WrestleMania 33: The Hardy's Rise Again, Seth Slays the King, and The Deadman finally dies.
How do I even begin this?
This show was great. If you didn't like this show then your simply not a fan. The show had everything. Action, drama, and surprises. Everything that makes a good wrestling card. The title of this review is "Way Better Than 32" and that's because this show was lightyears ahead. I'm going to go over the WrestleMania 32 card and explain that atrocious disaster last year.
Kalisto VS Ryabck- Even though it was on the pre show. I totally forgot this was on the card. The match sucked and was awkward.
Total Divas VS Team BAD and Blonde- This was fine for what it was. Definitely a pre show match.
The Uso's VS Dudley Boyz- Short match and a waste of the Dudley Boyz talent.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder- Solid match with a great ending.
Jericho VS Styles- Solid contest but wrong result.
League of Nations VS New Day- Horrible.
Lesnar VS Ambrose- Short and absolutely no chemistry between the two.
Charlotte VS Sasha Banks VS Becky Lynch- Overhyped and only had a few good spots.
Undertaker VS Shane McMahon- Awkward when the non-wrestler has to carry the wrestler? Eh?
Andre the Giant Battle Royal- Corbin winning was a neat surprise in a boring night.
The Rock's Gimmick- Wasted tons of time. Then we finally got a mach.
Reigns VS HHH- A boring and tiring match.
After listing my grievances with WrestleMania 32. It's time to show the amount of improvement we got from WWE this year. Literally after last years disaster. WrestleMania 33 provided entertaining matches. The pre show kicked off with a Cruiserweight division match. Neville and Austin Aries had a thrilling contest. It's still surreal to see Austin Aries in a WWE ring. Despite Neville trying his best to break Aries neck. The contest was thrilling and had a great finish. WWE no long wants to play "hot potato" with the Cruiserweight Championship. Neville is now their guy for this division.
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal wasn't predictable and that's good. Mojo Rawley winning was very smart. We also got GRONK doing spots. Maybe we get GRONK VS Jinder Mahal in the future. The battle royal was exciting except for Dolph Ziggler doing his typical spots. Ambrose VS Corbin was fine. Should've been a fork lift match. Maybe they are saving that for a SmackDown exclusive PPV.
AJ Styles and Shane McMahon started the night off right. Shane is incredible for not being a true wrestler. AJ Styles is just a great performer. These two had a phenomenal match. I just wish it would've been a hardcore match. That would've truly been in Shane's wheelhouse. The match was 20 minutes but it deserved the whole 20 minutes. Shane can still jump and he brings new moves into his arsenal each time.
Kevin Owens VS Chris Jericho was another solid contest. I was mostly reading Twitter during that match but the parts i watched were very good. I wonder if Jericho is going to go on another break?
The Women's Championship match for the RAW brand was okay. The true match should've been Bayley VS Sasha Banks. The match had some fun spots but it was just not meant to be.
I can see why they saved the Tag Team match for the mid-card instead of it opening the show. The match was going to be awesome anyways. Then the New Day comes out. I thought for sure that The New Day was going to enter the match. Yet I had that "What if" thought. My "What if" thought turned into a major mark out moment. The "Broken" Hardy Boyz returned to WWE. Fans are still really stupid. Yeah they came out to their old music. So what? That's how we know it's the Hardy Boyz. You expect them to play his TNA theme? Nobody knows his freaking TNA theme. 13 people probably know his TNA theme. Also fans were groaning saying "They're not broken anymore!" and that's completely false. Matt Hardy wouldn't of done his delete chants. The whole crowd got into the "DELETE" chants. I can't wait to see the crowd tonight get into the "DELETE" chants. Plus the Hardy Boyz were in their BROKEN personas on WWE's snapchat.
Cena and Bella VS Maryse and The Miz was a harmless match. It was predictable but the feud build up was terrific. The match was fun and wrestling is suppose to be fun!
Seth Rollins and Triple H was fine wasn't spectacular. The in-ring psychology was good. The outcome was perfect. The final bump with Steph was great. Yes it was the longest match of the night. That's because Triple H always has slow, long matches. The match was still very good.
Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt had a solid match. Orton winning makes sense from a storyline purpose. The feud is going to continue. Nobody cared when Wyatt predictably ended Cena's 16th reign. The match also showcased WWE's weird special effects.
Brock Lesnar VS Goldberg was a really enjoyable four minute match. The wicked spears and the wicked suplexes. The match was fun and if it was Goldberg's final match. It was pretty good match. I'm excited to see the reign of Lesnar. The first four Universal Champions are Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar. The title is already gaining prestige.
Then we got the SmackDown Live Women's Championship match in the cool down spot. They could've had more time on the pre show…. Yet WWE fans are sensitive whenever something happens to the Women's division. They could've gotten more then five minutes. They could've received that ten minute slot taken up by Corbin/Ambrose. The match was fun and showed promise. Naomi winning isn't a surprise. I don't think she will be holding that title for that long though.
NOW ONTO THE MAIN EVENT.
Roman Reigns ended the career of The Undertaker. The Deadman died. I predicted it in my ZWrestleTalk WrestleMania 33 BreakDownZ. It was sad to see this once intimidating figure become a shell of his former self. The two comparisons I had throughout the match were that Undertaker was Old Man Logan. Wolverine from Marvel Comics. Taker was trying his best to fight but his body couldn't handle it. The saddest and most exciting part of the match was when Taker attempted to do his signature pop up and he fell right over. That was the signal that Reigns was in total control. Taker showed some hope. The kick outs got me excited. Thinking that The Deadman would be different. That he would win his final showdown. Instead he was beaten and beaten badly. The second comparison I made during that match was that Taker was Randy "The Ram Robinson" from The Wrestler. Taker was leaving it all in the ring. His mind was there but he just couldn't do it.
Roman Reigns is now a megastar. He just defeated Pro Wrestling's greatest character. He just beat the man who is synonymous with pop culture and pro wrestling. Reigns and Taker put on a good match. This main event was better then last years. Reigns has now headlined three WrestleMania's. This one was by accident but it's still cool. When it comes with Roman Reigns we just have to trust the process. Reigns VS Lesnar is the plan for WrestleMania 34. The Undertaker had an emotional post match. It was sad and crazy to watch. The man that we though would never retire just retired.
Having Jim Ross, JBL, and Michael Cole on commentary was a nice touch. It's just unbelievable that an era in pro wrestling is now over. A WrestleMania without The Undertaker? Strange. Taker decided to go out on his back. Despite disagreeing with that decision. I still admire all that he accomplished in his career. Plus the countless memories he has given us WWE fans over the years.
Well that's it for my WrestleMania 33 review. The show was definitely better then last years event. The show is still wicked long but it's worth it. I'm excited to see what happens on RAW tonight.
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P.S: WrestleMania events that take place in Texas suck. 25 and 32 both sucked. WrestleMania's that take place in Florida are awesome. 24 ,28, and 33 were spectacular events. That means that next years event in New Orleans will be good if WWE sticks to booking by geography. WrestleMania 30 was good and 34 will be good too.
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