Wrestlemania 19 was the first ever Wrestlemania I ordered on PPV. I really loved WWE around this time. Okay, Raw wasn't the greatest but Smackdown had a pretty legendary roster. Every week there would be a mix of stuff from the famed Smackdown Six of Rey Mysterio, Edge, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. We also had the up and coming Brock Lesnar who was turning into a heck of a worker, A-Train who had good performances at times, Tajiri and Rhyno. While we did get crap like Mr. America, there was more than enough good stuff to make up for it.
The big story going into this was whether Kurt Angle would actually be able to wrestle or not. Kurt Angle has always been banged up and broke his neck coming into the show. The rumor was that Chris Benoit was going to be his replacement if he was too injured to wrestle. I was legit worried for Kurt Angle and was hoping not for a good match, but for Kurt Angle to not get injured any worse.
The other big news was that Stone Cold Steve Austin was hospitalized the night before. He was under a lot of stress and overdid it with energy drinks and almost ended up missing Wrestlemania completely. I didn't really know much about this though at the time.
Hulk Hogan vs Mr. McMahon was a heavily pushed match for this show and some would say it led to the show not doing as well as it should have.
Wrestlemania 19 is one of my favorite Wrestlemania's. I usually have it at #2 below Wrestlemania 17. The match quality was top notch and it had a great mix of stars and wrestling.
One final note is that Bill Goldberg debuted on Raw the night after this show. Why they had Goldberg not debut at Wrestlemania is beyond me, but whatever.
This is Part 1 of my Wrestlemania 19 review.
Part 2 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/wwe-wrestlemania-19-review.html
Part 3 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/wwe-wrestlemania-19-review_3.html
Pre-show Match - WWE World Tag Team Championship - Kane and RVD vs Sean Morley and Lance Storm
Ah, Kane makeshift tag team #1000. The Dudley Boyz were at ringside here.
|"It's like the Olympic Games of Wrestling, the gold medal match." - Kurt Angle on Wrestlemania|
Cruiserweight Title - Matt Hardy vs Rey Mysterio
The Miller Light Catfight Girls argued over which match they wanted to see more.
|Limp Bizkit performed "Rollin"|
The Undertaker vs A-Train and The Big Show
|"You ain't so bad. You ain't no big dog." - A-Train|
|Nathan Jones returned and laid out Big Show|
WWE Women's Title - Jazz vs Victoria vs Trish Stratus
Jazz was one woman I never got. She wasn't good looking and she wasn't a good worker. I thought she was too small to be Chyna and if it was strictly because of her race, Jacqueline was better.
WWE Tag Titles - Team Angle vs Chris Benoit and Rhyno vs Los Guerreros
This is the end of Part 1 of my Wrestlemania 19 review. Stay tuned for Part 2.