WrestleMania 17 had a few amazing WWE motions however so did WrestleMania 19. Which show is the best? Here are some reasons to side with each!
The debate over which WrestleMania is the greatest of all time will continue indefinitely. Everyone has their own unique favorites, whether it’s because it was their life, because it had a certain match, or just because the entertainment was fantastic.
WrestleMania 17 and 19 are, however, the two that are consistently named the most in that discourse of the greatest. These are some of the most powerful WWE PPVs of all time, featuring heavy lineups.
Greater Vince McMahon Match
That’s right, we start this list with the better Vince McMahon match from WrestleMania 17. Both events included the WWE Chairman competing, and both times it was in a street brawl.
Vince went one-on-one with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 19, and while the bout isn’t horrible, it’s simply too lengthy. Nobody needed to see Vince and an old Hulkster battle for more than 20 minutes.
The narrative for WrestleMania 17 was more personal, as he battled his own son, Shane. They kept the match a little shorter here, and it was all the better for it.
Greater Women’s Match
Neither of these programs is very great in terms of promoting women’s wrestling, demonstrating how far WWE has progressed in this area. However, it is WrestleMania 19 that triumphs in the end.
The single women’s bout at WrestleMania 17 (between Chyna and Ivory) lasted less than three minutes, thus it wasn’t difficult for it to happen.
The match at WrestleMania 19 was barely seven minutes long, but Trish Stratus, Jazz, and Victoria made the most of it.
The Greater Streak Match
WWE didn’t emphasize The Undertaker’s unbeaten WrestleMania record at this time, and they didn’t do so at WrestleMania 19. However, the Deadman did compete on both shows in order to score the victory and extend his tenure.
However, WrestleMania 17 had a superior Undertaker match. Despite the fact that it is generally overlooked because of his later matches, ‘Taker faced Triple H in a fantastic contest on this evening.
When compared to the handicap match he had against A-Train and Big Show at WrestleMania 19, this was a significant improvement.
A Tighter Match Card
WWE has always had a problem with WrestleManias, especially recently, in that they frequently overbook the programs. Having a plethora of matches to accommodate everyone on the program does not automatically improve a show.
When it comes to these two ‘Manias,’ 19 has the tighter card, with WWE putting in more work in the build-up. 19 has 10 matches to 17’s 12, which may not seem like much, but it makes a major difference.
When you consider that WrestleMania 17 included a gimmick battle royal that lasted only five minutes, it’s easy to see why WrestleMania 19 ran a tighter ship.
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When the wrestlers were given enough time, the Hardcore Championship always provided for entertaining matches, and this was demonstrated at WrestleMania 17. Raven, Kane, and Big Show faced off in a triple threat match, and it was a total car wreck in the nicest manner possible.
This bout was a lot of fun to watch, with brawls all around the arena and backstage. While everyone expects to witness traditional in-ring action at WrestleMania, a wild battle like this can be a great addition to a show.
Better Tag Team Match
While WrestleMania 17 included an incredible tag team battle (which we will discuss later), it was a gimmick match and thus not a traditional tag team match in the genuine sense. The night did contain one legitimate tag match, but it lasted only four minutes.
However, at WrestleMania 19, WWE put on a terrific triple threat tag match between two fantastic teams. The wrestlers in the event are highly skilled, so it’s no wonder that they were able to put on really entertaining combat in the time allotted.
The Better Austin vs Rock Match
Both of these WrestleManias feature The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin and are excellent. However, the greater of the two battles between these titans takes place at WrestleMania 17.
The two guys have wrestled in three WrestleManias, with their first match taking place when they were 15 years old. The greatest of that trilogy, though, was their match at WrestleMania 17, which is why this is the best show.
While their match at 19 was good, both guys were preparing to leave the profession. They competed at their greatest best in this one, proving just how talented they were in the process.
Brock vs Angle
While WrestleMania 17 had a superior Rock and Austin match, it could be argued that it doesn’t really matter considering their match at WrestleMania 19 wasn’t even the main event.
At this particular event, that accolade went to Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle, and despite the botched shooting star press, this was fantastic. The fact that the event didn’t need to rely on Rock and Austin to headline and sell it demonstrates how powerful it was.
The Beast was at the pinnacle of his WWE career, rapidly growing as the main event star, and Kurt Angle played a key role in ensuring he was defeated.
When it comes to these two WrestleManias, the spectacular TLC match that took place at WrestleMania 17 was the key reason. The Hardy Boyz, the Dudleys, Edge, and Christian go out with one goal in mind: to steal the show.
That’s precisely what they did. This bout had it all, from spectacular bumps like the iconic Spear as Jeff Hardy clung to the belts in mid-air to visits from Rhyno, Spike Dudley, and Lita.
It is one of the greatest WrestleMania matchups of all time, and it served to elevate the spectacle. A top gimmick bout that delivers on a WrestleMania card can help elevate a night from decent to amazing, and that’s exactly what occurred here.
HBK vs Jericho
The outstanding match between the two shows isn’t the main event of either one. The accolade goes to Shawn Michaels’ bouts with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 19.
The two participated in the night’s longest bout, and they surely made the most of their time in the ring. They immediately demonstrated why they were two of the finest at the time with a genuine back-and-forth duel.
Michaels is regarded as Mr. WrestleMania for a reason, and while Jericho was not at the pinnacle of his career at the time, he was already demonstrating his promise. Given that it takes place midway through the performance, it’s a fantastic match that truly helps this show stand out.