Despite a neck barely clinging together, Kurt Angle wasn’t about to let an injury prevent him from showcasing his skills in defense of his WWF title against the WWF’s hot prospect Brock Lesnar. Both collegiate stars wowed with their technical ability as the match intensity increased. In the end, Lesnar was too much for the Olympian even if he barely avoided a costly injury himself.
Triple H’s stranglehold on the WWE title was in double jeopardy as The Game looked to defend his championship against his longtime rival Shawn Michaels and ‘The Crippler’ Chris Benoit. In arguably the greatest Wrestlemania moment to since be marred in a horrible tragedy, Benoit overcame the odds to defeat the cornerstones of DX by getting a submission win on The Game to become the new WWE Champion.
The WWF was changing the guard as the stars of the Attitude Era had ridden off into the sunset with a couple of exceptions being challenged by the promotion’s young guns. As John Cena defeated JBL to become the WWE champion, Batista faced off with his former Evolution ally and World champion Triple H.
When the match concluded, The Animal emerged as the new champion signaling a lengthy run atop the promotion as one of the three pillars of the new WWF era.
Triple H once again found himself battling another of the WWE’s main young lions as he looked to wrest the WWE Championship from John Cena. Seeking to legitimize his title reign with a signature Wrestlemania main event against The Game, Cena wanted to prove once and for all that The Champ is here.