A lackluster Wrestlemania in the heart of the attitude era. This show showcases some of the worst tendencies of Russo's booking with the IC and Hardcore matches. The only in ring highlights involved Shane vs. XPac and Rock vs. Austin. Rock vs. Austin is a very good main event and a feel good moment with Austin regaining the title but they would eclipse this match in their future encounters. Overall one of the bottom 5 Wrestlemanias for me.
Post by 666thegame666 on Mar 21, 2013 8:03:19 GMT -5
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1. Hardcore Holly vs Billy Gunn vs Al Snow: So Holly wins the hardcore title here. Billy Gunn with the hardcore title makes no sense epecially going forward. Poor opener
2. JJ and Owen Hart vs D-Lo and Test: Yet another new tag team. What happened to D-Lo and Henry. Well Owen and JJ win in a really short match thats not that good. Poor Owen having to be in this awful match after last years really solid HHH match.
3. Butterbean vs Bart Gunn: Hey Remeber Bart Gunn that won that Brawl For All shoot contest. Well He Just Got Knocked The Fuck Out by Butterbean who is just here for a payday I guess. So long Bart Gunn
4. Mankind vs Big Show: So winner gets to ref the main event. Mankind wins in a DQ so what away to position this new guy into WWF he looses on the biggest show of the year only a short time after loosing to Austin on Raw not long after his debut. I think Mr Wight is going to have an up and down journey in WWF.
5. Road Dogg vs Goldust vs Ken Shamrock vs Van Venis: This should of been a 3 way cos Goldust looks so out of place here. Amazingly they had Dogg retain and not put it back on Shamrock but I guess they have to make the fans happy and shit.
6. Kane vs HHH: So after a 2 month build we get a bad match and Chyna turning on Kane. What the fuck was the point of that heel turn then. This is not good at all and does anyone actually remember this match at all.
7. Sable vs Tori: Well this is just pure shit. Sable is an awful worker and Tori isn't that good either. This new womens divison is not working out to well match wise.
8. X-Pac vs Shane McMahon: This is surprisingly a good little match. Pac carried McMahon very well. The great thing about this is that HHH TURNS HEEL. HHH and Chyna now join the corporation and the best 2 year run for a heel begins.
9. The Undertaker vs Big Bossman: Now we are hitting some major shit. This match is a sin to Hell In A Cell. I know I shat all over the Mankind/Taker match but fuck Id take that over this mess. The only good thing about this is when Bossman gets hung but besides that this is a total fucking joke. By The Way Taker is now 8-0
10. Steve Austin vs The Rock: So the one real great match for this show. This aint no 1997 mid card match this is the real deal. Its odd seeing Austin come out in the shirt and not the vest. This is just a full on brawl and its a fun one. I always enjoyed the Shawn promo before this match then again I did 1997-2000 Shawn. So Austin wins the title and slays the evil corporate champion and hey JR is back to call the main event of Mania. If only WWE did his every year int he current era.
Thus concludes Wretleania XV a show that is really really poor outsides the main event. Fans didn't give a shit about match quality at this point they just wanted to cheer for Austin and see some boobs and they got both on this show.
1. Hardcore Holly def Al Snow and Billy Gunn *¼ 2. JJ and Owen Hart def Test and D-Lo *¼ 3. Butterbean KO Bart Gunn No Rating 4. Mankind DQ Big Show ¾* 5. Road Dogg def Ken Shamrock, Goldust and Val Venis *½ 6. Kane DQ HHH *¼ 7. Sable def Tori -** 8. Shane McMahon def X-Pac **¾ 9. The Undertaker def Big Bossman DUD 10. Steve Austin def The Rock ***½
I believe Austin says on his newest (and best) DVD that he forgot his vest, so that's why he was wearing the shirt. He said he was very upset about it as well. I am not the biggest fan of this show, I was not a fan of the Triple H heel turn, I still think there was life left in him as a face. I think Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart are a very underrated tag team and a pair that could be compared to the Hollywood Blondes in some ways. The history of Rock and Austin is one of the main and only reasons in my opinion to check this show out. Just to plug the territory wars, the Place to Be is an amazing environment for all things wrestling and entertainment, please check out the hard work of the Territory Warriors and my edition of Wrestlemania on March 31st. Thanks guys.
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Welcome to Russomania! All the elements were there but for some reason, this Wrestlemania just fails to get out of first gear. There was a giant amount of hype going into it & the card looked decent, but something Russo's warped mind never learned is that it's all about execution! I liked after Hunter's heel turn Road Dogg saying to Michael Cole that the "big nosed jackoff is finished!" Cole responds with "Road saying that Hunter's finished." "Jackoff! You heard me!"
