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WWE WrestleMania XXVII Review

WWE WrestleMania XXVII

April 2rd 2011

The Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Attendance: 71,617

Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross, Booker T & Josh Matthews

BuyRate: 1,042,000

 

The 27th edition of WrestleMania saw the return of a familiar face. The Rock made his return to WrestleMania since 2004. He wasn’t wrestling on this show, he was serving as the guest host but the question everyone was asking was would he and John Cena get involved in a physical confrontation. John Cena was in the main event against The Miz for the WWE Championship. The thing I hated about this show was that The Miz was treated like a pawn in the Rock/Cena feud much like Chris Jericho was treated back in 2002. The WWE Championship should NEVER be treated like a prop but in this case it was. Elsewhere Triple H was the latest challenger to Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak and the 2011 Royal Rumble winner, Alberto Del Rio would challenge Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship in what turned out to be Edge’s final match.

 

Keri Hilson sings America the Beautiful. She did a good job here.

 

The Rock gets a “Late Show” style opening before making his appearance. He gets a loud reaction from the crowd as expected. He welcomes everyone to the show and promises to make this WrestleMania one of the best ever. The crowd chant “Cena Sucks” which brings a smile to Rock’s face. This leads to a few chanting games including a “Yabba Dabba” chant. Hearing 70,000 people chant “Dabba” was pretty surreal if I’m being honest. Rock: “WrestleMania is better than Christmas, no offence Santa” that was hilarious! Typical Rocky promo which fired up the crowd.

 

Now we get the proper WrestleMania video package entrance and great job as always by the WWE production department. Videos like this always give me goose bumps and chills when they tie it in with historic WrestleMania moments. Always nice little call back as they bring back the “Bigger, Better, Badder” tagline. A pyro display takes place as we are taken to our opening contest.

 

World Heavyweight Championship

Alberto Del Rio /w/ Brodus Clay vs. Edge © /w/ Christian

As always Ricardo Rodriguez does ADR’s entrance, and it’s a spectacular one considering the Mansion background on the video screen. I was stunned to see this was the opener. It hurts the value of the title being on this early on the show. Christian gets his own entrance followed by Edge who gets a great reaction, and still shaking my head that this for all intent and purposes is going to be his last match. This is the 4th straight year that Edge is involved in a World Championship Match at Mania, and since starting 5-0, he’s lost his last 4 matches at the biggest show of the year. They lock up to start, and jockey for position in Edge’s corner. Del Rio gets the taste slapped out of his mouth and gets caught with a backdrop. Del Rio immediately goes to the injured arm, and focuses his attack on that limb. Del Rio gets a little too aggressive and gets backdropped to the floor, but Edge makes mistake of taking fight to the floor. He ends up getting rammed into the security wall and gets his shoulder posted into the steel ring post. They head back into the ring and Alberto continues to attack the arm in vicious fashion. Del Rio makes mistake of charging again and gets sent through the ropes to the floor. Edge goes lucha as he flips outside to the floor onto Del Rio. He takes too long to get up top though and Del Rio brings him down with an armdrag. Del Rio gets a little too cocky again, and eats a spinwheel kick.

These bumps by Edge are kind of scary considering what we know now. Once again Alberto charges wildly and ends up eating a boot. Edge gets a quick flurry of offense and that leads to a two count, but Del Rio gets basically a Code Breaker on the injured arm. He sets up the cross arm breaker, but Edge counters for two. They do a pin fall reversal sequence and it ends with Alberto locking in the cross arm breaker. Luckily for Edge he is close enough to get his bottom foot on the ropes. He looks to capitalize, but Edge hangs him in the top rope. He heads up top for a second time, and Del Rio runs up the ropes to deliver a fantastic looking enziguiri. Rodriguez makes sure to knock Edge’s foot off the bottom rope, but he is still able to kick out. Christian gives chase, but gets dropped by a fall away slam from Clay. Back in the ring, Edge preps for the spear and the crowd erupts. Del Rio side steps, and Clay drags Edge shoulder first into the post. ADR hooks in the cross arm breaker, and the crowd really starts buying into this match. Edge counters to a pin attempt, and once Del Rio kicks out, Edge hooks in the Edgecator. Christian comes back to take out Clay with a tornado DDT to the floor. Del Rio fights out of the submission hold, but Edge gets to his feet first and delivers the Spear to retain the title. Post match, Edge & Christian destroy Del Rio’s car. Don’t ask me why Alberto would care about one car when he has a different one in every city. Logic need not apply.

Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Edge via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

Good match. Not great but they did a good job of opening the show. Little did we know that a week later Edge would be forced to retire. The news just came out of nowhere and shocked us all but I’m happy I got to see his final match. Great performer.

 

“Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio

Rey’s superhero of choice this year is Captain America. Cody immediately goes for Rey’s knee brace and uses his protective mask as a weapon whenever possible. Cody’s disfigured gimmick was a great gimmick as it gives him a way of getting cheap heat with the crowd. Rey gets his feet up to block a charge, but gets killed with an Alabama Slam when Cody blocks a head scissors attempt. Rey fires back and heads up top, but gets caught by Cody and he delivers a beautiful delayed super-plex. Sure, it’s Rey he’s holding up there for that long, but still a pretty sweet visual and the crowd popped for it. Rey counters Cross Rhodes and sends Cody to the floor. They battle on the floor as Cody gets sent first face into the ring apron off a head scissors. Rey comes off the top with a seated senton, and gets a two count off a pinning sequence. Mysterio gets caught coming out of the corner and gets tossed on the back of his head. Rey stays in control and sets up the 6-1-9, but Cody blocks and catapults Mysterio throat first into the middle rope for 2. Finally Cody goes back to the knee and removes the knee brace. He tosses it to the floor, but Rey comes back with a moonsault press off the top for two. Rey is able to rip off Cody’s mask and hits the 6-1-9 to a good pop. He misses the splash off the top, but does deliver a sick kick to the head for two. Rey applies Cody’s mask and starts firing off headbutts to the objections of Cole. A flying headbutt follows, but Rey is out the back door at two. Cody rolls to the floor, grabs the knee brace, and kills a diving Rey with it. The Cross Rhodes finishes things off. Cody covers his face up as he leaves the ring.

Winner: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes via pinfall

Rating: ***

I enjoyed it but it could have done with a bit more time. Rey’s WrestleMania matches always seem to be on the short side. They showed great chemistry together and you could tell they were enjoying working with one another. As for Cody, I loved everything about his “disfigured” gimmick. He made it work. According to a mate of mine, he was spotted wearing the mask in a department store in Georgia. Cody is so old school in that respect.

 

It was comedy segment time with Snoop Dogg & Teddy Long auditioning WWE talent to join Snoop on his tour. William Regal stole the show with his “Straight outta Blackpool” rap. The Great Khali & Beth sang a song from Grease, which was funny. It was nice to hear Zack Ryder get a big pop. I think he’s somebody that can still get over huge if the company believes in him. Piper nailing him with a coconut was cool. Masters did a titty dance while Yoshi Tatsu sang “We Will Rock You.” It ended with Hornswoggle finally talking for the first time as he cut a rap. This was fun for a few laughs until the Hornswoggle part.

 

The Corre (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater & Ezekiel Jackson) vs. Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston & Santino Marella

They didn’t even get two minutes. The entrances got more time. Why do you put over the veteran babyface team when they’re up against a group that holds the IC title and the tag titles? I don’t understand the logic here. They all hit their finishers and Show knocked out Slater to end it within 2 minutes.

Winners: Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston & Santino Marella via pinfall

Rating: ½ *

The Corre had huge potential to make it big but management didn’t seem to share that same opinion. Made them look like a bunch of jobbers rather than an elite force!

 

Backstage, The Rock talked to Divas Champion Eve. Rock said he’d have a moment with the next person that walked by. I immediately thought it was going to be Mae Young and I was right. She wanted some strudel. Rock said she wanted Moses’ strudel. Then he introduced her to Eve, who she may know from Adam and Eve. Then Eve & Mae left. Rocky turns around and runs into Stone Cold Steve Austin. Huge pop for that as expected. They shook hands. That was a nice moment and an ode to history. I marked out for that. Of course.

 

We get a video package hyping up the Randy Orton vs. CM Punk feud. Punk was the leader of the new Nexus and Orton had taken out each member with a Punt Kick so no Nexus members would be present at ringside for this one.

