Reflections on Wrestlemania

Wrestlemania 27 is in the books. My initial thoughts were it was pretty bad. Considering the fact it was Wrestlemania, that makes it pretty awful. It was like a double-stuffed Raw. And it wouldn’t have even been a good Raw. It conjures up a lot of comparisons to what most people consider to be the worst Wrestlemania – #9.

First of all, I loved the pageantry and the excess of it all. This is their spectacle. The WWE knows how to do big at Wrestlemania, and I think they should get the credit they deserve. The pyro, the big-ness of everything, the video packages (especially the Miz’), it had the feel of a big event, production values-wise.

I love The Rock. I really do (though nowhere near as much as my wife does). But having him there was completely pointless. When I think that Sheamus and Daniel Bryan had to cut their match short so The Rock could do his nonsensical promo, it makes me mad. Relax. I’m not one of those “You sold out” fans that think wrestlers should do nothing but wrestle all their lives. Dwayne Johnson has made a nice name for himself in Hollywood. I have moved on. He is not a wrestler anymore. I don’t want to see him in the ring, unless he’s talking. He showed up at the arena 2 times in a 6-week period. What in the Blue Hell has The Rock done to deserve that lengthy promo at the beginning? Recently? I think that is the biggest slap in the face to the Daniel Bryans and Sheamuses and the other wrestlers who have given everything. Hell, even The Great Khali did more to earn that promo than The Rock did. Instead of giving that time to The Rock, they should have been giving time to wrestlers who will become the next Rock. The focal point of this Pay-Per-View was somebody who hasn’t been in a wrestling ring since Ric Flair was active (Wait…).

Relax. I’m not a hater. I’m happy to see The Rock. I loved the Mae Young skit, and I loved the PeeWee Herman thing. How do you not? What I have a problem with is making a person who should no longer be the focus being the focus. Roy Halladay may retire as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. But if every time he is supposed to pitch, he is replaced by Steve Carlton, he will never be able to take the spotlight he deserves. Rock, you are the Great One. But somewhere in that WWE locker room could be the next “Great One.” WWE, get him out of the way.

(I would like to say in his defense that The Rock never held another wrestler “down.” The dude put over The Hurricane. I don’t see him holding a wrestler down here. I just see him being over-utilized.)

The first match had some really nice drama. I love the submission hold and the drama of “Is he going to tap?” I was waiting for the Christian heel turn that never came. It was fun watching them destroy the car, but really, shouldn’t that have been done on Smackdown!?

Cody-Rey was a decently done match. I wanted to see Dusty (but it makes sense that he not appear in Atlanta, as there is no way that Atlanta crowd would boo “The American Dream”).

All the skits were pretty funny. I loved Regal rapping. I marked out like a 13-year-old girl when I saw Rowdy Roddy Piper (There are 3 wrestlers I mark out for: Piper, Undertaker & Arn Anderson). I loved Mae Young pinching the Rock’s “candy ass” and wanting the “People’s Strudel.” And of course, Pee Wee Herman and Mean Gene were great. I like the Rock/Stone cold face-off, but as I said previously, I’ve moved on.

The 8-man with the Corre was insulting to those 8 wrestlers who have given everything.

Orton-Punk stole the show, in-ring wise. I hope this feud is over. There were some incredible athletic things that happened here. Neither person lost anything in this match.

The Cole-Lawler… “whatever you want to call it” was fine and had some entertaining moments. I loved Swagger throwing in the towel and Austin looking at it clueless and then wiping his head with it. The image of Cole against the glass was great, too. Loved how there were 3 stunners. And the best part was JR-King calling the rest of the night.

The Undertaker-Triple H match was everything we had hoped it would be. The entrances were phenomenal. The drama was sensational. There was no announce table still left standing. Nobody interfered (and goodness knows, between the two’s sins, anybody could have attacked either one and be justified). The drama of HHH grabbing the sledgehammer and Taker putting him in the rear naked choke. (Young wrestlers, you take a look at the drama that can be created through a submission hold like ADR’s or Undertaker’s. You don’t need to do a 1260 splash onto plates of glass to get a crowd going.) Triple-H tapped out at Wrestlemania. The cart was a nice touch. The people I was there with and my timeline on Twitter couldn’t tell whether Taker was ok or not.

