To begin with, it's definitely worth mentioning that WWE stated that they're distancing the product from the term "wrestling", and plan to focus on the "entertainment" aspect, as if they haven't been already doing that for some time to a certain degree. For those who currently love the promotion at this point, it's not really a bad thing. However, for those who consider the "wrestling" aspect to be a lost art, and just happened to be dreading the day when WWE finally made the full transition, well dread no further, because it's here in Wrestlemania 27.
Here are a few examples to back up WWE's claim for those who may believe this to be some type of hoax. They moved the United States Championship match, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus, to the pre-show and gave the Rock, who happens to be hosting the event, 15 minutes of good airtime to start the show by saying s*** he's been saying for years, along with Snoop Dogg's ridiculous and corny backstage skit, a christian gospel performance for John Cena's opening, and Snooki. When I take a look at the time that was wasted, and a few matches that suffered due to this loss of time. I actually found myself wondering should I even continue with the promotion. I mean, if WWE doesn't give a damn about their work horses, then why should I give a damn about their product? Despite the three, maybe four watchable matches, this was a poor event that was even plagued by some weird booking decisions.
World Heavyweight Championship
1) Edge (Champion) w/Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Brodus Clay
This event is going to stand out to me for years to come, but for all of the wrong reasons, and they continue on right here with this match. Opening up any event with the World Heavyweight title at stake is just plain disrespectful, but what makes it far worse is that the Royal Rumble winner is in the match. That tells me that the company has no faith in Del Rio as a draw.
There was some good action and Del Rio went straight to work on Edge's left arm, that he had been attacking for weeks to set up his submission. He used the ring steps, rope supported manuevers, as well as a top rope arm drag. Eventually, the corners would get involved and it would end with a spear from Edge. The match was good for free TV but not for this event. There was just nothing Wrestlemania about it, and I think the aftermath hurt Del Rio even more. The thing that just didn't make sense was jobbing Del Rio though, when people already knew Edge was going to retire. There were so many things they could have done prior to this. 3.25/5
2- Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio
Getting pass the ridiculous storyline where Cody had to remove "Dashing" from his name, due to the so called damage done to his face by Mysterio. This was a pretty decent match that saw Rhodes wearing a plastic protective mask, and using it as a weapon on Rey. The match wasn't the usual fast paced Mysterio style, because Rhodes managed to keep him grounded which broke his momentum. There were some notable spots, with the delayed top rope suplex on Rey, plus he managed to work his lucha style anyway and punish Rhodes face some more. The ending worked out very well with the mask coming into play. This is actually the best pure wrestling match on the card, and although it's very watchable, I was still disappointed though. Fortunately, these two would go on to feud and surpass this match at the next event. 3.5/5
Eight Man Tag Team Match
3- The Corre (Wade Barrett, Ezekial Jackson, Heath Slater, and Justin Gabriel) vs. Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston, and Santino Marella
One of the three major lows right here, and this is where a lot of that wasted time could have actually been used. Now, I have been watching wrestling for over two decades, but I might have seen close to four decades worth. And I have never in my life seen an eight man tag match with only one tag. This one was over in like 2 minutes, which resulted in the biggest waste of talent I can remember. Seriously, the less said about this suckfest the better. 0.25/5
4- CM Punk vs. Randy Orton
For me, this was Match of the Night, and I really enjoyed how this feud was set up. The pre-match video package was awesome. But I also thought it was brilliant how creative dug into the crates, and Punk reminded the fans that Orton cost him his first champshionship reign over two years ago, which led to Punk interfering in his match back at the Royal Rumble. This is a feud that was long overdue.
