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TalkWrestlingOnline Community Newsletter #238: WWE WrestleMania 27 Special



Finally....The Community Newsletter has come back to Talk Wrestling Online!

Talk Wrestling Online Community Newsletter
***WrestleMania Special***
Issue #238 – 27th March 2011


It’s the biggest week of the year as we countdown to WrestleMania on Sunday April 3rd. To kick off WrestleMania Week here at Talk Wrestling Online I’m pleased to bring you the 4th annual WrestleMania Edition of the TWO Community Newsletter.

In this edition:

  • Room 101 [Featuring etz]
  • WrestleMania
  • The BIIIIG Question [Featuring Ruderz, Shaun2J, John Hancock, acailler, Reno, Dave7g, The B-Man and Mojo Pogo]
  • Member Spotlight #1 [Featuring Sean Johnson, King, Richie Boi 777 and Nimf]
  • WrestleMania Highlight #1
  • This Year I'm Most Looking Forward To [ Featuring H}{H-Evolution, Craig Van Dam, Springsteen and Phil]
  • WrestleMania Highlight #2
  • Top 5 Most Successful WrestleMania's Ever
  • Quote, Unquote
  • WrestleMania Highlight #3
  • Member Spotlight #2 [Featuring dsrchris, punkrock, Dutt, Claire and Keegan]
  • Best Ever WrestleMania [Featuring The Beltster, Boyo, ScottyB and Dante Spears]
  • WrestleMania Highlight #4
  • Member Spotlight #3 [Featuring Morgause, Omega, DR. ZERO and Rikidozan]
  • WrestleMania Highlight #5
  • My Favourite WrestleMania Moment [Featuring Seraphina, Saz, Dan and JobberJoe]
  • WrestleMania Preview

With over 40 members taking part it's one of our biggest newsletters ever! I hope you enjoy...

Community Newsletter Editor

By Darkstar​

Welcome to Room 101, the place where all the evils of mankind are stored, ready, should we require them as punishments…

The rules for Room 101 are simple; someone nominates 5 things that they hate, 5 things that would make the world a better place if they didn’t exist. I look at their nominations and reasons and should I agree that thing will be put into Room 101. If more than 3 of the 5 go in then a bonus thing will be put in, even though I already rejected it. Should less than 3 go in then something evil will come back out.

For this Wrestlemania Special Edition I decided to do the unthinkable. To commit what could be a terrifying mistake. To unleash the true horror of existence on mankind.

That’s right. I let etz tell us the things he hates more than anything else in the world!


The product of fusing Jeff Hardy and Sting

Yeah, I know... Still, they're creepy and it's not just the make up, per se. It's what the make up says which is basically that, at some point, you took an active decision to put on a disguise which renders you totally unrecognizable, go out in public, and play with kids. I think most people find that vaguely sinister and off putting. And yes, I do realise the irony of this given one of my other picks. But then my hatred of clowns isn't logical.

While I hold the keys to Room 101 then clowns will NEVER be going in. In my student days I developed a love for the commedia dell'arte and so the art of clowning. And if that wasn’t enough you can’t help but admire the way a clown can be used in horror. I mean come on, Pennywise was simply magnificent.

No, this is OUT!

Rubber neckers

Oooooh, pain and suffering

I understand the macabre fascination accidents can have, more than most people, but is it really necessary to come to a virtual stop as you crawl past the accident in the single open lane of the motorway? I mean, really? If people want to see something gross, there are websites that cater to that kind of thing. Think about it, these people are slowing down so they can spectate on human suffering, which says a lot about them. They also cause a hell of a lot of secondary accidents. But mostly, it's just that they hold up traffic immensely, costing me hours of my life which could be better spent.

Well now I’m conflicted, I want to put them in because of the whole ‘come on guys, really?’ aspect, but you are arguing more for causing you an inconvenience? Yeesh.
Still, I cant deny that you have a good point.

OK fair enough, IN!

Fe*kless Parasites

I’m looking for the Friend With Benefits office

Into this category goes anyone who chooses to mooch off the system and makes no attempt to make any kind of positive contribution to society. I'm a socialist at heart, but socialism isn't about mollycoddling the lazy and the pathetic, it's about everyone making a contribution to the betterment of society. Whether they want to or not. Sitting on the dole, popping out babies and smoking meth doesn't qualify as a contribution. Fortunately for the rest of us, there's actually only a tiny percentage of people who fall into this category.

As someone who lives off benefits I get wary whenever people bring it up. People are too quick to judge… because of people like you describe! Sure, I’d love to have enough money so that I don’t have to work, I’m sure most of us would. But it’s not how the country can work.

Yeah, those scummy few give us all a bad name. IN!


Damn those white dogs, holding the black dogs down man!

Do I really need to say any more? I mean, really, just how dumb do you have to be to believe that the pigment of someones skin has any bearing on who they are as a person? Upbringing, sure. Culture and religion, I won't deny it. But to judge someone based on nothing more than their pigmentation is pretty bloody stupid. I lived with institutionalised racism as a kid in Apartheid South Africa, and the only thing it ever taught me was this : Racists are morons. People are so much more than what they look like on the outside.

There’s actually proof that some races are smarter than others on average… but it’s by a matter of 1 or 2 points on the old IQ scale! Hardly enough to make a difference, hell there’s a bigger difference between me and my youngest brother. And I certainly don’t consider him a bigger waste of skin than me.

Yeah, people should be judged on who they are, not what they look like.

Bad parents

I don’t see what’s wrong with this

Having children is one of the most important things anyone can do, so parenting them is equally important. How parents treat their children is a huge factor in how their children live their life and not to mention how they’ll bring up children of their own. So people who are disinterested, or abusive or just generally bad aren't just harming their children, they're leaving a legacy which may well echo down the generations. If you have kids, you have a responsibility to both them and society to do the best job possible raising them, so that they have the best chance of giving something meaningful to the world. That, and seeing kids being treated badly just makes me really, really mad. It should be the parents who stop that kind of thing, not carry it out themselves.

As a nomination this is rather broad. Bad parenting is so obvious an issue, and what one person considers a bad parent another may have no issue with (spanking for example). Yeah, while I agree in principle this is too open for me to be able to put in.


OK, that gives you 3 out of 5 Etz, so you get to put one more in against my wishes. What is your choice?

Bad Parenting

Hmmm, well it deserves it I guess, bad parenting is a terrible thing, but my original objections to the issue stand. Bad Parenting is IN!

Thank you etz, I hope the world never sees your first five choices, it scared me, really bad.

By Clarkey​

American football has the Super Bowl. Football has the World Cup. Athletics has the Olympics. The UK has the final of Celebrity Love Island. The WWE just so happens to have its own event. A event that started its existence as a regular televised affair hosted at Madison Square Garden and has evolved into a behemoth gracing even media realms outside of the wrestling and even the sports world, encompassing stars all over from both within the ring to movie and music stars and sports icons appearing to get their slice of the pie and fulfil childhood dreams. Of course this event is Wrestlemania.

It is tough being a WWE fan. Hell it is pretty stinging being a professional wrestling fan, let alone when the mention of Sports Entertainment pops into conversation. Wrestling is not one of those passions many share with their cohorts in the office or discuss over a tipple during a night on the town with the lads. Donning the Matt Hardy Version 1 tee when heading out for a pint of milk is not really a regular occurrence unless you fancy a few glares. All those factors before we even get to the onscreen product. The embarrassing storylines that border on the ridiculous; the companies continued regurgitation of the same junk repeatedly as we sit in despair craving for the seemingly obvious to strike home with the boys orchestrating backstage. All topped off with a PG mentality that tends to patronise the older audience almost into submission while introducing comedic nuances to appease Vinnie Mac. So with all these factors compounding to drive us away from the product, why do we all still cling to our places within the WWE universe when there seems to be little left to keep us from switching to the other joys that Cable and Satellite TV brings?

Memories. Nostalgia. Hope. Wrestlemania tends to encapsulate all of this into one neat blend. An event that not only helps to remind us on one night of why we loved the company, but also to rekindle the interest at least for a short spell if not kick those back into retuning in more regularly. One only has to look at the faces rearing their heads back on message boards all over the web around this time of year to see how it entices interest if even it is just for that one last shot. It is quite hilarious when I look around my online accounts and see friends whom have never shown any interest in the wrestling world outside of their house excitedly informing all they know of The Rock returning, of Stone Cold rearing his head, of HHH squaring up with the Undertaker. All of these returns occurring because of the built importance of Wrestlemania and the need to meet the milestones set before. But more importantly the reason these returns happen because for one time of the year the whole company comes as one and…cares.

