First off, the theme song for this show was awesome, "Bring Me To Life" By Evanescense is an awesome song, and got me wanting to hear it during the show. Unlike nowadays where I can't even remember the last Pay Per View song. Anyway, I will get round to doing the WrestleMania XX review after I review No Way Out 2003, Elimination Chamber 2012 and 2013...random February PPV's. This was the first PPV held in Canada since the Montreal Screwjob, so that was an interesting bit of trivia.
1. Singles Match
Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
Also, Jim Ross wasn't on commentary because he was selling an injury sustained on RAW...it was used to build up Austin beating down Eric Bischoff. Anyway, Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho was a fun opener. It didn't have super extreme spots and it was 100 mile an hour cruiserweights, but the two talents that were wrestling here are fun to watch. Chris Jericho was building to a match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 19, Jeff Hardy was kind of like HBK's sidekick throughout this.
Jeff Hardy nearly beat Chris Jericho with his senton, but Jericho got his foot on the ropes. Hardy went for it again but missed, Jericho hit a lionsault but Hardy kicked out at 2. The match rolled on and it concluded with Chris Jericho slamming Jeff Hardy down from the top rope to the mat before Jericho locked in the Walls Of Jericho. HBK came down and ambushed Jericho, Christian came down and HBK cleaned them both out before posing on the top rope.
Rating-***1/2, Time-12:59, Winner-Chris Jericho
Backstage Kurt Angle is shown talking to Team Angle in his locker room, and Evolution are shown arriving in a limo. When the camera moved past them it showed Stone Cold's truck which got a big pop.
2. Tag Team Match for the World Tag Team Championship
William Regal and Lance Storm (C) vs. Rob Van Dam and Kane
This was an obvious filler match, they didn't show a video package before hand so I had no idea why these guys were fighting each other. Kane started out dominant, but then Regal and Storm worked down RVD. The finish to this match was pretty confusing, Storm pushed RVD into Kane, and apparently Kane was blindsighted by this. So Kane chokeslams RVD and Regal pins RVD, I think...whatever happened, Regal and Storm retained.
Rating-**, Time-9:20, Winners-William Regal and Lance Storm To Retain The World Tag Team Championships
Backstage Matt Hardy tells Jeff Hardy that if he followed Mattitude, he wouldn't lose all the time. Jeff slaps Matt before walking off.
3. Singles Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Billy Kidman (C) vs. Matt Hardy w/Shannon Moore
The story going into this match was that Matt Hardy had to lose ten pounds in the space of one week (or was it two) to get into the cruiserweight bracket...why did he feel like he needed to get into the cruiserweight bracket. Whatever the reason was, this match was good. The main thing I am going to remember from this match was Matt Hardy getting out of the way of a Shooting Star Press before hitting a Twist Of Fate for a 2 count.
Then about a minute later Matt Hardy hit Billy Kidman with a Twist Of Fate off the top rope following distraction from Shannon Moore. That got Matt Hardy the pinfall therefore Matt Hardy wins the Cruiserweight Championship, that marks three out of three matches that have been won by heels.
Rating-**3/4, Time-9:31, Winner-Matt Hardy To Win The WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Backstage Edge is shown laid out with Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Smackdown GM Stephanie McMahon and EMT's checking on him.
4. Singles Match
The Undertaker vs. The Big Show w/Paul Heyman
In the Smackdown's going into this match, Big Show and Paul Heyman had been playing mind games with The Undertaker where they had crates and surprised Undertaker because Big Show wasn't in the arena. But the Smackdown episode before this show Big Show came back and took out Big Evil. The match these guys had here was kind of boring, it was hard to get into with Big Show just wearing down the Undertaker for the best part of twelve minutes.
Undertaker was busted open on the forehead, commentary was selling how he needs a miracle comeback to win the match. Undertaker did make a comeback, my only real highlight was Undertaker's over the top rope suicide dive onto Paul Heyman and A-Train. A bit over a minute later Undertaker locks in a triangle choke on Big Show (Hell's Gate) and Undertaker won the match. After the match Taker got a chair and went to hit Big Show with it, but A-Train took him out.
