WRESTLE-MANIA Round-Up


I have to admit, I kinda fell out of love with the WWE in recent years, with the price of watching not feeling worth it. That’s changed since the start of the year, as having decided to give the WWE Network a try, I’ve finally been able to watch this childhood favourite once more. And I’m glad I did, as though Royal Rumble was a bit of a let down, with Fastlane being not much better, it was a joy to witness an awesome WrestleMania once more.

WARNING! There will be SPOILERS beyond this point.

The event kicked off with a massive ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship, which saw Daniel Bryan capture the title for the first time in his career. Now, what I’m about to say isn’t going to go down well with most fans, but boy does that suck. Despite the match itself being awesome, I personally have never been a fan of Daniel Bryan, and since the remaining fans have gotten behind him, I’ve felt that he’s slowly started becoming the next John Cena (you all know what I mean by this). That being said, the action on display within this high risk match was a beauty to behold, with Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett, and Dean Ambrose all doing an amazing job. I did on the other hand feel that R-Truth, Stardust and Luke Harper were unnecessary additions, as though they’re all great wrestlers, they felt underused in this match.

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Next up came the grudge match between the Authority’s current golden boy, Seth Rollins, and their former champion, Randy Orton. Having enjoyed the build up to this match, I was eager to see how things would unravel, as given the fact that this was a low card match, I feared that it’d either be too short, or one-sided. Bigger the fool me, I should have remembered that this was WrestleMania. Though Rollins has quickly been proving himself a wrestler that’s going places, the veteran instincts of Orton was what carried this match, with his professionalism and in-ring craftsmanship being marvellous. That being said, a good match isn’t good without two talented wrestlers, and Rollins more than played his part well, despite ultimately losing to the Viper.

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The third match on the main card was probably the one I was looking forward to most, Sting vs. Triple H. Having probably had the most hype leading into the event, fans around the world were eager to see what the Stinger could do on the biggest stage of them all, as though he’s been a joy to watch over at TNA, that promotion as a whole is nothing more than a WWE light. That being said, I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome of this match, as though I’ve been a long time Triple H fan, enjoying the return of D-Generation X and the New World Order, the ending felt too sudden, and unjust given the fact it’s Sting’s first WWE match. That being said, it was still the highlight of the event in my opinion, with the talent of both legends being firmly on display.

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Next we come to the diva’s tag team match that saw AJ Lee and Paige defeat the Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie) via submission. In all honesty, I’ve never been a fan of women’s wrestling, as though a lot of men think it’s nice to see two good looking woman wrestle, most unfortunately aren’t talented enough to be truly entertaining. That being said, this match didn’t completely suck, as though it was probably the one I enjoyed least, there was some excitement, with the energy within these young ladies being a wonder to behold.

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Moving on, we come to the United States Championship bout between John Cena and reigning champion, the undefeated Rusev. As anyone who’s talked to me about wrestling for more than five minutes will know, I hate John Cena. Having initially been a fan during the Thuganomics era, I have grown to detest the wrestler more and more over the years, feeling that he’s been a victim of his own popularity. That being said, I also have been begging to see Rusev both defeated, as well as relieved of his US title. So the fact that John Cena left champion wasn’t overly upsetting. As far as the match went, I found it to be one of the weaker on the card, as though the back and forth action allowed for wonderful pacing, there wasn’t anything that wowed.

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The penultimate match on the card was that of Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker, and following Brock Lesnar shockingly defeating the streak last year, I honestly questioned why the Deadman returned. This scepticism quickly turned to optimism, as having felt Taker to be a little sluggish during his last couple of WrestleMania appearances, it was nice to see him back on form. That being said, Wyatt pulled his weight, as between the in-ring storytelling, and quick paced action, the rising star managed to hold his own with the Deadman. That being said, I did feel that there were moments where Undertaker was overselling the pantomime like style that is pro-wrestling, and though this isn’t new from the Phenom, it hindered what was otherwise a fabulous match.

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The main event was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns and champion Bock Lesnar (who as ever was accompanied by Paul Heyman). This was another match that I was eagerly anticipating, as though there was a lot of controversy when Reigns won the Royal Rumble back in January, I was curious to see if the former Shield member would step up in the main event of the biggest event of the year. The answer, hell yes! Despite the bought initially looking like a quick one (with some fans actually buying this), things quickly started to turn into the spectacle that we all expected. Yes, Reigns became a resident of Suplex City, but that was always going to happen. The most impressive part in this exchange however, was the way that Reigns turned things around, with it feeling natural and believable.

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Despite all this, the real shocker was Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank three quarters of the way through the bought turning it into a triple threat match. Now, though I always expected Rollins to cash in at Mania, and leave the champion, I never expected him to do so during the match. This twist to an expected fate, turned an otherwise disheartening conclusion, into something that I want to see more of, as though it would’ve be nice to see Reigns leave as champion, this is certainly interesting.

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Overall WrestleMania 31 was one of the best the company has produced in the last few years, as though there was naturally some that impressed more than others, with fewer WrestleMania moments than usual, the general quality of the matches was very consistent.

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