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#61 Posted on 30.3.15 1128.07
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    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by lotjx
      David Metzler
    Now you're just trolling us.
      Originally posted by lotjx
      this dumpster fire inside a cluster fuck.
    As ridiculous as David Metzler's belief that this was one of the all-time great WWE shows. There's a middle ground somewhere.

    Also wouldn't it be more likely to find a cluster fuck inside of a dumpster? Someone would need to set the dumpster fire after the cluster fuckers started cluster fucking, or maybe there is a friction component I have not yet considered.
      Originally posted by lotjx
      I know Sting/HHH. Why? Honest to God, why have this match?
    Can't really argue here, except it was super hilarious campy garbage. It was either great entertainment or a disastrous misfire depending on how you look at it. I still haven't decided. It needed run-ins from the Misfits in Action and the ECW Originals and Blood Runs Cold.
      Originally posted by lotjx
      No, we don't need six months of Rock/Rhonda vs HHH/Steph at SummerSlam.
    Good news! You're getting a year.
      Originally posted by lotjx
      Cena's montage was everything wrong about America.
    NO IT FUCKING RULED USA USA USA USA

    Seriously I hope Cena rides a bald eagle to the ring tonight while red, white, and blue fireworks go off and Cena's new manager, a hologram Ronald Reagan, raps the Pledge of Allegiance over The Stars and Stripes Forever.


You got this all wrong the dumpster fire is in the middle of the clusterfuck. Think of it as lightening. I think we can all argee that HHH/Sting seems utterly worthless especially when HHH mocked it an hour later. We were joking that Cena should parachute in with the Blue Angels and have the Blue Angels bomb the tank. It would lead to a few deaths on the floor, but it would all be in the name of America and the almight Cena. Rusev will get a hero's welcome in Canada. Metzler is a paid reporter since this is the only game in town. Oh God..a year...fuck.



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#62 Posted on 30.3.15 1128.36
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    Originally posted by wannaberockstar
    It was a failure in that given that Brock has less of a move set than Kevin Nash


Brock Lesnar is an NCAA champion amateur wrestler, he's capable of freakish feats of strength, he won the UFC championship, and he can do a Shooting Star Press halfway across the ring.

Wrestling isn't about movesets. Sure, Brock Lesnar could do a dropkick if he wanted to, or a headlock takedown, or the aforementioned Shooting Star Press (ideally without landing on his face again), but do those things fit what Brock Lesnar currently is? No, they don't. Brock Lesnar is a monster, the destroyer, returned from UFC to wreak havoc in WWE. He delivers stiff knees, throws people around like ragdolls, and only sells when he wants to sell. That is Brock Lesnar. It gives him a completely different dynamic than everyone else in WWE, and it makes his matches must-see, particularly over this last calendar year.

If you don't like seeing Brock Lesnar portraying wrestling's ultimate monster heel, then that's fine, you don't have to like it. People have different tastes. But like him or not, he's putting in incredible work in every match he has. Trying to compare his workrate to Kevin Nash is ridiculous, and I hope you're self-aware enough to realize how much of a parody you sound like when you do so.
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#63 Posted on 30.3.15 1208.28
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    Originally posted by TheOldMan
    Okay, if so many people are talking about the RKO spot - let's at least admit that while it was a cool thing, it was mostly a camera trick.

    For the Curb Stomp, the guy taking the move is always on all fours, I think I noticed Orton use an arm to help cushion the bump when he took one (and kicked out.. "because it's WRESTLEMANIA!!"). Anyhow, for the big spot, the only way to propel Rollins that high into the air was for Orton to be on his feet, bent over.

    It was the director who kept that so well hidden, keeping the shot on Rollins while he was setting up, and then cutting at the last second to a cockeyed-angle, ringside camera - an unusual angle that was disorienting enough to take your attention off Orton not being in normal position for the move. Which he had a good reason not to be.

    Full marks all around for how they made it come off, but I think this group would appreciate the stagecraft as much as any bunch of smarks.


