Monday, February 27, 2017

EPISODE 142: WRESTLING WITH FRIENDS RANKS THEME SONGS!

Sick of putting your same old playlist on shuffle and hoping for the best? Let Wrestling With Friends give you some advice for your next party!

We're offering our same sage wisdom and advice we always do, this time directed at wrestling theme songs throughout time. We've done away with the list format, and we're ranking them using a new 1-10 scoring system. By the end of the episode, we'll have a new BEST AND WORST theme song of all time!....for now



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0:00 - 10:27: Intros

11:38 - 50:18: Theme Songs 1-9

51:38 - 1:18:58: Theme Songs 10-15

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS! - GROUP B RESULTS//GROUP C PREVIEW

Our next round of Manias have advanced to the single elimination bracket! Looks like fortune favored the favored in this one. Check it out!

Group B Results


     

#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#3 def. #6

#4 def. #5


Group C


Which 4 Manias will join them? Take a look at our breakdown of Group C and see if you can predict the winners!


#1 WrestleMania XXX (2014)   #8 WrestleMania 2 (1986)
 
April 6, 2014 Date April 7, 1986
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(New Orleans, LA)
Venue Nassau Veterans Coliseum
(Uniondale, NY)
Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL)
Los Angeles Memorial Sport Arena
(Los Angeles, CA)
75,167 Attendance 40,085
Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T
The British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team
Mark Crozer
Rev Theory
Special Guests Robert Conrad
Susan St. James
Joan Rivers
Mr. T
Ray Charles
William Perry
Ozzy Osbourne
2.9 Observer Rating (Average) 1.1
The beginning of a new era required a huge WrestleMania, and the 30th edition more or less didn't disappoint. The new People's Champion, Daniel Bryan, fought off three opponents over the course of the night to finally win the elusive WWE World Heavyweight Championship, though some might say his huge win was overshadowed by an even larger shocker: the end of The Undertaker's vaunted WrestleMania streak to Brock Lesnar. Arrivals by past generational stars like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock, together in New Orleans, helped make WrestleMania XXX a turning point, and tent pole, in WrestleMania history. Hot Take How do you expand upon the unprecedented success of a first-of-its-kind live event, one year later? You hold it in 3 separate places. Doi! (Stupid idiots, all of you!) Actually, no, don't do that. The WWF already tried that formula with WrestleMania 2 and, while it was a daring effort, the gimmick simply couldn't hide all sorts of glaring technical and problematic issues that naturally came about. L.A. got the big main event of Hogan vs. Bundy, for instance, while Uniondale had to suffer through an ill-advised boxing bout, and Rosemont got a homer battle royal filled with more weird and unsatisfying components than a Chicago dog.




#2 WrestleMania III (1987)   #7 WrestleMania 2000 (2000)
 
March 29, 1987 Date April 2, 2000
Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI) Venue Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
(Anaheim, CA)
93,173 Attendance 19,776
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat
Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis
Headliners HHH vs. The Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. The Big Show
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle
Aretha Franklin
Alice Cooper
Bob Uecker
Mary Hart
Special Guests Pete Rose
Ice-T
1.7 Observer Rating (Average) 1.3
In 1985, Vince McMahon risked everything on his first sports entertainment spectacle. Just two years later at WrestleMania III, his vision was finally realized when he filled the massive Pontiac Silverdome with more than 90,000 fans (give or take a few ten thousand), all behind the promotion of one match they never thought they'd see: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship. The rest of the card was pretty bogged down and rather forgettable, save for one Macho Man vs. Ricky Steamboat battle for the Intercontinental Championship that stood as the greatest WrestleMania match for over twenty years. Hot Take WrestleMania 2000 had all the ingredients in place to bake a delectable five course meal. It was the WWF at their creative peak, filled with an immensely hot Rock, Triple H in his prime, and The Big Show at his most...over-pushed? Chef McMahon began by serving up an under-cooked appetizer of The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan vs. The Godfather & D-Lo Brown. Luckily the triangle ladder tag team match served as a delicious palate cleanser. However, Terri Runnels and The Kat gave many patrons food sickness. It was one strange meal that should have been an all-time great. It's almost a shame that Y2K didn't wipe this event out.




