I have seen it all! – Wrestle Mania XXX Review  

Lesnar breaks the streak

What a night! What A Night! I can’t express the ‘A’ in a bigger scale and I’m a poor man for it. Because, I can’t remember a wrestling show I have watched before, which have made me feel like this. This has to be the best booked Wrestle Mania of all time.

Bluntly put, it’s been two days already but I can’t think about anything but one single sequence of magic still. All I can think about and which is playing in my mind over and over again is…you know it…that devastating third F5. And the three count!

 

That single moment has to be the most memorable wrestling memory I would have for the rest of my life. Not because it was something I thought that would never happen. I always believed The Undertaker was a man who respected the industry and oneday he would put over someone and give the biggest rub anyone could ever imagine.

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It’s just that in my heart, I don’t know, I can’t explain in words. Brock Lesnar is my favourite wrestler, after Chris Jericho. When I started watching pro wrestling 11 years ago, Jericho, Evolution and Lesnar were my stars. Still to this day, I don’t think there’s a performer, that is so authentic and outright dangerous like Lesnar.

 

Look at the pedigree. NCAA Champion, WWE Undisputed Champion, UFC Champion…the list goes on. The respect I have for the man, apart from being in undying love for his skills, is on par with none. By the result last Sunday, there’s no doubt that The Undertaker is on the same wavelength as me. And he has been for a while. Check this video out.

 

This is Mark Callaway having a word with Lesnar after he lost to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 . ‘You want to do it’ his exact words. And this was in 2010. There’s no doubt, that If the streak were to be broken, Undertaker had only one man for it. Vince McMahon and WWE had given the sole rights of the direction where the outcome of the streak would go to The Undertaker long time ago. That’s because of the respect they have for what the deadman has done for the business. And for sticking with Vince during the dark times when the Monday Night War was on.

Lesnar vs The Undetaker showdown was to happen at Wrestle Mania XXVII (2011) but Vince McMahon’s efforts to have Lesnar fight in WWE while still being in contract with UFC was repelled by Dana White, UFC President. So the match never happened and WWE had to take the secondary route where Triple H was inserted to face the dead man.

 

I know many fans around the world is angry about the streak being broken. But think about it again. It wasn’t WWE’s decision. It was The Undertaker’s. If you had revered the streak, you should have the courage to respect his decision. By the reception Lesnar got on Raw after Wrestle Mania it’s clear that fans have seen the light.

 

The match wasn’t the best these two have competed in and that is understandable with the condition of the dead man. At Wrestle Mania it’s the story told, that wins the rounds.

 

Some are of the opinion that, the breaking of the streak should have gone to a regular up and coming WWE star rather than a part-timer like Lesnar. Think about it again. If a rookie is to defeat the dead man then what does it say about the other wrestlers who have tried and failed. The likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kane, King Kong Bundy etc the list goes on.

 

How can a rookie be successful over all those hall-of-famers? It kills the already damaged reputation of wrestling being a scripted sport. Lesnar has a pedigree which no one those who has failed has. He made the transition from the scripted world of pro wrestling to the real fighting atmosphere and became successful. Lesnar conquering the streak makes it legitimate. The streak’s immortality will live.

 

Before I get to the fairytale of the ‘Yes Man’, special kudos to Rev Theory and Mark Crozer. They were scintillating performances and the big fight feel was present.

I had chills when that voodoo girl started dancing and Crozer and his band started performing ‘Live In Fear’ with those masks on. If I was feeling chilled infront of a tv screen, can imagine how it felt for the crowd in the ‘Superdome.’

 

I think Cena winning was just about right. Wyatt was the one that came out the winner in actuality. He had the pro-European crowd on the palm of his hands and the face pops he got must be very encouraging for WWE now that he is positioned to take over the role The Undertaker has fulfilled for years. It’s a fore sign that if they were to turn him face, they can do it at any given time. The story that Wyatt’s desire to bring the Monster in Cena played out well.

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The reason I say this has to be the best booked Wrestle Mania is because every outcome had a purpose. Even the 13-diva shenanigans. AJ Lee got a deserved victory at the biggest stage of them all which her title reign craved for. Antonio Cesaro won the Andre The Giant battle Royal and is destined for big things. There was no way he was going to get lost amidst the stardom. Winning the memorial by throwing the Big Show is a perfect way to execute the face turn and if aligning with Paul Heyman on Raw is anything to go by, WWE sees Cesaro as a major player they have at their disposal.

The three man tag involving the Shield was too short to be a contest but it served its purpose. The Shield looked dominant and the interruption to The New Age Outlaws’ outdated introduction and the response of the crowd was classic.

 

Mark my words, these three are gold. Already is.

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Even the opening segment involving had meaning. When we will again ever be able to see Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock in the same ring? The answer is probably never. The three biggest stars the wrestling world has ever seen, the cornerstones of the Monday Night Wars, the faces at different eras which kept the company afloat, this was a once in a life time confrontation.

