*Triple Threat World Heavyweight
Triple H(C) vs Chris Benoit
vs Shawn Michaels
Winner: Chris Benoit (New World Champion)
*WWE Championship Match*
Eddie Guerrero(C) vs Kurt Angle
Winner: Eddie Guerrero
The Rock & Mick Foley vs Randy Orton, Batista, and Ric
Chris Jericho vs Christian
*Womens World Championship Match*
Victoria(C) vs Molly Holly
-If Molly loses, her head gets shaved-
*RAW vs SmackDown! Matches*
Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar
Special Guest Referee: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Kane vs The Undertaker
A Playboy Interpromotional Evening Gown Match:
Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie vs Sable & Torrie Wilson
Winner: Sable & Torrie Wilson
*WWE United States Championship
The Big Show(C) vs John Cena
Winner: John Cena (New US Champion)
*Battle Royal for the WWE Cruiserweight Title*
featuring Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Jamie Noble and
Winner: Chavo Guerrero
*World Tag Team Championship
Booker T & RVD(C) vs Cade
& Jindrak vs Dudley Boyz vs La Resistance
Winner: Booker T & Rob Van Dam
*WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal Four-Way*
Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty(C) vs The Bashems vs The APA
Winner: Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty
WWFuWrestling.com in conjunction
with Slam!Sports of Canada present to you the comprehensive history of WWE's Grandest Event... WrestleMania! Click the link
of the WrestleMania you want to know more about.
WWE announced on March 2nd that former Minnesota
Governor Jesse Ventura, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Sgt. Slaughter, Superstar Billy Graham,
Tito Santana, Don Muraco, Harley Race, Junkyard Dog and Big John Studd will be inducted as the newest members of
the WWE Hall of Fame.
Baseball great Pete Rose will
be the first-ever special celebrity inductee into the Hall of Fame for his classic appearances at WrestleMania XIV, WrestleMania
XV, and WrestleMania 2000.
The new members will be inducted during the WWE Hall
of Fame dinner at the New York Hilton on Saturday, March 13.
The Hall of Fame ceremony is a highlight of the weekend
festivities which culminate on Sunday, March 14, 2004, when WWE will present WrestleMania XX to a sold-out Madison Square
Garden filled with fans from 16 countries, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Fans from more than 90 countries
will also have the opportunity to watch the event.
"We are privileged to have 10 Superstars who are truly
deserving to be called WWE Hall of Famers," said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
"Pete Rose is our first-ever celebrity inductee for
the classic moments he has provided in WrestleMania matches with WWE Superstar Kane. Only a champion like Pete Rose would
get into a wrestling ring with a 300-pound monster like Kane, and then have the tenacity and determination to do it again."
WWE Superstars previously inducted into the Hall of
Fame include Andre the Giant, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, George "The Animal" Steele, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Captain
Lou Albano, The Fabulous Moolah, Bobo Brazil, James Dudley, "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, "Golden Boy" Arnold Skaaland, Gorilla
Monsoon, Chief Jay Strongbow, The Grand Wizard, Pedro Morales, Ivan Putski, "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, Antonino Rocca, "Baron"
Mikel Scicluna, Pat Patterson, Johnny Rodz, Vincent J. McMahon, Walter "Killer" Kowalski, and The Valiant Brothers (Handsome
Jimmy & Luscious Johnny).
A Timeline of WWE at Madison Square Garden.
12/11/25: The McMahon legacy with the Garden
begins when family patriarch Jess McMahon helps promote the first boxing event at the MSG on 8th avenue.
11/26/56: Vincent J. McMahon promotes his
first Madison Square Garden wrestling event. This begins the WWE's relationship with the Garden, as over the next four years,
McMahon gains exclusive rights to hold wrestling there.
1/2/60: Bruno Sammartino makes his MSG debut.
5/17/63 Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in 48
seconds to win the brand new WWE Championship and begins the longest title reign in wrestling history.
2/19/68: WWE debuts at the current MSG on
7th avenue and 33rd street.
1/18/71: Ivan Koloff ends Bruno's monumental
title reign before a stunned capacity crowd.
3/26/73: Andre the Giant makes his MSG debut.
3/1/76: Ric Flair makes his MSG debut.
12/18/78: The NWA World Title is defended
in MSG as Harley Race defends against Tony Garea.
12/17/79: Hulk Hogan makes his MSG debut,
defeating Ted DiBiase.
9/22/80: WWE Champion Bob Backlund and NWA
Champion Harley Race face off a WWE/NWA World Championship Unification match, Backlund wins by DQ, no titles change hands.
6/28/82: Vincent K. McMahon presents his very
first Garden show after taking the company over from his father.
10/17/83: With a young Mick Foley watching
in the audience, Jimmy Snuka leaps from the top of a 15 foot high steel cage onto Don Muraco.
