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WWE WrestleMania XXIX Review

WWE WrestleMania XXIX

April 7th 2013

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Attendance: 80,676

Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & John Bradshaw Layfield

Buyrate: 1,048,000

 

The 29th edition of WrestleMania was once again headlined by last year’s “once in a lifetime” participants, John Cena and The Rock. Unlike last year’s match, this one will be contested for the WWE Championship. Rocky defeated CM Punk at the Royal Rumble and put an end to his incredible 434 day title reign. Also on that same PPV, John Cena won the Royal Rumble. People complained about having Rock v Cena, personally I don’t mind it. I saw it coming if I’m honest with you.

 

The opening video package talked about Hurricane Sandy that happened in the New Jersey/New York area in the fall. The video focused on the resilient human spirit that helped those affected bounce back from that horrific event. It’s the voice of Governor Chris Christie narrating the video package. He welcomed us to WrestleMania.

 

The wide shots of the arena show a packed house in New Jersey that Michael Cole said the number was approaching 80,000 people. No threat of rain, which is a great sign. There was another video package that focused on some historical moments in WrestleMania history while also showing clips of the men involved in the big matches on this year’s show. That led to the crowd shots as Cole welcomed us to the show. There’s a nice Statue of Liberty statue on top of the ring. No national anthem or America the Beautiful on the pay-per-view. That was odd.

 

Sheamus, The Big Show & Randy Orton vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns)

There’s a great fan sign that reads “If Cena Wins, We Complain Online.” Amen. Reigns sold for the babyfaces early. Show performed his slaps to the chest on one of the Shield members while Orton and Sheamus smiled in the corner. There was a cool spot that the cameras were clearly prepared for. Rollins ran toward the face corner (and the camera) and performed a dropkick on Orton that knocked him off the apron. Sheamus delivered his chest pounds to the chest of Rollins. Sheamus went to the ropes, but he was pulled down to ringside.

The Shield members isolated Sheamus in the ring and set him up for a Triple Powerbomb, but Big Show ran in from nowhere and speared all three men to break it up. Sheamus crawled toward his corner for a tag and was reaching for Show when Orton tagged himself in instead. Orton was setting up for an RKO on Ambrose. Rollins leapt off the top rope behind him, but Orton saw him coming and hit a great RKO. Reigns speared Orton, and then Ambrose covered Orton and got the win for his team. The Shield members headed out through the crowd. After the match, Show got in Orton’s face and complained about the tag. “OK, OK, OK,” Orton said. Show stumbled, yet hit the knockout punch on Sheamus in the corner. He then hit the knockout punch on Orton. Show left the ring with Sheamus and Orton lying on the mat. Cole said you have to feel bad for Orton because he’s the guy who went to bat to get Show on the team. JBL defended Show because things went fine until they didn’t tag him in.

Winners: The Shield via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

It was a pretty good but basic tag team match. The story was all about how the babyfaces were unable to work together and the Shield were a strong unit. I guess people were hoping for Orton to turn heel here. It didn’t happen. We had to wait till SummerSlam for that to happen.

 

We get a video package focusing on the events leading up to tonight’s main event between John Cena and The Rock. It told the story that everything went wrong for Cena after losing to the Rock and how he needed to beat him tonight. I loved the song they used for this video, Letters from the Sky by Civil Twilight. Awesome song.

 

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

Ryback and Henry met in the middle of the ring and jawed at one another. They ran into one another and neither man budged. Rinse and repeat. They traded punches and the crowd did the “yeah/boo” bit, though not all that intense at this point. Henry got the early advantage with a powerslam. Ryback went for a suplex, but Henry stopped him and put him on the ring apron. Henry ran Ryback into the ring post. Henry clotheslined Ryback, who tumbled to the floor. Back inside the ring, Henry maintained control with punches, various shots, and a bear hug. Ryback fought back and then hoisted up Henry in Shellshocked position, but Henry grabbed the ropes and fell onto Ryback. Henry covered Ryback and got the victory. Trainers checked on Ryback afterward, but Henry told them to get out. Ryback performed a spinebuster on Henry. A good portion of the crowd booed. Ryback performed Shellshocked on Henry. He led the crowd in Feed Me More chants.

