Damn glad to finally see it here. Itís been a long wait, and I promised myself Iíd review, so yeah.
The national anthem being sung was a nice touch. Itís attention to detail like this which is great, because itís sung every WrestleMania (well, thatís in America). Video package was very nice, chronicling the many moment of WrestleMania after the hypejob of how big the event truly is. No WrestleMania is complete without a great opening video package, and this did just that job (and then some). Commentators hyped the event adequately, and the cufflinks was a nice touch which you only just reminded me of.
Great way to kick things off with a grand entrance for MNM. Playing up their gimmick with the ĎA-Listí celebrities is a great idea, and it works really well. Also really liked the Mysterio stuff, again with the attention to detail that makes a BTB special. Good swift start to the match here, which is needed for the first match to really get the crowd excited. Punkís usual knee lift/bulldog combo seemed a little off as he just grabs his opponent without springing off the ropes between moves, but itís nothing major. Not too sure about a clothesline from Laree taking Nitro down, though it served to build to the big heel move and thus the change of momentum, which I thought was a very nice touch. The fact that he didnít care then just dragged her by the hair only adds the icing to the heel cake. Kennedy also using the cheap heat tactics against Laree is great, and i liked the way you went about it, having him cop it right back, with his toolish actions leading to him to get rolled up and having to face Rey. Mysterio coming in like a house on fire is smart, as the time was right for the speed to pick up, and it made Kennedyís reversal seem even more vicious with all of the momentum Rey had going, which is great. Not sure if I like the heels losing the momentum so quickly, however the big move was pretty much needed early on, so all is forgiven. Nice contrast in the match, with the faces and heels being juxtaposed when Helms decides to tag the other woman in, rather than attack Melina. The action between Melina and Laree was good, though Lareeís counter to the sleeper Melina was about to apply seemed a bit awkward. I like how Nitro was eager to get a piece of Laree only to not be able to, though Iím not too big on the momentum swapping so quickly again. Itís forgivable with Laree as the legal man/woman, though hopefully it doesnít happen so quickly again next time the heels get momentum. While the counter from Nitro to Punk was nice, not big on the momentum swapping again so quickly, especially when Nitro was only just not wanting to come into contact with Punk. While the momentum for the heels didnít last too long again, glad to see them getting some going, as it makes the comeback from the faces seem a lot more special. Or maybe not a real comeback? Interesting that you changed the momentum back to the heels here, wanting to tease the fans for a change, though I generally think itís better off doing that before the hot tag is made so the new legal man can come in with a shitload of momentum. The counter back from Rey with the bulldog seemed a bit sudden, with maybe a rest hold being needed to get the fans really, really itching for the tag, though itís a good momentum stealing move the wheelbarrow bulldog. Big move to come into the ring from Helms is great to get the momentum going, getting the crowd really excited (as you yourself pointed out). Great to see the match break down to a frenetic pace, though not sure on the heelís getting momentum again after just one move from the faces. It works alright with the break-up of the pin from Laree getting the crowd even more excited I guess, though it didnít feel like the time to give the heels momentum again, as it could have worked just as well earlier. Glad to see some extended offence from the heels, though again, the constant teases arenít really needed. Quite a bit overused, at least in my opinion. The cockiness of Nitro eventually leading to the counter is great, and what a counter it is. A move Helms utilises well is very smartly put in here. Kudos for knowing his moveset well, and what would have worked best. The explosion of superstars is again good to get the crowd amped, picking the pace of the match up well at the right time. The best part of a multi-person match is when the actions breaks down into finishers, and this was no exception. Kennedy hitting the Green Day Plunge on Laree was a huge spot, though I loved that you evened it up by him getting nailed immediately. While the Helms/Nitro action at the end seemed a little sloppy, the rest of the finish was a great way to cap off the match and really get the crowd going for Mania with a huge start. Despite me not always agreeing with how fast the momentum changed, this was a near perfect way to start the show off with fast-paced action and a face win, getting the crowd really going. Good start.
Good promo with Triple H and Vince. Triple Hís intensity was awesome here, with the promo being great hype for the match later tonight. Nice to see you mentioning Austin may have an influence, as well as the bit of hype for Tyson being in Triple Hís corner.
