Let’s start this off by saying there are only a handful of WWE Superstars I could name off the top of my head, and thats pretty pathetic considering that we have guys who follow it very closely on our team. Last night I signed up for the free trial of the WWE Network to watched Wrestlemania, and I have to admit I was thoroughly impressed. Professional wrestling has traditionally gotten a bad rap as the place where juiced out dudes throw each other around wearing their underwear, and although that’s still true on the face of the WWE, these humans have some insane talents.
To start off with a household name match, John Cena and the Undertaker wrestled in what might be the Undertakers last match? I feel like every Wrestlemania is his “last match” for him to come, well, back from the grave to defeat someone. The Undertaker is one of the most recognizable superstars the WWE has and he continues to go out and perform despite having to be in some serious overall pain from the years of performing. Cena still looks like good old John Cena thank god. The day Cena retires is the day that I might have to seriously do some research on WWE stars due to Cena being the staple point of my wrestling knowledge for years.
I also just found out that Sami Zayne and Kevin Owens are partners? The duo are real life best friends and use that to their advantage normally with quality matches against one another. Except now, the ska listening red head lovable baby face (I think I used that right?) is wearing all black and has turned heel. I know I used that one right. The friends wrestled against Shane O’Mac and Daniel Bryan, which was Bryans first match back in what seemed like a lifetime due to concussions. Bryan looked awesome, and although his high flying tactics will most likely have him receive another concussion sooner rather than later, it’s good to see him wrestle again.
So without knowing literally anything heading into last night, I really actually enjoyed it as a whole. The Aj Styles vs. Nakamura match was perfectly in line with what I imagined for the two traveling stars. Styles and Nakamura are two of the best wrestlers on the planet, and have worked together over the years. However, with the respect comes some hate, as we get Heel Nak. Heel Nak might be one of the most loved character switches to date if they can pull it off. Also, the string section entrance was LIT. LIT.
Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut wrestling with Kurt Angle against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. I have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure how they would bring in Ronda’s ability to strike, and it was with the corniest call out in human history. As Ronda rolled both shoulders, tapped both feet off the ground, and brushed both of her shoulders off, the announcer said “O No, Ronda is in Fight Mode!”… So her wild and crazy side is called Fight Mode. Got it. Also, just something I noticed from watching Rousey in the UFC, her WWE armor is completely different than her real arm bar. This WWE armbar is more capable of showing rouser’s face than ripping your shoulder out of place. Just thought that was interesting more than anything.
Although I still don’t really know any of the story lines that happened before Wrestlemania I found the Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss storyline pretty forced. I am all for empowerment for people to be who they are and for humans to love themselves no matter what they look like or act like, but Nia Jax came into the WWE to legit ruin some wrestlers and she did that for (what I thought was) a long time. I felt like she was just going to be this dominate force and they talked a bit more about her insecurities and that Alexa Bliss is just another girl making fun of features. Again, do not get me wrong. I am all for standing up to bullies and loving yourself and all of that, but I just wanted to see Nia Jax be an awesome wrestler? Does that make sense? I mean at least they’re pushing a quality storyline for young fans to look up to and I shouldn’t be the pillar of criticism since this was my first Wrestlemania ever.
All in all, a quality event that even the casual fan enjoyed.