“ Genre: Sports - Wrestling / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Actors: Steve 'Stone Cold' Austin, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Terry 'Hulk' Hogan, The Undertaker ... / DVD released 2003-07-14 at Clear Vision Ltd - WWE / Features of the DVD: PAL „
Wrestlemania XIX ( Henceforth referred to as WM19 ) was the 19th annual Wrestlemania Pay Per View event, it was held on March 30th 2003 at Safeco Field in Seattle Washington in front of 54,097 live fans.
The Matches : ( Warning SPoilers )
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Rey Mysterio vs Matt Hardy ( C )
This is from the period, where for me Rey was one of the best in-ring performers to watch, however since then his gain of Muscle Mass and nagging injuries have made him a shadow of the wrestler he once was, but this was an impressive match that could have shaped up to be a 5 star match, had it not been booked to be too short, at less than 6 minutes it certainly left you wanting more !!
The Undertaker vs A-Train & The Big Show
'Taker' gets his entrance music played live by Limp Bizkit and its safe to say it was pretty awesome, the match itself actually turned out better than I thought it would with the predictable ending, but some solid wrestling from 3 big men
WWE Womens Championship
Trish Stratus vs Jazz vs Victoria ( C )
This actually was an entertaining match that was booked just right, with 3 of the more talented female wrestlers to come down the pipeline in the last few years, some nice spots with Trish picking up the win and the belt
WWE Tag Team Championship
Los Guerreros vs Chris Benoit and Tajiri vs Team Angle ( C )
This match had the potential to steal the show, and while im not sure it actually did, it was quite the amazing match with each man getting his chance to shine on the grandest stage of them all, solid contest with some great spots that ran about 5 minutes too short in my opinion.
Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho.
Not a bad match with some good strong wrestling, considering Shawn Michaels is in the ring with one of the best performers of the last 10 years I was a little surprised this didn't turn out to be a 5 star match, it did seem a little weak and soft in places, but still a great match and worth watching, great heel moment at the end by Jericho
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Booker T vs Triple H ( C )
This really was at the peak of Triple H's trying to rule the world and not putting anyone else over, it was a damn shame really as normally you expect the see the big belt change hands at Wrestlemania, however Hunter managed to leave with his iron grip firmly around the Gold, good match with some nice moments, but disappointing finish that made Booker look weak ( i'm sure intentionally )
Vince McMahon vs "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan
This was always going to be a terrible match, and while maybe not stinking up the place, did turn out to be pretty awful, but it was never about the wrestling ability and holds and suplexes, it was about the story and the two performers told a great story.
The Rock vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
This will always be remembered for the 3rd and final time these men met at Wrestlemania ( Brings a tear to my eye ) and with the incredible chemistry these two men possess in the ring it was always going to be an incredible match that told a great story, and boy did it ever, the Rock played his part perfectly and Stone Cold looked great in the ring ( Considering he spent the previous night in the Emergency Room ), these two men truly create magic when they're in the ring and this is a must see for any fan ( and you should check out the Mania of Wrestlemania Documentary on the extras disc of WM20, for the great story behind this match and the great respect each of these men have for each other )
Wrestling will never get this good again and I do see this match as the last great match and feud the WWE had, and things started to go downhill slightly since this moment
Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle ( C )
This one had the potential to steal the show...and did, albeit partly for the wrong reasons, Kurt Angle went into this match hurt rather badly and as such could have been seriously injured in this match, that alone could have created a match where each man took their foots off the gas and played it safe, that was NOT the case here at all, we were treated to a 5 star match with some amazing Wrestling and some incredible storytelling.
The main story of this match will always be Brock Lesnar's botched Shooting Star press towards the end of the match, how he didn't end up seriously injured or dead still amazes me., but if you've never seen it you need to see it to believe it.
This match is one of the best ever in my opinion
Wow, this is how you do Wrestlemania Vince !! the Event was pretty much a winner from the start, even the matches that should have been terrible ( Undertaker vs A-Train / Big Show ) actually were pretty good matches, and the highlights ( and there were many ) were truly high, this may not be the best WM ever ( that accolade still goes to WM17 in my opinion ) but I would say this is in the top 5.
Essential viewing for any wrestling fan, and in fact why isn't this in your collection ????????
WrestleMania 19 isn't particularly remembered among wrestling fans as one of the best WM PPVs, but it is a solid attempt and features an unforgettable main event, particularly due to the famous Shooting Star Press botch from Brock Lesnar. Overall, it retains the epic feel you expect from a WM event, and there's some great fights here.
The first match sees Matt Hardy take on Rey Mysterio for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. The match is WAY too short, though, and it's a shame that such talented performers aren't given more time.
In the PPV's real dud, The Undertaker yakes on The Big Show and A-Train in a Handicap Match after his partner Nathan Jones is attacked. Not one of Taker's best WM matches at all.
Probably one of my favourite matches on the PPV features Shawn Michaels facing Chris Jericho. There are no titles on the line, and not even a particularly developed feud, but this is a superb, thrilling athletic contest and definitely one of Jericho's best WM fights, and not bad one for HBK either.
Triple H and Booker T square off to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship, and although the result is depressingly predictable, this is still a good fight that really goes to distance.
One of the stranger, but admittedly quite enjoyable matches involves Hulk Hogan taking on Vince McMahon in a huge knockdown drag-out fight, with the employee taking on his employer, in a concept that surely anyone can identify with. It's got tonnes of extras and is a fun little fight.
One of my favourite matches has The Rock fighting Stone Cold Steve Austin, in a reversal of their excellent WrestleMania 15 match, with Rock now as a fully fledged Heel. It's a great match that shows they both still have it, and has a satisfying result.
The main event is also a doozy; Brock Lesnar hopes to capture the WWE Championship from Kurt Angle, in an intense match that has some pretty hairy moments (particularly the aforementioned Shooting Star incident), and has a satisfying result also.
As far as WM PPVs go, this is a good one, even if it's more low-key than the likes of XX.
An excellent Wrestlemania which was headlined by the match that had supposedly been building up for twenty years - The Immortal Hulk Hogan vs his evil boss Vince McMahon. It was hardly going to be a technical highlight reel but this brawl featured some great spots, great heat and an surprising appearance from Roddy Piper, which got one of the spots of the night.
Although this Wrestlemania was built around this match, it didnt actually top the show. Kurt Angle defended his World Title against Brock Lesnar in the final match, in an absolutely blistering main event.
Elsewhere Stone Cold and The Rock battled for a third time on a Wrestlemania, in a match which Austin wasn't into, and was simply a fodder to push Rock for his upcoming feud with Goldberg, Booker T was crushed by Triple H in a stinker, Team Angle, Los Guerreros and Rhyno and Chris Benoit danced a fine dance in a Tag Team encounter, and Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels put together a modern day classic.
All in all, one of the better Wrestlemanias and definitely worth a watch.