Batista wasnít only being hyped as the favourite, but almost as a sure thing by Cole. Not sure if thatís a great move since it underhypes Albright in a way, while making it seem somewhat like an upset may be coming with an Albright win. Smart start to the match here, continuing the psychology of the feud, with Batista being the big, powerful, intimidating challenger, while Albright doesnít want a piece of him. Batista coming out and nailing Albright gets the match going well, and it also gets the crowd excited for a match that maybe wouldnít have as much momentum, so good work with that. The powerhouse moves from Batista shortly after follow this up well, keeping the crowd into the action. The action kind of slows down, with a hip toss not being the best choice of moves for Batista since itís a little too much of a finesse type move, as opposed to a Batista meat and potatoes smashmouth, powerhouse move. However, again good idea to see Albright try to slow the match down to change the momentum, though with it happening again, one would think the momentum now has to change Albrightís way, else the match will be getting stuck in Batistaís favour for too long. Well, a good save I guess with Albright looking to leave and Arn not allowing it to happen, though I still think the momentum has to change soon, as this match is kind of stuck in a lull. Batistaís offence continues to drag again, and him using the hip toss again is simply not him. The clothesline has been a bit overused too here from ĎTista, as while heís limited, I think right hands would be more appropriate in some cases for him here than clotheslines. The momentum swing here was down in a pretty good way with a nice counter. It simply had to come, as Batista had probably spent more than enough time on top. The psychology works well, as not only does working on the arm limit Daveís power game, but it also sets up for the Crowbar, as you alluded to. The attempted switch in momentum from Dave may have come a bit early, though as a tease it wasnít too bad, especially with Albright taking the control back so swiftly. The hot shot over the top rope was a very nice move here, by the way. Really looks good visually in real life, obviously), so it definitely makes Albrightís assault on the arm believable. Not sure about Batista again launching a comeback right after the move, as it looks extremely damaging, and Batista coming right back after it kind of undersells the move. The fact that Batista couldnít get Albright up thanks to the pain in his arm is smart, as it again sells the pain, though it seems a bit odd that this happened right after he had a sudden burst of energy. Strong psychology with the scoop slam onto the injured arm and even the cover add to the match well, making the psychology even stronger. The ringpost is also a great weapon to use, so Iím glad youíve utilised it well. Since this match has one of the more limited workers in Batista involved, itís good to see you using what you can. Nice to see Albright going for the Crowbar only for a quick escape, proving Batista is weary, leading into a nice, explosive power move from Dave. A few nice counters here, though I donít think Batista had the momentum for quite long enough, despite the very clever move you had with him there into the spear. Smart use of Batista taking in the atmosphere being an opportunity for Albright, with the Crowbar having to come after the work of Albright throughout the match. The description of Batistaís struggle and the crowdís involvement was written very well, and really had you wondering if Batista would tap or not. The finish was pretty well done, though the fact that Batista was able to get Albright up that quickly, despite not being able to at all earlier seemed a bit off. Not sure on the roll-up ending cleanly for Albright, as Batista looked too good to lose coming into this, however it looks like you were going for the shock factor. The loss may do a bit much to damage Batista, so I probably would have preferred a not so clean cut finish, however, I canít say Iím unhappy to see Albright holding gold.
Nice package hyping up how big Money in the Bank is with some highlights from last year. You had some big spots in there, so itíll be interesting to see how you go about topping it.
Promo was decent, though there wasnít much to it. Perhaps hinting at a future feud? I donít know, but for what it was, the promo was pretty good.
MVPís entrance with Lil Wayne? Nice touch to build the ego of MVP. Everyone jumping Umaga as soon as the action starts off is smarty, because he obviously is, as you said, the biggest threat. I liked that someone played the role of sitting off the pack and watching it unfold, however, with the build to this match focussing around MVP wanting others to take Umaga out, I think it wouldíve been better off with him sitting off and watching, rather than Orton. The action paired off pretty well after that first initial period, moving everyone on well. The ladder has come into play early, and I must say, I like the use of it. A pretty damn sick move from Haas was done well, as was London coming in and clearing the ring. A nice spot with Umaga which would work well, especially with London who bumps like a nutter. Nice to see some crazy Shelton spots coming into play too, though they may need to space out a bit more soon, as at the moment itís almost too hectic of a pace. The good thing is with everyone bar Umaga down, youíve now given yourself a chance to slow it down for awhile. The idea of Umaga not knowing what to do not only adds to his character, but it also gives you time to bide which is good. The RKO on Umaga was set up pretty well with MVP buying Orton time (along with the continued confusion of Umaga) allowing it to look believable, which is what is needed in these type of matches. The Backcracker from the ladder is yet again, another big move, with half of your guys now taken out, hopefully meaning weíll see this slow down a bit in order to leave time for selling. The lack of selling shows here, as Umaga seems up too quickly from the Super RKO, getting back into things. I know ladder matches are a little different, but I think a little more selling was needed here, especially coming off such a big move. Glad to see Umagaís dominance being showcased, as he absolutely kills everyone. Heís definitely the powerhouse monster of the match, so he needs at least one period of dominance. Huge spot off the ladder on little Horny getting Finlay motivated is very smart, while the spot was absolutely crazy. Orton using the ladder as a weapon allows us somewhat of a rest period, which is good, before the action picks up again, allowing us to (momentarily) catch our breath. The London clothesline to a climbing Haas came off as incredibly sloppy, as itís just impossible to visualize. London would need to go straight through the ladder to connect, which kind of wrecked the flow here. I actually forgot MVP was in the match for awhile too, as you havenít really used him or done anything at all with him, while others have recovered over twice as quickly, which is odd. Iím guessing you just forgot about him for awhile there lol. The Russian legsweep on Umaga from Finlay was nice, though Iím not sure if he would be able to do it to someone so big, especially on a ladder when you canít really sweep someoneís legs out from under them. The London/MVP exchange also had me a little confused right after as well. Nice little reunion between Haas and Benjamin, although I didnít know Haas was a heel. In the lead-up to this match heís acted very much like a face, and I really canít remember any of him from earlier in this thread as a singles guy. Whatever, that just surprised me. Haas turning on Benjamin was smart for him, however I thought Benjamin recovered a bit quickly. Getting thrown into the steel probably should have taken him out for a little longer. The T-Bone off the top provides quite the spectacle though, and now youíve got just about everyone out, allowing the finish to come on nicely. Chairs and tables now added to the fray? Not sure if the chairs are needed, though the tables definitely look set for a huge match-ending spot. While the dropsault spot was nice, I think you made it too obvious that London was setting up for a spot, instead of going for the win. It kind of defeats the purpose of the match if everyone is just flying around, not trying to actually win. Umaga coming in at this time is great, and the spot with Finlay in the corner was pretty sick. He can get away with not going for the win with him being a savage and all, so it actually works. The amazing double powerbomb from TWGTT works great, as it provides a very good way for Umaga to be out for the rest of the match. You need a big move to believably take Umaga out for good, and that definitely works. Orton suddenly being off the ladder and nailing the RKO on Haas wasnít set up too well to be honest, though the quick action from there was pretty good. Not too big on Finlay just being taken out by Benjamin falling into him and knocking him through the ropes since it seems kind of weak, especially if he doesnít get back involved in the match. The MVP spot was very cleverly done, using his basic offence well. The chase between Carlito and London was well done, making it seem like it was the end, only for London to come back. Then, the popular London looking set to win, only for Orton to pounce at the last second and pick up the win was very good, taking the wind out of the sails of the crowd after they were sure a fan favourite would win, providing a heelish win for Orton. All in all, this was a pretty fun spotfest, and despite the lack of selling at times, it was still good as far as MITBís go.
