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|What would you say the chances are this WrestleMania fails to eclipse 1,000,000 buys for the first time in a few years?
The build has been bad and the line-up fails to inspire me to open my wallet. The Shield vs. Ryback & Friends is old already, Punk and Taker may both be hurt, Brock's being wasted for the glorification of HHH's massive ego, and the Del Rio-Swagger feud is IC Title level stuff. No celebrities either.
As far as Rock vs. Cena: Twice In A Lifetime goes, maybe it's just too soon, but I don't care to see it again right now. That said, I same thing about Taker-HHH last year and they stole the show, so who knows? Rock didn't exactly add a ton to the Royal Rumble buyrate, either.
Regardless, I'm still watching WrestleMania, primarily because of the Lloyd Christmas chance that the Shield will help Cena win the title because he can't beat Rock on his own and the movie star taking the title and top spot is "unjust". I can't take another babyface Cena title run. Do you think at least 999,999 other people will find a reason to order WrestleMania this year?
Before we begin, allow me to apologize. Sometimes I get a little wild, a little crazy, and I forget how dangerous assigning a certain number of asterisks to a wrestling match can be. I know some of you have friends, families, and careers. Even with this knowledge, I went and, WITHOUT SAFETY, declared that WrestleMania 25 was great. Looking back, how dare I. I know how deeply it affected some of you. Sending shock-waves all through out the World, and basically ruining lives. Some may say “why get so worked up over the rating of a wrestling match?”, but c’mon, they just don’t know. This is serious stuff. This is reviewing pro-wrestling!
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paycheck for all involved. There honestly isn’t much for me to say, really.
Morrison eats the WMD from Big Show, and is pinned at 3:25 | *
card. Greatest WM fall from grace?
DiBiase working over Orton. Eventually each man’s greed for the pinfall causes
them to start brawling while Randy gets his second wind. Crowd pops big for the double
2nd-rope DDT. Soon after, Rhodes catches a punt to the face, while DiBiase
sneaks up from behind Orton to slap on The Million Dollar Dream. Yeah, after
watching Orton for 6 years up until that point, the one thing I’d learn is, if
you’re gonna attack Randy, going from behind is your best bet. It’s decent, but
if this had been an actual triple threat, they could have really had something.
McIntyre vs. Christian vs. MVP vs. Matt Hardy vs. Evan Bourne vs. Kane vs. Kofi
Kingston – Money In The Bank
Matt Hardy each take a ladder and crush him between the two that they fed
between the rungs. The ladders are then set up as a scaffold between the main
ladder and ropes. Sweet moments on this contraption are everything from Evan’s
Air Bourne, to Matt Hardy being flipped from one side to the other, land back
first on the horizontal ladder. Soon after, a ladder breaks and Kofi uses both
parts as stilts in order to reach the brief case, no such luck, but he gets
close. MiTB matches are just about impossible to screw up, and this is no
exception. Not as great as others, as I feel 10 wrestlers is too many
participants and with that all you get is spot after spot after spot, and that
can get tiresome. Even still, a WM-worthy match, despite the fact the winner
ended up being the biggest waste in the history of the match.
2010 when the card was completed, and it lived up to my hopes. The story itself
was great, and shows that when you KISS, you can’t lose. The match itself was
hard-hitting and left you wanting more. Sheamus may have lost, but this match
did more for him than the entire 2 months he was WWE Champion. Sheamus went out
there and held his own against Triple H like few get to. Triple H had to work
for this victory, which does a lot more for Sheamus than John Cena tripping
into a table. Sadly, something the E refuses to realize; the belt doesn’t make
the man. It’s a shame the feud only had one other match, because these two mesh
well, and I was looking forward to more knock-down drag-outs. A great match
that deserved to be higher-up on the card.
time and they get a cool 6 minutes! Their match at Over The Limit needs to be
seen to be believed, a 5-star match as far as I’m concerned, with Punk showing
just how great he is, and showing exactly what should have gone down here at
26; which would have cemented it in the minds of everyone as the greatest WM
ever. Honestly though, what we get is no slouch. It’s fast paced, and packed
with some of the best wrestling you were gonna see that year. Two of my
favorite moments: Punk turning a Moonsault from Mysterio into an attempted GTS;
and Mysterio turning a GTS into a hurricarana. If it had only got about 7-8
more minutes, we’d have a sure fire classic on our hands. But it’s OK, they
gave it to us at Extreme Rules & Over The Limit.
