Advantages A credit to the WWF
April 2001. Wrestlemania 17. Houston, Texas. It was billed as being the best Wrestlemania of all time, as the WWF does for this event every year. And like it does every year, it delivered.The first match, Chris Jericho vs William Regal, was a masterclass in technical wrestling. These two put everything into making this a real classic, just like Regal had done previously at a memorial show with Chris Benoit. The top rope back suplex looked great, and the whole match went through pretty much without a hitch.
I never really liked the Right to Censor. Ever since they were put together, it seemed like a place to put the crappy wrestlers when they had lost their spark. However, their match with the APA and Tazz was actually quite impressive. Bull Buchanan wasn't his usual clumsy self and actually looked like he could wrestle. The clothesline from hell that finished the match was great. It was so powerful.Two up and coming stars, Eddie Guerrero and Test had been on a roll before this event, so I had high hopes for this match. Overall it was a really solid performance by both competitors, with both having an opportunity to show their stuff. Unfortunately, the match was ruined by one bit, where Test's inability to release himself from the ring ropes caused Eddie to fall out of the ring on his own, making him a laughing stock. It was a real shame as this match was impressive.
Chyna vs Ivory was a complete waste of time. Both competitors should have stayed in bed. I don't think I really need to say anything else.The triple threat hardcore bout featuring Raven, Kane and the Big Show was a really class showing of how hardcore bouts used to be and still should be. Hardcore matches never seem to go backstage anymore, but this included everything. The best bit for me had to be Raven flying through the window. It did look very brutal. The ending could have been better, but it was a great effort, so it didn't matter too much.
The feud between Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle came to a climax here. Wrestlemania really had a big effect on these two wrestlers as they did everything to get over with the fans. And they did just that. We saw the ankle lock, the crossface, angle slam, german suplexes, the lot in this one. This bout was a fantastically technical affair, and a great show for the "old school" fan.When people say that Wrestlemania makes the wrestlers put everything on the line, they weren't kidding. TLC 2 was as intense as ever. There were so many memorable moves in this match. Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray going through 4 tables. Jeff Hardy doing a swanton bomb through Rhyno and Spike Dudley on the table. However, my favourite move of the match made me gasp in shock, Edge's spear from the ladder on Jeff Hardy. This move could not have been better performed if they had tried 1000 times. The timing was incredible, and you really felt the impact as Hardy hit the canvas. Despite the fact that you got a touch of deja vu occasionally, the inclusion of Rhyno, Lita and Spike Dudley really made the match that little more interesting, and they brought a new level to the TLC contest.
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