Wrestlemania XXII Review
Always good to start things with a face winning, and since there was never really any doubt as to who would be the victor going into this one, Lashley/JBL should do nicely. With the build making Lashley look so dominant, it was nice to see an early big of control of the match for JBL, as was the early interference from The Cabinet and The Bluebloods. The action was certainly aggressive early on, building well to the Lashley comeback. Very much liked the spot involving the spear to Albright into the rest of JBL’s posse, that was nicely done. Was expecting something more along the lines of a rollup with a handful of tights off of that, so to see a fallaway slam was certainly interesting.
@ the mouthful JBL gave Lashley. Jibbles would be too busy blowing out his ass to say all that! The ending of the match very much goes against the build up for me, as we’ve constantly seen Lashley destroy JBL on Smackdown, so to see Lashley make his comeback and then still have to survive isn’t how I thought you would go about it. But yeah, I’m glad you avoided a kickout from the clothesline from hell, that would have been too much I think. The finish was well done, and the aftermath suggests that perhaps JBL’s days as an active competitor are numbered. All in all, a solid start to the show from a match I wasn’t expecting much from going in.
as how awkward the seating arrangement on that couch is. Yeah, brief little bit here. Not a whole lot to say on it, as I don’t think an interbrand war is something we’ll be seeing anytime soon. Although nice to see Lashley get The Boss’ seal of approval.
Hass on the stick at Wrestlemania? Who’d have thunk it? Interesting to note the fact both seem to be on the same page. Coach’s commentary during the intro summed up my thoughts rather well tbh.
I’m glad that early doors you had Show block Haas’ german suplex attempt. We all know the reaction that last time that happened.
I’m interested as to how you’ll take this now. The action throughout was pretty solid, especially the Haas of Pain with Kane staying alive. The ending was a real good touch, although I didn’t agree with Kane hitting the chokeslam on Shelton and then covering Haas. Shelton’s never really used the superkick as a finisher (has he?) so I thought Kane would be more like to cover off his own move. I still think one of the WGTT will turn, and I still think it will be Shelton. I guessed it would be tonight, as I think turns at Wrestlemania always have that little bit of extra pop to them, but sadly not. But it should happen soon, perhaps even as soon as tomorrow night. A Haas/Benjamin battle at Backlash would be appreciated.
Wow. I’m... wow. I’m really
surprised by OJ winning here. In my prediction I said either Benoit or Booker, so I definitely wasn’t expecting this. I also think that simply due to the fact that no-one is really sure of where he stands at this point, I doubt he would be getting a pop from the crowd afterwards. Benoit, as the red-hot babyface in this match, his defeat would draw boos, especially in the manner it happened, with Jordan rolling through like that. One thing you could have done post-match to try alleviate a few worries was to have Benoit perhaps shake OJ’s hand. Something to get the crowd on OJ’s side is needed asap, a promo, Benoit putting him over, a brutal revenge beatdown from Booker, but we need something, otherwise this is going to be a very bad decision. But I have faith, so I’m sure you’ll have something in mind. But just now, I’m still very surprised that Jordan is the US Champion. And as OJ eliminated Booker, we still
don’t have a proper resolution to the Benoit/Booker situation, which is what this whole title match was about. Just... yeah, right now this doesn’t look good. Please have something good instore for all three men (and CM Punk? Does he still fit in this?) as right now I’m struggling with this.
Summerslam should be a good ‘un. And 4 hours too!
Disagree with reviewer above, Chavo definitely belonged here, having very much been involved with Flair and Helms for the majority of the thread. I was surprised to see the Finlay/Henry confrontation at the start. Certainly different from most starts to these matches, with usually start with someone scrambling for a ladder. Finlay certainly impressed early on. Masters getting involved, and that was a crazy spot with Chavo and Henry. The 450 sounded just awesome. And another surprise in the victor, although a much more pleasant surprise. It was certainly well disguised, and I never thought Flair had much of a chance heading into the match. Certainly opens up a few possibilities going forward, and I’m sure Helms will have something to say about it all. But yeah, good stuff here.
Another very enjoyable match between Rey and Kash. Rey hanging on for the majority of the match is of course the standard Rey booking, and the finish was certainly something different in terms of how we worked into the West Coast Pop. Rey as champion isn’t something I disagree with, as he certainly is a worthy candidate to end Kash’s reign and move forward as a figurehead for the division, but you can’t help but feel that by this stage in his career Rey is destined for bigger and better. Will be interesting to follow him going forward. As for tonight, it was a good match with the right outcome. No problems here.
