|Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon (WWE)|
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Wrestlemania 19 was filled with those so called "Wrestlemania Moments" or at least I thought so. It featured the last wrestling match for Stone Cold Steve Austin (I don't count some of the gimmicky fights he had with Eric Bischoff as actual matches), the Wrestlemania return of the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, and the near neck breaking of Brock Lesnar after a botched Shooting Star Press against Kurt Angle.
But the mark in me will remember this as the night Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon went head to head. Certainly it wasn't a pretty match. The two were in a street fight. And as much as I complain about Hogan these days and my disdain for non wrestler matches, this was on contest that HAD to happen.
I think there's still a debate going on as to who should be credited for the success of wrestling in the mid-1980's. Was it Hulkamania that took things main stream or Vince's vision and money that did it? The two tried to settle their differences that night in Seattle, only to have a third factor appear. Roddy Piper returned to the WWE after a nearly seven year absence to reignite his feud with Hogan.
I'm a mark for old school as I've mentioned, but I also recognized that these two were way past their prime. But I don't have a problem with the legends coming back and working, as long as their not the entire focus of the company. I think the WWE played this rekindled feud well. No one over wore their welcome in my view.
|Austin's last hoorah (WWE)|
So on one hand 19 was about saying goodbye to heroes we loved and hello to returning stars like Shawn Michaels (I know he'd been back for a few months, but you know what I mean) It was finally time for the WWE to push other talent, which they slowly started to do. More on that when we talk about Wrestlemania 20.
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