Bradley's Wrestlemania Review
The Video Package was well written. We have the normal 'Mania moments like Hogan slamming Andre and Austin bleeding but I love how it was incorporated with your current feuds. It made them seem very important as well by including them, not something seen in other opening packages so kudos for that. The last few lines were truly spine tingling.
Not a massive fan of Coach at 'Mania but Cole/Styles is a mega win for me. On to Mysterio/Booker, this could be an intriguing and entertaining opening bout. I would have chosen WGTT vs. Spirit Squad but w/e... it's your 'Mania anyway.
Rey Mysterio vs. Booker T
Can I just say, normally, a heel Booker T (not King) doesn't cut it for me but you have made him very readable in this thread and I like that. The verbal confrontation was a nice touch and straight away you highlight Mysterio's strategy which was a good move and he seems very intense and focused, a new Mysterio perhaps? A clothesline to the back of the head always seems very awkward to me, I would have much preferred a clean punch or a forearm to the back of the head otherwise that move seems a little to rigid. It's good that you have got a solid story flowing in the opening paragraphs, many elite bookers use this as a solid foundation and you are no different. Booker trying to keep Mysterio from flying has been done before. I thought it was Droppin' not Pickin' the Dime, unless it was changed recently. A nasty shot from Sharmell, not too original but it needed to be done to further the story of the match on with Booker being extremely physical with Mysterio. I love the psychology in this match; best I have seen in a while if I am honest. A nice, basic story which has been expanded in different ways and Booker's work on the knee with the half Boston Crab was superb. I can see WHY Booker tried to put Mysterio in the Figure Four but I can't see WHY, if you catch my drift. He doesn't use it and didn't need to, he could have used a sharpshooter or something like that, why not but the Figure Four was playing too much on Flair for my liking. Booker working on the knee is great by the way, the way you emphasise it happening again and again was perfect and, may I just say, you utilise capitals and pauses extremely well. I wouldn't have put a seemingly bad botch in to a match like this with their heads smacking together. I also thought the pins came thick and fast but a bit too quickly at the end and it seemed slightly rushed. That being said, I did enjoy the end paragraphs and it was all very exciting. A slight typo, instead of feeling you wrote feelis, nothing much and a minor blemish. The ending was superb and I honestly thought Booker had it won with the spinebuster, then I scrolled down...
Did Booker stay up for his scissors kick or did he go all the way down? Still a good ending and it doesn't make Booker look awful. A fantastic match with a few minor mistakes. A good match to set the pace for what should be a tremendous night. ****
The recognition from Styles at the end added to it, as this is an alternate reality, Mysterio never won that World Title so the only way is up IMO. Booker will become a mega star with those last words, probably a divorce in the works.
A nice little interlude, nothing was said but it spoke a thousand words. Shame for the lame texting on who will win... it all adds to the realism though!
Money in the Bank
Call my cynical but I wouldn't have had Kennedy come out for that. Sure it was entertaining, very entertaining at that, but it puts the spotlight on Kennedy, suddenly he is the main guy when it should be 6 equals. The match started off well with cagey enthusiasm as I like to call it. A little generic with the baseball slide to the ladder but I'll let it slide for now (groan...) An amazing spot next, it was around the perfect time to do that spot to stretch the match out a bit. I like you characterising Carlito as the sneaky little bugger but I loved that little section. The rungs, although done before, are a nice addition. I haven't commented on them before but they really add to the match and the realism of it all, step by step. Apart from an awe inspiring Matt Hardy spot Chavo has been the MAN in this match. I have noted that he is undefeated and that just shows how a spot of good booking can make anyone look good. I know you and Mac have a thing for Chavo and I honestly hope you push him to the moon as he is a fantastic talent. Back to the match, the momentum stopper was very clever and well thought out. I thought Kennedy hadn't been involved too much and there is always a danger of leaving people out in matches like these. This is non stop action, I am absolutely glued to my laptop screen here. This is how it should be done, absolutely immense. The Nightmare on Helms Street would have been an insane spot. Maybe only one or two ladder spots from the top should be