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Chair Shots: Wrestlemania "Why It's Good, Why It's Bad" Review
By TripleR
Apr 7, 2013 - 10:37:39 PM

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It’s Wrestlemania time again loyal readers, and whether you were excited or not, it’s still the biggest event on the wrestling calendar. I’ll be writing this review live as I watch it, so the thoughts are still fresh in my head. So enough of this jibber-jabber, let’s do this!

(Pre-Show) Wade Barrett vs. The Miz for the IC Title

Why it’s Good
The first match of the night definitely got an already pumped up crowd ready for the main show of the evening. The match was given hardly any time at all, but for those who watched the pre-show, they were able to see the Intercontinental Title change hands with The Miz taking the strap from Wade Barrett. Miz is now the two-time Intercontinental Champion, if that means anything at all anymore. Barrett’s star has definitely gotten tarnished, and quite frankly I’m not sure where Barrett goes from here.

Why It’s Bad
The Intercontinental Title changed hands on a pre-show that wasn’t even shown on the PPV, but online. The prestige of the IC Title is dead, gone, kaput, in a body bag. The same belt that was worn by Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Honkytonk Man, etc. is now nothing more than a warm-up match to get a crowd ready. If you blinked, you missed the majority of the match. This title used to MEAN something. Now it means nothing, nothing at all, and that is NOT AWESOME!

Sheamus, Big Show, and Randy Orton vs. The Shield

Why it’s Good
The Shield were victorious! This was the right thing at the right time. I’ve said it before, but if the WWE hasn’t done a damn thing right in the last 12 months, they’ve gotten The Shield 100% correct on all counts. This is a team that wrestles like a pack of wolves. Even when there is only one of them in the ring, it still feels like you’re wrestling all of them. Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose are going to be big stars, no doubt about it. This was the right match to kick off the night, and once again The Shield were victorious. I believe in The Shield- again!

Why It’s Bad
Lots of rumours surrounding this match about a possible Orton heel turn. That didn’t happen here, but The Big Show stayed heel by knocking out Orton and Sheamus. Not really sure any of that is a bad thing, but it’s all I’ve got for a very good opener. Seth Rollins may need to tone things down just a touch, because this is the 2nd PPV where he almost knocked himself silly outside of the ring. The suicide dive onto Orton saw Rollins head snap back against the ringside barricade, and it elicited an “Oh shit” from me when it happened. You’ve got big things ahead of you Seth, don’t kill yourself.

Mark Henry vs. Ryback

Why it’s Good
This was a battle of the beasts, with two of the strongest men in the WWE going toe to toe. This match was brutal, and quite honestly there wasn’t a lot good about it. Ryback was able to show he had some amazing strength but put Mark Henry up in the Shellshock, not once, but twice. The crowd started to turn on this match as it plodded along in the middle section, but mercifully it didn’t last much longer.

Why It’s Bad
The wrong person won. Even having Ryback Shellshock Mark Henry after the match doesn’t take away the fact the Ryback’s monster push seems to have reached its peak. Ryback should have won at Wrestlemania, but giving Henry the win may have to do with Mark Henry and the WWE reaching an agreement on a continued working relationship. I still can’t help but think that this was the wrong call in terms of the winner, with two heels now winning back to back. Disappointing bout, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be pretty.

Team Hell No vs. Ziggler and Big E. Langston

Why it’s Good
Team Hell No are STILL mega- over with the WWE Universe. It’s been a long time since a team has maintained the kind of support that Kane and Daniel Bryan have had for over six months now. Having Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler start the match off set a nice fast-paced tone to the proceedings. The crowd, having been a little dead for the Ryback/Henry match sparked back up in support of the tag team champions. It was a decent enough match, maybe not WM worthy, but the right team definitely won.

Why It’s Bad
Big E. just isn’t ready. If there was one weak spot in that match it was Langston’s participation in it. When you’re in the ring with the caliber of athletes he was with, you either have to step up your game, or get out of the way. Langston did neither, and his late entry for the breakup of the Kane pin attempt looked awkward at best. There might be good things in the future for Big E., but having his first match at Wrestlemania was a mistake. Ziggler also looked a little rushed in the match as well, botching a Fame-asser on Kane, and being slightly more over the top in his selling than usual. Not sure where Ziggler goes now, because that MITB briefcase seems to be an albatross around his neck.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

Why it’s Good
Despite my feelings about Fandango, he had to come out of Wrestlemania with the win, and that’s exactly what happened. What was basically a glorified squash match, with Fandango getting about 5 offensive moves in the entire match, the newcomer got a roll-up victory over a man that did his job and put over the newer wrestler. The crowd, including me, still couldn’t give two ****s about Fandango, but if he has any chance of succeeding, there was no way a loss was happening there.

Why It’s Bad
That ending looked dreadful. Not sure if Fandango was too close to the ropes, or Jericho overshot the Lionsault, but something looked wrong in that sequence. The commentators kept stating that Jericho tweaked his knee, preventing him from putting on the Walls of Jericho, but I just didn’t see that happen. Jericho’s knee giving out looked dreadfully awkward, and the roll-up was basically Y2J falling into it. The match was basically Jericho beating the crap out of his opponent, so the ending needed to be clean and it just wasn’t. Fandango isn’t going to win over any people with that performance. His big finishing leg drop was kicked out of once, and completely missed a second time. You’re not going to make that a believable move with that happening.

