Check out part three of our series of posts ranking WrestleMania.
Right before WrestleMania 25, I started writing reports of the build-up to the show based on the television shows, Raw and Smackdown starting with the Raw after Royal Rumble. Thus, I remember many things about the planning of this show, such as one of the original goals of the Chris Jericho vs. The Legends match was supposed to feature Mickey Rourke in an in-ring role. I remember the Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy storytelling that left a bitter taste in my mouth when they started to bring real life into the angle, but push it in a tasteless way. I also remember that the main event between Triple H and Randy Orton had a chance to be great, but the build was so up and down, it wasn’t on fire like it should’ve been.
In ten years, people will remember this show for two things. The first thing is the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels match that had the entire building rocking. I’ve been to very few live events where the building was rumbling as loudly as it was, which is a credit to both guys because in large stadiums, the sound goes upward and can be muted a bit. And if they remember a second thing (and they may not), it will be that Stone Cold Steve Austin was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame that same weekend.
Actually, when Austin was announced with the other Hall of Famers and then drove his four wheeler towards the ring and drank beer, it was the second loudest pop in the building. Both of those moments dwarfed the main event. By the time Triple H walked out for his match with Randy Orton, the fans were sitting on their hands. That’s not exactly the way you want your main event to be presented.
The Money In The Bank match was really good live, but it doesn’t come across as well on DVD. It was awe-inspiring to see guys gracefully fly in the air in person, but the actual up-close camera work hurts the visual. There was uncertainty as to who was going to win the actual match and receive a future title shot, but the crowd was clearly behind Christian. Instead, CM Punk won the match and all of a sudden, the wonder was if he’d cash in his title shot if Edge won his title match.