Daniel Bryan v Sheamus
here) at 3PM and sped home anticipating this match being first. It took me 7 hours to drive up on Friday due to traffic, but I managed to get home in 4 hours so I could see this match.
This was a huge letdown.
I expected too much. This match really hurt the rest of the evening for me. I was either still upset that my favorite wrestler, and someone I relate to, got screwed, or I was expecting Daniel Bryan to come on and get a rematch because of John Laurinaitis. Either I was upset or constantly looking for something that was to never come, and it really affected my enjoyment of the show.
This really put me into a sour mood for the rest of the evening. I watched Wrestlemania again last night just so I could better review it without just typing, "WHO THE F*^K CARES ABOUT KANE WHAT ABOUT MAH BOY DBRY!!!!!!" to every match.
Randy Orton v Kane
Cody Rhodes v Big Show
Cody Rhodes got a good enough match out of Big Show. I think this match could have been the squash that Daniel Bryan v Sheamus was. Imagine this: Cody Rhodes has been a total jerk to Big Show and Big Show just cold lays him out because of it. Rhodes could then have a face turn as his father and brother help him grow into a better person because of this experience. He could become a little more humble and human. This could be a clear point of character growth for Cody Rhodes.
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos v Beth Phoenix and Eve
I thought this match would be a total joke and it wasn't. It had some good moments. MrsTHESTINGER and my best friend made some good points: the women wrestlers can get into really good spots but lack the experience to follow through.
I was expecting something awful and I got something that might pass for a Knockouts Tag Match on TNA Impact Wrestling In The Impact Zone.
*I hate the name "Divas" for the women's division. It's one step above calling them the "Bitches".
Undertaker v HHH
Team Johnny v Team Teddy
CM Punk v Jericho
I really wanted this feud. This feud felt like a natural fit, but I think it's ultimately not doing anything for me. CM Punk is much too sincere in his feelings for smarmy-troll Jericho. I feel like no matter how much CM Punk cares that Jericho can always just say he was joking. Part of what made CM Punk v Cena so great last year was that both CM Punk and Cena are sincere and really care. That gave a certain gravitas and drama to what happened. All I can see happening in this feud is Punk proving he's better than Jericho and Jericho leaving to go play Metallica covers. I expect some good matches and interesting promos between them, but nothing more.
FUNKASAURUS! v A Little Goes A Long Way
John Cena v The Rock
For a while this match came down to who had the biggest penis, and really not much else. I dig John Cena's earnestness and I think MGK's song helped to sell that. I want to care about these guys and I want to be emotionally invested in these matches. It's not enough to simply think someone is cool and want them to win because they're cool. I want to care and I think John Cena has been making a good case for why we should.
I'm coming back around to John Cena. I used to be a "Cena Sucks!" guy, but now that "Cena Sucks!" means "I hate Cena because something something internet!" instead of "I'm saying I hate Cena but really what I'm saying is that Cena is the personification of what I think is wrong with wrestling and I really don't hate him but I can't easily chant "I hate you not giving us wrestling and ruining stuff so please stop it!" so I'm just going to use Cena as short hand for what it is that I don't like!"
I seriously don't understand the actual hate for John Cena. He's a good performer, he's good on the microphone, and he's just not really bad in any way. There's really nothing to hate. How many local news stories do you need to see about him visiting a Make-A-Wish kid before he wins you over?
Wrestling is fake but it shouldn't feel fake. It should feel important, real, and dramatic. I'm sure fans of The Rock were excited and happy after he won, but I don't think it's going to help the company into the future.
If I can ignore the massive disappointment of Daniel Bryan v Sheamus, and I'm not sure I can, I still don't think this Wrestlemania lived up to what it could have been. No other match disappointed but none of the matches really made me excited. I thought there were four matches that had chances of being something special (Daniel Bryan v Sheamus, Undertaker v HHH, CM Punk v Jericho, John Cena v Rock) and the only one to get close was Undertaker v HHH.
For months we've been on The Road To Wrestlemania and we constantly hear about how important Wrestlemania is. We were told throughout the night that this was a "once in a lifetime" event and how special it was. I don't blame them for building up Wrestlemania but I don't think it delivered on the all the promise it had. This whole evening could have been back-to-back classic matches and it wasn't. Combine an event filled with good-but-not-great matches with an early slap in the face and it's just hard for me to rate this highly.
I'm a wrestling fan and I don't think I've ever watched a wrestling show that I disliked. I watched the worst of WCW in the late 90s and I don't think I hated any of those shows. I'm a sucker and in it for the long haul. Wrestling always moves forward despite our wish for it to remain in the past, and despite a lackluster Wrestlemania I'm optimistic about the future.