attempted in a MITB match as, for my liking, too many is overkill as you can be creative on the ground. I am a little concerned we have had 2 massive spots already, I hope you can keep up the pace. I feel this is becoming a spotfest without too much psychology. I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction but there were a few times were it seemed spot after spot and Matt Hardy is hardly a youngster anymore, wrestling in the 'E for more than 10 years (8 your time). A sick spot with Helms and Finlay but did you mean Helms crashed back in to Finlay's ladder as that was a little hard to understand from my point of view. The Green Bay Plunge from the top of the ladder, I'm a little uneasy with another big spot as there should only really be one BIG one per MITB match and there have been several big spots. I loved the exclamation the GAWWWWD, it added to it, the emotion, the feeling and the spectacle that is WrestleMania. Kennedy got owned, I really don't know who is going to win and I am disappointed with the lack of Helms but other than that the match is going really well. A big leg drop but later on we see a Twist of Fate from the ladder and Frog Splash from the ladder as well. It was all a bit TOO much. It was VERY entertaining but it was a bit of overkill. The Carlito springboard spot was nicked from 'Mania 22 and probably every other ladder match ever but I can't mark you down for that because of the fact the WWE put on the same spots match after match anyway. I don't know how Carlito got that apple and still managed to land on the ladder but a good ending. Overall I expected more as it was all a bit too spotty for me but it was VERY ENTERTAINING and if there is one thing I can take from that match is that I thoroughly enjoyed it and it would have been an epic match to watch live but it seemed to be a list of spots being played out before my eyes. Solid but not amazing, like the opener. ***1/2
World Tag Team Championship Match:
It's good to see, what looks like, the 03 WGTT back in action and in full steam going in to this event. I am loving how you are putting the spotlight on Kenny, call me hypocritical because of what I said about Kennedy earlier but Kenny deserves the praise over his team mates. The first paragraph set the tone and Kenny will go on to bigger and better things. Another chop? I don't recall Benjamin ever using a chop, maybe a forearm or an amateurish paintbrush move a la Kurt Angle wouldn't have gone amiss. I am liking the dirty tactics from Kenny so far and a great counter with the thumb in the eye. The SS tagging in quickly during the opening minutes is great strategy on their part and it keeps the match carefully ticking along. Again, the chops are a bit of overkill, surely? Haas' wrestling expertise was really shown there and I could feel the change in pace, rhythym and tempo from when Benjamin was in the ring and from when Haas was in the ring just by reading it. You seem to have your flow completely spot on in my opinion. When I am reading it I FEEL the counters and the impact of the moves which is delightful for me. I can't quite picture a Front Facelock to a lift, in fact I can't even picture the Facelock, do you mean a Crippler Crossface? Just when it looks like SS gain the upper hand they are done over again by Haas and Benjamin and I would have felt this match would have been more solid if SS had dominated for a longer period in the earlier going but it seems you missed your chance. A fantastic moment with Nicky (was he the one who was owned by Michaels at Vengeance 06?) stopping Haas from making Kenny tap and, despite there being a degree of chaos, it is all organised. A lesser booker would have made this in to a clusterfuck right now. The bit of SS domination is really great, utilising the steel steps. The fan interaction really added to the match as well and it helps me get to know what is going on and I know what is the larger picture rather than being forced to be fixated on just what is going on in the ring. I don't think there is any point in having the Spirit Squad CONSTANTLY interfere, you are timing it at good intervals but I'd rather focus on the wrestling and now an all out brawl. I loved the tension building up to that one big moment where Charlie Haas finally reverses the move in to a shattering German! That moonsault counter was absolutely insane and reeked of desperation but couldn't he have just ran in and collapsed on to them? I think, when Kenny missed the leg drop, it would have been better if we weren't aware of it as the camera wouldn't have shown it until the last second and it would have been more shocking. A very intense ending, a very good match and it was a fantastic WRESTLING contest ***3/4
Punk's coming to Smackdown? If Kash loses, Punk/Kash plz.
A very emotional promo here, it has been building up for a while and this is it, it seems very haunting.
