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Wrestlemania XXVII Review(30 Days of Mania)

2014 Update: This is now a part of “30 Days of Mania” – an open ended review series to chronicle every event, originally posted as part of the failed “27 Days of Mania” series. The review, including reference to 27 Days of Mania, will be left untouched.

Whether you loved it or you hated it, Wrestlemania XXVII has gotten people talking. Wrestling fans across the world are today suffering from the annual Wrestlemania comedown, some knowing it’s going to be a whole year before we see it again, but most, seemingly feeling the effects of an utterly disappointing ‘Mania. I watched it live, and it certainly evoked a lot of reactions out of me, so here they are. What did you think of Wrestlemania? Leave a comment or leave your input in the poll.

Wrestlemania XXVII emanated from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgie last night, but you already knew that. The attendance record was allegedly set as WWE announced in a statement today the 71, 617 fans at the show broke the record for “most attended entertainment event at the Georgia Dome”, beating a Backstreet Boys concert from 2000. It’s since been revealed they lied. I don’t get it, WWE are so obsessed with records they’ll just blatantly lie about them. Speaking of which, a quick note from the past few days. The term “World Wrestling Entertainment” is no longer being used. It’s now WWE, and WWE only. Get the wrestling out.

The show started with “America The Beautiful” as always, with RnB singer Keri Hilson performing. The stage looked pretty weird at first, but it was very cool once I got a proper look at it. The stage itself was quite small, with a sleek smooth ramp running to the ring, with WRESTLEMANIA painted on it. A huge Wrestlemania sign was hung above the semi-circle stage, curving around about 50 feet above it, in huge letters. Also, like the circular video screen that descended in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania XXVI, a huge video cube hung above the ring and would be used during certain wrestlers entrances. I think the Hoff had something to do with that decision(2 people in the world will get that).

Instead of the traditional opening video we first get a quick video hyping up The Rock, and out he comes to a big reaction as you’d expect. He was wearing a “Team Bring It” track suit. I’ve had to watch this show again because when I watched it with the guys I couldn’t hear much, they were all shouting over each other making jokes about dead wrestlers. I say jokes, it was kind of just like “imagine Owen Hart came back” and so on. He was great here, did his usual “The Rock has come back” spiel, hyped up the show and did a great job of getting the crowd into it, starting some chants, such as “Fruity Pebbles!” and “When The Rock says Yabba, you say Dabba!” 71 thousand people chanting Yabba Dabba, amazing. Along with “America The Beautiful” this promo ran around 15 minutes, and that angers me, which I’ll come to later.

“When I say ‘Yabba’, you say ‘Dabba’!”

Now we have the opening video and it’s great as ever, but I remember last years being particularly special. The pyro goes off and Wrestlemania is truly here, and the first match starts.

Edge(c) w/ Christian Vs. Alberto Del Rio w/ Brodus Clay – World Heavyweight Championship Match

Yeah, that’s right. The Royal Rumble winner is opening the show. For the World Title. It’s been 20 minutes so far and no wrestling has taken place, is this RAW?! Once this match got started it settled down and felt more like ‘Mania, but the position of this match on the card is just confusing, I can’t think of any upside whatsoever. This was a good 9-10 minute match. They did some good stuff and Christian even took a T-Bone Suplex on the outside from Brodus Clay. They built to Del Rio’s cross arm breaker well, and Edge even broke out the Sharpshooter variation he used years ago. Edge managed to escape the Cross Arm Breaker and hit a Spear for the pinfall victory.

Edge d. Alberto Del Rio via pinfall(Spear)

(***) – The action was good, there were some nice ideas working the arm over, the Cross Arm Breaker was the best Del Rio has ever done, it was so fast and clean. A few cool moments set this apart but it ultimately wasn’t a very memorable match. Surprised Edge retained but glad in a way, younger guys should have to work more for the title and not capture it after 6 months. This is also the 4th consecutive year that the Royal Rumble winner has gone on to lose his Championship match at Wrestlemania.

Edge destroying Del Rio’s prized rental car

After the match Edge went up onto the stage and stared at the Rolls Royce Del Rio entered in. After what felt like 10 minutes, Edge kicked the car, it was really lame. He then got on the roof and dropped an elbow on it, that was really funny. Christian brought out a crow bar and lead pipe. Edge scratched the car up and smashed a few windows as Del Rio watched in horror on the ramp. This went on for about 5 minutes, and we’ll get to why this angered me also, it could’ve been done a lot quicker.

Rey Mysterio Vs. Cody Rhodes
This was a match I was really looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint. There was some really innovative stuff in this. Nothing out of this world inventive, just little ideas I really liked, like a slingshot into the second rope, not the first. A 10 second stalling suplex from the second rope, I’ve never seen that before. As usual, Rey was awesome and Cody really held his own. At one point Rey ripped off Cody’s protective face mask and put it on himself, headbutting Cody and then hitting a diving headbutt from the top. Cody ripped of Rey’s knee brace, going after his surgically repaired knee. The finish came when Rey attempted a suicide dive to Cody on the outside, and Cody hit him with the knee brace, the referee missing the altercation. Cody then hit the Cross Rhodes and won the match.

Cody Rhodes d. Rey Mysterio via pinfall(Cross Rhodes)

 

Oh no…not again.(Spaceballs/Alien reference)

(***1/2) – This was another great little match much like Rey’s match with Punk last year. Like that match this was also relatively short, hell when Mysterio won the World Title at Wrestlemania 22 the match went under 9 minutes. They just don’t like giving Rey time at ‘Mania for some ridiculous reason. Nevertheless he made the most of it and Cody really stepped up. This match will put him on the map if he lets it and capitalises on it. Word is Rey handpicked Cody to work with and I’m glad he did.

There was a rapping segment where Snoop Dogg and Teddy Long judged some Superstars rapping. I don’t want to recap. It was awful. Piper appeared, which was cool, purely for seeing him. Regal was funny for about 10 seconds. This went on about 5 minutes too long.

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

I expected this to be longer for some reason. I’m not complaining. It broke down in under a minute with everyone hitting their signature moves, Kofi hitting Wade Barrett with Trouble in Paradise and then hitting a plancha onto Jackson and Gabriel on the outside. Santino hits The Cobra on Heath Slater, who then walked straight into a Knockout Punch from Big Show.

Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella d. The Corre via pinfall(Knockout Punch to Heath Slater from Big Show)

(*) – More of a segment with finishers when you think about, not much of a match. Got them on the card though and it was short, so ok.

