May 24, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
Sunday, March 28th in Philadelphia, PA
Boyz To Men opened Wrestlemania 15 with the ‘Star Spangled Banner’. Freddie Blassie followed with a narration of the WWF legends, lending immediate importance to the event. Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler hosted the festivities; Jim Ross would make the show complete.
Harcore Holly defeated Al Snow and Billy Gunn in a Hardcore Triple Threat Match in 7:04 when Holly pinned Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship Snow entertained the crowd with a broken broomstick, following up Gunn’s use of a hockey stick. After knocking down both men with Head, Snow brought a table into the ring. Momentium backfired, and Gunn sent Snow crashing through the table. Gunn used the “Famouser” to knock Snow unconscious, and Gunn seemed poised to retain his championship. Holly knocked Gunn off Snow, and covered Snow for the victory himself; title changes where the champion doesn’t lose directly are always suspect.
Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart (w/Debra) defeated D-Lo Brown & Test (w/Ivory) in 3:54 when Jarrett pinned Brown Test & D-Lo immediately teased dissension; under her robe, Debra wore a bra & panties (must be seen to be appreciated). Owen clipped D-Lo from behind, allowing Jarrett to score the victory. In the midst of all this, PMS brawled with Ivory, continuing their never ending feud with Brown.
Butterbean knocked Bart Gunn out in 0:45 seconds of a Brawl for All Matchup Kevin Rooney, Chuck Whipner & Gorilla Monsoon (showing the signs of his illness) were the judges; Vinny Ponzenza was the referee. Butterbean knocked Gunn out in the first round in an apparent shoot (Gunn’s mystique was killed tonight).
Mankind defeated Paul Wight via disqualification in 6:49 to become the referee in the WWF World Championship match Foley continually hooked the Mandible Claw, and the third time seemed to be the charm. As Wight appeared to be on the verge of passing out, he slammed his whole body weight onto Mankind, knocking Foley senseless. Showing far too much aggressiveness, Wight chokeslammed Foley through two chairs, earning a DQ loss. Vince McMahon was livid, and pushed Wight to the point where Wight used a big fist to knock McMahon unconscious. As Foley was stretchered to the back, Patterson & Brisco assisted Vince to the back. Vince demanded that Wight be arrested; far too early to go through with this turn…
Intercontinetal Champion Road Dogg defeated Goldust (w/The Blue Meanie & Ryan Shamrock), Ken Shamrock & Val Venis in a elimination IC match. Brawling on the outside, both Venus & Shamrock were counted out. An enraged Shamrock belly to back suplexed both Road Dogg & Goldust, putting both men at an even level. Ryan “accidentally” tripped Goldust, giving Road Dogg a chance to schoolboy poor Goldust. Ryan walked to the locker room alone, at least for now…
Kane defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsly via disqualification in 11:33 The Pazmanian Devil attacked Kane, and was unmasked as Pete Rose. Repeating his performance at last years Wrestlemania, Rose suffered a Tombstone Piledriver for his troubles. HHH carried Kane to the best match of his career before both men were distracted by Chyna’s arrival. She threw the ring stairs into the ring, and HHH used a drop toe hold to send Kane face first into the stairs. After Kane chokeslammed HHH, Chyna turned on Kane, connecting with a chair into the confused Kane. As Kane laid broken hearted, Chyna embraced HHH, rejoining DX in the process.
As Mick Foley was declared to be too injured to referee the main event, Vince McMahon announced himself as the new official.
WWF Women’s Champion Sable pinned Tori in 5:02 Tori wore a sexy bodysuit that brought back memories of Catwoman; Nicole Bass destroyed Tori, leaving her easy prey for a SableBomb. Bass appears to be Sable’s new bodyguard, an albatross that Sable doesn’t need.
Kevin Kelly interviewed a complete and reunited DX; with Chyna at their side, DX promised that Shane McMahon would feel their wrath.
European Champion Shane McMahon (w/Test) pinned X-Pac X-Pac encountered interference by Brisco, Patterson & Test; McMahon used a belt to whip a battered X-Pac. Test hit X-Pac in the face with the strap, and gained a near fall on X-Pac. Missing a Bronco Buster, Shane crotched himself; after hitting the X-Factor, X-Pac covered Shane for an apparent victory. HHH & Chyna came to ringside, and HHH TURNED ON X-PAC! With HHH & Chyna in the Corporation, the New Age Outlaws tried to make the save, only to be rebuffed by Test & HHH. Kane made the save for DX (could he be DX’s new member?). Seems like a bad fit…
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) pinned The Big Boss Man in a Hell In the Cell Cage Match in 9:45 Handcuffing UT to the cage, the Boss Man hammered UT with his nightstick. With his forehead busted open, the Undertaker seemed like easy prey for the Boss Man’s attacks. After nine minutes of the worst Hell in the Cell yet, UT pinned the Boss Man after the Tombstone Piledriver. The Brood descended from the ceiling, perched on top of the cage. The Brood tore their way into the Cell, and a noose was wrapped around the Boss Man’s neck as the cage was raised. While a scary visual, it also came across as yet one more lame supernatural angle.
In a wonderful move, Jim Ross was introduced as the play by play man for the main event. Even now, Ross is indisputably the best commentator in the business. He was followed by the Showstopper…
Surprising Vince McMahon, Commissioner Shawn Michaels sent Vince back to the locker room, appointing referee Tim White as tonight’s official. HBK’s charisma may be without equal.
Stone Cold Steve Austin pinned The Rock in 16:50 to win his third WWF World Heavyweight Championship The Rock worked over Austin’s heavily braced right knee; Austin used a flying elbow to send The Rock through the Spanish announcers table (poor guys). Austin barely kicked out of The Rock Bottom, and Stone Cold inadvertently knocked out the referee with a chair. A new official took his place, and Austin showed incredible timing in kicking out of near falls. After the Rock destroyed the second referee, Earl Hebner became the third official of record. As Vince McMahon knocked out Hebner, Vince & The Rock double teamed a prone Austin. An injured Mankind limped to ringside, and became referee #4. Austin avoided the Corporate Elbow, nailed the Stunner, and covered The Rock for the victory. Chugging two Coors Lights, Stone Cold celebrated in style; surprisingly, Mankind & The Rock left ringside quietly. As a sobbing McMahon limped to the back, Austin celebrated with his good pal Earl Hebner. Crazy enough to scold Austin, McMahon suffered both a stunner and a beer drenching. A fitting conclusion…