Thursday, April 15, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: 4/15/10

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.

My last post dealt with The Rock's and Austin's last match against each other. I talked about the emotional impact of the match, and how it marked the end of an era in wrestling. But before, we could get the finale, or the 3rd Act as The Rock fondly said, we had to witness the second act. Oh, and what a second act it was. The stage was set for a clash of titans in the Astrodome of Houston, Texas. The Brahma Bull, who was going to arrive into Houston as the WWF Champion, would face The Rattlesnake, who had overcome spinal surgery, and won he Royal Rumble just to get a shot at the WWF title in his homestate of Texas. The buildup to the match had been tremendous with great promos and an even better story. The Texas Rattlesnake had pulled out everything within his arsenal to get the best of the young lion ,but he had been unable to do so.

The match itself was a continuation of that as Stone Cold slowly becomes unhinged at his inability to keep the The Rock down. The No-Qualification stipulation really helped this match out as these two superstars (and they earned that moniker) were allowed to use every weapon at thier disposal. The match was physical from the get go, and it continued for the duration of the bout. This wasn't just a brawl, it was a well crafted match that told a great story involving two wrestlers at the top of their games. From the very onset, the two competitors set a fast pace and they maintained it throughout to create a an absolutely stunning match. I know some people get turned off by the ending, but I feel it was the logical culmination of the match and the story, which is just one the reasons as to why I believe this match to be one of the best, if not the best, matches in Wrestlemania history.

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