WRESTLEMANIA 26 was interesting in both good and negative ways.
I think it had a lot to live up to after the previous year’s show, both because they were trying to duplicate the best match from that card, and that a lot of the feuds from Wrestlemania 25 had a lot of heat.
It is hard to set yourself up to have to match or go beyond specific things (like the previous HBK/Taker match at Mania) and I don’t think it rose to the previous year’s level because of that. I also think that a handful of the matches could not live up to the outside of the ring hype once the bell rung and there needed to be an actual match. Ultimately I think is kind of a middle of the road Mania with a couple of big moments and a lot of clutter.
WRESTLEMANIA 25 is Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker.
No knock on the rest of the card, this is one of the few Mania’s I own on DVD and it is a great show. This match just stands apart. I don’t just think this match is just the best ever for Taker at Wrestlemania, I think it is his best period. I’m not sure I’d say the same thing about HBK, but there is no doubt it should be in the conversation. Ring General asked me earlier what my favorite Wrestlemania match was, and I said I wasn’t sure. But re-watching this one right now, it’d be really hard to rank anything above it.
WRESTLEMANIA 24 was supposed to be Ric Flair’s big send-off.
And when I look back at that weekend (Hall Of Fame, Mania & RAW) most of the memories are of Flair and they are all great. No matter how much longer he continues to work for other companies (even TNA) I’ll still look at the events of that Wrestlemania (and hopefully this weekend’s HOF ceremony) as the type of tributes and finales his career deserved.
What was WRESTLEMANIA 23?
It doesn’t seems super special or memorable to me but I don’t have a ton of negativity towards it either. I guess I kind of feel the same way about this show as i did about Wrestlemania 18.
Looking back on it WRESTLEMANIA 22 was easily one of my favorites as far as how much I enjoyed it while watching it live. It was the first 4 hour Mania, had a great crowd in Chicago, a pretty packed card and a lot of memorable moments. This is one I should probably watch again to see how I’d feel about it 6 years later.
WRESTLEMANIA 19 is a good show but it is also a strange show to look back on.
Here is a card that features Stone Cold, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Triple H yet none of them are in the main event. In fact this was the final match-up in the incredible Rock/Austin rivalry and it didn’t get top billing. There are a lot of good moments and matches from this show and it probably ranks pretty highly quality wise in Mania history.