WrestleMania XV – The Brawl For All Of 35 Seconds

WrestleMania XV Poster

Event: WrestleMania XV Date: March 28, 1999 Venue: First Union Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Attendance: 20,276 We’re greeted with Boyz II Men doing their version of America The Beautiful.  We then get the outstanding “Old School” promo followed by the “Showcase of the Immortals”.  This stuff absolutely gives me the chills.  I’m a dork and I don’t care who knows it.  Wow… awesome.  Announcing team of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler – is this where JR … Continue reading

WrestleMania XIV – The Attitude Era Begins With Tyson

WrestleMania XIV Poster

Event: WrestleMania XIV Date: March 29, 1998 Venue: Fleet Center (Boston, Massachusetts) Attendance: 19,028 We’re still in the WWF days… I keep thinking we’re flipping over to WWE pretty soon.  Good intro here that’s just starting to talk about the “Attitude Era”.  Goes into the lineage of the WWF title, introduces Austin, DX, Mike Tyson, etc.  We get the announcing duo of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole on the mic and we go … Continue reading

WrestleMania 13 – The Match That Made Austin

WrestleMania 13 (1997)

Event: WrestleMania 13 Date: March 23, 1997 Venue: Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, Illinois) Attendance: 18,197 Brief introduction package on what we’re going to see this evening. Vince, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on the call which is a great announcing lineup. We get right into the first match. Four-way Tag Team Elimination Match The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) defeated The New Blackjacks (Blackjack Windham and Blackjack Bradshaw), The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) (with Hillbilly Jim), and … Continue reading

Only A Few Matches But A Great Show – WrestleMania XII

WrestleMania XII (1996)

Event: WrestleMania XII Date: March 31, 1996 Venue: Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, California) Attendance: 18,853 Still coming to you as the World Wrestling Federation.  Damn if I can’t remember when the switch came.  I could have sworn it was around this time.  We start off with a Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels promo and go right into the action – No America The Beautiful or National Anthem. Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim … Continue reading

WrestleMania XI – The Lawrence Taylor Debacle

WrestleMania XI (1995)

Event: WrestleMania XI Date: April 2, 1995 Venue: Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, Connecticut) Attendance: 16,305 The opening montage talks about the special guest stars that will be in attendance at the event including Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, etc.  Looking like the WWF is starting to REALLY branch out into “sports entertainment” at this point.  We get a Special Olympian’s rendition of America The Beautiful.  She’s over singing BIG time complete with the waggle in her … Continue reading

WrestleMania X – Ten Years In The Making

WrestleMania X (1993)

Event: WrestleMania X Date: March 20, 1994 Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, New York) Attendance: 18,065 We kick off the show with images from the original WrestleMania.  Little Richard sings America The Beautiful poorly.  Pretty sure he was lip syncing and he looks like a damn wax statue.  Scary dude.  We get Jerry “The King” Lawler and Vince McMahon on the mic. Owen Hart defeated Bret Hart We get a great recap here pre-match.  … Continue reading

Bait And Switch Main Event – WrestleMania IX

WrestleMania IX (1993)

Event: WrestleMania IX Date: April 4, 1993 Venue: Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada) Attendance: 16,891 Gorilla Monsoon on the mic for this outdoor event at Caesars Palace.  They’re referring to it as “the world’s largest toga party”.  I’m sure that’s supposed to be clever, but it comes across and being completely lame.  When Howard Finkel is announced, he’s referred to as “Finkus Maximus”.  I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly retarded this looks.  Caesar … Continue reading

Double Main Event (Kind Of) – WrestleMania VIII

WrestleMania VIII (1992)

Event: WrestleMania VIII Date: April 5, 1992 Venue: Hoosier Dome ( Indianapolis, Indiana) Attendance: 65,167 This show was billed as having a “double main event” which rarely (if ever) works out.  I believe that this is the first Mania event that I watched live on PPV.  We get Gorilla and Bobby Heenan on the mic here which is a good lineup.  Reba McEntire sings the national anthem.  It seems weird that the WWF can never … Continue reading

Super Stars And Stripes Forever – WrestleMania VII

WrestleMania VII (1991)

Event: WrestleMania VII Date: March 24, 1991 Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, California) Attendance: 16,158 At WrestleMania VI, it was announced that this event would be held at the LA Memorial Coliseum.  Between WM VI and now, the venue was changed to the Sports Arena.  According to the WWF at the time, this was due to some death threats that Slaughter had received.  Other reports say it was due to slow ticket … Continue reading

WrestleMania VI – The Ultimate Challenge

WrestleMania VI (1990)

Event: WrestleMania VI Date: April 1, 1990 Venue: SkyDome (Toronto, Ontario) Attendance: 67,287 From the very beginning of this DVD you know you’re in for something special.  The intro is a voice over by Vince REALLY turning it on.  Images of a celestial Hogan and Warrior are shown and Vince booms about the “Ultimate Challenge”.  Gorilla and Jesse are back once again (though Ventura is sans mustache).  As we’re in Toronto, Bob Goulet sings the … Continue reading