- The four-hour event plus hours of bonus features, including interviews and the Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony
WWE: WrestleMania 21
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WRESTLEMANIA GOES HOLLYWOOD! LIVE FROM THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES, THE SUPER BOWL OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HAS ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED MAIN EVENTS IN RECENT HISTORY. EVOLUTION EXPLODES AS TRIPLE H DEFENDS HIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST THE UNLEASHED ANIMAL BATISTA!
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But Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle stole the show with a match far better than the Championship matches. It is a shame that Angle moved to TNA. He is a fabulous heel worker who is a superb technician in the ring. Michaels/Angle is a match to be watched more than once, and makes this a worthy purchase. The Movie Parodies were entertaining, and this was the year that Hogan was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Cena/JBL match...probably a prime example of how fast Cena was pushed, as his work is mechanical and very rough. In the Main Event, Triple H did his best to work around the painfully obvious mistakes Batista made in the ring. Triple H adjusted as well as anyone could, but Batista's strength resulted in some awkward spots for Triple H.
8 events seems to have become a standard for WWE PPVs, and WM21 may have been the event to solidify that pattern. With a Match of the Year on the card, that should persuade buyers to snag a copy, even if it really is just for the Michaels/Angle match.
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
Right before Eddie's heel turn. The match could've been amazing if not for Rey's mask problems. That got annoying each man looked like they were agitated too. Still, decent opener and unique since they were tag champs and faces. This really planted the seeds for their fued.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Edge vs. Christian vs. Kane
Shelton really comes out of this smelling like roses! What an amazing athlete!! He's moving on to bigger and better things for sure. Benoit, as per usual, sells an injury that I thought was real. Typical spot fest, in a good way, that ranks high in the history of ladder matches.
Hulk Hogan, Eugene, Muhammad Hassan and Daivari
Not a match but should be counted since it took up time. Hogan's return was priceless!! Hearing real american again was definitely full of notalgia. The pose in front of old glory was amazing!! Great way to kill time.
Legend vs. Legend Killer
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
First time in a while Taker's streak was in doubt. It's a great match that is never slow. It really felt like 10 minutes. The counter into the Rko was unique. Some sloppy spots but Orton carried Taker to his best match in a long time.
Trish Stratus vs. Christy Hemme
garbage. Trish deserves better. Should've had Booker T somewhere in here instead.
Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
Oh God!! Any fan worth their salt has been waiting for this for years!! We all knew it would be the match of the night. You can't express in words just how great this match is. This is the kind of match that real professionals put on. Both men were amazing.
Big Show vs. Akebono
I was actually interested in seeing this until they were staring at each other for almost 10 minutes!! Shouldn't be here.
JBL vs. John Cena
Surprisingly dull. Everyone knew Cena was going over. Huge pop for the 3 count though.
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Batista
I was worried about this one. I'm glad to say that it was much better than expected. Once HHH blades himself things pick up and both men deliver a good main event. On a side note Triple H's entrance was one of the best ever!!
Eddie Guererro v. Rey Mysterio **3/4-- Not the best effort from the two, but certainly passable. Rey seemed to be struggling with his new mask and both seemed very nervous and preoccupied. A good match, albiet it's a much slower match then you'd normally be used to seeing these two in. Still a strong opener.
Money In the Bank Ladder Match
Edge v. Chris Benoit v. Christian v. Kane v. Jericho v. Benjamin
These six really tried hard to put on a hell of a show and certainly delivered. Edge of course participates minimally but escapes with the fairly predictable win. Christian and Benoit bump, Jericho carried the mic work heading into the fued and Kane was the one administering the bumps. Shelton Benjamin looks like the stud in this match though. He rips off a Paul London spot from Ring of Honor's 2002 show "uncensored" by literally running UP a ladder, but it's still cool no less.
The Undertaker v. Randy Orton ***-- I have to say this match certainly delivered a hell of a lot more then I expected it to. These two really put on a pretty decent performance considering Taker is usually as slow as molassas and Orton's face turn was a complete disaster. This may be the best pulled off 'quick' feud in WWE history. For it's thrown together fashion, the feud delivered and suprisingly, so did the match.
WWE Women's Championship
Christy Hemme v. Trish Stratus *--- This match was pretty much Trish carrying a horrifically green Christy to a passable women's match. I'm all for Christy learning to wrestle, i'm just not wild about the idea of her taking the place of Molly and or Victoria on this card. Regardless though, the right decision was made and Trish went over.
Kurt Angle v. HBK ****1/2-- This match is probobly more like ****1/4's but what puts this match over to a near perfect score to me is the fact that it really shut up naysayers. Angle and HBK pulled off a near five star match without doing ANYTHING stupid and worked within the limitations they're physically saddled with. Angle def. did carry this in some spots, but no less, both juiced it up. Great overdue win for Angle.
Not too great of a segment. Nice to see Roddy. Austin I could have done without. Carlito was sent out to make it a little more funny, but it didn't seem to work. This segment just seemed forced.
Big Show v. Akebono *-- Nothing to get excited about especially if you hate fat men in thongs. However, I will say I was more entertained then I thought i'd be. Still, this should have MUCH earlier in the show.
WWE Championship Match
John 'Bradshaw' Layfield v. John Cena *1/2-- I really sincerely thought this would be the show stealer this year. This could have been a memorable brawl but 11 minutes just isn't enough time to do much of anything really. JBL controls the majority of the actoin, there's a little exchange, missed CLFH and then Cena hits the FU outta nowhere and it's over. Def. upset me. It's no way to get over your company's brightest future star and send off the guy who's busted his ass for eight months. THE dissapointment of the night.
World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H v. Batista ***-- These guys exceeded my expectations for sure. That being said though, it took me ten minutes to REALLY get into this match after the WWE title debacle before it. The last ten minutes are booked as an absolute execution and Triple H sells the beating beautifully. A quality match I must say, which was suprising from these two.
So overall I give this WM a good a bad and an ugly. It's like watching two shows really because of horrendous booking. The first half of the show is outstanding. The last half, well, is lackluster to say the least. I would certainly reccomend this DVD though, despite the main events.