The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania

Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania

DVD Release Date: Tuesday March 25, 2008

~DISC 1~

MATCH #1: WWF Title Match – Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania VII, 3.24.91

Slaughter has been the Champion since 1.19.91, and this is his third defense. The Champ immediately bails so Hogan chases after him. Referee Earl Hebner is able to restore order but things are already heated before any contact has been made. Finally the match begins proper and both men struggle to gain the first advantage. Hebner tries getting in between them and Hogan shoves him out of the way twice before shoving Slaughter down to the mat. Hogan is all kinds of fired up here. He takes Slaughter down with a hard shoulderblock and Slaughter goes to the floor. Hogan follows him out for more abuse. Gen. Adnan takes a cheap shot and Hogan goes after him. That allows Slaughter to hit Hogan with a weak chair shot, but Hogan just shrugs it off. The crowd is going banana. Back in the ring Slaughter begs off and slyly sticks his finger into Hogan’s eye. Slaughter gets a little bit of offense in but Hogan has too much adrenaline going and he fights back with a flurry of offense. Hogan is just dominating here. He executes a catapult, sending Slaughter almost over the turnbuckles and into the post. Hogan continues the punishment and throws in a few covers here and there but only gets two-counts. He goes to the top rope and Adnan grabs his leg, allowing Slaughter to come over and slam Hogan down to the mat. Slaughter clotheslines Hogan to the floor and rams him into the ring post. He cracks a chair across Hogan’s back, and this time Hogan definitely feels it. The nefarious Champion chokes Hogan with a TV cable. Back in the ring Slaughter continues to punish Hogan, wisely working on his back. Slaughter puts on a Boston Crab right by the ropes, and it takes a minute but Hogan finally reaches out and grabs the bottom strand. The Sarge is relentless, continuing to attack the back, even delivering a stomp from the top rope. For some reason Adnan distracts the referee while Slaughter has Hogan pinned. I don’t recall what the explanation was for that, my guess is that Adnan messed up. Adnan distracts the referee again and this time Slaughter blasts Hogan with a steel chair, busting him open. Slaughter puts on the Camel Clutch (the real way, with Hogan not on his knees) and really wrenches on it. Hogan is able to stand up but Slaughter shoves him into the turnbuckles. Slaughter grabs the Iraqi flag and spits on Hogan before draping it over him. He covers Hogan but the sight of the flag enrages the Hulkster, who kicks out and rips the flag into pieces! Hogan is Hulking Up and the crowd is losing their collective mind. One Big Boot and Leg Drop later and Hogan is a three-time WWE Champion at 20:25! That is an underrated match, with Slaughter really going full-tilt in heel mode and Hogan doing his thing as the virtuous babyface. The intensity was there and the crowd was hot all the way through. Classic stuff here.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: World Heavyweight Title Match – Triple H vs. Batista, WrestleMania 21, 4.3.05

Triple H has been the Champion since 1.9.05, and this is his third defense. He’s played to the ring by Motorhead, and is accompanied by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. They lockup and try to out-muscle each other. Batista seems to have the edge there. HHH comes back and takes Batista down with a shoulderblock. He tries a Pedigree but Batista pushes him off and executes an impressive press slam. Every time HHH tries to build momentum Batista has an answer for him. The challenger is looking dominant here. Finally HHH strikes with a Harley Race high knee to send Batista crashing to the floor. Flair distracts Batista and HHH slams him into the ring steps. HHH takes control now, and Flair interferes every chance he gets. After several minutes of abuse Batista almost makes the comeback but HHH cuts him off with a spinebuster. HHH covers three times but can only get two-counts. He stays in control and tries the Pedigree but Batista backdrops his way out of it. HHH then this the Facebuster for another near-fall. He goes up top and jumps right into a big clothesline. Batista is back in the match, and he hits a nice side suplex for two. He charges into the corner but HHH gets a boot up. Batista reverses a whip into the corner and HHH crashes to the floor. Batista follows him out but this time it’s HHH reversing the whip and Batista careens into the stairs. HHH rearranges the steps and goes for a piledriver on top of them, but Batista counters into a catapult right into the ring post! That leaves HHH’s head a bloody mess. Back in the ring Batista is in control. The fight spills back to the floor and Flair tries to interfere but gets knocked on his ass. HHH tries to use a chair but the referee disarms him and gets knocked out in the process. Batista takes the match back to the ring and HHH is begging off. Flair comes in the ring with the belt but Batista grabs him with a spinebuster. The referee is back in the ring just as HHH hits Batista with the belt! Batista kicks out! HHH runs right into a spinebuster. Batista goes for the Batista Bomb but HHH ducks down and hits a low blow. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Batista blocks it and turns it into an Air Raid Crash! Batista then hits the Batista Bomb to score the pin at 21:33. That was a solid match but not up to the standards set by the last two years. They kept it slow and played to Batista’s strengths, and they did make him look good in capturing the title, so mission accomplished.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho, WrestleMania XIX, 3.30.03