Winner: Mark Henry via pinfall

Rating: *

Well, that was a shock wasn’t it? Once Henry got the win the thought was “that’s it?” because fans were expecting a finishing move. I was also surprised to see Ryback lose. He lost so many PPV matches in recent months. Ryback turned heel the next night on RAW and since then it hasn’t worked out for him. I very much doubt Ryback will ever be involved in title contention again.

 

They announced that WWE is a sponsor for the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. They showed some people involved in the games along with Stephanie McMahon from WWE and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

 

WWE Tag Team Championships

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) © vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston /w/ AJ Lee

Ziggler got a kiss from AJ at the start of the match. Bryan kicked Ziggler as a nod to last year at WM when Bryan lost the World Title in that spot. He rolled up Ziggler for a two count. Really loud “yes” chants from the crowd as Bryan got in a lot of kicks on Ziggler. Ziggler tagged in Langston while Bryan brought in Kane. Langston gave Kane three backbreakers in a row to show how strong he is. Langston hit a running body attack on Kane to knock him down. The heels made quick tags as they worked over Kane, but Kane came back with a nice DDT on Langston. Ziggler knocked Bryan off the apron and Kane came back with a sidewalk slam on Ziggler. Kane missed the top rope clothesline because Ziggler moved. Why don’t more people move? Ziggler went for Fameasser, but it didn’t connect that well. Still got a two count. Kane came back with a nearfall on Ziggler. Langston broke that up with a splash on Kane. Kane sent Langston outside the ring, so Bryan hit Langston in the head with a knee. Ziggler with a Zig Zag on Kane for just two. Great nearfall. AJ distracted the ref. Kane avoided a briefcase shot and gave Ziggler a Chokelsam, and then Bryan performed a top rope headbutt on Dolph before pinning him. Bryan led the crowd in a huge “Yes!” chant afterward.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: Team Hell No via pinfall

Rating: ***

That was a tag match full of energy with a hot crowd that was reacting to everything very well. Just like last year at WrestleMania the “yes” chants were very loud. They didn’t get enough time to make it memorable though. I loved Team Hell No’s title reign. I think it’s fair to say they have been booked well as the tag champs and the titles seem important again.

 

John Cena talked about Make A Wish and how we can donate $10 to Make A Wish by texting 80088. According to reports in the arena, some fans were booing this segment. I honestly don’t know that to make of that ha ha!

 

Fandango’s music played. A group of dancers dressed in purple dresses appeared on the stage and danced. Fandango and his lady, who was wearing white, danced their way out behind the dancers. The brunette dancer was back. The lights went out for Jericho’s newest light bright jacket. Jericho received a big pop and pyro went off over the New York set behind Jericho. I really liked Jericho’s entrance. Made him come off as a big star and stand out from the others.

 

Fandango vs. Chris Jericho

The bell rang, so Fandango started dancing to get heat. Jericho had enough of that, so he gave him a suplex onto the top rope. Jericho hit a Codebreaker two minutes into the match. Fandango fell out of the ring. Jericho gave him a dropkick as JBL kept talking about how Fandango has never had a wrestling match in WWE. Of course he was Johnny Curtis for several years, but we are supposed to forget that. Why can’t they say his career as Johnny Curtis wasn’t working, so he decided to take a different path in order to get noticed? It’s not bad to say something like that. Fandango went on the offensive when Jericho charged him in the corner and missed. Fandango went to the top rope and performed his leg drop, but Jericho kicked out at two at 7:05. JBL said it would have been the biggest upset in sports entertainment history. Jericho came back briefly, but Fandango put him down with a clothesline. Fandango’s second climb to the top was countered by Jericho, who grabbed the top rope to trip him up. Fandango used a headbutt to counter a superplex by Jericho. Top rope leg drop missed this time. Jericho’s Lionsault missed because Fandango was too close. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho, but Fandango countered with an inside cradle to win.