1/23/84: Hulkamania is born as Hulk Hogan
defeats the Iron Shiek for the WWE Championship.
7/23/84: WWE airs its first MTV Special, The
Brawl to Settle it All, where Cyndi Lauper leads Wendi Richter to defeat the Fabulous Moolah, ending Moolah's 28-year
reign as WWE Womens Champion.
2/18/85: WWE's second MTV Special, The
War to Settle the Score, sets the stage for the greatest extravaganza in sports entertainment.
3/31/85: History is made when the first ever
WrestleMania eminates from Madison Square Garden, beginning an annual WWE tradition.
8/29/88: The first SummerSlam is held at the
Garden, featuring the MegaPowers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) vs The MegaBucks (Andre & DiBiase)
8/26/91: SummerSlam returns to the Garden,
this time featuring the "Match Made in Hell" (Hogan & Ultimate Warrior vs Sgt. Slaughter, Iron Shiek, Gen. Adnan) and
the "Match Made in Heaven" (the wedding of Randy Savage and Elizabeth)
11/30/91: Legends Collide as the "Nature Boy"
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan meet in the ring for the very first time.
3/20/94: WrestleMania X returns to the place
where it all began, celebrating the ten year anniversary of the biggest event in sports entertainment.
5/19/96: Scott Hall and Kevin Nash make their
last WWE appearance before heading to WCW to form the nWo, the night is capped off by the famous "Curtain Call" where Shawn
Michaels and Triple H joined Hall & Nash in the ring to bid them farewell.
11/17/96: Survivor Series comes to the Garden,
on this night... The Rock makes his WWE and MSG debut.
9/22/97: WWE RAW is WAR is held at the Garden
for the first time. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin stuns Vince McMahon for the very first time.
8/30/98: The "Highway to Hell" ends at SummerSlam,
where Stone Cold and Undertaker collide.
1/23/00: WWE presents the Royal Rumble at
the Garden. Tazz makes his MSG debut.
11/17/02: The 16th annual Survivor Series
emanates from MSG, the Elimination Chamber is unveiled for the first time.
6/23 - 6/24/03: RAW and SmackDown! are held
on back-to-back nights. Kane is unmasked on RAW, and the Ultimo Dragon makes his MSG debut on SmackDown!
March 14th, 2004: WrestleMania XX is set to
bring sports-entertainment's greatest tradition back to WWE's "Home Turf" for the biggest spectacular of all-time.
Goldberg cemented his status as an elite sports
entertainer with 173 consecutive victories in WCW. Another number, however, will most likely define the former WCW world heavyweight
champion's career. That being 365, the number of days he lasted with WWE.
Remember back to the last WCW "Nitro," a joint
telecast with "Raw," and picture Vince McMahon standing in the WWE ring addressing an entire nation of wrestling fans.
McMahon rattled off a list of WCW superstars
and asked his WWE fans who they wanted to see work for him.
Buff Bagwell -- a mixed reaction for a so-called
superstar who proved that a chiseled body doesn't equal success.
Booker T -- Mild cheering for a tag-team wrestler
just turned on to singles' stardom.
Goldberg -- a thunderous ovation for pretty
much the only talent left in WCW whose name could be coupled with the word "potential."
Goldberg finally arrived to WWE in 2003 just
after "Wrestlemania XIX," when he confronted The Rock on the post-pay-per-view "Raw."
At first sight of Goldberg on WWE TV, fans naturally
reacted, cheering the former WCW world heavyweight champion if for no other reason than he injected life into the stagnant
company. As time passed, however, neither party -- WWE or Goldberg -- felt comfortable with the situation.
The company made him into a comedic act, teaming
him with Goldust in backstage vignettes that soiled the Goldberg persona. Goldberg wasn't completely innocent, flaunting his
ego and name-value like he was roaming the halls of the old WCW, where intangibles like that actually mattered for leverage
Last Sunday's "No Way Out" was Goldberg's next-to-last
WWE appearance until March 14, when he battles Brock Lesnar at "Wrestlemania XX" in Madison Square Garden. That match, as
of now, will be his final WWE match, since the federation has yet to offer him an extension.
Goldberg's first, and last, "Wrestlemania."
So, what happened? How could Goldberg and WWE
completely squander any opportunity to succeed as a would-be unstoppable union between the creative genius that is McMahon
and Goldberg, a superstar still with plenty to learn about sports entertainment?
First and foremost, blame WCW for creating Goldberg.
McMahon doesn't welcome former WCW superstars
to his company, and his track record supports that point. Booker T, Scott Steiner and even The Big Show -- all main-event
superstars with WCW -- never really ascended to top-tier status in WWE for a lengthy amount of time.
A world title still eludes Booker T and Steiner,
and Big Show still sometimes comes across as more of a goofball than a real-life "Giant." The Big Show actually lost his first
high-profile singles match -- a one-on-one showdown with Steve Austin on March 9, 1999 -- upon arriving in WWE.
