Judge Franck Tabouring also celebrates a 25th anniversary this year: His own.
For twenty-five years, it has been the biggest event of the WWE year, a global pop culture phenomenon.
Welcome to wrestling's biggest party of the year! Welcome to WrestleMania 25. A total of 72,744 fans attended this year's WWE extravaganza in Houston, Texas, and here is what the PPV has to offer:
• CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane
vs. Mark Henry vs. Finlay vs. Christian in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match
• 25-Diva Battle Royal to determine the first-ever Miss
• Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat with Ric
Flair vs. Chris Jericho in an 3-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match
• Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy in an Extreme Rules Match
• JBL vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. in an Intercontinental Championship
• Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
• Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show in a Triple Threat Match for
the World Heavyweight Championship
• Triple H vs. Randy Orton in a WWE Championship Match (you'll
find this match on Disc Two)
As I mentioned earlier, WWE sells WrestleMania 25th Anniversary as a three-disc set. Besides the showdown between Triple H and Randy Orton, Disc Two offers a loaded bonus section that kicks off with a Lumberjack Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship between Carlito and Primo and The Miz and John Morrison. Clocking in at 8 minutes, this is an incredibly fast-paced battle filled with impressive dives and other dangerous stunts. All four wrestlers competing in this match know how to use their flexibility to put on a superb show, and that's exactly what they're doing. Also included in the special features is a collection of 2-minute clips highlighting the greatest moments of each WrestleMania.
Finally, the third disc includes the entire 2009 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place on the evening before WrestleMania 25. The class of 2009 includes Terry & Dory Jr. Funk, Koko B. Ware, The Von Erichs, Howard Finkel, Bill Watts, Ricky Steamboat, and Steve Austin. If you enjoy a lengthy ceremony with plenty of speeches from wrestling legends, this extra is definitely worth it.
As usual, I have no complaints whatsoever when it comes to the technical aspects of this WWE release. The show is presented in full frame, and both the picture quality and audio transfer work just fine. A Spanish commentary for the main show is also provided.
In the end, WrestleMania 25 goes down in WWE history as a decent pay-per-view with some good and some bad matches. The opening match, the Hardys battle, the match between the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, and the main event really deliver the goods, and the remaining battles work halfway. This is by far not the best WrestleMania, but it's also not the worst. Is this three-disc edition a nice addition to your WWE collection? Most definitely.
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