Some WrestleManias have enjoyed a perfect marriage with an ideal theme song, whether it was Austin and Rock each insisting on doing things "My Way", or the Ford Field gawkers being promised a show of shows aligning with Josey Scott's carnival-barking in "Ladies and Gentlemen".
For WrestleMania 21 in Los Angeles, the event took up a glitzy Tinseltown motif, which included an elaborate red-carpet-and-marquee set, and advertising in the form of faux movie trailers. For the theme song, a bubbly, upbeat alternative piece by Swedish rock band The Soundtrack of Our Lives entitled "Bigtime" seemed to be an ideal complement. A drastic change from the shouty, bellicose nu-metal offerings of previous years, "Bigtime" provided a warm, breezy feeling, similar to the onset of the coinciding spring season. Its lyrics even denoted change, with frequent use of the phrase, "Welcome to the future."
Fitting, as the two men that would reign supreme at night's end were two cherished developmental projects that would each hoist a World title for the first time: John Cena and Batista. WWE in 2005 was planning ahead, looking to firmly mint two new main eventers with significant victories on the most watched wrestling show of the year.
"Welcome to the future," indeed.
10. It's The First (And Only) WrestleMania With No Form Of Tag Team Match
Also known as, "the worst night of Teddy Long's life." Even worse than the time The Undertaker abducted him, because Long can forgive that. But no tag team matches at WrestleMania, playa? You're just crossing the line, now.
WrestleMania 3 had no Tag Team title match, but there were five different types of tag match on the show in general. WrestleMania 12's lone traditional tag match was on the pre-show, but did have a six-man on the main card. The card for WrestleMania 21 included seven singles matches, a six-way ladder match, and a pre-show battle royal, but certainly no tag team matches.
Every WrestleMania since then has had some type of tag team match, whether traditional, handicap, six-man, eight-man, or even twelve-man. Thus, WrestleMania 21 is the odd-Mania out.