|Me at Mania. Awesome time!|
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I'll admit the title is probably a bit crude, but I'm reverting to the Attitude Era, what can I say? Wrestlemania 22 will always hold a special place in my memory. Why you ask? Because of the Boogie Man vs. Booker T match of course. Just kidding. Wrestlemania 22 was the first mania I ever attended. After watching the event 21 times before I always promised myself I'd make it to one.
Twenty-two was in Chicago and within driving distance from my home in southern Illinois. My friends Chad and Jeremy headed up for a weekend of fun and male bonding. I thought if this is the only one I ever make it to, I'm good with that, but luckily I've been to every Mania since (except for 23).
|We got spirit, yes we do|
The card itself was a bit weak in my opinion. Back then, did anyone think that Mark Henry really posed a threat to the Undertaker's streak? I also thought Money in the Bank was a big disappointment compared to what it had been a year earlier. It just felt like they had a bunch of guys they wanted on the show so they threw them into this match. And I don't think I really have to say much about the before mentioned Booker T-Boogie Man fiasco.
There were some strong points on the card too though. Edge and Mick Foley had a pretty good outing. Edge spearing Mick through the flaming table will forever be burned in my brain (pun intended) We were on the floor on the other side of the ring though so it was tough to see the spot from our vantage point. This was another good example though of Foley putting someone else over. He'd done the same thing two years earlier this Randy Orton. Look at the success both Edge and Orton have enjoyed. I'd like to think it's due in part Foley's willingness to help get them over.
|Rey wins the gold|
|Mickie James wins!|
Overall it was a great night, I think mostly in part because it was my first time being there. What are your thoughts of 22? Post your comments here or on Facebook.