The Iron Sheik won a Gimmick Battle Royal, featuring Nikolai Volkoff, Sgt. Slaughter, Hillbilly Jim, Kamala, Repo Man, Bushwhackers, Brother Love, Tugboat, Earthquake, One Man Gang, Duke Droese, Jim Cornette, Freebird Michael Hayes, and Doink The Clown.
After losing a year at the peak of his career, Stone Cold Steve Austin was determined to win the WWF Championship back at any cost, "with all due respect." Originally, Vince McMahon assigned Austin's wife Debra McMichael to be the manager of The Rock, but the Rock/Debra partnership was dropped before WrestleMania X-Seven with no explanation.
The Undertaker had been bragging about "making (people) famous," but Triple H took exception to his boast, taunting him backstage by trapping him underneath a chair and saying, "so you're the guy who makes people famous? Well, guess what, I'm already famous!"
Although the most dysfunctional family in sports entertainment made amends at the prior event, they were at odds again within a year. The elder McMahons were divorcing, but Vince McMahon drugged Linda McMahon for several months to start an affair with Trish Stratus. Stephanie McMahon took exception, so she and Trish were at odds. Likewise, Shane McMahon took exception with his father, but his revenge was a bit more indirect. When AOL Time Warner sold WCW, Vince McMahon made an offer to purchase the company but Shane quickly organized funds to buy the company out from underneath Vince, which soon resulted in the WCW Invasion.
Since the prior year, the tag division circled around the same three teams. At SummerSlam 2000, they met in the first TLC match. After that match, each of the three teams began hanging around a third person: Lita (Hardys), Spike (Dudleys), and Rhyno (E&C Dynasty).
WWF Intercontinental champion Chris Jericho found a way to aggravate the proper WWF Good Will Ambassador William Regal, by acting increasingly juvenile. Fortunately, WWF fans loved those antics so the more immature he behaved, the more popular he became, and the more annoyed Regal got.
This WrestleMania was the first year since 1990 to be housed in a stadium, so the attendance in Houston was the second-highest of any WrestleMania at its time, barely surpassing Toronto at 67,925 to 67,675.
Many fans consider this WrestleMania event to be the best ever; others rate it second behind WrestleMania III.
The official theme song for this event was "My Way" by Limp Bizkit, the first such "official" theme song (prior events had in-house theme songs written, but they were not promoted during TV broadcasts as an official theme song).
Motorhead performed "My Game" to lead Triple H to the ring for his match with Undertaker.
In a dark match, X-Pac & Justin Credible (with Albert) beat Steve Blackman & Grandmaster Sexay. This match is included on the DVD release.
The night after WrestleMania X-Seven, The Rock had a rematch against Stone Cold Steve Austin inside a steel cage, but after Vince McMahon taunted Triple H for losing after he helped Austin win, Hunter aligned with Austin and the two men pummelled Rock so badly that he was forced to the sidelines. During his off-time, Rock filmed a movie - which may or may not have been part of his recovery.
WWF Intercontinental champion Chris Jericho lost the title to Triple H at the first Smackdown after WrestleMania in Tulsa, Oklahoma. HHH and Austin aligned as the Two-Man Power Trip until HHH was sidelined with an injury in May.
WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin turned on Vince McMahon and the WWF at WWF Invasion to align with Shane McMahon and WCW. He retained the championship until September 2001 when Kurt Angle won the title.
New WWF Tag Team champions Edge & Christian were trashed by the Brothers of Destruction, who immediately entered a feud with Austin and Hunter over all the championship, leading to the second Triple Header for all three championships. Edge & Christian eventually split, but both the Hardys and Dudley Boyz challenged for the WWF Tag Team titles at WrestleMania X8.
New WWF Hardcore champion Kane lost the title to Rhyno during the WCW Invasion.