The term WrestleMania moments, like many other things in WWE these days, has been overused and applied to situations that it doesn't fit. I think back to when Big Show beat Cody for the IC Title and they called that "A WrestleMania Moment".
The first time I remember hearing the term was when JR called Rock/Hogan's stare down at X-8 a "WrestleMania Moment". That felt organic and cool, but as with anything else, WWE took it, ran with it, overplayed it, and now it means very little.
When I think of real "WrestleMania Moments" I think of those things that will stick out in my memory, days, weeks, months, years, and decades after seeing the show. I'll always remember Warrior beating Hogan, or Hogan Slamming Andre, or Tyson counting the 3 for Austin, and things like that. But Beth Phoenix getting her moment in a 4 way tag for belts I don't care about? Not so much.
Last night, the only things I'd probably call WrestleMania moments were Kofi's victory and the unveiling of the real WWE Title belt to award to Kofi and the Miz/Shane Super-Duper Plex to hell. Maybe Becky's victory but the ending of the match left me so flat that it kind of soured it for me.
It's a phoney thing they've tried to patent to try and make it all more epic and dreamy. Ditto pointing at the sign. That was just something people used to do every now and then. Nowadays it seems everyone is ordered to point at the sign every time they get in the ring. Watching Tony Nese go on about how "THIS IS MY WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT" made me cringe so fucking hard. What's the last genuine Wrestlemania moment? Shane jumping off the cell if I had to guess. I guess Kofi's celebration may soon join the list.
Exactly. I think Punk was the first one to do the sign pointing thing and it felt cool...until literally every single person on the roster with a spot on the card started doing it. Now it is just a bad, overplayed cliche that means nothing.