Getting ignored by SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Bristol, England
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
My Wrestlemania Weekend ratings:
The Undertaker vs Triple H [Hell in a Cell] - WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII - ****1/2
~ I understand the issues others have had with the match, but I absolutely loved the story in this. HBK is so good at conveying emotion, especially on a stage such as Wrestlemania (See: vs Flair, vs Taker I & II), so his role was very important in this I feel. But this had everything I wanted from a 'heavyweight' WWE match; two behemoths throwing everything they had at each other. One of my favourite moments was when both guys were on the mat, and Taker reaches over and grabs a handful of Trip's hair. HHH swats the hand away, but Taker throws the arm back out, grabbing at HHH's armpit. No damage was done, but that was clearly all Undertaker could manage in that given moment, aptly conveying the idea that he didn't want to waste a single moment. Also the Sweet Chin Music-Pedigree nearfall was incredible, EVERYONE bought it. So yeah, I was a massive fan of this match.
HIAC is the only match I've managed to rewatch so far so the following ratings are from a live, in person perspective.
Pac vs Low Ki - DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate - ***3/4
~ First things first, I've gotta admit I was a tad disappointed as I was fully expecting a blow away MOTYC. The match kinda ended before it really hit fifth gear which is a shame because the early technical stuff was very well wrestled, as each man methodically approached the other with a drawn-out feeling out process. They surprisingly 'wrestled' rather than relying on the stiff kicks/high-flying that many thought would take up the bulk of the match; once again Pac shows off his technical wrestling skills which often get overlooked. It's worth checking out anyway - it was building to a GREAT match, but as it is it's just a very good match. My appetite has definitely been whetted for a rematch!
Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor vs Masato Yoshino & Ricochet - DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate - ****1/4
~ What a fantastic main event. This was a terrific way to close out the show, especially considering the 1.99 PPV price tag brought in a load of new customers. What they saw was a classic example of a Dragon Gate tag. Sure, it was spotty at times, but there was a fun dynamic between the two teams, and the nearfalls towards the end totally grabbed the crowd every time. The turn had been hinted at for a while now but it still came as a surprise so that helped things too. My favourite tag of the year so far.
Davey Richards vs Michael Elgin - ROH Showdown in the Sun Night 2 - ****3/4
~ Elgin has had some very solid encounters during his ROH tenure thus far, but on this night a star was born and his stock has gone through the roof. For this match I became a total mark; I started out firmly in the Richards camp, and as the match progressed I suddenly found myself pleading for Elgin to get the win. Fans could feel a title change in the air. I don't need to say any more about the match than what's already been said by others. Understandably, many will feel the match goes 10 mins too long. I was willing to overlook the slight overkill because with every nearfall and kickout, Elgin was cementing himself as a future ROH main eventer further and further. Do yourself a favour and check it out.
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho - WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII - ****1/4
~ The crowd was still suffering burn out after HIAC in the early portion of the match which was a big shame as this got off to a nice start. The crowd finally came alive with the hurracanrana-into-the-Walls-of-Jericho spot, and from there on out it was great. The reversals and chain wrestling were brilliant and kept the ending in question; for much of the closing stretch it could have gone either way. I was sure Jericho was winning the belt after he pulled Punk back into the middle of the ring with the Walls still applied. A very smartly wrestled match, and the emphasis on submissions in this one leaves room for some interesting rematches.
The Rock vs John Cena - WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII - ****
~I've seen some wildly diverse ratings for this one, and I'm erring on the side of 'great'. What did it for me in this one was the incredibly simple but effective story. Wrestling-wise, Rock and Cena were absolutely equal for about 98% of the match. Then Cena turns into a cocky prick and goes for the People's Elbow to really stick it to the Rock and BOOM, that was the mistake Rocky was waiting for, and he capitalises with the Rock Bottom. For the bulk of it, it was a good match but that finish was perfect in my mind and pushes the rating up.