 

CM Punk vs. Randy Orton

The build to this was great, and there were high expectations for this match as most claimed it could steal the show. Orton starts quick as he delivers a thunderous clothesline and then sends Punk to the floor with another one. Punk avoids being tossed into the steps, but stepping over them and then kicking the stairs into Orton’s damaged knee. Fucking sweet! Punk gets a two count off a top rope cross body, and then limps around the ring to mock Orton. Ha! He stomps away at Orton and then mocks his pose. That seemingly pisses Orton off though as he hits his backbreaker, but Punk smartly goes right back to the knee. In the corner we go as Punk abuses the knee and for good measure delivers his charging knee to Orton’s head. Orton gets hung upside down in the tree of woe by his bad knee, and Punk’s facial reactions have been fantastic. Punk climbs up top and stands on Orton’s bad knee. That forces Orton to sit up, so Punk comes off with a knee for two. That was pretty fucking fantastic right there. Punk tells the crowd it’s time for Orton to go to sleep, and I can’t help by smile at Punk’s dickhead behaviour. He’s far better as a heel in my opinion. Orton elbows out of the GTS, and looks for the RKO, but a kick to the head gets two for Punk. He heads back up top again, but Orton rushes in and crotches Punk on the top rope. Orton heads up to meet him and brings him down with a top rope superplex for two. Punk is still the fresher of the two and immediately goes right back to the damaged wheel. He abuses the knee on the ring post and then locks in Bret Hart’s ring post assisted figure four. I didn’t see Bret bitching about someone stealing his moves on Twitter. They head back into the ring as the crowd starts a dueling “RKO”, “GTS,“ chant. Orton fights out of a submission move and pounds away on Punk following a Thesz Press. I guess Austin could complain, but Thesz would have the bigger gripe. Although I can’t see Lou Thesz tweeting, but stranger things have happened. Orton hits the much talked about Angle Slam as someone in Pittsburgh loses his mind. To be fair though I did think it was genius of Angle to use the RKO at Lock Down as a nod to the whole controversy. Orton gets caught in the Anaconda Vice, but is able to roll to the bottom rope to break. Punk is getting frustrated and gets sent into the ring post. That sets up the elevated DDT, and Orton starts pounding the mat. The facial expressions between these two have been a thing of beauty. These two men know how to tell a story in a match, and thus don’t need to do crazy spots that involve 1080 twists and multiple cartwheels. Orton opts to try for the punt, and that’s a no go as his knee gives out. Punk cracks a smile as he realises that Orton is vulnerable right now. Punk nearly gets caught with a RKO out of nowhere, but he’s able to slide to the ring apron. The smile and laugh from Punk is a thing of beauty. Speaking of a thing of beauty, Punk springboards into a RKO and that clearly is enough to get the pin.

Winner: Randy Orton via pinfall

Rating: ***

The pace was slow but that didn’t bother me too much. The facial expressions from both men added to the match, and Punk was a glorious bastard in the way he attacked the knee and generally acted like a dick. Good stuff from this two, and I think they can do even better of given the chance.

 

There was a backstage segment with The Rock, Mean Gene Okerlund and Pee Wee Herman. Pee Wee was a huge John Cena fan, but by the end he was a Rock fan. This didn’t work very well. “Fruit Loop Troop” was a funny comment as was Pee Wee calling Mean Gene (who was dressed in John Cena Merchandise btw) a tool! “You’ve got to be kiddin’ me!”

 

The Hall of Fame class of 2011 is introduced to the crowd. This year’s class includes; Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sunny, Bullet Bob Armstrong, Abdullah the Butcher, Drew Carey (received massive heat btw), The Road Warriors (Hawk, Animal & Paul Ellering) and Shawn Michaels.

 

The announcers for the next match were Booker T, Jim Ross & Josh Matthews.

