Date: 28th March, 1999
Venue: First Union Center
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The opening contest on the WrestleMania card itself would feature a Hardcore championship title defense from Billy Gunn, but he was unsuccessful against Hardcore Holly and Al Snow. Holly would walk out as champion. I believe that this was the first time that the Hardcore Championship was ever defended at a WrestleMania.
Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett (with Debra) would successfully defend the WWF Tag Team championship against D'Lo Brown and Test. Brown and Test were having issues even before the match had begun. This would be Jarrett's last WrestleMania match to date. The same could be said for Owen Hart, who died on May 23rd, 1999. Rest in Peace Owen.
BREAKING NEWS: As I'm watching this edition of Monday Night RAW, the rumours have just been confirmed. 'The Animal' Batista Returns! January 20th on Monday Night RAW!
In the shortest bout of the night, Butterbean would land a knockout punch to Bart Gunn and get the 'W' in a mere in 38 seconds in their 'Brawl for All' match.
Paul Wight would take on Mankind to determine who the referee would be for the main event match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock for the WWF Championship. Watching the Bigshow in the match, he looked pretty damn impressive in the ring! However the finish of the match would come when he would get himself disqualified, to Mr. McMahon's disapproval. McMahon makes his way down to the ring after the match and Bigshow has him up for a chokeslam after he get's tired of listening to McMahon. But Show lets him down gently, only to be slapped right in the face by McMahon. Bigshow would follow up with a knockout punch! I credit McMahon for taking this shot. Years later, in fact earlier this year his knockout punch would take Triple H out of the picture for a good week. Vince took this shot at WrestleMania XV and was back up and running around by the time the main event was on! Good old Vince.
Road Dogg would successfully defend the Intercontinental championship in a four corners elimination match against Ken Shamrock, Goldust and Val Venis.
Kane and Triple H would have a match where Kane would end up winning but by disqualification. Chyna would play a major factor in this match as she had recently aligned with Kane, and came out during the match. Chyna would end up hitting Kane with a chair, followed up by 2 more chair shots from Helmsley, and a pedigree to add the exclamation mark. Chyna would re-unite with Triple H and return to D-Generation X.
Sable would defeat Tori in the Women's championship match with a little assist from a big manbeast who's name I've forgotten so if anyone can help me with that feel free to leave a comment below! She was.. very masculine. No, not Chyna.
Shane McMahon was set to defend his European championship against X-Pac of D-Generation X, who would be ambushed on his way to the ring by Pat Patterson and Jerry Brisco but was able to fight them off and make his way into the ring. By the end of this one, Triple H had come out with Chyna, at first it seemed, to aid X-Pac. This wasn't the case as Triple H planted X-Pac with a pedigree as Chyna distracted the referee. Shane would cover X-Pac and retain the title. The New Age Outlaws would try and come to the aid of X-Pac but they were beaten down also. The lights go out. Kane made his way down to the ring, as the Corporation members, Triple H and Chyna would retreat.
Hell in a Cell. The Undertaker would take on the Big Boss Man. The first Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania I believe. The Undertaker would make Boss Man victim number 8 on the infamous WrestleMania undefeated streak. The Brood would descend on top of the Cell and feed though a hangman's noose to the deadman. The Undertaker would slip the noose around the neck of Bossman. Paul Bearer would raise the Cell and Bossman would be hung. Literally. I was watching this thinking, how on Earth did they manage to do this spot?
Right before the main event match between The Rock (c) and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship, Mr. McMahon would appear again in the ring. Mankind had been beaten down and taken to the hospital so there was no way he could referee this match, as McMahon pointed out. So he himself would do the deed. But not so fast! The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels was in the building! He made a few changes, such as no corporation members would be allowed near ringside, and McMahon would not be refereeing the match!
This was the first of three epic WrestleMania encounters between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The No-disqualification match between these two legends would go just under 17 minutes and would see 4 different referees, including a returning Mankind from the hospital. Earl Hebner would be the one to count The Rock's shoulders down to the mat for the 3 count after receiving a Stone Cold stunner from Austin. Oh Hell Yeah. McMahon would have a few words for Austin after the match but that ended up landing him in the ring and getting hit with a Stone Cold Stunner!
WrestleMania Moment: The hanging of Big Boss Man.
Move of the Night: Triple H's pedigree on X-Pac. Game changer.
Match of the Night: WWF Championship: The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
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