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I was originally going to wait until Tuesday to put my thoughts out for Wrestlemania 30 but it’s best I get all of this out the way now. I’m going to pace myself and take things one step at a time, yet I’m boiling at the brim because of a certain incident.
More on that later.
First, let’s talk about the pre-show match: The Fatal Four Way Elimination for the Tag Team Championships.
Epico and Primo (I mean Los Matadores: my bad) were thrown in for some comedic value. What would be a laugh without the Bull getting some action? Rybaxel is a joke: WWE couldn’t figure out what to do with them separately so they put them together. It just isn’t working.
As for The Real Americans, I mentioned previously I didn’t see why they were put together as a tag team. Cesaro started off impressive but then they stalled his solo push and put him with Swagger (who WWE doesn’t know what the hell to do with). The Cesaro swing aside, dude has potential. I wasn’t upset at the Usos winning. Let them hold the belts a little while longer. I’m more interested if they are really ready to hype Cesaro to the next level. Let’s see what happens.
Now let’s get to Wrestlemania 30 itself. If you thought a match was missing, there wasn’t. Just almost 30 minutes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the Rock talking.
I know you’re thinking, “What’s so interesting about that?” Hulk Hogan kept saying the Silverdome (site for his Wrestlemania III match with Andre the Giant). That would be all right except Wrestlemania was at the Superdome. Hulk didn’t even realize his error until the crowd corrected him. Hulk is going to get ragged on that for a very long while.
Then, we get to the first match: HHH vs. Daniel Bryan. The winner of this match goes on to face Randy Orton and Batista for the title.
Or should we say Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat?
Well that is what Triple H’s entrance reminded me of. It still couldn’t erase how atrocious Stephanie was dressed! I just don’t get it. Stephanie isn’t a bad looking woman (no homo). Yet the fashion choices she makes makes you go “hmmm”. All that money she makes–perhaps she should invest in a fashion consultant.
All in all, this was a great match. It was a match that Daniel Bryan had to win, not just to go on to battle Randy Orton and Batista but because HHH has to appear to listen to what fans want. HHH to win would not have done that. If HHH had won, then even with the Streak match, the fans would have been disappointed.
Next match: Kane & New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield
I knew the moment Road Dogg was interrupted while talking this match wasn’t going to last long. (Side Note: Am I the only one that isn’t used to Kane with no mask and none of this old attire?)
The Shield squashed them like the bottom of a Timberland boot crushing cockroaches. They could have stretched it a tad bit longer for me. What can I say? I like seeing the Shield wrestle.
Then we have the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
It was a pretty decent way to fill time. What I found the most impressive was what happened in the final moments of the Battle Royal. Cesaro and The Big Show were the last two left.
Cesaro pulled what I called a “Hulk vs. Andre the Giant move” when he picked him up and dumped him over the rope. I was very happy for him, and it looks like they are ready to push Cesaro. Let’s hope they don’t drop the ball. (Yes, key word: hope)
Next Match: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Side Note: Am I the only one who thinks John Cena fails to sell the following things believably: (1) Fear and (2) Switching to the dark side?
Sorry, it just looks awkward.
WWE put this match together to toy with people who kept clamoring for John Cena to do a heel turn. Otherwise, the story line wouldn’t even have the amount of hype that it did. In the end, the heel wishers got their dreams shattered and the superhero ambiance of John Cena lives on. Was anyone really surprised? Not yours truly.
Let me take a deep breath before I get to this next one.
The Streak: Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Okay, question. Brock Lesnar declared himself the #1 contender for the title around Royal Rumble time. What happened to that?
The reason I even bring it up is because Batista won the Rumble to go on to face Randy Orton at Wrestlemania. Why not put Lesnar in the mix for the championship along with Daniel Bryan if he’s so big and bad? It would have just made the declaration make sense.
But of course WWE Creative has amnesia because next thing you know, Lesnar is the next person to go against The Undertaker, which I was not thrilled with. I’m not going to repeat my disdain for Brock Lesnar because I’ve covered it in some of my past entries, but I will say that I don’t think he deserved to go against The Undertaker.
