If you read the preview then you know I was extremely excited about this show. Unfortunately, I might have raised my expectations a little too high, because I walked away from this show a little disappointed. That's not to say the show show was bad, because it wasn't. In fact, this was a solid Wrestlemania that could have been absolutely great, but it wasn't. Let's look at why this sho was solid, and what could have made it great.
ShowMiz (Champions) defeat R-Truth and Morrison - According to Prowrestling.net, this match lasted a total of 3 minuted and 25 seconds, and that is a damn shame. This match involved one of the hottest commodities in wrestling right now (the Miz), three athletic guys who are capable of putting on a good match, and you give these guys 3 and a half minutes. What could have been a showcase for some of the more athletic guys, in the WWE, turned out to be a dull 3 and a half minute match. A good match here could have set a very different kind of tone for the night, and increased the show's rating.
Randy Orton defeated Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes - First of all, whoever changed Cody's ring attire and entrance music needs to be fired. He looks horrible in those white boots,and his legs are so skinny that he definitely requires the knee pads. Once I'm able to grab screens of the show, I will post the pictures here to show just how bad, he looked. Now that I'm done talking about Cody fucking Rhodes' ring attire, let's move onto the match. this is exactly what I expected. Ted and Cody dominate most of the match until they had a falling out. Orton took advantage and Punted Rhodes in the head and RKO's DiBiase for the win. I have nothing bad to say about the match itself, they did fine with what they have, but it was a little predictable. By the way, the pop and crowd support for Orton are absolutely 0ff the charts, and the WWE needs to realize that the fans want a badass face. I really hope they have a good feud in store for him. Also, Orton did break out the Orton Pose (on the ropes) once he won the match. Not only did I mark out, but this was one of the highlights of the night for me.
Jack Swagger won the Money in the Bank - 10 people were entirely too many for this match, and it showed. There were 5 or 6 guys who were just lying around outside, while someone climbed the ladder. It made it look a little ridiculous. Also, Swagger completely botched grabbing the briefcase. Holy Fuck, it had to take him at least 5 minutes to grab that fucking briefcase. Kofi had a pretty creative spot where he tried to use the broken halves of a ladder as stilts. Evan Bourne did a beautiful Shooting Star Press halfway off the ladder. Unfortunately, his reward will be to continue being a jobber on Raw. I was very happy when Drew McIntyre got thrown off the ladder (I expected that charismaless fuck to win) and crotched himself on the top rope. I wanted Christian to win (Sigh, I don't know if he will ever get the respect he deserves) but I'm fine with Swagger. A while back Jack Swagger and John Cena had a tremendous match on Raw, and I hope that's the direction they are taking with the All-American American after his victory in the Money in the Bank.
Triple H defeated Sheamus - Triple H continues to be one of the biggest assholes in the world. He took away the push that was originally meant for Jack Swagger to get this pale idiot over. When give the chance to help establish his gym buddy as a dominant heel, what does Triple H do? He buries him at Wrestlemania. Not only that, he kicks out of Sheamus Big Boot thus even killing more of the Evil Ronald McDonald's credibility. The match was actually much better than I expected.
Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk - This was the match, I was looking forward to the most. Punk and Mysterio had a great buildup to the match as they both stepped their games up. Punk's promos were so good that the last few Smackdown's centered around this feud. What does the WWE give it? This match got a whopping 6 minutes and 30 seconds. Are you fucking kidding me? They let the borefest that was Vince vs Bret go on for 11 minutes, and you give Punk and Rey six fucking minutes. Fuck You, WWE! Even with six minutes, Punk and Rey had a good match as the crowd got behind Mysterio and there were even a few "CM Punk" chants. In the end, the 619 finished Punk. I really hope this feud isn't over as these two deserve a much better blow off match.
Bret Hart defeated Vince McMahon - Like I mentioned above, this was a borefest. I suppose it's my mistake to expect that Bret might have had one last match left him in him. This one left it clear that he doesn't and the stroke had done too much of a number on him. Kudos to Vince for taking an 11 minute beating from Bret. It takes a big man to admit that he screwed someone over, and this was his punishment as Bret pounded on him with a steel chair. By the way, this match could have been far far shorter and it would have been more effective that way.