Winner: Fandango via pinfall

Rating: **

Jericho is always putting people over and the win for Fandango does a lot for this new character that WWE is interested in pushing. The win happened on a counter to Jericho’s signature finishing move, so it put over Fandango as more than just a dancer, but a guy that can wrestle too. There were some sloppy moments in the match (Jericho’s Lionsault towards the end) but they worked well together. After this event “Fandangoing” became a cult favourite. I was at the O2 Arena at the height of it. Absolutely crazy it was but I loved it.

 

The announcers narrated highlights of The Miz beating Wade Barrett to win the Intercontinental Title on the pre-show… A video focussed on The Rock aired featuring his fans saying “I am one of the millions.” It concluded with Rock holding up the title as his voice could be heard saying, “And I am The People’s Champion”.

 

The musical guest of the show is P Diddy and he had a concert at this point in the broadcast. Not really a fan of having music segments. The time used for these segments could have been used towards other matches.

 

The World Title is up next and they get a video package featuring some Zeb Colter/Jack Swagger videos as well as recaps of everything that happened between Swagger & Alberto Del Rio in the past month or so.

 

Swagger & Colter were in the ring at the end of the video package. Colter had a microphone as he wondered when we let “them” take over. He complained about people speaking Spanish, Italian, Greek, Chinese and “plot God knows what” against “us”. Anyway Swagger said “we the people” to end it. They showed some Mexican flags in the crowd as Del Rio made his entrance.

 

World Heavyweight Championship

Jack Swagger /w/ Zeb Coulter vs. Alberto Del Rio © /w/ Ricardo Rodriguez

Del Rio was aggressive from the beginning, but Colter distracted him and Swagger tripped up Del Rio while he was on the ropes. Swagger threw Del Rio into the steel post. Del Rio rolled up Swagger for a two count, but Swagger came back with a boot to the face to stop that attack. Later, Del Rio had Swagger pinned, but Colter reached in and put Swagger’s leg on the bottom rope. “I didn’t do it,” Colter said. Ricardo walked over on crutches. Colter kicked Ricardo’s angle and took one of his crutches. Del Rio headed to ringside, where Swagger attacked him from behind. Swagger roughed up Del Rio on the floor and then threw him back inside the ring. Back in the ring, Swagger thought he was in control, but Del Rio applied the Cross Armbreaker and got the tapout victory and Colter was shown seething at ringside.

Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio via submission

Rating: ** ½

It was a solid wrestling match but it didn’t have that extra spice which makes World title matches special. I thought Del Rio would win and he did. I liked all of the submission holds they were trying and the counters of their signature spots as well. It made them both look like very good in-ring technicians out there. I thought Ziggler was going to cash in his MITB contract. That didn’t happen. It happened the following night on Raw.

 

There was a quick video and acknowledgement for the National Guard of New Jersey.

 

The video package aired for the feud between The Undertaker and CM Punk because that match is up next.

 

As CM Punk and Paul Heyman made their entrance, Living Colour played their song “Cult of Personality” to a big reaction from the crowd. That was pretty cool. I’m guessing Living Colour has not performed in front of big crowds very often in the last twenty years. It must be really cool for them to be there. It’s a great song, so I’m glad it’s been given this big platform.

 

The entrance for The Undertaker was pretty awesome as usual. As he emerged from the shadows there were hands of fans that were close to touching him, but none of them got that close. The entrance took about four minutes. Punk was looking like a maniac during all of it.

 