Also, did you notice how during the first curbstomp, they tested it out a little bit to get a feel for the second one? Go back & look - Rollins kind of pauses on Orton's shoulder for a second before hitting the move. At the time I remember thinking "huh, that's a little different," but after the RKO combo it makes total sense.
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#64 Posted on 30.3.15 1233.23
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I was there live and I thought it was a very good show overall, but with some obvious flaws. The Rock coming out to take it to HHH was awesome. Rousey was great. The segment dragged, but once The Rock started hitting HHH, all was forgiven.

I've been seeing people talk about how this is one of the best WrestleManias ever, including Meltzer who was also there, and I don't know if I'd rate it that high. I found last year's much more enjoyable and created waves we’ll be talking about for a long time. This year, some great things happened, but outside of the main event, I think the lasting power will only be about a year.

BUT, if it’s a setup for WrestleMania 32, it didn’t feel too much like one and can stand alone as a great show. Regarding the actual show itself…

MAIN EVENT: They did absolutely the best finish they could have done for the main event. Match of the night.

I knew that Brock was losing as soon as I heard that the "Winner would be on the Today Show" and there was absolutely no way Brock was doing that. So, it was either Reigns or a cash-in and, luckily, they went with the best choice.

They had to get the title off of Brock. It’s not anti-Brock at all to say that 8 months of WWE trying and failing to create compelling feuds and main events without the title actually in the mix had to come to an end. That whole time, Seth Rollins was The Guy and last night they needed to make it official.

Talk of a one-to-three year Brock Lesnar title reign in the current WWE just wasn’t realistic, but they protected Brock perfectly with him not actually being pinned and we got the best of both worlds.

The match itself was probably exactly how Vince wanted to book Lesnar-Reigns originally, with Brock hitting Reigns with everything he hit Cena with and Reigns just laughing it off and rolling on the ground, outlasting Brock. But, with the Rollins twist, it completely works. Reigns actually developed some character! The way he was rolling around, yet also laughing at Brock’s offense was almost Foley-esque (Foley had a suite directly above my seat, which was pretty cool).

Now, Reigns has a real setback to come back from and things don’t come so easily for him, and he has a story I can buy into. I think there’s still hope for him if he can learn some basic characterization and crowd psychology.

I’d love to believe that Rollins twirling the WWE Title belt over his head was a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior. Speaking of face paint...


HHH vs STING: Before even signing, the second Sting started mentioning “Triple H” in interviews as a possible alternative to The Undertaker, I immediately had that reaction you get in a horror movie when someone is about to pull that shower curtain and get stabbed. (Then, there’s nothing in the shower, but their back was turned to the killer who was standing behind them the whole time.)

The story was a complete mess. This whole thing starts with Sting wanting to bring down the Authority and save Team Cena (and Ziggler/Rowan/Ryback’s jobs) and, by the end of it, Sting insists he isn’t fighting for WCW but is instead trying to stop evil HHH, and then it turns into WWE vs WCW with Sting deciding to shake HHH’s hand at the end.

I think it’s bullshit to say that HHH had to win to get heat on him for later simply because of that handshake moment. If the idea was to get heat on HHH, why then did they have HHH act like a babyface at the end? If HHH is supposed to be so hated later, then D-X needed to do a simultaneous crotch chop after HHH beat Sting and leave the ring.

HHH/Steph-Rousey/Rock doesn’t require HHH to beat Sting. Rousey sells PPV buys on her own. The Rock sells PPV buys on his own. HHH is around all year to beat Sting in a rematch, beat Daniel Bryan on a B-PPV (it’s fine, Bryan’s already beaten him), and whoever else if the idea is for HHH to look credible.

BUT, if they wanted to compliment that match with a Sting vs Undertaker match, Sting DID need to win. Any and all appeal of that match is gone now. They may still do that match, but it’s not the same. Sting, the dark avenger, came into shake the hand of the evil powerful guy he came in to stop and and accepted his endorsement while he continued to be in power. There’s no teeth behind his words.

I really hope that was Sting’s last one. He was winded, but still appeared in great shape and was able to jump all over the place, didn’t look like a fatass. Yeah, his thinning hair looked bad at the end, but he still performed well.