You know by now this has been one of my favourite storylines in your thread, especially since SNME. The start, with the takedown and brawling, really set the tone and reflected the past between the two well. Very surprised to see Mickie bleeding, and so relatively early in the match too. The “Why won’t you stay down?” bit was a very nice touch. Can’t complain, the right woman won, and I think here would be a good place to put this feud to bed. It’s been great to see it progress, but a rematch would spoil what was an emphatic conclusion to things. Good job here.
And here comes another title change. Three in a row feels a wee bit much tbh. Maybe could have spaced things out a little better. This match was very much about giving the Hardyz a feel good moment, and they got it. The action was good, and the ending with Moore making his mark all tied in nicely. Not a whole lot to say, as the outcome of this was always on the cards. It was a nice moment. Harydyz/Bluebloods feud plz.
Michaels/Triple H was just brutal. The match started with a bang (pardon the pun) and it only went on from there. Michaels being tossed down the steps, perhaps was a tad unrealistic as I dunno how Michaels would be able to take a bump like that safely, with him not being a stuntman and all. Interesting psychology with both men targeting the spine at one point or other during the match. At the first quick glance I thought I can’t believe there’s no blood in this, but after a proper read I notice you’ve messed up the coding there both times.
at your explanation during the replay. One of them would have came in handy back at SNME
The standoff and way you built the tension at the beginning of the triple threat was very impressive, particularly with the way Angle and Cena’s eyes darted back and forth between each other and then Edge. Edge played his role to perfection by dropping out of the ring. The action was good throughout, although I thought there would have been a spell where all Edge did was desperately save pinfall after pinfall, like maybe Angle and Cena have a 4 or 5 minute spell where the batter each other, only for Edge to save the title time after time. That would have been something good to include given the nature of the storyline. Although you got it spot on with the finish, as Edge taking advantage of the Angle Slam was a real nice touch. I also liked that he pinned Cena, as this should be an end to the Edge/Cena side of things. Will be interesting to see if you go with Edge and Angle in singles, but after tonight, Triple H must definitely be in the hunt, once he’s recovered of course.
While the outcome of Taker/RVD was never in doubt, I loved the fight and resistance RVD put up. A career defining performance possibly, even in defeat. I can’t really say too much about this, other than the action throughout was superb. Thinking about it, perhaps your placement of the matches could have been different, as the second half of the show has far
outweighed the first half. But yeah, RVD is the true winner here. Add him to Triple H as two guys who have propelled themselves towards a WWE Title shot with their performance tonight. One thing I feel you might have missed out is that perhaps we could have taken one last look-in with McMahon, Bischoff and Long. The reactions of the two GM’s at this point would have been a nice little touch to break things up a bit, and a better option than a Backlash promo IMO.
And now the main event. Which sadly, by being the main event, has made the outcome of the match a tad predictable, as I seriously
doubt you’ll end with a heel winning. Which is a shame as the rise of Orton over the months has been great to see, and I felt to top it off him winning the title would really cement him as a star. Orton has been so dominant, so I’m not a fan of Batista winning. The match itself was fine, the psychology of Orton targeting the spine to weaken Batista was solid, but I’m a bit underwhelmed with the result. But I guess, being in the moment, it would have sent everyone home happy. One thing I will also add is that while I felt Edge retaining and Triple H and RVD really pushing themselves forward as faces makes all the sense in the world, we haven’t really seen a credible heel emerge for Batista to face. Booker has suffered a lot of damage tonight, and I doubt you’ll go back to Henry, who seems tied up with Finlay now. Perhaps Kennedy? Or maybe even Undertaker? Or are we in for an Orton/Batista rematch. That I could see happening, especially if you give Orton the win on the second match. I said in my predictions that I felt there would be more face challengers for a heel champion, and I stand by that. So yeah, very interested to see where you go with this.
Overall, a great show. A few things I disagreed with, especially the US Title situation, but it was a pleasure to sit down and read through it all. The action and the writing throughout was top notch. Looking forward, Raw is looking just fascinating while Smackdown needs some work. Highly anticipated and it delivered, should be a worthy winner of show of the year