Um….I didn’t watch Wrestlemania to see Diddy do whatever the **** it is he does. The superstars who actually got time on this card had shorter time because of this mess. Please go away!

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship

Why it’s Good
Del Rio continues to embrace working as a face, and the fans seem to be getting behind him more and more. That’s good news for the WWE, as they need a strong Latino superstar to continue to build their Hispanic market. He had the crowd support here at Wrestlemania, and came out still the World Heavyweight Champion. I couldn’t see Swagger coming out of this victorious, and quite honestly the World Championship was due a more deserving challenger. Not much more to say other than Del Rio came out of this looking strong, and the Swagger experiment seems to be over.

Why It’s Bad
It was a slow, plodding match that the fans had trouble getting into. The hot NY crowd had two matches back to back that didn’t get a lot of support, and that may largely be due to the lack of interest in both Fandango and Jack Swagger. Swagger was pushed to the title before he was ready the first time, and he was pushed fast again this time around. He’s yet to show that he’s a true Main Event wrestler, something I don’t think he’ll ever be on a regular basis. Swagger is a mid-carder, and that’s where he should stay. The “We the People” angle made people uncomfortable, and that’s fine, but it didn’t have a star to really back it up.

CM Punk vs. The Undertaker

Why it’s Good
I’m a huge Living Colour fan, have been for as long as I can remember. “Stain” is one of the most underrated rock albums of its time. If you’re going to have a musical performance at WM, make sure it has a purpose. Having them perform Punk’s intro was badass in every way possible. But then we got zombies…..yes, zombies. Undertaker’s entrance is still one of the best of all time, bar none. It brings goose bumps each and every time

Now about that match! What can I say about that other than it was ****ing awesome. Taker and CM Punk clicked on every level possible and delivered the Wrestlemania match that this card was looking for the entire evening. Counters, kick outs, reverses- everything was there in this one. I’ve been somewhat critical of Undertaker coming back year after year, but damn son that was some remarkable shit! It took from the opener until this moment to get me back into the card, but this surely deserved applause from both sides of the ring.

Why It’s Bad
Um….it had to end? This was just fantastic. Was it a 5-star match? That’s up for debate, but it was certainly worthy of being towards the top of both Punk and Taker’s resumes. I don’t really have anything bad to say here folks, just a brilliant match, and one of the things that makes Wrestlemania special.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

Why it’s Good
This match took forever to get going, but when it did it became a brutal, old school style no-holds barred match with two men really taking the other to the limit. Brock Lesnar showed a lot of personality in this match, giving us some facial expressions and mannerisms that we hadn’t seen before, which was a pleasant surprise. While it surely wasn’t either man’s best match, it was a fine preamble to the Main Event. I didn’t think it was great, but after giving it time to simmer I ended up enjoying it for what it was.

Why It’s Bad
The crowd was dead, almost crickets dead. I don’t know if they were worn out from Taker/Punk, or if it was the slow-moving early portion of the match. It’s rare to see a crowd so silent during a Triple H match, and it stayed that way all the way through until the end. Even Triple H’s crotch chop, and eventual comeback did little to get the crowd back around. As Hustle Madness has shown, a great crowd can make an OK match good, and a great match stellar. The same can be said for a dead crowd, and that’s exactly what happened here. The match was better than the reception is received.

Big props to the 2013 Hall of Fame Class. Some fantastic names in there, all well deserved. Trish looked fantastic, and I couldn’t be happier for her impending child. Something about pregnant women can be very sexy!

Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls vs. Rhodes Scholars and the Bellas gets bumped from the PPV. That’s probably a good thing, because quite honestly it wasn’t needed in there anyway. I do feel bad for Team Rhodes Scholars though, as they had a great last twelve months. Nice to see The Bella’s return meant something to the WWE.

John Cena vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship

Why it’s Good
I don’t have a lot of good things to say about this match. For a Wrestlemania Main Event, it lacked focus; it lacked chemistry, and seemed like two men just going through the motions without doing anything special or remarkable. The good side is that a part-timer no longer holds the WWE Championship, but with that comes a return to the status quo of John Cena as champion.

Why It’s Bad
The match itself was ridiculous. We talk about Cena’s “5 Moves of Doom” all the time, but that entire match had little more than that in it. It was finisher after finisher after finisher, time and time again. There’s something missing in the chemistry between Cena and the Rock, as I’ve had a hard time getting invested in any of their matches, but this was just rubbish. It was a horrible way to end what was overall a lackluster evening. What a letdown!

As for my predictions, I came out of it 7-2, with one no contest as the 8-person match got bumped from the card. For being the biggest event of the year, it fell way short of its expectations, just not MY expectations. I didn’t expect much from the card, and once again the WWE failed to take any chances whatsoever, giving us exactly what everybody thought we would get. I wonder if Wrestlemania can EVER be good again. Has the WWE played it safe for so long that they don’t know how to take a chance anymore? I surely hope not, because the more lackluster WM’s we get, the harder it will be to get excited for them.

Until next time,
Trip Out!


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