I knew this would happen, because Sting’s a follower, not a leader, and he’ll just agree to anything. He’s never had a problem jobbing for Vader, laying down for Hogan in the biggest match of his career, nor losing to all those guys in TNA.

If I were Sting, I would have protected myself a bit more and it’s things like this that make me respect things like Austin walking out on the Brock match and supposedly not wanting to lose to HHH at SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan’s entering the same territory of being okay with whatever. It's what separates the best from those that technically have all the tools but won't succeed.

But hey, great career, Sting. Glad I got to see your swan song live if that ends up being the case. Hope you got a big pay day.

HHH’s entrance was much cooler live than it came off on TV, apparently. One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen at a wrestling show. And having Arnold Schwarzenegger actually there was great.

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#65 Posted on 30.3.15 1252.29
Reposted on: 30.3.22 1258.07
    Originally posted by KJames199
    NO IT FUCKING RULED USA USA USA USA

    Seriously I hope Cena rides a bald eagle to the ring tonight while red, white, and blue fireworks go off and Cena's new manager, a hologram Ronald Reagan, raps the Pledge of Allegiance over The Stars and Stripes Forever.


Seriously, was it too much to ask to have Cena's entrance be James Brown's "Living In America" complete with hot chicks in spandex American flag outfits and top hats, lining the entrance ramp and waving American flags? I don't think that's asking too much.
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#66 Posted on 30.3.15 1307.45
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Max Landis is totally right about HHH. He talks a big game about being the greatest asskicker in wrestling history but without heaping helpers on his side he can barely handle Sting. Cut to later in the night and Roussey and Rock utterly smash him and his wife. That video really painted him in a much more interesting light.

I think it's time we admit that AJ may not be that great in the ring. I give the Bellas shit all the time but they were really working hard in that match along with NXT's first class Diva graduate Paige. Then AJ finally tags in and she's mainly screaming and running. WTF?

I'm all for the IC title having a nice MEANINGFUL run on Bryan if they give him some worthwhile angles as champion. There are ready-made stories and angles with every guy he was in that match with (except R-Truth, that dude is tap dancing clown). I nominate Bryan v. Ziggler first. Followed by a heel Itami.

Yeah, Brock is an overpaid schnozz, but the Heavyweight Belt is off of him so thank Jebus for small miracles. Also "It's Suplex City bitch" got a laugh out of me. I know he's signed a new contract but him not being champion while he takes a several month sabbatical now really makes a difference to me personally.

Several regular punches. A few headbutts. Knees. Three Superman Punches and three Spears. Roman Reigns the workhorse everybody! I believe the reason he was smiling during the match is because everyone built his hopes up for the past few months and made him think he was the new Cena no matter what, and it dawned on him during the match that he was actually becoming the new Ryback.

When I stopped watching wrestling around 2004 to 2006 Hideo Itami, who was going by KENTA in Noah Wrestling, was one of the guys that brought me back into the fold along with Punk. You could of never convinced me back then that one of my favorite Japanese wrestlers of all time would be debuting at Wrestlemania. I'm so nervous but also very optimistic for his WWE run. They haven't used a Japanese wrestler properly since the Jumping Bomb Angels so they gotta set a new precedent. Treat him like a Japanese Alberto DelRio without the racism right? Right!?

Speaking of things I can't fucking believe I witnessed. I can't believe Seth Rollins who at one time (as Tyler Black) had a gimmick of being an angry mosh dancing Emo kid is now Heavyweight Champion. Congrats to him because he's not only been consistently entertaining as a singles guy, but after a crazy hacker ex-fiance, and the breaking of Penisgate he's at the top. Crank up the Moshcore and headbang all night brotha! You earned it.
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#67 Posted on 30.3.15 1308.40
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Is that.....I mean, does that say.....what the merry fuck is a "wank pheasant"?

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#68 Posted on 30.3.15 1309.24
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    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID

    The story was a complete mess. This whole thing starts with Sting wanting to bring down the Authority and save Team Cena (and Ziggler/Rowan/Ryback’s jobs) and, by the end of it, Sting insists he isn’t fighting for WCW but is instead trying to stop evil HHH, and then it turns into WWE vs WCW with Sting deciding to shake HHH’s hand at the end.