Rating-**1/2, Time-14:08. Winner-The Undertaker
They show Edge being stretchered away and Eric Bischoff in his office getting ready, Bischoff is talking about how he has Jericho, Regal and Storm to back him up. But Vince McMahon comes in and says that he won't allow anyone to interfere in the Bischoff vs. Austin match later on in the night.
5. Two On Three Handicap Match
Brock Lesnar and Chris Benoit vs. Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Hass) w/Paul Heyman
This was a fun match, once again due to the talent involved. Benoit hit a hat-trick of German Suplexes but that momentum was short lived as team Angle began to work away on Chris Benoit. Meanwhile The Beast Brock Lesnar was in the corner seething at Team Angle. Kurt Angle was flamboyantly working over the man who he defeat at the 2003 Royal Rumble to retain the WWE Championship. Paul Heyman was just standing at ringside, he didn't really do anything in this match.
I couldn't remember the finish to this match, so I was surprised when I saw Chris Benoit make Charlie Haas tap out as Brock Lesnar F-5'd Kurt angle. After the match Lesnar posed with the WWE Championship belt as Team Angle were on the ramp seething.
Rating-***1/2, Time-13:19, Winners-Brock Lesnar and Chris Benoit
6. Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (C) w/Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista vs. Scott Steiner
When I remembered that this match was on the card I honestly groaned, thinking 'I haven't seen this match of their match from Royal Rumble 2003. But based on what I've seen online I don't want to'. Was Triple H the heel here? You couldn't tell because of Scott Steiner trying to expose Triple H's injured leg bandaging. The first half of this match was basically a heel versus heel match which didn't make sense given the build.
This match was pretty boring, in the end Orton, Batista and Flair are all getting involved. Earl Hebner kicks them out, Triple H hits Steiner in the face with the World Heavyweight Championship belt but Steiner kicks out at 2. Then Triple H hits a Pedigree on Steiner for the 1...2...3 therefore HHH retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
Rating-**, Time-13:01, Winner-Triple H To Retain The World Heavyweight Championship
7. Singles Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff
Before this match JR came onto commentary and this really helped, Eric Bischoff got on the mic and started talking. Then Stone Cold Steve Austin came out to a thunderous pop, Eric Bischoff was urging Austin not to harm him. But Austin unleashes on Bischoff, Austin brawled with Eric around ringside. Austin hit one Stunner, but pulled Eric's shoulder up, he does that again and again. Finally Austin hits another pinfall to get the pinfall victory 1...2...3.
Austin was posing in the ring as the Montreal Crowd was going crazy, JR was standing up on the announce table...this was great stuff. Austin came down to the ring again to Stun Bischoff again, meanwhile backstage the RAW wrestlers were marking out.
Rating-Really Fun, Time-4:26, Winner-Stone Cold Steve Austin
8. MAIN EVENT: Singles Match
The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan
The main event of this show was the rematch of WrestleMania 18, The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan...in this case it was the Hollywood version of The Rock, against Hulk Hogan who had the theme music that sounded like something which TNA would put together. This match was okay, Rock smashed Hogan in the back with Hogan's back and vice versa. Rock was being a great heel during this match.
In the end Rock was about to lose the match when the lights went out, when they came back on the referee was laid out. Vince comes onto the stage and is acting like 'What just happened', Rock hits a Rock Bottom on Hogan for the 1...2...3 to defeat Hogan (the ref jumped up and counted the fall). Vince gets into the ring and mocks Hogan before walking off to end the show.
Rating-**1/2, Time-12:20, Winner-The Rock
Overall Show Rating: C+; This show was only a C+ to me, although it could have easily been lower. Because there was no WWE Title Match, a boring World Title match, a lame Taker vs. Big Show match, an underwhelming main event and a boring tag title match. Although this show was tied together by Ruthless Aggression era storytelling, if this happened nowadays where there are absolutely no stories in the company anymore.
The opening match was fun, the Cruiserweight Title match was entertaining, Stone Cold's return match versus Eric Bischoff (it wasn't really a match, it was a beatdown) was awesome and the end of the show was really cool. Overall this show is best seen without watching the whole thing.