Again, nice little realistic touch, playing up how big Mania is. Gives us a nice break from the action, while also making WrestleMania seem great.
Nice playing up of the injuries of ĎLito and MVP. Possible feud? Iíd mark. JBL being at WrestleMania is awesome, especially unscheduled, cutting Cole off. JBL was pretty damn good. I wouldíve maybe liked him to have spent more time on Kane and Rocky, though him setting up the feud with ĎTaker was pretty damn solid. Him bagging out the Hall of Fame to set up the Hulk Hogan arrival was gold, bringing about a great WrestleMania moment. Hogan was good on the mic, and JBLís cheap shot was in character, while Hogan was always going to oust him for the feel good moment. Very fun WrestleMania moment.
Little break-up of events with the ad was fine, and the triple threat hype is good to see. The match has been overshadowed by a lot of the others in terms of hype, though itís good to see you building it up here.
I like the action to the cruiserweight match starting out quick, as their speed is exactly what you need to be emphasising. The start seemed a little awkward and odd, with Kendrick being able to simply duck under Kashís arms without much build and quick counters which I wouldíve liked to have seen, but itís nothing major. The stalemate was broken nicely, and itís good to see the face on top early, attempting to get the crowd into it. Wouldíve preferred Kendrick to have flied around the ring a bit longer before Kash took back over to get the crowd into the match, though itís hard for that to happen anyway I guess with the positioning on the card. Glad to see him going high after some small Kash offence, as you made sure to note that the crowd was pretty much dead, and a few exciting moves spread out across the match with some impressive counters is what youíre going to need to keep it interesting. The powerslam counter was pretty decent, and this is a match where things like this should happen, with the momentum swinging quickly to add excitement. The counter from Kendrick again into the nearfall is exciting, though Kashís next move was a little confusing. I think he grabbed Kendrick in a waistlock, then run him into the ropes and sent him through to the floor, though it seems a little weird to imagine. Kendrick suddenly cradling Kash after Kash had just hit a big move seems a little too much to me, with it bordering on no selling. I know the focus is on fast moving action, but youíd have to have Kash at least pick him up slowly and whip him off or something to give Kendrick time to recover. The roll-up counters keep it moving quickly which is fun, with Kash going for the cheap win showing of his heelishness. Again, the counter to Kendrickís finish attempt into the side suplex is high impact, which is needed, though the match is void of too much psychology at this point, in my opinion. The high impact finish from Kendrick before some nice counters was fun, though Iím shocked you gave us a new champ. While it was a cruiserweight match, this seemed like a bunch of spots thrown together a bit too quickly with no psychology in between. I know the fans wouldnít have been into it, but maybe two more minutes to add that extra bit of logic into the match would have helped it out.
Draft, eh? Should be huge, with the rosters changing up a bit to give us some fresh new matchups which should be fun. I look forward to it.
Bret Hart was kind of boring to be honest, though the guy doesnít have much charisma, so thatís acceptable. Angle interrupting him was smart, with him hyping his match up. Not sure if Angle talking about the occasion doing it to him last year is going to anything, because Iím not big on the same excuse being used two years in a row.
AMW sneak attacking The Hardy Boyz before their match was smart booking, making the match somewhat different and not just your run of the mill affair. The Hardy Boyz coming right back and sending AMW packing is also the right idea, since it gets the crowd excited for the match, getting the faces looking strong. AMW cheating to take the momentum early was very well done, and I really like the idea of how you went about it. Right move having that not be the end of The Hardy Boyz in the early portion of the match, as that really would have taken the wind out of the sails of the crowd. Jeff coming in with some fast paced action is the right idea, though a tag team move from The Hardy Boyz early would have been nice. Not sure on the counter coming back from AMW so soon, and it didnít really make sense, as Jeff jumped onto the second rope, yet somehow got crotched on the top rope which seems wrong. A double jawbreaker also seems an unlikely move, as I canít see it really connecting properly at all, with two heads on top of Jeffís one. Would have preferred the double team move coming earlier than now, especially with Jeff desperate to get out, not wanting to remain involved in the action. The side effect also may have come a bit soon, though considering itís a tag team match, not singles, I guess you get some leeway in that regard. The low blow spot was pretty wisely done by AMW, with it set up pretty well, coming at an appropriate time. The teasing of the comeback from The Hardy Boyz came maybe a little too early, and I didnít like that Matt had seemingly recovered so quickly, however AMWís counter was again good. The comeback led from Jeff was good, though the move they used to do wasnít a double leg drop (as both men canít really nail a leg drop on the same person at the same time), rather a leg drop/splash combo. The action came controlled again a bit tamely, with no real big moves after the double team, which kind of disappointed me. However AMW getting back on top was the right move, as the match certainly had a lot of legs left in it. AMWís heel tactics while being on the offence was very good, as youíve written their offence pretty damn strongly. Iím also happy to see youíve had them take the control for an extended period, really getting the crowd to want to see Matt make the tag to Jeff. The teasing hope spots were very well done, with AMW desperate not for Matt to make the tag. Wouldíve liked you to have explained what Matt did to Ďcatchí Storm when he attempted the double axe handle (punch, kick, clothesline?), though thatís the only small complaint I have from this very solid piece of the action. Again, when AMW set Matt up for the Death Sentence, explaining how Matt broke free wouldíve helped, though I imagine he would have just barraged Storm with right hands before running across and knocking Harris down. Another hope spot with the tag not being seen is classic tag team wrestling, with the crowd being even more anxious now. The tag had to come right after this, as otherwise the offence from AMW would have lasted too long in my opinion, so I was very happy with the DDT counter from Matt, leading into the tag to Jeff. Jeff coming in like a house on fire was good, and the splash onto the outside was well timed, serving as a great way to get the crowd even more excited. The finish was good, with the titles looking sure to change, only for AMW to cheat to pull out the victory. Not too sure on the low blow being used again in the match, as it seems a bit repetitive, but apart from that it was good. The Hardy Boyz re-union seemingly needed the tag title to top it off, though now it looks like youíre breaking them up already to different brands. Not sure how much I like this, though the result definitely shocked me.