This is Michaels’ first WrestleMania match since dropping the WWE Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin five years ago at WrestleMania XIV. They start off slowly with some chain wrestling. This has potential to be a show-stealer. Jericho strikes with the first insult with a slap to the face and Michaels responds with a hard right hand. Michaels then tosses Jericho to the floor. He teases a dive and Jericho avoids it, but then he’s able to hit the baseball slide. Back in the ring Michaels hits a high cross body off the top rope and Jericho rolls through for a near-fall. Jericho lands a leg lariat and takes control. He goes for the bulldog but Michaels shoves him off. Michaels goes to work on the leg, but when he tries a Figure-Four Leglock for the second time, Jericho kicks him shoulder-first into the ring post. Jericho tries to throw Michaels out but just guess how that turns out? Michaels is awesome. He follows Jericho out with a dive. They fight in the aisle and Michaels tries a dropkick but Jericho catches it and puts on the Walls of Jericho. Obviously he releases it. Back in the ring Jericho hits the springboard dropkick. Jericho keeps Michaels on the mat and wears him down for several minutes. Michaels fights back but Jericho cuts him off with the flying forearm. Jericho nips up and does the HBK pose. That fires Michaels up and he nips up and starts building momentum with a flurry of offense. Michaels goes up top and hits the moonsault for two. They do the fish out of water spot and Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Michaels kicks out of it. Jericho hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. He tries to hold Michaels down but Michaels bridges up and tries a backslide. Jericho blocks it and takes Michaels down with a clothesline. He hits the bulldog and lands the Lionsault! Michaels kicks out, twice. Jericho is starting to look frustrated. Michaels goes for a hurricanrana but Jericho catches him and locks on the Walls of Jericho! Luckily Michaels reaches the ropes. Jericho tries it again and Michaels catches an inside cradle for a near-fall. Some call it a small package. Jericho hits a double underhook backbreaker and goes up top to hit a flying back elbow. He then tunes up the band and drills Michaels with Sweet Chin Music! Somehow Michaels kicks out! Michaels comes back with a turn around cross body block off the second rope and he adds some right hands. He then catapults Jericho into the ring post and rolls him up for two. Jericho puts Michaels up top for a belly-to-back superplex but Michaels counters to a cross body block in mid-air. Michaels covers for two. He goes up top and Jericho kicks the referee into the ropes to knock Michaels down. Jericho tries a superplex but Michaels drops him down on his face. Michaels hits the Savage Elbow and then he tunes up the band! He misses Sweet Chin Music and Jericho traps him in the Walls of Jericho! Michaels reaches the ropes. A frustrated Jericho then walks right into Sweet Chin Music! Michaels is able to crawl over for the cover but only gets two. He goes for an Irish Whip but Jericho reverses it and Michaels takes the big bump to the turnbuckles. Jericho tries a back suplex but Michaels slips out and grabs Jericho in the prawn hold to get the flash pin at 22:30! That was a tremendous match between two of the greatest of all-time. Michaels wasn’t quite back to top form yet, making this performance all the more impressive. Both guys played off each other and the storyline perfectly.
Rating: ****¼

After the match, a teary-eyed Jericho and Michaels share a hug while JR and King applaud them. Then Jericho kicks Michaels in the nuts and storms off! That was awesome.