The Rock is backstage with Divas champion Eve Torres, letting her feel “the dream” and squeeze his muscles. He says that when he turns around, he’ll see the first person behind him and create an unforgettable moment. It turns out to be Mae Young. Ugh. It was ok, kinda funny when he called her a “divasaurus” but just so-so generally. Rock was annoyed that it was Mae, saying of all the people to be behind him and he turns back around, face to face with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Holy Shit. That was a “markout moment”, a true one. It’s all I ever wanted, the two of them had an intense staredown and said hi, wished each other luck for the night and that was that. Ten years after their classic at Wrestlemania X-Seven, and the first time they’ve appeared on the same show in years. Awesome.

Randy Orton Vs. CM Punk

I really like Orton, I just never seem to fully get into his matches in a ‘oh my god this is getting awesome’ kind of way for some reason. There seems to be one piece missing from the puzzle. This feud has been really understated and enjoyable, and I was really looking forward to it, purely for Punk alone, as he’s one of the best things in the WWE now. I really enjoyed this one, it wasn’t amazing though. Punk made the match just by being Punk, I can’t think of any other way to explain it, he just plays off the situations in matches perfectly. The story was Punk going after Orton’s leg that had been injured a few weeks prior. There were some great little snapshots in this, Punk reverses an RKO attempt with a high kick to the head. Punk even pulled out the figure four on the ringpost, I love that spot. Punk dominated a lot, and Orton was really selling his leg surprisingly. Maybe I’m just clouded by memories of John Cena never selling anything. They did the same spot where Orton went for the punt and fell on his injured leg as they did on RAW. Punk took his time and Orton almost hit an RKO “out of nowhere!” but Punk slipped away. With a big grin he went for a springboard clothesline and Orton caught him mid air with an RKO for the win.

Randy Orton d. CM Punk via pinfall(RKO)

 

Hey!

 

(***1/2) – Another great little match, in fairness. I think it’s really up to how much you like or dislike Randy Orton, but I will argue a point for Punk being great. The finish was incredible, and executed perfectly, but a little overdone over the years. If that was the first time he’d ever hit one in mid air like that it would’ve been amazing. Match lived up to my expectations perfectly, good stuff.

Another Rock promo backstage with Mean Gene Okerland. Rock talks about ‘Mania being the most memorable of all time. I’ll emphatically state now that it wasn’t, so we can nip that one in the bud right now. Pee Wee Herman makes a cameo appearance, taking some time off from his hectic schedule hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle in theaters across the country. This was dire, Mean Gene was dressed in Cena outfits and Herman called him a “tool” which surprised me for PG. I’m not a big fan of Pee Wee to begin with. Is this The Rock making Wrestlemania moments? Not cool.

A trailer runs for the new True Story of Wrestlemania DVD and Documentary, which is fantastic by the way and I will be reviewing it here soon.

The Hall of Fame class of 2011 come out on the stage on a red carpet, Abdullah The Butcher, Sunny, The Road Warriors, Bob Armstrong, Drew Carey(who was boo’ed) and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Big HBK chants, and his music hits. There’s one star left in the middle of the stage, and it seems like a bit of a slap in the face but at the same time it’s the greatest wrestler/sports entertainer of all time so what the hell, right? He’s in a tuxedo and graciously claps along, and teases going to the ring, pausing and then shaking it off, clapping again and waving.

Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs. Michael Cole w/ Jack Swagger – Special Guest Referee Stone Cold Steve Austin

Booker T comes out to announce, then J.R, a great move. Cole cuts off J.R’s entrance mid way down the ramp and cuts a promo as he walks to the ring in an orange one piece, knee pads, an orange hoody and amatuer wrestling head protector. In the ring he run Lawler down, by this point I just don’t care, I want to see wrestling. Swagger comes out and on his push up entrance Austin’s music hits, that was funny. Austin comes down on his ATV and nearly runs Swagger over. He chases Cole into the Cole Mine and Lawler comes out with a new ring robe that looked pretty cool. This is dragging on already and nothing has happened, there’s only so much hyping up you can do, get on with it. Cole stalls in the Cole Mine and Austin rings the bell, swearing heavily in the process, the sound muted for a few seconds. Lawler hits Swagger down and Cole tries to shake his hand through the Cole Mine. He pulls Coles face into the plexiglass, in a hilarious moment, that was just a bit too over the top for the serious feud they’ve had going with Cole running down Lawlers family and dead parents. I’m in the minority that’s enjoyed this whole angle but I can’t enjoy this match, even the good parts, and I’ll get to that very soon. There was typical heel stuff with Swagger working over Lawler whilst Austin was distracted, and when otherwise he was giving it fuck this and fuck that. The sound was muted for at least a minute in total throughout this match, I love it. It just dragged on, and on and on. Did Cole need to get so much heat? It was utterly awful, J.R wondering “I don’t know what Cole is doing. I don’t know if he does either.” Quite.

Two of these men should be wondering where their careers went

Big “Boring” chant. Well done WWE. Sidenote, Cole has the worst tattoos I’ve ever seen. Swagger tries throwing in the towel, Austin stunners him, standard fare. Still cool though. He flipped the bird too, and it’s so sad that that’s now shocking in this PG climate. Lawler punches Cole for what feels like half an hour, hits a high dropkick to the face, then hits a fist drop. He then puts Cole in the Ankle Lock and Austin doesn’t count Cole’s tapping out for ages, which was one of the few good points of this match. Austin was loving it and it was enjoyable to see him having a good time. Swagger carrys Cole away and Austin, Lawler and Booker T have a beer bash to celebrate the win. Booker does a gratuitous Spinneroonie and gets the token Stone Cold Stunner with a mouthful of beer from Austin. The anonymous RAW Gm buzzes in and rules the match a disqualification in favour of Cole, as the referee got physically involved(when Austin shoved Cole). Josh Matthews announces it and gets a stunner too.

Michael Cole d. Jerry Lawler via disqualification(Austin shoving Cole)

 

Thanks for the milk, Book!

(*1/2) – That’s being generous, the majority of this was awful, and wasted so much time(almost there).

They run the standard Axxess package, funny moment when Shawn Michaels gets an autograph from Triple H(“I’m you’re biggest fan, I know you hear that all the time.”) a picture of which you can see on my final pre-‘Mania post here.

