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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Danielson/Sheamus - *****. Excellent match, workrate, storytelling, psychology galore. Sheamus' beautiful underdog victory brought tears to my eyes. What a Wrestlemania moment. We, the fans, were so fortunate to be able to witness such a bout. *wipes tear from eye*
Orton/Kane - *1/2 Could not get into this match. Watched it live, couldn't engage with it. Watched the replay, still couldn't engage with it. The "story" leading in was weak, and just a way of throwing both of them onto the card. Not a bad match, just dull and uninspired.
Rhodes/Show - *1/2 I had somewhat high hopes for this one, as I love Cody and I think the build-up to this match was great. The actual match failed to interest me. It's the Big Show curse. Again, wasn't bad, just never really picked up. There were a few nice Cody-gets-thrown-around spots though. Cody losing was quite disappointing. A Big Show title reign sounds unbearable and Rhodes was definitely beginning to pick up steam as a champion. I was really hoping he would hold it for longer and do more with it.
Divas – 1/2* Pointless match, unforgettable, a waste of a spot and a total waste of a champion. Kudos to Maria for wrestling hurt, but I just did not enjoy watching Beth and Eve try to guide her through the match. I don't think anyone involved performed well, which is a shame because I like Eve and usually expect more from Beth. The Kelly Go Round was nice though. Really the only positive thing I can say.
Taker/HHH - **** I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this match. I wasn't expecting much from it, but the way it built up and concluded was fantastic. All three of them sold the story perfectly, and from the middle onwards, I just loved it.
Johnny/Teddy - **1/2 I enjoyed this one, weirdly enough. I was looking forward to it to begin with, and it pretty much met my expectations. I wish it was an elimination match and less clusterfucky, but there were some great performances from most of those guys. I wasn't expecting a clinic, just a fun, gimmicky match in contrast to the srs business of the other matches.
Jericho/Punk - **** My favourite of the night. These two worked unbelievably well together, which should come as a surprise to no one. The tension in the beginning was fantastic and the way it built up throughout was even better. I wish we got more of this, like, the up-and-coming young guys being given the opportunity to show that they can hang with the big guns. Great stuff.
Rock/Cena - ***1/2 I... just didn't enjoy this match. It just never really clicked for me. There were a few "THIS IS AWESOME~!" moments, but overall, I just struggled to get truly invested in it. Really good match nonetheless, just not my cup of tea.
'Mania was... interesting. Robbed of a world title match, let down by okay to mediocre undercard matches, but the main events were great. Mania will always be Mania, and I guess it's too much to ask for a great card from top to bottom. At least it's all over now. I'm looking forward to what comes next. I think that's mostly my favourite aspect of Wrestlemania.
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