MATCH #4: Undertaker vs. Randy Orton, WrestleMania 21, 4.3.05

This is one of the few times where the Streak seemed to be in real jeopardy. Things are heated pretty quickly and Orton hits a nice dropkick for a one-count. Undertaker fires back with a huge right hand and he continues unloading with strikes. Orton catches a quick schoolboy rollup for two. He tries the RKO but Undertaker catches him and dumps him to the floor. Undertaker hits the legdrop on the apron. Back in the ring Undertaker hits Old School. Undertaker goes for a boot in the corner but Orton moves and Undertaker crashes to the floor. Back in the ring Orton tries to wear the Dead Man down. Undertaker comes back with a DDT. Undertaker hits Snake Eyes and goes for a big bot but Orton catches him with a back elbow for a two-count. Orton foolishly celebrates and Undertaker sits up. The Legend Killer doesn’t get flustered though and goes right back on the attack. Undertaker comes back with a clothesline for two. He locks on a standing Dragon Sleeper and Orton counters it with a DDT. Orton locks on a Sleeper but Undertaker counters with a back suplex. Undertaker comes off the ropes and Orton catches him in a powerslam for a near-fall. Orton foolishly goes for mounted punches in the corner, and just guess how that ends. Orton is able to slip out though and he goes for the RKO but Undertaker pushes him into the referee, knocking him out. Undertaker goes for the Last Ride but Orton falls on him. Cowboy Bob runs in and drills Undertaker with the cast! The referee rolls over to make the count and Undertaker kicks out! Undertaker sits up and he’s mad now. Cowboy tries to use the cast again but Undertaker kicks him off the apron. Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam but Orton counters with an RKO! Undertaker kicks out! Orton tries a Tombstone but Undertaker reverses it to one of his own to get the pin at 14:14. That was a terrific match with lots of drama around the Streak. Both guys did a great job countering each other and Undertaker made Orton seem like a legitimate threat. I think this is kind of a forgotten match but it’s really good. Undertaker is now 13-0.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: Hardcore Match – Edge vs. Mick Foley, WrestleMania 22, 4.2.06

It’s amazing how much Lita helped Edge’s career. Foley is wearing his usual red flannel shirt underneath another flannel shirt. Edge attacks with a baseball bat but Foley avoids it. Foley whips Edge into the turnbuckle and hits a bulldog. He follows up with the Tree of Woe. Edge recovers and boots Foley down, and tells Lita to grab him a cookie sheet. He cracks Foley’s skull with it a couple of times, and also uses a road sign. He goes for the Spear and hits it, but appears somehow injured. It turns out that Foley had wrapped barbed wire underneath his shirt, and Edge’s arm is busted open. Foley cuts the wire loose and whips Edge with it. He targets the bloody arm, and gets Edge tied up in the top and middle ropes a la Andre the Giant. Foley goes to the ring steps, where he hid his barbed wire baseball bat. Lita jumps on Foley’s back to stop him, and winds up taking a nasty bump on her ass when Foley hits the Cactus clothesline, and all three tumble to the floor. Foley gets a near fall as Joey Styles calls it “vintage Foley,” so it’s not just Michael Cole who is forced to use that term. A swinging neckbreaker also gets two. He tries the running knee to the face against the steps, but Edge recovers and hip tosses Foley right into the steps. Edge then whips Foley knees first into the steps. They go back in the ring for a few seconds, and then back to the floor. Edge sets up a table and Foley helpfully climbs up on it, and then rolls off. Foley backs up the aisle, and Edge slams the back of his head onto the steel ramp, which just sounded nasty. Now they’re back in the ring for real and Edge has some lighter fluid, and he douses Foley with it. Foley comes back with some punches and a Piledriver for two. He goes for a Con-Chair-Toe but Lita makes sure that doesn’t happen. Edge hits a DDT onto a cookie sheet for two. He then picks up the barbed wire baseball bat and goes to work, busting Foley’s head open. Even so Edge still can’t put Foley away. Edge goes to the floor and finds a bag of thumbtacks, and pours them out in the ring. Of course Edge winds up taking the bump, and Foley puts on Mr. Socko, and wraps him in barbed wire! Both Edge and Lita get a taste of that. Foley then grabs the baseball bat and hits Edge in the ribs and the back. He nails him a couple of times in the face too, and now Edge is busted open. Foley picks up the lighter fluid and sprays it all over the table Edge set up moments ago. Lita blindsides him with the barbed wire bat, and then she pours more lighter fluid on the table. She lights it on fire, and Edge comes charging at Foley and Spears him off the apron and through the burning table. That’s certainly enough to get the pin at 14:37. That felt a little bit truncated, but was still really good. They had some great spots and they pulled off the finish rather well. Edge’s post-match sell is once again awesome.
Rating: ****

