Lastly, the best match I have seen in nearly a year. The story was great, the facials and actions of Shawn Michaels were terrific and both Taker and Trips left it in the ring. The fact that Taker and Trips could both go over forty minutes tells me that we are looking at lean times in the WWE. As I expect Taker to call it a career and Trips to likely not get in the ring for the rest of 2012, there will be a lack of compelling characters or story telling for the WWE. Other than Punk, I can't see a character who takes the mantle from Trips and/or Taker. Overall, a wasted of $65.
Thumbs in the Middle
Best Match: Taker vs. HHH
Worst Match: Sheamus vs. Bryan
Overall a disappointing show with 2 good matches and a bunch of dreck.
Sheamus vs. Bryan: I'm expecting 10-15 minutes out of these guys and they have a 5 second match that completely buries Bryan and the title? Fuck you Vince. You give us a bunch of garbage that could have been done without (Clay entrance, Divas match) and don't provide us with what could have been a great match.
Orton vs. Kane: Nobody cared about this going in and the crowd reinforced that impression. Decent match, but completely unimportant. They just don't see that the fans don't want to boo Kane.
Rhodes vs. Show: It's disappointing they took the belt from Rhodes, since I thought he was starting to hit his stride, but the way they booked the match, they had to do the title switch. One good thing was Show cared about the belt more than anyone has in years.
Divas: Maria is better than Kelly Kelly, I think that's plain. This would likely have been the worst match had that Sheamus/Bryan abortion hadn't happened.
Taker vs. HHH: Tremendous match, surpassed last year's effort despite having a lot of similar spots. Michaels added a ton to the match even though he was practically invisible for the first 5-10 minutes (a good thing at that point). It told a great story and built well, but may have burnt out the crowd for the rest of the show.
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy: OK for what it was. The triple somersaults was the spot of the night. As predicted, the heel GM wins, leaving us with twice as much uninteresting babble from Johnny Ace and boring, beaten-to-death heel GM storylines. Can we move on from this crap please? Oh that's right, this is VINCE's idea.
Punk vs. Jericho: Excellent match but couldn't steal the show because they couldn't keep the crowd involved the whole time, which was impossible after HITC and before Rock/Cena.
Rock vs. Cena: Disappointing from a couple of standpoints. 1) The crowd was hot at times, but wasn't consistent throughout and that hurt the atmosphere. 2) Cena proved his work level is getting down to Divas level. He was horribly exposed working with a guy who's had 1 match in the past few years and completely outclassed him. If they want to get the fans off Cena's back, HE NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS IN-RING! I know Vince doesn't care, but he continually blows spot after spot. If anyone else worked that badly, HHH would run him out of the organization (obviously, the Divas grade on a curve). Rock was smooth in everything he did, but Cena is so clunky that he's getting unwatchable.
Too bad, that match prevented the show from being a thumbs up.
Best match - Taker/Triple H, Jericho/Punk
Worst Match - Big Show/Rhodes
The first hour was a disaster. At least they had the good sense to get most of the filler out of the way.
Taker/Triple H was storytelling at it's very best. Shawn was tremendous in his role as the special ref. I loved every bit of this match and thought it was better than Taker/Trips from last year.
Punk/Jericho started slow but finished fast. They really got rolling in the final ten minutes and delivered the best "wrestling" match of the show.
Rock/Cena did not click for me. At least, not for all the hype put into it.
Hello Dave and Bryan,
Best: Punk v. Jericho/Taker v. HHH
Rock v. Cena- Was the finish good for buisness, MAYBE NOT
BUT as a FAN, It was a great way to end the show.
I was very happy that Rock won. I was ok with No Lesnar, Batista, or Matt Bloom.
Sometimes its cool to reward an audience and give them what they want.
My buddy, who watches Mania and that it....said to me, "Rock can't lose"
I agreed but all the Newsletter knowledge I have gained for the past 11 years
told me different. It was a pleasant surprise, I have no problems w/ a rematch
and Cena getting a win back. WHY OH WHY, Did he bring back the JEAN SHORTS???
