WrestleMania Time Capsule: 2004

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March 14, 2004

The following events also occurred in 2004...

A 9.0 earthquake rocked the Indian Ocean and created devastating tsunamis that killed at least 220,000 people from Thailand to Somalia.

 

"Yeah," by Usher, Lil John and Ludacris topped Billboard's chart.

The Detroit Pistons, led by series MVP Chauncey Billups, beat the LA Lakers to win the NBA Finals.

Former president Ronald Reagan died at his California home nearly 10 years after announcing he had Alzheimer's disease.

In their first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames.

For the second year in a row, CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was the highest rated show on TV.

It was the year of sequels as Spider-Man 2 and Shrek 2 ruled the box office.

Clint Eastwood's boxing epic Million Dollar Baby took home Best Picture at the Oscars.

The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years.

Smarty Jones failed to capture the Triple Crown.

The Boston Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and defeated their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, en route to the World Series where they swept the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons engaged in one of the biggest brawls in NBA history, as Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were all handed huge suspensions for fighting with the Detroit fans.

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