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Event: WWE Wrestlemania 31
Date: April 2, 2017
I felt Wrestlemania was fantastic show. A few matches felt slightly flat but for the most part the matches were fantastic and there was some of the best Wrestlemania moments of all time. Some matches did suffer from the fact the show is so long that the crowd don’t react as much to what is a fantastic match. My match of the night would be the Triple H vs Seth Rollins match.
The card did what it needed to do. It was booked for both Roman and Brock to win but the outcome was still unsatisfying. My biggest issue was the fact that Roman didn’t go full heel or burn the Undertaker’s gear when it was left in the right. There were two ways for Roman to finally get over tonight and neither involved actually winning the match. He either needed to humiliate the Undertaker or become the new Undertaker. He did neither. As a result, he continues to suck.
Brock needed to win. Not much else to say.
The John Cena and Nikki Bella proposal did not belong on a Wrestlemania card.
When was the last time you saw a ‘Mania with no backstage interviews? It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen.
The return of the Hardy Boyz was the highlight of the PPV despite Matt’s blonde hair making him look bald and making every other tag team in the division look like fodder.
Seven hours is too much wrestling. The show started off okay, but the main events (the last four matches) really dragged it down for me. No where as bad as last year though. Still hoping for some good stuff to come out of Raw though.
Mania 33 was middling at best. As someone who’s among those that don’t enjoy watching Brock Lesnar act like a poorly played Raw vs SD character, the universal title match did nothing for me. Watching Shane stand toe to toe with Styles is an affront to every member of the roster, to AJ himself and to every fan with half a brain. Its so self-important and thematically blind that if it didn’t happen in a McMahon-run company I’d be baffled. The women did some excellent work tonight but they unfortunately don’t get showcased in a way to make up for the blatant failures of the bookers. Highlight of the night goes to the crowd reaction for the Hardys and as expected, Owens/Jericho had the best overall concept of story and match execution.
Thirty years ago, Hulk Hogan’s slam of Andre the Giant was a history-making moment for WrestleMania. But what was WrestleMania 33’s greatest moment? It surely wasn’t the mixed tag match of John Cena and Nikki Bella against The Miz and Maryse. All that build up to something that would barely pass for a TV main event. Only to be followed by a creepy story and marriage proposal. It wasn’t the second coming of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth at WrestleMania VII, that’s for damn sure.
Still, WrestleMania 33 looked to be off to a promising start, but even the most ardent member of the WWE Universe would have to say it was a disservice to AJ Styles to be in a match against Shane McMahon. To see “The Face that Runs the Place” be mitigated to an opening contest against the SmackDown Live commissioner is an insult after squaring off against Chris Jericho at last year’s WrestleMania.
The moment of the night by far was the return of the Hardy Boyz, who were an added surprise to the ladder match involving Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, and Cesaro & Sheamus. That was your WrestleMania moment, right there. But after this match, the rest of the card seemed to go downhill. As I remarked on Facebook, I looked at my watch and it was 9:22 PM (CST) and we’d yet to have Bray Wyatt defend his title against Randy Orton (which would have an anti-climatic finish, BTW), Goldberg take on Brock Lesnar, or Roman Reigns vs. “Get Off My Lawn” Undertaker. Without PPV restrictions, WrestleMania 33’s main show went five hours. Add in a two-hour kickoff show that had three matches (including an Intercontinental title defense – a far cry from the show-stealing Randy Savage/Ricky Steamboat match thirty years ago at WrestleMania III), and you had a seven-hour event.
Multiple hype/build-up packages, Tinashe singing “America the Beautiful,” a musical interlude by Pitbull and Flo Rida, and long walks from the stage to the squared circle made the event excruciating to sit through and longer than it had any right to be. The big money matches didn’t deliver and the best highlight involved the return of the Hardys, who had not tagged together in WWE since August 2009. Both would be gone from the company in the course of a year.
At the very least it was better than last year’s WrestleMania, but this was no Showcase of the Immortals by any stretch of the imagination.
Wrestlemania 33 was a decent but predictable show. There were a few moments that stood out. The return of the Hardy Boys was a nice moment. Lesnar vs Goldberg was 5 mins of mayhem that the crowd enjoyed, it was reminiscent of Hagler vs Hearns 3 round boxing war back in 1985. AN Styles vs Shane McMahon was a train wreck, and I mean that in a good way.
Everything else felt just run of the mill. Crowd was dead for most of Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt, and Underaker vs Roman Reigns. Undetaker’s age and physical limitations are what hurt the match most. Reigns winning wasn’t that big of a deal
The Undertaker send off made up for the match itself. Epic ending watching the Undertaker make his last walk up the ramp.
I rate the show a solid 7 there wasn’t anything in the show that sucked, but there weren’t any WOW matches either.
Wrestlemania 33 was a long show with some great high points but no real standout in ring match. Still should go down in history with some big moments.
Total Ratings Points: 47.0
Number of Ratings: 7
Inside Pulse Wrestlemania 33 Scorecard: 6.7
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