Punk v. Jericho
Excellent match. Sometimes I think Punk is overrated and a bit sloppy BUT
he was on his game tonite. Great work and Im look forward to the rematch so much that
I would actually buy the B level PPV to see these guys work again.
Team Johnny v. Team Teddy
Dolph deserves better. The last couple minutes was actually really good w/Zack v. Miz and Dolph.
Maybe Miz was inspired by getting the pinfall and I hope Miz can gain back some momentum.
I wish they could have had Zack realize that Eve cost him the match and blow her off
BUT I guess they are concerend on getting Eve over and not Zach.
I know its beneath him BUT sux that Drew McIntyre had a spot on the
show and not Alberto Del Rios.
Great to see Edge get inducted into the HOF and it was truly a highlight
to see him on that stage. Crazy how things can change in a year.
I was actually fine w/ the Brodus dance number.
What was UP w/ the poser SLIM SHADY taking a shot at the Rock??!
Daniel Bryan deserves better. I was happy to hear Daniel Bryan chants threw the night.
The "YES" chants made me really happy and Daniel Bryan has really earned his spot
as a top guy. Cant BELIEVE the DIVAS got more time that the WORLD TITLE match.
Overall, the finish of this years show compared to the flat finish between the Miz and Cena
last year, was a HUGE improvement.
Overall: One thumb and a half up
Best Match: Rock vs. Cena
Worst Match: Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan (only in WWE can these two get worst match on the show)Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan(c) for the World Heavyweight Championship - MINUS ****
Such a short match and yet so much to say. A match THREE MONTHS
in the making and it's over in EIGHTEEN SECONDS.
Because, you see, we had to watch a pointless Divas match with a tabloid show hostess no one could possibly care about (hell, I don't ever remember seeing her even promote the match); a bunch of female midgets dressed like Big Mama dancing around; another pointless match that being the Bragging Rights-esque match that, again, NO ONE could possibly care about; HEATH SLATER trading barbs with Flo Rida (again, no one cared); and two "rappers" self-promote themselves. THIS is why PPV buys are at such lows today for WWE. For one I can't possibly begin to understand (and who could?) why WWE would just pull the rug out from one of the fastest rising stars in the company in Daniel Bryan. He is, without a doubt, the best heel they've had in years. He is quickly gaining a following with a simple, yet great schtick (YES YES YES) while just being the coniving heel. And they wanted to bring all this to a halt for the aforementioned shit segments. Right away I was pissed beyond belief I had paid $65 (that's SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS) to watch them pull this garbage. The match? Brough Kick. Pin. Thumbs WAY, WAY down. I'd even go as far as to say it could be MINUS. FIVE. STARS. It would be amazing if Bryan somehow comes back from this. I feel sorry for the guy. You work your ass off to make this heel character one of the best in years and this is how they repay you. Just blown away by the tramarity of these people.Randy Orton vs. Kane - DUD
The storyline of this angle just killed this one for me. No heat. No good. Forgettable match especially since it came before the three awesome matches later on. Big Show vs. Kody Rhodes(c) for the Intercontinental Championship - **
The build for this one was decent and the match wasn't all that bad. I try my best to not factor in the fact that it last longer than Bryan's match as I was still blown away by the fact, but this match was fine and I guess it's better the belt is off Kody as they really weren't doing anything with him anyway although this could be the start of a main event push for him which, in my humble opinion, is good. One thumb up.The Divas Tag Match - DUD
Again with the heavy lackluster promotion in this and with it being a Divas match I really couldn't care plus I was still pissed over Bryan. Well timed use of a piss break. HHH vs. Undertaker (Hell in a Cell) w/ Shawn Michaels as Special Referee - ****
Great match and I believe it was the best they could have done. LOVED the spot where HHH was about to hammer Taker's brains in then Shawn stopping him. I liked at the end where they switch roles this year where it was Taker telling HHH to stay down only in this instance HHH did stay down and Taker goes 20-0. I slightly suspected Lesnar walking out to challenge Taker but didn't think a lot of it (more on Lesnar later). Great moment watching Shawn and Taker carry HHH away and embracing each other before walking away. Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny - *1/2
Hurting this match was the fact that no one cared especially me. No did much of anything in this match and the finish was pure shit. I honestly don't know how much farther beneath the Earth they can bury Zack Ryder. My support for the guy just dwindles upon every segment that makes him out to be the biggest dork in WWE. Tonight was no exception. After owning Miz and Dolph in a sequence that made him look like a star down he went once again as an Eve distraction results in him getting pinned. Then, to add insult to injury character-wise, a swift low blow. Terrible.CM Punk(c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship - ****
Punk and Jericho molded together well in this match. Ending sequence into the finish was spectacular with the continuous reversal of submissions ending with Punk finally tapping Jericho out. Really brought the show back to life after the GM battle fiasco.The Rock vs. John Cena - ****
The match we all supposedly bought the PPV for. While not exactly making the PPV worth $65 it was still a great match that resurrected the crowd and made a great lasting impression. I was at war with myself the entire match trying to guess the finish. With it being the last match and the knowledge of Lesnar being there I figured the finish would have led to a Lesnar appearance. Then, Rock catches Cena being cocky doing the People's Elbow and pins in him after a very good match. Then I waited with much anticipation....to a fade out. No Lesnar. Hmm.
