Evening Wrestling Fans, I am Tom Robinson and it is time to review… WRESTLEMANIA 29!
The Intercontinental Championship Changes Hands On The YouTube Pre-Show
The only match of the show I actually watched live was WAY too quick. Yeah, it had a lot of big moves in the match, but it was a shame that Wade Barrett and The Miz were only given a grand total of 4 minutes on a 60 minute pre-show, which played promo package after promo package and featured a stupid segment involving Snooki. Seriously, why does this gal get Wrestlemania time over guys like Antonio Cesaro? Anyway the match itself ended with The Miz locking in the Figure 4 Leg Lock and making Wade Barrett submit to regain the championship. This match was such a disappointment, and the result was disappointing too. The Miz had a run with the IC title not long ago. Why is he getting another? And why the heck does Wade Barrett, a man who’s great on the mic and in the ring, lose the IC title in this fashion. These two had a match on RAW a couple of weeks ago which was better than this. Also, remember the triple threat IC title match involving Chris Jericho about a month ago. That was a great 3 way battle. But this was downright disappointing to see.
The Shield Defeat The SmackDown! Crusade… AND NO-ONE TURNS HEEL
This 6 man tag team match was given 10 minutes, and in the 10 minutes put on a good show. There was a lot of cool spots in the match, and with a couple more minutes might have been a whole lot better. But there was problem. And no, The Shield winning is not a problem for me. I’m glad they won here. My problem was the fact that… NO ONE TURNED HEEL! What the heck? I was sat watching this match waiting for Randy Orton to RKO either Sheamus or Big Show, but DAMMIT, it never happened. Instead, Big Show KO’d Sheamus and Orton post-match, after Orton tagged himself into the match at the end, and got pinned. Dammit. Really wanted someone to turn heel. But the match was pretty decent. With a little more time, it could have been great.
Mark Henry Defeats Ryback.. Because He’s Fat
This must have been the biggest monstrosity coming out of Wrestlemania. I wasn’t expecting this match to be like a Shawn Michaels/Undertaker classic or something, but by god this was boring. This was slow-paced as hell, and the ending was really stupid. After about 6 minutes of bearhugs and typical big man moves, Ryback hit his signature lariat clothesline, and was signalling for Shell-Shocked. He gets him up (which gets one of the best pops of the night) but Mark Henry falls on him, and pins him. Mark Henry pretty much won this match… because he’s fat. His fat allowed him to crush Ryback and pick up the win. An incredibly abrupt ending to the 8 minute match. What’s worse is that Henry went back in the ring to finish off Ryback, but Ryback somehow made a big comeback and hit the spinebuster. He would then, post-match, hit Henry with Shell-Shocked. If he was going to do a big move like that to Henry, why not have him do it in the match? Why did Ryback lose his 6TH PPV MATCH IN A ROW? 6? How is 6 PPV losses in a Raw supposed to legitimize as a contender. This was easily the worst booking decision on the night.
Team Hell-No Retain The WWE Tag Team Titles In A Great Match
This was a match I thoroughly enjoyed. And I enjoyed it because the fans were really into it. I love how the start of the match teased a repeat of last year’s World Title match, with Ziggler kissing AJ and then nearly losing at the very start of the match. It was an enjoyable to see. There were a couple of near falls (not as much as the main event had. XD) but in the end, Team Hell-No emerged victorious to the delight of the fans. Daniel Bryan got some really loud YES chants going, similar to last year. Good tag match. 🙂
FAG-DAN-GO beats Chris Jericho, despite being destroyed for about 95% of the match
So, Chris Jericho. Gets a kick ass entrance with fireworks and stuff. Demonstrates his extensive arsenal of moves for the entire match (he is the man of 1,004 holds after all). He wrestles a guy who hardly does a damn thing in the ring… and loses? OK, they were trying to make it out to be this big upset and stuff, but this was plain ridiculous. Since when does Chris Jericho deserves to lose to this clown at Wrestlemania? To Fandango? I mean, if Fandango was going to beat Jericho on his debut, then shouldn’t he have done a lot more comprehensively than he did. He got one roll-up in at the end of the match and won. To be fair though, there were a lot of near falls in the match, and the fans were actually into it a lot. But the fact that it ended in one of the most abrupt of ways does not do Fandango that good. I mean yeah, he had a hell of an entrance with all them dancers and stuff, but that was such a flukey way to win, you can’t take him seriously. Jericho didn’t deserve to lose this.
