Tuesday, 7 January 2014

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania X-Seven

AYO! What's popping everybody! I'm sure you all watched #OldSchoolRaw this past Monday where we were treated to seeing Legends such as Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Jake 'the snake' Roberts! Personal favorite moment on RAW was when The Shield arrived in Piper's Pit! Really nice segment to further the friction angle between the Shield members. A close second was The New Age Outlaws introduction of CM Punk, who needs Justin Roberts when you have the D.o.double-G? It was also pretty special seeing Rikishi and Too Cool because they were at the first ever Royal Rumble PPV I watched back in 2000! Speaking of firsts, this was the first time the world got to see Daniel Bryan as a member of the Wyatt Family. As always, Wade Barrett had some troll-like (comical) bad news. What do you guys think of the whole Bad News Barrett gimmick? Let us know in the comment section below, or head on over to our Facebook page! I almost forgot - This coming Wednesday, the WWE is set to make a groundbreaking announcement! What could it be? My money is on the WWE Network. Something that wasn't present back in 2001, around the time of WrestleMania X-Seven - when Chris Jericho was set to defend his Intercontinental championship in the opening bout.


Date: 1st April, 2001
Venue: Reliant Astrodome
City: Houston, Texas

William Regal prior to this opening contest had been besmirched by Jericho taking a piss in the commissioner's tea! Who'll ever forget that classic moment. Regal would come up short in this outing against Jericho, and Jericho would leave Houston, Texas still as the Intercontinental champion.

Watching wrestling back in 2001 I remember absolutely hating the Right to Censor. From their stupid attires to the annoying entrance music. They knew how to get an 11 year old to hate them! Even more reason to cheer Tazz and the APA as they picked up the 'W' against RTC.

After meeting Raven last year, I had gone home and almost immediately watched the first match I could find with Raven in it.
Mau and Raven (19/02/13)
Coincidentally, I watched the match that was next on this card. Raven would defend his Hardcore championship against Kane and the BigShow. Anuj and I were discussing throughout this match that things like this just don't happen anymore! These three took the fight backstage and even at one point were using golf caddies to travel around. Granted not that far but still! Raven was thrown through a glass window backstage. The finish would come as Kane would knock BigShow and Raven off the entrance stage through some equipment and gain the pinfall victory over the Bigshow. Good old days. /-)

Eddie Guerrero would be accompanied to the ring by Perry Saturn for the next bout, as he successfully defeated the European champion Test, for the European championship. I still find that most matches with Latino Heat in them are entertaining to watch!

I reckon that the next match between Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle was probably the best technical match of the night. Had bits of everything in it, from ground based mat wrestling to Kurt Angle's moonsault and Benoit's high flying diving headbutt. These 2 guys delivered! In fact from just glancing back in retrospect, most of the time that these two would lock up, it would deliver! It was Angle that would come away with the victory though after seemingly being unable to find a way to keep the Rabid Wolverine down, Angle opted to use the 'grab the tights' roll up. Now that's using one of the three I's. Intelligence!

Chyna wrestled what seemed like a fairly squash type match against the Women's champion Ivory, with the gold on the line. By this year Chyna was looking a lot more bearable, than she had done in previous years when aligned with DX. Good for her. Also she Gorilla press Slammed Ivory and then sat on her to pick up the 1-2-3. Even better for her.

Mr. McMahon has been in a few matches at WrestleMania but if I'm not mistaken this was his first one, and it was against his son, Shane! The angle for this one was pretty memorable as Shane had just purchased WCW the week prior to WrestleMania. Vince was in the midst of a bitter divorce from his wife Linda and had begun a very public love affair with Trish Stratus. Viewing the relationship as the ultimate sign of disrespect, son Shane challenged his old man to a Street Fight! The twist in this match was when Trish slapped Vince in the face and ended up chasing Stephanie McMahon up the ramp. However, I believe the loudest pop came when a semi-paralyzed Linda McMahon had a religious experience and rose from her chair to kick Vince right in his grapefruits. Shane, with a little assist from that Muttley look-a-like would come away with the victory. But that wasn't the last time that night that we would see Vinnie Mac.

