For months, there was back-and-forth about whether Mickey Rourke would wrestle Chris Jericho at Mania. Ultimately, the acclaimed actor showed up and sat ringside. After disposing of legends Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the brash gladiator invited Rourke in the ring. Jericho had been calling Mick out for several weeks during airings of “WWE Raw.”
Rourke finally got in the ring for a confrontation. A couple of missed left jabs and a phantom left hook — and down went Jericho. Former boxer Rourke got the last laugh. Personally, I would have done without Rourke or the three legends. I would have loved to see Jericho face Ric Flair or my fave, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Same thing with Kid Rock. He briefly turned Mania into a mini concert. I like Bob and all, all, but I’d much rather that the WWE showed the tag-team unification match as promised instead of relegating it to “dark match” status. Damn.
Nicole of the Pussycat Dolls performed “America the Beautiful” to open the show. I was cool with that, but I really would have loved to see her mix it up with some WWE Divas in a bikini, evening gown or pudding match. LOL! I’m only serious.
OK, you wanna hear about the matches? Money in the Bank tore the house down and Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels was one of the best bouts ever! Ever!