My house gets a free PPV a month and I had nothing of any importance to do so I caved in and watched Mania. Warning: May sound like an anhedonic prick.
Bryan v Sheamus: I have nothing to say on this other than I agree with everyone else's thoughts (those who thought it was stupid and sucky, anyway).
Orton v Kane felt like a decent SmackDown main event. I'm not sure Randy's the guy to go for really great matches anymore but he's becoming more of a reliable go-to guy for good matches with just about anyone.
Rhodes v Show was pretty bad and Cody's reaching Miz levels of embarrassing. Awful smiling-to-serious faces and just a terrible actor. I was warming up to him starting last year's Mania when he was the demented video game character but since he took the mask off he's just been such a boring piece of nothing. Go away.
I'm not talking about any of the non-wrestling segments. Just garbage. How Edge was made to look like a bigger deal than the Four Horsemen during the HOF thing made me die a little inside.
Women tag: People were still chanting "Daniel Bryan" and "yes." People like Maria Manokukupopolis can't possibly feel good about appearing on this show and taking time away from those who've worked years for it, can they?
I.....didn't like Trip v Taker very much. Really didn't need 30 minutes, or any of the emotional stuff. Well, I guess it DID need emotional stuff, but I didn't need to like it. Shawn was awful. Looked like a frightened Southern bell, and a lot for what HHH did was odd too. He backed off at one point where Taker just looked at him or something, IDK. I'll happily call this a "good" match because the first fifteen or so minutes were nice brawl moments with some possible-suspense build and good spots (holy sheeeeet @ the spinebuster on the steps. Surprised Taker wasn't a veggie after that), but this felt cheesy and corny and there's no way I could buy it. I noticed some play-off things from last year, but I thought they missed some opportunities to do more; Hunter being in hell's gate and actually whopping Taker with the hammer would have been awesome. Overall, yeah, didn't really like this. Hunter's entrance thing was silly-looking. Cell was useless. Michaels sucked. I expect people to like this match, but I'm surprised anyone thinks Michaels did a good job here; he really, really sucked. And I like the guy a hell of a lot.
(awaits red reps)
Raw v SmackDown was laughable and I literally mean I laughed at how bad it was. I would re0watch this to see Mark Henry throw Hornswoggle and chuckle at the crop of jobbers they filled this match with. Raw's team captain didn't even get tagged in. I'd probably put this below Bryan v Sheamus.
Jericho v Punk wasn't four star+ to me, but it was really good and heads and shoulders above anything else on the show. IDK if I loved the DQ stuff but Jericho getting inside Punk's head and even begging to be hit with the chair was cool. Punk took some bumps in this, MAN. The outside suplex was pretty batty and then his head slings back when pulled from the top rope. I didn't notice how long Chris worked the back for but it didn't look terribly long at all so Punk not favouring it didn't stick with me. Final exchanges were some of the best possible counter-counter-counter wrestling you'd find and even if I want Punk v Henry I'll anticipate any crop of matches these two have.
Rock v Cena was good and I'd definitely call it #2 of the night. I was on the toilet for Cena's entrance, but Rock's but embarrassing. I'd be ashamed to walk out to the ring with that shit on- it looked like they were giving him a giant send-off because he was being killed immediately after the match. Like the Cell, I didn't think this match needed 30 minutes either. Rock v Hogan was half as long and felt way more "epic," and was just better in general (are people comparing the two yet?). The 30 minutes of this went by relatively quick, though so I'm not going to put forth complaints about this. Except the way they work holds. Bearhug looked shitty, headlock looked shitty, sharpshooter looked uber-shitty, and I wasn't digging the STF. Make no bones about it- this was good and my expectations weren't high so I wasn't at all disappointed. They busted out practically whatever they should have and Cena using the People's Elbow being his downfall was a great finish to run with.
Relatively bad show, but I don't regret watching it like last year so I guess that's something.
Originally Posted by Hohenheim of Light
I haven't watched Henry vs. Punk but the thought of it being better than Taker/Trips is laughable.