Mysterio hits the 619 on Punk & gets the pin at 6:30 | ***1/4
Vince is one of the greatest heels of all time. Match starts with Vince saying
he has the entire Hart family on his side, which Bret promptly turns on him and
says it was all a ruse. Bret then literally beats the hell out of Vince with a
crowbar and a chair for about 10 minutes before slapping the Sharpshooter on
him. Honestly, this match is terrible. I had no idea going into it that Bret
couldn’t take a single bump, and was rather let down that there wasn’t anything
resembling a match. However, I understand, so they should have simply made this
match about 5 minutes, and given the extra time to Punk and Mysterio. In the end
though, we got to see Bret Hart stomp Vince’s balls, and beat him half to
death, so that’s worth at least something.
Vince taps-out to the Sharpshooter at 11:09 | *
to a point where Edge starts doing whatever he can to turn the tide. Including
diving off the apron into Jericho, and delivering an off-the-top-rope face
plant. After all this, Jericho starts doing whatever he can to finish things;
Codebreaker, Walls of Jericho, and the Lionsault. All for naught, as Edge is
able to answer each one. Eventually, both attempt a spear, and both pull off a
counter. Brilliant moment. The match ends a bit abruptly, unfortunately. That’s
the only thing keeping me from giving it the full monty. However, there’s part
of me that wants to give it anyway for the awesome spear through the table
spot, if only that had been in the confines of the actual match. As it goes,
best of the night, and one of my all-time favorites.
Jericho hits the Codebreaker & pins Edge at 15:48 | ****3/4
vs. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Gail Kim & Beth Phoenix
What is there to say, really? One thing that bothered me is that Vickie had her
catch phrase on her shirt, and her jacket, and still felt the need to say it. I
hate it when people just ride a horse until it’s dead, then turn it into a
zombie horse and ride that bitch too. Even though the move itself was executed
terribly, seeing her pay homage to Eddie like that was really nice.
Vickie hits the Frog Splash on Kelly Kelly for the win at 3:26 | *
ridiculous. Batista is a savage and is out to do nothing but hurt, these
intentions are displayed clearly while he does things like a running
clothesline to the back of Cena’s head, and a DDT that has John in clear pain
after trying an FU. Cena responds perfectly by refusing to break the STFU once
Batista hits the ropes, or hitting him with a top rope 5 Knuckle Shuffle. These
two just work great together. Nothing flashy, nothing detailed. Just two guys
trying to break each other’s bones. Cena proves why he’s the man as he poses
and smiles with the people in the front row who have home-made Cena Sucks
WM main event of all time. I’m not saying it’s the best match, but as far as
build and importance, this is it. At no point during this match, do they ever
make you feel like it isn’t. From the get go Shawn is an absolute house of fire
and The Undertaker is doing whatever he can to put it out. The Tombstone on the
outside is fucking ridiculous, and Shawn kicking out of that says more than him
kicking out of 10 in-ring Tombstones. From that point, it just keeps
escalating, it just keeps getting better, creating the very definition of why
we love pro wrestling so much at times. The ending was fantastic. The
Undertaker wants to show Shawn mercy, and Shawn knows it’s over. He knows it.
His career, his attempt at the streak, it’s done with. So if it’s over, then
it’s fucking OVER, and demands Undertaker put the exclamation point on it.
second viewing it’s even better than I thought. The undercard delivered greater
than I remembered, and the main-events are no-brainers. Just about every match
had the ability to deliver a show-stealer had they been given the time, and
their build-up was main-event worthy on any PPV.
Other than fantastic matches, the show wasn’t bogged down with rock concerts, a
bunch of dancing grandmas, or an attempt at the dumbest Guinness World Record.