The WWF title match is great fun but it needed a little something more to have made it memorable. Maybe Austin should've been busted open or both Rock & Austin should've bleed to make things interesting. you could tell Rock's move set was still pretty limited as towards the end of the match he just using the Rock Bottom instead of finding ways to transition to it.
Don't have really much else to say about this Mania cuz that's just how this show is. There's really nothing worth mentioning, it's just meh! Considering it should've been a memorable show with great payoffs & awesome matches, the bread just doesn't rise with Wrestlemania XV. shame...
Post by lifelongwwefan on Mar 21, 2013 12:22:33 GMT -5
Wrestlemania 15 arrives in Philly and while its not the Best Mania from an In-Ring standpoint its still an entertaining Show. Hardcore Title gets things going as Hardcore Holly regains the Gold pinning Al Snow. My two favorite spots in this is the Hockey Stick being pulled out starting a Let's Go Flyers Chant and Billy Gunn tossing Holly into a Table. Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart retain the Tag Titles in a short bout with D-Lo Brown & Test.I wonder if this was suppose to be Mark Henry & D-Lo getting a rematch from the last PPV and winning here. Butterbean returns and just kills Bart Gunn with a sick right hand. Aidos Brawl for All,we won't miss you however. Mankind takes on The Big Show for the right to Referee the Main Event later on. Not a bad Match here as Foley does all he can take down his larger oppenent. Mankind takes a chokeslam from Big Show through 2 chairs for the DQ which leads to Vince coming out and slapping The Show followed by Vince getting a KO. Road Dogg retains the IC Title in a decent 4-Way Match. I love Shamrock going nuts when he & Val are counted out hitting 2 suplexes on Dogg & Goldust and saying f*ck you to both of them. Triple H takes on Kane in another decent Match and we see Chyna turn on Kane hitting him with a Chair and rejoin DX or does she? Sable retains her Womens Title against her Stalker & Newcomer Tori along with the Debut of Nicole Bass. X-Pac gets his rematch for the European Title against Shane Mcmahon in what was probably the MOTN up to this point. Triple H turns on X-Pac & DX helping Shane O Mac keep his Title. Seeing HHH turn on DX to join the Corporation was a sad moment for this DX Fan but it would lead to bigger things for him. Undertaker & Big Bossman meet inside Hell In A Cell and the Match is not very good. My favorite line from this one is when Micheal Cole says you can get a finger caught in the Cell and King says after what we saw Mick Foley go through your worried about a finger getting caught? Taker gets the win and runs his yet to be talked about Streak to 8-0. Finally the Main Event for the WWF Title as Stone Cold Steve Austin takes on The Rock. Vince tries to be the Guest Referee but HBK says no to that and sends him to the back. Good Match here despite all the Ref bumps and it was good to see JR come back to call this one. Austin finally wins back the Title after all the hell he had gone through since the Fall. Overall again its an entertaining Mania despite Russo having his hands all over it. Sorry if I went a little long. Bring on Backlash.
Mania 15 in my home state of PA. They need to come back again for a Mania, because there are a lot of good stadiums in PA. Taker Bossman in a heel vs. heel match, though the crowd was behind Taker, while not the best HITC match, Taker wins and hangs Bossman. Heat and the rest of the card was ok. It was sad seeing a thin looking Gorilla Monsoon as a judge, even Finkel choked up when introducing Monsoon. Nicole Bass debuts, and I always thought she was the actual sister of Outlaw Ron Bass. Austin regains the title, and things would get really interesting as the Russo era is well ON FIRE.
Post by str8edge80 on Mar 21, 2013 23:58:26 GMT -5
One of my least favorite manias. This show is always the show I go to when I argue AGAINST the attitude era. Too much, too fast and half of it for no reason anyway. High point: Austin vs Rock. Good match. Low point: hell in a cell. I like both guys but this just didn't work. Extra point: who couldn't tell tori was losing just by her facial expression when walking out to the ring. She looked like she would have rather been anywhere but in that building.
Post by dregenrockwell on Mar 22, 2013 17:55:27 GMT -5
An extremely lacklustre PPV, let alone a Wrestlemania.
The undercard of this show is an absolute mess. The state of the tag division at the time was highlighted by the cobbled together Battle Royal to put 2 random wrestlers together to be easily beaten by Owen & Double J and then start a fued that goes nowhere. The IC title match was a clusterfuck with the quickest/cheapest double count out on PPV and a dreadful performance by Dustbin Runnels. The HIAC match was dreadful, which is such a shame considering the quality of the wrestlers and the stipulation. The only highlights of the undercard were the European title match, Triple H's heel turn and Butterbean nearly decapitating Bombastic Bart. The Brawl for All match also contained the last appearance of Gorilla Monsoon, and it was clear that he was very ill.
It must also be pointed out that Michael Cole's commentary throughout the show was rock bottom, and it was a blessing when JR was introduced for The Rock v Austin.
