This is the first WWE offering in 2012 post WrestleMania XXVIII. This was their chance to redeem themselves. So did they? I was feeling hopeful that they would redeem themselves before viewing this latest offering. With how terrible WrestleMania XXVIII was, they needed to redeem themselves.
The WWE thought they would be clever and have a big feud and big match kick off the event. Randy Orton and Kane have been embroiled in a feud with has taken the all too overused "personal" angle by involving family or "kayfabe" family. Although this use of family wasn't well played out. Paul Bearer has been over used as "bait" when it comes to Kane. They did this when Kane was feuding with Edge. You might not have realized that if you don't pay attention to storylines. The match itself was a Falls Count Anywhere match meaning falls didn't have to take place in the ring even though it did. I'm a stickler when it comes to Falls Count Anywhere matches as I'd like to see the pin or submission happen not in the ring but somewhere in the arena. Zach Ryder attacking was oddly placed regardless of their past history. It was just ill timed. But that didn't detract from this being the third best match of the event.
Brodus Clay vs. Dolph Ziggler seemed like it wasn't even announced for the card. The match was what it was. Just something used for filler purposes. With Ziggler being as talented as he is, he shouldn't be used for filler purposes. Jack Swagger on the other hand should be. But that wasn't the case on this evening. It's unfortunate that Ziggler had to job to the likes of Clay. I just find Brodus Clay terrible and he will go nowhere. They should have left him as a heel instead of this annoying face being stuck wherever the WWE needs him. This wasn't the right place for him. Ziggler is much better than this.
Tables matches have found their place in annals of gimmick matches. Tables matches have been around for years and years, but the Dudley Boys/Team 3D were known for it. But not so much Big Show and Cody Rhodes. This is return match from WrestleMania and a Rhodes's rematch. Going into this match, I thought Big Show had this in the bag. He dominated Rhodes from the outset of the bell and returning the WWE Intercontinental Championship seemed elementary. Than the match ended abruptly. The finish was good and bad. How is that possible you ask? It was good because of how clever the Big Show was put through a table. Big Show climbs over the top rope to get in the ring. So Rhodes kicked the foot of Big Show causing him to lose balance and put one foot in the table below crushing it. It was bad because it cut the match short. More could have been done with the match, but it was what was with Cody Rhodes becoming the two time WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The infamous 18 second lose to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII has been a focal point of the feud between Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. Bryan issued a great challenge for 2 out of 3 Falls match. This match type isn't used as much as it used to be. But this match didn't disappoint. Great grappling and chain wrestling early on. Sheamus showed that he is not just a brawler. Bryan has always been known for his technical ability and he showcased it through out the match. With him picking apart a part of Sheamus's body. Playing the part of a heel very well by getting himself disqualified in the first fall. But he was quick to make Sheamus pass out to the Yes Lock getting the second fall. Sheamus being the touch Irishman wouldn't go down without a fight which is something we have seen throughout his time in the WWE. He was able to pull out third fall and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. I don't get why people hate on Sheamus. He has proven to me he can wrestle not just brawl. Up to this point, this match was the best, but by the end of the night it was the second best match. Very good match!
Whose big idea was it to give jobber time on a pay-per-view and mic time on the pay-per-view? I get that it was used as filler, but they could have had a vastly better filler match. They didn't have to have two scrawny bastards lose to Ryback on pay-per-view. It served no purpose! There is nothing else to say about this shit break of a match. So moving on...
Another feud the encompasses a personal element. Chris Jericho played the heel perfectly during the feud. Some of his best work in sometime as a heel. CM Punk played his real-life wrestling adapted personality great like he always does. Jericho tried at every turn to show CM Punk as falling into the same life as his family their substance abuse problems. Sure there were points in this feud where I thought it was stupid, but overall, a great feud. Being as the event was held in Chicago, it made sense to have a them battle for the WWE Championship in a Chicago Street Fight. Great back and forth action with them just kicking each others ass. Great use of CM Punk's sister as a plant to slap Jericho. Yes there was a botch by CM Punk, but it happens. So move on. The move of the match which got the crowd going was CM Punk landing an elbow drop on Jericho while prone on the Spanish announce table. Poor Spanish announce table. Always getting crushed! Although CM Punk almost botched this. This hands down was the best match of the night with CM Punk retaining the WWE Championship!
Why do we get a Diva's Championship match as the semi-main event? For whatever reason, there was one thing I was thinking. With Beth Phoenix not being medically cleared to wrestle, they had the perfect setup to have Bella Twins face each other because of the whole "mystery" opponent. But having Layla return was a nice surprise too. Even though she won the WWE Diva's Championship this quick, at least we don't have to have one of the terrible Bella Twins hold the title.
The final match was an Extreme Rules match between the returning Brock Lesnar and John Cena. The build up was very well done. They had Brock Lesnar look so unbeatable and so tough. This is something we've never seen from Brock Lesnar before in the WWE. It was great to see him look this way. It was great to see Cena the way he was being that he was scared. Blood was shed by both men especially Cena. Lesnar was dominate throughout the whole match. What was Lesnar thinking with that leap off part of the ring steps thus crashing into Cena? That was crazy! It looked like he tweaked his knee, but just played it off which was great. Having Cena win seemed to take away from the build up Lesnar was getting during this feud. I would have liked to have seen Lesnar get the win and see how Cena would react on Raw. That will never happen. The ending bit Cena said made me wonder if he was losing his smile or just needs time off. I'm not a Cena fan by any means, but it is time for him to take time off and not just for an injury.
