WWE WrestleMania 17: Top 10 Moments from the 'Greatest Event of All-Time'
WWE brought WrestleMania to Houston, Tex. on April 1, 2001. The show had a ton of huge matches, and many fans mark this show as the end of the "Attitude Era."
On top of that, many fans also call this event the "greatest ever." Not only do I believe that is incorrect, it is also not as great as some will claim. Why, you ask?
Let's find out!
10. Chyna vs. Ivory
Ivory defended her Women's title against Chyna here. The feud had been going on for a few months with the Ninth Wonder of the World and Right to Censor.
This was the definition of a "squash" match.
The video package before the match lasted one minute.
The entrances added another three minutes.
The bell rang. Two minutes later, there was a new champion.
Chyna took care of Ivory in no time. She won the gold, barely defended it and left the company months later without even losing the title.
9. Filler Matches
The Right to Censor lost to APA and Tazz in a six-man tag team match.
If somebody wants to tell me why this match even got five minutes, I am right here. This was one of those battles thrown out there just to get "everybody on the show."
Nothing at all interested me here!
Another match that did nothing for me was for the European Championship. Test was the title holder facing off against Eddie Guerrero.
I was a fan of both men, but this didn't do it for me. Test was in the middle of being a heel to face to heel in 2001 and wasn't in a good spot. Eddie was still with Perry Saturn, and that was just too bad.
In the end, Eddie won the gold after 10 minutes.
Big fan of these two. Just not of this match...
8. Opening Match
The show began with Chris Jericho defending his Intercontinental Championship against William Regal. These two had great chemistry inside and outside the ring.
Sadly, this was not their best night. Something seemed "off" the entire match. I don't why, but it never even got the crowd involved either.
After just eight minutes, the match ended with Jericho gaining the pin fall victory in very disappointing fashion. I believe this was also the only title not to change hands all night.
7. Hardcore Title Match
Raven vs. Kane vs. Big Show was a triple-threat match for the Hardcore title.
I could do without the entire "division," but this was entertaining. It was disappointing to see two main event talents being used in such a small way.
However, I understand why.
The three fought all around the arena and kept the crowd entertained. The ending came when they destroyed the "stage" on the entrance ramp.
Kane pinned Big Show, and we had a new champion.
6. Gimmick Battle Royal
This was fun.
I highly suggest everybody watch the video I posted just once. If you love it, great! If not, I certainly can see that as well.
The announcers were there. The wrestlers were there. The gimmicks were there.
The wrestling was...there.
At the end of the day, who cares?
This was just a blast from the past for many fans. Being an over-the-top-rope battle royal, only a few men could win. That was just the way it was.
Iron Shiek eliminated Hilbilly Jim last to win.
5. Father vs. Son
This was yet another chapter in the never-ending McMahon family story.
Vince was feuding with Shane. The two were set to battle at Wrestle Mania in a street fight.
Just six days before the event, Shane purchased WCW behind his father's back. It set in motion a story that would last throughout 2001 and a series of very memorable moments.
On this night, it was simply Vince McMahon vs. Shane McMahon. The two brawled all over the place, and Mick Foley (special guest referee) happily counted the pin fall win for Shane.
Great effort from both men, as Stephanie McMahon, Linda McMahon and Trish Stratus all added to the match too.
4. TLC II
Edge and Christian with Rhyno.
The Dudley Boyz with Spike.
The Hardy Boyz with Lita.
The difference between this Tables, Ladders and Chairs match and the first one was each team had some help later on in the battle. In my opinion, that added to the segment.
As most know, these three teams pulled out all the stops. Edge and Christian won the tag team gold once again, but that wasn't the entire story.
In my mind, these three teams almost tried too hard to "steal the show."
I understand they all wanted to be "cool" and "hip" with their big, high-risk moves. I get that. However, they were very close to crossing the line.
Jeff Hardy, in particular, trying to walk across the top of a set of ladders was just ridiculous. Whoever let that happen (writers or wrestlers) should really think twice next time. Way too dangerous!
I love the passion, but enough was enough. It got to the point where these guys were trying to kill each other just for a "pop" from the crowd. Thankfully, this style eventually slowed down...
3. Undertaker vs. Triple H
Yes, this match did take place.
Triple H had just defeated Stone Cold at No Way Out in February. Do not ask why...
Undertaker was doing his usual act. Being the "big dog," he beat people up. Plain and simple.
It was inevitable for these two to clash. We saw that match take shape for Wrestle Mania XVII. Wow; what a match it was!
The referee was knocked out early. From there, it was open season on brawling, weapons and pure mayhem outside the ring.
In the end, Taker won with a huge Last Ride after nearly 20 minutes. It was a wonderful match from both men, and it will be an honor to see these two wrestle each other one more time in less than two weeks.
2. Overrated PPV
I wrote about this back in October last year.
I feel this show has been overrated by many wrestling fans.
Yes, it is all opinion. Yes, it is personal preferences. However, it is just like looking back at the "Attitude Era" right now.
A lot of folks will gladly remember all the good about the late 90's, yet fail to bring up the absolutely terrible moments as well. Sorry; you can't have it both ways!
The top of this card was excellent. The main event, the street right, TLC II, Taker/HHH and many more delivered big time. Make no mistake, they were all amazing to watch.
However, that doesn't discount the amount of filler earlier in the show. The women were used in a two-minute match. Two other title matches were thrown together and disappointed.
We also saw a five-minute six-man tag team match. Just no reason whatsoever for that.
It is the same reason CM Punk did not win my "Superstar of the Year" in 2011. I looked at his entire year, and the beginning was just not very good. The second half certainly was.
I am as positive as they come in life. However, I can't just ignore the first hour or so of this show...
1. The Main Event
The Rock won the WWE Title in February.
A month earlier, Stone Cold had won the Royal Rumble match.
"Houston, we have a problem..."
That was one of the tag lines used by the company for this battle, and I completely understand. What was going to happen when the two top faces faced off with the richest prize in the industry on the line?
The match stared off with a surprise, as Howard Finkel announced it to be No Disqualifications. These two were set to destroy each other, and fans had to pick a side. As great as the 30-minute match was, most fans only discuss the ending.
With both men exhausted, Vince McMahon came down to the ring and repeatedly stopped The Rock from winning. Everybody watching was confused until he handed Steve Austin a steel chair.
It was quickly apparent. Stone Cold "needed" the title so bad, he made a deal with his most hated rival in Vince McMahon to help him win.
The "heel turn" certainly had problems working, especially here in Texas. As much as the big move ended up failing to get over many times during 2001, it all began at WrestleMania XVII.
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