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#2361 Posted on 8.3.11 0344.33
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WrestleMania III:

The irresistible force meeting the immovable object!

I remember hearing somewhere that by this point Andre's body was so fucked up he wore a back brace underneath his wrestling singlet, yet he still told Hogan to "slam me, boss", wanting to pass the torch and make Hogan look like a million bucks.

A class act who was taken from us far too soon.

Also, Savage/Steamboat, one of the greatest matches of all time.

Howard Finkel, who has been at every WrestleMania, has gone on record as saying that this is his favorite one of them all. (Citation: I asked him about it during RAW Live Chat last Monday.)

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#2362 Posted on 9.3.11 0218.51
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WrestleMania IV:

A ridonkulous 16 matches on the card because of the WWF Championship tournament. Randy Savage defeats Ted DiBiase for his first title, but gets the rug pulled out from under him by the glory hound Hulk Hogan.

On the other hand, Bret Hart attacks Bad News Brown after the battle royal and destroys his insanely ostentatious trophy, making a face turn that would mark the turning point of what ended up being a Hall of Fame career for the Hitman.

You'd think that the bookers would leave a tournament slot open and award it to the winner of the battle royal, but no, you get a big freakin' trophy that gets destroyed inside a minute or two anyway. Whoop-dee-do.
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#2363 Posted on 9.3.11 1017.45
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Randy Savage defeats Ted DiBiase for his first title, but gets the rug pulled out from under him by the glory hound Hulk Hogan.
I dont know if I see it that way. I loved that year and a half-long Mega Powers angle, including all the Zeus/Beekcake/Sherri stuff after WM-5. Yeah, I said it: ZEUS. I dont know about you guys, but Zeus scared the crap out of all the other kids in my neighborhood back in the day.

Macho being champion for a whole year with no Stephanie's dog's poop shenanigans before dropping the belt back to Hogan (and feuding with Hogan at the top of the card for another 6 months[?] afterwards) never struck me as "getting the rug pulled out from under him".
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#2364 Posted on 10.3.11 0142.06
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WrestleMania V:

The Mega Powers explode! WWF Champion Randy Savage lashes out due to what he perceives to be Hulk Hogan's infatuation with his wife. He loses the match, of course, and I think Hogan won damn near every match he competed in against Savage, with the exception of a World War 3 battle royal in WCW. (Which he immediately bitched about.)

Rick Rude won the Intercontinental Title from the Ultimate Warrior (giving Warrior his first WWF loss) thanks to Weasel-shenanigans, and Warrior makes Heenan pay with a gorilla press drop.

Shawn Michaels made his WrestleMania debut here, teaming with Marty Jannetty in a losing effort against the Twin Towers.

The Brainbusters, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, scored a victory over Strike Force as the latter team dissolved. This was the only match either Arn or Tully would compete in at WrestleMania, though Arn would run in to spinebuster The Undertaker during his match against Ric Flair 13 years later at WrestleMania X-8.

By the end of the year, Blanchard's career would be essentially over (failing a drug test around Survivor Series, the WWF released him and the NWA declined to offer him a contract), and Anderson returned to the NWA shortly after that pay-per-view to continue his successful career.

Owen Hart (under the Blue Blazer mask) made his WM debut and lost to Mr. Perfect in the second-shortest match of the night, while The Red Rooster, of all people, defeated Bobby Heenan in an actual match (and in 32 seconds), thus proving once and for all that Heenan had no business wrestling. If you can't beat him...

Ultimately Bobby Heenan had to come out four times that night: Managing King Haku, The Brainbusters and Rick Rude, and then competing in a match himself. On second thought, I take it back: Heenan was one of the workhorses of the entire evening.
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#2365 Posted on 10.3.11 1947.06
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    WrestleMania 2. Three cities, three main events.

    What a terrible idea.


It was. But it's the only one I saw in person, so it's my favorite anyway. Plus, I got to meet Andre the Giant.
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#2366 Posted on 11.3.11 0035.18
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WrestleMania VI:

The Ultimate Challenge between WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior inspires Edge, Christian and Lance Storm, all of whom were in the crowd.

Since the match is title-for-title, it marks the first (and so far only) time the Intercontinental Title has been defended at the main event of WrestleMania.

