Ladies and gentlemen, we had probably the biggest pay-per-view in WWE history last night. It was the first PPV to be broadcasted on the WWE Network, we had so many legends dropping in and we had some of the biggest matches in a long time for the WWE. Undertaker vs Lesnar, Cena vs Wyatt, Bryan vs HHH, the Andre The Giant Battle Royal and the WWE World Title match! This PPV was STACKED and for four hours, we were in for a treat. I won’t go through the pre-show match but I’ll just say that it was really good and I loved how over the Real Americans were! Cesaro turning was awesome too!
Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock Open Wrestlemania 30!
Yes. Probably the greatest way to open such a big Wrestlemania… three icons together in the same ring to electrify New Orleans! Wrestlemania host Hulk Hogan got things started pumping up the Hulkamaniacs! Despite referring to the New Orleans Super Dome as the Silverdome, Hogan was somehow able to recover from his mistake and made light of his error! If there’s anyone that can make a monumental error like that and still able to get a huge reaction, it’s Hulk Hogan! It’s always best to just make light of mistakes. Hogan produced a lot of laughs and it was a great added element to this phenomenal segment. The star power of Hulkamania was added by the power of Austin 3:16 as STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN made his way to the ring!
Austin got an amazing pop! I love how Austin immediately took the piss out of Hogan’s error upon arrival! “Well it sure does feel good to be back at the Silverdome!” Epic moment seeing Hogan and Austin in the ring. No coming to blows just a mutual sign of respect between the Icon and the rattlesnake. And in came The Great One to enter the fray!
The Rock made his way down the ring to add to the star power! I was not expecting The Rock to actually be at the event! I knew that he was in New Orleans because he put it on Twitter but I never thought he’d be at Mania! Amazing! After these three came out I really wanted Sting! Unfortunately I never got that but this was still an unreal way to kick off Wrestlemania!
By the way really awesome clip of the behind the scenes before this segement below. You should check it out…
Daniel Bryan vs Triple H
WWE sure as hell didn’t start the match card lightly either! Getting straight to it with Daniel Bryan vs Triple H as the opening match! Triple H’s entrance was over-the-top as usual! I didn’t know why he was trying to be Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat! FINISH HIM!
This match was fantastic! You saw Triple H whip out a lot moves that he’s never really used before in the ring! For example, the release Tiger Suplex, which I thought he pulled off tremendously! I don’t know how, but the chemistry was top-notch between two guys that were so different in wrestling styles. It’s nice they added “Ring Psychology” in the match with Triple H targeting the arm of Bryan and even his leg. In the end it was Daniel Bryan that got the victory and qualified for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match in the main event. His celebration was short-lived as Triple H was not going to take his defeat lying down. He attacked Bryan and whacked him in the arm with a chair. Indeed the cards were stacked against Bryan just before his main event match.
The Shield vs The New Age Outlaws and Kane
Very disappointing that this match was essentially a squash match. I know the Outlaws and Kane are old-timers but surely they would have lasted more than 3 minutes. This seemed heavily due to time restraints. Nevertheless, we had some cool moments in the match. Roman Reigns delivering a DOUBLE SPEAR to the Outlaws and a Triple Double Powerbomb to the Outlaws for the victory! Two cool Wrestlemania moments for the Shield! If I had to guess, a rematch is to be expected soon because I doubt the Shield and the Authority are far than through with each other.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Like most battle royals, very messy with a lot going on. Nevertheless this battle royal had a lot of star power to it that gave it some added significance, especially if you’re the winner. Eliminations came fast. 3MB was surprisingly dominant! They actually eliminated three guys in the match!… until of course Big Show eliminated all of them in a dick mover. -.-
Fandango eliminated Big E Langston and then danced around the ring which the fans majorly popped for! Kinda of annoyed how easily the Intercontinental Champion was eliminated especially by someone like Fandango. Dolph Ziggler lasted quite a while in that match which took me off guard. I guess he’s back on the rise again? Kofi Kingston had an amazing elimination-escaping moment when got elevated over the top rope but landed so his feet were on the steel steps! That looked sick! This is why Kofi Kingston is going to have a job for life! We saw a lot of moments for a lot of the superstars until it came down to the final four…
Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show and ANTONIO CESARO! Yes Cesaro was in this match! He was unannounced and we thought that he would be here just for the pre-show but obviously we were wrong! Sheamus and Del Rio eliminated each other leaving it down to Cesaro and the favourite to win The Big Show! And Cesaro did something that could only be described as outstanding! As a dedication to Wrestlemania III, Cesaro body-slammed Big Show over the top rope to win the battle royal! Fantastic end to the match and a more than deserving winner of the Andre The Giant battle royal! Amazing moment!
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt
I’m not going to lie. I actually really enjoyed this match! A bit long-winded mind you but it was really good storytelling with Wyatt trying to “unleash the monster” in John Cena. A bit of deja-vu don’t you think? XD It would have been awesome if he actually did it but it wasn’t meant to be as Cena picked up the victory after an Attitude Adjustment.
It was disappointing to me that Bray Wyatt didn’t win the match but I don’t think a loss like this will be too damaging to his character. After all, Bray beat the shit out of him for 20 minutes! This match was a lot like Cena vs Lesnar from Extreme Rules 2012 – the heel beating up the good guy all match until the good guy finds a way to pick up an unlikely win. It’s whole good vs evil story, but something tells me that this is far from over. Good match though, regardless of the outcome.
Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar
And here we go…. the match everyone and their grandma is talking about. Not really because of the match quality but because of the finish.