~DISC 2~

MATCH #6: WWE Championship Match – Yokozuna with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart; Special Guest Referee: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, WrestleMania X, 3.20.94

Yokozuna has been the Champion since 6.13.93, and this is his seventh defense. Bret gets attacked before he even gets all the way in the ring and Yokozuna has the early advantage. The Champion is dominant, and easily cuts off Bret’s comeback attempts. Yokozuna misses a big splash, buying Bret some time. Back on their feet Bret unloads with some right hands and foolishly goes for a headbutt. Both men go down from that. Back on their feet the tenacious Hit Man hammers Yokozuna down. Bret covers and Cornette pulls Piper to the floor. Piper decks Cornette to take him out of the equation. Yokozuna is able to reclaim control and he squashes Bret with a huge legdrop. He continues the abuse, but misses a charge in the corner. Bret follows up with a bulldog off the second rope but only gets a two-count. He goes to the second rope and drops the elbow for another near-fall. Bret takes Yokozuna off his feet with a big clothesline for two. He goes to the second rope and jumps right into a belly-to-belly suplex. Yokozuna drags Bret over to the corner for the Banzai Drop. Bret moves out of the way and Yokzouna crashes onto the mat. That’s enough for Bret to get the pin and win his second WWF Title at 10:39. Being the second match of the night for both of them, I think they did the best they could. They worked in some good spots and Bret looked great in felling the gargantuan Champion.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #7: The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania X8, 3.17.02

Howard Finkel’s voice is badly dubbed in for ring introductions. What’s the deal with that? The crowd is ridiculously hot even before the bell rings. They lock up and Hogan shoves Rock down to a big pop. Well I guess Toronto has decided that Hogan will be the babyface here. Hogan scores another knockdown and does some classic poses. Hogan continues with his boring offense but the crowd eats it up. Rock fights back with a clothesline and he gets a good chorus of boos but some cheers are there too. Rock hits a series of right hands and Hulk can’t bump over the top rope so he takes a sissy powder to the floor. Rock follows him out and continues the beating. He throws Hogan back into the ring and continues slugging at him. Another clothesline sends Hogan down. Rock tries the Rock Bottom but Hogan fights out. He goes back on offense as the crowd chants his name. Rock comes back with a spear and starts heeling it up with the crowd. Hogan takes back over with punches, kicks, bites, and scratches. Rock really starts acting like a prick so Hogan chokeslams him (sort of) and then chokes him on the ground. Hogan takes off the wrist tape and chokes Rock with that. Rock gets out and comes charging, only to get tossed over the top rope to the floor. They fight on the floor as Hogan readies the announce table. No one goes through it, but Rock takes a clothesline. Back in the ring the referee takes a bump. Rock hits a spinebuster and both men are down. They both get up but Rock takes Hogan down and puts on the Sharpshooter. Hogan fights back and hits the Rock Bottom but Rock kicks out. Hogan then takes off his weightlifting belt and whips Rock with it. Rock fights back with a DDT. Rock gives Hogan a taste of his own medicine with the belt, and the crowd hates him for it! Rock even spits on the belt before whipping Hogan with it. The man is a genius. Then he hits a Rock Bottom but Hogan kicks out and Hulks Up! He this the Big Boot and the Legdrop and Rock kicks out much to the shock of Hogan and the crowd. Hogan tries it again but Rock moves this time. He hits two Rock Bottoms and lands the People’s Elbow to get the pin at 16:23. I hate people who can’t admit that’s an entertaining match. If you can’t say that you are just far too jaded. Every once in a while a match like this can succeed solely on story and spectacle and this is one of those. Most will say I’m overrating it, but that’s cool, I can take it. After the match Hogan shakes Rock’s hand in a sign of respect.
Rating: ****

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – JBL vs. John Cena, WrestleMania 21, 4.3.05