Undertaker Vs. Triple H is next, and it was then(I’m finally gonna go there) that I realised Sheamus Vs. Daniel Bryan had been bumped from the show altogether. There’s no way it would go after this match. I quickly looked online and read the match happened as a dark match before the show, and was then turned into a battle royal which…(I’m trying hard to keep my composure here)…The Great Khali won. So, the match that could’ve stole the show given 15 minutes, about half of the dire Cole/Lawler debacle, was left off the show? A match they’d spent time building to and announcing?(not much of a build, but still) This is a match some people PAID TO SEE and we don’t get it because other matches involving people who don’t wrestle need more time on WRESTLEmania? I don’t understand the logic, I really don’t. Daniel Bryan is the best worked in the company and can make anyone look great. Way to screw that up WWE, thanks a lot. That really cut my enjoyment in half, especially going into this hugely anticipated match.

The Undertaker Vs. Triple H – No Holds Barred

 

The bell tolls for The Undertaker

 

But no grave will hold him down…or something.

They show the same video package from RAW this Monday. The gong hits, but it’s no ordinary gong, it’s the classic gong from Metallica epic “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, and the lights go on and off in time with them. I reported Trips might be using “Nothing Else Matters” but I was wrong. A spotlight is on the stage and a mass of shields are there. The song kicks in and the shields disperse, Triple H standing in the spotlight, wearing a similar barbarian like coat to the one he donned at Wrestlemania 22. He’s also wearing a crown and a skull mask from the “King of Kings” logo and video. It’s hard to truly see it though even though in the spotlight. The lights go out and “The Game” starts, Triple H now in full wrestling gear within seconds. He makes his way down and then ‘Taker enters to his new theme, Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” which seemed to fit the occasion perfectly. Triple H’s entrance was epic, the gongs almost signifying some kind of intimidation factor, and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” almost foreshadowing that The Undertaker’s time is up.

The crowd is hot and they start off with punches from the get go. They’re soon on the outside and causing havoc. The ring steps are overturned, The Undertaker is speared into the Cole Mine, dismantling it, and the announcer’s tables are wrestler proofed(the act of a wrestler removed the panel and monitors from the table, because as big a hatred any wrestler has for another, he always makes sure the monitors are removed). Triple H takes a back body drop from The Undertaker from the announcers table to the floor. That was unreal. Before long The Undertaker flys out of the ring a with a swan dive onto Triple H, nearly landing on his head in the process. Shit just got real.

Air Taker ’11

I never, ever thought he would try the dive over the top rope again after his last attempt two years ago. He landed right on his head and I’m still confused as to how he didn’t break his neck. This one wasn’t as bad, but man, what a risk to take and that size and age. He tries tombstoning Trips on ring steps, but he reverses it into a spinebuster through the Spanish announce desk. They’re really going all out. Back in the ring they go back and forth again before The Undertaker hits a chokeslam for a close 2 count. They dish out finishers and signatures, reversals and chair shots. It gets really intense, but very slow paced, both taking a lot of time to get up after every spot. Initially I hated it, but was still pissed at the Sheamus/Bryan debacle. Now I see how deliberate it was and the tension is was building, which would pay off later. I think this suffered from being similar to Shawn/Taker when Triple H finally eats a Tombstone, and kicks out. It’s the exact same thing that MADE the first Wrestlemania encounter between Shawn and ‘Taker. This time, it just wasn’t as special. Sure it added to the drama, and I don’t wish they hadn’t done it, but it just feels like familiar ground, especially with Triple H’s closeness with Shawn on every level.

Game Over for the Deadman?

After 3 Pedigrees on The Undertaker, all kicked out of, Triple H gets angry and shocked. He ravages ‘Taker with chair shots, telling him to stay down. ‘Taker tries to sit up repeatedly, but physically can’t. That was awesome, a totally different dynamic now creeping in as Triple H dominates ‘Taker, who is selling more than his whole career maybe. Triple H ups the emotion and drama by screaming at ‘Taker to stay down. He grabs Trips by the throat, but Trips just shakes his head defiantly and pushs the almost lifeless Deadman away. He does the cutthroat taunt as Taker staggers forward and picks him up, dropping him down with a Tombstone Piledriver of his own. The whole match I never even entertained the idea that Triple H would win. In that moment, I almost believed. My heart skipped a beat and Triple H pinned The Undertaker in his signature style, tongue hanging out. ‘Taker kicked out and Triple H can’t believe it, the crowd are going insane. He goes for the sledgehammer and stands over ‘Taker. “It’s time!” He says, and ‘Taker pulls him into the Hell’s Gates, wow. Trips struggles in the submission hold with the sledge still in his hand, before dropping it. He tries wriggling out, picking ‘Taker up but gets nowhere. His hand nearly fades, but it perks up again and grabs the sledge, the crowd getting loud. He slowly drops the sledgehammer, and after 30 seconds he taps out.

 

The Undertaker d. Triple H via submission(Hell’s Gates)

The King of Kings falls at Hell’s Gates

(****1/2) – That was a classic, in my eyes. It built and built, using a formula that’s been used before, but did the job so well, using emotion and drama to really add to the whole dynamic of the match. We’ve never seen ‘Taker in that much jeopardy before. The last two minutes were great, though not to some peoples tastes. I loved the idea of ‘Taker being almost beaten, but not giving up, and locking in a submission Triple H couldn’t break out of. For those last two minutes, Triple H’s right hand was in charge of the emotion of the match. In a sense, it was overkill. I actually timed the match from the first nearfall(usually something that happens in the closing moments of a match) to the finish itself, and it was just shy of 20 minutes! There were 8 nearfalls aswell. But with these two legends, and the story, and the history, it totally worked for me. Classic.

After the match, the screen showed the graphic of 19-0, as Undertakers unprecedented Undefeated Streak continues. Eventually Triple H got up but ‘Taker was out for so long, referees and doctors attending to him. After a full 5 minute he was carried away on a stretcher buggy, the crowd chanting his name. I know they were trying to sell how beaten down he was, but from video package to Undertaker being driven away, the Triple H/Undertaker saga lasted over 50 minutes. It could’ve been cut down more, surely. My only gripe.

Miami, Flordia is announced as the host city for Wrestlemania XXVIII next year, April 1st 2012. John Cena Vs. The Rock main event. Nah just kidding, April Fools. (Get it? Cos it’s on April 1st…I’ll just get my coat)

Lay-Cool(Michelle McCool and Layla) and Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero Vs. Trish Stratus, John Morrison and Snooki

Vickie was on the mic, I went to the bathroom. They all get into a clusterfuck at the beginning and Snooki slaps Ziggler. Order is restored and Michelle starts off with Trish. They go at it for a while, and Trish busts out her Matrix bridge, always awesome. Trish ends up giving Lay-Cool a clothesline from the apron, and they both fall onto the back of their necks. Ziggler tries getting involved and Morrison throws him to the outside, hitting a sick Starship Pain variation out of the ring onto Ziggler. Snooki gets tagged in and hits an impressive cartwheel back handspring Goldust like ass attack on Michelle McCool. She then does another cartwheel into a brutal standing splash and pins McCool. Morrison runs into shot as she gets the pinfall and fist pumps as if to say “Hey look! I’m on this show!”