SummerSlam in England? Boo. What about Australia?
Orton promo was small, though it works to send a message to the roster. ďThey soon willĒ is perhaps sending a message, meaning that we should be seeing an impact from Orton soon. How soon? I donít know, but it certainly doesnít look to be far off.
Foley/Michaels video was very good, chronicling what the feud (and more specifically, what Mick Foley) is all about. I love that youíve thrown him over the edge of sanity, and he has now become the man he once was in Mankind. Adds a different feel to the match and Mick Foley as a whole, rather than just having Foley come out as himself. Youíve captured Mick being absolutely bonkers well, having his mood quickly swing from one emotion to another, as shown by the fact that he was just wrapping the barbed wire around the top rope, when he now wants a lock-up. The slap triggering Foley was very, very smart, with the action now picking up. The action focussing around the barbed wire early was good, though Iím also glad you didnít blow that spot early. You again captured Foley well as a nutter by having him take the mask off and force it on Michaels, showing just how crazy he is by having him again swing moods. The absolute aggression of Foley is great to see, and Michaels going to any measure to avoid the barbed wire sells just how dangerous it is. Iíd think Michaels would be smart enough to just slide under the ropes as Foley did himself earlier, although I guess the does a better job of selling the dangers, and perhaps even fear. The action around ringside was good to see, as it allowed you to get the chair into the ring without breaking the action up too much. Foley taking the fall onto the barbed wire first was definitely the right move, as he would be more eager to take part in that type of a spot, while Iím not so sure about Michaels. Ripping Foleyís nuts apart is definitely a sick spot, and Iím a bit worried about your imagination thinking of such a spot.
Not so sure about Mick being able to run so soon after having his two balls become two-hundred, though it set up the hangman spot nicely. Good use of the chair here as well, with Foley taking an absolute beating to make this match as violent as possible. Glad to see you addressed the barbed wire being removed, because if we were left to believe it magically balanced, itíd be at least slightly confusing. Good work on moving the action to the outside again so you can get more weapons out, while I loved the act of desperation from Foley of just throwing Michaels over the announce table. The barbed wire 2x4 making an appearance was an absolute must, though Iíd put money on Michaels being the one to use it later. Not so sure on Michaels taking back control so quickly as he has controlled the whole match, though Foley should launch a comeback soon enough to keep control for at least a small while. The table spot was interesting and different, though Iím not so sure itíd work so well with the legs on the bottom for Michaels. Liked how Michaels setting the table up cost him, as itís a perfect opportunity for a momentum shift, so Iím glad you took it. The suplex of the ladder onto Michaels was nice, though Iím not liking the table being used so quickly. Being put through a table is usually a big spot, and this match has much longer to run, so I think it could have waited. Michaels missing the elbow is also a rather big spot, though I loved the mannerisms of Foley here; the sick smile was brilliant. The signature Foley weapons coming into play on the outside is fun, and while Iím surprised Michaels took the shot from the 2x4, Iím very happy to see a little bit of blood in this match to show how violent this has been (and will continue to be). Not huge on the tacks being emptied on the outside, as I feel such a spot should take place in the ring so all of the audience can see it perfectly and appreciate how sick of a spot it is. The action on the outside was pretty fast and furious, with the 2x4 coming back into play which I love, then the Cactus Elbow ultimately being set up. The move is a big move from Foley, so it definitely has to be used in this type of environment. The 2x4 filler move in the ring was nice, while I absolutely loved the mocking of Michaels, into the kick to the shin, then double arm DDT. Huge nearfall, with this match building up beautifully. Foleyís nuts sure are taking a lashing tonight, with this counter using the 2x4 now being well done. Michaels comeback was great stuff, with the sick use of weapons making this match everything it should be. Foleyís block of Sweet Chin Music was good, though I think a little more build to the thumbtacks would be needed, rather than Foley just simply picking him up and trying to throw him over the top rope. It built up a little better afterwards, as you had the two desperate not to fall onto the tacks, leading to them both on the apron which was good. The resulting Sweet Chin Music that knocked Foley onto the tacks was very nice, and set up really well in the end. The slingshot onto the tacks was also pretty cool, showing Michaels desperation to keep Mankind down. Flaming table spot? Sounds awesome. This definitely has to be the end of the match coming up, because you canít top that spot. Trying to simply throw Michaels onto the table is again odd. Trying to weaken him first with some punches probably would have added a bit to the match, as thatís what Foley usually does before going for a huge spot. The skinning the cat spot was very nice, with it definitely looking like Foley had crashed a burned (literally), which would have been very appealing visually. The huge spot of Michaels nailing Foley with the 2x4 to send him through the flaming table was great, though it seemed a little similar to the spot you had with the tacks not too long ago. Maybe something different with the tacks was needed to make this seem even bigger. While i like the idea of Foley not quitting, I think it wouldíve been better if the paramedics treated him, but he pushed them away, then got into the ring, fighting through what would look like more pain than it did with him getting up rather quickly. The low blow/piledriver combo from Foley after tricking Michaels was very smart, capitalising on the fact that heís the heel well. A huge nearfall on top of that, making the match even more exciting. Foley going for the cross body instead of the Superfly Splash wasnít to my liking really, as Michaels could have nailed Foley as soon as he got up. Sure, the cross body/Superkick spot would have been visually impressive, but it isnít really in tribute to the Superfly as it should be. Foley kicking out to show his fight shows what the match is all about, and I think you ended it the right way, having Michaels nail it again, showing he no longer has any more fight. This was definitely the match of the night so far, as you did a better job of transitioning between spots than in Money in the Bank, and you also had a great build-up leading to the end. Awesome, awesome stuff. The happy ending with Foley getting what he came for in a great WrestleMania match, and thus winning the fans back was a great moment. This would be a fitting end to Foleyís career if you were to not use him again in this thread. Great stuff.
