The Miller Lite Catfight Girls arrive and begin arguing. I donít remember these girls at all.
Undertaker vs. Big Show and A-Train
This was supposed to be a tag match with Undertaker working with Nathan Jones but he got taken out by Show and A-Train on Sunday Night Heat. Takerís streak at this point was 10-0 heading into the match. Show charges from behind but Taker low bridges the ropes sending him to the floor. Chokeslam to AA-Train gets 2 as Show pulls him out of the ring. Back in, Taker hits some rights to Show. Show tosses Taker into the corner but Taker fights out of the corner. Tag to A-Train and Taker hits a hip toss. Taker goes OLD SCHOOL~!!!! Show grabs the leg of Taker, allowing A-Train to hit the Derailer to Taker. He dumps Taker to the floor where Show rams him back first into the post. Show drops Taker onto the barricade and back in, A-Train slingshots Taker in the ropes for 2. Tag to Show and Taker hits some rights. Show goes for the Chokeslam but Taker counters into the Crowbar. A-Train comes in so Taker catches him in a Cross Armbreaker but Show breaks with a leg drop. Show and A-Train stomp away on Taker and he hits some head butts. Abdominal stretch by Show but Taker starts to fight out A-Train hammers away. He goes to the abdominal stretch but Taker reverses into his own. A-Train fights out and Taker hits a back suplex. Clothesline by A-Train gets 2 and he hammers away while taunting Taker. Taker fights back and he catches A-Train with a DDT for 2 as Show saves. Taker hammers away on Show in the corner and he hits both men with Avalanches. Big boot to A-Train and he hits a flying clothesline to Show. Bicycle kick by A-Train and Show hits the Chokeslam. Nathan Jones comes out and Show goes after him in the entrance way. Spin kick to Show by Jones as A-Train covers Taker for 2. Rights by A-Train but he walks into a big boot from Jones. Tombstone by Taker gets 3. Winner- Undertaker *** ( A shocking good handicap match. They kept things interesting throughout and went at a pretty good pace for three big guys. This was a pleasant surprise. )
The Catfight Girls meet Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler and they put each other over.
Rock says he is a sell out by selling out every Wrestlemania he has ever been in. He cares less about the people and says he is here to fulfill his destiny by beating Stone Cold Steve Austin. Itís the one thing he has never done and it means everything to him. He says act one and two donít matter, everyone remembers act three. He says tonight is the final chapter and he guarantees he will beat Austin. Rock declares after tonight, he will have done it all.
Stacy, Torrie, and the Catfight Girls argue about who created Wrestlemania, Mr. McMahon or Hulk Hogan. The girls then argue about whether they should fight in the ring or in bed.
Video package for Michaels/Jericho airs.
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Both men look for the early advantage to start and neither man can gain the upper hand. Jericho slaps Shawn so he knocks him down and dumps Jericho to the floor. Baseball slide by Shawn and back in, he goes up. Crossbody off the top by Shawn but Jericho rolls through for 2. He knocks Shawn down and hits a spinning heel kick. Jericho hammers away and he chops Shawn in the corner. He sends Shawn ahrd into the corner and Jericho chokes away. Shawn blocks a bulldog attempt by crotches Jericho against the second turnbuckle. Shawn grabs the Figure-4 but Jericho turns it over forcing Shawn to break. Kneebreaker by Shawn and he goes for the Figure-4 but Jericho kicks him into the post shoulder first. Jericho dumps Shawn but he skins the cat and headscissors Jericho to the floor. Slingshot pescado to the floor by Shawn and he hits some rights. He goes for a dropkick but Jericho blocks and grabs the Walls of Jericho on the floor!!! He releases and enters the ring before the ten count. Jericho rams Shawnís back against the post a few times and he hits a springboard dropkick knocking Shawn off the apron. Back in, Jericho hits a back suplex. Suplex by Jericho gets 2. Backbreaker by Jericho gets 2. He goes to the chinlock but Shawn fights out so Jericho rakes the eyes. DDT by Shawn and both men are down. Rights by Shawn but Jericho comes back with a flying forearm. Jericho nips up and mocks Shawn, allowing Shawn to nip up himself and hit some rights. Flying forearm by Shawn and he hits a reverse atomic drop. Clothesline by Shawn and he hits a backdrop. Jericho charges in the corner but eats boot and Shawn goes up. Moonsault press off the top by Shawn gets 2. Sunset flip by Shawn gets 2 and they trade roll-ups for some near falls. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Shawn blocks. Northern lights suplex by Jericho gets 2. Jericho blocks a backslide attempt and he hits a clothesline on Shawn. Bulldog by Jericho and he hits the Lionsault for 2. Shawn goes for a hurricanrana but Jericho blocks and grabs the Walls of Jericho!!! Shawn makes the ropes to break!!! Small package by Shawn gets 2 and Jericho hits a butterfly backbreaker. Jericho goes up and hits a spinning back elbow off the top. Jericho hits Sweet Chin Music on Shawn for 2!!! Jericho works Shawn over in the corner but Shawn comes out with a springboard crossbody and he hammers away. Shawn catapults Jericho into the corner and rolls him up for 2. Jericho puts Shawn on top and follows up. He goes for a super back suplex but Shawn counters in mid-air sending both crashing into the mat!!! Shawn covers for 2 and he goes up. Jericho kicks the ref into the ropes, causing Shawn to get crotched. Jericho follows up and goes for a superplex but Shawn blocks sending Jericho crashing to the mat. Flying elbow drop by Shawn and he goes for Sweet Chin Music but misses. Jericho catches Shawn in the Walls of Jericho but Shawn makes the ropes again!!! Jericho walks into Sweet Chin Music from Shawn for 2!!! Jericho sends Shawn into the corner and goes for a back supelx but Shawn escapes and gets the OíConnor roll for 3!!! Winner- Shawn Michaels ***** ( This was amazing. From the constant focus of the back by Jericho to the tit-for-tat war they wedged for over twenty minutes, this is one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history.)
