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!
- The four-hour event plus hours of bonus features, including interviews and the Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony
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Randy Orton looked into the eyes of the dragon and lost (obviously), Christy Hemme--at that point--probably wasn't the greatest wrestler, but I'm sure no one really cared (wink). If there was one match to obviously "steal the show," it was no doubt HBK and Angle. No great details about that, just an instant classic.
Of course, having Triple H bleed out to close the show was great, since the match prior wasn't exactly classic. Usually I like JBL and Cena, but something was a bit lacking, there. In any event, a solid show...
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.
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.
1) Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
Great with high and flying action.
WINNER: REY MYSTERIO
2) Money in the Bank Ladder Match Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Edge vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Chris Beniot
Awesome and best of ladder match in whole wrestlemania!
3) Undertaker vs. Randy Orton
Great for Randy Orton's effort.
WINNER: UNDERTAKER (13-0)
4) Women's Champion Match Trish Startus vs. Christy Huemme
Boring for women's match.
WINNER: TRISH STARTUS
5) Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels
Awesome!! It's fun and enjoy to watch this match with two awesome men.
WINNER: KURT ANGLE
6) Sumo Match Big Show vs. Avdeono
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.......(AWAKE)..."oh, it's over"
7)WWE Champion Match John Bradshaw Layfield vs. John Cena
Good Match and it's not best at night.
WINNER: JOHN CENA
8) World Heavyweight Champion Match Triple H vs. Royal Rumble Winner Batista
Great match but bore at middle.
My support is BUY IT!!! See u later.