If Vince is so hard up for that, can’t he just go for the longest finger nails
as well. The orange and brown was something different, and gave WM26 a very
vibrant, western feel. The giant pyramid of screens at the entrance was as
decadent as a wrestling show can get and it was awesome. It can never be
topped, which we saw when WM27 went back to a more traditional setting.
In the end, the up-coming WM review is what I’ve always considered to be my favorite one, but WM26 may have earned that dubious honor.
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All right boys we’re less than a month away from Wrestlemania and the card is sorta-kinda taking shape a little.
Is there any doubt that C.M. Punk’s ability on the stick will elevate his match against the Undertaker past Brock-HHH and probably on the level of Rock-Cena II? Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to be placed ahead of either match on the card but Punk will do a good job selling the drama of a match that most of us believe should be pretty predictable. I’m curious to see the how they execute the build for this one.
Otherwise let’s hope for a good show. Come out swinging and try to keep it clean 🙂
WrestleMania coming up, I thought I’d take a look back at my favorites. We’re
starting with what I believe to be the most under-rated of them all:
WrestleMania 25. A misidentified anniversary, a Kid Rock performance and a
lackluster main event later, and this WM is completely forgotten about, with
the exception of one match. Then, when that match is brought up, it’s usually
followed with “but the rest sucked”. I’m here to state that it simply isn’t
true. Not only is WM25 far from terrible, it just so happens to be one of the
greatest WM’s ever.
vs. Mark Henry vs. Finlay vs. Christian – Money In The Bank
performance here. He’s an absolute athletic marvel that really went all-out to
give us multiple replays. Everyone else was bringing their A-game as well, and
as a result gave us what I believe to be the best MiTB match ever. It wasn’t
just a ton of long, contrived spots. It was as hard-hitting and competitive a
match as you will likely to see. Fantastic stuff.
Ms. Wrestlemania Battle Royal
mentioning WM 25. We got the super extended Kid Rock concert that was a cool 10
years too late, and then a ton of returning Divas who weren’t even given an
entrance. Sure, it would have taken a lot of time to introduce 25 people, so
make the battle royal out of 10, and give some of the women who’ve actually
made good in this business a moment to shine. It’s not asking too much. At
least the Kid Rock concert isn’t on the DVD.
Jericho vs. Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, & Ricky Steamboat
hasn’t the slightest idea of how to wrestle. Steamboat is as great here as
Piper is bad. Snuka gives us the first-ever golf-clap tap-out. It seriously
looks like he’s working 10-key, not tapping out. Thankfully, Piper is out soon
after, and we get to the real meat of the match as Jericho and Steamboat
absolutely tear the roof off the place. Sure, Ricky isn’t as smooth as he once
was, but the roughness around the edges doesn’t affect this one bit. It’s great
stuff. Mickey Rourke shows up and lays out Chris. Just think, it could have
been Nic Cage.
9:52 | ***
Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy – Extreme Rules
when Jeff does Whisper In The Wind and Matt clubs the hell out of him mid-air
with a chair. They trade beatings back and forth for a while, using everything
from chairs, trash cans, crutches, tables and ladders. Another great moment
takes place when Matt is sandwiched between two tables, and Jeff hits the
top-rope, leaping though the stack. Back in, Jeff tries to put Matt away for
good, but misses a leg-drop from a 20-foot ladder, which leads to his eventual
loss. Again, this is another under-rated WM match-up. Sure, they didn’t go out
and deliver a 5-star classic, but they gave us a stiff brawl that had a ton of
weapons, some great spots and a hell of a finish.
then pins him at 17:19 | ****
vs. Rey Mysterio – Intercontinental Championship
out of JBL, they felt it best if his last go-round was a total squash. It also
works with JBL’s character, and was the best way for him to go, without a
doubt. Also interesting that until this point, the IC belt hadn’t been defended
at a WM since X8. It’s no wonder the belt no longer means anything. As for the
rating, I just based it on entertainment factor. It was a memorable moment, the
match was quick and JBL retired. What more could you ask for?
in 21 seconds | ****
attempting twice to submit The Undertaker in the first half of the match. The
second half is one of the finer lessons in wrestling-drama. The only real
problem I’ve ever had with Michaels was his penchant for over-acting. This time
however, he was spot on. He seemed so absolutely desperate to defeat The
Undertaker, and didn’t care what he had to do. This is literally my 8th or 9th
viewing of this match, I’ve lost count. When I first saw it, I was blown away
by how average it was. People kept talking about how it was a GOAT, so I kept
going back. Each time the match got better and better, to where I now consider
it a fantastic encounter.
