Reviewing WWE WrestleMania 29
WrestleMania 29 is in the books and after having a few days to re-watch the matches and think about how it fared, I can finally write my review and let you know if the biggest sports spectacular was a stud or dud. WrestleMania itself has always been a huge deal every year and the WWE always tries to make it bigger than the previous years event.
Now let me add that this years WrestleMania did not have a good build up and almost had no build at all. Part of this has to do with having part-time stars in some of their biggest matches. The Rock recently had his new “G.I. Joe” movie come out and wasn’t on every Monday Night Raw to hype and build his WWE title match against John Cena. Brock Lesnar also has limited dates in his contract, so he can’t make every show, although he was there more than The Rock, but his match buildup against Triple H wasn’t handled too well either. The best buildup was easily the CM Punk vs The Undertaker match, with Punk mocking ‘Takers late manager Paul Bearer, who passed away in early March. Punk stole his sacred urn and played mind games after mind games with the Undertaker and eventually beating ‘Taker down on an episode of RAW with the urn and pouring ashes out of the urn onto Undertakers beat down body. Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship had a very solid build but it felt like Swagger and his manager Zeb Colter were more interested in getting all immigrants out of the USA, rather than focusing squarely on Del Rio and his title. With the lower card, Chris Jericho vs Fandango had a solid short build, Ryback vs Mark Henry didn’t have a great build at all, Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big E Lankston didn’t have a good build either, and The Shield vs Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show actually had a pretty solid build. Let’s get to the review of each match now.
1.The Shield defeats Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show: I saw many people question the decision to open the show with this match but it was a well paced match and delivered. There were some cool spots in this match including when Randy Orton caught Seth Rollins in mid-air with an RKO after he jumped off the top rope. Roman Reigns would immediately spear Orton after that RKO and Dean Ambrose, the legal man, would cover Orton for the win. Another cool spot was when The Shield put Sheamus up for the triple powerbomb and Big Show would spear all three members to save Sheamus. Very good match and all six men delivered.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10.
2.Mark Henry defeats Ryback: I said this before the match started and I’ll repeat what I had said, this match had more of a chance to be a big stinker, rather than a WrestleMania classic. Once the match ended, I was proven right. This was a very slow-paced match and had a horrible ending. The ending came when Ryback would pick Mark Henry up for his finisher, Shell Shocked, only to have Henry grab the ropes and collapse right on top of Ryback for the win. The biggest head scratching thing was after Henry won, Ryback would perform Shell Shocked on him, so a very weird ending.
Rating: 2 out of 10.
3. Team Hell No defeats Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship: This was a solid match and you got everything you expected. Big E Langston looked impressive in his first career match and the veterans Kane, Bryan, and Ziggler did what they always do, and delivered a good tag team match. A nice ending as well when Kane chokeslammed Ziggler and tagged in Bryan for a top rope splash to win the match.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10.
4.Fandango defeats Chris Jericho: I actually liked this match more than a lot of other people. Both guys kept the match well paced and gave it all they got, even in the short amount of time they were given. A very solid technical match and we finally got to see Fandango in the rind and he impressed. This was an underrated match at WrestleMania.
Rating: 7 out of 10.
5.Albert Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger to retain the World Heavyweight Championship: A weird beginning to this match as Jack Swagger’s entrance wasn’t even shown to the pay-per-view audience. This match was okay all around, but it never seemed to fully click to me. They got about 10 minutes for the match, but I would’ve preferred a longer match. Anyways, it was your typical match and was okay at best, which is unfortunate because I was really looking forward to this match.
Rating: 5 out of 10.
6.The Undertaker defeats CM Punk: This was the match of the night and an all world display by ‘Taker and Punk. Both guys put it all on the line and put their bodies through hell to give the audience what they wanted to see. There were some awesome spots in this match, like CM Punk delivering a diving elbow from the top rope as Undertaker layed on the spanish announce table, although the table didn’t break, I don’t know if that was a screw up or it really wasn’t supposed to break. Another nice spot was Undertaker reversing out of a GTS by Punk and turning it into a tombstone to win the match. The match of the night and a great display by arguably the greatest ever and the best in the world right now.
Rating: 10 out of 10.
7.Triple H defeats Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred Match: A lot of people didn’t like the fact that these two were having a rematch of their Summerslam match, because that match didn’t live up to the expectations. Well, their rematch at WrestleMania was fantastic and delivered on all accounts. This was a very brutal physical match up and both guys put their bodies on the line so the fans could see a great match up. Chairs, steel steps, a sledgehammer and the spanish announce table were used in this match to batter and bruise each guy and boy was each guy battered. There was barely any blood at all, thanks to this PG era that the WWE is in, so it took away from the intensity of the match. Outside of that, this match delivered and had a good ending with HHH locking in the kimura lock on Lesnar a few times, DDT’ing Lesnar into the steel steps, blasting him with a sledgehammer, and pedigreeing Lesnar onto the steel steps for the win. Very, very good match.
Rating: 9 out of 10.
8.John Cena defeats The Rock to win the WWE Championship: A lot of people, including myself, weren’t so happy about The Rock and John Cena having a WrestleMania rematch, let alone a rematch that involved the WWE Championship. Although it wasn’t surprising, we had to deal with it and enjoy it as best we can. This match seemed very similar to their original match at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, although I give this match a tad bit better of a performance. As usual, The Rock seemed as if he couldn’t keep up with Cena in this match due to poor cardio, but he still gave it his all and delivered a very solid match. The crowd was really into this match and although we all knew Cena was going to win, there was a moment or two that I really thought The Rock would retain the title. A solid ending when Rock and Cena would literally keep reversing out of multiple “Rock Bottoms” and “AA’s”, until Cena could finally plant an AA onto The Rock for the victory and to get the WWE title back around his waist.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.