Opening video package:
Very well written and set the tone for the show well.
AMW vs. WGTT:
Wasn’t surprised to see this start off the show. It started off ok, with some basic action. However it lasted a long time before I got the feeling it was going anywhere. Things picked up near the end, I loved the two counters of the death sentence by Benjamin. Overall I thought this was a decent match, with some interesting little parts of storytelling. (Such as Harris getting isolated for a bit, then the same thing happens to Haas same after… also I liked how the respect between the two teams slowly deteriorated throughout the match). Some parts did lose my interest though and i would have liked to have seen some more near falls.
Goldust, Booker T, Mr T promo:
lol this was great. I’m glad that Booker at least got a little airtime on this show. Very entertaining promo, everyone was in character and I thought the concept was gold.
Shaniqua vs. Trish:
I thought you played out the underdog story pretty well with Trish. The match kept me interested pretty much all the time, which was good. I was surprised by the botched Stratusfaction, mainly because I was surprised you willingly included a botch. I’m guessing you used it so that there would be a credible excuse for Shaniqua kicking out of it, it added to the realism anyway. There were a lot of pretty good counters throughout the match, but my obvious favourite was the Stratusfaction countered into a power bomb. The ending was a little disappointing after that, but still overall it was a pretty decent match.
damn, the DX one came in last… I thought that was the best one by far.
Another awesome promo. JBL was written very well, his confidence and wit was there. (“I have no answer for why my hair stays in place in the ring”. I loved that line in particular lol).
Hardy vs. JBL:
I thought this was another good match. JBL trying to get himself counted out and disqualified was very in character (I thought the match was really over after the count out). Both men hit all their signature moves I believe, and it flowed very well without getting uninteresting. I was expecting JBL to hit the clothesline from hell, so I was surprised when Hardy ducked and Noble received the move. I thought the ending in general was good, It highlighted Hardy beating all of the odds. Hmmm Noble getting left behind was interesting, could this be setting up his split from the cabinet?
Triple H vs. Shane McMahon:
Well this was definitely the most exciting match so far. I thought the story of HHH wanting to punish Shane, not just beat him was done pretty well. One spot I didn’t like was Shane being whipped across all 3 announce tables, I can’t visualise it without it looking so exaggerated lol. Steve O appearing was very unexpected… I guess it just goes to show anything can happen at Wrestlemania… I liked that Shane hit his diving elbow drop and the coast to coast. But HHH kicks out of both, which of course leads up to the titantron bump, (I was sort of surprised you had one in this match, and where did Hunter get the sledgehammer from,,, did he put it there earlier and then “escape“ up their deliberately?, was the whole thing a set up?… If so then he really is the Cerebral Assassin).
I thought this was yet another good promo, though some parts seemed a bit out of character to me (“Not because I’m mean or nasty”). But it got the point across and hyped the main event pretty well.
Triple H promo:
I thought the commentary before this was interesting, perhaps Tazz and Coach will end up brawling by the end of the night (I find it funny that no matter how many times Shane falls off the stage the commentators act like it’s the first time it has ever happened lol). I liked how you gave Triple H a credible reason here for not fulfilling his promise (ruining Wrestlemania), perhaps a HHH vs. Steamboat fued is in the works?
Chris Jericho vs. The Undertaker:
I was shocked by how many cheap moves you managed to think up for Y2J to lose. Again this match had a good story to it, with Jericho resorting to every cheap move in the book in attempt to beat the phenom. Wasn’t sure if i liked the handcuff spot… It was pretty stupid that the ref didn’t see it… but wrestling referees are pretty damn ignorant at times, plus it did add to the story. One thing I’m sure I didn’t like though was Jericho not selling the exposed turnbuckle. Those are just nit pickings though… One main thing I didn’t like was that despite all the near falls and finshers, there wasn't a moment when i thought Taker's undefeated streak was in danger. I especially think the walls of Jericho spot could have been made more dramatic (maybe even with Chris reapplying the hold several times afterwards)… But besides from that, I thought the match had a good story, flowed very well and never got boring. It’s actually my favourite match so far.
Hulk Hogan interview:
This was pretty good, although at times I thought Hogan was a bit more arrogant then normal. Besides from that though it was a pretty realistic promo in my opinion.
6 man tag match:
I didn’t like how Flair was so eager to face Foley and Hogan, that seemed a bit too face-like. Also When Foley drove his knee into the steps, it felt like you missed an opportunity for Flair to work on his legs a bit and attempt a figure four. However aside from those minor things I enjoyed this match quite a lot. The constant momentum changes made it pretty exciting, and i loved how you mixed all the differant styles of the competitors. The ending was pretty chaotic and fun to read. (Although it was a bit confusing at times, because I think you typed the wrong names in places).
Wrestlemaina Hotel came in second… I found that surprising, I was expecting it to win
Pretty interesting segment. HBK enforcing that he wants to face Rock alone hyped up the match pretty well. And the little conversation between the other DX members afterwards was very interesting. Could this be the start of a possible split?
Roll of the dice match:
I thought the first fall was decent. Edge not wanting to get involved was a good story and was in character. I also liked the ending, with Carlito making the blind tag, but the other competitors not noticing. The only thing I didn’t like about this was I thought RVD’s style wasn’t portrayed that well, he used too many power moves for my liking.