What if the handshake at the end was Sting setting HHH to think they're on the same side now, only for him to end his career by turning on someone who trusted him? Perhaps he's finally learned his lesson and wants to put it to use one last time before retiring!

    Originally posted by Chumpstain
    Brock Lesnar is an NCAA champion amateur wrestler, he's capable of freakish feats of strength, he won the UFC championship, and he can do a Shooting Star Press halfway across the ring.


And Scott Steiner can do a hurricanrana.

    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by InVerse
      I'd also love to see how much Brock has gotten paid for every move he's done/taken in the last year. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't get paid more per move than a lot of the roster is making in an entire year.
    As HMD alluded to, if you have a problem with that, your problem is with Vince, not with Brock.


Got it. Brock Lesnar is the WWE equivalent of David Arquette, but less entertaining.
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#69 Posted on 30.3.15 1310.04
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RE: Lesnar, HMD said most everything that I wanted to say. No one has really mentioned that the match between Reigns and Lesnar was actually very good. The last time someone walked Roman through a good match, it was Bryan. So unless Juggie learned some shit, real fast, Lesnar deserves a ton of credit here. It wasn't a ***** technical classic, but it was damn close to a ***** brawl.

That RKO was fucking awesome. The timing was great, it looked cool, and Orton's reaction is the best. He's genuinely excited when he does cool shit. That's in such contrast to his character that I can't help thinking that it's his genuine emotion/reaction, which makes me love him.

I'm about on par with Metzler. If I'm only talking about the wrestling and not the insufferably long Rock bullshit, I thought this was great, and re-watched it today to make sure.

The ladder match was great because of Luke Harper. There seemed to be a missed cue toward then end when Ziggler was just kinda petting the belt for a bit before BNB ran over and touched the ladder. There have been better ladder matches, but this was better than average and it was smart to have the early DB win to keep the crowd hot.

    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    This guy is something different.

Emphatically agree. Even more impressive is that someone in creative is realizing it.

Sting-HHH, I'm on the entertainment side of the fence. Once it became clear that this wasn't going to be a "real" match, it became easier to suspend belief. I was also hoping for an nWo beatdown at the end but, continuity. Sting-HBK at WM32 hair-vs-hair. Take my money now.

How fucking hard is it to get Macho Man's catchphrase right, Steamboat? Jesus.

Nikki tried the Cena cross-body-rollthrough (he does it in bed to a mixed reaction) and failed miserably. Good psychology with keeping AJ out of the match and then having her be the one to win.

Cena-Rusev was great. Splitting Lana and Rusev is a horrible stupid idea that they should not go through with. But to explain her absence, it works. Rusev has become so comfortable with his gimmick, and grown so much overall, that he should be fine without the undefeated streak. I hate that it was Cena, but it kinda had to be Cena.

Undertaker-Wyatt was good for what it was, and seeing that the Undertaker got over his bout of whatever killed Christian (RIP) was a relief. I don't understand the outcome, but the match itself was fine.

I wanted, and half expected, Brock to throw a tope suicida at Reigns after that clothesline.
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#70 Posted on 30.3.15 1355.28
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Loved the show. It probably helped that I watched it on delay after the Walking Dead so I was able to fast forward through all the concerts and junk.

It's funny because in story lines I believe Reigns totally brought this upon himself. Unless I am mistaken didn't he challenge Rollins back a couple months ago in an opening to an episode of Raw to make Wrestlemania a triple threat? Obviously he didn't mean mid-match, but funny nonetheless.

So do we get Cena's US spinner belt back on Raw tonight?
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#71 Posted on 30.3.15 1403.21
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I enjoyed what I saw (from the Divas match on) and it was very entertaining.

I was really cheering for Roman Reigns (I still don't understand why some people boo him) but the Seth Rollins entrance was perfectly done and made for a great finish.

I wasn't aware that Ronda Rousey was in attendance, so they played me beautifully when Johnson was standing outside the ring, then the camera panned over to her. Loved that segment.

