Special Attraction at Wrestlemania
Join Date: Jan 2006
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Daniel Bryan v Sheamus
-- You gotta be fucking kidding me. Fuck anyone who says Bryan losing the title this way makes sense because of how he won the belt and the way he's acted since. That does make sense but fuck you anyway. This was bullshit. Not only did they make Bryan look like a joke but they deprived Sheamus of the moment he could've had after winning a hard fought match.
Kane v Randy Orton
-- Is it just me or has Kane improved since his return? I thought he looked really good against Cena at the Rumble and this was another solid display. His offense looks better, his attire looks better, and he seems to have upped his workrate a bit. Orton's much more solid and consistent than he was a few years ago as well so I wasn't surprised that this was good. Steady pace, solid action, nice finish.
Cody Rhodes v Big Show
-- Thought this had the potential to be decent with Rhodes being a cocky douchebag and Show getting redemption but it fell flat for me. Cody's control segment was meh, can't remember any decent nearfalls, and the crowd didn't care. Enjoyed Show swatting Cody around at times, that's about it. Thankfully they kept it short. Wouldn't call it bad, just completely forgettable.
-- What the fuck is Beth wearing down to the ring? Not gonna lie, I didn't hate this. Menounos was either in a lot of pain from her injuries or she's a better seller than a lot of the divas. She was constantly holding the rib area, even towards the end when she was going to the top rope. Speaking of top rope that move Kelly did is probably the best thing she's ever done. Those things and Eve's booty shaking made this okay.
The Undertaker v Triple H
-- The match I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Fantastic storytelling from two consummate in-ring pros picking up right where they left off last year. The start was slow and while it wasn't all that exciting it had its purpose. Taker means business and he's not going to let Hunter play the game on his terms like he did last year. Had my fingers crossed for a blade job but Taker busting Trips open hard way was more badass. Nice callbacks to Wrestlemania 27 with the spinebuster on the steps and the Hell's Gate. Once Shawn's role as referee becomes pivotal it really kicks off and from there to the finish it's WWE drama and storytelling at its finest. They were never going to be able to come up with a false finish as compelling as HHH's Tombstone last year but damn the super kick into the Pedigree had me going. The finishing stretch is incredibly well done and to my mind just about the perfect end to the HBK/Taker/HHH Mania story arc. The main criticism I've heard for this (and their match last year) is that it's mainly chair shots and finishers. Yeah it is, but when you tell a story as well as these guys did and get me truly invested in what's happening in the ring it really doesn't matter. Another complaint is it didn't need to be HiaC because they barely used the Cell. My response to that is who fucking cares? Didn't bother me one bit. Epic stuff, just like last year.
Team Johnny v Team Teddy
-- I think it was Yeah1993 who ragged on this and I completely agree with him. Following HHH/Taker its placement on the card was to give the fans a breather before the other big matches and that's all it was good for. Really bad.
CM Punk v Chris Jericho
-- Excellent match. Jericho's such a good asshole and the first part of the match with him trying to get in Punk's head for the DQ win was very well done. Suplex onto the floor was a sweet transition spot into Jericho's control segment, which was also good. Punk makes the comeback and then it's pretty much a back and forth sprint to the finish with some truly awesome counters and sequences. Marked out for the Walls of Jericho counter to Punk's hurricanrana attempt. A couple moves looked a tad sloppy but overall this was top notch.
John Cena v The Rock
-- This was a mixed bag. Great atmosphere and at times it had elements of a good match but there was some pretty shitty stuff as well. The opening exchanges were pretty good, the last FU was a great nearfall and I liked the finish. Cena's bear hug and control segment in general kind of sucked, as did the submission attempts towards the end. Actually most of the holds in general looked pretty bad. And the double clothesline too. I guess they felt they needed to go 30 minutes for it to be epic but they could've easily shaved off some of the time and probably had a better match. Good spectacle, decent match.