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
The way you described the atmosphere to start the match was absolutely amazing, this has been building up for the last, what, 3 months? This should be definitely worth it. The opening was immense. Kash was a REAL bad ass and this is the ultimate good vs. evil match, a good story set out from the off. Kash trying to slow the match down is a good idea from him. The stalemate was the perfect way to show they are yin and yang and the counters were unbelievable in the fast paced sections and it flowed magnificently. This is turning in to an amazingly fast paced contest but a really physical encounter as well, I can honestly feel the intensity and hatred radiating off of the page when I read it. This oozes drama. The German Suplex off of the apron was a fantastic spot but it shows just how FAR they will go to get the win and it really shows off Kash's heel persona as that wouldn't have worked as well or as been as effective if that was Noble doing that move. The methodical pacing after Kash hit that German Suplex was probably the best pacing and psychology I have EVER seen from you and anyone else on this forum. He was methodically picking apart his body piece by piece, like a murderer if you will. Noble's valiant and brief comebacks further highlighted Kash's intent for domination and his personality. He is a control freak and he wants to control Noble in the ring. I don't know if that is the direction you are going in but that is the way I interpret it, that's what is good about BTB people interpret things in totally different ways. Noble acting out of desperation with constant roll ups just adds to the tension, it builds towards something big, (if you have ever seen Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait then you will know what I mean) and I am going to love this climax! I LOVE the way Kash still looks smug despite going through this battle, this truly epic battle. You are truly showing Noble's heart in this match and it is an emotional battle. The Noble come back is on! I would have had him make the comeback a little earlier but this shows he still has fight. There have been a lot of pinfalls, I have noted that and a CW match isn't a CW match without a flurry of pinfalls. The match dragged briefly towards the end but I feel that was because you showed how tired both men were after the struggle. I can't believe Noble kicked out from that Piledriver, I am feeling this match. The paragraph stating how Noble got to the ropes was magical, a thing of damn beauty right there and I'm going OTT but the long pause as he went to the ropes send a million words for me and I can just picture his struggle in my head, a hallmark of a great booker (something I'll say countless times tonight, I'm sure) There were false finishes right to the very end and Noble wins it in the most spectacular way possible, I would have been content with a roll up as that move must have killed him physically but I couldn't care less! You made the CW something that is rarely seen nowadays in BTB, credible. INcredible infact and I thought I was watching a World title match as the emotion was all there, you can probably see from my waffling I don't pay too close attention to the moves but everything was there. MOTN so far and an absolutely phenomenal contest, a true tribute to your match writing skills. ****3/4
You didn't get ***** because you support Tottenham!!! The CW's coming out at the end was touching but I can't see how you better this... EPIC. I'll give you *****
for that in all honesty.
Carlito vs. Masters would end in a rather awesome contest at Backlash judging by the quality of the matches so far.
Women’s Championship Match
Mickie as referee really adds to this match and this could, if treated well, could be a great contest as I see no reason why you can't write better with men than with women as it always a misconception in BTB and in actual wrestling. Surprised to see women actually getting in to a BRAWL to start things off but this doesn't seem to be focused too much on the match, judging from the build up it all seems to be about Mickie. A slow start transforms in to an absorbing contest which is good. AWFUL realism with people leaping back when Stratus fell in front of them.
Same old same old so far, I'm rather unfortunately getting flashbacks to every other Vickie/Trish encounter. THERE! RIGHT THERE! Taking this match to the next level, once again, you always seem to get the hang of the match, as if you are there and participating in the match with the knee, the feeling, the emotion Victoria goes extremely psycho on Trish now with the constant kneeing to the face and I can almost feel the knees to the face, it seems crippling. Trish's resilience was really well shown here and your description of Victoria was spot on for this point in the match. (I have never liked people saying that they shouldn't do a certain thing, it's your thread.) Some absolutely amazing action, you made that almost unmissable, it was frenetic in pace but superb in quality at the same time. The ending was a little cliched but it was a fun ending and I loved the use of capitals and pauses, Mickie was more or less straight down the middle, a good, fun match to give us a let down from the absolute classic which was before this, maybe that was your intention, maybe not. The aftermath overshadowed the match, I don't like that but it was controversial, it was 'Mania and it was well written and I absolutely loved it. New champion? I am extremely liking that but I don't know where it will go from here. ***
A rather amazing promo from Paul Heyman with the little gestures and the like. I would like to think Lashley will win tonight but it's not very likely. The build has been great though and I am eagerly anticipating that match.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