 

Michael Cole /w/ Jack Swagger vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

Special Guest Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin

It starts out good as Cole’s promo generates tons of heat from the crowd. I should also add that Michael Cole’s attire was not flattering in the least. He went to the University of Syracuse, so that’s why he was wearing orange and his tattoos are kind of off putting, and wish he would have kept on the hoodie. Swagger is a former World Heavyweight Champion and now he’s managing the lead announcer for RAW. Swagger’s pushups get interrupted by Austin as he nearly takes out the All American American with his 4 wheeler. Cole escapes Austin by hiding in the Cole Mine. Lawler looks genuinely pleased to finally be able to participate in a match at WrestleMania, and I couldn’t be happier for the guy. Cole is rather reluctant to start as he stretches in the Cole Mine. Austin gets rather impatient, rings the bell, and tells Lawler to go get him. Swagger tries to stop Cole, but ends up ending post before being tossed into the security wall. Cole starts begging off while in the Mine and offers his hand. Lawler shakes the hand, but won’t let go and starts pulling Cole face first into the Mine. Lawler goes in after Cole, and we get a brawl in the Cole Mine. The crowd starts chanting “Jerry” and so far this is exactly what it should be. Cole even takes a pretty sick shot head first into the RAW GM podium. Sadly, things take a turn for the worst when Swagger nails Lawler from behind. Cole sort of hits a baseball slide, and then distracts Austin so Swagger can apply the ankle lock. Cole tells Austin to start a 20 count, and Austin is great with his rather deliberate account. Now things start to drag as Cole targets the ankle, and the crowd is getting restless.

The first chant is a “You can’t wrestle chant” aimed at Cole, but Cena has received the same chant, so Cole is in good company. Swagger is making the most of his opportunity as he coaches Cole. He tells Cole to try a Swagger Bomb, but Cole opts to hit the move off the bottom rope. That gets the first near fall of the match and the crowd is not pleased. Now a loud “boring” chant starts as Matthews tells us to listen. I’m sure he meant listen to the conversation between Swagger and Cole, and not the crowd, but still bad timing. Cole pulls down the straps (nice touch) and applies the An-Cole Lock. Lawler rolls to his back and kicks off to break the hold. He goes after Cole and stomps a mud hole in the corner, but before any more damage can be done, Swagger tosses in the towel. Austin’s reaction is priceless as he uses the towel to wipe the sweat off his head. Swagger gets in Austin’s face, and that goes as you would expect: Kick, Wham, Stunner. Cole begs Austin to stop the match as he lets him know he can’t continue. Cole gets rather pissed and shoves Austin. Austin returns in kind and Cole staggers into a right hand from Lawler. Now we finally get a proper ass kicking and the crowd wakes up. Lawler delivers a dropkick to pop the crowd, and then drops the fist from the middle rope for two (Lawler lifted Cole off the mat). Everyone in the crowd was begging for a piledriver, but instead Lawler applies the ankle lock. Cole taps like a maniac, but Austin ignores and asks his if he submits. Cole screams that he gives, but Austin still ignores him for a few more seconds before finally calling for the bell.

Austin has a beer bash with Lawler, and Booker T decides to join in the celebration. Austin doesn’t seem all that impressed that Booker has crashed his party, but lets him have his moment as he delivers a Spin-A-rooni. Austin hands him a beer, and it’s Kick, Wham, Stunner for Booker. The RAW GM Chime goes off, and Josh Matthews handles reading the e-mail since Cole is toast. Matthews lets the crowd know that Lawler has been disqualified due to Austin’s interference, and Michael Cole is the winner. He celebrates on the stage with Swagger in fine fashion. The crowd chants bullshit, and poor Matthews has to explain things to a pissed off Lawler and Austin. They shoot the messenger as Matthews gets fed to Austin and eats a Stunner. That’s one way to get things down to Lawler and Ross in the announce booth to handle the rest of the show.

Winner: Michael Cole via disqualification

Rating: -****

What a load of fucking shite this was! One the one hand I’m happy that Jerry Lawler finally got a chance to wrestle at WrestleMania but on the other, he deserves better than this, as does Swagger for that matter. The feud should have ended at the next pay per view, it didn’t! It lasted for another 2 PPVs. The only highlight from this feud was at the TV tapings in London where Michael Cole got knighted. That was hilarious. The “Sir Michael Cole” chants will live with me forever.

 

We get a recap from the weekend’s “Fan Axcess” events. Lucky buggers!