I caught Reginald G Hunter on my telebox mocking the Batman Returns tagline ‘To defeat fear one must become fear’. Strange to refer to at this point you may think, but the ideology seemingly behind Wrestlemania is that the company cohorts become fans in order to appease the fans. They draw back what aspired them and entertained them, they draw together the feuds they as fans want to see appeasing us with what we wish to see. Sure we get the many anticlimaxes, this years card alone is not the most exciting on paper but there is that one other factor that combines with both the fans excitement and the writers rekindling that helps to congeal the finished product, the wrestlers passion themselves to leave their mark. The legacies set in stone before are the challenge these guys aspire to match or even top, and other than home town returns or chances to face their idols this event is their chance to set in stone their name in the history books. Sure you can create a moment that sets a name for yourself in wrestling folklore, but to create a Wrestlemania moment that can be set alongside those of the idols you’ve grown up aspiring to be…it is the dream. Because the wrestlers care, because Vince cares, because backstage cares, because the cameo stars care, it can only lead to us caring. And that is the most important aspect of Wrestlemania and why it is still important today will continue being important no matter low some events may steep. Everyone will still relive the memories and nostalgia, will still hope for the future with the new crowd of stars and most importantly of all will still care about this event more than any other and throttle the throat of Vince McMahon if he ever does manage to bury it to the ground.

We are approaching a chance to see the next chapter, and for this one night I just hope we all put all the cynicism to one side and enjoy it all for what it is worth, because without it we would lose all of those moments we have milked from our memories banks. So please, sit down comfortable and enjoy because as tough as it is to be a WWE and wrestling fan, it is the Wrestlemania moments that make it all worthwhile.

By Inno​

Well hello.

It's Newsletter time, it's WrestleMania time, that can mean only one thing – JEFF HARDY'S HIGH! No, wait, that's all day, every day... it means that it's time for the return of The BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG Question!

Now, as you should all know, a wrestling PPV isn't quite complete without a feast of food, a smorgasbord of snacks, a mountain of munchies... you get the picture. So, for this glorious of days, I wanted to know...

What's your WrestleMania snack plan? How are you going to stuff your face during The Showcase Of The Immortals? Crisps? Pizza? Or even *shudder* salad?

Originally Posted by Ruderz:

I don't watch wrestling anymore, I don't follow it or anything. Naturally I won't be watching Mania either.

However, if I was... Then I would go to asda, stock up on sweeties (gotta love those god-damn red cola bottles!) cola, cakes, pizza... the lot! Crisps too, with sandwiches maybe.

My mouth's watering at the thought... :D
Red Cola Bottles? RED COLA BOTTLES??? Get out of my question, you heathen! HEATHEN!

Originally Posted by Shaun2J:

BEER STICKS! It's like Pretzels but it tastes like beer!
Interesting. What is this “beer” you speak of, though?

Originally Posted by John Hancock:

Does pizza count? It's more of a meal than a snack, but, yeah, that's my pick. Hot, spicy, vegetarian pizza, garlic bread and ice cold Dutch or German beer. It's the same as my UFC and boxing menu, and it hasn't done me wrong yet.

That said, it's the same night as mother's day, so I'll doubt I'll be around to watch it live anyway.
I'm digging the pizza angle but vegetarian? Really? REALLY? Pizza is nothing without some ham or pepperoni, or even some bacon. Disappointing, sir. Disappointing. Especially as the writing on the toilet walls in the Champagne Room states that you specifically love the meat...

Originally Posted by acailler:

Crumpets :D
The questions here are multiple. With or without butter? With jam? Cheese? Chocolate spread? Dairylea? INFORMATION, SIR!!!

Originally Posted by Reno:

Last year, we had pizza 'cause I had Sparrow and another friend round. I'm thinking it'll either be the same as last year or maybe Chinese this year. If I'm on my own, I'll just stock up on lots of sugary stuff, like bags of Haribo, Chocolate and Coke. And also a Chicken Shish kebab.
Man, I thought you were gonna hit me with a list of food I wasn't cool enough to have heard of. I'm upset AND disappointed in you. I'd imagine while you watch, in the background, you'll be updating ExitMusic as well... CHEAP POP!!!

Originally Posted by Dave7g:

Last year it was legal magic powder and beer. This year, to save me from tears, nuts and gum - together at last. I probably won't be watching live though, so whatever spiders crawl into my mouth when I'm asleep.
Mmmmmmm crunchy! Save me a leg!

Originally Posted by The B-Man:

Chicken Dipper probably :)
With what sauce? The nation needs to know!!!

Originally Posted by MojoPogo:

A baby. Ahm gonnae eat a baby........other than that, nachos, beer, and the food of champions.....chips and cheese! A veritable smorgasbord of junk.

Do I get points for using the word smorgasbord twice in my life?
No points... because I used it first! Thus, I now own your soul.

*looks at MojoPogo's soul*

Na, mate - you can have that back!


And me? How am I going to celebrate the festival of The Streak? With a munchy box. And if you don't know what a munchy box is, here's a photo of one:

I belive the phrase is "om nom nom"

Happy WrestleMania day, folks!

By Fiona​

It’s that time of the year again! Spring and Easter are just around the corner. Oh wait, I’m forgetting something. That’s right; IT’S WRESTLEMANIA BABY, wrestling’s biggest night of the year. The night that champions are born, careers are solidified and we’re all left wondering...what the hell just happened!

To celebrate I’ve put a very special WrestleMania edition of the Member Spotlight. Split in to 3 segments the spotlight focuses on...WrestleMania.

How much money would you spend to attend WrestleMania and where would you like to see it held next?

I've actually got my tickets to Mania already. I spent about $300 on tickets, $300 on train tickets, my best friend is paying for the hotel, and I'm expecting to spend a couple hundred on souvenirs and whatnot. I'd say about $1000 is a healthy estimate. As far as next year's Mania, I just want a hot crowd. It would be cool to see Mania outside of the States, just because the fan reaction would be enormous for everything.

Do you think that WrestleMania is just an overblown spectacle now, or is it truly wrestling’s biggest night of the year?

A little of both? It's always been overblown, but there's something special about Mania. It's easily the biggest wrestling show of all time, and wrestlers spend their careers dreaming about performing there. The biggest show of the year from the biggest wrestling company of all time? Yeah, it's a big deal.

Other than the Rock, who would you pick to guest host the show? And do you think one is even needed?

I don't think a host is needed for Mania, because the Rock doesn't need an excuse to show up. It's a good idea to advertise him, but the "guest host" term isn't necessary, and due to the Raw hosts over the last year, the fans are sick of it. If I was picking the host, I would want an iconic figure from WWE who hasn't been seen for a long time. The Rock is the perfect choice, but if I had to pick anyone else, it would probably be Stone Cold. He's really the only other guy that isn't under contract to TNA that would bring the "Wrestlemania moment."

What matches aren’t you interested in, and which match will be the match of the night?

As far as the card, I'm probably least interested in Lawler/Cole. This match isn't going to be a match. It's going to be a terrible brawl, and the only thing that would save it is if somehow Cole learned how to actually wrestle. I doubt very seriously that he's been training hard enough to pull off a believable match by the time the event rolls around. It's almost like a slap in the face to King, too. He deserves a match with an actual wrestler at Mania.

I think everyone is looking forward to HHH/Taker, and I definitely am, but I'm very interested in Rhodes/Mysterio as well. There seems to be a solid story behind this match, and physically, both of these guys can go. It's probably going to be the opening match, and set the tone for the show. I think this one is going to be special.

Undertaker’s streak, will it survive, and who do you think will end it?

I am going on record saying this, and I don't care if it gets thrown in my face if I'm wrong. Undertaker will never lose at Wrestlemania. A lot of people will disagree with me, but he deserves it. If anybody was going to beat him, it would have to be HHH, but I just don't see it happening.

You’ve been around the forums for awhile, King. Give use your opinion of what WrestleMania means to you now, as compared to when you first joined?