You were certainly right in labeling the No Way Out encounter a classic because that is what it was; a classic. This has the potential and, most importantly, the build to top that and reach the level of the CW match from earlier on, you sure do like your Smackdown titles! There were quite a few back body drops early on but that seems to typify the frenetic pace you have your matches at. I liked the fact you went for the Hooligans and MNM to start things off from the outset because it would have been a lot less eventful with William Regal and Paul Burchill in the ring, that's for sure. Regal being dominated as soon as he entered the ring was a stupid move in my opinion as you said before that they are very dominant and they need to look like they can be dominant and not being dominated by someone who is around 225. Now here comes the domination from the Bluebloods, another back body drop though, surely you know a few more moves than that!? Burchill getting a few minutes in the ring helped me whet my appetite for him when he comes in later on and makes me get a feel for what he is like, very physical and imposing. The teams tagging in other teams and your descriptions of their reactions are entertaining to say the least. I would have liked to have seen some more pinfalls as it should be a quick encounter for the most part and we didn't see that. We finally got a smattering of pinfalls but Kendrick was being absolutely dominated and he was made to look weak here for whatever reason. It did give us a nice build up to Spanky's comeback though and that would have garnered a considerable pop. There were some nice moves being utilised but I was confused by Paul Burchill hitting the Missile Dropkick and then Nitro following it up with a German? It sounds very complicated and unorthodox and even the very best couldn't pull that off and Burchill breaking up the pin sounds a bit dubious, maybe because he thought back to when MNM beat the Bluebloods? That's the only explanation I can think of at this current time. Nitro's moonsault on London must have been wicked but is Burchill deranged or does he actually want to lose by breaking up another pinfall that wasn't his team involved? London and Kendrick got up damn quickly from the SnapShot it seems but that was a very fun ending for MNM. The Powerbomb/Sliced Bread must have been awe inspiring to see. I honestly don't know who is going to win but it is a nice clash of styles. I thought it would have been a good way to end with the pinfall from Burchill after MNM's attack but never mind. Good description from the announcer's table and I can fully imagine what they would say, good writing. I loved the Englishmen dominating and when Londrick attempted to come back in to the match they were constantly denied. The segment which showed London being dominated was pure class, a really highlight of the match and the struggle was clearly evident and it was well written and showed glimpses of the CW match from earlier. Nice experience shown from the veteran Regal and I have a feeling the Hooligans will turn heel sooner or later as things just aren't going their way in this enthralling match. The Hooligans must be so pissed after trying so hard but they were screwed over in the end in an amazing and very entertaining match, the 3rd best match of the evening so far and slightly better than the other tag titles match. ****
I would just like to say that I would consider that the least exciting half of the PPV on PAPER but that exceeded my expectations and I can't imagine what is going to happen in what should be a blockbuster of a conclusion.
Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton:
Just to say the video package was VERY emotional and well written, you actually made me see the wider picture other than just wrestling. The opening was really intense with a flurry of punches, I didn't think it would break in to all out war quite so quickly. Damn, I don't think I would have had a Piledriver so early in the match, even if he didn't hit it. I know he was signaling his intent but it would have been better if Orton had tried a move as malicious. A great brawl is taking place and thankfully you have Orton dominating the first moments as he is obviously the better wrestler and you also didn't rush to the massive spots and you are obviously building this up damn well. Your description of Shane McMahon being brutalised is sadistic, in a good way. A nice move having the pinfall quite a way through the match as this match is a lot more methodical than quick witted match so that was good to see. By the way a dropkick should never be followed by a pin, it seems to weak and has no impact. Orton is the man at the moment and you really having him lead the way and you are making him too look really strong as Shane isn't much of a star in wrestling terms. I love how Orton's pacing is slow and, again, methodical. The pacing is completely spot on from my view and it is a brutal brawl, much like HBK/Jericho's various street fights and the like. I love how you are building up (sorry I keep saying I love things but I can't think of anything else) to a big moment and it seems like it is going to happen soon as Orton is dominating, maybe a little TOO much but the comeback will be all the sweeter. The electric cable segment was, well, electric. Very well written and I pleasure to read, I could feel the atmosphere and the emotion radiating with the crowd's reaction and Orton's reaction and it adds a new dimension to the match. I think Shane should at least get SOME offence in, I know what you are doing but at least make this a competitive match and not a complete squash at 'Mania. THERE IT IS! I called