The match, whom many have indicated was well-rehearsed, is considered by some to have been Hulk Hogan's best match in his WWF career. But due to certain circumstances (Warrior's notorious self-destruction being one of them), ultimately the main event of WrestleMania VI doesn't turn out to be quite the passing of the torch that it seemed to be at the time.

Andre the Giant appears in his last WrestleMania match, as he and Haku lose the WWF Tag Team Title to Demolition. Rick Rude's last WrestleMania match takes place, as well, as he defeats Jimmy Snuka.

The Big Boss Man, having recently turned face, beats his former partner Akeem in less than two minutes.
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#2367 Posted on 12.3.11 0106.13
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WrestleMania VII:

Sgt. Slaughter, former proud American-turned Iraqi sympathizer, promises to destroy the spirit of America at the Grandest Stage of Them All. And who better than Hulk Hogan to defend America's honor?

WrestleMania VII was known for its iconic images. A bloodied Hogan trapped in Sgt. Slaughter's Camel Clutch. And then there was Randy Savage coming up short in a retirement match against Ultimate Warrior, only to tearfully reunite with Elizabeth.

The Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak began here with a 4:20 win over Jimmy Snuka. 1-0.

The Rockers defeated The Barbarian and Haku (later known in WCW as the Faces of Fear, which I still think of them as), giving Shawn Michaels his first WrestleMania win.

And The Nasty Boys defeated Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart to capture the WWF Tag Team Title.
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#2368 Posted on 13.3.11 0132.54
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WrestleMania VIII:
1992

The Royal Rumble finally meant something this year, as the controversial title switches between Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker (ironically, caused by Ric Flair in the first place) caused the WWF Championship to be held up and awarded to the winner of the Royal Rumble.

Ric Flair, who entered the Rumble at #3, became the champion in that match in one of his most legendary performances, although to be fair (to Flair!), he spent some of that match on the outside of the ring running from people. Being the cowardly heel type, he wasn't booked as the kind of badass that Chris Benoit would be booked as in 2004.

The main event of WrestleMania VIII was originally supposed to be the long-anticipated one-on-one battle between WWF Champion Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, but supposedly due to the steroid scandal at the time, Flair wrestled Randy Savage instead, who beat him for his second WWF Championship.

I say "supposedly" because of the steroid scandal, because that didn't stop Vince from booking Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice, two steroid freaks if ever there were any, from going on last.

The main-event PPV match between Hogan and Flair would later take place in World Championship Wrestling at Bash at the Beach '94, in which Hogan defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair to win the title in Hogan's first match with the promotion.

The Undertaker defeated Jake Roberts by pinfall. 2-0.

Shawn Michaels opened the event by defeating El Matador, and Bret Hart defeated Roddy Piper for the Intercontinental Championship. (Years later in WCW, Piper would defeat Bret for the U.S. Title in a match so bad it has to be seen to be believed).
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#2369 Posted on 13.3.11 1736.36
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    The main event of WrestleMania VIII was originally supposed to be the long-anticipated one-on-one battle between WWF Champion Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, but supposedly due to the steroid scandal at the time, Flair wrestled Randy Savage instead, who beat him for his second WWF Championship.

    Originally posted by some dude's review of the upcoming "True Story of Wrestlemania" DVD on Amazon.com
    They are quite frank though with the fact that the preview matches at house shows between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair just weren't catching on with fans after years of build up and that was the main reason for making two main events at VIII, with "Macho Man" Randy Savage taking Hogans spot against Flair.
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#2370 Posted on 14.3.11 1253.50
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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
      The main event of WrestleMania VIII was originally supposed to be the long-anticipated one-on-one battle between WWF Champion Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, but supposedly due to the steroid scandal at the time, Flair wrestled Randy Savage instead, who beat him for his second WWF Championship.

      Originally posted by some dude's review of the upcoming "True Story of Wrestlemania" DVD on Amazon.com
      They are quite frank though with the fact that the preview matches at house shows between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair just weren't catching on with fans after years of build up and that was the main reason for making two main events at VIII, with "Macho Man" Randy Savage taking Hogans spot against Flair.



