Good grief. I mean, it’s not as if I expect stellar pay-per-views from WWE any more, but I was starting to get marginally excited. (Mostly because Jon at Progress Wrestling kept telling me to expect a Kings of Wrestling run-in at the end of the pre-show tag-team title match.)
However, when you begin with an 18-second squash of your World Heavyweight Champion (YES! YES! Um – no?), you’ve kind of set a tone for the evening.
Daniel Bryan entered the arena in a beautiful new Regal-esque robe, having made AJ jump round him shouting, “YES! YES! YES!” He then demanded a good luck kiss, and as he turned away from his ladyfriend, Sheamus brogue-kicked him. Poor Bryan. I can only hope beyond hope that he is injured, because the alternative explanations for him to be humiliated in such a way are just too much to bear.
I cared nothing for the Kane-Randy Orton match in the build-up and cared less when it was on TV, and I suspect most other viewers felt the same judging by the amount of traffic on Twitter talking about the Bryan-Sheamus match during it, and of course the epic chants of Bryan’s name in the arena.
Cody Rhodes lost his title to Big Show, who finally got his Wrestlemania moment and wept about it, of course; and Maria Mewhateverherbloodynameis pinned the Divas champion Beth Phoenix in a pointless, awful waste of time tag match.
Kudos to the senior citizens in the End of an Era match – it was compelling storytelling, even if the actual in-ring action was nothing we haven’t seen before (O HAI SLEDGEHAMMER!). Shawn Michaels, tormented by watching his best friend and his rival suffer so much, did a terrific job, even if he wasn’t actually refereeing for most of it (when he wasn’t unconscious, he was asking the combatants if he could ring the bell yet). I’m glad Taker finished on 20-0, and hope that he now moves into a dignified retirement.
I’d genuinely forgotten about the stupid General Manager feud, in which we learnt that Brie Bella is a better ring announcer than Nikki, and in which Team Johnny was, obviously, triumphant.
I did enjoy Punk-Jericho, and Y2J’s sequinned BEST IN THE WORLD trunks, but by that stage I was fairly sure Punk would retain anyway.
Rock-Cena was mostly standing about staring at each other again for the first 15 minutes or so, with Cena dressed in Hornswoggle-green, and some of the weakest-looking finishing manoeuvres I have ever seen. (That last STF was so loosely held it was laughable.) I was quite surprised to see Rock take the win, and of course this has given rise to lots of speculation as to whether it’ll be the trigger for a Cena heel turn. I’m still going with NO, THEY’LL NEVER TURN HIM HEEL, but who knows? Who can explain the thought patterns of WWE Creative?
Anyway. What did you think of Wrestlemania 28?
And what was your favourite match?