it, the reversal was very little yet something so big, was the table actually meant to break though? Yet again a nice description. (My reviews are getting rather monotonous by now as they are just full of praise) OH MY F***ING GOD! That was a huge spot... it reeked of desperation but a Shane match must always have a big spot and, if I'm honest, the whole match before this spot completely pales in comparison to this as that was INSANE! Feck me, that chair shot was even more insane and brutal, I loved that spot as it personified the match, an absolute brutal rollercoaster ride full of awesomesauce descriptions and non stop action. A nice (Although I have seen it before) touch with the red for the blood. I would have used the punt instead of the DDT and Shane O Mac would have dodged it but the fight and courage shown is phenomenal. FUCCKKKKKK!!! Excuse my language but this is getting better and better, this is a completely different animal to any other Street Fight I have ever seen, if anyone betters a hardcore match than this then I have yet to see it. I need to wrap this review up, we were always going to see a Coast to Coast but the miss was really intuitive and fun to read and it would be awesome to see. The punt seemed inevitable but he stops? A nice little promo midway through but OHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYY GODDDDDDDDDD!!! I was hoping he would actually come down but he saved Shane and Shane wins, Shane wins! An awesome match, fan-fecking-tastic brawl and a surprising finish which would actually go down in 'Mania history on all those Video Packages just like WM 3 and WM 13. I can't give this less than ****1/2
and no more because it can't touch the execution of the CW Match. An awful review from me though, I did waffle on a bit. I don't know how Orton is going to achieve a lot now, maybe a feud with Hart which leads in to a gimmick match which gives him the chance to win some titlez~!
Loving the video package, especially focusing on the history of Flair and how it could all end in an instant. Loving Shinedown btw, just thought I would add that to add to the increasing amount of words in this review... The words actually do fit in with the match though. Promo of the Year! Seriously. I loved it, anything I have to.... sounds so cool and it reminded me of 80's Flair. Good job. You have built this so well it seems a ***** match is a given with you
JBL slapping the taste out of Naitch's mouth was a good touch and you made JBL seem so evil here it's unreal. JBL dominating early on was a good touch and, much like the match prior, included elements of domination and it was again very methodical which I liked. JBL slowing the match down added to the feeling. My one major gripe about this match is that it won't be extremely exciting JBL and Flair's movelists aren't exactly expansive and you haven't got a lot to work with, as shown in the early parts here. Flair getting in his trademark chops early was nice to see. One thing I really liked was it was basically Vintage Flair and this was engaging and it is basically a step through time and the dirty or more underhand tactics work a lot better on a big heel guy like JBL and even I was spurring on someone in a piece of fictional writing, I haven't done that since the innocent days of Harry Potter and here I am comparing Legend to JK Rowling all those years on
This match is becoming more old school by the minute, definitely not a bad thing and it seems a role reveral as JBL seems like Flair in the 80's and Flair seems to be the old Nature Boy (who's name has slipped me by but he was retired by Flair... Bundy maybe?) The controlling aspect made this match all the more enthralling, it was a nice slow read and I liked that and I sometimes can mellow out and enjoy a technical masterpiece. I am not saying this is perfect as it did get quite slow in places and the flow was a little choppy, sometimes a fullstop is better than a comma for the longer sentences. JBL slows the match down again to Flair takes a risk, he goes to the top rope?! This is the moment that takes this match from average to phenomenal, this is the meaning of 'Mania and the crowd willing him on just adding to the moment. So many historic moments on this night and you really are a crafter of not just matches but stories. The 'end' was very well written, the pauses, the reversals and the explosion of heat as JBL 'wins' when I first read it (OK skimmed through) the ending shocked me but I read the whole match and I can appreciate it and, IMO, that was a bad decision not to end it there. The whole reversal of the decision was dubious and never happens for Dusty Finishes so that seemed a bit stupid but, hey, it's 'Mania rit? The dirty tactics, the trademark Figure Four and JBL loses and Flair wins. I can understand the whole match, I appreciate it, it wasn't the most exciting but give me a call when Flair starts chain wrestling with JBL. About as solid as that match could have got ***3/4
