WrestleMania XIX: Dare To Dream was the nineteenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Entertainment, held on March 30, 2003, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. Ashanti sang the National Anthem or "America The Beautiful."


Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Brock Lesnar won the 30-man Royal Rumble for a shot at the championship. Booker T had to win a battle royal on RAW, lastly eliminating The Rock.
  • The night after losing the World Heavyweight championship, Shawn Michaels was confronted by Chris Jericho, who called Shawn a "loser" for having lost the title. The two were the first two entrants of the Royal Rumble, and Jericho eliminated HBK almost immediately, but Shawn returned into the match later to cause Jericho's elimination.
  • Stone Cold and The Rock faced off at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania X-Seven, so their proposed rematch was Rock's chance to redeem himself.
  • The Undertaker & Nathan Jones were paired for tag team action against Big Show & A-Train, but they attacked Nathan Jones backstage and the match was changed to a handicap match.
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Additional NotesEdit

  • The World Tag Team title match between Rob Van Dam & Kane against Lance Storm & Sean Morely was bumped to a dark match, so WrestleMania could feature the Miller Light Girls (a Super Bowl fad) in a pillow fight with a couple WWE Divas.
  • In his first WrestleMania match, Rey Mysterio began a tradition of donning outfits resembling that of pop culture characters, mostly from comic books. For this event, his attire was styled after Daredevil.
  • Ed The K Motley (who landed floor seats by outsmarting a local scalper in a Bruins jersey) can be seen during Undertaker's entrance, holding up a super-lame "Rock And Roll" yellow sign. It belonged to the group of Canadians sitting next to Kay, but as soon as he saw the sign, he thought "that will get on TV for sure!"
  • Rowdy Roddy Piper interjected in the match between Hogan and McMahon, and floored both men. In 2011, Chad MacDonald told Kay about the YouTube clip, not knowing from what event it was (or that Piper walked right by Kay on his way to the ring).
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The AftermathEdit

  • After his loss, Kurt Angle left to have neck surgery which kept him sidelined for a record-low 3 months (a slew of other wrestlers were sidelined for about a year on average with similar procedures) to regain the WWE Championship in a triple threat match against Brock Lesnar and Big Show at WWE Vengeance.
  • Triple H's next challenger was long-time friend turned enemy Kevin Nash, and he defeated him in three straight pay-per-views, culminating at Bad Blood. He eventually lost the championship to Goldberg at Unforgiven in September.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin was nursing a slew of injuries through his match, which he kept under wraps as much as possible. The next night on RAW, Eric Bischoff divulged the medical records citing his injuries and Austin immediately retired from the ring, although he continued working in WWE throughout most of 2003 in the role of co-GM with Bischoff. Austin has not wrestled a match since WrestleMania XIX, partly out of respect for Rock and mostly because he hasn't seen potential for a great clash with anyone (CM Punk|yet).
  • Both Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper were regulars on WWE programming for a short spell in 2003, but they were both released in the same week. It was a glorious week for fans of the rising stars!
  • Rob Van Dam & Kane won the World Tag Team Championship the next night on RAW, highlighted with a backstage promo where RVD told Kane that he secured the title shot by putting their careers at stake. Kane angrily left the room, enraged that RVD would make the stipulation without consulting him, to which a dumbfounded RVD casually explained, "dude, we're gonna win!"
  • Originally planning WrestleMania XIX to be his final match, Shawn Michaels felt his body held up better than expected so he offered to take on a fuller schedule. He continued wrestling regularly until his retirement at WrestleMania XXVI.
  • Newly created "WWE Films" cameras were on-hand to film backstage footage of the event for a documentary titled The Mania of WrestleMania, which aired on UPN the weekend of WrestleMania XX and it was included in the three-disc release of WrestleMania XX.
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