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I should preface mine by saying that I've never seen XI-XIII and XVI-XX
III is obviously the classic but I didn't see it until 1990 or so, so I'm leaving it out.

V: The first one I saw and in many ways my favorite. Mr. Perfect vs The Blue Blazer = 5 1/2 minutes of awesomeness

VI: Cuz I was a major Ultimate Warrior fanboy and could hold it over my Hogan fanboy friends in 5th grade.

VII: Dude, Jake The Snake vs Rick Martel blindfold match. Probably wouldn't impress me today but back then my friends and I thought this was the coolest shit ever. I seem to recall having a blindfold match against one of them, forget who won.

X: Razor Ramon. Shawn Michaels. Ladder Match. Period.

XIV: Stone Cold wins the belt and HBK gives his last performance for a good long while.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 08:15 (eighteen years ago) link

I attended Wrestlemania IV in Atlantic City. Me and my dad sat near the back. Four rows in front of the Fabulous Mooolah was sitting with a younger lady and they were both wearing ostentatious evening gowns; this was sligtly odd attire for attending a wrestling event.

I was happy to see Macho Man receive the belt but I was an embarrasingly fervent Hogan mark so I was dissapointed to see him eliminated from the tournament.

I dug the Brutus "the barbar" Beefcake vs. Honky Tonk Man cause Honky is my all time favorite old school heel.

Once it gets past #7 I have difficulty distinguishing between the Wrestlemanias.

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 08:36 (eighteen years ago) link

I admit I had to use this to refresh my memory past VI or so:

AaronHz (AaronHz), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 08:39 (eighteen years ago) link

WM III has a lot of history, but watching it and you realize that most of the matches were total crap and it went on far too long. XVII is the most underrated by far (it may honestly be the best).

Alan Conceicao, Friday, 27 August 2004 14:25 (eighteen years ago) link

I've gotta see XVII sometime. This part sounds crazy:
Iron Sheik won a "battle royal" (3:05). Also in the match were" Brother Love, Bushwhackers, Jim Cornette, Doink (Fall), Duke Droese, Earthquake, Gobbledy Gooker, Goon, Michael Hayes, Hillbilly Jim, Kimala, Kim Chee (Lombardi), One Man Gang, Repo Man, Sgt. Slaughter, Tugboat, and Nikolia Volkoff.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Friday, 27 August 2004 20:09 (eighteen years ago) link

They billed it as a 'gimmick battle royal'.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 28 August 2004 14:07 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Holy shit, I just found this ILWWE board!

I've seen all of them (except for parts of XX).

XVII is clearly the best.
III for a couple of great matches plus the obvious historical significance.
XX -- longer than life itself but some GREAT matches
X -- the most overrated WM by far (two great matches but the rest is CRAP) but WHOA are those two matches great
VIII -- big crowd, Flair v Savage, Bret v Piper, etc.

Most underrated = VII. If you've never seen Warrior v Savage + its aftermath, DO IT.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 13 September 2004 17:57 (eighteen years ago) link

I was at wm2000. wasnt much to write home about, but it was fun being there. I can always say that I was there when mick foley wrestled his last match (before coming back.. a second time). I started that other thread, but maybe someone will answer me here: is anyone going to wm21 in LA? Im going. Im debating getting floor seats ($200) but I might settle for the tier below ($100).

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 01:29 (eighteen years ago) link

The tier BELOW the floor? Won't that be a rubbish view?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 16:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Might be good for Buried Alive matches.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 17:28 (eighteen years ago) link

If you've never seen Warrior v Savage + its aftermath, DO IT.

Refresh my memory plz. I def. remember SOMETHING going down after the match, but memory is hazy.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Saturday, 18 September 2004 07:51 (eighteen years ago) link

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a career v career match, which Savage lost. Queen Sherri, pissed off that her sugar daddy was now retired, attacked Savage after the match, which brought out Elizabeth (who had been watching the match in the audience) for the save. Which led to the tearful reunion after 2+ years apart (in storyline terms).

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 19 September 2004 16:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Ah YES! Now I remember it vividly.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Tuesday, 21 September 2004 21:23 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Ah yeh, I watched VII not long ago for the first time. Savage and Elizabeth making up at the end of the match made me cry like a baby = best match ever.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Friday, 26 November 2004 10:07 (eighteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Spent my weekend watching wrestlemania III, VIII, XVII and XX. Totally awesome way to spend my time off, I had forgotton, how much I love WFF and the wrestling story lines. Macho Man and Rick Flair stand out to me as heroes. I know have my geek on and want to watch more. Question is, where do I start? Do I trawl through from the beginning or do I go for a run of them? Really enjoyed VIII, it just felt like it was WWF at it's best. Wooooo Hooooooo!

