WWE played it safe Sunday night, angering all the swerve-wanting, internet cynics, and going pretty much by numbers at WrestleMania. John Cena defeated The Rock, Dolph Ziggler didn’t cash in, and The Undertaker’s streak is intact.
I thought the pay-per-view was an entertaining show and WWE at least made the journey to predictable outcomes fun to watch. CM Punk v. The Undertaker was the match of the night, as many expected it would be, while I also found Rock-Cena to be a very good effort, and much better than their encounter at last year’s WrestleMania.
While I enjoyed it, I certainly can see why people were upset with the show and thought it was just sort of “meh.” There weren’t any incredibly notable moments and John Cena is the champion again, which is always a sore note with most adult fans.
• I went 7-for-9 with my predictions, which probably says more about the predictability of the match outcomes than my prognostication skills.
I thought Ryback losing to Mark Henry was a surprise, although Ryback still got his “WrestleMania moment” (I guess) by shellshocking Henry after the match.
I was also wrong on Team Hell No retaining the tag titles, but I can’t say that’s the wrong way to go. The duo is really over with the crowd right now and there isn’t much else for them to do, so why not keep the straps on them?
• The Undertaker continues to amaze. He can take an entire year off and still come back and put on a great show, wrestle an awesome match, and look like he hasn’t missed a beat. Kudos to CM Punk as well. It was the right move, in my opinion, continuing the streak and the way the match was built up it made all the sense in the world to have Undertaker get his revenge on Punk.
• The Triple H v. Brock Lesnar match had its moments but I thought it was another slow, plodding Triple H match that put the crowd to sleep, especially coming after the excellent Taker-Punk match. My problem with Triple H winning and “saving his career” is that we still probably won’t see him wrestle again for quite some time, and it leaves Brock Lesnar in a sort of purgatory. Since he’s returned, Lesnar has lost cleanly to John Cena and Triple H in two of his three matches. Where does he go from here?
• Was this a “great” WrestleMania? Of course not. Was it the “worst ever” as many an internet over-reactor was saying last night? Of course not. It was safely booked. It didn’t have six heel turns, a cash in, and all the titles changing hands but it was still an enjoyable wrestling show.
Tonight’s Raw will be very important in setting up the post-WrestleMania feuds. We’ll probably see some sort of Sheamus/Orton v. Big Show storyline and we may find out John Cena’s first challenger for the WWE Championship.