Monday, April 7, 2014

Shakespeare plays are fake too you know

Best WrestleMania in years. Definitely in the top five ever, right up there with 17, 19, and 24. I was even okay with Cena winning his match, although the specific way it finished was lame. Daniel Bryan's victory was inevitable in a "good overcomes evil" story line that's been building for months. That being said, I will laugh in anyone's face who claims Bryan going over was the plan all along. Triple H put him over clean as a sheet, and had one of the greatest entrances of the night. He is literally Shao Kahn. The main event was a lot better than I was expecting. I have to hand it to Randy Orton. Say what you will about his character, but that spot through the announcer's table was brutal. It's astounding he didn't break anything, although his lower back was bloodied. I even enjoyed the Shield's squash match with Kane and the Old Age Outlaws. Cesaro winning the battle royal is outstanding. You have to wonder if they intentionally recreated that WrestleMania III moment when Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant. Cesaro scooped up the Big Show and dumped him out of the ring like a sack of dirty laundry. The Big Show, in case you weren't aware, weighs about 400-450 pounds. Heck, even the Divas match was better than I expected.

The big news, of course, is the Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar. The match itself was slow and plodding, which we now know was because Taker was injured early on. If you look closely, you can see Lesnar treating him especially safe. He didn't drive Taker down into the F5 at all, but allowed him to take the bump on his hip. The finish though... thinking about it even now still leaves me at a loss for words. I clearly remember my initial reaction: "A third F5? That's a lot of finishers even by Mania standards. Okay, here's the count. One, two, three. I wonder what they'll do to... wait, what? Whaaaa... that... I don't..."

Having Brock end the streak is brilliant. It's the greatest swerve since Hulk Hogan joined the NWO. He's firmly established in the fans minds as a part time monster heel. Brock could quit wrestling tomorrow and his legacy would be set in stone. If a full timer had beaten Taker, then we'd see him job every other week. It'd be an impossible reputation to uphold: "Oh look at that, Sheamus beat the guy who beat Taker. What a chump." And really, who else was there that could have ended it? None of the other guys really needed it or wanted it. Brock only appears at the big headline events anyway, giving him that extra mystique as a monster heel. When he showed up, you knew it was serious. Now that effect will be multiplied tenfold. Undertaker had been saying for years that he was willing to end the streak. In all likelihood, last night was his retirement match. We might see him tonight on Raw, and then he'll get back on his bike and ride off into the sunset until we meet again at the Hall of Fame.



  1. It was a great show, indeed. My wife was a bit upset, but she doesn't read about wrestling and didn't know that 'Taker had all but said he had to end the streak.
    Actually, I don't read about wrestling, either, but I have 5 sons so I don't need to.
    And yes, no full-time roster member could take the pressure of breaking the streak, so it was well-planned.

    1. My late father got me hooked back when it was still the WWF and Hulkamania was running wild.