It doesn't mean as much to me as it used to, hell if Rock wasn't back this year I couldn't care less about it. I must say the build up has been great and I'm actually looking forward to it.

Well when I joined first I would have defiantly bought no matter how good the card was but now even with Rock back I'll still download it Monday morning.

What was your favourite WrestleMania moment ever, and do you think it can ever be topped, with the roster we have now?

I think probably Hogan slamming Andre still stands out to me, WMIII might have been a rubbish card but the event was epic. The roster they have now is really poor, credit though they seem to be pushing guys now so who knows for the future.

Surprise of the night, what’s it going to be?

Probably Rock giving Cena a rub ala Tyson and Austin.

Did the Rock do the right thing career wise, by coming back to the WWE to host the show?

Yeah why not, his films have been pretty rubbish to be fair, it's not like Scorsese or Nolan want him in their next film.

Rumours were going around that Wrestlemania 28 was going to be held in London. Just how much would you like to see it held in the UK, and would you attend?

It would be good to watch a PPV at a normal hour and I would probably try to attend alright.

Pick your favourite and least favourite WrestleMania?

My favourite Wrestlemania would have to be Wrestlemania X-7 because the card was stacked and it didn't disappoint. Also, I never saw the outcome to the Rock vs Austin match coming from a million miles. It was a genius move at the time, but as we found out, only for the short term.

My least favourite Wrestlemania is definitely Wrestlemania 11 because the card and matches lacked intrigue and Lawrence Taylor got to main event the show and defeat Bam Bam Bigelow in a lame finish. Just lame!

Wrestlemania has always been billed as wrestling’s biggest night of the year, or words to that effect. What are your thoughts based on the last couple of years?

I think it is the biggest night of the year in professional wrestling (due to the big event feel that you don't get at any other wrestling PPVs and because of the buy rates it produces).

What match would you like to see happen that probably won’t?

Obviously The Rock vs John Cena because it would've been the modern day Rock vs Hogan and I was hoping for The Rock to get so much crowd backing in the match that Cena would be forced to turn heel, thus making him look interesting.

There seems to be something brewing between The Rock and John Cena, do you see something happening during the show, or is The Rock purely there as a guest host?

I can honestly see The Miz interjecting himself into the situation verbally and physically, which will in my opinion cost him the WWE Championship. As for Cena, maybe a Rock Bottom AFTER the match just to bring the situation to a climax.

Just how excited are your for this year’s show, or is it beginning to blend in with all the other PPV’s that we’re seeing?

I am moderately excited. I'm hoping Alberto Del Rio beats Edge to become the World Heavyweight Champion (and create a new major star in the process). I know what the outcome in the Cena vs Miz match will be, but The Rock's expected involvement should make it actually interesting. Undertaker vs Triple H (if it is Streak vs Career) would be the perfect way to close the show (and perhaps career of Triple H). Finally, I also painfully know the outcome of the Orton vs Punk match, but I'm just hoping for a bit of a twist there maybe. Just maybe.

What would you like to see happen at this year’s show that would put it over the edge for you?

Gotta be a shock win, no matter who it is. I'm a terribly noisy PPV watcher (especially the Rumble) so something to make me scream!

Who would you like Vince to put into the WWE Hall of Fame that would shock everyone?

Hmm. I actually can't think of anyone. As much as the Hall Of Fame is a nice idea, nobody is ever happy with who goes in. Year after year you read "I can't belive so-and-so hasn't gone in". I think it's something that causes too many arguments!

If you had a chance to attend, how badly would you want to go?

Oh I'd completely love to go. Not quite to the point of selling my children. Well, maybe just one of them... I'm desperate for a holiday anyway!

Dream match, your choice, any wrestler, living or dead?

An over the top rope battle royal with all my favourite wrestlers (too many to list but include Steve Austin, pre-creepy fatty Jeff Hardy, Christian, John Morrison, Sterling James Keenan, Majik, my hubby of course). Austin would obviously win it. And then he would propose to me on live TV.

WrestleMania has become known as the retirement PPV. First it was Flair and last year HBK. Do you think we’ll see another this year?

Triple H. Totally think he's going to retire. He has like 5000 tiny babies now or something, doesn't he?

By Laffy​
Undertaker’s entrance – Wrestlemania XIV

Quite possible one of the greatest entrances ever not just for the Undertaker but for any wrestler. It made me want to see the match just because of the entrance! Before this I was not even sure I cared about this match but the entrance just made me want to see more.



The match I'm looking forward to the most is the showdown between ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ Triple H and ‘The Last Outlaw' The Undertaker. Two icons who have met before on the grandest stage of them all. Last time they produced an outstanding match, this year I’m expecting a repeat performance. Only this time, Triple H looks dead-set on proving to the Deadman that he's not going to let mindgames and the Darkside antics get to him, and the Deadman is looking to show the world WHY his streak is the most highly sought after prize in sports entertainment today...the proverbial clash of the titans - it's gonna be one HELL of a Wrestlemania moment for the world to witness...

Craig Van Dam

About 8 or 9 weeks ago I told a friend I was resigned to a disappointing Wrestlemania this year, then one Monday night while watching Raw something happened.

FINALLY The Rock came back!!!!!! Just like all those fans in the arena were marking out so was I in my living room (at nearly To set the scene here, back in my teen years I loved The Rock he was my favourite and when he left WWE seemed less fun.

For years I had hoped we might see him again, when the Wrestlemania Guest Host announcement was made I had hoped for The Rock but never truly believe it would be him. Then to see him get heavily involved in the Cena/Miz match has been great to see. I can’t wait to see what will happen at Wrestlemania.


This year at Wrestlemania I'm most looking forward to the Miz vs John Cena match. One of the reasons is because I have been very interested in the progress of The Miz in recent months and I have liked what I have seen, he has improved a lot since having the WWE Title. The other is the possible addition to the match of The Rock which would make it more interesting as to whose side (if any) he would go. And of course what part he would play in the match. The match itself has had decent enough build, with Miz looking stronger which has to happen because he is the less convincing of the two in that spot and he is of course the Champion. As for who takes it.....I would say Cena.


If you were to ask me 10 years ago if I was going to buy Wrestlemania I would have laughed. Back then, buying Wrestlemania was a certainty, one of things that came around every year without fail. Like Christmas, or Big Brother! Now? Well Christmas is still there, but Big Brother is no more, and so is the Wrestlemania fire that burned inside. Even the Undertake vs Shawn Michaels couldn’t get me interested last year, wrestling is just not something that draws me in anymore.

This year, that could all change. It has a card full of potential. Aside from the two tag matches there are some very interesting match-ups. Who would have thought The Miz would be ‘awesome’ enough to be wrestling on the biggest stage of them all, for the grandest prize of them all?! Who would have thought they’d be seeing the ‘American Dragon’ in a WWE ring, particularly with WWE’s past of screwing up big name indy talent! Anyone remember Randy Orton’s pathetically low key return to the ring after breaking his collarbone? He wrestled CM Punk an hour into RAW! This is the showcase for those two. I’m a big fan of CM Punk and to see him on a Wrestlemania card makes me very happy. Most of all, the match I’m most looking forward to is Alberto Del Rio vs Edge. Del Rio has been one of the highlights of the past year, and to see him wrestling for the belt at Wrestlemania *might* just be the deciding factor. Would I spend $50 on it if I was in the states? No, probably not, but for the £15 it costs here in England I think it might just be worth it.

Is this the start of something new, is the fire beginning to re-ignite? I don’t know, ask me on the 4th of April!

By Laffy​
Kurt Angle vs HBK – Wrestlemania XXI

The promo for this feud gave me goosebumps, it was built up so well and made the match a big deal. In the lead up to WrestleMania both men tried to outdo each other trying to prove who the better wrestler was.

The match itself is probably one of the best in WrestleMania history, just 30 minutes of pure enjoyment and captivating action yo-yoing back and forth, with a good amount of mat wrestling and high flying moves. There were so many moments where either man could have won, it was as close to a perfect one on one match you can get!


By DC​

WrestleMania. The very name creates a buzz among wrestling fans like no other event in history. In fact, since the very first one back in 1985, WrestleMania has been, and most likely always will be, the biggest show in the professional wrestling calendar.