#3 WrestleMania 22 (2006)   #6 WrestleMania VIII (1992)
 
April 2, 2006 Date April 5, 1992
Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL) Venue Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN)
17,159 Attendance 62,167
John Cena vs. HHH
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice
Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper
Michelle Williams
P.O.D.
William Perry
Special Guests Reba McIntire
Ray Combs
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 0.9
WrestleMania 22 was like a puzzle with all the pieces in the wrong place. Shawn Michaels' incredible talent was wasted on Vince McMahon. The Undertaker's Streak was defended against a lukewarm Mark Henry. And The Boogeyman squashed Booker T in a surprise move that never paid off. Still, aging gunslinger Mick Foley came to work to deliver a spectacle against Edge, Rey Mysterio got his feel-good moment (which sadly ended up as an all-time dud) and John Cena firmly established himself as the undisputed top star by slaying the mighty Hunter. It was the beginning of a new era in a way, and it set the tone for the company all the way to WrestleMania XXX. Hot Take By WrestleMania VIII, it was clear the landmark show was beginning to lose steam. It was the first year the World Championship match didn’t main event, instead being replaced by a Hogan/Sid match nobody really asked for. In that title match, Ric Flair fought Randy Savage in a decent bout—but it wasn’t the dream Hogan/Flair match everyone was counting on. Fans did get to see the dawning of a “new” generation with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart starting out their singles career, including a standout match with Hart vs. Piper. Ultimate Warrior attempted a valiant return by the night’s end, but like a Papa Shango run-in, it was too little…too late.




#4 WrestleMania 31 (2015)   #5 WrestleMania 13 (1997)
 
March 29, 2015 Date March 23, 1997
Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, CA) Venue Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL)
76,976 Attendance 18,197
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
HHH vs. Sting
Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
John Cena vs. Rusev
Headliners Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid
Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Ronda Rousey
Aloe Blacc
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Special Guests  
3.4 Observer Rating (Average) 2.2
After the classic main event in New Orleans a year earlier, fans were left a bit underwhelmed by the prospective Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar title fight at WrestleMania 31. Perhaps HHH vs. Sting in a classic WWE vs. WCW match could save the show…or not. Maybe Undertaker and Bray Wyatt could remove the sting that came with the loss of Taker’s streak…nah, not really. Another Cesaro-like winner in the Battle Royal? Oh…guess not. It was looking like a rough night, until the unlikely and unprecedented Money in the Bank cash-in by Seth Rollins made 31 a bit more memorable, and gave fans that WrestleMania moment that was almost M.I.A. Hot Take No matter which bodily fluid you most remember from WrestleMania 13, it’s clear that the event was a tale of two shows. On one hand you had a main event marred by limited wrestling abilities and constant distractions, even for a No-DQ match. On the other hand you had two masters of their game, going toe-to-toe in a match that birthed the era of Stone Cold. It’s one of the lowest-rated cards by Dave Meltzer, despite the submission match being voted Observer Match of the Year. And it’s the only WrestleMania that didn’t sell out, even though the fans in attendance were some of the most rabid, especially compared with today.


Friday, February 17, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS! - GROUP A RESULTS//GROUP B PREVIEW

Our first few Manias are moving on to the single elimination bracket! Scope out the victors below.

Group A Results


     

#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#3 def. #6

#5 def. #4


Group B


Which 4 Manias will join them? Take a look at our breakdown of Group B and see if you can predict the winners!


#1 WrestleMania X-Seven (2001)   #8 WrestleMania IX (1993)
 
April 1, 2001 Date April 4, 1993
Reliant Astrodome (Houston, TX) Venue Caesar's Palace (Paradise, NV)
67,925 Attendance 16,891
Austin vs. The Rock
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Headliners Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez
Mega Maniacs vs. Money, Inc.
Motörhead Special Guests Diahann Carroll
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 1.4
Judged by some to be the best WrestleMania of all time, the 17th edition was a surprising show in the landmine that was post-Invasion WWE—and not just because of the controversial and “stunning” conclusion. The competition was fierce, the crowd was electric, and even the Gimmick Battle Royal was entertaining by way of being mercifully short. The second-ever TLC match between Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz, and the Dudley Boyz is often regarded as the best one ever. When Dave Meltzer considers a WWE show as “The Best Major Show for 2001”, then you know how well it fared with critics of every fold. Hot Take After a highly-publicized steroid scandal for the WWF, this was the Wrestlemania we got in 1993. WrestleMania IX had a clown fighting a Hawaiian surfer, and a giant ape-man chloroforming The Undertaker for perhaps the biggest blemish to his vaunted WrestleMania streak until Brock Lesnar. Instead of getting new vs. old generation in Bret Hart vs. Hulk Hogan, who was at Cena Wins LOL levels of fatigue by this point, the show ended the same way it had for the previous eight years: Hogan celebrating in the ring. For most, this conclusion came with the same foul stench as Yokozuna’s bathroom after an all-you-can-eat buffet.