Trish Stratus, John Morrison and Snooki d. Lay-Cool and Dolph Ziggler via pinfall(Snooki over McCool)

I worked hard all year and all I got was this lousy bitch

(**) – God this annoyed me, even though it wasn’t that bad. Trish did some cool stuff, the Morrison plancha was cool, and even Snooki pulled out a “sick move” surprisingly. It’s just the idea behind this match. I’d like to know how many more buys this show -really- got because of Snooki. Ziggler and Morrison both had a great year and get rewarded with this, Ziggler didn’t hit a single move. Not to mention all the Divas who were left off the show and put in an awful rapping contest. It just stinks of a bad RAW booking. The only good thing about the idea of this match was that it was after Taker/Trips, a perfect bathroom break and breather for the crowd. Thankfully it was also very short.

John Cena Vs. The Miz(c) – WWE Championship Match

A video package runs highlighting The Miz’s ascent to the top of the WWE, using a format of The Miz himself sitting in a darkened room in front of a production desk, clips of wrestlings iconic moments, intercut with The Miz on Real World and Tough Enough. Then The Miz winning the championship. This video was one of the best packages I’ve ever seen from WWE, the layout, desigin and editing were fantastic. The Miz came out, pushing aside a huge balloon spelling AWESOME. He comes to the ring and a low hum comes from the stage. There’s a huge choir on the stage, and Cena’s video package plays. This one was really good too, but there wasnt a concept besides showing his evolution. The idea of showing two separate wrestler specific hype videos was great. Cena’s was overlaid by a preacher talking about God, meh. They then sing a choir rendition of “My Time Is Now”, wonders never cease. It is ‘Mania though, and special entrances are always cool regardless, unless they are truly awful. This was okay.

Look at my new t-shirt

The main event feel setting this up was awesome, but it just went downhill after that. The crowd wasn’t really interested as much as they should’ve been. This suffered the same fate as DiBiase Vs. Savage from Wrestlemania IV. In that match, it was inevitable that Hogan would come out, and the crowd were silent untill he did. In this case, the inevitability is The Rock making an appearance. The crowd wasn’t completely dead, but it really, really hurt the match. I felt really bad for The Miz, in his big moment. Cena’s been to the main event before. It’s almost like the Jericho match at Wrestlemania 18, the crowd were dead from Rock/Hogan, that Jericho/HHH, the actual last match, was largely an afterthought. At one point they botch a spot with Cena going for a diving shoulder block and The Miz slides under him. It could’ve even been the right spot, it just looked so, so awkward. It was cringeworthy. It picked up a bit then, and The Miz hit an awesome looking DDT whilst Cena was on his knees. Cena was selling a lot quickly, and I’ve got to think that they were pushed for time, it seemed like they were rushing through the match. Cena was acting like he’d been beat down for 20 minutes within 5 or 10, J.R and King trying to figure out why there’s “something wrong with Cena” and I wonder the same.

Nonetheless, it does pick up towards the end and the crowd gets a bit of life in them. The ref gets knocked down and Cena hits a huge AA to no avail. Riley takes Cena out with the stupid briefcase he carries around. Cena kicks out and the crowd are fully into it. The weird dynamic with this match is that The Miz is being largely boo’ed, because he’s a heel and does a great job of being one. John Cena is being boo’ed, because he’s John Cena, and the people who normally cheer him prefer The Rock so are boo’ing him too. Miz tries hitting Cena with the briefcase himself but hits Riley instead. Cena hits a HUGE second AA and The Miz kicks out. Wow. That was huge, for someone to cleanly kick out of two AA’s. Cena hit The Miz with a huge clothesline over the ring barrier by the announcer’s table, and then speared him over the second barrier. They both flew onto the concrete on the floor of the arena. That was ridiculous, Miz full on bumped onto it and Cena’s head bounced off the concrete. I think it was overlooked, because that bump was insane. I haven’t seen a concrete bump as full on and clean as that in the WWE. I might be mistaken, maybe the floor wasn’t concrete, but there was no give, and it sure looked/sounded like it.

Seriously mental

They are both laid out and the match is ruled as a double countout. Miz retains and the crowd is silent as his music plays. The Rock’s music hits and he comes out, t-shirt soaked, ready for action. The RAW GM buzzes in and after a lot of Rock staring, The Rock goes and reads it. He begins “as RAW General Manager, I think…” and tells the laptop it doesn’t matter what it thinks, throwing it on the floor. He restarts the match as the host of Wrestlemania, with no disqualifications, no countouts, no time limit, no cryin’ to your mamma. Cena and Miz crawl back into the ring and within seconds The Rock slides in and hits a Rock Bottom on Cena. The Miz covers him for the win.

 

The Miz d. John Cena via pinfall(Rock Bottom by The Rock)

“I wo..wu?”

(**) – When it picked up, it picked up. EVERYONE is hating on this match. There were some nice moments, it started off slowly, got awkward, a bit awful, then picked up. It definitely won’t be remembered as a classic ‘Mania main event, but I don’t think it was as long, dire and underwhelming as Triple H Vs. Randy Orton from Wrestlemania 25. Miz went over huge kicking out of two AA’s..fuck it, kicking out of two FU’s. An interesting note, this is the 2nd time in Wrestlemania history that a heel has walked out of the main event as the WWE Champion, the last time being at Wrestlemania 2000 when Triple H retained. Even more interesting is that Triple H received a beatdown from The Rock after the match and…

That’s exactly what The Miz got, as his hand was raised, looking confused, he stared at The Rock on the entrance ramp. The Rock ran back to the ring and dished out The People’s Elbow on The Miz to close the show. He posed on the turnbuckle with two minutes left of the broadcast, and Wrestlemania XXVII was over.

7/10 – It’s being panned generally, but I thought it was a solid Wrestlemania, plagued by awful, awful booking decisions. You could’ve at least switched the 8 man tag with the World Title match at least, cut down the car angle, made Cole/Lawler 10 minutes, cut 10 minutes from the 50 minute Undertaker/Triple H segment of the show, and you’d have time to give Daniel Bryan and Sheamus 10-15 minutes, and steal the show. Most of the matches were pretty good to solid, stole by Undertaker and Triple H in a balls to the wall epic(that sadly affected the time of the show, it seems).