After the match, Jericho and Shawn hug but Jericho gives Shawn a low blow!!!
Sylvan Grenier, the ref from the Hogan/Rock match at No Way Out enters Vinceís dressing room.
Goldberg video plays, saying heís competing at Backlash.
54,097 people announced as the attendance, a Safeco Field record.
Limp Bizkit performs the Wrestlemania theme.
The Miller Lite Catfight Girls come out and there is a bed on the stage. They get ready to fight but Stacy Keibler comes out. She says the only thing better than two girls in bed is three so she wants in. Now Torrie Wilson comes out and says they need a Playboy cover girl. Torrie joins in and the girls begin a catfight. The girls then strip Coach of his pants and beat him up with pillows.
Street Fight- Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. McMahon
If Hogan loses, he must retire. Vince slaps Hogan to start so Hogan takes him down and hammers away. Rights by Hogan and he hits a clothesline. Hogan chokes away and he hits some rights. Hogan stomps away in the corner and McMahon comes back with a clothesline. McMahon works Hogan over in the corner and he brings to work over the left shoulder of Hogan. Hammerlock by Vince and he wraps Hoganís arm off the post a few times. Back in, they go to the test of strength and McMahon dumps Hogan to prevent Hogan from over powering him. Vince follows out and he hammers the back of Hogan. He rams Hogan shoulder first into the post and he goes to nail Hogan with a chair but misses. Hogan sends Vince into the post and he nails Vince in the head with the chair. Hogan hammers the now bloody head of Vince and back in, Hogan hits some rights. Vince bails so Hogan follows and nails Vince in the back with the chair. Hogan goes to nail him again but misses and nails one of the Spanish announcers!!!! Vince goes low on Hogan and he nails Hogan in the face with the chair. Vince sets up a ladder and he climbs but Hogan stops him. Vince nails Hogan with a TV monitor and he puts Hogan on the announce table. Vince climbs the ladder and HE HITS A LEG DROP OFF THE LADDER THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!! Back in, Vince covers Hogan for 2!!! Vince grabs a pipe while putting on the most awesome, evil look on his face. Vince goes to use the pipe but Hogan goes low to block. RODDY PIPER ENTERS THE RING!!!! Piper grabs the pipe and he nails Hogan with it!!! Vince covers for 2!!! Vince dumps the ref out of the ring in frustration and he calls out Sylvan Grenier. Vince nails Hogan with the pipe and hits a leg drop for 2!!! Hulk is HULKING UP~!!!! Hogan nails Vince and he hammers away on Sylvan. He dumps Sylvan and hits some rights to Vince. Big boot by Hogan and he hits the Leg Drop. Hogan hits two more leg drops for 3!!! Winner- Hulk Hogan ***3/4 ( God damn, put Vince on a big stage and man delivers. Obviously, the high rating isnít due to the wrestling, but there was storytelling at itsí finest. Vince was at his most evil and tried to pull every trick in the book to put down Hogan. A great brawl that lived up to the hype.)
Video package for Rock/Austin airs.
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Rights by Austin and he goes for the Stunner but Rock blocks and bails to the floor. Austin follows and clotheslines Rock. Austin slams Rockís face off the steps and he chops away. Austin drops Rock on the barricade and he clotheslines Rock over the announce table. Austin drops Rock on the barricade again and he sends Rock into the steps. Back in, Austin stomps away and he hits a back suplex for 2. Clothesline by Austin and he chokes Rock in the ropes. Rock comes back with a chop block forcing Austin to bail. Rock follows and he hits another chop block to Austin. Rock slams Austinís knee off the announce table a few times and back in, Rock stomps away on the bad knee. Rock slams Austinís knee off the apron and he wraps it against the post. Austin fights back with rights but Rock kicks the knee to stop the momentum. Rock slams Austinís knee off the mat and he grabs the Sharpshooter. Austin makes the ropes to break and Rock wraps Austinís leg off the post again. Rock puts on Austinís vest and back in, Austin hits some rights. They clothesline each other and both men are down. Rights by Austin and he hits the Thesz Press before hamming away on Rock. Front elbow drop by Austin gets 2. Austin stomps away in the corner but Rock comes back with a flying clothesline. Austin catches Rock with the Rock Bottom for 2!!! Rock blocks the Stunner and hits one of his own!!!! Rock covers for 2!!! Rights by Rock but Austin catches him with the Stunner for 2!!! Rock goes low and goes for the Peopleís Elbow but misses. Rock blocks the Stunner and he hits the spinebuster. Peopleís Elbow by Rock gets 2!!! Rock Bottom by Rock gets 2!!! Austin blocks another Rock Bottom but Rock is able to connect with it on the second attempt for 2!!! A third Rock Bottom gets 3. Winner- The Rock ****1/2 ( First off, considering Austin had to go to the hospital the night before with neck issues, his performance in this match was nothing short of incredible. These two canít have bad matches together and the Rockís facial expressions after every attempt at putting Austin down took this match to another level. This ended up being Austinís last match and this was one hell of a way to go out. )
The 411: In recent years, this show gotten increasingly more praise and many say it's up there with Wrestlemania X7 as one of the best Wrestlemanias of all time. I completely agree, as there wasn't a single bad match on the card and the five matches this show was built around all lived up to or exceeded expectations. The only bad thing on the show was the Miller Lite girls skits but it is what it is. Jericho and Michaels had an all-time classic, Austin competed in his final match against his greatest rival, and Angle and Lesnar put on a wrestling clinic in the main event. This is a must see show and is up there with Wrestlemania X7 as an all-time great show.