WRESTLEMANIA 29 FEEDBACK
Set Production *****
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t consider myself a jaded wrestling fan at all.
Despite the stumbling build I have always believed that they would pull it off on the night, after all its Wrestlemania right? Wrong.
I’m interested to find out what the live crowd was like because on TV it came across dead for 90% of the show. The three man announce booth seemed stuck for words and failed to make me really care about any of the matches. Cole in particular was absent for most of it. The whole event just lacked any emotional core. At times it felt like I was playing the WWE13 video game where the announcers breeze in and out with their usual sayings, quite often not corresponding with what was actually happening in the ring, or what was coming from the crowd.
Best Match : Taker/Punk*** A decent match, a lot of teases for Takers old high risk moves which he obviously can’t do anymore which is understandable. The match was pretty good and told a good story. I cant blame either of them for not making me believe the streak would ever end because WWE already did that about 3 weeks ago with this storyline that had to end in a Punk loss. The crowd were dead up to this point (at least on television) and they didn’t really seem that into this except for a couple of spots.
Worst Match : Henry/Ryback *1/2 A slow stumbling match as was expected, however it went really long. The crowd did not come across on TV as if they cared about Ryback, there were more cheers for Henry. The only reason this has any stars from me is for the Shellshocked spot at the end. Lets remember that this is supposed to get Ryback over but they killed him dead when he lost clean for the 6th time in a row on PPV.
WWE Title Match : Rock/Punk **1/2 This might have been a three star match but by this point I was bored and frustrated with the sound and feel of the whole show - which was pedestrian, much like this match. It was very similar to last year with things rejigged towards the end. Again the performance of the announcers, or lack thereof is accentuated by the fact that the crowd is coming across so quiet and there were long pauses where the announcers didnt speak and all that can be heard is Cena calling out spots. Supposedly 80000 in a stadium and I can hear Cena calling spots? Predictable is fine as long as its entertaining and this wasn't. I'm certainly not Cena's biggest fan but he can have 5 star matches. I am a big Rock fan, however I dont think any of the 5 matches he has had since returning are anywhere over 3 star level.Triple H vs Brock Lesnar : **1/2 On paper the play by play of this match should be a guaranteed 4 star match as written down it told a good story. But again, on television the atmosphere was eerily dead. The crowd did not seem to react to anything aside of the obligatory fleeting gasps here and there. These guys beat the crap out of each other and its a shame that despite working so hard this match wont be on the top 20 for either.