Hall of Fame ceremony was pretty well done, as well as the introduction of the Hall of Famers, making it look important.
Excellent video package here, really letting us know whatís happened for Angle over the past year and why this match is taking place. Summed it up beautifully, using some great promos to really illustrate just why this match is taking place. Nice mind games with the fifteen victims shown on the screen and the druids coming with ĎTaker for his entrance. Match started pretty much like any ĎTaker match, with his opponent not looking to be caught. I liked Angle going on the offence too though, showing heís not scared as he goes after the leg. Angle going toe-to-toe with ĎTaker really sets the scene well, especially with him nailing the first big move in the belly-to-belly. The clothesline to ĎTaker seemed a bit awkward to imagine, though I guess it set up the leg drop rather nicely. The match slowed down nicely as it should, building it up slowly before the nice dodge of old school into a German. Very clever counter there. I felt using the triple German so early was a bit of a waste though, as it brings about a nice nearfall later in the match. How many stronger moves does Angle have than a trio of German suplexes anyway? Probably just his two finishers. Seeing ĎTaker duck a clothesline attempt from Angle would be bizarre since he has almost a foot on him in height, so maybe a better lead in could have been used. Liking the intensity in the attack from Angle on the ankle of ĎTaker, using the ringpost, though where can he go from here? Itís very hard to step it up after such a big move, and itís still pretty early on in this match. The intensity of Angle going after that ankle was awesome, really showing his desperation after seeing pain on the face of Undertaker. Great stuff. ĎTaker already making a comeback tells me the opening of this match could have been a bit longer, with the two feeling each other out, however Angle was on the offence for about the right amount of time. The comeback offence of ĎTaker however was very bland. Three clotheslines before a Chokeslam attempt? I know you want to save moves for later, but something a little different couldnít have hurt. I know the big dive over the top rope is a classic move of ĎTaker, especially at WrestleMania, however I donít see it being possible for him to do that after the trauma on his ankle. Another reason I think the use of the ringpost should have been held back until later, as he kind of no sold the move by being able to cleanly jump over the top rope. The counter from Angle sending ĎTaker over the rope looks to further sell the damage to the leg, so hopefully you capitalise on that later in the match. Angle Slam into the ringpost is a very nice spot, by the way. A big time thing in WrestleMania 21, though that was slightly different with Angle working over the back of Michaels in that match. Again, ĎTaker is dashing around the ring so easily definitely makes his leg out to be barely injured, when in fact it should be extremely hurt. The Angle Slam counter to old school was absolutely huge, though because as big of a nearfall as it is, I really think it should have come right near the end of the match. Weíre building to it, though itís clear weíre still not there yet. The moonsault is generally pulled out at the big events by Angle, so it was good to see, though I think the Last Ride would have served as a better counter from ĎTaker than the Chokeslam with Angle up top. While Angle grabbing the ankle of Shawn at WrestleMania 21 was a nice spot, not a big fan of the no selling. Itís acceptable for ĎTaker to sit up since... well, heís ĎThe Deadmaní, but I donít like Angle recovering so quick after having to get his foot on the bottom rope. The quick counter of moves, leading into the Northern lights suplex was very nice, though wouldnít landing behind Angle do damage to the ankle of ĎTaker? Again, a bit of a lack of selling here. I did like the counter of the Last Ride into the Ankle Lock here, and the pain, the struggle of ĎTaker was written very well, building suspense well. Wouldíve been better if it wasnít ĎTaker and thus an automatic win, but you know.
Ugh, hate the Tombstone kickout. Hated it at Mania this year, so I donít like it here, though Iím probably in the minority. Dropping someone on top of their head can potentially break their neck, so I just donít like someone being able to lift their shoulder up right after that happens. Just goes against everything you know. The burst of energy from Angle again is something I donít like, as now he has the strength and wherewithal to suddenly hit an Angle Slam after being dropped on top of his head? Again, just something I disagree with. The counter to the Ankle Lock was rather excellent though, and a great way to end the match, with ĎTaker countering the move that Angle was oh so sure was deadly. Angle tapping out again possibly means he choked again, with the ending just tying in so well. The action all round for this match was good, though I think there was a little too much no selling. The aftermath would suggest that ĎTakerís probably gone for a few months, though there was that feud mentioned earlier with JBL. Should be interesting to see how things pan out.
