5.0 out of 5 stars
Wresltemania XIX will be remembered as one of the best ever, Aug. 11 2004
The specifics of the extras are extremely numerous. Suffice to say that they are somewhat interesting but overall really short and for a WWE DVD I expected a little bit better. Fortunatley the main attraction, the matches of Wresltemania XIX were outstanding. In my opinion as a top to bottom card only Wrestlemania X7 is in the same league by today's standards.
Heat: Lance Storm and Chief Morley vs Kane and RVD (World tag titles):
This match is in the extras section. Not bad at all for a heat match with the Dudley Boys ending up being the important part of the story. On any other show I would have been very upset this was on heat but except for the lame Catfight Girls bit I can't imagine bumping anything else to open up a spot. 7/10
Matt Hardy vs Rey Mysterio (Cruiserweight title):
My biggest comment on this match is it should have been longer. These 2 guys tore it up and I wish they could have done a lot more as both men have proven they can step it up in big match situations. Mysterio proves the golden rule that when you have a severe costume change you're bound to get beat but still a stellar opener. 8/10
Undertaker vs A-Train and Big Show:
Before the show this match was seen as a potential snoring fest but ended up being a great ride. Taker looked phenomenal physically and what's Wrestlemania without a Tombstone? 7.5/10
Victoria vs Trish vs Jazz (Wome's title):
For my money this is the BEST women's championship match in history. All 3 ladies pulled out their A game and the right woman got the win she should have had a year earlier. To this day I have not seen any of these ladies do a better personal performance in the ring. 8.5/10
Haas and Benjamin vs Los Guerreros vs Benoit and Rhyno (Tag Titles):
Benoit and Rhyno are both more suited to singles but hang in with the best 2 teams in the WWE at that time very well. Strong match where even though someone had to lose nobody really suffered from the match which is always a great sign. 8/10
Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho:
The ONLY thing wrong with this match was the proverbial torch should have been passed and was not. But my personal disagreement with that decision aside, this match may have stolen the show. On a card with several "10" matches this one might have just been the best. Simply breathtaking storytelling and flawless physical excecution. 10/10
Triple H vs Booker T (World Title):
This is the best match in the career of Booker T. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand and everyone was behind him. It would have been the perfect time for him to take the proverbial ball and run but alas it was not to be. The finish (not just because of who but how as well) was adequate but prevented this match from being in the same stratosphere as others on this card. Booker proves he belongs in the elite. 9/10
Hogan vs McMahon:
This is the match I thought had the potential to kill the great buildup of stellar matches I had just seen. Instead both guys met the challenge and had a slower but nonetheless memorable match. The blood, the surprizes and even the bumps were at a level I didn't think these guys had in them anymore. Huge props as 2 of wrestlings biggest icons show they still had the magic. 9.5/10
Stone Cold vs The Rock:
If this does end up being the very last match for Austin, he went out on top. These guys have had so many great matches to live up to and delivered in a big time way. They were able to take familiar elements and still create a unique match that had me yelling at the screen for at least the last 5min of the match if not more. It was physical and captivating and a fitting end to this historic rivalry and the career of the Rattlesnake. Rock cements his status as one of the greatest heels EVER.
Angle vs Lesnar:
Sweet. Merciful. Crap. These 2 guys give you every single ounce of their body and soul in this match. Angle does the entire match on a bad neck and still comes through with a match of the year performance personally. And Lesnar gets the job done in the face of his first Wrestlemania and knowing at any time he could cripple Angle. The storytelling is just fantastic and then there's the finish. Lesnar tries to create the greatest finish in Wrestlemania history and ends up nearly killing himself. When he attempted the shooting star I thought he might have killed himself or caused permanent paralysis. And yet even with the improv ending I would still put this match in the top 5 main events at Wrestlemania. 10/10
Almost everything right down to the order of the show just seemed to click. A few of the results seemed to make more political sense than business or wrestling sense but it is the only complaint I have on the show as a whole. Oh that and the whole deal with the Miller Lite Catfight girls who's time should have gone to Mysterio and Hardy. But you can't win em all. If you are even a moderate fan and you don't have this 2 disc set, what are you waiting for????? It doesn't get much better than this.