This has been built up so well, as with the other 11 matches on the card but you actually have made Lashley look credible and he COULD actually beat the Phenom here. Nice VP to start things off, very poetic rather than the generic crap which is normally spewed for a 'Taker match at 'Mania. Lashley signals his intent already and what a great and frenetic start. Fantastic booking making Lashley look so dominant in the early going and the crowd's reaction added to it. I thought it was going to be a squash for a moment but Undertaker fought back, maybe a little late for my liking though but this is a different breed of match other than the old 'Taker stuff we're used to. You're taking the rule book and ripping it up left, right and center. I have NEVER seen Snake Eyes being reversed straight after being hit like that, it takes the momentum out of 'Taker and makes the match flow so well. I thought the spot through the announce table was a little too unrealistic as that would have caused serious injury for such a big guy like Mark and I don't see how he could 'deflect' it, sidestep, yes but deflect, no. A nice touch and an added element to the match with Lashley wanting to beat the Undertaker legitimately and put himself over in the process and a countout means he was never pinned at 'Mania. Lashley really is the Real Deal (nice moniker by the way) but the missed spear was a bit generic and I really did see that coming as it was building up but Lashley battles back again? The intensity and physicality of this match is unreal and a pleasure to behold. The Old School reversal would have been a bit hard to imagine, maybe a Spear would have had a lot more effect in my eyes but the match has been amazing so far. The psychology, working on the back it seems of the Undertaker to make him immobile has been terrific and just the fact that I feel Lashley can match The Undertaker makes this match all the more exciting. The crowd interaction with the chanting was really well incorporated and perfectly slotted in to the situation and, yet again, added something more to the match that only the elite can comprehend and achieve with ease. HA! Loved the segment with the countered Last Ride to spear which ended with the sitting up of the Undertaker. Probably the biggest mark out moment of the night so far and the fact Lashley backed away made me think that no-one can beat the Undertaker and that was a good signal as both men now look insanely strong in this match as we head down the final straight... Good to see Undertaker follow up with the Chokeslam and not get countered again because that would seriously interrupt the flow of the match and would deter the rating. I think you have overwhored the spear ever so slightly but at least he followed up with the Dominator (which I am not sure is even possible on a guy 'Taker's size) another big kickout which lead in to the enthralling ending, despite using the Spear again, and Undertaker wins in this epic match . ****1/2
for the amazing effort and the true showcase of your writing skills. Lashley needs a win at Backlash to get him over in a gimmick match and send 'Taker away on his annual summer break. I can't believe you got such a phenom
enal match out of those two, let alone decent.
Edge seems a little... erratic, it will be awesome though, surprise Lita run in???
'Aitch Bee Kay!
That VP was probably the best of the night so far, probably because I has Peace playing in the background at the time of reading this. An intense beginning, probably set for this match and it really did set the tone. One last thing on the VP, I would have preferred a little more insight on how the feud really came to be as this is a dream match for me. I know (or think) Mac did a match very similar to this with HHH/Rock but I won't make comparisons. An awesome pace straight away, one quick action after the other coming right at me, it's amazing. RVD actually got the first pinfall attempt, I am surprised about this but w/e. Non stop action so far and I am loving this match, full marks for entertainment and full marks for absolutely owning Van Dam with the steel chair there. I can clearly see Triple H is malicious because RVD is bleeding after what, 2 minutes? Triple H is really bringing his A Game (as am I with my amazing puns
) and we go for a big spot straight away, inevitable to see RVD fight out of it there. Just a small realism issue, I doubt Van Dam would be able to go for the pin straight after hitting the Rolling Thunder on the chair, just saying... AHHHHH what a spinebuster. My sentiments exactly right there with the expletives, tend not to overuse that because some people might be offended, not I though
Mark out moment number 323 for the night in a spot that reminded me of Foley/HHH in 02 for the HIAC encounter. HHH is extremely malicious and RVD just won't stay down, excellent premise and executed more swiftly than Saddam. The DDT segment got a little confusing and it seemed a little rushed and panicky as you wanted to much to go on to the next part of the match, and why wouldn't you? A little realism issue once again, HHH is a little on the heavy side and I don't see him being able to take a powerbomb like that over the ropes, even a sunset flip one as he isn't the most flexible on the roster. The Pedigree was uncharacteristic of you, not too much detail but maybe that was because he rushed his own pedigree? HHH is sadistic but RVD always seems to be coming back for more and that is what makes the match so entertaining and a pleasure to read, much like this event as a whole. The Sledgehammer spot, was Van Dam on the floor because to regain a vertical base after a spinning heel kick to enzuiguri is extremely difficult and it would be an incredulous act to witness. The ending was pure markout and the crowd reaction personified my feelings when reading the last bit, the giant falls but I feel Hunter needed this win, despite RVD only returning at the Rumble. I must say I loved this match, not a dull paragraph in sight and it was fun non stop and it wasn't just spot after spot like MITB so it automatically gets a higher rating than that. A few iffy and unrealistic spots but it was so much fun I overlooked that, not my longest review but I can't repeat the same sentence over and over again 'I loved it...' would be a brief summary. ****1/4 It didn't break the level of Shane/Orton as I loved that too much but this, if it were real, would be a match I can watch again and again without getting bored (See: HBK/Vince WM 22 or Undertaker/Edge SS HIAC)
Shocking maths for the phone vote!