Backlash should be good. Just make sure it isnít a whole bunch of WrestleMania rematches, plz.
Video package of Brock vs Triple H was great. The whole feud has been very, very well put together, as shown by this video package. The turn of Lesnar was built amazingly, Austin saying he wasnít just going to be in Lesnarís corner with their history, and the closing scenes before WrestleMania. Vince McMahon coming out to personally introduce Triple H, rather than having them come out altogether was a nice idea, and would do well to garner extra heat. Austin and Lesnar having a few words is also good, as it shows thereís heat there. Lesnar showing heís not afraid of Tripper by laughing right in his face after the slap is a smart move, as was Triple H going for the sudden desperation right hand. Lesnar needed to start on top and show his power, because his power was what was drummed into us on SmackDown!. To not capitalise on it at the start of the match would have been a missed opportunity, so Iím glad you didnít miss out on that. I think you did an even better job than expected by having him then ragdoll Triple H around and throw him onto the McMahons. You put Lesnar over huge right here, and it was great to see. Not s big on the idea of Triple H trying to walk away, as you already did that with Albright tonight, though it was a good way to get Austin involved, which was obviously the point. Using Shane to create a distraction to allow for the change of momentum was the right idea, as Lesnar was just too dominant for Triple H to simply reverse. Plus, using the accessories you have at ringside is always good, rather than having them just stand there doing nothing. Triple H cheating and using any means necessary to keep Brock down was the good way to start off with his offence as well, as youíre making Lesnar look really good by Triple H having to resort to cheating to keep him down. The high knee may have come a bit early since thatís usually a move Triple H uses late in the match. Having it create the first cover of the match is a bit odd. Lesnar taking the control back so early was alright, as it was just for a moment, though I was sure Tyson would betray the McMahons at the end, so I donít know what to make of him getting involved to help Triple H. Maybe he wonít help Brock. I liked the little exchange from Austin and Tyson, showing neither are afraid, though I donít know why Triple H wouldnít have gone after the knee of Lesnar right after the opportunity showed itself. He usually works on the knee quite well, and he has submission holds he uses on it regularly (especially as a heel), so having him go straight to work on the knee would have worked well, in my opinion. The momentum change in order to get the crowd going was great, using Tomko for at least something here. Pretty sick spot, which again, really puts Brock Lesnar over well. The distraction leads to the change of momentum again which is fine, though the Double A spinebuster already? Much like the high knee earlier, I think itís a bit too early for that. Something about Triple H being able to manhandle Lesnar like he did with the Irish whips into the corner at ha high velocity seems wrong. Lesnarís got about thirty lbs on him, and just looks like a beast, so I donít really like the easy overpowering of Brock from Triple H. The use of Austin to keep the McMahons away again served as a good reminder that heís there, while the spot with Lesnar going into the crowd barrier works pretty well, as it keeps him down for longer with an effective move. Having Triple H purposely get Austin hit was smart, as it shows that heís a real dick, while the Pedigree reversal on the outside from Brock was good too. Using Shane as a crash test dummy is smart, as I love the idea of Lesnar taking the members of the McMahon Family Empire throughout the match, really showing that he owns. The low blow counter from Triple H was smart, though rather than just saying the referee was at a bad angle, using Vince at ringside to cause the distraction probably would have worked better. Good to see you treating the DDT as a possibly finisher by having Tripper go right for the cover too, since people seem to ignore the fact that it is a brutal move. The way you moved around the ring in order for Lesnar to hit the F-5 was great, as it allowed Vince to get involved well. Also liked Tripperís little mouthing off to Austin not long before that. Lesnar going over huge by dominating Triple H in this period is great, as was the pursuit of Vince, and the little cheap pop with the bald spot. The match was always going to turn into pandemonium, and Iím glad to see you had it going as we head into the end here. Austin getting involved would get the crowd going absolutely nuts, and the use of the sledgehammer on him from Tripper would have been great. The match has broken down, though itís turned into a lot of fun, turning it into a crazy match. The plan to have The Bisch come down and make the count after using all of the McMahons to take Lesnar out was great, though him giving the McMahons the bird would have been a great WrestleMania moment (and just a great moment period). The simple ďHere Shane, you put the referee shirt onĒ is genius, because well, theyíre the McMahons, so they can do what they want. The Pedigree looking like it had set up the win, only for Austin to make the save was an awesome nearfall, with this match building to an awesome climax. Austin with the Stunners was awesome, while Tyson turning on the McMahons seemed predictable at the start, though didnít make much sense with him helping them beat the shit through Lesnar all of the way through. Would have worked better if you didnít have him get as involved, but the turn was always going to come I guess. The counter wrestling after both men got up was great, and the nearfall with Austin now making the count after the F-5 has this match getting even hotter. The dissension between Austin and Lesnar, the missed sledgehammer shot nailing Austin and the F-5 to both Steph and Shane... awesome stuff. Triple H winning with the Pedigree after the low blow would have been a screwy finish, especially the way both this match and this whole feud were designed (Lesnar overcoming the odds), so having Lesnar kick out really tells the whole story perfectly. Despite Austin maybe getting up from the sledgehammer shot a little early, the ending was great; just how it should have been. An epic ending to an epic match, really. Lesnar celebrating with Austin, before Austin makes sure he has the spotlight really tops it all off. Great feud, great match, great stuff.
