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

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

Finally Something Good From The Birdman

Koko B. Ware

I’ve often said that one of my least favorite wrestlers of all time is the WWF’s Koko B. Ware.  (The character that is… I actually enjoyed some of his earlier non-Birdman work).  This is a dude that’s in the WWE Hall Of Fame and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.  He was essentially a jobber that never rose above mid-card status. Dude would come to the ring with his bird Frankie … Continue reading

‘Hitman: My Real Life In The Cartoon World Of Wrestling’ By Bret Hart

Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling (2008)

He is “The Excellence Of Execution”.  He is “The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be”.  He is none other than Bret “The Hitman” Hart.  I have read quite a few wrestling books in my day and I have to say that Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling is definitely at the top of the list. First off, if you’re not a wrestling fan you’re … Continue reading