|Best Match: HHH vs. Taker
Worst Match: Sheamus vs. Bryan
Watched WM XXVIII with a few people and this show was a mixed bag. There was some great moments, some bad moments, and some awful moments. This was a show I was looking forward to due to the great hype the WWE has put into it over the past couple months. In the end, well it wasn't disappointing but also wasn't anything special either.
Sheamus vs. Bryan was something, not sure what but something. Orton vs. Kane was not very good but probably better than expected, Rhodes vs. Show was bad even though Show put over the IC belt. The Divas match was bad, they worked hard, but it was bad.
Then the show crawled out from the grave when HHH and Taker had an amazing match. I had trepidation about this match, I was afraid that they would do last year all over again but they had a very different match and a match which finished a great story. It wasn't a spotfest, it was a methodical psychological match and it was even more greatly helped by the superb performance of Shawn Michaels. This match was more than what I could have asked for.
The 12 man match was made to calm the crowd down and it was alright, not great in any way but alright.
Punk vs. Jericho was disappointing, the finish was hot but this crowd was dead and it made these guys look like filler. This did not look like a semi main event match, even opening the show I doubt this match was going to get much of a reaction. Match was just above average, not what a match in that slot should be and not what these two are capable of doing.
Rock vs. Cena was mostly a boring match where Rock looked like he was gassed. He looked really bad for most of this match, even with a good ending this is not a match I will remember or have any fond memories of. I usually like slower paced matches because it tells a story and they crowd has a chance to get into it but that did not happen here like it did in the HHH/Taker match. The ending was pretty smart but I don't want to see another match or another Rock match unless he is tagging with someone or in a 3 way. This match was getting looked at as being the next Hogan vs. Rock and this was not even close, this match was mildly disappointing.
Show all around wasn't anything special, could have helped to have another match in there over having longer matches I guess. But I did like how a couple matches ended so a thumbs middle for what I was thinking would have been one of the all time great shows.
Not sure where the WWE goes from here, not excited about anything coming out of this show.
Thumbs in the Middle.
Keep up the great work,
Show - Thumbs up for HHH/UT, Jericho/Punk and Rock/Cena
Best match - HHH/UT
Worst match - I want to say Bryan/Sheamus but it wasn't even a match so I'll go with the 12 man tag
So my guess is that tomorrow night Undertaker tries to announce his retirement and Brock comes out and challenges him for one last match at WM29. Plausible?
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Best Match: Jericho vs Punk
Worst Match: Divas Tag (since Sheamus vs Bryan wasn't a match)
I realize you and Bryan were gushing about the Taker/HHH match, but to me it was just pretty good. But I also know I wasn't fully into it because as soon as Daniel Bryan was pinned within seconds, I was angry, wanted my money back, and wasn't willing to give this show a chance. I honestly don't buy WWE PPVs frequently; I get Wrestlemania every year, and I bought Money in the Bank last year. But after two years in a row where I looked forward to Bryan getting some time to show the world what he can do in the ring, and two years in a row of no match to speak of, I'll be damned if I open my wallet for a show again.
As for Rock-Cena, I'm sure the atmosphere was electric live, but it seemed like most of the crowd noise vanished into the sky on television. Much of the match felt like it was in slow motion with a whole lot of restholds, and once it really got going, the finish came about two minutes later.
Between Wrestlemania and the GFL technical problems on the ROH show, this weekend was a massive disappointment on the wrestling front. The difference was that ROH did everything they could from a creative perspective to put together a good show for anyone who cares about wrestling. I hope they find a way to guarantee their fans will efficiently receive the product they deliver in the future, because WWE clearly doesn't want to give their hardcore fans (which I realize is not the majority) what they want to see.
The right guy won in the end and the main event delivered, but the entire show just left me feeling underwhelmed. There was definitely not a match that was on the level of Richardson-Elgin. I thought the three main events delivered what was promised but nothing stood out as something that wouldn't be on any other PPV as far as the matches or big moments went. The main event proved to me that while Cena may be the better technician, Hogan is just the flat out better worker. I'm sure, like just about every year, they'll have the big angle on Raw rather than on Mania like they usually do. I'll have to watch it again tomorrow but right now I didn't feel like I got my monies worth.