19-0

Despite The Game’s best effort

Much to Michael Cole’s dismay…

I’m going to Norway today so I’ll be back with RAW Reaction and Hall of Fame thoughts on Wednesday, thanks for reading as always,

Luke

Whether you loved it or you hated it, Wrestlemania XXVII has gotten people talking. Wrestling fans across the world are today suffering from the annual Wrestlemania comedown, some knowing it’s going to be a whole year before we see it again, but most, seemingly feeling the effects of an utterly disappointing ‘Mania. I watched it live, and it certainly evoked a lot of reactions out of me, so here they are. What did you think of Wrestlemania? Leave a comment or leave your input in the poll.
Wrestlemania XXVII emanated from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgie last night, but you already knew that. The attendance record was allegedly set as WWE announced in a statement today the 71, 617 fans at the show broke the record for “most attended entertainment event at the Georgia Dome”, beating a Backstreet Boys concert from 2000. It’s since been revealed they lied. I don’t get it, WWE are so obsessed with records they’ll just blatantly lie about them. Speaking of which, a quick note from the past few days. The term “World Wrestling Entertainment” is no longer being used. It’s now WWE, and WWE only. Get the wrestling out.
The show started with “America The Beautiful” as always, with RnB singer Keri Hilson performing. The stage looked pretty weird at first, but it was very cool once I got a proper look at it. The stage itself was quite small, with a sleek smooth ramp running to the ring, with WRESTLEMANIA painted on it. A huge Wrestlemania sign was hung above the semi circle stage, curving around about 50 feet above it, in huge letters. Also, like the circular video screen that descended in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania XXVI, a huge video cube hung above the ring and would be used during certain wrestlers entrances. I think the Hoff had something to do with that decision(2 people in the world will get that).
Instead of the traditional opening video we first get a quick video hyping up The Rock, and out he comes to a big reaction as you’d expect. He was wearing a “Team Bring It” tracksuit. I’ve had to watch this show again because when I watched it with the guys I couldn’t hear much, they were all shouting over each other making jokes about dead wrestlers. I say jokes, it was kind of just like “imagine Owen Hart came back” and so on. He was great here, did his usual “The Rock has come back” spiel, hyped up the show and did a great job of getting the crowd into it, starting some chants, such as “Fruity Pebbles!” and “When The Rock says Yabba, you say Dabba!” 71 thousand people chanting Yabba Dabba, amazing. Along with “America The Beautiful” this promo ran around 15 minutes, and that angers me, which I’ll come to later.
Now we have the opening video and it’s great as ever, but I remember last years being particularly special. The pyro goes off and Wrestlemania is truly here, and the first match starts.
Edge(c) w/ Christian Vs. Alberto Del Rio w/ Brodus Clay – World Heavyweight Championship Match
Yeah, that’s right. The Royal Rumble winner is opening the show. For the World Title. It’s been 20 minutes so far and no wrestling has taken place, is this RAW?! Once this match got started it settled down and felt more like ‘Mania, but the position of this match on the card is just confusing, I can’t think of any upside whatsoever. This was a good 9-10 minute match. They did some good stuff and Christian even took a T-Bone Suplex on the outside from Brodus Clay. They built to Del Rio’s cross arm breaker well, and Edge even broke out the Sharpshooter variation he used years ago. Edge managed to escape the Cross Arm Breaker and hit a Spear for the pinfall victory.
Edge d. Alberto Del Rio via pinfall(Spear)
(***) – The action was good, there were some nice ideas working the arm over, the Cross Arm Breaker was the best Del Rio has ever done, it was so fast and clean. A few cool moments set this apart but it ultimately wasn’t a very memorable match. Surprised Edge retained but glad in a way, younger guys should have to work more for the title and not capture it after 6 months. This is also the 4th consecutive year that the Royal Rumble winner has gone on to lose his Championship match at Wrestlemania.
After the match Edge went up onto the stage and stared at the Rolls Royce Del Rio entered in. After what felt like 10 minutes, Edge kicked the car, it was really lame. He then got on the roof and dropped an elbow on it, that was really funny. Christian brought out a crow bar and lead pipe. Edge scratched the car up and smashed a few windows as Del Rio watched in horror on the ramp. This went on for about 5 minutes, and we’ll get to why this angered me also, it could’ve been done a lot quicker.
Rey Mysterio Vs. Cody Rhodes
This was a match I was really looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint. There was some really innovative stuff in this. Nothing out of this world inventive, just little ideas I really liked, like a slingshot into the second rope, not the first. A 10 second stalling suplex from the second rope, I’ve never seen that before. As usual, Rey was awesome and Cody really held his own. At one point Rey ripped off Cody’s protective face mask and put it on himself, headbutting Cody and then hitting a diving headbutt from the top. Cody ripped of Rey’s knee brace, going after his surgically repaired knee. The finish came when Rey attempted a suicide dive to Cody on the outside, and Cody hit him with the knee brace, the referee missing the altercation. Cody then hit the Cross Rhodes and won the match.
Cody Rhodes d. Rey Mysterio via pinfall(Cross Rhodes)
(***1/2) – This was another great little match much like Rey’s match with Punk last year. Like that match this was also relatively short, hell when Mysterio won the World Title at Wrestlemania 22 the match went under 9 minutes. They just don’t like giving Rey time at ‘Mania for some ridiculous reason. Nevertheless he made the most of it and Cody really stepped up. This match will put him on the map if he lets it and capitalises on it. Word is Rey handpicked Cody to work with and I’m glad he did.
There was a rapping segment where Snoop Dogg and Teddy Long judged some Superstars rapping. I don’t want to recap. It was awful. Piper appeared, which was cool, purely for seeing him. Regal was funny for about 10 seconds. This went on about 5 minutes too long.
The Corre(Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel) Vs. Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston
I expected this to be longer for some reason. I’m not complaining. It broke down in under a minute with everyone hitting their signture moves, Kofi hitting Wade Barrett with Trouble in Paradise and then hitting a plancha onto Jackson and Gabriel on the outside. Santino hits The Cobra on Heath Slater, who then walked straight into a Knockout Punch from Big Show.
Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella d. The Corre via pinfall(Knockout Punch to Heath Slater from Big Show)
(*) – More of a segment with finishers when you think about, not much of a match. Got them on the card though and it was short, so ok.
