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WWE: Wrestlemania XXV - 25th Anniversary (2009)

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Mediocre At Best

  • Apr 18, 2009
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Considering this is labelled as the biggest event in the wrestling calendar, you would have thought the 25th anniversary would be the biggest yet. Considering the history this PPV has, you really would have thought they would go all out to try and create the biggest Wrestlemania to date, much like that tried to do with Wrestlemania 20. Like WM 20, this is a massive disappointment, but this seems like they haven't even bothered to try and make every match a memorable showcase. There were a few worthwhile matches, apart from one; however, the rest will pretty much disappear into the depths of my memory never to be conjured up again.

Match Listing:

C.M. Punk vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Finlay vs. Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian - Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

Compared to the last few years, this really wasn't a stand out MITB match. Of course it was high spots galore, but one thing you must not do with a ladder match and that's have Mark Henry involved. Punk, Kingston, MVP, Benjamin & Christian all helped create the usual atmosphere & action that you would expect from a match of this kind, but Henry & Kane sought only to slow down the momentum. Finlay played his part and Hornswoggle got involved which was a delightful scene, much like last year. Kingston displayed some remarkable skill and bravery with his uses of the ladder, much like you would expect from Benjamin. Have to be honest and say I was disappointed Punk got the win as I was buying for Christian as a way of spitting in the face of TNA, but alas it was not meant to be.

7 / 10

25 Diva Battle Royale

The WWE, at times, has a real ability to promote their female wrestlers as just that; wrestlers. But they always really let me down in their promotion of women's matches in the case of Wrestlemania. The last great Diva match at a Wrestlemania event was Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James at Wrestlemania 22. In fact, that was about the best Diva match the WWE have had in years, which makes it even more saddening to see tripe like this destroy any credibility the Woman's division may have developed beforehand. It was good for the comedy with the involvement of "Santina" Marella, but other than that it was a genuinely throw away match as we all knew who was going to win.


Chris Jericho vs. Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat - 3 on 1 Handicap Match

I'm never usually a fan of these types of matches but this really was a surprisingly entertaining match and showcased the idea that Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat still has a lot in him. Snuka & Piper did the usual, old wrestler struggling to beat the new guy, but when Snuka got in the ring he really worked toe to toe with Jericho and I would absolutely love to see Steamboat and Flair in the ring one more time. Anyway, Jericho did as predicted and won the match, but the real interesting bit was what happened afterwards. During the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, Jericho was goading "The Wrestler" movie star, Mickey Rourke into a confrontation for this event. Mickey was in attendance and sure enough ended up in the ring with Jericho to knock his lights out. I was hoping to enjoy this more than I actually did and the crowd didn't seem much into it either.


Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy - Extreme Rules

This is obviously the match to further quite a personal rivalry between the two brothers and putting them in the environment they're most comfortable, you knew this was going to be a good match. Although violent, it didn't reach the point where it involved blood. This was a match that didn't really need blood to get the point across and that is what really made this match work. We knew of their capabilities and most of us have been fond of their tag team matches, so we knew what was coming and we knew they would take the risks. Tables were broken, chairs were used and obviously ladders were brought in to end the match which could have meant Jeff breaking his spine. I was quite disappointed that Matt won, but this would have meant the rivalry could have continued for longer, which it seems to be doing.


Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. JBL - Intercontinental Match

Rey won in about 15 seconds and lead to JBL being so annoyed that he quit. Squash matches like this have no place at Wrestlemania. This sure was worth the Pay-Per-View price.


Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

These two men have a long history together in the ring and seeing the build up to this match was an excellent bit of nostalgia and this was really the match I was looking forward to the most. My anticipation was justified as this really was the show stealing match. The match is filled with emotion and intensity as there are constant near falls and just genuinely good wrestling. Thankfully, Taker wins at 17 - 0 continuing the streak with an amazing match.


John Cena vs. Big Show vs. Edge - World Championship

I didn't bother with this match as I utterly hate Cena and the fact that he won made me even angrier. I'm lead to believe that it was more entertaining that I was expecting so I may check it out based on what I've heard, but I'm still not holding any high hopes.

Randy Orton vs. Triple H - WWE Championship

The build up for this match was absolutely superb and really helped develop the Randy Orton character as sick and sadistic. It allowed for the revealing of Triple H being married into the McMahon family and cemented the newest stable Legacy, as a promising force in the WWE. The match was quite back and forth, but was cursed by the DQ stipulation as it would have been much more entertaining if it were no DQ. I wanted Orton to win this as although the build up was superb, it also damaged Orton's credibility in the sense of him getting beaten down quite easily by Vince & Shane McMahon individually, before using an illegal move to get the upper hand. If he were to have won cleanly, that would have really made the rivalry much more interesting and would have allowed for a more credible continuation of the feud.


This was overall quite a disappointing PPV especially for a Wrestlemania event and even more so considering the fact that it was celebrating 25 years. The crowd essentially ignored Stone Colds Hall of Fame celebration which was a surprise considering where he was. He got the initial glass smashing pop, but after that they just sat down and watched him drink beer. Compared to the Wrestlemania's of the past 5 years, this is definitely the weakest and Wrestlemania 20 itself was pretty poor. With only 2 really memorable and worthy matches, I would really say this isn't worth the price of the DVD.

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On March 31, 1985, the WrestleMania legacy was born at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This sold-out event was the origin of what has become the greatest sports-entertainment franchise in American history. In 2009, this franchise will celebrate 25 years This will be the biggest event in company history.

WrestleMania XXV (also known as "The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania") was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on April 5, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The event was the 25th event produced under the WrestleMania name and featured wrestlers from all three WWE brands: Raw, SmackDown, and ECW. It was the second WrestleMania to be held in Houston, with the first being WrestleMania X-Seven at the Reliant Astrodome, which was held in 2001.

Eight matches were held on the event's card, which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main bout. The first of these matches was a singles match for the WWE Championship that featured the champion, Triple H, defeating Randy Orton to retain the title. The second was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship, which saw John Cena defeat the champion, Edge, the other participant in the match, The Big Show, to win the championship. Featured matches on the undercard included The Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy versus Matt Hardy in an Extreme Rules match, Chris Jericho versus the team of ...
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Studio: World Wrestling
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009

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