 

Video package for the Undertaker/ Triple H match and it was fucking fantastic. Seriously, the WWE could release a DVD on video packages and I’d be the first in line to buy it. The Production team do a damn good job and we should be grateful for that. Triple H gets a bad ass entrance that erases memories of his Conan entrance at WM 22 as he first comes out to Metallica’s “For Whom the Bells Toll.” The stadium was way into this and it just set the stage for what was to come. Knights wielding shields pop up on stage first and as they lay down their shields HHH appears in a bad ass skeleton king costume before transitioning to his normal “Time to Play the Game” entrance. Taker’s entrance is rather subdued for him considering this is Mania, but still it’s Johnny Cash, so awesome none the less. I have heard some complain about Taker’s new entrance, but at this stage of his career, the music just seems to fit the character.

 

No Disqualification Match

Triple H vs. The Undertaker

No stare down as they just lay into each other, and HHH gets the early edge as he punches the shit out of Taker in the corner. That only pisses him off as he throws HHH over the top to the floor. That doesn’t stop HHH though as he pounds away on the floor with heavy rights. Again, that only pisses off the Dead Man and he tosses HHH into the ring steps. He preps the Spanish Table, but that gives HHH time to recover and he spears Taker through the Cole Mine. Again, Taker is rather pissed as he sits up and storms into the ring. Now he starts throwing some hard right hands, but HHH fights back. He misses a clothesline and that gives Taker the chance to hit the leaping clothesline. He starts to work on the arm and shoulder, and that sets up Old School. HHH is hip to that game though and just yanks Taker off the top to the mat. Effective! HHH finally does hit the clothesline and that sends Taker over the top to the floor. They battle on the floor and HHH sends Taker into the security wall with such force that it breaks. That was pretty sick actually. Everything so far has been so hard hitting and with bad intentions. HHH looks for a pedigree on the announce table, but Taker backdrops out and HHH hits with a sick splat on the floor. That’s a rather nasty bump from HHH so kudos to him. The crowd starts a duelling chant of “19-0” and “18-1.” Taker staggers back into the ring and even in his advanced age delivers the fucking flying Dead Man over the top rope onto HHH on the floor. A dude that size and that age should not be able to do that! The replay shows that Taker almost got tripped on the top rope and HHH had to basically keep him from going head first into the announce table. Taker moves the stairs in front of the Spanish Announce Table and seemingly wants to deliver a Tombstone, but HHH slides off and starts punching away. Taker charges and HHH catches him with a spinebuster through the Spanish Announce Table. Again, there has been little wasted movement in this match as everything they have hit has meant something and been with force. They head back into the ring and Taker still has life as he hits a chokeslam for two. Lawler and Ross are hammering home the point that HHH has no remorse and is more consumed with winning than anyone Taker has battled previously. HHH mounts Taker in the corner, and that usually means The Last Ride is coming, but HHH learned from WM X-7 and escapes. He looks for a pedigree, but Taker is out and delivers Snake Eyes. He charges for the big boot, but HHH catches him with another spinebuster for two. That was a fantastic sequence right there.