Chris Jericho defeated Edge to REGAIN the World Heavyweight Championship - Again, I expected a little too much. These two put on a very good match, but it wasn't great. I liked Jericho's reversals of the Spear as it showed that he had found a way around Edge's finishing. It made a all that shitty buildup around the Spear a little more tolerable. I was also appreciative of the Walls of Jericho being turned into Half Boston Crab in order to torture Edge's injured ankle. I was surprised to see that they gave Jericho the clean pin, but in a very pleasant manner of surprised. The post-match Spear through the barricade was awesome and it keeps the feud alive. I hope they improve , because so far this feud hasn't delivered on its potential.
John Cena defeated Batista to become the NEW WWE Champion - Was anyone surprised? Cena ia Hogan 2.0 though I suppose he is better in the ring than Ole' Boot and Legdrop. That didn't stop me from hating Cena even more (if that's possible) after that Marine entrance. He is not a fucking Marine, he played being a Marine in a movie, that doesn't make him one. There was a spot in the match where it looked like Batista had botched a DDT, and injured Cena. I realized at that point that if Batista had Owen Hart'd Cena's career, I would be forever indebted to him. I expected their match to be decent, but they surpassed my expectations, and had a very good match considering the people involved. Cena actually did his Five Knuckle Shuffle off the top rope (I fervently wished for a "Same Old Shit" chant from the crowd, but it never came) and actually sold Batista's offense. They also had a callback to their Summerslam match when Cena jumped off the top rope and Batista turned it into a PowerBomb. The new champion's reaction to his haters after the match was actually pretty funny as he went and hugged them.
Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels - HBK is one of the greatest performers of all time, and I'm very sad to see him go. However, this match was a great way to go out for him. I wasn't sure if they could top last year's match, but they managed it by raising the stakes, and improving the storytelling. I finally understand why people thought Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels was the best match of 2008, I still disagree since Jericho vs Shawn at No Mercy is one of the best Ladder matches ever, but I finally understand their case. Back to the match, with what was at stake in this match, it was impossible not to cheer for HBK as he did that ridiculous Moonsault on top of the table. It was heartbreaking to see Taker hit the Tombstone outside, and it was even worse when you knew the ending was coming. By the way, I absolutely LOVED the defiance Shawn showed at the end by mocking Taker's pose and then slapping him. It fit Michaels' character oh so perfectly. Taker helping Shawn up and shaking his hand was just a great moment as the two veterans showed mutual respect. It was a classy farewell for Shawn as he humbly and gratefully took a final bow, and one fo the greatest careers ever came to an end.
The WWE is retarded and doesn't let you embed videos from their site, here is a video of Michaels receiving a standing ovation in the back as he hugs Ricky Steamboat, kisses his wife (where is Jericho when you need him?) and shares a moment with Bret. I would definitely recommend checking this out.
On a side note, Undertaker has to let a younger star (who needs it) beat him at Mania. Shawn Michaels got to end Ric Flair's legendary career, and he paid it back by losing to Taker two Wrestlemanias in a row. Taker has to let a younger star (Maybe, Punk to make up for their travesty of feud last year)beat him at Mania.
The Commentary - Last but certainly not the least, this was one of the biggest flaws in the entire show. Cole, Striker, and Lawler were absolutely horrendous. Mat "the King of Hyperbole" Striker needed to tone it down, but he went even more over the top. Lawler just does not care anymore, and it's pretty evident, and Michael Cole just needs to stop being Michael Cole. Not only is he a parody of himself, but he says things like "that maneuver", He sounds absolutely cartoonish. This show needed JR or someone like a JBL, because these three are not good.
Atrocious commentary, matches that weren't given nearly enough time, and a relatively weak crowd kept this Wrestlemania from being great. It was a solid show, but it had the potential to be so much more, but the WWE missed the boat. As a result, it gets 6.5 or 7 out of 10.