Tombstone & pin at 30:44 | ****1/2
Cena does a ridiculous top rope leg-drop to Big Show, who’s on the outside.
Later, Show is tangled up in the ropes, screaming at the ref to “get me the
hell out of here!” while Cena and Edge battle it out in front of him. Once free,
he starts doing dual damage, until it’s just him and Edge on the outside.
Eventually, Big Show ends up dazed, allowing the the Rated R Superstar to leap
off a set of steel stairs, spearing Big Show through the barrier. Awesome spot.
It’s a shame that Edge slid off Big Show’s back, because that would have been a
hell of a finish. Either way, it’s a great match, one of the most under-rated
matches in WM history.
when he received one of his own, as Cena pins him at 11:22 | ****
was. One of the greatest of all time, easy. It’s so funny seeing Triple H all
buddy buddy with Vince, considering he once broke a sledge-hammer over the
guy’s skull inside Hell in a Cell. If this was about Triple H getting revenge,
then why the hell didn’t Orton have the title? Then it would make sense for him
to win. The match here isn’t the worst ever, they just had the misfortune of
mis-booking, and having an off-night. They’ve had plenty of matches together
that were anywhere from good to great, so they’re capable of it. This was
supposed to be a blood feud, a feud where the only way things will be settled
is if someone dies. With that in mind, you need to go no-DQ, and they went the
exact opposite, with Triple H able to lose the belt on a count-out or DQ. In
the end, I think this match get’s an unfair wrap due to not delivering the
expectations built by an awesome story, and main event status at a
this the most under-rated WM, but it’s in fact one of the best. Almost every
match is very entertaining, and what isn’t is thankfully kept under 5 minutes.
The blunder of the main event aside, you still have two others that brought the
goods, along with an undercard that built a bulletproof foundation. People
fixated on the few missteps this WM had, instead of what it got right, and
hopefully this’ll steer people towards giving it a second look. In the end, we
still have to wonder just what the hell they were thinking by calling this the
25th Anniversary of
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Undertaker returns for house shows this past weekend and Jack Swagger gets popped for pot.
The former has me intrigued. Was this a test run to see if his body could handle a physical match? Was all the talk about him being broken down just talk? How did the crowd respond (I am assuming they went ape shit)? If he is involved at Wrestlemania do they go ahead with the Punk match or go in a different direction (Mark Henry maybe? I know they have faced before but it seems like both guys would be a better fit this time around.)
The latter has me intrigued too. This is a spot where the WWE could easily slam the door on Swagger but the outside heat the Swagger/Coulter package has received might force them to see it through. Either way I don’t think they can put the title on him because he’s just not a reliable guy. Of course it’s just as easy to dump the pothead and go with Mark Henry in the same role. Mark Henry is American…hell he’s an Olympian so it actually works out well for him. Plus he’s already beating up Sin Cara and he’s Mexican so it almost would make sense for Del Rio to come to the save of his fellow countryman.
Also this Shield thing has me thinking…how much is a well-worked six-man tag match? If the right guys involved you never have to worry about a bad worker being stuck in the ring too long. Give a six-man tag with good workers 12-14 minutes and they deliver. Case in point when the “Smackdown Six” all appeared in the same match good things happened. Or when the Radicalz first arrived you could pair them with three capable faces and it was an easy ***1/2+ match. So rock on Shield. More six-man tags the better.
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> CM punk and Brock Lesnar versus triple H and the Undertaker
> I know they will never do it but this is the perfect solution. If the undertaker is not up to a match you can mask his problems in a tag team match. This one match has a lot of relevance. Continues HHH/Undertaker story, both Heymans guys tag up. Can set up Brock/taker for next year and Brock/punk down the road. Also takes care of us fans who have no interest in seeing triple H Brock one on one again. When was the last time we saw great tagteam match between four top guys that had a lot of relevance to the storylines. They really need to do this.