JBL has been the Champion since 6.27.04, and this is his thirteenth defense. They start off quickly, with both guys knocking each other down with shoulderblocks. Cena charge into the corner and JBL gets hit boot up. JBL then takes Cena down with another shoulderblock and goes on offense. The champion stays one step ahead of Cena in the early going. JBL hits a nice spinebuster and covers for two. He continues to keep up the pressure, not allowing Cena to get any momentum going. JBL puts on a Sleeper and Cena is able to get out of it with a back suplex. Both men rise and Cena ducks a clothesline, then both men clothesline each other. Up on their feet Cena unleashes some right hands but JBL cuts him off by throwing him through the ropes. JBL follows him out and hits a neckbreaker. Back in the ring JBL covers for two. JBL puts Cena up top and hits a superplex, which gets another two-count. The Champion goes up top and tries a cross body block but Cena catches him in a powerslam! Both men are down. Back on their feet Cena unloads with a series of clotheslines and a back body drop. Cena hits a big shoulderblock, the hiptoss, and the Proto-Plex. He follows with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena charges into the corner and JBL gets a boot up. JBL goes for the Clothesline from Hell but Cena ducks and hits the F-U to get the pin and win his first WWE Championship at 11:27. For a WrestleMania main event (sort of) this was just rather lifeless. There was nothing wrong with it per se, as they followed a formula that normally works, but something just didn’t click. They would do better later on.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #9: Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton, WrestleMania 22, 4.2.06

P.O.D. plays Mysterio to the ring. I don’t care what anyone says, that giant Aztec headdress thing Mysterio is wearing is really cool. Angle has been the Champion since 1.13.06, and this is his fourth defense. Orton grabs the belt from the referee and clocks Angle with it before the bell rings. That’s a pretty awesome way to start a match. Orton and Mysterio go back and forth now and Orton looks very strong in the opening minute. Angle comes back in with a German Suplex on Orton and the action is getting almost too fast to call already. The Champion hits a double German Suplex on his challengers and Mysterio goes flying. That’s a cool visual. All three men continue jockeying for the advantage, each with the individual strengths. Angle isolates Orton and tires to put him away. Mysterio makes his way back in and injects himself into the fray with Angle as Orton takes a breather. When Mysterio goes for the 619 Angle catches him in an Ankle Lock! Orton gets up on the apron with a steel chair, which is great timing because then the referee doesn’t see Mysterio tapping out. Angle goes back to the Ankle Lock but this time Orton just breaks it up. That angers Angle, who starts throwing suplexes. Angle hits an Angle Slam to the floor on Mysterio, and then locks Orton in the Ankle Lock. This time Mysterio distracts the referee so he doesn’t see Orton tapping out. Angle puts the hold back on and Mysterio breaks it by Dropping the Dime. The crowd is very anti Rey Mysterio for some reason. Angle throws Mysterio shoulder-first into the ring post and Mysterio falls to the floor. Orton counters an Angle Slam with the RKO but only gets two! He goes up top and Angle pops up and takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Mysterio kicks Angle in the face and then hits the springboard seated senton for two. Orton hits Mysterio with the elevated neckbreaker for a two-count. He sets up for the RKO but Angle surprises him with an Angle Slam for two! Mysterio sends Angle to the floor with an armdrag, and then hits Orton with the 619. He follows up with the West Coast Pop to steal the pin and win the World Heavyweight Title at 9:18! That was curiously short but it allowed all three guys to go balls to the wall the entire time and it was very entertaining. I will say that Rey Mysterio deserved this.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #10: Undisputed Championship Match – Chris Jericho vs. Triple H, WrestleMania X8, 3.17.02