CM Punk /w/ Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker

Punk slapped him in the face early on. Undertaker came back with a boot to the face. Punk had a bandage on his right elbow. Punk hasn’t wrestled in about a month because of the elbow injury. Undertaker threw Punk into the security wall outside the ring. Undertaker threw Punk ‘s head into the announce table as Undertaker threw the monitors off the Spanish table. Undertaker threw Punk into the ring post. Dueling chants from the crowd with some chanting “Undertaker” and some chanting “CM Punk.” Great atmosphere! Undertaker hit a leg drop on the apron right on the throat of Punk. Undertaker kept on intimidating ref Mike Chioda whenever he would warn him. Undertaker went to the top for the clothesline, but Punk took him down with an arm drag to huge heat. Punk went to the top rope and hit the Old School Clothesline move with his left arm. Loud “CM Punk” chants. Punk avoided an attack as Undertaker went knee first into the top turnbuckle. Dropkick knocked Undertaker to the floor. Punk hit a double axehandle off the top to the floor followed by a neckbreaker in the ring to get a two count. Undertaker looks to be in pretty good shape, by the way. Undertaker tried to use punches to fight back, but then Punk got a swinging neckbreaker for two. Heyman encouraged Punk saying that Punk was getting closer with every pinfall attempt. Undertaker countered a headlock with a suplex. Punk, who was wearing purple and black (old school Taker colours) went to the top rope for Old School again, but this time it didn’t work. Taker eventually knocked Punk to the floor. “What happened?” Heyman yelled. “You’ve got to get up.” Taker ran the ropes and teased a dive over the top, but Heyman stood on the ring apron to stop him. Taker grabbed Heyman, but Punk recovered and hit Taker from behind.

Punk hit the running knee in the corner followed by a clothesline. Punk hit the Flying Elbow off the top rope for two. Undertaker slipped out of a GTS and hit a huge Chokeslam that earned him a two count. Good nearfall. Undertaker came back with some signature spot including a corner attack and the snake eyes. Punk countered Undertaker again with a jumping side kick for two. Punk gave Undertaker a clothesline over the top to the floor. They were brawling by the table as Heyman distracted the ref to keep him from counting. Undertaker wanted the Last Ride Powerbomb through the table, but Punk slipped out and kicked Undertaker in the head. With Undertaker on the table, Punk went to the top rope and hit the Flying Elbow. The table didn’t break. That’s the Spanish Announce Table seeking revenge after all these years. Undertaker crawled into the ring right before the ten count. Undertaker applied the Hell’s Gate submission, but Punk countered it into a two count. Punk applied the Anaconda Vice submission move on the shoulder of Undertaker. Great spot as Undertaker got back up to his face and made an evil face right into the eyes of Punk. Punk avoided a Chokeslam and hit an awkward GTS. Undertaker bounced off the ropes and he gave Punk a Tombstone! Punk kicked out! What an incredible nearfall that was. The crowd is really into this match, as they should be. They started brawling. Undertaker went for a choke, so Punk hit the ref in the face “accidentally” on purpose. Punk hit his running knee in the corner. Undertaker was going for the Last Ride as Heyman gave Punk the urn. Punk hit Undertaker in the head with it. He covered by folding Undertaker’s arms on his chest. One…two…no! Another awesome nearfall. Punk did the Undertaker’s famous throat slash. GTS didn’t work. Undertaker countered, got to his feet, hit the Tombstone, folded Punk’s arms on his chest and covered for the victory. That’s 21-0 for Undertaker at WrestleMania. he crowd was cheering wildly as The Undertaker did a pose in front of the urn in tribute to his late friend Paul Bearer. Undertaker left with the urn in his hand as the “21-0” graphic appeared. He looked back at the crowd that showed their appreciation for him.

Winner: The Undertaker via pinfall

Rating: **** ½

What an incredible match that was. The formula for these Undertaker matches has been pretty simple with his opponent hitting him with everything they’ve got only for Taker to overcome the odds and the crowd absolutely love it! Even in his advancing years, Undertaker continues to prove that he is such a legendary performer. As for Punk, he was incredible from start to finish. His mannerisms were perfect the whole way. He really did a great job of reacting to everything when he came close to winning and fell short. The crowd showed him respect and rightfully so. He delivered his second classic match of the year (the other being on Raw in February against John Cena). The execution by both performers and the reaction of the fans. They were so loud when Undertaker won. First class performance from both guys.

 

There was a video package about John Cena’s shot at redemption.

 

The Triple H/Brock Lesnar match is next. There’s a video package for it of course. So they followed up one video with another right away.

 

The great Shawn Michaels entered the arena to a nice ovation. He will be in Triple H’s corner for this next matchup. Brock Lesnar entered along with Paul Heyman. Triple H made his entrance to a nice reaction. It’s his first match with the short haircut. He entered through some type of ’80s metal entrance prop and he ended up with white powder all over him from the smoke machine or some prop. Lindsay Lohan is getting the shakes if she’s watching this.

