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Booker Tio Huffman, Jr.
  • Birthdate: 03/01/1961 (age 54)
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 256 Ib

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Wrestlemania XIX (tagline: Dare To Dream) drew 54,097 fans (record-breaking attendance) to the Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, on March 30th 2003. The event was the first Wrestlemania to be held in the state of Washington. It was also the first Wrestlemania under the "WWE" banner and brand extension, which split the wrestlers into two rosters for Raw & Smackdown. Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler provided commentary for Raw, and Michael Cole & Tazz for Smackdown.

Limp Bizkit's new song "Crack Addict" was used as the PPV's theme, and the band performed Crack Addict and Rollin' live on stage. Lance Storm and Chief Morley defended their World Tag Team Championships against Kane and Rob Van Dam in a Heat match before Wrestlemania started. The main card consisted of nine matches, five of which were contested for championships.

Wrestlers making their Wrestlemania debut: Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio, Shannon Moore, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas & Chavo Guerrero.

Wrestlers making their Wrestlemania returns: Shawn Michaels, Big Show

Absentees due to injuries/losing contract: Edge (surgery)

Match #1 - Matt Hardy (c) (with Shannon Moore) vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship - Boom 619! So this is where I begin Wrestlemania XIX, talking about Rey Mysterio's first Wrestlemania match against "Version 1" Matt Hardy. I always loved the graphics for Matt's entrance, and I believe the snippets of information given on the side were "Matt is appearing in his 4th Wrestlemania", and "Matt often wonders how they did Wrestlemania without him". Easily the best version of Matt Hardy.

Sadly, the entrances were more entertaining than the match. It's a standard five-minute Matt Hardy vs Rey Mysterio match, ending with Matt getting a roll up after a missed 619. Kept Matt Hardy's momentum going, but five minutes? C'mon.

Match #2 - The Undertaker vs. Big Show and A-Train - Nathan Jones! Remember him? The guy who was meant to be the next big thing? His original character was nixed, and instead he became a rookie protege to The Undertaker. He was taken out before the match, making it a handicap match. In reality, Nathan Jones didn't have the skills to pull off a match at Wrestlemania, so his role was limited, and his career was doomed.

But you know, I remember watching this back in 2003 and not giving a care in the world. I was majorly disappointed The Undertaker was being used as a mentor instead of the force he really was, and I wasn't scared for his streak, it's Big Show and A-Train; there's no way. In typical heel fashion, A-Train played with The Undertaker's bike mirror, distracting him long enough for the Big Show to ambush. But to no avail as Taker fended him off and choke slammed Albert anyways.

The match continued, with Taker doing wrestling holds, and Big Show doing an abdominal stretch, and yeah, it just kept going on, and on, for nine minutes, until Nathan Jones appeared (awoken from his nap) to assist The Undertaker by spin kicking the Big Show like a Power Ranger. POW! Then The Undertaker did his thing by giving Prince Albert A-Train Tensai a TOMBSTONE! CRUNCH! 1-2-3. Undertaker 11-0. Not a bad match, but Nathan Jones could have made it dreadful if it was allowed .. so I guess it was about damage limitation, and keeping the streak alive for another year.

Match #3 - Victoria (c) (with Steven Richards) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Jazz for the WWE Women's Championship - Loved Victoria's theme back then, suited her rather well. The match is not as bad as the triple threat from Wrestlemania X8 (only difference is Victoria in the match instead of Lita), but it was still an average contest. Trish Stratus was still the least talented wrestler, and while Jazz's personality was clearly coming through, the fans didn't care to boo her. So yeah .. Trish won the match, Steven Richards tried to interfere and messed it up for Victoria. It was inevitable, Trish was the face of the Women's/Divas division going forward.

So we were saved by "The Great One", in a backstage interview with Coach. Rocky was in Hollywood heel mode, and doing his best to get the fans to hang on/loath every single word. I'm sure he called Austin a "bald-headed bastard" at one point, which was rather amusing. The Rock emphasized the importance of defeating Austin for the first time at Wrestlemania.

Match #4 - Team Angle (c) vs. Los Guerreros vs. Chris Benoit and Rhyno for the WWE Tag Team Championship - As you would expect, the best parts of the match were largely dominated by Benoit vs Guerrero (Jim Ross reminded us of their history), and...

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