The main event could have been a lot better, but it was a perfectly fine match. The Rock seemed to freeze under the huge occassion, and this would be the weakest of the Wrestlemania trilogy between the 2. This was the match that introduced the Rock's awesome sell of the Stunner (only topped by Scott Hall at WM18). Austin's win did lack a certain amount of impact, as this was already the 5th title change of 1999.
All in all, a major disappointment, but fortunately, things would improve from here.
As hardcore matches go I think this one was very disappointing, no memorable moments and hardly even any weapons used! The tag team match was thrown together at the last minute and it was pretty shit. Just glad Jeff Jarrett & Owen retained the titles. Finally the WWF get their way and successfully embarrass Bart Gunn. I don't get why they didn't get behind him and give him abit of a push but instead they were desperate for him to be humiliated and it happens right here. The match has no right to be on a Wrestlemania card.Was a shame to see Gorilla Monsoon in such poor health. Did the Big Show put on shit loads of weight between leaving WCW and coming here? I swear he was much thinner when he was the Giant. It's interesting that Mankind kicks Big Show in the balls, Show uses a chair several times already but only when he choke slams Mankind on the chairs does he get DQ'd. Mankind has been thrown off a cell and slammed through it but here he is carried off on a stretcher! All looked pretty silly. The fact Road Dogg is the IC Champion and retains against 3 other people means the title has been devalued already. The crowd is mostly pretty flat for the match between Triple H v Kane which isn't surprising as it was an incredibly average match. The big moment is when Chyna turns her back on Kane and reunites with Hunter. Let's just say it was hardly Savage & Elizabeth. I absolutely loved seeing X-Pac get screwed as I was so sick of him by this point. I thought Shane McMahon was always entertaining every time he stepped in the ring. Oh dear the worst Hell in a Cell match in history. There was no need for this stipulation and I don't think it works when both men are heels. The Bossman is barely involved in this feud between Taker and Vince anyway. The less said about the hanging scene the better, it was pretty disgusting. The main event is a strange one as it had loads of drama and run ins but its hard to tell actually how good the match is cos it never feels like a proper match! Either way it was pretty entertaining and is much better than the rest of the card. Good on Mike Chioda for taking an unprotected chair shot to the head by the way. Overall this is another PPV which made sense at the time but certainly hasn't aged well. As Wrestlemania's go this is poor but the storylines are just about interesting enough to carry the show.
A very weird Wrestlemania. It seems that they spent so much preparation and build on the main event that they forgot to build the rest of the undercard for the event. Rather than being the showcase of the immortals, this event came off as just another PPV. The two multi-man title matches were screwed over by the flipping of Billy Gunn and Road Dogg, and neither really hit the mark. The Tag Title match didn't work with the Battle Royal winners being enemies teaming up. Mankind and The Big Show just didn't click, which was sad considering the year that Mick Foley had been through. The same can be said for Triple H and Kane's match. However, Triple H's heel turn during X-Pac's solid match with Shane McMahon was sensational. The women's match was terrible, and the Hell in the Cell match between Taker and Big Bossman was truly hell to watch. Thankfully, Butterbean kept his match with Bart Gunn short by knocking him out, not just of the match but out of the WWF. This was a great moment though.
The main event was the saving grace. A truly magnificent main event saw Austin and Rock tear the house down. Austin get's his revenge on McMahon and the Corporation, and everyone goes happy. Sadly, I find it hard to watch this Wrestlemania again, and I wish they had tried to do more throughout the card. Thankfully, Vince seems to recognise this as well, and Wrestlemania only gets bigger and better from this point on.
Post by jpchicago23 on Mar 24, 2013 8:43:25 GMT -5
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Wrestlemania 15 isn't a great mania by its standards but its a pretty entertaining show at least even though it only has a few good matches. The main event is awesome so I won't dive into that. To me the storylines carried this mania. You have triple h turning on Dx and to me this was perfect timing. Trips was ready to break out and in Dx he was just another guy. NAO and Xpac came off as his equals and often got bigger face pops. The heel turn was much needed and well executed. Another thing I don't think gets enough credit is how well Mcmahon morphed his character from being an egotistical, greed driven maniac feuding with Austin to an almost sympathetic, vengeful character against Taker. Very well done on his part. He let the Rock and Austin flourish and moved onto Taker without a hitch. A side note as I don't know if its been mentioned but the reason Road Dogg wasn't at Massacre was from an injury he sustained at a house show.This is also why gunn switched title feuds with him because the hardcore title scene would've been too hard on his body. I think I heard Ed Ferrera mention something to this extent on a podcast. Also wanted to add that when bossman was hanging from the noose he looked like Chris farley did when he was flying on the strings on an episode of snl.