I'm hoping this is the start of a new streak for The Undertaker.

Looking forward to RAW tonight and the fallout.
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#72 Posted on 30.3.15 1403.57
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I thought Mania was brilliant for what it did; set up "next season".

Were stories closed? Sure. But now we have a Champion that has legit beef with Reigns, Ambrose, Cena, Orton, etc.
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#73 Posted on 30.3.15 1421.27
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    Originally posted by CruelAngel777

    I think it's time we admit that AJ may not be that great in the ring. I give the Bellas shit all the time but they were really working hard in that match along with NXT's first class Diva graduate Paige. Then AJ finally tags in and she's mainly screaming and running. WTF?



I noticed a few moves between Nikki and AJ were off but I'm not sure whose fault it was. There seems to be real heat between the two, maybe they aren't as good at putting their differences aside?

The ladder match is my favorite gimmick but these 7 person ladder matches are terrible. They're a complete mess, they do nothing new, there are too many bodies for there to ever be any suspense. Not to mention a few of these guys deserved a bigger spotlight. I would have tossed Barrett (though I like him a lot), R-Truth, Stardust and Luke Harper into the battle royale and just have a match with some combination of Bryan, Ziggler and Ambrose. Those guys got a criminally small spotlight considering their contributions the past year.

I am glad Bryan is IC Champ though. I hope that Rollins, Reigns, Orton and Lesnar are the World Title contenders for a while and they let Bryan and Cena hold the midcard titles. I know that you have to do more than that to finally get these titles to be important again but Bryan and Cena are definitely the two biggest names to hold those titles in a long, long time.
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#74 Posted on 30.3.15 1423.40
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    Originally posted by Stefonics

    How fucking hard is it to get Macho Man's catchphrase right, Steamboat? Jesus.


I'm fairly sure that Steamboat was actually trying not to choke on his own vomit after having to pretend the ladder match was on par with his match against Savage at Wrestlemania 3. I enjoyed the ladder match, I thought it was done very well, but it's highly debatable if it's even the best match on that card, let alone comparable to one of the greatest matches of all time. (The rest of that bit was great, though I wish it wouldn't have happened immediately after everyone was hoping Flair would appear during the NWO/DX kerfuffle.
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#75 Posted on 30.3.15 1437.48
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    Originally posted by CruelAngel777

    Yeah, Brock is an overpaid schnozz, but the Heavyweight Belt is off of him so thank Jebus for small miracles. Also "It's Suplex City bitch" got a laugh out of me. I know he's signed a new contract but him not being champion while he takes a several month sabbatical now really makes a difference to me personally.


I hope the next time he shows up, he's wearing a SUPLEX CITY, BITCH tshirt.
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#76 Posted on 30.3.15 1447.07
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    Originally posted by Stefonics

    That RKO was fucking awesome. The timing was great, it looked cool, and Orton's reaction is the best. He's genuinely excited when he does cool shit. That's in such contrast to his character that I can't help thinking that it's his genuine emotion/reaction, which makes me love him.



Yeah. That reaction totally gave me the feeling they practiced this for a while, got it working, like, 75% of the time, and said "you know what... let's just pencil it in & hope for the best."

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#77 Posted on 30.3.15 1500.00
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I've kinda skimmed through the show off and on, mostly due to work, but enjoyed what I stopped to watch.

Watched the battle royal and the last two matches live. I feel like Show winning the match might be kind of a "end of the line" thing for him, though it could have been used to push somebody who needs more of the spotlight. We are all aware of Show.

I really enjoyed the tag title match. Divas match was eh, but I feel we are on the road to something good next year (I'm predicting a Sasha Banks title win).

I enjoyed the HHH/Sting match for what it was, but don't see the point in Sting losing. I am glad he got the big WrestleMania match in front of the big crowd though. HHH's entrance did finally cross over into so bad that it's just bad.

Taker looked good, considering. Decent match, nothing special but I appreciated it. It was brought down a lot by mostly JBL's commentary. We get it, this could be the end for the deadman. JBL way overdid it, which granted is JBL's regular deal. It just seemed more in my face during this match.

