Thursday, March 2, 2017


Our next round of Manias have advanced to the single elimination bracket! Check it out!

Group C Results


#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#3 def. #6

#4 def. #5

Group D

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

#1 WrestleMania XIX (2003)   #8 WrestleMania XI (1995)
March 30, 2003 Date April 2, 1995
Safeco Field (Seattle, WA) Venue Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
54,097 Attendance 16,305
Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. McMahon
HHH vs. Booker T
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Headliners Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor
Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels
Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund
Limp Bizkit
Kitana Baker
Special Guests Lawrence Taylor
Pamela Anderson
Jenny McCarthy
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
3.1 Observer Rating (Average) 1.6
WrestleMania XIX was the night of the great tease, set up to be Booker's crowning moment, the event where Nathan Jones proved why he was worthy of his big push, and the moment of Brock Lesnar shocked the world with a perfect Shooting Star Press. None of it played out right, but the show was still memorable. Hogan and McMahon delivered an athletically embarrassing—but still crazy fun—brawl, while HBK and Jericho put on a Mania classic. And while Rock vs. Austin may not have been their best work, it's a fascinating final match in retrospect. Despite not living up to it's promises, the show may have still surpassed what fans were expecting. Hot Take WrestleMania XI was smack-dab in the middle of The Year of Diesel, which means we got a Bam Bam Bigelow vs. NFL superstar match in the main event instead. Poor Diesel. Anyway, WrestleMania XI is a bit of an oddity to go back to today. It's got the lowest attendance of a Mania to date, and the shortest card. The first-ever In Your House may have been longer! Only 3 of the 7 matches went over 10 minutes, including the title match and the main event. Bret Hart, still in his prime, was still being wasted in a Bob Backlund feud that more than overstayed its welcome. It's truly a memorable event, though for the worst reasons in almost every way.

#2 WrestleMania X8 (2002)   #7 WrestleMania V (1989)
March 17, 2002 Date April 2, 1989
SkyDome (Toronto, CA) Venue Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)
68,237 Attendance 18,946
Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock
HHH vs. Chris Jericho
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior
Jake Roberts vs. Andre the Giant
Drowning Pool
Special Guests Run D.M.C.
Morton Downey Jr.
1.6 Observer Rating (Average) 0.7
WrestleMania X8 (sponsored by Sour Skittles) returned to the SkyDome for the first time in 12 years to once again showcase a colossal match featuring Hulk Hogan. While fans laughed at the absurdity of his character at WCW's end, "The Huckster" once again proved that no one on the planet was better than him at winning over a crowd. Elsewhere, Flair and Taker showed a couple of old dogs could still outperform the pups, Hall and Austin had a mini-dream match of their own and DDP captured WWE gold, but it's that iconic showdown of Hulk vs. Rock that anchored the event and delivered one of the most fascinating matches in the history of the company. Hot Take A year after they were born, the Mega Powers collided at WrestleMania V. It was the culmination of a rather well-done year-long story, which was a first for the WrestleMania cycle. Unfortunately, save for the heavily-billed main event, WrestleMania V was largely indistinguishable from its predecessor; in fact some might say it was a even few steps below. For one, it took place in the same city, and secondly, it had as many matches (even without a tournament!) at a whopping 14. It currently sits as the lowest-rated WrestleMania in Observer history, and much of that could be due to needing to squeeze in both a Dino Bravo and a Red Rooster match.

#3 WrestleMania XXVI (2010)   #6 WrestleMania VII (1991)
March 28, 2010 Date March 24, 1991
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ) Venue Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
72,219 Attendance 16,158
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
John Cena vs. Batista
Chris Jericho vs. Edge
Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Fantasia Barrino
Special Guests Marla Maples
Regis Philbin
Carl Banks
Willie Nelson
Alex Trebek
George Steinbrenner
2.8 Observer Rating (Average) 1.5
Getting The Undertaker and HBK to agree on recreating the magic they put together a year earlier was a big ask, and luckily, at WrestleMania XXVI, they delivered. Though it's arguable that it was a better match, there was no more monumental end to a show than seeing Mr. WrestleMania sign off for good. The rest of the night more or less featured serviceable matches, though nothing as spectacular, or as spectacularly bad, as Bret Hart's return to get revenge against the boss who screwed him nearly 13 years earlier. Unfortunately, the match nobody ever thought they'd see was marred a bit by Bret's orders not to take a single bump. Hot Take In 1991, most people's minds were on one thing: The Gulf War in Iraq. As always, WWE did the classy thing and cast a former US hero as an Iraqi sympathizer to create a new villain for Hulk Hogan. Actually, that sounds a bit crass...but at least it would create an event big enough to pack the Los Angeles Coliseum! Wait, what's this? Oh, I guess it was too dangerous due to the storyline and they had to move the event to the much safer (and far smaller) Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Wow, that's pretty interesting! Okay, enough kidding around. Just wanted to say that Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior should have main-evented. That's all.

#4 WrestleMania XXIV (2008)   #5 WrestleMania XII (1996)
March 30, 2008 Date March 31, 1996
Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) Venue Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, CA)
74,635 Attendance 18,853
The Undertaker vs. Edge
Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. HHH
Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Headliners Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
The Undertaker vs. Diesel
Roddy Piper vs. Goldust
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
John Legend
Snoop Dogg
Kim Kardashian
Raven Symone
Special Guests  
2.7 Observer Rating (Average) 2.2
WrestleMania 24 may have been advertised using a sun, but the gray skies over Orlando may have been a better sign of things to come as the entire show was pretty up and down like a spotty storm. The retirement match between Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair will be remembered forever for its story told by two veterans, perhaps only behind the following Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match. The World Heavyweight Championship between Edge and Undertaker was a fitting main event, washing memories away of an underwhelming WWE Championship match. There was also that Floyd Mayweather/Big Show thing... Hot Take There may never be another WrestleMania like #12, though whether or not that's good is entirely up to taste. Most of the card featured a small amount of rather short matches (including the aged Ultimate Warrior squashing upstart Triple H). One match was only long because it included a pre-taped reference to a 2-year old news story with Piper chasing Goldust on the freeway, a la OJ Simpson, and ended with Goldust's bare ass. The abbreviated card was due to an hour-long Iron Man match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels that still, to this day, goes back and forth throughout the years as being both great and overrated.

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