But which of these pay-per-view extravaganzas, which ones of the previous TWENTY SIX "Grandaddies of Them All" have been the most successful? Well, that all depends on how you judge success.

To that end, allow me to present to you the top five most successful WrestleManias in three separate categories; attendance, PPV buyrates and gate receipts on the night. For the purposes of this article, the attendances are the given totals from WWE themselves, so no "WrestleMania III didn't draw that many" arguments are to be had here and the main-events are considered to be the last match on the card.

It'll be no surprise to see which event came top for attendance, but will there be any of the other entries that shock you in regards to how well they did? Well, let's find out...

WrestleMania III
Location: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan
Date: March 29th, 1987
Attendance: 93,173
Main Event: Hulk Hogan v Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship

WrestleMania 23
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Date: April 1st, 2007
Attendance: 80,103
Main Event: John Cena v Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship

WrestleMania XXIV
Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Date: March 30th, 2008
Attendance: 74,635
Main Event: Undertaker v Edge for the World Championship

WrestleMania XXV
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Date: April 5th, 2009
Attendance: 72,744
Main Event: Triple H v Randy Orton for the WWE Championship

WrestleMania XXVI
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Date: March 28th, 2010
Attendance: 72,219
Main Event: Undertaker v Shawn Michaels II - Career v Streak

WrestleMania 23
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Date: April 1st, 2007
Attendance: 80,103
PPV Buys: 1,250,000
Main Event: John Cena v Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship

WrestleMania 21
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles California
Date: April 3rd, 2005
Attendance: 20,193
PPV Buys: 1,085,000
Main Event: Triple H v Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship

WrestleMania XXIV
Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Date: March 30th, 2008
Attendance: 74,635
PPV Buys: 1,041,000
Main Event: Undertaker v Edge for the World Championship

WrestleMania X-Seven
Location: Reliant Astrodome, Houston, Texas
Date: April 1st, 2001
Attendance: 67,925
PPV Buys: 1,040,000
Main Event: The Rock v Steve Austin for the WWF Championship

WrestleMania XX
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Date: March 14th, 2004
Attendance: 20,000
PPV Buys: 1,007,000
Main Event: Chris Benoit v Shawn Michaels v Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship

WrestleMania XXV
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Date: April 5th, 2009
Attendance: 72,744
Live Gate: US$6.9 million
Main Event: Triple H v Randy Orton for the WWE Championship

WrestleMania XXIV
Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Date: March 30th, 2008
Attendance: 74,635
Live Gate: US$5.85 million
Main Event: Undertaker v Edge for the World Championship

WrestleMania XXVI
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Date: March 28th, 2010
Attendance: 72,219
Live Gate: US$5.8million
Main Event: Undertaker v Shawn Michaels II - Career v Streak

WrestleMania 23
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Date: April 1st, 2007
Attendance: 80,103
Live Gate: US$5.38 million
Main Event: John Cena v Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship

WrestleMania X8
Location: SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: March 17th, 2002
Attendance: 68,237
Live Gate: US$3.9 million
Main Event: Triple H v Chris Jericho for the WWF Undisputed Championship​

And there you have it, a rundown of the top five WrestleManias when taking attendance, buyrates and box-office takings into consideration, with WrestleMania 23 being arguably the most successful one of the all, what with it being the most-watched and second-most attended 'Mania in WWE history.

By Inno​

Well, hello. Welcome to “Quote, Unquote” WrestleMania Edition. Specifically, The Streak edition – and I don't mean Mideon *shudder*

Kam, Our Glorious Leader, asked me to take a look back at one of the more interesting threads over the past year in the US Scene forum : WrestleMania 27: The Undertaker vs Sheamus?. This was ostensibly about that legendary winning streak of The Undertaker. The thread veered off, and covered a lot of ground. Let's take a look...

It seems to me that the WWE are like Liverpool FC.

Liverpool kept selling players and replacing them with increasingly shitter players. WWE had massive stars and each time one of them disappear then they are replaced by increasing shitter and less talented wrestlers
Actually, a very telling analogy. If it was from The Icon, we'd ask him where he cut 'n pasted it from :)

Cena cheating to break the streak would make him instant king heel!
Indeed, and Maxximus wasn't the only one to express this thought.

Cena turning heel, especially in the manner I and a few others have said (cheating to end The Streak) would cement him as a heel straight away in the same manner as Hogan back in 1996.

If they did decide to break it, obviously it should be broken by a young up-and-comer who could then be pushed to the main events. Of course, that would make sense, so don't expect them to actually do it.
Damn you and your logic!

There is no good reason to break the streak. As a show of respect to the Undertaker for being the star that he has been for all these years, letting him keep the streak is the right thing to do.
There is a school of thought that supports this; indeed Triple H himself says such a thing on the recent True Story Of WrestleMania DVD.

Triple H - Possibly the man who had the best chance of ending the streak from a believable point of view,the pair of them had a very good match at WrestleMania 17 which once again could have gone either way.
And there's that man again, correctly being referred to in a match that the WWE are choosing to ignore during the build up to this year's show.

And I really doubt Sheamus will be the one chosen for such a big match. It'll be Orton, Cena or HHH for sure.
Well, someone was a clever cookie!

I reckon we'll see Miz v Taker this year.
… and someone wasn't ;)

Cena v Undertaker seems the obvious choice for Wrestlemania to me. Can't think of anything bigger really unless they got Sting or Goldberg for the event.
And the rumours of Sting arriving in the WWE were stronger this year than they ever were before...

Sting vs The Undertaker at WrestleMania is every uber mark fanboys wet dream.

Hey, Unified Women's Champions baby, I'm good.
The defence rests! :)

By Laffy​
Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat: You still got it! - WrestleMania XXV

Chris Jericho vs WWE Legends...I have to admit I didn’t expect a lot from this match. Despite me hating Jericho for beating down the legends, insulting them and generally being a complete bastard.

Then came the most unexpected moment; Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat still had it, it was like he had never retired. Throwing back the years Ricky gave a master class on how to wrestle leading to this particular fan marking out, screaming and shouting at the TV screen not quite believing what I was seeing, a joy to watch and possibly one of the greatest surprises ever!


By Fiona​

What are you looking forward to the most, and the least at this year’s WrestleMania?

Y'know I never thought I'd say this but I think I'm most looking forward to seeing how Michael Cole does in his match. That should be pretty cool for a throwaway Mania match. I'm looking forward to The Rock hosting, obviously, but I'm also really looking forward to Punk vs Orton. I have faith in CM Punk!!

I'm not so excited about hearing Justin Bieber might be there. Get that brat off my wrestling!! Unless Kane comes out and smacks him around Pete Rose style. That'd be pretty frickin' sweet!

The Rock has been announced as this year’s Guest Host. Anyone else you’d like to see make a surprise return?

I can't think of anyone who actually add much by making a big return at Mania. Jericho maybe? I'd mark out if Christian helped Edge out in some way, which wouldn't really be a return, but sort of would at the same time.

Of all the WrestleMania’s you’ve watched, what was your favourite match and why?

Wrestlemania 7, Macho Man vs Warrior. Ever since I watched that as a young 'un I've been totally infatuated with it. That match had everything, literally EVERYTHING you could want from a wrestling match. Top that off with Liz making the save and the whole proposal deal, and just...yeah...fantastic Mania match and moment.

Any WrestleMania rituals that you can speak about in a family oriented newsletter?

No "rituals" as such, but I imagine my day will follow the same kind of pattern as the last 3 years. Wake up hungover following no doubt being out for the girlfriend's birthday on the Saturday night (fancy having a birthday on Wrestlemania weekend, geez), desperately try to regain sobriety as well as the ability to stand and walk sometime before 5pm, head out to friend's house and proceed to destroy myself with beer and pizza until 4-5 am in the morning, while hurling abuse at the TV.

It's a time honoured tradition.

Some of the Hall of Fame members have already been announced. Which former or current wrestler would you like to see go in?

Demolition, and Lord Alfred Hayes. No doubt.

How many WrestleMania’s have you watched and what is your favourite to date?

Well considering we only received pay-per-view around 2001. WrestleMania 17 was the first one I watched and it would have to be the best one I've watched to date.

Any WrestleMania rituals that you have or are you just not that into it?