Oh, that's interesting. I didn't know that. (I'm also not sure if I believe it, 'cuz I don't know if they'd admit to the other thing.)

WrestleMania IX:
1993

In what is widely considered one of the worst WrestleManias in history, Yokozuna defeated WWF Champion Bret "The Hitman" Hart to win the title thanks to salt thrown in the Hitman's eyes by Mr. Fuji-- only for the exact same thing to happen to him in an impromptu match with Hulk Hogan.

Hogan became a five-time WWF Champion at this event, but it would be his last WrestleMania for nine years; he left the WWF after this year's King of the Ring, losing the WWF Title to Yokozuna thanks to an exploding camera. Hogan would then play an important role in both the rise and fall of WCW.

Hulk Hogan also competed for the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time at a WrestleMania, teaming with Brutus Beefcake in a losing effort against Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster.

The Steiner Brothers made their WrestleMania debut, defeating The Headshrinkers, while Razor Ramon also made his WM debut and defeated Bob Backlund.

Shawn Michaels successfully retained his Intercontinental Title against Tatanka, but it was in a losing effort, as he lost by countout, so.

And The Undertaker's streak moved to 3-0 with a win over Giant Gonzales, in another disqualification finish, as Gonzales tried to use a choloform-soaked rag on 'Taker.

Yeah, it was that kind of event. Welcome to the World Wrestling Federation, Jim Ross! Here's your toga.
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#2371 Posted on 14.3.11 1302.40
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    Oh, that's interesting. I didn't know that. (I'm also not sure if I believe it, 'cuz I don't know if they'd admit to the other thing.)


The Observers of the time supported this story; WWF seems to never have been as high on that match as one might figure and felt it lost it's luster well before WrestleMania.

Meltzer also thinks Sid also might have been promised a WM main event for jumping, but doesn't seem sure of it.
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#2372 Posted on 15.3.11 1251.04
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WrestleMania X:
1994

From one of the worst WrestleManias to one of the best WrestleManias. Take your pick: The epic match between Bret Hart and Owen Hart to open the show, the groundbreaking Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, or Bret rebounding from the loss to his younger brother to win the WWF Championship at the end of the night.

Lex Luger and Bret Hart were co-winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble, and therefore both men earned a shot at Yokozuna's WWF Championship. A coin was tossed to determine who would challenge the champion first-- and to make it fair, whoever challenged second would compete in a match earlier in the night, so that the main event would feature two wrestlers competing for the second time that evening.

Incidentally, if the coin toss had gone the other way, we would have been subjected to a match between Lex Luger and Crush-- instead of Bret vs. Owen.

Anyway. Bret got his big win over Yokozuna for the belt, and was lifted over the shoulders of several other WWF Superstars, including Lex Luger himself, in a photogenic moment.

Randy Savage made his last WWF pay-per-view appearance as a competitor here, defeating Crush in a falls-count-anywhere match. Upset with his diminishing role with the company (he was used mostly as a color commentator at this point), Savage abruptly left for WCW when his contract came up in October of this year.

The Undertaker did not compete at this event, because he was buried alive by Yokozuna at the Royal Rumble and didn't return until he confronted the fake Undertaker at SummerSlam.
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#2373 Posted on 15.3.11 1301.07
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    The Undertaker did not compete at this event, because he was buried alive by Yokozuna at the Royal Rumble and didn't return until he confronted the fake Undertaker at SummerSlam.


That line right there just about summed up why the WWF sucked so badly during that time.
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#2374 Posted on 16.3.11 2241.56
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Wow, even Ekedolphin forgot about WM 11, an event that I tend to forget about all the time (other than Diesel facing Shawn Michaels and a disgraced former football player getting to beat Bam Bam Bigelow).
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#2375 Posted on 16.3.11 2259.35
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    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    Wow, even Ekedolphin forgot about WM 11, an event that I tend to forget about all the time (other than Diesel facing Shawn Michaels and a disgraced former football player getting to beat Bam Bam Bigelow).


Heh, I just didn't get on the computer today until way late. But in any event I didn't have much to say about the event.

At 11:59 PM my time on WrestleMania XI day:

WrestleMania XI:
1995

Bam Bam Bigelow got to be forever known for jobbing to a football player in the main event at the Grandest Stage of Them All. Poor guy.

