Wrestlemania 30: Knee Jerk Reactions to the Event
The Greatest Spectacle of Wrestling
The 30th annual Superbowl of wrestling known as Wrestlemania took place at the ever-spirited New Orleans aka “The Big Easy.”If I were to try to put myself into the shoes of the 75,000+ attendees, I wonder how they felt about the show that was put on. My initial thought is one of disappointment.
The Vicki Guerrero Divas Invitational
The Vicki Guerrero Divas Invitational
What was the point! A Battle Royal with the winner getting to face the Diva’s champion AJ Lee would have been an interesting plot. There were many talented Divas who could have helped make a title worthy match for the night. But, 14 Divas in the ring at the same time trying to pin one another was pure chaos! I’m sure the thought was to capitalize off of the success of the top rated “Total Divas” reality show. However, the only memorable moment of the match was when AJ strapped the Black Widow onto Naomi causing her to tap out. The end result should have been a one on one match up.
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
Best Match of the Night
What was your favorite match?
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
The WWE is putting a lot of faith in this up and coming superstar (Bray Wyatt) and for good reason. Wyatt didn’t disappoint in his first Wrestlemania. He is getting a lot of “pop” from the crowd. You could see members of the audience singing his song and waving signs back and forth. The Wrestlemania moment of the match happened when John Cena slammed Wyatt and prepared to give him the “five knuckle shuffle.” Cena bounces off the ropes and finds Wyatt looking at him upside down in a bridge pose. I’m sure Cena, along with the rest of the audience was freaked out by that! In the end the WWE workhorse delivered an average performance. John Cena only used approximately seven wrestling maneuvers (including punches and kicks). This should have been the time to break out something new for the audience. The match was so so.
The Mighty Has Fallen
Who Deserved to Have Ended the Streak?
Who did you think should have ended "The Streak"?
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (The Beast vs. The Streak)
First of all, did anybody see that result happening? Did anyone any real thought into the streak being ended by Brock Lesnar? I was as shocked as almost every member of the audience. One of the few Wrestlemania moments of the night came when the cameras gave us an action shot of the crowd immediately after Brock’s victory. The majority of the fans had a blank stare on their face as if they had just been hypnotized. Let me be the first to say, the Undertaker looked old and dated during the match. He was one to two steps slower than normal. His moves were not as crisp. He could barely pick Brock up to execute the Last Ride. The Taker is usually able to carry a match if he is working with a stiff opponent. It was too much to ask for as Brock put on yet another lackluster performance when the lights are shining brightest (remember the Wrestlemania match Brock had vs. Goldberg?). The Undertaker of old dives over the top rope to the outside onto his hapless opponent. Somebody usually gets decimated when they get thrown through the Spanish Announcers table. To go out on your last Wrestlemania, you would want to go out in a blazing glory, in a legendary match. And perhaps you would want to lose to someone that would either cement or catapult them to legendary status. In my opinion, none of that happened. Does the WWE have something special in store for Brock Lesnar? Is he going to take the proverbial ball and start running with it for years to come? Is he going to be their franchise player like the Undertaker has been for the last two decades?
The first thought that came to mind when I heard that the Undertaker was competing once again at Wrestlemania was that he should have called it quits after last year, win or lose.
Live Match Footage of Brock vs. The Undertaker
CM Punk, The Streak, and Getting Caught Up in Wrestling Politics
Did Vince McMahon send a “pipe bomb” of his own to CM Punk when he allowed Brock Lesnar break The Streak. CM Punk spoke out against Vince McMahon and the WWE for letting Batista to walk into the main event of Wrestlemania 30 after taking a four year hiatus from the sport. Punk, who had been carrying the WWE for the last few years, felt it was his spot to lose. He felt like wrestlers such as he and Daniel Bryan that have been grinding and pouring their all out on a nightly basis should have been rewarded. Over the past year Brock Lesnar has wrestled as a part-timer. His contract was for 50 to 60 appeearances. In the WWE, top tier wrestlers wrestle up to 300 days/year. Vince’s message was clear to Punk, nobody has grapefruits big enough to question the boss.
Letting CM Punk break the streak would have solidified his mark as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. “The streak” is more hallowed than the 7 year reign of Bruno Sammartino as WWF champion. It is up there with Ric Flair’s record of holding the World Heavy weight Title 16 times. If you compare it to other great sports feats, it would measure up to the 88 game win streak of the UCLA Bruins or their seven straight National Titles (1967-1973).
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H and the Winner vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista
The Bryan/Triple H match was solid. However, in the back of everyone’s mind had to be: If Daniel Bryan doesn’t win then everyone riots. Bryan went on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by causing Batista to tap out. To tell you the truth, the match would have been better without Batista and run as a 1 on 1 match up. But as a way to save face and to quiet public outcry of not rewarding the WWE’s hottest commodity in Daniel Bryan, Mr. McMahon created a scenario for Bryan to enter into the main event. Was this Vince’s way of admitting he was wrong in letting Batista waltz into the main event? Next time the WWE needs to do it right the first time, no hocus pocus.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
What seemed to be a good idea in its initial inception turned out to be one of the major faults of the night’s event. The match itself turned out to be a decent one. But, why would you tie up 30 of your best wrestlers in one match (especially if it is not during the Royal Rumble)? There were many super stars such as Big E Langston, Kofi Kinsgton, Dolf Ziglar, and Shaemus who would have given you quality matches that we are accustomed to for Wrestlemania. To have them tied up in a Battle Royal for five to ten minutes seems pointless. Kofi did one of his usual stunning acts to save him from being eliminated. When are they going to stop treating him like a novelty act? In what was probably the second most shocking moment next to the streak ending, the Swiss Superman Antonio Cesaro picks up and throws the Big Show over the top rope to win the event. This leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind that Cesaro is pound for pound the strongest man in the WWE.
Final Grade for the Event
If I have to give a grade for the event, compared to other years, it earns a C-. There were many things that could have been done differently. The card could have been much stronger. Hopefully Wrestlemania 31 will bring this great spectacle back to prominence.