TLC 2. Any wrestling fan knows what this one is all about. A complete highlight reel from the Dudleyz, The Hardy Boyz, and Edge & Christian. The match that raised the bar so high that it's difficult to follow up. If you guys listen to Podcasts I suggest you listen to 'Talk is Jericho' hosted by Chris Jericho where he interviews Edge in two parts. Edge gives some insight about TLC 2. Crashing through tables, climbing ladders and attacking your opponent with steel chairs has never looked better. For the second year in a row, Edge & Christian captured the World Tag Team Championship in an epic encounter. In front of 67,925 fans, they successfully out-climbed the Hardy Boys and the Dudley Boys to become unofficial Kings of the TLC match. Words won't do this match justice so I suggest you go and check it out! I'm guessing that this match was probably a huge factor in this PPV being received in the high regard that it was. Never before, Never Again.

The Gimmick Battle Royal between 19 WWE Legends was won by the Iron Shiek after he eliminated the 2nd to last guy left in the ring, Hillbilly Jim. This was your toilet break match. Jeez, does that sound disrespectful because they were all Legends? I think Bad News Barrett may be catching onto me. I think it's more disrespectful when YOU sit there, up until the Divas match is on, to go over to the fridge, or get yourself a drink or go use a toilet! Not paying attention to the talented.. wrestling skills of the current WWE Divas.. division... ok you may have a point there! #BNB

By this point you'd have to make sure that if you needed to do anything in your break it was done. The Phenom was about to go one-on-one with the Game. First of three matches that these two Legends would have at the Grand Daddy of them all. I loved the part of the promo where Kane is holding Stephanie McMahon up in mid-air and threatening to drop her off the balcony if Regal didn't make this match happen! Stuff like that just doesn't happen anymore. The two titans would end up battling all around the crowd with Triple H even getting chokeslammed off a makeshift scaffolding platform. The fight would eventually reach the ring again, and as Taker would go for the Last Ride, Triple H would bash the sledgehammer he picked up right into the skull of Taker. Triple H would pummel his fists into the  head of Taker in the corner up until the DeadMan would give the Game his Last Ride. Triple H's Game would be over for now and he had become victim number 9 in the illustrious WrestleMania Streak. Rest in Peace.

Did anyone catch the 14 year old kid, Will Borchert? The one who was given a ticket to WrestleMania for designing a custom cover for Limp Bizkit's album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"? Props to this guy. I believe that was Wrestling's FIRST ever meme. The kid replaced the 3 alien heads with himself, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. I'm sure Heelbook would have a field day with him now, but he sure must have used paint masterfully back then.

Now a lot of people say that WrestleMania X-Seven is arguably the greatest WrestleMania of all time. I'm a firm believer that this Main Event match also had a huge role to play in that reception. It was set for one fall, with no disqualifications. The Rock would defend the WWF championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin and this one was a white hot match, right out of the gate. In all the weeks that we've been doing the CountDown to WrestleMania, no match has been more electric than this one! Twist after twist, false finish after false finish and blood for blood! THIS MATCH IS A MASTERPIECE. All the chemistry was there, from the two guys in the ring to Jim Ross and Paul Heyman on commentary - it was done so well that it still gave me goosebumps and had Anuj and I on the edge of the couch! If you haven't seen this match, stop what you are doing and go watch it! I won't even give away who wins. Ok I will. EVERYONE! A true platinum standard match in the CountDown to WrestleMania! I'm going to leave it at that, if you've seen it, you know what happens. If you haven't, I won't even give away the result - Go watch this match!

WrestleMania Moment: Rhyno pushing the ladder with Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley on it, dropping them from inside the ring, to outside, and through piles of stacked tables. Rhyno was a key factor in TLC2!

Move of the Night: Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from the ladder, as Hardy hangs from the Tag Team Championship belts in mid-air

Match of the Night: The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification Match for the WWF Championship.


If you watched WrestleMania X-Seven, let us know what you thought and fill us in on your favorite moments! Do you think it was the greatest WrestleMania of all time? Join the blog next weekend as we take a look back at WrestleMania X8 from 2002 as a part of the 'WrestleMania CountDown'! You can also tweet to us from anywhere! Whether you're in the United Kingdom, United States, India, Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Maldives, Italy, the Philippines, or your name is Neo and you're in Sri Lanka, send us a shout via our Twitter:

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Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more to come! /-) #Hope2EntertainU
Mau (08/01/14) 05:00

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