#2 WrestleMania XX (2004)   #7 WrestleMania XV (1999)
 
March 14, 2004 Date March 28, 1999
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) Venue First Union Center (Philadelphia, PA)
18,500 Attendance 20,276
Shawn Michaels vs. HHH vs. Chris Benoit
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Headliners Austin vs. The Rock
Kane vs. HHH
Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn
Pete Rose Special Guests Butterbean
Pete Rose
Chuck Wepner
Boyz II Men
2.2 Observer Rating (Average) 1.1
The 20th anniversary of WrestleMania had a lot of hype to live up to. Billed as “Where it all begins…again”, fans were itching to see how WWE was going to turn the page to a new chapter in the company. While some stars like John Cena and Randy Orton were indeed created or enhanced, there were a few experiments that flopped, like Brock Lesnar and Goldberg fighting on their way out of the company. What the show will be remembered for most, perhaps, is a moment that WWE won’t allow us to remember (and probably for good reason)—the embrace of two unlikely champions, and the last great moment in their lives before ending in terrible tragedy. Hot Take While many remember The Attitude Era being more like 1998’s WrestleMania, it was generally more along the lines of WrestleMania XV one year later. Austin and The Rock competed in the top spot as usual, preceded by a long line of dud matches and cringe-worthy storylines. The Undertaker built on his young Mania streak by defeating The Big Boss Man, though for some reason hung him by a noose at the end. There were about 13 total double-turns by faces and heels (if I’m remembering correctly), and the Women’s Championship devolved into a botch-fest, saved only by a female bodybuilder. Oh yeah, and the show’s subtitle was “Ragin’ Climax”. Long live the Attitude Era!




#3 WrestleMania XXVIII (2012)   #6 WrestleMania (1985)
 
April 1, 2012 Date March 31, 1985
Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) Venue Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
78,363 Attendance 19,121
The Rock vs. John Cena
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
HHH vs. Undertaker
Headliners Hogan/Mr. T vs. Piper/Orndorff
Wendi Richter vs. Leilani Kai
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd
Flo Rida
Sean "Diddy" Combs
Maria Menounos
Machine Gun Kelly
Special Guests Mr. T
Cyndi Lauper
Muhammad Ali
Liberace
Billy Martin
The Rockettes
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 1.3
Basically built around one match, WrestleMania XXVIII still emerged as a rather solid event. The Rock vs. John Cena ruled the day after being built up for over a year, but the WWE Championship match between Chris Jericho and CM Punk was the wrestling clinic fans expected, and The Undertaker’s rematch with Triple H in a Hell in a Cell took fans on an emotional ride. Each match was strong enough to overshadow the poorly developed storylines and matches, like Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan in only 18 seconds—though, admittedly, it was a conclusion that started the groundswell for a story that paid off at WrestleMania XXX just two years later. Hot Take The grandest stage of them all was, at one point, just a grand experiment, and the first WrestleMania didn’t quite have the identity that its successors would establish. While it broke new ground for sports entertainment, and was jam-packed with A-list entertainers, the matches left a bit to be desired—whether it was an unending Brutus Beefcake/David Sammartino affair that ended in a double-count-out, a forgettable Intercontinental Championship match, or the plodding main event itself, the first WrestleMania was a clear showcase in style over substance, perhaps remembered fondly by those who haven’t watched it since it first aired in 1985.




#4 WrestleMania 21 (2005)   #5 WrestleMania VI (1990)
 
April 3, 2005 Date April 1, 1990
Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA) Venue SkyDome (Toronto, ON, Canada)
20,193 Attendance 67,678
John Cena vs. JBL
Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
Mick Foley vs. Edge
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior
Dusty Rhodes/Sapphire vs. Randy Savage/Queen Sherri
Ted DiBiase vs. Jake "the Snake" Roberts
Motörhead Special Guests Steve Allen
Robert Goulet
2.5 Observer Rating (Average) 1.7
When WWE went Hollywood for WrestleMania 21, they promoted the event with some of the most entertaining vignettes in its history. Putting superstars in famous movie scenes provided plenty of opportunities to show off WWE's sports entertainment chops, though whether or not the event itself succeeded is a mixed bag. John Cena won his first WWE Championship in a satisfying manner, however the main event match between HHH and Batista was decisively mediocre. While Big Show enjoyed one of many Mania embarrassments in a sumo match with Akebono, Angle/Michaels and Undertaker/Orton did their best to pick up the event’s slack. Hot Take WrestleMania VI was built upon the biggest main event in 3 years, featuring an upstart Ultimate Warrior against the gold standard of 1980s WWF, Hulk Hogan. For many, the babyface vs. babyface match was set to change the identity of the WWF in the 90s. Hindsight tells us a vastly different story, however, and also puts WrestleMania VI at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to match quality and sustained entertainment. While claiming historic value in crowd size and the attendance of future superstars, Edge & Christian, the show continued the late-80s trend of a drawn-out card featuring rushed, low-quality matches among aging superstars.