HHH heads outside and gets a chair, but once back in the ring he walks into a big boot. Now Taker has the chair and he dishes out some sweet shots to the back. HHH gets in a boot to stop Taker in his tracks, and hits the Pedigree for two. Lawler puts over the fact that it will put doubt in HHH’s mind since Taker kicked out of his best move. That comes in to play next as HHH does get caught with the Last Ride in the corner since he wasn’t thinking straight. That only gets two for Taker and now he is showing signs of frustration. The crowd starts an attempt at a “This is Awesome” chant, but doesn’t grow that much. Taker calls for the end and he drills Taker with a Tombstone, but shockingly we get a kick out at two. Now Taker looks for the Tombstone on the chair, but HHH escapes and hits a DDT on the chair. That leaves both men down, and the dome is rocking as the crowd is way into this match. Each man crawls towards the ropes and uses them to pull themselves back to their feet. Taker stumbles into a second Pedigree, but once again Taker is out at two as JR has a heart attack. Jim Ross needs to be on commentary for every big time match at Mania for as long as he can. HHH delivers a third Pedigree, and it’s just one of those days for the Game as once again it only gets a two count. HHH goes back to the chair and I shades of WrestleMania X-7, he goes all Austin on Rock with the chair as he beats Taker into oblivion. A nice touch as HHH keeps yelling at Taker to stay down, but Dead Man doesn’t roll like that on this night. A chairshot to the head from Hunter to Undertaker sends the dead man down. Apparently they got fined for that since chairshots are banned in WWE now, which is a good thing. How much did they get fined? Nobody really knows. I doubt they really got fined anyway. Not important, really. “Stay down,” Triple H told Undertaker. “Stay down! What’s wrong with you?” That added to the drama. Then Hunter hit the Tombstone. Look at how everybody stood up. That was the biggest reaction of the night. It was like: “Oh no you didn’t!” Oh yes he did. Then he folded the arms, covered him and Undertaker kicked out. Then THAT became the biggest reaction of the night. That was a legit markout moment. Great spot. And Hunter, to his credit, sold it perfectly. Hunter got the sledgehammer. Undertaker grabbed him before he could attack, putting him in the Hell’s Gate submission hold. Hunter dropped the hammer, then he tried to grab it and couldn’t. Then he tried to power out. He couldn’t. Then when he finally got the hammer he was too weak. He tapped out. I loved it as a finish. Perfect way to end it because if Undertaker beat him with a power move it would have diminished what Hunter did to him physically. Taker had trouble getting back to his feet, so instead he won with a finishing move on his back. Undertaker is now 19-0 at WrestleMania. HHH eventually gets to his feet, and staggers around the ring (with blood coming down his nose), but Taker isn’t as luck as he has to be carted to the back. This is all the more surreal and epic with Johnny Cash playing.

Winner: The Undertaker via submission

Rating: **** ½

That was an absolute war! The fans were well into it and most of them (myself included) thought that Hunter was going to win. They worked their asses off to put on a great match here. The spots were timed well, they were done in the perfect sequence and the chemistry they had was really good considering they haven’t worked a singles match together in a few years. I think Taker/Michaels at WM25 and WM26 are both five star matches. This was just barely below that. My reasoning is that this was more of a brawl with well-placed spots while the other two were more like traditional wrestling matches. I don’t want to nitpick. It’s a personal preference thing. I’ll say this about Undertaker too. He sold that beating really well. I actually thought he was legitimately hurt. Did it happen when he crashed headfirst on the floor? We had no idea. How many times have you seen him get taken out by a stretcher before? I guess that’s the WWE way of saying he has a level of vulnerability now. They deserved the standing obviation they received afterwards. Outstanding match.

 

They announced that WrestleMania 28 will take place in Miami on April 1st 2012.

 

Dolph Ziggler & Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool & Layla) vs. John Morrison, Trish Stratus & Snooki

Dolph talks smack to Snooki to start and ends up eating a slap. Trish and McCool start and they have a nice little sequence. McCool counters the Ma-Trish, but Trish fights out of a Faith Breaker. They battle on the top, and take a nasty fall to the floor. Layla attacks, but Trish fights back and takes out both women with a clothesline off the apron. Back in the ring, Trish hits the Chick Kick, but Dolph makes the save. Morrison tosses him to the floor and delivers Starship Pain from the top to the floor. Snooki gets the tag to massive heat from the crowd, but quickly gets them on her side with a handspring elbow of all things. She finishes McCool with a cartwheel splash.

Winners: John Morrison, Trish Stratus & Snooki

Rating: *

It was okay as they needed something to put between the Taker/HHH & WWE Championship match. The news coming out of this match was that John Morrison wanted his girlfriend Melina in the match but that wouldn’t make any sense since she was a heel at the time. After the match, Trish tried to hug Morrison but he blanked her. Come the end of the year, Melina was fired and Morrison allowed his contract to expire.

 

The attendance was announced as 71,617. A new record for the Georgia Dome.

 

That video package featuring The Miz’ growth as a TV performer from the Real World to WWE Champion was terrific. When “Miz girl” was shown she got a huge pop too. It’s a shame that the masked Calgary Kid did not make an appearance, though. Then Miz came out through some ballooned letters of the word “. Also, why does Alex Riley come out in his wrestling gear if he’s not in the match? And why the briefcase? Those are rhetorical questions.

The Cena entrance wasn’t as good as The Miz’ video. They sang “your time is up, my time is now” and we booed them for it. They did a good job. It’s the association with Cena that got booed, though. John Cena must be the only person who can get a crowd to boo a Choir on a Sunday.

