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On This Day In Wrestling History (March 17, 2002) – WrestleMania X8 [The End of an Era For The WWF]

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On this day in wrestling history on March 17, 2002, WWF WrestleMania X8 took place. A lot of big matches took place at this PPV and it certainly ranks among the top 10 WrestleMania events of all time.

Let’s take a look at the major highlights and history related to this event:

#7 Final WrestleMania Under The “WWF” Banner

WrestleMania X8 (18) marked the end of an era for the World Wrestling Federation as this was the last WrestleMania under the “WWF” banner and was also the last WrestleMania outside of USA.

WrestleMania 18 DVD Cover

#6 The Undertaker Went 10-0 At WrestleMania X8

The Undertaker faced “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair in a No DQ match at WrestleMania X8. Flair was busted open during the match and The Undertaker managed to put away Flair despite interference from Arn Anderson.

The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair - WrestleMania 18

The Undertaker’s WrestleMania record after this match was 10-0.

You can watch the highlights from this match below:

#5 Two Titles Changed Hands At WrestleMania X8

The following Titles were defended at WrestleMania X8: Intercontinental Title, European Title, Hardcore Title, Tag Team Titles, Women’s Title and WWF Undisputed Title.

Only two Titles changed hands – Rob Van Dam defeated William Regal in the opening match to win the Intercontinental Title and Triple H defeated Chris Jericho in the main event to capture the WWF Undisputed Title.

In other Title matches, Diamond Dallas Page defeated Christian to retain the European Title. Maven fought Goldust to a no-contest to retain the Hardcore Title. Billy & Chuck defeated The APA, The Dudley Boyz & The Hardy Boyz in a Four Corners Match to retain the Tag Team Titles. Jazz defeated Trish Stratus & Lita in a Triple Threat Match to retain the Women’s Title.

#4 Stone Cold Hits The “WrestleMania” Stunner

Former WWF Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin faced nWo member Scott Hall at WrestleMania X8. Stone Cold won the match after hitting two Stone Cold Stunners.

Stone Cold vs. Scott Hall - WrestleMania 18

Jim Ross called the final Stunner as the “WrestleMania Stunner” because of the incredible way in which Scott Hall sold it. You can watch a GIF of it below:

Stone Cold hits a Stunner on Scott Hall at WrestleMania 18 GIF

Stone Cold hits a Stunner on Scott Hall at WrestleMania 18 GIF

#3 One Of The Biggest Matches In WrestleMania History Took Place – Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock

At WrestleMania X8, one of the biggest matches in Pro-Wrestling history took place as The Rock took on Hollywood Hulk Hogan in a dream match of the ages.

This match featured one of the greatest crowd reactions of all time. Hogan entered the match as a heel but was cheered big time by the crowd in Toronto.

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan - WrestleMania 18

The Rock won the match and after the match Scott Hall & Kevin Nash attacked Hogan for shaking Rock’s hand. The Rock made the save and celebrated with Hogan. Hogan turned babyface in the end.

You can watch the awesome start and end to this match below:

#2 Triple H vs. Chris Jericho Main Events WrestleMania X8

In the main event of WrestleMania X8, the 2002 Royal Rumble winner Triple H faced “Y2J” Chris Jericho for the WWF Undisputed Championship. Triple H defeated Jericho and captured the WWF Undisputed Title, only to lose it to Hulk Hogan at the next PPV.

Triple H vs Chris Jericho - WrestleMania 18

This match got a lot of criticism from fans as they thought Hogan vs. The Rock should’ve main evented instead of this.

Triple H wins the WWF Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania 18

You can watch the highlights of this match below:

#1 Complete Results From WrestleMania X8

Below are the full results from the WWF WrestleMania X8:

WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: Rob Van Dam def. William Regal (c) to win the Title.

WWF European Championship Match: Diamond Dallas Page (c) def. Christian to retain the Title.

WWF Hardcore Championship Match: Maven (c) vs. Goldust ended in a no-contest.

– Kurt Angle def. Kane

No DQ Match: The Undertaker def. Ric Flair

– Edge def. Booker T

– Stone Cold Steve Austin def. Scott Hall

Four Corners Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship: Billy & Chuck (c) def. The APA, The Dudley Boyz & The Hardy Boyz to retain the Titles.

– The Rock def. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

WWF Women’s Championship Match: Jazz (c) def. Trish Stratus & Lita to retain the Title.

WWF Undisputed Championship Match: Triple H def. Chris Jericho (c) to win the Title.

You can watch the highlights of the full show below:

        
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