Well I don't watch it in the same place every year but when I do it's basically the same, just a new setting. We usually grab some beers and snacks. Kick back in a friends livingroom, crack open the cold ones and get lost in the WWE experience that is WrestleMania.

If you actually attended WrestleMania, would you get involved in the Fan Axxess that happens, or are you just there to see the show itself?

If I were to attend then I would definitely make sure I go to Axxess and all of the surrounding events of WrestleMania. I wouldn't miss a moment of anything!

Tell us what you would like to see happen on Sunday that would knock your socks off?

I would really like to see Miz retain the title against Cena. It would be a big shock to the system and I feel it would push Miz further as top heel. No disrespect to Cena but his days in the spotlight are numbered.

Your pick for the WWE Hall of Fame this year and why?

My personal pick for the Hall of Fame would have to be The Ultimate Warrior. I know it's a long shot and probably won't happen but it has to! He defined crazy personality in his era and totally deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Just how much are you looking forward to WrestleMania this year? If not then why?

I'm very much looking forward to this year's show, the card announced so far is quite strong and I always look forward to 'Mania every year. Should be a fun night.

What automatically comes to mind when you hear the word WrestleMania?

One word: Spectacle

Favourite match and worst match?

Favourite 'Mania match EVER would have to be Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels II: Streak vs Career from 26. The emotion in that match was off the charts, it was a work of art, and it moved me personally.

Worst 'Mania match EVER absolutely has to be The Boogeyman vs Booker T and Sharmell from 22. Yeahhh.. What were they thinking?!

How much of an influence do you think the Rock will have on the show, or is he just there for the fans?

Well clearly it's a shame that he won't be wrestling, that would be icing on the cake. We can probably expect some backstage stuff, maybe something in the ring. I imagine he'll be involved in the Cena/Miz match in some capacity, hopefully as special ref, but that's probably the most we can hope for. I'd be satisfied with that!

Give us your best prediction on any match of the night?

Cena beats Miz for the title with assistance from The Rock, it's ambitious but I can imagine it happening.

What do you think of WWE bringing back The Rock for this year’s show?

I think WWE has been extremely clever in bringing back the Rock, he's not one of my personal favourites but in wrestling terms I guess you don't get much bigger or better than the Rock!

Can you tell us about your favourite WrestleMania moment ever and why?

For me personally it would have to be Batista winning the title at Wrestlemania 21, when he held up the belt and cried, I cried with him, I knew how much he wanted it and how much it meant to him.

Big Dave is no longer with the company, does that affect whether you’ll watch WrestleMania on Sunday?

Dave Batista missing from WWE would never stop me from watching Wrestlemania!

What would you like to see in this year’s show and do you think it will happen?

Again on a personal level, Batista returning! But sadly no I don't think it will happen.

Do you think that WrestleMania, despite all the hype has become just like any other PPV?

I think Wrestlemania is an extremely special event that definitely stands out from any other PPV, it’s an event that fans want to attend probably more than any other PPV show!

Have you ever attended a WrestleMania?

No. I recently watched The Bucket List and Wrestlemania live would be on mine but alas, it'll never happen. I can dream. I did see the WWF live at a house show (my only experience) a week after Wrestlemania 15 but that's as close as I've come or ever likely to.

If there was a Money in the Bank match, who would win and who do you think deserves it the most?

Hard one to call about who deserves it. Personally, I'd say John Morrison as he's in that position where it's not sure whether or not he'll make it and you know he'll be entertaining in the match itself. The same could be said for Kofi Kingston. However, I'd love to see a certain Mr. Bryan do it too from a pure wrestling fan's perspective. But I'll go with Morrison.

Least surprising match that’s been announced so far?

Cena/Miz. Cena had to be in the main event, didn't he? Taking Alberto Del Rio's win out of it, Orton/Punk became apparent too. Saying Edge/ADR was obvious after the Rumble is cheating!

Any Wrestlemania rituals that you have and do you do them religiously?

Sadly, I've never stayed up late to watch many of them but as a teenager, I used to go to a friend's house at the height of the Attitude Era so that's the closest I've ever got to a routine.

There is Hulk Hogan who some say put WrestleMania on the map and HBK, who calls himself Mr. WrestleMania. Which wrestler would you say most epitomizes WrestleMania the most?

It's an obvious answer but I'd have to go with Hogan. Who else has been part of the advertised main event for 9 in a row? His match with Andre is still seen as THE Wrestlemania match but the 'Ultimate Challenge' in Canada at WM 6 was a massive match, particularly as babyface v babyface wasn't done then and it involved two titles that meant a lot. Plus, the crowd was 50-50 and the opinions on who would win were too.

Even Hogan/Savage is a big match from Wrestlemania 5. And, of course, his return to the Skydome against The Rock is one of the all-time great moments at the showcase.

Given how it gets mentioned every year and is still intact, The Undertaker's streak means he's synonymous with Wrestlemania. For matches, I'd put number 3 and 4 ahead of him (then again, they're superior to Hogan in that respect too) but he's also had his fair share of memories on this stage, including the two classics with Michaels, a show-stealing performance against Batista, a good story at WM14 with Kane and wins over the likes of Flair, Triple H and Edge too. He's also had some stinkers but I'll forgive him and also say he's been given some crap to work with. Taker at number 2.

Behind him, I'd go with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Bret was present at Wrestlemania from 2 until 13 and had some great moments there, particularly from 8 onwards. Probably for the matches he's had, I'd stick Shawn ahead of Bret. Opposite Razor Ramon, Bret himself, Chris Jericho, Triple H and the man we don't mention at WM20, Angle and The Undertaker, Shawn's legacy at Wrestlemania is secure. The last match before his hiatus was putting Austin over and of course getting laid out by Tyson.

In 5th and 6th position, just because of the decade they were in, Austin and The Rock had a great rivalry at Wrestlemania and from The Rock's 1st appearance, he just got bigger and bigger. Austin too. From the submission match at 13, he won the title at 14 and 15, back again at 17 and lost to The Rock at 19.

In 7th, I'd say Savage. Cena really should be here with how many matches he's had at Mania but Randy had a 'fun' match with Steele at 2, a classic with Steamboat at 3, won the championship and then lost it in the Trump Plaza in back-to-back years. Brushing over 6 and the mixed doubles, the reunion with Elizabeth (yes, I'm a soppy *****) at Wrestlemania 7 is one of my top 5 moments ever and I LOVE the match with Flair at 8 for some reason and it's up there as one of my favourite Mania matches too. Forget the match with Crush at 10 (most have.) The Macho Man has had some fantastic mania moments.

Now, it gets difficult!

Five names spring to mind here: Triple H, John Cena, Roddy Piper, Andre The Giant and the Ultimate Warrior.

John Cena's had a lot of main events at Mania now and beaten some big names in the process but hasn't had that standout match in my opinion, not even against Michaels (who did his best) or Triple H.

Triple H has had some good moments, including the best wrestling match with Owen in 1998, a shocking heel turn for me personally the following year and becoming the first heel ever to walk away with the world title in 2000 (which was an awful Wrestlemania.) He had an entertaining angle with The Undertaker going into WM17 (let's see if they can reproduce that) and helped make Benoit and Batista on the biggest stage. Equally as memorable though is hogging the main event at WM18 when it should've been Hogan/Rock and the despicable treatment of Booker T the year after.

The Ultimate Warrior's lack of longevity counts against him here but he has a place in Wrestlemania history all the same.

While I didn't see Andre's best days as a worker, he had an important spot at the first 4 shows and also played a prominent role on the undercard of 5 with Jake The Snake and the face turn at 6 when he didn't get in the ring at all against Demolition and reacted to Heenan's slap.

Let's go with the top 10 then (which could be different if you asked me on another day)

1. Hogan
2. Undertaker
3. Michaels
4. Hart
5. Austin
6. The Rock
7. Savage
8. Andre
9. Ultimate Warrior
10. Triple H

The Beltster

My favourite WrestleMania is WrestleMania VI. Held April 1, 1990 at the SkyDome in Toronto, the first international WrestleMania is my all time favourite WrestleMania and wrestling PPV as well. Mistakenly considered by people as a one-match card, this card was STACKED from top to bottom. 1990 was the last real great year of the golden Hulkamania age of the WWF and they blew it off with a great event. Having my two favourite wrestlers ever in the main event didn’t hurt, the massive near-70,000 plus crowd didn’t either, and having the main event be for all the marbles, both the WWF World and IC titles was amazing. Main event aside, this match featured blowoffs to alot of the feuds of the time, it also featured the rise of new characters that were getting their beginnings of a push. All-in-all, a great, memorable event that will never EVER be topped for me.