The match combined the right amount of psychological wrestling and entertainment. Punk worked his heel gimmick perfectly and carried Orton to a very good match. They began pretty quick, and the match eventually hit the floor, and Punk would begin punishing Orton's leg to remove the "Punt Kick" out of his arsenal. He used many different tactics against Ortons legs, which took away a lot of stength that saw Punk almost squeeze a submission out of him with the Anaconda Vise. Orton did a great job selling his injury, but the only issue I have with this match is the finish. 3.75/5
5 - Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Michael Cole w/ special referee Stone Cold Steve Austin
The second major low right here. For months these two were at each others throats as announcers. Things escalated when Cole interfered in Jerry's match, and this bout taking place was only a matter of time.
It started out excellent, with Cole hiding from Jerry creating that anticipation. The fans just couldn't wait for Jerry to get his hands on him, and when he finally did it was a good feeling. Unfortunately, this was jacked up too, and again time was an issue but not in the way you would expect. This match was just way too long, and nobody wants to see an announcer beating up on a former wrestler. This is one of those rare occassions when a squash is necessary, because Lawler really doesn't belong in the ring anymore, and Cole doesn't belong there period. We're treated to Jack Swagger's interference, which results in Cole dominating for way too long. The ending was completely stupid, with Lawler getting the victory via submission, but the decision being overturned. I never saw the logic in continuing this feud. 0.75/5
6- Undertaker vs. Triple H
This match reminds me of Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair of Wrestlemania 24 by the way it is so over-rated. This is one of those charity cases where almost everybody says it's a classic mainly because of the star power. I found the match to be a colossal disappointment.
Do not come into this expecting what they did ten years ago, especially Undertaker at this stage in his career or it will be an even bigger disappointment. They kicked things off aggressive pretty early exchanging some heavy blows, and the fight went outside where we were given a big table crash and other high spots. The problem is that the match became a spot fest, and they would rest after EVERY big move. I suppose this was working into the drama, but the pace was just really getting on my nerves and I think the finish was just too out of nowhere. 3.5/5
Mixed Person Tag Team Match
7- John Morrison, Trish Stratus, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi vs. Laycool (Michelle McCool & Layla) & Dolph Ziggler
The third major low of the night. This was pretty much a repeat of the previous tag match. Trish and McCool kicked things off; the action was quick and cheap, Morrison and Ziggler barely did anything, but we got to see that butter ball Snooki execute a couple of somersualts that are no longer impressive, even for a woman, and watch her pin the lead diva heel with only two moves and one was botched. Pin a heel that every diva in the locker room had to practically kill themselves to beat, and some didn't even do it. This match was complete s***! 0/5
8- The Miz (Champion) vs. John Cena
The crowd was dead, you could have heard a fly fart, and I doubt anyone was looking forward to this anyway, especially if they remembered their match back at The Bash 09. The match picked up so slow and was just so damn boring, that I seriously started to doze off. But there were some notable moments like finisher kick outs, and the Miz took a sick Attitude Adjustment. I thought for sure it was a done deal after that. But my main issue happens to be the ending. The match finished with a double count out and resulted in a draw. The Rock comes down to the ring, restarts the match, and makes it no DQ or Count Out. I didn't know a host could do all of that. Here we are thinking we're about to get a better ending, and in like 20 seconds the Rock finishes off Cena, Miz gets the win, and instead of letting him have his Wrestlemania moment. The Rock comes back to the ring and beats his a** too. The End. You call that a main event?! And to make matters worse, this s***fest has already set up the main event for next year's Wrestlemania, John Cena vs. Rock, therefore, the Royal Rumble winner of next year already knows he's being jerked out of the spotlight. Way to go WWE. 2.5/5
When you take a look at the talent that was straight shafted, you have to wonder what exactly were they trying to accomplish here. How could anyone look at this on paper and pass it off as a Wrestlemania is beyond me. This was no doubt a very bad event, and it's among the worst Wrestlemania's ever. I only recommend this to true to the core fans, who must see everything WWE. But I have to admit, I abandoned the product after this event until a friend of mine swore to me, that I would like the Extreme Rules event. I just have to say that she knows me very well.
-A few watchable matches
-Booking comes under serious questioning
-Loads of wasted time
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