Royal Rumble winner Shawn Michaels failed to capture the WWF Championship from his former bodyguard, Diesel. Bret Hart defeated Bob Backlund in an I-Quit match where it sure didn't sound like Backlund said "I Quit".

Owen Hart unveiled his surprise partner, Yokozuna, and the team went on to defeat The Smoking Gunns for the WWF Tag Team Title.

And The Undertaker was back, defeating King Kong Bundy to move to 4-0 at WrestleMania.
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#2376 Posted on 19.3.11 0718.50
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GURU! GANGSTA SIGN APPROVED!

FLEA

(edited by RYDER FAKIN on 19.3.11 1914)
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#2377 Posted on 19.3.11 0806.45
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I don't remember this Wrestlemania.

Happy birthday Aaron!
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#2378 Posted on 19.3.11 1556.21
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happy birthday to the man who got me padres bobbleheads.
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#2379 Posted on 22.3.11 2258.58
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What happened to the Wrestlemania memories? Those were enjoyable.
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#2380 Posted on 23.3.11 1620.29
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    What happened to the Wrestlemania memories? Those were enjoyable.


Sorry, I was out of town for a few days.

OK, to catch up:

WrestleMania XII:
1996

"THE BOYHOOD DREAM HAS COME TRUE FOR SHAWN MICHAELS!"

Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels competed in an epic 60-minute Iron Man match that incredibly ended with neither man earning a fall in the regular time. So it was sent to a sudden-death overtime period, which shocked the hell out of Bret (kayfabe), because that apparently wasn't part of the deal.

Shawn proceeded to win the sudden death and the WWF Title, resulting in the legendary quote above.

Personally I think Bret got screwed on this one: At the end of the sixty minutes, he had Shawn in the Sharpshooter, and Michaels was refusing to tap out. Apparently the sudden-death overtime period hadn't been mentioned in the contract, hence why he was so surprised by it. But if they went into overtime, you'd figure they'd have to start the overtime period with HBK still in the Sharpshooter, instead of giving him a break like they did.

But whatever.

HBK's entrance for this match was, of course, the amazing zip-line entrance which remains today one of the best WrestleMania entrances of all-time.

Steve Austin (as The Ringmaster) made his WrestleMania debut, defeating Savio Vega.

The Undertaker defeated Diesel to improve to 5-0; within two months Diesel would be gone from the company, though he did wrestle against Shawn Michaels for the WWF Title at the next month's pay-per-view. To this day Kevin Nash has not competed at another match at WrestleMania, though he was in fellow nWo member Scott Hall's corner against Steve Austin at WrestleMania X-8.

Roddy Piper defeated Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl, and before too long Piper was gone from the Federation, too.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the ridiculous match between The Ultimate Warrior and Triple H, in which Warrior was hit with the Pedigree and IMMEDIATELY POPPED RIGHT BACK UP. I dare someone to do that in today's WWE. A few clotheslines and body slams later (y'know, usual Warrior fare), and Warrior had the win in less than two minutes.

Thankfully Warrior was gone from the WWF for good by July; unfortunately WCW booked him to stink up our televisions in 1998.

WrestleMania 13:
1997

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble that year, but unbeknownst to the referees at the time, re-entered the match after being eliminated. The controversy (and Shawn Michaels vacating the title in February due to injury with the infamous "I lost my smile" interview) resulted in a Four Corners Elimination "battle royal style" match for the title at the February "In Your House" PPV.

Bret Hart won the title by defeating Steve Austin, Vader and The Undertaker that night; the following night Hart lost the belt to Sycho Sid thanks to Austin interference. The Undertaker, as the runner-up in the four-way, was named #1 contender for WrestleMania...

Which led to WWF Champion Sycho Sid vs. The Undertaker, and Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin in a submissions match, at WrestleMania 13.

The Hart/Austin match is one of the epochal matches of WWF history. The sight of Steve Austin, blood flowing freely down his face, trying with all his might to break the Sharpshooter is one of the first things most people think of when they think of "Stone Cold". It cemented Austin as a never-say-die badass babyface, and Bret became a heel everywhere but Canada.

