34 Days of WrestleMania: How does WrestleMania X8 with Rock-Hogan hold up?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada played host to one of the best WrestleMania's of all time, and the build-up was one of the main reasons Brunner 1.0 of The Geekiverse got into wrestling.


The year is 2002. The Rock and Hulk Hogan are facing one another. Stone Cold takes on the rest of the nWo. And Triple H is back after tearing his quad muscle. What a time to be alive. After the disaster that was Wrestlemania 2000, thank goodness for this.

To be honest, this is what got young me back into wrestling full-fledged. I was fully a sheltered wrestling fan at this point, often hiding the fact that I even remotely wanted to watch. And then I remember Triple H returning at Madison Square Garden, and a kid at my daycare saying "Dude Triple H returned last night at the very end of RAW and he's IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE." Collin's excitement got me excited about the Royal Rumble, and we were back. The road to Wrestlemania began with Triple H returning from that quad injury for me, and I've been invested emotionally ever since.

Not to mention The Rock was in full swing, the nWo just came into the company, and Stone Cold was still Stone Cold even as he slowed down. Seriously, what a time to be a wrestling fan. I miss this era so much. Crying. Crying. Crying... and we're good. Okay, let's do this.

Favorite Match:

  • Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

    • It has to be. Icon vs. Icon. Legend vs. Legend. Arguably the two biggest names in WWF going 1-on-1 in a dream matchup that so many fans never thought would happen. To be honest, I never thought we would see Hogan in WWF again at the time. The wrestling obviously wasn't the greatest, but the atmosphere mixed with the history happening before your eyes can't be understated here. And to think, this wasn't even the main-event. The ending where Hogan turned on Scott Hall and Kevin Nash was a bit too many shenanigans, but you have to give the people what they want right?

Favorite Moments:

  • Rock promo with The Coach was solid

    • This is classic Rock right here. Absolutely loved the Brahma Bull going in on Coach the only way he knows how. I miss these promos. Sad emoji.

  • Maven starting and ending the night as Hardcore Champion

    • Remember when I watched this Wrestlemania and suggested on Reddit the WWE bring this back to capitalize on the social media age, only for another site to take credit for it? Brunner never forgets.

  • Flair vs. Undertaker with Arn Anderson coming in was amazing

    • Really solid match overall from both performers. Absolutely loved everything this did for the Deadman and The Nature Boy. Having Arn come in was a nice surprise that made me think Natch might pull this out. Taker holding up those 10 fingers at the end was so great.

  • Stone Cold taking the nWo to task got the crowd hype

    • Stone Cold was so freakin over. So. Freakin. Over. The match was not the greatest, but wow that crowd loved everything The Rattlesnake did. Once again, you can't underestimate the impact of a good crowd reaction.

  • Triple H winning the Undisputed Title after coming back from his quad injury

    • As stated above, this storyline got me back into wrestling. Seeing it culminate made me a very happy young Brunner 1.0.


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