 

No Holds Barred Match

Brock Lesnar /w/ Paul Heyman vs. Triple H /w/ Shawn Michaels

Triple H and Lesnar brawled right from the start. The crowd was still coming down from the Taker vs. Punk match and was a bit slow wake up. At ringside, Lesnar performed a big suplex on the floor. He picked up Hunter and dropped him on the announcers table. He picked him up again and slammed him through the Spanish announce table. The damn thing finally broke. Lesnar let out a primal scream. He performed another big suplex that threw Hunter onto the remains of the Spanish announce table. Lesnar laughed and then let out a less comedic yell. The crowd reacted to the big suplexes and major spots, but they were otherwise very quiet. Back inside the ring, Lesnar continued with the big suplexes. He looked down at Michaels and smiled. “Why do you put yourself through this?” Heyman yelled to Triple H from ringside. “Stay down.” Lesnar has a nasty looking scrape across his pec and a bloody mouth. He continued to dominate the match until Hunter came back with a clothesline that knocked Brock into the timekeepers area. Triple H pulled out a chair and slammed it over Lesnar’s back. Back inside the ring, Lesnar hit another suplex.

Shawn Michaels climbed onto the ring apron. Heyman stood up on the other side and told Lesnar to put him down. Brock aggressively knocked Michaels off the ring apron with a forearm shot. Triple H came back with a spinebuster. Brock came back with an F5, but before he could hit the move, Shawn ran in. HBK went for Sweet Chin Music, but Lesnar caught his foot and performed the F5 on Michaels. Triple H was waiting for Lesnar when he got up and performed a Pedigree (took a second attempt) on him. Triple H went to ringside and pulled out sledgehammer and tried to hit Brock with it, but Lesnar avoided it and landed and F5. Brock threw a piece of the ring steps in the ring. The announcers said Lesnar was out of control. Lesnar waited for Triple H to get up and then picked up the ring steps, which he slammed into Hunter’s head. Brock covered Hunter, who kicked out at two. Triple H fired back with punches. He went for a Pedigree, but Lesnar caught his arm with a Kimura. They were in the ropes, but JBL immediately pointed out the ropes wouldn’t save him because of the No Holds Barred format. Brock wrenched on the arm. He sat on the top rope and the announcers said he was doing it to put more pressure on Hunter’s arm.

Triple H eventually powered up and slammed Brock from the ropes down to the mat. “This is amazing,” Lawler said. Brock recovered and charged at Triple H and missed. Brock caught Triple H with a low blow, which the announcers again noted was completely legal. Hunter came back with a chair shot to Brock’s elbow. He followed up with another shot to Brock’s arm, as it was resting on the ring steps. Hunter applied the Kimura Lock to the left arm of Lesnar. Brock looked stunned. Brock teased tapping. Heyman yelled, “Don’t you tap.” The crowd was chanting “tap” during this. Heyman grabbed a chair. Michaels snuck into the ring to hit the Sweet Chin Music superkick to pop the crowd. Lesnar got back to his feet and he drove Hunter back first into the steel steps that were in the ring. Great spot. Hunter applied the Kimura Lock again, so Lesnar drove him into the steps once more. Hunter applied the Kimura Lock a third time. Lesnar drove Hunter into steps again except this time Hunter cradled his head, so Lesnar’s head went into the top of the steps. With Lesnar back to his feet, Hunter grabbed the sledgehammer and hit Lesnar in the head. He did his big yell as the crowd cheered. Hunter hit the Pedigree on the steel steps for the win.

Winner: Triple H via pinfall

Rating: ***

A well-built wrestling match between two guys who know what they are doing in this situation. Brock was such a badass as he did everything he could to avoid the Kimura lock submission from Triple H. I thought that maybe it ran a little long at 24 minutes because it was just too slow in the early going. That reminded me of their Summerslam match, which was also a bit too slow for my liking. I was hoping they would change it up a bit this time. It didn’t make it bad by any means. It’s just that it didn’t have a special feel to it.

 

There was a commercial for Pain & Gain, a movie that stars The Rock & Mark Wahlberg. I’ve seen it. It’s canny. Worth a watch.