Post by Kevin Paralis on Mar 24, 2013 10:04:00 GMT -5
Hey guys. I've been waiting patiently for this review since I started listening to the show when I stumbled across the Beyond the Mat review and became a weekly listener. WrestleMania 15 was the first WWF tv event I attended. I was 13 at the time and didn't really know what to expect as I had only been to house shows at the Scranton CYC before that. I rode a bus down from Wilkes-Barre and can still remember pulling into the venue and seeing one of the classic WWF block logo trailers and it hitting me that I was about to attend the biggest show of the year. Upon entering the arena I saw a guy wearing one of the WWF suit coats with the logo patch on the pocket that all the agents used to wear in the 90s. Maybe it was Chief Jay Strongbow, maybe it was just some guy, either way I thought it was awesome. After that I went to the merch stand, bought my $5 program and headed to my seat. I was seated a few rows from the top behind the big screen that was in back of the announce table.
Some of the more notable things from that night I remember are the Brood's entrance from the ceiling which looked very cool live as well as the hanging of the Bossman. Once the segment ended they got him down, put him on a stretcher and rushed him to the back. Weird thing is I don't remember any mention of it on TV after that. The brawl for all was certainly a crowd pleaser not only for Butterbean's quick work of Gunn, but also that it gave everyone one last chance to see Gorilla Monsoon. Unfortunately for me I had to leave to use the restroom right as the main event entrances were happening. I was the ONLY person in their when the glass shattered and the crowd roar was so intense it felt like a gust of wind hitting me while I was at the urinal. Two funny in-crowd moments came very close to the end of the match. There was a false finish right before the final 3 count. The false finish was so good it got a lot of people in my section to jump out of their seats thinking Austin had won. Some of them while still holding their beers. Needless to say I saw beer fall like rain. Then when the final 3 count was made the exact same thing happened again. I felt bad for the people in the first rows of the section, but at least it was at a time before everyone had cell phones, digital cameras and ipods that could be wrecked by such an occurrence. One other thing is they claim it was a sellout, but I had an empty seat next to me all night that someone used to hold their signs. Overall a really great time had in Philadelphia that day. From Sunday Night Heat to WrestleMania it was a night I'll likely never forget.
WM XV is one of the most unusual shows of all time, and is basically the Russo Era in a nutshell. The majority of the undercard is pretty average to poor, so here's the highlights: Holly is new Hardcore champion, Jarrett and Owen retain their belts, Bart Gunn is still looking for his brains, Mankind defeats Show to be the ref but is sent to the hospital, Road Dogg and Sable retain their belts, and Kane wins but is betrayed by Chyna and DX rules, for now. Now to the good stuff of the show. Shane defeats X-Pac to retain the European Title as Triple H turns on his buddy and joins the Corporation. HIAC is one of the worst ever as Taker goes 8-0 and Bossman is left "hanging" around. Main event time as Rock and Austin have a fun brawl that sees ref bumps and Vince get involved. In the end, Austin completes his journey and is champion once again. Overall, I remember loving this show when I watched it live. However looking back, it's not a great WM as it was more about the storylines though it's saved by Austin/Rock.
The very definition of a one match show as Rock and Austin put on a good main event. The problem is the rest of the show is just poorly thought out Vince Russo crap. Memorable for the main event but seeing as you can find that on at least three compilation sets, this one is an easy one to skip.
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This is basically the whole year of 1999 in one card, as the undercard is rushed and Russofied to the max and the main event is given enough time to shine. The Outlaws changing title scenes was stupid and really upset me as I thought Road Dogg was a good fit in the hardcore division in December and January and could have stayed there. The tag match was real stupid and I remember watching Heat and my cousin was sure it would be D-Lo and the Godfather to reunite the Nation. Instead it's Test which of course makes no sense. Speaking of making no sense, after debuting six weeks earlier the Big Show loses again, after losing to Stone Cold on the Raw before hand. And then they turn him face, the first of about 17 turns he would make in 99 alone. Shane McMahon turns in a great effort for his first real match and the HHH turn was good and needed to be done. I loved JR coming out for the main event and Austin-Rock is awesome. While I like their matches at 17 and 19 more, this one definitely has the epic WrestleMania feel to it. Overall, I think this Mania should be in the discussion with 2, 9, 11 and 13 in the bad Mania discussion, but much like 13 has Austin-Bret, Austin saves the show again.
WrestleMania XV is pretty much the very peak of the Russo portion of the Attitude era. It is a whole bunch of crazy nonsense. The show is watchable, but in a trainwreck kind of way. Rock-Austin is a great main event but for me has been overshadowed by their matches they would have later on. Triple H's heel turn stands the test of time because we all know where he ultimately heads. The rest of the card is pretty much a bunch of Russo nonsense. Road Dogg is in the IC title match, and Billy Gunn is in the hardcore match even though it had been the opposite for months. Pretty much sums up how silly everything had become, and it only gets worse.