The Rock is backstage with Divas champion Eve Torres, letting her feel “the dream” and squeeze his muscles. He says that when he turns around, he’ll see the first person behind him and create an unforgettable moment. It turns out to be Mae Young. Ugh. It was ok, kinda funny when he called he a “divasaurus” but just so-so generally. Rock was annoyed that it was Mae, saying of all the people to be behind him and he turns back around, face to face with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Holy Shit. That was a “markout moment”, a true one. It’s all I ever wanted, the two of them had an intense staredown and said hi, wished each other luck for the night and that was that. Ten years after their classic at Wrestlemania X-Seven, and the first time they’ve appeared on the same show in years. Awesome.
Randy Orton Vs. CM Punk
I really like Orton, I just never seem to fully get into his matches in a ‘oh my god this is getting awesome’ kind of way for some reason. There seems to be one piece missing from the puzzle. This feud has been really understated and enjoyable, and I was really looking forward to it, purely for Punk alone, as he’s one of the best things in the WWE now. I really enjoyed this one, it wasn’t amazing though. Punk made the match just by being Punk, I can’t think of any other way to explain it, he just plays off the situations in matches perfectly. The story was Punk going after Orton’s leg that had been injured a few weeks prior. There were some great little snapshots in this, Punk reverses an RKO attempt with a high kick to the head. Punk even pulled out the figure four on the ringpost, I love that spot. Punk dominated a lot, and Orton was really selling his leg surprisingly. Maybe I’m just clouded by memories of John Cena never selling anything. They did the same spot where Orton went for the punt and fell on his injured leg as they did on RAW. Punk took his time and Orton almost hit an RKO “out of nowhere!” but Punk slipped away. With a big grin he went for a springboard clothesline and Orton caught him mid air with an RKO for the win.
Randy Orton d. CM Punk via pinfall(RKO)
(***1/2) – Another great little match, in fairness. I think it’s really up to how much you like or dislike Randy Orton, but I will argue a point for Punk being great. The finish was incredible, and executed perfectly, but a little overdone over the years. If that was the first time he’d ever hit one in mid air like that it would’ve been amazing. Match lived up to my expectations perfectly, good stuff.
Another Rock promo backstage with Mean Gene Okerland. Rock talks about ‘Mania being the most memorable of all time. I’ll emphatically state now that it wasn’t, so we can nip that one in the bud right now. Pee Wee Herman makes a cameo appearance, taking some time off from his hectic schedule hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle in theaters across the country. This was dire, Mean Gene was dressed in Cena outfits and Herman called him a “tool” which surprised me for PG. I’m not a big fan of Pee Wee to begin with. Is this The Rock making Wrestlemania moments? Not cool.
A trailer runs for the new True Story of Wrestlemania DVD and Documentary, which is fantastic by the way and I will be reviewing it here soon.
The Hall of Fame class of 2011 come out on the stage on a red carpet, Abdullah The Butcher, Sunny, The Road Warriors, Bob Armstrong, Drew Carey(who was boo’ed) and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Big HBK chants, and his music hits. There’s one star left in the middle of the stage, and it seems like a bit of a slap in the face but at the same time it’s the greatest wrestler/sports entertainer of all time so what the hell, right? He’s in a tuxedo and graciously claps along, and teases going to the ring, pausing and then shaking it off, clapping again and waving.
Jerry “The King” Lawler Vs. Michael Cole w/ Jack Swagger – Special Guest Referee Stone Cold Steve Austin
Booker T comes out to announce, then J.R, a great move. Cole cuts off J.R’s entrance mid way down the ramp and cuts a promo as he walks to the ring in an orange one piece, knee pads, an orange hoody and amatuer wrestling head protector. In the ring he run Lawler down, by this point I just don’t care, I want to see wrestling. Swagger comes out and on his push up entrance Austin’s music hits, that was funny. Austin comes down on his ATV and nearly runs Swagger over. He chases Cole into the Cole Mine and Lawler comes out with a new ring robe that looked pretty cool. This is dragging on already and nothing has happened, there’s only so much hyping up you can do, get on with it. Cole stalls in the Cole Mine and Austin rings the bell, swearing heavily in the process, the sound muted for a few seconds. Lawler hits Swagger down and Cole tries to shake his hand through the Cole Mine. He pulls Coles face into the plexiglass, in a hilarious moment, that was just a bit too over the top for the serious feud they’ve had going with Cole running down Lawlers family and dead parents. I’m in the minority that’s enjoyed this whole angle but I can’t enjoy this match, even the good parts, and I’ll get to that very soon. There was typical heel stuff with Swagger working over Lawler whilst Austin was distracted, and when otherwise he was giving it fuck this and fuck that. The sound was muted for at least a minute in total throughout this match, I love it. It just dragged on, and on and on. Did Cole need to get so much heat? It was utterly awful, J.R wondered “I don’t know what Cole is doing. I don’t know if he does either.” Quite. Big “Boring” chant. Well done WWE. Sidenote, Cole has the worst tattoos I’ve ever seen. Swagger tries throwing in the towel, Austin stunners him, standard fare. Still cool though. He flipped the bird too, and it’s so sad that that’s now shocking in this PG climate. Lawler punches Cole for what feels like half an hour, hits a high dropkick to the face, then hits a fist drop. He then puts Cole in the Ankle Lock and Austin doesn’t count Cole’s tapping out for ages, which was one of the few good points of this match. Austin was loving it and it was enjoyable to see him having a good time. Swagger carrys Cole away and Austin, Lawler and Booker T have a beer bash to celebrate the win. Booker does a gratuitous Spinneroonie and gets the token Stone Cold Stunner with a mouthful of beer from Austin. The anonymous RAW Gm buzzes in and rules the match a disqualification in favour of Cole, as the referee got physically involved(when Austin shoved Cole). Josh Matthews announces it and gets a stunner too.
Michael Cole d. Jerry Lawler via disqualification(Austin shoving Cole)
(*1/2) – That’s being generous, the majority of this was awful, and wasted so much time(almost there).
They run the standard Axxess package, funny moment when Shawn Michaels gets an autograph from Triple H(“I’m you’re biggest fan, I know you hear that all the time.”) a picture of which you can see on my final pre-‘Mania post here.
