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WrestleMania X8: The One & Only was the eighteenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 17, 2002, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Not sure who sang the Canadian National Anthem, if anyone.

MatchesEdit


Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Chris Jericho beat Stone Cold and The Rock in a single night (December 9, 2001) to unify the WWF World title and the former WCW World Heavyweight Championship (which was renamed following the WCW Invasion angle). Triple H won the Royal Rumble after missing 8 months due to a torn quad to earn a title shot. Stephanie McMahon and HHH split during the build-up, so Stephanie aligned with Jericho, and the match itself was mostly about HHH's recovered leg and his divorce.
  • Because Ric Flair was now a co-owner of the World Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon decided to kill his own creation by poisoning it with the New World Order and bringing in Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hollywood Hogan. The Rock confronted the nWo, but they attacked him the next night on RAW, then rammed a diesel truck through his ambulance. Rock was not injured (?) and he dared Hogan to "headline one more WrestleMania... WITH THE ROCK!" As the two stood face-to-face, the Chicago crowd went from chanting "Rocky!" to chanting "Hogan!" mid-chant. After that, the excitement around Hogan's return to the WWF took over and by the time the match started, he was the crowd favorite.
  • Meanwhile, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Scott Hall had a subpar build-up for a mid-card affair. Actually, the build-up was mostly entertaining, even though fans were confused why Scott Hall was facing Austin, as opposed to Kevin Nash, who was widely considered a bigger name.
  • Undertaker changed his demeanor in December 2001, and he went from locker room leader to backyard bully. He set his sights on Ric Flair for any given reason, going so far as to punk out his son David Flair at Ohio Valley Wrestling (WWF's developmental territory at the time) until Flair finally accepted his challenge.
  • Diamond Dallas Page became an inspirational leader for no one in particular. Christian was on a short-lived losing streak, which climaxed with his quitting the WWF after a loss to Edge. DDP rallied his spirits though and put Christian back on the winning side, which was immediately reciprocated with an Unprettier and challenge to a title match at WrestleMania X8.
  • Booker T and Edge were wrestling over a fictitious Japanese shampoo endorsement as noted by a fan's sign during the match.
  • More to be added

Additional NotesEdit

  • This event was the last WrestleMania under the "World Wrestling Federation" banner. The WWF changed its name to "World Wrestling Entertainment" following a May court ruling out of England brought against Vince by the World Wildlife Fund. WrestleMania XIX was technically the first "WWE" WrestleMania.
  • The official theme songs for the event were "Tear Away" (Drowning Pool) and something by Saliva. Drowning Pool performed "Tear Away" live, to "tell you the story of the main event" (whatever that meant).
  • The WWF Hardcore championship had a "24/7" rule attach to it in that anyone could win the title if (A) there was a WWF referee present, and (B) they pinned the champion anywhere, anytime.
  • This event was the second international WrestleMania, following WrestleMania VI. Toronto is the only city outside of the United States to host a WrestleMania. As such, the DVD release included the main event from WrestleMania VI: Hulk Hogan versus Ultimate Warrior.
  • More to be added

The AftermathEdit

  • Kevin Nash & Scott Hall dumped Hulk Hogan from the nWo and added X-Pac. Hogan went on to beat HHH for the WWF Undisputed championship (the two titles were unified into a new championship belt, then it was renamed the WWE Undisputed Championship after Hogan won it).
  • Disgruntled with bad booking and frustrated with his injured body, Stone Cold Steve Austin walked out on WWE shortly after its name change. The Rock (who was filming a movie after WrestleMania) came back early the week after Austin abandoned ship. He won the WWE Undisputed Championship at Vengeance in July 2002.
  • Both Vince McMahon and Ric Flair were co-owners of the WWF, so the night after WrestleMania, the board of directors made a ruling to split brands, and each man was in charge of a brand. Ric Flair got RAW and Vince got Smackdown. A draft took place on March 25, 2002, and The Rock was the first man drafted (to Smackdown).
  • Fresh off his WrestleMania X8 loss, Ric Flair defied Undertaker's taunts and drafted him first to RAW.
  • Edge continued to have better hair than Booker T.
  • More to be added

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