I am leader of the sheeple (captain rosie), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:03 (eleven years ago) link

X for Shawn/Razor ladder match and Owen/Bret. XII for the Iron Man match (p much the best match ever not to involve Ricky Steamboat in some way). Personally I really like 21 too, even if it did have the eye-roll Hollywood skits and Big Show in a nappy, the matches were awesome (Shawn-Angle, Cena, Batista and Orton all getting their genuine main event pushes etc.) and it had the first Money In The Bank!

popular gay automobile (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:12 (eleven years ago) link

i used to watch wwf in 8th grade, and i loved it

once i spammed the guestbook on my best friend's website about 180 times with some bullshit about booker t that i can't exactly recall

markers, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:15 (eleven years ago) link

8th grade? 9th grade? 7th grade? idk exactly. it was a while ago. but i liked shane mcmahon

markers, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:16 (eleven years ago) link


k3vin k., Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:50 (eleven years ago) link


markers, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:50 (eleven years ago) link

I got a photo of myself arm wrestling Jerry "The King" Lawler recently

cold hands of monkeys on my heart (CaptainLorax), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 03:47 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

most inexplicable mania mainstream celebrity appearances? 14 has gennifer flowers and pete rose (trolling the boston crowd). 11 has jonathan taylor thomas and jenny mccarthy and pamela anderson and, uh, nicholas turturro from NYPD blue.

adam, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:43 (nine years ago) link

also kane tombstones pete rose

adam, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:43 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Good gravy.

Jeff, Friday, 28 March 2014 00:47 (eight years ago) link

i never watched any wrestlemania until i opened this thread. three frames:


284. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 28

gtfo is this one of the ten worst wrestlemania matches of all time

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:23 (eight years ago) link

64. Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9

lol yoko spends this whole match on his back like a turtle who can't roll over. and thats even before the big shitty ending/hulk.

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 30 March 2014 13:41 (eight years ago) link

just finished my rewatch of WMX. Best WM of the first 15? I think it's gotta be

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:12 (eight years ago) link

Only one with Adam Bomb, so sure.

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:41 (eight years ago) link

I think over the next 7 days I'm gonna watch like 14 WM matches. I'm thinking:

King Kong Bundy v. Hillbilly Jim w/midgets
Blue Blazer v. Perfect
Rockers v. Twin Towers
Hogan v. Savage
Owen v. Bret
Diesel v. Shawn
maybe Taker v. Sid? is that the one where Sid shit himself?
Angle v. Jericho v. Benoit
X7 steve v. rock
HHH v. Jericho
steve v. scott hall
goldberg v. lesnar
cena v. hhh
flair v. michaels
rey v. punk

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 30 March 2014 19:09 (eight years ago) link

I think the Sid shitting himself story happened at a house show. I watched Sid vs Taker a long time ago, I didn't think it was nearly as bad as it's made out to be. At least it had a decent finish that fans wanted to see, which is more than you can say for Cena vs Miz and Orton vs HHH.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 09:42 (eight years ago) link

I've heard the Sid story attributed to Mania 13 more times than anything else, but also house shows and even a Raw, so who really knows

(incidentally, is there anyone with more goofy backstage shit attached to them than Sid? between the shitting, his love for softball, the squirrel story, stabbing Arn Anderson...)

papa smango (fadanuf4erybody), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 02:04 (eight years ago) link

X-Pac could maybe give him a run for his money, especially since his butthole injury last year.

a hoy hoy, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 07:46 (eight years ago) link

wait whaaaaaaaat

papa smango (fadanuf4erybody), Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:57 (eight years ago) link

So i've got Sunday free and being in Britain, that's a day before WM (It airs from midnight; I'll most probably wake up at like 4 and grab some illegal version and watch it before I can annoy the girlfriend, who will be asleep like a normal human being.). I'm thinking of watching two Wrestlemanias. I've don't think I've ever seen 18, 22, 24 so I might pick one of them. (I've seen bits.) And the others...

I know suck: 1, 2, 4, 9, 11, 15, 16, 29
Have like 1 or 2 great matches: 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14
Seen recently, so no but are great: 17, 19
Can't really remember but are really good: 20, 21, 23, 25, 26
Remember being a bit shit but not might be: 13, 27, 28

Maybe 20 and 24? Kinda wanna watch Steamboat-Savage and Bret-Austin again but lol there comes a time when its pointless.

a hoy hoy, Friday, 4 April 2014 17:39 (eight years ago) link

24 is rad and worth watching for sure. Probably the last Mania I really liked but I haven't seen 26 (minus HBK/Taker), which ppl seem to dig

papa smango (fadanuf4erybody), Friday, 4 April 2014 21:50 (eight years ago) link

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