I'm not going to get bogged down in "who had the best card?", "what was the main event?", "what was the buyrate?" and stuff like that. I'm just talking about the sheer excitement of being about 10 or 11 years old, being allowed to stay up late, and watching Sgt Slaughter face Hulkamania. Three things were prevalent at that time: The Gulf War was happening, my dad was in the Gulf War, and my imagination was completely at the mercy of the WWF's bookers. I was hooked, I believed it was real, and I HATED SGT SLAUGHTER!!


My favourite ever Wrestlemania has to be Wrestlemania 20. I’ve chosen this ‘Maina over the others for the simple reason that it was the first PPV that had ever been bought for me. The whole event felt HUGE. There were plenty of matches, and whilst they may not go down in history as the greatest matches ever, they will always be a part of my wrestling memories. It was full of jaw dropping moments, such as Cena FU’ing Big Show and two of my then favourite wrestlers becoming champions of their respective brands, followed by a moment that will be lost in the archives of WWE forever, the embracement of Eddie and Benoit. I remember feeling so happy that both these guys had battled their way to the top, and even though I was still under the thumb of kayfabe, I’d probably have marked out equally as much with the knowledge I know of today. It also had an epic Undertaker entrance that made my skin tingle, I envy everyone who was at the Garden that night, I would have killed to see the druids and hear the gongs in person. It was also the very first Wrestlemania I ever saw, and therefore it’ll always be my first love when it comes to Wrestlemania.

Dante Spears

I only became a fan of WWE just after Wrestlemania 23, so I've really only ever known 3 of them. So while others may make cases for the Legendary Andre/Hulk Hogan showdown at Wrestlemania 3 or the universally praised Wrestlemania 17, I have to work with what I've known. I've watched most of the older Wrestlemanias, but there's a difference between watching the matches and living through the buildup towards it and then getting to experience the pay off. With that being said I have to go with Wrestlemania 24 as the best. To me it had everything; The Money in the Bank match was the best it's ever been, one of my favourites (and fellow Canadians) Edge wrestled in the main event against Undertaker after months of the brilliant La Familia angle. Okay that Kane vs Chavo squash match was a bit insulting but nothing is perfect. But what truly made Wrestlemania 24 the best to me was the HBK vs Ric Flair Retirement match. Flair was the reason I had started watching wrestling, and I was a great fan of his having gone back and watched some of his older work. The way they built up everything, and then made the entire weekend about Flair was just some of the best work WWE has ever done. The farewell ceremony the following night on RAW was probably the most touching moment I've ever seen on TV.

By Laffy​
Ric Flair’s retires - WrestleMania XXIV

This was the match I never wanted to see, the end of an era; Ric Flair retiring from wrestling. It's one of the few times I have cried whilst watching wrestling. The match was pretty close going back and forth, leading me to think Flair could win, turn to the camera and decree that Ric would never retire. But unfortunately the end had to happen, a clearly emotional Michaels had to deliver Sweet Chin Music, twice mouthing “I’m sorry, I love you” before sealing Flair’s fate. With the three-count Michaels sent the 16-time World Heavyweight Champion into retirement.


By Fiona​

Will the Undertaker’s streak survive this year or will it be buried?

It would be a heck of a shame if it didn’t survive. Taker is one of the best entertainers WWE has ever had. I’m not saying it should be easy street all the way, the script writers should get their thinking caps on.

The Rock coming back, good or bad in your opinion, and will he get involved with Cena somehow?

Definitely good. Don’t know how long it will last though. As for Cena, they definitely have unfinished business.

What is your most memorable WrestleMania moment?

HBK v Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXV.

Given the roster, which wrestler is being misused the most on this year’s card? Or have they been booked the way you figured they would?

I’m not the best at matching up wrestlers, but changing the matches to Miz v Punk and Cena v Orton would have been interesting.

Given all the PPV’s we have, where would you rate WrestleMania, in general, going by last year’s show?

To be honest, I haven’t watched any of the PPV’s this last year, except Wrestlemania, which I thought didn’t match up to the ones of previous years. This year, however, I am getting quite excited.

Last year’s WrestleMania was a bit of a letdown. What do you think of this year’s card so far?

Well The Rock being involved is great, what he actually does might be underwhelming. HHH V Taker could be good and everything else is ok.

The Undertaker will be facing Triple H; is that the match you wanted to see or would you have picked someone else to go against him?

Well that depends on who goes over. I personally wouldn't want Trips to break the streak. Austin or The Rock or perhaps even Foley would work for me but HHH just smacks of another thing to make him a legend when to be fair he could have just continued doing what he was doing about 4 years ago and been great.

What are your best and worst WrestleMania matches?

I don't remember matches well enough to really be able to answer that well. Best is probably the Hogan/Warrior match where Warrior unified the belts though I'd take both the world title wins for Eddie and Benoit at WMXX as both awesome moments. Worst probably the Goldberg V Lesnar match simply because I've never seen to pro-wrestlers not give a f*ck about match so much that even Austin Stunning both of them didn't really perk up the crowd.

Do you think that WrestleMania still has the reverence it once had? If not, why?

I think if you don't believe that WrestleMania is the biggest and most important PPV of the year you are either a retarded TNA mark or simply know nothing about wrestling. Even the most jaded wrestling fans tend to get a little excited about Mania and would probably watch it.

Your pick to go into the WWE Hall of Fame this year?

F*ck knows, I don't know who is in there, hang on let me check wiki.... erm, The British Bulldog maybe? God, there's people I think should go in but don't see it happening like Liger or Muta who I think should be in any HOF because they are important. Randy Savage is an obvious one, as probably would be Sting. I think the Dudleys would be a nice addition as a team as well.

On a scale of 1-10 how much are you looking forward to this year’s show?

Oooh, wow. Hmm. I would give it aaaa... 7. No, a 7.5! No higher though, I'm not a charity. The card looks fairly promising, and there are actually quite a lot of really talented guys in the main event currently. Also, since I don't really get a chance to watch WWE shows much anymore, the odd PPV is always a treat.

Hall of Fame picks, you’re in charge. Who would go in and who wouldn’t?

Mick Foley, The Rock and, of course, Macho Man Randy Savage! Oooooh yeah, an' that. Oh, might also induct The Dudley Boys, they seem to have accomplished a whole bunch over the years. Aww heck, we're having a party, let's induct everyone!!

What will be the biggest disappointment that you see happening and what will make or break this year’s show?

I can't see Mistico appearing at Wrestlemania, which is a shame. I'm also really, really, really sure that there'll find a way to mess up Rock's return to the ring. WWE have a talent for turning guaranteed gold into a weird looking copper mess that you wouldn't be able to exchange for money.

When you think of Wrestlemania, what comes to mind first?

Money in the bank ladder match, baby!!

Do you think we’ll see any surprise’s this year and give a hint on what you think they will be?

BOO! Hahaha. Aww man. Aww. Oh. Man.

I think HBK will make an appearance but I'm not clued in enough to have any credibility with this statement. But yeah! HBK's gonna arrive and bash Undertaker in his stupid Undertaking face. Beaut!

You’re a long time fan of wrestling. What is this year’s WrestleMania lacking and what would make it stand out?

It’s not so much what’s lacking on this specific WrestleMania, but because WWE hasn’t/haven’t made any new stars for a number of years, every WrestleMania will lack the same success and aura of bygone events because of said inability to make new stars. It also doesn’t help when your best worker, Shawn Michaels, is no longer around to highlight each year’s WrestleMania.

Hopefully Del Rio getting a WrestleMania main event spot will make the event stand out, and of course the return of The Rock should be entertaining as well as add significant numbers to the buyrate. In addition, with US business being way down, giving Mistico/Sin Cara a spot high on the card, WWE could theoretically pull decent PPV number south of the border.

How do you rate the roster and matches announced so far, and what would you have changed?

