This show was much better than I feared it would be.
I enjoyed the HHH-Rollins match. Don't see the "plodding" part, though I was fully expecting that. I like how they booked Seth as hs equal and not the "gets his ass kicked but survives" type. His leg bothered him but he kept standing up and doing good moves. He kicked out of the pedigree with relative ease, and kept going and going.
Taker-Reigns. Ouch. At some point Reigns sprinted at UT only to stop and grab his arm and turn him around. I got the idea that Taker's tank was emptier than it had ever been. sure, the failed situp was a storyline thing, but at other points you could see he couldn't do it. The Hell's Gate was no where locked in and that Tombstone reversal spot that failed miserably...I think that was more Taker's lack of timing and strength than Reigns. But even then..just spearing and punching him isn't much fun. It worked for LEsnar/GOldber but not here. At least try a powerbomb or something. Made me feel bad for both guys. You don't want to leave on such a low note and you don't want to be the guy that couldn't give the Undertaker a proper sendoff.
AJ-Shane, Ko-Jericho were all fine. I have no problem with making it seem like Shane was good if it means AJ gets to brag more. The Raw women's match was shorter than I expected, ditto for the SD women's match. Especially the 2nd one lacked because of that. The Raw tag match was fun as ladder matches tend to be. We'll see how much Broken stuff they can put in their characters for now.. Wyat vs Orton was....wow...one of those matches wehre I expect it to get good/better because they save the cool stuff for the end and then it's already over.
Goldberg-Lesnar was actually fun. Though tchnically only saw german suplexes, spears,a jackhammer and an F5, the story was well told. Two guys that wouldn't budge.
Shane missing the Shooting Star can only remind me of Brock cheating paralysis in his Mania match with Angle. And that was (googles, gasps) 14 years ago. AJ pinning with the flying forearm was weird. That's a signature, not a finisher.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
I loved the show, but I should qualify that by saying I skipped the Kickoff. Those last couple hours would have dragged a lot more for me if I had been watching since 2 Pacific.
Yes, the first half of HHH's match really dragged things down, but they really picked it up toward the end and I was way into the finish.
The SPOOKY OOKY stuff in the Wyatt/Orton match was a huge swing and a miss, but props for trying (not you, Randy), and it made for some entertaining tweets.
The main was ugly, but still better than last year's boring finale. I just thought something...more?...was going to happen. Like a WM17 rehash with Roman using chairshots to end the Deadman or something. I dunno. The postmatch stuff was legendary, though.
The set and atmosphere really added to my enjoyment of the show. Amazing how they managed to have a bigger-feeling show than last year's "Biggest Wrestlemania of All Time."
Originally posted by Matt TrackerShane missing the Shooting Star can only remind me of Brock cheating paralysis in his Mania match with Angle. And that was (googles, gasps) 14 years ago. AJ pinning with the flying forearm was weird. That's a signature, not a finisher.
It has been put over as a finisher multiple times on SDLive. The Springboard 450, on the other hand, is weirdly a transitional move.
Originally posted by QuezzyOh yeah, and I completely wasted my time tuning into early for the Battle Royale. I mean I actually like Mojo fine and I like Gronk, but eliminating Braun early in the match took the sails out of it and Sami, the one person who they made a big deal about getting an opportunity to be in it, barely did anything.
Someone could've made it rich betting money on Mojo and Jinder Mahal being the final two wrestlers in that match.
I think my biggest problem with Shane/AJ was the amount of time it got. They fucked over most of the cards sans HHH/Rollins and Reigns/Taker, because they were going to take as much time as they wanted. I fast forward on my Xbox One and it looked like the match took a quarter of the PPV on the time bar.
It's been yelled from the top (bottom?) of the Interwebs for so long, but it bears repeating here: someone needs to tell Dunn that the fucking quick cuts away from action/wrestlers to reactions/fireworks, back to action/wrestlers, back to reactions/fireworks, back to epilepsy, is insufferably annoying. Just superimpose Reigns' Big Dog face over the fucking fireworks and be done with it.
Overall, I thought it was ok. Like others have said, better than I expected it to be. I didn't appreciate the lack of variety in the moves. Brock/Goldberg was either a spear or a german, Taker/Roman was either a spear, Superman punch or tombstone and HHH/Rollins was a match-long struggle to see who would hit the Pedigree. Also, for such a long show, almost all the matches seemed rushed. And the endings seemed to come out of nowhere. And can someone please tell Shane to stop playing with his clothes. It is hard to believe someone is in physical pain when the camera zooms in and they are pulling their shirt down immediately after a move. Overall, I was glad I watched because of the Hardy's return and Taker's final match, but I have little to no interest in re-watching any of the rest of it.
Well, here I am back from a week of backbacking in the mountains and a week behind in wrestling. When I left, we were all wondering who mauled HBK, what would become of Jericho/Flair, and what Benoit and Eddie's role would be on Smackdown.