Monday, February 13, 2017

EPISODE 141: BOOKING BUSTS AND STEALING UNDIES

Mad that we haven't released an episode in a while? Well get ready to get even more mad as we get on the on ramp towards WrestleMania Madness!

This week, we're Booking Busts again; names and faces that didn't get a fair shake because writers and bookers didn't believe in them. Well...we still do! See what the Friends can do with guys like Ernest "The Cat" Miller in WWE, Stevie Richards post-Right to Censor, and the one, the only, PHANTASIO! We also fit in a long-lost and long-overdue List segment, featuring our #33 picks. Kicking off our top third is a liar and cheater and stealer, a superstar with an adult rating, and someone who carried a mop during the most over part of his career.



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0:00 - 6:43: Intros

7:26 - 46:19: Book Your Bust

47:06 - 1:19:04: The List #33

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS!



WrestleMania Madness [n.] 1. A hybrid World Cup/March Madness style tournament of all 32 WrestleMania events to decide the best of all time!

To begin with, we ranked each WrestleMania 1 through 32 using an average from four different websites. From there, we distributed them across the groups, 4 at a time. Group assignment (A, B, C, or D) was decided by finding the most spaced-apart matchups for even distribution (e.g. Group C features a #1 seed from 2015 and a #8 seed from 1986). For the entire list & averages, see below:



Everything starts in the Group Stage, where we've split up the Manias in 4 groups of 8 competitors (click on the image to see it up close). Once the group stage is over, it's on to the single elimination bracket of 16 remaining Manias. Remanias!


We're on Group A this week, featuring the matchups below. Criteria like match quality, entertainment value, strength of main event promotion, atmosphere, and best use of storylines are all considered as each WrestleMania is pitted head to head. Be sure to stay tuned right here to see which WrestleManias advance to the single elimination bracket!

Group A


#1 WrestleMania X (1994)   #8 WrestleMania XXVII (2011)
 
March 20, 1994 Date April 3, 2011
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) Venue Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
18,065 Attendance 71,617
Bret vs. Owen
Michaels vs. Ramon Ladder Match
Bret vs. Yokozuna
Headliners Cena vs. The Miz
Undertaker vs. HHH
Cole vs. Lawler
Burt Reynolds
Donnie Wahlberg
Jennie Garth
Rhonda Shear
Little Richard
Special Guests Snoop Dogg
Snookie
Paul Reubens
Keri Hilson
2.2 Observer Rating (Average) 2.2
WrestleMania X is a true diamond in the rough. Kicking off with an exciting clinic in psychology, Bret Hart taking on his little brother Owen seemed more like a contest out of Japan, rather than a "New Generation" WWF match. There were the requisite duds, such as Bam Bam Bigelow wasting his talents on a misguided Doink storyline and up-and-coming monster Adam Bomb getting squashed, literally, by an aging Earthquake. But having the night end with an Intercontinental Championship ladder match for the ages, and "The Hitman" hoisted up as the new champ after a year of Yokozuna made WrestleMania X, the first without Hulk Hogan, a beacon of light in the dark ages of mid-90s WWF. Hot Take WrestleMania XXVII featured the long-awaited return of The Rock; however, his appearance greatly overshadowed The Miz, who found himself in the main event at the Showcase of Immortals. Then there were some strange booking decisions like The Corre being buried in embarrassing fashion, and Edge and Alberto Del Rio being asked to open up the show with the World Heavyweight Title on the line. The highest of highs were seen with an excellent Triple H and Undertaker No Holds Barred match, but the lowest of lows were suffered through with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, arguably the worst match in the history of Mania. Will fans ever recover from viewing Cole in a singlet?