I was trying to drum up someone for The Undertaker to go against next year. That was how certain I was that the WWE would in no way, shape, or form have Brock Lesnar defeat The Undertaker.
Then, I saw the ending.
“Um, no the HELL they didn’t!”
I wanted to see that replayed back, but they didn’t replay it. It was silence and a delay before they even cued Brock’s music.
I was waiting for a restart…something!
But it didn’t come. Brock’s music kept playing. Even the crowd was silent–not knowing what to make of it. Then, there was two reactions.
One set of people were like, “What’s the big deal–it had to come to an end someday?”
Another set is: “What the fuck? You have the Legendary Undertaker end his Legendary Streak by a part time, don’t give a damn about wrestling or its legacy, overrated, uncharacteristic sack of shit like Brock Lesnar? I don’t give a hot dayum how well Paul Heyman talks his ass up: Brock Lesnar has not enriched the wrestling world nor UFC worth a hot damn. Fuck him!”
Okay maybe I’m glamorizing just a tad. It’s how I feel. I saw when the Undertaker first came in this business. How dare they!
I’m not saying that his streak shouldn’t have come to an end. The Undertaker has been in bad health for years. I’m saying the end should have come at the hands of a better wrestler.
CM Punk could have made up for his loss at Royal Rumble by beating The Undertaker’s streak. HHH could have gained redemption from Shawn Michaels being retired at the hands of The Undertaker. Shawn’s second chance at The Undertaker could have been rewarded. If The Undertaker’s streak would have ended then, I would have been happy because those wrestlers are worth their salt.
The fact that it was by Brock pisses on the epic proportions of what the Streak even represented.
I damn near stopped watching the PPV.
A 2015 Hall of Fame Ring better be in The Undertaker’s future for this skank shit.
Next, the Divas match. Not even worth putting the poster up. AJ won, no frigging surprise. I didn’t go to the bathroom–I was too busy sounding off on the Lesnar/Taker match on Facebook.
Final match: Triple Threat for the WWE Championship. (Batista vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton)
The only thing that kept this match interesting was Daniel Bryan. Daniel was still pretty banged up after his previous match with Triple H, so it’s sad when a banged up man can put on a better performance than Orton and Batista.
The one impressive moment was when Daniel Bryan was Batista bombed into Randy’s RKO on the announce table. Unfortunately, Randy hit his back on one of the monitors so he was just as hurt as Daniel. Then, Batista was standing there–a mix of what to do next and how to make this match stretch the time limit type of thing.
Then they are rolling out the stretcher and putting Daniel Bryan on it: only for Daniel Bryan to pull some “John Cena type ish” and get off of it.
To finally give fans what they wanted, this match could only go one way. It went exactly the way it was going to (and had to) go:
I’m happy Daniel Bryan finally has the belt. For everyone who kept fussing about him not getting it sooner, it happened where it was supposed to happen–on the grand stage at Wrestlemania.
Yet, it’s bittersweet. For me, WWE hasn’t felt the same without CM Punk being there. But more importantly, the way Undertaker and Lesnar ended still had me out of sorts.
The Verdict: Wrestlemania was riding high until the Taker/Lesnar result. Then it became very hard for me to still have enthusiasm for the last match, even though the ending result was good. But did Daniel’s win do enough for redemption?
3 out of 5 TRB Stars
For me, it didn’t. It’s a shame because Wrestlemania was at about 4.5 stars prior to The Undertaker vs. Lesnar match.
This also serves as a test for WWE. How long will they keep the belt on Daniel Bryan? Is he transitional until they put John Cena back in the championship running? Plus since it was a triple threat, technically Batista and Orton have rematches–is this a ploy to get the belt back on Batista? What WWE decides to do with Bryan as champion will tell the tale.
Also, the Undertaker has been such a huge part of Wrestlemania for so long. In a lot of Wrestlemania’s, the Undertaker’s matches have been some of the best matches. Will the WWE be able to replicate that type of magic for future Wrestlemanias? I know one thing: the Creative team has its work cut out for them. The worst part is that I fear WWE Creative plays things more by ear than actually looking towards the future of the business.
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