Alberto Del Rio Retains The World Title In A Quick, But Good Encounter With Jack Swagger
Despite being only 10 minutes long, this match was actually OK in my book. There was a lot of good technical ability demonstrated by both guys and sometimes in WWE, you hardly see just a straight up wrestling match. Sure, there were manager spots and stuff, but it was a great match with a lot of cool reversals and a lot of skill showcased. Again, this match should have went on a little longer. If they have a rematch at Extreme Rules, I hope it nears 20 minutes, because I’m convinced after watching this match that they can do a lot more together. And by the way, they didn’t show Jack Swagger’s entrance, which was him apparently coming down in a camouflage vehicle. OK, of all the entrances you could have not shown in the pay-per-view, why one which features someone coming down in a car? I would have loved to seen that. Oh, and the attire Alberto Del Rio came down to the ring in looked absolutely shocking. He was dressed in a white robe, and looked daft as hell in it. XD
CM Punk vs Undertaker – My God. What A Match
Match Of The Night is undoubtedly this one. The Phenom, The Undertaker. The Best In The World, CM Punk. With Undertaker’s streak on the line. Also, Living Colour playing Cult Of Personality while CM Punk was coming down to the ring was a real epic moment. Best entrance of the night. The match itself was a hell of a match. We saw a good opening, starting fast-paced and taking it to the announce table, setting up a spot for later. CM Punk started gaining moment, and even did Undertaker’s Old-School manoeuvre on the Deadman, which I thought was an amazing edition to the start of the match. The match featured a lot of great momentum swings in the match, like when CM Punk turned a punch from the Undertaker into a swinging neckbreaker, which I thought was really well done. There was spot after spot which made this match so memorable. Other than the announce table not breaking when CM Punk did his diving elbow to the Undertaker on the outside, this match was really well choreographed. I love the bit at the end, where CM Punk did a GTS to The Undertaker, which didn’t even phase Taker, who just delivered the tombstone immediately afterwards! XD What a badass! Just no-sells the shit out of the GTS. Except it worked so well. CM Punk would kick out of the Tombstone. The two traded blows, and both men tried their finishers. GTS attempt after Tombstone attempt. The reversals for each finish into the other finisher was SOOOOOO well done. Taker countered the GTS with a tombstone attempt. Punk countered the tombstone with a GTS attempt, and so on. Incredible. But in the end, The Undertaker performed the last rites, hitting the tombstone on Punk to go 21-0 at Wrestlemania. That match was really something special. I applaud both men for that one. I had doubts other whether this match would be any good considering the uniqueness of both men’s styles, but that didn’t effect them. They put on a hell of a show.
Triple H Slays Brock Lesnar To Keep His Career Alive And Increase His Ego Even More
I want to state that this match was WAY better than their first match at Summerslam. There were a lot more interesting spots, and the involvement of Shawn Michaels and Paul Heyman gave it a breath of fresh air as soon as things started getting dull. There were a lot of big hits from both guys in the match, which looked decent. But, the match was really slow-paced, and I started losing interest in it, to be honest. But things did get interesting near the end. What was strange to see was Triple H doing the Kimura Lock to Brock. Really? I really don’t like wrestlers who have no experience in MMA at all, trying MMA-like moves in a pro-wrestling match. Why bother? It just looked stupid. I would have flipped if Lesnar tapped out to the Kimura. Thankfully he didn’t… but he did take a Pedigree on the steel steps, which was enough for Triple H to beat him. I think this match overall was decent, but sometimes there was a lot of slow-paced action, and sometimes it’s just painful to watch.
John Cena Gets Redemption… and the WWE Championship
Yes, John Cena was victorious in his rematch with The Rock for the WWE Championship. Not exactly unexpected. It was obvious it was going to happen. But the match was still good in my eyes. I don’t think it was as good as their first match last year, but it was actually really entertaining. The first 10-15 minutes or so was basically headlocks and shoulder blocks and stuff. It also featured a lot of cool counters in the match and the fans were really into this match too. And as I’ve stated so many times before, the fan reactions have a big influence as to whether a match or an event is good. And they were really into this match. After the first 10-15 minutes we had about 1000 near-falls, including The Rock kicking out of 2 Attitude Adjustments and a Rock Bottom and John Cena kicking out of 3 Rock Bottoms and a people’s elbow. It eventually finished with Cena hitting one final Attitude Adjustment after 500 counters to reclaim the WWE Championship.
I don’t think this Wrestlemania will go down as one of the best Wrestlemanias in the world. This pay-per-view suffered from really bad time restraints. We had entrances cut, we had match lengths cut. We even had the 8 person tag match cut too. Amazingly, with a 4 hour show, they struggled badly with time. We didn’t have single backstage segment on the main show. I mean, it was really shocking to see both the World Title match and the 6 man tag match going less than 12 minutes. Shocking. But, this event still featured a lot of new cool moments this year, and the 3 main event matches that all got 20+ minutes were very good matches on the whole. Lesnar vs Triple H II was actually good. Rock vs Cena I was good. But in the end, one match in particular will stand out above the rest. Undertaker vs CM Punk was the best match of the night, and looks likely to be a serious contender for match of the year.