Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.
Sorry for the delay folks, but we are back to our regularly scheduled edition of Inside the Wrestling Vault. The previous edition of Into the Wrestling Vault featured The Rock's "concert", which took place a week before his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIX.
Where as, their Wrestlemania X-Seven marked the peak of the WWE, this one indicate dthe end of a Golden Era for wrestling. This Stone Cold Steve Austin's last match and it nearly dind't happen. By now, I think everybody is familiar with the story, but for those who aren't familiar, Stone Cold was rushed to a medical facility the night before the match. Austin hadn't wrestled a match in months, he was a bit out of shape, and he feared ring rust. Scratch that, the Rattlesnake was terrified that he wouldn't have a good match at the Grandest Stage of them All. He was so anxious that he suffered from high blood pressure and his heart rate was unstable. Panicked, Austin called JR, whom in turn called for an ambulance. There were fears that Austin was suffering from a heart attack, and one of the Main Events at Wrestlemania was in dire jeopardy. However, Stone Cold wasn't labeled the toughest SOB for nothing. Austin was released from the hospital in the morning, and strapped his boots up for one last showdown with his biggest rival, The Rock. The buildup up to the match saw a very different People's Champion, one who was obsessed with beating Steve Austin at Wrestlemania, because it was something, he had never done.
Was this match as good as the one at Wrestlemania X-Seven. Probably not, but this slobberknocker was the second best in the Austin vs Rock Wrestlemania trilogy. Plus, it had a significance of its own. This was the last match for Austin, and the second to last singles match for The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment. The events the night before almost forced the match not to happen, but it did. Why? Because the conclusion to the greatest rivalry in wrestling need to take place. Austin needed closure on his career and by God he got it. Austin put on a stellar (You can see him wincing after several moves) performance, and made sure that the fans got what they paid for. This marked the end of an era, an era, that will never be topped.
I feel this is the clip that should end this nostalgic post, since it expresses mine and millions of other people's opinion.