We got clips from the Hall of Fame ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They showed clips from the inductions of Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Bob Backlund, Booker T, Donald Trump and Bruno Sammartino.

 

Back to the arena, the Hall of Famers were on the stage in the order of Mick Foley, Booker T, Trish Stratus, Bob Backlund (fucking love this guy. His speech was hilarious), Donald Trump (he was booed for the most part) and then Bruno Sammartino. Huge ovation for him. Nice to see Bruno finally inducted after so long.

 

It was announced that WrestleMania 30 will take place in New Orleans on April 6, 2014.

 

The announced attendance was 80,676. Pyro goes off, everyone cheers.

 

Its main event time as John Cena made his entrance. No special entrance for him or The Rock. Cena was booed, but got some cheers of course. The Rock got a thunderous ovation as he posed with the WWE Championship by the entrance. The crowd is very loud as we begin this one.

 

WWE Championship

John Cena vs. The Rock ©

They worked a really slow pace early on because the match began at 10:21pmET meaning they had at least 20 minutes to work a match. They basically did nothing in the first three minutes. Rock gave Cena a hard whip into the turnbuckle. Rock smashed his forearm into Cena’s chest multiple times. Cena decked Rock with a hard clothesline. The slow pace continued as Rock applied a sleeper hold. Cena countered with his back suplex. By this point it’s reached ten minutes and nothing of significance really happened. Cena hit a vertical suplex for two. The pace picked up a bit as Cena countered a spinebuster with the STF, but Rock got out of it. Cena hit two shoulder tackles, but Rock countered the spinning suplex with an arm drag. The Rock applied the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Cena fought out of it with his vintage spinning slam. Mixed reaction for Cena like usual. Rock dodged the Five Knuckle Shuffle and hit a quick DDT. Cena countered the Rock Bottom into a Crossface. Rock countered into a pinfall attempt for two. Cena gave Rock a slingshot into the top turnbuckle followed by the spinning slam again and this time the Five Knuckle Shuffle connected. Rock slipped out of the Attitude Adjustment and replied with a Spinebuster. Cena was able to come back with the STF. Rock powered out of it. Back to their feet, Rock hit a Rock Bottom in the middle of the ring for a two count. Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment. Rock kicked out of that two.

Cena went to the top rope and he missed his leg drop to the back of the head. The Rock hit the Spinebuster followed by the People’s Elbow for a two count. The crowd started to make some more noise by this point in the match. Cena rolled out to the floor to buy himself some time. Rock brought him back in the ring where they exchanged punches in the middle of the ring with the crowd reacting to every punch. Cena caught Rock in his arms and went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rock countered into Rock Bottom for another two count. Rock wanted another People’s Elbow, but he took too long and Cena caught him for another Attitude Adjustment. Rock kicked out at two. They exchanged punches again with the crowd saying “boo” when Cena throws a punch while Rock’s punches earn a “yay” of course. Cena hit a Rock Bottom for a two count. It looked okay I guess. Cena signalled for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but then he changed his mind. He went for the People’s Elbow. Shades of WrestleMania last year where that was ultimately his downfall. This time, Cena held onto the ropes. Learn from your mistakes right? He went for AA, Rock countered into Rock Bottom and that connected for a two count. They exchanged finishing move attempts again a few times, but neither guy could hit. Rock caught Cena with a kick to the gut and put him down with a good DDT. The crowd settled down as Rock waited for Cena to get back to his feet. Cena got up and avoided the Rock Bottom, and countered into the Attitude Adjustment and got the victory.

Winner and NEW WWE Champion: John Cena via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

I enjoyed this match very much. I don’t care what anyone says about it. Sure, they did the kick out of opponent’s finisher spot too much but other than that, everything was okay. I would have liked to see them maybe work on body parts or at least sell moves a bit. It’s not like they did a poor job of getting the crowd involved because you could hear the people were into it. I just think that they could have built the match up in a different way that would have led to more of an exciting finish. Rocky didn’t tire either. He did a good job as did Cena. I just didn’t think it was booked in a way that really benefitted both guys as much as it should have. It wasn’t a classic but you’ve got to give it to both guys. Good work and a strong effort by both men.

