I missed the old board! Did anyone catch Wrestlemania? I finally got through the whole thing. I enjoyed it mostly, thought SCSA was the highlight and also thought Becky and Bianca had my favorite match of the event.
Hard agree on Becky/Bianca. Really, one of the best matches I've seen in a while. The rest of the show was good, I thought, but not bananas-good. In fact, I kind of struggle to remember much else of what happened. There wasn't much sizzle on anything, and they don't really invest in the presentation of the product. Even the music's gotten to the point that so many guys come out to completely indistinct, unidentifiable songs. That's sort of been my situation with WWE lately. They've got so much talent - not just in the ring, but the commentary teams, the crew, really just about everyone there - and they're all trying to put on a solid show, but the management at the time just does not seem to care if the show is any good at all, as long as it's cheap and turns a profit.
Becky/Bianca was the Match of the Year for me so far in WWE. Male *or* female. I wanted those two to fight forever.
I'd almost forgotten that Stone Cold was going to appear on Day One and turned off WrestleMania to go to sleep, only to turn it back on and start watching again. I was not disappointed. I was absolutely *stunned*, pun intended, that he was actually in a real match, and actually took a couple of bumps, but yeah, it was still a glorified squash match.
The decision to put Reigns over Brock was a good one; we need a WWE Undisputed Universal Champion who won't disappear for months at a time. I wonder what the ultimate endgame is for Roman's title reign, though. He's beaten just about everybody. Does Drew McIntyre finally get the best of him?
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Mania was quite sprawling and already feels like ages ago.
I probably wrote this on here before but WWE has been steadily losing me for the past two years because, take your pick... the endless layoffs, the wasted talent, the overall staleness that permeates the shows, NXT 2.0, the Saudi Arabia blood money shows, the refusal to make new stars... So much of it is just background half-watching or we'll flip back and forth and skip chunks of the shows.
AEW is far from perfect (too much blood, not enough women's matches, Dan Lambert on my TV) but they let talented wrestlers go out there and use actually their talent. It doesn't hurt that my two all-time faves are over there now (Jericho - that's a whole other post about Y2J lately - and the happy-to-be-back CM Punk). So I at least pay attention throughout the majority of their shows because there's something different and interesting happening every week. They have such a massive roster that you won't get the same match 2-3x a month or in various combinations of tag matches between PPVs and nothing else.
DolphDrew Jericho Tracker has abandoned WWE and NXT entirely. I watched when he watched via the network and Peacock. I know what's going on with them thanks to social media.
I watched some of Mania and enjoyed the spectacle, but they killed me again with the two-minute New Day match. No one, but no one, on the roster has the credibility or presence to beat Roman, and I'm fine with him holding the belts for as long as it takes to build someone properly.
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