30 things returning fans need to know before wathcing Wrestlemania XXX part III

Diarmuid Crowley

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Click here for Part one or click here for part two.

As Raw and Smackdown are finish up for the week, so does this trilogy which looks at past stars, the Hall of Fame and things about this year’s event.

21)      Is there anyone I should be looking out for?

Anyone from WWE: Anything can happen at Wrestlemania and anyone from the past can pop off out of nowhere. This year more than ever it seems as backstage talk claims phone calls are being made to every past wrestler not under contract. Will it be a backstage appearance or in a match like the battle royal below or maybe both is the question.

Celebrities: As WWE like to refer to itself as sports entertainment, it’s no wonder that they invite Hollywood’s greatest and most desperate from Burt Reynolds at Wrestlemania X to Kim Kardashian at Wrestlemania 24. Perhaps Eminem will do a live rendition of Legacy which is below given that it’s one of Wrestlemania’s theme songs this year.

Sting: For years, WWE wanted to sign WCW star Sting. Now they’ve got him for one match which he’ll probably have next year’s Wrestlemania with Undertaker.  However, he could attend this year to promote that match. Below a teaser they would have used if Sting signed a contract in 2011.

22)      What happened to some of the big stars I knew?

Stone Cold: Retiring in 2003, Stone Cold has since made many non wrestling stints usually arriving, stunning someone and leaving. Now Stone Cold has a podcast with special guests and will be involved in a reality show on CMT. Stone Cold will always be remembered as the greatest anti hero in wrestling history, his foul mouth, love for whooping ass as much as beer and his feud with boss Vince McMahon which even led to an actual wrestling match.

Kurt Angle: Known at the Olympic hero who acted like a jerk, Kurt Angle provided great matches and believe or not great laughs during his WWE days. He left a six time World champion in 2006 but continued wrestling in TNA and is still doing so today. He may wrestle less than before due to injuries catching up with him in age  but he had the best matches of the 00s  , is a 10 champ and today still  has a sense of humour.

Kurt Angle photo credit: tony a (flickr)
Kurt Angle photo credit: Tony A (flickr)

Rikishi: Known for his dance moves, contending in Armageddon Hell in a Cell   and using his rear end as a finisher, Rikishi was loved by fans of the Attitude Era. A former Intercontinental and tag champion, Rikishi stayed in WWE until 2004. He started making sporadic appearances since 2012 sometimes with his sons the Usos.   Below is a segment from his greatest feud with his real life cousin  The Rock.

Edge: One part of the six men that provided the most memorable tag feud of all time, Edge managed to gain singles success as an 11 time world champion and most hated wrestler in the late 00s. A neck injury that he received in 2003 was the lead cause of the cervical spinal stenosis him retiring in 2011. Edge has since made a few non wrestling appearances, was inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame and had his first child with girlfriend and ex wrestler Beth Phoenix.

Edge photo credit: Elizabeth Greene (flickr)
Edge photo credit: Elizabeth Greene (flickr)

Chris Jericho: The loud and charismatic Y2J has always excited the fans every time he walked out to the ring.  He left in 2005 and came back in 2008 for a fantastic feud with Shawn Michaels where we saw a more serious but great side of Jericho until he left again in 2010. He made a few appearances in 2012 and 2013 but now focusing on his music career with Fozzy. He also has a web series called But I’m Chris Jericho which had 10 episodes so far. The one below was based on Jericho’s past auditioning experience.

The Dudleys: Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley were known for putting people through tables and invented the 3D. They kept doing this in WWE until 2005 where their last match took place at ECW (but WWE run) One Night Stand. Since then, they moved to TNA as Brother Ray and Brother Devon a few months later as Team 3D. Since their split in 2010, they won 23 tag titles together. They briefly reunited in the faction Aces and Eights until Devon’s departure from the company. Since the 2010 split, Ray became Bully Ray and won the TNA title twice. Today he remains a top star there.

Dudleys Photo credit: Simon q (flickr)
Dudleys Photo credit: Simon q (flickr)

The Hardys: The fearless boys from Cameron, North Carolina, The Hardys were best known for their stunts off ladders. But gained singles success in WWE too. Matt was the second longest reigning European champion and ECW champion until he left in 2010. He was in TNA in 2011 for six months and today works for ROH. Jeff in WWE was a three time World champion before he left in 2009 despite his popularity. He went to TNA in 2010 and as of today is a three TNA champion.  Together the Hardys captured seven tag titles together. Below is The Hardys first tag team title win over the APA.