This would be Bret's last WrestleMania match for 13 years. (If you want to dignify the battle with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI with the word "match"). The Montreal Screwjob would take place at Survivor Series.

By contrast, the no-disqualification match in which The Undertaker defeated Sid for the WWF Title (improving to 6-0) is barely remembered at all except as part of The Streak. It was the first time that The Undertaker won a world championship at WrestleMania; so far he's done it three times overall.

The Rock, known back then as Rocky Maivia, defeated The Sultan in his WrestleMania debut to retain the Intercontinental Title. (The Sultan is better known nowadays as Rikishi.) And Triple H had a much more successful WrestleMania match this time than last year (it's impossible to go anywhere but up from there, really), with a win over Goldust.

WrestleMania XIV:
1998

"THE AUSTIN ERA HAS BEGUN!"

Known as the night that the Attitude Era really kicked off, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (winner of the '98 Royal Rumble, legitimately this time) defeated WWF Champion Shawn Michaels to win the title and inaugurate perhaps the most successful period in World Wrestling Federation history. (And then Mike Tyson knocked Michaels into the middle of next week).

D-Generation X came into WrestleMania XIV with three of the federation's championships, and left with only one. Not only did Michaels lose, but The New Age Outlaws (who, strictly speaking, were D-X "associates" at this point) lost their WWF Tag Team Championship to the team of Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (aka Mick Foley and Terry Funk) in a Dumpster match, but the following day the titles were held up on account of the wrong dumpster being used.

Triple H retained the European Title against Owen Hart. The next night on RAW, D-Generation X would start anew, assisting the Outlaws in recapturing the Tag Team Title, positioning Triple H as the leader, and bringing in X-Pac, who cut a scathing promo against Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.

Kane made his WrestleMania debut here, as did Pete Rose, who inaugurated a three-year run of getting beaten up by Kane at the Grandaddy of Them All. Kane had a hellacious match with his brother The Undertaker; it would take 'Taker three Tombstone Piledrivers before Kane finally couldn't kick out. He improved to 7-0 at WrestleMania.

Ken Shamrock defeated Rocky Maivia for the Intercontinental Title, making him tap to the Ankle Lock, but then, when Shamrock refused to release the hold, he was disqualified post-match and Maivia retained the title.

Taka Michinoku's successful defense of the WWF Light Heavyweight Title against Aguila (later known as Essa Rios) marked the only time that championship was defended at WrestleMania.

WrestleMania XV
1999

WWF Champion The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin met at WrestleMania for the first of what would ultimately be three contests at the Showcase of the Immortals. And despite Vince McMahon naturally attempting to screw Austin (and going through several officials), Austin regained the WWF Title, posing over an irate McMahon while Earl Hebner looked on in amusement, in a photogenic moment.

Brawl For All winner Bart Gunn fought Butterbean in a legitimate boxing contest and got the holy living SHIT beaten out of him, getting knocked out in 17 seconds.

Owen Hart appeared at WrestleMania for the last time (he would die on 5/23/99), teaming with Jeff Jarrett to successfully defend the Tag Team Championship against Test and D'Lo Brown.

Shane McMahon retained his European Title against X-Pac in a match that featured interference from Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, Test, The Mean Street Posse, Chyna and Triple H, all at Shane's behest. That's a hell of a lot to overcome. And ironically it came only a short time after Chyna came to Triple H's assistance in his win over Kane, and it looked like D-Generation X had come back. Instead, it turned out that Triple H and Chyna were indeed reuniting, but were joining The Corporation.

Pete Rose came to the ring during Kane's entrance in the latter match, by the way. Dressed as the San Diego Chicken, he attacked Kane but was Tombstoned for the second straight year.

The Hardcore Championship was defended for the first time at WrestleMania, as Billy Gunn defended against Al Snow and Hardcore Holly. Gunn hit the Fameasser on Snow onto a chair, but Holly struck Gunn with a weapon and quickly covered Snow for the three-count.

And The Undertaker defeated The Big Boss Man in perhaps the worst Hell in a Cell match ever, improving to 8-0 at WrestleMania, and then he hung Boss Man from the Cell immediately afterward. Which got even more awkward to watch after Ray Traylor passed away.
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