The Snooki match was everything it should have been. The former cheerleader did her backspring thing and then pinned Michelle McCool. A lot of people were complaining about this match going on next-to-last. This was the best possible match they could have placed there. I remember a very wise blogger saying “There are going to be some very emotional matches at Wrestlemania. Triple H-Undertaker is going to be a very emotional match, as will Edge-Del Rio and whatever else they come across. There needs to be a moment the crowd gets to unwind from the tension and emotion. Whether we like it or not, this is going to be one of those matches.” Somebody had to follow HHH-Taker. Would you rather it be a legitimate match or the Snooki “match?” They got their TMZ moment.

The main event was really disappointing. The best part about those was the video packages before-hand. The Miz video package, for lack of a better word, was awesome. The John Cena package was well-done, but the music was way too religious for his character. I’m sure nothing screams religious connotations nothing more than the “5-Knuckle Shuffle” or the “STFU.” (<-heavy sarcasm) I loved the choir, though I really couldn’t figure out their purpose. Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but I think his background kinda looked like a Confederate flag. John Cena just cannot win. First he becomes the target for GLAAD after dropping some homophobic slurs which we know he did not write. Now he gets to walk out to the ring with a Confederate flag-like logo while a predominantly-Black choir sings. Next, I think for an encore, he will kick puppies. The match wasn’t mind-blowing, but the two did a very good job with their intensity. I did pop for Rock reading the email from the Raw GM. I have no idea where they’re going with The Rock’s interference. Right now, I don’t really want to know.

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4 Responses to Reflections on Wrestlemania

  1. G says:

    I’m still trying to absorb and make sense of what just saw last night…

    I see where you’re coming from with the Rock. I too was looking forward to Bryan/Sheamus… but also was amused by the segments. My biggest issue was having the Rock standing a top champion and challenger at the end. That looks worse than HHH saying there is no one in the locker room that can bring a challenge.

    I guess the WWE doesn’t see Del Rio as a champion, after all. Sigh. Edge doesn’t really need to title. Good match, confusing ending.

    Cody/Rey, and Orton/Punk were my favorites of the card, although Taker/HHH did surprise me, I’ll give the old men credit. Lawler/Cole was fun… where are they going with Cole getting the win? I suppose this program continues in some way? They can’t simply go back to commentary as if it never happened…

  2. Bobby says:

    I missed alomst all of Wrestlemania… Yep, I paid $65 and missed the whole show (thank god for DVR) .. The only part I caught live was the end after the double countout but even though I didn’t see the show I could tell from the little I saw that the whole thing was built around The Rock… Were left with the image of the rock over shadowing the WWE champion but I’m pretty sure if the WWE went with Cena winning they would have left the show with him and all his glory… I kinda liked the way the match ended but The Rock should have walked away and let The Miz have his wrestlemania moment. Taker vs HHH stole the show to me and was one of the best worked matches I’ve seen in a while… Everything else was forgettable and I will go as far as saying and agreeing that this was one of the worst Wrestlemanias I’ve seen but what’s new when the WWE comes to Atlanta. Hopefully RAW will make up for it… #wishful_thinking

  3. I enjoyed the overall show much more than I had anticipated, but I went into it with very low standards. Edge’s victory honestly surprised me, though I was glad that Christian didn’t turn on him. Absolutely LOVED Punk/Orton, but again, why did Orton have to win here? The guy single-footedly destroyed Punk’s entire faction for good, and going in to Mania with an injured knee just doesn’t balance that out. Punk looked amazing in defeat, but Orton didn’t need the win as much as Punk did. Lawler/Cole dragged on for too long, particularly with Cole’s never-ending promo. HHH/Undertaker was vastly better than I had expected, and Taker has never won at Mania via submission before, so that was cool. The 8-man tag was so short that it may as well have not happened at all, and The Corre has now been officially wiped out. What a joke! What was done to Sheamus and Daniel Bryan was nothing short of criminal. The main event bothered me on so many levels. Champions should never enter first. Cena’s gospel entrance made no sense at all in character context. That one person gets a significantly more “epic” entrance than the other, particularly when that other is the World Heavyweight Champion, is simply wrong. You’re absolutely right about the Rock standing over both of the actual match competitors at the end.

    At least we get Sin Cara’s debut on RAW!

  4. shamgaranath says:

    Ah, Sin Cara. Our lives will forever change over that. (<-no sarcasm, the guy is incredible)

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