Phoenix? Well, I got that wrong too. Iíd be surprised if I cracked ten points here, which is a shit effort. Iíll be better next year, I promise.
Kind of disappointed we didnít get a hype video for the Triple Threat Match, considering itís one of the biggest matches on the card. The match started alright with Edge using some cheap tactics, though the bell not having rung yet shouldnít be an issue, as you canít be disqualified in a triple threat match anyway. Nice quick exchange between Jericho and Edge to open with, as well as a good trading of shots, with Edge trying to get the cheat advantage summing him up well. Probably should have mentioned him dropping the WWE Championship since you didnít say anything after Edge missed the shot at Jericho, though you naturally assume it was dropped and fell out of the ring or something. RVD coming back in and keeping this moving quickly is good to see, with Edge continually blind-siding people and taking cheap shots also spot on. The fast pace keeps going well, and an, erm, nice spot, with Jerichoís nuts copping it. Edge coming from God knows where with a clothesline seemed awkward, as a clothesline from behind/the side is, though Iím liking this attempted alliance against the champion to add another dimension to the match. I would have liked to have seen the partnership last longer, though you went down the rather generic route of having them disagree thanks to Edge going for a pin. The breakdown came a bit early since it used to be a big move, though the distraction for RVD meaning the Lionsault misses being smart. Liking RVD being unable to interject himself in the match thanks to being attacked on the apron, as it keeps the match going along simply. Spear off the apron after Jerichoís dodge was a nice move as well, by the way. The counter into the Walls from Edge on Jericho was good, though odd, considering you yourself said theyíre both heels, and as such it isnít going to get Edge any more heat anyway. The aggression of Edge was pretty damn great, as I like seeing him like this, though again, the referee really canít say anything because thereís no disqualifications in a triple threat match anyway. Edgeís offence continued on nicely, and the counter from RVD with the springboard kick was awesome stuff. Sets up the plancha well (which is also awesome), as well as just being damn visually impressive. Good stuff. RVDís offence inside the ring was fine, though Jericho using the clothesline coming out of the corner is a bit repetitive, since weíve already seen that (and a hell of a lot of clotheslines as well lol). Not sure about RVD shrugging off the chops of Jericho only to have his momentum halted by another one, but whatever. Momentum seemed to start to change a bit much in the ring, with each man only getting to hit one move each. Also seems like Jerichoís going to the top rope a bit much, especially for a heel, with this being the third time heís been caught up there, while heís hit the reverse elbow too. Tower of doom spot was nice, generally a good spot to include in these multi man matches. DDT was a nice move, but I donít like RVD moving from being dropped in a huge spot to a sudden counter, especially when itís not really building up yet. Nice little sequence with Jericho getting involved ultimately costing him, though both moves had already missed in the match, so one would think theyíd have to be hit eventually. I donít know about RVD waiting on Jericho to get up just so he can go for a hurricanrana since itís a pretty tame move, however the counter was smart. Just probably should have been used in another way, probably in a sequence of moves. Even though the hold was locked in for a long time, it always seemed obvious that Edge would be the one to end the Walls, as well, itís a triple threat, so thereís always going to be that one free man, and the match hadnít quite built up to a finish yet. RVD seemed to spring back up after the Walls a bit too soon, not selling the effects of it, as you had him in it for a long, long time, meaning a fair bit of damage would have had to have been done to his back. Jericho also pretty much no sold the kick, getting up much too quickly. And while I liked the idea of the Codebreaker done by him springing up off the second rope catch RVD with it off the top rope, it just doesnít seem possible. Much too easy to screw up, with it being able to go wrong in too many places. Itíd likely end up looking like a car wreck, to be honest. Good move by having Edge come in and nail the Spear. That was very well done. I guess Edge thinking heíd won the title could be attributed to his desperation, though it seemed a bit corny. Well set up sequence to get the bulldog done from Jericho into the Lionsault (which was good to see finally hit), into another nice nearfall, with things now heating up well. Jericho going up top again was odd, as heís already been up top enough, and well, he wouldnít have had time to even start ascending the turnbuckle , let alone get to the top since all he used to knock Edge down with was a chop. Generally a man springs up pretty damn quickly from them, so I think this was a bit off. The sudden Five Star Frog Splash from RVD was awesome, however, again, I think Jericho didnít quite sell for long enough. I think this would have been an appropriate way to end the match anyway, as it probably could have been done there. I wondered if youíd use the Spear interrupting the Walls spot, as it worked quite well in my mind, so Iím glad to see it come to fruition here. The ending to the match told the tale well, with Edgeís own desperation, his want to be champion costing him. He could definitely have a bone to pick following this match with RVD, saying he should be champion if it wasnít for one mistake. This rivalry shouldnít be over just yet, especially with Edge nailing the Spear after the bell.