As aforementioned WWE hasn’t made many new stars at all in the past five or so years, and thusly the roster isn’t strong in the slightest. The matches booked so far seem perfectly acceptable, Undertaker/Triple H should hold the common interest of casual fans, and with stipulations added should be an entertaining match. It’s great to see Del Rio being given an opportunity he’s earned; he’s the first star they’ve made in a number of years. Hopefully Edge/Del Rio will produce in the ring, and even more hopefully WWE actually doesn’t drop the ball with Del Rio, and book him to win the title.

Unfortunately, the other world title match of The Miz/Cena has been totally botched due to WWE booking The Miz as possibly the worst World Champion of his time. At every juncture, it seems as though WWE has booked The Miz in the worst possible way, and as a result anything he does, let alone as defending WWE Champion, won’t be a draw.

Lawler versus Cole has been good thus far due it being almost totally verbal, a match between the two at WrestleMania however will be bad. Even the adding of stipulations and guest referee Steve Austin won’t save this one. What the writers should’ve done with this is have Lawler wrestle an active wrestler, with the stipulation being that if Lawler beats the wrestler, he gets five minutes alone with Cole in the ring.

Orton/Punk should be a great in-ring match, and with Punk being one of the best talkers WWE has, the build has been encouraging, albeit not quite fulfilling its whole potential. It’s a shame this one isn’t for a World title in the main event, as Orton and Punk are two of the most reliable workers the company has.

While it’s not being billed as the main event, Triple H versus Undertaker in a No-Holds-Barred match is clearly viewed by the casual fans as the main event, even though the match will probably go on third from top. The key is, both guys have been treated as legends on television over the past ten years, and thusly fans have come to think of them as such. While the match itself will be fairly bad due to the physical limitation of both guys, the build has been good, and the atmosphere of the match itself should be one of the best on the card.

The six-person tag match of Trish Stratus, Snooki and John Morrison versus Dolph Ziggler and LayCool should be a dreadful match, just awful, which is just as well as WWE aren’t looking for a five-star match, but rather to get the gossip media to cover the event and this match, which is probably exactly what will happen. When this match was announced on Raw as officially booked, the live crowd couldn’t have cared less, which says everything really.

Rey Mysterio/Cody Rhodes doesn’t hold the common interest, and with the disputed ‘Rey asked for his release/Rey didn’t ask for his release’ saga recently, it will however be interesting to see how WWE books this one; if Rey loses, that’s a bad sign and may signal the end of his WWE run, while a win would maintain the status quo, but with the signing and big push of Sin Cara/Mistico, it may only be a matter of time anyway before Mysterio departs.

While he’s been buried over the past six months after being built as one of the next big stars, Sheamus is still a capable worker, and having a WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan can only be a good thing in regards to his learning curve. For Bryan, at least he has been saddled with someone that can’t work. Having Sheamus go over Bryan clean on Raw to win the US title was a step in the right direction, despite the fact as mentioned before Sheamus has been buried, due to the fact that Bryan hasn’t been pushed either, rather being booked as a mid-card/high mid-card guy. With Sheamus going over Bryan clean on TV, the fans will now see the current champion as a genuine threat and therefore have interest in the match at WrestleMania to see if babyface Bryan can avenge the loss and win back the US title. As side from the storyline leading in, the match itself should be one of the better ones of the show, of course due to Bryan being such a great worker. It would make sense for Bryan to get win and regain the US title, which would lay the ground work for a significant push to main event status, and while winning the US title back is the probable outcome of the WrestleMania, a main event push is probably a bridge too far for the talented yet physically small Bryan.

Is it time for Vince to hang it up and let Stephanie and HHH run the show? Would it be an improvement or worse than what we have now?

HHH is already running many aspects of the company (on the wrestling side of things), so the wheels are already in motion in regards to Vince’s retirement. It would be a nice touch for Vince if his last show was WrestleMania 30, but as he changes his mind on a ton of stuff on a regular basis it’s next to impossible to predict when he’ll finally walk away from his creation. In regards to whether or not it would be a change for the better or worse if Stephanie and HHH took over, Stephanie has already shown she pretty much has no idea about how to book wrestling, and prefers writing entertainment television, which is ok when you have stars that can carry that concept, but when you haven’t made a star is nearly five years, that’s a bad concept to write and push.

There was hope when he first started booking that HHH would be more pro wrestling than sports entertainment, and while he is one of very few in the company that knows how to book a money feud/programme, it also seems as though HHH has the vindictive streak that Vince had/has in regards to burying guys for whatever reason (see; King Sheamus). The overall point is, as long as WWE has the ideology that comedy writers are better at writing a wrestling show than wrestling bookers, the product will always be inferior to a product booked by bookers. However that’s not to say that just because you have bookers instead of writers you’ll have more success, as TNA proves, but the concept is simple; bookers know what wrestling fans want to see (and more importantly willing to pay to see), whereas comedy writers have no clue what will make fans open their wallets, and instead are only concerned with writing comedy lines.

Dream match, make it?

Of the current era, Sting versus Undertaker would be something of a dream match, and obviously in the run-up to this year’s WrestleMania there was a ton of speculation about the match happening, but there was actually never a time over the past few months when the match was going to be made (the whole ‘Sting is signing with WWE’ thing was perpetuated by casual fans/marks giddy at the thought of it). There may be however a chance of Sting/Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, as surely by that point Sting would be done with TNA and signing on with WWE to do the WrestleMania match with Undertaker, coupled with a DVD career retrospective and Hall of Fame spot would be too much to turn down for Steve Borden.

Daniel Bryan versus Kurt Angle would be a hell of a match from an in-ring point of view, and would be awesome from a promo stance too. Like with Sting, the allure of a return to WWE comprising of a DVD career retrospective, WrestleMania main event spot and a Hall of Fame induction would probably prove too much for Angle to turn down, and in a few years time someone like Daniel Bryan would benefit greatly from a WrestleMania main event match with Angle.

Will The Undertaker’s streak survive?

The Undertaker’s streak will always be unbroken, with the possible exception of a match with Sting, in which case Undertaker may feel compelled to put Sting over, just due to the basic premise that Sting is such a well-liked guy in wrestling and is probably an even bigger legend than Undertaker. With that said, Sting being such a nice guy by all accounts may insist on putting Undertaker over to preserve the streak, the streak being such a nice little conceit in a business where few exist. For this year’s WrestleMania though, the streak will survive intact and Undertaker will go over HHH. The streak is WWE-created history, and the company views/holds something like that as the holy grail.

By Laffy​
Chris & Eddie - WrestleMania XX

Before Chris Benoit became famous for non-wrestling reasons you could argue Benoit was the greatest technical wrestler of his generation a certainty for the Hall of Fame leaving behind a great legacy.

His true highlight came at Wrestlemania XX. Benoit faced long odds in a Triple Threat Match against Shawn Michaels and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. But Benoit managed to come out on top after forcing Triple H to submit. It was a special moment for Benoit, his friends and the fans that had begged for this opportunity to happen.

Seeing Benoit crying with joy not really believing what was happening, yet realising he had finally made it was fantastic. After emotionally showing the title to the crowd turning round to see his long-time friend and WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero in the centre of the ring waiting to congratulate him as both wrestlers shed tears was a joy to behold, possibly the greatest Wrestlemania moment ever.

This is what Eddie had to say about that night...



Wow. You know it's strange, but the very first thing that popped into my head was Triple H's Conan the Barbarian entrance from WrestleMania 22. I remember thinking at the time "......Okay, this man has just discovered the most epic way of getting to the ring in the history of wrestling. Nobody will ever top that."

I suppose it does make me sound pretty shallow as a wrestling fan that my favourite from the biggest show in the sport (that's right, I said sport!) is someone's entrance, but it's little things like that entrance that make WrestleMania so different. WrestleMania has seen some amazing matches, and it's seen moments that have made me elated and moments that have made me cry, but wrestling has many of those moments and they're not exclusive to WrestleMania. What is exclusive to WrestleMania, and what for me defines WrestleMania, is that everything is done on such a grander scale. It's that level of polish and extravagance, and little moment like seeing the Game rise up on a throne dressed like a friggin' Warrior King that you just wouldn't have seen anywhere but Mania.

It's just those little moments that make me smile and go: "Yeah, that was awesome."