 

WWE Championship

The Miz © /w/ Alex Riley vs. John Cena

Cena controls early with a side headlock, but gets backed into the corner and Miz lands a right hand instead of breaking cleanly. A small “Miz is Awesome” and “Let’s Go Cena” chant starts as Miz hits his corner clothesline for two. He tells Cena to stay down, but doesn’t have same impact as HHH telling Taker to stay down. Cena fights back and hits a gutwrench slam for two. Miz gets a two count of his own after hitting a sit-out Rock Bottom. He tries for the corner clothesline again, but Cena avoids and hits the top rope Fame-Asser. A charge by Cena in the corner misses, and the crowd is dead quiet as we were waiting for the Rock. The kids start a “Let’s Go Cena” chant and that gets the smarks starting a “Cena Sucks” chant. Have to love grown men chanting down 8 year olds! The Miz remains in control as Cena is taking quite the ass kicking. Definitely a lot more offense and respect for this Miz in this go round with Cena than he got in their first feud. They battle to the stadium floor and Miz hits a knee lift on the apron for two. Miz preps for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Cena gets a rush off offense and let’s Miz know he can’t see him before hitting the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. The Attitude Adjustment is countered and Miz hits a sweet looking DDT for two. He follows with his back breaker/neck breaker combo and that gets two. JR and Lawler are harping on fact that Cena appears to be off his game due to all the blows to the head from Miz, and that’s a decent story actually. The Miz looks to send Cena into exposed steel buckle, but Cena comes back and locks in the STF. Miz is too close to the ropes though and is able to get the break. Riley gets involved as he sends Cena into the exposed buckle, but Cena is able to kick out following the Skull Crushing Finale. Sucks to be Miz! The ref gets bumped following as Miz tries to hit his finisher again, and Cena ends up hitting the Attitude Adjustment. The ref is gone though, so Riley uses the metal briefcase to crack Cena in the head. That’s ok, but chair shot to the head isn’t? That gets two for Miz, so Riley distracts the ref. Miz tries to use the briefcase again, but Cena sidesteps and Riley ends up eating the shot. Cena deliver the AA and Miz actually gets to kick out, and that is proof enough that the WWE feels the man is more than ready to stay in the Main Event. Cena charges at Miz and knocks him into the timekeeper’s pit with a clothesline. In a sick spot, Cena spears Miz off the security wall and onto the concrete floor. It seems Miz legit suffered a concussion from that spot, and the ref counts both men out.

Winner: Double countout

 

The crowd rightly boos, but immediately everyone starts looking at the ramp waiting for the Rock. It’s takes a little longer than expected, but the Rock does make his way down to the ring. Before he can speak though, the chime goes off and JR heads to the Podium, but Rock tells him to sit back down. The Rock heads to the laptop and it doesn’t matter what the RAW GM thinks. The Rock restarts the match.

 

WWE Championship

The Miz © vs. John Cena

They head back into the ring as the bell sounds again. Cena looks for the AA, but the Miz uses the ropes to escape. Cena turns around into a Rock Bottom as payback for RAW, and the Miz crawls in to steal the pin.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: The Miz via pinfall

Rating: ½ *

VERY disappointing. This felt more like a RAW main event then a one worthy enough for WrestleMania! Certainly one of the worst WrestleMania main events ever. I liked the story of Miz targeting the skull of Cena, but the crowd was just waiting for the Rock to appear. Miz winning was the right call, and way he won fits in with his character. They could have done better with the ending, but at least they didn’t have Rock help Cena and then shake hands to end the show.

 

After it was over, Rock went back in the ring and attacked The Miz. He gave him a spinebuster and People’s Elbow. That was a good way to end the show on a happier note. The show ended with The Rock celebrating.

