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MATCH : The Rock v Steve Austin

PROMOTION : WWF

EVENT : Wrestlemania 15

VENUE : First Union Centre, Philadelphia

DATE : 28th March 1999

CHAMPIONSHIP : WWF World Heavyweight Title

BACKGROUND : The "Attitude Era" was in full swing in Vince McMahon's WWF, which was undoubtedly one of wrestlings hottest boom periods. At the centre of this boom were two men: the Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The Rock had been feuding with Mankind and Stone Cold famously with Vince McMahon himself, which led to McMahon trying his damnedest to prevent Austin from capturing the strap from the "People's Champion." While this Wrestlemania is widely considered by many to be among the worst the company has ever held, I have to admit, I have a huge amount of fondness for it and would consider it among my top five. Not for quality or excitement, but for the fact this was the first wrestling event I had watched since maybe 1992 when I was only 7 or 8 years old. Now 15, wrestling was suddenly loud enough, edgy enough and dare I say it, cool enough that I had to watch it. This, for a long time was the only wrestling video I had and I watched it to death. It certainly holds a place in my heart.

MATCH REVIEW : The build for this match in the arena starts at the top of the card. Throughout the night, there is so much drama surrounding who the special guest referee for the championship match should be. McMahon sets it up to be the Big Show, but when he gets disqualified against Mankind, he ends up going to jail. A whole "clusterf*ck" of booking later, we have our main event with Vince McMahon set to referee the match himself. One Shawn Michaels appearance later (I never got why he was the commissioner, either) and we had Mike Chioda in place as referee for the match starting. While not an all time classic, the first act takes place around the arena, with the two men fighting into the crowd and back down the ramp to the ring. Two ref bumps later and Vince was back out, only to be moved aside by Mankind, wearing a homemade referee outfit. Both men got to land their big finishers, with the Rock taking easily the most amazing looking Stone Cold Stunner you'll ever see in your life after a frantic, crowd teasing final few minutes. While only this match holds up from the event, Wrestlemania 15 will always be an important pay per view to me, with this match being the epitome of everything I would grow to love about wrestling.