Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4 Days Until Wrestlemania 28

Wrestlemania 28 is a mere four days away. This is the one that we have all been waiting for, on April 1st 2012, where we are going to see the battle between John Cena against the Rock, one year in the making. Where we are going to see one on one the Undertaker taking on Triple H inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. The bad blood between Chris Jericho and CM Punk hits the boiling point in the match for the WWE Championship. Plus the 2012 Royal Rumble Sheamus gets his shot at the World Heavyweight Title against Sheamus, the twelve man tag for the battle of the General Manager position, and so much more. It only happens once a year.

And we only have a few more days to talk about some of the great matches throughout Wrestlemania history. Two men who were responsible for the boom period of the World Wrestling Federation, later World Wrestling Entertainment, were Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. Mr. McMahon was the vision and Hulk Hogan was the top star. These two men would meet on March 30th 2003 at Wrestlemania 19.

Hulk Hogan versus Vince McMahon is your Wrestlemania Spotlight

It will be debated until the end of time whether it was the creative genius of Vincent Kennedy McMahon or the star power, the larger than life personality of Hulk Hogan was the real reason while the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment became the house hold name as it was. Could Hulk Hogan have caught on as big of a star as he was? He was on his way but there might have been a wall? Could Vince McMahon have done well with someone like Jimmy Snuka or Kerry Von Erich or Junkyard Dog or anyone else as his top of the line babyface other than Hulk Hogan?

The true answer is both were two components of a working machine. Without the other, the machine would work but it would not work as well.

The story as it was, was that Vince McMahon was angry about Hulk Hogan only telling him "thank you" once during the entire ten years he was in the World Wrestling Federation. Mr. McMahon is one to hold a grudge and McMahon was not happy when his daughter Stephanie, the then General Manager of Smackdown, brought back Hulk Hogan. The Rock versus Hulk Hogan was the next step at No Way Out, in Montreal. Yet another reenactment of the Montreal Screwjob with evil french referee Sylvan Grenier (future La Resistance member, learned his go behinds from Pat Patterson).

This set up a street fight between Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 19. And while we should not have been expecting a five star classic, it was a bloody spectacle. The visual of Vince McMahon peering from behind the ring apron, with a blood soaked face is etched in the minds of every WWE fan that seen it. Vince McMahon's legdrop off of the ladder through an announcers table on Hulk Hogan might not be the most fluid move, but it was something. Then there was the return of Hogan's original arch nemesis from the first Wrestlemania, Roddy Piper, who interfered and attacked Hogan with a pipe. Hogan shrugged off the attacks, big boot and three legdrops puts Vince McMahon down for the pin.

This will be the last time Hulk Hogan likely would be in the ring at a Wrestlemania for many reasons, although he did appear at Wrestlemania 21 to save Eugene from an attack from Muhammed Hassan and Daivari.

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