Ladder match was fun, but the ladder matches all kinda blend together now. I am glad to see Cody, Luke, and such get the chance, and now Daniel has six instant title contenders.

Right call with the main event, though I was constantly watching the time and scared they were going to end it with Roman overcoming the odds and fans throwing trash into the ring. Seth was the right call and has earned the run, and Brock is going to be fun as the beast tearing apart anybody he can to get his title and champion payday back.

Overall, I enjoyed it.

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#78 Posted on 30.3.15 1553.45
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    Originally posted by TheOldMan
    So what was up with Reigns smiling as he was getting squashed?


This only occurred to me when Rollins came out but if they wanted to change the title and re-boot Reigns all in one fell swoop, they could have had Reigns purposely getting beat up and wearing out Lesnar for the Rollins cash-in. Throw in Ambrose who comes out to intimidate Heyman and then you have a big ol' Shield reunion to end 'Mania. You can turn Ambrose and Reigns because you can always turn them back later (the old partner demands a title shot thing). Sure it doesn't make 100 percent sense but nothing in the WWE ever does.

    Originally posted by Stefonics

    How fucking hard is it to get Macho Man's catchphrase right, Steamboat? Jesus.



Hey, give him a break. He had to re-learn how to speak when they were feuding.

I figured Rusev would lose so I wanted him to tap to the STF so Lana could berate him, take off her top to reveal a coconut bra and a beatdown by her new charge, Samoa Joe.

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#79 Posted on 30.3.15 1609.59
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After a somewhat awkward twenties, Wrestlemania certainly seems to be maturing in its thirties.

I really, really liked this show, and not just because of low expectations. In fact, I got so caught up in Wrestlemania week hype, I had relatively HIGH expectations.

The daylight was weird, but I like it as a change of pace.

The preshow matches were solid entertainment. I came out of the tag match wanting to see an extended Cesaro/Kidd vs. New Day feud. The Mizdow angle was glorious. Yeah, he should have won, but he still looks good.

The ladder match was fun, but too short. We need to be making a bigger deal about Luke Harper's vest. It ruled. I'm happy Bryan won, but it sure seemed like he disappeared for a long time before reappearing to win. (Probably for the best, considering his injury history.)

I liked Orton/Rollins more than I expected to. I popped huge for the RKO out of the Curb Stomp.

Sting/HHH was a goofy-ass nostalgia trip that made zero sense but I kinda loved every second. HHH's entrance went so far into stupid that it came around to cool again. Max Landis retweeted a tweet that said this match was the Attitude Era's Kingdom Come (en.wikipedia.org). I love that. Sting losing killed my son's interest in the show. (He's five and a half. This was the first Mania he paid attention to, and he was WAY into Sting for some reason.) He came back for Cena/Rusev, though. Putting the IC title congratulatory spot right after this match made for a pretty long stretch of old dudes.

I checked out for the musical performances and thought the Divas match was criminally short.

Cena/Rusev was fun. Rusev's entrance might be my favorite in all of Mania history. I think the reason the crowd turned on Cena after the patriotism video (other than the usual reasons) is because, after all that, he came out in a regular old John Cena outfit and did a regular old John Cena entrance. What a missed opportunity.

So, when the Authority promo started, I figured it was a tactic to stall for darkness. Even when the Rock came out, I figured it wasn't even leading to anything. They got me, though. The slow reveal to Ronda Rousey was one of the better surprises they've done in a LONG time. When was the last time you saw WWE attach itself to something so white hot and relevant?

Bray/Undertaker was the closest thing to a disappointing match all night. It wasn't bad, but it was...lacking. I know Bray was hurt, and that limited things. (I guess you can still spider walk with a bad ankle.) As good as Bray was leading up to the match, the actual match was hurt by lack of build on Taker's part. Why is he fighting this guy? Bray hasn't done anything to really warrant a beating, other than implying that he's washed up. Anyway, it had a couple of cool spots, and was entertaining enough.