My favourite moment has to be the showdown between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker at Wrestlemania *COUGH*murnumernum *COUGH* a few years back. It was the moment that returned my faith in wrestling back to me, with most other WrestleManias being a shade on the events of the past. It took two old birds like Michaels and the Undertaker to really show the world what good wrestling was like (and it put them out of action for stupid time). But it got the fans realising what they were missing and reminded wrestlers around the world what wrestling should be. It's just a pity they didn't listen in the end...


Wrestlemania has provided me with so many great memories and moments and it continues to do so, year after year. However, when I’m asked to pin point my favourite, it’s easy, no hesitation involved , Wrestlemania 7, Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match. Everything about the match was dead on, from Warrior walking to the ring rather than running, to Macho repeatedly trying to finish Warrior off with the elbow drop, the match encompassed everything what was great from a golden era of wrestling, when you actually truly believed what was happening in the ring was legit. Both Warrior & Savage performed to the highest level possible, putting 110% into the match, in my opinion this was both Warrior’s and Savage’s greatest match ever! What’s more, the face turn at the end of the match was even better; truly one of the best face turns in the history of pro wrestling. It’s rare that wrestling can really pull you in emotionally, but that night, Savage, Warrior, Miss Elizabeth and Sherri Martel all managed to do so. It’s a great shame Elizabeth and Sherri are no longer with us. If promoters of today could bottle up just a tiny amount of the magic that match created they would have a recipe for success.


My favourite WrestleMania moment? Wow, what a list to choose from.

Thinking about it, I almost want to put forward the entire show of WrestleMania XV - it was the first ever wrestling tape that I (well my bro) owned, and so from that point of view it has a very special place in my heart.

But then of course I'd have to ignore the fact it's not a particularly good show full of fairly rubbish matches... back when I first watched that show I was happy Holly walked out Hardcore champ; mental I's tell ya', mental.

So what else stands out for me?

Another obvious choice is the Money in the Bank ladder matches with Shelton "up the ladder" Benjamin getting a big nod followed by Kofi "Shelto... who?" Kingston getting a f*cking high-5.

But no, no I don't think so... my favourite WrestleMania moment has to be something truly special to me, something that stays distinctly clear in my mind even after all these years of forgetting things.

Another mention I'd like to throw out, before I get to my ACTUAL answer, is the hype video for Taker/Shawn II which used Placebo's cover of "Running Up That Hill" - the single-greatest video package the company has EVER done. I can't, or didn't, pick that though cause it's not strictly WrestleMania...

However one of the two men stay for my favourite moment - it was Undertaker fighting against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 21 (before their entire feud went on forever and became sh*t). It's the moment where you genuinely sat back and went "F*ck... what if Orton really DOES do it..." The one year I'd really, REALLY argue it looked like Taker might lose - the moment when his Chokeslam was reversed into an RKO.


Just amazing, absolutely astounding and still one of the great counters of ever-ness.

So congratulations Mr Taker, Mr Orton - no matter the result of your respective Mania matches this year, you'll still be winners in my heart.

Except Randy who lost.

By Jimmy Redman​

So, Wrestlemania is only 7 days away...well it will be by the time you read this. All the polls are coming out, the card is (almost) set, you're watching old Manias, here's when you start to get excited. I'm getting excited, anyway, so here's my predictions and thoughts for the show.

Corre vs Kane, Big Show, and ?

No idea how this match is even going to end up yet. After Smackdown I assume Kofi will be on the babyface team, but that seems to leave it 4 vs 3. Christian doesn’t fit in there anymore and there's nobody else who wouldn’t be totally random. To be honest after SD, 3 vs 3 with all the belts on the line is the most appealing option. But, who knows. Anyway, whatever it ends up being, I'm sure it will be fine. The heels will bounce off the giant men, Kofi is great, and if WWE have ever put on a bad multi-man match, ever, I haven’t seen it. I can only imagine that Corre wins (especially if belts are on the line) since there needs to be some heel wins on the show, but obviously the babyfaces winning wouldn’t shock me either.

United States Championship
Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan

This match, like a few others on the card, mainly depends on how much time they're given, and if the crowd cares at all. They've worked well together on Raw in the past, so if they get something close to 10 minutes I'm sure they can have a hell of a match. If they get 5 minutes, well, it will be a great 5 minute match. But this has real potential to be great. Once again, if I had to pick a winner, and I guess I do, I'll go for Sheamus, just for the heel-face balance.

Snooki & Trish & Morrison vs LayCool & Dolph

I LOVE THESE WOMEN. Well, not Snooki, but you know what I mean. Best case scenario (enough time and minimal BS) this could turn out pretty good. Morrison and Dolph will work great together, Michelle and Layla are workers and Trish seems to be back on the horse. Add in some shenanigans with Vickie and Snooki, and we have the potential for some FUN. I'm going to enjoy the crap out of it, anyway. Snooki's team to win.

Randy Orton vs CM Punk

I'm kind of interested in this match. I'm as interested as I can be from having watched a well-booked and well-paced feud, but with someone I just can’t care about at all otherwise. Anyway, the match itself should be fine, Orton matches aren’t that great as a babyface but he should be above average with Punk, and the heat will be there. Logical finish is Orton winning, after the build.

Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes

THIS IS A MATCH. I am just so, so pumped for this match. This feud has been so great, if you don’t watch Smackdown you are missing the hell out with this. Incredible build. This is another match where the quality will mainly depend on how much time they get. I just hope to God they get 10-12 minutes because they can seriously steal the show. I'm not sure who will win, I'd lean towards Rey just because it’s Mania, plus he needs redemption in the feud. Cody could possibly win if they want to keep it going for a while, plus this is all a vehicle to get Cody over. But Rey to win and Cody looking good in defeat make the most sense.

Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler

Speaking of feuds...THIS IS A FEUD. What a build. Apart from Rey/Cody this is BY FAR the match I most care about. Cole is one of the greatest heels ever just for 'I want this guy to die' value, and finally, FINALLY getting to see Jerry Lawler kick the everloving CRAP out of him is going to be awesome. This will be everything you expect; stalling, chickensh*tting, interference, Lawler punches, Stunners. And above all, a giant-ass babyface victory. And I mean, this better be great because the last 12 months of Michael Cole being so excruciatingly horrible and ruining TV needs to be worth it here.

World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs Alberto Del Rio

Alberto RULES THE WORLD. This is another feud that’s been built rather well, I have to say, I'm quite looking forward to this. There's still the possibility that Christian gets involved, I don’t know that he'll be added to the match this late in the game, but there's always the finish as an option, although Christian going heel on Edge would be just the worst idea ever. Anyway, Edge and Alberto work pretty well together, it’s gonna be a pretty good match. Alberto wins. It’s his destiny.

WWE Championship
The Miz vs John Cena

This is going to be interesting. Look, to be honest, I think the match itself is going to be better than most people expect - they've worked Raw a couple times when Cena was not squashing the guy and it was surprisingly good. The main problem would be that the heat won’t be there while people are staring at the entrance waiting for Rocky, and people don’t buy Miz as it is. Hopefully whatever they're doing with the three of them works, I mean it has to after all of this. Cena winning seems to be the safe bet, and I will e-bet on it, but I can see Miz winning, especially since Cena/Rock is the main focus and this isn’t closing the show.

Undertaker vs Triple H

Now, THIS IS A...well, it’s not that interesting, actually. Its fine, I mean, its fine. I don’t care about HHH, but the match will deliver. I just can’t imagine it not delivering. It won’t be Taker/Shawn, but nothing else is either. I expect it will be pretty great with the appropriate 'epic' sell and big spots and kickouts and so on. No idea who's going to win, I-oh, wait, right.

Anyway, the show should be good. None of these matches look less than good to me, allowing for time constraints of course. A couple - Bryan/Sheamus, Rey/Cody, Edge/ADR, HHH/Taker - should be pretty great. And a couple - Rey/Cody, Cole/King, Cena & Rock - have been built so well that I just cannot wait to see them go down. Hell, its Wrestlemania. I'm going to enjoy myself. Hope you all do too.

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Good newsletter, Clarkeys bit was probably the best for me but it was all worth reading.


I'm the good looking one up there
Ah. Then I approve of it's usage! :D


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All credit to Darkstar for the pictures in Room 101, I was pretending to be one of those ****less gits and left him to find them :D

I especially liked the Jeff Hardy/Sting mashup for the clowns!