 

It was great to see Vince and Ultimate Warrior finally closing their differences. I have to be honest though. This year’s Hall of Fame class is right up there with the best but out of all, Lita stood head and shoulders above for me. How hot did she look on that red dress during the ceremony? My Goodness! She is a Goddess!

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Now let’s get to the happy ending. If anyone had told me they didn’t have any doubt about Daniel Bryan leaving New Orleans as the WWE Champion, I would show you a liar. We all had our doubts. But the final outcome is a testament to the fact that a pay-off for a storyline still is alive. Too many times in the recent past we have seen storylines where the face never got the better of the heels or the story getting submerged without an ending. It has happened too often and fans were backed to a corner where they had to resign to the fact that age-old norms are no more.

 

But this year’s Showcase of the Immortals showed that that isn’t the case. That, there is still life. This must be a kick in gut to the people who believe Triple H’s ego gets in the way and puts down talent. No doubt we have seen it before but the man did the right thing this time. He did the job for Bryan and if you look at it, he has done the job for Batista and Cena too before at the grand daddy of them all. Hopefully, now that he is the heir to Vince McMahon’s throne we will see the best of the Game. The best which will benefit the industry.

Credit must go to Batista too for taking the job to tap out to the ‘yes’ lock. Had Randy Orton tapped out it would have been underwhelming. People were calling Batista’s head ever since he returned, because they had this perception (rightly so) that he took ‘Yes Man’s position. By tapping out, Batista also showed what’s best for the business is in his mind too and that when he says he loves this business he means it.

 

But the undeniable story out of this, what ‘Yes Man’ proved was if you had the desire and the heart along with the necessary skills, you can ascend to the top even in a sophisticated corporate structure like the WWE. The ‘Reality Era’s new face is Bryan Danielson. Let that sink in. The same Bryan Danielson who wrestled in Bingo Halls. Look at this.

 

This is the first attack by Nexus on John Cena. Read the lips of the ‘Yes Man.’ before kicking PG Era’s face of the company Cena. ‘You are not better than me!’ Isn’t those words hold true now, where he is taking the mantle as the face of the WWE from John Cena.

 

All in all, I can proudly say I’m a wrestling fan. This event provided us with lot reasons as to why we are pro-wrestling fans. That excitement can never be found anywhere else.

 

Thank You WWE, for giving us a show that would last a lifetime and beyond!

Daniel Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One comment on “I have seen it all! – Wrestle Mania XXX Review  

  1. Dishan says:

    The Undertaker, along with Goldberg, is my favourite wrestler of all time… It was heart break to see the streak end. After Triple H lost to him in WM28, I didn’t think the streak would ever end. And I personally don’t believe Brock Lesnar deserved it. Since returning, all he has been is a bully that has a coward at times as well. He lost to Cena and Triple H. Survived the Big Show because he attacked Show before the match. And he hasn’t been appearing consistently on Raw. The WWE should have had a star that has a long term future with the company to end the streak. Saying that, that moment was one that will always be remembered. It was more shocking than Bret vs Shawn. And the WWE is about these kind of moments. Though there was no controversy involved, it shook the whole industry.
    For this being the best booked Mania of all times, well there are a lot of fair points you bring up. What I feel is that not much was expected from this WM. Not like WM28. Everyone expected the streak to continue and Bryan to win the title. Though Bryan’s win did happen, both his matches were top notch and very competitive. And the crowd had a huge part to play. They were much more vocal and enthusiastic than many other Mania crowds. The “yes” chants helped. Well I guess having 3 of the greatest superstars of all time opening the show helped as well, which again was unexpected. Surprises are always better than anything involving a promo.
    The fact the WWE weren’t selling WM as a pay-per-view but as part of the WWE Network meant they didn’t need to promote or giveaway much about what to expect at WM. Which I feel is genius. All they did was saying that for $9.99 a month, you get all the PPVs including WM and all the other content, that’s all the promoting they need.
    Triple H has brought back excitement into the company. More evil heels and more loved faces. Good main events and more realistic storylines. Gang warfare and also the weirdness of the Wyatt Family.
    This was definitely my favourite WM since WM19. WM20 had the best matches on paper, but failed to deliver. Same could be said with WM28. The only thing saving WM was the streak, but now that’s over too. How the WWE will move on from the streak and continue to magnify WM is going to be interesting. I’m devastated as an Undertaker fan that the streak is over but excited about what the WWE will do moving on from the streak at WM.
    I also hope the ATG Memorial Battle Royal has a bigger prize, like a future title shot or “money involved”.
    Disappointed to not have any big start returning or debuting on the following RAW (nothing against RVD but I wanted Sting or Goldberg). But the Authority vs the Shield and Bryan looks like a good deal. It reminds me of the Corporation vs Austin and Foley and DX. And the fact the WWE fans have a lot to do with this stroyline coming into existence is awesome, otherwise it would have been a boring Batista vs Orton main even and Batista winning the title, zzzzzzzz.
    Triple H has made WWE exciting again with help from the fans. So kudos to him and Steph for actually listening to them. The next 12 months will be very interesting. Hope to see more shocking moments. And remember, The Rock still has a rematch for the Title 😉

    RIP Warrior

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