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
We covered the following on this WrestleMania 2000 podcast:
– Chris Jericho as a performer
– A comparison between the Vince Russo years and they year he left
– Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko jumping over from WCW
– The birth of Smackdown
– Mick Foley’s retirment and unretirement
– Rock vs. Triple H
– A deep look at the PPV itself featuring a McMahon in every corner
20. Mick Foley vs. Edge – Wrestlemania 22
This match is definitely one of the best brawls in the last couple of years. The match was about two things – giving Mick his “Wrestlemania Moment” and solidifying Edge as a top star. The twists and turns in this match were absorbing and extremely creative (i.e. Foley concealing barbwire under his flannel). Lita of all people took the bump of the match when Foley hit Edge with the Cactus Clothesline with her on his back. It was great. Also great was the finish, which will go down as one of THE classic Wrestlemania moments.
You can see the awesome finish at the 2:25 mark.
It was a good time for WWE. They were winning the Monday Night Wars. The product was in the midst of its largest pop culture influence since the mid 80s. Wrestlemania 2000 was supposed to be huge. It was going to be an event of epic propotions. They scheduled “Wrestlemania All Day Long” on PPV which was a look back at the first 15 Wrestlemanias. And then someone made a left turn at Albuquerque.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was out with a neck injury. It was only a year before when Austin and the Rock looked like the future of the company. It was only two years before when Austin took the torch from Shawn Michaels and looked destined to become the biggest star of all time. And now, he was hurt, missing the biggest show of the year.
Early in 2000, Mankind and Triple H were tearing up arenas and making for some intriguing TV. Late in 1999, Triple H beat the Big Show for the championship and was without a contender. Mick Foley, fresh off his success of putting out the most successful wrestling autobiography in history, decided that he had one last run in him. Triple H started making fun of Foley’s success as an author, and played your basic a-hole heel perfectly. When Foley, as Mankind, decided that he’d had enough, he simply changed t-shirts and transformed into Cactus Jack. Triple H sold it as if he’d seen a ghost. Cactus Jack was back. He had two great matches with Triple H and at No Way Out, retired after losing a Hell In A Cell match.