For my return blog, it's nothing special, just my thoughts on Wrestlemania. But let me preface everything with this...
I was a huge fan of wrestling from the mid 90s to the early 00s. I loved the Attitude Era and the wrestlers that came with it. It was the best time period in wrestling ever. But around 2003 when The Rock left, I was gone. I watched it sparingly, whenever I would see it was on one Monday night as I was flipping through channels, but I never planned on watching it. Then, a couple months ago, me and my roommate were flipping through the channels and saw Raw was on. It was like 10:50 and Raw had about 10 more minutes. We turn it on to find out they're about to announce the Wrestlemania host. As we all know now, it turned out to be The Rock. When his music came on, we were both as shocked and in awe as the people there. With that, I was hooked. I watched Raw for the last two months or so, figuring out storylines and figure out the new wrestlers. And with the WWE bringing back Stone Cold, Booker T, J.R., Trish Stratus (ohhhh yeah) and inducting Shawn, I was ready. I very nearly ordered Wrestlemania tonight, but voted against it and found it online...
Which leads me to this. Wrestlemania sucked. In my opinion, there was far too much quantity over quality. I tuned in about 20 minutes late, but caught the majority of the matches. So I'm going to break down what I thought
* As I said, there was too many matches and none of them were very special (outside of 'Taker-HHH). There was something like 9 matches and there were matches like the Kane/Show/Santino/Kofi vs. Core match that was like 2 minutes, not an exaggeration. Same for the mixed tag match with Snooki (who impressed me). Wouldn't it have been better to get rid of those two matches and replace it with Money In The Bank? I say yes.
* Where was the MITB match this year? I mean, it's by far one of the more exciting matches of the year and creates that fun dynamic of "challenge for any title, anywhere" storyline. Did I miss something?
* WWE failed with bringing superstars back. You have The Rock, Austin, Trish, Taker, HHH, Shawn, J.R. and Booker T and did absolutely nothing with them. Outside of the run-in with Rock and Austin backstage, there was nothing. Since when did Booker call matches? Austin had a nice run, but I want more stunners. Trish's match last 4 minutes and Shawn did nothing all night. I will admit I loved, loved, loved listening to JR and Jerry over Cole and Lawler all day long. It was great having J.R. back.
* In my 2 months of watching, I grew a large hatred of Cole. God, I understand the heel role, but he was straight annoying. Same goes for this Anonymous Raw GM. Both need to be done with.
* That was you're big pay-off with The Rock, WWE? My online feed froze after the count out of Cena-Miz, but I think I gathered that The Rock came out, changed it to no-holds barred, restarted, gave Cena a Rock Bottom to cost him a title, then was challenged by Miz and gave him the People's Elbow. But that was it? 2 months of build-up and that's what we get? Epic. Fail.
* The match of the night, which wasn't a hard honor to obtain tonight, was Taker-HHH. That being said, it was nothing compared to Taker's last 2 matches against Shawn at WM. I felt like the match went for a lot of flair and not much technicality. There wasn't anything but big moves, which isn't something I like. Like it went 'Taker backdropping HHH, slowly sliding in the ring, walking to the other end, then flipping on HHH. 2 minutes later, they start moving again. That was the whole match. But it was a great match for the "wow" factor, meaning I loved them kicking out late, especially Taker kicking out of Triple H's tombstone. But the ending of the match was lame. Taker choking out HHH after 5 minutes of him fighting, then Taker being carted out. I hope that means he's retiring.
In the end, I'm glad I saved $55 on this PPV. It was lots of hype, no performance. Next time, WWE, choose some great wrestlers in long matches than 10 matches that last 20 minutes. I give you 2 out of 5 stars.