skullman80 wrote:I just agree to disagree on the overall of the show. It wasn't great by any means, but I enjoyed most of it. I knew the booking would suck, so I went in with that mindset and that the top 3 matches pretty much had iron clad outcomes with Taker/HHH/Cena winning. It wasn't even the worst wrestlemania of the past 5 years, Wm27 gets that honor. I know you didn't like Taker/Punk but that match salvaged the show for me and took it from fair territory, to an ok show. I really enjoyed that match and watching those two work.
Agree on the finisher thing, you can do false finishes without doing finishers over and over and be just as effective.
Now I'm not saying we shouldn't expect Wrestlemania to be better, cause well we should its the biggest show of the year, but it is what it is. Still not one of the worst 5 WM's ever, not by a long shot.
I'll defer to you on that one because you def. have more viewing time with this. I'll settle on just saying it was a very average to bad show. The final 2 "main event" matches had little to no effective build. Punk/Taker had good build because of the Paul Bearer death but I also think that Punk is good enough that even if that hadn't happened it still would have been an effective build. You just felt actual emotion with that build.
HHH/Lesnar and Rock/Cena had a very poor build. HHH/Lesnar just didn't feel real, there was no emotion. Vince taking a bump and being in the hospital isn't something we haven't seen before or even something unexpected. Then the build centered around Lesnar(Heyman) and HHH talking at different times without ever really encountering each other. It started out good with Brock opening up the hard way and then floundered from there. The whole "you retire" thing felt so forced and didn't feel real at all. If they did a proper build, and HHH/Lesnar actually worked a couple matches before hand it might have worked. Like say HHH signs that contract a month before Mania, finds out his career is on the line, acts like a cocky SOB then works a couple matches and loses to the likes of say Jericho, Swagger, Ziggler, and then refuses to work the show before Mania showing some sort of cowardice it would have boosted those other guys for their matches. While at the same time having Lesnar win against guys like Ryback, Henry, Beej it would have actually felt like there was emotion and HHH was worried about losing. I guess that's pipe dreaming b/c HHH would never let those guys go over and Lesnar isn't working regular matches but they should have done something to build.
Rock/Cena just didn't work because Rock wasn't around. Cena had to try and build a feud almost by himself which just doesn't work. Their animosity this year didn't feel real at all. Last year it felt like they really didn't like each other. In truth the Cena "heel" turn would have saved all that and good God they left enough time out there for it but every chance he had to turn bad, every opportunity to make it interesting, was never seized.
It's still enjoyable but yeah like you said for the biggest event of the year fans expect a lot and this did not deliver.