 

*Random Thoughts*

 

  • The matches were well done for the most part and the atmosphere in the building helped out some of the slow spots. We had the one match of the year contending match in Undertaker-HHH and then a bunch of matches in the three star range. That means they’re solid although they’re not attention getting either. It was an average WrestleMania. It was also the worst WrestleMania of the 11 events that took place after WM17, which when the event really became a great show nearly every year. Average isn’t good enough for WrestleMania. We expect greatness.
  • If we had known that this was going to be Edge’s final match, I guess the crowd would have been a lot louder. I was legit stunned when he announced his retirement because he looked healthy here but little did we know just how much pain he was in. What an amazing performer.
  • Much like Chris Jericho back in 2002, you could tell Miz was pissed off about the way he was booked leading up to this one. He was the WWE Champion yet he was booked in the background in favour of Rock & Cena. I like the Miz but I just wished he was booked better and stronger as the Champion.
  • I bet John Morrison regrets his behaviour. I don’t think it’s a big deal really, but it obviously played a part in Melina getting fired while also leading Morrison to lose a lot of matches after this. Will he ever return? I hope so. He has a lot of unfinished business left in the WWE.
  • The Rock’s attack on Cena made sense considering what they are building to as it relates to WrestleMania 28. I still think it was a poorly constructed match between Cena and Miz. Of course Cena ended up winning the WWE Title at the next PPV in a match that was even worse than this one. That Cena/Miz feud was pretty bad.

     

    Best match: Undertaker vs. Triple H – Nothing was really close. Great match.

    Worst match: Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole – Awful!

    WrestleMania Moment: Rock hits Cena with the Rock Bottom – Set the stage for the following ‘Mania.

     

    Top 5 Superstars

    1. Triple H- He was phenomenal. He did a great job of being the aggressor in the match, of selling how tough it was to put Undertaker away and telling the story with his face as much as he did with his body.

    2. Undertaker – I think his injuries have definitely slowed him down, but he showed up big again. The last five WrestleManias have all seen Undertaker have matches that were four stars or better. All of them happened while he’s been in his 40s too. He’s an amazing talent.

    3. Edge – A very good performance in his final ever match.

    4. The Rock – His energy helped the show. I enjoyed the introductory promo as a great way to get the crowd into the action right away. That staredown with Austin was awesome.

    5. Stone Cold – No one else impressed me besides I mark out for stunners!

     

    Updated rankings chart:

    Shawn Michaels – 50pts

    Hulk Hogan – 30pts

    Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

    Bret Hart/ Undertaker/ Stone Cold – 25pts

    The Rock – 19pts

    Edge – 18pts

    Triple H – 17pts

    Kurt Angle– 14pts

    Ricky Steamboat – 11pts

    Mick Foley/ Jeff Hardy– 10pts

    Owen Hart/ Ric Flair/ John Cena– 8pts

    Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts

    Chris Benoit– 6pts

    Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase– 5pts

    Terry Funk/ Bam Bam Bigelow/ Diesel/ Eddie Guerrero/ Batista- 4pts

    Tito Santana/Andre the Giant/ Mr Perfect/ Lawrence Taylor/ X-Pac/ CM Punk- 3pts

    Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon/Shane McMahon/ Christian/Brock Lesnar/Shelton Benjamin-2pts

    Sgt Slaughter/ Gorilla Monsoon/ Bobby Heenan/ Jim Ross/ Bubba Ray Dudley/ Chris Jericho– 1pt

     

    Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 5

    To me, WrestleMania should be about greatness. This wasn’t a very good show, aside from HHH & Undertaker of course, and that is unacceptable for a protégées event like WrestleMania.

     

    WrestleMania Rankings so far:

    WrestleMania 17 – 10

    WrestleMania 19 – 9.5

    WrestleMania 21 – 9

    WrestleMania 14 – 8.5

    WrestleMania 20 – 8.5

    WrestleMania 24 – 8

    WrestleMania 10 – 8

    WrestleMania 23 – 8

    WrestleMania 22 – 8

    WrestleMania 26 – 7.5

    WrestleMania 25 – 7

    WrestleMania 8 – 7

    WrestleMania 3 – 7

    WrestleMania 18 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 7 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 6 – 6

    WrestleMania16 – 5.5

    WrestleMania 12 – 5.5

    WrestleMania 15 – 5

    WrestleMania 27 – 5

    WrestleMania 1 – 4.5

    WrestleMania 13 – 4

    WrestleMania 5 – 4

    WrestleMania 11 – 4

    WrestleMania 4 – 3.5

    WrestleMania 2 – 3

    WrestleMania 9 – 0.5

     

Up Next: It’s both an “end of an era” and “once in a lifetime” at WrestleMania XXVIII

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