Ranking WrestleMania – Part 6 (Final Part)

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Check out the final part of our series of posts ranking WrestleMania.

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WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania XIX Part 2

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This is the follow-up to part one of our WrestleMania XIX podcast from Seattle.

In part two, Brandon Draven, Big D, and GG discuss the entire card and more including:

– Our thoughts on why the card did such a low buy rate
– Why Nathan Jones’ role changed on the show
– Trish Stratus’ beauty and a really good women’s match
– A summary on Hogan vs. Vince
– Draven recaps Jericho vs. Michaels
– Stone Cold Steve Austin’s last match and everything surrounding it
– Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle’s issues before and after the match
– And why in the hell was Rock allowed to wear a vest that looked exactly like Steve Austin’s?

(This is also the last 30 for 30 GG is going to be regularly a part of until WrestleMania 25 and 26. The trio becomes a duo for the most part from here on out.)

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania XIX Part 1

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It’s a bit of a transitional era for WWE as we cover the post WrestleMania X8 months and head into 2003, leading up to WrestleMania XIX from Seattle.

In part one, Brandon Draven, Big D, and GG discuss the following on this WrestleMania XIX podcast:

– The brand extension
– Getting the F out
– Triple H’s insistence on holding titles
– The return of HBK!
– A bit about some of the companies that started up after WCW and ECW died

Check it out and let us know what you think.

WrestleMania’s 25 Greatest Matches: Kurt Angle And The Macho Man (10-6)

We’re down to the top ten.

10. Kurt Angle vs. Chris BenoitWrestlemania X-Seven
Alan says:

The first 5 minutes of this match were surreal. You had two “smaller” wrestlers on Wrestlemania in front of 50,000-plus (really over 67,000) WWF fans, doing nothing but amateur wrestling. It was hold and counter hold….. AND IT GOT OVER…. it got over huge. I don’t think anything like that would have been envisioned in 1987. Heck, it wouldn’t have been envisioned in 1997. But Angle and Benoit were just that good, and while they would go on to have better matches, this remains a technical classic. It was the first time we witnessed their display of countering each other’s finishers which became a staple of their matches, and at the time that was really really cool. The finish was perhaps not what you’d ideally want from these two, but it’s non-conclusiveness left things open for rematches.

Winner: Kurt Angle

9. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt AngleWrestlemania XIX
GG says:

At one point in this match, I thought to myself that I was watching one of the greatest matches I’d ever seen in my life. In fact, as the match was going on, I thought this could possibly be the greatest match in Wrestlemania history. Kurt Angle was injured going into the match and there was worry that he wouldn’t be able to work. But this is Kurt Angle. You knew he’d be there. And he went on to have a fabulous performance. Brock Lesnar held his own and it was a match mixed with fast and hard hitting action. It fell off near the end as Brock tried a shooting star press and nearly broke his neck. There was a bit of a breakdown as Lesnar was in a fog, but Angle led him through to the finish. While the ending didn’t allow it to achieve its full greatness, it’s still one of the greatest Mania matches of all time.

Winner: Brock Lesnar
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