The main event was off the charts awesome. They worked me SO many times in this match! First, I thought Brock was going to beat Roman in mere seconds. Then, when Roman kept absorbing the punishment, I was certain he was going to hit a couple comeback moves and beat Brock clean. Then, when those comeback moves got more savage, I didn't know who was going to win! Finally, when Seth cashed in, the smark voice inside me was screaming, "NOOOO. THIS IS JUST A CHEAP WAY FOR REIGNS TO WIN WITHOUT BEATING LESNAR!!!" And then they fooled me again. Predictability went out the damn window and I love it!

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Am I really the only one who watched this show and had no idea who that Rousey character was, and had no desire to know? To be honest I skipped the whole segment; I didn't watch it until today, when I could download the whole thing and skip the boring parts. Which made up about half of the show, to be honest.

This was the first Wrestlemania I've actually watched that took place in an outdoor arena. Does give it a very different feel, but boy was it bright outside. Probably made for sweaty work on the wrestler's part, doing all that under the hot California sun.

It was good to see Bryan win, and I hope they stop the horrible booking they've been doing around the IC belt. I get why they keep jobbing the champion to the challenger of the month in order to build tension, but it just makes the IC belt look like it's cursed. As for the match itself, it definitely could have gone longer but it had some great spots and ended the way it should have.

Dat RKOOUTTANOWHERE. Rollins had some ridiculous ups when he got launched into the air (by Randy's NECK!), and the execution was flawless. Good end to the match.

Rusev on a tank was SO over the top. So too was that jingoistic video they played to try and convince us to cheer for Cena. Didn't work.

HHH had the most idiotic-looking entrance I've ever seen. Sting at least had some cool drummers in Sting makeup. The helmet by itself might have worked, but the metal 'arms'? HHH, you now look as ridiculous as the IWC all believes you are.

Undertaker looked pretty decent considering how bad he was last year. The announcers seemed as uncertain about the Undertaker's future direction as we are. I'm guessing he has one more match in him, though if anyone was going to end the Streak, it should have been Wyatt. Too bad the Undertaker can't turn the sun off for his entrance ...

Wow, that main event. I liked the story they were telling with Lesnar/Reigns throughout the match, and Lesnar getting busted open no less than 3 separate times (the first time within 10 seconds of the ring bell)--cheek, lip, and then forehead (which was probably an actual blading, from how much it bled). I really didn't expect Lesnar to be the one shedding his blood for this match, but it somehow made Brock look even more indestructible and unbeatable. Busted open, given 3 Superman Punches and 2 Spears, and then a Curb Stomp still doesn't put him down. To finally beat Lesnar, that sneaky bastard Rollins had to pin the other guy, who'd already taken 3-4 F5s after a Curb Stomp.

Honestly I feel a bit bad for Roman, especially if this was the plan all along and everyone was begrudging him for a victory he wasn't ever even going to get. Kudos to putting on a good match, even if he spent most of it as a ragdoll laughing while he got his ass kicked. Hell, I think he even had the crowd back on his side when he finally brought Brock down with that second Spear.

Pretty mixed bag this Wrestlemania. Even if you like Rollins, and I like him pretty well, the bait-and-switch ending seems to really nullify their entire buildup to this match. On the other hand, Rollins has an abundance of faces that all want a piece of him.

-Orton beat him the same night, so he has a valid claim to a shot at the title.
-Brock of course has his rematch clause.
-Reigns has beaten Rollins clean in every match they had up until this one (unless I'm forgetting one).
-Bryan never lost the big belt, but he's IC champion now so he'll be busy elsewhere for awhile.
-Ambrose feuded with him for a big chunk of last year, and we never really got a satisfying payoff for it. Though they're going to have to do something about his PPV losing streak before anyone buys him as a credible contender.

The problem with Rollins as champion is that it makes it way too easy for WWE to go back to the old playbook of a sneaky heel champion--ruin every match you're in with outside interference so that nobody ever wins the title from you, either by being DQ'ed or having someone else beat your opponent while the ref misses it.

Overall, I'm glad I didn't pay any money for this show. I'd have been rather disappointed.
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