First of all, let me start by saying this was a piss-poor match. No disrespect to both guys, but there was literally no chemistry between them and the fans were not that into it. That is until the end of the match…
Taker had been on the receiving end of an ass-kicking throughout the match. He had little offence in while Lesnar had dominated with two F5s and locked in the Kimura Lock. As Taker went for a second tombstone piledrvier, Lesnar countered into a THIRD F5 to Taker. And to the amazement of everyone… that F5 did the trick. Lesnar pinned Taker for the three count… the streak was over….
I don’t think anyone knew how to make of it at the time. The Super Dome was almost completely silent (other than Paul Heyman screaming in joy)! We all thought that this was some kind of trick or something. I for one believed that the streak would never end and I think 90% of wrestling fans believed the same. And now… it’s done.
It’s still hard for it to sunk in for a lot of people including myself. A lot of rumours came about afterwards that they fucked up the ending, but of course they were wrong. Lesnar had been booked to win all along. To give WWE the credit it deserved… no one saw that coming. The shock value went THROUGH THE ROOF! The Undertaker actually lost at Wrestlemania. You never thought you’d ever saw that in your life but it happened. However, despite believing for so long that the streak should never be broken…. I’m OK with this.
I’m not particular that big on the match this historic being so bland mind you, but the decision to have Taker get beat was literally a stroke of genius. They took us of guard with the streak ending like this. If this would have been announced as Undertaker’s last match, you might have suspected that it would have ended and the surprise element would have slightly disappeared. Instead they did it so none of us would have guessed it. I saw some bookmakers make Lesnar 40/1 to win a singles match! When a wrestler is 40/1 in the bookies to win a match, you know that it would be unexpected. It’ll be the shock of the moment that’ll make it so historic. And Lesnar was not a bad candidate to break the streak. Someone as big of a star as him and someone as dominant as him should have been the one to end it. However, I do think if anyone should have broken the streak… it should have been Roman Reigns.
Sean Waltman tweeted it on Twitter as well, an up-and-comer like Roman Reigns would be elevated so much by a win as big as this one! It would have been much better to put over a wrestler that wasn’t a star yet than someone who already was. All we know now is that the Undertaker is no longer perfect at Wrestlemania… so what now? Does The Undertaker try to get revenge next year? Or does Undertaker call it quits? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
I actually heard this was Vickie’s last appearance in WWE as she was pursuing business ventures outside of WWE after this. All I can say is good luck to her in her future endeavours. Anyway… the divas match.
This was actually not that bad of a divas match! Compared to most WWE divas match nowadays, this was probably one of the best in the last six months! I think everyone though was just rattled and still shocked by what happened in the last match. Hell, AJ Lee didn’t even get a slight reaction. AJ retained in the end, but damn everyone was still shocked by what happened before.
Randy Orton (c) vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
This really was a fantastic Wrestlemania ending match! The fans were able to refocus for this one! I actually thought Rev Theory were really good performing “Voices” live for Randy Orton! Orton had a pretty cool entrance! Bryan was still injured following his match from earlier on but it was not going to stop Bryan from the main event of Wrestlemania!
Bryan was up against it in this match. HHH and Stephanie re-emerged from the scene to try to screw Daniel Bryan with the rogue referee Scott Armstrong. However, Daniel was having none of it as he took out the ref and took out the Authority with the dive to the outside. With HHH and Steph out-of-the-way, Batista and Orton formed an unlikely alliance which saw one of the most insane announce table spots I’ve ever seen. Batista set up Bryan for a Batista Bomb which Orton caught with the neckbreaker to send himself and Bryan crashing through the table! I was literally blown away by that spot! It looked so sick and amazing! It really was the spot of the night in my opinion. And considering every thing that happened tonight, that’s saying an awful lot. By the way… it was a neckbreaker Orton caught him with, not an RKO! Why the hell are people still calling it an RKO when it wasn’t? There’s a distinct difference between the two!
Somehow, Bryan got back into the match off the stretcher. And somehow, despite all the shit that had happened to him Bryan was able to pull off the victory by making Batista submit to finally have his moment in the sun!
You know I have bitched about how much they were shoving Daniel down our throats and his push to the main event over the last couple of months but this was such a fantastic moment! Even though it was predictable as hell, WWE really pulled this ending off in style! The fans were ecstatic by the end of it! I kind of wanted to see Batista win at the end because I’m such a big Heel Batista mark, but I’m still happy with this! It was a fantastic way for the PPV to end! I think Bryan doing it all by himself was a bit too much for my liking, but I don’t think the fans cared! Amazing moment for him to finish off the show and a quality match!
This Pay-Per-View was something else! This was something many will remember for years to come! I’m going to go out on a limb and say this may have been one of the greatest Wrestlemanias of all time! So many moments we’ll not soon forget and a lot of matches that were off the charts! This PPV, whether it’d be for the right or the wrong reasons, will never be forgotten and that is what Wrestlemania is all about. We come into the show buzzing with anticipation and excitement and we get moments that will live on for decades to come! The moments that shook the foundation of WWE! Moments that you’ll be proud to say “I watched that live!” I’m from the UK so it’s really hard to find the time to watch WWE PPVs live so for me to able to watch it LIVE and live-tweet and for it to be as good as it was is such a great feeling for me! Hell, writing this review has been awesome because I have so much to write about. Whether certain superstars were here or not, whether you agreed or disagreed with the results, you will never forget Wrestlemania XXX…