23)      Are the three Wrestlemanias to watch before Wrestlemania XXX?

From the Federation Years (1985-1997/1998)

Wrestlemania 3: This was the one that made Hulk Hogan immortal in the wrestling world. He defended his against Andre the Giant who beforehand was undefeated for 15 years. Hogan hit the slam heard round the world and eventually beat the Giant. Another highlight came from a man who would become WWE the next year. That man’s name: “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

From the Attitude Era (1997/1998-2001/2002)

Wrestlemania X-7: Arguably the best Wrestlemania of all time, it featured TLC 2 which showed that anything is possible in wrestling. As well as that it marked the first Mania match between Undertaker and Triple H as well as having a scorcher of a main event between Stone Cold and The Rock in a no DQ match.   Below is the climax of that match which had a shock ending.

The Modern era: (2001/2002-present)

Wrestlemania 23: There are many to pick from this era such as Wrestlemanias 21, 24 and 28. However this one stands out for the great matches of Batista vs Undertaker and John Cena vs Shawn Michaels, the risky ladder move from Jeff Hardy and of course where Donald Trump shaved Vince McMahon’s head.

 

24)      Who has Undertaker beaten to keep his 21-0 streak?

Undertaker defeated Triple H three times and Shawn Michaels and Kane twice. The following wrestlers he defeated once.

Jimmy Snuka

Jake Roberts

Giant González

King Kong Bundy

Diesel

Sycho Sid

Big Boss Man

Ric Flair

Big Show and A Train

Randy Orton

Mark Henry

Batista

Edge

CM Punk

25)      Who is in the Hall of Fame?

Overall there are 113 already inducted into the Hall of Fame. Big names include Andre the Giant, Stone Cold, Ric Flair, Bruno Sammartino, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and many more.

WWE Hall of Fame Photo credit: Ed webster (flickr)
WWE Hall of Fame Photo credit: Ed webster (flickr)

26)      Who is going into the Hall Of Fame?

Fans of The Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts finally get their wish as these gentlemen. Warrior finally patched things up with WWE after a huge falling out while Roberts finally got sober thanks to Diamond Dallas Page and thus is back in WWE’s good graces . Also to be inducted will be Lita, Carlos Colon and Scott Hall. Mr T is being inducted for his involvement in the two Wrestlemanias while Paul Bearer is receiving a posthumous induction.

27)      What should I bring to Wrestlemania?

Three simple things:

Money

Photo credit: epSos.de (flickr)
Photo credit: epSos.de (flickr)

a catchy handmade sign

Photo credit: Chanel Beck (flickr)
Photo credit: Chanel Beck (flickr)

and your inner child (like these Radio DJs that did this prank call)

28)      What are the chants these days?

Chants vary from place to place so to be safe repeat the words yes every time something good happens and no if something bad happens. Also there is the quintessential yay and boo. Finally if someone is delivering a boring speech continuously go “What?” a la Stone Cold back in the day.

29)  Is this the first ever multi-man main event at Wrestlemania in a while?

Far from it. In 2000, you may remember Triple H defeating The Rock, Big Show and Mick Foley in a four man elimination match. The next one didn’t appear until 2004 where Chris Benoit defeated Shawn Michaels and World Champion Triple H in a five star match. Two years later, Rey Mysterio beat Randy Orton and World Champion Kurt Angle. 2008 and 2009 also saw triple threat matches for world titles as then WWE champion Randy Orton retained over Triple H and John Cena while Cena beat Big Show and World champion Edge. Below is a promo of the build up for Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit.

30)      What will make this Wrestlemania special?

It’s the first time a Wrestlemania is in Louisiana

It’s the first time John Cena and Bray Wyatt meet up

This could be the moment that puts Daniel Bryan in the main event for good

The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar always provide exciting matches against each other like at this link

There is a chance one of the young guys will have a Wrestlemania that improves their career.

Thank you for those who read all three parts. Free feel comment below.

 

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Diarmuid Crowley