Wrestlemania Disappointments – Part 1

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What else can I say…….the title says it all.  OK, fine, you want specifics.  I can do that.  But first let me start off by saying that this was Wrestlemania……the biggest PPV of the year……the measuring stick……blah, blah, blah.  This seemed more like an old In Your House pay-per-view.  Don’t get me wrong: there were some good moments.  But they were always overshadowed by the confusing, questionable and down-right bad.  I will deal with this in two parts, so let’s start from the beginning:

I’m sure I’m out of touch with all the Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine that I listen too, but I never heard of Keri Hilson.  That doesn’t make her bad – just an odd choice.  I thought maybe they’d choose someone that fit more with their demographics.  Oh well, not a big thing……on to the show.

From there we get the Rock’s music.  I was excited to see what he was going to say.  He’s always great on the mic.  OK, it’s taking some time here.  Let me run to the restroom.  OK, still didn’t miss any of his speech.  I’m thirsty; let me get something to drink.  OK, still hasn’t said anything so we’re good.  You’re starting to get the picture.  Maybe if he had started when he got out there, we could have had a United States Title match last night (spoiler alert).  I love listening to the Rock, but it was way too long at the beginning of the show.

On to match number one……World Heavyweight Title match?  I was curious why they started here.  Oh well, Brodus Clay is already at ringside when Christian’s music hits.  I’m not sure why they are at ringside, but I’m sure it’s something exciting.  Overall, the match is good.  Alberto Del Rio has lost to Christian a couple of times in the past few weeks.  Is this a sign they are setting up a Christian-Del Rio title feud.  Alberto has to walk out with the belt.  Right?  A clean pin by Edge?  Why build Del Rio up like you did and have him lose clean at Wrestlemania?  Doesn’t that sort of diminish him and the Royal Rumble winner as a whole?  And why exactly were Christian and Clay there?  I was expecting a heel turn by Christian; especially when he brought out the pipe and crowbar.  But nothing.  A clean pin – a stalled push – a demolished car.  So Del Rio can’t beat Edge or Christian.  Maybe a feud with Yoshi Tatsu is in the cards.

Next up, Rhodes and Mysterio.  I just didn’t get it.  Is this a push for Rhodes?  Is this a way to write Mysterio off for a while?  Did anyone actually sit through this entire match?  I just didn’t see their styles matching.  And the “disfigurement” angle needs no further explaination.  I just could have done without this match.

On to Snoop Dog……interesting segment.  Way to throw a bone to so many mid-carders by having them appear at Wrestlemania.  It had a couple of laughs.  Piper smashing Ryder with the coconut was priceless!

Eight-man tag match.  The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Santino and ?.  Kozlov was “jumped” last night and needs to be replaced.  This is one of those Wrestlemania moments.  A HUGE surprise.  Is it Big Daddy Cool back again?  Piper’s there – is it him?  Surely it’s not Shawn Michaels.  I’m hoping Piper.  Wait for the bagpipes…….Kofi Kingston?  He’s talented enough to be at Wrestlemania, but it’s an 8-man tag.  Mae Young could have been their 4th and they could have protected her.  Oh well, let’s enjoy the match.  I poured a soda, took a sip and slid my recliner back to relax and enjoy the……it’s over!  A Cobra followed by a KO punch.  Way to make the young, gold wielding faction look like The Right to Censor.  And I don’t want to hear about time constraints – cut the crap then.  This match had the potential to steal the show.

The Rock calling Mae Young a Diva-saurus was classic!  Mae’s more funny now that she’s being used less frequently.  And the classic Rock-Stone Cold stare while shaking hands was cool.  Maybe a preview of Team Bring It vs. Team 3:16?

The final match I’ll look at in this first part is Randy Orton vs. CM Punk.  This match finally lived up to the standards of Wrestlemania.  I hated the lame “Orton goes for the punt but his leg gives out” garbage that’s used way too often.  But Punk came off as the crafty, cerebrial villian while controlling that match and countering Orton’s moves.  And Orton played the “face in peril” role perfectly: strong enough to keep him mo-jo but injured enough to allow Punk to display his extensive scientific skills.  Punk was perfect, including making the one fatal mistake and getting nailed by the RKO.  This match not only satisfied, but it was done well enough that you can see it continuing if that’s the direction “creative” wants to take.  With half the matches done, I finally had reason to applaud Wrestlemania 27.

Well, that the end of Part 1.  I welcome your feedback – agree or disagree.  I’ll have Part 2 up soon, so keep a look out!

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  1. El Frawg!!! says:

    Am I the only one who felt like the entire PPV was diminished by the horrible crowd mic/editing job? You could barely hear the crowd, which was fine for hearing the performers (and the ref giving match queues), but there was no electricity from 70,000 people cheering. I assume they cheered. It looked like they cheered at times. The Rock did his long-ass speech and paused as if there were applause, but since you couldn’t hear it, it sounded like he was bombing. Same for the high spots. Terribly distracting since they normally do a great job with audience noise on Raw.

    1. Jeff Malinoski says:

      I think the crowd was OK, but you’re right about the mic. It felt more like 17,000 instead of 71,000 people. And again, outside of the Rock at the beginning, there wasn’t much in the first half to explode for.

  2. VinceGillett says:

    I almost totally agree but couldn’t care less about the Corre at all. and I thought Rey and Cody had an ok match with a stupid gimmick.

    I’m sure some of the sound was cut when things didn’t go their way like ‘Bullshit’ chants and Cena boos. But yeah the atmosphere was odd.

    1. Jeff Malinoski says:

      I see your point about the Corre, but Wade Barrett has “it”. He has the chance to become a solid main event guy. Jackson is meh, and Slater and Gabriel are solid upper mid-card guys. Done right, they could be around for a while.

      As for Rey and Cody, I just think it was the usual spots. I’d of preferred they scrap that match to include the US Title match.

      1. VinceGillett says:

        Wade definitely has ‘IT’ but as long as he is shackled to The Corre he will be held back which is why I hated it the second they turned up on SD.

    2. mrakbaz says:

      the core has the tag team and ic belt and nobody cares haha

  3. mrakbaz says:

    your telling me the owrld title in the first match? what the fffffff!!!!!!

  4. mrakbaz says:

    i meant world title im so pissed i cant type

  5. mrakbaz says:

    i bet you there were enough idiots to pay the 55 bucks what a fn ripoff i watched it for free online the only way to go

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