However, it wonít be for the gold apparently, as Ortonís decided that his sudden impact is now. And what an impact, with despite RVD kicking out, the Punt was a great way to put over Orton as a sick son of a bitch, which was also helped along with your commentary and the fact that you had Van Dam carried out on a stretcher on screen. Putting over the fact that a RAW guy just won the gold from SmackDown! was done very well too, and it should be interesting to see where all of the titles end up come draft time (which now seems very conveniently dated
Nice to see both men warming up before the video package for the main event started, really making a big deal of it. Showing how both men won matches in the lead up to WrestleMania to get there also was good, as it shows how we got where we are today. The rest of the video package, with neither man trusting each other, was good, as it detailed all of the important parts and what this thing is all about. Christian having the big entrance courtesy of Waterproof Blonde playing live was cool, since grand entrances are a great part of WrestleMania. Cena entrances usually suck at WrestleMania (though i liked his from this year), so Iím glad you didnít have him come out dressed like a jackass. The staredown and pandering to the fans has to happen to open this match up, as thatís what itís about; your two most popular guys going at it. The slow build up to get the match going is perfect, as itís meant to build up slowly to a huge climax. Itís your main event. Play to the crowd, get them emotionally invested by the two pushing each other around early. Excellent stuff. The slap from a pissed off Christian suddenly triggering the action was great, as it gives the crowd a reason to just explode into a reaction. The two men brawling on the outside was good stuff, with Cena having to get the upper hand since heís the more brawler type, however again, clotheslines from behind arenít something I like. Having both men go straight through the crowd barrier was a great idea for a spot in a match like this, as it has all of the hype behind it. Surprised you came out with it, but it was very, very well done. Having the action spill out through the fans is a great idea, considering the reaction the two guys would be getting, and i like how the actionís moving. The hip toss on the outside seems to be a common theme in these matches (well, I remember it at least happening in the last match), and a lot of guys youíve had using hip tosses donít generally do them. I canít remember the last time Cena did a regulation hip toss. Perhaps during a match in his ruthless aggression gimmick. Anyway, the action back inside the ring is fine, with Christian taking the momentum with one of his better moves to do so. A sudden tease at a finisher in these matches always, always, always gets the crowd going nuts, so I liked seeing Cena going for the FU. Rolling through with a cross body is a stunning reversal?
Clothesline sending Cena through the ropes isnít something that seems likely, as people generally fall straight down to the mat from clotheslines. While I liked the announce table being used in this match, it felt much too early for it at this point in the match, especially with it being an FU sending Christian through it, instead of just any move. After sending Christian through the table, Cena simply has to control the next portion of the match too, since Christian would be reeling. I think the Christian attempted comeback was a bit early here, as was an arm drag leading that comeback. After a man has been sent through a table, a weak move like an arm drag isnít really a great move to use since the match has been built well past that point, though maybe that was your point, as Cena took control right back. Again, the comeback of Christian seems a bit early, while I canít see him using a gutbuster, as he really isnít big at all (heís skinny as all hell, to be honest). Glad to see some psychology come into things here with Christian working the back of Cena over, before using the move every Canadian must inherit. T was obvious Cena was never going to tap to it, however, nice move to pull out to continue the attack on the back. Cena looking to make a comeback after escaping the hold is the way matches generally go, though Iím surprised Christian came back so soon with the inverted DDT. Cena coming right back was the right move, as it was about time he took back over. Not sure about Christian staying down after a jumping shoulder tackle, since itís not at all a big move. I can accept Cena staying down out of exhaustion, but thereís no real need for Christian to sell a move like that more than other people have sold big moves like kicks to the head throughout the match. Something Cenaís meant to be is a brawler, so him losing out to Christian in an exchange of rights is a big nono. The order of Cenaís moves was off here as well, since Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle after the spin out powerbomb, while you had the fishermanís suplex inserted in there when it would have been better off being used before the powerbomb. If Christian did a 360, wouldnít he have landed on his feet?
The dodge from Christian came at the right time, as the match was starting to get a bit stagnant. Ref bump? Not sure what to make of it, though it was a nice way to set up for a surprise Unprettier. This whole feud was based around the true Cena and the true Christian, so the chair getting involved keeps up with the psychology of the feud very well. Christian struggling with himself after saying heíd have no problem doing it was interesting, while the sudden FU was great, very smartly done. Cena thinking about the chair was good too, though the referee must have been able to see him thinking about it and thus using it if he were ever going to if he was ready to count a sudden roll up. Another clothesline from Cena? I think heís used it a bit much this match. His offence isnít that small, despite what some smarks would have you think. Nice counter of the Unprettier into the STFU. Something I hadnít considered, though it was extremely clever. As Iíve said elsewhere in this review, you write the pain people are going through in submission holds very well, making it very believable that they may tap. Christian escaping and thus prolonging the match is good, because it really shows his drive to become champion, overcoming the Ďdeadlyí move. The counter to the second attempt was pretty good and creates a nearfall, building the match further up. Cena winning the exchange this time was the right move, as he is the brawler, though Christian nailing a clothesline was a surprise. Not necessarily a bad one, as itís good to see him come out with one of his own, though it looked like Cena had it going all his way. Another nearfall, this time to Cena was good, with another counter to a finisher. The hot shot into the Unprettier was a good combo, and the kick out would have had the crowd going into a frenzy before you went home with the WWE counter finish, which worked very well, allowing Christian to pick up the huge win in a great match, which probably built up better than any other match on the card. Great ending to the night, making the win as emotional as possible. The show of respect from Cena was alright, showing he is that good guy, while Christian gets to win the gold. Beautiful way to end WrestleMania.
So, how do you wish for me to sum this up? Simply, it was pretty damn amazing. To have done yet another WrestleMania is really just phenomenal. Now, I wasnít around for your last few Manias (though Iíve had a look at them, nothing in depth though), but you kept apologising for the lack of starpower here. Believe me, you had nothing to apologise for. There were some tremendous matches here, some feel good moments, and just an amazingly put together WrestleMania. The way this all came together was nothing short of spectacular, so really, well done. Hopefully the thread chugs on pretty soon, as I know you have much more to offer with the draft coming up, as well as the backlash (pun) of what has transpired tonight.
Awesome stuff, man.