 

Post match, Cena held the WWE Title in his hands and he talked to Rock. We couldn’t hear what they were saying. It ended with a handshake as well as a hug. Cena left the ring with the WWE Title in his hands while Rock’s music played. Rock was saying “I love you” to the fans and signalling to them. Rock hugged his family at ringside. At the top of the stage, The Rock raised John Cena’s hand as Cena held the WWE Title in his hands. Cena said “The Champ Is Here” while the show came to a close.

 

 

*Random thoughts*

 

  • The way they did that ending bit with Rocky suggests that this was the end of his career. So far, he isn’t booked or scheduled to appear at WrestleMania 30 but he is rumoured to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. I honestly don’t know if he’ll ever wrestle again and if he doesn’t, I just want to go on record to say that I absolutely love The Rock. People call him a “sell-out” because of his involvement in the movie business. I disagree. What has he got to prove? He can’t wrestle forever. I shall forever treasure my memories and I look forward to his rumoured Hall of Fame induction. Thank you, Rocky.
  • As far as the ending to the Cena/ Rocky match goes, that’s what I said since 2007. Cena wins, Rock raises his hand and puts him over. That was the whole point in this story. It was about Cena earning respect and going over Rock as he did so. That’s what I thought it was going to be the entire time. It was the culmination of this story. It’s the end of this rivalry.
  • The best part of the show was unquestionably CM Punk vs. The Undertaker. Punk was such a jerk in the build up to this match and Undertaker got his revenge for the honour of his former manager, Paul Bearer. They built up the story well, the crowd became heavily involved in the action, the drama was there for everything they did and it was just a better match. It’s obvious when watching them.
  • What I would like to see at future WrestleManias is to allow one or two mid-card matches to get a bit of time. Allow midcard talent the chance to shine and hope that somebody makes a big impression. If you don’t let the midcard matches get more than ten minutes then they will never captivate the audience and those stars will never be elevated to that next level. There was a reason why the Attitude Era was so successful and that was down to a solid mid-card. It could happen again providing management have the belief in them.

     

    Best match: Undertaker vs. CM Punk – Outstanding showing from two elite performers.

    Worst match: Ryback vs. Mark Henry – Pretty boring. Still surprised Mark Henry won!

    WrestleMania Moment: The Rock and John Cena hugging it out.

     

    Top 5 stars

    1. CM Punk – Heel Punk is good Punk! Will he wrestle for WWE again? I very much doubt it but I live in hope!

    2. Undertaker – Took everything off Punk and came back out fighting.

    3. Brock Lesnar – Brock is in his element when he’s booked as the Bully. I wish he was a full time contract.

    4. The Rock – Great effort in what could be his final ever match. Will he wrestle again? I don’t think so. It certainly suggested that was the final match in “the great one’s” career.

    5. Triple H – He showed heart by coming back from a beating off Brock. I honestly thought he was going to win with the Kimura Lock!

     

    Updated rankings chart:

    Shawn Michaels – 50pts

    Undertaker – 34pts

    Hulk Hogan– 30pts

    Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

    Bret Hart/ Stone Cold – 25pts

    The Rock – 24pts

    Triple H – 22pts

    Edge – 18pts

    Kurt Angle– 14pts

    Ricky Steamboat – 11pts

    Mick Foley/ Jeff Hardy/ CM Punk– 10pts

    Owen Hart/ Ric Flair/ John Cena– 8pts

    Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts

    Chris Benoit– 6pts

    Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase/Brock Lesnar– 5pts

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

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

    Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon/Shane McMahon/ Christian/Shelton Benjamin/ Chris Jericho-2pts

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

     

    Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 6

    It was a three match show. The three “main event” matches were given a significant amount of time whiles the midcard wasn’t given the chance to be memorable in any way.I didn’t expect it to be one of the greatest WrestleMania, nor did I expect it to be one of the worst. It was pretty average.

     

    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 28 – 7.5

    WrestleMania 25 – 7

    WrestleMania 8 – 7

    WrestleMania 3 – 7

    WrestleMania 18 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 7 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 29 – 6

    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: WrestleMania XXX

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