The ladder match was very spotty but entertaining. The large majority of it was basically each men incorporating a ladder into their finishers (which to be honest is how I would have written it aswell). I particularly liked the spear, 619 counter… Sabu returning with al fonzo was shocking, didn’t see that coming at all and I look forward to seeing where this leads too. I was surprised that it was Carlito that took the spear spot (actually looking back, it was a bit weird that Edge took himself out of the match with that). Mysterio winning was also very surprising. Very good match (the ladder match was pretty spotty… but personally I didn’t mind that). Oh glad to see that you acknowledged that Edge did all the work, could lead to an interesting feud between him and Rey.
I thought this was probably the best interview so far. Christian seemed to be in character and it hyped up the next match pretty well. I couldn’t really find anything I didn’t like about this.
Austin vs. Christian:
I liked the start of the match. It seemed pretty realistic with Christian running from Austin and Tomko constantly trying to interfere (I was glad he was eventually sent backstage). One thing I did notice was that Christian didn’t sell enough at some points imo. Such as the 10 atomic drops (I thought the spot itself was a good idea). Christian using J.R’s sweet jar was unexpected, but I thought was a pretty good idea. I loved the little touches you added during this time, such as Christian eating the sweets and Austin giving the ref the finger after he keeps his arm up in the sleeper… I was really liking this match, however I thought the ending really let it down. I felt it was pretty anti-climatic, especially since Austin kicked out of the frog splash, only for it not to lead to anything. Having more near-falls before it would have helped, (also a stunner countered into the unprettier may have worked better or Christian needing to hit 3 in a row to beat Austin).
Bret Hart vs. Kurt Angle:
This was the match I most looked forward to reading… and it didn’t disappoint. The only thing I disliked about it was that I thought the belly to belly suplexes and Angle whipping Hart into the steel steps, should have been made more dramatic (I would have thought there were more likely to effect Hart’s physical condition then the clotheslines). Besides from that though, I loved everything else about this match. The pace was great and the styles seemed pretty realistic. I liked the references to Hart’s past with the victory roll and ring apron spots from his KOTR win. I also loved the ‘Lets see your foot save your ass once I break it in two’ line from Angle, that was pretty clever in my opinion. And I thought the ending was great, grapevine countered into a sharpshooter… just genius . Hmm maybe Kurt have been in the hold a bit longer before tapping out, but overall a great match, probably the best so far.
Surprised that the Christian advert won, I didn’t like that one personally. Anyway I thought the Piper’s pit segment was great. At first I wasn’t too sure about it as I thought Piper got cut off too early. But the promo ended up being a suitable length anyway. I thought Maven leading a jobber army against Kane was a good move for several reasons… 1: It gives them all a chance to be on Wrestlemania… 2: Kane destroying them all made him look really strong… and 3: I doubt anyone paid to see Kane talk lol. I was surprised to see that you put the mask back on Kane, but I thought it was a pretty cool touch. And including the Pete Rose gag was just great… Overall I’d see this was the best promo so far (or at the least it ties with the Booker, Goldust, Mr T one).
John Cena vs. Randy Orton:
I felt this was one of the most realistic matches so far. It was also a very entertaining one. Although I would have liked to have seen a longer assault from Orton in the middle of the contest. Also I was surprised to see Orton become the heel so quickly, but that isn’t a criticism. I did think the finishing sequence was well thought out, and it had me on the edge of my seat for the most part (especially after the belt spot) and the sudden finish worked well in my opinion.
HBK vs. The Rock:
In general… I loved this match. Even the little things such as both men using each other’s taunts and Rock slamming Michaels head against each of the 3 announce tables was entertaining. The constant momentum changes throughout this match worked brilliantly and the ending sequence was again done very well. The Rock Bottom of the top rope was a bit unrealistic… but the awesomeness of it made up for that. My only little criticism is that I think things were overused a bit (such as the Rock using HBK’s own heel tactics against him… HBK using 2 atomic drops… HBK skinning the cat twice… HBK stomping different body parts of the Rock etc). Oh and I didn’t like Rocky using a back suplex to set up the second people’s elbow. I felt it should have been a scoop slam… So considering those are the only things wrong with it, I’d say you did pretty well with this… MOTN in my opinion.
Chris Benoit vs. Brock Lesnar:
This was my second favourite match of the show. The only thing that stopped it being the first was that it didn’t have a long enough “feeling out process” for my liking. Especially considering this was meant to be the traditionalist wrestling match. Other then that though I thought this was perfect. I have absolutely no other complaints. It was realistic, both men hit all of their moves (loved seeing Lesnar use his old combos). Plus the near falls and finisher attempts had me hooked. The F5 into a crossface was a great way to end it (and I loved how Brock kept countering it into a pin, that just added loads to the excitement).
Did I love this show?… Yes… Is it the best I’ve ever read?… Yes, but I havn’t really read many big BTB events yet, so that isn’t really much of a compliment… Was it perfect?… No and that would have been a really unfair expectation. This was an extremely entertaining shows, with some great moments and no major problems. I thought the booking behind it was great (I even didn’t mind Mysterio winning the ladder match after losing the first fall
). Overall I’d say this lived up to the hype, which is a very impressive achievement.