana for taking a bit of a hit at the final moments of the match.

** Note that this is the very first time that Bray gets a VillainousBreakdown. Whenever he was threatened by another Wrestler before, he always responded with a creepy laugh, and dared them to try it. With Undertaker? Bray nearly shat himself. DoNotTauntCthulhu indeed.
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** Note that this is the very first time that Bray gets a VillainousBreakdown. Whenever he was threatened by another Wrestler before, he always responded with a creepy laugh, and dared them to try it. With Undertaker? [[OhCrap Bray nearly shat himself.himself]]. DoNotTauntCthulhu indeed.
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