Jericho has been the Champion since 12.9.01, and this is his ninth defense. He’s accompanied by Stephanie McMahon. Both men are incredibly tan here. Jericho goes after HHH’s injured leg, and HHH tries to guard it. HHH hits the Harley Race high knee and hurts himself. Jericho backdrops HHH to the floor and goes to the top rope, but he gets distracted and HHH hurls him into the crowd! HHH suplexes Jericho back into the ringside area. He takes the Spanish Announce Table apart but no one goes through it just yet. Jericho fights back and they go back to the ring, where Jericho targets the leg. HHH pops out of the corner with a Spear, and now he targets the leg as well. Stephanie interferes as soon as she gets a chance, and HHH brings her up to the apron, where Jericho accidentally hits her with a Spear! The force of that spear was apparently enough to keep Jericho down as HHH throws Stephanie into the ring. HHH goes for a Pedigree but Jericho breaks it up with a missile dropkick. Jericho tenaciously attacks HHH’s injured leg, keeping him on the mat. HHH won’t stay down for very long though, lest he look weak compared to that Internet favorite Jericho. He hits a spinebuster for a near-fall. Jericho comes back and sends HHH to the floor. He takes apart the announce table and tries to put on the Walls of Jericho, in a nice callback to the match in which HHH originally tore his quad. HHH kicks his way out of that and goes for the Pedigree, but Jericho backdrops HHH through the Spanish Announce Table! Back in the ring Jericho hits the Lionsault but only gets two! Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho and finally is able to cinch it in. Eventually HHH reaches the ropes. Jericho goes out and grabs a steel chair, which HHH promptly kicks right back in his face. HHH hits a DDT onto the chair but only gets a two-count! Stephanie gets in the ring with the chair but referee Earl Hebner takes it from her and tells her to get out. She shoves him down but then turns right into her angry ex-husband. HHH finally hits Stephanie with the Pedigree to get his revenge. He turns around and Jericho cracks him with the steel chair. Jericho covers but only gets two! He goes for a Pedigree but HHH counters with a slingshot. Jericho lands on the second rope and leaps off, but HHH catches him with a boot to the midsection. One Pedigree later and HHH gets the pin and wins the Undisputed Title at 18:41. This is a rather infamous WrestleMania main event, as it had to follow the nuclear crowd heat of Hogan versus Rock, and all of the buildup to this match was focused on HHH and Stephanie, leaving the actual Champion Jericho in the shadows. The match itself was technically pretty good, and seeing Stephanie get her comeuppance needed to happen. If they could have put more heat on Jericho as well as Stephanie, it would have been much more effective. Also, no one predicted that Hogan would be as crazy over as he was for his match with the Rock, so it’s hard to say that this match shouldn’t have gone on last. It’s a bummer for Jericho’s one main event appearance, but HHH has had many more since so who cares about him.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #11: WWE Championship Match – The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, WrestleMania XV, 3.28.99

Austin forgot his vest, or it got lost or something, so he’s just wearing a t-shirt to the ring. They start throwing punches and almost immediately go to the floor. They fight into the crowd and the Philadelphia fans are hot for it. They fight up by the entrance ramp and Rock backdrops Austin, who lands hard on his knee on part of the set. He recovers though and kicks Rock square in the dick. But since Mr. McMahon made this a no-holds-barred match everything they’ve been doing to each other is legal. Austin goes for a suplex on the floor but Rock reverses it. Rock takes a water break and spits some of it in Austin’s face. Austin recovers and drops Rock across the guardrail, then hits an elbow on the Spanish Announce Table, which doesn’t break. Austin hits another elbow to this time break the table and then gives Rock a receipt for his water. Rock makes a brief comeback, but Austin is soon back on the attack. Back in the ring Rock hits a Rock Bottom and Austin kicks out. Rock brings a chair into the ring, but Austin takes it away and accidentally hits referee Mike Chioda. Rock then gains control of the chair and takes it to Austin’s injured knee. Rock then cracks Austin in the head with the chair, but Austin kicks out again. The Champ then brings out the chinlock. Austin fights out, but Rock cuts him off with a Samoan Drop for two. Rock is pissed this didn’t get the win, so he gives the referee the Rock Bottom. Austin then hits the Stunner on Rock, and Earl Hebner runs out to count but Rock kicks out at two. Mr. McMahon makes his way out to distract the challenger. Austin brings a chair into the ring but Rock hits a low blow before he can use it. Now McMahon is in the ring and he knocks Hebner out. He and Rock double team Austin. Mankind, who should have been the referee for this one, makes his way out and knocks McMahon down and Austin gets a schoolboy rollup for two. Austin hits the Thesz Press. Rock comes back with a Rock Bottom and goes for the Corporate Elbow. Austin moves and a series of reversals leads to Austin hitting the Stunner and winning the WWE Title for the third time at 16:52. That was a pretty good match and the WrestleMania crowd goes home happy, but it never felt really epic, like their match from two years later at this event would feel.
Rating: ***¼


About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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