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Brian Fritz of betweentheropes.com and I discuss WrestleMania XXVII after the show Sunday night from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
No bad matches Kev? The Lawler/Cole match was atrocious and I feel bad for that being Jerry's "Wrestlemania Moment". The two tag matches were very very bad. I was at the Dome as well and both of those matches had the crowd not too happy in my area. The Orton/Punk, Edge/Del Rio, and Taker/HHH matches were very good and the crowd was into it. However, the main event of the biggest event of the year should never end that way or be as lack luster as it was. Cena and Miz had no shot after the Taker/HHH encounter and Snooki drawing what heat was left in the building. Plus the main event suffered from lack of build up and just had no energy to it after the entrances. The Rock getting involved and actually effecting the outcome of the match was not good either. Let the Rock get his moment on Cena, but let that happen after the match was over.
April 4, 2011 12:21 PM
Kev, this may be wishful thinking but....do you think they may have kept the strap on Edge and held off on a Christian heel turn so they can feud over the title?
April 4, 2011 1:04 PM
WOW...After reading your entries, I am SO GLAD I did not waste $55 on this.
Sounds like UT & HHH was the best thing over 4 hours.
Wow...I am just stunned how crappy this all sounded. I have done my eyes justice by not watching this one.
Jayson Olson |
April 4, 2011 1:46 PM
Did we watch the same Wrestlemania? I thought several recent editions of "Raw" were better than this.
Yes, Undertake and HHH did give a good match. Edge's match wasn't bad. But the others? And that skit with Snoop? Horrible, horrible, horrible!
I get that 's it's the compnay's biggest events, and I get that it's a reward to some to be able to appear on the card. But it has become painfully obvious that they are creating matches just to appease some of those wrestlers. The 8-man tag was asinine. Putting Morrison in that train-wreck with Snooki completely wasted any of his show stealing abilities. No US title on the line? No Intercontinental title on the line? No tag team title on the line? No women's title on the line?
I learned a while ago that when the WWE has no real competition, their creativity is beyond bad. Thus, it's a waste of money to buy their PPV's. This event further proves it's not worth shelling out $60 for any furture PPV's.
April 4, 2011 2:40 PM
Ugh... no video at work, but I still have somethings to get off my chest about last night.
First of all, last year I considered buying Wrestlemania but balked when I saw the $70-$80 price tag. When I saw that this year's was only $55, I went ahead and bought it. In some ways I wished I hadn't because it felt like a waste but I have to think "you get what you pay for." If WWE dropped the price, they knew they were serving up a stinker this year.
Ok, first things first, you were in the Georgia Dome Eck but for those listening at home, the sound was just terrible. When The Rock came out to do his opening monolouge, it sounded as if he was in Philip's Arena during a Thrashers game instead of in front of the largest crowd ever in Georgia Dome history. It was tough figuring out the crowd reaction all night long and whoever the sound guy isshould be fired.
The other person who should be fired is however thought Rey Mysterio's Captain America outfit was a good idea. I like Mysterio and thought he and Rhodes had the second best match of the night but Mysterio's outfit was so bad it seriously detracted from the whole thing.
As for the matches themselves, the booking made very little sense. Instead of watching Wrestlemania, I thought I was watching an extended version of Raw.
The only real "WOW!: surprise of the night was Snooki's atheleticism. I knew she was going to get the pin in her match but didn't expect her to pull off the moves that she did to get the pin. (If WWE wanted to, they could easily turn her into the Diva's version of Miz.)
The other "surprises" last night weren't as big, weren't as memorable, and overall took away from the show. The Corre losing in a squash match? It should have been the other way around with the way WWE has tried to build up Barrett, Slater, and Gabriel. How does that group go forward now as a heel faction? Especially with all the gold that the hold right now?
Edge-Del Rio as the curtain jerker? Way to devalue the Smackdown brand and World Heavyweight Title Vince. Bookending title matches might have worked if they had given Edge and Del Rio more than 10 minutes and if one of the titles had changed hands last night. Hades, have Christain turn heel after Edge defends so those two can have a title program. But nothing with that one.
The Cole-Lawler match was five, maybe ten minutes too long. Either way, that should have been moved to earlier in the card and the time saved given to Cena-Miz or Edge-Del Rio. Though the Raw GM did a good job giving Cole his heat back (because he can now claim victory despite getting slapped around by Lawler).
The best match by far was HHH-Undertaker. Both guys give it their all and put on a very worthy show. No ring rust and no lack of drama in their match. I also like the subtle ending where HHH taps out and walks away but Undertaker has to be carted backstage after the match. Look for a rematch at next year's Wrestlemania in Miami.
Finally, the most disappointing thing about Wrestlemania for me was the Cena-Miz match. I was hoping for Cena to get the title off of Miz. But that didn't happen and now we have to listen to Miz's cringe inducing promos some more. Hopefully that situation gets rectified tonight on Raw but I'm not holding my breath. Giving them just over 15 minutes of action and having Rock bury both of them at the end of the night and standing tall in the ring is an ending more Raw than Wrestlemania.
Oh, and the biggest PPV of the year and no titles change??? Lame.
April 4, 2011 2:52 PM
Undertaker and HHH stole the show? Get real. The match was a series of cheap pops for repeated finishers separated by several minutes of overselling, likely to mask the fact that neither guy was really ready for in-ring action after long layoffs. The match picked up toward the end, but frankly, it was boring at times and predictably disappointing after two years of great streak defenses against HBK. Surely you can't believe this was the match of the night. That honor was reserved for Cody vs. Mysterio, with a lesser case to be made for Punk vs. Orton.
April 4, 2011 2:52 PM
Is this the first time in the two belt era that both champions have retained at Wrestlemania?
Rood Dog |
April 4, 2011 3:03 PM
Kev, Undertaker faced Big Show and A-Train at Wrestlemania 19. It was supposed to be a tag match with his partner being Nathan Jones.
And I do agree with a lot of your points. It was a decent show. Not the greatest Wrestlemania ever, but it wasn't as bad as people are making it out to be.
April 4, 2011 4:36 PM
Kevin, can you comment on the style clash that CM Punk has vs most wrestlers?
RESPONSE FROM KE: Punk just works a stiffer style than most and has had to really make an effort to work "WWE style." He works best with guys like William Regal and Daniel Bryan.
April 4, 2011 5:20 PM
I don't think they showed Edge trashing the Rolls on the broadcast. None of the people I watched with remember seeing it (and we joked about Edge doing it during his entrance).
We hadn't had more than a couple Steveweisers at that point.
April 5, 2011 10:27 AM
Very nice job on the interview. You have TV talent as well as writing ability.
April 6, 2011 12:55 AM
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