Long Term Booking: The Rock & John Cena At WrestleMania 30

The Rock & John Cena

So this year’s WrestleMania main event was set a full year in advance.  One day after WrestleMania 27, The Rock and John Cena took to the middle of the ring on RAW the next night and set the stage for this year’s main event.  And while some people (myself included) haven’t really enjoyed a year-long build to this year’s Mania main event, I have a suspicious feeling that this is just the tip of the … Continue reading

The Overbooking Of Hell In A Cell

Undertaker, Shawn Michaels & HHH

As you know by now, HHH and The Undertaker will once again be facing off at this year’s WrestleMania, this time in a Hell In A Cell match.  The WWE has upped the ante one step further by adding Shawn Michaels to this match as the special guest referee.  That’s a very bad decision in my book… and here’s why. First, I’ll preface this by saying I’m a HUGE fan of the Undertaker.  On any … Continue reading

The WrestleMania 28 Drinking Game

WrestleMania 28 Logo

WrestleMania XXVIII (28 for you non-Roman numeral folks out there) will take place on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  For the 7th time, Pip and I (and for the second year in a row, my brother Marko too!) will once again try to “walk that aisle” and build… The Beeramid. Since WWE announced it’s Mania main event the day after last year’s show (Rock vs. John Cena for those not paying attention), I figured … Continue reading

Rumbling Right Along Toward Mania

WrestleMania 27 Logo

We’re smack dab in the middle of the Road To WrestleMania.  Ever since the Royal Rumble in January, the WWE has kicked it into high gear getting ready for their flagship show.  I have to say that going into the Rumble I wasn’t overly optimistic about this year’s show.   With the exception of Taker/Shawn I really can’t remember much from last year’s Mania other than to say that it was better than an average … 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