WrestleMania IX was a spectacular WrestleMania for many reasons, but the main reason it was I because a lot of the matches had that big, special WrestleMania feel to them. The opening match was really the start of the feud between Matt Hardy and Rey Mysterio for the Cruiserweight title, which was won by Matt Hardy.
The first match with that true WrestleMania feel to it was the match between Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho. This was one of the best done feuds ever heading into a match at WrestleMania. After Michaels freed himself from the Walls Jericho, Jericho attempted a suplex on Michaels but it was countered into a rollup victory by HBK.
At the end of the match it appeared as if Jericho wanted to make friends with Michaels, but he ended up low blowing him and in a truly awesome and emotional moment Michaels slumped to the floor looking up at Jericho wondering why he would do what he did.
Triple H vs. Booker T was not one of those matches with a huge WrestleMania feel to it, but it was a very good match between two wrestlers in their prime at the time for the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H ended up hitting the Pedigree for the win to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
The next match definitely had one of those true WrestleMania feels to it, as it pitted two of the most iconic figures in the history of the WWE, Vince Mcmahon and Hulk Hogan against each other in a Street Fight. The feud was basically Mcmahon saying he was responsible for the WWF’s early success and Hogan saying he had a lot to do with it.
In a surprisingly watchable match between the two, McMahon ended up getting busted open by Hogan after a chair shot to the head. Later in the match Roddy Piper interfered in the match hitting Hogan with a pipe. Hogan however, by hitting McMahon with his patented big boot and leg drop for the pinfall victory over McMahon.
Seeing Hogan defeat McMahon at WrestleMania 19 years after it all started was truly a historic WrestleMania moment. The second to last match of the night was a pure singles match, where no championship was on the line, between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. This was Austin and Rock’s third and final meeting at WrestleMania and it did not disappoint. The Rock ended up hitting three Rock Bottoms on Austin to finally get a victory over him at a WrestleMania.
The main event of the night was a match for the WWE championship between two of the best wrestlers of all time in Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s career was short but he surely left his mark on the WWE forever. It was a typical back and forth technical match between the two in the early going. As Lesnar escaped the Ankle Lock, Angle attempted to perform an Angle Slam on Lesnar but it was countered into an F-5 by Lesnar.
Instead of just covering Angle and going for the victory, Lesnar climbed the top rope and attempted to hit a shooting star press. Now that move in general is very hard to perform, and for a man his size, it seemed almost stupid for Lesnar to try to perform it. Surprisingly Lesnar would have hit the move perfectly if he had calculated the distance correctly. Instead Lesnar hit the ground and it looked like he almost broke his neck on the fall.
Angle went for the cover on Lesnar and ended up getting a two count. After Lesnar kicked out, Lesnar picked Angle up and hit another F-5 for the pinfall victory on Angle. Lesnar look obviously shook up when he was performing the F-5 and rightfully so. One other thing that made this unbelievable match even better was the fact that Kurt Angle was essentially risking his life wrestling this match as he was supposed to have neck surgery but instead insisted on doing the match.