> Oh! And Teddy Long can come out at the beginning of the show and be like "Hold on playa, we gonna have a tag match!" It'll be AWESOME.
Well I hope everyone had a good weekend, for many of us it was of the three-day variety.
I saw most of the Elimination Chamber and it was all right I guess. The six-man was obviously the highlight as it was brilliantly booked and I like the ring generalship of The Shield. After one big double-team move Rollins slid out the ring and gave a premature celebration. A minor thing but it’s that sort of enthusiasm for ass kicking that I enjoy. My husband actually called a Ryback heel turn during the match but the after match walk off all but spells out John Cena’s opponent at Extreme Rulez.
The chamber match was fine although a little slow in spots. I was starting to warm up to a Orton-ADR face-on-face clash because I think they could work a pretty good match with each other but instead we get Jack Swagger v4.1 or so. Maybe Dutch Mantel is going to be the difference. I don’t mind the fact that someone smarted up and got Jack a mouthpiece.
Rock-Punk was watchable. They actually did a much better job of working the stipulation into the match. Rock still isn’t in ring shape and the fact is he and Cena probably have better chemistry than he and Punk because they can just trade big power moves for a half hour while Punk operates as much more of a hybrid and isn’t going to be the bump machine Rock needs to play off of.
Just my opinion. Enjoy the show, come out swinging and keep it clean.
I’m sure many of you disagree. But being a New Orleans native, I’m really damn excited for this.
> I might've missed something, but is there a reason why Madison Square Garden is not being mentioned as a potential site for Wrestlemania 30? I mean, from the first Wrestlemania, then Wrestlemania 20, I would think the "tradition" would continue. My guess would be that Vince would rather make 50 bazillion dollars on the stadium gate, but I'm no financial wizard.
Something tells me that we’ll find out how much the suits think of Miz and CM Punk in the next few weeks. And part of me wonders if Miz is still pissy about Punk calling him out on his DVD.
By the way, just got around to Punk’s DVD and I love how the story and the production is so much different than the other ones. Got a little long at the end but it was good watching.
Anyway, I should be able to resume my LOW Roundtable reviews now that they are re-appearing on the net. I just need to download the things ASAP.
Enjoy the show, come out swinging but try to keep it clean!
One would assume so, but I don't think it's ever been definitively stated or anything. But didn't HHH end up with the belt later in the year? So it seems likely.
Along those lines, Wrestlemania 24 featured a fairly contrived Triple Threat with Cena vs. HHH vs. Orton. Was that the plan all along, or was it just kind of thrown together (like a lot of the more recent three-way main events felt)?
God, all this stuff just runs together for me because I wasn't watching really closely during that period. I THINK it was supposed to be Rumble winner Cena against WWE champion Orton and it got changed to HHH being in there somehow, but given we got HHH/Cena, HHH/Cena/Orton and then Orton/HHH, you can see how this stuff gets confusing after a while. I'd have to check and see if the WONs from that time are archived on the site to tell you for sure.
We’ve made it to the Road to Wrestlemania!
Get your sign-pointing hand ready, sit back and enjoy a few weeks of quite possibly decent RAWs.
Not going to say much I didn’t say in the forums. I liked the ADR-Big Show match, love the fact that a babyface ADR isn’t a moron. Liked the Rumble match because Dolph and Jericho were all-world pace setters and the final six action was good stuff. With Cena, Ryback and Sheamus in the final three I thought that was an optimal place for a Shield run-in, if just to extend the segment by having a crazy brawl that either eliminated a guy or laid them all out.
The title match, eh styles make fights and I’m rarely one to say one guy succeed and the other guy failed. It’s a dance, both partners have to execute for it to work. Punk and Rock had a disjointed dance that looked like it could recover but there was a table breaking unexpectedly and a ill-timed run-in that stopped it. I expected more, I hope they do it again next month to be honest.
So come out swinging and keep it clean.