Even though Extreme Rules was passable, it wasn't a redemption by any means. Maybe Over the Limit will be the redemption the WWE is looking for.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
WrestleMania is touted as the "showcase of the immortals," "where legends are born," "the Super Bowl of professional wrestling," etc.. Ever since WrestleMania was first started, wrestlers ever since have wanted their chance to perform on the "grandest stage of them all." But only a few ever get that chance each year to perform and showcase their abilities for the millions and millions around the world and the tens of thousands in attendance.
I watched WrestleMania at my neighbour's place. Thanks Earl! He orders the pay-per-views each month. It would be an experience to be at a WrestleMania live. To experience it once would be awesome.
This particular WrestleMania had potential to be a great one. Although it didn't start out that way. With the Irish "albino" Sheamus taking on the amazingly gifted and talented World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. It's no wonder they put this match first because they made Bryan do the job in 18 secs which is a WrestleMania record. Both Sheamus and Bryan have ability and talent, yet they'd rather have some mockery of a match cloud what could have been a great start to WrestleMania. But that would be the right thing to do on the part of the WWE and actually give the fans their monies worth.
Kane vs. Randy Orton would have been much better, but the lack of time they were given left more to be desired. Just like Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes. It left more to be desired. Although Rhodes getting crotched with a spear that was effectively botched in a round about way was totally hilarious. They gave Big Show the win because they wanted to give him his WrestleMania moment. Yeah, we get it, have a feel good ending to that match. The divas tag team match which saw Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos taking on the WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve didn't have a feel good ending. The only thing good about it was the fact that the match ended. Beth Phoenix being the only one worth watching in the match still didn't make the rest of match worth anything. How sad.
The Hell in a Cell match was touted as the "End of an Era." Undertaker vs. Triple H with Shawn Michaels as the guest ref. Michaels was conflicted to call the match down the middle remaining impartial or help his long time friend Triple H. The match was back and forth with Triple H beating down the Undertaker in the early going of the match. With multiple chair shots, a sledgehammer shot, and even some Sweet Chin Music courtesy of "Heartbreak Kid," it still wasn't enough to put away the legendary "Deadman" or "Phenom." Undertaker battled back like his always does to give Triple H his own beat down. Shawn Michaels throughout the match showed emotion wanting to stop the match, but neither Triple H nor Undertaker wanted to stop the match. Michaels reluctantly counted the three which gave the Undertaker the win and kept his WrestleMania streak at 20-0. Shawn and Undertaker helping Triple H to the back is something that will never be seen again. It was just an amazing sight. That much respect between them to do that is awe inspiring.
Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy was a 12 man tag team match. If John Laurinaitis or Teddy Long's team won, they would be the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown. Nothing I could say would make this match sound interesting or good. Not even mentioning midgets being thrown around and tall freaks landing heaps chops would do this match justice. Team Cancer Voice (inside joke with my friend Mark) won thus becoming the general manager of the Raw and SmackDown. The whole thing with Eve was lame. She is a terrible heel and added to this shit that was this match.
The semi main event seen the straightedged superstar CM Punk defending the WWE Championship against the Winnipeg-raised Chris Jericho. A match I was looking forward to. This matched rooted in being personal thanks to Jericho taking shots at CM Punk's family and their addictions. This lead to John Laurinaitis making the stipulation that if CM Punk lost his temper and get disqualified that the WWE Championship would change hands. In a type championship match, that wouldn't happen. In the early going, it looked CM Punk may have gotten disqualified, but he used the ref's five count to his advantage. But as the battle raged on, the two combatants went back and forth. But CM Punk was able to pull out the victory and retain the WWE Championship in the second best match of the night.
Finally it was time for the main event. "The Once in a Lifetime" match. An overhyped piece of shit. The Rock vs. John Cena. The fans were up The Rock's ass way to much and it was bad. They booed John Cena because he was facing The Rock. Anybody else and they'd most likely cheer him... Than again maybe not. This was a match I didn't care about and as the match progressed, it proved why. Both didn't put their full effort into this match. They probably thought they'd get by on the hype alone. The match didn't live up to the hype. It was a long and drawn out. Too long for the lack of quality it was. The Rock showed he still can't do the Sharpshooter right and he's been doing that move for years. This match was so lackluster and terrible that nothing they'd do would help it be remotely good. The ending of the match was so bad that they had the Rock get up, hit the Rock Bottom, and win. Most people loved the fact that The Rock won, but they thought John Cena was going to win. Regardless of who won, it was a terrible match. The Rock winning means nothing because he is going to be gone back to Hollywood to make another movie which will flop and bomb big time.
Overall, WrestleMania was terrible. Nothing you could say will convince me otherwise. This WrestleMania had potential, but it was a huge let down. Thanks WWE, you need to build upon that potential and actually make it good. Can you do that? I'm not asking for much.