A great video package, as I have fully come to expect from you. I doubt either man would be overawed by the occasion, Edge must have been used to that by now... I like Batista physically outmaneuvering Edge in the early going, it adds some spice to the match instead of being a boring opening. I feel just too many of the matches tonight have gone to the outside of the ring when it doesn't need to. I would honestly say this match needs that because it would become monotonous but other matches didn't need to go to the outside as much, matches like the CW match. A real, quality wrestling contest that is taking place here and a very fun opening for such a match as it is normally very cagey. I doubt Edge could pull off a DDT after a spinebuster in to the steel post just moments earlier, the desperate kicks, was Edge on the floor when he kicked Dave? I could use a little more description there. I love your description of Batista's pure, unadulterated power. I like Edge actually getting a decent amount of offence again against more muscular men, I have seen matches where Edge is getting basically squashed so at least it is back and forth. A few quick pinfalls and this is a really engaging match so far. The referee being knocked out is never good but I liked Edge's underhand tactics. Edge is about to steal the damn thing at WrestleMania, not this damn way! It took 3 spears to keep Batista down, he is looking extremely strong and I am extremely tired at the moment so I'll keep this short and sweet. This was very solid but just seemed to be overshadowed by several matches on the card and I thought this was around the same level as JBL/Flair but I'll bump the rating up because of, in my opinion, the best finish at the night.
WWE Championship Match:
Probably the best video package I have ever seen, I must warn you as well that this review will be about as short as the last review (Edge/Batista) as I am absolutely shattered at the moment. I love how the crowd was mixed from the offset, the most split match ever at 'Mania since Rock/Hogan and even this could be more split from your reaction. This reminds me immensely of Taboo Tuesday but with it reversed as HBK being the guy getting owned this time. A very energetic start to the match, everyone going for their respective finishers and it's a shame you couldn't keep up with that. Once again another finisher exchange and going to the outside... once again. This is entertainment personified. You really added a lot of character which I could see in their moves, actions and reactions. Angle REALLY was a wrestling machine and Cena would never quit and Michaels was just Michaels. The emotion going in to this match is phenomenal, a great piece of art if I ever did see one. Try not to completely over use the belly to belly, although it is a focal point of Angle's repertoire. The crowd interaction really added to the match once again and I can clearly tell how split the crowd is. Awesome, if unoriginal, move from Angle with the double German . Out of everyone I feel he is the stronger man at this point in the match. Cena's stoppage of Angle's ankle lock was extremely clever and would have been a joy to see live, a great moment. I feel the Angle Slam has been made to look extremely weak over the years and that's not a huge surprise to see him kick out of that as you try and make me believe. Terrific segment when HBK looks like he is about to tap out and he 'scratches and claws' to the bottom rope, real intensity there. The ending was, I know I have already said this, but the best of the night. The real story unfolded and I didn't know who was going to win but the last couple of paragraphs told the story of the night. Terrific and complete non stop to the end. *****
A lovely show, sorry it got a bit half assed towards the end of the whole review but I am mentally shattered but I loved the whole event, probably my favourite match is in here and this is my favourite show of all time. The CW match was the clear highlight of the show, a lot of extremely solid matches, some standout matches and a true classic to end the show. One for the ages and this review was so long because I loved it so much, easily my longest review ever at 7,000 words. Kudos, bravo... a true Legend.
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