Triple H’s WrestleMania career started in 1996, which means he’s been featured on more than half of all the WrestleMania shows that have been held, and in many cases, in a main event role. Let’s look at Triple H’s WrestleMania history. Continue reading
In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Jason, Big D and GG discuss WrestleMania 13 – Heat. It’s the lowest purchased WWF PPV of all time, yet it’s one of the most important ones. We tell you why.
We covered the following on this WrestleMania 13 podcast:
– The rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin
– More on the Monday Night Wars
– Raw’s excellence in 1997
– Balancing the line between shoot and kayfabe
What is your oldest WrestleMania moment?
Yes, I am old enough to have watched a copy of the first WrestleMania a few months after it happened. But I don’t have a real “first” memory from that show because I didn’t really know what I was watching. Like Don, my first memory involves King Kong Bundy, but it wasn’t of him dropping an elbow on Little Beaver. It was of he, Don Muraco, and King Kong Bundy “Pearl Harboring” the great Hulkster on the Saturday Night Main event before the big show. That angle is really what hooked me on wrestling. I didn’t get to see WrestleMania 2 live, but I was able to find out the results fairly quickly. It was the first time I cared about what happend.
What is your favorite WrestleMania moment and why?
Even though it’s probably not the most popular scene nine years later, my favorite WrestleMania moment was at the end of WrestleMania XX when two friends realized their dreams and their emotions were real in this fake sport. Continue reading
We’re down to the top five in our greatest matches countdown.
5. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock – Wrestlemania X-Seven
Big D says:
In my personal opinion, this is the all-time greatest match in the history of Wrestlemania. I could write about this match for days and days and all of the little nuances in the spots, transitions, the build-up, as well as the aftermath because it meant so much.
This match, like Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant in 1987, was the defining moment of the Attitude Era wrestling boom. The two biggest stars in the business went at it. Both were babyfaces for the past year (Austin even helped Rock win the title a year prior), but in Texas, nobody was going to be worshipped like Austin regardless of the little heelish things he did during the match. Austin wanted to win, and how did he do it? It was with the help of his arch enemy for four years – WWF Chairman Vince McMahon. The crowd reaction in this match was louder than perhaps anything in all of Mania history. The work, heat, and fantastic moments make this truly fitting of the words “Wrestle” and “Mania”.
It’s a shame that they wouldn’t be able to follow this up ever again.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin
4. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Wrestlemania X
WWE couldn’t have wished for a better match to kick off the 10th anniversary of Wrestlemania. The Hart brothers delivered an absolute technical masterpiece. It featured just tremendous back and forth action. There were some really great displays of counter wrestling throughout this match. I thought the victory roll reversal made for the perfect finish.
The benefits of this match were two fold. Firstly, Owen got a big win over a main event level guy. It established him as a star and set up a rematch for down the line. And secondly, it meant that the crowd was going to be particularly hot for Bret vs. Yoko in the main event. The story of Bret losing in the opener only to come back later and win the title played out perfectly. It was what made that show special.
Winner: Owen Hart