Undertaker Vs. Triple H is next, and it was then(I’m finally gonna go there) that I realised Sheamus Vs. Daniel Bryan had been bumped from the show altogether. There’s no way it would go after this match. I quickly looked online and read the match happened as a dark match before the show, and was then turned into a battle royal which…(I’m trying hard to keep my composure here)…The Great Khali won. So, the match that could’ve stole the show given 15 minutes, about half of the dire Cole/Lawler debacle, was left off the show? A match they’d spent time building to and announcing?(not much of a build, but still) This is a match some people PAID TO SEE and we don’t get it because other matches involving people who don’t wrestle need more time on WRESTLEmania? I don’t understand the logic, I really don’t. Daniel Bryan is the best worked in the company and can make anyone look great. Way to screw that up WWE, thanks a lot. That really cut my enjoyment in half, especially going into this hugely anticipated match.
The Undertaker Vs. Triple H – No Holds Barred
They show the same video package from RAW this Monday. The gong hits, but it’s no ordinary gong, it’s the classic gong from Metallica epic “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, and the lights go on and off in time with them. I reported Trips might be using “Nothing Else Matters” but I was wrong. A spotlight is on the stage and a mass of shields are there. The song kicks in and the shields disperse, Triple H standing in the spotlight, wearing a similar barbarian like coat to the one he donned at Wrestlemania 22. He’s also wearing a crown and a skull mask from the “King of Kings” logo and video. It’s hard to truly see it though even though in the spotlight. The lights go out and “The Game” starts, Triple H now in full wrestling gear within seconds. He makes his way down and then ‘Taker enters to his new theme, Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” which seemed to fit the occasion perfectly. Triple H’s entrance was epic, the gongs almost signifying some kind of intimidation factor, and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” almost foreshadowing that The Undertaker’s time is up.
The crowd is hot and they start off with punches from the get go. They’re soon on the outside and causing havoc. The ring steps are overturned, The Undertaker is speared into the Cole Mine, dismantling it, and the announcer’s tables are wrestler proofed(the act of a wrestler removed the panel and monitors from the table, because as big a hatred any wrestler has for another, he always makes sure the monitors are removed). Triple H takes a back body drop from The Undertaker from the announcers table to the floor. That was unreal. Before long The Undertaker flys out of the ring a with a swan dive onto Triple H, nearly landing on his head in the process. Shit just got real.
I never, ever thought he would try the dive over the top rope again after his last attempt two years ago. He landed right on his head and I’m still confused as to how he didn’t break his neck. This one wasn’t as bad, but man, what a risk to take and that size and age. He tries tombstoning Trips on ring steps, but he reverses it into a spinebuster through the Spanish announce desk. They’re really going all out. Back in the ring they go back and forth again before The Undertaker hits a chokeslam for a close 2 count. They dish out finishers and signatures, reversals and chair shots. It gets really intense, but very slow paced, both taking a lot of time to get up after every spot. Initially I hated it, but was still pissed at the Sheamus/Bryan debacle. Now I see how deliberate it was and the tension is was building, which would pay off later. I think this suffered from being similar to Shawn/Taker when Triple H finally eats a Tombstone, and kicks out. It’s the exact same thing that MADE the first Wrestlemania encounter between Shawn and ‘Taker. This time, it just wasn’t as special. Sure it added to the drama, and I don’t wish they hadn’t done it, but it just feels like familiar ground, especially with Triple H’s closeness with Shawn on every level.
After 3 Pedigrees on The Undertaker, all kicked out of, Triple H gets angry and shocked. He ravages ‘Taker with chair shots, telling him to stay down. ‘Taker tries to sit up repeatedly, but physically can’t. That was awesome, a totally different dynamic now creeping in as Triple H dominates ‘Taker, who is selling more than his whole career maybe. Triple H ups the emotion and drama by screaming at ‘Taker to stay down. He grabs Trips by the throat, but Trips just shakes his head defiantly and pushs the almost lifeless Deadman away. He does the cutthroat taunt as Taker staggers forward and picks him up, dropping him down with a Tombstone Piledriver of his own. The whole match I never even entertained the idea that Triple H would win. In that moment, I almost believed. My heart skipped a beat and Triple H pinned The Undertaker in his signature style, tongue hanging out. ‘Taker kicked out and Triple H can’t believe it, the crowd are going insane. He goes for the sledgehammer and stands over ‘Taker. “It’s time!” He says, and ‘Taker pulls him into the Hell’s Gates, wow. Trips struggles in the submission hold with the sledge still in his hand, before dropping it. He tries wriggling out, picking ‘Taker up but gets nowhere. His hand nearly fades, but it perks up again and grabs the sledge, the crowd getting loud. He slowly drops the sledgehammer, and after 30 seconds he taps out.
The Undertaker d. Triple H via submission(Hell’s Gates)
(****1/2) – That was a classic, in my eyes. It built and built, using a formula that’s been used before, but did the job so well, using emotion and drama to really add to the whole dynamic of the match. We’ve never seen ‘Taker in that much jeopardy before. The last two minutes were great, though not to some peoples tastes. I loved the idea of ‘Taker being almost beaten, but not giving up, and locking in a submission Triple H couldn’t break out of. For those last two minutes, Triple H’s right hand was in charge of the emotion of the match. In a sense, it was overkill. I actually timed the match from the first nearfall(usually something that happens in the closing moments of a match) to the finish itself, and it was just shy of 20 minutes! There were 8 nearfalls aswell. But with these two legends, and the story, and the history, it totally worked for me. Classic.
After the match, the screen showed the graphic of 19-0, as Undertakers unprecedented Undefeated Streak continues. Eventually Triple H got up but ‘Taker was out for so long, referees and doctors attending to him. After a full 5 minute he was carried away on a stretcher buggy, the crowd chanting his name. I know they were trying to sell how beaten down he was, but from video package to Undertaker being driven away, the Triple H/Undertaker saga lasted over 50 minutes. It could’ve been cut down more, surely. My only gripe.
Miami, Flordia is announced as the host city for Wrestlemania XXVIII next year, April 1st 2012. John Cena Vs. The Rock main event. Nah just kidding, April Fools. (Get it? Cos it’s on April 1st…I’ll just get my coat)
Lay-Cool(Michelle McCool and Layla) and Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero Vs. Trish Stratus, John Morrison and Snooki
