If you missed part one of our two-part WrestleMania 30 for 30 on WrestleMania X-Seven, check that out before listening to this one.
As we talked about in part one, many people call this the greatest WrestleMania of all time.
We covered the following in part two of this WrestleMania X-Seven podcast:
– All of the matches one by one
– Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle in a mat classic
– Whether we liked TLC 1 or TLC 2 better
– Vince vs. Shane and some kudos for Shane
– Background information on Austin/Rock II
– Lots of short bios on the Gimmick Battle Royal contestants by Draven
Most believe this is the greatest overall WrestleMania of all-time. It’s so great in fact, that we had to cut the WrestleMania X-Seven podcast into two parts. In the first part, which Big D calls phase A, we talk about the build up to the show.
We covered the following in part one of this WrestleMania X-Seven podcast:
– 2000, a great wrestling year, turns into 2001 and what was going on
– The return of Stone Cold Steve Austin
– Quality wrestling matches thanks to a new crop of wrestlers
– WWF moves to TNN
– Stephanie McMahon becomes head of creative
– The XFL
– The death of WCW
What is your oldest WrestleMania moment?
Yes, I am old enough to have watched a copy of the first WrestleMania a few months after it happened. But I don’t have a real “first” memory from that show because I didn’t really know what I was watching. Like Don, my first memory involves King Kong Bundy, but it wasn’t of him dropping an elbow on Little Beaver. It was of he, Don Muraco, and King Kong Bundy “Pearl Harboring” the great Hulkster on the Saturday Night Main event before the big show. That angle is really what hooked me on wrestling. I didn’t get to see WrestleMania 2 live, but I was able to find out the results fairly quickly. It was the first time I cared about what happend.
What is your favorite WrestleMania moment and why?
Even though it’s probably not the most popular scene nine years later, my favorite WrestleMania moment was at the end of WrestleMania XX when two friends realized their dreams and their emotions were real in this fake sport. Continue reading
We’re down to the top five in our greatest matches countdown.
5. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock – Wrestlemania X-Seven
Big D says:
In my personal opinion, this is the all-time greatest match in the history of Wrestlemania. I could write about this match for days and days and all of the little nuances in the spots, transitions, the build-up, as well as the aftermath because it meant so much.
This match, like Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant in 1987, was the defining moment of the Attitude Era wrestling boom. The two biggest stars in the business went at it. Both were babyfaces for the past year (Austin even helped Rock win the title a year prior), but in Texas, nobody was going to be worshipped like Austin regardless of the little heelish things he did during the match. Austin wanted to win, and how did he do it? It was with the help of his arch enemy for four years – WWF Chairman Vince McMahon. The crowd reaction in this match was louder than perhaps anything in all of Mania history. The work, heat, and fantastic moments make this truly fitting of the words “Wrestle” and “Mania”.
It’s a shame that they wouldn’t be able to follow this up ever again.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin
4. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Wrestlemania X
WWE couldn’t have wished for a better match to kick off the 10th anniversary of Wrestlemania. The Hart brothers delivered an absolute technical masterpiece. It featured just tremendous back and forth action. There were some really great displays of counter wrestling throughout this match. I thought the victory roll reversal made for the perfect finish.
The benefits of this match were two fold. Firstly, Owen got a big win over a main event level guy. It established him as a star and set up a rematch for down the line. And secondly, it meant that the crowd was going to be particularly hot for Bret vs. Yoko in the main event. The story of Bret losing in the opener only to come back later and win the title played out perfectly. It was what made that show special.
Winner: Owen Hart