Monday, March 29, 2010

WrestleMania 26 Reflection

The fat lady has sung and Sweet Chin Music has played for the final time.

Undertaker Defeated Shawn Michaels

This is the greatest WrestleMania match of all time. Despite pretty dull entrances as compared to last year, the emotion and importance of this match was at an all time high. Shawn Michaels gave everything he had and stole the show. Stealing Taker's throat slashing gesture to kick off the match, the story told was how Undertaker grew infuriated over not being able to defeat Michaels. Let the record show, HBK is Undertaker's greatest challenge. The Tombstone outside of the ring was sadistic. Michaels recovering and delivering Sweet Chin Music was unbelieveable. Then, in a true Mania moment, HBK soared through the air one last time with a breathtaking moonsault off the top turnbuckle...crashing onto Undertaker through the announce table. Incredible! The finishing sequence saw Taker reluctant to end HBK's career, similar to HBK reluctant to end Flair's. However, Shawn Michaels doesn't accept sympathy; he demands respect. Taker defintively killed Michaels with a jumping Tombstone for the final pin.

Batista Submits to John Cena

Big time main event feel. Great Match, worthy of the show closer on any other PPV except this one. John Cena's entrance didn't bother me, it just seemed less special than his previous Mania ones. The entire event seemed tone down from the elaborate entrances we've grown accustomed to. Batista and Cena laid it all on the line with signature moves and a satisfying finish: The Animal tapped out because Cena is the real warrior. Once again, the Champ is here!

Bret Hart Finally Gains His Revenge

I have strong feelings about this. Everyone was bored by this match; however, the story of the match couldn't happen any other way. Bret Hart has suffered a stroke; therefore, it is remarkable that he was able to show up at WrestleMania. He even said it wouldn't be a match, it would be a fight. And if you consider reality, this is exactly how a fight between Vince and Bret would go down. Vince would get his ass kicked! Bret wanted to enjoy mutilating McMahon for 13 years and he finally had his chance. The family doublecross was a nice addition to the match, especially seeing the Hart Dynasty pay tribute to the Hart Foundation by giving Vince a Heart Attack on the concrete. 13 Chairshots for 13 years was perfect. Everyone got the finish they wanted: McMahon tapping out to the Sharpshooter. Thank you Bret!

Jericho Retains World Heavyweight Championship
Great match. Tons of nearfalls, which Jericho is the master at. The Spear into a Codebreaker was awesome. Edge wasn't able to defeat his nemesis; however, spearing Jericho through the time keeper barricade provided a Mania moment. This exciting feud should continue at Extreme Rules, and I predict a TLC.

Vickie Guerrero is the Greatest Woman Wrestler Ever! Viva La Raza!

Rey Mysterio Pinned CM Punk
I didn't see this coming, yet it was still a WrestleMania satisfying finish. Another great match which could have used more time. Punk's promo was gold as usual. Serena and Luke added as well, but Mysterio is just unbelieveable. The day he retires will be another sad day for wrestling fans. I was hoping Rey would be forced to join the Straight Edge Society but we shall see how this continues. Extreme Rules Prediction: Hair vs. Mask Match

Triple H Defeats Sheamus
My only complaint with Mania. How can anyone justify Triple H's win? Sheamus needed it much more than any wrestler on this show. The match was good but still. Kicking out of two bicycle kicks? That's bullshit. Sheamus needs to make an impact tonight on RAW to regain his heat.

SHOCKER: Jack Swagger Wins Money in the Bank
I still don't believe this. I would have bet any amount of money (and I did) that Swagger wasn't winning. I felt that this was the least exciting Money in the Bank ever, especially with 10 guys in it. Not saying it wasn't a fun match, just not as exciting. Clearly, Swagger will be the first man to cash in and lose. CLEARLY! And by the way, I told you all that McIntyre wasn't a threat.

Randy Orton wins Triple Threat
Cody's outfit looked worse than Dusty's and Goldust's ever did. Good match once Orton started kicking ass. A boot to the face of Cody and an RKO on Ted was much needed. Orton is now a face with a mission...possibly a Smackdown mission?

ShowMiz Retained Tag Team Championships
A good opener despite R-Truth and Morrison being thoroughly defeated. I enjoy ShowMiz more than JeriShow right now.

Fantasia SNORINO?

I enjoyed WrestleMania XXVI and it lived up to my expectations. The pinnacle of every wrestling fan, ah, can't wait till next year!

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