Vickie was on the mic, I went to the bathroom. They all get into a clusterfuck at the beginning and Snooki slaps Ziggler. Order is restored and Michelle starts off with Trish. They go at it for a while, and Trish busts out her Matrix bridge, always awesome. Trish ends up giving Lay-Cool a clothesline from the apron, and they both fall onto the back of their necks. Ziggler tries getting involved and Morrison throws him to the outside, hitting a sick Starship Pain variation out of the ring onto Ziggler. Snooki gets tagged in and hits an impressive cartwheel back handspring Goldust like ass attack on Michelle McCool. She then does another cartwheel into a brutal standing splash and pins McCool. Morrison runs into shot as she gets the pinfall and fist pumps as if to say “Hey look! I’m on this show!”
Trish Stratus, John Morrison and Snooki d. Lay-Cool and Dolph Ziggler via pinfall(Snooki over McCool)
(**) – God this annoyed me, even though it wasn’t that bad. Trish did some cool stuff, the Morrison plancha was cool, and even Snooki pulled out a “sick move” surprisingly. It’s just the idea behind this match. I’d like to know how many more buys this show -really- got because of Snooki. Ziggler and Morrison both had a great year and get rewarded with this, Ziggler didn’t hit a single move. Not to mention all the Divas who were left off the show and put in an awful rapping contest. It just stinks of a bad RAW booking. The only good thing about the idea of this match was that it was after Taker/Trips, a perfect bathroom break and breather for the crowd. Thankfully it was also very short.
John Cena Vs. The Miz(c) – WWE Championship Match
A video package runs highlighting The Miz’s ascent to the top of the WWE, using a format of The Miz himself sitting in a darkened room in front of a production desk, clips of wrestlings iconic moments, intercut with The Miz on Real World and Tough Enough. Then The Miz winning the championship. This video was one of the best packages I’ve ever seen from WWE, the layout, desigin and editing were fantastic. The Miz came out, pushing aside a huge balloon spelling AWESOME. He comes to the ring and a low hum comes from the stage. There’s a huge choir on the stage, and Cena’s video package plays. This one was really good too, but there wasnt a concept besides showing his evolution. The idea of showing two separate wrestler specific hype videos was great. Cena’s was overlaid by a preacher talking about God, meh. They then sing a choir rendition of “My Time Is Now”, wonders never cease. It is ‘Mania though, and special entrances are always cool regardless, unless they are truly awful. This was okay.
The main event feel setting this up was awesome, but it just went downhill after that. The crowd wasn’t really interested as much as they should’ve been. This suffered the same fate as DiBiase Vs. Savage from Wrestlemania IV. In that match, it was inevitable that Hogan would come out, and the crowd were silent untill he did. In this case, the inevitability is The Rock making an appearance. The crowd wasn’t completely dead, but it really, really hurt the match. I felt really bad for The Miz, in his big moment. Cena’s been to the main event before. It’s almost like the Jericho match at Wrestlemania 18, the crowd were dead from Rock/Hogan, that Jericho/HHH, the actual last match, was largely an afterthought. At one point they botch a spot with Cena going for a diving shoulder block and The Miz slides under him. It could’ve even been the right spot, it just looked so, so awkward. It was cringeworthy. It picked up a bit then, and The Miz hit an awesome looking DDT whilst Cena was on his knees. Cena was selling a lot quickly, and I’ve got to think that they were pushed for time, it seemed like they were rushing through the match. Cena was acting like he’d been beat down for 20 minutes within 5 or 10, J.R and King trying to figure out why there’s “something wrong with Cena” and I wonder the same.
Nonetheless, it does pick up towards the end and the crowd gets a bit of life in them. The ref gets knocked down and Cena hits a huge AA to no avail. Riley takes Cena out with the stupid briefcase he carries around. Cena kicks out and the crowd are fully into it. The weird dynamic with this match is that The Miz is being largely boo’ed, because he’s a heel and does a great job of being one. John Cena is being boo’ed, because he’s John Cena, and the people who normally cheer him prefer The Rock so are boo’ing him too. Miz tries hitting Cena with the briefcase himself but hits Riley instead. Cena hits a HUGE second AA and The Miz kicks out. Wow. That was huge, for someone to cleanly kick out of two AA’s. Cena hit The Miz with a huge clothesline over the ring barrier by the announcer’s table, and then speared him over the second barrier. They both flew onto the concrete on the floor of the arena. That was ridiculous, Miz full on bumped onto it and Cena’s head bounced off the concrete. I think it was overlooked, because that bump was insane. I haven’t seen a concrete bump as full on and clean as that in the WWE. I might be mistaken, maybe the floor wasn’t concrete, but there was no give, and it sure looked/sounded like it.
They are both laid out and the match is ruled as a double countout. Miz retains and the crowd is silent as his music plays. The Rock’s music hits and he comes out, t-shirt soaked, ready for action. The RAW GM buzzes in and after a lot of Rock staring, The Rock goes and reads it. He begins “as RAW General Manager, I think…” and tells the laptop it doesn’t matter what it thinks, throwing it on the floor. He restarts the match as the host of Wrestlemania, with no disqualifications, no countouts, no time limit, no cryin’ to your mamma. Cena and Miz crawl back into the ring and within seconds The Rock slides in and hits a Rock Bottom on Cena. The Miz covers him for the win.
The Miz d. John Cena via pinfall(Rock Bottom by The Rock)
(***) – When it picked up, it picked up. EVERYONE is hating on this match. There were some nice moments, it started off slowly, got awkward, a bit awful, then picked up. It definitely won’t be remembered as a classic ‘Mania main event, but I don’t think it was as long, dire and underwhelming as Triple H Vs. Randy Orton from Wrestlemania 25. Miz went over huge kicking out of two AA’s..fuck it, kicking out of two FU’s. An interesting note, this is the 2nd time in Wrestlemania history that a heel has walked out of the main event as the WWE Champion, the last time being at Wrestlemania 2000 when Triple H retained. Even more interesting is that Triple H received a beatdown from The Rock after the match and…
That’s exactly what The Miz got, as his hand was raised, looking confused, he stared at The Rock on the entrance ramp. The Rock ran back to the ring and dished out The People’s Elbow on The Miz to close the show. He posed on the turnbuckle with two minutes left of the broadcast, and Wrestlemania XXVII was over.
7/10 – It’s being panned generally, but I thought it was a solid Wrestlemania, plagued by awful, awful booking decisions. You could’ve at least switched the 8 man tag with the World Title match at least, cut down the car angle, made Cole/Lawler 10 minutes, cut 10 minutes from the 50 minute Undertaker/Triple H segment of the show, and you’d have time to give Daniel Bryan and Sheamus 10-15 minutes, and steal the show. Most of the matches were pretty good to solid, stole by Undertaker and Triple H in a balls to the wall epic(that sadly affected the time of the show, it seems).
I’m going to Norway tomorrow so I’ll be back with RAW Reaction and Hall of Fame thoughts on Wednesday, thanks for reading as always,
Luke
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