Monday, April 4, 2011

Wrestlemania XXVII thoughts

Contrary to what everyone thought about this year's Wrestlemania, I thought it was an entertaining show. Were there some things on the show that could have gone better, yes possibly, but all in all I was satisfied with the presentation WWE gave last night and every match was good. Here are my thoughts on each match

John Cena vs WWE Champion The Miz- The Miz retained his championship after a 15-minute bout with Cena after Rock restarted the match when the bout was originally called a draw with both men not answering the 10 count. This wasn't the greatest of Wrestlemania main events, but it was decent. Everybody was waiting for the Rock to come out, and I thought his involvement in the match was anti-climatic. Rock costs Cena the match by giving him the Rock Bottom and Miz capitalizing with the pin just the way I predicited it. I can't wait to see what the fallout is tonight on Raw and how WWE builds to an eventual Cena-Rock match.

Undertaker vs Triple H- This match was the best match on the show. These two future hall of famers put on a 30-minute classic that had fans actually thinking the streak was going to end. I cringed when Triple H delivered the chair shot to Taker's cranium. "The Dead Man" got the win via "The Hell's Gate" and while this match wasn't Taker/Michaels, when I think of top 5 Taker Wrestlemania matches, this one ranks 3rd behind the two matches with HBK. For these two warriors ages, they told a hell of a story and now i'm curious to see which direction they both go in the coming months

World Heavyweight Champion Edge vs Alberto Del Rio- I was aghast that this match was put first, but I understand that they needed a match that would set the tone for the rest of the card. They battled for 15 minutes before Edge defeated Del Rio with the Spear. I thought WWE would put the belt on Del Rio, but i'm guessing that they don't want to hot push him right away. The match was good but was surprised that there was no Christian heel turn.

Randy Orton vs CM Punk- This match was the 2nd best match on the show. It went on for nearly 20 minutes, and it was a nice old school bout where it was just two competitors beating the snot out of eachother. Punk's facials throughout the match, and in my opinion, he is the best heel in wrestling right now. Orton won with a mid-air RKO after Punk came down from the top rope. Would love to see this feud extended.

Jerry Lawler vs Michael Cole- This grudge match didn't have the heat that I thought it would with the match dragging when Cole on offense for the majority of the match. King won the match after applying the ankle lock on Cole. After the match, the anonymous Raw GM chimed and reversed the decision because of Referee Stone Cold Steve Austin's bias involvement in the match. I agree with the WWE booking Cole to have the last laugh, and I will tell you why. In wrestling, a heel, especially heel managers, never gets their full comeuppance. If Lawler just beat the hell out of Cole throughout the match, fans would not pay to see him get it again because the comeuppance was already delivered. With Cole getting the last laugh, it will leave fans salivating for King to get his hands on him again or perhaps a superstar giving him his just desserts if the company decides to make Cole a full-time manager.

Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes- I was happy Rhodes won the match, as it was the right decision going forward. This match was a good 10 minutes, and Rhodes will now hopefully get a bigger push going forward. Thought Rey Mysterio's Captain America outfit was awesome.

Corre vs Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston, and Santino Marella- Match only lasted 90 seconds after Show gave the KO to Heath Slater. It was a disappointing debut for the Corre, as they should have won the match because it would elevate them more into serious players in the WWE. It was also a disappointing Wrestlemania debut for Wade Barrett who a couple of months ago was the top heel in the company and feuding with John Cena.

John Morrison, Trish Stratus, and Snooki vs Lay-Cool and Dolph Ziggler. Disappointed that Morrison and Ziggler didn't have enough time to shine in this match and show what they could do. The match served its purpose by having Snooki get the win with a mini-moonsault over Michelle McCool. She was decent in the match.

Side notes- I was in a good mood for the majority of the show til I found out that U.S. Champion Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan was bumped into the dark match before the show. I was looking forward to that match and wanted to see how Bryan would perfom on the big stage after competing for many years in Ring of Honor and being labeled the "best wrestler not to be in WWE or TNA" before he signed last year. The Sheamus/Bryan match was turned into a lumberjack match and then a battle royal after the lumberjacks brawled. Khali won the battle royal by elminating Sheamus. I'm shaking my head that Sheamus and Bryan got relegated to the pre-show in favor of useless vignettes involving Snoop Dogg, Mae Young, and Pee Wee Herman.

The Rock did a good job as host of Wrestlemania, but I said GOOD not Great. Most of his participation throughout the show was serviceable and not as entertaining as I would expect coming from "The Great One."

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