A few superstars -- namely Eddie Guerrero, Chris
Jericho and Chris Benoit -- have finally started succeeding after years with the company. In Guerrero's case, WWE added the
"Latino Heat" gimmick, thus making Guerrero's character its own.
McMahon, for the most part, won't push what
he didn't create.
But McMahon and his biased toward WCW-bred talent
isn't completely to blame.
Goldberg isn't really worth his price or the
Think about it: Here's an ex-football player
who became a top superstar in WCW in just under a year. He became the company's premier act in that time and had barely logged
an hour's worth of work and was subsequently rewarded with a multimillion dollar contract with Time Warner.
He learned everything that was wrong with wrestling,
picking up traits of backstabbing and jockeying for position during his time in WCW, a company riddled with politics. For
that, he'll always be skeptical of the wrestling business. And McMahon doesn't employ skeptics of his craft; he's got enough
of them to deal with from Bob Costas to Phil Mushnick.
Goldberg, because of how WCW treated him, perhaps
expected WWE to employ the same kind of "do-as-little-as-possible" mentality that defined WCW. Instead, WWE expected a lot
from Goldberg, more than he cared to give.
Goldberg always has lacked the kind of desire
that perfectly describes a WWE superstar. He doesn't have the passion of a Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar or Austin. He didn't make
the business his life's work like Triple H, Benoit or Chris Jericho.
Goldberg treated professional wrestling just
like any other job, which is why he won't have one March 15.
The fun has begun, I've been involved
in the biggest fiasco of my life.
What am I referring to you ask?
Well, I'm referring to
the day WrestleMania tickets went on sale, and here I am now and I find myself ticketless. I know a number of you out there
were lucky enough to end up with tickets. Those of you who honestly want to go to the event, and are looking forward to it;
I don't have a problem with you. I'm in the same boat, I'm a wrestling fan, and I want to go to WrestleMania. I'm writing
this to the scheming, rotten, despicable people who figured out a way to end up with the most amount of Wrestlemania tickets
possible, and then turn around and sell them for an obscene amount on E-Bay. You know who you are. If you're currently
selling WM tickets on eBay for way more than you paid for them, then I'm talking about you.
These are people who don't
give a damn about wrestling; they probably don't even know what WrestleMania is. All they're out for is to make an easy, quick
buck. It's a disgrace, it's outrageous the prices some of these people are charging. Do you think money grows on trees, where
you live instead of raindrops do $100 bills fall out of the sky? Because where I live, none of the above happens. Unless you
have piles of money just lying around, and nothing to do with your life but sit on eBay all day while hundreds of people try
to outmaneuver you for a pair of tickets, then you're not going to Wrestlemania. It's a shame because the true WWE fans,
the people that should be at a special event like Wrestlemania, a lot of them aren't going to be there. Because lowlifes like
the ones that inhabit eBay bought up all the tickets, when they had absolutely no intention of EVER going to the show. That's
my biggest problem with the whole process. I don't have a problem with people selling things on eBay, it's a free country,
and we have a free enterprise system in this country. But don't ruin it for other hard working people who might like
to go see a wrestling show at the Garden in March; people like us never had a chance. It's a joke. So the end result is that
I am probably going to spend some outrageous sum of money on Wrestlemania tickets, because it's important to me that I am
there. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I don't want to miss it. But what about the average WWE fan who doesn't
happen to have $700 lying around. They get shutout, and countless others around the world get shutout. A lot of the people
who actually traveled to MSG, and waited outside in line get nothing. The whole system is a joke, they should have never released
the pre-sale password to the general public, and the people on eBay charging your left and right lung for WrestleMania tickets
should be ashamed of themselves. You ought to wear a mask when you leave the house in the morning; you're a bunch of crooks.
if you don't like it, then that's really too bad. This is my space; this is my place to say what's on my mind. I have too
much pent up anger and frustration that I had to get out, and I hope everyone understands where I'm coming from. I know
I wasn't the only one who got royally shafted , so I speak for all of you. If anyone involved with WWE is reading this, you
need to come up with a new method for putting tickets on-sale. How about when you advertise a pre-sale password that is supposed
to be for fans who paid money to go to your live events, you actually live up to your word, and release the password to those
fans only? That would be a swell idea. Then maybe it would be the "reward" for being a loyal WWE fan that Lilian Garcia talked
about in June at MSG. Once again WWE is guilty of false advertising, and their fans are the ones who have to pay.
Bootman from Ashland, Ohio had no trouble getting RAW tickets to the 11/3 show at Gund Arena, on the same day Wrestlemania
tickets went on-sale. Gee, I wonder why. Everyone was circling around the WrestleMania tickets like a bunch of vultures, that's
My WrestleMania ranting session is done, thanks for reading!