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    Default Has your opinion of past WrestleManias changed over the years?

    The first WrestleMania I ever saw, was WrestleMania IX. I was eight years old, and I was about eight months into being a wrestling fan. And the site of seeing it being held outdoors, in a coliseum, with everyone in togas, made it look really special in my eyes. I watched all the matches, and then saw the surprise at the end of Hulk Hogan winning the WWF title over Yokozuna in an impromptu match. Being a kid at the time, I thought it was the greatest thing I've ever seen.

    One year later, WrestleMania X at Madison Square Garden. I saw better matches (especially Bret vs. Owen), better characters, and a much better wrestling show. Way better than IX.

    That Christmas, my parents got me WrestleMania III on video from a local video store. THIS was a spectacle. And what a show. I had that tape in my VCR for years and years. That pushed IX even lower down the ladder.

    Then before you know it, by the time I was 17, I owned the WrestleMania Legacy VCR box set, and owned the first two WrestleMania DVDs. And now, thanks to WWE Network, I have seen every single WrestleMania to date, right up to last year in Dallas.

    And after seeing them all again, my original opinion of WrestleMania IX has changed dramatically. While it was a great sight, it was not a great show. Especially when you find out about the stories about the politics of the business. Out of the 32, I'd place it in 26th place. Still better than 1, 2, 5, 11, 15, and 27.



    What was your opinions of the WrestleMania you've seen? What were they then, and what are they now?

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    Default Re: Has your opinion of past WrestleManias changed over the years?

    Yeah, mostly at the time in the excitement of the moment i overestimated the quality. This is doubly so when i was a kid. So like VI was shit despite i was psyched, because i couldn't look past Warrior-Hogan, and evidently neither could the company. It's routinely bombed overall with the other matches just a placeholder for the main event.

    12 was similarly lousy overall, hence the 1hr match, which itself was extremely well done, but like anything so drawn out in the smart phone era, hard to watch now

    Probably 10 is the one that's grown on me over the years, as Hogan's absence was hard to take and i hadn't yet decided he held back everyone who was far more talented. Then like you say, i've learned about Hogan's gag worthy influences like at 9 (which i still think overall was decent, because it was only the very end of the show), it's just as well he wasn't throwing his weight around yet again at 10 with another lousy one on one match with Yoko

    20 was flat out terrible and my opinion of that has never changed. From the suit and tie crowd and the cops on the 'playing field', to the Lesnar-Goldberg reeled in match, to the Rock being noticeably out of shape even in a tag match

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    Default Re: Has your opinion of past WrestleManias changed over the years?

    I think in the past, WM's were about the main event rather than "stacking the card" with great content. I think today they do truly try to have multi-main event calibre matches and multiple quality matches. Sometimes a WM just need 2-4 great matches to be considered a success. So I feel they've improved on that by attempting to have 3-4 main event quality matches. As opposed to ONE Clash of the Titan's type of Hogan/Warrior match to rid the entire event on.

    WM10 is one I enjoyed. It didn't hurt that it began with a bang and ended will a feel good at the time. Then in between you had a show stealer with HBK/Ramon, the interest of having two world title matches (Luger/Yoko and then the winner vs Bret). It spaced out some decent elements.

    WM11 was horrible and tried to depend on celeb power to make it feel like an event. WM12 I think began the concept of a couple of BIG matches, but ultimately the event fell flat outside of a surprisingly well paced iron man match. WM13 overall was flat with one show stealer, however I think WM13 showed that more of the card needs the intensity of a Bret/Austin feud. WM14 I think accomplished that by having a couple more interesting matches outside of the main event. Taker/Kan was obviously hot at this time. I think WM 14-16 they were trying to find their way to making it feel like a larger than life event rather than just WWF RAW+. WM17 I think is where it hit its stride as feeling like THE EVENT you had to watch. They put more into the set design and focused on the overall presentation of the event and caring about packing large arenas. Now ever WM after that wasn't great, but for the most part they began feeling like the biggest event of the year rather than an enhanced PPV.

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    Default Re: Has your opinion of past WrestleManias changed over the years?

    When I was younger WrestleMania 15 was the greatest show of all time, we recorded it and watched the tape all the time. Now (although I still find it entertaining), it isn't is probably in the bottom 10 WrestleMania's of all time. It is a WrestleMania for its time, you watch that WrestleMania and it completely sums up that particular period in wrestling, it is very much a great and longer episode of Raw with a great main event.

    I wouldn't say my opinion has changed on many others, the ones I don't rate too much now I didn't rate too highly at the time either and the ones I rate highly now I loved at the time. I look back on WrestleMania 22 and probably think it is better now than at the time, great show which I feel is very underrated.

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    Default Re: Has your opinion of past WrestleManias changed over the years?

    The only one in recent memory that changed after I watched the show was Wrestlemania 31. I left my friend's viewing party on a high because of how the show ended but after sleeping on it I realized I was either bored or pissed off with the rest of the show.

    -The nWo helping Sting made no sense. My immediate reaction was "NWO VS DX OMG" but rationality kicked in and I just felt confused when it was over.
    -I was holding out hope that after resurrecting The Undertaker, the New Face of Fear Bray Wyatt would get a shocking win and The Undertaker would start a new streak...nope.
    -I honestly can't remember the rest of the show other than the main event.

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