Welcome to my new mini-series. In this six part series, I will notate five points of interest that are unique to every individual WrestleMania during it’s three decade run. These are moments, matches, or facts that help that year’s WrestleMania stick out from the rest. For the fourth entry in the series, I will cover WrestleMania 16 through WrestleMania 20.
WrestleMania 2000 (April 2, 2000)
- This is the first and only time that WrestleMania was marked by the year it occurred instead of the number of the event.
- This WrestleMania is known as the event that featured no traditional 1 on 1 matches. Every match on the card was a multi-man contest, except for the Catfight between Terri Runnels and The Kat; which was a unique gimmick match.
- Kurt Angle managed to lose both his titles without being pinned in one night. He lost the European and Intercontinental Championship to Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit when both men pinned each other to claim the titles.
- In what is considered a classic ladder match by most, Edge & Christian beat The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz in a Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championships. This was the very first of three triangle ladder type matches the three teams would face off in.
- The Main Event was a 4-Way Elimination Match for the WWF Championship. Triple H defended his title against The Rock (recent Royal Rumble winner), Big Show, and a returning Mick Foley. This match also featured a McMahon representing each wrestler. Stephanie with Triple H, Linda with Foley, Vince with The Rock, and Shane with Big Show. Triple H won the match when Vince turned on Rock, and this marked the first time a heel has ever walked out with the title.
WrestleMania 17 (April 1, 2001)
- The event featured a Gimmick Battle Royal. It was a fun contest that featured nostalgic characters both classic and painfully awful. The end of the match saw The Iron Sheik win the match by last eliminating Hillbilly Jim.
- Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon fought each other at this year's WrestleMania. Shane would come out with a victory with an assist from his mother Linda McMahon. This would be the first time that a father and son faced each other at WrestleMania.
- The rematch from last year's incredible Triangle Ladder Match saw Edge & Christian once again win the Tag Team Championships in a Tables Ladders & Chairs Match. This would be the first time a tag team has one the tag titles at consecutive WrestleMania's.
- The Rock faced Stone Cold for a second time with the WWF Championship on the line. Stone Cold walked out with the title again, making this the only time a match has occurred and ended exactly the same as it did at a previous WrestleMania.
- Austin’s title win tied him with Hulk Hogan as being the only men to win the title 3 times at WrestleMania. Austin also has never entered WrestleMania with the title at this point.
WrestleMania 18 (March 17, 2002)
- This is the final WrestleMania under the WWF name. After this event, all WrestleMania's were under the WWE name.
- This is the last WrestleMania to take place outside the United States, again in Toronto, Ontario.
- The Hardcore Title changed hands 5 times at the show. This was the only time when the title had the 24/7 rule used at WrestleMania.
- The billed "Icon vs. Icon" match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan saw a face turn for Hulk Hogan. After the night he reverted from his NWO colors and went back to being the Immortal Hulk Hogan.
- The main event saw the now Undisputed Champion, Chris Jericho, face off against a returning Triple H. The match was built around Triple H and Stephanie's failed marriage. Triple H would capture the title that night.
WrestleMania 19 (March 30, 2003)
- This is the first time the main title sported the new WWE name, and it has been that way ever since.
- This is the first WrestleMania with two world titles on the card, and both had equal value. The World Heavyweight Championship saw Triple H vs. Booker T and the WWE Championship saw Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar.
- The most famous image from this year's WrestleMania is the botched Shooting Star Press from Brock Lesnar. He continued and won the match, but needed serious medical attention afterwards.
- The final WrestleMania contest between The Rock and Stone Cold was the semi-main event. This match wasn't for the title, and it saw The Rock finally beating Stone Cold at WrestleMania.
- The main attraction and feud going into the event was Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon. It was billed as 20 years in the making. In the end, Hulk Hogan would beat Vince with the leg drop.
WrestleMania 20 (March 14, 2004)
- This was the WrestleMania debut of John Cena, and he captured the United States Championship from Big Show for his first title win.
- Torrie Wilson and Sable had just appeared on the cover of Playboy together. This is the first of the yearly WrestleMania Playboy-related fights.
- The infamous snooze fest of Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar occurred at this year's WrestleMania. The fans quickly turned on the match when it became a slow, uninteresting match up. That, and the fact that both superstars were leaving after this match, is what turned the crowd against them.
- Eddie Guerrero had his first title defense as WWE Champion against Kurt Angle. He untied his shoe, and managed to wiggle out the ankle lock for a quick victory in classic Eddie fashion.
- Chris Benoit won the World Heavyweight Championship from Shawn Michaels and Triple H by forcing Triple H to tap. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero had a heart felt celebration in the ring, but this moment is now over-shadowed due to their lackluster championship reigns and the Benoit Family Tragedy.
I hope you enjoyed the fourth part of my six part series. If you have any other moments or facts you believe should be shared or mentioned in this article, put them in the comments below, I know I missed some of your personal favorites. As always, have a good day.