WrestleMania XXV post-show thoughts
The two matches that people were talking about prior to WrestleMania XXV are the same two matches that people are talking about after Sunday night’s event at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
I agree with the consensus that the Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match more than lived up to the hype, and the Triple H-Randy Orton encounter fell short of expectations.
The Undertaker-Michaels match was so incredible that I didn’t want it to end. It was billed as the Undefeated Streak vs. Mr. WrestleMania, and when the smoke cleared, Undertaker still had his streak and Michaels proved yet again why he has that moniker.
As good as Michaels’ performance was, however, it’s important to note that Undertaker was right there with him every step of the way. I actually believe that Undertaker is a better worker now than he was 10 or 15 years ago, which means he truly is a phenom.
As for the Triple H-Orton match, I am disappointed that it didn’t feel more special after some great angles on TV. And I do think the wrong guy went over. Even though Orton has been world champion several times already, this felt like it should have been his official coronation as the top guy in the company.
I am interested to see what the next development will be in this feud. I believe Triple H’s glorious moment will be short-lived and Orton will be getting the WWE title sooner than later. So it might all work out in the long run, but Triple H ending the historic show with the belt raised in the air is still something of a bitter pill.
In contrast to the WWE title match, the triple threat match for the world heavyweight title between John Cena, Edge and The Big Show did not have the greatest build, but it came off better than expected.
Newly crowned champ Cena is compiling quite an impressive WrestleMania resume. He has participated in six matches at WrestleMania, all of which have been for titles, including five for world championships. He improved his record at Mania to 5-1 with Sunday night’s victory.
I like CM Punk, but I’m a little disappointed that he won the Money in the Bank ladder match. I was really hoping that MVP would get the briefcase and the push that comes with it. After Sunday night, however, I have all but given up on my belief that MVP would one day be a world champion. As for Punk, I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the first MIB winner to fail to capture one of the world titles.
A WWE representative pointed out that the attendance for WrestleMania XXV (72,744) was higher than the attendance for the Super Bowl (70,774) last February in Tampa. Since people always say that WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of wrestling, does that mean that we now should call the Super Bowl the WrestleMania of pro football?