So overall, thumb and a half up. Could have been two thumbs without the Divas and the midgets BUT with 15 minutes added to Sheamus/Bryan. I'll be praying everyday that Bryan somehow comes back and stays in favor with the fans. Then there's Brock Lesnar. Why try so hard to hide the guy from public view only to end up not using the guy on the PPV? Let's say he ends up showing at the end of Raw tomorrow night. GREAT! Though I would have been much happier watching him walkout to challenge somebody (Punk and/or Rock) and getting my $65 worth, but this is the opinion of a disgruntled fan so take it for what it's worth (whatever it may be). Looking forward to tomorrow's show. Thanks, Dave.
Thumbs WAY up. This was probably the best WrestleMania since XIX, even though the first hour sucked to high hell, the next three more than made up for it.
Best Match: HHH/Undertaker.
Worst Match: Danielson/Sheamus.
I hated seeing Danielson get a 20 second WM match, but if it means these two can get some time later this month, I guess I'm all for it. Like I said, I loved the hell out of this show and once HIAC got going there wasn't a single second from then on out that I felt screwed out of my $65.
|The last wrestlemania I watched was Wrestlemania 24. I decided to watch this Wrestlemania since 2008. I liked this Wrestlemania 28. I'm glad that at least 2 matches went 30 minutes.
Best Match: It's a toss up between HHH Vs. Undertaker and CM Punk Vs Y2J
Worst Match: The women's match and Daniel Bryan Vs Sheamus (WTF was that match so short?)
Orange County, CA
Best match: Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Worst match: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
I watched the show with a couple of friends, and we split the cost, but I still don't feel like I got my money's worth. The opener just started everything off on the wrong foot (no pun intended), and the less said about it, the better. Orton/Kane was fine. Big Show/Rhodes was okay. The Divas were okay. HHH/Undertaker had plenty of drama, but it took forever and wasn't as good as last year's match. That's why I give Punk/Jericho the edge as best match, though it was also lacking; the stuff near the finish where they kept rolling in and out of each others' holds was great, but the beginning and ending weren't so fluid in my eyes. Maybe they don't have the chemistry we all hoped they would, and I don't think the right guy won from a smart booking standpoint.
The GM battle was really hurt by the dead crowd. Bad placement on the card; probably should've been the opener. And, like everything else, the main event was a bit lackluster, too. Again, the wrong guy won in my opinion. Part-timers should not beat full-timers at this level.
All the filler - Brodus Clay, Flo Rida, Machine Gun whatever, etc. - just served to rub in how much money I was wasting.
As an act of full disclosure, though, I should note that the company with which I watched the show was very unenthusiastic. It was hard to get into anything when the people I was with didn't really seem to care. If I had watched the show alone or with a more ardent group of fans, perhaps I'd feel differently (though my opinions on the booking wouldn't change). Also, if I'd seen the show for free at, say, a sports bar, maybe I wouldn't feel as ripped off.
Overall, I'm going to have to go with a thumbs down. While the live audience seemed to enjoy it, I'm paying to enjoy it from home, and I didn't.