#2 WrestleMania XXV (2009)   #7 WrestleMania IV (1988)
 
April 5, 2009 Date March 27, 1988
Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) Venue Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, NJ)
72,744 Attendance 18,165
HHH vs. Orton
Michaels vs. Undertaker
Headliners WWF Championship Tournament
Savage vs. DiBiase
Mickey Rourke
Kid Rock
Nicole Scherzinger
Special Guests Bob Uecker
Gladys Knight
Robin Leach
Donald Trump
Vanna White
2.8 Observer Rating (Average) 0.8
Does a show containing the "Greatest Match Ever" make it the best show ever? Well, Santina Marella won a women's battle royal, Jimmy Snuka looked dangerously fragile to be competing in front of a worldwide audience and Triple H and Randy Orton had fans bolting and trying to beat traffic in the main event. Still, there were some of those Mania moments we'll always remember: Mickey Rourke punched out Jericho and JBL received one of the all-time great embarrassing sendoffs. However, if Taker and Michaels hadn't pulled their classic out of nowhere (they were originally scheduled to go a measly 15 minutes), we may be talking about WrestleMania 25 as all-time dud. Still. That match. Hot Take There was no chance in hell that WrestleMania IV could deliver something as monumental as the previous year, so WWE got creative. A tournament was hatched, and while the talent was there it just didn't come together in an effective way. Hogan and Andre: Round 3 was a "total disaster" as Donald Trump (who was in attendance) likely would have labeled it. With the two big hogs out of the way, a new champ would be born. An exciting prospect; but the follow up contests all landed with a thud. None of the subsequent tournament matches lasted 10 minutes, and the main event featuring Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase was hindered by the unnecessary appearance of the almighty Hogan.




#3 WrestleMania XIV (1998)   #6 WrestleMania 29 (2013)
 
March 29, 1998 Date April 7, 2013
FleetCenter (Boston, MA) Venue MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
19,028 Attendance 80,676
Michaels vs. Austin
Undertaker vs. Kane
Headliners Rock vs. Cena
Undertaker vs. Punk
Mike Tyson
Pete Rose
Gennifer Flowers
Special Guests Sean "Diddy" Combs
Living Colour
1.8 Observer Rating (Average) 2.6
WrestleMania XIV represented perhaps the biggest sea change from one event to the next. Just 365 days removed from a disaster of a title match between Undertaker and Sid, we saw "Stone Cold" Steve Austin crowned as world champion, officially ushering in a new era. An intriguing brother vs. brother match between Undertaker and Kane and fan favorite renegades The New Age Outlaws getting their spotlight rounded out a solid night of wrestling. Between Mike Tyson's role in the event, an appearance by Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers, and the DX Band singing "America the Beautiful", WrestleMania XIV was the singular event of the year to push WWE in a whole new direction. Hot Take Taking place on a chilly April night in New Jersey, it's maybe understandable that WrestleMania 29 felt a bit more cooled-off than normal. Nobody was really dying to see the Once in a Lifetime match for a 2nd time, much less for the WWE Championship, and after four years of taking it to the house, Undertaker's match with CM Punk carried little to no heat—and that's after Punk poured Paul Bearer's ashes on himself! Brock Lesnar was kept in neutral by Triple H's ego, and there was even an 8-minute Ryback vs. Mark Henry match for some reason. WWE's first experiment in cold-weather country didn't quite pay off, and it's probably a long-shot before we'll see them back in the same stadium again.




#4 WrestleMania 32 (2016)   #5 WrestleMania 23 (2007)
 
April 3, 2016 Date April 1, 2007
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) Venue Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
101,763 Attendance 80,103
HHH vs. Reigns
Undertaker vs. Shane
Headliners Michaels vs. Cena
Umaga vs. Lashley
Shaquille O'Neal
Snoop Dogg
Fifth Harmony
Special Guests Donald Trump
Aretha Franklin
2.8 Observer Rating (Average) 2.5
Let's start by saying WrestleMania 32 had the biggest crowd in its 3+ decade history...*crickets*...oh, you need more? Well, it did at least touch on all the major plot points that make up a decent, middle-of-the-road Mania, like a celebrity appearance from Shaq in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and The Rock still breaking WrestleMania records in his "match" with Erick Rowan. There was even a surprise IC title win by Zack Ryder that brought some unpredictability back to the event. Unfortunately, the guys who do it every day had to take a backseat more than ever, with the owner's son getting the coveted Undertaker match and part-timer Triple H wrestling in the World Championship match. But hey! Look at that crowd! Hot Take WrestleMania 23 relied far more on style than substance, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. To this day, it's mostly remembered for the future President guiding Bobby Lashley to victory and Vince McMahon getting his head shaved. The Streak really became a big deal a year after the lackluster Mark Henry affair. Shawn Michaels carried John Cena to a solid main event, and the ECW Originals got to have their last big moment as a unit before hobbling off into the sunset (minus their 100 reunions since). Ric Flair on the pre-show was embarrassing, and Kane and Khali could have battled off TV and no one would have complained, but the show still had enough "WrestleMania moments" to make it memorable enough.