I have to be honest and admit that now a days I get more excited for Wrestlemania for the Hall of Fame more so than the event. Not to say that I don't like the events but you get what I am saying. This year the big story for most was the rematch of the "once in a life time match" or the streak. For me it was mostly as far as the card goes all about The Shield. Of course my boy HBK was back to be in Triple H's corner against Brock Lesnar.
1.THE SHIELD VS SHEAMUS, RANDY ORTON, & THE BIG SHOW-one of the best matches of the night and a great way to start off the show. I personally love The Shield [I always like groups like this] and thought there were going to come away with the victory here. This was a great match with everyone looking great here. The big thing in this match was if Show's team could get along, or really if Show could get along with them. Of course The Shield worked great together from start to finish "making the numbers work for them" as JBL said even with the teams even. That was the story of the match as the other teamed looked like single wrestlers trying to outdo each other. The action was of course fast paced with six men in there but never felt rushed at all. In the end The Shield comes out on top and Show takes it out of his teammate.
2.MARK HENERY VS RYBACK-this was your typical big man versus big man powerhouse match, but the outcome was a little surprising. Mark Henry really controlled most of this match and worked over Ryback's back. Ryback had some spots but for a guy that had been feuding for the WWE title not to long before this I was surprised. Henry ends up winning the match. After the match there may have been a new inductee into the Hall of Pain.
3.[TAG TITLES]TEAM HELL NO VS DOLPH ZIGGLER & BIG E. LANGSTON-another good match that left all four guys looking good here. Langston in his debut looked strong here even taking to Kane and Ziggler was great as always. But it would be the reigning tag champs that came out on top. Kane delivered a big chokeslam here followed by a diving headbutt from Bryan. That lead to the win but it was a back and forth battle and a good match on a good card.
4.CHRIS JERICHO VS FANDANGO-this was the debut of Fandango and I have to say that it was a pretty good one. It was not the best match on the card but it was good and helped put him over. Jericho of course is great and controls most of the match. Still he gets rolled up and Fandango gets that big win at Mania. If it wasn't for Jericho I don't know how Fandango's debut would have gone against someone else.
5.[WORLD TITLE]ALBERTO DEL RIO VS JACK SWAGGER-this was a good match between these two that featured some good back and forth. The submission attempts and counters were great as both tried to outdo the other. Of course Swagger had some help at ringside but it was not enough as he was forced to tap out. This gave Del Rio the victory and he retained his championship.
6.UNDERTAKER VS CM PUNK-talk about a great match and how could it not be with these two guys in there. From the beginning Punk is still as disrespectful as ever to Taker slapping him while Paul still has the urn. They go back and forth the entire match countering and applying each other's signature moves and holds. Of course there are many near falls and highlights throughout the match including Punk going into the table like he did. But fear not Taker fans as he holds on to the streak after defeating Punk with the tombstone.
7.[NO HOLDS BARRED]BROCK LESNAR VS TRIPLE H-I will admit that I was looking forward to this match and a little bit of it was because of HBK being involved. But I also felt that it had a big fight feel to it and honestly looking back that may have been because of Heyman and his mic work. Still this was a good match and felt like a fight especially as the match went on. Both men are brawlers here and the fight went all over the place. But despite Brock being a "beast" Triple H was able to get the victory after a pedigree on the steps.
8.[WWE TITLE]THE ROCK VS JOHN CENA-the rematch of the "once in a life time" match from the previous year's Mania. Now while this match was a good one and maybe even matches last years as far as the performances go it still felt, well not as big as last year's match. The atmosphere here was of course more so for Rock like last time but even then it didn't feel as big and the crowd didn't seem as into it as the last time. That may be just me but regardless it was still a good match with both guys "bringing it". The counters were many and there was a great moment that almost was a repeat of last year. Still Cena comes out on top this time regaining the title, maybe a rubber match is in the future.
1.[I-C TITLE]WADE BARRETT VS THE MIZ-I still have no idea why we got all those commercials and stuff on Mania but this ACTUAL match was on the pre show. Cutting just one of them would have made enough time for the I-C title match as it is short. Both start out strong but it is The Miz that keeps working for that figure four. He eventually locks it in pretty creatively and gets the win and the belt.
You also get the complete Hall of Fame which was excellent this year. It featured the great Bruno Sammartino, one of my all time favorites Booker T, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Bob Backland, and Donald Trump. That is one of the best things about this set, maybe the actual best thing. You also get a few other extras like the Q&A with Rock and Cena. This is a great buy for any wrestling fan out there looking to add to the collection. Highly recommended, HOF is always the best on these sets.
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